Thursday, February 28, 2013
I’d rather Duckworth just give us our money’s worth instead. Just a note to Gene Spurling to knock off the threats to Woodworth would be worth what she’s giving up.
A suburban Democratic congresswoman says she plans to put her money where her mouth is in the event of a sequester.
U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, of Hoffman Estates, plans to take a pay cut of 8.4 percent if automatic spending cuts go into effect Friday, as they will if Congress fails to reach a plan to deal with the country's deficit.
Update: More threats....
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Gee, what was Joe Walsh saying in the last election about Terrorists and Chicago?
Feb 26th, 2013Over six weeks ago, I asked Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady to step down after his public comments on same-sex marriage. My request had nothing to do with Pat Brady — who's a good guy — and it had nothing to do with the issue of same-sex marriage. There are plenty of Republicans who support traditional marriage, and there are plenty of Republicans who support same-sex marriage.Brady needs to resign not because of where he stands on marriage, but because, as the party chairman, he needs to publicly support the party platform which he helped draft last year or keep quiet. Pat, not once, not twice, but three times, publicly rebuked the party platform and publicly rubbed Republican noses in it.That's not right for the party chairman to do, no matter what the issue is. The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Daily Herald and others know this, but they continue to use this dispute as a way of claiming that it's all about same-sex marriage. They try to portray Republicans as intolerant on the issue of same-sex marriage. They are practically giddy about this.Again, this isn't about same-sex marriage. It's about a party chairman publicly giving his middle finger to his own party platform. The reaction from the party would be the same if Brady publicly demanded that the Illinois legislature raise the state income tax.The Chicago media are a bunch of hypocrites. Think about this for a moment: What would Illinois Democrats do if their party chairman came out and publicly supported traditional marriage and publicly demanded the Democrat Party vote against same-sex marriage? Can you imagine how upset Democrats would be?Does anyone doubt that the Chicago media would be calling for that Democratic Party chairman to step down?Liberal, media hypocrites.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
At 3:33:30, he [Vandermyde] gets in a brilliant jab, saying that it isn't going to be people with Carry Permits that are shooting out streetlights.Now read item #6 from Guns Save Lives (link below)
No one in the room aside from Mr. Vandermyde and a few of his supporters sitting to his right seemed to get it. But we did.
6. McCarthy had also lied and denied a report that he had been reprimanded by the NYPD after he had gotten into an physical altercation with a off duty NYPD Sergeant at a cop bar in the Bronx on City Island the night he was appointed deputy commissioner.
On a separate incident McCarthy who was also out drunk again on City Island one evening was shooting out street lights with two other police officers one of whom was McCarthy’s brother whom is a New York State Trooper. When McCarthy was confronted by an NYPD Sgt concerning the shooting incident McCarthy had retaliated against the officer later on who insisted on pursuing the shooting incident as a criminal matter. Needless to say the incident was quietly swept under the rug by the NYPD!Chicago Police Chief: Booze, Guns and Abuse of Authority | GunsSaveLife.com
Where in the world was Chicago’s Media that we let a thug like this lead CPD? This guys got a record and has no business being a cop much less leading a force.
Update: Also, Illinois Review's transcript from McCarthy's inteview with WLS on his legal philosopy,
McCarthy, who spoke with Bill Cameron on WLS AM 890 last Sunday, expressed his conviction that firearms owners who lobby their elected representatives or who donate money to political campaigns are engaged in corruption that endangers public safety. He also went on to express his belief that judges and legislators should rely on public opinion polls - rather than the law - when interpreting the Constitution.Public Opinions gonna say this guy should go. Rahm better heed it.
Here’s #3 of 38 h/t Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof. Gives you a new appreciation of how geographically small Europe is compared to Wisconsin, Michigan, or Illinois. Check out the other 37 (link below).
3. This is how much space the Great Lakes would take up if they were in Europe:
Saturday, February 23, 2013
A good question……
During a heated moment in the debate over legalizing gay marriage in Illinois, State Sen. Martin Sandoval (D-Cicero) either lied about, or turned a blind eye to, child abuse. In his speech on the Illinois Senate Floor, Mr. Sandoval said "I ... witnessed personally in my eight years in the seminary, you know, homosexuality, alcoholism and even men that were pedophiles. The church and its leaders who didn't provide any support to these good men of faith allowed them to ruin the lives of many of our loved ones."
Sandoval admitted he "witnessed" pedophiles. This begs the question, if he had knowledge of pedophilia, what exactly did he do about it? Did he do a "Joe Paterno" and look the other way, or did he report what he saw? If he failed to report the child abuse then he bears the same responsibility the leaders of the church do.
Always Right: Pro-family protest exposes gap between political "haves" and "have nots" - Illinois Review
I was down with the flu last week and missed this great column by Fran Eaton on the class differences in the same sex marriage debate.
Wish Pat Brady would use his pulpit to talk more about this kind of story the Trib editorializes on here rather than Same Sex Marriage.
Illinois may be broke, but it sure finds money when it wants to.
Just ask United Neighborhood Organization, a charter schools operator that has pulled down $98 million in state grants (as discussed in the companion editorial). The windfall for UNO has been flowing through the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, a state agency with a sketchy track record of monitoring where taxpayer money goes.
For whatever reason — lack of resources, lack of leadership, lack of accounting controls — the agency is gaining a reputation for writing blank checks and getting burned. You want to take the money and run? DCEO is your chance.
UNO spent its $98 million on bricks-and-mortar projects at the charter schools it operates. A closer look at the construction projects by the Chicago Sun-Times found many of the contracts went to friends and family of UNO executives.
Read the rest here: DCEO is Illinois' piggy bank - chicagotribune.com
Chris Robling makes a tough defense of Brady over in the comments section of The Daily Herald and says a longer piece coming in IR. Will update with a link as soon as it’s there.
Update: Here's the link to Robling's defense of Brady.
Scared with the direction of the country and the state? Ready to do something about it? It's time for all of us to grow up and be free! Come join me for a "Grow up and Be Free!" townhall this Sunday, February 24, at 3:00pm in Wauconda at the Energee Center, 349 Barrington Road in Wauconda. Come prepared to join a movement and get ready to finally fight back!
Friday, February 22, 2013
Newly released video by former U.S. Navy SEAL, businessman, and Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez. Seems like Pat Brady could be recruiting some quality candidates like Gomez here in Illinois.
Liberal Iraqi Shi'ite Scholar Sayyed Ahmed Al-Qabbanji Calls For Reason In Islamic Discourse and Jurisprudence
Hard pressed to find a Liberal Religionist in the West who gives a hoot about a free thinking Muslim…..
Sayyed Al-Qabbanji's revolutionary ideas, especially his focus in the last few years on the need to rationalize Islamic religious discourse and jurisprudence, have made him the bane of the powerful Shi'ite clergy in Iraq, and have sparked accusations of heresy against him there – particularly in the months prior to his arrest in Iran.
The news of the arrest was received with mixed reactions by the Iraqi intelligentsia. While his supporters and fellow liberal scholars and politicians have called for his immediate release, some among the Shi'ite clergy have demanded that Iran prosecute him for "his violations of the sanctity of his [Shi'ite] denomination."
Following the arrest, Iranian intelligence services deputy director Mohammad Mosajadi was quoted as telling Tehran Radio that Al-Qabbanji was spying for Israel and transmitting "coded information" to it. If found guilty of this, he said, Iran would cooperate with the Iraqi government in carrying out the death penalty.
Meanwhile, in the five days since Al-Qabbanji's arrest, the Iraqi authorities have refrained from commenting on the matter.
The following is a review of the philosophy of Sayyed Ahmed Al-Qabbanji.
If we refuse, than say goodbye to Illinois forever
Obama Has Time For Everyone And Everything Except Those That Count In Order To Avert The Sequester
OBAMA BEMOANED A CULTURE OF PROCRASTINATION IN WASHINGTON
DESPITE VOWING THAT SEQUESTRATION WOULD NOT HAPPEN, OBAMA HAS BEEN EVERYWHERE BUT THE NEGOTIATING TABLE WHILE THE SEQUESTER DEADLINE APPROACHES
- In Recent Weeks, Obama Has “Talked In Tough Terms That Signal Little Interest In Compromise — Or Suggestion Of Backing Down.” “Throughout, he’s talked in tough terms that signal little interest in compromise — or suggestion of backing down. He’s navigating a thin line. Obama is convinced he’s got the upper hand on Republicans. Yet he can go only so long before he risks being perceived as a main actor in Washington’s dysfunction, threatening a core element of his political brand — and the fragile economic recovery he’s struggled to maintain. The calls placed Thursday to Boehner and McConnell were prompted, in part, by a White House desire to inoculate Obama from that exact criticism.” (Carrie Budoff Brown and Jake Sherman, “Is President Obama Overplaying Sequestration Hand?,” Politico, 2/22/13)
- “Obama’s Been Virtually Absent From The Legislative Process — More So Than During Previous Budget Showdowns.” “But Obama’s been virtually absent from the legislative process — more so than during previous budget showdowns. And if the president wants his public offensive to work, he needs to keep attention focused on Republicans and why they refuse to consider new revenue as part of a deal to avert the $1.2 trillion sequester.” (Carrie Budoff Brown and Jake Sherman, “Is President Obama Overplaying Sequestration Hand?,” Politico, 2/22/13)
- “There Has Been No Discernible Effort By The White House To Work On A Bill That Might Pass.” Instead, Obama is putting his energy toward campaigning against the GOP’s cuts-only approach, concluding that he can win either way.” (Carrie Budoff Brown and Jake Sherman, “Is President Obama Overplaying Sequestration Hand?,” Politico, 2/22/13)
- “Even Democrats No Longer Expect Obama To Be The Lead Negotiator On A Deal.” (Carrie Budoff Brown and Jake Sherman, “Is President Obama Overplaying Sequestration Hand?,” Politico, 2/22/13)
Warner Todd Huston’s reflections on GW’s birthday. Birthday of a Giant: Where Have you Gone George Washington? « Publius Forum
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I've been following the war in the Iraqi and Afghan theaters for years, and cannot recall such a spectacular IED event. I've heard reports of upwards of 20 IEDs daisy-chained together and detonated, but the attack in the video is by far the biggest that I am aware of.This attack says quite a bit about the resources and capabilities of the Al Nusrah Front. Without a doubt, Syria has become one of the primary theaters in al Qaeda's global jihad.Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013/02/al_nusrah_front_detonates_50_i.php#ixzz2LNReovQw
MEMRI President Yigal Carmon In Interview: The Arab Spring 'Is An Honorable Journey For Which I Have The Utmost Respect'
An excerpt from Carmon's interview,
"It Is Both Morally Shameful And Politically Unwarranted For America To Support Elements That Take [Egypt] Backwards"; Apparently When It Backed The Muslim Brotherhood, The U.S. Did Not Realize The True Strength Of The MB's Opponents
Mr. Carmon is critical of the U.S.'s stance on Egypt, saying that it "should have stood with the progressive forces, not [with] the Islamists... In Egypt, it clings to the [Muslim] Brotherhood. This is really tragic. It is both morally shameful and politically unwarranted for America to support elements that take humanity backwards."
Apparently, he said, when it backed the Muslim Brotherhood, the U.S. did not realize the true strength of the MB's opponents in the country. "I suppose they thought that the Islamists are the power to reckon with, and they [the Americans] just need to deal with it," he said. But now, he added, "they continue to stick to that policy, even when realizing that political Islam does not have a majority in Egypt."
Full English Translation of the First Detailed Interview of Mousavi & Rahnavard's Daughters: “We don’t feel safe. We fear for our lives and the safety of our children!” متن فارسی به ضمیمه
Via Mi Hossein Mousavi's FB page,
Full English Translation of the First Detailed Interview of Mousavi & Rahnavard's Daughters: “We don’t feel safe. We fear for our lives and the safety of our children!” متن فارسی به ضمیمه
[Translator's Note: For the first time in four years opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi's daughters provide a detailed and candid account of their predicament in the past four years and the continued unjust pressure by the ruling establishment that culminated in their recent short arrest and subsequent summoning to Evin court scheduled for this week-end. I humbly ask my human rights colleagues to read and disseminate this interview for it only sheds more light on the continued human rights violations and in particular the manner in which the families of political prisoners are being punished in Iran at the hands of an unjust judiciary and oppressive ruling establishment.]
February 14th, 2013 [Kaleme] Following the recent arrest, interrogation, release and further summoning of opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi’s daughters to Evin Court, Zahra, Narges and Kokab Mousavi provide a detailed account of their ordeal, revealing intimate information about their lives and the effects of the pressure by the ruling establishment on their families.
“We don’t have a sense of security. In our current predicament, they could suddenly appear at our bedside while we sleep. How can we have any security when they are free to take us to an undisclosed location without us knowing what individual or entity is responsible for such an act? Given these gentlemen’s reputation, we are concerned for [the safety and well being] of our children. They once called me and began threatening me in front of my father. Who is to say that they won’t treat our children the same way? We are concerned for our children’s safety. The other issue is their total disregard for morality and ethics. The laptops they confiscated belong to women and contain photos, images and writings and memories that are personal and should be respected for they fall under the realm of personal privacy.” explained Zahra Mousavi.
He doesn’t tire. Tomorrow in Huntley… not sure I’ll make it. Fighting a case of Bronchitis.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
12015 Mill Street, Huntley, IL(map)
Monday, February 18, 2013
A ticket agent in the city asked me a few weeks ago if I was a real estate developer. That took me aback. He asked out-of-the-blue. I thought a minute and said, “no, but if I were, what’s the next hot neigborhood?”
Now he had to reflect a minute, and then he said, “Englewood”.
Here’s a blogger from the Southside with an Englewood Manifesto. A New Voice from Englewood - "The Brooklyn of Chicago": The Englewood Manifesto Volume 1.0
This is gotta be tough to take for parents paying the full tab for their kids at U of C.
The state of pension reform: House and Senate divide persists - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register
Chicago papers don’t cover the ins-and-outs of the current pension bills. SJR does about the best job I’ve read here:
Check it out.
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Not the West Side, but a Chicago story and a spot where many West Siders landed: Albany Park.
If you enjoy reading about old school ethnic Chicago, you’ll enjoy this light journey back in time to the latter half of the 20th century. You’ll especially enjoy this book if you remember Albany Park in its glory days, or if like me, you wonder what you missed. While I recognize most places named in this book, they just weren’t the same by the late sixties and early seventies. I’m glad I finally had the chance to experience them in Golde’s novel.
Some Progressive Obama’s become. I believe Obama’s a man of the left, but the left’s spent, and the outcome this…
To many presidential idolaters, this era will be known as the Age of Obama. But, in reality, we live in what may best be called the Age of Bernanke. Essentially, Obamaism increasingly serves as a front for the big-money interests who benefit from the Federal Reserve's largesse and interest rate policies; progressive rhetoric serves as the beard for royalist results.
And as Kotkin notes, it’s the growing ranks of poor stiffed the most.
The death toll in the devastating bomb attack that targeted Shia Hazaras in Quetta city of southwestern Pakistan today rose to 84, even as the minority community threatened protests if security forces did not act against militant groups within 48 hours.
About forty people were killed instantly when nearly a tonne of explosives, hidden in a water tank loaded on a tractor-trolley, were detonated in a busy market at Kirani Road in Hazara Town, a suburb of Quetta, yesterday evening, the latest in a series of deadly sectarian attacks in Quetta.
Several seriously injured people died in hospital overnight and rescue workers dug out bodies from the debris of buildings flattened by the blast that was heard all over Quetta, the capital of the restive Balochistan province.Quetta blast toll rises to 84
And today I read The Daily Herald's Editorial board advised the House to join the Goddess too: Editorial: Time for state House to join tide of history on rights.
An odd invocation of the Goddess of History: Clio; from folks concerned about the mixing of religion and politics. A sadly ignorant invocation because the Goddess takes notes; not sides. She's the Goddess of those who write History. She holds a book in the picture at left. She's not telling anyone what to do.
Clio doesn't push the flow or ebbs and tides of events. We do that. History's the sum of our thoughts and actions. We direct it. Not the good Goddess, and as a devotee of her, I'm betting she's put-off when we shove our work onto her.
Historians will judge Pat Brady, The Daily Herald, and Illinois when it comes to Same-Sex Marriage. I don't know that outcome yet.
I can recall a Radical-left that gave us a Sexual Revolution not so long ago, telling us Marriage was a sort of slavery. An institution Radicals thought History would destroy. (Clio has a sense of humor you see. She can throw our ideas back at us.)
We need tests for policy, not great forces coincidentally on our side. Hubert Humphrey once suggested this one,
"It was once said that the moral test of Government is how that Government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped,"Pat Brady and The Daily Herald would better evaluate their support for Same Sex Marriage under the lenses of Humphrey's moral test. How would SSM serve those most vulnerable in Illinois?
I'm guessing at best SSM's indifferent. At worse it aggravates the already troubled and stressed institution of family.
History doesn't side. History judges. The test will not be trivial. We should be concerned with consequences of what we wrought; not who's on our side.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
"The authors of morality...They must be alluding to the Roman Catholic faith perhaps, who ... has anyone read the papers? They have a stellar record of morality? Quite the contrary, senators.
"Men that were pedophiles - the Church provided them no support - were allowed to ruin the lives of many of our loved ones, and today have done little to bring justice to those lives. The moral fiber of our faith community? ... Our religious leaders have failed us by example. Our faith leaders have a lot to bear for some of the failures of society... What do they do? They bury their heads in the sand. Do nothing. They walk away. And one of our faith leaders gave his two-week notice a few days ago. He's moving on ..."h/t Illinois Review
And the Senator's words in Spanish, for free thanks to google translate, no need for Larry Dominick to kick points over to Sandoval for that service.
A translation via Gloria Pereira de Campos
"Los autores de la moralidad...talvez se deben de estar refiriendo a Los de fe Catolica Romana, quien.....ha leido alguien Los periodicos? Tendran Ellos una trayectoria moral estelar? Senadores, es todo lo contrario. " Hombres que eran depravados - la Iglesia no les dió apoyo- se les permitió destruir la vida de muchos de nuestros seres queridos y hasta el dia de hoy han hecho muy poco para hacer justicia. La moralidad de nuestra fe comunal?.... Nuestros lideres religiosos nos han fallado con su ejemplo. Nuestros lideres de Fe tienen mucho que ver con las fallas de nuestra sociedad.....y que es lo que hacen? Entierran sus cabezas en la arena. No hacen nada. Nos dan la espalda. Y uno de Los lideres de nuestra Fe nos dió hace unos dias sus dos semanas de preaviso. Èl se va......... ". Sen. Sandoval (D) comentarios acusando a la Iglesia Catolica durante Su discurso en apoyo para el matrimonio gay.
Cal Skinner posts the indictment. Makes you wonder what they were thinking. Sure made fools of the voters of the 2nd CD.
Friday, February 15, 2013
...and fwiw, I agree.
Meanwhile . . . Most of the schools on the list are on the West and South Sides - because it makes eminent sense to shutter what in some cases are the only civic institutions left in neighborhoods already under the most duress.
It also won't change most peoples views that those "marriages" are different than a marriage between one man and one woman.
I wouldn't have voted for this law though, and that's because of the way Illinois went after Catholic Charities when it passed the civil unions bill.
This vote's more than a vote for a new definition of marriage. It's also an assault on the Catholic Church. Almost as though Cullerton and Lisa Madigan were dragging the whole state into some kind of beef their having with their Catholic heritage.
Here's former Congressman Joe Walsh's statement today.
Feb 15th, 2013
It takes courage to do what you believe is right, even if the whole country seems like it's moving in the opposite direction. I was thinking about political courage last night after the Illinois Senate passed same sex marriage legislation.
It is true that the media in this country is so giddy in their support for same sex marriage that it has had an impact on the polls. In many states like Illinois, to support traditional marriage is to stand against "equality" and "fairness." To be OUTSPOKEN in support of traditional marriage is to be ridiculed and to risk being called a homophobe, a bigot, and often much worse. Many become afraid and give in to the media and the "polls" as our Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady did last month when he came out in support of same sex marriage because, as he said, it would help Republicans win elections. "So brave, so enlightened," the Chicago Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune and the rest of the liberal media cheered.So easy.What is hard to do is stand against public opinion and stand for what is right. What is hard to do is to stand in the public square and defend traditional marriage as the bedrock of society that it is and always has been, as the institution best designed by God to raise and develop children. What is hard to do is to defend the religious institutions and businesses whose basic religious freedoms will be in jeopardy if same sex marriage becomes law in Illinois.We have precious little time to defend traditional marriage and religious freedom in this state. All of us must take to the public square immediately and do what is hard. You will be ridiculed, the media will go after you personally, and they will laugh at you for mentioning God.Have the courage to do what is right. Defend traditional marriage and defend religious freedom. Now.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Among the requested materials: the full text and details of several speeches Hagel failed to report to the Senate Armed Services Committee that have since been uncovered.
Fox News Channel on Tuesday reported on two speeches Hagel failed to disclose as requested, including one given in 2008 to the annual conference of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).
Via Washington Free Beacon
And via Commentary,
This statement is consistent with Hagel's 2006 claim that the "Jewish lobby" was intimidating Congress and shows a mindset of hostility to the U.S.-Israel alliance. Ajjan's post about Hagel's speech makes interesting reading today as it demonstrates the former senator's views opposing isolation of Iran, a key point in the context of President Obama's declared policies about Tehran.
What to make of a guy who walks away from past positions? It's worse than the positions themselves.
In the not-so-proud tradition of Washington, Hagel is paying dearly not only for speaking his mind in the past but for his prescience in defying his own president, George W. Bush, during the course of the decade-long "war on terror." But Hagel only fed his opponents' ambitions with a strikingly weak performance at his confirmation hearing, where he fumbled over several questions, including whether he supported "containment" against Iran.And now Hagel faces the prospect of becoming the first Defense nominee in U.S. history to be filibustered. Should he overcome the 60-vote majority needed to end such a filibuster, he is all but assured of confirmation. The Democrats who control the Senate have 55 votes in favor, and two Republicans have said, up until now, that they will vote for Hagel: Mike Johanns of Nebraska and Thad Cochran of Mississippi.But getting to 60 votes is looking harder right now than it did just a few days ago, especially with moderates such as Susan Collins, R-Maine, saying they oppose Hagel. And the longer the process plays out, the higher a political price the president will pay for sticking with Hagel.
There's another proud tradition of sticking with past stands. Hagel's strikingly weak performance rooted in Hagel's efforts to dodge responsibility for what he beleived and advocated. Dragging in any defiance of George Bush can't distract from Hagel's fumbles.
CNN's Jake Tapper reports on Medal of Honor recipient and former US Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha. President Barack Obama yesterday awarded Romesha the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Kamdesh on Oct. 3, 2009. Part One of CNN's special is embedded above; all six installments of the report can be found at the Facebook page for "The Outpost," Tapper's book on the battle at Combat Outpost Keating.
Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/videos/2013/02/medal_of_honor_recipient_clint.php#ixzz2KsT6sTRi
No kidding, check the list of school closings. A lot of history there.
The West Side took it on the chin Wednesday in the list of Chicago Public Schools at risk of closing — but residents who packed a CPS hearing vowed not to give up the fight.
“No schools closing,” “save our schools,” shouted folks from the Austin-North Lawndale network, where 16 elementary schools now must make the case they should not be closed in June, crowding the House of Prayer Church of God in Christ.
“Everywhere you go there are a lot of gangs and guns and violence, and now they want to send our kids into unfamiliar streets they don’t even know,” said Janice Thompson, who has twin six-year-olds at Crown Elementary School. “Keep Crown open.”
Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) stood up too: “The kids in Lincoln Park, we want the same things those kids have ... anything other than that ain’t gonna fly.”
Today, Obama Nominee For Treasury Jack Lew Will Undergo His Confirmation Hearing At The Senate Finance Committee. “The Senate Finance Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Treasury Secretary nominee Jacob Lew on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 10 a.m., the panel said, suggesting that no major hurdles were discovered during a congressional review of his record.” (Damian Paletta, “Senate Hearing For Lew To Be Held Next Week,” The Wall Street Journal, 2/6/13)
LEW HAD INVESTMENTS IN THE CAYMAN ISLANDS BEFORE, DURING, & AFTER OBAMA AND OTHER DEMOCRATS CRITICIZED SUCH HAVENS AS TAX SCAMSObama Treasury Secretary Nominee Jack Lew Invested In A Citigroup Venture Capital Fund Registered In The Cayman Islands’ Ugland House. “Republicans also want to ask Lew about a $56,000 investment he once had in a Citigroup venture capital fund registered in the Cayman Islands. Lew lost $1,582 when he had to divest his position in the fund to serve as Obama’s budget chief. The CVCI Growth Partnership II fund’s registered office is listed as the Ugland House, according to a securities filing, a Cayman Island office building with thousands of companies registered that has become a symbol of offshore tax evasion. Ugland House was criticized by Obama when he was campaigning for president.” (Rachel Younglai and Anna Yukhanov, “Jack Lew Senate Hearing Will Question His Budget Policies, Citigroup Bonus,” Reuters, 2/10/13)
- Lew’s Cayman Islands Investment – Which He Held As Recently As 2010 – “Is Coming To Light As Mr. Obama And Congressional Democrats Are Zeroing On Taxes Lost To Off-Shore Entities.” “As recently as 2010, Jack Lew, President Obama’s nominee to be the next secretary of the Treasury, had $56,000 invested in a CitiGroup venture capital fund based in the Cayman Islands’ notorious Ugland House, a building whose mailboxes are home to nearly 19,000 corporate entities, many of them tax shelters. The investment has been in public documents for years and drew no attention when Mr. Lew was confirmed to be deputy secretary of state in 2009 and director of the White House Office of Management and Budget in 2010. But the fund is coming to light as Mr. Obama and Congressional Democrats are zeroing on taxes lost to off-shore entities, including hedge funds, as a way to stave off $1 trillion in across-the-board spending cuts set to begin March 1.” (Johnathan Weisman, “Lew’s Cayman Islands Fund A Likely Issue At Confirmation Hearings,” The New York Times ‘ The Caucus, 2/8/13)
- Despite Attacking His 2012 Opponent For Such Investments, “Now That One Of Obama’s Cabinet Nominees Is Defending His Own Cayman Account, Democrats Are Suddenly Silent On The Matter.” “President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign famously trolled Mitt Romney for having bank accounts in the Cayman Islands throughout 2012, with campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt calling it proof that the Republican ‘bets against America.’ It’s a line that was echoed during the election by Governor Martin O’Malley, the Democratic National Committee, and several web ads on Obama’s own YouTube channel, which featured at least 20 videos mentioning Romney’s Cayman accounts. A search for Cayman Islands on the Obama campaign’s website brings back more than 1,200 results. But now that one of Obama’s cabinet nominees is defending his own Cayman account, Democrats are suddenly silent on the matter.” (Andrew Kaczynksi, “Obama’s Cayman Island Attacks Come Back To Bite Him,” BuzzFeed, 2/11/13)
Obama Seems To Have Forgotten His Rhetoric Against This Particular Cayman InvestmentFLASHBACK: During The 2008 Democrat Primary Debates, Obama Suggested That A Building That Houses 12,000 Companies In The Cayman Islands Is “Either The Biggest Building Or The Biggest Tax Scam On Record.” SEN. BARACK OBAMA: “That’s why I have proposed specific tax relief now, immediately, so that we would offset some of the payroll tax, that we would immediately put some additional dollars in the pockets of American families, working families typically making $75,000 a year or less, to not only stimulate the economy, but also to balance out a tax code. And I would pay for it very specifically by closing tax loopholes and tax havens. You’ve got a building in the Cayman Islands that supposedly houses 12,000 corporations. That’s either the biggest building or the biggest tax scam on record.” (Democrat Primary Debate, Manchester, N.H., 1/5/08)
FLASHBACK: Obama Again Brought Up The Ugland House As President In 2009 During Remarks On International Tax Policy Reform, Reiterating That “This Is The Largest Building In The World Or The Largest Tax Scam In The World.” OBAMA: “For years, we’ve talked about shutting down overseas tax havens that let companies set up operations to avoid paying taxes in America. That’s what our budget will finally do. On the campaign, I used to talk about the outrage of a building in the Cayman Islands that had over 12,000 business — businesses claim this building as their headquarters. And I’ve said before, either this is the largest building in the world or the largest tax scam in the world.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President On International Tax Policy Reform, Washington, D.C., 5/4/09)
- Obama Criticized The Legality Of Tax Havens In The Tax Code, Saying “ That Makes It Perfectly Legal For Companies To Avoid Paying Their Fair Share.” OBAMA: “And yet, even as most American citizens and businesses meet these responsibilities, there are others who are shirking theirs. And many are aided and abetted by a broken tax system, written by well-connected lobbyists on behalf of well-heeled interests and individuals. It’s a tax code full of corporate loopholes that makes it perfectly legal for companies to avoid paying their fair share. It’s a tax code that makes it all too easy for a number — a small number of individuals and companies to abuse overseas tax havens to avoid paying any taxes at all. And it’s a tax code that says you should pay lower taxes if you create a job in Bangalore, India, than if you create one in Buffalo, New York.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President On International Tax Policy Reform, Washington, D.C., 5/4/09)
Will Obama Ally Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) Forget His Own 2008 Rhetoric Against Cayman Investments?FLASHBACK: In July 2008, Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) And The Senate Committee On Finance Commissioned The GAO On A Fact-Finding Trip To The Ugland House For A More Accurate Assessment Of Its Operations. SEN. MAX BAUCUS (D-MT): “The last time that the press and the Senate looked at the Ugland House in 2004, it had 12,748 tenants. We asked GAO to go down and look for itself. Remarkably, in the last 4 years the Ugland House has found room for 6,000 new tenants without even adding a new floor.” (Committee On Finance, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 7/24/08)
Bloomberg Markets, 8/04)
- Baucus Warned That Investors In The Cayman Islands May Simply Be Using The Havens As A “Backdoor To Invest In Terrorist Nations.” “‘If these companies are going through the backdoor to invest in terrorist nations, Congress must take action to immediately close, lock and seal those doors,’ said Senator Max Baucus, 62, of Montana, the senior Democrat on the committee.” (David Evans, “The $150 Billion Shell Game,” Bloomberg Markets, 8/04)
LEW’S YEARS AT CITIGROUP INCLUDED PROFITING FROM THE HOUSING COLLAPSE AND GETTING A TAXPAYER-FUNDED BONUS AFTER A BAILOUTLew Was At Citigroup’s Alternative Investments Unit When It “Profited Off The Housing Collapse And Financial Crisis…” “President Barack Obama’s choice to lead the White House budget office oversaw a Citigroup unit that profited off the housing collapse and financial crisis by investing in a hedge fund king who correctly predicted the eventual subprime meltdown and now finds himself involved in the center of the U.S. government’s fraud case against Goldman Sachs.” (Shahien Nasiripour, “Jack Lew: Obama’s OMB Pick Oversaw Citigroup Unit That Shorted Housing Market,” The Huffington Post, 7/14/10)
- Lew’s Division At Citi Invested In Hedge Funds Including One Which Made Billions Predicting “Homeowners Would Not Be Able To Make Their Mortgage Payments.” “The Obama pick worked at Citi from 2006 until he joined Hillary Clinton’s State Department in January 2009, rising to chief operating officer of the bailed-out bank’s Alternative Investments unit, a Citi division that engaged in proprietary trading and invested in hedge funds and private equity groups. The Huffington Post reported in July that Lew’s unit invested in a hedge fund king who made billions correctly predicting that U.S. homeowners would not be able to make their mortgage payments.” (Shahien Nasiripour, “Jacob Lew, Obama Nominee And Former Citigroup Executive, Doesn’t Believe Deregulation Led To Financial Crisis,” Huffington Post, 9/21/10)
“After Citigroup Received Its $45 Billion Taxpayer Bailout, Lew – Two Weeks Before Joining The Obama Administration – Received Another $900,000 From Citigroup As A Bonus.” “For his work at Citigroup, work that included betting on the housing collapse, Lew received a salary of $1.1 million. After Citigroup received its $45 billion taxpayer bailout, Lew – two weeks before joining the Obama administration – received another $900,000 from Citigroup as a bonus. This was revealed only in 2010; in 2009, when Lew first joined the administration as a State Department official, both he and the administration refused to say if he had received a post-bailout bonus from Citigroup (at the time, there was a huge political scandal over Wall Street executives receiving large bonuses despite needing taxpayer bailouts).” (Glenn Greenwald, “The New WH Chief Of Staff And Citigroup,” Salon, 1/10/12)
Obama Used To Criticize Executive Bonuses After Bailouts As “The Height Of Irresponsibility”FLASHBACK: In 2009, Obama Said It Was The “Height Of Irresponsibility” And “Shameful” For “Executives At Major Financial Firms Who Turned To The American People, Hat In Hand, When They Were In Trouble, Even As They Paid Themselves Their Customary Lavish Bonuses.” OBAMA: “But in order to restore trust in our financial system, we are going to have to do more than just put forward our plans. In order to restore trust, we’ve got to make certain that taxpayer funds are not subsidizing excessive compensation packages on Wall Street. We all need to take responsibility. And this includes executives at major financial firms who turned to the American people, hat in hand, when they were in trouble, even as they paid themselves customary lavish bonuses. As I said last week, this is the height of irresponsibility. It’s shameful. And that’s exactly the kind of disregard of the costs and consequences of their actions that brought about this crisis: a culture of narrow self-interest and short-term gain at the expense of everything else.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks By President Barack Obama On Executive Compensation With Secretary Geithner, Washington, D.C., 2/4/09)
- Obama Said That “What Gets People Upset – And Rightfully So – Are Executives Being Rewarded For Failure. Especially When Those Rewards Are Subsidized By U.S. Taxpayers…. “ OBAMA: “This is America. We don’t disparage wealth. We don’t begrudge anybody for achieving success. And we certainly believe that success should be rewarded. But what gets people upset – and rightfully so – are executives being rewarded for failure. Especially when those rewards are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers, many of whom are having a tough time themselves.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks By President Barack Obama On Executive Compensation With Secretary Geithner, Washington, D.C., 2/4/09)
- Obama Said “For Top Executives To Award Themselves These Kinds Of Compensation Packages In The Midst Of This Economic Crisis Isn’t Just Bad Taste – It’s Bad Strategy – And I Will Not Tolerate It As President.” OBAMA: “For top executives to award themselves these kinds of compensation packages in the midst of this economic crisis isn’t just bad taste – it’s bad strategy – and I will not tolerate it as President. We’re going to be demanding some restraint in exchange for federal aid – so that when firms seek new federal dollars, we won’t find them up to the same old tricks.” (President Barack Obama, Remarks By President Barack Obama On Executive Compensation With Secretary Geithner, Washington, D.C., 2/4/09)
Rich Miller might be right, Illinois's ungovernable...although I can't think of a bigger clod of a politicant to heckle.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama failed to mention the late Ambassador Christopher Stevens and the three other Americans who died on Sep. 11, 2012 in the terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
He mentioned the victims of the massacre in Newtown, CT in December, and invited the families of victims of other violent gun crimes to watch from the gallery. But the Benghazi victims' families were not present at all.
Read the rest over at Breitbart.
I don't blame President Obama. He doesn't know any better. He was never ready to be president to begin with. We've never asked him tough questions. No, I blame a people that would elect President Obama for the loss of America as we knew it. It was all perfectly on display during last night's State of the Union speech.As the president ticked off his list of new government programs and investments, with all the new government spending and increased government involvement in all of our lives, and as he purposely ignored the debt we're placing on the backs of future generations, the audience — our representatives — smiled and clapped repeatedly as if to say, "Give me more.""Nobody deserves to be shot by guns, so I propose a new government program to …" The audience stood, smiled, and clapped and said, "Yes, lets have government fix it … Yes, give me more, Mr. President…""Nobody should work and not get paid properly, so I propose to raise the minimum wage to … " The audience beamed and roared, "Oh, yes Mr. President, do more … Raise the minimum wage even higher.""Everybody deserves to have a job, so I propose a new program to put everyone to work … " The audience clapped and patted each other on the back. "Yes, Mr. President, let's have government guarantee jobs for everyone … more, more," they cheered."Every four-year old deserves top quality pre school education," the President said, "So I propose a new government program that will guarantee…" He couldn't even finish the sentence, the audience was so overwhelmed."Yes, Mr. President … top rated schools for all of our kids … more, more … All of our energy should be clean energy, so I propose new government investments to make sure every home is powered by the wind and the sun by the end of the decade,"… The audience was nearly delirious with joy,"Yes, Mr. President, whatever it takes, keep our environment clean, make sure government stops climate change," they smiled.They were so busy clapping and smiling last night they didn't hear him lie that none of this would add to the deficit.They were so busy clapping and smiling that they didn't bother to ask if we could afford any of these new things. They didn't ask how you lower a debt by spending more. They didn't ask if any of these new programs would actually work. They didn't ask if these are things government should be doing in the first place. Most tragically for their kids and grandkids, they were so busy in the audience last night smiling and clapping, nobody asked whether it was right to stick future generations with the bill for all these new government programs and all this additional debt.One day in the not too terribly distant future, our grandchildren will read about the founding of this country, and they'll read that our founders believed in ideas like freedom, limited government, and individual responsibility. Our grandchildren will ask what those things are. Their parents will smile and instead show them the video of last night's State of the Union speech, where everybody smiled and clapped down the big government road to bankruptcy. Then, they'll go out outside to the street corner together to beg for food