Thursday, May 05, 2016

(Photo) High View Farm outside of Orland Park

When I was a kid far-southwestern Cook County had a rural feel. Suburban sprawl, slowed by the Great Recession and the overall lackluster Illinois economy, has allowed some farms to hang on, One of them is High View Farm at 167th Street and Will-Cook Road between Orland Park and Homer Glen.

This is how it looked two days ago on a beautiful May morning.

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Infamous hacker says he repeatedly hacked into Hillary's email server

Is this the type of person we want protecting America? She can't even protect her own email server, one that of course she never should have been using while serving as Obama's secretary of sate.

From Fox News:
The infamous Romanian hacker known as "Guccifer," speaking exclusively with Fox News, claimed he easily – and repeatedly – breached former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email server in early 2013.

"For me, it was easy ... easy for me, for everybody," Marcel Lehel Lazar, who goes by the moniker "Guccifer," told Fox News from a Virginia jail where he is being held.

Guccifer's potential role in the Clinton email investigation was first reported by Fox News last month. The hacker subsequently claimed he was able to access the server – and provided extensive details about how he did it and what he found – over the course of a half-hour jailhouse interview and a series of recorded phone calls with Fox News.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

(Video) Trump convention manager says candidate launched first "modern campaign"

The Democrats love to claim that there's is the party of the future. Which of course is ironic because the only excitement on the Dem side this year comes from a 74-year-old espousing the failed dogma of socialism.

While on the Kelly File tonight, Donald Trump's convention manger, Paul Manafort, told the show's host, correctly, that the political newcomer launched the first "modern campaign."

3 youths, one masked, crossing an Englewood street

My latest urban exploration jaunt brought me to West Englewood on Sunday. But to get to West Englewood you from the Dan Ryan Expressway you have to cross the notorious Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

The other Englewood is almost as dangerous.

Here are three young males, one of them masked, crossing 71st Street. I'm not an expert on Chicago street gangs but red and black are Vice Lord colors, which are a much greater criminal presence on the West Side.

Kasich to quit race this afternoon

It appears that the runway is now clear for presumptive Republican nominee Donald J. Trump and a Trump Autumn.

From NBC News:
Ohio Gov. John Kasich will suspend his presidential campaign on Wednesday, a senior campaign adviser tells NBC News.

Kasich cancelled a press conference in Virginia earlier in the day and announced he would make a statement in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday afternoon.

The decision comes one day after Kasich finished a distant third in the Indiana primary. Top campaign aides vowed that the governor would stay in the race, even after Ted Cruz, who formed an informal alliance with Kasich, suspended his campaign.

(Video) Trump campaign: 'We're in a great position' against Clinton

Sarah Huckabee Sanders--think about that name for a moment--of the Donald Trump campaign told Fox News this morning, "We're in a great position" against Hillary Clinton for the autumn campaign.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Socialist Sanders wins Indiana

Great Swamp, Indiana Dunes
National Lakeshore
There's still some life kicking in the geriatric socialist.

From USA Today:
Bernie Sanders was declared the winner of the Indiana primary Tuesday, but Hillary Clinton was already looking ahead to the general election, and Sanders' victory was not enough to change her trajectory toward the Democratic nomination.

Sanders, a Vermont senator, insists his goal remains to win the party’s presidential nomination, even if it appears to be mathematically out of reach. Democrats distribute delegates proportionately in all states, so the only way for Sanders to close Clinton's delegate lead is to win all future contests by huge margins and convince many superdelegates — party leaders and elected officials free to support either candidate — to switch their votes to him, even in states Clinton won.

Hoosier fallout: Cruz bows out of race, Trump presumptive GOP nominee

Bridge over White River, Indianapolis
Ladies and gentlemen the next Republican nominee for president is Donald J. Trump of New York.

From AP:
BREAKING: Ted Cruz drops his White House bid after a stinging loss in the Indiana.

Previously: INDIANAPOLIS — After a decisive win in Wisconsin, Ted Cruz triumphantly declared that his political fortunes were shifting: “Tonight is a turning point,” the Texas senator boomed at a victory rally in Milwaukee.

But just a month later, his quest to stop Donald Trump has all but collapsed.

Cruz has had perhaps worst stretch of his campaign, losing seven consecutive primaries, culminating with Tuesday's defeat in Indiana that puts Trump within striking distance of the Republican presidential nomination.
This will be the wildest presidential race since the "Revolution of 1800."

#TrumpTuesday: Indiana goes for Trump

Hey Ted Cruz--you put up a great fight but it's over. Media outlets are calling Indiana for Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

The short alliance--or should I call it collusion?--between GOP third-stringer John Kasich and Cruz yielded another victory for the political newcomer.

Oh, it's been over for Kasich for even longer.

Get ready for Trump Autumn--whether you like it or no.

Detroit resumes water shutoffs

Lake Huron
Here is more proof that popping the champagne cork for Detroit's comeback is at best premature.

From the Detroit News:
Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department is set to begin Tuesday shutting off service to customers who haven’t paid their bills.

Linda Clark, a spokeswoman for the department, said they initially planned to begin the process Monday, but the water department’s director, Gary Brown, delayed it one day.

“We want to give our customers every opportunity to schedule arrangements,” Clark said. “We wanted to give them another day.”

DWSD officials estimate about 20,000 of its customers had defaulted on their payments and faced shutoffs as of 8 a.m. Monday.
Detroit's teachers are in the second day of an illegal sick-out, Detroit Public School are essentially broke. A dozen former DPS principals have been charged in a kickback scheme.