Sunday, May 28, 2017

From Da Tech Guy, Shetland: The series so far #shetland #bbc #scotland

Who is ready for a trip to the Shetlands? From Da Tech Guy, Shetland: The series so far.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Elton John: Tiny Dancer

Here's a fantastic new video of Elton John's "Tiny Dancer."

Here in the Chicago area, the term "tiny dancer" often refers to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a onetime ballet performer.



Trump weekly address 5/26/17

President Donald J. Trump discussed his proposed budget in his weekly address.

"My administration is laying a new foundation to build a future of economic prosperity and achieve American Greatness," the onetime real estate tycoon said. "The budget we are proposing will reverse economic stagnation and open the path to millions of new jobs for American workers."


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.

Red light cameras are a dishonest cash cow for many Chicago suburbs

Chicago's Northwest Side
Red light cameras are not about safety, they're about collecting revenue from unsuspecting drivers.

Even if they are legally turning right on red.

From ABC Chicago:
A joint investigation by the ABC7 I-Team and Chicago Sun-Times uncovered the suburbs making the most money from red light cameras, and found that most drivers get cited for turning right on red.

Dozens of angry drivers at court hearings, and even several red light camera insiders, all told the I-Team that the vast majority of tickets are handed out to people who go right on red. The I-Team found some of those people came to a complete stop.

Critics call it a money-generator, but suburban officials and a red light camera company insisted it's about safety.

The line of people outside a Dolton courtroom are all contesting red light camera tickets -- most busted for right on red.
Of course there are a plethora of red light cameras in the capital city of American graft, Chicago.

ISIS demons claim responsibility for Manchester killings

The first two named victims of the nail bomb attack in England last night were an 18-year-old and an 8-year-old. The victims were dismissed as "Crusaders" by the Islamic State.

ISIS is a weed that needs to be eliminated. Not contained. Eliminated.

From Fox News:
The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a bombing attack that killed at least 22 people and injured 59 others at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, Monday night.

ISIS says "a soldier of the caliphate planted bombs in the middle of Crusaders gatherings" then detonated them. It did not say whether the attacker was killed.

The group claimed that "30 Crusaders were killed and 70 others were wounded," higher than the totals confirmed by authorities in Manchester.

On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May called the attack a display of "appalling, sickening cowardice – deliberately targeting innocent, defenseless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives."

Monday, May 22, 2017

Nail bomb barbarian kills 19 at UK concert

"If you choose the path of terror, your life will be empty, your life will be brief, and your soul will be fully condemned."
President Donald J. Trump on Sunday.

And the next night a terrorist struck in England.

From the Daily Mail:
At least 19 people are dead and 50 more injured after a suspected suicide bomber targeted children leaving a packed pop concert at Manchester Arena [Monday] night.

Witnesses told of nuts and bolts tearing into young concert-goers when the blast was detonated in the foyer area between the arena and the next-door Victoria station just after the Ariana Grande gig ended.

Horrifying footage showed petrified children leaping over chairs and barriers as they desperately tried to escape the 21,000-seat venue, which led to a stampede. Two US officials have said it was a suspected suicide bomber.

Armed officers surrounded the venue and bloodied casualties were seen being stretchered out of the concert that resembled a 'war zone'.
Please pray for the victims. As for the attacker, may he rot in hell. And those who supported the barbarian, may they meet Satan soon.


PragerU Video: The Inconvenient Truth About the Democratic Party

The Democratic Party was the party of slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, segregation, and fighting civil rights.

I bet you did not know that

Watch this Prager University video to learn the truth.


From the American Thinker: The Obama Cult

Yes, of course there is a Barack Obama cult, as the American Thinker tells us.

Chiraq: 4 dead and at least 34 wounded over weekend

The Austin side of the Chicago-
Oak Park border
It was chilly for all of the weekend and rainy for much of it--but the weather didn't temper the mood in Chicago as four people were shot to death and at least 34 others were wounded.

Two of those fatalities happened in the Austin neighborhood, which easily leads Chiraq in both fatal and non-fatal shootings this year. This West Side neighborhood, which borders affluent and liberal Oak Park, is a popular shopping venue for suburbanites seeking a narcotics fix. The gangs are battling over customers.

Of the two other deadly shootings, one occurred in Gage Park on the Southwest Side and the other, which appears to have been a domestic dispute, in South Chicago on the South Side.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

From Da Tech Guy: The Great American Pension Swindle

In my weekly post at Da Tech Guy, you'll learn that the Russians didn't hack state public-worker pension funds: The Great American Pension Swindle.

Gingrich: Trump speech sets stage to defeat radical Islam

Shortly before President Donald J. Trump gave his impressive speech on terror in Saudi Arabia, Newt Gingrich praised the transcripts of this that he read, declaring that it "sets stage to defeat radical Islam."

Make America Great Again.


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Meat Loaf: Two Out of Three Ain't Bad

Todd Rundgren was in the news this week when his comments about President Donald J. Trump were published.

"If I had the power, I'd say: If you"re a Trump supporter," Rundgren said, "don't come to my show, because you won’t have a good time."

I had a fabulous time the time I saw Rundgren, who was quite popular in the Chicago area, when he performed in the mid-1980s across the border in Northwest Indiana.

Does Rundgren deserve more attention? Probably not. But he's going to get it.

"Runt" is also a gifted producer. By far is most popular production work was Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell. The Wagnerian Rock classic is one of the best-selling musical efforts ever. But Rundgren sold the production royalties for it to buy a house in Hawaii. So if you buy this Meat Loaf album or download it, Rundgren gets nothing.

Meanwhile, watch the Loaf belt out a hit single from that work, "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad."



Trump weekly address 5/17/19

When was the last time a president spoke of the "civilized world" in regards to fighting terrorism?

Just now--in President Donald J. Trump's weekly YouTube address.

When was the last time a president had something like this to say about Christianity?

"I look forward to speaking with the Pope about how Christian teachings can help put the world on a path to justice, freedom, and peace," Trump says here.


Friday, May 19, 2017

(Video) Congressmen calls out leftist colleagues on obsession with impeaching Trump

"We have people I serve with who are calling for the president's impeachment" US Rep Lee Zeldin (R-NY) tells CNN here, "literally as his hand is on the Bible before he takes office."

The extreme left--which is the Democrat Party--wants Trump removed from office and they have no desire to work him at all.



Weiner to plead guilty today in sexting case

Weiner of course is the estranged husband of longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin.

From the New York Times:
Anthony D. Weiner, the former Democratic congressman whose “sexting” scandals ended his political career and embroiled him in a tumultuous F.B.I. investigation of Hillary Clinton before the election, is to appear in a federal courtroom in Manhattan on Friday to enter a guilty plea.

The information has not been made public but was related by two people who have been briefed on the matter and asked not to be identified.

Mr. Weiner will plead guilty to a single charge of transferring obscene material to a minor, pursuant to a plea agreement with the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan, one of the people said. Mr. Weiner surrendered to the F.B.I. early Friday morning.

The federal authorities have been investigating reports that, beginning in January 2016, Mr. Weiner, then 51, exchanged sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl in North Carolina.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

(Videos) Waters, Feinstein: No evidence of Trump collusion with Russia

US Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) was given plenty of time on MSNBC today to explain the "collusion" between President Donald J. Trump and Russia.

She rambled on and on...and came up with nothing.



CNN's Wolf Blitzer also today asked another California Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein about this so-called collusion.

She couldn't cough up any evidence of collusion between Russia and the president, his campaign, or Trump World.



Nothing to see here, please move on.

Alderman in failing Chicago who is running for guv calls for impeaching Trump

Chicago's South Side
President Donald J. Trump often speaks of the "failing New York Times."

He should also refer to America's third-most populous city--for now--as "failing Chicago."

Once every eighteen months or so a Chicago alderman is sentenced to federal prison. Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) is currently under federal indictment. Chicago is losing population, it has the worst-funded pension plans of any big cities, and last year more people were murdered in Chicago than in the larger cities of New York and Los Angeles--combined.

Today one of Cochran's colleagues on the failing City Council, Ameya Pawar, a Democrat who is running for governor of the failing state of Illinois, introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of Trump.

Pawar has far better things to do, such as preparing Chicago and Illinois for their inevitable bankruptcies, even though, as with the case of Puerto Rico, it may be called something else.

From a Pawar press release:
Alderman Ameya Pawar announces resolution calling for impeachment of President Donald Trump

CHICAGO--Ameya Pawar, 47th Ward alderman, today announced he is introducing a resolution to the Chicago City Council urging the United States House of Representatives to initiate an investigation to determine if there is sufficient grounds for the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump. Ald. Pawar will file the resolution to be considered by the City Council at the next scheduled meeting on May 24.

“Donald Trump has sought to divide our country from the very beginning of his campaign, purposefully pitting communities against one another to keep us fighting over scraps, while the power brokers and big corporations at the top continue to benefit,” Pawar said.

“The President and his administration is actively and deliberately causing harm to the American people, and Trump’s possible interference with Department of Justice investigations into Russian involvement with our election is the latest instance of the President placing the integrity of our nation’s democracy at risk and undermining the rule of law.

“Today, the City of Chicago and the American people must stand united against this illegitimate presidency and resist Donald Trump’s anti-American agenda. Together, we must fight the forces of evil which aim to dismantle our democracy and call upon our elected Representatives in Congress to do the right thing and investigate the President’s actions to determine, once and for all, if he is unfit to serve as our Commander and Chief.”

As the third largest city in the nation, the City of Chicago represents 2.7 million residents who are directly impacted by President Trump’s executive orders targeting people based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, and disability status. The President’s agenda threatens people's quality of life and, in many cases, directly violates the United States Constitution and erodes the spirit of our democracy. If passed, Chicago would be the largest city in the country to pass such a resolution.

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RESOLUTION:

WHEREAS, Many businesses receive, and streams of income include, emoluments from foreign governments, states of the United States, or the United States itself; and

WHEREAS, Leading constitutional scholars and government ethics experts warned Donald J. Trump shortly after the November 2016 election that, unless he fully divested his businesses and invested the money in conflict-free assets or a blind trust, he would violate the Constitution from the moment he took office; and

WHEREAS, Leading constitutional scholars and government ethics experts warned Donald J. Trump shortly after the November 2016 election that, unless he fully divested his businesses and invested the money in conflict-free assets or a blind trust, he would violate the Constitution from the moment he took office; and

WHEREAS, On Jan 11, 2017, nine days before his inauguration, Donald J. Trump announced a plan that would, if carried out, remove him from day-to-day operations of his businesses, but not eliminate any of the ongoing flow of emoluments from foreign governments, state governments, or the United States government; and

WHEREAS, On Jan 20, 2017, Donald J. Trump took the oath of office and became President of the United States; and

WHEREAS, From the moment he took office, President Trump was in violation of the Foreign Emoluments Clause and the Domestic Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution; and

WHEREAS, during the campaign, Donald Trump promoted a ban on Muslims entering the country, denigrating Mexican immigrants, people of color, the disabled, our LGTBQ neighbors, Gold Star families, women, indigenous communities, and Jews; and

WHEREAS, after taking office, Donald Trump has worked to implement his Muslim ban, defund Planned Parenthood, discriminate against our LGBTQ neighbors, attack Historically Black Universities, pollute and destroy our environment, foment divisions between black and brown communities, propose cuts to the arts, public broadcasting, and programs to protect the Great Lakes; and

WHEREAS, and more recently on May 16, 2017, it was reported that Donald Trump sought to obstruct the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s investigation into Russian interference in the November 2016 election by instructing the Bureau’s Director to abandon their efforts; and

WHEREAS, These potential violations undermine the integrity of the Presidency, corruptly advance the personal wealth of the President, compromise the rule of law in the United States, and violate the public trust; and

WHEREAS, Our democracy is premised on the bedrock principle that no one is above the law, not even the President of the United States; now therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED, That the Mayor and City Council of the City of Chicago call upon the United States House of Representatives to support a resolution authorizing and directing the House Committee on the Judiciary to investigate whether sufficient grounds exist for the impeachment of Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, including but not limited to the violations listed herein; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be provided to the members of the United States House of Representatives on behalf of the Chicago City Council. 
Pawar wants see Trump impeached for "cuts to the arts, public broadcasting?"

Clearly he has Trump Derangement Syndrome. Oh, when will Pawar's resolution calling for the resignation of Cochran be filed?

Oh many thanks go to Pawar's office for emailing this news release to me. Hugs and kisses from me to you!

Oh this blog enthusiastically endorses Illinois' reform governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, for reelection. Click here to contribute to the campaign fund of the Land of Lincoln's only hope.


Kucinich: Deep State trying to destroy Trump, "Our country is under attack from within"

No one will ever accuse former congressman and Cleveland mayor Dennis Kucinich of being a Donald Trump supporter. This liberal is perhaps only slightly to the right of socialist Bernie Sanders.

On Fox News last night Kucinich attacked the Deep State.

"The political process of the United States of America being under attack by intelligence agencies and individuals in those agencies," he told Sean Hannity last night.

"You have politicization of agencies that is resulting in leaks from anonymous, unknown people and the intention is to take down a president," the Fox News contributor added. "Now, this is very dangerous to America. It's a threat to our republic, it constitutes a clear and present danger to our way of life. So we have to be asking, what is the motive of these people? Who's putting these leaks out? Why doesn't somebody come forward and make a charge and put their name and reputation behind it, instead of attacking through the media and not substantiating their position?"

True, very true.

"Our first allegiance is to our country," Kucinich continued. "This isn't about one president, this is about the political process of the United States of America being under attack by intelligence agencies and individuals in those agencies, yes, as you said there might be good people in there, but there are certain individuals who are lifers who want to be able to direct the policy of the country. And if the president stands in their way whether it's a Democrat or Republican they'll just try to run that person out."



American democracy is in a precarious position.

Hannity then asked Kucinich if the Deep State is trying to bring down Trump.

"I believe that," Kucinich replied. "Not only that, Sean, it has to be pointed out in October of 2016, that same deep state overrode the decision of President Obama and Secretary Kerry, to come to an agreement with Russia to a ceasefire in Syria. They overrode it and launched an attack against a Syrian military base. So, this is a problem in our country. We've got to protect our nation here. People have to be aware of what's going on. We've got to stand up for America, this isn't about Democrat, Republican. This is about getting what's going on in the moment and understanding that our country itself is under attack from within."

Gutfeld: Trump impeachmentitis is spreading

Greg Gutfeld says that "impeachmentitis" is spreading among the mainstream media and the Swamp in Washington that President Trump wants to drain.


Media bias, Chicago Sun-Times headline: Griffin dumps $20 million into Rauner campaign fund

If Ken Griffin "dumped" $20 million into the campaign fund of a Democrat running for governor, the Chicago Sun-Times headline would read that he donated the cash. But because Bruce Rauner is a Republican it reads: Ken Griffin dumps $20 million into Rauner campaign fund.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

(PragerU video) Why isn't communism as hated as Nazism?

In this recent Prager University video, Dennis Prager explains why communism--which killed far more people--isn't as reviled as Nazism.

You just know that the academic left will figure into the discussion.


Chiraq carjackings nearly doubled in 2016

In the latest National Review, eminent urban affairs expert Heather Mac Donald reported that pedestrian stops by Chicago Police were down 80 percent in 2016. Today the Chicago Sun-Times tells us that carjackings nearly doubled last year.

Coincidence?

No.

Oh, in its article, the carjacking surge was called an "uptick" by the Sun-Times.


Senator: Leaker is a "traitor who disclosed these facts to the Washington Post"

Sen. James Risch (R-ID) told CNN yesterday that the Deep State leaker who ratted out President Donald Trump is a "weasel" and a "traitor who disclosed these facts to the Washington Post."


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Deep Corruption: Suburban Chicago municipal mechanic allegedly performed off-the-books repairs

Corruption is so pervasive in Illinois that it's deep.

From ABC Chicago:
A taxpayer-funded suburban village's Public Works garage is at the center of an investigation into off-the-books car repairs.

The I-Team uncovered videos of this apparently private works department that have officials saying public works is being used for private business.

An early morning off-the-books-auto repair, the mechanic claiming he's in for the long haul hauling in some cash.

"Two thousand dollars-worth of work is the only thing keeping me up right now. Dealer wanted to quote this guy $10,000," he says in the video, then laughs.
The alleged improprieties took place in Broadview, a western suburb of Chicago. ABC Chicago says the mechanic has been "suspected." Do they mean suspended?

Will there be another Father's Day lockdown at Chicago's Cook County Jail?

Let's see, last year there was a Mother's Day lockdown at Cook County Jail--which incarcerates about 9,000 inmates--because too many guards called in sick. There weren't enough guards to keep order. Also in 2016 there was a lockdown on Father's Day--there were a lot of sick unionized guards that day too. Game 7 of the NBA Finals was played that night as well.

Two days ago--Mother's Day--there was another lockdown at the jail. In that day's first shift, over 200 workers called in sick or abused the Family Leave Act--was mom dying?--to blow off their responsibility to show up for work. That added up to 32 percent of the staff. Second shift wasn't much better--25 percent played hooky and the lockdown continued.

Other recent Cook County Jail lockdowns include the night of last year's NCAA National Football Championship Game and the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match in 2015. That's why I mentioned the NBA Finals.

Will there be another Father's Day lockdown at Cook County Jail? Past performances may indicate future ones. What is Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, a Chicago Democrat, doing to prevent another "mass sickness" among his jail guards? Does the union for the guards, Teamsters Local 700, even care?

This Cook County taxpayer demands answers.

Oh, there might be another NBA Finals Game 7 on Father's Day this year.

Did you know that, Sheriff Dart?

Related post:

Cook County Jail in Chicago on lockdown because over 200 guards called off on Mother's Day


Chiraq: 14 shot on Monday

Summer-like weather brought summer-like violence to the bloody streets of Chicago yesterday. Fourteen people were wounded, but none fatally. Several neighborhoods logged more than one shooting. On the Southwest Side the Back of the Yards logged three, on the West Side Austin and East Garfield Park suffered two shootings each, and the Northwest Side's Humboldt Park neighborhood also had two shootings.

Family investigator: Murdered Democrat staffer had contacts with WikiLeaks

Meanwhile Hillary Clinton and the Democrats keep claiming that Wikileaks was a Russian hack.

From Fox DC:
It has been almost a year since Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered in the nation's capital. There have been no solid answers about why he was killed until now.

Rich was shot and killed last July in Northwest D.C and police have suggested the killing in the District's Bloomingdale neighborhood was a botched robbery. However, online conspiracy theories have tied the murder to Rich's work at the DNC.

Just two months shy of the one-year anniversary of Rich's death, FOX 5 has learned there is new information that could prove these theorists right.

Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the Rich family, suggests there is tangible evidence on Rich's laptop that confirms he was communicating with WikiLeaks prior to his death.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Nearly half of Illinois education spending goes to pensions

Some form of bankruptcy is coming to Illinois. What we have now in the Land of Lincoln--what would Abe think?--is absolutely unsustainable.

From the Sangamon Sun:
Illinois spends more on its students than any other Midwestern state, according to an analysis by the Illinois Policy Institute.

Illinois spends approximately $13,000 per student on average, almost $4,000 more than Kentucky, at $9,300, and a little more than $3,000 more than Missouri and Indiana. Iowa and Wisconsin are the only other Midwestern states spending more than $10,000 per student, but each still spends significantly less than Illinois.

One problem with spending so much is that instead of going to the classroom, nearly half goes to funding pensions (excluding those in Chicago), the institute said.

"In fact, if you look at total education spending from 2009 to 2014, the state added $8.9 billion in new dollars over and above the base amount of $6.8 billion it spent in 2009," the institute said in its Pensions vs. Schools report. "Of those new dollars spent, 89 percent went to pay for retirement costs. Just 11 percent made it to the classroom."
Chicago Public Schools has their own pension system--it's a financial sinkhole too.

The next time someone tells you that your school taxes are "for the kids," at least if you live in Illinois, I want you to vomit all over them.

From my post at Da Tech Guy:

Puerto Rico a dire warning for blue states

Were senators under surveillance by Obama administration?

Here's a good question. Were senators under surveillance while Barack Obama was president?



Chiraq: 7 dead and at least 15 wounded over Mother's Day weekend

Old Marathon Pundit home
in Fernwood
Murder didn't take a holiday over Mother's Day weekend. Seven people were murdered and at least 15 others were wounded in Chicago.

Not all Chiraq murders involve guns. On Friday night an 18-year-old woman, the daughter of a Chicago Police officer, was killed after being repeatedly rammed into a tree by woman driving a Jeep Liberty in Morgan Park on the Southwest Side. When the abandoned Jeep was found about a mile away there was a child in the back seat. A suspect is being held for murder.

Of those six other murders, two of them occurred in my old neighborhood of Fernwood on the Far South Side. One of those happened just two blocks from my old home. Two men, best friends, were killed in the while driving in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side. As they tried to escape the shooting, they struck a man in a wheelchair. That man's injuries are said not to be life-threatening. There were two other South Side fatal shootings over the weekend, one in Englewood and the other in Woodlawn.

At least some Chicagoans were in the Mother's Day spirit, sort of. Cook County Jail was on lockdown because not enough guards showed up to work on Sunday. They either called in sick or invoked the family leave act.

That's enough of what Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls "Chicago values" for now.



Sunday, May 14, 2017

Cook County Jail in Chicago on lockdown because over 200 guards called off on Mother's Day

Do you know any Cook County jail guards? Are they one of the 86 guards who called in sick today? Check their social media accounts to see if they are really ill. As for the over 100 guards who used the family leave act to blow off work today--did their union give them this cunning idea?--couldn't they have sent flowers or visited mom on their day off closest to Mother's Day?

Of course if these "public servants" were raised right by their mothers, they would have a sense of responsibility and show up to work when they are scheduled. If they are unable to, then these guards never should have taken a job where it's required that they work weekends and holidays, including Christmas, and yes, Mother's Day.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
More than 200 Cook County Jail officers called off work Sunday — which also happens to be Mother's Day.

About 32 percent of the officers assigned to work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. did not go to work, according to the Cook County Sheriff's office.

"The extraordinary number of call offs puts additional pressure on the men and women of the Sheriff’s office who come to work as scheduled," the sheriff’s office said in a statement.

Of the 200 officers to call in, 86 said they were sick, the sheriff’s office said, and another 120 cited the Family Medical Leave Act, a federal law that protects an employee's personal or family illness, family military leave and pregnancy, among other issues.
The massive jail on the Southwest Side of Chicago is on lockdown--only "essential movement," involving things like health care, are allowed for prisoners.

On the upside, last year over 400 guards called off on Mother's day and over 500 on Father's Day.

These "sicknesses" carry over into the sporting world. Another lockdown occurred because last year because of the college football national championship game and another in 2015 because of the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match.

Cook County Jail  under the jurisdiction of Sheriff Tom Dart, a Chicago Democrat.

My wife, a mother, worked today.

There is no news if the lockdown has an effect on pizza deliveries to inmates.

And finally, is this what Mayor Rahm Emanuel calls "Chicago values?"

UPDATE 6:15pm Chicago time on Mother's Day:

The Chicago Tribune is reporting--paid subscription my be required for the link--that "about 25 percent of staff for the second shift of the day also had called in sick."

Sheriff Dart might as well call for a lockdown now for Father's Day.

Now is one of those times to wonder why the League of Shadows hasn't come to Chicago?

"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.

UPDATE 6:30pm CDT:

Teamsters Local 700 represents the jail guards at Cook County Jail.

From Da Tech Guy: Slow down, it's not Watergate. Not even close.

Of course I had to look back at last week's firing of James Comey for my weekly post at Da Tech Guy: Slow down, it's not Watergate. Not even close.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

ILL-inois Democrat billionaire guv candidate buys property next to his mansion, lets it deteriorate, then claims tax break

But let's not forget that billionaire J.B. Pritzker is for "the little guy."

But the "little guy" has to pay more in taxes because of this Pritzker caper.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
J.B. Pritzker, billionaire would-be governor, bought the historic mansion next door to his even bigger home on Chicago’s Gold Coast, let it fall into disrepair — and then argued it was “uninhabitable” to win what so far have been nearly $230,000 in property-tax breaks, records show.

Pritzker, his wife and their two children live in a palatial, three-story home in the Gold Coast with more than 12,500 square feet of living space and a two-story coach house. They bought that for $14.5 million in May 2006 and spent an additional amount fixing it up — between $11 million and $25 million more, records show.
Related post:

Illinois union bosses line up behind labor rat Pritzker

XTC: The Disappointed

While I'm not sure what the Rennaisance outfits has to do with this song, but XTC chose them for the official video for their song "The Disappointed."

This baroque beauty comes from their 1992 album, Nonsuch.



Trump weekly address 5/12/17

In his weekly address, our president mentions that we will be giving the commencement address next week at two great American institutions, Liberty University and the Coast Guard Academy.

"To young Americans at both schools," Trump says in this speech, "I will be bringing a message of hope and optimism about our nation’s bright future. That is a message that I want to extend to all young Americans today, especially those who are graduating this year and entering the labor force."


Friday, May 12, 2017

Deep Corruption: Illinois high school district under investigation for kickbacks

Dixmoor, Thornton Township
I call what happens in Illinois "Deep Corruption" because graft is so pervasive in the Prairie State. It's much more than felon governors such as George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich.

From the Chicago Tribune:
Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation into south suburban Thornton Township High School District 205 and possible kickbacks tied to technology purchases, the Tribune has learned.

The investigation focuses on the relationship between the district and a suburban-based technology company that sold it $4.5 million in technology equipment since 2009, including hundreds of computers, monitors and printers, attorneys involved with the probe said.

In addition to probing potential kickbacks on those purchases, federal officials also are investigating whether the district received all the equipment it purchased from Comcapital Inc., the company's attorney said. The business, based in Alsip, recently announced it is closing.

A federal grand jury subpoena, served on the school district in January and obtained by the Tribune through the Freedom of Information Act, requested all records related to Comcapital, including contracts, invoices, payment records and correspondence. It also requested similar information from any other company used by the district for technology purchases or support, and records related to the school board's authorization of such purchases and an inventory of them.
Remember, those taxes that go to school districts are "for the kids."

Thornton Township is part of Illinois' Corruption Corridor.

From my post at Da Tech Guy:


Chicago's Southland: The rottenest apple in the corrupt Illinois orchard


And no state income tax: Tennessee to make community college free

Tennessee state line
Oh yeah, I know, Tennessee taxes investment dividends but other than that, unlike my state, Illinois, and many others, the Volunteer State has no income tax.

It's amazing what can be accomplished when a state isn't run by corrupt-o-crats, as ILL-inois is.

From CNN Money:
Lawmakers approved legislation Wednesday that will expand the Tennessee Promise program that launched in 2014. It made tuition and fees free for recent high school graduates enrolled in a community college or technical school. Now, adults who don't already have an associate's or bachelor's degree can go for free, too, starting in the 2018 fall semester.

Governor Bill Haslam is expected to sign the bill into law. He proposed the legislation in his State of the State address earlier this year. It's a cornerstone of his initiative to increase the number of residents with a college education to 55% by 2025. Last year, less than 39% of residents had gone to college.

"If we want to have jobs ready for Tennesseans, we have to make sure that Tennesseans are ready for jobs, and there is no smarter investment than increasing access to high-quality education," Haslam said in a statement.

To be eligible, students must have been a state resident for at least a year before applying, maintain a 2.0 GPA, enroll in enough classes to be a part-time student, and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

From Doug Ross: IT’S OVER: Wikileaks nukes the Trump-Russia story from orbit, leaves only planetary debris

We have another Alderaan. Doug Ross explains:  IT’S OVER: Wikileaks nukes the Trump-Russia story from orbit, leaves only planetary debris.

Convicted ex-congresswoman could spend rest of life in prison

The Florida Democrat was raising money "for the kids."

Well, not exactly.

From News4Jax:
Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown could spend the rest of her life in prison after being found guilty of taking money from a charity that was purported to be giving scholarships to poor students.

The former Democratic congresswoman was convicted Thursday on 18 counts in a federal corruption trial, the latest chapter in a stunning fall for a longtime Jacksonville political institution.

Brown, who was defeated for re-election last year after 24 years in the U.S. House, was found guilty on all but four counts for her part in a scheme that used sham education charity One Door for Education to finance personal expenses and events. U.S. District Judge Timothy J. Corrigan could hold a sentencing hearing for Brown, 70, within 90 days.

"Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown violated the public trust, the honor of her position, and the integrity of the American system of government when she abused one of the most powerful positions in the nation for her own personal gain," Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco said in a statement issued after the ruling. "She shamefully deprived needy children of hundreds of thousands of dollars that could have helped with their education and improved their opportunities for advancement, and she lied to the IRS and the American public about secret cash deposits into her personal bank accounts."
A de facto life sentence will send the right message to other crooked politicians.

Chiraq: 2 dead and at least 16 wounded on Thursday

Two people were shot to death--one in the Fernwood section of Roseland and the other in Austin--while another 16 others were wounded in Chicago on Thursday. All of the non-fatal shootings, except for one on the Northwest Side, occurred either on the South or West Sides.

Earlier this week Chiraq recorded its 200th murder of 2017.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

ICE arrests more than 1,300 gangbangers

Make America Safe Again.

From ABC Houston:
Hundreds of gang members have been arrested across the country as a result of a six-week anti-gang operation.

According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 1,378 were arrested across the U.S., the largest gang surge conducted by Homeland Security Investigations.

"The operation targeted gang members and associates involved in transnational criminal activity, including drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human smuggling and sex trafficking, murder and racketeering," according to a press release.

Officials say 1,098 were arrested on federal and/or state criminal charges, including 21 arrests for murder-related charges and seven for rape and sexual assault charges.
Those are some, to use Donald Trump's words, real bad hombres.

Aetna abandoning ObamaCare

ObamaCare is a rotting corpse. President Trump and the Republicans are simply providing a mercy killing.

From CNN Money:
The insurance giant announced Wednesday that it would not offer policies in Nebraska or Delaware next year, completing its exit from the exchanges. Earlier this year, Aetna (AET) said it would pull out of Iowa and Virginia in 2018.

The company said it expects to lose more than $200 million in its individual business line this year, on top of nearly $700 million in losses between 2014 and 2016. Aetna withdrew from 11 of its 15 markets for 2017. It has 255,000 Obamacare policyholders this year, down from 964,000 at the end of last year.

These customers, however, continue to be costlier than the company expected, Aetna said during its earnings call earlier this month. It had to set aside an additional $110 million to cover larger-than-projected losses for this year.

Aetna's exit leaves Medica as the only insurer on the Nebraska exchange and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield as the sole carrier on the Delaware exchange.

Out of touch: All Chicago Public Library locations closed today for training

In the private sector--hey, even in most government agencies--it's unusual for all branches of an office to close for a full day for training.

But Chicago, one of the worst-run cities in America, has to be different. All 80 Chicago Public Library locations are closed today for what CPL is calling an "all staff institute day."

Why can't the training be stretched over a three-day period?

That won't work. My idea makes too much sense.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

(Video) Dershowitz: "I would have fired" Comey, he "disqualified himself"

While he's a difficult man to classify politically, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz is a liberal on most issues.

Watch as Dersh tells MSNBC  "I would have fired" Comey, he "disqualified himself."


Dem senator on Democrats: "Absolutely true" that "many of us did call" for Comey’s resignation

Until about 24 hours ago former FBI Director James Comey was viewed as villain by Democrats.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) admitted that on MSNBC this morning, He said it was  "absolutely true" that "many of us did call" for Comey to quit.



Chicago Public Schools may miss June pension payment

Illinois has a fabulous reform governor, Republican Bruce Rauner, who favors changing state law so municipalities and other Illinois government entities, such as school districts, can file for bankruptcy protection.

But state Democratic Party boss Michael Madigan, who has also been speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for 32 of the last 34 years, won't even consider this sound idea. The public-sector unions, which of course are just an arm of the Democrats, vehemently oppose permitting local government bankruptcies.

Rauner or no Rauner, bankruptcy will come to Chicago Public Schools--the mathematics allow no other option. It's better to do so now before thing get even worse.

From the Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Public Schools has enough cash to complete the school year but the system is still short hundreds of millions of dollars needed to make a pension payment due at the end of June, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's top finance official said Tuesday.

CPS and city officials say that's because the state still owes CPS about $467 million in aid that has been held up by Illinois' budget impasse.
Illinois of course has its own problems.

From my post at Da Tech Guy:

Puerto Rico a dire warning for blue states