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Bad advice for Alabama Senate voters…

Bad advice for Alabama Senate voters…

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Erick Erickson, on his The Resurgent website Monday, told Alabama voters that the best way to send the Washington establishment a message Tuesday is casting a vote for Rep. Mo Brooks because the race’s real conservative, Judge Roy Moore, is already sure to make it to the run off. This is awful advice.

Erickson makes the case that by voting for Brooks, Alabama voters can make sure that Sen. Luther Strange– the establishment-favored incumbent– does’t make it on the runoff ballot. This, the pundit said, will keep Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell from raining “down money all over the state of Alabama to destroy Roy Moore” in the runoff.

Erickson wrote:

If Mo Brooks is in the runoff with Moore, McConnell and his lobbyist friends will sit out the race. The McConnell team only wants Luther Strange and they’ll do whatever it takes to get him. Moore is probably not going to be able to withstand the massive air war and ground war against him. McConnell and his thugs are ruthless and will do anything and everything to stop him. Look what they did to Chris McDaniel in Mississippi.

You want to rebuke McConnell and you want to ensure a conservative fighter gets the seat? Vote Mo Brooks tomorrow. Roy Moore is going to be in the runoff, but who gets in the runoff with him will decide whether the GOP establishment gets a strong message or affirmation.

That’s dead wrong. First of all, these little games with voters are what causes the sort of electoral dysfunction so many Americans are tired of seeing. Alabama conservatives have a clear choice in tomorrow’s Senate contest– it’s Roy Moore. Telling people who’d otherwise vote for Moore to vote Brooks gives the increasingly desperate establishment Strange campaign far more credit than it deserves.

Secondly, if you say McConnell and the Washington establishment minions are going to back off just because their boy Strange is out of the race– you’re either woefully misinformed or actively trying to mislead voters.

Strange isn’t the big government favorite because the establishment just loves the guy. Strange is the favorite because he’s already demonstrated his willingness to trade political favors for power– such as his involvement, or conspicuous lack thereof, in the Gov. Robert Bentley fiasco– and promised to continue licking the boots of the establishment’s string masters once elected by the people.

For the establishment, it isn’t about keeping Strange in– it’s about keeping a conservative stalwart like Moore out. And given the choice between dealing with Brooks– whose legislative style they already know from his time in the House– or a conservative like Moore, you can bet they’d take Brooks any day.

But here’s what’s most important to remember. There isn’t much the Washington establishment can do or say, no matter how much they spend, to sour Moore’s devoted voter base. He’s proven himself to Alabama’s most conservative voters time and again over the years. And if this is about sending a strong message to Washington, having Moore whoop both of his challengers Tuesday– anything over 50 percent of the vote would do it– and head to Washington without a runoff would be ideal. Next best is letting Moore battle out with Strange in a runoff, so the Washington establishment sees just how useless its spending is against a principled candidate.

Source: Will County News

Opioid & Suicide Information Session Hosted By Will County Board Members Fricilone & Balich

Opioid Information Session Hosted By Will County Board Members

The public information session will be held at Homer Township Public Library on Aug. 31.


Opioid Information Session Hosted By Will County Board Members

HOMER GLEN, IL — Will County Board members from District 7 will host an informational session on Opium Awareness and Suicide Prevention on Thursday, Aug. 31. Dr. According to a release, Kathleen Burke, Will County’s director of Substance Use Initiatives, will lead the session at Homer Township Public Library, starting at 6:30 p.m. The session is open to the public.

“Opioid abuse is a national crisis affecting people across the country, including here in Will County,” District 7 representative Republican Steve Balich from Homer Glen, said in a release. “Hopefully through discussions like this one people will learn how to spot addiction and learn what to do if they need help.”

According to the release, the Will County Board recently approved the second year of funding from a grant from a five-year grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) to fight opioid addiction. Will County hired Burke earlier this year as the director of Substance Use Initiatives to assist with coordinating programs associated with the grant.

“Dr. Burke is extremely knowledgeable and a great resource for the County,” Homer Glen Republican Mike Fricilone, also of District 7, said in a release. “I encourage anyone with questions or concerns about opioid addiction or suicide prevention to come on out. Help us by attending our event. Every life matters.”

 

Will County Sheriff Will bring out the “Hide in Plain Sight Trailer.

Research shows that parents often overlook everyday items that may indicate that an

adolescent is engaging in some form of risky behavior.  The “Hidden in Plain Sight”

trailer will recreate a teen’s bedroom to educate anyone over the age of 21 who has

influence over a teenager:  parents, coaches, leaders, and more in identifying signs of

alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, self-mutilation, violence, sex and other  dangerous behavior.

 


Image via Shutterstock. 

Source: Will County News

Dinesh D’Souza “The Fascist Roots of the American Left”

The Fascist Roots of the American Left

Protesters gather at the University of California, Berkeley to shut down a scheduled speech by Milo Yiannopoulos. (Photo: Paul Kuroda/Zuma Press/Newscom)

In 1925 the Jewish philosopher Theodor Lessing spoke out against the repressive political climate of Weimar Germany.

Although Lessing’s explicit target was the cravenness of the Weimar regime of Paul von Hindenburg, his real target was the emerging power of Nazism, and he blamed the government for yielding to it.

The Nazis recognized immediately the threat posed by Lessing. Adolf Hitler youth at Lessing’s University of Hanover formed a “committee against Lessing.” They encouraged students to boycott his lectures.

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Nazi youth then showed up and disrupted Lessing’s classes. Lessing was forced to give up his academic chair the following year.

In his account of what happened, Lessing later wrote that he could do nothing to prevent being “shouted down, threatened and denigrated” by student activists.

He was helpless, he said, “against the murderous bellowing of youngsters who accept no individual responsibilities but pose as spokesman for a group or an impersonal ideal, always talking in the royal ‘we’ while hurling personal insults … and claiming that everything is happening in the name of what’s true, good and beautiful.”

This was fascism, German style, in the 1920s.

In March 2017, the eminent political scientist Charles Murray showed up to give a lecture on class divisions in American society at a progressive bastion, Middlebury College in Vermont.

Hundreds of protesters who deemed themselves “anti-fascists” gathered outside McCullough Student Center where Murray was scheduled to speak and engage in dialog with Middlebury political scientist Allison Stanger.

Murray is a libertarian who leans Republican, although he’s no fan of President Donald Trump. Unlike Lessing, who taught at the university where he was harassed, Murray doesn’t teach at Middlebury, which is virtually devoid of conservative faculty.

(Stanger is a moderate Democrat affiliated with the New America Foundation.)

In any event, the discussion promised to be a scholarly and illuminating one, giving students a perspective that they never get. But the Middlebury protesters were having none of it.

The activists confronted Murray and Stanger, and at one point they struck Stanger. Inside Wilson Hall, protesters turned their backs to Murray and began to boo and shout epithets like “racist” and “Nazi.”

Murray found he simply could not be heard. College officials escorted Murray and Stanger to another location where their conversation had, for safety reasons, to be shown on closed-circuit television.

After the event, according to Middlebury spokesman Bill Burger, Murray and Stanger were “physically and violently confronted by a group of protesters.” The protesters were masked in the standard Antifa style.

Murray and Stanger ducked into an administrator’s car, but the protesters attacked the car, pounding on it rocking it, and seeking to prevent it from leaving.

“At one point,” Burger said, “a large traffic sign was thrown in front of the car. Public safety officers were able, finally, to clear the way to allow the vehicle to leave campus.”

According to Burger, “During the confrontation outside McCullough, one of the demonstrators pulled Stanger’s hair and twisted her neck. She was attended to at Porter Hospital later and is wearing a neck brace.”

Murray praised campus security officers for the protection they provided but described what he experienced as “scary, violent mob action.”

This is so-called progressive anti-fascism, American style, circa 2017.

Why does this purported anti-fascism on the part of progressives so closely resemble the fascism that it claims to be opposing? More profoundly, what is “anti-fascism” as the term is now used on the American left?

To answer these questions, we turn to the founders of the so-called anti-fascist movement on the progressive left, the sociologist Herbert Marcuse of the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Much has been written about the Frankfurt School and its leading intellectuals, Theodor Adorno, Max Horkheimer, and most of all Marcuse.

These mostly-lionized accounts stress that the Frankfurt group was made up of refugees from Nazi Germany, Jews fleeing the prospect of Holocaust. Consequently, the credibility of these men in formulating an anti-fascist doctrine has gone largely unquestioned.

In reality, the Frankfurt School’s relationship to Nazism is much more complicated. Marcuse, for instance, was a student and devotee of the philosopher Martin Heidegger, and Heidegger was a lifelong anti-Semite and member of the Nazi Party who championed Hitler’s rise to power.

Heidegger viewed his entire philosophy as laying the foundation for the “blood and soil” doctrines of Nazism. Even after the war, Heidegger refused to condemn Nazi atrocities.

Marcuse did break with Heidegger and flee Germany, but the break was entirely over the issue of anti-Semitism and the personal danger that Hitler’s policies posed for Jews in general and Marcuse in particular.

Marcuse never repudiated Heidegger’s philosophy, and a good deal of his own early work has been described as attempting a reconciliation between Heidegger’s thought and that of Marx. Heidegger viewed Marx as the pioneer leftist of the 19th century and Heidegger as the pioneer leftist of the 20th century.

Herbert Marcuse emigrated to the United States in 1934, having been a prominent member of the Frankfurt School. (Photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Newscom)

Arriving in America, Marcuse taught at Columbia and Brandeis and also worked in Washington, D.C., for the Office of War Information and the Office of Strategic Services, forerunner to the CIA.

There Marcuse helped formulate anti-fascist educational strategies to combat Nazism and later to shape anti-fascist education in postwar Germany. Subsequently, Marcuse moved west to the University of California in San Diego where, during the 1960s, he became a guru of the New Left.

Here I want to focus on the idea that Marcuse is probably best remembered for, one that could not be more pertinent today.

This idea was unveiled in a famous essay he wrote called “Repressive Tolerance.” This essay was published along with several others in a book published in 1970 called “A Critique of Pure Tolerance.”

Let’s follow the argument of the essay because it provides the basis for the vicious intolerance that the left currently unleashes against all forms of dissent in our culture.

The bullying and terrorizing of conservatives on campus, the shaming of Republicans in the media, the defilement of the American flag, the disruption of Trump rallies—all of this behavior receives its moral justification in Marcuse’s famous—or infamous—essay.

 

Marcuse begins by admitting that all other things being equal, classical liberal virtues like tolerance and free speech are desirable. But, he says, given the class structure of society in which ruling groups have most of the power, and disenfranchised groups have very little, “the conditions of tolerance are loaded.”

To extend tolerance to intolerant groups, Marcuse argues, “actually protects the already established machinery of discrimination.”

Therefore, Marcuse argues that a general principle of liberal tolerance—tolerance toward all viewpoints—should be abandoned.

“Tolerance cannot be indiscriminate and equal with respect to the contents of the expression, neither in word nor in deed; it cannot protect false words and wrong deeds which demonstrate that they contradict and counteract the possibilities of liberation.”

In society, Marcuse insisted, “Certain things cannot be said, certain ideas cannot be expressed, certain policies cannot be proposed, certain behavior cannot be permitted without making tolerance an instrument for the continuation of servitude.”

Marcuse was nothing if not blunt about what he advocated: “the systematic withdrawal of tolerance toward regressive and repressive opinions.”

Herbert Marcuse advocated intolerance toward opinions he considered “regressive and repressive.” (Photo: akg-images/Brigitte Hellgoth/Newscom)

What specifically did Marcuse seek to repress?

He cited “the withdrawal of toleration of speech and assembly from groups and movements which promote aggressive policies, armament, chauvinism, discrimination on the grounds of race and religion, or which oppose the extension of public services, Social Security, medical care, etc.”

Moreover, Marcuse added, his approach “may necessitate new and rigid restrictions on teaching,” including the suppression of certain types of “scientific research.”

Marcuse bluntly calls for “intolerance against movements from the right, and toleration of movements from the left.” He admits his goal is one of “shifting the balance between left and right by restraining the liberty of the right,” and in this way “strengthening the oppressed against the oppressors.”

Marcuse’s argument has been summed up in the phrase: No toleration of the intolerant. In the 1960s, Marcuse acolytes used a similar chant, “No free speech for fascists.”

At first glance, “no free speech for fascists” sounds like an unobjectionable idea. But upon reflection, it becomes problematic.

Don’t all citizens under the Constitution have equal rights, and if so don’t they have the same rights to free speech, free assembly, and so on? If so, then fascists have those rights too. So on what basis can fascists in America be denied rights?

Since Marcuse intends this, he obviously does not believe in equal rights for all citizens, and neither, apparently, do his modern-day followers.

Moreover, not once does Marcuse demonstrate that the groups he intends to repress are in fact fascist. Marcuse’s targets are not Nazis but rather patriots, Republicans, conservatives, and Christians.

The real meaning of Marcuse’s essay is: No free speech for patriots and conservatives. No toleration for capitalists and Christians.

Of course, the fascists and Nazis themselves sought to undermine the institutions of liberal democracy, such as free speech and tolerance, in precisely the way Marcuse recommends.

To fight fascism with intolerance is one thing. But to fight classical liberalism and modern American conservatism with intolerance is, well, fascist.

This excerpt was taken with permission from Dinesh D’Souza’s new book “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left” (Regnery Publishing, 2017).

Source: Will County News

Senate overrides Gov. Rauner’s veto of school funding reform legislation; House up next

Senate overrides Gov. Rauner’s veto of school funding reform legislation; House up next

  • By Dan McCaleb and Greg Bishop | Illinois News Network
  • Aug 13, 2017 Updated Aug 13, 2017
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Despite numbers showing Gov. Bruce Rauner’s changes to Democrats’ school funding reform bill give more money to nearly all Illinois school districts, the state Senate Sunday voted to override the governor’s amendatory veto of the measure.

Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, chief sponsor of Senate Bill 1, filed the motion to override even though he said he didn’t fully review an Illinois State Board of Education analysis of Rauner’s changes before calling for the override vote.

Rauner’s office released ISBE’s independent scoring of his amendatory veto Saturday. The review shows nearly 98 percent of Illinois school districts would receive more state funding under the governor’s changes than they would under Democrats’ plan in SB1. Districts that receive less funding under Rauner’s plan would still get more state money than they did last year.

Manar’s override motion was approved 38-19 on a mostly party line vote. State Sen. Sam McCann, R-Plainview, was the only Republican to support the override effort. All Democrats voted to override.

In defending the veto override, Manar said Rauner overstepped his authority by making drastic changes to Democrats’ legislation and that lawmakers don’t know what the impact will be years down the road

“He overstepped,” Manar said. “He rewrote the entire bill. It was not a roadmap to compromise.”

But Sen. Dale Righter, R-Mattoon, said Manar had to come up with some excuse after ISBE’s analysis proved most state school districts benefited from Rauner’s changes.

“If I were the sponsor, I wouldn’t want to look at the numbers that ISBE came out with just now either,” Righter said. “That’s embarrassing. So I’d want to say, ‘That’s going to be a problem three to five to ten years from now.’ I would do that as well.”

The measure now goes to the Illinois House, where Speaker Michael Madigan needs at least four GOP representatives to split with the governor to successfully override. If some Democrats in school districts that see significantly more funding under Rauner’s changes break with Madigan, the speaker will need that many more Republicans to vote for the override.

The House is scheduled to take action on Wednesday.

While the school funding measure and Rauner’s changes to it are complex, two major issues separate the competing sides. The first is over a bailout of Chicago Public Schools pensions.

On the day the General Assembly was scheduled to vote on SB1, many Republicans were prepared to support the evidenced-based model along with Democrats. But then Madigan added an amendment that increased funding to CPS by about $215 million annually to help pay for its failing pension system. Republicans withdrew their support, arguing that suburban and downstate taxpayers shouldn’t have to pay to fix a crisis they had nothing to do with. Rauner’s amendatory veto would remove the additional funding for CPS.

The second issue is over how the state calculates a district’s overall wealth. While no school districts gets fewer dollars than previously, when the state budgets additional money to schools, the evidence-based model uses a complex formula to distribute those dollars based on a district’s needs. Poorer districts, essentially, receive more of the new money than wealthier ones.

But many municipalities across Illinois, especially Chicago, use what are called tax increment finance districts to hoard – and hide – cash in the name of economic development. TIFs freeze taxable property values at a certain level for up to 23 years. Any tax revenue generated above the frozen level does not go to fund intended government services such as schools, which lose out.

Essentially, taxpayers from school districts with no or very few TIF districts will end up financially supporting districts with more TIF districts under the Democrats’ plan. Under Rauner’s plan, that dynamic does not occur.

The Democrats’ plan does not include TIF revenue to calculate a district’s overall wealth. Rauner’s does.

“Should taxpayers in other communities subsidize the choice of a community that says, ‘We’re going to take some of our property tax value and property tax wealther away from funding our schools,’” Rauner said at a news conference Sunday shortly before the Senate’s veto override vote. “And because we’re making that choice, we’re going to expect the state to make up for that and subsidize that decision. That’s not fair. That’s not fair to the taxpayers in other communities.”

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Sen. Dan McConchie, R-Hawthorne Woods, said Democrats sabotaged negotiations on the bill to bail out Chicago’s failing school system.

“As one of the negotiators, I came to the table fully prepared to come to an agreement on how we can better fund our schools,” McConchie said. “However, good faith discussions never happened. In fact, the bill’s sponsor [Manar] admitted in the press that he was never really negotiating with us. Instead, the Democrats have decided to pursue a path of bailing out Chicago at any cost. It is now up to the House to reject this partisan, regionalistic politics.”

Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady, R-Bloomington, said SB1 – before Rauner’s veto – unfairly forces suburban and downstate taxpayers to bail out CPS.

“We want every child in this state to be adequately and fairly funded,” Brady said. “Senate Bill 1 doesn’t do that. It gives an advantage to the Chicago students at the cost of students throughout the rest of the state.”

But Sen. Toi Hutchinson, D-Olympia Fields, said Rauner and other Republicans were playing downstate schools against Chicago’s.

“Regionalism chokes us … at a time we know and we all agree the system we have now doesn’t work and hasn’t worked for decades,” Hutchinson said. “This is one state.”

In addition to 97.5 percent of Illinois school districts benefitting from Rauner’s plan, forty-four districts would receive more than $1 million more under it. The 2.5 percent of school districts that receive less money under Rauner’s plan still receive more than they did last year, ISBE’s review found. N

According to ISBE’s analysis, Chicago Public Schools would receive about $463 million less under Rauner’s plan than the Democrats’, but the governor’s office said that number does not account for $221 million in pension payments the state would pick up in separate legislation. CPS still would get $47.4 million more in state funding this year under Rauner’s plan than it did last year.

Complicating matters is a so-called “poison pill” that Madigan added to a separate budget bill that says no state funding will be released to any Illinois schools without an evidence-based funding formula in place such as the one contained in SB1. The first payments to schools were scheduled to be made last Thursday. They were not sent because of Madigan’s amendment to the budget bill.

Many Illinois school districts open this week. While all Illinois schools are expected to open on time regardless what happens with SB1, some will not be able to stay open for long without receiving this school year’s funding.

Source: Will County News

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Terry Kreimeier has stepped down from Vice031513aa  Chairman of Will County Grass Roots after many years of faithful service. We thank Terry for all his hard work over the years.
Welcome Dave Lombardo! 
 Dave Lombardo has taken over the position of Vice Chairman for Will County Grass Roots. David isDavid Lombardopresident of SAFER USA, a firearm training school, an NRA Training Counselor, a State of Illinois Certified Firearms Instructor and Concealed Carry Instructor. He is also an Endowment Life Member of the National Rifle Association and a Life member of the Illinois State Rifle Association.
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Gloria Dollinger of Joliet

Gloria Dollinger

who was elected to the Will County Board in 2016 to represent the residents of District 10 and Gretchen Fritz of Plainfield who was first elected to the board in 2014 to represent the residents of District 5. The mission of the Will County Board is to determine  vision, set policy, and appropriate resources for the delivery

Gretchen Fritz

of countywide services.Gloria and Gretchen will be explaining what your county government does and how itworks. This should be a very interesting presentation, you really won’t want to miss it!!!  And, as always, don’t forget to bring a friend!

 
WCGR monthly presentations will now be video taped!
 
Starting next month you will be able to see your WCGR monthly presentation on-line! Next month’s newsletter will have a new section with links to these future video’s!
 
4th Annual ISRA
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Keynote Speaker David Keene former NRA President MC: Dan Proft, Talk Radio Host 4th Annual Fundraiser to benefit the Illinois State Rifle Association (All Proceeds go to the ISRA)
 

WCGR Gun Giveaway
     Will County ISRA member, Paul Ashley was the name drawn for the WCGR Gun Giveaway last month. Paul was not present so we will try again next month! Remember, the winner must be present, be an ISRA member, have a valid FOID and comply with all local,state and federal laws.

July Meeting

 Our guest speakers were Bob Feurborn and Dennis Leifheit who are both Cowboy Action shooters. They strive to mimic the dress code that was worn and the guns that were used in the period between 1850 and 1899. They dress in period costumes and shoot single action pistols, lever action rifles, and shotguns. They shoot at Aurora Sportsmen Club on the first Sunday of every month. Cowboy action started in California in 1981and was called SASS for single action shooting society. In 1995 it came to Illinois. In real life back then Constables were few and far between so vigilantes were formed.The Driscolls were a bunch of really bad guys and killed a guy named Campbell who was in charge of the northern Illinois regulars. So the regulars got 120 helpers to go shoot the Driscols who were captured. Half were given blanks, so nobody would know if they shot a bullet that actually killed one of them. more

Chairman’s Remarks

 Doug M I bet you all know the name, Mike Brown, and you probably know his story. In 2014, Mike Brown who was a 300+ pound local thug was killed in self-defense by a police officer. Practically everyone in the country knows his name and, to many, he is a hero and a martyr….somehow. But, did you know that 126 police officers were killed? Can you name even one of them? Pretty sad how our media and many citizens make priorities of thugs…thugs who are routinely revered…and police officers, who risk their lives daily for them, are forgotten.
The Second Amendment Foundation very recently won a significant court victory against “good reason” requirements for concealed carry. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued a permanent injunction against enforcement of such a requirement in Washington, D.C. The ruling declared that, “At the Second Amendment’s core lies the right of responsible citizens to carry firearms for personal self-defense beyond the home, subject to longstanding restrictions…The District’s good-reason law is necessarily a total ban on exercises of that constitutional right for most D.C. residents. That’s enough to sink this law under (the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court’s Heller ruling).” The ruling makes it very clear that the Second Amendment’s core covers carrying for self defense in public.  more
 
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Trump News August 15, 2017

Welcome to 1600 Daily’s Meet the Cabinet series, where we showcase members of President Trump’s Cabinet.

MEET SECRETARY RICK PERRY

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DOE and VA Team Up to Improve Healthcare for Veterans
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) are partnering to drive technology innovation and transform health care delivery for Veterans with the Million Veterans Program. Secretary Perry has brought in Navy Seal, Morgan Luttrell to help with this effort.
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17 National Labs Tackle Scientific Challenges 
Secretary Perry has made it abundantly clear that he values the role that the DOE National Labs play in both the science and energy industries. He has already traveled to several labs across the Nation, and is continuing to do so – this week even! A recent podcast on the Labs was even given the thumbs up from Bill Gates.
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ICYMI: The United States Emerges as “Powerful Force” in LNG trade
According to data from the Census Bureau and the U.S. Energy Information Administration, with new pipeline and LNG export capacity coming online soon, the US should close out 2017 as a net exporter of natural gas, a situation that hasn’t been seen since 1957.
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PHOTO OF THE DAY

Secretary Perry test drove a 3D-printed Shelby Cobra, a real world example of additive manufacturing’s incredible potential. Printed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Shelby is a “plug-in-play” lab that allows research and development of integrated components and manufacturing process technologies to be tested in real time. | August 4 (Department of Energy Photo)

COMING UP THIS MONTH

Secretary Perry is in Washington State this week touring the Pacific Northwest National Lab and the Hanford Site. He will address the workforces at both facilities and have press availability.

Source: Will County News

West Wing Reads August 15, 2017

“American Genius Is Under Attack From China”

– Wilbur Ross in Financial Times
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross writes in the Financial Times that the “American patent system and the American genius it protects are under serious attack” as countries like China steal and extort the U.S.’s intellectual property. IP theft costs U.S. businesses as much as $600 billion a year, he writes, which translates to more than 3 percent of America’s gross domestic product lost each year. Secretary Ross argues China is the primarily culprit of this theft, as it “accounts for 87 percent of all counterfeit goods seized at the border.”
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In The New York Times, former Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and former NSA Director Keith Alexander call President Trump’s action on Monday to protect U.S. intellectual property “a major step in the right direction,” saying that IP theft currently “saps economic growth, costs American jobs, weakens our military capability,” and harms U.S. innovation.

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On the North Korea front, McClatchy columnist Andrew Malcolm praises President Trump’s “fire and fury” comments for sending a “strong” message to North Korea and China, contrasting his “calculated tough tone” with the inaction of prior administrations. NPR reports today North Korea says it won’t fire missiles at Guam after all, as it chose to stand down instead of escalate tensions.

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The Wall Street Journal reports the President will sign an Executive Order today that curbs environmental reviews, with the goal of speeding up construction of highways, bridges, pipelines and other infrastructure projects.

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In immigration news, in The Daily Signal, the Heritage Foundation’s Robert Rector and Jamie Bryan Hall write that “the RAISE Act has the potential to save U.S. taxpayers trillions of dollars in future years” by reforming the U.S. immigration system to make it merit-based.

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Victor Davis Hanson writes in American Greatness that President Trump’s critics have “learned nothing and forgotten nothing” since the 2016 election, and given that, President Trump could get reelected “largely with the same election calculus and an even stronger base of support” that carried him to victory in November.

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C Schilling School kindergartners ready for first day of school

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

For Immediate Release:

Aug 15, 2017

 

Schilling School kindergartners ready for first day of school

Drop off school supplies; see classrooms for first time

 

Schilling School kindergartners are ready to build a better world.

On Aug. 15, they picked up their construction hats and dropped off their school supplies in anticipation of the first day of school.

 

“Welcome. Are you in kindergarten?” Schilling School Principal Candis Gasa asked a youngster as he entered the school for the first time with his parents.

 

“That makes you one of my builders,” she told him after receiving a shy, affirmative nod from the five-year-old. “Together, we’re going to build a better world.”

Each student received a plastic construction hat from Gasa and Assistant Principal Nate Baldwin before entering the school to find their classroom and drop off their school supplies.

 

Each school plans to host a School Supply Drop-Off Day in anticipation of the first day of school on Aug. 23.

 

Those dates are as follows:

  • Goodings Grove, 9-11 a.m. Aug. 16
  • Schilling (Grades 1-4), 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 16
  • Butler, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Aug. 17
  • Young, 12-2 p.m. Aug. 17

 

The open houses are informal, giving parents and students a chance to walk through the buildings at their own pace and get acquainted with their classrooms.

 

 

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Source: Will County News

Lock her up: Federal judge orders new search of government emails on Benghazi

Lock her up: Federal judge orders new search of government emails on Benghazi

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A federal judge this week ordered the State Department to search government email accounts which belonged to Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills and Jake Sullivan, three of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s top aides while she held the post.

The order, handed down by Washington D.C. District Court Judge Amit Mehta, comes in response to a lawsuit filed by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch.

“Secretary Clinton used a private email server, located in her home, to transmit and receive work-related communications during her tenure as Secretary of State,” Mehta said.

 The judge went on to add that the State Department shirked its responsibility to investigate the contents of the private emails.

From Mehta:

[The State Department] has not, however, searched the one records system over which it has always had control and that is almost certain to contain some responsive records: the state.gov e-mail server. If Secretary Clinton sent an e-mail about Benghazi to Abedin, Mills, or Sullivan at his or her state.gov e-mail address, or if one of them sent an e-mail to Secretary Clinton using his or her state.gov account, then State’s server presumably would have captured and stored such an e-mail. Therefore, State has an obligation to search its own server for responsive records.

State has offered no assurance that the three record compilations it received [from Secretary Clinton and her aides], taken together, constitute the entirety of Secretary Clinton’s e-mails during the time period relevant to Plaintiff’s FOIA Request. Absent such assurance, the court is unconvinced “beyond material doubt” that a search of the state.gov accounts of Abedin, Mills and Sullivan is “unlikely to produce any marginal return.”

Accordingly, the court finds that State has not met its burden of establishing it performed an adequate search in response to Plaintiff’s FOIA Request and orders State to conduct a supplemental search of the state.gov e-mail accounts of Abedin, Mills, and Sullivan.

In a statement Thursday, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton applauded the court ruling as a step in the right direction to clear up unanswered questions about the 2012 Benghazi attacks.

“This major court ruling may finally result in more answers about the Benghazi scandal – and Hillary Clinton’s involvement in it – as we approach the attack’s fifth anniversary,” he said. “It is remarkable that we had to battle both the Obama and Trump administrations to break through the State Department’s Benghazi stonewall. Why are Secretary Tillerson and Attorney General Sessions wasting taxpayer dollars protecting Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration?”

The ruling comes after the organization repeatedly asked courts to compel the Trump administration to restart the government’s investigation into the Clinton emails.

Source: Will County News

Venezuela: Dictatorship, collapse and consequence

Venezuela: Dictatorship, collapse and consequence

If you want to outline the numerous failures of ideological and economic socialism, just name any socialist nation and you are sure to uncover an endless supply of examples. In fact, many countries where socialism is not total but making considerable inroads often suffer from severe decline — the U.S. being one of them. Whatever socialism touches it destroys, because forced interdependency does not work. It is a broken concept with no large scale successes. Yet, proponents of socialism keep trying again and again claiming that “this time is different.”

So ample have been socialism’s failures in the past several years that socialists have resorted to a classic blame game in order to maintain the delusion. You see, when you bring up nations at the very end of the socialist cycle on the verge of extinction — nations like Venezuela, all you are going to hear is the argument that it was “the evil western capitalists that sabotaged the experiment.”

This is a fascinating journey into cognitive dissonance. Because in order to believe this nonsense, you have to first ignore the cold hard reality that socialist policies and politics have permeated every aspect of most western nations to the point that they can no longer be called free market societies. The fact is, if sabotage of Venezuela can be proven as the cause of its economic ills rather than the inherent downfalls of socialism, it would merely be a group of socialist nations sabotaging another socialist nation. “Capitalism” plays no part in this mess whatsoever.

Venezuela is perhaps the easiest of modern examples of socialist collapse, and maybe it is lazy to pull the Venezuela card when discussing these issues, but consider for a moment that the country is important exactly because it is a cautionary tale. Venezuela as a disaster state is at the end of the path all other socialist nations are traveling down. Venezuela is the future, and the future is bleak.

Here is the problem…

Source: Will County News