Thursday, March 22, 2018

Ex-Madigan aide Alaina Hampton files federal suit against Democratic Party following prolonged sexual harassment

"Speaker-for-Life" Michael Madigan's problems continue.

From a Joanna Klonsky press release:
CHICAGO (March 22, 2018)--Attorneys for Alaina Hampton announced on Thursday that they have filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. Northern District Court on her behalf against the Democratic Party of Illinois and Friends of Michael J. Madigan, the political action committee of the Democratic Party chairman.

Hampton brings the suit after filing discrimination complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission earlier this year.

The suit, filed by the law firm of Kulwin, Masciopinto & Kulwin, LLP, points to Hampton’s experience being sexually harassed over the course of five months while she was employed by the Democratic Party of Illinois and Friends of Michael J. Madigan. Hampton worked as a political staffer and and campaign manager for the defendants from 2012-2017, managing a number of successful and notable campaigns.

"This case is about protecting victims of sexual harassment from retaliation," said attorney Shelly Kulwin. "If victims who speak out about sexual harassment are not protected from retaliation, they will stop speaking out. Too often, sexual harassment exists in the workplace because the perpetrators are protected and the victims are punished."

As a result of the defendants’ "discriminatory and retaliatory conduct," the complaint seeks damages for Hampton, citing "injury to her career and her reputation, as well as other injuries for which she is entitled to actual, compensatory and punitive damages, as well as equitable relief."

"Not only did the defendants completely fail to respond to my reporting of that sexual harassment, they retaliated against me for it," said Hampton. "I was forced to leave a job that I loved, derailing my career path. My reputation was sullied, and I lost out on key job opportunities as word spread that I was persona non grata with these defendants."

But, Hampton noted, the suit is about more than her own experience.

"It is also about the countless other women who have been subject to this type of harassment," said Hampton. "Not all of those women have been able to come forward as I have--but they are watching closely to see how my case is handled. It is my hope that by filing suit, I can create space for more women to feel that their voices can be heard."

The complaint can be viewed here.

Mark Dice: They've Had It (even Michael Moore is disgusted with the mainstream media)

After 18 months of Russia-Russia-Russia stories about alleged collusion with Donald Trump, even leftist Michael Moore is fed up with the lamestream media.

Mark Dice has more.

Decline and fall: Chicago area loses population for third straight year

Good people in the Chicago area are disgusted with rife corruption, rampant cronyism, and sheer incompetence among the politicians that are running America's third-largest metropolitan area into the ground.

Oh, then there is the crisis of runaway rampant crime.

From AP:
The Chicago Tribune reports that data released Thursday show Cook County lost more than 20,000 residents in 2017. Data also show that about 13,300 residents left the Chicago metropolitan area, which includes the city of Chicago, its suburbs and parts of Indiana and Wisconsin.

The metropolitan area has seen declines in population in recent years. It lost more than 11,000 residents in 2016 and nearly 3,400 residents in 2015.
Of the nation's top ten metro areas only Chicago lost residents.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Thursday: Ex-Madigan aide Alaina Hampton files federal suit against Democratic Party following prolonged sexual harassment

"Speaker for Life" Michael Madigan (D-Chicago), who is also the chairman of the state Democratic Party, has another problem besides the defeat in Tuesday's Democratic Primary of his crony, Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, who is the chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.

From a press release:
THURS, 11AM: Ex-Madigan aide Alaina Hampton files federal suit against Democratic Party following prolonged sexual harassment

WHO: Attorneys Shelly B. Kulwin and Rachel Katz of Kulwin, Masciopinto & Kulwin, LLP.; Alaina Hampton

WHERE: 161 N. Clark Street, 12th Floor, Chicago

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 11AM

Attorneys for Alaina Hampton will announce that they have filed suit in federal court on her behalf against the Democratic Party of Illinois and Friends of Michael J. Madigan, the political action committee of the Democratic Party chairman. Hampton shook Illinois politics to its core in February when she came forward with her experience of sexual harassment while working for the Democratic Party of Illinois. Hampton brings the suit after filing a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in February.

Mark Dice on fitness classes being "too white," This is a major problem

"When all you have is a hammer every problem is a nail."

Too many people are in the racism business.

Yes, fitness is racist, Mark Dice tells us.

From Illinos Review: GOP LG candidate Morthland responds: "Wait until all the accounts are settled"

The battle for the soul of Illinois continues. Jeanne Ives lost her battle to unseat Bruce Rauner, who National Reviews calls "the worst Republican governor in the nation."

From Illinois Review: GOP LG candidate Morthland responds: "Wait until all the accounts are settled."

Austin serial bomber dead; kills self with explosives

Mark Anthony Conditt, the Austin serial bomber, is dead.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

PragerU: Let Kids Be Kids

Lenore Skenazy, President of Let Grow, tells parents not to worry about the perceived dangers at fun places for children such as the beach. For instance, it's okay to let kids play in sand.

Rauner's Sweet Property Tax Deal

Failed Republican governor of Illinois Bruce Rauner has a sweethouse property tax deal. Her conservative challenger, Jeanne Ives, believes everyone deserves a tax break.

Primary Election Day is here in the Land of Lincoln.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Liberals Don't Like Jeanne Ives

If you somehow remain undecided on who to for in Tuesday's Republican gubernatorial primary in Illinois, take this information to heart. Liberals dislike the only conservative running--reformer Jeanne Ives.

Chiraq: 7 dead and at least 13 wounded over weekend

Eisenhower Expressway
St. Patrick's Day weekend brought 7 murders to Chicago--while at least 13 others were wounded.

Two of the homicides stand out. A 17-year-old was fatally shot while driving on the Eisenhower Expressway on the West Side. And on the Near North Side, a group of five gunned down a man sitting in a car.

Of the other killings, one took place in Austin on the West Side--the other four were South Side slayings.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

From Da Tech Guy: Review of Season One of Flint Town

Or, Marathon Pundit, by way of Netflix, returns to Michigan. From my weekly entry at Da Tech Guy: Review of Season One of Flint Town.

Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago #1 2017

"Heroin users all over Chicagoland," my good friend Victor Maggio spells out in his final Bloody Chicago installment of his Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago series, "usually go to Austin first before anywhere else because it is so plentiful."

"The gangs in Austin have had decades of experience and have the most sophisticated drug operation in the entire city," he explains.

Austin, on the West Side adjacent to Oak Park, is Chicago's most violent neighborhood.

As he has done in his previous nine episodes, Maggio recounts the history of this neighborhood, its rise and its fall. He also explores the creation of the welfare state and how it has devastated America's inner cities and the black family.

Hollywood phonies who glorify violence and rap music that celebrate the killing of cops and the abasement of women play a role in this crisis too.

"When you put it all together," Maggio declares "all of this has contributed to the creation of a nihilistic generation of young people that are emerging because of the consequences of destructive liberal policies that have done massive damage to the minority communities of Chicago and across the country."

Racism of course is at the core of this problem, of course. And yes, there is some good news as many blacks and Hispanics are doing well. But America can do much better.

Maggio's work is citizen journalism at its best.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Jeanne Ives: Closing Argument

Jeanne Ives, the conservative candidate for governor of Illinois, presents her closing argument.

Primary election day in the Land of Lincoln is Tuesday, March 20.

The Kinks - Art Lover

Ray Davies in "Art Lover" sings a story about a divorced father separated from his daughter from the Kinks' Give The People What They Want.

Friday, March 16, 2018

McCabe fired, loses FBI pension

The draining of the swamp continues.

From Fox News:
The Justice Department dealt a stunning blow to former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Friday night, firing him just days before he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after determining that he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Hillary Clinton’s email server.

"Pursuant to Department Order 1202, and based on the report of the Inspector General, the findings of the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility, and the recommendation of the Department’s senior career official, I have terminated the employment of Andrew McCabe effective immediately," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement.

"After an extensive and fair investigation and according to Department of Justice procedure, the Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) provided its report on allegations of misconduct by Andrew McCabe to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR)," Sessions said.

"The FBI’s OPR then reviewed the report and underlying documents and issued a disciplinary proposal recommending the dismissal of Mr. McCabe. Both the OIG and FBI OPR reports concluded that Mr. McCabe had made an unauthorized disclosure to the news media and lacked candor − including under oath − on multiple occasions.

Jeanne Ives ad: Proud

"Lets be proud of our party again," Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives says," so we can restore pride in Illinois."

Mark Dice: This Is Not A Joke

A black woman is angry that beauty products popular among African Americans are locked up at a big box store, probably because they are among the most stolen items at that outlet. Men's razors, Mark Dice explains, are often secured behind glass for the same reason.

But that doesn't stop gadfly attorney Gloria Allred from parachuting onto the scene.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Party of the rich: Crook County Democrat Party boss rips off poor to benefit wealthy

The Cook County assessor's office has always been a cash cow for the Democrats. And there has never been a Republican assessor in Crook County.

The assessor is Joe Berrios, who is also the chairman of the Chicago Machine, formally known as the Cook County Regular Democratic Organization. He was nominated for that post by Illinois Democratic  Party boss Michael Madigan, whose tiny law firm presumably makes a fortune appealing taxes assessed by Berrios' office.

Madigan is the "speaker-for-life" of the Illinois House of Representatives.

If you live in Cook County and you are voting Democratic you are voting for Berrios. If you live in Illinois and you are voting Democratic you are voting for Madigan.

It's that simple.

From the Chicago Tribune:
In the first effort to measure the cost of Cook County’s error-ridden assessment system under Assessor Joseph Berrios, a new study estimates that at least $2.2 billion in property taxes was shifted from undervalued Chicago homes onto overvalued ones between 2011 and 2015.

Because the county’s assessment system is skewed in favor of high-priced homes, the errors amount to a staggering transfer of wealth that benefited Chicago’s most affluent homeowners at the expense of people who own lower-priced homes.

The study, released Thursday by the Municipal Finance Center at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, was conducted by Professor Christopher Berry, a critic of the assessor’s office who testified at a County Board hearing in July about flaws in the county’s assessment system.

The analysis involved calculating a citywide fair tax rate using the tax bills of homes that sold, then seeing how those tax bills differed from the amount that would be expected if the assessor valued property fairly.
Cook County is losing population. Illinois is losing population. Surprised? You shouldn't be.

Illinois isn't the Land of Lincoln anymore--it's the Land of Leaving.

Democrats are the party of the rich: Proposal in NJ and California to turn state income tax into chariatable contributions

President Trump's new tax law doesn't allow for the deduction of state and local taxes for wealthy people on their federal income tax returns. But those rich folks underwrite the high-spending by leftists in states such as New Jersey and California. Stuart Varney reports on an idea of Democrats in those states to classify these tax payments as chariatable contributions. That won't pass federal muster, but the proposal shows us what hypocrites the liberals are.

Judge orders garnishment of wages from Bobby Rush, a Democratic congressman from Chicago

Rush, a former Black Panther, has a list of ethical failings, particularly nepotism, as you'll discover in his Wikipedia biography.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush must give up 15 percent of his congressional salary to begin repaying more than $1 million he owes on a delinquent bank loan to his now-shuttered Englewood church, a judge in Chicago ordered Wednesday.

Cook County Circuit Judge Alexander White ordered the garnishment of more than $2,100 a month from the South Side Democrat’s $174,000 annual federal pay in what was another setback for the longtime congressman-turned-pastor who once promised that the house of worship he founded would help rebuild Englewood.

Though rare, it isn’t the first time a congressman’s wages have been garnished. In one case, in 2014, it happened to U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Missouri Democrat who owed more than $1.3 million from a loan for a carwash.

Rush was ordered last June to repay the loan made more than a dozen years ago to buy the limestone, Gothic-style building at 6430 S. Harvard Ave. for what became Beloved Community Church of God in Christ.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

(PragerU) Brexit: Why Britain Left the European Union

NIgel Farage, the former leader of the UK Independence Party, which led the successful Brexit drive, tells us why a majority of Britons voted to bail out on the European Union in the latest PragerU video.

Oh, here is something I didn't know. Once a month all of the paperwork of the European parliament is removed from Brussels and moved in trucks to a small city in southeastern France.

And then it's moved back to Brussels. To end this wastefulness, all 28 member nations have to agree to it. France certainly won't.

This is done by a group that lectures everyone else about their carbon footprint.

The parliament is powerless--but the unelected elitist EU bureaucrats are not.

Hillary Clinton nearly falls down stairs in India -- twice!

Hillary Clinton's divisive and condescending speech that she gave in India wasn't the only bad news for her in that country. Twice she almost fell down a set of stone stairs.

Gutfeld on Hillary's catastrophic speech in India

Hillary Clinton will go to her grave blaming everyone but herself to her defeat in the 2016 presidential race.

She won places that she says are "dynamic" and that Trump's campaign "was looking backwards."

Clinton won in states like bankrupt-in-all-but-name states such as Illinois, California, and Connecticut.

Fox News' Greg Gutfeld explains that Hillary, like most leftists, sees groups--blacks, whites, women, gays--not individuals. And that is one of the reasons why Republicans control the presidency, Congress, most governorships and most state legislatures.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Chicago sleaze: State House candidate accused of paying journalist for publicity

Tattered Illinois flag
The Chicago Defender played a key role in supporting civil rights during the Great Migration era, the Emmett Till murder was one of the atrocities it reported on. But in recent years has been a hack publication.

Here's proof from the Chicago Sun-Times:
A candidate for the Illinois House’s 5th District seat is being accused of paying for good publicity from a now ex-editor at one of the city’s most prominent African-American newspapers – a charge both the candidate and editor deny.

Questions have been raised about the arrangement between candidate Dilara Sayeed and former Chicago Defender Managing Editor Mary Datcher, who was paid $10,000 by Sayeed’s campaign.

The payment, which was first reported by the Chicago Crusader, came in November 2017. A day later, the Defender wrote a positive article about Sayeed’s campaign.
As founder and principal of On the Street Promotions, Datcher was tapped to help the Sayeed campaign spread its platform throughout the various communities that make up the state’s 5th District.
On its website, the Crusader reports, the Defender issued a statement on Datcher's dismissal:
"Late last week, the Chicago Defender became aware of a potential employee matter regarding our managing editor's outside business and client relationships. After a few days of due diligence, our investigation found that there was no evidence of wrong doing on behalf of The Chicago Defender, however, we determined that it was necessary to take action and terminate the employee for violation of company policy and procedures." 
Sayeed is a Democrat running for an open seat in the General Assembly.

California has waged war on American sovereignty: Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin comments on the ignoring of federal law by California officials.

Trump hires Pompeo, fires Tillerson on Twitter

The president does things very quickly, to be sure.

From ABC News:
President Donald Trump has fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, tweeting this morning that he plans to replace him with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

Trump asked Tillerson to step aside Friday, a senior White House official told ABC News today, but the State Department says Trump never spoke to Tillerson about the decision.

Trump wanted to make sure he had a team in place before the recently announced talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the official said.

Trump believes he works well with Pompeo and the decision to replace Tillerson was not based on any single issue, the official said.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Liawatha Warren refuses to take DNA test to answer questions whether she is Native American

"Liawatha" used her claim that she had American Indian blood to land a cushy job at Harvard.

But this blue-eyed blonde woman won't offer proof of her hereditary claim.

From the New York Post:
Elizabeth Warren batted down calls for her to take a DNA test to prove her Native American heritage in an interview that aired Sunday.

“I know who I am. And never used it for anything. Never got any benefit from it anywhere,” Warren said of her ancestry on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

The Massachusetts Democrat has been under increased pressure to provide evidence of ​her ​Native American roots, with President Trump repeatedly mocking her as “Pocahontas” as recently as Saturday.

An editorial this month in Massachusetts’s Berkshire Eagle urged Warren to buy a DNA test for $99 to resolve the issue once and for all.

Mark Dice on Facebook and Snopes: Epic Fact Check!

Even conservative-minded parody sites, such as the Babylon Bee, are under attack by the left-wing true-determiners at Facebook and Snopes, Mark Dice truthfully tells us.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

From Da Tech Guy: Illinois bicentennial: The 14 worst leaders from the state

It's party time in Illinois! Well, not really, as the Prairie State is a corrupt and nearly bankrupt cesspool. But with that in mind I've compiled a list at Da Tech Guy: Illinois bicentennial, the 14 worst leaders from the state.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Richard and Linda Thompson - A Heart Needs A Home

Richard and Linda Thompson performed many touching songs during their career, which covered most of the 1970s. In 1975, when "A Heart Needs A Home" was recorded for British television, both of them by this time had joined a Sufi Muslim community, which explains Linda's head scarf and Richard's quasi-turban you see here.

CNBC on February Jobs Report: “Awesome,” “Blockbuster,” “Great”

Who else besides me is not tired of winning?

Friday, March 09, 2018

The abandoned stores of Gary, Indiana

Gary is Indiana's reply to Detroit. After its population peaked at 175,000 in 1960, now only about 75,000 people live in what was once the Hoosier State's second largest city.

Like New York, it's most famous street in Broadway. And there the similarities end.

Broadway was being repaved when I visited in November. Oh, the smoke. No, Gary is not on fire here. Those ugly plumes are coming from US Steel's sprawling Gary Works plant, the largest employer in town.

The billows lasted about a minute. I'm not sure what it was--but a description from the Windsor Star about a similar looking discharge from Detroit's Zug Island US Steel plant is probably on the money as to what we see here.
The black plumes come from two blast furnaces at U.S. Steel which are equipped with bleeder valves designed to open when the pressure gets too high. This prevents damage to the furnaces but also sends particles into the air. A bleeder valve will open for a minute or two releasing a cloud.

There is a big boom and then "it blows all this smoke,: said Gregg Ward, operator of the Detroit-Windsor truck ferry located near the U.S. Steel plant in Detroit.

There can be a week or more without an occurrence, then it might happen several times in a day, he said. He described the particles in the smoke as "fine metallic pieces" that stick to things.
Only didn't I didn't a boom.

Oh, I've gotten off topic. That's the former Michael's Norman Furniture at 1519 Broadway. Burglary must have been a problem there as the store has pull-down window gates in front. Next to it is another abandoned storefront, belonging to United Cleaners.

You may have to click on the photo to make it larger, but you'll see, at least in autumn, Central Paint & Supply Company a block south was holding a going out of business sale.

Probably every town in America in the 1920s with 50,000 or more residents had a movie palace that doubled as a vaudeville theater. Gary's showplace was the Palace Theater, which opened in 1925. It closed in 1972. To be fair, many, perhaps most of these theaters went dark after television sets became the focal point of most living rooms, so Gary shouldn't be clobbered over the demise of the Palace.

But hang in there, I'll start slapping Gary around soon.

Donald Trump, when he was a real estate mogul, also owned the Miss USA pageant, which amazingly was held in Gary at the Genesis Convention Center in 2001 and 2002. For the latter beauty display, the future president fixed up the front of the Palace and placed "Jackson Five Tonite" on the marquee. The Jacksons of course were from Gary but moved away shortly after signing with Motown in the late 1960s. After Michael Jackson's death in 2009, according to Wikipedia, new placards declaring "Jackson Five Forever" were placed on the marquee. As you can see none of those signs remain.

Here's a place that is still a going-concern, the Gary-owned Genesis Convention Center. While it's a multi-purpose arena that holds sporting events, and of course once hosted Miss USA, as a convention complex it's an utter failure because a hotel was never part of the development. As someone who worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade, I can tell you that a convention facility without a hotel within walking distance is a financial sinkhole. It's like a circus tent without stakes or poles.

Who financed this boondoggle?

A brainchild of Gary's mayor for over twenty years, Richard Hatcher, the center opened in 1974. Hatcher was one of the first black mayors of a major US city. While he was a nationally-known civil rights spokesman, perhaps he should have tended matters at home. Genesis, as you guessed by its name, was constructed to revitalize Gary. As for the results? The city's current mayor said last year, "It is a tremendous drain on the city." And Gary is circling that drain.

If you look closely you'll see that the "N" in "convention" is missing.

Peacock Cleaners by the looks of its layout might have serviced the washing of uniforms of the many factory workers in Gary's golden era.

Dry cleaning is a tough business to maintain. Smith's Cleaner's couldn't survive either.

On the 700 block of Washington stands the long-gone Grantham Dodge Plymouth. Oh, what's a Plymouth? It was a Chrysler Motors brand that competed with Ford and Chevrolet.

I believe there is a tree growing out of the second floor at Grantham. Oh, just as with multi-floor automobile factories, multiple-level car dealerships are at a serious disadvantage compared to a spread-out single-floor operations. Too much time is wasted moving cars from floor to floor, and elevators break down a lot and are expensive to maintain.

A look inside.

Two blocks to the south is this pile of rubble.

We are headed towards Broadway again.

Don't laugh. Signage, such as this one for this long-shuttered wig shop, was cutting edge 60 years ago.

Is that a former department store at 8th and Broadway?

Over on 25th Street and Tyler is this bricked-off storefront. Yes, not boarded-up but bricked off. When you own a property and it has to be bricked off, you know you have a distressed property on your hands.

On 25th and Jackson, just three blocks from the old Michael Jackson home, is the former Theodore Roosevelt Brach of the Gary Public Library. Notice the rotting roof. Perhaps some of the Jacksons checked out books here.

Gary's former Union Station is easy to see if you are driving on the Indiana Toll Road but very hard to locate street-level on Broadway. Parking? Forget about it. I left my Honda Civic over near City Hall. I have more photographs of the old train station here.

Tucker: Something ominous is happening to men in America

There are serious problems with many men in America. Addiction, obesity, depression, falling wages, and suicide are among them.

The mainstream media, outside of Tucker Carlson, doesn't seem to care to report on this crisis.

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Trump will meet with Kim to talk Nork nukes

This is a transformative presidency.

The consummate dealer will work on the ultimate deal. No American president has ever met with a Nork leader.

From the New York Post:
President Trump has agreed to sit-down with his North Korean nemesis Kim Jong-Un sometime in the next two months to discuss stripping the hermit nation of its nuclear arsenal, it was announced Thursday.

The historic meeting was brokered by the South Korean government, which delivered the invitation to the White House and divulged the details outside the West Wing.
“He expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible,” South Korean National Security Director Chung Eui-yong said of Kim.

“President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-Un by May to achieve permanent denuclearization.”

Republican Jewish Coalition calls for seven Dems to resign from Congress over Farrakhan ties

Danny K. Davis (D-IL)
It's time to hold the Farrakhan-associating Democrats to account.

From Good Morning America:
The Republican Jewish Coalition is calling for the resignation of seven Democratic members of Congress whom it claims are "connected" to controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The group describes him as a "known anti-Semite."

Farrakhan has routinely spoke disparagingly about Jews over the years, as well as white people, in general. He was thrust into the mainstream spotlight again this week after excerpts from a speech he gave last week on the Nation of Islam's Saviour's Day surfaced online. During the speech, he once again described Jewish people -- who he says "are my enemy" -- in a pejorative manner.

The lobbying group on Tuesday called for the following lawmakers to step down: Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; Danny Davis, D-Ill.; Andre Carson, D-Ind.; Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.; and Al Green, D-Texas.

Louis Farrakhan/Women's March connection is troubling

Leftists have been in love with notorious racist and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan for decades.

The latest fawner is Women’s March National co-chair Tamika Mallory, who refuses to apologize for attending the National of Islam's annual hate-fest, Saviour's Day.

Not so golden? California faces high-profile problems

California, a deep blue state, is overrun with homeless people, illegal immigrants, and significant quality of life problems.

It's not the Golden State anymore.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

"I will not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do." Jeanne Ives won't and neither should you

Failed Republican governor Bruce "Benedict" Rauner is running an ad that Politifact Illinois calls a "Pants on Fire!" lie.

West Point graduate Jeanne Ives lives by the Cadet Code, which is "I will not lie, cheat, or steal--or tolerate those who do."

On March 20 vote for the only conservative candidate for Illinois governor.

Mark Dice on CNN's Hunt for Collusion: They Finally Found Proof

So a jailed prostitute and "sex coach" from Belarus posts on Instragram that she has proof of Russian collusion with Donald Trump. If she's given asylum in the United States--she'll talk.

Jailbirds often say anything in exchange for freedom. Doesn't CNN know that?

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

(PragerU) Dear Celebrities: No One Cares What You Think

Candace Owens, Director of Urban Development for Turning Point USA nails it on the head in regards to celebrities talking about politics.

"No one cares what you think!"

And it of course should be no surprise that the anti-Donald Trump hate fest that was the Academy Awards on Sunday suffered from its lowest ratings ever.

Politifact Illinois on Rauner's claim that Ives is a Madigan lackey: Pants on Fire!

Liar, liar, pants on fire! Bruce Rauner,of Illinois come collect your award.

Bruce Rauner, who National Review says is the worst Republican governor in nation, has been running ads against his conservative opponent, Jeanne Ives, who I support, with the ludicrous claim that she is a "lackey" for Democratic party boss and state House "speaker for life" Michael Madigan.

Politifact Illinois gives Rauner its highest rating for untruth, Pants on Fire.

From its site:
Rauner’s campaign ad said: "Who’s really behind Jeanne Ives’ campaign for governor? Mike Madigan’s corrupt insider machine. They’ve bankrolled her campaign with thousands in shady labor union cash, turning Ives into another Madigan lackey."

A political committee that has supported Michael Madigan and a number of other politicians of both parties gave money to Jeanne Ives. And records show the contributions to Ives total $6,900, a far cry from the $2.5 million she has received from a conservative businessman who once was a major donor to Rauner.

Ives was once a loyal supporter of Rauner in the Illinois House, but broke with the governor last year because she claimed he had become too liberal on social issues. Central to her complaint was Rauner’s signing of abortion rights and immigrant rights legislation that Ives opposed and Madigan backed.

That is hardly a portrait of a Madigan lackey. Indeed, it is the opposite.
From my post at Da Tech Guy:

I want to Bring Back Illinois, which is why I support Jeanne Ives for governor

Make Korea Great Again: North Korea wants to talk with South and USA on denuclearization

President Trump's forceful rhetoric seems to be paying off.

From Reuters:
North Korea is willing to hold talks with the United States on denuclearization and will suspend nuclear tests while those talks are under way, the South said on Tuesday after a delegation returned from the North where it met leader Kim Jong Un.

North and South Korea, still technically at war but enjoying a sharp easing in tension since the Winter Olympics in the South last month, will also hold their first summit in more than a decade next month at the border village of Panmunjom, the head of the delegation, Chung Eui-yong, told a media briefing.

"North Korea made clear its willingness to denuclearize the Korean peninsula and the fact there is no reason for it to have a nuclear programme if military threats against the North are resolved and its regime is secure," the head of the delegation, Chung Eui-yong, told a media briefing.

"The North also said it can have frank talks with the United States on denuclearization and the normalisation of ties between North Korea and the United States," Chung added.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Do you want to strike it rich? Work in Ilinois government!

ILL-inois needs to be powerscrubbed.

From Adam Andrzejewsk in Forbes:
Who are the 'Big Dogs' in 2017 – our list of the most highly compensated public employees in Illinois local government? It's a who's who of public servants – but most you've never heard of – who learned how to game the system for personal gain.

The latest salary and compensation data captured by our organization and posted at from fiscal year 2017 shows Illinois local governments needs far more scrutiny. With many Americans focused on Washington, D.C., citizens aren’t doing enough to stop taxpayer abuse in their own backyards, in their own neighborhoods.

In Illinois, 144 employees at local units of government made more than $190,000 and out-earned every governor. These highly compensated public employees work for municipalities, counties, health clinics, forest preserves, water, park, airport, and mass transit districts, and even some school districts.
Not only are taxpayers forced to fund these administrators’ massive salaries, but, in some case, they also fund the pricey mortgages for their homes. Taxpayers are literally subsidizing housing expenses with loan forgiveness built into employment contracts.

Mark Dice on the leftist Oscars broadcast: You Won’t Believe It

Viewers were promised an Oscars broadcast with positivity and inclusion. But like an alcoholic who promises no more drinking and then guzzles another beer, Hollywood can't control itself. Host Jimmy Kimmel, a hardened leftist, led the barrage of attacks on President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Fox News Viewers.

Mark Dice tells the tale.

Sunday, March 04, 2018

From Da Tech Guy: In Illinois the Democratic Party is Michael Madigan and Michael Madigan is the Democratic Party

Illinois has a problem. It's name is Boss Madigan. From my weekly post at Da Tech Guy: In Illinois the Democratic Party is Michael Madigan and Michael Madigan is the Democratic Party.

Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago #2 2017

Victor Maggio's Bloody Chicago countdown is nearly finished. Garfield Park--both east and west--is Chicago's second most violent neighborhood. Graced by the beautiful and expansive namesake park at it center, Garfield Park is otherwise surrounded by misery.

Maggio also explores good reasons for community mistrust of the Chicago Police in minority neighborhoods--a few bad apples such as torturer Victor Burge, drug dealer Joseph Miedzianowski, jewel thief William Hanhardt, and of course Jason Van Dyke, who faces murder charges over the death of Laquan McDonald.

But most cops are just trying to do their jobs and put away the bad guys.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Bon Jovi and Ray Davies: Celluloid Heroes

The Academy Awards take place Sunday. Perhaps the greatest song about Hollywood, particularly its golden era, was written by Ray Davies for his band the Kinks. That song is Celluloid Heroes.

Here Bon Jovi, joined by Davies, performs the song in London.

Trump pays tribute to Rev. Billy Graham

On Wednesday at the US Capitol President Donald J. Trump paid his respects and spoke of the great works of the Reverend Billy Graham, who was only the fourth private citizen to lay in state at the Capitol.

Friday, March 02, 2018

Trump Highway in Utah?

Normally I oppose naming things, buildings and the like, after living people. But the annoyance factor will be so high with leftists, I have to throw my support on this idea, which involves a road I've driven on.

From the Deseret News:
A state lawmaker known for fighting the federal government over public lands wants to rename a southern Utah highway after President Donald Trump.

Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, introduced a bill Thursday that would rename a route winding through some of the state's most spectacular scenery "Donald J. Trump Utah National Parks Highway."

Noel sees the designation as a thank you to the president for shrinking the Grand-Staircase-Escalante National Monument, something he said other presidents wouldn't do over the years.

"Just for me personally, he’s one of my heroes that he stood up and did this," Noel said. "I know people have a lot of negative things to say about him. Nobody’s perfect. I’m not dwelling on those things. I dwell on the things he’s done for my state and my constituents."

Mark Dice: YouTube's Censorship is Out of Control

YouTube, Mark Dice tells us, recently hired 10,000 social justice warrior types to crack down on conservative channels. One trick of the left, and I hear this all of hem time, is to label any ideas they don't like as "hate speech."

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Armed seccurity guards patrolling downtown Chicago

The latest news from Chiraq comes from ABC Chicago:
Local businesses are paying for armed guards to patrol State Street in the Loop so shoppers and pedestrians feel safe coming downtown.

The guards are known as "street ambassadors," and they will be able to make arrests.

Thursday is the first day for the security detail, now out patrolling the State Street corridor thanks to the Chicago Loop Alliance.

"The Chicago Loop Alliance, their whole purpose is making the downtown Loop a more livable, workable safe friendly, inviting environment and I think that clearly adds to that," Jean de St. Aubin, executive director of the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Jeanne Ives ad on the Legionnaires' disease outbreak at vets' home: Respect

Thirteen residents have died of Legionnaires' disease since 2015 at the state of Illinois-run Quincy Veterans Home since 2015.

“We handled it exceptionally well and we would not do anything different," Rauner said last year about the Quincy crisis.

Last month four more Quincy residents ere diagnosed with the often-fatal disease.

Mark Dice on Adam "Schiff for Brains," We Have a Winner!

US Rep Matt Gaetz (F-FL) just reintroduced--word for word--a 2013 bill making the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) judges more transparent. The original bill's sponsor as Adam "Schiff for Brains" Schiff (D-CA), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and an gadfly critic of President Donald J. Trump.

Gaatz, Mark Dice explains here, asked Schiff to cosponsor the old Schiff bill. But Schiff, a partisan hack, won't.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Jeanne Ives: Lead the Charge - Repeal Tax Hike

The Ives of March is almost here. Jeanne Ives is the conservative candidate for governor of Illinois over Republican-In-Name-Only Bruce Rauner.

Election Day is March 20.

Politico: Community organizers in Chicago fighting Obama over presidential library

Barack Obama cut his teeth--for better for worse--I am going with the latter, by the way, as a community organizer on Chicago's South Side. It is there where he wants to build his presidential library--one that will have no books or documents. And it is community organizers who are battling over him this so-called library, Politico says.

Mark Dice on Russia, Russia, Russia: This is Real

The Clown News Network says that President Donald Trump has a Russia obsession. CNN is projecting, as it is they who have one, Mark Dice points out.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

(PragerU) Churchill: The Man Who Saved the Free World

For his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, Gary Oldman is the heavy favorite to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. But the man he played of course is much more important--and the Free World may not be free today if it were not for Churchill.

In the latest PragerU video, author Andrew Roberts reminds us of Churchill's greatness.

Illinois Review endorses Jeanne Ives for governor

The patriots over at Illinois Review have broken precedent and made their first endorsement. IR is backing Jeanne Ives, the conservative challenger to Republican-In-Name-Only Bruce "Benedict" Rauner. Click here to read more.

Gutfeld on Sheriff Israel's evasive excuses

Led by Greg Gutfeld, Fox News' The Five, excluding Juan Williams, eviscerates the Broward Coward, Sheriff Scott Israel, who rather than serving and protecting the citizens there, he is nothing more than a hack politician.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Mark Dice: They Just Couldn’t Help It

A couple of Olympians, Gus Kenworthy and Shani Davis, took to Twitter during the games too make fools of themselves, Mark Dice tells us. Kenworthy ended the games with an anti-Ivana Trump Tweet.

Perhaps if they focused on sports, instead of Twitter, they might have won medals.

Chiraq: 4 dead and at least 20 wounded over weekend

The last weekend of February brought four shooting deaths--with at least 20 others wounded. Two of the murders took place in Chatham and one in Englewood--all on the South Side. The other shooting fatality occurred in Austin on the West Side.

There were at least 20 people wounded across the city.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

From Da Tech Guy: As Rauner sweeps Illinois guv GOP primary newspaper endorsments so far, it’s fair to ask if they mean anything anymore

Bruce "Benedict" Rauner has collected all of the endorsements to date in regard's to the March Republican primary for governor. But by no means count Jeanne Ives out.

From my post at Da Tech Guy: As Rauner sweeps Illinois guv GOP primary newspaper endorsments so far, it’s fair to ask if they mean anything anymore.

Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago #3 2017

Victor Maggio's Bloody Chicago series is now firmly camped on the West Side. He's now at Number 3 in his countdown of Chicago's Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods--North Lawndale.

When I walked its streets two winters ago I encountered couple of menacing thugs and I thought this urban exploration venture might have been my last. North Lawndale is a nasty place.

Maggio looks back at the history of North Lawndale, from its transition from a predominately Jewish neighborhood to a mostly black one. And he reminds us that the catalyst of the violence in places like North Lawndale are street gangs, including the Conservative Vice Lords, one of the criminal collectives that conned the federal government out of anti-poverty funds in the aftermath of the riots after the assassination of Martin Luther King.

"Why is there so much killing in this neighborhood," Maggio recalls a conversation with a man in a hoodie. "It's about the rush, man, the adrenaline rush that no high can give you," he answered." It's about the kill, yo."

Saturday, February 24, 2018

McGuinn, Clark, and Hillman: I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better

In the late 1970s, three key members of the earliest version of The Byrds, Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, and Gene Clark formed a group called McGuinn, Clark, and Hillman.

With Clark on lead vocals, he leads the band through and early Byrds hit, "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better.

Democrats distancing themselves from Nancy Pelosi

I for one prefer Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as House minority leader. She's the best hope for the Democrats to remain in the minority.

But some of her leftist colleagues are wising up.


Happy Independence Day, Estonia

Estonian flag
On this day in 1918, Estonia, one of the three Baltic States, declared its independence from the Russian Empire. There was still some fighting to come, but Estonia remained an independent state until the Soviet Union seized power in 1940.

But by the autumn of 1991, the USSR recognized the independence of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

Let freedom ring!

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Ice fishing on Juglas Lake in Latvia; monument to a treaty ending a war

Friday, February 23, 2018

School shooting survivor: CNN told me to stick to script

Parkland, Florida high school student Colton Haab says he pulled out of a CNN town hall on gun control because CNN producers re-worded and wrote out his question for him.

That's why they call CNN the Fake News Network.

Mark Dice: Case Closed!

There are a lot of crazy theories on the best way to curb gun violence, Mark Dice learns while dropping in at CNN and MSNBC.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Keith Ellison won’t explain why he visited anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan’s hotel room

When CNN's Wolf Blitzer--he was taking a break from his network's wall-to-wall anti-Trump propaganda--asked US Rep. Keith Ellison (R-MN) why he visited the hotel room of America's preeminent anti-Semite, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, in 2013--despite their relationship ending "long ago," the only Muslim member of Congress replied, "You can expect people to say anything they want to distract from the core issues."

So Ellison does here what he's is accusing his opponents of doing against him. Distracting.

He's a fraud.

Best-selling author mistakes Norwegian flag flying near her Seattle home as Confederate

Blogger in Seattle
And Norway is having such a great Winter Olympics. You would think people would know better.

From Eric Lacitis of the Seattle Times:
A story about the times we live in, and assumptions we can make in our current political climate.

The news tip a few days ago said:
“Hi. Suddenly there is a Confederate flag flying in front of a house in my Greenwood neighborhood. It is at the north-east corner of 92nd and Palatine, just a block west of 92nd and Greenwood Ave N. I would love to know what this ‘means’ … but of course don’t want to knock on their door. Maybe others in the area are flying the flag? Maybe it’s a story? Thank you.”
It was from Rebecca Morris, who is an author of The New York Times best-seller true-crime books.
While both flags have red fields with blue crosses on them, the rebel battle flag is an "X," that is, a St. Andrew's Cross. And there are stars on that cross too, which the Norwegian flag doesn't have.

Illinois needs an insurrection: Sister-in-law of GOP House leader who last worked in 2001 in furniture sales has high-paying job overseeing tollway construction contracts

Tri-State Tollway
Oh, when I say "insurrection," I don't mean an armed one. These are, after all, delicate times.

Illinois House minority leader Jim Durkin, a bought-and-paid-for stooge for Bruce Rauner, the man who National Review says is America's worst GOP governor, has a sister-in-law who has parlayed her dusty career in selling furniture into a job with the Illinois Toll Authority overseeing construction contracts.

From the Daily Herald:
A politically connected Illinois tollway employee hired last year for an important $80,016 engineering department job last worked in 2001 as an account executive selling office furniture.

Laura Durkin is the agency's general manager of engineering and sister-in-law to Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs. Tollway officials recently released Laura Durkin's resume to the Daily Herald after withholding it for weeks.

She was hired in spring 2017 for the job overseeing multiple engineering, architectural and construction contracts. The position requires a minimum of five years' management experience administering construction contracts, according to the tollway's job description.

Laura Durkin has a degree in interior design. Her most recent position was from 1996 to 2001 working as an account executive for Workspace, an office furniture dealership in Oakbrook Terrace. She previously handled sales accounts for two other office furniture companies.
As for myself, I'm backing Jeanne Ives for governor. This madness must end.

Farage: All sorts of things went on between Clinton-Russians

Former UKIP leader and Donald Trump supporter Nigel Farage talks about Russian collusion--with the Hillary Clinton camp.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mark Dice: CNN badgers elderly woman at her home over her "role" in Russian meddling

CNN, which was duped by Russian election meddlers into covering an anti-Donald Trump rally in late 2016, stooped to another new low by showing up uninvited at an elderly woman's home over her "role" in participating in Russian election interference.

Even CNN rips survey of leftist professors that names Trump worst president ever

Donald J. Trump has been president for 13 months but already a survey dominated by leftist eggheads has declared him the worst president in American history.

Yes, even worse than regular cellar dweller James Buchanan, who did almost nothing as the United States disintegrated in 1860 and 1861.

The survey is so bad that even CNN"s Harry Enten is blowing the whistle on it.
You may have read about the new study from political scientists that ranks President Donald Trump as the worst president ever. There's nothing inherently wrong with the study, and the political scientists who worked on it are well-respected. Most Americans, though, don't rank Trump as the worst president ever, even if most disapprove of the job Trump is doing.

Indeed, there is good reason to be cautious in using this study of political scientists to determine what Trump's place in history is at this point or what it will ultimately be. Why?

1. The survey respondents are not Trump friendly

The majority of respondents (57%) self-identified as Democrats compared to just 13% who were Republicans. That 44-percentage-point split is about 35 to 40 points wider than what is found in the general public, according to polls from Gallup. Given that Trump's approval rating nationally among Democrats is in the single digits, it shouldn't be too surprising that his ranking among a very Democratic-leaning sample of political scientists is quite low.
Among that tiny slice of Republicans, Trump didn't do much better. Trump has struggled with elitists of all political stripes. NeverTrump columnist George Will comes to mind.

Nancy Pelosi heckled at town hall while criticizing tax reform: “How much are you worth Nancy?”

Sanctimonious limousine liberal Nancy Pelosi, a multi-millionaire, talks down to the masses about the alleged evils of the Trump tax bill when one of the peasants yells out, "How much are you worth, Nancy?"

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

North Korean defector calls that nation "the kingdom of evil."

While the much of the mainstream media fawns over brutal dictator Kim Jong-Un's sister, who heads propaganda for North Korea Ji Seong-ho, a defector for that state, calls Kim's detestable regime "the kingdom of evil."

Mark Dice: CNN Goes Dumpster Diving Looking for Clues

CMM has been doing garbage-style reporting for years. Recently, Mark Dice points out, the Clown News Network was literally picking through the trash of the Russian "troll farm" that was attempting to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

One of those stunts, an anti-Donald Trump rally held in New York after his victory, was covered by MSNBC. So yes, MSLSD interfered in our political discourse by being duped by the Russians.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Review: LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval

For many people, but not me, 2016 was "the worst year ever." Two prominent rock musicians, David Bowie and Prince, died. Great Britain voted for Brexit. And of course Donald J. Trump was elected president.

But for me 2016 was a pretty good year, as I supported Trump and Brexit, and while I admired the work of Bowie and Prince, both men lived recklessly, so I didn't mourn them that much.

On the 2016 New Year's Eve edition of NPR's Wait...Wait...Don't Tell Me," Bill Kurtis correctly declared 1348, when the Black Death arrived in Europe, as the worst year ever.

Not nearly as bad as 1348 was 1968. But for President Lyndon Baines Johnson, '68 was his worst year ever. And the last full year of the 36th president's time in office is the subject of Kyle Longley's LBJ's 1968 Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval.

We are barely into 2018, but be patient, we'll be deluged with many unhappy anniversary stories.

Coincidentally, 1968 was the first year of my life that I had any inkling of what was going on outside of my South Side Chicago neighborhood. Some of the events in Johnson's annus horribilis I remember well. Such as my exclaiming when a bulletin preempted ABC's Bewitched with the announcement that Martin Luther King had been assassinated. "Who's Martin Luther King?" I exclaimed. "You don't know who Martin Luther King is?" my mother retorted with surprise. Hey, give me a break. I was in kindergarten at the time. Also, I recall my parents sadness over Robert F. Kennedy's assassination, as well as the riot outside the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago during the Democratic Convention. The whole family calmly watched the police clubbing the protesters. Yes, it was a different time as riots were commonplace in the late 1960s as were televised reports of them. Meanwhile my father, my mother assured her children while we were taking in the mayhem, was "far away" from the disturbance. He was attending the actual convention, covering the proceedings for a tiny Chicago neighborhood newspaper.

And I remember that I was the only person who raised a hand in my first grade class at my new suburban school when my teacher asked, "Whose parents voted for Hubert Humphrey?" The gender gap didn't exist then. Richard M. Nixon, won Illinois and of course the general election.

Twelve years later my mother and father were proud Ronald Reagan conservatives.

After Longley recounts LBJ's final State of the Union address given that January--at the time it was assumed by everyone that he would run for a second full term--the troubles begin with a largely forgotten tragedy from 1968, the seizure of the USS Pueblo, with 83 crew members, by North Korea. Johnson and our military were already bogged down with the Vietnam War--another American conflict was unthinkable. One Pueblo sailor was killed--the rest of the crew was tortured and starved. The Pueblo capture foreshadowed the helplessness Jimmy Carter endured after our embassy in Iran was overrun by "students" eleven years later, as well as our contemporary frustrations dealing with the mysterious yet paranoid North Koreans. The USS Pueblo hostages weren't released until shortly before Christmas.
MLK plaque in Winnetka, IL

A week later, while the battle of Khe Sanh raged in South Vietnam, the Communists' Tet Offensive began throughout the rest of that nation. For Johnson and our country, 1968 was like that, one crisis was piled on top of another. Just as the Tet Offensive winded down, to the surprise of many, LBJ announced that he would not seek reelection. A few days later King was assassinated, followed by riots in many major cities, including Washington. Longley recounts a meeting among White House staffers when someone decides to open a window--and in came the fumes from nearby arson fires. There were machine guns placed on the steps of the Capitol and sandbags were strategically placed on the White House grounds. A journalist observed that the Capitol "looked like the parliament of a new African republic."

Things were relatively calm until Johnson's rival, presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in June. The tragedy elevated LBJ's vice president, the loyal Humphrey, who the president unfairly treated with disrespect, into the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination. Then a surprise came. Earl Warren, the liberal Supreme Court chief justice, announced his retirement. Johnson, oblivious that he was seen as a lame duck by the Senate, as well as by the rightward drift of the nation--which is why Warren, fearing a Nixon win, wanted out--suffered a stinging defeat after nominating his friend and confidante, associate Supreme Court justice Abe Fortas, to be the next chief justice. For the Fortas seat LBJ chose another crony, Homer Thornberry, an appeals court judge who succeeded Johnson in the House of Representatives. Fortas didn't survive a cloture vote. Nixon nominated Warren's replacement, as well as the successor for Fortas, who resigned in disgrace in 1969 over a secret payments scandal.

A few days after the Warsaw Pact nations invaded Czechoslovakia and ended the Prague Spring, the disastrous Democratic National Convention, largely remembered for the riot I watched on television, also showed the nation how fractious the Democrats were, all but guaranteeing a Nixon win in November.

All through 1968 the Johnson administration was negotiating with the North Vietnamese to sit down for a peace conference, while the Nixon campaign worked behind the scenes with the South Vietnamese to prevent one.

Longley in my opinion unfairly compares the Nixon chicanery in what became known as the Chennault Affair to a story from that other "horrible year," 2016, when he says "a foreign government likely played a role in shaping the outcome of a presidential election with the possible collusion with one of the campaigns." What the author wrote is probably a year old. I have the advantage of writing in the present--on Presidents' Day no less--and while the Mueller investigation has not completed its work, nine months after he was named special prosecutor, Mueller has revealed no evidence of  collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign.

That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy LBJ's 1968. I did. I got the most pleasure by having the co-worker in the cubicle next to mine read the section about the Washington riot after MLK was murdered. He was one of the soldiers dispatched to the capital to put down the riot. An enlisted man, he chuckled when read that a District of Columbia public safety official and the vice chief of the US Army were unable to communicate with the president because the police radio system was jammed as they toured the riot zone. The pair was forced to wait in line for their turn to use a pay phone like ordinary people--for their own safety they were unwilling to identify themselves--so they could call the White House and give their report on the carnage to Johnson.

LBJ, like all presidents, believed the media wasn't giving him a fair shake. When he learned that black activist Stokley Carmichael, during that same riot, planned a march in Georgetown, where so many of the columnists Johnson disliked lived, he howled, "God-damn! I've waited thirty-five years for this day." That gave me a chuckle. Trump would like that quip too, I am sure.

It wasn't all bad news for Johnson in '68. For two years Johnson had been trying to get a fair housing bill passed by Congress. In the days following King's murder, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 made it on to LBJ's desk, which he promptly signed. Later that year Congress passed a gun control bill, which was weaker than what Johnson wanted, but he signed it into law anyway.

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Chiraq: 5 dead at least 21 wounded over weekend

So far on Presidents' Day weekend five people have been fatally shot in Chicago while at least others suffered wounds.

Of the deadly shootings, all took place on the South Side with one each in West Lawn, South Deering, Auburn Gresham, South Shore, and Altgeld Gardens.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago #4 2017

A cursory review of Chicago crime stories will lead you to believe that Englewood in Chicago's most violent neighborhood. But as my friend Victor Maggio winds down his Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhood series on his Bloody Chicago YouTube channel, we learn that Englewood, which is on the South Side, is only at Number 4.

The West Side is coming.

In a masterful look at Englewood, Maggio's latest video is his best piece yet. Once a prosperous suburb, Englewood's first brush with notoriety was that it was where Herman Webster Mudgett, better known as H.H. Holmes, operated his "murder hotel." Holmes was America's first documented serial killer, his crimes are laid out in the best-selling book Devil In The White City.

Englewood's onetime shopping district, centered at 63rd and Halsted, was the busiest in Chicago outside of downtown. A short walk from that corner on nearly every Sunday my mother watched movies at the luxurious Southtown Theatre. When it closed in 1991 it was serving as a flea market.

I've visited Englewood too, Maggio rightly calls it "the most rundown neighborhood in Chicago." It's a mini-Detroit. While redlining and overt racism have contributed to Englewood's descent, most of the responsibility for its present pathetic state belongs to Larry Hoover, the longtime leader of the Black Gangster Disciples street gang. He is now incarcerated at the Supermax prison in Colorado.

Maggio also discusses anti-police flash mob protests and he notices something I have also seen in Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods, the many young men wandering the streets in wheelchairs, whom he calls "the forgotten ones." Most of them likely are victims of the city's wanton violence.

From Da Tech Guy: Mueller's search for “monsters” yields 13 indictments

At Da Tech Guy I write about Russia...Russia...Russia: Mueller’s search for “monsters” yields 13 indictments.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Rainmakers: Spend It On Love

The Rainmakers, the best band you've never heard of, does the unthinkable for a rock band. They preach personal responsibility, most infamously on "Government Cheese."

They utilize a softer approach in "Spend It On Love."
You tell of man who took a hundred dollars
Spent it on lottery tickets and beer.
Won a couple of million, left his wife and children.
Lived himself to death in a couple of years.

President Donald J. Trump: Year One

Somehow I missed this January video from the White House that celebrates the first year achievements of our 45th president, Donald J. Trump.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Mark Dice on illegal immigration: They All Agree with Him!

Do you remember when senators Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein, and Barack Obama all opposed illegal immigration and were in favor of strong border protections?

Or when Hillary Clinton agreed?

Mark Dice does.

Romney, who the media hated in 2012, is loved by the media now

This morning, as expected, Mitt Romney announced that he's running for the US Senate seat in Utah being vacated by Republican Orrin Hatch, who is retiring. Because he often criticizes President Trump, the media loves him.  Take a look here, here, and especially here.

But isn't this the same Romney who the leftist media excoriated in 2012 as the evil capitalist who fired thousands, killed a woman suffering from cancer (not true), and tortured the family dog?

It is.

They are such hypocrites.

Happy 100th birthday Lithuania!

Lithuanian flag at Chicago's
O'Hare Airport
On this day in 1918 Lithuania declared its independence. A forgotten victim of the partition of Poland, the Lithuanian people suffered terrible during the twelve decades Russian rule. Sadly, worse was to come when the Soviet Union annexed Lithuania in 1940, which led to a far-worse occupation that finally ended in the autumn of 1991, three months before the collapse of the Soviet Union. As with the other two Baltic States, Latvia and Estonia, these were the only former USSR republics who left and never look back. God bless them all!

The Lithuanians are a hard-working and freedom loving people.

Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

President Trump's address to the nation about the Florida school shootings

President Donald J. Trump offered words of comfort as he addressed the nation on the morning of yesterday's mass school shooting in South Florida.

"I want you to know that you are never alone and you never will be. You have people who care about you, who love you and who will do anything at all to protect you," Trump said. "If you need help, turn to a teacher, a family member, a local police officer, or a faith leader, Answer hate with love, answer cruelty with kindness. We must also work together to create a culture in our country that embraces the dignity of life that creates deep and meaningful human connections and that turns classmates and colleagues into friends and neighbors."

Alleged killer of Chicago Police commander is a career criminal

Chicago violence is no longer confined to the West and South sides. Car jackings are now a city-wide phenomenon.

And on Tuesday the commander of Chicago's 18th police district, Paul Bauer, was shot to death by a career criminal, Shomari Legghette, in the city's Loop.

Clearly we need tougher sentencing laws for repeat felons.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Legghette’s adult criminal record includes convictions for armed robbery, resisting a correctional officer and felony drug possession.

In 1998, he robbed a Forest Park couple in their driveway. Legghette claimed he was urinating when an acquaintance nicknamed "Trouble" pointed a pistol at a man in his car and ordered his wife to turn over her valuables.

Legghette was arrested after getting away in a car and running from police. He was sentenced to 16 years in prison for the holdup, according to documents in his unsuccessful appeal.

More recently, Legghette was charged in 2014 with selling heroin to a man. Five baggies of the drug and $138 were found on him. He was convicted and sentenced to two years in prison.
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Chicago alderman: "We're living in a lawless city right now"