Thursday, July 30, 2015

UK Telegraph travel writer on Chicago: "While no longer an economic and cultural powerhouse..."

In a mostly glowing travel rundown of the Great Lakes region of the United States and Canada, Chris Moss gets in a sharp jab against Chicago. "While no longer an economic and cultural powerhouse," Moss writes, "the city has an enviable rock, jazz and blues live music scene, a world-class gallery in the Art Institute of Chicago and one of the most impressive skylines on the planet."

Two major credit agencies have rated Chicago's debt as junk. Chicago's population is the lowest it's been since the 1920s.

The truth about Barack Obama's adopted hometown is spreading. His fellow Democrats have destroyed Chicago.

Rot in hell: Mullah Omar is dead

The Islamo-supremacist Taliban today acknowledged the death of its leader, Mullah Omar--which the Afghanistan government reported yesterday. The one-eyed demon harbored Osama bin Laden while he plotted the 9/11 attacks. Mullah Akhtar Mansour, Omar's long time assistant, is the new leader of the Taliban.

May his term be a short one.

Baltimore's July murders match May killings--which were a 25 year high

The human carnage continues after Baltimore's inept mayor gave rioters space-to-destroy in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray in April. With two days left in the month--42 people have been murdered in Maryland's largest city in July. That's the same number of people killed in May--and that bloody month was the deadliest in 25 years.

On this day in 1975: Jimmy Hoffa disappears

Notorious crooked Teamsters union boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared on this date in 1975. He was last seen in the parking lot of a suburban Detroit restaurant. When news broke the next day of Hoffa's disappearance--no one, including me, expected him to resurface alive.

Mafia influence was strong when Hoffa ran the Teamsters. The union's current president is his son, James P. Hoffa.

The elder Hoffa's presumed murder is still an open criminal case.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dem congressman from Philly indicted on racketeering charges

Illinois isn't the only state with congressmen who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Federal prosecutors on Wednesday accused U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah of using his campaign coffers, charities he created, and federal grant funds he controlled to bankroll a failed 2007 Philadelphia mayoral bid, and line the pockets of family members and close political allies.

The 11-term Democratic congressman, who holds a seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee, was charged in a 29-count racketeering conspiracy indictment that alleges he channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay off an illegal $1 million campaign loan as well as the college debts of son Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr.

In addition, federal authorities said, Fattah, 58, accepted bribes including stacks of cash, payments toward a Poconos vacation home, and college tuition for an au pair from a lobbyist seeking his help to land an ambassadorship with the Obama White House.

Big loss in Michigan Supreme Court for public-sector unions

Michigan UAW local
Without forced dues money--unions wither and die like an unwatered house plant. Mandatory dues from public-sector workers is different--the taxpayers foot the bill. And public-sector unions lobby for more government which means more government spending. That's how Illinois was transformed into a basket case.

Anyway, back to the Great Lakes State.

From the Detroit News:
The Michigan Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that about 35,000 state employees should have never been subject to paying union fees, giving conservative supporters of the state’s 2013 right-to-work law a major victory.

In a 4-3 decision, the high court declared unconstitutional the Michigan Civil Service Commission’s longstanding rules authorizing labor unions to collect fees from state employees as a condition of employment.

The United Auto Workers, which represents and collects dues or fees from about 17,000 state employees, challenged whether the law applied to its members because their employment terms are set by the constitutionally autonomous Civil Service Commission.

From Doug Ross: PLUNDER AND DECEIT: Mark Levin pulls back the curtain on an ominous future for America's next generation

Talk radio host and former Reagan administration Justice Department official has written another superb book, Doug Ross tells us: PLUNDER AND DECEIT: Mark Levin Pulls Back the Curtain on an Ominous Future for America's Next Generation.

Enjoy the future today. Because the federal government is spending it now.

Obama will give Pell grants to federal jail birds

And what is Obama offering the victims of these crimes?

From CNN Money:
The Obama administration will soon give some inmates the chance to take college courses on the government's dime.

The Education Department and Justice Department on Friday are expected to announce a pilot program giving some prisoners access to federal Pell grants. The aim is to test how effective correctional education programs can be in breaking the cycle of repeat offenders.

Congress banned prisoners from being eligible for Pell grants in 1994. Since then, the prison population has grown significantly to 1.6 million nationwide, and calls for reform are coming from President Obama -- who recently became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison -- as well as members of both parties.

The administration can't lift the ban on Pell grants without Congressional approval, but the Education Department can use its authority to temporarily run a pilot program.
Pell grants are not loans. Of course taxpayers are footing the bill. So these grants aren't really free.

And once again, Obama is bypassing Congress to advance his far-left agenda.

Retired IL state workers contacted about working during possible AFSCME strike

Public-sector unions are not your friend. They may soon strike in Illinois. But the Land of Lincoln's reform governor is planning ahead.

From the State Journal-Register:
The administration of Gov. Bruce Rauner has been contacting retired state employees to determine if they would be willing to return to work on short-term contracts in the event of a strike.

The calls apparently have been made over the last several weeks as the Rauner administration and the largest state employee union, Council 31 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, have continued negotiations on a new labor agreement.

Study: Wind farms drive away prairie birds in the Dakotas

Not only do wind farms slice and dice some birds--others just don't like nesting near them.

Where are the protests by the environmentalists?

From the Grand Forks Herald:
Seven of nine grassland bird species were displaced from breeding habitat on mixed-grass prairies after wind turbines were built at sites in North Dakota and South Dakota, a study found.

The U.S. Geological Survey report, recently published in the journal Conservation Biology, found that susceptible bird species avoided turbine locations for years after construction, including species in "serious decline."

Bird species that avoided wind farms included the western meadowlark, the North Dakota state bird, which has been in decline in the state. The meadowlark moved 300 to 1,000 meters from the turbines, or more than 984 to 3,280 feet.

Other species included the bobolink, which also moved 300 to 1,000 meters, and grasshopper sparrow, which moved 300 meters, or 984 feet.