Sunday, April 20, 2014

Chicago Tribune: ILL-inois should not throw away $100 million on Obama library

While driving on Chicago's pock-marked and potholed roads this evening, I was thinking, why do Illinois Democrats think that it's a grand idea to throw away $100 million on an Obama presidential library?

The Chicago Tribune, which foolishly endorsed Obama for president twice, thinks as I do on this subject, as it explained in an Easter Sunday op-ed:
Let's hope this time some Democrats come to their senses. This state has no money to be devoting to a presidential library. Obama's library should be funded the same way most presidential libraries during the last century have been funded: with private money. Bill Clinton and both Bushes did it that way.

Diane LeBlanc of the National Archives and Records Administration said "100 percent of construction is privately funded" for presidential libraries. Beyond requiring that a library be built with private funds, the Presidential Libraries Act of 1986 mandated that private endowments be established to offset a portion of future maintenance costs, she wrote to us in an email.

So why is Illinois willing to throw $100 million at the project anyway?

There's your answer: This is Illinois.
Illinois has nearly $6 billion in unpaid bills and over $100 billion in unfunded pension debt. Let Obama completely fund his own temple.

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Easter Sunday raccoon

Although no one associates raccoons with Easter, this Morton Grove critter, photographed on Easter Sunday in St. Paul Woods, is one of God's many children.


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From Da Tech Guy on DaRadio: Boston Marathon, the fans and the runners share the greatest race

Author at the start of the
1996 Boston Marathon
My weekly post at Da Tech Guy on DaRadio looks back a year and looks to tomorrow morning: Boston Marathon, the fans and the runners share the greatest race.

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Happy Easter 2014

Sunrise, Nonument Valley
"And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay."
Matthew 28

Happy Easter, everyone! He is risen.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

(Photo) Belleau Lake after sunset

Last week I took a photograph of Des Plaines, Illinois' Belleau Lake before sunset.

Today's pic is of the same lake after sunset--with a couple of ducks swimming by.


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(Photo) Belleau Lake near sunset

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(Photos) Dam on the North Branch of the Chicago River in Niles

Adjacent to the Niles Park District Wetlands is the Tam O'Shanter Country Club Dam on the North Branch of the Chicago River. The country club was sold to developers in the 1960s and only nine holes--administrated by the park district--remains.

The dam, which I photographed yesterday afternoon, is on the developed part of the old course.


On the right is a Coca Cola bottling facility.


It's amazing how watery subjects look when they are photographed from a different angle.

Fairly recently this dam was slated for removal, but either this report was wrong or the money dried up.

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