Thursday, June 04, 2020

Gutfeld on the media's role in the riots

The biased establishment media can't help themselves. They have to force their narrative into every story.



Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Collins blasts Pelosi, Schumer for not calling out rioters

The Democratic leadership in the US House, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, have not denounced the Antifa terrorists destroying America.

US Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) calls them out on that.



Trump wants to build America up, not tear it down: Sarah Sanders

And the Antifa terrorists want to destroy America.



Monday, June 01, 2020

Newt Gingrich: This is a war against American civilization

Newt is spot on.



Deadliest Chicago weekend of 2020: 19 murdered and at least 63 wounded

While the riots and looting in downtown Chicago and the south and west sides understandably dominated the local news, there was other violence in the city. Over the past weekend 19 people were shot to death and at least 63 others were wounded. Some of these shootings occurred during Sunday night's curfew.

And of course Chicago police officers, despite the riots, looting, and shootings, are still dutifully guarding the city's 18 miles of lakefront parks from the menace of runners, cyclists, and walkers.






Saturday, May 30, 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020

Tucker: Media fan racial flames

While race relations in America are far from perfect there have been enormous improvements in my lifetime. But the establishment media wants to keep picking at that scab.



Rioters torch Minneapolis police station

First, I want to say there is no justifiable reason for the killing of George Floyd by a bad cop put forced his knee on his throat.

That does not exclude the rioters who have set fire to numerous stores, an apartment building under construction meant for low-income residents, and now a police station.

From the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
An angry crowd broke into the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct headquarters Thursday night and set fire to the building, capping another day of protests, many of them violent, across the Twin Cities.

The police station on E. Lake Street has been the epicenter of protests this week for people demanding justice after the death of George Floyd, who died Monday when a Minneapolis police officer set his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes.

Nearby, Minnehaha Lake Wine & Spirits, the target of looters the night before, also was set ablaze. As flames leapt, sharp explosions sounded as people threw bottles filled with accelerants or fired bullets into the fires.

Protests had been taking place across the metro all day, both peaceful and violent. No deaths or serious injuries were reported in Minneapolis as of midnight, but the situation remained volatile at the Third Precinct, where National Guard troops were called in to help protect firefighters.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Ingraham: Those who bet against America

There are plenty of people in this country who don't want America to succeed.



Tucker: Ballot harvesting makes a mockery of the secret vote

Ballot harvesting may have been what turned the House of Representatives from red to blue in 2018.

And ballot harvesting is a threat to democracy.



Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Despite lockdown Chicago sees deadliest Memorial Day weekend in five years, 11 dead at least 38 wounded

Chicago's lakefront, as I've mentioned numerous times, is closed because of the COVID-19 lockdown and it safe from the menace of walkers, cyclists, and sunbathers. Large gatherings elsewhere in the city face police officers breaking them up.

In an official Tweet the Chicago Police Department announced, "CPD deployed resources across the city this holiday weekend to reinforce the importance of social distancing and safety of all residents."
Meanwhile people in Chicago keep shooting each other. Over the Memorial Day weekend 11 people were shot to death in Chicago and at least 38 others were wounded. It was the deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015.

Look for Chicago's insufferable nanny-state mayor, Lori Lightfoot, who loves the lockdown, to shift blame for the weekend violence. Will she point the fingers at "guns from Indiana?"

There are so many things wrong with Chicago.

Stossel: Free Speech for All

There is a way around the censorship utilized by social media behemoths.

John Stossel tells us.



Monday, May 25, 2020

Battleship Maine Monument in Bangor

Although the cause of the explosion of the USS Maine in Havana, Cuba that led to the Spanish-American War will always be debated, the sinking of this battleship led to Spanish-American War.

In Davenport Park in Bangor, Maine stands this stately memorial to those who fought in this largely-overlooked war that announced to the world that the United States was a global power.


All gave some. Some gave all.




Our Lady of Victories, Portland, Maine's Civil War monument

At Monument Square in downtown Portland, Maine is that city's Civil War monument, Our Lady Victories.

It read, "Portland, to her sons who died for the Union."


All gave some. Some gave all.



Sunday, May 24, 2020

Civil War Memorial in Bar Harbor, Maine

In the Village Burying Ground in Bar Harbor, Maine, near the tourist spots, is a towering Civil War Memorial.

It reads, "In Memory of Eden's sons who were defenders of the Union, 1861-1865."

Eden was a village near Bar Harbor.


All gave some. Some gave all.




From Da Tech Guy: My wife and daughter escaped the Illinois lockdown and traveled to Wisconsin

Freedom is just 45 minutes north of me. From my post at Da Tech Guy: My wife and daughter escaped the Illinois lockdown and traveled to Wisconsin.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away

Here's a fantastic vintage '80s tune from the Plimsouls, "A Million Miles Away."





American Doughboy World War I Memorial in North Canaan, Connecticut

Memorial Day is Monday and it's time to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for the greatest nation the world has every known.

Such as the soldiers and sailors from North Canaan, Connecticut who served during the First World War.


Adjacent to the memorial to the doughboys are markers remembering the troops from North Canaan who answered the call in later wars.



Always remember.

And never forget.






Friday, May 22, 2020

Ingraham: Without a trace?

The curve has been long flattened, the level we needed to be for the lockdowns to end. But blue state governors are now asking for contract tracing.

The goal posts keep moving. Laura Ingraham has more.



Mark Dice: MSNBC total meltdown

Mika Brzezinski is upset.



Thursday, May 21, 2020

Lightfoot has no date to re-open Chicago's lakefront, won't follow Pritzker's lead on outdoor dining yet

Juneway Terrace Beach, Chicago's North Side,
during the lockdown
The spread of COVID-19 outdoors is at best minimal, if it happens at all. In a snit two months ago Chicago's leftist mayor, Lori Lightfoot, closed off Chicago's massive network of lakefront parks--it's 18 miles long--to anyone but cops who are keeping people out. Chicagoans, you voted for stuff like this--you are responsible.

Today in her daily insufferable coronavirus briefing Lightfoot said that no date has been set to re-open lakefront parks such as Lincoln, Jackson, and Burnham.

Remember when the liberals said we had to listen to the scientists about COVID-19? But with the left it's always about dominating others. "Power is the drug they've been searching for," Tucker Carlson said a few days about pols like Lightfood. "It's why they went into politics in the first place — not to help you or their fellow citizens, or to improve our society, but to fill the empty space inside themselves."

Almost has bad as Lightfoot is her fellow Democrat, Governor JB Pritzker. At least the billionaire has to answer to downstaters. Central and southern Illinois largely supported Donald Trump in 2016. Pritzker will allow restaurants to serve diners outdoors next week, although I'm certain the great majority of Prairie State restaurants have no facilities for al fresco serving.

Lightfoot says, with no credible reason given, that the city won't be ready for outdoor dining until sometime in June. Perhaps December will end up being her projected date.

Tax revenues are of course way down all across Illinois, the steep decline in restaurant traffic is only a part of this dire problem. But Pritzker and Lightfoot hasn't laid off a single government worker. I'm sure they expect a federal bailout to rescue them and their union boss pals.

But they they do know that Trump is president, right? And there is Republican majority in the Senate, right?

Barack Obama was spot on when he said, "Elections have consequences."




'Pelosi is a sick woman': Trump sounds off on House Speaker

Our president nails it on Nancy Pelosi.



Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Stossel: A Taste of Homeschooling

Parents and children are being liberated from leftist government schools.



Chicago reporter banned from Gov Pritzker's media briefings because she spoke at anti-lockdown rally

We live in desperate times--Illinois' shaky finances, made so by corrupt politicians, most of them Democrats, are probably near collapse because Governor JB Pritzker refuses to re-open the economy. And because she spoke at an anti-lockdown rally in Chicago, a WIND-AM 560 reporter, Amy Jacobson, is banned from Pritzker's press briefings.

Also speaking at the rally was Mancow Muller, who hosts a competing radio show in the same time slot.

From Robert Feder's blog:
Jeff Reisman, regional vice president and general manager of AM 560 The Answer, questioned the decision and said he hoped Jacobson would be readmitted.

“I am disappointed that the governor has decided to limit the scope of questions he receives from the media,” Reisman said. “Amy Jacobson has had a long career as a journalist in Chicago, and she has routinely been asking questions that AM 560’s listeners want to have answered.

“In this time of uncertainty, I would hope that Gov. Pritzker and his staff would be more transparent and accountable to the people of Illinois. Picking and choosing which media outlets are allowed to ask questions creates the impression that Gov. Pritzker isn’t willing to answer difficult questions. I hope this decision would be reversed immediately and that Amy would be given access once again.”

Muller also defended Jacobson, saying: “Why is it we have to agree with Governor Pritzker to ask him questions? . . . Regular people are hurting. That is who Amy and I speak with on our different radio shows. Pritzker allows no followup questions and no real questions from anyone but sycophants.”
I have a question for Illinois' egomaniacal Democratic governor:
Revenues have plummeted since you put your statewide lockdown in place and most state offices are closed, why why haven't you laid off any state workers?
And I have two follow up:
Are you expecting a federal bailout to pay the salaries of those non-working employees? Why should a taxpayer in Texas pay for that?

Monday, May 18, 2020

Repost: (Photos) The road to and around Mount St. Helens

It was 40 year ago today that Mt. St. Helens erupted. I was there a few years ago: (Photos) The road to and around Mount St. Helens.

6 dead and at least 32 wounded in Chicago weekend shootings

As I've mentioned before the lakefront parks are closed and guarded by Chicago police officers. The playgrounds are wrapped in police tape. But the Chicago shootings continue. Over the past weekend six people were shot to death in Chicago and at least 32 others were wounded.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

The Fabulous Poodles (2019) - Mirror Star & Suicide Bridge

Two of the Fabulous Poodles' best-known members, violinist Bobby Valentino and guitarist and singer Tony de Meur, sat down last year and played a couple of Fab Poo tunes, "Mirror Star" and "Suicide Bridge."

Here they are!



Tucker: America is splitting into two before our eyes

True. Free America and Thrall America.



Friday, May 15, 2020

Critics ramp up heat on Mueller's special counsel investigation

It appears President Trump is right. The Mueller probe was a witch hunt.

From Matt London of Fox News:
Critics of former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation are turning up the heat amid new revelations in the Justice Department's handling of the Russian collusion investigation and related cases, like the troubled prosecution of former Trump National Security Advisor, General Michael Flynn.

"The Mueller probe was launched not to find wrongdoing from the Trump administration, but to cover up wrongdoing by Mueller's colleagues, by his protege James Comey, by the corrupt Obama administration Department of Justice," said The Federalist's Sean Davis on a new episode of Fox Nation's "Witch Hunt."

Skeptics of Mueller's investigation have long alleged that the former FBI director knew almost immediately after his appointment in May 2017 that there was no credible evidence of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government.

"Bob Mueller knew the day that he walked in the door there was no evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russians," said Rep. Devin Nunes R-Calif., the ranking Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee, in a Fox News interview in May 2019.

Biden named in list of Obama officials who requested Flynn's 'unmasking'

What did Joe Biden know and when did he know it?

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Defying Gov. Pritzker, downstate Illinois county re-opens today

Governor JB Pritzker's lockdown has been devastating to Illinois--particularly in rural parts of the state.

One southern Illinois county is fighting back against the Chicago Democrat.

From KMOV-TV:
As the State of Illinois remains under stay-at-home orders, officials in one Illinois county voted Tuesday night to re-open effective on Wednesday.

Madison County Health Board Chairman Kurt Prenzler is behind a resolution that allows businesses in the county to open in phases. Restaurants, gyms and salons could open as early as Wednesday with restrictions.

"It basically says that all businesses are essential," said Prenzler.

Nearly 30 members of the Madison County Board of Health voted on the resolution, with a majority voting in favor. The plan, detailed in four phases, allows restaurants, bars, salons, daycares and gyms to open Wednesday. Restaurants, retail shops and gyms must only allow 25 percent of their capacity. Salons will have to limit customers by appointment only.
Pritzker, a total thug, is threatening to withhold federal relief money--that's right federal funds--for defying the directives of the Great Oz.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Hilton: The collapse of the establishment's counter-revolution

The DC Swamp didn't want Donald J. Trump as president. So they tried to overturn a legal election.

Thankfully they failed.



Four dead and at least 19 others wounded in Chicago Mother's Day weekend shootings

Mother's Day--just like the COVID-19 lockdown--can't stop Chicago shootings. Over the weekend four people were shot to death--three on the West Side and one on the South Side--and at least 19 others were wounded.

Look for Mayor Lori Lightfoot not to talk about weekend violence in her next press briefing.




Friday, May 08, 2020

Recently freed salon owner speaks out in exclusive ‘Hannity’ interview

A Texas woman was jailed and fined for opening up her hair salon.

Now she is free.



Jobless rate soars to 14.7 percent

America needs to open up for business again.

From NBC News:
The U.S. economy lost an unprecedented 20.5 million jobs in April and the unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent, up from 4.4 percent in March after months at a half-century low, according to the monthly employment report, released Friday by the Department of Labor.

In just over a month, the coronavirus has wiped out all job gains since the Great Recession and brought the country's decade-long record economic growth streak to an abrupt halt.

“This is the biggest and most acute shock that we’ve seen in post-war history,” said Michelle Meyer, head of U.S. economics at Bank of America.

April's staggering jobless total is more than 10 times that of the previous unemployment record of 1.96 million, set in September 1945, when American soldiers returned home after World War II.

Despite lockdown 5 killed and 9 others wounded in Chicago on Thursday

As I have remarked before, Chicago police officers are dutifully keeping the city's playgrounds and lakefront parks free from people, but violent crime remains a scourge.

Yesterday five people were shot to death--three on the South Side, one on the Southwest Side, and one in the South Loop. Nine others were wounded.




Thursday, May 07, 2020

All charges dropped against Michael Flynn

Suddenly those reckless and unethical FBI agents on Ozark don't seem so far-fetched.

From Fox News:
The Justice Department on Thursday moved to drop its case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, in a stunning development that comes after internal memos were released raising serious questions about the nature of the investigation that led to Flynn’s late 2017 guilty plea of lying to the FBI.

The announcement came in a court filing "after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information," as the department put it. DOJ officials said they concluded that Flynn's interview by the FBI was "untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn" and that the interview was "conducted without any legitimate investigative basis."

The federal judge overseeing the case would have to make the final determination to dismiss it.

READ: DOJ MOTION TO DISMISS FLYNN CASE

The retired Army lieutenant general for months has been trying to withdraw his plea, aided by a new attorney aggressively challenging the prosecution’s case and conduct. But, the case has been plodding through the court system with no resolution ever since his original plea, even amid speculation about whether President Trump himself could extend a pardon.

Mark Levin: Joe Biden is the MASTER of the Cringe

We've fallen far as a people. Joe Biden is on the cusp being the Democrat Party nominee for president.

Mark Levin, the Great One, points out some recent mental lapses.

Would you trust Biden to do your taxes? Remodel your home? Represent you in court?





Tuesday, May 05, 2020

Lori Lightfoot threatens Chicagoans with jail for meeting with friends or even talking about meeting with them

"How did a buffoon like that," Tucker Carlson said of Lori Lightfoot, "end up in the mayor's office."

That's an easy one. Because smart Chicagoans like myself and Mrs. Marathon Pundit moved out.

Carlson also said, "As the pandemic appears to recede, at least for the moment, the restrictions are becoming tighter--that's when you know that this isn't about public health," He continues, "It's about making mediocre people more powerful. And there be no one in America more mediocre than Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot."

Watch as Lightfoot scolds adult Chicagoans like she's an angry mom speaking to a six-year-old.

This fraud broke her own lockdown rules by getting her hair done.



Monday, May 04, 2020

J. Crew files for bankruptcy amid coronavirus lockdowns

J. Crew filing for bankruptcy will be the first of many caused by the coronavirus lockdown.



But the beaches are safe: 4 shot and at least 46 wounded in Chicago over weekend

As I've remarked before, Chicago's Lake Michigan beaches are dutifully protected by menacing walkers, runners, and cyclists from the masses by the Chicago Police Department.

Away from the lake people are still shooting at each other. Over the weekend four people--all on the South Side--were shot to death and at least 42 others were wounded. Five people were wounded in a mass shooting on the West Side.

Also, Chicago's mayor, Lori Lightfoot, residents that the police will be breaking up large parties and arresting and even jailing attendees. One West Side party was busted by the cops.







Saturday, May 02, 2020

The Who: Man With Money

The Who's second album was A Quick One. It's generally overlooked by fans and critics but it's a brilliant work.

In the extended edition is a cover of a mid-1960s Everly Brothers tune, "Man with Money."

Below is the version by the Bloody 'Oo.



FDA authorizes emergency use of remdesivir: Trump

President Trump is thinking outside the box in the battle against COVID-19.



Friday, May 01, 2020

Patriots protest Pritzker's Illinois stay-at-home order

Freedom lovers descended upon downtown Chicago and the state capitol today.

From PBS Chicago:
Several hundred protesters swarmed the Thompson Center in the Loop and the Capitol in Springfield on Friday, calling for Gov. J.B. Pritzker to end the stay-at-home order he says is necessary to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The demonstration also snarled traffic through the Loop as protesters drove around the Thompson Center honking and waving flags from cars, trucks and motorcycles. Many protesters brandished signs supporting President Donald Trump’s reelection or emblazoned with anti-government sentiments.

Other signs expressed skepticism about whether the coronavirus was as deadly as the data shows, or warning that the economic toll of the shutdown would be too great for Illinois to bear.

The protests were organized by Freedom Movement USA, which bills itself as “a group of like-minded Republican activists.” The organization has also organized rallies for the president. The Illinois State Police estimated the crowd to be 450 people outside the Thompson Center.

Pritzker confronted on first lady possibly violating Illinois' shelter-in-place order

With elitists like Illinois governor JB Pritzker, a Chicago Democrat, there are rules for people like us--and those for the ruling class.

From the Daily Mail:
Billionaire Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker dodged a question about the whereabouts of his wife during a press conference Wednesday after it was reported she had left the state to ride out the stay-at-home from their $12.1 million Florida equine estate.

Gov. Pritzker refused to answer the question stating his family should not not be brought into politics, slamming the story as 'reprehensible' despite his wife M.K. Pritzker having an office in the Illinois Capitol and a full-time staffer.

In contrast, answering the question immediately after about businesses in the state disobeying the stay-at-home order, Pritzker warned that there were many ways they could be punished for reopening too soon.

The report that the first lady had left the state came after the governor extended 'All Illinois' stay-at-home order through May 30 and faced several legal challenges for doing so. The stay-at-home order is the second longest in America.
Here is the video:



As the expression goes, if leftists didn't have double standards they'd have no standards at all.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Northwest Illinois church sues Gov. Pritzker over shelter-in-place order, says rights being violated

Stephenson County earlier this month
Liquor stores in Illinois are open. Weed dispensaries? Open for business. Churches? No. Not even in Stephenson County, which has 29 positive cases of COVID-19.

Illinois, particularly rural Illinois, needs to reopen. There are many counties in the Land of Lincoln with fewer than ten reported cases of coronavirus. A few with none.

From WREX-TV:
An Evangelic Christian church in Lena has filed a lawsuit against Illinois Governor JB Pritzker and leaders in Stephenson County, saying their religious rights have been violated.

The Beloved Church of Lena and Pastor Stephen Cassell filed a federal complaint with the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Rockford.

The lawsuit is against Gov. Pritzker, David Snyders the Stephenson County Sheriff, Craig Beintema, the Stephenson County Public Health Administrator and Steve Schiable, the Village of Lena's police chief, for issuing and enforcing unconstitutional edicts during the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawsuit says the defendants have "intentionally denigrated Illinois churches and pastors and people of faith by relegating them to second-class citizenship."

Compelling new podcast: Lickety History

Over the last few days I listened and enjoyed each of the 13-and-counting episodes of the new podcast series Lickety History. Among the topics covered so far are the death of Edgar Allen Poe, the Leopold--Loeb "thrill killing," Charles Guiteau, the nutjob who assassinated President James Garfield, and the 1918 flu pandemic.

Click here to find the podcast. Or go to iTunes and search for "Lickety History" on the podcast tab.

The podcast is free!

From Forbes: A convincing argument for Illinois bankruptcy

Illinois soon may become the only state in history to see its bonds rated as junk. It has $7 billion in unpaid bills and $138 billion in unfunded public worker pension obligations.

States cannot declare bankruptcy. That needs to change. Below, courtesy of Forbes, is a convincing why.
Our analysis at OpenTheBooks.com shows that an Illinois family of four now owes more in unfunded pension liabilities ($76,000) than they earn in household income ($63,585). In a state of 13 million residents, every man, woman, and child owes $19,000 — on an estimated $251 billion pension liability.

Our auditors discovered 110,000 public employees and retirees who earned more than $100,000 last year.

We found tree trimmers in Chicago making $106,663; nurses at state corrections earning up to $277,100; junior college presidents making $491,095; university doctors earning up to $2 million; and 111 small town managers who out-earned every governor of the 50 states ($202,000).

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Another Illinois GOP legislator is fighting Pritzker's shelter-in-place order

The Republican Party supports rank-and-file people. The Democrats support the system, which includes the Swamp in Washington and the corruptocracy of elitists in Illinois.

From CBS Chicago:
Another state legislator is fighting Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, and this time it could mean all Illinois residents can leave home.

Monday a judge told downstate Illinois Rep. Darren Bailey he, and he alone, doesn’t have to honor the governor’s stay-at-home order. Tuesday a representative from Rockford is asking that he and all Illinois residents can be absolved.

The governor called the efforts shameful and reckless.

The same lawyer that scored a win for Bailey is making the pitch for Rep. John Cabello of Rockford. Tuesday the Illinois Attorney General asked an appellate court judge to “reverse and vacate the circuit court’s order” that allows Bailey to ignore Gov. Pritzker stay-at-home order.

(PragerU) The Bravery Deficit

Dave Rubin, in the latest PragerU video, believes it's time for conservatives to come out of the closet.



Trump says U.S. is investigating China over virus

Great news from our president.



Monday, April 27, 2020

Pritzker's Illinois shelter-in-place order overturned after lawsuit from downstate Republican legislator succeeds

Today a rare thing happened. Rank-and-file Illinoisans scored a victory thanks to state Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia).

From ABC Chicago:
A judge has overturned Gov. JB Pritzker's extended stay-at-home order in a bombshell ruling.

Downstate Republican State Representative Darren Bailey filed a lawsuit last week challenging the governor's authority to issue a stay-at-home order.

On Monday, a judge ruled in favor of the lawsuit, granting a temporary restraining order blocking the governor's extended stay-at-home order which was to take effect Friday and run through the end of May. The order had loosened restrictions on some businesses and allowed for some outdoor recreation to resume.
More...
Rep. Bailey filed the lawsuit in Clay County challenging the order's legality last week. In a statement, Bailey said: "Enough is enough. I filed this lawsuit on behalf of myself and my constituents who are ready to go back to work and resume a normal life."

Coronavirus deaths will be 'dramatically decreased' by end of May: Dr. Birx

Yes, May, according to Dr. Deborah Birx, will see by the and of the month "dramatically decreased" fatalities.



Three killed and at least 13 wounded over weekend in Chicago

I was in the city yesterday again and yes, Chicago police officers are dutifully protecting its lakefront parks from those pesky walkers, runners, and cyclists.

Elsewhere people are still shooting each other. Over this last weekend in April three people were shot to death--one one the West Side and two on the South Side--and at least 13 others were wounded.




Sunday, April 26, 2020

From Da Tech Guy: My suggestions for Illinois’ bankruptcy auction

States cannot declare bankruptcy. But last week Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested allowing it. Illinois needs a bankruptcy declaration to dig itself out of its public worker pension black hole. And then what next? From my weekly post at Da Tech Guy: My suggestions for Illinois’ bankruptcy auction.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Will Illinois' governor Pritzker lay off any state workers?

There are three people in my household. Two of them are laid off. So I take job losses seriously. That being said, Michigan, whose Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, has laid off nearly 3,000 state workers.

Illinois governor JB Pritzker, like Whitmer, is telling businesses how to operate. Or not operate at all. Meanwhile many state offices are closed. Do you need to have your driver's license renewed? Good luck with that as nearly all Secretary of State offices are closed.

But state workers keep getting paid. In fact many of them have a raise coming.

Pritzker, also a Democrat, won the Democratic nomination and victory in the gubernatorial election with strong support from the public-sector unions.

So you know where Pritzker's loyalties lie.

Revenues, meaning taxes, are way down. It's time to tighten the belt in Illinois.

But the portly Pritzer doesn't know about that kind of stuff.

Ben Shapiro CRUSHES AOC after Tweet cheering job losses

The "fresh face" of the Democratic Party, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in a since-deleted Tweet, exuded joy over the decline in oil prices and the resulting job losses.

Leftists don't care about you. They only want you to serve as their vassals.



Thursday, April 23, 2020

Time: Almost every hospitalized coronavirus patient has another underlying health issue

I eat right, mostly. I work out and I am in great health. Yet I'm being told where I can go and when I do go out many places say I have to wear a mask.

This Time article will make you think.
A new study of people in the New York City area who have been hospitalized with COVID-19 reveals that most of them have more than one underlying illness, some of which seem to increase their risk for bad outcomes.

In the new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers wanted to learn more about people who are hospitalized after contracting the novel coronavirus. They looked at electronic health records data from 5,700 people with COVID-19 who had been admitted to hospitals within the Northwell Health system—which currently has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in the country—in the New York City area in March and early April. The median age of patients was 63 years old, and 94% of them had at least one comorbidity, meaning that they had at least one other disease in addition to COVID-19.

The most common were hypertension (affecting about 53% of all COVID-19 patients), obesity (affecting about 42% of patients with BMI data) and diabetes (affecting about 32% of all patients).

Tucker: Are coronavirus lockdowns working?

Tucker Carlson gave his greatest address to date when he opened his Fox News show last night.

Every sentence struck a perfect and truthful tone. I don't say this a lot, but this segment is essential viewing. When I was watching last night I was thinking of these buddy tyrants, Andrew Cuomo, Gretchen Whitmer, Lori Lightfoot, and JB Pritzker.

Of course all of the are Democrats.

Here's one passage of note:
This is instead what happens when mediocre people suddenly find themselves with godlike power. Deciding who can go outside, when people can get married, which medical procedures you are allowed to have. That's a feeling of omnipotence, and they like that feeling. It fills an empty place inside. They don't want to give it up. They want it to last forever, even as the country dies. But it can't last forever, because it's not their country. It's ours.


Eight states, including Iowa, where Mrs. and Little Marathon Pundit were yesterday, don't have lockdowns. You can walk into a grocery store in the Hawkeye State you're not ordered to wear a mask .

While those eight states are rural, it's crucial to note that they have lower COVID-19 rates than the rest of the country. Oh, even in Iowa the great majority of people don't live on isolated farms.



Will Illinois' decades-long pension failures mean insolvency?

Last week in a monumentally stupid move, Illinois state Senate president Don Harmon (D-Oak Park) wrote a letter to the state's congressional delegation asking for a $41 billion bailout, including $10 billion for pensions because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Illinois' pension issues go back decades because politicians, both Republican and Democrat, but lately only the latter, have been kicking the can down the road all of that time.

Yesterday on the Hugh Hewitt Show Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) doused hopes of any federal bailout. Instead he proposed bankruptcy as an option, which Illinois' Democratic governor, JB Pritzker, rejected.

Which leads Forbes' Elizabeth Bauer to look at the Prairie State's grim prognosis.

From her column:
Consider, after all, the state of Illinois, and the ways in which it’s impacted by the coronavirus. Its own forecast for revenue losses is for a drop of $2.2 billion for FY 2020 (ending on June 30), out of an original total of $36.9 billion, and a drop of $4.625 billion in FY 2021, out of an original projection of $38.5 billion, with losses coming from income tax drops, sales tax drops, a drop in lottery proceeds, casino gaming, and so forth. How much additional money the state has already spent, relative to what was budgeted, and how much that will sum to in the future, hasn’t been reported yet. Will the state run into issues, not merely with debt, but with solvency [emphasis mine] — the ability to make payroll? The state already has a bill bnacklog of $7.8 billion, and that’s a longstanding failing of the state, long preceding the coronavirus.

And if Illinois, or another state, simply can’t make payroll, would the federal government cover those costs? Would states be obliged to borrow — which is already a part of Illinois’s plan, that is, borrowing $1.2 billion in FY 2020 and paying it off with as-yet-unknown funds in 2021? Is Illinois, and are the 49 other states, simply counting on federal funds to avoid borrowing, or pay off these debts?

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Michigan governor Whitmer caught lying about protesters blocking ambulance

Gretchen Half-Whitmer is a real piece for work.

From the Detroit News:
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said during a Monday press conference that protesters last week blocked ambulances from reaching Sparrow Hospital, but local law enforcement and hospital officials have countered the claims.

Whitmer's assertions stem from a Wednesday protest called Operation Gridlock during which more than 4,000 people — most staying in their cars — surrounded the Capitol for hours to protest the governor’s extended and tightened stay-home order.

Police have said the gridlock caused no issues for ambulances, but Whitmer has since maintained otherwise in at least two public press conferences. The Democratic governor has been under pressure from Republican legislative leaders, certain business groups and some residents to carve out exceptions to her tightened stay home order that still follow federal guidance and create a plan for gradually reopening parts of Michigan's economy.


John Stossel: Coronavirus Overreach

John Stossel is right. Government is going to far in thinking they are protecting us.



Monday, April 20, 2020

Mark Dice: They Walk Among Us!

People are getting creative with masks during the lockdown.



Despite lockdown 4 dead and 29 wounded over weekend in Chicago

Chicago police officers are still preventing access to the city's wide expanse of lakefront parks. But people keep shooting each other. Over the weekend four people were shot to death--including a 2-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl.

At least 29 others were wounded.




Sunday, April 19, 2020

Saturday, April 18, 2020

The Byrds - Chestnut Mare

Here's a song that was a staple of what was called album-oriented-rock stations in the 1970s, the Byrds' "Chestnut Mare."

Classic rock stations seem to have forgotten it. Which is another reason why so few people listen to the radio. I mean how many times can one hear "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones.

Here are the Byrds on German TV singing this true classic.



(PragerU) Are You Proud to Be an American?

Do you think LA hipsters are proud to be Americans?



Friday, April 17, 2020

Remember Marathon Pundit when remembering mom on Mother's Day

The next big holiday is one of the most important--Mother's Day.

Don't forget mom on her big day. And if you are shopping by way of Amazon for your mother, click on the below graphic to get started. You pay nothing extra and I earn a miniscule commission.


Sen. Cotton makes bold prediction about the future of manufacturing

We need to hit the ChiComms where it hurts--their wallet.



Varney: Pelosi said 'no' to small businesses

Nancy Pelosi of course cares more about government than small business. As anyone has has take a high school course in economics knows--apparently this excludes the San Francisco Democrat--small business is the driver of any free economy.

Small business needs aid during this pandemic. And Pelosi doesn't want to give it.



Thursday, April 16, 2020

China denies accusations COVID-19 was made in a lab

It would be more surprising if the ChiComms owned up to causing the cororavirus pandemic.

Authoritarian regimes struggle with the truth.



Patriots descend on Michigan capitol to protest extreme shelter-in-place orders

I'm so proud of my patriot counterparts in Michigan.

From Fox Detroit:
A conservative group upset with the Michigan governor's restrictive shelter-in-place order protested Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Home order in Lansing on Wednesday.

The Michigan Conservative Coalition organized Operation Gridlock in Lansing today. Thousands of people drove into Lansing and have surrounded the Michigan Capitol Building to create a traffic jam - a symbolic gesture of disagreement with Gretchen Whitmer's Stay Safe, Stay Home directive.

"We are all concerned for those afflicted with COVID 19. Yes, many of the personal behaviors we have been reminded to use are good practices. Wash your hands. Cover your cough. Stay home if you are sick," read a note on the MCC's website. "That said, Michiganders are fed up!"

Arguing that more emphasis be placed on reopening business, many residents are worried the restrictive social distancing measures add only a marginal benefit at the expense of the state's economy.