Saturday, December 31, 2022

Van Morrison - Celtic New Year

On the surface, this shimmering Van Morrison song, "Celtic New Year," is a kinda--sorta Gaelic alternative New Year's Eve song.

But if you listen closely to the lyrics, the Belfast Cowboy is crooning about what we now call Halloween, the end of the old year and the beginning of a new one in accordance with the Celtic religion. Samhain is what they called it. At that time the wall between our world and the mystic world of spirits is the thinnest. 

The references to Indian summer and bonfires are the giveaway, the mention of Bourbon Street notwithstanding.

Happy New Year all the same!

Biden hasn't said a word as Americans grapple with nationwide shortage of kids' meds, antibiotics

If Brandon, or the people who pull his strings, could find a way to blame Donald J. Trump for the medicine shortage, he'd be talking about it.


Thursday, December 29, 2022

Virginia school under fire for withholding awards in name of 'equity'

America used to be a place where achievement wasn't only recognized but also celeberated. That was before the woke took over.

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Russian sausage tycoon and war critic dies in fall in India

As Slade Cantrell, the villain portrayed by Joe Flaherty in the SCTV parody serial "Six Gun Justice" used to say, these Russian war critics seem to die "real accidental like."

Russian sausage tycoon, Pavel Antov, died in a fall from a window at an Indian hotel, two days after a friend died during the same trip.

More from the BBC

They were visiting the eastern state of Odisha and the millionaire, who was also a local politician, had just celebrated his birthday at the hotel. 

Antov was a well known figure in the city of Vladimir, east of Moscow. 

Last summer he denied criticising Russia's war in Ukraine after a message appeared on his WhatsApp account. 

The millionaire's death is the latest in a series of unexplained deaths involving Russian tycoons since the start of the Russian invasion, many of whom have openly criticised the war.

Why California, NY lost more than 500K residents since April 2020

Short answer? Bad government.

Monday, December 26, 2022

Tucker Carlson: 2022 was the year of lying

From Joe Biden, to Sam Bankman-Fried, to inflation, this year was one for lying.

In Loving Memory of Brian Stelter's Career - The Ultimate Mark Dice Impersonation Compilation!

Mark Dice's tribute to CNN hack Brian Stelter starts off with a bang with Stelter admitting he is afraid of free speech on Twitter.

Sunday, December 25, 2022

From Da Tech Guy: Christmas musings from an alienated “bah humbug” conservative in a Blue State

Don't worry about me, I'm fine. Merry Christmas! Here's my holiday post at Da Tech Guy: Christmas musings from an alienated “bah humbug” conservative in a Blue State.

Carol of the Bells: Happy Holidays from all of us at NATO in Latvia

Here is some Christmas cheer brought to you from NATO soldiers singing in forest in Latvia. 

Merry Christmas, or as it's said in Latvia, Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus.

Singing here are NATO allies from Denmark, Latvia, Spain and the United States.

Hat tip to Fox Chicago's Flannery Fired Up for this clip.

Saturday, December 24, 2022

The Pogues: Fairytale of New York with Kirsty MacColl

Merry Christmas my friends! 

Here's an epic song about a less than happy Christmas. The Pogues, with special guest Kirsty MacColl, bring us "Fairytale of New York."


Friday, December 23, 2022

But where was the New York Times before the election? MSNBC op-ed blasts local media for missing incoming GOP congressman's alleged fabulism

Let me get this bit out of the way before I attack, once again, the media. 

Republican George Santos is apparently a serial liar about himself. In an upset, Santos was elected to Congress in New York's 3rd congressional district, an area that covers parts of Queens and Long Island. According to a New York Times report, Santos lied about his career and his education. And while he ran as an openly gay man, Santos, according to the Daily Beast, was married to a woman. They divorced in 2019. I'm calling for Santos to not take his seat in Congress or quickly resign after being sworn in. Hey, I'm not familiar with the protocol. Our party needs to hold ourselves to a higher standard than the Democrats. 

Meanwhile, a comedian, attorney, and Sirius XM host, Dean Obeidallah, in a seemingly powerful MSNBC op-ed, blames the current status of local media for missing Santos fish story falling through the cracks.

But Santos slipping through an election with such little scrutiny is also a tale of the gutting of local newsrooms. The result is fewer reporters to investigate candidates in their own backyard. When President Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, which significantly raised caps on the number of local newspapers and television stations a single corporation could own, the era of corporate media consolidation took hold. Local news outlets, be they urban or rural, lost resources and laid off reporters. And that was before Covid.

Well, local newspapers might attract more readers if they weren't infected by wokeness and pushing narratives, such as climate change, that the majority of Americans care little about. As former Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass regularly points out in his podcast, his former employer and the Chicago Sun-Times might attract more readers if it covered a topic many more people care about--crime--in a manner that CWB Chicago does.

What Obeidallah didn't mention in his Santos op-ed is that the New York Times didn't report on Santos reputed lies until after his election win. 

The New York Times is based where?

But Obeidallah can't bring himself to condemn the holy book of the left, the New York Times. He's part of the problem. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Kinzinger sells his Channahon home, what's next? CNN? MSNBC?

Where will Adam Kinzinger live now? Despite what the Chicago Tribune says, I believe Kinzinger is headed out of state--probably so he can work as a contributor for CNN or MSNBC.

Fron the Chicago Tribune by way of the Pantagraph:

As U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger prepares to leave Congress after 12 years, just days after casting a historic committee vote recommending criminal charges against former President Donald Trump, the Republican politician from Illinois finds himself literally a man without a home.
Shunned by Republican organizations nationally and in his home state, his district evaporated by Democrats to make him politically unelectable, Kinzinger has sold his family’s Channahon home, though he said he’s inclined to stay in Illinois.
But ask the 44-year-old once-rising star in the GOP about what the future holds for himself and his view of the country, it yields more questions than answers.
Instead Kinzinger — who along with U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming was the most outspoken House GOP critic of Trumpian Republicanism — said he intends to stay involved in politics “but I think definitely there needs to be a little bit of a moment and a break and a reset right now.”

Mark Dice: Schiff For Brains Has Some Explaining To Do!

US Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA), a conspiracy nut, will find himself in the minority soon. Mark Dice has more.

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

FBI conducted 'psychological operation' on Twitter over Hunter Biden: Devine

One of the few honest journalists working today is the New York Post's Miranda Devine. Here she is discussing election interference conducted by the FBI.

John Stossel: DC & Marvel Comic Books Have Gone Woke

And not shockingly, it is hurting sales for the comic book titans.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Ray Charles: 'Merry Christmas Baby' 1979

Ray Charles was one of those performers who could take a familiar song, in this instance "Merry Christmas Baby," and elevate it into the stratosphere. Here he is in 1979 performing in a German monastery.

Tucker: Adam Kinzinger... what a man can be when he stops trying to be a man

One of my great mistakes--breaking news, I am not perfect--was my enthusiastic support of Adam Kinzinger in 2010 and 2012. After his second relection, he turned to the left. Tucker Carlson last night said "Goodbye" to this weasel.

Friday, December 16, 2022

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Karine Jean-Pierre says Biden supports an effort, then asks what that effort is

This video clip is unintentionally hilarious. The worst White House press secretary in history, Karine Jean-Pierre, takes a question, says she supports the "effort" about the question--while combing thru her legendary notebook--then asks what the effort is.

Elon and the suspensions, a much better explanation

This Fox News link give a better explanation of this so-called "attack" on free speech by Elon Musk that you might have seen elsewhere. 

As always, never believe the media hype. The absurdly named email newsletter "Reliable Sources" by CNN's Oliver Darcy gives one of the worst accounts of why the Twitter accounts of the New York Times' Ryan Mac, CNN's Donie O'Sullivan, and the Washington Post's Drew Harwell, leftist journalist Aaron Rupar and longtime blowhard Keith Olbermann. 

What really happened? In short, Musk banned several accounts for sharing a link that posts the location of his private jet on Mastodon. Musk fears that an attempt on his life might be made. 

Did these banned-from-Twitter journalists loudly object, or even object at all, when Twitter suspended the New York Post for breaking the Hunter Biden laptop story in 2020? And what happened to the leftist mantra from 2020-2021, "Twitter is a private company, it can do whatever it wants?"

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Mark Dice: Old Joe Does the Unthinkable at the White House

Remember, just a few years ago Joe Biden said, "Marriage is between a man and a woman, what's the game going on here?"

Wednesday, December 14, 2022

‘The Five’: How on earth did Sam Brinton get a security clearance?

Sam Brinton, the Biden administration's former deputy assistant secretary of Spent Fuel and Waste Disposition in the Office of Nuclear Energy, who allegedly twice stole luggage at airports, received a security clearance. Did Brinton, who identifies as non-binary, just now start his crime spree?

Where does the Biden White House find clowns like Brinton?

Karine Jean-Pierre Has No Idea If Biden Supports or Opposes 9/11-Style Commission on COVID

To be fair there is a lot KJP has no idea about.

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

Mark Dice on the new Twitter: They're Not Taking It Very Well

"Elon Musk's Tweets are the new Donald Trump's Tweets," is how Mark Dice opens his latest video. "Whatever he posts on his new toy Twitter causes the liberal media to completely melt down."

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Little girl leads Joe Biden off stage at an event

Joe Biden is not fit to be president.

Monday, December 12, 2022

The left doesn't like an ‘even playing field’ on Twitter

Leftists are only interested in informational fair play if they are always in the advantage.

Six dead and at least 25 wounded over weekend in Chicago, one mass shooting

Over this past weekend six people were shot to death and at least 25 others were wounded. There was a mass shooting outside a bar in Belmont Cragin on the Northwest Side, in which two men and one woman were killed and one woman was wounded. 

Also over the weekend, Joseph Kromelis, 75, a homeless man who was set on fire in May on Lower Wacker Drive downtown, died yesterday afternoon

Also, Mike Flannery, on his Fox Chicago Flannery Fired Up show, said that for the third straight year Chicago may exceed 700 homicides. That's something you can say to apologists who will tell you crime is down in Chicago.

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Friday, December 09, 2022

Illinois named worst state for the middle class

This report is no surprise to me. 

From Just the News:

A new report lists the Land of Lincoln as the least tax-friendly state in the nation for middle-class families. 

The report was done by Kiplinger and ranked the 10 worst states for middle-class families when looking at the state's overall tax burden.

"Sorry, Illinois, but you're the least tax-friendly state in the country for middle-class families," the report said. 

Illinois finished poorly on the list due to the impact on the middle class from the state's flat income tax rate, average combined state and local sales tax and its high property tax burden that ranks second highest in the country.

Inflation remains high, wholesale rate up 7.4 percent on an annual basis in November

As the song says, it will be a Blue Christmas. 

From Fox Business:

Inflation at the wholesale level rose more than expected in November as prices for everyday necessities remain at a multi-decade high.
The Labor Department said Friday that its producer price index, which measures inflation at the wholesale level before it reaches consumers, rose 0.3% in November from the previous month. On an annual basis, prices soared 7.4%.
That is down from the 8% reading recorded in October and marks the lowest reading since May 2021.
Still, those figures were both higher than the 7.2% headline figure and 0.2% monthly gain forecast by Refinitiv economists, a worrisome sign for the Federal Reserve as it seeks to cool price gains and tame consumer demand with the most aggressive interest rate hike campaign since the 1980s.
Excluding food, energy and trade services, inflation at the wholesale level increased 0.3% for the month — up from a 0.2% gain in October. Over the past 12 months, core prices climbed 4.9%.

Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Musk fires Twitter deputy general counsel Jim Baker amid Hunter Biden laptop scandal

No one is perfect, including Elon Musk. 

Why didn't he fire Jim Baker earlier?

From Fox Business:

Elon Musk said that Twitter's former Deputy General Counsel Jim Baker was "exited" from the company on Tuesday after revelations about his role in the platform's handling of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
Journalist Matt Taibbi published internal communications over the weekend that took place among Twitter's top brass in October 2020 about how to deal with the New York Post's publication of materials on Hunter Biden's laptop. 
Baker was involved in discussions about whether the laptop falls under Twitter's "hacked materials" policy. "I support the conclusion that we need more facts to assess whether the materials were hacked," Baker wrote in one email chain. 

"At this stage, however, it's reasonable for us to assume that they may have been and that caution is warranted."

Chicago can't even properly manage yard waste collection

Axios Chicago offers more proof of the endemic incompetence of Chicago's municipal government by reporting that yard waste collection, including of course fallen autumn leaves, in Chicago has plummeted 60 percent--even though requests to collect yard waste has soared in the last couple of years.

In Illinois, it's illegal to place yard waste in landfills. Chicago residents with yard waste are supposed to bag their yard waste in paper bags and call 311 so the Department of Streets and Sanitation Department for collection and composting. 

Michael Avenatti 'promised' to put Donald Trump in jail and now is 'in jail himself'

Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels former lawyer, was touted as a man who should run for president by Brian "the Potato" Stelter. The Creepy Porn Lawyer said he would send Donald Trump to prison. But it's Avenatti who is doing the "perp walk."

Monday, December 05, 2022

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SNL mocks Joe Biden for having 'full blown' brain damage

Saturday Night Live has finally criticized Joe Biden. 

Even the left-wing media is catching on to Biden's cognitive decline, terming it CTE, short for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. 

Four killed, including local actor, and at least 12 wounded over weekend in Chicago

The first weekend of December saw four deadly shootings in Chicago. 

On Friday, two men were shot another wounded in a drive by shooting in Austin on the West Side. One of the slain was Xavier Lofton of suburban Bellwood, a local actor

On Saturday, in Auburn Gresham on the South Side, two men were discovered shot to death by Chicago Police officers. 

Overall, at least twelve people were wounded in weekend Chicago shootings.

Saturday, December 03, 2022

Eric Clapton - Christmas In My Hometown

The legendary Eric Clapton is of course known as top-tier guitarist in the blues and rock genres. But legends can always do more. Here is his crooning a country song, "Christmas In My Hometown."

Joe Biden says he's "going to Georgia today to help Sen. Warren," but he's headed to Boston

Senile Joe is at it again. Elizabeth Warren is not a senator from Georgia.

Thursday, December 01, 2022

Rand Paul on rail strike: Congress shouldn't be involved with contracts

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is correct. Congress should have no part in labor contracts.

MORE LIES: Karine Jean-Pierre claims Biden has "been to the border," except he has not

As president, Joe Biden has not visited the southern border. Watch as the worst press secretary in history, Karine Jean-Pierre, mocks Fox News' Peter Doocy as she laughingly dismisses his question about whe Biden will visit the southern border, in a sign of disrespect not to Doocy--but to the American people.