Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Moroccan Soccer Fans Root For ISIL

Moroccan Soccer Fans Root For ISIL

Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states | Mobile Washington Examiner

Northeast loses 40% of House seats as people flee high-tax states | Mobile Washington Examiner

Heard at the Ogilvie Center

Once the Chicago's Northwestern Station aka Ogilvie Transportation Center had extensive bath facilities for intercity travelers including showers, barbershop, and anything else a guy would need to look good. 

Now the men's room has a single and narrow 'L' shaped entrance through which two averaged size fellows  can't really pass.  In a rush you kind of negotiate passage, and last week's deliberations were aggravated by two homeless guys using the electrical outlet midway in the hall to recharge their cell phones.  Chronically homeless guys with all of their stuff packed up with them too.

Waiting in the now longer line to get by, I heard one of the homeless ask the other if there weren't outlets in the food court they could use.  His colleague replied that wasn't allowed.  Their only access to power was this outlet in the John's entrance.  The partner said, "shit, I can smoke pot legally now in Illinois but I can't charge my phone in the food court?"

"Yeah no kidding I mumbled" as I slide sideways past them.

 

What would Dr. Emanuel think of their quality of life?

My latest comment to appear in ModernHealthcare's print edition.  It was in response to this.
 

When I worked at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in suburban Chicago, I'd sometimes have lunch outside the spinal cord center on sunny days with veterans prostate on their gurneys unable to move much but still able to enjoy sun, a smoke and conversation. I wonder what Doc Emanuel would make of their quality of life (or the expense of their care)?

 

Bill Baar

Campton Hills, Ill.

Monday, September 08, 2014

As Republicans contemplate the possible size of their November victory, outlier races may get interesting.  Scott Brown, a few weeks ago considered certain to lose, may well win in New Hampshire.  Most folks would not have thought that Repu...

As Republicans contemplate the possible size of their November victory, outlier races may get interesting.  Scott Brown, a few weeks ago considered certain to lose, may well win in New Hampshire.  Most folks would not have thought that Repu...



Oberweis has run for office before, so he is not unknown to Illinois voters. He is a multimillionaire whose campaign will not lose by being hopelessly outspent. The two will meet for at least one televised debate before the election (Oberweis wants seven debates, but Durbin has agreed to only one.) Durbin is well-known in Washington politics as a very arrogant man – the man in 2005 who compared American soldiers in combat to Nazis and Pol Pot. If this side of him comes out during the televised debates, that could not only switch voters from him to Oberweis, but also turn off Illinois Democrat voters even more, who look with disgust at Governor Quinn and with dismay at Mayor Emanuel, both of whom are campaigning now.