Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Two Americas: Economy

More Than 2 Dozen Pro-Trump Flash Mobs Popping Up Across Michigan Tuesday

More Than 2 Dozen Pro-Trump Flash Mobs Popping Up Across Michigan Tuesday: Ahead of Donald Trump's visit to Detroit this weekend, supporters are holding 'flash mobs' across the state.

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