Elections and Pat Quinn.

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

Elections and money
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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.

Who is Training ISIS?

Iraqi officials told the Guardian that two divisions of Iraqi soldiers – roughly 30,000 men – simply turned and ran in the face of the assault by an insurgent force of just 800 fighters.

Inept Iraqi army
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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?

The Enemy of My Enemy

Why would Turkey fight the Islamic State when ISIS is killing Kurds for them? The president of Turkey is a radical Islamist. Turkey has no business being in NATO and the EU needs to drop all considerations of letting Turkey in.

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?

D.O.J. Criminal Enterprise.

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.”

“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.
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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.

Definition of Hypocrisy: Turkish Version

Criminal inhumane policy of Turkey toward Kurdish minorities is inexcusable.

Turkish President is a lair and a hypocrite.
Definition of hypocrisy – Erdogan!
From the horse's mouth
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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.