Here I sit on day eighteen of quarantine, listening to classic rock music at a decibel level my wife thinks absurd for a sixty-three-year-old man. I’ve been playing albums from the mid-70’s, and well, I listened to them loud back then too. In addition to turning the music down, she also suggested I write something other than about politicians because it might be affecting my mood. Bah humbug!
We are fortunate to have grandchildren, ranging from ages twelve to two. What a blessing! We sometimes wonder how we could have skipped having children and gone straight to grandchildren. It’s hilarious watching our three daughters arguing with their kids about the same issues we argued about when they were little. We’re so looking forward to the day our son experiences the joy of squabbling with a younger version of himself. Wait till those munchkins start getting drivers licenses!
Right now, due to the China-bug, we’re missing our grandkids…a lot, as I’m sure you are as well. We have an “Alexa” that we can talk to and watch them at the same time. Despite the wonders of technology, it’s not the same. They either ham it up or wander off in mid-sentence. You can’t hug, tickle or smell them either. (Having said that, there are times I’m not missing smelling that two-year-old, regardless of how cute he is.)
What do you suppose is going through the impressionable minds of kids right now? Their whole world has been turned upside down. No structure - school, ballgames or practices, birthday parties, or going out to dinner - normal parts of ordinary life. I suppose some of the new home time regimen - if there is any - might be good for them. But, at their young ages, is there a way for them to comprehend a virus even most adults can’t rationally fathom?
Youngsters have to be frightened whether they say so. They hear their parents discuss or fight about safety measures, or see snippets on television of things young minds can’t comprehend. My daughter’s families’ have different ways of handling this issue, but those kids know something major is happening.
I have so many reservations about this virus, as do my friends and business peers. To make matters worse, there is abundant finger-pointing as to whose fault this might be or who didn’t do enough, rather than everyone pulling together. In times like this, one would think rational people would take the direction of the person elected to lead the country, but as I pointed out in a previous commentary, there are those soles who sit on the sideline complaining about what the people fighting the battle are doing. It’s easy to do from a condo in Florida or your mom’s basement in Chicago.
Our news organizations make it worse. They salaciously report on the amount of people who have the virus and died, but ignore reporting on the number of people that have recovered. The AP reported on March 31 that the US had climbed past China in virus cases. Bullshit! Do you really believe anything China tells us about this bug? They lie to their own people, why would they tell us the truth? Kids hear this crap too.
How do you think this information is working on a youngster’s psyche? Will there be any long-lasting effect on our young children? Might they grow up afraid of the world, or even worse their country, state, or town? How are the adults going to assure those kids so as they regain their sense of what it is to grow up in a strong America, the “shining beacon on the hill,” especially when some are criticizing the president’s efforts?
What will keep these children from falling into the mindset of the false security of socialism. As it is, far too many millennial's and alphabet- generations are succumbing to the likes of the nonsense of Bernie Sanders’ and his ilk. We can just hope kids eventually grow out of that erroneous thinking when they have their own responsibilities.
I started this commentary light-heartedly, but the more that was written, the more concerned I became. This virus may very well be the catalyst that tips this country away from a free Republic into the hands of a New World Order, where the Deep State, led by Obama and Hillary intended to take us. A world where the entire power structure is in the hands of but a few and misery is shared equally. The founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves - all they fought for, guided by the hand of God, gone for naught.
The reactions to the China virus - and perhaps the virus itself - is unprecedented in the history of this country. For the sake of the children, we have to come together as one to put this genie back in the bottle.
The Cambridge dictionary states the word "suspicion" as "making you feel something illegal is happening or that something is wrong."
I’ve mentioned my late father often called me a suspicious bastard, and he was right, although I am usually suspicious because I suspect ulterior motives.
Dad was one of the first to board the Trump Train but sadly, didn’t live long enough to see Trump elected, nor how nearly half the country went off the rails over Trump’s election. I believe he too would be suspicious over the methods and costs the Swamp has used to attempt the overthrow of a Trump presidency or how there are people rooting against the president. It’s comparable to rooting for the pilot of your plane to fail.
Anyway, I just can’t help myself; my brain asks uneasy questions, such as:
About Cuomo, the morning after the stimulus bill was thought to have first been settled, Cuomo was already complaining NY wasn’t getting enough money from the stimulus. How long until other governors follow suit?
On second thought, listening to Cuomo is better than listening to anything Governor Pritzker yammers about. I’ve been away from Illinois for a while, is there any truth to the rumor he’s considering a “confined-to-home” tax?
On a final note, now that CNN and their ilk are doubting Trump about his inclination to try the malaria drug, hydrochlorquine, to combat the virus I’ll finish with a hypothetical question:
If you are unfortunate enough to contract the virus and your doctor offered the drug, or instructed you to wait until the vaccine comes out next year, what’s your decision?
You listening to Trump or CNN?
Well, here we all are, hunkered down in our homes with no place to go, other than work - if you’re lucky. The coronavirus outbreak and subsequent panic caused by the media has effectively shut down the country. We do have the internet, television, our families, and in my case, lots of liquor. I’m going to have to start liking all that red wine I’ve been given as a gift over the years.
It was requested I keep thoughts about the epidemic to myself so as not to cause “further confusion.” Seems a reasonable request, particularly since I’m not a medical professional; just an opinionated suspicious “person.” (My late father used a different word.) If you’re interested in that opinion, it can be found on my Facebook page or blog. It would appear many people have agreed with me, more than normal.
Anyway, observing social media, television, and newspapers, there seems to be many people foolishly blaming President Trump for his handling of the virus. Most claims made by these people are factually wrong and their opinion of Trump’s handling of the virus is about the same as their opinion of Trump before the virus. Nothing has changed other than yet another opportunity to thump on Trump. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome for a reason.
We’re facing an unprecedented quarantine of our freedoms, yet have a collection of “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” blasting the president’s efforts to keep the country safe and healthy. Those misguided soles are not really doing us a lot of good, are they? How about the reporter, who, during a press conference, kept badgering Trump about being racist for calling the virus the “Chinese-virus?” How about all the folks who thought Trump was racist when he closed the border for Chinese traffic?
To all you nay-sayers, I would direct you to a great speech made by past-President Teddy Roosevelt in April of 1910 while in Paris. Usually, when they etch your likeness on the side of a mountain, an honor only reserved for a few, people believed in what you did and said.
To quote part of Roosevelt’s speech, later to be known as “The Man in the Arena” speech, it stated:
“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…”
“if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Some cynics might need to read that again.
On a different but related matter concerning the coronavirus, now would be a good time to point out how all that stuff gets from manufacturer to distribution center to your favorite store for your hording pleasure.
Nearly everything you buy comes by truck, of which are manned (if feminists will forgive my politically incorrect term) by truck drivers. While the rest of America is hunkered down in their homes, protecting themselves and their family from contracting the virus, the trucker is out among the public ensuring your products get delivered. Lately though, drivers have to put up with a number of additional indignities that you wouldn’t. Consider:
* Outhouses now being placed outside shipping/receiving facilities, rather than the driver being allowed to use the facilities’ restrooms because the facility doesn’t want the driver contaminating their business;
* Hand sanitizers are unavailable anywhere, unless provided by their company;
* Truck stops are shutting down shower facilities, even though hot water and hand-washing are recommended;
* Rest area’s full or shut down, giving the driver no place to sleep;
* Drivers being made to sign forms about their medical condition, against HIPPA rules, before being allowed to enter a facility.
* Sit-down dining areas have all closed. Most drive-through facilities are not equipped to handle large trucks, and yet many more will not allow for walk-up traffic. If the driver does get food, he/she has to eat in the truck. If they shut down the seating area and won’t allow for walk up traffic, how is the driver to purchase food?
I urge all of you to think about this – the very people making sure your stores are being restocked are being treated, at times, like second class citizens. These indignities are rather short-sighted by the folks that have perpetrated them. You wouldn’t put up with this type of treatment.
We are all in this together. We need those truckers, now more than ever. If they stop, due to sickness, lack of rest, or food, the country will stop with them. If you see a trucker, you might not want to hug him right now, but you might want to thank her.
Ever have a nightmare? Well, I had a doozy the other night, or it might have been corona-virus hallucinations, who knows.
Anyway, the unimaginable happened. President Trump became permanently incapacitated before the election. The Trump-Derangement- Syndrome- folks were ecstatic.
My dream got worse, as I will recount.
In the wake of Trumps incapacitation, Vice President Mike Pence became the 46th president of the United States. Pence was left to deal with a media-manufactured pandemic, plummeting oil prices from OPEC’s attempt to destroy our fracking, Russian meddling, China being China, Little Rocket Man, and efforts to bring troops home. All this, and running for president against Joe Biden. (Bernie votes were not counted by the Democratic machine – voters were instructed to go home to start plotting for an AOC presidential run whenever she was old enough.)
Now, to me Pence seemed to be a decent guy and had been an effective, loyal second-in-command to Trump. He had been a pretty good governor for Indiana, too. The trouble was, Pence had all the personality and charisma of a stump. With Trump out of the picture, Pence got beat by Biden in a landslide. Democrats and Never-Trumpers danced in the streets. Obama statues were ordered.
So, much to my horror, we now had Joe Biden in the Oval Office. It got embarrassingly worse.
Two days after his inauguration, Biden was discovered in the middle of the night, dressed in a presidential nightshirt and cap ensemble, sitting at the Resolute desk, fumbling feebly with the codes of the nuclear football. When thwarted by the Secret Service, he babbled incoherently about taking the Ukraine out… “we have to do it for Hunter, you know,” he shrieked.
Upon the advice of the new vice president, whom I could not make out in my dream, Congress enacted Section 4 of the 25th Amendment – the same amendment McCabe and Rosenstein pathetically deliberated about Trump after the disgraced Comey was fired. Biden was quickly diagnosed as disorientated. Regrettably, McCabe and Rosenstein weren’t.
Sleepy Joe went back to Delaware to live out the remainder of his life in an expensive nursing home, spinning fairy-tales to the residents, expounding on his exploits to save the world. The staff would roll him to the main dining area every morning in pajamas and Aviator sunglasses. Folks just wandered in and out to hear Joe bluster the day away.
Before the vice president was sworn in as president, there was a battle waged between Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton to see which one deserved the Oval Office. Lawyers and lots of taxpayer money were brought in. At one point the two women scuffled on the steps of the White House, losing their tiara’s in the process. Two Secret Servicemen had to separate them. Neither one of them had claim to the title of president, but again, as we lived in the Age of Wokeness, it just seemed like another day in the Swamp. It took a week to get the two women calmed down and put back in their place, delaying the inauguration. The news media ate it up.
At this point in my dream, I just couldn’t envision who the soon-to-be-sworn-in president was by either name or sight. It had been well known in the Age of Wokeness that men would not have been applicable for the vp post this time around – it was going to have to be a woman, particularly since everyone knew Biden was well into the process of checking out.
You see, I had been under the impression the vice president would have been Amy Klobuchar, as it would have been the only explanation for a quick exit from her presidential run and subsequent endorsement of Biden. She didn’t have the baggage of a Kamala Harris or Pocahontas Warren either.
The problem for me foreseeing Biden’s vice president candidate, as per the political machine, was that us common folk usually weren’t in on the back-room shenanigans of who the VP candidate was going to be. (Who ever heard of Sarah Palin before picked by John McCain? She turned out to be a better candidate than McCain) So, my guess was as good as anyone else’s in this regard.
I knew good, qualified candidates might be Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii or even better, Rhode Island governor, Gina Raimondo. But the fact they were both qualified candidates removed them from any logical contention.
Ultimately though, it became clear, the 48th president became Amy Klobuchar, who, by reason alone of insanity became our first female president. That’s how the Democrats finally got it done.
When I awoke, it was in a pool of sweat. I grasped for the clicker to turn on FOX news. They were showing clips of Trump’s press conference on the corona-virus. I sighed. All was right with the world again – Trump was still in the Oval Office.
This commentary starts with a disclaimer. I’m not a medical professional – just a singer in a rock and roll band. This op-ed does not necessarily express the views of any organization that publishes me, although it should. What you do with my commentary, up to and including lining your bird cage, is your business.
The national media has managed to sensationalize a new strain of a common cold bug - coronavirus (COVID 19) - which was born from a butcher shop in China, and not in the Oval Office. The fear-mongering has gotten to the point it has become responsible for a stock market plunge, spreading fear and angst around the world. (Plummeting oil prices amidst an argument with Russia and OPEC are also part of the problem, but not a sensational story.)
Coronaviruses are actually a large family of viruses, including everything from the common cold to SARS, according to the World Health Organization. It predominately affects the elderly, particularly those with underlying medical issues, just like the flu does.
Many people are swallowing this hysterical pandemonium, hook-line-and-sinker. Ford is requiring vendors to fill out questionnaires about their medical history in order to enter their business. I have to wonder how they are getting around HIPPA on this. Would that have worked with our Lefty buddies when AIDS was initially scaring the bejeezus out of the country? Such is life in the Age of Wokeness.
As of March 11, 8,400 people have died of the flu in the US. Last year, 34,000 died of the flu. At the time I am typing these words, there are 1,016 Americans inflicted with the virus and 31 people have passed away. All deaths were elderly and/or had underlying medical issues. Sadly, more people die violently on a warm holiday weekend on the south side of Chicago.
Worldwide, there are 124,916 cases, of which 4,585 have died. 3,158 deaths have been in China, the epicenter. What the media doesn’t tell you there have been 67,050 people that have recovered from the virus – perhaps a little more important number.
And yet, the news frenzy continues 24/7, causing other fears throughout the country:
But the real joy of the market plunge and pandemonium for the media is that it will reflect badly on President Trump, as it wipes out recent gains in our 401K’s. It has also managed to empty our stores of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. For this reason alone, I’m not shaking hands with anybody. Clorox stock is up though if you’re looking to park some money other than a worthless CD.
According to the Left, Trump should have sensed this coming and been more prepared for it. Incidentally, he declared the coronavirus a national emergency on January 31, before anyone was infected, but the media never informed us.
This didn’t prevent her Imperial Heinous, Nancy Pelosi from ramping up anti-Trump rhetoric, which will eventually lead to someone with the intellectual level of a Maxine-Waters-type blaming Trump for unleashing the bug on hapless people. Remember when George W. Bush created Hurricane Katrina? Conversely, there were about 12,000 deaths of Swine Flu in the US, but did you hear the press blame Obama?
I understand the coronavirus is something of which to be aware, and to protect oneself. If you are elderly and have medical issues, then you probably should heed the warnings. But for most people, you have a bigger chance of dying from the flu or an unexpected heart attack than the coronavirus. The media is making a big deal out of this for no other reason than a desire for ratings and a change of president in November.
In the meantime, anybody know where I can get one of those face masks?
Now that Super Tuesday is behind us, I will start out admitting I was wrong about Bloomberg winning the Democrat nomination. I thought his money would buy his way in. It might be somewhat refreshing to know it didn’t, although a case could be made for really bad planning of getting in too late. Anyway, I was wrong – there I said it.
We now know the woke progressive Democrat party has decided their preferred candidate is…an old white guy named Joe Biden. They will promise Elizabeth Warren something significant to get her to pull out soon, probably by the time you read this.
“Trump must be destroyed at all costs,” became the mantra inside Democrat headquarters going into the 2020 presidential election cycle, which for them began the day Trump was elected in 2016. “Let’s offer the people free stuff…and no laws either,” was their woke idea. “That will rope them in and also destroy Trump.”
So, they gave the people candidates like Steyer and Buttigieg; threw in the ladies Warren and Klobuchar, added some color with Booker and Harris, then topped it off with the Asian-American, Yang. Pick one – anyone. This was all in case nobody liked their ace in the hole, Uncle Joe. They knew it didn’t matter the candidate; in the end it would be someone they would control to get back their power.
Then, something startling happened. Having candidates promising Americans everything they could ever want, with lawlessness to boot, Democrats inadvertently unleashed a monster. They are now horrified by what they birthed.
Starting as an insignificant joke they could control in the 2016 election, an ogre named Bernie Sanders now had a message catching on with too many new Democrats. Most older Democrats understood “normal” candidates were mostly lying about their promises – they were just practicing wokeness. The young ones must have missed a memo.
Crazy Bernie meant every word he said and was not to be controlled. He admitted he was a Socialist-Democrat. People were actually believing in Bernie’s rhetoric. They wanted their free stuff. All of a sudden, the Bern was a force to be reckoned with. Even a heart attack couldn’t stop him. “Could they get him to have another one?” they surely deliberated.
I’m poking fun at the quandary of the Democrats, but in reality, it’s not funny, folks. Having left our children to an education system that no longer values American ideals, they instead instilled, inadvertently or not, a new system of ethics - no pride of country, no appreciation of our rich history, and ultimately a strategy of controlled thought, much like a Bolshevik revolution.
Most sensible adults understand socialism, and its big brother, communism, has failed miserably throughout history. It’s to be regarded as a ridiculous philosophy never to be considered in a great capitalistic republic like ours.
And as if by divine intervention, the failures of socialism have been played out right next to us – first in Cuba and now at this very moment in Venezuela. Yet Bernie zealots are oblivious to the plight of the poor Cuban or Venezuelan people, intent at instilling a collective system whereby misery is shared equally by all but a few.
And Bernie Sanders intends to be one of those few, so far amassing a fortune in the process of playing the poor schmuck while doing absolutely nothing in his government career.
Have we really sunk so low as an American citizenry to expect something from the toil of others? “Tax all the billionaires,” they cry. There are 621 billionaires in the US, making up about 2% of America’s population. How much extra money do you suppose we can squeeze out of just 2% of the population before they leave the country, taking their companies with them. Hundreds of thousands of people would lose jobs. Billionaires are smart people with no intention of being “sugar-daddies.”
Did Obama’s entitlement schemes unlock a Pandora’s box, unleashing ideas of lawlessness and a notion people thought receiving their sustenance from a centralized government was favorable? Have we forgotten the sacrifices our forefathers made for us to ensure that we control our government, instead of they us?
I appreciate everyone is entitled to their opinion and we all have one vote. And I understand our system of government has lots of warts – I write about them. But what I can’t comprehend are people willing to forfeit hard-fought freedoms, from a country the envy of the world, to become part of a nanny-state.
In my opinion, anyone seriously considering voting for Bernie, an act that has the potential to turn this country upside down, should be made to visit Venezuela before allowed to vote.
Ask yourself, if capitalism is so bad, why does the rest of the world want to come here?
The Democrat debates have been nothing short of a circus and the candidates look foolish. The air-waves have been inundated with opinions that you’re probably bored or disgusted with by now. For the record, I’m not wavering on my prediction Michael Bloomberg will get the nomination, despite his poor performances to date. The reason is obvious…money. There’s not a politician or bureaucrat who won’t bend a rule or two at the smell of money.
Despite what the media is telling you, Bernie Sanders will not be the Democrat nominee for president. Picking on “the Bern” is like shooting fish in a barrel, and I refuse to believe the majority of America has become that ill-informed to believe in free stuff. Hey Bernie voters, that free stuff will cost taxpayers $97.5 trillion…and your freedom. We can’t afford it.
It’s entertaining the Democrats are losing their collective minds over Bernie’s success. They will have to come up with a new rule or policy to prevent his nomination. If that fails, they might have to defer to Hillary.
Did you see the world’s oldest male died? Japan’s Chitetsu Watanabe passed away on February 23rd, twelve days before his 113th birthday. Ironically, he had just been declared the world’s oldest male eleven days prior by Guinness.
Don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live that long. I’m hoping to get shot by a jealous husband, some time in my mid-80’s. Given that I just turned 63 on Monday, I might have to adjust that number up some.
Speaking of dying, I see we’re all going to perish soon of a pandemic, called the coronavirus. Well, that’s if you believe some of the news reports coming out sensationalizing the newest export from China. Stock market has absurdly tanked for a bit at the news, but I’m confident it will go back up soon. You can always switch your money over to the makers of face masks while they gouge everyone.
And wouldn’t you know it, our self-proclaimed Queen, Nancy Pelosi used the pandemic to beat on President Trump some more, slurring that his response was “inadequate.” For the record, this is the third pandemic in the past one-hundred years which I’m relatively sure she’s been around for all of them. Anyway, she wants control of $8 billion more tax payer money to throw at a bug that has killed less people than the common flu. But Nancy doesn’t want to make this political, she claims. Then why don’t she just let VP Mike Pence handle it as directed by Trump?
If the stock market can tank over a virus, how do you think it will fare if I’m wrong and Socialist Bernie does win the presidency? Some of you may want to start watching your 401K’s carefully…just in case I’m wrong. My wife claims I’ve been wrong before.
Just as I’m raving, a Federal Appeals Court has ruled the Federal government can withhold grant money to sanctuary states. Wonder what the Springfield pinheads in cash-strapped Illinois will do when the victims of moronic sanctuary laws start suing? Raise taxes on U-Haul rentals?
Did you see the “60 Minutes” coverage of the recent Australian fires? They sent a bubble-headed-blonde down under to report on the catastrophe. CBS showed horrific clips of the massive fires, the damage incurred, as well as the toll on both human and animal life. They reported a scientist estimated one billion animals perished in the fires, a mind-boggling statistic if even partially true. Bubble-head also covered the record-breaking heatwave, showed rescue efforts to feed and treat baby koala bears, as well as a starving kangaroo looking for food - obligatory reporting for ratings. Her report linked all this carnage to one culprit - climate change. Interestingly, she didn’t mention anything about the 24 people charged with arson for the fires. Must not have fit the CBS narrative.
What do you suppose the over/under betting line will be on how long it takes Trump to commute Roger Stone’s prison sentence for lying to Congress? (If that’s a crime, why are Clinton, Clapp, and Brenan not in jail?) Given Trumps friendship with Stone and the fact that the US District judge in this case, Amy Jackson is another liberal Swamp Creature abusing her authority, I’m going to take the “under”, regardless of the number.
Don’t believe me about Judge Jackson, look her up on a source other than CNN. She knew she had a tainted juror and did nothing about it. She also placed a gag order on Stone after sentencing him to 40 months in prison. This is America for crying out loud – ever hear of the First Amendment, Judge? She should be thrown off the bench, disbarred, and lose her pension for the abuse of her position.
I’m done ranting now. What’s your thoughts?
This Illinois schmuck was mildly surprised to hear President Trump had commuted the sentence of former-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich last week. There had been rumors of an imminent release for over a year and I always felt uneasy as to what the connection might have been between Trump and “Blago,” as he used to be called. What possibly could have been the reason Trump was even involved in this matter.
Blago was not the only person granted clemency on February 18th. There were seven pardons and four commutations in total that day. I reviewed each for more insight.
Granted clemency for “white-collar” crimes were Eddie Bartolo Jr., former owner of the San Francisco 49’ers; Michael Milken, a junk bond trader; Bernie Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner; software entrepreneur Ariel Friedler; Paul Progue, owner of a construction company; David Safavian, a lawyer who once worked in the Bush (W) administration; and Angela Stanton, a heretofore unknown author, TV personality and speaker.
There is no way for the average person to know the level of guilt of these seven people, how it affected anyone, nor if their clemency grants were fair or not. There were other people who evidently thought so and convinced Trump.
There were also pardons for Tynice Hall and Crystal Munoz on separate drug charges plus Judith Negron for her part in a Medicare Fraud scheme, of which she admitted some culpability. On its face, all seemed to be excessive sentences placed upon these women, two of color, so pardons were more than likely justifiable.
But it was Blago’s release that made the most headlines, and in my mind, was the most provocative. It caused me to ponder Trump’s rationale.
Rod Blagojevich was Illinois Democrat governor from 2003 to 2009. He was removed from office on corruption charges for attempting to sell Barack Obama’s senatorial seat. Although I didn’t care for him as governor, I recall thinking at the time there had to be more dirty politics to this story than what the public knew. Blago had evidently upset the wrong people.
The former governor was convicted and sentenced to fourteen years at the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, Colorado. He had served eight years at the time of Trump’s pardon, which released Blago from prison but did not overturn his conviction.
Blago had been so intertwined with Chicago politics and politicians, including the likes of slimy Chicago aldermen, former-Mayor Daley, Barack Obama, Dick Mell (his father-in-law), and Illinois’ real boss, Mike Madigan, that it would have been impossible to see where the horse’s posterior ended and the cowboy began.
As he will remain a convicted felon, Blago can’t run for office any more…but his mouth can. He will probably be a thorn in the side of many Illinois’ politicians in the near future as I have a feeling Blago knows where “the bodies are buried.” Not good timing while the Fed is currently turning rocks over in Springfield.
But where there other determining factors guiding Trumps decision to pardon Blago? Could it have been the personal televised plea’s by Blago’s wife, Patti, or possibly Blago’s two appearances on Trump’s television show, the “Apprentice?” Or, how about the fact that Blago was prosecuted by Patrick Fitzgerald, a close friend to former FBI director, James Comey? Trump fired Comey and criticizes him for what appears to be legitimate reasons. If I were Trump, I would be leery of anything connected with James Comey.
Who knows what toll Blago’s incarceration took on Ms. Blagojevich’s health, as she pleaded with anyone who would listen to let her husband out of prison? Given her own political connections it would have seemed she could have pulled the right strings to spring him. And yet her pleas always fell on deaf ears until reaching Trump’s, a Republican. Hmm.
When you consider it was more than likely the right “connections” that got the other ten people clemency on the same day, and Ms. Blagojevich’s connections had failed, might Trump have known Blago had been buried in prison to ensure his silence on political matters within the state of Illinois?
At the time of his incarceration, Rod and Patti Blagojevich had two daughters, Amy and Anne, 14 and 8 years old respectively. Blago lost 8 years of watching his daughters mature into young women. The daughters also lost eight years of paternal guidance and love. That was a heavy price to pay by the family for a crime only discussed and had not been committed. Probably he would have done it, but the fact is, he didn’t.
I’m not advocating that Rod Blagojevich should be the next “Man of the Year,” but I think Trump’s instincts were correct on this matter, as usual. Blago suffered enough and probably more for political than criminal reasons.
It was time to let him return to his family.
Recently, me and my best gal attended a “Food Truck Event.” Some of us Chebanse folks might refer to it as a “Roach Coach Fair,” but you know how we are.
It turned out to be as expected - various types of over-priced food served on a paper plate. My review might have been better had I not stood in line a half hour to order an average tasting lobster roll costing a mint.
Before entering the Event, we had to get in line to be searched, as if going through an airport security line. The missus had to open her handbag for some guy to rifle through, while I had to remove the contents from my pockets so as not to set off alarms. Nothing grinds my gears like standing in line. It was a food fair for crying out loud. They had armed security at all the entrances.
First it was airports, then ballgames, concerts, court houses and other public buildings. Now it’s trickled down to Roach Coach Fairs attended by maybe a thousand people at the time we were there. What’s next, stand in line shoeless to go through security at McDonalds?
I know, if you pay an astronomical fee and give the government your life history, you can get pre-screened so as not to stand in the long lines or take off your shoes at the airport. But, once done, the government has everything about you on file, and you still stand in a smaller line while they look at the underwear and medications you have in your bag. That line, by the way, will get longer as more people file for pre-screening.
I wrote in my blog back in October of 2017 concerning airport lines. I seethe during the entire process – I’d rather have a boil lanced. Is there a more absurd procedure in life than wasting what time you have left on Earth standing in line to be searched, fondled, and yelled at by humorless people who would prefer you were not bothering them?
Seems when I go through airport lines, I have to remove everything from my pockets, then my shoes and belt, while some kid shouts orders like a boot camp drill sergeant. To date, I have been rather courteous to the general public by not just removing my pants and tossing them in the tub to save time. Not removing my britches though does require me to hold them up while traversing the metal detector. I just know what’s going to happen one of these times when I’m told to raise my arms in one of those full body scanners. It won’t be pretty, folks.
The TSA was formed in November of 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. It employs 47,000 security officers to annoy us, and we them, at a cost of $7.6 billion of tax money. Seems like a ton of money for us to all be irritated, particularly after the horse already left the barn nineteen years ago.
Further proving the world has been turned upside down, in this age of political correctness of not using common sense to sum up people, your 81-year-old mother in a wheel-chair and your 5-year old granddaughter holding a doll can, and has been, bodily searched by a security guard …wearing a hijab, while the rest of us wait our turn.
By the way ladies, your “person” does appear on those full body scanners. It can, and has been saved for others to eyeball. If you overhear the phrase, “hotel papa” they’re probably focusing on your person. Oddly, I’ve never heard it mentioned when I go through!
There is the Benjamin Franklin quote, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" that I believe would apply to this situation.
While researching this quote, I found information about a Harvard lawyer who has twisted Franklin’s statement, claiming it to be merely a tax situation with the Penn family, and not for security concerns. The press liberally jumped all over this. Evidently in elite-speak, this justifies America’s unwashed to stand in a line to be investigated, prodded and interrogated to attend just about any public event.
My sense is that we have taken all these security measures too far. Regardless of what Franklin was writing about, he would be appalled we wait in these ridiculous lines like cattle to a slaughter. If he wrote that quote just concerning a tax situation, imagine what he would have written about the insanity about having to take half your clothes off and wait to go through a line to board a source of transportation.
Somehow, I don’t think the Founding Fathers envisioned American citizens standing in line in their own country to be fondled by government employees.
Well folks, you’re gonna hear it here first. This isn’t an endorsement, but a prediction.
I am predicting Michael Rubens Blomberg will be the Democratic candidate for president, running against Donald Trump for the 2020 presidential election. A clash of the business tycoons, the $58 billion-dollar Bloomberg against the $3 billion-dollar Trump…it will be epic.
If you think about it, what other choice does the Democrat party have? Barring a brokered convention, in which anything goes, Bloomberg has to be their logical choice. Please allow me to explain:
Consider candidates such as Warren, Buttigieg, or Sanders. (I’m omitting the lovely Ms. Klobuchar on purpose, as she has no chance, despite the hallucinations of the NY Times.) Those three nutjobs are racing to see who can give away the most tax payer money. If one promises free healthcare, the other has to up the ante with free college too, and then free stuff to illegal immigrants - also known as future Democrat voters. I’m waiting for their explanation of how they intend to pay for it, although WE know exactly how WE are going to pay for it.
The fact is, they don’t actually represent the Democrat party. Old-time Democrats know that, and Generations X, Y, and Z haven’t taken over yet. Those candidates epitomize Socialism. The new Democrat role model, and part-time barkeep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, pretty much admitted the divide a few weeks ago.
The problem is the real Socialist party has already named their 2020 presidential candidate, a man you never heard of by the name of Howie Hawkins. Wouldn’t you just know it – he’s from San Francisco. His name will appear under the Green Party ticket if you’re interested in wasting your vote.
So, how are the people like “the Bern,” “Pocahontas, and Little Mayor Pete going to squeeze their name on top of the official Democrat ballot? Once all the normal Democrats convene on Milwaukee in July, they are going to demand the Socialist crack-pots lying to give away everything for free be thrown off their ticket and out on their ear. Yes Virginia, there are people that are actually thoughtful, intelligent, normal Democrats – the media just doesn’t tell you about them because they are as boring as Conservatives. They normally don’t promise things they can’t pay for or make stupid remarks.
So, what’s left that represents the “normal” Democrat party? Well, the people running now, that we know of, are Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg. (That’s not to say the convention does not get brokered and someone we aren’t aware of gets the nod, like (God-forbid) Hillary Clinton, who is making snorting hysterics again, or the duplicitous traitor John Kerry.)
Joe Biden is going to implode before July. He seems to be getting feebler by the day. He’s running on fumes, waiting for Obama to save him. Plus, you can bet the Trump organization knows more about Joe’s (and son Hunter) financial shenanigans in the Ukraine and China than what we have been told.
If we had a fair and decent media, we’d already know the dirty details about the Biden’s and he’d be gone...forever. You can bet had that whole affair been orchestrated by the Trump family, CNN would have pictures, whether accurate or not, and Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff would be squawking for more impeachment investigations. The Democrats know if Joe is nominated, Trump, through Giuliani, will unleash the lurid details, and probably even embellish a few details while doing so.
Without Sleepy Joe, there is no other choice other than Bloomberg. His $58 billion-dollar wallet is formidable. Don’t forget, money talks, especially in Washington DC. He doesn’t need to promise to give away everything for free to all of America, just grease the palms of Swamp creatures in DC while our media looks the other way. Don’t believe it? He just bought his way on to the Democrat debates, against all the rules.
Bloomberg may be the same age as Biden, but he appears to be more in charge of all his faculties. In addition to becoming the fourteenth wealthiest person in the world, he was a successful mayor of New York City for three consecutive terms, ironically, two as a Republican.
Although Bloomberg supposedly holds many liberal views, including the killing of babies, gun control, and an open freeway for illegal immigrants, he’s also a fiscal conservative. He knows how to balance a budget, and did so in New York City. Us schmucks in Illinois wouldn’t know what a balanced budget looks like, but they really do exist. Suffice to say though – that’s a good thing. Whether Bloomberg could balance our nations budget is questionable, but it would give the Democrats a good rallying cry.
So, folks, there’s my prediction – Trump against Bloomberg.
Want to bet?