Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Replacements - Merry Go Round

Minneapolis is having a brutal week.

Let's look back at that one of the better acts too come out of Minnesota's largest city, the Replacements.

Here they are performing "Merry Go Round."

Protests erupt outside CNN headquarters in Atlanta Friday night

A real pity.

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

(PragerU) Restaurant Defies State Order and Stays Open

Will Witt visits a California pancake restaurant that is defying the draconian stay-at-home order.

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

(PragerU) MSNBC: Americans Are Too "Obsessed" With Freedom

MSNBC viewers need to be pitied. That doesn't make leftists any less dangerous however. PragerU has more.

Mark Dice on Stacey Abrams...Now for the Bad News

Watch as Stacey Abrams is inadvertently humiliated on live TV by Sleepy Joe Biden.

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.

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.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

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.


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?

Wednesday, May 06, 2020

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.