Wednesday, May 15, 2013


IRS targeting of conservative groups intolerable - Obama

The exterior of the Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, 22 March 2013The treasury department's inspector general will release a report on the matter this week

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US President Barack Obama has said the federal tax agency's targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny was "intolerable and inexcusable".
He said those who carried out the Internal Revenue Service's (IRS) actions would be held responsible.
Mr Obama spoke after a treasury department report placed the blame on "ineffective management" at the agency.
The US attorney general earlier ordered an FBI inquiry into the IRS conduct before the 2012 presidential election.
Eric Holder told a news conference that agents would determine if any laws had been broken.
The actions of tax officers, if not criminal, were "certainly outrageous and unacceptable", Mr Holder added.
'Inappropriate criteria'
The IRS had used key words such as "Tea Party" and "Patriot" to subject applications by groups seeking tax-exempt status for extra scrutiny.
From what we know so far this appears to be an A-grade scandal - a shocking abuse of power with apparently political motives. President Obama says he's outraged - and has moved quickly to make it clear he knew nothing about it.
It is true that plenty of groups claim to be non-political when most sensible people would say that politics is their main purpose. But on the evidence so far, it seems only right-wing groups were targeted - and more bizarrely still only small local ones, not the huge lobby groups.
This affair, along with the justice department's raid on the Associated Press, is likely to have a political impact. Conservative groups have long claimed an overbearing administration is targeting their freedoms and that abuses of power are ignored by a complacent media. The events of this week will strengthen their belief that someone is out to get them.
On Tuesday evening, Mr Obama said in a statement on the treasury department's investigation: "The report's findings are intolerable and inexcusable.
"The IRS must apply the law in a fair and impartial way, and its employees must act with utmost integrity. This report shows that some of its employees failed that test."
He spoke as a Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) report found that senior IRS officials had told inspectors the decision to focus on Tea Party and other groups based upon their names or policy positions was not influenced by any individual or organisation outside the agency.
But it found managers had allowed "inappropriate criteria" to be developed and stay in place for more than 18 months, resulting in "substantial delays" in processing applications for tax-exempt status, and requests for "unnecessary information", such as lists of past and future donors.
Of the 296 total applications reviewed by TIGTA, 108 were approved, 28 were withdrawn by the applicants, and 160 were still open, the report said.
In response, the acting IRS Commissioner of the Tax Exempt and Government Entities, Joseph Grant, said: "We believe the front line career employees that made the decisions acted out of a desire for efficiency and not out of any political or partisan view point."
'Targeting political enemies'
Mr Obama's press secretary, Jay Carney, said earlier that no-one at the White House had known about the matter until lawyers were told several weeks ago TIGTA would publish a report.

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This is big brother come to life”
Governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin
At least three Congressional committees are planning hearings into the matter.
The House Ways and Means committee will hold a hearing on Friday. The Senate finance and investigations committees have also said they will hold hearings.
"This was a targeting of the president's political enemies, effectively, and lies about it during the election year so that it wasn't discovered until afterwards," senior Republican Congressman Darrell Issa told CBS on Tuesday.
Two high-profile Republican governors called on President Obama to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate whether any laws were broken.
"This is big brother come to life and a witch hunt to prevent Americans from exercising their first amendment [free speech] rights," Governors Bobby Jindal of Louisiana and Scott Walker of Wisconsin wrote.
Ahead of the 2012 presidential election, conservative groups complained to the IRS and to members of Congress that their applications for tax-exempt status were being held up.
Some groups have said they were asked to provide lists of donors and volunteers, statements of their activities, and lists of legislators they had contacted.

Monday, May 13, 2013

I wonder, how high does this go?

At various points over the past two years, Internal Revenue Service officials singled out for scrutiny not only groups with “tea party” or “patriot” in their names but also nonprofit groups that criticized the government and sought to educate Americans about the U.S. Constitution, according to documents in an audit conducted by the agency’s inspector general.
The documents, obtained by The Washington Post from a congressional aide with knowledge of the findings, show that the IRS field office in charge of evaluating applications for tax-exempt status decided to focus on groups making statements that “criticize how the country is being run” and those that were involved in educating Americans “on the Constitution and Bill of Rights.”

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Is the U.S. really in a state of decline?

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It is eerie to walk so close to a weapon of mass destruction.
The B-52 bomber is one of the ultimate expressions of American power. If the president decides to drop a nuclear bomb, this is the sort of aircraft that would do it.
I am careful not to step over the red line around the plane. A sign painted on the ground warns lethal force can be used against those who cross it without authorisation.
I've come to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota, filming for the new BBC One programme The Editors.
The programme aims to get the BBC's on-air editors to explore - and hopefully answer - a big question. My chosen subject is the decline of American power.
There's little evidence of it at the base, where the sign above the gate reads: "Only the best come North".
An old Minute Man missile stands to one side of the entrance.
The road names here are a testimony to the base's purpose - Ballistic Avenue and Cruise Missile Lane. It is home to two arms of America's nuclear strike force, the Fifth Bomb Wing - known as the Warbirds - and the 91st missile wing, the Rough Riders.
Signs at Minor Air Force Base
As I talk to a group of very normal, bright and cheerful men and women from both units, I am awed by the potential nature of their job.
I joke that when things are really stressful and going very wrong, some people in my business say: "It's only television." They can hardly say: "It's only nuclear war."
As well as confidence in their routine and their abilities, they have faith in the nature of American power. They all stress that their job is deterrence. They hope these weapons will never be used.
But I put it to Capt Kim Brown that she would be the one to pull the lever, to drop the bomb.

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We are still a good Christian country... I have faith in the President and all my leadership”
Chris DuffAir Force captain
"As the offence team we are responsible for weapons activity... dropping the right type of weapon on the right type of target," she says.
"That's quite a responsibility," I say.
"It is," she replies. "But it's what my nation asks me to do. It's my job, and I trust those above me that they are well-informed to make those decisions."
I ask Capt Chris Duff about the responsibility.
"It is one I embrace. It is what I signed up to do," he says. "If it is called upon I will do it."
He is confident America acts for good in the world.
"The US obviously spreads democracy throughout the world, it's been proven to do that," he says.
"We are still a good Christian country. I am a Christian and it is founded on Christian morals. I have faith in the president and all my leadership."
Capt Duff was born in Liverpool and his parents were English. He chose to become an American. Does he think his adopted home is as great as it once was?
"I'd say yes," he answers. "This jet has been around for 50 years. It is still capable of reaching out and touching anyone in the world at anytime, should the need arise."
Decline paranoia?
Not everyone back east is so confident. In the four years I have been based in Washington DC, there have been a flood of books and articles on the decline of American power.
Perhaps Americans fretting about their place in the world is nothing new. There was the "Sputnik moment" in 1957 when the US thought there was firm evidence that it was being out-stripped by the Soviet Union. There wasthe fear of Japanese economic dominance in the 1980s.

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Watch Mark Mardell's report from North Dakota as part of an episode of The Editors presented from Washington on BBC1 at 23:25 BST on Monday
My colleague Kim Ghattas, in her book The Secretary, highlights this quote from Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit.
"Martin knew nothing about America, or he would have known perfectly well that if its individual citizens, to a man, are to be believed, it always IS depressed, and always IS stagnated, and always IS at an alarming crisis, and never was otherwise; though as a body they are ready to make oath upon the Evangelists at any hour of the day or night, that it is the most thriving and prosperous of all countries on the habitable globe."
But this time it is different. There can be no doubt America is in relative decline. Its economic and diplomatic power are not what they were. And there is no doubt it bothers many Americans.
For a while, everything was bigger in America - from skyscrapers to the sky, from the dream to the nightmares. The manifest destiny of expansion to the West perhaps gave rise to the illusion the horizon was endless.
But there are others with new frontiers now, and America's world is shrinking. The biggest economy in the world now has the biggest debt in the world.
This plays into an odd insecurity - in a country famously ignorant about abroad there is a curious stress on the very word America: American idols, American heroes, American dreams.
For it is a young country, still creating itself, reassuring itself that it is special, indispensible. Those who are aware of it may be hurt that they are not loved - and that hurt is most easily assuaged with bombast and swagger.
Belief in the notion of decline can be encouraged by both political parties, even as they trumpet America's superiority.

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By around 40 AD a canny Roman might have predicted the Empire's decline. But it took another 400 years to fall”
The Democrats believe America is falling behind in economic terms because of a refusal to invest in the infrastructure - and it really is crumbling; in some places it feels more like the developing world than Europe.
They would launch a taxpayer-funded crusade against decline, against poor education, a drive to create more talented graduates and invest in the technology of the future. That is one vision.
The Republicans' case is perhaps more interesting, more romantic, and more specifically American, although not necessary more true.
They warn America is growing away from its constitutional roots, doomed to decline by debt and outsized government.
In this vision, it can only save itself by being true to its destiny. It must want to be not only a power, but the power in the world, assertive, a leader, and if necessary a warrior nation once more.
Shifting power
But in large measure, the reality of decline that it is part of a huge historical re-balancing act - something we acknowledge in words like "globalisation" or "Brics", while often ducking just how profoundly the world is changing.
The model we in the West grew up with - and our great-grandfather's parents grew up with too - turns out not to be immutable.
Remember, wealth and power were pretty evenly distributed in the world until around the 16th Century. The rise of the British and other European empires, with their technological and ultimately military superiority, threw the world out of joint.
The US was heir to that, with the added power and zest of its expansion. In two world wars American intervention was decisive. Without its political commitment much of Europe would have been behind the Iron Curtain, and arguably the Cold War would have been lost.
At the same time a dream was coming true in the US: prosperity that spread to a huge middle class.
It is important not to be too rosy-eyed about this; poverty and discrimination were also present on a monumental scale. But it led many Americans to see themselves as the end product of Western democracy.
Perhaps they were.
Now the world is rebalancing - power and wealth will become more evenly distributed across countries. So yes, China will rival the US, and so will others.
But let no-one mistake how far above the rest of the world the US has risen.
The new 'Wild West'
It would take a lot - a catastrophic event - to dent the most powerful military the world has ever known - especially when the US spends more on its military than the next 12 big spenders. That's more than China, Russia, the UK, Japan, France, Saudi Arabia, India, Germany, Italy, South Korea and Australia added together.
It takes time for that sort of power to erode.
But military might does not stand alone. China's Chairman Mao said that power grows from the barrel of a gun, but guns cost money - power perhaps grows from a fistful of dollars.
And the American economy too has felt severe shocks recently. It will probably not remain the biggest economy in the world - some predict China will overtake it in three years' time.
Oil derricks at BakkenThe Bakken oil field has fuelled a new boom town
I drive on, through the land that was the Old Wild West.
I am sure that it was in part that sense of spreading across a huge continent, the possibility of seemingly endless expansion, that gave America the feeling that there were always new frontiers to conquer.
Perhaps the daunting climate and the constant attacks by those who originally lived on this land heightened a sense that the world was a hostile place that had be wrestled into submission, that justice was rough or not at all, that violence was the answer, that when the chips came down you were on your own as well.
Now horizons and old certainties are shrinking.
But much of North Dakota is still empty, and it still feels like the barrens.
Williston seems like a gold-rush town. It is the base for the exploration of the Bakken oil field, the biggest in the US. It has been made possible because of developments in fracking - the technology that uses pressurised water to pulverise the rocks and force them to yield their treasure of oil and gas.
The town has quadrupled in size recently. After travelling for hours on nearly empty roads it is a shock to be hemmed in by huge trucks thundering past on every side.
Everywhere signs flash "For hire". Ramshackle buildings look as if they have sprung up overnight, offering BBQ or a place to stay.
Local legend says it cost more to rent a house here than it does in Manhattan. The state has the lowest unemployment in America.
Kathy Neset"America's day is still coming," says oil industry consultant Kathy Neset
"If you can't find a job here there's something wrong with you," a truck driver tells me, sitting high in his cab about to deliver the special liquid that drives the fracking process.
On the edge of town there are "man camps". They have been formally renamed "crew camps" in the interests of equality, but the new name hasn't stuck.
Hastily constructed to house all the transient workers, they don't feel like Dodge. They are rather nice, spotlessly clean with neat rooms like student dorms. But they are testimony to the fact there is money to be made here.
The source of this newfound wealth is celebrated in the jewellers on Main Street. The window is full of pen holders, desk clocks and ornaments, in gold, all in the shape of oil derricks.
The 'next frontier'
Fracking is hugely controversial, both for its impact on the local environment and CO2 emissions. But it is here to stay, and it makes a real difference to America's future.
The projections are that the US will be energy independent by 2020. All that cheap energy is already having an impact, one of the factors behind the return of industry to the country.
Standing next to huge "nodding donkeys" that suck the oil from the earth, I talk to Kathy Neset, who has worked in the industry since the 1980s as a consultant. She's a geologist by training.
"These wells right here are producing something like 800 to 1,000 barrels a day, for each one," she tells me.
"That oil is about two miles under our feet and I anticipate it will last for another 20 to 30 years. That is our energy security. "
She thinks this is evidence of America's future:
"I think our country is going up, up, up. The potential is shown right here in North Dakota."
But hasn't America, like the British Empire, like the Greeks, had its day?
"America's day is still coming," she insists. "We are on the upswing. And this is a perfect example of how American ingenuity is taking us on to the next frontier."
"We continue to reinvent ourselves... We have a new frontier, this oilfield, but we would be very short-sighted if we said this is the best we can do. There are more frontiers."
There will be many Americans who agree that their country has an endless appetite to pick itself up, dust itself down and reinvent itself.
Mark Mardell in North Dakota
At the end of my journey I find myself unable to give a straightforward "yes" or "no", as the programme would like.
Instead I have a series of reflections on the decline of America.
There can be no doubt the "rise of the rest" will make America shake on its pedestal, but whether it knocks it off is up to Americans themselves, and whether they can adapt to a new status, a somewhat lower place on the greasy pole of world power.
The colossus will no longer effortlessly bestride the world; that does not mean it will not stand tall.
They should not underestimate the importance of soft power. All over the world granddads and infants, jihadists and dictators, wear jeans, America's off-duty dress of choice.
That may sound trite, but the fact the world increasingly looks like America is important. Rock and rap, the English language and Hollywood and still dominate popular culture.
Those defenders of America who attack knee-jerk anti-Americanism are rather missing the point. Those all over the world who might say they are anti-American don't hate Jimi Hendrix and Woodie Guthrie, Levis and denim, Andy Warhol and Jack Kerouac.
They don't, usually, hate freedom or democracy, but a certain cynical exercise of America power sheltering behind those values.
It is important to remember America is still a very young country, with very bright dreams. It's a teenager, admiring its muscles, throwing tantrums, amazed and scared by the wider world.
It is still wondering what it will be when it grows up, still hoping for greatness. But uncertain of its identify, asking itself profound questions about the way it is changing.
Rio de Janiero and ShanghaiWill the rise of countries like Brazil (left) and China dent the US' standing?
Is it a melting pot of immigrants from many lands, some unwilling, where Korean and black and Hispanic culture is celebrated every bit as an English or German heritage?
Or should newcomers, bring no more than a few folk songs from their old home, and squeeze into a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant definition of what it is to be American?
Should America lead the world, from the front, not frightened to right perceived wrongs all over the globe? Or should it, as President Obama wants, be cautious in the exercise of power, sensitive to the feelings of others, willing the right thing, not demanding it?
Then there is the time scale.
Decline can be a long time coming and soft power can echo down the centuries. But often greatness does not endure.
We have all but forgotten the Medes. Carthage is unmourned. And who has heard of the Aksum empire?
But then there is Rome.
By around 40 AD a canny Roman might have predicted the Empire's decline. But it took another 400 years to fall, and it was more than another 1,000 years beyond that before another empire grew as mighty.
In 2,000 years could English be a dead language, used only in liturgy, but still studied in schools? More importantly will American values, often honoured in the breach nowadays, have transformed the world into a place where democracy and freedom of speech are unquestioned values?
Then America would have been mighty indeed.

Saturday, May 4, 2013


The place has been reopened for a few weeks now. The food is great. 

Format Change

Due to the amount of spam I am getting, I have been forced to make a slight change in format. For now on, if you want to post a comment, you will also have to type a word identification. 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Courage or Mental Illness?

As most of the nation now knows, NBA player Jason Collins recently announced in a splashy Sports Illustrated article that he is homosexual, an announcement characterized by White House Spokesman Jay Carney as courageous.

After President Barack Obama had concluded a press conference and left the lectern, a reporter asked a question about Jason Collins. Obama uncharacteristically returned to the lectern to say that he “ couldn’t be prouder” of Jason Collins for announcing he is homosexual. What a dispiriting time and place this is that the president of this great but declining nation can’t think of any action that a professional athlete could do to make him “prouder” than having him announce he’s sexually attracted to men. And what a terrible message both men have sent to our nation’s children.

The First Lady of our declining nation then announced that she’s “got Collins’ back,” which raises the question, from what might she need to protect Collins? From the gushing mainstream press? From the rhapsodic Hollywood elite who suffer from an astonishing dearth of philosophical diversity (and depth) on homosexuality?
Oh, wait, it must be those intimidating pastors, priests, theologians, philosophers, and other conservative scholars writing erudite papers on the nature and morality of homosexuality and marriage that no one reads who pose a threat to Collins. Collins can breathe easier knowing that fit-as-a-fiddle Michelle Obama will defend him against those brainiac bullies with her uber-buff arms.

Like so many other words manipulated by the Left, “courage” has taken on a whole new meaning. In fact, it now means the opposite of what it used to mean. Courage is now demonstrated by publicly affirming the fallacious values, beliefs, ideas, and behaviors that our Leftist-dominated culture celebrates. Courage is demonstrated by publicly affirming those values, beliefs, ideas, and behaviors when doing so not only costs nothing but elicits encomia galore.

In my state of utter unhipness, I think Barronelle Stutzman, the 70 year-old florist in Washington State, is heroic. Because of her faith in Christ, Ms. Stutzman steadfastly refuses to use her gifts, time, and labor to profit from a same-sex ”wedding” and consequently is being sued by the State of Washington. I wonder what the Obamas, who claim to be followers of Christ, think of Ms. Stutzman. I wonder if President Obama is proud of her. I wonder if Mrs. Obama has got her back. I wonder if the mainstream press will ask the Obamas if they think Stutzman is courageous.

Collins' recent announcement is just another 

outrageous attempt to brainwash children and the

feeble minded. The response from the Obamas' and

the media is an indication of just how twisted this

country has become. This is not the stuff that great 

civilizations are built from. 

Sunday, April 28, 2013

This principal needs to be removed.

Not only is he teaching the students how to be racist but now he is teaching them how to lie about it. Is this the best they have?
A North Side Chicago Public Schools principal says internal leadership problems, not “racist tendencies,” led to his baseball team forfeiting a game Saturday on the city’s South Side. The explanation came after a series of media reports, which the principal says are largely inaccurate, said that parents feared for their athletes’ safety on the South Side.
“There were other, less salacious, causes for the game’s cancellation,” Principal Tim Devine wrote in an email to the Walter Payton College Preparatory High School community. “The reasons for the cancellation stem from leadership issues within the baseball program.”
Payton’s baseball coach, William Wittleder, told several news outlets on Saturday that a group of parents didn’t allow their sons to travel to Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy because of safety concerns. Wittleder said that he still went to Brooks to apologize to the opposing coach and explain the reasons for the forfeiture. Wittleder didn’t return multiple voice mails and an email seeking comment on Sunday.
Payton is on the Near North Side, between the Gold Coast and Cabrini-Green. Brooks, also a CPS school, is in the Far South Side’s Roseland neighborhood.
Chicago Public Schools spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Sunday evening that several factors led to the forfeiture, including the fact that Payton athletes were only made aware of the game last Wednesday. Other conflicts included no bus transportation to Brooks, Advanced Placement tests and players who were benched for missing practice for college visits and practice AP tests, Quinn said.
Devine criticized the Chicago Sun-Times and NBC Chicago for their “poor quality of reporting” in his 687-word email to Payton students, faculty and parents. Devine said neither outlet reached out to him for comment.
The story of North Side parents refusing to let their kids play a game on the South Side sparked indignation on Twitter and in the media. Brooks’ baseball coach, Bryan Street, told the Sun-Times he would never agree to another game with Payton.
Devine and Brooks’ principal, D’Andre Weaver, issued a joint statement Sunday that said they had agreed to move past Saturday’s event.
“We look forward to both of our schools meeting on the field again soon,” they added.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

All of a sudden, he is a nice guy!

Former Mayor Richard Daley is giving more than $500,000 remaining in his campaign fund to 13 charities, with the biggest bequest going to the After School Matters organization founded by his wife Maggie, a spokeswoman said Tuesday.
He's also giving six-figure sums to a cancer center that bears the late Maggie Daley's name and a prominent children's hospital.
Daley could have put the money in his pocket and paid taxes on it. State law bans that practice, but Daley is part of an increasingly smaller group of veteran politicians allowed to take what was in their campaign funds as of the end of June 1998. The former mayor chose another route.
"I have to say, that's pretty commendable," said David Morrison, deputy director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform. "It's pretty rare that a campaign committee gives that much to charity."
The decision to give the money to the charity came nearly two years after Daley logged his last full day in office in May 2011. He did not run for re-election after serving a record 22 years as Chicago mayor.
Some of the donations have been sent out. Others are in the works. Before they were settled on, Daley had spent more than $600,000 of the nearly $1.1 million that was in his campaign coffers a month after his departure from city government.
Daley took none for himself. Instead, he's found other ways to make a living.
The 71-year-old onetime Cook County state's attorney sits on the board of Coca-Cola, and he is "of counsel" at the international law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman. He also coordinates an urban lecture series at University of Chicago as a distinguished senior fellow.
He is a senior adviser at JPMorgan Chase, where he heads the Global Cities Initiative financed by the Brookings Institution.
Along with his son Patrick, Daley has launched a Chicago-based investment and advisory firm called Tur Partners that focuses on sustainable urban development.
The former mayor did spend a good chunk of the campaign money on pet causes before giving the rest to charity. After leaving office, he paid Carol Brown and Eileen Hubbell more than $215,000 to organize his archives and provide services to the RMD Global Cities Institute, an outgrowth of the Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum named after Daley's late father, according to campaign finance reports.
In late 2011 he spent nearly $29,000 on office space where the organization of his archives was staged and nearly $63,000 to move and store the materials from his city tenure. He also paid Patricia Kilroe, his campaign fund chairwoman and treasurer, a total of $114,000.
Last December, Daley gave $100,000 to After School Matters, which runs many of Chicago Public Schools' after-school programs.
Here's how he's dividing up the remaining $540,000 of his campaign fund, according to longtime spokeswoman Jacquelyn Heard:
•$150,000 more to After School Matters.
•$100,000 each to the Maggie Daley Center for Women's Cancer Care and the Lurie Children's Foundation of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Maggie Daley in November 2011 died from metastatic breast cancer after living with the disease for many years. She had been treated at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. The foundation named after Ann Lurie and her late husband, Robert, endowed The Lurie Garden at Millennium Park, one of Daley's signature city projects.
•$25,000 each for the Misericordia Home for people with developmental disabilities, and De La Salle Institute, the Catholic high school Daley attended.
•$20,000 each to the Children of the Crossroads Foundation, a scholarship fund affiliated with the Frances Xavier Warde School founded by Maggie Daley; the Faith Community of St. Sabina, which provides safe homes for foster children; and Kids Off the Block, which provides at-risk, low-income youth programming in the Roseland community.
•$20,000 apiece to Sweet Beginnings LLC, a honey-producing arm of the North Lawndale Employment Network; Casa Central, an agency that provides a wide array of programs in Humboldt Park; and El Valor, a similar organization in Pilsen.
•$10,000 for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and the Widows' & Children's Assistance Fund set up by retired Chicago firefighters.

He made sure this story got in the press too. 

Monday, April 22, 2013

McDonald's Corporation about to be wacked by Obamacare

What will be the full economic effect of Obamacare? Is this just another story about rich businessmen crying or will small businesses really be laying off tens of thousands workers? Will Obamacare cause another recession? Does anyone have an answer? 
Here's one thing you likely won't find a McDonald's franchise owner happy to ask his employees anytime soon: “Would you like a side of health care with that shake?”
That’s because some of the fast food chain’s franchisees say that the costs associated with President Obama's health care reform law will cut deep into profits, according to a recent survey of 25 McDonald’s owners conducted by Janney Capital Markets obtained by The Huffington Post.
One franchisee even went so far as to say, “Obamacare will negatively hit us like nothing else," according to the survey.
Some franchisees said they're suffering from McDonald’s overemphasis on discount deals. Others claimed the chain's new product, the McWrap, isn’t a sure bet.McDonald’s has seen slumping sales since last summer and Obamacare, some franchise owners say, is only going to make things worse.
“Obamacare is going to destroy already low profits, [and] McDonald‟s Corporation does not seem to care,” adding, “the future looks BLEAK.”
McDonald’s did not return a request for comment from The Huffington Post.
McDonald's franchisees are not they only people worrying about the costs associated with Obamacare, which requires businesses with 50 or more full-time workers to provide health care coverage to employees. Corporate chains and small businessesalike have expressed concern that the new health care law will hurt their bottom lines.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


The spring rains have caused some flooding here and there. Lots of standing water on the streets. The forecast is for rain all day long. That means some people are in for a surprise when they get home from work.

Friday, April 12, 2013

19th Ward Takeover of Worth Township

Just a good alderman

This past Election Tuesday saw Worth township flooded with 19th Ward operatives. When it was over and the election results tallied, the slate put together by Matt O'Shea was declared the victor. In fact, O'Shea won all the seats except one. His political power now extends all the way to Harlem Avenue.

Congratulations, I guess. I just hope you don't lose your focus.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Important announcement from Alderman O'Shea

Effective April 15th, all garbage collection in the 19th Ward will occur on Mondays and Tuesdays. This change is part of a citywide shift to a grid based garbage collection service. By altering the way the City collects garbage, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will increase efficiency and deliver millions of dollars of cost savings to the taxpayers.


Monday Collection

All homes west of Western Ave.

99th St. to 107th St., Longwood Dr. to Western Ave.

All homes south of 107th St.


Tuesday Collection

All homes north of 99th St.

99th St. - 107th St. east of Longwood Dr.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rahm is not happy

Does he look happy to you? The guy is burning out before our eyes.
Tax Increase
Michigan Avenue
Murder rate
School closings
Taste of Chicago

I predict he will not run again and is presently burning up the phone lines to Obama looking for an appointment to something (anything) prestigious.