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May 8, 2017 / jeffnward

Quick Hits – May 8, 2017

Calm down liberals!

Trust me! I understand why the Congressional Obamacare repeal vote has all of your knickers in a twist. After all, killing people off in the name of billionaire tax cuts ain’t exactly the most Christian endeavor. But what my liberal compatriots don’t seem to pick up on is the concept of two steps forward and one step back.

Considering the level of national bigotry and his capacity to be ineffectual when it really mattered, what made you think there wasn’t going to be some sort equal and opposite reaction to our first black president?

Trumpcare

Here’s what you’re missing.

The fascinating Trump presidency has finally fired up liberals to the point where they’re getting involved in a rational manner. We’re already seeing how difficult it is for Republicans to hold their seats. The chickens of pandering to their base are finally coming home to roost.

So unless something really strange happens, the inevitable 2018 mid-term backlash is gonna be one for the ages. And every time Trump does something stupid, it’s gets that much worse for Republicans.

Of course, the Senate, fearing for their political lives, stopped the ACA repeal dead in its tracks and it will be fascinating to see what alternative they manage to come up with. But if Trumpcare does survive, it will destroy any and all 2018 GOP hopes. Why? Because the states with the highest ACA enrollment are the ones who went for Trump!

We’ve all learned that no one can convince Trump supporters with the facts, but when the President’s policies start causing them pain, the shrieking, howling and mind changing will commence.

To make matters much worse for our red state brothers and sisters, they’re the biggest consumers of food stamps, they have more preexisting conditions and the Trump tax cuts will kill the massive subsidies they get from the richer blue states. It’s going to be a lot of fun to watch.

Yes! You are correct! Trump could end it all with the mere press of a button, but then we wouldn’t have worry about him anymore, would we?

So liberals! Please take a deep breath, pour yourself a glass of pinot noir, put on some Chain Smokers and apply some badly needed perspective. If there’s one thing you can count on in this existence, it’s the pendulum swinging back.

I’m not saying you should let go of your newfound momentum. By all means, keep calling your Congressmen to tell them how you feel. It’s just that you don’t want to let your outrage mobilize the other side. There are times when the best course of action is to let some folks hang themselves.

 

It would be easier to list the things the Daily Herald gets right

I know I keep picking on that insipid paper, but they make it so easy it’s hard to stop! To wit, reporter Harry Hitzeman either got something completely wrong or he outright lied.

Not that one is necessarily better than the other.

Harry Hitzeman

Harry Hitzeman

Getting back to the Daniel Rak murder prosecution! When a Kane County judge wasn’t too busy bullying female public defenders, he was considering whether the State’s Attorney’s “accidental” acquisition of privileged PD emails meant that case should be tossed.

In his already stilted coverage of the case, Hitzeman wrote, “A forensic computer expert corroborated Lang’s [an assistant prosecutor] testimony that the emails were never shared.”

NO HE DIDN’T! And you know it, dear readers, because you read it right here!

What the forensic expert actually said was, “Although this does not conclusively rule out that the PD emails had been reviewed…” That isn’t corroboration, that’s a bleepin’ guess. The expert went on to say. “If those files had been reviewed, saved and/or printed, there is a reasonable likelihood that the process of doing so would have left forensic residue…”

And my initial blog response was, “Yeah! And there’s a reasonable likelihood that my wife is gonna kick my sorry ass out any day now, but it never seems to happen!”

Silly me! I thought the murder trial standard was “beyond any reasonable doubt,” not, “What the heck? I think we’re good!”

Harry, everyone knows you’re just a shill for State’s Attorney Joe McMahon, but even I didn’t think you’d stoop to this kind of fake news. I guess I was wrong!

 

Congratulations and condolences

Congratulations to Annette Johnson for retaining her D131 School Board President title by a close 4 to 3 vote. Though Annette shares my capacity to be cantankerous, I’ve never doubted her love for that often difficult East Aurora District. No one should ever underestimate that rare politician with a keen perception of the obvious

I also want to congratulate new West Aurora School Board member Christopher Sparks. The fact that any candidate who wants to serve on a school board should automatically be disqualified notwithstanding, I was impressed when I met Chris while canvassing for North Aurora Trustee Tao Martinez. Good luck sir!

Lastly, I want to offer my condolences to the family of Jamie Daniel and to all Genevans for our collective loss. Ms. Daniel, a preservationist, businesswoman and architectural connoisseur passed away at the age of 95 last week.

Ms. Daniel was involved in the League of Women Voters and the PTA. She was one of the first board members for the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois, the Riverfront Park Committee and she was a member of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce. She also founded Miscella Realty in 1977.

Jamie Daniel

Jamie Daniel

In lieu of a funeral, there will be a memorial service May 20 at 1 p.m. at the Geneva History Museum.

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  1. The Observer / May 8 2017 12:02 pm

    Hitzeman has long had a tendency towards sloppy reporting.
    I was once assigned duty to control traffic access on a side road due to a fatal traffic accident which
    the Sheriff’s police were investigating.

    Hitzeman drove, up, flashed his press credentials, and I let him through.
    Later, when I read his story, he didn’t even get the brand names of the wrecked cars correct.

    • jeffnward / May 8 2017 12:08 pm

      Harry has never been the brightest bulb in the pack!

      • The Observer / May 10 2017 7:16 am

        That explains why he stayed with a paper that is failing, when all the good reporters bailed out years ago.
        Who else would hire him?

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