Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Illinois parents allegedly giving up custody of kids so they can nab college scholarships

Again it is League of Shadows time at Marathon Pundit. When is the League coming to Illinois?

Hurry!

"The League of Shadows has been a check against human corruption for thousands of years. We sacked Rome, loaded trade ships with plague rats, burned London to the ground. Every time a civilization reaches the pinnacle of its decadence, we return to restore the balance." Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins.

From--gasp!--the Huffington Post:
Dozens of wealthy families in Illinois have reportedly been using a controversial tactic to help their children pay for college: They give up legal guardianship so the teenagers can claim dramatically lower incomes and earn need-based financial aid, according to reports from two news organizations published Monday.

ProPublica and The Wall Street Journal each detailed the efforts in separate articles after uncovering dozens of applications filed by Chicago-area parents to financially divorce themselves from their kids over the past year and a half.

As part of the strategy, wealthy parents allegedly file paperwork to transfer legal custody of their kids to other relatives, friends or even co-workers. When the transfers are complete — often during their junior or senior years of high school — students are then able to declare themselves financially independent on college applications. In one instance detailed by the Journal, a student whose parents owned a $1.2 million home only had to declare $4,200 in income from a summer job.

That student was able to obtain about $47,000 in scholarships and federal Pell grants to attend a private university that costs $65,000 per year.
In my lifetime four Illinois governors have been sent to prison. The current governor, JB Pritzker, is under federal investigation.

The corrupt attitude trickles down.


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John Stossel: Free Stuff 2020

John Stossel counts the dollars involving free stuff promised by the top-tier Democrats running for president. The winner, surprisingly, is not Bernie Sanders.



Monday, July 29, 2019

Mark Dice on media pre-Mueller testimony hysteria: Friendly Reminder!

The unelected Democrats in the media promised "historic" testimony from Robert Mueller last week. But since his testimony was a dud, they have moved on.

But Mark Dice remembers.



8 dead and at least 40 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

It was another nasty weekend in Chicago. And as the weekend continued it got worse.

From Fox Chicago:
At least 48 people were shot — eight fatally — in incidents of gun violence within city limits over the weekend.

Shootings escalated as the weekend went on: Nine people were wounded Friday after 5 p.m., 15 were shot Saturday and Sunday saw 24 people shot.

On Sunday, 3-year-old boy died from what Chicago police said may be an accidental gunshot wound in South Deering.


Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Replacements - Bastards of Young (Video)

Another great band of the 1980s that didn't get the popularity they deserved was the Replacements.

Here's one of their best tunes, "Bastards of Young."



(Video) Today is the biggest day in the advancement of border security: Texas lieutenant gov

While on Lou Dobbs' Fox Business Show on Friday, Texas' lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick, said "Today is the biggest day in the advancement of border security."

Why? The Supreme Court approved the use of Pentagon funds for border security.



Friday, July 26, 2019

(PragerU) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez vs ICE Director

Watch as the director of ICE rips Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to shreds. And in this PragerU video, Reihan Salam adds more insight.



Tucker: What should happen to those who lied about Russian collusion?

That's a great question Tucker Carlson asks? What should be the consuquences for those people who lied about so-called Russian collusion.

Let's start with US Rep. Adam "Bug Eyes" Schiff?



Thursday, July 25, 2019

Mark Dice: Thank You Mueller!

Yesterday Robert Mueller testified in front of a House Committee about his report. But Mueller Time was as flat as last week's beer.

Impeachment has left the building--there is no "there" there.



Chicago mayor caught on hot mic calling Fraternal Order of Police official a clown

Chicago's SW side
Chicago has a cop hater in charge of city hall.

From NBC Chicago:
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was caught on audio calling a member of the local Fraternal Order of Police a “clown” during Wednesday’s City Council meeting.

Just as FOP Lodge 7 First Vice President Patrick Murray was being called to speak during the meeting, Lightfoot could be heard saying on a live stream Facebook feed “Oh, back again. This is this FOP clown.”

The microphone’s audio was still hot in the live stream of the meeting.

Lightfoot acknowledged the remark in a press conference after the meeting, saying “It was not appropriate for me to say that out loud.”
But, I guess, it was appropriate for her to say it quietly.



Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Kankakee County Democrats post pic of MAGA hat as a Klan hood

Oh, the things that the Democrats get away with...

Crain's Chicago Business--paid subscription required--has more.



Mark Dice on $15-an-hour: Bernie comes clean!

Socialist Bernie Sanders is a typical leftist. He favors a $15-an-hour minimum wage but until he was called out on it, the Vermont senator was paying his campaign workers less than that. Now they're getting $15--but after their hours were cut.

What a wonderful economic lesson, Mark Dice chimes in!



Monday, July 22, 2019

(PragerU) Why Can't America Fill a Pothole?

Why does infrastructure in America suck? Two reasons, Kyle Smith of National Review tells us. Environmental extremists and labor unions.



2 dead and at least 41 wounded over weekend in Chicago

Another violent weekend in Chicago just passed. Over the last one two people were murdered, both on the South Side. One in Englewood and other in Roseland. And at least 41 others were wounded.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Peter Himmelman - Waning Moon

Today of course is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. So how 'bout a song about our planet's only natural satellite?

Here it is, Peter Himmelman's "Waning Moon."



(VIdeo) Trump meets Apollo 11 astronauts ahead of 50th anniversary of moon landing

Yesterday our president, in honor of today's 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, met with two of the surviving crew members, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.



Friday, July 19, 2019

Mark Dice: Brian Is On the Case

And who says CNN's Mark Dice is a journalist?



Feds raid home of third Boss Madigan confidante

Perhaps the federal government has something on Michael Madigan. In 2017 said of him that's he's "the man behind the fiscal fiasco in Illinois." Madigan has been speaker of the state House for 34 of the last 36 years is also the longtime chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party.

From the Chicago Tribune by way of the Peoria Journal-Star:
The FBI has raided the downstate home of a high-powered former Springfield lobbyist who for decades served as one of House Speaker Michael Madigan’s closest confidants, the Chicago Tribune has learned.

The raid of Mike McClain’s home in Quincy took place in mid-May, around the same time the FBI executed search warrants at the homes of two other Madigan associates — former 23rd Ward Ald. Michael Zalewski and political operative Kevin Quinn, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation.

It’s unclear what agents were looking for when they searched McClain’s house in Quincy, which is about 100 miles west of Springfield along the Mississippi River.

But the search warrant indicates that federal investigators are probing connections to possible criminal acts by some in Madigan’s inner circle. To obtain a search warrant, federal law enforcement must convince a judge there is probable cause to believe a crime has been committed and that evidence of that crime exists in the home.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

(PragerU) New "Offensive Speech" Rules on College Campuses

George Orwell's dystopia is alive and well on our college campuses.



Chicago's new mayor: "It feels like we are losing the streets"

Ditching the ACLU consent decree that limits the powers of Chicago Police is a good place to start if Chicago wants to fight violence.

From Fox News:
Chicago’s new mayor is taking issue with the city's police department as the city continues to see far more homicides than New York and Los Angeles, as well as major eruptions of other violence.

“One weekend does not make a trend,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday, according to Fox 32. “But we've now had a couple weekends where it feels like we are losing the streets.”
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Lightfoot's comments also came off the back of one of the city's bloodiest weekends so far this year, in which more than 40 people shot, nine of them fatally.

Right before Independence Day, 50 people were shot. And despite the deployment of an extra 1,200 officers in the city, at least 43 people were shot over Memorial Day weekend, seven of them fatally.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Jim Acosta Meets Mark Dice (Again)

Watch as the arrogant fake news provider, Jim Acosta of CNN, meets Mark Dice outside the White House.



Thursday: 50th anniversary of the Chappaquiddick killing

While the media is celebrating--and that's a great thing--the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, another anniversary from 1969 is upon us. Tomorrow marks 50 years of Sen. Edward Kennedy driving off the Chappaquiddick bridge on Massachusetts' Martha Vineyard.

Turning down an invitation to witness the Apollo 11 launch, "the Lion of the Senate" instead traveled to the island for a yacht race and to attend a reunion of volunteers from Robert F. Kennedy's 1968 campaign. The volunteers were young and female, the male attendees were all married.

Kennedy. who had no driver's license, drove his car off that bridge into a pond. His passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne, was found dead hours later. Teddy swam to safety and didn't contact authorities until the submerged car was discovered.

Kennedy received a suspended sentence for not reporting an accident. There was no autopsy of Kopechne.




Tuesday, July 16, 2019

(PragerU) How to Become a Dangerous Person

How do you become a dangerous person? Challenge liberal orthodoxy.

Nancy Rommelmann, a Portland-based writer and podcaster found out.



Monday, July 15, 2019

Mark Dice: I Was Invited to the White House!

President Trump hosted a social media summit last week. And Mark Dice was there.



9 dead and at least 32 wounded over weekend in Chicago, 5 others stabbed

It was yet another violent weekend in Chicago as nine people were shot to death and at least 32 others were wounded. Also, in Uptown on the North Side five people were stabbed in one incident--and four of them were injured seriously.

Someone needs to tell Chicagoans that they have a new mayor.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Bloody Chicago: Riding on Chicago's Violent Merry-Go-Round of Sadness

My good friend Victor Maggio--who is going through a tough time right now--uploaded a sad video with John Lennon's "Watching the Wheels Go Round" as its theme music.

Ironically, Vic shoots video in some of the city's most violent parts--but he was recently assaulted in his old neighborhood near Guaranteed Rate Field by some White Sox fans.

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

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Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Traveling

Look who is hitting the road? Me!

I will blog if I can!

Nike caves to Colin Kaepernick's request to drop Betsy Ross flag shoes

Leftist marcher in
Chicago last year
As a runner, I'm a prime potential consumer of Nike products. I purchased--well, my parents did for me--my first Nike shoes over 40 years ago.

I'd announce a boycott of Nike had I not been boycotting them already.

From CNBC:
Nike is pulling sneakers featuring an early American flag after former NFL football player Colin Kaepernick told the company it shouldn’t sell a shoe that he and others consider offensive, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday evening, citing people familiar with the matter.

Nike shares were falling less than 1% in premarket trading Tuesday following the news. Shares had closed Monday up nearly 2% and have rallied 15% this year, bringing the retailer’s market cap to about $134.2 billion.

Kaepernick reportedly contacted Nike officials saying he and others felt the “Betsy Ross” flag — featuring 13 stars in a circle — featured on the shoes was linked to a period of slavery. The Betsy Ross flag is one type that was flown during the American Revolution. And the shoes were set to be released in celebration of the July Fourth holiday.

Gay, Asian, but conservative: Mainstream media largely uninterested in attack on Andy Ngo in Portland by Antifa brutes

Andy Ngo is the wrong type of victim. He was brutally attacked by Antifa terrorists over the weekend. Did you hear about it? Maybe not, because while Ngo is Asian and gay, he's also a conservative.

He tells Guy Benson, "I'm not the right type of victim."

Ngo suffered face bruises and brain bleeding from his beating.

More from KGO-TV, who is reporting on this barbarity:
"I have that physical pain and I'm dealing now with the emotional trauma of it as I'm recalling this event," said Ngo.

"As a journalist I've written critically about Antifa's criminal activities in the city and for that I've been threatened and intimidated and doxed multiple times all of which have been reported to police and as far as I know no action has been taken," he explained.

Ngo says right before leaving his home he took off his helmet so as not to appear armed for a battle.

"My mistake was leaving that helmet at home because they went primarily for my head," said Ngo.

Unhinged: AOC claims illegals were forced to drink toilet water

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a whack job.

From Bloomberg:
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused U.S. border agents of conducting a program of “psychological warfare” against detained migrants who were told to drink water from toilets if they were thirsty.

The New York Democrat’s comments on Twitter came amid a report Monday that border agents used a secret Facebook group to share lewd posts about Ocasio-Cortez and at least one other Democratic lawmaker as well as racist comments about migrants.

“Just left the 1st CBP facility. I see why CBP officers were being so physically & sexually threatening towards me. Officers were keeping women in cells w/ no water & had told them to drink out of the toilets,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, referring to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


Monday, July 01, 2019

Mark Dice: Jim Acosta's Dream Comes True

The headline about CNN's Jim Acosta is sarcastic.



Chicago: 4 dead at at least 52 wounded over weekend

The first half of 2019 ended with a lot of bloodshed.

From Fox Chicago:
Citywide gun violence over the weekend left at least four people dead and 52 others hurt.

An outburst of shootings killed one person and wounded 20 others in the first 12 hours of the weekend, which began at 5 p.m. Friday and ended 5 a.m. Monday.

It’s the second time this year that at least 50 people were hurt in gun violence incidents within city limits during a weekend, but police said shootings in the first half of 2019 were at a four-year low.