Monthly Archives: August 2013

Danny Davis interrupted at village hall

Previously reported as not publicized. Oops by this blogger: Patch had it, with link to the Davis web site. My bad!

30 people were there, not counting two interruptors, says Oak Leaves.

The interruptors gave Davis a hot time, President Abu-Taleb, who had introduced him, stopped the meeting.

Meanwhile, ObamaCare looms before us, like Macbeth’s dagger. It would have been good to hear yet another version from Dems of how it’s going to be such a good thing.

I was glad to catch the League of Women Voters show at the library that night. But if I had PAID ATTENTION, I would have been at the hall to see the great man myself.

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Nannies, caregivers, housekeepers at League of Women Voters meeting

Attended my first League of Women Voters meeting last night, at the library. Was welcomed, encouraged to join up. Took a seat up front, 2nd row, looked about me and saw maybe 35 people, including one other man, he seated with a woman maybe his wife.

Speakers hit on domestic workers’ plight. These do scut work so other work can be done: home care to the disabled and otherwise incompetent, watching children, housekeeping. Our age of the working woman means outside the home. In come the free-lance domestic, or household, workers, to fill the gap.

They aren’t unionized and not about to be so. Not enough money involved. Union dues? Forget it. Some or many struggle to keep their own bodies and souls together while changing bed clothes and nannying and scrubbing floors for “working women,” many for $2 or more under minimum wage. Food runs out in their own households, bills are paid late, money is a constant problem. They seek protection by state law. Bills are pending.

Their stories have a Dickensian ring. It’s upstairs-downstairs Downton Abbey stuff. They need more money, vacation time and the like, what other workers have, including agency and government-paid domestic workers. None is there for them. They float above the everyday big issues.

However: Many who hire them cannot pay more. The woman from the Chicago Coalition of Household Workers, an immigrant from the Philippines who did this kind of work, sending dollars back home to support her four adopted children, spoke of “rich people” who can pay more. A woman from the audience asked, what about the non-rich who cannot?

Another woman bewailed the low wages as if demonstrating lack of concern for their own children — a you-get-what-you-pay-for situation. But the chair woman of the evening corrected her, reiterating the problem of slim finances by the hiring family and their inability to pay more. She also bemoaned as “atrocious and an abomination” that the U.S. is the world’s “only industrialized country” that does not governmentally pay for domestic workers.

The Coalition woman also bemoaned the expenditures for war around the globe — a familiar refrain which undercut her eloquent earlier description of her own experience caring for a husband and wife, he demented, she bed-ridden, on abovementioned low wages.

The inability to pay more for these workers, as mentioned above, is surely a question of our faltering economy. Like a hundred other socio-economic problems, money shortage is at its heart. A focus on specific problems like what the League members heard about last night is important. But there’s nothing like a booming economy to solve it, at least partially.

So we come back to the whole economic issue, what human nature calls for and what will work. The country — far less than Europe, as we know — is hooked on state activity, not on freedom. We look to “holy mother the state” for help, as Dorothy Day put it. Patch it up, here, there, everywhere, like many boys with fingers in dike. Instead, there is the free-market solution, an overall approach. Yes.

Ascension’s Fr McNally spares five minutes for Catholic New World . . .

. . . and comes up looking very good. For instance, on being a priest:

I love being a priest. Theres nothing Id rather do. Ive never doubted it one day of my life. I thank God every day for calling me to be his priest. I feel for my buddies who are torn with what they should do.

He looks like he loves it, and that can be a tonic for a parishioner.

He and the interviewer, Dolores Madlener, handled his female-priest history very nicely:

I think I have a good relationship with Cardinal George. Hes called me in a few times. We talked about women priests, and I had to apologize in the bulletin for promoting that, but we had a good discussion. Hes very gracious and always has a beverage there for me. We may not agree on a lot, but we can talk about it. When my mom died, the cardinal invited me to his residence to talk about it. That was so kind of him.

Talk like that makes both of them look good.

Schakowsky at the Temple

An ObamaCare discussion to pick up where the recent OP library discussion left off.

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The Chicago Temple, that is, on Clark across Washington from the Daley Center, where Congr. Jan Schakowsky (D-North Side and North Shore) came to talk up ObamaCare to businesswomen Aug. 21 but couldn’t stay away from another apparent favorite topic, obstructionist Republicans.

They have mounted a “last-gasp push back,” she said, promoting “myths” and “lies” about ObamaCare’s raising costs and being “bad for businesses.”

In fact, she said, ObamaCare will lead to creation of 1.5 million more “small businesses,” as found by the Robert Wood Johnson foundation. Not quite. — it’s 1.5 million more self-employed individuals, not businesses.

Republicans are discouraging sign-ups for Obamacare, “especially young people,” she said, calling it “political malpractice” and ticking off reasons the young should sign up, including that they “won’t have to worry when riding a bike” or “on an adventure, jumping off things.”

A “well-funded, concerted effort” is underway “to undermine” ObamaCare, she…

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Cynical about Anan’s speaking about exec session

Comment #41 of 42 comments. Have a look.

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Posted: August 21st, 2013 5:13 AM

I was at the meeting and here is what I found odd: there were quite a few members of the SEIU.in attendance when there was nothing on the agenda related to the SEIU. The President of the Union began recording the President’s comments immediately upon him speaking….how did he know to do that? Was this a set-up? Remember folks, the SEIU endorsed and gave money to the President’s campaign. I’m worried the President gave the impression the village will settle at all costs.

IMO, this can be noted even as the other 41 comments are overwhelmingly in favor of Anan’s willing to talk about negotiations and make very good points.

Moreover, as one who remains deeply suspicious of SEIU’s agenda, I hardly feel an Oak Park settlement is the arena in which to weaken it.

Why Christie has it wrong about same-sex therapy

Big Oak Park issue here. Recall the gay community’s strenuous objections to the book author’s appearance at Buzz Cafe for discussion of how gays can change. Trustee Ray Johnson joined in on this chorus of complaint. Gives an idea how important it is to gays.

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Gov. of NJ forbids it, making inaccurate claims. Here’s capsulization of what he says and what’s wrong with it, according to the National Assn. for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH):

(1) there is no evidence that people are born gay

(2) the APA [American Psychological Association]cites and reports no evidence that individuals are harmed by professional therapy for unwanted same-sex attractions and

(3) that there is absolutely no evidence that children who might be seen by a therapist – in some cases because of abuse or neglect – and are having confused or misdirected feelings of same-sex attraction experience any suicidal feelings or depression related to (SOCE [Sexual orientation change efforts]) therapy.

In fact, it is just as likely that any feelings or confusion surrounding same-sex attractions – confusions that could now receive only gay affirming therapy – are just as likely to be the cause…

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Oak Park’s own Rep. Lilly in Franklin Park July 30

At the July 30 town hall forum in Franklin Park,five legislators faced an audience of 80 or so in park district headquarters, a very nice building next to Metra tracks.

They were:

* Two senators: Oak Park’s Don Harmon (D_39th) and

John Mulroe (D_10th), officed at 6107 B Northwest Highway. He has four kids, three in college. Ran, “new to politics,” in 2010, because the state was (is) “on the brink of disaster,” he said, using language Harmon used in none of four forums this summer, and as one of the first things he said, for that matter.

* Three representatives:

Kathleen Willis (D_77th), in her first term, a onetime Elmhurst College librarian officed in Northlake; Oak Park’s Camille Lilly (D_78th), officed in the city at 5755 W. Division; and Mike McAuliffe (R_20th), in office since July, 1996, officed also in the city at 5515 N. East River Road.

McAuliffe, the sole Republican present, made the point early on that he works with the others, had little to contribute in the ensuing conversation.

Same for Lilly, who managed several times to get in reference to her experience as a sophomore legislator — appointed in 2010, elected without opposition in 2012. Indeed, the evening’s weightiest considerations came around to what she has experienced since her appointment, her voyage of discovery, even as she offered observations that she alone among the legislators considered germane.

During a discussion of the state’s economic situation, for instance, she noted that Illinois’ population is growing. Apparently she had in mind the state’s 3% uptick, 4/1/2010 to 7/1/2012, compared to the countrys 1.7%, as the Census Bureau has it.

In a discussion of the state’s being business-friendly, she said, “We signed legislation today” to encourage “small business loans.” We? That day? Nothing in the news about this, nothing on state government web sites. I emailed her for clarification on Aug. 1 and again on Aug. 16, each time copying Harmon, got no response.

She said she was “proud” of her vote in favor of stopping double-pension-dipping, said (twice) there’s constant “monitoring” of that. “It’s important,” she said. “To me.” Squelching the rumor that when she says something is important, she means to others, not herself.

All in all, Lilly remained true to form as modestly talented, randomly informed, and good at picking up odd facts for mentioning in the public forum. She’s Oak Park’s finest in the Illinois House.

Anan out of line, supporters say stay there

Amazing near-unanimity in commenters’ support for Village Pres. Abu-Taleb’s speaking publicly about union negotiations.

In Oak Park, to every kid an I-Pad?

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Hmmm?

“It used to be a teacher standing in front of the classroom knows things, tells them to students, they spit them back,” District 97 Data Administrator Harla Hutchinson said. “You can’t learn everything you need to know with that model of education anymore.”

Well when you put it that way, Harla, sure. But it also used to be — no more? — a teacher standing — or sitting or walking around, gesticulating, calling on kids, INTERACTING WITH THEM, FOR GOD’S SAKE, as when they are asleep or who knows what, providing a bit of humanity in the midst of data.

Ah, the data administrators to whom we give our children for becoming lifelong learners or whatever . . .

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Obama Care explained at the library, 7/29. Julie Hamos and others. Full house in Vets Room