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  • Chicago (anti-gun) group sues 3 suburbs over gun store regulations

    07/07/2015 10:27:03 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 16 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 7. 2015 | By Tribune wire reports
    A Chicago community group is suing three suburbs, accusing them of not adequately monitoring gun stores they believe are the source of weapons that have filtered into the city. The Rev. Michael Pfleger on Tuesday announced the lawsuits against Lincolnwood, Lyons and Riverdale. The activist priest says many of the guns recovered from Chicago crime scenes came from stores in those communities. Lawyers for the Coalition for Safe Chicago Communities filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court claiming the suburbs' gun store regulations violate the Illinois Civil Rights Act.
  • Confederate Flag Kills Ten in Chicago... Oh, Wait!

    07/07/2015 10:02:54 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 7, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    If President Obama had a son, he might look like Amari Brown, the little boy killed by a bullet intended for his gang-banger father on the streets of President Obama’s Chicago in yet another bloody Windy City weekend. As the Chicago Tribune reported, over the Fourth of July weekend, Amari Brown was one of the ten that were killed among 55 that were shot, none attributed to Confederate flag loyalists: Among those killed was 7-year-old Amari Brown, shot in the chest as he watched fireworks near his father's home in Humboldt Park late Saturday night. Police say they believe the...
  • CHICAGO ACTIVISTS TO SUE 3 SUBURBS OVER GUN SALES (Father Pfleger)

    07/07/2015 9:17:26 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 25 replies
    ABC7News ^ | 07/07/2015 | Michelle Gallardo
    Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church and other community activists plan to sue three Chicago suburbs to stop guns from getting into the wrong hands. The lawsuit will be filed in Cook County Circuit Court. It accuses Riverdale, Lyons and Lincolnwood of not having enough oversight when it comes to licensing and regulating gun shops.
  • Chicago Has Had More Than 12,000 Shootings Since 2010 (MAP)

    07/07/2015 7:48:33 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    DNAinfo.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | Tanveer Ali
    CHICAGO LAWN — When Marshall Hawkins walks around his neighborhood, he carefully picks a route based on the places where people haven't been shot. "If there are flowers on the block, you can go there," the 38-year-old said. "If there's been police tape or gunshots, you avoid it." Such is life for the former North Sider in his adopted Chicago Lawn neighborhood. Same for his kids: 5 and 7. "On days that I can't pick them up and drive them to school, I give specific directions. 'Don't take this street. Go this way. Not that way,' " Hawkins said.
  • Mundelein Mayor Defends Controversial Remarks on Gay Marriage

    07/06/2015 11:19:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Mundelein Mayor Steve Lentz on Monday defended widely criticized comments he made about the legalization of gay marriage and other societal issues during an Independence Day speech. "If people are curious about what I said, go listen to it," Lentz said of the 11-minute speech, which can be found on YouTube and Facebook. play video video Lentz July 4 speech Near the midpoint of his remarks Saturday morning at the village's Fort Hill Heritage Center, Lentz said he wanted to "address the elephant in the room" and started talking about the Supreme Court's recent ruling on marriage equality. He called...
  • Chicago cops give wide berth to pot-smoking Deadheads

    07/06/2015 6:39:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 7/6/15 | FRANK MAIN AND FRAN SPIELMAN
    On Chicago’s lakefront bike path, across the lawns of the museum campus and in the stands of Soldier Field, Grateful Dead fans toasted to the band’s farewell tour this weekend by lighting up. A pungent fog of marijuana smoke wafted throughout the arena packed with 70,000 Deadheads over three straight nights of concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. But almost none of those fans needed to fear any repercussions for breaking the city’s ordinances prohibiting public weed consumption. Chicago Police officers made only one arrest for possession of cannabis on Friday and wrote only two possession of cannabis tickets Sunday...
  • Breaking: Flynn Endorsed by Senator Ted Cruz

    07/06/2015 12:47:56 PM PDT · by kevkrom · 5 replies
    Breaking: Flynn Endorsed by Senator Ted Cruz "Mike Flynn is the kind of courageous conservative we need in Washington. When Andrew Breitbart launchedBigGovernment.com to expose ACORN and fight back against the institutional left and the political class, he chose Mike Flynn as his lieutenant. For 6 years, Flynn helped expose the media’s lies and led many fights against the Obama Administration and Washington’s entrenched political establishment. I’m happy to endorse his campaign for Congress. With Flynn, Central Illinois will have a strong voice to uphold the constitution, defend the 2nd Amendment and stand up to the media and political elite."...
  • Chicago celebrates 4th of July weekend with 9 dead, 47 wounded

    07/06/2015 9:16:42 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 24 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 6, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Yes, it was another dismal holiday in the Windy City, with gang violence running wild. 47 wounded and nine dead, including a seven year old boy whose father – a multiple conviction criminal with recent illegal gun charges – was probably the actual target. Sure, those numbers sound like bad news, (and they are) but the actual title of the Washington Post article covering the story includes the caveat… but better than last year.
  • Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner: Stands Ground in Shut-down Showdown

    07/06/2015 5:47:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Arthur Schaper
    While New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced his run for President with bold promises and brash rhetoric, he balanced truth and compromise as though they could coexist as two sides of a marred coin. In troubling budgetary times, when socialist-minded state legislatures refuse to recognize that they have run out of other people’s money, or that middle class makers have elected to leave their home state rather than pander and enable more takers, compromise is not the watchword. Conviction and confrontation must be the mainstay, and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, the only Republican gubernatorial candidate to unseat a liberal incumbent...
  • 9 dead, 47 injured in Fourth of July weekend shootings (in Chicago ... in 48 hours)

    07/06/2015 5:21:27 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 30 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | July 3, 2015
    Fourth of July weekend shootings have left nine people dead — including a 7-year-old boy — and at least 47 others injured since Thursday evening. Seven-year-old Amari Brown was killed in a shooting that also left a 26-year-old woman wounded late Saturday in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. [Snip] The boy’s father, Antonio Brown, is a ranking gang member with 45 previous arrests and was not cooperating with police as of Sunday afternoon as they tried to find his son’s killer, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Sunday.
  • Chicago convulsed by another violent weekend; top cop blames justice system

    07/05/2015 11:24:23 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 34 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon July 6, 2015 | By Leslie Holland
    (CNN)A visibly angry Chicago Police Department Superintendent said Sunday that he is "outraged and saddened" by a violent holiday weekend there. Even in a city frequently beset by head-grabbing violence, seven slayings between Friday morning and Sunday afternoon drew terrible attention.
  • 7-year-old boy killed among 30 shot in 8 hours overnight (Chicago)

    07/05/2015 4:38:09 AM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/05/14 | Peter Nickeas, Alexandra Chachkevitch, Jeremy Gorner
    A 7-year-old boy and two men were killed overnight and at least 27 other people were injured during an 8-hour stretch that started not long after dark.. About 11:55 p.m., a 7-year-old boy was killed and a 26-year-old woman was injured in a shooting in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, police said. The woman and the boy were standing on a sidewalk in the 1100 block of North Harding Avenue when gunfire erupted and bullets hit them, police said. The boy was hit in the right side of the chest and was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition. He was...
  • Dark Money group threatens Dems on opposing Iran nuclear deal (the Chicago way!)

    07/05/2015 6:33:29 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 7/5/15 | Thomas Lifson
    Even as the contours of the nuclear deal with Iran remain unknown (though a total cave in is strongly suspected), a progressive “Dark Money” group, whose donors’ identities are hidden, is threatening Democrats who might oppose the deal to keep their mouths shut and vote with the administration. Adam Kredo reports in the Washington Free Beacon: A prominent progressive organization linked to the White House and claiming to work for dozens of like-minded groups is threatening to attack any congressional Democrat who objects to a final nuclear deal with Iran, even before the terms of any such agreement have been...
  • How much could Chicago pension payments jack up your property tax bill? Try 30 percent

    07/05/2015 6:49:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 21 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | July 04, 2015 | Thomas A. Corfman
    Even as Mayor Rahm Emanuel warns about a property tax hike of up to $250 million for the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, another big wave of increases likely is coming to rescue the pensions of police officers and firefighters. A massive payment due to those retirement plans next year could drive up Chicago property taxes by more than 30 percent, according to a Crain's analysis. And if the current logjam in Springfield continues, it could be a lot worse. Taxes on a $250,000 home would jump $224, assuming the city continues its current practice of using property taxes to fund...
  • Troops overseas get pizza on the Fourth thanks to suburban initiative

    07/05/2015 12:22:05 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 4, 2015 | By Susan Berger
    Pizzas — 5,500 of them — were delivered this Fourth of July to servicemen and women in Afghanistan and Kuwait, thanks to an initiative that was born at a kitchen table in Elk Grove Village. "It's raining pizza in Afghanistan," said Pizza 4 Patriots founder Mark Evans. "We air-drop it." Eight years ago, Evans and his son Kent were eating pizza and watching coverage of the Iraq war on television. Kent asked his dad, a retired Air Force master sergeant, if the troops got to eat pizza. Evans answered that they got MREs — meals ready to eat in a...
  • White Professor Calls All White People To Mass Suicide Over Slavery

    07/03/2015 2:51:22 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 121 replies
    Th Libertarian Republic ^ | July 2, 2015 | Laura Meyers
    Dr. (and I use that title lightly) Adam Kotsko, a professor at Shimer College in Chicago, Illinois, thinks that all white people have been “complicit” in slavery, and should therefore “commit mass suicide” as reparation.
  • 3 dead, 5 wounded in Chicago as July 4th weekend begins

    07/03/2015 10:13:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 20 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/03/15 | Peter Nickeas, Alexandra Chachkevitch
    At least three men were killed and another five people were wounded across Chicago as the Fourth of July weekend got underway.. On one block in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, a man was killed and another man was wounded about nine hours apart in shootings at the corner of 49th and Justine streets. Police said both men belonged to the La Razas gang, which has been fighting with a gang to the north in a small pocket of the Back of the Yards called "Halo City.”
  • CPS (Chicago Public Schools) teachers, parents protest 1,400 layoffs, $200M in cuts

    07/02/2015 3:20:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    ABC 7 Chicago ^ | 7/02/15 | Sarah Schulte
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Hundreds of Chicago Public Schools teachers and parents protested at City Hall Thursday morning following 1,400 layoffs and $200 million in cuts to meet a teachers' pension deadline. Mayor Rahm Emanuel delayed a $634 million pension payment until the eleventh-hour on Tuesday, waiting to see any relief would come from state lawmakers. It never came. The mayor and Interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz outlined on Wednesday who would be laid off and where cuts would be made. Ruiz said most of the 1,400 jobs cut were in administration and special education programs. Very few teachers were laid...
  • Man wanted for stomping puppy to death arrested in Chicago

    07/02/2015 10:55:13 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 2, 2015 | By Tribune wire reports
    A man wanted in western Illinois for stomping a puppy to death has been arrested during a routine traffic stop in Chicago, according to authorities. King Sami, 24, was stopped on Monday and taken into custody when officers discovered an outstanding arrest warrant from Warren County. Police say Sami kicked and stomped the pit bull puppy, Cash, in early May at his home in Monmouth, where he had gone to college after growing up in Chicago. King Sami WGN-TV The arrest warrant was issued after a neighbor went to police. Sami is charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal, a...
  • Scholar Speaks on Obama’s Red Mentor

    07/02/2015 8:07:19 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 16 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 1, 2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    The black scholar who previously revealed Obama’s personal relationship with Communist Party operative Frank Marshall Davis is now speaking in detail on the record. Professor Gerald Horne says that while the relationship is noteworthy and should have been uncovered by the press, there is no evidence that Davis turned Obama “into some sort of Manchurian candidate.” However, Professor Paul Kengor’s book about Davis, The Communist, argues that Davis had a significant influence on the formation of Obama’s Marxist views and policies as President. Horne, who holds the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at...
  • Local VFW Shuts Down Tea Party's 'Dangers of Islam' Talk

    07/01/2015 5:37:04 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 25 replies
    Patch.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Lorraine Swanson
    Oak Lawn post commander tells Tea Party group, "It ain't what we're about," after learning content of "educational seminar." Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220 in Oak Lawn, IL.The Johnson-Phelps VFW Post has canceled an event on the dangers of Islam in America that was being hosted by the Southwest Chicago and Suburban Tea Party.The Johnson-Phelps VFW Post, which rents its facilities and rooms to various political groups, including Democrats and Republicans, clubs, community organizations, and veterans groups, said in a statement that it did not know what the event was about when the Tea Party group rented the space.A notice posted...
  • Banks: Card Breach at Trump Hotel Properties

    07/01/2015 12:47:38 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 11 replies
    KrebsOnSecurity ^ | 07/01/2015 | Krebs
    The Trump Hotel Collection, a string of luxury hotel properties tied to business magnate and now Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, appears to be the latest victim of a credit card breach, according to data shared by several U.S.-based banks. Contacted regarding reports from sources at several banks who traced a pattern of fraudulent debit and credit card charges to accounts that had all been used at Trump hotels, the company declined multiple requests for comment. But sources in the financial industry say they have little doubt that Trump properties in several U.S. locations — including Chicago, Honolulu, Las Vegas,...
  • Obama urges Congress to pass law letting Puerto Rico declare bankruptcy, time to let Illinois...

    07/01/2015 11:02:05 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 28 replies
    Illinois Policy Institute ^ | June 30, 205 | Mike Shedlock
    Puerto Rico is bankrupt. The key problem is that while municipalities can declare bankruptcy, states and territories cannot. President Barack Obama recognizes the problem. “No federal bailout for Puerto Rico” is the White House’s position. Instead, he urges Congress to pass a bill allowing Puerto Rico to declare bankruptcy. The Associated Press gives details: “The White House threw cold water Monday on the notion of bailing out Puerto Rico from its financial crisis, instead urging Congress to consider changing the law so the island can declare bankruptcy. “On the heels of a dismal economic report, Puerto Rico’s governor has warned...
  • Illinois teacher fired from school after stepping on American flag in class, report says

    07/01/2015 7:31:46 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 1, 2015
    An Illinois school board reportedly fired the teacher who stepped on an American flag in class on May 15 at a local high school. The Mattoon Journal Gazette reports that the Martinsville school board voted unanimously Thursday to dismiss English teacher Jordan Parmenter, effective immediately. Parmenter, 26, told the paper Sunday he was present in the meeting, where he was addressed by the board and answered questions from all six of the board members. Parmenter didn’t speak further into the matter until he had a chance to speak with a union representative.
  • CPS TO CUT 1,400 JOBS AFTER MAKING $634M PENSION PAYMENT

    06/30/2015 8:11:22 PM PDT · by massmike · 26 replies
    http://abc7chicago.com/ ^ | 06/30/2015 | n/a
    As many as 1,400 Chicago Public Schools jobs will be affected starting as soon as Wednesday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and interim CPS CEO Jesse Ruiz will lay out a plan Wednesday to fully fund the school district's teacher pensions. The announcement came after Tuesday's 11th hour $634 million pension payment. In a statement, CPS confirmed at least part of the money was borrowed and there will be 1,400 layoffs. The district said that not all of those positions are teachers, but some of them are. The Chicago Teachers Union reacted Tuesday night to the announcement. "I can tell you it's...
  • The dozen rebels targeted by GOP leaders

    06/28/2015 1:28:54 PM PDT · by stevie_d_64 · 26 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 27th, 2015 | Scott Wong and Cristina Marcos
    To keep conservative rebels in check, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his allies have been doling out punishments at an aggressive clip in the 114th Congress. From kicking unruly members off the Rules Committee and GOP whip team to stripping a lawmaker of his subcommittee gavel, leadership has been growing more comfortable with taking retaliatory measures to try to enforce party discipline. But several Tea Party targets haven’t gone quietly. They’ve been fighting back with help from Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which successfully pressured leaders this week to return a subcommittee gavel to one of their...
  • Illinois auto museum to keep General Lee with Confederate flag on display

    06/28/2015 12:59:35 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 22 replies
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | 28/06/2015 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    VOLO, ILL. • A museum in this northern Illinois town plans to keep displaying one of the Confederate flag-emblazoned cars used in the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard." Brian Grams, director of the Volo Auto Museum, says he has received lots of queries about whether the car will stay amid calls around the nation for Confederate flags to be removed from public display after the fatal shooting of nine people by a white man at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C. Grams says if any location is appropriate for the displaying the flag, it's a museum. But he...
  • Former Illinois congressman Reynolds indicted on tax charges

    06/26/2015 2:10:34 PM PDT · by PROCON · 25 replies
    reuters ^ | June 26, 2015 | Mary Wisniewski
    Former U.S. Representative Mel Reynolds, already convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker, was indicted again for failing to file income tax returns for 2009 through 2012, federal prosecutors said on Friday. Reynolds, 63, who was charged on Thursday, faces up to a year in prison and a $250,000 fine for each of the four counts against him, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office in Chicago.
  • Al Gore Won’t Back Hillary Clinton

    06/26/2015 8:54:27 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 26, 201 | Emily Smith
    Al Gore declined to back Hillary Clinton for president when asked who he thinks would be next in The White House. When questioned by WPP founder Sir Martin Sorrell at the Cannes Lions festival of creativity who he would back for 2016, Gore — Bill Clinton’s vice president from 1993 to 2001 —notably didn’t take the chance to praise Hillary. In a packed Cannes Lions session Friday, Sorrell asked Gore, “Would you refuse to answer the question [who will be the next president of the United States]?”
  • Pre-schooling on Gender Ideology

    06/26/2015 5:58:20 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | June 25, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    How early in a child’s education does indoctrination begin? “Of course, there are many resources to help initiate conversations and help frame our students’ thinking,” A. J. Jennings writes in the Summer 2015 issue of the periodical Rethinking Schools. “For example, we read Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.” “This charming picture book is based on a true story of two male penguins in the Central Park Zoo.” Jennings teaches at the Park West Cooperative Nursery School in Chicago, “a play-based preschool on Chicago’s North Side.” “The country’s debate on gay marriage had reached the 4- and...
  • At least 19 shot over 12-hour span in Chicago

    06/25/2015 3:10:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    WGN-TV ^ | June 24, 2015 | BY PATRICK ELWOOD
    CHICAGO — Two people were killed and at least 16 people were injured in shootings across Chicago since 8 p.m. Tuesday evening. In Englewood, three women were standing in the street near 75th Street and Stewart Avenue at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police say a man ran by and opened fire, then took off in a dark colored SUV. Ten minutes later and several blocks away, three more people were shot at 80th Street and Stewart Avenue. Police say someone in a white vehicle opened fire on the group, hitting a woman and a teenaged girl and boy.
  • Hillary Clinton and Her Enduring Ties to Jews

    06/24/2015 12:51:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    Forward ^ | 6/24
    From the man who married her grandmother to the man who married her daughter, from working a room full of bar mitzvah guests on behalf of her husband’s political career to headlining major pro-Israel events during her own, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s journey has never wandered far from Jews. Clinton’s Jewish encounters have been a natural consequence of her East Coast education, her trajectory in the party favored by a substantial majority of Jewish-Americans, and her embrace of the Jewish narrative of triumphing over adversity and bigotry, longtime friends of the 2016 presidential candidate say. Sara Ehrman, whose friendship with the...
  • Three boys charged with killing 15-year-old: 'It was unbelievable to hear that'

    06/22/2015 4:40:18 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | June 22, 2015 | By Sarah Freishtat and Meredith Rodriguez
    There was some relief when Katrina Percy heard police had arrested three suspects in the killing of her 15-year-old son last week. Then she heard their ages: 14, 15 and 16. Her son, Kimon Wheeler, had been hanging out with two cousins and five others outside a convenience store in the 4100 block of West Cullerton Street just before 11 p.m Wednesday when he was killed. On the day he was killed, Percy said she texted him to ask if he wanted to be picked up. He didn't respond. "He was an all-around good 15-year-old boy," Percy said. Kimon had...
  • 'White racism,' NRA are to blame for lax gun rules, Martin O'Malley says

    06/21/2015 8:04:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 67 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 21, 2015 | Cathleen Decker
    Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley suggested Sunday that Congress had fallen under the sway of "white racism" and the political force of the National Rifle Assn. in refusing to respond with new laws to a cascade of shooting incidents in recent years.. Speaking before the nation’s mayors, gathered in San Francisco, O’Malley pointed to gun restrictions passed when he was governor of Maryland to ban assault weapons, enforce background checks and tighten permitting procedures -- efforts that have been blocked at the national level by Republicans, and some Democrats, in Congress. "One of the sad triumphs of white racism is...
  • THE WATCHDOGS: Chicago's new transit chief got sweet pension deal

    06/22/2015 5:37:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 06/20/2015 | Chris Fusco, Patrick Rehkamp and Robert Herguth
    When Dorval R. Carter Jr. returned to the CTA last month as the transit agency’s president, he had to temporarily give up a sweet pension deal that had paid him three-quarters of a million dollars in just five and a half years. Taking advantage of a little-known early-retirement incentive offered by the CTA, Carter left his second stint with the agency in 2009 and started collecting a $137,229-a-year pension the same month he turned 52, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times .. Carter didn’t retire, though. He moved to Washington, D.C., to take a post as a top lawyer in...
  • 4 Killed, At Least 22 Wounded in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago

    06/21/2015 6:31:35 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 21 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | 6/21/15
    Four men were killed — including a man who died shielding his mother from gunfire — and at least 22 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.
  • Why is Obama giving up on gun laws?

    06/21/2015 7:04:33 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 21 june 2015 | Clarence Page
    Witnesses say the white gunman who killed nine people at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., was quite vocal about his motives: He wanted to kill black people. Sylvia Johnson, whose cousin the Rev. Clementa Pinckney was one of three ministers killed in the church, said a survivor of the horror told her the shooter muttered, "I have to do it. You rape our women and you're taking over our country. And you have to go." In Charleston, a slaughter in the sanctuary In Charleston, a slaughter in the sanctuary Facebook photos and other evidence suggest...
  • Man, 21, dies shielding mother during South Chicago shooting

    06/21/2015 2:35:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 20, 2015 | Gregory Pratt
    James Jones died shielding his mother from bullets meant for him, according to family members.. The 21-year-old and his mother, Alicia Jones, were on a porch in the 8400 block of South Colfax Avenue when a man approached from the gangway, gun in hand, and opened fire, police said. "He used his body to shield her, to save her," said Dietra Luckett, Alicia Jones' sister. After the shooting, Luckett said she went inside the home to find Larry Means, her brother-in-law, and bring him outside. "He was in the bed, shaking," Luckett recalled. Means, James Jones' stepfather, said he was...
  • The result of Chicago plastic bag ban: Shopping bags to be sturdier

    06/20/2015 5:01:51 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/20/15 | Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
    When Chicago's plastic bag ban kicks in Aug. 1, many shoppers accustomed to carting groceries home in those ubiquitous plastic bags will instead walk away with ... nicer plastic bags.. Several retailers preparing for the citywide ban on the thin plastic bags bemoaned for cluttering landfills and littering parks, streets and waterways said they plan to offer customers reusable plastic bags that comply with the city ordinance, and don't plan to charge a fee. The law, approved by the City Council last year in a 36-10 vote, permits stores to offer "reusable plastic bags" that are at least 2.25 mils...
  • Bernie Sanders wants to talk about guns… at some later date

    06/20/2015 8:59:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 20, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    You can’t have an event like the Charleston shooting take place during election season without all of the candidates being asked to weigh in on gun control. (Once again pretending that any of the currently proposed gun control laws might have prevented that attack.) And since he’s still being discussed as a serious contender for some reason, Bernie Sanders was no exception. But when reporters asked the Vermont Senator to offer his thoughts on gun control, he took a pass. Bernie Sanders says he wants to talk — at length — about guns.Just not now.Two days after a white man...
  • A National Tragedy and a Partisan Response

    06/19/2015 3:03:29 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | June 19,2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Why do black lives only seem to matter when white people take them? Why does the president of the United States think it’s proper to take a horrible racial tragedy in Charleston South Carolina as an excuse to bash America as the violence capital of the “advanced” world, and a prop for Democrats’ lust for gun control legislation in a state that already has it? Last year 82 people were shot over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago. 16 of them died. The victims and the shooters were black.
  • How the liberal media sabotages #BlackLivesMatter in times of trouble

    06/19/2015 12:16:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 19, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    I realize we’ve been hitting the South Carolina shooting and the disgusting, racist criminal who allegedly perpetrated the murders rather often since yesterday morning. Unfortunately, nothing as serious and tragic as this can unfold in America today without immediately becoming mired in multiple levels of political muck, generally before the first facts are even verified. In this case, the process continued well into the evening and will surely roll forward in the weeks to come. One aspect of the church shooting, however, seemed to offer at least a slim ray of hope in an otherwise dismal day. A consortium of...
  • Chicago Memorial Day Weekend Violence: 12 killed, 43 wounded [No statement from Obama]

    06/19/2015 2:18:47 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    CBS ^ | 5/26/15
    Twelve people were killed and at least 43 -- including a 4-year-old girl -- were wounded in shootings across Chicago during Memorial Day weekend, reports CBS Chicago. The 4-year-old, identified by her family as Jacele Johnson, was shot around 8 p.m. Friday. She was inside an SUV with her 17-year-old cousin, Romare Wilson, when another vehicle pulled up and someone inside opened fire, according to their family and Chicago Police.
  • Rand Paul to GOP: It's Time to Move Beyond the Second Amendment

    06/18/2015 7:11:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 123 replies
    National Journal ^ | June 18, 2015 | Emma Roller
    The senator from Kentucky continues to takes the road less traveled through the GOP primaries.Sen. Rand Paul took a risk Thursday. Speaking to an audience of religious conservatives in the wake of a racially charged shooting in South Carolina, Paul delicately suggested that Republicans might want to start focusing on other parts of the Bill of Rights than the Second Amendment. "Everybody is for the Second Amendment. All 55 candidates running for president are for the Second Amendment—on our side," Paul told the crowd. "But the thing is that a lot of young people, that might not be their primary...
  • FAA: Two Planes At Midway Began Takeoffs At Same Time

    06/18/2015 2:58:21 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 17 replies
    CBS TV Chicago ^ | June 17, 2015 | Staff
    Two planes began their takeoffs on intersecting runways at Chicago’s Midway airport on Tuesday evening, before being ordered to stop by air traffic control and averting a collision in the center of the airport, the FAA confirmed. The two planes involved were Southwest Flight 3828 bound for
  • Women, Especially, Are Failing Financial Literacy

    06/16/2015 7:48:24 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    wsj ^ | June 14, 2015 | Simon Constable
    The bad news: Women are falling far behind men in financial literacy. The even worse news: Men apparently don’t know much about the topic in the first place. ... The authors surveyed people in the U.S., Germany and the Netherlands, asking three multiple-choice questions. In the U.S., only 38% of men got all three questions right. The American women did even worse, with only 22% scoring three out of three. The other countries showed a similar pattern. Here’s one of the questions: “Suppose you had $100 in a savings account and the interest rate was 2% per year. After five...
  • Is Barack Obama secretly a white person like Rachel Dolezal?

    06/15/2015 6:19:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 15, 2015
    Now that we know that race is a state of mind, rather than a genetic inheritance, the question must be asked: is Barack Obama secretly a white man? Perhaps, like Rachel Dolezal, he tells people that he is black, but he is actually white. Again, black is an attitude, a state of mind. Sure, it helps if you braid your hair into long ropes and tie it on top of your head like Dolezal did, or have an afro during your pot- and cocaine-using days like Obama. But what really counts is what is going on inside your mind. And...
  • Pfleger and Jackson vs. the NRA

    06/15/2015 10:14:13 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 15, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    One would think that Catholic priests like Chicago’s Rev. Michael Pfleger, an early supporter of Barack Obama and his push for gun control, would not be bearing false witness against one of his neighbors. Yet there he was standing in front of Chuck’s Gun Shop in suburban Riverdale, Illinois, to blame it, and other legal businesses like it, along with the National Rifle Association, for the murder spree in the gun-controlled progressive worker’s paradise of Chicago. Standing with the camera-shy Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence president Dan Gross in front of the gun shop,...
  • Hillary takes the reins of Democratic Party after Obama defeat

    06/13/2015 11:42:23 AM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies
    washington examiner ^ | June 13, 2015 | W. James Antle III
    Hillary Clinton's Saturday campaign reboot isn't just her first public rally. Coming a day after President Obama suffered an embarrassing legislative defeat, it is a changing of the guard for the Democratic Party. Make no mistake: while House Republicans also voted overwhelmingly against the president on a key trade bill Friday, it was his fellow Democrats who handed him the most stinging rebuke. Just 40 Democrats out of 188 voted with Obama. Nearly 80 percent of House Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, went against him. A mere two of the 10 Democrats representing Obama's home state of Illinois in...
  • (FLAKY FATHER MIKE)Pfleger talks in suburbs about gun violence in city

    06/13/2015 1:49:00 PM PDT · by Chi-townChief · 20 replies
    Daily Southtown - Chicago ^ | Jun 12, 2015 | Phil Kadner pkadner@tribpub.com
    The Rev. Michael Pfleger was cheered, booed, heckled and given a standing ovation at St. George Catholic Church in Tinley Park. And that was all in reaction to a speech urging everyone to join together to stop the killing of children on the streets of Chicago and throughout the United States. Makes you wonder what the reaction would have been if his topic had actually been something controversial.. Pfleger always sparks controversy. The priest, who has made his home base of St. Sabina Parish in Chicago a stopping-off point for national political leaders and Hollywood celebrities, has a knack for...