Thursday, May 27, 2010
No One ever accused Chicago pols of exercising consistency, but I'm really wondering what Cook County States Attorney, Anita Alvarez is going to do about the 80 year old African American Korean War veteran who gunned down an intruder to his home.
The Humboldt Park man had and used a handgun in clear violation of Chicago law.
While Running for States Attorney in 2007, Alvarez said on the Jeff Berkowitz Public Affairs Forum, "I don't think anybody should own a gun, we're all safer without guns."
She also told Berkowitz during that December 16, 2007 interview, that gun law violators should be prosecuted as felons.
See the gun control portion of the interview here:
The Chicago Police, this morning announced that they would not press charges against the homeowner, whom they refused to identify, but in a Sun-Times interview, his son was identified as Butch Gant.
But Alvarez has before overruled Police Departments that she viewd as being insufficiently ardent in their pursuit of her leftist agenda.
When Evanston Police charged several white teenaged boys with simple assualt in a CTA incident several months back, she overruled them and pursued felony hate crimes charges against the youths, since their victim was homosexual.
Alvarez, ever the committed liberal, has said before that blacks are disproportionately taken to account by the criminal justice system.
If she tosses aside her clearly stated committment to enforce gun control laws in this case, will it be attributed to Alvarez's desire to even the racial score?
The previous State's Attorney, Dick Devine, brought charges against a white suburbanite, Hale Demar, for using a handgun to defend his Wilmette Home from an intruder in 2003.
The case was strikingly similar.
Will only black homeowners get a pass from the Cook County State's Attorney when they defy onerous gun bans?
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Back in 1978, the late Terry Dolan of the National Conservative Political Action Committee (NCPAC) declared that "we have won all the debates, now it's time to start winning elections."
With that, NCPAC embarked on its wildly successful effort to target liberal Senators. It doggedly attacked them with the innovation of 3rd party negative TV and radio ads and direct mailings.
As a result, such liberal icons as Senators George McGovern, Birch Bayh, Clifford Case and Frank Church ended up in the electoral ash heap and in 1980, President Ronald Reagan had a workable GOP conservative majority in the US Senate.
At that same time, Republicans in Evanston were in the business of winning elections. They controlled the municipal mayoralty and City Council, the local State legislators and served as home to U.S, Congressman, John Porter, who resided in a stately Evanston manse, just down Sheridan road from the homes of former GOP Congresswoman, Marguirite Stitt Church and former GOP Vice President Charles Dawes.
Today the Evanston Republicans are politically irrelevant to their local electoral landscape.
But they do sponsor debates.
They did that this past Wednesday. In conjunction with the Evanston Public Library, they sponsored a lecture by Chicago Lawyer, Joe Morris, on the topic, "Community Organizing 101: The Life Saul Alinsky."
Morris, a former Asst. Attorney General in the Reagan administration is a frequent guest on his friend, Dr. Milt Rosenberg's WGN radio show, Extension 720. The University of Chicago grad is arguably the most insightful and eloquent conservative speaker in the state of Illinois, if not in the entire Midwest.
His elucidation on fellow Chicagoan, Saul Alinsky's leftist community organizing philosophy was enlightening in several ways.
First, Obama's philosophic godfather was every bit as amoral as other Chicago godfathers who sported names like Al Capone, Frank Nitti and Sam Giancanna.
He dedicated his acclaimed opus, "Rules for Radicals," to none other than Lucifer, who he cites as an example of a genuinely successful prince.
According to Morris, Alinsky's political tactics were straight out of Niccolo Machiavelli -- the Father of amoral power politics.
Alinsky subscribed to the notion that the ends, in a given dispute, justified any means necessary to attain them. Those who expressed moral qualms, Alinsky wrote, didn't love the downtrodden masses enough.
The Hyde Park author of community organizing, admonished radicals to create discord in any community that they set out to organize, to personify the enemy, to infiltrate useful existing organizations and to shame the power structure into proferring financial support.
Morris points out that Alinsky's greatest monetary benefactor in Chicago was none other than the Roman Catholic Archdiocese, which showered money on him for his rabble rousing efforts (and continues to support his creations to this day.)
All interesting stuff, this.
But I kept waiting to hear Morris' recommendations for countering the ongoing tactical efforts of Alinsky's disciples: the Bill Ayers, Bernadette Dohrns, David Axlerods, Bob Creamers, ACORNS etc.
Alas, other than an admonition to avoid Alinsky's Hegelian moral relativism, there were none.
Guess an actual discussion of tangible counter-efforts will have to wait til the next Evanston GOP Christmas Party. That is held at the Evanston Presbyterian Retirement home. It's a convenient locale for the Evanston GOP's mostly septagenarian to octagenarian membership.
Won't win many elections with that demographic.
But it was a swell debate.
Friday, May 14, 2010
The Chicago Tribune reported today that Ozzie Guillen, skipper of the .412 White Sox who are 6 games below .500 and 8 games out of 1st place, said that, if somehow invited, he would not attend the 2011 All Star game in Phoenix due to that state's decision to crack down on illegal immigrants.
(Odd that the Venezuelan-born Guillen didn't express the same moral outrage over Venezuelan Socialist dictator, Hugo Chavez's persecution of political opponents and outright closure of 6 TV stations that were critical of his regime. But I guess Ozzie is too busy Twittering to take on every Great Cause.)
And in other breaking news, Cubs backup catcher, Koyie Hill, currently hitting a meaty .214 and Cubs ace reliever, Jeff Samardjia (ERA 18.90) also announced that under absolutely no circumstances would they accept an invitation to the All-Star Game if it were held in hellish Arizona.
But most disappointing, was the pronouncement by Chicago legend and Cubs mascot, Ronnie Woo-Woo Wickers, that he would be boycotting the 2011 Arizona All-Star game in solidarity with the illegal aliens of "sanctuary city" Chicago.
This is sure to break the back of the Arizona state law.
Woo-Woo explained his position in an impromptu news conference held outside Wrigley Field after yesterday's game. Mr. Woo-Woo was joined by Highland Park High School Asst. Superintendent, Suzan Hebson, the $206,000 a year bureaucrat who yesterday put the kibosh on her girls' basketball players' effort to attend a tournament in Arizona.
Q: Why are you taking this drastic measure, Ronnie?
Woo-Woo: Amnesty WOO! Illegal WOO! Aliens WOO!
Q: But don't the people of Arizona have a right to decide to enforce the laws of the United States?
Woo-Woo: One WOO! World WOO! Open WOO! Borders WOO!
Q: Under what circumstances would you reconsider your decision to boycott, Ronnie?
Woo-Woo: Sanctuary WOO! City WOO! Phoenix WOO! Mesa WOO! Free WOO! Healthcare WOO! Education WOO! Social Services WOO! for WOO Illegal WOO! Aliens WOO! WOOOOOO!
Joshua Hoyt, director of the illegal alien lobby group, IL Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights expressed satisfaction at Ronnie Woo-Woo's "keen grasp of the issues and unique way of articulating them." He said that his group will be wheeling out Ronnie as a featured speaker at future immigrant rights rallies.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
By now most have heard that Highland Park High School will not permit its championship girls basketball team to travel to Arizona for a tournament.
The girls had reportedly spent months selling cookies to raise funds for the trip, only to have an ideological warrior, Assistant District 113 Superintendent, Suzan Hebson, veto the trip.
Hebson,said that the new Arizona law intended to enforce U.S. residency laws in light of an onslaught of illegal alien settlement there, "would not be aligned with our beliefs and values."
Ms. Hebson is paid $206,319 a year to issue such profound pronunciamentos according to the Family Taxpayers Network teachers salaries report (see it here under the "Top 200 salaries" category: http://www.familytaxpayers.org/salary.php
Usually, when such morally superior uplifters as Suzan Hebson issue forth such ukases, there is a hypocrisy to be found nearby.
Such as with the 40% of Chicago Public School Teachers who sing the praises of the CPS system, yet send their own children to private schools. Or with such pro-public education luminaries as Barack Obama and Jesse Jackson, who conveniently send their children to posh and exclusive Sidwell Friends and St. Johns Academy respectively.
But I am happy to report that Suzan Hebson's Highland Park High School is true to its values.
After encountering a flurry of criticism on the morning radio talk shows and in the blogosphere, the ever-consistent Ms. Hebson announced that hereafter, Highland Park High School would not require proof of legal residency in Highland Park or elsewhere in District 113. Consequently anyone in the world who so chooses, will now be able to get a first class high-dollar education, courtesy of the enlightened, liberal taxpayers of Highland Park.
"We are not going to be like the benighted yahoos of Arizona," Asst. Supt. Hebson said. "There is no such thing as an illegal student. We are citizens of the world and all are welcome here," she pontificated.
Asked how District 113 would pay for a massive influx of new students, Hebson said that she would personally take a $150,000 annual pay cut and expected other members of her staff to do likewise.
"And if that is not enough, I'm sure the homeowners of the Highland Park area will enthusiastically embrace higher property taxes to make up any shortfall," Hebson said.
Hebson said that she was conferring with Highland Park mayor, Michael Belsky, about broadening the initiative to do away with residency requirements for the city's beaches and public library.
"We are going to be the first city on the face of the planet to truly obliterate meaningless distinctions of geographic residency," Hebson enthused.
To enroll your children at Highland Park High School for the coming year, call 224-765-1000.
Ask for Suzan Hebson.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
This past week, Tolbert Chisolm, the Committeeman of the New Trier Township Republican Party sent an e-mail to his membership which compared the Nazi holocaust to the 911 Muslim terror attack in New York.
And then he apologized for sending it.
For the life of me, I can't fathom to whom or for what he was apologizing. You can read the two e-mails in their entireity below and judge for yourself.
Chisum, is best known for being Cong. Mark Kirk's home Committeeman. He also has the peculiar distinction of being well known for having his operatives erect Mark Kirk campaign signs on peoples' lawns whether they asked for them or not, wanted them or not -- and for inventing the novel concept of actually charging people $20 to go to his annual New Trier Township GOP picnic.
In his initial email to party members and area activists, Chisum drew a parallel between the attempts of some to deny the reality of the holocaust perpetrated by the German National Socialists in the 30s and 40s and current attempts to hush up the reality of the September 11, 2001 Muslim terrorist massacre at the New York World Trade Center.
He incorporated standard textbook photos of holocaust victims and a (today seldom seen)photo of the first aircraft crashing into the WTC.
Then he sent another email to his list apologizing for sending the first.
To whom was he apologizing. Surely not to the Jewish community who raised more than $6 million to disseminate such very pictures at the new Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie.
To area Muslims for stating an historical fact?
Looks to me like Chisum is acting like so many other milquetoast Illinois Republican operatives. Either afraid of taking a definitive stand on crucial American issues or getting cold feet after the fact in the rare event that they do.
Here is the complete text of New Trier Township Republican Committeeman, Tolbert Chisum's, initial email:
"GET IT ALL ON RECORD --GET THE FILMS -- GET THE WITNESSES" EISENHOWER
When I was a kid, I couldn't understand why Eisenhower was so popular. Maybe this will explain why.
General Eisenhower Warned Us.
It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.
He did this because he said in words to this effect:
'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened'
This week, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred. It is not removed as yet.. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.
It is now more than 60 years after the Second World War in Europe ended. This e-mail is being sent as a memorial chain, in memory of the, six million Jews, 20 million Russians, 10 million Christians, and 1,900 Catholic priests Who were 'murdered, raped, burned, starved, beaten, experimented on and humiliated' while many in the world looked the other way!
Now, more than ever, with Iran , among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.
This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people! Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.
How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center
because it offends some Muslim???
Do not just delete this message; it will take only a minute to pass this along.
FREEDOM ISN'T FREE...SOMEONE HAD TO PAY FOR IT!
And here is the complete text of his subsequent email apology:
I personally apologize to you concerning a recent email sent about a quote of General Eisenhower and the holocaust. I did not realize that this email contained graphic and erroneous information. I will be more diligent in our communication in the future. Please accept my apology. Thank you.
Was there a need for an apology?
And if so, to whom?
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
As an alumnus of Loyola Academy I was surprised, but not shocked at the recent disclosure that past LA President, Rev. Larry Reuter had engaged in sexual activity with an 18 year old man.
After all, we all knew that there were effeminate types amongst the teaching force there. But Larry never came across as one -- and certainly not a flamer like others that any grad might be able to mention.
But I was shocked to learn this past February, that after the North Shore Prep school went co-ed in '92, Loyola Academy has been engaged in criminal behavior of an organized kind. Criminal behavior that could be liable for prosecution under the federal anti-organized crime RICO statutes.
You see, I found out that my alma mater had not only been admitting illegal alien students, but had actually joined the notorious Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. It is the only school of any kind to have been listed as a constituent member of that illegal alien lobbying group.
According to the unctuous ICIRR Director, Joshua Hoyt, the posh prep school joined his group after it sought help in getting its illegal alien seniors into state colleges which required proof of legal US residence.
This put an opulent old North Shore institution (its tuition is now higher than that of many private colleges) in bed with such smarmy illegal alien apologists as La Raza, MALDEF and the left-wing Immigration Lawyers Association. It also put them in bed with Joshua Hoyt.
I'm far more concerned by that than by whether or not an aging Jesuit was in bed with an 18 year old 20 years ago.
In doing this, Loyola Academy decided to mock and disregard the laws of the United States of America. It deprived qualified American students of seats at its own exclusive school and at whichever colleges its illegals attended.
When asked about this, a spokeswoman for current Loyola Academy President, Pat McGrath, clammed up as tight as an Exxon PR man after an Alaskan oil spill.
Apparently the big-money Wilmette institution isn't overly proud of its associations with Hoyt et.al. Maybe it doesn't want its parents and alumni to know that, as a cash-paying member of the illegal alien lobby group, it has been advocating an increase in Illinois state income taxes, amnesty for illegals and inclusion of illegal aliens into all taxpayer financed social programs.
Loyola Academy, despite having a teaching staff comprised of non-Catholic, non-cleric, males and females, remains nominally at least, a Jesuit institution.
The Jesuits over history, have been thrown out of most countries in Europe and many in South America for conspiring to undermine the governments of their host nations.
This Jesuit institution, has similarly joined a conspiracy to undermine its host nation.
I say, forget Fr. Larry Reuter's youthful homosexual indiscretions with a consenting adult. But prosecute Loyola Academy and its fellow members of the Chicago illegal alien lobby under the RICO Act.