Gitmo Closing, Thomson Opening

Thomson Prison located in Thomson, IL(Carrol County)

Thomson Prison located in Thomson, IL(Carrol County)

The federal Bureau of Prisons, Democrat congresswoman Cheri Bustos, and Sen. “Little” Dick Durbin have formally announced that the CRomnibus spending bill passed last December contained $58.7 million to get Thomson prison in Thomson, IL open.

The Prisons warden and the Bureau of Prisons say the first 200 minimum security inmates will be incarcerated at the prison in the next two to three months.

As I had previously reported, Durbin and Bustos were happy after the passage of the CRomnibus because is contained a large earmark for the Bureau of Prisons of which they could then give tens of millions of dollars to Thomson as it is the only new federal prison needing massive expenditures to get finalized for operations and get staffed.

The federal government bought the unused prison from the state of Illinois in 2012.

With Thomson’s opening, the effort by President Obama to close the terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and potentially bring Khalid Sheik Mohammed and other hardened terrorist that cannot be sent or taken by another country to the Illinois prison.

We can fully expect new Defense Secretary Ash Carter to speed up the approval process necessary to send more Gitmo terrorist to other countries, something the Obama administration was critical of SecDef Chuck Hagel over.

30 percent or more of those Gitmo terrorist released have rejoined the ranks of terrorist organizations.

At least one of the five senior Taliban commanders released to the custody of Qatar last year in exchange for Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl is reported to have tried to or is in contact with his fellow terrorist around the world.

While provisions in the CRomnibus and the NDAA keep President Obama from bringing Gitmo terrorist into the US outright, that doesn’t mean he won’t ignore the will of Congress.  He was supposed to notify Congress 30 days before releasing any Gitmo terrorist but blatantly ignored that in the Bergdahl deal.

Something else that should have people leery of the very real possibility of Thomson housing Gitmo terrorist is the prevalence of terrorist sympathizers and supporters in the region.

6 Bosnian immigrants from St. Louis, MO, Rockford, IL and Schiller Park, IL are in custody charged with providing money and equipment to ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq.

A Chicago woman was recently arrested in Canada in a plot to attack a shopping mall.

Last year a Chicago man was killed fighting for ISIS in Syria and a number of people from the Minneapolis area have traveled to Somalia to fight for the Al Qaeda affiliate there Al Shabab which has issued a call for an attack on the Mall of America.

With the world on fire and the terrorist enemy on the march now is not the time to be closing Gitmo.

Opening Thomson prison for normal federal prisoners is fine, but it can never be allowed to be used to detain terrorist, period.

Given President Obama’s track record and public comments that can only be described as dictatorial one cannot expect him to obeyed by the laws passed by Congress.

CPAC 2015: Phil Robertson(Video)

CPAC’s Friday concluded with the awarding of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson with the Andrew Breitbart defender of the first amendment award.

CPAC 2015: Dr. Ben Carson(Video)

The annual Conservative Political Action Convention(CPAC) kicked off Thursday in the Washington, DC area, first up among the speakers potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson.

Live Long And Prosper Spock: Leonard Nimoy(1931-2015)

Leonard Nimoy playing Mr. Spock

Leonard Nimoy playing Mr. Spock

This Friday will forever be a sad day for everyone whose life has been touched by the Star Trek franchise and most importantly by its pointy eared half-human science officer Mr. Spock.

This morning Leonard Nimoy died.

While many words can, and should be said and written about the legacy and impact Leonard had on the world, the best were said by his good friend William Shattner at the conclusion of Star Trek II.

Live long and prosper Spock!


Amtrak And Casino Are Not What Rockford Needs

amtrakThe prospect of Rockford getting a casino has been renewed now that Rep. John Cabello is backing legislation that would create 4 new casinos.

This comes on the heels of the stark reality that Rockford’s long-held dream of getting Amtrak train service will probably not happen anytime soon given the states budget crunch and Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts.

The legislation Cabello is backing passed the legislature before but was vetoed by Gov. Quinn.

Sen. Dave Syverson says that getting Amtrak started up in Rockford would cost $223 million plus millions more each year for operational cost, money that would have to be paid for by the taxpayers.

In its entire history Amtrak has never made a profit, it is a government service, a heavily subsidized one, that will never be able to support nor warrant this endeavour.  Need I remind the good folks of Rockford of the millions of dollars wasted on the now infamous Bus Station to Nowhere?

Instead of more gambling, don’t we have enough of it already in every bar, hair salon, and Kwik-E-Mart, or poor hundreds of millions into another boondoggle of a public train why don’t Rockford leaders and lawmakers focus on things like the proposed railroad bypass that would allow freight trains to avoid Chicago.  That project would be 100 times more beneficial to the Rockford area(and finally get trains moving from Rochelle to the airport) than Amtrak ever could in ten thousand lifetimes.

Rockford’s venue’s and attractions have a tendency over the last 30 years to struggle more than succeed, adding another one, when the ones already there could always stand more attention(and attractions/events), isn’t the way to go.

I know Amtrak and a casino are two long-held hopes for Rockford, but they’ve been just that hopes for my entire lifetime.

It’s time to let them go.

Thanks Michelle: Obama School Lunch Program To Force Price Hike In Dekalb

MichelleLunchThanks to Michelle Obama’s school lunch nutrition program the Dekalb school district is going to have to increase the price for all students school lunches at all district schools.

The Dekalb Daily Chronicle has more:

The price increase is based on requirements of the Child Nutrition Lunch Program, which say there must be some equity between what government reimburses schools for free and reduced-price lunches and what other students pay for lunches, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance Andrea Gorla said.

“Your paid-for students can not be supplementing your non-paid students,” Gorla said.

Now Dekalb students will be paying more for Michelle Obama’s crapy food; and as a nice side bonus more than half of all students in the Dekalb school district get free or reduced price lunches.


Demmer Introduces Crowdsource Funding Bill For Entrepreneurs

Rep. Tom Demmer

Rep. Tom Demmer

Dixon Republican state Representative Tom Demmer has introduced a bill in the Illinois House that would make it easier for entrepreneurs and business start-ups to get access to capital via the crowdsource funding method.

Illinois Review has more:

House Bill 3091 allows the use of intrastate crowdfunding, a new investing concept that is capable of generating greater access to capital, allowing for entrepreneurs with ideas to make them into reality.

“Crowdfunding will be the way of the future and is the next step in evolution for startups and small businesses,” said Rep. Demmer. “There are a lot of entrepreneurs out there who have great ideas to start a business, but have no capital. This bill will give those people the opportunity to bring new and innovative business ideas to Illinois.”

The legislation creates an exemption from certain filing and registration requirements under the Act for intrastate securities offerings that meet certain conditions.

“We have to be competitive with surrounding states,” said Rep. Demmer. “Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan have already enacted this legislation, while Missouri and Kentucky currently have bills drafted. We have the opportunity to join these states to spur innovation, economic activity, and small-business job creation.”