Saturday, July 6, 2019

Details Emerge In Death Of "Meth-Fueled Orgy Partying" Arab Prince In London

The 39-year old son of the ruler of Sharjah — part of the United Arab Emirates — was found dead in London this week following what multiple reports described as a "drug-fueled orgy" in an £8-million Knightsbridge penthouse.
Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, 'crown prince' of the UAE's Sharjah emirate, was laid to rest at a funeral service Wednesday attended by UAE dignitaries and his father, Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, but soon after staff at the London-based fashion house that Khalid founded began revealing more details of the prince's extreme playboy lifestyle which reportedly led to his tragic death.
The crown prince threw wild drug-fueled parties and was often seen with models and celebrities, via The Daily Mail
The Sun was the first to report earlier this week that Sheikh Khalid "may have died suddenly as a result of taking drugs" after police found an as yet unknown amount of Class A drugs at his apartment after medics were called. 'Class A' drugs include anything from crack cocaine to ecstasy to heroin, LSD, to crystal meth and others.
The Sheikh was well known in wealthy London social circles as frequently hosting meth-fueled orgies filled with high-class prostitutes, according to UK media, and was known for partying "days on end".
A staff member at the Qasimi Homme menswear brand the prince had founded told The Daily Mail:
"He enjoyed meth because it allows you to have sex for longer. It was the worst-kept secret in the office, he had a real soft spot for that drug. We always knew that he'd been taking it because he'd come into work in a particularly bad mood. His behaviour would be really erratic."
The UAE crown prince of Sharjah at a London Fashion Week event, via The Daily Mail.
"On the whole, he was a nice guy, tough but fair but when he'd been up for several days at one of those parties, he could become quite a monster," the source said of the prince's party lifestyle.
The Westminster coroner's office indicated in a statement that toxicology tests could take months as the crown prince was laid to rest in the United Arab Emirates.
Via The Daily Mail: "The Knightsbridge Apartments where the prince was found dead on Monday after a party where guests allegedly took Class A Drugs."
The popular prince was buried at King Faisal Mosque in Sharjah, which is the city his father rules over in the UAE.
Sadly, his brother - who had originally been in line to succeed his father as ruler of Sharjah - had also died of a party-lifestyle in 1999 at the age of 24. He'd been found at the royal family’s £3 million English manor house in Sussex, which resulted in Khalid being named crown prince.
Via The Sun (UK)
A female staff member who worked closely with the prince told The Daily Mail: "As you can imagine, Khalid was very popular given the amount of money he had and the type of people he knew. There was no shortage of women after him."
"But he always treated his female staff with respect. He was an incredibly hard worker and very driven, but he also partied very hard. It's sad, because that's what killed him in the end," she added.

And another staff member, speaking anonymously to the Mail, backed up others' testimony related to his erratic drug-induced mood swings:
Khalid could become very unpredictable and we always knew to stay away from him after one of his famous parties. He was the boss so we couldn't really complain to him.
The source followed with: "It was mainly his friends and business associates who were invited to the parties, never us. We just heard about what happened at them."
And another had been quoted in The Sun as follows: “Like many young Arab men, Sheik Khalid enjoyed the freedoms he had in London. But it has ended very tragically.”
UAE Emirs at the burial Sheikh Khalid on Wednesday, via The Daily Mail
Though expected to eventually ascend the throne as Emir of the Emirate of Sharjah after his father, Khalid had lived in Britain since the age of nine, and pursued a fashion career.
He was also known for pursuing architecture and as an award-winning photographer, and was close to London's business and celebrity elite.


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Friday, July 5, 2019

Four for Fridays!

Good morning everyone I am sorry this is being posted late. I actually was able to get some sleep this morning since Drew has a four day weekend. I hope everyone has been enjoying their 4th of July weekend. Here are your questions.

1) With it being warm out are you using a fan or a/c to keep cool?

2) Do you go to a lake or pool to go swimming?

3) When was the last time you have been swimming?

4) With the weather we have been having would you like it a little cooler?

Have a great weekend!

Open Blog - Friday

Are you working today or do you have a 4 day weekend?

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Why The 1975-1980 AMC Pacer Failed

Oh no!!!

From The Journal

Fire destroys Jim Beam warehouse, bourbon flows into river


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A fire destroyed a massive Jim Beam warehouse filled with about 45,000 barrels of aging bourbon in Kentucky, and state officials worried that runoff whiskey seeping into nearby waterways would kill fish.
Firefighters from four counties responded to the blaze that erupted late Tuesday. It sent flames shooting into the night sky and generated so much heat that firetruck lights melted.
Lightning might have been a factor, but fire investigators haven't been able to start looking for the cause, Woodford County Emergency Management Director Drew Chandler said.
The warehouse was a total loss. Looking to reassure consumers of Jim Beam bourbon, Beam Suntory indicated it amounted to a drop of the iconic brand's total aging inventory.
No injuries were reported, Chandler said. The fire was contained but was allowed to burn until midday Wednesday, he said.
"The longer it burns, the more of the distilled spirits burn with it," he said in a phone interview. "So when they go to put it out, there will be less contaminated runoff that goes into a drinking-water tributary."
By Wednesday afternoon, firefighters were dousing the warehouse's charred remains with water to try to extinguish the fire, Chandler said. As they kept working, the focus turned to the environmental impact of the leaking bourbon.
The distiller hired an emergency cleanup crew and state environmental officials were coordinating efforts to control bourbon runoff into a nearby creek that flows into the Kentucky River, said John Mura, a spokesman for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.
"We do know there has been runoff enter the creek," Mura said. "And it has made its way into the Kentucky River."
The runoff could have a "serious impact on aquatic life," he said. Runoff is expected to create "low dissolved oxygen levels," which could result in substantial fish kills, the agency said in a release.
State officials warned recreational users on the Kentucky River that runoff will result in water discoloration, foaming and an odor.
Beam Suntory officials said they are working with authorities to assess environmental effects.
The distilling company said the multi-story warehouse that burned contained "relatively young whiskey," meaning it had not reached maturity for bottling for consumers. Bourbon acquires its color and flavor while aging for years in charred new oak barrels.
"Given the age of the lost whiskey, this fire will not impact the availability of Jim Beam for consumers," the spirits company said in a statement.

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Dear Madame Zoltar

Hello, my loves.  How are you?  It's been almost three weeks since we've last met.   That's too far back for me to remember.  Did I have any notable food?  That I should remember.  Oh my, I sound like a pig.  Oink-oink.  I'll be Madame Oinktar.  When you call your pigs, I come running. Oh dear, now I've really lost it.

There, I got that out of my system.  The cold, damp spring we had and the hot, damp summer that we're having make it difficult to do yard work.  Fishing comes to mind.  But I don't like to fish all that much.  If I catch anything, I always turn it loose. I'm the same way about punishing Junior.  I'm a pushover. No one forgives faster than me.  No one forgets faster, either.

As you well know, I've spent the last two weeks tending to Mr. OrbsCorbs' wounds.  He had surgery, the incision is near his crotch, the swelling has been dreadful.  His entire leg balloons up and he says it's very painful. I've administered some of my pain relief and grow well products to him, but Vicodin seems to be the only thing that cuts the mustard.  When he's on Vicodin, he's happy and easy to get along with.  When he's not, he's not.


O.o  Look at the time.  I thought today was Tuesday.   I have a lot of catching up to do.  Even though this blog entry is only half-baked, I'm posting it.  Sorry, I hope to have a better blog for you next week.  I love you all.
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What a leap!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

F-Bombs Bursting Mid-Air

From The Shepherd Express:

I’m Art Kumbalek and man oh manischewitz what a world, ain’a? So listen, I don’t have time to pony up a big honking essay for you’s this week, and I’ll tell you why.
What with the Democratic debates underway, I need time to be mulling who I’d fancy as No. 2 on the Kumbalek president ticket. I also need time to ponder whether or not I’d consider the No. 2 spot on somebody else’s focking ticket. If I did, I can promise I’d provide a heap of contrast to that of former V.P. Dick “Head” Cheney during my vice-presidential reign. I’d restore the American people’s faith in the belief that the vice-presidency is a do-nothing position, which would also contrast with V.P. Pence’s know-nothing approach. I could aspire to nothing more than sitting on my dupa and collecting my big-ass veep paycheck; although, I may consent to attend the occasional fancy-schmancy state dinner for some semi-leader from some godforsaken part of the planet who had come a’ calling looking for an Uncle Sam handout.
And so best I meet up with my campaign brain trust, huddled as we speak, over at the Uptowner tavern/charm school over by the Center & Humboldt there. Tag along if you like, but you cover the first round. Let’s get going.
Emil: Any you’s guys know what “ramparts” are?
Julius: Yeah, ram parts. That’s what they stuff in those sandwich gyros down at the Greek place, ain’a?
Emil: That can’t be right. I’m talking “ramparts,” like in the song you sing at the ballpark, what-you-call, “My Country ’Tis of Thee.”
Little Jimmy Iodine: Any you’s guys coming by me for the Fourth? I got to know how many wieners I got to get.
Ernie: I wish, but no. I got to go by my sister’s up there in Bumfock Washington County ’cause the nephew’s marching in the parade.
Herbie: I feel for you, Ernie. Those high school focking marching bands. there’s not a song been written that those uniformed gangs of pimply faced masturbators with their blaring blugelhorns can’t slaughter, ain’a?
Ray: And speaking of bumfock…
Little Jimmy Iodine: Hey, Artie! Over here. Put a load on your keister.
Art: Hey gents, what do you hear, what do you know.
Julius: I know that if either Trump or his Korean boy-toy pay more than a buck-two-eighty for a haircut, they’re getting big-time screwed.
Art: So, you’s guys dream up some ideas for my campaign ads yet?
Little Jimmy: I don’t know what kind of president ads you should have that people will pay attention to. The only thing that sells on TV is sex and the violence, I hear.
Herbie: So what’s the problem? Here’s the TV spot I got in mind: You have Artie dressed up like Uncle Sam wearing a Packer jersey walking down a rain-slicked street. On either arm he’s escorting a lady, and I say they be gorgeous Vegas showgirls to represent the yearnings of the working-class male voter. Out of the dark, four middle-aged white guys in suits show up. They look like fat-cat donor lobbyists who just got expensive haircuts, what the fock. They start messing with the ladies, waving big wads of cash and talking Tea Party shit. Artie excuses himself to the ladies and proceeds to kick the ever-loving crap out of this gang of four, and to drive home the message, then pistol-whips the quartet into unconsciousness. As the sun cracks the horizon and birds start a’ chirping, each gal lip-locks a Kumbalek cheek as Artie stares into the camera and says, “I’m fighting them so you don’t have to. Like it—or lump it.”
Art: Abso-focking-lutely, Herbie. In 30 seconds, I’ve reached three important voting blocs. One: the WrestleMania crowd who go for action, admire hotsy-totsy ladies and always root for the good guy to come out on top. Two: the ladies who feel safer having the government as protector rather than corporate-style clowns who believe equal-pay for equal-work is about as feasible as bicycles for fish. And three: the gun crowd who’d understand I was no candy-ass when it came to preserving the honor and well-being of my cherished ones.
Ernie: Now all you need is a good overall slogan, something strong yet focking personal.
Little Jimmy: Mister Truman had “Give ’em Hell, Harry!” How ’bout for you Artie, a nice simple “Go to Hell!”?
Art: It’s direct, all right.
Ray: How about “Go to Hell, Artie!” It’s always more effective to work the name of the candidate into the slogan, what the fock.
Art: True, but I think you just came up with a slogan for the voting public to use, a slogan that could never become yesterday’s news, a slogan for all seasons: “Go to Hell, (Insert Name of Republican Candidate Here)!”
(It’s getting late and I know you got to go, but thanks for letting us bend your ear, ’cause I’m Art Kumbalek and I told you so.)


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Have a great day - it's in the stars.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Man Accused of Feeding Meth to 'Attack Squirrel' Arrested

A man accused by police of feeding methamphetamines to his pet squirrel to make him an "attack squirrel" has been arrested.
Police officers in Alabama had been looking for Mickey Paulk for nearly two weeks.
Paulk, who had been hiding in a hotel, was arrested on Thursday after he attempted to flee from drug investigators on a stolen motorcycle, according to police. He crashed into an investigator's vehicle after a brief pursuit, police said.
The case against the 35-year-old Alabama man escalated June 17 when narcotics investigators executed a search warrant "that yielded meth, drug paraphernalia, body armor and a squirrel."
Anti-China protestors in hard hats and umbrellas stormed Hong Kong's Parliament on Monday, ripping down portraits, tagging walls and tying the flag of British Hong Kong to the podium in anger over Hong Kong's recent attempt to change extradition laws for China.
(Published Monday, July 1, 2019)
"Prior to the search warrant, investigators were informed that Mickey Paulk kept an 'attack squirrel' inside his apartment, and that Paulk fed the squirrel meth to keep it aggressive," the Limestone County Sheriff's Office in Athens, Alabama, said in a statement.
Paulk wasn't home, however. The search for the squirrel's owner was on.

Don't think this doesn't happen near you

An Italian CPS-style kidnap factory is exposed:

Italians are reeling from the revelation that a crime ring, which includes a mayor, doctors and social workers, had been brainwashing children to say their parents abused them, so as to easily sell them on to foster families.
So far eighteen people, including the mayor of the town of Bibbiano, near Reggio Emilia in northern Italy, have been arrested.

They were suspected of working together to brainwash the kids, who were taken from disadvantaged families under false pretexts, into believing they’d been abused at home. This was later used as a justification to seize the children and, basically, to sell them to foster parents at a high price.

The psychologists at the Hansel and Gretel Association in the town of Moncalieri, near Turin, have used a variety of bizarre techniques to achieve their sinister goal.

They relied on persuasion to make their victims believe that their parents hurt and sexually abused them; showed fake, childlike drawings with added sexual details and even enacted plays, dressing up in scary masks to represent their moms and dads as being vile and dangerous.... The people to whom the boys and girls were handed over reportedly included sex shop owners, persons with psychological disorders and parents whose children had committed suicide. It was under this ‘foster care’ that at least two of the victims suffered actual sexual abuse, according to reports.

The criminal organization was busted by police as part of an operation codenamed “Angels and Demons,” which was launched in late summer 2018 after an unnaturally high number of child sex abuse reports were spotted as coming from an area in the Reggio Emilia province. Those arrested, as well as 27 others under investigation, have been charged with mistreatment of minors, violence, abuse of office, fraud and falsifying public records.
It appears that 30 children were kidnapped under color of law. The primary difference is that in the USA and Canada, the people running these child trafficking rings never seem to get exposed or arrested. Every crime is always portrayed as some sort of one-off committed by a sicko; all the evidence that the crimes are organized by authority figures is dismissed as conspiracy theory. Just ask Jordan Peterson.

The Italians, however, are taking this case very seriously. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Matteo Salvini has announced the commissioning of a federal inquest to investigate a child trafficking ring that is very reminiscent of the "Veleno" case of twenty years ago, when 17 children from two other towns near Reggio Emilia were removed from their families by the local authorities under similarly dubious circumstances.

The children-loving Italians are taking this news with their usual equanimity, of course. I've seen more than a few calls for the death penalty.

UPDATE: Back in the USSA, Disney has been the epicenter of Pedowood since the Michael Eisner era.
Tiffany FitzHenry@Tiff_FitzHenry
Former Disney star Bella Thorne: "Getting molested from [the age of] 6-14... being abuse all the time...I was being molested....people have no idea the type mistreatment I was dealing with [while a Disney star] that everyone around me saw and did nothing."

Yes, Pedowood is real.

Devastating Crop Losses Are Literally Happening All Over The Globe

Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,
Let me warn you right up front – the information in this article might freak you out.  If what some experts are telling us is true, a global food crisis appears to be inevitable.  Even during good years we have a really difficult time feeding everyone on the planet, and now a major climate shift appears to be happening.  Our sun has become exceedingly quiet, and many experts believe that this is a sign that a solar minimum is now upon us.  Of course we have seen solar minimums happen quite regularly in the past, and if this is just a normal solar minimum then conditions should begin to return to normal after a couple of years.  Unfortunately, evidence continues to mount that we have entered what is known as a “grand solar minimum”.  In fact, Professor Valentina Zharkova says that what we are facing is a “super grand solar minimum”, and if that is true we are going to be facing climate chaos like we have never seen before.  During previous “grand solar minimums” the globe was gripped by devastating famines and vast numbers of people died.  Could a similar scenario potentially be in our future?

Ice Age Farmer has compiled a “Grand Solar Minimum Crop Loss Map” which you can view right here, and I appreciate our friends at ANP for pointing it out to us.  Ice Age Farmer’s map shows that there are literally dozens of locations all over the globe right now that are reporting significant crop losses, and this is really unlike anything we have ever seen before.  Some parts of our planet are dealing with horrific drought, but in the middle of the United States it just won’t stop raining.  In some areas of the world it is too cold, while others are experiencing record heat.  Everywhere we look we see extremes, and the behavior of our sun is the primary reason this is happening.
Last November I warned that we could be facing one of the coldest winters in modern times, and that is precisely what happened.  Back then top scientists were warning us that a solar minimum had arrived, and since that time the behavior of the sun has continued to confirm that hypothesis
The surface of the sun is normally a roiling, super-heated hellscape.
But Nasa images have revealed that the face of our star is looking ominously calm right now, prompting claims it’s reached a stage of its cycle called the solar minimum.
During the minimum, there are significantly fewer sunspots and its magnetic field weakens, allowing cosmic rays from outside our solar system to rain down on Earth.
This solar minimum came early, and that is exactly what we would expect if we were entering a “grand solar minimum”.  Perhaps the best known “grand solar minimum” in our history was the Maunder Minimum which stretched from 1645 to 1715
The last time a deep solar minimum was in effect was the Maunder minimum, which saw seven decades of freezing weather, began in 1645 and lasted through to 1715, and happened when sunspots were exceedingly rare.
During this period, temperatures dropped globally by 1.3 degrees celsius leading to shorter seasons and ultimately food shortages.
The food shortages during the Maunder Minimum were quite severe, and the global death toll was enormous.
Could we be facing a similar scenario this time around?
Actually, economist Martin Armstrong seems to believe that it could be even worse
The Maunder Minimum created such a deep cold in Europe and extreme weather events elsewhere that what unfolds is a series of droughts, floods, and harvest failures. Historically, this leads to massive migrations, wars and revolutions. The fatal synergy between human and natural disasters eradicated perhaps one-third of the human population during the last event and this time we are crashing more rapidly than before. Therefore, we may exceed more than a reduction in population of one-third and reach the levels of the 14th century of 50%, which was also combined with the Black Plague.
Without a doubt, our planet is behaving very strangely right now, and reports of crop failures are regularly coming in from all over the planet.
Just check out these examples
That layer of stress on the agricultural industry is only intensified when you zoom out to the international level, where farmers around the world are facing various dire situations. As one North Dakota farmer and Twitter user Jordan Gackle pointed out in a recent thread: Drought is continuing to disrupt wheat crops in Australia forcing the country to import some of its wheat from Canada. Some farmers in Canada are now reporting long stretches without rain under the hashtag #drought19. Head over to China and you’ll find that a legion of fall armyworms are spreading rapidly and devouring key grain crops.
It is becoming quite clear that food prices are going to rise substantially and that the world is going to produce a lot less food than it normally does this year.
And as I noted earlier, we have a tough time feeding everyone on the planet even during ideal conditions.  Sadly, this even includes the United States
In fact, it’s not just older Americans who are already suffering from hunger and malnourishment, with this 2017 story over at Feeding America reporting that more than 41 million Americans were suffering from hunger daily, including more than 13 million children, with this National Geographic story reporting that 1 out of every 6 Americans aren’t getting enough to eat.
So what will things look like if global food production drops 10 percent, 20 percent or even more?
We have never had to deal with anything like this in modern times, and meanwhile the population of the planet has grown from 1.6 billion in 1900 to 7.5 billion today.
We have entered the time of “the perfect storm”, and we are going to start to witness things happen that many people would consider to be unimaginable.
I truly hope that things will not be as bad as some of the experts are suggesting.  But as far as crop failures are concerned, we don’t have to speculate.  They are happening right now all over the planet, and that means that global food supplies are going to get tighter and tighter in the months ahead.


Canadian cartoonist loses job after illustration of Trump went viral

New York (CNN)A Canadian cartoonist's illustration of President Donald Trump playing golf over the bodies of two drowned migrants went viral Wednesday. Two days later, Michael de Adder said on Twitter that he had been let go by a publishing company in New Brunswick, Canada.

De Adder's illustration depicted Trump asking the two dead migrants, "Do you mind if I play through?"
The cartoon refers to the image of Oscar Alberto Martínez and his 23-month-old daughter, Angie Valeria, lying face down in water surrounded by reeds. The two drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande River to get into the United States.

"Wealthy" Chicago Households On Hook For $2 Million In Debt Each Under 'Progressive Solution' To Pension Crisis

Authored by Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner via,
Chicagoans are buried under so much pension debt it’s impossible to see how their city can avoid a fiscal collapse without major, structural reforms. The futility of paying down those debts becomes obvious when you try to figure out just who’s going to pay for it all.
The total amount of city, county and state retirement debt Chicagoans are on the hook for is $150 billion, based on Moody’s most recent pension data. Split that evenly across the city’s one million-plus households and you arrive at nearly $145,000 per household.
That’s an outrageous amount, but it would be a clean solution if each and every Chicago household could simply absorb $145,000 in government retirement debt. The problem is, most can’t.
One-fifth of Chicagoans live in poverty and nearly half of all Chicago households make less than $50,000 a year. It wouldn’t just be wrong to try and squeeze those Chicagoans further, but pointless. They don’t have the money.

So if that won’t work, why not just put all the burden on Chicago’s “rich?” After all, Illinois lawmakers are pushing progressive tax schemes as the panacea for Illinois’ problems.
If households earning $200,000 or more are the target, they’ll be on the hook for more than $2 million each in government retirement debts. That’s an outrageous burden, too.
Saddling just a few households with all the debt will give those residents all the more reason to leave. And that will make the burden all the more unbearable for the Chicagoans who remain.
The process to target Chicago’s “rich” already started earlier this year. That’s when state lawmakers passed a progressive tax scheme which, if approved by voters in 2020, will hit Illinoisans earning more than $250,000 with tax increases as large as 60 percent. Chicago’s special interest groups want to hit the rich as well. They’re demanding a dedicated city income tax and a financial transaction tax that will impact the city’s wealthier residents.
Trying to find some middle ground on divvying up Chicagoans’ pension debts is also impossible. If all lower and middle income households earning up to $75,000 are protected, that leaves just 37 percent of Chicago households to pay the $150 billion bill. The burden on them would total $393,000 each. Still crazy.

Slice up Chicago’s debts anyway you like it, but the result is the same. There’s simply too much of it for Chicagoans to bear. Without structural pension reforms, expect the city to continue its path deeper into junk territory and an eventual insolvency. That will inflict enormous pain not just on taxpayers, but on the workers counting on the government for their retirement security.

Adding up the debt

For decades, official government reports have understated the true amount of pension debt Illinoisans are on the hook for. Government calculations have been criticized by the likes of Warren Buffet and Nobel Prize winners for using improper actuarial assumptions. For that reason, Wirepoints’ uses pension debts calculated by Moody’s Investors Service. The rating agency takes a more conservative approach to measuring debts than state officials do.
Chicago has four city-run pension funds that collectively face a $42 billion shortfall. The Chicago Public Schools’ pension fund is short another $24 billion. In all, there’s a $70 billion shortfall in the city-based funds alone.

Chicagoans are also burdened with an additional $11 billion in debt – their share of debts owed by various Cook County governments.
And Chicagoans’ share of state retirement debts for pensions, retiree health and pension bonds adds another $69 billion.
In total, Chicago households are on the hook for $150 billion in combined retirement debts.

Chicago the outlier

Not only are those debts overly burdensome to Chicagoans, but the city’s debts alone make Chicago a major outlier nationally when it comes to retirement debt.
According to Joshua Rauh of the Hoover Institution, the city of Chicago’s pension debts are now 12 times the size of its annual revenues. No other major city faces such a burden.

In fact, according to JP Morgan, over 63 percent of the city’s budget should be going towards retirement payments. That’s the worst of any major city in the nation, by far.
Too much debt is the key reason Chicago’s credit ratings have collapsed. Moody’s already rates Chicago one notch into junk and the Chicago Public Schools five notches into junk. Detroit is the only major U.S. city rated worse than Chicago (See Appendix 2).

Impossible without reforms

The above numbers show the impossibility of stopping Chicago’s fiscal decline without serious, structural pension reforms.
Some pension proponents will find offense with our use of Moody’s debt numbers – they’ll say Moody’s assumptions are too pessimistic and overstate the problem.
But the debt burdens are still unworkable even if official government numbers are used. The average Chicago household is still on the hook for $90,000 in debt under the official numbers, while households making $200,000 or more would still face a burden of more than $1.2 million each.
Without structural changes, those numbers will only get worse.
For starters, lower discount rates and more conservative actuarial assumptions continue to show that pension debts are much larger than politicians say they are.
Second, as in-migration into Chicago slows and out-migration increases – a fair assumption given that Chicago has shrunk four years in a row – the debt burden on those who remain will rise.
And third, the risk of a recession is growing now that the nation’s economic expansion has lasted an unprecedented ten years. Any significant pull-back in the stock market would deal a major blowto Chicago’s deeply underfunded pension plans.
Tax hikes won’t solve Chicago’s massive debt problem.
Only structural reforms, including changes to cost-of-living adjustments – will make the city affordable again for the ordinary Chicagoan. And that requires an amendment to the state’s constitutional protections.


Open Blog - Monday

Wake up and go back to sleep!

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Where is Matt Soens?

Mt. Pleasant Chief of Police Matt Soens appears to be  missing in action.
Is he on vacation?
I believe so.
His department is in crisis mode and it appears he has followed a well established path of missing in action.

Soens is now fair game

Asserting my Christian Rights:

A Christian negotiate with a Jew?

I have the Authority to act on a Death Warrant - for Bearing False
Witness, Theft, and Lying/Deception.

BS: From a Jewish point of view, where we don't believe in the
divinity of Christ. There you can make an argument, that the Gospels
which were written significantly-

JR: He was just a prophet.

BS: No, no, no. We don't even think he was a prophet.

JR: What do you think he was? What do you guys think he was?

BS: Well, I, I, I, what do I think he was historically? I think he was
a Jew who tried to lead a revolt against the Romans and got killed for
his trouble. Just like a lot of other Jews at that time who tried to
lead revolts against the Romans and got killed for their trouble.

JR: So he became legend, and story, and it became a bigger and bigger
deal as time went on.

BS: Yeah, he had a group of followers and that gradually grew.

JR: Do you think he was resurrected?

BS: No. That's not a Jewish belief.

Blue Oyster Cult - Flaming Telepaths/Astronomy (1974)

I have Rights!

Barb and Don Elmer chose to falsely accuse Timothy Scott Elmer, their
adopted child - of being a Child Molester - based upon False

Timothy Scott Elmer was investigated by the Kenosha Police Department
- which repeatedly violated his rights - and found no evidence for
the alleged crimes.

Multiple People escaped their crimes - for bearing false witness and
threatening the person of Timothy Scott Elmer, whose name was damaged
and smeared.

Let me state: That under Christian Law - Timothy Scott Elmer has the
right to execute every person who falsely testified against him - to
include Barb and Don (now deceased) Elmer.

That also includes accomplices, David and Kathy Brask of Illinois -
who have also conspired to steal the possessions of Timothy Scott
Elmer stored in basement of Don & Barb Elmer - by previous agreement
in exchange for work performed.

All Rights reserved - none waived.

Ben Shapiro on Jesus Christ

BS: From a Jewish point of view, where we don't believe in the divinity of Christ. There you can make an argument, that the Gospels which were written significantly-
JR: He was just a prophet.

BS: No, no, no. We don't even think he was a prophet.

JR: What do you think he was? What do you guys think he was?

BS: Well, I, I, I, what do I think he was historically? I think he was a Jew who tried to lead a revolt against the Romans and got killed for his trouble. Just like a lot of other Jews at that time who tried to lead revolts against the Romans and got killed for their trouble.

JR: So he became legend, and story, and it became a bigger and bigger deal as time went on.

BS: Yeah, he had a group of followers and that gradually grew.

JR: Do you think he was resurrected?

BS: No. That's not a Jewish belief.

JR: Okay. I just wanted to check.

BS: We're not into miracle stories, no. That's not.

JR: You don't have any miracles?

BS: Not by Jesus. There was in the Old Testament. Yeah, you've got Moses splitting the sea and all that.

JR: What do you think happened there?

BS: What do I think happened there? I'll go with my Maimonidean explanation. There was, it says in the Bible, there was a strong east wind. So there was a naturalistic explanation for a physical phenomenon.

JR: That makes sense.

BS: That's what Maimonides is constantly trying to do.

Big Bear sums up Shapiro and the so-called conservatives who are foolish enough to support him against the interests of their nation, their families, and their faith in a succinct manner: If you're a Christian and you just heard that and you ever support him again, you're a liar, you're a satanist, and you're evil.

The inescapable historical fact is that Muslims have FAR more in common with Christians than Jews do. It is considerably more accurate to talk about shared Islamo-Christian values than Judeo-Christian values. Notice that Shapiro's Maimonidean answer about Jesus Christ is very, very different than even the non-believers of Jesus's day, as well as being very different from whom we believe Jesus Christ to be.

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
- Matthew 16:13-17