Friday, June 22, 2018

Mark Dice: The Truth About Time Magazine Cover Story

More media bias and Trump hatred exposed.

Chicago needs to write fewer parking tickets and it needs to ban red-light cameras

Chicago's Northwest Side
So if middle class and wealthy people are more likely to be issued red-light camera tickets that would be acceptable? Perhaps Chicago should do the sensible thing and ban those accident-causing cameras? And while they are at it, the city should stop writing more tickets. When I lived in Chicago I was ticketed twice for having a "For Sale" sign on my car.

Chicago should also dump many of its parking regulations.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was urged Thursday to go easier on parking and vehicle ticket scofflaws after a new report showed the city’s get-tough enforcement policies were having a disproportionate impact on low-income and minority communities.

In a report appropriately called, “The Debt Spiral,” the Woodstock Institute examined 3.6 million vehicle-related tickets issued by the city in 2017.

Those tickets included: 273,000 issued by red-light cameras; 250,000 by speed cameras; 187,000 sticker violations; 175,000 tickets for expired meters; 162,000 for expired license plates or temporary registrations and 144,000 for street cleaning violations.

Results of the ZIP code-based study were not all that surprising, but troubling nevertheless.
Did you notice the number of tickets? 3.5 million. In a city of just 2.6 million and falling.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

(Video) The life and times of Charles Krauthammer

One of the giants of our time has passed away, Charles Krauthammer.

Rest in peace.

Mark Dice: Twitter's Hypocrisy is Off The Charts

Twitter has two standards in regards to punishing those posting abusive content. A tough one for conservatives and a lenient one for leftists, such as in the case of the vile Peter Fonda, who Tweeted a rape fantasy about the Barron Trump, the president's 12-year-old son.

Gutfeld on Peter Fonda's anti-Trump tweets

In a series of since-deleted and apologized-for Tweets, has-been actor Peter Fonda, who doesn't have a TV show that can be cancelled, called for the president's 12-year-old son, Barron, to be locked in a cage with pedophiles. Fonda also called for Homeland Security secretary Kristjen Nielsen to be locked in a cage too, stripped naked, and whipped.

Remember, leftists are the compassionate lot, conservatives are the heartless ones, or so I have been told.

Fonda's rage has something to do with the refugee situation on the southern border.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Farage: Refugee problem may end Merkel’s run

Angela Merkel's long run as chancellor of Germany may end soon, Nigel Farage reports.

Her possible undoing? The refugee crisis there.

Mark Dice: Rachel Maddow Cries

The Democrats finally have a real issue to debate with President Trump--the separation of illegal families who are caught crossing the border. The detention centers are not concentration camps, as the left-wing media claims, but children belong with their parents, which is something mom and dad should consider when they plan to break the law.

Anyway, it looks like a solution might be coming to this problem, as House Republics debate a bill that will keep families caught at the border together.

In the meantime, Mark Dice reports on the craziness and yes, Rachel Madcow cries.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Chicago principal who invited cop-hating radical for Career Day retires

Wildwood School during a one-day strike in 2016
As I wrote earlier this month, the sex-scandal plagued Chicago Public Schools needs to be dissolved and rebuilt from scratch.

From Fox News:
A Chicago Public Schools principal suddenly retired after she outraged parents by inviting an anti-police extremist to talk to students on “Career Day.”

Mary Beth Cunat personally invited the anti-police activist, Ethan Ethos, to speak to sixth through eighth-grade students at Wildwood Elementary School. Ethos is a self-described “radical” who routinely posts violent anti-police rhetoric online.

After a Chicago police commander was shot and killed execution-style in February, Ethos posted online, “F HIM [and] HIS FAMILY.”

Ethos also posts the term “CPDK” which apparently stands for “Chicago Police Department Killer.” The extremist referred to cops as “pigs” and once posted about killing rich people.
From my post at Da Tech Guy:

Perhaps Chicago Public Schools should start over again

Huge victory for justice as extremist Southern Poverty Law Center agrees to multi-million dollar settlement

The leftist Southern Poverty Law Center is a thug organization.

From National Review:
Which brings us to today. For as of today it seems possible that the SPLC’s position may finally be taken back down to the position it should have been reduced to years ago. Perhaps after today those donors who still give money to the SPLC will realize that they are backing a disgraced and disgraceful organization, if any were unaware of and unbothered about this before.

For today it has been announced that the SPLC has been forced to pay $3.375 million to the British Muslim reformist and anti-extremism campaigner Maajid Nawaz.
Two years ago the SPLC published one of its typically poorly put-together hack jobs. It described this one grandiloquently as a “Field guide to anti-Muslim extremists.” Like their opposite numbers in the U.K. (the incorrectly titled “Hope Not Hate”), the SPLC has decided in recent years that it has the ability to judge not merely what is a correct interpretation of Islam and what is an incorrect interpretation of Islam, but also (mirabile dictu) who may criticize Islam with some legitimacy and who may not. In both cases the general sense is given off that in fact nobody can criticize any aspect of Islam legitimately without being named in a “field guide” put together by a gaggle of people who are overfunded and underinformed.

Even by its own standards the SPLC’s 2016 report was more than usually sloppy. For among the many other people they incorrectly labeled “anti-Muslim extremists,” the SPLC listed Maajid Nawaz and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Which, given that Ayaan was born a Muslim and Maajid still is a Muslim, is really the sort of thing would give any sensible person pause. Or, to put it another way, how many more black people do the white far-leftists at the SPLC have to target before having to put themselves on one of their piss-poor “field guides”?

Anyhow — Nawaz very sensibly sued. Not just to clear his name, but also to make up for the fact that in the wake of the SPLC’s designation, Nawaz’s think tank (the counter-extremism organization Quilliam) found its fundraising efforts to be seriously affected. Of course they would be. Because even two years ago there were still people who took the views of the SPLC seriously. A “designation” by the SPLC that a Muslim reformer is in fact, secretly or otherwise, an “anti-Muslim extremist” is the sort of thing that might scare away all but the most robust and rigorous foundations and individuals from supporting said outfit. The SPLC’s actions were also a serious warning note sounded against any other Muslims keen to get into the realm of counter-extremism. After all, now they must know that if they do dedicate their lives and careers to the cause of battling the extremists in their faith, then they not only face the potential retributions of the jihadists — as Nawaz has done — but the anathematizing and target-selection practices of the SPLC.

(Bloody Chicago) Violent Father’s Day Weekend in Chicago, 54 Shot, 9 Killed

Father's Day weekend brought more violence to Chicago. Nine people were shot to death and an additional 54 others were wounded.

The intrepid Victor Maggio of Bloody Chicago hit the streets again, not only covering the bloodshed, but he calls out Chicago Public Schools for looking the other way as students were sexually abused.

Warning: Strong language.

Monday, June 18, 2018

(PragerU) What Is Intersectionality?

Ben Shapiro talks about victim status and how much of a victim you are, not the validity of your thoughts, brings status to what you think.

At the bottom of the leftists' pile in this weak new world?

Straight white miles.

Mark Dice: Their New 'Evidence' of Collusion is a Joke

The anti-Trump media, led of course by CNN, can't let go of the so-called collusion story about President Trump and Russia.

Mark Dice dissects the latest canard--and also looks as some Father's Day attacks on masculinity.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

XTC: Grass

Whenever summer arrives I think of XTC's masterpiece album, Skylarking.

Here's a Colin Moulding penned song about the outdoors, "Grass."

From my post at Da Tech Guy:

(Review) XTC: This Is Pop

Bill Clinton to "Today Show": I don't owe Lewinsky an apology

Hello Bill Clinton: Please go away. Signed, everyone.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Cobain artifacts, including couch I am sitting on, destroyed in Aberdeen WA fire

Blogger in 2016
Aberdeen, Washington is a miniature Flint, Michigan. Or a tiny Detroit. The only thing it has going for it is that it's the hometown of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

But part of Cobain's past, including the couch I am sitting on here, is gone.

From the Seattle Times:
And history matters here in this gritty town still reeling from the collapse of the logging industry, and where working-class families have lived for generations.

The fire Saturday gutted the Aberdeen Armory Building, dedicated in 1922 and touted as “a source of civic pride and activity.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, according to Aberdeen Fire Chief Tom Hubbard.

The two-story structure housed the Aberdeen Museum of History, a senior center and low-income assistance offices.
Near the entrance of the museum was the Cobain exhibit. That couch is where he slept every night for a few months in the 1980s. The sofa was an improvement for Cobain--he was previously was homeless.

Related post:

(Photos) Come As You Are: Kurt Cobain's Aberdeen

Mark Dice: Not Father's Day Too

Yes, Father's Day is under attack by leftists too, because, Mark Dice tells us, it is heteronormative.

Bill Maher wants a recession if it hurts Trump

Leftist TV host Bill Maher wants an economic downturn--and the pain it brings--if it damages President Donald J. Trump.

"So please, bring on the recession. Sorry if that hurts people, but it's either root for a recession or you lose your democracy."

But remember, liberals care for the little guy.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

“Viva le Resistance" text sent by lead FBI attorney in Mueller Russia witch hunt

The Deep State needs to be drowned in the swamp.

Then the swamp needs to be drained.

From the Daily Caller:
An FBI attorney who worked on the special counsel's Russia investigation until earlier this year sent anti-Trump text messages to a colleague, including one exclaiming: "Viva le Resistance."

The attorney’s comments are revealed in a Justice Department inspector general's report released on Thursday.

The lawyer is not identified, but he worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation and was the FBI's lead attorney on the investigation into Russian election interference. He was assigned to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation soon after it began in May 2017 and left in late February of this year after some of his private messages were shared with the special counsel.

The inspector general's report focuses on instant messages that the attorney exchanged with a colleague about the Clinton and Russia probes.

DOJ IG Report: Comey broke FBI procedures, overstepped his authority

President Donald J. Trump began to drain the swamp last year when he fired FBI director James Comey.

But the president needs to keep going.

IG reports slams swamp creature Comey

James Comey is just another swamp rat.

From Bloomberg:
Former FBI Director James Comey “deviated” from FBI and Justice Department procedures in handling the probe into Hillary Clinton, damaging the law enforcement agencies’ image of impartiality even though he wasn’t motivated by political bias, the department’s watchdog found in a highly anticipated report.

“While we did not find that these decisions were the result of political bias on Comey’s part, we nevertheless concluded that by departing so clearly and dramatically from FBI and department norms, the decisions negatively impacted the perception of the FBI and the department as fair administrators of justice,” Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in the report’s conclusions, which were obtained Thursday by Bloomberg News.

Horowitz’s report examined actions taken by top officials before the 2016 election, including the handling of the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server when she was secretary of state. The investigation expanded to touch on an array of politically sensitive decisions by officials including Comey and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Chicago tops list of MSN Money's 50 cities Americans are abandoning

Decades of corruption and malfeasance from the hands of the Democratic machines headed by state House Speaker for Life Michael Madigan and former Mayor Richard M. Daley are bearing their bitter fruit. People are leaving Chicago in droves. Proof? America's third-largest city--for now--tops MSN Money's tally of the 50 Cities Americans Are Abandoning.

Two other Illinois cities, Peoria and Rockford, also made the cut.

Judge blocks Deerfield IL attack on 2nd Amendment

There is some rare good news out of ILL-inois today.

From WGN-TV:
A judge ordered the village of Deerfield not to implement its planned prohibition of semi-automatic rifles today.

Village officials wrote the ban after the Parkland, Florida school massacre.

The Deerfield Village Board had unanimously approved the ordinance back in April. The ban was scheduled to take effect today, June 13.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews claims Republicans “acting like North Koreans”

"They're beginning to act like North Koreans, dare I say," MSNBC's Chris Matthews spewed on his low-rated show while #NeverTrump Republican George Will and a leftist from McClatchy looked on. "Because they're marching in step, they're smiling when told to, applauding when told to."

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Diamond & Silk go to Harlem with a question

Diamond & Silk, who posses one of the few Twitter accounts that President Donald Trump follows, travel to Harlem to interview people there with a question. "Are you winning?"

Mark Dice: Dennis Rodman Saves the World

President Trump, the man leftists would start a war, is looking like a peacemaker after meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore while most of us slept.

There's a long road ahead--but he's gotten more accomplished in regards to North Korea in a few hours then any of his predecessors have in decades.

Things have progressed so far that even a tearful Dennis Rodman makes more sense than the talking heads on CNN.

Yes, Rodman condemns Barack Obama's air balls in North Korea as a devastated Chris Cuomo looks on.

Monday, June 11, 2018

(PragerU) Dangerous People Are Teaching Your Kids

College in North America is no longer a place to be educated and taught critical thinking. They're now leftist indoctrination centers, says Jordan Peterson, Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

Chiraq: 4 dead and at least 22 wounded over weekend

Back of the Yards
Despite a rainy weekend the last three days in Chicago were violent. Four people were shot to death and at least 22 others were wounded.

Of the fatalities, one occurred in Englewood, another in Back of the Yards, and a third on the border between the two.

The last killing happened in Woodlawn, in a mass shooting where five others were shot.

Each of these deadly shootings were on the South Side.

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Fats Domino: I Hear You Knocking

Largely but sadly overlooked among the earlier rockers is Fats Domino, who passed away last fall. Fats' recording career goes back to 1950--when rock and roll was simply a rhythm and blues term for sexual intercourse.It was legendary DJ Alan Freed who applied the term to what was then often called "race music."

Here's Domino in, I guess, the 1970s belting out his 1961 hit, "I Hear You Knocking," which Dave Edmunds scored a smash with his version ten years later.

Negative Nancy downplays low unemployment rates, ignores consumer confidence near 18-year high

I hope the Democrats never replace Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) as their leader in the House.

Keep up the bad work, Nancy.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Mark Dice on Hannity's sarcastic advice om following Hillary's example on evidence destruction

Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor in charge of the Russian collusion case--have you found any proof, Robert--wants to collect cellphones from witnesses, not suspects, in regards to his witchunt.

Which leads Mark Dice to report on Sean Hannity's flippant response to Mueller:
Delete all your emails, and then acid wash the emails and hard drives on your phones, then take your phones and bash them with a hammer into little itsy bitsy pieces, use BleachBit, remove the sim cards. And then take the pieces and hand it over to Robert Mueller and say, "Hillary Rodham Clinton, this is equal justice under the law."
The leftist media didn't get the joke.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Chicago Bears CEO speaks out in favor of new players-must-stand anthem rule

Earlier this week four leftist members of Congress from Illinois released to the media a letter they sent to the management of the Chicago Bears that criticized the team for supporting the new NFL policy, which is popular with fans, that requires players to stand when Our National Anthem is performed. The spoiled millionaires do have the option of remaining in the locker room while the Star Spangled Banner is played.

One of those left-wingers who signed the letter is the woman who, in theory at least, represents me in Congress, Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston). If that name sound familiar, it's because her felon husband, Robert Creamer, spoke favorably of sending leftist goons to Donald Trump rallies to disrupt them.

Liberals don't support free speech unless it toes the leftist line.

Today the chairman of the Bears, George McCaskey, spoke out in favor of the new policy.

“We think players should stand and we encourage our players to stand,” McCaskey said “We told our players that last September and we feel the same way.”

Good for him.

Go Bears!

Tucker Carlson on the civil war brewing in California

California has always been a trendsetter in America--but let's hope the time had ended. The Tarnished State's anti-growth polices are driving out its middle class. Will California became the Brazil or Venezuela of the United States?

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Mark Dice: Miss America Ruined by Feminists

Former Fox News host Gretchen Carson, a onetime Miss America, now runs the pageant. Except now it's a competition.

And she'll quickly learn that the only reason people pay attention to it was that it had a swimsuit segment.

Mark Dice takes a hilarious look at the new Miss America competition.

On this day in 2011: Marathon Pundit drives entire Ronald Reagan Trail

Henry, IL
Early in the morning on June 6, 2011 I left Marathon Pundit world headquarters in Morton Grove to drive the entire length of Illinois' Ronald Reagan Trail.

"Dutch" was born in Tampico in Whiteside County on February 6, 1911--of course that was the centennial year of Reagan's birth--and after moving around with his family all over northern Illinois, the Reagans finally settled in Dixon,

Click here for a drive through history.

(Video) Top 10 reasons NOT to move to Illinois. And yes, Chicago is on the list.

The World According to Briggs gives us the top 10 reasons not to move to Illinois. He hits the obvious buttons, crime, corruption, and of course taxes, but adds one that I've noted a few times--terribly-maintained roads.

But while Briggs rightfully condemns political malfeasance, he leaves out mentioning Speaker for Life Michael Madigan (D-Chicago). He's a one man wrecking machine.

But there's an upside. "Illinois is a great state with really, really good people," adding "their biggest problem is the people running it and Chicago."

Madigan, who is also the longtime chairman of the Democratic Party, has been misruling Illinois for over 30 years, and as you know, he's from Chicago.

To be fair, Briggs has similar videos about other states.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Four leftist members of Congress question Chicago Bears on new NFL anthem policy

It's leftist members of Congress vs. the Monsters of the Midway over the new NFL national anthem policy.

The Democrats wonder why they keep losing elections. Sure, they do better in Illinois, because of gerrymandering engineered by party boss Michael Madigan, but here's another case where leftists side with those holding a view that is despised by the majority.

And while I also hold the First Amendment dear, it does not offer blanket protection in regards to private employers.

Left out of every news report on this letter--see below--on this dopey letter to the Bears that I could find is that the majority owner of the Chicago Bears, Virginia McCaskey, supported conservative gubernatorial candidate Jeanne Ives over Republican-in-name-only Bruce Rauner in this spring's primary.

The left takes names and it remembers.

From SB Nation:
In a letter to Chicago Bears ownership, Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL) calls for Virginia McCaskey, principle [SB Nation means "principal"} owner of the franchise, to give more clarity on how the team plans to enforce the NFL’s new anthem policy. She is the first member of Congress to ask for transparency from a team regarding the new rules.

According to a draft of the letter obtained by SB Nation, Kelly wants to know how Bears ownership voted on the policy, how they intend to enforce it, and what the team’s overall policy is on free speech, noting that teams around the league play in stadiums that are largely paid for with public funding.

“Given the investment of taxpayer dollars, the NFL and its team should be held to the highest possible public standard, especially when it comes to protecting and defending the First Amendment rights on players, employees, and fans,” Kelly states in the letter.

She mentions that the Bears’ roster is 68 percent black, that the NFL is 70 percent black, and that the team receives a large amount of support from communities of color.
But Kelly fails to mention that Bears fans hate when players refuse to stand for the anthem--or purposely ignore it. In the Bears only quality win of 2017, Bears fans booed the Pittsburgh Steelers when they entered the field after the anthem was played. "Da Bears," all standing, were on the playing field.

Also signing the letter were three other left-wing members of the Illinois congressional delegation, Danny K. Davis, Bobby Rush, and Jan Schakowsky. The latter nominally represents me in Congress. Schakowsky's husband, felon Robert Creamer, used thugs to shut down a Chicago Donald Trump rally in 2016.

Where does Schakowsky really stand on free speech?

Mark Dice: Maxine Waters Meet and Greet Didn't Go As Expected

US Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), one of the more whacked-out members of the House, had a "Meet Auntie Maxine" rally in Los Angeles.

Just 11 people showed up, Mark Dice hilariously reports.

There is hope for California.

Carpentersville IL rescinds English as its offical language

Carpentersville in 2014
Some places, such as Carpentersville, favor the balkanization of America.

Fortunately, at least for now, English remains the official language of Illinois.

A common language binds us as a people.

From Fox Chicago:
A Chicago suburb has rescinded a resolution that made English its official language.

Carpentersville's then-trustees said the 2007 measure was intended to encourage assimilation and discourage illegal immigration, The Chicago Tribune reported . Current village officials say the resolution only caused controversy.

"All we're doing tonight is righting a wrong," Trustee John O'Sullivan said before the vote to rescind the resolution. "We're righting an injustice that was clearly done by previous councils to make a point ... a very mean-spirited point that was specific to one group of people in the village."

None of the trustees who passed the original language measure remains on the Village Board. Many Spanish-speakers left the village about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northwest of Chicago in the wake of the 2007 resolution. After that, local and federal authorities cracked down on Latino gang members in the village and gradually Hispanic people began to trickle back.
In 2007, Carpentersville was approximately 40 percent Hispanic, now that number is about 50 percent.

Monday, June 04, 2018

(PragerU) Adam Carolla: Don't Make Things Worse

Watch as Adam Carolla takes on millennials and their loser attitudes.

Mark Dice: I Accept Your Challenge

Watch as Mark Dice takes on CNN's John King on whether a president prior to Donald Trump telegraphed jobs numbers before they were officially released.

Sunday, June 03, 2018

Saturday, June 02, 2018

The Band - The Weight

Arguably the first performers to create music that we now call Americana was The Band.

Ironically, four its five members were Canadian, only Levon Helm, who sings "The Weight" here, was from the USA.

This is from their Woodstock gig in 1969.

Streetcar in front of Chicago's since-razed 8th Street Theatre

Pictured below is a streetcar--what we now call light rail, in front of the Eighth Street Theatre in Chicago's South Loop.

The streetcar belongs to the Stony Island 93 line.

This photograph once belonged to my late father.

The Eighth Street Theatre was the longtime home of the WLS Barn Dance, also known as the National Barn Dance. The radio show began in 1924, predating the Grand Ole Opry. It showcased country music acts, utilizing the clear channel station's 50,000 watts to entertain people throughout much of the United States and Canada.

The Eighth Street Theatre was demolished in 1960, three years before live broadcasts of the Barn Danced ceased.

Much thanks goes to the Forgotten Chicago Facebook page for identifying the theater.

Friday, June 01, 2018

Mark Dice: The Hypocrisy of Hollywood

As I'm sure you've heard, the day after Roseanne Barr's extremely popular sitcom was cancelled, Full Frontal host Samantha Bee called Ivanka Trump a "feckless c___."

But as Mark Dice tells us, last night Bee was awarded by the Television Academy Honors for "advancing social change." What? You didn't hear about that?

That's because shortly before the event press access was blocked to this event.

Dinesh D'Souza opens up about being pardoned by Trump

Conservative writer and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza just finished an interview about his pardon yesterday from President Trump.

On this day in 1918: Battle of Belleau Wood begins

The American Expeditionary Force played a key role in the month-long Battle of Belleau Wood in World War I, which began on this date in 1918.

Early in the battle a French colonel ordered an American Marine captain, Lloyd W. Williams, to retreat. He replied, “Retreat? Hell! We just got here.”

And they didn't. But nine days later Williams was killed in action.

Later in the battle another Marine, two-time Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dan Daly, urged on his man with these equally immortal words, "Come on, you sons of bitches, do you want to live forever?"

As for the enemy, the Germans in that battle supposedly referred to the Marines as "Teufelshunde," that is, devil dogs.

Over in Des Plaines, Illinois, where I work, Senne Wood was renamed Belleau Woods in honor of the battle. I took the photograph of the monument, which is on the corner of Ballard and Rand, appropriately enough on Memorial Day.

Back to France.

After the Allied victory Belleau Wood was renamed "Bois de la Brigade de Marine" ("Wood of the Marine Brigade").