Sunday, March 18, 2018

From Da Tech Guy: Review of Season One of Flint Town

Or, Marathon Pundit, by way of Netflix, returns to Michigan. From my weekly entry at Da Tech Guy: Review of Season One of Flint Town.

Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago #1 2017

"Heroin users all over Chicagoland," my good friend Victor Maggio spells out in his final Bloody Chicago installment of his Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago series, "usually go to Austin first before anywhere else because it is so plentiful."

"The gangs in Austin have had decades of experience and have the most sophisticated drug operation in the entire city," he explains.

Austin, on the West Side adjacent to Oak Park, is Chicago's most violent neighborhood.

As he has done in his previous nine episodes, Maggio recounts the history of this neighborhood, its rise and its fall. He also explores the creation of the welfare state and how it has devastated America's inner cities and the black family.

Hollywood phonies who glorify violence and rap music that celebrate the killing of cops and the abasement of women play a role in this crisis too.

"When you put it all together," Maggio declares "all of this has contributed to the creation of a nihilistic generation of young people that are emerging because of the consequences of destructive liberal policies that have done massive damage to the minority communities of Chicago and across the country."

Racism of course is at the core of this problem, of course. And yes, there is some good news as many blacks and Hispanics are doing well. But America can do much better.

Maggio's work is citizen journalism at its best.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Jeanne Ives: Closing Argument

Jeanne Ives, the conservative candidate for governor of Illinois, presents her closing argument.

Primary election day in the Land of Lincoln is Tuesday, March 20.

The Kinks - Art Lover

Ray Davies in "Art Lover" sings a story about a divorced father separated from his daughter from the Kinks' Give The People What They Want.

Friday, March 16, 2018

McCabe fired, loses FBI pension

The draining of the swamp continues.

From Fox News:
The Justice Department dealt a stunning blow to former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Friday night, firing him just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after determining that he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

"Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

"After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)," Sessions said.

"The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.

Jeanne Ives ad: Proud

"Lets be proud of our party again," Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives says," so we can restore pride in Illinois."

Mark Dice: This Is Not A Joke

A black woman is angry that beauty products popular among African Americans are locked up at a big box store, probably because they are among the most stolen items at that outlet. Men's razors, Mark Dice explains, are often secured behind glass for the same reason.

But that doesn't stop gadfly attorney Gloria Allred from parachuting onto the scene.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Party of the rich: Crook County Democrat Party boss rips off poor to benefit wealthy

The Cook County assessor's office has always been a cash cow for the Democrats. And there has never been a Republican assessor in Crook County.

The assessor is Joe Berrios, who is also the chairman of the Chicago Machine, formally known as the Cook County Regular Democratic Organization. He was nominated for that post by Illinois Democratic  Party boss Michael Madigan, whose tiny law firm presumably makes a fortune appealing taxes assessed by Berrios' office.

Madigan is the "speaker-for-life" of the Illinois House of Representatives.

If you live in Cook County and you are voting Democratic you are voting for Berrios. If you live in Illinois and you are voting Democratic you are voting for Madigan.

It's that simple.

From the Chicago Tribune:
In the first effort to measure the cost of Cook County’s error-ridden assessment system under Assessor Joseph Berrios, a new study estimates that at least $2.2 billion in property taxes was shifted from undervalued Chicago homes onto overvalued ones between 2011 and 2015.

Because the county’s assessment system is skewed in favor of high-priced homes, the errors amount to a staggering transfer of wealth that benefited Chicago’s most affluent homeowners at the expense of people who own lower-priced homes.

The study, released Thursday by the Municipal Finance Center at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, was conducted by Professor Christopher Berry, a critic of the assessor’s office who testified at a County Board hearing in July about flaws in the county’s assessment system.

The analysis involved calculating a citywide fair tax rate using the tax bills of homes that sold, then seeing how those tax bills differed from the amount that would be expected if the assessor valued property fairly.
Cook County is losing population. Illinois is losing population. Surprised? You shouldn't be.

Illinois isn't the Land of Lincoln anymore--it's the Land of Leaving.

Democrats are the party of the rich: Proposal in NJ and California to turn state income tax into chariatable contributions

President Trump's new tax law doesn't allow for the deduction of state and local taxes for wealthy people on their federal income tax returns. But those rich folks underwrite the high-spending by leftists in states such as New Jersey and California. Stuart Varney reports on an idea of Democrats in those states to classify these tax payments as chariatable contributions. That won't pass federal muster, but the proposal shows us what hypocrites the liberals are.

Judge orders garnishment of wages from Bobby Rush, a Democratic congressman from Chicago

Rush, a former Black Panther, has a list of ethical failings, particularly nepotism, as you'll discover in his Wikipedia biography.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush must give up 15 percent of his congressional salary to begin repaying more than $1 million he owes on a delinquent bank loan to his now-shuttered Englewood church, a judge in Chicago ordered Wednesday.

Cook County Circuit Judge Alexander White ordered the garnishment of more than $2,100 a month from the South Side Democrat’s $174,000 annual federal pay in what was another setback for the longtime congressman-turned-pastor who once promised that the house of worship he founded would help rebuild Englewood.

Though rare, it isn’t the first time a congressman’s wages have been garnished. In one case, in 2014, it happened to U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat who owed more than $1.3 million from a loan for a carwash.

Rush was ordered last June to repay the loan made more than a dozen years ago to buy the limestone, Gothic-style building at 6430 S. Harvard Ave. for what became Beloved Community Church of God in Christ.