Saturday, September 30, 2023

The Kinks - Picture Book (Official Visualiser)

The celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Kinks continues, with "Picture Book," from their best album, The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society.

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

Friday, September 29, 2023

The Purge: Judge releases man from jail after being charged in army vet's drug-induced homicide in suburban Chicago

Illinois' SAFE-T Act, known to detractors as "the Purge Law, has set another man free to away trial--with no cash bail.

A convicted felon with two previous convictions is a free man as he awaits trial. 

From the Lake and McHenry County Scanner:

Michael F. Walach, 62, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, was charged in July with drug-induced homicide, a Class X felony, and manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 2 felony.
He was arrested in August and ordered held in the McHenry County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
Prosecutors had filed a petition to hold Walach without bond before the end of cash bail went into effect, saying that he “poses an extreme threat to the health and safety to the community at-large.”
McHenry County Judge James Cowlin denied that petition and Walach remained held in the jail on the cash bond.
Ah, but the SAFE-Act is in effect now. Illinois is the only state that has no cash bail. And now the accused is walking our streets.

The deceased is a US Army veteran, Stefan J. Brucker, of Hebron, Illinois.

The Purge is here.

McHenry County's state's attorney, Patrick Kennealy, slammed the pro-criminal SAFE-T Act in a recent social media post.

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Citing "theft and organized retail crime," Target closing nine stores in Defund the Police areas

Misruled leftist cities take a hands-off approach to shoplifting. Retailers take a different view of course, including Target, which has long been seen as a progressive company.

But businesses exist to make money. And when they don't?

They cut back--and jobs are lost. And shoppers have fewer, but more expensive, choices.

From a Target press release:

At Target, we take the decision to close stores very seriously, and only do so after taking meaningful steps to invest in the guest experience and improve business performance. With that said, we have made the difficult decision to close nine Target stores across four states, effective Oct. 21.
In this case, we cannot continue operating these stores because theft and organized retail crime are threatening the safety of our team and guests, and contributing to unsustainable business performance. We know that our stores serve an important role in their communities, but we can only be successful if the working and shopping environment is safe for all.
Before making this decision, we invested heavily in strategies to prevent and stop theft and organized retail crime in our stores, such as adding more security team members, using third-party guard services, and implementing theft-deterrent tools across our business. Despite our efforts, unfortunately, we continue to face fundamental challenges to operating these stores safely and successfully. The team members at these stores have worked hard to maintain our high standards by creating a positive working and shopping experience for each other, our guests and their communities.
We are extremely thankful for their efforts and will be partnering closely with all eligible team members to offer them an opportunity to transfer to other Target locations.
The stores what will close next month include one in Harlem in New York City, three in the San Francisco/Oakland area, two in Seattle, and three in Portland. All of four of those areas have been in the forefront of the Defund the Police movement. 

Shortly after the election of leftist Democrat Brandon Johnson, Walmart announced it was closing four stores. Walmart, in that announcement explained in the years it has operated in Chicago, as a whole, its Chicago stores never made money. 

 Meanwhile, Johnson is exploring opening a city-run grocery store. Imagine the US Postal Service running a supermarket--only ten-times worse. Shoplifters, because I don't have confidence that BrandonMart will prosecute them, will love it.

"The Purge" isn't just about violent crime, although some shoplifters are indeed violent thugs.

From NBC Chicago: Shocking surveillance video shows man violently attacked, robbed in broad daylight in Bucktown

More "Purge" news from Chicago. 

This video clip is painful to watch.

From NBC Chicago: Shocking surveillance video shows man violently attacked, robbed in broad daylight in Bucktown.

Chicago man charged with 3 separate attacks on Red Line train

"The Purge" continues in Chicago. 

And the last two times, ill-advised decisions by the way, I rode on the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line, it was a frightening experience. 

From Fox Chicago:

A man has been charged in connection with three separate beatings of women this September, including one that was on a CTA Red Line platform.
Jerry Thompson, 29, allegedly attacked a woman on Sept. 12 in the 700 block of South State Street, according to Chicago police. 
Thompson was accused of battering a 26-year-old woman on Saturday in the 1200 block of North Clark Street. Hours later, Thompson attacked a 19-year-old woman who was standing on the Harrison Red Line platform, 608 S. State St.
Thompson, of West Englewood, was arrested Sunday afternoon along DuSable Lake Shore Drive. He was charged with aggravated battery of a transit passenger, aggravated battery in a public place and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, all felonies.

A hearing, according to Fox Chicago, was held for Thompson yesterday. There is no word on whether he is still locked up.  

The Purge Law: SAFE-T Act allows Illinois man accused of attacking cop and threatening woman released on no cash bail: UPDATED

A man from Woodstock, Illinois with an extensive criminal history was released on bail yesterday, because of the SAFE-T Act, whose detractors call "the Purge Law."

From the Lake and McHenry County Scanner: 

The McHenry County state’s attorney said a man accused of squeezing an officer’s genitals, who also referenced knowing how to dismember a woman’s body, was released from jail under the SAFE-T Act.

Nicholas M. Koczor, 38, of Woodstock, was released from the McHenry County Jail on Monday. 

Koczor had been held in custody since October 8 after being charged with three counts of aggravated battery to a peace officer and two counts of phone harassment. 

Prosecutors said Koczor called his ex-girlfriend and left a voicemail saying he was traveling to her home.

The Lake and McHenry County Scanner also says the Koczor allegedly bit a police officer and grabbed the officer's genitals. The same source reports about a voicemail he allegedly left for his girlfriend, "He implied that he knew how to harm and dismember her body, court documents said."

UPDATE 1:30pm CDT:

According to the Arlington Cardinal, while the SAFE-T Act has technically freed Koczor, is "'currently confined' in McHenry County Jail while he may be on hold for another law enforcement agency."

The Purge Law and cashless bail: Chicago man who allegedly shot a dog in head and caught with 50-round ammo magazines released

Cook County prosecutors, according to CWB Chicago, argued to jail a 19-year-old Southwest Side Chicago man who allegedly shot a dog in the head and was caught with 50-round ammo magazines. 

Instead the judge, Mary Rubio, the accused has a nighttime curfew and his ordered to stay away from the dog's owners. Police reports do not indicate if the dog, "Remi," survived the ordeal. The judge didn't agree that the accused, Daniel Bender, is a public security threat.

Last month Bender was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a woman. 

On Monday, the SAFE-T Act, which abolishes cash bail in Illinois, went into effect. Detractors of the legislation call it the Purge Law.

Call me naive, but I am of the opinion that a coward who shoots a dog will think nothing of shooting a person.

Monday, September 25, 2023

3 killed, including an 86-year-old man, and at least 26 other wounded in Chicago over weekend

"The Purge Law" is here in Illinois. 

What is formally known as the SAFE-T Act went into force, well if you want to call it that, Monday. 

And guess what? Crime is not going down. 

Over the first weekend of The Purge, three people were shot to death in Chicago, including an 86-year-old man, who went to retrieve something out of his truck. Thugs fatally shot him and they stole his vehicle. The victim, Charles Hobson Sr., had lived in his South Side home for 60 years.

And there were 26 others wounded over the weekend in the city.

Related post of mine at Da Tech Guy:

Droogs’ paradise: Rough first week for the “Purge Law” in Illinois

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Raspberries: "Go All the Way" on the Mike Douglas Show in 1974

Despite having John Lennon and Yoko Ono as co-hosts in 1972, the Mike Douglas Show was about as hip as a cardigan sweater. 

Still, Douglas had the Raspberries perform their best-known song,
"Go All the Way," two years later.

The Raspberries never got their due from rock's elite critics. Dismissed as bubblegum in the early 1970s, the Eric Carmen-led group, along with Badfinger, pioneered the Power Pop genre of the 1970s.

Friday, September 22, 2023

Joe Biden is ‘coming apart before our eyes’

The spin from of Joe Biden's fastball, which never was any good, is long gone.

Dem senator Menendez and wife indicted on bribery charges

Isn't there a former senator from the same part of the country who is likely a longtime influence peddler?

Some guy from Delaware?

Oh, meanwhile in New Jersey, from CNBC:

U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and his wife Nadine have been indicted in New York on federal bribery charges related to their allegedly “corrupt relationship” three businessmen from their home state to protect those men and benefit the nation of Egypt. 

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan has scheduled a press conference for 11 a.m. ET Friday to discuss the indictment, which also charges the three businessmen: Wael Hana, Jose Uribe and Fred Daibes. 

The indictment says that the Democrat Menendez and his wife from at least 2018 through 2022 accepted “hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for using Menendez’s power and influence as Senator” to benefit the men and Egypt. 

“Those bribes included cash, gold, payments toward a home mortgage, compensation for a low-or-no-who job, a luxury vehicle, and other things of value,” according to the indictment issued by a grand jury in Manhattan federal court.
Six years ago Menendez beat federal corruption charges because of a hung jury.

Menendez has been a senator for 17 years.

Term limits anyone?

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Illinois' purge law: First person released under no-cash bail law allegedly attacked four cops with pepper spray

A suburban woman, Esmeralda Aguilar, who was in downtown Chicago early Sunday morning to celebrate Mexican Independence Day, allegedly sprayed four police officers with pepper spray. 

She is the first person booked in Cook County under the SAFE-T Act, which eliminates cash bail in Illinois. Judges have two choices for criminal defendants. Lock them up with no bail or set them free as they await a trial date. 

Aguilar was set free. 

According to CWB Chicago, Aguilar has been charged "with four counts of aggravated battery against a police officer."

Let "the purge" begin.

Monday, September 18, 2023

Destined to fail: Chicago considering city-owned grocery store

Chicago can't adequately protect its citizens from crime, nor can it maintain its streets and sidewalks. 

It will fail miserably as a grocer.

From Fox Business:

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson announced last week that his administration is exploring a city-owned grocery store as a means of promoting "equitable" access to food, though the plan has drawn criticism from skeptics of a government owned and operated store.
Chicago would become the first major U.S. city to implement a municipally owned grocery store to address food inequity if the proposal advances, the mayor’s office said in a release. Johnson’s office said Wednesday that it’s working with the Economic Security Project, a non-profit group, on a feasibility study that "will help inform the Johnson administration’s emerging food retail strategy, which will receive input from experts, community leaders, and Chicago’s Food Equity Council."
"All Chicagoans deserve to live near convenient, affordable, healthy grocery options. We know access to grocery stores is already a challenge for many residents, especially on the South and West sides," Johnson said. "My administration is committed to advancing innovative, whole-of-government approaches to address these inequities. I am proud to work alongside partners to take this step in envisioning what a municipally owned grocery store in Chicago could look like."
The mayor’s office added that "Historic disinvestment has led to inequitable access to food retail across Chicago, and these existing inequities have been exacerbated as at least six grocery stores closed on the South and West sides over the past two years."
Big box grocer Walmart shuttered four stores this year, the retail behemoth, in announcing the closings, said in a statement as a group the stores never made money. Shoplifting, which Chicago and Cook County take a lackadaisical approach in enforcing, in largely blamed for that.

The idea of Chicago entering the supermarket business is so bad, only liberals think it's a good idea. It's destined to fail.

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Van Morrison - Shakin' All Over

Van Morrison will release his second studio album of 2023, Accentuate the Positive. 

Here's a sneak peak, the early British rock standard "Shakin' All Over."

Related post of mine at Da Tech Guy

Friday, September 15, 2023

Mao-loving Biden senior advisor Anita Dunn's firm played both sides of #MeToo sexual harassment case involving Boss Madigan staffer

Anita Dunn is scum. 

The leftist, who is a senior adviser to President Joe Biden, while she worked in the Obama White House, was ousted after it was revealed that she told a group of high schoolers that blood thirsty communist dictator Mao Zedong was one of her "favorite political philosophers." 

Mao is arguably the worst mass murderer in history, his destructive policies led to the death, many of starvation, of at least 38 million people.

Now NPR reports that Comrade Dunn played both sides of a sexual harassment allegation involving a staffer of longtime Illinois House speaker Boss Michael Madigan, who at the time was the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party. Scandal forced Madigan out of office, the former machine boss is awaiting his trial on corruption charges.

From NPR:

A top adviser to President Joe Biden, whose prominent communications firm helped launch a high-profile effort to assist victims of sexual harassment, rape and assault, was also a paid adviser to a powerful Illinois politician while he was being sued by one of those victims. 

Anita Dunn, co-founder of the communications firm SKDK and widely considered a member of the president's inner circle, provided "crisis communications" assistance to Michael Madigan, the then-Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives, from 2018 to 2019. 

That work netted Dunn and her firm more than $200,000, according to campaign finance disclosures. Madigan, who was also the leader of the state Democratic Party at the time, was not personally accused of sexual misconduct, but was being sued by a former employee of his political committees. 

That former employee, Alaina Hampton, alleged that Madigan retaliated against her when she reported that her direct supervisor had repeatedly harassed her over text messages.

Boss Madigan was state House speaker for nearly four decades, he was the midwife of Illinois' pension crisis and he's the man who destroyed Illinois.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Mark Dice: MSNBC political shock jock tries too hard to scare his viewers 😂

MSNBC drama queen Chris Hayes works to again--and of course not for the last time--frighten his base. 

Also, Mark Dice reminds us what an embarrassment John Fetterman is.

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

‘Evidence is falling out of the woodwork’ for Biden impeachment: Rep. Waltz

US Rep. Michael Walz (R-FL) discusses the growing pile of evidence about our influence peddler-in chief, Joe Biden.

Monday, September 11, 2023

5 killed and at least 17 others wounded over weekend in Chicago

Despite the implications of a sarcastic Twitter video from a leftist, Zach Freeman, Chicago remains a dangerous place. Over the past weekend, five people were shot to death and at least 17 others were wounded. 

Freeman recorded his snarky clip in a mile-square area near Millenium Park in daytime, where violence is less frequent. But not unheard of. 

Among those weekend shootings, one occurred in another tourist area, River North, where a man who shot in the leg a few hours ago--at night--walking near the newly opened Bally Casino.

Early Saturday in the Loop--at night again--three tourists were robbed and beaten. They were near Millenium Park. Because the Chicago Police Department was in a "backlog" mode, the trio had to wait two hours for cops to arrive. 

Where was Zach Freeman?

‘Going to go to bed’: Joe Biden says the ‘quiet bit out loud’ during speech

After a rambling John Wayne quote, one that makes no sense, Joe Biden, at a press conference in Vietnam, like the octogenarian that he is, tells the media, that he is "going to bed."

Not only should this feeble old man resign at once, but he never should have sought the presidency in 2020.

9/11 22 years later

Never forget! 22 years ago terrorists attacked America.

Remember and pray for the victims from the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Saturday, September 09, 2023

The Kinks - Till the End of the Day (Official Audio)

Regular visitors here know that the Kinks are celebrating their 60th anniversary. Here's another Kinks classic, "Till the End of the Day."

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

'FILLED WITH RAGE': Democrat changes tune after violent attack

Back in the 1960s, when a soft-crime liberal was robbed, usually they dropped their permissive stance. 

It was called being "mugged by reality." 

Shivanthi Sathanandan, a leftist Democrat Party leader in Minnesota, was brutally carjacked in front of her children in front of her Minneapolis home. 

She was, until this horrible crime, a defund the police advocate. But not anymore. She was carjacked by reality.

Friday, September 08, 2023

Anti-private school and anti-school choice Chicago Teachers Union boss Stacy Davis Gates sends son to Catholic high school

Stacy Davis Gates, the president of the far-left Chicago Teachers Union, has a son who attends a Catholic high school.

Gates and the CTU, the power that put Mayor Brandon Johnson into City Hall, is vehemently against private schools and school choice. 

According to Gates' father, the son wants to play soccer, which they claim, is hard to do at a CPS high school.

I'm not buying it.

Rules for me...rules for thee...

Dershowitz: 'This is clearly designed to circumvent the Constitution'

In other words, it appears that Donald Trump is being accused of Orwellian thought crimes.

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

Texas liberal Tweets about trip to downtown Chicago and sarcastically calls it a "terrifying hellscape," but he's there in daytime, doesn't visit high crime areas

"Its's a terrifying scene," a concerned parent in [sic] North Texas says in an X Tweet, "you can see it's all but abandoned."

The "concerned parent" is Zach Freeman, and he visited what appears to be a one-square-mile swath of downtown Chicago, and he's snarkily called it a "terrifying hellscape."

Freeman wasn't in Chicago for the April "wilding" that took place where he recorded his video Tweet--and the spring riot occurred at night. 

Nor did Freeman visit Chicago's high crime areas, which include, but aren't limited to, Austin, Englewood, and both East and West Garfield Park. Hey dere, Freeman, there are tons of abandoned buildings there, if you bother to click on my links you'll see just a few of them.

As you will see, I've visited all these rough neighborhoods.

Freeman? Freeman?

For a realistic look at America's third largest, for now, city, I recommend to you CWB Chicago and Hey Jackass.

Biden official subpoenaed over 2020 Hunter Biden tip-off

That official is Alejandro Mayorkas.

Tuesday, September 05, 2023

9 dead and at least 34 others wounded in Chicago over Labor Day weekend; two 15-year-olds among the slain

Summer ended on a sadly, but predictable, down note in Chicago as nine people were shot to death over the Labor Day weekend--and at least 34 others were wounded. 

Among those shot to death were two 15-year-old boys killed in separate shootings.

And among the wounded was a six-year-old boy who was shot inside a home in the thigh at a family party.

Monday, September 04, 2023

Mark Dice: UPDATE on THAT shop teacher! 😂

Do you remember that man with the triple ZZZ bra size teaching shop in Cananda? Well, it turns out he's back. As a man.

Mark Dice has that story and talks about the January 6 cases.

Saturday, September 02, 2023

Roxy Music - Over You

Roxy Music's new wave--or if you prefer, baroque pop era--kicked in for its luscious Flesh and Blood album in 1980.

Here is Bryan Ferry and crew with "Over You" from that collection., 

Speaking of rock's new wave, that's Paul Carrack, shortly before he joined Squeeze to croon "Tempted," on piano.

Miranda Devine: White House has changed its tune on Biden's involvement with Hunter

Joe Biden is the CEO of the Biden influence peddling operation.

Friday, September 01, 2023

Even liberal media is fact-checking Biden now

The Washington Post's chief fact-checker--Glenn Kessler, who can rightly be called a propagandist--has possibly gotten the religion of truth. 

 He finally hits serial liar Joe Biden, not really hard, but he hits him, over his long career of exaggerations and outright lies. Better late than never, I guess.