Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Hanukah Gifts in Champaign

Looking for a gift for Jewish friends or family members this holiday season? Come to the Chanukah Showcase Sale at Sinai Temple this Sunday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.. The Sinai Temple Gift Shop is one of Champaign's best-kept secrets. Their selection is great and their prices reasonable.

Hat tip little blog on the prairie

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Jan Schakowsky's Hypocrisy

The new Capital Fax Blog Illinoize all ready said it all, so here it is.

Red Chicago's rep in Congress is Jan Schakowsky of Evanston, IL. She's a
hard-left liberal, and here once again is the write-up on Jan from FrontPage Magazine's Discover the Network.

A week before Thanksgiving, this press release came out of Schakowsky's Washington office:


DC - U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky, a founding member of the
Out-of-Iraq Caucus, today released a statement commending Congressman
John Murtha's call for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

Representative Schakowsky's full statement is below:

Congressman John Murtha, a decorated war veteran and national leader on
defense, called for the immediate withdrawal of American troops from
Iraq. Congressman Murtha's principled stand is a breakthrough moment in
the effort to bring our troops home. A majority of Democrats in the
House voted against this disastrous war, but now, those who supported
it agree that the situation on the ground is untenable, that the
Administration has mishandled the war, and that our troops deserve
better than to be left in Iraq indefinitely."

"Last month, we
lost our 2,000th American soldier in Iraq. The situation is getting
worse and less stable. The Bush administration has left our men and
women in harm's way with no exit strategy and no way out. It is time to
bring them home."

"I commend Congressman Murtha for his leadership

earlier this month Jan had her biq chance on the floor of the House to
vote to bring our troops home from Iraq. And you know what? She voted
to keep the troops there.

Murtha, Jan's new hero, voted the same way. Murtha says he wants the troops to leave Iraq, but in six months.

Schakowsky wanted the troops to leave Iraq after the January elections there. From Buzzflash, quoting Jan:

political process has begun, admittedly fragile, and it is time for the
United States to leave. Once the January 30 elections are concluded,
the new Iraqi government takes responsibility for forging its own path
toward stability and democracy. The U.S. should provide financial and
material assistance for that effort and encourage the international
community to help."

Just full of it.

Monday, November 21, 2005

What the Media isn't telling us

Did you know that 47 countries have re-established their embassies in Iraq?

Did you know that the Iraqi government currently employs 1.2 million Iraqi people?

Did you know that 3100 schools have been renovated, 364 schools are under rehabilitation, 263 schools are now under construction and 38 new schools have been built in Iraq?

Did you know that Iraq's higher educational structure consists of 20 Universities, 46 Institutes or colleges and 4 research centers, all currently operating?

Did you know that 25 Iraq students departed for the United States in January 2005 for the re-established Fulbright program?

Did you know that the Iraqi Navy is operational? They have 5 100-foot patrol craft, 34 smaller vessels and a naval infantry regiment.

Above facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense web site. Pass it on!

Did you know that Iraq's Air Force consists of three operational squadrons, which includes 9 reconnaissance and 3 US C-130 transport aircraft (under Iraqi operational control), which operate day and night, and will soon add 16 UH-1 helicopters and 4 Bell Jet Rangers?

Did you know that Iraq has a counter-terrorist unit and a Commando Battalion?

Did you know that the Iraqi Police Service has over 55,000 fully trained and equipped police officers?

Did you know that there are 5 Police Academies in Iraq that produce over 3500 new officers each 8 weeks?

Did you know there are more than 1100 building projects going on in Iraq? They include 364 schools, 67 public clinics, 15 hospitals, 83 railroad stations, 22 oil facilities, 93 water facilities and 69 electrical facilities.

Did you know that 96% of Iraqi children under the age of 5 have received the first 2 series of polio vaccinations?

Did you know that 4.3 million Iraqi children were enrolled in primary school by mid October?

Did you know that there are 1,192,000 cell phone subscribers in Iraq and phone use has gone up 158%?

Did you know that Iraq has an independent media that consists of 75 radio stations, 180 newspapers and 10 television stations?

Did you know that the Baghdad Stock Exchange opened in June of 2004?

Did you know that 2 candidates in the Iraqi presidential election had a televised debate?


The lack of accentuating the positive in Iraq serves two purposes. It is intended to undermine the world's perception of the United States, thus minimizing consequent support, and it is intended to discourage American citizens.

Above facts are verifiable on the Department of Defense web site. Pass it on!

Thanks Extreme Wisdom

Saturday, November 19, 2005

The GOP and I are back

Sorry for the long pause in posting. I let my disappointment in the GOP get to me and I lost heart there for a while. Hopefully I'm back. I just got a new job and I'm learning my way around finally. Then there is this, The GOP is fighting back. For the first time in a few years I stayed up late to watch 24/7 news. The GOP in the house got a backbone and really showed to the anti-war left. I was not supprised to not see it in any of the papers, or actually to only find stories about the "angry partisan divide," what partisan divide it was 403-3 in favor of staying the course.
The Chicago Tribune - House Republicans struck back forcefully Friday against a senior Democrat and decorated veteran who reversed his former support for the Iraq war.

I don't expect much more from the tribune, but the GOP needs keepeep this up, and the Senant needs to watch closely and follow.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Liberals vs. Liberals vs. Liberals

This one is two much to pass up. Follow along if you can!

The liberal blog, Gapers Block, is attacking the Liberal paper of record, NYTs, for its reporting of liberal feminist single women, fighting liberal feminist parents in the very liberal neighborhood of Andersonville.

I was going to first comment on the irony of all of this, but when I see liberals attacking liberals it to much to pass up. I used to live up near Andersonville, so I spent a lot of time up there, I have been to Women and Childern First, The Chicago home to the Hillary Book signing, and I used to go the Taste of Heaven any time Ann Sathers was too busy.
First, the liberal parent in the neighborhood ARE taking over. This area is going through it's second gentrification. Once home to hippies, feminist, and others. It's now home to aging (parenting) hippies, feminist and other liberals. It is no suprise to me that they have very undisciplined children.
Second, does this give the original gentrifiers, the open minded, Hillary lovers, the right to close their nighboor hood to people with a different lifestyle. If it wasn't for the closed minded people in Andersonville, my wife and I would still live up there. Its a very affordable area with a abundance of single family homes. Did they expect them to stay "kid free". We will see who wins out in this one.
Third, does anyone actually expect the NYTs to get the story right. When was the last time a NYTs reporter acually went to Andersonville, Probably to cover the huge crowd Hillary received when she showed up.

To sum up, liberals can't parent, liberals aren't tolerant, liberals can't report. Did I miss anything here?

Friday, November 04, 2005

A better use for those old water tanks.

We have all seen those old water tanks that are picturesque rooftop structures that originally held water for fire protection and manufacturing needs throughout Chicago’s industrial districts. Because building now employ pumps, they no longer need the tanks. What to do, well they had acontestt to find new and interesting ideas.

After recieving proposals from all over the world, Chicagoan Rahman Polk received top honors for his submission that utilizes the water tanks as wind turbines which generate electricity and in turn power LED lights that broadcast webcasts, cultural exhibits, amber alerts and other public service announcements. Polk was awarded a cash prize of $3,500 for his comprehensive design.

The spinning blades would create electricity, and had LED on the tips that would work like those LED signs that look like they arescrollingg. I love it, I have been looking for a loft space that grants roof rights, mostly for a garden and some solar panles, but I havealwaysy loved the look of the old water tanks, an now maybe they will not go away.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Your driver license photo is online

The Government, that's right, the friendly invader of your privacy has outdone themselves. I an effort to thwart terrorism, or maybe to boost Haliburtan's profits, they have allowed you drivers license picture to be posted online. If you have ever been to a drivers license facility that takes a digital picture of you then your in the system!!! Go to the Drivers License Picture Site and see if your in their database. Let me know if you think of a way to fight this injustice.