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At Least I Have Dreams

Feb 8, 2013 11:24 AM PT

My Imagination Toolkit takes me to Beggar's Canyon and the forests of Kashyyyk.

Where do your "hot rods" take you?  To play the hero, cruising around the Friar Tuck's parking lot to front for beer purchases for underage girls?  Big man with your IROC half-shirt and your twelve-pack of Michelob Ultra, huh?

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Politics

Chicago Police Union Wants 12% Raise

Feb 8, 2013 10:48 AM PT

Illinois has the worst debt rating in the US thanks to out-of-control union pensions and health care costs. And yet, police unions in Chicago are asking for consecutive 6 percent annual raises plus a cost of living adjustment:

Union president Michael Shields said it’s simply a matter of Mayor Rahm Emanuel making public safety a priority. In addition to 6 percent yearly raises, the union wants $3,000 yearly “cost of living in Chicago” stipends for police to help defray the expense of the requirement that they live within city limits.

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Iowahawk's Story is Red-Hot, But... It Ultimately Comes from Infowars

Feb 8, 2013 10:45 AM PT

I just linked this story on my blog, and a reader, @tsrblke, let me know that if you click through all the way, the "news report" the Examiner (not the Washington Examiner, but that online Examiner outfit) cites turns out to be a post at conspiracy-monger Alex Jones' Infowars.

It's a great story-- but until, say, Breitbart's Kerry Picket or Matt Boyle can confirm it, we probably ought not to treat it as true.

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