Sunday, September 21, 2014

Is the Rauner Campaign Awake Now?


The Rauner campaign released a new television advertisement about Pat Quinn’s decision to secretly release hundreds of violent criminals from prison early.
“Years of bad decisions in Springfield have led to horrifying results, and none is worse than Pat Quinn’s decision to secretly release hundreds of violent criminals early,” Rauner spokesman Mike Schrimpf said. "The results of Quinn's actions are unthinkable."

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Archbishop Elect Blase Joseph Cupich

Blase Joseph Cupich (born March 19, 1949) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church. He is the current Archbishop-elect of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. He was installed as the sixth bishop of the Spokane Diocese on September 3, 2010.[1]On September 20, 2014, Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Chicago. 


Blase Cupich was born in Omaha, Nebraska, as one of the nine children of Blase and Mary (née Mayhan) Cupich. He attended theUniversity of St. Thomas in Saint PaulMinnesota, from where he obtained his B.A. in Philosophy in 1971. He then studied in Rome at the Pontifical North American College and earned his Bachelor's in Sacred Theology (1974) and his Master's in Theology (1975) from the Pontifical Gregorian University. Cupich was ordained to the priesthood on August 16, 1975, and then served as both associate pastor at St. Margaret Mary Church and instructor at Paul VI High School in Omaha until 1978.
At the Omaha, he served as director of the Office for Divine Worship and as chairman of the Commission on Youth from 1978 to 1981. He completed his graduate studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Cupich obtained his licentiate(1979) and later doctorate of Sacred Theology (1987) in Sacramental Theology, with a dissertation entitled: Advent in the Roman Tradition: An Examination and Comparison of the Lectionary Readings as Hermeneutical Units in Three Periods.[2]
From 1980 to 1981, Cupich was an instructor of the Continuing Education of Priests Program and Diaconate Formation at Creighton University in Omaha. He then served as secretary of the nunciature to the United States until 1987. He was pastor of St. Mary Church in Bellevue from 1987 to 1989, President-Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in ColumbusOhio, from 1989 to 1996, and pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Church in Omaha from 1997 to 1998.
On July 6, 1998, Cupich was appointed the seventh Bishop of Rapid CitySouth Dakota, by Pope John Paul II.[3] Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Cupich serves as Chair of the Bishops' Committee on the Protection for Children and Young People and is a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Scripture Translation. He has served as a member of the Committee on the Liturgy, the Communications Committee and the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism. He is also a member of the Board of the Catholic Extension Society and the Catholic Mutual Relief Society. He has served on the Board ofTrustees of St. Paul Seminary, as the Episcopal Advisor of the Serra Club, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Pastoral Life Center. He is currently the chairman of the National Catholic Education Association.[4]
On June 30, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of the Spokane.[5]
In 2011, Cupich issued an edict forbidding priests and seminarians from praying in front of Planned Parenthood clinics, or supporting 40 Days for Life[6]
On September 19, 2014, it was reported that Bishop Cupich would become the next Archbishop of Chicago.[7] The nomination was published by the Press office of the Holy See on September 20, 2014.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Karen Lewis is a bad joke.


Karen Lewis claims she can do the job. I have news for her. Not even Daley could do the job. 

Sun Times Article about Karen Lewis.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dick Durbin, we elected this creep?


Images-5WASHINGTON - Illinois' senior U.S. Senator Dick Durbin told Washington reporters Tuesday that the Republican House refusing to pass the Senate's amnesty for millions in America illegally was a key reason the Ebola outbreak is becoming a worldwide crisis.
Mr. Durbin suggested that, had the House GOP embraced the legislation, there would be more trained physicians in countries such as Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea, where the Ebola outbreak now is spiraling out of control.
“We included in the immigration reform bill, which passed the United States Senate, a provision which provided, in one respect, if you are medically trained in Africa and promise to serve in Africa for a period of time before going anywhere else, we would honor that and respect that and not allow people to be recruited into the United States if they still had an obligation to their country,” he said at a Senate hearing on the Ebola outbreak Tuesday afternoon on Capitol Hill.
“And secondly, that doctors in the United States would be able to serve in these crisis situations overseas without jeopardizing their immigration status. That passed the Senate. That was in the immigration reform bill. It was never called for consideration in the House of Representatives.”

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Obama fights Ebola

Ebola outbreak: Barack Obama 'to pledge US troops to fight virus'

US President Barack Obama is to announce plans on Tuesday to send 3,000 troops to Liberia to help fight the Ebola virus, US officials say.
It is understood the US military will oversee building new treatment centres and help train medical staff.
There has been criticism of the slow international response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea are the worst-hit countries. The outbreak has killed more than 2,400 people.
More than half of those killed by the virus have been in Liberia. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned recently that the country could see thousands of more cases.
United Nations officials will discuss the international response to the outbreak at a meeting in Geneva.
US officials said the aim of the country's anti-Ebola initiative is to:
  • Train up to 500 healthcare workers a week
  • Construct 17 heathcare facilities, each with about 100 beds
  • Establish a joint command based in Monrovia, Liberia, to co-ordinate between US and international relief efforts
  • Distribute home healthcare kits to thousands of households
  • Conduct a home and community-based campaign to train local people in how to handle patients
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appealed directly to Mr Obama for help in tackling the outbreak.
Several disease experts have welcomed the US plan, though some also question its focus on Liberia.
"We should see all of West Africa now as one big outbreak," says Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, quoted in The New York Times.
"It's very clear we have to deal with all the areas with Ebola."
On Monday, Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said greater and faster outside help was needed.
Ebola spreads between humans by direct contact with infected blood, bodily fluids or organs, or indirectly through contact with contaminated environments.
Liberia at a glance:
  • Infrastructure devastated by a 14-year civil war
  • About 250,000 people killed in the conflict that ended in 2003
  • One doctor to treat nearly 100,000 people before Ebola outbreak
  • Ebola cases this year: 2,046
  • Ebola deaths this year: 1,224
  • Population: 4.4 million
Source: WHO

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rauner - Somehow his message got lost!


By Mark Rhoads - Bruce Rauner
It is not the headline of the Tribune poll that should worry the handlers of Bruce Rauner because horse race numbers change all the time and Quinn did outspend Rauner by almost two to one on Chicago media during August in an effort to play catch up.
But what should worry the Rauner camp is the fact that the internals of the Tribune poll indicate that "voters view the governor as more trustworthy than his opponent."  You usually only get one chance to make a first impression and even if voters think Quinn is a failure in most ways, if they nevertheless think he can be trusted more than Rauner then Rauner has a major problem that is tough to correct by Nov. 4th.

In spite of Bruce Rauner's personal wealth and business success, he is still running for office for the first time and is making some of the familiar mistakes that first-time candidates often make. One of those mistakes is to follow the advice of handlers who think tailoring positions to polling data and forgetting about any enduring principles is a winning strategy.  It is not, and the Tribuneinternals on the trust problem for Rauner confirm that.