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Getting health care healthy

Wow. The new Gestapo is forming after less than 8 months in office. And I thought those right-wingers were just paranoid. I can't wait to see how the Obama administration tries to stifle dissent.  (Aug 5, 2009 | post #40)

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Getting health care healthy

As long as it is the choice of the patient, let them choose how they want to go. My grandfather just wanted to go home. He lasted 16 hours in hospice after six weeks in ICU. But if you want to go out fighting and put up with all the tubes and needles, that should be the patient's choice as well.  (Aug 5, 2009 | post #39)

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Backyard chicken coops crop up in backyards in Chicago, s...

If you have a closed coop, chickens will huddle together for warmth. A light bulb left on should provide enough heat as long as you pick the right breed. Also, there are methods of composting the waste that provides heat from decomposition. All in all, it isn't hard to keep a half-dozen or more chickens alive through a Chicago winter.  (Jul 31, 2009 | post #102)

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911 caller in Harvard scholar case to break her silence

It's the Chicago way. Just ask any cop what happens if they don't bow before the political elite.  (Jul 28, 2009 | post #25)

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Ultra-fast trains ordered

Not anytime soon. Didn't you read the article? They haven't even started the feasibility study for the track much less laid out a plan to do the upgrades. Go learn something about railroads and HSR before you sound stupid again.  (Jul 17, 2009 | post #16)

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Ultra-fast trains ordered

I've read the article and read the plan. Kick the trains up to a max of 110 somewhere north of Glenview. Think north of Fox lake or you risk plowing through a Metra train without a dedicated track. The plan calls for a feasibility study sometime in the future. You'll never see speeds over 100mph on track shared with commuter trains and freights. And don't forget that you can't have grade crossings (track crossing a street at the same level) on a high speed rail system. The Chicago to Milwaukee line is full of them. It is going to take serious upgrade to get to top out at 110mph. It will cost even more to get the trains to hit 155mph which is the minimum speed for HSR in Portugal. This is a huge project. Why waste the money if you aren't going to do it right?  (Jul 17, 2009 | post #12)

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Ultra-fast trains ordered

Nice. So what are they going to use for track? You can't run half that fast on the current track and even less with all the grade crossings. High speed rail would be nice but there has to be a plan.  (Jul 17, 2009 | post #3)

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Fiat buys Chrysler

I got to drive a Fiat in Italy this spring. Very nice car. It was a small station wagon with a diesel engine. Granted I had it for only a week but based on that, I would consider buying one. The main problem that Fiat is going to have in sending it auto technology to the US is that most of their cars do not have automatic transmissions. There are problems in matching some of the engines (particularly turbo diesel) to automatics. I can't see Americans making the change back to manual transmissions in the short term. Also, with the UAW now owning 55% of the company, I can't wait to see the next round of salary negotiations.  (Jun 10, 2009 | post #25)

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High court won't block Chrysler sale

I guess bankruptcy laws don't apply if Obama says they don't. This should be a wake up call to everyone who holds bonds for a private company. The law will not matter if Obama steps in.  (Jun 9, 2009 | post #5)

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Chicago cop killed: Police officer clung to life for 14 h...

Rest in peace, officer. My prayers are with your family. To all the rest of the CPD: be careful and come home safe.  (Jun 1, 2009 | post #7)

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In DUI case, Chicago cop's sobriety tests delayed, police...

Can everyone be forced to take a breathalyser test now or only police officers?  (May 26, 2009 | post #2)

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Legislation reining in credit card practices may pass, he...

How is that pork? It costs nothing. And there is no such provision in the bill. However, there is a provision that would allow states to decide to allow concealed carry.  (May 19, 2009 | post #46)

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Legislation reining in credit card practices may pass, he...

Always good to see the Federal Government expanding. They control the major banks, the major car companies and now the credit cards. What industry should they take next?  (May 19, 2009 | post #27)

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Legalize civil unions

You see, two people of the opposite sex can agree to marry. That is the law for everyone, not just gays or straights. The fact that you don't WANT to marry someone of the opposite sex does not make the law unequal. Let's try an example: most people feel that the 45 miles per hour speed limit on Milwaukee avenue is fine. I think it should be 55 miles per hour. I don't want to drive 45 and don't care about who does. Does that mean the law is unequal? Nope. It just means I don't like it. I can't have a same-sex marriage either and I'm not homosexual. Don't ask why I would want to, just understand that the law offers the same option of marriage to everyone. You not wanting that option does not make it unfair.  (Apr 26, 2009 | post #64)

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Legalize civil unions

Civil unions grant all the same rights except the name marriage. But still they want to take the name. Why? Redefining the word marriage is forcing everybody to accept the new definition.  (Apr 26, 2009 | post #63)