G.R. Kearney
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Let Buddy Roemer debate... he's not asking you to jackknife into a live volcano
Saturday December 3, 2011

Buddy RoemerI recently announced to the nine guys with whom I play fantasy football that I would be voting for Buddy Roemer in the Illinois primary and the general election, whether or not he is on the ballot.   Before delving into the swift, decisive, and derisive response I got, it’s worth explaining why I’ll support Roemer.

Roemer earned a BA in economics and an MBA from Harvard.  He served in Congress from 1981 to 1988 as a conservative Democrat who regularly broke ranks.   From 1988 to 1992, he served as the governor of Louisiana, both as a Republican and a Democrat.  Since leaving public office, he founded a community bank, which now has over $1 billion in assets, and did not take any federal bailout money.   As governor of Louisiana, Roemer inherited massive deficits but managed to balance the budget every year he was in office.  He also succeeded in linking teacher pay to performance and in passing major campaign finance reform legislation.  Roemer–the only candidate with executive, legislative, and private sector experience–is eminently qualified to lead this country, but that’s not even why I like him... read more

Why I support the dazed and confused Occupy Wall Street Protesters
Tuesday October 24 , 2011

Occupy Wall StreetThe Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protesters have been widely critiqued, and, in my opinion, they deserve most of it. (Here are a couple of the more amusing critiques from David Harsanyi and Barton Hinkle).

While elements of the critiques border on being unfair, the  critics have rightly pointed out that many of the protesters don’t seem to know exactly what they’re protesting nor what they’re demanding.  Over and over the protesters have been described as new age hippies who, upon learning that the world is not an easy place and that their degrees in anthropology won’t get them jobs that pay them enough to support the lifestyles they desire, have lashed out at those who have more and demanded a bigger piece of the pie.

I don’t disagree with these characterizations. Despite that, and though it may seem illogical, I fully support the OWS protesters for the following reasons ... read more

Some good arguments against term limits served with a side of idealism
Tuesday October 18 , 2011

Run: A Novel About One Man's Quest to Save this Country from ItselfI had some good, albeit brief, dialogue/debate with a good friend recently about term limits. He is one of the six people who have read Run (www.runthenovel.com), the book in which I make a strong case for term limits through Noa Kalakaua, a fictional independent presidential candidate who pushes for congressional term limits.

Our conversation started when my buddy, a former Marine and investment banker who just completed his MBA at Kellogg, shared a blog post which called for three things: 1.) no more bailouts; 2.) dissolution of any too big too fail banks; 3.) limitations on Wall Street money flowing into Washington. ... read more

Rick Perry would sleep with you for $1 million... or something like that
Monday September 19, 2011

Rick PerryWhen Michelle Bachmann criticized Rick Perry for issuing an executive order that she said would have forced “government injections” of the Human Papillomavirus vaccine on innocent 12-year-old girls, she suggested he may have done so for money.  Perry’s former chief of staff had become the chief lobbyist for Merck, the pharma giant who manufactured the vaccine, and they had made over $5,000 in contributions to Perry’s campaigns.

Perry’s response was telling. “I raised about $30 million,” he said. “And if you’re saying that I can be bought for $5,000, I’m offended.” Let’s think about some other possible responses Perry could have offered up...read more

What do sexually abusive priests and members of the supercommittee have in common?
Friday Setember 16 , 2011

Rep. Dave Loebsack, D (IA)Roughly five years ago, a young, dynamic Catholic priest I had recently met was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a number of boys in the parish he ran in Chicago.  A good friend of mine had worked with the priest in a professional capacity and knew him much better than I did.  A day or so after the arrest, I asked my friend if he thought the allegations were true.  I’ll never forget his answer.

“He’s had 24 hours.  What would you do in 24 hours if you hadn’t done anything wrong and were accused of something like this? You’d hold a press conference, look the world in the eye, and tell them you hadn’t done anything and that you would fully cooperate with the authorities.  You’d tell them you understood that these allegations created uncertainty and suspicion and you’d plead with them to reserve judgment until you’d had a chance to demonstrate the allegations were baseless.  And then you’d tell them, again, and again, that you hadn’t done anything wrong.” The priest, of course, hadn’t said any of this...read more

Why aren't we talking about how to fix education?
Monday September 12, 2011

NewsweekGreat story in the current issue of Newsweek titled “Why Can’t American Students Compete?“  by Eric Hanushek and Paul Peterson.  Hanushek is a senior fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.  Peterson is a professor of government and director of Harvard’s Program on Education Policy and Governance.  He’s also a senior fellow and the Hoover Institution.

Basic summary of the story is that the United States is (surprise) doing a lousy job of educating its students.   Only 32% of U.S. public and private school students in 2011 are deemed proficient in math.  That places the U.S. 32nd out of 65 nations that agreed to participate in the study.  7% of American kids perform at an advanced level in math.  By comparison, 20%...read more

Three More Syrians Killed as Tom Weight Merits of Drafting Neil Rackers | The Onion Sports Network
Thursday Sept 8, 2011

Three More Syrians Killed As Tom Weighs Merits Of Drafting Neil Rackers | The Onion Sports Network.

Neil RackersDisclaimer: For over ten years (with the exception of a one-year hiatus) I have participated in a fantasy football league with nine friends from high school (I won for the first time in 2010-2011, thanks to the savvy waiver wire pickups of Michael Vick and Peyton Hillis).

Kudos to the Onion for continuing its evolution into the collective conscience of the modern American.  For those that don’t know, The Onion is a satirical newspaper.  And for those that don’t know or may have forgotten, satire is: (n) 1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.

The folks at the Onion are comic geniuses.   But they also have an agenda, which I would sum up as an ongoing effort to shame people into intelligence or some semblance thereof by ridiculing stupidity/folly. The article above ridicules fantasy football draft day hysteria (a day so exciting that one of the guys in my league refers to the week of the draft as Christmas week).  The only conclusion I can draw from this is that... read more

Unions are killing American schools… so now what?
Tuesday May 17, 2011

The AtlanticThe current issue of the Atlantic includes a really interesting piece by Joel Klein, outgoing chancellor of the New York public schools. The many problems facing the American education system have recently crept back into our collective consciousness (I believe this to be a good thing) in part because elements of the educational crisis set up well for the adversarial left vs. right battle that fuels so much of our modern media. The right loves to bash unions and suggests that cuts could / should be made to educational budgets/pensions/teacher benefits to move toward a balanced budget. The education system, those on the right argue... read more


A Strong Case for Term Limits
Tuesday August 10, 2010

Anyone who pays attention to my blog knows I ardently support term limits, so few will be surprised to see me pushing anything that advocates for them.  That said, Ross K . Baker’s opinion piece, “Charlie Rangel Makes the Case for Term Limits” in today’s edition of USA Today is an especially good one. Mr. Baker says,  “In Rangel’s case, and that of other prominent politicians, money was not the only blandishment. The desire for immortality burns with particular intensity in those who are convinced of their enduring greatness.”... read more



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Fr. John P. Foley, SJ, president of the Cristo Rey Network, to speak at Global Educational Summit
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Featured on 60 Minutes
Run: A Novel About One Man's Quest to Save This Country From Itself Run: A novel About One Man's Quest to Save this Country from Itself
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More than a Dream More than a Dream: How One School's Vision is Changing the World
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The Small Things: A Day in the Life of Br. James E. Small, S.J.
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