[Chicago Tribune] Ald. Ed Burke, 14th, is the powerful reliably Democrat Chicago, aka The Windy City or Mobtown ...home of Al Capone, the Chicago Black Sox, a succession of Daleys, Barak Obama, and Rahm Emmanuel... Democrat who got rich in his private law practice, lowering property taxes for the well-connected, while also running the city’s Finance Committee for some 40 years.
During that time Burke had a hobby ‐ picking judges and putting them on the bench. He’s under a federal extortion indictment for allegedly squeezing the owners of several Burger King restaurants.
As you may know, Burke’s wife, Anne, has been a justice on the Illinois Supreme Court since she was appointed in 2006. Her term as chief justice runs through October of 2022.
I’ve always found her to be a warm and gracious lady. And in his prime, her husband was ruthless and brilliant old school Chicago Irish pol worthy of respect in a tough business. He carved the great public roasts, and if he got the largest, bloodiest piece, well, he had made sure he was the one with the big knife.
But in January 2018, Ed Burke threw a fundraiser at the couple’s home for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who is also chair of the Cook County Democratic Party.
Preckwinkle had hired the Burkes’ son and put him on the Cook County payroll in a $100K job.
Lori Lightfoot used those public relations disasters to launch herself past the befuddled Preckwinkle and into the mayor’s office.
And cleaning it all up, like cartoon janitors with push-brooms in those old "Mr. Peabody and Sherman" cartoons, complete with the ironic tuba music, came the state’s Judicial Inquiry Board, which investigates complaints about judges.
The Judicial Inquiry Board ruled that Anne Burke didn’t violate the rules when Ed threw the Preckwinkle fundraiser at their home. But the board wouldn’t explain its ruling, saying it wasn’t allowed to disclose "specifics regarding its decision, findings or information about it’s deliberations on any matter."
[Asia Times] Events in the Arabian Peninsula have upstaged the Israeli elections, supposedly the big story of the week.
The confrontation between Iran and its allies and Saudi Arabia and its allies is on the verge of boiling over into overt warfare.
Attacking the Saudi oil infrastructure is the equivalent of attacking the heart of a living creature – it is the source of its existence as a country. It is not yet clear if the drones came from Iran’s Houthi proxies in Yemen, from Iran itself or from Iraq. What is clear is that Iran is directly or indirectly responsible for the attack, which is a clear and blatant act of war.
If the drones came from Iraq, that would be another Iranian proxy — Iran is awfully fond of coming at a problem from two sides...
Posted by: 3dc ||
09/16/2019 00:00 ||
Top|| File under: Govt of Iran
My, an incident that gives neocons everything they wanted? Amazing how well it worked out. Now we have to start a war, it's the only choice?
Conflict initiation is tough, said Bolton.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
09/16/2019 6:07 Comments ||
Sure Erb. It's obviously a false-flag Sooper Sekret Op by our NeoCon Warmongering Mil-Industrial Complex™.
Macro F7, idiot
Posted by: Frank G ||
09/16/2019 6:47 Comments ||
I'd start to suspect Herb is actually Tyler Durden from ZeroHedge, but Tyler let's other rabid droolers write most of the copy over there. So who are you actually, Herb? Kunstlerhead or Danny Sjerkoff?
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
09/16/2019 7:54 Comments ||
Every time I see some liberal/chickenshit paleoconservative/chickenshit libertarian taking Herb's line of thought I have to bite my lip because actually getting pieces of my life back relies on the plurality of decisionmakers in this country being that exact sort of vicious retard, leading to a massive increase in the price of oil.
[Telegraph] It’s not about Brexit any more, at least not primarily. It’s about whether we remain a democracy in the fullest sense. Our system depends on unwritten conventions and precedents. We expect winners to show restraint and losers to show consent. We expect our officials ‐ including judges, civil servants and, not least, the Commons Speaker ‐ to be impartial. We expect the electorate to be the final umpire.
All these norms are coming under pressure as the campaign to reverse Brexit intensifies. The EU, as well as being undemocratic in itself, tends to degrade the internal democracy of its member nations.
Written during the dark hours immediately before and during World War II, C. S. Lewis's Space Trilogy, of which That Hideous Strength is the third and final volume, stands alongside such works as Albert Camus's The Plague and George Orwell's 1984 as a timely parable that has become timeless, beloved by succeeding generations as much for the sheer wonder of its storytelling as for the significance of its moral concerns.
The final book in C. S. Lewis's acclaimed Space Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra, That Hideous Strength concludes the adventures of the matchless Dr. Ransom. The dark forces that were repulsed in Out of the Silent Planet and Perelandra are massed for an assault on the planet Earth itself. Word is on the wind that the mighty wizard Merlin has come back to the land of the living after many centuries, holding the key to ultimate power for that force which can find him and bend him to its will. A sinister technocratic organization is gaining power throughout Europe with a plan to "recondition" society, and it is up to Ransom and his friends to squelch this threat by applying age-old wisdom to a new universe dominated by science. The two groups struggle to a climactic resolution that brings the Space Trilogy to a magnificent, crashing close.
[Rudaw] The Sick Man of Europe Turkey ...Qatar's satrapy in Asia Minor... ’s purchase of the Russian-made S-400 missile system has seen it removed from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program and an offer to buy the US MIM-104 Patriot air defence system cancelled. While Ankara believes it can weather the diplomatic storm resulting from the purchase, it may soon find it has far fewer options when it looks to buy new jet fighters and air defense systems.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.