Friday, May 26, 2017

Bruce Rauner video: How We Got Here

Illinois' reform governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, is the Land of Lincoln's last best hope.

Democratic Party boss Michael Madigan and his underlings have destroyed the Land of Lincoln.

The latest Rauner ad is titled, "How We Got Here."

Oh, this blog enthusiastically endorses Rauner for reelection. Click here to contribute to the governor's campaign fund.

Penitent Gianforte wins Montana House race

The day after he admittedly assaulted a reporter from the liberal British newspaper the Guardian, Republican Greg Gianforte won a special election to the US House. The seat was vacated by Ryan Zinke after he accepted President Donald Trump's nomination to be Interior secretary.

The reporter, Ben Jacobs, says Gianforte body-slammed him and broke his eyeglasses. The race was targeted by libs as a way not only to win a House seat but to make a point about Trump's so-called plummeting popularity.

But Gianforte still prevailed. I'm not going to make excuses for the congressman-elect's boorish behavior and he isn't either.

"Last night I made a mistake and I took an action I can't take back and I am not proud of what happened," Gianforte said as he declared victory. "I should not have responded the way I did and for that I am sorry."

On social media liberals are complaining about conservative silence on Gianforte's attack while condemning leftist violence at events such as Milo Yiannopolous' aborted attempt to speak at the University of California at Berkeley. They're not the same thing. Gianforte losing his temper and a premeditated raid by masked antifa radicals carried out with military precision are different beasts.

The congressman-elect has apologized. When has an antifa done so?

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Deep Corruption: Chicagoan found guilty of fraud involving state grant

A West Side Chicago woman was found guilty of fraud after a federal jury deliberated for just 40 minutes. Franshuan Myles received a state grant for teen job training.

Some of that money went to personal expenses.

The "deep" part is in the last paragraph of this Chicago Tribune excerpt.
Bank records showed that in September 2011, long after the grant program had wrapped up, Myles made 41 purchases for herself using state funds, prosecutors said. She bought shoes and clothing at retail stores, home improvement supplies from Home Depot, paid down her car loan and paid for her cellphone plan, all using a bank account containing state funds.

"This wasn't an accident," Assistant U.S. Attorney Abigail Peluso said in her closing remarks. "The defendant knew exactly what she was doing."

The case sparked interest because of ties to several current and former Chicago-area politicians.

Last May, the Tribune revealed that Myles wrote a Divine Praise check for $4,932 to 28th Ward Ald. Jason Ervin, identified by authorities only as "Individual A," just two days after the state money landed in her bank account.
A Chicago alderman. Hmm. Very interesting.

Illinois is of course functionally bankrupt.

Chicago math: CPS has 378K students and $9 billion in debt

CPS is on a mental Disney
fantasy cruise
Picking through details from an article on the WBEZ web site--oh, that's the Chicago NPR affiliate, so this information does not come from a conservative outlet such as the Wall Street Journal--I came across a couple of interesting nuggets. Chicago Public Schools wants to borrow $900 million to survive the school year and make a massive pension payment--instead of the $400 million it was asking for just last week.

Digging deeper into that article you learn that CPS is burdened by $9 billion in debt. Which comes out to $24,000 per student. If CPS manages to borrow the new cash that will bring the troubled and ineffective school system's debt to nearly $10 billion. But it may not be able to--Chicago Public School's bonds have been rated as junk for two years.

Some sort of bankruptcy or a default is coming to CPS. Numbers don't lie. Its plan to keep borrowing until enough pensioners die will not work.

"Pension holidays," deceptive pension "pick-ups" for teachers by CPS, and soaring salaries have contributed to this debacle.

Not surprisingly, most CPS students are terrible at mathematics.

Last month Barbara Byrd Bennett, the former CPS CEO, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for her role in a kickback scandal.

Two years ago Chicagoans were slugged with the city's largest property tax hike in history. Chicagoans suffer from the nation's highest sales tax rate.

Chicago is the only major American city losing population.

Decline and fall.

Decline and fall: Chicago population exodus bleeds into suburbs

Blogger in Morton Grove. Where
is everybody?
Below you will find more evidence that corruption, high taxes, incompetence, and gerrymandered empowered one-party Democratic rule is destroying the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.

From the Daily Herald:
After years of modest growth, Chicago and most suburbs have seen declining population in the last several years.

That's according to the latest population estimates of Chicago and 90 suburbs from the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday.

From 2010 to 2014, Chicago and 73 of the suburbs saw their populations increase.

But the trend reversed from 2014 to 2016. In that time, Chicago and 61 suburbs saw their populations shrink.
And it's not just the blighted areas--of which there are no shortage of in the Chicago area--suffering a population drain. My hometown of Palos Heights and where I live now, Morton Grove, also saw population shrinkage.

Decline and fall.

Illinois as a whole also has negative growth.

From Illinois News Network: Illinois' public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff's Ponzi scheme

Actually this scandal is worse, as taxpayers are on the hook. From Illinois News Network: Illinois' public pensions in some ways mirror Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

Hannity: The Russia collusion narrative is crumbling

There is no Russia-Trump collusion. There never was.

More from Sean Hannity.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Media so Trump-deranged, it ignores Manchester aftermath

Last night Tucker Carlson exposed more media bias. Shortly after the Manchester bombings, Fox News covered the terrorist exclusively. While MSNBC and CNN continued with their obsession with so-called Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

(Video) Dem senator: Not enough evidence to "reach any conclusion" on possible Russian collusion

Sen. Claire McCaskill (R-MO), a former prosecutor, says there is "not enough evidence" to reach any conclusion about Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

(PragerU video) Why Teachers Unions Don't Want School Choice

In this Prager University video we learn, well, if you are not a Marathon Pundit reader you learn, that public education money isn't necessarily "for the kids," it's for the teachers unions so they can conspire to get more people on the public payroll so they join teachers unions.

Watch as teacher, union member, and patriot Rebecca Friedrichs explains this lazy susan of public graft.