The family of the namesake of a major road on Chicago’s South Side is pushing back against a mayoral candidate’s suggestion the expressway be rebranded to former President Barack Obama.
Bill Daley, who is running to replace Rahm Emanuel as Chicago’s mayor in February’s election, last week proposed changing the name of the Dan Ryan Expressway, also known as Interstate 90/94. But the Ryan family is upset that Daley, whose father and brother previously served as the city’s mayor, would put forward the idea without seeking their opinion first. Dan Ryan, a former Cook County board president, worked extensively with then-Mayor Richard J. Daley, the current candidate’s father, to build the road. Dan Ryan died suddenly in 1961 before it opened in 1962.
Bill Daley served as White House chief of staff in the Obama administration, as did Emanuel, the outgoing mayor.
“I’m hurt. I feel bad that he didn’t try and contact us to see what we would think,” Daniel B. Ryan III, the namesake’s grandson, 69, told the Chicago Sun-Times this week. “We feel very honored to have this named after our grandfather. Why would you take an honor away from one man to honor another?”
Of course, the money peaked under Barack Obama. President Trump has nearly eliminated the funding.
I assume a lot of the goal here was to perform conversions to the Nation of Islam. Conversion to radical forms of Islam is a huge problem in the prisons, and many prisoners belong to Farrakhan’s group.
The Nation of Islam and its leaders have received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the U.S. government since 2008 to teach religious study programs for federal prison inmates, according to records reviewed by the Washington Examiner.
A black nationalist group led by Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam preaches that white people are “blue-eyed devils” and Jews are “the synagogue of Satan.” Its leaders have received at least $364,500 in contracts and awards from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice between fiscal 2008 and fiscal 2019.
The funding was designed to provide “Nation of Islam religious services,” “Nation of Islam spiritual guide services,” “Nation of Islam study services,” and other related programming led by the organization’s leaders, according to Bureau of Prison records. The Nation of Islam has been labeled a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
It’s hilarious, truly, to hear the whining from Democrats and the carping in the press about President Trump’s supposed offenses toward our servicemembers.
In recent days, he’s taken a boatload of you-know-what – let’s say, opprobrium – from the left for his treatment of the armed forces members serving on battlefields – and those buried beneath them.
Trump didn’t go visit an American World War I cemetery in France last weekend because of the rain. What a wimp! These boys fought in the trenches and Trump can’t deal with a few raindrops, crowed the left and their allies in the press. Rejected out of hand was his excuse that the Secret Service didn’t want him to shut down French roads on a long, traffic-snarling, and potentially insecure trip to the cemetery once his helicopter was grounded.
Obama Secretary of State John Kerry took to front lines of Twitter to sneer.
President @realDonaldTrump a no-show because of raindrops? Those veterans the president didn’t bother to honor fought in the rain, in the mud, in the snow – & many died in trenches for the cause of freedom. Rain didn’t stop them & it shouldn’t have stopped an American president.
It’s great to hear Kerry sounding off while he and his boss presided over such damaging cuts to the military budget. Kerry celebrates our past warfighters even as he screwed our present soldiers, seamen, and aviators. Nice, John.
Trump has received growing criticism in recent days for failing the parachute in to visit with troops in combat zones on holidays, LIKE OBAMA DID! Obama got lots of great press for cutting turkey and slopping cranberry sauce on the plates of U.S. servicemembers. But while he was ladling out the trimmings, he was busy cutting the equipment and manpower they needed to fight and survive, and endangering their lives by restricting their rules of engagement.
The United States has lost its military edge to a dangerous degree and could potentially lose a war against China or Russia, according to a report released Wednesday by a bipartisan commission that Congress created to evaluate the Trump administration’s defense strategy . . .
The picture of the national security landscape that the 12-person commission sketched is a bleak one, in which an American military that has enjoyed undisputed dominance for decades is failing to receive the resources, innovation and prioritization its leaders need to outmuscle China and Russia in a race for military might reminiscent of the Cold War.
The military balance has shifted adversely for the United States in Europe, Asia and the Middle East, undermining the confidence of American allies and increasing the likelihood of military conflict, the commission found, after reviewing classified documents, receiving Pentagon briefings and interviewing top defense officials.
“The U.S. military could suffer unacceptably high casualties and loss of major capital assets in its next conflict. It might struggle to win, or perhaps lose, a war against China or Russia,” the report said. “The United States is particularly at risk of being overwhelmed should its military be forced to fight on two or more fronts simultaneously.”
Trump finally caved into demands by Democrats who had held military spending increases hostage to hiking up already-soaring domestic outlays, allowing both categories of spending to increase. Obama, the commander in chief, was never able to put the nation’s security above his pique at Republicans demanding a slowdown in domestic spending.
Because I think, in his heart, Obama doesn’t particularly like the military. He’s a peace, love and understanding guy raised by leftists in Hawaii.
Trump is trying to repair the damage he did. Because Obama denied the military what it needed. But he served a nice heap of stuffing.
President Trump Friday spoke to reporters – yet again – as he departed for a trip to Paris, France, saying he would “never forgive” Barack Obama for depleting the U.S. military.
Trump spoke on the South Lawn before departing for a trip to Paris, France. He was responding to a question about Michelle Obama’s new book, “Becoming,” in which she says she will never forgive him for promoting the “birther” theory that her husband was born in Kenya.
Trump said of Barack Obama:
I’ll never forgive him for what he did to our United States military by not funding it properly. It was depleted, everything was old and tired. And I came in, and I had to fix it, and I’m in the process of spending tremendous amounts of money . . . What he did to our military made this country very unsafe.
No one criticizes Obama for this obvious fact. And yet, if uses the word “nationalist,” oh by, the republic is finished.
U.S. nonfarm payrolls increased a seasonally adjusted 250,000 in October, the Labor Department said Friday. The unemployment rate held steady at 3.7 percent, matching the lowest rate since December 1969. Wages increased 3.1 percent from a year earlier, the best year-over-year gain for average hourly earnings since 2009.
Economists surveyed by The Wall Street Journal had expected 188,000 new jobs in October and a 3.7 percent unemployment rate.
Average hourly earnings for all private-sector workers increased 5 cents last month to $27.30. October marked the first time since the recession ended more than nine years ago that the closely watched pay gauge rose better than 3% from a year earlier.
During the downturn, wages were growing because employers were letting go of less-experienced, lower-paid workers, leaving higher-earning workers on payrolls.
Now the opposite is occurring. With relatively few unemployed Americans looking for work, employers are increasingly having to bid up wages to poach workers from other employers. That has been happening for several years for higher-skilled workers such as engineers and welders, but now it is occurring for relatively lower-skilled jobs such as warehouse workers and home-care aides.
Also of note: The manufacturing sector, left for dead by globalists in both the Republican and Democratic party – and no, I don’t mean Jews, for God’s sake – was one of the biggest gainers, adding 32,000 jobs, with particular strength in durable goods. The labor participation rate, which fell to historic lows under Obama and helped keep his unemployment rate low, rose 0.2 percent, a good sign.
You didn’t have to tune into Fox this time to hear some good news.
There’s a lot of chatter right now about how former Attorney General Eric Holder, who may be running for president, broke Michelle Obama’s “rule,” that, “When they go low, we go high.”
That’s “our motto,” she proclaimed during her 2012 DNC convention speech. Holder invoked it the other day, riffing, “When they go low, we kick them.”
Of course, in the current context of Democrats physically confronting Republicans and their elected officials, that’s pretty irresponsible.
Michelle kinda, sorta criticized Holder during an appearance Thursday on “Today,” saying she stood by her supposed maxim. “Fear is not a proper motivator,” she said, which sounds more like a dig at President Trump than Holder, but, whatever.
The fact is, Barack Obama frequently went low, repeatedly demonizing the opposition, and Michelle Obama did too, she was just subtle about it. I was frequently disgusted by her other 2012 campaign mantra, “Who are we?” in which she suggested that Republicans were morally contemptible.
From a speech she gave at a fundraiser on September 30, 2011:
Will we be a country that tells folks who’ve done everything right but are still struggling, “tough luck, you’re on your own”? Who are we?
Or will we honor that fundamental American belief that I am my brother’s keeper, I am my sister’s keeper, and if one of us is hurting, then all of us are hurting? Who are we as a nation? (Applause.)
Will we be a country where opportunity is limited to the few at the top? Or will we give every child a chance to succeed, no matter where she’s from, what she looks like, or how much money her parents have? Who do we want to be as a nation?
Will we lose sight of those basic values that made our country great and built our thriving middle class? Or can we rebuild our economy for the long term so that work pays, and responsibility is rewarded, and everyone — everyone — gets a fair shake and does their fair share?
That is the choice we face. Those are the stakes.
Seriously? Conservatives lack “basic values”? They just want opportunity for those at the top? They don’t care about people who are hurting? Please find me a conservative who ever told someone, “Tough luck, you’re on your own”?
It’s never enough for liberals, including Michelle, to disagree with conservatives. Conservatives have to be dumb, evil, or both.
Barack Obama, the Alinskyite, was much worse, of course. Famously there’s this one from 2010:
If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder and that’s why I think it’s so important that people focus on voting on November 2.
Here is Obama in 2015 talking about Republicans who wanted to put a temporary hold on taking Syrian refugees following terror attacks in Europe, sentiments he dismissed as “political posturing”:
Apparently, they are scared of widows and orphans coming into the United States of America. At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them in the debates. Now they are scared of three-year-old orphans.
Obama January 2013 suggesting Republicans don’t care about kids getting enough to eat and have “suspicions” about Social Security:
So they are suspicious about government’s commitments, for example, to make sure that seniors have decent health care as they get older. They have suspicions about Social Security. They have suspicions about whether government should make sure that kids in poverty are getting enough to eat or whether we should be spending money on medical research. So they — they got a particular view of what government should do and — and should be.
Very suspicious characters, those Republicans.
There are many more examples. Obama specifically demonized Republicans in ways George W. Bush never did Democrats. I covered both administrations, and in fact, Bush rarely if ever even used the word “Democrat,” not wanting to sound too divisive and believing the presidency was above such partisanship.
The Obamas didn’t just question Republican policy choices. They questioned their motives and their character. And that’s going pretty low.
Even the Washington Post Sunday finally admitted that manufacturing jobs are coming back, something every supposedly informed person I’ve listened to in the past few years said was impossible since we could rely instead on handy slave labor in China.
Blue-collar jobs are growing at their fastest rate in more than 30 years, helping fuel a hiring boom in many small towns and rural areas that are strong supporters of President Trump ahead of November’s midterm elections.
Jobs in goods-producing industries — mining, construction and manufacturing — grew 3.3 percent in the year preceding July, the best rate since 1984, according to a Washington Post analysis.
Blue-collar jobs, long a small and shrinking part of the U.S. economy, are now growing at a faster clip than those in the nation’s much larger service economy. Many factors collided to produce the blue-collar boom. Some are linked to short-term boom-and-bust cycles, but others may endure.
The rapid hiring in blue-collar sectors is delivering benefits to areas that turned out heavily for Trump in the 2016 election, according to the Brookings Institution, a shift from earlier in this expansion, when large and midsize cities experienced most of the gains.
Makes sense to me. Until we all get to heaven or hell, we’re always going to need “things,” no matter how much stuff goes online.
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