Showing posts with label Greed. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Greed. Show all posts

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Why the secrecy?

State has given $420 million in tax breaks to TV shows, movies, won’t detail why

Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins, left) and Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) in an episode of "Chicago Fire." Over the past decade, the state of Illinois has granted nearly $420 million in tax breaks to companies that came to the state to make TV shows such as “Chicago Fire,” movies like “Transformers” and dozens of commercials.
Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins, left) and Ruzek (Patrick John Flueger) in an episode of "Chicago P.D." Over the past decade, the state of Illinois has granted nearly $420 million in tax breaks to companies that came to the state to make TV shows such as “Chicago Fire,” movies like “Transformers” and dozens of commercials. | NBC
Over the past decade, the state of Illinois has given nearly $420 million in tax breaks to companies that came to the state to make television shows such as “Chicago Fire,” movies like “Transformers” and dozens of commercials.
What did those 1,817 productions do to earn those tax breaks? State officials won’t say.

Friday, January 19, 2018

It's all about the money

Planned Parenthood Now Offers “Transgender” Hormone Therapy

January 19, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. — Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has expanded its services to offering “transgender” hormone therapy, according to a January 10 report from Liberty Counsel.
Planned Parenthood’s 2016-2017 annual report states: “We’re expanding access to care — from pioneering research on self-injectable birth control to offering new services for our transgender patients. Planned Parenthood has focused on expanding services to people who are too often overlooked by the larger medical community — including trans patients. Seventeen states now have Planned Parenthood health centers that provide hormone therapy.”

While masquerading as a “health-care” provider for women, Planned Parenthood works more to exploit women, provide abortions, and now promote gender confusion. The health-care centers and clinics annually perform one-third of the nation’s abortions, including 321,384 abortions in 2017. Despite the facts, Planned Parenthood invariably reports abortion as three percent of its total services.

Planned Parenthood depends on government health-care services grants and reimbursements for approximately 37 percent of its income. In 2017, it collected $543.7 million, down from $554.6 million in 2016, which could be attributed to the decrease in patient visits. However, the national office and regional affiliates raised $532.7 million in private contributions and bequests, up 19 percent from the $445.8 million raised in 2016.
“Planned Parenthood’s newest business initiative of providing opposite hormone medication promotes gender confusion and the exploitation of women,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel.

“This despicable organization which murders thousands of innocent babies each year has now jumped on the LGBT agenda in order to pad its pockets with more money. It’s all about greed and nothing to do with helping people.”

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Amazon, if there was ever a need for anti-trust enforcement, this is it

Inside Amazon’s Quest for U.S. and Global Domination

Amazon has invested aggressively to expand overseas but the results have been a mixed bag

Is Amazon Going to Rule the World?
Amazon wants to deliver everything you want to your doorstep, anywhere in the world. But the e-commerce giant faces several challenges in its pursuit of a global empire. WSJ's Karan Deep Singh breaks down the basics with the help of an Amazon delivery box. Inc. AMZN 0.13% wants to be the everything store but it is struggling to become the everywhere store. It wants to dominate industries ranging from e-commerce and connected home devices to video streaming, challenging titans like Apple Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’sGoogle.
Founder Jeff Bezos’s message to Amazon executives has been clear: Do whatever it takes and don’t worry about the cost. The Seattle-based giant has invested billions of dollars to woo consumers in India, China and other countries in Asia and Europe. 
But will its aggressive investments succeed? In this video, we use an Amazon delivery box to explain the company’s global might and what it means for other businesses. 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Bitcoin.........seems to becoming the new currency

  • Tony the bookie has started accepting it.
  • A local bank is now issuing bitcoin coins
  • The IRS has started tracking purchases and redemptions of bitcoin

Monday, November 6, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

If it was up to me, he would be paid a penny for his thoughts

Imagine if you will, the deep thoughts that are going to be published for all the world to see and for the betterment of society. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Who voted for the Soda Pop tax and why?


Voting for the tax were Luis Arroyo Jr., D-Chicago; Jerry "Iceman" Butler, D-Chicago; John Daley, D-Chicago; Garcia; Edward Moody, D-Chicago Ridge; Stanley Moore, D-Chicago; Sims; and Larry Suffredin, D-Chicago with Toni Preckwinkle S-Chicago breaking the tie. 
In voting for this tax what were they promised? What did they get? job security? more patronage jobs? campaign contributions? pet projects? pay raises for idiot family members? county contracts for friends and relatives? 
Voting against the tax were Richard Boykin, D-Oak Park; John Fritchey, D-Chicago; Bridget Gainer, D-Chicago; Gregg Goslin, R-Glenview; Sean Morrison, R-Palos Park; Schneider; Peter Silvestri, R-Elmwood Park; and Jeffrey Tobolski, D-McCook.

Monday, May 22, 2017

TIF money

Chicago's TIF take soars nearly $90 million in just one year

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Chicago's take from tax-increment financing districts has unexpectedly gone way up, an action likely to set off a free-for-all about to do with the windfall.
According to a new report today by Cook County Clerk David Orr, city TIF receipts leapt 23.9 percent in the most recent property-tax year, 2015. That will give City Hall an extra $89 million to

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Governmental Disfunction

Under fire, Emanuel defends ‘payday loan’ plan to borrow $389M for CPS

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday was defending his plan to take out a short-term loan against expected state grant payments to get CPS through the end of the regular school year. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times
Under fire for authorizing a “payday loan,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday defended his plan to let the Chicago Public Schools borrow $389 millionsecured by late block grants owed by the state.
“You have a situation…created by the state of Illinois to create a maximum amount of

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Greedy and Stupid

Judge indicted for alleged fraudulent mortgage scheme

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Jessica A. O’Brien
By Lauraann Wood
Law Bulletin staff writer
This story has been updated.

A federal grand jury has indicted Cook County Circuit Judge Jessica A. O’Brien and one other person today on charges they misled mortgage lenders to obtain and refinance $1.4 million in mortgage and commercial loans.
The 12-page indictment alleges O’Brien and co-defendant Maria Bartko engaged in a scheme to defraud lenders and obtain money and property by concealing material facts on several mortgage documents submitted to financial lenders such as Citibank, New Century Mortgage Corp. and First Magnus Financial Corp. between 2004 and 2007.
Both women were charged with one count of mail fraud affecting a financial institution. O'Brien was

Monday, April 3, 2017

You can ascertain so much from a name.

Guaranteed Lowest Interest Rate Field

Another testament to the unabashed greed we have grown so accustomed to seeing, by the White Sox owners. 

Do you think they could get a few more words in that name? 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Never trust someone that walks around with a copy of the constitution in his vest pocket

Khizr Khan’s claim that the U.S. is restricting his travel may be unraveling. This guy works as a consultant sneaking middle-easterns into the U.S.  Makes a fortune!
By Max Bearak March 7 at 3:49 PM

Khizr Khan is the father of Humayun Khan, who died serving in the U.S. Army in 2004. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father whose impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention in July called on Americans to reject a ban on Muslims entering the United States, claimed that his “travel privileges are being reviewed” by U.S. authorities, forcing him to cancel a scheduled speech in Toronto.

The announcement on Monday coincided with President Trump's rewritten order to temporarily ban entry of citizens from six Muslim-majority nations to the United States. Khan has been a U.S. citizen for more than 30 years and was born in Pakistan, which is not one of the six nations.

Ramsay Talks, the organizer of the event Khan was to speak at, seemed to take Khan at his word on 
Monday and included a statement from him in a cancellation post on Facebook. “This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad,” said Khan, according to the post. “I have not been given any reason as to why. I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future.”

The claim, which does not state which U.S. agency contacted him, immediately raised doubts about how it was possible that a U.S. citizen was being prevented from traveling abroad.

On Tuesday, Bob Ramsay, who runs Ramsay Talks, said he didn't know the specifics of Khan's predicament. “I don’t know exactly who conducted the review, but in speaking with Mr. Khan, it was certainly U.S. authorities,” Ramsay said. “That’s all I know.”

As questions about his motivations for making the claim swirl, Khan has refused to elaborate on his initial statement to The Washington Post and other publications. A more detailed request for clarification did not receive an immediate response Tuesday afternoon.

It is unclear whether Khan has previously traveled outside the United States since he was naturalized.

U.S. citizens don't need visas to enter Canada, or even the electronic travel authorizations required of all other foreign visitors there. As a general rule, the United States cannot prevent passport-holding citizens from traveling if they have not been charged with a crime. Public records indicate that Khan has no criminal history, either at the federal level, in Charlottesville, where he lives, or in Silver Spring, his previous place of residence. Furthermore, U.S. Customs and Border Protection told Politico that, as a rule, it does not contact travelers before their txrips.
xThe Canadian foreign ministry also denied issuing any review of Khan's ability to travel there.

“We are unaware of any restrictions regarding this traveler,” said Camielle Edwards, spokeswoman for Canada's Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.

Khan's son Humayun was killed in 2004 while in Baqubah, Iraq. He was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for saving the lives of other soldiers. Since the convention in July, Khan has appeared widely on television and at public events in which he has spoken against the Trump administration and its immigration orders.