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Procrustes' Foil June 1, 2013 at 06:35 am
This year is the 500th anniversary of the publishing of Machiavelli's THE PRINCE. I first read thisRead More book when I was 19 years old. I recently reread it - it's not the same book I read as a 19 year old! THE PRINCE is as relevant today as it was 500 years ago. Read it and see for yourselves.
Jim June 1, 2013 at 06:50 am
Machiavelli was just reporting on what he saw as the techniques used then to gain and keep power. AsRead More I have said, we are in the middle ages with a better standard of living for the serfs (that could be and is changing downward).
Jim June 1, 2013 at 06:53 am
Ah, Valerie Jarrett, Vernon Jordan's niece, another bilderberger.
r neville June 14, 2013 at 10:23 am
Ludicrous nuclear ban, unenforced handgun ban (not one prosecution in 26 years even for handgunsRead More used in crimes), and now a totally redundant and unenforceable "Assault Weapon" ban. So, a Drone ban? Sure, why not? It'll give the Council something else to crow about while our real problems compound.
Eric Lieberman June 15, 2013 at 11:57 am
Hey, R, you just came up with the Big Fix: Let's Ban Problems! Think it would work?
Jordan S. Zoot June 20, 2013 at 02:36 pm
The FBI Is using drones domestically...and I for one think its a good thing...I will gladly tradeRead More privacy for security in a second. Further....the only thing STUPID about the handgun ban was that they had it. I had the privilege of being a named plaintiff when the NRA too Evanston to court and the city wisely CAPITULATED after the SCOTUS decision in Heller. I have no problem with nuclear weapons either......what the hell is with all of the tree huggers in this town.
june shellene February 7, 2013 at 10:50 am
Jan Schakowsky is a Monsanto pal, like Robyn Gabel. Maybe you should drop a DVD of Genetic RouletteRead More by their office, along with some popcorn...gmo popcorn, of course.
Tim Pareti November 8, 2012 at 03:55 pm
Eric, Why don't you run for city council. It's not too late
Jim November 9, 2012 at 04:23 pm
As I have said to some of you before, Illinois will have to hit rock bottom, like an alcoholic,Read More before there is any possibility of a cure. When the state lies in ruins, the vermin will run. In the meantime, we could market ourselves as the American gulag and try to get other states to send us their crooks, crazies and corrupt politicians. We might be able to make a buck from that and the people sent here would be in their natural habitat.
Jim November 9, 2012 at 05:17 pm
Everyone should read John Rawls, Cloward-Piven, Mark Russo, Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers, BernadineRead More Dohrn, Frank Marshall and a few others to understand what is happening. And Eric, your answer to Dave should have been that you wanted to stop the bleeding first and then look at what to do. His answer would have been logically, no, I want the bleeding to continue until we have a plan. Good try. The fact that someone like you cannot beat a drone like Gabel is discouraging.
John November 2, 2012 at 06:40 pm
The big question is whether people will actually think about the financial condition of Illinois,Read More what it means regarding its ability to provide services to those in need, who helped get us in this mess (Biss and Gabel are among the many actors) and whether they will vote the socially responsible way for Lieberman and Farkas. The number of non thinking voters is truly scary.
Jim November 2, 2012 at 09:10 pm
Time to try something new. whatever Biss and Gabel were doing doesn't work.
TakeBackIllinois November 2, 2012 at 09:22 pm
"CHA-CHING". Biss is only interested in the sound of your home being used as a SpringfieldRead More Pension ATM machine. Anyone who votes for him better dig very deep in their pockets for large property tax increases AND his support for new, higher Progressive Illinois Income Tax. It is time to get this "professor" out of politics.
TakeBackIllinois November 4, 2012 at 01:19 pm
Eric, I applaud your ideas; really, the first concrete ideas I have heard from any candidate runningRead More for office. MAJOR obstacles to bringing those jobs back to the US, and hugely impeding small jobs creation include the obvious currency exchange rate where workers in India are paid a fraction of their same counterparts here in the US; on a dollar equivalent basis. Also, for small businesses over 30 employees, Obamacare can have devastating effects on profit margins, if insurance is not provided and the fine up to $2,000 is paid per employee (over 30) . And, lastly the Illinois corporate tax rate needs to come down, as compared to our close neighbors. Maybe some sort of Economic Zone could be created in Evanston? Perhaps, a new business incubator site could be created as well. What I see, though, are local politicians like Dan Biss & Elaine Nekritz not doing a thing for small business creation. The fact of the matter is a completely new, out-of-the box business creation strategy has to be thought out for any small business to start, here in Illinois, under the present financial disaster Illinois is facing. Vote Biss and Nekritz out; that is a good start.
Brad Morehead November 8, 2012 at 07:53 pm
Eric, This is a great idea. Being based in America is a huge selling point for my companyRead More LiveWatch Security www.LiveWatchSecurity.com and www.SafeMart.com While I live and work in Evanston, we have grown our Kansas office rapidly from a 12 person call center operation to over 60 people in just 2 years! We are serving customers nationwide. I just emailed you. Would love to discuss these plans with you (and/or the mayor) in more detail.
Eric Lieberman November 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm
Brad - you are just the guy I was hoping the universe would send to me! Write me directly atRead More ejlieberman@gmail.com and let's set up a time to talk. - Best, Eric
TakeBackIllinois November 3, 2012 at 01:53 am
Biss's scheme; Your home is Springfield Pension ATM Machine, so vote him out office and protect ourRead More local school districts and property taxpayers from his pension cost-shifting support. A friend of teachers? You have to be kidding.
TakeBackIllinois November 4, 2012 at 02:01 pm
Supporting Biss, Tisdahl supports higher property taxes. Biss wants to shift pension liability ontoRead More the backs of Eavanston's and Illinois local school districts-- the result of which will be significantly higher property taxes for all. And, she must also support his call for a much higher Progressive Illinois Income Tax. Really, Mayor?
TakeBackIllinois November 5, 2012 at 02:11 pm
Eric, Pls. ask the Mayor why she loaned Dan Biss' campaign a Summer intern when you see her- was itRead More at taxpayer expense? Paid out of campaign funds?
Jennifer Fisher November 1, 2012 at 01:37 pm
Eric, if only it were aliens abducting the signs! That would make a great story...
Eric Lieberman November 1, 2012 at 03:09 pm
If we keep losing signs AND crop circles appear on the lawns on Sheridan Road, we will knowRead More something is up! - Eric
june shellene October 19, 2012 at 01:12 am
Eric What is the SVAG? I know there are lots of republicans and democrats alike, whoRead More "support" Isreal, However...I dare say, few people could tell you what that means. Can you shed any light on that? Does the United States need to continue to wage war in the Middle East in order to "support" Isreal? We have young soldiers dying or being dismembered and maimed for life due to our "national" dedication to this cause. I can understand that Jews feel nervous due to WW II, but what do you say to these young men and women who are being killed or dismembered in order to protect a strip of land that could NOT be more embedded in "enemy" territory...just waiting to be a target? What gives here?
Eric Lieberman October 19, 2012 at 02:26 pm
June - I am assuming you are talking about our occupation of Afghanistan and the soldiers andRead More civilians being killed, maimed and displaced there. I do not believe that fighting in Afghanistan...or whatever we are doing there...is necessary for the protection or welfare of Israel. It is a pointless, non-winable war which the American people should oppose instead of being comfortable in our complacency. You and I remember the Viet Nam war protests. Why no protest against this wrong-headed war in Afghanistan? Simple: because there is no draft and the "haves" are able to outsource the deaths and injuries to the "have nots!" - Eric P.S. The SVAG is the name of the synagogue where we are having our discussion Sunday.
Jim Osburn October 2, 2012 at 05:00 pm
Here is when erudite, urbane man falls short. Someone with more experience in nature would haveRead More taken their sharp hunting knife, mercifully slit the litte creaturs's throat--then given the remains to the dogs for their treat.
Marie October 2, 2012 at 05:55 pm
Your dogs followed their instinct and so did you. You most definitely did the right thing by quicklyRead More putting him out of his misery and sparing him from further suffering. Its all we can do, so we should.
annie October 5, 2012 at 01:07 am
I have to check my back yard everytime I take my dog out. She is a bunny hunter. So far this year, IRead More have only had to dispose of 2 bunnies. I like bunnies. I asked the vet why she does that, and vet's answer: thats what dogs do. One spring, she killed 4 baby bunnies. We had dead baby bunnies all over the yard. My dog even killed a mouse this summer and I don't mind that. You definitely did the right thing with the chipmunk.
june shellene September 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm
For several years, I worked as a choir director on Chicago's West Side, at an all black CatholicRead More Church. The priest, who was white, once said to me....slavery ended yesterday. In the grand scheme of things, it wasn't too long ago that we slaughtered Native Americans, and brought slaves in chains from Africa. We cannot, as a nation, escape the seeds we have sown. Us white people spend lots and lots of money "processing" the issues handed down to us by our parents. Now, as we see the real divide...that is, between the haves and the have nots, become clear....these ghosts will surely come back to haunt us, as they have never been truly laid to rest.
Christine Wolf September 27, 2012 at 12:52 am
Crime? It just keeps going. Here's a statement by the EPD issued today: On 9/26/12, atRead More approximately 9:45am, Evanston Police responded to the area of Church/Hartrey on a call of a man with a gun. Police units located a complainant who alleged that he was threaten by an individual brandishing a ‘long gun’ who resided in the 2400 block of Church St. Units arrived at that residence and subsequently took a suspect into custody pending further investigation. It should be noted that at the time of this call, the ETHS girls [cross country] team was in the area in which some of the students witnessed this event. Interviews of some of the track team members were conducted. The investigation led to a search of the residence in question as well as an area along Church St. from Hartrey to McDaniel. No weapon was located. Futhermore, there appears to be an ongoing feud between the complainant and suspect. No charges were filed.
Serena Love Bonita September 28, 2012 at 08:19 am
El, this is not a race issue. This is a socio-economic issue. You saying "Let's have an honestRead More discussion about race", is basically saying "It's the black/brown people committing the crimes". You need to stop looking at the color of the people and look at the socio-economic status of these people. You also have to look at a map. Evanston is right on the other side of Rogers Park, and the bad side of Rogers Park. It seems like northern RP is a dumping ground for the super poor and crazy so of course there is a lot of crime. It is going to spill over into nice quiet Evanston. I also don't think that the author of this blog should be comparing Evanston to Winnetka. Winnetka is WAY richer and isn't bordered by a desperately poor neighborhood. It's not fair. How about the people of Evanston see how they can meet the needs of the children in Rogers Park and see how conditions improve. Throwing more cops at them doesn't make anything better.
r neville September 23, 2012 at 05:05 pm
When is a clear pattern not a pattern? When it favors Cook County Democrats. One day people justRead More might wake-up to his simple fact. You'd think the 600 billion in promised public pension benefits through 2045 would suffice as our alarm clock. But hey, maybe that legislation was also randomly generated and Madigan and Cullerton had nothing to do with it. The real question we face in both cases is: what are we going to do about it?
John September 25, 2012 at 12:44 pm
Eric, thanks for your post and letting us know about this issue--Patch, this needs to be fixed forRead More your own journalistic integrity.
TakeBackIllinois October 2, 2012 at 08:54 pm
The Patch is supported by Ad revenue. I think if you review the AD space for Obama/Biden placed ads,Read More you will get the picture why the Patch has had a definite Democrat bias in its "flyouts", banner placed videos supporting Democrats and anti-Romney Videos and anti-Romney "polls" ( prominently displayed up until last week), lead interviews with Democratic candidates run first, and exceptionally poor reporting, editing ( spelling of candidates names) and coverage of local debates ( ie, Glenn Farkas / Biss). I wrote to a Patch editor about this obvious bias and was told I should talk to the Romney campaign about placing ADs in the Patch, as their answer.
Eric Lieberman September 23, 2012 at 02:48 pm
My mom's dog, Sierra, wanted to post a suggestion for a new Rule, but Sierra wasn't able to figureRead More out how to do it. So, she had my mom email me the following: Dear Satirically: I tried to comment on your terrific piece in Patch, but they rejected it because I used my name instead of Esther's, even though I had the right password. What sticklers! I tried to tell them they must add another rule…no people with "Pretty Kitty" tee shirts. They upset me. Love, Sierra
Jim September 24, 2012 at 07:10 am
Rule # 605: No rule-making idiot attorneys or Evanston bureaucrats allowed on the beach.
John Brinkmann September 25, 2012 at 07:20 am
one of my personal favorites---dogs are not allowed to dig holes
Jennifer Fisher September 11, 2012 at 10:49 pm
Conrad, I am so, so sorry to hear that. I wish you and your family the best on a difficult day.
Conrad September 11, 2012 at 11:39 pm
Thank you Miss/Mrs? Fisher. I appreciate that.
Robert Dunne September 12, 2012 at 03:09 am
Conrad, my condolences on the loss to your family. May you find some comfort on this Patriot Day andRead More National Day of Service and Remembrance. Ironically, on September 11, 2001, I was facilitating the first of a three day emergency management program in simulated disaster training exercise design, which I had planned several months in advance for a large public entertainment venue. I had representatives from the local municipal police, fire, public works, emergency medical services, public health, hospitals and disaster relief organizations including the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, as well as private sector building facilities management all in attendance. We stayed for several hours on the first day, and as we watched the events unfold on television, representatives of each professional functional discipline provided feedback as to what members representing their organizations woud be doing during response and recovery operations for this type of event. By mid day, with two of the instructors called back to duty at the State Capital in Springfield, we elected to suspend training for the balance of the day, uncertain if we would return and complete the program. After having the opportunity to connect with family members, and assure their safety, class members were polled that evening to determine if they wanted to continue on or re-schedule the training. All of the participants voted to return and complete the program with a resolute sense of purpose.
Eric Lieberman September 12, 2012 at 09:06 pm
Hey, John! Simmer down. Take two aspirin and try reading the blog again! I think you will see thatRead More we have no argument with each other. - Eric
Leslie October 2, 2012 at 02:02 pm
It feels like you are trying to help re-elect Jan Schakowsky with your provocative comments andRead More questions.
Eric Lieberman October 2, 2012 at 03:08 pm
Leslie - you need to put on your reading glasses. Read my other blogs regarding JAN that I postedRead More then pass judgment. Eric
chris August 23, 2012 at 10:48 am
Maybe all political office terms should be limited to one six year term? That way we're notRead More constantly bogged down in campaigning and the need for money is reduced eliminating the payoffs, patronage and graft that seems to be endemic in our government.
Guido McGinty August 23, 2012 at 12:26 pm
"the need for money is reduced eliminating the payoffs, patronage and graft that seems to beRead More endemic in our government." Control, theft, payoffs, patronage and graft are the only reasons for the State to exist. Those things are not endemic, they are the essence of the State. The idea that anything can be solved through such critters should be preposterous to anyone with a pulse.
Deadcatbounce August 24, 2012 at 02:17 am
Thanks for the column. I've been trying myself to find out why the plant is closing. Didn't makeRead More sense, except the plant is located in Illinois. Customer base in china makes sense. Also, I read somewhere that the plant's work force had been shrinking for years and former owner (honeywell) was thinking of closing completely before Bain took it over.
fishman August 21, 2012 at 10:30 pm
Very simple - Sensata is leaving because they can. If their departure is to make obscene profitsRead More that Sully believes should be redistributed or the deplorable economic climate of Illinois as Richard believes, what difference does it make? Congress is made up of 44% lawyers who write the laws that create the climate for companies like Sensata to go to China. (Jans top 2 campaign contributors are law firms). The more Congress and States like Illinois that try and take control of companies through regulation and taxes, the more these companies will pack up and leave. Get used to it. For the small business like mine, the farthest I could move from the insanity of Illinois was over to Michigan. After one month, so far - so good. Solution? Stop electing lawyers or people financed by lawyers - it would be a good start. ....in my opinion.
Eric Lieberman August 22, 2012 at 02:52 pm
Richard, Fishman, Scully, Conrad - see my followup post on the Bain Protest atRead More http://evanston.patch.com/blog_posts/jan-a-no-show-but-the-show-goes-on#photo-11089494 .
Tim Wolfe August 28, 2012 at 02:38 pm
First of all I have to reply to fishman and make a plug for myself. I'm a CPA and small businessRead More owner running for Congress in the IL 9th. The current 9th District Congresswoman is a career politician who believes in the government control over business instead of the free market approach. After reading several of the comments about the effect of government policies and the resulting control over businesses I felt I should make clear that changing a business you don't agree with is exactly the same as changing representatives in government. Customers (voters) need to buy less of the product (give the incumbent fewer votes) and force a business to make changes (elect a new representative or force the representative to make changes). The key is to have informed consumers and voters who will not just complain but actively work for change.
Jennifer Fisher August 2, 2012 at 01:31 pm
Yikes. Popcorn vigilante! Thanks for sharing this Eric.
ann August 2, 2012 at 02:59 pm
the theater needs to have some kind of security INSIDE not just a guy outside,drinking coffee atRead More bravo and schmoozing,I have left the theater before due to people texting and being annoying(it's too expensive to not enjoy the movie)!
Richard Schulte August 3, 2012 at 10:47 am
Mr. Lieberman, thank you-you brought a smile to my face this morning. Funny story.
John C Thomson July 26, 2012 at 11:57 am
And so, critical thinking is not just a philisophical pursuit. It saves us. Is this what was meantRead More in the New Testament when it said "The Truth will set you free." This is what I was referencing Sully, from the article, and the answer is no, its not what that scripture means. Ofcourse Jesus wants us to use our brains, He created them.
Sully July 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm
I was wondering about that (Jesus does want us to use our brains). I was going to ask why humansRead More have the brains we have if we weren't intended to use them. Since we can think critically, is it not allowed to interpret the bible in different ways? Truth can have different meanings depending on one's belief system. If truth is using one's critical thinking skills to receive, synthesize, and assimilate new ideas, then in that case, truth will set you free. If one does not believe in free will, then denying information is not truth. It's self-deception.
Eric Lieberman July 26, 2012 at 01:38 pm
Remember, the biblical-Jesus used parables to teach. Parables depend on man's ability to thinkRead More critically.
Esther Lieberman July 19, 2012 at 05:32 pm
Thanks, Eric. Yes, he was a remarkable man and so are you. Love, Mom
Diane S. September 10, 2012 at 05:46 am
Eric, I bought a photo of Carl Sandburg and Frank L. Wright, signed by your father, from MerrillRead More Chase Galleries probably 35 years ago. It has prominently hung in our home ever since. I grew up in Illinois, but now reside in Indiana, I love the photo. Sometime later I purchased your father's book, Farm Boy; I have treasured both pieces, the Photo has inspired me in many ways. I have enjoyed photography for years, as a retired teacher I am now taking my first college photography class. The internet is so amazing, tonight I read your tribute to your Father, and of course your Mother's response. I wish I had known that your Dad was on the faculty at Columbia, and that he was still active as an artist and photographer, as recently as 2008. Had I known, I would have sent him a letter- a piece of "fan mail."
Alan Rosenberg November 8, 2013 at 06:51 pm
I remember your grandfather -- he used to cut my hair. Such a nice man. And your dad and mine wentRead More to Roosevelt together. Glad to learn more about him.
june shellene July 14, 2012 at 03:48 pm
Obama's charm has many turning a blind eye to war crimes and banking scams that are enslaving usRead More all. I'm glad to hear someone running who's willing to tell the not so charming truth. Long live Eric Lieberman! Death to the two party hoax, which keeps us riveted to popularity contests and pre-packaged beliefs devoid of critical thinking. We will survive only if enough of us become truth-seekers rather than passive consumers of corporate controlled and owned media. DUH!!!
Thomas Mann July 16, 2012 at 04:34 pm
Congrats, Eric, on your decision.
Eric Lieberman June 20, 2012 at 10:19 am
CORRECTION: The word is "pollination".
Eric Lieberman June 21, 2012 at 07:07 pm
GMO Labeling Amendment fails in the senate While the U.S. Senate today passed the 2012 Farm Bill,Read More senators rejected the GMO labeling amendment with a vote of 26-73. The amendment would have permitted states to require that any edible product offered for sale have a label indicating that the item contains a genetically modified ingredient.  Durbin Rejects GMO Labeling Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL)voted against the bill, as did the legislators from other corn producing states. A petition supporting the bill had been sent by EGMOW to Sen. Durbin. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had introduced the amendment in an impassioned speech before the legislative body. “The failure of the amendment means that people will have to work harder and shop smarter to know if they are eating GMOs,” said EGMOW co-founder Eric Lieberman of Evanston. “We will continue to help them get the knowledge they need.”
Kevin June 25, 2012 at 08:22 pm
Senator Kirk didn't vote on the amendment. It seems he was the only Senator who didn't. As theRead More correlation with colony collapse disorder indicates, thorough field testing and awareness of GMO affects is insufficient. Consumers deserve the right to avoid products whose safety is questionable. It seems the best alternative now may be to encourage the industry to adopt usage of a "Not GMO" label for produce.
Jim May 31, 2012 at 01:34 pm
Eric, I can understand why the city would want to do TIFs in certain places. Obviously it is anRead More attempt to start some development in otherwise sort of hopekess situations. OK. The problem is that the situation in tjhose places is hopeless in the first place. How did it get that way? You know as well as I that if there were a natural underlying market for products and/or services in those locations, business would be there and making a profit. The truth is that Evanston is not a business friendly place and so in desperation the city has to do "something" both to try to stave off the down spiral and to look like (hope against hope) that it is doing "something". Sad situation but at least the city still has enough awareness left to see what the reality is.
june shellene May 28, 2012 at 10:29 pm
Eric, Sinister and hidden indeed. As they say, the best place to hide is in plain sight. What'sRead More that bank you see on every corner, JP Morgan Chase (FREEDOM???) Just watch as they implode and ENSLAVE the American populace to bail them out for having gambled on their ridiculous Derivative bets. They said they lost 2 Billion, now it's double that, and some are saying it's more like 30 Billion. Buckle your seat belts all you tax payers....and pray for your children.
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