Pseudo-Intellectual (April 2005)

Social Security blues

Given the problems President Bush is having selling his plans for Social Security, it's becoming increasingly clear that we'll be stuck with a bad program for a long time.


Sleeping with the fishes

New University of Illinois Chancellor Richard Herman paid me a surprise visit this week, one motivated by an April 23 News-Gazette column reference I made to him.


Da mob is back in da news

If you love stories about organized crime, be sure to check out the newspaper stories on the latest federal indictment against Outfit members in the Chicago area. Everything from the mob monickers to the stories of the hits on bigtime mobsters, like the


Jim's Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club Vol. XVII

Hollywood has long been known as the dream factory, a place where illusion can replace reality. It was just the place for Archie Leach, who combined a handsome, dapper, reserved and confident persona with tremendous talent to build a hugely successful m


Blago shows he's got what it takes

Say what you will about Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, but he's a terrific political talent.


Mysterious Matombo nails me

I got nailed good in a response from a mysterious writer named Matombo(Who could he be?). He points out that former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan carried Champaign County by 4,000 votes in his unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign against Gov. Rod Blag


Booing Blago

I'm for giving maximum grief to the lord and rulers who masquerade as elected servants of the people when they're really servants for themselves.


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