Thursday, October 27, 2016

Really Kirk....

At best it indicates the stroke had a mental impact on him that means he shouldn't be in the Senate, at worse, well...

I think at this point, he should be thankful for early voting and those trying to keep the senate in GOP hands should be thankful they can spend money in other places at this point...

Monday, October 03, 2016

Remember When Eric Zorn Would Put Stuff on Facebook That Wasn't About Trump or Folk Music...

I do...

But follow him now...

https://www.facebook.com/ejzorn

It's Anti-Trump stuff, the occasional a vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein is a waste and folk music stuff and Michigan football. For some reason, he doesn't seem to do much or anything negative about Clinton.  Not a big deal nor a surprise since he is a columnist and has an opinion and that is part of his job.

I am not sure if putting content on Facebook is part of the Tronic plan or something but spending time writing about how the guy who writes Dilbert is endorsing Trump and being critical of the why seems a bit, well, trite.

First lets get this out of the way, I am not voting for Trump.  Have never been a fan.

But lets look at the three reasons "the increasingly batshit" -- Zorn's words Adams gives that Zorn references...

Scott Adams gives him the nod because, primarily, it seems he hates inheritance taxes. Also because Hillary doesn't look healthy to his practiced, cartoonists' eye. And because he thinks the main job of being president is persuading people and he thinks Trump is good at that.


Ok... He hates inheritance taxes.  Well I don't think that is a "batshit" political viewpoint, as that bastion of conservative viewpoint Mother Jones points out (admittedly old data) 68% of Americans back in 2010 were in favor of a complete repeal.  It might be hard to believe that a guy who has created something likely worth tens of millions of dollars might not want that value to be reduced when he dies and have it go to the government.

He doesn't think Hilary looks health "to his practiced, caroonists' eye". I guess Zorn has a point here, looking forward to Zorn's commentary about those who implied various reasons for Trumps sniffing.

The main job of being president is persuading people.  I think Adams is on to something here, it may not be the 'main job' but it is a huge part of the job.  As a leader of any entity where you need to get others to agree with you to get stuff done, getting people to agree with you is a big part of it.  A big chunk of FDRs success was his ability to get others to agree with him, even when it turned out to be unconstitutional.  Imagine if  Governor Quinn who was in favor of increasing taxes (and making that change permanent) and  increasing the minimum wage (which was on the ballot and won) was able to convince the legislature to make that happen?

Don't underestimate the need for the Commander in Chief to be the Salesperson and Chief.

Zorn says he may write about other stuff after the election and I am looking forward to that.  

Saturday, August 20, 2016

So Madigan Had A Fundraiser For Linda Chapa-LaVia

Full disclosure: I have given a small amount of money to Linda recently, it was not at this fundraiser. When she first ran for State Rep I gave money to her opponent and publicly endorsed him. I have in the past also given money and attended fundraisers for Richard Irvin.

An the other candidates are all up in arms about it.

Wow, where to start with this.

Well considering Guzman appears to be Tom's guy in this race, If you take this argument at face value I would have to say I would rather Madigan's candidate be mayor vs Tom's guy be mayor. For what it is worth I don't think it is as much of a Madigan play as they are making it out to be.

Besides Richard, I think it is hard to imagine any of the other candidates saying no to a Madigan fundraiser.  Heck Saville has raised so little money he can file on paper (and does).

What it would be interesting for the local newspaper to do, is look at whom and given to who and look for some patterns.

You might find one candidate seems to get a decent % of money from developers and people who work in real estate, you might find another candidate seems to get a decent % of their money from local lawyers, you might find one gets a decent % from PACs.

That might be interesting.

But that would require the sort of reporting that the Beacon just doesn't do anymore (if they ever did).  There may be a local blogger who might start sharing that as more financial information comes in.

Not saying who mind you....



The Beacon Learns that Aurora Exists South of Ogden.

There was a fatal accident on Heggs and 30, if you live out in this part of town this does not come as a surprise to you at all.

The Wolf's Crossing (not Wolf road as the article I am going to link to says) intersection at 30 gets backed up going westbound past Eola during morning and evening rush.  It gets worse once school starts with the buses headed to both Oswego East, kids driving to OE and buses headed down to Murphy Jr High.  The change in the intersection of 30  & Wolfs Crossing to use a left turn lane helps, but a light with a turn arrow (as was suggested when speedway went in and ignored) would also help.  Changing the interval on the light would also be a good idea to give traffic on Wolfs crossing more time during the AM  might help.

But hey, the Beacon News is now on it.  The Beacon News has discovered at least for a moment that there is part of Aurora that exists south of 34 and attends the Oswego school district.  But in traditional Beacon News style, they made sure that they didn't really start asking questions until something bad enough happened that the government entities involved were going to have to take immediate action.

Some newspapers report on things that lead to government action, the Beacon waits until government is already going to do something so that way no one looks bad.

Sometimes I think there is a sign in the newsroom (such as it is now) that says "Make Sure No One In Aurora Area Government Looks Bad"

Monday, March 14, 2016

Predictions...

US Senate

James Marter gets at least 35% of the vote.


Democratic Presidential

Sanders by 3%


Republican

Trump wins Illinois, Kasich


Kane County

Lauzen mops the floor with Shepro

Corner:
Dr. Bob & Martinez both in squeakers.

State Rep:

Madigan wins by 20%
Dunkin by 5%


Cook County Attorney General

Foxx by 10%




Thursday, January 21, 2016

Well Richard Is In

Back in May I put the odds of Richard Irvin running at about 80% it turns out I was right on that one. He is going to run, he has referred to being mayor as his life's callling.

So we have Linda in, Richard in, Alderman Mike Saville is thinking about it and Kurt Becker is thinking about it (but would have to move to town).

The Beacon (behind the paywall) also had some stuff about Richard being really complementary to Tom, I think it is safe to say that Saville would be so complementary to Tom that that you might think that he is Tom's PR guy.

So...
 If Becker doesn't run and you end up with Linda, Richard and Saville, it may end up that Linda will end up being the least complementary to Tom.

Think about that...  Linda will end up being the anti-establishment candidate.


Monday, December 07, 2015

It's Not Me, It's You...

Dear Republican Party.

If a candidate who says we need to keep people of any race, creed, gender or sexuality out of our country is taken seriously as a candidate at the national level I really can't identify with that party in any way shape or form anymore.  I realize there have been local folks who have had these ideas for quite some time, but it isn't that hard to find idiots at the local level in virtually any group, be it political party or organization.

That being said, when you are considering a national leader who think that, you have to count me out. I don't care how popular the idea might, how well it may poll or help someone in the polls.  We all have our limits and you have hit mine.

I know I have commented in the past that politics isn't church and it is about winning not about being 'pure'.

But I can't nor do I want to self identify with any group who has a leader who thinks crap like this is good policy or morally right.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Dear Every Candidate Besides Trump

Stop talking about secure backdoors into encryption...

  •  The idea is silly, there is no such thing as a secure back door. You put a back door in at some point someone you don't want to enter said door, will..
  • There is plenty of hard to crack encryption algorithms such as RSA  exist and don't have backdoors.