Monday, December 22, 2014

Was Eric Holder The Bagman For The Chicago Mob? When Did Eric Holder Realize He Was Working For The Same Objectives As Former Chicago Mob Bookmaker Rod Blagojevich And Chicago Mob Boss John "No Nose" DiFronzo For Mob Linked Casino In ?


Newsalert

An Obamacare Christmas present


The American Thinker on once you are in: you are in for good.

Homeowners' top five regrets

Philadelphia Inquirer

"Houston, You Have A Problem" - Texas Is Headed For A Recession Due To Oil Crash, JPM Warns


Zerohedge

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Continues Getting Cash From Firms Managing Chicago Pension Money

The International Business Times reports:
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel carries a well-earned reputation as a man who's comfortable with controversy, someone who'd rather be powerful than loved. So it is with his handling of accusations that his campaign improperly accepted contributions from companies that manage city pension funds. Even as Emanuel confronts calls from local lawmakers for a federal probe, he has just accepted another infusion of cash from the same financial services firms whose contributions triggered the scrutiny.


Last week, Emanuel raked in more than a half-million dollars in campaign cash in a single day. Among the contributions were $100,000 from top executives at Madison Dearborn Partners and another $50,000 from John Buck, the principal of the John Buck Company. Those two firms currently manage Chicago pension money and their executives have previously made major campaign contributions to Emanuel, who appoints members of the boards overseeing pension investments. Emanuel, 55, is running for a second term in Chicago's municipal election in February.

Chicago lawmakers have asked the Securities and Exchange Commission to investigate possible violations of the agency’s “pay-to-play” rule, designed to prevent campaign contributions to public officials from executives at firms managing public pension money.

The lawmakers also asked the city’s inspector general to investigate whether the campaign contributions violated an executive order (signed by Emanuel himself) that bans campaign contributions to him from city contractors and subcontractors. That order says “it is necessary that public officials and contractors adhere to the highest ethical standards and avoid transactions and circumstances that may compromise or appear to compromise the independence of any City decision.”
Rahm Emanuel: America's most "conflicted" Mayor.

Koch brothers bad, Castro brothers Boy Scouts. The left’s reaction to the president’s Cuba move illuminates liberal hypocrisy

The Washington Times reports:
Liberals were in a near euphoric state on Wednesday after President Obama announced that the United States and Cuba are on a path to normalizing relations between the two nations, a move that will pave the way for a U.S. Embassy in Havana, and may eventually lead to lifting a 50-year-old American trade embargo.

I mean sure, the Castro brothers are oppressive to their own people. So they’ve killed an untold number of political dissidents or imprisoned them in forced labor camps. So they don’t allow “freedom of speech,” or “freedom of the press,” or “the right to assemble.” Yeah sure, they’re a “state sponsor of terrorism.”


The typical tenured professor is closer ideologically to the Castro brother than the Koch brothers.

Getting Rich From Public Education : CPS a profitable investment for Chicago Board of Ed member

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
Companies that Chicago Board of Education member Deborah Quazzo has an interest in have seen the business they get from the city’s schools system triple since Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed her to the board last year, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.

From 2010 until her June 2013 appointment, the total payout to companies that Quazzo invested in has come to about $930,000, the records show.

Quazzo’s companies have gotten an additional $2.9 million in Chicago Public Schools business in the year and a half since the millionaire venture capitalist joined the board to fill a vacancy left by Penny Pritzker when President Barack Obama named Pritzker commerce secretary.

In all, five companies in which Quazzo has an ownership stake have been paid more than $3.8 million by CPS for ACT prep or online help with reading, writing and math. One of them stands to collect an additional $1.6 million this year from a district contract.
There's more:
Last year — the district’s 2013-14 budget year — records show CPS paid ThinkCERCA, which offers an online teaching aide, a total of $416,210 to help teachers from at least 84 schools and two school networks try to meet the state’s new Common Core standards. So far this year, the payments total about $493,000.
Imagine that.

The magic and miracle of the marketplace: Christmas 1964 vs. 2014 – there’s no comparison


Professor Mark Perry

Hacking Collective Anonymous Says FBI Is Lying, "North Korea Is Not Source Of Hack"

Zerohedge

Obama rebukes Sony, but industry loves him anyway.


Politico

Fed Caused Oil Crash, Stocks Next

Lew Rockwell.com

Tent city sprouts in shadow of downtown Detroit


The AP

Nonemployed: As robots grow smarter, American workers struggle to keep up

The New York Times reports:
A machine that administers sedatives recently began treating patients at a Seattle hospital. At a Silicon Valley hotel, a bellhop robot delivers items to people’s rooms. Last spring, a software algorithm wrote a breaking news article about an earthquake that The Los Angeles Times published.

Although fears that technology will displace jobs are at least as old as the Luddites, there are signs that this time may really be different. The technological breakthroughs of recent years — allowing machines to mimic the human mind — are enabling machines to do knowledge jobs and service jobs, in addition to factory and clerical work.

And over the same 15-year period that digital technology has inserted itself into nearly every aspect of life, the job market has fallen into a long malaise. Even with the economy’s recent improvement, the share of working-age adults who are working is substantially lower than a decade ago — and lower than any point in the 1990s.

Economists long argued that, just as buggy-makers gave way to car factories, technology would create as many jobs as it destroyed. Now many are not so sure.
Better robots may decrease the demand for labor in many jobs. That's why raising the minimum wage is the exact wrong thing to do.

5 of the Most Useful College Degrees of 2014

Wall Street Cheat Sheet reports:
Using Labor Statistics data on the fastest growing occupations, coupled with information from Payscale’s College Major ROI report and a study performed by NBC, we determined a list of useful college majors to provide a few ideas. Some of these degree options don’t necessarily guarantee the most money, but they do provide a solid foundation, decent career prospects, and a bit of variety.

Check out the list.

No NFL team moving to Los Angeles for 2015, report says

Yahoo Sports reports:
Until we have some actual progress involving an NFL team moving to Los Angeles, maybe it's best to stop the breathless speculation about which teams will move there.

There won't be a team moving to Los Angeles in 2015. ESPN.com's Adam Schefter said commissioner Roger Goodell told the Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams – the three hottest candidates to move to L.A. if that ever happened – that there will be no team in Los Angeles next season.
Another year without NFL football in Los Angeles.

Obama shows muscles on taxes

The Hill reports:
Senior Democratic and Republican aides in the Senate and House blame the White House for killing several attempts to pass a two-year extension of a package of expiring tax breaks.

They argue the White House’s motivation was to put pressure on Congress to review the tax code again in 2015.

The lame-duck Congress approved a one-year extension of the package, which sets up a new debate for next year.
We'll bet Barack Obama does the same thing next year and then attempts to blame Republicans when things don't work out.

Tennessee Town Bans Negative Online Comments, Gets Trolled by Reddit

Bloomberg Businessweek reports:
The town of South Pittsburg, Tenn., has just passed the best social media policy ever. At least, that’s what certain people have to say—because South Pittsburg has barred them from criticizing the town on social media.

The town of 3,000 people, just west of Chattanooga, passed a resolution on Dec. 9 that applies to anyone professionally connected to South Pittsburg—including employees, volunteers, and contractors—from “publicly discuss[ing] information about other employees and/or volunteers not approved for public communication” on social media, according to the official resolution. It also warns against writing anything on a personal Facebook (FB) page or on Twitter (TWTR) that might be considered defamatory or libelous. People “should have no expectation of privacy whatsoever,” the policy states.

“The first thing everyone wants to say is, ‘I can’t post anything on Facebook,’” the town’s commissioner, Jeff Powers, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press. “Well, you can. Just not [anything] that sheds a negative light on any person, entity, board, or things of that nature.”
How much longer before America's biggest cities adopt this stand on free speech?

Swiss Bankers in Limbo After U.S. Jury Clears Ex-UBS Man

Bloomberg reports:
The courtroom victory of the only Swiss banker to beat the U.S. in a trial over offshore tax evasion may embolden other indicted financial workers to leave a legal limbo some have occupied more than five years.
An article well worth your time.

Unpunished vandalism rampage inspired by Rolling Stone’s U.Va. rape story

The Washington Times

Hillary Clinton slips in presidential poll: Was 2014 a bad year for her? A new poll shows that Hillary Clinton holds a shrinking lead over the Democratic field for the 2016 presidential race.


CS Monitor

Brandeis University Student Leader: 'No Sympathy' for Executed NYPD Officers


Truth Revolt reports:
Following the execution of two New York Police Department officers, a Brandeis University student leader wasted no time in making it clear that she did not care that they were murdered.

“i have no sympathy for the nypd officers who were murdered today,” Khadijah Lynch, a junior and an Undergraduate Department Representative in the African and Afro-American Studies Department, wrote on Twitter.
Update on this story, she's now resigned.

Federal Security Unit Warns Sony Malware Could Spread

The Washington Free Beacon reports:
The federal government issued a warning Friday about additional cyber attacks using the malicious software from the Sony Pictures cyber attack.

The U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team (US-CERT) said the targeted destructive malware affecting Microsoft Windows systems could be used in additional attacks.
Just a reminder.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Reese Witherspoon: Ready for a change

60 Minutes

Austrian Economics: An Introduction (Lecture 2: Supply and Demand) by Murray N. Rothbard

Hillary '08 Backer Now Ready for Warren: 'Clinton Is More of a 20th Century Candidate'

University of Wisconsin won’t admit it, but its new egalitarian policy leads to grading quotas


Pope Center

NYPD Officers TURN THEIR BACK TO Mayor De Blasio As He Enters Police Press For Murdered Cops (VIDEO)

Yankees will pay for education of children of NYPD cop Ramos


The New York Daily News

NAACP: NYPD Officer Executions ‘Show Need for Sensible Gun Control’

Big Government

Recovering from Common Colds and the Flu

The Health Wyze Report

Sharpton to Have Say on How Sony Makes Movies


Fox Nation

Joel Kotkin: Democrats Need to Reject Gentry Liberalism and Bring Back the Truman Democrats

New Geography reports:
For more than 40 years, the Democratic Party has drifted far from this tradition, its policies increasingly a blend of racial and gender politics combined with a fashionable brand of environmental fanaticism. No longer does it constitute a reliable, middle class-based alternative to the corporatist mindset of the Republicans. “Today’s Democrats have no more in common with Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson ,” notes author Michael Lind, “than today’s Republicans have in common with Abraham Lincoln or Dwight Eisenhower. “
You'll want to read the entire article.

Skull and Bones Member Writes Book About Skull and Bones Member Suppressing Any Mention of Skull and Bones: George W. Bush Keeps Quiet About Ties to Secret Society


George W. Bush suppressed the the Skull and Bones connection in the new book he wrote about his father.

Video: The frantic aftermath of an NYPD execution

The New York Post

Sony hack reveals Hollywood’s bitter civil war

Reuters

Year-End Message | Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.

A California Assault on Free Speech That Would Shock the Founders. The state’s attorney general is attempting to silence a foundation that educates Americans on free markets.


The Wall Street Journal on the fascist movement out in California.

Guiliani: Obama, Holder Should Be ‘Ashamed’ For Creating ‘Severe Anti-Police Hatred’ [VIDEO]

The Daily Caller reports:
Appearing on “Fox and Friends Sunday,” former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that those who had created an atmosphere of “severe, strong, anti-police hatred,” including President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and activist Al Sharpton, should be ashamed of themselves.
Conflict in Blue America.

Next Up in America: The Liberal Retreat

The American Interest reports:
As the United States staggers toward the seventh year of Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House, a growing disquiet permeates the ranks of the American left. After six years of the most liberal President since Jimmy Carter, the nation doesn’t seem to be asking for a second helping. Even though the multiyear rollout of Obamacare was carefully crafted to put all the popular features up front, delaying less popular changes into the far future, the program remains unpopular. Trust in the fairness and competence of government is pushing toward new lows in the polls, even though the government is now in the hands of forward-looking, progressive Democrats rather than antediluvian Gopers.

For liberals, these are bleak times of hollow victories (Obamacare) and tipping points that don’t tip. For examples of the latter, think of Sandy Hook, the horrific massacre in Connecticut that Democrats and liberals everywhere believed would finally push the American public toward gun control. Two years later, polls show more Americans than ever before think it’s more important to protect gun access than to promote gun control.
An article well worth your time.

Former NYPD Commissioner: De Blasio, Sharpton ‘Have Blood on Their Hands’

Big Government

"I Can Breathe": Pro-NYPD Demonstrators Rally, Clash with Anti-NYPD Protesters

Operation Revenge- President Obama is back in his campaign comfort zone: Smiting his political enemies.


Politico

At The End Of The Day, Feminism Is A War On Due Process


The Daily Caller

Big Business and the Rise of American Statism

With 436 Homicides So Far in 2014... Chicago Struggles to Shake High Crime Image


Illinois Review and HeyJackass!. The sad moments of one- party rule in America.

Holder calls New York police shootings 'act of barbarism'

The Hill

Students sign petition to deport Americans in exchange for illegal immigrant

Progressives Today

How to increase your sex appeal


The New York Post

Rally against police violence forces partial Mall of America shutdown


CBS News

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Movie Trailer

10 things married couples won’t tell you

Marketwatch

Police officers turn their backs on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio as he is accused of having 'blood on his hands'

The Daily Mail

Banks Win Again – They Have Delayed (Repealed) the Volcker Rule

Martin Armstrong

Rolling Stone never asked U-Va. about specific gang rape allegations, according to newly released e-mails and audio recording

The Washington Post

Tea Party Is a Movement Now, Not Just a Mood


The Daily Signal

Man who executed two cops shot his girlfriend in Baltimore then traveled to New York and BRAGGED on Instagram that he was going to get revenge for Eric Garner and Mike Brown before launching deadly attack and finally killing himself

The Daily Mail

Common Core Supporter Donna Shalala: America Needs Common Core to Fight “gender-based inequities”

The Daily Caller reports:
Common Core has plenty of other notable advocates who’ve recently weighed in with words, if not evidence. University of Miami president and former Clinton administration official Donna Shalala penned an op-ed stating that the country needs Common Core to address “gender-based inequities” hurting female students. Not only did Shalala offer no evidence supporting the notion that the Core would fix inequities, when it comes to college- and career-readiness – what the Core is supposed to put on turbo boost – women are outperforming men, 57 percent of college students are female and only 43 percent male, and women far surpass men in taking rigorous Advanced Placement courses in high school.
What better proof than this that Common Core is a total fraud?