Last night I joined in a community meeting to discuss opportunities for growth in the Damen corridor of Ravenswood, a pop-up gathering in an empty storefront that I stumbled across a couple weeks ago on Tumblr. In my hometown I found myself covering or organizing such meetings often, so I jumped at the chance to join in such a discussion here in Chicago. I was a bit surprised to find that the concerns and hopes of business owners here in the big city aren’t much different from those of business owners in rural Wisconsin.
“Just consider what one single, isolated attack on American soil more than a decade ago did to Sullivan, Packer and company: the desire for violence which that one attack 11 years ago unleashed is seemingly boundless by time or intensity. Given the ongoing American quest for violence from that one-day attack, just imagine the impact which continuous attacks over the course of a full decade must have on those whom we’ve been invading, droning, cluster-bombing, occupying, detaining without charges, and indiscriminately shooting.”—
GOP strategist Jack Burkman and Mother Jones reporter James West join the Power Panel to determine whether brush fires in Colorado and flooding in Florida should be linked to climate change. “This isn’t an inside the beltway conspiracy,” West says. “The evidence has been mounting for many, many years.” But Burkman says, “Even if it is true — so what? There’s nothing we can do about it anyway.”
Mitt Romney likes to say that “government does not create prosperity.”
His record in the private equity industry shows otherwise.
During Romney’s years as chief executive of Bain Capital LLC, companies owned by the firm received millions of dollars in benefits from a variety of state and local government economic development programs.
“For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.
And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago.”—
The public’s growing disdain of the Supreme Court increases the odds that a majority will uphold the constitutionality of Obamacare.
The latest New York Times CBS Poll shows just 44 percent of Americans approve the job the Supreme Court is doing. Fully three-quarters say justices’ decisions are…
Interesting take - but I don’t think anyone can predict what the Supreme Court is going to do on this one. Hard to buy, in today’s atmosphere, the idea that the court will look toward respect for the institution over politics. Hope I’m wrong.
“Darius Simmons was by all accounts a good kid. The fun loving 6th grader was simply moving a garbage can in front of his home when his neighbor, 75 year old John Henry Spooner confronted him with a shotgun and accused him of stealing from his home. Darius, who was in school the time of the robbery, denied being involved with the theft. John Henry Spooner then proceed to shoot Darius in his chest, while he had his hands raise showing Spooner he was unarmed. His mom, who was watching in horror, ran to Darius to see if she could find a pulse, she couldn’t. Darius, 13 years old and unarmed, was murdered in cold blood in front of his mother.”