Alert Status Delta Red, Threat Con Super Max!!!!!

The weather channel announced today that Chicago is at TorCon One warning status. That is, Chicago has a one in ten chance of having a tornado today. Good god, where will I hide? Have I collected enough emergency disaster meals, stockpiled enough ammunition, and locked and loaded all of my guns. If the Zombies come and attempt to lay a finger on even one of my coveted survival stash of Snickers bars, I swear I’ll, I’ll…

Be honest, how many of you after hearing the news this weekend that the health worker on the cruise ship this weekend had been cleared of Ebola and was allowed to go home breathed a sigh of relief. Not that she didn’t have Ebola, but that the hysterical media-driven stupidity might at last have crested. Limbaugh started his program whipping up hysteria. The morning show on another rightwing station invited an expert in infectious diseases, and then shifted the cogent and even-tempered answers from the expert into a graphic description of how Ebola kills its victims. They ignored the fact that all two current victims but the first victim, Mr. Duncan, who did not receive proper treatment, have survived the disease. The “logic-anchored” right is replete with panic, alarm and hysteria.

Pick an issue. ISIS terrorists are streaming across the Mexican border, left wide open by Obama, to behead Americans carte blanche and wholesale across the fifty states. Hillary Clinton could care less that the ambassador to Libya was butchered over hours and hours while Obama was asleep or golfing. Hispanic children are bringing pandemics across the border, according to Michael Savage, and Ferguson’s unrest means the welfare coloreds are coming to loot your particular gated suburban community. Obama is dividing America by simply talking about race? Huh? Obama, we are told, and which former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh so painfully conceded on his Far Side-type of radio program, is a Muslim, who wants to destroy America. Fear, panic, panic, fear!

We are fed a constant diet of fear and panic in this country, through the media, talk radio and by advertisers. It is the sales tactic of last resort, and they are playing it to the hilt. Specifically they target the elderly and the white middle class, and they respond instinctively. There is a deeply ingrained inclination to pay attention to the alarmist. Likely it helped your neighbor known when a lion was stalking the tribe in the Savannahs of central Africa. But this all began when corporations began gobbling up media in this country until 90% or more, including Facebook is poured through multiple filters.

We are told that crime is rampant in Chicago, with murder and mayhem everywhere. It’s out of control! Joe Walsh was pounding the desk with pretend hysterics over this crisis filler. That is, they need to constantly fill the airwaves with the idea, ahead of an election, that the world is crumbling. Truth is, the murder rate-one is too many- will be lower this year than last year. 357 currently, or about 300 less than the peak under Bush, and to be fair, half of what it was in 1994 under Clinton. Last year it was 415. It was 513 under Bush’s final year in office, but alas, no hysteria..

Limbaugh cited a rightwing poll and was screaming into the microphone about 85% of the American people saying that the country is “going to hell!” The right will cite chapter and verse from so-called experts who for self-aggrandizement, or to kiss the ass of the likes of a Hannity or savage for their 3 minutes on TV or radio to feed their fear narrative, but it is all to keep you controlled and diverted from real truths. Ebola killed one guy in this country who was half dead when the for-profit hospital in Texas followed their corporate guidelines and sent him home. That same media ignores many thousands of true, not-hysterical climate scientists warning of climate change; which has already killed thousands(I’ll send you the list) and has already mired us in wars for oil and water.

Occupy missed their true calling. Instead of occupying parks, they should have occupied the media. Imagine the country we might have had they stormed CBS and FOX, Salem, Clear Channel and the rest and returned the media to the people. You rightwingers out there longing for the good old days, how come that that doesn’t apply to a public media that represents and reflects the people, not the wealthy and powerful? How come that doesn’t mean a media that doesn’t strive to keep us distracted with crisis after crisis, day after day?

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The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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ISIS Determined To Strike in US, or was that Bin Ladin?: Obama, ISIS and the truth about GAI

Election Season. You might think, listening to the corporate media that President Obama is suffering from some sort of golfing OCD, and that he just wasn’t interested in ISIS until last week. The truth is no one in the media, especially FOX was interested in ISIS. None of them reported on them until this past spring. Then there is this revelation-supposedly- that Obama only attended a shade over 40% of the Presidential Daily Briefings, according to a scientific and detailed analysis by the Government Accountability Institute, or GAI.

Sounds serious. After all, that is tantamount to dereliction of duty, malfeasance, and maybe even treason. What part of the government is the GAI a part of again? The name sounds terribly officious, and just what this nation needs to keep track of the really important stuff, like presidential vacation days, number of hours golfing and how much food is wasted in school lunch programs for poor kids, just to prove that those kids are getting too much food. That way we can cut food programs for a few billion to have more for the $22 billion we’re spending against ISIS already, and the $1 trillion the government gives in subsidies, credits and tax forgiveness annually to corporations.

But the GAI? Hmm. Last time I was in Washington I believe when you enter the Capitol Building the auspicious GAI offices are to the left, down a long hallway and up a flight of stairs, just past the…Oh wait, the GAI isn’t part of the government. In fact the GAI, who says their mission is to “investigate and expose crony capitalism, misuse of taxpayer monies, and other governmental corruption or malfeasance,” is a right wing organization headed by good, honest non-partisan friends of the community like the Hoover Institute,, the Koch Brother’s American legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the American conservative Union and Citizen’s United. All organizations that have helped make America the land of hope, freedom, uncorrupted elections, equality and media diversification that we know today.

So let’s take a quick look at a few of the stalwart purveyors of truth, justice and government accountability. President Peter Franz Schweizer served as the foreign policy advisor to Sarah Palin and is connected through the State Policy Network to ALEC. Schweizer authored such non-partisan advances in literature and critical thought as Reagan’s War: The Epic Story of His Forty Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism, Makers and Takers: Why conservatives work harder, feel happier, have closer families, take fewer drugs, give more generously, value honesty more, are less materialistic and envious, whine less … and even hug their children more than liberals, and of course the modern day classic of investigative journalism, Disney, the Mouse Betrayed. Fellow deep thinker, co-founder and Executive Chairman of GAI Stephen Bannon is an executive at Board member Ron Robinson is director and a founding member of Citizens United

But I understand the absolute urgency in getting details of Obama’s failure to attend PDBs. I can also understand the deluge of outrage by the media one month before the mid-term elections. But wait, the supposed analysis by GAI was published on July 24th. And by the way the article, like Hannity, Limbaugh, Savage or any of the true and good patriots on the right made mention back on that date that the ISIS leader threatened our American president directly. No, they were and continue to be more interested in party politics than the nation. It is interesting that they weren’t as apoplectic about Obama’s attendance record back in July. By the way, since this really isn’t about RDBs, or ISIS, it’s a pale effort by the republicans to paint dems as weak on defense going into the election.

Still, we can credit GAI for a deep analytical accounting of the exact number of times Obama attended PDBs, arriving at the 401-43% figure widely quoted throughout the media this week, with attributions to GAI, which almost sounds governmental. But GAI’s analysis was simply going to president and the date and counting the phrase “The President receives the Presidential Daily Briefing.” It isn’t all that interesting. They are just sketches of the president’s schedule, leaving out more sensitive and classified briefings and meetings, as well as the day to day minutia of running a nation of 370 million people. its rather like describing what a chef does by looking at a page that reads, :opened the restaurant in the morning, cooked some food.” On the White House site there is a next and a back button which makes the epically hard work done by GAI so much easier. Of course, being the fair-minded, America-first folks we know they are, they did a cross comparison with other presidents, like Bush. No? Bush hasn’t made his electronic records available, almost a decade after leaving office?

Obama readily admitted that he and his team under estimated ISIS, and could not have foreseen the virtual collapse of the Iraqi army. That’s called transparency. Now the US is taking action against ISIS, because we are the one nation on the planet with the means and resources to do so, but Obama has also worked to invest regional nations to take part in the effort. Imagine, however that Obama received a PDB reading something like, and I’m just spit-balling here, ISIS Determined To Strike in US, and he ignored it. Then imagine that ISIS struck in, say, New York, maybe using commercial aircraft, and they also attacked the Pent…oh wait, that’s right. On August 6, 2001 the Central Intelligence Agency gave President George W. Bush, who was vacationing at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, a President’s Daily Brief titled Bin Ladin Determined To Strike in US. It was ignored and by coincidence the US was hit just 36 days later, at home, with a loss of 3,000 civilians.

The Obama administration has been slow in crafting a proper response to ISIS, but ISIS still remains an issue predominantly in the Middle East and perhaps North Africa. They are certainly on the radar now. As for the PDBs? Aides and officials say that Obama reads the PDBs religiously and comes to meetings prepared with questions and discussion. PDBs were read to George Bush. No, I’m not kidding on that part. He needed someone to tell him a story so he could understand, and then have Dick Cheney make the decisions that led to the possibility of an ISIS in the first place.

By the way, if you are obsessed about the President’s golfing and vacation time as proof he isn’t engaged or interested in the job-probably because he’s just one of those lazy coloreds on welfare, he’s taken 140 days of vacation, compared to Bush’s 533 days, Reagan’s 390 and Clinton’s 174…

CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit

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