Friday, April 4, 2014

Ald. Joe Moore's Dead-Beat Sugar Daddy Arrested (Updated)

Cedomir "Chad" Zuric Mug Shot
Cedomir Zuric's mugshot
UPDATE: This six-year old story recently took a sudden dramatic turn in March, 2014.  Fugitive Cedomir Zuric, 52, was arrested for over $500,000 in past due child support payments. He was wanted since 2008. While Zuric was busy shirking his child support debts, he was doling out huge money to Chicago's 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore. In return, Moore supported a controversial zoning change that Zuric wanted very much.

"A tip led Cook County deputies to a North Side man who owes more than half-a-million dollars in overdue child support," reported Lincoln Square Patch on March 26. "The sheriff's department warrant unit arrested Cedomir Zuric, 52, on Friday after learning he was staying at a residence in the 4300 block of North Clarendon Avenue. Zuric owes $555,876 in past due child support payments for three children. A warrant was issued for his arrest in 2008. Zuric's last known address was in the 5700 block of North Lincoln Avenue. Zuric posted a $23,462.24 cash bond and was released from jail." Zuric was due in court on April 3.
Alderman Joe Moore, 49th Ward Chicago
Joe Moore, Alderhog

Earlier Post, July 30, 2008 - 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore took big money from dead-beat dad Cedomir Zuric. We therefore DEMAND Moore Return Campaign Contributions from Dead-Beat Dad

We the citizens of Rogers Park DEMAND that Alderman Joe Moore IMMEDIATELY turn over ALL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS from dead-beat dad Cedomir Zuric (a.k.a. Chad Zuric) to the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services toward partial retirement of Zuric's $400,000 child support arrears. (Search for "Zuric Cedomir" at Cook County Recorder of Deeds website.)

Moore abused his office by accepting $14,500 from a dead-beat dad posing as a real estate developer in exchange for Moore's support for a lucrative zoning change and the demolition of the former Adelphi Theater, all the while knowing full well the beneficiary owed $400,000 in child support payments.

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Obscure Group Says It Destroyed Flight #MH370, Interpol Blames Malaysia Air for Loose Security

Flight Path of Malaysia Air MH370
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March 10, 2014 - A mysterious, previously unheard of group called the "Chinese Martyr Brigade" is claiming responsibility for the destruction of Malaysia Air flight MH370, missing since Saturday.

Investigators now say it's possible that the plane disintegrated in mid-air and are using the term "suspects" to describe at least two of the missing plane's passengers, who used stolen Austrian and Italian passports.

The flight vanished on Saturday (16:41 GMT Friday) when it suddenly lost contact with ground control while en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Beijing, China on Saturday (see map of Flight MH370's path). The last known location of the airplane was over the South China Sea, between Malaysia and Vietnam. When it disappeared, it was flying at 35,000 feet with good weather.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Obama Don't Get No RSPECT

Obama can't spell Respect
Barack Obama, Prsidnt of the Untied Sttes
March 8, 2014 - Barack Obama is the man who first told the world about the "inhalator." On March 6, he had trouble spelling the word "respect" during a tribute to singer Aretha Franklin (video below).

Obama blew the spelling of "respect" during a concert at the White House on Thursday night to celebrate Women's History Month. Obama said, "When Aretha first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her [crowd laughter, pause] she had no idea it would become a rallying cry for African-Americans, and women..." Blah blah blah. One has to wonder how many people were laughing at Obama for not being able to spell a word that most third graders can spell while drunk.

Is it surprising that Obama had trouble spelling such a simple word? Not really. His teleprompter was not helping him and he was too distracted by thoughts of how cool he must be to be introducing Aretha Franklin. Fellow Man of Genius Joe Biden thinks that "jobs" is a three-letter word.
Rush Limbaugh reminded us that the Obama flub will be treated lightly by the left-leaning mainstream media, as opposed to the brutal way in which they treated Dan Quayle. El Rushbo said this on his Friday show: "Vice President Quayle participated in a spelling bee. The word was 'potato,' and the spelling that he was given had an E on the end of it.  And when the child spelled potato without pronouncing the E, the vice president called him on it.  And said 'Oops, oops, oops, sorry, you blew it, it's p-o-t-a-t-o-e.'  'No, it's not, no E on there,' and Quayle, 'Right here it is.'  And that's all it took.  From then on, Dan Quayle, biggest idiot on earth. And that image lasted for quite a while."

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

UPDATED: Russia Today Host Denounces Russian Invasion of Ukraine, Refuses Trip To Crimea

Abby Martin is serious
Martin: Honest but still employed
March 4, 2014 - News service Russia Today (RT) is funded by the Russian government. Some call RT the Kremlin's overseas propaganda channel. So it must have been somewhat uncomfortable for them when Abby Martin, popular host of "Breaking The Set," wrapped up her show Monday night with a monolog criticizing Russia's invasion of Crimea in the Ukraine. Martin is an American who works at RT's studios in New York City.

How did RT react to Martin's brave honesty? In typical Russian fashion, they said they would send Martin off to Crimea to get a "better understanding" of situation on the ground. 

Liz Wahl, former RT news anchor and producer
Liz Wahl: Honestly Quit
UPDATE:  One of Abby Martin's colleagues, Liz Wahl, was paying close attention to Tuesday's Martin-RT spat. Wahl, a news anchor and producer in RT's Washington, D.C. bureau, quickly expressed her moral support for Martin on Twitter:

My girl @AbbyMartin: Russia Today Host Abby Martin Goes Spectacularly Off-Message In #Ukraine Broadcast

Wahl was thinking carefully about her own next move.

On Wednesday, she shocked viewers by quitting live on air, saying that she could no longer work for a network "that whitewashes the actions of Putin. I'm proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I am resigning." More, with video of Wahl's resignation.

At the end of her Tuesday show, Martin said, "What Russia did is wrong. "I admittedly don't know as much as I should about Ukraine's history or the cultural dynamics of the region but what I do know is that military intervention is never the answer and I will not sit here and apologize or defend military aggression."

She finished with this: "All we can do now is hope for a peaceful outcome for a terrible situation and prevent another full blown cold war between multiple super powers. Until then I'll keep telling the truth as I see it. Have a good night everyone, I'll see you back here to break the set tomorrow."

What Martin said about her lack of knowledge about Ukraine came back to bite her. Russia Today's official statement, released on Tuesday afternoon, said "RT doesn’t beat its journalists into submission, and they are free to express their own opinions, not just in private but on the air. This is the case with Abby’s commentary on the Ukraine. We respect her views, and the views of all our journalists, presenters and program hosts, and there will be absolutely no reprimands made against Ms. Martin."

Martin's public defiance: Facebook, Tuesday afternoon
The punchline: "In her comment Ms. Martin also noted that she does not possess a deep knowledge of reality of the situation in Crimea," said RT. "As such we’ll be sending her to Crimea to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicentre of the story."

No reprimands, RT said -- other than ripping her out of the comfort of New York and whisking her off to a war zone. Would RT put Abby Martin up in decent hotel in Crimea? It would be awful to think of her, a sophisticated New York gal, bunking in Russian barracks with a bunch of drunken, smelly Cossack cabbage eaters.  But she's not going to Crimea.

Abby Martin has made her refusal public on both Facebook and TwitterAbby Martin has the best furrowed-brow look of righteous indignation in all of news broadcasting. She is courageous and outspoken, and not afraid to use these qualities for resisting RT editors or their Kremlin overlords. Today she seems more powerful than Pussy Riot in concert.

"The footage has since gone viral," reports The Independent (UK), "with some surmising that Martin's moment of defiance could be met with some severe punishment by her employers. However, sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed that she was reading from the auto-cue and, therefore, presumably had permission from producers of the show to express her beliefs." Really?

Reading from the auto-cue? Josie Ensor at The Telegraph (UK) disagrees, calling Martin's remarks "unscripted." Whatever, who cares? Scripted or not, they were her words. Martin said that "the coverage I have seen of Ukraine has been truly disappointing from all sides of the media spectrum and rife with disinformation." It is, therefore, ironic that Ensor called Martin's calm and rational commentary a "tirade," which is defined as "a long, angry speech of criticism or accusation." Martin's calm commentary lasted a mere 75 seconds. Ensor's exaggerated characterization of Martin's comment, then, is actually disinformation and at least a little bit disappointing. 

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Perspective: Coverage of Ukraine Revolution Versus Nigeria's Boko Haram

Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau
Boko Haram's Top Maniac:
Abubakar Shekau (video still)
February 26, 2014 - Mediaite's Noah Rothman seems to think that only he has access to news out of Africa. Rothman complains that the latest atrocity by Boko Haram, a mass murder of dozens of students at the Federal Government College in Yobe, Nigeria on February 24 has received less attention than it deserves and that few people are even aware of it. Specifically, Rothman complains that it got less coverage than it should have because, he seems to imply, of some disproportionate attention given to the months-long violent protests in Ukraine.

Contrary to Rothman's assertion, millions of us have heard of the most recent attack by Boko Haram on a boys' boarding school. The recent Boko Haram slaughter did receive -- and is still getting -- big coverage. (Don't take my word for it; do your own Google search for "boko haram attack.")

The headline for Rothman's post was "The Horrific Massacre of School Children by Islamic Radicals You’ve Heard Nothing About." Rothman is obviously oblivious to the fact that the story is getting big coverage worldwide and is a hot topic on Twitter today. The irony here is that unless Rothman broke the story himself (he didn't), he undoubtedly became aware of the story after millions of other people did, and that he did so by reading about it in some of the very media that he says have not covered it well enough. The media have breathlessly updated their reports as the official body count, initially reported as 29, has risen to at least 59 and seems likely to go still higher.

UPDATE (28 Feb 2014):
While it's true that the ongoing demonstration in Ukraine got major coverage, it's also true that Ukraine's anti-Russia, pro-EU demonstrations began months before Boko Haram's mayhem on Monday of this week. Here's where the sense of perspective by Mediaite's Rothman comes into play. The Nigeria story is getting worldwide press coverage. But compared to the events in Ukraine, which ended days ago as a full-blown coup that toppled a government, sent its former leader running from his own charges of mass murder, embarrassed Vladimir Putin and now gives inspiration to anti-government demonstrators in Venezuela, the Boko Haram story seems puny.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cossack Security Goons Attack Pussy Riot Members And Journalists in Sochi

Pussy Riot members retweeted this image from @GogolsWives,
captioned, "Putin will teach you to love the motherland"
February 19, 2014 - Members of the anti-Putin shock rock band Pussy Riot were brutalized in an unprovoked attack by security men at the Sochi Olympics.

Shocking video (below) shows band members Nadezhda and Maria being attacked by uniformed men described as "Cossack militia." The men used "batons, pepper spray and whips, as the young women attempted to perform a song near the seaport in the Olympic host city, Sochi," reports Russia Today (RT). The disturbing incident has caused international outrage. The goons, numbering at least ten, also attacked several journalists at the event.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Young Female Murder Suspect Claims 'At Least 22 Victims'

Miranda Barbour mugshot
Miranda Barbour, Monster
Police mugshot
February 16, 2014 - She was influenced by a satanic cult in Alaska, and her acts were truly hellish. She started killing at the tender age of 13 and just kept going. Now 19 years old, Miranda Barbour says she has killed at least 22 people.

"A Pennsylvania newlywed accused of meeting a man on Craigslist and then stabbing him to death with her husband's help," reports the New York Daily News, "said she killed more than 20 more people as part of her involvement in a bloodthirsty satanic cult."

"When I hit 22, I stopped counting," Barbour told the Sunbury, Pa., Daily Item newspaper in a chilling jailhouse interview Friday. "I can pinpoint on a map where you can find them," she boasted . "I remember everything. It is like watching a movie."

Elytte Barbour, December 2013 AP photo
Elytte Barbour, December 2013
AP photo via Daily Mail
Barbour and her husband Elytte, 22, both face the death penalty for fatally stabbing 42-year old married man Troy LaFerrara on Nov. 11. "Miranda lured the lonely 42-year-old with a Craigslist ad offering 'companionship'," says NY Daily News, "and the two met in the parking lot of a shopping mall before driving to a spot in Sunbury, authorities said." Miranda Barbour was 18 when she and Elytte were arrested for the murder of LaFerrara in December, 2013.

"Miranda Barbour...told police that Troy LaFerrara....was still alive - 'choking and gasping for air' - after she stabbed him 20 times," reported the Daily Mail last December. "Initially, Miranda told police that she killed La Ferrara in self-defense after he started to grope her. But her 22-year-old husband Elytte Barbour gave police a different story, saying they conspired to kill a stranger together, and he helped hold La Ferrara down while his wife wielded the knife."

"Police allege in court papers that Elytte Barbour told investigators they committed the crime because they wanted to kill someone together," according to an AP report. "Miranda Barbour said in [an] interview that she doesn't want to get out of jail and that she would kill again if she were released. She said she had no remorse and only killed 'bad people'."

Must-Read: Barbour body count at 22? The Daily Item

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dad, Hunter, Patriot Needs Your Help In Cancer Battle

Sheridan Folger...
The fight of his life
February 4, 2014 - Friend Sheridan Folger is fighting for his life -- literally. He's battling Stage IV Colon Cancer -- which took my own mother in 1993. Please help a good man in urgent need to defray some of the costs for him and his beautiful family during this dark time in their lives? (And not to get political, but Obamacare just won't cut it.)

Read Folger's story, which is powerfully written, at his fundraising page at Rally.orgEven if you cannot donate, you can still help: "Like" his Rally page and share it on your social networks and via email. Share this blog post with everyone you know. Thank you in advance for helping a patriot in his hour of need. Here is an excerpt from his Rally page: