"What it is, is the community people getting together with the police and talking to these gangbangers who live in the community,"
"If you lost a son to gunfire, you'd sit down with anyone,"
"This is not grammar school," Richard M. Da,ey August 31, 2010
Now, who can argue with that?
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
"Sadly, this so-called 'Recovery Summer' could end up with more Americans finding themselves out of work then when it began," said National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Ken Spain. "Expect Republican candidates across the country to ask one simple question of Democrat incumbents: 'Where are the jobs?'"
ABC News August 24, 2010
'Tis the last rose of Recovery summer
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions ( under the bus)
Are faded and gone;
No flower of her kindred,
No rosebud is nigh,
To reflect back her blushes,
To give sigh for sigh.
I'll not leave thee, thou lone one!
To pine on the stem;
Since the Recovery are sleeping,
Go, sleep thou with them.
Thus kindly I scatter Stimulus and Tarp,
Thy leaves o'er the Harp,
Where thy mates of the garden
Lie scentless and dead.
So soon may I follow,
When friendships decay, (Big Ed, Rachel, Mother Jones,HuffPo)
From Love's shining circle
The Gibbs drop away.
When true hearts lie withered
And fond ones are flown,
Oh! who would inhabit,
This bleak world alone? Un-Presidented?
Apologies to Thomas Moore
To too many Catholics, piety went out of fashion with Vatican II and the Lay Pontificate took off - fat ugly nuns in polyester Orwellian duds beating tom-tom drums, or doing the Isadora Duncan through the pews in a whirling Liturgical dance & etc!
Piety is rooted in human understanding of a greater good - God. The etymology of piety can be traced through Latin and Greek to the Indo-Aryan languages of Persia and India.
In America, the neo-Romantic grifters Emerson, Thoreau, the Brooke Farm crowd later Jane Addams and the Baby Reds of John Dewey's Age, stomped all over Piety.
Sinclair Lewis laughed at piety in Main Street, Babbitt, and Elmer Gantry.
The Secular Hegalians looted popular culture of piety - well almost.
I can not watch Glenn Beck, but I admire the work he is doing. He gets first rate thinkers like Peter Hitchens, Jonah Goldberg and others to form a context for his feelings. He's a Mormon and seems to be pious man.
As with Beck, I admire Sarah Palin. She is happy in her own skin and as tough as a cob. She strikes me as a genuinely pious woman.
I admire piety. I do not admire smarm or snotty Cliffs Notes Readers who tuck the New York Times under their armpits and slowly shake their heads in sad, sad disbelief that people could ever have voted for George Bush or not believe that Abortion is great.
Here is a snotty example - Ross Douthat of the New York Times damning Beck and Americans with very faint praise.
There was piety — endless piety, as speaker after speaker demanded that Americans rededicate themselves to God. There was patriotism: fund- raising for children of slain Special Forces vets, paeans to military heroism (delivered by Sarah Palin, among others), encomiums to the founding fathers. There was an awards ceremony on the theme of “Faith, Hope and Charity,” in which community-service prizes were handed out to a black minister, a Mormon businessman and the St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols. And since this was (as you may have heard) the anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech, there was a long tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. . . . Now more than ever, Americans love leaders who seem to validate their way of life. This spirit of self-affirmation was at work in evangelicals’ enduring support for Bush, in the enthusiasm for the Dean campaign among the young, secular and tech-savvy, and now in the devotion that Palin inspires among socially conservative women. The Obama campaign raised it to an art form, convincing voters that by merely supporting his candidacy, they were proving themselves cosmopolitan and young-at-heart, multicultural and hip.( Emphasis my own)
"Americans love leaders who seem to validate their way of life." validate? Like a parking chit? Stop into a Veterans Hospital or a VFW and ask one of these heroes to validate your way of life. Progressives can not admire any virtue - by nature Virtue is manly.
It is time that Americans laughed at these pompous twerps and got themselves pious once again.
It's still there! Ready the plank! Max Kennedy, son of former Dem presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy and brother of Chris, the nicest Kennedy you'll ever meet, has yet to remove his 50- to 60-foot sunken houseboat, "The River Maiden," from a large slip of water near the U.S. Steel plant along Lake Michigan!
• The buckshot: Kennedy may have stirred up a hornet's nest with his arrogance, yet nobody seems to know how to use the appropriate fly swatter! It's been in the water since June 12.
Did the Clan Camelot off-load a cadre of Kennedy's in Indiana and Illinois in the soft Chicago under-belly of Cal Harbor?
Are there now in the Iron Weeds of Hegewisch Kennedy Hatchlings awaiting their chance to infest Illinois Politics as Panjandrums?
Monday, August 30, 2010
The other day Leo Admission Director and Head Football Coach Mike Holmes, President for Institutional Advancement Dan McGrath and your humble correspond ant were on 79th Street welcoming the Young Lions through the Portals of Leo High School.
A gentleman asked us, "How long are you your lunch periods, if I may ask, my daughter and son attend Perspectives ( formerly Calumet HS of CPS) and they are afforded twenty(20) minutes - there are 500 kids."
Mike Holmes asked the man, "Who many in a lunch period?"
The man replied, "There are hundreds of children and my kids must go to their lockers and the cafeteria is a very long way from their classrooms."
Mike Holmes informed the gentleman that Leo High School affords twenty-five minutes per lunch hour divided into three separate lunch periods -one Freshman only and two for the upper classmen.
Catholic Schools schedule, develop curriculum, monitor the halls and lunch rooms and provide mentoring with the students in mind.
Policy is based on what is good for the kids and not on what a Teachers Union or Central Casting dictates.
Sticking to mission and adherence to Catholic values* makes success.
The fruits of these labors can me seen in the resurgence of Chicago's Catholic Schools. Leo High School is vigorously addressing our enrollment shortfall here in economically distressed Auburn Gresham - Leo High School students are African American young men and eight of ten are non-Catholics from Chicago Public Elementary schools.
However, our brother and sister Catholic Schools are hitting their enrollment stride -
"For a long time, Catholic schools didn't necessarily toot their own horn. It was just expected (that Catholic students would attend). There wasn't that sort of critical communication," said Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, schools superintendent for the archdiocese and former president of Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights.
Well said, Boss! Like all Catholic Schools, Leo High School is tuition and donation drive - The Big Shoulders Fund and the Leo Alumni Association behind Rich Furlong's leadership provide thousands of dollars annually to this great school in order to help struggling families meet the costs of tuition. Our parents, like all parents of Catholic School Kids, pay for Public Schools, as well as meet the costs of a Catholic Education. They pay twice - and kids succeed.
Not all Catholic schools are struggling to stay afloat.
THE LEADER BOARD
According to 2009-10 school year numbers, four Southland Catholic high schools were among the top 10 in the Archdiocese of Chicago based on enrollment. The schools, their ranking in the Archdiocese, and last year's enrollment:
2. Marist (Mount Greenwood), 1,797
3. Marian Catholic (Chicago Heights), 1,505
4. Mother McAuley (Mount Greenwood), 1,409
10. Brother Rice (Mount Greenwood), 1,029
Eight Catholic elementary schools were among the top 30 based on enrollment. The schools, their ranking and last year's enrollment:
4. St. John Fisher (Beverly), 691
8. Cardinal Joseph Bernardin (Orland Hills), 679
13. St. Christina (Mount Greenwood), 630
14. St. Michael (Orland Park), 618
17. St. Damian (Oak Forest), 572
25. St. Catherine of Alexandria (Oak Lawn), 485
26. Saints Cyril & Methodius (Lemont), 481
29. St. Bede the Venerable (Chicago), 477
BY KATE MCCANN
Unlike the Archdiocese of Chicago, the Diocese of Joliet had a roller coaster year, closing and consolidating several schools.
To the dismay of parents and students in Joliet, the diocese closed St. Joseph School at the end of the 2009-10 school year.
"The bishop has made some difficult decisions. Anytime you close a school it is a very emotional issue," diocese spokesman Doug Delaney said. "His vision is we will have a stronger Catholic education system in the long run."
But the diocese's long-term plans could mean more school choices for Will County parents.
Part of Bishop Peter Sartain's strategic plan is to weigh opening new Catholic schools in Frankfort and Homer Glen, as well as expanding St. Joseph Catholic School in Manhattan. In New Lenox, the bishop is mulling establishing a new parish and school, and possibly expanding the existing Catholic school, St. Jude.
Some Will County schools were also encouraged by early fall enrollment numbers.
Mary Jane Bartley, principal of St. Liborious in Steger and Crete, said enrollment at her school increased by 10 students.
"This is the first time in the six years I have been here that enrollment has not fallen in any way, and we are very pleased with that," Bartley said.
Bartley partially attributes the increase to the closing of St. Joseph School in Dyer, Ind.
Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox is up 30 students from last year, bringing enrollment to about 1,200. School officials said the bump is largely due to financial assistance the school has provided to struggling families.
Catholic schools focus on the values of faith, hope, love, and community. We talk openly about values and spend time each day giving children an opportunity to learn, share, and understand the consequences of good and bad behaviors. We believe in Jesus Christ and we have a feeling of grace that comes from our beliefs.
Can the school your child attends teach the sort of lessons that will help your child become a good and compassionate person? Is there a clear expectation that all children will be treated with respect by teachers and other students?
How a school handles these issues indicates whether the school is capable of reinforcing the values that you and other parents teach at home. Ultimately, we want your child to grow up to be a good and compassionate person, and we will do everything we can to help you raise your child in the right way.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Lordy! Louisiana Voters Think Bush Did a Better Job of Handling Crisis Than Obama by 54%-33% President Shrimp Toast Heads for Big Easy!
Louisiana has face two major crisis in recent years. The first was hurricane Katrina handled by former President Bush. The second was the Gulf oil spill handled by current President Obama. A PPP poll asked likely voters who they think is better at handling crisis, Obama or Bush. 54% chose President Bush. Only 33% picked President Obama.
Now the Fresh Prince of Marth's Vineyard, President Shrimp Toast, has ordered that his bags be re-packed for . . . THE BIG EASY!!!!
Obama is to speak Sunday afternoon at Xavier University, a historically black, Catholic university that was badly flooded by the storm. The White House says he will discuss what's been done and remains to be done in rebuilding from Katrina, and also talk about an oil spill cleanup that's been complicated by conflicting assessments of how much oil remains and its long-term effects.When the promises of the governments in US and EU go unfulfilled.
The Late Cook County Board President -John Stroger went to St. Xav's!
CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2007 — Senator Barack Obama says he would “engage in aggressive personal diplomacy” with Iran if elected president and would offer economic inducements and a possible promise not to seek “regime change” if Iran stopped meddling in Iraq and cooperated on terrorism and nuclear issues. . . .“We are willing to talk about certain assurances in the context of them showing some good faith,” he said in the interview at his campaign headquarters here. “I think it is important for us to send a signal that we are not hellbent on regime change, just for the sake of regime change, but expect changes in behavior. And there are both carrots and there are sticks available to them for those changes in behavior.”
The Guns of August Summit between Jody and the Gang-bangers!
The under-the-public’s-radar gathering -- first reported in Saturday’s editions of the Sun-Times -- was part of the new Chicago Gang Violence Reduction Initiative.
“They did not like the idea at all,” Weis said Saturday at an unrelated news conference with Mayor Daley.
“We are focusing on group responsibility,” Weis said. “If one of these guys should kill another gang member, we are going to come down on them with all the firepower we have.”
Great to the City of Chicago is willing to give Bro Man, Bo Diddley and all the other Urban Translators a heads-up on the mutually benefical compacts to come!
When will Americans begin again to laugh at the clowns and not give them any authority? Soon, I hope.
My father, Patrick E. Hickey ( carrying the tripod in the photo), died last April 25, 2010. Most of the young men in his WWII Marine Company - Able, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines were wounded or killed on this day. Author Scott Carmichael is completing a book on my Dad's Company and the battles that he never talked about for the balance of his life. I informed him that my cousin Willie had found my Dad's Seabag with the number 312 stenciled next to his name. Mr. Carmichael replied -
Wow. Do you know what the number 312 represents? The men used a numbering
system for their gear. They didn't take their seabags along as they rode
their amtraks onto the beach, of course. Seabags were left behind on the
LSTs, for later retrieval. The men numbered not only their seabags, but a
lot of other equipment and gear. 312 = 3rd Marine Regiment/1st Battalion/2nd
company. The headquarters company was always listed as the 1st company
(311). That made Able company the 2nd company in the battalion (312).
Thanks for the information about the photograph.
The photograph above was confirmed to be my Dad carrying the tripod of the machine gun.
Mr. Carmichael contacted me days after my Dad passed away. He was looking for the few survivors of Able Company. Marine Lt. Krawiec died in January 0f 2010, but the gentle and humorous Mr. Troup still lives with his wife and the horrible and multiple wounds he received on Red Beach 2 Sixty Six years ago. I had the pleasure of speaking with Mr. Troup, back in May.
Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Scott Carmichael about the progress on the book and sent me two photos of Marine mess gear found by two Boy Scouts on the ridge above the Asan landing beaches, in 1961 - several Marines from the Headquarters Company were attached to Able Company in the assault on Bundschu Ridge and their bodies were never discovered and are believed to be on that ridge yet.
Scott Carmichael wants to assist in the recovery of these young men lost in July, 1944 while Liberating Guam. Here is the note -
It’s ( profress on the book) coming along fairly well. Lately, I have been populating my outline with the many (thousands) tidbits of information which I developed during the research phase of the project – akin to putting a jigsaw puzzle together, to form a whole picture. So far, my outline runs to 180+ pages. Quite an outline. I’d estimate that the outline is 75-80% complete. Once the outline is complete, I will be either ready to write – or, burned out.
Ran into a snag while planning travel to Guam to look for the remains of our Marine on Bundschu Ridge – funding. My wife looked at the estimated cost and put her foot down. Well, I’m developing work-arounds. I’ve secured free lodging through a relative of a friend…, and I submitted an application to the USMC Heritage Foundation for a grant to cover the expense of airfare. Still waiting to hear from the Foundation regarding the grant. My travel partner – Joe Tuttle, who was one of the ‘young men’ who discovered the remains of a Marine on Bundschu Ridge circa 1961 – believes that he will be ready to go in November – just in time for your article, I suppose (though, Joe insists upon maintaining a low profile regarding this search for the remains. Joe feels fairly confident that he will be able to find them. But this is a very personal effort, for him. He feels quite guilty for leaving that young Marine on the ridge.). So…, if I get the grant, we hope to travel to Guam in November. Mention of the book project in the Irish American News would be a good idea. . . .
I don’t recall whether I provided the attached photos to you in an earlier email. Photos of the canteen found on Bundschu Ridge circa 1961 by Joe Tuttle and friends. This is the canteen which was found with the remains of that Marine. Thought you might enjoy it.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
All theory is against freedom of the will; all experience for it.Samuel Johnson
Phil Krone is missed. He was the last of the Gentleman Liberal Patriots. Phil Krone invited debate, drank in opposing ideas and courteously offered thoughtful rebuttal without ever raising the volume, let alone insulting his combatant.
My political beliefs differed from Mr. Krone, though we both registered and tended to vote as Democrats.
Phil was an ideological Keynesian Liberal -like John Kenneth Galbraith, Paul Simon and the great Paul Douglas, with just a pinch of Henry Wallace.
I adhere to the urban Ward-level empirical Regular Democratic point of view, that never parses away moral and religious convictions.
My political hero was my uncle and the Hickey family patriarch after the death of my grandfather - Larry "Bud" Hickey.
Uncle Bud was the Chief Engineer for Cook County Hospital from the 1950's until the 1980's. He was then made the Chief Engineer of Cook County by George W. Dunne. Uncle Bud and his large family lived in Meyer Hall - the former Cook County Hospital Doctors Residence at Taylor and Wolcott -because Uncle Bud was on duty 24 hours a day. The great surgeon and former Director of Admissions for Loyola Medical School, Dr. James H. Kennedy,MD once told me that as young resident at CCH he told, "See the Medical Director, but, above all, pay attention to Larry Hickey."
When Abortion, got its bloody foot in the door of the American soul in the late 1960's, Progressive forces, like the bed bugs now scourging urban American, bullied politicians with Policy. False tickling Policy. In the late 1970's, Cook County purchased an incinerator for the sole purpose of burning aborted fetuses.
Uncle Bud installed the gas operated incinerator and welded its doors shut. No Fetuses would be burned. it operated, but absolutely no fetuses were burned. The children would be buried with human dignity. You see, Uncle Bud was a Catholic, when that meant something, and Catholics, at that time, were prohibited from cremating the human body. All of that was parsed out by clerical Vatican II Cupcakes, don't you know.
News of this got out. The Policy hit the fan. Uncle Bud told Dunne, "Fire Me, but those doors stay welded shut."
George Dunne ended abortions at Cook County Hospital, except to save the life of the mother, because he agreed that Cook County Hospital had become no more, in the Cook County President's words, 'an Abortion Mill,*' Uncle Bud and George Dunne were Democrats. Dick Phelan bowed to Planned parenthood as Cook County President.
Policy, Phil Krone would argue, took into consideration the idea of a Woman's Choice - the euphemism for abortion -and Policy overtook the empirical act of killing a child in the mother's woman.
Gentlemen can agree to disagree - Policy holds that war is bad. A combat veteran understands that sometimes you need to squirt napalm into a cave and incinerate twenty enemy combatants in order to make Peace Happen.
Phil Krone unlike Uncle Bud believed that a Policy of Choice would bring about a better world. Phil Krone had a great heart and a wonderful intellect. Uncle Bud had a gas-operated incinerator that would burn the aborted fetuses of children. Gentlemen can disagree.
I raise the issue of abortion,only to make the distinction between Policy and Politics.
Phil Krone's voice was never the strident, arrogant, divisive pusillanimous caw of the Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, or Rachel Maddow. Phil Krone put his money where his heart was and entered the political arena in the New York Primary, though suffering in the last months of his heroic life.
Phil Krone believed in Civil Rights, Peace, Human Dignity, Liberty and Justice.
More importantly, Phil Krone respected the people who believe in those very same principles, but disagee with the path to them.
May Christ throw open His Arms for a Gentleman Liberal Patriot! God Bless you, Phil!
Dunne's views on women's sexuality are hypocritical
Click here for complete article
Date: May 4, 1988
Publication: Chicago Sun-Times
Word Count: 528
As the powerful Cook County Board president, George Dunne has been almost singlehandedly responsible for the fact that poor women cannot obtain abortions at Cook County Hospital.
While the issue of this abuse of power through the use of sex is the foremost issue publicly raised by the Better Government Association, there is another issue here: Sex carries with it the risk of pregnancy.
It is time to take notice of the hypocrisy of male politicians on the issue of women'...
Friday, August 27, 2010
The inaugural Celtic Fest Chicago took place September 21-22, 1997 on Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard in Grant Park. Its lofty goal was to educate the public on Celtic music and culture from the 7 Celtic nations. Those nations are Ireland; Scotland; Isle of Man; Cornwall; Wales; Galicia, Spain; and Brittany, France. Headliners the first year included John McDermott, La Bottine Souriante, Altan, Leahy and Carlos Nunez. All true but there is more.
Willie Winters worked for James "Skinny" Sheahan who was the City of Chicago Director of Special Event, when Chicago knew how to throw a party. Once Sheahan and Winters departed Festivals seemed to turn into a PBS Pledge Drive. For a Taste of Chicago, Willie once put together the great Tom Jones and Chicago's Mambo Express headed by the great Victor Parra! That was a knockout!
For Celtic Fest, Willie Winters went out and attracted each of the brilliant talents listed above and more - The Great Big Sea of Canada and the Bing Brothers of North Carolina. Willie studied the music of the Celt and brought it home to Chicago. Now?
Willie brought in the great Donal Luny who is presented here -
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History of Celtic Fest Chicago
The inaugural Celtic Fest Chicago took place September 21-22, 1997 on Columbus Drive and Jackson Boulevard in Grant Park. Its lofty goal was to educate the public on Celtic music and culture from the 7 Celtic nations. Those nations are Ireland; Scotland; Isle of Man; Cornwall; Wales; Galicia, Spain; and Brittany, France. Headliners the first year included John McDermott, La Bottine Souriante, Altan, Leahy and Carlos Nunez.
The festival was unique in that it highlighted different Celtic instruments such as the Harp and the Uilleann Pipe, which is the Irish bagpipe worked by pumping air into it with an elbow.
Celtic dancing has been a big part of the festival since it began. Local dance schools showcase their students on their own separate stage. Fest goers were introduced to ceili dancing and eagerly participated.
The bagpipe parades through festival grounds have been a tradition at the event since the beginning. The general public is invited to parade along with the pipers.
Over the years, we’ve added the Gathering Tent, now programmed by our Presenting Sponsor, FlyNovaScotia.com; a Celtic Cultural Tent, Sheepherding demonstrations in Butler Field each day, which has proven to be a very popular family destination; a Men in Kilts Leg Contest; a Coffee & Tea Garden; an upgraded children’s area featuring musical performances and new for 2009 is a traveling exhibit titled: Come Back to Erin: Irish Travel Posters of the 20th Century.
A woman gets onto a bus with her baby.
The bus driver says, “That’s the ugliest baby that I’ve ever seen. Ugh!”
The woman goes to the rear of the bus and sits down, fuming. She says to a man next to her, “The driver just insulted me!”
The man says, “There’s no call for that. You go right up there and tell him off.
Go ahead; I’ll hold your monkey for you.”
"In riposte to any double meaning naughty suggestion, "I beg your pardon" should be used. "I beg your pudding" is the jocular form." J.P. Donleavy from The Unexpurgated Code A Complete Manual of Survival & Manners
Governor Pat Quinn Can Win - Perhaps Bill Brady is Billy Conn; Pat Quinn Should Shed Progressive Goofs for a Joe Louis Punch!
Will Bill Brady or Pat Quinn use this quote from Billy Conn? -
-- "What's the use of being Irish if you can't be dumb?"
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08006/846492-42.stm#ixzz0xoGzhfXG
I believe that Governor Pat Quinn can win in November. He is in the political fight of his life with Bill Brady and also with himself.
Here's the numbers now -
Pat Quinn* (D-inc): 30 (30)
Bill Brady (R): 39 (34)
Rich Whitney (G): 11 (9)
Undecided: 20 (27)
Pat Quinn is a bridge builder and has made a career of amassing support from regular Democrats, who are fiscal and social conservatives and the most numerous demographic in Illinois, but he has also played into the Progressive Cash Cows that require a Catholic politician to jettison his core beliefs for a few nickels.
SEIU, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood, and Progressive coalitions that co-opt the LBBTQ voters, the radical University Policy think-tanks and Centers, the Socialists and the Communists own too many Democrats. This network has more money than the Vatican. It has wild influence with the Media and with transient,unmarried and very loud crowd. Taxpayers are Regular Democrats, Republicans and some Independents. The Greens are out there . . .way out there.
Pat Quinn's muscle and sinew could and should be the not Purple T-shirt crowd of public trough suckers, the real genuine Middle Class of Illinois - farmers, small-business people, cops, firefighters, skilled tradesmen and genuine property owners.
Last week, I wrote here,
Governor Pat Quinn should model his campaign after the will of the voters of Dan Lipinski's 2rd Congressional District, rather than to continue his unrequited love affair with Progressives. Pat Quinn already has Progressive knives in his ribs - just read Capitol Fax Blog and SEIU's Progress Illinois.
Stay with the folks, Governor. Retired Illinois Represenattive Kevin Joyce enjoyed
wild support, as does Senator Ed Maloney. These guys listened to people who vote and not Pie Chart Pirates like Ralph Martire or Policy Punks from every agenda.
Queer Centric Congressman Mike Quigley** can get away with that due to the fact that most of Illinois's homosexual community resides in his District and LGBTQ Activistas are thick in the Progressive Machine -not so Braidwood, Utica, Mendota, Cobden, or Macomb.
Progressives get good, smarmy and downright unctuous press, but that has a very short realistic shelf life. Ask Barack Obama. Turn to the helots, whom the Progressives always depend upon and then turn on. Skip the middle man. Send the Progressives to the Kiddie Table from whence they came - make sure that the megaphones are without batteries - Hey, it's a tough economy!
Tell the Progressives " Hey, thanks! Can get you a drink? Six Pack to Go?"
Do it before Labor Day, because Pat Quinn needs to start hitting the heavy bags.
Bill Brady scares the bejabbers out the Progressive Network, in much the same way that Sarah Palin does, because Brady is true to his core beliefs and instincts. I do not see Brady to be anywhere near as skilled a politician as Pat Quinn, but he is an honest and forthright man.
This could be the Billy Conn Joe Louis bout with Bill Brady as the Irish Tough Guy and Pat Quinn as the Brown Bomber, only if Pat Quinn gets wise to himself and his core beliefs.
If he really and truly believes that abortion is great, homosexual marriage a right and necessity, and tax-bleeding what government is all about as Ralph Martire, Quentin Young, and Planned Parenthood have always told him, he will go down without throwing a punch.
Raleigh, N.C. – As one of the ten least popular of the 27 governors PPP has polled this
year, Pat Quinn was already on shaky ground, down 34-30 to Bill Brady among
registered voters in June. But among likely voters, Quinn remains at 30% to Brady’s
39%, with Green Party candidate Rich Whitney also slightly increasing his share of the
vote, from 9% to 11%, with 20% still undecided.
Quinn is partly hurt by the presence of Whitney, who gets 10% of Democrats, helping to
hold Quinn at only 60% of his own party’s support, to Brady’s 80% of the GOP. But
Quinn’s job performance does him no favors with his own party. As in the Senate race,
Democrats are not moved by their nominee, with 24% of them undecided, to only 10% of
Republicans unsure of their vote. Whitney also gets more, 19%, of independents than
does Quinn at 15%. Brady has more unaffiliated support, at 40%, than Quinn and
Only 40% of Quinn’s party members approve of his job performance, but 81% of
Republicans and 60% of independents disapprove, giving him a dismal 23-53 overall
mark. Brady breaks even with independents, but is slightly more liked by Republicans
than disliked by Democrats, for an overall 25-30 favorability, down from 22-22 in June.
Both Quinn and Brady are more disliked by members of their own party than they are
liked by the opposite party.
“For all the talk of anti-Washington sentiment, governors are in many places the least
popular figures in the country, and Pat Quinn is no exception in Illinois,” said Dean
Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But he still has more room to improve than
does Brady, who already has his party and independents locked up. As with Alexi
Giannoulias in the Senate race, if Quinn can get his base off the fence to support him and
then turn them out, he can eke out a victory in this blue state.”
PPP surveyed 576 likely Illinois voters from August 14th to 15th. The survey’s margin of
error is +/-4.1%. Other factors, such as refusal to be interviewed and weighting, may
introduce additional error that is more difficult to quantify.
If you would like an interview regarding this release, please contact Dean Debnam at
(888) 621-6988 or 919-880-4888.
In May of 1941 Billy Conn vacated the light heavyweight championship to fight Joe Louis for the heavyweight championship of the world.
Joe Louis wanted a June fight, and since Billy Conn looked to be the only possible opponent, the fight was scheduled for June 18, 1941.
Billy Conn fought Joe Louis in front of a crowd of 54,487 fans at the Polo Grounds in New York City in a fight that turned out to be one of the greatest heavyweight boxing fights of all time. The fight was Joe Louis’ eighteenth title defense and proved to be one of the toughest of his career. And for Conn, he was outweighed by more than 25 pounds and at a further disadvantage in height and reach.
This fight was one of the highest profiled sporting event of the era.. The same night this fight was taking place at The Polo Grounds, home of the baseball New York Giants; The Pittsburg Pirates were playing The Giants at Forbes Field in Pittsburg. When the fight started officials in Pittsburg stopped the baseball game for the fight to be broadcast over the public address system; when the fight was over the ball game resumed.
In his autobiography Joe Louis said, “I made a mistake going into that fight. I knew Conn was kinda small and I didn’t want them to say in the papers that I beat up on some little guy so the day before the fight I did a little roadwork to break a sweat and drank as little water as possible so I could weigh in under 200 pounds. Chappie was as mad as hell. But Conn was a clever fighter, he was like a mosquito, he’d sting and move.” Louis clearly under-estimated the great light heavyweight. Boxing historian Bert Sugar wrote of the fight, Conn carried into the ring, “His consummate boxing skill, his flashy left hand the center piece, (that) made him a lineal descendant of Gentleman Jim Corbett, the first of the great scientific boxers” also with a great defense, “Conn could block punches with his arms, elbows and gloves, and further nullify his opponents punches by ‘rolling’ with them” also having “Remarkable recuperative powers, having been knocked down only twice in his career and haven gotten up both times.”
For the better part of thirteen rounds, the beautiful jabbing, feinting, and maneuvering of Conn gave him the advantage in the fight. Louis did have his moments when he stunned Conn with a left hook in the 5th, cutting his eye and nose. By the 8th round dehydration set in on Louis and he began to tire badly. By the 12th round Louis was completely exhausted with Conn ahead on two of three boxing scorecards.
Then Billy got cocky and overconfident at the part of the fight when he knew he was winning on points. Conn decided to trade punches with the heavy hitting Louis, as the two were slugging it out Louis landed a powerful left hook to the jaw of Conn. He followed that up with an even harder right as Conn was almost ready to collapse. Billy had little left but courage as Louis battered his body with lefts and rights until the crushing right landed with only two seconds on the clock to end the thirteenth round. A finishing right from Louis’ TNT fist brought an abrupt end to the dazzling show. Overconfidence caused Billy Conn’s downfall in the fight.
Even losing the fight by a thirteenth round knockout Billy Conn came close to defeating The Brown Bomber.
The fight went down in the history of boxing as one of the ten greatest heavyweight fights of all time.
Posted by pathickey at 5:05 AM
Thursday, August 26, 2010
"I am here today to set this goal: We will devote more than 3% of our GDP to research and development,. . . In addition to John.... sorry, the..... I just noticed that I jumped the gun here,Go ahead and move it up. I'd already – I'd already introduced all you guys Well, thank you so much for the wonderful welcome. To President Cicerone, thank you very much for your leadership and for hosting us today. To John Holdren, thanks, John, for the outstanding work that you are doing.I was just informed backstage that Ralph and John both are 1965 graduates of MIT -- same class. And so I'm not sure this is the perfectly prescribed scientific method, but they're sort of a control group -- (laughter) -- who ages faster: The President's Science Advisor or the President of the Academy? (Laughter.)" Barack Obama through his teleprompter April 27, 2009
Sometimes a guy just needs to be alone. To whack out the stuff causing all the frustration and confusion. To take things in hand and . . .
The PR-Driven School in South Bend, Indiana that last year celebrated Emily's List and Planned Parenthood's President - Barack H. Obama - celebrated the solitude of one of the WAND ( Wireles at Notre Dame) Lab's top WAND Wranglers with . . .unemployment.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame says it fired an electrical engineering professor because he improperly spent more than $190,000 in federal grant money and matching university funds to buy cameras and accessories to take pornographic pictures.
Oliver M. Collins contends the university fired him unjustly and cannot prove he took the sexually explicit and pornographic images, only that the photographs were stored on computers for which he was responsible.
Collins filed a lawsuit last month in federal court in South Bend alleging he was improperly fired. He seeks more than $75,000 in damages.
The university contends in a response that it has incurred damages of more than $140,000 and asks the court to order Collins to pay those costs.
Stimulating stimulus! He was only doing Stem Research in his Cell!
Wonder what our Science President would do? Leave it alone, Ollie! You'll go blind and get hair growing on the palm of your hand!
Perhaps the Distinguished Professor was working out a few kinks in his link, or covering his topics for future use e.g.
adjustin' the sundial
agitate the burping gecko agitate the leak
arm wrestle the one-eyed vessel
auditioning your finger puppets
bash the candle
be on familiar terms with oneself
beat the bed flute
beat the bishop
beat the dummy
beat the meat
beat the stick
bleed your weed
blow out the brains of charles the bald
blow your load
blow your own horn
bludgeon the beefsteak
bop the bologna
bopping bob's breakfast meat
box the jesuit
boxing bald bull
boxing the one-eyed champ
buff the banana
buff the mahogany
buff the rifle
burp the worm
butter the corn
cane the vandal
charm the snake
choke the chicken
choke the sherrif and wait for the posse to come
chrome the dome
churning the foreskin butter
clean your rifle
clear the snorkel
climb the greasy pole
climb the tree
clobber the kleenex
clutch the camel
coat prince william sound with love oil
coaxing scooby through the hoop
come to grips with yourself
cook the cream of cock
coralling the tadpoles
crank the love pump
crank the shaft
crank the two stroke engine
create a seal-a-meal
crown the king
cuddle the kielbasa
cuff the carrot
dance with johnny one-eye
date with miss michigan
date with mother thumb and her four daughters
date with rosie palmer and her five sisters
decongest the weasel
defrost the fridge
dig for change
do battle with the purple helmeted warrior of love
do that crazy hand jive
do the han solo
do the pork sword jiggle
do the rattlesnake shake
do the secret handshake
do the solitary rhumba
do your homework
doin' the joycelyn boogie
doing a lot of rapid one-arm pull ups
doing the finger dance
doing the long stroke
drain the monster
drill for oil
drive the skin bus
driving stick shift
dunder the devil-dolphin
elect the president
elongate the macaroni
engage in hand to gland combat
engage in safe sex
erotic visual entertainment
escort the one-eyed postal worker out of its denim cell
fasten the chin strap on the helmet of love
fax the pope
feed the ducks
fire the flesh musket
fire the surgeon general
fish for zipper trout
fish with dynamite
fist your mister
five against one
five finger sonata
five fingered friendless fandango
five knuckle shuffle
flay the emperor
flick the bic
flog the corpse
flog the dog
flog the dolphin
flog the dong
flog the frog
flog the hog
flog the log
flog the mule
fondle the fig
frost the pastries
gallop the antelope
gallop the old lizard
gargle the gargoyle
get a date with slick mittens
get aggressive with your noodle
get the german soldier marching
get the glue stick
get your palm read
give it a tug
give yourself a low five
go on a date with handrea and palmela
go on peewee's little adventure
go read the playboy one-handed
going skiing with one pole
going to disneyworld
grapple the gorilla
grease the pipe
grease the weasel
greasing your nightstick
grope the magic meat stick
hack the hog
hammering the love steak
hang the 23-inch ghost
hang the old man
have a j. arthur
have it off
having a sherman
having an arm-wrestle with your one-eyed vessel
help put mr. kleenex's kids through college
here comes moby
hitchhike to heaven
hitchhike under the big top
hold the sausage hostage
hold your own
holding a staff meeting
hone the cone
honing the bone
hug the hog
hump your hose
iron some wrinkles
jamming with elvis
jerkin' the gherkin
jerking the turkey
juggling the coullions
kicking your roommate out for five to ten minutes to "call your parents"
knead the knockwurst.
launching the hand shuttle
liquidate the inventory
lope the mule
lube the tube
make friends with big ed
make friends with righty
make instant pudding
make the bald guy throw up
make the leak gurgle
make vanilla shakes
make wall art
make your creator foam
making your mother blush
mangle the midget
mangling the mouse
manipulate the mango
manning the cockpit
marry the widow wrist
mashing the monster
milk one-eyed willy
milk the banana
milk the lizard
milk the monk
milking the bull
milking the cow
milking the malt dragon
milking the moose
molest the mole
nerk your throbber
obeying your master
oil the glove
one gun salute
one man show
pack your palm
paddle the pickle
paint the pickle
paint the walls
pat the robertson
pat the soft schlong
pearl the oyster
peel the carrot
peeling the chilies
perform diagnostics on your mantool
pet your dog
petting your polly
phone the czar
play peek-a-boo with mr. johnson
play tag with the pink torpedo
play the one-stringed guitar
play the skin flute
play with the spitting llama
play with your turtle
playing pocket hockey
playing pocket pool
playing the pipe organ
playing tug-o-war with cyclops
playing with your pleasure zone
playing yank e doodle
pleading the fifth
please your pisser
plunk your twanger
polish the baguette
polish the beak
polish the rocket
polish the sword
polishin' the bishop
polishing the family jewels
polishing your knob
pop the cork
pound the bald moose
pound your flounder
pound your pud
pounding the gavel
practicing a little self-whittling
practicing self abuse
prime the pump
pull the colonel sanders heimleich manuever
pull the handbrake
pull the weed
pull the wire
pull your taffy
pulling the goalie
pulling the pud
pulling your root
pump the electric goo gun
pump the gas at the self-service island
pump the pope
pump the python
pump the stump
punch the munchkin
punishing woodrow for uppity behavior
pushing the button
put your thumb in the porridge
raise the mainsail
ram the ham
reaching for the skies
relish your hot dog
rent the mannequin
ride the great white knuckler
rob the rod of its suace
romancing the bone
rope the pony
roughing up the suspect
rub one out
rub the magic lamp till the genie comes out
rub the magic one-eyed wonder weasel
rub the pink eraser
rub the rhubarb
rub the rod
running it up (and back down) the flagpole
running the cheetah
sample the secret sauce
say a private prayer in the church of the first holy monkey
scour the tower of power
shake hands with abraham lincoln
shake hands with jack mcnasty
shake hands with john thomas
shake hands with mr. happy
shake hands with mr. president
shake hands with the general
shake hands with the midget
shake hands with the wife's best friend
shake hands with yul brenner
shake the dice
shake the sauce
shake the sausage
shaking hands with the bishop
shaking hands with the unemployed
shaking your thing
shampooing the rug
shellack the shellaleigh
shemp the hog
shine the pork sword
shining your helmet
shining your pole
shoot tadpoles at the moon
shoot the goo
shoot the sherbert
shootin' putty at the moon
shooting for the moon
shuck the corn
skinning the mule
slam the spam
slammin' the salmon
slap the big-nosed rasta man
slap the salami
slap the yogurt pistol
slapping the clown
slapping the flesh gopher
slapping the salami
slapping the stallion
slicking the willie
smack the oompa loompa
snap the whip
spank the frank
spank the ham
spank the monkey
spank the wank
spanking the cheetah
spill your juice
spit and stroke
splicing the cable
spoonin' the cream
spork the dwarf
squawk the guavel
squeeze the cream from the flesh twinkie
squeeze the juice
squeeze the lemon
stew in your own juices
strain the main vein
straining the noodle
strangle the serpent
stretch the beanpole
strike the pink match
stroke the burping gecko
stroke the poker
stroke the satin-headed serpent
stroke the squirmin' german
stroke the wiener
stroke your twinkie
summon the genie
swell the sausage
take a shake break
take herman to the circus
take the jocelyn elders midterm
take yourself in hand
tame the shrew
taunt the one-eyed weasel
tease the weasle
tenderize the meat
tenderize the tube steak
test your battery
the art of unisex
three stroke handsaw
thump the pump
tickle my fancy
tickle the ivory
tickle your pickle
torque the fork
torque the pork
toss the pigskin
toss the salad
toss the turkey
training the dolphin
treat yourself right
tug the slug
tugging the tapioca tube
tuning the antenna
tweaking the twinkie
twist the crank
twist the tool
umm..nothing, dude...i'll be out in a minute
unload the gun
use the force
varnish the banister
varnish the flagpole
visiting anderson's tool shed
violate the hedgehog
wake the dead
wake wee willie
walk the dog
walk the snake
walking the plank
waltzing with willy
warm up dinner for the altar boys
warm up the instrument
wave the magic wand
wax on, wax off
wax the car
wax the carrot
wax the dolphin
wax your surfboard
wax the walrus
whack the wookie
whip the bishop
whip the dummy
whip the rat
whip the puppy
whip the stiff
whip the weasel
whip up some sour cream
whip your dripper
white storm rising
whittle the stick
windsurf on mount baldy
wonk your conker
wonk your donk
work out a stiff joint
work up a foamy lather
wrestle king kong bundy
wrestle the eel
wrestle the one-eyed trouser snake
wrestle with the bald champ
wring out your rope
wring out your rope
yank the crank
yank the yoyo
yank your plan
Science, My Boy, Science!
I have stomped around the terra for almost six decades ( two years to go and I can't tell you how excited I am about it).
Yep, had a great time. I like to not only watch MGM movies on TCM but follow the advice of our genial and light-in-the-loafers host, Robert Osborne and add to my collection.
I always send away for fantastic offers and tell the postman to RUSH my order.
I stay up late when there is an Andy Devine Festival on TCM or AMC. The Man could act!
My son Conor gave me some Laffy Taffy during a fifth grade St. Cajetan's basketball game and I did. That was in, oh let me see, now, . . . in 2000, or '99. What ever, as the kids say, I laughed hard.
Like when I visited the Yarn Museum and Candle Dippings of Ontario with my wife who was large with child in the summer of 1984. I read Lincoln: A Novel by Gore Vidal on that trip. Sampled some maple fudge in Gananoqua, Onatario- ate one and got too excited. One was plenty.
Bought some peach gum later, so I wouldn't remember the maple taste, as I recall.
Lots of fun. Like checking the sewer access pipes every three weeks so as not to have a mishap when my three mighty Maples send their roots into the pipeline. Call the the Kennedy Brothers when that happens. No end of fun.
Here's some truths that I learned over the years . . .you know practicing changing the tires on the old Chevy each week, because one week I'll sure be right!
•If you jump off the bridge in Paris, you are in Seine
•A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking
•Dijon vu - the same mustard as before
•Practice safe eating - always use condiments
•Shotgun wedding - it's a case of wife or death
•A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy
•A hangover is the wrath of grapes
•Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play
•Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
•Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion
•Reading while sunbathing makes you well red
•When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I
•A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired
•What's the definition of a will? (It's a dead give away)
•Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana
•In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes
•She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off
•A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion
•If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed
•With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress
•The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered
•You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it
•Local Area Network in Australia - the LAN down under
•Every calendar's days are numbered
•A lot of money is tainted - Taint yours and taint mine
•A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat
•He had a photographic memory that was never developed
•A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large
•Once you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall
•Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis
•Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses
•Acupuncture is a jab well done.\
Yep, had a real nice lunch, at work today -cucumber and fresh dill on white bread with just ever so little a smidgen of Dijon - don't want to overwhelm the dill you know. Folded my lunch sack and tucked into the old back pocket there's more lunches and not nearly as many brown bags you know . . .they don't grow on trees. Or do they? I'll get back to you on that!
Tell you what, Old Sock in the Wash, leave me your e-mail and your personal home phone and cell numbers and I'll give you jingle and maybe we can order some greta stuff and tell the postman to RUH our order. How's that strike you? Keen!
I hear that American Pickers will be an extra-special one tonight!
The Illinois Back-Bencher who tingled thighs in 2008 is now . . .Shrimp Toast! The President and Vacationing First Family are completing their Sixth Vacation. However, the President continues to prove that he should not have been employed in the first place.
President Obama will serve one term. It will be very important to consign every elitist clown and organization - Progressives - to the Kiddie Table of Public Discourse from whence he sprang.
The DNC can not name its candidates, but Gov. Tim Kaine still begs me for my nickels. I quite giving to the DNC when Emily's List John Kerry sailed into Boston Harbor.
The Media Propaganda machine has impugned Americans of good will of all races - especially idiotic team at MSNBC.
Abortion is murder; stem cell research is eugenics; America is a great country that has gone to bat for goodness all over the globe; the United Nations is a bandit camp; our servicemen and women are paid only lip-service for the sacrifices; race-relations is an industry; marriage is between a man and woman; immigration is not a human right it is earned; education is the real of the States and not the Federal Government; policy is an evil and politics is an art.
President Obama, God Be With Him, is incapable of the job. He is Shrimp Toast.
President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters Sasha and Malia traveled to Nancy’s Restaurant on the waterfront of the Oak Bluffs section of Martha’s Vineyard Wednesday afternoon.aBC - Jake Tapper
Crowds gathered to watch as the president, wearing his White Sox baseball cap, noted the abundance of Red Sox caps. He and the First Lady shook hands and posed for pictures with folks in the crowd. The president ordered from the take-out window of the snack bar section of the eatery…
As the president walked around the restaurant, some cordoned-off reporters shouted out to him questions, including one about the war in Iraq. Next Tuesday night, the president will deliver an Oval Office address at 8 pm ET, in which he will mark the occasion of the withdrawal of US combat troops from the country.
But the president was in no mood today to discuss the issue with reporters in that setting. He ignored questions for a bit, then turned to the reporters.
“We’re buying shrimp, guys,” he said, smiling. “Come on.”
Most families in my blue-collar neighborhood have not gone on vacation in years; yet, those families voted for President Obama . . .once.
Make it For Mikey LaPorta - Be At Bourbon Street for a Great Family and Have a Great Time . Now, This is Grassroots!
This Saturday, August 28, 2010, come on out to Bourbon Street 3359 W. 115th Street in Merrionette Park , IL and help a great family.
Here is a note from neighborhood firefighter Jim McMahon -
"There is a benefit at Bourbon Street next Saturday for a young man from West Beverly that got shot in the head last January. I have worked with his uncle, Johnny LaPorta, from time to time over the years on the fire department and just got to know this kids parents recently. The father's a hard working guy and his wife is from my old neighborhood (St. Bede). They're just genuine down to earth people who got a real tough break. This is a real good family and we're trying to get every person we can to go to this benefit to help support this effort. The benefit committee has done their part, it's organized and ready to go, now we just need THE PEOPLE."
Here are the facts -
In the early morning hours of January 12, 2010, a native West Beverly man, Mike LaPorta, was involved in an incident that has changed his life, and his family’s life forever.
He had recently moved out to the town of Sandwich , but came into the city to celebrate his father’s birthday with him and the rest of their family. After a nice evening that included dinner and cake with his family, Mike went out to a neighborhood bar to meet up with some of his longtime friends for a few drinks, a few laughs and to play a few games of bean bags.
They ended up at his former college roommate’s home in Mount Greenwood when tragedy struck. Somehow, 29 year old Mike LaPorta got shot in the back of the head with his friend’s gun, leaving a bullet lodged in the back of his brain. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear, and the Chicago Police Department are still investigating the incident. He remembers being at his friends house, but doesn’t recall the shooting at all, and his family has not shared the details of the incident with him.
Initially, his chances for survival were less than slim, but with our superior surgeons and medical facilities, and by the grace of God, Mike miraculously survived. He spent months in the hospital clinging to life and has undergone several major brain surgeries. Mike has been released from the hospital but still requires around the clock care, so his parents have taken him back to live with them in their West Beverly home, which they had to have extensively remodeled and altered to accommodate Mike’s wheelchair and other special needs.
LaPorta is getting rehabilitation therapy at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago [RIC] and is also going to Next Steps SCI, Rehab Center in Willow Springs, who are connected to the Christopher Reeves Foundation and specialize in teaching people with spinal cord injuries to walk again. Mike’s working very hard in therapy and is making great progress, both physically and mentally. Even though he cannot walk yet and has some difficulty initiating conversation, his long term memory and attitude are good. Mike’s a strong young guy and has a lot of support, so if he can continue to get the right rehabilitation, we’re all hoping and praying for him to achieve a substantial amount of recovery.
Mike LaPorta is a graduate of Brother Rice High School and has always loved the great outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, but also enjoyed mountain biking. He’d go on several hunting trips every year with another one of his close friends who is also an outdoorsman, Lance Metzger, who these days spends a lot of his time indoors with Mike, and is just grateful that he survived the shooting. Metzger says he is very optimistic now that his buddy has been making such great strides and has even begun to smile again. "I'll always be at his side," said Metzger.
Metzger keeps encouraging Mike's mother, Patti, by telling her “Be grateful for what you have, and you've got to move on and work with what you have." The support from LaPorta’s friends and family has been absolutely fantastic, but things of this nature can become overwhelming very quickly. The LaPorta family are in for a long uphill climb and they can’t do it alone. We’ve all gotta help them along.
As I’m sure you can imagine, the LaPorta family has incurred a significant amount of medical expenses since the shooting, and future costs are going to be astronomical. The emotional strain alone that something like this has on a family is impossible to even explain, not to mention adding the huge financial burden to the equation. When an unexpected and devastating event like this happens in our lives, it’s a complete “game changer.” It affects not only the victim, but every member of the family, their friends and anyone even casually associated with them. It is indescribable!
There’s absolutely nothing that anyone can do to change the past, but we do have a tiny bit of control over the future, at least when it comes to what we will do to help as individuals. So in the spirit of helping out our friends and neighbors, some of Mike LaPorta’s friends decided to run a benefit they’ve very aptly coined, "Miracles for Mikey," to help raise the much needed funds that it will take to help this family.
It will be held next Saturday afternoon, from 3 to 7 p.m. on August 28th at 115 Bourbon Street , located at 3359 W. 115th Street in Merrionette Park , IL .
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for age 16 and younger. This event will feature food, beverages, raffles, silent auctions and entertainment. Nobody does benefits better than Bourbon Street , and it’s always nice to get out of the house and see some old friends again. This should be a real good time.
Monetary donations can also be sent to the “Miracles for Mikey” fund at Archer Bank, c/o Nancy Kuzma, 3435 W. 111th Street in Chicago , IL 60655 .
Mike LaPorta’s parents are Mike and Patti, he has a younger brother named Chris, and is also a nephew of the Chicago Fire Departments very own, Johnny LaPorta.
For additional information, please call Lance Metzger at (708) 717-3790 or go to: www.miraclesformikey.webs.com
The “Miracles for Mikey” benefit committee has worked tirelessly to organize this wonderful event, but if they don’t get the numbers turning out, it will not be successful.
This is why I’m asking each and every one of you; to please come out to Bourbon Street next Saturday afternoon, bring along your neighbors and family members, and let’s make it a day to remember. We all know that money is tight everywhere, so if you can’t afford to attend or just can’t make it for some other reason, then please consider opening up your heart and your checkbook and make a donation to the “Miracles for Mikey” fund at Archer Bank, for whatever amount you CAN afford. Because while some can still afford to give a lot, and others can only afford to give a little, every little bit will help…..a lot!
Let’s all join together as a community and support this fine neighborhood family.
This benefit is just one week away from today, so please spread the word and FORWARD THIS INFORMATION TO EVERYONE THAT YOU CAN.
Even if you are tied up with Daddy-Do jobs and tasks, Mom-Car-Pooling to cheerleading, or out of town, click my post title and On Miracles for Mikey see where you can send a check.
This is Grassroots! That other nonsense is political . . .nonsense. Let's help each other. We always do! See you there!
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
American Labor helped create the American Middle Class. Public Service Unions in league with SEIU - a PAC - are hell-bent on dstroying the Middle Class.
The Skilled and Industrial Trades should step away from these folks.
This is most disturbing. Please read -
On the national level, Unions have changed priorities. No longer is their primary objective to protect the rights of their own rank and file, their objectives has moved into politics and a progressive/Marxist objective. Hence their support of many of the Administrations policies such as Obamacare, the auto bailout and the financial regulation bill. For an administration that claims to have no special interests, Unions have been able to influence presidential policy like never before. For example the President's executive order, known as the “High Road Contracting Policy”gives preferential treatment to government construction contractors that pay their hourly workers a "union wage" and provide additional benefits such as health insurance, employer-funded retirement plans and paid sick leave. In other words, the POTUS is "cutting out" the 85% of construction companies that are non-union shops out of the $500 billion dollar market of Federal construction Jobs. A move that not only depresses the Construction industry, but raises the cost of Federal construction projects between 10-20% increasing the federal deficit.
Fresh from their domination of presidential policy, the unions are moving into building the progressive/Marxist base. The latest example of which is the AFL/CIO joining a Marxist coalition to get out the vote in the midterm election.
The following appeared in People's World a magazine for the Marxist/Communist movements in the United Sates:
The AFL-CIO executive committee voted unanimously this morning to join One Nation, Working Together, a new national coalition of labor and civil rights groups that has as its purpose to "reorder America's priorities by investing in the nation's most valuable resource - its people."
The labor, civil rights, environmental, faith and other organizations that have formed the new coalition intend to replace unemployment and economic crisis faced by the country's majority with "nothing less than a future of shared prosperity for all our people," the AFL-CIO said in a statement after it voted to join One Nation.
"None of us alone have been able to achieve our priorities," said Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO.
One Nation's first official act as a coalition will be a march on Washington on Oct. 2, which unions say will energize an army of tens of thousands who will return to their neighborhoods, churches, schools and voting booths to prevent a Republican takeover of Congress in November and begin building a new permanent coalition to fight for a progressive agenda.
The AFL-CIO joins groups such as The NAACP, SEIU 1199, Green for All, National Council of La Raza, US Student Association, and the Center for Community Change in the "One Nation, Working Together" effort.
The "One Nation, Working Together" Get out the vote movement is led by United for Peace and Justice
United for Peace and Justice is leading an effort to bring the peace movement into these mobilizations UFPJ joins the AFL-CIO, SEIU and a broad range of civil rights, labor, peace and social justice organizations in endorsing this call and in organizing for August 28 and October 2 to bring as visible and strong message to the Obama Administration that it is time to deliver on their promises to end war and rebuild our country!
You can tell the objectives of an organization by its friends, United For Peace and Justice seeks friends who are for "social justice," "globalization" (world-wide redistribution of income), and who are against multi-national American corporations.
UFPJ will seek to strengthen our alliances and working relationships with other forces in the antiwar movement, as well as the movements for global economic, environmental and social justice. Our international work will be based on respect for the sovereignty of other nations and a commitment to human rights and international law. We will support and seek cooperation with our sister organizations around the world, and we will act in solidarity with progressive groups and individuals within the United States and the nations occupied by U.S. forces.
These are the people running UFPJ (the group's steering committee) most are from Marxist, progressive, or communist groups:
Dana Balicki -- Code Pink
Phyllis Bennis -- Institute of Policy Studies
Frida Berrigan -- War Resisters League
Jackie Cabasso -- Western States Legal Foundation
Steve Carlson -- Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice
Libero Della Piana -- Communist Party USA
Matt De Vlieger -- Orlando Peace and Justice
Lisa Fithian -- Alliance for Community Trainers, Inc.
Joseph Gainza -- American Friends Service Committee - Vermont
Nora Gordon -- Brooklyn For Peace
Katie Heald -- PDX Peace Coalition
Mike Hearington -- Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition
Bill Henning -- US Labor Against the War
Marilyn Katz -- Chicagoans Against War and Injustice
Hany Khalil -- War Times
Leslie Kielson -- NYC - United For Peace and Justice
Siu Hin Lee -- National Immigration Solidarity Network
Siri Margerin -- Bay Area - United For Peace and Justice
George Martin -- Milwaukee Coalition for a Just Peace
Monami Maulik -- Desis Rising Up and Moving - DRUM
Deb McIntyre -- South Dakota Peace and Justice Center
Michael McPhearson -- Veterans For Peace
Bamshad Mobasher -- Oakland Park Coalition for Truth and Justice
Perry O'Brien -- Iraq Veterans Against the War
Shauen Pearce -- Fellowship of Reconciliation
Baltazar Pinguel -- American Friends Service Committee
Terry Rockefeller -- September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows
Virginia Rodino -- Baltimore - United For Peace and Justice
Larry Syverson -- Military Families Speak Out
David Wildman -- US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation
There is absolutely nothing wrong with Marxists, progressives, or even Communists leading a protest to get their supporters to come out and vote for their candidates. What is wrong is for Union Leaders to support these groups without the full knowledge and understanding of their membership. The AFL-CIO is telling its members that they are joining in a get out the vote movement with organizations that have similar objectives as theirs. ( Emphasis My Own)
I wonder what their rank and file would say if they announced they were joining together with Marxist, Communist, and progressive groups, whose objectives are social justice," world-wide redistribution of income (taking money out of their pockets and giving it to workers of less-developed nations) and who are against the multi-national American corporations who sign their paychecks. They would probably look for new leadership.
H/T Yid with Lid
John L. Lewis tossed the Reds out of American Labor in the 1930's - that was the beginning of the great Middle Class and the American Standard of Living.
I wonder- just how strong a headlock SEIU has on Capitol Fax Blog?
Capitol Fax is the top political news clearing house and clubby chat-room ($300 annual admission*) in Illinois. Rich Miller, who also jots out a column for Chicago Sun Times publishes Capitol Fax Blog.
Some years back Mr. Miller was kind enough to offer me a spot on his Illinoize adjunct site, but I became concerned when Miller deleted my commentary and opinions concerning the activities and the nature of SEIU – a powerful pact that managed to co-opt the term Labor, from our supine Media in Illinois. We parted company. I do not and will not comment on Capitol Fax Blog and I asked that Mr. Miller remove me fro Illinoize.
Rich Miller invites snark (a word no one over the age of ten should use) ,gets his nose out of joint when a snarking japer tweaks his plums or those of his sponsor and goes hunting for the Snark IP. I believe that Rich Miller is wildly beholden to SEIU – especially Keith Kelleher. Keith Kelleher directs the activities of SEIU and President Tom Balanoff, a genuine labor man gets the subpoenas. Keith Kelleher comes from the Andy Stern/Anna Burger school of power politics and was instrumental in perfecting the ACORN political trick bags that were exposed this year by a young man with a camera.
Here is some of Keith Kelleher’s ACORN Manifesto referring to ACORN/SEIU agitation in Chicago’s 15th Ward in 1999–
“ACORN and Local 880 leaders held a weekend retreat last spring to think and talk about the issue of accountability. They were learning new things all the time, and wanted time to assess what they had learned and plan for the future.
Out of that weekend came a number of ideas that are guiding our planning to win accountability from public officials. They include:
Turning up the heat. There is no substitute for being able to move large numbers of people in direct action tactics in the public official's district. Where an official is refusing to act, or has strayed from the fold, there is no substitute for confrontation on his own turf; but even where the official is friendly, a strong presence is the best insurance that he will remain so.
Developing more community leadership. It is much harder to hold a few leaders accountable to a community and labor agenda than a majority. With only a few, we are asking people to take stands on issues that may often lose in city council for want of a majority. It would be better to develop many more grassroots community and labor leaders who have the base and track record on community accomplishments that they need to win.
Developing a proactive agenda for progressive leaders. ACORN, Local 880 and our many collaborative partners need to put our elected officials to work on issues that will mobilize an increasingly large base. If we fail to continually move an agenda that we want our elected leaders to carry, someone else will always be happy to fill the void. We need to get much better at developing such a program - with our own elected officials at the table helping to develop it.
Keith Kelleher is the head organizer of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 880 and has been a field organizer, lead organizer and head organizer for ACORN, the United Labor Unions (ULU), and SEIU Local 880 for over 20 years.
Madeline Talbott is the head organizer for Illinois ACORN and has been a field organizer, lead organizer and head organizer in many ACORN cities across the country. She recently celebrated her 25th year as an organizer with ACORN.”
SEIU attempted to buy a Senate seat and later stepped far and away from ACORN – like it never happened. Marxists erase history.
That is the Marxist tune to which Rich Miller jumps. Regularly, Capitol Fax Blog attempts to smear both Governor Pat Quinn and his rival Rep. Bill Brady. Fair enough.
However, Rich Miller uses a Progress Illinois (SEIU sponsored site) tweak piece from The New Yorker that condemns the billionaire Koch Brothers (Oil, Dixie Cups, Brawny Paper Towels & etc.) for doing exactly what SEIU cash-cow and Obama sponsor George Soros has done for years as well as ‘bring it on home’ with a pathetic attack on Republican philanthropist Ron Gidwitz. And dovetailing a Progress Illinois jab at the Koch Brothers. Progress Illinois linked an article from Americans for Prosperity that discussed the Koch Brothers and Ron Gidwitz. (clck my post title for yesterday's CFB offering)
It appears that Ron Gidwitz likes the Tea Party folks. He is supporting them. I am a Democrat and I like the Tea Party Folks too. I am also in favor of Civil Unions for homosexuals and oppose Gay Marriage. I detest Planned Parenthood and its sole purpose –abortion. They help sell contraceptives as well, but abortion is the meat and all else spoon vitals.
Progress Illinois (SEIU) is all for homosexual marriages, as gay as they may be, abortion all of the time, and the death of the American Middle Class.
I plan to vote for Pat Quinn, but I could vote for Bill Brady. I like news that is presented honestly. I admire an honest hack who tells you – “Folks I am SEIU purple! No snark here!” . . . Then there is Rich Miller’s Capitol Fax Blog.
* A CFB subscriber noted that the membership is now $350.
Smart Bar is located at:
3730 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60613
(Two blocks North of Wrigley Field)
SMART BAR CELEBRATES 25 YEARS
Smart Bar began in 1982 as a way to bring new and exciting dance music and DJs to Chicago. Since then, Smart Bar has accomplished this goal repeatedly and established itself as one of the country's premier cutting edge nightclubs. At the cusp of a quarter century of bringing new music to Chicago, it's time to take a look back at how we've come so far...
I'm up in Wrigleyville on Sunday after Mass and breakie with the kids, because the elegant, but thrifty woman who deigns to be seen publicly with me is checking the shops for haute couture items in the smart and thrifty shoppes.
I am eternally eight years old and after the third visit among the haute glad rags for really swell dames, the swell-egant woman has lost patience with my fingering of garments and fidgeting and " Hey, How's this look on me?"
In hushed but stern tone, "Please, take off the Jan Ali fedora. There is a magazine."
" Why don't you go to a nice tavern and have a red pop and chat up the locals?"
"Okay!" Gone in a ZIP!
I wandered the toney avenues of Sheffield, Waveland and Clark and thanked Christ that we south siders, have but a very few diagonal streets - South Chicago and Vincennes, but they are haute couture deserts!
There are any number of adult watering holes here abouts, but I happened upon the Smart Bar. It is a Way Hip club and did not open until 10pm. What would have happened were I to have planted my elbows on its zinc bar? ( dream waves/dream waves/dream waves of my bold imaginings)
I goes into this hip new wave bar and survey the scene. Always check your surroundings and mind your Peas and Cues, especially if there is a free pool table in the joint. To my surprise there is a robot serving as the bartender. I observe with empirical thirst.
The robot asks a Metrosexual gent with a European carry-all, "What will you have?"
The guy says, "Martini."
The robot quickly brings back the best martini ever and says to the man, "What's your IQ, Sir?"
The guy says, "168."
The robot then proceeds to talk about physics, space exploration and medical technology, Loyola basketball and the 19th Ward.
The gent is amazed. He finishes his drink and leaves, but he is curious. He halts at the door and goes back into the bar.
The robot bartender says, "What will you have?"
The guy says, "Martini."
Again, the robot makes a great martini gives it to the man and says, "What's your IQ?"
The guy says, "100."
The robot then starts to talk about NASCAR, White Sox, Budweiser and John Deere tractors.
The Metro-sexual dandy starts to leave but then decides he will try it one more time. He goes back up to the bar and pops a Jackson out of his European Man Bag.
The robot says, "What will you have?"
The guy says, "Martini," and the robot brings him another great martini.
The robot then says, "What's your IQ?"
The guy says, "Uh, about 60."
The robot leans in real close and says,..............
"So, you still happy you voted for Congressman Mike Quigley?"
Smart Bar ? positively Mensa-eque!
I gotta drop in there after I get my worsteds and Oxford cloths back from Mr. Shifty's Cleaners over by Western at 110th- no Dockers or Sears Regular Fits in this place I imagine. Quel Dommage!
h/t - Barrister Dan Kelley
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Get a load of this piece of work. He should be on MSNBC with his depth, intelligence and sense of humor. A fanny pack???!!!!!!!!!!! I 'm going to issue a Fatwah on this habiliment atrocity! I always believed Muslims to be dedicated followers of fashion and snappy dressers, Omar Shariff! Jesus!
Rauf, Rauf, Rauf! I wish to thank President Obama for helping expose the dubious folks behind this iniative and shedding light on Islamist Bridge Builders like the clown in the video.
Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do!
At 51 Park Place in New York City–the proposed Ground Zero mosque location– Eyeblast.tv was interviewing people on the street when an American Muslim supporter of the mosque said to “get over” 9/11 and that despite Manhattan having over 200 mosques, they need to keep the location of the mosque “right here.”
“God d****it, my wife is Jewish. Come on you guys, get over it”, the man said in regards to 9/11 after trying to draw an analogy using the Vietnam War. Right after he says to “get over it”, a lady responded “Oh my God, I’m not going to get over it- it happened right there”, pointing towards Ground Zero. An argument then breaks out between the two. In typical leftist debating fashion, he later calls her a “racist”.UPDATE: Eyeblast.tv also interviewed Imam Rauf’s close friend, follower and security guard who said that funding for the mosque was coming from “Muslims around the world”, and that the Imam who wants to construct the mosque doesn’t have to clarify comments that U.S. policies were an ‘accessory’ to 9/11.
Also, people at the site of Ground Zero and Park 51 were asked their views on the mosque. Here is what they had to say.
Posted by Joe Schoffstall
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