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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion: Presidency
Mon Apr 04th 2011, 06:27 AM
I am in, enthusiastically, without equivocation!
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion
Fri Feb 11th 2011, 11:36 AM
. . .for those of you wanting to see what happened on Tahir Square happen in America, it happened in Grant Park on November 2008, or did you forget?

We have a democracy, they have (had) a dictatorship. Our change looks and happens differently.

This is the first day in a new Egypt, like we are experiencing in America the change won't happen overnight, the change is going to be rough. Many of the idealistic individuals who drove this change are going to become disillusioned and frustrated with the pace and face of the change, much like many of the idealistic individuals who drove our change.

Its easy to romanticize what is going on there and wish that it would happen here, but it already has. Hopefully the Egyptian people will stay engaged, like we should continue to do here, and follow through with that change.

Also, Obama had a lot to do with this. What happened in Grant Park on November 4, 2008, and the events leading up to it (primaries, convention, campaign rallies, and the election)had a lot do with what happened in Egypt, he did.

Does Tahir Square happen if Obama doesn't speak in Cairo? We don't know, but I believe it played a role.

If you don't believe it tell me what would have happened in Tahir Square under a President McCain.
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion
Sat Jan 29th 2011, 07:03 PM
I am voting for Rahm, but I could very well vote for Chico, anyway I had to share this. I do believe that much of Rahm's opposition in Chicago, which most likely won't stop him, is coming from the right. It would appear that the Tea Party is playing the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

I think the most disturbing part of this e-mail, from Facebook, is not that they are endorsing Chico but they count very many Chicago police and firefighters as members of the tea party.


Dear Friends,

The Chicago Tea Patriots is endorse Gery Chico for Mayor of Chicago.

Gery Chico’s opponent is Rahm Emanuel. We need to stand up to Barack Obama and the ObamaNation and say, “Not in my backyard!”

Chico, who is endorsed by the Chicago Police and Chicago Fire emergency personnel service members, know too well the issues that we, the taxpaying residents face. Chico has long endorsed turning a decades-long mandate that prohibits members from living outside of city limits. Presently, police and fire officers are forced to live within the city limits. Many of our tea party members, rank-and-file of the our city’s finest and bravest have long wanted to have freedom to live and raise their families where they wish. Gery Chico is a friend to Chicago’s police and fire officers!

In addition, Gery Chico has consistently and always balanced a budget while working in city government in the 90s. He will, as he has before, cut waste. He will, as he has before, balance a budget, with a surplus. He will, as he has before, serve with honor.

Rahm Emanuel, has promised, as he has done while working for Barack Obama, to raise our taxes. As a progressive liberal, he knows no better.</span>

Bringing the American tradition of free markets back to Chicago so that small businesses are free from the tyranny of Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel’s hostile tax and spend agenda is the #1 priority of Gery Chico.

I know many of you are scratching your heads, asking, “In Chicago?”

Is Gery Chico Jim DeMint?


Is Gery Chico a tea partier?


Is Gery Chico honest?


Gery Chico is running to the right of Rahm Emanuel.

Gery Chico is running in second.

Gery Chico loves our city and our country just like you and me.

Gery Chico is a friend to businesses and taxpayers. Can you honestly say that about Rahm Emanuel?

Gery Chico is our choice for Chicago Mayor.

If you can help us in defeating Rahm Emanuel, please contact me at or (312) XXX-XXXX. We need your help working phone banks and on election day! You can even call from the warm confines of your home, no matter where you live…!! If you have already told me you were interested, give me two days and I will be contacting you!


Join me, in telling Rahm Emanuel, “We Don’t Want Nobody That Nobody Didn’t Sent!”

Join me in voting for my friend, Gery Chico, for Mayor of Chicago.

Please contact me to defeat Rahm Emanuel and elect our friend, Gery Chico.


Catherina Wojtowicz,
(312) XXXX /
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion
Thu Jan 13th 2011, 05:44 PM
I just know she will dig herself a bigger hole.

If she at all references MLK I will have a freaking heart attack!

Now, Palin is gearing up for her first extended interview since the weekend’s shooting. On Monday, she’ll sit down with Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity – a wise choice for Palin given she is herself a Fox contributor.
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Mon Nov 22nd 2010, 12:21 AM
. . .is good news.

I know this will anger a lot of people, but its true. When someone is convicted of a crime, accepts responsibility, does his or her time we should celebrate when they find themselves on the path to success.

Do we want permanent criminals? Do we want want to hand a career death sentence for crimes that are not deemed worthy of a real death sentence?

Who the hell are we? What do we stand for?

I know Vick is a millionaire and a celebrity and that angers a lot of you. Tough. Seriously, tough.

He has shown contrition, he has suffered enough and is trying to earn a second chance at life. Listen to his interviews, read about the changes he is making in his life. He deserves a second chance. Nothing is being handed to him, he is working hard for this.

Given the number of African American men who are incarcerated, and being an African American male myself, I want to see Vick being successful.

Another hope I have is that others who are incarcerated can look at Vick for inspiration and will try to do the right thing when the get out.

That might anger you, but if Michael Vick's fall from grace and efforts to redeem himself has a positive impact on others then "Go Michael Go."

When criminals return to society we should want to see them succeed, not as a reward but as a form of public safety. An ex con without a way to make a living, will most likely return to crime. Do any of you guys understand what recidivism is and its horrible impact on inner city communities?

Vick is a football player and as long as he can play and there is a demand for his services he should be allowed to play. Lets not forget the NFL has him under a microscope.

Vick deserved to go to jail, he deserved to lose his career, he deserved all of the scorn directed at him. But after doing his time, he deserves the opportunity to earn it back. He still has a long way to go but I am pulling for him.
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Aug 25th 2010, 08:28 AM
From an e-mail from Shelia Simon, Democratic candidate for Lt. Gov.:

Today, Governor Quinn appointed Michelle Saddler as his new Chief of Staff, asking her to bring her years of economic and managerial experience to a critical role as we keep Illinois on the path to recovery.

Ms. Saddler brings a wealth of experience to the position. She was appointed as Secretary of the Illinois Department of Human Services last year, and also helped create Governor Quinn's successful Put Illinois to Work program, which has put 26,000 people back to work this summer.

But within minutes of her appointment, the Brady Bunch was up to their usual, divisive tricks.

Senator Brady's chief ally, State Senator Kirk Dillard, had this to say about Ms. Saddler's appointment:

"While she, as an African-American, Asian woman, is a political choice, it remains to be seen if she can govern state government."

When we talk about the political games the Brady Bunch plays, this is what we mean. Governor Quinn chose the most capable person to fill the position of Chief of Staff as he continues to guide our state through this difficult economic period.

But Republicans never stop doing the political calculus and trying to divide the electorate. The Brady Bunch's craven calculations should offend every woman and person of color in this state, as well as anyone who believes in good government over divisive wedge politics.

According to the Illinois GOP, the appointment of competent women and people of color is always political; they are never actually competent.


I have met Michelle and we share a number of mutual friends. She is a graduate of Princeton University and holds a Masters from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. This is absolute insulting.

Video of Dillard's statement:

Here is a picture of Michelle with Governor Quinn
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Jul 21st 2010, 06:08 PM

Just now on CNN, they were talking about the Shirley Sherrod situation and she mistakenly referred to the "teabaggers" and he started laughing his ass off and she got pissed.
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Sun Sep 27th 2009, 07:37 PM
Am I wrong to be cynical about this guy's name just happening to be Isaac Hayes? LOL

Prepared Remarks of Candidate Isaac Hayes

Cook County GOP 2009 Convention

Chicago, Illinois
September 25, 2009

Isaac Hayes: Good evening. I am here tonight to announce my intention to seek the Republican nomination for U.S. House of Representatives in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District.

My story is an American story. . . As a young boy growing up on the South Side of Chicago I had the pain and privilege of life in the 'hood. Pain, because I’ve seen the disadvantage, despair and death that poverty creates and privilege, because I’ve seen the power of the human will to succeed despite the most discouraging conditions.

It is both this pain and privilege that has brought me before you tonight. You see, while we may come from slightly different backgrounds and have lived in different parts of town, our commitment to family, fairness and freedom is what binds us together in an unbreakable bond as Republicans and as Americans.

Many people have asked the question, “Why do you want to be a Congressman?” Two words – STOPPING CORRUPTION. For the past sixteen years corruption has stymied economic development in Illinois’ 2nd District. First, Mel Reynolds was convicted of sexual assault of a minor, and his replacement – A.K.A. Senate Candidate No. 5, Jesse Jackson Jr. – tried to buy President Obama’s former U.S. Senate Seat.

And a national liberal group called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Congress last week gave Jesse Jackson Jr. the distinction of being one of Congress’s “most corrupt” members. It's like something you'd see in an organized crime film.

President Ronald Regan once said, “There is sin and evil in the world. And we're enjoined by Scripture and the Lord Jesus to oppose it with all our might.”

The president was talking about the Soviet Union, the Evil Empire, but he may as well have been talking about the South Side of Chicago.

My solution to sixteen years of corruption and fourteen years of failure is very simple; give parents more choices, give businesses less taxes, give entrepreneurs less barriers, and give pay-to-play politics the boot.

The August 26th issue of Wall Street Journal highlighted the tremendous disparity in the SAT scores across this nation. In Reading, Math and Writing, African Americans were at the bottom. Some will blame racism and culturally insensitive exams, yet Asians scored the highest in Math and Writing. So racism is not the problem.

Others will blame school funding, yet Chicago Public Schools receive more money per pupil than Naperville School District 203 but score 8 points less on the ACT. So school funding is not the problem.
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Wed Aug 12th 2009, 10:18 AM
Cross posted at:

Prof. Gates arrested for talking back to cops in own home, Kostric allowed to wait on POTUS w/gun strapped to leg

On Tuesday, August 11, a man, William Kostric, shows up to protest President Barack Obama in Portsmouth, NH with a loaded gun strapped to his leg, holding a sign that carried what many consider to be a threatening message. Police and Secret Service agents made the determination that under the circumstances (local gun laws) Kostric would be allowed to remain in his position alongside other protesters awaiting the arrival of President Obama’s motorcade.

On Thursday, July 16, Harvard Professor, Henry Louis (Skip) Gates was arrested in his own home after Cambridge, MA police responding to suspected break-in call, charged him with disorderly conduct for getting into a verbal altercation with Officer James Crowley. The arrest was controversial because Gates was arrested after providing identification that proved he lived at the address and was in the house lawfully. Charges against Gates were eventually dropped but not before the situation quickly escalated into a heated debate about race and racial profiling.

In both situations law enforcement officials used their discretion in deciding whether or not either man needed to be taken into custody. It should be pointed out that these two events happened in different jurisdictions. Its very likely that the Cambridge police may have arrested Kostric had they been given the responsibility of protecting President Obama and that Portsmouth police as well as Secret Service agents may have left Gates home without taking him into custody had they responded to the suspected break-in.

Who knows? But the contrast between the handling of the two incidents is extremely unsettling for many of us concerned about race relations in this country, the safety of the first African American president, who has received more death threats than any other in our nation’s history, and the increasing ugly tone in our country’s political discourse.

The fact that a Harvard professor of one race can be arrested in his own home for exercising his First Amendment rights while a man of another race who is exercising his First and Second Amendment rights while waiting on the President, is left alone raises many questions that fuel the debate of racial profiling and how people of different backgrounds are treated by law enforcement.

Kostric was not just a citizen exercising his First and Second Amendment rights. He wore that gun for a reason and the slogan on the sign he was holding was meant to send a message. The sign read “It is time to water the tree of liberty” which many people believe to be a reference to Thomas Jefferson’s quote "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

It should be noted that Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh were a shirt with the same slogan when he was arrested. It is baffling how anyone cannot see Kostric’s gun and this sign as anything but a provocative act intended to intimidate some or incite others to violence.

Many of us believe that an American citizen born of middle eastern decent, who was also a practicing Muslim would not have been allowed to protest former President George W. Bush with a gun strapped to his leg and holding a sign with a threatening slogan.

Law enforcement has discretion in these situations lets just hope they start employing a consistent standard so that we can all have confidence in their actions.
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Apr 07th 2009, 07:31 AM
Cross posted at: (check back later for video)

Joe Scarborough lies about Obama go unchecked on MSNBC
Dear Joe Scarborough-

You are entitled to your opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts.

This morning on MSNBC's MORNING JOE, Joe Scarborough claimed that President Barack Obama has never worked in the private sector and none of the folks on set thought to challenge him with the fact that Obama started his law career at the Chicago firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland. Maybe they didn't know or maybe they didn't feel that the facts were necessary.

Wall Street Journal 1/4/08 "Barack Obama Was Once a Lowly Law-Firm Associate"

"Last month the Chicago Sun-Times did a deep dive into Barack’s days as a lawyer at Miner, Barnhill & Galland. After Harvard Law, Obama returned to the Windy City and joined the small litigation firm with deep Chicago political connections." /

Boston Globe 8/6/08 "Obama shows hints of his year in global finance"

"Obama rarely talks about his year spent within the arcane sphere of global finance as a junior editor for Business International Corp., a publisher based in New York."

As Joe tried to push his Obama is a socialist meme by suggesting that he never held a job in the private sector, Scarborough co-conspirators Mika Brzezinski, Andrew Ross Sorkin, US Senator John Cronyn (R-TX) and Willie Geist sat silently.

Thanks to Scarborough's BLATANT LIE many Americans who are predisposed to think that Obama is a socialist have new ammunition to support that claim, "

It is inexcusable for a host on a major cable network morning show to spread such a blatant lie about anyone, let alone POTUS. Hopefully MSNBC will make Scarborough issue a correction.

ON EDIT: Post updated to reflect my Windy City Watch posting and thanks to Freddie Stubbs for his contribution re: Boston Globe pieces
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Mar 24th 2009, 07:44 AM
Cross posted at Windy City Watch:

Say what? Megan McCain, Tina Brown and the media think Obama is over exposed?
How can the media that tells us Michelle Obama's buffed arms are news, tell us the President Obama is over exposed?

Last night on Larry King Live, Megan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, when prompted by King, expressed concern that President Obama might run the risk of being over exposed.

“I do think that he is at the risk of possibly over exposing himself,” said Megan.

Now think about it, Megan is in the news because she is a blogger who happens to be the daughter of a U.S. Senator that lost the 2008 presidential election to Obama and she happens to be in a very public fight with right wing radio personality Laura Ingraham who called her fat after she wrote a blog post on The Daily Beast calling out right wing hate monger Ann Coulter. The battle recently boiled over when Megan went on THE VIEW and declared that Ingraham can “kiss my fat ass.”

Does anyone see the irony in Megan calling Obama, “over exposed?”

She is not alone, this is a meme that has been getting a lot of traction in the media over the last few days. This morning on MSNBC's MORNING JOE, aka “Bitter White People Getting Together Daily To Bitch About Obama” (BWPGTDTBAO), The Daily Beast publisher Tina Brown had her say.

“Obama I think is getting really over exposed,” said Brown. “I think he is turning into the Paris Hilton of teaching moments.”

The media feels that is necessary to report endlessly on Michelle Obama’s arms or the future First Puppy and essential to, as it does with every POTUS, report on Obama’s every move. Yet when President Obama does a media tour to speak directly to the American people in an effort to create awareness and understanding for his proposed budget as well as to discuss a number of issues that are relevant to people, he runs the risk of being “over exposed.”

Obama appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last Thursday, “60 Minutes” on Sunday and tonight he is having press a prime time press conference. He is aggressively reaching out to and engaging the public.

This nation is in the middle of a financial crisis, we are fighting two wars and in November we elected a man who promised us change to lead us through this difficult time.

He wants to talk to us, help us understand his agenda and give us confidence in his administration. For some reason the media has a problem with that, they would rather set the agenda and tell us what they think is important, which apparently is Megan McCain and Tina Brown telling us the President of the United States is over exposed.
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Mon Feb 23rd 2009, 03:51 PM
Cross posted at my blog:

Lou Dobbs is in DENIAL when it comes to threats facing President Obama
Lou Dobbs, who we feel is one of the most intolerant and ignorant media personalities in the world today, told a listener on his radio show today that the notion that threats to President Barack Obama's safety are greater than other presidents is basically unfounded .

Is the man insane? Wait, don't reply, we know the answer.

This is not about victimization and a blind assumption that the first African American president might be targeted, its about the fact that President Obama received a ton of threats, many with racial overtones, while he was a candidate and before he even received his party's nomination.

Attorney General Eric Holder urged us to have an honest discussion about race, evidently Dobbs does not want to be a part of that discussion. He and his ilk like to acknowledge racism exists, but they DENY it whenever it is pointed out to them and then MANUFACTURE pseudo racist situations to complain about in order to fit their ideological agenda.

The ironic thing is Dobbs was discussing the reaction to Holder's comments as well as the racist NY Post cartoon. Maybe its time for folks to stop dissecting what Holder said and take his advice.

What Dobbs fails to acknowledge when he ridicules the listener for mentioning the threats facing President Obama is that as a candidate he received Secret Service protection earlier than any other candidate besides then Sen. Hillary Clinton, who was entitled to it as a former First Lady. Dobbs needs to be honest with himself and his listeners and acknowledge that reason why Obama received that protection so early.

Audio can be found at:
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Sat Feb 21st 2009, 10:42 AM
Cross posted from my blog:

On Thursday of this week we discussed Pat Buchanan's behavior on HARDBALL and his introduction of crime statistics and out of wedlock births when discussing Attorney General Eric Holder's speech on race. We questioned why Buchanan resorted to this tactic and what it contributed to the discussion.

Later in the same program, Mike Barnicle who was sitting in for Chris Matthews, made the following statement:

"But, you know, Matt, again, I think I understand where the attorney general was coming from. I appreciate where he‘s coming from. And yet, not to mention the collapse of the black family, teenage parenting, babies having babies. The fact that the dropout rate in many inner city schools, largely African-American, is horrendous, that adds up to the fact of why they‘re not living next door to us in the suburbs."

While Matt Tiabbi kind of, sort of concured, the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart looked like he had something to say about Barnicle's comment but time ran out.

Huh? What?

Is Barnicle saying that when discussing race Holder was obligated to mention the "collapse of the black family, teenage parenting, babies having babies?"

Also, why is Barnicle citing the dropout rate as a reason for:
"why they‘re* not living next door to us** in the suburbs?"

Does he not realize that when a whole bunch of upwardly mobile, educated Black folks with GOOD jobs move into the suburbs many white folks move out of those suburbs? The dropout rate that Barnicle talks about is not the cause of white flight.

During Holder's speech he said "Imagine if you will situations where people- regardless of their skin color- could confront racial issues freely and without fear."

We agree with that sentiment, we APPLAUD Barnicle for having the courage to speak honestly about race and we will give him the benefit of the doubt on the above statement pending his explanation so:

Barnicle, what exactly were you trying to say?
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010)
Thu Feb 19th 2009, 10:26 AM
Cross posted from my blog:

Did Tom Cross threaten Illinois Democrats in an effort to cover up an affair?
We aren't making allegations we are just asking questions.

Yesterday in the Illinois House of Representatives, Rep. Jack Franks, a Democrat from Woodstock, introduced HR80, a bill that asks the Sangamon County State's Attorney to look into claims by former Governor Rod Blagojevich that a state legislator sought to have his mistress hired by the state in an effort to cover-up an affair.

Upon hearing of Frank's bill, House Minority leader Tom Cross, a Republican from Oswego, responded angrily and claimed the bill was partisan payback against the GOP's questioning of the the Democrats handling of the Roland Burris controversy. Cross then threatened the Democrats by saying that the GOP will ask the State's Attorney to investigate anything Blagojevich says.

After witnessing Cross's enraged reaction Franks withdrew the bill and stated the obvious.

"Quite frankly I have no idea who the former Governor may have been refering to, but apparently you have much better idea that it's somebody on your side of the aisle," said Franks. "I had no clue, this is not a witchhunt, it was not filed in retaliation at all."

So we have questions. What about this proposed bill made Cross think that it was Democratic payback? Does he know who the former Governor was talking about? Why the unrestrained anger?

We have no idea and we are making no allegations, but the behavior of leader Cross caught our attention, raises a ton of questions and would indicate he is protecting someone.

These are questions that need to be answered. Hopefully local media will follow-up.

To hear the exchange click here:
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Posted by wndycty in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Tue Feb 10th 2009, 04:48 PM
. . .he makes it seem like she is trying to get her kitchen remodeled.

Here is a link to my Windy City Watch post which includes audio:

Right wing blowhard Roe Conn ridicules Henrietta Hughes

We knew it wouldn't take long for right wingers to ridicule Henrietta Hughes, the woman who tearfully recounted living in her car due to homelessness to President Barack Obama in Fort Myers, Florida today.

Roe Conn took her to task and mocked her for wanting a kitchen, as if she was trying to get her house remodeled. Anyone with brain and/or heart, Conn has neither, understands that Ms. Hughes was talking about the stress of living in her car and how she needs help. Her reference to the kitchen was about needing the basics to live and regaining her dignity.

When a caller tried to explain what Hughes was saying and talked about the plight of the homeless that she witnesses in her Chicago suburb she was mocked as well.
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