Saturday, March 30, 2024

The Rainmakers - Lakeview Man

That great Kansas City band, the Rainmakers, perform an acoustic version of "Lakeview Man."


Friday, March 29, 2024

‘It’s embarrassing’: Joe Biden ‘making stuff up’ about Baltimore bridge

Joe Biden made up another lie about himself. He never rode on a train over the Francis Scott Key bridge in Baltimore. 

Because that bridge has never had rails.

Thursday, March 28, 2024

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

DNC calls reveals panic over RFK Jr.

The DNC and MSNBC--is there a difference--are panicking over the presidential candidacy of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. 

 As for MSNBC, while CNN and Fox News carried the announcement of RFK Jr's running mate live--MSNBC ignored it. MSNBC is a propaganda arm for the Democrats.


Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Ald. Nicole Lee admits the obvious on Chicago's Gaza ceasefire resolution: "We were never going to solve Middle East peace at the City Council of Chicago"

Ald. Nicole Lee (11th)
Putting her "Captain Obvious" hat on--a bit late-- Chicago Alderperson Nicole Lee (11th), discussed her "Yes" vote on Chicago's resolution--non-binding of course--that called for a ceasefire between Isarel and Hamas terrorists in Gaza on the Ben Joravsky Show podcast.

"We were never going to solve Middle East peace," Lee said, "at the City Council of Chicago." The relevant passage is at the 44-minute mark of the March 25 edition of the podcast.

America's third-largest city faces numerous major challenges, including rampant violent crime, widespread shoplifting and car jackings, schools that don't teach, crumbling infrastructure, significantly underfunded public worker pensions, and not surprisingly, a declining population. 

But the Chicago City Council, that corrupt legislative body where an alderperson is sent to prison every 18 months or so, found the time to pass a resolution calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. And Mayor Brandon Johnson had to cast a rare City Council tie-breaking vote to put it over the top, after reportedly convincing a couple of "no" alderpersons to miss the vote, which was held on January 31.

SNL, which rarely criticizes leftists, responded a few days later. Weekend Update anchor, Michael Che, responded to the vote with this quip: "And in return, Gaza called for a ceasefire in Chicago."

Earlier in the Joravsky podcast--at the 39-minute mark--Lee said, "I received probably 12,000 emails, probably 400 calls, to my office, all in support, asking me to support the ceasefire."

Interesting. The implied meaning here is that every call and every email Lee received was in support of the Gaza ceasefire resolution. I find that hard to believe. 

Lee tries to play both sides of the longstanding conflict in the Holy Land, mentioning in the podcast that she voted for the October City Council resolution that denounced the Hamas attack, which was drafted by that body's only Jewish member, Debra Silverstein (50th). The alderperson also said that before her vote on the ceasefire resolution, she watched the 43-minute long Israel Defense Force video that showed graphic details of the terror attack on Israeli civilians. 

If you oppose Lee's vote on the Gaza ceasefire resolution, you may want to reach out to her. The alderperson's contact information is here

Israel and Hamas are still at war in Gaza. But you knew that already.

Saturday, March 23, 2024

Drop box or mail-in ballots just "found" in Chicago that may effect razor-thin Cook County state's attorney race

Oh no, another "found ballots" story. 

Primary election Day was Tuesday in Illinois

Eileen O'Neill Burke and Clayton Harris III are the Democratic candidates for Cook County state's attorney. Cook County is Chicago and the inner suburbs. I live in Cook and I voted for Burke, as Harris promises to continue the pro-criminal "prosecution" policies of Jussie Smollett's protector, Kim Foxx.

Mail-in ballots are still being counted, currently O'Neill Burke, a retired state appellate judge is leading by about 4,000 votes. Mail-in ballots are still arriving.

But suddenly thousands of drop box ballots have just been discovered. Or are they mail-in ballots? 

Details are still coming in. But right now, this story is combining the debacles of the 2000 Florida presidential election recounts and the 2020 Trump-Biden race.


Chicago is not Alaska, even if you are walking, you can make it to downtown from the farthest place within city limits in a few hours on asphalt or concrete--while carrying drop box ballots. 

And barbells.

From the Twitter feed of Ald. Brian Hopkins of the 2nd Ward. 

After counting what was ostensibly the remaining mail-in ballots, Eileen O’Neill Burke maintains a lead of more than 4,000. BUT…election staff now say they have "found" thousands of ballots with no postmarks, that were placed in drop boxes. They intend to count them tomorrow.

 More from Twitter, from the Chicago Board of Elections Twitter feed:

Statement from Max Bever, Director of Public Information, Chicago Board of Elections: 

“In adding up the total number of Vote By Mail ballots the Board had received back so far, I mistakenly left out additional ballots that had been received back via USPS the evening of Mon, 3/18. 

I traded speed for accuracy in reporting out numbers this week as quickly as I could. I truly regret this error on my part and for the confusion that it has caused the voters of Chicago. I will share updated numbers only when they are accurate and verified."
Has Max Bever resigned in disgrace yet?

Wake me up from this bad dream when it's over. Then again, maybe not.

UPDATE March 24 9:30am CDT:

Hopkins deleted his X post from last night, replacing it with this one.

Correction: after counting what was stated as most of the remaining mail-in & dropbox ballots, EOB holds a 4,000+ lead. BUT…election staff told me they misstated the total number of remaining ballots, and 14,710 more (most are dropbox, so not postmarked) still must be counted. UPDATE March 24: 

I've fleshed-out this post over at Da Tech Guy.

Robert Earl Keen, 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (Bluegrass Underground)

Robert Earl Keen, a bluegrass legend, gives us an inspiring performance of a Richard Thompson classic, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning."

This rendition comes from a PBS special, Bluegrass Underground.

Friday, March 22, 2024

Letitia James will get Trump re-elected: Charlie Hurt

New York attorney general Letitia James, a Third World-style autocrat, is using her office to punish a political enemy. 

Welcome to Venezuela USA.

Thursday, March 21, 2024

This shows an ‘influence-peddling scheme’: GOP lawmaker

The Biden family is an influence-peddling operation. 

US Rep. Pat Fallon (R-TX) and former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy discuss.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Mark Dice on the "bloodshed" hoax: They're doubling down

The lying mainstream media over the weekend tried to claim that Donald Trump at an Ohio rally said there would be a "bloodbath" if he wasn't elected in November.

While the former president did say that it was in context with the domestic auto industry.

Mark Dice calls out the liars, who won't let go of the falsehood.


Monday, March 18, 2024

Chicago Ald. Matt Martin on Bring Chicago Home ordinance: "If we have a little bit less revenue coming from the downtown area over the next year or two after Bring Chicago Home passes, that's okay"

Vacant apartment building, Chicago's West Side
Chicago Ald. Matt Martin of the 47th Ward was a guest last week on the Ben Joravsky podcast. 

The Bring Chicago Home ordinance was one of the issues they discussed. Widely caused by supporters as a "mansion tax," if passed by Chicago voters in Tuesday's primary election, the municipal real estate transaction tax will be increased on property sales over $1 million. Proceeds from the higher tax will go to fight homelessness, but its chief backer, Mayor Brandon Johnson, isn't providing specifics on how that will happen.

Unfortunately for ordinary Chicagoans, apartment building and retail storefronts often sell for more than that amount. High-rises always do. Which will mean, higher rents and likely, fewer jobs. 

Downtown retail vacancy rates are at 30 percent.  

But don't worry, Martin tells Joravasky in his March 14 edition of his podcast. It's "okay" if Chicago collects a little less money from downtown, even in the short term.

"But just like, during the great recession we had certain revenue streams that were lower, you have to take a longer view of this," Martin tells Joravsky, "and so I think if we have a little bit less revenue coming from the downtown area over the next year or two after Bring Chicago Home passes, that's okay. 

That's okay, Martin adds, because he cares, adding, "But the city will continue to be very mindful of how we support all of our communities including downtown." Yep, leftists always care.

The relevant portion of the podcast begins at the 23-minute mark. 

Chicago faces a deficit of at least $500 million.

Well, at least the alderperson didn't tell the host that any downtown Chicago revenue declines, will be "transitory," the infamous comment by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen that inflation, which still plagues our economy, would be "transitory."

According to leaked Chicago Teachers Union documents, revenue from Bring Chicago Home could be used to provide housing funds for its members.

I'm urging Chicago voters to vote "No" on Bring Chicago Home.

Sunday, March 17, 2024

Van Morrison – Up County Down (Live on Later)

Van Morrison has released two albums of original material in the 2020s. Both of them, Latest Record Project, Volume 1 and What's It Gonna Take?, are terrific attacks on authority. 

From the former, for St. Patrick's Day, I present "Up County Down," a play of words on County Down, which is one of the six counties in Van the Man's native Northern Ireland. 

Van, with saxophone in hand, belts the tune out here, from Later...with Jools Holland.

Related post of mine from Da Tech Guy

From Da Tech Guy: Chicago Teachers Union molding Soviet-style Young Pioneers

Call Chicago Moscow west?

Saturday, March 16, 2024

The Pogues: Thousands Are Sailing

There will be some sadness this St. Patrick's Day, because Shane MacGowan, the principal songwriter and lead singer of the Pogues, passed away late last year.

The voice of the Irish diaspora, "Thousands Are Sailing" is a song about emigration from Ireland.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 15, 2024

Judge's 'disjointed' ruling in Willis case raises more questions

Professor Jonathan Turley looks at the "disjointed" ruling that allows Fulton County George DA Fani Willis to remain on the Donald Trump witch hunt case-- but only if her former boyfriend, Nathan Wade, is removed from the prosecution team.

Thursday, March 14, 2024

‘JIG IS UP’: Bartiromo exposes Biden’s motive for wide open border

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-PA explains why Joe Biden and the Democrats support an open border to Maria Bartiromo.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Overnight Chicago carnage: 5 killed and another 5 wounded

 The disastrous effects of Illinois' SAFE-T Act, which abolishes cash bail, are evident in Chicago. 

A court challenge delayed implementation of the SAFE-T Act until mid-September, just as temperatures are cooling and the murder rate goes down. 

Tuesday saw unseasonably warm weather to Chicago--and violence.

Overnight--from 6pm Tuesday through this morning, five people were fatally shot and another five were wounded

Things will only get worse as summer approaches. 

In August, the Democrat National Convention comes to Chicago.

I'm just saying.

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Fourth migrant measles case in Chicago shelter, disease was declared "eliminated" in USA by CDC in 2000

Sadly, not only are illegal migrants arriving in the United States, but they are bringing the measles virus with them. At a Chicago migrant shelter in Pilsen on the Southwest Side, there have been four cases of measles identified

There has been an additional fifth Chicago measles victim.

In 2000, the CDC declared that measles was eliminated from the United States. There have been cases of measles in America since then, apparently all of them originated from foreign visitors. 

Nationwide, according to a CDC announcement last week, there have been 45 cases of measles identified in 17 states.

Measles kills 200,000 people yearly, according to the Mayo Clinic.


Monday, March 11, 2024

Trump meets with Laken Riley's family before Georgia rally

Before his Rome, Georgia rally over the weekend, Donald Trump met with the family of Laken Riley, the nursing student who was murdered by an illegal alien from Arizona. 

Her father was wearing a MAGA hat.

Saturday, March 09, 2024

Matisyahu - King without a Crown (live)

Last night, under the threat of protests from Hamas supporters, Jewish reggae and rap artist Matisyahu was forced to cancel his concert at the House of Blues in Chicago. 

That's quite ironic. As the blues--and Chicago is the home of the Blues--is the music of the oppressed. Not the mob.

Here is Matisyahu performing "King without a Crown.

Friday, March 08, 2024

Mark Dice: State of the union trainwreck!

Joe Biden gave a mean-spirited State of the Union address, Mark Dice tells us. However, the Republican response, but from Sen. Katie Britt of Alabama, was an embarrassment.

Tuesday, March 05, 2024

Monday, March 04, 2024

Three shot and at least 17 wounded over weekend in Chicago

 The first weekend of meteorological spring in Chicago saw three killed and at least 17 others wounded

Oh, if you click on the above link you'll see lower totals. The ABC Chicago story I linked to doesn't include the man fatally shot in the head while in a car on the inbound ramp to the Stevenson Expressway from Lake Shore Drive.

As for the other deadly shootings, a flash mob gathering in the South Loop resulted in the death of a 17-year-old boy. And on the Southwest Side a man who shot to death in a car in the Little Village neighborhood.

Saturday, March 02, 2024

The Kinks - Where Have All the Good Times Gone (from One for the Road)

Barring a major news development, over at Da Tech Guy on Sunday I'm writing a post where this great Kinks song, "Where Have all the Good Times Gone," will figure in.

The live performance comes from their 1980 live album, One for the Road.

I was fortunate to see the blokes from Muswell Hill, London, that year in their tour to support that LP.

My related Da Tech Guy posts: 

Friday, March 01, 2024