Jun 29

And Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.

Flashback:

- Chicago Gun Violence So Severe That State Lawmaker Requests National Guard Help (CBS News, July 10, 2013):


- 27 Shot in Chicago Since Friday  (NBC News, June 29, 2014):

At least 27 people have been shot, one of them fatally, in Chicago since Friday.

Police said the weekend’s sole fatality, as of Sunday morning, occurred just before 9 a.m. Saturday when a 42-year-old man was fatally shot in the head while riding his bike.

The shooting took place in the 3600 block of West Chicago Avenue. Police said the man was taken to Mount Sinai hospital with wounds to the head and right arm and was later pronounced dead.

Ten others were shot Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning. Continue reading »

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Feb 27

- Fabrice “Fabulous Fab” Tourre to Teach Economics Class at University of Chicago (Liberty Blitzkrieg, Feb 26, 2014):

Just in case you thought for a second that the sorry discipline we call economics couldn’t stoop any further into the gutter of academic idiocy and irrelevance, think again. It’s now being reported that ex-Goldman Sachs trader Fabrice “Fabulous Fab” Tourre (recently convicted on six counts of securities fraud) will be teaching an honors economics class at the “prestigious” University of Chicago.

There’s nothing like an esteemed University setting the already culturally accepted example that ethics are for suckers. Stealing, cheating and corruption are the values most exalted in today’s world. It doesn’t matter how you achieve your wealth, as long as you attain it. After all, it’s not as if you’ll ever get in trouble for it as long as you work for a “Too Big to Jail” bank.

From the UK’s Telegraph:

Fabrice Tourre, the former Goldman Sachs trader convicted on six counts of securities fraud six months ago, will teach an honours class in economics at the University of Chicago this spring.

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Dec 06

“They want your fucking retirement money!”
- George Carlin (2005)


- Detroit bankruptcy ruling triggers calls for pension cuts across the US (WSWS, Dec 6, 2013):

Within days of a federal judge’s ruling in support of the Detroit bankruptcy, the devastating implications for the working class across the US are becoming apparent. States and cities throughout the country are citing the legal precedent of the Detroit ruling to attack public employee pensions, initiating a new stage in the assault on workers’ rights and living standards.

Politicians of both big business parties, media outlets and financial institutions have welcomed the decision by Judge Steven Rhodes, hailing its categorical assertion that federal courts can override state and local guarantees of public workers’ pensions.

The Michigan Constitution declares that accrued pension benefits are “contractual obligations” that “shall not be diminished or impaired.” Many other state constitutions have similar provisions. But Rhodes brushed aside the Michigan Constitution in order to open the door to the gutting of pensions.

On Thursday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a pension bill that slashes benefits for retired as well as active state employees, in violation of the Illinois Constitution’s prohibition of such pension cuts. Described as a “landmark” law, the Illinois measure will raise the retirement age for younger workers by eight years, slash cost-of-living adjustments for current pensioners, and transfer many workers from state-paid pension plans to employee-paid 401(k) plans.

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Sep 20

Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.

Flashback:

- Chicago Gun Violence So Severe That State Lawmaker Requests National Guard Help


- 13 shot in park: ‘My younger brother was on the floor’ (Chicago Tribune, Sep 20, 2013):

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said a mass shooting at a South Side park shows why assault weapons should be banned, saying it was a “miracle” no one was killed when someone opened fire with a high-powered rifle at a pick-up basketball game.

“A military-grade weapon on the streets of Chicago is simply unacceptable,”  McCarthy told a news conference this morning, 12 hours after a 3-year-old boy and 12 other people were shot during at Cornell Square Park. All are expected to survive.

“It’s a miracle there has been no fatality,” he said. “Illegal guns, illegal guns, illegal guns drive violence.”

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Jul 28

- Chicago Next? Windy City Cash Balance Plummets To Only $33 Million As Debt Triples (ZeroHedge, July 28, 2013):

While everyone’s attention is focused on the Detroit bankruptcy, and just what assets the city will sell in lieu of raising a DIP loan, perhaps it is time to refocus attention to the city 300 miles west: Chicago. According to the Chicago Sun Times citing year-end audits, Obama’s former right hand man, Rahm Emanuel, closed the books on 2012 with $33.4 million in unallocated cash on hand — down from $167 million the year before — while adding to the mountain of debt piled on Chicago taxpayers. In addition to a liquidity problem, Chicago may also be quite insolvent as the city’s total long-term debt soared to nearly $29 billion. That’s $10,780 for every one of the city’s nearly 2.69 million residents. More than a decade ago, the debt load was $9.6 billion or $3,338 per resident. Of course, in a world in which debt is “wealth”, this is great news… at least until debt becomes “bankruptcy.”

Ironically last year, now-retiring City Comptroller Amer Ahmad argued that the city’s debt load was not “troubling” because, “We still have a very strong bond rating. Our fiscal position is getting better every year and we are aggressively managing our liabilities and obligations” (very much awhat the ECB’s Mario Draghi tells the world when he gives the periodic monthly update of European capital markets during the central bank’s press conference). It is ironic because last week, Moody’s downgraded Chicago from Aa3 to A3 in an unprecedented three notch cut in the city’s bond rating, citing Chicago’s “very large and growing” pension liabilities, “significant” debt service payments, “unrelenting public safety demands” and historic reluctance to raise local taxes that has continued under Emanuel.

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Jul 13

Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.


- Ill. Rep Requests National Guard Help Stop Chicago Violence (CBS News, July 10, 2013):

CHICAGO, Ill. (IRN) – Gun violence in Chicago is so severe that a state lawmaker wants state police and the National Guard to assist the local cops.

State Rep. Monique Davis (D-Chicago) is making the request.

“I am requesting with this press conference that Gov. Patrick Quinn order the Illinois National Guard (and) the Illinois State Police (to) come to Chicago and work with our mayor Ron (sic) Emanuel to provide safety for the children, especially,” she said at a news conference in Springfield.

Other state lawmakers accompanied Davis to recognize the severity of the problem, and the extent to which it carries beyond Chicago’s troubled neighborhoods to the entire city and other parts of the state, but not necessarily to concur with her solution.

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May 26

George Carlin sums it up best:

- George Carlin: The American Dream (Video):


- Marching in Chicago: Resisting Rahm Emanuel’s Neoliberal Savagery (Truthout, May 24, 2013):

Across the globe, predatory capitalism spreads its gospel of power, greed, commodification, gentrification, and inequality. Through the combined forces of a market driven ideology, policy, and mode of governance, the apostles of free-market capitalism are doing their best to dismantle historically guaranteed social provisions provided by the welfare state, define the accumulation of capital as the only obligation of democracy, increase the role of corporate money in politics, wage an assault on unions, expand the military-security state, increase inequalities in wealth and income, foster the erosion of civil liberties, and undercut public faith in the defining institutions of democracy. As market mentalities and moralities tighten their grip on all aspects of society, democratic institutions and public spheres are being downsized, if not altogether disappearing. As these institutions vanish—from public schools to health care centers—there is also a serious erosion of the discourses of community, justice, equality, public values, and the common good. One does not have to look too far to see what happens in America’s neoliberal educational culture to see how ruthlessly the inequality of wealth, income, and power bears down on those young people and brave teachers who are struggling every day to save the schools, unions, and modes of pedagogy that offer hope at a time when schools have become just another commodity, students are reduced to clients or disposable populations, and teachers and their unions are demonized.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s current attempt to close down 54 public schools largely inhabited by poor minorities is one more example of a savage, racist neoliberal system at work that uses the politics of austerity and consolidation to further disenfranchise the unskilled young of the inner city. The hidden curriculum in this instance is not so invisible. Closing schools will result in massive layoffs, weakening the teachers unions. It will free up land that can be gentrified to attract middle class voters, and it will once again prove that poor minority students regardless of the hardships, if not danger, they will face as a result of such closings are viewed as disposable—human waste to be relegated to the zones of terminal exclusion.  Not only are many teachers and parents concerned about displacing thousands of students to schools that do not offer any hope of educational improvement, but they are also concerned about the safety of the displaced children, many of whom “will have to walk through violent neighborhoods, and go to school with other students who are considered enemies.” Brian Sturgis, a Chicago high school senior and organizer with the group Chicago Students Organizing to Save our Schools declared in an op-ed that Chicago students are prepared to fight for their schools. He writes: Continue reading »

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Apr 21

- ALERT! La Salle Nuclear Plant Nearly Took Out Chicago! (Pissin’ On The Roses, April 19, 2013):

Chicago almost became a glowing radioactive sister city to Fukushima.

Yesterday we broke the story of  the La Salle Nuclear plant having to perform a Fukushima style direct-to-atmosphere venting of the primary nuclear containment  due to a lightening strike. As we indicated at the time, the amount of radioactivity released is unknown because the radiation monitors were not on a backup power supply.

Today in a follow on NRC event report, we find out that failures in the emergency cooling system resulted in the last ditch cooling attempt of directly venting the radioactive drywell to the atmosphere. The severity of those failures are underreported in the NRC event report, because it reads no different than if it the failures had been discovered during testing instead of being found out in the midst of a real life emergency resulting in the last ditch cooling effort of venting.

We explain the situation in more detail in the video, but gist of the analysis is as follows: Continue reading »

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Jan 19

From the article:

“I’m not going to let you do to me what you did to Stanley McChrystal,” Emanuel said in an allusion to the Rolling Stones profile of McChrystal that Hastings wrote which led to the general’s resignation over disparaging comments made about President Obama.



Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

- Reporter: Mayor Emanuel threatened me with ‘physical violence’ (PressTV, Jan 18, 2013):

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel allegedly grabbed a reporter by the arm in order to communicate “a threat of physical violence” in the course of an interview that went south during the presidential campaign.

“I’ve never experienced anything like this in my career from an American public official,” Buzzfeed’s Michael Hastings, author of Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Barack Obama’s Final Campaign, said on Current TV.

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Jan 04

- 500 Murders In Chicago Show Gun Bans Don’t Work (Investors, Dec 2, 2013):

Guns: The mayor of what is at once America’s most gun-controlled city and its murder capital wants an assault weapons ban like the one he pushed in 1994. Except it didn’t work then, and it won’t work now.

Nathaniel T. Jackson, 40, an alleged gang member with a long arrest record, was gunned down last week outside a store in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood, becoming the Windy City’s 500th murder victim in 2012.

Up to 80% of Chicago’s murders and shootings are gang-related, according to police. By one estimate, the city has almost 70,000 gang members. A police audit last spring identified 59 gangs and 625 factions; most were on the South and West sides.

Yet, in the view of Chicago’s mayor and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, the answer to violence by crazies and criminals in his city and nationally is more gun control, not more gang and goon control.

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Jul 16

- These 12 Hellholes Are Examples Of What The Rest Of America Will Look Like Soon (The Economic Collapse, July 15, 2012):

Do you want to see where this country is headed?  If so, don’t focus on the few areas that are still very prosperous.  New York City has Wall Street, Washington D.C. has the federal government and Silicon Valley has Google and Facebook.  Those are the exceptions.  The reality is that most of the country has been experiencing a slow decline for a very long time and once thriving cities such as Gary, Indiana and Flint, Michigan have become absolute hellholes.  They are examples of what the rest of America will look like soon.  60 years ago, most Americans were decent, hard working people and there were always good jobs available for anyone that was willing to roll up his or her sleeves and put in an honest day of work.  But now all of that has changed.  Over the past decade, tens of thousands of manufacturing facilities have shut down and millions of jobs have left the country.  Cities such as Cleveland, Baltimore and Detroit were once shining examples of everything that was right about America, but now they stand out like festering sores.  The “blue collar cities” have been hit the hardest by the gutting of our economic infrastructure.  There are many communities in America today where it seems like all of the hope and all of the life have been sucked right out of them.  You can see it in the eyes of the people.  The good times are gone permanently and they know it.  Unfortunately, the remainder of the country will soon be experiencing the despair that those communities are feeling.

The following are 12 hellholes that are examples of what the rest of America will look like soon…. Continue reading »

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Jul 12

- Cops over classrooms: Chicago uses teachers’ salaries to pay for school police (RT, July 10, 2012):

The union that represents public school teachers in Chicago, Illinois says that the city lied about around $70 million in finances to fund the police department with money already put aside for educators.

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has uncovered an agreement signed by city officials through a Freedom of Information Act request that they say shows that millions of dollars meant to go towards contractually obligated raises for public school workers were instead funneled to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to compensate law enforcement for patrolling the halls of those very schools.

According to a post published on the website for the CTU, the documents obtained in the recent FOIA request reveal that the city took $70 million set aside for teacher salaries and unemployment benefits and sent it to the Police Department to use for paying the cops that were dispatched across Chicago’s school system last year.

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May 19

In other related news:

- Arrested Protester Charges Mistreatment After Police Raid Apartment (CBS Chicago, May 18, 2012)


- Army Convoy Heading Towards NATO Summit As Chicago Law Enforcement Prepares For War With Protesters (Intel Hub, May 18, 2012):

Chicago police and security personal are set for what they seem to believe will be a full scale battle with protesters during this weekends NATO Summit.

With numerous protest groups set to launch widespread protests throughout the weekend, the police state is out like never before.

In a move eerily reminiscent of the Soviet Union and East Germany, multiple activists were arrested and literally disappeared just days before the summit.

An article published by RT quoted a National Lawyers Guild spokesman in regards to the pre crime arrests: Continue reading »

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May 18

- Iraq, Afghanistan vets to hand back medals at NATO summit (USA Today, May 16, 2012):

Thirty to 50 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars may have fought hard for or suffered for their medals, but this weekend, they plan to hand those medals back during the NATO summit in Chicago, MSNBC reports.

The group will stage the demonstration in protest of the war on terror, according to the itinerary for Sunday published on the blog Iraq Veterans Against the War.

The group will convene at 10 a.m. for music and speeches and at 3 p.m. march to the convention center where the NATO meeting will take place to return the medals, according to the intinerary.

If they are unable to hand their medals to NATO officials, they will toss them toward the convention center, MSNBC reports.

“We, Afghanistan and Iraq veterans from around the country will converge in Chicago on May 20 to ceremoniously return our medals to NATO generals,” according to the blog. “We were awarded these medals for serving in the Global War on Terror, a war based on lies and failed policies. This endless war has killed hundreds of thousands, stripped the humanity of all involved, and drained our communities of trillions of dollars, diverting funds from schools, clinics, libraries, and other public goods.” Continue reading »

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May 18


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May 11

See also:

- NATO Summit: Airport-Style Security Screenings For Chicago Trains

- Feds Sending Armed Agents To Chicago Three Weeks Before NATO Summit

- Milwaukee Red Cross Told To Prep For Chicago Evacuation During NATO Summit (Video)

- Blackhawk Choppers Buzz Chicago Skyscrapers – OEMC: Military Is Conducting Training Sessions (Video)


- It’s Not Just the Red Cross Preparing for an Evacuation of Chicago During NATO Summit (Intel Hub, May 9, 2012):

It has now emerged that it was not just the Red Cross and hospitals that were told to prepare for various emergency scenarios surrounding the upcoming NATO summit in Chicago.

To get some background on what is going on and the potential outcomes, watch the short video below:


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This topic was also discussed in detail with Drew Lamb on episode 14 of End the Lie Radio which you can see below as well:


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The local Chicago CBS affiliate recently reported that Benedictine University has been contacted by the American Red Cross chapter in DuPage County to set up emergency shelters.

This is being done in order to prepare for a potential evacuation of Chicago during the NATO summit and the Lisle campus of Benedictine University has been instructed to plan for up to 1,000 evacuees.

Keep in mind that is just one of the many locations being prepared for a potentially massive influx of evacuees.

Earlier the same local CBS affiliate reported that the Milwaukee Red Cross had been asked by both the City of Chicago and the Secret Service to set up shelters.

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May 04

- Summit Could Mean Airport-Style Security On Metra Electric, South Shore Trains (CBS News, May 3, 2012):

CHICAGO – Some stations on the Metra Electric Line and South Shore Line could be shut down during the upcoming NATO summit, and passengers at other stations could face airport-style security screenings, due to the Secret Service security plan that could be released as soon as Friday afternoon.

CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine has exclusive details on those security measures, which the Secret Service is expected to officially unveil on Friday, or at the very latest, on Monday. Federal officials have promised the announcement will include a “comprehensive list of street closures and parking restrictions surrounding the NATO summit.”

The Secret Service has been battling with Metra and the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District over the security measures that will be needed on the Electric and South Shore lines, which both run directly under McCormick Place.

Metra and NICTD won round one of that battle, as trains on those two lines will continue to operate during the summit, although there will be significant delays at times, with trains possibly being stopped for security screening before passing McCormick Place.

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Apr 28

See also:

- Milwaukee Red Cross Told To Prep For Chicago Evacuation During NATO Summit (Video)

- Blackhawk Choppers Buzz Chicago Skyscrapers – OEMC: Military Is Conducting Training Sessions (Video)


- Police vs Protester: Feds sending armed agents to Chicago three weeks before NATO Summit (RT, April 27, 2012):

May’s NATO summit in Chicago is still weeks away, but residents of the Windy City can expect to see armed federal agents patrolling the streets in preparation much sooner than that.

Three weeks before international heads of state will converge in Chicago, Illinois for the annual NATO conference, the US Federal Protective Service will send armed officers into the city’s downtown district to prepare for the swarm of protesters expected to arrive in time for the event, slated for May 20 and 21.

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Apr 26

See also:

- Blackhawk Choppers Buzz Chicago Skyscrapers – OEMC: Military Is Conducting Training Sessions (Video)


- Milwaukee Red Cross Told To Prep For Chicago Evacuation During NATO Summit (CBS, April 25, 2012):

CHICAGO (CBS) – Is there a secret plan to evacuate some residents of Chicago in the event of major trouble during the NATO summit next month? CBS 2 has uncovered some evidence that there is. It comes from the Milwaukee area branch of the American Red Cross.

CBS 2 News has obtained a copy of a Red Cross e-mail sent to volunteers in the Milwaukee area.

It said the NATO summit “may create unrest or another national security incident. The American Red Cross in southeastern Wisconsin has been asked to place a number of shelters on standby in the event of evacuation of Chicago.”

According to a chapter spokesperson, the evacuation plan is not theirs alone.

“Our direction has come from the City of Chicago and the Secret Service,” she said.

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Sep 06

- 6-year-old kids handcuffed in class (RT, Sep. 2, 2011):

A lawsuit out of Chicago, Illinois alleges that several 6- and 7-year-old students at a city public school were handcuffed and threatened for hours all for talking during their first grade class.

LaShanda Smith, one of the student’s mothers, is seeking $100,000 from the city for damages both “permanent” and “personal” that she says her son suffered as a result of the incident, which allegedly occurred in 2010 at a school in the south side of the city. Smith’s attorney Michael Carin tells the Chicago Tribune that he has attempted to resolve the issue without bringing the battle into the courtroom, but the school Board officials have ignored his attempts at reaching a settlement.

“Unfortunately, we had to file a lawsuit because the Chicago Board of Education ignored my client on the day of the imprisonment and every day thereafter,” Carin writes in an email to the Tribune. “We hope the Chicago Board of Education acknowledges its responsibility and resolves the matter quickly.”

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Mar 17

- Tokyo Passengers Set Off O’Hare Radiation Detectors (ZeroHedge):

No seriously, it is all under control. And furthermore, the radiation detectors only go off on less than dangerous doses. And if that fails, GE can simply raise the sensitivity threshold on its scanners so no more vile, malicious false alarms such as this are set off in the future. “Mayor Richard Daley acknowledged today passengers on a flight from Tokyo had set off radiation detectors at O’Hare International Airport, but he offered no details and said federal officials will be handling the situation.”

From Chicago Breaking News:

“Of course the protection of the person coming off the plane is very important in regards to any radiation, especially within their families and anything else,” Daley said at a downtown news conference to discuss his trip to China this week.

City Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino would only say, “We are aware that occurred yesterday. We are working with Customs and Border Protection on this issue.” She referred reporters to the Department of Homeland Security.

And the follow up from Chicago Positive Spin News:

Federal officials found traces of radiation on a United Airlines jet that arrived at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport from Tokyo Wednesday but determined that the plane’s cargo and passengers were safe.

Airline and government officials are reluctant to address their efforts to detect radiation contamination on U.S. aircraft at a time when some members of the public are jittery about possible fallout from Japan’s stricken nuclear plants.

It is unclear if those who set off the alarms will be arrested for smuggling illegal radiation from Japan, where gamma waves are being scared into hiding if one is brave enough to believe the domestic government.

- Japan radiation sets off O’Hare airport alarms (CBS NEWS):

Trace amounts of radiation from Japan have been detected in Chicago, CBS News station WBBM-TV reports.

Travelers coming in from Japan on Wednesday triggered radiation detectors at O’Hare International Airport as they passed through customs. Only very small amounts of radiation were detected.

“We are aware of the radiation,” said Chicago Aviation Department spokeswoman Karen Pride. “We are adding screenings and precautionary measures.”

In one instance, radiation was detected in a plane’s air filtration system. Radiation was also found in luggage and on passengers on flights from Japan.

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Feb 25

See also:

- Rahm Emanuel Cleared To Run For Chicago Mayor

- Appellate Court Removes Rahm Emanuel Off Chicago Ballot, Because He Does Not Meet The Residency Requirement For Eligible Candidates:

Rahm Emanuel has been knocked off the mayoral ballot after an Illinois appellate court panel overturned a ruling in his residency case.

The panel ruled that Emanuel did not meet the residency requirement for eligible candidates.

“We conclude that the candidate neither meets the the municipal code’s requirement that he have ‘resided’ in Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement,” the court wrote in its decision.

- Who Donated $10.6 Million To Illegitimate Candidate Rahm Emanuel’s Campaign? Steve Jobs, Robert Rubin, Donald Trump, Steven Spielberg, Aaron Sorkin, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Justin Timberlake etc.

- EXPOSED: Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Political Syndicate – Total Corruption (!)

Reminds me of Matt Taibbi’s recent article:

- Matt Taibbi: Why Isn’t Wall Street in Jail? (Rolling Stone)

Over drinks at a bar on a dreary, snowy night in Washington this past month, a former Senate investigator laughed as he polished off his beer.

“Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail,” he said. “That’s your whole story right there. Hell, you don’t even have to write the rest of it. Just write that.”

I put down my notebook. “Just that?”

“That’s right,” he said, signaling to the waitress for the check. “Everything’s fucked up, and nobody goes to jail. You can end the piece right there.”

Total corruption everywhere!



Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel laughs before addressing the crowd Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011 in Chicago. Emanuel was elected mayor of Chicago Tuesday, easily overwhelming five rivals to take the helm of the nation’s third-largest city as it prepares to chart a new course without the retiring Richard M. Daley.

NEW YORK – By crushing the competition, Rahm Emanuel is not just mayor—he may be mayor for life. Jonathan Alter reports from the victory party, from the jokes about Rahm’s residency flap to the challenges he faces. Plus, Howard Kurtz on the rise of anti-politicians.

Batten down the hatches, Chicago. He’s Da Mare. The *!#&! mayor.

When a Chicago lawyer named John Levi last fall introduced Rahm Emanuel to the partners at Sidley Austin (the Chicago firm where a young Barack Obama met Michelle Robinson in the late 1980s), Levi reminded his audience that for Chicagoans, there are only two truly important political jobs in the world—president of the United States and mayor of the city of Chicago.

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Jan 25

Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

Good to have ‘friends’:

- Who Donated $10.6 Million To Illegitimate Candidate Rahm Emanuel’s Campaign? Steve Jobs, Robert Rubin, Donald Trump, Steven Spielberg, Aaron Sorkin, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Justin Timberlake etc.

See also:

- EXPOSED: Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Political Syndicate – Total Corruption



Mayoral candidate Rahm Emanuel holds a press conference after an Illinois Appellate Court panel overturned a ruling in his residency case Monday January 24, 2011.
Jose More/Chicago News Cooperative

Rahm Emanuel has been knocked off the mayoral ballot after an Illinois appellate court panel overturned a ruling in his residency case.

The panel ruled that Emanuel did not meet the residency requirement for eligible candidates. (Scroll down to read the complete ruling.)

“We conclude that the candidate neither meets the the municipal code’s requirement that he have ‘resided’ in Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement,” the court wrote in its decision.

Shortly afterward, Emanuel’s attorneys said they will appeal the case to the Illinois Supreme Court.

Ballots for the Feb. 22 election will be printed Monday night and they will not contain Emanuel’s name, said Jim Allen, a spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners.

“We’re going to print with one less candidate,” Allen said.

Emanuel had been in the top position on the ballot. That spot now goes to City Clerk Miguel del Valle, followed by Carol Moseley Braun, Gery Chico, Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins and William Walls.

The board, Allen said, is not worried about the possibility that the Illinois Supreme Court could pick up the case.

“It’s a hypothetical,” Allen said. “We’ve got an election to run.”

Emanuel struck a confident note when he addressed reporters around 1:30 p.m. at a Loop restaurant.

“I have no doubt that we will, in the end, prevail at this effort,” Emanuel said. “As my father always used to say, ‘Nothing is ever easy in life.’ Nothing is ever easy. This is just one turn in the road.”

In a news conference that lasted barely four minutes, Emanuel said he hoped for a quick ruling on his appeal to the state Supreme Court and added that he felt encouraged by the arguments from the justice who took his side in the 2-1 appellate court ruling.

“The dissent came in pretty strong,” he said.

Emanuel repeated his contention that he should not be disqualified from running because he went to work in Washington. He suggested that he should be exempt from the requirement that he live in the city for a year before the election — a loophole that clearly applies to soldiers on duty.

“When the president asks you to serve the country as his chief of staff, that counts as part of service to your country,” he said.

Emanuel said he hopes that his residency issue will be resolved, arguing that it has distracted from a clear debate on important issues facing the city, including its financial problems, public education and crime.

“I still own a home here – look forward to moving into it one day – vote from here and pay property taxes here,” Emanuel said. “I do believe the people of the city of Chicago deserve the right to make a decision on who they want to be their next mayor.”

Michael Kasper, Emanuel’s lead attorney, told reporters after the decision that he plans on filing paperwork with the Illinois Supreme Court by Wednesday. Kasper said he’s not sure whether the court will even take up the case.

“I’m not going to speculate on what the court may or may not do,” Kasper said. “But we are going to appeal.”

Burton Odelson, an attorney for the objectors, thanked the judges for their decision.

“It was a clear cut case just like we said all along” Odelson told reporters at the courthouse.

In the 2-to-1 court decision, judges Thomas Hoffman and Shelvin Louise Marie Hall agreed that Emanuel does not meet the eligibility requirements to run for mayor. Emanuel’s attorneys had argued that Emanuel’s work as White House chief of staff made him eligible for a special provision in the election code that’s typically applied for U.S. servicemen and women. That provision allows those serving to maintain their residency if they are “on business of the United States.”

“That plan language limits the reach of the ‘business of the United States’ exception to ‘elector[s]’ or their spouses; it makes no mention of ‘candidates,’” wrote Hoffman for the majority.

Judge Bertina Lampkin, the lone dissenter, ripped into the majority’s decision. Calling the decision “contrary,” Lampkin wrote in the dissenting opinion that multiple court precedents show Emanuel can be eligible to run for mayor even though he worked in Washington, D.C. for most of the last year. Lampkin also wrote Emanuel’s decision to vote from his Hermitage Avenue address while in D.C. showed the candidate did not intend to abandon his residency.

Lampkin also casted doubt on whether the Illinois Supreme Court will have time to review the case, should it do so.

“While I strongly believe that the majority’s holding is completely erroneous, if the majority were to apply it only prospectively, rather than retroactively to this candidate, there would be sufficient time for our supreme court to thoughtfully review it,” wrote Lampkin. “The majority’s decision disenfranchises not just this particular candidate, but every voter in Chicago who would consider voting for him. Well-settled law does not countenance such a result.”

One of the seven justices on the state’s high court is Anne M. Burke, the wife of veteran Ald. Edward Burke (14th Ward). The Chicago News Cooperative reported in November that Burke’s political organization has aided the campaign of Emanuel’s mayoral rival, Gery Chico.

Chico would not address Burke’s potential role Monday at a news conference scheduled in response to the ruling.

“I’m a candidate for mayor, I don’t tell the Illinois Supreme Court what to do one way or the another,” Chico said. “That’s not my position.”

The Emanuel campaign encouraged followers on Twitter to meet at the Chicago Board of Elections at 5 p.m. today “to rally for Rahm’s right 2 b on the ballot and let Chicagoans choose.”

If Emanuel ultimately cannot be a candidate for mayor, the development would revolutionize the campaign to replace retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley. Emanuel has been the clear leader in every poll, with many analysts speculating that he could win the majority in the Feb. 22 election and avoid an April run-off.

Emanuel reported last week that his campaign raised a record-breaking sum of more than $10.5 million in the first three months after he resigned as White House chief of staff and returned to Chicago. That amount represented more than four times the fund-raising performance of Chico and roughly three times what the five other candidates on the ballot had collected.

Emanuel’s fund-raising prowess had allowed him to saturate the airwaves with campaign commercials for more than two months.

Mayoral candidates Braun, Chico and del Valle quickly called news conferences for Monday afternoon to address Emanuel’s removal from the ballot.

Chico said he was “surprised as anyone” with the ruling and called himself “agnostic” about Emanuel’s removal from the ballot.

“We will continue vigorously with our campaign with or without Rahm Emanuel,” Chico said at a River North news conference. “I’ve said from day one in this campaign, I haven’t paid much attention to who’s on, who’s off, who’s in the race. I mean, some of the biggest names in politics have come before this race and I’ve just not paid much attention to it and my philosophy remains the same today: we will work hard to gather every vote that we can and bring our case to the people throughout this city.”

Del Valle took a swipe at Emanuel’s substantial fundraising totals in a statement about the ruling.

“It looked like money was going to decide this election,” del Valle said. “The voters now have a rare opportunity to shape this city’s future.”

Braun called the appellate court’s decision a “major milestone” in her campaign and said she hoped Emanuel’s supporters would now join her.

“I’m a great believer in the rule of law,” Braun said at a Monday afternoon news conference. “The court has spoken and until they change their mind that’s the law of the land.”

U.S Rep. Danny Davis, who had filed nominating papers to appear on the Feb. 22 ballot and had been declared the consensus black mayoral candidate by a group black politicians and community leaders, said he has no regrets about withdrawing from the race last month and endorsing Braun.

“I don’t worry about spilled milk,” Davis said Monday from Washington, D.C.. He said has been receiving calls from his colleagues in Congress about the ruling. “Everybody’s been talking about it. … I’ve talked to very few people who were not surprised.”

The appellate panel’s ruling was the latest twist in an unusual spectacle that has consumed much of the political limelight since Daley announced that he would not run for a seventh term and Emanuel launched his campaign to succeed Daley.

City elections officials and a Cook County judge had sided with Emanuel, rejecting the notion that he did not meet the residency requirement because he rented out his home in Chicago and moved to Washington to become President Barack Obama‘s chief of staff in 2009.

During the election board hearing on his case last month, Emanuel testified for 12 hours, taking questions not only from Odelson but also from more than two dozen citizens who had filed formal objections to his candidacy without the benefit of a lawyer.

Emanuel’s election lawyers had argued that the former congressman always intended to return to his home on the North Side after serving Obama. To buttress their claims, they had argued that Emanuel left family heirlooms, such as his wife’s wedding dress, in the basement of the house.

Through it all, Emanuel has said he feels that he never abandoned Chicago — an assertion backed up by another of his former bosses, President Bill Clinton, in a visit here last week to campaign for Emanuel. Clinton ridiculed the notion that Emanuel is not a full-fledged Chicagoan, saying everybody who worked with him was aware that he regarded the city as “the capitol of the world.”

Idalmy Carrera and Rachel Cromidas contributed reporting
Source: Chicago News Coopertive

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Jan 25

Update:

- Appellate Court Removes Rahm Emanuel Off Chicago Ballot, Because He Does Not Meet The Residency Requirement For Eligible Candidates

The elite puppet Mafia exposed:

- EXPOSED: Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Political Syndicate – Total Corruption

Again:

- Elite Puppet President Obama Exposed (Video exposes also several other elite puppet Republican and Democrat US Administrations)

Americans never had a choice.

With former elite puppet President Bill Clinton promoting and raising for Rahmbo.



Donald Trump, Aaron Sorkin and Steven Spielberg have written checks for Emanuel. | AP Photos

Rahm Emanuel has tapped his super-agent brother Ari’s Hollywood money network big-time in his bid to become Chicago mayor, gobbling up five- and six-figure checks from the likes of Steven Spielberg, “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin, Dreamworks mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg, and the Napster founder played by Justin Timberlake in “The Social Network.”

But Emanuel’s stunning multi-million haul wasn’t limited to the bright lights of the sunset strip — it also included huge payouts from CEOs and hedge fund managers across from New York to Silicon Valley, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Donald Trump and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.

Emanuel’s shop announced Thursday afternoon it had collected $11.7 million, including $1.1 million already in the former congressman’s funds, since unofficially launching his campaign in October. That total — almost identical to what Gov. Pat Quinn spent in his statewide gubernatorial race this fall — puts Emanuel in a strong position as he tries to replace long-time mayor Richard M. Daley.

Emanuel already has spent $2.2 million on friend David Axelrod’s Chicago-based communications firm to produce commercials that remind Chicago voters that the man who lived in DC for the past year and a half is still a native son.

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Jan 20

Change!

Again (for new Infinite Unknown readers) I need to tell you that Obama is just another elite puppet President like Bush, Clinton etc.

The following video exposes also several other elite puppet US administrations:

- Elite Puppet President Obama Exposed

More info below.



Added: 15. January 2011

Random facts you probably didn’t know:

1. Michael Chertoff was part of prosecution team that helped blow the 1993 World Trade Center investigation

2. Patrick Fitzgerald who was Chertoff’s boss on the WTC non-investigation is now in Illinois prosecuting political opponents of Rahm Emmanuel and Barack Obama

3. Rahm Emanuel’s father was an Israeli terrorist who specialized in bombing buses and killing British troops in Palestine

4. Emanuel and Obama both used a Washington DC townhouse provided to them by a BP lobbyist when Emanuel was a Congressman and Obama was a Senator

5. Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel were members of the same gay bath house in Chicago

6. A former staffer of the woman who rented Emanuel the townhouse just died…in a fire…in her garage…behind her house. Her husband is a top Obama staffer Dan Turton.

7. Larry Silverstein – leasee of the World Trade Center – is now the owner of the Chicago Sears Tower

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

If you ever wondered why Obama is carrying out the corporate-fascist agenda of the Bush family, you’ll understand everything after watching this video

Source: Brasscheck TV

Obama is now the worst President in the history of the United States of America, because not only did Obama approve and extend all Bush policies, but he also added even more unconstitutional laws and policies to them.

Obama like Bush (and all the other elite puppet criminals) is a traitor.

Change we can believe in!

The record from hell (only a small part of it):

- Obama’s Internet ID Equates To National Real ID Card For Accessing The Internet

- Hawaii Governor Can’t Find President Obama’s Birth Certificate

- US Government Borrows 40 Percent Of Every Dollar It Spends

- US Congress Quietly Prepares to Renew Patriot Act

US Government Spends $6.85 Million Per Minute

- Max Keiser: Monsanto And The Seeds Of Evil – Max Calls Obama A ‘Friggin NAZI’

- Obama Administration Plans Internet Identity Ecosystem to Protect Online Users Through ‘Trusted Digital Identities’

- Geithner Warns Lawmakers That Failure to Raise US Debt Limit ‘Precipitates a Default by the United States’ With Catastrophic Economic Consequences

- Obama Sends 1,400 More Marines to Afghanistan (Pledged In Dec. to Start Bringing Troops Home Next Summer)

- Utah: $1.5 Billion NSA Cyber-Security Center Under Way

- Obama Administration Tells Agencies: Measure ‘Happiness,’ Look For ‘Despondence and Grumpiness’ to Prevent New WikiLeaks

- Hiding The Greatest Depression: How The US Government Does It

- S. 510 Food Safety Modernization Bill and Codex Alimentarius

- Oops! Obama Mama Passport ‘Destroyed’ – Records For The Years Surrounding Obama’s 1961 Birth Are Missing

- New Obama Eligibility Challenge Reaches The U.S. Supreme Court

- The TSA’s State-Mandated Molestation

- President Obama To Enact ‘Death Panels’

- Barack Obama’s Family Holiday In Hawaii Costs At Least $1.5 Million As Mainland America Is Battered By Storms.

- Warren Buffett’s $600 Million INTEREST-FREE Loan From US Taxpayers Or How The Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves At Taxpayers Expense

- Obamatax Law Packed With Obscure Business Tax Cuts

- US Treasury: Government Liabilities Rose $2 Trillion in Fiscal Year 2010

- President Obama to Sign Package Extending Tax Breaks For The Rich

- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: Population Control Will Now Become The Centerpiece Of US Foreign Policy

- In pushing Obamacare, Nancy Pelosi dismisses authority of US Constitution

- 30 Facts – The Rothschild Bankers Planned The Gulf Disaster

- Jesse Ventura Conspiracy Theory: ‘Gulf Coast Oil Spill’

- Food Safety Bill Invokes Codex Harmonization And Grants FDA Authority To Police Food Safety Of Foreign Nations

- US House of Representatives Passes Unconstitutional S.510/HR 2751, The Food Safety Modernization Act

- Unconstitutional S. 510 Food Safety Bill Passed by Senate in Late-Night Sneak Attack on Small Farmers and Food Freedom

- BETRAYED BY THE GOP – Unconstitutional S.510 Food Safety Modernization Act Sent Back to House Tuesday 12.21. PUSH BACK NEEDED NOW!

- And Now: Democrats Pull Fast One With S. 510 Food Safety Bill

- Federal Judge Rules Obamacare Unconstitutional

- US: Highest November Budget Deficit On Record

- Walmart Public Service Announcement By STASI Secretary Janet Napolitano

- BP Victims Won’t Be Allowed to Sue If They Accept Compensation

- Obama supporter Velma Hart ‘Exhausted’ Defending Barack Obama’s Policies Loses Her Job

- Rep. Ron Paul on CNN: ‘We Don’t Solve Our Problems By Abusing The Rights Of American Citizens!’

- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Proposes Full-Body Scanners For Trains, Boats, Metro

- Rep. Ron Paul to TSA: Stop Irradiating Our Bodies and Fondling Our Children!

- 1 in 7 US Households Hit By Hunger Issues in 2009

- White House Probe Clears BP Over Oil Spill Disaster

- President Obama Warns of Unemployment Being ‘New Normal’ in US

- Jesse Ventura Conspiracy Theory: Wall Street

- Catherine Austin Fitts: The Looting Of America

- Pentagon Awards $630 Million Afghanistan Contract to Highly Controversial Supplier

- America – The End of Liberty (Documentary)

- In US 14 Percent Rely on Food Stamps, 42,389,619 Americans received food stamps in August

- Federal Reserve Will Surpass China As Top Holder Of US Debt By The End Of The Month: Shit Just Got Real!

- US Spends 511 Million Dollars on Embassy Expansion in Afghanistan

- Marine Toxicologist Dr. Riki Ott: ‘People Now Dropping Dead’ In the Gulf

- US Debt Has Increased $5 Trillion Since Speaker Pelosi Vowed, ‘No New Deficit Spending’

- The Dylan Ratigan Show with Prof. William Black: ‘Fire Holder, Fire Geithner, Fire Bernanke’

- The US is building an £8 billion super military base on the Pacific island of Guam

- Elite Puppet President Obama Exposed (The video exposes also several other puppet US administrations.)

- Transparency: US Treasury Shields Citigroup as Deletions Undercut Disclosure

- Los Angeles spent $70 million in stimulus funds to create 7.76 jobs, roughly $2 million per job: Report

- Barack Obama: ‘Under My Plan of a Cap-and-Trade System Electricity Rates Will Skyrocket’ (Flashback) – Obama’s Ulterior Motives Explained

- Three Horrifying Facts About the US Debt ‘Situation’

- The White House Blocked Government Scientists From Warning The American Public of The Potential Environmental Disaster Caused By Gulf Oil Spill

- Tickerguy On Dylan Ratigan Show – Massive Fraud At The Highest Levels!

- Operation Dark Heart: Book Burning by Obama Administration

- FBI agents seek the right to tap texts, emails and websites

- President Obama Argues His Unconstitutional Assassination Program Is A ‘State Secret’

- Obama Administration Plans Largest Arms Deal Ever, Worth $60 Billion

- US Census Bureau Reports Highest Poverty Rate Since 1994: 14.3 Percent

- Interview With Gerald Celente: The Gestapo of Food

- President Obama Wins The Right to Invoke ‘State Secrets’ to Protect Bush Crimes

- Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Responds to Federal Government Suit

- Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Being Sued By Federal Government

- Change: Obama Administration Forbids Sale of 850,000 Antique Rifles

- American Deaths In Afghanistan Surpass Highest Annual Record

- Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu: ‘Mexican Drug Cartels Literally Do Control Parts Of Arizona’

- US: Record 1 in 6 Americans in Government Anti-Poverty Programs

- Paul Craig Roberts: Death of the First Amendment – The Nazification of the United States

- RED ALERT: Dr. Rima E. Laibow On The Food Safety Bill (S 510): This Bill Eliminates All Local Farming, Organic Farmers and Garden Farmers

Obama has the same position as Bush on Al-Qaeda:

- Al Qaeda Doesn’t Exist or How The US Created Al Qaeda (Documentary)

- Gulf claims chief Ken Feinberg says BP no-sue rule was his idea, takes control of BP’s $20bn fund

- 575 American Soldiers Have Died In Afghanistan During Barack Obama’s Presidency, The Same Number As During George Bush’s Entire Time In Office

- Nearly 50 Percent leave Obama Mortgage-Relief Program

- Army Gags Officer Challenging Obama Eligibility; Officer’s Defense Team Demanding Obama Birth Docs

- US Military Judge: Confessions Obtained By Threatening The Subject With Rape Are Admissible In Court

- Judge Napolitano on Freedom Watch With Ron Paul, Lew Rockwell, Justin Raimondo And Gerald Celente

- John Williams: ‘Times That Try Our Souls’ (U.S. Bankruptcy – Hyperinflation – Great Depression), Preparedness Can Save Your Life

- Elena Kagan Blocked At Least 9 Obama Eligibility Lawsuits

- US: Food stamp Use Hit Record 40.8 Million in May

- Admiral Mike Mullen: US has plan to attack Iran (if needed)

- Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu: ‘Our Own Government Has Become Our Enemy’

- Obama Administration Proposal To Give FBI Access To Your Internet History Without Court Order

- SEC Says New Financial Regulation Law Exempts it From Public Disclosure, incl. FOIA!!!

- Nancy Pelosi Blocks Gulf Disaster Investigation

- And Now ObamaService? H.R. 5741: Universal National Service Act

- EPA Whistleblower On Gulf Health Risk Cover-Up: ‘People Who Work Near Corexit Are Hemorrhaging Internally.’

- TARP Watchdog Neil Barofsky: US Taxpayers On The Hook For $23.7 Trillion

- Obama Bankster Bill Lets Banks Have US Over A Barrel Again

- GLOBE MAGAZINE: OBAMA BORN IN AFRICA! WHY HIS PRESIDENCY IS ILLEGAL

- Obamacare: Gold Coin Sellers Angered by New Tax Law

- Change: Estate Tax Top Rate To Jump From Zero To 55%, Exemption To Shrink To Just $1 Million

- Harvard Prof. Niall Ferguson Warns of Sudden Collapse of American ‘Empire’

- Obama Administration Plans Secret Big Brother ‘Perfect Citizen’ Net Surveillance

- General James Mattis who said it was ‘fun to shoot people’ takes over US Central Command

- Obama Administration To Sue Arizona Over Immigration Law

- Dylan Ratigan Show: President Obama ‘Has A Hit List Of American Citizens Like YOU targeted For Assassination’

- Now truth is bad for you: ‘Obama warns Erdogan international Gaza flotilla probe bad for Turkey’

- Barack Obama’s ‘Politics As Usual’ Revealed By Rod Blagojevich Trial

- Third US carrier, 4,000 Marines augment US armada opposite Iran

- Obama Internet ‘Kill Switch’ Approved By Senate Committee

- Ron Paul on Stanley McChrystal

- Rahm Emanuel ‘traded political favour with Rod Blagojevich’

- Americans buying their own health insurance face an average 20 percent increase in premiums

- Report: US and Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea

- US Senate Bill Proposes Internet ‘Kill Switch’ For The President

- Big Brother DHS And DOD Want To Open US Skies To Spy Drones

- President Obama Has Already Outdone Every Previous President In Prosecuting Whistleblowers

- The Spill, The Scandal and the President: The inside story of how Obama failed to crack down on the corruption of the Bush years – and let the world’s most dangerous oil company get away with murder

- US government debt to rise to $19.6 trillion by 2015

- Left-Wing Icon Daniel Ellsberg: ‘Obama Deceives the Public’

- US: $13 Trillion Debt Poised to Overtake GDP (Chart of Day)

- 10 US States Where An Absurd Percentage Of The Population Works For The Government

- US ‘secret war’ expands globally as Special Operations forces are deployed in 75 countries

- Paul Craig Roberts: A Plague Upon The World: The USA is a “Failed State”

- Paul Craig Roberts: ‘AIPAC Owns The US Puppet Government’

- (Flashback) Obama: ‘I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am President, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank.’ (!)

- US Begins Massive Military Build Up Around Iran, Sending Up To 4 New Carrier Groups In Region

- President Obama’s New World Order: ‘We have to shape an international order that can meet the challenges of our generation’

- President Obama Wins The Right to Detain People With No Habeas Review

- Meltup (Documentary): The Beginning Of A US Currency Crisis And Hyperinflation.

- US government can execute its own citizens far from a combat zone, with no judicial process and based on secret intelligence!

- US posts 19th straight monthly budget deficit; April deficit nearly four times higher than in 2009

- Obama Picks Elena Kagan, Backer of Indefinite Detention Without Trial, for Supreme Court

- Peter Schiff on Obama’s Financial Regulation Bill and Goldman Sachs

- Peter Schiff: Obama’s Financial Reform Does Nothing To Address The Underlying Problems

- Gerald Celente: Obama’s Financial Reform Is Just A Show

- Mike Krieger: Goodbye Disneyland! – The Neo-Feudalistic, Gulag Casino Economy Has Already Begun

- President Obama Repaying His Masters At Goldman Sachs

- Marriage Penalties Increase Dramatically Under ObamaCare

- US won’t share Ft Hood evidence with Senate: Gates

- The No.1 Trend Forecaster Gerald Celente on ObamaCare, Dollar Devaluation And Gold

- Peter Schiff on ObamaCare

- Rep. Ron Paul: President Obama Is ‘Not A Socialist.’ ‘He Is A Corporatist.’

- Dylan Ratigan Show With Alan Grayson: The Great Con Job By The Fed, The Government And The Banksters

- Obama Administration Approves Targeted Killing of American Cleric

- Michelle Obama says Barack’s Home country is Kenya – full statement

- Judge Napolitano on Obama’s Private Army

- Obama Gives Key Agriculture Post to Lobbyist of CropLife America Whose Members Include Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont and Dow Chemical

- Obama Gives ‘Pesticide Lobbyist’ Post as Chief Agricultural Negotiator

- It’s Official: America Now Enforces Capital Controls

- Rep. Ron Paul: Healthcare Will Drive US To Bankruptcy

- John Pilger: Have a Nice World War III, Folks

- Ron Paul on MSNBC’s Morning Joe: We have only one party in America and all they fight over is power and influence

- Obamacare: 12 Taxes Violate Obama’s Pledge Not to Increase Taxes on Households Earning Less than $250,000

- Obama exempt from Obamacare

- Joe Biden to Barack Obama: ‘Mr. President, This Is A Big F****** Deal’

- Rep. Ron Paul: Healthcare Bill is ‘Blatantly Unconstitutional And Contrary to The Ideals of Liberty’

- Health Care Bill ‘Dangerously Expands IRS’s Power’

- US Government Preparing For Civil Unrest In America

- Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano: Unconstitutional National Worker ID Card

- Obamacare Tax Hikes

- Record: National Debt Up $2 Trillion in Just 421 Days on Obama’s Watch

- Obama agencies invoking secrecy provision more often than under Bush

- US budget deficit hits record $221bn, the largest monthly deficit in history

- US Drone Strikes in Pakistan: 1 in 3 Killed Are Civilians

- New Obama Administration Program Will Pay Homeowners to Sell at a Loss

- Michael Moore: ‘Democrats are a bunch of wusses … It’s disgusting … I’m sick of them’

- President Obama signs one-year extension of Patriot Act

- Cybersecurity Bill To Give President Obama New Emergency Powers

- Obama Administration Using Accounting Gimmicks That Would Make Enron ‘Blush,’ Says Republican Lawmaker

- US Senate votes to extend Patriot Act

- Judge Napolitano and Angela Keaton on Freedom Watch: Obama’s Bush Foreign Policy

- Obama Signs Law Raising Public Debt Limit from $12.4 Trillion to $14.3 Trillion

- Cynthia McKinney at Munich Germany NATO Peace Rally: ‘My Country Has Been Hijacked By A Criminal Cabal’

- President Obama’s Pledge Never to Raise Taxes on Anyone Making Less Than $250,000 a Year

- Rep. Alan Grayson: ’20 Percent Of Our Accumulated Wealth Over The Course Of 2 Centuries Gone in 18 months!’

- Paul Craig Roberts: It Is Now Official: The U.S. Is A Police State

- Prof. Russell Roberts Testifies Before House Committee: ‘I Want My Country Back!’

- Director of National Intelligence Says US May Kill Americans Abroad

- The New Vision of the Obama Administration: War Without End

- MSNBC Exposes President Obama’s lies: FED GAVE Banks Access to 23.7 TRILLION DOLLARS NOT $700 Billion!

- Pentagon’s New Record Black Budget Tops $56 Billion

- Obama’s $3.8 Trillion Budget: Tax Rise of $1.9 Trillion for Richer Americans, Businesses

- Rep. Ron Paul on Obama seeking to assassinate ‘US citizens’ he labels as terrorist

- President Obama raises stakes on Iran by sending in ships and missiles

- Marc Faber: Obama Makes Bush Look Like a Genius

- Obamanomics: Why Did the ‘Stimulus’ Fail to Help the US Economy?

- President Obama to indefinitely imprison detainees without charges

- Ron Paul: US Foreign Policy is Bankrupting America

- America’s Impending Master Class Dictatorship!

- US: Supreme Court overturns long-standing limits on corporate political campaign spending

- Senate Proposes Increasing US Debt Limit to $14.3 Trillion: “If Congress does not enact this legislation, and soon, then the Treasury would default on its debt for the first time in history,” said Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus

- Know the TRUTH about the Government Health Care Bill H.R.3200 (Key Points)

- The No.1 Trend Forecaster Gerald Celente: Financial Mafia Controlling US and Wall Street

- Peter Schiff: The Lunacy of US Government Programs

- Larry Summers, Robert Rubin: Will The Harvard Shadow Elite Bankrupt The University And The Country?

- Nobel Peace Laureate Obama seeks additional $33 billion for wars, on top of a record request for $708 billion for the Defense Department

- Barack Obama’s Health Care Lies And Reversals

- PIMCO’S Bill Gross: ‘Let’s Get Fisical’ (… or why the US will not make it.)

- U.S. Avoids Technical Default By Three Days

- As an American, I refuse to buy mandatory health insurance … that supports Big Pharma

- Obamacare to expand IRS role: Checking if Americans have health insurance

- Prof. Dr. David Michael Green: Now I’m Really Getting Pissed Off … With Obama

- US government lies about Flight 253 ‘crotch bomber’ patsy: Summary of the evidence; Yemen attack implication

- Afghan CIA suicide bomber ‘was courted as potential informant’

- US government wants farmers to use coal waste on fields

- We’re Screwed! Hyperinflation like in the Weimar Republic; Great Depression worse than in the 1930s

- Treason: Obama gives INTERPOL immunity from the Constitution (Amending Executive Order 12425)

- Peter Schiff on Obamacare, Freddie Mac & Fannie Mae: The Nightmare Before Christmas

- Obama administration backs Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac no matter how big their losses may be

- Obamacare: Big payoffs to senators on health bill stoke public anger

- Obamacare: Change Nobody Believes In

- Obama’s surge comes at a cost: At least $57,077.60 per minute

- President Obama: Another Busy Day in The Oval Office!

- Fascism in America: By Political Definition The US Is Now Fascist, Not A Constitutional Republic

- Barack Obama Lies 7 Times In Under 2 Minutes!!!!!

- Robert Fisk, The Independent’s award-winning Middle East correspondent: Obama is a Disaster, Worse than Bush

- Obama’s Big Sellout (Rolling Stone Magazine)

- Rep. Dennis Kucinich: The Truth About Afghanistan

- White House ‘Party Crashers’ Knew President Obama For Years, Here Pictured With Obama in 2005

- MSNBC Rachel Maddow: War President Obama

- Ron Paul: ‘Obama is Actually Preparing Us For Perpetual War’

- Afghanistan Surge to Cost At Least $40 Billion, That Is $1.333.333 For One US Soldier Per Year

- Paul Craig Roberts: The Obama Puppet – The World’s Least Powerful Man

- Change: 71% are Angry, 46% are Very Angry at Federal Government (Rasmussen Reports)

- President Obama will keep millions of pages of military and intelligence documents scheduled to be declassified secret

- Lawmakers Slam Obama Administration for Faulty Job Data on Government Web Site

- White House Pharma Deal to Net Industry $137 Billion

- Afghanistan: New 67-Million-Dollar US Prison At Bagram

- Obama Lied About Health Care: ‘Nobody considers that a tax increase’ – Ask The Justice Dept. And Joint Commitee on Taxation!

- President Obama: CONTINUATION OF THE NATIONAL EMERGENCY WITH RESPECT TO IRAN

- Health Care Treason: Tell The Senate No, We Will Sue

- The ‘Obama Market’ in Kabul: US Military Rations, Sleeping Bags, Tactical Goggles on Sale

- Paul Craig Roberts: Republic of Fools & The Evil Empire

- President Obama: Penalties have to be high enough to force people to buy health insurance

- Pelosi Healthcare Bill: Buy Insurance or Go To Jail

- President Obama creates 640,329 jobs at a cost of $323,739.83 per job

- Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Health reform legislation ‘a bailout for insurance companies’

- US: Up to 95.2% Income Tax Rate Needed to Close Deficit in 2010

- How the Obama administration inflates the number of jobs created

- $160,000 Per Stimulus Job!?! The White House Calls That ‘Calculator Abuse’

- More Than 40% of President Obama’s Top-Level Fundraisers Secured Posts in His Administration

- President Obama signs law blocking release of torture photos

- H1N1 Swine Flu A National Emergency? Take A Close Look At This Chart

- President Obama declares H1N1 swine flu a national emergency

- US intelligence budget: $75 billion and 200,000 employees; Fusion centers to access classified military intelligence

- President Obama Lobbies Senate, Favors Insurance Industry Version of Health Care Reform

- Fall Of The Republic – The Presidency Of Barack H. Obama (The Full Movie HQ)

- President Obama gets a seasonal flu shot, but not for swine flu

- The US Government: Bought and Paid For

- President Obama, Congress prepare to thwart ACLU suit over abuse photos

- President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize and hell freezes over!

- President Obama nominated for Nobel Peace Prize less then two weeks after Inauguration!!!

- The New World Order

- US: Military to get mandatory swine flu shots soon

- Americans threatened with jail, huge fines for refusing to buy health insurance

- President Obama Extends 9/11 National Emergency

- Obama’s Regulation Czar Advocated Removing People’s Organs Without Explicit Consent

- Philip Giraldi: The Best Congress AIPAC Can Buy

- Obama’s first act as President of the US: EXECUTIVE ORDER 13489 – Banning release of any of his records

- Rep. John Carter: Our Own Congress is Trying to Silence Us

- John Pilger: Barack Obama is a Corporate Marketing Creation

- Were the bailouts even constitutional?

- Obama administration asks the Supreme Court to block detainee photos

- Obama leaves Bush’s NSPD 51 intact

- Monsanto lobbyists to be placed in charge of food safety by Obama

- Joe Biden: We Have to Go Spend Money to Keep From Going Bankrupt

- Obama’s Science Czar John Holdren says: Forced abortions and mass sterilization needed to save the planet

- The Obama Stimulus Failed: States Use Stimulus Money for Short-Term Needs, Audit Shows

- Barack Obama at AIPAC (Flashback)

- Former Associate Attorney General Bruce Fein: Obama ‘shuts his eyes’ to ‘open confessions’ of Bush-era war crimes

- Obama’s Money Cartel (Flashback)

- Barack Obama Hires Another Tax-Screwer-Upper

- Obama now resembles Bush

- Obama administration refuses to disclose “high hazard” coal dump locations

- Ron Paul: The Obama administration gives a tremendous amount of more power to the Federal Reserve, the very institution that created our problem (6/18/09)

- Obama proposals to greatly increase the power of the Federal Reserve

- No change: Obama ambassadorships still go to fundraisers, friends

- ACLU hits Obama administration hard over torture controversies

- Obama’s Homeland Security Nominee Withdraws Amid Questions About Torture

- Rachel Maddow: Indefinite detention? Shame on you … President Obama

- Obama: Israel’s security is paramount

- Obama Breaks Major Campaign Promise as Military Commissions Resume, Says Amnesty International

- Obama administration seeks indefinite detention for terror suspects

- Here Are a Few of the Torture Photos Obama Doesn’t Want You To See

- Lou Dobbs: Obama Pushes Anti-Gun Treaty

- Obama and the War Criminals

- Obama and habeas corpus — then and now

- Obama passing new law to allow searching of PC’s, Laptops, and media devices

- Obama Received a $101,332 Bonus from AIG

- The Obama Deception

- Paul Craig Roberts: From One Assault On The Constitution To Another

- Obama backs Bush: No rights for Bagram prisoners

- Obama Stimulus Saves Microsoft Billionaire Hundreds Of Millions

- Obama, not Bush, now seeking delay of Rove deposition

- Barack Obama to allow anti-terror rendition to continue

- Obama promised that lobbyists “won’t find a job in my White House”, but here they are again

- What Recession? The $170 Million Inauguration

- Paul Craig Roberts On The U.S. Leadership: “They Are Criminals” – The Potential Here Is Far Worse Than The Great Depression

- Cost for a single soldier to fight in Iraq or Afghanistan is about $775,000 per year

- CNN – Lou Dobbs: Obama Backing North American Union Agenda

- Jim Rogers: If Obamanomics happens it’s all over

- Soros-Funded Democratic Idea Factory Becomes Obama Policy Font

- Change, change, change … Obama’s Bailout Bunch Brings Us More of the Same Bullshit

- Obama’s Chief of Staff Was Director Of Freddie Mac During Scandal

- Obama’s Chief of Staff pick is one of the biggest recipients of Wall Street money in Congress

- Ron Paul: McCain, Obama ‘no difference’

- Joe Biden: I am a Zionist

- Joe Biden in 2007 interview: I am a Zionist

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Dec 25

Chicago Elections Commission Dismissed Residency Challenges Against Former White House Chief of Staff

The Chicago Election Commissioners today unanimously ruled to strike down residency challenges against Rahm Emanuel, approving his name to appear on the 2011 ballot as a candidate for mayor.

While the three-member board’s decision is likely to be taken to the courts, it is a major win for the former White House chief of staff, whose campaign has been mired in the residency controversy for months.

More than two dozen people filed challenges to Emanuel’s residency, pointing out that he’d rented his house when he left for Washington and that owning a home in Chicago and voting there wasn’t enough to prove legal residency.

Emanuel moved to Washington, D.C., in late 2008 to join President Obama’s administration as White House chief of staff but had argued that his intention was always to move back to Chicago.

He resigned from his White House position this fall and returned to the Windy City to begin his mayoral campaign right after Mayor Richard Daley announced he wouldn’t be seeking another term.

Chicago law requires that a candidate has to be a resident of the city for at least a year before running for office.

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Oct 25

In Chicago, school officials have created a “risk model” to predict which students are likely to be the victims of gun violence.

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sat down with Ron Huberman, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, to discuss how local data has been analyzed to determine which teens fit the pattern of students who fall victim to shooting.

Using the new “risk model,” schools are able to single out students that may be at high risk and reach out to them to participate in mentoring programs aimed at reducing their likelihood of getting shot.

NBC Nightly News reports.

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Oct 21

This is outrageous! This is education!

Bombard the government with emails and protest, so that these kids can eat what they have grown for lunch.

Those kids developed a connection with nature and that is priceless. Now let them also have the benefit from it. This is so important. There are already enough zombies out there.

The only good thing about this article is that some schools give the food to the kids to take it home with them.


Most school garden produce is forbidden fruit in CPS lunchrooms


Kayla Howard (left) and Destiny Stewart, 7th-grade students at Victor Herbert Elementary school in Chicago, carry plants toward their school’s new garden. (Antonio Perez/Tribune)

It’s harvest time in Chicago Public School gardens full of chubby tomatoes, heavy squash and fragrant basil.

These urban oases, carefully tended by teachers, students and volunteers, range from several square feet to several acres of fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers, and some schools even grow plants year-round in school greenhouses.

But one thing the more than 40 gardens have in common is that none of the produce ever finds its way into CPS lunchrooms. Instead, because of rules set by the district and its meal provider, the food is sold or given away.

The policies are in place despite the high obesity rate among Illinois children and experts’ concerns that young people are eating few fresh vegetables. Meanwhile, a studies suggest children eat and accept vegetables much more readily when they have helped grow them.

But in a district that touts its use of some local produce in the lunchroom, the most local of all remains forbidden fruit.

Kathleen Merrigan, deputy secretary of agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recently toured a CPS school garden at the Academy for Global Citizenship on the Southwest Side. There, two second-grade girls showed her the eggplant, squash and tomatoes they grew, along with the chickens they kept for eggs.

“Ideally, all of those products would make it from the garden to the lunchroom,” Merrigan said.

But rules created by CPS and its meals supplier, Chartwells-Thompson, prevent that from happening.

“In order to use food in the school food program, it would need to meet specific/certified growing practices,” CPS spokeswoman Monique Bond said.

These requirements would include eliminating all “pesticides and insecticide” applications and using only “commercially prepared organic compost and fertilizers,” said Bob Bloomer, regional vice president of Chartwells-Thompson.

Commercial vendors, though, don’t have to abide by these rules. They can sell the district produce treated with several pesticides and grown in nonorganic fertilizer.

But produce grown by the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences on its 25-acre farm wouldn’t make the grade because, for example, it treats its corn with a single pesticide.

Instead, the high school ends up selling most of the bounty — including pumpkins, tomatoes, squash, greenhouse basil, farm-raised tilapia, fresh eggs and blueberries. Other schools give away the produce or send it home with kids.

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Apr 26

Two lawmakers who believe violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the Illinois National Guard must be called in to help made a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn to deploy troops.

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April 14: Chicago Police and investigators are seen following a shooting that left four people dead, including two children.


CHICAGO (AP) — Two lawmakers who believe violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the Illinois National Guard must be called in to help made a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday to deploy troops.

A recent surge in violent crime, including a night last week that saw seven people killed and 18 wounded — mostly by gunfire — prompted the request from Chicago Democratic Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford. They were joined by Willie Williams, whose son was shot and killed in 2006.

Chicago has had 113 homicide victims so far this year, Fritchey said.

“As we speak, National Guard members are working side-by-side with our troops to fight a war halfway around the world,” he said during a news conference in downtown Chicago. “The unfortunate reality is that we have another war that is just as deadly that is taking place right in our backyard.”

Fritchey said later that the proposal wasn’t a “no confidence” vote toward police.

“I think the police have done a commendable job in fighting this surge in violence, but I also think they could use some well-trained help,” he said. “The reality is that (police) department resources are stretched thin.” Continue reading »

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Oct 15

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Facing a huge hole in Chicago’s current and upcoming budgets, Mayor Richard Daley announced on Tuesday a plan to partially shut down city government for six days.

Along with several other measures, the mayor’s plan was aimed at saving $62 million for the city’s corporate or operating fund, which currently faces a $469 million shortfall.

Under the plan, city employees, with the exception of mostly public safety workers, would not work and would not be paid for the day after Thanksgiving or for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve this year and in 2009.

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