Tuesday, April 7, 2015

THIS IS WHY YOU WANT TO VOTE FOR CHUY

Will serve with distinction!


Will never let you down

"Don't shed any tears for me on the Sun Times smear piece done on me yesterday. I'm a big boy I can handle it. Rahm's got to be pretty desperate for me to rate the front page on a weekend where dozens of people were shot. 

For the record I was never contacted for comment on the article. If I had been contacted I would have informed them that I have worked on over 30 elections since Emanuel became mayor and that revenge and my family members were not pertinent to my support of Chuy Garcia.

I am very proud of all of my family members and when somebody in the neighborhood is looking for help they are always there for them. As an elected official my father worked harder and did more for the residents of the 19th Ward than anybody. He did his job tirelessly, selflessly and didn't seek credit or publicity for serving his constituents. He was personally responsible for appointing Mike Sheahan, Ginger Rugai and Tom Dart to their first public offices. My brother Kevin was elected and served the residents of the 19th Ward as an Illinois State Representative. Kevin is a cancer survivor and is now the Vice President of Ave Maria University in Florida. 

Both my father and my brother were personally and politically pro life Democrats. There has been nobody in Illinois politics that has been more pro union than my father or my brother. 
As far as my involvement with Chuy Garcia goes, I became acquainted with Chuy Garcia through my good friend in the boxing business JC. JC's father and Chuy brought the great labor leader Cesar Chavez to Chicago over 30 years ago. I am supporting Chuy because he is the right candidate for our neighborhood. He has promised to hire 1000 new Police Officers that our community desperately needs. He grew up in a real Chicago neighborhood, attended St. Rita High School, is way more in tune with our community than Rahm. 

Rahm is the wealthy Washington insider whose union credentials include making millions with his billionaire buddy Anti Union Governor Bruce Rauner, passing American job killer NAFTA, saying F*** the United Auto Workers and telling Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis "F*** you Lewis". 
I admire all leaders in Organized Labor Unions. Many unions are supporting Chuy and the ones who are not have no reason to be anti Chuy. In his 30 year public service Chuy has a 100% pro union voting record. 

I was proud to have Chuy march in the South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade. He got a genuine rousing cheers all along the Parade route. Chuy has also gotten that kind of reception each of the many times he has visited the 19th Ward. The current mayor does not get that kind of reception in our neighborhood and our alderman did not even endorse him until after his own election was over. 
The paper says that I am a lawyer and a boxing coach. It is true that I earn my living as an attorney but as a boxing coach I do not earn a penny. I use boxing to give back to the community.

For over 20 years I have served as a volunteer boxing coach at the West Englewood Boys Club, Leo High School and the Celtic Boxing Club. Through amateur boxing shows I have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes and charities including the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the Mercy Home, the Irish American Foundation, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, Leo High School, the West Englewood Boys Club, the Officer John Hurley Family Fund, Catholic Charities, the Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois, the Tommy Z Foundation, the Charlie Weiss Hannah and Friends Autism Foundation and many others. I have also had the opportunity to have inner city youth train alongside Chicago Police Officers and Chicago Firefighters for the Battle of the Badges. 

The newspaper may want to bash me for political reasons but I am blessed and greatful for the support of friends in the community. My support for Chuy is based solely on my wanting my 3 year old grow up in a neighborhood that I grew up in." 

The words of Michael J. Joyce, 3/30/15

Vote Chuy Please

We have put our necks on the line in order to bring you a more effective and responsive mayor.  We need you to help 
out today.  Thank You.
  1. How about that kid Frank Kaminski from Wisconsin?
  2. I see the Sox are off to another traditional season. Is it too late to change managers? 
  3. Obama is having a climate change press conference this morning. At least he kept out of the Chicago election. 
  4. Looks like the Palestinians in the Syrian refugee camp are going to relocated to the United States. All 1,000,000 of them. Look for that announcement later in the week. 
  5. I'm not sure but I think this blog was tampered with during the past few days. It seems to have affected visibility to some of the readers. All fixed now. Why would someone want to do that? 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015

About Easter Sunday

An invaluable outsider’s account of the Easter Rising from the inside

Joe Good, a Londoner of vague Irish roots, fought in the GPO and wrote a fascinating footsoldier’s memoir of the Rising
IThe shattered remains of the GPO after the Easter Rising. The surprisingly high number of British-born Volunteers in the GHQ in Moore Street (the burning GPO having been evacuated) were resolutely opposed to the leaders’ decision to surrender. It was accepted that the leaders were going to be executed. The question being debated was how far down the ranks the British would go. They all reckoned that, given their English accents, they would be given “special treatment” by the British soldiers, perhaps even summary execution. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
IThe shattered remains of the GPO after the Easter Rising. The surprisingly high number of British-born Volunteers in the GHQ in Moore Street (the burning GPO having been evacuated) were resolutely opposed to the leaders’ decision to surrender. It was accepted that the leaders were going to be executed. The question being debated was how far down the ranks the British would go. They all reckoned that, given their English accents, they would be given “special treatment” by the British soldiers, perhaps even summary execution. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
Book Title:
Inside the GPO 1916: A First-hand Account
ISBN-13:
978-1847177186
Author:
Joe Good
Publisher:
O'Brien Press
Guideline Price:
€11.99This is the story of Joe Good by Joe Good, a young man of the diaspora who set foot on Irish soil for the first time in February 1916. His Irish heritage was based more on the historical memory of his family than on which forebear emigrated when. His family was London-Irish, working-class (he left school at 14) and resolutely anti-imperialist. His son, Maurice, in a preface, writes that his father “believed he came from Irish stock” and, early on, dropped his too-English-sounding first name Alfred in favour of Joe.
Heknew no one in Ireland, yet he came from London to liberate his ancestral home from British imperialism – and to shoot British soldiers.
Robert Ballagh, in his introduction, hopes that the anniversary next year will initiate a national debate as to “whether the dreams and aspirations of a truly heroic generation have been fulfilled.
The value of this book is that, like Frank Robbins’ Under the Starry Plough – the Story of the Irish Citizen Army, published in 1977 and now unfortunately out of print, it is the narrative of a young soldier, rather than that of a leader. And in particular, the story of an English-born Volunteer who, perhaps because of his English background, has a more detached view of events unfolding around him.
With one exception perhaps. It was Saturday and the surprisingly high number of British-born Volunteers in the GHQ in Moore Street (the burning GPO having been evacuated) were resolutely opposed to the leaders’ decision to surrender and had decided, come what may, to keep on fighting. It was accepted that the leaders were going to be executed. The question being debated was how far down the ranks the British would go. They all reckoned (Joe included) that, given their English accents, they would be given “special treatment” by the British soldiers, perhaps even summary execution. Better to go down fighting than to be executed or conscripted and used as cannon fodder.
Patrick Pearse had gone to surrender to General Lowe and the wounded James Connolly had been evacuated

Friday, April 3, 2015

8 shootings - 2 dead on one day, Chicago is running just fine.


 

Two men were killed and at least eight other people wounded in shootings across the South Side on Thursday.
The most recent homicide happened about 8:30 p.m. in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.
About 8:30 p.m., a man was shot in the 100 bock of East 69th Street, in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood.
A 36-year-old man was standing in the street in the 100 block of East 69th Street when at least one person walked up and shot him in the back, police said.
He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he later was pronounced dead, according to police and

The past Tuesday evening debate……………….

WTTW FORUM RAISES DISCUSSION ABOUT EMANUEL AND WTTW'S PONCE BEING NEIGHBORS. Did Emanuel or his handlers POSSIBLY GIVe PONCE THE QUESTIONS BEFOREHAND? IN the very least, the neighborly relationship has the appearance of impropriety. another black mark for journalism. 

TIME TO RETHINK THOSE DONATIONS TO CHANNEL 11?



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CHICAGO - The municipal elections are this week's hot topic, and Tuesday night, WTTW Chicago Tonight hosted a forum between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and run-off challenger Chuy Garcia. Polls show Emanuel with a two-digit lead over Garcia, who is backed by the Chicago Teacher's Union and public sector union employees. 
Garcia supporters complain that the debate host Phil Ponce was tough on their candidate, hoisting questions about Garcia's son's arrest record. They also say Ponce was way too easy on Mayor Emanuel - ignoring issues such as the controversial school closings and red light cameras.
Garcia supporters may not have known that Ponce has lived for several years a couple of doors away from the Emanuels on Chicago's northside Hermitage Avenue. However, Ponce knew and didn't disclose the possible professional conflict before the forum. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A letter from Pickle Joyce in response to the Rahm/Suntimes attack.

SINCERE

You will never ever see a letter like this from any of these other elected or appointed, past or present public officials. Why? Because they can't write it. It would be bullshit.

This beautifully sums up some of the reasons we live here and why a vote for Chuy is really an endorsement of our values. It is a vote for a continuation of our lifestyle, here in the 19th ward.

"Don't shed any tears for me on the Sun Times smear piece done on me yesterday. I'm a big boy I can handle it. Rahm's got to be pretty desperate for me to rate the front page on a weekend where dozens of people were shot. 

For the record I was never contacted for comment on the article. If I had been contacted I would have informed them that I have worked on over 30 elections since Emanuel became mayor and that revenge and my family members were not pertinent to my support of Chuy Garcia.

I am very proud of all of my family members and when somebody in the neighborhood is looking for help they are always there for them. As an elected official my father worked harder and did more for the residents of the 19th Ward than anybody. He did his job tirelessly, selflessly and didn't seek credit or publicity for serving his constituents. He was personally responsible for appointing Mike Sheahan, Ginger Rugai and Tom Dart to their first public offices. My brother Kevin was elected and served the residents of the 19th Ward as an Illinois State Representative. Kevin is a cancer survivor and is now the Vice President of Ave Maria University in Florida. 

Both my father and my brother were personally and politically pro life Democrats. There has been nobody in Illinois politics that has been more pro union than my father or my brother. 
As far as my involvement with Chuy Garcia goes, I became acquainted with Chuy Garcia through my good friend in the boxing business JC. JC's father and Chuy brought the great labor leader Cesar Chavez to Chicago over 30 years ago. I am supporting Chuy because he is the right candidate for our neighborhood. He has promised to hire 1000 new Police Officers that our community desperately needs. He grew up in a real Chicago neighborhood, attended St. Rita High School, is way more in tune with our community than Rahm. 

Rahm is the wealthy Washington insider whose union credentials include making millions with his billionaire buddy Anti Union Governor Bruce Rauner, passing American job killer NAFTA, saying F*** the United Auto Workers and telling Chicago Teacher's Union President Karen Lewis "F*** you Lewis". 
I admire all leaders in Organized Labor Unions. Many unions are supporting Chuy and the ones who are not have no reason to be anti Chuy. In his 30 year public service Chuy has a 100% pro union voting record. 

I was proud to have Chuy march in the South Side Irish St. Patrick's Day Parade. He got a genuine rousing cheers all along the Parade route. Chuy has also gotten that kind of reception each of the many times he has visited the 19th Ward. The current mayor does not get that kind of reception in our neighborhood and our alderman did not even endorse him until after his own election was over. 
The paper says that I am a lawyer and a boxing coach. It is true that I earn my living as an attorney but as a boxing coach I do not earn a penny. I use boxing to give back to the community.

For over 20 years I have served as a volunteer boxing coach at the West Englewood Boys Club, Leo High School and the Celtic Boxing Club. Through amateur boxing shows I have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for worthy causes and charities including the St. Baldrick's Foundation, the Mercy Home, the Irish American Foundation, the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame, Leo High School, the West Englewood Boys Club, the Officer John Hurley Family Fund, Catholic Charities, the Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League of Illinois, the Tommy Z Foundation, the Charlie Weiss Hannah and Friends Autism Foundation and many others. I have also had the opportunity to have inner city youth train alongside Chicago Police Officers and Chicago Firefighters for the Battle of the Badges. 

The newspaper may want to bash me for political reasons but I am blessed and greatful for the support of friends in the community. My support for Chuy is based solely on my wanting my 3 year old grow up in a neighborhood that I grew up in." 

The words of Michael J. Joyce, 3/30/15

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

More pension shakedowns! There is so much $$$$ in that business. If you had any idea…...

Rahm Emanuel
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (center) looks over at one of the Chicago Police Department's newest recruits during a graduation ceremony on April 21, 2014. 
Executives at investment firms that manage Chicago pension funds have since 2011 poured more than $600,000 in contributions into Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign operation and political action committees (PACs) that support him, according to documents reviewed by International Business Times. These contributions appear to flout federal rules banning companies that manage pension funds from financing the campaigns of officials with authority over pension systems, say legal experts.
The contributions also potentially conflict with an executive order Emanuel himself signed in 2011 prohibiting city

Just who is Jesus Chuy Garcia?

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jesús "Chuy" García
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Member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners
from the 7th district
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Preceded byJoseph Moreno
Member of the Illinois Senate
from the 1st district
In office
January 1, 1993 – January 1, 1999
Preceded byHowie Carroll
Succeeded byAntonio Munoz
Member of the Chicago City Council
from the 22nd ward
In office
March 25, 1986 – January 1, 1993
Preceded byFrank Stemberk
Succeeded byRicardo Muñoz
Personal details
BornApril 12, 1956 (age 58)
DurangoMexico
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Evelyn
ChildrenRosa
Jesús
Samuel
Alma materUniversity of Illinois, Chicago
Jesús G. "Chuy" García (born April 12, 1956) is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party who serves on theCook County Board of Commissioners. A candidate for Mayor of Chicago,[1] Garcia finished second in the February 24, 2015 mayoral election, forcing a head-to-head runoff vote between himself and incumbent Rahm Emanuel. The runoff election is on April 7, 2015.
Garcia was elected to the Chicago City Council in 1986, and in 1992 became the first Mexican-American member of the Illinois State Senate. In 2010, Garcia won election to the 7th district Cook County Board of Commissioners, and after his election was appointed floor leader by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle.[1][2] A progressive and a reformer, García is a Preckwinkle ally and was a supporter of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.[3][4]

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Happiness

I love when I notice I'm smiling when I'm alone. The smile isn't falsely constructed to please anyone else. Rather, it's naturally powered by my inner bliss, which radiates and beams through my being.
After many years of deep, inner work, I'm at a place in my life where I seem to have found greater peace and more bountiful joy. My mind is free to dream. My heart sings. My spirit dances. My body feels all that is sensual and good.
My parents told me they named me "Joyce" because they were rejoiced by my birth. I'm grateful for this life and to my parents for choosing my name which means, "Happy." For happiness is most certainly the path I choose.
After 20 years of counseling clients and working on my own psycho-spiritual journey, I recommend the following ways to choose happiness:
1. Don't attach your happiness to anything external. We run into problems when we make our happiness dependent on our relationships, jobs, finances or bodies or on anticipated outcomes. Recalibrate your expectations to zero. Happiness is an inner experience that is yours to claim. Everything else is impermanent.
2. Don't take yourself too seriously. Identifying with your mind exacerbates stress, anxiety, and pressure. Our egos use anger to preserve and protect themselves, causing disconnection and displeasure. Detach from your ego and get over yourself.
3. Give freely. Give and share what you can, whenever you can. Give compliments, love, affection, help, resources, time, consideration, thoughtfulness, respect, empathy, etc. It feels delightful and karma will bring it back to you, threefold.
4. Receive openly. Accept compliments, help and gifts. Embrace touch and praise. Absorb love and affection. Remember that the act of receiving allows other people the experience of giving.
5. Drink in the love. Hard to explain, but let me try... When I kiss my beautiful daughters, I consciously absorb the love power. Kissing my Claudia's freckles refuels my "happiness tank" in seconds flat.
6. Appreciate cuteness. Don't be too busy or caught in your own "mind chatter" to notice the little bird out your window, the newborn baby in her mother's arms in the elevator, the elderly couple holding hands, or the fuzzy ducks in the pond. Take time to notice all that is precious, tender and miraculous in life.
7. Play and be silly. Remember how it was to play freely as a child. Shed self-consciousness, let go and have fun. I love playing with my kids; surprising them and reminding myself about the impish little girl inside me. Perhaps nothing makes my heart swell more than hysterical fits of laughter shared with my daughters.
8. Consciously connect with sunlight. Be aware of the sunlight and mindful of feeling it on your face and body. Bask in its warmth and light. Feel your connection with this life-giving energy source.
9. Be mindful of physical pleasures. Notice how soft your bed feels, how good your food tastes, how soft your lover's skin feels... Enjoy and appreciate these wonderful sensations.
10. Stay firmly rooted in the present moment. Unhappiness occurs when we obsess about the past or worry about the future. Peace and serenity are found in the present moment. Practice deep breathing, meditation and other mindfulness techniques to establish presence.
11. Look for the good part. Practice gratitude to stay positive. See the goodness in yourself, in others and in the world around you.
12. Be a duck. Let negative stuff roll off your back. Life's too short to expend energy getting your feather's ruffled.
13. Tend to your environment. Make your home and office comfortable and cheerful. Surround yourself with things that elicit positive emotions and make you smile.
14. Take excellent care of yourself. Take care of your physical and mental health as if you were your own precious child whom you love very much.
15. Set healthy boundaries. Set the limits you need at work and at home with regard to time, space, money, etc. Don't over-schedule or over-commit.
16. Surround yourself with people who ignite your inner fire. I so cherish my friends who make me laugh with abandon. It's with them that I choose to spend my time.
17. Practice self-care. Everyday. Prioritize your wellness and practice yoga, go for a run, read a novel, tend to your garden or do anything that reboots your mind, body and spirit.
18.Express yourself freely and openly. Find your voice and say what you need to say. Dare to show yourself via your writing, artwork, dance or other creative expression.
19. Ensure you like yourself. Be kind. Have integrity. Be the person you have always wanted to be.
20, Be true to yourself. Be honest. Be real. Be vulnerable. Be brave. Let your inner light be your guide.
"Happiness is not something you get in life, happiness is something that you bring to life." -- Wayne Dye

This is Rahm on

July 9, 1978

'Face Of Jesus' Appears After Rockslide In Colombia (Fox32)

'Face Of Jesus' Appears After Rockslide In Colombia (PHOTO)

This photo has been banished from Twitter.