Editors note: Climate change is a hoax! It is another way to tax American Taxpayers. It is the new way for giving government more control of our lives. The important word is control. Obama is told by Congress they are not funding any deal, yet Obama will give away the store and get away with it. Remember these environmentalist scientists have been caught changing data to support the fraud.
Next we will hear to many humans are breathing oxygen in and exhaling carbon dioxide. Breathing will be taxed of regulated in the name of climate change.
Who decides what is good for the world? I want to be on that board!!!!
When will these idiots realize that they can’t play God. God is sovereign above all things including the environment. The Environmentalist can’t control the pollution caused naturally due to volcano’s erupting, earthquakes, tornado’s, droughts, etc. Nature causes more pollution than people.
I guess the question is: what and who considers what pollution can be controlled by government and if the cost and consequences are worth it.
Paris climate talks: French protests turn violent as world leaders gather for key climate change talks
French police clashed with protesters on the streets of Paris overnight as world leaders gathered ahead of key United Nations climate talks.
Police arrest 208 protesters at climate protests
Protesters clash with riot police, pelt bottles
Hollande condemns “scandalous” behaviour
Hollande says they are solely there “to create incidents”
Analysis from Lisa Millar in Paris
Crowds of all ages started gathering early in Place de la Republique but most came with peaceful intentions – people dressed as clowns and penguins, enjoying the camaraderie, eating and drinking.
But shortly before 2pm groups of protesters arrived and began putting on masks and tying scarves across their faces. They accused the government of using the state of emergency to clamp down on the environmental activists.
Hundreds of riot police blocked streets and as groups started marching and leaving the Place de la Republique, the police moved in.
Protesters hurled projectiles at them tainting what had been an otherwise peaceful day. Major environment lobby groups disavowed the actions which took place in the same area where people have left flowers and candles for the victims of the November 13 attacks.
Earlier peaceful protests — including a ‘human chain’ on the streets of the French capital — turned ugly later in the day as a small group of protesters in the Place de la Republique pelted officers with bottles as well as candles that had been left in tribute to the victims of the November 13 Paris attacks.
Police arrested 208 people.
“These disruptive elements have nothing to do with defenders of the environment,” French president Francois Hollande said at an EU-Turkey summit in Brussels.
“They are not there so that the [COP21] talks succeed but are there solely to create incidents.
“It is doubly regrettable, even scandalous, that this happened at the Place de la Republique where flowers and candles have been left in memory of those who were killed by the terrorists’ bullets in the November 13 Paris attacks.”
Earlier thousands of people gathered on the streets of the French capital to form a human chain to send a highly symbolic message to the gathering leaders.
But in the first organised demonstration in the French capital since the attacks, climate protesters of all ages lined the wind-blown streets to link up in a two-kilometre human chain instead of holding a march.
“I hope this time the conference will lead to something solid,” said Denis Diderot, a retired university teacher who joined the demonstration wearing a beret and the Legion d’Honneur.
Some 150 leaders including US president Barack Obama, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. China’s Xi Jinping, India’s Narendra Modi, and Russia’s Vladimir Putin will attend the official start of the UN conference on Monday, tasked with reaching the first truly universal climate pact.
About 2,800 police and soldiers will secure the conference site, and 6,300 others will deploy in Paris, with French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve saying nearly 1,000 people thought to pose security risks had been denied entry into France.
The goal of the climate talks is to limit average global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, perhaps less, over pre-Industrial Revolution levels by curbing fossil fuel emissions blamed for climate change.
Religious leaders in Paris also delivered petitions to the UN summit organisers, with almost 1.8 million signatures from people around the world demanding world leaders take immediate climate action.
In the past week, the UN’s weather body said the average global temperature for the year 2015 was set to rise 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels, halfway towards the top end of the Paris conference’s attempted limit.
Voluntary carbon-curbing pledges submitted by nations to bolster the Paris pact, even if fully adhered to, put Earth on track for warming of 2.7-3.5 degrees Celsius, according to UN climate chief Christian Figueres.
Mr Hollande has warned of obstacles ahead for the 195 nations seeking new limits on heat-trapping gas emissions from 2020.
Potential stumbling blocks in Paris are abound, particularly in regards to financing for climate-vulnerable countries, scrutiny of commitments to curb greenhouse gases and even the legal status of the accord.
The last attempt to forge a global deal — the ill-tempered 2009 Copenhagen summit — foundered upon divisions between rich and poor countries
Editors Note: I guess humans should pay a tax on breathing since we exhale carbon dioxide. Humans who drink water or eat any food, should pay a tax because that promotes waste from the body which hurts the environment.
This new set of government intervention in your life is nothing more than a method of control and means for more government waste, higher salaries, and political correctness determined by WHO or WHAT GROUP. I want to be part of the group that says the government need to stay out of my life. Leave me alone!!!!
Climate Change is a HOAX.
Meat Tax: Influential Report Calls For Meat To Be Taxed Like Cigarettes
An influential think-tank with close ties to government has co-authored a report advocating so called meat tax as a means to lower meat consumption worldwide.
Tackling climate change and improving public health can be achieved by forcing consumers to eat less meat in their diets, and it is up to government to force that change, finds a new report. Co-authored by the University of Glasgow and Chatham House, one of the world’s most influential think-tanks, the paper claims “our appetite for meat is a major driver of climate change”.
Finding global meat consumption has reached “unhealthy levels” and cutting consumption is key to “keeping global warming below the ‘danger level’ of two degrees Celsius”, the paper calls for urgent government intervention. Far from being a potentially fatal move for democratic governments around the world, the report findings insist the public won’t actually react badly to the State taking meat off the table.
The changes and government intervention should be packaged and served up to the public in the same way punitive taxation and gradual banning of tobacco products were,reportsThe Guardian.
Speaking on the findings, report author Laura Wellesley of Chatham House said: “Governments are ignoring what should be a hugely appealing, win-win policy.
“The idea that interventions like this are too politically sensitive and too difficult to implement is unjustified. Our focus groups show people expect governments to lead action on issues that are for the global good. Our research indicates any backlash to unpopular policies would likely be short-lived as long as the rationale for action was strong”.
The report itself lists strategies governments can implement to get the taxes past voters, many of which would be familiar to the anti-tobacco lobby. Top of the recommendation list is to frame the taxation as a measure to pay down the cost of treating meat-related healthcare costs in socialised heath services, such as Britain’s NHS. The report says government, the media, the scientific community, and “responsible business” should all be mobilised in unison to change public opinion against meat.
“Positive associations with nutrition” and meat in nations like the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as the low cost of meat and “social norms that promote meat eating” would all have to be overcome in order to usher in the changes, the report noted.
The paper emphasises the importance of campaigns against meat coming from “trusted sources”, and as government is often distrusted by the general population there should be a reliance on “experts”. One example of consumer confidence in meat having been dented by the proclamations of such experts has been observed in the past month after United Nations body the World Health Organisation released a major report on the health impacts of processed meat.
Although widely criticised and derided as being unreliable, the linking of bacon, sausages, and red meat to cancer had a distinct observable effect on consumer behaviour. According to latest industry figures, bacon and sausage sales fell by £3 million in the two weeks following the report release.
Regardless, if governments can be sufficiently persuaded by the Chatham House report that they start to implement policy to phase meat out of regular diets for the sake of combating climate change without significant backlash, they may be in for a nasty surprise. Breitbart Londonreported last week on the trailblazing example set by one major Scandinavian hotel chain, which announced it would be no longer be serving pork bacon and sausages for breakfast as a means to help prevent climate change after coming under pressure from the chain owner’s wife – a globe trotting climate campaigner.
Despite offering a green, “plant-based” alternative to breakfast bacon, the chain suffered significant backlash and loss of custom, and just a week later announced they would be bringing back meat. Chain spokesman Camilla Bergman said of the change:
“We at Comfort Hotels view ourselves as the small hotel rebel who wants to challenge the traditional.
“The response from guests shows that we very much did just that. Though many praised us for the measure, the visitors’ feedback clearly emphasised that they still wanted bacon. Therefore we are bringing back the bacon”.
A group started to address the situation at D211 concerning Privacy in locker rooms and bathrooms
*** District 211 Community Alert **
The District 211 Board of Education is scheduled to take formal action regarding the complaint filed by the ACLU with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regarding access to the girls’ locker rooms by a male student who identifies as female. You probably have seen the news coverage as it has become a national story.
Call to Action:
** All interested parents/community members are strongly encouraged to come to the Special Board Meeting THIS Wednesday, December 2 at 6:45 pm
According to the posted agenda, there will be a public comment period before the Board is scheduled to take a vote to go into closed session. We encourage you to address the Board and voice your opinion on this crucial matter.
****If you are unable to attend the meeting, please email the board members and Supt. Cates directly with your requests on this matter:
Who We Are
We’ve started a grassroots group of parents called D211 Parents for Privacy. Our mission is to protect the basic privacy rights of ALL students in District 211 in both the locker rooms and the bathrooms. We provide a win-win solution. Our goals are as follows:
1. Our elected representatives on the Board of Education should not settle with the OCR. Since our request to make the settlement agreement available to the public has been denied, we don’t know what’s in it, but there is plenty we already do know. If the agreement calls for any access to the locker room, even so called “restricted access” with the condition of using a privacy curtain, we are advocating a NO vote.
In addition to the locker rooms, we are addressing the bathrooms as well. The bathroom decision was made with zero input from the community, had not been discussed in open session at a Board meeting, and many of us didn’t even know the bathrooms were open access until this all became so newsworthy.
What we Know For Sure
Any access, even so-called “restricted access” with the condition of using privacy curtains, still does not protect the basic privacy rights of minor girls in the locker room. It only addresses one part of the equation. The female students are undressing/dressing while someone of the opposite sex is allowed to walk by. Their basic right to privacy is clearly being violated. *We are told, from very reliable sources within the locker room, this is already happening.* The Administration denies it is happening. But we believe this is what’s in the settlement agreement.
Allowing students to use opposite-sex restrooms and locker rooms seriously endangers students’ privacy and safety, undermines parental authority, and violates other students’ free exercise rights. The dangers are so clear-cut that a school district allowing such activity would clearly expose itself to real legal liability.
(There have also been recent cases of schools altering these types of overreaching policies because of very disconcerting issues that occurred under these new misguided policies. http://www.dailywire.com/…/university-toronto-dumps-transge…)
We hope to see you on Wednesday.
WE URGE YOU TO FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND NEIGHBORS LIVING IN D211, AND ASK THEM TO SHARE IT AS WELL.
Any questions, please email:D211ParentsforPrivacy@gmail.com
The president soothes anti-Western grievances at great cost
By James A. Lyons – – Thursday, November 19, 2015
While France remains in a state of shock over the ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris, they are also most likely confused and disappointed over President Obama’s declaration that there will be no fundamental change to his current policy and strategy to “now contain and defeat ISIS.” During his Nov. 12 remarks in Antalya, Turkey, Mr. Obama appeared to be petulant and arrogant when responding to legitimate reporter’s questions, perhaps a “crack” in the carefully constructed veneer that has concealed his true character and now has been exposed. However, on Nov. 17, The New York Times editorial board quickly came to the rescue by declaring that Mr. Obama “hit the right tone” in his remarks.
But his remarks should leave no doubt that he has a far-reaching strategy. That strategy is embedded in his declaration to fundamentally transform America. Actually, the way we are restricting our operations in the Middle East today has its roots in America’s transformation. Those who say the administration is incompetent — are wrong. With the complicity of our congressional leadership and the mainstream media, the administration has executed their strategy brilliantly.
In order to understand Mr. Obama’s strategy, you first have to understand the threat that has been deliberately distorted. When President Erdogan of Turkey was prime minister, he said it best — Islam is Islam. There are no modifiers, such as violent extremism. Democracy is the train we ride to achieve our ultimate objective, Mr. Erdogan implied, which is world domination. It must be understood that Islam is a political movement masquerading as a religion. The Islamic movement will seize power as soon as it is able.
No matter how many times “progressives” try to rationalize or accommodate perceived Muslim grievances, the fact remains that Islam has been involved in a struggle for world domination for over 1,400 years. What the world witnessed in Paris, and certainly here in America on Sept. 11, 2001, was a continuing clash of civilizations between Islam and the Judeo-Christian values of the West. As the noted historian Samuel P. Huntington implied, Islam is fundamentally incompatible with Western values and cultures. There can be no peace or co-existence between Islam and non-Islamic societies or their political institutions. Clearly, there must be a reformation of Islam.
Once the Islamic threat has been exposed and understood, then any thinking American should be able to grasp Mr. Obama’s strategy. It is anti-American; anti-Western; but pro-Islamic; pro-Iranian; and pro-Muslim Brotherhood. This raises the question: Why would an American president with his country’s Judeo-Christian heritage, who professes to be a Christian, embrace Islam? Or for that matter, why would an American president embrace Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, which has been at war with the United States for over 35 years? They have caused the loss of thousands of American civilians and military lives.
Also, why would an American president embrace the Muslim Brotherhood, whose creed is to destroy America from within by our own miserable hands, and replace our Constitution with seventh century Shariah law? They have been able to penetrate all our national security and intelligence agencies. Consequently, they have had a major impact on our foreign and domestic policies as well as the way our military is restricted on fighting our wars.
It is not possible to list all of President Obama’s executive orders and policies that have imposed undue restraints on our military forces and first responders, but illustrative of those are the following:
• The unilateral disarmament of our military forces. This makes no sense when we are being challenged throughout the world.
• Compounding the unilateral disarmament issue is the social engineering that has been forced on our military to satisfy an ill-advised domestic agenda. It has adversely impacted the military’s moral fiber, unit cohesiveness, integrity and most importantly the “will to win.”
• The purging of all our military training manuals that links Islam with terrorism. Our forces are being denied key information that properly defines the threat.
• Emasculation of our military capabilities by imposing highly restricted Rules of Engagement. It makes our military look ineffective.
• Curtailment of Christianity and its symbols in our military, e.g., restricting the display of the Bible.
• Making our military forces in the Middle East either ignore or submit to the atrocities authorized by Shariah law, tribal customs and traditions, e.g. wife beating, stoning, sodomizing young boys.
• Unfettered immigration with open borders, plus seeding Muslim immigrants throughout the country.
• Shifting sides in the Global War on Terror by supporting al Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood militias, and facilitating the removal of all vestiges of secular rulers who were in fact our allies in the war on terror.
When President Obama gave his June 4, 2009 speech at Cairo University, co-hosted by Al-Azhar University, the center of Sunni doctrine for over 1,000 years, he stated, “I consider it part of my responsibility as President of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear,” that said it all. Again, when he spoke at the U.N. on Sept. 25, 2012, after the Benghazi tragedy and stated that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam” — case closed. Andy McCarthy, author and National Review columnist, made a compelling case for Mr. Obama’s impeachment in his book, “Faithless Execution.” Clearly, the president has exposed where he stands when the issue is Islam versus our Judeo-Christian heritage. Certainly, the case is there to be made for his removal from office for his illegal, unconstitutional and treasonous acts.
• James A. Lyons, a U.S. Navy retired admiral, was commander-in-chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and senior U.S. military representative to the United Nations.
China is establishing its first military base in Africa, according to a top U.S. general, providing yet another sign of its growing reach beyond the Asia-Pacific.
“They are going to build a base in Djibouti, so that will be their first military location in Africa,” U.S. Army Gen. David Rodriguez, the commander of U.S. Africa Command, recently told defense reporters.
There has been speculation for years that China might establish a base in Djibouti. Rodriguez said China has signed a 10-year contract with the African nation.The base, he said, would serve as a logistics hub for China to be able to “extend their reach.”
Setting up a military base in Africa makes perfect sense given China’s vast economic presence in the region, said J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council. The base would be cheaper than China’s current, temporary arrangements that allow for docking ships at Djibouti ports to conduct naval patrols, he said.
The base also gives China an airfield that could significantly improve its intelligence gathering capabilities over the Arabian Peninsula, Egypt, Eastern Libya and well into Central Africa.
The move into Africa represents a challenge to the dominance of the United States, which has its own military base in Djibouti, at Camp Lemonnier, from which it conducts intelligence, counter-piracy and counterterrorism operations.
“U.S. global leadership is predicated heavily on the U.S. role in protecting and to an extent controlling sea lanes of communication,” Pham said. ”If China establishes itself as a fellow protector of the global commons, then it certainly increases its stature.”
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, said the U.S. has to be vigilant in the face of China’s growing ambitions.
“Overall, China’s presence in Africa is certainly something we need to pay more attention to, but not just in Djibouti. Africa’s middle class is growing faster than ever, and the continent offers great opportunities for partnerships between both governments and the private sector,” Coons said.
“We don’t want to lose out on those opportunities to Chinese companies or the Chinese government, whose interests might not always align with ours,” he added.
China has recently signaled its desire to extend its military presence to more parts of the globe.
In a May white paper, China said its army would “adapt itself to tasks in different regions, develop the capacity of its combat forces for different purposes, and construct a combat force structure for joint operations.”
China said its navy would “gradually shift its focus from ‘offshore waters defense’ to the combination of ‘offshore waters defense’ with ‘open seas protection.’ ”
The move into Africa follows what U.S. officials consider increasingly aggressive behavior in the South China Sea by Beijing, centered on a series of man-made islands that China claims are sovereign territory.
The U.S. has begun stepping up “freedom of navigation” exercises in the South China Sea to ensure China does not use the disputed ownership of the islands to restrict access for planes and ships.
The U.S.’s top commander in the Asia Pacific region, Navy Adm. Harry Harris, over the weekend admonished China for its aggressive posture the South China Sea.
“For decades, China embraced Deng Xiaopeng’s philosophy for addressing disputes. Essentially, be patient. China’s recent actions, though, appear to be walking away from Deng’s desire to ‘find a solution acceptable to all.’ In fact, China has transitioned from a patient nation to a nation in a hurry,” he said at the Halifax International Security Forum.
For now, China’s activities in Africa do not appear to be provocative, with their troops participating in a United Nations mission and the training of African military officials, Rodriguez said.
But Pham said even a small military presence in Africa could later turn into something greater. In 2008, then-President George W. Bush invited three Chinese warships to participate in counter-piracy missions around the Gulf of Aden.
That has now grown to more than 50 Chinese ships temporarily docked at a port in Djibouti, he said.
Dan Proft presents “An Upstream Idea”. With the release of the dash cam video for Laquan McDonald, it is clear that with the Chicago Democrat power structure, justice is delayed so that political ambitions are not denied.
That is the chant of those protesting the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.
They have a point but it’s not the most important one.
If it is system change they seek beyond justice in the McDonald case, they should be chanting, “13 months!”
13 months is how long it took from the night of McDonald’s death to the day of Van Dyke’s indictment.
Were it not for a few seconds of video from a dash cam and a judge’s decision to make that video public, you can be sure we would still be waiting for a dispensation of the case.
With the Chicago Democrat power structure, justice is delayed so that political ambitions are not denied.
The McDonald shooting occurred six weeks after Ferguson and four months before Rahm’s re-elect.
The investigation was slow-walked.
Then came the hush money in the form of a preemptive $5 million check from the city to the McDonald family, a highly unusual move since no lawsuit had been filed, predicated on an agreement not to release the dash cam video.
But an independent journalist wouldn’t play along. So Rahm’s professional stonewallers battled a journalist’s FOIA request for the video even though they knew it was a public record just as is a police report or a mugshot.
Then it was Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s turn to dither as her re-election cycle, including a March primary challenge, was in the offing.
And every step of the way the panoply of Chicago Democrat pols and their corporate financiers spanning the racial spectrum were silent in support of Rahm.
Keep that in mind when you see the aldermanic feudal lords, the Mike Madigan roll call reps, and the cash-and-carry storefront ministers expressing outrage now that it is politically safe to do so.
Cops protecting cops is the myopic view of the last 13 months.
The discerning observer sees this properly as a textbook case of the Chicago Democrat power structure protecting the Chicago Democrat power structure.
This is not a conspiracy.
It is simply the Chicago political culture where it is the rule of men not the rule of law.
It is simply the Chicago political culture where people’s lives are important only insofar as they may be means to the political ends of the Chicago Democrat power structure.
Perhaps instead of organizing another conference for speechifying, another candlelight vigil for praying or another protest for chanting, now is the time to distribute petitions for recalling.
For years the Hammond’s property has been sought after by federal agencies. The federal government is now using the federal court system to take their land. They have been tried in a federal court as terrorist, fined $400,000 and must give over their ranch to the BLM if they sell, the must report to federal prison for five years, after already fulfilling their sentencing. All because they started a prescribed burn just like they did every year.
Please contact these representatives to help the Hammond’s right now, we cannot wait.
State Representative Cliff Bentz (R)
900 Court St NE H-475
Salem, OR 97310
Phone: (503) 986-1460
10 Reasons Illinois Bureaucrats (And Their Friends) Are Thankful Today
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CHICAGO, IL – MAY 24, 2012: U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald speaks to reporters during a news conference in Chicago, Illinois. Fitzgerald announced that he would step down. For years in Illinois, reform has only resulted from federal law enforcement actions. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
In Illinois, and many states, it sometimes feels like if anything happens for the good of the people, it’s entirely by accident. On Thanksgiving Day 2015, here are ten reasons why the bureaucrats – and their connected friends in both parties – are loving life.
10. Highly compensated Drivers Ed teachers – Four instructors clear nearly $900,000 in total compensation at Hinsdale High School District 86 (Hinsdale) “earning” base salaries up to $165,003, plus rich benefits. State taxpayers guarantee lifetime pensions.
9. Taxpayer subsidized political bloggers – 70 state agencies paid over $270,000 to a self-described political blogger based in the state capitol (specific recipient was Capitol Fax, corp: Ahead of Our Time Publishing, owner Rich Miller) since 2005. This year was the biggest ever for Capitol Fax with Republican Comptrollers Judy Baar-Topinka and Leslie Munger cutting the checks for $43,000.
8. The double dippers – Mohsin Dada, a school district treasurer in North Shore School District #112, double dipped the Teacher’s Retirement System (TRS) and the Illinois Municipal Retirement System (IMRF) for a combined income of nearly $500,000. Mohsin’s TRS pension exceeds $240,000 and his new salary as a school district treasurer under IMRF is $245,880.
7. The patronage employees with super-flexible responsibilities – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, the top cop in Illinois, gave $1 million in promotional pay raises to 109 personally picked patronage employees. One of them was promoted to “supervising attorney” and was allowed to move two states away and 507 round-trip miles from the office.
6. The Republican patronage – In rock-ribbed red DuPage County, the top 10 county employees make a total of $2.021 million in pensionable salary. The county has a long history of taxpayer abuse. In 2011, a county engineer earned $340,147 and then retired. In 2014, Nancy Wolfe, a first assistant state’s attorney, earned $248,083, retired, and then was recently rehired by the county board as an ethics consultant.
5. Junior college pre$idents – In Southern Illinois, at small Lewis & Clark College (Godfrey), President Dale Chapman enjoys lavish compensation of $540,000 and a contract through 2019. In 2012, Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills) paid President Vernon Crawley a final year salary of $674,210 up from $399,169 the previous year.
4. $5.2 Billion Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) loophole – There are $5.2 billion in no-bid contracts that avoid competition because of a massive loophole in the Illinois procurement code. The loophole essentially allows politicians to hand out contracts to friends by contracting with another unit of government. Once a contractor is stamped “government approved,” the business flows.
3. Hailing a cab to school – Fifty northern Illinois school districts spent $71 million on mostly no-bid taxi cab rides in the last eight years. These districts call for a cab on a mostly no-bid basis to shuttle students with disabilities and homeless kids. A large portion of the bill is reimbursed by state taxpayers. The taxi spending is primarily in the northern suburban districts, and 822 of the 870 Illinois school districts get along just fine without taxis.
2. Substitute teaching for 1 day reaped $1 million in teacher retirement pension – A pair of union lobbyists substitute taught for one day in the public schools, and then stood in line to receive $1 million lifetime state retirement pensions. A state law was passed to stop them. Twenty-four months later, we discovered that the union lobbyists retired and received their pensions.
1. Chicago Boss Rahm Emanuel still receiving “pay to play” – Violating his own executive order (2011) to end “pay-to-play” and “the historic culture of corruption in city hall,” Emanuel received $7 million in campaign cash from 600 city vendors. Since 2002, these vendors have been paid $2 billion. While the city heads toward financial insolvency, Chicago’s elites are lining their pockets with taxpayer money.
But Illinois taxpayers can be thankful for a few things this year.
New Governor Bruce Rauner is strongly standing firm against Democratic super majorities in the legislature on necessary spending reforms.
ISIS Fuel Tankers Unharmed When US Planes Run Out of Ammo
Image: ISIS Fuel Tankers Unharmed When US Planes Run Out of Ammo This Oct. 22, 2015 photo shows destruction at Beiji oil refinery during U.S. and Russian military operations, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)
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This Oct. 22, 2015 photo shows destruction at Beiji oil refinery during U.S. and Russian military operations, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo)
The U.S. military intended to “destroy every truck” during a second wave of attacks on ISIS-controlled oil tankers in Syria this weekend, Army Col. Steven Warren, spokesman for the U.S. coalition fighting the insurgents said Tuesday, but they ran out of ammunition first.
“The desire was to destroy every single truck there,” Warren said at a news briefing, where he played video of ISIS fuel tankers either being shot by machine gun fire from the air or being bombed, reports CNSNews.com.
All of the trucks were targeted, Warren said, showing a video with “the good shots that you’d like.”
Before hitting the trucks, the American forces dropped leaflets warning that an attack was coming, and as truck drivers are deemed to be non-combatants, they were told to “get out of your trucks now and run away from them” before the airstrikes hit.
But even through the troops ran out of ammunition, Warren praised the attack as “another example of the type of accuracy that we’re capable of here in the coalition, and that 283 fuel trucks were destroyed by American planes during the Sunday action.
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“A bomb would have been from an A-10, and then when you saw the guns, you know, the machine gun fire, that could either have been an A-10 or AC-130 Spectre Gunship,” said Warren.
But such attacks are different than in the movies, as machine guns have a certain degree of accuracy.
“The gunfire isn’t laser guided, so it’s individual strike a truck, or two or three trucks; move to the next batch, strike them; move, strike; move, strike,” said Warren. The trucks were not moving after the drivers were warned away, CNS reported.
The United States has now destroyed 399 ISIS tankers, but Warren said there is still “a long way to go,” and disputed Russia’s claims to have attacked and destroyed 500 ISIS fuel tankers last week, saying the actual number was more like 100.