Friday, November 22, 2019

Rep. Stefanik: Adam Schiff is an abject failure

US Rep. Elise Stefanick (R-NY) isn't a rising star in Congress.

She's already a star. Watch her tear US Rep. Adam Schiff to pieces here.



Rep. Jordan: Dems have "never gotten over the fact" that Trump won in 2016

US Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) is a bright light in Congress. Yesterday he told reporters, correctly, that Democrats have "never gotten over the fact that Trump won the presidency three years ago.



Thursday, November 21, 2019

Decline and fall: Woman injured in downtown Chicago by falling light pole

With so much taxpayer money going to public worker pensions--also know as delayed compensation to unions promised by Chicago Democrats--you can expect many more stories like this one.

From CBS Chicago:
A woman was injured Thursday afternoon when a street light pole fell on her outside the Thompson Center.
More...
CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports the injured woman was taken away in an ambulance. The extent of her injuries were not immediately known.

A witness said she was crossing the street when she heard a crack and saw it fall. She rushed to help the injured woman.

CBS 2 Investigator Dave Savini has found thousands of complaints about fallen poles across the city, identifying the neighborhoods most at risk. The 42nd Ward, which includes the Loop, had the second highest number of complaints.
State law needs to be changed so municipalities and government agencies can declare bankruptcy. And the state constitution's pension guarantee clause needs to be amended.








Netanyahu indicted

This is not good.

From CNBC:
Israel’s Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announced Thursday that he was indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Netanyahu has previously denied any wrongdoing and has said he is the victim of a politically orchestrated “witch-hunt” by the media and the left.

It comes while Netanyahu is serving as Israel’s caretaker prime minister after he failed to cobble together a government last month.



Another city holiday? Bankrupt-in-all-but name Chicago wants to make Juneteenth a paid municipal day off

Surprisingly, the partially union-owned and leftist Chicago Sun-Times is chilly to the idea of Chicago adding another paid city worker holiday on its calendar that is stuffed with them.

Fewer paid holidays is a much better idea.

From the Sun-Times:
The cash-strapped city of Chicago has been roundly criticized over the years for granting city employees far more paid holidays than their counterparts in private industry.

If Aldermen Maria Hadden (49th) and David Moore (17th) have their way, the city would add yet another: June 19th.

At Wednesday’s City Council meeting, Hadden and Moore introduced an ordinance requiring City Hall and other local government buildings to be closed on the date known as “Juneteenth” to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.

“It is not enough for the city of Chicago to just have parades, barbecues and events celebrating Juneteenth. Chicago must recognize Juneteenth as an official city holiday, which will help support the campaign to recognize ‘Juneteenth National Freedom Day’ as a national holiday,” the preamble to the ordinance states.


Mark Dice: Poor Ol' Joe!

The circus, I mean the Democratic debates, were back in town last night.



Wednesday, November 20, 2019

'Antifa' protesters arrested after shutting down conservative speaker

I'll wager a tidy sum that until they learned Art Laffer, a former Reagan administration official who is generally accepted as the father of supply-side economics, was scheduled to speak at Binghamton University, the Antifa protesters would not be able to pick him apart from a cast member of the Dukes of Hazzard TV show. But Laffer is a conservative--so "tear him apart!"

Leftists do not support free speech.



Former Baltimore mayor indicted on tax and fraud charges

Baltimore, a corrupt city, has not has a Republican mayor in over 50 years. In its most recent Democratic primary, Catherine Pugh edged Sheila Dixon. Pugh won in the general election, as for Dixon, she was convicted on a misdemeanor embezzlement charge in 2009. Now Pugh faces legal problems.

From the Baltimore Sun:
Federal prosecutors have charged former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh with 11 counts of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy in what they allege was a corrupt scheme involving her sales of a self-published children’s book series.

In a grand jury indictment made public Wednesday, prosecutors allege Pugh defrauded area businesses and nonprofit organizations with nearly $800,000 in sales of her “Healthy Holly” books to unlawfully enrich herself, promote her political career and illegally fund her campaign for mayor.

Though her customers ordered more than 100,000 copies of the books, the indictment says Pugh failed to print thousands of copies, double-sold others and took some to use for self-promotion. Pugh, 69, used the profits to buy a house, pay down debt, and make illegal straw donations to her campaign, prosecutors allege.

At the same time, prosecutors said, she was evading taxes. In 2016, for instance, when she was a state senator and ran for mayor, she told the Internal Revenue Service she had made just $31,000. In fact, her income was more than $322,000 that year ― meaning she shorted the federal government of about $100,000 in taxes, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Chicago cop shot in head on Northwest Side, 15 year-old also wounded

I work in Des Plaines. And the last time I checked Old Irving Park was a pretty good neighborhood.

From CBS Chicago:
A Chicago Police officer was shot in the side of the head Tuesday night in a gun battle with a bank robbery suspect on Irving Park Road near the Kennedy Expressway.

Two others were also shot.

The shooting happened early Tuesday evening. Sources said it all started with a bank robbery in Des Plaines that led to a chase all the way to Irving Park Road near Kildare Avenue.

Sources told CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar that the suspected bank robber went into UpBeat Music and Arts music school, 4318 W. Irving Park Rd. Police went in after him, and shots were fired.
Caught in the crossfire was a 15-year-old boy.

And to think just yesterday it was a rare Chiraq day when no one was shot.

Student gov't at Michigan college votes to remove Pledge of Allegiance from meetings

I guess these woke SOBs at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan don't like "liberty and justice for all."



UPDATE November 21:

Because of a justifiable backlash, student government leaders at GVSU say they will restore the pledge at their meetings next week.

Hubris: Outgoing suburban Detroit city council votes itself free lifetime health care

Here is a lesson in hubris.

From the Detroit Free Press:
It's the kind of last-second, secretive move that politicians weren't supposed to do anymore — not with demands everywhere for government transparency.
Yet, old-time politicking seems alive and well in Warren.

The seven members of the Warren City Council on Sept. 10 voted themselves lifetime health care benefits, just before several members were to be term-limited off the board. The unanimous vote, for what critics call a golden parachute, would saddle taxpayers with untold future costs. But it wasn’t even on the night’s agenda.

And it was kept under wraps long enough to exceed the 72-hour limit for a mayoral veto, Mayor Jim Fouts declared Monday. The costly benefit was worded so as to apply to anyone who'd ever served on the City Council. That includes Fouts, who served 26 years on the council before being elected mayor, although he said he was adamantly opposed to the plan.

"I'm absolutely not going to implement this," Fouts said, almost shouting into the phone.

Monday, November 18, 2019

(PragerU) How Big Government Hurts Women

Carrie Lukas, the president of the Independent Women's Forum, discusses how big government harms women.



Saturday, November 16, 2019

Lola - Ray Davies - Glastonbury 2010

Watch, listen, and sing along as the great Ray Davies of the Kinks performs "Lola" at the Glastonbury festival in 2010.



Winning: Dow Jones Industrial Average tops 28,000 for first time

I am still not tired of winning.

From CNBC:
The Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied to record levels on Friday, reaching 28,000 for the first time ever, after White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said China and the U.S. were getting close to reaching a trade deal.

The 30-stock average closed 222.93 points higher, or 0.7% at 28,004.89. It took the Dow just over four months to go from 27,000 for the first time to 28,000.

Apple is the best-performing stock in the Dow since July 11, when the index first reached 27,000. In that time, Apple shares are up more than 30%. Intel, J.P. Morgan, United Technologies and Home Depot are some of the stocks that have also rallied more than 10% since July 11.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Illinois tax break failure: On top of recent store closing announcement Sears laying off hundreds of corporate employees

What, it's been a week since I reminded you? After my Illinois income taxes here hiked in 2011 by Democratic governor Pat Quinn, Sears Holdings, the parent of Kmart and Sears, received a tax break.

From the Chicago Business Journal:
A week after announcing the closure of 96 more stores, the owner of Sears and Kmart stores is laying off hundreds of corporate workers.

The exact number of job losses wasn’t clear but Business Insider reported fewer than 300 people were laid off at Sears' headquarters in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, and the company’s offices in San Francisco.

The company informed some employees of the layoffs in a group meeting on Wednesday, reported Business Insider.

"It was a group layoff," one person told the publication. "There was a heartfelt apology, but that was it. ... It was very abrupt, very quick.”

Jordan sounds off on first open hearing of 'impeachment sham process'

Watch as US Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) eviscerates the "impeachment sham process."



Wednesday, November 13, 2019

VIDEO: Students can't name a single just war the U.S fought

Campus Reform travels to Howard University to interview more uneducated college students.

The Civil War freed the slaves and in World War II, which we entered after Japan attacked us, in the end defeated not only Japan, but Nazi Germany, which murdered six million Jews.



Hillary Clinton says she's under 'enormous pressure' to enter 2020 race

On the Democratic side, outside of her sycophants, no one wants Hillary Clinton to run for president again.

On the Republican side, sure, we're down for a Trump-Clinton rematch. Definitely.



Tuesday, November 12, 2019

(PragerU) How Many Genders Are There?

Will Witt travels to the University of California at Berkeley. Where he learns from uneducated college students that there are more than two genders.

I'd love for a Democratic debate monitor ask the party's presidential candidates the same question.



Global warming: Chicago sets back-to-back low temperature records

Des Plaines River yesterday
near Chicago
"The earth has a fever," Al Gore once said.

Then why is it so cold?

From NBC Chicago:
The Chicago area saw plenty of snow to start the week - but that was just the beginning of the winter weather, as a record-breaking cold snap descended on the area Tuesday.

After a snowstorm dropped several inches of snow on some locations, frigid temperatures came in the overnight hours, cold enough to break two single-day records in two days. Temperatures dropped into the low teens, with some areas seeing the mercury fall into single digits.

The first of the two back-to-back records broken came Monday night, when the temperature dropped to 13 degrees at O'Hare Airport before midnight. That beats the previous low temperature of 15 degrees recorded in that same location back in 1950.

Then, the temperature at O'Hare in the early morning hours reached just 7 degrees, marking a new single-day record low for the city. The record low temperature for Chicago on Nov. 12 was previously 8 degrees above zero, set in 1986.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Mark Dice: It's Happening!

It doesn't take much effort to find out who the alleged Ukraine whistleblower is. The name is...well, I don't want my blogger account suspended.

Mark Dice discusses YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook censorship on this subject--and overall. Oh, if you are a conservative, these social media platforms have it out for you.



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Two dead and 16 wounded over weekend in Chicago

A man on was shot to death in Rogers Park on the Far North Side of Chicago over the weekend in Rogers Park in a suspected drive-by shooting. Drive-bys are rare in the North Side. On the South Side, A South Shore man on the South Side was gunned down a few hours later.

They are the two fatalities over this past weekend in Chicago. Sixteen others were wounded.

Thank a vet on Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day. If you see a vet, thank a vet. And not just today but every day.

Pictured below is the Genesee County War Memorial in Flint, Michigan.


The marker reads, "To the heroes of all wars: Forever honoring all the men and women of Genesee County who served in the armed forces of the United States in time of war. Dedicated May 30, 1951."

Saturday, November 09, 2019

David Bowie - Heroes (Official Video)

Today is the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Here's a David Bowie, song that was recorded in a studio just 500 yards from the wall, "Heroes."

And yes, the wall figures into this anthem.



On this day in 1989: The Berlin Wall falls

One of the most defining moments of the 20th century occurred on this day in Berlin in 1989 when freedom loving East Germans stormed the checkpoints and crossed the Berlin Wall, the "wall of shame" as Winston S. Churchill called it.

The left-wing media isn't playing up the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall as much as they would, let's say, for an Occupy Wall Street Movement anniversary. Of course they aren't, many of these elitists believe the Soviet Union collapsed--that was in 1991--because the wrong people were in charge.

The profound event rippled through the world. On a personal level, were it not for the collapse of European communism my wife may not have ever left the Soviet Union. And our daughter wouldn't be with us.

Below are photos of Berlin Wall slabs from the Marathon Pundit collection.


Old Port at Portland, Maine.


That's your humble blogger at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Reagan Peace Garden, Eureka College, Eureka, Illinois.


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Thursday, November 07, 2019

Illinois tax break beneficiary Sears Holdings to close one-third of stores in latest round of shutdowns

Despite decades of local and state tax breaks, Sears Holdings, which runs Sears and Kmart stores, filed for bankruptcy two years ago.

Most famously, shortly after a massive state income tax hike signed into law in 2911 by Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, Sears threatened to move its headquarters out of Illinois. So Quinn gave the retailer, which was ailing even then, another tax break. A few years later Sears Holdings lost that break because it fell below the minimum employee amount agreed to by the state.

Today Sears announced it will close one-third of its stores in the latest round shutdowns early next year.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Illinois can't do anything right.

New Kentucky attorney general, a black Republican, sounds off on winning historic race

You may have heard from the mainstream media that the gubernatorial race between Republican incumbent Matt Bevin and Democrat Andy Beshear is too close to call, although the challenger has declared victory.

But did you hear who won the attorney general's race in the Blue Grass State? Daniel Cameron. He's an African-American and he'll be the first black AG in Kentucky history.

In Kentucky, the GOP took five of the state's six statewide offices.

Winning.



Wednesday, November 06, 2019

Sen. Barrasso slams Warren’s "fantasy land" gov't take over of health care

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), one of the few doctors in Congress, yesterday ripped Elizabeth Warren's hideously expensive health care plan that will also put two million people out of work.



Mark Dice on Jeffrey Epstein: The Truth Finally Comes Out

Project Veritas does it again! An ABC reporter for Good Morning America admits they had the goods on pedophile Jeffrey Epstein--with links to Alan Dershowitz, Prince Andrew--and Bill Clinton.



Tuesday, November 05, 2019

(PragerU) Values Matter. Race Doesn't.

Antonia Okafor--and Kanye West--believes values, not race, matters.

The left disagrees.



Elizabeth Warren agrees with rally attendee who says the USA supports genocide

Watch as a leftist accuses America of committing genocide at an Elizabeth Warren rally in Grinnell, Iowa.

And Warren doesn't disagree.



Monday, November 04, 2019

While in Iowa, Joe Biden says he is in Ohio

Earlier this year Sleepy Joe Biden said he was in Vermont when he was really standing in New Hampshire.

Now he's confusing Ohio with Iowa.



4 dead and 11 wounded over weekend in Chicago

The first weekend of November proved deadly for four people in Chicago, including a Wisconsin man shot to death on the North side during a fight in a rare shooting in the Roscoe Village neighborhood. Three other men were murdered over that time span, all on the South Side, one each in Brainerd, Park Manor, and Roseland.

Eleven people were wounded over the weekend.

Sunday, November 03, 2019

(Video) After trashing Obama for years, Joe Walsh says economy "was booming under Obama"

Much of Joe Walsh's political career has been centered on trashing, usually deservedly so, Barack Obama. But now Walsh, a one-term former Republican congressman from Illinois, has moved on to Donald Trump. Walsh is now running for the GOP presidential nomination.

This weekend on Fox Chicago's Flannery Fired Up, the host, Mike Flannery, playing devil's advocate, mentioned many what most people see as "a booming economy." Walsh countered with, "It was booming under Obama."



From Da Tech Guy: Joe Walsh absolutely should not be taken seriously as a presidential candidate

Today I finally got around to commenting on Joe Walsh's campaign for the Republican nomination for president.

From Da Tech Guy: Joe Walsh absolutely should not be taken seriously as a presidential candidate.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

Ramones - She's The One (Official Music Video)

Here's a powerful Ramones song that isn't as well known as let's say, "I Wanna Be Sedated."

This track is also on the Road To Ruin album, "She's The One."



CNN panel: Warren banking on "funny money" in gov't health care plan

Not even CNN is succumbing to the fumes emitting from Elizabeth Warren's peace pipe for her socialized medicine plan.



Friday, November 01, 2019

(Bloody Chicago) Warning Graphic: The Reason Why? I Do, What I Do

Victor Maggio reveals his personal side in this video. It's an appropriate video to watch today as yesterday a 7-year-old girl was critically wounded on the West Side of Chicago while trick-or-treating.





7-year-old girl is critical condition after being shot while trick or treating in Chicago--UPDATED

It was an unhappy Halloween in Chicago.

From CBS Chicago:
A shootout erupted late Thursday afternoon while children were out trick-or-treating in Little Village, and a 7-year-old girl dressed as a bumblebee ended up getting shot in the neck.

As CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reported, trick-or-treaters were going in and out of businesses on busy 26th Street near Lawndale Avenue at 5:30 p.m. – including the 7-year-old girl, who police said was just standing on the sidewalk with her family.

Police stress that the 7-year-old girl has no relationship at all to a 31-year-old man who was also wounded in the shooting, and who was believed to have been the target.

Trick-or-treaters and their families still filled the sidewalks of Little Village into the evening, through the haze of blue police lights.
UPDATE 9:15 PM CDT:

The primary suspect in this shooting has been identified.


Thursday, October 31, 2019

Chicago teachers strike ends, indoctrination returns Friday

The Chicago Teachers Union Strike ended today. Indoctrination returns tomorrow. Education will remain on hiatus.

Mark Dice: The Joke's on Jim Acosta

Jim Acosta of the Clown News Network and other leftist media doofuses took a pnotograph of President Trump awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor to the dog that sniffed out Abu al-Baghdadi way too seriously.

Trump never claimed he did such a thing.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Students deny Trump credit for Baghdadi death...but praise Obama for bin Laden killing

Campus Reform's Eduardo Neret visited Georgetown University where he asked some indoctrinated students about the successful raid to kill the leader of ISIS.




Ilhan Omar votes 'present' on bill condemning Armenian genocide

In a resolution introduced a California leftist congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), the House overwhelmingly voted in favor of a bill condemning the genocide committed by Turkey against Armenians during World War I.

But a member of "the Squad" voted present.

From Fox News:
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., on Tuesday refused to support a congressional resolution recognizing the Armenian genocide, saying it was important first to condemn the preceding "mass slaughter" of "hundreds of millions of indigenous people," as well as the "transatlantic slave trade."

Omar, in a statement explaining her vote of "present" on the resolution, also seemingly suggested that the century-old mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks may not have occurred at all. She asserted that "accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as a cudgel in a political fight" but should instead "be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics."

The comments prompted accusations that Omar, again, was seeking to communicate a bigoted message while maintaining a veneer of wink-and-nod deniability -- even as she has previously called for a boycott over alleged Israeli human-rights abuses, described the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks as an instance in which "some people did something", and asserted that "Israel has hypnotized the world."

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

(PragerU) Public Pensions: An Economic Time Bomb

Unfunded unionized public employee pension debt is destroying states, California and Illinois come to mind, and many municipalities.

PragerU has more.



Mark Dice: Democrats New Hero

The mainstream media showed its true heart Sunday, Mark Dice tells us, in its coverage of the justified killing of ISIS creep Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Washington Compost referred to the scumbag as an "austere religious scholar" in a headline. Bloomberg wasn't much better.



Monday, October 28, 2019

Illinois Democratic state rep from Chicago indicted on bribery charges on same day president visits city

Trump Tower, Chicago
My dear friends, I believe we're on the cusp of a bounty of indictments of Illinois politicians. Oh, maybe a Republican or two, RINOs, might be snagged but this will be a harvest of Democrats.

The ironic part--humorous really--is that Donald Trump was in Chicago today for the time as president trashing the soon-to-be fourth most populous city in America.

From Fox Chicago:
An Illinois state lawmaker bribed a legislative colleague with an offer of $2,500 a month in exchange for the state senator's support of sweepstakes-related legislation, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Monday.

Rep. Luis Arroyo, 65, made the offer on Aug. 2 and handed over an initial check on Aug. 22 for the unidentified lawmaker's backing of the legislation in the Illinois Senate, the complaint says.

The Chicago Democrat's alleged willingness to arrange regular payments for legislative support stands out even in a state with a history of brazen public corruption.

The 12-page complaint describes the moment Arroyo gave the check to his colleague in a suburban Chicago restaurant, citing a federal wiretap that allegedly captured their conversation.

Trump in Chicago after weekend when 3 were murdered and 21 others wounded in city

Over the past weekend three men in Chicago were shot to death--two on the West Side and one on the South Side, and 21 others were wounded.

Today President Donald Trump will make his first visit to Chicago since his inauguration nearly three years ago. Chicago's police superintendent Eddie Johnson, will not be in the audience when Trump speaks, because he opposes Trump's immigration polices.

Johnson has problems besides Chicago crime. Earlier this month he was found asleep in his car. He later said he'd been drinking. Last week the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police issued a no confidence vote on Johnson.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

From Doug Ross: DEMOCRACY DIES IN DARKNESS: ISIS Edition

Please spread this Doug Ross post far and wide. Phone the kids and wake the neighbors, as David Letterman would say when he was funny.

DEMOCRACY DIES IN DARKNESS: ISIS Edition.


Washington Compost headline for ISIS leader's obituary originally read, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State, dies at 48"

"Democracy dies in darkness" is the motto of the Washington Post Compost. That of course explains the failures of Illinois and California governments.

But deep down there is a strong current of anti-Americanism with the Compost. Overnight one of the most vile men known to humanity, ISIS strongman Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, killed himself as American troops chased the terrorist down a tunnel. The Compost wrote an obituary. It's original headline read, "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State."

After Adolf Hitler snuffed himself out, the Post didn't use this headline, "German cultural proponent and vegetarian Hitler dies in bunker."

So much of the media, and America sadly, has lost its way.


From Da Tech Guy, Fifty years ago: The Kinks release Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire)

Musical greatness arrived five decades ago as I expound at Da Tech Guy.

Fifty years ago: The Kinks release Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire)

Winning: ISIS leader dead, kills self during US raid; Trump says, "He died like a coward"

I'll never get tired of winning.

From Fox News:
President Trump, announcing the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, described him as dying "in a vicious and violent way, as a coward, running and crying."

"He died like a dog, he died like a coward," Trump said in a speech to the nation Sunday morning.

The ISIS leader's death came in a successful U.S. military operation in northwest Syria Saturday night that took roughly two hours.

The Islamic State leader detonated an explosive vest as U.S. Special Operations Forces stormed his compound in the Idrib Province. Trump said he died whimpering at the back of a dead-end tunnel.


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Arthur and the Emigrants (with Guest Vocalist Ray Davies) - The Future (Official Lyric Video)

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the release of the Kinks' landmark album, Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire.)

The Kinks' resident genius, Ray Davies, under the guise of Arthur and the Emigrants, gives us a new song for the occasion, "The Future."



Related post at Da Tech Guy:

Fifty years ago: The Kinks release Arthur (or The Decline and Fall of the British Empire)

Beto: Will Be “Criminal” Consequences For People Who Don’t Turn In Legally Purchased Firearm

Gone are the days when the Democrats--I never believed them--claimed that they were not going to take guns away from honest citizens.



Friday, October 25, 2019

(Video) Would College Students Vote For Hillary Again?

What do you think?



Durham investigation into Russia probe now a criminal investigation

The Swamp is getting nervous.

From Fox News:
U.S. Attorney John Durham's ongoing probe into potential FBI and Justice Department misconduct in the run-up to the 2016 election through the spring of 2017 has transitioned into a full-fledged criminal investigation, two sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News on Thursday night.

One source added that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz's upcoming report on alleged FBI surveillance abuses against the Trump campaign will shed light on why Durham's probe has become a criminal inquiry. Horowitz announced on Thursday his report would be available to the public soon, with "few" redactions.

The investigation's new status means Durham can subpoena witnesses, file charges, and impanel fact-finding grand juries.

Fox News reported on Tuesday that Durham's probe had expanded significantly based on new evidence uncovered during a recent trip to Rome with Attorney General Bill Barr.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

(Bloody Chicago) Violent Fall Season in Chicago, 5 killed, 35 Wounded in Weekend Shootings

Victor Maggio of Bloody Chicago begins his latest video with a rare report from Chicago's Northwest Side's Dunning neighborhood..

And this was a mass shooting.



Ingraham: Heeere's Hillary

Hello Hillary--please run for president again!



Wednesday, October 23, 2019

PragerU vs. Google: How We Got Here

Google doesn't support free speech. It only backs the speech it likes. If you are a conservative? Well, that's a problem for Google.



Mark Dice: Joe Biden vs. Joe Biden

The Democrats and their electronic wing, the media, are attacking President Donald J. Trump because he said the impeachment witch hunt is a "lynching."

But in the late 1990s, when Bill Clinton was impeached, Democrats, including Joe Biden, called what happed to Bubba a lynching too.



Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Tulsi Gabbard slams Hillary's Russian asset claim in new ad

In a podcast interview last week Hillary Clinton hinted that Democratic presidential canidate Tulsi Gabbard could be a Russian asset.

Hillary has lost her mind.

But Gabbard is striking back.



While marching with striking Chicago teachers today will Warren mention getting "fired" as a teacher for being pregnant?

Elizabeth Warren will join Chicago Teachers Union picketers today. The presidential candidate and Massachusetts senator of course once was a teacher. But will the strikers hear about that? Maybe not. Like another Bay State Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, the party's nominee in 2004, Warren has developed a reputation for lying about her past, most notoriously, her claim of Native American heritage.

Warren claims that she was fired from her teaching job because of her pregnancy. Only in 2007 she told a much different story. And records from that time throw cold water on her claim.




Monday, October 21, 2019

Mark Dice: This is MY Fault?

Watch as a morbidly obese black woman blames, of course, racism for her weight problem.



5 dead and at least 35 wounded in Chicago over weekend

While the Chicago teachers strike is dominating the local news unfortunately there is still rampant violence to report on. Over the past weekend five people were murdered.

Three of the fatal shootings occurred on the West Side, two on the South Side.

Back to the West Side: A man who was grazed in the head by a bullet while driving kept moving, ran a red light, and was hit by a Chicago Transit Authority truck. Both the gunshot victim and the truck driver are hospitalized under serious condition.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Beto: If people do not turn in guns there will be consequences from law enforcement

Up until recently--although I was skeptical--there was not a single major Democrat who would go on the record of being in favor of gun confiscation.

Robert Francis O'Rourke favors gun grabbing.



Biden lies again, falsely claims it's a "fact" that he never discussed Ukraine with his son

Meanwhile it's a fact that Joe Biden is a liar and he did discuss Ukraine with his son Hunter.



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

MSNBC panel: Warren avoiding tax question, "Makes it looks like she's hiding something"

Watch as an MSNBC panelist say about Elizabeth Warren during her Democratic debate performance and how she'll pay for her socialist medicine scheme, "Makes it looks like she's hiding something."



Mark Dice: The circus returns to town

The circus, that is the Democratic presidential debate, was back yesterday.

And the circus has a new clown, billionaire Tom Steyer.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

After claiming no discussion, Hunter Biden admits conversation with Joe about Ukraine business

The Bidens are operating like a Chicago political family. In that corrupt metropolis, influence peddling and nepotism is the norm.

Chicago of course has not had a Republican mayor since 1931.

This morning the previously missing Hunter Biden, in an ABC News interview, contradicted himself over his discussions with his father, the former vice president, over those suspicious business dealings in Ukraine.



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The Democrats are the leftist party: Bernie slams Warren for being a capitalist

I do have some Democratic friends--and they often take exception for my calling Dems leftists. But the Democrats are not the liberal party any more. It's the party of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Bernie Sanders.

The leftist party.

From Fox News:
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders – the self-proclaimed Democratic socialist whose standing in the 2020 primary has become threatened by Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s surge in the Democratic primary with progressive voters – is seeking to cut into the support of his rival by dismissing her as a "capitalist."

"There are differences between Elizabeth and myself," Sanders said during an interview Sunday on ABC’s "This Week." "Elizabeth I think, as you know, has said that she is a capitalist through her bones. I’m not."


The comments come amid a rise in socialism in the Democratic Party, as candidates become more willing to openly embrace socialism over capitalism. It also follows polling showing that Democrats now view socialism more positively than they do capitalism.

Last year, when asked if she was a capitalist, Warren reportedly said, "I am a capitalist to my bones."
Until recently "capitalist" was a positive term.

As for Pocahontas, I'm not entirely sure she's a capitalist.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Chicago weekend shootings: 7 dead, including a family of four, 21 wounded, including a 3-year-boy shot in the head

Chilly temperatures arrived for the first time in months in Chicago. But that didn't lighten carnage.

Seven people were shot to death over the weekend, including a family for four shot Saturday while having dinner by a neighbor. The alleged shooter killed a fifth person in the same building, which is the Dunning neighborhood on the Northwest Side.

On the Southwest Side, a three-year-old boy is among the 21 who were wounded during the weekend. The toddler, who was sitting in a car, is in critical condition.



Sunday, October 13, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Squeeze - Take Me I'm Yours

The first album by Squeeze was titled, wait for it, Squeeze. Produced by John Cale of the Velvet Underground, it's for the most part pretty awful, as Squeeze, we learned later in their career, have more in common with Cole Porter, Burt Bacharach, and Paul McCartney.

They are not avante garde.

A couple of songs from that first effort were produced by Squeeze, not surprisingly they became hits. Here's the best known of that pair, "Take Me I'm Yours."

It's performed here by the songwriters from the band, Chris Difford and Glenn Tillbrook.



CNBC: Trump announces substantial Phase One trade deal with China

I am still not tired of winning.



Friday, October 11, 2019

Mark Dice: I ❤️ China!

Hollywood, the NBA, and many others, Mark Dice tells, kowtows to China.



Swamp news: Ukraine whistleblower used to work with Biden

Man oh man, do we need to drain the swamp.

From the Washington Examiner:
The 2020 Democratic candidate with whom the CIA whistleblower had a "professional" tie is Joe Biden, according to intelligence officers and former White House officials.

Lawyers for the whistleblower said he had worked only "in the executive branch." The Washington Examiner has established that he is a career CIA analyst who was detailed to the National Security Council at the White House and has since left. On Sept. 26, the New York Times reported that he was a CIA officer. On Oct. 4, the newspaper added that he "was detailed to the National Security Council at one point."

Michael Atkinson, the Intelligence Community's inspector general, told members of Congress that the whistleblower had a "professional tie" to a 2020 Democratic candidate. He had written earlier that while the whistleblower's complaint was credible, he had shown "some indicia of an arguable political bias ... in favor of a rival political candidate."

A retired CIA officer told the Washington Examiner, “From everything we know about the whistleblower and his work in the executive branch then, there is absolutely no doubt he would have been working with Biden when he was vice president."

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Gordie Howe's general store in Hanover, Maine

After Detroit Red Wings great Gordie Howe retired from the NHL, he did not open up a general store in Hanover, Maine.

Gordon Paul Howe, originally from Massachusetts, ran Gordie Howe's on US Route 2 in the western part of the Pine Tree State.

Coincidentally, both Howes died in 2016.


The Marathon Pundit family drove past the store, which is now closed, in July.



Bipartisan support for Illinois red light camera bans growing

There is rare good news coming out of Illinois today.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Bipartisan support appears to be building in the Illinois General Assembly for a statewide ban on red-light cameras.

Those are devices that some municipalities install at intersections to detect drivers running through red lights or turning without coming to a full stop.

Critics of those devices, however, argue they serve only to generate revenue and are a potential source of political corruption.

"Studies have shown that it does not improve safety. In fact, that it increases rear-end collisions," Rep. David McSweeney, R-Barrington Hills, said in an interview. "So this is really a revenue grab by local governments. And, as we've seen recently, this is obviously tied up, but likely with corruption."
There is quite a bit of corruption connected with these horrible devices, which arguably cause accidents.



(PragerU) NYC Will Fine You For Saying 'Illegal Alien'

Will Witt for PragerU visits another Cal State campus, this one in Los Angeles.

I'm not sure what's worse--their shear dumbness or their robotic liberalness.



Wednesday, October 09, 2019

After locking up thousands for marijuana-related offenses, Kamala Harris says weed brings "good vibes"

When she was California's attorney general Kamala Harris jailed thousands for marijuana related offenses. But when in Iowa yesterday, Harris said weed brings "good vibes."

Phony.



Mark Dice: Hillary Running AGAIN in 2020?

Democrats are beginning to panic because as collateral damage from their impeachment witch hunt, Joe Biden's presidential campaign is collapsing. Bernie Sanders had a heart attack last week. And Wall Street sees Elizabeth Warren as too leftist.

What to do?

Have Hillary Clinton run again?



Tuesday, October 08, 2019

(Bloody Chicago) Justice for Murdered Chicago 9-Year-Old, Tyshawn Lee

In 2015 thugs in the gang-infested Auburn Gresham neighborhood on Chicago's South Side--where my mother grew up--murdered 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee in a park.

Last week justice was finally served and Lee can finally rest in peace.

Victor Maggio brings the story and the background too you.