Monthly Archives: December 2017

A year in, character still matters to this conservative

Last time on this station, we explored the fundamental decency of a great man, Ulysses S. Grant. Lincoln had just named him to square off against Robert E. Lee. Seeking a room at Washington’s Willard Hotel, Grant accepted without complaint … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant, U.S. healer

The Stately Manor Reading Circle is currently engrossed in Ron Chernow’s biography of U.S. Grant, soon to be a smash-hit Broadway play. Well, why not? Our admiration for this general and under-estimated president and truly decent human being has only … Continue reading

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Will Illinois Democrats hide out in Beloit?

Since 2010, Illinois has lost a net 650,000 residents to other states The beauty of our federal system of government is that if its citizens are out-voted at the polling place they may vote with their feet. The early returns … Continue reading

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A very Stately Blaska Manor Christmas

[ UPDATE: Enzo, our Himalayan fur ball of a cat, made off with Lyndon Johnson. We think LBJ is under the sofa. ] Before the indentured servants unscrew the reusable Christmas tree and place it in its box, the Stately … Continue reading

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Donald Trump acts presidential

President Trump signed the tax cut bill into law this morning from his desk in the Oval Office so that it kicks in next year. He was most gracious, even to the hastily assembled news media, in a very informal … Continue reading

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Bruce Murphy is at it again: defending the speech police

Milwaukee’s Bruce Murphy has committed some solid journalism. He broke the Milwaukee County pension scandal that helped elect reformer Scott Walker as county exec and, ultimately, governor of Wisconsin. Good liberal that he is, Bruce has been doing penance ever … Continue reading

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