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February 8, 2016 / jeffnward

Quick Hits – February 8, 2016

Yes Virginia! She really is a bigot

One of the things I love about being a columnist is when a subject goes out of their way to prove my point.

JWardu46And let me tell you! U-46 School Board member Jeannette Ward did not disappoint me. In fact, I’d thank her for proving my bigot theory, but it has nothing to do with me. A bigot can’t wait for the next opportunity to prove they’re a bigot because it’s the nature of prejudice.

This time, the proof came in the form of Ms. Ward’s Black History Month Facebook post. C’mon! What could possibly go wrong with a conservative Caucasian wading in on African-Americans? If some of you white folks are still unsure about it, please allow me to explain:

  1. Unless it’s something like, “Black History Month is a great opportunity to learn about the amazing contributions of African Americans and to understand the insidious nature of institutionalized racism,” just don’t do it! No good could possibly come of sharing any other opinion. It’s kinda like Caucasians using the N word is a really bad idea.
  1. If you are going to wade in on the subject, a white person probably shouldn’t quote Fox News commentator Jason Riley, whose face adjoins the Webster Dictionary definition of “Uncle Tom.” And if Ms. Ward’s, “Don’t blame me, I was just quoting some black guy,” excuse really worked, then this would too, “Hey! When I said Jews suck and murdering scores of your fellow countrymen is OK, it wasn’t me! I was just quoting Hitler and Stalin.”
  1. But the best evidence of Ms. Ward’s vast bigotry is, her assumption that – the man – in the form of white Democrats, are holding every last African-Americans back. Really? I don’t know about you, but the last time I talked to Elgin City Councilman Tish Powell, the late Elgin City Councilman Robert Gilliam, U-46 School Board member Traci Ellis, former U-46 School Board candidate Kai Rush, former EPD Deputy Chief Cecil Smith, Elgin photographer James Harvey, Elgin Township Trustee Robert Johnson, and ECC president Dr. David Sam, they were doing just fine without me.
  1. That said, the fact that Ms. Ward doesn’t seem to realize that many African-Americans have succeeded in no way mitigates the institutionalized racism that continues to plague this county. Look no further than how the police treat white vs. black gunmen or the National Republican Party. In the 100 yard dash of life, white men start at the 75 yard line, white women start at the 50. Black men start 50 yards behind the starting line and black women begin 75 yards back.
  1. And despite that massive Caucasian advantage, 40 percent of food stamp recipients are white while just 26 percent are black. I can’t wait for Ms. Ward to address all those Caucasian slackers.

So yes Virginia! Ms. Ward is a bigot. And so is the rest of the Tea Party.

 

Actually, the sky is falling this time.

Please let me open this particular piece by adhering to the old adage, “If you can’t say something nice about someone, don’t say anything at all.” So here’s what I have to say about Courier-News reporters Janelle Walker and Mike Danahey….

towerBut that caveat won’t prevent me from taking on their most recent thoughts (or lack of them) on the Elgin Tower Building. Apparently it was a slow Elgin news week because, not only did Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum lambaste the City of Elgin for that falling sky, but they claimed the City was lackadaisical in their efforts to move the Tower Building project along.

Goddam Elgin City Council!

Why, they claimed those falling Tower Building façade chunks were a greater danger to Elginians than a nefarious North Korean nuclear device. Of course, they utterly failed to mention that the City installed a fence around the structure that has prevented any untoward injury.

And when they did finally mention the fence, it was in regard to how that dastardly barrier was destroying Elgin businesses on a daily basis. That kind of round robin argument, in which no one can possibly win, is reminiscent of Abbot and Costello.

But that’s not all! Apparently our dynamic duo got all those local business to declare that the consarned City of Elgin should’ve moved this bleepin’ along. But they barely mentioned the fact that it was the Muscarello’s insistent and continuing lawsuits that delayed it.

Only the Courier-News, with its 2,200 Sunday subscribers, could take the most recent positive Elgin development and turn it into a Lemony Snicket story.

Just go ahead and cancel your subscription to the Courier-News. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Ya gotta love the Cubs!

While the White Sox fade into utter oblivion, the Cubs just came to some eminently reasonable terms with Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta.

cubsYou see, Arrieta wanted a cool $13 million with Theo Epstein was offering a scant $7 .5 mil, but before those player-centric arbitrators could get their hands on it, they settled on $10.7 million.

It may just be just a one-year deal, but considering the number of MLB pitchers who’ve had a breakout season only to fade into obscurity or break down, this contract is perfect. If Jake continues down his primrose pitching path, he’ll get that four-year $88 million deal.

Ah! But if he falls back to his first three season form, the Cubs could avoid a really bad Barry Zito-esque long term deal. To quote Ernie, “The Cubs will be keen in 2016.” That World Series victory is coming folks!

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February 8, 2016 / jeffnward

This is the February 8, 2016 edition of Left, Right and You!

 

Of course, that Smiling Conservative and I want to thank Kane County Chairman and candidate Chris Lauzen for coming on the show and answering our open ended questions.

As is always our Left, Right and You tradition, we would not only welcome the opposition slate on the show, but any candidate who wants to talk with us. And we’ll use the set of question we’ve been using all along.

Chris and Jeff

Larry will be back on Thursday when we may well discuss, Wheaton College, the Governor’s CPS takeover, and Barack Obama’s Springfield speech. Until then…

February 8, 2016 / jeffnward

Chairman Lauzen visits Left, Right and You!

That’s right! The candidate forums continue with former State Senator and Kane County Chairman Chris Lauzen dropping by to answer our questions.

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If you have a question for the candidate, the Amazing Derek will be happy to take your call (847-931-1410) and pose it directly to the Chairman.

And the only place you get these in-depth candidate interviews is Left, Right and You, Mondays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and me, the Curmudgeonly Liberal, on WRMN AM1410. Please join us!

February 5, 2016 / jeffnward

Quick Hits – February 5, 2016

Sadly, due to circumstances beyond my control, Quick Hits will have be somewhat abbreviated today. But I did see these 4 x 8 yard signs at various Kane County locations:

Three Stooges

As a professional campaign manager, I gotta tell you that I’m not sure if this is a very good campaign strategy!

February 4, 2016 / jeffnward

This is the February 4, 2016 edition of Left, Right and You!

 

Of course, Larry and I want to thank Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs for calling in to  explain his new initiative to bring tech jobs to the State of Illinois. There’s a reason we love this guy!

Not only that but,

  • I will endeavor to reclaim my 80’s Christian chorus memories through scotch
  • Campton Hills (and the County Board) better get smart before they get sued
  • And the Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District (and Ken Shepro) really oughtta give up the ghost.

Until Monday!

Clown Joker

February 4, 2016 / jeffnward

Treasurer Michael Frerichs today on Left, Right and You!

With the Smiling Conservative back in the studio, we will do our damndest to cover:

  • How Illinois politicians like Michael Frerichs are actually getting things done! His new Illinois Growth and Innovation Fund will bring new jobs to Illinois at no cost to taxpayers.
  • Jeff Ward’s lost 80’s career as a teenage Christian chorus idol.
  • Campton Hills is about to get a rehab center
  • And just when you thought the Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection District couldn’t get any sillier, they do just that!

frerichs

Where do you get the most in-depth coverage of local and state issues? That’s right! It’s Left, Right and You, Mondays at 9 a.m. and Thursdays at 3 p.m. with the Smiling Conservative, Larry Jones, and me, the Curmudgeonly Liberal, on WRMN AM1410. I wouldn’t miss it it I were you!

February 4, 2016 / jeffnward

Quick Hits – February 4, 2016

Oh Campton my Campton!

You all already know I have a special affinity for my Campton Hills brothers and sisters, if for no other reason that they wave at reasonable road bikers with more than one finger. But, holy crap guys! I’ve never met a bigger bunch of NIMBY (look it up) devotees in my entire bleepin’ life.

To quote the great Quincy Wagstaff Adams, “Whatever it is, they’re against it.”

Emboldened by their success in defeating a 2013 rehab center entry attempt, the citizens of Campton Hills are pulling out all the stops to stop the latest addiction center proposal by Maxxam LLC. This time they’ve gone as far as distributing dire missives predicting that drug addicted werewolves will eat their children.

Campton Hills.jpgEven Kane County Sheriff Don Kramer, who’s clearly gunning for a second term, is getting in on the act. He claims the new center will generate 300 police calls a year which means his deputies would be there Monday through Friday. C’mon! There are crack houses that don’t get that many police calls!

And just where will these high end clients, who will pay thousands of dollars to voluntarily check themselves in, get the drugs to overload 911? Either Campton Hills is a little seedier than I thought, or MMA bouts are gonna be part of the recovery program.

Of course, the Fox River and Countryside Fire Protection and Rescue District couldn’t wait to wade in too! They declared the center would mean another 150 emergency calls a year.

First, considering the FRCFPRD’s forecasting track record (we’ll talk about that on Left, Right and you today), I wouldn’t believe them if they said, “Tomorrow, the sun will rise in the east.” And second, 150 emergency calls a year? That’s one every 2.5 days. Apparently they’re buying into the easy drugs and MMA therapy theory as well.

But sadly, all these nattering naybobs of Campton negativity have a huge problem. Unlike the first rehab effort, Maxxam isn’t asking CH to annex the land, so all the zoning issues fall into the County Board’s lap.

Also unlike the 2013 group, this one ain’t afraid to play hardball. Maxxam Attorney Andrew Kolb told the zoning hearing board, “Our patients are not felons. They are not criminals. The Fair Housing Act was designed to prevent this not-in-my-backyard mentality. The federal law mandates that disabled people not be treated with fear … with anger or with disrespect.”

Then he said they’d sue the County if that’s what it took to get a fair shake.

And if you’ve ever listened to my esteemed Left, Right and You co-host, Larry Jones, you know the FHA takes a very dim view of government entities that commit even the slightest Fair Housing Act errors.

So with Kane County already being sued by pending Blackjacks Gentlemen’s Club owner Debra Diaz on similar grounds, the board won’t risk a second no-win lawsuit. Just like the Longmeadow Parkway, this rehab center is a done deal folks! In six short months, we’ll all forget it’s there.

 

Proft backs Skillicorn!

While that news is certainly making its way through our perpetually electrified political airwaves, my off-the-cuff response would be, “and the sky is blue, right?” In other words, so what?

ProftWe already know that Governor Moneybags gave conservative radio talk show host and former gubernatorial candidate Dan Proft about $2 million to shower upon worthy 2016 Republican candidates. And so far, Proft has allocated 10 grand to 66th District State Rep candidate Allen Skillicorn, which comes to a whopping .5 percent of that campaign cash.

Be still my beating heart!

The average successful non-incumbent Illinois state rep race can easily run a candidate $100,000, and with a potential Democratic General Election opponent, Allen’s gonna have to spend some cash. So while it’s certainly heartening to get a nice chunk of change from one donor, that telethon tote board would be sitting at a scant 10 percent.

I’d also like to add that Dan Proft ain’t a loon. (Though that’s certainly not setting the conservative bar too high.) Aside from me, he may well be the only person who truly understands what it takes to get Illinois Republicans elected, and how to effectively govern in the rare case they do get elected.

The only thing I do find surprising about all this is that 6th rate campaign manager Drew Veeneman didn’t get someone to call into Left, Right and You to challenge that 10 grand like he did with Elgin City Councilwoman Rose Martinez. I’d say Drew’s losing his touch, but he never had one.

(Sorry Allen, I couldn’t help it!)

 

Meesa think museum is really bad idea, meesa does!

Jar JarA federal lawsuit by Friends of the Parks notwithstanding, it looks like construction will start on the Chicago lakefront Lucas museum, on public land no less, by early spring.

Ain’t that just what the Capital of Midwest Mayhem really needs, a monument to mediocrity honoring a director who made some of the worst and most overhyped movies of all time. What’s next? The John Kass School of impenetrable writing?

All I can say is, an entryway statue of Jar Jar Binks would be entirely appropriate.

 

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