Tuesday, February 19, 2019

AOC on Amazon canceling NYC campus: ‘I think it's incredible’

Socialist member of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, speaking on Amazon cancelling plans for a New York City complex that may have provided New Yorkers 25,000 jobs, says "I think it's incredible," adding, "everyday Americans still have the power to organize and…can have more say than the richest man in the world."

Wrong. On a side note I'm not a big supporter of local officials throwing tax breaks at major corporations--taxes should be low for everyone--one of the reasons AOC is gleeful over Amazon ditching New York is that her union pals oppose the online retail behemoth.

Despite his liberal leanings Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos runs a non-union shop. The trend in America, of course, is more right-to-work states, of which New York is not one.

In so many ways, Ocasio-Cortez is on the wrong side of history.



Mark Dice on Jussie Smollett: Whoops! That Didn't Work!

In today's video Mark Dice recounts all how the mainstream media advanced the hate crime hoax of Jussie Smollett.

Incredibly, CNN, one of the guilty propagandists, is now trying to spin its way of the mess it helped create.

Dice is the author of a book, The True Story of Fake News: How Mainstream Media Manipulates Millions. One of its chapters is about hate crime hoaxes.




Monday, February 18, 2019

(Photos) Downtown Flint in winter

I was on vacation last week so I hit the road to a city that was in the news a lot a few years ago, Flint, Michigan.


Saginaw Street is the main thoroughfare in downtown Flint.


Up above is a ghost sign for Ferris Brothers Furs.


The Capitol Theatre, which opened, like most great movie palaces, in the 1920s, closed in 1990. It re-opened in 2017.


The Flint Farmers' Market--I love the possessive plural--dates back to 1905.


Pictured here is a low-head dam, also known as a weir, on the Flint River.

Of course when you think of Flint the first thing that comes to mind is the Flint Water Crisis of 2014-2017. Flint's economy began a tailspin that dates back to the early 1970s as the economy slowed and American consumers bought more import cars, particularly those from Japan. I'll cover that side of Flint in a later post. Twice in this century Michigan governors declared a financial emergency in Flint. During the second one, municipal officials decided, in a cost-saving move, to end purchasing Lake Huron water from Detroit; instead, it would pump in its own water from that lake. But Detroit, itself under a financial emergency as well as bankruptcy protection, turned off the tap to Flint, which forced the smaller city to temporarily use the Flint River for its water.

But the engineers failed to include corrosion inhibitors in its water treatment, road salt, which I learned is only used on main streets in Flint--I'll cover that later too--ate into the aging pipes which led to dangerous amounts of lead in the drinking water. Flint quickly switched back to Detroit water. Until last spring Michigan supplied free bottled water to Flint residents.

Last year an old concrete bridge, known as the Hamilton Dam, was demolished, which led to many reports that the entire dam was gone. Wrong. Who writes this crap? Just the bridge is gone. What remains, the low-head dam, is a drowning hazard.


That's Saginaw Avenue at the Flint River. The tall building is the Northbank Center building, which is now owned by the University of Michigan-Flint. It's the former Industrial Savings Bank.


The "Flint Vehicle City" arches, with electric lights, were built in 1905 in honor of the city's 50th anniversary. Electric street lights were a new technology then. "Vehicle City" refers not to automobiles, which were still viewed as a novelty then, but to carriages for horses.

Like Detroit, Flint was a hub for Michigan's lumber industry. As carriages were made of wood, Flint was a major producer of carriages, so the transition from carriages to automobiles in the early 20th century was a natural one.

In 1908 General Motors was founded in Flint.


 Sometimes life is better in black and white. Oh, beneath the arch is a Chevy Silverado, the GM Flint Assembly builds that pickup.


That's Flint's tallest building, the top half of it at least, the 16-story Mott Foundation Building. Its neighbor, the slightly taller Genesee Towers, was imploded in 2013. In a complicated transaction compounded by a lawsuit the state appointed emergency manager paid $9 million for Genesee Towers and then sold it for $1 to a corporation that demolished it.

You can't blame all of Flint's problems on the auto industry woes.

As for the photo, it's the first one I've posted when I used my new zoom lens.



Ka-boom!


On the left is William C. Durant, the founder of General Motors. In 1904 he took control of Buick from the man on the right, David Dunbar Buick.


The tallest structure is the Old Genesee Bank Building.


It's been many years since I've seen a pipe shop--other than hookah joints that is.


At night the arches are lit.

Related post of mine from Da Tech Guy:

Review of Season One of Flint Town


(PragerU) What Made George Washington Great?

John Rhodehamel, the author of George Washington: The Wonder of the Age, tells us that it is hard to envision an America without the Father of our Country.



Sunday, February 17, 2019

From Da Tech Guy: Mainstream media bias betrayed as Jussie Smollett hate crime story falls apart

Yes, I am back. I was in Flint and Detroit for a few days, which is something you'll be hearing about soon. In the meantime I am weighing in once again on a major story out of Chicago at Da Tech Guy: Mainstream media bias betrayed as Jussie Smollett hate crime story falls apart.



Tuesday, February 12, 2019

(Photos) Flat chunks of ice hanging from trees on the North Branch of the Chicago River

Last week there was an early February thaw in the Chicago area which melted most of the snow on the ground and led to swollen creeks and rivers including the North Branch of the Chicago River in Morton Grove and Niles.


The ice chunks, or ice flats, are something I've never noticed before this week.

As far as I can gather, or hypothesize, there was a pause in the thaw, most likely at night as it is rare this time of year for temperatures to consistently above freezing at night, leading of course to ice developing at the top of the river. Then the river levels drop to their normal levels, leaving these ice chunks, or ice flats, hanging from trees.


Today a mix of snow, freezing rain, and sleet is enveloping the Chicago area. Oh, all of these photographs were snapped this afternoon.

Notice the icicles on hanging from the ice flats.


These photographs were taken in either Morton Grove's Miami Woods or Niles' Bunker Hill Woods.


If you decide to follow my footsteps please be careful. There are patches of weak ice along the river banks.




Ben Shapiro: AOC embarrasses self on Green New Deal

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ben Shapiro tells us, embarrassed herself with her Green New Deal. That is, if she is capable of embarrassment.

Shapiro blows the whistle on one of her advisers, Robert Hockett, a Cornell professor, who blatantly lied to Tucker Carlson about the contents of the GND.



Mark Dice on fooling AOC: Mission accomplished!

Mark Dice laid a trap for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez--he added, if such a thing is possible, even crazier things to her Green New Deal, such as offering everyone a free massage charge and forcing people to use recycled urine to brew coffee, to see if AOC would fact check it.

She did.



Happy 210th birthday, Abraham Lincoln

America's greatest president--and its first Republican one--was born in a log cabin 210 years ago in Kentucky.

Pictured is a statue of the Great Emancipator that Little Marathon Pundit photographed last month at London's Parliament Square. It's a replica of the one sculpted by Augustus Saint-Gaudens that stands on the southern end of Lincoln Park in Chicago.




Monday, February 11, 2019

Amazon shoppers: There is still time before Valentine's Day

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