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  • Obama’s response to terror: A shrug

    01/25/2015 7:05:23 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 7 replies
    New York Post ^ | John Fund and Hans Von Spakovsky
    President Obama used his State of the Union address to urge Americans not to fear terrorists: “We lead best, when we don’t let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents.” But his words reached Americans when the Gallup Poll notes that 40 percent of Americans are very or somewhat worried that they will become a victim of terrorism — a higher percentage than when Obama took office in 2009. They have reason for concern. From Day One, this administration has downplayed the terrorist threat from Islamic extremists. It declared the terrorist attack at Fort Hood,...
  • Feinstein tells Haaretz: PM speech 'inappropriate,' Iran sanctions 'dangerous'

    01/25/2015 5:50:31 AM PST · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Jan. 25, 2015 | 12:07 PM | Chemi Shalev
    Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California says that inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress during an Israeli election period is “highly inappropriate” and that imposing new sanctions on Iran at this time is “reckless and dangerous.” Feinstein’s statement to Haaretz comes against the backdrop of the growing backlash against Netanyahu’s upcoming March 3 speech to Congress, which is already causing some Democratic lawmakers to rethink their support for the Iran sanctions bill proposed by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez from New Jersey and Republican Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois. According to journalist Laura Rozen of Al-Monitor, Menendez is trying to...
  • 3 killed, 17 wounded in weekend shootings

    01/25/2015 7:01:00 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 25, 2015
    Three men were killed and at least 17 other people were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon. 19-year-old Anfernee Durant was shot in the foot, leg and side in a possible drive-by attack in the 7800 block of South Vincennes. Durant was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was pronounced dead about an hour later Police said he was a documented gang member. 18-year-old Tyree D. Harris was standing outside in the 6800 block of South Western when someone walked up and shot him in the head. Harris was taken to Christ Medical Center, where...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 25 January 2015

    01/25/2015 4:27:49 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 85 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 25 January 2015 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 25th, 2015 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark. FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; former Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa.; Reps. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, Adam Schiff, D-Calif, and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz.; former Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah.
  • Abortion clinics should be inspected annually (IL)

    01/23/2015 7:44:41 AM PST · by AT7Saluki · 2 replies
    The Southern ^ | 1/23/15 | Robert Gilligan
    ... Among the more startling revelations in the report is that 54 percent of abortion facilities are not licensed by the state of Illinois. They have never received a health and safety inspection. The state Department of Public Health has no authority over unlicensed abortion facilities even if they perform surgical abortions. The remaining 46 percent of facilities that are licensed by the state of Illinois went nine to 13 years without an inspection between 2000-2014. It is hard to imagine how lawmakers can turn a blind eye to inspecting abortion facilities every year when lawmakers have recognized the need...
  • Netanyahu-Mossad Split Divides U.S. Congress On Iran Sanctions

    01/22/2015 6:19:40 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 13 replies
    The Huff Post ^ | 1/22/15 | Josh Rogin and Eli Lake
    The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has broken ranks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, telling U.S. officials and lawmakers that a new Iran sanctions bill in the U.S. Congress would tank the Iran nuclear negotiations. Already, the Barack Obama administration and some leading Republican senators are using the Israeli internal disagreement to undermine support for the bill, authored by Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Robert Menendez, which would enact new sanctions if current negotiations falter. Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee -- supported by Republican Senators Lindsay Graham and John McCain -- is pushing for his own legislation...
  • Thousands join pro-life march in Chicago

    01/20/2015 5:14:33 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies
    abc7chicago.com ^ | January 18, 2015 | Sarah Schulte and Evelyn Holmes
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Francis Cardinal George and Archbishop Blase Cupich attended events Sunday in support of the Roman Catholic Church's anti-abortion, pro-life stance. A rally downtown also saw a counter protest by pro-choice supporters. The 10th anniversary of the Chicago March for Life comes as we approach the 42nd anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision in the Roe v. Wade case, affirming a woman's right to choose. "Every single unborn child is in the crosshairs of the abortion industry," said Eric Scheidler, Executive Director of the Pro-Life Action League. Shaun Haggerty traveled from Milwaukee for Sunday's rally. "It's about...
  • Criminal act against property going viral

    01/20/2015 12:20:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    KPRC, NBC 2, Houston TX ^ | Jan 19 2015 06:11:36 PM CST | Bill Spencer
    It is a crime spree and viral internet sensation that started in Chicago last May and is spreading across the country like wildfire. […] It's called “Put ’Em In A Coffin,” and it was created by a rap musician named VonMar, who has posted dozens of videos of himself doing it. He's even been arrested for it. Just what is “Put ’Em In A Coffin”? James McHugh, 28, lives in the Fifth Ward, and he can tell you exactly what it is, because it happened to him this past weekend. “A group of young idiots, just out for laughs, to...
  • Early copy of the Gospel of Mark is a forgery

    01/28/2010 10:49:09 AM PST · by NYer · 17 replies · 941+ views
    The Art Newspaper ^ | January 27, 2010 | Emily Sharpe
    Not what it appears to be: the Archaic Mark LONDON. A clever bit of detective work by US scholars and scientists has proven that one of the jewels of the University of Chicago’s manuscript collection is, in fact, a skilled late 19th- or early 20th-century forgery. Although speculation as to the authenticity of the Archaic Mark codex has been rife for more than 60 years, prior to this definitive research many believed it was an early record (possibly as early as the 14th century) of the Gospel of Mark and the closest of any extant manuscript to the world’s oldest...
  • Luis Gutierrez: Amnesty Movement "Our Selma"

    01/19/2015 8:37:02 AM PST · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 19, 2015 | Tony Lee
    Ahead of the Martin Luther King holiday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) compared the fight for amnesty for illegal immigrants to the march for voting rights in Selma, Alabama during a New Jersey stop on his nationwide executive amnesty tour.
  • One Dead, Six Shot in Separate Chicago Shootings

    01/18/2015 1:31:25 PM PST · by Q-ManRN · 22 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 17, 2015 | Warner Todd Huston
    As subzero temperatures hit Chicago, the violence continues. Between Friday afternoon and Saturday evening one was killed and six others were shot in the Windy City. Thus far this year, in the 17 short days of the first month of 2015, 70 have been shot. Thirteen of those were fatalities.
  • Democratic lawmakers visit Cuba amid changes in US relations

    01/17/2015 5:55:23 PM PST · by mdittmar · 28 replies
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  • Concealed-carry concerns prove to be off target (IL)

    01/17/2015 11:44:34 AM PST · by aimhigh · 22 replies
    Herald Review ^ | 01/17/2015 | Ryan Voyles
    Brad Sweeney did not know what to expect when concealed-carry of firearms became law in Illinois last year. The Decatur police chief said he and his officers were hopeful that it would not cause any problems, though the thought of Decatur turning into a “wild, wild west” of gun violence did cross his mind. . . . Concerns raised by critics as Illinois became the last state to allow concealed-carry for citizens have dissipated as officials said the roll-out has been as smooth as possible. While some estimated that upward of 400,000 people would file for permits in the first...
  • Can Illinois' Bruce Rauner Turn Around Nation's Worst Fiscal Mess?

    01/14/2015 11:36:18 AM PST · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 14. 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    State Government: Bruce Rauner became Illinois' 42nd governor on Monday, the first Republican since 2003. He inherits a state that's been dubbed "America's Greece," but it's another opportunity to show what a GOP chief executive can do. A big part of the GOP tsunami in 2014 occurred at the state level, with Republicans expanding their hold on governors' mansions and legislatures with wins in blue states such as Maryland, Massachusetts and President Obama's Illinois. The number of GOP governors has grown to 31 from 21, control of legislatures has expanded to 68 of 98 partisan legislative chambers, and Republicans now...
  • 1 million tons of pressurised CO2 stored beneath Decatur, Illinois

    01/14/2015 8:44:01 AM PST · by Jack Hydrazine · 86 replies
    WattsUpWithThat.com ^ | 14JAN2015 | Eric Worrall
    7000 ft below the city of Decatur, Illinois, population 74,710 people, is a high pressure reservoir which contains 1 million tons of CO2. From the press release: "One of the largest carbon sequestration projects in the U.S., the Illinois Basin – Decatur Project (IBDP) has reached its goal of capturing 1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and injecting it deep underground in the Mount Simon Sandstone formation beneath Decatur, Illinois. The project is designed to demonstrate the feasibility of carbon capture and storage. IBDP director Robert Finley talked about the million-ton milestone with News Bureau physical sciences editor Liz...
  • Illinois Governor Backs Away From No Tax Hike Pledge

    01/12/2015 10:14:13 AM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Mike Shedlock
    It's par for the course for politicians to back away from campaign pledges. But one might have at least expected that Republicans would not consider tax hikes. Unfortunately, even that modest assumption is suspect as Governor Rauner Set to Inherit Illinois' Sea of Red Ink. Illinois faces a sea of red ink because shrinking income tax revenue will fail to keep pace with rising pension and health insurance costs, according to outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn's latest three-year budget forecast. The projections from the Office of Management and Budget warn that the estimated $4.1 billion bill backlog expected at the close...
  • New Illinois GOP governor to deal with worst fiscal mess in the nation

    01/12/2015 8:08:54 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/12/2015 | Rick Moran
    Illinois's new Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, will be sworn in today, and he is facing what most experts agree to be the worst fiscal crisis of any state in the nation. The Democrat-controlled legislature simply can't restrain itself.  That, and a pension time bomb set to go off in the next few years, swamping the state's finances, makes Rauner's job the most challenging of any new governor elected in November. Some of the numbers in this Reuter's report are incredible: Pension payments are projected to jump to nearly $7.6 billion in fiscal 2016 from $6.8 billion this fiscal year....
  • Washington’s gas tax guzzlers "maybe motorists won’t notice that we’re gouging them"

    01/12/2015 6:12:00 AM PST · by bestintxas · 35 replies
    wash times ^ | 1/11/15 | s moore
    Suddenly everyone in Washington wants a gas tax hike — apparently so that consumers don’t save too much money at the pump. As prices keep falling, the politicians and the moochers in Washington want a piece of the action. Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois and even Republicans such as Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee have linked arms with the entire road-building industry and green groups that want the cost of fuel to go up.Mrs. Pelosi won’t even hide her cynical motivation: With gas prices low, maybe motorists won’t notice that we’re gouging them: “If there’s...
  • DoJ silences Obama associate Daniel S. Mahru with his freedom

    09/20/2012 4:20:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Illinois PayToPlay ^ | 9/20/12 | Ernie Souchak, Editor-in-Chief
    Illinoispaytoplay.com (IP2P) has learned that Daniel S. Mahru, former business partner of Antoin "Tony" Rezko, made a deal with the Department of Justice (DoJ) for his silence. IP2P is the first to report that on, October 4 2012, Daniel S. Mahru will receive probation at his sentencing hearing. IP2P has also learned that this is being done to insure Mahru will not speak of crimes, of which he has knowledge, that implicate Barack Obama, Valarie Jarrett, Allison Davis, Tony Rezko and others. (Remember Tony recently saying he committed crimes for which Fitzgerald did not charge him.) IP2P is also investigating...
  • Obama’s Hawaii vacation is over, now it’s time for taxpayers to pay massive tab

    01/09/2015 10:55:35 AM PST · by PROCON · 25 replies
    watchdog.org ^ | Jan. 9, 2015 | Malia Zimmerman
    HONOLULU – President Barack Obama and his family just spent their Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Kailua. Now it’s time for taxpayers to pick up the tab. While the Obamas and friends who accompany them pay for their own private vacation home rentals on or near Kailua Beach, taxpayers foot a multimillion dollar tab for everything from a stand-by ambulance to the fuel for Air Force One.Local taxpayers pick up the bill for Honolulu Police Department escorts who guard Obama, first lady Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha around the clock. Figures just released by HPD spokeswoman Michelle Yu...
  • Illinois concealed carry fails to produce hoped for bloodshed and mayhem

    01/07/2015 8:39:37 AM PST · by rktman · 10 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 1/7/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    One year ago, Illinois was forced by the courts to allow the issuance of concealed carry permits over the great objections of anti-gun rights groups. We were warned that there would be “blood in the streets” and carnage unbound. After twelve months of this horrid state of affairs, the police in the Land of Lincoln report that the event has turned out to be pretty much a big nothing-burger.
  • Unescorted teens barred from Franklin Park Mall - Must be with adult after 4 p.m. on weekends

    01/06/2015 9:56:01 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 58 replies
    The Blade ^ | Jan 6, 2015 | BY NOLAN ROSENKRANS AND JON CHAVEZ
    Hanging out at the mall instantly became less cool for teenagers on Monday, when Franklin Park Mall officials said that anyone 17 or younger must be accompanied by an adult on mall property after 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Mall officials said the new policy is not a response to any specific event and is a proactive move taken after conducting research among shoppers, retailers, and the Toledo community. But the change follows a weekend incident where police tried to remove a large group of people from the mall when a fight broke out, leading to several arrests and...
  • Ninja sushi chef brings a knife to a gun fight — and takes robber down

    01/06/2015 11:32:24 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 43 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | 1-4-15 | Joe Saunders
    He was trying to take out some cash, armed with a pellet gun – but a blade-flashing sushi chef stood it his way. According to the Champaign News-Gazette, the incident occurred Tuesday at the Kamakura Japanese restaurant in Champaign when 23-year-old Clayton Dial entered the restaurant, pulled what appeared to be a revolver and demanded cash from the teenaged hostess. Sushi chef Tetsuji Miwa overheard the exchange. “He just stood there and started asking for money,” Miwa told the paper. I saw her face. She was very scared.” “I heard him the second time. He said, ‘Give me your money....
  • #ICantBreathe Black Teens Beat 7 Yr-Old White Kid With Cement Block – Nearly Killing Him (Video)

    01/05/2015 1:43:02 PM PST · by lowbridge · 42 replies
    thegatewaypundit.com ^ | january 2, 2015 | jim hoft
    A seven year-old “Hispanic looking Caucasian” boy was critically injured when a group of teens threw a cement block at him while he was sitting alone in a car. The boy has already undergone several surgeries. He will need reconstruction of his left eye. -snip Media outlets are refusing to report the race of the suspects. They are only saying that it was “three teens” or “three teens aged 13 to 18.”
  • GOP Rebukes David Duke, But Not His Voters (LAUGH ALERT)

    01/04/2015 11:15:31 AM PST · by Chi-townChief · 17 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jan 4, 2015 | Clarence the Crosseyed Page cpage@tribune.com
    Just when I thought David Duke had gone the way of the Betamax, buggy whips and record stores, the former Ku Klux Klan leader, Republican politician and jailbird has re-emerged to haunt the new Republican-controlled Congress. The new House Republican whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana apologized this past week for an honest "error in judgment" that led him to speak in 2002 to the European-American Unity and Rights Organization, a white nationalist group founded by Duke.
  • Barack H. Obama is the Greatest President of Modern Times (No, it is no satire)

    01/03/2015 12:30:35 PM PST · by South40 · 85 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | 29 DEC 2014 | Hrafnkell Haraldssonmore
    It is difficult to compare presidents outside of a narrow context of time. It is like trying to compare baseball players, like Ruth and Aaron, or football players, like Johnny Unitas and Peyton Manning. For athletes, the games they play were different then; and for presidents, not only the country, but the world is different. There is no way of knowing how a president today would have fared when faced with the prospect of the First or Second World War, or how they would have handled the advent of the Cold War with the Soviet Union. These are answers we...
  • Farrakhan Urged ‘Retaliation’ For Michael Brown A Month Before Brinsley Executed NYPD Cops

    01/02/2015 8:38:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 2, 2015 | Eric Owens, education editor
    In late November, the student government at taxpayer-funded Morgan State University sponsored a conference on slavery reparations for black Americans. Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan was the keynote speaker. The Nov. 22 conference, called the 2nd Annual Black United Summit International, occurred on Morgan State’s historically black campus in Baltimore, Md. The conference theme was “Re-Claim, Re-Pair, Re-Form, Re-Produce — REPARATIONS Now!” Total attendance was over 2,000, according to EAGnews.org. Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication, provided a detailed report about convention activities. Farrakhan’s keynote rant lasted over two hours. At one point, he held up what resembled...
  • Nine shot across Chicago on New Year's Day

    01/02/2015 3:58:53 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 10 replies
    At least nine people were hurt in city shootings New Year’s Day, including a 14-year-old girl. Most recently, two males were shot in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side Thursday night.
  • Chicago Obama library bids in trouble; foundation has 'major concerns' with U. of C. proposal

    12/31/2014 6:34:39 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 27 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 12-30-2014 | Lynn Sweet
    Chicago Obama library bids in trouble; foundation has 'major concerns' with U. of C. proposal Posted: 12/30/2014, 12:45pm | Lynn Sweet WASHINGTON — The Barack Obama Foundation has major problems with the University of Chicago bid for the Obama presidential library and museum and is uneasy about the bid from the University of Illinois at Chicago, leaving Columbia University in New York the front-runner for the project. A source close to the foundation told me that the University of Chicago bid is in jeopardy because it does not own — and has no definite path to acquiring at present —...
  • No silver bullet solution to flying bullets

    12/30/2014 6:36:26 AM PST · by rellimpank · 33 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 30 dec 2014
    When crimes rates drop for a year or two, nobody can really say why. It could be freakish good luck. When crime rates drop steadily for more than 20 years, as they have in Chicago and across the country, you might suspect the underlying forces driving the trend would become clear. But, in fact, the experts continue to scratch their heads. About all they can say for sure is that it’s complicated. No single factor, such as sending more people to prison, explains why crime rates have plummeted across the country. And, so it follows, we should be wary of...
  • Violent fight caught on tape at McDonald's in Chicago (River North-Nice area)?

    12/29/2014 8:54:04 PM PST · by Colofornian · 43 replies
    Above Top Secret.com and YouTube ^ | Dec. 29, 2014 | jhn7537
    Not much to share, but this video is crazy... Surprised no one was killed with those violent swings with the chairs... And the sad part is the guy in the video at the end is laughing... I'm from this area, and I find it disturbing that this type of behavior is accepted today.. I'm also embarrassed with my city... and not just my city but the state of this country, but that's a whole other thread in itself... I wonder if any of them are having trouble breathing...
  • 10 senators who could lose in 2016

    12/29/2014 4:26:06 PM PST · by george76 · 75 replies
    the hill ^ | December 28, 2014 | Cameron Joseph
    Senate Republicans will have to work hard to retain their recently won majority as they face a tough 2016 electoral map. They have 24 seats up compared to Democrats' 10, including seven in states resident Obama carried twice. Democrats won't have any red-state senators facing reelection and could be buoyed by a favorable presidential-year electorate. ... 1. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) 3. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) 7. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) 10. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)
  • Illinois abortions fall to lowest number since 1974

    12/29/2014 3:22:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | December 28, 2014 | Lauren Enriquez
    The Illinois abortion rate has fallen to its lowest number in 40 years, a new report reveals. The 2013 Illinois Abortion Statistics, issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health, reported that the abortion rate has dropped by 5.7 percent. This decline represents nearly 2,500 babies who saw life instead of abortion last year. The abortion rate decreased in every age group except for those 45 years of age and above. There was a very dramatic abortion decline among minors – 20 percent fewer young mothers choose abortion from September to December. Illinois Right to Life credits the decline to...
  • McCaughey: Hillary's Healthcare Rx May Be Worse Than Obamacare

    12/28/2014 6:57:15 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Newsmax
    The Affordable Care Act may become even more of a nightmare with Hillary Clinton in the White House, says Betsy McCaughey, chairwoman of the Committee to Reduce Infectious Deaths and former lieutenant-governor of New York. "Hillary could make it worse," McCaughey said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV, referencing Clinton's attempt to launch a heathcare plan when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president. "Hillarycare back in November 1993, all 1,362 pages of it . . . was far more coercive than Obamacare." For example, said McCaughey, a medical doctor, Clinton's plan was far more rigid than President...
  • IL Community college presidents plan Cuba visit

    12/28/2014 8:19:39 AM PST · by tellw · 10 replies
    The Daily Journal ^ | Small Newspaper Group staff report
    More than a dozen presidents of Illinois community colleges will be heading to Cuba in February to learn about the country's education system. The new president of Black Hawk College in western Illinois will be among them. Bettie Truitt said she will explore possible exchange opportunities for students at Black Hawk, located in Moline. John Avendano, president of Kankakee Community College, won't be making the trip, citing a scheduling conflict. Truitt says the trip was planned before President Barack Obama's announcement this month that the U.S. and Cuba will begin taking steps to restore full diplomatic relations. Altogether, 14 Illinois...
  • Black Mob Violence at Christmas, All Over the Country (Colin Flaherty)

    12/28/2014 5:15:39 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 78 replies
    AmericanThinker.com ^ | Colin Flaherty
    <p>This year’s Yuletide racial violence was more spontaneous. More deadly. More old school. Not connected to the recent political protests over Mike Brown, Eric Garner and fill in your favorite atrocity that racist police inflicted on black people For No Reason What So Ever.</p>
  • Clerk: 'I wasn't scared' as gunbattle erupts with robbers, 7-Eleven staff

    12/27/2014 5:32:53 AM PST · by rellimpank · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27dec 2014
    After an armed man pointed a gun at the head of 60-year-old convenience store clerk Ibrahim Rahmoun, he and his boss grabbed a gun and took action leading to an exchange of gunfire outside a Northwest Side 7-Eleven. “The guy shot two bullets at us,’’ Rahmoun said. “We shot back at them. We shot eight.’’ “I wasn’t scared. ... I don’t care, it doesn’t bother me. When you work the night shift, a lot of robberies happen’’ said Rahmoun, who was at the counter when two men entered the 7-Eleven at 2900 W. Montrose Ave. about 1:25 a.m. Friday and...
  • The Strange Source of Our Cuba Policy

    12/21/2014 6:56:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2014 | Steve Chapman
    For a long time, the U.S. ostracism of Cuba has been like the vintage American cars on the streets of Havana: obsolete but imperishable. It didn't topple the Castro government, didn't force human rights progress and didn't unite the world behind us. Yet failure was no enemy of longevity. There are many reasons for its endurance. But if you're parceling out responsibility, you have to start with a curious invention of the founding fathers that we know as the Electoral College. Without it, our Cuba policy never would have persisted for so many years -- which is a reminder that...
  • Arab-American Activist Says Obama Hiding Anti-Israel Stance

    10/28/2008 10:33:36 PM PDT · by Hanna548 · 14 replies · 1,172+ views
    Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama is currently hiding his anti-Israel views in order to get elected, according to a well-known anti-Israel activist. The activist, Ali Abunimah, claimed to know Obama well and to have met him on numerous occasions at pro-Palestinian events in Chicago.
  • Man With Knife Shot By Chicago Police After Lunging at Officers (Video)

    12/25/2014 9:45:48 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12/25/14 | http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/12/mann-with-knife-shot-by-chicago-police-after-lunging-at-offi
    A Chicago man was shot by police after lunging at officers with a knife. The man stabbed an officer twice in his protective vest. The man was in critical condition after being shot twice by police. The Chicago Sun-Times reported: An allegedly suicidal man with a knife was shot and wounded by a Chicago Police officer on Christmas Day after he lunged at officers, injuring one of them, authorities said. Grand Crossing District police officers drove up to a building at 6:40 p.m. in the 400 block of East Marquette Road in the Woodlawn neighborhood to respond to a call...
  • Mark Kirk: Rand Paul And Ted Cruz Running For President Would Hurt IL GOP

    12/24/2014 2:39:57 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 40 replies
    RedState ^ | November 22nd, 2014
    In an interview with The Hill Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) said that possible presidential runs by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY)93% and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) would hurt the Illinois Republican Party. “We definitely have our isolationist wing, which I completely disagree with,” he said, pointing to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), before promising to back a GOP candidate in the presidential primary that he thought would do well in Illinois. He criticized Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) bombastic style as well.
  • Mayor Emanuel’s Son Robbed Outside Family’s Lakeview Home

    12/21/2014 4:45:29 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    CNS Chicago ^ | 12/20/14 | Mike Krauser
    The teenage son of Mayor Rahm Emanuel was the victim of a robbery outside the mayor’s Lakeview home Friday night, a spokesperson from the mayor’s office confirms. Police were called to the 4200 block of North Hermitage at 10:05 p.m. Friday for a report of a robbery on the street where there would normally already be a police presence. Emanuel’s 17-year-old son went out to make a phone call when he was jumped by two men who stole the teen’s cell phone. A police report obtained by the Chicago Tribune says that he was put in a chokehold by one...
  • Obamas are keeping the divide alive

    12/21/2014 1:42:59 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 32 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 12-21-14 | joe soucheray
    Barack and Michelle Obama, speaking to People Magazine, of all disappointments, shared the disheartening news that they have experienced what they called racism. Barack, for example, apparently has had trouble, before he was president, hailing a cab in Chicago, to which an immediate thought might occur to anyone who has been to Chicago: Who hasn't? Also, Barack, at a black-tie event, when he, too, was in festive livery, apparently was asked by another guest if he would get them a cup of coffee. For her recollection, Michelle came up with a visit to a Target store as first lady. She...
  • NLRB hits McDonald’s as joint employer

    12/19/2014 12:05:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 19, 2014 | Tim Devaney
    McDonald’s and its franchisees illegally retaliated against employees for participating in union-related activities, the National Labor Relations Board’s top lawyer alleged Friday in a case with sweeping industry implications. NLRB general counsel Richard Griffin announced Friday he will issue 13 complaints involving 78 charges against franchises and McDonald’s USA, LLC. Though many of these alleged labor violations were committed by independent franchise owners, Griffin ruled earlier this year that McDonald’s can be held liable for those actions as a so-called joint employer, leaving the corporatrion — and potentially other franchisors — exposed to such claims. McDonald’s said the decision will...
  • Supporting Only 'Good' Black Victims Won't Dismantle White Supremacy

    12/17/2014 12:32:00 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    The Huffington Post's Black Voices ^ | December 16, 2014 | Kirsten West Savali, Cultural Critic, Senior Writer, TheRoot.com
    In the wake of a New York grand jury deciding not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner, racially diverse protests instantly erupted across the nation. White faces could be seen in swelling crowds from NYC and D.C., to Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Denver. Their mouths covered with masking tape with the words "I can't breathe" scrawled over it. The righteousness of racial solidarity burning in their eyes as they joined in chanting, "Black lives matter! Black lives matter! Black lives matter!" This is not to say that there were not White allies...
  • List of Republican Senators Voting For Obama's Executive Amnesty Order (RINOs)

    12/15/2014 3:21:16 AM PST · by sr4402 · 43 replies
    vanity ^ | 12/15/2014 | self
    Alexander (R-TN) Ayotte (R-NH) Barrasso (R-WY) Coats (R-IN) Cochran (R-MS) Collins (R-ME) Corker (R-TN) Cornyn (R-TX) Enzi (R-WY) Flake (R-AZ) Graham (R-SC) Hatch (R-UT) Heller (R-NV) Johnson (R-WI) Kirk (R-IL) McCain (R-AZ) McConnell (R-KY) Murkowski (R-AK) Toomey (R-PA) Wicker (R-MS) Not Voting Chambliss (R-GA) Coburn (R-OK)
  • BUSH 45: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE JEB BUSH PRESIDENCY

    12/14/2014 1:16:44 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 58 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 14, 2014 | Virgil
    January 21, 2025 Now that Jeb Bush—known widely as Bush 45, or Bush cuarenta y cinco, or, simply, El Jefe Jeb—has completed his two terms in the White House, we can look back and summarize some of the major events of his administration. As we know, America has seen great change during the third Bush presidency, starting with its population, which has grown by some 30 percent these past eight years. Indeed, today, well more than 400 million people live in America—most of them either citizens, or citizens-to-be. And while establishing Spanish as the Second Language of America has not...
  • 2 dead, 13 others wounded in separate shootings

    12/13/2014 6:35:29 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | December 13, 2014 | By Rosemary Regina Sobol
    Two men were killed and 13 other people, including a 15-year-old boy, were wounded since Friday in separate shootings on the city's Far South and West sides, said police. Around 7:03 p.m., a 28-year-old man was fatally shot while he sat in a vehicle on the 1300 block of North Springfield Avenue. The man was in the vehicle with a female child when someone came up to the vehicle and began shooting. According to WGN TV, the man had a 3-year-old girl who was possibly his daughter on his lap at the time. The man was shot in the head...
  • Facebook Video Shows Teens Slapping, Taunting Older Man On CTA Train

    12/12/2014 10:33:11 AM PST · by tuffydoodle · 69 replies
    cbslocal Chicago ^ | 12-11-2104
    Latest News Headlines: (CBS) – A video posted on Facebook is generating hundreds of responses, and it shows at least two young men on a CTA Blue Line train, slapping an older man and taunting him. WBBM’s Steve Miller has spoken with one of those young men about why he did it. The video goes on for more than two minutes. It shows at least two young men, both African American, slapping an older man on top of his head. And then they appear to tease him. It’s been shared dozens of times on Facebook, but originally was posted by...
  • No. 2 Senate Dem: 'We've got a problem' if Dodd-Frank rider stays

    12/12/2014 2:00:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Thursday morning slammed a provision in the pending spending bill that would repeal a piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and expressed doubt that enough Democrats could support the package if that rider remains. “I just spoke to Nancy Pelosi. The Democrats believe this is an odious provision that should not be included. Many of us feel the same way,” said Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “[Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)] can take it out in the bat of any eye, and I hope he will....