Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Illegal Immigration: What Liberals Used to Say

National Review looks back at the leftist Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Barack Obama who decried illegal immigration.

CNN doctor who has never examined Trump: President has heart disease

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN's chief medical correspondent, said yesterday about President Donald Trump's health records that were released this week, specifically his coronary calcium score, "So the president has heart disease--those numbers qualify him for having heart disease."

Where was CNN's "chicken little" act when Barack Obama, the first president to smoke cigarettes since Lyndon B. Johnson, was in office?

What about genetics, Gupta? Trump's mother passed away when she was 89, Trump's father died when he was 93.

The president is 71.

Curry not surprised about Lauer allegations

On the other hand, why didn't she speak out sooner?

From USA Today:
In her first television interview since leaving NBC in 2015, Ann Curry told CBS This Morning about the organization's "climate of verbal harassment."

Curry, who co-anchored the Today show with disgraced host Matt Lauer from 2011 to 2012 as part of over 25 years with the company, spoke for the first time Wednesday about the sexual harassment allegations that have rocked the entertainment and media worlds, calling them "overdue."

"We clearly are waking up to a reality and injustice that has been occurring for some time," she said. "I think it will continue to occur until the glass ceiling is finally broken. This is about a power imbalance, where women are not valued as much as men. I'm not talking about people being attracted to other people. I'm talking about people in a workplace who are abusing their power and women and men are suffering. And I think the fact that people are speaking out is important, and the fact that we are moving against this imbalance of power is absolutely overdue."

When pressed by CBS This Morning hosts Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell about Lauer, Curry didn't say her former co-host's name, with whom she had a notoriously rocky working relationship, but alluded to her unceremonious departure from the Today show in 2012.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Mark Dice: Whoops! That Didn't Work!

The Worst so-called journalist on CNN--and the bar is very low on the fake news network--is Don Lemonhead. Oops, make that Don Lemon. In the latest Mark Dice video, watch as Lemon is aghast as he can't get Dr. Martin Luther King's nephew--after much badgering--to label President Trump a racist.

(PragerU) The Inconvenient Truth About the Republican Party

Carol Swain of Princeton University reviews the long history of the Republican Party fighting for the rights of minorities and women in this most recent PragerU video.

I am still not tired of winning! Dow passess 26,000 in record time

The Trump Boom continues.

Who else besides me is still not tired of winning?

From Fox Business:
The Dow Jones industrial average crossed the 26,000 point milestone at the opening bell on Tuesday, in a record-setting seven sessions.

The latest 1,000 point milestone move broke the previous record of 23 sessions when the Dow moved from 24,000 to 25,000 points.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago #9

My good friend and premier citizen journalist Victor Maggio presents the next installment of his Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago series. Number 9 is the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, which gets its name from a once very hazardous railroad intersection. Unfortunately, Maggio tells us it is rival street gangs that plow into each other there now.

And while Grand Crossing is only ranks in ninth place it is burdened by"Chicago's most violent city block--O Block--at 64th and King Drive," says Maggio, who in unafraid to videotape these crime scenes--at night.

Mark Dice: Celebrities Are Here to Help

Some doofus in Hawaii pressed the wrong emergency alert button--wronging warning the islanders that a ballistic missile was about the hit paradise.

What do a couple of celebrities do, namely Jamie Lee Curtis and Jim Carrey do?

They blame President Trump.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

CNN's Sh*thole Circus - Uncensored Compilation from Mark Dice

Rather than being a news network, CNN has transformed itself into an anti-Donald Trump screech collective that goes into orgasmic glee at any opportunity to attack the president.

The latest example is the report that Trump in a private meeting referred to Haiti and African nations as "sh*thole countries.

CNN is not angry--they are overjoyed.

From Da Tech Guy: Shrinks present latest plot to remove Trump from office

As I explain in my latest piece at Da Tech Guy, even mental health "professionals" are suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome: Shrinks present latest plot to remove Trump from office.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Illegal alien arrested for threatening to kill passengers on Greyhound bus in Wisconson was deported before

Downtown Chicago
President Donald Trump wants to build a wall at our southern border, right?

Such as wall might have prevented this scumbag from returning.

From the Daily Herald:
A man accused of threatening fellow passengers aboard a Milwaukee-to-Chicago Greyhound bus Friday evening now is in custody, officials said.

Margarito Vargas-Rosas, 33, of Chicago, has been charged with making terroristic threats, a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, the Racine, Wisconsin, sheriff's department said during a news conference Saturday.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Vargas-Rosas does not have legitimate status in the United States and had been previously deported to Mexico in 2012 for traffic offenses.

Milwaukee County dispatchers were first alerted at 9:41 p.m. Friday when a fellow bus passenger called 911. The caller said Vargas-Rosas was arguing with another passenger and later made threats to kill "everyone on the bus" while making a motion to his waistband as if removing a gun, officials said in a news release.
Chicago, where Vargas-Rosa lives, is a sanctuary city. Cook County, where Chicago is the seat, is a sanctuary county.

Illinois is a sanctuary state.

Ray Davies: The Getaway (Lonesome Train)

Going back ten years, watch and listen to Ray Davies perform "The Getaway (Lonesome Train)" from his album Other People's Lives.

In 2016 Trump praised Haiti & Haitian-Americans, saying they :Add so much to our country"

Two years ago then-candidate Donald Trump hailed Haiti and Haitians.

Friday, January 12, 2018

ILL-inois: Candidate for state attorney general robbed at gunpoint in Chicago during photo session

Illinois bicentennial flag
on the bottom
Well, if the point that Aaron Goldstein is trying to make that Chicago has a crime problem, then he succeeded.

Oh, Goldstein lives in Albany Park, so he should know the turf.

Goldstein is a former public defender, so of course society is to blame, but not of course leftist law enforcement policies.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Illinois Attorney General candidate Aaron Goldstein and a camera crew were robbed at gunpoint Thursday afternoon while filming in the Northwest Side Albany Park neighborhood.

The robbery happened at 3:24 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Albany, according to Chicago Police. A group of suspects approached Goldstein and four of his staff members, displayed a weapon and demanded their property.

“All my staff acted calmly and courageously and did the right thing by handing over their property to the robbers,” Goldstein said in a statement Friday. “Most importantly, none of us was harmed.”

Goldstein said they were filming for his campaign when the three young men approached from behind and one of them pressed a gun to his side, Goldstein said in his statement. The robbers made off with the crew’s phones, camera equipment and other property.

Detroit's Milwaukee Junction

If see Detroit as simply the Motor City and nothing else--then the most Detroit-ish neighborhood of them all is Milwaukee Junction.

Ford's Model T was first built here at 461 Piquette Avenue in 1908. The Ford Piquette Plant is now a museum. I visited on a Tuesday--a day that the museum is closed. In 1910 the much larger Highland Park Ford Plant assumed Model T production.

This is a 1917 Model T. This photograph was taken in 2014 near Marathon Pundit world headquarters in Morton Grove, Illinois.

According to Google Maps, the borders of the L-shaped Milwaukee Junction neighborhood are the Edsel Ford Freeway (I-94) on the southeast, John R Street on the southwest, Grand Boulevard up to the Chrysler Freeway on the northwest. Then the L reaches up to Clay Street, and finally, the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant on the northeast completes Milwaukee Junction.

The neighborhood gets is name because the Detroit, Grand Haven and Milwaukee Railway and the Chicago, Detroit and Canada Grand Trunk railroads joined here. The tracks are still there, albeit under the Grand Trunk Western Railroad name.

These apartments are located just a block from our next structure.

Above is the long-abandoned. Fisher Body 21 plant at 700 Piquette, which opened in 1919. Originally automobile manufacturers were engine and chassis people. The body of the car, where the driver and the passengers sit, was farmed out--and Fisher Body, which had its roots in the carriage business, received the lion's share of the business. In 1926 General Motors purchased Fisher Body, the division's "Body by Fisher" logos appeared on all GM vehicles, usually in the rocker panel, until the mid 1990s.

In my first visit to Detroit three years ago I was able to walk into the Albert Kahn-designed factory and climb the stairs to the top, which I did, while avoiding a likely mugger who was standing in another stairwell. Urban exploration is very hazardous, my friends. But the stairway I used in 2015 was partially blocked off and the windows in it were blacked out.

You can read by initial report here.

A room with a view/

The Fisher Body eyesore can easily be seen from both the Ford and Chrysler freeways.

According to Detroitirbex. Fisher Body 21 is considered contaminated even though over $1 million has been spent on cleanup.

Farther down Piquette on the other side of the Chrysler is the former American Blower factory. This photograph was snapped in 2015. That ugly building can be seen from both interstates too.

What's a Motor City urbanex post without a Detroit sidewalk shot?

Or one without a Detroit alley shot?

Under Mayor Mike Duggan demolitions have accelerated. Many Detroit buildings are too far gone to be saved, some, such as Fisher Body 21, fit into that category but are too costly to raze.

Oh, way on the left is the Fisher Building. After the Fisher brothers sold their company to GM they used the money from that deal to build the art deco landmark, which was also designed by Albert Kahn.

By all accounts Milwaukee Junction's future is bright. The redevelopment in adjoining New Center, where the Fisher Building is, positioning Milwaukee Junction as Detroit's next hot neighborhood. The development on Beaubien Street is ahead of the curve.

Soon Detroiters will be bombarded by "Hot MJ Loft Apartments" ads.

You heard it here first.

(Not Safe For Work) Mark Dice: CNN Goes Over the Edge

In a widely reported comment made in a meeting with congressional leaders, President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African nations as "sh*thole countries."

This morning the president denied making the remark.

As for CNN, in this not-safe-for-work video, Mark Dice shows how the anti-Trump network went bonkers over "sh*thole," and they didn't bleep it out.

Again...and again....and again.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

How capitalism works: Man purchases Diana Ross' old Detroit home for $1800, fixes it up, offering it for $132K

Blogger at the Motown Museum
Here's a pretty awesome story about of Detroit.

From the Detroit Free Press:
As it turns out, an investor who purchased the dilapidated childhood home of Motown artist Diana Ross for a song from the city's redevelopment organization is now seeking to sell it — after gutting and updating it — for $132,500.

"It's generating a lot of interest," real estate broker Darin McLeskey said Wednesday. "But, there's also a lot of nosey people overall who just want to get inside of a famous person's house, too."

He said his phone has been ringing off the hook.

The investor, records show, paid only $1,800 for the house in May.
The house, an American Foursquare, is in the North End neighborhood, just south of Highland Park. As with most Detroit neighborhoods, it's a rough one.

Mark Dice: CNN Makes History

CNN acted like a real news network yesterday for a while, Mark Dice, tells us as it covers the tragic mudslides in California.

But then it goes back to its bread-and-butter, bizarre anti-Donald Trump stories, in this case, the fake news network steals a page from MSNBC by having a mental health "professional" explain his diagnosis of the president without even meeting him, let alone examining him.

This time the irresponsible "expert" is John Gartner, a psychologist.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Leftist Detroit school board member wants to rename Benjamin Carson High School

Abandoned DPS school
While I'm not a fan of naming schools, parks, roads, and the like after living people--after all, the dirt, if there is any, comes out after their deaths, I'm against the efforts by LaMar Lemmons, a member of the Detroit Board of Education, to rename Dr. Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine.

The Detroit native and retired neurosurgeon, and current Housing and Urban Development secretary for President Trump, is a product of Detroit Public Schools. While Ben Carson's tenure at HUD is getting poor reviews so far from the left and the right, that's not why Lemmons wants Carson's name stripped from the high school. It's because Carson is a conservative.

That's how the left rolls.

From the Detroit News:
“[Carson] is a so-called conservative Republican. A strict constructionist is one that wants to take the Constitution literally. If one takes that as a stance, it would allow the enslavement of those of African descent. When you align yourself with Trump that is a direct affront to the city of Detroit and the students of Detroit,” Lemmons said.
Lemmons is a sour idiot. I have a quick education for him. Slavery of course existed in the United States for nearly 100 years, it is not directly mentioned in the Constitution until the 13th Amendment, which abolished the abhorrent practice. And this goof is one of the people in charge of educating Detroit's children.

Mark Dice: Liberals New Plan to Stop Trump

In this Mark Dice video, the patriot rightfully skewers the psychiatrists, including wild-eyed Dr. Bandy Lee of Yale University, who are diagnosing President Donald Trump without examining him or even reviewing his medical records, which is a violation of American Psychiatric Association guidelines.

By the way, Manny Alvarez of Fox News has this to say about such malpractice.
Not only is it unethical to render a professional medical opinion based on casual observation, it undermines the entire diagnostic process and further stigmatizes mental illness.
Can you imagine the uproar from the mainstream media if a shrink had made the irresponsible diagnosis on Barack Obama?

Leave it to Alan Dershowitz, again, to defend Trump. The liberal points out that the Soviet Union and South Africa to lock up regime opponents with similar psychiatric judgements.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago #10

My good friend and fellow patriot Victor J. Maggio released the first installment of his series, the Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago.

Number Ten is a bit of a surprise to me as I though Back of the Yards, as the murders, often committed with high-power weapons, are particularly brutal in this South Side neighborhood, which is coincidentally where leftist agitator Saul Alinksy got his start.

Maggio has some great work here as delves into the history of BOTY while reporting on its unhappy present.

Two springs ago I visited Back of the Yards.

Related post:

(Photos) The abandoned homes of Chicago's violent Back of the Yards neighborhood

Ex-Never Trumper Rich Lowry: I was wrong, POTUS has had an A+ agenda

Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review, the magazine that in 2016 dedicated a whole issue explaining why conservatives should oppose Donald Trump, praises his presidency, particularly on stances such as energy, deregulation, and judicial philosophy while on--wait for it--MSNBC's Morning Joe.

Lowry says Trump has "an A+ agenda."

Mark Dice: Trump is driving Democrats CRAZY! - Literally

Mark Dice discusses the accusations from leftists, including a member of Congress, that President Trump is not mentally fit to serve in office. But it could be projection, Dice argues, meaning that those finger-pointers are coping with some of their own mental issues.


While over at The Federalist Mollie Hemingway is calling such machinations over Trump's demeanor for what it is: a coup attempt led by people who still cannot cope with the reality that Trump was elected president.

Monday, January 08, 2018

The abandoned City United Methodist Church of Gary, Indiana

If you are considering the intriguing yet dangerous hobby of urban exploration, you may want to start with Gary, Indiana, particularly if you live in the Chicago area, as it lies on the eastern edge of the metropolitan region.

And if you are traveling on Interstate 80, 90, or 94 in Northwest Indiana then Gary is within reach.

Just a half mile from the Broadway exit on the Indiana Toll Road--that is, Interstate 90--is the long-abandoned City Methodist Church. According to Wikipedia, it was once the largest Methodist house of worship in the Midwest--its seating capacity was 1,000--as it was for the adjacent Seaman Hall, which was named for the congregation's founder, Dr. William Grant Seaman.

It opened in 1926, its address is 575 Washington Street.

The Gothic Revival building doesn't look like a Methodist church--and its many detractors decried the use of the oak paneling of the chancel, altar, and the fellowship hall at Seaman Hall, as well as the stained glass windows, which was a reminder of "popery," that is Catholicism, according to the Sometimes Interesting blog. The massive church organ was donated by Elbert H. Gary, the city's namesake and one of the founders of US Steel, which still operates a large mill in Gary.

That's the Elbert H. Gary statue outside of Gary's City Hall.

US Steel put up nearly half of the $800,000 for the construction of the church, which was a staggering amount in the 1920s.

That's the corner of Seaman Hall.

And that's the view facing where the altar once stood.

Wikipedia shows the roof intact in a 2009 photograph.

Ironically Methodists, both in England where the faith was founded and in America where it flourished, had a reputation for preaching outdoors. Methodism has come full circle in Gary in a way. Wikipedia says an occasional goth wedding is held at City Methodist

The stained glass windows shown here are too high for scrappers to pillage.

But the stained glass windows here were accessible.

Later the church changed its name to City United Methodist.

Besides the church, and the aforementioned theater, the City Methodist complex included offices, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, and a rooftop garden that was never completed. The planned bowling alley never was built.

There's the theater.

Seaman brought plays and lecturers to the theater, he screened travel films, and he held interfaith events. While ecumenical dialogue is the norm in the 21st century it wasn't in the 1920s, even among Protestants.

By 1929 parishioners had enough of Dr. Seaman, who was dispatched to Ohio. The expense of building the church and the hall--as well as maintaining it was too much to bear. As was apparently Seaman's ego and the belief, which seems credible nearly a century later, that the reverend was building a temple to himself.

There were graffiti taggers in the room adjacent to the upper balcony of the theater, so I didn't go there. They looked like nice enough fellows but I didn't want to chance it with them.

That's what's left of the gym. which is two stories up.

While the roof garden was never completed...

Nature always...

Wins in the end.

Way off in the distance is the Gary Water Tower.

Another look at Seaman Hall.

The Great Depression was hard on Gary and City United Methodist Church. But the post-World War II economic boom and the religious revival of the baby boomer era brought good times to the church.

Seaman Hall was rented out to Indiana University around this time.

White flight in the 1960s and the downturn in the domestic steel industry devastated Gary and it has yet to recover. And there are no signs a recovery is about to begin.

A program from 1967 includes photographs of the ministers and parishioners. The only blacks shown are the two custodians and a housekeeper.

Membership in the church plummeted as Gary's fortunes fell. The church was always an expensive facility to maintain even during prosperous times and it closed down in 1975. Indiana University continued to hold classes in Seaman Hall for a while.

Dr. Seaman died in an automobile accident in 1944. His ashes were buried in the sanctuary of the church, and Sometimes Interesting says that a member of the last congregation claims the ashes are probably still there.

The complex, way back when, was known by its detractors as "Seaman's Folly."

Is it?

Once again, according to Sometimes Interesting, in 2005 Gary's planning director, David Wright, envisioned an open space that would include a ruins garden, built among surviving parts of the church. To me it would have been reminiscent of how the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral incorporated the remnants of the old church that had been destroyed during the Battle of Britain.

I believe that can still happen, assuming what is left is structurally sound and Northwest Indiana's legendary snowy winters don't do more damage to what remains a beautiful, yet battered, building.

Chiraq: 4 dead and at least 16 wounded over weekend

For the first full weekend of 2018 there were four murders in Chicago and at least 18 others were wounded. Two of the shooting deaths happened in Austin. Also on the West Side a man was fatally shot in East Garfield Park. The other murder took place on the South Side in Englewood.

Sunday, January 07, 2018

From Da Tech Guy: Democratic candidates for Illinois governor resort to scapegoating

The top two candidate for the Democratic nomination for governors have nothing to run on except for dumbing down on the failed policies of the past that drove Illinois into the ditch. I explain in my Sunday post at Da Tech Guy: Democratic candidates for Illinois governor resort to scapegoating.

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Hothouse Flowers - Thing Of Beauty

Outside of Christmas, there aren't many memorable rock songs about winter. Here's one of them, Hothouse Flowers' "Thing of Beauty."

Whatever happened to Detroit filing for bankruptcy?

Matt Finn of Fox News takes a look at Detroit four years after it filed what is still the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.

This Detroitoligist agrees with Finn--the Motor City is noticeably improved downtown--but the outlying neighborhoods are another matter.

Detroit is also burdened, despite the bankruptcy, with $11 billion in debt.

Friday, January 05, 2018

A "glitch?" Harvey, Illinois misses payroll for elected officials

Blogger in Harvey
Harvey, a southern suburb of Chicago, is possibly the worst-run municipality in Illinois--and of course it has some stiff competition in the Prairie State.

From the Daily Southtown:
Elected officials in Harvey learned Thursday they would not be getting paid this pay cycle due to the city's "financial constraints," according to an email obtained by the Daily Southtown.

City comptroller Louis B. Williams notified officials early Thursday afternoon that the city could not pay them this pay period, but hoped to process payments as early as within a week.

"Due to the financial constraints the City is experiencing, we are unable to pay elected officials for this current pay period 01/05/18," reads the email, which Williams sent the mayor, aldermen, treasurer, clerk, deputy clerk and a mayoral aide. "Regarding your paychecks, we will keep you all updated, as we are hoping to process them sometime next week if funding is available. Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time."

The brief communication prompted email responses from multiple aldermen, who claimed they had been left in the dark about the city's financial state and requested that a meeting be called to discuss the matter, emails provided by one of the aldermen show.
Yes, I've done some urban exploration in Harvey, which is the Chicago area's answer to Detroit.

Related posts:

Gingrich: Elites passionately avoiding the Trump reality

The Donald Trump-hating media and other so-called elites are avoiding reality, Newt Gingrich points out to Laura Ingraham.

Justice Department investigating Clinton Foundation

There's a group of people that the Justice Department might find colluded with Russia.

From The Hill:
The Justice Department has launched a new inquiry into whether the Clinton Foundation engaged in any pay-to-play politics or other illegal activities while Hillary Clinton served as Secretary of State, law enforcement officials and a witness tells The Hill.

FBI agents from Little Rock, Ark., where the Foundation was started, have taken the lead in the investigation and have interviewed at least one witness in the last month, and law enforcement officials said additional activities are expected in coming weeks.

The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.

The probe may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the Foundation complied with applicable tax laws, the officials said.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Winning! Dow tops 25,000

I am still not tired of winning.

From Fox Business:
The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 25,000 for the first time in history Thursday.

It took a mere 23 days for the Dow to jump from 24,000 to its latest milestone. This is the shortest stretch between 1,000 point milestones ever.

Rep. Hunter: Trump is doing the 'right thing' on North Korea

Iraq war veteran Duncan Hunter (R-CA), a member of the House Armed Services Committee, says that President Donald Trump is doing the "right thing" in confronting North Korea.

Chris Kennedy attacks Rahm, accuses him of purposely driving blacks from Chicago

After ignoring years of begging by Illinois Democrats to run for statewide office, Chris Kennedy, the son of RFK, finally threw his hat into the ring a year ago when he announded he was running for governor.

Things haven't worked out for him because a far richer man, JB Pritzker, has collected the lion's share of endorsements from other Democratic politicians and their powerful union allies, despite the Pritzker family's checkered history with organized labor.

So what is Kennedy to do? He has no personal charm and no ideas either for Illinois, a state with intractable problems that include rampant corruption, declining population, and one of the worst pension debts among the states, a problem largely created by public-sector unions that are linked at the hip to the Democrats. But the equally charmless Pritzker, other than his wallet and his political cronies, has nothing going for him either, so he is constantly attacking Donald Trump, who has not stepped foot in Illinois since he was elected president.

Here's Kennedy's plan: attack unpopular Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel--and use the race card as well, since Trump as a target belongs to Pritzker.

From WGN-TV:
Kennedy unloaded on Mayor Emanuel and accused him of leading a gentrification strategy to push out people of color.

"I believe that black people are being pushed out of Chicago intentionally by a strategy that involved disinvestment in communities being implemented by the city administration," he said. "And I believe Rahm Emanuel is at the head of the city administration and therefore needs to be held responsible for those outcomes."

Kennedy says minorities are not leaving the city by choice.

"I believe this is involuntary that we’re cutting off funding for schools, cutting off funding for police, allowing people to be forced to live in food deserts, closing hospitals. … The city is becoming smaller, and as it becomes smaller, it’s becoming whiter."
What a bunch of crap.

In sheer numbers as well as a percentage black populations are declining in many major cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and even Detroit. African-Americans are like everyone else--they don't like runaway crime and dysfunctional government schools.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

For the kids: Chicago Public Schools employees stole $250K in gift cards meant for students

Chicago Public Schools employees allegedly filched gift cards intended for students.

How many people have been arrested? How many have been fired?


From WGN-TV:
An investigation by the Inspector General found they took more than $250,000 in gift cards over three years.

One principal stole gift cards and other materials for students with special needs.

Another principal used $22,000 in school funds for personal purchases at Costco and Apple stores.

Funds were used at another school for a "teacher's lunch club" that included lobster, shrimp and steak.
With some form of bankruptcy a judge can use the legal equivalent of Ajax to clean out this cesspool.

Trailer: Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago

Somehow Victor J. Maggio, my good friend and a great patriot, walked the same hallways at Carl Sandburg High School in Orland Park, Illinois--and I never noticed him.

That's a pity.

But now Victor and I are covering the same beat by way of blogging, the blood-stained streets of Chicago.

Maggio does much more video work than I do--and he's about ready to release his magnum opus, the Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods of Chicago.

Below is the trailer.

Mark Dice: CNN Turning Over a New Leaf for 2018

Kids, the word for today is "irony," which is not a "banned word," as fake-news is

Mark Dice explaines. explains.

Trump to give out fake news awards on Monday

Finally there will be an awards show that won't have any bashing of the Republican Party.
"I will be announcing the most corrupt and dishonest media awards of the year," President Donald J. Trump announced on Twitter Tuesday night "Subjects will cover dishonesty and bad reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!"

United Van Lines: Illinois most moved-from state in 2017

Illinois bicentennial flag
on bottom
It's Illinois' bicentennial year. But there is not much to celebrate.

From ABC 7 Chicago:
A new study ranks Illinois as the No. 1 most moved from state last year.

According to the 2017 National Movers Study by United Van Lines, more residents moved out of Illinois than into Illinois, with 63 percent of moves being outbound.

In 2017, Illinois moved up one spot on the outbound list to No. 1, ranking in the top five for the past nine years.
Folks are apparently fed up with rampant corruption, malfeasance, cronyism, and high crime rates.

Why am I still here?

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The abandoned homes of Detroit's Delray neighborhood

One of Detroit's overlooked neighborhoods is Delray, an intriguing place on the southwestern end of the city. Its borders are Fort Street to the northwest, McKinney Street to the northeast, the Detroit River and Zug Island to the southeast, and Woodmere Street to the southwest.

Welcome back from what? Bankruptcy? This car wash banner is in River Rouge, a suburb that borders Delray. Between here and residential Delray is a massive sewage facility.

A fire-damaged Delray home.

According to Wikipedia, Delray was incorporated as a village in 1897. Its population was about 5,000. Seven years later Detroit annexed Delray. In 1930 24,000 people lived here. Now just 2,100 or so do. What a fall. So it's no wonder that again according to Wikipedia the Detroit Metro Times called the neighborhood "the closest thing to a ghost town within a city."

Delray was the first neighborhood that I visited in my second and most recent trip to the Motor City two months ago.

Selfies make me look fat.

Delray may be headed for extinction.

From the Detroit Free Press in December:
In a city with plenty of rough neighborhoods, Delray is regarded as one of the worst. It’s been called Detroit’s backwater, its underbelly, the bowels of the region — which it literally is, in a sense, since the city’s wastewater treatment plant is here, receiving and incinerating the contents of everyone’s toilets in Detroit and 77 surrounding communities and filling the air for miles with a God-awful stink 
The Free Press goes on to explain that a proposed bridge, which would be the third between Windsor, Canada and Detroit, along with an adjoining customs center, might all but eliminate Delray.

To the left is a small portion of the Zug Island industrial park. In the foreground is an abandoned retail two flat with apartments.

That's Zug Island, photographed from the opposite bank of the River Rouge. US Steel operates an iron and coke mill here. Visitors are prohibited, which has led to the many urban legends about the place, which include it housing a secret prison, or that scenes from the first Robocop movie were filmed there. Neither are true. Some call it Detroit's Area 51.

The destination for the ill-fated final voyage of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald was Zug Island.

Delray on the left, Zug Island on the right.

By all accounts Zug Island and the area around it, including Delray, is highly polluted. Residents complain about the smells, but I didn't notice any foul odors when I was here. But every ten minutes or so I saw a truck passing though Delray with steaming slag from Zug Island. Amazingly, there are surprisingly few internet references to this phenomenon. As with the el trains outside Elwood Blues' room in the flophouse in The Blues Brothers, I guess they pass by "so often that you won't even notice it."

This stuff is hot!

Residents of Windsor complain of a mysterious hum, which has been traced to Zug.

Another abandoned storefront.

Delray's population is roughly split three ways between whites, blacks, and Hispanics. It was renowned for its large Hungarian-American population. Holy Cross Holy Cross Hungarian Church still offers services--in both English and Hungarian.

Just two days ago All Saints Catholic Church, a predominately Hispanic church, closed.

In most cities houses such as this one are quickly demolished. But not this one at 735 Sloan.

From 1842 until 1948 Fort Wayne, named for Revolutionary War general Anthony "Mad Anthony" Wayne was an active army base in Delray, it's now an historical park. As it was not open on the days I was in Detroit, I was unable to visit. That was a real pity. Fort Wayne was built for a war between the British Empire and Canada that never came.

Detroit is the seat of Wayne County, which is also named for Wayne.

Lonely Planet picked Detroit as its number two choice of cities to visit this year. Having places like Fort Wayne opened seven days a week might seal the deal to be its top pick.

If Claude Monet was an urban explorer he would have painted this scene for sure.

My obligatory "Detroit alley" shot.

"Dumpers beware!" Someone is fighting back. As I explained in earlier post, illegal dumping is a serious problem in Detroit. Much of that dumping is committed by suburbanites.

Here's a mess that you can't blame on jerks from the boonies. That rubble came from the building, or what is left of it, in the background.

As with many other Detroit neighborhoods,. there is an eerie quietness in Delray.

Here's another "Monet shot," at the corner of Gould and Harrington.

I observed some odd behavior on this corner. As soon as I parked my Honda Civic a man in a pickup truck parked right behind me and he stared in my direction for five minutes, creeping me out as I looked into my rear view mirror. Across the street an attractive young woman stood on her front porch--she stared at me as well. Then a sedan pulled up a few minutes later--the woman hopped in.

Perhaps it was nothing.

Just come on in!

This is the corner of Jefferson and Green. How long has that tree been sitting on that sidewalk? Six weeks later I'll wager you that it is still there.

Not much left here.

And not much left here either.

The root of Detroit's widespread tire dumping problem is a Michigan law that compels tire sellers to charge a recycling fee for each replaced tire. So far so good. But many retailers charge anywhere from $3 to $8 per tire for the betterment of the planet--then pay shady operators far less to, well, not deliver these tires to recycling centers. The cash spread fattens the profit of those retailers, who of course know exactly what is really going on.

Exit stage center. See you all soon!