…but if you didn’t, prepare to be enlightened
A tip of our hat to Kane County Sheriff candidate Don Kramer for calling in and adroitly fielding some questions that the newspapers just aren’t asking. The sheriff’s race is going to be a tight one folks.
Another thank you to Kane County Director of Elections Suzanne Fahnestock for calling in and making us aware of some nearby early voting locations. Visit http://www.kanecountyelections.org to find the early voting location near you.
And I hope you’re sitting down because not only did I compliment tea partier and conservative Rand Paul, but I actually defended State Senator Jim Oberweis as well. That’s the difference between the left and the right! We lefties (and fiscal conservatives) are willing to see the occasional merit of the other side’s argument.
Enjoy the show!
It always happens! Just when I start thinkin’ the Chicago Tribune has finally gotten a handle on the whole journalism thing, they manage to disappoint me faster than an Arizona legislator doing his damndest to define the word “discrimination.”
If you manage to drink enough coffee, you may be able to slog through one of his pieces, but when was the last time John Kass actually wrote anything about the city of Chicago? Beard transplants? Really?
Either Chicago is no longer the nation’s murder capital or they’ve simply run out of serious things to write about because the Tribune has turned to attacking U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis for speeding tickets! You heard me – speeding tickets.
And it took three separate reporters to come up with the patently absurd notion that our current State Senator personally hiked the Illinois interstate limit just so he would accrue fewer than one moving violation every 2.36 years.
Shades of Woodward and Bernstein!
First and foremost, picking on the plucky politician has already been done, and done, and done, and done, to the point of being overdone. I should know because I’ve probably done it more than anyone else, but at least I know where to draw the line.
And if anyone’s gonna have fun with Kane County’s perpetual candidate, it’s gonna be me because I actually do my homework. It’s kinda like the big brother who generally picks on his siblings but beats the crap out of anyone else who dares try it.
So yes! Amassing eleven speeding tickets since 1988, two for going 20 over the limit in a 40 mph zone in 2012, tends to give one the impression that Jim has lead foot. He also seems to have a slight problem with red lights and stop signs, but so bleepin’ what!
While I might not want to find myself within a four block radius of his vehicle, this mild imperfection hardly rises to the level of wasting ours and three reporters’ time. And what really frosts my cookies is, either these reporters knew the truth and ignored it, or worse, they didn’t know the truth and rendered themselves generally incompetent.
Because whenever a freshman legislator heads down to the state capitol for the first time, they’re typically handed a bill that’s been making the Springfield rounds, but hasn’t been able to gain any traction. It’s a reasonable method of providing the necessary “how a bill becomes law” experience.
To wit, the 70 mph highway speed limit that Mr. Oberweis sponsored has been bandied about and left languishing in the Illinois legislature for years. It’s certainly nothing new – 34 states have 70+ limits – and attempting to connect Jim’s driving record to its passage is contemptible journalism at best and something we can’t mention in a family blog at worst.
Not only that but, having performed my own research, I came up with about half as many Oberweis speeding tickets in that same time frame. So much for accuracy and journalistic integrity.
So now the Tribune’s sunk to running exposés on politicians’ traffic tickets? Holy crap! If the worst thing Mike Madigan ever did was 10 or 20 over the limit I’d be a hell of a lot happier. What’s next? Timmy took Mikey’s lunch money at Drummond Elementary School last Thursday?
That oughtta take three or four reporters.
Messrs. Kern and Dold; here’s a thought. Instead of going after an easy and often abused target, why isn’t the Tribune explaining how a guy, who just derailed a promising gubernatorial campaign with a same-sexual harassment charge, somehow landed a $107,000 a year job with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.
Allow me to lend a hand. Hey Rahm! Nice job! Though Mr. Rutherford certainly helped the Mayor out by handling that accusation about as well as Paula Deen did hers.
The bottom line? With the exception of Steve Chapman, please stop reading the Chicago Tribune because it only encourages them. When you consider the “merit” of this “story,” that’s the last thing anyone should be doing.
At least there’s some solace in all this. The Tribune can’t sink much lower.
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A huge thank you to Reza for spending some time with us today and providing a unique and enlightening perspective on who Jesus was, the writing process, and religion in general. I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to talk with him.
Another thank you to Dave Niven who has admirably filled producer Dave Weiser’s shoes for the last two weeks. He had a couple of interesting questions for Reza today.
But enough of my ramblings – please enjoy the show!
I’m really excited about this week’s Left, Right and You, dear listeners, because best selling author Reza Aslan will be joining us for a full half-hour!
Aslan, of course, is the author of the best selling book, “Zealot: The Life and Time of Jesus of Nazareth,” one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. It paints a vivid picture of what life was like at that time in one of the poorest areas of the world, how Jesus stood out from a group of folks who claimed they were the Messiah, and how this simple peasant took on divine overtones.
We’ll discuss the book, Aslan’s own religious background, attacks on the book from folks who didn’t even bother to read it, how the real Jesus of Nazareth might approach some of today’s more contentious issues, and what Aslan plans on publishing next.
So please join us Thursday on WRMN AM1410 from 3 to 4 p.m. because it’s gonna be good!
When you add up that I’m officially an unofficial columnist, there aren’t many GOP candidates who make me want to stand up and salute, and the effort generally cuts into my video game playin’ time, you’ll understand why I don’t do many endorsement pieces these days.
Not only that, but the last time your favorite columnist came out in journalistic support of Geneva attorney D. J. Tegeler, Judge David Akemann simply brushed it off. Ah! But the good news there is, the former Kane County State’s Attorney has done the black robe proud.
All that said, since I’m always willing to make an exception, most first-time candidates use that loss as a primer for their next run, and fools like me will always march forth when the angels are in full retreat, let’s give it another shot!
Because there’s also the unassailable fact that, when confronted with a judicial ballot, most of us scratch our heads, heave a heavy sigh, and start flippin’ coins which kinda subverts the process. The truth is, judges can often become the most powerful politicians you can possibly put in office.
So what I’m really saying is, when you find yourself at that March 18 primary polling place, you can’t go wrong by ticking off the box next to Sixteenth Circuit, Third Subcircuit Judge candidate D. J. Tegeler.
For the uninitiated, the Third Subcircuit basically consists of the western half of Kane County.
And I can unabashedly support D. J. because, as far as experience goes, he’s really hard to beat. In the last 24 years, he’s tried cases in every courtroom in the county including, felony trials, misdemeanor trials, civil cases, divorces, traffic violations, small claims, business and real estate actions, juvenile cases, and even appellate proceedings.
Though I can certainly understand why some lawyers choose to specialize, I think that makes them far less effective as judges.
In addition, D. J. has lived in the Third Subcircuit for that same 24 years and there’s something to be said for having an implicit understanding of the folks you hope to serve.
There’s also this! Given our limited county resources, it’s important for Circuit Court Judges to keep an eye on the bottom line. To that end, D. J. has been the President of the Mill Creek Water Reclamation District with their $6 million budget for the last four years. And I’m pleased to say, that board has consistently balanced their budget while cutting administrative costs by one-third.
But as good as all that is, here’s really what really matters to me.
You see, when one of our fellow citizens finds themselves in front of a judge, it may well be they’ve come to a critical juncture in their lives. And that man or woman in black sitting on that lofty courtroom perch may be well be their last hope.
In that brief silent moment before the gavel comes down, I want our Kane County judges to understand that, for all the defendant’s flaws, in the end, a human being stands before them. I want judges who can and will tread that fine line between keeping us safe and attempting to retrieve those lost souls who aren’t yet irretrievable.
Put more simply, I want to elect a judge who, though a variety of life experiences, always remembers his own humanity and never lets the job go to his head.
And that, my friends, is D. J. Tegeler.
I also want to mention that, though I absolutely refuse to hold it against him, D. J. is the only consistent Republican in that race.
One of the joys of living in Kane County is that we’re been blessed with some bleepin’ phenomenal judges including, but not limited to, the retiring Karen Simpson, Clint Hull, David Akemann, John Barsanti, and, of course, my personal favorite, Chief Judge Judy Brawka.
Electing D. J. Tegeler on March 18 would mean one more.
And you can start that process starts by listening to today’s show:
Thanks to Kane County Director of Elections Suzanne Fahnestock for bringing Tim and I up to date on the ever expanding early voting options.
And, of course, thanks to Tim for filling in again today. We will certainly have him back before the election strikes.
We also discussed the political death of Dan Rutherford, why the left is nowhere near as bad as the right when it comes to bizarre political behavior, and our prognosis for some of the upcoming elections.
Enjoy the show!
…then leave all your weather worries behind by tuning into WRMN AM1410 at 3 p.m. today for the latest installment of Left, Right and You!
- Why Jeff’s biggest political prediction of 2014 is rapidly going down in flames. (But that won’t stop him from making another big one!)
- Why precinct committeemen are so important to the process with Hanover Township Trustee and PC candidate Howard Krick calling in.
- Why conservatives’ contention that the left is just as bad as the right when it comes to political lunacy is blatantly false.
Today, I really want to hear from conservatives (847-931-1410) who can offer some sort of explanation for why the GOP will not denounce Ted Nugent’s recent comments regarding the President.