02 December 2013
I am a writer and Chicago Police Officer currently working on a book about several murders in 1982. I have also followed closely the Howard Morgan case, sitting through much of both trials.
I have read many articles from journalists about controversial cases, but I do not think I have read any as depraved and morally banckrupt as your column today. Your overwhelming bias should banish you from serious journalism.
The reason Howard Morgan was found guilty was that there was overwhelming evidence that he pulled a gun on the officers and fired at them 17 times from a short distance for no reason. Naturally, you don't mention in your tripe that three of the officers were wounded a result of Morgan's firing at them, one saved from a probablly fatal wound to his chest by his vest. Nor do you mention the changing statements of Morgan and his wife throughout his case, the complete and total breakdown of his case during the trial, leaving his attorneys with no argument whatsoever to posit in Morgan's defense. You don't mention the fact that at one point the defense claimed that Morgan never even fired his gun, a claim devoid of reality given the immense amount of forensic evidence.
Then there are the connections you make from this case to Jon Burge and the shooting in Florida. There is nothing even remotely similar in these cases. Nothing. That you would tie them together reveals nothing about the Morgan case save your own despicable bias and racism.
The tide is turning in Chicago. The wrongful conviction movement is collapsing. Journalists, attorneys, cops, and civilians are seeing clearly the abuses of the justice system that have taken place in Chicago, particularly in the Anthony Porter case, where wrongful conviction zealots knowing freed a cold blooded killer for their own profit and celebrity. The most striking feature of this collapse will be the total negligence of the journalists in Chicago. You will be among the worst of them.
If you are seriously interested in rooting our corruption and racism in Chicago, you would do well to start by looking in the mirror.
See you at the sentencing hearing on Thursday.
Martin Preib ____________________________ Moprah gots herself bitch-slapped! LOL ... Marty wrote the book "The Wagon and other stories" back in 2010 and recently published some works on his blog (Crooked City (See blogroll on the right for the link too). Marty's been working on the Anthony Porter case for years and has done much to roll back the "wrongful conviction" movement. As a matter of fact, he has two videos posted to his Youtube space which show definitively that gang-bangers in 002 and 003 were coached to claim "police brutality" as a ploy to get their charges dismissed or to hit a pay day. That is exactly what Anthony Porter did and it worked. Check out Marty's page, and buy his book. I understand he plans to publish a new book sometime within the next few months. I'll have a review of it, and more info in the coming months. Stay tuned, and a big thanks to Marty for fighting for REAL justice.
Personal Spirituality versus Public PolicyThis week's sermon (12.01.2013) was the final discussion on "Exiles" and Eric took the time to quote heavily from I Peter 5. This chapter and verse deals with church elders and early church leadership challenges. Peter defined Satan (v.8) as a Lion that "prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." Eric uses I Peter to admonish the elders that they are to "care for their flock" - as they're the leaders of the congregation and answer to the congregation. Eric even goes so far as to use Wayne Grudem's definition of the Devil ("A personal spiritual being who is in active rebellion against God and has many other Demons at his disposal and whose goal is to destroy you and the Church.") Forgive me - but what utter dreck! Christianity is obsessed with Lucifer (latin: light-bearer) and to personify him really diminishes what Satan, and Sin, both ultimately are. What did we humans do for the 200,000 years of humanity before Christ died??? But that is for another time and another blog post. If you're interested, CG Jung (1952) exposed the psychotic public persona of the biblical "god" in his monograph "Answer to Job". I strongly suggest it. The sermon then turned when Eric Flood began what seemed like a harangue - going as far as to state that the elders (or Pastor's) job is not to please everyone within the church (ie. there's no room for consensus) and then goes on to list 3 types of followers within the church: 1. Cynical - those who naturally distrust the authority of the church and who disagree with its leadership. 2. Idealistic - those who have an ideal vision of what the church's message should be and want it formed into a bulwark 3. Realistic - those who are flexible and patient enough to "trust the process" and who support the church's mission of "serving the common good." (Eric's words). Eric presented these 3 options in a dogmatic manner - as if there really are only 3 types of parishioners in the world. I could count myself as all 3 at one time or another. But for now count me in among the cynics. It's not because I have some in-bred hostility to religion or reject the church and her teachings, but because I take the long-view when it comes to history and mythology. I know that I do not know. I do know there is a higher power, a Great and Profound Mystery, operating in the Universe and that we are all God's creatures. Our various mythologies show us that there are energies at work in the universe; and those same energies are at work inside each and every one of us. But what evangelicals teach week in and week out, all across the world is that we must engender a relationship with Christ. It is as if Christ is out there somewhere and we have to praise, supplicate and ingratiate ourselves to some outer diety in order to obtain the goodies (ie. salvation). Did God create us to be His personal rump swabs? (Again; read Answer to Job for a thorough discussion.)
East versus WestWhat constitutes enlightenment in the West is vastly different from the East. In the sermon Eric actually said some of us have obtained a "sufficient level of spiritual maturity" (What does that even mean?!?!?!). But I do know that your personal spiritual endeavors are just that - personal. The virtues that South Park church supports - charity, pro-life, good deeds, missionary work, diversity, multiculturalism, and caring for your community are all wonderful if you choose to embrace them in order to unencumbered yourself from from the daily miasma of human existence. Through meditation and prayer we can seek a deeper spiritual understanding of whatever organized religion we follow. But what we have now is the thread that most American Clergy are entwined with and that is the Social Gospel (ie. The Christian Left) ie. collectivism. What we have is the atheist Left, using the censorship of political correctness, in an attempt at crushing religion out of existence so that the State can become the 'end-all-be-all'. Your spiritual development is such a wide open and deeply personal journey, how can it be anything but extremely private? Nobody can put a One-Size-Fits-All template on it. That's why much of the bible's teaching are vague and written in general terms so that it leaves it up the communicant to determine his own path. Here is the great Evan Sayet on How Liberals Think and notice how he talks about John Lennon's song "Imagine" and how, when you break down the lyrics it is a mandate to destroy society where nothing matters. This is the theme of Moral Relevance that is soul-crushing.
Steely Dan and BuddhismIf you want my two cents on what's wrong with modern Christianity (other than the infusion of Marxist Collectivism) is that it tries to be all things to everyone. But what is Jesus Christ except the reincarnation of Gautma Buddha, Orpheus and Osiris? It is a story as old as the hills - the King who is ritualistically murdered and reincarnated. THAT should infuse our understanding of Christ's real message. The Ham Naggadi texts, which are ascribed to the Apostle Thomas, aren't recognized by most churches. Even though they've been carbon dated to about the time of Christ and were written by someone who claimed to be part of Jesus' inner sanctum. The reason The Nag Hammadi texts remain unacknowledged is because they quote Jesus as saying "The kingdom of the Father is here right now and men do not see it." In effect Jesus says that through prayer and meditation, every one can communicate with the Father, and that God is actually inside each of us, surrounds us, and is ubiquitous. Ask yourself one question: Why was Jesus Christ killed? Answer? Because he said "I and the Father are one." He committed the Prime Heresy. So did the Muslim mystic Hallaj in the year 700AD and they murdered him for saying the same thing. ___________________ While we're on the theme of heresy, as I write this I am listening to Steely Dan's "Time out of Mind" --- it is one of the most spiritual songs I've ever heard. Here are the lyrics. Yea, I know some think it is an homage to heroin but I prefer to look at the symbols employed by Becker and Fagan. The symbols in the song are alchemical. Keep your eyes on the sky (Look to heaven, our father in the sky, the Yin of the masculine), put a dollar in the kitty (do your devotions either with time, energy or money but do a good deed), Don't the moon look pretty (the Moon is the feminine - as opposed to the masculine Sun in many myths. The moon is also a renewal symbol and a mandala. The mandala expresses perfection and wholeness.) Tonight when I chase the dragon (The Dragon in eastern myths is a positive symbol of the Chi energy that brings luck, abundance and good health. Our idea of Dragons is that they guard gold and virgins: Neither of which they know what to do with. Dragons in our culture are mindless, greedy beasts.) The silver will turn to gold, time out of mind (The alchemical philosophers converted base matter to gold. They hid the true meaning of the "processes" by using allegorical symbols. The base matter (food, drink, and stored sexual energy thru celibacy) was converted into "gold" (i.e.. Chi, or body energy and moved around the body through the various body meridians to achieve a spiritual breakthrough or enlightenment. The Buddhists, and Taoists masters speak of a light that the practitioner brings up the conception vessel culminating at the Crown of the head.) I am holding a mystical stone (see The Monkey King for a discussion of the Stone and how it relates to alchemy and power.) Time out of mind (In Eastern philosophy, eternal doesn't mean "forever" - it means a place that is transcendent of our idea of time and space. It is a different dimension beyond our simple 3 dimensional concepts. The Taoists have a saying that the sage knows heaven and earth without leaving his hut.) From Lao Tsu's "Tao Te Ching"
Utopianism, ObamaCare & Star TrekWhat set me off during today's sermon? Pastor Eric began to read (in a modern interpretation) from some document allegedly written by someone called Antony of Bithynia (1st century Asia Minor, aka. Turkey). I have been unable to locate this letter anywhere on the internet so I'm not sure if he was just creating a "skit" of what Antony, Silas and Lucius went through after receiving Peter's letter. This may have been a mock rebuttal from "Antony of Bithynia" that Eric chose in order to make a point. Regardless, Eric read this "letter" in Antony's voice and expressed how hurt Antony was upon coming back to Bithynia and finding church elders getting into pissing matches over who would serve communion, what type of music Lucius would play on his lyre - and all sorts of issues that is, quite frankly, a part of any body or organization. I don't care if you're a church, a Boy Scout troop or a Lodge of Freemasons - these territorial squabbles are ubiquitous. They are part and parcel of the human condition. The author of this "letter" then decries the elders as being in two camps: The conservatives, who if the church changed too much, would desert the fledgling organization - and the progressives, who if the church didn't change enough would leave. Antony allegedly states that all the elders were "governed by fear" and this type of conflict would keep people from wanting to be part of the church. What I took from this was that Eric was telling us today ~ directly ~ that we were to keep politics; liberal or conservative from the hallowed halls of SP Church. As I said, for spiritual development, you can disregard politics - for a time. What Eric doesn't understand is that this country was founded by Christians who wanted to keep God in the mix but wanted to maintain formal religious organizations from dominating the decision making within the government. And what we have now is an over-arching Federal government who is COMPELLING religious organizations to engage in behaviors and policies which those organizations are opposed to (ie. The Catholic church being forced to provide birth control.) When this type of threat is placed against you and your faith, you BETTER step up and say one is wrong and one is unacceptable. Silence kills and if we Christians don't confront the abuse threatening to overwhelm us, then we will suffer and eventually lose our ability to worship God in the manner and form which we want to, as the founders envisioned. As Mark Levin writes in Liberty and Tyranny: "Reason cannot, by itself, explain why there is reason. Science cannot, by itself, explain why there is science. Man's discovery and application of science are products of reason. Reason and science can explain the existence of matter, but they cannot explain why there is matter. They can explain the existence of the universe, but they cannot explain why there is a universe. They can explain the existence of nature and the law of physics, but they cannot explain why there is nature and the law of physics. Science is a critical aspect of human existence, but it cannot address the spiritual nature of man. In this respect science is a dead end around which the Atheist refuses to reason. Reason itself informs man of its own limitations and, in doing so, directs him to the discovery of a force greater than himself - a supernatural force responsible for the origins of not only human existence but all existence, and which itself has always existed and will always exist. For most, the supernatural reveals itself in the Creator - God. Man seeks God's guidance through faith and prayer. The Agnostic accepts the supernatural, but is not so sure of the form of its existence. The Deist accepts that God created the universe and man's condition but left it to man to sort things out through reason. Man is more than a physical creature. As Edmund Burke argued, each individual is created as a unique, spiritual being with a soul and a conscience and is bound to a transcendent moral order established by Divine Providence and uncovered through observation, and experience over the ages. There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all laws, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice equity -- the law of nature and of nations." So to Eric I would say - "It's not about Left and Right, it is about Right and Wrong." If we Christians follow the Marxist Left, then we aren't supporting "social justice" and "equality" - we are taking the opposite tact. We are supporting an amoral and God-free zone of moral equivalence where nothing is wrong and we are suffocated by political correctness. Where conformity and equality become the highest goods. Nothing can be more anathema to America than that! South Park's mission statement says,"South Park Church exists to walk with God, connect as family and love people in Jesus [sic] name." If you're an evangelical church which professes to obey God's word then why aren't you vocal on the immorality of the modern Democrat party? This party is endangering the health, and lives, of tens of millions of Americans by compelling us off our insurance plans, and pushing us into healthcare exchanges. ObamaCare will directly cause death, suffering and misery; all the while causing costs to skyrocket and quality to plummet. ObamaCare was founded on lies and deceit. The politicians - our modern Pharisees - told us that they had to pass the bill before we could find out what was in it. Now we have the Federal Gov't (HHS) cranking out 30,000 pages of new regulations. What about the $1.5 trillion in debt that Obama is racking up every year? What about unemployment? What about the millions who've dropped out of the job market and jumped onto government roles? Forward! All for the good of the People, right? Is it a moral position to remain silent when confronted with such abuse? When some from your congregation may DIE because everyone stayed silent out of Political Correctness - which is nothing more than FEAR? Didn't Antony of Bithynia exclaim his disgust with the Elders because they all seemed to acting out of fear? Would organizations like South Park have stayed silent on Jewish murders during Hitler's Germany? South Park takes no public position on the murder and torture of Christians in Syria and Somalis. I've heard Eric support traditional marriage and Pro-Life causes but what can be more important than those if the very lives of your congregation are at stake? The Democrat party that is bankrupting our citizens. It is promoting theft, murder and debt. It's core positions are fundamentally immoral and people like Eric Flood, South Park's elders, should have the courage to stand before their congregations and decry Obama, condemn Pelosi, Reid and Schumer. The Democrat party is wrong and collectivism should be criticized. South Park Church, and all churches, should be mindful of the political environment when addressing the needs and concerns of their congregation. This isn't the bridge of the starship Enterprise and, Whoopi Goldberg isn't sitting in 10-Forward ready to dispense wisdom like the Oracle at Delphi. This is real life and we congregants who are concerned and scared for the future of our country would like the church to get behind the conservative movement in this country. Conservatism is the only antidote to tyranny - and bald-faced tyranny is what we are up against. The last thing I'll say to my brothers and sisters is this: If you live within your means, pay your taxes, live responsibly, take action, take care of your family and friends, work every day and obey the laws then why don't you vote for the party that supports all of those virtues? Why vote for the party that wants to deride those virtues? Vote like you Live!
30 March 2013
Gay MarriageHmmm. What to do with that.
Well I will tell you exactly what you can do with that, and that is to stop using the word marriage and gay in the same sentence. By now it may be already too late, if you believe Rush Limbaugh. Though he's not always right, he's usually pretty close.
Gay people. They've come a long way since the infamous Stonewall Riots in NYC. But it has morphed into a David & Goliath myth; invoking a victimized underclass fighting for its Civil Rights and using violence as a last resort. But is this so? Were Gays so "put upon" that their only resort was to create its own cultural brand? Hardly.In his radio show today, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said defenders of traditional marriage have lost the battle, even though the Supreme Court won’t hand down its decisions for another few months. “I don’t care what the Supreme Court does, this is now inevitable,” Limbaugh said, “and it’s inevitable because we lost the language on this.”
Limbaugh took issue with the idea that the word marriage was already applied to gay couples. Therefore, he asserted, modifiers like “hetero” or “opposite-sex” are now at times added to denote a union between a man and a woman.
“I maintain to you that we lost the issue when we started allowing the word ‘marriage’ to be bastardized and redefined by simply adding words to it – because marriage is one thing, and it was not established on the basis of discrimination. It wasn’t established on the basis of denying people anything,” the radio host said. “Marriage is not a tradition that a bunch of people concocted to be mean to other people with. But we allowed the left to have people believe that it was structured that way.”
RadicalsThe 1960's saw the birth of several movements; including the Gay Liberation Movement. The New Left infused the debate in the 60's with a new brand of activism. To some it seemed that starting a "movement" was something that could lead to greater glory and personal esteem. We saw that beginning in the 60's a large number of Statist groups came to the forefront to Agitate under the banner of Saul Alinsky. These groups publicly decried for greater "freedoms" and for "liberation" but what they secretly wanted was a society that was unconstrained by the constitution, the church and ultimately God.
Whether the Statist group was black, latino, gay or communist - no matter. The ends justified the means. Each Identity Group began to stake out its claim on the Labor of the US Citizen. And make no mistake: the Statists of the 60's are no different than those that are preaching their "victimhood" today. As Mark Levin so eloquently pointed out on page 15 of Liberty and Tyranny, the Statist can be captured in one snapshot.
Levin goes on to describe that the Statist, thus put upon by the civil society, and expected to conduct himself in an honorable and responsible manner, realizes that he's encumbered with the anger and petulance, and that he must convince the Individual to be dehumanized and controlled. What better way to do that than through the instrumentalities of government. Because who's going to fight City Hall? Once the government becomes the All-encompassing Leviathan, then the citizen has nowhere else to go BUT to the State."The Conservative must accept that the Statist does not share his passion for Liberty and all the good that flows from it. The Statist does not acknowledge the tremendous benefits to society from the individual pursuits of tens of millions of others. The Statist rejects the Founders' idea of the dignity of the individual, who can flourish through ordered Liberty, for one rooted in unpredictability, irrationality and ultimately tyranny.
It is observed that the Statist is dissatisfied with the condition of his own existence. He condemns his fellow man, surroundings and society itself for denying him the fulfillment, success, and adulation he feels he deserves. He is angry, resentful, petulant, and jealous. He is incapable of honest self-assessment, and rejects the honest assessment of himself by others, thereby evading responsibility for his own miserable condition. The Statist searches for significance - even glory - in a Utopian fiction of his own minds' making, the earthly attainment of which he believes, is frustrated by those who do not share it. Therefore he must destroy the civil society piece by piece. For the Statist, Liberty is not a blessing but the enemy." ~ Liberty and Tyranny, page 15.
Pay No Attention to the Queen behind that curtain!So the GLF starts to agitate for more "rights" (whatever that means, since the last time I checked Gays weren't being denied their constitutional rights; and thrown from buildings and placed into Internment Camps). And now ~ Voila! ~ 40+ years later after all the brainwashing, propaganda and demagoguery - we've finally arrived. Now, the Gay Statist believes, we can officially pressure the court through majoritarianism (ie. Mob Rule) into establishing homosexual marriage as Just the Same As traditional marriage. That way, the Gay Mafia can bypass the ballot box and go straight to the courts to get their warped world view institutionalized. And the Liberal-Straights go right along! Seems that nowadays, Conformity is the highest virtue of the Modern Democrat voter. And we know that every Gay person is just like the funny, witty and stylishly dressed Gay couple in the ABC TV show "Modern family' - right? From Mark Steyn's column today:
And Steyn demolishes the "interracial marriage" argument here.Gay marriage? It came up at dinner Down Under this time last year, and the prominent Aussie politician on my right said matter-of-factly, "It's not about expanding marriage, it's about destroying marriage."
That would be the most obvious explanation as to why the same societal groups who assured us in the Seventies that marriage was either (a) a "meaningless piece of paper" or (b) institutionalized rape are now insisting it's a universal human right. They've figured out what, say, terrorist-turned-educator Bill Ayers did – that, when it comes to destroying core civilizational institutions, trying to blow them up is less effective than hollowing them out from within.
On the other hand, there are those who argue it's a victory for the powerful undertow of bourgeois values over the surface ripples of sexual transgressiveness: gays will now be as drearily suburban as the rest of us.
A couple of years back, I saw a picture in the paper of two chubby old queens tying the knot at City Hall in Vancouver, and the thought occurred that Western liberalism had finally succeeded in boring all the fun out of homosexuality.
SCOTUS tissueSo here we are with SCOTUS hearing arguments from both sides on the Gay Marriage issue. We know how the "lesser lights" on the Supreme Court are going to vote (ie. Sotomayor, Ginsburg and Elaine "Diesel Dyke" Kagan). The only thing their brief will be good for is to wipe your ass with it. Where do I come down on it? I come down on the side of the sovereign individual, and on the side of traditional marriage. You cannot look back at the history of our civilization, including our ancestors who were painting the cave walls at Lasceoux France some 35,000 years ago, and ignore that traditional marriage (ie. between one man, and one woman) was the linchpin of human evolution. What society promoted and enshrined homosexuality and flourished?
The fall of the Roman Empire was a result of "the effeminacy of a few in Carthage, a paradise for homosexuals, who infected the many.
"The abhorrent presence of a few gays infected a good part of the (Roman) people," Prof Mattei told Radio Maria, a Catholic radio station.
The TruthOf course this author took a beating for daring to offend the Gay Mafia and its apparatchiks. You know they've got a society to convert! While less than 3% of Americans are actually Gay, the common belief amongst the population is that between 25 - 40% are Gay. That shows you how effective the Gay Mafia's propaganda machine has been these last 30 years. Everyone knows the story about Matthew Shephard, and while tragic, it was an aberration. But the Gay Mafia pounced on it like a cat grabs a field mouse, and ran with it in order to show "how homophobic America is." Don't believe the Hype. If you want to see what life in these United States of America will be like under a Gay Marriage banner, you need look no farther than Massachusetts. MassResistance put together a nice summation of what the Straights (and their children) have had to deal with since SSM was instituted. It ain't pretty! Back in the day, homosexuality was considered deviant sexual behavior. Gays were considered perverts and sex criminals. Today their lifestyle has been "mainstreamed" through the silver screen (ie. Broke Back Mountain) and TV (Modern Family, Sex and the City). The propaganda is that "they're exactly like you and me." When we know deep down that that isn't the case. Nobody is perfect and in the scope of my experience, many homosexual men that I come in to contact with are sexual abuse survivors. Many were abused at a young age (pre-verbal) and cannot articulate when they "got gay". Instead of demanding that gays deal with their dysfunction and "catch up" to the rest of society, the Liberal-Progressive have deemed that the easier path is to just use government to put the Stamp of Approval on it, and the hell with the ballot box. And just today, Drudge reports that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is outlawing the adoption of Russian children by foreign, Gay couples. How enlightened the Russian premier is! Gay Marriage is coming, of that I'm sure because the sissyfiscation of our country has already started; and combining that with the Low Information Voter creates a vacuum in which ANYTHING can get pushed through ~ all for "the good of the people" in our Brave New World. God help us.
29 March 2013
You long time fans know I don't just read political screeds (ie. my review of Romancing Mommy). Those always point out how ridiculous the Left and their cheerleaders are and can be pretty redundant. I mean after all we've had 5 years of "hilarity" from Barack Obama and after giving up so much of your personal liberty; what more is there to say?
So the point of my post is this: The other day I was at my favorite Barnes & Noble, stimulating the economy of one of Chicago's more worthy suburbs, when I saw this book sitting on the "new releases" table.
The juxtaposition of the unhappy clay children getting run over by a Tonka Truck was too much to pass up. I picked up the book and flipped it open to a random page. Here is what I read on page 21:
The book is Epic Mom: Failing every day a little bit more than you by Marianne Walsh and Julie Harrison. I found myself completely engrossed in the stories and realized that I'd been standing there oblivious to where my kids had wandered off to. They could have been kidnapped, for god's sake, and here I was standing reading a book on motherhood and laughing out loud.In one of those rare moments of marital serenity when the children were asleep, the laundry was done, and the garbage had been taken out, I looked lovingly into my husband's eyes and asked the question many wives have asked their husbands throughout the ages: would you ever remarry should something happen to me?
I looked at him expectantly, waiting for him to go on about my endless patience, virtue, and great beauty (all lies, I know, but I like to hear it anyway). Instead, he just said, "no."
Confidently, I prodded. But why? Because nobody could compare? Who else can heat up a frozen pizza better? You couldn't find someone else to put up with your rants during a Bears game? Why would you never seek love like ours again?
"Because being married is like having a boss."
To quote the Brits, I was gobsmacked. My response to that statement could be heard across Western Avenue. But we needn't go there today. Instead, let me recount another tale that occurred while I was pregnant with my 3rd son and we had to determine who was going to get "fixed" due to some pregnancy issues. I had suggested he handle the deed. Snip snip done. His response?
"What if, God forbid, something happens to you and my next wife wants kids?"
I had a host of angry words to say about his "next wife."
"Hold on there," he interrupted. "That's no way to talk about my next wife....she hasn't even been born yet."
And this is ultimately why I love my husband. He has a marvelous sense of humor, doesn't let me get too self-indulgent, and refuses to follow the script. The unexpected can be so much more fun. Once I calm down.
I bought the book.
I know that this is off topic for my usual political commentary, but when I come across a really good book I like to share it with my Blogger community. At any time you can see what I'm reading by checking the blogroll "What's on my nightstand". I checked Marianne's bio and she's from the Beverly neighborhood and her husband "Joe" is a Chicago Fire-fighter.
I read almost all the book and it is filled with funny stories like the one above, so if you're a husband looking for a good Mothers' Day gift for your wife, mother or sister: look no further. I've saved you a trip to Bed, Bath and Beyond to look for that napkin holder you think your wife desperately needs.
25 March 2013
The New Greece* The Greek government just announced that it will seize the bank accounts of its citizens. Deposits above 100,000 euros in both banks, which are not guaranteed under EU law, will be frozen and used to resolve Laiki's debts and recapitalize Bank of Cyprus, the island's biggest, through a deposit/equity conversion. The raid on uninsured Laiki depositors is expected to raise 4.2 billion euros, Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijssebloem said. Greece debt is aroun 140% of it's GDP. We have just crested the 100% of our GDP mark, with trillions more spending to come thanks to Harry Reid's new budget. (the first in 4 years, by the way!). And the mayhem won't end there in the EU, The Telegraph is reporting that the EU Chief is claiming that other country's banks and assets will be seized at some point in the future. Isn't Totalitarian just a hip smacking great idea! Team Obama is actively trying to find ways to seize your 401K plans. How will they do it? Here's a snippet of far left labor activist Teresa Ghilarducci discussing how the government plans on confiscating your pension plan. Never heard of Teresa Ghilarducci? Well these are the types of people that Obama and his Far Left cronies surround themselves with. This is why ELECTIONS have CONSEQUENCES!
The Fed* The Federal Reserve continues to print money (ie. QE3) which is why the stock market has been going UP as of late. It will eventually increase M1 and M3 to the point that inflation starts to rise. Then you will also see a rise in the cost of financing our US Debt. Right now we spend about 4 billion per day to pay the interest on our Federal Debt. If inflation goes up another 3% you could see that cost rise to 15 billion per day.
ObamaCare* ObamaCare is poised to be implemented and the government has already cranked out 30,000 pages of new regulations. Your medical costs are about to get pretty expensive. Contrary to what this administration said in order to pass the bill, you WILL have lesser care, less options, fewer doctors to choose from, and high premiums. Hey Thanks for Lying to Us, Barry!
EPA StormtroopersThe EPA, created as the erstwhile defender of all that is clean and good, has evolved in to nothing more than the enforcement arm of the Ultra Left conservation movement. The EPA is responsible for shutting down coal plants and, basically, deindustrializing this nation. You see the Left sees YOU, the citizen consumer, as an obstacle. If it weren't for YOU we'd have birds and baby rabbits frolicking through the woods leaving the perfect carbon footprint in the fresh fallen snow. If you go back 2 years and look at your electricity bills and compare them, you will see a sharp rise. In fact, ALL your household costs are about to go through the roof. And remember: This is all PLANNED by our president.
What can you doThis is just the tip of the iceberg. If you do nothing about it, it will continue unabated. You need to get involved. Plug in to what's going on by visiting conservative news sites. Drudge Report, Michelle Malkin, CNS News and Breitbart News are all very good at keeping the info fresh and SITREPs up to date. And PLEASE support the Tea Party. They're on Facebook as well. The problem is that we have two parties in the nation: There is the destructive (dems) and the stupid (republicans). Unfortunately I belong to the Stupid party. RINOS like Karl Rove, McCain and Graham are too busy maintaining the Establishment instead of fighting against this Creeping Tyranny. The Chaos is coming - if you love this country, understand its history and culture, and want a better future - the time is now to stand up and get involved. As Yoda would say, "Wallflowers do not be. Warriors to fight you must."
05 November 2012
27 July 2012
Kass The DabblerKass comes off as "the lone voice in the wilderness" at the Tribune. Greek by heritage and a lover of good homecooked meal, he seems like Mr. Every Man. And maybe he is because many admire and love Mr. Kass for his down-to-earth writing, humorous quips, and ability to give amusing names to despicable figures like Rod "Dead Meat" Blogojevich, Rep. "How you doin'?" Deleo, deriding Obama's Hope and Change absurdity as "Smoking the Hopium" and the ubiquitous Pay-to-Play quid pro quo politics within the "Illinois Combine." You don't get a column on page A2 at the Tribune four days a week if you're not a solid talent, and a skilled writer with a large base of followers. John Kass is good at that. It is his political and ideological under-pinnings that bother me. He's a dabbler, a conservative Dilettante. One week he's good, defending Sarah Palin (though I still can't figure out why he thinks she's a goof)
|(June 2011) Excited reporters rummaged desperately through more than 24,000 emails of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin in the hopes of finding her saying something stupid. So frantic were the New York Times and Washington Post that they went so far as to solicit readers to help them dig up the dirt on the conservative Palin.It was what it was a liberal media witch hunt. About the only thing they forgot to do was shriek, "Burn her! Burn her!" Though I'm a conservative, the charismatic and optimistic Palin isn't exactly my cup of tea. I preferred the charismatically challenged and much more pessimistic Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who's no longer running for president because his wife said so. Isn't it time we just abandon the pretense of objectivity in news-gathering when Palin is involved? The public surely picks up on the snarky tone in the coverage, that coiled seething media rage against Palin. But for what, exactly? Her fertility? Her femininity? Her pro-life views? Her ability to shoot and pray? And I've also seen seasoned journalists get as wiggly as puppies when President Barack Obama comes around. Their faces glow. Some even leave wet spots on the carpet. So I can't imagine major news organizations asking readers to help their reporters dig up political dirt on Obama from his days as a Chicago politician. Yes, I know it's not fashionable to say so, but Obama is a Chicago politician. All you've got to do is see his chief of staff, Billy Daley, crouching in the Oval Office like some gargoyle. But you wouldn't know it from the national media.|
|"It's absurd," said Andy Thayer, NATO protest organizer. "I don't even think absurd is the right word."He attended Northwestern University, and he's now an office manager in a Chicago law firm that handles Chicago police brutality cases. As the face and voice of the Occupy crowd in Chicago, he's the one you'll see interviewed most often.We sat together Thursday along the Chicago River, near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Wabash Avenue and Wacker Drive. If you saw us there, you might have thought we were some kind of political odd couple.While we don't agree on politics, we do agree on the right of the American people to have their say.As Chicago prepares for this weekend's NATO summit, and the protests that are part of the package, we talked of great men who spoke their minds long ago. Americans name lagers after them, and honor them on July 4, grilling meat and drinking beer in their names, lighting fireworks and waving flags.And the nation tries to remember what it was they did exactly.Here's what they didn't do. They didn't ask the government for license to stand in so-called protest zones.|
|Is President Barack Obama on the verge of being attacked by a bunny wabbit? Absolutely. All the signs suggest that Obama is in immediate danger of a rabbit attack. It would ruin what's left of his presidency. And it would horrify Democrats by ushering in, say, a President Bachmann.It might happen while he's on that ridiculous vacation of his. Obama is chilling at some exclusive multimillion-dollar estate on Martha's Vineyard, even as thousands more Americans hit the unemployment lines, and as Republicans like Michele Bachmann make wild-eyed, crazed claims about bringing back $2 per gallon gas.|
|Michele Bachmann had her troubles with American history, and Rick Santorum seems ready to punch anyone who won't let him attack Iran tomorrow morning.|
|As the Republican presidential candidates and their mouthpieces prattle on the TV from sunny South Carolina, I look up from the screen and out the window and sigh, a conservative heretic at rest, staring at all that cold Midwestern snow.There's a yellowed sketch tacked to the wall of my work space, a cowboy Ronald Reagan smiling in eternal optimism. And on a bookshelf is a dusty, dog-eared copy of Russell Kirk's "The Conservative Mind." Surrounded as I am by such dry artifacts of forgotten times, I sometimes wonder why I keep them. It could be self-mockery, or something like the way an amputee decides to keep the unused boot in the closet, out of sight, but near.And still, I can't ditch this feeling that I might be boiled in oil for the heresy I'm about to spout:President Barack Obama will win re-election in 2012.The reason he'll win?He knows who he is. And the Republican politicians don't know who they are. They've forgotten what they're about, or perhaps like some isolated tribe, they've lost the language necessary to explain it to themselves.|
|There are, of course, legitimate conservative critiques of the creative destruction so favored by Wall Street. Capitalism creates freedom, but it also destroys. It breaks families, associations; it leads to what some call radical individualism in the extreme, and unrestrained appetites and overindulgence.The late Kirk or William F. Buckley could have made such arguments, but can the current crop of so-called conservatives?|
The Midwest Academy and the TribuneJ-schoolers are indoctrinated in the machinations of Marxism, but because Chicago is a fetid One-Party swamp of "pay to play" Democrats, the newspapers figure it is in their fiscal best interest to play along. Don't get me wrong - they'll put up some "special investigation" once in a great while to show that they're "intrepid" reporters but let's be honest. We haven't been able to put "intrepid" in front of a reporter's name since Jimmy Olsen at the Daily Planet. Tribune reporter Kate Thayer (related to Chicago Cop-Watch, Anti-War radicals Andy and Spencer Thayer perchance?) tied herself into a pretzel in order to slam Newt Gingrich and to claim that Saul Alinsky was not really a "radical" but simply "a community organizer". She also claims that Ayers and Alinsky couldn't have any ties since Alinsky died in 1972. Nancy Thorner does a great job breaking down Thayer's ridiculous contentions here. The Midwest Academy, founded by Heather Booth in 1973, claims to have trained 30,000 people. How many of those 30K ended up working at the Chicago Tribune, Sun-Times or Chicago Defender? Well the Tribune is smart enough to not say. (Here's a great breakdown on what the MA is all about.) Frankly, when the Tribune endorsed Obama for president, they lost me. I'd been a subscriber to them since the early '90s but in February of 2011 I called them and canceled my subscription. Surprisingly (or not so) I continue to receive daily deliveries to this day. I wonder how much money the federal government contributes to rags like the Sun-Times and Tribune to bolster their subscription numbers. Everyone knows that the print media is dying but maybe Obama thinks Leftist papers are "too big to fail." Or maybe he's just buying the support of his alleged "home town" newspaper. When owner Sam Zell was planning on selling the Cubs to help get the financially troubled Tribune out of bankruptcy, the Rezko trial showed that Blagojevich tried to exploit the paper's financial trouble in an effort to have several editors fired. Remember that convicted felon Blagojevich is on tape saying that Obama is more "Tony'd up than me" - implying that the major Chicago papers and media were ignoring Obama's involvement in the Rezko deal. It's not a shock if you've lived in this city for any length of time. Rezko got the Obama's a sweet-heart deal on a plot of land in Hyde park for a song. John Kass treated it with kid gloves, not quite going along with it, but not really get worked up about it. He did criticize Obama for being guilty of being "boneheaded" but not for willfully engaging in a criminal act. That's kind of a big difference.
|Rezko was of the old broken politics, which is the same as the new, hopeful politics. Human nature doesn't change and politics has always been about leverage, about stacking government boards and commissions with your allies to direct the spending of billions if not trillions of public dollars. The rest is pixie dust. It is the great game of who gets what, and how much. The larger the government, the greater the prize.Obama is at the top of that heap. Rezko is at bottom,|
06 July 2012
25 April 2012
03 April 2012
Here's what they're all about (from their website):
Chicago Justice Denied is a website devoted to revealing corruption within the city’s criminal justice system. This corruption has resulted in the release of convicted offenders who were in fact guilty of heinous crimes, particularly the Anthony Porter case.
Porter was sentenced to death for the murder of a couple in 1982. After the Innocence Project at Northwestern University became involved, Porter was exonerated and set free. Yet the evidence is overwhelming that Anthony Porter did in fact commit the murders.
By addressing this and other cases based upon the public record, investigation, and input from first responders, Chicago Justice Denied reveals a shocking complicity between activists and the media that has undermined legitimate convictions, ruined the careers of investigators and placed members of the public in grave danger.
Sentencing of Porter will be this Thursday at 26th & California, and promises to be a humdinger with all kinds of Chicago "community organizers" venting breathlessly about "justice". Already I'm told that quite a few retired police, journalists and others will be there to support Porter getting sent back to prison for the rest of his life.
Check out CJD's website .... they're doing the work of Sisyphus, and need the support of people who honor the rule of law, and cherish a civil society.
16 March 2012
When it comes to judges in Cook County I could offer you the time-honored tradition of just voting NO to every last one of them, but out of fairness there are a few that should stay on the bench. They represent the 5% that operate out of knowledge, integrity and take the side of the law, not the criminal.
Most however are idiots who deride law enforcement. Many are political hacks with connections to the Magic Kingdom, or Madiganistan. Remember Cynthia Brim? I'm told that the "issues" with Judge Cynthia Brim were known about for many months and yet nothing was done to pull her from the bench. The Illinois courts have little oversight, no restraint and no accountability. There are many "Brims" sitting on the courts, and the only way to get them out is to get informed and vote NO to these despicable cretins.
You will remember that back in January of 2012 John Kass wrote a piece about Dan Degnan, according to Kass "the son of Tim Degnan, Daley's political hammer". ("It's easy to judge why this inexperienced lawyer will get on the bench" January 20, 2012)
Read the article and it tells you everything you need to know about what really goes on in the court system in Illinois.
So without further adieu, let's look at the worst of the worst: Judge Mary Jane Theis. While she gets a "highly qualified" rating from the Illinois Bar, and an endorsement by the Tribune, don't believe the hype. What Theis doesn't want you to know is that she is a political flunky, and a divisive faction on the Illinois Supreme court. She lied about her background, she is imperious, condescending and has a superficial understanding of the law, courtroom procedures and decorum.
She cast the deciding vote in allowing Rahm Emanuel to remain on the mayoral ballot when his residency was called into question. What she never disclosed is that she has a relationship with Emanuel. She lives across the street from Rahm Emanuel, and her son either worked, or is working, for his campaign. She should have recused herself but she saw an opportunity to feather her own nest and put herself in a position to benefit should Rahm win the election. And - Voila! Here we are. Yet, Theis complained that Justice Burke should have recused herself from the Emmanuel decision because Burke's husband, the alderman , was supporting Chico. How ironic that it was Burke and Freeman who actually analyzed the issue in that case and wrote an opinion that put the majority opinion to shame. While these two justices agreed with the majority, they actually wrote an opinion that displayed some legal accumen. My connections on the courts tell me that Justices Burke and Freeman don't get along with Theis and secretly hope she gets knocked out by Pucinski.
She was appointed by Fitzgerald a year ago and is nothing more than a shill for the Demcocrat party. In fact, Progress Illinois says,"The Cook County Democratic Party also backs Theis and in her campaign commercials Theis dubs herself, “The Democrat for Supreme Court.”
From the ProgressIllinois website: "Emanuel called Theis the “Swing vote” on the court. That’s a questionable quip, since Theis was part of the court’s unanimous decision last year that found Emanuel to be a Chicago resident and, therefore, eligible to run for mayor." You'll also be shocked to learn that Theis has raised $1.1 million so far, compared to Pucinski's paltry $30,000. Hmmmmm ... I wonder where Theis got all those donations? Surely from hard-working "Middle Class" grandmothers in Canaryville, and not from Emanual's hand-picked Union Donation Squad. Even the left-leaning Illinois Committee for Honest Government says that Theis is "too beholden to politicans." She uses the endorsements of special interest groups in her advertisements. One example is Planned Parenthood. Citing this organization as a supporter of her candidacy sends the message that she might rule favorably in a case that is likely to appear before the Supreme Court where there are pro-choice and right to life issues. In my opinion, this is utterly inappropriate.
Vote NO for Mary Jane Theis.
(While we're on the topic of the Illinois Supreme Court, it is in shambles. It is in shambles primarily because of Theis and her shenanigans. Justice Evans has been trying to pull the group together and clean up the mess but Theis is standing in everyone's way. Theis aside, my sources tell me that many of the other justices don't
even show up for work, they're ignorant of the law, they have no limits, they are like kids wearing crowns on their heads, have a penchant for temper tantrums, petulant, abusive and disrespectful. The two good ones on the court are Burke and Freeman.)
Another one of the worst is Lorna E. Propes. She is running to keep her seat on the 7th Judicial Court. Here is Propes in a photo with her bestie Lisa Madigan.
Ms. Propes garnered the Second Worse spot on my informal survey. Her shortcomings: I'm told that she is ignorant of the law, ignorant of procedures, frequently makes mistakes in the courtroom and then blames the attorneys, and is imperious and condescending. Of course, like the good little political hack that she is, she's intent on using her own prejudices to enforce the law. Check out this interview in which she brags how she's going to rule in favor of Gay Marriage, Hate Crimes and civil unions. I'm told that Propes has no business adjudicating cases because she's utterly incompetent.
The honor of the Third Worse Judge in Cook County belongs to Judge Laura Cha-yu Liu. I blogged about her back in December. She is running unopposed for the 8th Sub-circuit.
She was allegedly diagnosed with cancer and has been on medical leave for quite a while. That, however, doesn't stop her from coming down to the courts, and yucking it up with some of her pals. She's not bed-ridden, is still on the public payroll. Other judges on her circuit are upset because they are carrying her case load. For all appearances she looks fine and capable of doing her job but she's more interested in milking her situation and not doing what she was appointed to do.
How does she continue to get away with this? She is none other than the wife of Michael J. Kasper - Michael Madigan's "favorite attorney". Kasper also represented Emanuel during his residency challenge. According to the website for Kasper's law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, Mr. Kasper has represented "Congressional Representatives Rahm Emanuel, Daniel Lipinski, Bill Foster, Phil Hare, William O. Lipinski, Bobby Rush and Jan Schakowsky." That's quite a resume, and not surprising that his wife gets special favors, and a judgeship to boot. It's also no wonder how she got appointed to a seat with no opponent.
A great piece of investigative work that relates to Cook County judges and their collective ineptness can be found at Judicial Hellholes. It highlights some of the more egregious cases that our idiotic judges have decided in the last 12 months. It you have time it is worth the read. You'll learn some fun facts; like how a man named Dominic Choate made $3.9 million in a lawsuit against a railroad because the man's "jack ass" style trick cost him his leg.
Vote NO to these judges:
* Judge Mary Jane Theis
* Judge Gubin
* Judge Lorna Propes
* Judge Laura Cha-yu Liu
* Judge Scott Neville
* Judge Gubin
* Judge Ericka Reddick (Sam Amirante case)
* Judge Gillespie
* Judge Wheatley
* Judge Steven Connelly
* Judge Lyons
* Judge David Bender
* Judge George Skully
* Judge O'hara
* Judge Collins-Dole
Vote YES for the following judges:
* Judge Nick Ford
* Judge Kay Marie Hanlon
* Judge Patrick J. Sherlock
* Judge Pucinski (against Theis)
* Judge Pamela Leeming
* Judge Domenica A. Stephenson
* Judge Joy Cunningham.
Illinois is in the mess that it is in because of an apathetic voting base. Illinois voters continue to just punch the names that are followed by the "D" ... that's how we continue to get people like George Ryan, Mike Madigan, Rod Blagovich, Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama.
Illinois deserves better! Spread the word and get out there and vote.
03 January 2012
I hesitate to endorse anyone at this point with the field wide open, but I think Santorum is the best and most authentic conservative that is running right now.
The Left is going to start pulling out all the weapons from their Bag of Dirty Tricks and start smearing him, Palin and Romney, so just get ready for the shit storm.
We are on the path of collapse, thanks in large part to Team Obama. Obama, the worst president in US history, is crushing us under massive tax and spending plans, killing jobs via Cap & Trade and a smothering flurry of EPA regulations.
Remember that what Obama inherited was $161 billion deficit (it's now almost 100% of our GDP), and a 4.6% unemployment rate. ObamaCare - which will effectively place the Government's cost schemes over the life and quality of the individual citizen, is the biggest Civil Rights issue that we've faced in the last 40 years.
Give Rick a hard look and decide for yourselves whether he's the best there is, and if he is worthy of your vote.
In 2012 we have to decide whether we want to be a Socialist clone of the EU, or a unique, constitutional republic that honors the individual while restraining the State's authority. As Mark Levin aptly put it, I'd vote for an orange juice can right now instead of Obama.
31 December 2011
Line of duty deaths this year by gunfire are up more than 10% across the nation. Vehicle line of duty deaths are down 17%.
Remember to never get complacent, always stay aware and take care of each other. When you're driving around in the squad car, keep the cell phone in your pocket and pay attention to your surroundings and radio. Never take anything for granted.
Hug your kids, say a prayer, and keep yourselves in good physical condition.
God bless you. Thanks for all the great commentary this year and for the support.
Routinely, the activist judges who "serve" Cook County rely more on cronyism than legal precedent in making their decisions.
Case in Point: James Amirante. (author's note: I do not personally know either James or Sam Amirante. This blog post is my opinion based on my reading of public court records.)
James is the son of retired-Judge Samuel L. Amirante. Samuel is the principal partner at Amirante & Associates. While on the courts, Sam made a lot of friends. People tell me that many of those friends are sitting judges in Cook County.
James has problems. Apparently those problems are a result of his behavior. He can't seem to keep from getting arrested. A public record search at the Cook County court revealed that James Amirante has been arrested for Aggravated Domestic Battery to a pregnant woman, and for multiple DUIs.
In fact, the courts were getting so tired of seeing James Amirante that in early 2008 Judge Marguerite A. Quinn issued a harsh sentence against James for his most recent drunken driving charge. But by August 2008 James was tired of having to comply with all those regulations that Judge Quinn ordered so he stopped cooperating.
The Social Service Department, the agency charged with monitoring Misdemeanor DUIs, are those who follow up with the offender's court-ordered rehabilitation program and report to the court. That department detailed James Amirante's short-comings in their Supplemental Violation of Supervision report in August of 2010. Here are the highlights:
* This petition alleges that the Respondent (James Amirante) failed to maintain the required contact with SSD, pay supervision fees, reengage in treatment at Haymarket, complete drug screens and comply with the Breath Alcohol Indicator interlock device on his vehicle.
The report goes on to say that --
In addition to not violating any criminal statute of any jurisdiction, this order of supervision included the following conditions:
* Level 3 Alcohol treatment
* Victim Impact panel
* Supervision fee
* Fines and Costs
* Random drug testing
* SSD Community service program (100 hours)
* BAI ID on vehicle
Amirante went on to violate all those court ordered protocols.
* Defendant was arrested for Domestic Battery in April 2010 and plead guilty. He did 2 years probation.
* Defendant was arrested for Aggravated Domestic Battery to a pregnant woman and unlawful restraint in May of 2009. He plead guilty and was found guilty. He was sentenced to 1 year in IDOC, with credit for 92 days served.
* Defendant was arrested for Domestic Battery in February 2009 and was sentenced to 18 months conditional discharge and 20 days of SWAP ( In March 2010 Judge Joel Greenblatt unsatisfactorily terminated this case and sentenced defendant to 10 days in Cook County jail.)
* Defendant failed to complete Aftercare program and was discharged in November 2009.
* Defendant had BAI ID installed in his vehicle in September 2008 and as of December 2010 has had over 200 failed start attempts.
* Defendant completed 8 out of 12 court ordered drug screens through CSI and Haymarket, however last Drug screen was July 2009. Defendant refused to submit to random drug screen testing in January, February, March and April of 2010.
* Defendant owes $425 in fines, and had completed ZERO out of 100 Community service hours.
* Defendant served 6 months in prison and reported to 1 appointment with SSD. Since that contact, defendant had failed to appear for 3 consecutive scheduled appointments.
The Social Servies Department wrote:
...that the court consider an alternative sentence for this defendant. The defendant has had total disregard for this supervision order since it was written on August 26, 2008. He continues to be non-compliant with the courts conditions, fails to maintain contact with the Social Service department and continues to be a risk to public safety. (emphasis mine).
The most maddening aspect of this case is that Mr. Amirante's case was continued 25 times! That means that Judges glossed over, or ignored, the numerous violations and decided to do nothing. In reality Mr. Amirante's drivers license should have been revoked, and he should have seen significant jail time. Unfortunately, his D/L was NOT revoked, and he saw very little overall jail time, in light of the charges and violations.
Here are some of the judges who touched this case:
* Judge Gillespie
* Judge Wheatley (2 times)
* Judge Steven Connelly (2 times)
* Judge Lyons (2 times)
* Judge David Bender (2 times)
* Judge George Skully (2 times)
* Judge O'hara (2 times)
* Judge Collins-Dole
The final disposition was rendered by Judge Erica Reddick. She terminated the case unsatisfactorily in January of 2011. That means that the case just vanished into thin air. A motion to reconsider this travesty of justice was denied by Judge Reddick in March of 2011.
Based on the court papers filed, it is evident that the Social Service department did an excellent job of cataloging and presenting to the courts just how dire Amirante's situation was.
The magnitude of this case is mind-numbing, but all too-familiar to those of us who actually attend courts in Cook County. Nothing will happen to these judges unless the public actually learns how corrupt they are and decides to vote them out of office.
(On a side note, Judge Thomas J. Carroll of Judicial Sub-circuit #3, believes DUIs are quasi-criminal, and decides the cases before his bench with that mind-set. Note to Carroll: DUIs are Misdemeanor offenses with punishment up to 1 year in jail, and $1,000 in fines.)
Also on my radar is Judge Laura Cha-yu Liu. Judge Liu left a large firm, was appointed to the bench in December of 2010, and then developed cancer. I don't know how many days she was actually a judge but she's been seen around the halls at 50 W Washington, smiling, chatting and getting coffee at Starbucks. She is being paid while she's on medical leave. Maybe the Inspector General can look into how "sick" Judge Liu really is.
I attempted to get audio or stenographer notes from other hearings and was informed that audio recordings, and stenographer recordings, were canceled 5 years ago. So the only information I could get were court filings and reports. With no recordings, it was impossible to tell what the various judges told their defendants, which ones acted like advocates and social workers, and what their courtroom decorum was like.
Satire Alert: More "transparency" from our Judicial Know-it-alls.
While Amirante's case is one of the most egregious, it appears that when DUI offenders violate the court conditions, the don't respect their own court orders. They do not take the order seriously nor do they take seriously orders of judges who might have previously sat in on violation proceedings.
Continuing cases in violation proceedings seems to be the order of the day. Many of these cases go on for several years past the termination date. It is not uncommon to find cases that are 5 or 6 years old.
What is uncommon is for a judge to take away the driving privileges of defendants that refuse to comply with the court's orders and continue to prove that keeping their supervisions in tact only serves to endanger the public.
The courts continue to prove that a defendant's privilege to drive no matter how dangerous he might be outweighs the public's right to get support from the courts in protecting them from harm.
There is no doubt that the conditions on the DUI court orders are onerous and expensive. On average it costs about $15,000 to fight a DUI in Illinois. But what does it take for a judge to understand that when for instance you have a defendant continuously dropping hot for marijuana, alcohol, cocaine, or opiates - the court needs to do everything it can to make it as difficult as possible for that individual to legally drive.
What does it take for a judge to realize that in great part the judges, through their behavior on the bench, are becoming enablers in very dangerous situations. In fact, defendants have been heard to say, when offered revocations of supervision or jail time, that they will never take it because the judges in many of the traffic divisions in Cook County will never send anyone to jail or revoke supervisions.
What we have are findings from a secondary department (SSD) that are routinely being ignored by sitting judges, and in fact, I'm told that the current trend is for the judges to get the case updates from the defendant's attorneys and discount all the information tendered to the court by the various monitoring agency. It is the agency that seems to be on trial in these courts and not the offender.
The next time you're in the voting booth and any of these judges names come up, please vote NO. That would be a start.
30 December 2011
Sad and tragic news as we wind down to the end of 2011. May you find peace and rest in the arms of the angels, Officer Lewis. God bless you, and may He give comfort and succor to all who grieve the loss of yet another Chicago police officer.
07 December 2011
The Independent reports that Hollywood Liberals aren't getting that "warm and fuzzy" feeling about Obama.
Because he hasn't transformed the country into the cesspool of malaise that is every Socialists' dream.
Not yet anyway. Not that he isn't busy trying. Oh sure - he hasn't answered the Hollywood elites' pet issues like Gay Marriage, Global Warming (oops! I mean "Climate Change"), and whether water-boarding is torture (it's not, listening to Obama is real torture.)
The article quotes some actors that have publicly expressed their disappointment with the worst president in History.
One of the actors quoted is Matt Damon.
Poor Matt. When he isn't busy founding Green organizations like "Water.org", he's busy being rather dull and dumb. He is a talented actor but is ignorant of what makes America great. I may even say he is a useful idiot because he has used his public persona to support someone who is actively removing our civil liberties.
Here's the Bright Bulb himself back in March of 2011.
And Obama, Mr. Classy himself, gives Damon a zinger in response.
Now, you'd think that if an A-list celebrity had endorsed you; Actually campaigned for you in Florida - do you think you'd stop and honestly reassess where you're at? Wouldn't you stop and engage in some self-reflection on what you promised and where you could have done better?
Well most of us would - but not Obama. In ObamaWorld there is no honest self-assessment. There is no real "bipartisanship". There is only One Way. Obama says, "What? 70% of Americans don't want Nationalized Medicine? Who cares! Full steam ahead!" Like the good Leftist that he is, he is petulant, morose (not publicly) and absolutely incapable of honest self-assessment. (H/T: Mark Levin in Liberty and Tyranny.)
Going back to The Independent article: you'll notice that they mention an organization called "People for the American Way." What a nice sounding title right?
It was founded by Norman Lear back in 1980 and has championed Leftist platforms and initiatives for the last 30 years. It is one of many but Norman Lear has earned my contempt. You see, the Left in the 60's realized that they needed to find a way to rip the fabric of our society apart. They understood that the foundation of our society is composed of 3 things: the family, the church (belief in God), and our constitution. The family is a threat because it raised children in a stable environment and taught self-reliance. The church because if you believe in God you're less likely to give your "hearts and minds" over to the State. The constitution because if it is interpreted as it is supposed to be interpreted, the federal government is restrained and limited.
Saul Alinsky told his radicalized followers that they had to burrow into the country. They had to "do their thing" in wherever they found themselves. So they went into journalism, TV, Movies, and the courts.
So with that framework in mind, Norman Lear took to the airwaves in 1971 with his hit TV show All in the Family. In this show, Lear's breathless fantasies of demonizing All-that-is-America came to fruition.
Archie Bunker, a cab driver and father, was portrayed as a "patriotic American" who supported Nixon and the war in Vietnam. But the diabolical aspect to Lear's show was that Bunker was also painted as a racist, bigot and homophobe who wanted women in the kitchen, and negroes in the cotton fields.
The not-so-subtle message was that patriotic, republican Americans who had a sense of nationalism and pride in America were closet racists.
Meanwhile, who stood in front of little black children in Alabama? A Democrat.
Which party was in power when Dred Scott was enacted? The Democrats.
Which party fought against the emancipation of slaves most vociferously? The Democrats (Dred-Scott decision).
Which party fought against the civil rights act? The Democrats.
Which party decided to inter 100,000 Japanese Americans because of their ethnicity? The Democrats (FDR).
Which party has an iconic senator from West Virginia who was a Grand Kleagle in the KKK? The Democrats. Here's Byrd in action:
So don't give me the bullshit that Republicans are the party of the Rich, because the Democrat party is primarily responsible for the majority of legislation that has been passed in this country that has actively sought to tear apart the fabric that made us great, thread by thread.
And Norman Lear led the charge. He has my eternal contempt for what he and his fellow travelers have done to hurt ALL Americans.
The Independent article also reminds us that for all the fault finding that the Hollywood-types decry, they're still going to vote for Obama. Because when it comes down to establishing a socialist utopia, they still know how to advance the ball.