Monday, November 29, 2010

Movie eyes owner of ‘The Beverly’: This article is about the man who helped build this theater located at 95th & Ashland. Today this theater is now a church where I have attended graduations and funerals in the past. Check out this page about the movie theater operations at this old building.

Had a post in mind at one of my other blogs however it recently occurred to me to at least use this theater as a model for what I had in mind

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Chicago News Bench: Let China Take Over North Korea (Updated with Videos)

To that I say, "So what?" Ask yourself this: Which poses the greater threat to South Korea, or to the stability of the region? Seems simple enough. Let the "destabilization" efforts begin. They would only lead, in the long run, to more stability if the world stands back and lets China move into N. Korea. The long-suffering people of North Korea can only do better under Chinese protection. God knows anything would be an improvement over the lunatic dictatorship they have now.

Monday, November 22, 2010

THINKGEEK: Samurai Sword Handle Umbrella. I'm in the mood for something different this would be very different, especially if I have to be out in inclement weather. I usually sport a travel size umbrella I can fit in a backpack but with the "Katana" size no need just carry with a shoulder strap.

HOT AIR: Well Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) talks about his encounter with a representative of a techer's union who put out an e-mail praying for Christie's death. I just got to say I had to be on this guy's bad side. Would also hate to be on the stubborn side with him as well especially when I am wrong.
I almost wish I was a regular viewer of MadMen. Would've liked to have seen as b.vikki vintage had of how they introduce the issue of the Civil Rights movement into the show. It's based in the 1960s I believe.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hmmm, haven't visited in years and it's still around. As you can for whatever reason I'm attracted to some of these right wing sites.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

VIDEO: It Doesnt Matter - Wyclef Jean Feat. The Rock & Melky Sedeck

From the vault for wrestling nostalgia. Well not enough wrestling scenes in this video just The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) laying the smackdown on a jabroni near the end. Very funny video.
VERY ASTUTE OF THE WOLF FILES: In making sure he clarifies the various schools of thoughts that are in support or opposition for Social Security reform:
If you do an Internet search, you'll find two distinct camps: Those in favor of a private system, made up of mostly fiscal conservatives, libertarians, and others who reside in the free market camp. Those who oppose a private system, who favor a state system, a group dominated by collectivists, who go by various names: communist, socialist, egalitarian, fascist, progressive, (modern) liberal, and Democrat.
"Modern" liberal. The founding fathers more than likely would've considered themselves liberal, however, back in the 19th Century that had a different connotation than it does today. The liberals who existed back then we may refer to as "classical" liberals. Today we refer to "classical" liberals as what you may see above conservative or libertarian.
CREATE VIDEO NOTEBOOK: Buying A Camcorder Specs–What Is An Image Sensor?

Friday, November 19, 2010

CAPITOL FAX: It’s not a crime in Glenwood for a police dispatcher to tip off drug dealers
Apparently what happened is that the police chief claimed the employee violated a rule, but the alleged rule was never voted on by the village board of trustees. No vote equals no “law.” No law violation equals no crime.

I think maybe somebody should now make this a crime.

Glenwood might also want to start vetting its dispatchers a bit better.
Yes, they should. BTW, the dispatcher was alerting her "baby daddy" about law enforcement activity that may well have uncovered his drug dealing activity. This case was over a decade old however.
POLITICO: Dem strategists: Obama bungled 2010

Pollster Stan Greenberg said Obama downplayed “an almost Depression-like economic crisis,” by inaccurately projecting the magnitude of job losses. “They predicated everything on the jobs coming back from March. They’re still in the middle of this crisis. This is a total misframing of this moment. Some of it’s policy ... a lot of it is giving the people in this crisis a sense of what the scale of it is, and what has to be done to get out of it,” he said.

VIDEO FROM OUR LOCAL ABC AFFILIATE: Sen. Roland Burris' farewell speech to the US Senate lamenting the lack of Black in US Senate. Also I wrote this post over at my other blog The Sixth Ward in addition to writing a post about his remarks here yesterday. Video found via this Chicago Sun-Times article.
BREITBART'S BIGGOVERNMENT: Gadsden Flag License Plates: A Nationwide Movement?

Is there a small chance we may have such license plates in Illinois? Perhaps this is something worth asking for!

Via Instapundit

Thursday, November 18, 2010

VIDEOS: Revenge of the Successful Black Man

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

REALCLEARPOLITICS: Sen. Rockefeller: FCC Should Take FOX News, MSNBC Off Airwaves
SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): "There's a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: 'Out. Off. End. Goodbye.' It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each other and have some faith in their government and more importantly, in their future."
Said during a hearing where he lamented prices for cable TV.

Via Wolf Files!
CHICAGO BREAKING NEWS: In farewell, Burris laments lack of blacks in Senate
As his controversial tenure nears its end, Sen. Roland Burris gave a farewell address Thursday lamenting there will be no blacks at all in the next Senate.

"This is simply unacceptable," he said. "We can and we will and we must - do better."

He also noted that only six blacks have served in the Senate in the body's 221-year history.
Do you want to know my thoughts on this subject. Look no further than this post over at It's My Mind!
ONION NEWS NETWORK: "Oprah Invites Hundreds Of Lucky Fans To Be Buried With Her In Massive Tomb" 

The Onion is on a roll today!
POLITICO: Top governors turn against Michael Steele
A midday, governors-only meeting included a discussion about the RNC, and sources familiar with the conversation said there was broad agreement that a change was needed at the national party. Barbour asked his colleagues, one governor at a time, how many of their states’ three votes each could deliver. (The RNC’s governing body is made up of 168 members, including a state chairperson and national committeeman and committeewoman from every state along with the territories.)
It seems Michael Steele, a former Lt. Governor of Maryland, never recovered from his earlier gaffes.

MEGAN McARDLE: "Dear Airline, I'm Leaving You"

You know the reasons she sighted well mainly the TSA and their procedures. In my case, well not too keen to have to be thoroughly searched in order to continue my travels. Although I do understand the times we're living in with the threat of airline hijackings and terrorism.

Via Instapundit!

If this was serious I'll have to admit that doing this looks so very dangerous! The fake nose on the bus could fall off and hit another vehicle.
Tribune: Technology keeps 'L' riders happy
For fast-paced urbanites, it all comes down to making the best use of time while commuting, and for many people that means punching up electronics to stay connected to the world outside, Northwestern University researchers found. Transit agencies who are behind the curve should take notice, they added.

Many of the CTA train riders polled said they want the freedom to be productive or entertained during their commutes. The study found that other riders depend on iPods and other devices to avoid contact with strangers.
Well while I don't have long commutes on the CTA, I like to look on my Blackberry during the downtime. Even tweets about my commute sometimes. :P

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

AT MOREHOUSE: Jesse Jackson’s Thurman Day Speech Urges African Americans ‘To Be Somebody’

Not sure whether to be flattered or not! And this was a Crown Forum where students were required to attend.
UNKNOWN CHICAGO: "City That Never Sleeps"

About a movie that is set in Chicago, but unfortunately not a well known classic film. Ebony/Jet Building sold and with it, modernism and history preserved

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

I saw old school Raw Monday night, which included none other than Hacksaw Jim Duggan. Over the weekend however I fished this clip of a really really old video of Hacksaw. I'd give anything to see this type of wrestling again!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Budget Puzzle: You Fix the Budget courtesy of the NY Times. Interactive game on how YOU would solve the federal deficit.
TREKMOVIE.COM: Ron Moore To Remake The Wild Wild West For CBS

You know I am looking forward to CBS rebooting Mission: Impossible. Take it back from Tom Cruise please and update M:I for the 21st century. PLEASE you guys did it with H50

Sunday, November 14, 2010

BEEN HAVING A CASE of wrestling nostalgia lately. So I'm listening to this rendition of The Undertaker's theme that you might have heard on WWF the Music Vol. 2.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Edgewater Community Buzz: More broken windows in Andersonville, Uptown

Mostly this is about vandalism to not only neighborhood businesses but to political offices for those who are not only sitting Chicago aldermen, but also those who seek an aldermanic seats next year. I hope this is more about hooliganism than people willing to damage the property of politicians. And let's hope regardless of the reasons that those responsible are punished.
Eric Zorn: A shameful assertion of 'pride'
"Gay Pride" is an antidote to gay shame -- the sense of alienation and otherness in adolescence that prompted writer Dan Savage to start the It Gets Better Project to reduce the incidence of suicide among gay teens; kids who kill themselves in part because they're treated unmercifully by the sorts of peers who would wear shirts to school consigning them to being murdered at the command of an angry God.

And because there is no corresponding concept of straight shame, the expression ""Straight Pride" can only be read as a gratuitous and contemptuous response to the suggestion that gay people not be marginalized.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

C-SPAN: Campaign to end childhood hunger

This segment I saw this morning on C-Span's Washington Journal features as guests Jeff Bridges and Bill Shore about their efforts to end childhood hunger. I saw the remaining program where they really discussed more than hunger. Bridges wanted to emphasize education the pallet in addition to feeding our young people healthy food.

This is almost related to another post I wrote at The Sixth Ward yesterday.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It just hits me that The Sixth Ward @ has just breezed past three years already!

Monday, November 8, 2010

TRIBUNE: Most school garden produce is forbidden fruit in CPS lunchrooms
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.
I'm so going to post this on my other blogs in the near future! This really makes a lot of sense *no not really*!
Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion: Will Democrats Shut Down The Government?
There will be no Republican decision to shut the government or default on debt.  It will be a Democratic Party decision, taken out of ideological commitment to raising taxes and refusing to rein in spending.
Via Instapundit!
THE UPSHOT: Gibbs threatens to pull Obama from India talks after press dispute
The Washington Post's Scott Wilson—who was on White House pool duty Monday and filed the report for the White House press corps—wrote that "Gibbs announced loudly and persistently on steps of Hyderabad House that he would pull" President Obama out of the meeting "unless 'the White House 8,' as we've come to be known, were all allowed in."

As the discussion continued, Gibbs grew more animated.

"At one point, Gibbs literally had his foot lodged in the closing front door, asking if the Indian security officials pushing hard to shut it were going to break his foot," Wilson continued. "More angry words ensued, and after Gibbs convinced them, through high volume and repetition, that he was serious" about pulling Obama, the press secretary had the security retinue's full attention.
Wow! Being a press secretary is serious business!

Sunday, November 7, 2010 Keith Olbermann - A Memorial Tribute
ELECTRONIC VILLAGE: "Keith Olbermann Suspended Without Pay by MSNBC". Basically he donated money to three campaigns the most prominent one was to Kentucky's Jack Conway who was defeated for KY's US Senate seat by Rand Paul. MSNBC frowns on that and surely there are people who are happy Olbermann isn't on the air right now!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

FORD FLEX. This Kelly Blue Book video review makes me want one even more, but unsure if I could afford it.
VIDEO: Vote Ed Ward for Sim City Mayor!

Friday, November 5, 2010

I think it's time to dust this image off. For the next 4 years our Governor is Pat Quinn. I made this through photoshop not long after Rod Blagojevich was removed from office.

While I don't believe Quinn has been the best Governor of this state in close to two years in office. I truly believe he is an honest man as he was when he took over for Blagojevich. Hopefully he will change course in the next two years.
BTW, Pat Quinn is about to give his victory speech. Watching the livefeed right now over at the Capitol Fax. Unfortunately what was expected to start at 3:30 it's now almost 4 as I type this. Nothing has happened yet on the live feed.

I had already seen Brady's concession speech. Nice speech although I wondered if he really believed that Quinn deserved to win this.

Final thoughts is that this was a good election. A better election is someone who almost runs away with it. Not the uncertainty we had for three days after the election. Brady should've won it, but I'm not that upset about the outcome. Brady made the right move, if the wrong man won it this year there's always 2014.
AP: Brady has conceded the IL Governor's race to incumbent Pat Quinn. Brady had pledged to wait until all votes were counted unfortunately there were likely to be more votes for Quinn in the long run. Brady was down 20,000 votes and the difference is a matter of tenths of a percent. Both of them were at around 46% of the vote of course with Quinn in the lead.
REASON.TV: Brian Doherty Explains The Failure of Prop 19 and What it Means for the Future of Pot Legalization

Thursday, November 4, 2010

VIDEO: "Stewart/Colbert Rally-Goers: Obama Is Not a Keynesian, He’s an American!" There's this one lady who was really defensive. No one knows what being a Keynesian means. One guy at the end he knew what Keynesian meant, but knew nothing of Obama's Economic policies. For many Obama's policies are textbook definitions of being a Keynesian. Many thought it meant that Obama was a Kenyan. The birthers are persuasive apparently. :P

Via The Blaze!
FOX NEWS: Saddam Aide Tariq Aziz Sentenced to Hang

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

FOX NEWS: "Black Republicans Win First Congress Seats Since 2003" Also read this post on the same subject at American Power. Well while I would like to see more diversity amongst Black elected officials I'm simply not making a big deal out of the fact that two Black Republicans have been elected to Congress. Of course it might be more important if they represented diverse districts. It might be even more important if they represented mostly Black districts.
Letter to a whiny young Democrat:
And you made it all happen. Or rather, you failed to prevent it from happening, by not voting, by turning your collective back on Obama's tough love, by getting all whiny and dejected like some sort of sullen teen vampire who can't get laid.
This columnist has a profanity laced rant against the youth who supported the President in 2008.
It's My Mind: My thoughts on the 2nd Congressional District race in which well no big surprise a Republican insurgent lost to a weakened longtime Democratic incumbent. This incumbent's father is a famed Civil Rights leader too.
How about a "buttoned-up English tudor" for Kentucky's US Senator-elect Rand Paul.

DEMPLOSION: This video was uploaded onto YouTube last month but it certainly does seem fitting considering the gains that will allow John Boehner, the current US House minority leader to become Speaker of the House.
I promised to live blog last night and I got sidetracked. It looks like the US House will be Republican next year. Mark Kirk is headed to the US Senate in Obama's old seat. Also our Governor's race is a tie, but so far it looks like Quinn could win it although it's barely a win. Quite a few Congressional Democrats in Illinois have lost so Illinois will be sending more Republicans to Washington next year. BTW, Dennis Hastert's old district is now a Republican held seat again.

Last night was a real election that I will say for sure!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Looks like the polls will close on the east coast at about 6 PM Eastern Time. Of course I'm sure if turnout was high it might get pushed back. But where ever the major races are it won't be long until there will be news to report here. Polls in Chicago should close at 6 Central Time. And that is when the excitement should start to pickup tonight.
CHICAGOIST: Election Day in pictures!
GREG HINZ on early indicators in tonight's outcome
Over at the Capitol Fax, two posts current one seeking Election Day reports at precincts around the state and an Election Day caption contest featuring a photo of our GOP nominee for Governor, Bill Brady.
CHICAGO NEWS BENCH talks about the independent campaign of former Democratic Lt. Governor nominee Scott Lee Cohen and his running mate (as Cohen himself is running for Governor) Baxter Swilley. Tom Mannis, the blogmaster, refers to Swilley as a Jan Schakowsky mole as he used to work for the Evanston Congresswoman.
Zombie » Pre-Tsunami Live Blog: Well what do you know someone was already live-blogging the midterms and polls have yet to start as I type this. Posted at Instapundit at about 6:30!

Monday, November 1, 2010

It's My Mind: I blogged about an interview that I saw via Newsalert with an unidentified White House insider:
But after Obama was sworn in, things began to change?  Almost immediately.  Obama loved to campaign.  He clearly didn’t like the work of being President though, and that attitude was felt by the entire White House staff within weeks after the inauguration.  Obama the tireless, hard working candidate became a very tepid personality to us.  And the few news stories that did come out against him were the only things he seemed to care about.  He absolutely obsesses over Fox News.  For being so successful, Barack Obama is incredibly thin-skinned.  He takes everything very personally.
Of course there is more from where that came from!
SEATTLE TIMES - Meet the Millennials: Our most educated generation faces a most challenging time. Via Newsalert!
Washington Examiner 2010 election guide via Instapundit. Almost blow-by-blow too and some disappointing predictions, however that's politics for you. Let's see how many pan out.
RICH MILLER talks about the people the next Governor of Illinois may need to hire around them. He provides the example of one longtime politico who had a nice little verbal tussle with a state Senate President. It resulted in him getting fired, but that's not without it's consequences as Miller explains in his pre-Election Day syndicated column.
MY POST AT GB MECHANICS: So I figured out how to post that gerrymandering video over at The Sixth Ward. Of course I'm cross-posting at Mechanics, but you will see it there first before you see it at The Sixth.