Thursday, September 30, 2010

Grandmother who shot boy speaks out



This story is the most interesting story and while we won't see her on camera we know that she shot a young boy who decided he wanted to harass this 68-year-old woman. Throwing bricks at her house and window. 

She shouldn't fear for her safety, anyone who feels like they can miss with anybody ought to fear for theirs!

Anyway she was interviewed by our local ABC affiliate.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Army to eliminate bayonet training

Well if I had really allowed myself to make that decision once upon a time, I'd have joined the service. Thankfully I still can, but I might choose Army more than any other service today. I suppose I should be disappointed that I may not learn how to fight with a bayonet during basic training. Perhaps it's something worth learning if you've signed up to fight in the infantry.

I found this aspect of this story interesting:
In 2004, with ammunition running low, a British unit launched a bayonet charge toward a trench outside of Basra, Iraq, where some 100 members of the Mahdi Army militia were staging an attack. The British soldiers later said that though some of the insurgents were wounded in the bayonet charge itself, others were simply terrified into surrender.

Instilling such terror is at the heart of the philosophical argument for keeping bayonet training, historians say.
Well this lead to a serious of assumptions about who the Mahdi militia was. I would've just assumed that they were a group of fundamentalist who would have went down in glory fighting the infidels. Well whatever their backstory was they quivered in the face of a bayonet assault by a Western power!

The purpose of bayonet training:
“Traditionally in the 20th century – certainly after World War I – bayonet training was basically designed to develop in soldiers aggressiveness, courage, and preparation for close combat,” says Richard Kohn, professor of military history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bayonet training is, in short, used to undo socialization – to “basically to try to mitigate or eradicate the reluctance of human beings to kill each other,” Mr. Kohn says. It is one of the challenges in US or Western society “where we have such reverence for the individual, where we socialize our people to believe in the rule of law, and all of that,” he adds. “What you’re doing with young people is trying to get them used to the highly emotional and irrational and adrenaline-filled situations in which they are liable to find themselves whether they are within sight of the enemy or not – and the reluctance to take a life.”
Not to say that I know a whole lot about military training, but surely if the military's goal is to win an armed conflict you might want to do everything to insure that they will be able to do it. So perhaps bayonet training isn't a very important aspect of military life these days, even then why not encourage the development of aggression in our military personnel. They will need it in a combat environment although do be sure doing such a job I can't envy anyone.

Via Instapundit!

Quinn v. Brady debate in Chicago


Hat-tip to Capitol Fax. This debate took place at the Union League Club of Chicago today.

Just to remind you that in about a month we have an immediate election before we even consider the mayoral contest in February. We have seen that there has been a lot of focus on who's going to replace Daley or whether or not the Presidential Chief of Staff will run for Mayor of Chicago and leave the Obama administration.

Next month we will elect a Governor and a US Senator.

I hope we will see more debates preferably on TV.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

17 couples take Meeks up on challenge, tie the knot

Not sure I could ever do it. I'm painfully shy and I wouldn't want to do this around anyone else other than family and friends. Although what Rev. Meeks (a State Senator and potential Mayoral aspirant) offered was a good deal:
Seven months ago, the Rev. James Meeks of Salem Baptist Church issued a challenge to the unmarried couples in the congregation: If 25 of you tie the knot, I'll foot the bill for the wedding expenses.

The result was a mass wedding Saturday in which 17 couples said "I do" inside the 10,000-seat House of Hope on the city's Far South Side.

The event, aimed at promoting marriage in the African-American community, was part of a series of initiatives celebrating the church's 25th anniversary. Salem members have also written 25,000 letters to U.S. troops overseas and donated $25,000 to Haiti relief efforts.

Each couple received a reception for 25 friends and family, wedding photography, premarital counseling and a one night stay at Swissotel -- all free of charge. Church members also donated wedding dresses, jewelry and flowers.
Ah promoting marriage within the Black community. A laudable goal if you believe in general that there is an issue as far as out of wedlock births in the Black community. Whatever the reasoning, I just hope that these marriages work out. :)

Czech president tells UN to stay out of economics

I wish he could run for President here! From Reuters via Instapundit:
Czech President Vaclav Klaus on Saturday criticized U.N. calls for increased "global governance" of the world's economy, saying the world body should leave that role to national governments.

The solution to dealing with the global economic crisis, Klaus told the U.N. General Assembly, did not lie in "creating new governmental and supranational agencies, or in aiming at global governance of the world economy."

"On the contrary, this is the time for international organizations, including the United Nations, to reduce their expenditures, make their administrations thinner, and leave the solutions to the governments of member states," he said.

Klaus appeared to be responding to the address of the Swiss president of the General Assembly, Joseph Deiss, who said on Thursday at the opening of the annual gathering of world leaders in New York that it was time for the United Nations to "comprehensively fulfill its global governance role."

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Bill Brady has ads on Instapundit

I spotted this tonight both at the top of the blog and in the sidebar. I took some screen captures below.




To be sure I'm unsure about the circumstances of these ads. I don't know if Brady purchased time from an internet ad service such as say GoogleAds or that he contacted Glenn Reynolds directly. Although using an ad service is more likely.

Also I wonder if the ad service used is able to hone in on me as an individual to be able to determine that I'm from Illinois and I may be interested in an ad for Bill Brady for Governor. Well I don't plan on doing much research on that, this only caught me by surprise.

Knowing that Instapundit is read mostly by people who are conservative or right wing, this was perfect placement. Although the ads likely won't be seen by people from Illinois.

Another way to look at it. Well if this is supposed to be a big year for Republicans as many hope they may retake Congress and possible take over governorships around the country perhaps this was a smart buy. Sine Brady has a high probability of beating our incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn all this may do is allow prospective out of state donors - who just so happen to read Instapundit - to donate money to Brady.

However a Bill Brady ad got onto this most widely read national blog, I was amazed to see him there. I dare say that this race just went national!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Detroit Lives was so interesting...

That even Time magazine's Detroit Blog decided to feature it as a post today. If you haven't seen their four-part video go here and see it. It's very much worth your time!

On yeah,the aformentioned Palladium Boots is referred by The Detroit Blog as a California based shoe company. Even looking at their website, I wasn't sure. Although I may not have been looking hard enough.

Related: Detroit Lives

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Detroit Lives

Today through a series of videos, Johnny Knoxville (you should know him from this show Jackass) made a trip to Detroit talking to a number of people who are attempting to bring that city back. Well back from the general image of urban decay. They are produced by Palladium Boots and looking directly at their website, I don't think they're in the film industry. The Urbanophile (who gets the hat-tip) surmises that those vids are merely a promotional tool.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Jesse Jackson Jr. 'deeply sorry' about relationship

In my post yesterday I basically emphasized the statements made by an Indian-American businessman with regards to his role in the Senate seat scandal of Rod Blagojevich (Ousted governor). Well this story involves Jesse Jackson Jr. as he sought Obama's old Senate seat not long before Blago got pinched in December 2008.

It looks pretty bad as Congressman Jackson was willing to raise some money for Blago and that Nayak (the Indian-American businessman) said that he was willing to raise $1 million for Blago if he appointed Jackson. After Jackson was appointed then the Congressman would raise $5 more for Blago. Turning into a mess right.

Then we have this blonde haired social acquaintance, Giovana Huidobro. You know I didn't really read too much into that yesterday, but I did see that this blog landed some visitors googling her. But the Congressman made a statement regarding Ms. Huidobro:
"The reference to a social acquaintance is a private and personal matter between me and my wife that was handled some time ago," Jackson said in his statement. "I ask that you respect our privacy. I know I have disappointed some supporters, and for that I am deeply sorry. But I remain committed to serving my constituents and fighting on their behalf."
Whatever is going on, I can't say that it matters a lot to me. What matters more is whether or not Jackson made a move to get a US Senate appointment from Blago before he was arrested and impeached. This social acquaintance just added another dimension.

Of course, no one has come out and said that there was something going on between Congressman Jackson and this woman. If nothing was going on, why is the Congressman deeply sorry for something that didn't happen. If something was going on the only person who needs to apologize to is Ald. Sandi Jacskon, his wife.

What doesn't look good is that he directed Nayak to pay for Huidobro, a Washington, DC restaurant hostess, to fly to Chicago. Jackson - a member of the Congressional Black Caucus - could be opened up to a Congressional ethics investigation as this could be seen as a gift. Especially important is whether or not this gift is worth more than $50. At that Nayak is merely a third party in this scenario. This "gift" should've been reported.

Hmmm, I thought attachment to the Blago corruption was enough to dash any potential plan for Rep. Jackson to have upward mobility beyond the 2nd Congressional District. Now his role is starting to look worse by the day. Of course notwithstanding whatever relationship he has with Ms. Huidobro.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fund-raiser: Jesse Jackson Jr. behind $6M Senate-seat scheme

Saw this from the Sun-Times this morning. The headline alone doesn't look good for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. who has been mentioned as being interested in a Chicago mayoral bid next year.
Before he dined with [Giovana] Huidobro and Jackson on Oct. 8, 2008, [Raghuveer] Nayak said he had a critical conversation with the congressman about the seat while the two were alone. Nayak, also a former Blagojevich fund-raiser, said that Jackson asked him to tell Blagojevich that if the then-governor appointed Jackson to the U.S. Senate, Chicago's Indian community would raise $1 million for Blagojevich and -- after Jackson was appointed -- Jackson would raise $5 million for the then-governor.
Just last Friday, Jackson urged the feds to "bring it on" if they found any evidence of wrong doing. According to Rich Miller the last man to say that did that to him. I'm assuming he's referring to Rod Blagojevich (Ousted governor).

Remember that day, he was outside of a factory and he claimed he had sunshine over him. Then said go on ahead and record his conversations. Well they were and he got "pinched" the very next day.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Word on the Street: Brady is under Quinn's skin

PJstar:
Quinn is clearly annoyed when Brady, who voted against the state funding a capital bill, shows up at ribbon cuttings, ground breakings and such to take a bow. "He's showing up in Bloomington at the ribbon cutting of the high speed rail depot there that he had nothing to do with."
The CapFax has a video of Gov. Quinn rambling.

Perhaps the Pat Quinn of the primary, when he faced our current Comptroller Dan Hynes, is starting to come out again!

2010 Gubernatorial debates

I was under the impression that there won't be any. Looks like there will be. Who knows Quinn could benefit since FiveThirtyEight projects that Gov. Quinn has a 10.3% chance of winning this election. While I may like Bill Brady, I would actually watch this debate to see who wants IL's governorship more!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Rich Miller on the recent Right Nation rally

Took place yesterday in Hoffman Estates, IL at the Sears Center. Rich Miller at The Capitol Fax offers his observations on the event (well he didn't attend) with regards to Andrew Breitbart, Glenn Beck, even state Sen. Bill Brady who spoke at the event. Brady is the GOP nominee for Governor.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Wolf Files: Making the Facebook rounds

A letter from an emergency room physician that takes a swipe at Obamacare. Of course Dr. Milton Wolf, the President's 2nd cousin, while not able to verify the authenticity of this letter agrees with it's conclusion. He has made similar observations apparently.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

CATO: Not Quite Oh, to Be Politically Favored!

Check out the knock on America's Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs) article via Instapundit:
At roughly the same time Duncan was dumping on for-profit schools, his boss was feting another subset of higher education:

At roughly the same time Duncan was dumping on for-profit schools, his boss was feting another subset of higher education: historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Indeed, he was kicking off National HBCU Week, and lauding the schools’ work. But guess what? While the Education Department doesn’t release default rates for HBCUs as a group, quickly pulling those schools’ data together and averaging their default rates indicates a rate even higher than for-profit schools: almost 12 percent. Moreover, for four-year, private, non-profit HBCUs — which like for-profit colleges don’t get big state subsidies to help keep tuition artificially low – the default rate is nearly 13 percent.

So why no criticism by Duncan of HBCUs? Heck, why was his boss celebrating them?

Because they are politically favored, that’s why. Of course, this is in part because of their very important historical mission to furnish higher education to long-oppressed African Americans. It is also, though, because like all “non-profit” colleges and universities, HBCUs act as if their employees have no interest in higher salaries, nicer facilities, easier workloads — all the rewards that the people in not-for-profit schools give themselves instead of paying profits out to shareholders. But there’s no evidence that people in HBCUs or other non-profit schools are any less self-interested than people working or investing in for-profit institutions.

Why do I point this out? Not to pick on HBCUs, but to further illustrate the point that the attack on for-profit schools isn’t really about saving taxpayer dollars or protecting students, but going after the easiest target to demagogue – people honest about trying to benefit themselves as much as “the students.” It is also to illustrate, once again, that when we let government fund something, it is political calculus – not educational benefits, economic effectiveness, or what’s best for taxpayers – that ultimately drives the policies. Which is why government needs to get out of the higher ed business that it has made both bloated and, ultimately, a net drain on the economy.
When I was looking for a college years ago, I just rejected the idea of going to a "for-profit" college. In fact I still look down on that option today, although my view on that may be somewhat different today than it is then. Back then in high school I considered DeVry or ITT or other similar schools a joke.

These days there are more options. At that my view on them is that they provide an alternative to these traditional "non-profit" colleges. These other non-traditional schools offer something that you may not find at a traditional school.

My observation is that when you watch TV typically during the day time and you look at advertisements for ITT or Everest College they mostly offer vocational training. What they offer may not be much different than any materials from traditional colleges. The only difference may well be that you don't have to take those classes that don't pertain to your vocation of interest.

While I doubt I would make a choice towards those "for-profit" schools I do know that there is nothing wrong with options in higher education. Ultimately aspiring college students have nothing but choices to pursue and it will effect the rest of their lives. Hopefully they won't go into a lot of debt to get to where they need to be. Traditional or non-traditional!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Risking their lives to film the atomic bomb.

I read this article on my Blackberry found this from a link on Instapundit. This quote jumped at me, but this is really an interesting article sans that quote:
Mr. Yoshitake recalled documenting what a fiery explosion did to pigs — whose skin resembles that of humans.

“Some were still squealing,” he said. “You could smell the meat burning. It made you sick. I thought, ‘Oh, how terrible. If they were humans they would have suffered terribly.’ ”
Ummmm, those pigs were suffering!

Read the whole article!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Daley retiring from City Hall is still news

Rich Miller writes a statewide syndicated column talking about the 2011 mayoral race's potential impact on the 2010 election.

Unknown Chicago history blog at ChicagoNow offers his thoughts on Mayor Daley's time in office and ponders why a biography hasn't been written for him as many have about his dad Richard J.

Charles Thomas at ABC7 talks about talking with the mayor not long after his announcement in terms of his first election in light of the death of Chicago's 1st black Mayor, Harold Washington.

Oh yeah we know one person in the race. The second person is serious, but all I need to know is WHY??? former US Senator Carol Moseley Braun.

Gay Chicago Magazine takes a look at possible candidates for Mayor. Also written by the Broken Heart himself who also wrote on his original blog that his Alderman, Joe Moore was considering a run for Mayor himself.


Saturday, September 11, 2010

9 years after 9/11/2001

You know when was the last time I posted my thoughts on this?

I don't actually remember. A few years ago I wrote about what I was doing on that day when the planes hit the former World Trade Center (today's "ground zero"). If I never mentioned any feelings it would be that it felt like the time after a loved one passed away.

Anyway I have to be honest here. Yeah we lost a lot of people that day, sure. It was a very unfortunate tragedy where people who were just going to work or on vacation were incinerated to death. In fact it was messed up, that they were in office buildings trapped in the upper floors with no way down or indeed on hijacked planes that were in fact to be used as manually piloted guided missiles. It was a horrowing ordeal to be sure.

At that I truly believe those hijackers couldn't have had any sense of what they were doing. Only that religious ferver caused them to do this. As a matter of fact, I really can't believe thinking feeling people would allow themselves to do this. It is my belief however that these individuals were brainwashed and any doubt in their mind were wiped by whatever was ingrained in them before they did this horrible act.

All the same, I saw not long ago that History Channel was going to do a program which mish-mashes all the footage from people who were in NYC when the terrorist attack occured at the WTC. The idea was interesting and I almost think that they're merely re-airing something that was already shown on HBO years ago. My response to such programming is that I never want to relive it.

Somewhere at home I have a videotape of a FOX program that revisited that day and their coverage of the event as it had happened. I may have recorded it perhaps that same year or maybe a year afterwards. It's something I can show to my child one day although at this point I have no children. At this point my goal is to keep this horrific event at arms length.

I'm blessed that no one that I know of was harmed on that day. Of course I recognize that many people were affected by this event in some way especially that someone they know -especially a relative- died in the terrorist attack. Also there were some other consequences of this.

We're stilling fighting the Taliban and Al Qaida in Afghanistan. Less than a month after 9/11 President Bush engaged the ruling Taliban regime that controlled most of the territory of that nation and eventually the Taliban went from rulers to merely an insurgency. Then in 2003, President Bush engaged Saddam Hussein's Iraq and whether or not you agree with the how or why if there was no 9/11 as justification we wouldn't be talking about pulling out of Iraq after stationing troops there for at least seven years.

Next year it will be 10 years. A full decade and I surely viewed the world differently before 9/11/01 and Americans view Muslims differently.

Recently many Americans took a stance against a Muslim community center to be constructed near the site of the old World Trade Center towers "ground zero". A minority of Americans believe Obama is a Muslim and those who oppose him anyway use that as a basis. Nevermind that there are more important things to consider than the President's background or whether or not he's hiding his true faith.

Either way I plan to stay away from any coverage of any 9/11 ceremonies. I will do it when the 10th anniversary finally arrives. One thing I will do is observe this anniversary my own way and remember what makes American great. Also we should all know that while America will not be the same after that event, we WILL bounce back from that!

Friday, September 10, 2010

A Detroit District Thrives by Building on the Past

Thanks to the NY Times we're taking another virtual trip to that great American city of Detroit. Of course depending on how you view Detroit it's not so great and it's no stretch to say that great city is struggling to find itself these days. Anyway, what about building on the past in this Detroit neighborhood:
In sharp contrast to the rest of the Detroit metropolitan area, an area known as Midtown just north of the central business district has been holding its own in the recession.

Much of the success of Midtown — as it was branded a decade ago — is a result of the strength of institutions like Wayne State University, the Detroit Medical Center, the Henry Ford Hospital and the Detroit Institute of Arts, all of which contribute students and employees as well as residents.

Another component of Midtown’s success is that its developers are refurbishing older buildings, using tax credits and public financing, as much as they are building from scratch.

“For a long time, there was a big effort to tear things down in Detroit,” said Michael Poris, a principal of the architecture firm McIntosh Poris Associates, which is restoring a former vaudeville house in Midtown for multiple uses. “But if we have all these great historic buildings here, why not take the historic tax credits and reuse them? Plus it’s a greener, more sustainable form of development.”

According to the CoStar Group, a real estate information company in Bethesda, Md., the vacancy rate for office space in Midtown — including an adjacent area called New Center, where the former headquarters of General Motors now houses state offices — stood at 8.2 percent in the second quarter of this year.
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“We really have lost almost no businesses during the recession,” said Susan Mosey, the president of the University Cultural Center Association, an organization formed by several Midtown institutions that guides development in the area. “That isn’t to say that businesses haven’t had to reduce costs and become more efficient, but the neighborhood’s remained pretty stable.”

The housing market is thriving too, Ms. Mosey said. Many obsolete buildings in Midtown have been converted to rental housing in recent years, and the rental market has been strong. An association study found that 92 percent of the 4,295 rental units in the area were occupied last spring.

A handful of condominium projects begun right before the national housing market collapsed had to shift gears and become rental apartments. Those were leased quickly, Ms. Mosey said.
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Preservationists had the foresight to get much of Midtown designated as historic in the 1990s, thus ensuring they would be eligible for tax credits, said Diane Van Buren, vice president of sustainable planning at Zachary & Associates, a property development and development consulting group.

Zachary & Associates, with several partners, is in the process of creating an area within Midtown called the Sugar Hill Arts District, in tribute to the traveling black jazz musicians who once played in clubs and stayed in stately homes in the neighborhood, Ms. Van Buren said.

Much of the district was destroyed in the urban renewal movement in the mid-20th century that displaced many African-American neighborhoods in Detroit and elsewhere, she said.

Several buildings and sites in Sugar Hill are being redeveloped, including 71 East Garfield Street — the former site of a hotel that was destroyed by fire — which has undergone a $6 million renovation into 22 live-work spaces for artists and eight commercial spaces.
I probably excerpted a lot more from this article than I should of, but this is an interesting article that is worth your time. Not all is bad in Detroit and there are people there - oustide of the political establishment - who are working to rebuild Detroit. Finding your groove of course takes lots of time.

Hat-tip Urbanophile which also has a post up about how Detroit can market itself.

Another CBC scholarship scandal

And four members of the CBC now have problems with ethics we already know the other three, so we have a new one. A fourth one!
Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) awarded three scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to his stepdaughter and wife’s niece between 2003 and 2005, according to records from the nonprofit group.

Bishop is the second Democrat found to have funneled CBC Foundation scholarship funds to relatives, threatening to turn the program into a larger political problem for the party. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) recently paid back $31,000 to the foundation for scholarships that she improperly awarded to various relatives and children of a top staffer.

Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), chairman of the CBC Foundation, has promised an "extensive audit of the scholarship program" run by the organization.

Bishop, though, also appears to have favored family members with CBC scholarships.

In 2003, Emmaundia Whitaker, the niece of Vivian Creighton Bishop, who is Bishop’s wife, was awarded an education scholarship. She was also given a similar award in 2005.

And in 2003, Aayesha Owens Reese, the congressman’s stepdaughter, was granted an education scholarship as well.
This seems to be a bad time to engage in sheer nepotism. This is a form of it anyway! Hat-tip Instapundit!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Florida minister cancels burning of Qurans on 9/11

AP:
The minister of a Florida church said he has canceled plans to burn copies of the Quran because the leader of a much-opposed plan to build an Islamic Center near ground zero has agreed to move its location. The agreement couldn't be immediately confirmed.

The Rev. Terry Jones said Thursday that Americans oppose the mosque being built at the location and that Muslims do not want the Quran burned. He said instead of his plan to burn the books on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11, he will be flying to New York to speak to Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf about moving the mosque.

"We are, of course, now against any other group burning Qurans," Jones said during a news conference. We would right now ask no one to burn Qurans. We are absolutely strong on that. It is not the time to do it."
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Jones said Imam Muhammad Musri of the Islamic Society of Central Florida told him that officials would guarantee that the mosque would be moved.
Well, it's a good sign that this Islamic group who wants to build a "community center" near "Ground Zero" is willing to compromise on their plans. Not sure I like the idea of burning Qurans however.

Hat-tip Drudge!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

US Rep falls apart during interview!


Courtesy of Breitbart.tv

Anderson Cooper was being very hard on Rep. Eddie Berneice Johnson (D-TX). She's would be the third member of the Congressional Black Caucus to have some ethics challenges. That includes former Ways & Means Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA).

Mayor Daley to retire

I wasn't close to a TV set Tuesday to see that this news was so huge, local TV news departments broke into regularly scheduled programming to break the news to Chicagoland. To be sure this is huge, a man who has been in office for over two decades has just decided to up and retire.

It was somewhat expected because in recent years he has been taking a beating. At the same time if he had ran again he may not have a very tough go of it. He has been able to win recent elections with overwhelming margins. Who's to say he wouldn't next year? Especially if most of the people who could beat him chose not to run against him.

If he had ran again, surely that would be what would happen. Daley could intimidate people to not run against him. Now people are free to explore and make a run for the office on city hall's 5th floor. The next question is who?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

New immigration policy & activism website

The same man behind an immigration policy blog that I posted about back in July, has also been posting his thoughts at a new website since July @ http://american-rattlesnake.org/. So check him out there when you get a chance!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Electronic Village: Sunday Inspirations

From Trinity United Church of Christ from the south side of Chicago. Former spiritual home of the First Family of the United States. What you see here in this video is referred to as the married couple dance ministry.

I hope those of you who are in a relationships are enjoying moments like this as well. And the best part of this video is that these couples are of ALL ages!

Happy Memorial Labor Day!

Via Electronic Village.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Lee Bey on "where the 'take back America' crowd lives"

Well the architecture blogger over at Chicago Public Radio makes a comparison between people like Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Sean Hannity with Rachel Maddow, Jon Stewart, and of all people Keith Olbermann. Perhaps the housing choices of the right wing isn't much different than the housing choices of the progressive. I don't think he's really that impressed although he would have expected the "progressive" to live in more forward looking quarters. Besides some of those homes look very nice, but give me a Chicago bungalow any day whether I'm conservative or progressive. BTW, I don't consider myself a progressive! ;)