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1 hour, 9 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX American Justice!  Find a kook that agrees with a verdict and use that fact to demonize the system.  If the kook likes it it must be wrong.  The fact that 9 sane people found it otherwise is meaningless.  

1 hour, 33 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@UFCreel Try this experiment.  Sit in your car and have a 6'3" 300 pound man lean through your window punching at you.  Now add a little excitement by adding a firearm which you are fighting over.  Next, in the middle of the struggle for the weapon try to reach around and pull your mace out of a holder.  Let me know how it goes.  That is why Brown got shot in the car.  Also, Grand Juries often "No Bill" a case but certainly not as often as they indict.  They also don't publicly announce such a findings, but they did this time.  The never publish the transcripts, either.  This was one of the most transparent Grand Juries in history.  Had they indicted there would have been a "Not Guilty" verdict at trial as there was no "evidence beyond reasonable doubt" that this was a criminal act.  After hearing the evidence there wasn't enough to even bring a charge.  

1 hour, 45 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@UFCreel  He did not have a club.  He couldn't have used it in close combat in any case.  He did not have a taser either.  He only had his service weapon and a can of mace.  The mace was not within reach during the struggle at the car.  He called for backup at the same time he realized that the two people he has just told to move out of the center of the road might be the two suspects in the convenience store strong-arm theft.  That occurred just before the confrontation.

2 hours, 4 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@On The Bright Side  You may have missed that in both the news reports and the transcripts.  Go back and check.  As far as putting his car in reverse, he was under attack. You can't drive when you are defending yourself.  Wilson never shot Brown in the head when he was down.  Witnesses refuted that.  It is also in the transcripts.  Next, he never fired while chasing Brown but only when Brown turned and came back at him.  Witnesses as well as forensics confirm that as well.

2 hours, 20 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@On The Bright Side  Wilson called for backup before confronting Brown.  It was en route.  After the attack began he had no choice but to pull his weapon.  He was in his car and being struck by a man who was much larger.  It is easy to be brave and second guess from an armchair in Illinois.

2 hours, 31 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX  We also know that isn't true.  Brown was never hit from behind.  All those statements were retracted after the forensics were put into evidence.  No more such claims were ever made.

5 hours, 26 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX We know that isn't true.  Browns DNA was found inside the car.  Browns blood was also inside the car.  Brown was also shot in the hand, not in the side when at the car.  

5 hours, 28 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX First, if you believe they said "not but a minute away from our destination, and we would shortly be out of the street," I have a bridge I'd like to sell you.  Johnson is lying.  He says that Wilson's car pulled away and Brown never said a word, the car then suddenly stops and is jammed into reverse for no reason at all.  He then pulls alongside Brown and Johnson and without a word tries to pull Brown into the car through the window by his collar.  Are you kidding me?  And all this time there was no provocation.  Wilson just changes his mind while driving away and then returns with wheels smoking and tries to pull a much larger man through the window.  According to Johnson, Brown is 6'3" and 300lbs.  Johnson says that at no time was Brown ever in the car but we know that is a lie.  He is NOT the witness you want to rely on for an honest narrative.

5 hours, 31 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX He was being attacked by a much larger man.  I think I would feel the same under the circumstances.  How are you supposed to feel when attacked, overpowered and facing possible death by your own weapon.  The shooting started inside the patrol car. 

6 hours, 4 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@On The Bright Side  First, Wilson called for backup before confronting Brown.  It was en route.  Secondly, it is standard procedure to confront an individual with backup en route as long as the situation appears safe.  Lastly, the comments about Brown reflected Wilson's feeling AFTER he was assaulted, not at the time of the confrontation.

6 hours, 13 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX @Liberty1 @Mindful53 @feeedbak1 And I'm sorry as well.  I thought that Mindful's comment was directed at me.  We'll have to clean up the list or names prior to the comment.

7 hours, 58 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@Mindful53 @feeedbak1 @Liberty1 @AlanX Why debate the facts when you can just call someone a name?

8 hours, 19 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX @Liberty1 Yes, the night of the indictment.  The next day they called in a much larger contingent after the rioting became more violent than was expected.  

8 hours, 20 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX @Liberty1 They called out surrounding jurisdictions and the National Guard.  What kind of presence do you want?  Further, it was a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenario.  Heavy police presence and you get hammered for excessive force, lower police presence and you get charged with aiding the rioters.  And if you don't think the mob would have lynched Wilson were they able to get there hands on him, you live in a different reality.  Since they couldn't, they turn to terrorism.  Charge him with murder or we burn the town down.  They are making good on the threat.

8 hours, 57 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX @Liberty1 I didn't realize that guilt or innocence was dependent on the time of a grand jury announcement.  If I had to go out or had kids coming home from school I would be thankful that the announcement was held until everyone was safe at home.  The lynch mob started burning and looting almost immediately after the announcement was made.  The fact remains that after all the testimony and physical evidence was presented, the jury could not find cause to indict.  

9 hours, 16 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX @Liberty1 Ah, sorry I didn't realize that you were an attorney and were present at the hearings.  Now if you can just get the press to quit publishing the transcripts, we can all put this behind us.

9 hours, 22 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX Yep, 60 witnesses, 3 medical examiners, 70 hours of testimony over months of hearings.  Sounds like he didn't try at all.  

9 hours, 26 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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First a quick note.  I am unalterably opposed to the militarization of the police that has been going on these last few years.  It has got to stop.  This case is not about that, however.  This is about a criminal vs a cop.


A number of things are not in contention.  Brown was a punk kid who liked to intimidate shop keepers and steal whatever he liked.   When stopped by Wilson he reached into the car, punched Wilson at least twice and was shot once inside the car before backing off.  When he fled Wilson went in pursuit, as he is supposed to.  At that point stories diverge but Brown was NOT shot while fleeing, that is known.  All the wounds were to the front.  A number of residents, as the story says, confirm Wilson's story that Brown was charging him and specifically contradict the kids on the street that say otherwise.  


This is definitely a tragedy but to try and turn Brown into an innocent victim is a travesty.  The rage against Wilson is that of a lynch mob who will burn a city if they don't get their way.  A man is innocent until the evidence proves him guilty.  In this case 9 people couldn't find enough evidence to even bring a charge.  The howling mob is right about one thing.  Justice in this country is dying.  

9 hours, 42 minutes ago on Grand jury focused on key fatal Ferguson ‘tussle’

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@AlanX @Xtut Which proves Xtut's case.  Voters and politicians are economically clueless.  This action will have several results.  First, currently marginal workers will be completely locked out of the labor market.  Next, job growth will take a serious hit as personnel costs are the biggest expense for most businesses.  Further, companies thinking of entering Illinois will take a second look for that reason.  Next, many workers that get kept on at the higher wage will see net income drop as aid payments are reduced more than the increase in salary.  Finally, some marginal businesses may just close up.


If you could actually just mandate a wage, why not make it $50/hr?  If the value of labor is decided by committee, make it anything you like!  The answer is that even the economically illiterate know that the idea just makes no sense if you think about it.  The trick for politicians is, how far can you distort the labor market before it snaps back and hits you in the face.

6 days, 6 hours ago on Senate panel advances plan for $11 minimum wage

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@AlanX 

The GOP, as far as I know, has never favored a minimum wage and for good reason.  There are only three possible results:  increased unemployment, higher prices or a crippled business.  OK, there is a fourth, all of the above.  


I know of no Republican that is against birth control.  There may be a few somewhere but I've not met them.  


You are almost correct about reproductive rights.  Evangelical Christian politicians do oppose it but that cuts through both parties. 


Social Security is a financial disaster.  It is the formal definition of a Ponzi scheme.  It has blown through all of its income and is now eating into the imaginary "Lockbox".  That is the name given to all the loans it made to Congress to offset the budget deficit.  Now that the money is needed either taxes have to go up, the deficit has to expand or both.  


Medicare is in even worse shape.  Spending there is so far over income that it is not likely that there is any fix and no one will talk about it.  Both programs need to be seriously overhauled and then wound down..


I don't know of any Republicans against labor laws, per se.  I do hear them hollering about those laws that one-sidely cripple businesses and reduce job opportunities as well they should.  Democrats too, if they care about jobs.


Your last comment is disgusting, racist and beneath contempt.


By the way, I am NOT a Republican and don't support them.  I just can't deal with willful ignorance and deceit.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Reick an extremist

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@COT @feeedbak1 As in "Never vote your conscience if your candidate can't win.  Just vote for the candidate, no matter how objectionable, that can win."  Winning trumps platform.  

2 months ago on Libertarian could help tip Illinois governor race

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@MiniBus Here is another version.  The Japanese, up to the 1920s were a British ally with the British guaranteeing Japan's security.  It was at US behest that Britain broke off the alliance and left Japan alone in the world.  That led to the rise of the Japanese military machine, something not needed prior.  Had the US not fancied itself a world player after WWI that most likely would not have happened and the Pacific war would have been avoided.  


Germany had fought to a stalemate on both fronts in WWI.  That is just a fact.  She did get her eastern peace in March of 1918 but it was too late.  Even though the eastern fighting had stopped in late 1917, the German western offensive never came close to achieving any of its goals.  The defeat of France and England absent US intervention was a pipe dream.  As for Central and Eastern Europe, how is a vicious anti-semitic communist dictatorship armed with nuclear weapons any better than the Kaiser and his cohorts?


The subject is very complex with lots of twists and turns.  

4 months, 1 week ago on If Only The U.S. Had Stayed Out Of WWI

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@AlanX It's the patriots that are complaining.  You  might have noticed that in Kevin's comments.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Craver: Tanks, but no tanks, on police militarization

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I agree with all points, for the most part, but don't understand why you think that the Leninist rising in Petrograd in November 1917 would have been avoided.  The Czar fell in March of 1917 and the U.S. didn't even declare war until April.  Lenin had been in Russia since April, 1917, long before US troops started arriving in France.  By the time US troops arrived in numbers the revolution was in full swing.  Our actions seem to not have been any factor in the revolution or its outcome.

4 months, 2 weeks ago on If Only The U.S. Had Stayed Out Of WWI

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@mjackiw  So if the SCOTUS follows the historical letter of the Constitution (please see the opinion and all quoted historical documents) they are a bought and paid for subsidiary of Koch Industries.  And they say conservatives are conspiracy minded!    

4 months, 3 weeks ago on McHenry Co. gun-rights advocate answers Target CEO’s request

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@mjackiw  That minority decision was also held to be historically wrong, contra to precedent, and didn't even make sense when looking at the English language as it was used during the time the Articles were drafted.  Please note that a very large amount of space was used to demolish the arguments by quoting both prior court decisions and historical documents.  I urge everyone to read the original.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on McHenry Co. gun-rights advocate answers Target CEO’s request

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@mjackiw  The article I quoted was published by  North Dakota State University at http://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/~rcollins/scholarship/guns.html.  It is not a pro-gun piece, quite the contrary, it shows how civic leaders were advocating for more control.  It also plainly shows that such controls had not been enacted as of the mid-1880s.  The “Wild West” was a period from approximately 1865 to 1890.  When gun controls were enacted, it was already dead and gone.  


Your second quote is just silly.  How can a majority decision by the SCOTUS go against SCOTUS?  That is nonsensical in the normal definition of the term.  How, also, can a decision in favor of fewer restrictions by government of an enumerated right be unconstitutional?  I also need to ask if you ever READ the majority decision.  It doesn’t appear you have.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on McHenry Co. gun-rights advocate answers Target CEO’s request

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@mjackiw @Liberty1 Again, you are only reading the parts you like.  That's why I posted the link to the entire decision.  I have also read widely on the subject and others on this thread can do the same.  I am not relying on rhetoric but actual published reports, as I quoted.  Had you read the article I quoted, available on the Internet, you would have noticed that the "attire" was being worn in town.  If TR was misquoted, please provide the accurate quote.  I am quoting from an article by Dr. Ross Collins of North Dakota State University.



4 months, 3 weeks ago on McHenry Co. gun-rights advocate answers Target CEO’s request

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@AlanX  Mostly because there was no way of licensing carry back then.  In a small town where the only strangers were armed cowboys, it made sense.  We don't live under those conditions.  

4 months, 3 weeks ago on McHenry Co. gun-rights advocate answers Target CEO’s request

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@mjackiw  First, you have totally neglected the arguments that were used by the majority to refute each and every one of the dissenter's opinions.    You also neglect the arguments used by the majority in the final opinion.  Nowhere is it "unconstitutional".  I would refer everyone to the case itself which can be found at:  http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/07pdf/07-290.pdf.


You also state supposed historical facts without references.  Even now almost no one, except police, walk around with guns.  In which cities and during what years was possessing a gun in public a crime?


As for your version of the wild west, I think you have been watching too much TV.  As late as 1884 the Laramie Northwest Stock Journal reported (negatively) that all the cowboys thought that a sidearm was a necessary part of their attire.  President Teddy Roosevelt remembered that during his days in the west that the laws at least prohibited "shooting in the streets".  A far cry from the banning of all public carry.  

4 months, 3 weeks ago on McHenry Co. gun-rights advocate answers Target CEO’s request

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@Habawhat What?  No one ever claimed that Target didn't have an absolute right to ban weapons of any type from its stores.  No one claimed that the 2nd Amendment trumped everything else in the Constitution.  None of the first ten amendments trumps anything except the government's power to abridge those rights. What alternate reality do you live in?  Your second statement is just silly, so no comment.  As for the rest of your statement, please read the Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller that reinforced the 2nd Amendment.  It goes into great detail about the "1st part of the amendment".  No one has ever overlooked that.  

4 months, 3 weeks ago on McHenry Co. gun-rights advocate answers Target CEO’s request

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Contrary to the popular press reports, the employment numbers were awful. Since the previous report 523,000 full time jobs were lost. All the gains came from an increase in part-time employment. Never, in the history of the records, has it taken so long for full-time employment to exceed the previous post recession peak. We are still not there. If anyone thinks that having over a half a million people lose a full time job for either a part-time job or unemployment is anything to crow about, they either work for the government or would be welcome to a job there with open arms.

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Dow tops 17,000 after strong jobs report

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@AlanX  I hate to break your heart but Barnhill took the anti-socialist side in those debates against the socialist Henry Tichenor.  His quote was in strong refutation of the socialist ideal of "..a state regulated organization of national labor into a social labor system, equipped out of collective capital; the state would collect, warehouse and transport all products, and would finally distribute them to individuals in proportion to their registered amount of social labor and according to a valuation of commodities exactly corresponding to their average cost of production."  (Quote taken directly from the original).  V did indeed paraphrase the idea in direct opposition to British national socialism.  

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Concealed carry driving handgun sales in McHenry County

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The quote most likely was made by John Basil Barnhill in a series of debates in 1914. Jefferson had a great deal to say on the subject of Liberty but he did not say that. Regardless, the point is rather well made.

4 months, 4 weeks ago on Concealed carry driving handgun sales in McHenry County

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Unlike those of us who were on the streets in 1968, Washington seemed to be shocked by the 1979 border war between China and Vietnam.  Over 50,000 dead Americans and nearly 1 million dead Vietnamese to prevent these two from running into each other's open arms?  Seriously?  Now we are counting the dead in Iraq (another stunning success) and Afghanistan (about to join the long list of failed policy blunders).  In what alternate universe does Washington exist?  

6 months, 1 week ago on The Chicoms Are Coming! Reflections On The Folly Of The War On Vietnam And Its Progeny

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We definitely had it sticking to cars and lawns in the central part of the county.  Enough already!  

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Snowfall hits McHenry County in May

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I see the commentators on the left have once again resorted to character assassination rather than refute the stated premise.  Fairly typical, unfortunately.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Geithner’s memoir blasts Mark Kirk’s comments in China

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@famamedia1  You may misunderstand.  The majority of users in the cities that are part of the aggregation program get their supply from Direct.  With the new contract coming up, those users may now "opt out" and go back to ComEd, otherwise they will continue to get their energy from Direct at the higher rates.  It isn't a scare tactic.  As you point out, ComEd needs explicit permission to change you back to their service.  

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Algonquin, Woodstock, Huntley, Ringwood, Lakewood set new electricity rates

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Between 1979 and 1997 there was no significant global temperature change.Between 1998 and the present day there has been no significant temperature change.In 1998 there was a major El Nino event that caused global temps to spike to a level not seen since.Temps didn’t retreat to their old level but remained slightly elevated.There has been no change since that event 16 years ago.The net change since 1979 is under 0.5 degrees.That isn’t opinion, that is what the actual measurements of lower atmospheric temps by NASA satellites show.That data is what caused the near scandal at the Hadley Centre as their scientist tried to explain away the fact that there was no warming over the previous decade and a half.There was also the embarrassment caused by the fact that not one of the over ninety climate models came close to predicting actual temps going forward.Not one.They even failed to accurately show what temps in the past actually were!


The fact is that we don’t understand the feedback systems.  The smallest change in assumptions can cause models to forecast anything from an ice age to a Venusian meltdown.  We don’t even understand how cloud cover affects temps over time yet the government can post dire warnings of impending doom with impunity claiming it is “Settled Science”.  It isn’t.


Since Al Gore made the subject popular with his now thoroughly discredited “hockey stick”, hundreds of peer reviewed papers have been published by distinguished climatologists and others refuting the IPCC report.  They are not “Climate Deniers” (probably the stupidest term ever used) but they are extremely skeptical of the methodologies and conclusions drawn by the political team that makes up the IPCC.  For their efforts of pointing out that the emperor has no clothes they are subject to monstrous ridicule including comparisons to those who propagated the Holocaust.  So much for science and the search for truth.


No weather anomalies that we have experienced globally are even close to being outside the long-term norm.  Does CO2 affect temps, certainly.  Does 4 parts per 100,000 cause fire, floods, draughts etc.?  Almost certainly not.  A very large part of that is natural.  How much?  No one, and certainly not the IPCC knows.  We need to find out before we start destroying the global economy fighting a problem that may not exist and we don’t understand.  It is time to stop the name calling and have a rational discussion about what we know and what some just assume.  Then maybe we can make some progress.  Predicting Armageddon and stifling dissent will ruin us.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Climate change to make Great Plains hotter, drier

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An incredibly idiotic law.  Props to Oberweis for trying to get it repealed.  There is nothing preventing a dealer from closing on Sundays if they want.  If they lose sales to those that stay open it puts lie to their statement that no meaningful sales happen on that day.  What you basically have is a few large businesses saying "We want to take a day off but don't want anyone else to take any of that lost business so we want everyone banned from sales on that day."  Another example of business borrowing government guns to gain an advantage.  Why does Illinois think it is the propewr function of government to regulate what days businesses can be open?  

7 months, 2 weeks ago on Area dealers support car sales ban on Sundays; report says it should go

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@the nob @tutty_ I also agree.  I truly mourn the loss of one of America's great troubadours but not the loss of another communist (small c) and his freedom destroying collectivist claptrap.  

10 months ago on Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in NY

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@tbliss  They corrected my error but not GinnyWs.  

10 months, 3 weeks ago on NOAA: McHenry set record for coldest temp

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Article has been corrected and thanks!   

10 months, 3 weeks ago on NOAA: McHenry set record for coldest temp

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The article states, "The air temperature was observed at -20 degrees on the morning of Jan. 6. That does factor in the wind chill.".  I don't think that's right.  Rockford reported -18F and O'Hare reported -16F.  The wind was averaging 15mph all day with gusts to 26mph.  That would put wind chill down below -40F.  I think the text should read "That does not factor in the wind chill".  

10 months, 3 weeks ago on NOAA: McHenry set record for coldest temp

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I see both good and bad here.  The good is that prohibition has ended along with the laws that jailed people for possessing marijuana.  I also note that the Feds have backed down from their threatened enforcement.  That is a very positive sign and a lesson for the states that they *can* override unconstitutional laws.  The bad is that I don't see anything to deal with the supply issue.  If limited supply and high taxes push the price above the black market price the entire experiment will collapse as street dealers make a killing.  This may not have been well thought out.  We'll see.

10 months, 4 weeks ago on Legal recreational pot industry opens in Colorado

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Are you suggesting that the Marengo Police pulled people off of an active heroin investigation to do this investigation?  Or that they turned down a chance to do a heroin bust?  Just curious why you think the MPD has their priorities all messed up.  

11 months, 4 weeks ago on Two Marengo businesses sold tobacco to minors

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@GinnyW @bishopgardner  I have to agree with the opinion offered by booksum.  I am very happy with this law.  It has been too long in coming.  To categorize everyone opposed as "old angry bigots", however, displays a remarkable ignorance of the opposition.  I know several people who opposed this law, strongly.  They are young, well educated, articulate professionals, the kind of folks you love having to dinner (and I do.) We disagree on this issue and few others but for them it is a sad day.  I don't spend my time name calling but trying to find some common ground to let them see the good.  You might try that.

1 year ago on Quinn signs same-sex marriage into law

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Alan Greenspan once said that the problem with bubbles was that you couldn't see them coming.  As many analysts proved, that isn't true.  Those same analysts are currently being derided again, as before, for being Cassandras.   The current theory is that as long as earnings are rocketing higher, stocks can too.  One problem with that theory is that stocks are climbing far in excess of earnings and almost all the gains this year have come from P/E expansion, not earnings growth.  The other is the refusal to recognize that earnings growth, like everything else, doesn't grow to the sky and is mean reverting.  The bubble will make itself widely known in retrospect.  Until then, as Charlie Prince of Citibank said just before the bottom fell out in 2007, "we're still dancing".  

1 year ago on Despite surge, many don’t see a stock bubble

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@COT  And you prove my point.  You are so used to just lumping all conservatives together as Religious Right Republicans that you have missed a huge chunk of them.  Your characterization is totally wrong.  The spectrum runs from evangelist to atheist and from war mongering fascist to those wholly dedicated to civil rights.  You have thrown so many people into your pot you have no idea what they are.  Most of the conservatives I deal with are pro-choice (in at least some form), pro LGBT rights, and pro drug legalization (again, at least in some form).  They are all against the current military adventurism around the world and are soundly critical of the NSA.  Do you have room for them in your stew pot?

1 year ago on Lyons: Wait, so this is where we do need government?

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