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  • Groups, churches urged to prepare for worst

    09/17/2012 9:26:04 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 59 replies
    The News Gazette ^ | 9/17/12 | Tom Kacich
    They say they're not doomsdayers or survivalists, but a handful of people who met in a small room at a Mahomet church last week say they believe it's time to prepare for emergencies and disasters. And they want others to the same. The group, known informally as the Christian Emergency Preparedness Network, wants church and civic groups to band together and prepare food, water, equipment, expertise, security and more for what they believe is an impending crisis. It has nothing to do with the upcoming election, says David Pike, a crop scientist who lives in Champaign and is retired from...
  • Caliphate conference coming to Chicago area

    05/30/2012 5:49:28 PM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 5-30-12
    Hizb ut-Tahrir is an international Islamic organization that openly calls for restoration of the caliphate -- that is, the political union of Muslims worldwide in a single Sharia state ruled by the caliph. This means that the group is dedicated to subverting and destroying all governments not ruled by Islamic law, and as such it is banned in many countries. But not in the U.S., which has never shown any awareness on an official level of non-violent efforts to impose Sharia. They're once again coming to the Chicago area to hold their Caliphate Conference: it will be held on June...
  • No Lesson Plans For Chicago Students This Week

    09/17/2012 8:53:39 AM PDT · by 92nina · 17 replies
    Alliance for Worker Freedom ^ | 2012-09-13 | Tom Fletcher
    As the Chicago Teacher’s strike enters its fourth day, those on the picket line are insisting that they would rather be back in the classroom, and only want a “fair” deal. Chicago teachers are already well compensated, to the tune of $71,000 a year, and were offered a 16% salary raise before they initiated the strike on Monday morning. Teacher’s balked at this counter proposal and proclaimed, “[w]e’re not going back to work unless we have a fair contract.” That’s quite a statement when, according to the Illinois Policy Institute, the average starting pension for Chicago teachers is $77,496. Chicago...
  • Pelosi: Mitt Romney is not going to be President of the United States

    09/16/2012 10:23:18 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 71 replies
    Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi refused to even entertain the idea of working with Mitt Romney to solve the nation’s problems on Sunday. Why? Because “Mitt Romney’s not going to be President of the United States,” she told CNN’s Candy Crowley, bursting out into laugher. “I think everybody knows that, right?”
  • Jihad Teen Arrested for Plotting to Blow Up Chicago Bar

    09/15/2012 6:11:47 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 28 replies
    A Chicago teen was arrested in Chicago for trying to blow up a bar with a car bomb. News 9 reported: Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be extremists provided him with a phony car bomb. The U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Chicago announced the arrest Saturday and said the device was inert and...
  • Prominent Members of Chicago Black Community: Those closest to Obama know there's no 2nd term

    09/15/2012 8:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    HillBuzz ^ | September 13, 2012 | Kevin DuJan
    I’m just back from a delightful trip down to a little sandwich shop on the Southside of Chicago where prominent members of the black community enjoy lunch served up with a side of political gossip. I relish the occasions I get invited to these little meetings and never know who’ll be sitting at the table with me but love the jerk chicken combo with extra “bodacious sauce”. In a corner over by a colorful mural celebrating the roaring-twenties and jazz I got an earful about the black community’s feeling about both the Obamas and their abandonment of Chicago for the...
  • Muslim Teen Charged for Attempted Chicago Bombing

    09/15/2012 3:26:40 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 9/15/12 | JASON KEYSER/ap
    Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday. Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be extremists provided him with a phony car bomb. ~~SNIP~~ In May, two undercover FBI employees contacted Daoud in response to the material and exchanged several electronic messages with him in which he expressed an interest in
  • Socialist revolutionaries, Che Guevara part of Chicago teachers strike

    09/15/2012 5:37:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Examiner ^ | 9/11/12 | Joe Newby
    Socialist revolutionaries, Che Guevara part of Chicago teachers strikeJoe Newby September 11, 2012 On Monday, teachers in Chicago went on strike, but a post at EAG News says the strike looks more like a rally for socialist revolution complete with Che Guevara t-shirts and anarchist flags as "a supportive collection of political radicals" joined the teachers on the picket lines. **SNIP** According to one flag-bearing protester, the banner represented "revolutionary unionism,” which, according to a post at the International Workers Association, "aims to unite all workers in combative economic organizations, that fight to free themselves from the double yoke of...
  • Mayor's Reputation Tarnished in Teachers Union Dust-up

    09/15/2012 5:25:01 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 5 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | September 15, 2012 | Kristen Mack, et al.
    The measure of who won and lost in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's showdown with the Chicago Teachers Union won't be clear until the details of the new contract emerge, but last week's strike took some of the luster off the mayor's self-portrait as an innovative leader brimming with new ways to solve the city's most vexing challenges. The long, stressful path to getting a contract in place offered a glimpse that Emanuel perhaps is not as multidimensional as he tries to appear. Repeatedly, the mayor turned to one tool: the attack. That singular approach contributed to the first teachers strike in...
  • Wanted: 1 goat herder, 30 goats at O’Hare Int’l Airport (Chicago)

    09/14/2012 10:01:06 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 26 replies
    WFLD FOX Chicago ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dane Placko
    ...Fox Chicago has learned the Chicago Department of Aviation recently put out a bid looking for someone to supply goats to graze on the grass and brush at O'Hare. It also calls for a goat herder...
  • Chicago’s government-run health care is almost as horrible as its government-run schools

    09/13/2012 6:41:20 PM PDT · by grundle · 3 replies
    wordpress ^ | September 13, 2012 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Chicago’s government-run health care is almost as horrible as its government-run schools This article from CBS is a great example of the mindset of the people who run the city of Chicago.Chicago set up a government run health care clinic inside a garbage truck garage. Only after the media reported on it did the government decide it was a bad idea.The mindset that says it’s a good idea to run a health care clinic in such a filthy environment, is the same mindset that is in charge of running Chicago’s public schools.CBS reports:clinic that had been...
  • Watch Chicago for signs of public-worker union strength

    09/13/2012 7:05:24 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    SacBee: The State Worker ^ | 9/13/12 | Jon Ortiz
    Watch Chicago. A strike by teachers there demonstrates public sector unions' struggle to find their footing in an era when even their friends are turning on them. "I don't think it's hard to see footprints" between the Windy City and events elsewhere, said Bob Bruno, a labor expert at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. "Writ large, this is another of these stories about collective bargaining in the public sector under siege. It's been unfolding since 2010." About 26,000 Chicago teachers went on strike this week over everything from pay and how much student test scores should count toward teachers'...
  • Chicago teacher strike is about the kids ("It's for the children")

    09/12/2012 2:11:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Progressive ^ | September 12, 2012 | Theresa Moran
    Chicago teachers aren’t striking because of pay. They are walking picket lines because they’re sick of so-called education reforms that don’t address the real problems in the schools and instead emphasize privatization and rote testing. Teachers point out shocking disparities in Chicago’s education system, particularly the lack of resources in schools serving low-income black and Latino students. About 80 percent of Chicago students receive free and reduced lunch. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sends his kids to a private school with three libraries and seven art teachers. But half of Chicago public schools don’t have full-time art and music teachers, 98...
  • Strike day two– Chicago teachers party in the streets (Update — Video added)

    09/11/2012 11:02:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 11, 2012 | Anne Sorock
    The Chicago Teachers Union continued its second day of the strike by celebrating in a party-like atmosphere with kids, festive music, and a giant fuzzy elmo doll. They may be anticipating a long strike: according to CTU President Karen Lewis, the idea that a contract will be settled by the end of Tuesday “is lunacy.” I traveled downtown to view the protest. The “L” train was packed with young teachers in red t-shirts, smiling and laughing about the strike. One teacher commented that all they were doing at his high school to provide for students was “plopping in The Hunger...
  • Obama Lawyer Admits Forgery (title shortened)

    09/11/2012 2:17:44 PM PDT · by Eagles6 · 68 replies
    The Tea Party Tribune ^ | April 12, 2012 | Dan Crosby
    NEW YORK, NY – After a Maricopa County law enforcement agency conducted a six-month forensic examination which determined that the image of Obama’s alleged 1961 Certificate of Livej Birth posted to a government website in April, 2011 is a digital fabrication and that it did not originate from a genuine paper document, arguments from an Obama eligibility lawyer during a recent New Jersey ballot challenge hearing reveals the image was not only a fabrication, but that it was likely part of a contrived plot by counterfeiters to endow Obama with mere political support while simultaneously making the image intentionally appear...
  • Disgusting… Chicago Teachers Union Protests Outside 9-11 Memorial

    09/11/2012 11:44:08 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | September 11, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The Chicago Teachers Union protested outside a 9-11 emorial event today in Chicago.(PHOTO AT LINK)WLS reported: Dozens of striking Chicago teachers are protesting outside a Sept. 11 memorial event where Gov. Pat Quinn is speaking. The Chicago Democrat hasn’t weighed in on the walkout, which entered its second day on Tuesday. As he headed into the event, Quinn walked through the crowd, which sang “Amazing Grace” and held American flags. He said “Good luck.” The teachers marched over from nearby Curie Metro High School on the city’s southwest side.
  • Illinois: Land of 7,000 Governments

    09/11/2012 8:03:21 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 3 replies
    Chicago Magazine ^ | September 7, 2012 | Whet Moser
    People in Illinois like to complain about big government. But maybe there's a bigger problem: little government. Lots and lots of them, from municipalities to townships to special districts to school districts. Every five years the Census does a census of governments, and Illinois ranks first, as it always does, with 6,968, over 2,000 more than the runner-up, Pennsylvania. And we don't just have more governments than anywhere else; we have more of just about every kind of government the Census surveys. 2007 was the last year that a detailed breakdown was available; here are how the top four states...
  • Union Parasites Bleed Chicago

    09/10/2012 6:33:30 PM PDT · by WXRGina · 20 replies
    Big Hairy News ^ | September 10, 2012 | Scooter Van Neuter
    CHICAGO (BHN) - In a city already plagued by runaway crime, corruption, and years of liberal mismanagement, Chicago's Teacher's Union has struck that city after refusing an offer for a 16% pay increase. Chicago's teachers are already among the highest paid in the country, averaging over $76K a year before benefits. Despite the extravagant pay, Chicago kids test among the lowest in the country, leading many to question why the city doesn't fire the greedy "educators" and bring in real ones. Union president Karen "The Hut" Lewis, defended her union's decision to strike, saying, "Yo, give us the [f-ng] money...
  • One day of teaching nets IL union lobbyists $100k-per-year state pensions

    10/24/2011 8:59:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 10 replies
    HotAir ^ | October 24,2011 | ED MORRISSEY
    It’s practically a fantasy come to life: work a single day and get a golden parachute that will guarantee one’s retirement in comfort and luxury. Only in Illinois, it’s not just a fantasy, it’s a dream come true for two high-ranking union officials who worked a single day in a public school. Thanks to a loophole in the law that the state legislature inserted into a “reform” law, that one day as substitute teachers will cost Illinois taxpayers a few million dollars in pensions: Two lobbyists with no prior teaching experience were allowed to count their years as union employees...
  • Jarrett's Million Dollar Security Detail - Slumlord Protected by Taxpayers

    09/10/2012 5:10:47 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 16 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 9-10-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    Valerie Jarrett, long known in some circles as the "other half of Barack's brain," and in other circles as a Chicago slumlord, has her own security detail. Jarrett's official title is "Senior Advisor to the President." Here's the point: The idea that someone such as Jarrett--who officially plays no role in national security or counter-terrorism--would receive USSS protection would be laughable if it weren’t, in fact, real. It’s like a tale out of the Versailles Court of the Sun King--the sort of anecdote that provokes the peasants, eventually, to revolution. But in the meantime, before the deluge, Jarrett plans to...