Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Newt: Anyone willing to stand up for Trump is a target

The left wing isn't interested in the truth--it's interested in power and destroying those people, conservatives and President Trump supporters, who disagree with them.

Newt Gingrich explains to Sean Hannity here.

Monday, April 24, 2017

That rite is wrong: Failing NY Times refuses to call female genital mutilation what it is

The failing New York Times--yes, President Trump's moniker fits here--has surrendered again to political-correctness.

The Times is on the wrong side of this battle.

From Fox News:
A top New York Times editor decided the paper shouldn’t use the term "female genital mutilation" because the phrase is too "culturally loaded" and widens a divide between the Western world and "people who follow the rite."

Health and Science editor Celia Dugger said she came to the conclusion to refer to the act of removing the female genitalia of young girls as "genital cutting" during a trip to Africa in the 1990s. She spoke about her decision in a Times mailbag article in response to a reader’s question.

"I never minced words in describing exactly what form of cutting was involved, and there are many gradations of severity, and the terrible damage it did, and stayed away from the euphemistic circumcision, but chose to use the less culturally loaded term, genital cutting," Dugger wrote. "There's a gulf between the Western (and some African) advocates who campaign against the practice and the people who follow the rite, and I felt the language used widened that chasm.”

The term “female genital mutilation” has actually been used by the Times in six articles in 2017, according to a website search; however, the instances are extremely restricted. For instance, two of the mentions occur in the context of a quoted speech or statement, two were in opinion columns, one in a book review and one in the mailbag explanation of why the Times didn't use the term. The abbreviation "FGM" appeared this year only in stories taken from wire services such as The Associated Press and Reuters.
Ironically, most Muslims shun this barbaric practice.

The Old Gray Lady cares more about "people who follow this rite" than the rights of young girls.

That rite is wrong.

(Video) Bernie: The model of the Democratic Party is failing

During his appearance yesterday on CBS' Face the Nation, socialist Democratic senator Bernie Sanders told the host, "the model of the Democratic Party is failing."

Sanders just participated in a unity tour organized by the Democratic National Committee.

Chiraq: 7 dead and at least 31 wounded over weekend

Abandoned home in Roseland
Over the last weekend seven people were shot to death in Chicago--with at least 31 wounded. 2017 is shaping up to be very bloody year as 2016 was. Sometime this week Chiraq will record its 1000th shooting of the year.

Of those deadly shootings over the past weekend, amazingly none of them occurred on the West Side. One of those killings happened n Humboldt Park on the Northwest Side, the other six took place on the South Side, with one each in Englewood, West Englewood, Parkway Gardens, Washington Park, South Shore, and Roseland.

Former president Barack Obama was in Roseland yesterday where he met with at-risk youth. Roseland, just as it was when Obama was a community organizer there, is plagued by high levels of violent crime.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Squeeze: Some Fantastic Place (Live)

Like the Beatles, Squeeze wrote songs for many occasions. Here's one for a funeral, "Some Fantastic Place."

(Video) Isaiah 40 in Chariots of Fire

Considered the favorite passage from the Bible for runners, Isaiah Chapter 40, was brought to the forefront among scripture in the 1981 classic film Chariots Of Fire.

While I am the Marathon Pundit, my mother was a runner too. This morning at her funeral I will read from Isaiah 40, verses 28-31.
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is God from of old,
creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary,
and his knowledge is beyond scrutiny.

He gives power to the faint,
abundant strength to the weak.

Though young men faint and grow weary,
and youths stagger and fall,

They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength,
they will soar on eagles’ wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint.
Watch as the Eric Liddell character in Chariots of Fire, portrayed by Ian Charleson, reads this passage and more in one that movie's most touching scenes.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Huffington Post blogger says Trump supporters deserve to die

"Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement." Gandalf to Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring.

From the Washington Free Beacon:
The Huffington Post recently deleted a blog post in which the author fantasized about the deaths of Donald Trump supporters.

"Trump Supporters Deserve to Die More Than I Do," wrote Chris Cali, an artist and musician who has contributed to the Huffington Post since 2014. The post has since been taken down, but survives in archive form.
Cali discussed the recent Mother-of-All-Bombs attack on an Islamic State stronghold in Afghanistan, and then the nutjob mused about potential retaliation targets for ISIS.

More from the Beacon, courtesy of the deleted HuffPo article:
"San Francisco might not be at the top of the target list, but I'm betting it's higher up than some shithole town in Nebraska," he wrote. "In fact, the majority of states where Trump supporters continue to wear their red ‘MAGA' caps and give a solid thumbs up to the putrid dumpster fire of an administration he's been running so far don't contain a single town where a ‘radical Islamic terrorist' would even stop to take a shit in a Walmart bathroom, let alone one that a crazed N. Korean leader would want to nuke into oblivion."
And finally...
"So sorry not sorry, but the ones who actually deserve to have a nuke dropped on them first are the ones who voted to get us all into this mess. They're the ones who would have brought it on themselves if their health care was taken away and they dropped dead from their pre-existing conditions," he continued.
My mother was a strong supporter of Donald J. Trump. Her funeral is tomorrow morning.

I never see such blog posts from conservative writers. Leftists, there is a sickness among some of you.

Hey Biss: Forget about Trump, get Boss Madigan to release his tax returns

Madigan graphic
courtesy of the Illinois
Policy Institute
Illinois State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) is a sponsor of a bill that will require presidential candidates who wish to appear on the general election ballot to appear on the ballot in this state to release their federal tax returns.

Biss, who I've met--and I can tell you that he's an arrogant son-of-a-bitch--is running for governor. Biss' call of course is directed at President Donald J. Trump, who refuses to release his tax returns.

I have an idea for an amendment to Biss' bill. Add a requirement that members of the General Assembly leadership, that is, the majority and minority leaders of each chamber, as well as the speaker of the House, make their state and federal tax returns public.

Biss won't be interested in my idea. Illinois Democratic Party boss Michael Madigan of Chicago, who has been House speaker for an unprecedented 32 of the last 34 years, has never released his tax returns. Madigan runs a small but lucrative downtown Chicago law firm that specializes in appeals of Cook County tax returns. The Cook County assessor is Joseph Berrios (D-Chicago), a former state representative--which of course means he was a member of Madigan's caucus. Berrios is also a registered state lobbyist. He's also chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party--and Madigan is a Cook County Democratic ward committeeman.

In Springfield Madigan demands state income tax increases. But in Cook County he gets rich off of lowering property taxes. It's easy to see why Cook County and Illinois are suffering from negative population growth as they are being run into the ground by an incestuous and self-serving cabal of cronies.

Biss is also a former member of Madigan's caucus.

During Madigan's tenure as House speaker Illinois has accumulated over $200 billion in public-sector pension debt--despite Illinois' constitutional requirement to pass balanced budgets. I guess that is why Biss calls himself a former mathematician in his Twitter bio.

Suit filed to keep felon ILL-inois mayor-elect out of office

Here's a story from last week that I meant go get to but didn't. Now I have time.

Markham is a crime-ridden south suburb of Chicago--which is not too far from my hometown of Palos Heights.

So perhaps it's fitting that a convicted felon won this month's mayoral election.

From CBS Chicago:
The Cook County state's attorney's office has filed a lawsuit to keep the newly elected mayor of south suburban Markham from taking the oath of office — an action he was warned about before the election.

The three-count suit, filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court, seeks a declaratory judgement from the court that Roger Agpawa is not eligible to hold office as mayor of the city of Markham due to a prior felony conviction. It also seeks an injunction to keep him from taking the oath of office.

Agpawa was elected April 4 with about 72 percent of the vote, according to Cook County election results.

He pleaded guilty to a felony count of mail fraud in federal court on Aug. 30, 1999, according to court documents, and completed a sentence of 36 months of probation and a requirement to perform 200 hours of community service.
One of Agpawa's opponents, Kenneth "Mojo" Muldrow Jr, fought unsuccessfully to have him removed from the ballot. Mojo also has a criminal record, albeit his conviction was for a misdemeanor.