Sunday, February 15, 2015

A Real Sox Fan

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training next week, and you know what that means:
Sox suck!
No, Cubs suck!
It doesn’t take a particular date on the calendar to stir up tribal baseball hostilities in Chicago, but the start of spring training seems like a convenient excuse for Cubs and White Sox fans to throw darts at each other. And just because there is hope for good seasons on both sides of town doesn’t mean the warring factions will give peace a chance.
Jeff Velatini won’t be around for the fun, and that sucks as much as he thought the Cubs did. But his spirit lives on. It certainly lives on in his obituary.
“Jeffrey Carlo Velatini, 54, of Cary, died Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at home surrounded by family.
“Jeff was proud of his Italian heritage but even more proud of the fact that he had two distinct eyebrows and no back hair. A lifelong

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Ernie Banks had a girlfriend?

Is there anything sacred anymore? Is anyone playing by the rules?

Ernie Banks’ estranged wife is trying to stop another woman from cremating the Cubs great.
Elizabeth Banks has filed a petition to prevent Regina Rice — who has filed court papers describing herself as a longtime friend of Banks, his caretaker and executor of his estate — from having Banks cremated.
“Petitioner [Elizabeth Banks] is without recourse and shall suffer irreparable damage should Regina’s desires to cremate the remains of the decedent be granted,” she wrote in documents filed Feb. 2 and obtained by the Associated Press.
Elizabeth Banks and Rice are listed as representatives of Banks’ estate on the Cook County Probate Court website.
According to Elizabeth Banks’ attorney, Howard Goldman, Banks has been buried at Graceland Cemetery, not far from Wrigley Field, where he spent his 19-year major-league career with the Cubs.
So far, Elizabeth Banks has successfully prevented the body from being cremated, Goldman said.
“Suddenly, it came up,” Goldman said of the dispute. “It’s unfortunate.”
Banks once told a local newspaper that after he died, he wanted “my ashes spread out over Wrigley Field — with the wind blowing out.”
But there was no evidence of that wish in the documents obtained by AP.
Rice, contacted by the Sun-Times, declined to comment. Her attorney did not return calls.
The court file does include  a petition for divorce, signed by Banks, in which the Hall of Famer seeks to end his marriage because “irreconcilable differences have caused irretrievable breakdown of the marriage” and that Elizabeth Banks had “committed extreme and repeated acts of mental cruelty upon petitioner [Banks].”
Another document titled “Last Will and Testament” and signed by Banks on Oct.  7, 2014, says he was “in the process of finalizing divorce” from his wife and that he had appointed Rice as the executor of his will.
It appears the dispute is about more than where Banks’ body will end up.
Goldman at one point disputed the validity of the will, saying only that it was “allegedly signed” by Banks.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rauner's War on Unions

Rauner’s Illinois Revival Project?

Illinois Gov. Bruce RaunerENLARGE
Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Bruce Rauner has the biggest reclamation project in American politics, and this year it’s the state drama to watch. The first Illinois GOP Governor in 12 years is off to a strong start by targeting the source of the state’s fiscal and economic rot: the corrupt political bargain between state lawmakers and public unions.
On Monday Mr. Rauner signed an executive order ending mandatory union fees for state workers who don’t want to join a union or support its agenda. He declared that Illinois’s contracts with public unions,

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

O'Shea for Alderman

Matt O'Shea
During the last month I have invited aldermanic candidate Schaible to discuss the many issues facing the 19th Ward of Chicago. The way I see it, the more we talk about it the better chance of arriving at a resolution. Her response has been non-existent. All I have gotten are comments from her supposed supporters, most of which were unfit for publication. In other words, she wasn't interested in participating on this forum. I question why she is running. 

That brings me to the question of why shouldn't we continue with Matt O'Shea. I think we should. He is good for the neighborhood and every resident benefits from his leadership. 

When he took over four years ago he was handed a bowl of fish heads and told to make soup. 
  • 95th Street, a problem made worse by shortsighted planning.
  • Western Avenue, an old and tired commercial strip that needed some positive energy. 
  • School overcrowding.
  • A worsening crime problem.
His response has been spectacular and has resulted in 
  • Horse Thief Hollow
  • Barraco's
  • The restaurant project on the east side of 106th and Western.
  • The sports complex at 115th and Western.
  • The South Side Irish Parade.
  • Mt. Greenwood School addition.
  • Maximization of the use of all other CPS facilities.
  • A "hands on" approach with the CPD resulting in greatly reduced crime.
  • A refinancing of the Beverly Arts Center, based on reality. 
Alderman O'Shea gives new meaning to the term "Public Service". Additionally, he finds the time to be a good family man. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Rauner eliminates 'fair share' union dues for state workers

Rauner eliminates 'fair share' union dues for state workers

Sunday, February 8, 2015

President makes more snide remarks about Christians. When will the Republican congress grow some balls and impeach this madman?

CHICAGO - Catholic League's Bill Donohue is calling for President Obama to apologize to Catholic Americans for his comments Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C.:
In an attempt to deflect guilt from Muslim madmen, President Obama said, "Unless we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ." Obama's ignorance is astounding and his comparison is pernicious.
The Crusades were a defensive Christian reaction against Muslim madmen of the Middle Ages. Here is how Princeton scholar and Islamic expert Bernard Lewis puts it: "At the present time, the Crusades are often depicted as an early expansionist imperialism—a prefigurement of the modern European countries. To people of the time, both Muslim and Christian, they were no such thing." So what were they? "The Crusade was a delayed response to the jihad, the holy war for Islam, and its purpose was to recover by war what had been lost by war—to free the holy places of Christendom and open them once again, without impediment, to Christian pilgrimage."
Regarding the other fable, the Inquisition, the Catholic Church had almost nothing to do with it. The Church saw heretics as lost sheep who needed to be brought back into the fold. By contrast, secular authorities saw heresy as treason; anyone who questioned royal authority, or who challenged the idea that kingship was God-given, was guilty of a capital offense. It was they—not the Church—who burned the heretics. Indeed, secular authorities blasted the Church for its weak role in the Inquisition.
According to St. Louis University and Crusade scholar Thomas Madden, "All the Crusades met the criteria of just wars." How many ISIS atrocities, Mr. President, have met the criteria of just wars? The ones where they buried people alive, stoned children, raped women, and crucified men? Moreover, according to Henry Kamen, the leading authority on the Inquisition, a total of 1,394 people were killed during the Inquisition. Today, Muslim madmen kill more than that in a few months.
The President should apologize for his insulting comparison.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sadly. this is the way it's going to be.

Sweet pension deal sours for city employees as thousands of others continue to get multiple government pensions. 

Posted: 02/06/2015, 09:10pm | 
Mayor Rahm Emanuel testifying during the House Committee Hearing on Personnel and Pensions at the Illinois State Capitol in 2012. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman)
City of Chicago retirees Mary J. Jones and Barbara Lomax took turns hobbling to the witness stand Friday in a Daley Center courtroom to help make the case against reducing city pension benefits.
Jones, 62, and Lomax, 65, are among thousands of retirees whose annual cost-of-living increases took a trim Jan. 1 under a new state law intended to rescue two struggling city pension funds.
Their pensions continue to grow, mind you, just not by as much as they were promised when they retired.

Mentally ill freak is about to be glamorized by media with an agenda.

Bruce Jenner readies to become a champion again as he attempts to prove that all this is quite normal. Honestly.

Posted: 02/06/2015, 04:45pm | Matthew Schwerha
Bruce Jenner became an Olympic legend in 1976. He was featured on the Wheaties box. He was a champion.
In 2015, Jenner can find that glory once again — in an even more important space as he will reportedly transition to a transgender woman.
From BuzzFeed:
Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold medalist turned reality

Friday, February 6, 2015

Look how far America's ethics have fallen.

NBC refuses to fire an anchor after he admitted the fabrication of a story. The anchor remains mum about his resignation while he hopes it blows over. Reminds me of when States Attorney Anita Alvarez refused to resign after she got caught with multiple homeowner tax exemptions.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

O'Shea vs. Schaible, Rematch

I invited Candidate Schaible to post an outline of the issues on here. See below. That was 3 weeks ago and I still have nothing. I am wondering what it is that you stand for? 

What are the issues? What do you think? 
Candidate Schaible is welcome to post an outline of the issues on here. 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Attention Retirees, what do you think?

Hey Murph:

I know this of off-topic, but I now pay $653.00 per month or $7836.00 per year out of my Policemens' Annuity and Benefit Fund pension check for single coverage retiree healthcare insurance. 

Today, I called Christ Hospital to schedule a CT scan. The price quoted was about $5000.00. My share was $800.00. Of course, they'd like my $800.00 at time of service. 

What am I getting for my $7836.00 per year?

How about a regular or even permanent thread on retiree health insurance. 

1. Active CPD members need to know what they'll be facing in their Golden Years. 
2. Maybe some retirees have found ways around these outrageous costs. Maybe somebody knows where to get a CT scan for less than $5000.00. 

I feel like I'm paying $20.00 for a loaf of Wonder Bread.

Monday, February 2, 2015

111th and Kedzie is becoming a traffic nightmare!

This past Friday and Saturday mornings, we were driving to Jewel and encountered a slow moving traffic jam at a time when all the other traffic was moving good. It was caused by every other car pulling out of 7-11 and Dunkin Donuts trying to make a left turn. In doing so they are blocking 2 lanes of arterial traffic while they inch out. 

Like other urban renewal projects of the pre-O'Shea era, this one too was half-baked. Something remedial can be done. Visible No Left Turn signs, enforcement of those signs, redesign of the driveways. 

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Pats vs Seahawks. This one is close. I think I have to give the Pats a slight edge. I'm watching it at Horse Thief. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Could this happen in Chicago?


By Nancy Mathieson and Mark Glennon / WirePoints Illinois News - 
Country Club Hills, a suburb of Chicago, seems intent on making itself the poster child for poor financial reporting. A reader recently alerted us to its plight, which indeed looks bad, but just how bad is hidden by the shoddiest municipal financial reporting we have seen.
The city appears to be living day-to-day, short of cash, because its City Council minutes from last month say it’s issuing payment vouchers, just as it did last year at this time. That sets off an alarm, but if you look for data similar to what other towns and cities report, in hopes of getting an explanation and clearer picture, you won’t find it.

It’s an old story for Country Club Hills. In 2011, the Better

Friday, January 30, 2015

Whatever happened to public service?


First Metra now COD. Smaller versions of this happen everyday in the Chicago area. Sorry, a buyout of $763,000 is just too much for  a government employee. We need legislation capping such contracts. If this guy is such a great executive, why isn't he working in private industry? Answer…..he's just not that great. 

College of DuPage fails Good Government 101

Posted: 01/29/2015, 06:56pm | 
The College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
Why do public agencies so love to throw around the taxpayers’ money — your money — just to send some executive off into a rich, fat and early retirement?
It seems like just yesterday that Metra was so obnoxiously free with other people’s money, shelling out $652,363.10 to make its executive director, Alex Clifford, go away. Now the board of the College of DuPage has trumped Metra in this game of indefensible giveaways, approving $763,000 in severance for its president. As part of the deal, the president, Robert Breuder, will quit his $484,813-a-year job three years early.
This for a guy who already scooped up a $508,000 compensation package when he left his previous job as president of Harper College.
To make matters worse, the community college’s board saw no need to keep the public apprised along the way about what’s happening to their wallets.
Since hiring Breuder in 2008, the College of DuPage board has sweetened his contract at least five times to give him extensions, more money and more time off. But approval of three of those changes sailed through without showing up on the agenda ahead of time and

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