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Cardinal George responds to Mayor Emanuel on 'Chicago values'

Three cheers for Chicago's Roman Catholic archbishop, Francis Cardinal George (left), for his response to Mayor Emanuel's bizarre statement that support of Western society's traditional understanding of the nature of marriage is somehow alien to "Chicago values."

Cardinal George- like yours truly- was born and raised in Chicago, and knows very well that the values of that great city are deeply rooted in the faith of those who built it and grew it and continue to make it vital. This includes not only the liberal Lakefront enclaves where Leftist politics and relativist ethics prevail, but also places like Little Village and Pilsen and Jefferson Park and Belmont-Cragin and Portage Park and Bridgeport and Chicago Lawn and Beverly and and all the other neighborhoods where generations of Polish and German and Irish and Hispanic and Bohemian immigrants- along with people from dozens of other ethnicities- brought the traditional faiths which sustained their families in …

Voters give Romney the edge in leadership, values, and honesty

A new Pulse Opinion Research poll commissioned by The Hill shows voters giving Mitt Romney narrowly better ratings for leadership, values and honesty than President Obama.

Voters rank the Republican as a better leader than Mr. Obama by 48%-42%. 47% say that Romney more closely shares their values, while 44% say the same about the president.

46% considered Romney more honest and trustworthy, whereas 44% give the edge to Mr. Obama.

Bear in mind that President Obama's big advantage among voters has always been their liking for his personal qualities rather than his policies. This advantage seems to be dissipating- which is very bad news indeed for the White House.

HT: Drudge

Just a thought

Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought.

But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It's like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London.

But if I can't trust my own thinking, of course I can't trust the arguments leading to Atheism, and therefore have no reason to be an atheist, or anything else.

Unless I believe in God, I cannot believe in thought; so I can never use thought to disbelieve in God

--Clive Staples Lewis
It has always seemed to me to take a great deal more faith to be an atheist than to be a Christian.

HT: Rev. Timothy Hahn

"Don't report what he says. Report what he means!"

The late mayor Richard J. Daley of Chicago (aka Richard I) shared at least one thing with former president George W. Bush, President Barack Obama, and Vice-President Joe Biden: a tendency to trip over his tongue. He was apt to say some rathr amazing things at times, like "The police aren't there to create disorder. The police are there to preserve disorder."

The media has always tended to downplay Mr. Obama's verbal infelicities (until Mitt Romney's commercials deprived them of that option), and sort of cluck indulgently at Mr.Biden's. Mr. Bush's, of course, were the occasion for full-blown mockery, constant re-plays on the news, and no end of jokes from Letterman and Leno. Mayor Daley's were mentioned on occasion by Chicago newspapers. This did not sit well with the mayor's press secretary, who was- ironically- named Bush.

"Don't report what he says," Bush the Democrat exhorted the press. "Report what he means."

This seems to…

Another broken promise

Does anything more even need to be said?



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Dems to include pro-gay "marriage" plank in platform

The Democratic party's transition from a party advocating social justice within the framework of the Western ethical tradition to a party of ill-considered, iconoclastic social radicalism- the transition which drove me from its ranks- is about to become complete.

Reliable sources tell Politico that the "non-controversial" decision has been taken to include a plank advocating same-sex "marriage" in the 2012 national Democratic platform.

Never mind that in no juristiction where the oxymoron has been legal have any appreciable percentage of gays availed themselves of either legal "marriage" or civil unions. Never mind the serious questions as to the impact of gay "marriage" on the institution itself posed by the rarity of sexually exclusive relationships between even "committed" male gay couples, or the troubling statistics regarding same sex "divorce" (especially among lesbians) in Europe.

The most basic institution of hum…

Lech Walesa endorses Romney

Former Polish president, Solidarity leader, and Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa has endorsed Mitt Romney.

After a meeting in Gdansk yesterday, Walesa and Romney met with reporters. Walesa told the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, "I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too. Gov Romney, get your success -- be successful!"

I wonder how this will play on the Northwest Side of Chicago.

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More on Emanuel's and Menino's campaigns against orthodox Christians

I've come across a number of interesting items concerning the effort of social Leftists like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to put orthodox Christians in the same category as racists by portraying opposition to same- sex "marriage" as bigotry.

It seems that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has more respect for the First Amendment- and the Western ethical tradition- than do Emanuel and Menino. Bloomberg has come to Chick-fil-A's defense- not by espousing its position, but by defending its right to hold it without municipal retribution.

Can Emanuel and Menino really not see how outrageous their position is?

Meanwhile, Michael Graham of the Boston Heraldfinds it interesting that Mayor Menino will not countenance the licensing of restaurants run by people who are vocally opposed to re-defining the most basic institution of human society, but is apparently OK with the Islamic Association of Boston's new mosque- among whose leaders is a "…

Bazinga!

Mitt Romney was really dumb to allow Brian Wiliams to goad him into criticizing the security preparations for the London Olympics, especially on a foreign tour designed to establish his foreign policy credentials. It was the kind of statement we'd expect from somebody in his opponent's administration.

But I have to admire one other Romney moment in that interview. Referring to an alleged quote from an anonymous Romney advisor to the effect that President Obama "doesn't understand Anglo-Saxon values-" a quasi-racist remark whose genuineness I personally doubt- Williams began, "I know how much you love quoting unnamed Romney advisers.” However, Williams continued, he had heard from another such anonymous source in the Romney campaign that the prospective Republican nominee was looking for a "boring white guy" to be his running-mate.

Romney's response? “You told me you were not available.”

Obama press secretary Carney can't identify the capital of Israel

Shouldn't the president's press secretary know what the capital of Israel is?

Or is this merely an indication that the administration is hedging its bets, and selling out our ally Israel in order to make nice-nice with the Palestinians?



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Rahm Emanuel's totalitarian assault on the First Amendment

I recently posted two items about my home town, Chicago.

The first noted the odd spectacle of Mayor Emanuel appealing to the "values" of local street hoodlums in an attempt to get them not to kill children.

The second was a tirade against the current Republican penchant for slamming Chicago in an attempt to get at President Obama.

Well, it seems that Chicago's !@#%&!! mayor has invoked those same "values" in a way that invites even more Chicago-bashing.

Chick-fil-A, a national chain of chicken sandwich stores, is operated by Dan Cathy, who has made his opposition to the casual abandonment of thousands of years of Western legal and moral tradition by redefining marriage so as to include couples of the same sex quite widely known. According to Mayor Emanuel, however, he has no right to advocate that position:

Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values. They’re not respectful of our residents, our neighbors and our family members. And if you’re gonna be part o…

Nasty Romney campaign seeks to suppress the dead vote

It's a very old game with established rules.

Here's the way it works: Democrats register dead people or people otherwise not eligible for one reason or another to vote. This most often happens in minority areas or other areas in which the Democrats are so firmly in control that they stand a good chance of getting away with it. The deceased or felonious or otherwise ineligible Americans "vote" Democratic.

The Republicans object. And the Democrats respond by accusing the Republicans of trying to suppress the vote among minorities and other Democratic-leaning groups. "Count all the votes!," the Democrats shout- not bothering to mention that they are including the heartbeat-challenged and the like among the groups whose voting rights need to be respected. Ain't inclusiveness just grand?


In 2000, it happened in Florida. In 2004, it happened all over the country (unlike Florida in 2000, Democrats actually went to jail in Wisconsin for their 2004 electoral sh…

A bittersweet moment: Ron Santo finally takes his rightful place in the Hall of Fame

Ron Santo was inducted Sunday into baseball's Hall of Fame.

It should have happened decades earlier. And it's inexcusable that it didn't. The man Bill James called the sixth best third baseman ever to play the game died of complications of bladder cancer almost a year to the day before his belated election to the Hall.

Why it didn't remains a mystery. Two of the other Hall of Fame third basemen of the modern era- I will not mention their names on this occasion- were vocal in opposing Santo's election, arguing that his numbers just didn't measure up.

The thing is, though, that they do. In fact, they compare favorably with those of many stars whose place in the Hall nobody would challenge- and are better than those of several of the third basemen long since enshrined in Cooperstown.

It shouldn't have taken so long. And that Ron Santo didn't take his place among them until after his death is utterly inexcusable.

Santo's widow, Vicki, (right) delivered t…

Voters trust Romney more on the economy- and are liking the nasty version of Obama less and less

A new poll shows that voters trust Mitt Romney with the economy more than they trust President Obama. Mr. Obama's long suit, it seems, is likeability.

The problem, Dick Morris observes, is that Mr. Obama's negative campaign is driving down his likeability quotient fast- too fast for his own political viability.

And the president continues to hammer at those attacks on Romney's business record that just aren't making any inroads. His coffers are drying up, and he's finally coming off as the far-Left class warrior he's been all his life.

Yes, if you're a Romney supporter, you have to like the way this campaign is shaping up right now.

HT: Drudge

Enough with the Chicago bashing, Republicans

Hey. I'm no particular fan of Barack Obama or Rahm Emanuel. In fact, I spent a substantial part of my young adulthood fighting the Chicago Machine back when it was a great deal more formidable and monolithic- and corrupt- than it is today.

But I take umbrage at the current Republican fashion of attacking the president by trashing the town he and I both come from.

Would it surprise you to learn that, per capita, North Dakota has more Federal corruption prosecutions than Illinois?

Yes, I know all the jokes about how Illinois is the only state in which our governors make our license plates. And heaven knows that we have always had more than our fair share of corruption and dirty politics back home.

But it's become a cliche, and it kind of misses the point. Despite its history of corruption, Chicago is also the home town of Clarence Darrow and Jane Addams and Bob Merriam and Len Despres and Dick Simpson and Bill Singer. Illinois is also the home state of Abraham Lincoln and John …

A failed presidency

Spin 'till you're dizzy. This guy is still Carter redux.

Bad news for Mr. Obama

Who is to blame for the bad economy? According to a new poll, 34% of us say that President Obama is. 23% point the finger at Congress, and- surprisingly - only 18% blame former President George W. Bush.

Meanwhile, in June Mr. Obama's campaign had something in common with his stewardship of the nation: it spent more than it took in.

HT: Drudge

Barack Obama's defining moment?

It’s as if President Obama climbed into a tank, put on his helmet, talked about how his foray into Cambodia was seared in his memory, looked at his watch, misspelled “potato” and pardoned Richard Nixon all in the same day. --Pat Sajak
Just listen. No, your ears don't deceive you:



Sajak continues:

...defining moments take hold most devastatingly when they confirm what a large portion of the electorate already believes...when voters are able to nod and say, ‘I knew it,’ these moments stick and do terrible damage.
In addition to being the host of Wheel of Fortune, Pat Sajak is a pretty smart cookie. He comes by it honestly; he and I come from the same neighborhood back in Chicago.

And he's right: we have to wonder whether this might be Barack Obama's defining moment- the moment when he confirmed what we always suspected about him, and lost the election in the process.

Is scientific evidence being confused with political correctness?

It's become fashionable for those on the Left to fault the Right for being anti-scientific troglodytes. Creationism, global warming skepticism, and a while range of other examples of supposed scientific folly are cited to support the conclusion that conservatives are anti-scientific yahoos.

You'd never know that the history often cited by climate scientists (as in "the warmest year in history") only goes back a little over a hundred years (when we started keeping records), or that the APA's decision to "normalize" homosexuality was a political rather than a scientific decision (it took place when a homosexual majority on the APA board voted to normalize themselves, and the theft of the APA mailing list and its acquisititon by a homosexual activist group enabled a well-financed campaign to suppress the vote in the subsequent association-wide referendum on overturning the decision).

Now the uproar over Mark Regnerus and his study questioning whether the li…

CBSNYT Poll: It's not just Rasmussen anymore

Yet another poll measuring the sentiment of registered, as opposed to likely, voters has confirmed what Rasmussen (which measures only likely voters) has been telling us for some time.

Mitt Romney has a one point lead over President Obama. It should be noted that the result is within the margin of error. But still...

Meanwhile, further polling has confirmed my initial impression: those constant Obama ads alleging (falsely) that Mitt Romney was responsible for outsourcing jobs to foreign countries while on a leave of absence from Bain Capital have had little effect after all.

HT: Drudge

ADDENDUM: Here's more information indicating that the Bain accusations aren't having much impact after all.

And still more.

HT: Real Clear Politics

Romney counterpunches on that "outsourcing' business

Seems that 79% of that "stimulus package" POTUS had Congress pass went to companies overseas.

It may have stimulated somebody's economy. But not ours.

An ad featuring New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer spelling out that fact in so many words debuted today in the battleground states, including Iowa.

As Sheldon Cooper would say, Mr. President.... "Bazinga!"

It will always be my kind of town

Whenever I mention to someone back home in Chicago how much I'd love to come back, they customarily ask, "Why?" I'm constantly told that the city has fallen on hard times, and that it's "just not the same."

I left Chicago in 1981, when I went to seminary. For a while, I visited as often as I could, chiefly at Christmas and Easter. As my visits gradually became less frequent, I began to notice change: the gentrification of the Loop area, for example, and a new Brown Line on the CTA's world-famous 'El.'

It's been many years since I've been home, not out of choice but purely because of practical reasons. My contact with my family members back there has been a great deal more sporadic than I'd like. But whenever I talk to one of them, or even to one of the very large number of other transplanted Chicagoans here in Des Moines, they tend to paint a dark picture of the city I love.

If I can ever afford to live in Chicago again, I want to, …

Iowa whistle-blower suit charges Planned Parenthood with Medicaid fraud

A 17-year-old former Planned Parenthood whistleblower here in Iowa filed suit in Federal court July 5, charging that between 2002 and 2009 Planned Parenthood filed nearly half a million fabricated claims with Medicaid, bringing in some $28,000,000.


Sue Thayer was the clinic director at Planned Parenthood's Storm Lake clinic. If she wins her suit, Planned Parenthood may have to pay out up to $5,500,000,000 in damages and penalties.


Thayer charges that Planned Parenthood, having noticed that approximately half of its clients did not renew their supply of birth control pills after the inital three month's supply, dropped its requirement that women be seen for a physical examination before more pills were prescribed and simply sent clients a year's supply. Not only were follow-up exams omitted, Thayer says, but Medicaid was charged even for pills the Postal Service returned because the addressee had moved and left no forwarding address- and then resold them.


Thayer also charg…

Luke thinks Mitt is a 'droid

Remember Mark Hamill, the guy who played Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movies? Well, he's turned to the Dark Side after all- and re-emerged to illustrate what's wrong with American politics today.

Well, there's a lot wrong with American politics today. But the nasty partisanship, the snarkiness, and the casual disrespect for our nation's leaders is a lot of it.

Click on the link and listen, now- and amaze yourself with the political insight of yet another Hollywood liberal who apparently has forgotten that there are such things as issues.

Oh. Just one thing, Mark.... who's the one with the bionic hand? (For humorless liberals who would like to snark that the preceeding question means that I believe that the Star Wars movie were real, that was a joke).

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NYT thinks it's Romney-Pawlenty

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has reportedly made his decision as to his running mate.

His own disavowals of interest aside, the New York Times seems to think that it will be former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.

But speculation continues to mount as to the identity of Romney's choice.

I still don't think it will be- or should be- Condi Rice. As much respect as I have for the woman, she has never been elected to public office and carries baggage the ticket simply doesn't need.

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This is dumb.

Jaws to the contrary, it's the bull shark (right), and not the Great White, that's the most vicious and dangerous one. And given the number of Bull attacks that have historically been attributed to Great Whites, the Bull may actually be responsible for the most human fatalities.

So why commit genocide on the Great Whites?

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Romney fights back against Obama campaign's slanderous non sequitur on Bain

Mitt Romney has demanded an apology from President Obama and his campaign for suggesting that Romney could be guilty of a felony for representing himself to the Securities and Exchange Commission as chairman, CEO, and sole proprietor of Bain while on leave of absence from the firm in order to run the Salt Lake City Olympics. In going on leave, Romney said, he permanently "relinquished all management authority and role in Bain Capital," while maintaining his titles and partial ownership in the firm until 2002.

Romney called the charges "reckless and absurd," as well as "deceptive and dishonest," and said that they are "beneath the dignity of (President Obama's) office."

Obama campaign official Stephanie Cutter told reporters, Either Mitt Romney, through his own words and his own signature was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the SEC, which is a felony, or he was misrepresenting his position at Bain to the American people to avoid re…

New Romney ad answers Obama's outsourcing fibs

Apparently I was wrong- although I wasn't the only one. According to recent polls, President Obama's factually-challenged ads attacking Mitt Romney's alleged record of outsourcing American jobs to foreign countries while CEO at Bain Capital have been making inroads in the battleground states after all.

But Romney seems to be able to handle himself- and I have a feeling POTUS is going to regret playing that class warfare card. Consider this new Romney ad:



Pants on fire, Mr. President. And that speech in Newton recently decrying negative ads kind of makes you look like a wee bit of a hypocrite, sir.

Condi for Veep? Probably not.

TRumors have been flying the last forty-eight hours or so- Thanks to Matt Drudge, rumors have been flying in the last 24 hours or so that former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Dr. Condoleeza Rice has become the front-runner to be Mitt Romney's running-mate.

She says she's not interested. And some conservative say "no way" to the pro-choice Rice, and despite an overwhelming desire on the Right to be rid of President Obama, Romney probably is too well aware that he himself is still looked at somewhat askance by many the Republican Right to risk it. Besides, she favors same-sex "marriage."

Juan Williams gushes about a Rice nomination being a "game changer." But I am not alone in my skepticism. My money is still on Marco Rubio, who has far more political upside than Dr. Rice, and practically no downside.

This is nutty even for the ELCA

Intellectual dishonesty is almost a requrement to be an ELCA theologian. Dishonesty as to one's ordination oath is almost a given. After all, what person honestly committed to authority of Scripture and of the Lutheran Confessions could serve in a denomination whose respect for the authority of either is as transparently bogus as the ELCA's?

But never before have I thought it possible that even at an ELCA college a professor could be crazy enough to suggest that Jesus was a Muslim.

It would be more rational to suggest that He was a cantalope. And even that Scripture is OK with gay sex. After all, Mohammed was born some 600 years after the ministry of Jesus!

Yet the head of the religion department of Luther College in Decorah, Robert F. Shedlinger, has published a book making precisely that absurd claim. His tortured logic: Jesus did not found a religion, but a "social justice movement." And Jesus is therefore a better fit for Islam than Christianity!

I know that this is…

If this is true...

Dispatches from the Front

According to Gallup, President Obama's approval rating has fallen to 44%.

John Voight- who would be Brad Pitt's father-in-law if Pitt and daughter Angelina Jolie weren't committed to not getting married until same-sex couples can- has come to the defense of Pitt's mom, who has received numerous death threats for expressing opposition to President Obama and same-sex "marriage."

The NAACP, which recently lost its credibility as a civil rights organization by defining an oxymoron- namely same-sex "marriage-" as a civil right, further disgraced itself by its rudeness to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney yesterday at the group's convention. It's a sad thing to see an organization with such a noble past descend into extremist irrelevancy and crackpot incivility.

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CBO stats: the One Percent are getting taken to the cleaners by the tax man as it is!

The Congressional Budget Office came up today with some interesting statistics which should help us evaluate all the wailing on the Left (including the Obama administration) about how the wealthiest Americans aren't paying their fair share, and the one per cent verses the 99%, yada, yada, yada.

Consider: Between 2007 and 2009- the last years for which statistics are available- the bottom 20% in income paid just three tenths of one percent of the total tax burden.

The richest 20% paid 67.9%. Sure sounds like more than their fair share to me.

The favorite targets of both President Obama and the Occupy Movement- the top one percent in income- earned 13.4% of all pre-tax income, but paid 22.3 percent of all taxes in 2009.

True, the percentage of the tax burden borne by the very rich is falling. But it's not falling at the expense of the middle class, but of the somewhat less wealthy- those who are merely in the top 60th percent to 99th percent of earnings.

So you were saying, Mr. Presi…

Mayor Emanuel appeals to the values of Chicago's hoodlums

I remember sitting in my car listening to the radio in the parking lot of a suburban restaurant one afternoon several years ago while visiting my home town, Chicago. The announcer sheepishly reported that due to the fact that murder rates in Chicago had been falling more slowly than they had in other major cities, the City that Used To Work had inherited the mantle which once graced the shoulders of Detroit and Washington, D.C.

Chicago was now the murder capital of the United States. Huzzah, I thought. We're Number One. Cubbies, take notice!

No more. Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is the current champ in per capita murder rate. For a while, St. Louis was the most dangerous American city over all, but it's lost its groove. Flint, Michigan has seized that title, and St. Louis has tumbled to fourth, just behind perennial powerhouse Detroit.

Chicago doesn't even rank in the top ten. But the city is in the midst of a violent crime wave, which is becoming a real politica…

Notes from the pollsters

Signs and portents

Somehow, I'm getting the feeling more and more that this is going to be a Republican year, at least where the presidency is concerned.

True, most polls continue to show President Obama with a modest lead over Gov. Romney. The sole exception is the Rasmussen Poll, which measures the response of only likely voters- and thus probably gives a better picture of how the election will actually go. Yes, the Rasmussen Poll has a Republican bias- but only because registered Republicans are more likely than registered Democrats to actually vote.

The Rasmussen result varies from day to day. On some days, the president is ahead by a point or two or three; on some days, it's Gov. Romney. But the edge seems, on average, to go to the challenger, and that confirms an impression I get that becomes stronger and stronger that Mr. Obama is in deep, deep trouble.

The Obama campaign's financial problems- and ensuing panic- is part of it. Then there's the continued bad economic news- and the ess…

Oh. Canada.

How is it that the president who was supposed to bring about a new dawn of American diplomatic humility and a renaissance in our relationships with our allies has managed to alienate even Canada?

And even a comparatively pro-American prime minister like Stephen Harper?

HT: Real Clear Politics

Simply sick.

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak out...


--The Reverend Martin Niemoeller


It started with the unborn. Then it turned out to be any comotose person with a close relative with a financial interest in seeing her dead, and who was willing provide hearsay evidence that she had ever expressed a desire to be "allowed to die*" if in need of life support.

Next, it will be the profoundly retarded and the elderly- all those whom it's easy to dismiss as non-contributing drains on the resources of society. How quickly human life seems to depreciate in value when a society forgets God, and decides that it can transcend the Law which Paul tells is inscribed on the hearts of believers and unbelievers …

80,000 jobs were created in June. And 85,000 people went on disability.

June's unemployment rate remained at 8.2%.

And more people went on disability last month than new jobs were created.

Barack Obama just isn't working out, people. And neither are Obamanomics. Gotta wonder whether putting a businessman who actually understands economics in the White House might not be a good idea at this juncture.

Don't listen to President Obama's increasingly desperate attempts to change the subject.

HT: Drudge

The Blackhawks will be gone in the first round once again next Spring

Parise and Suter are gone.

The Blackhawks- a middle-of-the-pack playoff team at best, despite the delusions of General Manager Stan Bowman- are probably out of luck in their efforts to fill their two most glaring weaknesses- the lack of a natural second-line center and at least one more top four defenseman- through the free agent market. The trade route seems unlikely in the extreme. It's a given that the Hawks' inadequate goaltending will go unaddressed.

In fairness, Stan Bowman seemed to make a genuine effort here. Still my prediction is that the Hawks will be eliminated in the first round of the playoffs again next year. If they get to the second round, they should hold a parade.

In the meantime, Bowman needs to publicly acknowledge reality. It does not help the confidence of the fan base that the Hawks' very substantial weaknesses will be addressed if the team's general manager remains in public denial.

A million dollars bond for a patently innocent man

George Zimmerman- of whose innocence in the matter of Trayvon Martin by virtue of self defense there is not, and never has been, the slightest factual doubt- has been granted bond again.

A million dollars bond.

Oh, that the racists responsible for bringing a man to a trial the evidence simply doesn't justify would be shamed enough by their outrageous behavior to let it go! Trayvon Martin tried to murder George Zimmerman. George Zimmerman defended himself. The evidence is conclusive. It has always been conclusive.

Let it go.

HT: Drudge

National Ocean Service goes on record: 'No evidence of mermaids'

The United States government has officially gone on record as stating that there is no evidence of the existence of mermaids.

The statement was suspiciously silent, however, as to the existence of mermen.

Seriously, the Discovery Channel apparently ran a tongue-in-cheek program last May which Uncle Sam apparently feared could have been mistaken for an actual documentary. So the National Ocean Service felt compelled to put a page on its website refuting the the fishy tale that there were people with fishy tails in the ocean.

Aren't you glad your government is so vigilant?

HT: Drudge

Mayor Emanuel punishes the Cubs for an anti-Obama ad campaign that never ran

Remember that renovation Wrigley Field was supposed to get- with support from the state of Illinois?

Well, as they say in another large American city, fuhgeddaboudit. Looks like the Ricketts family will have to pay for it out of their own pockets, or else go without.

It seems that Joe Ricketts, the patriarch of the clan that owns the Cubs (one member of which is the only lesbian owner of a major sports franchise in America and ouspoken in support of "gay rights" causes, and thus presumably kosher from da Mare's point of view) briefly considered contributing $10 million to an anti-Obama ad campaign featuring the racist sermons of Mr. Obama's former pastor, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Ricketts quickly decided against the plan and publicly repudiated the proposed campaign's message. But hey. This is Chicago.

Da Mare won't accept Cub chairman Tom Ricketts' phone calls, and has apparently decided not to act as a go-between with the legislature after all. The mayor&…

CNN poll: Obama ahead nationally, but Romney leads in 'battleground states'

What do Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin have in common?

They're all CNN-identified "battleground states" in this year's presidential election.

According to a new CNN/ORC International poll, Gov. Romney leads President Obama in them, 51% to 43%. Even more interesting, the same poll shows the president leading nationally, 49% to 46%.

Both polls are surveys of registered rather than likely voters, and thus have a slight Democratic bias. Usually a greater percentage of Republicans than Democrats actually vote.

HT: Drudge