#Ferguson: Attorney Wants DOJ To Investigate 2009 Officer Involved Shooting Death

Mark Barmore

Mark Barmore

Because of the police related deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner the family attorney for Mark Barmore is asking that the Department of Justice look into his 2009 shooting death by Rockford police.

Two Rockford officers chased Barmore, who was wanted for assault, into the basement of a Church and day-care.  It is the contention of officers that in the basement Barmore attempted to grab one of their guns, that is when both officers fired killing Barmore.  One of the daycare’s operators claimed that Barmore had his hands up and surrendering when he was killed.  That witness refused to testify before a grand jury that investigated that matter.  Neither officer was charged.  And because it unfortunately has to be stated Barmore was African-American both officers where white.

The city of Rockford, the day prior, to the Barmore families attorney’s plea for a federal investigation into the 5 year old shooting agreed to pay Barmore’s family $1.1 million to settle a civil lawsuit.

The Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department already looked into the case in 2012 and ruled in favor of the officers and closed the case.

WREX has more:

The attorney for Mark Anthony Barmore’s family has called for a federal review of the evidence in the case a day after the Rockford City Council approved a $1.1 million settlement with the family.

“This was a tragedy that could and should have been avoided and resulted in yet another death of a young, unarmed man at the hands of police officers,” said Larry Rogers, Jr., the family’s attorney

Rogers said in a statement to 13 News, “In addition to the tragic and unnecessary death of unarmed Mark Barmore, this occurrence, like that involving the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and Eric Garner in New York calls into question the way in which local prosecutors use, or some would say “misuse” grand juries.  In the case of Mark Barmore, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato presented the facts surrounding the shooting of Mark Barrnore before a Winnebago grand jury, without presenting Marissa Brown, the primary eyewitness to the shooting who consistently stated that Mark was shot while his hands were up.  If the grand jury was truly being asked to determine whether criminal charges were warranted, how could Mr. Bruscato properly present the case without the live testimony of the primary eyewitness?”

Bruscato told 13 News Brown was subpoenaed to appear and she did not.  The hearing lasted one day, the prosecutor noted.

Former Rockford Weatherman Shot Outside Texas TV Station

Patrick Crawford

Patrick Crawford

Early Wednesday morning former WREX TV weatherman Patrick Crawford was shot outside of KCEN TV in Waco, TX.

Crawford is expected to recover.

WREX has more:

According to multiple TV reports out of Waco, Texas, former WREX meteorologist Patrick Crawford was shot multiple times outside of KCEN studios earlier this morning.

According to a story on KCEN.com, Crawford was shot after exchanging words with the suspect.  According to the report, Crawford was able to flag down a construction worker, who was able to call for help.  The report says Crawford was taken to a hospital in Temple, TX where he was undergoing surgery.  Another report on the station’s website says he is expected to survive.

State Demands Streator School Board Put Property Tax Hike On April Ballot

keep-calm-and-do-as-you-re-toldThe expert money managers with the state of Illinois have told the Streator elementary school district that they have to put a property tax increase on the April ballot, which they did this week.

I hate to see they way the burecrats would react if the voters voted down the tax hike essentially being mandated on them by Springfield.

The Ottawa Time has more:

Superintendent Matt Wilkinson explained the District’s educational fund has been in a deficit two straight years and if he wants to win state approval for a three-year deficit reduction plan he needs to submit to the state, the state told him the Board must either increase revenue or make more cuts. Wilkinson pointed out the Board has already cut as many programs and staff as possible, leaving a tax increase as the only choice.

When The Times asked Wilkinson if the state had “tied the board’s hands,” he said he would instead say the state is “strongly suggesting” the Board take action.

Wilkinson said if the Board took no action, state education authorities would likely have made the Board put the tax increase proposal on the ballot. Further, if the deficit is not reduced in three years, the state could begin overseeing District finances.

Adam Kinzinger’s Happy About Obscure Part Of CRomnibus

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Congressman Adam Kinzinger, one of 162 House Republicans to vote for the CRomnibus, was in the district touting an obscure manufacturing related provision of the monstrosity of a bill.

Kinzinger was happy because the CRomnibus created yet another advisory government panel of government sector types and those from the manufacturing sector talking and strategizing ways for government to improve that portion of the economy.

The Dixon Telegraph has more:

The National Manufacturing Strategy Act, which Kinzinger sponsored, was part of the omnibus spending bill approved in the past week by the House and Senate. It’s expected to be signed by President Barack Obama soon.

The act created a committee of private and public sector people to discuss ways to improve manufacturing in the country.

The congressman also said he was “excited” to work with the new Congress, which swung to Republican control in both chambers during the November election. The Keystone XL pipeline will be among the first pieces of legislation up for a vote in the new year, he said.

I of course can save this bunch a lot of time because the ways to help manufacturing in this nation are simple; right to work, lower corporate taxes, dividend/capital gains tax holiday or reduction, allow for repatriation of profits, rollback the EPA, repeal Obamacare, and in the long-term help the Chinese people over throw and reject Communist rule.(Staying away from cap-and-trade, value added taxes, and electing Democrats would also help).

NDAA and CRomnibus Contain Prohibitions On US Transfer Of Gitmo Detainees

Thomson Prison located in Thomson, IL(Carrol County)

Thomson Prison located in Thomson, IL(Carrol County)

Update to this story.

Both the National Defense Authorization Act and the recently passed CRomnibus continue the prohibition barring President Obama from moving Gitmo terrorist detainees into the US.

From the office of Rep. Peter Roskam.

National Defense Authorization Act

Section 1032, on page 485, prohibits using funds to construct or modify facilities in the US (such as Thomson) for the purpose of housing Gitmo detainees

Section 1033, on page 486, prohibits using funds to transfer or release individuals from Gitmo

 

CROmnibus

Section 528, on page 199, prohibits using funds to transfer or release detainees within the US, its territories, or possessions

Section 529, on page 199-200, prohibits using funds to construct, acquire, or modify a facility in the US (such as Thomson) for the purpose of housing Gitmo detainees

The real question is will President Obama abide by those limitations on what he can do with Gitmo terrorist.  Remember Congress was supposed to have been notified 30 days before the release of the Taliban 5 for Bowe Bergdahl, and wasn’t because the Obama admin simply ignored that piece of statue.

The Republicans Who Voted For Ted Cruz’s CRomnibus Constitutional Point Of Order

Sen. Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz

On Saturday Texas Senator Ted Cruz forced his colleges to vote on a constitutional point of order he had raised about the CRomnibus and its funding of President Obama’s unconstitutional executive order granting amnesty to 5 million illegal immigrants.

Only 21 Republicans supported the order.

They were:

Blount-MO

Boozman-AR

Crapo-ID

Cruz-TX

Fischer-NE

Grassley-IA

Hoeven-ND

Isakson-GA

Johanns-NE

Lee-UT

Moran-KS

Paul-KY

Portman-OH

Risch-ID
Roberts-KS

Rubio-FL

Scott-SC

Sessions-AL

Shelby-AL

Thune–SD

Vitter-LA

White Privilege Augustana College Prof Brings His Small Children To Campus Die-In

Augustana College die-in

Augustana College die-in

On Thursday students at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL participated in a “Die-in” to protest the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.  One of the participants was Sociology professor Paul Croll who brought his 11 and 9-year-old children with him to take part.  The kids held up a “Black lives matter” sign.

Crolll teaches “White privilege” and race relations at the school.

The Quad Cities Times reports:

When the clock struck 12:15 p.m., a few students announced the time as people found their spot on the ground. Some sprawled out with their eyes wide open, while others kept them closed.

Logan Croll, 11, and his sister Miranda, 9, held up homemade signs instead of lying on the floor.

Logan and Miranda’s father, Paul Croll, is a sociology professor at Augustana College who has co-authored numerous academic articles and books addressing race and racism in America.

“We’ve been openly and honestly talking about race at the dinner table for weeks,” said Croll, who added he excused his two children from Riverdale Heights Elementary School in Bettendorf over the noon hour so they could attend the demonstration. “It was important to take them out for this.”

“Once my dad told me about it, I said, ‘We have to do this,’” Miranda said.

Croll said his children understand they live privileged lifestyles and “they don’t have to be as fearful of their lives as some people.”

Gripping a sign that had the national slogan “Black Lives Matter,” Logan emphasized that “protesting is awesome, and it’s important to stand up.”

Prof. Croll

Prof. Croll

In a 2012 Question and Answer Prof. Croll said this about “White privilege”.

I grew up in a very white, suburban town in Metro Detroit. I pick on my students here at Augustana who grew up in these places in part because that was my experience as well. I was always concerned about inequality, but it was not until college that I realized how inequality affected me. The realization that inequality benefits me, that as a white male I benefit when women and minorities are mistreated, hit home with me and made me rethink how I looked at social problems and inequality. I realized that the best way for me to fight against inequality and work toward social justice was to attack it from the side of privilege. When the white kid says, “Hey, I’m not racist, it doesn’t affect me” I ask them if they are privileged, if being white has ever been an advantage. That leads to a very different answer.

….

I know I am doing something right when my students tell me they are arguing with their friends and family more than they used to. In my classes we talk about real social problems and injustices. I know that if my students take this seriously, it will seep into their lives outside of the classroom.

 

IBEW Trying To Unionize Rochelle Railcar Builder

UnionNOstkrver2ZOOMThe International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers(IBEW) is attempting to get workers at Rochelle’s Nippon Sharyo railcar fabrication factory to unionize.  Nippon employees about 500 people.  So far a counter anti-union group of workers has been keeping them at bay. The plant recently completed its 100th passenger rail car.

WIFR TV has more:

IBEW held a Show of Solidarity rally just outside Nippon Sharyo in Rochelle.

Right beside them, other workers demonstrated with anti-union signs. One worker says members of the union have been sending employees private emails, even showing up at their houses and that she’s not interested.

“We have pulled well over 200 employees together. We have an anti-union petition going around the shop,” said Corina Pehler, a Nippon Sharyo employee.

“We’re at the point in this campaign where we’re educating the workers, answering questions, and opening ourselves up to do that. I think from what I’ve heard from the workers there’s a lot to be concerned about in this plant. I’m all for bringing good jobs to Illinois. The key word here is good jobs,” said IBEW Regional Organizing Coordinator Lynn Arwood.

Ted Cruz #CRomnibus Speech(Video)

Here is video of Texas Senator Ted Cruz on the Senate floor Friday evening opposing the Boehner-Obama $1.1 trillion CRomnibus spending bill that funds Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty, fully funds Obamacare for the rest of the fiscal year, and provides tens of millions for the opening of Thomson Prison the potential future home of Gitmo terrorist.

The Republicans That Voted Against Boehner’s Amnesty Funding CRomnibus

Speaker John Boehner got the 219 votes he needed to pass the CRomnibus that funds Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty into February, fund Obamacare for the rest of the fiscal year, and contains money for Thomson prison.

Here are the conservatives that tried to #StopObamasAmnesty

h/t The Right Scoop

  • Amash
    Bachmann
    Barton
  • Brat
  • Bridenstine
    Brooks (AL)
    Broun (GA)
  • Burgess
  • Clawson (FL)
  • Cotton
  • Crawford
  • DeSantis
    DesJarlais
  • Duncan (SC)
    Duncan (TN)
  • Farenthold
    Fleming
    Flores
  • Franks (AZ)
  • Gohmert
    Gosar
    Gowdy
  • Griffith (VA)
  • Huelskamp
  • Hurt
  • Johnson, Sam
    Jones
    Jordan
  • King (IA)
  • Labrador
    LaMalfa
    Lamborn
  • Lankford
  • Lummis
  • Marchant
    Massie
  • McAllister
    McClintock
  • McKinley
  • Meadows
  • Miller (FL)
    Moore
    Mulvaney
  • Neugebauer
  • Olson
  • Perry
  • Poe (TX)
  • Pompeo
    Posey
  • Rice (SC)
    Rogers (AL)
    Rohrabacher
  • Salmon
  • Sanford
  • Schweikert
  • Scott, Austin
    Sensenbrenner
  • Smith (NJ)
    Smith (TX)
  • Stutzman
  • Weber (TX)
    Webster (FL)
  • Williams
  • Wittman

Boehner CRomnibus Contains Tens Of Millions For Thomson Prison, The Potential Home Of Gitmo Terrorist

Thomson Correctional

Thomson Correctional

There is now a new reason for conservatives to oppose Speaker Boehner’s $1.1 trillion CRomnibus spending bill on top of its full funding of Obamacare for the rest of the fiscal year and its funding of President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty for the next 3 months.

That reason is over $100 million dollars tucked away in appropriations for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for the construction, upgrading, and maintenance of federal prisons.

According to Illinois Democrat Sen. “Little” Dick Durbin and Democrat congresswoman Cheri Bustos a large portion of that money will be sent, because there is no legislative language saying otherwise, to the recently acquired Thomson prison in Thomson, IL.

The federal government bought the never used prison from the state of Illinois two years ago and Durbin and Bustos have been leading the charge to get the prison funded and open.

QC Online has more:

Sen. Durbin’s office stated the bill gives the Federal Bureau of Prisons the funding necessary “to allocate $43.7 million for equipment and staffing” for Thomson “as well as $15 million for modernization and repairs for the building.”

The reason this should be a major concern is that Thomson prison has been widely considered the likely eventual home of any terrorist detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay that President Obama cannot release to another country.

Earlier this year President Obama released 5 senior Taliban commanders from Gitmo, to spend a year being supervised by Qatar, in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, a likely deserter. In recent weeks President Obama has released more terrorist from Gitmo this time to South America. It has been President Obama’s stated goal since his first day in office to close Guantanamo and send the terrorist elsewhere. It has been widely speculated that part of the reason Defense Sec. Chuck Hagel was made to leave was because he wasn’t approving the release of Gitmo terrorist fast enough. The thinking is is that President Obama wants Gitmo emptied as much as possible so only a handful of terrorist are brought to the US.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Tennessee congresswoman Marsha Blackburn have been leaders of Republican efforts to keep Thomson prison from opening so that it cannot be used to house Gitmo terrorist and to ensure that a prohibition that is keeping President Obama from sending any Gitmo terrorist into the country remains in place.

Speaker John Boehner on Thursday delayed a vote on the $1.1 trillion CRomnibus after it barely passed a procedural vote and has been working with Democrats to try and get the spending bill passed before a midnight deadline and the onset of a partial shutdown of the governments non-essential functions.

*Update:

Breitbart contributor Warner Todd Huston found inside the Cromnibus a provision that continues the prohibition of Gitmo transfers into the US(plus more good, bad, and ugly):

Guantanamo Bay Transfers Prohibited

Obama will once again be prevented from transferring detainees in the Guantanamo Bay detention facility to facilities inside the USA. It will not prevent him from transferring detainees to other countries, though.

Rock Island School District Wants 1% Sales tax Hike Countywide

broke-monopoly-guyThe Rock Island school district is at the tip of the spear to put a 1% sales tax increase on the ballot for Rock Island county.

KWQC has more:

Making every cent count. The Rock Island-Milan School District is hoping to add a 1% sales tax referendum to the April ballot for county residents. The goal is school improvements.

The district said it’s a chance for them to improve safety for your students, among a long list of other facility improvements they’d like to make on their schools.

It’s improvements they said can’t be made without the 1% sales tax.

“Hopefully third time’s the charm,” said communication director for the district Holly Sparkman. They’ve tried to pass the tax twice already, both times failed.

A 1% sales tax could bring in an extra $3 million to the Rock Island-Milan School District alone.

If passed, the money could only be used to improve facilities.

Dekalb County Looking At Sale Tax Hike For Jail

city-of-dekalb-signFresh off of school districts in Dekalb county looking to put a 1% sales tax referendum on the ballot, a move that may have fizzled, the Dekalb county board is looking at a .25-.50% sales tax increase ballot question for expansion of the county jail.

Earlier this year the Sycamore school district wanted to see the state of Illinois raise taxes, they called it “revenue”, to help it cover its $6 million budget deficit.

 

I Think the good people of Dekalb county are Taxed Enough Already.

The Dekalb Daily Chronicle has more:

DeKalb County voters could decide for the third time if they want to increase sales tax to help pay for an expanded jail.

During the DeKalb County Board Executive Committee meeting Wednesday, members agreed to include the possibility of a referendum in a jail expansion discussion slated for the DeKalb County Board meeting next week.

“It’s not necessarily saying that that’s the route that we will be taking,” County Board Chairman Mark Pietrowski Jr. said. “But it’s an option that we need to look at.”

Among other problems, jail overcrowding has led to inmates having to be transported to other county jails, which costs about $1 million a year.

Pietrowski, a Cortland Democrat serving District 3, and Vice Chairman Tracy Jones, a Kirkland Republican from District 1, said the question would appear on the spring 2016 ballot at the earliest.

The question would likely ask voters for a quarter-cent or half-cent sales tax increase, which could generate up to $3.2 million, County Administrator Gary Hanson said.

Voters twice rejected measures that would have increased sales tax by a half-cent, once in 2004 and again in 2006.

Rep. Sosnowski: Pension Reform Requires Amending State Constitution

Joe Sosnowski

Joe Sosnowski

In a piece that appears at Illinois Review state Rep. Joe Sosnowski(R-Belvidere) talks about how real pension reform in this state can’t happen until the state Constitution is amended making it less friendly to unions.

 

Joe Walsh On CNN Talking About CIA Torture Report

Wednesday morning former congressman turned talk show host Joe Walsh was on CNN to talk about the recently released Senate Democrat CIA torture report.

Joe’s message was simple, it was good that we “tortured” evil terrorist.

VP Cheney: Senate Dems CIA Torture Report “Full of Crap”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was on Fox News Channel Wednesday evening to talk about the Democrats CIA torture report by California Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Cheney summed up the thing perfectly in three words, “full of crap”.

Watch below(h/t Gateway Pundit)

Whiteside County Getting $74,000 Obamacare Grant

obamacare-logo_fullWhile the state of Illinois won’t be setting up its own state based Obamacare exchange that isn’t stopping the Whiteside county health department from getting a $74,000 grant from the (Un)Affordable (No)Care Act.

The WCHD says they will use the money to pay for another nurse; AFSCME and/or SEIU last seen nodding in approval.

The Dixon Telegraph has more:

The Whiteside County Health Department is being awarded $73,912 in federal Affordable Care Act funding – one of just 37 federally funded health centers in the state to share about $1.3 million.

Whiteside County Public Health Administrator Beth Fiorini was excited and surprised to find out about the award. An hour after having learned about it, she had a vague outline of how to use the funds – to continue to improve the quality of care available through the health department, possibly by hiring another nurse who can facilitate and implement methods to improve the quality of care.

Pregnant NIU #BlackLivesMatter Protester Hit By Car, Police Have To Protect Driver From Crowd

NIU "Black Lives Matter" protest, photo Northern Star

NIU “Black Lives Matter” protest, photo Northern Star

Over the weekend three separate “Black Lives Matter” protest and marches were held at the Dekalb police department by 80 or so African-American students from Northern Illinois University in reaction to the Michael Brown and Eric Garner incidents.

During the protest Saturday evening a pregnant woman was slightly injured when she was struck by a car.  The woman was among a group of protesters standing in the roadway blocking traffic on Lincoln Highway(IL Rt.38) keeping Erwin Wittke, 55, of Waterman, from getting home from work.  Wittke had the green light and out of frustration that the protesters would not move eased into them, causing the woman’s injuries.

Wittke quickly turned into the parking lot for the Dekalb police department where officers had to restrain 10-15 protesters from attacking Wittke.  Wittke was arrested and faces up to a year in jail.

From the Dekalb Daily Chronicle:

(Wittke)was stopped at a red light at Carroll Avenue and Lincoln, and several protesters were blocking his vehicle when the light turned green, DeKalb Police Cmdr. John Petragallo said.

Wittke inched forward into the crowd and ultimately hit a pregnant woman, Petragallo said. About 10 to 15 angry protesters rushed Wittke’s vehicle as he turned into the police department parking lot, but police officers there held back the angry protesters, Petragallo said.

The woman was taken to Kishwaukee Hospital in DeKalb with minor injuries, treated and released, while Wittke was charged with reckless driving and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, Petragallo said. The more serious charge, reckless driving, is punishable with probation or up to a year in the county jail.

The protest organizer, a Grad student at NIU, says that he is planning more protest when NIU classes resume in January, but told the Daily Chronicle he’ll be leaving town after he graduates because, as he claims, some people said “racist” things towards him and the other protesters including giving them the finger.

The protesters put up a 15 second youtube video of them chanting “I can’t breathe” over and over as they blocked traffic.  Video appears to have been from Sunday evening.

No, Adam Kinzinger Isn’t The 2nd Most Popular Member Of Congress

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Rep. Adam Kinzinger

According to the Cook Political Report Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger is the second most popular member of Congress in the entire country; New York Republican Peter King is first.

If the rankings don’t make you question the validity of this list from Cook the methodology will.

The rankings were based upon the margin of victory of the last few elections for each candidate coupled with the districts Republican or Democrat leaning.  Kinzinger’s 16th district is put as being R +4.

In the November election Kinzinger defeated Democrat candidate Randal Olson getting 70% of the vote.  This was the second time in a row that Democrats in the Illinois 16th fielded completely token, if not outright joke, candidates.  In 2012 no Democrat even ran in the primary, it took the efforts of Rockford based members of the Occupy Wall St. movement to effectively draft Wanda Rohl, an open socialist, to run against Kinzinger who ended up getting nearly 62% of the vote.

Kinzinger was among the new Republicans swept into office in the 2010 Tea Party wave getting 57% of the vote over Congresswoman Debbie Halvorson.

But make no mistake Adam Kinzinger is no Tea Partier nor conservative.

According to Conservative Review Kinzinger has the lowest rating of the entire Republican House delegation at 46%.  For comparison Rep. Randy Hultrgen whose district now covers the Northwest suburbs and was also a part of the 2010 wave has a 78% rating from Conservative Review.

The reason Adam Kinzinger has been able to win by such wide margins has nothing to do with his popularity within the 16th district; It hasn’t been because of his support for amnesty, or his votes to raise taxes on the American people, or his opinion that Obamacare should be “fixed” instead of outright repealed, or his continual attacks on Sen. Ted Cruz, conservative organizations, and the Tea Party.

It has everything to do with the fact that his 2014 primary opponent David Hale, coordinator of the Rockford Tea Party, was grossly underfunded($5,000).  It also has a lot to do with the fact that the 16th district is more than an R +4.  Thanks to redistricting maps drawn by Democrat boss Speaker Michael Madigan the 16th CD is heavily Republican, all possible Democrat votes from the Rockford area where moved to the 17th CD, any possible suburban Chicagoland votes where all placed within other districts, leaving the 16th as possibly one of the most Republican congressional districts in the entire nation.

Sadly, it hasn’t hurt Kinzinger that he has been a favorite of the Republican establishment and a vocal mouthpiece for arming the Syrian rebels, criticizing Vladimir Putin and the Russians in their aggression in Ukraine, and has thrown his support behind a possible presidential run by Jeb Bush.

Want a real test of Adam Kinzinger’s popularity find some alternate reality machine and see what would have happened in this years primary if David Hale had Dave Brat’s money.

Rush Limbaugh On Fox News Sunday: “Republicans Want What Obama Wants On Immigration”

In a rare appearance on Fox News Sunday the nations most listened to talk show host Rush Limbaugh weighed in on the executive amnesty President Obama has taken to allow up to 5 million illegal immigrants to stay in the country and to get work authorization.

Limbaugh said of that “Republicans want what Obama wants on immigration” in regards to the talk from GOP leadership including Speaker John Boehner that there will be no real fight to defund Obama’s executive amnesty in the continuing resolution that needs to be renewed by December 11th to avoid a partial shutdown of 15 or so percent of the federal governments non-essential functions.