Saturday, March 30, 2013

North Korea enters 'state of war' with South Korea

Sounds like a state of war with the US too.



Fountain Of Time, Massive Statue In Chicago's Washington Park


Friday, March 29, 2013

Chicago school protesters prearranged arrests - without handcuffs!

It is a kind of cowardly Marxism that doesn't seize the soapbox whomever presents it. Rebel Pundit finds International Socialist Organization members going mum at the CTU demo. Geez, 35 years ago and the comrades would have talked class struggle. The best these cadre can come up with is, why are you here?



Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Allen West on Joe Walsh show

Allen West talking with Joe #WalshFreedom right now on WIND 560.

Unitarian Universalists would prefer their polyamory activists keep quiet - The Washington Post

I’m a Religious Liberal and served on the boards of two UU Churches.  I’ve had it though and not so much over opinions as much as the inability to examine opinions. 

If you question “Marriage Equality”, you’re a hater. 

If you suggest Human Life might begin at conception, OMG you’ve touched the third-rail of Unitarian Universalism questioning a Women’s unfettered right to abort her child. You’re male, well, your opinion not worth considering (not to mention the hate mail sent your way).

I’ve had hate mail from UU Clergy on both (and then there was Iraq…nasty mail there too).

I gave ‘em up.

Below via WaPo h/t Althouse on UUism refusing to deal with the logical outcome of Marriage Equality: Polygamy and Polyamory.

The debate also makes the whole denomination look silly. “Unitarian Universalism is so broad-minded that it has become flat-headed,” Michael Durall, then an editor of a UUA magazine (he no longer works with UUA groups), wrote in 2004. “This is an abdication of leadership leaving Unitarian Universalism vulnerable to ridicule. Jay Leno would have a field day with this one. Do we truly want to send the message to children, youth (especially!) and adults that having multiple sexual relationships is condoned by UU churches?”

Unitarian Universalists would prefer their polyamory activists keep quiet - The Washington Post

The problems deeper than becoming objects of ridicule Michael Durall.  The problem is what to make of a faith that can’t examine its own ethics without recourse to Bulverism?

Illinois Review: Media ignores Democrat opposition to Illinois gay marriage

Only Conservatives are haters; Democrats are just mindful of constitutents; and hence good Politicans.  I think that's MSM's frame.

So IR asks why the media ignores Democrats opposed to Same Sex Marriage.
The Democrats have a 71-seat super-majority in the House. Yet Speaker Madigan either cannot or will not get the 60 votes needed for passage, which means either Madigan himself is not for it, or he's concerned about the electoral backlash - especially from African Americans - should it pass.

No matter what the politics, it's hypocritical that the activists refuse to slur Democrat opposition as they have Republican; and it is shameful that the mainstream media has failed to report the other side of the story.
African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians clinging to their traditions not an image Eric Zorn and most other Chicago Pundits save Kass want to sell.  History's tide needs pilots, or really fabricators, 'cause the majority of Illinoisians aren't buying it.

La Shaun Ford: Don’t close Austin elementary schools

State Rep Ford's letter to the Sun Times on Austin school closings.

 

Measured by population, Austin is the largest of Chicago's 77 official community areas, and also one of the largest in terms of land area. Several distinctive areas within Austin include the Austin Historic District, which includes restored 19th-century single-family homes; Galewood, the northernmost section of Austin; and The Island. Austin is served by the CTA's Blue and Green lines and the Eisenhower Expy. — great transportation for any possible business development.

Austin was a predominantly white neighborhood until the late 1960s, and faced numerous infrastructure problems. Today Austin is over 85 percent black and the infrastructure has gotten worse. Austin High School, once one of Chicago's leading schools, was closed in 2007, leaving the city's largest community without a traditional high school. In 2012, the Austin YMCA closed its doors. Closed factories, high unemployment, failed small businesses, neglected schools, high dropout rates, foreclosures and struggling social service agencies have created enormous challenges.

 

And now the Chicago Public School system has announced that four elementary schools are closing in Austin. The Austin community, with a median yearly household income of $32,358, does not deserves this unfair and unjust neglect. I have advanced HR 0095 in the Illinois General Assembly, which would create a Distressed Counties and Communities Task Force to find and create innovative means to address the numerous needs of those who receive state social services and also to develop a legislative agenda that can serve as a national anti-poverty model.

 

Just imagine what we could do in Austin with just a touch of fairness!

 

State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford (D-Chicago)

I don't know if I buy the fairness issue, but I know these schools, and I know how they used to anchor their neigborhoods.  I'd like to see something creative to put them back into the hands of parents.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Illinois Tea Party Statement on Threats to Rep Jeanne Ives

Anyone surprised Mr Bona allegedly phoned his threat to Jeanne rather than the fiery Rev Meeks?  Below is the Illinois Tea Party's response to the threat on Representative Ives.

 
Press Release
Contact: Denise Cattoni
... Illinois Tea Party
Dcattoni@aol.com

For Immediate Release

Principled Legislators - The TEA Party Perspective

March 26, 2013 - Sadly, the recent attack on State Rep. Jeanne Ives is a classic example of the progressive narrative in the state and the country. First amendment rights are under attack if you disagree with their agenda, especially if you're a conservative woman. Rep. Ives was attacked for stating her opinion on gay marriage, which is representative of the constituency in her district. She was threatened on a phone call comparing her to 'Tea Party brethren Sarah Palin' for standing on her principles.

What will happen to our nation when 'Principled Legislators' are attacked and physically threatened for honestly stating their positions, ones they've campaigned on? Too many times, legislators hold one position during their campaign only to change their stance when elected. If legislators continue lying to their constituency, then surely our nation is doomed. With Congressional approval levels at 11%, are "We the People" honestly being represented in our communities, in our state, and in D.C.? No matter what your party affiliation is, citizens want their representatives to represent them. That's what democracy is.

The tea party movement is based on three core principles: fiscal responsibility, constitutionally limited government, and the free market system. We elect officials who believe in our principles, and we expect them to go to our state capitals and Washington and speak 'for the people' who elected them.

Conservatives are constantly defending their beliefs against the media and liberal ruling class. Our current political environment, driven by mostly progressive elected officials and media, demonize anyone they disagree with, especially principled legislators who stand by their convictions.

For more information on Illinois Tea Party, visit  www.IllinoisTeaParty.net




 

Jeanne Ives receives Death Threats

Kerry Lester on Death Threats made to Rep Jeanne Ives for supporting traditional marriage.  Also here at Illinois Review

 
Wheaton Police Chief Mark Field said 49-year-old Stephen Bona was charged Friday, hours after Republican state Rep. Jeanne Ives reported getting a threatening voice mail at her district office.
"Your Tea Party brethren Sarah Palin put up a map that included the names, locations and faces of Democratic candidates and put them in the cross hairs of a gun," a caller says on the voice mail, a recording of which Ives provided to the Daily Herald.
 
The caller goes on to suggest that "perhaps we should do the same for you. We know where you live."
 
Ives has drawn heat for telling a Catholic Conference of Illinois radio show last month that same-sex marriages are "disordered." and couples are trying to "weasel their way into acceptability."

One Stephen Bona's LinkedIN account went down fast.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Marathon Pundit: Job killers: Operating Engineers union blocking fracking in Illinois

Maybe Pat Brady could comment and stand down on Same Sex Marriage a bit?

Marathon Pundit: Job killers: Operating Engineers union blocking fracking in Illinois

Joe Walsh on WIND 560

Listening to Joe's first show and he says no more Main Stream Media; call them out instead, get personal and identify them.  If David Gregory disparages traditional marriage, say so and use his name, not MSM.

OK, MSM's now banned on this blog.  It's personal and names from her on out.

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard: The dangerous drift towards world war in Asia

Sobering column by Evans-Pritchard on the current round of saber-rattling (missle rattling really) by the China.  Few things as destablizing in the world as a confusing United States.

 

If China's purpose with these naval forays is to drive a wedge between Washington and Tokyo -- and to test the willingness of a war-weary America to stand behind allies -- it is hard to know what conclusion Beijing may have drawn from the events of the last six months.

 
America is sending the same sorts of signals as England at the onset of the First World War. Nuanced diplomacy -- reflecting a divided Parliament -- allowed the Germans and the French to draw different conclusions in those crucial weeks of July and August 1914.
 
What frightens me most is talk from certain quarters in Beijing that the US is a busted flush, bled dry by the financial crisis, crippled by military over-stretch in the Middle East, and that now is the moment to test the paper tiger.
This is a fatal misjudgement of course. To adapt an old saying, "America is never as strong as she looks: America is never as weak as she looks", and much the same could be said about Japan.



Mayor Downhill's leadership maxims

Mayor Downhill's leadership maxims: Rahm Emanuel at his peak

I like, We have met the enemy, and she is Preckwinkle.

History hits a wall in Illinois on Same Sex Marriage

Illinois GOP Chair Pat Brady's Tide of History breaks at Springfield.  Matt Wattson over at Chicago Phoenix writes,

After a surge of momentum in February, the bill has stalled in the Illinois House. Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) recently said the measure was 12 votes short, so it looks like proponents of gay marriage will be playing the waiting game for the foreseeable future.
 
With a Democratic super majority in the House, it may seem surprising that the bill didn't sail to victory. Conservative downstate Democrats will surely turn their nose up at marriage equality, but African-American legislators from Cook County are also potential 'no' votes.
It was Democrats split on Same Sex Marriage, not the GOP, and it's awfully odd Pat Brady didn't choose to take advantage of that.  I lived in Oak Park in the 90s and one of the most troubling aspects of living in a heavily Gay Community was this pattern of male couples in large restored victorian homes while the apartments filled with single Moms, often African American, raising kids.  It seemed a grossly imbalanced society.  Something badly askew. 

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

US unblocks $500M for Palestinians - Israel News, Ynetnews

So much for sequester….

The United States has quietly unblocked almost $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority which had been frozen by Congress for months, a top US official said Friday.

The news that the funds had finally been freed up came after US President Barack Obama met top Israeli and Palestinian leaders in a landmark visit to Israel and the West Bank earlier this week.

"To date, we have moved $295.7 million in fiscal year 2012 money… and $200 million in fiscal year 2013 assistance," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters.

The Obama administration also notified Congress in late February that it was seeking a further $200 million to fund US Agency for International Development (USAID) programs for the Palestinians, she said.

US unblocks $500M for Palestinians - Israel News, Ynetnews

Disbanding regime’s authoritarian structure is a must: Syrian Alawite opposition - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page

A little late I fear,

Opposition campaigners from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Alawite sect said disbanding the regime’s authoritarian structure and not only toppling the regime was required.

The Alawite opposition added that it was also required to build a state of citizenship and law, and called for confronting sectarian problems the regime is fueling.“The last card the regime can play is civil war and dividing the country,” it said.


Alawite opposition figures are meeting this weekend in Cairo to support a democratic alternative to Assad’s rule and try to distance the community from wholesale association with the government’s attempts to crush a two-year uprising.


The two-day meeting is the first by Alawites supportive of the revolt.

Disbanding regime’s authoritarian structure is a must: Syrian Alawite opposition - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page

Paul Ryan: The House Delivers A Responsible, Balanced Budget

Just Days Before ObamaCare’s Three-Year Anniversary, An Overwhelming Majority Of The Senate Voted To Repeal ObamaCare’s Medical Device Tax


Ask Durbin what he was thinking when he voted for it in the first place. RNC below on the Senate's repudiation of Obamacare's Medical Device tax,


HARRY REID’S SENATE OVERWHELMINGLY OPPOSES OBAMACARE’S MEDICAL DEVICE TAX

“The Senate Voted 79-20 To Get Rid Of The Law's 2.3 Percent Sales Tax On Medical Device-Makers.” (Jennifer Haberkorn, “Democrats Join Push To Dump ObamaCare Tax,” Politico, 3/22/13)
  • A Slew Of Democrats, Including Those That Backed ObamaCare, Joined Republicans In Repeal Of The Tax. “A slew of Democrats from states with prominent medical device industries helped push a bipartisan budget amendment through to repeal the health law's 2.3 percent tax on medical device sales.” (Jason Milliman, Paige Winfield Cunningham and Brett Norman, Politico’s Pulse, 3/22/13)
As The Amendment Was Agreed To In The Nonbinding Budget, Enough Senators Oppose The Medical Device Tax “To Surpass The 60 Votes Needed” For Repeal. “Assuming none of the provision's backers rescind their support, there is now plenty of support to surpass the 60 votes needed to repeal the device tax — if it comes to a vote, on another bill in the future. Thirty-three Democrats and one independent who caucuses with them supported the measure.” (Jennifer Haberkorn, “Democrats Join Push To Dump ObamaCare Tax,” Politico, 3/22/13)
Last Night’s Vote “Could Be A Sign Of Danger For Other Unpopular Aspects Of The Health Law.”  “The vote represents the latest bipartisan incursion on the law and could be a sign of danger for other unpopular aspects of the health law.” (Jason Milliman, Paige Winfield Cunningham and Brett Norman, Politico’s Pulse, 3/22/13)

Obama Has Stated That He Would Not Repeal The Tax

Despite Pleas For The Delay Of The Medical Device Tax From Democrat Senators, Obama Stated That He Will Not Delay Or Sign To Repeal The Medical Device Tax. WCCO’s FRANK VASCELLARO: “It's the medical device tax, it’s really important for companies like St. Jude and Medtronic and any medical device company and there are a number of them in Minnesota. It's a tax that would help pay for ObamaCare. And the most interesting thing is that Senator Franken and Klobuchar, who are Democrats from Obama’s own party would like to perhaps repeal part of this or at least delay this medical device tax. So I asked the president today are you willing to at least delay the tax?” OBAMA:  “No, and here's why. The health care bill is going to provide those medical device companies 30 million new customers. It's going to be great for business and they're doing really well right now.” (WCCO, 12/13/12)

Rauner, Rutherford speak at New Trier Dinner - Illinois Review

The story over at Illinois Review: Rauner, Rutherford speak at New Trier Dinner - Illinois Review

Rauner Statement on Increasing Unemployment



For Immediate Release
March 22, 2013
Contact: Chip Englander
(312) 550-6822


Rauner Statement on Increasing Unemployment
Chicago IL — Bruce Rauner released the following statement about Illinois’ increasing unemployment rate.

“Yesterday we learned that Illinois unemployment rose to 9.5% as national unemployment fell to 7.7%. Clearly what Springfield is doing is not working.

“For the past four years Governor Quinn and Speaker Madigan have crippled our economy. We have seen tax hikes, record debt levels, the worst pension crisis in America, and 11 credit downgrades.
“What has this all led to? Businesses are fleeing the state for more business friendly environments. Illinois has all the resources to be a leading state; instead we are struggling to survive.

“People are ready to transform Illinois. Everywhere I go on my Listening Tour people tell me how we need somebody new, not a career politician to get this done.”

Bruce Rauner is a businessman considering running for Governor of Illinois. He is currently on a Listening Tour across Illinois, and has made stops in Cumberland, Coles, DuPage, Effingham, Shelby, Tazewell, and Washington counties. His next Listening Tour stops are in Mason and McDonough counties and Winnetka.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Rubio Discusses Measure To Block Aid To Egypt Absent Economic & Human Rights Reforms

Rubio gets a kind word from The Arabist too: ....Marco Rubio makes a speech about amending US aid to Egypt. Worth a listen to get a sense of the mood. And not altogether unreasonable, either.



Reason TV: Is a Carbon Tax Market-Friendly?


RNC: As ObamaCare Continues To Be Implemented, Is The Best Really Yet To Come For Democrats?


LAST YEAR, NANCY PELOSI CELEBRATED THE FUTURE OF OBAMACARE

As ObamaCare Turns 3, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) Said ‘The Best Is Yet To Come.” PELOSI: “Now we can move forward to the full implementation of the law, and when that happens, for the American people, the best is yet to come.” (John Parkinson, “As GOP Preps Next Crack At Repeal, Pelosi Says ‘Best Is Yet To Come,’” ABC News, 6/28/12)

ObamaCare Is Going To Be A Problem For Democrats Moving Forward

“ObamaCare Is A Prescription For A Democratic Headache In 2014” (Alex Roarty and Beth Reinhard, “ObamaCare Is A Prescription For A Democratic Headache In 2014,” National Journal, 3/21/13)
Democrats Are Conceding That Health Insurance Costs Will Rise As Healthy, Young Americans Will Pay More For Health Care. “Democrats acknowledge that insurance costs could rise for a small segment of the population — people younger than 30 who purchase their health insurance on the individual market and who don’t qualify for subsidies. But the new markets are designed to have some younger and healthier people share the risk — and the cost — of covering older and sicker Americans.” (Paige Winfield Cunningham, “Will Health Premiums Jump Or Not?” Politico, 3/18/13)
  • “Even The Law’s Most Enthusiastic Backers Concede The Path Forward Is Difficult.” (Jason Millman and Brett Norman, “Will Americans Ever Love ObamaCare,” Politico, 3/22/13)
  • ObamaCare Supporters Are Already Setting The Bar Low By “Warning That There Will Be Bumps To Smooth Out.” “Supporters of the law are already warning that there will be bumps to smooth out, that some state exchanges may work better than others.” (Jason Millman and Brett Norman, “Will Americans Ever Love ObamaCare,” Politico, 3/22/13)
  • ObamaCare Supporters Realize That ObamaCare May Be Defective As The Administration Is “Whipping Up Contingency Plans.”  “On Day One, it won’t be ‘seamless,’ as advocates put it. But how far off course, what pieces of the law, if any, could be delayed, is unknown. HHS officials have said they’re whipping up contingency plans — secret, at least for now. Naturally, they hope they’re never needed.” (Jason Millman and Brett Norman, “Will Americans Ever Love ObamaCare,” Politico, 3/22/13)
ObamaCare Has The Potential To “Alienate Voters” That Are “Mostly Ambivalent To The Law.” “But it’s clear that seismic change is coming in health care, and that any disruption to the system could alienate voters who today are mostly ambivalent toward the law.” (Alex Roarty and Beth Reinhard, “ObamaCare Is A Prescription For A Democratic Headache In 2014,” National Journal, 3/21/13)
  • Politico Headline: “Will Americans Ever Love ObamaCare?” (Jason Millman and Brett Norman, “Will Americans Ever Love ObamaCare,” Politico, 3/22/13)
“The Public Remains Cold Toward ObamaCare.” “Even before most of the changes take effect, and despite predictions from the White House that the law would become more popular after passage, the public remains cold toward Obamacare.” (Alex Roarty and Beth Reinhard, “ObamaCare Is A Prescription For A Democratic Headache In 2014,” National Journal, 3/21/13)
  • A Recent Kaiser Family Foundation Poll Found That 49 Percent Of Americans Responded That ObamaCare Will Increase Their Families’ Health Care Costs, Leaving Them Worse Off. (Kaiser Family Foundation Poll, 1,204 A, MoE 3%, 3/5-10/13)
  • 26 Percent Of Democrats Responded That ObamaCare Will Make Their Family Health Care Costs Worse, While 46 Percent Said They Would Stay The Same.  (Kaiser Family Foundation Poll, 1,204 A, MoE 3%, 3/5-10/13)

Chicago GOP proposes vouchers, parent takeover of closing public schools - Illinois Review

Give parents vouchers…

"Parents should be given a choice. If CPS can't turn a school around, then let the parents take over. If enough parents step up to the plate, they should be given a chance to keep their neighborhood school open," said Chris Cleveland, spokesman for the Chicago GOP.

Chicago GOP proposes vouchers, parent takeover of closing public schools - Illinois Review

US posts $5 million reward for American suspected of being Zawahiri's emissary to Shabaab - The Long War Journal

 Via The Long War Journal
The US State Department's Rewards for Justice program posted $5 million rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of two Americans who have served in leadership positions in Shabaab, al Qaeda's affiliate in Somalia. One of the Americans, Jehad Serwan Mostafa, is believed to have served as an emissary for Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's emir, the FBI told The Long War Journal. The other, Omar Hammami, is currently engaged in a personal dispute with Shabaab. 

The $5 million rewards offered for Mostafa and Hammami match that of 37 other terrorists in the Rewards for Justice program. The program offers a higher reward for only seven other terrorist leaders and operatives. Ayman al Zawahiri tops the list at $25 million.
US posts $5 million reward for American suspected of being Zawahiri's emissary to Shabaab - The Long War Journal

State Senator Matt Murphy on Illinois' misguided Medicaid expansion


Rep. Hultgren: House Budget = Jobs for Illinois Families

Roskam not saying much on Pat Brady controversy | DailyHerald.com Blogs

Kerry Lester on Roskam proving he’s a real Pol answering questions about Pat Brady.  Can’t blame him.

Lester’s post here: Roskam not saying much on Pat Brady controversy

Friday, March 22, 2013

Rauner on the Road (video)

Illinois Review writes... Here's a chance to hear directly from the likely 2014 gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner... Likely? So what's IR know that I don't know? A big Money guy walks in, and bingo he's got the nomination? I know little of him, and heck maybe I'd like him, but man, this is fast.



Anatol Lieven: A Mutiny Grows in Punjab | The National Interest

A Mutiny Grows in Punjab | The National Interest

Anatol Lieven (author of must read Pakistan: A Hard Country) makes an interesting comment in the above linked column,

If Pakistan is to be broken as a state, it will be on the streets of Lahore and other great Punjabi cities, not in the Pashtun mountains. By the same token, the greatest potential terrorist threat to the United States and its Western allies from the region stems not from the illiterate and isolated Pashtuns but from Islamist groups based in urban Punjab, with their far-higher levels of sophistication and their international links, above all to the Pakistani diaspora in the West.

My hilite and I don't doubt it a bit. Illinois's 8th CD has a big chunk of that diaspora and Joe Walsh was quite correct to note the threat. A threat as much to the diaspora whose kids are targets for recruitment as it is a threat to the west.

Syrian Mufti, Supporter Of Suicide Bombings, Killed In Suicide Attack: Sheikh Sa'id Ramadhan Al-Bouti Calls For Martyrdom Operations – From The MEMRI TV Archives

File this under what goes around comes around,

Syrian Mufti, Supporter Of Suicide Bombings, Killed In Suicide Attack: Sheikh Sa'id Ramadhan Al-Bouti Calls For Martyrdom Operations – From The MEMRI TV Archives

Matthew Continetti: White House Misfire

White House Misfire

Sometimes trying not to waste a crisis means foolish strategy.  Democrats rush to profit politically on the Newtown slaughter one of those foolish moments. 

 above on  How Democratic divisions frustrate liberal dreams

Are You READY?? 5th Annual Chicago Tax Day Tea Party Rally at 12pm in Daley Plaza on Monday, 15 April 2013




Thursday, 21 March 2013

The Chicago Tea Party in partnership with Tea Party Patriots.org is most excited to announce our 5th annual Tax Day Tea Party Rally on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 12 p.m. in Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago. The theme for this year's event is "Taxed and regulated enough already!"

We'll come together once again in downtown Chicago, where the Tea Party movement began. Our goal is at it always has been, to make government more accountable, stop out-of-control spending, and to stand up for freedom and individual liberty.

The 2013 Chicago Tax Day Tea Party will feature nationally known speakers, local liberty leaders and regular Americans who are making a difference. However, the real stars of the tea party will be you -- the thousands of concerned citizens joining together in Daley Plaza once again.


Below are confirmed speakers for the 5th Annual Tax Day Tea Party. More guest speakers will be added soon:


Joe Walsh - Former Illinois 8th district U.S. Congressman WalshFreedom.com
Denise Cattoni - Illinois Tea Party State Coordinator. IllinoisTeaParty.net
Jeanne Ives - Illinois 42nd State Representative - Illinois General Assembly Bio
Adam Andrzejewski - Founder of "For the Good of Illinois". ForTheGoodOfIllinois.org
Dan Proft - Co-host of the Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft radio show. Mornings on Big 890WLS.
Jonathon Hoenig - Fox News Contributor and founder of CapitalistPig.com
David W. From - Americans For Prosperity - Illinois State Director
Jack Roeser - Champion News.net
Chip Borman - HeritageAction.com
C. Steven Tucker - TruthAboutObamacare.com
Dr. Mark Neerhof - Docs4PatientCare.org 


The decisive course of history which unfolded on the 19th of February 2009 was the catalyst for the birth of the national Tea Party movement when Chicago's very own CNBC correspondent Rick Santelli launched into an off-the-cuff rant in his evaluation of the Obama administration. "This is America!" Santelli shouted. "How many of you people want to pay for your neighbors' mortgage that has an extra bathroom and can't pay their bills?…President Obama, are you listening?"

Post-election November 2012, our leadership team is most cognizant of the role we have and its importance for the underlying, continued support of the Tea Party movement across the United States and preparation for the elections in 2014 and 2016. The state media and GOP Establishment have coalesced their forces in an unrelenting pursuit to marginalize, isolate, and eradicate the Tea Party movement. The Chicago Tea Party is not only undeterred in its mission, but committed for posterity's sake!

Please join us with your family and friends and send a message to lawmakers in Washington, DC. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom; we must defend our cherished liberties at all costs!
 
Yours in Liberty,
  
 
The Chicago Tea Party Leadership Team
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For our regular Chicago Tea Party meetings we hold on Wednesdays, admission is free, as always. You can order from the menu and get drinks from the cash bar. Parking: New parking facility is just north of Blackies at 715 N. Clark. Our monthly meetings are open to all freedom loving Americans.

We hold meetings for people to meet our elected officials and candidates, ask direct questions and discuss the most important issues facing our country. Our meetings give you a chance to get informed, stay involved and socialize with great people. You can stay up to date on the latest from the tea party and learn about opportunities to volunteer and get more involved.

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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Beavers Guilty

Maybe he should have opted for the wire instead.  A friend in the biz says membership in the comps program a huge mistake if your playing with others money.  The Casino keeps track of what you wager and the Feds will use it just as they did here.   Via the Trib,
 
Beavers gambled so much that he earned membership in the casino's most exclusive VIP club, bringing him free steak dinners, show tickets, access to exclusive areas and more. But that also proved a bonanza for prosecutors because his VIP player's card electronically tracked all his betting. According to the evidence, he lost a combined $477,000 playing slots over the three key years.



Senate bills lay out rival visions of state insurance exchange

Senate bills lay out rival visions of state insurance exchange

Crain's on the competing verions for Illinois's Healthcare Exchange. Perhapes an amendment prohibting Stu Levine inspired drug-fueled sex parties at the Purple Hotel in order.

That seems to be the experience from Illinois's forays into Healthcare Planning. Government needs to get out of Healthcare and no Goverment more so than the State of Illinois.
The bills reflect different perspectives on how tightly the state should regulate insurers and how much control those companies should have over the exchanges, where consumers and small businesses will be able to buy health insurance.

Sen. David Koehler, a Democrat from Pekin, has introduced Senate Bill 34, which imposes more requirements on insurers to join the exchange, such as marketing standards. The bill requires the exchange governing board to determine that a plan is “in the interest of qualified individuals and qualified employers” before it can be sold.

Mr. Koehler's bill also limits insurers' presence on the 11-person board to just one member.

“They should be sitting around the table, but not at the table,” said Jim Duffett, executive director of the Champaign-based Campaign for Better Healthcare, a supporter of the bill and a frequent critic of insurance companies.

Limiting insurance company representation prevents the industry from dominating the exchange, he said.

In contrast, Senate Bill 1717, introduced by Sen. William Haine, a Democrat from Alton, allows for up to four insurance industry representatives on the board and does not contain the stringent standards for carriers imposed by Mr. Koehler's bill.

His bill would discourage some insurers from offering products on the exchange, opponents say.

Syrian government accuses rebels of launching chemical attack - The Long War Journal

Syrian government accuses rebels of launching chemical attack - The Long War Journal

Bill Roggio on who crossed the red line... or if they really did.

Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan

Below via Penn Museum... My friend just got back from Kabul past weekend and brought one back with him.

The rug weavers of Afghanistan, long renowned for their artistry, depict on their rugs the world that they see. Like television news, their rugs “report” current events. Since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and throughout more than three decades of international and civil war, Afghan weavers have borne witness to disaster by weaving unprecedented images of battle and weaponry into their rugs. Flowers have turned into bullets, landmines, and hand grenades.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

UO law adjunct instructor pushes Students against Imperialism member and another

University of Oregon's adjunct law professor James L. Olmsted explains the dominant paradigm to some students. He got canned over it: After unhinged rant, Oregon law professor loses his job, gets banned from campus Good for UO.



Terror Against Hazara Muslim Minority in Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Terror Against Hazara Muslim Minority in Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

...the Hazaras have no real friends, and can expect no substantial help from anybody. Australia has admitted them liberally as refugees, and some have gone to Mongolia to study. Otherwise, outside their own community, they are mostly unmourned victims of virulent Islamist sectarianism.

- Stephn Schwartz in the Weekly Standard

Weekly Standard: Illinois Dem Knocks Obama, Praises Republicans on Immigration Reform

Weekly Standard talks to Luis Gutierrez on Immigration Reform,

Asked by THE WEEKLY STANDARD why Gutierrez's line in the sand is a "path to citizenship" rather than a path to legal status, the Illinois Democrat repeated that he and others (including Republican Paul Ryan) do not want to create a "permanent underclass" of residents who can never become citizens before offering what he called a "more expansive" reason.

 

"I think the American people want them to become citizens of the United States because they equate citizenship with responsibility and the completeness of responsibility," Gutierrez said. "If you want to be a part of the United States of America, lift the American flag, right, with the 50 stars on it, and tell people, 'Learn English.' That's the common language."

I've always thought Work Permits the answer as I think many working in the US don't have plans to stay.  Work Permits have their downside too evident in the concern on permanent underclass above.  Gutierrez's Learn English comment interesting.  First I've heard that from him.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Joe Walsh: Barack Obama, John Boehner, and Paul Ryan Are Dead Wrong

Former Congressman Joe Walsh writes,

March 18, 2013

Last week, President Obama said on national TV that we don't have a debt crisis. Sunday morning on national TV, House Speaker John Boehner was asked if he agreed with Obama, and he said yes, the country does not have an immediate debt crisis. Incredibly, Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan agreed with Boehner and Obama and said, "We do not have a debt issue right now, but we see it coming."
 
What in God's name are these three thinking? We are CURRENTLY borrowing over $3 million every minute, almost $200 million every hour, and over $4.5 billion every day. That's borrowing … not spending! Forty-two cents of every dollar we spend is borrowed. This year will see our fifth straight year of an annual deficit of a $1 trillion or more. Our CURRENT debt is approaching $17 trillion, and when you add our CURRENT Medicare and Social Security liabilities, our real CURRENT debt is well over $100 trillion — that's over $200,000 for every man, woman, and child in this country.
 
If our federal government were a family, for each of the past five years, the family's annual credit card debt exceeded the family's annual income by a whole lot … and Obama, Ryan, and Boehner don't believe we have a debt crisis right now?
 
I know that pollsters tell us the American people don't understand debt and the deficits as an issue. Well, our political leaders better explain debt in a way that can be understood because our debt is impacting our way of life. It's severely hurting our economic growth and job creation, and, unless we address our debt, future generations will be robbed of any opportunity and prosperity.
 
Unless we take care of our CURRENT debt crisis, our kids and our grandkids will be indentured servants.
 
I don't expect President Obama to understand this, but I can't believe Paul Ryan and John Boehner don't get this or are too afraid to level with the American people about how serious a problem living beyond our means year after year really is.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Unions vs. Obamacare

Via the Weekly Standard: The Unions vs. Obamacare
"I heard [Obama] say, ‘If you like your health plan, you can keep it,’ ” John Wilhelm, chairman of Unite Here Health, representing 260,000 union workers, recently told the Wall Street Journal. “If I’m wrong, and the president does not intend to keep his word, I would have severe second thoughts about the law.” Besides Wilhelm, some of the nation’s largest union bosses have taken to publicly criticizing the Affordable Care Act.
Labor's lead by fools.  They didn't see this coming?

Eric Metaxas CPAC 2013


VIDEO: Feds Swarm Metra Train After Detecting Nuclear Risk « CBS Chicago

VIDEO: Feds Swarm Metra Train After Detecting Nuclear Risk « CBS Chicago

Pretty impressive! A guy had a nuclear stress test and the residual radioactivity tripped off the detectors at Ogilive Center.

Joe Walsh: Our Country Was Founded Upon One Word "Freedom"

Former Congressman Joe Walsh speaking to the Dekalb Tea Party.



Saturday, March 16, 2013

CPAC 2013: Dr. Ben Carson


CPAC 2013 - Governor Scott Walker (R-WI)


CARNEY: NO CLUE ON BENGHAZI SURVIVORS, MAD THAT FOX NEWS DOESN'T KNOW EASTER EGG ROLL DETAILS


McKinley calls out Chicago Machine corruption in 2nd CD

Illinois Review interviews McKinley... what ever you say about him, he sure knows the Machine.



The Beachwood Reporter - The City Council's Regressive Caucus

The reporter on Chicago City Council’s competing Progressive Caucuses….

The real progressive caucus:

Alds. Waguespack, Arena, Hairston, Fioretti, Sposato, Munoz, Sawyer, Foulkes and Pawar.

The fake progressive caucus (or, as I suggest we call them, the Regressive Caucus, or maybe the Astrogressives for their ingenius insider astroturfing):

Alds. Moore, Moreno, Reilly, Colon, Osterman, Smith, Cappleman, Burns, Dowell and Pawar.

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Or, as a close observer suggested to me, the Bizarro World Progressive Caucus.

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Yes, that's right, Pawar is a member of both. Which only says one thing to me: Double agent. Or single.

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The Beachwood Reporter - The City Council's Regressive Caucus

CPAC 2013 - U.S. Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI)


CPAC 2013 - Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA)


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Affordable Care Act's wealth tranfer from the young to the old

 
Other price hikes will vary due to factors like a person's current coverage and age. Young people who currently have low-cost coverage may see some of the biggest hikes.
 
In many states, insurers charge a 60-year-old customer $5 in premiums for every $1 they collect from a 24-year-old. The logic behind that is that older people use health care more and generate more expensive claims than younger customers, so insurers need to collect more to help pay their bills.
 

But the overhaul will narrow that ratio to 3-to-1. That alone could cause the premium for a 24-year-old who pays $1,200 annually to jump to $1,800, according to AHIP. Meanwhile, the 60-year-old who currently pays $6,000 will see a 10 percent drop in price

Walther Russell Mead pointed this out repeatedly,

 

I opposed the law when it was passed on the grounds that it represented another rip off of the country's young people to lower costs for the Boomers and the middle aged. Young men (increasingly the most vulnerable people in a society that cares little or nothing about most of their issues) especially are going to be forced to pay too much for insurance they don't need. It is their artificially inflated premiums that will provide the money that lets the social engineers of Obamacare play their complex games with the health care system.
 
Supporters of the program rise to argue that when the young men grow older they will need more care and then they will benefit from cheaper premiums as they in turn are subsidized by the next wave of suckers, excuse me, young people. But Obamacare isn't fiscally balanced or sustainable; its true costs were disguised by accounting tricks like postponing some of its impacts while collecting its revenues so that the first ten years of the program looked good on Congressional Budget Office scoring sheets.
 

Good luck with the pay back from the next wave.  Argument's going to be too much cost incurred at end-of-life, it's unnecessary, and you're  not going to get it.  Paul Krugman's death panel calling shots.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Multiple reports: gay marriage bill short on votes - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News - Windy City Times

There’s always another election, another day, and Fortuna’s fickle, but right now Pat Brady’s Goddess of History not on his side.  Better Brady had taken notes on some of this wavering Democrats and maybe some calls to saying, We’ll be watching and telling voters bilingually in Spanish and English what you do.

Multiple reports suggesting that the Illinois same-sex marriage bill is short 12 votes are calling into question estimates that the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act could face a vote this week.

Several newspapers are reporting that House Speaker Mike Madigan told reporters that SB10 was still lacking 12 votes and will not come up for a vote this week.

Multiple reports: gay marriage bill short on votes - 549 - Gay Lesbian Bi Trans News - Windy City Times

Joe Walsh: Be Honest — We’re to Blame Every Bit as Much as our Politicians

Joe's latest over at his Walsh Freedom site,

At a townhall meeting on Sunday, I said that it’s very easy to rag on our politicians for the mess we find ourselves in — huge debt and deficits, sluggish economy, lack of jobs, pension crisis, lousy schools, and a government we can’t afford. Our politicians deserve all the blame we give to them. But be honest, we as a people have fallen down on the job, as well. We’re not as educated as we used to be, not as informed, not as engaged as we should be. We’ve grown lazy, distracted, and yes, too many of us have gotten stupid. We’re easily manipulated by the media. We know more about Jay Z and J Lo than JFK and Janet Napolitano. More of us watch American Idol than pay attention to the budget battles in DC.
But think about it — if we don’t like our politicians, who keeps voting them into office? We get the government we deserve. If we, as a voting public, don’t start getting more informed and more educated on issues and concerns, we’ll lose this great republic. That’s what Thomas Jefferson said … and he’s right.
Go ahead, blame the politicians if it makes you feel good, but we have not been doing our jobs as voters for years — staying informed, responsible, and educated. Until we understand that, we will never truly fix our problems. 
If we as a nation continue to be more concerned with who will win Dancing with the Stars than we are with how we can reform Medicare and Social Security so they are around for future generations, then we deserve everything that happens to us.

Well said Joe.  We in Illinois guilty than most.  We've botched things badly here; over and over.

Roskam to Obama: Don't let the US become Illinois

DH's Kerry Lester quoting Peter Roskam's explaination to the Prez on Congressional Republicans fears,
"When they hear the president talking about how he approaches the economy, they fear he's leading in the same direction Illinois is now," Roskam said he told the president during the meeting in the Capitol basement with 232 Republican members. "Pursuing revenues, not dealing with the underlying spending problems. Higher than average unemployment. What they hear is avoidance behavior."
Speaking of Illinois, consider the Panatagraph's Editorial yesterday: Poor leadership keeping Illinois from recovering
...the inescapable fact is that we're losing ground to our neighbors and most other states in the nation. While other states are experiencing an economic recovery, Illinois — primarily due to the action or lack of action by government — is lagging behind.

Our state, with its location, natural resources and hard-working citizenry should be a leader in the region and the nation. The fact that Illinois is lagging behind other states is a disgrace.

I'm sometimes asked how all those bugs get into the computer programs and I give the obvious response: 'cause we programmers put them there.

So how did Illinois get such a sad sack government? 'Cause Illinois voters put them there. 

Put them there 'cause too many of us swept up over social issues Government ill equipped to deal with (I voted for George Ryan because I was far more the social liberal then and put off by Poshard's social conservatism), instead of voting on the issues of good governance and fiscal responsibility that our elected reps should know how to solve; but loath facing.

Hard working Illinoisans are for certain; but sometimes we're awfully gullible about issues that should be best left in our own hands, and set our expectatons far to low on grave issues our politicans should be resolving with hast.





 

RNC: Obama Says There Isn’t A Debt Crisis, No To A Balanced Budget

In An Interview With ABC News, Obama Said That “We Don’t Have An Immediate Crisis In Terms Of Debt.” OBAMA: “And, so, we don’t have an immediate crisis in terms of debt. In fact, for the next ten years, it’s gonna be in a sustainable place. The question is, can we do it smarter, can we do it better? And– you know, what I’m saying to them is I am prepared to do some tough stuff. Neither side’s gonna get 100%. That’s what the American people are lookin’ for. That’s what’s gonna be good for jobs. That’s what’s gonna be good for growth.” (President Barack Obama, Interview With ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, 3/13/13)
  • Obama Reiterated “There’s Not– In Any Way– An Immediate Crisis With Respect To– Our Finances.” OBAMA: “I’m tryin’ to encourage Congress to think about is yes, we’ve got some big disagreements on the budget. But we’ve made some big cuts. There’s not– in any way– an immediate crisis with respect to– our finances. The economy is growing. And, you know, there may be disagreements that we can’t bridge right now– when it comes to financial situation. I’m hopeful that we can. But let’s not have this crisis mentality stall all the other progress that needs to be made to help– Americans find jobs, help Americans grow the economy.” (President Barack Obama, Interview With ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, 3/13/13)
  • ABC News Headline: “Obama: There Is No Debt Crisis” (Jonathan Karl, “Obama: There Is No Debt Crisis,” ABC News, 3/13/13)
Obama Also Said “No,” His Budget Will Not Balance. GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: “Balanced by any point?” OBAMA: “No. I think that there is a possibility. Look, balancing the budget in part depends on how fast you grow. You remember– you were in the Clinton administration. The reason that you guys balanced it was a combination of some tax hikes, some spending cuts, and the economy grew. And, so– you know, my goal is not to chase– a balanced budget just for the sake of balance.” (President Barack Obama, Interview With ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, 3/13/13)

 

Butterball kids and JFK's The Soft American

Putin restores Stalin's Fitness Tests for kids.  Mayor Bloomberg attacks the Big Gulp.  Michelle wants kids eating more veggies.  Ike and JFK seemed to have struck a better chord in my mind.  The closer from JFK's The Soft American in Sports Illustrated of December 1960.
 
FOURTH: The President and all departments of government must make it clearly understood that the promotion of sports participation and physical fitness is a basic and continuing policy of the United States. By providing such leadership, by keeping physical fitness in the forefront of the nation's concerns, the federal government can make a substantial contribution toward improving the health and vigor of our citizens.
 
But no matter how vigorous the leadership of government, we can fully restore the physical soundness of our nation only if every American is willing to assume responsibility for his own fitness and the fitness of his children. We do not live in a regimented society where men are forced to live their lives in the interest of the state. We are, all of us, as free to direct the activities of our bodies as we are to pursue the objects of our thought. But if we are to retain this freedom, for ourselves and for generations yet to come, then we must also be willing to work for the physical toughness on which the courage and intelligence and skill of man so largely depend.
 
All of us must consider our own responsibilities for the physical vigor of our children and of the young men and women of our community. We do not want our children to become a generation of spectators. Rather, we want each of them to be a participant in the vigorous life.

It was a different sort of Liberalism JFK offered in 1960.  A liberalism expecting strength and responsibility of free citizens.  Liberals don't talk like that much anymore.