Friday, September 22, 2017

Thug charged with hate crime for vandalizing pro-Trump mayor's home

I hate Illinois antifas.

The mayor of Bolingbrook, which is a far-southwest suburb of Chicago, is a supporter of President Donald J. Trump. The suspect is charged with spray-painting anarchist logos--presumably the circle-A symbol--and swastikas on her mayor's home. My guess is she didn't vote for him--the accused probably didn't vote at all.

From ABC 7 Chicago:
Rachel M. Tuszynski, 30, of the 200-block of Coral Court in southwest suburban Bolingbrook, confessed to vandalizing Mayor Roger Claar's home, driveway and the public sidewalk with spray paint, police said.

Officers discovered the damage around 7 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators quickly identified the suspect and arrested her later the same day, police said.

Tuszynski was charged with a hate crime, two counts of threatening a public official, criminal damage to property, criminal damage to government-supported property and criminal defacement of public property, all felonies. She was also charged with criminal defacement and theft, both misdemeanors.
Now Bolingbrook has someone else to be ashamed of besides wife-killing cop Drew Peterson.

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(PragerU Video) Why Self-Esteem Is Self-Defeating

"See, that's the whole point of self esteem," author and columnist Matt Walsh says in this PragerU video, "to be proud of yourself even when there is no reason to be proud of yourself."

Or to paraphrase Syndrome in The Indredibles, "If everyone is super then no one is."


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Obama UN ambassador was on "unmasking" binge in 2016

The lamestream media, the Washington Compost, the New York Slimes, and the Clinton News Network is ignoring this disturbing story.

From Fox News:
Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was 'unmasking' at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016 – and even sought information in the days leading up to President Trump’s inauguration, multiple sources close to the matter told Fox News.

Two sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record, said the requests to identify Americans whose names surfaced in foreign intelligence reporting, known as unmasking, exceeded 260 last year. One source indicated this occurred in the final days of the Obama White House.

The details emerged ahead of an expected appearance by Power next month on Capitol Hill. She is one of several Obama administration officials facing congressional scrutiny for their role in seeking the identities of Trump associates in intelligence reports – but the interest in her actions is particularly high.

(Video) Trump issues executive order against North Korea

There is fabulous news today. President Donald J. Trump issued an executive order "against this criminal rogue regime" and it targets individuals and companies that choose to work with the Norks.

Even better, the Chinese central bank is encouraging other ChiComm banks to abstain from engaging with North Koreans.

John Roberts of Fox News has more.


From Time: Divided Democratic Party Debates Its Future as 2020 Looms

Time, one of those Trump-hating news sites, actually performed some real journalism as it discusses the collapse of the Dems: Divided Democratic Party Debates Its Future as 2020 Looms.

Despite high murder rate, onerous taxes, and declining population, Chicago activist claims "soul of city" at stake with Obama library

Abandoned home on
the South Side
Chicago has much deeper problems than the handing out of any goodies in regards to the Barack Obama Presidential Library construction project on the South Side. As I've mentioned many times before, Chicago suffers more murders than New York and Los Angeles--combined. Taxes keep climbing, for instance, Chicagoans pay the nation's highest sales tax rate. Not surprisingly, Chicago is the only major American city losing population.

But what about the library?

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
About 300 residents packed a South Side auditorium Wednesday night to demand that the promise of jobs, economic development and other benefits of the Obama presidential library center be put in writing.

The activists and residents want a community benefits agreement, something many say will protect the neighborhoods and people the center may displace.

"The soul of our city is at stake," said Jay Travis, of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization. “Will Chicago be home to all people regardless of race and income or will we sit back and watch city government systematically remove us?"
As I noted above, people are removing themselves already.



On this day in 1937: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit published

The world was made safer for hairy-footed short people in Middle-Earth and beyond on this day 80 years ago. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien was published.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

(PragerU) Are Some Cultures Better than Others?

In his speech in July in Warsaw, President Donald J. Trump spoke proudly of western civilization.
We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers. We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honor God. We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression.
And in this latest PragerU video, Dinesh D'Souza asks, "Are some cultures better than others?"

Yes.



Post soda tax: Cook County pop sales plummet

Keep up the good work, my fellow patriots. if you live, as I do, in Crook County, Illinois, don't buy soda pop here. Abstain or drive outside the county to make your sweetened beverage purchases.

Punish Toni Taxwinkle as she uses our tax dollars to build her socialist empire.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Some retailers have seen their beverage sales decline by around 47 percent, according to numbers released to Can the Tax Coalition from the county's retailers.

The coalition, which receives funding from the American Beverage Association, teamed up with stores from the Illinois Food Retailers Association. Of the 32 stores that opted to share sales data with the coalition, 24 said that they had experienced sales declines of more than 20 percent. Thirteen of the retailers reported declines of more than 30 percent, and five said that their beverage sales have declined by 40 percent or more with the highest reported at 47 percent.

Some retailers have seen their beverage sales decline by around 47 percent, according to numbers released to Can the Tax Coalition from the county's retailers.

The coalition, which receives funding from the American Beverage Association, teamed up with stores from the Illinois Food Retailers Association. Of the 32 stores that opted to share sales data with the coalition, 24 said that they had experienced sales declines of more than 20 percent. Thirteen of the retailers reported declines of more than 30 percent, and five said that their beverage sales have declined by 40 percent or more with the highest reported at 47 percent.

(Video) Stopping the money flow to North Korea

One way to destroy the North Korean government is to kill off the money supply, including limiting the number of guest workers that come from there. Most of their pay goes to the rogue regime.

Heather Nauert explains in this Fox Business clip.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bolton on Trump UN speech: Best of his presidency

President Donald J. Trump gave a magnificent speech at the United Nations this morning, one that former UN ambassador John Bolton called the best of his presidency.

Trump slammed socialism, dictatorships, North Korea, and Iran.

Make the World Great Again.


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1962 pink Pontiac Tempest

Pictured here is a highly-customized 1962 Pontiac Tempest in pink--with a purple roof.

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Trump at UN vows to "totally destroy North Korea" if USA forced to defend itself

A new sheriff is in town. One who doesn't threaten rogue states with more UN Security Council gatherings.

It's about time.

From CNNwire:
President Donald Trump warned Tuesday that the US would "totally destroy North Korea" if forced to defend itself or its allies.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," Trump said during his first address to the UN General Assembly.

"It is time for North Korea to realize that its denuclearization is its only responsible future," Trump said.

Trump also warned that Kim Jong Un — whom he again referred to as "rocket man" — "is on a suicide mission for himself."

Monday, September 18, 2017

Trump UN speech will be a yuge one

An even better Donald J. Trump speech to the UN would be for one of New York's biggest landlords to tell the expensive debating club, "You're evicted."

Well, he can always do that next year.

From Yahoo!
President Trump will use his maiden speech to the U.N. General Assembly to condemn Iran, call for global action on North Korea, and unapologetically defend his nationalistic "America First" stance before wary world leaders, administration officials said.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is skipping the annual diplomatic crush in New York, but Trump will at least implicitly criticize Beijing in his Tuesday speech for not doing enough to tighten an economic vise on North Korea.

Trump "will speak in extremely tough terms about the North Korean menace and the threat it poses to our security and the security of all the nations in that room," a senior White House official told reporters. "And he will talk about, as well, the enablement of the North Korean regime and what that means too.:

It's not clear whether the president, who has repeatedly denounced President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, will declare whether he intends to certify that Tehran is complying with the deal by an Oct. 15 deadline. But he will deliver a message aimed at the Islamic republic’s people, the official said.

#Chiraq: 10 dead and at least 31 shot over weekend as city records 500th homicide

Over this past weekend Chicago recorded its 500th homicide. For the weekend there ten people were shot to death and at least 31 others were wounded.

Among those murdered over the weekend were a group of four people killed, including a pregnant woman, by a high-powered rifle in Brighton Park on the Southwest Side. Three of the dead were documented gang members. There were three other Southwest Side murders.

Other murders include three in South Shore on the South Side and one in Austin on the West Side.




Saturday, September 16, 2017

Classic car: 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood

In the 1980s Cadillacs were as big as aircraft carriers. And their engines were just as powerful too.

Here's a 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood.


(Video) Barney Fife tries to recite the preamble to the Constitution

Tomorrow marks the 230th anniversary of the signing of the US Constitution.

In a rare lighter turn here at Marathon Pundit, watch as Barney Fife struggles with preamble to the Constitution in this classic clip from the Andy Griffith Show.

Barney, on the other hand, knows more about the Constitution than most college graduates today.



President Donald Trump Weekly Address 9/15/17

President Donald J. Trump spoke of Americans coming together as we aid those effected by Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

And he also commended our brilliant Founding Fathers.

"This week the United States celebrates the 230th Anniversary of the signing of our remarkable Constitution," Trump tells us.

"The fifty-five Delegates to the Grand Convention in Philadelphia met from May to September of 1787, he reminds his fellow Americans. "They gave us an incredible gift: a vision of the sovereign and self-governing people to control their own affairs. And they gave us a constitutional system that protected our liberties by enshrining the Rule of Law."


Friday, September 15, 2017

2017 Honda Civic Type R in black

There is your much-admired Blogger Laureate of Illinois with a rare Honda Type R 2017 Civic in black--with black and red interior.


(PragerU) If You Live in Freedom, Thank the British Empire

Sure the British Empire was hardly perfect, my ancestors who emigrated from Ireland would have even a stronger opinion on that, but if you live in a free nation, you can thank the British.

Author H.W. Crocker explains in the latest PragerU video.

The Brits were well ahead of the curve in abolishing slavery and former British colonies are much more likely to be democracies, unlike those of France, Portugal, or Belgium.




Another terror attack in London, Islamic State celebrates

This is the fifth terror ISIS terror attack to strike Great Britain this year.

From the Daily Mail:
Police are today hunting for the 'bucket bomber' who tried to blow up a rush hour Tube train amid claims the terror suspect is armed with knives and may have left other devices.

The crude IED could have killed dozens but failed to properly detonate and sent a 'wall of fire' through the carriage injuring at least 22 people including a ten-year-old boy.

Terrified passengers were seen covered in blood with scorched hands, legs, faces and hair – others suffered crush injuries during a 'human stampede' as they 'ran for their lives' at Parsons Green station in west London at 8.20am.

Photographs show what experts believe is a 'pretty unsophisticated' bomb in a flaming white bucket inside a Lidl freezer bag with Christmas lights protruding out of the top - a type of fuse encouraged by ISIS in its online manuals and magazines.
The Islamic State is celebrating the subway bombing.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

ILL-inois: Ex-supt Wyllie outsmarted by feds, indicted for fraud

Lincoln-Way Central
Marching Band
This guy Wyllie is a model educator for corrupt Illinois. Really, I mean it.

And I don't believe the feds are finished with Lincoln-Way schools. Wyllie couldn't have possibly have been acting alone.

But don't forget--that property tax money, that bond revenue, it's "for the kids." Oh, and a dog training school. Maybe Lincoln-Way students should be believed when they tell teachers, "A dog ate my homework."

Too bad Wylie is 79--if found guilty he won't get a Rod Blagojevich-type 14 year sentence.

From the Daily Southtown:
Lawrence Wyllie, the former Lincoln-Way superintendent who led the south suburban district into academic prominence, then set it on a course of fiscal ruin, has been charged with fraud.

Federal prosecutors allege Wyllie, 79, hid the "true financial health" of Lincoln-Way High School District 210 by misusing millions in bond money and fraudulently spent school district funds on personal projects, including Superdog, a dog-training school he ordered built.

Wyllie also pocketed more than $30,000 in unused vacation days and a retirement bonus he wasn't entitled to, prosecutors charged.

In 1989, Wyllie became Lincoln-Way superintendent and oversaw the district's expansion from a single school in New Lenox to four different campuses before retiring in 2013. Educators across the state considered Wyllie a leader in school finance and praised Lincoln-Way for its high achievement while spending less per pupil than most other districts.
But as Will Farrell famously said to a department store Santa Claus, the autocratic and egomaniacal Wyllie was "sitting on a throne of lies."

And to think just this afternoon I was wondering myself, "It's been months since there has been a juicy ILL-inois public corruption indictment." Well, the drought is over.

Wyllie is collecting a $300,000 annual pension.


Steyn: Hillary is like 'O.J. looking for real killers'

Like O.J. Simpson and his search for the "real killers" of his ex-wife, Hillary Clinton needs to look no further then the reflection in her mirror.

Mark Steyn explains.


Hey Washington Post: All White House press secretaries lie for their boss

Whether it's Pierre Salinger (John F. Kennedy), Ron Ziegler (Richard M. Nixon), or Dee Dee Myers (Bill Clinton), all White House press secretaries lie for their boss, who is the president of the United States. All of them. Someone needs to let the man child who writes for The Fix blog for the Washington Post, Callum Borchers, about this reality of falsehood. Read his post if you must: Sean Spicer basically admitted that he was willing to lie for Trump,

Where does the Washington Compost find these writers? Probably at the so-called elite colleges and universities.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

IG: Crook County Jail school in Chicago falsifying credits and attendance

Fire the principal? How 'bout pressing charges against her? For fraud, misuse of taxpayer funds...

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
The alternative high school operated by the Chicago Public Schools inside the Cook County Jail has been falsifying credits and attendance for hundreds of students for years, cheating some of the city’s most at-risk students of an education, CPS’ inspector general has found.

In a report Tuesday detailing a litany of academic fraud, Inspector General Nicholas Schuler called the York Alternative High School at 2700 S. California “a credit mill.” Schuler is urging CPS to fire its principal, Sharnette Sims.

York has routinely granted attendance and course credit to students who already had left the jail or been moved to solitary confinement, where they couldn’t attend classes, according to Schuler. In one case, he said, a student who had gotten out of jail and was killed a week later was still being listed as attending class despite being dead, Schuler found.

Laura Ingraham: Trump exposed the Clintons for who they are

Laura Ingraham tells Sean Hannity here that Donald Trump exposed the Clintons for what they really are--amoral.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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Trump approval numbers rising

While his disapproval numbers are higher than his approval ones, Donald J. Trump didn't need high ones of the latter to win the presidency.

Still, this latest poll is good news from the president.

From AOL:
After suffering from depressed approval ratings during the summer, President Donald Trump just saw one of his biggest poll bumps in recent months.

According to the latest Rasmussen daily tracking poll, Trump's approval rating currently hit 44 percent on Monday after cresting to 46 percent late last week. That's the highest approval rating he's seen in that survey since early June, and up about eight points from his low of 36 percent in early August when his approval dropped below former President Barack Obama's threshold.

The latest poll also shows 55 percent of likely U.S. voters disapprove of Trump's job performance, with 45 percent strongly disapproving and 27 percent strongly approving.

Former Obama and Clinton official Panetta praises Trump admin’s response to hurricanes

Watch as Leon Panetta, who held multiple posts with the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations, praise the work of the Donald J. Trump administration in response to hurricanes Harvey and Irma.


Monday, September 11, 2017

(Photos) Moraine Hills State Park

On the Sunday before Labor Day Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I visited Moraine Hills State Park near McHenry, Illinois.


There's your beloved Blogger Laureate of Illinois.


And there is the First Lady of Illinois Bloggerdom.

But what about those flowers?


If yellow is your favorite color--it's mine--then late summer and early autumn are for you. Yellow wildflowers dominate prairie landscapes this time of year in the Midwest. Pictured are woodland sunflowers.


It's not September without goldenrod. Sunflowers and goldrenrod are the dominant flowers this time of year in northern Illinois.


The common evening primrose is an aberration. Its blooms are open from evening until early morning, not the other way around as many other flowering plants do it. Also, it takes two years for the common evening primrose to flower, so please don't pick the flowers!


Lake and McHenry counties in Illinois have many glacial lakes. This one, Lake Defiance, is one of the few that have not encountered development. It was formed when a large chunk of ice broke away from a glacier.


Here's a closeup of those lily pads.


Yes, Illinois has hills and what would Moraine Hills be without them? Moraines are glacial features, they consist of dirt and boulders left behind when the glaciers retreated.


I'm not sure if there are dead green ash trees past the goldenrod but they are deceased all the same.


Now we move to purple wildflowers. Above is fall phlox.


Those are New England asters.


With this lavender beauty, you twist a bloom one way, it turns back. You twist it another way, it still turns back. That's why it's called the obedient plant. But shouldn't it be instead called the disobedient plant?


Illinois doesn't have any mountains, so the America The Beautiful "purple mountains majesty" won't be found in the Prairie State. But we have purple fields.


There are wetlands at Moraine Hills.


That's Yellow Head March, named for the Yellow-head blackbird which are said to live there. We didn't see any.


And with a bit of shadow you see Pikes Marsh.


Until this summer I hadn't seen a great blue lobelia, also known  as the blue cardinal plant. Now I've seen it twice.


The orange jewelweed should be, in my opinion, called the mosquito flower. Every time I get near its tiny blossoms to bake a picture I get attacked by these bloodsucking nuisances.


Illinois' man-made disaster is its budget debacle. The Land of Lincoln spends more than it takes in and it has one of the worst-funded public pension systems of the 50 states. So of course we end up with spots like this, Opossum Run. Nearby, in a parking lot nearby that is open, I saw the only water fountain--it was broken--other than the one at the visitors center, which was closed. Near Pikes Marsh a wooden staircase is blocked off because an oak tree fell on it. The dead tree has been there for weeks, maybe months. What would Abraham Lincoln think?



A clump of smooth sumac seeds is called a bob. You can look it up!


Mrs. Marathon Pundit in the woods.


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Chiraq: 5 dead and at least 31 wounded over weekend

Roseland in 2016, near the murder
sites
Unless you live in Roseland on the Far South Side it was a relatively quiet weekend in Chicago, five people shot to death and and at least 31 others wounded. But four of those murders occurred in Roseland. A triple homicide took place at 114th and Yates. Less than a mile away a man was fatally gunned down at 111th and Michigan.

Chiraq's other weekend murder happened in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, which is also on the South Side.

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Trump Weekly Address 9/8/17

Once again, President Donald J. Trump addresses natural disasters in his weekly address.

"This is a storm of absolutely historic destructive potential," Trump says. "I ask everyone in the storm's path to be vigilant and to heed all recommendations from government officials and law enforcement."

"Nothing is more important than the safety and security of our people," he continues. "We are doing everything we can to help with disaster preparations and when the time comes we will restore, recover and rebuild together as Americans."


Hugh Laurie: Swanee River

Florida's state song is "Old Folks At Home," more popularly known as "Swanee River." It was one of the better known songs by America's first composer of popular tunes, or should I say, pop music. That writer was of course Stephen Foster.

The original lyrics are racist by the contemporary definition, but they've been cleaned up for modern ears. Much of Foster's work was written for blackface minstrel shows. In the 19th-century this was mainstream entertainment.

We've progressed a great deal since then.

Still, I feel that Florida before long will be compelled to chose a new state song.

Here is, Hugh Laurie, the accomplished British actor, singing "Swanee River."



Friday, September 08, 2017

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Rep. Trey Gowdy on questions surrounding anti-Trump dossier

Reo. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) wants to know who created the now anti-Donald Trump dossier that is behind the witch hunt against the president.


Thursday, September 07, 2017

Cheapest Chicago Hillary book tour tickets nearly double what originally promised

Two likely Chicago Hillary supporters
in pussy hats
To swipe a phrase from Eric Idle's underrated rockumentary, The Rutles - All You Need is Cash, Hillary Rodham Clinton's Magical Misery Tour--oops, make that her book tour--begins later this month. "The final torture," left-leaning Politico quipped about Clinton's jaunt to hawk her book about her defeat at the hands of Donald J. Trump.

I can't think of a single person who'd want to sit through Hillary, who even her supporters admit is not a likable person, moan about the 2016 election for free. And yes, I know a lot of liberals.

The organizers of her tour think differently. Originally tickets for Clinton's Chicago stop, which occurs on the night before Halloween, were to start at $45, but now the cheapest seats are a whopping $75--plus a $13.50 handling fee, according to the Chicago Tribune. A Hillary spokesperson claims that there were a few $45 tickets but they "sold out quickly."

Really?

But where are the $75 tickets? When I visited the box office site for the Auditorium Theatre, which is hosting the Hillarypalooza, the cheapest tickets I could find were $149--and they are up in the nosebleed section. Front section seats are as high $603 each. I'm sure there is a handling feature for those too. And is Clinton's book, which I hear is titled, "Why I'm So Horrible," even included in the ticket price?

Chicago Tribune! Are you reading this post?

Whether it's cattle futures, book deals, or the Clinton Foundation, the Clintons have always been about collecting cash. Politics is simply a means to an end for them.

But they're for "the little guy." Yes, even you over there.



Twitter account of wrong-envelope accountant Brian Cullinan deleted

As a blogger who dabbles in urban ruin, it's natural that I keep an eye on human failure as well. So since the Academy Awards debacle, you know, when PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC accountant Brian Cullinan handed Warren Beatty the wrong envelope for the Best Picture award, leading his fellow presenter, Faye Dunaway, to incorrectly declare La La Land the winner, instead of Moonlight, I've been occasionally checking Cullinan's Twitter account.

Cullinan, according to multiple media accounts, was Tweeting backstage on his smartphone shortly before he handed Beatty the incorrect envelope. He Tweeted a lot that night, instead of focusing on the job he was hired to perform. Think of an oblivious Little League baseball outfielder flirting with girls in the bleachers who then drops a routine fly ball and loses the big game.

Cullinan deleted all of his Oscars night Tweets that evening and didn't Tweet afterwards, possibly because his bosses at PwC told him to stay away from Twitter.

But his unused account remained active for months.

Now @briancullinan_, Cullinan's Twitter account, has been deleted, the Blogger Laureate of Illinois can exclusively report.

Martha Ruiz, the other PwC accountant on duty that night, apparently isn't innocent in this fiasco. She hasn't Tweeted since the night of the Academy Awards presentation either. But her account is still active.

While PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC will return as the firm responsible for counting the Oscar ballots, Cullinan and Ruiz won't be a part of it.



Gutfeld on exposure of SPLC's finances

"So the Southern Poverty Law Center," Greg Gutfeld says here, "appears to have no poverty and does virtually no law."

The SPLC, an extreme-left organization, collects tons of cash by calling everyone who disagrees with it a hater or a hate group--and 20 percent of that dough is stashed away in offshore equities.

They are frauds.


Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Failing Chicago mayor declares Chicago a Trump-free zone

Blogger at Chicago's
Trump Tower
Now if only Chicago was a Rahm-free zone.

America's third largest city suffers more annual murders than New York City and Los Angeles--combined. Its residents are getting hit with tax hike after tax hike, yet its public pension plans are the worst-funded among any major city. And of the big cities, only Chicago is losing population.

But Chicago's pandering mayor Rahm Emanuel, has the nerve to declare the city "a Trump-free zone," in response to President Donald J. Trump's decision to "revisit" Barack Obama's likely illegal executive order on DACA.

(Video) Fox News highlights Menendez corruption trial: A Republican on trial would be front page news

Fox and Friends takes a look at media bias, particularly with the failing New York Times. Failing? Yes, it fails to honestly report the news. Yesterday in a 1,200 word story about the bribery trial of US Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) it failed to mention that Menendez is a Democrat. After complaints it added his party affiliation.


From Doug Ross: I Rewrote the New York Times' Report on Sen. Bob Menendez's Corruption Trial As if He Was a Republican

As I wrote yesterday, if US Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) was Republican, this would be a lead story among the Trump-hating media. Doug Ross takes that idea into a different direction: I Rewrote the New York Times' Report on Sen. Bob Menendez's Corruption Trial As if He Was a Republican.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

(PragerU) Why Is Health Insurance So Complicated?

Lanhee Chen, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, explains  in the latest PragerU video why health insurance is so expensive. Of course ObamaCare is the culprit, partly because the so-called Affordable Care Act isn't really insurance.


Corruption trial of Democratic US senator begins Wednesday

If Menendez was a Republican, the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and MSNBC would be presenting blanket coverage of this story.

But these biased news outlets are offering only a trickle of reports.

From AP:
It's a tale of international jet-setting, $1,500-a-night hotel rooms and, for good measure, allegations of affairs with models and actresses.

Beyond the tabloid angles, this week's corruption trial of U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and a wealthy friend promises to put the very business of governing under a microscope — and could eventually lead to a Republican taking over his seat in the deeply divided Senate.

Opening statements are scheduled for Wednesday in the trial of Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist, Dr. Salomon Melgen.

They are charged with a conspiracy in which, prosecutors say, Menendez lobbied for Melgen's business interests in exchange for political donations and gifts that included luxury vacations, flights on Melgen's plane and stays at his private villa in an exclusive Dominican Republic resort frequented by celebrities including Beyonce and Jay-Z.

Chiraq: 7 dead and at least 35 wounded over Labor Day weekend

Austin
Things were somewhat calmer in Chicago compared to recent Labor Day weekends. For the most recent end-of-summer weekend, seven people were shot to death and at least 35 others were wounded. It's the least violent Labor Day weekend since 2014, a police spokesperson says. 

Of the murders, two of them occurred in Austin on the West Side, which is Chicago's most dangerous neighborhood. One of the killings was part of a murder-suicide. Also on the West Side, a 15-year-old was slain in North Lawndale while walking on a sidewalk. On the Southwest Side, a man was gunned down at LeClaire Courts.On the South Side, Washington Heights and Auburn Gresham had a murder each. Up on the Northwest Side, in another sidewalk slaying, a man was shot to death in Belmont Cragin.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

From Da Tech Guy, Review: Season one of Ozark

Another successful binge-watching. From Da Tech Guy, Review: Season one of Ozark.



North Korea detonates H bomb in test, Trump condemns

Our policy on North Korea needs to be summarized in two words: regime change.

From CBS News:
Hours after North Korea said it successfully set off a hydrogen bomb in its sixth nuclear test, President Trump took aim at the nation in a series of tweets, calling its words and actions "hostile and dangerous" to the United States.

He also tweeted about China and South Korea.

"North Korea is a rogue nation which has become a great threat and embarrassment to China, which is trying to help but with little success," Mr. Trump tweeted.

"South Korea is finding, as I have told them, that their talk of appeasement with North Korea will not work, they only understand one thing!" he added.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Ray Davies: Dead End Street

In 1994 Ray Davies--with lots of help--gave a rollicking jazzed-up rendition of the Kinks' mid-1960s hit "Dead End Street."

The show is something called Don't Forget Your Toothbrush.


President Trump Weekly Address 9/1/2017

In his weekly address, President Donald J. Trump offers prayers and support for the victims of Hurricane Harvey as relief efforts continue in Houston.


Friday, September 01, 2017

(PragerU Video) If You Hate Poverty, You Should Love Capitalism

What force has done more to cut poverty rates in the world?

Capitalism.

Arthur Brooks, the president of the American Enterprise Institute, explains in the latest PragerU video.


Comey drafted statement clearing Clinton before FBI investigation was over

Two senators, Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are charging that fired FBI director James Comey not only drafted a statement before the agency's investigation of misuse of classified information by Hillary Clinton was complete, Comey did so even before she was interviewed.