Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Bean, Schakowski Town Halls

Thirteen hundred voters showed up for Rep Jan Schakowski's Town Hall meeting on Monday.  At least that many were turned away for lack of seating capacity at Niles West High School.  Liberty Watchman arrived an hour before the meeting started, but even that wasn't early enough to get a seat.

Schakowski finally sent out a lackey to invite those who couldn't get in to attend a Town Hall teleconference on September 9th.  Unfortunately, most of those who couldn't get it had already gone home.  LW saw only a half page of names and phone numbers that had been taken down for the teleconference.

Outside were dozens of protesters, the majority of whom were Obamacare supporters.  As usual, the pro-Obama folks had professionally printed signs while the other side had only hand-written signs.

LW spoke to one man who left the meeting early.  He was mad as a wet hen suggesting that the meeting was stacked with Schakowski supporters.  He told of Schakowski being asked if she would take a survey of her constituents before voting on any bill.  The Congresswoman replied rather lamely that she only takes a survery of her constituents every two years.



Here is a tremendous example of grass roots protesting.  Five women organized a town hall meeting and invited Melissa Bean, Mark Kirk, and Dick Durbin to attend (two of the three have refused to attend open town hall meetings).  None of the politicians showed up of course so the ladies set up life size photographs of each pol and they had their meeting anyway.  They called it the "with or without you" town hall.

Below is the video of the empty chair town hall meeting.  One highlight:  a man says, "Illinois has a kind of term limits.  One term in office and a second term in jail!"



Thanks for Cal Skinner's McHenry county blog for the "with or without you" video.

8 comments:

  1. Wayne, This is Bill Cross. I'm no RINO. You can contact me hardwareman2551@gmail.com or call one of my stores. I'll be in Amboy today and tomarrow. IR left out the contact info.

    BC

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  2. Illinois Patriot Sends...
    I to was unable to get in as well but then I did arrive a bit late. There were unconfirmed reports of any where between 5 and 10 charter buses dropping off adults to the South entrance well before anyone else was admitted in. When some individuals who had parked their cars in the back lot attempted to use the same entrance as the bussed in individuals they were told by uniformed NWHS school security they had to use the front entrance and were denied entry through those doors. Again I was unable to substantiate these rumors to my satisfaction.

    Not wanting to stand around and watch people wave poorly made signs and scream at each other I canvased the area's industrial parking lots and side streets in search of these buses. After 45 minutes I gave up with no such buses found. (Typically buses for such an event drop off their passengers at the venue then stage at a nearby off-site parking lot or side street to await a prearraigned pick-up time or a call from a group leader. Normally this is done simply for the sake of traffic control. In this case, if they were transporting seat fillers, it would have made sense from a tactical perspective as well a traffic control point to hide said buses.)

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  3. Democracy In ActionSeptember 2, 2009 at 8:40 AM

    Let me get this straight: "Liberty Watchman arrived an hour before the meeting started, but even that wasn't early enough to get a seat."

    Wow, you are some dedicated Watchman. A whole hour early? Did you even miss your favorite TV show to go there? Give me convenience or give me death!

    "LW spoke to one man who left the meeting early. He was mad as a wet hen suggesting that the meeting was stacked with Schakowski supporters."

    Stacked? If there are more of them, maybe they represent her district. Ever think of that? Or maybe they cared enough about liberty freedom and democracy to show up more than an hour early. Whiny conservatives are whiny.

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  4. Democracy In ActionSeptember 2, 2009 at 8:47 AM

    One more thing about Illinois Patriots' comment. As he states himself it's a rumor. No facts. None at all.

    He couldn't find any buses. A real Watchman or Patriot who would have been concerned about this would have waited around to see the phantom buses pick up these phantom people.

    The fact that he didn't bother but still publishes a rumor speaks volumes about his motives or ability to think through even a simple problem. That is just sloppy.

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  5. Illinois Patriot Sends...

    DIA,
    I was unable to stick around because of an emergency call-back back to my job. Even if I'd gotten into the meeting I would have to have left it early for the same reason. And yes, my full intention was to wait and see if the buses returned but my call-back changed that.

    Considering there that were confirmed reports of seat filler loaded buses at other THM's it was quite reasonable to expect the same here. SEIU has a strangle hold on Illlinois and I could not imagin them passing up such an tantilizing opportunity.

    So please DIA, go away...the hot air you spew is messing up my hair!

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  6. "Considering there that were confirmed reports of seat filler loaded buses at other THM's it was quite reasonable to expect the same here.SEIU has a strangle hold on Illlinois and I could not imagin them passing up such an tantilizing opportunity."

    Don't "imagine," FIND OUT! You are just being lazy. The truth isn't whatever you want it to be because it fits your worldview. Maybe your "confirmed reports" are just more rumors such as those you've written here. The fact that you've done no due diligence and continue to state baseless accusations means I now will consider you a lair.

    "So please DIA, go away...the hot air you spew is messing up my hair!"

    Let me get this straight, this public blog is here to "preserve, protect, and defend that liberty" being our constitutional right to individual liberty. You complain that your voice isn't being heard and then tell me to "please DIA, go away." What part of this aren't you getting. Conservatives DON'T believe in free speech or liberty for all, only THEIR free speech and liberty. It's plain to see.

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  7. Illinois Patriot Sends...

    Yawn...

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  8. Short attention span, eh Pat.

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