Perhaps you could have asked?
Perhaps it's facts we like to read?
Perhaps 'cause any ole fool can wonder?
And a pundit ought to know.
Al Sharpton is a person who lives for the purpose of stoking racial hatreds. He was convicted of defaming a New York prosecutor, Steven A. Pagones, in the notorious Tawana Brawley affair, in which Brawley falsely accused Pagones of raping her. During the 1991 Crown Heights riots in Brooklyn, Sharpton fueled black rage after a Hasidic Jewish driver accidentally killed a seven-year-old black child with his car. (A young talmudic scholar, Yankel Rosenbaum, was stabbed to death by a mob shouting “Kill the Jew.”) Sharpton has made numerous anti-Semitic comments. He’s characterized black people who disagreed with him as “yellow niggers” and called white people “crackers.” He constantly casts the police as racists when there’s no evidence to support the charge. And on top of that he’s a tax cheat, having been convicted of tax evasion and, according to the , with more than $4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses.
Sharpton, then, is a notorious and demagogic figure. He’s anti-cop. He’s anti-Semitic. And he’s an enemy of racial reconciliation, having done incalculable damage to race relations in America. That such a loathsome individual would be allowed into the White House is itself stunning; and the fact that he’s Barack Obama’s “go-to man on race” is shameful and discrediting. These are the depths to which modern liberalism has descended.
Since the Syrian civil war began in the spring of 2011, the Islamic State, al Qaeda, and other allied jihadist groups have operated more than 30 training camps inside Iraq and Syria. While global jihadist groups have primarily used camps to indoctrinate and train fighters for local insurgencies as part of the effort to establish a global caliphate, in the past al Qaeda has used its camps to support attacks against the West.
The Long War Journal has compiled information on the camps from jihadist videos, news accounts, and US military press releases that note airstrikes against the training facilities. It is unclear if all of the training camps are currently in operation. In addition, this analysis is compiled using publicly-available evidence. It is likely that some training camps are not advertised.\
Since the beginning of 2012, a total of 38 camps have been identified as being operational. Of those camps, 28 are in Syria, and 10 are in Iraq.
Read more: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/10/jihadist_training_ca.php#ixzz3HAgaUnZf
How to Choose Your Destiny in the Multiverse
According to quantum physics, there isn't a single reality, but a huge tree of all possible physical outcomes. So can you choose the right destiny for yourself?
This video by New Scientist interactively explains how you can shape your destiny. Every decision you make may spawn parallel universes where people are suffering because of your choice. Welcome to the quantum moral maze: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329880.400
When I worked at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in suburban Chicago, I'd sometimes have lunch outside the spinal cord center on sunny days with veterans prostate on their gurneys unable to move much but still able to enjoy sun, a smoke and conversation. I wonder what Doc Emanuel would make of their quality of life (or the expense of their care)?
Campton Hills, Ill.
Came home yesterday to a well done package of Rauner for Governor literature with a personal note from the worker who walked my neighborhood. I've seen his ads on Fox. Friend of Rahm or not, the guy's running a campaign hitting Illinois's Progressive fixtures hard. So where's Oberweis? There's plenty going on now to hit Durbin. Where's my Oberweis mailer?
Why hold back? The only solid reason to have voted for him in the primary was he could self-fund the long hard slog against Durbin. So what game's our Chess Player playing?
Jiri the Czech tells me Oberweis's taking a fall. He's been paid off to not campaign hard.
Couldn't quite figure out what would make Jim jump until another friend-in-the know with a gift-of-analysis told me,
"Agreed (with Jiri). He (Oberwis) really wants to be accepted by the establishment, to the detriment of actually campaigning."
"He replaced most of his staff after the primary. Now he is going to coast to a 40% showing and retire respectfully."
Ahh, so that's the game. No complicated Chess strategy; just comfortable Illinois GOP Establishmentism. And the righties worried Rauner was too progressive. Heck, better half-a-conservative willing to fight, than a sleepy GOP stalwart.
Say It Ain't So Jim, Say it Ain't So.
James Meeks, a former State Senator and currently Senior Pastor of Chicago’s Salem Baptist megachurch has decided to support Rauner rather than Democrat Governor Pat Quinn. As well, attorney Manny Sanchez, who helped lead President Obama’s outreach campaign among Latinos is jumping ship to support Rauner.
Meanwhile, millions of Illinoisans have come to know this decade as among the most treacherous in two centuries of statehood. It's a time of paltry growth, of stubborn joblessness that ranks second nationwide — yet also a time of headlines about this or that politician, rushing pell mell to raise taxes. Those officials have cornered themselves: The imbalance between the spending they (or their predecessors) foolishly promised and their current revenue really is that huge.
We have arrived at what finally looks to be a pivotal juncture in the darkening arc of Illinois history. More politicians are coming to realize the truth that Madigan spoke three years ago. It is, as he partially admitted in a House debate last week, a truth he helped create: Illinois is overpromised, overspent, overborrowed. Present trajectories point to doom. So the race for luscious new revenue is quickening.Please follow Illinois Review in the meantime or Kerrry Lester. Two of the best on what's happening in this state.
Rauner's wife Diana in a very effective ad. I believe him. He has no social agenda. He's got an economic agenda to get Illinois's economy growing and putting people back to work. Whether that's right or left, Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Liberal it's the agenda Illinois needs at the moment.
Rauner keeps this up he's got a shot against Quinn's machine.
Good news via PSR below,
Lawyer Eugene Volokh reports that the ruling in Obsidian Finance Group v. Cox (9th Cir. Jan. 17, 2014) holds that, “all who speak to the public, whether or not they are members of the institutional press, are equally protected by the First Amendment.”
The relevant section in the ruling is as follows: The protections of the First Amendment do not turn on whether the defendant was a trained journalist, formally affiliated with traditional news entities, engaged in conflict-of-interest disclosure, went beyond just assembling others’ writings, or tried to get both sides of a story. As the Supreme Court has accurately warned, a First Amendment distinction between the institutional press and other speakers is unworkable: “With the advent of the Internet and the decline of print and broadcast media … the line between the media and others who wish to comment on political and social issues becomes far more blurred.” Citizens United, 558 U.S. at 352. In defamation cases, the public-figure status of a plaintiff and the public importance of the statement at issue–not the identity of the speaker–provide the First Amendment touchstones.
Whenever the topic came up over the course of his biblically long life, Lazare Ponticelli always doggedly rejected the idea of being buried in a state funeral. But shortly before his death, under pressure from both the media and political leaders, he gave his consent for a solemn ceremony, "without much fuss and without a big parade, in the name of all those who died, men and women."Ponticelli was the last recognized veteran of in France, the last living survivor of the more than 8 million people who were called to arms by the French Republic. Of that number, some 1.4 million did not survive the massive slaughter. When Ponticelli passed away on March 12, 2008, in Le Kremlin-Bicêtre near Paris, at the age of 110, his death moved the entire nation.
From Der Spiegel's piece on the start of the WW1 Centennial year,
The survivors of World War I included Franz Warremann, a journeyman bricklayer from the northeastern German city of Rostock, whose grandson, Joachim Gauck, is Germany's president today. Warremann brought home a helmet from the front that had been dented when it was grazed by a bullet just above his left temple. He had apparently been extremely lucky.
The dented helmet has since been lost, says Gauck in his office at Bellevue Palace in Berlin, but the sight of it created such a strong impression on him that he could "still draw it" today.
When his grandfather got together with other veterans in the evening and they talked about the war, young Joachim was always surprised at how exuberant they seemed. How could they be so happy after those harrowing experiences?
Only much later did he understand that the men treasured spending time with fellow soldiers who had also looked death in the eye in the trenches. Only they could understand what it meant.
And that was why they were celebrating life.
DOJ needs to put the audio and transcripts of all the tapes up online. Way too much history here that needs to be aired and examined.
2013 NAEP test scores are in for Illinois. 2/3rds of Illinois 4th graders do NOT read at 4th grade level. Nearly 2/3rds of Illinois 4th graders CANNOT do 4th grade level math. With all of this talk about equality from the Left, what about equality of educational opportunity for children left to rot in school systems that do not educate and have not educated children for successive generations? How much longer shall we rationalize systems that discriminate and thus foreclose opportunities based on zip code and HH income? Per the Left's after-the-fact prescriptions for the ravages of central planning, they won't be able to raise the minimum wage high enough, extend transfer payments long enough, or create social welfare schemes expansive enough to retrofit adults with critical thinking skills they should've acquired as children.
Attacks were preventable based on known security shortfalls at State Department Mission in Benghazi
Analysts inaccurately referred to protests without sufficient intelligence or eyewitness statements, causing confusion for policymakers
18 recommendations to improve security, improve process for sharing unclassified information with policymakers
Hard to count on the community to report gang activity to the cops when they fear gangs influence with the Politicans. Three Illinois Pols respond here to Quinn's hiring of Gang Members for the Illinois Dept of Corrections.
A.T., who traveled to Syria to join a jihad organization, states on his Twitter account that he is 25, from Chicago, and has joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He is yet another of the growing number of foreign fighters in Syria using social media – in his case, in addition to Twitter, he is active on Facebook and Ask.fm – to chronicle experiences, to communicate with fellow jihadis in Syria and in the West, and to answer questions about joining the jihad in Syria. His first tweet, on December 21, 2013, was: "Internet, Restaurants, Cars, iPhones... Allah has made Hijra and Jihad in Sham [Syria] so easy... why are we still clinging to the Earth and hesitating?"BackgroundAccording to his Facebook account, created December 18, 2013, A.T. first arrived in Syria a year and a half ago, and joined Ahrar Al-Sham. He says on it that he left Syria temporarily due to an injury and returned to Aleppo on September 4, 2013; since then, according to his "About" section, he has been serving as a cook for ISIS. He also states that he speaks English, Classical Arabic, Syrian Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi, and Pashto. His profile photo is of a young man, from chin to torso. As of this writing, his page was last updated December 27.
His Facebook page includes photos of Osama bin Laden and a dead jihadi, ISIS posters, and an ISIS video. It also links to other Facebook accounts – one of which reports on a Muslim convert jihadi from Ontario, Canada killed in Syria. On his Ask.fm account, he states that he is American: "American 'Jihadi' or wtever they are calling it..inshAllah may Allah allow more and more [M]uslims to make hijra [emigrate to a jihad front] and jihad in his path!" His Twitter account also links to his Ask.fm account.