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Saturday, October 31, 2009

No work, full pay for alderman's pal :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

No work, full pay for alderman's pal :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall


Another reason this city continues in the red. Even if this person was working, what was this person doing for such a salary? Stuffing ballot boxes? Eighty-three grand just to knock on doors, and fix absentee ballots? And to top it all off, they give this person a "New Job".


I can envision a march on city hall soon.


WTF

Friday, October 30, 2009

Chicagoans taxes up 9 percent, Obama's taxes up 1 percent :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: 44: Barack Obama

Chicagoans taxes up 9 percent, Obama's taxes up 1 percent :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: 44: Barack Obama


Wow, just reading the article, and looking at who got hit the hardest, lets one know that rape cares not for gender.

It's such a shame that those in distressed communities bear the brunt of this strong-armed robbery. Those that do have the means too endure this crime, is understandable. Yet those that don't, or better still can't, what will happen? Surely the Clerks office should come to some form of compromise? At the very least, let those that truly are struggling, pay down over time.

Alas, that truly is the right thing for this office to do. Yet I fear it just makes too much sense, so they will never do, or suggest it.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Police shortage a growing problem; city 2,000 shy :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

Police shortage a growing problem; city 2,000 shy :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall


What else can you say besides WTF? Yet the city council wants forced days off, and no pay raises.

Maybe they can use the money from the property tax fiasco for hiring more officers? After all, the majority of poor, lower, and middle-class communities are the ones hit hardest by crime.

The really sad part about this article, the police department hasn't been fully staffed for several decades. Hell, even back in 1984 when I applied.

A growing problem is an understatement. WTF

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Council may reject any large pay hikes for cops: aldermen :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

Council may reject any large pay hikes for cops: aldermen :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall


Christ sake. You have to give it up for these bozo aldermen/women. The minute something goes down in the area they represent, they scream for MORE police.

Now these double pension holding jerks, don't want to pay these same police, the pay they deserve, as they try to protect the people that voted for these crooks sitting downtown. Talk about hypocrisy.

These pimps sit back and vote themselves a pay raise whenever they feel like it. They get a pension for being an aldermen/women, and another pension for sitting on various boards, or commissions. Yet when it comes to public safety, sorry no money for you. Boy if they reject a pay raise for these men and women, don't be surprised by a major outbreak of "Blue-Flu". Or better yet, what if those that voted for rejection, needed police assistance?

Can't you just imagine what that call for help might sound like? Hi this is alderman double-pension. I have some gangbangers sitting on my stairs, can you send the police by and move them? (Dispatcher): We are sorry, but we don't have any officers available, because you voted for more "forced-days-off, and no pay raise. Have a nice day.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Whose property taxes went up most in Chicago? :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Personal Finance

Whose property taxes went up most in Chicago? :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Personal Finance


Well, I guess it's time to move. Talk about screwing over people where it hurts the most.

The quote says it all.




"They're trying to build the neighborhood back up, but if property taxes are going to go up 46 percent, a lot of the older folks aren't going to be able to pay that," said West Garfield Park's Matt O'Brien, 52, who works as a Dominick's grocery store cashier.

"The problem is, we're going to get taxed out of our properties," said his neighbor Kate Lane. "'Cause this is the best part of town. We've got the Eisenhower ... the Congress 'L,' the Douglas 'L,' we're getting taxed out for the rich folks and we poor folks are going to have to find somewhere to go."


http://www.suntimes.com/business/currency/1848022,CST-NWS-tax27.article

Monday, October 26, 2009

Hotel owner tells Hispanic workers to change names :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Nation

Hotel owner tells Hispanic workers to change names :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Nation


Oh for the love of God. You can definitely throw this story in the WTF file. One would think it would be a very good idea to at least, get to know the people you have in your employ first. One would also think a family member might suggest that it's a hotel, not a country you're re-building. Asking a person to change their name, because you can't pronounce it, is beyond stupid.

I had a Sargent once ask me how do I spell my last name, even though it was printed in plain English on the right side of my clothing. Again, beyond stupid. You may expect a person of my character to use some very blunt, and derogatory language after an encounter like that too. Well not too derogatory, maybe something more inflammatory like dumb-ass.

So the next time you take over a business, take the time to get familiar with the people and employee's. And also think of it as a business only, not an experiment in nation building. Keep it simple, never beyond stupid. Dumb-ass.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Harvard: Lab workers poisoned by tainted coffee :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Nation

Harvard: Lab workers poisoned by tainted coffee :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Nation


It's Sunday, I'm watching football. So what else can I say about a story of this magnitude? Well, the lesson here is simple. Don't piss-off Nerds. Apparently a room full of Nerds thought they were smarter than the Super-Nerd that got into the machine and "spiked" the coffee. So the moral to the story is simple, don't piss-off Nerds.

ROFLMAO

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Even former champ Ernie Terrell doesn't feel safe in Roseland :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Boxing/UFC/MMA

Even former champ Ernie Terrell doesn't feel safe in Roseland :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Boxing/UFC/MMA


Well folks this is what happens in any "war zone", anywhere in the world. The innocent bystanders, the residents, and all the other people that spent years watching the place they call home, deteriorate into a war zone.

Those who have the means, are able to get out. Those that don't, just pray for an end to the senseless violence. It truly is a shame that certain pockets of city neighborhoods have been slightly turned into combat zones because certain parents have given up on their children. These hooligans have no respect for anything but death, mayhem, and debauchery. Hell, they can't even wear a pair of pants correctly.

So what do you do? Turn these certain pockets of neighborhoods into police states? Swoop in and grab these kids off the streets, and stoop to their level by beating them into submission? Or do we sit back and watch them just kill one another, till they are no more? If these kids refuse to continue getting an education, maybe we should consider reinstating "The Draft"? It is an alternative idea for those that stand before a judge in either a juvenile, or adult criminal hearing or trial. In essence, let's give them a choice. Spend the rest of their lives behind prison bars, with no future, or become something of yourself?

The reason these kids "fear" nothing is understandable. They know for a fact, our justice system will soon let them out, back on the streets. Let's take that certainty away from them, for good. Doing such, will give the innocent bystanders, the residents, and all the other people, the ability of never seeing their place they call home, deteriorate into a war zone ever again.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Five Chicago assets that could be sold off next :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

Five Chicago assets that could be sold off next :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall


Well there you go, start with City Hall, after all, the politicians there are bought and paid for anyway. I saw an article yesterday, where the city is scrapping a "Blue Bin" (recycling container) pick-up service. That struck me as a WTF moment. I haven't seen any "Blue Bins" in my neighborhood. For that matter, I haven't seen any, in other neighborhoods on those few occasions when I drive around (disability limits driving). That must have happened under one of those "Closed-Door Meetings" the Mayor has with his Alderman/women.

My suggestion for the Mayor, should he decide on what service he can sell next. His job. Oh wait, he already did that. Damn it. Okay, how about the Police department? He can sell that to the Department of Defense. After all, it's a war zone here in the city with kids getting shot left and right. Besides, this way the Police will know for sure they will get the pay raises they deserve. He could also sell the 911 dispatch center to the Department of Defense. Doing such will ensure it is fully staffed with professionals who also will know they have job security.

Hell, sell it all to the Federal Government. This Mayor sure can't run a city. Yeah, sell it all, so people will have jobs that they know will never have too deal with "Forced Layoffs", while all the honchos get paid regardless of whether they attempt to scam Motorola, fail to respond to an officer's call for help, and let private contractors use public fire hydrants, and contaminate the water.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Smokers help cops snuff out three criminals in South Loop :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime

Smokers help cops snuff out three criminals in South Loop :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime


Well this story is definitely a major WTF. All you non-smokers out there, we, the smokers of America, still serve a purpose. Since you kicked us outside, we get to see dummies in action, and help police reduce crime. Meanwhile, you non-smokers are forever chained to your desk, or whatever your occupation requires, watching your other co-worker pick their nose, or scratch their butts.

Ah fresh air, a cigarette, and fighting crime. You just can't beat that.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Aldermen told details of Daley's raid on reserves :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

Aldermen told details of Daley's raid on reserves :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall


Okay, yesterday we already knew what he (The Mayor) was up too. All anyone had to do was pick up a paper. So let me get this straight, after reading about the cash grab, he holds a "closed-door meeting" with aldermen/women, informing them on what? How much is their take?

He sold the "Skyway", sold the "Parking Meters", destroyed a small airport, put a giant metallic bean in the middle of a park, and now, a flat field on the south side of town, that he refuses to let giant super centers build on too create jobs.

WTF.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Layoff notices for bus drivers, other CTA workers :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Transportation

Layoff notices for bus drivers, other CTA workers :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Transportation



Boy I have too hand it to this city. They really make one decide on purchasing a bicycle, or just start walking. The Chicago Transit Authority, and the Regional Transit Authority (CTA/RTA), wants to cut service, layoff workers, or make them mimic Mayor Daley's approach of forced days off, just to cover their butts for squandering taxpayer money.

Once again I ask, where or how much money do these two rake in from all that advertising splattered all over, and inside buses, and trains? Does the Inspector General have any audit power too take a peek? Now surely the "Honcho's" at these two public services departments can look at their own salaries and decide to take a few "unpaid days off" themselves. But, as we all know, that just will never happen.

A few weeks ago I suggested that public transportation should go ahead and mimic the state, and raise their fee to 3 bucks and get it over with. The few that still have jobs in this city will fork it over, or invest in two-wheel transportation. They will save many people a ton of grief, and less stress. So in a nutshell CTA and RTA, stop threatening the people that really do the work. Raise the fares, and just shut up. After all, what can we the people do about it? Oh yeah, buy a bike, or walk. I hear walking is healthy.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Daley to eliminate 220 vacant city jobs to prevent future tax hikes :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

Daley to eliminate 220 vacant city jobs to prevent future tax hikes :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

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20 years of waste and corruption, and now he gets a brainstorm. It makes you wonder how many years those "220 vacant jobs" went "unfilled"? It also begs the question, is that lone guy still pulling down over 20 grand a month in overtime at the 911 center?

This new brainstorm, 20 years late, is supposed too win his honor another term right? Honestly, all these departments should have been "consolidated" years ago. And by the way, what the hell does a "clout-ridden Bureau of Electricity" doing in the Department of Streets and Sanitation anyway? I thought the gouging Commonwealth Edison had that covered.

Honestly Mr. Mayor, 24 "unpaid days off" for your "bureaucrats" isn't enough. Let's up the ante, and make it 52. They spend most of their time doing nothing, so you should get more bang for our taxpayer bucks. Also, isn't those people that tried too scam Motorola still working? Why?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Saturday, October 17, 2009

State Sen. DeLeo shown sponsoring widow of mob associate :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Gov. Blagojevich

State Sen. DeLeo shown sponsoring widow of mob associate :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Gov. Blagojevich

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If anyone is surprised by this story, please come outside of your house or apartment now. This is only the proverbial "tip of the iceberg".

Welcome to Illinois folks.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Daley rolls dice to avoid Chicago tax hike :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

Daley rolls dice to avoid Chicago tax hike :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

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Here's an idea. Ever heard of a pay-cut for lousy service? None of these elected officials, including you Mr. Mayor, deserve your outrageous salary's.

So how about all of you take a full year of salary suspension. That would save this city millions of dollars. None of you in good faith should accept any pay for the poor performance you have shown this city.

Now that's called being responsible. Step-up too the plate, declare that you will not accept any salary for a full year. It makes sense, since you are always asking us to bail the city out with ever-increasing taxes.

But alas, we the people of Chicago know that is wishful thinking. None of you will make such a sacrifice. You are just simply to greedy. Nevertheless, I challenge all of our elected officials to sacrifice a years pay. That includes the Governor, and State elected officials.

I challenge you all. Let's really see if you can make such a sacrifice.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Teen fatally shot at Logan Square nightclub: police :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime

Teen fatally shot at Logan Square nightclub: police :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime

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The headline yesterday was that crime is down. Yeah, and I have a bridge to sell you.

Anyway, another tragic, and senseless shooting. But the venue surrounding the latest violent act, does indeed raise some serious questions. A 17 year old in a club at 2 am. That's not good. Did he attend school? Was he a drop-out? Questions like that need, and should be answered.

Whomever owns the club may face civil damages. The idiotic killer, will get caught. And I can bet you, the gun used isn't registered. It can't be, the Mayor banned handguns, but another one was used to kill a teen.

Way to go Mayor. Still thinking of fighting that of fighting that Supreme Court challenge?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Obama aide accuses Fox of operating as GOP arm :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: 44: Barack Obama

Obama aide accuses Fox of operating as GOP arm :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: 44: Barack Obama

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Old news when you get down with the facts. The bigger question about FOX, is the obvious double standard. They scream and preach about morality, yet continue airing shows that portray the exact opposite. Need examples? The Simpson's, American Dad, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, 24, Bones, House, and others.

Nevertheless, calling Fox biased is really old news. They never fact-check a real news story. They flat-out lied about the attendance at the "Tea-Bag March". They were busted "rallying up the crowd". They continue to allow their "talking-bobble-heads, Hannity, Beck, Huckabee, and the loofah wielding O'Reilly to misinform, better still, basically lie to viewers.

The real problem is the viewer. They should do the research after watching any of those misinformation shows. Yet they don't. You just can't take their word for anything, especially when they are caught in a flat-out lie, and yet refuse too correct the mistake. In all honesty, the "aide" didn't make an accusation. The "aide" pointed out a very large glaring fact. According to Fox, Bush and his gang could do no wrong, even when a wrong was, and continues to be exposed.

So don't hold your breath hoping that one day, Fox will finally become a "News Organization". Or that certain people will get terminated for lying. Just expect more raunchy shows from them, the "Kings of the Double Standard".

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

People 'afraid to come out of their homes' :: Herald News :: Local News

People 'afraid to come out of their homes' :: Herald News :: Local News

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A memo for all the loony tunes screaming "socialism". Situations like this article, is where the federal government has a role. The federal government has, and must increase funding for the void left by police, due to attrition, and retirement.

Just read the article. When you have a hospital putting up funds, just to keep a center functioning, you have a problem. When you can give billions to banks, and nothing for people actually out there helping people, you have a problem.

Do we have to declare all city's, towns, villages, and states, all disaster areas? That seems to be the case in order for these communities to shore up the police forces around the country. This also brings into another question. What in the hell did these elected officials do with all that "Stimulus Money"? It seems we may have too start electing people with degrees in accounting. You know, someone really good with numbers, that can balance a budget, get rid of wasteful spending, and gut those already bloated salaries of "Appointed People" (cronies), that do nothing.

There is a way we can turn our youth around and stop this senseless violence. But if we begin the process of prosecuting parents, who's going to look after the kids? It's difficult for these community leaders to reach these kids because, if they are not in school, they surely are not working. The only thing they have to look forward too, is a life of crime. Well, that is, until it affects them, or someone they care about. I guess the lesson here is, when these people do begin to come outside, those unruly youth had better watch out.

Monday, October 12, 2009

CTA plans big fare hikes ? and less service :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Transportation

CTA plans big fare hikes ? and less service :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Transportation

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I told you they should just make it 5 bucks, and just leave us alone with all this nit-picking increases.

The State is already considering jacking up drivers licenses fees to 25 bucks. That, was last months news. Now, here comes the CTA, followed next by the RTA, to jack us a little more.

It still makes you wonder, just what are these people doing with the money they receive from all that advertising slapped inside and outside buses and trains?

The new State motto should become "Stick It People". Yeah, that sounds good.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Obama pushes consumer protection agency :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: 44: Barack Obama

Obama pushes consumer protection agency :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: 44: Barack Obama

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Seems like every time he attempts to do the right thing, there will always be resistance. But, you have to give this President credit for taking on the beast that has put this country, the working class, and the working poor, at the mercy of unscrupulous greed merchants.

It is truly a sad testament for this country that we have to create an agency just to prevent the rich and powerful from stealing us blind. For those that have the audacity to even criticize such a move, is a testament to their own support of thievery. That's pretty much it in a nutshell. Those that criticize this move, support robbing the people blind. If only our media would just ask that point blank question for once, you would really see a person's true colors.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Daley earns rave reviews for inspector general pick Ferguson :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

Daley earns rave reviews for inspector general pick Ferguson :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

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Okay, one second here. If the last guy was a "thorn" in the Mayor's side, what will this guy be, a brick?

If I'm not mistaken, the last guy brought all kinds of corruption, and waste findings to the Mayor's attention, and the Mayor did nothing. Right? The people that tried to shake down Motorola are still employed correct? And what about that contractor stealing water, and possibly contaminating it? Do they still have a contract?

The answer to those questions are a resounding yes as far as I know. I haven't seen or heard anything else about them. So that should give any individual the impression, they still are working. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not slamming this person. This new "Inspector General" will surely have their hands full with a Mayor that rarely does follow-up.

So here's what I'm hoping for. I hope this person follows up on all the things their predecessor has already finished, and take any and all violators straight to court. I want this person too dig even deeper, finding more corruption, and waste, and move to have any other violators prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I want this person to be a "brick" in the Mayor's side.


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Duncan, Holder in Chicago in wake of teen violence :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Education

Duncan, Holder in Chicago in wake of teen violence :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Education

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Another case of too little, too late. Looking at the big picture of violence amongst our youth, one has to ask, why were community leaders absent from a meeting of such magnitude? After all, when you are sitting outside the bubble, how do you get inside to fix a problem?

Having community leaders present at such meetings, gives a better perspective on how to tackle such disturbing issues like violence, drug use, and drug dealing these communities face on a daily basis. So what kind of plan, or approach can these individuals come up with, when they don't have the pleasure, or horror of walking the streets these people must do on a daily basis? Sure more police is always a good start, but what about the root cause of this hostility?

The lack of father figures in these communities, is an essential factor. Many of these youths have no role-models to set goals, or give guidance, to set them on a path of decency, and responsibility. And those that do, see this father figure struggling to make ends meet from lack of job opportunities. Life in these instances, are unfavorable impressions on any child growing up in such surroundings.

So now with the meeting of the, too little, too late, how long do we have to wait for a game plan, without the input of community leaders? I guess we will just have to wait and see.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Daley makes case for more cops :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Metro & Tri-State

Daley makes case for more cops :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Metro & Tri-State

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Oh will you look at this Mayor now. With his Olympic fetish up in flames, he now wants to act like the Mayor. Well Captain too little, too late, I have a news-flash for you. This should have been priority number one from the beginning.

Just look at the number of kids slain, or brutally beaten this year alone. Where were you when that child was slain on the bus? Where were you when all the others, (honor roll, athletically-gifted, and college-bound alike), were being shot, just for sitting outside on their porch? Where were you when the murder rate began to surpass last years mark? I know where you were. You hid. You wanted those Olympic so bad, nothing else mattered.

Now, all of a sudden, you want to put on your Captain Mayor uniform, and demand for more police. You didn't bother to listen to your Education Chief, and your Police Superintendent, when they probably told you to hire more police when they saw these rising crime rates. You blew them off so you could scheme and possibly scam your way to Olympic revenue. So tell us Captain Mayor, what did you do with your portion of the "Stimulus Money"? You certainly didn't spend it on more police.

Oh Captain too little, too late, what will you posture for now, since you have the attention of the White House? Will your new plea ensure enough police for the city, or just a portion? And by the way, just who is the Deputy Mayor in your absence? One would think that person would be all over the news when that child was beaten to death, putting the hammer down on gang-bangers, and drug dealers. But did we see your "Next-In-Command" while you were off in Copenhagen? No. Will Chicago have to undergo another Harold Washington episode in the event of your falling ill, or heaven forbid, passing while in office? I would truly hope not.

So how about showing off the Deputy Mayor from time to time? This way, we will know who exactly we need to direct our frustrations on when you feel the urge to jet-off in the near future. Maybe then, we shouldn't have to wait for you to come home, just to ask for more police.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Wal-Mart push begins anew :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

Wal-Mart push begins anew :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

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Well at least some people will find employment. This is exactly what this Mayor should have pushed for in the first place. At the very least, a project of this nature would have had more favorable support from city residents.

The Mayor, his cronies, and all the other blame-seeking titty-babies, need to move on, and stop looking back at how the International Olympic Committee (IOC) voted. This should have been about "Long-Term" employment, not this short-term, grab all the cash you can event. It has been widely reported on how much money cities lose after an Olympic event. So having a long term project in place, offers a better shot at economic development, and job stability.

Now the only problem for a "Wal-Mart", or any other franchise too expand on such properties, is at least some concession, workers will receive a decent wage. But more should be required by our aldermen/women. They should also push for "Distribution Centers" within large vacant properties in the city, too slow the exodus of labor potential out in the surrounding suburbs.

Well it's just a suggestion. No doubt they will ignore it.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sandra Day O'Connor Says Her Supreme Court Rulings Are Being 'Dismantled'

Sandra Day O'Connor Says Her Supreme Court Rulings Are Being 'Dismantled'

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I must admit, it is extremely horrifying that republicans, and their walking, talking neanderthal mouthpieces, have stirred up their base to yelp "they want their country back", only to some day wake up and see it is them, that are taking the country away from us.

As if it wasn't bad enough, they nearly stripped us of our personal freedoms with that subversive "Patriot Act". The conservative wing of the Supreme Court, wants to figuratively take us back to the "Stone-Age", and "Salem Witch Hunts". Should the conservative wing of the Supreme Court get their way, one can anticipate more "Terri Schivao" like cases, brought on by republican interventionist.

I can never comprehend the shear hypocrisy of these insane, power-hungry, conservatives, and their obsession with wanting to control peoples lives. They are more heinous than a dictatorship a person could live under. We all know that a "Do as I say, Not as I do" ideology has never worked in this country. Yet, to this very day, they continue down this mindless path of total control.

Naturally, there will be those that will deny this approach. But they fail to see, that times have truly changed. This is a clear fact, because they have clearly forgot, that cell phones have cameras now, and can go anywhere for instantaneous communication. Nearly on a daily basis, you can catch them speaking subversion-type language around the globe.

If the conservative wing of the Supreme Court continues down this path, the "right for women to choose", education, privacy, and a host of personal freedoms shall be reversed. If and when that happens, we might as well go back to candles too light our homes.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

2nd-guessing: Was it finances? Politics? Dull pitch? :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago 2016

2nd-guessing: Was it finances? Politics? Dull pitch? :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago 2016

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Now that's an easy answer. It was the People of Chicago that didn't want it. And to a certain extent, money. That's right, the Mayor could not come up with the "Front-Money" the Olympics demanded. Had the Mayor swiped a little more from the taxpayers, this would not be a pretty place to hold an Olympic event.

One can envision the people out on the streets with pitch-forks had the Mayor taken a little more funds from the taxpayers. The polls conducted by both newspapers, showed a majority of citizens were dead against holding the event.

The people's main concern here in Chicago, are jobs, and the escalating violence amongst our young people. It wasn't "politics", or a "dull pitch". It was all about what the people of Chicago wanted.

Now that the Mayor is back in town, he has to address our concerns on jobs, and the senseless violence. With his little fancy dream vanquished, there's no hiding, or any more excuses for trips out of town. It's time to roll up the sleeves and figure out how to get our money back that he squandered fixing up a park where no Olympic event is being held. I just hope he doesn't sell that property to a parking company.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Driver's license renewal fees to rise -- chicagotribune.com

Driver's license renewal fees to rise -- chicagotribune.com

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So 30 bucks more is just enough to kick off construction projects, getting some people in Illinois back working again. Things of this nature makes you wonder, what in the hell did they do with the "Stimulus Money" they already received?

So let me see if I have this right. 20 bucks for a State Id, and now 30 bucks for a Drivers License. Okay, so what happened to all that money collected for the State Id? What happened to the so-called lottery proceeds, that are supposed to go towards education? I'm just asking, since we already have had the stick stuck so far in us taxpayers by the Mayor of Chicago.

Well the bright side to this price increase just to drive a car, or truck, is that this just might make people move to public transportation. Hell for 30 bucks the Chicago Transit Authority, and Regional Transit Authority (CTA, RTA) might as well jack up their prices to 10 bucks and let people ride all day and night. Makes sense since they all want our money even as unemployment continues to rise.

Well for 30 bucks, they better hire me so I can afford the fee.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Report rips Huberman's oversight of contracts :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

Report rips Huberman's oversight of contracts :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City Hall

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Oh the news just keeps getting better and better for the citizens of Chicago. As I, like so many others have predicted, Chicago did not get the Olympic bid. Now the only question for that losing bid, is when will we get our money back, and why did Mr. Mayor spend the "Stimulus Money" on his Olympic site, instead of the people of Chicago? Speaking of getting "Our Money Back", we still have this unresolved issue with "Safety Official" ripping off Motorola.

Come on Mr. Mayor, you have some serious questions to answer for. When will you reimburse us for that stimulus money, and for that non-existent console for the 911 center? Yeah, that's right Mr. Mayor. When will the people of Chicago see their reimbursement?

We truly hope that you don't just "laugh it off" like you did when you sold us down Lake Michigan with your "Parking Scam". Now that this latest round of scams have been nipped in the bud, we want to see some action from you Mr. Mayor. We know that is a difficult thing for you to accomplish, since you may get caught up in some future prosecutions.

But anyway, many of us here in Chicago are extremely happy the Olympics are not going to take place here. But we still are very, very upset with you and your cronies, for ripping us, the taxpayers off blind. We want reimbursement Mr. Mayor. Where's the Stimulus Money, Where's the Money for the Console, and Radios?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Another boy beaten: 'Blood was all over street' - Chicago Breaking News

Another boy beaten: 'Blood was all over street' - Chicago Breaking News

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Something has to give with our nations youth. Are our neighborhoods getting so bad, that parents and the clergy have given up on these kids? Should we put down the remote and walk with our children to and from school, just to ensure their safety? And what do we say to the ones not in school, but standing on the street corners selling drugs, or just hanging-out because they dropped-out and can't find work? What has made these kids so violent to one another? Yes these are difficult questions, yet they do have many solutions. The number one solution begins at home. The second, takes hold in the clergy. And the third, goes directly at our schools.

We must look at the home-life of these children out on the streets, with no alternatives of structure to guide them into a more positive direction. If there is a two-parent household, we must ask if both parents work? Should it be a single-parent household, does that parent work? Such questions play a vital role in the development of children. There must be an adult present to give these wayward kids the structure they so desperately need. Without such guidance, we see the bloody aftermath left in the wake. This child should have never been treated in such a hateful, vile, and disgusting manner. The destruction of minority families has a long history in the United States. You can trace it as far back with the "Willie Lynch Letter 1772". This letter applies to all minorities to this very day. There are just too many households without a father figure, here in the United States. How did this happen? For starters, just look at the requirements for mothers applying for "Public Aid". The fathers income, no matter how little they make, is too much for the mother to qualify for assistance to maintain the home. So, the father has to go.

Now with the father figure gone, discipline, structure, and guidance suffers. Because those additional responsibilities fall on the mother. This is where the clergy and the father, really, really needs to step in. These two figures must rally the pulpit and ensure the children have a source to seek for discipline, structure, and guidance. Yet alas, the success rate is not very impressive. Churches, have taken some very arcane positions on social issues, that raise doubts in some minds as to their effectiveness in helping communities. Have churches surrounded themselves with a "everything is okay, until you mess with our interest mentality"? Some might say yes, others, no. But churches have been absent from ongoing struggles within their own communities. With all the advances in "instant communications", our churches need to get out, and go back too door-to-door communications. Churches just can't hide, or ignore young people hanging around a liquor store, or selling drugs, just a block away. They must step up, and protect the children, and communities.

Lastly, there are the schools. Ever since discipline was wrenched from the hands of the teachers (with parental permission), our children have become increasingly belligerent towards adults. For this nation to take away a vital tool for discipline, structure, and guidance for our kids, is just like what prohibition did to this country, it increased crime. Discipline has to be restored in our schools, just like prohibition was repealed. Our teachers should, and must be in command of the classroom. That is what helps our children learn. When we removed the father figure from the homes, the teachers filled that void with discipline, structure, and guidance for these children. We should have never taken control from teachers. They are the spark that lights up the brilliant minds of our children. Now they are being snuffed-out by senseless acts of violence, from a lack of education.

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