Leftist Teachers Union President In Chicago Urges Teachers To Politicize Math In Class (Video)

Chicago Teachers Union Prez Urges Teachers To Politicize Math In The Classroom – Gateway Pundit

2 + 2 = Social Justice

The far left unionists are now successfully politicizing math in the classroom.

In March Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis urged fellow teachers to politicize math at their schools. Lewis spoke at the Network for Public Education conference in Texas.

Via EAG News:

“People always talk about how that there’s no politics and values in math. That you can teach math and there’s no place for social justice. So let me tell you how Bob (Peterson) deals with that,” Lewis said.

She went on to describe a math story problem about money and the cost of pencils.

“That’s a very political statement because it’s all about consumerism – it’s about buying stuff, right?

“Bob Peterson tells them about José working in a factory making piecemeal clothes. He uses the same numbers and gets the same answer. And yes, math is political, too.”

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Leftist Incompetence Update: Moody’s Downgrades Chicago’s Credit Rating… Again

Moody’s Downgrades Chicago Again – Big Government

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Less than a year after suffering a major investment downgrade, Chicago has been downgraded again. Moody’s Investment Services announced Tuesday that it was lowering Chicago’s rating from A3 to Baa1, three levels above junk bond status.

Last July, Moody’s downgraded Chicago from Aa3 to A3. President Barack Obama’s adopted hometown now has the lowest municipal bond rating of any city in the U.S. except bankrupt Detroit.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as White House Chief of Staff for President Obama from 2009 to late 2010, and who is close to Bill and Hillary Clinton, has struggled to tackle the city’s looming pension crisis.

Through he reached an agreement with sanitation workers to reform the city’s garbage collection system, he has struggled to work with teachers’ unions and has not been able to rally the city behind broader municipal financial reforms.

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Government Watchdog Group Suing Chicago Transit Authority For ‘Systemic Fraud’

Chicago Transit Authority Sued For ‘Systemic Fraud’ – Washington Free Beacon

A government watchdog group is suing the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), alleging that the CTA may have improperly received between $30 million and $150 million in taxpayer funds by over-reporting mileage for grant funding dating as far back as 1982.

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Cause of Action announced Wednesday it is pursuing a lawsuit against the CTA after the Department of Justice declined to investigate what the watchdog group calls “systemic fraud.”

The Federal Transit Administration determined in April 2012 that the CTA had misreported data in 2010.

A subsequent Cause of Action investigation uncovered a 2007 report showing the CTA had over-reported its Vehicle Revenue Miles (VRM), and as a result received $1 million to $5 million more in federal grants than it was entitled to receive.

The report noted that miles were over-reported by “similar or slightly smaller amounts,” potentially going back as far as 1982. By Cause of Action’s estimate, that could add up to between $30 million and $150 million in improper federal grants.

Cause of Action sent its findings to the Department of Transportation, DOT Inspector General, and Department and Justice, but it says there has been no federal investigation. DOJ declined to investigate the matter in December.

“We are pursuing this fraud lawsuit against the CTA because American taxpayers deserve accountability,” said Cause of Action’s Executive Director, Dan Epstein. “The reputations of political insiders cannot be more important than the integrity of federal programs and the protection of taxpayer funds. When the federal government, including Department Inspectors General, cannot be counted on to discourage fraud, citizen watchdog groups like ours must intervene.”

The CTA is well connected politically, thanks to President Barack Obama’s Chicago roots. Robert Rivkin, the current General Counsel at the Department of Transportation, formerly served as the CTA’s General Counsel from 2001 to 2004.

Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s closest advisers, was a chair of the CTA from 1995 to 2003.

The CTA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Yes, Liberals do want to tax everything!

Let’s see, riding a bike is healthy, does not burn evil fossil fuels, so, you would think Liberals would not want to tax bicycling right? WRONG!

Chicago is by no means the only place across the U.S. tempted to see bicyclists as a possible new source of revenue, only to run into questions of fairness and enforceability. That is testing the vision of city leaders who are transforming urban expanses with bike lanes and other amenities in a quest for relevance, vitality and livability – with never enough funds.

Two or three states consider legislation each year for some type of cycling registration and tax – complete with decals or mini-license plates, National Conference of State Legislatures policy specialist Douglas Shinkle said. This year, it was Georgia, Oregon, Washington and Vermont. The Oregon legislation, which failed, would even have applied to children.

“I really think that legislators are just trying to be as creative as possible and as open to any sort of possibilities to fill in any funding gaps. Everything is on the table,” he said.

Of course it is, because EVERYTHING ought to be taxed according to Democrats! Funny, they never think of reducing their rate of spending do they?

Of course, to be fair, those riding bikes, or anyone who just wants to contribute to funding city bike paths ought to pony up for such infrastructure. Colorado Springs, hardly a bastion of Liberalism, does it the right way

Hawaii has had a statewide bike registration law for decades, as has the normally tax-hating city of Colorado Springs, Colo., though in both cases, they are one-time fees and all proceeds go toward bicycle infrastructure.

In the case of Colorado Springs, the proposal came from the cycling community itself. The $4 tax on the purchase of new bikes has been in place since 1988, and no one seems to mind. It only raises up to $150,000 a year, but it’s useful as a local match for federal grants. And it gives cycling advocates leverage when pushing for bike projects. For one thing, it has revealed that 25,000 bikes are sold each year, a big number in a city of 430,000.

Now, I do not support federal grants for such local projects. Let those localities, and those who ride bikes, or who wish to contribute, find the needed funds. But the one-time fee is a good idea. Too often, taxes that are supposed to be temporary become permanent, then they are raised, and later raised even more.

Crazy Chick Boards Chicago Train Naked, Declares Herself “Goddess Of The Train”

Chicago Woman Boards Train Naked, Declares Herself “Goddess Of The Train” – Weekly Vice

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An unidentified 31-year-old Chicago woman was taken into custody Saturday afternoon after she allegedly stripped naked, boarded a Chicago commuter train and declared herself the “Goddess of the train.”

According to police, officers were dispatched to Chicago’s Red Line station in Granville Saturday afternoon after several witnesses reported that a naked woman had boarded the train and was causing a delay in services.

Investigators say the woman jumped a turnstile, boarded the train naked and declared herself the “Goddess of the train.”

She then reportedly slapped and yelled at several witnesses, demanding that they get off her train.

At one point during the ordeal the woman stormed off towards the motorman’s cabin, declaring that she was going to drive the train. Police arrived on the scene a few moments later and escorted the woman from the premises. She was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston for evaluation.

Police believe the woman suffers from a mental illness. No charges have been announced in the case.

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Gangs Of Likely Obama Supporters Ransack Chicago Sports Authority Stores (Video)

Surveillance Video Captures Flash Mob Robberies At 3 Chicago Area Stores – WBBM

Unbelievable surveillance video captured flash mobs dashing into store after store and running out with armloads and sometimes entire racks of sporting goods.

It has happened at three different Sports Authority stores in the Chicago area.

This past Monday in Burbank at just before 1 p.m., five individuals entered a Sports Authority and soon after they were off. Video shows them running out the door with rack after rack of apparel and an employee giving chase.

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On Saturday at a Sports Authority on Clark Street, a half dozen entered and stole several racks with lighting fast speed.

The store chain sounded the siren, saying, “At Sports Authority, the comfort and safety of our employees and customers always remain our top priority.”

It’s like a next-generation flash mob. Originally, flash mob referred to a group of people doing a performance to draw attention to something in a positive way. The term gave way to a more sinister motive.

“They used to just be fun. They used to just be positive and now, I don’t know, it seems to have turned into something negative,” said one shopper.

No one was hurt in the three incidents, though it’s clear the mob stops for no one.

A close look at the robbery on Clark Street shows an employee who tries to intercede gets trampled.

The third incident occurred at the Frankfort location.

There have been no arrests so far and Sports Authority is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.

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Standard & Poor’s Lowers Chicago’s Bond Rating Outlook To ‘Negative’

Standard & Poor’s Lowers City’s Outlook To ‘Negative’ – Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago’s looming pension crisis – and the $1 billion shortfall it creates in 2015 – has prompted Standard & Poor’s to change from stable to negative the outlook on Chicago’s A-plus general obligation bond rating.

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In mid-July, Moody’s Investors ordered an unprecedented triple-drop in the city’s bond rating, citing Chicago’s “very large and growing” pension liabilities, “significant” debt service payments, “unrelenting public safety demands” and historic reluctance to raise local taxes that has continued under Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Now, Standard & Poor’s has cited those same factors for its negative outlook on Chicago’s A-plus rating.

“The outlook change reflects our view of the risks involved in how the city will address its upcoming large pension payments,” S&P credit analyst Helen Samuelson was quoted as saying in a statement released late Friday.

Like Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s cited Chicago’s $19.4 billion pension crisis, the city’s mountain of debt, and its historic “reluctance to adjust taxes” despite its sweeping home-rule powers and diverse economy.

Emanuel took the latest Wall Street hit in stride by essentially saying, “I told you so” about the city’s financial cliff.

“Mayor Emanuel has said for more than a year that without comprehensive pension relief from Springfield, municipalities such as Chicago would continue to receive negative reviews from rating agencies,” Kelley Quinn, a spokesperson for the city’s Office of Budget and Management, said in an emailed statement.

“We have made significant strides over the past two years, but all of the hard work will be for nothing without pension reform. [Emanuel] urges leaders in Springfield to come together and find a common ground that will provide the much-needed relief that will give taxpayers, retirees, residents and rating agencies confidence in Chicago’s finances as well as its future.”

In 2015, the city is required by state law to make a $600 million contribution to stabilize police and fire pension funds that now have assets to cover just 30.5 and 25 percent of their respective liabilities.

The mayor’s City Council floor leader has suggested that the Illinois General Assembly “relieve us of these artificial dates they’ve put on us and allow us to solve the pension problem over time.”

A seven-year “ramp up” was built into a tentative contract with police sergeants but roundly rejected by the rank and file.

But if Springfield refuses to lift the hammer hanging over the heads of Chicago taxpayers, the $338.7 million shortfall in the city’s 2014 budget will seem like the good old days.

The deficit will rise to $994.7 million in 2015 and $1.15 billion in 2016 without a painful mix of employee concessions and new revenues, according to the city’s own annual financial analysis.

Budget Director Alex Holt has said the mayor will not raise sales or property taxes to close a $338.7 million gap in next year’s budget, but all bets are off in 2015.

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It Figures… ‘Teachers For Social Justice’ Chicago Pamphlet Riddled With Spelling, Punctuation Errors

‘Teachers For Social Justice’ Chicago Pamphlet Riddled With Spelling, Punctuation Errors – EAG News

Garbage in, garbage out.

If the latest pamphlet published by the “Teachers for Social Justice” group in Chicago was written by a Chicago Public Schools teacher, it might help explain why student performance has been so dismal.

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Teachers for Social Justice, a collective of “radical” educators and union apologists, recently released what it calls a “popular education piece.” It amounts to a 10-page diatribe attacking recent school closures in the city, school choice and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The only problem is this document is riddled with spelling and grammatical errors. Perhaps the teachers of Chicago spend too much time worrying about politics and not enough time brushing up on their own academic skills.

Here are a few examples of butchered statements from the pamphlet.

“Call Mayor’s office and demand him (sic) to return the TIF money to our schools.”

Demand him? That sounds like something a three-year-old would say.

“Call governor (sic) Quinn and tell him to not bite on UNO’s fake shake up: 312-814-2121 or 217-782-0244.”

Um, the term Governor is a title, and titles start with capital letters, folks.

That’s just the first page.

A statement on page 3 reads, “From 2000 to today, the percent of Black CPS teachers dropped from 41% to 30%, with the additional 50 Schools to be closed this will drop even lower.”

We believe this would qualify as a run-on sentence, and why is the word “schools” capitalized?

In a section attacking UNO charter schools, it states, “Since children’s education in the hands of these millionaires.”

Huh?

On the same page it says “The new chair of the board, Martin Cabrera Jr., is the underwriter/investor who helped to sell the $35 million in state bonds for UNO, and he replaced Rangel in the Public Building commiions (sic) even though Rangel himself recognized there was a conflict of interst (sic) to be in (sic) his commission.”

The next page features the following nonsensical statement: “Any school. Juan Rangel’s salary is higher than the mayor’s.” Are they purposefully writing in some sort of code only union members can understand?

The pamphlet also claims standardized testing is “hurtful” and that it leads to “one-right-answer” schooling.

The TSJ document also features a cartoon with the title, “An equitable, high-quality public education is a human right!”

If that’s true, the teachers who produced this document might want to take a bold step on behalf of “social justice” and send their students elsewhere, because their “right” to a high quality education is almost certainly going unfulfilled in Chicago.

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Chicago: 53 Murdered, 224 Wounded In August

53 Homicides, 224 Wounded In The Month Of August In Rahm’s Chicago – Weasel Zippers

Chicago or Syria?

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Via Breitbart:

No matter how Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendant Garry McCarthy spin it by touting overall crime being down in the city, the numbers for 2013 are still horrifying.

The website HeyJackass.com, which keeps some pretty interesting data regarding Chicago crime statistics, reports that the city saw 53 homicides in August, with 41 deaths and 224 wounded as a result of shootings.

The August crime wave ended on a tragic note, with 11 people shot and killed over Labor Day weekend; more than 25 more were shot and wounded.

For September to date, there are already seven shooting homicides with another 29 people wounded. The city crime data portal shows that murders and shootings are down, but only when compared to 2012. When compared to 2011, the number of murders is almost identical. HeyJackass.com shows a total 309 homicides for 2013, and things don’t seem to be getting any better.

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Chicago Police Superintendent: Cops Will Shoot Gun Carrying Citizens Because of His Training

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What an asshole

Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy is not happy about the new concealed carry laws in Illinois.  And now he is predicting that police will shoot citizens who are lawfully carrying firearms. During an interview with WVON radio McCarthy made some very bold statements that show his disdain for the 2nd amendment. “You put more guns on the street expect more shootings,” McCarthy said. “I don’t care if they’re licensed legal firearms, people who are not highly trained… putting guns in their hands is a recipe for disaster. So I’ll train our officers that there is a concealed carry law, but when somebody turns with a firearm in their hand the officer does not have an obligation to wait to get shot to return fire and we’re going to have tragedies as a result of that. I’m telling you right up front.”

Good Freaking Grief, how have cops in almost every state managed to coexist with CC laws? Is this buffoon serious? If he thinks those with permits are going to approach cops with weapons drawn he knows absolutely NOTHING! Too bad he does not have that attitude towards gang members huh? Some people have no business being involved in police work, this ass hat is one of them!

Democrats trying to use high taxes to punish gun owners

They are dead set on destroying our most basic human right

GunsSaveLives reports the following:

There is a new anti-gun bill sitting on Capitol Hill, and it doesn’t deal with banning particular models of firearms or even universal background checks.

The Gun Violence Prevention and Safe Communities Act of 2013, was proposed by U.S. Reps. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., and Bill Pascrell, D-N.J. The bill seeks to raise the tax rate on gun sales from 10% to 20%.

Perhaps even more disturbing is that the bill also seeks to raise the tax rate on ammunition purchases to 50%.

Davis released the following statement in a press release,

Gun violence is a daily reality for America and, in particular, for urban cities like Chicago. The crisis should outrage us all. This legislation is a pro-active approach to reducing gun violence by using proven preventive programs which have been starved for funds until now. As part of a comprehensive, multidimensional strategy to reduce gun violence, this legislation closes major loopholes in tax law and lays out an equitable, long term, sustainable strategy to provide the requisite resources.

Note how Davis fails to correlate the high crime in Chicago with the extreme gun-control laws that prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting their own life and property.

If Chicago politicians REALLY want to curb violence they might try going after guns, but that is not what they really want

Obama Cancels Chicago Democrat’s “Champion Of Change” Award Due To Corruption Probe

Obama Forced To Cancel Chicago Democrat’s “Champion Of Change” Award After FBI Begins Corruption Probe – Weasel Zippers

Wait, a Chicago Democrat is corrupt? I guess there’s a first for everything.

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Via Politico:

The Chicago alderman who was supposed to receive an award as a Champion of Change on Monday, has been removed as an honoree for now, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Alderman Joe Moore will no longer receive the award from the White House until the results of an FBI ethics probe into his office is known.

“We did not honor him as a Champion of Change today and will hold that honor until we know the results of his investigation,” the official told the Tribune on Wednesday.

Moore, who is a veteran alderman, thinks of the probe as unfair and is disappointed that it has cost him the award. He has denied all allegations against him.

On the day he was scheduled to get the award, an inspector general report accused Moore of paying two employees more than he should have after they were fired, saying that he paid one of them “hush money” to not speak of anything in the office.

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City Of Chicago Goes Full-Blown Batshit Crazy… Again

Chicago’s New War On Guns: Letters – Politico

Chicago police are going to hand deliver letters to people suspected of committing or being victims of gun crimes in an effort to stem violence in the city, according to a new report.

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Starting Friday, a district commander will be delivering letters warning certain targets in that district not to commit violent crimes, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The pilot program is targeting individuals off a “heat list” developed by a Yale professor, who studied murders on Chicago’s West Side between 2005 and 2010 and found a small network of people was responsible for more than 70 percent of the killings, according to the Sun-Times.

The letters warn people who have been put on the list that they will be charged with the most serious crime possible if they are arrested for a violent offense.

The Chicago Police Department has identified 400 individuals, or 20 people in each police district, for the list, police told the Sun-Times. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told the paper it’s an effort to “put those guys on notice” and say “we know who you are, we know what you do.”

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DaleyGator DaleyBabe Natasha Marley and some Rule 5 links

Kurt leads off with his version of Rule 5

Angry Mike has two words for us SMOKIN HOT!

Proof Positive has women of PETA, plus a Best of the Web Post, and his Friday babe is Claudia Jordan, and he also has a vintage babe, one of the all-time beauties, Natalie Wood

Uncoached has their PM Portfolio

TC Mag has a video of a bikini malfunction, slightly NSFW

Soylent has Scarlett Fever, NSFW 

Smoking Jacket has Lovely Lady Links 

Miss K has a contest between under boobs, and sweater puppies 

90 Miles has Late Night ladies

Fritz features Cassidy Freeman 

Donald Douglas has his Zimmerman Verdict Riot Babes

Animal Magnetism has some lovely Asian gals 

Bob Belvedere has no Rule 5 BUT he does have a story about a cow killing a man by…………

Mandatory has Kari Nautique

Wirecutter has a naughty doll

I Love Bacon: Now ThAT is a guarantee

Hookers and Booze has an extra hooker?

Heavy has the 20 hottest pics of Katheryn Winnick

Conservative Hideout has the fabulous Girls and Guns post up!

EBL has the stunning Jessica Alba

Grouchy Old Cripple has his Saturday Boobage NSFW 

Postal Dog brings us up to date on hot Lesbian shower scenes 

William Teach has his Sunday Pin Up Post up

Guyism previews Hooters Miss International

Funtasticus has wet ladies

Feral Irishman has your good morning lady

Double Trouble has some NSFW lovelies

COED has Elle Lenz 

Pitsnipes remembers Amanda Bynes before she went nuts 

Randy has his Thursday Tart

Reaganite Republican likes Miss Germany

Classic Liberal has Rule 5 to honor Extremists

The Other McCain has last weeks Rule 5 round up

The Chive celebrates lovely backs

Busted Coverage has Jenny dell, whoever she is, in a bikini

Brosome has Barbara Palvin

BMG  thinks bikinis improve everything

Barn O Rama has Priscilla Caripan 

The Right Way has a Friday Babe 

Theo notes how hot Sharapova is and has Sunday Totty to boot

Wine, Women and Politics has some NSFW ladies

A Nod to the Gods has some more NSFW hotness

‘Chiraq’ Update: 72 People Shot In Leftist-Controlled Chicago Over 4th Of July Weekend (Video)

Chicago Sees Stunning 72 Shootings Over Fourth Of July Weekend – Raw Story

The Fourth of July weekend was an especially bloody time in Chicago this year, where 72 people were shot over the course of just four days according to local media.

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Of that 72, NBC Chicago reported that 12 men were killed. A 5-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy were also seriously injured in separate events, as was a 72-year-old woman who was reportedly shot in the ankle.

Many of the shootings appear to have been the result of gang violence and NBC Chicago noted that at least three individuals who took bullets over the weekend are refusing to cooperate with police.

The Chicago Sun-Times observed over the weekend that 64 of the shootings had already taken place by Saturday.

The weekend lived up to Chicago’s unfortunate reputation for gang violence, which has lent itself to the city being nicknamed “Chiraq” by some. The contrast of Chicago and Iraq, while not initially apparent, becomes clearer when comparing the casualty statistics: 4,265 were murdered in Chicago from 2003-2011, according to HBO’s Vice, whereas 4,422 American soldiers died of violence in Iraq over that same period.

Despite Chicago’s reputation as the deadliest city in America, the murder rate is down significantly in the first half of 2013 over the year prior, according to The Week. Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) said in May that police had confiscated over 2,500 illegal guns so far this year.

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You will never guess who is to blame for failing Chicago schools

Why rich White folks and RAAAAACISM of course, you should know that by now silly! EVERYTHING is the fault of RAAAAACISM, or Rich people, or both

In a scathing speech on Wednesday, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union charged that racism and “rich white people” are to blame for the immense financial crisis facing the Chicago Public Schools.

In her remarks to an audience at the upscale City Club of Chicago, union boss Karen Lewis strongly criticized Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She also urged the city schools to follow the strategic blueprint of the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

“Members of the status quo — the people who are running the schools and advising the mayor on how to best run our district — know what good education looks like because they have secured it for their own children in well-resourced public and private institutions,” the Dartmouth graduate charged.

Of course greedy teachers unions that care little or nothing about educating kids could never be a problem right? And power mad union thugs like Lewis are never to blame either. NO, all that is needed is higher taxation

“When will there be an honest conversation about the poverty, racism and inequality that hinders the delivery of a quality education product in our school system?” Lewis also asked in the speech. “When will we address the fact that rich, white people think they know what’s in the best interest of children of African Americans and Latinos—no matter what the parent’s income or education level.”

The union leader then questioned the motives of “venture capitalists” who have expressed a desire to improve the quality of education for poor and minority students.

“There is something about these folks who love the kids but hate the parents,” Lewis inveighed. “There’s something about these folks who use little black and brown children as stage props at one press conference while announcing they want to fire, layoff or lock up their parents at another press conference.”

Lewis called for “an end to corporate subsidies and loopholes.” She demanded “progressive taxation” to close the $1 billion budget deficit currently facing the Second City and its public schools

Lewis is a Communist, and is all about one thing, $$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

University Of Chicago Removed Church Pews From 88-Year-Old Chapel To Accommodate Islamic Prayers

University Of Chicago Removed Church Pews From 88-Year-Old Chapel To Accommodate Islamic Prayers – Atlas Shrugs

More and more accommodation…

REPORT: University of Chicago removed pews from 88-year old chapel to accommodate Islamic prayers Campus Forum, June 10, 2013 (hat tip snake)

University of Chicago (UC) administrators permanently removed pews from an 88-year old chapel on campus in order to accommodate Islamic prayers, according to a local news report.

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Photograph of the chapel before its pews were removed last year.

Chicago NPR affiliate, WBEZ news, reported on May 23, the pews, which are now part of display at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, were “removed in order to provide Muslim students a place to pray.”

Literature describing the artwork that was created by UC Director of Arts and Public Life Theaster Gates, also describes the removal of the pews as symbol of religious tolerance.

“The pews were recently removed from the chapel in order to offer Muslim students a place to pray, a symbolic gesture of religious tolerance,” according to an official description of the exhibit which includes a “set of repurposed pews from the University of Chicago’s campus church.”

A spokesperson for UC also appeared to confirm the reason for the pews’ removal in a statement emailed to Campus Reform on Friday.

“The benches were removed… to make Bond Chapel a more appropriate comfortable space for its many uses: ceremonial, spiritual, and artistic,” said Susie Allen.

Allen, however, said the primary purpose for the change, which was part of a broader renovation, was to “accommodate the installation of a Boroque-style organ.”

The UC Muslim Student Association (MSA) also announced in its 2012-2013 edition of The Complete Muslims Guide to UChicago that Friday prayers would be held in the chapel once renovation was complete.

“Bond Chapel is where Friday prayers will be held once construction is over,” it says.

“Insha’Allah, Jumuah prayer will be held in Bond Chapel every Friday this quarter,” reads another announcement on the MSA Chicago website.

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Black Mob Robs Elderly Chicago Woman Of $100,000 In Jewelry (Video)

Flash Mobbery Chicago: Elderly Woman Robbed Of $100,000 Of Jewelry On Mag Mile (Video) – Gateway Pundit

A black flash mob told an elderly woman to give up jewels or get a beating. They made off with $100,000 worth of jewels in the robbery.

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CBS Local reported:

An elderly woman was confronted on the Magnificent Mile by a mob of young men on Wednesday, who proceeded to take $100,000 worth of jewelry she was wearing. A Chicago police source said the 69-year-old woman from Homewood Flossmoor was accosted by 10 to 12 African American men while walking in the 700 block of North Michigan around noon in front of Saks Fifth Avenue.

They threatened to beat her if she didn’t give them her purse and jewelry.

She took off her jewelry, valued at around $100,000, and handed it to them.

According to police, the woman had a leaf-shaped pin she was wearing that was encrusted with diamonds and surrounded by black onyx. That alone was valued at $50,000.

The men involved were between 18 and 19 years-old. They were wearing baggy pants and dreads. They ran northbound on Rush towards Chicago Avenue to escape.

This weekend 12 more youths were arrested for another disturbance on the Magnificent Mile.

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How do these people ever get jobs working in education?

The old saying is that stupidity should hurt. Well, it is hurting all of us, especially our school kids

CNS NEWS– Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a civil rights lawsuit against a Chicago public school district on behalf of a second-grade teacher who was suspended after he displayed garden-variety tools such as wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers in his classroom as part of a “tool discussion” in his class.

Despite the fact that all potentially hazardous items were kept out of the students’ reach, school officials at Washington Irving Elementary School informed Doug Bartlett, a 17-year veteran in the classroom, that his use of the tools as visual aids endangered his students. Bartlett was subsequently penalized with a four-day suspension without pay – charged with possessing, carrying, storing or using a weapon.

The complaint charges that Bartlett “suffered humiliation, embarrassment, mental suffering, and lost wages, and was suspended for four days” – and asks for “nominal and compensatory damages” and for the suspension to be expunged from the teacher’s record.

“This school district’s gross overreaction to a simple teaching demonstration on basic tools such as wrenches and pliers underscores exactly what is wrong with our nation’s schools,” said Rutherford Institute Pres. John Whitehead.

There is only one solution to this epidemic of idiocy in our schools. those that engage in such asinine over reactions have to be fired! No one that stupid ought to be near kids anyway. Incompetence in the workplace should be punished rather than rewarded!

 

Chicago Menace Arrested 396 Times, Knows How To Work The System

Arrested 396 Times, Woman Knows How To Work The System – Chicago Sun-Times

On a sweltering day last summer, traffic came to a standstill on a bustling stretch of Bryn Mawr Avenue in Edgewater, emergency crew sirens wailed and Chicago Police Officer Tom Rolon hurried to the scene.

The crackling voice in Rolon’s radio reported a woman foaming at the mouth and lying in the middle of the street; Rolon approached and instantly recognized her.

“She looked up at me and says, ‘Officer Rolon, I love you,’ ” recalled the now retired cop, who spent 17 years on foot patrol in Edgewater. “She got up, and all of a sudden she’s OK.”

Rolon recognized Shermain Miles because he’s seen her more times than he can count – drunk, half-naked, cursing and, on one occasion, lunging at another woman with a dinner fork.

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Since 1978, Chicago Police alone have arrested Miles 396 times, mostly on the North Side – under at least 83 different aliases. Those arrests include 92 for theft, 65 for disorderly conduct, 59 for prostitution-related crimes and five for robbery or attempted robbery.

The frustrating truth: The system – strapped by overcrowded prisons and cuts to mental health funding – hasn’t been able to save Miles from herself or to help the communities she menaces. Nothing has worked. Not jail. Not prison. Not countless psychological exams for the woman described as being “acutely psychotic.”

Miles is a master at working the system, says Rolon. She fakes seizures that mean costly hospital visits. She gets judges to delay her cases. And then she returns to the streets to be arrested again and again – so many times that she ranks in the top 1 percent for all current CPD arrestees.

To the relief of many, Miles, 51, is currently in prison in downstate Lincoln. Police arrested her last August, when – after a day of allegedly slapping, punching and generally harassing folks on a stretch of Broadway in Uptown – she is accused of chasing after Ald. James Cappleman (46th). That arrest landed her back in prison for a possible parole violation of a 2010 conviction for robbing a 75-year-old Bosnian immigrant at knifepoint.

On Tuesday, the Illinois Prisoner Review Board is set to decide whether Miles violated the terms of her parole; if she did, it’s likely she’ll be held until April 2014, when her parole expires.

Mujo Cesic, Miles’ victim in the knife robbery, wants another option.

“She should never be released,” said Cesic, a firefighter in his native Bosnia who spoke through a translator.

Miles spent her childhood dodging feet, fists and anything else her mother found to inflict pain.

“We were all abused by my mom, but Shermain was abused more than any of us,” said one of Miles’ two sisters, who lives in the Southwest suburbs. “It’s the root cause of all her problems.”

The sister – who didn’t want her name used – said the state ultimately plucked her and her sister from their home in the Cabrini-Green housing project. Their mother died in 1994, and the sister said she never knew their father.

Unlike her sister, Miles never adjusted to foster care. By the time she was 14, Miles’ life on the streets had begun. She got pregnant as a teenager, and has an adult daughter living in Minnesota, the sister said.

How did the sister succeed where Miles didn’t?

“I was put in a good foster home with people who loved me and cared for me,” the sister said.

At some point, Miles drifted to the North Side.

Phelps Holmes probably knows Miles as well as anyone in Uptown – the geographical center of Miles’ territory, which mostly ranges from Lake View to the south and Rogers Park to the North. Holmes is off the streets now, but for nine years he slept in parks and on loading docks – much of that time with Miles slumbering nearby, he said.

“She’s always been a sweet young lady to me,” said Holmes, 59, standing a stone’s throw from the corner store at Sheridan and Lawrence, where Miles likes to buy her liquor.

Miles was generous with her food and drink, but silent on her past, Holmes said.

“You don’t talk about where you come from… because sometimes what got you homeless is because of things you did with your family,” he said. “You might have got on drugs and stole from them. They can’t trust you no more.”

Miles rarely sleeps in one of Uptown’s estimated 500 shelter beds because she fights with other guests, Holmes said.

“Steve,” a man who sleeps on a square of cardboard beneath Lake Shore Drive at Wilson Avenue, doesn’t know Miles, but he understands why she might avoid shelters.

“The shelters have bugs in them and they’re overcrowded; otherwise, I’d be in one right now,” said Steve, who wouldn’t give his last name.

Miles’ run-ins with police started decades ago. Her first arrest in the city came in 1978, for allegedly breaking into a car. Since then, police have detained her for assault, burglary, drug possession and public indecency – among many other crimes. Miles’ busiest year was 1988, when police made 25 arrests. In the majority of those cases, Miles is arrested, released and never convicted; Rolon says that’s partly because Miles knows how to work the system – getting judges to delay cases so that her victims get frustrated, stop coming to court and then the case is dismissed.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office counts 73 convictions in all.

“We also need her to come to court,” said Fabio Valentini, chief of Cook County’s Criminal Prosecutions Bureau. “You can see that in a great many cases, she fails to appear in court.”

Valentini defends his office’s handling of Miles’ more recent cases, saying that whenever she’s been charged with a felony – 10 times, according to prosecutors – she is convicted. He also says that within the last year, Miles’ cases have been assigned to a single, community-based prosecutor available to talk over concerns with the public and police about Miles’ activities.

On the rare occasion when Miles has served prison time, she benefits from a state law that automatically cuts an inmate’s term in half for a range of crimes; that’s why she served only three years of a six-year term for robbing Cesic in 2008. But in 1993, Miles served about seven months of a two-year prison term – her first Illinois prison stay – stemming from an attempted robbery charge. In that case, Miles received about five months’ credit for good behavior, said Illinois Department of Corrections spokeswoman Stacey Solano.

After Miles’ most recent release from prison in April 2011, CPD arrested her six times before she was finally sent back to prison. Why?

“The Department [of Corrections] makes decisions on a case-by-case basis,” Solano said. “And when appropriate, will try to impose community-based sanctions for parolees before [an] automatic return to prison.”

Miles has been in and out of mental health hospitals and participated in various programs in the communities she calls home, including Thresholds, a North Side agency that bills itself as the state’s oldest and largest organization helping people with severe mental health illness.

“Within one year of joining a Thresholds program, 90 percent of Thresholds’ members remain out of costly hospital care and nursing home care,” according to Thresholds’ web site.

How the agency has helped Miles remains unclear. Thresholds refused repeated requests to talk about Miles or their programs in general.

Miles has told court-appointed psychologists she believes people are trying to kill her and steal her money.

While signing some forms, “the defendant laughed so loudly and exuberantly that she almost fell out of her chair,” one psychologist wrote in a 2006 letter to the judge handling an attempted robbery case that involved Miles grabbing an Edgewater woman and telling her: “Give me your f—ing money or I will kill you.”

Cappleman, who said he witnessed Miles punch and slap two people last summer on North Broadway before she came after him, says his ward’s notorious resident can’t simply be released from prison without a “highly structured” plan in place.

“For the sake of Ms. Miles and the community, it’s time to take the next step to ensure the community is no longer terrorized by her behavior,” Cappleman wrote in a February letter to the state’s Prisoner Review Board, which will consider Miles’ case Tuesday.

So what does Miles have to say for herself?

Earlier this year, she agreed in a hand-written note to an interview with a Chicago Sun-Times reporter: “Since I have gave my life over to the Lord, I have no problem with you coming out here… It is very much appreciated that you are wanting to hear my side of the story.”

On the day of the interview, she sat quietly waiting on a bench in a hallway inside the red-brick complex at Logan Correctional Center in rural Lincoln. She wore lipstick and eyeliner, and her frequently unkempt hair was neatly styled. One correctional officer described Miles as well-behaved, requesting Gospel music when she is transported to Cook County for court appearances.

But when a reporter introduced himself, she said, “Am I getting paid?”

When she found out she wasn’t, Miles turned on her heels and walked away, saying: “Then I have nothing to say. Jesus already took care of it.”

Back in Edgewater, the business community in particular is dreading Miles’ possible return. Miles has been known to chase after pedestrians and pinch them. She sometimes walks out in the middle of traffic and holds out her hand like an unofficial crossing guard.

“There is always one case that rallies a community, and she was that case,” said Marko Zaric, a spokesman for The Business People for Bryn Mawr, a group that monitors crime in the area.

Edgewater florist Rick Flinn, who said he called police 25 times last summer about Miles, recalls one frustrated police officer’s approach to handling her.

“There used to be a person who’d pick her up and drop her off on the Far South Side,” Flinn said. “She always gets back here somehow.”

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