What Kid’s Need in Schools (that they’re not getting)

Every person in any career should spend 90 minutes in a classroom at least one time in a school year, sharing their stories and setting an example for the students,” he said. “It’s part of giving back. These kids generally don’t see enough examples of why education is important or who they could be or what they could do.
— Brad Keywell, Groupon co-founder

via Sun-Times.

This is a brilliant idea.

Kudos to Mr. Keywell for putting this together.

Alderman Ervin’s Maywood ‘Drug House’

For Ald. Jason Ervin, who represents a large swath of Chicago’s troubled West Side, drug activity in the area hits particularly close to home.

That’s because until recently, Ervin owned what police and others portray as a “drug house” in nearby Maywood.

During the decade or so that Ervin owned the three-flat at 1600 W. Madison in the Near West suburb, police were called to the property or the immediate vicinity roughly 150 times, often for drug-related incidents, but also for gunshots, assaults, trespassing and thefts, among other matters, according to records from the Village of Maywood.via Chicago Sun-Times.

Those looking for another reason to not vote for Ald. Self Serving Jason Ervin.

Welcome to The Machine.  The Machine like Mr. Ervin because he will do whatever they tell him to do.  He could never find a job in the private sector making $120,000 per year like he makes as Alderman.  So he will do absolutely anything to keep his job.

We need to cleanse people like this from the system.

My Cousin Raised $2,300 – Hoo Whoo!!

Sharon Arnowitz recalled countless people asking what they could do to help, but there was nothing.

Because, as the Buffalo Grove resident explained, she was not going to be a victim of breast cancer.  “I’m going to live,” said Arnowitz, noting that it was diagnosed in its earliest stage. …

On Sunday, Arnowitz served as hostess at her Buffalo Grove home for an all-pink party to promote breast cancer awareness. …

The “Get Your Pink On — Early Detection Celebration and Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser” brought in $2,346, which Arnowitz said she will donate to the Caldwell Breast Center. She said she earmarked the donation to pay for mammograms for women who otherwise could not afford them, because this was the exam that may have saved her life.

via Buffalo Grove Countryside.

Rock on!!

IL Finances Heading to Social Unrest

“I think it’s going to reach a point where there’s either social disorder or bankruptcy before people will act,” he said.

via Crain’s Chicago Business.

Ya, that sounds about right.

But let’s back-up a little.  This is a quote from a story about how back the finances are in Illinois.

A Blue Ribbon Panel put together a report which was released this morning.  It’s damning in the extreme.  The whole report can be found here.

I’ll write more about this later… I have to catch a plane.

I Made Crain’s Chicago Business

Forgive me the indulgence:

Dr. El-Tag referred questions to her attorney, James Bosco of Chicago.The case is about “restricting patients’ access to a doctor of their choice,” Mr. Bosco said in a statement.

“That the plaintiff Dr. Koziol believes patients would choose Dr. El-Tag over him is evidence enough of Dr. El-Tag’s reputation for excellence,” he wrote.

via Crain’s Chicago Business.

Pretty funny.

I really don’t understand all the hate. Are not those on the left supposed to accepting of everyone? Tolerance and all that? Seems to me the left is the chief preacher of hate.

Islamist Radicals Visited White House

A year-long investigation by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) has found that scores of known radical Islamists made hundreds of visits to the Obama White House, meeting with top administration officials.

via The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

This is a problem.

A real mo fo problem.

No word yet from the Ministry of Truth.


Italian Court Jails Scientists for Failure to Predict Earthquake

Rarely since a Catholic inquisition in Rome condemned Galileo Galilei to spend the remainder of his days under house arrest for the heresy of teaching that the Earth revolves around the sun, has an Italian court been so wrong about science.

Today, a court in the central Italian city of L’Aquila, 380 years after that miscarriage of justice, sentenced six scientists and a government bureaucrat to six years in jail on manslaughter charges for their failure to predict a 2009 earthquake that left more than 300 people dead.

via CSMonitor.com.

Al Gore is soooo pissed right now.  He’s so wishing that the U.S. had tried those evil scientists who claimed global warming was a hoax.

No better way to silence your opposition than place them in jail.

Democrat Voter Fraud in Florida & a Beating in WI

[Republican] Voters are getting letters that look like they are from local elections offices, questioning their citizenship. But Local 6 has learned the letters are fake, and they are going out across Central Florida and other parts of the state.

Officials said the voters who have received the letters thus far are white, registered Republicans who consistently vote in elections.

“This is a major concern,” said Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Mike Ertel, who received a letter from a voter mailed from Seattle with no return address. “You should not expect a letter from your elections office saying, ‘You’re not registered to vote, please don’t go to the polls.’  That’s ridiculous.”

The supervisor of elections in Collier County said some residents there have also received hoax letters.

Inside the letter is the resident’s supervisor of election’s name, the resident’s name and address, and a warning that doubts the voter’s citizenship, saying the resident is not eligible to vote unless a letter is returned in an enclosed form within 15 days.

via WKMG Orlando.

This surprises no one.

Think about this for just one second.  The bogus letters are sent to “white, registered Republicans who consistently vote in elections.”  Who has access to that information?  Sure, it’s available at the local board of elections but not easy to pull together into a mail-merge.  This is a sophisticated effort by someone who has a copy of the electronic voter database.  That’s not easy to come by.

Very creepy.  But this (I guess) is the lengths some people will go to to win an election.  And if the fraud doesn’t work, they just beat some people up and put them in the hospital.  People in the hospital don’t vote right?

State Senator Neal Kedzie says his son was attacked while trying to stop someone from stealing his Romney/Ryan yard sign.

Whitewater Police tell NBC15 News this is an active investigation.

Here is the statement released by Senator Neal Kedzie:

Early on Friday morning, October 19th, my son Sean was awakened by noises outside his residence in Whitewater. As he went to see what the commotion was about, he noticed an individual removing a Romney/Ryan yard sign from his property. He yelled to the person that they were taking something not theirs and to return it immediately.

The individual returned the sign, however, a second person confronted and attacked Sean without warning.

Sean was wrestled to the ground by both persons, held down by a constricting chokehold, and struck repeatedly about the face and head.

He nearly passed out from the chokehold and suffered contusions to his face and eyes.

Fortunately, an alert neighbor heard the commotion, scared the individuals away, and called the police.

My wife and I were awakened by a telephone call from Sean’s roommate that Sean had been taken by ambulance to Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital.

via NBC 15, Madison WI

They say if you resort to violence
then you’ve already lost.
—  Sean Connery as Capt. John Connor, Rising Sun

Given the continued threats of violence should Obama not win it’s safe to say our fair nation is losing its soul.  The media has given a voice to those believe they can govern through raw power and fear.

Something is very very wrong here.  A lack of proper education, poor social values, a biased and weak willed media system, and a general lack of civility can sink the country.  We’re very very close.

Scary times.

Alderman Flip-Flops Again on Chick-fil-A

A Chicago alderman once again is threatening to block Chick-fil-A from opening a restaurant in his Northwest Side ward because of the owner’s stance against gay marriage — after saying earlier that he had dropped his opposition to the fast-food outlet.

Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st, accused Dan Cathy, president of the family-owned restaurant chain, of reneging on his company’s apparent promises to issue a statement vowing to treat people of all sexual orientations with respect and no longer allow the company to contribute to groups that oppose gay marriage.

via Chicago Tribune.

In the words of Joe Biden:  Ald. Moreno was against Chick-fil-A before he was for it.

What an idiot.  All you had to do Alderman was keep your mouth shut and you wouldn’t have any of these issues.  You wouldn’t look like a fool changing your mind every two minutes and trying to blame someone for lying to you.  Stop it.  It makes you look clueless and weak.  What are you eleven years old?