Tuesday, May 29, 2012

U.S. News - Violent holiday weekend claims at least 10 lives in Chicago

Chicago’s out of control.

More than 40 people were shot in Chicago over the holiday weekend, and at least 10 of them were killed, NBCChicago.com reported.

The latest shooting happened around 1:30 a.m. in Albany Park, a Chicago neighborhood, where police said a man was shot in the face. It followed dozens of shootings across the city since Friday.

"It's been a real rough weekend, a lot of gun violence," community activist Pastor Corey Brooks told ABC News.

U.S. News - Violent holiday weekend claims at least 10 lives in Chicago

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

Some video of the statue in Scoville Park, Oak Park, Illinois. My Uncle: Bertram Groot is one of the names listed. Oak Park River Forest High School kicked him off the football team because of poor grades so he joined the Army and went to France in 1917.

After Wisconsin | The Weekly Standard

Good advice to Romney.

Campaigns tend to focus on making the case for their uniquely qualified candidate. But the case for Romney as president is immeasurably strengthened if it’s not just about Mitt Romney. His case is reinforced by the successes of governors like Mitch Daniels and Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell and Scott Walker and Susana Martinez. These governors have had real successes dealing with the fiscal and financial challenges their states have faced. And this during the same period in which President Obama (and to some degree President Bush before him) failed to grapple with comparable problems at the national level—and at the same time that Democratic governors and legislators in states like Illinois and California have conspicuously failed.

If Team Romney can become Team Romney-Walker-Daniels-Christie-et al., Romney’s campaign will take on a sharper focus. His chances of prevailing this fall will increase. It’s true that he might win anyway in a long and difficult slog. But a Walker victory in Wisconsin on the first Tuesday in June could provide a defining moment for the Romney campaign—and for the forces of responsible Republican reform against reactionary Democratic opposition.

After Wisconsin | The Weekly Standard

Justice for Sale

H/T Illinois Review

Mike Madigan's pension play

A good comment from Illinois Review on Madigan's pension plan.
Face it - he wants the pension costs off of the state because the state can't file bankruptcy. School districts can and will or they will face the wrath of taxpayers for property tax increases. Teachers were promised pensions for votes, the money was never there and it won't grow on local tress either.
Stick it on the locals and let them go bankrupt. That's the speaker's plan for the next few years. Lucky local school boards.

McHenry County Blog | Sharon Meroni Replies to Mike Tryon’s Call to Boycott Grassroots-Called Central Committee Meeting intended to Pave Way for Tonya Franklin Candidacy against “Chainsaw Jack” Franks

More from Cal Skinner on the GOP’s efforts give Jack Franks and unopposed path to election.  Geez, Pat Brady, isn’t this what a State GOP Chair is supposed to put a stop too?

McHenry County Blog | Sharon Meroni Replies to Mike Tryon’s Call to Boycott Grassroots-Called Central Committee Meeting intended to Pave Way for Tonya Franklin Candidacy against “Chainsaw Jack” Franks

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Romney: Obama doesn't get the economy - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

 

"There's no question that he's attacking capitalism, in part because I think he doesn't understand how the free economy works," Romney said in an appearance on the Fox TV's Fox & Friends. "He's never had job in the free economy, neither has Vice President Biden. They've spent their lives as either community organizers or member of the political class, and frankly the American people understand that free economy and free enterprise is tough - it's hard work."

Romney: Obama doesn't get the economy - Political Hotsheet - CBS News

Should add it’s a uniquely Chicago Political Class based on a Client / Patron notion (State Senator Emil Jones was Obama’s Patron).  One could say it’s more Serf / Lord sort of thing considering how some of these guys view themselves. See Emil Jones’ pension play here.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Elizabeth Warren stonewalling - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Gorman kids land lucrative jobs with Orland Park - Illinois Review

Cook County Client – Patron politics at work.  Liz Gorman and the Cook County GOP play right along with it.

Gorman kids land lucrative jobs with Orland Park - Illinois Review

Chicago Teachers Union rally

Via local Fox News Making it personal will blow up in CTU's face. Some pretty dim witted teachers here with little appreciation of the low esteem they're held in by the citizens that employee them.

Radogno uses lameduck Republicans to support Obamacare, tax hikes, and Democrats - Illinois Review

Combine stuff in Springfield.

Radogno uses lameduck Republicans to support Obamacare, tax hikes, and Democrats - Illinois Review

McHenry County Blog | Tonya Franklin Supporters Get Enough Agreement to Call Special Meeting of the McHenry County Republican Central Committee

Hate to see the GOP squirm out of running a candidate against Franks.  Getting one step closer here to getting Tonya Franklin on the ballot.

McHenry County Blog | Tonya Franklin Supporters Get Enough Agreement to Call Special Meeting of the McHenry County Republican Central Committee

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Paul Ryan: A better future for graduates

Via WSJ,

The Class of 2012 will proudly walk the stage this weekend. I remember talking with some of these young people when they started college in September 2008, in the midst of a financial crisis. A common refrain I heard during those dark times was, "Thank goodness I'm not graduating this year."

Four years later, many of those same students are graduating into a stagnant economy that is still not creating enough opportunities for them and still threatening to leave much of their remarkable potential untapped. Worse, after years of startling increases in college tuition, they are graduating with unprecedented personal debt burdens. And to top it off, decades of bad policies supported by both political parties have racked up dangerous levels of national debt, leaving the next generation with an unconscionable mess to clean up.

The good news is this: It's not too late to get America back on track, lift the debt, and ensure a brighter future for today's graduates. The budget passed by the House of Representatives in March offers a sensible path forward to expand opportunity for all by advancing real reforms and principled policy solutions.

First, the House-passed budget offers young Americans a plan to boost the economy and provide them with opportunities to succeed. Over half of recent college graduates are either jobless or underemployed. That's unacceptable. We need to foster sustained job creation with reforms that avert higher taxes and remove the shadow of debt that is hanging over would-be employers.

One step we should immediately take is to make the U.S. tax code fair, simple and competitive. Right now, the code fails on all three counts. High tax rates put us at a disadvantage against other nations, businesses with the best lobbyists triumph over those with the best ideas, and economic growth suffers. We can level the playing field and create jobs by lowering tax rates and closing tax loopholes.

Second, the House-passed budget takes steps to tackle tuition inflation. In the last four years, college tuition has risen by nearly 17 percent, or an average of $1,200 per student. The goal of federal financial aid is to make college more affordable, but there is growing evidence that wholesale increases in aid have had the opposite effect. Instead of helping more students achieve their dreams, these increases are simply being absorbed by (and potentially enabling) large tuition increases.

Consequently, student loan debt is on pace to eclipse $1 trillion. This unprecedented level of borrowing, which has surpassed the national level of credit-card debt, is causing young people to graduate with mortgage-sized debt payments, a debilitating hurdle to clear as they seek to start a family, a career, or a business.

The House-passed budget addresses this problem by limiting the growth of open-ended financial-aid subsidies. Instead, we focus aid on low-income students who need help most. Furthermore, we propose to remove regulatory barriers that restrict competition, flexibility and innovation in higher education.

By contrast, the president's approach has proven woefully short-sighted. Instead of addressing the structural causes of tuition inflation, his policies have simply chased ever-higher college costs with ever-higher subsidies, encouraging students to go deeper into personal debt while adding billions more to the national debt. That's an unsustainable plan, for our country and for our students.

We need a fiscal and higher-education strategy that spurs economic growth, tackles tuition inflation, and gets spending and debt under control. The House-passed budget accomplishes all three.

To give America's young people a brighter future, let's advance economic reforms so college students are graduating into a revitalized economy. Let's address the root causes of tuition inflation by promoting innovation and competition, and by refocusing aid so it's no longer just chasing higher costs.

Finally, let's tackle our national debt so we can keep the fundamental American promise: leaving the next generation with a stronger nation than the one our parents left us.

Ryan, R-Janesville, represents Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District. He is chairman of the House Budget Committee.

Paul Ryan: A better future for graduates

Obama, Condescending to Women

Obama’s Julia frame didn’t sell with Campbell Brown.  From her column below…

I have always admired President Obama and I agree with him on some issues, like abortion rights. But the promise of his campaign four years ago has given way to something else — a failure to connect with tens of millions of Americans, many of them women, who feel economic opportunity is gone and are losing hope. In an effort to win them back, Mr. Obama is trying too hard. He’s employing a tone that can come across as grating and even condescending. He really ought to drop it. Most women don’t want to be patted on the head or treated as wards of the state. They simply want to be given a chance to succeed based on their talent and skills. To borrow a phrase from our president’s favorite president, Abraham Lincoln, they want “an open field and a fair chance.”

In the second decade of the 21st century, that isn’t asking too much.

Obama, Condescending to Women - NYTimes.com

Second City Cop: Thanks Northsiders

via Chicago’s Second City Cop,

After Bridgeport's show of support, verbally and physically clashing with protestors, the North side couldn't feel left out.

Today's march near Wrigley was interrupted by members of the neighborhood, spraying protestors with hoses, tossing eggs at them and general all around cursing the Occupy folks as wastrel layabouts.

Thanks Northsiders - even though you are Cub fans, your support means a lot to us.

Second City Cop

We recommend Walker; his removal isn't justified - JSOnline

Tea Party folks send their time and money to Wisconsin.  Progressives send angry and violent kids to Chicago.  Let’s see what pays off.  Even the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is seeing through the protest nonsense.

No governor in recent memory has been so controversial. No governor in America is so polarizing. Everyone has an opinion about Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

Here's ours: We see no reason to remove Walker from office. We recommend him in the June 5 recall election.

Walker's rematch with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett was prompted by one issue: Walker's tough stance with the state's public-employee unions. It's inconceivable that the recall election would be occurring absent that. And a disagreement over a single policy is simply not enough to justify a vote against the governor.

We recommend Walker; his removal isn't justified - JSOnline

Saturday, May 19, 2012

And now we have The Chicago Three

The Trib on the three alleged Nato Protest fire bombers….

As they poured gasoline into the beer bottles, Church discussed the upcoming NATO summit and the role the Molotov cocktails would play, according to court documents. At one point, Church asked if the others had ever seen a "cop on fire" and discussed throwing one of the bombs into the Deering District police station in Bridgeport, prosecutors said.


After the bombs were loaded into a nearby car, police raided the apartment and arrested nine people, prosecutors said. Six were later released, leaving Church, Chase and Betterly as the only people charged in the alleged plot.

But the National Lawyers Guild, which is representing the men, scoffed at accusations of bomb making and insisted the NATO protesters simply possessed beer-making equipment.


"Charging these people who are here to peacefully protest against NATO for terrorism, when in reality the police have been terrorizing activists in Chicago, is absolutely outrageous," said Sarah Gelsomino, a lawyer with the guild.

Cops: Protesters threatened that 'city will never be the same' - Page 2 - chicagotribune.com

Update from Breitbart TV: Video from the night before the arrest. Apparently some of the three were participants.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Biden Doesn't "Blame People" For Voting For A Felon Over Obama In WV | RealClearPolitics

Maybe the Rickett’s family should just pay Joe Biden for some ads.

VP Joe Biden: Look, I come from a household where whenever there is a recession, somebody around my grandpop or my dad's table lost their job, a brother, a sister, a friend, or a neighbor. When you're out of work, man it's a depression. A lot of people are still hurt because of this God awful recession that we inherited that cost 8.4 million jobs before we could get going. And so, I don't blame people. They're frustrated, they're angry.

Biden Doesn't "Blame People" For Voting For A Felon Over Obama In WV | RealClearPolitics

Eaton: New book reveals more about Obama’s rise - Southtown Star

Fran Eaton's review of Edward Klein's The Amateur

Eaton: New book reveals more about Obama’s rise - Southtown Star
In a few short paragraphs, we’re able to link Wright, President Obama, Whitaker, Blagojevich, Rezko, Michelle Obama and Jarrett. Doesn’t get much cozier among Chicago Democrats, does it?
They're peas-in-a-pod for sure.

Father's Day in Germany Is One Big Booze Fest - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Better then them goose stepping about into France or Poland I suppose.

Most people consider Oktoberfest to be the biggest drinking celebration in Germany. Often overlooked are the country's Father's Day celebrations, which involve oddly dressed men pulling wagons filled with beer into parks and drinking until they pass out.

Father's Day in Germany Is One Big Booze Fest - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Who needs the Rickett’s money when Rev Wright talks so freely?

No reason for the Mayor to talk tough about the Rickett’s when Rev Wright trashes the Prez without prompting. Rickett’s should spend those dollars on talking about jobs and that yet to appear economic recovery.  Wright will do his own revenge for having been tossed under the Obama bus in 2008.

The New York Post on Sunday published a conversation between Wright and Klein, the latest tidbit to come from the book. In it, Wright said once his fiery sermons surfaced during the 2008 campaign, he received an email asking him not to preach until after November:

“Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.

“It was from one of Barack’s closest friends.”

“He offered you money?”

“Not directly,” Wright said. “He sent the offer to one of the members of the church, who sent it to me.”

“How much money did he offer you?”

“One hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” Wright said.

Wright said he was also visited by then-Senator Obama himself, who wanted to meet in secret.

“And one of the first things Barack said was, ‘I really wish you wouldn’t do any more public speaking until after the November election.’ He knew I had some speaking engagements lined up, and he said, ‘I wish you wouldn’t speak. It’s gonna hurt the campaign if you do that.’

“And what did you say?” I asked. “I said, ‘I don’t see it that way. And anyway, how am I supposed to support my family?’ And he said, ‘Well, I wish you wouldn’t speak in public. The press is gonna eat you alive.’

Book: Obama Team Tried to Pay Rev. Wright $150K to Keep Quiet Until After 2008 Election | TheBlaze.com

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Protests In Sunni-Majority Iranian Province Turn Deadly

Iran on edge…

Tensions are running high in a southeastern Iranian province with a majority Sunni population after a protest against the recent arrest of local religious figures ended in bloodshed.


At least one person was killed and two injured after police forces opened fire on the protesters, who had gathered in the city of Rask in Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province on May 14. According to reports, they were demonstrating against the recent arrests of the son of the city's Friday Prayers leader and other Sunni clerics.


Sunni Muslims make the majority of the population in Sistan-Baluchistan but make up only about 10 percent of the population in Shi'a-dominated Iran overall.
Iran's officials and state media have not reported on the unrest. But SunniOnline, a website that covers news about Iran's Sunni minority, wrote that police opened fire on protesters, resulting in the death of a man identified as Jan Mohammad Dehghani. His funeral was reportedly held on May 15.

Protests In Sunni-Majority Iranian Province Turn Deadly

Protesters Terrorize Neighborhoods In Pre-NATO 'F*ck The Police' March

Knowing these neigborhoods, I wouldn't exactly say they were the kind of folks to be terrorized by anti-NATO demonstrators. Does give you a flavor of the kind of behavior that turns Democrats into Reagan Democrats though.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Dear 8th District Voters, Tammy Duckworth Just Called you ‘Crackpots’

Call me Crackpot.

From the campaign to reelect Rep. Joe Walsh (R, Illinois 8th District)…

You are not a “crackpot” for believing in fiscal responsibility

Tonight’s debate between Congressman Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth featured a clear-cut difference between the two candidates. Joe continued to stand for lowering taxes, term limits, balancing our budget, and saving our safety nets. His opponent suggested those notions and the many people like you who believe in them are a “crackpot”.

As expected, Tammy never left her insider-Democrat talking points, but she resorted to the low personal attack of calling believers, like you, in fiscal responsibility “crackpots”.
The Congressman immediately challenged her claim that you are a “crackpot” for believing in those principles. Walsh also continued to stand for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and economic growth throughout the entire debate.

It is critical that we send a message to Tammy Duckworth that “regular people” in the 8th District are not “crackpots” for wanting to renew our country’s greatness and its promise.

Click here to tell Tammy that millions of Americans are not crazy for believing in common sense ideas by making a donation to the campaign.

Walsh For Congress

Dear 8th District Voters, Tammy Duckworth Just Called you ‘Crackpots’ |

The PJ Tatler » The Washington Post Could Not Be Reached for Comment, On Its Own Blockbuster Story

PJ Media on WaPo’s on going rewrite of History,

Less than 48 hours after the Washington Post published a major, 5,000 word exposé that portrays Mitt Romney as a homophobic, high school bully, the story has started to unravel. Jason Horowitz’s profile alleged that Romney high school chum Stu White has “long been bothered” by an unconfirmed incident in which Romney supposedly cut the hair of a fellow student.  But White wasn’t present at the alleged incident, Romney doesn’t remember it, the alleged victim has been dead for eight years, and White only learned about the incident decades after it supposedly happened.

In response to that, the Post today airbrushed the story. Until today, Horowitz’s story read:

“I always enjoyed his pranks,” said Stu White, a popular friend of Romney’s who went on to a career as a public school teacher and has long been bothered by the Lauber incident. “But I was not the brunt of any of his pranks.”

Today it reads:

“I always enjoyed his pranks,” said Stu White, a popular friend of Romney’s who went on to a career as a public school teacher and said he has been “disturbed” by the Lauber incident since hearing about it several weeks ago, before being contacted by The Washington Post. “But I was not the brunt of any of his pranks.”

The PJ Tatler » The Washington Post Could Not Be Reached for Comment, On Its Own Blockbuster Story

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Rogue Democrats Loot Detroit As Nation Sleeps | Via Meadia

Mead’s conclusion on the looting of Detroit.  As citizen of Illinois, I just wonder about Democrats as Rogue here. It seems to be the core of the party today. No outrage when progressives plunder.  And their victims the most vulnerable of Americans.

American cities have been festering pits of graft and bad governance since at least the early 19th century, but there is a difference between the “honest graft” of Tammany Hall and the nihilistic destruction practiced by some of today’s urban machines. Today’s situation, in which some city machines are so dysfunctional that the parasite is literally killing the host (and not just in Detroit), is new and, again, the most vulnerable in our society suffer the worst consequences. Minority children are the greatest ultimate victims of this loathsome corruption: they attend horrible schools and grow up in decaying, unsafe urban landscapes where there is no growth, no jobs and no opportunity for the young.

How is it anything but racist not to care about that — and not to burn with the desire to put the scabrous thugs who misgovern our cities and waste our social funds in prison where they belong?

Rogue Democrats Loot Detroit As Nation Sleeps | Via Meadia

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Quinn pension reform comes up short in Illinois - Crain's Chicago Business

Here comes the big property tax hike across Illinois.

Recent comments from Mr. Quinn and his bipartisan pension committee indicate the real goal here may be a cost shift in which local communities, for the first time, would be forced to pay for large portions of the pension system historically paid by the state. This almost certainly would mean large property tax increases.

The governor and the General Assembly are appropriately embarrassed at the prospect of raising income taxes again. So it appears they plan to force local leaders to raise billions in property taxes instead. This is wrong. Local school boards never made pension promises — Springfield politicians did.

There is now substantial momentum generated by Rhode Island's successful pension reforms in which a 401(k) system and sensible benefit changes have been adopted. Optimism also is warranted given the acknowledgment of the crisis by senior pension officials and the governor himself.

via Quinn pension reform comes up short in Illinois - Government News - Crain's Chicago Business

Here’s the cite from the Illinois Constitution Democrats claim ties their hands on pension reforms,

SECTION 5. PENSION AND RETIREMENT RIGHTS

Membership in any pension or retirement system of the State, any unit of local government or school district, or any agency or instrumentality thereof, shall be an enforceable contractual relationship, the benefits of which shall not be diminished or impaired.

I’d suggest increased life expectancy’s added to the value of a defined benefits plan.  Added more value than the designers of these things ever expected possible.  Converting them into defined contribution plans doesn’t diminish benefits.  It preserves the pension albeit shifting the risks of a long life onto the pensioner.  The greatest threat that’ll diminish and impair pensions: both existing and future, is the status quo.  That’s what’s really unconstitutional.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Lockport, IL Activist Training | American Majority

 

Lockport, IL Activist Training

Event Date: 8th May, 2012

Every American has a vital role to play in shaping the policies and direction of our communities, states, and nation. American Majority provides instruction that will help citizens to become more effective in holding government accountable via digital activism.

American Majority along with the Homer Glen Tea Party is hosting an activist training on Tuesday, May 8 and will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The training will be held at 14326 Golden Oak Drive, Homer Glen, IL 60491.

This training will give you the tools needed to make an impact in your community as an online writer and blogger and includes the following topics:

  • Citizen journalism
  • Blogging
  • Finding stories
  • Networking

The cost for attending is $15 per person. Registration is available at the door though preregistration online is strongly encouraged.

Lockport, IL Activist Training | American Majority

Vorwärts

Vorwarts und nicht vergessen in some forgotten corner of Mongolia.

Teamster's Donnie Von Moore: No Cameras at Occupy Chicago Please



Fellow Worker Moore quite a working class hero.  Via Teamsters Fight Back,

In 2001 and 2004 Fight Back! reported about stolen elections in Local 743. In 2007 we reported on the victory of reformers in a U.S. Department of Labor-run election. With the Department of Labor gone, it appears the election was stolen by using some old tricks as well as refusing to process address changes for Latinos and others 743 New Leadership Team supporters. 
Von Moore has long been on the shady side of 743 affairs. Just months ago he presided over a giveaway of the defined benefit pension for close to 1000 workers at Rush University Medical Center. Nursing home administrators supported Von Moore, knowing he would take them back to the ‘good ol’ days’ of undercutting contracts of other SEIU unionized nursing homes in the area. 
New Leadership Team presidential candidate J Burger said, “Making the Von Moore leadership accountable to the members won’t be easy, but must be done to prevent the return of back room deals, higher officer salaries and poor member representation. Only an active and informed membership can make this happen.” 
A source inside the 743 New Leadership Team told Fight Back! that a post-election protest has been filed. Many workers who supported the New Leadership Team/El Nuevo Liderazgo will continue their efforts to build a fighting workers movement. This includes support for Sandy Pope as she takes on James Hoffa for Teamster International President.

Is al Qaeda on the verge of defeat? - Threat Matrix

Is al Qaeda on the verge of defeat? - Threat Matrix


In the buildup to the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, a lot of speculation has emerged on the state of al Qaeda. Most narratives state that al Qaeda's core, based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, has been defeated, and that its so-called loosely tied affiliates now wield most of the terror group's strength. We addressed this issue back in late January, in an article for The Weekly Standard titled Strategic Defeat, and our view is contrary to the conventional wisdom. The article reflects our views on the status of al Qaeda today.
In "Strategic Defeat," we argued that the Obama administration's strategy of pulling back from Afghanistan and switching to a counterterrorism-heavy mission worldwide does not adequately deal with the fact that al Qaeda and its allies still hold ground in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Iraq, Somalia, and North Africa.
We also stated that al Qaeda and the Taliban remain closely linked, and that conducting negotiations with the latter is a fool's errand (something we've noted numerous other times as well at The Long War Journal; see here, for instance). The recent Guardian report that bin Laden, Zawahiri, and Mullah Omar conferred over strategy in Afghanistan merely proves our point.


Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2012/05/is_al_qaeda_on_the_verge_of_de.php#ixzz1tiXAtYcc