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U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) statement in favor of S.4023, the Collins-Lieberman Bill and other issues

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Senator Kirk: 

                                                                                                                                                           

“Over the last several months, I urged Congress to wait for the considered judgment of our uniformed military through the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s report before changing the policy.  If we are to eliminate one military personnel policy, we must have a new one that is easily understood to guide the First Sergeants and Navy Chiefs who really run our squadrons, squads and ships.

I very carefully read the Joint Chiefs of Staff report and met at length with Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary Roughead.  Following their exhaustive and considered military judgment, I support the Joint Chief’s recommendation to implement the repeal of the current policy once the battle effectiveness of the forces is certified and proper preparations are complete.  The legislation before us provides our military leaders with the time they requested to change the policy.  Without this legislation, Admiral Roughead warned that courts, like California’s federal courts, would issue further confusing stop and start orders to our military, causing chaos in our military recruitment and retention programs.  In the end, the Constitution charges the Congress with setting military policy and the Executive branch with implementing it.  The legislation containing the recommendations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will remove the various orders of conflicting and uncertain court litigation from our military, allowing uniformed leaders to once again effectively manage our national defense.  As a 21-year Navy Reserve officer, I believe it is important for military leaders, not federal judges, to run our armed forces.”

(Note: As federal courts took control of military policy, the Department of Defense has been recently ordered to both start and stop the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy.  After ruling that the DADT policy was unconstitutional, a California federal district court imposed a world-wide injunction on the policy on October 12, 2010 (Log Cabin Republicans vs. U.S.).  The Department of Defense then suspended DADT.  Two days later, the Obama Administration filed an emergency stay of the district court’s ruling which was rejected.  On appeal, the 9th Circuit Appellate Court granted the Obama Administration’s stay of the district court’s order on October 20th.  The Department of Defense then reinstated the DADT policy, pending further litigation.  On November 12, the Supreme Court denied a motion to vacate the temporary stay, allowing the main case on the merits to go forward in California’s 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.  The final disposition of the case for or against DADT is unclear.)

 Statement of Senator Kirk on H.R. 5281, the DREAM Act:

“The American people believe our borders are broken.  It is a fundamental duty of our government to know who is entering the country, making illegal entry nearly impossible.  In the coming Congress, we have an overwhelming bipartisan consensus to restore confidence in the security of our borders — before we pursue other immigration proposals.”

 Statement from US Senator Mark Kirk on restoring the current law that bans bringing Gitmo terrorists to the Heartland

“In order to block a the House Defense Authorization bill with the Gitmo terrorist transfer provision included, I threatened to place a hold on the bill in the Senate.  Illinois Republicans worked together to protect our national security and strike the provision, restoring the current law that bans bringing Gitmo terrorists to the heartland.”

Statement by Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) on Transferring Gitmo Detainees to the United States
 

“Instead of providing Congress with a clean Defense Authorization bill that could win overwhelming bipartisan support, Speaker Pelosi buried a provision in the House defense bill that permits bringing Guantanamo terrorists to the United States.  Such a provision would weaken the security of our country.  Therefore, should the Defense Authorization bill come to the Senate with the Gitmo terrorist transfer provision included, I will place a hold on the bill and would seek to strike the provision, restoring the current law that bans bringing Gitmo terrorists to the homeland.

“We should not put ourselves in a position where a rogue court can order the release of a member of the al Qaeda core.  Just this week, a terrorist attack directed by a former Guantanamo detainee and now senior Taliban commander, Mullah Zakir, killed six U.S. soldiers in Kandahar.  

“While we could authorize a federal prison in Thomson, Illinois to support economic growth, it should never weaken our nation’s security by housing Gitmo terrorists.  I urge my colleagues in the House and Senate to continue our bipartisan prohibition on transferring Gitmo terrorists to the heartland.” 

 

Statement from Kirk on Meeting With EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
 
“After meeting with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, Sen. Durbin and I agreed to commission a Congressional Research Service study on chromium 6 contamination and the science/regulations of other nations on this.
 
Jackson told us that EPA would complete a government-certified, peer-reviewed analysis of chromium 6 on human health this summer.  She also noted that EPA could direct more comprehensive testing by public utilities to build data on this issue. We urged her to do that.
 
Administration Jackson confirmed that there are models of commercial filters certified by  National Science Foundation (NSF) that are capable of removing Chromium 6 that may be in tap water. This is an option for families that wish to take early precautions before the federal, peer-reviewed research is complete.”
 

 

PBS Host Tavis Smiley to moderate conversation on Recovering America’s Greatness

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Panelists to Consider What the Future Holds for the Next Generation

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Two costly ongoing wars, a fledging economy, a failing educational system, and job losses have Americans worried not only about the fate of the country but its legacy as a global leader. This January, broadcaster Tavis Smiley will convene a panel of thought leaders to wrestle with how America can return to its greatness.

“We are all aware of the challenges we face in our country. In fact, many other countries are facing some of the same economic and social issues. But what’s striking for some of us is the slide in our global standing. On so many indicators we are lagging behind where we were once considered a front runner,” said Smiley.

The nationally televised discussion, America’s Next Chapter, will be held from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday, January 13, 2011 at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW, Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is requested at www.americasnextchapter.com.

The event will broadcast LIVE on C-SPAN Thursday, January 13. The conversation will rebroadcast for three nights on Tavis Smiley on PBS beginning Tuesday, January 18 through Thursday, January 20. The conversation will continue during The Tavis Smiley Show and Smiley & West from PRI (Public Radio International).

Panelists include, among others: Cornel West, Princeton University professor and author; David Frum, speechwriter for former President George W. Bush and founder of FrumForum; Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post; Dana Milbank, lead political columnist for The Washington Post; Helene Cooper, White House correspondent for The New York Times; David Brody, CBN News White House Correspondent and Maria Teresa Kumar, Executive Director/Co-Founder, Voto Latino.

“How do we rebuild cities with empty homes and no jobs? When does economic recovery really happen? Have we become a nation that is good at destroying things (i.e. school programs, health services, libraries) and the salaries that go with them?” Smiley added. “If this is true, what should be our response as the citizenry to take part in the recovery? Perhaps we are the ones with the answers as opposed to government or even big business.”

Sam Cooke fans honor late singer with 80th Birthday Tribute

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

 

Birmingham, AL (BlackNews.com) — The Sam Cooke Tribute Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the life, legacy and music of the late gospel and soul singer, Sam Cooke, plans to honor the legendary singer during the weekend of what would have been his 80th birthday in Los Angeles the weekend of January 20-23, 2011.

Event organizer, Richard Nichols, a relative of the Sam Cooke’s late brother in law, Joe Hoskins, says this tribute will honor the legendary soul singer in a befitting birthday celebration with fans from around the world. “The legion of new Sam Cooke fans continues to grow worldwide and as one who was directly involved in the previous Sam Cooke Tribute in Los Angeles in 2005, I think this is the perfect opportunity for old and new Sam Cooke fans to come together to celebrate the life, legacy and music of Sam Cooke,” Nichols said.

Cooke was killed December 11, 1964 in Los Angeles, CA under still mysterious circumstances according to Reginald McDaniel, first President of the Sam Cooke Tribute Foundation, Inc. Sam Cooke was at the pinnacle of his career when his life unexpectedly ended on that December night. “Many circumstances surrounding his death remain cloudy and many of his contemporaries, family and fans believe foul play was involved,” McDaniel said. “Cooke was a music industry pioneer in many ways and way ahead of his time. Sam Cooke had the audacity to tell the music industry that he would write, produce and control his own music and career. He encouraged other artists of his time to do the same.”

Sam Cooke signed an unprecedented deal with RCA in 1960 that essentially turned RCA into a distributor for Cooke’s Tracey Records. This allowed him to become the second leading seller on RCA behind only Elvis Presley. Cooke also founded his own record labels, SAR and Derby, and his own publishing company, KAGS. “No other black artist had such power,” McDaniel said.

Sam Cooke was also the biggest gospel star of his time as a member of the legendary and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group, the Soul Stirrers, for whom he sang lead with from 1950 to 1956. He recorded such hits as Touch the Hem of His Garment, Be With Me Jesus, Jesus Be a Fence, Farther Along, That’s Heaven To Me and Wonderful, with the Soul Stirrers before deciding to crossover to pop music in 1956.

Cooke exploded onto the pop/soul music scene in 1957 with his number one hit and two-million seller, You Send Me. Cooke had 29 top forty hits over the seven-year period of his career. They include such classics as: Cupid, Chain Gang, Another Saturday Night, Bring It On Home To Me, Nothing Can Change This Love, Wonderful World, Having a Party, and his epitaph, A Change Gonna Come which was instrumentally used by President Barack Obama during his rise to the White House.

The story of Sam Cooke is very complicated. He was much more than a singer. He was a soul music pioneer, business entrepreneur, and civil rights activist during a very turbulent time. “We the fans, want to keep his legacy alive and get the truth out about how truly great Sam Cooke was and still is,” Nicholsl said.

Music channel, VH1, ran a Legends special on the life and career of Cooke which won a Grammy Award earlier this year as best long-form music video. Cooke was named one of the top 15 artists of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine this year, and his song A Change Gonna Come was credited by Rolling Stone as the greatest R&B record of all time.

Although it’s been over 45 years since Cooke’s untimely death, his influence is still strong today as many artists from R. Kelley to Rod Stewart emulate Cooke’s unique vocal style and phrasing.

The Sam Cooke Birthday Tribute 2011 is scheduled in Los Angeles, CA, January 20-23, 2011 at the Marriott Hotel LAX. Registration is $150 for fans who will enjoy a weekend of activities including a tour of Sam Cooke’s home, burial site and performances by the Legendary Soul Stirrers, Bobby Womack, Gerald Alston and more, according to Nichols. The tribute has traditionally drawn thousands of fans from the United States and around the world including, Canada, Bahamas, Scotland, England, Hungary and Germany.

The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles will officially open a display room honoring Sam Cooke on January 21st when the mayor of Los Angeles will proclaim Sam Cooke Day. The Greek Theatre will hold a press conference to announce the first annual Sam Cooke Concert on May 19, 2011. Los Angeles Unified School District will also be at the press conference to announce the naming of a school in Sam Cooke honor.

For more information on the tribute or to contact the foundation, call Richard Nichols at 909-210-6999.

Tips for staying safe on the roads over the holidays

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

(From the Better Business Bureau)

 

CHICAGO, IL – The Holidays are a time of cheer, but they can also be a time for battling traffic from bad weather all the way to Grandma’s house. Staying safe should be a top priority for all travelers and the Better Business Bureau (BBB) recommends taking a few precautions when hitting the road this holiday.
 
Every year, travelers take to the air and roads during the holiday season. According to surveys conducted by AAA during the recent Thanksgiving holiday, 94 percent of travelers nationally are expected to drive – up from 86 percent in 2008 and 80 percent in 2000.
 
 “Because of weather conditions and increased traffic, staying safe on the roads over the holidays takes additional precautions,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Before loading up the family, make sure the car is in good condition and you’re prepared for bad weather. While you’re driving, be sure to put down your cell phone or GPS and focus on the road ahead.”
 
 
The BBB recommends taking the following steps for safe driving this holiday season:
 

Create a car safety kit – Holiday driving often includes the threat of dangerous winter weather. Snow and ice lead to accidents, car troubles, long delays and road closures. You can prepare for bad weather by creating your own safety kit. Basics for the kit include a blanket, flares, flashlight with extra batteries, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, non-perishable foods like granola bars and nuts, bottled water, an ice scraper and warm gloves.

Take the car in for a checkup – Breaking down on the side of the road can definitely put a damper on the holiday spirit. If your car is due for a check up, take it in before making that long haul. At the very least, check the car’s fluid levels, wipers and tire pressure. Check the condition of your tires and, if you plan on driving through serious winter weather, consider getting snow tires. For a listing of dealers and mechanics you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

Start early and slow down – The best way to fight holiday traffic is to give yourself some extra time to make the trip, and don’t speed. Speeding leads to accidents which increase traffic even more. Also, if you’re caught speeding by law enforcement, that adds travel time and puts a dent in your holiday spending.

 

Drop the distractions – When you’re behind the wheel, don’t text and drive; if you must, use a hands free headset when talking on the phone and put someone else in charge of the GPS.

 

For more advice on staying safe over the holidays, visit www.bbb.org

“Leaders must give our young people something to emulate in a positive way” – Rev. Harold Bailey

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 21 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Harold Bailey

An intriguing conversation with the Rev. Harold Bailey

By Juanita Bratcher

Rev. Harold Bailey is an infinite authority on youth and the problems of youth. For 31 years – since 1979 – Bailey has shepherded problematic youth into the right direction through his Probation Challenge Program.

It’s been a lifelong passion and journey for Bailey, seeing that youth in and outside of his Probation Challenge Program knows the importance of education and training. That’s because he’s one that believes and emphasizes that education brings about awareness and awareness brings on the ability to think. “And when young people think they will then be able to make rational decisions,” he says.

Bailey is a legend in his own time. Recently, he was the recipient of the “Living Legends Award” at an event held at the DuSable Museum of African American History, and was saluted at the History makers’ 10th Anniversary celebration earlier this year.

While he is thankful for the many years of service in servicing youth and the opportunity to deal with youth and community, Bailey said it has been an education for him as to the sincerity of many who reside in the community.

“There’s some hypocrisy out there,” he said. “Our young people tend to emulate that which they see and they have seen much of our faulted leadership. I am sincerely praying that those who possess a righteous spirit will come forth and possess fruits of the spirit that will lend to the success of our youth.”

Bailey despaired when he talked about crime that has taken a hold on the City of Chicago. “In my opinion this issue has not been approached properly. But when the head is sick the body is ill. I feel that the leadership has not possessed the spirit of righteousness and as a result of that, what is there for youth to see? What is there for youth to emulate? What is there for them to see at all other than corruption?

“I am fortunate to be old enough to be considered an elder with one foot in the past and another with our present generation,” Bailey added. “Thusly, I have tried to educate our youth as to our failures, failures that they should not seek to emulate.

“Recently, I have been honored to be the recipient of the Living Legends Award and also saluted at the History Makers’ Tenth Anniversary. And in all of this, I quickly give God the glory and hide behind the cross. I know that seeking to transfer education information on to our young people is considered by many as a no-no and dangerous to do so.”

As a result, Bailey said “our streets are flooded with crime, murder, and drugs. But seemingly those who emulate being the head of our city, county and state cannot find workable solutions. Why not call on our elders as scriptures have advised for wisdom. I dare say until we obey the scriptures we are doomed to fail. But I’m pressing my way to continue to beat the educational drums via way of the Probation Challenge PCC Connection network. This is a component of what I consider distribution of truth. And as the scripture once again says ‘ye shall know the truth and the truth will make you free.’ “

Bailey went on to say that he thinks it is a “masterful conspiracy” set forth by those who sit in seats of authority to fill the many jails and prisons. “Jails and prisons represent plantations, and the legal system is placing young people back on the plantations by way of a criminal justice system.

“Education brings about awareness and awareness brings on the ability to think. And when young people think they will be able to make rational decisions. The question then becomes, how is it that we can get unlimited dollars to incarcerate but there’s a restraint on funds to educate? And if we educated those youth well would we not have to incarcerate?”

Bailey said he would like to see a blanket new leadership across the board of persons who have not identified with the old regime and failures of “our political system.”

In the end, however, Bailey said he’d rather see young people who are full of hope and spiritually guided.

Since 1979, thousands of youth have participated in his program and have since gone on to college and become productive members of society, Bailey said proudly.

There is no doubt, Bailey added, Probation Challenge and the PCC Network will continue to be a strong force in helping troubled youth and steering them in the right direction to a successful and fulfilling life through positive resources of education and training.

Adults should check the Privacy Policy on “Dear Santa” websites

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

(Alerts from the Better Business Bureau)                                                                          

 

CHICAGO, IL The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois discovered almost 7,000 domain names are registered that include  the name Santa Claus, offering children a wide range of opportunities to persuade St. Nick via email that they were nice in 2010.  Before allowing children to share any personal information with a “Letter to Santa” website, the BBB Children’s Advertising Review Unit (CARU) recommends adults carefully review such sites to determine who is seeking the information, how it will be used and whether it will be shared with third parties.

All websites directed to children – or websites designed with a special children’s section –  should have a privacy policy that explains the site’s information collection practices. The privacy policy should include the name of the company and the company’s complete contact information.

 

“Even Santa is required to comply with CARU’s Online Privacy Protection guidelines and the Federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “Even though some parents may be intimidated by technology, they need to supervise their child’s computer use in the house as well as educate their kids on how to be safe online.”

 

Websites should also state whether the company shares information with third parties, including advertisers, and whether the company publically discloses the information or retains the information for any future purpose.

 

CARU offered the following ‘Dear Santa’ site review tips:

  

  • Keep Shared Information Limited. Websites directed to children should not ask a child to disclose more information than is reasonably necessary to participate in the activity – a first name and email address, for instance. Limit the personal information children share with Santa and omit physical addresses; Santa already knows where all the children live.
  •  Age Appropriate Content. Check websites for unwelcome content. Some sites are geared toward adults and may contain language or advertising adults may not want children to see.
  • Avoid Off-topic Hyperlinks. Since hyperlinks can allow children to move seamlessly from one site to another, investigate the hyperlinks to assure children don’t access inappropriate content.
  • Keep the Channels of Communication Open. Let your kids know that you are always ready to talk if they are ever threatened, bullied or feel uncomfortable about an experience they had online.

“As many children are online and have numerous opportunities to link up with websites requesting personal information it is critical that parents take the time to protect personal information while staying in the holiday spirit,” added Bernas.

 

Federal law requires sites collecting identifying information from children under 13 to get a parent’s consent first. Parents who are concerned about the safety of specific child-directed websites and advertising can file a complaint at www.caru.org/complaint

 

For more information on how to keep your kids safe online, please visit www.CARU.org

 

Parents can also learn how to keep themselves safe from ID thieves and hackers online at www.bbb.org

 

Secretary of State Offices closed for Christmas Holiday

Posted by Admin On December - 21 - 2010 ADD COMMENTS

Chicago, IL –  Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday and Friday, December 23rd and 24th, 2010, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

Driver service facilities that are normally open Monday through Friday will reopen for regular business hours on Monday, December 27th.

Tuesday through Saturday driver service facilities will close on Friday and Saturday, December 24th and 25th. These facilities will reopen Tuesday, December 28th during normal business hours.

Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s website, www.cyberdriveillinois.com, to change an address, register to become an organ & tissue donor or renew license plate stickers if they have received a renewal form by mail.

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