Monday, December 11, 2017

After a century, the largest Catholic church in North America is finally complete

WASHINGTON (RNS) — The largest Catholic church in North America is now complete.
After 100 years of construction, thousands of worshippers Friday witnessed the blessing of 24 tons of Venetian glass that embellish the dome of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Called the “Trinity Dome,” the glass mosaic is the final architectural element of the church, a shrine to Mary which sits next to the Catholic University of America and is visited by nearly 1 million people a year.
A 10-minute procession of cardinals, bishops, and priests preceded the two-hour ceremony and Mass to mark the dedication of the dome.
Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl who celebrated the Mass called the basilica a “modern-day masterpiece.” Faith, he said, was the reason why so many people, for so many years, sacrificed to finish the church.
“Mary believed that nothing is impossible with God,” Wuerl said in his homily. “She is the supreme model of what it means to believe.”
The Trinity Dome is one of the largest mosaic installations of its kind in the world, composed of more than 14 million pieces of glass. It depicts the Holy Trinity, the Virgin Mary, a procession of saints and angels, the four evangelists and the Nicene Creed. It also includes stained-glass windows dedicated to the many donors to the dome.
The church for years has had scaffolding in the central nave to support work on the dome. Carol Wyble, a Catholic University graduate, once climbed it to watch her husband James, a mechanical engineer, work to bring things to a finish.
“It was quite a process,” said Wyble, who invited friends from New Hampshire to join in celebrating the newly completed basilica.
The dedication took place on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, which celebrates the belief that the conception of the Virgin Mary was free from original sin. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the merits of Jesus kept Mary’s soul “immaculate.” The feast is a public holiday in many countries.
Pope Francis, who visited the basilica in 2015, sent a letter marking the dedication in which he expressed hope that all who look at the depiction of Mary in the dome may “with new vigor and new ardor of charity, show forth special love for the Church of Christ and the Gospel, even in our own age.”
Wuerl recalled that as a student in the 1960s he came to the basilica and all the walls except for one were simply brick.
“I thought it was magnificent then,” Wuerl told RNS, and said he was overcome with emotion during the procession. “Joy and thanks to God. I’m so joyful.”
Lawrence “Larry” Boesch of Potomac, Md., did not have to travel far to attend the Mass and dedication. A member of the Knights of Columbus, the world’s largest Catholic fraternal organization, he said he has watched the church grow since 1957. “It’s a place to come back to,” he said.
Others came from much farther to see the completed church.
Eric Gianforcaro, a religious studies major and senior at Cabrini University in Pennsylvania, said he has come many times before but he wanted to see Mother Cabrini depicted in the dome.
Chinyere Odoemene came from New Jersey with her sister-in-law who was visiting from Nigeria. Odoemene’s brother, a priest, brought her to the church in the 1990s, to help her heal from the loss of her husband. She said she returns as often as she can.
With the Washington basilica completed, the Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, designed by the world famous architect Antoni Gaudi, is now the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church.
Next up for the basilica? Preparations have already begun for the upcoming 2020 celebration of the 100th anniversary of the placing of its foundation stone.

Genius......sad but true.


Estimated to be doing 180 mph on tires designed to function temperatures of 45 degrees or higher, when the vehicle left the road.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Army-Navy Game’s Stunning National Anthem. Not one person kneeling.

This is why we need unions!


The Janice Jackson Story

How Janice Jackson rose from Chicago Public Schools student to its CEO

Janice Jackson, the new Chicago Public Schools CEO, at Edwards Elementary School last year. | Ashlee Rezin / Sun-Times
Throughout their time in the turbulent Chicago Public Schools, current high schoolers have attended classes in a system led by seven different chief executive officers. They’re about to get an eighth, Janice Jackson.
And, for the first time since former Mayor Richard M. Daley took control of the city’s

Gov. Brown blames Trump for the California wildfires!


Saturday, December 9, 2017

Sessions, at risk of being the most ineffective AG in history, should think about retirement. The job is too much for him.

Citing Recusal, Trump Says He Wouldn’t Have Hired Sessions

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Wednesday that he never would have appointed Attorney General Jeff Sessions had he known Mr. Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigatithat has dogged his presidency, calling the decision “very unfair to the president.”

[Read excerpts of The Times’s interview with President Trump.]

In a remarkable public break with one of his earliest political supporters, Mr. Trump complained that Mr. Sessions’s decision ultimately led to the appointment of a special counsel that should not have happened. “Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else,” Mr. Trump said.

In a wide-ranging interview with The New York Times, the president also accused James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director he fired in May, of trying to leverage a dossier of compromising material to keep

MEDIA DOES NOT WANT TO REPORT ANY OF THIS ...... Bill Clinton took 26 trips on the Lolita Express and the media is not interested in reporting it

Liked to hang with a convicted pedophile 
The newly discovered Clinton emails that the FBI is currently examining, contains evidence of crimes other than just the mishandling of classified documents. 

For years, there have been shocking allegations about the sexual behavior of both Bill and Hillary Clinton in the conservative media, but neither Bill nor Hillary has ever been convicted of a sexual crime. However, that may be about to change. There is nobody on the planet that has been closer to Hillary Clinton over the past decade than Huma Abedin, and now the FBI has their hands on approximately 650,000 emails that were stored on electronic devices owned by her and her estranged husband Anthony Weiner. Without a doubt, many of those emails will



There is something about that job that makes people go nuts

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool resigns amid ethics probe

POSTED: DEC 08 2017 06:12PM CST
CHICAGO (AP) - The head of Chicago's public schools system on Friday stepped down from his job amid allegations by the system's inspector general that he engaged in a "full-blown cover-up" to block an ethics investigation.
Forrest Claypool, who was appointed as CEO of the nation's third-largest school district more than two years ago as the system was working to recover from a bribery scandal, announced his resignation at a news conference. He apologized but didn't take questions.
"I hope that when this chapter of my career is written, people will say even good men

Friday, December 8, 2017

Happy Birthday Dick Butkus

A Chicago Hero

Man charged with shooting Chicago Police officer

Chicago Police officer shot in hand on Far South Side by a guy who is supposed to be in jail. How is that possible? Who let him out?

POSTED: DEC 07 2017 05:49AM CST

SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE - A convicted felon was charged with shooting a Chicago Police officer during a foot pursuit late Wednesday in the Rosemoor neighborhood on the Far South Side.

Anthony Woodridge, 25, was charged with felony counts of attempted first degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated battery by discharge of a firearm, according to Chicago Police.

Plainclothes Calumet District officers saw a group of people “acting suspiciously” about 11:30 p.m.. at a parking near the intersection of 95th Street and Calumet Avenue when two suspects took off, according to Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, who gave an update on the condition of the wounded officer after meeting with him Thursday morning at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Woodridge then shot the officer in his hand during an ensuing pursuit, and continued firing at him when he fell to the ground, said Johnson, who insisted that the shooter was “obviously trying to kill the officer.”

An additional bullet was found lodged in the back of the officer’s ballistic vest, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Both officers returned fire, but didn’t strike anyone, police said. No other injuries were reported.

The officer was taken to Christ in good condition, police said.

On Thursday, Johnson said the officer was in good spirits, and that “he should make a full recovery.”

“This incident just illustrates how dangerous it is to be a police officer,” Johnson said.

Woodridge was taken into custody by responding officers, who were wearing body cameras, and a weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.

In addition, a police source told the Chicago Sun-Times that two weapons — a semi-automatic handgun and a revolver — were found in the 9500 block of South Forest.

Johnson explained Thursday that Woodridge had been arrested 25 times as an adult, and convicted of four felonies. Most recently, he was convicted of possessing a handgun as a felon on parole and sentenced to nearly five years in prison last June.

“This guy was sentenced to four and a half years in June of 2016, and we haven’t even completed 2017 and he’s out, back on the streets doing the same things he was convicted of,” Johnson said. “What message does that send? It tells them we’re not serious.”
“Well, I’ll tell you this: CPD is serious,” he added.

Johnson stressed the need to pass “more commonsense gun laws” to give police and citizens “the tools to be safe.”

“This officer could’ve easily gotten killed last night,” Johnson said. “And I’ve told you all before, its not my goal to have mass incarcerations or to lock everybody up, but these violent offenders, they don’t deserve to be out on the streets of this city.”

Woodridge is scheduled to appear Friday in bond court, police said.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability spokeswoman is investigating the incident “with the full cooperation of the Chicago Police Department,” police said.

The officers involved in the incident will be placed on routine administrative leave for 30 days, police said.

Garry McCarthy is hiring

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Nice going CSX

All streets blocked from 107th to 119th Streets at Rockwell by a stationary train. Nobody knows why. Traffic in West Beverly and Morgan Park has been turned into a clusterf---. Going on right now. 7:05 PM. 

Al Franken (stein) is resigning Thursday

Creep of Creeps

Wind Map

Consult this map when the Chicago pols start talking

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Four members of a suburban family killed in Ireland traffic accident

BOLINGBROOK (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A Bolingbrook police officer was killed in a crash Monday while visiting Ireland for a family funeral.
Officer Stephen Alexander, 49, was killed in the crash along with his father Doug, mother Lily and brother Doug Junior, according to a statement from the Bolingbrook Police Department. The family was in the town of New Ross in Wexford, Ireland for a funeral.
Alexander was a 17-year veteran with the southwest suburban police department, according to the statement. He received his associate’s degree in criminal justice from the College of DuPage and graduated from the Cook County Police Academy in 2001 as valedictorian and also received the top marksmen award.

9/11 Budweiser Commercial

Back then, Budweiser was an American beer made by an American company. Now, not so much American. 

The man said he is sorry, what more do they want?


A bus company serving college students should be stripped of its right to make pickups and drop-offs at O’Hare Airport for releasing an ad offensive to Chinese students and compounding the offense with an even more insulting “apology,” an influential alderman said Monday.

Two months after dropping out of the Democratic race for governor, Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th) is jumping into the racially charged controversy surrounding Suburban Express, the Champaign-based company that shuttles college students from six colleges in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa to and from the Chicago area.

Pawar, chairman of the City Council’s Asian-American Caucus, wants the Aviation Committee to hold hearings on the incident that could culminate in Suburban Express being evicted from O’Hare.

“O’Hare is one of the busiest airports on the planet. It is the gateway to Chicago. Sort of the welcome mat. Do we want companies like Suburban Express serving that gateway — a company that blatantly

Monday, December 4, 2017

N. Korea


On Chicago’s South Side, Shootings Are Way Down...And Here’s The Reason Why

12/03/2017 02:28 pm ET 

It’s the plot of every classic Western film.

The sheriff, concerned that the violence in his locale has gotten out of hand, deputizes the entire community to fight crime and restore order.

And order is restored.

The only difference – this isn’t a movie. It’s the ultra-violent 6th District of Chicago’s South Side, home to record numbers of homicides this year.

There’s a reason why shootings and homicides in the 6th have dropped precipitously, after endless headlines of multiple shootings in Chicago night after night.

And that reason is the Sheriff of Cook County, Tom Dart.

The Sheriff’s Office is quiet about its work, but based upon CPD published

College Football Playoffs, no problems


Big Deal


She was out looking for trouble, she found it.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Seeking Injuction


Is Washington the Most Corrupt Government in History?

Is Washington the Most Corrupt Government in History?
The man who died twice
Paul Craig Roberts
Robert Mueller, a former director of the FBI who is working as a special prosecutor “investigating” a contrived hoax designed by the military/security complex and the DNC to destroy the Trump presidency, has yet to produce a scrap of evidence that Russiagate is anything but orchestrated fake news. As William Binney and other top experts have said, if there is evidence of Russiagate, the NSA would have it. No investigation would be necessary. So where is the evidence?
It is a revelation of how corrupt Washington is that a fake scandal is being investigated while a real scandal is not. The fake scandal is Trump’s Russiagate. The real scandal is Hillary Clinton’s uranium sale to Russia. No evidence for the former exists. Voluminous evidence for Hillary’s scandal lies in plain view. 
Why are the clearly false charges against Trump being investigated and the clearly true charges against Hillary not being investigated? The answer is that Hillary with her hostility toward Russia and her denunciation of Russian President Putin as the “New Hitler” is not a threat to the budget and power of the US military/security complex, while Trump’s aim of normalizing relations with Russia would deprive the military/security complex of the “enemy” it requires to justify its massive budget and power.
Why hasn’t President Trump ordered the Justice Department to investigate Hillary? Is the answer that Trump is afraid the military/security complex will assassinate him? Why hasn’t

These bastards have been sowing their perverted concepts on the American public for the past 50 years

Draining of the Liberal Media Swamp: Matt Lauer, Garrison Keillor and Time magazine

Something remarkable is going on — America is being fumigated.
Along with the outing of sexual creeps and perverts from the Hollywood miasma, the MSM swamp, populated largely by liberals and Democrats, is also being drained.
There were the eight journalists who either resigned or were fired for sexual misconduct. Among them are major figures in liberal journalism, like Leon Wieseltier, contributing editor of The Atlantic and former editor of The New Republic, and NBC News and MSNBC contributor Mark Halperin, said to have masturbated in front of a woman in his office, as well as placed his erect penis on the bodies of women without their consent.
Then came the firing of Charlie Rose, 75, of CBS Morning Show and the longtime PBS Charlie Rose show, after eight women accused him of sexual misconduct, including groping, lewd phone calls, and

John Tully is the new Streets and San chief


Congrats John

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Monday, November 27, 2017

Congressman Luis Gutierrez Is out

He has not indicated why he is not running.
Chuy Garcia wants to run for the seat.

Wants to move to Puerto Rico.

Rauner faces challenge from GOP in 2018

GOP state Rep. Jeanne Ives, a staunch social and fiscal conservative from suburban Chicago, is raising money and circulating petitions to get on the March ballot. She says Rauner pledged during the 2014 campaign to stand up for taxpayers and not press a social agenda but instead “ended up putting in the social and economic agenda of the Chicago Democrat bosses.”
Ives and others from the party’s right flank say Rauner’s greatest offenses were his signing of measures that provide state health insurance and Medicaid coverage for

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Preckwinkle says that in order to attract and retain talent, you have to pay them more......

she neglects to mention that she accepted campaign contributions  from some of the unions in exchange  for the pay raises. an indictable offense. she betrayed the citizens of Cook County.

Cook County must still cut spending to fix budget woes

    • Chris Lentino
      Chris Lentino
    By Chris Lentino
    Guest columnist
    Cook County government employs nearly 6,000 fewer workers today than it did in 2001.
    So how did the county's payroll costs grow by $300 million? It's simple: We're paying much more money for far fewer workers.
    In the face of yet another budget shortfall, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle tried to ram a widely unpopular sweetened beverage tax down residents' throats, claiming she needed the money to prop up the unstable budget. Tax hikes can't continue to be the answer to Cook County's ongoing budget crisis -- taxpayers are tapped out, and new taxes or tax increases won't fix what ails the county.
    That starts with looking at major cost drivers. Cook County's budget in 2018 is slated to be $5.36 billion. That's nearly $500 million more than last year. This growth, over time, can be directly attributed to payroll growth.
    Since 2001, Cook County payroll has grown, in total, 57 percent or an average of 3 percent annually per worker. Meanwhile, the Cook County median household income has grown by an average of only 2.2 percent per year over the same time. That means the average Cook County worker salary grew 1.5 times faster than the income of the typical household.
    This payroll growth exposes a larger problem that unchecked payroll growth exacerbates: the ever-growing pension crisis in Illinois. As salaries grow at a rate faster than those of residents, employees have secured themselves higher pensions. More than 2,200 Cook County workers receive salaries over $100,000 thanks to these generous increases. For career county workers, that means pensions worth millions of dollars over the course of their retirements. And taxpayers are left on the hook for these benefits, too. The Cook County Employee Fund alone owes at least $6 billion in unfunded pension debt today.
    Some Cook County politicians, including Preckwinkle, are going to try to sell the narrative that the county needs to raise taxes to fix the problem. But instead of piling on residents who already face one of the highest combined tax burdens in the nation, the Cook County Board should find real solutions to this fiscal crisis. The board voted 17-0 on Tuesday to pass a budget that just scrapes by with some superficial cuts, but county residents aren't out of the woods. Tax hikes are still a part of the conversation for future budgets, but it will take real reforms to fix the county's financial crisis.
    A good first step would be to modernize the county's retirement system following Illinois' State Universities Retirement System model. That means implementing 401(k)-style retirement plans for all new county workers, with an option for current workers to join if they wish to, and an offer to existing employees to join that plan as well.
    Residents rebelled against an ineffective and intrusive soda tax. Hopefully, it's the last straw for taxpayers who are fed up with bailing out government. Until Preckwinkle gets serious about addressing spending growth, taxpayers should be wary of calls for more revenue.
    County officials have relied on higher taxes and fees to provide increased benefits to government workers. But is it fair to taxpayers? Given the already exorbitant tax burden shouldered by Cook County residents, the answer is a resounding "no."
    Chris Lentino is a policy and outreach staff member for the Illinois Policy Institute.