Monday, July 28, 2014

Changing Minds - one at a time

When some gun owners and concealed carry licensees see this sign, their blood pressure starts to go up, their hands shake and their lips start quivering.

Some have even talked about confronting business owners and telling them that they will refuse to shop at their businesses.

Now wait, guys; there's another way to handle it.

Instead of telling the business owner that you refuse to buy from him, that you'll boycott his store, just ask him this question:

"Why are you setting it up so that I can't buy from you?" He hasn't thought about it from that point of view.

Change your approach from "I won't buy from you" to "I can't buy from you." By posting this sign on his door, the business owner is prohibiting you from entering and spending your money, if you are carrying your concealed firearm and your license.

Let him know that you're a law-abiding citizen and you aren't going to break the law to buy from him. You might have to invite him out to the curb for that conversation or telephone him from the sidewalk.

Show him your money or your high-limit credit card. Maybe, just maybe, when he realizes that he is losing business because of that placard on his door, he might just remove it.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Harrison calls for debate in sheriff race

ELECT Independent Candidate
McHenry County SHERIFF

July 27, 2014
Contact:  Jim Harrison

Let The Debates Begin!

WOODSTOCK, IL — Independent candidate for McHenry County Sheriff, Jim Harrison, is ready to take on opposition candidate Bill Prim, in a series of public debates for the benefit of McHenry County voters.

“Public debates are the best opportunity for the people of McHenry County to see and hear the candidates, side-by-side, as they discuss the issues facing the next Sheriff.  By comparing the qualifications and experience of the two candidates for Sheriff, voters can make an informed decision in November, and informed voters make better decisions,” Harrison said.

Harrison would like to see a series of debates throughout the County so more people can meet, hear, and evaluate the candidates.  Media organizations, civic groups, community organizations, and other interested parties are encouraged to host debates in their communities. 

Nearly 9,500 registered voters, from communities throughout McHenry County, signed petitions to have Harrison’s name placed on the ballot as an Independent candidate in the November 4, 2014 Sheriff’s election.  Harrison will be the first Independent candidate to appear on the ballot for McHenry County Sheriff.  

"The opposition agreed to debate me when I became a ‘certified candidate’ in the election, so now that that hurdle is behind us, let the debates begin,” Harrison said.
Post Office Box 10 Ringwood IL 60072 –
An Independent Candidate – For The People!
Paid for by “Citizens to Elect James T. ‘Jim’ Harrison Sheriff of McHenry County.”  A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website ( or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Wake up, McHenry County.

Everybody in McHenry County, WAKE UP. There is an election on November 4.

Are you busy finding out about candidates? Are you calling them? Writing to them? Asking them questions? Learning their positions? Going to meet-and-greets?

What about in the race for Sheriff?

Are you meeting the candidates, Jim Harrison and Bill Prim?

What questions could you ask them?

Q. What are their views on militarization of the Sheriff's Department?

Q. With the shrinking population of Federal prisoners and ICE detainees in the jail, what are their plans to control the budget?

Q. Will either commit to re-opening the triple homicide (Jack Feldkamp, Audrey Feldkamp, Doran Bloom) in McHenry County on June 7, 2011, and conducting a thorough, proper and complete investigation?

Q. Will they continue with Zinke's plan to change patrol cars to a different fuel? What was it? Hydrogen?

Q. If a deputy is involved in a crime, will they charge the deputy and arrest? Will they request (insist) on prosecution? Or will they attempt to hide it under the table with "administrative discipline" of 30 days or less, so it never gets into public record?

Q. Will each candidate reduce the number of days of discipline for a matter to go to the Merit Commission? Currently, if discipline is "more than 30 days", it is supposed to go to the Merit Commission? Currently, a deputy can get repeated discipline of 30 days and it still doesn't go to the Merit Commission? [Compare this to the Woodstock Police Department, where discipline of five days goes to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners.]

Q. Will the candidate direct the new FOIA officer to respond to requests in compliance with the Illinois FOIA law? (MCSD still has not responded to my July 13th request.)

Q. Will the candidates survey employees to find out what they think about leadership in a department that thumbs its nose at a State law?

Q. Will the candidates implement the use of 360ยบ performance reviews, in order to learn about problems that employees face with supervisors?

Friday, July 25, 2014

McCarthy: Emanuel's parrot

Kudos to the Chicago Police Department for collaring the kid who allegedly fired a shot into a house, killing an 11-year-old girl in a bedroom last Friday night.

So, what did CPD Supt. McCarthy have to say about it? "But at the end of the day, you introduce a gun into a fistfight, this is what happens.”

Hello? Does he have an agenda?

The gun wasn't "introduced" into a fist fight. The fight occurred earlier. The shooting was intended retaliation. But this stupid remark is intended to inflame people against guns, rather than being focused on the real problem. A dumb gangbanger.

We should all be saddened by this senseless shooting and the death of Shamiya Adams.

If the CPD were following David Kennedy's real CeaseFire program, as described in Don't Shoot, they'd be out now, collaring the leader of the gang and putting him away for 20 years. That would start getting the message through to the rest of the shooters in Chicago!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ever sneak a peak?

Take a minute and watch this video from VW. It might just save your life.

Remember, if you aren't texting, the driver coming toward you might be.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

MCSD FOIA Response grade = F

When Mrs. Jan Weech was the Freedom of Information Act officer at the McHenry County (Ill.) Sheriff's Department (MCSD), things were done right. Responses were on time and were complete.

And now that the Department has a new FOIA officer?

On Sunday, July 13, I filed a FOIA request electronically with the MCSD. I requested details about the domestic disturbance and sheriff's department response involving one of their own. I won't mention the deputy's name until I get the report, but all the deputies know who she is. And many of them believe that she should have been arrested and prosecuted, and fired, not just given a three-day suspension as "administrative" punishment.

If Mrs. Weech were still the FOIA officer, I would have received a complete response no later than yesterday. I was always appreciative of her courtesy and timeliness, and I never had to worry that she might be influenced by higher ups at the sheriff's department who might order her to delay or respond less than completely. When your husband is a sitting judge, nobody is going to ask or direct you to violate a law.

But now she's no longer there. I assume she retired.

So where is my response to my July 13th request? I'm not going to fool around with a second request. I'll just file a Request for Review directly with the Public Access Counselor of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General. Then he or she can rattle Andy's cage and shake the response loose.

Anybody else having problems with FOIA responses now?

E-Z Pass = phishing scam

Did you get an e-mail that purported to be from E-Z Pass and informed you to pay up, or else? One that contained "In arrears for driving on toll road"?

You've heard the horror stories about people who didn't pay a few $0.35 or $0.75 tolls and quickly found themselves owing $600 to the Illinois Tollway and then fearing confiscation of their license plates or vehicles?

Don't click in the e-mail. It's a scam; phishing; delivers a virus to your computer.

There is a warning on the Illinois Tollway website about this and also on the E-Z Pass website. You can Google it for more information.

Don't say you haven't been warned...