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  • Week of multiple shootings shows danger of ignoring gun violence (barf alert)

    09/22/2018 5:18:03 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 22 sept 2018
    The string of mass shootings across America this past week should cause all of us to demand new laws to reduce gun violence. There are sensible ways to do that; we’ve written about many of them in our recently published 31 bullets campaign. But too few people are raising their voices. Perhaps they think they can find safety simply by avoiding places where numerous people are likely to be shot. To people who think it’s that simple, we suggest
  • Durbin:FBI Must Complete An Investigation Into Serious & Credible Sexual Assault Allegation

    09/20/2018 3:18:33 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 80 replies
    U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) ^ | 9/18/2018 | U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL)
    Durbin also joined fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats in a letter to FBI Director & White House Counsel urging them to complete an FBI investigation before a public hearing WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today called on the Trump White House to request that the FBI’s career professionals conduct an independent investigation into the serious and credible sexual assault allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.  In a speech on the Senate floor, Durbin argued that the FBI needs to interview witnesses, review all of the evidence,...
  • Chicago Priest Removes Sacrilegious Objects Defies Cardinal Cupich

    09/20/2018 9:43:11 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 18 replies
    The Chicago Daily Observer ^ | September 20, 2018 | Jim Bownman
    Gay group Dignity USA president Chris Pett: “He’s hijacking the parish and trampling on core Catholic values . . . The archdiocese needs to denounce this in the strongest possible terms.” Father (Paul) Kalchik, 56, claims he was preceded by three “bad priests” who were “big in promoting the gay lifestyle” before he was ordained as pastor of Resurrection by Cardinal Francis George in 2007. The flag was first displayed prominently at the church’s altar in 1991 to welcome LGBTQ worshippers to the faith, according to Kalchik, but it was later taken down and put into storage — along with...
  • LGBTQ Activists Decry Flag Burning Priest: "Had No Idea This Hate Was in His Heart"

    09/20/2018 9:09:21 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 33 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 19, 2018 | Mitchell Armentrout
    Two dozen LGBTQ activists rallied Wednesday night outside the Avondale church where a priest burned a rainbow flag last week against the orders of Cardinal Blase Cupich. Calling the Rev. Paul Kalchik’s Sept. 14 flag-burning at Resurrection Catholic Church a “hate crime plain and simple,” Ald. Deb Mell (33rd) called on Pope Francis and Cupich “to send this hateful bigot packing.” “We’ve come so far as an LGBTQ community, and we have so many things to celebrate, and to think that this hatred is being spread in our neighborhood is not acceptable,” she said. “This isn’t who we are ....
  • Cicero cop shot by parolee from California, prosecutors say

    09/19/2018 2:02:09 PM PDT · by robowombat · 6 replies
    Texas Police News ^ | Sept 18, 2018
    CHICAGO — A California man has been charged with shooting a Cicero police officer in a wild shootout near I-55 on Thursday. Daniel Mageo, 27, was denied bail Saturday during a bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, 2650 S. California Ave. Mageo was previously convicted of human trafficking and had outstanding warrants for a parole violation and a sex offense. "He is the poster child for no bail and that’s exactly what he’s going to get," Cook County Judge John Fitzgerald Lyke Jr., said. "No bail." Cicero police Officer Luis Duarte, 32, was shot three times Thursday on...
  • Priest Defies Cardinal Cupich, Burns Gay Flag

    09/19/2018 10:27:09 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 29 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 19, 2018 | Mitchell Armentrout
    A North Side priest who says he “can’t sit well” with Cardinal Blase Cupich burned a gay-friendly flag outside his Avondale church last week — against the wishes of the cardinal he claims is trying to minimize the clergy sex-abuse crisis. Rev. Paul Kalchik says the banner, featuring a cross superimposed over a rainbow, had been featured prominently in the sanctuary at Resurrection Catholic Church but had been taken down and was forgotten in storage at the parish at 3043 N. Francisco for more than a decade. Kalchik led seven parishioners in a prayer of exorcism Friday, and the flag...
  • Obama Foundation deal with Chicago calls for $10 fee on 99-year lease: reports

    09/19/2018 10:02:24 AM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 15 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/2018 | Bradford Betz
    The foundation behind the planned Obama Presidential Center in Chicago has a tentative agreement with the city to pay just $10 to use 19.3 acres of city park space for 99 years, according to a report. The accord is described in legislation that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration will send to the City Council on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. If approved, the proposals will bring the estimated $350 million project closer to reality. Per the agreement, the city will own the buildings and grounds, while the Obama Foundation will be responsible for the center’s upkeep and management, Crain’s Chicago Business...
  • 5 takeaways from the second day of the Jason Van Dyke trial

    09/19/2018 5:21:12 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 1 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/18/2018 | Christy Gutowski, Jason Meisner, Stacy St. Clair and Megan CrepeauContact Reporters
    The long-awaited murder trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke continued Tuesday with key testimony from Van Dyke’s partner and other eyewitnesses in a racially fraught case that has roiled the city for nearly three years. Here are five takeaways from the second day of the trial: 4. " In a setback for the prosecution, Judge Vincent Gaughan tossed out the entire testimony of one prosecution witness. FBI forensic examiner Mark Messick made a slowed-down version of the dashcam video with arrows pointing to where he believed the bullets hit. But later he said on the stand he was...
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein Won’t Set Up Call for Kavanaugh Accuser to Testify

    09/17/2018 12:15:25 PM PDT · by gattaca · 60 replies
    Political Insider ^ | September 17, 2018 | Jim E
    Senator Dianne Feinstein Won’t Set Up Call for Kavanaugh Accuser to Testify It’s now official: This entire situation is a farce that needs to end immediately. Anything less shows the Democrats are profoundly unserious about the allegations being made against Brett Kavanaugh. Over the weekend, Senator Dianne Feinstein made waves by going public with accusations against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. First, she revealed that someone who knew Kavanaugh in high school accused him of sexually assaulting her. Then the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, actually came out publicly. Senate Republicans tried to pull a fast one on her by challenging...
  • One brave rescue of a Cicero cop doesn’t justify concealed guns (barf alert)

    09/17/2018 3:33:46 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 30 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 17 sept 2018
    A man with a concealed carry gun license stepped from his car on Thursday and shot the suspected shooter of a Cicero police officer. Good for him. Had the good Samaritan not joined the gun battle, the Cicero cop might not be alive today, and the accused shooter might have gotten away. EDITORIAL We remain unconvinced, all the same, that concealed carry is good for Chicago or Illinois. There is no convincing evidence — just the occasional anecdote — that permitting people to walk around with concealed guns detours crime. There is credible evidence, on the contrary, that concealed carry...
  • Chicago Pension Fiasco: $54 Million Lost on Deal With Daley Nephew and Ex-Obama Boss

    09/16/2018 12:55:23 PM PDT · by PBRCat · 43 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 16, 2018 | Tim Novak
    A dozen years ago, five financially strapped city of Chicago pension funds invested $68 million in a shaky real estate deal put together by a former boss of President Barack Obama and a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley. It was a high-risk investment. Allison S. Davis — a longtime Daley ally who once headed a small Chicago law firm that gave Obama his first job out of Harvard Law School — and Daley nephew Robert G. Vanecko even warned in the prospectus that the pension funds could lose their entire investments. But, with Daley in office and three top...
  • 'It's time to act' in Syria, Rep. Adam Kinzinger says in blistering assault on U.S. strategy

    09/14/2018 9:24:33 AM PDT · by McGruff · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 14, 2018 | Ben Wolfgang
    In a blistering takedown of U.S. policy toward Syria, Rep. Adam Kinzinger on Thursday said “it’s time to act” in the war-torn nation as dictator Bashar Assad’s forces prepare to launch an assault on Idlib that many fear could one of the bloodiest campaigns in the ongoing war. Mr. Kinzinger, Illinois Republican and an outspoken voice on national security issues, argued in an op-ed for Defense One that the U.S. approach in Syria — both during the Obama administration and now under President Trump — has been an abject failure. While he stressed that an all-out ground invasion isn’t the...
  • Chicago pension fiasco: $54M lost on deal with Daley nephew, ex-Obama boss

    09/14/2018 8:32:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 14, 2018 | Tim Novak
    Vanecko and Davis. Their firm made millions in fees even as retirement plans for teachers, cops, other Chicago city workers suffered big losses. A dozen years ago, five financially strapped city of Chicago pension funds invested $68 million in a shaky real estate deal put together by a former boss of resident Barack Obama and a nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley. It was a high-risk investment. Allison S. Davis — who once headed a small Chicago law firm that gave Obama his first job out of Harvard Law School — and Daley nephew Robert G. Vanecko even warned in...
  • Licensed gunowner praised for joining cops in shootout with suspect near I-55

    09/14/2018 3:35:36 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 55 replies
    Chicago S-T ^ | 14 sept 2018
    A man with a concealed-carry license was commended for coming to the aid of Cicero police who were engaged in a shootout with a man who shot and wounded an officer near the Stevenson Expressway Thursday, authorities said. Cicero Police Officer Luis Duarte, 31, was shot four times during the encounter near the 4200 block of South Cicero Avenue during the evening rush hour, but it might have been worse if the armed citizen hadn’t stepped in, officials said. “We were lucky enough to have a citizen on the street there who’s a concealed-carry holder, and he also engaged in...
  • Report: Details Of Feinstein Letter Revealed? (Kavanaugh Crime Against Humanity Revealed)

    09/13/2018 6:09:41 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 67 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 13, 2018
    A source who said they were briefed on the contents of the letter said it described an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman that took place when both were 17 years old and at a party. According to the source, Kavanaugh and a male friend had locked her in a room against her will, making her feel threatened, but she was able to get out of the room. The Guardian has not verified the apparent claims in the letter. It is not yet clear who wrote it.
  • DEMS NOW WANT KAVANAUGH INVESTIGATED FOR ALLEGED BEHAVIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL

    09/13/2018 3:55:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 163 replies
    Powerline ^ | September 13,2018 | PAUL MIRENGOFF I
    It looks like I spoke too soon when I said that the Kavanaugh confirmation process never reached the nauseating lows of the Bork and Thomas hearings. The Washington Times reports that Sen. Dianne Feinstein has asked federal investigators to probe a secret complaint about Kavanaugh. The complaint, reportedly lodged by woman, pertains to an incident that supposedly occurred when Kavanaugh and the women were in high school. The woman passed her complaint to Rep. Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat. She apparently is unwilling to come forward publicly to talk about the alleged incident. Buzzfeed contacted the woman rumored to have...
  • Democrats Force Committee to Postpone Vote on Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Until Next Week

    The Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh today to the Supreme Court but the panel ultimate decided to postpone a vote on his nomination until next Thursday. Senate Democrats grandstanded during today's Senate Judiciary Committee — attempting to get the committee to adjourn. Knowing Democrats would attempt to stop further consideration of Kavanaugh's nomination, Republican committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley sought and obtained a vote on a motion to delay the nomination vote for one week. The vote on Kavanaugh's nomination will now take place on SEPTEMBER 20. Republican Senate leaders now anticipate...
  • SCOTUS nominee Kavanaugh reportedly accused of sexual misconduct by Democrats (trunc.)

    09/13/2018 2:04:24 PM PDT · by libstripper · 121 replies
    New York Daily News via Personal Liberty Media Group ^ | Sept. 13, 2018 | Chris Sommerfeldt
    Democrats on Thursday alerted the FBI to decades-old sexual misconduct allegations against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to reports and a person familiar with the matter. * * * Two officials briefed on the letter’s contents told The New York Times the allegations relate to possible sexual misconduct between Kavanaugh and an unidentified woman when they were both in high school.(My emphasis.)
  • Feinstein releases cryptic statement about Brett Kavanaugh nomination

    09/13/2018 1:31:35 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 105 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 13, 2018 | Andrew O'Reilly
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday threw a cryptic curveball at Brett Kavanaugh, insinuating the Supreme Court nominee could be guilty of a crime even as Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee seek to delay his confirmation. The vague accusation comes after the Senate Judiciary Committee already grilled Kavanaugh and other witnesses and prepares to vote on sending his nomination to the full Senate. A spokesperson for Feinstein declined Fox News’ request to elaborate on the lawmaker’s statement, but there has been much speculation that she is referring to a secret letter that has been the subject of intrigue on...
  • Sen. Dianne Feinstein refers letter about Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh to federal authorities

    09/13/2018 11:24:29 AM PDT · by detective · 88 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 12, 2018 | Tucker Higgins
    The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein of California, said Thursday that she has referred a letter concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to federal authorities. "I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," Sen. Feinstein said. "That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities." Feinstein's announcement came shortly after the committee set a date to vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. It followed a report Wednesday night...