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Friday, April 29, 2011

$100,000+ pensions for 27 retired state pols - Chicago Sun-Times

$100,000+ pensions for 27 retired state pols - Chicago Sun-Times


Has anyone ever wondered why these plans NEVER get raided?

If they have it so good, why can't everyone else follow this example? Why do they get to keep theirs, and expect the rest of us to sacrifice?

Questions, questions, questions.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Medical marijuana could become legal in Illinois

Medical marijuana could become legal in Illinois


This makes medical, and budgetary sense.

Once again lawmakers, this is a billion dollar a year industry. It makes perfect sense for all of you to wake up and smell the grass. Legalize it, and be done with this non-issue.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Companies can block customers' class-action lawsuits, Supreme Court rules

Companies can block customers' class-action lawsuits, Supreme Court rules



The slippery slope of eroding citizens rights continues with The Corporate Court of America.

I'm going to end it here for the sake of not filling this post with obscenities.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Court won't speed up Obama healthcare law ruling

Court won't speed up Obama healthcare law ruling



Why would they?

These frivolous lawsuits from the "Small Government" crowd is nothing more than a major waste of taxpayer funds.

They (GOP) know this, yet just because some people with common sense wishes to help those less fortunate, the Greedy Old Party thinks it is best to just let them fend for themselves, or die. This bill will become law. So why waste our money trying to stop it? People need to wake up. This bill helps families, the elderly, and the poor. What's wrong with that? Don't even try to tell me about cost, when the Greedy Old Party is spending Millions in taxpayer dollars from the families, elderly, and the poor to stop it.


Look, it's very simple folks. If they don't want you to have health care, then why should we pay for theirs? Stop wasting our money on frivolous lawsuits. Wasn't that one of your platforms?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Baiting the birthers

Baiting the birthers



This is a great article, and well worth the read. Yet, the only motivating factor driving this nonsensical discussion is nothing more than bigoted hatred for the first African-American President elected.

That's it in a nutshell folks. Pure bigoted hatred. Hell the Civil Rights Act of 1964 wasn't even passed. So what would make a reasonable person think that an African male, and Caucasian women would dare dream of pulling off such an elaborate scheme, and plant a birth announcement in newspapers? Even Nostradamus couldn't predict such. Yet here we have the media following Trump around, not showing one shred of evidence on his beyond idiotic falsehoods. Trump has investigators in Hawaii like I have a Bentley parked out front. Yeah right.

Racism blinds people about the truth. It always has throughout history. Trump's buffoonery is evident in itself. He, when called out on his lie, releases a bogus birth document that would not suffice for anyone trying to obtain a passport. When caught, he release virtually the same document, required for passports, like many Americans hold.

How many times must one prove their birth when running for political office, getting a driver license, and obtaining a passport for traveling overseas? The answer, numerous times. So this President did the same, like so many of us, yet it isn't good enough for bigots. Your college transcripts are private information unless you decide to make them public. But your certificate of live birth, is a document you must show in order to obtain a drivers license for the first time.

For those bigots out there that continue this harping without any shred of evidence, get over yourself. Remember, "what goes around, comes around." You protest too much. That only informs me, you have a bone or three in your closet also.

Trump may have some of "The Blacks" in his family tree also. Think about that, since we all originate from Africa anyway.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Emanuel likely to keep Burke in powerful Finance post, sources say - Chicago Sun-Times

Emanuel likely to keep Burke in powerful Finance post, sources say - Chicago Sun-Times



This is about saving the city money. All these "redundant" committees are a waste of tax dollars.

Any elected official opposed to this common sense logic, is just simply egotistical, and should be voted out of office. I still demand Alderman Burke relinquish those police officers he does not need for his "security detail". You are an alderman, not king. Let our tax-payer funded officers go, and stop wasting our money.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Before Arlington Heights slaying, judge gave suspect one last chance

Before Arlington Heights slaying, judge gave suspect one last chance


Oh well.

Things like this happen when our elected officials slash, and gut Mental Health funding. I could be like some people and jump on the judge, but fault isn't there. It's our politicians fault for cutting funding for so many much needed social programs.

Such a tragedy.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Emanuel appoints hiring watchdog to be his personnel chief - Chicago Sun-Times

Emanuel appoints hiring watchdog to be his personnel chief - Chicago Sun-Times


We can only hope.

This could take care of one problem, but many still persist. Just scrolling through this web edition, there are still too many heinous crimes being committed, with, and without guns. I strongly suggest your "Interim Superintendent" get busy on these gang/drug clans running amok on our streets.

And please don't give me that "Warm Weather" crap. That theory has been debunked. These kids have zero educational, nor job skills for leaving the life of crime. For years, government has gutted programs that provided opportunities for these "At Risk Youths". Somewhere through the years, someone figured they are nothing more than livestock for our ever growing prison systems for making a quick buck. Whatever happened to "restitution/paying your debt? It's gone. All they do now is learn new skills in committing crime.

But enough of that rant. Corruption is still rampant in the bowels of alder-manic, city, county, and state elected officials. They still go by the "It's Not What You Know, But Whom You Know Code". Sure, they will never admit it, but just look at who they hire.

The cycle must be broken.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

FOUND ON THE NET

A Day in the Life of Joe & Josephine Republican





Joe gets up and fills his coffee pot with water. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water-quality standards.

Joe takes his daily medication. His medications are safe to take because some stupid commie liberal fought to insure their safety and that they work as advertised.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance -- now Joe gets it too.

He prepares breakfast, bacon and eggs. Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly-man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat packing industry.

The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for laws to stop industries from polluting our air.

He takes the subway which saves him considerable money in parking and gas because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation.

He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and died for these working standards. Joe's employer pays these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to join the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed, he'll get a worker's compensation or an unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

Joe's bank deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers.

Joe has a Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and a below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Joe drives a car which is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards.

He visits his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The house didn't have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.

His father lives on Social Security and a pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so Joe wouldn't have to.

Joe listens to a conservative radio talk show. Joe agrees: "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of themselves, just like I have."

AIN'T THIS THE TRUTH!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Link card fraud worth the fight? - Chicago Sun-Times

Link card fraud worth the fight? - Chicago Sun-Times



Here's what irks me about this "Study". If they decide to implement it, they will "Pay" someone money just to figure out how much it will cost them to do it.

How about this. Use that money for hiring investigators to follow up on claims of fraud. These investigators don't have to be full time employees. Just look at the percentage of fraud cases. Slapping a picture on these cards is a waste of money. Many of the users of these cards, routinely send family members out for gathering groceries because some of them have mobility issues. And yes, there will always be those out there abusing usage.

So if anything, I beg you legislators to do something smart, and not waste money on some study. Spend any funds wisely and update your computer systems, and hire the proper people for going after those that do commit fraud for any benefit system.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Obama unguarded: 'You think we're stupid?'

Obama unguarded: 'You think we're stupid?'



Of course they think we are stupid.

Just look around the country. Look at all this insane legislation these bigots, hate for working families, attacking women's choice, and utter disdain for the poor are passing. It is class warfare no matter how anyone attempts to frame it. Roads, bridges, and schools are crumbling all around the country, and what do these idiotic State legislators do? Pass unconstitutional bills attacking people. A "Brither Bill"? Are you kidding me? What does that have to do with fixing a budget, or a street? Is this what these voters paid you for? I don't think so.

You elected officials are making your constituents look very stupid. Trust me, that isn't going to sit well with them either. I'm glad the Presidents "mike" was open. He did nothing wrong but tell the honest to God Truth.

Yes folks, they do think we are stupid.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Morton school board chief tied to drug dealer won’t step down - Chicago Sun-Times

Morton school board chief tied to drug dealer won’t step down - Chicago Sun-Times



Me thinks people should be more informed.

This is what happens when you fall asleep at the wheel. You let people like this guy run your schools, and refuses to step down. WAKE THE HELL UP PEOPLE! I truly hope this guy wasn't elected by you. If so, you need your heads examined.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Illinois House OKs studying cost of ID photos on food stamp cards - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois House OKs studying cost of ID photos on food stamp cards - Chicago Sun-Times



The beyond dumb continues its march into asinine.


So you voted to waste money on a study, to see if you should have people get a picture, because some clown in Michigan bought some beer on a "Link Card"? Last time I checked, you can't do that here. So the GOP claims "LESS GOVERNMENT", but wants more government, and money wasted when it comes to people that need a little assistance? Utterly asinine.

What makes you think a store will ask to see the card? All they (Stores) care about is getting paid. Swipe and leave.

Monday, April 11, 2011

2 kids victims of weekend violence: 'My heart was beating fast. I was scared'

2 kids victims of weekend violence: 'My heart was beating fast. I was scared'




Do you hear that dead silence from the NRA? Just yesterday I wrote about how they have our elected politicians within their mighty grip, and forced them to vote on a piece of crap legislation blocking law enforcement from know who has a measly gun card. The last time I checked, these hoodlums don't bother obtaining one. One would think the NRA, and all its might would be holding protest with the community about this horrendous crime.

Not! Not one word, not one peep. But let law-abiding citizens attempt doing the right thing in addressing this problem, and here they come in full force mocking, and belittling us. Like I've stated before, I'm all for the Second Amendment. But with this right, comes responsibility. Note to the NRA. We don't want criminals having access to guns. Let our States Attorney's across this nation do their jobs and share data with themselves, and law enforcement.

Hear those crickets?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Burglars break into Lion House at Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago Sun-Times

Burglars break into Lion House at Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago Sun-Times



Well if this isn't in the dumber than a bag of hammers files, I'm stumped. One thing these dummies do inform me of, is somebody that may have worked there before, is in on it.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Illinois House passes bill shielding gun owner lists from public disclosure - Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois House passes bill shielding gun owner lists from public disclosure - Chicago Sun-Times


NRA strikes again in any effort that law-abiding, gun owning citizens have zero problem with.

With all the gang-bangers running around with "Illegal" guns, you have not heard one solution from the NRA on any attempt to keep such weapons out of criminal hands. Not One! All they are good for is crippling our law enforcement officers from doing their jobs. I'm all for the Second Amendment, and I don't need these people interfering with our, let me say that again, OUR elected officials in providing its citizens with safe streets. We all know owning a gun is not only a right, but a RESPONSIBILITY also.

I'm so sick of lobbyist that just don't have any clue of what We The People need, or want.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Gov. Quinn unveils nearly $12 billion plan to repair roads, bridges - Chicago Sun-Times

Gov. Quinn unveils nearly $12 billion plan to repair roads, bridges - Chicago Sun-Times


This should serve as a notice for Scott Walker up there.

This is what you are supposed to do when elected by the people, not attacking working men and women.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Found On The Net

An interesting situation: Found this on the net.


Planned wireless Internet network threatens GPS
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A new, ultra-fast wireless Internet network is threatening to overpower GPS signals across the U.S. and interfere with everything from airplanes to police cars to consumer navigation devices.

The problem stems from a recent government decision to let a Virginia company called LightSquared build a nationwide broadband network using airwaves next to those used for GPS. Manufacturers of GPS equipment warn that strong signals from the planned network could jam existing navigation systems.

A technical fix could be expensive - billions of dollars by one estimate - and there's no agreement on who should pay. Government officials pledge to block LightSquared from turning on its network as scheduled this year unless they receive assurances that GPS systems will still work.

The stakes are high not only for the GPS industry and its users, but also for those who would use LightSquared's network. In approving it, the Federal Communications Commission seeks to boost wireless competition and bring faster and cheaper Internet connections to all Americans - even in remote corners of the country.

LightSquared and the FCC both insist the new network can co-exist with GPS systems. But device makers fear GPS signals will suffer the way a radio station can get drowned out by a stronger broadcast in a nearby channel.

The problem, they say, is that sensitive satellite receivers - designed to pick up relatively weak signals coming from space - could be overwhelmed when LightSquared starts sending high-power signals from as many as 40,000 transmitters on the ground using the airwaves next door.

"The potential impact of GPS interference is so vast, it's hard to get your head around," said Jim Kirkland, vice president and general counsel of Trimble Navigation Ltd. (TRMB), which makes GPS systems. "Think 40,000 GPS dead spots covering millions of square miles in cities and towns throughout the U.S."

One of the biggest risks is to the GPS navigation systems used by about 40 percent of commercial and private planes. Backup systems that rely on ground-based radio signals are not as accurate and have coverage gaps. Some older private planes have no backup at all.

With GPS interference, a pilot "may go off course and not even realize it," said Chris Dancy, a spokesman for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

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LightSquared's network could also undermine the Federal Aviation Administration's multi-billion-dollar program to upgrade the nation's air-traffic control system, which is based on World War II-era radar technology.

The new GPS-based system is more precise and lets planes fly more direct routes. That will save airlines time, money and fuel and cut pollution. It is also key to accommodating projected increases in airline traffic by enabling planes to fly safely closer together.

Public-safety officials, too, are nervous about LightSquared because they rely on GPS to track and dispatch police cars, fire trucks and ambulances. Many 911 systems also use GPS to help locate people. Disruptions could delay responses to emergencies, said Harlin McEwen, an official with the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Even the Pentagon has expressed concern as it relies on GPS to guide planes, ships, armored vehicles, weapons and troops.

LightSquared plans to compete nationally with super-fast, fourth-generation wireless services being rolled out by the likes of AT&T and Verizon Wireless. It won't sell directly to consumers, though. Instead, LightSquared will provide network access to companies including Leap Wireless, parent of the Cricket phone service, and Best Buy, which will re-brand the service under its own name.

LightSquared has its roots as a satellite-phone operator, so its airwaves historically have been reserved primarily for satellite communications. FCC rules adopted in 2003 allowed the company to back up those signals with ground-based wireless service, but only to fill in coverage gaps.

In January, however, the FCC gave LightSquared permission to use its airwaves for a broader, conventional wireless data network. Although the company will continue to offer satellite service, it plans to cover at least 92 percent of Americans by 2015 with high-power wireless signals transmitted by base stations on earth.

Until now, GPS receivers haven't had much trouble filtering out noise in the adjacent airwaves because it consisted mostly of low-power signals beamed from space. But GPS manufacturers warn that will change once there is a major ground-based broadband network.

Both LightSquared and the FCC say further testing is needed to determine the true extent of any interference. The FCC is requiring LightSquared to participate in a study group with GPS manufacturers and users.

LightSquared won't be allowed to turn on its network until the government is satisfied that any problems are addressed, FCC spokesman Rob Kenny said.

"We have every reason to resolve these concerns because we want to make sure there is a robust GPS system," LightSquared executive vice president Jeffrey Carlisle said.

Dan Hays, a consultant with the firm PRTM, insists the technical solution is straightforward: GPS devices need to include better filters to screen out the LightSquared signals.

Estimates on the costs of a fix, however, range widely.

Hays believes it will cost no more than $12 million - or 30 cents per device - to install better filters in roughly 40 million standalone GPS units made worldwide each year. Cell phones, he said, will be fine because they don't rely solely on GPS to determine location and have better filters anyway.

But Tim Farrar, a consultant with TMF Associates, insists cellphones need upgrades, too - raising the annual cost to as much as $1 billion.

Tens of billions of dollars of existing equipment may also need to be replaced, Farrar said.

GPS manufacturers insist that neither they nor their customers should have to pay.

That's because GPS receivers were designed to screen out low-power signals next door, and now the government is changing the rules, said Scott Burgett, software engineering manager with Garmin Ltd.

But Hays said GPS receivers are "eavesdropping on signals outside of where they are supposed to be" - in LightSquared's space.

That was not a problem - until now.

Moreover, LightSquared and the FCC say the GPS industry should have been preparing for a ground-based network nearby since the FCC first allowed backup wireless systems in that space in 2003.

The real dilemma, Hays said, is this: "This is a situation where the neighbor built the fence too far over the property line and may not have realized it at the time. Now the other neighbor wants to build a pool and there is not enough space. So the question is: who has to pay to move the fence?"

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Associated Press Writer Joan Lowy in Washington contributed to this report.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Supreme Court allows taxpayer support for religious schools - chicagotribune.com

Supreme Court allows taxpayer support for religious schools - chicagotribune.com



Oh this is some serious bullshit folks. The zealots will be out in full force. Not One Dime of taxpayer money from any government entity should be given. If a person wants to do this on their own, fine. But any city, county, village, and state government even thinks about doing this, we must vote them out. Separation of Church and State folks. That's the way it should always be.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Kids Have It Made

In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren't good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, "We didn't have the green thing back in my day."

That's right, they didn't have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But they didn't have the green thing back in her day.

In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks.

But she's right. They didn't have the green thing in her day.

Back then, they washed the baby's diapers because they didn't have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts - wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that old lady is right, they didn't have the green thing back in her day.

Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house - not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn't have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, they didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But she's right, they didn't have the green thing back then.

They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But they didn't have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn't it sad that they didn't have the green thing back then?

Little Village couple take stand against gang-bangers - Chicago Sun-Times

Little Village couple take stand against gang-bangers - Chicago Sun-Times



Now this is how we should all work together. I tip my hat to this great couple.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Ald. Reilly proposes moving horse-drawn carriages to parks — and off streets - Chicago Sun-Times

Ald. Reilly proposes moving horse-drawn carriages to parks — and off streets - Chicago Sun-Times


Horse Urine? How about working on getting our Parking Meters Back?

What, one wealthy constituent complained about some horse piss, and you felt this was an urgent matter? Meanwhile our soon-to-be-gone Mayor is trying to sell off more city services, and not a peep from you.


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