Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sun Times Also Endorses Governor "I'm Not in Charge!" Jeanne Ives Must be Surging!

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As we say, had Ives not entered the race, we might have had a tough time endorsing Rauner. With a handful of exceptions, we believe he has been a failure as governor, and he has only himself to blame. He promised what he could not deliver. Sun Times Endorsement of Bruce Rauner

"This is a pivotal, once-in-a-generation election where you can change the trajectory of this state. But trust me, it’s either, we’re going all in for a taxpayer revolution, or you’re going to see the slow going-out-of-business sale here in the state of Illinois.” Jeanne Ives in  Bureau County News

Don't that make your blue eyes brown, Bruce?

Both Chicago papers endorsed the Cook County oligarchy's place-holder Governor Bruce Rauner.
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Jeanne Ives, according to the Sun Times editorial board geniuses, is not 'compassionate' and her supporters are bully voters. Identity politics is stuck on stupid and the news media will not move the information dial to the facts.

Cadre demographics keeps the ink wet, but does not do much to level the playing field for people who work for a living, or all races, creeds and inclinations.

Both Chicago dailies follow the 2016 Presidential playbook of editorial broad brushing and fear-mongering that helped sweep Donald J. Trump into the White House.

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It is very clear that Jeanne Ives scares the bejabbers out of the comfortable Cook County oligarchs who continue to chase the middle class and the well-to-do out of Illinois.

With both Chicago rags endorsing Bruce Rauner, Jeanne Ives should have no problem silencing low-information outlets with plain speaking and turning Jeanne Ives converts into missionaries.

I applaud both the Tribune and the Sun Times for their help in ridding Illinois of One -Term Rauner on March 20th and poising Jeanne Ives against JB Pritzker in November.

Monday, February 19, 2018

"Comments Off" - Sum Total of Illinois Media Integrity re Pritzker Firing of Mark Konkol

When Dave McKinney of the Chicago Sun Timjes resigned, because then Sun Times owner's ties to then candidate Bruce Rauner and long-running he-said-she-said embroglio, the media locked shields like Vikings. 

That was then.
McKinney resigned following what he called “disturbing developments” after reporting a story critical of Rauner. In his resignation letter, he says the firewall protecting independent journalism was breached. Meanwhile, the Sun-Times abruptly brought back editorial endorsements, supporting its onetime owner Bruce Rauner without having interviewed either Rauner or Gov. Pat Quinn. 
Mark Konkol was cashiered by the same News Group currently owned by SEIU and run by Edwin Eisnedrath, after ten days and cover art that hair-lipped JB Pritzker and all of the beneficiaries of his . . .largesse.

This is now.

No media outrage.   No Emile Zola for Konkol's Dreyfuss.

  • No, Neil Steinberg opaque ouvere.
  • No Mark Brown nosing.
  • No Eric Zorn squeak.
  • No Carol Marin press conference.
Only Rober Feder bothered to report on the disgraceful treatment of a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter at the hand of in-the-tank management of Illinois' mercury spined  ink slingers.  You will no hissy-fitting columnist, objecting to the termination of Mark Konkol. 

Here is the best example of the mind-set of our in-the-tank Illinois media - Capitol Fax Blog

News aggregator and Progressive Democrat activist Rich Miller's Capitol Fax Blog lays out the corpse with yellow-bellied snark but dis-invites the mourners:

Konkol out at Chicago Reader after “tumultuous ten days”Saturday, Feb 17, 2018* The Chicago Reader has been suffering serious turmoil since its new executive editor Mark Konkol took over. Konkol fired the paper’s editor by phone just after the editor got off a plane returning from his honeymoon, killed the transportation writer’s respected column, nixed a couple of columns by longtime Reader columnist Ben Joravsky and lost another columnist after publishing a racist front page cartoon featuring JB Pritzker sitting on a black lawn jockey ornament. Word from inside was that the paper itself could be in peril.
Sun-Times Media owns the Reader and here’s its CEO Edwin Eisendrath
I am announcing today the departure of Mark Konkol from the Reader. Mark came to the publication bringing great hope for a new direction and a new life to a storied brand. Sometimes things don’t work out as planned. A tumultuous ten days culminated in the publication of a Reader cover that we believe was not in line with either our vision for the Reader or that storied history. We wish Mark well.
While controversy is sometimes seen as part and parcel of the alternative weekly world, we believe it’s necessary in this instance to apologize to anyone who was offended by this week’s cover. The published cover in my view distracted from the publication as a whole.
The reporters at the Reader work hard to be great journalists. They can and will take on the toughest stories — including issues of race, injustice and people struggling to be heard.
We will put in place interim leadership and plan for the future.
* From the Reader’s own Twitter feed…
Ding dong the witch is dead!— Chicago Reader (@Chicago_Reader) February 18, 2018
- Posted by Rich Miller   Comments Off        (emphasis my own) 

Comments Off!  Ouch. 

Illinois is fixed, to quote the brilliant Dan Proft.  Illinois is a rigged game.  The news media plays for one side - the side that is screwing voters; Bruce Rauner plays for that side. 

Mark Konkol paid the price for speaking out turn.   There are no and there will be no media types coming to Mark Konkol's defense.

His voice was silenced, because fair is, after all, fair. 

This is Illinois - a Banana Republic run by oligarchs. 

Take a GOP ballot and vote for Jeanne Ives. Unfix this sad State. 

re is not followed by a colon.  Re is lation for matter.  

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Chicago Reader: As 'In-The-Tank' as 87 Unleaded, But More Gas

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Guess who beefed about the cover art on last week's (it was editor Mark Konkol's, as well) Chicago Reader?

Could it be. . . .might it not portend . . .is it possible . . . is it plausible that JB Pritzker, the Progressive Democrat cash cow, was miffed, irked, vexed, put-out, or a tad nettled by the two-dimensional treatment of the audio-taped chat he had with imprisoned Illinois Governor, a one-time Cook County SJW ?

Mark Konkol is now free of an oppressive regime.  One of the best beat reporters and fair-minded pens in journalism was trampled by pygmies.

Sun Times News Group CEO and former Chicago Alderman and one-time candidate for mayor, Edwin Eisendrath, immediately cashiered Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and short-time editor of the Chicago Reader, Mark Konkol and issued these weasel words -

A tumultuous ten days culminated in the publication of a Reader cover that we believe was not in line with either our vision for the Reader or that storied history. We wish Mark well.
"While controversy is sometimes seen as part and parcel of the alternative-weekly world, we believe it's necessary in this instance to apologize to anyone who was offended by this week's cover. The published cover in my view distracted from the publication as a whole.
In his view. In Edwin Eisendrath's view. . . . after calls from JB and the Progressive beneficiaries of his large ass, I mean Largesse.

Edwin Eisendrath tolerates insults to  Mount Greenwood, because the "Upside Down" hood is 'part and parcel of the alternative weekly world."

Last month this same cage-liner published an insult to every person living in the Mount Greenwood (18,357 people and 6,416 households in Mount Greenwood), but Edwin Eisnedrath was  less than outraged by the shoddy journalism and tepid moralilty to be found in the prose of still-employed Josh Malooley. So bad is it that Wikipedia won't even list it as a reference to the neighborhood.

Josh Malooley has a pay check and Mark Konkol must file with Illinois Department of Employment Services for the swell $749.00 bi-weekly dole ( limited to 26 weeks).

Well Chicago readers know that the alternative weekly bilge in the Chicago Readers is bought and paid for by SNG ( SEIU) and JB Pritzker.  The Reader bows deeply to its over-lords.

Mark Konkol is a free man!

The Reader is bought and paid for propaganda like the Sun Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Edwin, from this member of the reading community and the 18,000 + people your rag vilifies, Mount Greenwood,  a neighborhood with deep roots in the Ubs In Horto!

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Stay just the way you are!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Wedding Wish for Marcia and Joe

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Two friends of mine will marry at 2 P.M. on this Saturday February 17, 2018. They will exchange vows at the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Blue Island, IL.

This couple is devoted to family and nature.  They spend their quality-time with each other engage in outdoor sport - camping, fishing, hunting and exploring the beauty of our earth.

There is an old Irish lyric that suits Joe and Marcia down to the ground - God Bless You Both! 

                                  The Heart of the Wood
My hope and my love,
we will go for a while into the wood,
scattering the dew,
where we will see the trout,
we will see the blackbird on its nest;
the deer and the buck calling,
the little bird that is sweetest singing on the branches;
the cuckoo on the top of the fresh green;
and death will never come near us for ever in the sweet wood.  -Anonymous Irish Poem

Friday, February 16, 2018

Guns Kill People and North Korea is Insecure and Blond Jesus Reigns

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Whenever Michael Sneed of the Chicago Sun Times needs to freshen up her purple prose and activate alliteration she turns to Pastor Pfleger, who also needs, at least, a monthly dose of dependable media and personal autoeroticism.

The preening pastor promptly urps up a polemic, pointed at police or political persons, but today's Sneedling is particularly offensive - Pfleger uses a dead policeman to further divide people.

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, Chicago’s anti-gun pulpit protest peace priest, just hit the firing range.
In the wake of the murder of Pfleger’s friend, Chicago Police Cmdr. Paul Bauer, and the death of 17 people in a Florida high school Wednesday, the fiery Pfleger is accusing gun advocates of complicit behavior. Michael Sneed-Chicago Sun Times

Sneed did not bother to ask Commander Paul Bauer's brothers and sisters in blue to comment on his selfless final call at Thompson Center.   Nor did the oafish Sneed compare the outpouring of grief at the loss of a fine human being to the hideous applause of inmates, as they welcomed the cop killer to County Jail.  Sneed puts Pfleger ahead of a priest who actually knew Commander Bauer and his family in her gossip column.  Sneed is consistent and employs the Sun Times' personal pontiff - Pfleger.  The hard-collar of secular faith.

Every tragedy is all about Pfleger - all of the time:
“He even gave me his private cellphone number.”
“Call whenever you need me, he’d say,” said Pfleger.
Pfleger is consistent.

The Sun Times has a narrative to sell and message to force down people's throats - it is radical socialism.

Sneed's sop to the Florida killings by a sick kid, play well with Pfleger, who echoed the one-note-samba of urban violence - take guns away.

Other socialist news sources have offered similar simple songs about guns and nuclear warfare.

Vox operated by the young guns of Obama's first term (the journolists) presented a pre- Winter Olympics explanation of North Korean psychotics:

While Americans were busy enjoying the July Fourth holiday, news broke that North Korea had crossed another military milestone: its first successful test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. This missile, the kind that could theoretically be tipped with a nuclear warhead, could travel far enough to hit Alaska.
That’s pretty worrying in and of itself. But the North Korean crisis is even scarier than you think.
That isn’t because the country’s supreme leader, 33-year-old Kim Jong Un, is totally irrational — a “crazy fat kid,” as Sen. John McCain once termed him. Instead, it’s that the impoverished North Korean regime is deeply insecure, so worried about its own survival that it is willing to go to dangerously provocative lengths to scare the United States and South Korea out of any potential attack.
When you combine this insecurity with the opaque nature of the North Korean regime, you have a situation that could easily spiral into outright conflict in the event that one of North Korea’s frequent military provocations (like the missile test) goes awry. Given North Korea’s massive conventional military and unknown number of nuclear weapons, conflict on the Korean Peninsula would cost hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of lives.
They're not crazy; they're insecure.  North Koreans need Federal funding, Job Fairs and Beer Koozies.

Nicholas Cruz, who slaughtered his schoolmates, teachers and strangers, was insecure, troubled and wickedly intelligent.  He might not have known how to buy a six-pack of Bud Lite, or score some weed, but  be sure knew how to get himself the fire-power to make his mark in history.

The North Koreans are  also opaque ( now that is nuance) like Obama's deep state Intel and not given to open honesty like calling Kim Jong Un a fat psychotic.

The Sun Times is as opaque as North Korea and applies its own brand of juche.  Pfleger makes more people wonder, "What the hell is he up to?" and some people will buy the Sun Times.

However, juche that uses the death of a heroic Law Enforcement Officer to plump up a vain preening preacher is offensive, but consistent.

Nicholas Cruz was not very forthcoming about his ballistic purchases.

Opaque people are consistent.

Shameless people are consistent.

Guns are tools and so are too many people. The media and politicians use people as things - things that are allowed to vote.

Guns kill people like pencils flunk tests.

Violent psychotics will use any tool to murder people: nuclear missiles, Glocks, 2x4s and kitchen knives, or pencils.

Mass murders and all murders are deeds performed by sentient humans beings; not inanimate objects.

People delight in the murder of some people.  Watch the news coming from Gaza, or ChiRaq, or any such celebratory You Tube Offering from thugs.

The applause coming from the cells in Cook County Jail at the arrival of  Shomari Legghette tells people all they need to know about urban violence and school shootings.  Some loopy goof says that half of the clapping throng have business being in Cook County Jail.

Commander Bauer disagreed in thunder:

And when they do go to jail, they need to stay there longer.
“The Sheriff of Cook County, for whatever reason, is very proud of the fact he has reduced the population of the county jail. Maybe I’m jaded, I don’t think that’s anything to be proud of.”
Bauer would like to see more career criminals in jail. “You can say, we don’t know if that’s going to reduce recidivism. This is how I look at it, I want them off the street. We’re not talking about the guy that stole a loaf of bread from the store to feed his family. We’re talking about career robbers, burglars, drug dealers. These are all crimes against the community. They need to be off the street.”

Kim Jong Un would be most comfortable and at home in Level IX of Cook County Detention Center.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Twitter Syllogism: The Horror of Our Current Human Condition

                    21st Century Logic Concerning the Florida Murder Rampage

Thesis:   "The Adults need to pay attention to what kids say and watch for unstable behavior."

Ant-Thesis: "And then do what when they see that behavior?  That’s what’s frustrating." (these came from Twitter)

Synthesis: "Exactly"

We are punched in the spiritual solar plexus, yet again.

More young lives are ended.  Many more young lives are permanently damaged.

There is nothing more heart-breaking than looking into the eyes of young people who have been so psychologically lambasted by the deeds of a peer and one wonders just how resilient they might be.

Can these kids work back from this, given how toxic our schools and our society has become.

Knowing that a grounded individual has the capacities to withstand an existential beating is some comfort, but how many of today's young people have those capacities?

Everyone wants a simple solution to a societal problem - ban all guns, lock up lunatics, more laws, more state-funding, Zero tolerance, lock-downs and fire drills. 

Yet we live in age where every human being can be brought to court for anything, let alone venturing an opinion that a youngster might be a threat to others.

Today's high school student uses a computer, but fewer students are good readers and writers: "While more words were recorded, with more precision, by laptop typists, more ended up being less: regardless of whether a quiz on the material immediately followed the lecture or took place after a week, the pen-and-paper students performed better. The act of typing effectively turns the note-taker into a transcription zombie, while the imperfect recordings of the pencil-pusher reflect and excite a process of integration, creating more textured and effective modes of recall."

In fact, Silicon Valley elites send their own children to anti-technology schools, where traditional pen and paper education frees young people to be challenged. 

Though many states, like Illinois refuse,  to mandate guidance counsellor's most schools are captive to CYA guidance mandates shielding children from challenges

  • 11 percent of children aged 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD at some point in their lives.
  • ADD, or attention deficit disorder, is a type of ADHD. Depending on symptoms, three types of ADHD have been identified: Predominantly Inattentive Type ADHD is also sometimes called attention deficit disorder (ADD). ... Hyperactivity and impulsivity are mild in this type.
  • Boys are three times more likely to be diagnosed as ADD/ADHD than girls
  • Guidance Councellors madate strategies like 'seating arrangemenst in classrooms, or more evidence based interventions (EBIs) and tailor-making assignmenst and tests to suit the individual student -splitting and fragmenting assignments, or eliminating them altogether. 
With all of these mandated policies, why are school shootings so monstrously common?

The only sane answer to this dilemma is to hire more grief counsellors, because until we shed our experimental notions about people and play pretend at every turn, there will be more such horrors.

We do what we want all of the time and then ring our hands.   We ban books, dumb down lessons and teach to the tests.  Moby Dick is taught via a graphic novel (comic book) in Evanston.  Why not just watch the movie version?

Kids get excused from physical education for any reason.  

Kids quit sports: "Three out of four American families with school-aged children have at least one playing an organized sport — a total of about 45 million kids. By age 15, as many as 80 percent of these youngsters have quit, according to the Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine.May 4, 2014"

To do what exactly?

Young people want to be challenged.

Young people want to believe.

Young people want to be loved, protected and challenged to be what human beings should be. 

Do our schools work for that?  This sick kid in Florida chose his school for his slaughter.  He knew school, schedule, policy and outcomes. Think about that. 

Kids want to succeed. Old teaching taught kids how to fail, do it over and achieve.  Kids can read Shakespeare, Milton, Melville and Conrad, but are given happy-meal units of instruction in English classes, like this :
 Times have changed. In sixth-grade teacher Jennifer DeFeo’s social studies class at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City, Missouri, the textbook is a graphic novel, the centerpiece of the Zombie-Based Learning program, in which students learn geography by tracking the undead after a zombie apocalypse. She has used graphic novels in literacy classes to build vocabulary via context clues, which can be hard for some readers using prose books.

Old school teaching worked very well - at one time. 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Meet and Greet Jeanne Ives - The Next Governor of Illinois

Jeanne Ives is on the down-state hustings. There is wonderful video of her talk to the Decatur Club of that fine town linked below at Herald and Review.   This is a pretty good, but skewed, report on the event.
To an outside observer, several factors may be working against Ives.
She had $23,488 on hand in her election fund as of Tuesday, according to the Illinois Sunshine Database. By comparison, Rauner had more than $65 million  in his re-election fund.
Name recognition will be a hurdle as well. A Capital Fax/We Ask America poll conducted Oct. 25 to 29 found that 83 percent of likely Republican voters have not heard of Ives.
In the same poll, 61 percent of 1,064 likely Republican voters had a favorable impression of Rauner. Just 24 percent had an unfavorable opinion.
But speaking at the forum, Ives said Rauner’s record has made him vulnerable to Republican voters who see him as a failed governor who sided with Chicago Democrats over his conservative base on abortion and education.
“He’s going to have to spend a lot of money to convince people he’s something he’s not,” Ives said. “We only have to spend enough money to get our message out and let people know who we are.” Decatur Herald & Review
 Actually the Ives Campaign has this, according to Illinois Sunshine Database

Ives For Illinois
Committee Funds Amount
Funds Available on Dec 31, 2016 Quarterly Report $0.00
Funds Raised Nov 9, 2017 to Dec 31, 2017 $438,579.87
Funds Raised Since Dec 31, 2017 $2,642,000.00
Total Funds Raised $3,081,713.52

That is much more than the $23,488 reported by the Herald & Review.

Name recognition problem for Jeanne Ives?  Could be. Depends upon what, or whom you read.

We Ask America has a C rating from 538 Poll Rating service.  That is a Participant Ribbon compared to Rasmussen, St. Norbert University and Marist College pollings A and A+ ratings.

Capitol Fax Blog is a pay-to-play news aggregator skewed to affirm what Cook County Democratic and Progressive Democrats already hold as true.

The polling in question was conducted in October of 2017, three months before Jeanne Ives destroyed Governor Rauner in the Chicago Tribune debate.

Jeanne Ives is not as well-know, or notorious, as Bruce Rauner; nor, is her vice heard coaxing jailed former governor Rod Blagojevich about squeezing into President Obama's abandoned U.S. Senate seat. Rather, the plain speaking West Point graduate and mother of five speaks directly to the people of Illinois.

As she stated at the Decautur Club on January 13th, “Whenever we come into town – and we have been all over the state – we always have an open Meet and Greet so people in town can feel comfortable coming in and talking directly to me and asking their questions directly to me. We don’t do any stages events that way and we don’t do canned questions.”

Watch the video linked with the Herald & Review story.

In the light of a sex scandal, Jeanne Ives called for Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan to resign.

Capitol Fax conducted its own polling save Mike Madigan's job and preserve things as they *are in Illinois!

For those who want change in Illinois :

Meet Jeanne Ives at a fundraising event at Reilly's Daughter Pub  on Monday, March 5th from 5-7 PM.
Reilly’s Daughter is located at 4010 West 111th Street in Oak Lawn with plenty of free parking.

This opinion was artfully conducted and no polling harmed any At&T customers at dinner time.