Fambly Values

10 07 2017

Mascoutah; Belleville

Father and son jailbirds.

Relatively unusual for Bell Curve City, they even have the same last name.

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BezosBlog Discovers Romanik

8 07 2017

Belleville

When the Nutbar of Belleville went off back on June 14, we found out he was from Belleville not long before another Bellevillista, Bob Romanik, was due to start his show that day.  I made his show that day appointment listening, just to see if he had any special skinny.  Other than one of his callers and regular listeners being family friends with the nutbar’s family, there was nothing.

More than three weeks later, #AmazonWashingtonPostWholePaycheckAlexa has itself made the geographical association, and then proceeds to point and splutter. It’s so obvious what this is, a lame attempt at recent history revisionism.





Profundity, Served Here on a Nearly Daily Basis

2 07 2017

Springfield

Two of my prophecies about Illinois have already come true, one did some time ago, and the other just did:

(1) Dawn Clark Netsch was the most influential politician in the modern history of Illinois state politics, in spite of the fact that she lost the 1994 race for Governor.

(2) The state would quit making lottery jackpot payouts.

I’ve been following (2) for awhile recently, so I’ll put it aside.

In 1994, Netsch was the Democrat nominee for Governor running against Jim Edgar, who was seeking his second term.  Netsch called for increasing the single flat rate state income tax rate and then giving rebates to lower income people within the paying range.  Edgar of course dumped all over the idea.  He won.  And, late in his second term as Governor, he proposed Netsch’s idea almost down to the letter.  It would actually be enacted under the next Governor, another Republican, George Ryan.  When that happened, it was said to be temporary, and that, at some point in the future, the rate would revert.

Not only has it not reverted, and any dummy could have predicted that, it’s about to go in the other direction, again.





The Illinois Capitol’s New Window Dressing

25 06 2017

Springfield

C-Trib:

Rauner signs gun crime bill, favored by Emanuel, that cracks down on repeat offenders

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats orchestrated a brief reprieve from their fighting Friday as they touted a new law to crack down on repeat gun offenders.

Rauner inked his approval to the legislation at a hastily arranged signing ceremony in his Capitol office, a day after his staff accused Democrats of holding onto the bill in order to deny the governor a chance to celebrate the political accomplishment.

The governor called lawmakers to Springfield for a 10-day special session, during which Democrats have cast the governor as unwilling to negotiate and incapable of completing a political deal.

The new gun law was long sought by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose relationship with the governor also has been strained. Emanuel and Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson pushed the measure as a way to help reduce crime in the city.

The legislation changes gun sentencing laws so that instead of a range of three to 14 years for some repeat gun crimes, judges would hand out sentences of seven to 14 years. If they want to depart from that guideline, they will have to explain why.

All window dressing.

Two main reasons:

(1) Crook County judge hands out a less than seven year bit to repeat gun criminal N’Dindutavious, and in their required explanation why they’re departing from the guideline, he or she will say:  “Because.”

(2) Even if they all hand out the required minimum seven-year sentence in all those cases, remember, Illinois prison sentences aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.  Illinois state prisons are so overcrowded that second-degree murderers rarely do more than a single digit number of years even if they were sentenced to way more, and the overcrowding is forcing the Feds to swoop in and fish for various pretexts and hooks to interstate commerce to use to bring more Illinois garden variety (black) street crime into Federal criminal court;  for instance, the Hobbs Act, intended as a tool to crack down on mafia and labor union corruption, is now fairly often used to prosecute garden variety armed robberies of businesses (“violence or extortion that interferes with interstate commerce.”)  Applied to this matter, it’s as simple as this:  In the old system, “repeat gun criminal” Duh-Marcus got three years, but was out in six months.  In the new system, he’ll get seven years, but will be out in six months.

This is all part and parcel of Rahm trying to bullshit his way through the next election cycle for him (spring 2019) so he can get a third term and then be a three-time elected mayor of Chicago on top of White House Chief of Staff as he joins Andrew Cuomo, Kamala Harris, Mark Zuckerberg and Hillary Clinton in the 2020 Democrat Presidential field.





Cats Invented the Internet and YouTube

20 06 2017

Belleville

There were two distant evolutionary paths to the modern domestic cat.

As it turns out, cats aren’t quite done domesticating humans.





Solving a Problem Before It Starts

15 06 2017

Des Moines

I wrote about this kind of thing in this space just a current week ago.

As if to solve a problem before it starts, MUSL may ditch Illinois.  Which means Metro East denizens will be crossing the river to play the MUSL big pot games in Missouri.  Which would be a switch, because, before Missouri got its own state lottery in 1986, Illinois already had its own for awhile, and St. Louisans would cross the river from west to east to buy tickets in Illinois.





Nobody Else Need Apply

11 06 2017

ESL

First off:  Nicquayleeonntea?

Nicquayleeonntea?

At least you can find a former Vice-President in there.  I’ll give it that much.

Now, onward and upward to the subject matter.

I don’t have a problem with the program as such.  What I’m SMH about are:  (1) Why them, and (2) Why only them?

Let me put it to you this way:  If you have a high school transcript with a boatload of successful AP courses and AP tests, you’re not going to be able to convert them into college credits that easily.  More and more colleges aren’t accepting them.  Why not?  It all goes back to Occam’s Razor, Blogmeister Edition:  Among competing hypotheses, the one with the most cynicism should be selected.  Applying Occam’s Razor, Blogmeister Edition, to this matter, it’s because colleges want you in college, and more importantly, paying for college, as long as practically possible.  This means they’re not going to do anything that means that you’ll be out of college sooner than otherwise expected.  And they’re not going to accept all your 4s and 5s on AP tests.

So, why can these graduates of East St. Louis Senior High School slash Southwestern Illinois College get away with this?

Occam’s Razor, Blogmeister Edition.

The video says that Miss Moore did it to make her yardbird uncle proud of her, and that he’s like a father to her.  Putting aside the questionable contention that one should make your imprisoned relatives proud of you, this points to another taboo feature of Bell Curve City — Because of the “Mama’s baby papa’s maybe” doctrine, adult men often form paternal-style bonds with their sister’s children (sister by the same mother), rather than the ones that are purportedly their own, precisely because there’s a guaranteed genetic relationship with sister’s children, whilst they always have lingering doubts about the children that those babymammas pass off as “theirs.”