Friday, May 24, 2019

Tucker: The rise and fall of the creepy porn lawyer

While the anti-Donald Trump media was celebrating Michael Avenatti Tucker Carlson attacked him for exploiting Stormy Daniels.

Fox News of course is the top-rated news network in cable.



Mark Dice: Tony Robbins vs BuzzFeed

Fake news peddler Buzzfeed attacked motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

But facts get in the way of their narrative.



Thursday, May 23, 2019

News from MAGA Country: Judge orders Smollett files to be unsealed

Remember, on the night before the deadly polar vortex his Chicago, Jussie Smollett claimed that two hooded men attacked him and put a noose around his neck while shouting, "This is MAGA Country."

From WGN-TV:
A Cook County judge Thursday ordered records in Jussie Smollett’s criminal case to be unsealed.

The move comes two months after Cook County prosecutors abruptly dropped charges against the “Empire” actor.

Attorneys for Smollett, 36, previously succeeded in sealing the records, citing the actor’s privacy rights. But Judge Steven Watkins on Thursday ruled those rights were trumped when Smollett’s legal team conducted multiple interviews, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

“These are not the actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy or simply to be let alone,” Watkins said, according to the Tribune.


Chicago loses population for fourth straight year, suburbs lagging too

Decline and fall.

And even the suburbs are suffering.

Do you see what de facto one-party rule has done to Illinois?

From Crain's Chicago Business:
Driven by declines on the South Side, the city of Chicago again lost population last year—the fourth dip in a row.

According to estimates released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, the city was home to 2,705,994 residents as of July 1, 2018, down by about 7,000 from the year before.

The drop is about the same as in each of the prior three years. For what it’s worth, the slowdown appears to be hitting all of the nation’s largest cities, with New York City and Los Angeles also showing 12-month estimated declines and Houston's growth slowing to a crawl.

The drop had been expected since the Census Bureau last month reported that the metropolitan area as a whole lost population last year, and indeed the new data released today for municipalities indicates that just about every community in the Chicago area is stuck in neutral.

Avenatti accussed of stealing $300K from Stormy Daniels

Two years ago Michael Avenatti was not only hailed as a hero by leftists but he was even being touted as a presidential candidate.

From CNN:
A federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday in two alleged schemes, charging him with fraud and aggravated identity theft involving his former client, Stormy Daniels, and with attempting to extort more than $20 million from sportswear giant Nike.

Prosecutors charged Avenatti, 48, with stealing about $300,000 of Daniels' advance for her book contract, according to court papers, and using that money to pay employees of his law firm and a coffee business he owned. Daniels isn't named in the indictment, but she is the individual referred to as "Victim-1," according to a person familiar with the matter.

To date, according to the indictment, Avenatti has failed to repay Daniels about half of the sum he allegedly stole from her.

With Wednesday's charges, Avenatti has faced federal indictment three times over the course of about six weeks.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

(PragerU) Why Don't You Support Israel?

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper supports Israel?

Why?

He tells us.
Why wouldn’t I support a fellow democratic nation where open elections, free speech, and religious tolerance are the everyday norm? Why wouldn’t I support a country with a vibrant free press and an independent judiciary? Why wouldn’t I support a valuable trading partner and a well-spring of amazing technological innovation? Why wouldn’t I support our most critical ally in the Middle East, and in the international struggle against terrorism.


Mark Dice: Tim Cook's Advice to Graduates

Of course climate change just had to be brought up by Apple CEO Tim Cook when he gave the commencement address at Tulane University.



Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Winter is coming: Illinois, New Jersey, least prepared for next recession

Chicago's South Side
Profligate spending cannot go on forever. Economically speaking, winter is coming. We just don't know when.

Winter will be cruel to two blue states.

From Reuters:
Illinois and New Jersey are the two U.S. states least equipped to cope with an eventual downturn in the U.S. economy due to their inadequate reserves and pension funding pressures, Moody’s Investors Service said on Monday.

A report by the credit rating agency said Illinois and New Jersey lag the rest of the nation where 22 states are strongly prepared to weather a moderate recession without significant harm to their credit, while 26 states are moderately prepared.

“While most states have healthy reserves and inherently strong fiscal flexibility, Illinois and New Jersey both have low levels of reserves relative to the potential revenue decline in our recession scenario,” Emily Raimes, a Moody’s analyst, said in a statement. “In addition, they both show weakness in their pension risk scores.”

At Baa3, Illinois is the lowest-rated state as a result of its huge unfunded pension liability and chronic structural budget deficits. New Jersey, rated A3, also faces funding pressures after significant historic pension underfunding.

Trump economy: US has huge housing shortage says economist

If there wasn't a housing shortage there'd be no economic boom.



Monday, May 20, 2019

(PragerU) Discipline = Freedom

It's graduation time at PragerU. Offering the commencement speech is Jocko Willink, a retired Navy SEAL.



Beto O'Rourke is CAPTAIN PLANET!

Beto O'Rourke isn't the only Democrat fighting to save Earth.



Saturday, May 18, 2019

Elvis Costello - Man Out Of Time (Live)

There's a time when you feel like a man--or a woman--who is out of time.

Here's Elvis Costello and the Attractions performing "Man Out Of Time."

It's from their greatest album, Imperial Bedroom.



Hannity: Media mob has been told to smear Trump

Yes, the media has been performing a hit job on our president.



Friday, May 17, 2019

Mark Dice on Bill de Blasio: The Laughing Stock of America!

The failing mayor of New York is running for president--and even the mainstream media is laughing at Bill de Blasio.



Arrested this week, Chicago alderman now sued for defamation

The good news is that voters in Chicago's First Ward have thrown Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno out of office. The bad news is that the picked a socialist to replace him.

From ABC Chicago:
A former girlfriend is suing Chicago Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno for defamation after she was arrested and accused of stealing his car.

Liliya Hrabar said she has text messages proving he loaned her the car. But prosecutors said Moreno told Chicago police and his insurance company that the car had been stolen.

Hrabar said he's never explained his actions.

"When I ask him, he's like, 'Give me a second. Give me a minute. You know what, let me go through the election. I will explain everything to you. I will fix everything,'" Hrabar said.
Earlier this week Moreno was arrested by Chicago Police for obstruction of justice and insurance fraud in regards to allegedly filing a false police report surrounding the phony car theft.




Thursday, May 16, 2019

Tucker investigates: Seattle's tent cities

I was in Seattle three years ago. Yes, there are loads of homeless people there.

Tucker Carlson has more.



Mark Dice: We're Making Progress

Finally, by way of the White House, conservatives who are marginalized on social media have a way to fight back.



Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Big cities drowning in debt, Chicago leads the way

"We're number one," Chicago cries out!

From Fox News:
America’s 10 largest cities, largely Democrat strongholds, are drowning in municipal debt, according to a new report from government watchdog Truth in Accounting.

The report sought out “to determine what ... overlapping financial entities mean for taxpayers’ bottom line.” Truth in Accounting said its purpose was to “calculate the various bills (and surpluses, when available) at the city government level and divide them out to determine a per-Taxpayer Burden.”

The two cities with the highest burden: Chicago and New York City; Chicago’s combined taxpayer burden: $119,110; New York City’s combined taxpayer burden: $85,600.

Chicago has been a hotbed for such burdens.
During the recent municipal elections Chicago's pension bomb was barely discussed. But several socialist aldermen will be sworn in next week.

Decline and fall.

Chicago hasn't had a Republican mayor since 1931.

Chicago alderman arrested for filing false police report

Of course this story begs the question, "Will Crook County State's Attorney give him the Jussie Smollett treatment?"

From CBS Chicago:
Ald. Proco ‘Joe’ Moreno is in police custody after an arrest warrant was issued for him for filing a false police report, Chicago police confirm.

Moreno is expected in bond court at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse Wednesday.

Recently Moreno had been in the news for filing a police report on a stolen car. Moreno later admitted it was a misunderstanding between himself and a girlfriend who said she was allowed to borrow his vehicle.
Moreno of the First Ward, is a lame duck, he lost his bid for reelection to socialist Daniel LaSpata.

This news was broken on Twitter. by Crimes in Boystown, which has an update.
"Chicago police have just announced that Moreno is charged with felony insurance fraud and felony obstruction of justice by destroying evidence," they reported.

Since 1973 an astonishing 35 Chicago alderman have served time in federal prison.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Bloody Chicago podcast episode 2: Serial Killer?

In his second visual podcast Victor Maggio of Bloody Chicago, after discussing the history of serial killers in the area, talks about the possibility that there is another one loose right now in the city.



Chicago overcharging on parking tickets

Chicago is a city of grifters who elect con artists to govern them.

Stories such as this one should not be surprising to you.

From CBS Chicago:
You park, you pay, you stay too long, you expect to get a ticket. If that happens in most neighborhoods, the ticket is supposed to be cheaper than what you’d pay downtown.
However, the city has issued thousands of parking fines to drivers outside of the city’s central business district as if they’d parked downtown.

However, the city has issued thousands of parking fines to drivers outside of the city’s central business district as if they’d parked downtown.

In the central business district, a ticket for an expired meter will cost you $65. In the rest of the city, the fine is supposed to be $50.

However, self-described data geek Matt Chapman discovered otherwise. "What I’m finding is that there are many many parking tickets being given outside of downtown as if they were parking downtown," he said.
The overcharge exceeds $450,000.

Chicago is the only major American city losing population.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Will there be no charges? Prosecutors claim Chicago man called in phony in fake bomb threat and, cop shootings

I wonder how Cook Count's leftist prosecutor, state's attorney Kim Foxx, will handle this case?

From Fox Chicago:
A South Shore man was charged with phoning in a bogus bomb threat and falsely reporting that officers had been shot in a series of 911 calls he allegedly made for his own enjoyment.

Terreance M. King Jr., 22, faces a felony count of disorderly conduct, according to Cook County court and Chicago police records.

During King’s initial court hearing Sunday, prosecutors said he used his own cellphone to call in 10 sham reports to Chicago’s emergency dispatch center.

During most of the calls, in which King allegedly used the aliases “Antoine” and “Whodie” to identify himself, he falsely claimed that officers had been wounded in shootings near his apartment, prosecutors said. Another time, he allegedly called in the bomb threat.
Oh, how is Jussie Smollet's search for the "real attackers" going?


Mark Dice on Trump impeachment schemes: Plot twist

Nancy Pelosi is now claiming that President Trump wants to be impeached.

Lordy!



Saturday, May 11, 2019

Johnny Cash: Orange Blossom Special (San Quentin)

Yesterday was the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. So today calls for a train song, and one of the best comes of course from Johnny Cash. Here the Man In Black with the Tennessee Three performs the country standard "Orange Blossom Special."

Sure, Cash played rhythm guitar. But he also was a fine harmonica artist.

This performance cones from the Live At San Quentin album.



Farrakhan refers to 'Satanic Jews' in speech at Pfleger's church

St. Sabina Church
Perhaps Cardinal Blasé Cupich, unlike his three predecessors as Archbishop of Chicago, will find the guts to remove radical leftist Father Michael Pfleger as pastor of St. Sabina Church.

But probably not.

From AP:
Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan referenced "Satanic Jews" in a speech denying allegations of anti-Semitism, misogyny and homophobia after Facebook banned him from the social media platform.

During the speech Thursday at a Roman Catholic church on Chicago's South Side, Farrakhan asserted people shouldn't be angry with him if "I stand on God's word," also saying that he knows "the truth," and "separate the good Jews from the Satanic Jews."

Farrakhan was invited to speak at the church by the Rev. Michael Pfleger after Facebook banned Farrakhan, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and conservative personality Milo Yiannopoulos, saying they violated its ban on "dangerous individuals."
More from NBC Chicago:
Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich has condemned what he called anti-Semitic statements made by Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan at a Roman Catholic church on the city's south side.

He also rebuked Catholic priest the Rev. Michael Pfleger for inviting Farrakhan to speak without consulting Cupich.

“Minister Farrakhan could have taken the opportunity to deliver a unifying message of God’s love for all his children,” Cupich said in a statement. “Instead, he repeated smeared the Jewish people, using a combination of thinly veiled discriminatory rhetoric and outright slander.

“I apologize to my Jewish brothers and sisters, whose friendship I treasure, from whom I learn so much, and whose covenant with God remains eternal,” he continued.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Mark Dice James Comey town hall on CNN

Don't feel sorry for James Comey--he's collecting a fat government pension and he's earning royalties from a book that I have no interest in reading.



MSNBC reports Buttigieg does not provide direct health insurance campaign workers

MSNBC is reporting that the campaign of former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg is the only leading Democratic candidate for president who is not providing health care benefits to his campaign staffers. Instead, Mayor Pete is offering $400 stipends for his campaign workers to purchase an ObamaCare plan.

Wow. If you have a family, $400 won't cover your insurance needs.



On this day in 1869: Transcontinental railroad completed

Our Civil War made North and South one nation. When the Golden Spike was drilled on this day in 1869 at Promontory Point, Utah, the rest of America was brought into the family.

100 years later Apollo 11 landed on the Moon and returned safely.

Those two events are not unrelated. Earth's greatest nation made it to the Moon first.

America performs great feats.

Related post of mine from Da Tech Guy:

Series review: Hell on Wheels






Thursday, May 09, 2019

Vintage whine: Dana Milbank complains about his White House press pass being revoked

This morning I heard Chris Plante laughingly read Dana Milbank's Washington Post column about having his White House press pass revoked.

How often did Milbank even show up to the White House briefing room?

Oh, and does the Washington Compost really need seven White House correspondents?

Ingraham: Democrats hold America in contempt

Yesterday a House panel chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) voted to hold two-time Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt because, in essence, he's not a hater of President Trump.

Laura Ingraham says its the Democrats who hold America in contempt.



Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Tucker: Big tech has launched an attack on your rights

When large tech companies--think Facebook--decide what is good in society and what is not, our freedoms our challenged, Tucker Carlson says.

And he's right.



(Mark Dice) AOC never saw a garbage disposal before: This is not a joke

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wants to destroy our economy and ignore successful technology by forcing a Green New Deal on us, has never seen a garbage disposal until just now.

Yes, it's true.




Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Audit says 102 children who died in Illinois had prior contact with DCFS

The answer from leftists whenever government fails is "more money."

While "more accountability" is never a solution the left ponders.

Last week five-year-old AJ Freund of Crystal Lake was found dead in a shallow grave, his parents are charged with his murder.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services knew about Freund and his scumbag parents.

DCFS failed Freund--and many more kids.

From Fox Chicago:
Reeling from criticism of its handling of cases in which three children under its watch have died this year, DCFS took another hit on Tuesday. Auditor General Frank Mautino issued a review of the agency's investigative practices from 2015 to 2017, which found that 102 children (15.5%) who died during the time frame had previous contact with DCFS. In total, there were 163 prior investigations for the 102 victims, the audit says.

Also, while abuse and neglect complaints jumped 11%, its hotline put callers into voicemail more than half the time, caseloads of investigators regularly exceeded limits set by a federal consent decree, and in more than three of five cases reviewed, there was a lack of documentation showing that when a child stayed with a family, there were proper social services provided for the family.

DCFS has requested funding for 126 new hires in the budget year that begins July 1.

John Stossel: The Rise Of Citizen Journalists

John Stossel interviews a first-rate citizen journalist, Tim Pool, who exposes leftists including Antifa.

He's a conservative, right?

No, Pool is a creature of the left too.



Detroit's new LED streetlights going dark, system-wide failure possible

Detroit in February
The LED streetlights, installed with great fanfare just a few years ago, were touted as being more energy efficient.

But what's the point if they don't work?

From the Detroit News:
The city's lighting authority fears tens of thousands of streetlights are in jeopardy of failing just a few years after being installed, threatening to put some of Detroit's neighborhoods back into the dark.

The authority behind the state-of-the-art overhaul of Detroit's streetlight system filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the manufacturer of nearly a third of the city's 65,000 streetlights, saying a fix is expected to cost millions.

The Public Lighting Authority in its complaint against Leotek Electronics USA notes that upward of 20,000 LED lights are "prematurely dimming and burning out" and putting the city's revitalization progress "in jeopardy."

"Indeed, the PLA expects a system-wide failure of Leotek's luminaries in the short-term," the lawsuit reads.

Monday, May 06, 2019

(PragerU) Why God Is a He

Dennis Prager explains the use of the male gender pronoun in the Bible.



Mark Dice on Eric Swalwell Wrong Again, Bro!

He's at zero percent in the polls, so anti-Trump conspiracy theorist Eric Swalwell, who is running for president, is attempting to create a stir by saying that the word "woman" is not mentioned in the US Constitution.

"People" is, on the other hand. And so is "man."



Saturday, May 04, 2019

Roger McGuinn - I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Politician

Here's a catchy tune that is perfect for Marathon Pundit, as I am a huge Byrds fan. But you knew that already.

Watch and sing along as Byrds front-man Roger McGuinn performs "I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Politician."



CNN reports "huge" and "historic numbers” from the April jobs report that saw "very strong job creation"

CNN is probably still choking back tears after they learned about the April jobs report.



Friday, May 03, 2019

Obama took Trump win as a personal insult

Or, maybe voters didn't really like your policies. From Fox News: Obama took Trump's win as a personal insult, book says.

Winning: 263K new jobs in April, unemployment rate lowest since 1969

I am still not tired of winning.

From MarketWatch:
The economy generated a stronger than expected 263,000 new jobs in April, helping to drive down the unemployment rate to a 49-year low of 3.6%. The increase in new jobs easily topped the 217,000 MarketWatch forecast. The jobless rate slid from 3.8% in March to hit the lowest level since December 1969. The average wage paid to American workers rose 6 cents, or 0.2%, to $27.77 an hour. The 12-month rate of hourly wage gains was unchanged at 3.2%. Hours worked each week fell 0.1 hour in April to 34.4. The government revised the increase in new jobs in March to 189,000 from a preliminary 196,000. February's gain was raised to 56,000 from 33,000.

Tucker: Facts no longer matter, only emotion

There was no Trump-Russia collusion. The Mueller Report said so.

But Tucker Carlson explains here that facts don't matter to Democrats. Only their unhinged emotions.



Thursday, May 02, 2019

Decline and fall: 7 of 46 April CVS store closings were in Chicago area

You can expect to see many more stories like this one.

America's largest pharmacy chain, CVS, announced that it closed 46 stores last month.

Seven of them are in Chicago area.

Illinois has been losing population for five straight years. Last year the Chicago metropolitan area lost more residents than any other metro region. Fewer people means?






Sleazeball Baltimore mayor quits after month on leave amid scandal

"Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."
H.L. Mencken, known as the Sage of Baltimore.

In a way Baltimore, a failed city, and its disreputable former mayor, deserved each other.

From Fox Baltimore:
Catherine Pugh has announced her resignation as the Mayor of Baltimore, effective immediately.

Pugh has been on a leave of absence for more than a month as she recovers from pneumonia and bronchitis amid Healthy Holly scandal.

Her lawyer Steve Silverman made the announcement Thursday afternoon.

The first-term Democrat became mayor in late 2016.
More from AP:
Mayor Catherine Pugh’s resignation came exactly a week after her City Hall offices, homes and multiple other locations were raided by FBI and IRS agents. She is the second mayor in less than a decade to step down because of scandal. She came to office contrasting her clean image with her main opponent, ex-mayor Sheila Dixon, who was forced to depart office in 2010 as part of a plea deal for misappropriating about $500 in gift cards meant for needy families.

"I am sorry for the harm that I have caused to the image of the city of Baltimore and the credibility of the office of the mayor," Pugh said in a written statement read by her lawyer, Steven Silverman.

A federal grand jury has been empaneled and state and local inquiries are also underway into the roughly $800,000 Pugh made over the years in exchange for her "Healthy Holly" paperbacks about health and nutrition.

Since the book scandal erupted in late March, Pugh’s fractured administration has lurched from one crisis to another and various aides have been fired or left City Hall.

Episode 1: Bloody Chicago podcast: Gang war in Englewood, Jussie Smollett, mobs of kids

Victor Maggio of Bloody Chicago reports on crime as no one else does.

For instance, this winter Lawrence "Big Law" Loggins, a leader of the Black Gangsters, was murdered in Englewood on the South Side. Why? He was trying to rein in gang members and probably then extract a street tax from these thugs.

Maggio fears a summer gang war may result.

He also discusses the Jussie Smollett hoax and Crook County's leftist prosecutor, Kim Foxx, as well as the growing problem of "wilding" youths wreaking havoc downtown.

Maggio lays it down in his first podcast.



California's population growth lowest in history

This is what one-party rule, one-party Democratic rule that is, does to a state.

From the Los Angeles Times:
California’s 2018 population growth was the slowest in state history, new demographic data show — underscoring shifting immigration patterns, declining birthrates and economic strains that are making it harder for some to afford living here.

The state added 186,807 residents last year, bringing the estimated total population to 39,927,315 as of Jan. 1, according to estimates released by the state Department of Finance on Wednesday. The overall growth rate slipped to 0.47% last year from 0.78% in 2017, the slowest since data collection started in 1900, department spokesman H.D. Palmer said.

Births in the state were down by more than 18,000 compared with the previous year.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Decline and fall: Lawsuit takes on Chicago's "ransom fees" for impounding cars

Once again I have to mention that Chicago is the only major city facing population decline.

Why? Besides rampant violent crime, corruption, wretched schools, red light cameras seemingly everywhere, high taxes, unsustainable pension debt, crappy roads and streets, and a stagnant economy, there is another reason.

Holding automobiles ransom.

From WBEZ:
A new class-action lawsuit wants the city of Chicago to stop seizing cars used in certain crimes, and return vehicles to innocent owners who can’t afford to pay the hefty impound fees.

These ballooning fees, which often accrue as owners navigate an inter-departmental web of bureaucracy, can leave residents owing thousands of dollars to get their car back even if they were never charged, according to the suit and a WBEZ analysis of city data.

The lawsuit claims that’s exactly what happened to 51-year-old mechanic Spencer Byrd when police stopped his 1996 Cadillac sedan for a broken turn signal on June 21, 2016 and found heroin on a passenger. Byrd was never charged, according to the lawsuit, but police seized his car and held it until a judge ordered it’s release. But Byrd still doesn't have his car, according to the suit, because he first must pay more than $17,000 in storage and tow fees.

The suit challenges the way owners can avoid these fees, a process that requires a request be made in person for multiple administrative hearings and a finding of not liable under very narrow criteria. WBEZ found that between 2001 and 2017, more than 51 percent of owners were found liable because they didn’t request a hearing.
Byrd's Cadillac is probably worth $1,000. Chicago wants $17,000 for his car.

Decline and fall.



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PragerU: Who Are the Racists?

Derryck Green of Project 21 in this week's PragerU video discusses who the racists really are.

I'll give you a hint. It's not the ones usually called racist.



Monday, April 29, 2019

(Bloody Chicago) Woman shot, killed shopping with her children in Chicago Lawn neighborhood

A mother purchasing a cell phone for a child as a reward for good grades is shot to death at a Southwest Side store.

Bloody Chicago reports.



Mark Dice: It's starting to sink in

Sadly the headline is sarcasm. The media is still pushing the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.



Saturday, April 27, 2019

The Jam - Town Called Malice

This late single by The Jam foreshadowed the R&B flavor of frontman Paul Weller's next group, the Style Council.

Here is "Town Called Malice."



CNN reports "really big” GDP number, "solid growth for the first quarter"

Wow, it must have pained CNN for reporting on the stellar first quarter GDP report that showed 3.2 percent growth.

But report it they did.





Friday, April 26, 2019

Cook County judge rips Foxx over Smolllett case hypocrisy

The well justified attacks on the leftist Crook County prosecutor continue.

From the Daily Mail:
A Chicago judge has lambasted Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office for dropping charges against actor Jussie Smollett but pressing forward with similar charges against an unknown citizen.

Judge Marc Martin hammered prosecutors in a tirade from the bench earlier this month in a Rolling Meadows courtroom outside Chicago, demanding to know why there appeared to be a double standard.

The judge's screed was prompted by the case of 21-year-old Candace Clark, who is accused of giving a friend access to her bank account and then falsely telling police that money had been stolen from it. Clark is charged with a felony.

'I'd like to know why Ms. Clark is being treated differently than Jussie Smollett,' Judge Martin blasted from the bench, WFLD-TV reported. 'It's a disorderly conduct case. A lot less egregious than Mr. Smollett's case. I have a problem with it.'

Winning: 1st quarter GDP growth at 3.2 percent

This year is off to a great start for President Donald J. Trump. And of course the country.

From CNBC:
First quarter GDP increases 3.2 percent, beating 2.5 percent estimates

The U.S. economy grew at a faster pace than expected in the first quarter and posted its best growth to start a year in six years.

First-quarter GDP expanded by 3.2% in the first quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis said. Economists polled by Dow Jones expected the U.S. economy increased by 2.5% in the first quarter. It was the first time since 2013 that first-quarter GDP topped 3%.

Disposable personal income increased by 3%, while prices increased by 1.3% when excluding food and energy. Overall prices climbed by 0.8% in the first quarter.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Marathon Pundit endorses Trump for reelection

Lest there be any doubt, I am officially announcing that I enthusiastically endorse Donald J. Trump for reelection.

Let the Age of Trump continue.

Baltimore mayor's city hall office, home, raided by FBI

Ten years ago another Baltimore mayor, Shelia Dixon, was found guilty of charges surrounding the theft of gift cars meant for poor children.

Now the troubled city has another mayor with a cloud hanging over her.

Baltimore hasn't had a Republican mayor in over 50 years.

From the Baltimore Sun:
Federal law enforcement agents fanned out Thursday across Baltimore, raiding City Hall, the home of embattled Mayor Catherine Pugh and several other locations as the investigation into the mayor's business dealings widened.

Dave Fitz, an FBI spokesman, confirmed agents from the Baltimore FBI office and the Washington IRS office were executing search warrants at those locations Thursday morning, as well as at least three other addresses associated with Pugh. It was the first confirmation that federal authorities, as well as state officials, were investigating the mayor's activities.

Pugh remained inside her home during the raids, a police source confirmed.

Shortly after the raids began, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan called on Pugh, who has taken a leave of absence as mayor, to resign.
Some background, courtesy of the Washington Post, from three weeks ago:
The independent state agency that regulates Maryland’s insurance industry announced Friday that it is conducting a review of insurers that gave money to Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh's "Healthy Holly" children’s book company.

Pugh, a Democrat, is facing accusations of self-dealing, calls for her resignation and an investigation by the state prosector after revelations that she received nearly $800,000 for her books from groups with ties to state and local government.

The Baltimore Sun reported that Kaiser Permanente paid Pugh more than $100,000 for copies of "Healthy Holly" at the same time it was seeking a $48 million contract from a city board controlled by the mayor; CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield said it donated $14,500 to Associated Black Charities to buy 2,000 books; the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund gave a $7,500 donation when Pugh was a state lawmaker sponsoring legislation it favored.


Mark Dice: What planet is he from?

Today Mark Dice skewers a familiar target, CNN's Brian Stelter, as well as a less familiar but equally deserving one, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who wants to ban glass and steel skyscrapers in his city.

Yes. A skyscraper ban in NYC.



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Another one? Feds investigating ILL-inois governor and first lady

Illinois governors being investigated by the feds is a tradition. Not a proud one to be sure, but a tradition all the same.

From WBEZ:
Democratic Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, his wife and his brother-in-law are under federal criminal investigation for a dubious residential property tax appeal that dogged him during his gubernatorial campaign last year, WBEZ has learned.

A law-enforcement source familiar with the investigation confirmed to WBEZ that the probe, which has not been revealed publicly until now, began last October and remains active. There are no signs that criminal charges are imminent.

WBEZ has also confirmed that Illinois First Lady MK Pritzker’s personal assistant who was involved in the property tax appeal, Christine Lovely, is being represented by one of Chicago’s most high-powered lawyers. Her attorney, Reid Schar, is a former federal prosecutor who helped convict ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on corruption charges.

The developments demonstrate that the billionaire governor and his wife may face a serious legal threat arising from their controversial pursuit of a property tax break on a 126-year-old mansion they purchased next to their Gold Coast home.


Tucker: Left struggles to say the word 'Christians'

Why can't leftists utter the word "Christian?" Tucker Carlson is wondering.

Even after over 300 believers in the word's largest religion were murdered on the holiest day of the Christian calendar the left shies away from naming the religion.



CNN anchors “stunned” Democrats are OK with terrorists voting, "These people are way out there"

Get this!

CNN's Don Lemon is "stunned." His co-anchor Chris Cuomo says "these people are way out there."

Who?

The Democrats who support imprisoned terrorists such as the Boston Marathon bomber voting.



Related post:

Bernie Sanders says that he would let Boston Marathon bomber vote from jail

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

(PragerU) Is Denmark Socialist?

Otto Brøns-Petersen, a Dane dispels a common myth from leftists about Denmark in the latest PragerU video.



Osundairo brothers file lawsuit against Jussie Smollett's attorneys

Here is the latest news from MAGA Country, also known as Chicago.

From ABC Chicago:
The two brothers who Chicago police said were involved in an allegedly staged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett are filing a federal lawsuit against his attorneys.

Gloria Schmidt, the attorney for the Osundairo brothers, is holding a news conference Tuesday morning to discuss the lawsuit, which has been filed against Smollett's attorneys, Mark Geragos, Tina Glandian and the Geragos & Geragos Law Firm.

READ: Osundairo brothers file lawsuit against Jussie Smollett's attorneys

The lawsuit alleges that, "Smollett directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose" and that his attorneys defamed the brothers in statements to the media.

Bernie Sanders says that he would let Boston Marathon bomber vote from jail

The end always justifies the means with the left. So that makes it acceptable to socialist Bernie Sanders to allow Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber, to vote from the Supermax prison in Colorado.

Which of course will allow Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, to vote too.

Bernie of course knows that most inmates will vote Democratic.



Monday, April 22, 2019

Green New Deal: Fact versus Fiction

John Stossel lays done why the Democrats' Green New Deal is unfeasible.



Mark Dice on AOC: Airhead

Mark Dice excoriates--again--Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And he has a hilarious take on AOC's recent bizarre video that talks about how she saved the world.



Sunday, April 21, 2019

From Da Tech Guy: Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Three

Happy Easter to you. And while an Easter post at Da Tech Guy would be nice, it is Passover season now too. Which brings us to mind the Exodus, albeit not of the Biblical type. From that post: Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Three.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Nick Lowe - So It Goes

Best known as a producer, Nick Lowe has pumped out some compelling music of his own, including "So It Goes."



Congressman Jim Jordan: Mueller Report “Pretty darn definitive” on no collusion

US Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is right. It's "pretty darn definitive" that the Trump campaign didn't collude with Russia.

Move on, leftists.



Friday, April 19, 2019

Jussie Smollett hoax update: Kim Foxx's chief spokesperson is latest staffer to quit on her

The stench clearly is overwhelming for the Kim Foxx's top staff members.

From ABC Chicago:
Kim Foxx's chief spokesperson is the latest staffer leaving her office.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office confirmed Friday Director of External Affairs, Kiera Ellis, is no longer with the office.

Ellis' departure comes just one day after two top executives were also reported to be leaving the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

Foxx's spokesperson Tandra Simonton did not respond to requests on whether Ellis was fired or if she resigned.
Foxx, for the uniniated, is the Democrat who dropped the 16 counts against hate crime hoaxster Jussie Smollett.

Related post:

MAGA Country news: Kim Foxx ethics officer, integrity unit director quit post Smollett

Mark Dice: It's Mueller Time

The Mueller Report was released yesterday. There was on collusion between President Trump and Russia.

Will the media that foisted this hoax on the public admit that it was wrong?

What do you think?



MAGA Country news: Kim Foxx ethics officer, integrity unit director quit post Smollett

If you can't stand the stench at your job, then leave, as these two people in Chicago have done.

From Fox News:
Two ranking executives inside the Cook County State’s Attorney's Office have submitted their resignations — including State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s chief ethics officer, April Perry, whom Foxx cited as the person who advised her to “recuse” herself from the Jussie Smollett case that has rocked the Chicago office, Fox News learned Thursday.

Mark Rotert, the director of the office's Conviction Integrity Unit, has also submitted his resignation, according to a Foxx spokesperson. Perry and Rotert are scheduled to work their last days on the job in May.

"While I feel lucky to have been able to spend the last 15 years of my career in public service, I am looking forward to my next endeavor in the private sector where I have the opportunity to continue to work toward increasing the safety of our community," Perry wrote in an April 15 letter obtained by Fox News via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Chicago's top prosecutor has been criticized for how she handled Smollett’s criminal case — including her questionable recusal and how her office suddenly dropped the charges against the 36-year-old "Empire" actor on March 26.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Mob of 500 youths wreak havoc in downtown Chicago

Events such as this one, I hear, are very common in Chicago's Loop. Only this time the mob was so large that the media couldn't ignore it.

From NBC Chicago:
Police arrested 26 kids Wednesday night after a group of about 500 teens descended on downtown Chicago, forcing hundreds of cops into the streets to try to corral them.

Fighting, cellphone thefts and disobedience ran rampant as the group arrived in the city during the evening hours.

Approximately 200 police officers arrived on horseback, foot and bikes and made several arrests as the rowdy crowds spread throughout the busy streets and parks of the downtown area. Officers called in Chicago Public Schools principals to talk to some of the kids and try to help restore order, Chicago police Chief Fred Waller said.

The largest of the groups dispersed and boarded Chicago Transit Authority trains, police said.

Chicago's future now: Big chunks of concrete damage cars on North Side

Chicago, which because of its massive unfunded municipal worker pension obligations, is essentially bankrupt. The city has been skimping on infrastructure repairs for years.

You can expect many more stories like this one.

From NBC Chicago:
Large chunks of concrete fell onto cars parked alongside Chicago Transit Authority tracks in the city’s Rogers Park neighborhood Thursday.

Multiple cars were seen damaged with massive pieces of concrete smashing their vehicles.

Witnesses said they heard a loud bang just after 4 a.m. and came out to find the crushed cars.


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

Harvey in Cook County
Decades of misrule in the Chicago area is reaching its predictable result.

From Crain's Chicago Business:
The Chicago area’s population declined for the fourth year in a row in 2018, according to the latest Census Bureau estimates.

There were 22,000 fewer residents in the 14-county metro area than in 2017, a drop of 0.2 percent, and the first time since 2010 that the area's population has slipped below 9.5 million people. Cook County, which accounts for 55 percent of the population in the metro area, lost 24,000 residents. DuPage and Lake counties, the second- and third-largest, respectively, each lost about 2,000 residents. The exurbs of Will, Kane and Kendall counties saw modest growth of fewer than 2,000 residents each.
Wow, DuPage County, which is west of Crook County, until recently was a GOP bastion. The Democrats have been making gains there recently.

As they used to say there, "If you like DuPage County, thank a Republican."

Used to say.