Friday, July 31, 2015

Roddy Piper dies at 61

WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper dies at 61 - FOX 32 News Chicago

Thousands of angry protestors rally nationwide because of the deliberate death of Cecil the Lion, meanwhile

they are silent as aborted human body parts are being sold for great profit. 

Rand Paul is all flash, buzz words and photo ops. Nothing else.

Rand Paul is completely fed up with all of the attention being given to GOP rival Donald Trump and goes as far to say Trump’s rise in the polls is a brief “loss of sanity.”
Thursday on CNN, the Kentucky senator said at some point, Americans need to get serious about who the future president is going to be.
“I think this is a temporary sort of loss of sanity,” Paul said. “But we’re going to come back our senses and look for somebody serious to lead the country at some point,” Paul said.
He also went after Trump’s proposal to have Mexico pay for a wall along the border.
“They’re hungry for someone who will tell the truth, who will say Washington is broken and that we really have to start over … wash out the place,” Paul said of the voters currently supporting Trump. “But the thing is, we also have to have a serious discussion of how we’re going to do it.”
Paul has been struggling in recent polls and told anchor Wolf Blitzer that his soft numbers — along with Trump’s rise — can largely be attributed to the media.
“Television works, Wolf,” Paul said when asked about the polls. “If you would give some other candidates time from eight in the morning ’til eight at night — all day long, every day for three weeks — I’m guessing some other candidates might rise as well.”
After getting huge amounts of attention for taking on the Patriot Act with a filibuster in May, the buzz around Paul’s campaign has fizzled recently.
However, earlier this month, he did manage to make a splash by setting fire to the tax code.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

After raising taxes, Cook County seeks raises for workers

After raising taxes, Cook County seeks raises for workers. What a scam this is. They were taking care of their own all along.  

Rauner vetoes legislation to ban strikes, worker lockouts - FOX 32 News Chicago

Dazed and Confused
Rauner vetoes legislation to ban strikes, worker lockouts as he tries to figure out what to do next.

White Sox are hot!

7 in a row. About a week ago the club began serving Schwatz
pretzels during the pre game. Maybe there is something to that. 

Bears open training camp.

Probably needs a new owner
New coach same QB.

Blackhawks getting new practice facility

First Look: Blackhawks getting new practice facility. Moving out of Johnny's Ice House. 

The Spanish have always figured out how to get things done.

On July 1, the Spanish Government went to "Full Police State", with enactment of law forbidding dissent and unauthorized photos of law enforcement. 
 Spain's officially a police state now. On July 1st, its much-protested "gag" law went into effect, instantly making criminals of those protesting the new law. Among the many new repressive stipulations is a €30,000-€600,000 fine for "unauthorized protests," which can be combined for maximum effect with a €600-€300,000 fine for "disrupting public events."

This horrible set of statutes has arisen from Spain's position as a flashpoint for anti-austerity protests, the European precursor to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Fines, fines and more fines await anyone who refuses to treat authority with the respect it's forcibly requiring citizens to show it.

The law also extends its anti-protest punishments to social media, where users can face similar fines for doing nothing more than encouraging or organizing a protest. Failing to present ID when commanded is another fine. And then there's this:

Showing a "lack of respect" to those in uniform or failing to assist security forces in the prevention of public disturbances could result in an individual fine of between €600 and €30,000.

A clause in the wide-ranging legislation that critics have dubbed the "gag law" provides for fines of up to 30,000 euros ($33,000) for "unauthorized use" of images of working police that could identify them, endanger their security or hinder them from doing their jobs.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

British government proves just how inept they are as Britain is invaded

Calais migrant crisis: Man dies as enter Channel Tunnel targeted 

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A man has been killed as at least 1,500 migrants tried to enter the Channel Tunnel in Calais on Tuesday night, French police have said.
Eurotunnel says the migrants have now been removed from the site but freight services continue to be disrupted.
France's interior minister said 120 police reinforcements were being sent to Calais, news agency AFP reported.
It comes as David Cameron pledged that the UK government would do everything it could to combat the crisis.
Sections of the M20 in Kent are closed in both directions to allow extra lorry parking as part of Operation Stack.

'Nightly' incursions

The man who died is described as Sudanese, aged between 25 and 30.
He was probably crushed by a truck which was exiting one of the shuttles that transport vehicles through the tunnel, French police said.
He is the ninth person to die trying to access the tunnel since June.


Travel latest

  • M20 closed London-bound from J9 to J8 and closed coast-bound from J8 to J11
  • Eurotunnel says its passenger services are running, with a delay of an hour on the UK side and some disruption on the French side
  • Freight services face a one-hour delay before check-in on the UK side; with a four-hour wait to check in in France
  • P&O ferries and DFDS Seaways say all their services are operating to schedule between Dover and Calais

The chronic problem on display at Disney World

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Madigan and Daley (Richard J. that is)

The late Mayor Richard J. Daley and House Speaker Michael J. Madigan are arguably the state’s two most powerful Democratic political figures of the past century, but until last week, I’d never stopped to consider the influence of the one on the other.

Then the University of Illinois at Chicago made public a transcript of an interview with Madigan as part of the elder Daley’s historical archives, and everything came into sharper focus.
In the revealing 2009 chat with UIC historian and professor emeritus Robert Remini, Madigan spoke reverently of the former mayor as a mentor who taught him the ropes of political leadership and the exercise of power.

In the process, the always guarded speaker offered some rare insights into his own thought processes.
Madigan said he keeps the mass card from the funeral of Daley’s

Sunday, July 26, 2015

More about the chronic problem. Hundreds bid farewell to Sandra Bland

Hundreds bid farewell to Sandra Bland as her family and the media tries to turn a suicide into a police brutality incident FOX 32 News Chicago

It's a chronic problem

Chief Keef, is bad news. 
“I’d spit hundreds on his broke a–……” according to a comment posted on the video under Keef’s name. Keef’s concert was a part of an effort to raise money for two victims of violence in Chicago.

In an emailed statement from wealthy businessman Alki David, the backer of the Chief Keef benefit concert, David wrote: “Shame on the mayor and police chief of Hammond for shutting down a voice that can create positive change in a community in desperate need. And for taking away money that could have gone to help the victims’ families.  This was a legal event and there was no justification to shut it down besides your glaring disregard for the First Amendment right to free speech. You’ve clearly been bullied by the proud mayor of the Murder Capitol of the U.S., Rahm Emanuel. Mark my words if you censor us you only make us stronger. Plus we’ll be back to sue your a—-.”

Earlier Saturday, Devon Bonaparte,  a promoter with Capital Connect that was behind Craze Fest, told the Sun-Times that Keef was not appearing in any fashion at the Hammond event.

The event was supposed to have a special surprise guest, but Bonaparte said categorically it was not going to be Keef.
Bonaparte said after the concert: “I told everybody that [Chief Keef wasn't performing] because at first we weren’t going to do it. After we talked to the cops, we thought maybe we wouldn’t do it. But at the end of the night, we just thought, hey, let go for it…”

Confusion had reigned earlier Saturday on where Keef would appear for the fundraising concert.

Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, the rapper’s Twitter account announced the concert would be at Lincoln Hall, but that North Side venue shot that down in its own Twitter post, saying the hologram concert wasn’t happening there.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Dart vs Dart, after 64 months of some intense litigation, there is a judgement. In my view this case is sad. Draw your own conclusions.

Sheriff of Cook County during happier times

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Medal of Honor winner has issued a call to action!

No more discussion, no more open borders, no more immigration from muslim countries. 

Dakota Meyer
Dakota Meyer was presented with a medal of honour in 2011 for his courage while serving in Afghanistan

The shooting deaths of four US Marines in Chattanooga has once again thrust the gun debate into the spotlight. When former Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer posted a pro-gun message on Facebook, it generated a huge reaction online - illustrating how many here see the issue.
Dakota Meyer's Facebook post, which went online hours after the four US Marines were shot and killed, called for Americans to exercise their Constitutional right to bear arms.
"Now is not the time to come out waving photos of bullet holes in the glass calling for more gun control and spinning the story to yield a further separation of peoples in the United States.
"Now is the time for a call on the American people to finally realise the state of the world we are living in and the enemy that we face," he wrote.
The FBI has not made any conclusions about the motive of the alleged gunman, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. They do say there is nothing to link him to IS.

Four marines were killed in Thursday's attack

But Meyer, a former Marine who won a medal for his bravery in Afghanistan, equated the attack with the threat posed by the Islamist group.
"I, for one, do not plan to give away by ability to defend myself and those I care about. I carry a firearm with me at all times legally under the conceal and carry laws in the area that I am in," he said.
With more than half a million people sharing post and nearly as many people liking it, Meyer's words have struck a chord with a large number of Americans. He already has a large social media following in the US, with more than 60,000 followers on Twitter.

For decades gun control campaigners have called for restrictions on ownership in the US

"Dakota Meyer, you are correct and it is our right to be able to defend ourselves!," wrote Melinda Palmer Matney, whose sentiments were echoed in a large majority of the more than 67,000 comments.
Rosa Narvaez Every agreed: "Never ever stop looking over your shoulder cause those terrorist might be walking right behind you. No, they are indeed here already, and they have more than one gun."

Many in the US argue increased gun ownership is the way to deal with terror threats

As more people visited the page, many gun control advocates began to share their concerns. "Another gun nut. A tragedy perpetrated by a domestic terrorist occurs, and all he's worried about it protecting his firearms. I am so tired of hearing about 2nd Amendment right," wrote Thomas Gesswein.
"I have never understood the whole debate about the gun laws and making it harder for someone to get one," was Candice Gorrell's view. "Do people not see that the only ones this will affect are LAW ABIDING CITIZENS? While we are sitting ducks due to our right to protect ourselves being taken away, CRIMINALS and TERRORISTS will continue to have guns, purchase guns, and use guns."
The gun control debate in the US is ubiquitous, but tragedies like Chattanooga push it back into centre stage. Meyer's comments, which came a month after the Charleston shootings, and the same day James Holmes was convicted of the Aurora cinema attack, show just how polarised the conversation is, and how the fear of IS on US soil has brought a new dimension to the discussion.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Louis Farrakhan, up close and personal, June 5, 2015

Gutierrez has a shockingly low IQ and likes to prove it often.


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CHICAGO - Illinois Congressman Luis Gutierrez (IL-04) told Telemundo this week that the recent murder of a San Francisco woman by a felon that had been deported five times was a "little thing."
"Every time a little thing like this happens, they use the most

Friday, July 17, 2015

Why are we letting them into the USA! WHY?

Chicago police place officers at city's military facilities.

Food Additive of the Week, MSG

Monosodium glutamate

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about the chemical compound. For its use in food, see glutamic acid (flavor). For glutamic acid in general, see glutamic acid.
For other uses of "MSG", see MSG (disambiguation).
Monosodium glutamate
Chemical composition of monosodium glutamate
Structure of monosodium glutamate
Crystalline monosodium glutamate
IUPAC name
Sodium 2-aminopentanedioate
142-47-2 Yes
ChemSpider76943 Yes
EC number205-538-1
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Molar mass169.111 g/mol
AppearanceWhite crystalline powder
Melting point232 °C (450 °F; 505 K)
74 g/100 mL
NFPA 704
NFPA 704 four-colored diamond
Lethal dose or concentration (LDLC):
LD50 (Median dose)
15800 mg/kg (oral, rat)[Gov. 1]
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Infobox references
Monosodium glutamate (MSG, also known as sodium glutamate) is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally-occurring non-essential amino acids.[Manuf. 1] MSG is found in tomatoesParmesan cheesepotatoes,mushrooms, and other vegetables and fruits.[1]
MSG is used in the food industry as a flavor enhancer with an umami taste that intensifies the meaty, savory flavor of food, as naturally occurring glutamate does in foods such as stews and meat soups.[2] This was first prepared by Japanese biochemistKikunae Ikeda, who was seeking to isolate and duplicate the savory taste of kombu, an edible seaweed used as a base for many Japanese soups. MSG as a flavor enhancer balances, blends and rounds the perception of other tastes.[3][4] It is particularly popular in KoreanJapanese and Chinese cuisine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given MSG its generally recognized as safe (GRAS) designation. A popular belief in the Anglosphere is that large doses of MSG can cause headaches and other feelings of discomfort, but in controlled studies scientists have been unable to trigger such reactions.[Gov. 2] The European Union classifies it as a food additive permitted in certain foods and subject to quantitative limits. MSG has the HS code 29224220 and the E number E621.[Gov. 3]

Names and synonyms[edit]

The following are alternative names for MSG:[Gov. 1][Manuf. 2][Manuf. 3]

Chemical names and identifiers[edit]

  • Monosodium glutamate
  • Sodium 2-aminopentanedioate
  • Glutamic acid, monosodium salt, monohydrate
  • L-Glutamic acid, monosodium salt, monohydrate
  • L-Monosodium glutamate monohydrate
  • Monosodium L-glutamate monohydrate
  • MSG monohydrate
  • Sodium glutamate monohydrate
  • UNII-W81N5U6R6U

Trade names[edit]


Glutamic acid was discovered and identified in the year 1866, by the German chemist Karl Heinrich Ritthausen who treated wheat gluten (for which it was named) withsulfuric acid.[6] Kikunae Ikeda of Tokyo Imperial University isolated glutamic acid as a taste substance in 1908 from the seaweed Laminaria japonica (kombu) by aqueous extraction and crystallization, calling its taste umami.[Manuf. 8] Ikeda noticed that dashi, the Japanese broth of katsuobushi and kombu, had a unique taste not yet scientifically described (not sweet, salty, sour or bitter).[Manuf. 8] To verify that ionized glutamate was responsible for umami, he studied the taste properties of glutamate salts: calcium, potassium, ammonium and magnesium glutamate. All these salts elicited umami and a metallic taste due to the other minerals. Of them, sodium glutamate was the most soluble and palatable and the easiest to crystallize.[citation needed] Ikeda called his product "monosodium glutamate", and submitted a patent to produce MSG;[Gov. 4] the Suzuki brothers began commercial production of MSG in 1909 as Aji-no-moto ("essence of taste").[Manuf. 9][Manuf. 10][7]


Pure MSG is reported not to have a pleasant taste until it is combined with a savory aroma.[Manuf. 11] The basic sensory function of MSG is attributed to its ability to enhance savory taste-active compounds when added in the proper concentration.[3] The optimum concentration varies by food; in clear soup, the pleasure score rapidly falls with the addition of more than one gram of MSG per 100 ml.[8]
MSG can be used to reduce the intake of sodium, which contributes to hypertension, heart disease and stroke.[Gov. 5] With appropriate MSG use, salt can be reduced by 30 to 40 percent without a perceived reduction in saltiness.[3]
The sodium content (in mass percent) of MSG—12 percent—is about one-third of that in sodium chloride (39 percent). This is due to the greater mass of the glutamate counterion.[Manuf. 12] Although other salts of glutamate have been used in low-salt soups, they are less palatable than MSG.[Manuf. 13]


MSG has been used for more than 100 years to season food, with a number of studies conducted on its safety. Consumption and manufacture of high-salt and high-glutamate foods, which contain both sodium and glutamate, stretches back far longer, with evidence of cheese manufacture as early as 5,500BC.[9] International and national bodies governing food additives currently consider MSG safe for human consumption as a flavor enhancer.[Gov. 6] Under normal conditions, humans can metabolize relatively large quantities of glutamate, which is naturally produced in the gut by exopeptidase enzymes in the course of protein hydrolysis. The median lethal dose (LD50) is between 15 and 18 g/kg body weight in rats and mice, respectively, five times greater than the LD50 of salt (3 g/kg in rats). The use of MSG as a food additive and the natural level of glutamic acid in foods are not toxicological concerns in humans.[Gov. 6]
A 1995 report from the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) for the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concluded that MSG is safe when "eaten at customary levels" and, although a subgroup of otherwise-healthy individuals develop an MSG symptom complex when exposed to 3g of MSG in the absence of food, MSG causality has not been established because the symptom reports are anecdotal.[10]
According to the report, there is no data to support the role of glutamate in chronic disease. A controlled, double-blind, multi-location clinical trial failed to demonstrate a relationship between the MSG symptom complex and actual MSG consumption. No statistical association has been demonstrated, and the few responses were inconsistent. No symptoms were observed when MSG was administered with food.[11][12][13][14]
Adequately controlling for experimental bias includes a double-blindplacebo-controlled experimental design (DBPC) and administration by capsule, because of the unique aftertaste of glutamates.[13] In a study by Tarasoff and Kelly (1993), 71 fasting participants were given 5g of MSG and then a standard breakfast. There was one reaction (to the placebo, in a self-identified MSG-sensitive individual).[11] A study by Geha et al. (2000) tested the reaction of 130 subjects with a reported sensitivity to MSG. Multiple DBPC trials were performed, with subjects exhibiting at least two symptoms continuing. Two people out of the 130 responded to all four challenges. Because of the low prevalence, the researchers concluded that a response to MSG was not reproducible.[15]
Studies exploring MSG's role in obesity have yielded mixed results.[16][17] However, large doses of MSG in animals have resulted in significant adverse effects. Male and female rats that received injections of MSG neonatally showed diminished linear growth and obesity without overeating even when exercising. Vaginal smears and histology of the ovaries showed low number of follicles and ova and generally profound disruption. Mothers gave birth to a small number of pups and several of them cannibalized their offspring.[18]
Although several studies have investigated anecdotal links between MSG and asthma, current evidence does not support a causal association.[19] Since glutamates are important neurotransmitters in the human brain, playing a key role in learning and memory, ongoing neurological studies indicate a need for further research.[20] A hypothetical MSG symptom complex, named "Chinese restaurant syndrome", attracted attention in the period after 1968, when Robert Ho Man Kwok reported symptoms he felt after an American-Chinese meal. Kwok suggested possible reasons for his symptoms, including alcohol (from cooking with wine), sodium and MSG; however, a number of symptoms have become associated with MSG.[11] It has been suggested that a fear of MSG may reflect anti-Asian racism, with MSG being seen as an 'Oriental', alien arrival in Western cooking, likely to be dangerous.[21][22][23] Food critic Jeffrey Steingarten argued that fear of MSG should be seen as a Western-centric mindset, lacking awareness of its common use in Far Eastern cooking without apparent problems: "If MSG is a problem, why doesn't everyone in China have a headache?"[24][25]

Australia and New Zealand[edit]

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has extensively documented MSG.[Gov. 7] The FSANZ MSG technical report concludes, "There is no convincing evidence that MSG is a significant factor in causing systemic reactions resulting in severe illness or mortality. The studies conducted to date on Chinese Restaurant Syndrome (CRS) have largely failed to demonstrate a causal association with MSG. Symptoms resembling those of CRS may be provoked in a clinical setting in small numbers of individuals by the administration of large doses of MSG without food. However, such effects are neither persistent nor serious and are likely to be attenuated when MSG is consumed with food. In terms of more serious adverse effects such as the triggering of bronchospasm in asthmatic individuals, the evidence does not indicate that MSG is a significant trigger factor."[Gov. 8]
However, the FSANZ MSG report says that although there is no data available on average MSG consumption in Australia and New Zealand, "data from the United Kingdom indicates an average intake of 590 mg/day, with extreme users (97.5th percentile consumers) consuming 2330 mg/day." (Rhodes et al. 1991) In a highly seasoned restaurant meal, intakes as high as 5000 mg or more may be possible (Yang et al. 1997). When very large doses of MSG (>5g MSG in a bolus dose) are ingested, plasma glutamate concentration will significantly increase. However, the concentration typically returns to normal within two hours. In general, foods providing metabolizable carbohydrate significantly attenuate peak plasma glutamate levels at doses up to 150 mg/kg body weight. Two earlier studies—the 1987 Joint FAO/WHOExpert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) and the 1995 Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)—concluded, "there may be a small number of unstable asthmatics who respond to doses of 1.5 – 2.5g of MSG in the absence of food." The FASEB evaluation concluded, "sufficient evidence exists to indicate some individuals may experience manifestations of CRS when exposed to a ≥3g bolus dose of MSG in the absence of food."[Gov. 8]
Standard 1.2.4 of the Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Code requires MSG to be labeled in packaged foods. The label must have the food-additive class name (e.g. "flavour enhancer"), followed by the name of the additive ("MSG") or its International Numbering System (INS) number, 621.[Gov. 9]

United States[edit]

MSG is one of several forms of glutamic acid found in foods, in large part because glutamic acid (an amino acid) is pervasive in nature. Glutamic acid and its salts may be present in a variety of other additives, including hydrolyzed vegetable proteinautolyzed yeasthydrolyzed yeastyeast extractsoy extracts and protein isolate, which must be specifically labeled. Since 1998, MSG cannot be included in the term "spices and flavorings". The ribonucleotide food additives disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate are usually used with monosodium glutamate-containing ingredients. However, the term "natural flavor" is used by the food industry for glutamic acid (chemically similar to MSG, lacking only the sodium ion). The Food and Drug Administration does not require disclosure of components and amounts of "natural flavor."[Gov. 10]
The FDA considers labels such as "no MSG" or "no added MSG" misleading if the food has ingredients which are sources of free glutamate, such as hydrolyzed protein. In 1993, it proposed adding "contains glutamate" to the common names of certain hydrolyzed proteins with substantial amounts of glutamate.[citation needed]


MSG has been produced by three methods: hydrolysis of vegetable proteins with hydrochloric acid to disrupt peptide bonds (1909–1962); direct chemical synthesis withacrylonitrile (1962–1973), and bacterial fermentation (the current method).[Manuf. 9] Wheat gluten was originally used for hydrolysis because it contains more than 30g of glutamate and glutamine in 100g of protein. As demand for MSG increased, chemical synthesis and fermentation were studied.[citation needed] The polyacrylic fiber industry began in Japan during the mid-1950s, and acrylonitrile was adopted as a base material to synthesize MSG.[Manuf. 14]
Most global MSG production is currently by bacterial fermentation in a process similar to making vinegar or yogurt. Sodium is added later, for neutralization. During fermentation, corynebacteria—cultured with ammonia and carbohydrates from sugar beets, sugar cane, tapioca or molasses—excrete amino acids into a culture broth from which L-glutamate is isolated. The Kyowa Hakko Kogyo Company developed industrial fermentation to produce L-glutamate.[Manuf. 15]
The conversion yield and production rate (from sugars to glutamate) continues to improve in the industrial production of MSG, keeping up with demand.[Manuf. 9] The product, after filtration, concentration, acidification and crystallization, is glutamate, sodium and water. A white, odorless, crystalline powder, in solution it dissociates into glutamate and sodium ions.

Chemical properties[edit]

MSG is freely soluble in water, but it is not hygroscopic and is insoluble in common organic solvents (such as ether).[26] It is generally stable under food-processing conditions. MSG does not break down during cooking and, like other amino acids, will exhibit a Maillard reaction (browning) in the presence of sugars at very high temperatures.[Manuf. 10]