What distresses me most is the antipathy of the Illinois public regarding the widespread, rank corruption. Chicago politics have always been corrupt, everybody knows about it, but nobody pays (politically). The wiretaps only put flesh on well known corruption. I would be surprised if conservatives make any gains in the future in Illinois- nobody seems to care.Comment Posted By lionheart On 10.12.2008 @ 15:12
Rick, comment 2 should be deleted. He's an idiot and an asshole, but allowing that racist bullshit reflects poorly on your excellent site.
Don't usually get the racists here. I didn;'t read all the way through - just thought he was an Obama hater.
Thanks for bringing to my attention.
ed.Comment Posted By lionheart On 10.12.2008 @ 15:28
Rick wrote: "Do you want Obama to be right? Do you want him to succeed?"
These questions can be decoupled. No, I don't want him to be right, because that means I'm wrong- I disagree with him on most things. But yes, I do want him to be successful, because his success will be measured by the strength of the economy.
I don't hate Obama, I just think he's not good for America. I hope I'm wrong- as poor a candidate as McCain was, he had a great campaign slogan: "Country First".Comment Posted By lionheart On 10.12.2008 @ 15:22
You should write sports full-time. Very entertaining.
Here's my own pathetic cold-day-in-sports story... I moved to San Francisco in 1996, and decided to go to a baseball game one lovely July evening. Clad in shorts and t-shirt, consuming large quantities of overpriced beer, I enjoyed the game immensely- until about the 3rd inning. Now, I'll admit that a cold San Franciso night in July can't compare with a cold Chicago day in December, but I challenge you to find another place more miserably cold in July. I took great pride in staying till the bitter end.
The next game, I wore a parka.Comment Posted By lionheart On 8.12.2008 @ 11:49
I had Adelphia until the crooks (Rigas assholes) were jailed. I had hoped that Comcast (which bought them) would be the salvation... everybody is still waiting. When my internet went out unexpectedly, customer service told me that they would have a tech out in (and I am not kidding here) TWO WEEKS!
Switching to BellSouth DSL took less than a week (the bandwidth is not that great, but they are always on).
Monopolies (or near monopolies) suck.Comment Posted By lionheart On 8.12.2008 @ 10:05
Israel has proven time and again that their intelligence is the best in the world (not perfect, just better than everybody elses). More than likely, they know exactly when Iran's achieved critcal capacity, and it is even more likely that they (or at least their spies) know the location of every "secret" installation (getting that data is probably the hard part, since their spies are almost certainly sequestered.
But flying across Iraq without US approval would most likely result in friendly-fire shootdowns (US anti-aircraft missles, and US jet-scrambles), unless the US non-approval was wink-wink.
Even more distressing to me is the ease of fashioning a dirty bomb. They're not pretty, but they can still kill 10's of thousands.
These are bad times. It's when, not if.Comment Posted By lionheart On 4.12.2008 @ 16:24
And I meant increased taxes BEYOND the increase resulting from the roll-back of the Bush cuts.Comment Posted By lionheart On 3.12.2008 @ 14:35
Pretty much everybody that did not vote for Obama knew that he would have to break his promises, even BEFORE the financial crisis- the math was laughable then, and worse now. So what to do? Which promise to break? No increase in taxes on the middle class, or no increase in all the social programs?
In the B.O. world (Before Obama), it would be a death nail (for re-election) to break the "no tax increase" promise- just ask George "read my lips" Bush. But now... I'm not so sure. I've never seen such a worshipful constituancy (and worshipful press corp) in all of my 49 years. On the other hand, will the minions of grossly uneducated voters that put him into office actually know if he doesn't deliver on green jobs and energy rebates? Probably not.
If I was a betting man, I would bet on higher middle-class taxes, but I might hedge with a bet on both.Comment Posted By lionheart On 3.12.2008 @ 13:58
He's clearly a fool, but maybe crazy like a fox. He lives over there, and what better way to insure his own safety from these Islamists than to jump on the blame-America-train? Furthermore, its probably good for business... only mindless Bush-hating liberals attend his seminars, so Bush-bashing raises his profile among the pool of potential customers.Comment Posted By lionheart On 2.12.2008 @ 09:12
Congratulations on the weight loss- that's a lot of weight. Just out of curiosity, did you use a diet program (Atkins, South Beach, etc.), or simply eat less?
ed.Comment Posted By lionheart On 1.12.2008 @ 09:55