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We had to drive for the first time in many years for our annual summer trip to Chicago. Over 14 hours with stops and my back just didn't like it all too much. We passed through the area between Indianapolis and IL during the wee hours of the morning and were amazed to see the new Fowler Ridge wind farm with 550 plus giant three blade wind turbines that go on for over 12 miles along the highway and stretch out from RT70/65 as far as you can see. I can't wait to take a look at it in the daylight on the return trip.

Anyway I'll be on sporatically for the next few days as there is much to get done for my Dad in the old homestead before we have to get the kids back for school next week.

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I may have seen some of those turbine blades before they got up there. There is an LM Glasfiber turbine blade production location in Little Rock, so I see several blades being trucked on the interstates around here every week.
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They are very big, aren't they?
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On Rte. 30 west of Aurora there's lots of the windmills...just over to West Branch in our county is a big manufacturing plant...you don't want to get behind a truck hauling the parts...worse than a Terragator...
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We are probably going to have a lot of those in the waters of Cape Cod. I hope they won't scare the fish nor the Kennedies away.
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makes me sick!!! idiots! that crap doesn't work and it annoys the whales. -bang-
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Mmmm....now I am hungry for an Italian Beef Sandwich and a Chicago hotdog. Hope you have a good trip! :)

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Mmmm....now I am hungry for an Italian Beef Sandwich and a Chicago hotdog.


Hope you have a good trip! :)

How did you know what I had for lunch today???
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Mmmm....now I am hungry for an Italian Beef Sandwich and a Chicago hotdog.


Hope you have a good trip! :)

How did you know what I had for lunch today???



Oh man...I am SO jealous! -drool-

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They are very big, aren't they?


Some of them are ginormous. There is an old weigh station a couple of miles from here where they sometimes wind up overnight, will see if I can get some pics of them.
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We are probably going to have a lot of those in the waters of Cape Cod. I hope they won't scare the fish nor the Kennedies away.

If it lowers our electric rates and perhaps frightens off a few Great Whites, I'll be happy.
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Mmmm....now I am hungry for an Italian Beef Sandwich and a Chicago hotdog.


Hope you have a good trip! :)

How did you know what I had for lunch today???


Was it kosher? ;)
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Mmmm....now I am hungry for an Italian Beef Sandwich and a Chicago hotdog.


Hope you have a good trip! :)

How did you know what I had for lunch today???


Was it kosher? ;)


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Are Vienna Beef products kosher?
No, Vienna Beef products are not kosher.


But the pickle is... -mango-
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I prefer sweet relish.

Kosher dill (US)A "kosher" dill pickle is not necessarily kosher in the sense that it has been prepared under rabbinical supervision. Rather, it is a pickle made in the traditional manner of Jewish New York City pickle makers, with generous addition of garlic and dill weed to a natural salt brine.[3][4][5]

Whereas in Germany and Poland dill pickles have been prepared for hundreds of years, in the US at least one New York restaurant was serving dill pickles in the nineteenth century.[6]

In New York terminology, a "full-sour" kosher dill is one that has fully fermented, while a "half-sour," given a shorter stay in the brine, is still crisp and bright green.[7] Elsewhere, these pickles may sometimes be termed "old' and "new" dills.


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Are you heading to the beach today???
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If the thunderstorms don't show up we'd like to at least get to see some of the air show. But with the recent rash of gang flash mob beat downs around the North ave beach the wife and I are a little leery of taking the kids down there. Found that we need to get back by early Monday morning so we'll have to leave for home Sunday and want to spend as much time with Dad as possible.
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Mmmm....now I am hungry for an Italian Beef Sandwich and a Chicago hotdog.


Hope you have a good trip! :)

How did you know what I had for lunch today???


Was it kosher? ;)


Let's just say it's Kosher enough, or, like the wife, it's "Kosher by injection..."
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The other thing is that my left knee is now fully bone on bone and needs a full replacement, so I'm not really up to the miles of walking it takes to get from the parking to the beachfront. We may have to watch the best of clips on TV this year -cry-
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According to a one time Chicago community organizer, these 1st grader are future engineers and scientists. On the other hand, more likely gangstras in training that got brain wash by their clueless mommas and anties. Last year at one of the fine local public school, 3rd grade boys were out on the play ground trying to get the 3rd grade girls to do the wild thing. The three grown ups 'babysitting' were probably discussing Oprah.

Lawsuit accuses security guard of handcuffing first-graders for talking in class

The attorney for a family suing Chicago Public Schools over the alleged handcuffing of a first-grader in 2010 said Tuesday that the boy was among several 6- and 7-year-olds who were detained and handcuffed for hours for talking in class.

In an email to the Tribune, attorney Michael Carin said school officials at Carver Primary School on the Far South Side authorized the on-campus security guard in March 2010 to discipline some first-graders who were being disruptive.

Giving details not disclosed in the lawsuit filed Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, Carin said the school's security officer removed the students from class and held them in another office on campus where there were no other adults present. Carin said the students were handcuffed for hours and told that "they were going to prison and would never see their parents again."

"There appears to be no reason for an officer to isolate 6- and 7-year-old children, place them in handcuffs and threaten them for hours during a school day, or any other day," Carin wrote.

Carin said the Chicago Board of Education had ignored attempts to resolve this case outside the courtroom.

"Unfortunately, we had to file a lawsuit because the Chicago Board of Education ignored my client on the day of the imprisonment and every day thereafter," Carin wrote. "We hope the Chicago Board of Education acknowledges its responsibility and resolves the matter quickly."

In the complaint, the boy's mother, LaShanda Smith, describes the guard's action as "reckless" and said her son suffered injuries both "permanent" and "personal" during the incident. Smith, who is seeking more than $100,000 in damages, accuses the officer of acting "in conscious disregard" of her son's safety.

CPS, along with the Board of Education, are defendants in the case. Neither the security officer nor school administrators are named as defendants.

CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said again Tuesday that school officials have not yet seen the complaint and need to review it before commenting. Calls to Carver Primary School were not returned.

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We may have to watch the best of clips on TV this year -cry-



1.7 Million At Chicago Air and Water Show, Organizers Say

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What do bird deaths and jobs in ND have to do with a greetings from Chicago thread??? -noclue-

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We may have to watch the best of clips on TV this year -cry-



1.7 Million At Chicago Air and Water Show, Organizers Say

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Well, at least we know that Harley was there...

Meanwhile over at the North Avenue bridge, passersby whistled and hooted when they saw a noon demonstration featuring four topless women wearing only painted daisies or a taped-on “x” over their nipples.

It was the fourth year that members of GoTopless.org had demonstrated at the Air and Water Show for women’s right to bear their breasts in public at the beach, just as men do.

Their goal is to obtain 1 million signatures worldwide on a petition seeking to free women from the social constraint. The goal is to present the petition to President Obama on Aug. 26, 2012, the 100th anniversary of women winning the right to vote in Arizona and Oregon.


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Speaking of windmills, there seems to be a double standards by the DOJ when it comes to domestic energy production and dead birds. By the way, it seem good paying jobs have been created in ND and I believe neither stimulus money or union leeches can be given credit.

Oil companies charged in ND migratory bird deaths

Life on an oil field 'man camp' -- not for everyone
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The art work with the article takes on a special meaning today. Voters in Spain just kicked their worthless and clueless socialist politicans to the curb. You know the group in Madrid that the buffoon in the White House wants to based this nation energy policy on. Well Spain went green and for each green job, that nation economy lost two 'real' jobs.

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14,000 abandoned wind turbines

As Jimi Hendrix may have put it: “And the wind cries bankrupt…”

Minnesotans for Global Warming report that in the last 30 years, the United States has had 14,000 wind turbines abandoned. Apparently, once the subsidies and the wind run out, these 20-story high Cuisinarts are de-bladed and retired. This means more bats and migratory birds will live.

From Minnesotans for Global Warming: “The symbol of Green renewable energy, our savior from the non existent problem of Global Warming, abandoned wind farms are starting to litter the planet as globally governments cut the subsidies taxes that consumers pay for the privilege of having a very expensive power source that does not work every day for various reasons like it’s too cold or the wind speed is too high.”

Andrew Walden of American Thinker explored nearly 2 years ago the demise of the 37-turbine wind farm at Kamaoa Wind Farm in Hawaii: “Built in 1985, at the end of the boom, Kamaoa soon suffered from lack of maintenance. In 1994, the site lease was purchased by Redwood City, CA-based Apollo Energy. Cannibalizing parts from the original 37 turbines, Apollo personnel kept the declining facility going with outdated equipment. But even in a place where wind-shaped trees grow sideways, maintenance issues were overwhelming. By 2004 Kamaoa accounts began to show up on a Hawaii State Department of Finance list of unclaimed properties. In 2006, transmission was finally cut off by Hawaii Electric Company.California’s wind farms — then comprising about 80% of the world’s wind generation capacity — ceased to generate much more quickly than Kamaoa. In the best wind spots on earth, over 14,000 turbines were simply abandoned. Spinning, post-industrial junk which generates nothing but bird kills.”

When an honest history of this period in the United States is written, it will no be kind to the corporate cronyism that preyed upon public ignorance of earth science to create a crisis — global warming — to exploit and loot the Treasury.

UPDATE: Linked by Glenn Reynolds. Thanks.

Oh, and the queen’s husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, calls wind turbines a “fairy tale.”

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Looks like I might be going back to Chicago sooner than planned. Dad was taken to the ER for the second time in 5 days with chest pains and shortness of breath. He lost some cardiac tissue on his last MI and now his 90 year old heart is taking too long on one half of his heartbeat. They kept him overnight last night and today the Drs say it is up to him to stay or go home. I'd rather he just stay and get a good night's sleep without worrying about the dog getting him up or going into heart failure while all alone at home.

Luckily, Pat Moon, The Iditarod racer from Chicago is a patient and friend of Dad's. Pat ran in the 2010 Iditarod (but didn't finish due to a crash in bad weather) even though at fifteen, he was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease, ulcerative colitis (This equates to his body attempting to reject his lower intestinal system) and in February of 2009 Dad diagnosed Pat with non-hodgkins lymphoma, but he still qualified and participated in the Iditarod 2010 and hopes to be back for 2011. This awesome individual came out last night when Dad called him about an alarm beeping in the basement. Pat found it was the Carbon Monoxide detector and had brought his own with and he said that his alarmed also. He had told Dad to wait for him across the street at his office with his dog until he could get there and check things out. Pat called the fire dept who couldn't verify a CO leak (their equipment didn't register any CO upstairs and while it did register a "blip" downstairs it wasn't enough to register on the display as a percentage. So Pat had Dad go with the FD to the hospital to get checked out and found he was in a type of heart failure, and Pat stayed with him until 4AM (our time EST) until the decision was made that Dad should stay overnight. Pat was back at the hospital first thing this morning to check on Dad's condition so he could call me in VA and my Sister in NV so we would know what is going on, since we are not there. Pat is just above and beyond in terms of his friendship with our family, and just being a really nice guy.

Should anyone wish to help out Pat in his wish to complete and win the Iditarod (just last March Pat was invited to, and won the Russian International Invitational Dog sled race) and other races where he will represent the USA, or just want to read more about this exceptional individual you can find info HERE at PDMOON.com or HERE at GO2MOON or any search with the terms "Pat Moon" and "Idiarod"
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Oh Wings...I know how hard it is to have someone near & dear not well, and not being there to support...If things go as planned, we will be attending my cousins' reunion in Algonquin this coming Saturday...We already have a nice sized list of things to bring back...Portillo's, 50/50, Popeye's or Brown's Chicken, Busch's Summer Sausage, among others...



Why did Cook County Board even go through the motions? So will any fibs be getting more or better services in excahnged for being mugged by their local politcans?


Why do you even care??? Other than you've found another thread where you can post your obtuse and often misspelled rants about Illinois/Chicago/Cook County...Why go political here when there's a whole big forum where you can quote to your heart's content??? Are you envious, or just upset that someone in/from the area had/has a good and happy life??? Or is real life so empty/boring on the other side of the River that you need to find something to occupy your time???

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Why did Cook County Board even go through the motions? So will any fibs be getting more or better services in excahnged for being mugged by their local politcans?

Cook County Tax Hikes Pass Out of Committee

Faced with a $315 million budget shortfall, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed serious changes to how county officials spend taxpayers’ money. She’s challenging the public employee union bosses to come to the negotiating table. She aims to utilize private sector contractors to keep costs low. These all are necessary and commendable steps. Less so are the tax increases she has proposed: hiking the vehicle tax, raising county taxes on beer, wine and liquor, and redefining certain tobacco products (like cigars and smokeless) so taxes could be levied on them.

Last Monday, the four Republican members of the county board signed off on increases and provided the necessary margin for passage in the finance committee. The package of fee and tax hikes will cost residents an astounding $51 million, even as taxpayers are still reeling from January’s state income tax hike.

Targeting politically incorrect products may seem easy, but that doesn’t make it right. When you buy a bottle of liquor in Chicago, you already pay eight taxes: a county sales tax of 1.25 percent, county excise tax of $2/gallon, city sales tax of 1.25 percent, city excise tax of $2.68/gallon, state excise tax of $8.55/gallon, state sales tax of 6.25 percent, federal excise tax of $13.50/proof gallon, and a transport tax of 1 percent. Add these all together and it turns out a whopping 58 percent of the average bottle cost goes to taxes and fees. One sip for Uncle Sam, one sip for you.


Now, these tax increases might not make that big of a dent in the wallet of a high-flying trial lawyer out for a night on the town, but it could cost a waiter or a corner storeowner dearly. Industry analysts predict that the liquor taxes could cost upward of 270 jobs in Cook County, and the tobacco changes could result in 85 or more lost retailer and wholesaler positions. But never fear, Commissioner John Daley is tickled pink that government jobs will be saved.

Two weeks ago, Preckwinkle held a press event at Stroger Hospital to tout the health benefits of alcohol and tobacco taxes. But here is the irony of that argument: On one hand, the government tells us to stop these “vices.” On the other, budgets that depend on the revenue by definition depend on smokers to continue smoking and drinkers to continue drinking. It’s illogical, and has little to do with improving our health. In fact, efforts to increase the cost of smokeless products could hamper tobacco harm reduction efforts. And there’s no consolation for non-smokers and non-drinkers here; if use does decline while spending keeps rising, a general tax hike will be on the table when revenue from these “sin taxes” run out.

Cook County officials would be better served continuing to focus on the real problem with the budget, which is spending. Between fiscal years 2008 and 2010, total county expenditures jumped 15 percent on a per-capita basis, and that’s after adjusting for inflation. In real terms, the county spent $678 per resident in 2010, up from $587 just two years prior.

As we climb out of the worst recession in decades, taxpayers will be asked to pay more on items big and small from the multiple layers of government unless elected officials get a handle on the factors driving government budget growth, especially pensions and health care services. Spending reductions – not tax hikes that will hit the working classes hard – should be county’s first order of business.

A final vote is coming soon. Contact information for commissioners is here.

http://biggovernment...t-of-committee/
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Given a choice, voters in the majority of states have reaffirm The Defense of Marriage Act, each and every time. It was wrong for judges and politicians to enact legal policies that are typically not honored in the majority of states. To be clear to the 'No H8' crowd, many Americans will never except an 'Adam and Steve' union as equal to a traditional marriage. It ain't hatery, they are just living their values.




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