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On this day twenty years ago, Christmas Day in most of Christendom, the Soviet Union died when its last leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, resigned his post--although there was not really anyone around to accept it.
Illinois residents are fleeing the state. When people leave, they take their purchasing power, entrepreneurial activity and taxable income with them. For more than 15 years, residents have left Illinois at a rate of one person every 10 minutes.Also these comments by the Capitol Fax:
Recent data from the Internal Revenue Service shows that, in 2009, Illinois netted a loss of people to 43 states, including each of its neighbors – Wisconsin, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Iowa. Over the course of the entire year, the state saw a net of 40,000 people leave Illinois for another state.
The data reflects a continuation of a trend of out-migration from Illinois that has lasted more than a decade. Between 1995 and 2009, the state lost on a net basis more than 806,000 people to out-migration.
Keep in mind this data was compiled well before the tax hike. Also, the net out-migration actually seems to be slowing. The average over 15 years is just under 54,000, so 40,000 net outmigration is less. That could be because of the recession and the fact that lots of people can’t sell their houses, however.
A reader recently commented that Doctor's Choice (1345 S. Michigan Ave.) is closing it's doors and sure enough, that seems to be the case. Although we don't claim to be health care experts, it seems strange that they're citing changes in Medicare as the reason.Check out the comments. For one it's issues with Medicare payments, for another it's a bad business model that did them in, and for another still it's all about Obama!
What’s interesting is that every picture is identical, in that there is nothing to see — no people, no activity, no nothing — outside of the Dear Leader, his entourage, and his immediate focus.Everyone must pay attention and keep their focus on "Dear Leader"
Every. Single. Picture.
Although the age of Kim Jong Un is unknown, it is believed that he is 28 years old. His father revealed his third son would be the head of the Korean Worker's Party and de-facto head of state of North Korea in 2009, and had placed him in high-ranking posts. Kenji Fujimoto, Kim Jong Il's personal sushi chef, wrote in memoir that Kim Jong Un was the favorite because of his good looks and mannerisms that are similar to those of his late grandfather, Kim Il Song.Kim Jong-il has two other sons. Both were assumed to be the heir apparent alas they mad their daddy mad and the mantle now goes ton Jong-un!
To mark this year’s 25th anniversary of the release of Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Intrada has just announced the upcoming release of the complete score of the film, including previously unreleased cues, alternative cues, new liner notes and more.Check out some sample tracks @ intrada.com
The Obama administration is warily watching developments on the Korean peninsula after the death of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Il and may postpone decisions on re-engaging the country in nuclear talks and providing it with food aid, U.S. officials said Sunday.
The administration had been expected to decide on both issues this week, possibly as early as Monday, but the officials said Kim’s death would likely delay the process. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation. They said the U.S. was particularly concerned about any changes in the military postures of North and South Korea but were hopeful that calm would prevail.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il is dead, North Korean state TV said Monday.
Kim, 69, died at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, state TV said.
A broadcaster reported that Kim died due to "overwork" after "dedicating his life to the people."
This tension comes down to hard-edged politics. Democrats want to distribute minority voters among various districts to elect as many Democrats as possible. Black leaders often want to concentrate those voters so they are likelier to elect African-Americans.I need to share this on my other blog. These conflicts around the nation have caused Blacks to side with Republicans in these remap struggles. The Civil Rights Act which is justified in remapping minority district was said in this article to be "atrophying". Interesting indeed!
Similar conflicts have erupted for years, but the tensions are especially pronounced this year, in part because Democrats in many parts of the country are drawing a larger share of their vote from minority communities. If minority voters are concentrated in a few House districts, Democrats worry, they will find it harder than ever to win in non-minority districts.
The Dean of the House spreads the blame, from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the tea-party-inspired candidates who wrested control of the chamber from the Democrats, to President Barack Obama, whom Dingell said needs to engage with the public or suffer the fate of one-termer Jimmy Carter. He even has a few harsh words for the press.WOW!!! Read this whole article. This guy has my respect!!!
And his decades in Congress have given him the clout to speak candidly of other House figures from both parties.
One in 45 children in the USA — 1.6 million children — were living on the street, in homeless shelters or motels, or doubled up with other families last year, according to the National Center on Family Homelessness.Via Newsalert!
The numbers represent a 33% increase from 2007, when there were 1.2 million homeless children, according to a report the center is releasing Tuesday.
In order to pass a corporate tax break for Sears and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Democrats had to remove a provision doubling the Earned Income Tax Credit from 5 percent to 10 percent.
According to the Daily Herald, House Minority Leader Tom Cross objected to the increase, “saying the package should be about jobs, not entitlements.”
Actually, the Earned Income Tax Credit is an antidote to entitlements, because it allows poor people to keep more of their wages. The EITC was instituted under Gerald Ford and greatly expanded under Reagan, who called it “the best anti-poverty, the best pro-family, the best job creation measure to come out of Congress.”
During a wide-ranging interview on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Obama blamed Republican intransigence for stymieing his efforts to enact policies to improve the economy, saying he often feels like the captain of a ship in rocky seas who is unable to “control the weather.”Video's above via Newsalert!
He faulted the GOP for not having “an honest conversation” about the economic policies that caused the nation’s recession and complained that Republicans made a calculated decision to block most of his policies to inflict maximum political damage after he assumed office.
Asked by interviewer Steve Kroft whether he had made too many promises to Americans during his hope-and-change campaign in 2008, Obama insisted that he “always believed that this was a long-term project.”
If you’ve been whining about why the iPhone 4S has no 4G, get ready for a real letdown — 2G speeds. The move by AT&T to throttle its top 5 percent of data users to a snail’s pace is an unwelcome Christmas present for many iPhone users.I've been looking at getting an iPhone and then re-evaluating the services that I can get with it. Sprint looks like a good deal anyway unlimited data and texting along with whatever phone service you want. AT&T unfortunately will hit you up for phone, data, and texting.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported earlier this week that the process of remapping the 50 wards to coincide with a 200,000-person drop in the city’s population in the 2010 U.S. Census took an ugly racial turn last week.That got unnecessarily nasty!
Ald. Richard Mell (33rd), chairman of the City Council’s Rules Committee, nearly came to blows with Budget Committee Chairman Carrie Austin (34th). In language laced with profanity, sources said Austin accused Mell of being a racist and treating African-American aldermen like plantation n-----s.
A police officer was summoned to the third-floor to restore order. At one point, Ald. Pat O’Connor (40th), Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Council floor leader, urged Mell to back off because he was exacerbating racial tensions. O’Connor has since played a more pivotal role in the negotiations.
We need to acknowledge that we cannot know what it’s like to be an oppressed racial minority. Cannot. The end. Period. We don’t know because we’re queer, because we’re disabled, because we’re Jewish, because we were the nerdy kid in school. These things may have hurt us severely, but we need to stop playing Oppression Olympics and acknowledge that when we’re talking about race we Do. Not. Know. No more metaphors.
In a bit of a surprise, it looks like there is a candidate for GOP committeeman in just about all of the city's 50 wards. But not one Republican filed for the countywide posts of recorder of deeds, clerk of the circuit court or state's attorney — the latter a job the party owned much of the time into the 1980s.This is Cook County we're talking about here. Republicans haven't just been weak here, but around the state for years after the scandal tainted term of Blago's gubernatorial predecessor George Ryan.
County Chairman Sig Vaznelis says he'll hold a slating session later to fill the ballot holes. But how does a party that can't even field candidates for prosecutor in Illinois' largest county seriously expect to even mildly challenge President Barack Obama for re-election next year?
Understanding why the stimulus failed is an important step in understanding how the government can—and cannot—goose economic recovery. To get a better sense of how and where the stimulus went wrong, Reason.tv focused on Silver Spring, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C., that's home to a large number of government contractors and other recipients of money earmarked for the sorts of "shovel ready" projects that were going to bring the economy back to life.
More and more, I get on-the-ground reports telling me Florida is going red this year, that the magic of Hopenchange is well and truly lost. Well, let’s take a look at that, too.November 2012 can't come SOON enough!
If we assume — and not too rashly — that Ohio turns Red before Florida and Florida turns red before Pennsylvania and that PA is going red…
…well, then Team Obama must absolutely hold on to VA and NC to even have a chance, trailing 214-258.
The problem for Obama is, NC turns Red before Florida does.
This is a mixed-up, muddled-up, shook-up strategy they’re pursuing.
The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders, those officials said, to identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.I suppose another excuse to end the War on Drugs. Can't trust the enforcers if they can't stay away from the money. Newsalert has this comment as well:
They said agents had deposited the drug proceeds in accounts designated by traffickers, or in shell accounts set up by agents.
The officials said that while the D.E.A. conducted such operations in other countries, it began doing so in Mexico only in the past few years. The high-risk activities raise delicate questions about the agency’s effectiveness in bringing down drug kingpins, underscore diplomatic concerns about Mexican sovereignty, and blur the line between surveillance and facilitating crime. As it launders drug money, the agency often allows cartels to continue their operations over months or even years before making seizures or arrests.
Just a reminder, the government that's big enough to give you ObamaCare and other wasteful programs is big enough to give the D.E.A. rinsing drug money.