Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Free Housing Hostilities - No Tea Party

Thousands of people looking for Section 8 Housing outside of Atlanta got out of control -
" It is the plan we have in place!" Love it! One big government.

Felecia McGhee told the AJC she arrived around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. She said the major problem began when people started breaking into the line and officials started moving the areas where they were handing out applications. She said she saw at least two small children trampled when the crowd rushed the building where the applications were to be handed out.

This is no Tea Party - someone explain this incident to MSNBC.

East Point Police Sgt. Cliff Chandler said most of those treated were suffering from heat-related illnesses. He did not have a total number of people treated but knew of at least a half-dozen cases. He said a toddler was treated earlier in the morning for "some type of seizure." He estimated the crowd at 8,000 to 10,000.

Channel 2 Action News reporter Mike Petchenik said fights were breaking out and police had to stop people who were storming the door.

Channel 2 reporter Tom Jones said, “There are thousands, I mean, thousands of people here. I’ve seen people fall out from the heat.”

No injuries were reported but an East Point police officer was treated for heat-related problems.

By late morning the crowd had thinned considerably and people were walking up and getting their applications without delay. But just before the 1 p.m. deadline, a line of about 200 people had formed. Shortly after 1 p.m., several people ran across the parking lot to get in line but were told by police that the line was closed.

Emergency personnel brought in a pickup truck full of bottled water and were handing it out to the crowd.

A sign on the door of the office explained that only applications were being handed out.

"The housing authority will be issuing applications Wednesday, August 11, starting at 9 a.m. Everyone in line by 1 p.m. on the 11th will receive an application. ... No Section 8 vouchers are available at this time. There are no public housing units available at this time. You're applying for the waiting list only."

The Housing Choice Voucher Program, called Section 8, subsidized the rents of low-income families living in apartments and houses that are privately owned. The federal program makes up the difference in rent that the poor can afford and the fair market value for each area.

The federal government has specific standards for its subsidized properties but at the same time landlords are assured an income.

Only families with incomes no more than half the median income for the area qualify. The median income for the East Point area is less than $32,000, according to Census data. It is up to the renter to find a place that meets HUD standards, which includes being 90 percent to 110 percent of the “local fair market rent.”

On second thought, never mind. MSNBC is still blaming the 8 white people murdered by the black beer thief in Connecticut for that shooting.

Illinois Fatuous Ninny - Ralph Martire Explains That the Taxes He Demanded Of Illinois Pols and Got Have Nothing to Do with Our Debt!

Illinois is in the jackpot it now enjoys because Dawn Clark Netsch and every other Goo-goo syrup-dripping phony and Marxist-in-Demo-Drag bully ragged gutless elected officials into more Taxes. More Taxes for -
1. The Children
2. The Hungry
3. Old Folks
4. Pensions
5. Fish & Sierra
6. Green Everything
7. Stan Ikenberry and Chris Kennedy
8. Assorted Race-baiting scams
10. HI -Speed Rail Adventures of the Future!

These stupid and wasteful measure that did very little good were pie-charted by Ralph Martire - the most dangerous dweeb in Illinois.

Today, Ralph whines that Pensions are a symptom and not a cause -

That’s because the state’s outsized pension debt is actually a symptom of the state’s fiscal problems — not their cause.

Let me explain. For decades, annual state revenue growth has been insufficient to cover the growth in the cost of providing the aforesaid core public services, adjusting for just inflation and population growth. So for decades, legislators and governors engaged in the irresponsible fiscal practice of diverting revenue that should have been used to make pension payments, to instead cover service delivery, effectively using the pension system like a credit card.

As noted in a recent letter issued by the Chicago Federal Reserve Board, it is this decades-long failure to make employer contributions to the pension systems, coupled with asset losses caused by the recent recession, that in fact created the state’s huge unfunded liability. To be clear, the unfunded liability was not caused by generous benefits, high costs or even high head counts. But facing that reality is uncomfortable for politicians because it points the finger directly at them — and their irresponsible fiscal stewardship.

So, rather than honestly confront their own fiscal mismanagement, many politicians find it more convenient to demagogue this issue. And what better way to distract voters than by telling them the problem can be solved by switching from the state’s current defined benefit system to a 401(k)-styled defined contribution system — just like many voters have in the private sector. This has the advantage of sounding reasonable because it appeals to voters’ own personal experiences. Now, that may be good politics, but it’s horrible policy.

Right Ralph they are a symptom of Stupid Progressive and the hired Pie-Chart Pirates like you.

Thanks for Clearing things up.

If I were Bill Brady I would say Ralph Martire every third sentence.

If I were Governor Pat Quinn I would say "Ralph Martire is now a resident of Utah! I helped Ralphie pack!"

Blago Mouthpiece Sam Adam, Jr. Offers Free Exclusive Interviews at Will County Fair in Peotone! Nah, Read Natasha Korecki!

I have been worried that attorney Sam Adam, Jr. has been put off his feed and is losing sleep with guilt - guilt over maybe not having giving Milarod his props in court. Sam seems a mere shadow of his former self.

I have been worried, as well, that perhap I have not really, really, really tried to make my children proud of me by becoming a reality show contestant. I am down to three meals a day and seven hours of sleep.

Sam Adam, Jr. has granted a number of "exclusive' interviews to a number of "exclusive" intellectual giants like Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW - Winnetka Talks to Wilmette. However, Guilty Sam might wish to spread the love and offer -

Sam Adam, Jr. Esq. - Exclusive Interviews

Ride The Sam Adam, Jr. Blago Truth Tour - $ 83.00 per minute - You'll know what's what and I'll sleep and eat better.

At the Will County Fair in Peotone!

Will County FairDate:8/29/2010 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. - View More Dates Address:710 S. West Street Peotone, 60468 - Adult Activities, Children's Activities, Festival Description:The Will County Fair offers a variety of entertainment, activities, competitions, and vendors for visitors of all ages.

Be sure to visit the Forest Preserve District's booth in the Exhibit Building to collect information about all that the District has to offer.

Visit the Will County Fair Web site for more information.

Rube Hickey, nailing the first of many Elephant ears, "Hey, that ain't free!"

Sam Adam, Jr., still fasting and sleepless, " Move it along, Son! The offers Free! Fee is not Free, Dr. King rode a lunch counter for your sins and all our sins!!!! I will go to jail rather than contemptuously take less than the posted $ 83.00 for this exclusive free offer! Truth, Son! Truth! Now, move it along!"

Rube Hickey, " Mike Flannery said the same thing! Dang! Still, that's a hull lot of corndogs! Good luck, Counselor."

For real Blago Straight Dope - go exclusively to Natasha Korecki!
Click my post title for a real reporter.

Charlie Rangel Goes All Blago - Veiled Threat, to Colleagues?

Charlie Rangel was always kind of a cartoon character to me. He reminded me of a wildly antic video game icon running hither and yon to various news media outlets and letting out with NOOYAWKEE English about . . . whatever.

Recently, the same media mopes, who have tried to turn Ted Kennedy into Benjamin Disraeli and present Bob Byrd as anything but a Grand Cyclops Pork Hustler right out of a Coen Brothers movie, now cast Charlie Rangel as Audie Murphy in the role of Dr. Martin Luther King playing Ghandi.

Rather, Charlie Rangel chewed the scenery as former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on the floor of Congress, yesterday. Get this from the Denver Doric Column Building hack Dana Milbank -

"You're not going to tell me to resign to make you feel comfortable," Rangel informed his Democratic colleagues. "And for those who disagree, I'm sorry, but that's one thing you can't take away from me."

Midway through the diatribe, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi left her seat and walked to the back of the chamber. When Rangel finally finished, a few dozen Democrats -- mostly members of the black caucus, New Yorkers and liberals -- stood to applaud. Most Democrats -- including Rep. David Obey (Minn.), the man who was leading the teachers-and-cops bill on the floor -- sat in silence. Democratic members, approached by reporters for comment as they left the chamber, looked stricken. . . "You're not going to tell me to resign to make you feel comfortable," Rangel informed his Democratic colleagues. "And for those who disagree, I'm sorry, but that's one thing you can't take away from me. . . Rangel rambled through the allegations against him. Fundraising with official letterhead: "Grabbing the wrong stationery." The center named after him at the City University of New York: "A broken-down building." The office in the rent-controlled apartment: "The landlord has said he didn't treat me differently." The unpaid taxes on his Caribbean vacation place: "You'd have to be a tax expert" to get that right, said the deposed chairman of the tax-writing committee.

The diatribe was directed mostly at his own side of the aisle, where "no one is coming forward saying Rangel is not corrupt." He said he was told that his colleagues "all love you . . . but they love themselves better." He mocked those who turned against him for political expediency: "Do what you have to do."

Repeatedly, he dared his colleagues to vote on his fate. "Are you going to expel me from this body?" he demanded. "Are you going to say that while there's no evidence that I took a nickel, asked for a nickel, that there's no sworn testimony, no conflict, that I have to leave here?"

The angry lawmaker left his colleagues with two words: "Go home."

Dana Milbank, a huge Obama-bot and former MSNBC Tool-shed member, is like a tiny moral plastic wind up mouse scurrying around the kitchen floor - he never knows where to plant his feet and take a stand.

Charlie Rangel on the hand is a Harlem Hustler who defeated Adam Clayton Powell another Golden Gooser back when I was starting high school. Charlie Rangel knows where every unsucked, let alone unplucked bone is tossed in the House of Representatives and he has been insulted by the very people who demanded that he 'get it done for the people!'

Seems to me that Charlie is holding many decks of cards more than the idiot savant for Governor of Illinois and Charlie is not staring at a list Federal charge. This is politics baby!

Charlie will rat out rats, like Charlie says, "all love you . . . but they love themselves better." More better.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Our Violent Media Menace -Won't Somebody Think of the Children?

"Journalism school leaves these people ill-prepared for life in conventional society," explains Egrub. "They see typical American people expressing normal opinions, and it causes confusion. In time, they become boiling cauldrons of paranoia and rage. This triggers a 'fight or flight' reaction, and sometimes they simply lash out." from Media Violence Project

Well, I've been to twenty-eight county fairs and as many hog-call contests, but I ain't never seen nothing like this!

Journalists are trending to be a very violent and menacing demographic. Perhaps that is why they tend to focus attention on police officers.

This is something - as a journalist would say . . .chilling.

Reader, prepare to be chilled!

Statistics of Shame
Accounts of media psychopathy, while widespread, have until now been largely anecdotal. In order to provide a more focused and systematic study of the crisis, Iowahawk researchers set out to identify and tabulate criminal arrests and convictions of current and former journalists. While by no means comprehensive, this 10-minute project yielded a grim picture of a once-proud profession now in the grips of tragic, drunk, violent, child-raping rage.

The stories cited in the opening paragraph, while instructive, are by no means isolated. Google searches return hundreds of crimes attributable to workers in America's media industry, and millions of pages containing the terms "journalist" and "murder." They are as shocking in their detail as they are in their number.

While some journalists' alleged offenses are limited to propery crimes and theft -- such as Redwood City (CA) radio reporter Joe McConnell and Former Detroit TV Reporter Suzanne Wangler -- often they take a darker turn, resulting in public endangerment. Current and former journalists seem particularly enthusiastic about driving the nation's highways and streets in drug and alcohol fueled stupors. Among the journalists arrested or charged with DUI offenses since 2000 include Salon and Guardian columnist Sidney Blumenthal, Chicago TV news anchor Walter Jacobson, Kansas City TV reporter Steve Shaw, Nashville newspaper columnist Brad Schmitt, Albuquerque Journal reporter Chris Vogel, Rocky Mountain News editor Holger Jesen, New York Post Columnist Richard Johnson, Idaho State Journal columnist Brady Slater, Tampa Tribune editor Janet Weaver, St. Petersburg Times reporter Eric Robert Gershman, and Lexington (KY) TV reporter Angelica St. John.

How many unsuspecting American motorists and pedestrians remain at risk from alcoholic media professionals is still a matter of scientific conjecture, but one thing is certain: journalists can be even more deadly outside their cars. Often the journalistic gateway to violent behavior begins with stalking and trespassing -- such as has been alleged of People magazine reporters Jeffrey Neal Weiss, and, in an unrelated incident, Don Sider. But sometimes, as in the case of MSNBC host Keith Olbermann, serial stalking behavior goes unpunished and the perpetrators go on to seek more serious thrill-crimes. Journalists recently charged with violent offenses include New York Times reporter and alleged batterer Michael Katz, British reporter Ben Stubbings, and . . ., charged with striking a police officer.

Often, the objects of journalist rage turn out to be the perpetrator's own family and loved ones. For example, in 2005 Chicago Sun-Times Columnist Neil Steinberg was charged with domestic violence for striking his wife in an alcoholic rage. But this tendency obeys no gender, as evidenced by domestic violence charges against female newspaper editor Rebekah Wade, and Tampa reporter Roxanne Evanina, charged with domestic battery for spraying bleach into her boyfriend's face.

But the Americans most vulnerable to attacks from media sociopaths are its smallest. A shocking number of journalism-related crimes involve child molestation, child pornography, and internet stalking of minors. Journalists recently charged with sickening crimes in this category include Arizona newspaper editor Lindsey Stockton, Arkansas radio reporter Charles "David" Ballard, New Orleans Times-Picayune reporter William Kalec, Washington DC TV weatherman Bill Kamal, and Noel Neff, former editor of the children's magazine Weekly Reader.

In recent times, the national journalist crime spree has taken an increasingly deadly turn. A typical case in point is former Savannah newspaper reporter Donald Lowery, charged with robbing a bank with a sawed-off shotgun. Sometimes arrests are made before bloodshed, such as in the case of Oak Ridge (TN) newspaper reporter and alleged murder plotter Michael Frazier, and former San Francisco AsianWeek columnist Kenneth Eng, arrested for threatening a Virginia Tech-style massacre at a New York University commencement. All too often, though, the warning signs come too late. Recent years witnessed several journalists arrested on murder charges, including longtime Hartford Courant reporter Gregory Robertson and Missouri radio host and reporter James Keown, charged with fatally poisoning his wife by spiking her Gatorade with antifreeze.

To help better understand the growing threat of journalist crime, the Iowahawk investigation team compiled the following statistical chart.

I am sure our Progressive media icons will take this fine presentation in the spriit it was offered and with the their usual grace and fine manners.

Cuius regio, eius religio - Obama's Religion is Vague - Bridge Builder To Build Gay Bar for Islamist Homosexuals Nex Cordoba Crowd's Ground Zero Site

Cuius regio, eius religio - The Religion of the King is the religion of the State

Since the Obama White is recognized in Europe as the Ancien Regime and FOTUS Michelle as the new Marie Antoinette, this may be a Progressive Kingship of sorts.

As President Obama is a Progressive, the official religion of America, Constitution not-with-standing, is Secular Progressive Non-Sectarian.

Atheist, Homosexual, Feminist, Abortionist, Vampire and Veggan are one in the Spirit and One in the State.

Catholics, Evangelical Protestant, devout Christian, religious Jew and honest Muslim need not apply.

That said, a bridge builder, whom NYC Mayor Michale Bloomberg and that fatuous idiot Capuchin who stood with the Islamist-Bridgeman Mayor at the site of the MSNBC sanctioned Ground Zero Cordoba Mosque and Community Center, should be hugged - comic and serious bridge-builder Greg Gutfield.

“So, the Muslim investors championing the construction of the new mosque near Ground Zero claim it’s all about strengthening the relationship between the Muslim and non-Muslim world.

As an American, I believe they have every right to build the mosque – after all, if they buy the land and they follow the law – who can stop them?

Which is, why, in the spirit of outreach, I’ve decided to do the same thing.

I’m announcing tonight, that I am planning to build and open the first gay bar that caters not only to the west, but also Islamic gay men. To best express my sincere desire for dialogue, the bar will be situated next to the mosque Park51, in an available commercial space.

This is not a joke. I’ve already spoken to a number of investors, who have pledged their support in this bipartisan bid for understanding and tolerance.

As you know, the Muslim faith doesn’t look kindly upon homosexuality, which is why I’m building this bar. It is an effort to break down barriers and reduce deadly homophobia in the Islamic world.

The goal, however, is not simply to open a typical gay bar, but one friendly to men of Islamic faith. An entire floor, for example, will feature non-alcoholic drinks, since booze is forbidden by the faith. The bar will be open all day and night, to accommodate men who would rather keep their sexuality under wraps – but still want to dance.

Bottom line: I hope that the mosque owners will be as open to the bar, as I am to the new mosque. After all, the belief driving them to open up their center near Ground Zero, is no different than mine.

My place, however, will have better music.”

A Religion of Peace and Tolerance? No sweat! Let the Conga Line Begin with me!

This is Homiletics? Father Larry, Spit it out before you choke on it.

In Today's Sun Times commentary, evidence of the weak-sister priesthood that has infected my Church since the 1960's is laid out by one such clerical cupcake and presented below.

An Oak Park stiff-collar offers a thick tongue into his own cheek, Praise Jesus, in what might appear to be a satire - shades of Flecknoe here Father! Father Larry responds to hyper-feminist Catholic Carol Marin - our NBC/WTTW icon.

Carol Marin belongs to a closed-society of well educated, well-heeled Catholic women who rail against the Boys Club of the Catholic Church - Down with the Rock of Peter! Up with Barca Lounger of Pauline! Women must be priests! Why? Just because.

The nuns of whom Carol and gals speak are not the cloistered saints of the Poor Clares, but the badly dressed mannish sixty somethings driving Nissans from Hyde Park to their personal ministries - not teaching in schools, or mending the sick, but show-up jobs as community activists. Too many of these starchy women have done just a swell job of scaring off the faithful. One such local nitwit, Sister Quinn, worked to help abort babies and other was fired for advocating abortion.

I read Rev. Larry McNally's 'thought-piece' homily in the Chicago Sun Times six to seven times and can not yet make heads nor tails of it. It is as slick as mercury and should appeal to the Carol Marin crowd and yet not get the Cardinal to make a phone call to the swell rectory in Oak Park.

Here's a limp lollipop example of why Catholics have contempt for some Vatican II manicured priests:

Catholic Church 'street talk' not speaking to needs of nuns

August 10, 2010

Carol Marin's article "Church inquisition a warning to nuns" on July 25, is further evidence of the "Catholic Church street talk." And that street talk is saying that the Holy Spirit must be under lock and key in the basement of the Vatican.

How else can one explain that the Vatican would declare that on the same list, both ordination of women and pedophilia are grave sins? How else can one explain the inquisition of the religious women's lifestyle while the male hierarchy of our church allows Cardinal Law to live in the lap of luxury.?

How else can one explain that the male hierarchy of our church says we do not have enough money to care for the retirement needs of the women religious, who have dedicated their lives to the service of the Gospel (thank God for our generous, appreciative, ever-so-grateful laity who certainly do more than their part in the religious care), but then you come up with a million-plus to investigate the religious?

How else can you explain that the male hierarchy would tell the religious that they have to help pay for the costs of the investigation and then tell the women religious that the report will not be shared with them? The "Catholic Church street talk" is also saying that if the women of our church went on strike, our church would collapse. And this is so very true!

We ought to pay a king's ransom to free the desperate needed Holy Spirit.

Oops, I, like our male hierarchy, must have forgotten the King did pay the ransom by his death on the Cross.

The Rev. Larry McNally

Ascension Parish, Oak Park

"Street Talk?" This Nancy Boy Rectory Kitten would not know street if it were paved over him. Christ Almighty! Father Larry lays out asimpaticosupposition
of Carol's complaints and yet, yet . . . ever so sweetly, chides. Or does Father Larry? Hard to say, when the message is skewed so weakly.

Father Larry, what position do you take on the ordination of women? Real priests, liberal and conservative, like Father Mallette of St. Maragaret of Scotland, Father Gene Smith of St. Barnabas, Father Marty O'Donovan of Faith Hope and Charity, Father Bubbles McFarland of St. Catherine of Alexandria, Father Gallagher of Sacred Heart, or Father Tony Brankin of St. Odilo parishes speak like men. You know exactly what comes out of their mouths whether you like it not.

Is Father Larry for the Ordination of women? Is Father Larry Simpatico with feminist Pro Choice?

Spit it out, sister, before you choke on it. Man up.

Monday, August 09, 2010

Oliver Stone's Masterpiece-"Obama: One About Does It!" has been cast

Will Smith Is The President
Patrick Ewing is FOTUS
Stedman Graham plays a stiff cold soul-less robot.
CHaz Bono is the Secretaries of Homeland Security and State!

Kevin James is Mr. Personality!

A Rubbery Old Broad is the Speaker of The House
Grannie Clampette as the Beaver
An Animated Beavis Does His Taxes
The Late Ted Knight is Sgt. Chip Saunders leading the squad in Combat!

The budget is unlimited - Hollywood paid good money for this one term Presidency and they are by God going to get a movie out of it! Oliver Stone was unavailable due to the demands of El Jefe. Shooting has already begun along the North and South Korean border.
Huge Hat tip to the May edition of I Hate the Media - click my post title!

Gov. Pat Quinn's Tax Holiday Could be a Game Changer

Saving 5% in Illinois Sales Tax is huge. Governor Pat Quinn's Tax-Holiday just might be an ironic and game-changing moment in the Governor's Race. The sweet irony happens because a Democrat in a tax-happy Illinois government is doing exactly what Republicans generally beg for - and then raise taxes anyway.

Governor Pat Quinn might want to consider a general Illinois tax holiday to 'spark' business, after all of the retail outlets in Illinois sing High Hozannas to Pat Quinn after the August 15th Back-to-school Holiday. If not, Governor Quinn should use the Holiday to his advantage.
As of this moment Bill Brady has about 4.7% lead over Governor Quinn -

Poll Date Sample Brady (R) Quinn (D) Spread
RCP Average 5/3 - 7/26 -- 39.0 34.3 Brady +4.7
Rasmussen Reports 7/26 - 7/26 750 LV 44 37 Brady +7
PPP (D) 6/12 - 6/13 552 LV 34 30 Brady +4
R2000/Daily Kos (D)** 5/3 - 5/5 600 LV 39 36 Brady +3

Click my post title for Pat Quinn's website info.
Realclear Politcs -
Welcome to, a place where you can learn more about Illinois’ first-ever Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday.

Back-to-school shopping can be expensive. But, thanks to a new state program, from August 6-15, it will be a little bit less costly in Illinois.

It is important that our students have the supplies they need to start the year off right. I want all parents to know that this sales tax holiday can help prepare their children for class without breaking the bank. With the Illinois State Sales Tax Holiday, parents and stores throughout our state should enjoy a much-needed and well-deserved economic boost.

I hope that you’ll take a moment here to find out all the special ways you can save on clothing and school supplies in the coming days.


Governor Pat Quinn

Chicago Firefighter Chris Wheatley - RIP

A Chicago firefighter died this morning after he fell from a ladder while fighting a fire at a West Loop restaurant.

Christopher Wheatley, 31, was carrying an ax and a hose up a ladder at the Avec restaurant, 615 W. Randolph, when he fell about 35 feet around 12:30 a.m., according to Fire Cmsr. Robert Hoff.

He was taken in very critical condition to Stroger Hospital and was pronounced dead there at 1:19 a.m.

Dozens of police and fire cars, their lights flashing, lined the streets as Ambulance 15 carried Wheatley's body to the Cook County medical examiner's office. Officers silently saluted.

Wheatley became a paramedic in 2000 and a firefighter in 2008. He was engaged, and is also survived by his father, his mother and a sister, Hoff said. Wheatley was assigned to Engine Company 5, Truck No. 2.

He was responding to a grease-chute fire at the restaurant when he slipped while carrying up to 75 pounds of equipment, officials said.

Another CFD hero has gone home to Christ, while serving all of us. Young Bill Grant, CFD died while taking on another shift in 2008.

Today young Chris Wheatley,CFD joined Bill Grant and all of Chicago's fallen heroes - cops, forefighters, EMTs, and all who serve and protect.

God Bless his family and his comrades.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Barack Obama - The First and Only President Booed and Reviled by Boy Scouts.

I was not a Boy Scout. In 1960's Catholic urban south side Chicago, we tended toward the Knight of Columbus/CYO/Leo Boys Club stuff, but this is something I never thought that I would see. President Obama blew of the the boy Scouts for Alexi Giannoulias and a couple of DNC fund-raisers. Our President is in trouble.

US Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald & Blago- Ahab Harpooning a Smelt

... to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee. US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald . . .I mean Captain Ahab.

Stacy St. Clair of the Chicago Tribune and Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun Times are two of my favorite reporters. Each young lady is a skilled craftsman and dedicated reporter of facts.

Today, Stacy St. Clair offers an opinion piece. Rather, it is a thought piece, as it lays out the Blagojevich Trial and role played by Chicago's Gregory Peck -Federal Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzy is not masking as Atticus Finch; rather, he is Ahab armed with a harpoon tipped and steeled with tantic metal, forged in the blood of his crew and hunting the The Great White Smelt* - Blago! "... to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee."

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has kept a remarkably low profile during the corruption trial of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, largely avoiding the courtroom and the media throughout the summer and appearing only occasionally to catch a key moment or two from an overflow room where just audio can be heard.

But any attempt to distance himself from the Blagojevich carnival is probably futile.

The case is undoubtedly the apex of Fitzgerald's Chicago tenure, which is, of course, saying something, given he has made a career of toppling high-ranking politicians, mobsters and terrorists. Fitzgerald, though, put his personal stamp on the Blagojevich case early by declaring that the extraordinary pre-dawn arrest of a sitting governor was necessary to stop a "political corruption crime spree."

However, the Great White Whale of Corruption involves an endless network of financial self-interest formed by Progressives and leagued with machine politics - Rezko is not the mythical barnacle goose that spawned from fungus - rather he is a Golden Mushoom upon which tons of self-interest born from banking, labor, organized crime, Hyde Park Goo-goos and also the daffy old Machine Bosses were heaped. This network includes our President, Shorebank, Real Estate Dealers like Allison Davis, labor spawned political Iagos Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and SEIU's Andy Stern. However Ahab Fitzgerald sees not the WHALE. . . only the White Smelt Blago.. . ."to the last I grapple with thee; from hell's heart I stab at thee; for hate's sake I spit my last breath at thee!"

He has tossed his harpoon! Let's see if Blago breaches with Fitz entwined in the ropes on the fish.

Well done Stacy St. Clair!

* Lake Michigan is loaded with smelt -any of various small, silvery food fishes of the family Osmeridae, of cold northern waters, as the North American rainbow smelt, Osmerus mordax.

Milwaukee Teachers Union -ED - Not Education, Mind You.

America! These Nuts Are Numb! It appears that these goofs were soft long before the old Johnson went limp.

MADISON, Wis. – With the district in a financial crisis and hundreds of its members facing layoffs, the Milwaukee teachers union is taking a peculiar stand: fighting to get its taxpayer-funded Viagra back.
The union has asked a judge to order the school board to again include Pfizer Inc.'s erectile dysfunction drug and similar pills in its health insurance plans.
The filing is the latest in a two-year legal campaign in which the union has argued, so far unsuccessfully, that the board's policy of excluding erectile dysfunction drugs discriminates against male employees. The union says Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and others are necessary treatment for "an exclusively gender-related condition."
But lawyers for the school board say the drugs were excluded in 2005 to save money, and there is no discrimination because they are used primarily for recreational sex and not out of medical necessity.
The filing last month comes as the union, the Milwaukee Teachers' Education Association, is also protesting hundreds of layoff notices issued to teachers for the coming school year. Citing a "financial crisis" caused by exploding benefit costs and revenue shortfalls, the district's outgoing superintendent proposed laying off 682 employees in April.
The district gave layoff notices to 482 teachers in June, but recalled 89 of them last month. Additional teachers may be called back, but these are still the first layoffs of Milwaukee teachers in decades.

The Educators are suffering from ED -not Education but Erectile Dysfunction - a neologism invented by the pharmeceutical companies to begger logic, and sound sensibilities.

The jackass media has made a Civil Right out of every vice and proclivity that a spiritually weak and pusillanimous human being can whine.

I taught Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, about a WWI veteran who could raise up little else.

Jake Barnes, Hemingway's protagonist, was rendered impotent by a war wound, tortured-ly loved the beautiful Lady Brett Ashley and manifested his manhood with stoic lyricism and daily prayer in the Cathedrals of Europe. Jake Barnes did not sniff out lawyers for a class action suit - that is Progressive America.

None of the Cheesehead ED-ucators are denied access to Mickey Stiffeneers. Not at all! Nope these Limp Limburgers are just entitlement babies - they don't want to buck up for their Johnson Products out of their own kicks. They want tax-payers to pay for their chemically charged Custard-chuckers. They are Cushy, Limp, Indulgent,Soft, Delicate, Flabby, Subdued, Lenient, Flaccid, Diffused, Impotent, Can't Get It Up Numb Nuts!

Friday, August 06, 2010

To Chicago's Heroic but Out-numbered Chicago Police Officers! - Count Basie's M-Squad

May this great theme do a little to boost the spirit and may St. Michael Archangel be with you all. Go home at the end of your shift!

Friday Night Noise - Lou Rawls: Love Is A Hurting Thing!

Tell me that any man drawing a breath in 1966 did not look forward to this 'Two Hander' at the dance at Marshall, Leo, Gordon Tech, Senn, Mendel, Carmel, St. Rita, Weber, Hubbard, . . . Okay Marist . . . Harper, Parker, Our Lady of Calumet . . .Lindbloom, South Shore. . . Hurting thing, Junior.

Friday Night Noise =16 yr old Stevie Winwood Says "I'm A Man!"

1967 in some Eurotrash Burg's Studio - Spencer Davis Group featuring barely bearded youth -Stevie Winwood! You is, Son!

Winwood was just a teenager when he rocketed into the international spotlight as the prodigious singer of the Spencer Davis Group (which also featured his brother Muff on bass). The blues and R&B-influenced rock of “Gimme Some Lovin’” and “I’m a Man” stood among the leading hits at the peak of the British Invasion, Winwood’s singing drawing comparisons to that of his idol Ray Charles - despite his tender age. Looking for a wider artistic palette, in 1967 he headed to the countryside with friends Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and Dave Mason, forging the collective spirit into Traffic, producing some of the most inventive and durable works of the psychedelic-tinged late-”60s.

Friday Night Noise -Alley Ooop! Words Matter

He's the toughest man there is alive
(Alley Oop) Wearin' clothes from a wildcat's hide
(Alley Oop) He's the king of the jungle jive
(Look at that cave man go!!) (SCREAM)

He rides thru the jungle tearin' limbs offa trees
(Alley Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop)
Knockin' great big monstahs dead on their knees
(Alley Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop)
The cats don't bug him cuz they know bettah
(Alley Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop)
Cuz he's a mean motah scootah and a bad go-gettah
(Alley Oop, oop, oop, oop-oop)

(Alley Oop) He's the toughest man there is alive
(Alley Oop) Wearin' clothes from a wildcat's hide
(Alley Oop) He's the hullie-gullie king of jive
(Look at that cave man go!!) (SCREAM)

Bill Ayers -The Golden Years

For leaders at the University of Illinois at Chicago, the planned retirement from teaching of former Vietnam War-era radical William Ayers will be a great loss. Chicago Tribune August 6,2010

O goat-foot God of Arcady!
This modern world is gray and old,
And what remains to us of thee?....
Then blow some trumpet loud and free,
And give thine oaten pipe away,
Ah, leave the hills of Arcady !
This modern world hath need of thee!—Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Bill Ayers has earned his pension, his fixed-income that will league-up with the fixed-income his Pappy built up for him as well as the UICC sinecure, after Pap Ayers padded Stanley Ikenberry's palm.

Twenty years, and now the Golden Years, I can see it now!

Having put aside his sword and buckler as a world-wide Revolutionary Bill Ayers takes up "Me-Time"

He arises at 8:45 AM and smokes a Marlboro Lite with his white legs planted over the bed and hacks up a few loogies into a Kleenex, snuffs out the half smoked ciggie and heads out to the organic garden in back of his stately Hyde Park mansion for an eye-opening Doobie.

The day looks sunny and bright. In his running shorts and Bolivar T-shirt he heads back into the kitchen for a Coors Tall Boy! Breakfast of Champions!

Bernardine is showering and gussying up for the trip to NIU Law on LSD, where she will continue to undermine American Law with policy and agitate more left leaning lawyers to do her bidding.

Bill takes his wallet and makes sure that the ATM card is still there and puts on the same wrinked chinos that he wore all week. Off to The I-Opener's Pub at 53rd & Cornell. It is a pleasant walk that will eat up the time necessary to meet the opening bartender around back. And there he is right on time 9:57 AM!

"I can let you in Professor, but no toddies until opening bell! You know the drill. Hey, that cut on your forehead still hasn't healed, . . .." offers the solicitous tapman only to have the Distinguished Professor Emeritus grunt and wave off his concerns. Ayers is jonesing for the Joker Poker.

In this dark and desperate den of solitary men, Bill Ayers shuffles to the bonus points packed machine and rolls in the first of many twenty dollar bills. The pop and whiz of eletrical gambling sends a tingle up both thighs of the Unrepentant Bomber! This is what it is all about!

"Ten O'clock, Doc! Here's Lunch - One bucket of Domestics, and iced like Tamron Hall! Drink hearty Doc!" the happy draughtsman announces.

Bill Ayers lights up another Marlboro, hits maximum bet button and stares into the pull of the alluring screen, "Great! "You need to find a way to live your life, that it doesn't make a mockery of your values." Ayers did not fill the gut-shot straight - Dang! Three more Jacksons are fed into the computerized capitalist horn of plenty.

The Distinguished Professor Emeritus will remain fixed at the machine, interrupted only by trips to the Gents and the always handy ATM machine, until the cab arrives for him around 7PM.

Down, all his days!

Yesirre-Bob! "You need to find a way to live your life, that it doesn't make a mockery of your values." Bill Ayers!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

InFlaming Homosexuals - Gay Judge's Ruling Sparks Anything But a Gay Response

Hardly the Cole Porter Crowd . . .from a Gay Pride Parade.

"To characterize plaintiffs' objective as 'the right to same-sex marriage' would suggest that plaintiffs seek something different from what opposite-sex couples across the state enjoy -- namely, marriage,. . . "Rather, plaintiffs ask California to recognize their relationships for what they are: marriages." Judge Vaughn R. Walker

Hardly a head scratcher this ruling from a Gay judge.

The same logic might apply to a drunk demanding his car keys - "I can drive."

A marriage is between a man and woman. No Federal judge can change, alter, amend or kill that fact.

Judge Vaughn R. Walker says that there can be no difference of opinion on marriage.

Marriage, a sacrament to many and a civil institution to most people, is now a parlor game.

Gay militants will push even harder to silence any and all opposition to the GLBTQ Agenda.

Homosexuals, male and female, are caught up in this conflict moved by Progressives, the media, and Marxists, as well as breeders. Catholics and other devout Christians and pious Jews can expect to be hammered in the popular culture of MSNBC/HBO and Journolistas. Progressive politicians will fan the flames. Catholics will not, or should not budge, on same sex marriage anymore than they should about abortion. Hey, we are all Mormons now.

Gays make up roughly 4% of the American population. Here in Chicago there are about 115,000 homosexuals.

Sexual inclination is being portrayed as a civil right.

This goofy nonsense will go to the Supreme Court of the United States. The pushing and hostility will continue from America's Gay industries.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Judge Gives Gays End Around to Truth

In a very historic ruling, Federal District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker, ruled that marriage between a man and a woman violate the the United States Constitution. clique my post title for the fulle saga.

Judge Roy Bean once decided the Law West of the Pecos. Way to go judge!

With enough pressure from politcial advocacy groups we cann all be sure to believe, with our heart of hearts that Eskimos are indigenous to the former Solomon Islands.

Way to go judge!

In God We Trust -Dropped on New Gold Dollar Coins -

Mary Ann Roti gave me a heads up on one of the new idiocies that rolls out everyday since President Obama was swept into office by Progressive forces ( millionaires, movie stars and pseud=intellectuals).

In God We Trust has been removed from new coins.

The motto has been on American currency since 1864, when Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase ordered that American coins reflect the faith of its citizens.

It is good to hate God according to Progressives, because made Laws long before Progressives could get Federal Judges to undermine them.

Use four old quarters rather than one new coin.

Give it back to them, good and hard.

MSNBC - Omar Thornton Did the Right Thing to the White Racists - MSNBC on Nation of Cowards

MSNBC is past being a laughable collection of cartoon characters,

MSNBC is a Thug.

The lede to the sad story of beer thief and racist mass-murderer Connecticut's Omar Thornton tells the tale -

Omar Thornton sat calmly in a meeting with a union representative and his supervisors as they showed a video of him stealing beer from the distributor where he worked.

Busted, he didn't put up a fight, company officials said. He quietly signed a letter of resignation and was headed for the door when he pulled out a gun and started firing — "cold as ice," as one survivor described it.

In the end, Thornton killed eight people, injured two, then turned the gun on himself in a rampage Tuesday at Hartford Distributors that union and company officials said they would not have anticipated from someone with no history of complaints or disciplinary problems.

Yet MSNBC rails that Racism Caused Conn. Gunman to Snap. MSNBC has nothing to say to Americans. MSNBC is as relevant to American life as the Ku Klux Klan.

Block this idiotic channel. I did this morning.

Thigh Tinglin' Rhetoric -"The Okey-Doke and Bamboozle" You Gambit by President Obama - Dropper of Gs!

Hey, Americans! Remember this? Denver August 2008 -Soaring Rhetoric from the Greek Temple at the Democratic Convention! Doric Ditties and Attic Noises! Corinthian Leather Chaps!

By Sharon Schmickle | Friday, Aug. 29, 2008
The crowd cheering Barack Obama at Invesco Field in Denver was far larger, but it couldn’t have been more enthusiastic person for person than the crowd watching the speech on giant screens at Trocaderos night club in Minneapolis.

They shook the rafters with their cheers Thursday night when Obama began, "It is with profound gratitude and great humility that I accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States."

They cheered wildly again when the Democratic senator from Illinois named his wife, Michelle Obama. And again, when he denounced "the failed policies of George W. Bush."
Minnesota Post Swell.

Then . . .Yesterday, from the Carnival Barker's Teleprompter

BARACK OBAMA: "They have not come up with a single, solitary, new idea to address the challenges of the American people. They don’t have a single idea that’s different from George Bush's ideas -- not one.

Instead, they’re betting on amnesia. That's what they're counting on. They're counting on that you all forgot. They think that they can run the okey-doke on you. Bamboozle you." President Barack Obama 8/3/2010

Good Lord! Okey-doke? Bamboozle? Who the hell ever uses Bamboozle, besides W. C. Fields and Spike Lee? ", I have been Bamboozled! I'm Outraged!"

Easy, Jasper, don't get your shorts up in your throat. Please, President Obama,quit dropping your Gs, Mr. President, please on the verbals please, especially the gerunds and deverbals! Don't abort the Gs! Let them come to full-term. Give them life!

You know -
'I'm Tellin' the Folks and Workin' for the Folks, and Strugglin' . . .Dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'
And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted
Play that funky music white boy
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white boy
Lay down that boogie and play that funky music till you die
Till you die , oh till you die

This is Your Big Bamboozle?

1. Repeal health care reform This is and was a lousy attempt at legislation to control Health Care and fund abortions, like Joe Biden is begging Kenya to do at this very moment. I am a Democrat - Kill ObamaCare.

2. Kill climate change legislation The Markey/Waxman scam was built by social engineers like GE and will cost average homeowners thousdands of dollars that they will need to pay the upcoming Obama Tax Massacre.

3. Extend the Bush tax cuts Americans are taxed enough. Oh, Hell yes! Kill those for sure and sore starters and then set the Tax Exterminators on the Federal Cockroaches!

Cut the sacred cows - Here is what the G is costing us at the moment -$1,230,956,867,592.00!

e.g. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a study on the use of ecstasy, LSD and other “party drugs” in Porto Alegre, Brazil. To do this, U.S. taxpayers will invest $117,876 for the three-year study, conducted by researchers from the University of Delaware, who will work in collaboration with researchers from Brazil's Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is funding a study on the use of ecstasy, LSD and other “party drugs” in Porto Alegre, Brazil. To do this, U.S. taxpayers will invest $117,876 for the three-year study, conducted by researchers from the University of Delaware, who will work in collaboration with researchers from Brazil's Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.

The Okey-doke? Bamboozle? Who is writing the stuff going on the President's teleprompter?

I am sorry to say, that my President is going to get an awful Birthday present - lower approval ratings.

Race-baiting won't help-that coinage is inflated.

Cut the crap, Mr President - in Federal wasted dollars and in tin-horn speech. Talk like a President.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Invest in "Mike Houlihan's Documentary "Our Irish Cousins: - Keep America Strong!

A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
Milton Friedman

Houli says, "
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I Nominate Gen. James J. Shields to Irish American Hall of Fame

No Illinois figure besides Abraham Lincoln exemplified public service more than General James J. Shields.

PC-History has tossed Shields down its Progressive memory hole in favor of feminists, eugenics advocates and commmunity activists.

The Irish of Illinois should be aware of Shields,but most never heard of the man. Dr. Sean Callan, playwright, psychiatrist, author and lecturer, wrote the definitive biography of Shields.

I nominated General Shields on the Irish American Heritage Center's site linked by clicking my post title.

Below is an article that I wrote for The Wild Geese on General Shields

James J. Shields: A Chronology
1806 - Born to Charles and Anne McDonnell Shields, Co. Tyrone, Ireland.
1822-23 - Immigrated to the United States.
1826? - Settled in Kaskaskia, Ill.; taught school and studied law.
1832 - Fought in Black Hawk War. Later, admitted to the Illinois Bar.
1836 - Elected to Illinois Legislature.
1839 - Becomes Illinois State Auditor.
1842 - Challenges Abraham Lincoln to a duel, settles dispute peacefully.
1843 - Named to Illinois Supreme Court.
1845 - Appointed General Land Office Commissioner by President Polk.
1846 - Resigns post and is commissioned Brigadier General of Illinois Volunteers: Grievously wounded leading troops during Mexican War. Serves as Governor General of Tampico, Mexico.
1848 - Mustered out of military, President Polk appoints Shields Territorial Governor of Oregon. (Shields declines the post.) Elected to U.S. Senate to represent Illinois, serves one term.
1855 - Shields' reelection bid fails. He moves to Minnesota.
1857 - Elected U. S. Senator for Minnesota, defeated for reelection in 1859.
1861 - Settles in California, marries Mary Ann Carr. Three of their five children survive to adulthood. Appointed Railroad Commissioner. Later, appointed brigadier general by Pres. Lincoln.
1862 - Shields, though severely wounded, defeats Confederate genius, Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson at Kernstown, Va.
1863 - Resigns his commission. Returns to California, again serves as Railroad Commissioner.
1866 - Settles his family in Carrollton, Mo.
1874 to 1877 - Serves as Adjutant General of Missouri. Elected to Missouri Legislature.
1879 - Elected to fill out an unexpired term for Missouri in the U.S. Senate. He dies at Ottumwa, Iowa, while delivering a speech on June 1, 1879.

James J. Shields: Tyrone Native
Served America Well—and Often
By Pat Hickey
Special to

No textbook tells the story of James J. Shields, the man whose perch in the Capitol is coveted by admirers of Ronald Reagan, but his personal story and resume are among the most impressive of any American, in any era.

Shields' attainments are even more remarkable when you consider his modest start. He arrived in America in the 1820s a penniless Irish Catholic immigrant, without a friend or patron.

By the time he died in 1879 at age 73, Shields had ably served as a soldier, a teacher, a lawyer, a judge, an Illinois Supreme Court justice, and a state auditor. These were in addition to his service as a state representative, a brevet major general in the Mexican War; military governor of Tampico, Mexico; territorial land agent; U.S. senator for, respectively, Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri; and brigadier general of Union troops.

Shields possessed "a compelling personal story," in the words of today's political speak, one that made him a national hero 150 years ago. Today he is perhaps most generally known as a footnote to history the only man who ever challenged young Abraham Lincoln to a duel.

The Tyrone-born Shields associated with other prominent Americans, as well. He was a loyal and constant friend of Lincoln nemesis Senator Stephen A. Douglas, cordial with General and President Zachary Taylor, Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott, and Senator Henry Clay, and was the commanding officer of Capt. Robert E. Lee in America's war with Mexico. Shields was, by all accounts, a courageous soldier, suffering wounds to his lungs at and legs in Mexico, and shoulder and arm at Kernstown, Va., where he defeated legendary Confederate commander "Stonewall" Jackson.

Shields is an enduring presence in Chicago, where Shields Avenue runs alongside Comiskey Park, the home of the White Sox. Clearly, Illinois, which selected Shields' statue for its first entry into the Statuary Hall in 1893, understood his contribution to the state and the country.

The Irishman served Illinois from the time he arrived in America in 1822 or 1823 until he resigned his commission in the Civil War. He continued to serve his adopted country until his death in 1879.

According to a monograph published by John Edgar Shields of Gaithersburg, Md., Shields can trace his origins to a general who died in the service of King James II at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. He was born to Catholic parents Charles and Anne (McDonnell) Shields, on May 6, 1806, in Altmore, on the outskirts of Dungannon.

Most of Shields' biographers and acquaintances agree that he was educated by a "hedge" priest and later in a Protestant academy. He had a good classical training and was at home with Latin, Greek, Irish, Spanish, and French, in addition to English. He learned military tactics and swordplay from the Duke of Wellington's pensioners in and around Dungannon.

Some accounts, including William Condon's "Life of Major General Shields, Hero of Three Wars and Senator from Three States" (Chicago: 1900), state the young Shields went to sea and was shipwrecked and injured in Scotland prior to his arrival in America, providing a suitably harrowing start for such an adventure-filled life.

Shields eventually settled in downstate Kaskaskia, Ill. Here he taught school to French-speaking settlers, as well as American, and studied law. He put his martial skills to use in the Black Hawk War of 1832. Later that year, he gained admittance to the state bar and began a career in law and politics.

It was then that Douglas became Shields' life-long friend and political partner. This was the Age of Jackson, and most men in the West were Democrats, including Douglas and Shields.

In 1836, Shields was elected to the Illinois legislature. The Whigs there, including Abraham Lincoln, opposed Jackson's policies, setting the stage for Shields' entry into the national stage.

In 1839, Douglas helped Shields gain appointment to the post of Illinois state auditor. Shields insisted that debtors pay the state's bank the face value on money they owed it and not the devalued price. This stance angered Lincoln and the Whigs, but saved Illinois from economic ruin.

By 1842, Mary Todd, who had flirted with the handsome Shields, had refocused her attention on Lincoln. With Julia Jayne, she apparently collaborated with her future husband in crafting a series of demeaning articles about Shields written under a nom de plume. Outraged, Shields challenged Lincoln to a duel.

En route to the dueling ground, Lincoln apologized to Shields, and tried to never speak of the affair again.

In 1845, at Douglas' recommendation, President James K. Polk appointed Shields Commissioner of the Land Office in Washington. Shields in this role allocated public lands for railroad use, ensuring that the railways would continue to ably serve the rapidly expanding nation.

In Mexico, Shields served as governor general of Tampico. (Coincidentally, Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico, Ill.) Shields was wounded and nearly died at Cerro Gordo. An Irish-born Mexican army surgeon saved Shields' life by prodding a silk handkerchief through the sucking chest-wound with a ramrod. Shields recuperated and led the New York Irish and the South Carolina Palmettos to victory at Churubusco, Chapultepec, and Mexico City.

J. Sean Callan, in "Courage and Country: James J. Shields More Than Irish Luck" (1st Books Library, 2004) recounts Shields' rescue of two women in the siege of Mexico City. A popular street ballad of the 1850s refers to the exploit, when Shields, defying orders, entered the capital with a squad of volunteers, and rescued both women:

Of the all the conquering siege had brought,
More bravely against the Foe,
Than General Shields for Women wrought
Defying Mexico

Brevetted to major general, Shields returned to Illinois a hero of national renown. Polk appointed him Territorial Governor of Oregon in 1849, but Shields declined the office to run for the U.S. Senate from Illinois. The Illinois assembly elected him, but Shields' enemies and the Whigs refused him his seat, saying he had not met the time requirement for citizenship. The assembly, dismissing the claim, again elected Shields, who became the state's first Catholic senator.

Shields in California
James J. Shields arrived in the Los Angeles area in the summer of 1860, spending about a month there before moving to San Francisco on Aug. 1, 1860. For a time he lived in an apartment on the northeast corner of Mission and Brady. He later rented a law office on the northeast corner of Montgomery and California. On Aug. 15, 1861, he wed Mary Ann Carr in the city's St. Ignatius Church. Two Jesuits, Fr. Maraski, assisted by Fr. Colby S.J., officiated. Judge Calkery was best man and Susie Sweeney was bridesmaid. St. Ignatius was destroyed in the aftermath of the earthquake in 1906. Shields left San Francisco for the war Dec. 11, 1861, and returned in March 1863. He left the Golden State for good in mid-1865. (Source: J. Sean Callan, "Courage and Country: James J. Shields More Than Irish Luck")

Shields' devotion to Douglas left him vulnerable in Illinois, though. The Kansas-Nebraska Act, brokered by Douglas, unleashed a hunt for escaped slaves in so-called "Free States," stalling secession but enraging Northerners. Lincoln and Democratic rival Lyman Trumbull worked to unseat Shields. Trumbull replaced Shields in the Senate, and Shields left Illinois, settling in Minnesota Territory, where in 1857 he was elected U.S. Senator.

California was Shields' next stop. After Minnesota's Republicans defeated him at the end of his two-year term, Shields moved west. He wedded Mary Anne Carr, the daughter of a friend from County Armagh, and the marriage produced five children. He was appointed railroad commissioner for California, and also established a gold mine in Mazola, Mexico. The launch of America's Civil War in April 1861 returned Shields to uniform.

Lincoln appointed his old foe and friend brigadier general, and within a year Shields, though severely wounded, handed "Stonewall" Jackson his only defeat at the hand of the Union Army, at the Battle of Kernstown. Lincoln approved Shields' appointment to major general, but Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, Trumbull and other enemies in Congress, blocked the promotion.

Suffering from his many war wounds and the rebuff offered by men who never saw combat, Shields resigned and returned to California.

In 1866, Shields and family moved to Carrollton, Mo., where he lectured and practiced law. In 1879, he was elected by the Missouri legislature to complete the term of a senator who died, and Shields represented a third state in the Union he fought to preserve. Due to ill health, he refused renomination and died June 1, while giving a speech in Ottumwa, Iowa.

In 1893, a bronze statue of Shields, in his major general's uniform, was placed in the Capitol, where it resides, albeit somewhat less securely, today.

(Chicago native Pat Hickey grew up not far from "35th and Shields." He is director of development at Leo High School, once a largely Irish-American Catholic high school for boys whose students are now entirely African-American.)

The duel between Abraham Lincoln and James J. Shields was to take place by the Mississippi River near Alton, Ill., on Sept. 22, 1842.

Earlier, there appeared in the Sangamo Journal, a Whig newspaper based in the state capital, a series of letters, under the nom de plume "Rebecca," attacking Shields. Shields' honesty, courage, integrity, and national origin were treated with abuse and sharp wit.

As state auditor, Shields had taken positions very much at odds with Whig policy, particularly irking rising Whig star and state representative Lincoln.

An 1898 book titled "Abraham Lincoln's Stories and Speeches," written and edited by J. B. McClure, suggests Shields was the victim of joshing rather than libel, receiving such jibes from "Aunt Becca" as: "Jeff tells me the way these fire-eaters do is to give the challenged party the choice of weapons, which, being the case, I tell you in confidence, I never fight with anything but broomsticks or hot water, or a shovelful of coals or some such thing; the former of which, being somewhat like a shillelah, may not be so very objectionable to him."

Shields demanded of the editor the name of the letters' author and was told it was Lincoln. The McClure book states that future wife Mary Todd was the author, with Lincoln shouldering the responsibility. Some historians, though, suggest that Lincoln collaborated with Todd and Julia Jayne on the letters.

Shields then confronted Lincoln. Though illegal in Illinois, the challenge had its own forward momentum, and the newspapers of the time publicized the pending duel for weeks. It would have been difficult for any man, let alone a politician on the rise, to back down.

As the individual challenged, Lincoln had the choice of weapons and chose large cavalry broadswords. Seconds argued the protocols, while cooler heads attempted to prevail. Shields would not be mollified, however. At one point, looking to deter Shields, the 6-foot 4-inch reached with his broadsword and cut a length of branch from a tree, showing Shields how his 7-inch height advantage provided an edge.

Eventually, though, bloodshed was avoided and Lincoln apologized, with Lincoln and Shields becoming friends.

Carl Sandburg, in his biography of Lincoln, treats the affair as a shabby episode in Lincoln's otherwise exemplary life. Sandburg states that a legend arose that Lincoln, when challenged, demanded as the dueling weapon "horse dung at five paces." The story, while apochryphal, suggests that Lincoln was embarrassed by the affair. During the Civil War, an officer asked the president of the duel, and an angry Lincoln advised him to never speak of it again. — Pat Hickey


Biographical Directory of American Congress, 1774-1961. U.S. Governmental Printing Office, Washington, D.C.
Callan, J. Sean, "Courage and Country: James J. Shields More Than Irish Luck," New Authors Publishing, 2004 (Author's Note: Callan's treatment of the circumstances of the Lincoln-Shields duel and the psychological ramifications for both men is fascinating. Callan provides a wonderful account of Shields in the Civil War, as well.)
Condon, William Henry, "Life of Major General James Shields, Hero of Three Wars and Senator from Three States," Chicago: Press of Blakely Printing Co. c. 1900.
Dictionary of American Biography, Vol XVII. 106-107.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, Newton Bateman and Paul Selby, eds. Chicago, Munsell Publishing Co., 478-479. 1900.
Journal of the American Irish Historical Society, Vol. IX (1900), Vol. XIV (1915).
Sandburg, Carl, "Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years & The War Years," One-volume edition, New York: Harcourt Brace & Co., 1954.

Shields statue story - Chicago Sun Times
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress on Shields
Catholic Encyclopedia on James Shields
The Lincoln-Shields Duel (excerpted from "Abraham Lincoln's Stories and Speeches," published by Rhodes & McClure Pub. Co., 1897.
Mexican War
The National Statuary Hall Collection
These stories were produced by Joseph E. Gannon and Gerry Regan, and edited by Gerry Regan.

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Quinn Signs Property Tax Relief Bill - Sign of a Good Guy!

Governor Pat Quinn is a good guy. Governor Pat Quinn signed property tax relief and is already getting grief from the very people that he has helped in the past - The Progressives. I can think of no other Illinois elected official who has done more for our Veterans than Pat Quinn. Gov. Pat Quinn is a good guy.Being a good guy requires that one do something for other people, no matter how many people will question your motives.

The Lefties, like Rep. Greg Harris (GLTBQ Chicago) already are piling on the Governor for doing the right thing."State Rep. Gregory S. Harris (D-Chicago) compared the law Quinn signed Sunday to "putting a Band-Aid on a complicated problem." Sun Times

Harris belongs to the Ralph Martire Pie Charts for Huge Taxes Coalition of Progressives that see a crisis when opening a box of corn flakes and demand more taxes.

Pat Quinn has too long counted on the Progressive and that may be his undoing in this election which not about Gay Marriage, Immigration Reform. Dafur, Asian Carp, Reversing the Flow of the Chicago River Again, or providing SEIU Illinois with more members. This election is about reversing the idiotic and dangerous course of Illinois's Tax Addiction.

Governor Pat Quinn did the right thing and that is the sign of a good guy.

Bill Brady Sounds Like a Good Guy - Democrats Will Vote Him.

Chicago Sun Times reporter Abdon Pallasch wrote a pretty decent feature on the Republican candidate for Governor.

I am for Governor Pat Quinn - he is a good guy, but Pat Quinn believes in the Easter Bunny, in Ralph Martire Pie Charts for More Taxes, that Dr. Quentin Young is not a Red, that there are fifty million GLBTQ Votes in Illinois, Planned Parenthood does some good,
and that playing ball with Progressives never lands a knife in a good guy's back.

Pat Quinn has my vote right now.

However, Bill Brady has all of the right enemies for my tastes - Planned Parenthood -GLBTQ Agenda Clowns - Ralph Martire & etc.

Pat Quinn as I mentioned is a good-hearted guy. He is no Forrest Claypool. Pat Quinn will remember a friend and stand-up for the same.

Bill Brady appears to be a good guy.

"Bloomington is a very conservative area," Snyder says. "It's a white-collar community. You have the two universities -- Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan -- and you have State Farm." Bloomington is a company town -- both Bill and Nancy interned at State Farm.

"You don't win as a Democrat in this area," Snyder says. "My politics are a little bit different than Bill's. But I'll vote for Bill -- though I think he'll have a tough time of it."

Native son Adlai Stevenson lost his home precinct running for president as a Democrat, Brady says.

"It's a wonderful place to raise a family," Nancy says. "We don't have the Chicago night life. We do have indoor plumbing."
Bill Brady's wife, Nancy, is clever, funny and smart woman. Paul Vallas was so blessed - Sharon Vallas might have been Paul's superior out on the hustings. Paul would charm the pants off a single dusty geek of a college professor and Sharon would delight thousands of regular guy and gal voters. It seems to me if you want to know the candidate, look at the girl who married him. Thus - Blago and Patti.

Bill Brady married well and that speaks volumes to me. Bill Brady needs to attract smart Chicagoans (Democrats and Republicans -Trades Union members) into his camp and to stay well-away from the DuPage GOP Toe Shooters. More importantly, Bill Brady needs to bring Nancy everywhere! If a guy like Bill Brady can knock down a treasure like Nancy, he may do well for the State of Illinois.

Leo Alumni Hit The Links for Leo High School - Wednesday August 4th at Gleneagles CC

President Rich Furlong and the Directors of Leo Alumni Association lead the Leo Lions of Yore onto to the links at Gleneagles Country Club -Wednesday, August 4th 2010.

Tiger? We got Lions!

Like any leonine pride, it is the woman who does the Lion's Share of the work. Joan Howard organizes the raffles, the sale of Alumni Sports wear, table placement for the turn-around and luncheon.

Joan's Husband the late Jack Howard ( '61) helped make the Leo Alumni Golf Outing the template for all such events - Leo Golf Outing attracts between 200-375 Leo Alumni and friends each year and help amass a great contribution in cash to Leo High School operations.

President for Institutional Advancement Dan McGrath and Principal Phil Mesina salute the Leo Alumni Association for its stalwart support of this great school.

God Bless All Leo Men and Women!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

The Seventh Seal is Broken - Hannah Montana Tribute Bands

Jennifer Walls IS (not) Hannah Montana, but could this harbinger the end of days?

Rev.8-1: And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour.
2: And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
Book of Revelations

What follows are the Seven Trumpets and they ain't a box of butter cremes. I have heard Led Zeppelin, Neil Diamond, The Turtles, Grateful Dead, Beatles, Elvis, and of Course Rat Pack Tribute bands. Fair enough. I could even kick off my Florsheim's and polka to a Johnny and the Fat Boys Polka All Stars Tribute Band! But. . .a Hannah Montana Tribute Band?

For a number of years, following the premier of James Cameron's mock epic Titanic, every block party on terra firma was punctuated with a bevy of 3-13 year old girls offering a soulful rendition of Celine Dion's heart-tugging My Heat Will Go On

You're here, there's nothing I fear,
And I know that my heart will go on
We'll stay forever this way
You are safe in my heart
And my heart will go on and on

Followed by the boys of the same age offering a Hale and Hearty

Are ya ready kids?
Aye, Aye captain!

I can't heeeaaar yooouuu!



Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?
Sponge Bob Square Pants!
Absorbent and yellow and porous is he.
Sponge Bob Square Pants!
If nautical nonsense be somethin' ya wish.
Sponge Bob Square Pants!
Then drop on the deck and flop like a fish.
Sponge Bob Square Pants!

Now, that's my meat!

Practically every County Fair nickels-up for some kind of Tribute Band ( The John MellenCougars Kamp, Led Ethyl, Grateful Dale, Dave Matthews Mark Luckenjohn, or a the Jim Nabors Experience due to budgetary constraints, but I was no where near prepared for . . . Get This! -

Act: Hannah Montana Tribute -Prices start at $3,000 plus all travel expenses
This Hannah Montana Tribute show, starring Jennifer Walls, is the next best thing to the real show!
Jennifer Walls portrayal of Miley Cyrus and Hanna Montan is incredible. She has the look and the character down to the smallest of details.

The smallest detail, you say? Now, that is some tribute.

The Fifth Angel must be puckering up to Blow Man, Blow!!! That's 1st Woe a'coming, Children! Heads Up!

Rev.9: And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
2: And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit.
3: And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4: And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5: And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
6: And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them