A blog focusing on politics in Central Illinois.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

TDD WIth no Comments! Shocking!

Great job. Idiots managed to shut down comments. Seriously its great to see people who are actually bonafide adults acting like 7th graders with the teacher out of the room. Actually its quite disturbing, and speaks volumes of why we have problems with unity in Macon County. Catch you on the flip,
TDD

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Takin it to the people

Who: Phil Hare, Lane Evans' choice for the 17th Congressional District
What: A Meet and Greet
When: April 24 at 6 p.m.
Where: The Decatur Public Library
Why: Hopefully to hear the voice of the people, and take it with him to Washington!


Oh yeah and refreshments, those are always a good thing.

Blood Transfusion

James
Underwood of Maroa won election by acclamation as Democratic central committee
chairman while James Gresham of Decatur was unopposed for GOP chairman.Other
Democrat officers elected by acclamation were vice chairman, Louise "Wegi"
Stewart; secretary, R.C. Smith; treasurer, Roger Walker Jr.; and
sergeants-at-arms, Shad Etchason, Annie Williams, Bobbie Mann, Mike Wakeland and
Jim Taylor.

Glad to see this. Well wehat I'm really glad to see is that Chairman Underwood is taking a look into our bylaws and looking to use them, and better yet adopt them to something closely resembling modern times. Kudos to him. Sadly, the MCR's keep plugging away, and I'll be honest I'm a little worried they might do something this next election on the county board level. If they do though, they deserve it because it seems like they are putting work into the project.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Time calls Durbin one of the 10 best Senators

And if he can't reach a compromise behind the scenes, Durbin is happy to
return to the open well of the Senate. "I really enjoy debate," he says. "The
battle of ideas is what it should be about."


This ought to bring out the crazies. Besides that, what else is out and about in the area? I think the big discussion here has been Stockwell's bid for the 17th. It seems to me to be a lot like a Steve Rauschenberger campaign, everyone speaks highly of the candidate, but they get no traction. Agree or disagree?

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Evans gives nod to Hare

Late this afternoon Congressman Lane Evans threw his support behind his long-time aide, and familar face to Decatur, Phil Hare. I'll have more plus a link to an article about this later. The latest is that the new candidate will be picked by the 700 some committeeman of the 17th district. I can't believe the headache in organizing that. But I am a populist, so power to the people!

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Feel free to leave your favorites concerning Lane. Be they stories, quotes, or anything else. He has a bunch. Me personally:
I'd rather have FDR in a wheelchair than Ronald Reagan on a horse.

Lane

WASHINGTON — Rep. Lane Evans, who has battled Parkinson’s disease for more
than a decade, has told fellow Illinois Democrats here that he intends to
announce his retirement from Congress.
Evans, who was hospitalized for a
brief period in February, had not cast a vote in the House since Feb. 14 and had
not reported to work in his Washington office for more than a month. He began
informing members of the Illinois delegation today and plans to make a public
announcement as soon as this afternoon. […]
A spokesman for Evans could not
immediately be reached for comment. But three officials from the Illinois
delegation confirmed that Evans, 54, had told party officials of his decision to
retire.

This is a sad day for the 17th district. For 22 years Lane Evans has carried our banner in the D.C. Say what you will about the man, but don't disrespect him. Republican or Democrat he served us all.

Lane's retirement will create huge movement in the 17th district. Top contenders right now in my eyes:

1. Boland

2. Sullivan

3. Jacobs Old or Young

But seriously, everyone that is anyone will have their name mentioned in the next week. Most of them will make you scratch your head and say what.

Your thoughts on who the front runners are? Keep the comments respectful, or they will be gone for a very very long time.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Primary Wrap-up

Gov Dem. - Was anyone suprised by this? The only thing that suprises me is how bad Ed Eisendrath's campaign was. I'm not sure what his point in running was, but someone got rich off it, and it wasn't the people of Illinois.

Gov Rep. - Does Judy Baar remind anyone else of the lady at the end of the bar every night? The one with the raspy voice that is well past her prime? Oh well. Maybe it's just me. I really do expect Rod to win re-election. The only thing the Dem primary served to do is make Rod stronger, not weaker. Yes I said that. Oberweis, please Jim keep running! We love you we really do, see you in '08 pal. Brady - I expect we'll see him in the running to challenge Durbin in 08, good man, too bad about his party. Gidwitz - you scare me, you creepy creepy man.

Treasurer Dem. - In what was not a suprise to me, Star power triumps machine power. Some people billed this as Obama V. Madigan. I billed it more as young up and comer vs. slightly confused will run for anything state's attorney. Luckily the Up and Comer won. Illinois has quite the stable of young candidates and office holders. Hopefully Alexi will add to the ranks.

County Board District 7 - Really does the county board matter? Does it matter who is on their? The same things are going to be done, just my honest opinion. I'll boil it down to this, I dont care.

Cook County Board President - Unfortunately Stroger wins. Not that Claypool is the reformer he claims to be, but he would have been better for the future. I prefer candidates that look to the future, instead of those who grasp the past.

99th District - Cahnman wins over Redpath in the battle of who is less of a sleaze? Can't help but think the Illinois Times article on Redpath's brother helped his defeat, just like Cahnman's proposition helped his victory. Either way, both were headed to defeat in November.

Races you care to talk about?
Comments?

Just a prediction, but the Dems will hold all the consitutional offices come next January.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Impeachment vs. Censure

Lately news has been made of Sen. Feingold's proposal to censure Pres. Bush for violating FISA, which is the Foreign Intelligence Security Act. Some people, not elected leaders, have pushed for the idea of impeaching President Bush. Here is my two cents on this. Pres. Bush should be censured for in the best of lights, pushing the limits of FISA, the authorization of force in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the doctrine of Executive Power, to limits stretched beyond our wildest dreams. But when it comes to Impeachment I will say this.

"Unlike the Republicans who decided that impeachment would advance their politics, and help them win elections, I believe impeachments on the whole should be reserved for extraordinary situations, and Bush has not reached that limit yet. Yes he has destroyed our standing internationally, weakend our defense, failed to make us safer, but he does not deserved to be impeached."

The Republicans impeachment attempt on Clinton absolutely disguested me. It is my belief that if they thought Clinton was worth impeaching they should stand by their morals and start an impeachment hearing on Bush for the amount of things he has lied about. But they won't they are punks with no backbone who play by the mantra of anything goes for them, if the Democrats try the same, WHY MUST YOU WANT THE TERRORISTS TO WIN? I think Bush is the worst president I have ever seen, but that doesn't deserve impeachment. Suprised Republicans? THere is a place for principle in politics, you should try it sometime.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Guess who's back?

34%
Civil unrest in Iraq.
Spying at home.
SHooting by VP.
This is all to good for me to miss out on. I think I'm back.
TDD

Thursday, October 27, 2005

On second thoughts

Am I cynical for thinking that it isn't outside the realm of possibility that Harriet Miers' withdrawal was more than a withdrawal. It easy in my mind to imagine that Harriet Miers' is nothing more than a distraction. A distraction from what? I don't know how about the impending, hopefully to be released today, indictments to high officials in the Bush administration for doing all sorts of fun things, mainly blowing CIA Agents covers.

No room for difference

In breaking news, Conservative leaders today showed that there is now room for moderates in today's Republican party. With the withdrawal of Harriet Miers's nomination to the Supreme Court the Bush Administration has waved its white flag in capitulation to the far right. After screwing his base relentlessly in support of large corporate interests Bush has finally come back to the one's who nominated him. I was content with the Miers' nomination, let's be honest she wasn't good, but she beat what else Bush could have thrown up. Now the question comes who will replace him, and if it is a far right winger will that person face an easier path through the senate. My feeling is that person will not, it will be a tough fight indeed if the White House throws up a far right winger. The Bush Administration has shown they are weak, and now Chafee, Snowe, Collins, Specter and their ilk will hopefully no longer be afraid to vote their conscience. What do you all think, will a Priscilla Owens type have an easier path than Harriet Miers or will Bush have to have an unprecedented two Supreme Court Withdrawals in a row, and on the same lines, what are the odds he'll nominate another moderate?

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Assuming Assuming Assuming

People tend to assume a lot. If nothing else the last few months have proven that. The reason I've been on hiatus was for lack of anything else, material. I was left to resort to creating my own topics, and to be honest it was fun, but boring. I prefer to focus more on news, with my comments and spin on it. I think it makes for a lot better blogging, and a lot more fun. So look for me to possibly be back in the next few days or weeks as the world of politics gets more interesting.
TDD

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Support Durbin or Support Terror

When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here [at Guantanamo Bay]--I almost hesitate to put them in the [Congressional] Record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:
On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. . . . On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.
If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.



There it is Boys and Girls, Sen. Durbin's remarks in their full. This is what all the uproar is about. Is Durbin wrong for pointing out that as Americans we have a responsibility to lead the world, and set a good example. What would be the U.S. position on Al Qaeda holding torture camps for enemy combatants? We would be outraged and do everything in our power to bring it to an immediate halt, and yet we continue to do the same thing. You have two choices here, support Senator Durbin, or support Torture, at least according to wing nut "Solid Logic." So what will you be supporting this morning, torture or Durbin?

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Caterpillar, screwing retirees since 2004

Then

Workers said the company's earlier proposals to shift health care costs were too steep, especially for retirees on fixed incomes. Caterpillar said costs were about a third of national averages, and that nearly 80 percent of U.S. employees now contribute to their medical coverage.

The two-tiered wage scale would pay new hires and current supplemental employees less than veterans doing the same job, which workers argued would create friction in plants. Caterpillar countered that the wage scale is needed to stay competitive in its global market and is above industry standards.


Now

Caterpillar Inc. on Wednesday announced a two-for-one stock split and increased its quarterly dividend by 22% to 50 cents a share from 41 cents a share on a pre-split basis. On a split-adjusted basis, the per-share increase of 4.5 cents is the largest in the company's 80-year history. The stock-split shares will be distributed on July 13 to shareholders as of June 22 and Caterpillar's previously announced share buyback program goal to reduce outstanding shares to 320 million will be adjusted for the split to reflect an adjusted goal of 640 million shares outstanding by October 2008. The new quarterly dividend rate of 25 cents a share is payable August 19 to shareholders as of July 22.

And when we tell you competive, we mean we have to make more money than we ever have. Thanks guys for all your hard work, so much for our promises we made to ya, but ya know we need money hand over fist.

Opportunity Returns Take Two

From a forward:

Governor Rod Blagojevich will be in Decatur on Friday, June 10 to announce the Central Regional Plan for Opportunity Returns. The Economic Development announcement will take place at noon at the Mueller Foundry on the corner of Garfield and Jasper streets. The Central Region includes Cass, Menard, Logan, Macon, Scott, Morgan, Sangamon, Christian, Shelby, Greene, Macoupin and Montgomery counties.

Monday, June 06, 2005

The Trib or The Onion

It would be funny if it was the Onion, as it is its still funny. From today's Chicago Tribune in an article on Kraft and Harris Bank's Sponsorship of the Gay Games VII.
Randy Sharp, director of special projects for American Family Association, said he was shocked to learn that Kraft, the corporate giant behind brands such as Oreo, Tang and Jell-O, would openly support what he considers a "dangerous" and "unhealthy activity."
"When you look at all the Kraft commericals, they all revolve around family and children," Sharp said. "Now if I go buy Kraft mac and cheese, I'll know that part of my dollar is going to sponsor Olympic-type games for men that have sex together."
The horrors, the horrors men that have sex together participating in Olympic-type Games. Oh wait that already happens, hey Randy guess what I even hear gay people are in the real Olympics! And, I bet that gay people might even work at Kraft. Now if you go buy some Kraft mac and cheese, you'll know that part of your dollar is going to pay GAY people. Quick start the boycott, more Oreos for me.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Yes, I am angry

Macon County Republican recently posted this
I've been reading posts on Decatur Conservative and blogdecatur where there have been "discussions" with regard to differences between democrats and republicans. Many topics have been discussed, but I've detected one recurring theme. Regardless of the topic, I've noticed the democratic posters tend to be fairly angry, and in some cases, down right nasty. Why the anger? Is it just a personality trait, or something else?
As if we need to explain a reason why we are angry with this Congress and President, well here are a few reasons why I am angry.
  • Because I have to worry about friends and loved ones dying because of a war based on false intelligence.
  • Because this president and this congress have consistently sided with corporate interests over everyday Americans.
  • Because of the "national" importance that Terri Schiavo might die, when I have friends who have died because they can't afford the best medical care or the right drugs, and anyone thinking they should be provided with that are pinko commies.
  • Because my government thinks they should have the right to come into my life and tell me who I can and cannot marry.
  • Because the radical right is trying to create a theocracy in this country.
  • Because this president and this congress think the idea of majority rule minority rights is BS, when 8 short years ago they were pulling worse antics.
  • Because you can get impeached for getting a blowjob, but not for letting thousands of people, American and others, die needlessly.
  • Because this President and this Congress chant ceaselessly Support the Troops Support the Troops, while they screw the veterans.
Am I angry? You're damn right I am. What makes you angry?