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Murders Skyrocket, But Too Many In City Remain 'Silent,' Critics Say:
Hundreds have been murdered in Chicago this year, but residents fear the violence will only get worse.
On a cold December day, a landlord who rents apartments in the 4400 block of West Monroe Street — a Garfield Park block that’s had more shootings than any other in the city this year — said he’ll only come to the area when he has a gun and someone else with him, though there’s a daycare and seniors living on the street.
“I don’t think it’s safe here anytime,” he said of the block, which has seen one person killed and 11 wounded in shootings this year. “I think this is one of the most dangerous blocks” in the world.
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It didn't take long for Republican leadership in both houses of Congress to get over the shock of winning the election last month and start gaming out a repeal plan. The details remain under discussion, but House speaker Paul Ryan, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (who is working closely with Ryan and McConnell on repeal) are already coalescing around a rough legislative framework. The plan might be summed up as: repeal, delay, replace. More precisely, Republicans plan to repeal most of the law, delay the implementation of most of that repeal for at least two years—and figure out what to replace it with in the interim.
Thursday, December 08, 2016
House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says the Pruitt nomination must be blocked for the sake of the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we will leave our children. New York AG Eric Schneiderman says Pruitt is a dangerous and an unqualified choice. Independent socialist senator Bernie Sanders declares the Pruitt pick is not only dangerous but also sad. The League of Conservation Voters calls Pruitt not just a global warming skeptic but an outright climate denier.
Whew! That's strong stuff. But what is Pruitt's actual offense? He has challenged the EPA's practice of going far beyond its authority to attack the energy industry and thus affect practically every industry in the country. The EPA needs a leash, and Pruitt and other state attorneys general have gone to court to attach it.
Wednesday, December 07, 2016
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Judicial Watch Files Lawsuit against Department of Justice Seeking FBI Interviews with Obama, Jarret, and Emanuel Relating to Criminal Investigation of Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice seeking access to FBI reports of interviews – “302s” – of President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, and Rahm Emanuel. The interviews were taken as part of the FBI’s criminal investigation of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:16-cv-01888)).
In 2008, Blagojevich sought political favors in exchange for deciding who to appoint to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by then-President-Elect Obama. Among the persons Blagojevich approached were the President-elect and his intermediaries. Obama reportedly declined to make a deal. Blagojevich then turned to supporters of Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., offering the U.S. Senate seat in return for a $1.5 million “campaign contribution.” Blagojevich broke off negotiations with Rep. Jackson’s supporters when he learned that he was being wiretapped by federal investigators.
Over the course of two criminal trials in 2010 and 2011, Blagojevich was convicted of 18 separate offenses and, in December 2011, was sentenced to 168 months in jail. In 2015, an appellate court overturned five of Blagojevich’s convictions and affirmed the remainder. On August 12, 2016, Blagojevich was resentenced to the same, 68-month jail term he had received previously. Judicial Watch had asked the FBI to produce the 302s, pursuant to FOIA, in June 2011. The FBI confirmed the records’ existence in 2012, but denied the request, asserting that the 302s were exempt from disclosure under FOIA Exemption 7(A) because Blagojevich’s criminal case was still ongoing at the time.
Judicial Watch filed suit to try to obtain the 302s in May 2016, after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review Blagojevich’s convictions. It closed that initial lawsuit while Blagojevich was being resentenced. Judicial Watch refiled its lawsuit after Blagojevich was resentenced. Judicial Watch’s lawsuit asks the court to order the interview reports’ release, noting:
[U]nder the circumstances it cannot be said that release of the requested records could reasonably be expected to interfere with whatever is left of Blagojevich’s criminal prosecution. The public should not be forced to wait any longer to review the FBI 302s of President Obama, former White House Chief of Staff and now City of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, or Senior Advisor to the President Valerie Jarrett while Blagojevich pursues his second, plainly futile appeal.“The FBI interviewed Barack Obama eight years ago about the selling of his Senate seat. The American people should finally get to see these FBI interview reports,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The public has a right to know precisely how Obama and his senior White House advisors Emanuel and Jarrett responded to Blagojevich’s corrupt attempts sell Obama’s Senate seat.” ###
Saturday, December 03, 2016
Friday, December 02, 2016
....Domingues said she was surprised to hear from one of her bartenders that Pete Coors, vice chairman of the board of the parent company of MillerCoors, co-hosted a Trump fundraiser in June. And while Miller Lite and Miller High Life aren't big sellers compared to local craft beers at The Green Lady, Domingues said she is taking them off her shelves for good.
"The post-election climate in this country is changing, and it will continue to change, and there will be some dark times," Domingues said Thursday. "We need to get in front of it and make sure that the choices that we make are standing behind what we believe in."
The Green Lady, at 3328 N. Lincoln Ave., only had Miller beers on hand for "at the end of the night, when customers go to macro, or something a little lighter," Domingues said.
"We're not really a Miller Lite bar, anyway," she added
But Sen. Johnson has spent nearly six years working for big corporations and billion-dollar special interests -- not Wisconsin’s working families. He supports bad trade deals and protects billion-dollar loopholes for big corporations that ship jobs overseas. Wisconsin’s middle class and working families just can’t afford another six years of Sen. Johnson protecting his billionaire backers at the expense of working people.That sounded way too much like Trump on Carrier or Nabisco, and an inkling this wasn't going to be a "normal" sort of election.
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You'd think Clinton's Global Initiative fund experience would have taught the Mayor a lesson.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Not much of a sanctuary considering the loss of population.
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 09, 2016
Trump falls short of Reagan in many ways. He’s unlikely to be as consequential a president. But he has an opportunity in his first 100 days in the White House to put Washington on a new and entirely unexpected course. And harness an out-of-control federal bureaucracy—the so-called administrative state.
He has promised to repeal ObamaCare, nullify all of President Obama's executive orders and memoranda, begin a wall along the border with Mexico and begin deporting illegal immigrants convicted of crimes, cut individual and corporate tax rates, kill the Iran nuclear deal, deregulate energy production, and start negotiations to rewrite trade treaties.
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Aldermen unleash their anger about Cubs yanking ticket offer: Chicago aldermen vented their anger Wednesday about the Cubs’ decision to withdraw an offer to let aldermen buy World Series tickets at face value.
We've got an election oddly focused on sex, while Mars seems increasingly interested in us.
The recent stream of senior U.S. defense officials to Nordic countries underlines American concerns about potential friction in northern Europe, and Washington’s efforts to boost defense and deterrence there. Defense Secretary Ash Carter stopped in Norway in early September, while his deputy Bob Work, who has been to the region three times over the last two years, paid an early-October visit to Finland’s capital, Helsinki. Shortly thereafter, Air Force Secretary Deborah James made her own trip across the region. (Go back to last year, and Senate Armed Services Committee chair John McCain was in Norway and Sweden to discuss regional security.)Read the rest here.
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Fwd: POTUS on HRC emails
Sunday, October 23, 2016
We put it that way because Trump—after his impressive and even unprecedented outsider victory in the Republican primaries—has done more to lose the general election than his opponent, Hillary Clinton, has done to win it. It's also prudent to note that with two weeks left in an unpredictable political year, we could be surprised. But if history is any guide, a candidate who has never been ahead in the general election campaign and now trails by about six points (if not more) in the polls—and who has a 60 percent or so unfavorable rating—will not prevail on November 8. On that evening, Donald Trump will stand before us as a loser.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
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Pity the King of Morocco, who paid up 12 million bucks (equal to the economic output of 3,761 Moroccans working for one year) to buy an appearance in his country by Secretary of State Clinton, and had to settle for Bill and Chelsea; Thanks to W...
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Good for her
Sounds like a rough block...
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The NBC subsidiary of Comcast is reportedly combing its archives for material damaging to Donald Trump, but ignoring requests to air the full interview with Juanita Broaddrick by Lisa Myers 17 years ago.According to Brent Schur of the Free Beacon...
According to Brent Schur of the Free Beacon...
Thursday, October 13, 2016
The operating procedures of media management, Clinton style, are being revealed, as the torrent of Wikileaks releases continues. Howard Kurtz of Fox News has gone through the recent tranches, and puts together a very interesting portrait of the Rulin...
Fwd: Urgent: IL call
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
A statement that raises more questions than it answers.
Testing out some slogans against Bernie Sanders.... here's a couple they got right.
Re: Agenda for 5:30 Post NH Messaging Call - TESTING SUGGESTIONS
Jim Andrews and I have been pouring through the oppo and have a couple new possible negatives to suggest we test in the poll, since most of our attacks haven't been working. We also proposed language for a split message test between where we've been (ideas that sound good on paper/can't wait) versus the new no barriers message -- stacked up against Sanders Hope these are helpful.
YOU PAY FOR SOCIALISM Bernie Sanders says he wants to restructure America’s economy to make it work like it does in the socialist countries of Europe, providing things like free health care for everyone, free college for everyone, and free increases in Social Security for everyone. But Sanders does not mention that the middle class picks up the bill in these countries, paying nearly sixty percent of their income in taxes, three times what middle class Americans pay now.
FREE STUFF FOR EVERYBODY Bernie Sanders said –quote– “all necessities of life must be provided free for people,” and over the years he’s proposed a radical restructuring of the entire American economy to make many things free, from the gas for people’s cars to telephones and now free college and health care. To do this, Sanders proposed the complete government takeover of all oil companies, gas companies, electric utility companies, phone companies, health care companies, and all television networks. Combined, Sanders proposals would put the government in control of more than half of the American economy, but Sanders has never told anyone who would pay for all of this or how it would work.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Astroturf 'Outrage Machine' of Paid Trolls Floods Social Media to Counteract Negative News About Hillary Clinton | The Stream
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State Dept. Threatens Terror Attacks in Russia if Moscow Keeps Fighting ISIS - https://t.co/DG4GShZBXC pic.twitter.com/7Tg2ev7hrS— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) September 29, 2016
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Obama administration and US military leaders continue to attempt to hide direct combat operations behind the mission of advising and assisting the “counterterrorism operations” of foreign governments and militaries. United States African Command, or AFRICOM, announced today that it launched what it described as “a self-defense strike” against Shabaab, al Qaeda’s branch in Somalia and East Africa, to protect US advisors who were accompanying a Somali counterterrorism force.
More stuff Lester Hold should have asked about at the debates.
Any Guth's Facebook page lights up with back and forth over Hannity and Lester Holt and who supported War when and said so on TV, while our Troops prepare for the Liberation of Mosul under a very old Authorization for Use of Force which President Obama believes constitutionally quite enough for War on the Islamic State.
Instead of Checking the Facts I wish the handsomely paid Lester Holt had directed the debate towards the grave questions Americans face. MSM so busy saving Hillary Clinton they're not covering the young Americans engaged in a pretty savage war today.
This will not end well. A new President will face some awful stuff and MSM lacks the temperament to put it before us.
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The operation got off to a troubled start, however, with US units withdrawing to Turkey to avoid a confrontation with an Islamist opposition unit angered by their presence. The US troops had previously allied with Kurdish forces with whom the Islamists had clashed elsewhere.
“They were the Ahrar al-Shariya group, who originally came from Deir ez-Zor,” said one opposition figure. “They didn’t quite chase them out, but the Americans thought it better that they leave.” The US troops were last night regrouping on the Turkish side of the border.
The tension underscored the complexity of the battle for northern Syria, which is increasingly fought by vested interests who struggle to find common ground, even in pursuit of a common foe in Isis.It's not being portrayed as an "advance" in the ME press either I suspect while very view Americans even know we have our Troops committed.
#ABD askerleri ve onlara bağlı gruplar #Çobanbey'den boyle kovuldu (2) #Halep pic.twitter.com/8q70UZj9dW— Levent Kemal (@ValkryV) September 16, 2016
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As revealed by those FBI documents, Clinton told agents that she could not recall any briefing or training by State related to the retention of federal records of handling of classified information.
But the second paragraph of the Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement—which she signed on January 22, 2009—states that I hereby acknowledge that I have received a security indoctrination concerning the nature and protection of classified information. A composite of the FBI documents and the nondisclosure agreement is shown below:
Thursday, September 01, 2016
Includes a handly Snopes list of fake sites.
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A very helpful post about a very complicated place.
Paul Johnson in Forbes,
The EU brought a shared prosperity and ease of movement to citizens throughout much of Europe, making it a magnet for people living in neighboring poorer countries. But as war engulfed Syria–and other parts of the Middle East–and the breakdown in law and civil society there became total, what had been a stream of immigrants entering Europe became a raging flood of refugees fleeing for their lives. They overwhelmed Europe’s borders in search of safety, jobs and a better life. And hidden among the legitimate refugees have been those who create mayhem through acts of terrorism, creating fear and distrust and fanning the flames of nationalism.
This crisis could largely have been avoided had there been a strong U.S. President in the White House. When Barack Obama had the chance and support to set up a safe zone within Syria, along the lines of the one set up in northern Iraq for the Kurds, he chose to do nothing. Now much of Syria is a ravaged shell, where various factions battle for control of its bombed-out cities.
Without a U.S. President who is willing to take the lead and pull various groups together, there can be no path forward to counter these destabilizing forces. The past has shown us what happens when we do nothing. Let us hope that November’s election brings about a sea change, so that those who think to once again engulf the globe in war are given pause–one way or another.
Always On: In Always On, Naomi S. Baron reveals that online and mobile technologies--including instant messaging, cell phones, multitasking, Facebook, blogs, and wikis--are profoundly influencing how we read and write, speak and listen, but not in the ways we might suppose. Baron draws on a decade of research to provide an eye-opening look at language in an online and mobile world. She reveals for instance that email, IM, and text messaging have had surprisingly little impact on student writing. Electronic media has magnified the laid-back "whatever" attitude toward formal writing that young people everywhere have embraced, but it is not a cause of it. A more troubling trend, according to Baron, is the myriad ways in which we block incoming IMs, camouflage ourselves on Facebook, and use ring tones or caller ID to screen incoming calls on our mobile phones. Our ability to decide who to talk to, she argues, is likely to be among the most lasting influences that information technology has upon the ways we communicate with one another. Moreover, as more and more people are "always on" one technology or another--whether communicating, working, or just surfing the web or playing games--we have to ask what kind of people we are becoming, as individuals and as family members or friends, if the relationships we form must increasingly compete for our attention with digital media.
One I'll add to my Goodreads list. I know some guys for whom profanity's an Art Form.
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
How Reagan dispelled rumors on his health. Clinton's certainly not the first to be questioned on it. They dogged Reagan throughout his elections and Presidency.
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Riding a bike in Chicago's never strike me as a wise thing to do. Last time I did was twenty years ago. Hit a pothole and went head over handle bars at Fullerton and Larmie. Haven't done it since. I'll stick with the back roads west of Rt 47 or Wisconsin's Door County.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Trump didn't just pitch for the African American vote. He pitched what Simon correctly notes what almost everyone secretly knows. Progressives have laid waste to many communities with Blacks taking the biggest hits.If you thought the mainstream media has been coming down a bit hard on Donald Trump of late, you haven't seen anything yet.In his speech Tuesday night the businessman had the temerity to hit them where they really live by going where no Republican on a presidential level has dared to go before. He declared aloud what almost everyone secretly knows, that the horrifying condition of black people in urban America is at least partly, probably largely, the fault of the media's darling, the Democratic Party. Their failed liberal policies and exploitation of blacks have been making things worse for African-Americans for decades.Trump is right, of course. And under Obama and Clinton, the carnage has only reached new levels with people shooting each other in the streets of Chicago and Baltimore as if they were the suburbs of Raqqa.Pushing the envelope further, the businessman made an overt pitch to black voters to come over to him for the sake of their own communities, to make their lives better by breaking the stranglehold the Democrats have had on African-Americans.
Kurdish Peshmerga forces heavily bombarded the bases of the Islamic State (ISIS) earlier today east of Mosul city.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
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1) US military commanders should be honest & admit the Iranian-backed Popular Mobilization Forces will take part in the Mosul offensive.— Bill Roggio (@billroggio) August 12, 2016
2) But US military commanders are loath to admit that their actions support Iran's goals. So, as in past, they will do best to obscure.— Bill Roggio (@billroggio) August 12, 2016
Thursday, August 11, 2016
While the most serious violations are Departmental in nature and not criminal, that isn't going to save certain members from administrative action. What we have seen here, we consider a monumental failure in training and preparing officers for street duty. Leaving aside the violation of General Orders we outlined in the past few days, in what world is this tactically sound?
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Fazel Hawramy: Isis crimes continue: in a new video they threw a man off a building in Tel Afar near Mosul with kids watching
Monday, August 08, 2016
You'd think an outfit like Jenner and Block would have more sense when it comes to deals like this. Seazy is one thing, but sleazy and dumb embarrassing.
Sunday, August 07, 2016
Friday, August 05, 2016
On Monday while President Obama was taking part in a global nuclear security summit in South Korea, he was caught on tape asking for Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for "space." "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility," Obama implored. Obama assured the departing Russian President he will have the "flexibility" required to deal with missile defense issues after the 2012 presidential
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One briefing document produced by a KRG department presents three possible scenarios for the Mosul offensive’s IDP fallout. In the first, best-case scenario, the operation lasts only a few weeks. In this case, the number of IDPs will remain comparatively low, as Da’esh bans freedom of movement, and Mosuli civilians attempt to weather the conflict at home.
The second, middle-case, scenario gives the 420,000 IDP contingency figure. It assumes an offensive lasting more than several weeks, in which shelling and airstrikes become more intense, and the battle descends into block-by-block street fighting.
In the third, worst case scenario the offensive lasts several months. Bitter street fighting, increasing shortages of food and supplies, and inner-city chaos ensue as Da’esh slowly loses control. In this scenario, the number of people fleeing the fighting may rise to more than a million.Remember US participation still under Bush era Congressional Authorizations for Use of Force. Few in the media are paying much attention to this much less working out the scenarios which per Serwer could be very bad if the US not prepared to help. I doubt we are.
Monday, August 01, 2016
Few Americans know how many of our Troops will participate in this Offensive. No one talks about it including Trump.
He should. PS An update today over at Politico, Get Ready for Obama’s ‘October Surprise’ in Iraq
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Read the whole thing, but the bottom line is...
Clinton’s task of proving she is not crooked is literally impossible at this stage. But Trump’s task of NOT being outrageous for a few months is somewhat easy. He’s already doing it, and I don’t see him breaking a sweat.and,
In other words, Trump didn’t do anything outrageous for a few weeks. That’s all he needs to do from here on out – more nothing – to win in a landslide. The “Crooked Hillary” harpoon he landed a few months ago is bleeding her out. Trump’s glide path to victory involves picking his cabinet and acting serious for a few months. That’s all it will take. (Expect a few mini-outrages just for fun.)Trump's been so ridiculed but so many pomposities that he can win in the first debate just looking and sounding serious. A perfect example was last night. Listen to both of them on O'Riley to see what I mean.
Thursday, July 14, 2016
The village board voted 5-1 to in favor of the dismissal, which will be effective Aug. 12, following a 2.5-hour closed door meeting on Wednesday.
In 2014, the village board voted to reinstate Johnsen as the town’s village administrator after village president Patsy Smith placed Johnsen on paid leave due to “performance issues and for a possible Open Meetings Act Violation,” according to a December 2014 article by the Daily Herald.
Meanwhile, Campton Hills will hold a town hall meeting on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m. United Congregational Church of Christ, 40W451 Fox Mill Boulevard. Questions can be submitted to email@example.comSomebody at the Village my want to double check all the questions get submitted or that a few unsolicited ones don't appear.
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Obama backtracks on Afghanistan withdrawal, cites ‘precarious’ security situation | The Long War Journal
Obama backtracks on Afghanistan withdrawal, cites ‘precarious’ security situation | The Long War Journal
Perhaps the most worrisome indicator of deteriorating security in Afghanistan is the discovery of al Qaeda training camps in the country. Al Qaeda operated two large scale training camps, including a large facility, in the Shorabak district in Kandahar for more than a year before they were discovered by US forces. One of the camps occupied an area of 30 square miles and was well provisioned with weapons, ammunition, communications gear, and other equipment. In October 2015, a large US military strike force took four days to clear the two al Qaeda camps in Shorabak. More than 150 al Qaeda fighters are thought to have been killed during the operation.
The US military only discovered the location of the two camps in Shorabak after raiding another in Paktika province in July 2015. Abu Khalil al Sudani, one of al Qaeda’s most senior figures, is thought to have been killed during that raid. Al Qaeda obviously assessed the situation in Paktika as being safe enough to place one of their top leaders there.
The Shorabak raids shocked the US military and intelligence and forced them to revised its long-held estimate of 50 to 100 al Qaeda operatives in Afghanistan upwards to 300 in country. For more than six years, The Long War Journal has warned that official estimate of al Qaeda’s presence in Afghanistan is erroneous, and the jihadist group remains a significant threat to this day. [See LWJ report, US military admits al Qaeda is stronger in Afghanistan than previously estimated.]
Wednesday, July 06, 2016
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Weirdness of today: in all likelihood, James Comey will be Hillary Clinton's FBI director...his 10-year term runs to 2023— Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden) July 5, 2016