Friday, March 14, 2014

Father Marszalek R.I.P.

Services Set for Father Marszalek
Just released by Archdiocesan officials at 1:25 p.m. today:





ARCHDIOCESAN PRIEST, REV. PAUL B. MARSZALEK, DIES
Pastor Emeritus of St. Jane De Chantal Parish

Chicago, IL (March 13, 2014) – Rev. Paul B. Marszalek died on
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Holy Family Villa, a nursing home in Palos
Park. He was 87 years old.
 


Fr. Marszalek was born in Chicago on September 17, 1926 and attended
Five Holy Martyrs Parochial School in Chicago. He graduated from Quigley
Preparatory Seminary and from the University of St. Mary of the Lake /
Mundelein Seminary, where he received his Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of
Sacred Theology and Master of Arts degrees. Fr. Marszalek also attended
the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, for his
post-graduate studies and received a Master of Arts degree in Classics.
Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Archbishop of Chicago, ordained him on May 1,
1952, alongside Bishops Raymond Geodert and John Gorman.

Fr. Marszalek’s first assignment was at Transfiguration Parish in
Chicago, where he was an Assistant Pastor from 1952
until 1960. That same year, he became Assistant Pastor of Assumption
B.V.M. Parish on 123rd Street in Chicago, which was later closed in
1990. Just one year later, in 1961, Fr. Marszalek began teaching at
Quigley Preparatory Seminary South and remained on the faculty until
1978. During his time at Quigley, he was a Resident of Immaculate
Conception Parish on 88th Street on the south side of Chicago
(1961-1965) and of SS. Cyril & Methodius Parish on Hermitage Avenue in
Chicago (1965-1978), which later closed in 1990. 

Fr. Marszalek was named Pastor of St. Jane De Chantal Parish in Chicago
in 1978. He served the parish in this capacity for almost twenty years,
until 1996. Fr. Marszalek retired from active ministry in 1997 and was
named Pastor Emeritus of St. Jane De Chantal Parish.

Most Rev. Raymond Goedert, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, a
former classmate of Fr. Marszalek’s, had many kind words to say about
him, “He was our class president for a number of years and we always
looked forward to our class reunions because he would always have
something to say after dinner. Fr. Marszalek had a great sense of humor
and we all really enjoyed listening to him.” He went on to say, “He
also had a brilliant memory, for example, at one point he could name
every bishop in the United States. It was just this gift he had so he
must have been a great teacher. Fr. Marszalek was a wonderful priest, a
very hard working priest, a priest we all enjoyed very much and a priest
that we will miss very much.”

In an interview with the Catholic New World, Rev. Edward Mikolajczyk,
Pastor of Queen of Martyrs Parish in Evergreen Park, described Fr.
Marszalek as his mentor, “One of my role models while I was a student
at Quigley South was Father Paul Marszalek, a resident at our parish. I
admired him as a priest.”* Fr. Mikolajczyk met Fr. Marszalek when he
was a Resident at his home parish of Immaculate Conception. “He was
very compassionate, very dedicated and loved his priesthood. He
certainly showed that in his ministry teaching us at Quigley. Fr.
Marszalek truly loved his Polish nationality and his family. He was very
fun-loving, dedicated to his ministry and priesthood, supportive of us
students, and he impressed me because I wanted to emulate him in the
things that I did in my priesthood.”

Fr. Marszalek will lie in state from 3 to 9 p.m., on Friday, March 14,
at St. Jane De Chantal Parish, 5252 South Austin Avenue in Chicago.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Bishop Raymond Goedert will be the main celebrant of the funeral Mass
for Fr. Marszalek and Most Rev. John Gorman, Retired Auxiliary Bishop of
Chicago, will be the homilist at 11:30 a.m., on Saturday, March 15, at
St. Jane De Chantal Parish. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery
in Justice.

Fr. Marszalek is survived by his sister-in-law, Peggy Marshall, and a
niece.



*Madlener, Dolores. “His Road to Ordination Wasn’t Paved with
Yellow Bricks”. Catholic New World. February 17-March 2, 2013

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Union Pension Problems, who do you blame for the shortfalls?

Typical Pension Trustee
The problem with our pensions is that some of the pension trustees (the people that are supposed to be trustworthy) are compromised.

They are would-be union officials but for their being unelectable, so they fall back on the pension route. It gives them a title and some respect.  Generally, they are smarter than those they represent but not as smart as they think they are. Certainly, they are not as smart as the politicians and money managers who are quite adept at playing them. 

Their price is cheap, a business class airplane ticket to a pension seminar and a few steak dinners. Ask any trustee if they flew business class or coach. Ask them if they had a steak dinner they didn't pay for. After a few drinks and with their belly's full, they will agree to anything, including a funding shortfall. 
Why do you think the children of former politicians are flocking to the pension management business. "It's like taking candy from a baby." 
The problem for these pension trustees is that eventually, they will (justifiably) be held accountable for the shortfalls. For it was a sacred trust that they violated.

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -
Some of Chicago's most powerful public employee unions are joining forces to fight for their members' pensions.
Teachers, firefighters, police, and laborers are among the groups teaming up to form "We are One Chicago."
The new coalition will rally at the state capitol Wednesday.
They said job one is protecting their members' retirement from cuts in funding.
Organizers said the city has to find other ways to pay its bills.
Taxpayers are contributing about $500 million to five pension funds this year. That's scheduled to triple to more than $1.5 billion next year.


Read more: http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/24747848/chicago-unions-join-forces-to-fight-for-pensions#ixzz2tg2I2gzj

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CHICAGO PENSION RED ALERT

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CHICAGO - Last week, the Wall Street Journal featured a sobering piece about Detroit, bankruptcy and pensions. Then they turned their attention to the"Public Pension Red Alert" facing Chicago taxpayers:
Perhaps the biggest pension landmine outside of Detroit is Chicago. The Windy City next year must make a $1.07 billion balloon payment—equal to a third of the city's operating budget—on $19.4 billion of pension debt. The pension payment could cover salaries for 4,300 police officers or the resurfacing of 16,000 blocks of road, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has warned that property taxes may have to double to pay the bill.

Meantime, the required pension contribution for Chicago schools this year is tripling to $613 million. Chicago unions are pressing the state government to raise property, sales, income and corporate taxes to bail out worker pensions. Chicago's pension funds are only half as well-funded as even Detroit's, if you can believe it, and could run dry by 2020. With state politicians up for re-election this November and Chicago's mayoral race next February, it's more likely that investors will foot the bill.
Last month, Chicago's city council approved the issuance of $500 million in commercial paper and $900 million in general-obligation bonds purportedly to refinance existing debt and improve public works. There's little to stop politicians from pouring the proceeds into pensions—or later reneging on this unsecured debt if it were to file for bankruptcy.
This is a much bigger mess than anybody thinks.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Just another lying politician.

I say that history will not be kind to this time period when people like Jan Schakowsky actually ran the country. 

Anything a Schakowsky says should be considered as questionable. Please keep in mind that Ms. Schakowsky's husband did some time a few years ago for bank fraud. Where is the shame? 

Schakowsky: "As I said to my Congressional colleagues, history will not be kind to climate change deniers"

Lake Michigan near Schakowsky's
home in January
I'm a reluctant constituent of US Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), possibly the most liberal member of the House. You name the lib cause--and you betcha she's for it. Including so-called human-caused global warming. In a statement yesterday, she said this:"As I said to my Congressional colleagues, history will not be kind to climate change deniers."

But there has been a 17-year pause in global warming. If Schakowsky walks a mile east from her Evanston home, she'll see a frozen Lake Michigan. And the Chicago area is enduring its third-coldest and third-snowiest winter ever.

For liberals, climate change is a racket they can use to attack efficient and abundant fossil fuel energy sources and replace them with unproven wind andsolar power so they can reward environmentalist campaign donors and crony capitalism operators.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Time to bring Sister Margaret Wright back.

Just when you think you have seen it all.

Some people need to be investigated for what is really going on at an old time Catholic hospital. Formerly known as St. George Hospital, they moved to Palos Park in 1972. Until January 2013, the hospital was run (very well) by Sister Margaret Wright. Suddenly, she was out and things do not seem to be running that well anymore.

As reported by Crain's Chicago Business, instead of sitting on the bench, the judge sits in the board room.

Judge sits on hospital board while her brother represents it in court


For at least 15 years, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Lynn Egan has sat on the boards governing a south suburban hospital while it regularly has hired her brother's law firm.
Chicago-based Pretzel & Stouffer has represented Palos Community Hospital in almost half of the 170 cases involving the hospital filed over that period in the law division of the circuit court, according to a Crain's review of court records. From 2011 to 2013, Matthew Egan, a partner in the firm, represented Palos in at least 15 cases before his sister's judicial colleagues, most of them involving medical malpractice or personal injury.
The nonprofit hospital did not disclose the financial relationship with Mr. Egan in forms filed with the IRS between 1999 and 2011, the latest year for which records are publicly available. It did disclose a separate sibling relationship: payments totaling nearly $56,000 to the sister of its former CEO in 2011.
In a response to questions from Crain's, the hospital says it plans to review its procedures.
“As it pertains to contracted legal services, we believe all of the required board disclosures have been made,” Palos board Chairman Edward Mulcahy says in a statement. “However, as a precaution, we will again review our internal processes.” Mr. Mulcahy says the administration, not board members, hire vendors.
SHAKEUP
The independent, 362-bed community hospital in Palos Heights is in the midst of a leadership shakeup. After roughly 30 years under CEO Sister Margaret Wright, who retired in 2013, the board hired Edgardo Tenreiro, chief operating officer at a Baton Rouge, La., hospital system. But with no public explanation, he departed three weeks ago after less than three months on the job.
Greg Paetow, a board member for three years, says he quit for “personal reasons” on Feb. 12, the same day Mr. Tenreiro left. A second person on the 12-member hospital board also resigned in February, as did Thomas Barcelona, chairman of the board of parent company St. George Corp., which solicits donations for the hospital.
Ms. Egan (at right), who also serves on St. George's board and is on the Palos hospital board's executive committee, says she disclosed Mr. Egan's representation of Palos on an annual conflict statement available to the hospital's auditors and tax preparers.
“I believe that I have performed my service as a jurist and volunteer PCH board member in a responsible and ethical manner,” she says in a statement. “Any suggestion to the contrary is false.”
Ms. Egan did not respond to a request to provide the document. Disclosure statements she filed with the Illinois Supreme Court from 2011 to 2013 do not mention her brother or his law firm.
Mr. Egan says in an email that “no attorney in our firm has ever appeared before Judge Egan in any matter on behalf of Palos Community Hospital.” Notions of a potential conflict of interest are “false, indeed reckless,” he adds.
Even if Pretzel & Stouffer were the best firm for the job, experts say the lack of transparency raises questions.
“I would think in this case you would want to bend over backwards to disclose the conflict to make sure no one makes assumptions,” says David Becher, an associate professor of finance at Drexel University in Philadelphia.


I would think in this case you would want to bend over backwards to disclose the conflict to make sure no one makes assumptions.

— David Becher, professor, Drexel University
During Ms. Egan's tenure on the board, Pretzel & Stouffer has been named only once in the hospital's available tax returns, as one of the five highest-paid vendors in 2002, making about $163,000. Nonprofits generally must disclose employees who are board members' relatives if they make more than $10,000 a year, says David Lowenthal, a Chicago-based senior manager at accounting firm Plante & Moran PLLC.
The hospital has disclosed the compensation of board members Thomas Courtney, a lawyer who processes third-party liens for patient bills; Dr. Mark Sinibaldi, the medical director of the psychiatric unit; and Ms. Wright's sister, who also worked at the hospital.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Having Ms. Egan and fellow law division Judge Deborah Dooling on the hospital board raises other questions. The Illinois Supreme Court's Code of Judicial Conduct allows judges to serve on charitable boards so long as the service doesn't interfere with their duties.
The code, however, warns that a judge should not serve if the organization is “regularly engaged in adversary proceedings in any court” and singles out hospitals as a potential trouble spot.
Ms. Egan says she “carefully considered whether my service on the board was permissible” and, after consulting the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee, concluded there was no issue. Ms. Dooling did not return messages.
One past chair of the ethics committee says he would caution judges against serving on a hospital board because hospitals are frequently named in malpractice litigation.
“The fact that Dooling and Egan sit in the law division makes it more obvious that they should not be on the board,” says Warren Lupel, special counsel at Chicago firm Much Shelist PC. “If (cases are) frequent, it's 'regularly engaged,' and certainly for a hospital, it is frequent.”

Saturday, March 8, 2014

It's Our Responsibility To

Make AMERICA STRONG

Tattered-american-flagBy Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil - 
America is in trouble: controversies circle the White House, foreign affairs are flailing, the economy remains anemic, controversy is covered-up. Republicans blame Obama, Obama blames Bush, and the P.C. media yawns while the chaos continues. If America ever needed a change in direction, it is now!
Citizens have the power to elect candidates capable of making appropriate changes that can put us back on the right road to prosperity. Yet, many remain oblivious and/or unconcerned about the serious problems. How do we educate those who have been deceived by years of lies and deceptions? How do we get the attention of those who ignore politics and most everything else outside of their own personal world?

We know the media is largely liberal and far from fair and balanced.  Why do we allow that?  There is a way to force more objective reporting, by motivating people to write a letter to the offending reporter and his superiors, with examples of the blatant bias.  Can we encourage people to do that? 
We know a very large segment of our population remain woefully ignorant and uninformed of present problems and dangers.  To our detriment, the current population has largely resorted to being headlines readers and sound bite listeners, leaving them woefully uniformed and vulnerable to clever, but deceptive advertisements.  A horrifying number forfeit their treasured right to vote and ignore the election completely. 
Others believe they have fulfilled their civic duty by just marking their ballot, but too often their picks are just guesses? I often wish we had a slogan stating “Be Informed:  No vote is better than a bad vote”.  
How do we get the facts and truth to these uninformed people?  Social media is a good way to get facts out quickly, but in addition there is one tried and true, viable system that has worked best throughout the century. It is walking a neighborhood (precinct), going door to door and engaging neighbors in conversations.  That remains the most effective way to inform and educate the uninformed among us.   I know that seems uncomfortable for some to consider.   Could that be because we have been trained to think it impolite to talk religion or politics with people?   We have been warned never to discuss those two controversial issue. Friends, that is why we find ourselves in this major mess.  Too few people are discussing these two important aspects of our lives, thus the uninformed or under informed among us remain ignorant of facts, issues, and laws.   That must change if we are to save America from continuing down a path of self-destruction.  
Churches have also been deceived and politically silenced by a faulty understanding of what they can and cannot legally do regarding politics in the church, but elections do have consequences.  Many realize that it is a moral responsibility for church leaders to explain the direct link between candidates we elect and the immoral laws subsequently enacted.    We cannot completely lay the blame on church leaders, if its members (you and me) are hesitant to ask pastors/priests to become involved in the election process.  
Some churches may just need a friendly nudge to do so.  Consider asking your church leadership for permission to set up a non-partisan voter registration table and volunteer to be in charge of it.  Inform your church of how and where to obtain Christian voter guides to help keep church members informed of candidate positions on important issues.   The Bible clearly reveals that God took His hand of protection off of nations when His people preferred ungodly leaders.   Many believe the church has a responsibility to encourage their congregations to actively engage the culture, and to vote their conscience.  A good start would be educating their people as to the differences between the two parties regarding the two big moral issues:   abortion and homosexual marriage.  
Proof of the necessity for every American patriot to leave their normal comfort zone and become politically engaged can be seen by the results of our last two elections.   Did the 40 million Christians who voted for Senator Obama in 2008 know he had voted to extend the limits and numbers of abortions by making late term abortions legal? Did Christians know that President Obama supported Planned Parenthood, the biggest supplier of abortions, as well as that he advocated special rights for homosexuals?   If they did not know, could that lack of knowledge be due to the silence of their church leadership?  If every Christian had been given that information, might it have changed the election results?
We all need a little self–introspection to judge our own involvement.   Have you investigated the candidates on your 2014 ballot?  Have you found the ones who best align with your political viewpoints, donated money to help elect him or her, walked and talked to your neighbors about them, and/or worked at phone banks to help get the “good guys” elected?   If so, congratulations, you are not part of the problem.  If you have not … will you consider doing so?
The importance of being educated, updated, and involved in the political process cannot be stressed enough. Much of our lives depend upon our government making decisions that align with our values and principles.   Let’s pass the torch of liberty and freedom on to our next generation, like our forefathers did for us.  Let’s not be the generation blamed for the financial and moral downfall of this great country due to our lack of effort to right the wrongs we surely all see.  
Time to get involved folks!   Let’s all work together for the good of our country and families.  VOLUNTEER WITH ME AND WE WILL CHANGE OUR COUNTRY, MAYBE EVEN THE WORLD.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Rahm is running for President.

This statement from “Chicagoland” creator Robert Redford.

“Look, I have a high regard for Rahm Emanuel. It is not an easy job. To manage a city like Chicago with so many disparate parts to it is not an enviable task. I think that he is as qualified as anybody, but boy, it's like being the president of the United States.”

There are those words: Rahm Emanuel and “President of the United States.”

Former White House advisor Dick Morris made this prediction at a Chicago press conference in January of 2011: “I’ve had enough of charismatic aggressive go-getter Chicago politicians who rise in national politics. I think Rahm [Emanuel] wants to be Senator and wants to be President and I’d like to nip that in the bud.”

When he spoke of “nipping that in the bud,” Morris was referring to Emanuel’s first run for Mayor of Chicago. The veteran political strategist has been around long enough to know that, for a political carnivore like Rahm Emanuel, the City of Chicago was always just a stepping stone, a footnote.

Just like it was for Sen. Barack Obama.

At the time Morris made his prediction, Emanuel was battling Chicago residency requirements to be on the mayoral ballot. Technically, Illinois election law wasn’t on Emanuel’s side: even Chicago city workers must physically reside in the Chicago city limits. But the Democrat dominated Illinois Supreme Court ruled in Emanuel’s favor anyway; he left some belongings in a Chicago crawl space.

They don’t call it “the Chicago Way” for nothing.

Now it is three years later and exactly one year before the 2015 Chicago mayoral election.

Emanuel has been making national moves to rehabilitate his sinister image – for what purpose no one knows.

President in 2016?

Perhaps Emanuel is angling to be Hillary’s 2016 vice presidential running mate. A Hillary-Rahm ticket?

Or perhaps he plans on challenging Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in 2016.

Regardless of his intent, Emanuel has some work to do on his public image. He is not known as a nice or compassionate man - perhaps because he isn’t one. Vindictive is the word that really comes to my mind.

Emanuel’s f-bombs and the stories of him sending a dead fish to a pollster or plunging a stake into a table and ratting off the names of his enemies screaming “Dead! Dead! Dead!” have not painted an endearing portrait.

With his star turn in “Chicagoland,” the objective is to rebrand Rahm “Deadfish” Emanuel into a “tough, visionary mayor” for the 21st century – just like the CNN press release says.

But that’s not all.

Last weekend, “The Tonight Show’s” Jimmy Fallon teamed with Emanuel for the “Polar Plunge” in Chicago and the duo received national media attention of the warm and fuzzy kind – despite the frigid polar temperatures.

The March 2014 issue of Esquire sports a feature article on Emanuel with lots of prose about how Emanuel “inherited” most of Chicago’s ailments. (Hint: It’s not his fault!)

A week before, Emanuel sat down with New York Times columnist David Brooks for a Brookings Institute forum before a live audience. The topic: How “Chicago has continued its rise as a city known for policy innovation and action” under Emanuel’s leadership.

The same week, the Chicago Sun-Times ran a full-page article penned by Emanuel touting Chicago’s inspiring digital future.

Clearly, the campaign is underway. We are just not quite sure of the office.

Notwithstanding his national ambitions, Emanuel first has to win re-election as Mayor of Chicago in 2015. Sure, Emanuel is popular with the billionaire political elite aboard the insider gravy train. They don’t call him Mayor 1 Percent for nothing.

But Rahmbo is not popular with Chicagoans. The latest poll has his approval numbers in the tank. Chicago is still a progressive liberal town bar none.

Chicagoans don’t like that Emanuel has shut down Chicago Public Schools in favor of the taxpayer-funded charter schools that his pals have a financial interest in. Chicagoans don’t like that he has put their children in the gang crosshairs by the closing of those schools.

Last week, when Emanuel finally admitted some responsibility for Chicago’s epic homicide spike in 2012, he couched it as the “slow” response of police to splintered gangs. So the Chicago Police don’t like Emanuel either.

On Tuesday, Moody’s downgraded Chicago’s credit rating yet again. This is on the heels of the Chicago City Council’s unanimous approval of Emanuel’s plan to borrow nearly $ 1 billion dollars. The economic pain and suffering for Chicagoans will come after the 2015 mayoral election not before.

So much for the myth of Emanuel as the brilliant competent administrator.

All of these things have given Chicago – and Emanuel – a nasty political black eye. A million dollar CNN ad campaign might help Emanuel overcome that for 2015 and beyond. Or maybe it won’t. 

Judging from his record as Mayor, he would do a much better job than the bum we have in there now. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

115th St. Dominicks location is becoming a Jewel.

No idea what will happen to the 103rd St. store or the Pulaski store, if anything. 

Obama, record low approval rating.

The worst president in U.S. history.

President Obama’s job approval rating hits a record low this week, as a majority of Americans say his administration has mostly failed at growing the economy, creating jobs, improving health care and the country’s image.
That’s according to a Fox News poll released Wednesday.
For the first time in a Fox News poll, fewer than four voters in ten -- 38 percent -- approve of President Obama’s job performance. Fifty-four percent disapprove. Before now Obama’s worst job rating was 40-55 percent in November 2013. Last month 42 percent approved and 53 percent disapproved (February 2014).
Obamacare
Libya
Syria
Ukraine
Fast and Furious
Tax the Rich
Obamaphones
Military cuts
Keystone pipeline
Coal industry
Record budget deficit

WHAT IS SO GREAT ABOUT THIS GUY? THE PRICE FOR ELECTING HIM WILL BE PAID OVER THE NEXT 50 YEARS. 

PUTIN IS TREATING HIM LIKE THE COMMUNITY ORGANIZER THAT HE IS. OBAMA IS A TOTAL JOKE. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Who should run for Mayor of Chicago?




A very respected and connected local political consultant is on record as saying that Rahm is leaving the mayor's office soon after he is re-elected in 2015. The reasons he is leaving are A. The problems are too overwhelming and B. He wants to run for something bigger. 

Considering that who would be best to lead our city into the rest of the 21st century? The names that immediately come to mind are our own Tom Dart and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Both are seasoned leaders but do they have what it takes to lead Chicago during a time of pension shortfalls and great austerity? 


Other possible contenders are Dan Hynes, Lisa Madigan, Alderman Ameya Pawar, Alderman Tim Cullerton or even Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker. Considering that Rahm was a suburbanite, maybe we should be looking in the suburbs. 


Regardless who is elected, they are most probably going to have to contend with a financial restructuring of city government, possibly involving the guidance of the U.S.Bankruptcy court. Besides the city government, most prominent other agencies who's  financial imbalances are likely to have to be considered are the Board of Education, Park District, City Colleges and even the Public Building Commission. 


What do you think about the possible candidates that have been mentioned? What do you think of their strengths and weaknesses? Who else would you like to see run? Tell everyone about them. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

TONIGHT SHOW'S JIMMY FALLON POLAR PLUNGES IN LAKE MICHIGAN

CHICAGO - During Chicago's annual Polar Plunge Sunday morning, the Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon jumped into a 32 degree Lake Michigan, as did Mayor Rahm Emanuel - all to have fun raising funds for Special Olympics.
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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Is this BS or what?

Wayne Allyn Root on 9 Dead Bankers

Wayne Allyn Root 
By Wayne Allyn Root
Something very big and very bad is happening. Prominent bankers are dying in droves. Have you ever heard of 8 bankers committing suicide in a matter of just a few weeks?
A 9th banker was found dead only days ago. What is driving successful bankers with families to kill themselves in droves?http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-02-24/another-successful-banker-found-dead
Here’s the tipoff that this is a very big story: the mainstream media is not covering it. There’s 9 dead bankers (and counting) and the story isn’t even mentioned in the national news? That itself is a major news story.
Bankers are dying so fast, you’d think they were all dentists. You get the joke, right? Dentists have the highest suicide rate of any profession. Sometimes you need a little humor to brighten up a very dark story. But keep in mind at no time in history have 9 dentists all died under mysterious circumstances in a matter of a few weeks.
Why are so many bankers dying? Is the media asleep at the switch? Afraid to dig deeper? Ordered not to investigate? By whom? The government? Or is the media perhaps afraid for their own lives if they dig deeper? You think that sounds a bit absurd? Well not really. A Wall Street Journal reporter named David Bird, who covers the commodities market, is missing. As in gone. As in never seen again. He left his home on Jan 11th and never returned. Was he working on this story?
Something smells rotten in Denmark. Because 9 dead bankers and a missing reporter should be a huge headline story.
And if anyone has been watching closely- 5 other major bankers died in either suicides or mysterious circumstances in 2013. That’s 14 dead bankers.
Someone is going to win a major journalist prize for investigating a high-profile story like this. But for some mysterious reason, no one in the mainstream media seems interested. Doesn’t that alone make you nervous?
This story is real. The dead are:
William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG.
Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director.
Gabriel Magee, 39-year-old JP Morgan banker.
Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank, and former Vice President of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.
Richard Talley, the 57-year-old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado.
Tim Dickenson, U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG.
Ryan Henry Crane, 37-year-old executive at JP Morgan.
Dennis Li Junjie, 33-year-old Hong Kong banker.
James Stewart Jr., former CEO of the National Bank of Commerce.
James Stewart? You know something very bad is going on when a bank CEO named Jimmy Stewart is found dead. I guess it’s not such “a wonderful life” afterall.
How they died is strange and mysterious too. Two of these successful bankers jumped off the roof of their high-rise office buildings. Just like that bankers decide to take a stroll off the top of their office buildings? One of the bankers was ruled a “suicide” after being shot 8 times from head to toe with a nail gun.http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2014/02/another-banker-commits-suicide-by-shooting-himself-eight-times-with-a-nail-gun-2893666.html
Am I the only one who finds this creepy and worrisome? Do you know anyone brave or insane enough to commit suicide by nail gun?
So what’s going on? I’ll give you two theories.
My first educated guess is we are headed for an epic economic collapse. The mainstream media has fed the public lies about a non-existent “recovery” and dutifully reported the government’s manipulated economic reports (filled with fraud). But these bankers are smart guys who know the truth. What’s coming is very, very bad. As I argued in my national bestseller “The Ultimate Obama Survival Guide” we are entering the Greatest Depression of all-time.
What caused this economic Armageddon? Spending, entitlements and debt. Who caused it? Government, led by corrupt, ignorant and reckless politicians. If I were the lead detective on this case, I’d be investigating who had the most to gain from a cover-up. My investigation would start and end with government collusion, corruption, bailouts and bribery.
Governments all over the world have taxed, spent and printed us into oblivion. America’s debt crisis will make Greece look like a walk in the park. This is too big to “paper over.” When America collapses, the entire rest of the world crumbles with us. Even creative and corrupt government bureaucrats making up fraudulent economic statistics can’t cover this one up. There is no way out from the coming crash. I’m guessing that knowledge might cause a banker who sees the writing on the wall to take a walk off the roof of his high-rise.
But that still doesn’t explain shooting yourself with a nail gun 8 times from head to toe. No one wants to die that slowly and painfully. That sounds more like torture to me. And torture is what leads to murder. Perhaps some or all of these bankers were murdered. Perhaps they didn’t walk off their high-rise buildings. Perhaps they were pushed.
Perhaps the Colorado bank CEO was being “questioned” when the nail gun went off…8 times. I guess the interrogators didn’t like his answers.
But why would someone murder bankers? My educated guess is these are smart guys who knew too much. Perhaps they knew about government manipulation and fraud. Perhaps they knew their banks were not in the wonderful shape their manipulated balance sheets showed. Perhaps they had information about government collusion and corruption in the banking system. Perhaps they were threatening to expose government’s lies and fraud. Perhaps they knew about the trillions in derivatives held by banks and Wall Street firms about to implode and take world economy with it.
I’m just making educated guesses. But something is very wrong. Something bad is coming. 9 dead bankers is a very messy start, of a very big story the mainstream media doesn’t want you to know about.

Ukraine

Top news story yesterday. Nothing in the news today.  

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Who does Hoffman represent?

ILLINOIS BILL TO "GREEN LIGHT" SPEED CAMS STATEWIDE

{FCD7EF06-36D9-46A7-8085-4B5A5ED81A80}BELLEVILLE - Democrat State Rep. Jay Hoffman is ready for speed cameras to be given the green light for installation outside Chicago. His bill -  HB 4632 - would remove the ban on speed cameras for municipalities with a population under 1,000,000.
State Sen. Dan Duffy, who has opposed the cameras wrote on his Facebook page: "Speed Cameras generate big $$$ for towns. If you drive over speed limit, cameras will automatically send you a ticket in the mail."
RedSpeed USA is an Illinois company that provides and installs speed cameras at no cost to government. Instead, the company receives a percentage of each ticket, which may be paid through the company's website HERE.
RedSpeed USA has contributed to Rep. Hoffman several times over the last few years:
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