July 26, 2012
Chicago Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno has joined hands with the official head of the Chicago political outfit, Mayor Emanuel, to block a small business planned for Logan Square – that would be a new Chick-fil-A restaurant that would employ workers, offer a popular chicken menu to the neighborhood, and add tax revenues to city coffers. But the owner, Dan Cathy, has gone a record for having personal religious views that favor marriage only between a man and a woman. Even liberal Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn wrote today that a private businessman’s personal beliefs are Constitutionally protected. Wasn’t this why the pilgrims came over on the Mayflower?
Rahm Emanuel supports Ald. Moreno’s City Council block on the property because, he decrees, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago’s values.” That’s kind of a scary idea – there may be other city businesses that don’t follow the Emanuel philosophy to the letter. But Moreno has a solid Democrat war chest, and an interesting list of high profile supporters. Here are some of the recent numbers from his campaign:
Biggest benefactors of Friends for Proco Joe Moreno
- Proco Moreno III– $71,450
- Citizens for Susana A. Mendoza– $59,596
- FRIENDS FOR FLORES– $57,630
- Bill Maliff– $21,325
- Wrigleyville Rooftops– $13,500
- Santiago Moreno– $12,700
- Friends for Susana Mendoza– $10,000
- Rose Worldwide Inc.– $10,000
- For A Better Chicago PAC– $10,000
- Proco Joseph Moreno, III– $7,112
- Victor Sign Corp.– $6,000
- Michael Lerner– $6,000
- Wicker Park Food & Liquors/DBA D&D Foods– $6,000
- AFSCME Illinois Council No. 31– $6,000
- John De Carrier– $5,500
- Chicago Catering– $5,480
- Chicago Latino Public Affairs– $5,100
- Flores for U.S.– $5,000
- Comcast– $4,500
- Wynn & Associates– $4,000
- Akira Chicago– $4,000
- Ted Wynn– $4,000
- Joe Lin– $4,000
- Coyote Logistics– $4,000
- Gary Slutkin– $3,700
More contributors are listed at IllinoisReference.com.
July 25, 2012
The Heritage Foundation held a conference today (7/25/12) on the Justice Department’s “shameless cover-up of the Fast & Furious” gun running operation that resulted in 1) the death of a Federal agent, 2) the Justice Department’s refusal to comply with Congressional subpoena of documents based on executive privelege, and 3) an unprecedented comtempt of Congress ruling against Attorney General Eric Holder. The discussion is worth hearing – the most important argument begins at the 23 minute mark where attorney Todd Gaziano speaks in the Heritage Foundation video. The bottom line is that Justice Department witnesses who dodged the truth on many levels over many months of hearings have done the country and the Constitution no good. It has never been made clear who approved and ran the Fast & Furious program. There is evidence that the Attorney General may have committed perjury early in his testimony. But even after that, it became clear that the Justice Department needed to provide witnesses who could remember what happened and who could be counted on to tell the truth. When the president invoked executive privelege, he was not empowered to do so to conceal wrongdoing or protect witnesses who had perjured themselves. So many questions remain unanswered; it’s time for the executive branch officials to fulfill their responsibilities and tell us the truth.
July 25, 2012
Wisconsin State Senator Tim Cullen had a tantrum today over Democrat committee assignments and left the Democratic Party. This is one of the flee-bagger senators who crossed the border into Illinois rather than vote on Governor Scott Walker’s reform budget — way back before the state judge and recall elections. With a Democrat state Senate majoriy of one (until November when it is expected to switch to a two vote Republican majority) Cullen pulled out of his caucus today and is deciding whether he will become an independent. (There’s always Green or Libertarian or Socialist.) And how much did all of this cost for the one vote???
July 24, 2012
It’s pretty hard to hear that Bob Dold, formerly the representative of Republicans in Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Glencoe and Northfield, has accepted the endorsement of the Democrat teachers’ union as he seeks reelection in the new 10th Congressional District. Clearly the news that the public workers unions are the source of the fiscal problems in Illinois and the rest of the country has not filtered into the Dold agenda – probably the excuse will be that his district is more liberal than ever so he needs to change from a RINO into a faux Democrat this time. Too bad for all the conservatives who reluctantly supported him earlier. The lesson from Governor Scott Walker’s Wisconsin union battle is that taking a principled conservative stand against union coercion will result in change to responsible budgeting while preserving education jobs and programs. In Illinois, we get the same old capitulation that has brought Illinois to its knees at the hands of the unions. Rep. Dold and Mayor Emanuel are paddling in the same canoe, about to send us citizens over the waterfall.
July 24, 2012
“Now contrast President Reagan’s performance with President Obama’s recent attack on business. Instead of exhorting entrepreneurship, Obama demonized it. Here’s the money quote: ‘If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.'”
“That’s a put down to business recovery, not an exhortation. Reagan praised entrepreneurs into recovery. Why must Obama trash them into recession?”
Larry Kudlow notes the gloomy prospects for the country under Obama’s “leadership” via Red County blog. Rush Limbaugh has been talking about it as well: will voters on both sides stay home on election day because they are losing hope?
July 24, 2012
Man’s best friend becomes a bank’s best friend – bloodhound sleuth Melanie, an employee of the Cook County Sheriff’s police, solved a crime with her highly trained nose last week. Clearly, Melanie is a hero.
July 24, 2012
Lefty website Media Matters puts Chicago blogger RebelPundit.com at the top of its list of bad guys, picturing him along side radio commentators Dana Loesch and Rush Limbaugh. Jeremy Segal, who is a video journalist with Breitbart.com, received an award last week in Washington, D.C. for his video of Chicago Democrat Danny Davis. Segal spoke at the National Press Club about his inspiration to the conservative movement through his friend and mentor, Andrew Breitbart.