Sunday, February 18, 2018

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"

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Chicago alderman: "We're living in a lawless city right now"

Around this time yesterday afternoon a Chicago Police district commander, Paul Bauer, was shot to death outside of the James Thompson Center, a quasi-second state capitol building, in downtown Chicago. Across the street for that building is City Hall.

Two City Council members spoke to Fox Chicago about the murder.
The killing of a Chicago police commander on Tuesday had an emotional impact on two members of the city council who are themselves former cops.

They connected the killing of commander Paul Bauer, the first Chicago cop to die on duty since 2011, to the murder of other officers across the country -- about a dozen already in this still new year.

“Our crime rates are going up and we're living in a lawless city right now. And I do believe our police are trying everything. I do believe our city has the heart to fix this. It's just who's going to step up and do it?” said Alderman Anthony Napolitano.

“We don't know what happened with this thing. But I do believe there's a war on police. I think police are being vilified right now. There might be one or two bad apples in the bunch. But then you're lumping 'em all together for something bad that happened,” said alderman Nick Sposato.

Super Bowl LII had lowest TV ratings since 2010

Two major market teams, New England and Philadelphia, squared off in Super Bowl 52 last week. But the ratings sank, the lowest in eight years.

Did the National Anthem protests have something to do with that?

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mark Dice on Brian Stelter: Whoops! Wrong Again!

The Clown News Network's senior media correspondent, Brian Stelter, is in denial over this suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, Mark Dice tells us.

Ken Starr & Robert Mueller: When Dems Attacked an Investigation

Leftists are attacking Republican leaders for questioning the Mueller investigation into alleged collusion between the Donald J. Trump campaign and Russia.

But a while ago it was the Democrats and their media allies who were angry about special prosecutor Ken Starr's investigation into Whitewater and other Bill and Hillary Clinton ventures.

Boss Madigan fires political consultant over inappropriate texts

Illinois Democratic political boss Michael Madigan finds himself in trouble.

From AP:
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has dismissed a long-time political consultant after an investigation found he sent inappropriate text messages to a colleague.

Madigan identified the consultant as Kevin Quinn in a statement Monday.

Madigan attorney Heather Wier Vaught says the woman is a political consultant not employed by Madigan.

Vaught says Quinn texted the woman seeking a date in 2016. There were fewer than a dozen texts but they continued after the woman told Quinn she wasn’t interested.
Quinn is the brother of Marty Quinn, alderman of the Chicago's 13th Ward. Madigan is the committeeman of that ward. He is also the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Mark Dice: Liberals New Hero!

Trump Derangement Syndrome was on full display over the weekend as the Clown News Network, the New York Slimes, and the Washington Compost all fawned over Kim Jong Un's sister's appearance at the Winter Olympics.

Sister Kim is head of propaganda for the murderous regime that starves its people.

(PragerU) How Lincoln Changed the World in Two Minutes

On this Lincoln's Birthday edition of PragerU, Doug Douds of the Army War College reminds us of the greatness of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Chiraq: 4 dead and at least 4 wounded over weekend

Park on the West Side
Over the weekend Chicago saw a foot of snow fall. Does that mean the thugs in Chiraq put away their guns? Of course not. Over the snowy weekend four Chicagoans were shot to death and at least four others were wounded.

Three of the murders were South Side crimes--one each in Chatham, West Englewood, and the Back of the Yards. The fourth killing happened in Humboldt Park on the West Side.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Ray Davies (The Kinks) - Shangri-La with chorus

Watch and sing along as Ray Davies sings "Shangri-La" from the Kinks overlooked concept album, Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire).

And he's joined by church-style choir.

Tucker: Russian collusion proof points to Dems, not Trump

"Okay, but the funny thing is," Tucker Carlson explains in this clip from Friday's show, "almost all of the Russian collusion evidence unearthed recently implicates Democrats, not the Trump campaign."

So there is a Russian collusion problem.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago #5 2017

"In neighborhoods like Humbolt Park," Victor Maggio says in his latest Bloody Chicago entry, "bullets regularly whiz around the neighborhood like flies around a garbage can."

We're down to Number 5 in Maggio's countdown of Chicago's Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods,

Like Number 10, Back of the Yards, no racial group dominates Humboldt Park. And because of rival gang conflicts, diversity does not mean harmony there either.

Mark Dice on Trump's "treason" quip: They can't take a joke!

President Trump was joking, CNN and MSNBC, when he remarked that Democrats who were unenthusiastically watching his State of the Union address should be charged with treason.

But the Dems, Mark Dice correctly points out, have no sense of humor.

Crybaby USA speedskater doesn't show up to Olympic opening ceremony because he's not the flagbearer

Sportsmanship used to be taught to be an essential part of athletics as to build character. And part of that character development is to recognize that no matter how prepared you are for a competitive event, often the result doesn't always end up the way that you expect.

Sports, and life, is not fair. And it never will be.

Shani Davis may have some Olympic medals, but he still has some learning to do.

From the Daily Mail:
Erin Hamlin has led Team USA out for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang after being named as flag carrier ahead of Shani Davis, who boycotted the ceremony. Hamlin, a four-time Olympian and winner of a luge bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi games, beamed a broad smile as she led out the athletes competing at the games in South Korea to the accompaniment of 'Gangnam Style'.

The 31-year-old was chosen in a coin toss with speedskater Shani Davis, one of just a few black athletes in Team USA, who says he should have been chosen to carry the Stars and Stripes.

Davis, 35, a five-time Olympian who has won two gold medals and two silver medals, lost after a vote among sports federations represented at the games ended in a tie.

A U.S. speed skating spokesman said Davis had not originally planned to march in the parade of nations later on Friday, but would have made an exception if he had been chosen as flag-bearer.

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Illinois GOP delegation denouces Nazi candidate for Congress--this is news?

Illinois flag with state
bicentennial flag
Illinois' ignoble Republican Party was in its usual state--asleep--when a southwest suburban Chicago Nazi, Art Jones, gathered enough signatures to have his name on the ballot for the GOP nomination for US representative in Illinois' 3rd Congressional District?

Why couldn't the Republican Party in the Land of Lincoln find someone else to run? After Jones' petitions were verified as valid, why didn't the GOP find an acceptable write-in candidate?

Because the Illinois GOP sucks, that's way.

Oh, adding to the farce is this statement from the state Republican delegation:
"The Illinois Republican Congressional delegation strongly and unequivocally condemns the racist views and candidacy of Arthur Jones in the 3rd Congressional District. This is not who we are as a party or as a country and we urge civic-minded citizens to get involved in the political process to prevent non-party extremists like Jones from hijacking nominations."

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06)
U.S. Rep. Mike Bost (IL-12)
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13)
U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (IL-15)
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (IL-16)
U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood (IL-18)
Wow. They oppose a Nazi. That's a bold step. Not.

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Jones Nazi debacle symptomatic of the failure of the Illinois Republican Party

My opinion on that Ives ad

As you may have heard, Jeanne Ives, the Republican challenger of failed Illinois GOP governor Bruce "Benedict" Rauner, released a controversial web ad parodying a 2017 Rauner commercial where governors in neighboring states say "thank you" to Democratic Party boss Michael Madigan, the man who Reuters says is "behind the fiscal fiasco in Illinois."

In the Ives video, actors "thank" Rauner for various bills that he signed that offend the Republican base, including HB 40, which greatly expands state funding for abortions, and HB 1785,. which allows people to use whatever bathroom they want.

In the thirty-second spot a woman in a pink pussy hat gleefully exclaims, "Thank you for making all Illinois families pay for my abortions." Note the use of the plural there. An ugly man in a dress sardonically tells the governor, "Thank you for signing legislation that allows me to use the girls' bathroom."

The poltroons in the Illinois Republican Party, the same ones whose inaction is allowing a Nazi to run unopposed in a GOP congressional primary, have condemned the video. But keep in mind that the state party--from top to bottom--is bought and paid for by Rauner's considerable financial largesse. And those third-rate apparatchiks want that cash flow from Rauner's wallet to keep flowing, so they can perhaps win an additional park district office election, while Illinois careens towards insolvency.

On the flipside, the tone of the ad is a bit off, I would have dialed down the snarkiness. But Ives is still an unknown to many Republican voter and some of them don't know that Rauner signed legislation that makes Illinois a sanctuary state, for instance. While her fundraising situation is improving, she's still sitting in the cheap seats, so she needs a loud horn right now.

As abortion, Cardinal Blasé Cupich says Rauner promised him that he would veto the abortion bill. Which means Rauner lied to Chicago's archbishop.

Mark Dice: I'm a Russian Bot!

America survived its war of independence, a second war with Great Britain, a Civil War and two World Wars.

But can it survive the Russian bots that are terrifying so many Democrats and their allies on MSLSD and the Clown News Network? Mark Dice explores.

Oh, my wife speaks Russian. Should I be worried?

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

MSNBC Reporter: National Democrats Now Worried Their 2018 Bench Is Too Liberal

Alex Seitz-Wald, an MSNBC political analyst, wonders if the far-left nature of many of the potential Democratic candidates for Congress are too liberal for the general public.

Why is Illinois being taxed to death?

Dennis Welsh, the general manager of Fox Chicago, asks "Why is Illinois being taxed to death?" His answer? Too many layers, many redundant, of government. Consolidation is the answer, which DuPage County, a Republican area, has utilized with great success.

But sadly, the ruling class in Illinois, consisting mostly of Democrats but some Republicans, like this rotten-for-the-taxpayers situation. They want their sinecures for themselves, their cronies, and their relatives--and those big fat pensions too.

FBI's Stroke and his lover in texts on Trump: Obama "wants to know everything"

There was another revelation in the Deep State attacks on Donald Trump.

From Fox News:
Newly revealed text messages between FBI paramours Peter Strzok and Lisa Page include an exchange about preparing talking points for then-FBI Director James Comey to give to President Obama, who wanted “to know everything we’re doing."

The message, from Page to Strzok, was among thousands of texts between the lovers reviewed by Fox News. The pair both worked at one point for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Page wrote to Strzok on Sept. 2, 2016, about prepping Comey because "potus wants to know everything we're doing." According to a newly released Senate report, this text raises questions about Obama's personal involvement in the Clinton email investigation.

In texts previously revealed, Strzok and Page have shown their disdain for Republicans in general, as well as Trump, calling him a "f---ing idiot," among other insults.

Mark Dice on Adam Schiff: It Gets Even Better!

Listen along with Mark Dice as two Russian pranksters fool US Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a Donald Trump-hater who is the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, convincing Schifftless that they have naked photos of the president.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

From Doug Ross: SCHIFF FOR BRAINS: Democrat Adam Schiff Secretly Meets with Fake Russians to Secure "Nude Trump Photos"

Adam Shiftless is a fool. From Doug Ross: SCHIFF FOR BRAINS: Democrat Adam Schiff Secretly Meets with Fake Russians to Secure "Nude Trump Photos."

Jones Nazi debacle symptomatic of the failure of the Illinois Republican Party

For forty years a whack-job, Art Jones, a neo Nazi, holocaust denier, and a white supremacist, has been a political gadfly, running for various offices in southeastern Wisconsin and the Chicago area. And on those occasions he survives ballot challenges, he performs about as well as Joseph Goebbels would in an 8 Mile style rap battle.

Is Jones evil? Mentally ill? A mixture of both?

Two years ago Jones was a Republican candidate for Congress in Illinois' 3rd district, but a petitions challenge by the state GOP knocked him off of the ballot. So that cleared the way for a bona fide Republican to face off against the incumbent, Democrat Dan Lipinski, for the House seat, right?

Wrong. There was not a GOP opponent against Lipinski in 2016.

Illinois congressional districts are a gerrymandered farce, an insult of democracy drawn by Michael Madigan, who lives in the district. Madigan, who is the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party, has been speaker of the state House for 33 of the last 35 years. He'd be a walking-and-talking advertisement for term limits if he bothered to talk much. Illinois Republicans are understandably demoralized because so many of them are divided into bits in order to dilute their strength.

That little bulb in the northeast, consisting of parts of Chicago's Southwest Side and southwestern Cook County, is the heavily Democratic chunk of the 3rd, most of the rest of the contorted land mass is a Republican stronghold.

So this year did the Republicans recruit a candidate to oppose Jones--who is obviously persistent--in the GOP primary? Nope. Jones is running unopposed. He'll be the Republican nominee for Congress in the 3rd, barring a successful write-in challenge. The primary election is next month.

I get it. Whoever is the Democratic nominee--Lipinski has a primary opponent--is the odds-on favorite to win in November. But don't tell me that there isn't a scandal-free Republican retiree, for instance, who could run, and say the Dem nominee gets swallowed by an unforeseen scandal, drop everything to serve in Congress if the unthinkable happens. Those men and women are out there.

The Illinois Republican party has put a full court press against itself, believing that they are the Harlem Globetrotters' hapless foe, the Washington Generals. At the time Jones ran for his first office, the idea that Vermont would be one of the most Democratic states in the nation was laughable.

Winning is an attitude. So is losing.

Oh, those of you on the left who think that you can tie Jones to Donald Trump need to know that while he did vote for Trump, Jones has turned against the president because he has "surrounded himself with hordes of Jews including a Jew in his own family, that punk named Jared Kushner."

Jones is not only persistent  but he is consistent.

Oh, I hate Illinois Nazis.

Happy Ronald Reagan Day

Reagan mural, Tampico IL
It's the Gipper's birthday!

On this day in 1911 in tiny Tampico, Illinois, the only president born in the Land of Lincoln, Ronald Wilson Reagan, entered this world in a second floor apartment above a bakery on Main Street.

Forty state governors have declared February 6 Ronald Reagan Day.

How will you celebrate?

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Monday, February 05, 2018

PragerU: Can Climate Models Predict Climate Change?

Leftists who harp about global warming, oops, I mean climate change, point to evidence that the planet is heating up with computer model predictions.

Will Happer, an emeritus professor of physics at Princeton University, has solid climate credentials. In the latest PragerU video, Happer debunks these computer projections.

Chiraq: 5 dead, including 3 in West Pullman, and at least 15 wounded over weekend

West Pullman
Bitter cold and snow returned to Chicago over the weekend but people still shot each other.

Five people were shot to death over the weekend, including three--in separate incidents--in West Pullman on the Far South Side.

At least 15 others were wounded.

The other two fatal shootings also happened on the South Side, one in South Shore, which Bloody Chicago lists as the city's seventh most violent neighborhood, and one in Auburn Gresham, which comes in at sixth place.

Sunday, February 04, 2018

From Da Tech Guy: The West Coast's war on energy and prosperity

America's economy is soaring during the Trump Era. But leave it to the left coast to pass over a great thing. From my weekly post at Da Tech Guy: The West Coast's war on energy and prosperity

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Carlene Carter and Dave Edmunds - Baby Ride Easy

At the time this performance was recorded, Dave Edmunds was the co-leader of Rockpile with Nick Lowe. And Carlene Carter, June Carter Cash's daughter was married to Lowe, who was the producer of Elvis Costello's first five albums.

Watch as the duo sings "Baby Ride Easy."

Trump reacts to contents of FBI Deep State memo: It's a disgrace

President Trump is right--the FBI "Deep State" memo is a disgrace. Law enforcement agencies should never be in the business of pursuing a political agenda.

Friday, February 02, 2018

Top Ten Most Violent Neighborhoods in Chicago #6 2017

All of my family bases are covered in Victor Maggio's ongoing series counting down the ten most violent neighborhoods in Chicago.

My old neighborhood, Roseland, clocked in at number 8. My dad's old stomping grounds, South Shore, reported in at number 7.

Now we're at number 6, Auburn Gresham, where my mother was raised.

All of these neighborhoods are on the South Side. Don't worry, we'll be hearing from the West Side before long, I am sure.

Auburn Gresham is best known as the home of St. Sabina perish, where leftist Catholic priest Michael Pflger has been pastor since 1981.

Maggio also covers rapper related gang violence at the end of this clip.

FBI Deep State memo: No Trump warrant without discredited Steele dossier

America 1--Deep State 0.

Without the discredited Christopher Steele dossier--oh, he's a British citizen, I thought Democrats were against foreign involvement in our elections?--there would be no warrant against the Trump campaign.

From the Daily Caller:
The FBI relied heavily on the dubious Steele dossier, as well as a Yahoo! News article based on the salacious document, to obtain a surveillance warrant against a Trump campaign adviser prior to the 2016 election, according to an explosive but controversial memo approved for release by the White House on Friday.

The memo, which was crafted by House Republicans, also says that the FBI’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, told Congress that a FISA warrant against the campaign adviser, Carter Page, would not have been granted without use of the dossier. That despite the FBI later determining that very little of the Democrat-funded document was corroborated.

And in another stunning revelation, the memo asserts that Justice Department official Bruce Ohr was used to pass information from the author of the dossier, Christopher Steele, to the DOJ.

Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked at the time for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm research firm that commissioned the dossier. Bruce Ohr, who worked closely with Deputy Attorney Generals Sally Yates and Rod Rosenstein, passed his wife’s opposition research on Trump to the FBI, the memo says.

Trey Gowdy's Greatest Hits

This week the great Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, announced he won't be running for reelection. Part of the 2010 Tea Party wave, Gowdy doesn't believe in making electoral office a permanent career.

National Review has put together a "greatest hits" collection of Gowdy's seven years in the House.

New jobs up on January

Lots of great news in the first jobs report of 2018.

From CNBC:
Nonfarm payrolls grew by 200,000 in January and the unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said in a closely watched report from Friday.

Economists surveyed by Reuters had been expecting jobs growth of 180,000 and an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent. A broader measure of unemployment that includes discouraged workers and those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons edged higher to 8.2 percent, the highest level since September.

In addition to the solid payroll growth, average hourly earnings were up 0.3 percent for the month, matching estimates and reflecting an annualized gain of 2.9 percent. However, the average work week fell two-tenths to 34.3 hours.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Mark Dice on the FBI memo: They figured it out!

So why is the Deep State FBI memo going to be released by President Trump. Mark Dice points out that "a Russian bot" implanted in the government is the reason. An MSLSD analyst thinks so.

Or could it be a plot, according to Clown News Network legal "expert" Jeffrey Toobin, by the Fox & Friends TV show.

Oh, what do Adam Shiftless (D-CA), the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee and the founder of the Heaven's Gate cult have in common? Besides being from California?

Find out!

Trump to release Deep State FBI memo Friday

The Deep State is very nervous today.

From Fox Chicago:
President Donald Trump will declassify an FBI memo that purportedly reveals surveillance abuses during the Russia election investigation, sources tell Fox News.

The White House will declassify the latest version, which sources told Fox News included "technical edits" at the request of the FBI.

The release will likely come Friday morning, according to Fox News.

The FBI declared on Wednesday that it had "grave concerns" about the accuracy of the classified memo on the Russia election investigation.

Why are Dems trying to block the release of the Nunes memo?

The Deep State might as well be called the Dem State. And if the Deep State can turn on a presidential candidate, I believe it can turn on you.