Monday, May 16, 2022

5 dead, including a teen, and at least 27 wounded over weekend in Chicago

Lori Lightfoot's "Summer of Joy" is almost upon us. 

But of course Chicagoans are still shooting each other. Five were shot to death over the weekend, most notably, a 16-year-old  who was killed at Millenium Park as a group of "yoots" gathered there Saturday night. On Sunday, Lightfoot, in a joyful mood no doubt, announced  a nighttime curfew there for unaccompanied minors. 

A 17-year-old is being held for allegedly killing the 16-year-old. 

Elsewhere in Chicago at least 27 others were wounded.



Saturday, May 14, 2022

Fairport Convention - Walk Awhile

Here's the great Fairport Convention in 1970 with "Walk Awhile."

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Tucker: They are hoarding baby formula

Yes, there is a shortage of baby formula.

Joe Biden is making Jimmy Carter look slightly less horrible.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Musk purchase of Twitter temporarily on hold over fake accounts

Let's just hope this is a hiccup and nothing more. 

Elon Musk said he's putting his $44 billion takeover of Twitter "temporarily on hold," saying that he wants more details about how many of the social platform's accounts are bogus or spam. 

The Tesla and SpaceX mogul said he needs to make sure the fake accounts "do indeed represent less than 5%" of Twitter's users, as the company has estimated. 
Musk tweeted about putting the massive deal on hold early Friday, sharing a recent Reuters news story about the takeover. He later added a reply stating, "Still committed to acquisition." 

The Reuters article cited a federal filing Twitter made shortly after the company reached a sales deal with Musk, stating that of the 229 million Twitter users who saw advertising in the first quarter of 2022, less than 5% were fake accounts.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Biden absurdly accuses Republicans of wanting to raise taxes, but that has been repeatedly been debunked

Watch as Joe Biden slurs his way through another lie. 

Except for one senator, the Republicans do not want raise taxes. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell does not support that idea.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Facebook "fact-checks" satirical claim that horse who won Kentucky Derby turned down invitation to White House

On a private Facebook group that I belong to, a woman posted this Tweet.

It reads, "BREAKING: Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike turns down a meeting with @JoeBiden. Asked why, they said 'If I wanted to see a horse’s ass, I would've came in second.'" 

In jest, I commented on that thread, "When are the Fakebook "fact-checkers" going to attack this post?"

It turns out that I was on to something, as Facebook "fact-checkers" did indeed make a ruling on this obviously satirical Tweet. 

This morning I visited that message thread, the Tweet is blurred out and it contains this message, "False information. The same information was checked in another post by independent fact-checkers." 

There's a link on the thread which brings us to an article by "fact-checker" Anna Mock. 

Her article answers a claim that it was Rich Strike's jockey, Sonny Leon, who uttered the quip, not Rich Strike. 

Fact-check for real: Horses do not speak English or any human language. The "fact-checkers," as I've observed before, are just one brigade in the left's propaganda army. 

Even satire isn't safe in Joe Biden's America. The leftists are desperate. 

Inflation near 40-year high at 8.3 percent for April

Joe Biden's economy continues to be plagued by inflation. 

From Fox Business:

Inflation cooled on an annual basis for the first time in months in April, but rose more than expected as supply chain constraints, the Russian war in Ukraine and strong consumer demand continued to keep consumers prices running near a 40-year-high. 

The Labor Department said Wednesday that the consumer price index, a broad measure of the price for everyday goods including gasoline, groceries and rents, rose 8.3% in April from a year ago, below the 8.5% year-over-year surge recorded in March. 
Prices jumped 0.3% in the one-month period from March. Those figures were both higher than the 8.1% headline figure and 0.2% monthly gain forecast by Refinitiv economists. 

So-called core prices, which exclude more volatile measurements of food and energy, climbed 6.2% in April from the previous year, which was also more than Refinitiv expected. Core prices also rose 0.6% on a monthly basis – double the 0.3% increase notched in March, suggesting that underlying inflationary pressures remain strong.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Tucker: This is about attacking Christianity

There's a reason why they are called leftists, not liberals. Because leftism is a totalitarian philosophy.

Which is why Christianity is being attacked. In the leftist world there cannot be more than one philosophy.

Tucker Carlson explains.

 

Monday, May 09, 2022

Six killed and at least 17 wounded over weekend in Chicago

Six people were shot to death over the weekend in Chicago at least 17 others were wounded. Among those wounded is a 12-year-old boy, who was shot in his right ankle in Little Village on the Southwest Side. 

In related news, the 23-year-old culinary student who was shot three times after a thief demanded his cellphone password last week is on life-support. 

Saturday, May 07, 2022

Psychedelic Furs - President Gas - Live Rockpalast Berlin in 1981

Sure, the Psychedelic Furs were singing about Ronald Reagan with "President Gas." Everyone makes mistakes.

But we have a real President Gas now, a shell of man, in the White House, Joe Biden. 

Here are the Furs in 1981.


Joe Biden bizarrely claims he's been to "Afghanistan, Iran & Iraq...over 50 times," which isn't true

Star Trek's John Gill has lost it. 

Joe Biden has not been to "Afghanistan, Iran & Iraq...over 50 times."


Friday, May 06, 2022

Washington Post gives Mayorkas’s claim that illegals are "promptly removed" three Pinocchios

Mrs. Marathon Pundit at the border
Even a broken clock is right twice a day. The Washington Post "fact-checker," who is really a propagandist, Glenn Kessler, got a "fact-check" right for once. 

Feckless hack Alejandro Mayorkas, Joe Biden's Homeland Security secretary, made this claim about illegal aliens. 

You know what happens to these individuals? They are either expelled under the Title 42 of the CDC, or they are placed into immigration enforcement proceedings. They make their claims under the law. If those claims don’t prevail, they are promptly removed from the United States.
Well, for the most part these illegals are not. Which is why Kessler, and it probably pained him, gave that statement "Three Pinocchios." Four is the highest Pinocchio dishonor from the so-called WashPo "fact checkers."

CNN: “A majority of Americans actually think President Biden’s policies have hurt the economy"

Even CNN is reporting the obvious.


Thursday, May 05, 2022

Hunter Biden whistleblower sues Adam Schiff, CNN

John Paul Mac Isaac, the whistleblower who discovered the troubling information on Hunter Biden's laptop, is suing CNN, Politico, and US Rep Adam Schiff for defamation. 

Oh, the media, and leftists, love whistleblowers. 

Unless of course a whistleblower targets a Democrat.


Tuesday, May 03, 2022

New Rule: American Kleptocracy | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

By no means is Bill Maher a conservative. It's just that the left has for the most part, without Maher and a few others, shifted to the far-left. 

Watch as he lists all of the waste and thievery brought out by COVID-19 relief.


Vicky Hartzler: SCOTUS leak is 'outrageous and intentional'

Regardless of your opinion on abortion, the sanctity of the US Supreme Court was violated when someone leaked a draft opinion an abortion case.

US Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) explains.


Monday, May 02, 2022

At Eid event, Biden bizarrely and inexplicably claims "There's never been a senator from Delaware"

Joe Biden acted like he was knocked around by Corn Pop today at an Eid event when he said, 

"There's never been a senator from Delaware."

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Saturday, April 30, 2022

Dire Straits - Industrial Disease

Stagflation of the Jimmy Carter variety is back, courtesy of the economic malfeasance of Joe Biden and his Democrats. 

This sad development has gotten me thinking of that first round of stagflation. Here are Dire Straits from 1982 with "Industrial Disease." 


Despite record southern border crisis, Jen Psaki admits Biden STILL has no plan to visit border

The Democrats want chaos on the southern border.

 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Joe Concha warns Biden's disinformation board will be 'weaponized'

Welcome to 1984.

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Biden suffers ANOTHER autocue gaffe struggling to say 'kleptocracy' in Ukraine address

If Joe Biden was your elderly father, you'd be looking for an assisted-living home for him by now. Watch as Biden struggles, repeatedly, with the word "kleptocracy."

But Biden, unless you are Hunter Biden and you are reading this post, in not your father. 

He's the president.

 

Tucker on Biden's Ministry of Truth: This is the point where we have to draw the line

America's march to leftist authoritarianism--I am not exaggerating--continues, with the Department of Homeland Security creating a Disinformation Governance Board.

This is something dictatorships do. 

Joe Biden's choice to head the Orwellian "Ministry of Truth" is Nina Jankowicz, who dismissed the legitimacy of the Hunter Biden laptop story two years ago.

Tucker Carlson justifiably eviscerates the Ministry of Truth.     


Thursday, April 28, 2022

Stagflation is here: Economy declined first quarter of 2022

Joe Biden has never been the most cerebral of persons, but still, to be a successful president, you would think that he would not want to repeat one of the failures of the Jimmy Carter presidency. That is, bringing back simultaneous inflation and economic contraction, better known as stagflation. 

But he's doing just that.

From CNBC:

Gross domestic product unexpectedly declined at a 1.4% annualized pace in the first quarter, marking an abrupt reversal for an economy coming off its best performance since 1984, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.
The negative growth rate missed even the subdued Dow Jones estimate of a 1% gain for the quarter. GDP measures the output of goods and services in the U.S. for the three-month period.
A plethora of factors conspired to weigh against growth during the first three months of 2022, which fell off a cliff following the 6.9% gain to close out last year.
Look for Jen Psaki and her ilk to blame, again, Vladimir Putin for this downward turn.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

San Francisco voters ‘duped’ by DA, he's ‘got to go’: Bay Area residents

Woke prosecutors, or I should say so-called prosecutors, are destroying big cities.


MSNBC's Ari Melber worries Twitter could now 'ban one party's candidate,' doesn't see irony

I know I am a couple of days late on this one, but some guy named Ari Melber, who I never heard of until this week, emitted this hilarious comment on his show in regard to Elon Musk's bid, which has been accepted, to buy Twitter. 

"You could secretly ban one party’s candidate," Melber said, "secretly turn down the reach of their stuff and turn up the reach of something else and the rest of us might not even find out about it until AFTER the election." 

You mean, Ari, like social networks and the mainstream media did to the Hunter Biden laptop story?



Tuesday, April 26, 2022

24 reasons why the idea of Biden 2024 is 'absurd and offensive' to America: Steve Hilton

I'm a little late to the party on Steve Hilton's opening segment of his Next Revolution show from Sunday.

Twenty-four reasons in regard why Sleepy Joe Biden should run for reelection is a good start. There are many more reasons.




Mark Dice: Media melting down over Elon Musk buying Twitter

The left doesn't support free speech, despite its voluminous claims. 

Just take a look at the leftist blue-check Twitter mob, let by CNN's Brian Stelter, and its response to Elon Musk buying Twitter.


Monday, April 25, 2022

Six killed and at least 37 others wounded over weekend in Chicago

Warmer temperatures, sadly, mean more shootings. Earlier this year Chicago Police brass were patting themselves on the back about a decline in violence. But this past weekend, after snow on Monday, was quite warm.

Over the weekend six people were shot to death and at least 37 others were wounded in Chicago. Two of the slain were killed in a mass shooting, which wounded two others, in West Englewood on the South Side.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

The Everly Brothers - Bowling Green

The Everly Brothers' last hit of the 1960s was "Bowling Green," which was released in 1967. 

The studio version is done in a baroque pop style, think Mamas and the Papas with a dash of the Beatles. 

Here the Everlys adapt "Bowling Green" for a live performance by replacing the woodwinds with whistling.

Enjoy and whistle along!


DeSantis responds to critics after signing bill ending Disney autonomy

I love Ron DeSantis. Like Donald J. Trump he's a rarity, a conservative who fights back.

And Mickey Wokemouse has been put in his place.


Friday, April 22, 2022

Thursday, April 21, 2022

'Cognitively weak' Biden 'has lost touch with all reality'

And Joe Biden claims he will run for a second term. 

Please don't, for the sake of America and the world.


Saturday, April 09, 2022

The Divine Comedy - To Die A Virgin

Jools Holland, who used to play keyboards for Squeeze, knows a lot about sophisticated pop music, such as the work of The Divine Comedy. 

He hosted them a while back on his Later... show, where the performed "To Die A Virgin."


Friday, April 08, 2022

Mark Dice: Brian Stelter humiliated by college freshman during visit to University of Chicago

CNN's laughable propagandist, Brian Stelter, was put in his place by a college freshman at a University of Chicago conference absurdly named, "Disinformation and the Erosion of Democracy."

CNN, with Stelter at the forefront, has been a leader in disinformation. Its sins include peddling the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, the smearing of Nicholas Sandmann, and suppressing the scandal surrounding the Hunter Biden laptop.


Related post of mine from Da Tech Guy:
 


Thursday, April 07, 2022

This is a recipe for disaster: Gamaldi

Fraternal Order of Police National Vice President Joe Gamaldi discusses the effect of the Black Lives Matter movement on public safety.

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Dem Rep Schakowsky waffles when asked if she was one of 26 Democrats who voted to ban fracking

One reason why you see leftists, with occasional exceptions, appearing only on friendly networks such as MSNBC and CNN, is that they aren't asked tough questions. 

Nominally I am represented by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) in Congress. 

Until the arrival of the Squad, Schakowsky was possibly the most liberal member in the House. 

Watch and laugh as Schakowsky squirms as she blames oil companies for not producing enough petroleum--then refuses to answer if she was one of the 26 Dems who voted to ban fracking. 



Biden looks LOST as his staff fawn over Obama leaving him standing alone at the White House

Barack Obama visited the White House yesterday for the first time since he left office. 

Watch as Joe Biden's staff fawns over Obama while the current president stands alone, as if he's one of the "uncool" kids at a high school dance. 

Even Biden's staffers don't like him.


Tuesday, April 05, 2022

This Biden move ‘screams scandalous’

Migrants, or better phrased, likely illegal immigrants, are being settled into America's cities, with no public discussion, by the Biden Administration.


Monday, April 04, 2022

1 dead and at least 17 wounded over weekend in Chicago

Over the first weekend of April 2022 one person was shot to death and at least 17 others were wounded. 

The fatality was in the Logan Square neighborhood, a man was shot dead during an argument on a sidewalk. Logan Square of course is where Mayor Lori Lightfoot lives, and last week the extent of the large police detail--over 70 officers--became public. 

Among the wounded were two people shot in a hostage situation at the Ford City Mall on the Southwest Side. Police fatally shot the man holding those hostages. 

Saturday, April 02, 2022

Greg Kihn Band - Roadrunner Live

The Greg Kihn Band just kills it here with his cover of Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers' "Roadrunner."


Kamala Harris gives rambling answer when asked if she agrees with Biden on Russian regime change

Even with a fawning interviewer, in this case MSLSD's Joyless Reid, Kamala Harris can't give a straight answer in regard to seeing Vladimir Putin ousted.


Friday, April 01, 2022

A delivery driver tells MSNBC he has to work 12-hour days to offset gas prices

Because of Biden's anti-energy policy--MSNBC of course didn't phrase it that way--this Chicago delivery driver now has to work 12-hour days. 

#Losing.


Mark Dice on the Grammys: It's Pure Mind Control

The videos of Mark Dice are becoming more serious. But he still makes cogent points. Today he looks at the wokeness, that is the self-marginalization, of the Grammy Awards.


Thursday, March 31, 2022

Biden is compromised: GOP senator

The mainstream media has gone from ignoring or suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story to barely covering it.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Cognitive decline: Biden caught using cheat sheets during Ukraine presser

Don't blame me, I voted for Donald Trump. 

As for his successor, Joe Biden, who dragged over the finish line by a complicit media, Twitter, and Facebook--they chose to ignore or suppress the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, the warning signs about his cognitive decline were apparent as early as 2019.

From the Daily Mail:

Joe Biden was mocked online on Monday for using a printed 'cheat sheet' of answers to expected questions when he faced the media to discuss the Ukraine war. 

Biden was in Poland on Saturday and declared in Warsaw that Vladimir Putin 'cannot remain in power' before flying back to Washington, DC. 

Asked on Monday about his remarks, which many saw as advocating for regime change, the 79-year-old president referred to a typed cue card for hints. 

The Western Journal has more--including what was on the cheat sheets. 

"If you weren’t advocating for regime change, what did you mean? Can you clarify?" the anticipated question said on the card.

"I was expressing the moral outrage I felt toward the actions of this man," the spoon-fed answer read. "I was not advocating a change in policy."

Monday, March 28, 2022

3 killed and at least 14 wounded over weekend in Chicago, 3 teens among the wounded

The last weekend in March saw three homicides. Two dead men were found Friday in a home in Gresham on the South Side, both deaths were ruled homicides by the Chicago Police. On Sunday afternoon a man was shot to death in Humbold Park on the Northwest Side. 

Three teens were among the 14 people wounded over the weekend. 

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Judge Jackson refuses to define ‘woman’ during confirmation hearing: "I'm not a biologist"

Toddlers know the difference between male and female--and presumably infants do as well. But leftists struggle with some facts.


It's anarchy in Kamala Harris' office: Concha

Kamala Harris is one weak heartbeat away, that of a man who turns 80 this year, from the presidency.

 

Monday, March 21, 2022

Three killed and at least twenty others wounded over weekend in Chicago

Spring is officially here. Which is bad for Chicago because as the temperature climbs so does the murder rate. Over this past weekend three people were shot to death, all on the South Side. One in Roseland and two in South Chicago.

At least twenty others were wounded, including a child who was grazed by a bullet while riding in a car on the Northwest Side.




Saturday, March 19, 2022

Allen Toussaint - American Tune (Live on Austin City Limits)

While this Paul Simon songs flirts with anti-Americanism, I love Allen Toussaint's over of "American Tune." 

Here is the New Orleans great on Austin City Limits.


Hunter Biden story is a lesson on the 'corruption in journalism': NY Post columnist

Most journalists don't want to report the news. It's about advancing their false narrative for them. 

The Hunter Biden laptop scandal is just one example.


Friday, March 18, 2022

Psaki shuts down reporter who asks about transparency on Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings

They don't call her Pippi Liestocking for nothing.


Mark Dice: REAL Fake News!

Mark Dice, known for his humorous attacks on the left, takes a serious turn by discussing fake news. And yes, the liars within mainstream media.


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Saudi Arabia considers ditching the dollar for Chinese oil sales

Tucker Carlson brings us a story that is bigger than the inflation spike.


Daniel Boone School in Chicago may get new name because he's an "historically egregious figure"

Please make the wokeness stop. 

Schools need to educate, not talk at people. As for the former, CPS doesn't do a very good job of that.

From the Chicago Tribune (paid registration may be required):

Daniel Boone Elementary will likely bear a different name when the West Ridge school marks its 100th anniversary in a few years. Boone's Local School Council decided in January to ax its frontiersman namesake after the Chicago Public Schools equity office determined slave owner Daniel Boone was a "historically egregious figure."
Boone is moving forward with the name change as CPS drafts a policy for schools that want to dump names and mascots tied to slavery, racism and misogyny. CPS spokeswoman Mary Fergus said the proposed districtwide rules — which have been in the works for several months — are expected to come before the Chicago Board of Education this spring after a public comment period.
The school, meanwhile, launched a survey to solicit community input on a new name and scheduled an in-person forum for 4 p.m. Wednesday for parents, guardians, staff and community members who are Black, Indigenous or people of color.
School administrators told families last week that students will conduct research to help their class propose a school name. Suitable nominations are slated to be presented to the community at the end of the month.
Oh, what's this? Was anyone left out? "This is a Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) forum for our school community," according to Boone Post.

According to the Tribune, 14 percent of the students are white.

The forum is scheduled at the school at 4pm today.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Fox News' photographer, news consultant, killed in Ukraine

Sad news out of Ukraine. Two journalists, photographer Pierre Zakrzewski and news consultant Oleksandra 'Sasha' Kuvshynova, were killed covering the war in Ukraine. Fox News reporter Benjamin Hall was wounded in that attack.


Monday, March 14, 2022

2 dead and at least 26 wounded, including 7 in mass shooting, in Chicago over weekend

There was much frivolity in Chicago over the weekend--there were four St. Patrick's Day parades in the city. 

But there was also the usual violence. Over this past weekend two people were shot to death, both on the South Side. And at least 26 others were wounded, including seven in a mass shooting outside a Little Caesars restaurant in South Chicago.

Sunday, March 13, 2022

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Jellyfish - The King Is Half-Undressed

Here's a thunderous power pop tune, Jellyfish with "The King is Half-Undressed."

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Friday, March 11, 2022

Biden DEFENDS shutting down Keystone XL pipeline on first day on office, "Give me a break!"

Hey, let's get things straight. One of the leftists' reasons for not drilling here or drilling now as gasoline prices soar is this whopper of a distortion. 

"Well, we're a year or two away from seeing results." is how they usually phrase it.

Joe Biden's anti-fossil fuel policy began, wait for it, one year ago. And if Biden is right when he said the much-needed Keystone XL pipeline was two years away from bringing Canadian oil to America, well, in a year we'll need that petroleum and much more.

Five years from now we'll need oil.

Are you angry about high gasoline prices? 

Blame Democrats.


ABC: Americans face “staggering inflation” as gas, rent and food prices surge even BEFORE Russia's war

The latest Democrat talking point is that high inflation is Vladimir Putin's faul. 

Inflation has been eating away at our spending power for months, Russia invaded Ukraine two weeks ago.


Thursday, March 10, 2022

Bidenflation: Inflation hits another 40-year high, worse coming

Look for Joe Biden and his apologists in the media to blame this latest price spike on Vladimir Putin. 

But these are February figures, Russia's invasion of Ukraine began with just four days left in that month. 

 From Fox News:

Inflation hit a fresh 40-year high in February, largely driven by higher gas prices.
The consumer price index climbed 7.9% on an annual basis, according to data released on Thursday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 
Month-over-month, inflation rose 0.8%. The year-over-year reading is in-line with estimates and compares with an annual 7.5% jump in January, marking the fastest increase since February 1982, when inflation hit 7.6%.

Wednesday, March 09, 2022

Gen. Mark Milley, in charge of our military during the Afghanistan debacle, predicted Kiev could fall in three days

Latvian street graffiti circa 2000
Here is more proof that the dumbest people on this planet are the experts.

Flashback from February 6 from Fox News.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told lawmakers that Kyiv could fall within 72 hours if a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine takes place, multiple congressional sources tell Fox News.
Milley told lawmakers during closed-door briefings on Feb. 2 and 3 that a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine could result in the fall of Kyiv within 72-hours, and could come at a cost of 15,000 Ukrainian troop deaths and 4,000 Russian troop deaths.
'A Donald J Trump appointee--gasp!--Milley was chairman of the Joint Chiefs last year during our humiliating withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, which was almost two weeks ago.

Tucker: You are about to get a lot poorer

In short, Vladimir Putin is not responsible for soaring gasoline prices. 

Joe Biden and the Democrats are.

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Tuesday, March 08, 2022

Joe Biden: "I know there's a lot of questions, but there's a lot more that has to be made clear"

Have you ever worked for a boss who talked a lot but didn't listen? That's Joe Biden--and he throws cognitive decline into mix of failure.

When announcing an embargo this morning--ten days late--of Russian oil he fell back on lies and AOC talking points on energy. 

Biden is an embarrassment. 

And of course "Walk Away Joe" didn't take questions after his announcement.


Monday, March 07, 2022

1 killed and at least 21 wounded over weekend in Chicago, three teens shot

The first weekend in March saw just one person shot to death in Chicago, a man who was found dead Friday face down in the South Shore neighborhood.

Three teens were wounded over the weekend, one on the West Side and two on the South Side.


Sunday, March 06, 2022

Photos from the pro-Ukraine protest at Chicago's Daley Plaza (some pics NSFW)

Last Sunday I attended the pro-Ukraine rally outside Sts. Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church in Ukrainian Village in Chicago.

This afternoon there was a successful follow-up in Chicago's Loop, at Daley Plaza.


Behind the "Puck Futin" sign is Chicago's world-renowned Picasso sculpture.


Another big crown, roughly 3,000 people, this demonstration was similar to size to the one last week. 

I almost didn't make it to the rally. For the first time in over two years, I rode on the Chicago Transit Authority's el, in this case the Red Line. The train stopped at Addison, next to Wrigley Field, when the conductor announced she was stopping the train, "Because of a disruptive passenger." I heard some screaming on the platform, then she announced the police were on their way, next I heard the sound of breaking glass on the el plaform. I was in the lead car--always a good idea--next to that conductor. Then she entered her compartment, and a clearly mentally unbalanced man entered the car I was riding in. Half the passengers immediately left. 

I stayed.

Crime and craziness is now common the Chicago's el trains. Last month CWB Chicago posted advice by way of Reddit, on what to do when riding on CTA trains. Rule number1? "No eye contact,ever." Not only did I break that rule, but I broke an obvious one that wasn't even included in that Reddit post. Don't photograph unstable people. Which led to the troublemaker snarl at me, "Don't take no photos of me or I'll give you your life."

Hmm. Not sure what "Give you your life" means. 

Then he sat next to me and videotaped your humble 60-year-old blogger, announcing "I'm sitting next to the guy who photographed me."

Twenty uncomfortable minutes later I reached my destination, Monroe Street, and he offered me this Parthian shot as I stood up, "Don't call the police on me."

Left-wing radical Abbie Hoffman once said, "I don't think my goals have changed since I was four and I fought school yard bullies." Neither have mine. 

Of course, I called 911 and told the dispatcher about the disruptive passenger on CTA Red Line run 807 that had just departed Monroe Street Station at 2pm. I am not a coward. 

The DePaulia has a take on the hell-hole the CTA train lines have become. 

I pity CTA employees. 


The man on the left is more direct than the "Puck Futin" sign holder. As for the woman on the right, "Close the Sky" was a common chant during the rally. 

Oh, back to my el train ride. Let me be clear. I am not equating my unhappy trip downtown to what the people of Ukraine are enduring during the Russian invasion. However, the readers of Marathon Pundit need to know what faces them on the CTA.


Here are two longtime friends of the Marathon Pundit family who I was pleased to see at the protest. 


As you know my wife is a Latvian-American. Did you think I would not post a pic of another Latvian who supports Ukraine? Do you want me to sleep on the couch tonight?


On the left is a man wrapped in a Georgian flag. In 2008 Russia invaded the Republic of Georgia. Looking up two photos, sadly, history is repeating itself.


Here is your history lesson for today.


Many of the speakers at the protest, besides calling for a no fly zone over Ukraine, were demanding an international embargo of Russian oil and natural gas. I recognized two of the speakers. US Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL), and Alderman Brian Hopkins of Chicago's Second Ward, which includes the Ukrainian Village neighborhood.


Vladimir Putin is the New Hitler. Don't just love these kids?


"Russian oil has the shade of innocent Ukrainian blood."


She told me that in Ukrainian her protest sign reads, "Russan warship go fuck yourself."


The people of Hong Kong know a lot about the loss of freedom.


"Stop the war, stop Russia, stop Putin."


Simple and direct.


"His oil our blood." Why is America buying Russian petroleum?


After the Daley Plaza protests the demonstrators marched to Millenium Park.


"Don't buy Russian goods stained with Ukrainian blood #BoycottRussia."


Think Gandalf in Moria. "Russia shall not pass!" When you look closely at the sign you'll see Putin hanging from a noose.


The Putin virus needs to be stopped!

Many thanks to Chicago Public Square for the link to last week's protest post.

Earlier post:

Photos from the protest of the Russian invasion of Ukraine in Chicago's Ukrainian Village (some pics NSFW)