Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Pantagraph Editorial: Local govts. need more control over finances

From an excellent editorial on the costs to the middle class of Springfields unfunded mandates on local government.There are many other examples. These various laws and regulations may seem innocent enough, but the impact is higher property taxes.

That's why Madigan's constant claim that he is protecting the middle class is so ludicrous. Many of the policies supported by Madigan heap additional taxes onto the middle class, hamper the creation of middle class jobs and have resulted in an exodus of residents from the state.

From a governing standpoint, the more control given to local governments the better. We've been, and will continue to be, critical of decisions by local governments. But we are definitely more comfortable with decisions made by local governments than those made in Springfield.

Unfortunately, Rauner has allowed his agenda to be painted as anti-union instead of pro taxpayer. Taxpayers in Illinois are over-taxed and the property tax is a big part of that. One way to reduce taxes is to reduce the overall size of government.

But another way is to give local governments more control over their own expenses. If that were to happen, voters would more easily know where to exert pressure in order to lower property taxes.

Monday, May 02, 2016

AQAP says it withdrew from Mukalla to protect residents | The Long War Journal

AQAP says it withdrew from Mukalla to protect residents | The Long War Journal

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Chicago Sun Times: WATCHDOGS: The Donald & the Democrat; Burke saved Trump $11.7M

Trump's played ball with enough Democrats that he certainly knows how the game's played, and where the bodies are buried. Guess the test will be if he uses that to run what we will be a very tough up hill campaign in the General Election. Looks like the GOP plan to win the White House will be picking a guy from the other side. We'll find out how that works out.

Sun Times: 

WATCHDOGS: The Donald & the Democrat; Burke saved Trump $11.7M

TRUMP’S ILLINOIS CAMPAIGN GIVING
Donald Trump and his businesses have made $92,294 in political contributions to Illinois candidates and political action committees since 2001, the year he announced plans for Trump Tower. The recipients:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel: $50,000
Cook County Democratic Party: $12,500
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich: $9,000
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd): $5,500
Illinois Hotel & Motel PAC: $5,085
Former Gov. George Ryan: $5,000
Former governor candidate Edwin Eisendrath: $4,359
Green Industry PAC: $850

SOURCE: Illinois State Board of Elections

Reply from President Clinton regarding Bosnia, 1995

I was writing him for a more robust response in Bosnia.  Here's the reply,  (it's one of those grey days but good for scanning things.)


Sprague Warner & Company

Saturday, April 30, 2016

In Syria alone, ISIS executes over 4,000 people in two years

In Syria alone, ISIS executes over 4,000 people in two years

Protestors Disrupt Draft Town, Shut Down Lake Shore Drive

Protestors Disrupt Draft Town, Shut Down Lake Shore Drive: Organizers were chained together, shut down part of Lake Shore Drive and disrupted NFL Draft Town.



I'd like to see BLM protest in front of a Gangster Disciples leader's house about shooting kids.

CPS’ Bond Problems Could Overwhelm Every Other Chicago Problem by Mike Fourcher

Fourcher's Newsletter from Monday, February 1, 2016.  Some of the best analysis I've read on how Chicago's Public School's insolvency can take the city down.  You'll find it about half way down the page.  Fourcher's got a great newsletter going by way.  Strongly encourage you to add yourself to his list.

Cicero LIfe: A Late Night on Roosevelt Road

Why we knew Roosevelt Road as a street of dreams.  Cicero Life recalls some gin mills: A Late NIght on Roosevelt Road.

Not mentioned are "Pour Charlies" further west on Roosevelt, Lubbin's "Pour House", the "12th Street Rag", and "Sportsmen's Lounge".  I spent way too much time at some of them.

Sunday, April 24, 2016