*(WHERE ARE BLACK LIVES MATTER AND THE NAACP?) – 63 shot over weekend in Chicago; only long July 4th weekend more violent this year

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By Elyssa Cherney and Elvia Malagon

More people were shot in Chicago over the weekend than on any other this year, except for the Fourth of July weekend that stretched four days, according to police and data kept by the Chicago Tribune.

At least 63 people were shot in the city, and eight of them were killed, police said.  More than half of them were wounded over 13 hours from Saturday to early Sunday.  At least 16 more people were shot through the day Sunday, including three on the same street in South Austin.

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The level of violence exceeded the 52 shot on the three-day Memorial Day but fell short of the 102 hit by gunfire over the long Fourth of July weekend, according to Tribune data.  Still, fewer people have been shot in Chicago this year than at this time last year: 2,435 compared to 2,710.

There have been at least 451 homicides this year, 16 fewer than this time last year, Tribune data show.

This weekend’s shootings occurred across the city, from Rogers Park on the Far North Side, where a 32-year-old man was killed early Sunday, to West Pullman on the Far South Side, where seven people were shot outside a banquet hall a few hours later the same day.

The wounded included a 14-year-old boy grazed in the chest and left knee while he walking with his sister and a friend just before 9:30 p.m. Friday in Pilsen.

An officer-involved shooting Saturday night left 33-year-old man with graze wounds to the head. Police said he confronted police with a gun and an officer fired.

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There were three shootings Sunday just blocks apart on the same West Side street in the South Austin neighborhood. Four people were wounded in the 5400 and 5600 blocks of West Madison Street, police said.

The night before, two triple shootings were reported in South Austin within 20 minutes.

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TRUMP PREDICTED IT! CHICAGO PASTOR WANTS GEORGE WASHINGTON STATUE REMOVED

“In an African-American community, it’s a slap in the face for them to honor someone who was a slave owner”

Infowars.com – AUGUST 16, 2017

Chicago pastor James Dukes has asked Mayor Rahm Emanuel to remove the names of George Washington and Andrew Jackson from parks on the south side of town.

Dukes, the pastor at Liberation Christian Centersaid, “When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans. Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat. In an African-American community, it’s a slap in the face and it’s a disgrace for them to honor someone who was a slave owner.”

The pastor also wants Andrew Jackson’s name to be removed from Jackson park because he owned slaves and even suggests it be renamed after Rev. Jesse Jackson or singer Michael Jackson.

After the violent clash in Charlottesville, Virginia Trump held a press conference and told the media, “They were there to protest the taking down of the statue of Robert E. Lee. This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I noticed that Stonewall Jackson is coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know, you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?”

The left heard Trump loud and clear and are now on a crusade to delete all remnants of racial tension from American history.

Emanuel sues Trump Justice Department

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By Hal Dardick

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Monday won praise from some representatives of Chicago’s immigrant community for going to court to block President Donald Trumps Department of Justice from withholding some police grant funding from so-called sanctuary cities.

Some of those same activists, though, contend Emanuel should do even more to prevent police from helping federal officials deport Chicago immigrants who entered the country without the required legal documentation. The mayor also caught more flak from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who in stepping up his rhetoric said “no amount of federal taxpayer dollars will help a city that refuses to help its own residents.”

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The wide array of views coming from Emanuel’s City Hall, the White House and immigrant protection groups is a sign of the complex debate the mayor has entered by filing the lawsuit. It’s all further complicated by differing views on whether sanctuary city status fosters or hinders crime — as reflected in Sessions’ harsh words and the city’s contention that the Trump “administration’s rhetoric is divorced from reality.”

Emanuel’s lawsuit, filed Monday in federal court, asks a judge to block the Trump administration from enforcing three new conditions it included last week in applications for Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant money. The city uses the grant to help buy police cars, purchase other equipment and fund an anti-violence program. Those applications are due Sept. 5, and the city wants a court order before the deadline, said Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel, the city’s top attorney.

The new conditions outlined by Sessions’ Justice Department: sharing immigration status information with federal officials enforcing deportation laws, providing unlimited police station access to those officials and giving them 48-hours notice of an arrested person’s release in cases of potential immigration violations.

City officials contend in the lawsuit that they do share immigration status information when they have it, but that’s rare because the city doesn’t keep it in the normal course of business.

Providing unfettered station access would interfere with police department practices, delay release of people being held and violate the 10th Amendment by “commandeering” local government functions, the lawsuit states. And holding people for 48 hours without a warrant or probable cause that they have committed a crime would violate 4th Amendment search and seizure limitations, it adds.

The suit also contends that the Justice Department has no authority to set conditions on the Byrne grant funding and is attempting to usurp the Congressional power of the purse. In short, the suit deems the conditions “unlawful and unconstitutional.”

This year, the city was counting on receiving $3.2 million from the grants in question, a relatively miniscule portion of the city’s overall $9.8 billion budget.

“We are at a time when every bit counts and every resource matters in this fight,” Siskel said. “In addition, we are bringing this legal challenge because the rhetoric and the threats from this administration, embodied in these new restrictions placed on public safety grant funds, are breeding a culture and a climate of fear within the communities in our city.”

Plus, the fate of Chicago’s grant application also would affect other local Illinois governments that include their funding requests in Chicago’s application, according to the lawsuit. They are Cook County, Bellwood, Calumet City, Chicago Heights, Cicero, Dolton, Evanston, Harvey, Maywood, Riverdale and Skokie.

And the outcome of the suit could have ramifications for far-flung local and state governments with sanctuary laws on the books. They include New York, Philadelphia, Miami and the state of California.

So it was no surprise that groups like Illinois Coalition for Immigration and Refugee Rights backed the mayor’s move. “We are all for defending Chicago’s policy with respect to immigration,” said Fred Tsao, the group’s senior policy counsel. He also said “the law is on the side of the city.”

Yet Tsao’s group is part of a broader coalition that for months has been pushing Emanuel to remove four exemptions from the city’s Welcoming City Ordinance, which sets its status as a sanctuary city.

That ordinance bars police from providing federal Immigration and Customs Enforcementofficials access to people in local custody. It also prohibits allowing ICE agents to use police facilities for interviews or investigations, and bars on-duty officers from responding to ICE questions or talking to ICE officials prior to a person’s release from custody.

But it does allow police to provide ICE officials access to immigrants suspected of entering the country illegally who are wanted on a criminal warrant, face criminal charges, have serious criminal convictions or are listed on Chicago gang databases.

The American Civil Liberties Union maintains those exemptions, which could result in holding in custody someone not guilty of a recent crime, “expose the city to liability for violations of the 4th Amendment,” according to a letter the ACLU sent to the mayor and aldermen last month.

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th, has been pushing to get Chicago to join other cities that have eliminated similar exemptions, but the Emanuel administration so far has rebuffed his efforts, as recently as Friday by canceling a meeting on the issue.

“It’s quite funny and hypocritical that at the same time as (Emanuel is) putting forward this lawsuit saying that we want to defend the Constitution, here the ACLU has said that our own sanctuary city policy is in violation of the supreme law of the land,” said Ramirez-Rosa, who also stressed that he supports the lawsuit.

Ramirez-Rosa’s view runs counter to the image Emanuel has tried to portray on the issue in mostly Democratic Chicago, which has a significant Latino population that’s become increasingly politically active.

Emanuel often expresses his opposition to Trump’s immigration views and in the past year backed other successful efforts to strengthen the Welcoming City Ordinance, create a legal fund to assist immigrants threatened with deportation and start developing a municipal ID program aimed mostly at helping immigrants without documentation make their way in the city.

He’s faced only limited opposition, often from Ald. Nicholas Sposato, 38th, who on Monday called the lawsuit “a bad idea,” saying the city was “breaking the laws” and had more important priorities.

While immigrant rights activists backed the mayor’s lawsuit, Sessions on Monday reiterated the Trump administration’s contention that sanctuary city status fuels crime.

Chicago officials “have demonstrated an open hostility to enforcing laws designed to protect law enforcement — federal, state, and local — and reduce crime, and instead have adopted an official policy of protecting criminal aliens who prey on their own residents,” Sessions said in a prepared statement.

“This is astounding given the unprecedented violent crime surge in Chicago, with the number of murders in 2016 surpassing both New York and Los Angeles combined,” Sessions added. “The city’s leaders cannot follow some laws and ignore others and reasonably expect this horrific situation to improve.”

That’s in direct opposition to the argument put forth by Emanuel and the city in its federal lawsuit, which contends that forcing local police to enforce immigration laws would dry up cooperation from the immigrant community. Addressing that issue, the lawsuit contends “the administration’s rhetoric is divorced from reality.”

Chicago’s Welcoming City Ordinance, according to the lawsuit, “promotes public safety by ensuring that no city resident or visitor, regardless of immigration status, is afraid to cooperate with law enforcement, report criminal activity to the police, testify as a witness in court or seek help as a victim of crime.” It also ensures “police officers focus on criminal activity occurring in Chicago instead of federal civil immigration infractions.”

PHOTOS: RUSSIAN LAWYER ATTENDED CHICAGO ANTI-TRUMP RALLY

Photos suggest Veselnitskaya is Deep State anti-Trump operative

Adan Salazar | Infowars.com – JULY 12, 2017

The Russian lawyer at the center of the Donald Trump Jr. controversy posted photos from anti-Trump rallies held after the presidential inauguration, suggesting the woman may be a Democrat operative.

According to photos on Natalia Veselnitskaya’s Facebook, the Russian lawyer – who claims she has no ties to the Kremlin – attended the Soros-funded Women’s March in Chicago the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Facebook mobile phone photo uploads indicate Veselnitskaya attended anti-Trump demonstrations on at least two different dates.

A photo has also emerged of Veselnitskaya sitting behind Obama’s Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, at a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing eight days after her meeting with Donald Jr.

McFaul has been a notable never-Trumper obstructionist who has long entertained and fueled the theory of Trump-Russia collusion, despite a strong lack of evidence.

Seated next to Veselnitskaya is Emin Algaraov, one of the Russians who set up Trump Jr’s meeting with the Russian lawyer.

Veselnitskaya’s proximity to Obama’s Russian ambassador is questionable given her recent testimony to NBC News that she has no ties to the Russian government.

The lawyer has also been tied to Fusion GPS, the firm behind the infamous and discredited “pissgate” dossier.

Evidence is mounting the Russian lawyer may have been a honey pot set in place to trip up the Trump campaign.

“Was Veselnitskaya part of a ruse to entrap Don Jr. in an embarrassing situation that could later be used to implicate him as having colluded with Russia?” asks Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson.

Veselnitskaya met with Donald Jr. during the 2016 presidential election campaign after a promise to deliver damaging opposition research that would prove Hillary Clinton’s collusion with the Russian government.

Donald Jr. has admitted no such research was obtained and that the meeting was essentially fruitless.

Tucker Carlson Destroys Antifa Over Fake Hate Crimes And Haymaker Collective

Published on Jul 10, 2017

“I don’t want to interrupt you, but those are totally made up statistics”

Feminist Ate My gf 

Muslims are a protected class. No one is overtly killing Muslims in America.
the guy 

Go back home if you don’t like our country.
Kat Dollie 

She’s lying on purpose. She’s trying to create something out of nothing. I’m really, really tired of “white men” being put into one group. I have 6 brothers that could do less harm together than this stupid woman.
Richard Novak 

Gym = terrorist training camp
Chris Foxxe 

another dumb bitch afraid to ride the train in Chicago because of a stabbing in Oregon and what the fuck is uni phobia?… I like it when Tucker tears up stupid bitches like this.. I hope she reads the comments on this YouTube because you’re just one fucking dumb bitch
bukowskispen 

Notice she forgot to mention that white man was a Bernie supporter and ANTI Trumper, so she bluntly LIES like ALL left wing/Muslim scum!
xubarze 

USA is dangerous, islamophobic, racist, xenophobic, transphobic, etc, but everybody goes the extra mile (many times risking their own life) to enter and live in the country. If this is not a passive-aggressive invasion, I don’t know what it is.
Twenny Bux 

Lol yet all the video evidence shows violent left wingers… smh.. where the fuck are all these evil right wingers???
matt mead 

she reminds me of when you catch your 6 year old in a lie and they just won’t give it up. she lacks depth and maturity, which you can not fake debating tucker. the guy is one if not the best in the game

BANKRUPT ILLINOIS: BEGINNING OF THE END FOR DEMOCRATIC PARTY’S SOCIAL WELFARE EXPERIMENT

“Great Society” programs of FDR, LBJ collapsing under mountain of debt

Jerome Corsi | Infowars.com – JULY 7, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Illinois making last-ditch efforts to hold off an imminent statewide bankruptcy, we may be witnessing the beginning of the end for Democratic Party socialist rule at the state and local level, as well as collapse of the FDR-LBJ “Great Society” social welfare state.

Late Thursday night, the Illinois Democrat-controlled House overrode by a 71-42 vote Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s veto to pass a massive tax hike that includes a $5 billion income tax increase for the residents of the state.

Rauner had begged the General Assembly to sustain his vetoes of a $36 billion spending plan financed with a $5 billion income tax increase, arguing the 32 percent income tax increase amounted to “a 2-by-4 smacked across the foreheads of the people of Illinois.”

During the era of the last Illinois tax hike, from 2011 through 2014, the three major credit rating agencies have downgraded Illinois’ credit rating five times, with Moody’s announcing on Wednesday that simply passing a budget would not be enough to avoid Moody’s Investors Service from downgrading Illinois’ credit rating to “junk” status.

Illinois currently faces a $203 billion unfunded liability for state and local pensions that include fire and police pensions, plus over $6 billion in unpaid state debts.

Tax increases in the past have not worked, as evidenced by the $31.6 billion increase in tax revenue to Illinois from 2011-2014 resulting from the 2011 income tax increase resulted not in a reduction of Illinois’ pension debt, but in a $25 billion increase in the state’s unfunded pension liability.

With the fiscal crisis in Illinois, Democrats may have reached the end of their ability to tax and spend – a policy Democrats have advocated nationally since President Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated the “Social Welfare State” during the Depression, brought to a new level with President Lyndon Johnson’s proclamation of the “Great Society” in 1964.

Illinois is already the most taxed state in the nation, with state and local governments effectively taxing median households at 14.76 percent through a combination of income and sales, plus the second-worse property taxes in the nation, such that people in homes with U.S. median home value pay over $4,000 a year in property taxes.

The result is the median Illinois household pays $8,162 in annual state and local taxes, including sales taxes, property taxes, and income taxes – estimated to be the highest in the nation, forcing profitable business and high net-worth taxpayers to flee in droves.

Polling by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute found that 47 percent of registered voters in Illinois would like to leave the state, while 20 percent report they are likely to leave in the next year.

The Paul Simon Institute polling also reflects United States Census Bureau data, that confirm the severity and worsening of Illinois’ out-migration problem, in which Illinois has lost 700,000 people on net to other states over the last decade.

The truth is that Illinois remains buried under a massive amount of state debt that tax increases have reached the end of being able to solve.

From 2011-2014, while the income tax increase voted by the State legislature resulted in a $31.6 billion increase in tax revenues, Illinois $7.9 billion in unpaid debts dropped by only $1.3 billion.

In other words, it took $31.6 billion of new tax revenue to reduce the backlog of Illinois state bills by merely $1.3 billion, while unfunded pension liabilities in the state grew an additional $25 billion.

With tax increases resulting in more high net-worth taxpayers and profitable businesses leaving the state, rating agencies like Moody’s are doubtful the tax increase passed Thursday will do much of anything to improve the state’s rapidly deteriorating fiscal situation.

Moody’s, in announcing Illinois’ credit rating is under review for a downgrade to “junk” status, noted the tax increase passed on Thursday was passed almost exclusively with Democratic Party votes in the legislature, while Democrats in passing the tax increase did nothing to reduce Illinois state spending.

Moody’s has also cautioned that Illinois is just the first state to face bankruptcy, as unfunded liabilities for U.S. state public pensions across the country are expected to balloon by 40 percent to $1.75 trillion through fiscal 2017.

*(THANK YOU DEMOCRATS) – ILLINOIS CREDIT WATCH: ON TRACK TO BE 1ST ‘JUNK’ STATE…

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By Sara Burnett

(AP)Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come.

S&P Global Ratings has warned the agency will likely lower Illinois‘ creditworthiness to below investment grade if feuding lawmakers fail to agree on a state budget for a third straight year, increasing the amount the state will have to pay to borrow money for things such as building roads or refinancing existing debt.

The outlook for a deal wasn’t good Saturday, as lawmakers meeting in Springfield for a special legislative session remained deadlocked with the July 1 start of the new fiscal year approaching.

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That should alarm everyone, not just those at the Capitol, said Brian Battle, director at Performance Trust Capital Partners, a Chicago-based investment firm.

“It isn’t a political show,” he said. “Everyone in Illinois has a stake in what’s happening here. One day everybody will wake up and say ‘What happened? Why are my taxes going up so much?'”

Here’s a look at what’s happening and what a junk rating could mean:

WHY NOW?

Ratings agencies have been downgrading Illinois’ credit rating for years, though they’ve accelerated the process as the stalemate has dragged on between Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrats who control the General Assembly.

The agencies are concerned about Illinois’ massive pension debt, as well as a $15 billion backlog of unpaid bills and the drop in revenue that occurred when lawmakers in 2015 allowed a temporary income tax increase to expire.

“In our view, the unrelenting political brinkmanship now poses a threat to the timely payment of the state’s core priority payments,” S&P stated when it dropped Illinois’ rating to one level above junk, which was just after lawmakers adjourned their regular session on May 31 without a deal.

Moody’s did the same, stating: “As the regular legislative session elapsed, political barriers to progress appeared to harden, indicating both the severity of the state’s challenges and the political difficulty of advocating their solutions.”

WHAT IS A ‘JUNK’ RATING?

Think of it as a credit score, but for a state (or city or county) instead of a person.

When Illinois wants to borrow money, it issues bonds. Investors base their decision on whether to buy Illinois bonds on what level of risk they’re willing to take, informed greatly by the rating that agencies like Moody’s assign.

A junk rating means the state is at a higher risk of repaying its debt. At that point, many mutual funds and individual investors — who make up more than half the buyers in the bond market — won’t buy. Those willing to take a chance, such as distressed debt investors, will only do so if they are getting a higher interest rate.

While no other state has been placed at junk, counties and cities such as Chicago, Atlantic City and Detroit have. Detroit saw its rating increased back to investment grade in 2015 as it emerged from bankruptcy — an option that by law, states don’t have.

WHAT WILL IT COST?

Battle says the cost to taxpayers in additional interest the next time Illinois sells bonds, which it inevitably will need to do in the long-term, could be in the “tens of millions” of dollars or more.

The more money the state has to pay on interest, the less that’s available for things such as schools, state parks, social services and fixing roads.

“For the taxpayer, it will cost more to get a lower level of service,” Battle said.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza, who controls the state checkbook, agreed.

“It’s going to cost people more every day,” she said. “Our reputation really can’t get much worse, but our state finances can.”

OTHER IMPACTS?

Because the state has historically been a significant funding source to other entities, such as local government and universities, many of them are feeling the impact of Illinois’ worsening creditworthiness already.

S&P already moved bonds held by the Metropolitan Pier & Exposition Authority and the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority — the entities that run Navy Pier, McCormick Place, and U.S. Cellular Field — to junk.

Five universities also have the rating: Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University and Southern Illinois University.