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Supporters of Senator Ted Cruz to gather the evening of the Iowa Caucus

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Illinois Supporters of Senator Ted Cruz to gather the evening of the Iowa Caucus

Enthusiasm for the Texas Senator’s campaign for President heats up in the Land of Lincoln

The media is invited to a gathering of supporters of Ted Cruz’s Presidential campaign as the results of the Iowa Caucus roll in on Monday evening, February 1st, 2016.  The event will take place starting at 7:00pm at the Diplomat West Banquet Hall, located at 681 W. North Avenue in Elmhurst, IL (conveniently located near IL Route 83 and North Avenue).  The Iowa Caucus is the first contest of the Presidential Season.  Voters in Illinois will have their voices heard regarding the presidential race on Tuesday, March 15th.

 

Diplomat West Banquet Hall 681 W. North Ave. Elmhurst, IL  60126   7:PM until ?

Source: Will County News

Lack of understanding about all things Second Amendment.

Gun Mythology
David A. Lombardo
It’s estimated that there are about 340 million firearms in the U.S., or about 112 per 100 residents. There’s no denying we have a gun culture in the U.S., so you’d think Americans would be pretty savvy when it came to their understanding of the Second Amendment and the ubiquitous gun. Think again.
Whether it’s the fault of intentional anti-gun misinformation or of testosterone-fueled Call of Duty online gaming, John Q has a remarkable lack of understanding about all things Second Amendment.
When I was a cop, the joke with respect to calling 911 in an emergency was, “When seconds count, we’re only minutes away.” Yet John Q is entrenched with the idea that government will protect him and he will reach out and touch someone with a cell phone by calling 911.
Here’s a thought. According to American Police Beat, the average patrol car response time to a 911 call is 10 minutes with speeds exceeding 70 miles per hour. On the other hand-or perhaps more appropriately, “in the other hand”-a Glock 34 responds instantly with a 9mm bullet traveling at about 1,400 feet per second. Whether that bullet is flying toward you or toward the intruder is your call. Enough said.
Another myth perpetuated by the anti-gun cabal says concealed carry will result in blood running in the streets and there will be an increase in crime because of the proliferation of guns on the street. Really, the proliferation of guns on the street? As if the streets of Chicago aren’t awash in illegal guns already?
The fact is there are about 11.1 million concealed carry permit holders in the United States today. According to the Violence Policy Center, a non-profit that makes Michael Bloomberg look like a pro-gun advocate, about 516 people have been killed since May 2007 in non-self-defense incidents involving private citizens legally allowed to carry a concealed handgun. That comes out to be about .00004649 percent of all concealed carry permit owners in the United States. But let’s be honest. Concealed carry laws have a lot less to do with safety and a lot more to do with the state’s treasury. Since Florida passed concealed carry in 1987, they have issued about 2.5 million permits at $120 a pop. You do the math and decide if they’re doing it out of altruism or not.
And finally, we have the uber-left dogma: “More guns don’t mean a safer society.” Aside from the State of California, a sort of reverse Noah’s Ark where every nutball in the country gravitates toward the San Andreas Fault, Chicago has at least the second-most Draconian gun laws in the country yet one of the highest per capita murder rates. Let me put Chicago’s reputation as murder capital of the U.S. in perspective. When I was introduced to Governor Kanda, the Governor of the Achi Prefecture in Japan, who spoke no English, his response to learning I was from Chicago was to point both his index fingers at me and make a machine gun sound.
Okay, so the liberal, anti-gun crowd blames all that on the ability to get guns from outside the city limits. They also argue that Chicago has a “gang problem” and gangs have the ability to obtain guns illegally and use them profusely. Gee, ya think?
But here’s the rub: by Chicago’s own statistics, since Illinois Concealed Carry went into effect, the number of robberies that have led to arrests in Chicago has declined 20 percent. Reports of burglary and motor vehicle theft are down 20 percent and 26 percent, respectively. Those numbers dropped in an inverse relationship to the number of concealed carry permits issued in Illinois.
So here’s the bottom line. John Q is being duped by the liberal progressive anti-gun cabal, and the problem is the great majority of pro-gun folks really don’t know the facts. When confronted with a lying liberal pushing an anti-gun agenda, an occasion that occurs about as frequently as someone from Nigeria telling you that you won the lottery, they don’t know how to respond – the pro-gun guys, not the Nigerian con artists. So the fallback is always, “It’s our Constitutional right!”
Now there’s nothing wrong with that, but it presumes the accusation is correct and that you’re trying to justify it. The point is we are rapidly approaching the most important election in the history of this country. Voting has never been more critical but even more important is to be able to educate your family, friends and anyone who will listen to the truth about the Second Amendment. This election will be the determining factor with respect to the right to keep and bear arms. Instead of playing Call of Duty, how about heeding the call to duty, brush up on your facts and start winning converts.  http://reverbpress.com/politics/firearms-per-capita-by-state/

Source: Will County News

Are You Satisfied or Merely Distracted?

By Stephanie Shirely

25JAN 2016

Life Lesson Are You Satisfied or Merely Distracted

Thanks to technology and society telling us it’s normal and expected to be connected 24/7, we have found more ways than ever to live life distracted. We have become accustomed to consuming multiple forms of media at a time, so much so, that watching TV is often accompanied by surfing our phones for social media updates.

I am just as guilty as the rest of the world. I have caught myself checking my phone with one hand, answering an email with another hand and fooling myself into believe I’m still paying attention to the TV show playing in the background. During these moments in life, I feel productive, entertained and comfortable. But am I mistaking these feelings for happiness?

The question I pose today is this…amidst all of the distractions we use to take our attention off of feeling undesirable emotions like boredom, loneliness, doubt and sadness, are we skirting around the hard, but paramount task of seeking out true satisfaction in our lives?

A few weeks ago, I was listening to a thought-provoking lecture that cautioned us not to mistake satisfaction for distraction. By nature, we as humans have found countless ways to distract ourselves (i.e. procrastination) from the real task at hand, often because it’s more work. But we’re not fooling anyone. The repercussions of our distracted lives can be found all around us. How many “friends” do you have on Facebook versus how many friends you talk to (I mean real, meaningful conversations) on a weekly basis?

The blinking light of a social media update should not be valued higher than your family conversation around the dinner table. The distractions around us are tempting, and sometimes warranted, but for the most part they are futile attempts to fill a void that can only be filled by seeking true satisfaction – whatever that means to you.

The life lesson I want to share is this. We can continue down this slippery slope of distracting ourselves into believing we are satisfied in life, but we will always need to find more and better distractions to make us believe we are “happy.” Or we can start today by taking a closer look at our lives and the relationships that form our happiness. And the first step is to close our laptops during the evenings and weekends, turn off our phones when spending time with loved ones and seek satisfaction before distraction.

It’s a crazy, but simple notion – so simple that unless these two words were brought my attention in stark comparison, I might never have considered how satisfaction could be mistaken for distraction (and vice versa). It really makes me think about my intentions when I’m tempted to pick up my phone at dinner or check my email during family time. If I’m desiring the feeling of distraction, maybe there’s a void I need to fill first and foremost with true satisfaction that is far more lasting.

Take a constructive look at your own happiness. Would you say you are truly satisfied or merely distracted? If you feel compelled to share your insights, I’d love to hear your personal response to this deep question!

Source: Will County News