Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Citizens painting fire hydrants

Patrick McDonough takes issue with anyone other than city workers painting fire hydrants for this reason. Oh yeah, you should also know that McDonough isn't a fan of Mayor Daley and has no problem taking a swipe at him in this post:
I made sure some police showed up as everyone should when people tamper with the potable water supply. This is a major priority after 9/11 and posters at work inform us to not take this lightly.
It makes sense although, he may want to tell that to artistmac. Who close to three years ago was a little fed up with the city not painting fire hydrants in his neighborhood, and opted to paint them himself!

Watchdogs not sure Johnson will face ethics probe over scholarship scandal

Well, this should still be a problem. Three members of the Congressional Black Caucus having ethics issues. If they're supposed to be the conscious of Congress, I would rather hope they know better than to allow scholarship for those ineligible parties:
Meredith McGehee, policy director for the Campaign Legal Center, said it appears that Johnson used her position to benefit a family member, which at the very least may have violated the Code of Ethics for Government Service.

But Melanie Sloan, executive director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, believes any investigation should begin with CBC Foundation executives because Johnson violated its rules. Sloan believes the foundation should do a full investigation and issue a public report on the circumstances surrounding the scholarships.

“While awarding scholarships to relatives is inexcusable in any event, the more serious question is whether Rep. Johnson knew she was violating the rules when she made the awards,” Sloan said.

If the foundation determines Johnson deliberately violated rules, Sloan said a CBC member should refer the matter to the ethics committee to determine whether her conduct "reflects creditably" on the House. Sloan also said the CBC should consider appointing an outside counsel who has served as a prosecutor to investigate and determine which rules or laws may have been broken.

Craig Holman of Public Citizen said he doesn’t believe the story will prompt an ethics probe because Johnson admitted mistakenly violating the foundation’s nepotism rules and appears ready to reimburse the funds.

“The only issue that could generate further investigation is whether the mistakes were intentional,” Holman said. “But given that there is no evidence to that effect, she has remedied the problem.”
If there is some improprieties I'm not entirely certain that the CBC would refer this matter to the ethics committee. They strike me as very monolithic and I think that's unfortunate!

Via Instapundit!


Monday, August 30, 2010

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson violated rules, steered scholarships to relatives

Add Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson to the ethics violations list along with both her colleagues Rep. Charles Rangel and Rep Maxine Waters. There's isn't a formal investigation yet so for right now this is only a headace. This is a long article so read the whole thing!
Longtime Dallas congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson has awarded thousands of dollars in college scholarships to four relatives and a top aide's two children since 2005, using foundation funds set aside for black lawmakers' causes.
The recipients were ineligible under anti-nepotism rules of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, which provided the money. And all of the awards violated a foundation requirement that scholarship winners live or study in a caucus member's district.

Johnson, a Democrat, denied any favoritism when asked about the scholarships last week. Two days later, she acknowledged in a statement released by her office that she had violated the rules but said she had done so "unknowingly" and would work with the foundation to "rectify the financial situation."

Initially, she said, "I recognized the names when I saw them. And I knew that they had a need just like any other kid that would apply for one." Had there been more "very worthy applicants in my district," she added, "then I probably wouldn't have given it" to the relatives.
Via Instapundit!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Businesses leaving California for Utah

Well the exodus of people and employers from California is nothing new. I hear they're going to Arizona and Nevada although I'm sure businesses and employers are going to other places that are more business friendly.

In reading the comments regarding companies leaving for Utah at Gateway Pundit I just have to highlight this comment:
More whites = more productivity
More whites = less crime
More whites = less taxes
I literally hate this comment. I can understand that gov't can make the environment of a particular jurisdiction unbearable for business. I would hate to think that being white will make a given area better.

Although put in another way there are plenty of people who are in need of services. Perhaps that's what the commenter is referring to even if it was made very sloppily. Although it almost makes it seem like "non-whites" are a big drain and surely that's not entirely true.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Illinois 2010 resembles 1980

On Monday Rich Miller wrote his syndicated column where he compared the governor's race to the 1980 presidential race. He says that Gov. Quinn is similar to Jimmy Carter and State Sen. Bill Brady is similar to Ronald Reagan. He reiterated those points on the new Chicago Public Radio program, Best Game in Town.

The comparison is valid. To be sure I had high hopes for Quinn and he has been a marked change from Ousted governor. I believe Quinn is an honest man, but as far as governor he doesn't seem much different from his predecessor and running mate. He has left a lot to be desired as far as governing.

Of course it isn't entirely clear that Brady will govern better. So far he's ran a better campaign as Miller notes that the Governor, "wouldn’t recognize a campaign theme if it was bleeding to death on his front lawn".

Speaking of Jimmy Carter he is said to have had a very successful post-presidency. In fact he recently secured the release of an American citizen who was sentenced to prison in North Korea for crossing into their territory. It just had to be brought up his failure to bring home hostages from Iran during his presidency!

At least in Quinn's case the issues he face will not involve any foreign affairs with the eyes of the world upon him.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

CTA riders may soon use cell phones to pay for rides

I had to think about that post that was the recipient of my Instalanche back in May. Americans behind the mobile calling curve. Many of the comments basically panned the article and said they would prefer to use a PC to do what they could do on a mobile phone (such as banking for instance). Well I wonder if they're transit riders.

Personally I'm not sure if I want to pay my CTA fare with my cell phone anyway:
CTA riders may soon be able to use their cell phones to pay for their 1.7 million daily rides aboard buses and trains.

Technology is advancing so fast, a so-called “open fare collection system” in the works is likely to include cell phone payment, as well as “smart” credit and debit cards.

Riders would either purchase a new “smart” phone or get a special computer chip installed in their old ones encoded with information about reduced fares.

CTA passengers would then tap their phones on a touch pad, just as they currently do with fare cards.

“You see it throughout Asia. You see it throughout Europe. … They’d be able to put a chip into cell phones and individuals would be able to use their cell phones … as a credit card — not just for the CTA, but for [other] purchases,” said CTA President Richard Rodriguez.
What’s in it for the CTA is not only convincing private companies to replace 13-year-old fare collection equipment that needs to be upgraded.

It’s the ability to boost ridership and cut costs by eliminating the need for employees to handle cash, sell tickets and buy and maintain vending machines that sell transit cards.

“It would also reduce our expenses with having to print up all these cards that we do and have our customers go through two or three different steps to obtain this when you already have a credit card [or cell phone] in your pocket,” Rodriguez said.

What’s in it for the banks and credit card companies is the ability to supply the one card that’s most frequently pulled out of consumers’ wallets. The cell phone chip would also link purchases to a credit card.

“We provide 1.7 million rides-per-day. It basically would be giving them access to an entire new clientele [and] future customers,” Rodriguez said.
OK, I think I like the idea of CTA saving money by not having to maintain vending machines or printing fare cards or what not. And the idea of contracting with financial institutions to provide fare paying media seems like a winner too. I know there are those who will bellyache about it anyway though.

I have noticed during the era when you used to get a 1% or 2% bonus when you put $10 or $20 on a fare card that people continued to use cash and pay the exact fare as opposed to just putting away some money for future use. I'm going to bet money that in the long run they may want to keep those vending machines for those holdouts, although surely they will adjust eventually. That or the new riders or the tourists will already be ready to pay their fare by credit or debit when this is finally rolled out!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Tiger's ex-wife says she went 'through hell'

Elin Nordegren is Tiger Woods' ex-wife. She was interviewed by People magazine and said he went through hell when Tiger's infidelities came right out last year. Contrary to what you may have seen on South Park she claims that she never hit him. Either way I did hate to hear that the divorced, although it may not have been unexpected. I hope to hear that eventually she will forgive him, but I recognize that there will be a bit of a healing process involved.

Let's just hope that Tiger doesn't lose his golf game in the near future, but so far he hasn't said much about his divorce.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Study: Black males graduating at lower rates

Found this article via the Capitol Fax morning shorts. I'm excerpting the part that discusses a national study on this problem, but the rest of the article focuses on a suburban Chicago school district. It's worth reading the whole thing when you get a chance!
According to a national study released last week by the Schott Foundation for Education, less than half of black males graduated from high school for the 2007-08 school year.

According to the study, while 83 percent of white males graduated from high school in Illinois, only 47 percent of black males did. That's a smaller gap than the Illinois class of 2005-06, when 82 percent of white males graduated, but only 40 percent of black males. (The study did not show any statistics for ethnic groups other than black or white, or other genders.)

The overall conclusion is alarming, but not revolutionary: similar studies have shown a similar problem for years. In fact, when East Aurora School District spokesman Clayton Muhammad was graduating from East High in 1993, he was one of just 15 black males to graduate that year. At least four times that number had started with him as freshman.

It's a problem all the districts are painfully aware of.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Blagojevich Won't Rule Out Return To Politics

I retweeted this NPR article this morning. I wasn't able to watch our Ousted governor this morning on FOX News Sunday because I had to work. Let's not forget that Blagojevich was not only booted out of office in January 2009, but was also barred from ever holding any political office in Illinois. He could go to another state and start a political comeback but the question is how radio active he might be were he to attempt it!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Car Lust: Cadillac Catera

You know my mother owned both a Catera and it's cousin the Cimarron. Over a year ago the Car Lust blog talked about the Cimarron. It was already known by me that the Cimarron was nothing more than a luxury Chevy Cavalier.

You couldn't say that so easily with the Catera. It was inspired by German designed cars, but Car Lust says that it more or less resembled similar GM autos such as the Pontiac Grand Am or the Chevy Malibu. Another issue with that car was that compared to other Cadillacs the Catera design was boring. Also it was mechanically unreliable as well.

Of course the Catera's immediate successor was the CTS. Not a lot of complaints about it from Car Lust so far, but I'm sure there is a post about CTS in its future.

My mom owned a Cimarron similar to this!

She also owned a Catera smiliar to this!
Hat-tip Instapundit!

OH YEAH! I had the pleasure of driving the Catera, but in those days I only had an instruction permit. I drove it around the city, but only very rarely. I must say however that on several occasions the car just shut down on us when we did drive it around the city. Thankfully we weren't too far away where we didn't have long to wait for a bus.

In fact one time we were just down the street from the house when the Catera broke down, although in a different neighborhood. There was some lady who may have been on something. This woman was yelling and playing ballerina on a busy street that night!

ShoreBank becomes the 15 bank in Illinois to fail.

And according to the Tribune it was the 118th bank seized by the Federal government this year. I know Marathon Pundit has been following this issue for a while, even was part of a tea party protest at a ShoreBank office near City Hall. I found this article from The Hill, a source that covers the US Congress, via Instapundit from yesterday. It appears ShoreBank is national news!

Oh yeah I almost forgot about that day when I almost thought ShoreBank was seized. It's been expected for a while anyway. Surely many expected it much sooner than others.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Obama now blames poor job numbers on congressional inaction....

"Wait! His party runs Congress"

Ummm, wait! What?
According to the president, he's been "adamant" with Congress for months now about a new jobs bill to help small businesses. Obama says this really good bill is stalled in the Senate, where so much administration legislation has been crammed through so effectively by Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reid's been so good at it, in fact, that he's now running for his political life in a reelection campaign back in Nevada where unemployment is 14.3% and Obama's legislation is not so popular.

Reid's up against a conservative Republican. So, That means that Harry Reid must be a Democrat, just like Obama, and just like 59% of the Senate's votes.

The very same party that has controlled both houses of Congress since the 2006 election and really controlled them both since the 2008 hopey-changey balloting.

So, facing the growing grim possibility of a GOP surge on Nov. 2, is this maybe the start of buddy-bickering within the Democratic huddle? Vulnerable people pointing the proverbial political finger of blame at someone else? That's ridiculous, of course.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Impact of "ground zero" mosque on Illinois governor's race

Rich Miller made note of Bill Brady's (the Republican nominee for Governor) comments on this particular issue. Cited it as evidence of Brady's growth as a candidate & leader:
Republican candidate for Illinois governor Bill Brady says he thinks there's a "lack of sensitivity" regarding the building of a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

Brady on Tuesday wouldn't give an opinion on whether he supports or opposes the mosque site near Ground Zero. He said he hopes "sensitive minds will deal with this in a sensible way."
There here's Democratic incumbent Pat Quinn's comments on this particular issue from the Post-Dispatch:
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday said he believes proponents of building a mosque near the site of the 9-11 attacks in New York City should respect a ``zone of solemnity'' and move it further from the site.

The comments were surprising because Quinn is the state's top Democrat and a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama, who has said the mosque has the right to locate near ``ground zero'' as a statement of American principles of freedom of religion.
Quinn, surprisingly may have handled this issue better than the Democratic nominee for US Senate. ;)

Marathon Pundit: Gianoulias doesn't support a new Greek Orthodox Church at "ground zero"

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church
State Treasurer Alexi Gianoulias is running for US Senate. He wants to take up the seat of his mentor President Obama. Since he became the Democratic nominee he's had a rough go in a race that seems to be a close one because his Republican opponent Mark Kirk isn't without his problems himself.

Either way did he step into it by supporting the construction of a Muslim community center near "ground zero" the former site of the twin towers of the World Trade Center?

Not only that Marathon Pundit mentions a story about the only place of worship destroyed on September 11th, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Gianoulias is said to be Greek Orthodox himself and unfortunately has very little according to this Weekly Standard article that Ruberry linked to in his post.

The congregation at St. Nicholas has been struggling to rebuild their church since that unfortunate day. The church itself was destroyed when the south tower of the WTC collapsed right on top of it.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ousted governor is guilty!

Rod Blagojevich as Elvis painted on a sidewalk on Diversey
Well this isn't a very dramatic conclusion. The only count they found him guilty on was with regards to a 2005 interview with the FBI where he claimed to have kept a firewall between his fundraising and his role as Illinois Governor. At that it's not entirely illegal for him to keep track of his fundraising, besides he was reputedly attempting to extort a campaign contribution from a children's hospital executive who wanted state funds for his hospital. Let's remember it's only one of 24 charges against him and there will be a retrial!

For the remaining counts we know at least that a lone juror just couldn't conclude that he was guilty on the rest of those counts. In fact Rich Miller, compares this woman to another woman who served on former Gov. George Ryan's jury. She was ultimately booted off that jury because she lied about her criminal history during the selection process.

Either way we know there will be political fallout and apparently while I could focus on Illinois, supposing some of this will rub off on Obama. This trial was as much about him as anyone else as Blago attempted to sell the President's old Senate seat for some type of financial or political gain.

Rich Miller has some reactions about the Blago verdict. Clout St. looks at the reaction of state Democrats to the Blago verdict. Also perhaps this article is more of a history lesson of all those IL governors who have had to appear in court for reasons related to their time as governor.

FWIW, I haven't followed this case very well. I was all over his arrest impeachment and eventual removal. In addition to his appointment of Roland Burris to succeed then President-elect Obama to his old Senate seat. Hopefully I can do better in time for this retrial!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Charles Thomas: Pat Quinn's Week to Forget

Umm, well things went a little downhill after the Governor signed a bill in Chicago's Roseland neighborhood. Well Rev. Meeks and other ministers at that signing didn't indicate that they would support Quinn in his re-election bid. Then three days after that those same ministers who were in Roseland met with his Republican opponent Bill Brady in Bronzeville:
Then I found out that three days later, on Thursday, some of the same ministers who attended the Roseland bill-signing joined others in a secret meeting with republican gubernatorial candidate Senator Bill Brady.   The breakfast at Pearl's Restaurant at 39th and Indiana included an estimated two dozen black clergymen and was described as the "opening of a dialogue" with the Bloomington conservative.

Several of the ministers described Senator Brady as "nothing like the right-wing extremist" described by Governor Quinn and his operatives.
I would've like to add the previous paragraph in his post. There is a concern that Pat Quinn is taking the support of perhaps specifically Black ministers (more broadly Black voters) for granted in his campaign. In a private session, Quinn was said to be disconnected.

As for that last paragraph in that excerpt, could that spell trouble for Quinn. You know what else, this doesn't come too long before Brady made his appearance at the Bud Billiken Parade this past weekend. You saw a clip where ABC7 talked to Brady during that parade in a previous post.

Hmmmm, what's next Brady will make an appearance next month at the Chicago Football Classic? Will we see him offer his own greetings to Black College Football fans as Governor by next year? Time will tell!

Heard that Bill Brady was at the Bud Billiken Parade....

So I had to find any media coverage I could of that. Ran across this blog, the lady here seemed so excited to meet the Republican candidate for Governor she describes him as really cool and approachable. Apparently Mark Kirk was at the Billiken as well, and she got a picture with him. She also embedded video from ABC7 and points out that she was in this video at the 17 minute mark!

Even better, she said that she was supposed to walk with Scott Lee Cohen, but Brady made it to the Bronzeville neighborhood to take part in this parade.

You may want to know why this is significant. Honestly I've rarely paid attention to this tradition. This parade has been held for better than 80 years and is a signal that the school year is about to start again. The audience is primarily black and Bronzeville is a predominantly black neighborhood.

Another major significance to this event is for the politicians. Years ago Rod Blagojevich in running for re-election was running around shaking hands during his time in the parade. Let's not forget that Blacks make up an important base for mainly the Democratic party. Even then it might be a very important thing to show up in the Billiken if you want to seek black votes.

In this election for Governor (I do wish I knew how to create odds) I feel that this will be a squeaker by election day. Every vote will count in this one and perhaps Bill Brady from downstate Bloomington, Illinois may have made a smart move. Hopefully this will count in November!

Monday, August 16, 2010

OK someone explain what exactly is a girly job...

Well really this article discusses the jobs that attract men & women. Women might choose jobs that may involve taking care of people. At that these are the types of jobs that don't pay well. What's up with that? Via Instapundit!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Another Recovery Act sign

Near 111th/Ashland in Morgan Park. The bridge across I-57 was out of service and being fixed up. Another Obama stimulus "campaign sign" located on Chicago's south side. A little more background from Marathon Pundit, he's been keeping an eye on these.

Professor's 13 Keys Predict Obama Will Get Re-Elected

A lot can happen in two years, but I can't say that this would be a big surprise with or without the "keys" of this political scientist. Obama may not have a party mandate next year, he may not have any military or foreign affairs success, nor might he be considered a national hero. In fact he does have loads of charisma that likely helped him get elected in the first place. Anyway read this when you get the chance!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

14th Illinois bank to fail this year

Still not ShoreBank! This time it's the Palos Bank & Trust Company shut down by the FDIC and deposits taken up by First Midwest Bank. 110 banks failed nationwide this year as well!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Presidential Reading

From Goddard's Political Wire: President Bush was said to have read 95 books as part of a bet according to his former advisor Karl Rover. In comparison, President Obama wasn't as well read admitting that he had little opportunity to read and that he "basically floss my teeth and watch Sports Center."

Constitution is this year’s big best-seller

Well this is old news from this past May, but with the activity of the Tea Party movement and Glenn Beck and others talking about our Constitution we shouldn't be very surprised:
Demand for copies of the U.S. Constitution is skyrocketing.

The increased interest comes amid the rise of the Tea Party movement and as both parties cite the Constitution to advance their agendas.

The pocket edition of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence ranked 10th on the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) best-seller list in March.

Since September 2009, the GPO has sold more than 8,700 copies of the pocket Constitution to the public, according to GPO spokesman Gary Somerset. That is a higher sell rate than in recent years.

Those sales are in addition to the thousands of copies given to members of Congress each year. Congress authorized a resolution in 2009 to print 441,000 copies for the use of the House (1,000 for each member) and 100,000 copies for the Senate (1,000 for each senator).

The Heritage Foundation and the Cato Institute, which keep statistics on the Constitution, also say that requests for the historical document are on the rise.

GPO sells copies for $2.75, but constituents can request a free one from their lawmaker.

Congressional offices are burning through theirs stacks of pocket Constitutions.
You know what prompted this? I was watching a replay of what happened on C-Span's Washington Journal this morning and the host pulled out his leather bound pocket constitution to read the 14 amendment. This was in light of Mike Huckabee's comments with regards to whether or not we should do away with citizenship by birthright.

As for getting that pocket constitution, I was prepared to purchase one thru the GPO's online store. Perhaps I should see if my local congressman might be able to provide one for me. When I do I shall post the results!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Tom Mannis writes to a local police commander...

About an alleged assault on him by a Chicago Police Officer who didn't want him to take photographs at a local beat meeting. He already had another close call with another Police Officer two years ago. He might want to take this further to either the blog Photography is not a Crime or to Radley Balko (from Reason) who talked about this very subject at length when he guest blogged at Instapundit!

Does the black church keep black women single?

The video contains a frank discussion among men and women with regards to dating and how to find that special someone. These are the conclusions of a columnist, Deborrah Cooper:
Cooper says her goal is to empower black women. If their strategy for meeting men is failing, Cooper offers two suggestions: Find another church or leave-and go where the boys go: tailgates, bars and clubs.

"Black women need to open their eyes. You want to know the reason why the black man isn't in church? Because he left church to go to the Sunday football game," Cooper says. "Going to these sites is discouraged in the black church because these places are seen as places where 'sin dwells.' But if women are compassionate, as the bible preaches they should be, then they need to be more open about the men they choose to date and where they might meet them."

"I'm not against religion, or against the church, I'm against women limiting their choices and putting themselves in a box because they do what their church tells them to do," Cooper says.
Please read the whole thing!

I will just say this. I would admire a woman who believed in a higher power. What would annoy me is one who put that higher power above her earthly relationships. Mainly with her husband and family.

As for the church keeping a black woman single, that's hard for me to take a position. That makes this article all the more interesting.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sellers Refused Home to Black Couple: HUD

Read this ChicagoBreakingNews article about a Black couple who filed a complaint against homeowners who said outright that they "preferred" not to sell their home to a Black. I can't believe this still occurs today, but we see it will make the news.

Newsalert makes a connection between this Bridgeport couple and the Chicago mob and Chicago Democratic machine.

Also note we're talking about Bridgeport historically this neighborhood has been hostile towards blacks. In fact the 1919 race riots had their principals between both Bridgeport and the Black Metropolis.

Edgar: Illinois needs Blagojevich saga behind it

Photo by jburwen
Jim Edgar is said to be the last of the last three former governors of Illinois to have not been indicted and he's been all over the place as of late. Edgar explored a run for governor against Blagojevich back in 2005 only to say he's retiring from politics for good.

He took aim at GOP nominee for Gov. Bill Brady for his budget proposals and Edgar knows the damage the Blagojevich trial is doing to this state:
The troubles of both former Gov. George Ryan, who was convicted of corruption charges in 2006, and of the most recent former governor, who is awaiting a jury's verdict on corruption charges, have hurt Illinois' image and its finances, Edgar said in an interview with The Associated Press.

But Edgar, a Republican like Ryan, believes the Blagojevich case hurt in a way that Ryan's did not.

"(Blagojevich) runs around and talks so much, he's so visible," Edgar said. "It's really, I think, unfortunate for the state, for a variety of reasons."
I can believe that. Every time Blago continues to profess his innocence people largely knows it's bull anyway. His defense wasn't much different than George Ryan's excuse that how he managed the Secretary of State's office was how it was always done in the past. Blago has often attempted to portray what he is being charged with as simple political horse trading although a lot of it seems way beyond horse trading.

Q: Given that feeling, why do you think Blagojevich was twice elected governor(in 2002 and 2006)?

A: "The first time, it was a vote against George Ryan. He was going to change, reform government. I can understand voters, after one person fails, they were going to turn to the other party."

"The second time, I don't think there is any good reason. The voters blew it. The media actually did a pretty good job of documenting Blagojevich's ethical shortcomings."
Well I didn't blow it. The answer isn't a hard one to come to. Topinka couldn't compete with Blagojevich, perhaps 2006 was the lesser of two evils and the then state Treasurer couldn't prove herself to be the lesser of two evils. Therefore Blago, well he became the lesser of two evils. Believe it or not!

2010 may not be about corruption as I don't believe either of those two gubernatorial candidates are personally corrupt. It's just that who knows if either can really put their foot down on corruption.

This Q&A with Edgar is worth a good read!

Hat-tip Capitol Fax!

The Obsolescence of Barack Obama

The sub-title to this column is "The magic of 2008 can't be recreated, and good riddance to it".
Not long ago Barack Obama, for those who were spellbound by him, had the stylishness of JFK and the historic mission of FDR riding to the nation's rescue. Now it is to Lyndon B. Johnson's unhappy presidency that Democratic strategist Robert Shrum compares the stewardship of Mr. Obama. Johnson, wrote Mr. Shrum in the Week magazine last month, never "sustained an emotional link with the American people" and chose to escalate a war that "forced his abdication as president."

A broken link with the public, and a war in Afghanistan he neither embraces and sells to his party nor abandons—this is a time of puzzlement for President Obama. His fall from political grace has been as swift as his rise a handful of years ago. He had been hot political property in 2006 and, of course, in 2008. But now he will campaign for his party's 2010 candidates from afar, holding fund raisers but not hitting the campaign trail in most of the contested races. Those mass rallies of Obama frenzy are surely of the past.

The vaunted Obama economic stimulus, at $862 billion, has failed. The "progressives" want to double down, and were they to have their way, would have pushed for a bigger stimulus still. But the American people are in open rebellion against an economic strategy of public debt, higher taxes and unending deficits. We're not all Keynesians, it turns out. The panic that propelled Mr. Obama to the presidency has waned. There is deep concern, to be sure. But the Obama strategy has lost the consent of the governed.

Mr. Obama could protest that his swift and sudden fall from grace is no fault of his. He had been a blank slate, and the devotees had projected onto him their hopes and dreams. His victory had not been the triumph of policies he had enunciated in great detail. He had never run anything in his entire life. He had a scant public record, but oddly this worked to his advantage. If he was going to begin the world anew, it was better that he knew little about the machinery of government.

He pronounced on the American condition with stark, unalloyed confidence. He had little if any regard for precedents. He could be forgiven the thought that America's faith in economic freedom had given way and that he had the popular writ to move the nation toward a super-regulated command economy. An "economic emergency" was upon us, and this would be the New New Deal.

There was no hesitation in the monumental changes Mr. Obama had in mind. The logic was Jacobin, the authority deriving from a perceived mandate to recast time-honored practices. It was veritably rule by emergency decrees. If public opinion displayed no enthusiasm for the overhaul of the nation's health-care system, the administration would push on. The public would adjust in due time.

Obama did convincingly win the election two years ago, and there was talk that the last presidential race was a transformative event. We were supposed to have a return to the New Deal Era. At that how appropriate, we were in crisis mode back then.

While crises never have an expiration date, there are those Americans who just aren't happy and it seems they'll take their anxieties to the ballot box later this year. If Obama is the new coming of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, well we may have only one term of that new coming.

Here's another sign of the times. The youth was very enthused by Obama in 2008, but they're not very enthused for the 2010 midterms. Although it seems like the younger voters were never enthused by these midterms at any time!
Will all of those young, enthusiastic Obama voters turn out in 2010? If history is any guide, probably not. Older voters are historically more likely to cast ballots in midterm elections than are voters under the age of 30. And this year, they are already more enthusiastic than younger voters about the coming campaign.

Those older voters are most likely to say the country is on the wrong track and to disapprove of the way both Congress and President Obama are doing their jobs, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll conducted this summer.

Eight in 10 Americans 45 and older disapprove of the job Congress is doing compared with 6 in 10 of those under age 45. While opinions about Congress differ depending on age, anti-incumbent sentiment cuts across generational lines, with about 8 in 10 Americans saying it is time to give new people a chance to serve.

A CNN poll conducted nationwide in mid-July found older voters were significantly more enthusiastic about voting this year than younger voters. Four in 10 of those aged 65 and older said they were extremely or very enthusiastic about voting in November while just one-quarter of those under 35 years of age said the same.
This is not terribly surprising. A look at historical voting data shows that on the whole, the public is generally always less excited about voting in midterm elections. Voter turnout in midterm elections has consistently hovered around 50 percent for the past three decades, according to the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. In presidential election years, turnout is significantly higher, ranging from a low of 58 percent (in 1996) to a high of 68 percent (in 1992) among citizens 18 years of age and older. Turnout in 2008 was 64 percent.

Although presidential contests in the recent past have seen massive voter mobilization efforts, these programs are not as visible in off years. And this has had a noticeable effect at the voting booth.
“Habitual voters will show up for every election, and the sort of people that are habitual voters are what political scientists consider to be higher socioeconomic status — they are more educated and they also tend to be older,” said Michael McDonald, a professor of government at George Mason University and an expert in voter statistics.
Articles via Newsalert & Instapundit!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ald. Leslie Hairston eyes Daley's job

Ummm well Charles Thomas may well have his first woman or first black to express interest in running against Mayor Daley. Of course, one could only wonder if she'll run if Daley actually chooses to run for re-election next year.
South Side Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) said Monday she's being urged by people "at the grass-roots level" to run for mayor and, "I won't rule anything out."

"People are pleased with the job I do and pleased with my stance on the parking meters," said Hairston, one of five aldermen to oppose the 75-year, $1.15 billion lease that turned into a political albatross for Mayor Daley after meter rates soared and meters broke down during the transition to private control.

"Right now, I'm running for re-election as alderman. That's where my primary focus is. But, I won't rule anything out. You always keep your options open."

Daley, 68, has not yet decided whether to seek a seventh term, nor has he held a fund-raiser in four years or assembled a campaign staff.
Hairston, 49, is the first African-American elected official to publicly state that she's considering a race for mayor -- whether or not Daley is a candidate.

Asked Monday what it would take for her to pull the trigger, the three-term incumbent who represents Hyde Park said, "I would have to have a lot of money to do that. You'd need millions."
I wonder what the good bloggers at Hyde Park Progress would have to say about their Alderman wanting to run for Mayor. They don't seem to be that happy with her. Crossposted @ Mechanics!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Unknown Chicago: Are You Ready For Marriage?

Just over 110 years ago (8-9-1899) the situation for young people who want to think about marriage was quite different. These days generally young people are hesitant or they don't make the leap at all. And it would be very different if we did a similar survey today and they interviewed more than retail clerks.

This survey with one simple question, "Should men who earn small salaries be allowed to marry?", was conducted by the Tribune way back in 1899 according to the ChicagoNow history blog Unknown Chicago 
Most of the female clerks felt a man needed a certain minimum salary before getting married.  The general consensus was at least $15 a week ($375 in 2010-dollars--for current values of 1899-dollars, multiply by 25).  "A young man should wait until he is able to support a wife," one woman said.  "No salegirl wants to keep selling after she's married."

A Carson's clerk was willing to make exceptions.  A man making only $9 a week might have "the possibilities of greatness" in him.  In that case, the potential wife should overlook his current situation, trusting her instinct--and her heart.  "[Why should she] discard him and his $9 if she loved him?" the Carson's clerk asked.

The male clerks were also divided on the money question.  Some said it was okay to get married on a low salary--if the woman was willing, why not?  Other men weren't so sure.  A clerk at Marshall Field's feared a couple on a tight budget couldn't afford to live in the city.  Then they might have to move to the suburbs!
Different times indeed. It seems many want to get out of Chicago today. Especially if you have no faith that the city can't handle it's violence problem.

It was also noted that these senior retail clerks in the Loop felt it was their duty to discourage their younger coworkers from marrying so soon. Now there's something familiar I can point to on that these days. Sometimes you need the older men to tell you about these things, although hey you maybe young it's still your decision.

Here's another thing of note!
The Tribune also talked to three "sociological students."  All three were women.  All three were in favor of early marriage.

One of these scholars was Mrs. A.P. Stevens of Hull House.  She claimed that matrimony was being delayed because employers didn't pay a living wage.  "Every salesman or laborer has a right to be paid enough to support a wife and maintain a home to American standards," said Stevens.
Well we're not having this debate over taking care of a spouse. Especially since here in Chicago we're getting more Wal-Marts now finally after this debate over whether or not Wal-Mart should pay their employees a "living wage". Of course this is less about supporting a spouse than it is paying rent, buying food, paying utilities, owning a car, or even for single parents taking care of the children.

Still even though I have this belief that today's young people are more apt to push back marriage for a variety of reasons, the average age for marriage is 22 for women and 26 for me. Just as it was back in 1899!

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Public Transit: A Classic Example of Government in Action

An article from the CATO Institute about how public transit has fared under largely public ownership. The conclusion appears to be that public ownership is a failure. I can always wonder how the Chicago Transit Authority would fare if it was operated by a private company.

For additional reading I posted a link to a Chicago Reader article about the history of public transportation in Chicago. Once upon a time, Chicago's public transit was under private operation.

Time for a divorce...

Of marriage from the state. A column from columnist David Harsanyi.

This is how I am with regards to gay marriage. Perhaps it's not the best position almost akin to say stopping black students from attending mostly white public schools by closing the schools. However, we may have to decide whether or not marriage must be a realm of the state. I say no, and I would rather a church (for example) willingly allow a gay couple to marry than for the current legislative and judicial battle to say that same-sex couples should have the same "right" to marry as heterosexual couples.
Imagine if government had no interest in the definition of marriage. Individuals could commit to each other, head to the local priest or rabbi or shaman — or no one at all — and enter into contractual agreements, call their blissful union whatever they felt it should be called and go about the business of their lives.

I certainly don't believe that gay marriage will trigger societal instability or undermine traditional marriage — we already have that covered — but mostly I believe your private relationships are none of my business. And without any government role in the institution, it wouldn't be the business of the 9th Circuit Court, either.

As the debate stands now, we have two activist groups trying to force their own ethical construction of marriage on the rest of us. And to enforce it, they have been using the power of the state — one via majority rule and the other using the judiciary (subject to change with the vagaries of public opinion).

If marriage were freed from the state, folks at The New York Times editorial board could avoid having to make the claim that gay marriage is a constitutional right. (Apparently anything can be a constitutional right at The Gray Lady as long as it's not mentioned in the Second, Fifth or 10th amendments.)

Even new Associate Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan recently wrote that "There is no federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage." It might be fair and it might be the decent thing to do, but a constitutional "right"?

If marriage was a private concern, U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker would not have ruled that California's Proposition 8 violated the Constitution's guarantees of equal protection and due process because Proposition 8 would not have existed.
Read the whole thing!

Via Instapundit!

Digital Education vs. the Ruling Elite

This piece from Gary North at LewRockwell.com is very interesting. I almost thought the aim of this article was to go after the university. It seems North is going after education in general if not merely K-12 public education. I must admit however I still have my bias against online education.

Here's something to consider:
The existing system of government-funded education is facing a technological challenge. The Web can deliver content for free. The model for this is Salman Khan's wonderful Khan Academy. Students from all over the world start with 1 + 1 = 2, and go from there through calculus. It is all done with free 10-minute YouTube videos.

He did this in his spare time just because he wanted to. Now he has funding to create an entire curriculum.

In contrast, this is the model of today's high school.

Right? Right! You know it. I know it. We have known it all our lives. It never improves. It gets more expensive. It gets less efficient. We know it has no hope. Every few years, reformers announce a "new, improved" approach. It is not widely adopted, and wherever it is adopted, scores get worse. They will call for reforms forever. The system will just get worse.

It is paid to get worse. Tax money is automatic. No one stands up locally and runs for the school board on this platform: "Let's cut the budget by 10% next year, and another 10% the year after next." That would be considered the equivalent of blasphemy. Yet we know the tax-funded schools will not improve. Anyone who is so na├»ve as to believe that the Next Great Reform will be successful throughout the country probably ought to be institutionalized – at a minimum, he should be kept away from sharp objects.
What I placed in bold. It's believeable isn't it? It's unheard of for someone to advocate for a cut in education. You'll start to hear about what about the children. But then it does make sense, especially if the public schools aren't exactly run in the best interest of the children.

Although we know people are opposed to charter schools. Last month, I found an article that decided to rip apart the accomplishment of Urban College Prep School that boasted of 100% of its graduating class (all-male) accepted into a university. I could say this person was biased against the charter school movement anyway.

One could wonder how such a mentality with regards to never cutting public education got started anyway?

Anyway read the whole thing, it gives you something to consider at least. Via Newsalert!

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Sears on 79th Street lost my business

Sears-79th Tower by Coyote2024
Bad customer service today.

All I needed to buy was a pair of pants and some socks and I went to two registers. One sent me to another register where I waited for an associate to come back to the register. She finally did and took care of other customers which was fine, but then after taking care of that customer she told me to go down to another register as she had to take care of someone else.

That ticked me off since I was already told to come to that register by a woman who either wasn't cashed in to take care of anyway and she appeared to be doing inventory. Long story short I just decided to put my items back and leave. I should've been more vocal, but I got a blog I'll do my talking there.

Of course I say that knowing that no one from Sears will be reading. I just wanted it to be known that I wanted to support our local Sears store instead of going to either the Suburbs, downtown, or even 63rd & Western where I finally did get my pants. 79th Streets needs to do better than that one off day that I was actually there.

BTW, this is a rare post that I do. It's just me venting. Hopefully if you live in the general area and know what I'm talking about hopefully you'll be more vocal than I was.

Thanks for reading!

The damage of Ousted governor is still being evaluated

Well I hear the jury went home today without a verdict in Blagojevich's trial. Who knows what's going on there as they continue to delibrate. Hay is being made of the political implications of not only Illinois Democrats but for President Obama. After all, this is Obama's old senate seat for whom Blago was charged with attempting to auction off.

In any event before he did finally self destruct what was Blago's legacy? This article from Quad-Cities online attempts to answer that very question via CapFax:
Ex-governor Rod Blagojevich has committed "crimes" against Illinois arguably worse than those of corruption. In his six years in office, Blagojevich mismanaged the state bureaucracy into demoralized chaos and projected to the world such unpredictability, instability and general buffoonery that business has come to see the state as a questionable place, at best, in which to locate or expand.

Blagojevich cut state personnel from 87,000 in 2002 to 70,000 in 2008, according to the Illinois Office of the Comptroller. Illinois now ranks 50th in the number of state employees per 10,000 population, at 97, while the national average is 143 per 10,000 population, and in Iowa, 179, and Indiana, 141.

Good you say, but at the same time, since 2003, he was increasing union contract wages by 36 percent (about 50 percent if you add in longevity step increases and compounding). This has had the effect of reducing the ranks severely while increasing total overall personnel costs

While union employees were reaping big increases, salaries for "merit compensation" (management and supervisory) employees were frozen.
Another management employee complains that under Blagojevich senior management ranks swelled to provide jobs for friends, while the employees who delivered front-line services were being cut back. "We used to have a director and one deputy director at our agency," my friend said. "Now we have so many deputy directors they are tripping over one another."

I am told there are 47 or more Illinois state government work sites where there are no supervisory employees present.

Under Blagojevich, the state's reputation as a place to do business has suffered as well. We should have a good reputation. Our business taxes are moderate overall; we are at the center of a huge market, and we have a rich transportation system. Yet according to CEO magazine, the Illinois business climate ranks 46th among the 50 states; Forbes, another business publication, says we rank 44th. Part of the reason for the abysmal ratings, I believe, is the perception that Illinois decision-makers are unpredictable and unstable. Business leaders crave predictability and stability, which helps them plan for the future.
Add to all this the surreal behavior of Blagojevich, twice elected as governor by Illinois voters, and you have a state which has become the punching bag of late night TV jokesters.

Illinois state government delivers direct services to about 3 million of our 13 million residents, not including those enrolled in education. Many of these citizens are aged, mentally ill, severely disabled. Good management of the state requires calm, reasoned, ideally inspirational leadership. Rod Blagojevich has instead been a study in dysfunctional management, and the state's most vulnerable citizens are worse off as a result. It's a real crime.
He likes to say that he was stolen from the people of Illinois. Blagojevich unfortunately didn't appear to have served the people of this state very well.

Crossposted @ Mechanics!

Friday, August 06, 2010

Feds close Chicago bank

Whew! Since ShoreBank has been in the news because it failed to get a federal bailout, I almost thought the feds decided to close them down today. Instead that distinction goes to Ravenswood Bank which will reopen as branches of Northbrook Bank and Trust. Ravenswood Bank is the 13th bank to fail in this state and the 109th to fail in the nation this year according to Breaking News!

Reporters vs. Conservative Black Leaders at Press Conference

Found this video via Newsalert (BTW thanks for linking to the previous post about Community Supported Agriculture). Anyway I wanted to know more about this video so here it is from the YouTube page:
Two reporters engage in a heated exchange with black conservative leaders at a press conference at the National Press Club on August 4, 2010 challenging the NAACP on its charges of racism within the tea party.
Duration is just over 10 minutes.

CSA home drop offs nearly plowed under by city rules

This story is kind of unfortunate. It's great to have concerned neighbors unfortunately when they just phone the authorities sometimes there's more to the story than what you think there is. Although I understand, finding out the story while some crime is taking place can be risky.
A city investigator swooped into an Andersonville home Wednesday, on a tip that that folks inside were dealers.

The merchandise: locally grown organic carrots, cucumbers, green peppers, bulb fennel and garlic chives. Not to mention heirloom tomatoes.

The investigator from the Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection mistakenly believed the family was selling the produce from their front porch, as a neighbor had reported in a complaint to 311.

But the family explained that they were just members of a community supported agriculture (CSA) club. Like thousands of Chicago area residents, they buy shares in local farms during the winter and spring as payment for boxes of fresh produce during the summer and fall. Members pick up their boxes during specified hours at homes, churches, farmers markets and even downtown’s Aon building this year.

But the business affairs investigator had never heard of this concept and slapped the Andersonville family with a “cease and desist” order and left.
While that "cease & desist" order was eventually rescinded, there was plenty of back and forth. Even the Alderman's office couldn't ease this order. The investigator cited all types ordinances and laws such as there had to be a retail food license to sell food, although the CSA, doesn't sell food. Also you can't warehouse any goods in your own home.

Perhaps this neighbor was correct in not liking any increase traffic near their home. All this did was turn this into more of mess than it needed. Especially if a city investigator merely wants to cite regulations.

I got this story via the Edgewater Community Buzz blog who had this comment:
Just imagine, if they would have gone up and spoken to their neighbor they probably would have learned something....instead they just felt the need to rat on them.

Nice neighbor!

btw, I think it was my CSA pickup location that got busted but I'm not sure as the hosts were not there this week to ask.
Well said!

On and here's a CSA guide for the city!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

'Transformers' Filming Moving to Gary, Ind.

I've seen hints of this all over downtown, even as recently as yesterday near Union Station. Got caught up in heaving traffic leaving that part of the city. I wonder if Gary could use some of this attention:
Gary's Board of Public Works and Safety agreed to let DW Studios Productions and Paramount Pictures film "Transformers 3" on property owned by Majestic Star Casino and at the publicly owned City Methodist Church at West 6th Avenue and Washington Street.

The filming will take place as early as next week but no later than Aug. 23, officials said. Al Cohn, location manager for DW Studios, said the filming dates depend on the movie's filming schedule and that of director Michael Bay.

Crews have spent weeks filming the movie in downtown Chicago, creating scenes of devastation on Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive. According to an agreement read by Controller Celita Green, pyrotechnics and gunfire can be expected during the shoot in Gary.

DW and Paramount were also given permission to shoot a scene for "Transformers 3" in April at the former Lehigh cement plant owned by Majestic Star. Ben Clement, Gary's director of film and television, said the crew will also return to that location this month.

While the shoot in April was supposed to include a crew of 60 people, this month's shoot will include a crew of 150. Gary's public safety staff will be compensated for any time spent helping with the shoot, according to the agreement. The city also received a check for $1,550 in filming fees.
I'm sure this childhood favorite (this isn't exactly my childhood favorite so don't consider me first in line to watch) will excite many people whether or not they live in Gary or Chicago.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Maxine Waters on the ethics of Newt

Don Surber turns the spotlight on what Maxine Waters said about Newt Gingrich's ethics issues back in 1995. Back then Waters was and still is a sitting California Congresswoman and Gingrich was the Speaker of the House until 1998 or 1999. Currently Rep. Waters is experiencing her own issues in front of the House ethics committee like her colleague on the Congressional Black Caucus, Charles Rangel.

Her alleged ethical indiscretions were discussed by Bill O'Reilly and Bernie Goldberg earlier this week and it sounds like they expect her to race bait her way out of trouble. Of course they indicate that was her history to engage in race baiting. Also I wonder if the Congressional Black Caucus is doing anything in defense of two of their members.

Via Instapundit!

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

A look back at Rod Blagojevich in 2002

Today, the Capitol Fax Blog offers us a look to the past at Rod Blagojevich. As we know the Ousted governor's corruption trial has been sent to a jury and as we wait, Chicago Tonight goes into their archives for this documentary from 2002.

Blagojevich was running for governor that year and this was a pretty good look into his past up to that point. Watching this I feel like it's a shame that his political career had taken the turn that it had. Especially with his background!

Most of the people interviewed for this piece I wonder how they view him now. Even that shoe shiner turned community activist who Blagojevich befriended when he worked as a prosecutor at the police headquarters at 51st & Wentworth.

Now Rich Miller asks us about first impressions when he became the Democratic gubernatorial nominee. When it was time for me to vote in '02 for Governor all I could say was that I knew very little about him and that I didn't vote for him anyway.

All the same this is a good look back to a Governor who for most of the last decade has given us a wild ride to his current trial.

Crossposted @ Mechanics!

Five Ways the Drug War Hurts Kids by Reason.tv

Ted Balacker of Reason.tv talks to Neill Franklin of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). A quote provided by Reason is a good one:
Commentators like Bill O'Reilly claim that ending the drug war would lead to more children being abused by drug-addicted parents. But 33-year law enforcement veteran Neill Franklin sees it differently.

"These drugs in an illegal environment are more accessible to our kids," says Franklin, who serves as Executive Director Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, "because we leave complete control, regulation, and standards up to the criminals."
To be sure, I'm really an agnostic on the issue of decriminalizing illegal narcotics. Alcohol in general is harmless although like narcotics it affects people in different ways.

Why do we accept the ending of prohition on alcohol close to 80 years ago while it's hotly debated with regards to illegal narcotics? What I can accept is at the very least a decriminalization of marihuana, but it's hard for me to consider the decriminalization of say crack cocaine or heroin.

Comment with regards to my post about Covenant Bank

I'm very surprised at times when old posts get comments. I wrote a post about the news that the old Community Bank of Lawndale was bought out a few years ago by Covenant Bancshares and became Covenant Bank. They may have taken issue with some remarks I made in discussing it close to three years ago:
Sooo..... I'm looking for an ending, a resolution, a point/moral to the story. The author suggests that CBL did not prosper because it served a poor neighborhood. Is it the assumption, or resolution, that it is unlikely that bank under Covenant Bancshares ownership will not be able to prosper because the surrounding conditions have not changed?
You know I'm not sure there was a resolution/point/moral to this post. It was only to inform. It isn't unknown that Lawndale has been a depressed neighborhood over the years. Also I'm not certain that Covenant Bancshares either will succeed or won't succeed because of surrounding conditions.

To be sure I would be interested because I want to see another Black-owned bank succeed and certainly being in a depressed community would be an impediment. At the same time it is providing a necessary service to a community that can use it.

Also I understand certain parts of the city's west side is experiencing some growth lately. Even if it has been hampered by current economic conditions. Let's sincerely hope that Covenant Bancshares will remain in business for the day that Lawndale finally does turn around.

Let's also note that Covenant Bank also has a loan office in Forest Park, IL if you look at their locations page. Seaway Bank & Trust started off with one branch itself and now it has branched oustide of Chatham in Bronzeville, Roseland, and in north suburban Waukegan, IL. The Waukegan branch also started off as a loan office as well.

Only time will tell I suppose.

Oh yeah, this is the kind of story I wish Crain's could do. But the story of how Covenant Bancshares is faring in their home neighborhood would be one I would like to see.

Monday, August 02, 2010

California Government Grows as Private Sector Shrinks

Craig DeLuz @ Breitbart's Big Government bemoans the climate in California. At the expense of growth in the private sector in a declining economy the Democrats who have majorities in that state choose to growth the government (or the public sector). It seems to be a recurring theme these days you don't have to look any further than Washington!

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Sharpton To NNPA: Corporations 'Owe' Ad Dollars To Black Newspapers

Hmmm, how do corporations owe Black newspapers I would really like to know:
Activist Al Sharpton, keynote speaker at a kickoff prayer breakfast at the National Newspaper Publishers Associations 70th Anniversary Convention last week, warned the more than 215 black publishers to stay in control of the definition of the black struggle and to not back down from demanding their fair share of advertising dollars.

“We are meeting because the future of black America is in this room,” he described the pivotal leadership of the Black Press. He frequently referred to NNPA Chairman Danny Bakewell of the Los Angeles Sentinel, a firebrand leader who has been demanding corporate and federal government fair share of ads for NNPA member papers.

Noting that “Danny preaches night and day” on behalf of this cause, Sharpton said corporate America must get the message that their businesses are indebted to black newspapers.

“They’re not giving us a hand-out. They are in our communities. They owe us in our communities. We have to stop going to these companies like they are doing you a favor to advertise in a market where the margin of their profit comes from in the first place.

So, when they place an ad in your papers, they are respecting the market where they sell their goods. And they should not have access to that market through NBC or ABC or the L.A. Times or the New York Times. They should only have access to that market from you all.”
Sharpton didn't even let President Obama off the hook:
Sharpton said Obama must not be let off the hook.

“The federal government, the black president needs to be advertising with the Black Press. Otherwise what does it mean to us if we have Negroes in high places if those on the ground don’t have anything,” he said.

He added that in keeping the heat on advertisers, black newspapers must adhere to their historic mission of defending black people and defining the struggle for justice.

“You have the power of definition and you can not give that up because they have made up their mind that if they can change our minds about who we are; then we don’t have to worry about it,” Sharpton preached. “If they take the chains off of our ankles and wrists and put them on our minds, we would change ourselves.”
Obama could speak directly to the black press. In fact that are people in Chicago who are calling for Obama to address in some way the violence in his adopted hometown.

I could ask one question about Sharpton's message. Who exactly are reading these Black publications and how many are? I can't imagine that there are many Black who read such papers in Chicago as The Citizen and I would include the top black paper here, The Chicago Defender. Corporations and the federal government advertising could be a boost, but surely they want to justify putting money somewhere. Perhaps the Mainstream Media is where they know people will see their message.

I found this article via Newsalert!

BTW, in other news I see at Instapundit the following line:
LOL!!! That's referring to the hiring of a white fashion editor at Essence magazine. I've been seeing this a lot lately. It seems that there are many who isn't happy about this, especially a previous fashion editor. That's in addition to dedicated readers.