Monday, August 21, 2017

Chiraq: 9 dead and at least 54 others wounded over weekend

West Pullman
You can't blame the solar eclipse for this weekend's carnage in Chicago--the eclipse is today.

Nine were shot to death and at least 54 more wounded in shootings across the city.

The most horrible incident was in West Pullman on the Far South Side when a man was killed and seven others were wounded early Sunday morning in a mass shooting.

The other fatal shootings were in North Lawndale and University Village on the West Side, Rogers Park on the North Side, Logan Square on the Northwest Side, Brighton Park on the Southwest Side, and in Englewood and West Englewood on the South Side, along with another, unrelated, shooting death in West Pullman.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Truthout editor invokes 1970s Nazi march in Skokie that never happened in fundraising pitch

Truthout is a far-left online publication that I peek at once in a while. I mean, someone with a level head has to do it, right?

I live 50 yards from Skokie, Illinois, which is famous worldwide because a neo-Nazi group based on Chicago's Southwest Side applied for a permit to march there in 1977. What made this story a very big deal is that back then Skokie's population was about half Jewish and among those Jews were approximately 5,000 Holocaust survivors.

By all accounts the tiny Nazi group--they all are tiny, by the way--had no desire to march in Skokie, as they would have feared for their lives if they followed through. What they craved was publicity and contributions to their twisted organization from sympathetic whack-jobs who otherwise wouldn't know they existed. Skokie and the Nazis was a major national news story in 1977 and 1978. The Nazis, led by the son of a Jewish survivor of Dachau, Frank Collin, enlisted the aid of the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union, who successfully overturned an injunction by the village of Skokie to prevent the Nazis from marching because it would likely inflict emotional harm to thousands of residents. The case was finally resolved by the Illinois Supreme Court. The ACLU--and the Nazis--won.

Collin later served time in prison for child molestation. Some stuff you just can't make up.

But the Nazis didn't parade through the streets of Skokie. As the leftist legal group tells us, "Although the ACLU prevailed in its free speech arguments," we learn on its website, "the neo-Nazi group never marched through Skokie, instead agreeing to stage a rally at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago."
Holocaust memorial
in Skokie

A very good made-for-TV movie, Skokie, starring Danny Kaye who plays a Holocaust survivor, was first broadcast in 1981. Eli Wallach. Carl Reiner, and Brian Dennehy are in it too.

Back to Falseout--I mean, Truthout.

In an email fundraising appeal from Truthout's editor-in-chief, Maya Schenwar misinforms us. "A large group of neo-Nazis famously marched in Skokie in the 1970s, targeting Jews and other marginalized groups," she claims. Schenwar then mentions a 2000 Ku Klux Klan rally in Skokie that she witnessed. That one did occur. And it was a rally at a courthouse, not a march. Still, I guess some stuff you can make up.

The ACLU and I are right, Truthout's Schenwar is wrong. But the image of Nazis marching in a heavily Jewish suburb really tugs at the purse strings.

Always tell the truth when soliciting for cash. Wait, rewind. Always tell the truth.

From Doug Ross: 15 antifa photos you'll never see in the legacy media

President Donald J. Trump is right--there were some very bad people on both sides of the protests in Charlottesville. The white supremacists and the antifas have some bad hombres in their ranks.

From Doug Ross: 15 antifa photos you'll never see in the legacy media.

From Da Tech Guy, Series review: Broadchurch

I return to reviewing television shows for my weekly post at Da Tech Guy. Series review: Broadchurch.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Schoolhouse Rock: Shot Heard Round the World

With George Washington--the Father Of Our Country--is under attack in the United States, it's time to look back at happier times.

Yes, Washington is under attack in America--not North Korea.

Watch as Schoolhouse Rock looks back at Washington and the American Revolution.

Let Freedom Ring!

Ted Nugent: David Crosby can 'kiss my ass'

Recently Ted Nugent, the conservative rock icon, said that he isn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because he's on the board of directors for the National Rifle Assocication, which led leftist druggie David Crosby to reply on Twitter, "No the asshole just isn't good enough."

Nuge, a Fox News specialist replied, back the Crosby can "Kiss my ass."

Friday, August 18, 2017

Ex-Detroit union boss strikes plea deal after spending kickback money on booze, meals, and daughter's wedding

As with this other labor corruption story I blogged on today, here's another that the national media will ignore.

From the Detroit News:
The former head of Operating Engineers Local 324 struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors Friday, admitting he forced union workers and officials to pay kickbacks that he blew on booze, meals and his daughter’s wedding.

John Hamilton, 62, of Rivera Beach, Florida, reached the plea deal three weeks before he was scheduled to stand trial in federal court. Hamilton faces up to five years in federal prison and has agreed to pay $250,000 restitution to victims of the crime, prosecutors said Friday.

He will be sentenced Jan. 16 by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman.

Hamilton, who was indicted two years ago, admitted conspiring to violate the Hobbs Act with at least two other leaders of Detroit-based Local 324, which represents 18,000 heavy equipment and crane operators throughout the state.

"What did Abraham Lincoln do?" Tucker Carlson BLASTS lefties for vandalism

Once leftist revolutions begin--they always go further than anyone imagined.

Think France in 1789, Russia in 1917, and Cambodia in 1975.

Left-wing radicals in the United States are calling for the removal of statues honoring Confederate generals. But will they stop there? No. The Rev. Al Sharpton wants the Jefferson Memorial to be razed from the National Mall. Another pastor wants Chicago's Washington Park and Jackson Park to be renamed.

Also in Chicago, a bust of Abraham Lincoln, you know, the guy who free the slaves, was vandalized this week.

Tucker Carlson has more.

UAW bosses questioned on spending on shotgun, designer purses

Not surprisingly outside of Detroit this corruption story is getting little traction because of inherent media bias.

A shotgun?

From the Detroit News:
Federal agents probing a $4.5 million corruption scandal are investigating questionable spending by more leaders of the United Auto Workers, including pricey designer purses and a $2,180 shotgun bought with union training center funds, The Detroit News has learned.

The investigation has entangled current and former top UAW officials, including union Vice President Norwood Jewell, who received the shotgun as a birthday present in 2015 after the firearm was purchased with funds earmarked for blue-collar workers, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

The purchase is part of a broader pattern of personal spending by some board members at the UAW-Chrysler National Training Center, multiple sources told The News. The UAW said that Jewell didn’t know the shotgun was purchased with training center money.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chicago pastor suggests renaming Jackson Park for Jacko or Jesse

Jackson Park last fall
Bishop James Dukes, a black man who presumably is not related to white supremacist cretin David Dukes, wants the statue of George Washington at the northern end of Washington Park removed.

But that's not all, as CBS Chicago tells us.
The pastor also said President Andrew Jackson's name should be removed from nearby Jackson Park, because he also was a slave owner. He said he’s not necessarily asking the city rename the parks altogether. He suggested Washington Park could be named after former Mayor Harold Washington, and Jackson Park could be named after civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson or singer Michael Jackson.

Dukes said he’s not trying to erase history. He said black people should be able to decide who is and is not honored in their communities.
What a load of crap piled upon more crap. First of all, neighborhoods change and the area surrounding Washington and Jackson Park used to be as white as Mount Greenwood on the Southwest Side is now. And while the white, Asian, and Hispanic populations of Chicago are increasing, the African-American population of America's third-largest city is falling fast.

George Washington, not Harold Washington, is the Father of Our Country. When he died he freed his slaves.

As for Jackson, the first Democratic president--did you know that?--was the hero of the battle of the New Orleans who also was the first president who came from humble roots. Yes, Old Hickory was a slave owner. As for Jesse Jackson, the race hustler is a shakedown artist who is the patriarch of a family of losers--his half-brother Noah Robinson is serving a life sentence of extortion, racketeering, and murder. His son, former congressman Jesse Jr, is an ex-con, as is Junior's estranged wife, ex-Chicago alderman Sandi.

Michael Jackson? Really? No, really?!? The Gary, Indiana-born "Jacko" was a serial child molester.

We've fallen far as a people.

Video after Barcelona terror attack

There has been, according to authorities, a likely terrorist attack when a van killed at least two people in an area of Barcelona, Spain that is popular with tourists.

RTVE has video:

Alderman: Lincoln bust vandalized on Chicago's South Side

So it begins. Chicago Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th)  reports that an 81-year-old bust of Abraham Lincoln in the West Englewood neighborhood on the South Side was vandalized. Lopez doesn't say when this criminality occurred.

Removing statues of Robert E. Lee can easily lead to razing George Washington statues. President Trump is right. Sure, Washington was the Father of our Country, but he also owned slaves. Yes, Lincoln led the Union during the Civil War and he despised slavery, but his opinion on blacks for most of his life was arguably racist.

This week the Lincoln Memorial in Washington was vandalized with red spray paint and this message: "Fuck law."

Where does it end?

Chopper in Charlottesville crash was en route to support governor's motorcade, had prior mechanical problems

Blue Lives Matter flag in Chicago
Did you see some of these headlines about the Charlottesville tragedy?
As you know, a man who has shown sympathies to Nazism, James Alex Fields, Jr., has been arrested for killing a woman, Heather Heyer, when he allegedly rammed a group of protesters with his Dodge Challenger. Nineteen others were injured.

What about the other two deaths? A couple hours after the homicide in Charlottesville a helicopter crashed, killing two pilots with the Virginia State Police. Was their deaths, which occurred over three hours after Heyer's killing, directly tied to the rally?

The National Transportation Safety Board said in a statement on Monday that the purpose of the flight of the chopper was to provide a continuous video feed of activities on the ground. This was accomplished with multiple helicopters on Saturday, the day of the rally in Charlottesville.

The helicopter in the accident was a Bell 407 that was manufactured in 2000.

Officials say it departed Charlottesville airport around 3:54 p.m. and was over the downtown area by 4:04 p.m. and was engaged in mission-related activities there until 4:42 p.m. They then departed the area to provide support for a motorcade carrying Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.
Ah, at that point the cops were providing security coverage for McAuliffe.

Now, let's say there was a flood instead of a racist rally in Charlottesville. Would the media blame the pilots' tragic death on the flood? Maybe.

Let's say instead McAuliffe was in Charlottesville to dedicate a new bridge. Would the media blame the bridge?

On Tuesday it was reported that the chopper in the crash was severely damaged in 2010 during an emergency landing. The National Transportation Safety found that "the improper repair of an engine component by a repair facility" was the cause of that first incident.

Nazis and KKK members are scum. But hey there, mainstream media members--don't use them to distort the news.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Will the left demand blowing up Mount Rushmore?

Blogger with Little Marathon Pundit at Mount Rushmore
Why stop at tearing down statues of Confederate generals, leftist radicals are surely wondering. Raze statues of Founding Fathers and presidents who owned slaves, they'll demand soon, if they haven't already. Oh, wait, they have, at least in the case of the primary author of the Declaration of Independence.

And when the left-wingers are done with those stautes--and streets such as Washington Boulevard in Chicago and parks such as Jackson Square in New Orleans are renamed for Bill Ayers and Assata Skakur, "Let's blow up Mount Rushmore," they will cry out!

Two slaveholders, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, a suspected white supremacist, Theodore Roosevelt, and.Abraham Lincoln, a onetime racist, are carved into the mountain.

Did Amerigo Vespucci--remember, the full name of our nation is the United States of America--own slaves? If so should we pick a new name?

Tucker Carlson: If we erase the past, prepare for the consequences

Tucker Carlson raised some great points in his show last night, based on President Donald Trump's remark in his Trump Tower press conference, "Are statues of slave owners George Washington and Thomas Jefferson coming down next?"

Possibly. Two years ago Ashleigh Banfield mused on air about the possibility of razing the Jefferson Memorial. Last year hundreds of leftists called for the removal of a Theodore Roosevelt statue inside the American Natural History Museum because they say he was a racist.

Many of the Founding Fathers were slaveholders. Does that make the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution, and the Bill of Rights illegetimate?

Some leftists, Carlson says here, claim hate speech, whatever that may be, should not be protected. The point of course of freedom of speech is to protect unpopular speech.

But hate speech to them, in my opinion, is speech that leftists don't agree with.

Tucker delivered a tour de force last night.

Gingrich: Elite media, left-wing Dems represent a big lie

Most of the political violence in the United States this year has come from the left, Newt Gingrich tells Sean Hannity here.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Leftist Chicago alderman running for guv picks mayor of tiny decaying town as his running mate

Downtown Cairo in 2008
Yes, I haven't been there for nine years but I have no reason believe that Cairo, Illinois hasn't gotten worse. Today Chicago alderman and leftist Democrat Ameya Pawar, who is running for governor, chose Cairo's mayor, Tyrone Coleman, to be his running mate.

Calling Cairo a mini-Detroit is an insult to Detroit--I've been to both towns. Parts of Detroit are on the rebound, Cairo's destiny is rubble, it will be a Pompeii without the volcanic eruption.

And what does Pawar think that Coleman brings to the table for his ticket? Cairo has just 2,800 residents. Over 12 million people live in Illinois.

Oh, here is one of my posts on the little town located where the Ohio and Mississippi rivers meet: Cairo, Illinois--Slum Town.

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Cairo IL: Housing bureaucrats live well while residents suffer in "third world" conditions

Josh Thompson video of "Way Out Here," filmed in Cairo, Illinois

Taxwinkle's soda tax now under attack from Illinois Liquor Commission

Toni "Taxwinkle" Preckwinkle's hated soda tax is under attack from a surprising source, the Illinois Liquor Commission. Last week news broke that the federal government may withhold $87 in funds because of the way Crook County handles refunds on the tax when food stamps are used to purchase sugary drinks.

Let's review: The people of Cook County detest the tax and the state and federal governments have problems with it. You know, it's pretty clear that Taxwinkle's pop tax is a wretched idea, although it's the predictable result of nearly five decades of Democratic control in the county.

From Crain's Chicago Business (paid subscription required):
Cook County is in hot water with yet another government agency over its pop tax, this time the Illinois Liquor Control Commission.

In a letter to Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, the commission wrote that even though the tax on sweetened beverages excludes alcohol, many of the wholesalers to which it applies distribute both kinds of products and therefore have to deal with the tax complications of the county's new levy. As a result, it "may lead to practices that violate the Illinois Liquor Control Act."

"ILCC is concerned that the unintended consequences of the refund and credit procedure for the sweetened beverage tax would result in ongoing, continuous violations of existing law," commission Executive Director Donovan Borvan wrote. Other difficulties he cited include "extreme costs of enforcement and audit, and the potential for mandatory denial of deliveries to retailers."
There is a group that loves the sweetened beverage tax-retailers in located just outside of Cook County.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Chiraq:10 killed and at least 33 wounded over weekend

While news of the ramming death of a counterprotester woman at a Charlottesville, Virginia white supremacist rally dominated the news, the people of Chicago continued to slaughter each other.

Nine people were shot to death and at least 33 others were wounded over the weekend. Also, there was a stabbing death.

The shooting deaths occurred on the South and West sides, and among them a double murder stands out. Two men were gunned down while walking up the stairs of a church in Austin. That West Side neighborhood is Chicago's homicide capital.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Modern English: I Melt With You

Nuclear war, because of the missile rattling of that fat brat misruling North Korea, Kim Jong Un, is a real threat in America for the first time since the west won the Cold War.

Here's a Cold War nuclear war song from Modern English, "I Melt With You."

Friday, August 11, 2017

(Photo) Soda taxed in Crook County at 42 percent

Mrs. Marathon Pundit was shopping at the Dollar Tree today. While strolling the aisles she came across this display of AriZona Iced Tea, which was, wait for it, selling for one dollar.

But after the penny-per-ounce Cook County sugary drink tax is added, that $1 bottle becomes a $1.42 bottle of iced tea. That's a 42 percent rate. Oh, that doesn't include the nearly ten percent sales tax.

Nearly five decades of Democratic misrule in Crook County is showing bearing its predictable fruit. Cook County Board President Toni "Taxwkinkle" Preckwinkle needs to be banished from public life along with the supervisors--all Democrats--who voted for the hated soda tax.

Trump on Twitter says USA "locked and loaded" on North Korea

This is language the North Koreans will understand:
"Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!"

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Taxwinkle's soda tax could cost Illinois $87 million in food stamp funds

If it was a Republican who rammed the hugely unpopular soda tax down the throats of Crook County residents you'd see liberals like Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the establishment media howling as if Donald Trump was re-elected. Especially since food stamps for the 900,000 county residents who receive them might be in jeopardy. The "starving kids" of the Chicago area would be the lead story on CNN and MSNBC for days.

Cue the somber music. Preferably something from Sarah McLachlan.

But Cook County hasn't had a Republican president leading the board of supervisors in 50 years. And the current one is a leftist Democrat, Toni "Taxwinkle" Preckwinkle.

From WGN-TV:
The federal government is threatening to withhold about $87 million in food stamp funds from the state of Illinois if Cook County doesn’t alter the manner in which the penny-an-ounce tax on sweetened beverages has been implemented, officials said Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is objecting to how the tax is applied to purchases using food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It says the county must take "immediate steps" to become compliant, adding no taxes can be collected until the problem is solved.

Cook County officials told retailers that purchases made with food stamp benefits are exempt from the soda tax under federal law. However, it allows retailers to tax those purchases and provide refunds as a workaround for stores that haven;t been able to properly update their point-of-sale systems.

The Agriculture Department on Monday warned the Illinois Department of Human Services in a letter that the refund system violates federal law and money could be withheld.
The sugary drink tax was passed in November, Preckwinkle cast the tie-breaking vote. No Republican voted for it. And the county was warned by the feds last month that is was non-compliant. To be fair, soda should not be covered, in my opinion at least, by food stamps. Remember--the "N" in SNAP stands for nutrition.

But let's not forget, this tax is "for the kids." It has nothing to do with revenue.

(PragerU Video) College Made Me A Conservative

Jay Stephens, who put herself into tens-of-thousands of dollars of debt to finance her education, which is reality was a failed attempt by leftist professors to indoctrinate her.

After graduating with a useless degree she still managed to get a job--where she learned how the real world works.

Sadly, many of her former stoner pals from college are working in politics.

Simple reason why the Toyota-Mazda plant won't be in Illinois

1997 Toyota Celica
Illinois is among eleven states reportedly under consideration for a massive Toyota-Mazda plant that will employ 4,000 people.

Here's that rundown, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News:
Besides Texas — Toyota’s new North American headquarters — other states on the companies' shortlist are Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina, The [Wall Street] Journal reported, citing unnamed sources familiar with the potential investment. Those sources also said the manufacturing facility would require at least 1,000 acres of land.
Except for Illinois, these states have one thing in common--they are right-to-work states, meaning "closed shop" union workplaces are banned.

There are no fully-unionized foreign automobile plants in the United States. There was one, a Mitsubishi factory in Normal, Illinois--the United Auto Workers were put in place because the facility was originally a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Chrysler. It closed in 2015.

There are 28 right-to-work states--that number is growing. Every state that borders Illinois--as well as Michigan--are right-to-work places.

Illinois represents the past. And the Toyota-Mazda plant won't be in Illinois.

You heard it here first.

As if forced-unionization wasn't enough, Illinois has other serious drawbacks such as high personal and corporate income tax rates--some states don't even have state income taxes--as well as runaway pension debt, topped off by a dysfunctional state government exemplified by Boss Michael Madigan of Chicago, the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party and the longest serving state House speaker in history.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

(PragerU Video) The War On Cars

The left hates cars, particularly individual ownership of internal combustion engine cars. As a car owner, I can drive anywhere at anytime I want--as long as there is a road. You can't do that with airplanes, trains, or buses. And automobile-free zones are beginning to pop up in left-wing cities such as Seattle.

 I drove all over the north woods last month. There is no bus route for such a trip.

As for fully-electric cars, they are beyond affordability for most families, they take hours to charge--you can't go anywhere at anytime, and they are hard on the environment. The rare earth minerals needed for those cars batteries are mined--and a lot of energy is used to do so. And disposing of these batteries presents a toxic risk.

In this PragerU video, Lauren Fix, "The Car Coach," explains.

Taxwinkle abandons $17 million lawsuit against opponents of her soda tax

Illinois' answer to thug leader Hugo Chavez, Cook County Board President Toni "Taxwinkle" Preckwinkle," apparently suffered a rare spell of reality.

From the Daily Herald:
Cook County leaders are withdrawing a suit seeking $17 million in damages from a retailers organization that delayed a controversial "soda tax" by filing a legal challenge.

The county had claimed that was the amount of lost revenue from the monthlong delay in putting the tax in place, but its move against the Illinois Retail Merchants Association was criticized by a judge who said he was troubled by the "chilling effect" on any future challenges to the county.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

PragerU Video: Taxes Are Killing Small Businesses

Two-thirds of all new jobs come from small businesses. So why is government taxing them do death?

PolitiFact Illinois insults Illinois Policy Institute over TRUE soda tax ruling

Who checks the fact checkers, such as PolitiFact, the supposedly unbiased--it's not--detector of truth?

Well, I do.

PolitiFact leans left and so does the Illinois version of it. That edition is co-sponsored by the Better Government Association.

In an article about the massively unpopular Cook County sales tax, Politifact Illinois turns it into a story about the Illinois Policy Institute, a free market organization that favors low taxes and fewer government regulations.

What's not to like about Illinois Policy?

Take a look at this snarky headline in the PoltiFact article about the sugary drink tax: Chicago soda tax throws a batting practice fastball to Illinois Policy Institute. And it jabs Illinois Policy for positioning "the drink tax in a consumer unfriendly light." Didn't I just say the tax is extremely unpopular? In a recent poll, 87 percent of respondents in Cook County said that they oppose the soda tax.

PolitiFact seems upset about that that "unfriendly light" from Illinois Policy. Why isn't it angry about the soda tax?
As soft drink consumers and sellers came to grips with the new charges, the libertarian Illinois Policy Institute – never a fan of any tax, and a particularly harsh critic of the tax habits of Cook County and Chicago – framed the drink tax in a consumer unfriendly light.

"The new tax will make soda sold in Chicago among the most expensive in the country," the institute said in a tweet and in the headline of an article on its website.

That is a little like proclaiming the sun rises in the east, but given intense public interest in the soda tax we thought it was a worth a look anyway.
Politifact Illinois is shameless even though it ruled Illinois Policy Institute's Twitter claim as "True."

Bias. Plain and simple.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Poll: 87 percent of Cook County residents oppose Taxwinkle's soda tax

The great majority of Cook County, Illinois residents aren't as daft as I thought. Yes, there is hope for the future! According to a poll taken last week by We Ask America, 87 percent of respondents say they oppose Toni "Taxwinkle" Preckwinkle's sugary drink tax. Just 12 percent support it and only one percent are undecided.

As for the fatuous claim the the Crook County Board president that the tax is about the health of Chicagoans and inner suburbanites, only 11 percent of those responding are falling for Taxwinkle's lie.

(Photos) Gay, Michigan

As most people know, gay used to exclusively mean "happy." Then came the 1960s.

Gay is an unincorporated town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, it has about 60 residents. The Keweenaw County town was named for Joseph E. Gay, an executive with the Mohawk Mining Company. On the left is the smokestack for the former Mohawk Stamp Mill, which we'll be seeing a lot of here.

The stamp mill was a messy operation. Operating from 1898 until 1932, it separated copper from rocks, grinding those rocks into sand with the aid of copious amounts of water from Lake Superior. The waste rock was dumped into the lake. That's the way it was done in the good old days.

The keystone reads "1927."

There is the Gay sand.

Where there is Gay sand there is a Gay beach. Yeah, I'm not sure that wooden structure is either. A onetime pier?

This beach is more inviting--but the water of Lake Superior is never warm enough for most people's constitutions.

"The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity." Ecclesiastes 1:1-2.

In the early 20th century 25 percent of our nation's copper was mined in the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The last copper mine on the Keweenaw closed in 1968. The Upper Peninsula has one one mine currently operating, a copper and nickel project near Marquette.

Among the birch and spruce trees the non-native spotted knapweed has found a home in the stamp mill ruins.

While the Village People had a police officer among its members, they didn't have fire fighter. But Gay has a fire department. The town was quite crowded, on small town standards, because of the Gay Fire Department Auxiliary Sale and Bazaar that was held on the Saturday we visited.

Sadly, structures like the old Gay School aren't built anymore.

Gay has one business and it's called...

...yes, it's called the Gay Bar.

Hey, the town has a sense of humor.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Bob Dylan: Tangled Up In Blue

Two weeks ago Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I were up in the north woods--in Michigan and Wisconsin.

There aren't too many songs about this norther part of flyover country, but here's one, Bob Dylan's "Tangled Up In Blue."

But Dylan being Dylan, in this performance he changes the bit about "a job in the great north woods" to something about Santa Fe.

Still, this is one of Dylan's greatest songs--and he's had many of them.

Friday, August 04, 2017

Trump Weekly Address 8/4/17

President Donald J. Trump speaks of economic progress in his latest weekly address as American Dream Week winds down and the Dow Jones is at an all time high and the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low.

"Prosperity is coming back to our shores because we're putting American workers and families first," the president said. "The American dream has always been about doing what we love and doing it for the people we love. Whether serving in the armed forces, manufacturing goods, or starting a small business, our citizens pursue their aspirations and approve the lives of millions in countless, countless ways."

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Crook County: Anti-free speech Toni Taxwinkle suing anti-tax group for $17 million

I live in Illinois' Cook County whose board president, Toni "Taxwinkle" Preckwinkle, is suing a group that is opposed to the latest of her tax schemes.

Preckwinkle, a former Chicago alderman, is a leftist Democrat who has entertained running for mayor.

From Crain's Chicago Business--paid subscription required:
In an action a judge said could have "a chilling effect" on government and citizens' rights, county attorneys are seeking $17 million in damages from the Illinois Retail Merchants Association, the group that, with a couple of co-plaintiffs, won a temporary restraining order delaying the levy by about a month.

Preckwinkle spokesman Frank Shuftan says seeking damages is appropriate: "Actions have consequences."

He added in an email: "The financial damage to the county as a result of this delay is projected at more than $20 million. . . .The county has every right to be made whole as a result of the judge's ruling upholding the ordinance and removing the TRO."

But Tanya Triche Dawood, general counsel for IRMA, said the group is not backing off and will pursue an appeal to reinstate the ban on the levy, which imposes a penny-an-ounce tax on soda pop and most other sweetened drinks.
Taxwinkle is a monster. This lawsuit is something you'd expect in Venezuela. Crook County residents are possibly finally waking up to the perils of one-party Democratic rule. Preckwinkle unseated unpopular incumbent Todd Stroger in 2010 in that year's Democratic primary--she ran on repealing a one-percent income tax hike Stroger and the Board of Supervisors put in place in 2008. The tax was phased out, but Preckwinkle and her Democratic lackeys on that board brought it back in 2015. That tax, as with the soda tax, is to pay for lavish but underfunded county employee pensions and to fund county-run Stroger Hospital, widely known as Cook County Hospital. That 464-bed facility, named after Todd Stroger's father, is popular among the county's large population of illegal aliens.

Cook County is a sanctuary county.

In 2014 Taxwinkle ran unopposed in the general election. Cook County hasn't had a Republican as board president in nearly 50 years.

Liberalism is very expensive.

As for myself, I'm often in Lake County. When I'm there I top off my gas tank and buy groceries.

Last month Illinoisans were clobbered with a huge income tax hike. Chicagoans pay the nation's highest sales tax rate.

Yet Crook County, Chicago, and Illinois are broke.

(Photo) Trump bus parked on a front lawn

While in Red State America last month, specifically Eagle River, Wisconsin, I discovered a successful recycling project for the Donald J. Trump campaign.

Not only is there a Trump Train, there is a Trump Bus.

Wednesday, August 02, 2017

(Video) JB Pritzker covers up history of exploiting labor

JB Pritzker, the billionaire heir of the Hyatt Hotels fortune, is busy burnishing his labor credentials now that he's running for governor of Illinois as a Democrat. But didn't Hyatt turn on the heat lamps of union protesters during a picket at one of their hotels? On a hot day?

Hyatt sure did.

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ObamaCare price hikes in Illinois could top 43 percent

Remember, the formal name of ObamaCare is the Affordable Care Act.

As for the long-suffering people of Illinois who have to cope with rampant crime, high taxes, and runaway public employee pension costs, add this problem.

Illinoisans seeking health insurance on the Obamacare exchange could see premium rates increase more than 40 percent.

The Chicago Tribune reports proposed rates from various insurers released Tuesday range from an increase of 5.4 to 43 percent.

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

PragerU Video: Why Did the Democratic South Become Republican?

Carol Swain, a political science professor at Vanderbilt, overturns several myths about how the GOP won the South in this PragerU video.

Billionaire tax-avoider Pritzker says he will lead Illinois resistance to Trump

Trump sign last year in
Palos Heights, IL
JB Pritzker, the Chicago billionaire scion of the founder of the Hyatt chain who is running for the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor, says of President Donald J. Trump, "I'm proud to be part of the resistance."

And as governor he vows to lead the resistance to the president.

What an ass. Sure, Trump fared poorly last year in the Chicago area against Hillary Clinton, but the president prevailed in 91 of Illinois' 102 counties.

Hey Pritzker: Many people in Illinois are enthusiastic supporters of Trump.

Pritzker, who lives in a mansion on Chicago's Gold Coast, purchased the mansion next to his, let it deteriorate, then successfully appealed his Cook County tax property assessment because he lived next to a rundown home. In 2008 JB, while it was quite clear then-Governor Rod Blagojevich was under federal investigation, asked Blago to appoint him as state treasurer.

Illinois does not need another schemer and scammer as governor.

What this state needs is someone to continue to resist Democratic Party Boss Michael Madigan, who has been speaker of the state House for 32 of the last 34 years. Madigan is the undertaker of Illinois and it will be bad-business-as-usual with Pritzker in charge.

And let's says Pritzker becomes governor. Will he still be "leading the resistance" if an Illinois town is destroyed by a tornado and federal disaster aid is needed?

Yep, Pritzker is an ass.

Chiraq soars past 400 murders, on pace to exceed 2016

Chicago suffered through a brutal July--74 murdered--and the city is now on pace to surpass 2016's shocking number of murders. Last year 762 people were murdered in Chicago, which was more than New York and Los Angeles combined. The year before 468 people were slain in Chiraq.

The only major city losing population is Chicago.

Chicago now has seen 402 killings this year so far.