Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Demons: Memorial Day weekend in Chicago most violent one since 2016

 Chicago's new mayor, leftist Brandon Johnson, after a downtown riot said that people shouldn't "demonize" the rioters.

Well, there were a lot of demons in action over the weekend in Chicago.

From the Chicago Sun-Times, free registration may be required:

When Memorial Day weekend of 2020 ended with 39 people shot and 10 of them dead, then-Mayor Lori Lightfoot called it a "bloodbath" and a "fail" by her newly hired Police Supt. David Brown. 

After this year’s long holiday weekend ended with 59 people shot, 11 of them killed, Mayor Brandon Johnson said the level of violence — the most shooting victims since 2016 — was intolerable. 

That level of violence — the most shooting victims since 2016 — was "intolerable," Johnson said.

Top female cyclists speak out about women's sports being "destroyed" by transgender athletes

Two elite female cyclists, Inga Thompson and Hannah Arensman, are guests of Megyn Kelly. 

Thompon brings up the latest non-scientific mantra from the left, "Inclusion is more important than fairness."

At one time the left claimed that they were fighters for equality. Sadly, have men who say they are women perform as females in competitive sports will destroy women's sports.

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

10 killed and at least 40 others wounded over Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, woman fatally stabbed in alley near mayor's home, peacekeeper arrested

Earlier this month, a one-time defund the police advocate, Brandon Johnson, was sworn in as Chicago's mayor. His runoff elector opponent, Paul Vallas, favored a traditional law-and-order approach to fighting crime. Johnson backs a holistic approach. 

Last year over Memorial Day weekend, nine people were shot to death and 41 others were wounded. This year the Memorial Day weekend numbers are about the same: ten people shot to death and at least 40 others were wounded

One of those holistic crimefighting efforts is the use of yellow-shirted "peacekeepers" to deescalate violence. I immediately made a mental note that they will fail, but I was taken off guard when I heard that a peacekeeper, Oscar Montes, was arrested Friday night on the Southwest Side. He's accused of participating in a beating and a robbery and Montes is being held without bail. Allegedly, Montes was wearing his peacekeeper shirt during the assault. 

Montes is an ex-con. 

Brandon Johnson lives in Austin, a high-crime area on Chicago's West Side. On Saturday, the body of a woman who was fatally stabbed was found in an alley just blocks away from the mayor's home. The accused killer, a 64-year-old man, was arrested on the 5700 block of West Superior Street, the same block where Johnson lives.

UPDATE 8:45am: ABC Chicago is now reporting that 43 people were wounded over the weekend.

UPDATE 9:00am: CWB Chicago has a story on a former Obama administration official who on Twitter, dismissed Montes--who was on parole--saying that the ex-con "mishandled the stress" of being a peacekeeper.

Monday, May 29, 2023

Ex-con Chicago "peacekeeper" held without bail after being charged with beating and robbing man

Memorial Day weekend is a particularly violent time in Chicago, a violent city.

But don't worry! Peacekeepers with yellow vests, including some dispatched by Gov JB Pritzker, are on the streets, pacifying the city.

But one peacekeeper is a problem.

Well, no one is saying if this guy is part of Pritzker's patrol, but there is one less peacekeeper making Chicago safe. 

From the New York Post:
An ex-con wearing a “peacekeepers” vest took part in the vicious beating and robbery of a Chicago motorist over the Memorial Day weekend, according to authorities and reports.
Oscar Montes, 31, had on one of the special yellow neon vests — worn by a city-appointed group of “peacekeepers” meant to help suppress violence over the historically violent stretch — when the crime occurred Friday, outlets said.
As of Monday morning, 44 people were shot — nine fatally — in Chicago since the start of the Memorial Day weekend Friday.
Cops said Montes was part of a mob of nearly 10 people who yanked a driver out of his car before battering and robbing him.
Who did the background check on Montes? 

Related post: 

Mark Dice about Facebook: LIAR

Mark Dice looks at the, morally at least, the decline of Facebook.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Johnny Cash - The Ballad of Ira Hayes (Official Video)

As this is Memorial Day weekend, it's a great time to remember those who fought for America--and those of whom are no longer with us.

Heroes like Ira Hayes.

Megyn Kelly: Target faces backlash for "tuck-friendly" bathing suits and pride kids' clothes, w/ Victor Davis Hanson

Target is selling "tuck-friendly" swimsuits, men's versions of female swimsuits. Tuck-friendly means "schwantz hiding." 

 Oh yeah, then there are the kids.

Friday, May 26, 2023

This is a chilling message for machete-wielding maniacs that want to teach: Turley

Shockingly, a leftist college fired a professor, Shellyne Rodriguez, who held a machete to a New York Post reporters neck while threatening to "cut him up."

I thought by now she'd be the president of the college.


Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Just like Leslie in Police Academy: 30 "Peacekeepers" in yellow will be on duty in Chicago over Memorial Day weekend

And to think Police Academy's Leslie Barbara is wearing a yellow jack in the below clip. 

While yes, Barbara hadn't entered the academy when he is humiliated by thugs, this scene could foreshadow who well the "Peacekeeper" approach to crime prevention in Chicago will go.

First, from the Chicago Sun-Times--free registration is required to access the article.

If there’s unrest downtown or mass shootings elsewhere in Chicago this Memorial Day holiday — often among the year’s most violent weekends — a special team of 30 “Peacekeepers” wearing yellow vests will be mobilized to help calm things down, state officials said Tuesday.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker authorized funding the anti-violence strategy in 2021 when he signed the Reimagine Public Safety Act, creating the state Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
More than 500 people have been hired as Peacekeepers, trained to deescalate conflicts in 102 “hot spots” in 14 Chicago communities.
They’re on duty from Tuesday through Saturday. The money for the program in the current budget year — $11 million — is set to increase to $30 million in the next year, according to state records.

 And now the clip. 

Spoiler alert. Barbara gets even with the thugs later in the film.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Chicago Sav A Lot grocery store closed indefinitely after a series of weekend break-ins

It appears that the food-desertification of Chicago is a human-caused, more specifically, a criminal caused event.

Well, not really about the criminals. Crook County has a George Soros-funded catch-and-release prosecutor, Kim Foxx, and Chicago just elected a mayor, Brandon Johnson, who until recently was a defund-the-police advocate.

From Block Club Chicago:

A South Side Save A Lot abruptly closed over the weekend after multiple break-ins, redirecting customers to shop at a recently opened store in Englewood, a co-owner said Monday. 
Save A Lot, 344 E. 63rd St. in Washington Park, closed after at least two break-ins over the weekend, co-owner Michael Nance said. Nance is the co-founder of Yellow Banana, which operates the Washington Park location and six others in Chicago.
“There was a series of pretty bad break-ins at the site over the last couple days,” Nance said. “Windows were broken, security cameras were stolen, merchandise was stolen — there’s a lot of damage to the store. We are in the unfortunate position of not being able to operate that store in its current condition.” 
At one point, employees were cleaning up from the first break-in when “people came back in with weapons,” Nance said. 

Walmart, citing millions in losses, last month closed four Chicago stores


Transgender cyclist stands alone on victory podium, and pressure on Monty Python to delete "Loretta" scene from Life of Brian stage show

Sky News Australia reports on a man who entered an off-road bicyle race as a female was stupefied after winning race because no women would share the winner's podium with him. 

And John Cleese, the Monty Python great, is under pressure to cut the "Loretta" scene from an upcoming stage production of Monty Python's Life of Brian.

In that memorable back-and-fort, Stan, played by Eric Idle, scolds the Cleese character, Reg, as they sit in a Roman auditorium at the time of Christ when he explains that he now wants to be a woman, his new name is Loretta, and he wants to have babies.
"You haven't got a womb," Reg scoffed. "Where's the fetus going to gestate? You going to keep it in a box?" 

In a movie with many memorable lines, that passage is epic.

Despite Chicago's migrant crisis, Chicago City Council's Immigration Committee didn't meet for a year

I don't believe there is a worse big city legislature in America than Chicago's City Council. 

This ridiculous boy averages a conviction in federal court once every 16 months or so

More from Block Club Chicago:

From the time buses full of migrants began arriving in Chicago last summer, city officials scrambled to find them places to stay. And even when they did, officials often failed to communicate their plans to alderpeople, advocates or other community residents.
Yet as the pace of arrivals built into a humanitarian crisis, the City Council committee responsible for overseeing immigration issues didn’t ask questions or propose solutions.
In fact, for more than a year, the council’s Committee on Immigrant and Refugee Rights didn’t meet once, though it is tasked with making sure immigrants are treated humanely. By the time the committee finally convened in late April, the migrant crisis was overwhelming Chicago’s social service systems.
With nowhere else to go, families ended up sleeping on police station floors. City officials have turned shuttered schools and park field houses into makeshift shelters, and more migrants are on the way from border states.
And did the committee take action? No, Block Club Chicago says.   

Monday, May 22, 2023

Shelf life: Bud Light buying back beer that hasn't sold

As Da Tech Guy explained last month, one of the reasons the boycott, or if you prefer, walkaway, of Bud Light has been so successful, is that beer is easy to boycott. There are always alternatives. 

Also, while beer can't be compared to fruits and vegetables--or bread--it has a shelf life. The flavor of beer, even with a flavorless brew such as Bud Light, diminishes over time. 

Which is why Anheuser-Busch is buying some back.

From Newsweek:

Bud Light is reportedly buying back unsold beer that has passed its expiry date, according to The Wall Street Journal—a move which could signal a change in strategy for the iconic brand following the culture-war storm it recently found itself in.
After offering a sponsorship deal to trans activist and influencer Dylan Mulvaney in early April, sending the social media star a commemorative can celebrating the anniversary of her gender transition, Bud Light has faced a major boycott from conservatives who have accused the brand of going "woke" and alienating its own customers.

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Saturday, May 20, 2023

Van Morrison - Transformation

Sadly, Jeff Beck passed away early this year. 

 Here is the legendary guitarist with Van Morrison performing on the Belfast Lion's "Transformation."

Megyn Kelly: Media covers for serious health issues with Dem senators Fetterman and Feinstein, with Dan Bongino

Two Democratic senators, Dianne Feinstein and John Fetterman, aren't physically able to peform their jobs.

Megyn Kelly and Dan Bongino discuss the media coverup of their serious health issues.

Friday, May 19, 2023

'Sticky' Sam Brinton arrested again: Jesse Watters

Who conducted the background check for Sam Brinton, who had a federal government security clearance? 
 Obviously, he was a bad hire by the Biden administration.

Thursday, May 18, 2023

No Illinois metro areas in top 50 in U.S. News and World Report list of "Best Places to Live"

U.S. News and World Report's just issued its 2023-2024 report of "Best Places to Live" in the United States. To score well, according to the publication, a metro area must be a "good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life." 

Not surprisingly no Illinois cities scored well--none in the top 50. Peoria was the highest, at 70, Chicago placed at 123. 

Crime, corruption, government incompetence, and high taxes have a price.

Chicago Tribune will soon be printed in the suburbs

After over 170 years of being printed in Chicago, the Chicago Tribune will now be printed in suburban Chicago, in Schaumburg. Illinois' most-read newspaper--with declining readership, by the way--is part of the Chicago exodus. 

The story link is behind a paywall.

The Trib has been printed at the Freedom Center on the North Side of the city, but that property has been sold to make way for a Bally Casino. 

Chicago's Tribune Tower, once home of the Tribune, was sold in 2016, it's now a mixed-used property.

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Chicago Mercantile Exchange CEO, citing Brandon Johnson's proposed financial transactions tax, says exchange might leave city

A financial transactions tax on each stock, options, or commodities trade--has long been dream of leftists to fund their big government schemes. 

But leftists never take into account--or take seriously--the expected pushback. 

Exchanges, such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, can leave for friendlier cities. 

From Bloomberg:

CME Group Inc. is prepared to leave Chicago if the city and state take steps that are perceived as “ill-conceived,” Chief Executive Officer Terry Duffy said in an interview. 

Duffy’s remarks, made in an episode of the Odd Lots podcast, come as Mayor Brandon Johnson is being sworn into office after proposing additional taxes, including one on financial transactions, to help boost the city’s revenue. That plan was fiercely opposed by Chicago’s exchanges and investment firms. A higher levy would also require state approval to pass. 

 “Mr. Johnson has no legal authority to impose a transaction tax on my business,” said Duffy, adding that fighting crime should be a bigger focus for the new mayor. He also shouldn’t “get too bogged down on how he’s going to short-term think he’s going to raise taxes on certain people in order to fit his agenda.” Duffy’s remarks may add pressure on a new mayor who’s promised a slate of progressive reforms, as he contends with a recent exodus of financial firms from one of America’s best-known trading hubs. Citadel founder Ken Griffin last year announced he was ditching Chicago for the sunlit uplands of Miami, while other trading companies are grappling with empty office buildings.

Duffy also remarked that the CME Group no longer owns property in Chicago--for the rest of Illinois.
Other cities will welcome "the Merc" with open arms--and without a transaction tax.


Tuesday, May 16, 2023

From CWB Chicago: Armed men committed 10 robberies in 30 minutes on Sunday morning, Chicago police say (video)

Chicago's descent to a Clockwork Orange dystopia continues. From CWB Chicago: Armed men committed 10 robberies in 30 minutes on Sunday morning, Chicago police say (video).

Mark Dice: Say it ain't so! - MiIIer Lite goes woke too! - This is unbelievable!

The only reason why "Don't insult your customers" isn't at the top of the "Don't" list for marketers is that unless you are woke, like Sofia Colucci, the chief marketing officer for Molson Coors, it is beyond obvious that such an advertising strategy will drive people away from your brand.

In an online ad from March that was just now discovered, a cross woman in an ad, filled with the word "sh*t," is apologizing for Miller Lite and other brands portraying women in bikinis in beer ads.

Colucci has been cleaning up her social media feed since the ad went viral, including deleting her LinkedIn page.

How are Bud Light sales going since Dylan Mulvaney started hawking the brew?

Mark Dice has more in his clip.

The haughty woman in the ad is Ilana Glazer, said to be a comedian. If she's like most self-described professional jokesters of the 21st century, I doubt she's funny. Comedians today tell wokes, not jokes.

Back to Colucci: As with Alissa Heinerscheid, the Bud Light head of marketing who is now on leave, she was put in her post to sell beer, not push a political agenda.

What is that saying? Oh yeah. Get woke and go broke.

In inaugural address, Brandon Johnson compares murder of Chicago cop to death of teen gangbanger

It's hard to botch an inaugural address, but Chicago mayor Brandon Johnson did so yesterday. As I wrote at Da Tech Guy on Sunday, Chicago police officer Aréanah Preston had just finished her shift when four thugs murdered her in front of her home--she was still wearing her police uniform.

Her funeral will be held tomorrow, four days after she was to have received her master's degree. 

 As for Johnson, who until he entered the mayor's race was a defund-the-police advocate, in that inauguration speech he said, "The tears of Adam Toledo's parents are made of the same sorrow as those of Officer Preston's parents."

Who was Toledo? He was a 13-year-old gang member who was shot to death after 3am in 2021 by a police officer during a foot pursuit. It's believed Toledo was carrying a gun--video footage is inconclusive. The officer, who has yet to be charged, gave warnings to Toledo. 

Johnson is mayor for a few minutes and he's already equating a slain cop with a gangbanger. 

Oh, where were Toledo's parents at 3am when their son was killed?

Chicago is in for a rough four years. 

Monday, May 15, 2023

Six killed and at least 20 others wounded over weekend in Chicago

The last weekend of the Mayor Lori Lightfoot's mayoral term saw six people shot to death and at least 20 others wounded. 

Later today, Brandon Johnson, who until recently was a "defund the police" supporter, will be sworn in as Chicago's 57th mayor.  

Saturday, May 13, 2023

The Kinks - Predictable

As I wrote on Sunday at Da Tech Guy, the Kinks are celebrating the 60th anniversary of their founding.

Here is "Predictable," one of the cuts from one of my top ten picks of the Kinks' best ten albums, Give the People What They Want.

Below you'll find my post at Da Tech Guy:

Bud Light 'free beer' experiment goes viral

Is free beer popular? 

Not if it's Bud Light.

Friday, May 12, 2023

Mark Dice: Sorry about that - Fallout after Trump CNN Town Hall getting worse!

Three words explains the mainstream media's reaction to Wednesday's CNN town hall: Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Chicago's leftist mayor-elect backing off promise to re-open city's shuttered mental health clinics

Living a scant five miles from Chicago's city limits, I can say with great confidence that there are many people in the city who have mental health issues. 

Or if you prefer, there are many crazy folks dwelling in Chicago.

From Chicago's NPR station, WBEZ:

Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson was clear on the campaign trail that he supported reopening the shuttered city-run mental health clinics that closed more than a decade ago. It’s a goal he said “that we have to work towards immediately in this first budget.”
But as he prepares to take the keys to the 5th floor office next week, his new administration says much of their approach has “yet to be determined.” Johnson’s First Deputy Chief of Staff Cristina Pacione-Zayas recently told WBEZ that the administration’s first task will be to assess Chicago’s landscape of mental health services to see what’s working.
Ultimately the administration’s goal is to create “a more comprehensive system of care and structures of care that ultimately are driven by public resources in collaboration with community,” she said.
Just how much that system of care will include city-run clinics or city funds sent to nonprofit and community organizations to provide services, remains to be seen. And the effectiveness of those approaches is up for debate.
Johnson is one of those "root causes" guys in regard to fighting crime. Yeah, there's something to that, but on the other hand, Chicago's leftist mayor-elect is quiet on the most toxic root cause, the dominance of single-parent households in the city, particularly in the African American community.

Until he announced his candidacy for mayor, Johnson was a defund the police guy. Chicago voters made a bad choice for mayor. 

Johnson voters fell for his lies.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Just sayin...

AOC, media melt down over Trump's CNN town hall

Watching television is still voluntary, in case you forgot.

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Mark Dice: HE'S BACK!! Liberal media melting down after Tucker Carlson's big announcement

The left thought they had scored a win by deplatforming Tucker Carlson. And of course, leftists' idea of free speech is having only opinions they support expressed.

But Tucker's back!


Tuesday, May 09, 2023

More bad news for Anheuser-Busch: Man wearing a Bud Light beer can costume arrested for drunk driving

On top of the boycott from the left and the right of Bud Light in response to transgendered influencer Dylan Mulvaney hawking the brand, last week, a man wearing a Bud Light can costume was arrested for driving under the influence.

With a picture of the accused in costume, click on the link to see the Kansas City Star story.

Lightfoot blames "right-wing forces" for her defeat

Chicago has few conservatives and even fewer Republicans. But outgoing Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot, whose voters sent packing, is blaming "right-wing forces" for her well-earned defeat.

From the Daily Wire:

MSNBC contributor Al Sharpton asked Lightfoot whether she believes her race played a role in her defeat, even though her successor is also black. Lightfoot, who has repeatedly cited her race and her self-identification as a lesbian when describing her defeat, claimed that the reelection strategy of former President Donald Trump relied on attacking “cities and mayors” like herself, referencing Keisha Lance Bottoms of Atlanta and Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C.
“There’s no question, Reverend Al, that there are some people in Chicago and across the country that don’t want mayors like me to succeed,” she continued. “When the person with the biggest megaphone and biggest stage attacks you in a way that Trump attacked us, it unleashes a set of forces that are hard to control. Those dog whistles that were blown in 2020 are still resonating today, and it was fed by the uncertainty and the anger, and then funded by right-wing forces that wanted to take down a big-city mayor.”

Leaving aside for now that Al Sharpton is the biggest race hustler in America--and a whole lot of other reprehensible stuff--Lightfoot failed to mention that Chicago's monolithic Dem base should have rallied around Lightfoot because of Trump's criticism. But her incompetence, as well as her acidic temperament, drove voters away.

In the first round of voting for mayor of Chicago this year, Lightfoot only collected 17 percent of the vote. 

Were the other candidates "right-wing?"

Biden completely malfunctions during his remarks at his screening of "American Born Chinese"

It's long past time for Joe Biden to retire and wander the boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach.

Monday, May 08, 2023

Ex-CIA chief ripped for misleading intel officials on Hunter Biden laptop

Michael Morrell is that CIA chief, the author of the long-discredited "Russian disinformation" letter about the Hunter Biden laptop.

Saturday, May 06, 2023

The Kinks - Dead End Street (Official Video)

It's a busy weekend for me, but I hope to have a Kinks post over at Da Tech Guy tomorrow. 

In the meantime, here's a gem of a track from them, one mostly overlooked in America, "Dead End Street." 

Here's my post at Da Tech Guy:

‘NOT UP FOR THE JOB’: Biden makes another gaffe

The lights aren't on up there for Joe Biden.



Thursday, May 04, 2023

WHISTLEBLOWER BOMBSHELL’: This is the ‘biggest development’ of the Hunter Biden laptop story

A whistleblower claims that the FBI has an unclassified document proving a quid pro quo agreement proving bribery of Joe Biden while he was vice president.

Tuesday, May 02, 2023

Left out of the reports on the deadly shooting WXRT's Terri Hemmert witnessed: New Orleans has a cop shortage and a Soros-funded prosecutor

Over the weekend, longtime WXRT-FM deejay Terri Hemmert, who has been a Chicago fixture for 50 years, witnessed a deadly mass shooting while dining in a popular New Orleans restaurant.

"Aunt Terri," as many of her listeners know her as, was in the Crescent City, as she is every year, for the annual New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

A waiter working at the eatery, Hilbert Walker III, was killed in the shooting. The New Orleans Police say he was the intended target. 

Hemmert was celebrating her birthday at the restaurant. The disc jockey's party, in her words, was "interrupted by a hail of bullets." One of her friends was wounded--everyone else in her party is obviously suffering emotionally.

In her Facebook statement Hemmert referenced the need for more gun control, a cause she has previously supported. Hey, I've never been shot at, so I'm not going to venture down a path to criticize gun control here. 

Interestingly, media coverage of last weekend's horrific shooting has left out that New Orleans in 2010 had roughly 1,500 police officers, NPR reported in March that the Big Easy now has less than 1,000 cops

Orleans Parish, where New Orleans is situated, has a catch-and-release prosecutor, Jason Williams, whose campaign was funded by leftist billionaire George Soros.

Of Williams, Christopher Tromoglie wrote last year in the Washington Examiner

Since he became district attorney, less than one out of every five felony cases have ended with a felony conviction (17%). Approximately 67% result in dismissal without legal consequences for the alleged criminal offender. And about 20% of the felony cases dismissed were crimes of violence. 

Additionally, the Advocate elaborated on Williams’s devastating decisions since he was elected. According to the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s latest report, in 2021, Williams rejected 46% of violent felony arrests for such criminal acts as murder, rape, kidnapping, carjacking, and robbery, among others. That represents an 84% increase over his predecessor.

Keep in mind, prior to Williams' election, New Orleans already had a high crime rate. Criminals are emboldened now, and not just in the Crescent City. They know if they are caught, they may not be punished--or these lawbreakers might only receive a slap on the wrist. 

I hope that Hemmert's friend makes a full recovery--and that the emotional scars that the witnesses have received are healed. 

Okay, you can say I'm wrong about Williams and the other Soros-funded prosecutors.

But shouldn't New Orleans at the very least hire more police officers? 

New Orleans has been playing with fire for decades in regard to crime.

Tourism to the Big Easy is what the automobile industry was to Detroit in the 1960s. When tourists stop coming to New Orleans, the city will die.

Bud Light turns off YouTube comments as sales crater to new low

Bud Light has a new YouTube ad with a country music band--but as Tomi Lahren explains--it won't make its core audience forget the Dylan Mulvaney debacle. 

For that YouTube clip, comments have been disabled. 

They've also been disabled on Bud Light's Instagram page.

The brew's sales are down 26 percent from a year ago. And Bud Light's freefall is accelerating.

Monday, May 01, 2023

Jeffrey Epstein calendar reveals names of prominent figures

One of those prominent names is William Burns, the CIA director and a member of the Barack Obama administration.