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30Oct/140

Elections and Pat Quinn.

Posted by ed

Elections and money

The author.

From my perspective, this election ought to be easy for Pat Quinn, but the polls indicate otherwise. It appears that an awful lot of people are disillusioned with Illinois politics and have bought the argument that Springfield needs a fresh face--that somehow this new guy, Bruce Rauner, whom we don't know much about, ought to be given an opportunity to reform state government.

Opponents of Pat Quinn have painted him as an ineffective governor.  Nothing could be further from the truth, in my opinion.

I have known Pat since the 70s, when he worked in the governor's office and I covered Springfield for the Tribune. When he decided to seek public office in 1982, running for the Cook County Board of Tax Appeals, he came to me for advice because I had been involved in uncovering a bribery scandal there. He won the election, later served as state treasurer, and eventually became lieutenant governor.

He has managed to accomplish much in his six years as governor, despite working with a legislature that leaves a lot to be desired. He stood up to Madigan and was able to finally push through a comprehensive pension reform law. He got same-sex marriage enacted and he made Illinois the 16th state in the country to abolish the death penalty. He cut wasteful spending by a billion dollars, and he responded to the recession with the largest construction program in Illinois history, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs.

Pat wants to leave the income tax rate alone because cutting it at this time would be catastrophic to education, human services and other essential programs. Mr. Rauner wants to cut taxes, but at the same time he proposes to increase education funding by half a billion dollars. How? Mr. Rauner refuses to support a ban on assault weapons.  On an issue close to my heart, Mr. Rauner opposes Quinn's plan to shut down state institutions for thousands of people with disabilities and to give those people a chance to live in a real home in a real neighborhood.

Aside from the issues, where there can be honest differences of opinion, it bothers me that a candidate can try to buy an election. Mr. Rauner has donated $23 million to the campaign! I don't have anything against rich guys who want to run for office, but a rich guy who bankrolls his own campaign is pretty darn offensive. I have watched wealthy Democrats try to do the same thing--Blair Hull and Al Hofeld come to mind.  Fortunately, they weren't successful. Hopefully, Mr. Rauner won't be either.

24Oct/140

Who is Training ISIS?

Posted by Horse

Inept Iraqi army

Daily Wisdom

The US could not build an Iraqi army

Iraqi "Army" leftovers.

How come The US been training Iraqi “army” for years, spent Billions of dollars.

And the Iraqi “army” is useless.

Who is training ISIS soldiers?

Whoever it is maybe we need their help to train the Iraqis?

14Oct/140

The Enemy of My Enemy

Posted by Nate

Erdogan is a Wiesel.

Friends?

Ankara (AFP) - Turkish jets have bombed Kurdish rebel targets in the southeast of the country in the first such strikes against the separatists since an increasingly fragile 2013 ceasefire, officials said Tuesday. http://news.yahoo.com/turkey-bombs-kurdish-rebel-targets-southeast-081640615.html;_ylt=A0LEV2Awaz1U5kUAY_VXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTEzOTFkY2w0BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkA1ZJUDUzMF8x?.tsrc=bell

Ankara refuses to allow Kurdish fighters to cross into Syria to relieve the neighboring city. As Turkish troops and tanks stand guard at the border, many Kurds are desperate and angry, assaulted by Turkish teargas, water cannon, and police violence. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/08/kobani-isis-turkey-kurds-ypg-syria-erdogan

ISIS Intensifies Siege of Kurdish Enclave in Syria. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/11/world/middleeast/isis-intensifies-siege-of-kurdish-enclave-in-syria.html?_r=0

Turkey as a friend?

Words of wisdom

  1. Turkish forces bomb Kurds. Turkey is enemy with Kurds
  2. ISIS fights Kurds. ISIS is enemy with Kurds
  3. U.S. bombs ISIS. US if enemy with ISIS
  4. Turkey and ISIS are friends.
  5. US and Kurds are friends
  6. US and Turkey are enemies.Can anybody disprove this logical conclusion?
14Oct/140

D.O.J. Criminal Enterprise.

Posted by Horse

"Police Nabbing $5 Billion A Year From Legal Racketeering Called "Civil Forfeiture " -  See more at: http://truthyism.com/police-nabbing-5-billion-year-legal-racketeering-called-civil-forfeiture/#sthash.8GnFaZjF.dpuf

Criminal enterprise by police.

Daily Wisdom

Roceteering

To serve and protect

“Hey, here’s a great crime-fighting idea: Let’s give local police and prosecutors the authority to seize cash, cars, homes and other property from private citizens - without a court convicting those citizens of any crime. Without, in fact, even charging those citizens with any crime. Then let the authorities sell the goods and keep the proceeds for themselves.”

http://reason.com/archives/2014/09/24/the-civil-asset-forfeiture-racket

Takings: Few Americans are probably aware that law enforcement authorities are free to seize their property even when they've done nothing wrong. But it's a growing racket that needs to be shut down now.”

In recent years, policing for profit - which looks a lot like a criminal enterprise -has raked in the spoils. The Justice Department's forfeiture fund has gone from $94 million in 1986 to more than $1 billion today. State and local authorities also benefit richly, but it's hard to know to what extent, as not all report their 'profits'. We do know Philadelphia alone takes in about $6 million a year.”
Read More At Investor's Business Daily: 
http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/081314-713180-policing-for-profit-needs-to-be-ended.htm#ixzz3G2idEfRJ 

So my friends please be safe and don't take money with you if you are on the road. Just in case you might be robbed or stopped by the police. If I would have to choose the lesser of two evils, I would prefer to be robbed. At least you can call 911!

Legally criminal

Legal bandits.

10Oct/140

Windows from the Train

Posted by Nate

Windows from the train

What is there?

I like to fantasize about windows

Windows in the night

Large and small

Brightly lit and barely visible

Especially small and barely visible

Windows, the gateways into other lives

What secrets, what mysteries are they trying to hide in the depth of these openings?

These lights that are teasing, promising the unknown

Mysteries of imagination

Who is there?

Maybe scary and secret tales about the other side?

I don't want to look for too long

Just a glance

A glance of something.

A shade, a movement

A seed for imagination to build on

I keep searching, looking

While riding on the train at night

The windows of the big city

What is behind?

Just a glimpse

A perfect place to hide

City windows are surrounded by darkness

Just hinting without showing

And I love it

These windows

They give permission to dream, to wonder.

Dream about secrets and mysteries

Wonder about something strange, scary, exciting

Secret societies

Witchcraft behind the dark walls and locked doors

Aliens hiding among us and unmasking in there

Behind half-opened doors in the other room

What human dramas are hiding there that these half-lit windows cover up?

Who are the actors?

The actors in the mystery of existence

city windows at night

The night train

Do they feel that somebody is thinking about them?

Riding on the train

Just a glimpse into the strange mysterious world of my imagination

Just a fleeting moment of eye contact with a window passing by

And it is gone and the other one appears and is also left behind

The train is noisily chugging along

And I keep looking, waiting, hoping to see something

A hint, a shade of a secret life inside, behind these holes in the dark walls

Something scary and wonderful – the unknown

I see some silhouette through the dirty glass and I want it to be unusual, unfamiliar

I am drawn to these windows

To possible mystery, to the unknown

I fantasize about secret and wonderfully scary events over there

So close and yet in another universe

Maybe imaginary but real to me

The universe of my imagination glancing at me through half-lit yellow windows.

The eyes of a city

What is really out there?

I will never know

And I love it

Not knowing

Imagining, creating my own stories

Strange worlds and mysterious stories

I don't read in the night trains

I am writing stories in my mind

About the windows passing by

Gateways to other universes.

Witch hour.

Full moon magic.

10Oct/140

Definition of Hypocrisy: Turkish Version

Posted by Horse

Turkish President is a lair and a hypocrite.

Definition of hypocrisy - Erdogan!

From the horse's mouth

Daily Wisdom

Turkish President Erdogan is accusing the world of not doing enough to fight ISIS while doing nothing to fight ISIS while keeping the Turkish Kurds from helping the Kurds in the border citry of Kobani Syria.  All the while keeping Turkish tanks idle on the border.

19Sep/140

The Weight of the World is on My Shoulders

Posted by Nate

the Middle East crisis.

Weight of the world

The weight of the world is on my shoulders

Every soul separated from its body

Every man killed it battle

Every child, every woman, every innocent that died

Died for no reason

I die with them

So much misery in the world

Injustice, murder, senseless wars

Crimes for no reason

No reason other than anger

Vicious ignorance

Limitless greed

Killers in name of Islam

Doing God's duty

Vindictive and ruthless despots ruling over the ignorant

Ignorant trying to fill the void

The void of an empty senseless life

They created this vindictive ruthless and jealous god.

This god, this small and mean creation of human sins and ignorance

The vengeful god created in the image of the lowest common denominator of humanity

In his name the “believers” are committing unspeakable crimes

The weight of the world is on my shoulders

Killing fields in the Middle East

Israel surrounded by the alien world of the blood-thirsty killers of the Dark Ages

Dictator of Russia.

The Emperor Putin

Russia this forever drunk, unpredictable, tragic and talented nation

Russia forever ruled by demonic scary despots

Russia willingly submitting to every King, Emperor and communist psychopath

And now Putin, a power hungry maniac

The weight of the world is on my shoulders

The pain of the world is in my heart

I am a Jew

Jewish guilt – maybe that is the reason?

Guilt for all human crimes and tragedies

And the world, this big hostile and unfair world

The world hates the Jews and is afraid of us

Jewish fate

An ancient tribe

Afraid of us - a small ancient tribe of tragic and brilliant people

Antisemitism is rising, again

A sign of the dark times coming.

And we Jews are here to fulfill the tragic task

We are here to warn the world by our sacrifice

To warn of coming disaster

And maybe, just maybe, this is the reason that we Jews are carrying the weight of the world on our shoulders.

And we are the first to be crushed by it.

We Jews are always the first to meet the coming evil forces.

But not the last. The evil will not stop.

The pain of the world is in my heart

Not by choice, not by my choice.

I am a Jew, a chosen one.

Chosen to carry the the weight of the world on my shoulders.

15Sep/140

Hypocrites

Posted by Nate

Where are pro-lifers when you need them?

Child abuse

Daily Wisdom

Not real religion.

Hypocrisy or stupidity?

The Tribune reported last Tuesday that more children died of abuse and neglect in Illinois in fiscal 2013 than at any time in the past 30 years. The increase represents a 23 percent spike over the two previous years and is the highest since the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services began keeping such data in 1981, records show.”

"Nationally, the number of child deaths from abuse and neglect has remained steady. The most recent national estimate is 1,545 such deaths. But some experts warn that the data collection is flawed and say national death totals could be much higher.”

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-16/news/ct-met-dcfs-child-deaths-1117-20131117_1_abuse-and-neglect-child-abuse-hotline-child-welfare-officials

Address to the anti-abortion crusaders.

Where are you?

Don't you scream that every life is precious?

Don't you kill abortion doctors to show that you value life above all else?

How come you are silent when children are dying because of neglect and violence?

Do you really care?

Do you?

Don't want abortions then adopt these kids.

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