Monday, April 30, 2018

Steal This Gun!

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition
NRA members of Lake County have an old saying:
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a stolen gun is a good guy with a stolen gun.
Haha, according to the News-Sun ...
A Mundelein man who made arrangements to purchase an AR-15 assault rifle from a Round Lake Park man in April, and then stole the weapon, was arrested Sunday night, authorities said. The weapon was recovered and the suspect faces multiple charges, according to reports.
Mundelein man arrested, charged with stealing AR-15
It is unknown if the stolen AR-15 was originally obtained at the Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Shoot from the Hip

Only a good foot with a gun can stop a bad foot with a gun.
According to the Guinness Book of Records, McHenry County boasts the most self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the foot, per capita:
My Foot!
Your LakeCountyEye has learned however that Lake County might take a stab at that record this year:
A Barrington-area man accidentally shot himself in the leg Saturday while handling a handgun his wife recently purchased, police said.
Lake County man accidentally shoots self in leg, police say
It is unknown if the firearm was purchased at the Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Ghost Townships

Does everyone think that Townships should be eliminated?

According to the Lake County Gazette ...
Littleton, Lynnville and Quarry employ the most government workers per capita among townships in Lake County, according to 2017 Illinois State Comptroller financial reports.
Public employee tally: Top townships in Lake County

Lake County townships with the most public employees
Sharpeyed Operatives will note that anyone hoping to visit Littleton, Lynnville or Quarry Township, shouldn't bother asking for directions. That's because they don't exist. You can't get there from Lake County.

Does the Lake County Gazette (Lake County's #1 fake news source) favor the elimination of Townships in Illinois?  Just the opposite, it would seem!

Your LakeCountyEye declined to contact the Lake County Gazette for comment.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Separating Church and State While Uniting Faith and Public Life

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Reverend Michael Kirby, Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at Northminster Presbyterian Church in Evanston, will give a presentation on Separating Church and State While Uniting Faith and Public Life: A Progressive Approach.
  • Sunday
    April 29, 2018
    2:00 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
  • $15
    (Students Free)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Long Arms of the Law

Are you good at word problems? This week's pop quiz will test your math skills:

You are invited to the Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle. At a minimum, 24 guns are raffled off:
Twenty-four firearms were raffled off at the $75-per-person fundraising dinner, including at least two safes filled with guns.
Lake County GOP gun raffle draws about 100 protesters
It costs $1000 to sponsor a table at the gun raffle:

Lake County Republican Central Committee A-1 List
How many new firearms does your $1000 contribution put into general circulation?
"We are living in very dangerous times, there's no question about it," Curran said Tuesday during a presentation hosted by the Womens Network Group of the GLMV Chamber of Commerce. "There will be another school shooting and it won't be far down the road. It's inevitable," he added.
Keeping safe in troubled times requires a plan, Lake County authorities say
Note to Ops: You can't sell them a cure if they don't have the disease.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Q the Eye/04.15.18

Dear LakeCountyEye,

Your linking mechanism is not picking up McHenry County Blog's latest articles.

Cal Skinner
Dear Sunshine Blogger,Ὥρος Hōros

Not a problem.

[h/t: McHenry County Blog's latest articles]

If you are an elected official, or a previously elected official, or just a private citizen under indictment, send your political questions to Q the Eye c/o ...

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Q the Eye/04.14.18

Dear LakeCountyEye,

Does McHenry County get credit for the illustration used in this story?
Down But Not Out
If so, when and where?

Cal Skinner
Dear Sunshine Blogger,Ὥρος Hōros

Here ... Now ...

Down But Not Out
[h/t: McHenryCountyBlog]

If you are an elected official, or a previously elected official, or just a private citizen under indictment, send your political questions to Q the Eye c/o ...

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Speaker Out

Drop the Hammer
One worst-kept secret in Washington DC is that Peter Roskam wants to be Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Just last week when one constituent took a phone call, the voice on the other line invited him to join a Peter Roskam telephone-townhall.  Upon which, this constituent asked: "Can I put you on speaker?"  The voice on the other line replied: "The proper form of address is Mr Speaker."

Haha, this week Roskam (Lake County's vestigial Congressman) came a step closer to realizing his dream.  Paul Ryan, the real Speaker of the House, is quitting.

And already the most powerful GOP members of Congress are jockeying for position in the sweepstakes to replace Ryan. Newsmax ranks Roskam seventh out of a shortlist of eight:
There's a short list of possible Speaker of the House replacements for Rep. Paul Ryan who announced on Wednesday he's not running for re-election.
4 Top Speaker of the House Prospects to Replace Ryan
Note to Ops: Do not expect to see Congressman Roskam anywhere anytime soon. Your LakeCountyEye has learned that Roskam will be in Washington, attending to the people's business. He is measuring the drapes in the Speaker's office. Through the November election.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

A Dead Giveaway

Q:Do Republicans look different than everyone else?
A:Yes. If he is a Republican then that is a gun in his pocket.

Haha, Prof Kevin Smith at the University of Nebraska has gathered empirical proof that Republicans and Democrats look different. Democrats reveal more emotion on their faces than do Republicans:

participants watched silent videos of unidentified congressional representatives giving speeches. The videos were stripped of obvious body movements and facial expressions. Participants were then asked to rate the speakers on emotional expressivity and political ideology. Results displayed emotional expressivity correlates not only with perceived ideology but actual ideology as well. "We deliberately picked video without overt emotional cues," Smith said. "But sure enough, people could pick out who the liberal one was and who the conservative one was."
UNL study finds liberals show more emotion than conservatives
Of course, it is hardly a surprise that some Congressmen would be sporting a deadpan expression more than others:
That's all your LakeCountyEye has. Move along, nothing to see here.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Bullets or Ballots

Trump Voter
Criminals, they say, always return to the scene of the crime. Then why is the Lake County Republican Party returning to the site of their 2017 Gun Raffle?

As readers of this blog will recall, the Lake County GOP held a fundraiser in Kildeer last October, where high-capacity firearms were given away as raffle prizes:
Lake County Republican 2nd Amendment Dinner & Gun Raffle
The proceeds all went to a worthy cause: the Lake County Republican Party.

Well, six months later, to the day, the Lake County GOP will be back -- same town, same venue. They will be reassembling this time however not only to shoot off their mouths but to elect a new Chairman:
The Lake County Republican Party is slated to hold its official county GOP convention on April 18 at Concorde Banquets in Kildeer.
Lake County GOP to select party leaders at upcoming county convention
This new Chairman will be selected by a vote of his GOP precinct committeemen. It is unknown if he will also win an AR 15 assault weapon.

Your LakeCountyEye will keep you apprised when further developments warrant.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Principal Peter

Your LakeCountyEye has a winner.

The 2018 election may be months away, but pundits are predicting a Democratic takeover of the US House of Representatives:
Democrats hope to ride a wave of liberal enthusiasm and anti-Trump sentiment to a House majority in the midterm elections in November.
To Reclaim the House, Democrats Need to Flip 24 G.O.P. Seats.25 Are in Clinton Territory.
Anywhere from 21 to 41 GOP Congressmen are predicted to lose their seats to a Democrat in November.

If that weren't enough bad news, this ring of woeful Republicans lack a recognizable media-ready stand-in to represent them as a group. That is, until now.

It's official, Peter Roskam is the poster boy for the 2018 mid-term Congressional realignment. According to the Washington Post:

Control of the U.S. House will be decided in America's next political battleground of aboveground pools, bike trails, and oversized Tudor and Victorian houses full of working professionals like Karrie Sullivan, a Republican voter who cast her primary ballot last week for a Democrat. In a suburb outside of Chicago, Sullivan is determined to replace her congressman, six-term Rep. Peter J. Roskam (R), whom she has supported in the past. His sin, she said, was his affiliation with President Trump.
Suburban voters angry with Trump threaten GOP’s grip on House
These days, when the media casts an eye on the incoming blue tsunami, the media casts an eye on Peter Roskam.

Like for instance, the Daily Herald ...

Suburban voters angry with Trump threaten GOP grip on House
Or the Chicago Tribune ...

Suburban voters angry with Trump threaten GOP control of the U.S. House
Peter Roskam, who is Lake County's vestigial Congressman, is invited to c'mon down and claim his prize: Free executive coaching services and a K-Street business directory.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Can Europe be Saved from Populism and the Distrust of Liberal Democracy?

Adlai Stevenson Center on Democracy
Michael Zantovsky, who has served as the Czech Republic’s Ambassador to the United States, Israel and Great Britain, will speak on the question "Is the civil society dead? Can Europe be saved from populism and the distrust of liberal democracy?"
  • Sunday
    April 8, 2018
    2:30 pm
  • The Stevenson Center on Democracy
    25200 N St Mary's Rd
    Mettawa (Libertyville), IL 60048
  • $15
    (Students Free)