Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Islamic State capital liberated

President Trump promised that we would be tired of winning during the campaign.

I'm not at that point.

From Reuters:
U.S.-backed militias said they had defeated Islamic State in its former capital Raqqa on Tuesday, raising their flags over the jihadist group's last footholds in the city after a four-month battle.

The fighting was over but the alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias was clearing the stadium of mines and any remaining militants, said Rojda Felat, commander of the Raqqa campaign for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

A formal declaration of victory in Raqqa will soon be made, once the city has been cleared of mines and any possible Islamic State sleeper cells, said Talal Silo, the SDF spokesman.

The fall of Raqqa, where Islamic State staged euphoric parades after its string of lightning victories in 2014, is a potent symbol of the jihadist movement's collapsing fortunes.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Kurtz: Clinton’s Weinstein strategy backfires

Hillary Clinton, as Howard Kurtz tells us here, tried to deflect justifiable outrage again Harvey Weinstein, a longtime Clintonista and donor not just to her, but also to the Clinton Foundation slush fund, and of course the Democratic Part--onto President Donald J. Trump.

But then there is that unhappy history of Hillary's predator husband.

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#Chiraq: 8 dead and at least 11 wounded over weekend

Heavy rains hit Chicago over the weekend but they did little to calm tempers. Eight people were murdered over the weekend, including a 64-year-old teacher struck by a stray bullet in Rogers Park on the Far North Side. At least 11 others were wounded.

Of the fatalities, two happened in South Shore, and one each in Roseland, Auburn Gresham, Belmont Cragin, and one in the Back of the Yards. But none on the West Side. So things may be looking up a bit in Chiraq.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Johnny Cash: Rusty Cage

What happened when Johnny Cash covered a Soundgarten song? You'd think it would be a mess, but The Man In Black hit it out of the park with "Rusty Cage."

Trump Weekly Address 10/13/17

President Donald J. Trump, in his weekly address, spoke of love of country.

"We honor the flag, we pay tribute to the men and women who have given everything for its defense, the leader of the Free World says here. "We renew the bonds of love and loyalty we owe to our fellow citizens—to every American who looks to the Stars and Stripes and sees woven into its fabric their past, their future, and their place in our great American family."

Friday, October 13, 2017

(Photos) Wildflowers of the Northwoods

This summer Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I traveled to the Northwoods region of Wisconsin and Michigan. She'd never been there before--I visited just once prior. And of course we brought our cameras and photographed many wildflowers.

Where do I start? Well, at the beginning of course. The first flower I noticed was this roadside denizen, orange hawkweed. There are loads of them in northern Wisconsin and on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. This dandelion-like flower--although its blooms are smaller--is also an alien species. Pliny the Elder claims that hawks fed on this wildflower, which is native to alpine parts of southern and central Europe, to improve their eyesight. This flower, as with the next four, was photographed in St. Germain, Wisconsin.

I'd never seen on obedient plant until I snapped this shot. And six weeks later I found another one here in Illinois. As I quipped then, the obedient plant, which gets its name because when twisted its purple blooms return to their prior position, should instead be dubbed the disobedient plant. Note the ferns in the background--they are very common in upper Wisconsin.

The only member of the columbine that is native to the eastern half of the nation is the wild columbine. I found this one alongside a road near Little St. Germain Lake.

Common mullein is a favorite of mine, although it too is another Old World interloper. It's not obnoxiously invasive like teasels or spotted knapweed. We'll get to knapweed in a bit  This plant was photographed along the St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail.

Another shot from the same trail and another Eurasian invader, this time it's the ox-eye daisy.

Just over the border in Watersmeet, Michigan I found a musk mallow, a garden escapee originally from Europe.

Oh dear, it's another alien invader, but another very attractive one, the wild sweet pea, also known as the everlasting pea. A native of southern Europe, this species was probably brought to this spot, what is now the Quincy Mining Company Historic District on Michigan's Upper Peninsula, by immigrants from that part of the world. I've only seen this pink flower in two places--the Keweenaw Peninsula on the U.P. and in Detroit. Interestingly, during the Great Depression many copper miners and their families relocated to the Motor City in search of work. Did they bring wild sweet pea seeds with them? I say, yes, they probably did.

Okay, now it's time to Make Wildflowers American Again. Well, sort of. That's a harebell, known as bluebells in Europe. They are native in both hemispheres. Bluebells in the United States refer to a different flower. This shot, along with the next few, were captured on the shore of Lake Superior at Eagle Harbor. Harebells, make that bluebells, were a plot-driver in the second season of Broadchurch.

Here's a wildflower from both hemispheres, a beach pea. Note the rounded rocks. They are very common along the shore of Lake Superior. Rounded rocks are common on the shore of the largest of the Great Lakes. Basalt and rhyolite are very common there.

It wasn't until this spring that I found lupines in the wild. And just as with the obedient plant, it was in Illinois.

Here's a white variety of the musk mallow.

Thimbleberries are delicious--but they don't travel well so you have to go there they grow to eat them. Here are a couple of thimbleberry blooms taken at the end of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Copper Harbor.

While I saw many more self-heal plants in northern Wisconsin, this Copper Harbor specimen turned out better, photographically speaking. These short purple stalks thrive where humans are--roadsides, trail edges, ends of lawns, and even on shores of lakes were here is a lot of pleasure boating. I guessed when I first saw it that it was a member of the mint family--and I guessed correctly. That's how I got to be Blogger Laureate of Illinois. And as you can assume by its name, self-heal is used in herbal remedies.

It's been a little bit since we've had an invasive species--albeit this is one that may improve your mood. St. John's Wort is a popular herbal treatment for depression. It's a native of Eurasia but its range is worldwide now. In Europe it often blooms around St. John's Day--June 24--hence its name. If the herbs don't perk you up, perhaps its striking flowers will.

This orange and yellow beauty, a northern bush honeysuckle,  is worth the 450 mile drive from Morton Grove, Illinois to Copper Harbor.

These downward looking blossoms belong to a pitcher plant, a carnivorous species that hasn't seemed to make a dent into the Upper Peninsula's mosquito population.

Harebells at sunrise on Lake Superior. Do you see the lichens? They are the sunburst variety. Sunburst at sunrise. Perhaps one day we'll move to the Keweenaw Peninsula.

I just love this pink-purple wildflower, the maiden pink. Yes, it's another Euro-invader, but check it out! A five peal blossom with a pentagon design. Wikipedia says that this flower is common near mines and there are plenty of abandoned mines on the Keweenaw. I discovered these in the ghost town of Delaware.

Moving right along...

These are wild blueberries--very tasty ones, I can attest--growing in the Hiawatha National Forest.

Spotted knapweed, another European alien, is an attractive flower, especially when it dominates fields, heather-like. But it hogs water and nutrients, choking out competing plants. This photo, as with the next two, comes from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

From one purple invader to another--purple loosestrife.

And we end with a native flower, the common evening primrose. It's a difficult species to photograph because this yellow wildflower bloom open fully from the evening until the morning.

Gutfeld: Every pig gets a pass, when you're a progressive

With liberals bad behavior is excused unless it's too horrible to ignore, "Every pig get as pass, when you're a progressive," Greg Gutfeld remarks here.

Especially when that pig, Harvey Weinstein, was a generous donor to Democratic campaigns.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Trump executive order strikes back at ObamaCare

Forgotten no longer
"The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."
President Trump's inaugural address.

"The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits."

"They'll turn us all into beggars 'cause they're easier to please."
The Rainmakers, Government Cheese.

Yes, I'm in my 50s, but I'm in great shape with few health problems. And our president is looking out for guys like me, the forgotten ones.

From Reuters:

Trump signed an executive order aimed at letting small businesses band together across state lines to buy cheaper, less regulated health plans for their employees with fewer benefits.

It was Trump’s most concrete step to undo Obamacare since he took office in January promising to dismantle Democratic former President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.
ObamaCare has a predictable wealth-distributing angle to it--so why, for instance, does ObamaCare require maternity coverage for women who don't need it, such as nuns?

For good, and yes, for ill, people should be allowed to make their own choices. It's called free will--and Trump understands.

Ingraham: Media is trying to remove Trump from office

Laura Ingraham tells Fox Business Channel's Lou Dobbs, correctly, that the mainstream media is out to remove President Trump from office.

Dobbs call them "the national left-wing nut media."

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Not for the kids: Half of Chicago Public Schools tax hike to go to pensions

Here's a tax hike that's not "for the kids."

Chicago, Cook County, Illinois and of course Chicago Public Schools need to declare bankruptcy or whatever law allows them to call it.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
The Chicago Public Schools will raise city property taxes this year by $225 million, officials said Wednesday.

CPS's share of property taxes will total $2.929 billion in 2018 — up 8.3 percent from 2017’s $2.704 billion. The difference will cost the average homeowner another $177 a year. More than half the increase to taxpayers — $154 million — will go to teacher pensions.
Chicago is a place where people who don't have pensions fund the retirement plans of those who do.

GoFundMe page for patriot whose car was destroyed by vandals

As Marathon Pundit readers know, my good friend and fellow Illinois blogger, Warner Todd Huston, who writes for Breitbart and several other conservative-leaning sites, had the misfortune of having his automobile torched by vandals.

And there have been other vandalism incidents at his home. Such is the life of some Land of Lincoln patriots.

Huston's son, a US Army veteran, has set up a GoFundMe page for a replacement car. Click here to learn more!

Powerful Chicago alderman defends hiring of troubled son for superintendent job

Carrie Austin--Richard M.
Daley Banner in Roseland
As the Jack Nicholson character in the 1989 Batman movie, "This town needs an enema."

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) on Tuesday defiantly defended her decision to hire her son Kenny as her ward superintendent, arguing there is nothing wrong with nepotism if the person on the other end of the favoritism does a decent job.
The column [a Sun-Times article that brought this news to light] stated that Kenny Austin lacked a valid driver's license, which is one of the requirements to become a ward superintendent and drive around the ward surveying problems.

A spokeswoman for the Illinois Secretary of State's office says the suspension on Kenneth Austin's license was lifted on Friday — the day after the column about him was published at suntimes.com and the same day the story appeared in the newspaper.

His driver's license had been suspended since December 2015 for failing to make child support payments, state records show.Ald. Austin said yesterday that she paid her son't delinquent child support payments.

According to the Sun-Times columnist, Dan Mihalopoulos, Austin quit his job--circumventing a dismissal that may have placed him on Chicago's "Do Not Hire" list--after he was involved in a truck accident while on the job for the city's Streets and Sanitation Department. His license was suspended at the time. Carrie says someone was driving the vehicle.

As they saying goes, in a democracy voters get the government they deserve.

Related post:

Problem child of powerful Chicago alderman back on city payroll

Tucker: Time for Justice Dept to investigate Weinstein

"Sexual abuse is epidemic in Hollywood, the people in charge have covered it up and made excuses for it. In each case protecting the powerful from the powerless and the abused," Tucker Carlson says here about Harvey Weinstein. "It is time for the federal government  involved. The Department of Justice should launch an immediate investigation into Hollywood's culture of systematic abuse."

Carlson goes on to cite several examples of when the federal government got involved in sexual assault investigations, such as in the Jerry Sandusky case.

Early part of video is NOT SAFE for work

It will be interesting to see if Democrats join the call for an investigation against the Hollywood producer as Weinstein, is also, or was, a generous donor to Dems.

Mark Knopfler - Sailing To Philadelphia

On this day in 1767--yes, 250 years ago, the Mason-Dixon line was completed. Two Englishmen--at the time America and Great Britain were one country--journeyed to the New World to survey the disputed border between the Maryland and Pennsylvania colonies. There were marks the current boundaries between four states: Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia.

Watch and listen as Mark Knopfler sings the best song--and perhaps the only one--about the Mason-Dixon line, "Sailing to Philadelphia."

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

CNN’s Gregory and Chalian: Obama & Clinton silence on Weinstein "unconscionable” and hypocritical

CNN's David Gregory and David Chalian say of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's silence on the long history of sexual abuse by disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein as "unconscionable” and hypocritical.

Weinstein over the years contributed $1.5 million in funds for Democratic candidates and the Demococratic Party.

S&P warns that Illinois bond rating could be lowered to junk

Despite a massive income tax hike, Illinois' bonds still could end up in the junk pile.

From Reuters:
Illinois on Monday maintained a BBB-minus rating and stable outlook from S&P Global Ratings for the state’s upcoming $6 billion bond sale aimed at shrinking a huge unpaid bill backlog.

While the credit rating agency affirmed the lowest investment grade rating, it cautioned that the nation’s fifth-largest state still faces fiscal challenges that could push the rating into junk.

Unpaid bills being hidden in ILL-inois

ILL-inois Capitol
Some Illinois department heads are acting like a teenager hiding charge card statements from their payments.

I heard rumors that this misbehavior was occurring.

What Illinois needs--and Chicago and Cook County as well--is some form of bankruptcy.

From AP:
Illinois is chasing a moving target as it tries to dig out of the nation's worst budget crisis, and a review obtained by The Associated Press shows $7.5 billion worth of unpaid bills — as much as half the total — hadn't been sent to the official who writes the checks by the end of June.

Although many of those IOUs have since been paid, a similar amount in unprocessed bills has replaced them in the last three months, Comptroller Susana Mendoza's office said Monday. That's in addition to $9 billion worth of checks that are at the office but being delayed because the state lacks the money to pay them.

The mound of past-due bills tripled over the two years Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democrats who control the General Assembly were locked in a budget stalemate, which ended in July when lawmakers hiked income taxes over Rauner's vetoes.

In some cases, agencies were waiting to send their receipts to Mendoza because lawmakers haven't approved the spending. For example, the Department of Corrections had $471 million in unpaid bills on hand as of June 30 largely for that reason.

Monday, October 09, 2017

ILL-inois: Patriot's home and car vandalized because he's a conservative writer

Huston, right, with myself and Andrea
Shea King
My good friend Warner Todd Huston is being harassed because he's a conservative writer. Huston, who lives in Illinois too, writes for many web sites, including Breitbart and his blog, Publius Forum.

Our side is winning--why else is a good man being attacked by an anonymous coward?

Huston's home has been vandalized and last week a thug started a fire inside his automobile. As it's an older car, he only has liability insurance on it.

Warner--any myself--will not be intimidated.

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#Chiraq: 5 dead and at least 29 wounded over weekened

More carnage came to Chicago this past weekend as five people were shot to death and at least 29 others were wounded. Two of the murders happened in Pilsen on the Southwest Side. Down on the South Side, two others were killed in Chatham. And on the West Side--a man was gunned down in Austin.

According to Fox 32, Chicago has passed the 500 deadly shooting total for the year.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Obama presidential library won't have any library materials

And other than it being a temple honoring Dear Leader--please explain why a presidential library is being built for him on Chicago's South Side?

From the Chicago Tribune:
Once the Obama Presidential Center is constructed, it will have a children’s play garden, sledding hill, green spaces for picnics and outdoor gatherings, basketball courts and even a recording studio, officials have said.

But what the space won’t have is all of former President Barack Obama’s manuscripts, documents, letters and gifts he collected during his time in office. While the Presidential Center is about four years from opening, a conversation has begun about what the facility will mean to scholars and to local research universities without those items.
Basketball court? Sledding hill?

Pence leaves Colts-49ers game early because a few players wouldn't stand for National Anthem

Good for him!

From Fox News:
Vice President Mike Pence walked out on his home-state Indianapolis Colts Sunday when members of the opposing team kneeled for the national anthem, but a report that Colin Kaepernick, the player who started it all, will stand if given another shot in the NFL was quickly dialed back.

From Da Tech Guy: Louisville basketball team deserves "the death penalty"

Just kill the corrupt Louisville Cardinals men's hoops program. From Da Tech Guy: Louisville basketball team deserves "the death penalty."

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Tom Petty: I Won't Back Down

Rock music lost a giant this week with the passing of Tom Petty. Here he is with the Ringo Starr on drums pounding out one of his biggest hits, "I Won't Back Down."

Trump Weekly Address 10/6/17

President Donald J. Trump spoke about the horrific shootings on Sunday in Las Vegas in his weekly address.

"But in the wake of such shock and horror, it was a matter of seconds before the goodness of the human spirit broke through," Trump says here. "When the shooting began, a mother laid on top of her daughter to shield her from gunfire. A husband died to protect his beloved wife. Strangers rescued strangers, police officers and first responders rushed into danger."

Friday, October 06, 2017

Hated Crook County soda tax will go flat

Victory is at hand as opponents on the Cook County Board of Supervisors have lined up enough votes to repeal the one-cent-per-ounce sweetened beverage tax. Enough of them have wised up and the tax, barring an unexpected reversal, will go flat in December. The vote will occur next week.

This is a significant victory for the five million overtaxed Cook County residents, the majority of whom got what they deserved, I'd like to point out. By putting a leftist in charge of county government--onetime Chicago alderman Toni "Taxwinkle" Preckwinkle--of course voters shouldn't be surprised by having their pockets picked, first by bringing back a despised one-percent sales tax and now this pop tax.

Now patriots need to get the message out on why Taxwinkle needs that money. The first reason is for underfunded but bountiful pensions for county employees that are unaffordable. A Cook County bankruptcy or bankruptcy in all-but-name will solve that problem. The second reason? Preckwinkle is building a free health care network for illegal aliens and for people who probably can get jobs but don't. Who pays for Taxwinkle's generosity? Hardworking Cook County residents, that is who.

It Taxwinkle doesn't downsize county government she will seek another way to fund it. But this is only a partial victory, my friends. A sweet one, yes.

Problem child of powerful Chicago alderman back on city payroll

Carrie Austin and Mayor
Richard M. Daley banners
Look who is back on the Chicago municipal payroll? A troubled son of a powerful city council member.

Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) can expect a wonderful mother's day present next year from her son, who is now a supervisor in her ward with the Department of Streets and Sanitation.

From Dan Mihalopoulos in the Chicago Sun-Times:
Last year, this newspaper reported Kenny Austin quit after [inspector general] Ferguson’s office concluded that he crashed a city vehicle while driving on a suspended license and had a co-worker cover for him, to avoid taking a mandatory drug test.

The inspector general said Kenny Austin violated personnel rules by driving on a suspended license, failing to report the crash and falsely claiming that the other city worker in the car actually was the driver at the time of the incident. Drug tests are required for city drivers in on-duty accidents.

Back then, Kenny Austin’s mom said, “My son didn’t do any of that.” Carrie Austin told Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman that her Kenny wasn’t the driver in the 2012 crash and that his co-worker was the one who had lied to Ferguson’s office.

Ferguson called for Kenny Austin to be punished severely, and the city was about to fire him. By resigning before the city canned him, Kenny Austin avoided landing on the city’s “do not hire” list.
Chicago deserves its problems.

Dobbs: Fake news media continues to attack Trump despite market gains

No one wants a lap dog media, but Lou Dobbs and a panel discuss here how what he calls--not the president--the fake news media, continue to attack Donald Trump for specious reasons, or none at all other than hating him, despite good news such as the soaring stock market.

Who is the fake news media? According to Dobbs, it's the Washington Post, the New York Times, and NBC.

Thursday, October 05, 2017

Louisville mess: 98% of Adidas cash went to coach, AD makes more than 4 academic departments

The University of Louisville's men's basketball program, which purportedly consists of amateur players, needs to be shut down immediately.

In fact the entire athletic department probably deserves to be shuttered too.

Is Louisville a college with an athletic program? Or is it an athletic program that offers some college classes?

From the Louisville Courier-Journal:
When University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich announced a new $160 million, 10-year deal with athletic apparel giant Adidas on Aug. 25, a reporter asked him if some of the proceeds would be shared with the university.

"It's for the athletic department," Jurich replied. "It's for these student-athletes. It's been earmarked for them.”

In fact, under the current deal with Adidas, which expires July 1, 98 percent of the cash provided by Adidas goes to one person: Rick Pitino, the now-suspended head coach.

In 2015-16, for example, $1.5 million went to Pitino under his personal services agreement with the apparel company while just $25,000 went to the program, according to a contract obtained by the Courier-Journal under the state public records act.
Now about that athletic director.

From a different Courier-Journal article:
Over the past seven years, through a byzantine array of longevity and performance bonuses, base pay raises and tax subsidies, Jurich collected total compensation of $19,279,710, an average of $2.76 million per year.

Last year, his taxable income – enriched by the vesting of a $1.8 million annuity plus $1.6 million from the university to pay his taxes on it – totaled $5.3 million.

Although the annuity was earned over several years and will be paid out in $200,000 installments, his listed income last year was more than the university budgeted for its departments of Biology ($3.3 million), English ($4 million), History ($2.4 million) or Mathematics ($3.5 million).
Jurich has also been suspended from his lucrative post and efforts to fire him, as well as Pitino, are underway. The Cardinals' basketball team was already on NCAA probation because of a prostitution scandal involving recruits when a $100,000 bribery allegation to the family of a recruit came to light in an FBI investigation. Pitino, who is enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, claims ignorance of these outrages.

When will Pitino be removed from that hall of fame? Or does that institution have no sense of honor?

(Video) President Trump visits Las Vegas shooting victims

Fox News' John Roberts reports from Las Vegas on President Donald J. Trump's visit there. Trump meeted with victims at a hospital.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

'Noose' found in Michigan State dorm was really a lost shoelace

Blogger in Michigan
As the saying goes if the only thing you have in your hand is a hammer then everything you see is a nail.

The same line of thinking covers our race-and-racism obsessed culture.

That's how lost a shoelace becomes a "noose."

From MLive.com:
Michigan State University Police have determined that an object identified by a student as a noose isn't a noose at all, but a packaged leather shoelace.

MSU spokesman Jason Cody released a statement updating earlier remarks made by MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon saying the matching packaged shoelace was found outside of the residence hall.

According to the statement, officers located and spoke to the student who lost both of the shoelaces, which are packaged in a way that someone could perceive them to look similar to a noose.

The student who lost the shoelaces lives on the same floor as the student who made the original report, the statement said.

Hillary slammed for ignorant gun remarks after Vegas tragedy

Hillary Rodham Clinton offers more proof that she is rude and insensitive.

While the bodies were still warm and on the pavement in Las Vegas, HRC politicized the tragedy.

(Video) The left’s contempt for Trump has been revealed: Varney

About President Donald J. Trump, today Fox Business Channel's Stuart Varney says, "His approval numbers are up--as comforter-in-chief he's done the right thing and he's done it well."

So everything is fine, right?


"The left is not happy about this," Varney continues. "The last thing they want to see is President Trump looking good."

What do I think? If Trump succeeds America succeeds.

The left does not want Trump to succeed.

Partisan hack Holder a fraud for ignoring Democratic gerrymandering

Former Obama administration attorney general Eric Holder has always been a partisan hack in my opinion. If you have any doubts, I suggest you read his anti-gerrymandering op-ed in the Washington Post. Holder, the only attorney general in history to be held in contempt of Congress, waves his sanctimonious finger at Republican mappers who draw districts in their party's favor. But the leftist has nothing to say of course about Democratic gerrymanders.

Way up on top of this bizarrely-shaped district is the home of US Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL). What you see is Illinois' first congressional district. It reaches from Chicago's South Side, diagonally, into rural Will County. After Boss Michael Madigan's remap and losing one seat to decennial reapportioning, Illinois went from 11 Republican and 8 Democratic seats in Congress in 2010 to 12 Democratic seats and just 6 GOP seats two years later.

With the 2011 remap left-leaning Politico said that Madigan "punched his ticket to the partisan hall of fame."

Maryland is another egregious example of Democratic gerrymandering.

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

CNN leftist Zeleny says Vegas victims likely were Trump supporters

As I've said many times before you can always count on leftists to politicize everything. So here we have a leftist CNN reporter, Jeff Zeleny, says that President Donald J. Trump will be visiting Las Vegas Wednesday--three days after a maniac killed 59 concert goers and wounded over 500 others--because it is likely because the show consisted of country music acts they were supporters of the president.


Can you imagine the uproar if a Fox News or Wall Street Journal reporter said the same thing if it was a rap gig when Obama was president?

(PragerU) Gender Identity: Why All the Confusion?

In the latest PragerU video, the gender identity "choice" is discusses.

Yes, men and women really are different.

Mollie Hemingway: Trump’s only crime was winning the election

Of President Donald J. Trump's co-called criminal actions, Mollie Hemingway of the Federalist tells Fox Business' Lou Dobbs, "It looks like the crime that he committed was basically winning the election and some people are not able to handle that."

Dobbs called the Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers "daffodils."

He adds, "What do you think when you look at the Washington Post each morning? What do you think when you look at the New York Times? Those are contrived, constructed orchestrated attacks on a sitting president that have no merit," Dobbs fumes. "The president calls it 'fake news,' it is utterly manufactured, partisan, ideologically canted ignorant propaganda."

Dobbs concludes on the Post and the Times, "They are committed leftists and they are committed anti-Trumpers, am I wrong?" Hemingway agrees, replying to Dobbs that the papers would be taken more seriously by everyone if they used the same vigor in covering the Barack Obama administration scandals as they are using in attacking Trump.

Amazingly, I controlled my urge to refer to those propaganda rags as the Washington Compost and the New York Slimes. Wait, wait...

Gutfeld: Las Vegas heroes, the police

Who were the heroes of the Las Vegas mass killing? Why local police were, of course.

Greg Gutfeld has more.

Monday, October 02, 2017

At least 50 dead in Las Vegas mass shooting

One of the slain was an off duty Las Vegas police officer. Mandalay Bay is on the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip.

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:
A gunman opened fire on an outdoor country music concert from a Mandalay Bay hotel room late Sunday, killing at least 50 people, injuring more than 200 and sending the Las Vegas Strip into chaos.

The massacre is the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

The suspect, 64-year-old Mesquite resident Stephen Paddock, was killed by police on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said early Monday.

Police initially had named Marilou Danley as a person of interest associated with Paddock, but at about 5 a.m. released a statement saying they had interviewed her and do not believe she is involved with the shooting. Police continue to look for a Hyundai Tucson with the Nevada license plate 114 B40.
On stage at the time was Jason Aldean. He is unhurt, as are his band and stage crew.

Please pray for the victims.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

IL school board member on Old Glory: "That flag means nothing more than toilet paper to me"

Chicago Marathon a few years ago
The school district that this anti-American cretin represents is Illinois' second-largest.

From the Illinois Family Institute:
If Illinoisans want to know what's wrong with public education, look no further than School District U-46, more specifically to the arrogant, self-righteous school board member Traci O'Neal Ellis who never misses an opportunity to insult conservative values through bigoted, divisive, uncivil language. She is the school board member who has twice gleefully referred to the Republican National Convention as the “Klanvention.”

Evidently wanting to outdo herself in offending a segment of the diverse community whose interests she laughingly claims to represent, she just posted this on her Facebook page:
I'm proud to stand with the sons of bitches on the field today. And I promise you I would #TakeAKnee at school board meetings if my doing so would not be disruptive to KIDS and a distraction to the work we need to do for THEM. But [Trump’s] remarks are nothing more than continued white nationalism at its finest. That flag means nothing more than toilet paper to me. [emphasis added]
By asserting that the American flag means nothing more than "toilet paper" to her, Ellis reveals her crudity and unprofessionalism.

From Da Tech Guy: Crook County, Illinois soda tax is fueling "free" health care, pensions

Leftism is expensive, as I explain im my weekly post at Da Tech Guy: Crook County, Illinois soda tax is fueling “free” health care, pensions.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

U2: Gloria (live)

October arrives tomorrow. And what better way to kick it off with the opening track from U2's sophomore effort, October, and that is "Gloria."

Here it is performed live in London in 2015.

Trump Weekly Address 9/29/17

In his weekly address President Donald J. Trump speaks of tax reform.

"Our framework will make the tax code simple, fair, and easy to understand. Under our plan, the vast majority of families will be able to file their taxes on a single sheet of paper," the president said.

"People will pay a lot less money. Single individuals will not be taxed on the first $12,000 of income earned. And a married couple will pay zero taxes on their first $24,000 of income," he added.

But before he talked taxes discussed the administration's hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Reality Loser blames Fox News for her troubles

Alleged NSA leaker Reality Winner is blaming Fox News for her problems. She's mad at her employer setting their TVs on Fox News.

She really is a loser.

Choose Marathon Pundit when shopping on Amazon

Here's another opportunity for you to say "thank you," without paying anything extra, by clicking on an Amazon ad when you are shopping.

I get a tiny commision--and that money gets plowed into the blog.

(PragerU) The Secret to Success

Michele Tafoya, NBC's Sunday Night Football sideline reporter tells us her secret to success--it's hard work.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Democratic ex-Illinois congressman convicted for third time

The Blogger Laureate of Illinois
in the 2nd congressional district
How does that old expression go? I believe it's goes this way,  "An attorney who defends himself in a case has a fool for a client." Except former Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds, a south suburban Chicago Democrat, never even attended law school. And he decided to roll his dice with a bench trial instead of  depending on a panel of Chicago area jurors, you know, the type of dopes who elect scumbags like Reynolds to Congress and who would be much more likely believe his nonsense than a federal judge.

If an Illinois corruption museum ever opens up there needs to be a wing dedicated to Reynolds.

From WGN-TV:
A judge has convicted former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds on charges he failed to file tax returns for income he made while consulting for Chicago businessmen in Africa.

U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman found Reynolds guilty Thursday on four misdemeanor counts. He faces a maximum sentence of four years in prison and a $1 million fine.

The Democratic former Illinois congressman represented himself during his trial in Chicago. He argued the money he was paid was for expenses and didn’t need to be reported to the IRS.

Prosecutors said Reynolds knew he needed to file a tax return itemizing his expenses and income whether or not he profited.
Reynolds defeated his predecessor, Gus "Goofy Gus" Savage in an early 1990s Democratic primary race for Illinois' 2nd congressional district. Savage was a racist and an anti-Semite and whose only accomplishment in Washington was making a complete ass of himself. So Reynolds was viewed as an improvement, but he managed to be ensnared in a sex scandal with a minor. That was conviction one. Conviction two involved bank fraud and misappropriating campaign funds for personal use.

Reynolds' replacement was viewed as an improvement too, although the standards on Chicago's South Side and its Corruption Corridor were pretty low when Jesse Jackson Jr. was elected in the 2nd. He later went to prison for--wait for it--misappropriating campaign funds for personal use. Junior's wife, Sandi, also went to the Big House for her role in the scandal.

Three losers in a row in Illinois' 2nd. So far Robin Kelly, the incumbent in that office, is not embarrassing herself.

ABC 7 Chicago interviews rally attendees on tax reform plan: President Trump is "Singing the tune we want"

Wow! Watch as ABC 7 Chicago's Craig Wall interviews ordinary Indianapolis area residents who attended President Trump's address there where we introduced his tax reform. And there is no left-wing spin in his report.

"President Trump's singing the tune that we want to hear to really grow our business and feel confident," one Hoosier businessman says of Trump's proposed tax cuts.

A display of unity at tonight's Packer game? Then why are extra cops needed on field?

Tampico, IL on
Feb. 11, 2011
The expected show of unity during the performance of our National Anthem at tonight's Green Bay Packers--Chicago Bears game at Lambeau Field figures to be divisive.

The Packers are reading the wrong playbook.

Do these 300-pound millionaires fear their fans?

The Green Bay Police Department will have more officers on the field than usual Thursday during a planned show of unity before the Packers-Bears game at Lambeau Field.

The department, which is in charge of most of the security inside Lambeau Field, is working to protect people on the field from the possibility of fans throwing objects from the stands or fans who may try to get onto the field.

Police will not add additional staff to the game, but they will position more of the staffed officers onto the field.

The department says the effort is to make sure the proceedings leading up to kickoff are safe. Police say they'll also work diligently to protect fans in the stadium.

Ticket writing binge? Leftist Chicago alderman gives another reason to leave city

Abandoned home in
Lopez' ward
More people are murdered in Chicago than in New York and Los Angeles--combined. Chicago has the nation's highest sales tax rate and two years ago, to pay for generous but unfunded municipal worker pensions, Chicagoans were clobbered with the city's highest property tax hike ever. Hated red light cameras are seemingly everywhere. Chicagoans suffer with nuisance taxes on soda pop and bags at groceries.

Not surprisingly, Chicago is the only major American city losing population.

What to do?

Double down on stupid, Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) suggests.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Lopez wants to hire enough new employees to give every one of the city's 50 wards its own officer to enforce quality-of-life violations that routinely go unpunished.

Chicago has a ton of laws on the books that cover everything from home-sharing, illegal parking and panhandling to noise violations, street peddling, failing to shovel snow from the sidewalk in front of your home and operating a business without the proper license.

But the problem is that most of the laws that aldermen pass are unenforced or seldom enforced.

If each ward had one employee assigned to do nothing but write tickets, Chicago neighborhoods would be cleaner and safer and the city could potentially generate many more millions than it costs to hire the new super ticket-writers, Lopez said.
The Sun-Times says it will cost already overburdened Chicago taxpayers $4.5 million to implement Lopez' plan--probably a lot more, is my guess.

But Chicagoans are finding their quality of life better--when they move away.

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