Illinois Blues: Pensioner’s “desperate look,” bond ratings, unemployment

At the Oak Park Library town hall, July 17, 2013 — from Illinois Blues: How the Ruling Party Talks to Voters, Chapter 3, “There Will Be No Cuts”:

A man asked why it had taken so long to do something about the pension issue when the Civic Federation of Chicago had raised the issue five years earlier.

Sen. Harmon played the therapist. He shared the questioner’s “frustration,” having seen the “desperate look” on the faces of people who fear losing pensions.

Nothing about why it had taken so long. Treating the do-nothing years as an act of God, himself as horrified observer. Not horrified, however, since even as he spoke, there was no crisis, he had said.

Another man complained that in response to Illinois’ lowest-in-nation bond rating and one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates, said citizens got nothing but “rhetoric.”

It was the first question about fiscal issues as such. The man stayed with his complaint, enlarging on it. Harmon listened up to a point, then called “next,” choosing not to engage him.

Rep. Lilly gloriously missed this and picked up with the persistent questioner, entering on extended commentary of her own, pacing back and forth, gesticulating, in general speaking as if to settle the question in an earnest, forceful, however cheery a manner.

The man threw in the towel, giving way to the next question, about a much-protested pawn shop on economically limping North Avenue and related matters.

Illinois Blues is available in paperbackepub and Amazon Kindle formats.

Co-workers rat on you, you lose your guns.

Informers. Classic apparatus of statists everywhere.

New Gun Control Bill in CA Would Allow People to have Fi…Meet the new ‘gun violence restraining order.’
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Or: Just another case of see-something-say-something.

Justice is not blind in Cook County

Its prosecutor talked this way:

In May, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez asked to be recused from Van Dyke’s case and requested that [Judge] Gaughan assign a special prosecutor “to obtain justice for Laquan McDonald and to ensure continuity in the handling of this important and complicated case.”

As if justice = revenge.

This is standard, yes. Justice for somebody. But justice is or isn’t. You achieve it or you don’t. It’s not for somebody.

Makes you wonder when people talk that way, as if Laquan McDonald lies waiting for vindication. Or as I say, revenge.

Big bucks in store for Clinton Bundlers who want gummint money for green energy

What a concidence!

Investors in some of the nation’s most heavily subsidized green energy companies are among the top campaign fundraisers for Hillary Clinton, who has pledged to step up government support for wind, solar, and other renewable energy companies.

Clinton’s green energy investor bundlers have been deeply involved in prior efforts at the state and federal levels to secure taxpayer funds for such companies. A Clinton presidency would virtually guarantee additional subsidies and government incentives.

“I met yesterday in Chicago with a big group of clean renewable energy businesses and they’re just ready to go,” she said at an Iowa campaign stop in November. “But they need some help from the government.”

The people who object most strenuously to this are Bernie supporters, of course.

The money-counts part, that is, not the green part. Lot of major plutocrats in the mix, thanking whatever powers there be for Citizens United.

Arrogant twit slaps fireman

Cycling divvy-style, is blocked by fireman, reacts imprudently in manner signifying character issues which she should work on.

$25G bail imposition might bring her to her senses. Or might not, depending on how ingrained are her me-centered convictions.

Wash. Post reporter impatient with Sanders

WaPo’s Cilizza disses Sanders as condescending, self-centered.

Come on. He’s a candidate who got where he is with a message implicitly about himself. Now he’s supposed to be Mr. Humility?

Global Markets Begin to Steady After Brexit-Related Rout – WSJ

It’s what they call a correction, I think.

Financial markets showed signs of stabilizing following sharp falls in the British pound and global stocks after the U.K. voted to leave the European Union last week.

Source: Global Markets Begin to Steady After Brexit-Related Rout – WSJ


From CNN:

House Republicans’ report on the attack in Benghazi paints a picture of a perfect storm of bureaucratic inertia, rapidly worsening security in Libya and inadequate resources in the months that led up to the killings of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three colleagues on September 11, 2012.

CNN has obtained a portion of the report and the full version is expected to be released today.

Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of the attack, told the House Benghazi Committee last year that she was aware of the dangers in Libya but “there was no actionable intelligence” indicating a planned attack.

The portion of the report obtained by CNN doesn’t offer a scathing indictment of Clinton. But it does argue that intelligence was available suggesting an attack was possible, and Clinton and a top aide, Patrick Kennedy, should have realized the risks posed to the Benghazi mission by extremist groups.

Who knows? Some of this may stick to the what-difference-does-it-make? lady.

Two ‘graphs have it:

“It is not clear what additional intelligence would have satisfied either Kennedy or the Secretary in understanding the Benghazi mission compound was at risk — short of an attack,” the report says.
Conservative members of the panel released a more political analysis of the attack Tuesday that’s far more critical of Clinton and the Obama administration. That study, authored by GOP Reps. Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Jim Jordan of Ohio, blames the attack on a “tragic failure of leadership.”
The first gives the judicious mainstream conclusion, containing the seed for the second, the drawing out that conclusion to the next level, you might say, of awareness.