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Michigan: Teachers Trying to Hide Union Activism in School Email Accounts

March 25, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Children, Democrats/Leftists, Detroit, Ethics, Government, Judges, Labor Law, Liberals, Michigan, Public Employees Unions, Regulation, Supreme Court, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Michigan’s union thugs have found a new way to hide their on-the-job union activism from the prying eyes of public transparency — or at least they think they have. Activist school teachers are using their state-sponsored email accounts to discuss their strike ideas, their union work slow down ideas and other illegal activities but are claiming that these emails are “personal” and therefore should not be open to Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) requests by the state’s budget hawks, government transparency advocates, and the news media.

Michigan’s Mackinac Center for Public Policy recently reported that the Michigan Education Association has sent out messages to its members that they should exclude any emails sent from school-owned email accounts in FOIA requests because they are “personal” emails and are legally not eligible for FOIA requests.
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Mayor Emmanuel To Cut Number of Aldermen in Half! Self-Serving or Cost Savings?

March 25, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Census, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Illinois, Liberals, Mayor Richard Daley, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

For his first controversy, Mayor Elect Rahm Emanuel has floated the trial balloon of all trial balloons. He wants to fire half the city’s alderman and replace them with… no one. That’s right, he wants to eliminate half of the city’s aldermen. How’s that for chutzpah?

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Emanuel has had some private meetings with Chicago’s sitting aldermen and has point blank asked them what they thought of slashing the number of aldermen from 50 to 25 as a cost-cutting measure.

Naturally everyone knows that if this idea goes through, Emanuel will endeavor to save the jobs of all those aldermen loyal to him. That goes without saying. This would be Emanuel’s way of creating his own rubber stamp city council like the two Mayors Daley did for 60 years with their own bought-and-paid-for city council.
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Mayor Daley: Failed Mayor of Failing City?

March 25, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Chicago, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Government, Illinois, Jobs, Liberals, Mayor Richard Daley, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

As his last year in office winds down, Mayor Richard Daley is hailed as one of the country’s most successful big city mayors. Yet the 2010 census reveals that the city lost 200,000 citizens, the city’s budget is millions in the red, and businesses are abandoning the city with alarming frequency. How this equates to success is anyone’s guess.

Steve Bartin who writes for newgeography.com, a website that tracks information about America’s demographic statistics, notes that there are only nine U.S. cities that have more than one million citizens and the 2010 census data shows that only Chicago lost population. Yet, as Bartin notes, stories across the Old Media can’t bestow enough kudos on Mayor Daley’s long tenure as Chicago’s mayor.

It isn’t just the loss of population that marks Daley as a failure, though.
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Ohio Senator Brown: Card Check is Dead

March 25, 2011 | Filed Under Business, Capitalism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, EFCA, Government, Jobs, Labor Law, Liberals, Ohio, Pensions, Public Employees Unions, Senate, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Washington D.C. | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Hill newspaper has an interesting quote from Ohio Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown. He says the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA), of the Card Check bill is a dead issue in the senate this year.

Senator Brown was being interviewed on WVIZ radio in Ohio when he was asked what he thought about the success of the EFCA in the Senate for the 112th Congressional session. “It’s not going to happen now,” the senator said.

If this is true then Big Labor should be extremely upset with President Obama and the Democrat leadership in congress. Will they take out their anger by withholding their enthusiastic support of Democrats in 2012?

One would think that this singular failure of the Democrats to get Big Labor’s most wished for legislation passed would be a deal breaker for labor. After all, labor has spent over $400 million in the last few years on getting Democrats elected and it seems that all that money went for no benefit to them. Labor’s loss of power has grown commensurately with its expenditure on Democrats, anyway.

Like old dogs that cant learn new tricks, though, it is likely that they will double down and try to pump more money than ever into the pockets of pliant Democrats. Like a beaten wife they keep coming back, it seems.
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Obama, As Red as It Gets

March 25, 2011 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Capitalism, Communism, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, President, Socialism, Taxes | Comments Off

-By Alan Caruba

Isn’t it about time that the mainstream media and all others begin to examine the record and conclude that a Communist holds the reins of power in the White House?

Since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, it is often believed that Communism died with it. Not so, Communism is alive and well in China, North Korea, Cuba, and Venezuela.

From the days of Harry Truman who discovered that Franklin Roosevelt had given the Soviets Eastern Europe at the WWII Yalta Conference, American presidents have steadfastly done what they believed was required to keep Communism “contained.”; some more successfully than others.

The Communist Manifesto is well worth reading. Among its planks is the abolition of private property and a government that owns or controls much of the U.S. landmass is antithetical to this keystone of capitalism.
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Liberty Leader Watchdogs Find Excessive Government Compensation‏

March 25, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Cook County Board, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, Illinois Policy Institute, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the Illinois Policy Institute

Using FOIA to Discover Extreme Executive Compensation
Ever wonder what’s in the compensation packages of the top government administrative officials in your hometown?

If you look, you are likely to find bonuses, sick pay, car stipends, gym memberships, multiple pension plans, housing assistance, and much more.

Liberty Leaders Craig Mijares and Nancy Thorner have been digging up details and are taxpayer heroes for getting information out to the public on excessive executive compensation of public officials in their hometowns. Learn to be a taxpayer watchdog, too, by reading how Craig and Nancy discovered shocking levels of executive compensation in their own backyards. Read more here.
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Activists in 23 States Coming Together in Texas to ‘True The Vote’

March 24, 2011 | Filed Under ACORN, Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Government, Liberals, Tea Party, Texas, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Note I am leaving for Texas on Thursday morning to attend this event. Just thought I’d repost it from earlier in the month…

Patriots and activists from 23 states are about to gather together on March 25 and 26 in Houston, Texas to attend the True The Vote Summit, an effort to make “true” the electoral system in every polling place in the country, to stop voter fraud, and to quash the intimidation of voters. Organizers hope to make sure that we again have free and fair elections.

A local Harris County activist group named The The King Street Patriots built the True The Vote Summit upon their experiences of attempting to “true” the 2010 election in Harris County, Texas.

Back before the recent election, the KSP got together to try and find out what sort of shape the voting rolls were in Harris County, Texas were. What they found was shocking. Due to its investigation, an ACORN organizer was exposed for having registered over 23,000 fake voters in the county. The story made national news.
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Government Motors: The Coming General Motors Failure Will Be At Taxpayer’s Expense

March 24, 2011 | Filed Under Banks, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Cities, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Detroit, Economy/Finances, Financial Reform, Government, Liberals, President, Stimulus, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | 5 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Obama Administration has proclaimed TARP and the subsequent bailout for General Motors a great success. US Treasury Deputy Timothy Massad recently said, “Where we are today shows that the program, by any reasonably objective measure, was a success.” But is GM, now much derided as “Government Motors” the success that Obama says it is? Facts don’t argue in Obama’s favor.

First of all, we must dispense with the whole idea that a benevolent Obama played sugar daddy to “save” GM and did so without too much meddling with the company. Despite the claims that it is “back” and back in private hands, We The People still own 33% of GM. But government ownership is deeper than the a mere calculated percentage. You see, GM’s Board and its CEO were all placed in their positions by Obama, his czars and advisers. Worse, none of them have any experience at all in the auto industry.

Obama’s GM CEO, Dan Akerson, is not a “car guy” — as he himself admitted. Akerson’s experience is as a Wall Street hedge fund operator not an auto industry exec. He was also a player at the politically connected Carlyle Group and was the firm’s Managing Director.
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Let’s Have Some Patience on the Budget Cuts

March 24, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

For decades I have been sick and tired unto death of the massive overspending, arrogance, and outright graft of Congress. Like many of you I felt the Tea Party movement was a bolt out of the blue, but a welcome one. I was also jazzed when the 2010 Republican wave overtook Washington and installed so many freshmen congressmen pledging to cut the federal budget. Also like many of you I am frustrated with the slow pace of cuts and would love to see them come faster.

One of the loudest voices decrying the slow pace of the cuts often comes from the radio talkers. Folks like Limbaugh and Levin, for instance, are heard to lament that the GOP is not being proactive enough with the budget cuts. They say the $10 billion that the House Republicans have been successful in cutting so far with the pair of short-term continuing budgets is a drop in the bucket, that it is almost a joke.

It’s easy to make the case, too, that saving $10 billion is the least of efforts especially when Obama has run us up to $2.5 trillion in debt… and here is where the “but” comes in (not to mention where I get hardcore conservatives mad at me).
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Earthquake in Japan: Dependable Aid from America

March 24, 2011 | Filed Under Economy/Finances, Energy, Japan, Nuclear Power, Paul A. Ibbetson | Comments Off

Paul A. Ibbetson

There is no dependable way to foretell the next natural calamity that will befall planet Earth. Actually, the only thing mankind can say about the next planet-shaking catastrophe is that after whatever horrendous event has ended, America will have aid en route. Yes, many countries give assistance to afflicted areas of the world; however, the unchallenged leader of emergency aid is always America. The United States is usually the first to arrive at devastated locations of the world by request and is the last to leave, having brought the lion’s share of assistance with no strings attached. In fact, our country’s speed, efficiency and overwhelming willingness to assist nations in need has in some corners become viewed as less of a matter of American charitableness and more of a matter of world entitlement.

This is an unfortunate world mentality that is often reinforced by liberals right here in the U.S. The truth is that Americans are not just exceptional, they are exceptional in their willingness to give to others. How so? America gives proportionally more aid for its size and population than any other developed country. Americans give readily across all income levels. We also give aid as a nation when there is virtually no chance of future reciprocation, such as the huge amounts of aid that have been sent to Haiti. This country sends assistance to places so hostile, such as Somalia, that simply getting the aid to its destination can be a life and death mission. Unlike Islamic nations, America brings charitable goods to countries with dictators that have been designated as enemies of the United States. The ongoing aid in Iraq is a salient example of this; however, a long-standing example of American aid to a previous enemy nation is before the world now in the catastrophe that has struck Japan.
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Roskam Meets with IL-06 Based Company in Ghana

March 24, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Energy, GOP, Government, Ill. County, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Peter Roskam, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Peter Roskam (R, IL)…

Discusses economic development as part of African fact-finding mission

ACCRA, GHANA – Congressman Peter Roskam (IL-06) traveled to Ghana earlier this week, leading a fact-finding mission focused on trade, energy, and other economic and social issues in Africa. Monday in Accra, Roskam met with Oak Brook, Ill.-based Opportunity International, a leader in providing financial services to people living in extreme poverty in the developing world.

The group met with Teresa Effie Cooke, head of human resources at Opportunity International Savings & Loan, Ghana. Roskam is leading the bipartisan fact-finding mission, including Congressman Bobby Rush (IL-01), which is being privately sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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VIDEO: Obamacare Debate at Randy Hultgren’s 14th District Office

March 24, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Ethics, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Liberals, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Video of an interesting debate between a pro-Obamacare supporter and one against. This video was taken outside the office of newly minted GOP Congressman Randy Hultgren of the 14th District in Illinois.

Steve Tucker engages a young Obamacare supporter in a very interesting, informative conversation.

It’s a nice civil debate for a change.

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Bobby Unser: Race Car Driver, Celebrity… Criminal?

March 23, 2011 | Filed Under Constitution, Crime, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Federalism, Freedom, Government, Judges, Law, Nanny State, Regulation, The Law, Transparency, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Bobby Unser is famous for having won the Indy 500 three times and only one of two drivers that won that great race in three separate decades (’68, ’75, ’81).

Unser has a long list of achievements in motor sports starting back in the early 1960s. But there is one achievement, dubious though it may be, that the federal government is happiest he achieved. He is officially a federal criminal and the U.S. Forest Service couldn’t be happier.

Criminal? Oh, you bet. At least according to our despotic federal government he sure is….

Read the rest at RightPundits.com.

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2,200 Marines Go To Libya, ‘What Happened to No Boots on the Ground’?

March 23, 2011 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Foreign Countries, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Libya, Media, Media Bias, Military, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | 5 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

In all the reporting on the involvement of US Forces in Libya a report by WCTI Channel 12 News in New Bern, North Carolina seems to have gone by almost unnoticed. The News channel reports that 2,200 U.S. Marines have been shipped off the Libya. But doesn’t this deployment clash with Obama’s supposedly steadfast claim that there will be “no boots on the ground” in Libya?

On March 20 WCTI reported that the Marines were shipping out.

About 2,200 Marines from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, or 26th MEU will take part. Their mission is to help end the violence directed at the Libyan people.

“In Libya right now they are doing exactly what we need them to do. They are doing what they are told and right now that’s protecting Libyan people against Qadhafi forces,” said Captain Timothy Patrick, a Marine with the 26th MEU.

So, what is it? Are there Marines in Libya or will there be “no boots on the ground”? If there are Marines there, what are they there for?
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John Boehner Adamant About Not ‘Shutting Down Government’

March 23, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, House of Representatives, John Boehner, Liberals, President, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

RedCounty.com recently re-launched with an enhanced platform and as part of the relaunch, Chip Hanlon has been featuring a multipart interview with Speaker of the House John Boehner (R, OH). Today’s part two segment features the Speaker adamantly refusing to allow any government shut down and saying he will work hard to keep government open. (Part one is here)

Some conservatives will lament this singular focus on preventing a government shut down and worry that Boehner is more interested in keeping government open at any costs than he is in budget cuts. But the Speaker says that furthering the budget cuts is exactly why he wants to be sure and keep government from shutting down.
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Claire McCaskill: Another Example of How Democrats Can Get Away With Anything

March 23, 2011 | Filed Under Congress, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Missouri, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Back in 2005 Clair McCaskill had a great campaign taunt for her opponent: he used state planes and state funds for
the political use of airplanes all on the taxpayer’s dime. That was bad, she told Missouri’s voters. Now McCakill is the Senator from the Show Me State and guess what? She’s been caught using taxpayer money to fund her own personal flights about the county.

Check out her 2006 political ad:

Notice her money quote: “And we have paid every dime of our taxes.”
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A Union Member’s Plan to Cause Financial Panic in the USA

March 23, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Communism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Liberals, SEIU, Socialism, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

A former union executive attended an extremist conference in New York last weekend and there he laid out the sort of plan that every union member dreams of, one that will destroy the American system and replace it with a socialist fantasy run by unions and anti-capitalists.

Steve Lerner was a member of one of the largest, most powerful unions in the United States, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) a union that controls many of our various government employees. He is full of loathing for capitalism and the American system and has plans to take it down.

He wants to cause the sort of chaos that makes the last financial panic look mild. The key, he said, was to entice Americans to all stop paying their mortgages at the same time. This, he proposed, would cause a financial meltdown of epic proportions.
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Wisconsin Judge Maryann Sumi & Her (SEIU, AFL-CIO) Political Operative Son

March 23, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Judges, Labor Law, Law, Liberals, Public Employees Unions, Regulation, Scott Walker, Taxes, Teachers Unions, The Law, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Wisconsin | 5 Comments

-By LaborUnionReport.com

There’s nothing like a judge’s love for her son to cloud her otherwise-cloudy judgment.

On Friday, unions scored a temporary victory to maintain their ability to collect union dues from Wisconsin public employees when Judge Maryann Sumi (the same judge who refused to order striking teachers back to work in February) issued a Temporary Restraining Order preventing the implementation of Wisconsin’s new law governing public-sector unions.

Via the Wall Street Journal:

Judge Maryann Sumi said a lawsuit filed by the Dane County district attorney had enough merit for her to issue a temporary restraining order to prevent Secretary of State Doug La Follette from publishing the bill while she reviews the case.

This is a problem. Judge Maryann Sumi should have recused herself entirely from the Wisconsin battle due to her inability to be neutral in this case. You see, Maryann Sumi has a clear conflict of interest. Her son is a political operative who also happens to be a former lead field manager with the AFL-CIO and data manager for the SEIU State Council. Both the SEIU and the AFL-CIO have members who are public-sector employees in Wisconsin. In fact, as a federation, the AFL-CIO can boast of several member-unions that represent public-sector employees. Maryann Sumi is hardly an unbiased judge in the matter.
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Embarrassed To Be American‏

March 23, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Anti-War, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Government, House of Representatives, Liberals, Libya, Nancy Morgan, President, Republicans | Comments Off

-By Nancy Morgan

For the first time in my life, I’m embarrassed to be an American.

Last weekend, as tens of thousands of Japanese were fighting for their lives after an 8.9 earthquake devastated their nation, our President, after giving a generic “We’re with you” statement, remained noticeably absent.

Not really absent – Obama could be found on the golf course Saturday afternoon.

As a Japanese nuclear reactor melted down and threatened a catastrophe of biblical proportions, Obama was otherwise engaged Saturday night, having a rollicking good time at Washington D.C.’s annual Gridiron Dinner. Joking with journalists.
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Newsweek: Americans are Stupid Because We Don’t Spend Enough on Education?

March 22, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Children, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Government, Liberals, Newsweek, PCism, Society/Culture, States Rights, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Newsweek has published another one of those aren’t-Americans-Stupid articles wherein we find that few Americans know anything about either our history or our political system. People have no idea who our current vice president is, they don’t know when the Declaration of Independence was adopted, and they haven’t a clue who takes the office of president if the prez and the VP are incapacitated. But what is more interesting in Newsweek’s article is the reason the news magazine thinks that we are so stupid. Absurdly Newsweek thinks it’s because government doesn’t spend enough money on education.

First of all, I have to agree that Americans are as ignorant as can be on our history and our system o government. You can see it just about everywhere. In fact, you can see it in voting patterns. Illinois is a perfect example. The corruption has been endemic in the Democrat Party in Illinois for decades, yet voters repeatedly pull that donkey lever. It is clear they are ignorant of why things are so bad in the Land of Lincoln and they send the same crooks back to the state house over and over again.

Certainly it is impossible to dispute Newsweek’s central claim that Americans display an appallingly high level of civic ignorance. But Newsweek doesn’t just report its findings, it goes on to opine on just why we as a nation are so ignorant of our civics and history.

Newsweek thinks it’s because we don’t spend enough money on education: (my bold)
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Aussie Moron Gets Shot By Sticking Face In Front of Shotgun

March 22, 2011 | Filed Under Animal Rights, Animals, Australia, Guns, PCism, Society/Culture, Warner Todd Huston, Western Civilization | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

We certainly never want to see anyone shot accidentally. If a firearm is wielded it is imperative that the one pulling the trigger is in the right to do so. In Australia we have a case to prove the exception. Once in a while someone who gets accidentally shot, well, they just plain deserve it.

Julia Symons is apparently one of the dumbest people in Australia. Being an animal rights wacko and anti-hunting busybody, that puts her right up there, of course, but the thing that put her on top of the list of morondom occurred over the weekend of March 19 at Lake Buloke, Victoria, Australia.

It seems that Mz Symons was one of about 150 dimwitted protesters trying to get between the shotguns of some 2000 legal hunters and the ducks they were shooting at for the first day of duck hunting season at the lake. Like her foolish pals, Symons was trying to disrupt the hunters by jumping into the water and wading dangerously near the shooters to intimidate them into quitting the hunt.
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Former State Senator Quits Illinois, Moves to Texas

March 22, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Chicago, Conservatives, Cook County Board, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The Wilmette Beacon published a very startling article that reveals so much of what is wrong with the state of Illinois. Roger Keats, a former state senator and a recent candidate for Cook County Board President has announced that he is leaving the state and moving to Texas.

Keats has a long history of fighting corruption in Cook County, but he’s realized that there is no longer any political will to continue that fight in the state of Illinois. It is hopelessly corrupt and Roger Keats feels he’s done his duty, but that duty is finished.

The full text of the Keats’ letter was published in Illinois Review:

GOOD BYE AND GOOD LUCK

As we leave Illinois for good, I wanted to say goodbye to my friends and wish all of you well. I am a lifelong son of the heartland and proud of it. After 60 years, I leave Illinois with a heavy heart. BUT enough is enough! The leaders of Illinois refuse to see we can’t continue going in the direction we are and expect people who have options to stay here. I remember when Illinois had 25 congressmen. In 2012 we will have 18. Compared to the rest of the country we have lost 1/3rd of our population. Don’t blame the weather, because I love 4 seasons.
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While Obama and the West Talk…Tyranny Kills

March 22, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Anti-War, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Frank Salvato, Government, Liberals, Libya, President | Comments Off

-By Frank Salvato

Muammar Qaddafi – Qaddafi, Gaddafi, Ghaddafi, Gadhafi, however you spell the tyrant’s name – has to be the only beneficiary of the cruel hardships being felt by the Japanese people in the wake of the horrific and historic devastation of Japan. As the world turns its collective eye toward aiding a genuinely venerable people in their time of need, Qaddafi has taken the initiative to double-down on his efforts to extinguish all opposition to his reign of terror, forty-two-plus years running, in Libya. That he is able to do so serves as testimony to the uselessness of the United Nations and the gutless demeanor of leadership in the West.

Before I begin let me state that the people of Japan are most deserving of global attention and aid in this, their most dire of times. That they persevere through the unimaginable chaos in a way that knows no looting, no incivility, that they can maintain order and discipline in a time where other cultures descend into narcissistic bedlam, stands as a testament to their culture. The world, each and every country – no matter their strength of military or wealth, should take notice of the quintessential definition of a civil society. May God take them, in their time of need, into his embrace.

But as we look on in awe at the strength and performance of the Japanese people, unadulterated evil can be seen in the hearts of men, and weakness can be found in the leadership of nations founded on principles that demand the protection of and facilitation to freedom and liberty for every man, woman and child, anywhere and everywhere on the face of the planet.
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Restoring Fiscal Sanity, Putting Illinois Back to Work‏

March 22, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Jobs, Republicans, Taxes, Tom Cross, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the office of Illinois Republican House Leader, Tom Cross…

As the legislative session continues in Springfield, I wanted to take a quick moment to update you on some of the key legislation introduced by House Republican members.

House Republicans are committed to restoring fiscal responsibility and ending the reckless spending in Springfield. We are fighting for meaningful spending caps, researching opportunities to cut spending and working to substantial reforms to save significant taxpayer dollars.

Listed below are some of the measures we are working on and I would like your thought on these so please let us know if you support or oppose these measures.

Repeal the Democrat Income Tax
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Military Action in Libya: Conundrums and Calculations

March 21, 2011 | Filed Under al Qaeda, Anti-Americanism, Anti-Semitism, Anti-War, Barack Obama, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Islam, Islamofascism, Liberals, Libya, Military, President, Religion, Terrorism, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The military action in Libya undertaken by a “coalition of the willing” at the end of last week is, from an American perspective, as vexing as it is elating. On one hand it is good that the US came to the aid of a people yearning to over thrown a murderous dictator, but on the other it is troubling that America is going into this with no plan, no policy, and no idea who the players on the rebel side even are.

On top of all that President Obama is going ahead with this intervention in precisely the same ways that he pointedly criticized President Bush for doing in Iraq. In fact, some on the American left are leveling just that accusation him.

Then there is the split opinion of those on the right. On one hand you have those that were bemoaning the lack of American leadership in the world, those that were startled that France was taking the lead in Libya, those who are celebrating over Obama’s late-in-coming decision. However, other conservatives are saying we should stay out of Libya because we don’t have the slightest clue if we are about to usher in another Islamist “revolution” if Gaddhafi should fall.
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Chicago’s Most Notorious Priest Finally On Way Out?

March 21, 2011 | Filed Under Catholicism, Chicago, Christianity, Cities, Cook County, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Liberals, Race, Religion, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

Father Michael Pfleger is as far from the image of a parish priest as can be imagined without crossing the line into absurdity. He is a loud-mouthed activist that has spent a 30-year career calling people he doesn’t like names, spewing race tinged “sermons,” liberally tossing out the race card, and engaging in extremist political causes. Not the model priest, for sure.

Pfleger has vexed the Catholic Archdiocese in Chicago for years and rumors have constantly swirled that he would be removed from his position as the pastor of Saint Sabina, a Catholic Church on Chicago’s south side. Church leaders have constantly been under pressure to do something about this troublemaking priest.

Father Pfleger has indecently involved himself in numerous political causes. His favorite activism is to organize news camera grabbing pickets. He’s picketed TV shows, business owners, and companies. He’s called gun shop owners murderers and Threatened their lives, he’s tried to get radio stations shut down, and he’s erected billboards attacking musicians.
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Fighting to Tighten Washington’s Belt

March 21, 2011 | Filed Under Adam Kinzinger, Budget, Congress, Conservatives, Economy/Finances, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

An Op Ed by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R, ILL)…

Last year, for the first time in nearly 40 years, the House of Representatives — under then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi — failed to pass, or even propose a budget for Fiscal Year 2011. This left Americans without a budget and Democrats without any restraints.

As a result, the American people sent a clear message to Washington last November– cut spending. I came to Washington to do exactly that.

In February, House Republicans passed a long-term CR with $100 billion in cuts. The Senate rejected this proposal, refusing to side with the taxpayers to get our fiscal house in order – leaving Congress to pass a short-term CR with another $4 billion in cuts over two weeks.

On March 15th, the House passed an additional $6 billion in cuts over the next three weeks. The Senate passed this short-term CR two days later for a total of $10 billion in spending cuts. This achievement of permanently cutting $10 billion is a good start, but the cuts will not stop here.

We cannot give up, shutdown and simply hope Senate Democrats will cave. The House only controls one stem of the legislative branch and it’s time for Senate Democrats to work together with the House on a long-term CR that contains significant spending cuts needed to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.
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Mexico: Your Spring Break Death-stination

March 21, 2011 | Filed Under Crime, Mexico, Paul A. Ibbetson | Comments Off

Paul A. Ibbetson

As eager colleges students from around the country prepare to leave school for spring break, many ask the question, where is the best place to go to have the most fun? For parents, the questions that are pondered and even discussed with their children as they prepare to leave are usually somewhat different. Many parents attempt and often stumble through those awkward conversations about the potential dangers of traveling abroad. Common parental concerns for their children on holiday cover the spectrum but often include discussions about avoiding the following: being arrested, impregnating or becoming impregnated by a new intoxicated friend whose name tends to escape recall, all the way down to the embarrassing impromptu left or right-cheeked tattoo. I think you know which cheeks I am talking about. Some of America’s spring breaking youngsters will fail to heed their parents’ well-intentioned advice and the ramifications will range from laughable spring break stories to parents getting late-night phone calls for the need of the family lawyer and a bail deposit. Even in these more unfortunate spring break scenarios, parents of American children expect their kids to return home, straighten-up, and get back to work or school.

The idea of an American citizen’s child being abducted, raped, tortured, shot, beheaded or otherwise murdered for the most part still remains outside the typical parent’s pre-vacation precautionary mindset. Unfortunately, an untimely death does potentially await traveling Americans on vacations such as spring break. What does that mean? It means that there is always of element of danger traveling as a tourist abroad. The American public still has fresh in their minds the case of 18-year-old Natalee Holloway, the young girl that went missing on May 30, 2005, during a chaperoned high school graduation trip in Aruba. Most viewers of this travel tragedy were likely to have been absorbed in the Holloway family drama, or the bizarre statements and actions of the suspect Joran van der Sloot. One of the important lessons almost lost within this national story was that all tourists when abroad are potential victims. The best that can be hoped for is that one maximizes the likelihood of survival with the same vigor that is put into plans for fun and entertainment. Then there is the subject of Mexico.
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Legislation Calls for More Transparency and Accountability During the Illinois Budget Process

March 20, 2011 | Filed Under Chicago, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, Republicans, Transparency, Truth in Accounting, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

From the Institute for Truth in Accounting…

(Chicago, March 18, 2011) — State Representative Mike Tryon (IL-64th District) has introduced the Long-Term Accounting Act into the Illinois legislature. The Act calls for increased timeliness, transparency and accountability during the state budgeting process.

“Not knowing the long term consequences of the Illinois budget has put our state $100 billion in the hole,” said Sheila Weinberg, Founder and CEO of the Institute for Truth in Accounting, which assisted in the drafting of the bill. “We can’t determine the best plan to get us out until we are honest about how big the hole is.”
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Success: ‘Pay to Play’ Appointee Careen Gordon Steps Down‏

March 20, 2011 | Filed Under Americans For Prosperity, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Illinois, Illinois State Government, Liberals, State Government | Comments Off

From Americans for Prosperity, Illinois…

Thank you to all our members who sent letters to the Senate Executive Committee requesting that they vote on the “Pay to Play” appointment of Careen Gordon.

In four short days, we generated over 5,000 letters to the Senate Executive Appointment Committee expressing outrage at what appeared to be the “Pay to Play’ style of politics that led to the appointment of Careen Gordon to the Prisoner Review Board.

Due to mounting pressure from AFP members such as yourself, the Senate Executive Appointments Committee finally scheduled hearings that were to begin on Thursday March 17th.
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