Thursday, October 31, 2013
Wish I had bought a building in some of these neigborhoods with the Hidden Gem Taverns years ago, when I used to haunt some similar joints in these then less trendy hoods.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
We'll just have to rely on the grapevines till then.
A politically connected Bridgeport home developer who turned into an informant for the feds has apparently committed suicide after he was ostracized in his neighborhood, sources say.
Michael DiFoggio, 58, was found dead of a gunshot wound in his office at 3216 S. Shields Monday night, sources say.
Could Sneed elaborate on what sort of ostracizing would push a man to put a bullet in his head? I realize Sneed had "sources" to protect, but this assertion a bit too sparse for the circumstance.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Sue Klinkhamer, who worked for Democratic Congressman Bill Foster before he was kicked out of office for his support of the healthcare law, said that she was a defender of the President's healthcare law for years because she thought it would finally provide affordable healthcare to all Americans. That was until she herself had to enroll and found that the law was anything but affordable.
From the Sun Times: "I am a Democrat and I believe in health care for all," she said. "And I was excited that previously uninsured people could now get insurance on the open market. But this is not affordable to me."
It's not easy for a Progressive to speak out as clearly as Sue Klinkhammer has here. She deserves credit and thanks for doing so now.
Here's a little more on Goel over at FirstPost.World.
In her campaign literature, Goel said she grew up in a middle-class family in northern India and came to the United States at the age of 21.
She has degrees in applied computer science and health care management and served as a process improvement specialist for Advocate Healthcare. Today, she works as a self-employed consultant specializing in process control improvement.
Goel arrived at the event with her backers, Sessions, the former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Carol Stream Indian-American businessman Shalli Kumar, Herald said.
Both Sessions and Kumar are chairing a project to field 10 Indian-American Republican Congressional candidates.
"Should Springfield fail to pass pension reform for Chicago soon," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a budget speech last week, "we will be right back here early next year to start work on the city's 2015 budget, a budget that will either double city property taxes or eliminate the vital services that people rely on."
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Joe Walsh, Tom Bevan, and Pat Brady on the future of the GOP. I caught the tail end of it last night. Joe's in fine from as ever. Bevan stuck between Joe and Pat. Brady comes out against "fighting" although he struck me as a leader who threw plenty of gas onto fires needlessly.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
That's quite a reform.
Friday, October 18, 2013
The price of non-intervention.
Remember when Congressman Aaron Schock was so upset with Bruce Rauner (or whoever it was) for running those radio ads saying he wasn't conservative enough?
Apparently those days are over.
Here's what he had to contribute to the discussion when the Republicans had a meeting on Wednesday to figure out how best to bend to the will of the President..
Representative Aaron Schock of Illinois said the lesson of the episode was that Boehner should cut out the far-right flank and work with centrist Democrats.
Chicago's Mayor Eugene Sawyer was once asked by a reporter, just days after being named Mayor, what he had learned from the senior Mayor Daley. After a thoughtful pause, Sawyer said, "You never have to take back things you don't say".
Words Schock ought remember.
....Walsh's interview was by far the best, most comprehensive I've ever heard of Bruce Rauner. He's actually quite good at this. I'm now a fan. No joke. Listen to the show yourself…
The Blaze: Warning: Hearing the Way Ed Schultz Spoke to a 23-Year Military Veteran May Make Your Blood Boil
Thursday, October 17, 2013
A timely book given the Government's intervention into the Healthcare Industry. Here's a history of how the Feds goofed up housing.
Fardon served in the U.S. attorney's office in Nashville, Tenn. and later entered private practice. Among his clients was John Wyma, a longtime lobbyist and friend of former Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich, whose testimony helped convict Ryan of corruption.
Read more: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/23712605/senate-confirms-zachary-fardon-as-new-us-attorney-for-n-illinois#ixzz2hzYWKO00
Many of us suspect Wyma the one who tipped off Rahm Emanuel and the Prez that the Feds had wires on Blagojevich. Wonder who would have carried that message and what it might have been worth?
Via WFPL News,
A proposal to end the government shutdown and avoid default orchestrated by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Harry Reid includes a nearly $3 billion earmark for a Kentucky project.
Language in a draft of the McConnell-Reid deal (see page 13, section 123) provided to WFPL News shows a provision that increases funding for the massive Olmsted Dam Lock in Paducah, Ky., from $775 million to nearly $2.9 billion.
Talk about a needless slap to the taxpayors including a pure pork earmark in the bill to reopen to Gov. Senator Kirks talking about putting Country over Party with this vote. It sure looks like it's putting Pork over both Country and Party to me.
Pure insult too boot.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
A new Medical Group Management Association survey suggests that insurance coverage does not necessarily mean healthcare access. More than half the physician practices responding to the survey said they had not yet decided whether they will participate in health plans sold on the new state insurance exchanges.
Dr. Stephen Brotherton, president of the Texas Medical Association and an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Fort Worth, said physicians in Texas need more information before making up their minds. “That survey response is not unexpected,” Brotherton said. He added that only about a third of Texas doctors are taking new Medicaid patients and about 58% are taking new patients covered by Medicare. “It's a matter of what you can accept and still keep your doors open.”Brought to mind a NYT interview with Quentin Young reposted below,
Photo HT Real Barack Obama
Quentin Young qutoed below from in an interview with NYT in 1991.
Docs will suffer a little shame, including Young, rather than go broke treating the poor on Uncle Sam's nickle.
Reality worth keeping in mind with the looming Health Care reform plans. Doc's aren't going to work cheap. They'll suffer the shame instead.
With low fees pushing doctors away from Medicaid patients, the medical tradition of charitable service to those who can pay very little or nothing at all has been sorely tested.
Dr. Quentin Young, a prominent Chicago physician and a longtime champion of liberal causes, has strict rules on the number of Medicaid patients he will see because otherwise, he said, "I'd go broke."
He calls his policy a mix of "reality and shame." Dr. Young said that if doctors refused to treat patients based on race instead of a Medicaid card "there would be Federal protection."
"The health status for people represented by Medicaid is declining," he said. "The people are shunted about. Either they are rejected by competent physicians or are very often put into clinics that abuse the system, with very little gain in health.
"It's a reflection of the powerlessness of the poor," he said, "and the hardening heart of American that is ominous."
I'd add one further nasty step to the worst case. People who have lost their insurance and unable to sign up timely on the exhanges, and then faced with a health catastrophe in January would face the cruelist of fates. Sick, without insurance, and a penalty for not having it. None of it any fault of their own.
The biggest problem with Healthcare.gov seems simple enough: It was built by people who are apparently far more familiar with government cronyism than they are with IT.
That's one of the insights that can be gleaned from the work done by the Sunlight Foundation Reporting Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that focuses on government transparency. In a report filed this past week, the group examined why the system broke as horribly as it did: The contracts awarded to those who built it were, by and large, existing government contractors with "deep political pockets."
Download the Sunlight Group's report for a list of all the vendors. Yes, the lobbying and contributions explain some, but the biggest failure I suspect will be lack of imagination. They did it the same old way.
Below via Obamacare site hits reset button on passwords as contractors scramble,
The result of the headlong rush to October 1 was a system that had never been tested at anything like the load it experienced on its first day of operation (if it was tested with loads at all). Those looking for a reason for the site's horrible performance on its first day had plenty of things to choose from.
Navigating the site once you get past registration is something of a cheese chase through the rat-maze. "It's like a bad, boring video game where you try to grunt and hack your way through to the next step," one site user told Ars.
Once you get through all that, it's not clear that it's going to do you any good. Underlying problems in the back-end code—including the data hub built by QSSI—have been causing errors in determining whether individuals are eligible for subsidized plans under the program. In DC, that means health care plan prices won't be available to people registering through DC's portal until November. It may also mean that others who have registered already at the federal and state exchanges may get sticker shock later.
A Federal IT Acquistion a heck-of-a-thing to hang one's Political Legacy upon. Administration will end up seeking a delay and that's what'll be remembered about this shutdown.
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Monday, October 07, 2013
The National Park Service is allowing an Oct. 8 pro-immigration rally on the national mall, even as it posts pickets and barriers to bar Americans from visiting their open-air memorials.
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/10/07/obama-oks-illegals-march-on-mall-still-blocks-americans/#ixzz2h4gdyG9v
The bill passed the House by a near-unanimous vote on Saturday— 400 to 1. The only person to vote against it was Rep. Bill Enyart, an Illinois Democrat.
“The bill I voted against is a prime example of the hypocrisy we see every day in Washington, D.C.,” he said. “This bill did nothing for the troops. All it does is provide political cover for people who won’t do their jobs, and that’s the Congress.”
The resolution, H. Con. Res. 58, has been sent to the Senate, which has not scheduled a vote.
I was in Baghdad Spring of 2008. The Mahdi Army launched ~ 600 rockets during a four week stretch with about half hitting inside the zone. Kept us confined to our building except for Mission Critical reasons to venture out. Getting to Mass over at the Chapel by the Embassy was Mission Critical to the Colonel I worked for so he'd walk on down for it. I took a pass on Church. Sunday AM was just a rich time for guys to launch and the Embassy was a prime target.
Anyways, Mass isn't quite like a trip to the PX for some. Enyart's argument a bit thin here IMO.