Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Migrant crisis: The Biden admin 'created this nightmare'

Utah Attorney General, Sean Reyes, talks about the border crisis--one that was created by by the Biden-Harris administration. 

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Monday, January 29, 2024

Two shot to death and at least 12 others wounded over weekend in Chicago

Over this past weekend in Chicago, two people were shot to death

Early Saturday morning a 28-year-old was found dead in Auburn-Gresham with a gunshot wound to the chest. And on Sunday, about 24 hours later, just to the north another man, also with a gunshot wound to the chest, was discovered dead in Englewood, after driving his pickup truck into a tree.

Citywide there were at least 12 people wounded by gunfire.

Not included in the weekend totals were the two male students, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old, who were fatally shot while leaving Innovations High School Friday afternoon in the Loop.

Saturday, January 27, 2024

Van Morrison: "Magic Time" live, BBC Four sessions

Here is Van Morrison crooning out the title track from his scintillating Magic Time album for the BBC.

Related post of mine at Da Tech Guy

Friday, January 26, 2024

'Race is over': Nikki Haley trailing behind Trump in home state of South Carolina

Mick Mulvaney, a former White House chief of staff under President Trump, tells Sky News Australia that the race for the Republican nomination for president is over.

Because it is.


Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Megyn Kelly: Georgia DA Fani Willis could be deposed in divorce case of her prosecutor

Fani Willis, the district attorney in Fulton County who is pursuing a specious vote fraud case against Donald Trump and others, is allegedly having an affair with a married man who she hired as a special prosecutor to prosecute those cases. Even though that man has no experience as a prosecutor.

Megyn Kelly and her guests explain--and they discuss his divorce case.

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Dems created a monster and now he's turning on them: Gutfeld

US Sen. Johnn Fetterman (D-PA) seems to have recovered from his stroke. And the new Fetterman is a wiser man, based on his opinion of the Democrats' border policy.

Saturday, January 20, 2024

John Prine - "Hello in There" live

There aren't many songs about old people, but John Prine's "Hello in There" is one, and it may be the best of the tiny lot. 

Amazingly, Prine, a Chicago area product, wrote this song while he was in his 20s.

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Reporter grills Karine Jean-Pierre over admin falsely blaming Texas officials for migrant deaths

The White House--and its compliant media-pushed a false story that Texas officials were to blame for the drowning deaths of three migrants crossing into the United States. 

Only it didn't happen that way.

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Vivek with Tucker: “We’re on the Cusp of a Revolution”

It's not time for Vivek Ramaswamy to be president, but his sound mind produces a lot of great ideas.

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Mark Dice: Trump massive victory at Iowa Caucus, Vivek endorses him! - Nikki Haley delusional

Last night was a very good night for Donald Trump at the Iowa Caucuses. Mark Dice analyzes what happened, and of course scolds MSNBC and CNN. 

As for CNN, it didn't even air the frontrunner's victory speech.

Yes, CNN still claims to be a news network.

Saturday, January 13, 2024

The Tremeloes - Here Comes My Baby (1967)

Here's a song where the early 1960s met the early 1970s. 

In 1962, Decca Records in Great Britain had a choice. They wanted to sign a rock act. Two bands auditioned for that contract. Brian Poole and the Tremoloes and the Beatles. 

The first band got the contract. The Beatles went on to, well you know. 

However, Brian Poole and Tremoloes, largely forgotten today, did have some UK hits. And in 1967, after some lineup changes, including Poole departing, the Tremoloes had their biggest American hit, "Here Comes My Baby," a song where the British Invasion met Motown. 

So, what about the 1970s? 

Well, the man who wrote that song was Cat Stevens.

Had the Beatles won out over Brian Poole and Tremoloes, they never would have been signed by Parlophone and met their producer, George Martin, who had an enormous influence and their work.


Wednesday, January 10, 2024

Doocy GRILLS White House: Why should we believe you?

Accomplished liar John Kirby, a White House spokesperson who fed us untruths during the Afghanistan debacle, is challenged by Fox News' Peter Doocy over the lies and spin coming from the Pentagon over the medical-related disappearance of defense secretary Lloyd Austin. 

 The Kirby stuff begins at 2:45.


Tuesday, January 09, 2024

Black voters rejecting Biden: 'Everything was better' under Trump

Everything was better for everyone--except for swamp creatures--during the administration of Donald J. Trump.


Monday, January 08, 2024

'NO ONE KNEW': Biden, WH, reps unaware about Lloyd Austin's hospitalization

The Biden administration is about as transparent as windshield during a snowstorm in a car with broken windshield wipers.

Saturday, January 06, 2024

XTC - Real by Reel - Paris 1979

XTC was ahead of the curve--way ahead--regarding the evils of the surveillance state.

Here are the lads from Swindon performing in Paris.

Friday, January 05, 2024

Thursday, January 04, 2024

Wednesday, January 03, 2024

‘Atrocious’: CNN reporter blames ‘sloppy attribution’ for Harvard University president resignation

Finally, anti-Semitism apologist, DEI hustler, and plagiarist Claudine Gay is out a Harvard.

But one CNN reporter still doesn't get it.


Tuesday, January 02, 2024

Book review, American Refugees: The Untold Story of the Mass Migration from Blue to Red States by Roger L. Simon

"How can you keep on moving unless you migrate too.
They tell ya to keep on moving but migrate, you must not do.
The only reason for moving and the reason why I roam.
To move to a new location and find myself a home."
How Can You Keep On Moving (Unless You Migrate Too), Agnes "Sis" Cunningham.

When Sis Cunningham wrote the folk song, "How Can You Keep on Moving (Unless You Migrate Too)," she was speaking of migrants abandoning the Dust Bowl for a new, and usually, better life in California.

But novelist and screenwriter Roger L. Simon, who now offers conservative wisdom at Epoch Times, tells us about the migration, almost a century after the Dust Bowl era began, from California and other Blue States to Red States. It's in his new book, American Refugees: The Untold Story of the Mass Migration from Blue to Red States.

Simon gets to the point in his book right away in his book. He now lives in Nashville.
Still, deep down, I had no real idea why I had chosen Tennessee, and not say, Florida or South Carolina, other than that wife and daughter favored the former. Had Tennessee, bizarre as it may sound, chosen me? Or maybe it was all random. Regardless, I had had enough of California and needed to get out.

Simon then takes us on a Nashville journey, as well a diversion to its wealthy former exurb, now a suburb, Franklin. In American Refugees, Simon does ponder whether a second American Civil War is coming. Ironically, Franklin and Nashville were the sites of two pivotal Civil War battles--both Union victories. 

Simon meets a lot of people as he familiarizes himself in Tennessee. including connecting with "Rocky Top," a Tennesse blogger who writes anonymously. Rocky Top recounts a story about two Californians who moved to a small town in the Volunteer State. "'We're from California,' she said, before adding quicky, 'But we're not bringing California values with case you were wondering.'"

Simon discovers that the established Republican establishment tends to be less conservative than the new GOPers--the refugees. Those fed up with failed government in California, as well as New York and my own Illinois, have stronger faith in conservatism. 

Later in the book, Simon recalls a conversation with Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit and University of Tennessee law professor, who used to favor kiosks to greet Blue State refugees in Tennessee. It turns out, at least for now, they aren't needed. 

For now, I'd like to add, they aren't needed.

DuPage County, Illinois, like Orange County in southern California, used to be a solid Republican stronghold. Used to be. For generations, Chicagoans from heavily Democratic Chicago left for DuPage County Either those Chicagoans were part of the GOP minority in the city, or they saw the light once they put down roots in the western suburbs. Up until maybe 20 years ago, you'd see lawn signs there declaring, "If you like DuPage County, thank a Republican." But Democrats have taken over DuPage, bad schools, crime, and wokeness followed.

Tennessee needs such signs. And of course, Tennessee needs to continue to produce good, if not great governing, such as not having a state income tax. Marsha Blackburn, now a US Senator, while a member of the state legislature, played a key role in blocking its implementation, Simon notes.

There are some fish-out-of-water contrasts in American Refugees. Simon is floored over how much more friendly Tennesseans are. Although he might think a bit differently if he attended a Nashville Predators game wearing Chicago Blackhawks sweaters when the Blackhawks visit, as my wife and I did a few years ago.

If you want to immerse yourself in the political folkways and psyche of Tennessee, then Roger L. Simon's American Refugees is the book you need.

My wife and I live just north of Chicago. We are fed up with Illinois, and you probably know why. If you don't, here is why: Illinois has an income tax, in addition to high property and gasoline taxes, as well as rampant crime, and abject political corruption. Some people stay, despite the threats to themselves. Abandoning friends and family, being the biggest reason. Simon covers those who stay in Blue States,

Because of my right-of-center political views, I have fewer friends now. As for my wife, an immigrant from Latvia, moving away means leaving behind a reasonably large Latvian community in Chicago. Reasonably large, because there are few Latvian-Americans.

But I've noticed in my trips to the South that the southern United States is filled with clubs and organizations, something Simon touches on in American Refugees. Simon plays tennis, I'm a runner. I can find a new running club.

In short, we can meet new friends. And Tennessee tops our list for our next, and likely final, home,

One of my wife's Latvian friends, who lives in Michigan, is considering moving to a university town east of Nashville where her son lives. If we relocate to that city too, then there will be a Latvian community of three there. It's start.

Sports is one warm connection I still maintain with Chicago. I suspect it's a bluff, but the Chicago White Sox want a new taxpayer-funded ballpark and they have mentioned--this story will sound very familiar--that they'll move to a different city if Chicago and Illinois officials don't cough up giveaways. If the South Siders move to the South, to Nashville, as I remarked over at Da Tech Guy blog, I might be already living in Tennessee to welcome them

Simon concludes American Refugees with thoughts about Chicago. 

As for the refugee flow--given the recent mayoral election in Chicago, with Brandon Johnson (a former public school teacher and union organizer who tends to have more sympathy with criminals than their victims) defeating former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas (who campaigned on public safety for the bloody streets of that city), not to mention political mayhem in New York, California, San Francisco, and many other blue state redoubts--it is highly unlikely to stop.

American Refugees: The Untold Story of the Mass Migration from Blue to Red States is available on

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Democrats 'sold their souls' to defend Bill Clinton: Marc Thiessen

And the Democrats are selling their soul protecting Joe Biden. 

 The more things change...

Monday, January 01, 2024