31 December 2011

A Subdued New Year

It's been a tough year. We lost Mike Flisk, Paul Nauden, and Cliff Lewis.

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.

Rue

The Son of Sam case

We in law enforcement learn quickly that no matter how many arrests you make, how many gang-bangers you take off the streets, how many tickets you write; you're never sure that your bad-guy will stay off the streets because the Great Unknown is The Courts. As an officer, you always hope for the best - that the court will actually enforce the law as it is written - but you learn fast that sometimes a "Motion to Fix" will be filed and the perp will walk.

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.

Enter James.

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

RIP Officer Clifton Lewis

Chicago Police Officer Clifton Lewis was murdered last night while working security at a convenience store at 1201 N. Austin blvd.

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

HollyWeird Not so Hot on Obama

Leave it to the UK press to do the job that American media outlets just refuse to do.

The Independent reports that Hollywood Liberals aren't getting that "warm and fuzzy" feeling about Obama.

Why?

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.

24 November 2011

Blessings to You

On this day of Thanksgiving, I want to wish each of you a blessed holiday. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comments.

I can't let the opportunity pass to impart some Thanksgiving Day wisdom.



Check out National Geographic's unraveling of what really happened in the colonies on Thanksgiving.

Also, although I don't always agree with Michael Medved, he's spot on in this piece. Some inconvenient truths indeed.

God bless you.

21 November 2011

Infantile Asymptotes

Brilliance on what drives the Leftists: demoralized, ungrateful, immature fools with low self-esteem.



Case in point:


This tattooed malcontent, wearing her favorite Che shirt, is fully cognizant of her "rights" but is utterly ignorant of her obligations. One goes with the other in a civil society. She even goes on to say that the cops are on the same level as her "domestic abuser". You think she may be projecting her own personal character defects on the police and the corporations? Absolutely.



Oooh... the cops put an orange net in front of her! Gasp! They "pulled a guy a part in four directions" until his shoes fell off! Unreal! She sat in the station for like three hours! Oh no! GULAG! FASCISTS! She sweated and didn't have water for like hours! She screamed "He's losing hydration!" at the cops and they just laughed. Oh my God how awful!

The video speaks for itself: the cops are 100% to blame, but the Anarchists and their Marxist class warfare rhetoric are completely innocent.

She's right - we aren't a Democracy. We are a Republic!

19 November 2011

Occupy: SDS deux

As someone said, the only thing the Occupy Wall Street folks were doing 6 months ago was occupying their parents' basements.

What are the OWS types all about? They are all about slogans and overthrowing the United States government.

Why, you ask, would they want to destroy the best and most democratic country on the face of the earth? Because they are blind to the benefits of Capitalism.

From the article:

Every semester I ask my students: "What would you rather be? King of England in 1263 or you?" Every student would rather be themself. They enjoy using their iPhone, indoor plumbing, central heating, refrigerators and electric lighting. All of these things are available to the average person in America today and none of them were available to the aristocracy when the West operated under the feudal system..

How is it that for thousands of years mankind made very little progress in increasing the standard of living and yet today half of the goods and services you use in the next week did not exist when I was born? It wasn't that there was some change in the DNA such that we got smarter. The Greeks knew how to make a steam engine 3,000 years ago and never made one. The difference is in how we organize our economic system. The advent of market capitalism in the mid 18th century made all of the difference.


That is precisely the point: We have evolved in technology by creating an environment where the free markets and the sovereign individual are free to follow their impulses. The difference between now and 1263 is that there is no king to be beholden to. There is no Central Authority that you must go to to get a job, or medical care or a permit to buy a plot of land. You are not born into a feudal class system - you are a freeborn citizen who is free to follow your dreams; make the better mouse trap, open a book shop, write a best selling novel or run a homeless shelter.

Do the OWS people get this? Of course not. They're too busy thinking that they are the only "enlightened" segment of our population, and are all too willing to buy into the Leftist pabulum espoused by Mark and Alinsky. They are too busy demonizing "the rich", "the corporations", "the lack of fairness", "Big Oil", "Big Pharma", and any of the other hundred things that they don't understand.

We've seen this all before and it is nothing new.

Here is the 1962 Port Huron statement written by Tom Hayden. It was the "founding document" of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).

As a social system we seek the establishment of a democracy of individual participation, governed by two central aims: that the individual share in those social decisions determining the quality and direction of his life; that society be organized to encourage independence in men and provide the media for their common participation.

In a participatory democracy, the political life would be based in several root principles:

* that decision-making of basic social consequence be carried on by public groupings;

* that politics be seen positively, as the art of collectively creating an acceptable pattern of social relations;

* that politics has the function of bringing people out of isolation and into community, thus being a necessary, though not sufficient, means of finding meaning in personal life;

* that the political order should serve to clarify problems in a way instrumental to their solution; it should provide outlets for the expression of personal grievance and aspiration; opposing views should be organized so as to illuminate choices and facilities the attainment of goals; channels should be commonly available to related men to knowledge and to power so that private problems -- from bad recreation facilities to personal alienation -- are formulated as general issues.

The economic sphere would have as its basis the principles:

* that work should involve incentives worthier than money or survival. It should be educative, not stultifying; creative, not mechanical; selfdirect, not manipulated, encouraging independence; a respect for others, a sense of dignity and a willingness to accept social responsibility, since it is this experience that has crucial influence on habits, perceptions and individual ethics;

* that the economic experience is so personally decisive that the individual must share in its full determination;

* that the economy itself is of such social importance that its major resources and means of production should be open to democratic participation and subject to democratic social regulation.

Like the political and economic ones, major social institutions -- cultural, education, rehabilitative, and others -- should be generally organized with the well-being and dignity of man as the essential measure of success.

In social change or interchange, we find violence to be abhorrent because it requires generally the transformation of the target, be it a human being or a community of people, into a depersonalized object of hate. It is imperative that the means of violence be abolished and the institutions -- local, national, international -- that encourage nonviolence as a condition of conflict be developed.


Hayden and his cronies didn't see the paradoxes in their own philosophy. You can't say that you honor the individual and then foment compulsory policy initiatives by "public groupings." While they publicly denied being communists, their writings and initiatives were clearly of the Marx-Engels bend. The hippies that occupied Grant Park in 1968 put up tents all around the park with signs that read "Free Community Hospital" or "Free Food" or "Peoples Grocery Store". The irony is that they had to rely on donations and volunteers from the medical profession to staff and supply those "Free" boutiques.

We are seeing the same thing with the Occupy folks. They are ignorant of our history and of the proper role of government.

On the one hand they want to be "more free" but then they also want more regulation (ie. more government intrusion). Do they think that this is 1908? Do they think that there are no regulations? The 2010 Federal Register contains 81,405 pages of regulations. The Federal Tax code contains 72,536 pages. The EPA is busy rolling out more and more regulations that are unnecessary but the administration is using them to deny YOU more of your liberty. The 4th Branch of Government bypasses the voting box and installs regulations that directly affect your life and prosperity.

Just look at ObamaCare. It is the biggest Civil Rights issue to come before the courts in the last 30 years. It has 2,000+ pages and remember that not one of the legislators that voted for it even read it! Nancy Pelosi said,"You have to pass it in order to read it."

Obama said you could keep your doctor, get better care and your rates wouldn't go up. All of those were lies.

The NYTimes wrote that premiums are skyrocketing precisely because of government intervention. 30% of companies have dropped private medical insurance for their employees because the government is pricing them out of the market. Rationing care is starting to happen and people are getting worried that when they need it, they'll just be sent to some faceless bureaucrat to get the life-saving care that they need. Palin, derided by the media for highlighting Death Panels, was correct. There will be panels put in place that you will have to succor in order to plead your case for health care. It will be a the whim of some accountant that your baby gets a brain scan.

OWS is simply the face and voice of Tyranny. They are ignorant of what makes this country great. It wasn't Government that makes us great, it is a limited-restrained government that created the environment in which its citizens could realize their potential.

And what potential they displayed! Victory in WW2, developments in medicine, space travel, transportation, computing and telecommunications. Influenza, small pox and measles were virtually wiped out by our innovations.

Today in 1863 Abraham Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."


So think of all those brave men who died on the battlefield at Gettysburg in order to preserve our beloved republic. And look at the offal that inhabit the ranks of the OWS. Night and Day.

19 October 2011

David Gregory

Last week, the intellectual light-weight, and quasi-journalist, David Gregory talked to Don and Roma on WLS-Am today and his hubris was on display like fireworks at a Fourth of July picnic. Link here.

[Hat tip: Chicago Daily Observer]

Don brought out the fact that Emmanuel was sitting on the Fannie Board when the housing crisis occurred, and why isn't anyone asking Emmanuel about the financial shenanigans that occurred on his watch. Roma then mentioned that David's wife, Beth Wilkinson, was Senior counsel at Fannie/Freddie. David Gregory took exception to the implication that his wife, Beth Wilkinson, had a role in the Housing Crisis while working at Fannie Mae.

Don and Roma's point was well taken: do Gregory's loyalties lie with running cover for the Obama Administration or are they with reporting the news?

Well Gregory's answer make it obvious that his loyalties are with Obama, Chris Dodd and Barney Frank.

Gregory's wife served as Fannie Mae's executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary from February 2006 until September 2008. She resigned in September of 2008 and soon after Fannie and Freddie became Government Sponsored Entities after accounting frauds came to light.

The problem with this is that it is now a fact that the leadership at Fannie Mae were committing fraud on an epic scale. Profit targets were being invented, falsified, in order for the board and managers to receive salary bonuses.

And here we are 3 years later and not ONE congressional oversight committee has examined the criminal activities at Fannie and Freddie.

No wonder nobody watches Meet the Press. It should be called Meet the Editorializing Neo-Leftists with David Gregory.

And to show you how truly dumb this guy is, just look at his back and forth with Herman Cain on Sunday's show: [Hat tip: Power line blog]

MR. GREGORY: The other defect in the plan comes from fellow conservatives who say, “You’ve got some problems here.” … “The real political defect,” the Journal writes, “of the Cain plan is that it imposes a new national sales tax while maintaining the income tax. … A 9 percent rate when combined with state and local levies would mean a tax on goods of 17 percent or more in many places. The cries for exemptions would be great.”


MR. CAIN: Don’t combine it with state taxes. This doesn’t address state taxes. If you add them together, yes, you’ll get that number. This is a replacement structure. These are replacement taxes. They’re not on top of anything.


MR. GREGORY: Mm-hmm.


MR. CAIN: We replace capital gains tax. We replace the payroll tax. We replace corporate income tax, replace personal income tax, and replace the death tax. It is a replacement tax structure.


MR. GREGORY: But where do state taxes go? You’re saying they’re going to be repealed?


MR. CAIN: If you–with the current structure, you have state taxes, right? So with this new structure, you’re still going to have taxes–state taxes. That is muddying the water.


MR. GREGORY: How so?


MR. CAIN: Because today, under the current tax code, state taxes are there if they have it. If they don’t have a state taxes, they don’t have it. It has nothing to do with this replacement structure for the federal tax code.


MR. GREGORY: But that doesn’t make any sense to me. If I’m already paying state taxes, and I have a new Cain administration national sales tax, I’ve got more state taxes.


MR. CAIN: No you don’t.


MR. GREGORY: How so?


MR. CAIN: David, David.


MR. GREGORY: You’re not saying they’re going away.


MR. CAIN: Your state taxes are the same. Your federal taxes, in most cases, are going to go down. That’s muddying the water.


MR. GREGORY: The Wall Street Journal says you have one on top of the other. There’s a combined levy.


MR. CAIN: That is not correct, David.


MR. GREGORY: Right.


MR. CAIN: Let’s try this one more time. State taxes are there today. The current tax code is a 10 million word mess. You have probably 100–you have thousands of loopholes and tricks and what I call “sneak attaxes” in the current code. State taxes today, whatever they are, zero or some number, has nothing to do with replacing the tax code. Nothing.




Gregory's allegiance to his ideology, and The One, were never more in effect as when he said this to Les Holt: [Hat tip: Newsbusters]

Appearing on Sunday's NBC Today, Meet the Press host David Gregory proclaimed that the Occupy Wall Street protests would "...dovetail nicely into a big message that the President's selling, which is that the wealthy should pay more....that banner of going after Wall Street and the banks, talking about unfairness that a lot of protesters that are complaining about."

Gregory's observation was prompted by co-host Lester Holt wondering: "...the protesters are calling for the wealthy to pay for more taxes. Should we look for the Obama campaign to embrace that message as it – as it takes the stretch to November?" Gregory went on to declare: "I think the President's in a mode right now where he'd like to get out in front of this parade and really harness some of this energy."


It's a damn shame that people like Gregory are regularly pushed out front and run these shows. His agenda is clear, he's a loyal Democrat who will always carry the water for the Democrats. He's no different than Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow or Anderson Cooper.

Well I'd say, to be fair, Gregory is dumber than Matthews - and THAT'S pretty dumb.

02 October 2011

Wild Bill for America

Shaved blogged on this topic, and I'm giving attribute where attribute is due. And none of what this man says surprises me:



If you doubt it then ask yourself,"Why did Obama and Michelle sit in Jeremiah Wright's church for 20 years when it took Oprah less than a few years to figure out wheat was going on and leave Wright's Church of Hate?"

Just some food for thought.

New Drug

This new drug isn't for everyone:



Come on! You know it's funny....

CNN apologizes for error

This is why I can't stand CNN. They never get ANYTHING right!

26 September 2011

Know ye the truth?

Brilliant and so true it hurts:


Brilliant and so true on so many levels:
Lloyd Marcus discusses how people were duped into voting for Obama on superficialities and lies. See Obama is the Black man's Trojan horse at this link.

And Pastor Manning is correct in another video when he says racism is alive and well - and almost exclusive to the Black community. Amen!

When you filter ALL your views, perceptions and values through your race - first and foremost - then you are, by definition a racist.

25 September 2011

Multi-Culti strikes again

Here's today's lesson on Multiculturalism and Political correctness.

This Missouri officer was fired for "excessive force" for shoving this inmate into a wall.


Meanwhile, no disciplinary actions resulted from this Las Vegas officer's actions:


I don't understand how the black officer's actions are justifiable. He did not see anyone fighting, the subject wasn't following verbal directions but really, punching a guy in the throat is all-of-a-sudden acceptable?

I guarantee that if that Las Vegas officer had been white, and the non-compliant subject was black - there would have been Holy Hell raining down on the LVPD.

The double standards in our society make me sick.

24 September 2011

McCarthy and ComStat and Rumors - oh my!

At last week's ComStat meetings our superintendent stood up and said,"By the way - hear any good rumors this week?"

A light giggle rolled around the room and then he said,"It's sad that such things get started. It's going to take alot more than that to get rid of me."

As I tweeted last week, there are alot of unsubstantiated rumors about McCarthy being involved with a female coworker.

I'd like to believe that he wouldn't be stupid enough to get involved romantically with a subordinate but, who knows? Just as a heads-up to our chief, maybe he should start having his "Badge bunnies" fill out this form so that he can make a better determination:

Application

And I was impressed as to how much he grilled the district commanders on their crime stats. I don't think that long-term its going to matter because all you're doing with that strategy is forcing the districts to get creative with their crime reports. McCarthy would have to have an independent team of his own working on the crime stats in order to keep the districts honest.

What I wasn't impressed with was how snarky he was and how he thinks that canvassing a location after a burglary will yield positive results in stopping burglaries.

Time will tell.

Demonizing the Rich, II

The Weekly Standard breaks down who pays federal taxes and puts Obama's deceptive "the rich don't pay their fair share" nonsense to rest.

The tables used in the Weekly Standard article were actually obtained from the Tax Policy Center (a Center-Left organization).

Here is the golden nuggest that you need to know:

In 2010, according to the TPC, Americans in the lowest quintile of income-earners — the bottom 20 percent — paid minus-3.8 percent of the total federal income tax burden. In other words, they got more back, in income tax credits and the like, than they paid in. Similarly, those in the second quintile paid minus-4.3 percent of the total federal income tax burden — so they, too, weren’t paying into the income tax till but rather were taking out. 

Those in the middle quintile — pretty much the center of the middle class (this quintile had an average income of $44,000) — paid 3.9 percent of the total federal income tax burden (about $1 of every $25 dollars in income taxes paid nationwide). And those in the fourth quintile — whose income ranged from $58,000 to $102,000 — paid 15.1 percent of the total federal income tax burden. 

So, all told, the 80 percent of Americans whose income placed them in one of these first four quintiles of income-earners combined to pay 10.9 percent of the total federal income tax burden. Put otherwise, this 80 percent of the citizenry paid about $1 out of every $9 that was paid in federal income taxes nationwide.

Meanwhile, Americans in the highest 0.1 percent of all income-earners — these are the very rich, with incomes of at least $1.974 million — paid 16.4 percent of the total federal tax burden. Essentially, one out of every $6 paid in federal income tax was paid by this 0.1 percent of the citizenry. 


This article shows clearly that "the rich" already pay their fair share. This president and his warped ideology are intent on stealing your wealth, and are using their propaganda machine to justify it.

USA Today did a fact check on the "Buffet rule" and on who pays taxes in this country.

USA Today found that the top 10% of wage earners in the US pay half of ALL federal taxes. They also pay 70% of federal income taxes.

There is no plutocracy in this country, and it saddens me that so many people just don't take the time to wade through the propaganda and learn the truth. I guess it's just easier to just blame some faceless "millionaires" and claim that they need to do more.

From the USAToday article:

The latest IRS figures are a few years older — and limited to federal income taxes — but show much the same thing. In 2009, taxpayers who made $1 million or more paid on average 24.4% of their income in federal income taxes, according to the IRS.

Those making $100,000 to $125,000 paid on average 9.9% in federal income taxes. Those making $50,000 to $60,000 paid an average of 6.3%.

Obama's claim hinges on the fact that, for high-income families and individuals, investment income is often taxed at a lower rate than wages. The top tax rate for dividends and capital gains is 15%. The top marginal tax rate for wages is 35%, though that is reserved for taxable income above $379,150.


I wonder when the poor are going to put "some skin in the game"? The bottom 80% already drain almost 4% from the federal coffers. And that doesn't include state, county and municipal entities.

The Left, and progressives in general, love to point to the "income disparity" in our society as "evidence" that there is discrimination in the work place and labor markets. It's unadulterated balderdash.

"Income disparity" is not a cause, it's a symptom. It's like saying everyone in your math class didn't get an A on the midterm so the test must be skewed. It is! It is skewed to show who is good at math, and those that aren't.

Income disparity is different for all because we're all NOT the same! You have people with different intelligence, experience, education, motivation and geography that will push them into a certain field, and OF COURSE, there will be income disparities. It's a Straw Man in every aspect.

But don't tell the Left. They will use any show pony to try to justify the installation of Marx's 10-planks of his manifesto.

The Heritage foundation did a nice job destructing the income inequality boondoggle here.

People like Coldtype and Leftisthebest have not, and will not, open their minds to such intellects as FA Hayek or Milton Friedman.

And Friedman is exactly right in this discussion on greed, capitalism and private property.



Robert E. Lucas, a notable 'Chicago school' of economics wonk speaks on why welfare doesn't work in this article at the WSJ.

For the best explanation of what happened in Europe and Japan, he points to research by fellow Nobelist Ed Prescott. In Europe, governments typically commandeer 50% of GDP. The burden to pay for all this largess falls on workers in the form of high marginal tax rates, and in particular on married women who might otherwise think of going to work as second earners in their households. "The welfare state is so expensive, it just breaks the link between work effort and what you get out of it, your living standard," says Mr. Lucas. "And it's really hurting them."

Exactly.

13 September 2011

Greg Gutfeld: 'Go To Hell, Paul Krugman

Greg Gutfeld, the former managing editor of Men's Health is on the 5 and has some harsh words for NYTimes jag-bag Paul Krugman...Greg Gutfeld:"Go To Hell, Paul Krugman, You Bearded, Bitter Buffoon!"

12 September 2011

Upcoming court dates

Just today, Monday September 12, I received my September FOP newsletter. I noticed that Danny Gorman listed a section called NOTABLE COURT DATES (no link to FOP Website yet as they haven't gotten around to posting the web version of the September newsletter.) Notice that two of the court dates have already passed as I post this update.

Thanks Mikey!!! Not only couldn't you get this newsletter out on a timely basis, but you basically agree with the city (page 1 President's Report) that 5B furloughs can just be canceled by the City for an event that may or may not demand additional manpower NEXT MAY! How can it be an "emergency" when the event is next May???

You even claim that you understand that the city only does this to save on paying overtime to the rank and file. You claim you're going to "grieve it" if the City blocks out this segment, but as SCC rightly pointed out, this would be a perfect opportunity for the Lodge to go after the city to support its officers with more training, more hiring and better equipment -- but NO. Mikey is going to grieve the decision. Wow ... what a great president.

But I digress ...

The following cases are listed. If you can attend any of these hearings, your presence would be sincerely appreciated by the officers harmed, their friends and families.

Sept 6, 2011
26th & Cal; room 702, Judge Ford
Offender: Lamar Cooper
Charged with murdering Officer Nate Taylor

Sept 12, 2011
26 & Cal; room 207, Judge Stephenson
Offender: Shawn Gaston
Charged with murdering Officer Alex Valadez

Sept 15, 2011
26 & Cal; room 207, Judge Stephenson
Offenders: Christopher Harris and Kevin Walker
Also charged with murdering Officer Alex Valadez

Sept 19, 2011
26 & Cal; room 404, Judge Brosnahan
Offender: Timothy Herring, Jr.
Charged with murdering Office Michael Flisk

09 September 2011

In partibus infidelium

...from the Latin, meaning in the parts of the infidels. Or in the country of the infidels. Indeed jihadi cells are in the country of the infidels.


Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 attacks.

Take the time to find a personal way to honor those who died that day. For me, I am putting my flag out front and will watch CNN's America Remembers with my kids. I also recommend The Falling Man documentary.

Another very good documentary was "9/11" by the Naudet brothers. They are french brothers who happened to be in Manhattan filming a documentary on the life of a rookie NYFD fireman. It is chilling and captivating.


Never forget.

Traitors, fools and Diversity


I can't let this important milestone pass without taking a swipe at the folks who caused it, and who continue to lay the blame at the wrong feet.

The NYTimes, the old grey lady, posted this Op-ed (Never forget what?) on Sept. 14, 2002. It's worth the read if only for the fact that almost every hand-wringing, Bush-as-the-devil item was shown to be irrelevant.

As Mark Steyn brilliantly pointed out during a Canadian interview, maybe it would behoove the old grey lady to stop recruiting journalists at every black, hispanic, and LGBT convention and start recruiting writers who are of substance. When NYTimes Editor Howell Raines famously worded a memo to the plagiarist Jayson Blair in which he excoriated him to "be more black," it would have served the paper and its readers a bit more to, instead, implore him to be more discerning and honest.

The Times, like all the other Leftist Media wonks, is obsessed with diversity. It's obsessed with racial diversity, not diversity of opinion. They insist on a ruthless conformity. To wander off the reservation guarantees that you will be vilified.

And Steyn's piece from today is spot on: instead of "let's roll" - maybe it should be "let's roll over!"

How are America’s allies remembering the real victims of 9/11? “Muslim Canucks Deal With Stereotypes Ten Years After 9/11,” reports CTV in Canada. And it’s a short step from stereotyping to criminalizing. “How The Fear Of Being Criminalized Has Forced Muslims Into Silence,” reports The Guardian in Britain.

In Australia, a Muslim terrorism suspect was so fearful of being criminalized and stereotyped in the post-9/11 epidemic of paranoia that he pulled a Browning pistol out of his pants and hit Sgt. Adam Wolsey of the Sydney constabulary. Fortunately, Judge Leonie Flannery acquitted him of shooting with intent to harm on the grounds that “‘anti-Muslim sentiment’ made him fear for his safety,” as Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported on Friday.

That’s such a heartwarming story for this 9/11 anniversary they should add an extra panel to the peace quilt, perhaps showing a terror suspect opening fire on a judge as she’s pronouncing him not guilty and then shrugging off the light shoulder wound as a useful exercise in healing and unity.


Contrary to the Progressive Thought-Police that now control television and film; Never in recorded history has diversity been anything but a problem.

As long as the general has brought it up: Never in recorded history has diversity been anything but a problem. Look at Ireland with its Protestant and Catholic populations, Canada with its French and English populations, Israel with its Jewish and Palestinian populations.

Or consider the warring factions in India, Sri Lanka, China, Iraq, Czechoslovakia (until it happily split up), the Balkans and Chechnya. Also look at the festering hotbeds of tribal warfare – I mean the beautiful mosaics – in Third World hellholes like Afghanistan, Rwanda and South Central L.A.

"Diversity" is a difficulty to be overcome, not an advantage to be sought. True, America does a better job than most at accommodating a diverse population. We also do a better job at curing cancer and containing pollution. But no one goes around mindlessly exclaiming: "Cancer is a strength!" "Pollution is our greatest asset!"

By contrast, the canard "diversity is a strength" has now replaced "at the end of the day," "skin in the game," "blood and treasure," "jumped the shark," "boots on the ground," "horrific" (whatever happened to the perfectly good word "horrible"?), "not so much," "I am shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on here," and "that went well," as America's most irritating cliche.

We should start making up other nonsense mantras along the lines of "diversity is a strength" and mindlessly repeating them until they catch on, too.~~Ann Coulter

Read more: Diversity has jumped the shark, horrifically.


And the more they enforce this ruthless conformity, and slavish obedience to Diversity, the more we see a sterile homogeneity in our political discussions.

I happened to be listening to Mike Malloy on Sirius ("The Left") on 08-Sept-11 and heard him discussing the upcoming 9/11 anniversary. He said [paraphrase] that he can't wait to hear the "vomit" that will come from the people on the right that day. He went on to blame the "Bush crime family" for setting up the whole event. Here's a nice summation of what the emotionally and mentally stunted Left believe about what really happened on 9/11.

Much of the nonsense invented by the self-loathing segment of America was debunked by that well-known Right-Wing-Hate-Machine behemoth Popular Mechanics. I guess the Bush-Cheney cabal has its tendrils reaching all the way to the magazine of last-resort for airplane wing lift dynamics.

Nothing but the Truth


Jonathan Kay just released a wonderful new book exposing the Truthers as the psychotic, black helicopter, fantasy-addicts that they are. Among the Truthers details the author's travails among America's staunchest conspiracy nuts. You can compare Truthers to Obama Drones in this sense: They're both, in Eric Hoffer's words, true believers. A true believer can never be convinced, only converted.

Everyone loves a good story. If that wasn't the case then Brad Thor, Daniel Silva and Maeve Binchy would be out of work. But to gobble up the most outlandish stories and half-truths out there really takes a cynic, and one with the ability to suspend belief indefinitely.

Glad to see that the Bush-Cheney Team could take time away from seeding the clouds with anti-depressants to help plunge Western Civilization into a tail-spin of epic proportions.



My cherished and erudite readers can easily recognize these malefactors as a resurgence of Bush Derangement syndrome, and nothing more. Mark Levin hit it on the head when he wrote (in Liberty and Tyranny) that Liberals are "morose, petulant and absolutely incapable of honest self-assessment".

And he wrote that before Obama was elected. Very prescient.

For all of Bush's' shortcomings as a president, you can still thank him for taking a tough stand on Islamic radicals and doing all he could to keep the Jihadis "over there." I'm all for taking the fight to the enemy. I'm glad we went into Iraq and deposed Saddam Hussein. I'm glad we took out Islamic training camps in Afghanistan. I'm glad we rained death on our enemies.

The squishy, moral equivalent Left doesn't. If we do anything that benefits us, we're the bad guys. No matter that China, Russia and every other SANE and SOVEREIGN country do the same thing .... No, no, no: our New Left Democrats will always defame and decry Everything-American in order to assuage their guilt for having been born and raised in the most affluent and luxuriant non-Imperial Superpower in World History. Yes, America is an anomaly. We are the only non-Imperial Superpower the world has ever seen.

Wolves in Sheeps clothing


And still there is a concerted effort to minimize, or deflect, what happened on 9/11. Mostly by ethnic, pro-Muslim front groups like CAIR.

From the website Jihad Watch comes a story where Chicago based radical-Muslim-apologist demands that we just get over 9/11 and quit all the whining about radical Islam:

The current trend to downplay 9/11 or turn the anniversary into something different (like a "day of service") seems to go hand in hand with a desire to avoid addressing the ideological motivation for the attacks. To address that too forthrightly could be "intolerant," just as CNN is now sowing the fear of "intolerance" by offering parents advice for talking to their children about 9/11 "without sowing fear or intolerance."

And so Brave Ahmed also insists we need to stop fixating on those guys "who happened to be Muslim." Just like the 7/7 attacks in Britain, 3/11 in Spain, numerous attacks in India including the 2008 Mumbai massacre, the Bali bombings, Fort Hood, the Beslan massacre, and so on into the thousands of jihadist attacks with smaller casualty counts that add up nonetheless, and all of the failed attacks attempted in the U.S. in the past decade, including Springfield, Illinois, Dallas, Portland, Baltimore, Lubbock, Texas (and possibly Dallas again), and Fort Hood, again.

Funny how that keeps happening. "Islamic-American Group: Link Between 9/11, Muslim Religion Must Stop," from CBS Chicago, September 8:


CHICAGO (CBS) — The head of a local Islamic-American organization says that after this year, except for remembering its victims, it’s time for America to move on from the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Ahmet Rehab of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says many people still are under the false impression that Islam is a radical religion, and that its believers want to change the U.S. into an Islamic state.



Never mind that the 17,715 terrorist attacks since 2001 have all been committed by Muslims; remember that a significant portion of Muslims worldwide support the Wahhabi interpretation of Islam - with the attendant obeisance to Sharia Law.

British Steel


A final note: I share and endorse the sentiments expressed in this video clip ofPat Condell. He's exactly right, and you'd never hear such infallible testimony coming from anyone affiliated with the NYTimes.

It'd be refreshing to have these types of folks writing for our papers and TV shows. It's too bad all the really good "Americans", in their proper British accents, all write for the UK and Australian presses.

Non-Americans, especially those who grew up in fascist-totalitarian States, can smell the slightest whiff of tyranny. That's why so many American immigrants from Cuba, Russia and Canada tell us that we're heading in a dangerous direction. They've seen it all before and know that the end result is death and misery. You can easily look back over the last 100 years and see how unrestrained federal governments quickly overshadow the citizenry they're supposed to support and protect. It is an easy plunge into tyranny once the contract that restricts government power is broken and dismissed.

The Left in this country has succeeded in doing that virtually within one generation. The only thing left is to get mad and fight like Hell!

God bless each and every one of you on this sacred day, and may we never, ever lose an American on United States' soil.

07 September 2011

The Entitled-Underclass Speaks

UPDATE
Just saw Zo do a great rip on the lazy, whiney bee-otch that I link to below. PJTV did a great job in the rebuttal.




If I had a face to face conversation with Coldtype, or Leftisthebest, I'm sure they would see nothing wrong with this woman's comments. Her attitude reflects the malaise that is so fashionable amongst the urban entitled class.

They surely wouldn't exhort the beauty and satisfaction of working, like Canadian David Warren writes. (story here.



But this attitude is precisely the crux of what is wrong in the black community, and with some of the other ethnic enclaves within the United States. She speaks from a position of ignorance; not knowledge. She pulses with the negativity that is sown within the black community by preachers like Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan. Do you think Wright and Farrakahn are anomalies? Hardly. The rhetoric of "you can't get ahead", "the system is against you", or "you're a victim" plays very well to blacks (and increasingly to impoverished white youths).

Listen closely to this woman: She says land and property are supposed to be free? Water is supposed to be free? No one should have to pay rent or a mortgage? Her ancient ancestors had a life span of 20 years and yet they were "enlightened" or better than we are now? The ignorance is shocking. She says Africa had electricity in "ancient times"? Didn't Benjamin Franklin learn to harness electricity and then Edison ran with it after inventing the light bulb? (yes I know Latimer is also credited with the final revision to the carbon filament...)

How many life saving technologies originated in Africa? Were Africans master sailors, mathematicians, scientists, doctors or great writers of literature?

None that I know of. Some African-AMERICANS have invented some stuff (Shoe box, potato chips, and the Protective mailbox.)

Well back to Miss Thang, compared to these drug dealing gang-bangers (most locked up for conspiracy thanks to this youtube video, dumbasses.) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, she's a Tea Party activist!



These people are a perfect example of what Entitlements do to demoralize, enervate, and reject the rule of law and a civil society.

God help us.

06 September 2011

Fast & Furious; the Sequel

The ever-brilliant Michelle Malkin blows the lid off the Fast & Furious story, and on how ATF/FBI directed Indiana crime gun sales to U.S. street gangs.



Gee - remember when Reagan's administration funneled weapons to Sandinistas during a legitimate FOREIGN combat operation? Where is the outcry that our DOJ is funneling weapons and grenades to street gangs and Mexican drug cartels.

Crickets.

Read the whole thing.

Sarah Palin in Iowa

Palin in Iowa on Labor Day. She is a breath of fresh air; dare I say she is "Reaganesque"? Yes. She gets it - Obama doesn't.

She understands what makes America great - Obama understands bumper sticker slogans, and empty rhetoric.

She embraces our Liberty and our constitution. She relates to the Working Man. Obama relates to the rabble-rousing, radical-community-organizers.

It's an utter shame - and indefensible - that people allow the Media to paint a picture of Sarah Palin that is patently untrue. It is disgusting.

If you've got 42 minutes, watch the whole thing. God bless you Mrs. Palin.

Obama annoints Another Ivy-Leaguer

Jimmy Pathokoukis, a bright light over at Reuters discusses the most recent appointment by Obama. As Mr. Pethokoukis points out:

Anyone still looking for a turn to the right from Obama will be mightily disappointed. Krueger is part of the center-left economic consensus that believes a) America is undertaxed, b) government must become permanently bigger as America ages, and c) climate change requires a vast new regulatory scheme to control carbon emissions. His big idea to boost the U.S. economy and bring the budget in balance is [a] ginormous consumption tax on top of the current income tax system.

And it's no shock that this new appointment comes deeply embedded within the Democrat Left. Krueger (aka Mr. Cash for Clunkers) was a Clinton economist from '94-95'

Critics of Krueger called him a "Clinton White House retread" since he worked as Chief Economist for President Bill Clinton's Labor Department in 1994-1995. He also worked for Timothy Geithner at the Treasury Department in 2009-2010 before returning to academia. Critics say Krueger is merely another Ivy League Keynesian with no real world experience. Others claim he's just another socialist attempting to duplicate the sinking European socialist economy, and he will further damage the Obama administration and the United States. 

He wholeheartedly supports “a future consumption tax to fix today’s economy,” as well as a higher minimum wage, which he claims does not depress employment.

During his time in Washington, Krueger advocated a number of big-ticket, government programs, including the HIRE Act, the Small Business Lending Fund, Build America Bonds and the Car Allowance Rebate System, or “Cash for Clunkers."


And as the article correctly points out, Mr. Krueger agrees with his boss: That a government can stimulate an economy, create jobs, and is the veritable engine of our economic well being. Evidence to the contrary is simply ignored by these political elite as witnessed by Obama himself.

But we all know that Ivory Tower egg-heads don't understand what Everyday-Americans like you and me have to deal with. We aren't jetting around the world, spending $10 million dollars in US Taxpayer on lavish vacations in the last 12 months.

In fact, the Obamas are a great example of the Country-Club-Entitlement Class. Here we have the most pedigreed administration in US history. Obama went to Occidental, then Columbia and finally, Harvard Law. It's estimated that he received a $1 million education, all to major in "community organizing" and moving to south Chicago to listen "enthralled" to Black Liberation Theology screeds from Jeremiah Wright.

But Obama is surrounded with these types. In fact, 47 appointees attended Harvard, Princeton and Georgetown combined. The likes of Cass Sunstein (Harvard), Tim "Tax cheat" Geithner (Harvard), Eric Holder (Columbia), Alberto Gonzales (Harvard law), and Michael Mukasey (Columbia/Yale). Obama has been known to take advice and counsel from: Bruce Ackerman, Martha Nussbaum (edited a book with Cass Sunstein), Ronald Dworkin and Michael Walzer.

I know what you're saying, "Come on Roo! You're just jealous cuz Bush didn't have enough brains to appoint the best and brightest." Au contraire!

Here's why just ONE of these goofs is dangerous and has NO business being in our government:


and this ....



If you're a common sense American - do you want this idiot to be in charge of anything? Would you want to give this man power over you? Well he's already there. Thanks Obama ... more solid Liberal decisions!

You can see what having Ivy League credentials gets the US Taxpayer. More laws, more regulations, more taxation, less representation, Nationalized healthcare, judicial fiat, and a rogue Imperial Presidency.

How nice....Chavez and Castro have invaded the White House.

05 September 2011

Illinois credit rating a dismal A+

It was the best of time, it was the worst of times...

Thus begins the classic "A Tale of Two Cities." If you live in Illinois, it is absolutely the WORST of times -- and not getting any better anytime soon.

Barron's released their run down of the Best and Worst run states in their August 29, 2011 issue, and if you live in Illinois you may want to move.

Did you know that states get rated for their credit worthiness? Illinois is ranked a dismal "A+", right behind the dead last California with an "A-" Janney Capital Markets did the number-crunching for Barron's and here's where the numbers shake out.

They examined each state under 7 different categories

1. Federal spending as a % of state GDP
2. Medicaid as % of outlays
3. % Change in Tax receipts
4. Tax-backed debt as % of state GDP
5. Funded % of state pensions
6. Troubled mortgages (*including foreclosed and seriously delinquent home loans.)
7. June Unemployment rate %

Under the "AAA" category - Indiana is a standout. Gov. Mitch Daniels has done a tremendous job with that state, bringing conservative principles to the fore.

For Indiana-
Fed spending as a % of state GDP: 20.7
Medicaid as % of outlays: 23
% Change in Tax receipts: 9.9
Tax-backed debt as % of state GDP: 1.92
Funded % of state pensions: 67
Troubled mortgages : 8.3
June Unemployment rate %: 8.3

For "AAA" Iowa-
Fed spending as a % of state GDP: 17.5
Medicaid as % of outlays: 18
% Change in Tax receipts: 8.7
Tax-backed debt as % of state GDP: 2.24
Funded % of state pensions: 81
Troubled mortgages : 4.8
June Unemployment rate %: 6.0

For "A+" Illinois-
Fed spending as a % of state GDP: 15.9
Medicaid as % of outlays: 33
% Change in Tax receipts: 13.7
Tax-backed debt as % of state GDP: 3.97
Funded % of state pensions: 51
Troubled mortgages : 10.5
June Unemployment rate %: 9.2

Illinois does not have a good, competent governor. We don't have a Scott Walker, Mitch Daniels or John Kasich leading us. We have the Illinois Combine: Durbin, Schakowsky, Madigan and Quinn.

Illinois has the lowest state pension funding out of all. Only West Virginia comes close at 56. Washington state is at 100% of funding their state pensions. Another nail in the coffin is Medicaid. Only Missouri (33%) and North Carolina (37%) equal or exceed Illinois' Medicaid outlays.

What does it come down to? The article is spot on: You must control spending and reign in the unions.

The governor's want the unions to contribute more to their pension funds and health plans to ensure the system's soundness. Controversially, Walker and Kasich even have tried to convince the unions to surrender or reduce their collective-bargaining rights.

Moreover, many states are creating new tiers of public employees provided with much less munificent pension and health-care plans.

Retirement ages are being boosted, automatic cost-of-living adjustments to pensions are being eliminated, pension vesting periods are being increased and shenanigans like income-spiking at the end of careers to fatten benefits are being banned.

Such moves will do much to ameliorate a long-term pension and health-benefit funding gap that the Pew Center on the States puts at $1.26 trillion.~~Barron's Aug. 29, 2011 (pg. 26, para 3)


You'll also note that Illinois % change in tax receipts is +13.7 - that's because Governor Quinn and the brain-trust down in Springfield raised taxes by 67% this year. States like Hawaii actually took in less money.

Walker, Christie and Scott are cutting spending, and they're reducing taxes on corporations and the wealthy. They're doing that to spur employment and investment. Wisconsin even scaled back its earned-income tax credit for 152,000 families ($518 for a family of 5).

To be fair, I thought it would be worse. I thought we'd be dead last, with 50% Medicaid outlays, and a negative tax receipts number. Well second from the last isn't so bad I guess.

29 August 2011

Angry Black Man

I know the title of this post is an oxymoron .... aren't all black people angry? I cannot argue with the logic of this particular, angry Bruthah. I just wish he'd called Obama a "trick ass bitch" -- that would have been really funny. Dats right Obama - check yourself foo.

Our Nanny-State Dictator Will Not Rest

...until every Goat Herder has a comfy bed and a cell phone.

Story here.

"These new special procedures issued by the Labor Department must be followed by employers who want to hire temporary agricultural foreign workers to perform sheep herding or goat herding activities. It describes strict rules for sleeping quarters, lighting, food storage, bathing, laundry, cooking and new rules for the counters where food is prepared."

And remember when then-candidate Obama was running, er - lying - for president in 2008 and made the statement that "running up a $4 trillion deficit" [under Bush] was "unpatriotic"?

Well it was factually incorrect because our deficit at that point was only $2 trillion but, Obama never lets the truth get in the way of his dismal propaganda.

I guess he will not rest until he's had 100 fundraisers and golfed 200 times.

What would our dear president say now that he's rolled us up into almost $5 trillion in deficits? I guess you'll have to ask his teleprompter.

And all this follows hard-upon the news that Queen Michelle has spent $10 million in luxury vacations in the last 12 months.

So while Americans are struggling to just keep their job and put food on the table, the Obamas are busy going on vacations, spending YOUR money so that they can enjoy a lavish lifestyle: while simultaneously demanding that YOU put "skin in the game" and limit your lifestyles.

It's good to be King.

One term and OUT?

My God, I can only pray that this neophyte, backbencher, loser gets kicked out of the Oval Office after one term.

And none other than James Pethokoukis agrees with me. He writes that the factors determining Obama a One-Termer are a slow economy, miserable voters, and economic anxiety.

But the Mother of All Charts is this one:
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(date from American Century Investments)

You can see that whenever real GDP went down, with an attendant spike in inflation, the incumbent lost the election.

Jimmy closes the article with this:

Now perhaps the economy is about to ignite. Or perhaps Republicans will pick a terrible nominee. Or perhaps some international crisis will make the economy less important. Or perhaps voters will simply give Obama the benefit of a doubt since he did inherit the Great Recession.

But Gallup already has his approval at just 40 percent (with the RealClearPolitics average at 43.5 percent.) Another year of high unemployment and show growth — much less a double-dip recession — seems likely to make Obama a one-term president.


The chances of our economy "igniting" are slim to nil. The economic incompetence of our policy-makers, led by Obama, virtually guarantee that no ignition will take place within the foreseeable future.

With oppressive regulations rolling out from the EPA and, ObamaCare ready to add thousands of new bureaucrats to the already bloated Federal government - we're in for a long ride.

Most Valuable Blogger nominations

Go and vote for Second City cop as Most Valuable Blogger. Click on the embedded link and then click through on Local Affairs.

The guys at SCC do a tremendous service, and put alot of work into their blog. While I disagree with SCC's censorship policy, I understand it. There's too much Political Correctness and slip-and-fall lawyers around to take a chance that your words will be misconstrued. If Detective ShavedLongCock was nominated I would have voted for his blog. Some of the stuff posted at Shaved makes me laugh out loud.

Go support SCC. I want to see that new avatar sitting on his masthead by 01-Sept.

Oh, and before I forget: *F* Obama!

28 August 2011

Aftershock

NewsMax's Aftershock Survival Guide is taking off on the internet like a F/A-18E/F Super Hornet off the deck of Aircraft carrier.

Sure it's an infomercial and the host and guest can't unglue their eyes from the teleprompters: But don't let that get in the way of informing yourself. It's not like they're selling you a juicer or a Tony Little abdominizer.



You'd have to be in an igloo the last 3 years to not see what's going on around you. Record debt, record foreclosures, unemployment on the rise, bankruptcies up, taxation up and the government scheming more and more to find "reveune enhancements" which are none other than tax schemes.

Well there are certainly enough of us out there that are sounding the alarm. One of the clearest voices is Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe.

NewsMax has an article where they quote him extensively.

Obama has disarmed the country, is solely responsible for the federal budget deficit and must bear most of the blame for the dependence on overseas oil and for “suffocating” business with regulations,” said the state’s senior senator in a speech reported by the Tulsa World.

“We now have a president, and I don’t mean this disrespectfully, who is destroying these very institutions that made America great,” Inhofe told the Chamber of Commerce in Broken Arrow, Okla.

The president’s healthcare proposals amount to “social engineering,” extended unemployment benefits aren’t needed and Inhofe said Obama had “invented” the idea that suspected terrorists have been tortured at Guantanamo Bay “to make you think something bad is happening in America — the same thing he does and others do when they go around talking about how bad America is.

“You know the biggest problem for prisoners when they get to Gitmo?” Inhofe asked. “Obesity!”

He even blamed Obama for the tea party-inspired ban on earmarks that the GOP has adopted. “When they came along with this moratorium, you have to let the president run everything,” he said. “They conceded that authority to the president of the United States, so that’s why the president was behind the whole earmark thing."


Don't panick. We Americans always over-react to things. Just look at the hype generated around Hurriace Irene. It turns out it landed in New York as a tropical storm.

Just get some information and arm yourself with knowledge that will protect you and your family.

Oh, and help me support whoever gets nominated to run against Barack Hussein Obama.

25 August 2011

Illinois tollways


The Tollway system.

Illinois proves once again why it is the worst state in the union. Second City cop blogged on this ((Thanks Again Democrats!) and I'm linking to his post.

Tollways are a quick and easy way for the state to separate you from your money. It is a revenue enhancement scheme of epic proportions. When you hear your Illinois politicians whine about "needing" tollways, think of Wisconsin. Wisconsin doesn't have a tollway - not one. Gee how does Wisconsin survive without tollways???

Nice question.

When Blagovich initiated the "open road tollways", he touted it as a way to ease congestion and promote "Green Lanes".

But being a good Democrat, the real reason for the open road tollways was to increase revenue. They knew that once commuters put that I-pass transponder in their car and were allowed to "breeze through" the express lanes, folks wouldn't feel the pain of stopping and paying the toll. Additionally they wouldn't pay attention to the toll rates - they would just continue to fill their I-pass each month. That way the state could incrementally increase toll rates with little or no public outcry.

And what happened to this Green Lane boondoggle touted by Blago?

GREEN LANES:
The Tollway will develop a program to introduce Green Lanes into the heaviest used segments of its existing roadways, a $400 million project which promotes carpooling and public transit and provides a free flow of traffic to reduce excessive acceleration and breaking which cuts emissions. Tolls will be deducted electronically from vehicles, car pool drivers and buses will pay the current I-PASS rate, while single-occupancy vehicles will pay a premium rate to use the free-flow lanes. To encourage environmentally responsible vehicles and congestion reduction, drivers of hybrids, electric or fuel cell vehicles, as well as those with high m.p.g. ratings will have access to the Green for a variable fee.


At a time when jobs are fleeing this state like Japs in a Godzilla movie, this is no time to be jacking up Tollway rates. According to Chicago business, Governor Quinn is looking to DOUBLE tollway rates. The article claims that we have the lowest toll rates in the union, but it doesn't say how many tollbooths we have per mile in relation to other states. When I travel from O'hare southbound on I-294, there are 6 tolls. That's about 15 miles in distance. (Whatever happened to Quinn's "transparency" project? This crap.)

Illinois is a "Toll Trap" state. The system is designed to keep you on the tollway once you enter and not let you off in order to optimize revenues.

It comes down to more government intrusions from this Nanny-State Democrat regime. A tollway user pays twice - the toll, and gas taxes. And you know that these government construction projects cost TWICE what a private contractor would charge because everyone involved wants a piece of the action, and the taxpayer's pockets are thought of as "deep."

Another reason why the Illinois voter deserves your contempt.

24 August 2011

Amnesty again?

UPDATE: It turns out that Obama decided by fiat to bypass the voters and use an executive order to cease the Federal government from prosecuting illegal aliens. Does this sound like a president or a dictator? This administration doesn't give a damn about you, dear Citizen. Not a wink. They prove it over and over again with their actions. Obamacare, Stimulus, Immigration ....


Obama goes after Hispanic vote after seeing that his popularity amongst his "brown brothers" is fading fast.

Apparently From the WaPo article:

Those leaders – which the Post simply calls “immigration advocates” – wanted the threat of deportation removed from most illegal aliens, which Obama granted. Conservative critics call it a “backdoor amnesty,” and lament that the executive branch is implementing a policy opposed by Congress. None of that critique made Wallsten’s story. But the Post made the politics behind the policy loud and clear:

Key to the strategy is shifting voters' attention beyond the caustic immigration debate with data-driven appeals that show progress in other areas, while arguing that Obama is better on immigration than any of his potential Republican foes.

The tensions - and the administration's aggressive efforts to soothe them - reached a climax of sorts in a flurry of activity last week, with the administration making a surprise announcement Thursday that it was giving officials discretion to suspend certain deportation cases that have drawn fire from critics, such as ones involving young people brought to the country in early childhood.

The White House move came two days after immigrant advocates delivered tens of thousands of petitions to Obama's reelection headquarters and other Democratic Party offices demanding an end to the administration's aggressive deportation policy.

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2011/08/22/wapo-exposes-obamas-amnesty-deeply-political#ixzz1VxpsoVUv


So Obama has a secret meeting with 160 hispanic leaders in over two days and gives them access to the administration's biggest players. Remember when Bush met with 10 conservative talk radio personalities? The Leftists Media Wonks went nuts.

So true to form this administration embraces the Balkanization of America in all its forms, and is breathlessly pushing the agenda down our collective throats.

What's the big deal? The big deal is that we've imported tens of millions of illiterate, unskilled workers. These workers aren't required to adopt our language, our culture, our history and our mores. We're importing a vast network of folks who don't care to assimilate into our culture. The same phenomenon is occuring in Britain, France and Germany. We're seeing what those Muslim enclaves are capable of (rioting, welfare abuse, crime).

There is a vast disconnect between our ruling, political elite - and the average American. In almost every category (taxation, immigration, regulations, national healhcare) the freeborn American citizens lines up in direction opposition to this lurching socialist plans.

2012 cannot get here fast enough for me!

Sic semper tyrannis!

18 August 2011

Demonizing the Rich

The rhetoric castigating the "evil" rich has escalated over the last 10 years. Truthfully the rich haven't really ever been beloved but there used to be an understanding the millionaires and billionaires had a net positive on our society because they took the risks, put up the capital, had a great idea for an invention - and then benefited from doing that. Plus, they actually hired people and allowed Americans to enjoy a higher standard of living.

Were some of them scoundrels? Of course.

But no one is perfect, but don't tell the Marxist-Left that. They think anyone who makes a profit is a rapacious bourgeois capitalist.

Just look at the language that Obama and his minions use regarding rich people:
* "The rich need to pay their fair share."
* "We're targeting millionaires and billionaires."
* "We're going to close tax loopholes that for too long have allowed the rich to not pay their fair share."

Just like a broken record Obama drones on with his class-warfare, Group-Hate mantra.

One week we're supposed to hate the oil companies, then it is the pharmaceuticals, then it is the insurance companies, then it is the hedge funds and then it's the "speculators" ... and on, and on, and on.

Excuse me but isn't he such a whiney little bitch?!?!?!? I mean really - can't President Dumbo take responsibility for something other than killing Osama?

And with such hostility around, billionaires are up and leaving. Who would blame them? If I was wealthy and had a president, steeped in Marxism - with delusions of grandeur; I'd be heading to Chile too.

Even if you taxed the rich at 100%, we wouldn't even dent the national debt. Does he ever mention that? Does he ever mention that only 49% of Americans even pay Federal taxes? Does he ever point out that our tax code is all of 70,000 pages long and a legitimate barrier to effective tax collections? Does he ever acknowledge that 1% of tax payers cover 60% of tax collections?

No. Because pointing that out would deflate his pitiful argument that the "rich" need to pay more.

Spending is out of control - not tax collections. Entitlements need to be driven down to the bare minimums if we're ever going to get out of this fiscal mess.

20 years ago a millionaire was someone who made a million dollars a year. Now, a "rich person" are considered someone who grosses $250,000. That could be someone who owns a dry cleaners or a coffee shop or a small business.

The "rich" is a moving target and is another example of the Weasel Words that the Left uses to control the language, and control the argument.



I don't begrudge anyone from making any amount of money that they want. It's called living the American Dream. I've discussed conservatism before and examined why the Progressive Tax is straight out of the Communist Manifesto.

But it is more than that: You spend almost one-third of your life working. You spend one-third of each work day working to pay the government. Hundreds of hours a year are spent by you working to pay the government.

And what is the government doing with the fruits of your labor? Squandering it. They're busy buying votes in the black and latino communities. They're handing it out as "entitlements" to people who don't appreciate it, and only cry for more.

You and I have a finite amount of time on this earth and we spend a significant amount of time away from our loved-ones, working. It is an outrage that the money you make by your labor is taken from you by some feckless government official and doled out to some indigent asshole.

Do you think that's right? It's not only immoral, but also unconstitutional.
So as the old saying goes, "Work Harder: Millions on Welfare are counting on You."
And if we keep electing Democrats, that motto will continue to be a sad fact.

The poor and lower middle class should start paying their fair share. The "Zero Liability Voter" are the lazy fools who vote themselves a government hand-out every time.

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