Thursday, September 18, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday: EPA partially responsible for Asian carp debacle

Illinois River near Peoria
Asian carp is a catch-all term for species of recently-introduced carp that have devastated the population of native fish in much of the Mississippi River basin. The Illinois River has been hit particularly hard by the invasive carp--by weight, two thirds of the fish in the Illinois are Asian carp.

Bighead, silver,and grass carp are the worst of the bunch. The fish were brought to America in the 1970s to control algae in Arkansas fish farms. Some escaped into nearby rivers. But part of the blame for the Asian carp fiasco goes the the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA wasn't exactly protecting the environment in this case.

From the Detroit Free Press in 2011:
The EPA carried out what it described as "innovative" research on using bighead and silver carp in sewage ponds for two years, starting in 1979, in Benton, Ark. The carp "made the water clean enough to drink," said Mike Freeze, a fish farmer and fish biologist who once worked for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. When some small towns in Arkansas couldn't meet EPA requirements for the cleanliness of water discharged from their sewer plants, the agency ordered them to stock the carp to clean up those ponds, he said.

Freeze, who led research on the carp between 1977 and 1983, said he's certain some of the carp escaped on his watch.

"We know we lost fish from our facilities," he said, referring to the Game and Fish Commission.
Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal
Now the most hated body of water in America, the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, appears to be the last line of defense in protecting the Great Lakes from the Asian carp.

As for the EPA, more recently these know-it-alls have declared carbon dioxide--which appears naturally in nature--a pollutant. The EPA supplies the front-line troops for President Obama's war on fossil fuels.

They were wrong about Asian carp and they are wrong about fossil fuels and carbon dioxide.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Environmental-extremist Dem wants to end coal leases on federally-owned land in West

Colorado coal train
Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA), a liberal environmentalist extremist who, when he was in the House, sponsored the expensive and ultimately hated cap-and-trade bill five years ago, now wants to block new permits to mine coal in the western states.

Wyoming is America's leading coal-producing state--account for forty percent our nation's total.

From the Billings Gazette:
U.S. Sen. Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, said this week he intends to draft legislation halting coal leasing on federal lands after the U.S. Bureau of Land Management rejected his call for a leasing moratorium.

Markey had urged the BLM to suspend its leasing program while it considers reforms suggested by the Government Accountability Office last year.

But in an Aug. 14 letter released by the senator's office this week, BLM Director Neil Korze rejected that plea.

"While the department intends to make necessary changes to improve the coal leasing program, we do not agree that our coal program should be suspended until these reforms are completed," Kornze wrote.
Markey's ultimate goal is to destroy America's coal industry. Plain and simple. The Democrats' war on coal is an attack on our standard of living. Does Markey think solar panels will heat our homes? Americans need to make the Democrats the minority in the Senate this fall.

ILL-inois: From the Land of Lincoln to the Land of the Link Card

Lincoln on Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Illinois has gone from the Land of Lincoln to the Land of the Link Card. That card is the 21st century version of food stamps in Illinois. And enrollment in food stamps is nearly double the number of jobs created in America's fifth-most populous state since 2008.

From the patriots at the Illinois Policy Institute:
Illinois' sluggish jobs recovery is coming at a tremendous cost. For every post-recession job created in Illinois, nearly two people have enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.

In the recession era, the number of Illinoisans dependent on food stamps has risen by 745,000. Without adequate job creation in the state, Illinois families have had no choice but to depend upon food stamps to put bread on the table.

The Prairie State has had the worst recovery from the Great Recession of any state in the U.S. There are nearly 300,000 fewer Illinoisans working today than in January 2008, and 170,000 fewer payroll jobs.
The mismanagement of the state by Rod Blagojevich and his two-time running mate, Pat Quinn, has devastated Illinois. Quinn's massive "temporary" income tax hike is a millstone on upon Illinois.

ILL-inois: Anti-violence worker charged in diamond theft

University of Illinois at
Chicago banner
Who is watching the watchers?

From NBC 5 Chicago:
A 47-year-old woman accused of stealing a diamond from a Rosemont jeweler is the latest employee of a prominent Chicago-based anti-violence program to get locked up in recent years, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

Stacie L. Winston, an employee of CeaseFire —- an arm of Cure Violence -— was charged last month with stealing a diamond worth more than $10,000 from Helzberg Diamonds on Dec. 2, according to court records.
Winston has had four felony convictions since 1996.

More...
Earlier this year, a CeaseFire worker was charged with raping a teenage girl. Last year, a CeaseFire worker was charged with selling heroin to a federal informant outside CeaseFire headquarters at UIC. Since 2010, seven other CeaseFire workers have been sentenced after being convicted of felonies.
The program is run by the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Constitution Day 2014, "A republic...if you can keep it"

It was on September 17, 1787 when, after a speech by the aged Benjamin Franklin, thirty-nine delegates--not all of them--signed the United States Constitution in Philadelphia. It is the oldest constitution on the planet still in use. Although some people argue that our extra-legal president, Barack Obama, makes that statement a dubious one. Our hope-and-change president was a teacher of constitutional law at the University of Chicago. His students should receive a refund for the expense paid to attend his classes.

As for Ben Franklin, who was commonly called Dr. Franklin by his admirers, when he left Independence Hall after Constitution was endorsed, a woman asked the genius, "Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy." Franklin replied, "A republic...if you can keep it."

Over 225 years later, we are still fighting to keep it.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

ILL-inois: New subpoena in Quinn NRI scanal

Pat Quinn's Illinois flag
The subpoenas continue to pile up as investigation continues into Pat Quinn's so called anti-violence drive, which is turning out to have been nothing more than a vote-buying racket.

From the Chicago Tribune:
A new subpoena seeking records about Gov. Pat Quinn's botched 2010 anti-violence program has been issued, this time from a federal grand jury based in Chicago.

The request marks the first subpoena issued by Chicago-based federal authorities in the probe into Quinn's $54.5 million Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Numerous prior subpoenas had come from federal authorities in Springfield.

The federal grand jury in Springfield has subpoenaed emails from the governor's former chief of staff, Jack Lavin, and several others heavily involved in implementing the program.
Lavin, by the way, is now a lobbyist. He left the state's payroll only a year ago.

The decent people who remain in Illinois have a much better choice for governor on Election Day--Republican businessman Bruce Rauner.

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Des Plaines River at Dam Number 2 Woods

Sometimes images look better in black and white. And so it is with this photograph of the Des Plaines River at Dam Number 2 Woods just outside of Mount Prospect, Illinois.


ILL-inois: 17 public school teachers "liked" an ax-in-car-window pic on Facebook

Unionized teachers in the affluent suburb on Hinsdale, Illinois--Governor Pat Quinn's hometown, by the way--have more use for an ax than grinding it.

From the Chicago Tribune:
Hnsdale Township High School District 86 canceled an investigation into 17 teachers who liked a Facebook post linked to a story about ongoing teacher contract negotiations accompanied by a photo that showed an ax lodged in a car windshield.
Be nice, children.

(Video) Why I am voting for Bruce Rauner

The Bruce Rauner campaign released a new commercial featuring women who explain why they are voting for Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate instead of inept Chicago Democrat Pat Quinn.


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Obama cult: Illinois school district renames two schools, one for each Obama

Rockford, Illinois patriot
The Obama regime is still in power but a south suburban Chicago school district can't wait to rename two schools--one for Barack and one for Michelle.

From NBC 5 Chicago:
South Chicago suburbs Park Forest and Chicago Heights have renamed two area schools in tribute to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Those Cook County cities, which comprise School District 163, announced on Monday that Beacon Hill School, grades 4-8, now goes by the Barack Obama School of Leadership and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), while Forest Trail School, 4-8, has been named Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts (STARS).

"The Obama name was selected for the two schools because the values that the First Family models are unparalleled precedents and are values that our students strive to emulate. I believe we are the first schools in the nation to honor the First Family in this manner," Joyce Carmine, district superintendent, said in a statement. "School District 163 has a strong legacy of promoting innovation and the reconfiguration and creation of the two Obama schools will continue this legacy."
When they lived in Chicago, the Obamas chose not to send their daughters to a public school--they chose an expensive private institution instead. If the Obamas promoted school choice for everyone--now that would be innovative. As for values, didn't the First Family used to "pal around" with former domestic terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn?

And the second shoes have yet to drop on the Obama scandals that include Fast and Furious, VA Waiting List, Benghazi, and IRS Tea Party targeting.