Assad. A Video contrasting Assad joyous day, making jokes, laughing easily, and clapping his hands at the podium of the Syrian Parliament (Talking to Syrian Parrots) against the backgrounds of those who lay dead on Syrian streets. Not for the faint.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Latakya. (Urgent). Dr. Mounzer Baghdadi (+963-93-347-0029 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +963-93-347-0029 end_of_the_skype_highlighting) is refusing to receive any injured at the National Hospital. Locals believe he is following orders of Assad security men not to treat any injured demonstrator.Above all via the Reform Party of Syria
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Roskam's a linchpin in that new Congress, as he works to help a large freshman class of Republicans gel into a cohesive and functional unit, as he works to educate members about legislation high on the Republican agenda and show them, by example, how to serve a diverse constituent base.
“Roskam's savvy. Right away, you knew he was on the fast track,” said Drew Cannon, a soft-spoken Oregon native who, for the past eight years, has watched Roskam and the other congressmen from his perch manning the third floor press gallery, which provides a bird's-eye view of the lower chamber.
Those who know Roskam, 49, describe him as intensely intelligent, trustworthy, spiritual, devoted to his wife and family, and a man with a gift for connecting with constituents and colleagues alike.
Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110327/news/703279989/#ixzz1Ho3VIqTU
As a member of the Elgin planning commission in 1999, councilman and mayoral candidate David Kaptain helped write the Far West plan for newer development, sending it along to the city council where it was approved.The comments say more,
The expansion outlined by the plan stopped with the housing crisis and the economic recession, leaving behind bitterness and confusion over who would be paying for the cost of serving the extra area on the west side.
Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110326/news/703269912/#ixzz1Ho1mcUxy
Seems Mayor Shock is again misleading the populace. There is a water tower off Highland Ave, west of Coombs, north of Rt 20; and also a booster pump station along Bowes Rd, west of Nolan Rd; both of which were built with about 4,500,000 of taxpayer dollars, for the sole purpose of supporting the far west development. Additionally, due to the disjointed, haphazard, and non-continuous growth out there, the "developers" were not forced to install enough underground water mains to connect the two structures. So, it cost the taxpayers another 475,000 dollars to re-design and improve the pump station and add a pressure tank inside it, so it could be placed in service. Realizing the growth has virtually stopped out there due to the economy does not exclude the responsibility the "developers" have to provide a properly working system. The Highland Ave. water tower still cannot be filled above about 25% of its capacity, again because the "developers" were not held to compliance with existing plans for water main installations. My problem with all this is that Mayor Shock has seemingly bent over backwards to ensure the "developers" are allowed everything they need, with no regard for
Read more: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110326/news/703269912/#ixzz1Ho2O53D6
Emanuel has a long relationship with the 36th Ward organization. Rice drove him around to L stations and grocery stores when Emanuel first ran for Congress.
“When they first came to Chicago, the first people they met with were myself and Committeeman Banks,” Rice said. “We’ve been on board since Day One. He carried the ward. We gave him 6,000 signatures.”
But, curiously, while Emanuel’s New Chicago Committee has given tens of thousands of dollars to the other seven endorsed candidates, but it has not yet given a dime to Rice.
“The elections is two weeks away, I got my first mail piece going out Friday. I don’t need the money April 6, I need the money before April 6. I’m not a nagging person but this week I’ve been nagging.”
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Farrakhan criticized President Barack Obama for joining up with the "old colonial masters" of the Western-led forces and expressed skepticism about European countries espousing humanitarian concerns, saying they "give noble motives to their wickedness."
"Do you think they had humanitarian concerns when the British mowed down the Indians in India who were peacefully protesting?" he said. "Where in the hell is humanitarian values in America when you've got over 50 million Americans living in poverty, sick and diseased, with no healthcare?"
He also alleged that Obama had backed down from pushing a Palestinian-Israeli peace accord and banning settlement-building in the West Bank, calling him "the first Jewish president." Obama is a Christian.
"He was selected before he was elected," Farrakhan said. "And the people that selected him were rich, powerful members of the Jewish community."
If there were a hall of fame for Elgin-bred foods, the Morris Bar-B-Que surely would be in it, alongside the Burns Malt and the Lazarra’s Italian Beef Sandwich. The man who dished up Morris Bar-B-Que to four decades of Elginites has died at age 85.There's a FaceBook fan page though so the spirit of Morris's will live on!
David Gleason, son-in-law of longtime barbecue shop owner Jack Krabbe, said Krabbe died Wednesday in Denver, Colo. Services will be held Tuesday in Colorado.
“Jack was a real character, a funny guy who always made me laugh,” Gleason recalled Friday. “And their barbecue was so popular! Once, I was at O’Hare Airport and needed to contact him. I tried to find out the phone number of Morris Bar-B-Que in Elgin and the operator said it was an unlisted number.
“Imagine, a restaurant with an unlisted number. I asked Jack about that, and he said that if the number was in the phone book, people would be calling all the time and asking for takeout, and they didn’t have time to deal with it.
“Another time, I told Jack he ought to trim the tree branches because they had grown over his sign. But he just said, ‘Everyone knows where we are. They don’t need to see a sign.’ ”
Johnson's a businessman who grew his own company and than turned to politics managing to get elected to two terms in New Mexico (where Democrats out number Republicans two-to-one). He increased his share of votes in that second term building a coalition with a Westerner's Libertarian flavor of Conservatism.
A few take aways from our talk with the Guv.
Libya: (remember this was last Thursday night). He's perplexed as anyone with Obama and the mission. Johnson said later he was against Bush 2's invasion (I prefer Liberation) of Iraq, but supported the earlier invasion of Afganistan, although that mission's complete and it's time to move on.
Deficits: The bussword's 43 percent. That's the percentage of each budget dollar financing the deficits and Johnson's up for cutting things 43% to restore fiscal sanity. The deficit's Johnson's key issue. It's reaching crisis proportions for Johnson. Read Jay Cost's Morning Jay: Obama's Achilles' Heel? If the deficit's not a crisis, it sure may be 2012's GOP opportunity.
Drugs: Johnson's signature issue has been repealing Drug laws and legalizing many of them. Keith was a skeptic here (go read him, he's wobbling though). Johnson's got the facts and talked of addiction rates in Holland and Portugal, but somehow-or-another this kind of Cost-Benefits Analysis sort of Utilitarian approach to politics makes me leery. I had a biz Exec tell me once (in my role as young-number-cruncher) that he managed things by numbers early in his career, but as he grew in the job he became more intuitive managing people. So while my fellow Dutchman maybe not using drugs as much when they were illegal, my instuition tells me making drugs legals is going to increase use. Just guessing, but that's my bet.
A twist Johnson might explore here are the disparities in incarceration over drug crimes. An African American kid's more likely to get time than a white one. Maybe the greatest case for decriminalization is it's gross unfairness in enforcement.
Immigration: Johnson nails this one. He's for a guest worker program. No path to citizenship, but make it easy for people to come to the US to work. He said he believed Arizona certainly has the right to pass their enforcement laws and that they'll probably get abused with profiling. They won't solve illegal immigration either.
School Choice: He's for it now. He was for it before. He advocated it in New Mexico and while he didn't get there, he increased the polling numbers of New Mexicans supporting it.
The Fed: Johnson's an audit-the-Fed guy and if he had his druthers would abolish it for a commodity based currency. What ever good's to be found here goes over my head during the evening with beer-in-hand. Libertarians are going to have to make the case here for folks in the AM when most of us have clearer heads. It's an issue that makes glaze over.
Obama Czars Czars in the Executive Branch without Congressional approval no problem if Johnson's elected, 'cause they'll be his Czars implementing a his agenda. That got some laughs.
Johnson appeals at just these kinds of moments. He understands power's seduction. That's the argument of a small government guy. He knows power tempts and corrupts, so who better to elect than a guy who knows the danger of that drug.
Thanks to Eric Kohn and the folks at AFF for the opportunity to meet Governer Gary Johnson. Note AFF was offering a free copy of Hyack's Road to Serfdom with a new membership. They're doing some great stuff in Chicago and well worth the membership.
The Chairman and CEO of Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. is raising the specter of moving the heavy equipment maker out of Illinois.
In a letter sent March 21 to Gov. Pat Quinn, Caterpillar chief executive officer Doug Oberhelman said officials in at least four other states have approached the company about relocating since Illinois raised its income tax in January.
"I want to stay here. But as the leader of this business, I have to do what's right for Caterpillar when making decisions about where to invest," Oberhelman wrote in the letter obtained Friday by the Lee Enterprises Springfield bureau. "The direction that this state is headed in is not favorable to business and I'd like to work with you to change that."
Read the rest here.
Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi could stage a Lockerbie-style attack in revenge for coalition air strikes if he is left in power, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke said in an interview Friday.
Clarke, who is also Lord Chancellor, told the Guardian newspaper that there was still uncertainty in the government about the direction of the Libyan campaign.
"We do have one particular interest in the Maghreb (North Africa), which is Lockerbie," Clarke said, referring to the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, which killed 270 people.
"The British people have reason to remember the curse of Kadhafi -- Kadhafi back in power, the old Kadhafi looking for revenge, we have a real interest in preventing that."
Minister warns of new Lockerbie
Construction on the Fox River and Countryside’s stations in Campton Hills and unincorporated South Elgin halted this week after the village and the South Elgin and Countryside Fire Protection District issued stop-work orders for each of the sites. Each entity claimed the Fox River and Countryside district did not have the necessary permits for the work.Clocks ticking....
Fox River and Countryside aims to have the stations operational by May 1 as it cuts ties from the City of St. Charles, its long-time fire service provider. It is renovating a storage building at 33W802 S. Gilbert St. into a temporary station on the east side of the Fox River and is constructing a station at 40W351 Route 64 on the river’s west side.
The shell of the Route 64 structure has been built, though construction of the exterior walls began before VanKerkhoff approved such work on March 8, he said. He noted the county has conducted inspections related to that construction.
Now, VanKerkhoff said, “My understanding from the village is they started doing interior framing work that had not been approved as part of their previous permit.”
ازالة صورة بشار من ميدان درعا
الثورة السورية ... حمص ... نادي الضباط
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Cordesman says the infamous fog of war has drifted far beyond the battlefield. "The problem is not so much mission creep," he says, "but mission confusion."
McCaffrey agrees, and sees evidence of that murkiness in the men in uniform the Administration has been rolling out to detail the war plan. "The Administration put (Adm. Mike) Mullen and (Army Gen.) Carter Ham, with a bad haircut, on TV, while Gates, Biden, Hillary Clinton and the President of the United States stayed out of sight," fumes McCaffrey. "How dare they go off, all of them, and disappear, and leave two hapless four-stars to explain what's going on in Libya."
Hapless four stars? That's a first.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
WARNING these are EXTREMELY graphic
And this one from the 18th,
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Syrian demonstration in front of the Syrian Embassy in Cairo on 18/3/2011اعتداء بلطجية النظام السوري على المتظاهرين السوريين أمام السفارة السورية وتمزيق لافتاتهم
A google translation,
There is no difference between a diplomat and a security man in Syria, everyone is dealing with people with the mentality of thugs and repressive security .. After that let the Syrian ambassador in Cairo, one of the African Ambassadors spoke to one of the dogs that the assault on the Syrian demonstrators .. Vahjm dog system on the protesters and tore their banners .. This seems to be the Syrian regime sacrifice himself at the gates of the popular will of the world .. Fletsour the darker the system to the extent that its citizens before the assault on the embassy!!! Vhbwa O people of Syria is not the yoke after today - Syrian demonstration in front of the Syrian Embassy in Cairo on 18/3/2011
16 March 2011
Amnesty International has condemned the Syrian authorities’ crackdown on protests in the country amid a continuing wave of unrest throughout the Middle East and North Africa.
A small demonstration gathered today outside the Ministry of the Interior to submit a petition for the release of political prisoners, led by relatives of the imprisoned. Shortly afterwards the group was violently dispersed by plain-clothed security officers wielding batons.
Witnesses told Amnesty International that at least 30 people were arrested and taken to unknown locations.
Several people were also arrested after protesting yesterday in Damascus and Aleppo during peaceful demonstrations calling for more freedoms. At least two have reportedly been released.
“Like many of the political prisoners whose release they were calling for, protestors appear to have been arrested simply for the peaceful expression of their views,” said Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
“The Syrian authorities must immediately release all those arrested in the last two days for merely attending peaceful protests, and stop these attacks on freedom of expression and assembly.”
At the protest today, children, the elderly and women were among those beaten, witnesses said. Demonstrators who tried to flee the assault were reportedly chased down and arrested.
Security forces arrested family members of prisoners of conscience Kamal al-Labwani, Raghda Hassan, Tareq al-Ghorani and Mesh’al al-Tammo.
Others believed to be detained are the human rights activists Mazen Darwich, Suhair al-Atassi and Serene Khouri, former prisoners of conscience Nehad Badawiyah, Hassiba ‘Abd al-Rahman and Kamal Sheikho, and philosopher Tayib Tayzini.
One man being treated for a serious head wound was reportedly arrested at a hospital and also taken to an unknown location.
“These protests have been real acts of bravery in a country known for its intolerance of dissent. The authorities must heed these peaceful calls for change,” said Philip Luther.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The NYT from 2008: Nuclear leaks, response tested Obama in Senate
His legislation is re-made after objections from industry regulators
WaPo's fact check of Hillary Clinton's: "Senator Obama has some questions to answer about his dealings with one of his largest contributors, Exelon, a big nuclear power company. Apparently he cut some deals behind closed doors to protect them from full disclosure in the nuclear industry."
--Hillary Clinton, ABC-Politico Forum, Feb. 11, 2008.
And Taylor Marsh on Clinton's charge.
Of course now we have GE's Immelt still on GE's payroll while Obama's Chief of the Council of Economic Advisors.
Imagine the chat in the WH now.
In dramatic revolt, Miami-Dade voters fire Mayor Carlos Alvarez over pay hikes, tax increase - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com
In dramatic revolt, Miami-Dade voters fire Mayor Carlos Alvarez over pay hikes, tax increase - Miami-Dade - MiamiHerald.com
Saturday, March 12, 2011
North Lawndale has one of the most undeniably exotic built environment of any of the city's neighborhoods. With such tremendous Jewish influence, synagogues populated the neighborhood the way that store front churches do currently. There were other significant structures as well, including the first large theaters to be developed in the city. An innovative market-building or creating design was unveiled in the neighborhood by Balaban and Katz. The Central Park and the Lawndale theaters are examples. Ultimately Balaban and Katz took their show on the road and influenced other Chicago movie palaces like the Chicago and the Uptown.Some great pictures. Check him out.
The Chess Game with the Army Generals لعبة الشطرنج مع جنرالات جيش 2
By Maha Kusheik
نحن نلعب لعبة الشطرنج مع جنرالات جيش من الذين استفادوا كثيرا من نظام مبارك. والشعور المتبادل بيننا كشعب
وجيش هـو: "لا يمكننا أن نعيش معهم، ولا يمكننا أن نعيش بدونهم"...!
قبل الدخول فى الموضوع ، هذه رسالة نصية SMSقصيرة:
ينبغى على الجيش التوقف عن حماية رئيس مجلس الشعب السابق فتحي سرور ورئيس مجلس الشورى صفوت الشريف و زكريا عزمي الرئيس السابق لديوان الرئيس الســابق مبارك، فورا لتجنب الإحراج مستقبلا.
وندخل فى الموضوع على طول، نشوف الصور دى ونفكر سوا:
1. المجمع الصناعي العسكري الذى بدأ تحت ناصر ونمـا تحت مبارك يبلغ حجمه إلى ما يقدر ب 10 إلى 20% من الاقتصاد المصري- لا أحد يعرف تماما كم زاد لأن العمليات والميزانيات والأرباح لم يكشف عنها. هذا القطاع بأكمله من الإقتصاد المصرى هو ليس فقط خارج سيطرة المدنيين،بل هو ســرى و لا يخضع للضرائب، ويتم توزيع أرباحه - التى لا ولم يكشف عنها- يتم التوزيع بواسطة المؤسسة العسكرية حسبما تراه القيادة العليا مناسباً.
2. باتت الأولويات لنظام الحكم حتى هذه اللحظـة هو التحكم في حركة الشارع (التي أصبحت الآن تقتصر على تظاهرة الجمعة الأسبوعية) والحفاظ على غـطاء محكم فوق إنـاء ضخم من الإحتيال المالي الواسع النطاق المشار إليه أعلاه ، لتفادي فضيحة على الجبهة الداخلية، وأزمات إقتصادية ذات عواقب لا توصف.
3. التغييرات المقترحة في الدستور ضئيلة.! يقومون بفتح الباب للكثير من مرشحي الرئاسة ، والقليل من الوقت الذى لايُمَكّن الأحزاب السياسية من تنظـيم صفوفها والتأقلم مع العـمـل ســويا. ولذا فمن المرجح أن يكون هناك عدد من المرشحين للرئاسة وشىء من الإلتبــاس واللخبطة ! وستدعم "جماعة الإخوان المسلمين" ربما مرشحا واحدا؛ وكذلك ستفعل حركة كفاية وآخرين في كيانات المعارضة . وعمرو موسى "وزير الشؤون الخارجية الأسبق" ينظـم حزبا من أجل دعمـــه.
الإنتخابات في غضون ستة أشهر لاتتيح إلا وقتا شديد المحدوديـــة للمعارضة، ويمكن أن يفوز مرشح هذا النظام ليس لسبب أكثر من حالة الخلط و الفوضى التى من المحتمل جدا أن تحدث فى مجال المتنافسين الواســع. وهناك بعض القطاعات من الإستخبارات العسكرية التى ما زالت تعتقد أن (( اللواء عمر سليمان )) يمكن أن يكون المرشح لهذا النظام.!!!
((( ولهذ ا السبب، يجب أن نواصل ممارسة الضغط لوقف الاستفتاء 19 آذار/مارس من الحدوث والذهاب بالأحداث إلى مجراها الطبيعي .)))
ولكن إنتظروا لحظــــة!!
(( اللواء عمر سليمان )) !! يانهار إســـود)) !! Mr. Tourture
! أنصح بمزيد من البحث عن حقيقة عـمـــر سليــمـــــان ))) رجل التعذيب المـــصرى وذراع ال سى آى إيه القذرة لإستنطاق معتقلى ( جوانتا نامو) فى إطار إتفافقيــة التعاون
المصـــرية الأمــريكيـــة لمكافحة )))الإرهــاب((( !!! شوف الروابط دى وافهم وفتح عينك لكل المحتوى
“Omar Suleiman, the CIA’s Man in Cairo and Egypt’s Torturer-in-Chief” View Video !
Egyptian Vice-President tortured me, says Habib!!
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/egyptian-vice-president-tortured-me-says-habib/story-e6frg6nf-1226004691814ا أنا أحــــذر من تمرير هذا الرجل علينا كمرشح للرئاسة فى غفلة منا! إنشــر وحذر الناس إللى مش عارفة!
Before we get into the subject here is a brief SMS message:
The military needs to stop protecting the former Speaker of the House, Fathi Sorour, and the president of the senate, Safwat el Sherif, and the former chief of staff of President Mubarak, Zakaria Azmi, immediately to avoid future embarrassment.
Now, here’s the subject:
We are playing a game of chess with military generals who have benefited immensely from Mubarak's regime. The mutual feeling between us is: 'We can't live with them, We can't live without them..
1. The military industrial complex that was started under Nasser and grew under Mubarak to an estimated 10 to 20% of the Egyptian economy - no one knows exactly how much it grew because its operations, budgets and profits are undisclosed. This entire sector of the economy is not only beyond civilian control, it is secret, not taxed, and its undisclosed profits are distributed by the military establishment as the senior leadership sees fit.
2. The regime’s priorities at this point are to control the street (which is now limited to a weekly Friday demonstration) and to maintain the lid on the massive financial fraud mentioned above in order to avoid a scandal on the internal front, and an economic crises with untold consequences.
3. The proposed changes in the constitution are minimal. They open the door for more presidential candidates, but with little time for political parties to organize and for parties to get accustomed to working together there is likely to be a number of candidates for the presidency and some confusion. The Muslim Brotherhood will probably support one candidate; Kefayeh and others in the opposition will support another candidate; Amr Mousa, Egypt’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, is organizing a party to support him. Having elections in six months affords limited time to the opposition, and the regime’s candidate can win if for no other reason than by the confusion that is likely to occur among a large field of contenders. There are some in the military/intelligence sectors who still believe that Omar Suleiman could be the regime’s candidate.
This is why we must continue to apply pressure to stop March 19 referendum from taking place and go with the natural course of events.
But, hey.....wait a minute ..!
Suleiman))!! Damn! I would recommend more research about the ugly face of (Omer Suleiman ) the dirty arm of torture of the CIA questioning (Guantanamo’s ) detainees under the Egyptian/American cooperation to combat terrorism))) (((! View those links, understand and open your eye .
“Omar Suleiman, the CIA’s Man in Cairo and Egypt’s Torturer-in-Chief” View Video !
Egyptian Vice-President tortured me, says Habib!!
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Ok Bessie, deconstruct this,
A onetime Tony Rezko business partner, who once was a Chicago cop and chief executive of a company that won a $50 million security contract in Iraq, has pleaded guilty to federal charges in Chicago after he cooperated with authorities.That lobbying from Washington to Baghdad ought to be an interesting story.
Daniel T. Frawley pleaded guilty on Feb. 14 to bank fraud and structuring transactions — a plea that came about two weeks after his charges were made public.
The Chicago Sun-Times has learned that Frawley won a deal that will mean a significant cut in his potential sentence because he provided information to authorities regarding Rezko, who was convicted in 2008 and is awaiting sentencing. The cooperation began quietly years ago, the Sun-Times has learned.
Frawley once ran a company called Companion Security with Rezko, a onetime adviser to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The Sun-Times has previously reported that Iraq’s Ministry of Electricity gave a $50 million contract to Companion Security in 2005 to train Iraqi security guards.
That deal soon fizzled after a regime change, leading Companion to lobby officials — unsuccessfully — from Washington to Baghdad in hopes of reviving the deal.
Sunday, March 06, 2011
One of the dumbest appointments Obama's made. For all of Washington DC's flaws, its inhabitants know when they're getting conned by big bucks consultants better than most. They've been there with 'em over and over. Back to the hefty speaking fees for Dr. Berwick.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
Also, Abu Ray over at The Arabist writes Facing death in Libya
The local hospital was a simple affair and it was clear the doctors and nurses were a little overwhelmed by the sudden arrival of the groaning bloodsoaked wounded.
The weird thing is that once a bullet wound has been cleaned off, say on a corpse, it's often a tiny little hole, that somehow so much blood leaks out of.
And then a pick up truck pulled up and inside were just bodies and the crowd of young men outside went hysterical, crowding around, shouting God is great, and there is no god but God and the martyr is the beloved of god. Someone started firing their gun in the air.
Weirdly the nurses later started chanting about martyrs, and maybe it was how you cope with death.
Dead people, as it turns out, look a lot like they do in the movies except for they're a lot dirtier, in this case covered with blood and sand because they died on the beach. The next day, I saw them again, about ten of them, in the morgue, some cleaned up, a lot with blood and wounds still all over them, where they await the relatives to claim them before they are buried.
Friday, March 04, 2011
Daley: We're a 'country of whiners';
Retiring Mayor Richard Daley contended today that America is a “country of whiners” that’s spent the last four decades fearing the impact of foreign governments on the nation’s economy instead of showing the confidence and sacrifice to lead on a global stage.
Daley also said he believed taxpayers can no longer finance the current level of government and suggested priorities need to be placed on municipal services that can be privatized or outsourced to cut costs. And he blasted a teachers’ union he argued was more concerned about pay than in taking responsibility for educating the less well off.
Saying he was pleased but not satisfied with the progress of Chicago Public Schools during his tenure, Daley recounted asking city teachers to spend 15 more minutes to teach to help disadvantaged students, but the union refused without additional pay.
“Our teachers work six hours a day. Six hours a day. What do you think of that? Thirty hours a week,” Daley said. “I’m not condemning all the teachers, but you know, there has to be a time and place for everybody to have to give to the less fortunate. … Unions have to understand, that you have a responsibility. It’s not just a paycheck.”
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
More on the Chicago way,
Her brother-in-law and the lawyer accompanied her to Area 3 detective headquarters at Belmont and Western. A detective whose name she can’t recall met them in a conference room and “sat back in a chair with his legs crossed, leaning back.And today's ST Editorial: Chicago Police must get to bottom of this
“There was no case as far as this detective was concerned. It was all my son’s fault. He came in with an attitude when he walked in the room, like he was doing me a big favor.
“He turned the whole thing to my son started it, provoked it and — I don’t want to say this — deserved what he got.”
She remembers the detective telling her, “Your son was drunk.”
The detective didn’t identify any of the people her son had run into that night, she says, but did tell her, “You’d be really impressed by the names of the people involved in this.”
For a few hours Monday morning, we were under the impression that the Chicago Police Department had reopened a seven-year-old death investigation involving one of Mayor Daley’s nephews.
That made sense. The original police investigation, as the Chicago Sun-Times revealed in an investigative report in Monday’s paper, was shot full with holes.
But on Monday afternoon, the CPD announced that it had not reopened the case, seeing no reason to do so.
And that made no sense at all.
The facts remain the same, unchanged over seven years:
† A young man is dead, the result of being punched and cracking his head on the street.
† The person who punched the young man has never been identified, let alone charged.
† It should not have taken a Sherlock Holmes to figure this one out. But the police and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, we can’t help but suspect, intentionally dragged their feet.
A thorough reinvestigation — this time by a special prosecutor — is necessary in the name of justice, and also to clear the air of the stink of a possible political fix.
It was about 3 in the morning on April 25, 2004, when 21-year-old David Koschman and four friends left a bar on Division Street and got into a drunken argument with three other men, all about 10 years older, and a woman. One of the older men was Richard J. Vanecko, a nephew of Mayor Daley.
Somebody punched Koschman in the face and he fell backward, hitting the back of his head on the street. He died 12 days later from a brain injury. The Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled his death a homicide.
Who punched Koschman? His friends later said it was neither of Vanecko’s two male companions; they also could not pick Vanecko out of a police lineup. And Vanecko declined to be interviewed by the police.
But Sun-Times reporters Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Carol Marin uncovered troubling aspects of the police investigation. Detectives did not interview witnesses until after Koschman died. They didn’t conduct the lineups until almost a month after the incident. By the time of his lineup, Vanecko — who had been wearing a hat on Division Street — had shaved his head, yet nobody conducting the lineup asked him to put on a hat.
Most troubling of all, prosecutors say their files on the case have disappeared. As criminal law experts told the Sun-Times, files don’t just disappear.
Until a more complete investigation is conducted — with no preferential treatment for nephews of mayors — nobody should imply or assign guilt to anyone. Nor, for that matter, should Koschman be absolved of any blame. By all accounts, he was pretty drunk and riled up that night. One witness described him as “jumping up and down” and “really aggravated.”
But equally questionable is the conclusion, reached by the police in 2004, that the person who punched Koschman was acting in self-defense. Nothing in the evidence turned up by the Sun-Times indicates that the 5-foot, 5-inch Koschman was physically aggressive toward anybody.
Mouthy? Maybe. Dangerous? Not likely.
Somebody threw a punch that night, quite likely never imagining the consequences. The average punch outside a Rush Street bar is calibrated to break a nose or blacken an eye, not to kill.
But somebody did die.
And a city’s faith in the integrity of its police force demands a fresh and thorough by-the-book investigation.
Great.... Peter Wehner at Commentary,
"According to a story in Sunday’s Washington Post, as President Obama and his advisers measured their response to the mass killing in Libya, they were mindful of the fact that diplomats in Tripoli had told them, in the words of one official, that “certain kinds of messaging from the American government could endanger the security [...]
Sidney Hook once said that those who make survival the supreme value are declaring that there is nothing they will not betray. Professor Hook’s statement could be amended and updated: American presidents who declare that they will bow to the demands of dictators who threaten American citizens are declaring that there is nothing they will not betray. For those who were disturbed by President Obama’s diffidence in the face of Qaddafi’s wickedness, it’s worse than you think. The ramifications of Mr. Obama’s actions will outlive whatever happens in Tripoli.
State Rep. Gordon Hintz State Rep. Michelle Litjens 'you are fucking dead'