Tuesday, April 20, 2021

The media lied to you, police officer Sicknick was not beaten by a fire extinguisher or killed by bear spray during Capitol Riot

You heard about the death of Brian Sicknick, a US Capitol police officer, shortly after the Capitol Riot. A tragedy for sure but the media lied to you about it. Sicknick was not brutally beaten by a fire extinguisher or attacked with bear spray by rioters. 

He died of natural causes. 

From the Daily Caller:

Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick died from natural causes after suffering two strokes following riots at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, a medical examiner in Washington, D.C. said on Monday.

According to The Washington Post, medical examiner Francisco J. Diaz said that an autopsy showed no evidence that Sicknick suffered any internal or external injuries. There was also no evidence that Sicknick, 42, had an allergic reaction to any of the chemical irritants that were dispersed during the Capitol melee.

 The report undercuts some of the early claims about Sicknick’s cause of death, including an allegation that House Democrats made at President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial in February. 

 The New York Times reported on Jan. 8 that two unnamed law enforcement officials said Sicknick died after being hit with a fire extinguisher. House Democrats cited the report as part of its case to impeach Trump on charges that he cited an insurrection at the Capitol.

Leftist group posts bond for alleged gang member who was with Adam Toledo the night he was shot

The night 13-year-old Adam Toledo was killed in a police shooting in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood he was running around, literally it seems, with 21-year-old Ruben Roman, an alleged member of the Latin Kings gang. Roman, who has a police record, is out on bail now. Who posted it? A left-wing group, the Chicago Community Bond Fund.

From CBS Chicago:

On Monday night, he was out on bond – at home on electronic monitoring.

"We often prioritize cases that are connected to social justice movements – especially the movement to end police violence," said Keisa Reynolds, who currently leads the Chicago Community Bond Fund. The bond fund pays bonds for those who can’t afford to pay on their own. 

They bonded Roman out of jail – putting up $40,000.

"We made the decision to post bond for Mr. Roman because we are aware that the city will continue to use him as a scapegoat for the killing of Adam Toledo, which was committed by the Chicago Police Department," Reynolds said.
Toledo is being charged with a probation violation, child endangermentm and reckless discharge in regards to his actions the night Toledo was killed.

In a recent Facebook post the Chicago Community Bond Fund had this to say, "CCBF stands with everyone resisting police violence and white supremacy."

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Five killed, including 7-year-old girl, and 22 wounded in Chicago over weekend

Despite the protest outside Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home on Friday night over the police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, who may have been a member of the Latin Kings street gang, violence continued over the weekend. Gang violence most horribly. 

Over the weekend five people were shot to death in Chicago over the weekend, including a 7-year-old girl who was shot Sunday along with her father at a West Side McDonald's drive thru. The father was wounded and Chicago Police believe the shooting was gang-related. In what may have been a retaliatory incident, two men were shot outside a Popeye's nearby.

Over all at least 22 people were wounded over the weekend in Chicago.

Lightfoot, a woke Democrat, blamed "gun violence," not "gang violence" on Twitter for the fatal shooting of the 7-year-old.

Most shootings in Chicago are gang-related. This is an indisputable fact.

Friday, April 16, 2021

More fake news exposed: White House says intel on Russian 'bounties' on US troops shaky

 Yet even more fake news has been exposed. 

Never forget--the establishment media does not want to report the news--they want to push their false narratives. 

Such as the Trump-Russia collusion canard.

From AP:

The White House said Thursday that the intelligence community does not have conclusive evidence that Russian intelligence operatives encouraged the Taliban to attack American troops in Afghanistan. 

The assessment, revealed Thursday as the U.S. announced a host of new sanctions on the Russian government, undermines one of the sharpest attacks Joe Biden and other Democrats leveled against former President Donald Trump during the 2020 White House race. Biden repeatedly attacked Trump on the campaign trail for not standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin despite his administration being aware of intelligence suggesting Russian agents were offering bounties to the Taliban. But on Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that after a review of those classified reports, the intelligence community determined it had only “low to moderate confidence” in their authenticity. 

She said that was due in part to the ways in which the intelligence was obtained, including from interrogations of Afghan detainees. In June, The Associated Press reported that Trump White House officials were briefed on intelligence about potential bounties in 2019 and again in 2020. 

Then-national security adviser Robert O’Brien said Trump himself had not been briefed on the matter because the intelligence reports “have not been verified.” U.S. military commanders at the time also said the raw intelligence did not lead them to change their force protection posture in Afghanistan.

James O'Keefe is suing Twitter for banning him, YouTube CEO admits they're screwing over YouTubers

If you are a conservative and you cross Big Tech's leftist line--you'll face trouble.


Thursday, April 15, 2021

Bloody Chicago: Justice for murdered grandson of Congressman Danny Davis

Justice moves slow sometimes. But two murderers are now locked up.


Coup d'├ętat? Dems to propose court-packing bill

Sure, the Constitution doesn't stipulate the number of justices for the Supreme Court. But the Founding Fathers surely would be disgusted by a blatant partistan power play to expand the court only to advance their agenda. The Court has been fixed with nine members for about 150 years.

From Fox News:

Republicans recoiled Wednesday night and Thursday morning over a bill some Democrats are proposing to pack the Supreme Court, calling it an "assault" on judicial independence.

But they also predicted that the move would prove unpopular and help Republicans in the midterm elections. "Democrats are launching a full assault on the independence of the federal judiciary.

Republicans will stop them," Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., said in a tweet. "This is such a fantastic gift to the NRSC," added Matt Whitlock, a former staffer at the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC). "And making it a bill instead of a Senate rules process means we get to get moderate House D's on the record on it too. Just a fantastic turn of events."

Such a ploy is something you'd expect from a failed socialist state such as Venezueala. Besides, if the GOP takes control of Congress in 2022 what's to prevent theme from adding even more justices?

Court packing is a resoundingly stupid--yet dangerous--idea.

 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Chicago monuments under assault, Part 23: Fort Dearborn Massacre Monument

The Fort Dearborn Massacre Monument, a bronze sculpture designed by Carl Rohl-Smith, is one of the 41 statues, plaques, and reliefs that "warrant attention or action" according to Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Chicago Monuments Project.

The statue got plenty of attention in 1999 when Chicago's Office of Public Art of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs placed it in storage. Last summer, after a riot--oops, unrest--outside Grant Park's Christopher Columbus statue, all three of Chicago's Columbus statues were shipped off to storage too.

Click here to see the Fort Dearbon Massacre Monument.

First some history. Early in the War of 1812 Potawatomi Indians attacked soldiers and their family members about about a mile-and-a-half south of Fort Dearborn. They had just abandoned the fort, which stood where now Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive meet. The Fort Dearborn Massacre, or if you prefer, the Battle of Fort Dearborn, was a resounding victory for the Potawatomi. While to this day historians argue over who was the winner of the War of 1812--some say the British, others say the Americans, more say it was a draw--the clear losers were the Native American tribes who sided with the British.

Rohl-Smith's monument shows an Indian wielding a tomahawk about to attack a white woman, Margaret Helm, the wife of a US army officer and the stepchild of John Kinzie, Chicago's first white resident. Another Indian, Black Partridge, is trying to protect Helm. 

The chances that the Fort Dearborn Massacre Monument seeing the light of day in Chicago are dismal. But what purpose is served by locking it up in a warehouse? I have an idea. The city of Chicago, which is banrkupt in all but name, should sell it. Seriously. Rohl-Smith is an accomplished artist and there has to be a museum somewhere, perhaps in the sculptor's native Denmark, that will buy it. 

Proceeds of the sale should go to one of Chicago's several woefully underfunded pension plans

Again, I'm totally serious here.

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Media tries to correct police chief who called Minnesota unrest a riot

Do you remember last summer the widespread riots in America's big cities. Only the media called the "mostly peaceful protests" and "unrest" because leftists were behind them.

Then in January a mob of hooligans who were Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol. The same media people labeled that "a riot."

Watch as the now-former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police chief, Tim Gannon, call the violence that occurred after one his cops shot a young black man "a riot."

The media flacks jumped in with, "Don't do that" and "It was a protest, there was no riot."

Gannon calmly replied, "There was."

It's been years since the media reported the news. They want to push a narrative.


BLM co-founder labeled a 'fraud' after buying luxury homes

If you only watch and read the mainstream media then you probably didn't hear about the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, who calls herself a Marxist, buying luxury homes. 

As protests broke out across the country in the name of Black Lives Matter, the group’s co-founder went on a real estate-buying binge, snagging four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the US alone, according to property records.

Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37, also eyed property in the Bahamas at an ultra-exclusive resort where Justin Timberlake and Tiger Woods both have homes, The Post has learned. Luxury apartments and townhouses at the beachfront Albany resort outside Nassau are priced between $5 million and $20 million, according to a local agent. The self-described Marxist last month purchased a $1.4 million home on a secluded road a short drive from Malibu in Los Angeles, according to a report.

The 2,370 square-foot property features "soaring ceilings, skylights and plenty of windows" with canyon views. The Topanga Canyon homestead, which includes two houses on a quarter acre, is just one of three homes Khan-Cullors owns in the Los Angeles area, public records show.
Fox News' Outnumbered weighs in here:

 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Chicago monuments under assault, Part 22: Ulysses S. Grant

As I noted in my John A. Logan post in this series, only three people are named in Illinois' state song, named, appropriately enough, Illinois. Logan is one of them--as are two other targets of the Chicago Monuments Project, Abraham Lincoln and Ulysses S. Grant. Lincoln, you know, is that Land of Lincoln guy, and Grant was the commanding general of the victorious Union army during the Civil War, which brought forth the end of slavery in the United States.

New York, Pennsylania, and Ohio produced more soldiers and sailors for the Northern armies but Illinois was the home of Lincoln and Grant when the Civil War began in 1861. Grant and Lincoln, along with Barack Obama, were the only US presidents who were residents of the Prairie State when they were elected. Ronald Reagan was born in Tampico and grew up all over northern Illinois, but he has no Chicago statues. Reagan lived briefly in Chicago as a child.

Grant's Galena home is owned by the state of Illinois and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lincoln's Springfield home is owned by the National Park Service. I've visited both.

The statue of Grant on horseback--click here to see it--in Lincoln Park, designed by Louis Rebisso, is among the 41 monuments, statues, plaques, and reliefs that are "under review" by Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Chicago Monuments Project. It's her response to what I call the rioters' veto after a violent protest outside Grant Park's Christopher Columbus statue. 

Our 18th president's life story is amazing. I heartily recommend History Channel's Grant documentary series to learn more about him. as well as Ron Chernow's biography. In just a decade Grant, a West Point graduate who had fallen on hard times, went from selling firewood on street corners to the White House. In between he prosecuted the successful Vicksburg campaign that split the Confederacy in two and a couple of years later he accepted the surrender of southern general Robert E. Lee. The Confederate States collapsed shortly afterwards. 

Amazingly, the Chicago Monument praises Grant in its explanation of his inclusion in what John Kass calls "Mayor Lori Lightfoot's woke committee on problematic statuary," but ends with, "Grant's American Indian policies were well intentioned, but ultimately disastrous." His most notorious Native American measure was allowing white settlement of the Black Hills, which was in violation of a treaty with the Sioux. Lincoln's prosecution of the Dakota War in 1862 is probably why Lincoln's five statues are now in jeopardy in Chicago.

Grant had trouble managing his own finances throughout his life and was broke when he arrived in Galena in 1860. The year prior Grant freed the only slave he owned--at a time when he desperately needed money. He was the last slaveholder to serve as president. But as president Grant pursued a strong Reconstruction policy and undertook forceful actions to undermine the Ku Klux Klan

But that may not be good enough for the sneaky Chicago Monuments Project.

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Gen. Keane: China sending message to Biden admin with Taiwan incursion

A weaker America means a more dangerous world. 

Currently we have a weak old man as our president.


Monday, April 12, 2021

Three killed and at least 22 wounded over weekend in Chicago

Over this past weekend there were three people shot to death in Chicago and at least 22 wounded. Included in that total are two people who were shot--one fatally--in a West Side expressway shooting. 

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Joey Ramone - Danny Says (live)

Phil Spector's production of the Ramones album was a mixed bag. One song from that that definitely worked was "Danny Says."

Here's Joey Ramone performing it.


Cincinnati Reds minority owner says MLB commissioner 'didn't do his homework'

Rob Manfred, the commissioner of baseball, is either a coward or stupid.

Perhaps both.

Definitely the first one.


Friday, April 09, 2021

Chicago monuments under assault, Part 21: Jean Baptiste Beaubien Plaque

Born in Detroit, trader Jean Baptiste Beaubien was likely the second European-American man to settle in what is now Chicago.

An elementary school on the Northwest Side is named for him, as is a Southeast Side forest preserve and a short downtown street. Outside of the Chicago Cultural Center in the North Loop is a plaque that notes where Beaubien's home once stood. It reads:
"Jean Baptiste Beaubien - On this site, then the lake shore, Jean Baptiste Beaubien, Chicago's second civilian, in 1817, built a mansion to which he brought his bride, Josette LaFramboise. It remained their home until 1845. - Erected by Chicago's Charter Jubilee - Authenticated by Chicago Historical Society - 1937."

The plaque is on the hit list--oops, make that "under review" list--for Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Chicago Monument Project, which was her response to the riot outside the Christopher Columbus statue a mile-and-a-half to the south of the Beaubien plaque.

There are 41 monuments that the sneaky committee says "warrant attention." Often the Chicago Monuments Project gives no reason why certain public statues, plaques, and reliefs are in jeopardy, but not so the Beaubien plaque. "The distinction of being 'Chicago's second civilian' is dubious," you are informed at their site, "but must refer to the primacy given to John Kinzie, as it ignores the footprint of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable (before 1750-1818), whose presence in the area that was to become the city is noted by at least 1790."

Kinzie was the first recorded European American to live in Chicago but the first non-Native American resident of the city was the aforementioned DuSable, who was born in Haiti. A plaque at the site of the Kinzie mansion has also been targeted by the project.

Outside of the woke, it's hard to envision anyone else is angered by this plaque. A common sense solution would be to replace this plaque with one that says Beaubien was "Chicago's third civilian" won't work as the woke appears to be more interested in erasing history

Two blocks north of the Beaubien plaque is the DuSable Bridge, which until recently was simply known as the Michigan Avenue Bridge. No portraits of DuSable were made during his lifetime so one can only speculate as to what he looked like. But there is a bronze bust of him near the bridge on Michigan Avenue.

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Joe Biden confuses gun control talking points again, repeatedly calls the ATF "the AFT"

Great Grandpa Joe Biden's squinting into his teleprompter brought forth more confusion.

Yesterday, in a speech where he made the incorrect claim about the US Constitution that "no amendment is absolute," he repeatedly referred to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms at "AFT," not the ATF.


Thursday, April 08, 2021

Biden on Second Amendment: 'No amendment is absolute': 'The Five' react

Great Grandpa Biden is a dangerous man. Today, while squinting into his teleprompter, he said about the Constitution, "No amendment is absolute."

 

Tucker sounds off on United Airlines latest 'gender, racial' quota

Another airline has gone woke, Tucker Carlson tells us.

This time it's United Airlines.


Wednesday, April 07, 2021

Chicago monuments under assault, Part 20: A Signal of Peace

I return to my series on Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Chicago Monument Project, her response to last summer's riot outside the Grant Park Christopher Columbus statue. Oh, it's been a week since my last post in this series. Sorry, real life, car problems and work duties, intruded.

Cyrus Edwin Dallin designed today's entry, A Signal of Peace, which as you can see potrays a Plains Indian. If you go by the way of the bronze statue's title, it is of course about peace. 

Who can be against peace?

In 2021 it's quite easy to be opposed. Dallin's problem, my guess, is that he was not a Native American. Which makes Dallin, who died in 1944, guilty of cultural appropriation. Odd term, that. It should be phrased as "cultural misappropriation."

Last week in a New York Post op-ed Bruce Bawer wrote, "If things continue on the current trajectory, soon we will have no real culture at all, save for the most drearily PC kind, drearier than even the worst of Socialist Realism — the Soviet Union's one acceptable genre of art and culture."

As I noted in my post on the Haymarket Monument, a Socialist Realism piece stands where the police statue once did.

In that same editorial Bawer notes that Tom Hanks' Oscar-winning performance as a gay man in Philadelphia was universally lauded. Now the expectation is that gay men can only portray gay men, trans people can only portray trans characters. It's still okay for gay people to act in heterosexual parts, of course. Hanks, coincidentally, is distantly related to Abraham Lincoln, by way of the 16th president's mother, Nancy Hanks. Lincoln's five Chicago statues are "under review" by the secretive Chicago Monuments Project.

Dallin's parents left the Church of Latter Day Saints prior to their marriage. Yet he was still hired to design the statue of the angel Moroni that stands on top of the Salt Lake Temple, the closest thing to the Vatican for the Mormon faith. Dallin was a Unitarian.

By all accounts that I could find Dallin, who grew up in Utah, had a deep respect for Native Americans. A Signal of Peace is part of a four-statue series, The Epic of the Indian.

A Signal of Peace stands, for now, in Lincoln Park quite close to the Lake Michigan shoreline. Another targeted statue of an American Indian, The Alarm, isn't too far away.

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Georgia governor: 'Biden is lying to the American people'

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp says "Biden is lying to the American people" about the new Georgia election laws.

 

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

Don't they mean wounded? CBS Chicago: "7 people injured after fight leads to shooting in Englewood"

There was mass shooting on Chicago's South Side last night. Fortunately no one was killed but seven people were shot, six men and one woman. "Injured" is how CBS Chicago phrased it.

What happened to the word "wounded."

John Stossel: Make America California

Failing California, where the middle class is fleeing, is scene as the model for the Biden-Harris adminisration's vision of America. 

Why were these two elected again?


Monday, April 05, 2021

Wokism is dangerous to our nation

On his Fox News show Steve Hilton had this to say about it last night.
On this Easter Sunday, there is a new religion stalking our land that is becoming one of the most powerful ones. In the last year, it seems to have taken over nearly every part of our ruling class: corporate America, corporate media, Hollywood and Silicon Valley, and the Democratic Party, which now controls the federal government. 

This new religion is Wokeism. It has core beliefs like "the world is out to get you," "victimhood is sainthood," "if you are not a straight, white male you are oppressed."

Seven killed and at least 27 others shot over Easter weekend in Chicago

Warm weather for Easter--not always a sure thing in Chicago--brought out the ugly side of people over Easter weekend. Seven people were shot to death and at least 27 others were wouned. 

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Brinsley Schwarz - Surrender To The Rhythm

Before launching his solo and production career Nick Lowe was the frontman for the band Brinsley Schwarz, a pub rock band. 

Like rockabilly, this early 1970s British rock genre just kind of died. Sort of. Call it proto-Americana.

Here's Nick and lads performing "Surrender To The Rhythm."

 

Tucker: Everything Biden said was false on Georgia election law

Joe Biden is either lying about the Georgia election reform law--or his cognitive decline has consumed him.

Regardless, the law is not Jim Crow--or even Jim Eagle

Tucker Carlson has more.

Oh, the uber-left Washington Post has rated Biden's claims about the law with "Four Pinocchios."

 

Friday, April 02, 2021

Politico reporters agree: "Trump was right, Biden is a Trojan horse for progressives"

People who voted for Biden because he was "Good ol' Joe from Scranton, the moderate Democrat," were lied to.

What we see from Biden, and of course he may not even notice it because of his cognitive decline, is that he is governing from the far left. In a discussion with fellow Politico reporter Eugene Daniels, Tara Palmeri nails it on the head, "Trump was right, Biden is a Trojan horse for progressives."