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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Monday, September 29, 2014
Why hasn't this man been indicted?
Ex-Sen. Ronald Burris an issue in Chicago trial - FOX 32 News Chicago
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Sunday, September 28, 2014
Saturday, September 27, 2014
ABORTION ADVOCATE GLORIA STEINEM IN TOWN TO LAUNCH "WOMEN FOR QUINN" COALITION
CHICAGO - Friday, the Illinois Republican Party pointed to Quinn's slim lead among women as the reason Governor Quinn is finally announcing his "Women for Quinn" coalition with the help of 60s radical leftist Gloria Steinem.
"The most recent poll on the governor's race shows Governor Quinn trailing Bruce Rauner 41%-44% overall and holding a slim 2% point lead among women," the IL GOP press release said Friday. "Seeing these numbers is clearly taking its toll on the Governor, who today, just 39 days from Election Day, is forced to finally launch his Women for Quinn coalition."
The IL GOP points to state budget cuts in education and domestic violence prevention, "gross mismanagement" at the state's Department of Children and Family Services and Quinn's "secret early prison release" of violent criminals as reasons why women are polling two percent higher for Bruce Rauner.
Quinn's people say the governor "has been a strong champion for women, from leading initiatives to strengthen(ing) pay equity to signing laws to prevent domestic violence."
Bruce Rauner has "no social agenda," and his Women for Rauner coalitionincludes pro-abortion Republican women such as former Lt Governor Corrine Woods and former State Rep. Elizabeth Coulson, as well as pro-life women Republican National Committeewoman Demetra DeMonte, State Rep. Jil Tracy, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen's wife Sarah and Rauner's running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti.
Ultimately, Quinn's failures will be his downfall, and women will make it happen November 4th, the IL GOP says.
"Governor Quinn is desperate to get women back in his column, but it’s simply not going to work," said Jayme Odom, Executive Director of the Illinois Republican Party. "Women and all Illinoisans can see that he's broken every promise he's made, from jobs, to education, to public safety and child welfare. That's why, on Election Day, we're finally going to hold him accountable for his failures."
ADIEU ERIC HOLDER, AMERICA'S HISTORIC, FIRST POST-CONSTITUTIONAL ATTORNEY GENERAL
I just looked at the monitor here in my office and saw two men making some sort of announcement, apparently at the White House. One was a man obsessed with America's irredeemable racism and contemptuous of the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution. The other was Eric Holder, the Attorney General of the United States, at least for the time being. Yes, Eric Holder has resigned, even though Mr. Holder shares Barack Obama's race fixation, which the president displayed again with a cringe-inducing reference to the events in Ferguson, MO during a speech at the United Nations on September 24, 2014. If, while watching that disgusting comment by America's president, you wondered what the robbery of a convenience market and local law enforcement's subsequent actions have to do with vicious, raping, head-chopping terrorists, you obviously don't get it. As Barack and Eric would explain, America sucks because it's racist. End of story, Bitter Clinger. That should have been the title of the book Bill Ayers wrote based on that shoebox of notes Obama dropped off at his house.
An admitted and even proud activist first, and law enforcement officer second, Eric Holder is the perfect Attorney General for the Obama administration, not only because he shares Barack Obama's racialist views and his lack of appreciation for our Founding. Like Barack, he is also "historic." He is the only sitting Cabinet member to have been held in contempt of Congress, for his stonewalling on the Obama administration's despicable anti-2nd amendment racket, the Fast and Furious gun walking scheme. As you well know, that ill-advised policy resulted in the murder of Border Agent Brian Terry in December, 2010.
I'm sure that it's strictly coincidental that Mr. Holder's resignation comes just as one of the two federal courts currently demanding that he and the Obama administration stop lying, stonewalling and obstructing justice in the Fast and Furious matter. As Judicial Watch, the organization that has doggedly insisted that Holder and Obama come clean, reports:
Judicial Watch announced today that on September 23, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that by October 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) must submit a “Vaughn index” listing Fast and Furious materials Judicial Watch sought in its June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A Vaughn index must: (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption.
On July 18, Bates ordered the Department of Justice to produce the documents list by October 1. The ruling by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates denied a motion by the Obama DOJ that it be given until over an extra month, until November 3, to produce the Vaughn index. Judge Bates noted that the Justice Department’s request showed the Justice Department was, “at best, it means the Department has been slow to react to this Court’s previous [July 18, 2014] Order. At worst, it means the Department has ignored that Order until now.”
In its FOIA lawsuit, Judicial Watch sought all of the documents the Obama White House was withholding from the House of Representatives under its June 20, 2012, executive privilege claims. The House had been separately litigating to obtain the documents but had gotten nowhere until after Judge Bates ruled that the DOJ finally had to disclose the document information to Judicial Watch. On September 9, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, citing Judicial Watch’s success, ordered the DOJ to begin producing information to Congress by November 3.
Mr. Holder has many other "historic" achievements, demonstrating that he is the perfect Attorney General for what Mark Levin has called the "post-Constitutional" administration, including his admission that he never read the Arizona immigration law, which was a virtual restatement of the federal immigration laws that he refused to enforce, before characterizing it as "unconstitutional," and his assertion that he recused himself from the (In)Justice Department's secret investigation of AP reporters and editors, which obtained two months of telephone records. When pressed in a House Judiciary Committee hearing in May, 2013, as to exactly how he recused himself, he said he didn't know how, when or to whom.
There was also his plan to try the mastermind of 9/11, Khalid Sheik Mohammed within the shadow of Ground Zero with the full protections of America's criminal justice system, and his refusal to enforce the voting rights of white people in Pennsylvania, once again proving that for Mr. Holder, like for Mr. Obama, the Constitution and the rule of law are mere suggestions most of the time, but can be tools to be implemented when they are useful to advance their progressive vision and redress the sins of racist, imperialistic Amerika.
This piece has only scratched the surface about the many contemptible actions of this first AG to be held in contempt. Entire books have been written about them, and no doubt more will come. We can only hope and pray that future administrations can undo some of the damage that he has done during his tenure.
Friday, September 26, 2014
CHICAGO - Not surprisingly, Equality Illinois PAC has endorsed Gov. Pat Quinn for governor. In a press release, the gay activist organization wrote:
"Governor Quinn has stood up time and again on issues important to LGBT Illinoisans and their families, from marriage to health care to anti-bullying laws. Governor Quinn is the only gubernatorial contender who unequivocally supports LGBT equality and he deserves the unequivocal support from all voters who support equal treatment for LGBT Illinoisans," said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois.
"As for Gov. Quinn's opponent, Bruce Rauner, we, like most Illinoisans, are alarmed that he blurs the line by saying anything in order to win this election; and with all the gains made during Gov. Quinn's time in office, Illinois cannot risk going backwards on LGBT rights. Bruce Rauner is a dangerous purveyor of empty, mealy-mouthed rhetoric, on the rare occasions he has anything to say about these issues," said Nicole Bashor, chairman of the Equality Illinois PAC.
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
A substantiated rumor is making the rounds about a number of unfortunate incidents at the office of a local 19th ward politician.
The first incident involves the conversion of money from a campaign fund. The amount is in the six-figure range.
The second incident (or should I say incidents) concerns no shows at a government job and has been already reported upon by one of the better bloggs.
While both of these alleged crimes have resulted in firings and terminations, it is strange that nobody has run off to the media as is often the case with trivial incidents. In any case, it reflects poorly, very poorly, upon the management abilities of the public official. I think I forgot to say that the Feds are interested, very interested, in the no shows case. There will be more to come out of this soon.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
|Cunningham's car blocking a handicapped ramp.|
It seems that Bill Cunningham participated in the Evergreen Park July 4th parade and then drove to Ridge Country Club to relax with his peers. The problem arose when he decided to park near the front door instead of a regular spot in the parking lot. Don't you know he is the SENATOR and will not be treated like a regular member. So he parks the car immediately adjacent to the front door blocking a wheelchair ramp. A group of senior citizens who had entered hours earlier via the ramp, was leaving and was told that they had to use the stairs. While attempting to negotiate the stairs at least two of them tumbled to the ground. After that quite a large group assembled to help the remaining senior citizens down the stairs. One of the seniors was so mad he went up to Cunningham's car and hit the left front fender with his cane.
This is an prime example of what Senator Cunningham thinks of his constituents. "The people can be damned". That attitude explains why he votes for all kinds of crap that is contrary to the interest of this neighborhood.
Damn you Senator Cunningham.
Sunday, September 21, 2014
NEW RAUNER AD TAKES AIM AT QUINN PRISONER RELEASE PROGRAM
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
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.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 Paul, Minnesota, 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.
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 Columbus, Ohio, 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 City, South Dakota, by Pope John Paul II. 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.
In 2011, Cupich issued an edict forbidding priests and seminarians from praying in front of Planned Parenthood clinics, or supporting 40 Days for Life. 
On September 19, 2014, it was reported that Bishop Cupich would become the next Archbishop of Chicago. The nomination was published by the Press office of the Holy See on September 20, 2014.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
DURBIN BLAMES EBOLA CRISIS ON REPUBLICANS' OBSTINANCE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM
WASHINGTON - 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
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
Monday, September 15, 2014
RHOADS: TRIBUNE POLL INTERNALS MATTER MORE
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.