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Let’s Hannidate!

Imagine, the soft candlelight, white wine flowing, having a great meal with someone who thinks the very same way you do.   The romantic candlelit moments, the anticipation of where the conversation will take you with your date?  Will you discuss that damned Socialist in the White House– who wasn’t even BORN HERE!– is screwing up our beautiful country so that we will not be able to recognize when he’s done?  Or maybe we’ll discuss that EVIL Nancy Pelosi!  Oh, Hannidate… THANK YOU for finding my soulmate!

I try to give you both sides, so for my single, right wing brethren out there  check out Hannidate!!  Sean Hannity’s e-Harmony! 

Just imagine a romatic meal at a nice restaurant discussing President Obama with someone you met on Hannidate!  Love is in the air!


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Springfield Ostriches

The ostrich should be our state bird. All of our representatives have had their heads in the ground ignoring a catastrophic problem for too long.

As this problem festers, our representatives are not in Springfield working to plug the $13 billion deficit in the budget. Perhaps its time to send them home permanently, and vote for some people who actually want to work and get the job done.

I had hopes for Pat Quinn about 16 months ago– but other than genuflect around Mike Madigan, he has accomplished nothing. This time last year, the state was without a budget. We are staring at the same predicament now. For over six months, we have known that the state is operating roughly $13 billion in the red.

Pat Quinn: What have you done about it?

“This ongoing fiscal disaster is threatening to permanently harm programs and services serving children, seniors and the disabled and if that is allowed to happen, this state will have failed our most vulnerable citizens.” Dan Hynes said in December 2009.

Back in December 2009, Dan Hynes also noted that Illinois had $5.1 billion– read that again, $5.1 billion– in unpaid bills. And that number did not include the $2.25 billion in short-term loans the state had to repay, plus the additional $1.4 billions (again that word: billion) in unpaid health care bills, and Illinois effective backlog was over $8.75 billion.

Dan Hynes stated: “Without major changes in the way Illinois collects revenues and how it spends those dollars, the state will enter FY2011 on July 1 with the largest amount of unpaid bills from the prior year in history.”

We’re now roughly three weeks from fiscal year 2011 and our legislature has done nothing to help this situation. The legislature has barely addressed it. Did anyone bother to pay attention to Dan Hynes’ dire predictions for FY2011? Why has nothing happened in Springfield?

Mike Madigan, the most powerful man in Illinois

Although I’d like us to vote everyone out, that is not be practical. However, by voting out one man, we will decrease the power of another more powerful man in Springfield. A vote against Pat Quinn is a vote against Michael Madigan– and will restore some power back to us. By voting for Bill Brady in November– not a candidate I particularly liked out of the GOP primary field– Michael Madigan will need Republican support to pass spending bills (or to cut spending)– and more importantly to raise income taxes. We’ve had how many years now with Michael Madigan at the helm? And what’s changed? Enough is enough.

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This Memorial Day support our troops!

Memorial Day. Many of us think about it as the three day weekend that begins summer. A weekend full of barbeques and beer. But, Memorial Day commemorates soldiers who have died while serving our country. So, sometime this weekend, as we drink beer and eat burgers, brats, chicken and hot dogs, remember that hundreds of thousands of men and women have died for an ideal: that a nation could be governed by its citizens as we pursue life, liberty and happiness. Because of their sacrifice, we are able to live free (note the death toll in Afghanistan recently reached 1000 for U.S. troops), something we all take for granted.

In memory of the people who have bravely died to keep us free, take a couple seconds and do something for the tens of thousands of Americans currently serving our country overseas.

My suggestion: help send a pizza to our troops overseas with www.pizza4patriots.com. Started in 2008 in Elk Grove Village by a retired Air Force Master Sergeant Mark Evans and his son Kent, after watching the news of our soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. They hatched the idea to send our soldiers Lou Malnati’s pizza, so they would know that we haven’t forgotten about them.  They have partnered with Lou Malnati’s, which provides the pizza at a discount and DHL Worldwide Express, which delivers the pizzas free. 

Mark Evans delivering pizza.

As of May 2010, Mark and Kent Evans, through Pizza4Patriots, have sent over 41,500 of Chicago Deep Dish pizzas to our troops.

There are a couple ways to donate: by going to www.pizza4patriots.com or by sending a check payable to Pizza 4 Patriots to the following:

Pizza 4 Patriots, P.O. Box 542, Elk Grove Village, IL 60009.

The website also provides an area to write a thank you to our troops.

So, as you purchase this weekend’s food, think for a second of our troops overseas. Please either jump online or send a quick check to pizza4patriots to show our support. Without our men and women in service, we would not have the freedom we so often take for granted.

Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!

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Karate Kid remake? Are you kidding me?!!?

Daniel Larusso is about to put Johnny Lawrence out of his misery.

I think I finally found one thing Republicans and Democrats can agree upon: What the _________ is up with The Karate Kid Remake? Although I have my own word, I’ll let you fill in the blank. 

Mr. Miyagi catches a fly.

Ralph Macchio. Pat Morita. Elisabeth Shue. The Karate Kid might be the perfect story. Well, maybe not perfect, but certainly great. “Wax on. Wax off.” “Put him in a bodybag Johnny!” “Sweep the leg.” The injured karate kid executes a perfect crane kick to destroy the bad guy– the dreaded Cobra Kai– that absolutely everybody was mimicking in 1984 after the movie came out.

Why is this movie being remade?  I scowl whenever I see an advertisment of the remake.  I know I’m not alone on this. Everyone I’ve talked to agrees that there is no reason to remake this movie other than to give Will Smith’s kid something when he’s not in school. But realizing that the people I come in contact with daily are not the only people in the universe, I’m going to shoot a quick email to Rachel Maddow (representing the Left) and Sean Hannity (the Right) and see if I can get them to agree on something. I can’t send it out to Rush Limbaugh only because his generation is a little removed from Ralph Macchio. 

There are some movies you don’t remake: Star Wars, Rocky, The Godfather, Caddyshack. I now think The Karate Kid goes in that category. I can’t be wrong.  Too many people love the crane kick!

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Rand Paul’s problem with absolutism

Dr. Rand Paul, GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky

Dr. Rand Paul, the very recent flavor of the month for the Tea Party, now has something in common with Louis Farrakhan and Prince Bandar bin Khaled al-Faisal of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Paul, Louis Farrakhan and the Saudi prince are the only three people to cancel and appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Dr. Paul’s cancellation comes the Sunday after he won the Kentucky Republican party primary for that state’s open U.S. Senate seat. A pretty huge feat considering he was the Tea Party candidate going up against the establishment to win that election– and that he was a first time candidate.

And what does Dr. Paul get for winning the primary: a media firestorm. Welcome to the big leagues Rand!

After winning the Kentucky primary, Rand went to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show and defended past comments he made about the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Rand Paul said that the Civil Rights Act should not apply to businesses– he believes that the federal government should not have the power to force businesses to admit minorities against their will. Read more »

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Dale Peterson for Alabama Agriculture Commissioner

 

Dale Peterson is running for Alabama’s Agriculture Commissioner.  Dale Peterson is the Republican candidate in the Alabama primary- to be held in about three weeks.   Recently, he aired a commercial, which begins with a photograph of the Constitution (since apparently only Republicans believe in the Constitution).  Next, we find Mr. Peterson riding his horse on his vast  ranch when he introduces himself and the office of Agriculture Commissioner.  What? You never heard of the Office of Agriculture Commissioner?  Dale tells us we didn’t know the office existed: “because thugs and criminals” are keeping Alabamans in the dark about this very powerful office– because “they don’t give a rip” about Alabama.  

And Dale doesn’t take too kindly to his opponent’s supporters stealing his  yard signs either.  After calling his opponent a ”dummy”, Dale shows his shotgun for the first time, letting the viewing public know that Republicans are better than the shenanigans employed by his opponent– using that Facebook device and such. 

Dale Peterson’s commercial (shown here)  caused me to get my wallet out.   I don’t give a rip about who wins this race, but I like Dale ‘s horse– so  maybe my $25 will get to the horse somehow.    

You have to give Dale credit; I live in Illinois and I”ve seen his commercial.  He’ll be on Glenn Beck tomorrow– which Dale’s entire constituency watches– and I even heard a rumor he was on MSNBC. 

Make your own decision,  here’s the quirky spot:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU7fhIO7DG0&feature=player_embedded

At the very least, people talking about Dale Peterson and the office Agriculture Commissioner.    Good luck Dale!  And you stay classy Alabama!

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I “Heart” Sarah P!

Sarah Palin in Rosemont, May 12, 2010.

I love Sarah Palin! To me, she’s a car wreck that I love watching. She’s a lot of sound bites without any substance. She was put in a very difficult position in 2008– which, rumor has it, she did little work to make her position more tenable by actually learning the bulk of information she needed to know– but she has cashed in on that position, by quitting her job as governor of Alaska and putting in for her new position: Republican Know It All #2, behind only Rush (all hail), while ahead of Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.

So imagine my shock when I found myself nodding my head to something she was saying. What’s wrong with me? I agree with Sarah Palin?! I recently agreed with Dennis Byrne; who’s Kool-Aid am I drinking? Read more »

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Dennis Byrne gets it right

A broken clock tells the correct time twice a day. Dennis Byrne is that broken clock and today’s commentary in the Chicago Tribune was the one time he actually got it right. Earlier this week I blasted Illinois Democrats for voting against a bill providing a $3,700.00 voucher– opportunity– to 30,000 school children in the worst elementary schools in the city of Chicago. Today, Dennis Byrne blasted Illinois Republicans. Mr. Byrne not only dressed Republicans down, he named Republicans who voted no and provided the amount each received in donations from teachers unions over the years.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/ct-oped-0512-byrne-20100512,0,2397132.column?page=1

Mr. Byrne’s words are below: 

 

Why poor students are stuck in bad schools

Some Illinois House Republicans had an opportunity to give 30,000 poor, black children stuck in some of the worst, most overcrowded Chicago public schools a chance for a better education. But when it came to the moment of truth, they tossed the kids overboard.

Those same Republicans could have participated in one of the most remarkable bipartisan legislative efforts in memory, but they chose to side with the teachers unions and the hundreds of thousands of dollars they have been showering on GOP candidates around the state for years in the hopes of killing school vouchers. Read more »

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Something Stinks in Springfield (again)

The Illinois Capital: the building where nothing gets done

South Farms. If you are familiar with Champaign, Illinois, you’re familiar with South Farms. On days the city of Champaign gets wind out of the south, the pungent odor of manure hangs over the town of Champaign. Somewhat like the Blommer’s factory in Chicago, but instead of chocolate, that smell is manure.

I was reminded of South Farms as I spent part of last week in Springfield, as the smell from the capital building permeated the town. Another week of passing the buck, when the legislature actually had the opportunity to do a service to 30,000 school children in the city of Chicago.

On April 23rd, I wrote about the possibility of the vouchers being used in the Chicago Public Schools. Thanks largely to State Senator James Meeks (D– Chicago), the state senate passed a bill that would have provided access to vouchers for 30,000 elementary school children in the lowest performing 10% of Chicago elementary schools. The bill was praised by senate Democrats and Republicans alike– it would have provided these students access to $3,700.00 a year from the state, which is the amount the state provides the school per child. Therefore, it would cost the state nothing– as monies already being provided to failing schools, would be given to the students instead and those students could use it to go to a better performing school. Last month I praised the idea– I still believe it’s a good idea (in an unscientific poll on the conservative blog on Illinois politics, Illinois Review, the voucher program has a 86% approval). Read more »

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Scott Lee Cohen for Governor? Really?

Scott Lee Cohen

“I’m with stupid.”

That’s the tee-shirt that Scott Lee Cohen’s running mate will have to wear after Mr. Cohen announced running for governor of Illinois as an independent.

And I even like Cohen. Not in a “I’m-going-to-vote-for-him” way, rather, a “I- respect-that-he-put-his-money-where-his-mouth-is” way. I respect the fact that he saw a problem in government and decided that he would try to address it by running for Lieutenant Governor. You have to respect that moxie.  I even wrote nice words about him in a February8, 2010, post.

But, now that he’s running for governor, why did he quit the race after winning the democratic nomination for lieutenant governor? He won the primary election fairly; there were no allegations of impropriety after his February 2010 primary win. One person who should have had a problem was Michael Madigan, who failed to appropriately vet Mr. Cohen before the primary. Read more »

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