Wednesday, December 13, 2017

PragerU: Social Security wont' give you security

Financial expert Chris Hogan explains why you shouldn't rely on Social Security for your retirement income in this latest PragerU video.

I don't believe the "hacking" story about Anderson Cooper and his anti-Trump Tweet

Time and time again CNN has been betrayed as an anti-President Trump shill for the Democratic Party and the institutional left. Do you want proof? Click here.

After Doug Jones was declared the winner in Tuesday's special election, President Trump issued a laudatory Tweet to the Democrat:
Shortly afterwards CNN's Anderson Cooper replied to the president with this since-deleted Tweet. "Oh Really? You endorsed him you tool! Pathetic loser."

Which led Cooper to reply this morning on Twitter.
Really? When a close up picture of then-US Rep. Anthony Weiner in his underwear was sent on his Twitter account, he initially used the same hacking defense.

Meanwhile the sleuths at CNN are on the case.
My guess is that this internal investigation will be as successful as OJ Simpson's hunt for "the real killers."

Tax reform bill will get to Trump before Christmas: Sen. Grassley

Here's a Christmas gift we can all enjoy--Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) says he expects the tax reform bill to be on the president's desk before the holiday.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Now that Moore lost will Franken follow through and quit the Senate?

If Marathon Pundit is your sole support of information--and I can certainly understand if it is--then  you need to know that Democrat Doug Jones, in a mild upset, narrowly defeated Judge Roy Moore, who has been accused of preying upon underage girls in the 1970s, in Tuesday's special election in Alabama.

But the biggest loser tonight isn't Moore, but Democratic senator Al Franken of Minnesota, who last week said he would resign his seat after being accused multiple times of sexually assaulting women. I believe that Franken was compelled to walk the plank by Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and other top Dems as a way to seize the moral high ground once Moore was sworn into office.

Well Moore won't be going anywhere the US Capitol except as a tourist. So is it possible that Franken won't follow through on his resignation? Stuart Smalley still hasn't set a date for his departure.

Just wonderin...

UPDATE 12/13: While Franken still hasn't quit, Minnesota's Democratic governor has named his lieutenant governor as his replacement.

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Victor Davis Hanson's advice for the fake news media

The great Victor Davis Hanson has some advice for the mainstream media, which they'll probably ignore.

From American Greatness:­
The most effective way for the media to have refuted Donald Trump’s 24/7 accusations of "fake news" would have been to publish disinterested, factually based accounts of his presidency. The Trump record should have been set straight through logic and evidence.

So one would think after a year of disseminating fake news aimed at Donald Trump (Melania Trump was leaving the White House; Donald Trump had removed the bust of Martin Luther King, Jr. from the West Wing; Trump planned to send troops into Mexico, etc.) that Washington and New York journalists would be especially scrupulous in their reporting to avoid substantiating one of Trump’s favorite refrains.

Instead, either blinded by real hatred or hyper-partisanship or both, much of the media has redoubled their reporting of rumor and fictions as facts—at least if they empower preconceived and useful bias against Trump. But after the year-long tit-for-tat with the president, the media has earned less public support in polls than has the president. It is the age-old nature of politicians of every stripe to exaggerate and mislead, but the duty of journalists to keep them honest—not to trump their yarns.

Ingraham: Media distracting from their mistakes

On last night's show Laura Ingraham discussed how CNN tried to sweep their discredited WikiLeaks-Donald Trump Jr. collusion story under the rug by attacking--wait for it--President Trump.

Part of the pile-on crew was washed-up Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein, a red-diaper baby.

Monday, December 11, 2017

CNN’s Nia Malika Henderson: Trump is right, the economy is booming

Wow, some honest reporting from CNN. Yes, the Donald Trump economy is soaring.

Nia Malika Henderson of CNN is right about the economy.

Likely pipe bomb terror attack in NYC

The world remains a very dangerous place.

From the New York Daily News:
A small pipe bomb went off near the Port Authority Bus Terminal on Monday, and the suspect was immediately taken into custody, police sources said.

The blast went off in an underground subway passage just 200 feet from the terminal at West 42nd St. and Eighth Ave., the sources said.

The male suspect is believed to be the only person injured by the explosion, sources said.

Police found an explosive device on the suspect, who had wires attached to his body, one source added.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Pretenders: 2000 Miles

Here's a Christmas song that you don't hear much of around Christmas, which is a pity as it is a moving tune.

Here are the Pretenders performing "2000 Miles."

2017 Christmas decorations at the White House with Melania Trump

Watch as our First Lady explores the White House with Christmas decorations.

Friday, December 08, 2017

Phony New York Times conservative Brooks claims "the GOP is rotting"

New York Times columnist David Brooks, a phony conservative, is the in-house Republican at the Old Gray Lady. In his latest column, Brooks claims that "the GOP is rotting." Left out of his analysis is the historic gains the GOP has made since 2010 in governorships, the number of seats it holds in Congress, and since January, a Republican lives in the White House.

Republican gains at the local level have also been staggering.

Jobs report: 228K jobs over 200K predicted

I'm still not tired of winning.

From CNBC:

The U.S. economy created 228,000 jobs in November while the unemployment rate held steady at 4.1 percent, according to a Labor Department report Friday.

Economists surveyed by Reuters had expected nonfarm payrolls to grow by 200,000.

(Video) Steyn on Conyers family: "These are very strange people"

Mark Steyn and Tucker Carlson discuss the family of former US Rep John Conyers Jr--the dean of the House until this week. Conyers has been accused multiple times of sexual assaulting women. He wants his son, John III, to replace him. The younger Conyers, however, was arrested earlier this year for allegedly stabbing and body slamming his girlfriend--but he has not been prosecuted.

"These are very strange people," Steyn says.

Time constraints may have figured in, as Steyn didn't get the chance to talk about the older Conyers' ex-wife, Monica, the former president pro tempore of the Detroit City Council. She served a prison term for bribery.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Obama compares Trump to Hitler

If President Donald J. Trump and a Nazi, he's a failure. This week, in a move that Israel is hailing, Trump announced that we are moving our embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The president's daughter, Ivanka, converted to Judaism. Her children--Trump's grandchildren--are being raised as Jews.

But Trump is still Hitler in the mind of leftists, such as Barack Obama.

Greg Hinz, a liberal who writes for Crain's Chicago Business, reported on Obama's anti-Trump comments at the Chicago Climate Summit.
Still, the U.S. has survived tough times before and will again, he noted, particularly mentioning the days of communist fighter Joseph McCarthy and former President Richard Nixon. But one reason the country survived is because it had a free press to ask questions, Obama added. Though he has problems with the media just like Trump has had, "what I understood was the principle that the free press was vital."

The danger is "grow(ing) complacent," Obama said. "We have to tend to this garden of democracy or else things could fall apart quickly."

That's what happened in Germany in the 1930s, which despite the democracy of the Weimar Republic and centuries of high-level cultural and scientific achievements, Adolph [sic] Hitler rose to dominate, Obama noted. "Sixty million people died. . . .So, you've got to pay attention. And vote."

Thursday in Chiraq: Tourists robbed at knifepoint of wedding ring downtown, burning body found in North Side donation box--UPDATED

Homeless person on Lower Wacker
Early Thursday was a rough one in Chicago.

From ABC Chicago:
A man and a woman from out of town, both 27, were using a GPS device that took them to Lower Wacker Drive near North Columbus Drive around 1:50 a.m. Police said that's when they were approached by three people - one of whom had a knife.

The suspects stole their belongings, which included a $12,000 wedding ring, a $3,000 suitcase purse, a $2,000 MacBook Air, a $300 suitcase and a $150 iPad mini, and took off running. Neither victim was hurt during the robbery.
Often I've spoke of the need of the League of Shadows--from Batman Begins--to put Chicago right. Coincidentally, Lower Wacker Drive figures prominently in two memorable scenes from the first two Christian Bale Batman films--'Nice coat' and the Joker's bazooka attack on Harvey Dent.

Something far worse occurred six miles to the north.

From CBS Chicago:
A body was found in a clothing donation box that had caught fire Thursday morning in the Uptown neighborhood on the North Side.

Firefighters were called to the 1500 block of West Wilson Avenue around 7:15 a.m., to respond to a clothing donation box on fire. After the fire was out, firefighters found a body inside the box, police said.
Chicago's downtown is generally safe. As for Uptown. Yes, it's worse, particularly along Wilson, but it's no Englewood.

Decline and fall.

UPDATE December 8:

NBC 5 is reporting that the tourists made the whole thing up. They may be facing charges for filing a false police report.

Franken attacks Trump as he announces that he will resign 'in the coming weeks'

US Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), under fire after being accused multiple times of sexual assault, announced on the Senate floor this morning that he would be resigning 'in the coming weeks.' Why not now? After all, the disgraced John Conyers (D-MI), made his departure an immediate one.

In his speech, Franken attacked President Donald J. Trump for his reckless comments about women. Fine. But when voters headed to the polls last year they knew about Trump's loose talk--which was not the case with Franken's alleged assaults. And the latest accusation comes from 2009 and it allegedly took place at a party celebrating Barack Obama's inauguration held by the leftist group Media Matters, at a time the results of the disputed election between Franken and his Republican opponent was still unknown.

Missing from Stuart Smalley's address was an apology.

Chicago: Crook County assessments are a racket, they enrich Boss Madigan and other connected attorneys

The Cook County Assessor is Joseph Berrios, the chairman of the Chicago Machine, better known as the Cook County Regular Democratic. There has never been a Republican assessor.

What does the assessor do? He determines the value of property, thus setting the price to be paid in taxes. The office of the Cook County Assessor has always been a cash cow for the Democrats. Businesses, wealthy individuals, and property tax attorneys seeking favors contribute generously to the assessor's campaign fund and that of the Machine.

Problica, in a wonky but essential read, explains how bad it is in Crook County.
From its report:
First-pass values represent the starting point of the assessment process. They are supposed to be the assessor’s best estimate of what properties would fetch in the open market.
The analysis shows a large percentage of first-pass reassessments under Berrios remained the same over multiple reassessment periods. For example, 51 percent of the approximately 40,000 PINs in the analysis had the same first-pass value for the 2012 reassessment as the 2009 reassessment. For the 2015 reassessment, 39 percent of first-pass values were identical to the 2012 reassessment. Twenty-three percent of first-pass values were the same for all three reassessment periods.

By comparison, just 1 percent of first-pass values for the 2003, 2006 and 2009 reassessments conducted under Houlihan stayed the same from one reassessment to the next.

In cases when the first-pass values didn’t change, many of the property owners filed appeals and won reductions that lowered their tax bill – only to see the value snap right back to the same first-pass value during the next reassessment. Berrios seeking more favors?

Of course there is a Boss Michael Madigan tie-in. Madigan has been speaker of the state House for an unprecedented 32 of the last 34 years. He's been chairman of the state Democratic Party for twenty years. Reuters says he is 'the man behind the fiscal fiasco in Illinois.'

What about Madigan?
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan’s six-member law firm has filed appeals on nearly $8.6 billion in commercial and industrial assessed value since Berrios took office. That is the highest of any firm in the analysis. During that time, Madigan & Getzendanner won reductions totaling 20 percent of that value, or more than $1.7 billion.
As WIND-AM radio host says, 'Illinois isn't broken. It's fixed.'

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Hannity: The American justice system is hanging by a thread

The Swamp wants to nullify last year's election.

Sean Hannity explains.

Remember this name: Peter Strzok. As in Stzok out.

Female Dem senators call on Franken to quit; announcement Thursday

It looks like the political career of Stuart Smalley is over.

From the Pioneer Press:
Sen. Al Franken’s support among his fellow Democrats appeared to collapse Wednesday as a group of female Democratic senators called upon him to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations. His office said he would make an announcement Thursday, but did not specify the subject.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Patty Murray, D-Wash., Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., called on Franken to step down. Some Democratic men joined them.

“I’m shocked and appalled by Sen. Franken’s behavior,” Murray said. “It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time. It’s time for him to step aside.”

Gillibrand said “it would be better for our country if he sent a clear message that any kind of mistreatment of women in our society isn’t acceptable by stepping aside to let someone else serve.”

Jerusalem mayor happy Trump will move USA embassy there

Nir Birkat, the mayor of Jerusalem, is love that President Donald J. Trump is moving our embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Drain the swamp: Mueller needs to go, Russia investigation is a partisan witch hunt

As each day passes it becomes abundantly clear that the investigation into so-called collusion between Donald J. Trump and Russia is 'the Swamp' striking back at the president and the tens of millions of Americans who voted for him in an attempt to nullify an election.

From Fox News:
A top prosecutor who is now a deputy for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe praised outgoing acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she was fired in January by President Trump for refusing to defend his controversial travel ban. 
The email, obtained by Judicial Watch through a federal lawsuit, shows that on the night of Jan. 30, Andrew Weissmann wrote to Yates under the subject line, “I am so proud.” He continued, “And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects.”
The disclosure follows confirmation that another Mueller investigator, FBI official Peter Strzok, was fired over the summer after allegedly sending anti-Trump texts to an FBI lawyer with whom he was romantically involved.
More, this time from CNN:
A former top counterintelligence expert at the FBI, now at the center of a political uproar for exchanging private messages that appeared to mock President Donald Trump, changed a key phrase in former FBI Director James Comey's description of how former secretary of state Hillary Clinton handled classified information, according to US officials familiar with the matter.
Electronic records show Peter Strzok, who led the investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server as the No. 2 official in the counterintelligence division, changed Comey's earlier draft language describing Clinton's actions as "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless," the sources said. The drafting process was a team effort, CNN is told, with a handful of people reviewing the language as edits were made, according to another US official familiar with the matter.
The shift from "grossly negligent" to "extremely careless," which may appear pedestrian at first glance, reflected a decision by the FBI that could have had potentially significant legal implications, as the federal law governing the mishandling of classified material establishes criminal penalties for "gross negligence."
Mueller needs to resign. And the witch hunt must end.

The Wall Street Journal, a 'Never Trump' publication, is calling for Mueller to step aside.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Trump to announce USA will recognize Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Let's see. Jerusalem has been Israel's capital since 1949. President Donald J. Trump is only recognizing what has been a fait accompli since them.

From The Hill:
President Trump will announce the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but will sign a waiver delaying the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to there, senior administration officials said Tuesday.

Trump will make the announcement on Wednesday, in a speech that will be closely watched by other world leaders who fear the move will undermine peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians and spark protests across the Middle East.

In an effort to make good on a campaign promise, Trump will direct the State Department to begin the process of moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

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Temperatures plummet in Chicago as city hosts climate summit

The second day of the Chicago Climate Charter meetings are taking place on the city's Near North Side as I write this entry. As if on cue, temperatures have dropped from a balmy 65 degrees of Monday to the low 30s.

The summit is in response the President Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, which is an economic attack on the American economy.

Former President Obama, who lives in Washington now, will speak later today. I hope he brought a winter coat.

Conyers finally quits, endorses son to replace him

Reputed sexual predator US Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) resigned today after several accusations of sexual assault became public. In what must be a Detroit area tradition, Conyers endorsed his son to replace him.

John Dingell Jr succeeded his father as a member of Congress in the Detroit area. And who is serving in Dingell's old seat now? His wife.

Conyers' resignation is effective immediately.

In addition to his alleged sexual attacks, Conyers was investigated by the House Ethics committee in 2006 for allegedly forcing staff members to run personal errands for him, babysit his kids, and to work on local political campaigns. Two of the sexual assault complaints came from ex-staffers.

Conyers estranged wife, Monica, the onetime president pro tempore of the Detroit City Council, served time in federal prison for bribery. While she was incarcerated, John was the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Meanwhile those John Conyers Boulevard commemorative street signs remain in downtown Detroit.

Monday, December 04, 2017

The abandoned homes of Michael Jackson's old neighborhood in Gary, Indiana

Last month I didn't just conduct urban exploration in the Disneyland of urbanex, Detroit. I also made a stop in Gary, Indiana.

Gary, which is thirty miles southeast of downtown Chicago, of course is best known as the birthplace and hometown of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

In that two bedroom home at 2300 Jackson Street, Jackson, his nine brothers and sisters, and his parents lived. It's surrounded by a wrought-iron fence that wasn't there when I last visited, which was shortly after Jacko died in 2009. His last trip to his hometown was six years earlier.

For the life of me I can't ascertain who owns this house.

Gary, which was founded essentially as a US Steel company town in 1906, was laid out quickly. It possesses a characteristic of places that were built rapidly, sequential street names. On the west side streets were named in order of American presidents. And it just so happens that the home Jackson's parents purchased was on the street named for Andrew Jackson.

The patriarch of the Jackson family, Joseph, worked at US Steel.

There I am in 2009 when you could walk up to the house at 2300 Jackson.

Yes, it's true. I grow more handsome every day.

In 1982 Jackson released Thriller. The following year Talking Heads released "Burning Down The House."

Yes, that's a burning bush in all of its autumnal glory in front of a burnt-out home.

Two blocks south of the Jackson home is the former Theodore Roosevelt Public Library--with its collapsing roof.

Ranch homes such as this one are very common in the Chicago area.

Back to Michael Jackson: All over the internet his boyhood home is referred to as the Michael Jackson birthplace. That's not true, it's fake news. In 1958 Jacko was born about a half-mile away at St. Mary's Mercy Hospital, which is, like most of the homes shown here, abandoned.

This house is more typical of Gary proper.

Gary's fortunes began to turn south right around the time the Jackson family moved to California as the Jackson 5 pursued their phenomenally successful career. Its population peaked in 1960 at 178.000, now only 80,000 people live there. Over 30,000 people worked at the US Steel Gary Works mill in 1970, now only 5,000 do. So it's the steel industry's fault Gary is a failed city? No. Smart towns evolve. But not by creating boondoggles such as the Genesis Convention Center, which opened in 1981. While a convention center on the surface sounds like a great idea, somehow it was built without an adjacent hotel. Who were the morons that funded it? The Genesis Center hosts empty space, mostly.

Four interstate highways pass through Gary as well as two freight train lines. Gary has an airport with long runways too. A foundation for growth exists.

That's a traditional Chicago-style brick bungalow that you'll find a half-mile southeast of the Jackson house.

After Jackson's death there was a flurry of ideas by Gary leaders to turn the city into a hub for tourism, along lines of what Memphis has done in regards to Elvis Presley. Possibilities included a museum, a golf course--when I think golf I of course think of the King of Pop--and a Neverland ranch replica. Really!?! Neverland of course is where Jacko is said to have molested young boys.

Why not build a second Genesis Convention Center instead?

Over on 24th and Tyler is this eyesore that nature is reclaiming.

The museum, by far the best of those ideas, hasn't come to fruition. Citing funding issues and the apparent lack of interest by the Jackson family, Gary's mayor, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, is against pursuing the project.

Gary's best hope for a rebound is prosperity in Chicago and its inner suburbs. But Chicago has its own problems. Like Illinois, Chicago is Ponzi pension scheme masquerading as a government.

In the early 1970s ABC ran a Jackson 5ive cartoon series. Like the Beatles' ABC cartoons, voice actors, not members of the group, read the lines. There were a lot of references to Gary in that show, I recall. On the Jackson 5's third album, called appropriately enough Third Album, one of the tracks was "Goin' Back To Indiana."

Which is something I expect the surviving Jacksons won't be doing.

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(Photos) The abandoned Union Station in Gary

Watters on the Kate Steinle verdict

Jesse Watters recounts the travesty of the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the illegal alien and convicted felon who was found not guilty of murdering Kate Steinle.

Zarate admitted that he fired the fatal shot that killed the young woman in the sanctuary city of San Francisco.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

Conyers lawyer wants to know why Dems aren't calling for Franken resignation

Even a broken clock is right
twice a day
Yes, even a broken clock is right twice a day. After all, no Democratic senators have called on the embattled Al Franken to quit.

From the Detroit News:
Rep. John Conyers' attorney is demanding to know why Democratic lawmakers calling for Conyers’ resignation aren’t also urging the departure of Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, a Democrat who also faces allegations of sexual harassment.

Attorney Arnold Reed last week noted that Franken has five accusers, while Conyers has four, alluding to a possible racial component to the calls for Conyers to resign. Conyers is black, and Franken is white.

"At the end of the day, Nancy Pelosi is going to have to explain, what is the discernible difference between Al Franken and John Conyers?" Reed told reporters.

"You have to ask Nancy Pelosi and the rest of them who are putting this pressure on the congressman and not these other individuals."

From Da Tech Guy, Review: Karl Marx City

Here's a warning for dopey millennials who yearn for communism. From my weekly post at Da Tech Guy, Review: Karl Marx City.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

James Carr: The Dark End Of The Street

While walking the crumbling neighborhoods of Detroit I felt a tinge of guilt as I observed the results of decades of failure there.

And a song crept into my head, James Carr's "The Dark End Of The Street."

It's been covered dozens of times, most notably by the Flying Burrito Brothers on their first album.

But as is often the case--there is no topping the original.

Carr, part of the Memphis soul scene of the 1960s, never achieved the stardom he so richly deserved.
At the dark end of the street
That is where we always meet
Hiding in shadows where we don't belong
Living in darkness, to hide alone
You and me, at the dark end of the street.
Perhaps I don't belong in Detroit.

ILL-inois: Ex-south suburban Chicago mayor indicted

There's a reason why I call Chicago's Southland Illinois' Corruption Corridor.

Let's take a look at Markham.

From the Daily Southtown:
A federal grand jury has indicted former Markham Mayor David Webb, accusing him of taking part in a $300,000 bribery scheme involving city contractors, including one who built his eponymously named senior center in the village.

The bribes included payments through shell companies, campaign contributions, a $75,000 check and even small cash sums hidden in coffee cups, according to court filings. The indictment alleges one contractor, Tower Contracting, fabricated a check request describing a $10,000 bribe as a "2013 Festival Donation" and as "Tower giving back to the community," court records show

The bribery scheme is detailed in a 25-page indictment issued Thursday, charging Webb, Tower Contracting and its president, Michael Jarigese, and Alsterda Cartage and Construction owner Thomas Summers for their roles in a scheme to defraud the poor south suburban community.

On Friday, the Securities and Exchange Commission also alleged that Webb, 69, engaged in a pay-to-play scheme by soliciting and receiving a $75,000 bribe from a construction contractor. Webb agreed to partially settle fraud charges related to a $5.5 million municipal bond offering by Markham in 2012, the SEC said.

Friday, December 01, 2017

(Photos) Abandoned homes of Grixdale in Detroit

On a beautiful Tuesday morning I returned to Grixdale, an East Side Detroit neighborhood that I visited in 2015. Here is part one and here is part two. Although this time I was on the western edge of this decrepit area. When I was there two summers ago I misidentified it as Grixdale Farms. Or did I? Detroit neighborhood boundaries, unlike the 77 official neighborhoods in Chicago, have no official demarcation lines. It's all open to interpretation.

The part I visited that morning was centered around John R--that street is named for me, right?--and Winchester.

The borders of Grixdale are roughly Conant Street to the east, Eight Mile Road to the north, Woodward to the east, and McNichols to the south.

Hello Detroit Police! Someone has stolen the front of my home! The home, by the way, is a Michigan bungalow, a popular style of home in Grixdale.

"Grixdale is a neighborhood" Detroit Urbex says, "on the north side of the city steadily losing population."

John R Street is not named for me, but rather John R. Williams, the first elected mayor of Detroit.

I'm doing my best Eminem here.

The door's open! C'mon in!

Grixdale does have a couple of things going for it. The Chrysler Freeway, Interstate 75, passes through it.

And there is a major retail presence, a rarity in Detroit, on the old State Fairgrounds at Woodward and Eight Mile. So unlike Brightmoor, which I documented here and here, it may not remain in a coma for a couple of generations.

There are burned-down homes all over Detroit.

In the summer of 2016, the Mike Duggan administration celebrated the 10,000th home demolition since he took office two years earlier. Victories are rare in Detroit--let them rejoice.

I believe that I read that in David Maraniss' Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story, that by the end of the 20th century Motor City leaders believed that 10 million people would be living in the Detroit area. Hence the aggressive building of freeways and the widening of Eight Mile Road to, appropriately enough, eight lanes. But the metropolitan area's population peaked at four-and-half million in 1970. But as I've remarked before, since Detroit is a skinny man wearing a fat man's pair of trousers, getting around in Detroit is a breeze, even taking account the sorry state of many of its streets.

So there is an upside of living in a shrinking metropolis.

Are you paying attention, Chicago?

Once in a great city.

Amazingly, the white porch railings survived without damage while nearly the rest of this cottage was burnt to a crisp.

On the right is an American Craftsman.

There's an open house showing this morning.

We almost have twin homes here.

Later that day I returned to Grixdale. The next few photographs were taken near Omira and Dakota adjacent to the border with Highland Park.

I was momentarily lost at this point--I wanted to get to Highland Park--fortunately a homeless person pointed me in the right direction--just find Woodward and drive south. I did.

Imagine having live next to that Motor City eyesore. Yes, someone resides in the house on the right.

Whenever I'm in Detroit I stay at 17420 Olmira.

In my two trips to Detroit I was disappointed that I didn't encounter any of its famed packs of feral dogs. But on Hollywood a half-block east of Woodward I discovered this lonely wild canine. I took grief for it as a man across the street screamed at me, "Don't be takin' no pictures." I did, of course. Detroit is a dangerous place. Ninety minutes later a co-owner of a retail outlet two blocks from here was fatally shot to death while hauling out the garbage by two masked gunmen.

Loesch: California has declared itself a dangerous state

The killer of Kate Steinle, illegal alien Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, was deported five times from the country. And had San Francisco not been a sanctuary city, it's likely the Steinle would be alive.

California, which is now a sanctuary state, is now a dangerous state, Dana Loesch says.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Steinle killer found not guilty of murder in San Francisco

The killer of Kate Steinle has been found not guilty except for a handgun possession charge just now by a San Francisco jury.

The best place to commit a crime? If you are a criminal, it's California. OJ Simpson, Dan White, Robert Blake. And now Jose Ines Garcia Zarate. The jurors couldn't even convict Zarate on involuntary manslaughter even though the bullet that killed Kate Steinle came from the gun he fired. When you accidentally kill someone with your car you are eligible for involuntary manslaughter.

In his first remarks after the verdict was announced, public defender Matt Gonzalez attacked President Donald J. Trump.

Zarate is an illegal alien who has been deported five times.

As with the OJ trial, the decision is clearly based on politics rather than guilty versus not guilty.

Not tired of winning: Dow soars past 24,000

On Election Day 2016 the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 18,000. Now it's at 24,000--that threshold was crossed for the first time this morning.

In the spring of '16 Trump promised, "We're going to win so much, you're going to be so sick and tired of winning, you're going to come to me and go 'Please, please, we can't win anymore.'"

Well, I'm not tired of winning.

Pelosi, Ryan, call for Conyers to quit

It's time, John. Oh, when is Detroit going to remove those John Conyers Boulevard signs?

From the Detroit News:
House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called on U.S. Rep. John Conyers to resign in the wake of what Pelosi called "very credible" accusations of sexual misconduct.

Ryan said he had just been briefed on the torrent of allegations against Conyers and heard what Conyers accuser Marion Brown said on NBC on Thursday.

"No one should have to go through something like that, let alone here in Congress. Yes, I think he should resign. I think he should resign immediately," said Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican, at a Thursday press conference.

Pelosi, the California Democrat, called the allegations against Conyers "serious, disappointing and very credible."
She is either very confused or received pushback from other Democrats because on Meet The Press Sunday, Pelosi called Conyers "an icon" and praised his efforts to "protect women." Except for those times, apparently, when Conyers was attacking them.

Meanwhile Conyers, who is 88, is under hospitalization for what a longtime family friend is calling "tremendous stress."

When Hillary went to defend Bill after Monica--she spoke with Matt Lauer

Thee Matt Lauer story is loaded with twisted irony, as Fox News Brent Bozell notes.

This fall former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly was chastised by a sanctimonious Lauer for his alleged sexual predatations.

But back in 1998, First Lady Hillary Clinton chose Lauer to tell the fact-challenged Clinton side of the story when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke. It was the first time I heard of Lauer, by the way.

From Bozell's column:
If you look for evidence of Matt Lauer slamming Bill Clinton for harassing Paula Jones or Kathleen Wiley, you won't find it. Look for evidence of Lauer condemning Clinton for what he did with Monica Lewinsky. Good luck. What did he say instead? When Hillary blamed Lewinsky on the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy – yes, on his show – Lauer should have immediately demanded that she provide the evidence to justify that extraordinary accusation. Instead he responded with this: "If what the President has told the nation is the whole truth and nothing but the truth, then you'd have to agree that this is the worst and most damaging smear of the twentieth century."

What did he believe should be Clinton's legacy? On May 23, 2000, this: "I hope that the American people would find it more exciting to talk about health care and Social Security and not about these personal peccadilloes."

Even after his own network broke the explosive story of Clinton's rape of Juanita Broaddrick, not even that could excite Matt Lauer. A comment here, a question there, and in no time flat the story was over. It’s how you treat peccadilloes.

But O’Reilly's not a feminist. Neither is Donald Trump or Roy Moore. Nor were Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, Larry Craig, or Bob Livingston. It is why accusations against them have commanded saturation coverage and they have deserved unequivocal condemnation. They are not of the club.
And it's the Democrats and their media wing who accuse the Republicans of a "war on women."

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Oh, Wobegon is me! Garrison Keillor fired over sexual harassment claim

Imagine if NPR leftist Garrison Keillor's bucolic Lake Wobegon, Minnesota was real. And think of how the strait-laced Scandahoovian denizens who show up to work on time every day and who go to church every Sunday morning would think if Keillor walked into their town.

They'd shun him.They'd run away from him as if he was a week-old unrefrigerated hotdish.

From Fox News:
Following the announcement that Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) was terminating all contracts with famed host Garrison Keillor over sexual misconduct allegations, Keillor revealed Wednesday that he put his hand up a woman;s shirt – but that she forgave him after he apologized.

The 75-year-old host of shows like "A Prairie Home Companion" and "The Writer’s Almanac" released a statement addressing the accusations just after sharing details to the Minneapolis Star Tribune about his alleged misconduct.

"I put my hand on a woman's bare back. I meant to pat her back after she told me about her unhappiness and her shirt was open and my hand went up it about six inches,” he told the outlet in an email Monday. “She recoiled. I apologized. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me and not to think about it. We were friends. We continued to be friendly right up until her lawyer called.”

In a more official statement on the matter, Keillor avoided directly apologizing to the woman in question. Instead, he opted for more of a farewell to the business.
"Well, that's the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."

And where Keillor can't keep his hands to himself.

Gutfeld on Olbermann: "He came, he screamed, he soiled his diapers"

Of leftfist Keith Olbermann's quitting another media gig, Fox News' Greg Gutfeld says, "He came, he screamed, he soiled his diapers. Then he left."

This time Olbermann says he is "retiring from political commentary in all media venues."

I fear that Olbermann will be back however.

Chicago man carves up dad's body, posts selfies on Facebook

West Pullman
Chicago sure needs the League of Shows now.

"The League of Shadows has been a check against human corruption for thousands of years. We sacked Rome, loaded trade ships with plague rats, burned London to the ground. Every time a civilization reaches the pinnacle of its decadence, we return to restore the balance." Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins.

And the holidays are supposed to be a time for families.

From ABC Chicago:
Just days after he was served with a court order barring him from coming near his father, Cook County prosecutors said Carlton Edmondson murdered the 61-year-old and mutilated the body in the basement of the older man's West Pullman home.

He then allegedly posted several selfies on Facebook, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

When Assistant State's Attorney Julia Ramirez said that Edmondson was facing a single count of first-degree murder, in addition to pending charges for violating the order of protection taken out by his father on Nov. 20, Edmondson shouted.

"The order of protection is gone," he said, smiling. "He is no longer living."

Matt Lauer fired over sexual assault allegation

The liberal media loses another icon over sexual assault claims involving co-workers. Today it's Matt Lauer, last week it was CBS This Morning's Charlie Rose. Also gone for the same reason are NPR News' Michael Oreskes and David Sweeney, and MSNBC's Mark Halperin. Noted Democratic National Committee colluder Glenn Thrush has been suspended by the New York Times for, well, you know.

Bill O'Reilly, a conservative, was fired by Fox News this spring after a string of settlements from women who they say O'Reilly acted inappropriately with became public. After a long period silence, O'Reilly did a few interviews complaining of his treatment. One of them was conducted by--wait for it--Matt Lauer!

From the Toledo Blade:
Matt Lauer was fired from NBC News on Wednesday after an employee filed a complaint about "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace," the network announced.

Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of the Today show. "We are devastated," she said.

The Today show is one of the most popular and most profitable franchises on American television. Lauer was the cornerstone of the program for two decades.

So his sudden ouster came as a shock to viewers — but not as a complete surprise to his Today show colleagues. They knew that multiple news outlets were investigating Lauer's off-camera conduct.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Chicago: Federal judge orders masturbating inmates handcuffed when meeting with public defenders

Once again, I have to wonder what impoverished inmate Clarence Earl Gideon would think of how our current system that offers free public defenders to accused criminals who cannot afford attorneys, one that was created as a result of his prevailing in a US Supreme Court case, has descended into in Chicago because of some jerk offs.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Cook County jail detainees with a history of indecent exposure, masturbation or sexual misconduct will remain handcuffed "at all times" during courthouse visits while a series of recent lawsuits play out, a federal judge said Tuesday.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart did not oppose the order, which allows for a criminal court judge to have a detainee uncuffed. It also says officers "may use appropriate force or handcuffing" to stop detainees from engaging in sexual misconduct.

U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly's order follows a series of lawsuits by female Cook County jail guards and assistant public defenders complaining that Dart has failed to stop daily occurrences [My note, yes daily!] of detainees masturbating in front of them.

"The safety of our staff is paramount," said Cara Smith, Dart's Chief Policy Officer. "The order entered today reflects an agreement among the parties by which our office will continue to do what we have been doing to protect our staff and others from the despicable behavior by some detainees in our custody. The provisions of the order reflect what we have long been doing to address this outrageous behavior."
Another solution to this problem is for these lawyers to walk away and refuse to represent them.

Chicago, and sadly I live five miles from its city limits, is a becoming a demented and soulless place.