Tuesday, March 19, 2019

(PragerU) DivestU

Charlie Kirk is calling on you to stop sending cash to those indoctrination camps known as colleges and universities.

Students say Ocasio-Cortez is face of Democrat Party

Who is the face of the Democratic Party? CampusReform visited Georgetown University and after interviewing some students out came the answer: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, not Nancy Pelosi.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Bruce Springsteen - You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)

I was fortunate to see Brue Springsteen and the E Street Band during The River tour in Champaign, Illinois.

Here is the Boss and friends from that same tour in Tempe, Arizona performing "You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)."

Leftist NYC Mayor De Blasio repeatedly declines to endorse capitalism: Should be "redistributing" wealth

The extreme left-wing mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, spent his honeymoon in Fidel Castro's Cuba.

Havana Bill, in a powwow with his fellow leftists on MSNBC, repeatedly refused to endorse capitalism. Instead De Blasio wants to redistribute other people's wealth.

Friday, March 15, 2019

CNN’s Henderson: O’Rourke was a “backbencher” congressman who “didn’t really do much”

CNN’s Nia-Malika Henderson zoomed in on Robert "Beto" O'Rourke's undistinguished record in the House, saying that he was a "backbencher” in Congress who “didn’t really do much.”

Mark Dice on O'Rourke: Planet Earth's Last Hope

Robert "Beto" O'Rourke, a product of white privilige by the way, says we are the "last great hope of Earth" as he announced his presidential run.

Mark Dice believes "Make America Great Again" is a far better slogan.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Empty bead sack: Pelosi can’t recall any House accomplishments from Beto

In 1960, Dwight D. Eisenhower was asked about the accomplishments of Richard Nixon, who was by then the Republican nominee to succeed him in the White House. Ike's answer was a serious wound for Nixon, "If you give me a week, I might think of one. I don’t remember."

Today when asked at a press briefing about the achievements in the House of Representatives by of Robert "Beto" O'Rourke, Nancy Pelosi, the current Speaker couldn't name any.

Beto joins AOC with claim that world will end in 12 years

Do you remember when the elites mocked religious groups like the Jehovah's Witnesses predicting the end of the world?

Now it's the elitists doing so. Leftists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and now Robert O'Rourke who are playing Chicken Little. They believe the world as we know it will end in 2031.

From the Daily Mail:
Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke warned Thursday in his first presidential campaign stop that parts of the planet will soon become uninhabitable, driving a massive wave of climate 'refugees' across the U.S. border, if America's government doesn't adopt emergency measures within the next 12 years.

O'Rourke, 46, had formally announced an hour earlier that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of speculation over whether he would try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid.

In the southwestern Iowa town of Keokuk, a sweater-clad Beto told a smallish crowd that by the time his 12-year-old son is his age "we may not be able to live in cities that we call home today, like El Paso, Texas. We may not be able to grow our own food and fiber, feed and clothe ourselves in this country."

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

(PragerU) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sounds a lot like Karl Marx

Don't forget, the media fawns over the "fresh face" of the Democrats. And the Dems' chairman, Tom Perez, says AOC is "the future of our party."

'Jexodus' encourages Jewish people to leave the Dem Party

Elizabeth Pipko, a former Trump campaign staffer, is now a spokesperson for Jexodus, which encourages Jews to leave the increasingly anti-Semitic Democratic Party.

To learn more go to Jexodus.org.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Venezuelan opposition leader invites AOC, Omar to see Venezuela for themselves

Trish Regan interviews Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who is inviting Democratic House leftists Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ihlan Omar to see for themselves the disaster that once prosperous Venezuela is.

Mark Dice: It's Spreading!

The socialist bug is taking over the Democrat Party.

Recently two Democratic candidates for president, John Hickenlooper and Tulsi Gabbard, couldn't answer a simple question. "Are you a capitalist?"

Monday, March 11, 2019

Dems coming home to Milwaukee, which has had three socialist mayors

Milwaukee's City Hall
As Alice Cooper pointed out in Wayne's World, Milwaukee is the only American city to have had three socialist mayors.

Today the Democratic Party announced it will be holding its 2020 convention in Milwaukee.

Welcome home, Democrats!

(PragerU) Sex Matters

This PragerU video, which I would have entitled "Gender Matters," is the ideal antidote for those of you under 30 years old who have been indoctrinated at a high school or college.

Yes, men and women are different. Sean McDowell, Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Biola University, lays out the simple facts.

Google has already buried this video. New PragerU clips usually appear at the top of my personal YouTube feed. I had to search for this one.

Fight the system.

Mark Dice: New Leaked Audio From Inside Google

Google doesn't just collect information, you know that already. It wants to change minds.

Saturday, March 09, 2019

Elvis Costello & the Fairfield Four - That Day Is Done

The last song Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello wrote during their brief late 1980s song writing collaboration was "That Day Is Done."

It was an intensely personal song for Costello, as it was, like "Veronica," about his ailing grandmother.

After she passed way the duo completed the song. While McCartney is a better singer than Elvis--he's great too--but hey, Paul McCartney is one of rock's most gifted and accomplished vocalists.

Macca had first shot at the Costello collaboration tunes. He should have left this one for Costello.

Here is Elvis, backed by the Fairfield Four, singing a gospel-tinged on the Late Show with David Letterman "That Day Is Done."

News from MAGA Country: Smollett indicted on 16 counts

Near Chicago's Trump Tower
At this point Jussie Smollett wishes he never stepped foot in MAGA Country--also known as Chicago--let alone heard of the Chicago Police.

From ABC Chicago:
A Cook County grand jury has returned a 16-count indictment against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, according to court records.

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office confirmed the indictment, which they said was returned by a grand jury on Thursday.

Smollett was originally charged with one felony count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office on Feb. 20.

Now the grand jury has returned 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Poll: Trump has higher approval ratings in Illinois than new Democratic governor

Illinois' new governor, wants to dramatically raise income taxes to bail out public-sector union worker pensions. They are the labor wing of the Democratic Party.

So of course his approval ratings are plummeting.

Like Gov. Bruce Rauner after his first months in office, Gov. J.B. Pritzker's job approval rating has tumbled.
So low, that President Donald Trump has a higher approval rating.

In a We Ask America poll conducted last week, 800 registered Illinois voters gave Pritzker a job approval rating of 37 percent. The pollsters asked "Do you approve or disapprove of the job J.B. Pritzker is doing as Illinois governor," to which 37 percent approved, 36 disapproved and 27 percent had no opinion.

When asked the same question about President Donald Trump, pollsters received a 41 percent positive response, but also had a higher total disapproval rate because fewer respondents had no opinion of the president.

Ideas Illinois president Greg Baise, who commissioned the poll, said Pritzker is likable, but his proposals for higher taxes and spending aren’t going over well.

Mark Dice on the Mueller Report: Is It Finally Over?

Is it over, the Mueller probe, that is?

Sadly, probably not. But Mark Dice exposes a bunch of so-called experts discussing things they know nothing about, including former CIA director John Brennan and MSNBC's Chuck Todd, a Democratic operative pretending to be a journalist.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Insiders blame new broadcast night, not gender switch, for Doctor Who ratings drop

When you mix politics with entertainment, you risk angering your audience, and in television, where many viewers have thousands of choices available from their remote, such a move can be dangerous.

Yes, I was a fan and regular viewer of Doctor Who. But when a so-so actress, Jodi Whittaker, was hired to become the next Doctor--after five decades of having a male portraying what everyone knew was a male character, I tuned out.

Why couldn't the BBC produce a new series with a female Time Lord instead?

Well, as I expected, ratings are in the toilet, at least in Great Britain, for the Whittaker Who run.

But the "woke" can never admit they are wrong. And indeed the left is wrong a lot

From the Mirror in January:
BBC bosses are planning on moving the show to its original evening slot after a steady ratings slide during Jodie ­Whittaker’s debut series.

The Sunday run kicked off with 8.2 million viewers in October but had slipped to 5.2 million for the last episode in December.

An insider revealed: “There is a feeling families are freer to watch on Saturdays than Sundays, when kids have homework to finish.

"While the show rated well overall, there were concerns over the decline in audience."
You got that? Let me repeat that last sentence from the Mirror. "While the show rated well overall, there were concerns over the decline in audience."That insider is clueless and this story reminds me of what the Wall Street Journal's James Taranto calls "the Butterfield effect."

Pelosi lets Ilhan Omar’s anti-Semitism off the hook, doesn’t think it was "intended”

One of those so-called "rising stars" of the Democratic Party, US Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, has made many anti-Semitic comments. To offer cover, the Democrats in the House decided to draft a resolution to condemn anti-Semitism.

But the anti-Semitic wing of the Democratic Party--yes, there is such a thing--rebelled, now the Dems plant to issue a broader resolution to condemn all bigotry.

But as Andrew McCarthy noted on Twitter, "Brilliant point by @JonahNRO on @SpecialReport - Dems can’t agree on anti-Semitism condemnation because it’s not inclusive of other condemnable bigotry. But anyone who reacted to “Black Lives Matter” by daring to say ALL lives matter was condemned by Left as racially insensitive."

Yesterday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed criticism of Omar by claiming she didn't "intend" to make those anti-Semitic remarks.

At the very least Omar needs to be removed from her post on the House Foreign Relations Committee.

The president weighed in yesterday on Twitter, "It is shameful that House Democrats won’t take a stronger stand against Anti-Semitism in their conference. Anti-Semitism has fueled atrocities throughout history and it’s inconceivable they will not act to condemn it!"

Smollett fallout continues: Dozens reportedly fired after accessing his hospital records

While I am nearly certain that hospital employees are given strict guidelines on accessing medical records, it's still right to say that hate crime hoaxes are not a victimless crime.

From CBS Chicago:
Dozens of workers at Northwestern Hospital may have been fired for improperly reviewing the medical records of Jussie Smollett, who was treated at the emergency room after he claimed he had been attacked by two men.

Sources say those workers have been terminated after gaining access to the "Empire" actor’s medical chart. Smollett has since been charged with staging the whole incident.

One of the nurses says it was a misunderstanding and claims she never even accessed Smollett's chart.

But she was fired last week and believes many other nurses and staffers were fired for the same reason.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Feds bust six in Harvey, Illinois--the state's most corrupt town

Blogger in Harvey in 2016
Although the competition is stiff I believe it is safe to call Harvey Illinois' most corrupt town.

From CBS Chicago:
Federal authorities have charged two relatives of Harvey Mayor Eric Kellogg, two Harvey police officers, and two others in three separate criminal cases on Wednesday, hours after FBI agents raided the Harvey Police Department, and an office at the south suburban city hall.

Federal prosecutors said the defendants include 66-year-old Rommell Kellogg, the mayor’s brother, and 63-year-old Corey Johnson, a cousin of the mayor.

Rommell Kellogg and Corey Johnson both are charged with conspiracy to commit extortion. Prosecutors said the two conspired to extort payments from a strip club owner from 2012 through 2016, threatening the city would shut down the club if they weren’t paid. In exchange for the payments, city officials allegedly allowed the club to operate, "knowing acts of prostitution were occurring onsite."
Also charged were Harvey police officers Derrick Muhammad and Derrick Moore, who both are charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Prosecutors said they falsified a police report to protect two acquaintances – a father and son – from possible gun charges of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
From my post at Da Tech Guy:

Harvey, Illinois’ layoffs to pay for pensions portends nasty future for the rest of state

Related posts:

(Photos) Abandoned homes in the corrupt city of Harvey, Illinois

(Photos) Abandoned homes in the corrupt city of Harvey, Illinois, part two 

(PragerU) Can You Go a Day Without Fossil Fuels?

Sorry Green New Deal lovers. Our entire life is bettered by fossil fuels.

After turning down earlier deal, Chicago alderman Willie Cochran to plead guilty

Wait, didn't I run with a story yesterday about a former Chicago alderman who plans to plea guilty to corruption charges? I did. I'm not repeating myself. This post is about a current Chicago alderman pleading guilty.

From CBS Chicago:
Four months after rejecting a plea deal that his attorney said would have resulted in minimal jail time, and opting to go to trial on fraud and bribery charges, Ald. Willie Cochran (20th) again is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court.

In November, prosecutors and defense attorneys revealed plea negotiations had broken down in Cochran’s case, and U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso scheduled a jury trial for June 3.

On Tuesday, Alonso scheduled a change of plea hearing for March 21, signaling Cochran appears ready to accept a deal to avoid a trial. Cochran is charged with 11 counts of wire fraud, two counts of extortion, and two counts of bribery.

When Cochran rejected a plea deal in November, defense attorney Christopher Grohman said, "He couldn't stomach the idea of admitting to something he believes he did not do."
Over in the 14th Ward, Ed Burke, until recently chairman of the powerful City Council Finance Committee--and who has been an alderman since 1969--haw been charged in a federal criminal complaint.

Since 1973 over 30 members of Chicago's City Council have been sentenced to federal prison.

Related posts:

Powerful Chicago alderman in office for 50 years charged in extortion scheme

Former Chicago alderman Vrdolyak to plead guilty again

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Mark Dice: MSNBC has had enough of AOC's dumbness

Not even MSNBC's Donny Deutsch, a leftist and a Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferer, can tolerate the moronic views of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mark Dice tells us.

Complaint alleges AOC, her chief of staff, illegally moved $885K in campaign contributions "off the books"

The "fresh face" of the Democratic Party, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has a new problem.

From Fox News:
New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Saikat Chakrabarti, the progressive firebrand's multimillionaire chief of staff, apparently violated campaign finance law by funneling nearly $1 million in contributions from political action committees Chakrabarti established to private companies that he also controlled, according to an explosive complaint filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and obtained by Fox News.

Amid the allegations, a former FEC commissioner late Monday suggested in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation that Ocasio-Cortez and her team could separately be facing major fines and potentially even jail time if they were knowingly and willfully violating the law by hiding their control of the Justice Democrats political action committee (PAC). Such an arrangement could have allowed Ocasio-Cortez's campaign to receive donations in excess of the normal limit, by pooling contributions to both the PAC and the campaign itself.

The FEC complaint asserts that Chakrabarti established two PACs, the Brand New Congress PAC and Justice Democrats PAC, and then systematically transferred more than $885,000 in contributions received by those PACs to the Brand New Campaign LLC and the Brand New Congress LLC -- companies that, unlike PACs, are exempt from reporting all of their significant expenditures. The PACs claimed the payments were for "strategic consulting."

Although large financial transfers from PACs to LLCs are not necessarily improper, the complaint argues that the goal of the "extensive" scheme was seemingly to illegally dodge detailed legal reporting requirements of the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, which are designed to track campaign expenditures.

Chicago may soon have five socialists on City Council

Chicago's South Side
Chicago is clearly a city on the decline. Crime, corruption, and unstainable public-sector union debt are driving people from the city.

What to do?

Head to the left.

Two leftists, Toni "Taxwinkle" Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot, emerged from last week's mayoral election. Neither received a majority--they'll meet a run-off election in four weeks.

But that's not all.

From Fox News:
Chicago is on the verge of having as many as five members of the Democratic Socialists of America on the city council.

Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa won his reelection bid last Tuesday and upstart democratic socialist Daniel La Spata upset incumbent Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno to take Chicago's 1st Ward.

Three more DSA candidates also forced run-offs against incumbent aldermen in Chicago.

"The oligarchs are shaking in their boots tonight," Ramirez-Rosa, who defeated challenger Amanda Yu Dieterich in Chicago's 35th, said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "Our continued organizing and movement-building over the last four years is paying dividends. And it appears to be a total transformation of political power at City Hall from the bottom up."
Of course Ramirez-Rosa doesn't mention Chicago's middle class--because it is almost extinct in Chicago.

Former Chicago alderman Vrdolyak to plead guilty again

While he later became a Republican--I don't know what party he is a member of now--"Fast Eddie" at one time was the chairman of the Cook County Regular Democratic Organization, that is "the Machine." That was left out of the below report.

From CBS Chicago:
Former Alderman Edward R. Vrdolyak plans to change his plea to guilty Thursday for a federal tax charge tied to a tobacco settlement scheme that alleges he and an associate failed to pay taxes on millions from Illinois’ multi-billion dollar settlement with tobacco companies in the 1990s.

Vrdolyak, 81, pleaded not guilty in 2016 to an indictment accusing him of tax evasion charges. The federal charge alleges he obstructed an IRS investigation into the tobacco settlement by hiding payments with Soso's assistance.
This story is so Illinois. Millions of that cash went to schemers like Vrdolyak.

Eleven years ago Vrdolyak pleaded guilty to bribery and fraud charges. Since 1973 over thirty members of the Chicago City Council have served time in federal prison.

Monday, March 04, 2019

(PragerU) Capitalism vs. socialism

In the latest PragerU video, Andy Puzder, the former CEO of the parent company of Hardee's and Carl's Jr, discusses the difference between capitalism and socialism.

Because the market is better at providing services and products, one of these always fails.

Mark Dice: MSNBC is scared

Donny Deutsch, an MSNBC contributor, in commenting on Michael Cohen's testimony, said that President Trump might start a civil war if he is impeached, or loses an election, Mark Dice tells us.

In case you think Deutsch misspoke--although how do you misspeak about civil war?--Deutsch said the same thing in January on MSLSD.

Where does MSNBC find these goofs? Mental hospitals?

Sunday, March 03, 2019

From Da Tech Guy: Why John Stuart Mill is still important

Yes, today in my weekly post at Da Tech Guy I write about an old dead white guy: Why John Stuart Mill is still important.

Democracy dies in darkness: Washington Post issues non-apology on Covington kids

If "Democracy dies in darkness," why did the Washington Post, in a Friday news dump. issue a non-apology for its biased coverage of the Covington High School kids and their confrontation at the Lincoln Memorial.

Sean Spicer scolds the Washington Compost on Twitter:

Saturday, March 02, 2019

The Traveling Wilburys - End Of The Line

By the time this Traveling Wilburys video was recorded one member, Roy Orbison, had passed on.

George Harrison and Tom Petty have met their rewards too.

Watch as the band performs "End Of The Line."

(Video) AOC reportedly issues warning to moderate Dems

Like a petulant child, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shrieks "I'm the boss." AOC supposedly warned members of the Democratic caucus they'll go on her target list if they don't kowtow to her socialist dogma.

Less than a year ago A-ock was a bartender. She was nutso then and she's nutso now.

But according to Tom Perez, the chairman of the Democratic Party, she's the future of the Dems.

Friday, March 01, 2019

(Photos) The abandoned homes near Buick City in Flint--and some history

Last month, in my latest urban exploration adventure, I visited Flint, Michigan.

Flint's ties to the transportation industry reach back before the development of the internal combustion engine automobile as it was a leading producer of horse-drawn carriages in the 19th century, which is why Flint is known as the Vehicle City.

Buick traces its founding to 1903, it was founded by David Dunbar Buick in Detroit and it moved operations to Flint the following year and began producing cars at what General Motors many years later dubbed "Buick City" at the site pictured here, which is between Industrial Avenue and James P. Cole Boulevard on the city's north side.

Those are not Buicks. On the south side of Flint is GM's Flint Assembly, which builds Chevy Silverados and GMC Sierras. Buick City appears to be a holding lot for these recently built pickups. It's unclear--to me at least--who owns the property. Wikipedia says, "The site was vacated by GM employees and site responsibilities were transferred to Motors Liquidation Company." But the latter, which was created after GM emerged from bankruptcy in 2011, no longer exists, again according to Wikipedia.

That is of course one of the many abandoned homes--this one is of course fire-damaged--near the old automobiles works.

Until the completion of Ford's River Rouge complex in 1928 in Dearborn, Michigan, Buick City was the world's biggest factory. In 1908 Buick was America's largest producer of automobiles, although it manufactured only 8,000 cars that year. The car business didn't take off until after World War I.

Another abandoned home with a collapsed portico.

It's also unclear when Buick City was razed. It occurred over many years, for sure. But when I looked at Google Maps Street View for Industrial Avenue--those photos are from 2011--many buildings were still standing.

These statues stand in downtown Flint near the Flint River. On the left is William C. "Billy" Durant, on the right is David Dunbar Buick. Durant took over operations of Buick in 1904. He was one of the owners of the Durant-Dort Carriage Company, based in Flint, which in 1900 was the largest producer of carriages in the world.

In 1908 General Motors was incorporated in Flint. The following year GM acquired Cadillac, Oldsmobile, and the predecessor company of Pontiac. It was a heady era. The corporation was financially overextended, which led to Durant's ouster in 1910. The next year Durant co-founded the Chevrolet Motor Car Company. In 1916 Durant regained control of GM--but was forced out again in 1920. Yes, this is sounding a lot like the dot-com era of the 1990s. Of course it is. In the first thirty years of the 20th century Flint and Detroit were the Silicon Valley of that time.

Durant founded Durant Motors in 1921 but the company didn't survive the Great Depression.

One of the Durant models was the Flint.

David Buick died nearly broke in Detroit in 1928. Durant collected a pension from GM, but still had to manage a bowling alley late in his life to get by. He died in 1947.

Buick developed the first overhead valve engine, which was used in the Buick Model B in 1904. Most automobiles today are powered by an engine derived from that Buick design, so in a way if you own a car you are driving a Buick.

The drive from my home the Chicago area to Flint on February 13 was a brutal one. An unexpected snowstorm added a couple of more hours on to my trip. As I took these photos there were high winds and snow flurries, which made photography a challenge.

Yes, that's a tree growing from the porch.

By now you should realize that Flint is steeped in history, more so, in my opinion, than any American city of its size.

The general belief that the United Auto Workers was founded in Flint is false--it began in Detroit in 1935. But in the following year it organized a successful sit-down strike that was centered in Flint. That led to GM's recognition of the UAW in 1937, Chrysler followed suit the same year. Ford recognized the union four years later.

Above is Sit-Downers Memorial Park, which is not near Buick City but on the south side of town.

The bricks you see came from the Fisher Body #1 plant, one of the focal points of the sit-down strike. Pictured is a woman being dragged away by a cop with a nightstick, another woman is bringing food to strikers as a child looks on, and another is smashing a window with a baseball bat.

Another part of the memorial shows striking men sitting down. On of the sides of the base is a listing--to the current day--of the UAW presidents. Hey there, union big shots: No one cares who is the president of the UAW now or who was in charge twenty years ago.

We're back at Buick City.

Flint's recent history is mostly unhappy and of course its better days are well in its past. The decline of the domestic automobile industry hit Flint very hard, the city's hard times the 1980s was portrayed, with much embellishment and suspension of disbelief, in Michael Moore's Roger and Me. Moore grew up outside of Flint.

This forsaken home looks like something out of eastern Europe.

This 1922 Buick Coupe, photographed at the Skokie Backlot Bash auto show in 2017, was built in Flint.

The last vehicles produced at Buick City were the Buick LeSabre and the Pontiac Bonneville.

Flint's population peaked at just under 200,000 in 1960 when it was Michigan's second largest city. It now has a bit under 100,000 residents and its Michigan ranking has plummeted to seventh.

Another fire-damaged home.

Of course Flint was in the news a lot several years ago because of the Flint Water Crisis, which began when the Vehicle City switched from Detroit-supplied Lake Huron water to the Flint River.

What cities like Flint--and really every town in America needs--is more small homes like these to be built.

An American Foursquare with asphalt brick siding.

A final look at Buick City. The light blue mass in the distance is the pumping tower for the Flint Water District.

Side streets are neither plowed or salted in Flint, which made driving a real adventure in my sedan that day. Worse, Flint's roads and streets, as they are throughout Michigan, are in wretched condition. And snow obscures the many potholes and crevices.

Michigan, you should hold your head in shame. There should be warning signs as you enter the Great Lakes State.

Related post:

(Photos) Downtown Flint in winter

Related entry of mine from Da Tech Guy:

Review of Season One of Flint Town

Facebook whistle-blower reveals censorship tactics

Mark Dice discusses the findings of James O'Keefe regarding the squelching of conservative thought on Facebook.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

American Thinker: Is a second Civil War coming?

I used to dismiss these scenarios but the nation does seem to be headed in two different directions.

From Jeff Lukens in the American Thinker:
Does the fact that Democrats are rejecting a duly elected Republican president really mean they don't accept the results of any election they don't win? If so, we may be already nearing America's Second Civil War.

It is no secret that Democrats and Republicans are more ideologically divided than in recent years. Parts of the country detest the other parts. Coastal elites dislike flyover country. The blue states despise the red states, and vice versa.

We may now be near a point comparable to 1860. Modern Democrats hate President Trump as much as the Democrats of old hated President Lincoln. Democrats repudiated Lincoln for opposing slavery, and modern Democratic leaders are repudiating Lincoln's belief that the government is of the people, for the people, and by the people. Then as now, Democrats are on the wrong side of history.

The average conservative and the average liberal disagree on the vast majority of the issues, and in the few cases where they can agree, each won't support the other out of sheer tribalism for his side. Since Democrats can't win the argument with reason and facts, they try to intimidate us into silence. While Trump is their focus, we should know that the loathing is really against normal everyday Americans.

CNN panel: Cohen lied again

Even the fake news proprietors at CNN admit that President Trump's former personal attorney is a liar.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Teen banned from wearing MAGA hat at school speaks out

I don't recall anyone being banned from schools for wearing Obama gear at high schools.

(Video) Shapiro wrecks Nike's new "Bold" ad

As a longtime runner I am of course familiar with Nike products. I trained in its blue and gold waffles in the 1970s. But I gave up on Nikes years ago. They're overpriced--somehow those advertising dollars have to be accounted for--so Nike presumably adds it to the cost of their goods.

Nike's recent ad, "Bold," celebrated the victimhood culture prevalent in America today, a culture that Jussie Smollett tried to tap into.

Ben Shapiro throws multiple penalty flags on it.

Nike is the same company that celebrates Colin Kaepernick, the ingrate who refused to stand for Our National Anthem when he was playing for the San Francisco 49ers.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

From Da Tech Guy: The reparations insanity at its core

Two leading leftist candidates for president, Kamala "Willie Brown's Girlfriend" Harris and Elizabeth "Pocahontas" Warren, favor reparations for slavery. I've been paying them for decades--it's called taxes for social programs. The Da Tech Guy has more: The reparations insanity at its core.

(Video) AOC gets defensive over Green New Deal

The woman who Democratic National Chairman Tom Perez calls "the future of the party" is a glorified child.

"You try!" With A-Ock, it's my way or the tricycle highway.

(Video) Bernie refuses to guarantee America will not become a socalist country

When asked to comment on President Trump's pronouncement that "America will never be a socialist country" by CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Bernie Sanders didn't directly answer.

Bernie is a socialist. He wants the United States to be socialist.

Monday, February 25, 2019

(Photos) The abandoned homes of Detroit's Martin Park neighborhood

One of the many awesome things about Detroit--especially if you are an urban explorer--is that all you need to do is get to the Motor City, park your car, and start taking photos. It's that easy.

Gary, Indiana is like that too.

So when you enter Martin Park from the south you are greeted by this sign on Log Cabin Street at Puritan you are greeted by this sign, which reads, sort of, "Welcome to the Martin Park Community."

Just steps away is a onetime abandoned gas station.

On Eason and Log Cabin is this 1920s-vintage apartment building.

A short walk brings you to this heap of arson. Or presumed arson.

Within the far northwest side of Chicago there are two suburbs surrounded by the city, Harwood Heights and Norridge. There's a similar situation in north central Detroit with Hamtramck and Highland Park. The western boundary of Highland Park is a Midwestern rarity, a diagonal line that is not a road. So it's difficult to ascertain where Highland Park ends and Detroit begins. According to Google Maps, these abandoned and burnt-out homes on Geneva Avenue at Rosa Parks Boulevard are in Highland Park. I think.

Oh, Google Maps these houses weren't fired damaged when its Street View photos were uploaded.

Across the street lies this eyesore. It wasn't scorched by fire last July either.

When Henry Ford opened his massive Highland Park factory in 1910--which housed the world's first moving assembly line that built automobiles--Detroit coveted the suburb--and Hamtramck. Downtown Detroit and a few neighborhoods are on the rebound but the Motor City doesn't need more wasteland and presumably isn't interested in Highland Park anymore.

About two miles from here is the American Foursquare dwelling that was the home of Clint Eastwood's Walt Kowalski character in Gran Torino.

Here's a side view of that same house two pics up.

This green home at 1926 Geneva Avenue is not part of the Green New Deal.

This American Foursquare duplex at 16617 Log Cabin has been the target of metal thieves--a common crime in Detroit. Beneath the aluminum siding is asphalt brick.

The borders of Martin Park, roughly speaking, are Highland Park to the east, McNichols Road to the north, Livernois to the west--including the University of Detroit Mercy--and Puritan Avenue to the south.

One final American Foursquare.

It was immediately after I snapped this photograph when I saw a man about my age in crutches fall on what passes for a sidewalk in Detroit--which no one in the city seems to shovel after a snowfall. There was freezing rain the night before so walking was hazardous for everyone, including me.

As I explained last week in my post at Da Tech Guy, I gave him and his female friend, who should have been walking at his side, a ride to their destination, what they called a grocery but it seemed more like what they call in Michigan a party store, that is, a liquor outlet.

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(Photos) Downtown Flint in winter

The abandoned homes of Highland Park, Michigan

Mark Dice on Kirsten Powers and Twitter: Why Is She Here?

After making a complete fool of herself on Twitter over her rush to judgement over the Covington High School kids, CNN's Kirsten Powers vowed to delete her account on the social network.

She didn't.

But as Mark Dice informs us, she's still acting the part of the fool.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

The Monkees - Your Auntie Grizelda

Peter Tork of the Monkees passed away Thursday after a long struggle with cancer. A multi-instrumentalist, Tork was possibly the most musically gifted of the Pre-Fab Four.

But he didn't sing lead often for the band. Here is the first song where Tork sang lead vocals, "Your Auntie Grizelda."

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The Monkees - Unwrap You At Christmas (Official Lyric Video)

Conservative attacked on UC Berkeley campus speaks out

Hayden Williams, with a black eye, appeared on Hannity Thursday night.

Watch the video as the conservative activist was punched while he was on the campus of the University of California--Berkeley. Let's not rush to judgement here--but clearly. Williams was punched.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Pompeo on 'ISIS bride': She is a terrorist, she is not coming back to America

Mike Pompeo doesn't want the ISIS bride, who burned her passport, to return. She left America to join the enemy.

Mark Dice on tax refund fake news: Say it ain't so!

The mainstream media is peddling a false narrative that because of President Trump's tax cut this year's tax refunds are lower. What they leave out is that since the law took effect the feds have been taking less money out of your paycheck.

And the media wonders why people hate them.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

(Video) Jussie Smollett versus the Chicago Police Department | SUPERcuts! #659

The Washington Free Beacon juxtaposes liar Jussie Smollet's tearful interviewer with faux journalist Robin Roberts with today's comments from Chicago's police chief about the hoax hate crime attack.

Don Lemonhead: Not Smollett's fault he's already lost in court of public opinion

CNN's Don Lemon is not a journalist, he's a leftist propagandist.

And it is absolutely Jussie Smollett's fault that he created a hate crime hoax in Chicago, also known as MAGA Country.

Smollett turns self in to face charges in hate crime hoax

The act is playing itself out--but not the way the actor star initially envisioned.

From CBS Chicago:
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett turned himself in to Chicago police early Thursday morning, hours after he was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself last month in Streeterville.

Smollett turned himself in at the Central District police station at 18th and State streets around 5 a.m., police said. He made no statement to police.

Police transferred Smollett from police lockup to the Leighton Criminal Courthouse later Thursday morning. Smollett was scheduled to appear for a bond hearing Thursday afternoon on a felony charge of disorderly conduct.

Disorderly conduct is a Class 4 Felony. CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller says Smollett could face probation to up to 1.5 years in prison.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Geraldo: Jussie Smollett 'played us'

The media was played by Jussie Smollett, Geraldo Rivera says here.

Because the media wanted to believe it. Facts aren't so important to them.

Brothers say Smollett was behind racist letter to him too

Hoax, hoax, hoax.

From CBS Chicago:
The two brothers involved in the Jussie Smollett attack told police that Smollett was behind creating a racist letter that was sent to the actor on the set of his show, “Empire,” according to two sources with first-hand knowledge of the investigation.

And when that letter did not get a “bigger reaction,” Smollett orchestrated the attack a week later with the two men–Ola and Abel Osundairo, sources said. Also Tuesday, sources said the two brothers were seen on a ride share video camera before being dropped off near the location of the attack.
Smollett received a letter containing a white powder Jan. 22. The letter was mailed to Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, where the show “Empire” is filmed. The letter prompted a HAZMAT response. CPD says the “white substance” was later determined to be aspirin.

The note was crafted with letters apparently cut out from magazines to form words. The pieced-together message contained racial and homophobic threats directed at Smollett. A magazine is one of the pieces of evidence retrieved from the brothers' home last week during a search conducted by CPD. Investigators also recovered a book of stamps.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

AOC on Amazon canceling NYC campus: ‘I think it's incredible’

Socialist member of Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, speaking on Amazon cancelling plans for a New York City complex that may have provided New Yorkers 25,000 jobs, says "I think it's incredible," adding, "everyday Americans still have the power to organize and…can have more say than the richest man in the world."

Wrong. On a side note I'm not a big supporter of local officials throwing tax breaks at major corporations--taxes should be low for everyone--one of the reasons AOC is gleeful over Amazon ditching New York is that her union pals oppose the online retail behemoth.

Despite his liberal leanings Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos runs a non-union shop. The trend in America, of course, is more right-to-work states, of which New York is not one.

In so many ways, Ocasio-Cortez is on the wrong side of history.

Mark Dice on Jussie Smollett: Whoops! That Didn't Work!

In today's video Mark Dice recounts all how the mainstream media advanced the hate crime hoax of Jussie Smollett.

Incredibly, CNN, one of the guilty propagandists, is now trying to spin its way of the mess it helped create.

Dice is the author of a book, The True Story of Fake News: How Mainstream Media Manipulates Millions. One of its chapters is about hate crime hoaxes.