November 17, 2016
America, Barack Obama, Black Americans, Government, Media, Politics, Society, zobop republic
Alt-right, bigotry, Chicago, Donald Trump, opinion, Steve Bannon
Hello fellow zobopians! Now that election hell-week is over I can now focus on other things about the future of humanity. But first, let’s get to know the players I’ll be ranting about today.
Bill Ayers : an American elementary education theorist and a former leader in the counterculture movement who opposed US involvement in the Vietnam War. He was also linked to President Barack Obama during his first term election. I guess we can classify him as Leftist.(?)
Jeremiah Wright : a pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, with a congregation exceeding 6,000.
Steve Bannon : an American businessman and media executive. He is the executive chairman of Breitbart News, a far-right American news, opinion and commentary website noted for its connection to the alt-right.
Now that we know the players, let’s play “throw them all under the bus”!
Bill Ayers? Yeah remember him? He was the Left-wing radical who was accused of influencing President Obama during his heyday as a community organizer. The right-wing nuts wanted Obama to throw him under a bus and disavow Ayers.
Reverend Wright was seen and heard saying, “God damn America” in a sermon. President Obama & family used to go to this church long ago. Of course when the video of this sermon went public, media critics basically expected Obama to throw Rev. Wright under a bus to distance himself from and disavow Wright.
Now let me just stop here…the two men above, (one white, the other Black), may have had influence on Obama or not. It doesn’t matter because these two DID NOT get cabinet positions in the White House! On the other hand…
…There’s Steve Bannon! This Alt-Right freak once told Donald Trump, [“You got to remember, we’re Breitbart,” he told Trump. “We’re the know–nothing vulgarians. So we’ve always got to be to the right of you on this.”] This guy get’s a cabinet position next to President Trump so he can bend his ear to the alt-right! NOPE! The American media and it’s “woke” citizens need to make Trump throw this guy under the bus! Trump should not be given a pass on this matter.
Mississippi “God Damn America” indeed!
September 24, 2015
Blogging, Economics, Education, zobop republic
Chicago, economics, money, schools, zobopian
Hello fellow world zobopians! Do you even like being called a zobopian? If you follow this blog, you’re one!
Well anyway, it’s the start of yet another school year for Public Schools…what’s left of them. Public schools are being closed and replaced by charter schools so fast it makes me wonder how long until the death of public institutions in America. Public Housing is pretty much gone and buried…I mean privatized. Remember New Orleans? O.K. I’m getting off target here. I just recently learned the community organizer Jane Addams was the head of a teachers pension fund way back in 1905. You can read about the history of her and the fund below. It’s sad after more than a hundred years America is still having a problem of giving teachers their due.
The Chicago Tribune featured a Perspective piece written by CTPF Executive Director Charles A. Burbridge in the September 17, 2015, edition. The text of the article appears below:
In 1905, the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund faced a crisis. There wasn’t enough money coming in to pay for retirement benefits.
The president of the pension fund, Jane Addams – yes, the famous community organizer – turned to the Illinois General Assembly for help. A landmark law passed in 1907 required employees and employers to contribute to the fund and set up an elected pension board to oversee investments.
The retirement security that Addams protected for teachers is at risk again.
Pension holidays taken by Chicago Public Schools and approved by lawmakers have capsized the system and will cost taxpayers billions of dollars to correct. It’s just the kind of action Addams sought to guard against more than 100 years ago.
We must protect our teachers and the taxpayers from these shortsighted decisions.
The first step: Stop talking about CPS declaring bankruptcy. That’s a diversion from the real issues of education policy and funding. CPS bankruptcy – essentially allowing the state to insulate itself from the problem that it helped create – would be morally reprehensible. There are many parties responsible for this crisis. No one should be allowed to simply walk away.
The second step: Take three legislative actions to fix the system and prevent future funding failures. Those three actions are:
- Make payments to the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund mandatory by law. Pension funds across the country have something in common: Payments are mandated and the funds have strong tools to use if a payment is missed. Pension payments are not optional; they are promised to Chicago’s schoolteachers as part of their contract. We have to stop pitting today’s teachers against yesterday’s teachers. Lawmakers, city and school leaders must recognize that teacher compensation and retirement funding are one in the same.
- Commit to an actuarial-based funding plan that covers annual contributions and unfunded liability. Fully funded pension plans let experts (actuaries) determine the annual contribution needed to keep the plans stable. The Chicago teachers’ fund is in a hole. We must stop digging. The problem was created by pension holidays. It can’t be solved by more pension holidays.
- Make monthly payments to the pension fund, not a once-a-year payment. Pension plans work when today’s benefits are paid by yesterday’s contributions and investment earnings, and today’s contributions are invested to pay for tomorrow’s benefits. Prudent investment practices demand that payments to the fund provide a constant stream of revenue that can be invested throughout the year. Monthly payments would save Chicago taxpayers tens of millions annually.
A century ago, Addams knew that for Chicago to thrive, teachers’ pensions needed to be protected. If we are to thrive for the next century, that fundamental principle must never again be forgotten.
Source : Chicago Tribune, September 17, 2015
August 8, 2014
America, Chicago, Economics, Self Development, Society, zobop republic
Chicago, economics, money, panhandle, zobopians
Hello fellow zobopians. I’ve been gathering my thoughts on this subject: panhandlers. Are we becoming a Nation of Panhandlers? Is the American economy that bad? I would think so when I walk/travel through my community in Chicago. It seems like everyone, (male and female; young and old), is constantly asking me for spare change. Walking down a lonely street or whatever, in some instance I’m the only one in sight, I’ll pass another pedestrian and I get asked if I have money to give to him. It just seems so casual-like. It makes me feel uneasy.
Most panhandlers are on busy street corners or standing/sitting in front of businesses to increase their chances of getting some hand-out. I encounter too many casual pedestrians just walking down the street, like me, asking for money in a way that comes off as to uncomfortable for me. Recently I was walking home and came across a store-front residence, where people live, and there was a guy standing in front of what I assume was a stair landing and he just ask me for spare change. In front of his home! Seriously, is this crappy economy this bad when citizens are panhandling in front of their home?
Now, lets pause. I don’t mind giving anybody my spare change to someone. It’s no big deal unless I really need the money for myself. (I’m not rich.)
I’m just beginning to sense a bad habit forming among people that comes off like a “third world” type of behavior. This is the USA for crying out loud! I’m not oblivious that America is in a Funk Economic Depression! If this country doesn’t get its economic affairs in order, this panhandling is going to become a bad habit. People need jobs & money so they won’t have to panhandle to every Tom, Dick & Harry.
I guess this ends my writers block. Until next time…
Yes! I said Funk Economic Depression. That’s not a mis-spelling of the F-word. We are in a Funk, you know that!
April 14, 2014
Blogging, Media, zobop republic
Chicago, newspaper, punography, words
Hello zobopians! Did the title of this post* bring you here? Hmm-m. I have to give credit to the Chicago Independent Bulletin. They came up with this!
*Click to enlarge picture.
April 11, 2014
Business, Chicago, Economics, Government, Politics, Power, zobop republic
Chicago, politics, Rahm Emanuel, tax
Hello fellow zobopians! Time for a citizens political rant. I’m on a roll with rants this month, aren’t I? (That might be bad English.) Anyway…
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gets to spend $55 million in property taxes for a swanky new Marriott hotel in the South Loop. Meanwhile…Chicago citizens might have to pay higher property taxes to finance pension funds for public employees. What the hell am I missing? Chicago citizens are getting fleeced and ripped-off when it comes to any kind of taxes! Taxes and higher fees and we have nothing to show for it! Except potholes and falling bridge overpasses.
And on top of all that, Illinois companies get tax breaks and public subsidies. No jobs or business expansion to show for it. NOTHING. TO. SHOW. FOR! What a SHAM!
Inspired by post/article in : http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2014/04/11/my-gift-to-mayor-rahm
March 31, 2014
Blogging, Business, Economics, Society, zobop republic
BlackTwitter, bossy, Chicago, economics, finance, money, poverty, rant, zobopians
…and Dumb too! Hello fellow zobopians, let me explain myself. I don’t normally use my blog as a rant platform, but today…well…
As I was walking down the street going home Monday afternoon I was approached by a young woman walking in the opposite direction. As she was getting close to me she calls out to me to buy her a soda pop from a gas station at the corner I was just approaching. (It was right there!). I asked/said to her, “Why can’t you get it yourself?” As I’m asking her this, she’s pulling out her money to give to me. Then she informs me the owner or station clerk wouldn’t let her in the establishment anymore. Huh?
Now, let’s just slow down a minute here, ‘cause I’m about to pull out my RANT-CARD**. (I’ve had time to calm down since this happened.) Thus the name of this blog post: [Dumb] Bossy @ss B*tch! First of all, I won’t allow anyone to BOSS me around on the streets of Chicago. [Dumb] Bossy @ss B*tch! Second, why is this young woman attempting to spend what little money she has at a store that obviously doesn’t want her? [Dumb] Bossy @ss B*tch! I just came from a dollar store two blocks away! She could’ve walked her lazy @ss self to the dollar store to buy her much needed soda pop. [Dumb] Bossy @ss B*tch!
Dumb @ss people never cease to amaze me. If a business doesn’t want YOU in there establishment, then spend your money elsewhere! You don’t try to get someone else you don’t know to spend YOUR money at a business that doesn’t want you or your money. What the hell am I missing? If I were a sleaze-ball, I could’ve snatched her money and ran like hell but on the rough streets of Chicago, you think twice about that. You don’t harass someone on the street with your economic stupidity. I almost gave this young woman my piece of mind but on the rough streets of Chicago, you think twice about that. Bossy @ss B*tch! And dumb too!
I’m all ranted out! I have nothing else to say…until next time…
**I rather not use my RACE-CARD. There’s no telling what trouble I would get for using that. Hello #BlackTwitter!