Thursday, January 29, 2015

Rauner: Ban public sector unions from donating to Illinois campaigns

Illinois finally has a governor who will stand up to the unions--reformer Bruce Rauner:

From QCOnline:
A public sector union, said the governor, can and has given candidates millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours, essentially saying, "After you win, let’s negotiate our pension and work rules and healthcare."

"Come on," Gov. Rauner said. "If that went on in business all the time, somebody would be out of job, at a minimum, and somebody probably would be going to jail."

Gov. Rauner said businesses with state contracts valued at more than $50,000 are prohibited from giving to state candidates. That also should be the case for unions negotiating labor contracts with the state, he said.
Unions vehemently opposed Rauner both in the Republican primary and the general election--now we can see why. Good from Bruce.

(Photos) Grand Canyon in Snow, part one

Four years ago Mrs. Marathon Pundit traveled to the Grand Canyon. December in northern Arizona can be cold, but luckily for us it snowed while we were driving to the national park from Las Vegas. Which meant great pictures.

This photograph was taken just south of the park. In the distance are snow clouds.

This bull elk and a male companion greeted us at the visitor's center.

As it was near the end of the day many tourists were leaving the visitor's center, warning us that they were at the Grand Canyon all day and they only saw fog. But then it lifted.

The trees give perspective to the size of these sedimentary rock formations.

The snow brings out the rock layers in this picture.

At the bottom--a long way down--is the Colorado River.

The banana yucca is a common Grand Canyon plant.

 I just had to get myself into this post somehow.

Douglas firs are common on the highest level of the south rim of the Grand Canyon.

A much closer look.

More Douglas firs.

Next: Additional pics

From The Lid: Obama launches another anti-Israel blitz via New York Times

Well, one thing about our president is that he is sadly predictable as The Lid reminds us: Obama launches another anti-Israel blitz via New York Times.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chilly sunset on the North Branch of the Chicago River

While it's cold, tonight's sunset brought some warm colors to the North Branch of the Chicago River at Morton Grove's St. Paul Woods Forest Preserve.

Missouri: Man shot three times outside Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese restaurants can be stressful places--there are lots of screaming kids. But someone is St. Charles, Missouri took things way too far by shooting a man three times outside that town's Chuck E. Cheese. The suspects are still at large.

Bill Ayers endorses Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for mayor of Chicago

Ayers at 2012 Occupy
Chicago rally
Unrepentant terrorist Bill Ayers has weighed in on next month's Chicago mayoral election--rather than back his friend President Obama's first chief of staff--incumbent Rahm Emanuel, Ayers announced on his web site a few days ago that he supports the candidacy of Cook County commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

So if you are a denizen of the extreme left--then you know who to vote for on February 24.

War on capitalism: Cop tells teens not to take snow shoveling jobs

The Nanny State did not take a holiday because of the Blizzard of 2015.

Two enterprising teens who were looking to make some money shoveling snow ran afoul of a New Jersey town's ordinance and were told by police to stop.

Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf were handing out fliers in Bound Brook during a winter storm on Monday night.

Police Chief Michael Jannone tells the Courier News of Bridgewater ( a resident reported a suspicious person.

Jannone says the officer told the teens it wasn't safe to be out after a state of emergency was declared. The chief says the officer's concern was about their safety and not that they weren't licensed to solicit business.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Illinois governor proposes right-to-work zones in state

Forced unionization is the law in Illinois and while unions are potent force here--they are still vulnerable. For instance, I never thought Michigan would become a right-to-work state.

Illinois' reform governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, is making baby-steps into the right-to-work arena, as he explained in downstate Decatur today, an event the much of the Chicago media appears to have so far ignored.

From WUIS Radio:
"I'm not advocating that Illinois become a right-to-work state. I do not advocate that. But I do advocate local governments, local voters, being able to decide for themselves whether to be right-to-work areas, right-to-work zones," the governor said.

Rauner says it would be a tool for communities suffering from high unemployment to create jobs, "so that we can compete with Indiana, and Michigan and Tennessee and Texas, that don't have forced unionization like we do here."

But unions are powerful in Illinois, and Democrats, who control the General Assembly, are sure to fight back.
But the overwhelming majority of Illinoisans aren't union members. Three of the five states the border the Land of Lincoln are right-to-work states and Michigan is a short drive from the southeast side of Chicago. As for myself--I wish Illinois was a right-to-work state.

(Video) Inside the Reagan Library: The Heroes Gallery

There is a Heroes Gallery at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum. Among those honored are the "Boys of Pointe du Hoc" at D-Day, the seven Challenger astronauts who made the ultimate sacrifice for science, and the 343 New York City firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11.

I'm certain that the Obama presidential library will not have a similar gallery.

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Useful idiots: Foreign firm tied to Russia funding anti-fracking movement

Vladimir Lenin supposedly called unwitting communist allies "useful idiots."

The environmental movement fits that description.

From the Washington Free Beacon:
A shadowy Bermudan company that has funneled tens of millions of dollars to anti-fracking environmentalist groups in the United States is run by executives with deep ties to Russian oil interests and offshore money laundering schemes involving members of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.

One of those executives, Nicholas Hoskins, is a director at a hedge fund management firm that has invested heavily in Russian oil and gas. He is also senior counsel at the Bermudan law firm Wakefield Quin and the vice president of a London-based investment firm whose president until recently chaired the board of the state-owned Russian oil company Rosneft.

In addition to those roles, Hoskins is a director at a company called Klein Ltd. No one knows where that firm's money comes from. Its only publicly documented activities have been transfers of $23 million to U.S. environmentalist groups that push policies that would hamstring surging American oil and gas production, which has hurt Russia’s energy-reliant economy.
The foundation passed those millions along to some of the nation's most prominent and politically active environmentalist groups. The Sierra Club, the Natural Resource Defense Council, Food and Water Watch, the League of Conservation Voters, and the Center for American Progress were among the recipients of Sea Change’s $100 million in grants in 2010 and 2011.