Saturday, December 30, 2023

Van Morrison: Days Gone By

Three Cords and the Truth, Van Morrison's 2019 offering, is overlooked by his fans because his next two albums, Latest Record Project Volume 1 and What's It Gonna Take--the COVID lockdown and protest albums--got much more attention. 

I love all three collections. Three Cords and the Truth ends with "Day Gone By," is the Belfast Cowboy's reworking of "Auld Lang Syne."

Happy New Year, my friends.


Related post of mine from Da Tech Guy

Thursday, December 28, 2023

House Republicans expand Biden impeachment inquiry

How involved was Joe Biden--or was he--in regard to his crackhead son ignoring a congressional subpoena.

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Tuesday, December 26, 2023

'NO CLUE': AOC ripped for 'utterly ignorant' Christmas message

Alexander Ocasio-Cortez is at it again. This time her ignorance is exposed as she talks about Christmas, Jesus, and Israel's war with the Hamas terrorists.

Saturday, December 23, 2023

"Christmas Time's A'Coming" by Bill Monroe

The founder of the bluegrass genre, Bill Monroe, plays "Christmas Time's A'Coming on the Ralph Emery Show.


Friday, December 22, 2023

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Corruption, nepotism, and gerrymandering: Ed Burke, found guilty today, personifies Illinois politics

With the exception of fellow Southwest Side Chicago Democrat Boss Michael Madigan--he was the Illinois speaker of the House and Democratic Party chairman for decades--no other person personifies the rancid sinkhole of Illinois politics more than Edward Burke.

This afternoon Burke was convicted of more than a dozen corruption charges, including bribery and racketeering, in federal court. 

For 54 years, Burke was alderman of the repeatedly gerrymandered 14th Ward. Over the decades Burke's  Irish Catholic base died or moved to the suburbs or Tennessee. Hispanics replaced them, but cartographers with the talents of Picasso kept Burke in power.

Who was alderman before Burke? Well, Ed's dad, Joseph, who died in 1969. That's so long ago that the Beatles were still together when the younger Burke, who is now 79, was elected to the City Council. In '69, Major League Baseball was in its first year of division play, and there were two professional football leagues, the AFL and the NFL. 

Ancient times.

For much of his time in the City Council, Burke was chairman of the powerful Finance Committee. Only Chicago's mayor has more power than the Finance Committee chair. 

Burke used that post to operate as a shakedown artist

Did I leave anything out?


Yeah, yeah, they were elected, but I'm sure there were more qualified candidates that could have served in their posts than these Burkes.

Burke's wife Anne is a retired Illinois Supreme Court Justice who was chief justice for a stint.

Did the Burkes file joint tax returns?

Ed's brother Dan is a former state representative. 

Sentencing for Ed Burke is scheduled for June.

As for Boss Madigan, he's under indictment on a slew of corruption charges. 

Since the early 1970s, 38 members of Chicago's City Council have been convicted of crimes.

Chicago's sports teams are rotten--but the city is number one in corruption.

Illinois and Chicago continue to lose population.


Term limits? Hello? Is anyone listening? Term limits?

Chicago hasn't had a Republican mayor since 1931.

Gutfeld: Democrats are 'freaking out' over this

It's called Trump Derangement Syndrome.


Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Mark Dice: Trump banned from 2024 Ballot! Here's what happens next

To "protect" democracy, leftist want to remove a popular candidate from the Colorado ballot. Mark Dice offers analysis.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

UPDATE: One migrant boy living in Chicago shelter dies, four other migrant children housed there hospitalized

Here's an update on my blog post yesterday about the death on Sunday of a 5-year-old migrant boy at a shelter on Chicago's Southwest Side.

As I predicted, the national media is showing little interest so far in this tragedy. There's a narrative they have to protect.

But there is more bad news from that shelter.

From ABC Chicago:

Four more children and a teenager were also taken to local hospitals to have illnesses treated. A 1-year-old girl was transported to UIC from the same shelter with fever and vomiting, the Chicago Fire Department said.
The girl's condition was not immediately known.
A 4-year-old girl was taken to Insight Hospital and Medical Center with a fever, CFD said; a few hours later, an 8-year-old girl was taken to Insight with a fever as well.
A 1-year-old girl was taken to UIC Hospital with a fever, according to CFD.

A woman at the shelter told ABC Chicago about the boy who died and the conditions at the shelter.

"The ambulance took a while and the boy turned purple," she said. "They did not give him first aid. There is no first aid kits. There is no medicine to reduce the fever."

Related post:

5-year-old boy dies in Chicago migrant shelter

Monday, December 18, 2023

5-year-old boy dies in Chicago migrant shelter

I hate to repeat the obvious, but if there was any Republican tie-in to this story, the death of a migrant boy at a city-run shelter that can house up to 1,000 migrants, there would be a media outrage.

But Chicago has a Democrat mayor, and a Democrat governor who enjoys Dem supermajorities in the General Assembly

We have a Democrat president. 

A little boy who was living in a migrant shelter in Pilsen died Sunday and Chicago police are investigating. 

The boy was identified to the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office as 5-year-old Jean Carlos Martinez.

Police said the boy was not feeling well and was taken from the shelter near Cermak Road and Halsted Street to Comer Children's Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
Rest in peace, youngster.

Saturday, December 16, 2023

'Fairytale of New York' played at Shane MacGowan's funeral

The legendary Shane MacGowan of the Pogues died last month. 

His funeral was one for the ages. 

Sing and dance along as Glen Hansard, Lisa O’Neill, and some of the Pogues play the perhaps the Pogues best known tune--a Christmas classic no less--"Fairytale of New York." 

In the front row of the pews is Michael D. Higgins, the president of Ireland.

Rest in peace, Shane.

Friday, December 15, 2023

Ultra-liberal Chicago suburb Oak Park kicking out migrants in January

Every metropolitan area has that suburb dominated by virtue signaling liberals. Chicago, being, for now, America's third-largest metro region, has several.

Oak Park, among tough completion, stands out. It is filled with "Coexist" and "We Welcome Everyone" yard signs, usually firmly placed in the grass in front of the suburb's most expensive homes. Apartment and condo dwellers make do with similar bumper stickers.

Earnest Hemingway, who was born in Oak Park, supposedly said of the western Chicago suburb that it was a town of "broad lawns and narrow minds."

As the saying goes: The more things change...well you know.

Well, it turns out leftist Oak Park doesn't welcome everyone.

From ABC Chicago:

Just three and a half weeks ago the Village of Oak Park agreed to allocate an additional $1 million to continue housing a group of 160 migrants that were brought in from Chicago's 15th police station during a Halloween day snowfall. With that funding set to run out by February 6, the village sent out a letter to the migrants Wednesday telling them they must move out by the end of January. 

"They gave us the letters last night when we went to pick up our dinner," said Milagros de Marquez, who, along with her husband and three children, has been living at the Carleton Hotel for five weeks now. ABC7 Chicago is now streaming 24/7.

The hotel, the local YMCA and Grace Episcopal Church are the three locations migrants have been living at in Oak Park, so far, it appears the 25 men located at the church may be safe in terms of housing, but those who support them wonder whether the wraparound services they get from the village will continue.

"Mental health, physical help, immigration help, all that is key to keeping these men healthy and sane as these winter months come upon us," said Doug Luce of Grace Episcopal Church.
There are many big homes in Oak Park, probably with a spare bedroom or two. C'mon Oak Park. Put your virtue where your mouth is.

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Leftists unhinged: Boston mayor holding no whites Christmas party; Illinois NAACP leader calls migrants "rapists" and "savages"

Leftists are showing their true colors: they are filled with hate. 

The mayor of Boston, Michelle Wu, is holding a Christmas party for "Electeds of Color."

That means no white people. 

Bah humbug!

Here in Illinois, the president of the state NAACP, Teresa Haley, in a Zoom call two months ago referred to migrants as "savages" and "rapists." 

A coward, Haley reached in Dubai, denies the comments, explaining, "with AI, anything is possible."

Sheesh. Blaming artificial intelligence? Welcome to the unbrave new world.

To his credit, and I'm not a supporter of his, Gov. JB Pritzker condemned Haley's hate.

Tucker Carlson and Megyn Kelly discuss what was really behind Tucker's shocking exit from Fox News

Tucker Carlson talks about his firing from Fox News, with another Fox expatriate, Megyn Kelly.

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Biden again makes false claim that Jill almost died in 2004 during small kitchen fire

Yesterday, Senile Joe Biden repeated--again--a story that has been debunked multiple times, that his wife nearly died in small kitchen fire at the Biden home.

The lie begins at the 50-second mark in the Forbes clip.

Earlier post from today

Joe Biden was fact checked by CNN on fake story about train conductor, Biden still repeats lie

Yet again, Senile Joe Biden tells his story about the many miles--only it wasn't--he has ridden on Amtrak.

Biden's tall tale has been debunked numerous times, usually by less-than-friendly media such as Fox News. 

Even CNN joined the pile-on a while ago.

In my next post, I'll discuss another Biden lie.

Monday, December 11, 2023

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

The holiday season is here--but the shootings in Chicago continue. 

Over this past weekend, four people were murdered and at least 17 others were wounded.

Until a few years ago, homicides in the South Loop were rare. Not anymore, of course. One of the fatalities, this weekend was a man sitting in an SUV.

Of the other killings, there was one each on the Northwest Side, the Southwest Side, and the South Side.

Sunday, December 10, 2023

From Da Tech Guy, Varoom! Varoom! Review: Radical Wolfe

Netflix this month started streaming a fantastic new documentary about the great author, Tom Wolfe.

Read my review over at Da Tech Guy: Varoom! Varoom! Review: Radical Wolfe.

Saturday, December 09, 2023

The Kinks - Father Christmas (Official HD Video)

As we wind down the 60th anniversary celebration of the Kinks, a wondrous way to end it is with their powerful 1977 holiday single, "Father Christmas." 

Unlike most Christmas rock songs, "Father Christmas" includes a potent social message.


My related Da Tech Guy posts: 

Friday, December 08, 2023

Hunter Biden indicted on 9 new charges in California

Hunter Biden, the bagman for the Biden influence peddling ring, was indicted on a bunch of tax charges.

George Washington University professor Jonathan Turley is comparing Senile Joe's denials to Bill Clinton's obfuscations during the Lewinsky scandal.

Thursday, December 07, 2023

After rejection of Chicago migrant site, 3 Aldermen call for resignation of top officials from Brandon Johnson admin

Now that construction has been halted on the controversial migrant camp in Chicago's Brighton Park neighborhood due to serious environmental concerns, three alderman, Anthony Napolitano (41st), Raymond Lopez (15th), and Anthony Beale (9th), are calling for the resignation of seven top Brandon Johnson officials who were in charge of the fiasco.

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Construction of Chicago migrant camp that neighbors didn't want is shut down by state over environmental concerns

Just hours after officials from Mayor Brandon Johnson's administration said Southwest Side migrant camp--designed for 2,000 people--was deemed safe, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency shut down construction of the camp. 

Lead, mercury, and arsenic were discovered there, which the city knew about. Now Johnson is forced to find a new location for the camp. 

Residents in the working-class neighborhood have been protesting the building of the tent city camp for weeks. This is a major, and well-deserved, black eye for Johnson, a far-left Democrat. 

 Leftists are the worst listeners I know.

My posts from Da Tech Guy

Tuesday, December 05, 2023

FBI investigated Catholics for potential terrorism, House committee report claims

The FBI, which has at best shown disinterest in investigation the Biden family influence peddling ring, did investigate Catholics in regard to terrorism.

A priest and even a choir director were probed.

US Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Sean Hannity have more.

Monday, December 04, 2023

Hamas was LAUGHING at Biden for doing this: Former ambassador to Israel

Do you remember hearing about America funding the Axis powers during World War II? 


That's because it never happened.

Saturday, December 02, 2023

The Pogues: The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn

One of the greats, Pogues frontman and songwriter Shane MacGowan, died at 65 on Thursday. 

Here's the band in 1985, playing the opening cut from their best album, Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash, "The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn."

Friday, December 01, 2023