Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Bills to Tax Ammo, Register Guns Pass Illinois House Committee

This is really nothing new. Just a reminder there are still people skiddish about the idea of allowing citizens to have their own firearms. 
Handguns would have to be registered and a new tax would be imposed on ammunition sales under bills approved Wednesday by the Illinois House Executive Committee.

With Democrats voting “yes” and Republicans “no,” the committee approved House Bill 5831, which requires handgun owners to register their weapons with the state. The bill is an initiative of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual.

The Executive Committee frequently approves gun bills that are later defeated in the full House.

“Handgun registration laws provide the cornerstone of responsible gun policy,” said Rep. Will Davis, D-Hazel Crest, the bill’s sponsor. “It provides law enforcement with essential information about crime guns, reduces illegal firearms transfers and creates a fair system of accountability for gun owners.”
More details about the bill:
Illinois gun owners must obtain Firearm Owner’s Identification Cards, but are not required to report the number and types of weapons they own. Under Davis’ bill, gun owners would have to report the handguns they own, where they were bought and other information.

The bill carries a $65 registration fee for each gun. Davis said that might be changed to $20.
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Republicans also opposed House Bill 5167, which would place a 2 percent surtax on ammunition sales in the Illinois. Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, said the tax would raise $800,000 to $1.2 million, which would go to hospitals that treat gunshot victims. Cassidy said the tax would amount to one penny a bullet.

[Todd Vandermyde of the NRA] said a tax on ammunition sales is the same as taxing the right to vote.
Is it about the revenue? Or is it about not allowing citizens to own guns? In that SJ-R article you will see both sides offer their arguments for and against.

BTW, I would have no problem if the city decided in the near future to allow gun shops. Even though citizens can now own guns at home, they still can't buy a gun within the city limits. If this bill that would be considered in the state house could be about the revenue then so could allowing gun stores into the city. That could be even revenue!

Via Newsalert!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Late Black history month entry!


Chicago History blogger John Schmidt writes about entrepreneur Jesse Binga who succeeded in Chicago early in the last century. Alas he couldn't keep his success as the stock market turned and his investments went south. In addition to that he was sent to prison for embezzlement. Schmidt's anectdote is worth sharing.

BTW, I really regret not doing more with Black History Month this year. It's usually my thing and surely there are many stores to tell during the month of February!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

A flash from the past!

[VIDEO] I'll have to admit this look into the past of WWE's (or WWF) Monday Night Raw gave me a laugh attack. I was besides myself that people actually took this seriously. I saw that the then WWF and Brian Pillman himself had apologized for this episode. No need to really, would he have actually killed one of the WWF's rising stars in Stone Cold Steve Austin. NO! Sadly a year later Pillman would pass away from a heart attack himself. Still wrestling is mostly fiction and sadly there are those who took it serious enough to force WWE to apologize for this. Of course I can also assume that from a story line standpoint, they may have also apologized for this incident for that reason alone. All the same this was the greatest laugh I have had in a while!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Former Chicago Ald. Bill Beavers indicted

The Capitol Fax has a round-up of yesterday's news about former Chicago Alderman and current Cook County Commissioner Bill Beavers indictment by federal authorities. Apparently he didn't pay taxes on his various sources of income especially using money from his campaign funds as his own income. It was also noted in various reports that he used this money for gambling and it's known that he will go to the riverboat.

If you know very little about Beavers he used to be a Chicago Police Officer and then found himself as Alderman of the southeast side's 7th Ward. He gave that position up in 2006 when he was elected Cook County Commissioner to replace the late John Stroger. John Stroger was also county board president when a week before the 2006 primary election he had suffered a debilitating stroke.

This set off a firestorm back then when Stroger's son Todd started to campaign to replace his father as not only Democratic nominee for county board president, but for that position itself. Beavers made sure to note that the white politicians were able to do this switcheroo and place a relative in a similar position as Todd was. Very unabashed as many reports or even comments on blogs had described. Needless to say while a lot of people laud Todd for his ability to financially work the county very well he was a one-termer.

When Beavers gave up his position as Alderman of the 7th Ward, he bequeathed it to his daughter Darcel, but was routed in 2007 by Sandi Jackson who continues to hold the seat today. Bill Beavers an old school politico was unable to hold the seat for his daughter and was unable to remain 7th Ward Democratic committeeman as he was also routed by Ald. Sandi Jackson for that position in 2008.

Oh yeah about Sandi Jackson, Beavers was said to be a rival of the Jackson. Namely in one report, the Jesse Jackson faction of the Chicago Democrats. Yeah Rev. Jackson and of course his son Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr . who just so happens to be married to Ald. Sandi Jackson.

BTW, he brought up the fact that he refused to wear a wire for the feds to trip up his colleague Commission John Daley. Not sure how to read that but Daley wasn't aware of anything like that. Who knows if Mr. Beavers was merely making something up to cover his tail.

I have little issue with the old school. There are some old school politicians black or white or whatever still around in Chicago. There wouldn't be a lot of sadness on my part of Bill Beavers as one of those old school pols find himself out of the system!

The myth of the eight-hour sleep The myth of the eight-hour sleep

To be honest I still hate it when I find myself awoke in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep. Even worse when I know that I have to work in the morning, but strangely enough my work schedule is erratic so that makes it even worse! This is what the BBC says!
We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural.

In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month.

It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.

Though sleep scientists were impressed by the study, among the general public the idea that we must sleep for eight consecutive hours persists.

In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a seminal paper, drawn from 16 years of research, revealing a wealth of historical evidence that humans used to sleep in two distinct chunks.

His book At Day's Close: Night in Times Past, published four years later, unearths more than 500 references to a segmented sleeping pattern - in diaries, court records, medical books and literature, from Homer's Odyssey to an anthropological account of modern tribes in Nigeria.

Much like the experience of Wehr's subjects, these references describe a first sleep which began about two hours after dusk, followed by waking period of one or two hours and then a second sleep.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Silly Panic Over a Minority White Nation

Hmm this is an interesting article. I always wondered what if it wasn't the Hispanics that proved to be a majority in this nation by 2050 but other Europeans. Of course this article doesn't talk about this, it does attempt to dismantle the idea of how whites will be a minority by 2050:
“Whites will become a minority of the American population by midcentury if not sooner,” states America Enterprise Institute scholar Charles Murray in his fascinating new book, Coming Apart: The State of White America 1960-2010. In repeating this claim, Murray (likely unintentionally) furthers a misconception about the country's shifting racial makeup and what it means for the future of the United States.

Murray's likely source is the much-ballyhooed 2009 U.S. Census report [PDF] that parsed certain immigration trends and fertility trends to reach that conclusion. But the claim that “whites” will be a minority in America by 2050 implies an invidious view of the importance of ethnicity and race. “Whites,” by earlier definitions cherished by nativists, are already a minority in this country and have been for many decades. The successful amalgamation of previously scorned "races" is a testament to the ever-broadening inclusive tolerance of the American social project.
Here is one thing from this article I can agree with, "America is an ideal, not a tribe." Yeah hopefully no one can disagree with that ideal. No one group racially or ethnically can claim themselves to be American. People came to American for a dream of some sort. We worry about ethnicity and then lose what makes America great!

Via Newsalert!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Urbanophile: The Reasons Behind Detroit’s Decline by Pete Saunders

This evening we take another virtual trip to the great American city of Detroit, Michigan. The Urbanophile blog offers 9 reasons why Detroit fell as far as they had. One of those reasons was that unlike most other cities around the nation, Detroiters (?) didn't identify with a particular neighborhood. Different neighborhoods and their characters certainly could make any particular city unique.

I've always wondered why a city such as Detroit had fallen as hard as it had while other cities seem to be doing alright. Or in cities like sweet home Chicago, you can ask why some neighborhoods are doing worse than others. Here's an interesting reason why Detroit has declined:
Another unique, if indirectly related facet of Detroit is its current local government organization. Like most major American cities of the late 19th century, Detroit elected city council members from districts or wards across the city. And like most of those cities, Detroit experienced its share of graft and corruption in the political arena. But the Progressive Movement that pursued local government reform throughout the nation had perhaps its greatest achievement in Detroit. In 1918, a new city charter was established that led to the reorganization of local government to have Council members elected city-wide, instead of by wards. This governance system has been in place ever since, but is slated to end with the establishment of a new charter in 2013 that will now elect council members from seven districts and two at-large spots.

This has been a double-edged sword for Detroit. While it may have kept a lid on some of the possible corruption that could have happened, it likely created greater distance between residents and city government. I believe this led to two significant impacts. First, it allowed the influence of the auto industry to travel unfettered within local government through the first two-thirds of the 20th century, without the countervailing influence of local residents. Second, without representation and support, neighborhoods were unable to mature in Detroit as they had in other major cities. They never had champions at the local government level, as elected officials had to view the city in its entirety and abstractly, and not represent and develop a unique part of the city.

The seven reasons outlined above would be enough to hurt the future development prospects of most cities. However, the last two reasons I cite, which look at land use actions and policy decisions from more than 100 years ago, are what distinguishes Detroit from any other city in America.
 Detroit was dominated by the auto industry. And most of the reasons stated on the blog related to the auto industry. The auto industry lobbied Detroit government to dismantle their street car lines, the auto industry contributed to a poor public realm, and it's possible Detroit may have more freeway mileage than any other city in the nation!

It's safe to say Detroit didn't catch up to many cities in the nation. Now they must, but it'll be a very tough go of it. I've heard about how Detroit must contract and in this piece the city didn't plan very well for the territory they had annexed. Hopefully they will come up with a plan in the near future!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Capitol Fax: Quinn says he will work to help “build a majority” for same sex marriage

A round-up stories on the new push for same sex marriage in Springfield from Rich Miller's blog. My general position is that I accept civil unions. At the same time I had the idea that civil unions wasn't much different from marriage.

Other states have civil unions and in Illinois civil unions are for everybody whether gay or straight. At the same time what's the difference between marriage and civil unions. It seems as if there is a faction that insists on allowing marriage between same sex couples. Apparently for them the issue isn't solved with civil unions.

When Gov. Quinn started his full term last year, he consider a number of bills passed by the General Assembly that were signed into law by him. One of them were civil unions, but then there was also the tax hike. Those bills were certainly controversial in some respects. One of the bills he rejected was for conceal carry, he just couldn't be persuaded to enact that into law.

I'm saying this to note that there have been proposals like that out there over the years, however, it took years to enact them into law. It took years to raise income taxes in Illinois and surely it took years to finally enact civil unions. It also took years to build support to even allow conceal carry to be passed out of the Illinois General Assembly.

It could still take years yet for gay marriage to be adopted in this state. How long will it in fact take? Only time will tell!

BTW, also posted at the Capitol Fax on Tuesday a gay rights group takes literally a satire -from our NBC affiliate - about marriage a little too literally by that same group. As you see they eventually saw it as satire and issued a retraction later.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The President announces African-Americans for Obama...

[VIDEO] I recieved this video via Newsalert that asks, "Could you imagine Romney launching a website titled whites for Romney?". All I can say to that is if someone wanted to organize such a group it could be considered a lame answer to this. Not sure what I would say if this was formed before Obama unveiled this campaign organization.

Also there's probably someone out there who will answer that question by saying that white people already run this country so why should there be a whites for Romney. A comment made by the extremist amongst us, whoever they may be.

Anyway, Obama is probably just attempting to organize a potent constituency. It's safe to say they're not going anywhere else in this election. We'll see if this makes a huge difference for Obama in 2012.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day...

[VIDEO] So, from last night's episode of Conan, propmaster Bill Tull gives us some budget Valentine's Day tips. Some of them could work, I know it! :P

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Why are some 80-plus-year-old seniors as sharp as people 30 years younger? - Chicago Sun-Times

Why are some 80-plus-year-old seniors as sharp as people 30 years younger? - Chicago Sun-Times

I sincerely hope that I will get this lucky when I make 80+.
“Some have less than a high school education. We have people who have medical degrees,” she said. “We have people at 80 who are going to the gym five days a week and leading exercise classes and people who still smoke a pack a day and have for 30 years.”

“There is no one path to SuperAging,” she said, adding that researchers believe that all participants provide clues into the way the aging brain functions.

Publication of the research from Rogalski’s group, which has studied the SuperAging phenomenon for more than four years, is pending. But the early data is giving intriguing clues into the mystery of aging.

Those qualified for the study undergo extensive tests of memory, IQ and executive function. There are DNA blood tests and MRIs of their brains. Eighteen months after the initial three-day screen, they are asked to report back to the lab for another two days of testing. They will be part of the study as long as they are alive and willing to participate.

Some of the MRIs revealed the possibility that their brains shared characteristics with younger brains atypical of an average brain in an 80-year-old. The SuperAgers’ brains weren’t shrinking in the same way most brains shrink as people age. The reason for this isn’t clear but as the study grows, researchers hope to learn about possible connections to lifestyle or genetics.

The SuperAgers are asked to donate their brains for further study after they die.
I hope that they will publish their research. Although surely it will be highly academic, I hope that I will be able to understand their findings!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Some needs some convincing of this...

Found this on FB, it was very interesting to see this. A positive message too bad so many won't even get beyond either "won't do it" or "can't do it". You don't go anywhere that way!

Wall Street Journal: The Heartland Tax Rebellion

I really wish we could consider this in Illinois. Up until it was time to enact our state's 1970 constitution this state had no income taxes. Last year we raised income taxes while it was important for the sake of this state's fiscal health to do so, I've seen some pieces that suggest that it wasn't even enough. On saving grace to income taxes in this state is that it's a flat tax but there are those who want to change that to progressive taxation.

This op/ed explores the tax regimes of other states around the nation:
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is starting to feel surrounded. On her state's southern border, Texas has no income tax. Now two of its other neighbors, Missouri and Kansas, are considering plans to cut and eventually abolish their income taxes. "Oklahoma doesn't want to end up an income-tax sandwich," she quips.

On Monday she announced her new tax plan, which calls for lowering the state income-tax rate to 3.5% next year from 5.25%, and an ambition to phase out the income tax over 10 years. "We're going to have the most pro-growth tax system in the region," she says.

She's going to have competition. In Kansas, Republican Governor Sam Brownback is also proposing to cut income taxes this year to 4.9% from 6.45%, offset by a slight increase in the sales tax rate and a broadening of the tax base. He also wants a 10-year phase out. In Missouri, a voter initiative that is expected to qualify for the November ballot would abolish the income tax and shift toward greater reliance on sales taxes.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley wants to abolish her state's corporate income tax. And in the Midwest, Congressman Mike Pence, who is the front-runner to be the next Republican nominee for Governor, is exploring a plan to reform Indiana's income tax with much lower rates. That policy coupled with the passage last week of a right-to-work law would help Indiana attract more jobs and investment.

That's not all: Idaho, Maine, Nebraska, New Jersey and Ohio are debating income-tax cuts this year.

But it is Oklahoma that may have the best chance in the near term at income-tax abolition. The energy state is rich with oil and gas revenues that have produced a budget surplus and one of the lowest unemployment rates, at 6.1%. Alaska was the last state to abolish its income tax, in 1980, and it used energy production levies to replace the revenue. Ms. Fallin trimmed Oklahoma's income-tax rate last year to 5.25% from 5.5%.
Although having chided North Dakota for wanting to abolish their property taxes, that state is noted for the revenues received from their oil & gas revenues. In this op/ed they insist that they must reconsider the long-term solution of abolishing their income taxes instead of the property taxes.

BTW, for those of you who are concerned about cuts to programs that we take for granted - such as education, police, or even welfare - here's an answer:
The experience of states like Florida, New Hampshire, Tennessee and Texas also refutes the dire forecasts that eliminating income taxes will cause savage cuts in schools, public safety and programs for the poor. These states still fund more than adequate public services and their schools are generally no worse than in high-income tax states like California, New Jersey and New York.

They have also recorded faster revenue growth to pay for government services over the past two decades than states with income taxes. That's because growth in the economy from attracting jobs and capital has meant greater tax collections.

The tax burden isn't the only factor that determines investment flows and growth. But it is a major signal about how a state treats business, investment and risk-taking. States like New York, California, Illinois and Maryland that have high and rising tax rates also tend to be those that have growing welfare states, heavy regulation, dominant public unions, and budgets that are subject to boom and bust because they rely so heavily on a relatively few rich taxpayers.
Florida is especially noted because it was one state that fell victim to the housing bust. But as you see above it's hailed as an example of how a state has weathered this current recession and shows that taxes aren't relevant to economic growth!

How lower income citizens commute....

In the nation's 51 major metropolitan areas (more than 1,000,000 population), 76.3% of lower income employees use cars to get to work, three times that of all other modes combined (Figure 1).

Admittedly, this is less than the 83.3% of all employees who use cars for the work trip, but a lot more than would be expected, especially among those who believe that transit is the principal means of mobility for low income citizens. Overall, 8 times as many lower income citizens commuted by car as by transit. In this analysis, lower income citizens are defined as employees who earn less than $15,000 per year, which is approximately one-half of the median earnings per employee of $29,701. .

Perhaps most surprising is the fact that only 9.6% of lower income citizens used transit to get to work. This is not very much higher than the 7.9% of all workers in the metropolitan areas who use transit. (Table 1).  
Why doesn't transit rank that high amongst low income commuters:
Transit's small market share has to do with its inherent impracticality as a means of getting to most employment. According to ground-breaking research by the Brookings Institution, low-income citizens could reach only 35 percent of jobs in the major metropolitan areas by transit in 90 minutes. In other words, you cannot get from here to there, at least for most trips. It is no more reasonable for lower income citizens to spend three hours per day commuting than it is for anyone else. A theoretical 90 minute one-way standard is no indicator of usable mobility. It is likely that only about 8 percent of jobs are accessible by lower income citizens in 45 minutes (Note 2) and 4 percent in 30 minutes.
For many, I'm sure public transportation is a lot more inconvenient than driving to where you need to go. It's probably inconvenient if you have to walk a block or more to get to where you need to go than to drive there. Although when it comes to driving you have to consider parking, how far away do you have to park from your destination.

Hat-tip Newsalert!

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Gold....

I feel awkward attempting to explain some rough understanding of economics but luckily my mother is a banker so therefore there were some rough concepts that she could corroborate. If you are even more of an economics geek feel free to challenger my conclusions!

So I was watching this episode of Pawn Stars ("Buy the Book" aired on June 6, 2011) recently where an older gentleman was looking to sell a 1930s Lincoln automobile. The Harrisons and this man just weren't coming together on a price until Rick Harrison just outright asked what this gentleman wanted to make a deal. What he wanted was some gold.

They made a deal for the right price but with gold as part of the deal. So Rick Harrison explains that he can't exchange gold for the car. What he did offer was cash for the car and then gold for the cash.

It wasn't explained during the course of the episode why Rick Harrison arranged the deal in that fashion. Although I do figure that this may have been a tax issue for his pawn shop at the very least. There are probably some business things going on there too but with all that gold basically all Eagles and Krugerrands gold coins, the old gentleman trading his antique car made out quite well.

Then it brought back some history I've learned over the past few years. Once upon a time America was on the gold standard and that determined the value of the dollar. In the Great Depression, the Roosevelt administration wanted to buy/confiscate all gold in order to devalue the dollar. I suppose in this way they wanted to stop people from trading gold/silver and affect the value of the dollar. In any case by the 1970s, America was no longer on the gold standard and the dollar is currently a fiat currency. The value of the dollar is according to the interest rates set by the Federal Reserve.

I also thought about an executive order signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1933 this executive order criminalized the possession of gold by individuals, corporations, associations or partnerships. This executive order was replaced by the Gold Reserve Act in 1934. That legislation effect made gold clauses in private contracts illegal and they were necessary in order to protect against he US Government devaluing the currency. Although now it's legal to possess, purchase, and trade for gold.

Also, I look forward to the day when I can purchase gold so that I can use it to trade or sell. Gold is a good investment in these uncertain times. Even better it would be nice to store them in a safe deposit box at a bank for safe keeping.

The Gospel According to Obama

The sub title to this column is "Barack Obama says faith drives much of his domestic agenda—and no one even blinks":
George W. Bush had one small office devoted to faith-based initiatives, and was savaged for it. Barack Obama, on the other hand, says faith drives much of his domestic agenda—and no one even blinks.

We are in “the fourth year of the ministry of George W. Bush,” cracked novelist Philip Roth in 2004. By then, several million gallons of ink already had been spilled warning that Bush’s “faith-based presidency” was “nudging the church-state line” (The New York Times) and was “turning the U.S. into a religious state” (Village Voice) and was “arrogant” and “troubling” (St. Petersburg Times) and was “pandering to Christian zealots” (Salon) and “imposing its values on the rest of us” (too many to name).

Obama has been just as overtly religious as Bush—“We worship an awesome God in the blue states,” he said in his 2004 keynoter at the Democratic National Convention—and even more aggressive about injecting faith into politics. In 2006, he praised a religious “Covenant for a New America.” In a 2008 speech in Ohio, he said religious faith could be “the foundation of a new project of American renewal” and insisted that “secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door before entering into the public square.” He has kept Bush’s office of faith-based initiatives. In fact, “Obama's faith-based office has given religious figures a bigger role in influencing White House decisions,” reported USNews in 2009.

At the National Prayer Breakfast last Thursday, the president began by noting that he prays every morning, and then devoted the rest of his speech to explaining the manifold ways in which his faith guides his policies. “I am my brother's keeper and I am my sister's keeper,” he said. That somnolent silence you hear is the guardians of church-state separation taking a nap.
I need not tell you an obvious conclusion. They give Obama a pass because the press are generally with Obama on other issues more spending, higher taxes, or even more regulation. If you're with them on those issues they believe in they will give your religiousness a pass.

Which leads to another quote from this article:
Or take the temper tantrum that erupted last week when the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure, a women’s-health organization, decided—briefly—to stop giving its own money to Planned Parenthood. Let’s suppose Komen’s 27.3 million critics were correct in thinking the move was motivated by anti-abortion sentiments, which are essentially religious sentiments. So? Isn’t Obama right to say secularists are wrong when they ask believers to leave their religion at the door?

Some claimed the issue was women’s health. Not so. The Komen foundation would not have shoved the money formerly earmarked for Planned Parenthood under a mattress. It would have spent the money on women’s-health initiatives elsewhere. Leftists were not upset because Komen’s decision shrank the pool of funding for cancer screenings and so forth; it would not have. They were fuming because Komen no longer wanted to tithe one of liberalism’s most sacred institutions. So apoplexy ensued, and Komen climbed down.

The lesson from all of this? Liberals should be able to impose their faith-based values on the rest of us, but any heretics who deviate from liberal dogma may not even observe their faith-based values by themselves. It’s right there in the Apocrypha—you can look it up.
I can't say I really understand this. They have a right to hold back money if they wanted to. How is abortion a matter of women's health and who says that money must go to Planned Parenthood. That money could just as easily go towards more research into breast cancer for example. Simplistic thinking at play here!

Monday, February 06, 2012

Illinois economics and labor

The Capitol Fax has a graphic about how Illinois fares economically with other nearby states. Illinois is expected to outperform both Indiana and Wisconsin according to a report released by the Federal Reserve. And according to the colored legend of this map Michigan will also outperform Illinois, Indiana, & Wisconsin.

In that same post is Rich Miller's syndicated column talking about Gov. Quinn's state of the state speech he delivered last week. I didn't actually get to watch the speech but it seems Quinn may well have delivered one of his best speeches yet. Still, it notes that for the high notes the speech made there were many who still weren't in the mood for it in light of the many problems of our state including $35 billion in unpaid bill by the state. Read the whole thing when you get a chance.

I haven't followed this as I would've like but it's been news that Indiana had enacted legislation that would make them a "right to work" state. According to this graphic provided by Newsalert, Illinois is one of many states around the nation that's a "forced unionism state". Of course there was also a report that Gov. Quinn said Indiana's transition wouldn't affect Illinois.
I'm curious how he procured this map. If it's available at any particular website. I should send Bartin an e-mail!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Lumière and Company - Spike Lee


[VIDEO] Back in 1995, Spike Lee took part in a project entitled Lumière and Company where filmmakers such as Lee were to use the cinematograph camera - invented by the Lumière brothers - with these three rules in mind:
  1. A short may be no longer than 52 seconds
  2. No synchronized sound
  3. No more than three takes
I just found out that Lee will be in The Sixth Ward for an event at Chicago State University. Thinking about going but just haven't decided yet!

Stuff Spelmanites Say Part 2

[VIDEO]Basically I presented part 1 to you, so here's part two. A satire of the adventures of the women of Spelman College. Hopefully this will give you a good laugh, the theme is basically leading up to graduation!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Hey Super Bowl Sunday is this weekend!!!

[VIDEO] So here are some tips from the Conan O'Brien propmaster for ideas on your Super Bowl party that you can do on a budget. LMAO!!!