Saturday, July 31, 2021
On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher reacted to the firings of Olympic officials over their past statements and actions by stating that this is “a purge. It’s a mentality that belongs in Stalin’s Russia.”
Maher stated, “This is called a purge. It’s a mentality that belongs in Stalin’s Russia. How bad does this atmosphere we are living in have to get before the people who say cancel culture is overblown admit that it is in fact an insanity that is swallowing up the world? … And that is not a conservative position, my friends. My politics have not changed. But I am reacting to politics that have, and this is yet another example of how the woke invert the very thing that used to make liberals liberals. Snitches and bitches, that’s not being liberal.”
He later discussed cultural appropriation and stated, “This new idea that each culture must remain in its own separate silo is not better, and it’s not progress. And in fact, it’s messing with one of the few ideas that still really does make this melting pot called America great. … And that’s the great thing about cultural mixing, it makes things better for everyone. BTS can be a hit in America and I can get kimchi on a taco, isn’t that better than everyone walling itself off from outsiders? I thought walls were supposed to be bad. But we’re living now in a world where straight actors are told they can’t play gay roles and white novelists aren’t allowed to imagine what it would be like to be a Mexican immigrant, even though trying to inhabit the life of someone else is almost the very definition of empathy, the bedrock of liberalism.”
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Friday, July 30, 2021
RFK's grandson Chris Kennedy Jr. and his wife Erin enjoy SECOND wedding presided over by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at the family's famous Hyannis Port compound
- Chris and Erin said 'I do' for a second time on Saturday in an outdoor ceremony held at the Kennedy family's compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts
- The groom is the son of Christopher G. Kennedy and Sheila Sinclair Kennedy and the grandson of the late Robert F. Kennedy
- Mariah, Cara, and Michaela Kennedy Cuomo, daughters of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his former wife Kerry Kennedy, were among the guests
With proper credit given to Mr. Charles Dickens, for many Americans living today in America, "these are the worst of times." A time period that many of us have never lived in. A time period that many of us had never thought would happen in America. A time period where we shudder to think what our children and children's children might live under. Certainly, the worst of times that we have known.
What is becoming increasingly clear is that America is disintegrating into two warring factions. For most of the 20th century, Americans had about 35% of the voters voting conservative/Republican and 35% voting liberal/Democrat, with a healthy 30% in the middle. This 30% in the middle kept us from tearing apart. Kept us sane and balanced. But since 2000, voters and voting patterns began to change dramatically. Now, in 2021, about 48% of the voters view themselves as RedState Patriots, and about 48% of the voters view themselves as BlueState Progressives. This
and she is being celebrated?
Vallas to Lightfoot: Stop using pandemic as ‘excuse’ for police hiring slowdown
Former mayoral challenger Paul Vallas, a lead contract negotiator for the Fraternal Order of Police, said there are 1,000 vacancies among rank-and-file officers — and that 143 budgeted positions at the rank of sergeant remain unfilled.
By Fran Spielman Jul 29, 2021, 6:12pm CDT
A police union negotiator says the city has been using the pandemic as an excuse for a hiring slowdown, and claims the department has 1,000 vacancies among rank-and-file officers. Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times
Mayor Lori Lightfoot was urged Thursday to stop using the pandemic as an “excuse” for a police hiring slowdown and start filling a slew of police vacancies that have forced officers to work excessive amounts of overtime.
Former mayoral challenger Paul Vallas served as a lead negotiator for the Fraternal Order of Police.
He helped to deliver the tentative, eight-year contract that ended the longest labor stalemate in Chicago
Thursday, July 29, 2021
Exelon moves to pull plug on Byron, Dresden nuclear plants, saying Springfield’s failure on energy deal leaves ‘no choice’
An Exelon spokesman said the company remains hopeful that “clean energy legislation will pass in time for us to reverse these actions,” but they must move toward shuttering the plants. One lawmaker said the action was expected. “I’m not sure it changes anything,”
By Rachel Hinton Updated Jul 28, 2021, 6:37pm CDT
Steam rises from the cooling towers at Exelon’s Byron nuclear power plant in 2011. Robert Ray/AP file
Citing the lack of a deal on clean energy legislation, Exelon Generation plans to file decommissioning plans for its Byron and Dresden nuclear power plants.
The filings, which company officials said they plan to submit to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, are among the final steps in retiring the plants, which have been in operation for decade.
Byron would close in September, followed by Dresden in November.
An Exelon spokesman told the Sun-Times that while the company remains hopeful that “clean energy
ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill dies at 72
According to reports, Hill passed away in his sleep at his Houston, Texas home.
By Miriam Di Nunzio Updated Jul 28, 2021, 4:49pm CDT
The group ZZ Top, including Billy Gibbons (from left) Dusty Hill and Frank Beard, accepts its induction award during the 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on March 15, 2004 in New York. AP
Dusty Hill, bassist and vocalist for ZZ Top for more than 50 years, has died. He was 72.
According to reports, Hill passed away in his sleep at his Houston, Texas home.
Bandmates Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard issued a statement via social media on Wednesday:
“We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot doubles down on only granting exclusive interviews to reporters of color, saying she is 'unapologetic' because city hall press corps 'looks like its from 1950s'
- Lightfoot said that despite backlash to the policy it had sparked a conversation
- She made her remarks in an interview Monday with the New York Times' Kara Swisher
- The mayor said she felt it was her responsibility to help push diversity in the newsroom with the
Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Monday, July 26, 2021
MICHAEL MADIGAN, THE PERSONIFICATION OF CORRUPTION?
The allegations are that he filled hundreds of do-nothing positions at Com Ed with political hacks, in return for permission to raise electrical rates as they wanted. The cost to Illinois consumers? Billions.
If these allegations are found to be true, he should spend the rest of his days in the custody of the U.S. Department of Prisons.
School District Hosts Year-Long Anti-Whiteness Training to School Math Teachers on 'Curricular Violence' with public funds of course
By Alex Parker | Jul 26, 2021 1:45 AM
We’re living in an age of redefined words. For example, “violence” has taken on a whole new meaning. The old definition: violence. The best I can tell at this point, the term indicates something someone doesn’t like. In a related story, Louisville, Kentucky’s Jefferson County Public Schools is set on straightening crooked education. As reported by The College Fix, the district will host teacher training on antiracist mathematics.
The instruction will span an entire school year, and it’s intended to “eliminate curricular violence.” Another aim: to “innovate mathematics education.” Per an application form allegedly obtained by the outlet: This cohort will include anti-bias, anti-racist, and racially equitable practices to eliminate curricular violence and innovate mathematics education. And here’s good news for all: In terms of color concentration, the initiative will target not beigeness, not a light walnut, but “whiteness” specifically.
Maybe they’ll work through other hues at a later date. From the tweeted flyer: Through this collaboration, mathematics educators will find ways to analyze, identify, and challenge bias, racism, and whiteness in mathematics education and, more importantly, develop pedagogical practices that are anti-racist while being coached and engaged by a national leader in racially equitable mathematics. The 2-hours-per-month seminars will be led by Kennesaw State University’s Dr. Lateefah Id-Deen. Kennesaw’s faculty page describes the professor thusly: My research examines vulnerable students mathematics identities and sense of belonging to enhance student-teacher relationships in mathematics classrooms. I also explore Black students perspectives on their experiences in mathematics classrooms, and ways to support educators in hearing and developing practice in relation to students expressed interests.
Evidently, the training comes courtesy of Jefferson County’s Diversity, Equity, and Poverty Department. The notion of Caucasian-concocted racism ruining math is nothing new. As I covered in February, Oregon took a shot at shedding counting and calculating of its KKK-ish components: From that report: A Pathway to Equitable Math Instruction: Dismantling Racism in Mathematics Instruction offers 14 manifestations of white supremacy. Compliments of the New York Post, rid yourself of racism: Perfectionism Sense of Urgency Defensiveness Quantity Over Quality Worship of the Written Word Only One Right way Paternalism Either/Or Thinking Power Hoarding Fear of Open Conflict Individualism Progress is Bigger More Objectivity Right to Comfort Work’s being done on multiple fronts: And it isn’t just primary school math that needs a makeover.
See also: Does Not Compute: Science Tries to Cancel the Term ‘Quantum Supremacy’ – for Obvious Reasons College Symposium Razes the Anti-Black Racism of ‘Good’ Grammar As noted by the Fix, Kentucky’s contribution to classroom correction is set to proceed as follows: [Sessions will] focus on topics like white supremacy in mathematics, racial trauma in mathematics, and creating anti-racist lesson plans. … Along with the monthly 2-hour sessions, participants receive individual coaching and feedback. … Teachers accepted into the program are required to teach four social justice math lessons during the Spring 2022 semester. They are also expected to “plan for wider dissemination of their learning within their schools and the district.”
Over the last several years, school has certainly changed. When I was growing up, the classroom was a place where kids retrieved objective data from a book and were tested on their memorization and understanding of such. At times, they were challenged to apply mathematical principles in order to solve quantitative problems.
With so much present promotion of social awareness, it’s hard to imagine learning institutions having time for the old stuff anymore. But I suppose they’re figuring it out. As for racism in math, perhaps our contemporary consciousness will birth an all-new anti-whiteness abacus. Such a device might prove victorious over violence. And in doing things differently, it may be just the change we need. But if it adds and subtracts in a manner other than the one you learned using your fingers and toes…I wouldn’t count on it. -ALEX
THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA IS NOW BEING OFFICIALLY ADVOCATED BY THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Sunday, July 25, 2021
Biden DOJ drops civil rights probe of Gov. Cuomo over nursing homes and COVID-19
July 23, 2021 | 9:20pm | Updated
The Department of Justice has decided not to investigate whether the civil rights of residents in New York’s government-run nursing homes were violated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial admission policy related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter Friday, the DOJ’s Office of Legislative Affairs told US Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), ranking member of that House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, that New York was off the hook in connection with potential violations of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.
In August, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division requested information from New York in connection with a
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Ratings of Black-White Relations at New Low
BY MEGAN BRENAN
Two-year, nine-point drop in overall positive ratings of race relations
33% of Black adults, 43% of White adults say race relations are good
40% of Black adults say relations will eventually work out, down 14 points
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- For the second consecutive year, U.S. adults' positive ratings of relations between Black and White Americans are at their lowest point in more than two decades of measurement. Currently, 42% of Americans say relations between the two groups are "very" or "somewhat" good, while 57% say they are "somewhat" or "very" bad.
The most recent rating of Black-White relations in the U.S. is not statistically different from last year's 44%. However, the reading has eroded nine percentage points over the past two years as the nation has grappled with the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent nationwide protests and calls for racial justice.
Line graph. Americans' views of race relations between White and Black Americans since 2001. Currently, 42% of U.S. adults think they are very or somewhat good and 57% say they are very or somewhat bad. This is the worst rating recorded by Gallup.
As recently as 2001, 70% of U.S. adults rated Black-White relations positively. That changed after several high-profile killings of unarmed Black people by police officers around the U.S. These incidents precipitated the formation of multiple social justice movements that remain active today.
The latest findings are from a June 1-July 5 Gallup poll that includes an oversample of Black Americans weighted to their correct proportion of the population. During the poll's field period, Derek Chauvin, the former police officer convicted of killing Floyd, was sentenced to one of the longest prison terms ever handed down to a U.S. police officer for unlawful use of deadly force.
Steady 10-Point Gap in Black and White Americans' Views
While White Americans have typically been more likely than Black Americans to say race relations are good, at least slim majorities of both racial groups rated them positively until 2016. Although the racially divisive events of the past few years have taken a toll on both Black and White Americans' views of race relations, Black adults' views continue to lag White adults'. Currently, 10 points separate Black and White adults' views of race relations -- 33% vs. 43%. Each reading is the lowest on record for both racial groups. This gap is identical to last year's but smaller than in 2018 (14 points).
Line graph. Black and White Americans' positive ratings of relations between Black and White people in the U.S. since 2001. Currently, 43% of White U.S. adults and 33% of Black U.S. adults view Black-White relations as very or somewhat good. Each is the lowest recorded since 2001.
Americans' poor assessment of Black-White relations stands alone in their assessments of relations between other U.S. racial and ethnic groups. Majorities of Americans rate relations between Hispanic and White people, Black and Hispanic people, Asian and White people, and Black and Asian people as good. Full details of these data will be reported in a subsequent story.
Overall U.S. Optimism About Future Black-White Relations Steady
Even as Americans rate Black-White relations negatively today, they continue to be optimistic about the future overall. Fifty-seven percent of U.S. adults currently say a solution to the problem of Black-White relations will eventually be worked out and race relations will not always be a problem, while 40% disagree and say it will always be a problem. The optimistic attitude has been at roughly the same level since 2013, including last year's 59% reading.
Aside from a brief uptick to 67% shortly after Barack Obama was elected president in 2008, the public was less optimistic between 1993 and 2011 than they are now.
Line graph. Americans' belief that relations between Black and White people will not always be a problem for the U.S. and will eventually be worked out since 1993. Currently, 57% of Americans think they will eventually be worked out.
Black Americans' Greater Optimism Vanishes
The generally positive prediction for racial harmony among the public masks a sharp divide in the views of Black and White Americans. Currently, there is a 20-point gap between Black adults (40%) and White adults (60%) that a solution to racial discord in U.S. society is possible. This is the largest gap recorded in Gallup's three-decade trend, and it is particularly striking given that it comes on the heels of a 10-point uptick in Black Americans' optimism last year.
For the decade prior to Floyd's killing, between 42% and 48% of Black Americans were hopeful about the future of race relations, including 44% in 2019. That jumped to 54% in June 2020, the highest on record. Today, it has fallen 14 points.
The surge of optimism among Black Americans expressed last year may have been owed to the nationwide dialogue about racial inequality that came about in the wake of Floyd's murder and the disproportionate impact of the global pandemic. Yet, as time has passed, Black Americans' hope that there might be an answer to Black-White racial tensions has faded.
By contrast, White Americans' optimism has been steady, with about six in 10 most years, including 60% in 2020 and today, saying a solution will be worked out.
Line graph. Black and White Americans' belief that relations between Black and White people will eventually be worked out since 1993. Currently, 60% of White and 40% of Black Americans think they will be worked out. This marks a 14-point decrease in the views of Black Americans since last year when optimism had improved by 10 points.
As the nation continues to grapple with racial equity, Americans rate the state of Black-White relations more negatively now than at any time in over two decades. Overall, however, they believe there is still hope for an eventual solution.
However, just one-third of Black Americans now view race relations positively, and the optimism and hope for a solution to racial discord that existed last year have since dissipated.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Much of the world’s media is spewing nothing but gloom and doom over the Chinese coronavirus, that the worst is yet to come. NBC newsreader Lester Holt recently interviewed CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. When Holt asked her, “Is this becoming a worst-case scenario?” she replied, “Unfortunately no I think things can still get worse.” Is that true?
Most Americans have had at least one COVID-19 vaccine, specifically 56 percent receiving at one dose with partial immunity and 48 percent fully vaccinated. Of the most vulnerable over age 65 population, 79 percent have been fully and 89 percent at least
THE UN-OFFICIAL PENSION NEWSLETTER – JULY 2021
Legal Theft at Our Pension Fund
Over the years, as your pension fund trustee, I have written newsletters in an attempt to counter who I call the City Apologists, those that try to discount or discredit any genuine concern for our pension fund’s integrity. Many of you, after reading these newsletters, often ask me about the theft that occurs at our pension fund. It is a difficult question to answer, because one person’s idea of theft is quite different than another’s. To be certain, my idea of theft is different than the City Apologists. The line between right and wrong, stealing and not stealing, corrupt or honest, has become a non-distinct, twisted, blurry line in Chicago. Generally speaking, wrong and illegal should be synonymous – when you hear “Joe Politician did something wrong” you shouldn’t have to also hear from the City Apologists when they say “Yes, but it was legal”.
The stealing at our pension fund is no different. There exists stealing and there exists legal stealing; the
Bernard J. Hansen, former Chicago alderman, dies at 76
“Bernie taught me that policy only matters when it works at the street level,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley.
Ald. Bernard J. Hansen. Amanda Alcock/Sun-Times
Bernard J. Hansen, 76, a former Chicago alderman from the 44th Ward, died Sunday of complications from diabetes in Chandler, Arizona, where he’d retired.
“He knew every pothole and every alley and every street” in Lakeview, said his son David.
“He oversaw transformational changes in our neighborhood and helped build the thriving community