Thursday, September 30, 2010

Daily Herald: Noland, Rauschenberger split on income tax increase, cuts

The Herald on one of the most interesting Illinois Senate races: Noland v Rauschenberger. Rauschenberger about as on top on Illinois' budget as a guy can get. A lot of good ideas in the story from him on where to save.
Current state Sen. Michael Noland, an Elgin Democrat, supports legislation that would raise the income tax rate for individuals, trusts and estates from 3 to 5 percent and the corporate income tax rate from 4.8 percent to 5 percent. In return, Noland would seek to double the property tax credit to 10 percent. He says the plan would raise about $7 billion in new revenue over time and would reduce the state's "over-reliance on property taxes."

Republican opponent Steve Rauschenberger, also of Elgin, opposes an income tax increase, saying one is "not appropriate during the worst recession in modern history."

Instead, he said the state will realize more income tax receipts from supporting "job-friendly changes to (Illinois) policies and politics."

Randy Hultgren: Statement On Two-Year Anniversary Of Foster’s Government Bailout Vote

September 29, 2010 CONTACT: (630) 632-1161

Statement On Two-Year Anniversary Of Foster’s Government Bailout Vote

ST. CHARLES – Randy Hultgren, Republican candidate for Congress in the 14th District, issued the following statement on the two-year anniversary of Democrat Congressman Bill Foster's disastrous vote to bail out Wall Street.

“Two years ago today, Congressman Bill Foster disregarded the concerns and views of his constituents to support Nancy Pelosi's Wall Street bailout bill,” said Hultgren. “Unfortunately, that was just the first of Foster’s many votes for bailouts; since then he has voted repeatedly to bail out the private sector using scarce taxpayer dollars while exploiting any opportunity for government intrusion into the marketplace.”

“I’ve spoken to people all across the 14th District and what I’ve consistently heard is they want and expect a more accountable Congress, one that spends responsibly and adheres to a budget,” said Hultgren.

....and so much for a budget.

Bill Foster's Washington Achievement: Congress can't pass a 2010 Budget

Gary Andres over at The Weekly Standard writes a good column on the Economic impacts of Congress failing to pass a budget for the fiscal year ending today: The Democrats and the 2010 Budget Fiasco
The 2010 federal fiscal year ended unceremoniously this week – a political and substantive fiasco for the Democrats. It included a cascade of miscalculations that could haunt the party in the November elections. But that pales in comparison to the serious harm they’ve inflicted on the American economy.

Never before has a party so bungled fiscal policy in the United States, leaving citizens, businesses, and investors with head-spinning uncertainty.
Good piece with lots of examples of how Congress's failure will hit each and everyone of us. Thanks a lot Congressman Foster for dealing this blow to us in Illinois 14th. This isn't a liberal or conservative thing. It's incompetence from a party with no excuse with their overwhelming majority.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Feingold skipping Obama rally

via the AP. Maybe Feingold doesn't want to cross the lines of protesting SDSers sure to be at this event.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Party Chairman Timothy Kaine says he sees no slight in Wisconsin Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold skipping a campaign rally tonight where President Barack Obama is appearing on his behalf.

Kaine tells CBS's "The Early Show" that candidates "make their own decisions about these things." And Kaine, a former Virginia governor, says Feingold understands that Obama can energize the party's base.

Kaine says Obama is appealing particularly to college-age youths to become more active in the mid-term elections, saying "we just need to make them aware of the importance of these elections." Obama's standing in public opinion polls has been falling in recent months, and some Democratic candidates have been reluctant to appear with him.

Joel Pollack: Give back the J Street cash!

via Pollack's facebook page
Jan Schakowsky is one of the top recipients of campaign cash from J Street, the far-left organization that opposes Israel at every opportunity. It turns out that J Street has taken $750,000 from George Soros, despite the earlier denials of J Street executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami. And J Street took even more money--almost half of its budget--from a foreign donor in Hong Kong. The organization has lost any credibility it may have had.

Thus far this election cycle, Schakowsky has received tens of thousands of dollars from J Street--close to $50,000, according to OpenSecrets.org, and perhaps twice as much in reality. J Street has made me their #1 target in the 2010 election, because I have taken on their leaders and their misguided policies--and also because I received the endorsement of Alan Dershowitz, whom J Street attacks, among other Jewish leaders.

The Obama administration, which is now backing away from J Street, has used the group to divide the Jewish community and to push Congress away from its traditional support for Israel. Though there are some who support J Street out of sincere--if often misinformed--conviction, many of those who hate Israel with a passion have delighted in J Street’s emergence as a Washington project under the administration’s protection.

I recently received a bizarre anti-Israel and anti-Jewish screed from an organization calling itself “Goals for Americans,” and run by a certain “Paul Flum” from Missouri. Evidently “Mr. Flum” has been sending his materials to as many political candidates as possible, with the note: “If you need any more evidence that Israel (with American help) is the Oppressor of the people of Gaza and Palestine and the civilized world--Here it is!”

The “evidence” is a pair of glossy, colorful propaganda pamphlets, one of which is an ode to Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH). The Kucinich pamphlet also features a plainly disgusting antisemitic cartoon which portrays a giant beast with several arms, tentacles, and horns that is meant to represent the global Jewish conspiracy to control humanity. Kucinich is lauded for supporting the Goldstone Report and hence fighting the “beast.”

In addition to celebrating Kucinich and Richard Goldstone, the pamphlet singles out J Street and its executive director, Jeremy Ben-Ami, for unique praise. On one page, Ben-Ami is depicted as “Saving the Jewish Heritage.” On the next, he is pictured beneath a figure waving a banner that reads “J Street,” shouting: “HEY! Stop This!” The figure, and Ben-Ami’s face, appear with the captions: “‘J Street to the Rescue!’ ‘Humanity May Win!’”

No doubt Ben-Ami would condemn the pamphlet, and had nothing to do with it. Yet his organization has nourished a culture of ignorance about and malice towards Israel that has become entrenched in elite society today. In February, Jan Schakowsky boasted: “I’ve been a supporter of J Street since its inception.” In June, she thanked J Street for its money. Today, it’s time for her to cut her ties to J Street and give back the cash.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Hultgren To Foster: Call For A Vote On Tax Cuts

Bill Foster needs to spend less time California talking about himself (SLAC Colloquium: Another Kind of Many-Body Problem - Experiences of a Physicist in the United States Congress) and more time in Washington and Illinois attending to the peoples business. Below a Hultgren presser on a key piece of business getting left unattended by Congress.
ST. CHARLES – State Senator Randy Hultgren issued the following statement today regarding Congress's pending failure to pass an extension of expiring tax cuts; Congress is scheduled to adjourn Thursday, part of an effort to give Democrats more time in their districts as they desperately try to save their jobs.

“Taxpayers and small business owners across the 14th Congressional District of Illinois continue to fear what the federal government will do to them while the economy sputters,” said Hultgren. “Rather than going along with efforts to postpone a vote on taxes till after the election, Bill Foster should urge his close, personal friend Nancy Pelosi to hold an up-or-down vote on the extension of all expiring tax cuts prior to this week's adjournment.”

“Foster’s steadfast support for Nancy Pelosi, voting with her an astonishing 92% of the time, has been out of touch with his district,” said Hultgren. “Now, Foster should turn his cozy relationship with the Speaker to the advantage of his constituents by urging her to hold a vote that will deliver almost $2,000 in tax relief to families across the 14th District.”[1]

“Nothing would be more harmful to the economy’s weak recovery than a tax hike, and it’s a testament to the Democrats’ inability to govern that they have had two years to address this issue that directly impacts American families but have failed to act,” said Hultgren.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Ahmadinejad’s hush-hush meal with Farrakhan & members of New Black Panther Party

I'd love to see the guest list from some of these dinners with A'jad. via Planet Iran.
It was a strange week for the loony strongman from Iran.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s six nights in New York featured a secret sit-down with militant minister Louis Farrakhan, heckling in a hotel bar, and a fear of being rubbed out that bordered on paranoia.

The president shared a hush-hush meal with Farrakhan and members of the New Black Panther Party Tuesday at the Warwick Hotel on West 54th Street.

The meeting of the podium smackers took place in a banquet room, where the fiery leaders presumably exchanged theories on what’s wrong with the world.

Activists rally after FBI conducts terrorism searches

My advice is listen to Rod Blagojevich after his trial and his observation he learned he talked to much.



Also infor on demonstrations here and here which would be well worth watching.

Red Raids: the Chicago Minneapolis FBI Peace Activist raids

The Real Barack Obama is all over the raids in Chicago and Minneapolis. The United Electrical (UE) signs speak volumes to me, but Moscow gold's long gone... I just wonder if there's a new spigot spouting.

Anyways, RBO here and here. Carl Davidson's commenting. He's gotta know the story.

Update: Pat Hickey on MSM's omitting the SEIU link.

Update: And Backyard Conservative's take...

And over at Progress Illinois you'd never know the FBI had just raided the home of an SEIU local 73 Steward... deails are "sketchy" per the SEIU funded site.

Alexi Giannoulias's bad hair day

Hear him here, h/t Gapers Block
Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias held a conference call today to take a couple shots at Mark Kirk for his vote on a small business loan bill. While the conference was happening, an AP reporter asked why Giannoulias was doing this on a conference call, not in person at a press conference. His answer? Bad hair day.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Adam Kinzinger ad

FBI raids homes of anti-war activists

Somehow I think the Liberal blogosphere would have lit up had Bush still been Prez: FBI raids homes of anti-war activists
In a statement issued on behalf of the activists, Minneapolis activist Steff Yorek said the homes of a number of anti-war, socialist or pro-Palestinian groups had been searched by the FBI.

Yorek, whose home was also searched Friday, called the searches "an outrageous fishing expedition."

"Activists have the right not to speak with the FBI and are encouraged to politely refuse," she said.

Several of those targeted with warrants or subpoenas are also occasional contributors to Fight Back!, a socialist newsletter that is generally supportive of leftist groups and critical of U.S. "wars of occupation" in Iraq and Afghanistan, Burke said.

"We pretty much all know each other," Burke said. "We barely have money to publish our magazine. We might write about (revolutionary groups) favorably, but as for giving them material aid, nothing."
I'm guessing, and it's pure guess, is the material aid goes the other way. Here's Fight Backs softball piece on their meeting: U.S. progressives meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
New York, NY - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad met here, September 21, with 100 leaders and representatives of anti-war, labor, alternative media and Iranian and Palestinian solidarity organizations. Among the participants were Sarah Martin, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Margaret Sarfehjooy, board member of the Minneapolis-based Women Against Military Madness, former attorney general Ramsey Clark, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Sara Flounders from the International Action Center, Brian Becker of the ANSWER coalition, Ramona Africa of the Free Mumia Coalition and Amiri Baraka, poet and activist.

The meeting was called by the president of Iran with the hope that a frank and honest exchange of views will help activists further the cause of peace between the people of Iran and the U.S.


Update: RBO covers with a lengthy post.

Update: Ahmadinejad’s Red Stooges via RBO
But that’s not really the whole story, Baar suspects — and I concur.

Think on this: Instead of funds passing from anti-American groups to support the “glorious cause” abroad, is it not possible that the “glorious cause” is sending the flow of “support” in the opposite direction?
Read it all of course for the details.

Sara Martin talking with Azam al-Sadat Farahi,
wife of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
(Fight Back! News/Staff)

Martin one of those whom's home was searched by the FBI

Friday, September 24, 2010

Colbert and the shame of Congress

via Politico... Democrats have degraded Congress beyond belief. For God's sake, go!

Despite the fact that countless Washington reporters couldn't help but watch Stephen Colbert's Capitol Hill testimony Friday, not all were enthralled by the Comedy Central star's performance, as they expressed on Twitter.

"REALLY not sure this is funny," wrote ABC News' Rick Klein.

"Colbert is making a mockery of this hearing," said Mother Jones' David Corn.

"Colbert's testimony made a mockery of Congress," said the Washington Post's Aaron Blake.

The Hill's Mike O'Brien said, "This might be the most amazing public stunt before Congress."

National Review's Kathryn Lopez wrote that "a congressional chairman made a joke of her committee today."

A Statement From Randy Hultgren

Bill Ayers denied emeritus status at UIC: Son of RFK — now U. of I. board chair — rips prof for dedicating book to his father's assassin


Beacon Press disgraces Unitarian Universalism for keeping this thug Ayers on board. RFK's son finally gives him back a small bit of what this shameful man deserves. U of I (and Northwestern) let the Ayer's family's wealth sway them. At least the Kennedy's stood up to this hoodlum... finally.

When retiring University of Illinois at Chicago professor Bill Ayers co-wrote a book in 1973, it was dedicated in part to Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Robert F. Kennedy.

That came back to haunt Ayers when the U. of I. board, now chaired by Kennedy’s son, considered his request for emeritus status Thursday. It was denied in a unanimous vote.

Before the vote, an emotional Chris Kennedy spoke out against granting the status to Ayers.

“I intend to vote against conferring the honorific title of our university to a man whose body of work includes a book dedicated in part to the man who murdered my father, Robert F. Kennedy,” he said.

“There is nothing more antithetical to the hopes for a university that is lively and yet civil, or to the hopes of our founding fathers for their great experiment of a self-governing people, than to permanently seal off debate with one’s opponents by killing them.”

Stopping the hate, finally, so what gives with Beacon Press that their so sweet on this punk? Ayer's family money too?

Update: Chris Kennedy via the Trib,
Kennedy said he hoped faculty, staff and Illinois residents "understand my motives and my reasoning" and concluded: "How could I do anything else?"
Many tragically did something else. Thanks for showing honor here Chris Kennedy.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Russ Stewart: CULLERTON FACES FIASCO: REPUBLICANS POISED TO WIN ILLINOIS SENATE

He goes through the key districts but here's the one closest to me,
22nd District (Schaumburg, Streamwood, Elgin, West Dundee, Carpentersville): Irascible incumbent Democrat Mike Noland, who won in 2006 by 2,778 votes, getting 53.9 percent of the vote, has been a loyal Cullerton stooge, voting for tax, fee and pay hikes. He is an unabashed booster of a state income tax hike.

Republican divisions in Hanover and Schaumburg townships, coupled with rapid Hispanic growth around Elgin, turned the district marginal. It was held securely by Republican Steve Rauschenberger from 1992 to 2006, when he ran for lieutenant governor. But change is afoot. The well known Rauschenberger is running for his old seat, and Hispanics, who number 6 to 8 percent of the population, have failed to emerge as a potent force; Hispanics lost all races Elgin's 2009 election. Outlook: The Republicans are energized. Rauschenberger will get 56 percent of the vote.
Read him all here.

NEW Brady for Illinois TV Ad: "The Truth"

And not a bad one either...

Steve Raushenberger: Like Our Families

Hultgren's response to Foster's TARP charges

Foster can't exactly run on the great job he did with Pelosi on taking over over our healthcare, so we get goof ball stuff from Foster on Hultgren making bucks off TARP.

Hultgren's response,

September 23, 2010 CONTACT: (630) 632-1161

“Bailout Bill” Foster Provides Case Study Of What It Looks Like When

A Desperate, Millionaire Member Of Congress Lies

St. Charles – Desperate Democrat Congressman Bill Foster, an outspoken supporter of Federal government bailouts, today launched a lie-filled TV smear ad accusing his opponent’s firm of both igniting the housing crisis and profiting from bailouts.

“As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, ‘Bailout Bill’ Foster was present when Performance Trust CEO Rich Berg testified that Performance Trust companies ‘did not engineer, create, or underwrite any securitized assets or sell any at origination;’ furthermore, he testified the companies ‘did not transact in any subprime or affordable ARM products,’” said Hultgren Campaign Manager John Cooney.[1]

"It's clear that Bill Foster is resorting to lies to hide his extreme left-wing voting record which aligns him with fellow Democrat Nancy Pelosi 92.5% of the time,” said Cooney.

“Not only is he willing to lie, but he also appears willing to place his special interest money and his vast personal wealth, estimated to be at least $7 million, behind his attempts to deceive the voters in the 14th Congressional District of Illinois,” said Cooney.

“The question now is what will Bill Foster lie about next and how much money will he use to spread his lies in an attempt to hang on to his Congressional seat,” concluded Cooney.


Or as a commentator over at Capital Fax put it,

"....using taxpayer bailout money that Foster voted to appropriate, Hultgren’s company cleared bad mortgages off the books of “too big to fail” financial institutions, in a move that President Obama credits with saving our entire economic system from collapse.”

Foster moves to Long Island, kicks stimulus dollars to his new wife's Pyshics Lab, and we in the 14th supposed to swallow this hokum? How stupid do we look in the 14th Mr. Foster?

Arlene Jones: Suddenly, politicians have found their voices

via Arlene, Suddenly, politicians have found their voices

All politics this weekend from east to west on the West Side.
Lastly, this Sunday, Sept. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m., the NAACP will host a candidate forum at Christ the King School, 5088 W. Jackson. It will involve those running for governor, lt. governor, U.S. senate and a few more. Everyone needs to come out and learn what is going on with those who want to make the laws that affect your life.

Kane County Republican Roundup

WhenSaturday, September 25, 2010, 12 – 3pm
Note

Last year we had over 300 people and this year we are expecting a better crowd!

The rally will take place at
Pottawatomie Park
8 North Ave. St Charles, IL 60174

Key Note Speaker
Gubernatorial Candidate Bill Brady

Also in attendance, 14th Congressional District Randy Hultgren, Kane County Sheriff candidate Don Kramer, Attorney General Candidate Steve Kim and many state and local candidates.

Plus special guest State Party chairman Pat Brady.

This is a family event. We'll be serving hamburgers, hotdogs and brats; cooked and serve from the grill. Yummy...

Early voting is only a few days away; invite your friends and neighbors and help us rally the troops.

Tickets are only $10 person or $25 family, includes food and soft drinks.

If you have not RSVP yet, please e-mail:
director@kanegop.org or gwyatt7@yahoo.com

You can pay at the door.


Congressman Foster Grilled On Healthcare

via Kane County Politics... no wonder Bill Foster can't face the public.

Raghuveer Nayak and Alexi Giannoulias

The NYT profile on Mr Nayak from a few years ago. I got swept in the bikini pics instead of reviewing Mr Nayak's record. Ever vigilant reader "anon" set me straight. What's already known since 2008 but worth rereading today.
They also say that one of Mr. Obama’s close friends, Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer, showed Mr. Nayak’s teenage son around New Hampshire at the time of the presidential primary early this year.
His [Nayak's] surgical centers are meant to offer a cheaper alternative to hospital procedures, and critics have suggested he might have used his political connections in securing locations for some of them. State records show he also once owned part of a drug-testing laboratory that had millions of dollars in state public aid contracts.
Mr. Nayak has also made political donations to Pat Quinn, the Illinois lieutenant governor, who would become governor if Mr. Blagojevich resigns, and the state’s attorney general, Lisa Madigan, who is leading the fight to oust Mr. Blagojevich.

Mr. Nayak’s surgical company also gave $12,000 to Mr. Giannoulias’s campaign for state treasurer. Mr. Giannoulias and Mr. Obama play basketball together, and a spokesman for Mr. Obama confirmed Sunday that Mr. Giannoulias had shown Mr. Nayak’s son, who was a high school volunteer for Mr. Obama during the presidential race, around New Hampshire in January.

By then, others say, Mr. Nayak and other Indian-American leaders were vacillating between whether they wanted Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton to win the Democratic nomination. And in the general election, Mr. Nayak and his wife hedged their bets with their donations to Mr. McCain.
Imagine what Obamacare will be like. It'll be run just like Illinois with guys like Nayak kicking dough all over to politicans.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Do Bill Foster or Alexi Giannoulias believe America can win the War in Afghanistan?

A quote from Victor Davis Hanson today in Nat Rev with a question that ought to be asked of every candidate this November arising from Woodward's book on Obama and the war.
....the initial reports from the book reveal two very disturbing presidential admissions that, if true, Robert Gibbs should quickly address: Obama’s purported toss-off that the U.S. could absorb another 9/11-like terrorist attack (a very callous and cruel editorial about the 3,000 who were so savagely killed and are no longer with us), and his studied avoidance of any notion of “victory” (as in, How quaint) in Afghanistan.

If these are accurate admissions, then we all better pray for salvation, because we won’t find it from the White House. The entire post-9/11 national-security doctrine was to be offensively minded, and to fight terror abroad rather than merely react to it serially at home. Afghanistan may be messy, confused, and non-traditional, but “victory” is no construct; it is a timeless military reality of making an enemy concede through force and diplomacy to your political objectives — in this case, a stable consensual government in Kabul, and the Taliban and its terrorist allies denied the use of Afghan soil to launch further attacks on Western interests. If Obama does not believe such a victory is possible, then he should not ask American youth to die in the next year as he finds a politically expedient method to back out of the theater.

No Americans should die for Obama's expediency. Right now the administration is backing Woodward's book.
Many of Obama's senior advisers have already obtained and read the book, "Obama's Wars," and are satisfied with the image it conveys of the president, a senior administration official said Wednesday.
If that's the case, it's obscene.

Bill Foster on our Taxes

Berwick fleeing

Donald Berwick on the run from a guy from Human Events asking a few questions on rationing American's their care.

If you had paid Don --as thousands did at IHI's New Orleans conference in 2003 (picture at left)-- he would have donned the PJs and delivered a most theatrical of impassioned speeches.

Make him a public servent though, and past-gregarious-for-a-buck Berwick goes grey-suit, behind security, and clams up tight.

via Human Events

The Unethical Practices of Think Progress


Warner Todd Huston's piece on a sad story out of Right Nation 2010.

My advice to Scott Keyes is guard your integrity. Everyone right and left knows you now, and everyone right and left will take it into account when dealing with you. Politics will change, but your reputation clings to you forever.

I'd write a letter of apology to John Fund because no one right or left will talk to you straight from now on.

Randy Hultgren Ad: Vote

Hultgren's latest ad which seems like a nice piece of work. Makes all the points on all the facts. Here's the Presser from Hultgren's office followed by the ad.

Hultgren Campaign Releases New TV Ad: Vote

ST. CHARLES – The Randy Hultgren for Congress campaign issued the following statement today regarding the release of their new television advertisement, “Vote.”

“As Bill Foster launches one desperate and dishonest attack after another on Randy Hultgren, it’s important that voters are fully informed of Bill Foster’s out-of-touch, liberal record of voting with Nancy Pelosi 93% of the time, and his support for the Wall Street bailout, the so-called ‘stimulus,’ and the Foster-Pelosi government takeover of health care,” said campaign spokesman Gill Stevens. “This ad does just that, and reminds voters that Bill Foster is part of the problem in Washington, DC.”


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Those Darn Bloggers: more Giovanna Huidobro pictures

via Publius Forum with a H/T to American Princess.

Rove's ad on Giannoulias

Which doesn't strike me as much of a smear. Lighter than what Rove unloaded on Christine O'Donnell.

That's What Friends Are For

Cisco Cotto on Brady's Coattails

Who would have thought. A lot's happened in a few months.

Quinn, Foster, Giannoulias on campaign bus to Aurora

A less than flattering picture of Guv Quinn via The Beacon News. After listening to this kind of detached, disengaged, geek stuff though from Foster,
Foster said that the average household net worth has rebounded since the federal stimulus bill was signed Feb. 17.

"That's why we have to continue to do the job," he said.
I can't really blame the all-too-human Quinn for giving it all the big yawn.

No Giannoulias quotes in the story. Wonder what Alexi was saying?

Organizing for American: I think he's Gay

OFA organized protesters telling Andrew Breitbart he's gay. These folks were organized by OFA. One of the Ministers is from Euclid Methodist Church a few blocks from where I grew up. Via Breitbart's page with updates on the Protest Organizers.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Once again chants of “God is Great” echoed in Iran’s sky

Wonder what they think of Obama's open hand to the Tyrant in Tehran.

Once again chants of “God is Great” echoed in Iran’s sky: Following the recent imposed rest...rictions on Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi by the totalitarian government, tonight (September 20, 2010) after about one year and half since the election coup, which brought Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power, the cry of “God is Great” and “Death to the dictator” echoed in Iran’s sky. Green people of Iran once again went on rooftops tonight and in an organized protest chanted in support for the Green Leaders. Recently the totalitarian government attacked the office of Mir Hossein Mousavi and confiscated documents and computers also arrested his chief of staff. Also the pro-government Basij thugs and plain-clothes militias recently attacked Mehdi Karroubi’s residence and while insulting him and his family severely vandalized the building. In addition to all these in the recent days security forces have been preventing anyone from visiting Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi; anyone who attempts to visit them has been arrested on the location and interrogated on the street and then forced to sign a consent that would not return to visit the Green leaders. Tonight the loud cry of “God is Great” and “Death to the Dictator” was a warning to the totalitarians that the Green Movement is very much alive and is firmly supporting the Green Leaders as well as a loud protest to the recent restrictions imposed on the Green Leaders.


Cook County GOP's Questions for Dan Hynes

Some excellant stuff from the ever excellant Lee Roupas.

Cook County Republican Party
Lee Roupas, Chairman

Contact: Jonathan Blessing
Phone: (312) 201-1599
Email: jon@cookrepublicanparty.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Questions Chicago Media Should Ask Dan Hynes
at his Funder for Patrick Maher Tonight

(Cook County, Illinois) – Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes and his father, former Cook County Assessor Tom Hynes, are hosting a fundraiser for Democrat candidate for 17th District Cook County Commissioner Patrick Maher tonight in Chicago.

When Dan Hynes ran for Governor, he did so as a reformer. Hynes said it was important to tell Illinois residents the truth and that we need public officials with personal integrity.

We agree with the Dan Hynes the candidate. But we’re having a difficult time squaring that Dan Hynes with the Dan Hynes who is supporting and raising money for Patrick Maher.

We have some questions we respectfully submit members of the Chicago press corps should be asking Dan Hynes:

1. Comptroller Hynes, would you care to comment on media reports from Fox News Chicago, the Southtown Star, and the Daily Herald, detailing Patrick Maher’s false statements about his past criminal conviction on candidate questionnaires, his provision of a false birthdate on those same questionnaires, and his misrepresentation of his college education in furtherance of his attempt to cover up his criminal past?

2. Comptroller Hynes, as the Southtown’s Phil Kadner recounts, Patrick Maher’s lies about his criminal conviction seem to fit into a larger pattern of conduct with Mr. Maher that includes his tenure with the Orland Fire Protection District. Is this a pattern of behavior that would lead you to believe he should be elected to the Cook County Board?

3. Comptroller Hynes, the Orland Fire Protection District’s website has the following statement posted on it for prospective firefighters who seek employment, “There is no room for the thief, the cheat, or the deceiver of the public.” Wouldn’t Patrick Maher’s actions to date disqualify him from serving as an employee of the very district where he serves as the board president? If so, how can you support elevating him to the Cook County Board?

4. Comptroller Hynes, in light of his many false statements and in the interests of full disclosure, do you think Patrick Maher should produce a copy of his original state application for his real estate appraiser’s license so the public can see whether or not completed that application truthfully with respect to his previous criminal conviction?

5. Comptroller Hynes, if Patrick Maher were not a relative of yours, would you be supporting his candidacy?

Chris Robling on Right Nation 2010

Must read thoughtful analysis by Robling on the event.

He noted some important words from Brady. Bill Brady said even when polls look good, we must campaign like we are five points behind.

Right Nation 2010 Bloggers

I'll probably add them as a new blogroll. Here they all are in a post for now,

American Princess

Chicago News Bench

David John Diersen

Jill Stanek

Marathon Pundit

McClean County Pundit

Nancy J. Thorner

Publius Forum

Thoughts of a Regular Guy

And some video from Publius Forum,

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Bill Foster and Nancy Pelosi Support Job-Killing Tax Hikes

Hultgren's presser on Bean's tax letter. It's early, but I'm getting the feeling Foster's thrown in the towel. Maybe Dem Leaders have promised him a job on some Physics panel, or something with Green energy. I don't think he's running for Congress.
ST. CHARLES – The Randy Hultgren for Congress campaign released the following statement today in reaction to news that Congressman Bill Foster had declined to sign a letter calling for an extension of all tax cuts that was circulated by fellow Illinois Democrat Melissa Bean. The letter was signed by 31 Democrats who understand the effect that higher taxes would have on the economy.

“The worst thing for Bill Foster to do is to raise taxes while the economy remains in crisis and small businesses are paralyzed due to uncertainty relating to continued government intrusion into the marketplace,” said State Senator Hultgren. “A job-killing tax hike now would be devastating to Illinois’ small businesses and families, and would do nothing to get our economy moving again. I’m disappointed that Bill Foster is standing, yet again, with Nancy Pelosi instead of fighting for the unemployed workers and small businesses of Illinois; Bill Foster should not have refused to join Melissa Bean, his Democrat colleague, in calling for an extension of all tax cuts.”

“In signaling his support for higher taxes, Bill Foster continues to demonstrate that he is a pro-tax liberal in lockstep with Nancy Pelosi,” said Hultgren campaign spokesman Gill Stevens. “Congressman Foster had an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to his constituents that he understands their concerns about the devastating impact a tax hike would have on our shaky economy. His silence on the matter is a stark reminder to voters that Bill Foster is an out-of-touch millionaire – and while he may be able to easily afford those higher taxes, job-creating small businesses may not be so fortunate.”

Where are the Bill Foster Yard Signs

Drove around Elgin's near West Side yesterday and I saw plenty of Mike Noland signs but not a single Bill Foster sign.

Gotta wonder if maybe Pelosi sat Foster down and said it's a lost cause.

Randy Hultgren on Fox Chicago Sunday

Right Nation 2010 Bloggers Row

Publius Forum (man can he type) has a photo of me hard (head in the keyboard back row) at work on bloggers row at Right Nation 2010.

Nice catch on the OFA / SEIU folks getting bussed in on Chicago Public School buses. That's the way Chicago way...

Right Nation 2010 Chicacgo Sun Times

via The Sun Times Kirk should have shown. He
Inside the arena, when conservative commentator Phil Kerpen urged the audience to vote for Kirk, more people applauded than booed.

Thanks to Illinois’ “special election” for senator, Kirk could go to Washington six weeks early, in time to add a 42nd Republican vote against any bills the Democrats try to pass in December’s ‘Lame Duck’ session before what is expected to be a more-Republican senate is sworn in January 3.

“Whatever you think of Mark Kirk, he has made a clear promise to block everything in the lame-duck session and we need that,” Kerpen said to cheers and some boos.


And a comment on the ST's headline that's right on mark,
crusher wrote:
Hey, Sun Times! I was there last night. Beck said ONE thing about Michelle Obama and the french fries. That was it! And that is the headline you come up with? That Beck mocks Michelle Obama? He wasn't talking about HER and the carrot stick! He told her to stay away from his french fries! He talked for close to an hour and that one line makes the headline?? What a rag!

Right Nation 2010 Attendance

via Right Nation 2010

Just got word from the ticket office: final attendance for Right Nation 2010 was 5,416.

For comparison, last night Palin drew ~2000 in Iowa and the Values Voters Summit drew ~2000.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Right Nation 2010 Glenn Beck

Cotto warming up and said Right Nation 2011 is already being planned.

Still warming up for Beck. Allforonesong.com ...a portion of the downloads go to Right Nation 2010.

Beck's on, ...is the American Experiement over?

No way I can keep up with him. Will link later.

Right Nation 2010 Pat Brady

Glenn Beck talks about restoring honor. We in Illinois need to restore our honor and the first step is getting rid of Speaker Mike Madigan.

Right Nation 2010 Aron Schock

Aron Schock is on stage.

Understand the rogue states are Iran and North Korea, not Arizona.

That brought the crowd to its feet.

Randy Hultgren, Isaac Hayes, Joe Welsh walked out on stage with Schock.

I have video from him afterwords.

Right Nation 2010 Andrew Breitbart

Warmer reception than he got walking in the door. Protesters got in their bus and left. Here's the lesson taking on the astro turf campaign. These folks were pretending to be a religous group saying stop the hate: two protesters called him a homosexual.

We are the media now. We record everything. Every where you go bring a camera. The only thing controversial is the main stream media. I have nine people on payroll, the rest are you.

Right Nation 2010 Bill Brady

He just came on stage. Standing ovation...

all about jobs so far...

now school choice and end-career politicians with too much power: a Speaker of the House and a Senate Prez; maybe a Mayor or two.

Doing good in the polls but think we're down. We live in a State where one city can steal a few points in an election.

Right Nation 2010 live blog Evening Post

Just getting setup stay tuned.

Publius Forum probably took better notes of this afternoon then me. Check him out here.

Fund made an interesting comment this afternoon. It took 40 years for the GOP to crack Democratic control of congress. It took the Democrats 12 years to crack GOP Control of Congress. It's taken less than two years now for another change. The pace is accelerating. If the GOP goofs up, it will take less than two years for it to show after Nov.

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Cisco Cotto warming up the crowd. Rev Isaac Hayes, running against Jesse Jackson Jr, gave the opening prayer.

I'd say Sears Center about three quarters filled.

Cotto played American for Prosperity's ad quoting Obama on AFP as an attack outfil with possible foreign funding. I'll have to look for the link.

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Cotto rattled off the names for the Prez straw poll. I'm betting on Sarah Palin. Curious what Ron Paul will poll.

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A lot of calls to repeal Healthcare Reform Eric Zorn needs to eat crow. It's preaching to the choir but it resonants beyond Sears.

Jim Phillips said Recovery is when Pelosi and Reid voted out.

Ccotto says 5k tickets sold.

Showing new ad from CatholicVote.com. That got a lot of cheers!

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Stop the hate.... You're a homosexual.

That's what Andrew Breitbart got hit with outside by SEIU and OFA folks posing as the Religous left. It became a scuffle and caught on tape. Will look at Breitbart's site or MSM tomorrow.

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Phil Kerpen's on. He's making Kirk's Lame Duck argument. Vote for him because Kirk's made a clear promise to vote against everything from the Lame Duck session.

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Pete Hoekstra's on. A lot on foreign policy...no isolationist stuff.

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John Fund is on. Big cheer for fox news.

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Got a lot of video with Herman Cain. Will post tomorrow....

Right Nation 2010 live blog


Here and set up. Will be posting throughout the day from Right Nation 2010. Stay tuned.

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Some Dick Armey take aways from lunch.

Only three kinds of people get to spend other peoples money: children, thieves, and politicans. They all require Adult supervision.

Republicans are driven by the fear people won't understand. Democrats are driven by the fear people will understand.

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John Fund spoke Election fraud quoting some stories from our local Pol gone talk show host Jim Laski on how the Chicago Machine did it. He's out in the lobby flogging his books. Must read stuff because desperation and close races raising the stakes. Watch for stolen elections.

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Anita MonCrief (her blog here) spoke on her time with Acorn. What is it about the left that so many of them so nasty, that was here experience. She just walked in for an interview.

Man, she is a wealth of information on Acorn and what amounts to a giant racket. She's steering us to: What happend to Hope and Change.

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Question to Armey. Who were behind Dept of Homeland Security. How is doing?

Answer: We got the least worse way to do the wrong thing with DHS.

Question: What was repeal day?

Answer: House spent a day asking what could/should be repealed. Armey says Congress needs to do programmatic oversite. Democrats only want to do political oversite. We can do our grandchildrent more good doing oversite of existing law instead of creating new laws.

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Lesson for establishment Republicans. You have been complaining for years about voters not voting enthusiastically for the GOP. Now you've got them. You'll need to turn them into a coalition where you agree on fundamental issues but often time they're people you wouldn't want to take home for dinner. Example: you can't pull a Murkawsky and run an independent campaign instead.

Lesson for the Tea Party: It has no leader. You have been so ignored and so trivialized that many of you have thin skins. You've been outside so long and your going to face growing pains as you become insiders. The two dangers now (assuming a good Nov election): it's very important even though you've been lied to by established Pols that you don't spring to attack when anything spells of compromise or a deal. Bloggers have mastered the 21st century art of communicating but many of us don't use the 19th century tool of using the telephone. Many of us don't stop and call the otherside for facts. Breitbart and the Sherrod case the example: 99% of the greif Breitbart got could have been avoided had he called Sherrod first.

Second Lesson for the Tea Party: the GOP will want to compromise. Part of blogges job is to appreciate the process. It's a process designed not to work well, we go to hell slower than most countries, and it also takes us longer to climb out of the hole. 2010 is just the beginning for 2010, the Tea Party (and fund includes bloggers here) need to pace themselves. Be realistic about these new GOP majorities will be able to do.

What Armey just said very important: Oversite of Existing programs should be the agenda of the new House and Senate leaderships.

Don't start beating up the new Congress. Don't put on your Snarky Hat.

Question: Any changes in GOP Congressional leadership?

Answer: No, not enough time for challanges. Boehner and McConnell have been very effective opposition leaders. They held the opposition together and it's tough to beat that. Hold them accountable to new Congressional rules e.g. civil rights rules apply to Congress too. Pounce when they have no excuse (but only pounce then).

John Fund: I'm not a Republican. I'm not a Conservative. The only label you can paste on me is I'm a Radical in the sense I want to get to the root of problems.

It's a waste of money now to try and polish up the GOP brand. Micheal Steele has been such a failure with the RNC that donors fleeing and that's ok because it's letting 100 flowers bloom for alternatives.

Propaganda activities against the Islamic order

Not a particularly fearsome looking bunch to have gotten twenty years each in Gohardasht Prison. Via Baha'i World News

— The 20-year prison sentences received by Iran's seven Baha'i leaders have reportedly been reduced.

The Baha'i International Community has learned that the lawyers representing the seven were informed orally yesterday that the 20-year jail terms have now been changed to 10 years.

The seven - Fariba Kamalabadi, Jamaloddin Khanjani, Afif Naeimi, Saeid Rezaie, Mahvash Sabet, Behrouz Tavakkoli, and Vahid Tizfahm - were all members of a national-level group that, with the Iranian government's knowledge, helped see to the minimum spiritual needs of Iran's 300,000-strong Baha'i community.

The trial of the seven consisted of six brief court appearances which began on 12 January this year after they had been incarcerated without charge for 20 months. They were allowed barely one hour's access to their legal counsel during that time. The trial ended on 14 June.

The defendants were accused of propaganda activities against the Islamic order and the establishment of an illegal administration, among other allegations. All the charges were completely and categorically denied.

The seven were moved from Evin Prison after receiving their sentence to Gohardasht prison in Karaj.

Reports of the 20-year sentence provoked a chorus of condemnation from governments around the world - including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.A. The European Union and the President of the European Parliament also joined the protest, along with numerous human rights organizations, other groups and countless individuals.

Special Report - "The Trial of the Seven Baha'i Leaders"

The Baha'i World News Service has published a Special Report which includes articles and background information about the seven Iranian Baha'i leaders - their lives, their imprisonment, trial and sentencing - and the allegations made against them. It also offers further resources about the persecution of Iran's Baha'i community.

The Special Report can be read here.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Bill Foster's Focus on the Family?

Updated x1

Foster's new ad focuses on his family and even includes his cheerful former wife.

But it excludes his new wife.

We in the 14th know nothing of his new wife, although speculation is she's a fellow Physicist from Brookhaven Labs on Long Island.

Foster's website shows the Congressman kicking $7.5 million in our tax dollars (or dollars borrowed from the Chinese; you pick) over to Brookhaven for neutrino research,
Funding Awarded to Fermilab: $60.2 million awarded to Fermi National Laboratory in Batavia for next-generation particle accelerator technologies and neutrino research. Of the $60.2 million, $52.7 million will go towards research on next-generation particle accelerator technologies using superconducting radio frequency technology. This technology provides a highly efficient way to accelerate beams of particles and has potential applications in medicine, energy, industry and material science. $7.5 million will be used for neutrino research at the intensity frontier in collaboration with Brookhaven National Laboratory.
That sounds like kicking it to family.

But then we don't know a whole heck of a lot about our Congressman's new family, and how that family's interests (or residence) compares to ours in the 14th district of Illinois.

Family man, right; but Family can mean a lot of things for us in Chicago.




Update: A reader points me to a Wapo story on Foster's new wife confirming the employment at Brookhaven Labs.
The other newlywed is Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.), who won a special election last March to fill the remaining term of former House speaker Dennis Hastert and was reelected in November. Foster, 53, quietly remarried just after Thanksgiving.

The neophyte pol married fellow physicist Aesook Byon, who currently works for Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island, N.Y. Byon and Foster met years ago while working at Fermilab, where the congressman was a physicist for 22 years.

Bill Foster's Desperation

via Hultgren's FaceBook page,
Trailing 10% among independent voters and having voted with Nancy Pelosi 93% of the time in support of bailouts, failed stimulus, crippling regulations on small-business and the government takeover of health care, Congressman Foster just decided his last resort is to distort Randy's record with a deceitful new television ad.

Many of you have expressed alarm that Congressman Foster would resort to such shameful tactics, and we agree.

The bottom line is Randy has an exceptional record as a proven leader in fighting for lower taxes. But don't take my word for it, here's what Jim Tobin, President of National Taxpayers United of Illinois and Tax Accountability, has to say:

"Randy Hultgren has a proven record of voting for lower taxes, smaller government, and greater accountability... which has earned him our taxpayer's friend award six years in a row."

"For a tax-and-spend liberal like Bill Foster to attack a committed tax-cutter like Randy Hultgren is the height of desperation. Bill Foster has voted for higher taxes at almost every opportunity - that's why he's received a lifetime rating of 14 percent from the National Taxpayers Union. Randy Hultgren has consistently been a champion of Illinois taxpayers and pro-growth policies; for Bill Foster to suggest otherwise is ridiculous."


If you're tired of these deceitful and negative attacks, here's what you can do to help:

1) Come walk precincts with us THIS SATURDAY. Contact our precinct squad leader Scott; you can email him here: scott@hultgrenforcongress.com

2) Volunteer for a 2 hour shift at our Victory Center. Call Rose, our Volunteer Coordinator at 630-609-0016

And, if you can afford it, make another contribution. $100, $50, $25, $10, or $5 will make a big difference. Remember, Congressman Foster has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from lobbyists and out of state donors; but we're counting on the support of local people here in our community.

As always, thank you for your continued support.


Best regards,


MISCHA FISHER
Political Director | Hultgren For Congress

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Penny Pritzker secretly matching donatons for Organizing for America in Ilinois?

An odd email, at least odd sounding to me, about secret grass roots supporter of Organizing for America, who will match all donations. Sounds like a special interest to me. In fact the anonymity makes him/her a sinister interest in my book. So who could it be? Someone with bucks for certain to match 147 donations already waiting. Penny Pritzker a name that comes to mind. Speculate please.
Bill --

The special interests in Washington are not happy, and it's because of something you did.

Since President Obama moved into the White House, this movement has stripped them of their influence, proving we could take on the lobbyists and corporate cash with good, old-fashioned organizing.

Now these groups are vowing to get payback in the fall elections -- and they have put all their chips on one man: Congressman John Boehner.

Third-party organizations have already spent millions to help Republicans take over the House and make him Speaker -- and you can bet there are millions more to come in the form of nasty TV ads and shadowy robo-calls before November.

Here's how we fight back: the largest-scale voter turnout effort this party has ever assembled in an election like this.

Another grassroots supporter has promised to match, dollar for dollar, whatever you can chip in today. These matched donations add up fast -- and right now there are 147 donations across Illinois waiting to be doubled.

Don't leave this money on the table -- donate $5 or more today and double your impact.

It's easy to see why these special interests picked John Boehner. This is a guy who first made national news 14 years ago when he was caught handing out checks from tobacco lobbyists on the House floor.

John Boehner said he did nothing wrong -- he was simply helping out his lobbyist friends.

And, in all of the fights we've waged together these past 20 months, he's been these special interests' right-hand man.

He teamed up with financial lobbyists to do everything he could to stall Wall Street reform and even took time before the vote on health reform to scream "Hell no!" over and over again from the podium.

If John Boehner is handed the Speaker's gavel, all that is wrong with Washington is back in business. Their plans are simple -- unravel what this movement has done and stand in the way of the rest of President Obama's agenda. Some Republican leaders have even threatened to shut down the government to get their way -- a heartless move that would hold Social Security checks hostage and shut down veterans' hospitals across the country.

With just 48 days to go until the election, this movement is the only thing standing in John Boehner's way.

Take advantage of this opportunity to piggy-back on another grassroots supporter's promise. Help fund our effort to fight back against Republicans and keep America moving forward.

Chip in $5 today to get your donation doubled:

https://donate.barackobama.com/Match2010

Thanks,

Mitch

Mitch Stewart
Director
Organizing for America

The Saudi Arms deal, and listen to that Socialist about Mullah Omar

I think V S Naipaul wrote the conundrum in the War on Terror is the Jihadi's Banker are the Saudis, and their protector is Pakistan.

I'm not certain the US doing itself a favor with this deal via The Weekly Standard Saudi Arabia May Receive $90 Billion in U.S. Arms (although pay attention who gets the contracts on these systems, these are Chicagoans in DC). Irfan al-Alawi and my favorite Sufi Stephen Schwartz wrote,

On Monday, September 13, the Associated Press and other media outlets reported that the Obama administration will ask Congress for approval to sell Saudi Arabia up to $60 billion worth of high-tech fighter aircraft and helicopters, with an option of $30 billion in naval armaments to follow. Because of the Iranian threat, the deal is expected to be approved, since it will give the Saudis military striking capacity across the Gulf region.

If consummated, the sale comes at a moment when Saudi society is in flux, facing heightened contradictions. Saudi king Abdullah, who has made various attempts at social and political reform, remains isolated and opposed by many of his retrogressive family members and the official Wahhabi clerics. Many of the young are turning away visibly from the authority of the monarchy and the clerics. The majority of Saudi citizens are fearful that the 86-year-old king will die soon. Abdullah could be replaced by his designated successor and half-brother Crown Prince Sultan, who is also in his 80s and ill, and then by Prince Nayef, the most rigid and anti-Western of the heirs to Ibn Sa’ud, founder of the modern Saudi state.

Nayef, who is in his late 70s, is the protector of the Wahhabi clerics and was the first Saudi leader to declare that 9/11 was a Zionist conspiracy. In such hands, American-provided arms could, by the law of unintended consequences, end up turned in a more dangerous direction.
And then my favorite Socialist Bernard Kouchner repeats the obvious yesterday,
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
PARIS: Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar is based in Pakistan and everyone knows it, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner claimed Tuesday, calling on Islamabad to do more to help end the conflict.

"It's not a secret for anyone, everyone knows that Mullah Omar is in Quetta, if he's not now in Karachi," Kouchner told French lawmakers.

"Taliban leaders have been given shelter in Pakistan. I'm not revealing anything," Kouchner said, telling parliament's foreign relations committee why Afghanistan has called on Pakistan to help negotiate a peace deal.
After Nov 2010 the Obama administration will all be about Foreign Policy by choice and necessity.

It's not going to be easy.

Right Nation 2010: Joel Pollak

via Pollack for Congress

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Bobby Schilling: A Clean Break

via Schilling4Congress

Don Rose: How might the Judeo-Christian world respond to Islamists burning a bible or a torah?

Don asks over at Chicago Daily Observer: How might the Judeo-Christian world respond to Islamists burning a bible or a torah? (And congrats by the way on winning the Chicago Journalists Association annual “Sarah Brown Boyden” journalism contest in the commentary category for his columns published on CDO.)

I commented: With relief. It’s the videoed beheadings that get to me.

Were it only cartoons, Salman Rushdie, and burning texts, the world would be a far more peaceful place.

Mehdi Karroubi: Iran’s regime feeds on crises

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste and if you can't find one; make one. Obama Administration's last two years will all be about Foreign Policy because he won't have much leeway with Congress to do anything domestically.

Iran's can to make it a tough two more years for Obama and the world. Via Mir Hossein Mousavi's facebook page.
Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi in an exclusive interview with Al Arabiya TV aired Sunday said the regime in Tehran depends on creating international and domestic crises to safeguard its existence and continuation.

"The Authority considers that the continuation of its rule depends on creating crises ... it stirred a lot of problems inside universities and in various unions and within clergy as well," Karroubi told Al Arabiya TV.

“The current conditions are very tense and very difficult. It has never been like this during the last 30 years of the revolution,” he added.

Karroubi said when he and reformist leader Mir-Hossein Mousavi, and even Maj. Gen. Mohsen Rezai decided to run for Iran's tenth presidential election on June 12, 2009, they did not expect vote rigging to take place and usher in an era of political turmoil.

Rezai was seen to be much closer to the regime than other candidates having served as former Commander of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) from 1981 to 1997. The IRGC, and in particular its Qods (Jerusalem) Force, are tasked with liberating Jerusalem through Baghdad in stark contrast to the country’s regular armed forces which are purely for defending the country against foreign attacks.

Responsible parties

Karroubi said that activities of the Revolutionary Guard and intelligence services continue to fuel the crisis. "Things now are in the hands of the Revolutionary Guard and the ministry of intelligence; of course I do not mean everybody under those departments is responsible, but some parties are,” he added.

Karroubi revealed that the majority of members in the Rev. Guard and in the intelligence are displeased with the current conditions.

"Following the Islamic Revolutions we experienced conflicts, but never something like this. What current authorities do is something illogical and unacceptable."

He said they authorities avoid the implementation of laws. "The situation has become worse after these people disobeyed the law and ignored the constitution”

The opposition leader attributed “constitutional violations” to what he described as the weakening of parliament. “This is what happens when you weaken the parliament,” he said.

“Even if the parliament wants to work, this man (President Ahmadinejad) who likes to act alone will obstruct its work. If I were in the parliament I would not allow such behavior.”

(Written by Mustapha Ajbaili)

A third Iranian diplomat upset with Tehran's post-election crackdown on dissidents has defected in Europe — this ...time in Belgium.

English translation from Mir Hossein Mousavi's facebook page.
A third Iranian diplomat upset with Tehran's post-election crackdown on dissidents has defected in Europe — this ...time in Belgium. The announcement came just hours after the No. 2 man at Iran's mission in Helsinki said he will seek asylum in Finland.

The defections are an embarrassment for Iran, which clamped down on citizens after last year's presidential election was followed by large-scale protests and accusations that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won by fraud. Numerous Iranians have been arrested in a continuing crackdown.The Europe-based Green Wave opposition movement said Farzad Farhangian, press attache at the Iranian Embassy in Brussels, walked out Friday and flew to Oslo. The group's founder, Amir Hossein Jahanchahi, said in a statement that "other defections from diplomats abroad will follow."It was the third known defection of an Iranian diplomat in Europe this year to protest Tehran's crackdown.Mohammed Reza Heydari, who was granted asylum in Norway after leaving his post as an Iranian consular official there in January, confirmed that Farhangian had defected in Brussels. Heydari said Farhangian supported the opposition movement that grew out of unrest following the June 2009 election."He left the embassy after informing the ambassador that he was leaving and he came here without anyone (else) knowing about this," Heydari said by telephone from Oslo. "Then he contacted me."No one at the Iranian Embassy in Brussels could be reached for comment after office hours Monday.Earlier Monday, Iranian diplomat Hossein Alizadeh, who resigned last week from the embassy in Finland, told reporters that he will apply for political asylum in the Nordic country."I cannot accept, tolerate this fraud election. The situation got worse because ... my people are being killed still," Alizadeh said in Helsinki. He added that he was no longer a diplomat but "a political dissident," and that he has no political ambitions except to be a member of the opposition.The Iranian Embassy in Helsinki said in a statement that Alizadeh's term of office had been terminated on Aug. 20. The Finnish Foreign Ministry said that Alizadeh had worked at the embassy in Helsinki since October 2007 and still had diplomatic status. It declined further comment.Karim Sadjadpour, an analyst at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., said that the defections reflect widespread discontent about the Iranian regime even among the countries' officials."There is enormous disaffection within the Iranian foreign ministry," he said. "But Iranian diplomats abroad face a difficult dilemma. If they resign out of principle they lose their livelihoods and have to apply for political asylum. That's not an easy decision to make when you have a family to feed."The 45-year-old Alizadeh, who insisted that Ahmadinejad "doesn't represent Iran," said that since the growth of the opposition after the 2009 election, he "felt confident" that he has "been followed and bugged." His criticism of the regime also led him to worry about the safety of his wife and family who live with him in Finland, including two sons and an eight-year-old daughter."Using this language puts me in a situation to look for shelter for myself. I am going to request political asylum from the Finnish government, and here are my passports," he said throwing four of them on a table. "I am going to leave these passports to whoever lets me stay here."About 2,500 Iranian immigrants live in Finland. Some 300 were granted political asylum in 2008 and 2009, according to official immigration statistics.

Hands off Humanist Activists on Facebook


Not sure what to make of it. Here's the full letter off Abbas Goya's page,
As we all know it, our battle with the Islamic Republic of Iran is multi-dimensional. The IRI appears that it cowardly has infiltrated in facebook, trying to stop the activists for "Save Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani Campaign" on Facebook. Facebook appears that it has fallen into the trap and disabled the human rights world-wide known, award-winning activists Mina Ahadi and Maryam Namazie.

As for Mina I know for fact that she doesn't have time to even go online on FB. For the past 1 1/2 year she has hardly been online for ten brief times. Here is Maryam's letter. Please take a minute to send your objection note to the addresses provided at the bottom as soon as you get a chance, there is a sample letter as well. We would not let the IRI terror expands on Facebook.

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To Whom It May Concern:

The Facebook accounts of myself and Mina Ahadi have been disabled. We are both campaigning on behalf of Iran Stoning case Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtianiand are well known women's rights activists. Both of us were elected Secularist of the Year and Elle Quebec magazine's 2007 Women of the Year.

Below is a post I did on it on my blog. This is before I found out that Mina's account had also been disabled. Also I was admin of a number ofnon-profit organisation sites including Iran Solidarity, Save Sakine Mohammadi Ashtiani from stoning, One Law for All and others, which I now nolonger have access to.

We are speaking to our campaign lawyer to write an open letter to the heads of Facebook about this but were hoping this would be resolved before we do.


We look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible.


Regards



Maryam Namazie



http://maryamnamazie.blogspot.com/2010/09/facebook-has-disabled-my-facebook.html

Facebook has disabled my account.

When I went to log in today, I found I could no longer access it. Other than the below general note, I can't seem to find anyway to email or speak to someone about this to reinstate it.


The reasons the general notes say it may be disabled are:

│Continued prohibited behavior after receiving a warning or multiplewarnings from Facebook

I have never received any warning - not even this time

│Unsolicited contact with others for the purpose of harassment, advertising,promoting, dating, or other inappropriate conduct

I only contact people in groups of which I am admin for. I don't even send messages to my friends as I haven't had time to add them into a list. Also I don't make friend requests but generally add anyone who asks to be my friend


│Use of a fake name

I am obviously using my real name. I am spokesperson for Iran Solidarity, Equal Rights Now, One Law for All Campaign and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. I am also a National Secular Society Honorary Associate and the NSS' 2005 Secularist of the Year award winner; amongst others. My blog has been rated one of the top 100 atheist blogs and I was selected one of the top 45 women of the year 2007 by Elle magazine Quebec.

│Impersonation of a person or entity, or other misrepresentation of identity(Again not the case here with me)


│Posted content that violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities (this includes any obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit photos, as well as any photos that depict graphic violence. We also remove content, photo or written, that threatens, intimidates, harasses, orbrings unwanted attention or embarrassment to an individual or group of people)

Err, I know I have been threatened on Facebook and they are all still around but it's never been the other way around so not sure why my account has been disabled....


They do also add in the general note:

"'If you have not posted violating content or otherwise violated our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, keep in mind that your account may have been recently compromised by someone else. Also, our systems sometimes disable accounts temporarily for security reasons.'


Interesting that this happens whilst we are organising for September protests though isn't it?


Thanks

Maryam

_________________________________________________________________

NOTE: Make the subject of your email something very short, very clear and VERY Firm!! If you know other addresses/ways to reach FB let me know, I'll add them to the list. CC your email to maryamnamazie@gmail.com and minaahadi@aol.com . Thank you

info+y6adl7t@support.facebook.com

appeals+y6adl7t@support.facebook.com

appeals+0rznxgs@support.facebook.com

appeals+y6adl7t@support.facebook.com

_________________________________________________________________

PS - Here is a sample email, the note I sent.

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From: "Abbas Goya"

To: FACBOOK [above addresses]

Cc: "Mina Ahadi", "Maryam Namazie"

Subject: Strongest Objection: FB appears fallen into Islamic Republic Terror attempt


To Whom It May Concern

This is to notify Facebook about my strongest objection for disabling two Iranian renown Human Rights activists [Mina Ahadi and Maryam Namazie] accounts almost simultaneously.

I personally believe that Islamic Republic agents have something to do with it and Facebook appears to have fallen into their trap.


Please reinstate their accounts IMMEDIATELY.

A thorough, detailed note is posted and shared on my wall at:

http://www.facebook.com/notes/abbas-goya/mina-ahadi-and-maryam-namazies-accounts-disabled-on-fb-islamic-republic-hands-of/437273122001

Sincerely



Abbas Goya

Monday, September 13, 2010

Giuliani on Giannoulias Mob Banker Moniker

Mark Kirk and Right Nation 2010

Gotta wonder if maybe Kirk should have paid more attention to Giuliani's ways of weaving Constitional Libertarianism into a coalition with those Illinois Review Types. Maybe Kirk would be in the 50s and not riding Brady's coattails. Via Right Nation's FaceBook page.

According to a Rasmussen Reports poll, Bill Brady is at his highest level of support while support for Pat Quinn continues to slide, and Brady now leads 50% to 37%. Bill Brady is participating in Right Nation 2010 and the Illinois Republican Party is a sponsor of the event being held this Saturday. Tickets to see Gle...nn Beck, Brady, and many other Illinois Conservatives are available at www.rightnation2010.com.



But geez do vote for Kirk regardless.