Friday, October 24, 2014

(Photo) A vote for Grimm is a vote for Quinn

After twelve years of one-party rule in Springfield, Illinois is in a perilous state. The Land of Lincoln is suffering from high unemployment,  stacks of unpaid bills, the nation's worst credit rating, and America's largest unfunded pension obligation.

Another four years with Pat Quinn as governor will put a stake through the heart of Illinois. The polls are close, so any patriot comprehending voting for Libertarian isn't just throwing away a vote, that person is voting for Pat Quinn.

If you think Chad Grimm will be the next governor of Illinois, then you believe in fairy tales.

#BringBackIllinois-vote for Republican political newcomer and successful businessman Bruce Rauner.

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Coyotes aid in capture of escaped prisoner

Coyote in NW Illinois
While I believe Wile E. Coyote never captured the Roadrunner in the desert, a pack of them captured an escaped Iowa prisoner, Daniel Rice, who was being treated in a hospital. Rice made it over the Mississippi River into Illinois.

From the Quad City Times:
Deputies were dispatched after receiving a call about two men being chased by a pack of wild coyotes at the Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Illinois City, Illinois, according to Steven VenHuizen, chief deputy for the Rock Island County Sheriff's Office.

VenHuizen said Rice called dispatch using a false name to report being chased by coyotes. When deputies arrived on the scene, they recognized Rice by the description they had, and a pacemaker scar on his chest. Rice was taken into custody and transported back to the Muscatine County Jail around 8:15 p.m.

Rice has been arrested in Muscatine County three times since July on charges of theft, criminal mischief and burglary. A new charge was filed Thursday for escaping from custody, a class D felony.
Coyotes aren't known for attacking humans, but these canines apparently knew this guy was a bad one.

Michigan: 810 lottery winners booted off public assistance

Public assistance is supposed to be for the poor. But the entitlement mentality of much of our population, which has been bolstered after six years by our food stamp president, remains entrenched even by those who have benefited from a cash windfall.

From MLive:
More than 7,200 Michigan Lottery winners were living in households that received public assistance of some kind in 2013, and the state was able to close about 11 percent of those cases as a result.

The Michigan Department of Human Services shared those findings Thursday in its latest "lottery match report," analyzing the impact of a 2012 law that allows the agency to cross-check lottery winnings with public assistance programs and, in some cases, end benefits.

DHS identified 7,216 lotto players who won at least $1,000 last year and lived in a household that received food stamps, Medicaid, or some other form of assistance. Their winnings totaled nearly $44 million, or about $6,056 per case. Eighteen cases involved jackpots valued at $100,000 or more.

But current state and federal laws only allowed the department to close 810 of the cases, or about 11 percent, according to the report. One case involved a lotto player who won more than $4 million.
Michigan's actions have saved taxpayers $2 million.

Other states need a similar law to weed out these unworthy recipients of taxpayer funds.

(Rauner video) "Ron," former AFSCME union president backs Bruce

Ron Wilson, the former president of AFSCME Local 993 in Vandalia, is supporting Republican challenger Bruce Rauner for governor of Illinois.

"Pat Quinn has made so many promises," Wilson says in the ad. "Don't attack Bruce, tell me what you've got done. I see zero."

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Town gives green technology Asian carp processing plant 30 days to get rid of foul odor or be closed

Illinois River at Marseilles
What to do?

Asian carp now comprise by weight seventy-percent of the fish biomass of the Illinois River.

One solution: Build a fish processing plant transforming the unwanted carp into fish meal, bone meal, and Omega-3 oil at the southern end of the river. So far, so good.

But the plant utilizes green technology and an odor-free facility was promised.

Uh oh.

From the Alton Telegraph:
American Heartland Fish Products has 30 days to abate a nuisance odor caused by its fish plant operations or it must cease operations until they achieve elimination of reported and confirmed malodorous smells, an appeal hearing ruling determined Wednesday morning.

Grafton Police Chief Chris Sullivan filed the ruling’s written order Wednesday immediately following the appeal hearing’s conclusion. Sullivan presided over the proceedings at the hearing that started at 9 a.m. Wednesday at City Hall on behalf of the city of Grafton. Grafton Mayor Tom Thompson gave Sullivan the authority because the police department has been involved in confirming the presence of odor in proximity of American Heartland's Asian carp rendering plant when complaints were made to city officials.

"We, the city, can fine them or shut them down," Sullivan said to people gathered at City Hall to witness the legal procedure.
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Neighbors complain about odor from green-technology Asian carp processing plant

Weather Channel co-founder has icy opinion of global warming

1999 Plymouth Breeze earlier this year
John Coleman, who was my favorite meteorologist in the 1970s during his stay with Channel 7 Eyewitness News in Chicago, is blowing cold air at global warming believers.

From Warner Todd Huston at Breitbart:
The co-founder of the Weather Channel is making waves among meteorologists by saying "climate change" is "nothing but a lie."

John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel in 1980, says that the theories of man-made climate change are no longer credible in light of the so-called hiatus in rising temperatures, not to mention that "polar ice is increasing, not melting away." Coleman adds, "Polar Bears are increasing in number."

"Heat waves have actually diminished, not increased. There is not an uptick in the number or strength of storms (in fact storms are diminishing)," Coleman recently said.
Chicago, Coleman's old base

"I have studied this topic seriously for years. It has become a political and environment agenda item, but the science is not valid," he declared.
Coleman adds snow to the fire by singling out the 18-years-and-counting pause in "global warming" and by dismissing the role of humans in "climate change."

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(Photo) Vintage barbed wire

I'm not sure if this barbed wire, using tree branches as posts, is vintage or vintage style. I believe this land is part of Dollinger Farms, which is a bit west of Channahon, Illinois.

It does look pretty snappy.

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My Kansas Kronikles: Barbed wire and stone posts

ILGov: Latest Rauner-Quinn poll shows race in dead heat

Oh, a vote for the Libertarian candidate is a vote for Quinn.

From the Chicago Tribune:
With less than two weeks until Election Day, the race for Illinois governor is a dead heat as Republican challenger Bruce Rauner has made significant inroads among suburban voters, especially women, a new Chicago Tribune poll shows.

The survey found Rauner with 45 percent support and Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn with 43 percent. That's within the poll's 3.5 percentage point margin of error. Little-known Libertarian candidate Chad Grimm had 4 percent, while only 7 percent were undecided ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

A new Tribune poll reveals that Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner are in a 'dead' heat in the governor's race. Tribune reporter Rick Pearson explains the data.

The findings represent a sharp turnaround from a similar survey conducted Sept. 3-12 that found Quinn with an 11 percentage point advantage over Rauner. The governor's race has tightened as voters become more focused on the campaign and both sides bombard the airwaves with tens of millions of dollars' worth of negative attack ads on television, radio and newspaper websites. A single Chicago TV station, ABC-7, reported that more than $565,000 was being spent this week to air nearly 300 commercials.
As for Quinn, 43 percent is a terrible place for an incumbent to be in. However, in 2010, Republican Bill Brady led most of the polls over Quinn.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

QuinnFail: Judge orders federal monitor to oversee IDOT hiring

Northfield IDOT facility
Chicago Democrat Pat Quinn suffered a big defeat today--and it involves his patronage cesspool at IDOT.

From the Belleville News-Democrat:
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered a court-appointed monitor to review hiring problems at Gov. Pat Quinn's Department of Transportation, a setback for the Democrat running for re-election largely on how he navigated Illinois away from ethical problems.

Quinn's opponent in the election, Republican Bruce Rauner, said during a campaign stop Wednesday in O'Fallon that the ruling is a major development that could swing the gubernatorial race. Rauner said if he's elected, he'll work with the court-appointed monitor to root out patronage at IDOT.

"I knew there was a lot of baloney going on in there," Rauner told a group of about 50 supporters at an O'Fallon conference center.

The ruling -- less than two weeks before the election -- followed a motion filed in April by anti-patronage campaigner Michael Shakman, who alleged that a long span of improper hiring based on clout and connections necessitated an outside monitor and further investigation at IDOT. Quinn administration attorneys had argued that neither was necessary because a state inspector general had investigated and the issues already were being addressed.
Long-suffering Illinoisans deserve a better governor: Republican Bruce Rauner.

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Canadian PM calls killing of soldier "a terrorist act," not workplace violence

This morning a convert to radical Islam, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, murdered Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo in front of the National War Memorial in front of the parliament building. The nutjob later fired shots inside that structure.

Stephen Harper, Canada's prime minister said the murder was "a terrorist act."

Five years ago, evil psychiatrist Nidal Hasan, murdered 13 soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas. He wounded 19 others. The Obama administration, bowing to political correctness because Hasan is a Muslim, deemed the bloodbath "workplace violence." But today President Obama also called the murder of Cirillo a terror attack. 

We have a hopeless president.