In "Lawless", George Mason University law professor David E. Bernstein offers a scholarly and unsettling account of how the Obama Administration has undermined the Constitution and the rule of law. He documents how the President has presided over one constitutional debacle after another – from Obamacare to unauthorized wars in the Middle East to attempts to strip property owners, college students, religious groups, and conservative political activists of their rights, and more.
SPRINGFIELD - Former State Rep. Raymond Poe resigned his 20 year plus seat in the Illinois House and moved up to head Illinois Agriculture last week, just in time for Governor Rauner's wife's chief of staff to move into his Capitol office with unanimous support from Sangamon County Republicans.
And with March 15 2016 GOP primary petitions to begin being filed Monday, it may be that the new State Rep for Illinois' 99th House - Sara Wojcicki Jimenez - might just escape a intra-party battle right out of the box.
That's likely a reason for the crisp political timing of all those moves, but that's not how Jimenez' announcement was presented Friday by the House Republican Organization.
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Judicial activism refers to judicial rulings suspected of being based on personal or political considerations rather than on existing law. It is sometimes used as an antonym of judicial restraint. The question of judicial activism is closely related to constitutional interpretation, statutory construction, and separation of powers.
There is a growing discrepancy in how specific current Supreme Court Justices view their role from that of those who formed our government, constitution and the initial Supreme Court. Our forefathers' initial intent for the Supreme Court was to be less than that of the powers granted to Congress or the Presidency. Instead, it appears their role morphed into a dominant one that supersedes the other branches.
CHICAGO - "My name is Luis Gutierrez, and here's what really pisses me off ..." starts a 39-second video featuring Illinois' 4th District congressman.
"When I see human tragedies like the terrorism that occurred in Paris, and see people perished, murdered and assassinated, and then see politicians in the United States of America exploit that tragedy and death to create hatred and bigotry against poor Syrian refugees ..."
Three Syrian refugees in Greece are caught on hidden camera talking about using fake passports to get to Europe and the US. They talk about using the same route as one of the terrorists who perpetrated the attack in Paris last week. When asked how to obtain a fake passport one of the Syrian refugees responded: "You need a person who the made the fake passport. And you need to pay for it. Maybe about three thousand Euro. ($3,189).” He also added that that is how a lot of Syrians come to the US and that there are a lot of Syrians in France.
The headline on C-SPAN following a recent Obama speech in Turkey read: “Did President Obama Just Admit He was Muslim?”
“I think on one hand non-Muslims cannot stereotype,” Obama said, “but I also think the Muslim community has to think about how we make sure that children are not being affected with this twisted notion that somehow they can kill innocent people.”
C-SPAN said, "Pay attention to when he uses the word 'we.'"
UTAH – Parents at Salem Junior High School were shocked to discover their children were making propaganda posters for ISIS, but it wasn’t by choice.
It was a classroom assignment.
According to the teacher’s handout, students were to read several supposed reasons why “young Muslims join ISIS.”
Among them, “3. Purpose for living. Living with the hope for a good job in the future is a luxury that not many Muslim young men can realize these days especially in Europe. ISIS offers young Muslims what they see as a large enough purpose for living and for dying. Some Muslims in Europe feel marginalized and do not experience a place of belongingness (sic) in the countries of their residence. When they go to Iraq and Syria they get accepted as brothers and sisters who are warriors and heroes,” according to snapshots of the assignment published by KSL.
Students were then instructed to “create a propaganda poster for one of the terrorist organizations we have discussed. It should be neat, colored, professional etc. Information has been included to help you better understood (sic) what groups like ISIS want and why.”
Congratulations to NR.
Sixty years ago on Nov. 19, 1955, the late William F. Buckley, Jr. (1925-2008) published the first issue of National Review magazine. It has changed over the years, but it was always a leading forum for intelligent conservative opinions on issues of the day and conservatives have benefited from its place in American history as the legacy of Buckley, the late publisher William A. Rusher, and all the writers and editors over the last 60 years.
CHICAGO - There should be no tax increases to fix Illinois' ongoing budget mess, said 53 percent of a group of Democrats and Republicans asked in statewide survey Americans for Prosperity - Illinois released Wednesday.
And while Republican Governor Bruce Rauner has made it clear that he's willing to compromise with the Democrats and "increase revenue" (read: "hike taxes") if Democrats will deal on systemic business policy issues that affect workmen's compensation and unemployment taxes - among others - 66 percent said state spending should be cut rather than taxes hiked.
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Bruce Rauner announced agreements Wednesday with the Chicago-based Service Employees International Union Local 1 and a number of trade unions. Rauner’s office says the new contracts account for more than 500 people.
WASHINGTON - Two Democrats from Illinois - U.S. Reps Dan Lipinski (IL-03) and Cheri Bustos (IL-17) broke ranks along with 45 of their Democrat colleagues Thursday to vote "Aye" on the SAFE Act, along with all Illinois Republicans in the U.S. House.
Illinois Republicans explained their reasons for supporting the bill.
“We are a generous nation that accepts many of the world's most vulnerable refugees. However, it is critical that we are careful and responsible when it comes to resettling Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States," said Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) after the vote.
SPRINGFIELD - The Syrian refugee dilemma is staying in the headlines, and President Obama's home state is divided over how the refugee crisis should be handled. A story by Illinois Review staff was featured in the national Watchdog Arena Wednesday on the matter.
Illinois Democrats are against slowing down the admission process, while Illinois Republicans are calling for extra protection:
Rauner called for a full review of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s acceptance and security processes.
The next day, a delegation of Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois called on President Obama to cease the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the United States until there is an updated system in place that can verify the background of the refugees and provide absolute certainty that no individual with sympathies to ISIS is allowed into the United States.
The letter was initiated by Congressman Robert Dold (IL-10) and signed by U.S. Congressmen Peter Roskam (IL-6), Mike Bost (IL-12), Rodney Davis (IL-13), Randy Hultgren (IL-14), John Shimkus (IL-15), Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) and Darin LaHood (IL-18).
WASHINGTON - Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that Syrian refugees should be welcomed into America, and that she fully trusts the United Nations and Department of Homeland Security's screening process. But Obama Administration officials aren't in full agreement.
Duckworth, who is running to be the Democrats' nominee for U.S. Senator from Illinois, is pushing for 200,000 refugees to be accepted by America.
CHICAGO - The Chicago City Council joined Democrats at the federal level Wednesday condemning Governor Bruce Rauner's pause in allowing Syrian refugees to relocate in Illinois announced earlier this week.
The Council says in the passed resolution that legal experts' opinions deny states the option of ignoring federal immigration policy, but in the same legislation, they affirm that Chicago is a "sanctuary city" that protects illegal immigrants - a clear violation of federal immigration law.
Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th Ward, hosted in the city council's gallery a Syrian refugee family that arrived in Chicago a few months ago, from among the 131 Syrian refugees accepted in Illinois since the flood of over 4 million began exiting their home country in 2012.
By Ann Coulter -
NEW YORK: “BRUSSELS — The French authorities have concluded that Abdelhamid Abaaoud, a 27-year-old Belgian man who has fought in Syria for the Islamic State, was the mastermind of the Paris terrorist attacks.”
Franco-Belgian yet cosmopolitan in culture, Abaaoud’s great-grandfather, Anselmus Aaster, opened the first chocolate shop on the Rue des Bouchers, Brussels. Abaaoud claimed to be a distant relation of the 17th-century Baroque artist, Philippe de Champaigne, who painted Cardinal Richelieu eleven times …
Give me a break, New York Times. The Paris terrorists were 100 percent Middle Eastern, although most were born in Muslim ghettos in Europe.
After 50 years of the most backward, dysfunctional cultures pouring into the civilized world, the media are forced to blatantly lie to us whenever immigrants attack: This has nothing to do with refugees! Ismail Omar Mostefai is “a Frenchman.”
Ismail is “French” in the same way that Caitlin Jenner is a “woman.” That doesn’t mean we can draw no conclusions about the relative strength of men and women, even though a “woman” won the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics.
The fact that only one of the terrorists was part of the current “refugee” flow proves we’re facing something much bigger than a refugee problem: We can’t assimilate them. These days, second-generation immigrants are just as likely to shoot up Fort Hood as the first-generation Tsarnaev brothers are to blow up the Boston Marathon.
The insistent demand for an endless flow of Third World immigrants to the West goes well beyond cheap labor for the rich. It has become a mass psychosis.;
By Mark Weyermuller -
The former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich spoke at Northwestern University Monday night in Evanston, Illinois. He was the guest of the Northwestern College Republicans and the Young Americans Foundation. Currently Gingrich can be seen on Fox News along with other media outlets. He may be best known for his "Contract for America" in 1994.
By Nancy Thorner & Bonnie O'Neil -
In “Court and Democracy” Jeffry Rosen speaks of the Supreme Court as playing a paradoxical role in American democracy. He states: "Americans think of the Supreme Court as the least democratic branch of the federal government, designed by the framers of the U.S. Constitution to 'protect vulnerable minorities' against the tyranny of the majority."
Why so? Might it be because nearly all of the most controversial issues in American politics end up before the Supreme Court and before justices who are appointed for life, with the intent that issues might be decided by our laws, and especially our Constitution, rather than the popular viewpoint of the day? Thus, the Court's greatest power was initially perceived as that of judicial review: the power to strike down laws passed by federal and state legislatures, if they violate the basic principles written in the Constitution.
By Irene F. Starkehaus -
Like many who follow pop culture trends, I was curious when the Daily Mail began openly speculating about the "identity of [a] notorious womanizing actor whose hard partying ways have caught up with him."
Sadly, a fifty-something A-lister with a checkered past of boozing, womanizing and debauchery as a general description didn't narrow it down for me as much as I thought it would, and I found myself running through the who's who of middle-aged actors with public histories of bad behavior to better consider the possibilities.
By John F. Di Leo -
For as long as there has been a free press, there has been some form of “news of the weird.”
It may be a humorous feature during a radio or TV newscast, or a throwaway corner to fill space in a newspaper… the funny-but-true story has always had a place in journalism. With the advent of social media and internet websites, where publishers no longer have to pay for each column inch or count every second of broadcast time, the place for silly news has grown.
And there’s nothing wrong with that… as long as it keeps its proper place.
WASHINGTON - The Service Employees International Union - SEIU - became the fourth public sector union to endorse Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.
Previously backed by the National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and AFSCME, the two-million-member SEIU's thumbs up for Clinton Tuesday bolsters her chances to be the Democrats' nominee.
WASHINGTON - The Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee is doing all it can to stoke up the coals for the 2016 U.S. Senate races with emails publicizing their chances at winning the White House and the U.S. Senate next year.
They point out the Washington Post's report that “there is growing anxiety bordering on panic among Republican elites.”
Why? Because with each passing day a Trump or Carson nomination gets more and more likely and, the DSCC says, the Republicans are "worried that would 'virtually ensure' a Democratic president and increase the odds of a Democratic Senate."
VANDALIA - State Senator Kyle McCarter - who is challenging incumbent Congressman John Shimkus in the 2016 GOP Primary - said in a video released Tuesday that the 15th CD's Shimkus has failed to support tighter border controls during his 20 years in Congress.
He argues that it's that inadequate system of vetting that has led to the refugee crisis the states are now going through.
SPRINGFIELD - Yet another Republican from central Illinois has stepped out of his House seat and into heading a state agency. Last Friday, Governor Bruce Rauner's office announced the appointment of longtime State Rep. Raymond Poe to direct the Department of Agriculture.
Having farmed in Sangamon County his entire life, while serving as the area's legislator and running a popular small barbecue business, Poe also is former president of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau.
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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois' Governor Bruce Rauner was one of the first to voice concern about Illinois taking in more Syrian refugees since law enforcement revealed that one of the Paris terrorists may have entered France as a Syrian refugee.
Since Monday, 26 29 other states have joined Illinois in at least temporarily blocking their entrance until further notice.
By Tony Perkins -
Over the years, left-wing pundits have eagerly looked for any and every opportunity to eulogize what they call the "religious right." But the movement to advance these timeless values can't be buried in one election cycle or by five lawyers on the U.S. Supreme Court. These values aren't going away nor are the millions of voters who use them to guide their vote.
In spite of statements by Gov. Bruce Rauner, 24 other GOP governors, and one Democratic governor that they want to suspend admission of Syrian refugees to their states, President Obama said yesterday that America must do "its fair share" to admit refugees from Syria.
He clings to this position even though he cannot guarantee that some Syrian refugees admitted to America will not be jihadi terrorists in disguise, just as some were in the attack on Paris. His inflexible policy is dangerous and an open invitation to terror inside the U.S. His willfully obtuse policy fails the primary duty of the U.S. government to protect American citizens from harm.
By Scott Reeder -
SPRINGFIELD — Governors, mayors and legislators come and go. Speaker of the House Michael J. Madigan remains.
He’s ruled the Illinois House for all but two of the last 32 years and the political corpses of those who’ve crossed him pile up with regularity.
But one of his own, Democratic state Rep. Ken Dunkin, has recently strayed, and that appears to be frustrating the speaker.
By Nancy Thorner -
Lake Bluff American Legion Post 510 honored all veterans on Wednesday, November 11 at the Gazebo on the Village Green in downtown Lake Bluff in Lake County, IL with a most fitting and memorable Veterans Day celebration.
The remarks by Guest Speaker Colonel Donovan Phillips, US Army and a 1998 West Point graduate, addressed the tenor of the present time when freedom is under assault. After praising the performance of those who had proceeded him in the program, Colonel Donovan reminded those gathered of the Armistice signed in 1918. It was concluded at the time that WWI was the war to end all wars. But this was not to be so in the 97 years that followed Armistice Day. Although St Augustine wrote that "the purpose of all war, is peace", service members were willing to forego peace for a higher calling of liberty and freedom.
CHICAGO - The Association of Reproductive Health Professional met in Chicago Monday, and the infamous late term abortion evangelist Leroy Carhart was among the guests leaving the Palmer House Hilton Monday, where dozens of pro-life activists were protesting.
ProLife Action League caught a photo of Carhart, who was among those attending the ARHP's 2015 Annual Meeting in conjunction with the North American Forum on Family Planning. The "family planning" discussions involved groups that are accused of selling baby body parts acquired during abortions.
WINFIELD - The owner of a Wheaton financial firm misused more than $1.2 million in client money to fund his company’s payroll and business obligations, according to a ten-count indictment returned in federal court in Chicago.
Robert Pearson, the owner and chief executive of Illinois Stock Transfer Co., took the money out of a client fund account the company maintained at BMO Harris Bank, an indictment presented in Chicago last week alleges.
NEW ORLEANS - Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana announced Monday morning that he is stopping relocation of additional Syrian refugees in his home state, and presses the Obama administration for information about what the federal government plans to do in the future with the 10,000 expected to be admitted to the United States this year.
Despite of faulty reports on the internet about 10,000 refugees from Syria having been relocated in New Orleans, the accurate number thus far is 14. Seven Syrian refugees were resettled in the Louisiana town of Kenner, six in New Orleans and one in Baton Rouge.
Following a speaking engagement at the Chicago Hilton hotel to benefit Chicago House (a nonprofit that works with those diagnosed with HIV or AIDS and the transgender community), 66-year-old Caitlyn Jenner was bombarded by protesters who called the Olympian “an insult to trans people.”
In a video obtained by Entertainment Tonight, protesters can be seen shouting through a megaphone about how Jenner is an unfit representative of the transgender community. “You have no right to represent us! You are an insult,” an unidentified participant screams.
CHICAGO - An Illinois teen is facing a murder charge after being accused of throwing her newborn baby out of her apartment window—located on the eighth floor of the building.
Mubashra Uddin, 19, was denied bail Saturday after being arraigned in Cook County Bond Court on a first degree murder charge. Police believe that Uddin gave birth Wednesday night and then threw her newborn daughter out of the window onto the grassy area below.
What corrupts politics more: Millionaires and billionaires? Or the rules that intend to limit the influence of wealthy donors? George Will, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Washington Post, explains who designed campaign finance reform and why Congress's solution to the problem may actually be the bigger problem.
CHICAGO - FBI agents seized a trove of investigative documents, computers and files from legislative inspector general Faisal Khan’s office on Friday, its last day overseeing Chicago elected officials.
“We received a subpoena of the FBI to take custody of our files and our computers with the understanding [that] we are working with them on a number of investigations,” Khan told POLITICO on Sunday. “In order to protect the integrity of these cases, we had to take the extraordinary step to make sure they don’t end up in the wrong hands.”
Khan said some of the officials he investigated were “devoid of ethical morals and values.”
On the eve of his departure, Khan spoke exclusively to POLITICO about his disbelief both with the mayor’s office and with the City Council over their resistance to oversight.
His name in American politics is more cited than any other president. Both the Republican and Democratic parties are radically different today, mainly as a result of Ronald Reagan and the force of his ideas. No 20th Century president shaped the American political landscape so profoundly.
The Chicago Teachers Union is warning of a potentially long strike ahead. The union gauged its members’ willingness to strike in a questionnaire last week. The union said poll results showed 97 percent of their members support a walkout.
Even though there was no use of the word “strike” on the ballot, union officials say the questionnaire was similar to what was voted on before the 2012 strike.
A spokesperson for Chicago Public Schools responded to the mock vote, saying the administration is committed to working toward a solution with the union and asked CTU to join them in pressuring Springfield for fair treatment of Chicago’s children — not a strike.
A movement has sprung up on many college campuses urging schools to divest their endowment funds of any companies that produce fossil fuels. The protesters argue we must dramatically reduce the amount of fossil fuels used each year in order to prevent climate change. In their view, schools have a moral imperative to purge their portfolios of companies that produce such fuels.
BATAVIA - Earlier this month, the Batavia Township GOP Committee censured U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, joining the Aurora Township GOP and Milton Township GOP Committeeman Jan Shaw. The censure calls on Kirk to withdraw from his 2016 U.S. Senate bid and account for his votes in the Senate that counter Republican Party platform planks:
CHATSWORTH - The Illinois State Rifle Association posted a warning on their Facebook page Saturday afternoon that a terrorist attack like the one in Paris Friday night will soon come to America.
Among other instructions, the ISRA specifically urges their members to obtain FOID cards, conceal carry permits and put together a "family defense arsenal" consisting of "one or more semiautomatic rifles such as the AR-15; one or more 12-gauge pump action shotguns, and one or more semiautomatic handguns."
The Alert in its entirety:
WASHINGTON - In October, Illinois' senior U.S. Senator Dick Durbin called on the Obama Administration to accept 100,000 Syrian refugees - 77 percent of which are young men.
A Syrian passport was found Friday night on the dismembered body of a radical Islamic terrorist that blew himself as a suicide bomber outside Paris' soccer stadium, threatening the lives of thousands.
Officials report 129 were killed and 352 injured during Friday night's coordinated Islamic attack on Paris.
Durbin has not backed away from his statement in light of the Paris attack.
URBANA - Illinois taxpayers pay Ayla Stein's salary. She's a metadata librarian at the University of Illinois.
And guess who she wants to be governor of Illinois? In her own words ...
Which means, "To be honest, I really want Barack Obama to come be governor of Illinois after he's fine being President of the United States."
President Barack Obama addressed the nation shortly after the attacks on Paris commenced. In his statement, he did not mention the words "Islamic" or "radical," despite immediate reports that the attackers called out "This is for Syria!"
His statement in full:
5:45 P.M. EST
THE PRESIDENT: Good evening, everybody. I just want to make a few brief comments about the attacks across Paris tonight. Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians. This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.