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Schock bids farewell: “I will work tirelessly to make it up to those I’ve let down” – Illinois Review
“I leave here with sadness and humility,” Schock said. “For those whom I’ve let down, I will work tirelessly to make it up to you. I know that God has a plan for my life. The good book says tells us that ‘before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.””
One was to self-congratulate by claiming humility, when it’s humiliation he’s feeling or ought to be feeling.
The other is pulling the God card out of his deck, as if we have learned to expect such talk from him. Is he known for his piety?
Authorities report that Air Force veteran and member of the National Guard Hasan Edmonds was arrested, along with his cousin, Jonas Edmonds, on charges including supporting terrorism in Illinois on Wednesday night. The arrests were made by the Chicago FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Appearing on MSNBC on Thursday, Senior Editor for Ebony.com and frequent MSNBC guest Jamilah Lemieux was criticizing Senator Ted Cruz over his music tastes when she made a comment that had host Ari Melber visibly uncomfortable and, later, apologetic.
She a twisted sistah.
Read it here.
in Myths and Fallacies
… that if each individual can, on his or her own, choose which offerings of private businesses to accept and which to reject, and all without having to coordinate these choices with other individuals, people are slaves to corporations –
but that individuals regain their freedom and dignity only by voting to use government power to regulate businesses, with every individual forced to abide by the ‘will’ of the majority.
Instead, power to the people, a.k.a. consumers.
Some of those Ivy League schools are far out.
First of a series by the excellent Dolores Madlener, “Conversations with the Consecrated” — that is, religious women, that is nuns. This one a Benedicting, living in community at St. Scholastica Monastery, 7430 N. Ridge Blvd.
“I grew up in a small town in New Jersey, and attended public school all the way through. I’m the middle of three sisters. My dad worked for the state of New Jersey and mom worked in our local libraries when I was in middle school.
As a child of the ’70s, I never thought of being a sister until my late 30s. Before then I had only known three nuns. “I dreamed of being an archeologist. I went on my first dig at 17. I did my B.A. at Boston University, my master’s at the University of Chicago and Ph.D. at Northwestern. I still work part-time as a research associate at U. of C.
I’ve also been cataloging books, photos, religious objects, as well as household items from the oldest Benedictine women’s monastery in the U.S., St. Joseph’s Monastery in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania, which is in the process of closing. Since many monasteries descended from it, including our own, we want to preserve its history — our shared history.”
And standing ovation for the writer of the headline, “She digs,” etc.
Hard Earned is a six-part documentary series produced by Kartemquin Films and Al Jazeera America that explores the hopes, fears and realities of low-wage American workers, following five families across the country trying to achieve the American Dream. The series is slated to air on Sunday nights beginning May 3rd on Al Jazeera America Presents.
The Hard Earned series producer is Maggie Bowman, directors are Katy Chevigny, Maria Finitzo, Ruth Leitman, Brad Lichtenstein, and Joanna Rudnick, with series editors & co-directors Liz Kaar and David E. Simpson, and executive producers Steve James, Justine Nagan, and Gordon Quinn.
Maggie Bowman talks about it:
Before that world TV premiere, Maggie Bowman, series producer, took the time to tell us about her experiences working on this landmark new series.
Questions and transcription by Mihaela Popescu, Spring ’15 Intern.
Why did you want to make this documentary?
We were in the great position of being approached by Al Jazeera America who had the idea for the series and so they approached Kartemquin. They knew they wanted something on this topic and (executive producer) Justine Nagan put together a team and asked me to be a part of it to try to capture these stories.
Personally, it’s been a topic close to my heart for a very long time, I used to be a Union organizer and spent 5 years working on campaigns to organize low-wage workers into unions so they can improve their wages and working conditions. So, through that work and the approach that Kartemquin takes to making films on social issues, I knew it was a project that I really wanted to be a part of. . . . .
Public funds spent on jets and horses. Shoeboxes stuffed with embezzled cash. Ghost payrolls and incarcerated ex-governors. Illinois’ culture of “Where’s mine?” and the public apathy it engenders has made our state and local politics a disgrace.
In Corrupt Illinois, veteran political observers Thomas J. Gradel and Dick Simpson take aim at business-as-usual. Naming names, the authors lead readers through a gallery of rogues and rotten apples to illustrate how generations of chicanery have undermined faith in, and hope for, honest government. From there, they lay out how to implement institutional reforms that provide accountability and eradicate the favoritism, sweetheart deals, and conflicts of interest corroding our civic life.
By a couple of people who know.