• comment on a post Missed opportunity by Obama over 6 years ago

    ah, nothing beats throwing the biggest, bestest progressive leader in Chicago under the bus because of a lost cause presidential campaign, huh Jerome?

    Michael Pfleger has done more for progressives than you can imagine.

    He is one of the absolute best anti-gun violence advocates out there.

    He pisses off those in power because he speaks the truth.  And he's white.

    He is more hated by conservatives in Chicago than Jesse Jackson.

    Michael Pfleger said some dumb things near the end of that speech, but his real crime was he spoke of white priviledge.  He denounced white priviledge.

    Michael Pfleger is a thousand times the man you are Jerome.  

    Go f* yourself.  Nice way to throw one of the countries great progressive advocates under the bus.

  • comment on a post Memo To Michelle Obama: Toughen Up Sweetie over 6 years ago

    wow...could you be a bit more sexist?

  • comment on a post Right-Wing Round-Up Late Night Open Thread over 6 years ago

    Right wingers are truly whacked out.

    Huckabee is by far their best candidate, and they want nothing to do with him.

    If we were stuck with another republican for 8 years, and god I hope not, Huckabee seems to be the least bad.

    Still bad, just the least bad.

  • on a comment on Senate Votes To...Condemn An Ad? over 6 years ago

    I don't think he can stop it.

    It was brought to the floor as an amendment to another piece of legislation.

    He can block legislation from going to the floor, but once legislation is introduced on the floor, anyone can offer an amendment, even a totally unrelated amendment.

    Not much he could do to prevent this.

    Now what to do about the "democrats" who stabbed us in the back on this one?

    I recommend donating to moveon here:https://pol.moveon.org/donate/donat e.html

    then printing out the receipt, and mailing it (yeah, snail mail) along with a brief letter letting these spineless oafs know how you feel.

    I intend to inform them that my donation is in their "honor".

  • comment on a post Open Thread over 6 years ago

    Enjoying the news that Weller's retiring.  

    It's about time that someone wiped that smug grin off his face, and it was Tribune of all people.

    Betcha he's on the first plane to Guatemala.  He won't be coming back.

    What a sleezy piece of crap.

    Its gonna be a big year for Illinois Dems running for Congress...3 open seats, and we may be able to take out Lipinski.

    I hope that Dick Versace runs for LaHood's seat.  And that Debbie Halvorson runs for Weller's seat.

  • on a comment on Open Thread over 6 years ago

    Ray LaHood did something similar after he announced his retirement.

  • oops, IL-11 is the most union intense district in the state from what I hear.  Not Kankakee necessarily.  

    Here's some interesting discussion on Weller from Rich Miller's thecapitolfaxblog.com.
    http://thecapitolfaxblog.com/2007/09/19/ weller-under-siege-may-not-run/#comments

    Miller is the best political reporter in the state, in case you're wondering...

  • comment on a post House 2008: Another Retirement Nightmare for the GOP over 6 years ago

    Its not western Chicago suburbs, its fringe southern burbs, including part of Joliet.  Most of the district is rural, and it snakes all the way down to the west-side of Bloomington, which is the only Democratic stronghold in that town.

    It also contains Kankakee, a very distant increasingly exurban area.  The area is reportedly the most union-intense in the state though.

    Weller kept winning because he brought roads money into the district, which won the unions over.

    Here's a map:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:IL-11 _congressional_district.gif

    Very little Chicagoland there, except for the area around Joliet, and some exurban development snaking toward Kankakee, and along the Indiana border.

  • I hope Halvorsen runs, but some think she won't as she has an opportunity to become the first ever female Senate President.  Emil Jones isn't very popular these days, so she has a an opportunity.  Plus, her role in the mess in Springfield could hurt her in a campaign (guilt by association, mostly).  

    That said, she is probably our best candidate at this point.

    Interesting that the Tribune took Weller down, as the Tribune is a Republican paper, and I'd bet has a long history of endorsing Weller, no matter how vile the man is/was.

  • on a comment on A Test of Leadership over 6 years ago

    Its a weird place to be, since I seem to recall taking shots at you over Obama.

    Or at least going "what the fuck's his problem?!?"

  • on a comment on A Test of Leadership over 6 years ago

    I should add, I'm leaning Dodd.

    Nothing's set in stone.  

  • comment on a post A Test of Leadership over 6 years ago

    Dodd won me over.

    I officially decided against Obama with his neo-con light foreign policy speeches lately.

    After the YouTube debate, when Obama said he would meet with hostile foreign leaders without precondition, I was ready to jump on board.  Seemed like a drastic change to a broken foreign policy, but then old Barack said he would unilaterally invade Pakistan, risking undermining the stability of government there, and he made some other baaaaaaaaaaaaaaad foreign policy speeches.

    He lost me, to Dodd's gain.  I had to jump into Dodd's corner, from his New Orleans bill, to his passionate speeches on the Constitution, he won me over.  And, unlike Obama and Clinton, he's trying to do something about it NOW.

  • comment on a post Open Thread over 6 years ago

    Jerry Weller ups the sleaze factor.  Again.

    Shady land deals.  

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-w ellersep07,1,3817044.story?page=1&co ll=chi_tab01_layout

  • comment on a post Open Thread over 6 years ago

    I'm at work.
    On labor day.

    It sucks.

  • Grawey's official announcement is to come today.

    Here's the story:
    http://www.pjstar.com/stories/090107/TRI _BE7UL3QO.028.php

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