Saturday, December 31, 2016

Blog: Putin declines to retaliate on Obama’s sanctions

Blog: Putin declines to retaliate on Obama’s sanctions

There’s a Patron Saint for That? - Crisis Magazine

There’s a Patron Saint for That? - Crisis Magazine: It may strike many Catholics as odd, improper, even irreverent, that there would be a patron saint of hangovers. We know from personal experience that through the prayers of the saints we are healed of serious ailments, protected in our travels, find stuff we’ve lost, and are granted a host of other graces. Why, then, …

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Chicago's Most Dangerous Block Plagued By Drugs, Shootings And Murder

Chicago's Most Dangerous Block Plagued By Drugs, Shootings And Murder: "You should never come around here alone."

DNAInfo: Murders Skyrocket, But Too Many In City Remain 'Silent,' Critics Say

Get a handle on the violence and Chicago's neigborhoods would flourish.

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.

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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.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Moscow Gold and American Elections

Russians have been involved in American Elections for decades.  Some pages from 

In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage 

on finding a receipt in the Moscow archives signed by Gus Hall for $3 million in 1988.  The CPUSA was usually endorsing Democrats for President too by the way.

Friday, December 09, 2016

After Repeal

After Repeal: It’s the opportunity Republicans have been awaiting for six years, which invites the obvious question: Are they going to screw it up? In January, a united Republican Congress and Republican White House will finally have the ability to dispose of Obamacare, the unpopular and destructive health-insurance law. After running four straight national elections against the jammed-through, unconstitutional, failing, expensive, and disastrous Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the GOP finally has the power to do something about it.

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

Trump's EPA Pick Spooks Liberals and the Environmental Lobby

Trump's EPA Pick Spooks Liberals and the Environmental Lobby: Liberals and the environmental left have gone into a tizzy over the selection of Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt as Donald Trump's pick to head of the Environmental Protection Agency.
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.

Monday, December 05, 2016

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

About time... Our only President deposed in a criminal matter the day after his election.  Judical Watch's Press Release.
(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.” ###

DNAInfo: How Chicagoans say Gyros


Saturday, December 03, 2016

The Priest (Russian movie with English subtitles)

I've been watching contemporary Russian films with English subtitles when I can find them. This is a good one about a Russian Orthodox Priest during the war. Here's a review over at Orthodox Christian Network.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Beer of the Deplorables.

....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
If Miller's for the deplorable I wonder where that leaves us Huber's fans?  

2016 Election Post Scripts #1

Trump's win surprised me but it didn't shock me either.  I was driving back and forth from Sister Bay a lot during the season and heard political ads over and over on the radio.   The Russ Feingold ads could have been Trump ads,
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. 

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Nothing is Written - Lawrence of Arabia

My response to those fond of saying History's on their side. Peter O'Toole in Lawrence of Arabia after rescuing a guy everyone said History had written off.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Secretive Organization Paying Tab For Emanuel's Trip To Rome

Secretive Organization Paying Tab For Emanuel's Trip To Rome: City Hall insists no tax dollars are involved in getting the mayor to witness Archbishop Blase Cupich's elevation. CBS 2 Political Reporter Derrick Blakley reports.

You'd think Clinton's Global Initiative fund experience would have taught the Mayor a lesson.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Emanuel Tells Undocumented Immigrants Chicago 'Always Will Be A Sanctuary City'

Emanuel Tells Undocumented Immigrants Chicago 'Always Will Be A Sanctuary City': Even as President-elect Donald Trump vows to immediately deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants when he takes office in January, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reaffirming Chicago’s commitment as a so-called “sanctuary city.”

Not much of a sanctuary considering the loss of population.

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Trump Didn't Split the GOP--He Strengthened It

Trump Didn't Split the GOP--He Strengthened It: Donald Trump has done what Ronald Reagan did. He beat back a hostile press, smears by his opponent, outrage by foreign leaders, vast campaign spending by Wall Street and the wealthy one percent, and vows by actors and rock stars to leave the country if he was elected president.
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.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Taliban overruns military base in Uruzgan | The Long War Journal

Taliban overruns military base in Uruzgan | The Long War Journal

Sun Times: Aldermen unleash their anger about Cubs yanking ticket offer

Chicago's Aldermen grousing about not getting deals on Cub tickets.  Leaves me speechless...



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.

Defense One: Washington is Quietly Reinforcing Europe’s Northern Flank


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

IRGC to expand Basij special forces | The Long War Journal

IRGC to expand Basij special forces | The Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani spotted in Iraq’s KRG territory | The Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani spotted in Iraq’s KRG territory | The Long War Journal

POTUS on HRC emails

What's even odder is Podesta and Mills have this exchange on gmail.  If Putin's behind this, imagine the emails he's saving if Clinton wins.

Fwd: POTUS on HRC emails


Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Loser

The Loser: The two major party conventions, the three presidential debates, and various scandals large and small—all these features of the 2016 presidential general election have come and gone. Now the campaign draws to a close. And one outcome seems increasingly likely: Donald J. Trump will lose.
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

USS San Antonio joins Libya operation

USS San Antonio joins Libya operation: The Navy’s USS San Antonio is now serving in the Mediterranean Sea as part of Operation Odyssey Lightening, replacing another warship in a move that will alter the type of air power being brought to the fight in Libya.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Freddoso: Tweet to Bookmark

Ok, done

Taliban threatens 5 provincial capitals in Afghanistan | The Long War Journal

Taliban threatens 5 provincial capitals in Afghanistan | The Long War Journal

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...

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...

Robbie Mook to Podesta on Illinois Democrats feeling forgotten by Obama

Can't say I blame Illinois Democrats for feeling neglected.  Can't say I'd blame Obama for feeling Illinois Dems nothing but trouble either.


Fwd: Urgent: IL call



City's Oldest Fish Wholesaler To Move Out To Make Way For Retail Project

City's Oldest Fish Wholesaler To Move Out To Make Way For Retail Project: Fish wholesaler Isaacson & Stein Fish Company has been a destination for fresh seafood for 80 years.

Nearly 100,000 Pennsylvania Voters Switch From Democrat To Republican « CBS Pittsburgh

Nearly 100,000 Pennsylvania Voters Switch From Democrat To Republican « CBS Pittsburgh

US strikes three radar sites in Houthi-controlled part of Yemen | The Long War Journal

US strikes three radar sites in Houthi-controlled part of Yemen | The Long War Journal

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Statement on International Forces in Upcoming Campaign to Liberate Mosul

Statement on International Forces in Upcoming Campaign to Liberate Mosul



A statement that raises more questions than it answers.

Wiki leakds Podesta Dump: John Anzalone: You Pay for Socialism or Free Stuff for Everybody


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. 

Syrian tribal force switching to politics wants role in Mosul offensive

Syrian tribal force switching to politics wants role in Mosul offensive

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Remote district in northwestern Afghanistan falls to the Taliban | The Long War Journal

Remote district in northwestern Afghanistan falls to the Taliban | The Long War Journal

Soon the Voters - The New York Sun

Soon the Voters - The New York Sun

Austin Shootings Leave 5 Teens Wounded, Police Say

Austin Shootings Leave 5 Teens Wounded, Police Say: Separate shootings wounded five teens, including a 13-year-old, in Austin late Monday, police said.

Astroturf 'Outrage Machine' of Paid Trolls Floods Social Media to Counteract Negative News About Hillary Clinton | The Stream

Astroturf 'Outrage Machine' of Paid Trolls Floods Social Media to Counteract Negative News About Hillary Clinton | The Stream: One supporter being paid to create multiple anonymous accounts does not constitute genuine support for Hillary Clinton.

Dangerous Trump Youtube

The Trump ad Youtube is discouragine use from viewing. H/T http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2016/10/youtube-hides-slaps-warning-new-trump-ad-hillarys-health/

Wazar Jaff: Iraqi special forces convoy going toward #Mosul


Qassem Soleimani: Islamic State was created to fight Iran | The Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani: Islamic State was created to fight Iran | The Long War Journal

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria shows more ‘little jihadists’ | The Long War Journal

Turkistan Islamic Party in Syria shows more ‘little jihadists’ | The Long War Journal

US State Department: "More Russian lives will be lost, more Russian aircraft will be shot down"

The State Department's in the hands of real amateurs making statements like this below. This plays badly in Russia and many other places in the Middle East where the Admin's clumsy support for Syria's FSA can only be viewed as US support for AQ.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

US launches ‘self-defense strike’ against Shabaab in southern Somalia | The Long War Journal

US launches ‘self-defense strike’ against Shabaab in southern Somalia | The Long War Journal



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.

The Question on War Authorization votes Lester Hold should have asked

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. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

RCP flips Duckworth v Kirk to toss up

Real Clear Politics just flipped the Illinois Senate race between Duckworth and Kirk from leans Dem to a toss up.  Maybe Kirk's best bet will be Duckworth hammering away at him as connected to Trump.  

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Blog: Hillary falls into Trump’s birther trap

Blog: Hillary falls into Trump’s birther trap

Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ was responsible for stabbings in Minnesota | The Long War Journal

Islamic State claims its ‘soldier’ was responsible for stabbings in Minnesota | The Long War Journal

Israel prepares home front for next war with Hezbollah | The Long War Journal

Israel prepares home front for next war with Hezbollah | The Long War Journal

Guardian - Syria: Coalition of US-led troops prepare to advance into Dabiq

The tweet below probably a reference to this from The Guardian,
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.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Friday, September 02, 2016

Hillary Signed She Received Briefing on Classified Info, But Told FBI She Hadn't

Hillary Signed She Received Briefing on Classified Info, But Told FBI She Hadn't: Either Hillary Clinton lied to the FBI or she lied on a State Department form as she began her tenure as Secretary of State. This conclusion appears inescapable after Friday's FBI document release related to the Clinton email investigation.
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, August 25, 2016

Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield is a message to the Kurds | The Long War Journal

Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield is a message to the Kurds | The Long War Journal



A very helpful post about a very complicated place.

Amazing History Of City's 1st Italian Importer Found In Teardown Building

Amazing History Of City's 1st Italian Importer Found In Teardown Building: The discovery of multiple trunks in a sealed apartment near Grand and Halsted unearthed amazing history.

Paul Johnson: The World's Exterminators

It won't be Obamacare's successes or failures we'll remember.  Obama will be remembered for failing Syria and the savage consequence of doing nothing.

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.

Woman Mugged On Mayor Emanuel's Block In Ravenswood

Woman Mugged On Mayor Emanuel's Block In Ravenswood: A 50-year-old woman was mugged Tuesday afternoon on the same block as Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home in the Ravenswood neighborhood.

Naromi S Baron: "Always On"

Another for the Goodreads list...



Always OnIn 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.

Michael Adams' book: In Praise of Profanity

In Praise of Profanity: When President Obama signed the affordable health care act in 2009, the Vice President was overheard to utter an enthusiastic This is a big f****** deal! A town in Massachusetts levies $20 fines on swearing in public.



One I'll add to my Goodreads list.   I know some guys for whom profanity's an Art Form.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Another Bicyclist Killed In Chicago, This Time In Garfield Park Hit And Run

Another Bicyclist Killed In Chicago, This Time In Garfield Park Hit And Run: Police released a photo of white van suspected in the 10:19 p.m. Wednesday crash.



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

Roger L. Simon: Game Changer? Trump Makes a Play for the Black Vote

I thought Trump's West Bend speech long over due for just this reason Roger cites here.
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.
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.

A massive build-up of Russian forces is under way in Crimea and the border with Ukraine


Kurdish Peshmerga forces heavily bombarded the bases of the Islamic State (ISIS) earlier today east of Mosul city.


Woodward: ‘God Knows’ What Is in FBI Notes, Clinton Has Habit of Secrecy

Woodward: ‘God Knows’ What Is in FBI Notes, Clinton Has Habit of Secrecy

Friday, August 12, 2016

ISW: Russian military build-up in and around Ukraine. Including S-400 today.


Qassem Soleimani to play “major role” in Mosul operations | The Long War Journal

Qassem Soleimani to play “major role” in Mosul operations | The Long War Journal




And....

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Second City Cop's Final Video Review

Probably the best analysis you'll read is here from SCC. CPD's gotta problem,
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?

Department of Defense Press Briefing by Lieutenant General Sean MacFar

Department of Defense Press Briefing by Lieutenant General Sean MacFar: CAPTAIN JEFF DAVIS: OK, good morning. General, I want to make sure you can hear us and we can hear you.GEN. MACFARLAND: I can hear you.CAPT DAVIS: OK. And Tom, if we can have just a tiny bit more

Monday, August 08, 2016

State won't discuss Clinton email link to Iran executing nuke scientist spy

State won't discuss Clinton email link to Iran executing nuke scientist spy: A State Department spokeswoman dodged questions Monday about whether the discussion of Shahram Amiri, an Iranian scientist who was executed by the Iranian government for working with the U.S., in a pair of Hillary Clinton's private emails may have played a role in his recent fate. We're not going to comment on what may have led to this event, said Elizabeth Trudeau, a State Department spokeswoman. I couldn't speak to Iranian judicial procedures related to this specific case, Trudeau said. We've made our concerns known writ large around Iranian due process. She noted the State Department had been very public about this case when [Amiri] chose to return to Iran, pointing to a press conference Clinton gave in July 2010.

CPS inspector general looks at hiring of firm with Claypool ties

CPS inspector general looks at hiring of firm with Claypool ties: The CPS inspector general is investigating the district's hiring of a law firm with ties to CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and his general counsel.



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.

California: The Economics of Delusion

California: The Economics of Delusion



The boom's in Silicon Valley.  The rest of the State not so much.

Jihadists and other rebels claim to have broken through siege of Aleppo | The Long War Journal

Jihadists and other rebels claim to have broken through siege of Aleppo | The Long War Journal

Friday, August 05, 2016

Obama open mic slip speaking to Russian Prez: 'After my election I have more flexibility'

Thought I'd recall this since who's in bed with the Russians on peoples minds lately.

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 


Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Iran's Airbridge to Syria | IranTracker

Iran's Airbridge to Syria | IranTracker

Daniel Serwer: The story will not end with Mosul’s liberation

Daniel Serwer's assessment on the fates of Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in the upcoming offesive to retake Mosul, Iraq from the Islamic State,
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.

Taliban denies Helmand’s shadow governor killed in US airstrike | The Long War Journal

Taliban denies Helmand’s shadow governor killed in US airstrike | The Long War Journal

Illinois insurers seek premium increases of up to 45%

Illinois insurers seek premium increases of up to 45%: The leading insurer on Illinois' exchange, Blue Cross Blue Shield, is proposing increases ranging from 23 percent to 45 percent for individuals.

Emanuel eyes utility tax increase to save largest pension fund

Emanuel eyes utility tax increase to save largest pension fund: Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to raise the city’s utility taxes to save the largest of Chicago’s four city employee pension funds, City Hall sources said.

US airstrikes target Islamic State stronghold in Libya | The Long War Journal

US airstrikes target Islamic State stronghold in Libya | The Long War Journal

Monday, August 01, 2016

Calm Before Storm as Counter-ISIL Coalition Plans Mosul Offensive

Calm Before Storm as Counter-ISIL Coalition Plans Mosul Offensive: Right now there is a tactical pause in Iraq, but not an operational pause, Operation Inherent Resolve officials said on background. The coalition is continuing its efforts to train and refit Iraqi



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

Friday, July 15, 2016

Scott Adam's Blog: Trump's Glide Path

I've been thinking this a while now.  Scott Adams wrote the perfect post on all Trump needs to do to win.  Maybe win big.

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.

Islamic State: "mow down the enemies of Allah"

Islamic State has been clear on plan and tactics if anyone cared to listen and read.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Patch: Campton Hills Village Board Votes to Fire Administrator Jennifer Johnsen

The story here, and note:
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 jennifer.johnsen@villageofcamptonhills.org
Somebody at the Village my want to double check all the questions get submitted or that a few unsolicited ones don't appear.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Illinois moves to shut down failing health insurance co-op

Illinois moves to shut down failing health insurance co-op: Illinois Department of Insurance is seeking a court order to allow the state to take over Land of Lincoln Health and and prepare it for liquidation.

Thursday, July 07, 2016

New motion picture puts Peshmerga resilience under spotlight


New motion picture puts Peshmerga resilience under spotlight


FBI Director Comey: Clinton Gave Non-Cleared Individuals Access To Class...

Hayder al-Khoei on #Chilcot Report

@Hayder_alKhoei a must read Iraqi. I follow him.

Former Gov. Pat Quinn calls for term limits for Chicago mayors.


Hillary Clinton I TPP “The Gold Standard”

Tale of Two Press Conferences

Obama backtracks on Afghanistan withdrawal, cites ‘precarious’ security situation | The Long War Journal

It's time the Media and Congress started asking the Administration if we have enough troops in Afghanistan.  I bet I can google a recent hearing where Congress has asked.  I doubt google would yield many results from the Media.  I wonder how many Americans know we still have troops serving in combat at all?

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.]

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Friday, July 01, 2016