Friday, May 31, 2019

Niles Township high schools offering anti-Israel course

I live in District 219 and Little Marathon Pundit is a graduate of Niles West.

There are many Jewish students at the district's two high schools. The schools will have a new course offering, "Teaching Palestine."

From the Jewish News Syndicate:
The lesson, according to the course description obtained by JNS, “brings together critical educators who want to teach about Palestine and the Palestine liberation struggle.”'

Objectives include developing “a deeper understanding of the history and current political context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the Palestine liberation struggle,” examining and analyzing “existing curriculum on Palestine, the Palestinian liberation struggle and Israel.”]

Goals also include discussing “concrete strategies for how to respond to Zionist professional developments and curricula or when parents/staff/others object to anti-Zionist curriculum,” developing grade appropriate scope and sequence for teaching Palestine” and making “curriculum connections between Palestine and issues affecting our students, such as: state/police violence, the struggle for racial justice in the U.S., settler colonialism in Palestine and the U.S., access to education for historically marginalized youth.”

Information from organizations such as Jewish Voice for Peace, a prominent anti-Israel group nationwide, is used in the course.

Mark Dice on the Pelosi video: DOCTORED?

Yes, there is a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on YouTube. Oh, such work is called satire. But the leftist media can't help itself as it reports on this video, which portrays a seemingly drunk Pelosi, wrongly.



Thursday, May 30, 2019

Term limits? Chicago alderman for 50 years charged in bribery scheme

Ald. Ed Burke ((14th), the longtime chairman of the Chicago City County Finance Committee, was first elected alderman 50 years ago. He succeeded his father.

This is democracy?

Term limits anyone?

From ABC Chicago:
Chicago Alderman Ed. Burke and his top political aide have been named as defendants in a federal bribery case against Lake Forest developer Charles Cui.

Prosecutors say Cui used Burke's law firm for property tax appeal work as he tried to secure a sign permit for a Northwest Side redevelopment.

In January, Burke was charged with one count of attempted extortion for allegedly trying to force a fast food restaurant to use his law firm in exchange for a building permit.. The alderman has maintained his innocence.
In February his moronic constituents reelected Burke.

From my post at Da Tech Guy:

The arrest of a powerful Chicago alderman who has been in office for 50 years and the corruption tax

Mark Dice: MSNBC Isn't Doing So Well

Trump-Russia is the drug that MSNBC has been surviving on since November, 2016.

Now its narcotics supply is drying up.



Two men charged in killing of Chicago mother who died while protecting her baby

This story is absolutely tragic. The only good news is that two men have been arrested as suspects in the killing of this West Side mother.

From Fox Chicago:
Two men were charged Thursday with the murder of Brittany Hill, the 24-year-old mother who was killed Tuesday in Austin while holding and protecting her 1-year-old daughter.

Urbana residents Michael Washington, 39, and Eric Adams, 23, were both charged with one felony count of first-degree murder, Chicago police said.

Hill was talking with two acquaintances outside a car just before 9 a.m. Tuesday in the 1200 block of North Mason Avenue while holding her daughter, police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

Washington and Adams allegedly drove up in a silver Chevy Impala, got out of the car and shot Hill in the upper body, authorities said. During the incident, Hill tried to hide behind other parked vehicles while shielding the baby.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

AOC’s climate change claim on tornadoes slammed by meteorologist

Clearly the "fresh face" of the Democratic Party, socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, doesn't know the difference between weather and climate.



Patriots: Vote against Illinois' income tax hike

I haven't written much about Illinois' proposed move from a flat rate income tax to one with progressive rates because the legislation's trip through the General Assembly. That's because Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (D-Chicago) and his underlings fellow Democrats JB Pritzker (D-Chicago), the governor, and John Cullerton (D-Chicago), the president of the state Senate, had pre-ordained passage.

For the tax increase to take effect, 60 percent of Illinois voters have to vote on a constitutional amendment. I'm urging all remaining Land of Lincoln patriots--those of you who have not moved to Tennessee, Indiana, or Texas, to vote against it.

Yes, the Democrats are calling this a tax cut for most Illinoisans. Even if that is true, the Dems--who because of gerrymandering have supermajorities in both chambers of General Assembly--will, I predict, stick it to the middle class if the tax hike amendment passes.

You've been warned.

The income tax hike is in reality a bailout of Illinois' woefully under-funded pension plans. Who shorted the plans? Madigan, the chairman of the state Democratic Party who has been House speaker for 34 of the last 36 years. The Prairie State needs a different amendment--one that eliminates the pension guarantee.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

What is Wrong with Cable News Today?

Mark Dice answers that question with a compilation of madness from cable news.

A shorter answer is "Trump Derangement Syndrome."



Chicago Memorial Day weekend: At least 7 killed and 32 others wounded

Memorial Day is the traditional start of summer but sadly it's also when the shootings in Chicago increase.

Chicago has a new mayor, Lori Lightfoot, who promised "flooding the zone" with additional police officers. Still, at least seven people were killed and another 32 others were wounded. Heavy rain several times over the weekend, had it been dry, the carnage may have been worse.




Monday, May 27, 2019

Genesee County War Memorial

Just north of the Flint River in downtown Flint, Michigan sits the Genesee County War Memorial, which remembers the men and women of the Flint area who served America.


Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery on Memorial Day Weekend

Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I were in Elwood, on the far edge of the Chicago area in Will County, were we paid our respects to the men and women who served our great nation at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.


Prior the Civil War, there were no national cemeteries. But the appalling number of fatalities in the conflict compelled Congress in 1862 to pass legislation authorizing cemeteries for the dead. The most famous of which is Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, which was created on the estate owned by Robert E. Lee.


The Lincoln Cemetery is relatively new--it was dedicated in 1999 on land that was once part of the Joliet Arsenal, which created ordnance for World War II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. It closed in 1975.


Each grave is decorated for a flag for Memorial Day. A volunteer told me that there are 55,000 people buried here--the capacity for the cemetery is 400,000.


There was controversy in naming the cemetery for Lincoln. Springfield civic leaders were concerned that it would confuse tourists into believing that the 16th president is buried here. Lincoln's resting place is at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Illinois' capital city.

One of the people who brought about Memorial Day was another Illinoisan, General John A. Logan. He later served in the US Senate. Lincoln, Logan, and Ulysses S. Grant are the only people named in Illinois' official state song.


"All gave some and some gave all."

Remember the sacrifice our military has made for our freedom today.




Saturday, May 25, 2019

Missouri Girl - The Rainmakers

In their beloved Norway the Rainmakers sing "Missouri Girl," pronounced "misery," here.



Related post at Da Tech Guy:

The Rainmakers, a career review

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

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.