Monthly Archives: April 2014

Travels with Jim: A melodrama in two acts

Act One, Sister Act, semi-rural SE Pennsylvania, late afternoon in the middle of April:

Picking the twins up from after-school organized running at John Beck Elementary School, Jim returned with them in the back seat. Lily, histrionically distraught, began declaiming about “feeling,” holding forth about the universality of it.

“Everything has feeling,” she said, her voice on a higher level than usual. Rose declined to endorse this assertion. They have no brains, she said, her voice on a much lower level.

This got to Lily in a big way. Raising her sound level even further, waxing yet more distraught, hearing Rose several times aver the lack of feeling in ants due to their lack of a brain, she turned up the volume: “You have no feeling!” she cried, raising several notches the level of over-all intensity.

Rose, who had demonstrated the falsity of this assertion in ways too numerous to count over her and Lily’s almost nine years of life as we know it, continued inexorably to deny feelings to ants and other minute subhuman creatures, including inanimate ones.

She did something else, several times injecting into the exchange her observation, offered in the same calm, steady tone: “You’re smiling.”

After each of these injections, Lily upped the histrionic ante. Neither missed a beat. The grandfather in the front seat might not have even been there. The twins had their routine. It was their (good) idea of a good time.

The 15–minute ride back home over, they got out and picked up with their pre-dinner activities.

(to be continued)


God bless Don Harmon

God bless Don Harmon. If I owned a losing team, I’d want him in the locker room for his pep talks. We have the slowest-growing (2nd-slowest? 3rd?)economy in the country, the fastest-leaving population (2nd? 3rd?), the highest (2nd? 3rd?) business tax rate. We got everything in this state.

Don’s party has been in charge. It’s time for his party to step up, which is what Don does, with a pep talk. He won’t say die. He’s our go-to man for stiff upper-lipping it through one catastrophe or threat of catastrophe after another. He loves living dangerously.

He’s really the Peter Pan of Illinois politics — won’t grow up, will never grow up, will never wake up and smell the coffee brewing another statewide jobs-killing floperoo, and instead calls for another potful of Democrat know-how and temporary fix-it-ism.

Go Don.


Lowest economy: Illinois ranked third worst in economic outlook and performance 12 Apr 2012 | Illinois Policy Institute

Illinois ranked third worst in economic outlook and performance 12 Apr 2012 | Illinois Policy Institute – See more at:

Leaving state: IRS data shows more taxpayers fleeing Illinois

Business tax rate: RANGE OF STATE CORPORATE INCOME TAX RATES (For tax year 2014 — as of January 1, 2014}

Early signs of Harmon optimism: Fairness is in the eye of the beholder

Call for jobs-killing floperoo: New income tax proposal emerges in Springfield


The village goes brown, but not the villagers

Know what I think about the village’s green-energy shift by the trustees? It’s to save big money for the big buyers, primarily the village itself, with important nod toward business owners.

Hence the big push by Pres. Anan et al. for homeowners to opt for the no-longer-default-option green. Each can save as he wishes, in the process feeling he is doing the right thing; but what he or she saves is nothing compared to what big buyers, primarily the village, save by going brown.

Accident that the vote came almost unanimously to defang the green default at almost same time the most recent credit rating demotion was announced? Sure, and as TV newscaster Len O’Connor used to say as wind-up for an expose report, “And I’m the Easter bunny.”

Rep. Lilly speaks softly (not at all), wields big stick of prohibition

Latest on state Rep. Camille Lilly (Chicago, 78), who reps north and central Oak Park, from Vote Smart:

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in two weeks ending 4/9/14.

But she was in favor of, yes, an inhibition of personal behavior on state campuses:

SB 2202 – Prohibits Smoking on the Campus of Public University – Key Vote

Illinois Key Votes

Camille Lilly voted Yea (Passage With Amendment) on this Legislation

It’s part of the Democrat war on personal responsibility (except on one’s presumed responsibility to do what the state decides you should so.

Harmon’s “fair” income tax for Illinois from the horse’s mouth

America 3.0: The mess we’re in is a long-festering bipartisan matter

Blithe Spirit

From America 3.0: Rebooting American Prosperity in the 21st Century, —Why America’s Greatest Days Are Yet to Come, the book under discussion April 9 at the library:

It is important to realize that the [recent] global financial crisis . . . has deep roots reaching back many decades, and that all was not wonderful with the United States through either the second Bush or Clinton administrations, despite the partisan claims of various flavors.

Hey, say the Bush and Clinton-lovers, cut that out!

The institutions of America 2.0 had been growing increasingly unworkable over previous decades, and it was only by a combination of the deep reserve strengths of America (the culture, not the government) and a series of one-time tricks pulled by various administrations that had allowed prosperity to continue, at least in fits and starts.

Izzat so? cry GW and Bubba supporters, equally offended.

The institutions of America…

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