The Country Takes a Right Turn In the Wrong Direction


The Midterm elections are past

And counted the ballots we cast.

With the Democrats pantsed

The Republicans danced;

But  Old Glory now flies at half-mast.



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  • Who died?

    Congress may have taken a wrong turn, but apparently Illinois straightened its path to some extent. Quinn was "real classy" intentionally butting into Evelyn Sanguinetti's speech last night, like he couldn't call first.*

    Locally, Dold over Schneider was an improvement. Schneider having the perception of having done nothing in a district gerrymandered in his favor didn't say much, but it did add to the Republican margin in Congress.

  • 'according to a state audit released in February, quarterly reports by NRI beneficiaries were rewritten as late as 475 days after submission, despite having been signed to verify that the information was accurate. Mandatory background checks were not conducted, the audit found; some recipient organizations' staff had criminal histories that included prostitution, child neglect, battery and armed robbery.'

    'Over the first two years of the initiative, the Chicago murder rate rose 20%, and the murder rate within city limits today is triple the national average. A state audit of the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, or NRI, suggests that as much as 40% of the program's funding was simply wasted.' One gang member on the pay role broke into a house while handing out anti-violence pamphlets and killed Douglas Bufford.

    Just a snippet from WSJ's Aug. article on Quinn's NRI audit, one of the most shameful articles on political behavior I've ever read. It is a must read Aquinas, unless you've already read it and still voted for Pat 'Hannibal Lecter' Quinn.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Fortunately, Quinn is dead meat, although he acts like he isn't, so this is moot now.

    I thought it was significant that while Emanuel freed himself from the shackles of a federal hiring monitor, Shakman had one imposed on Quinn. However, that doesn't seem to have had much effect on the election.

    What I do find significant is that while about 3.2 million votes were cast statewide, and candidates like Lisa Madigan and Jesse White, and the meaningless advisory referenda got about 2 to 2.2 million votes, Quinn only got 1.58 million votes. Thus, despite what the legislature did to grease the skids to favor Quinn, apparently at least 600,000 generally supporting the agenda split from Quinn.

  • In reply to jack:

    Rauner has won, and now I hope you gentlemen will focus your critical lenses on him as well.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Absolutely Aquinas, a fair request.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I wasn't too happy with the parts of his speech about cooperating with the legislature. I don't know if you heard the "compassionate but competitive" part of the speech, but that sounded a lot like Bush 43.

    But as 4zen noted, if he doesn't produce in 4 years, or at least put a fire under the legislature, there may be another choice, although I sure am not going to support Lisa.

  • My Libertarian buddy who's in the public union votes the whole Illinois Democrat ticket because of his job, tho there's not a Democrat bone in his body.

    My other buddy, who is a Democrat, voted for Rauner because of the Illinois machine's (Quinn, public union) corruption, tho he did vote the rest of the ticket Democrat.

    I think the latter describes the split, hence the reason for my first post.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Must have been about 600,000 of the latter (also in the Treasurer and Comptroller races, although not your buddy).

    I tend to believe Charles Thomas, who said after the Quinn rally broke up, that the attendees were mostly state workers and party apparatus.

    The District 299 blog had a link to the CTU endorsements, but surprisingly, they did endorse Topinka. Your first example must have been similar. However, there was a yellow dog owned by a goose in the Libertarian primary, who got 3%.

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