Quick Hits – February 21, 2017

If a tree falls in the forest and nobody’s there to hear it, does it make a sound?

bustosNo it doesn’t!

Hot on the heels of Chris Kennedy’s Springfield mansion aspiration announcement, Illinois Congresswoman (Quad Cities, Rockford, Peoria) Cheri Bustos told the press she was no longer in the running.

But the truth is, she never was. And neither is Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar for that matter.

Moving on!

A bridge too far!

This author has been known to press the verbal envelope, but even I know when to let it go!

To wit, as long as I’m Caucasian I won’t use the n-word, it’s best not to drop the F-bomb on the radio, and I remain eternally grateful to then Beacon-News Managing Editor Rick Nagel for catching a column line that could’ve been misinterpreted as harboring a predilection for underage girls.

Not that that ever stopped Ted Nugent!

milosBut sadly, Milo Yiannopoulos had to learn that lesson the hard way (no pun intended), when videos of him criticizing age of consent laws as he extolled the virtue of a 13 year-old encounter with a Catholic priest recently resurfaced.

Yiannopoulos, of course, is a Breitbart provocateur who, despite a lack of any real talent, learned to get all sorts of attention by being the conservative political equivalent of a shock jock. And as we all know, it really ain’t that hard to get liberals going. As Bill Maher so eloquently put it, “Stop taking the bait, liberals. The fact that they all freaked out about this little, impish, British, fag. You f*cking schoolgirls.”

But apparently, pedophilia is going too far – even for the alt-right.  (I was beginning to wonder!) Because when those tapes were resurrected, CPAC immediately rescinded their invitation for Yiannopoulos to speak at their annual Intolerance Fest and Simon and Schuster canceled his book ‘Dangerous’ an hour later.

All I can say is, thank you Rick Nagel!

And speaking of girls…

With all due respect to the fairer sex everywhere, then we have Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner who seems to be suffering from a long-term case of of PMS.

When Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno and Senate President John Cullerton first embarked upon restoring balance to the budgetary force, the Governor started strolling those Springfield halls singing heraldic poems in honor of our dynamic duo’s efforts, all to the the tune of a lute.

It was a scene that would’ve made Homer envious!

Rauner4But then, Bruce inexplicably told the Tribune Editorial Board that he was the intransigent object that no irresistible force could budge! Why, he would not as much as sit down with those scurrilous Democrats unless and until they agreed to his impracticable pro-business reforms and/or gave him the unilateral power to cut the budget himself.

And the only thing he offered the Dems was the opportunity to gaze upon his gleaming visage! Who could resist that? But now, in an effort to be just as entertaining as an episode of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey,’ Bruce backtracked again!

Just last week, the Governor heaped praise upon the “tremendous leadership” that brought this “grand bargain” to the legislative forefront. And he suddenly said he could support an income tax increase and a broader state sales tax too.

It’s like he’s negotiating with himself and he’s still not sure who’s gonna win!

Meanwhile, assemblymen on both sides tell me these budget talks are all that Springfield can talk about. As one state senator put it, “We can’t go another two years without a budget.”

Oh! I think we can!

Don’t forget! The Smiling Conservative and I will cover all of this and more on the final Thursday edition of Ward & Jones at 3 p.m. on Feb. 23rd at 3 p.m. Next week, Ward & Jones goes to MWF at 3 p.m!

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