WAIT - Don’t let this mind-numbing subject run you off – the op-ed will be sarcastic if nothing else.
DISCLAIMER - I decided to write about the “Fair-Tax” proposal, which Illinois votes upon November 3rd. Somebody had to. Research was greatly needed on my part for a pretense of a clue before I shot my mouth off. Just the thought of investigating this made my sleep apnea flare up.
We’ve been barraged by confusing ads on television praising the merits, both for and against the tax. (Could anyone but a politician be FOR a tax?) It’s easy to come to the conclusion if Governor Pritzker is for something, then I’m against it. The man has a lot of audacity doing anything with our tax system considering his scheme to remove commodes from his neighboring mansion in order to elude $331,000 in taxes. (Although in his defense, that is a ridiculous amount of tax to own any home.)
Being against something because Gov Commodes is for it is probably irrational for something as important as the tax money being siphoned off by the government. Even I wouldn’t stoop that low. So, I dug deeper.
STRIKE ONE - Here’s some fuzzy logic - by “lowering” our taxes with the Fair Tax, Commodes claims he’s going to magically collect $3 billion more in revenue. Currently, Illinois has a 4.95% flat tax on income, constitutionally mandated since 1969. Commodes would eliminate this tax to implement a graduated tax up to 7.75% for the wealthy, using that tiresome Democratic axiom “the rich don’t pay enough taxes!” I’m starting to get skeptical.
So, we pay less tax but the state rakes in more? What if wealthy people and business owners move to warmer climates and/or take their business across state lines? Our population has declined five consecutive years – where is this extra money to come from, if everyone that can, moves out? Is Commodes planning an “exit” tax?
A good source of information about the proposed tax is a non-profit organization called the Illinois Policy Institute. They don’t just complain about Illinois - like I do - they actually have a plan to repair Illinois’ financial situation in five years, called Illinois Forward. It can be found at: www.illinoispolicy.org/reports/illinois-forward.
FOUL BALL - According to IPI, Commodes claims “there are three ways to close the state’s $4.6 billion deficit;”
1. “A federal COVID bailout,” which won’t and shouldn’t happen under Trump. Why should residents from Arizona, for example, be responsible for Illinois’ history of bad government? How many of you want to bail California out?
2. “Substantial tax hikes” – Why does every Democrat think if only we would give them more money, they will spend it better than us? How have Illinois politicians done so far with spending our money – we’re ranked the least tax-friendly state in the country by Kiplinger. What do we have to show for all that tax money?
3. Or, there’s their standard ominous warning – “slash government services.” Bureaucrats love to scare us with this rhetoric. As Ronald Reagan stated, “the problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” Hey Commodes, slash them – we’ll adjust.
Commodes claims high property taxes are a result of the flat income tax. IPI refutes this, correctly pointing out the culprit is unfunded pension liabilities for schools and municipalities. We’re drowning in the interest from that debt. You might want to go back and read that last paragraph again.
STRIKE TWO - Pritzker is so sure this tax law needs amending he has pumped $57 million of his own money into marketing it. That sets off all sorts of bells and whistles in my rum-addled noggin. He’s worth $3.5 billion, and allegedly avoids taxes with various offshore accounts, so why would he spend another pallet of cash to change a tax law that has nothing to do with the bathrooms in his houses?
Folks, I’m not a numbers man – I’m a singer in a rock and roll band from Chebanse. On a scale of 1-10 concerning tax or accounting aptitude, with ten being expert, I rank about 2.5. Investigation on the pros and cons not only made me drowsy, but more jaded. I may have drool on my keyboard, but now clearly understand that;
a) retirees will be vulnerable under the new fair tax, regardless of how much politicians tell you otherwise;
b) economies in other states were hurt by the fair tax because people with money took their money elsewhere; and
c) extra money earmarked for education will go mostly for pensions.
STRIKE THREE - do you trust any knucklehead in Springfield to do anything that benefits us? What have politicians done but made us an over-taxed laughing stock and plundered this state for fifty years? Ya think they intend to change now? Might Springfield have ulterior motives…again?
We Illinoisans may be Chicago’s red-headed step kid, but if we have something in our State Constitution protecting us from the goons in Springfield, which includes our current tax rate, it might be in our best interest to stick with it for now. If history is our guide, different tax laws won’t be in the best interest of anyone outside Chicago.
HIT THE BENCH! - The proposal has a “bait and switch” feel to it, folks. We shouldn’t change tax laws right now, especially after the unlawful lock downs for COVID.
Say No on the Fair Tax.
Four years ago, I was surreally standing in the reception line for my father’s wake service. Hundreds of people shuttled by to pay their respects, but I don’t recall many of them, or what they had to say. They meant well.
One gentleman came through though I will never forget. Dressed immaculately, he ambled through the line, insecure in his steps. His shoulders were hunched and eyes rimmed red, moist, unusual from this gregarious man. His face had a morose, tight countenance to it. The man was long-time attorney from Kankakee, Richard “Dick” Ackman.
I met Dick thirty years ago, when he was the same age I am now, shortly after he married wife, Peggy. By the time I met him, he had become friends with my father. That friendship would flourish, culminating to become best friends at the time of dad’s passing.
I knew little about Mr. Ackman’s law practice, although I have heard he was brilliant and dogged in his profession. If you read his obituary, you will have seen he was quite accomplished professionally, much more than I realized. I would eventually learn and meet his three very accomplished children, Kathleen, Jeff, and Todd. But the Dick Ackman I knew was from dinner parties, holiday get-togethers and the golf course, and is what I wanted to share with you.
I always found it odd that dad and Dick were best of friends – they didn’t seem to have much in common. They were ten years apart in age. Dick would drink fine wine; dad drank inexpensive vodka. Dick grew up the son of a bank owner in Marengo, dad the son of a truck driver from Chebanse. Dick was in the Navy, dad the Army – the source of a few ribbings at the expense of each other. Dick went to the University of Illinois and passed the bar exam before graduation – dad went from the Army to driving a truck. They argued with each other, albeit like brothers.
But what they did have in common was a thirst for knowledge, political discourse, compassionate hearts for the less fortunate, respect of each other, and of course, the game of golf.
Our kids adored Dick as he took genuine interest in what they had to say. He was like that with all the children he met. He had a huge heart because he was a big kid himself. Peggy’s nieces reported watching the movie “Curly Sue” with him; they caught him crying. She also mentioned the ice cream parties he liked to have with kids while the parents visited outside. Dick sponsored kids at the YMCA and helped send four girls through college.
Over the years, Dick became a very good golf player – some might say “legendary.” Fellow golfer and buddy, TR Ryan called Dick one of the best “week-end” golfers ever. After Dick could no longer play, it was TR who would sit beside Dick on the first hole of the Country Club just to watch the golfers.
Incredibly, Dick was a member of the Kankakee Country Club for nearly 60 years, won a Rollison tournament, and a handful of flight championships – it could be said he was “extremely” competitive on the links. He also belonged to the Turtle Creek Country Club in Tequesta Florida, of which I was a guest on many occasions. He was the only man I ever saw who could hold a conversation …during his back swing.
Dick had a passion for life, loved to tell a joke, and had a loud infectious laugh. Sadly, those traits disappeared in the last few years of his life, reminding us how cruel life can be towards our elderly – but he was fortunate to have his loving wife, Peggy by his side. What I wouldn’t give to hear that laugh again, particularly during his golf swing. That laugh left us forever at the end of July.
I always listened carefully to what Dick had to say. Like dad, he had become a mentor to me, as there was always something to be learned. But the words I’ll never forget were those he spoke in dads wake procession. With wet eyes and a quivering lip, he softly said, audibly to only me, “all my friends are dying before me, and now my best one’s gone. I need to stop making friends.”
With that, he walked off without another word.
So long my friend and thank you.
Yep, I’m serious, folks.
Wikipedia defines Martial Law as the imposition of direct military control of normal civil functions…, especially in response to a temporary emergency where civil forces are overwhelmed. Too harsh for some of you? Well, the Insurrection Act empowers the President to deploy the military and National Guard in particular circumstances, such as to suppress civil disorder, insurrection and rebellion.
This statement is not a case of Webber being sarcastic again – I’m encouraging Trump to do it. I/we have had enough of putting our lives on hold for radicals.
Throughout his presidency, Democrats have attempted to make Trump’s life a living hell, and by extension, most Americans. In past columns, I’ve hammered how the Democrat party has historically been a thorn in our side. Since Hillary’s defeat, Dems ratcheted up their anarchist behavior to a level unseen since the Civil War. They have turned towards socialism and lust for the power to enforce it. They will step on your mother to do it.
The Democrat party literally tried to steal the election from Trump, believing they had “Strzok insurance” within the FBI, tying Trump to a fake Russian conspiracy. It was the Democrats that had the ties to Russia. They spent three years and millions of our dollars impeaching Trump, using their personal main-stream-media “brown-shirts” to promote the bogus ruse. Since they were exposed, they merely wiped the Mueller hardware records clean, taking a page out of Hillary’s playbook. It would have been nuclear to the media had Trump done that.
The impeachment hoax was dying out when the liberal media stepped up to hype a man-made China virus. They successfully terrified the country into submitting to just about any hair-brained idea a Democrat could think of – masks, home confinement, closure of businesses, ghoulish daily death counts, etc. The economy, Trump’s strong suit, tanked due to the hype of the media and the draconian measures implemented by liberal bureaucrats. Democrats danced and bumped elbows with glee, delighted Trump’s economy was failing.
Now that unkempt, long-haired ordinary Americans were good and terrified, compliant, and at home, ANTIFA and BLM were unleashed upon the cities. So-called peaceful and COVID-free protests by day turned to riots and looting at night, while Democrat mayors fiddled like Nero. Police were ordered to stand down.
But the Dems weren’t done yet. Next came reprehensible schemes to vote by mail, rather than chancing “exposure” to China’s bug voting in nasty polling centers. Visits to Wal Mart or protests are safe, but not polling centers. As mentioned on Face Book, if you don’t see a problem with mail-in voting, put $5,000 cash in an envelope and mail it to yourself.
Democrats tried to rig the last presidential election, and they’re at it again. Mail-in ballots, if delivered timely or at all, will have to be counted and the results won’t be known for weeks, if not months. Can you imagine the political infighting? Pelosi might declare herself Queen.
If you recall, these were the same jack-asses that want to eliminate the electoral college too. As yourself why Dems are always tampering with systems that have worked brilliantly for over 200 years.
This daily chaos in our country is the very definition of civil disorder, insurrection, and rebellion. Look up the definition if you don’t believe me. While you’re looking things up, check out Norm Eisen or the Color Revolution – it’s all related. It was on Tucker Carlson, but YouTube already pulled it.
Conservatives didn’t try to falsely impeach the president, close businesses, confine people home, or tinker with the election system. And it isn’t conservatives rioting, looting, or promoting the ludicrous, hair-brained idea of defunding the police. It’s anarchists and socialists within the Democrat party promoting civil disorder.
Democrats refuse to cede one millimeter towards Trump on any issue – everything must be resisted at great cost to our country. Given the media’s penchant for trying to turn everything around – gaslighting – it’s time to bring this coup to a screeching halt.
Trump has to do this soon, or nobody will believe in the election results, regardless of who wins. Anarchy will reign supreme – Democrats will be in ecstasy. Edicts will be shrieked daily from Pelosi, Schumer, and Biden, grabbing power for themselves while jamming up the court systems. The Democrats already have hundreds of lawyers on retainer to fight the election results.
With the election nearing, we need to bring this country back to civility. It’s time to let people make up their minds how they want to handle the China bug issue, let business open up, allow only normal voting processes using the electoral system, and stop the rioting – by any means necessary. If you don't want to get shot by a cop, then don't riot or loot and do as he/she says. If that’s a declaration of Marshall Law, last used by Lyndon Johnson, from now until thirty days after the election results, then so be it. (Liberal lawyers will come out of the woodwork to refute Trump’s authority with this one.)
Trump has the authority; he needs to use it.
Pondering what to write this week, I was aided by a couple of other local op-ed writers, still suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome. Happens seemingly monthly.
If one read those columns, they’d think Trump is the anti-Christ. One would also wonder when those writers became Liberals. Listening to a corrupt mainstream media constantly railing against the President might do that to a person, I suppose. This is similar to people only reading the headlines, ignoring the story itself.
For the record, nobody ever said Trump was an eloquent individual. Most of us “Kool-Aid” drinkers, to use the words of one writer, plausibly understands this. As explained before, the Swamp needed a long-overdue cleansing. Nobody would hire an attorney or talk show host to clean their septic tank.
With their Trump bashing, writers are pushing a “Beijing” Biden presidency, ignoring (among other factors) Biden’s diminishing mental faculties which renders him incapable of stringing together two coherent sentences. Reading a teleprompter in an empty room was how he got through his acceptance speech at the “Dem Convention,” something a thirteen-year-old could do.
By the way, if Biden has all the answers, why the hell didn’t he tell Obama during that eight-year fiasco?
Comprehend a Biden presidency, if you can stomach it. The man is terrified to come out of his basement. His replacement, KA-MALA Harris, is a far-left California loon, to put it nicely. Biden has about as much chance of keeping liberalism under check as I do of winning the Chicago Marathon.
Biden has been a Democrat throughout his fifty years on the government teat. Do we really want to give another career, Swamp-dwelling, virtually worthless politician the presidency? Ask yourself honestly, is this because of your TDS, or perhaps some other source of persuasion?
Beyond just Sleepy Joe, consider what the Democrat party itself represents.
Recently, Democrat Nancy Pelosi was spotted in a San Francisco hair salon, without a mask. How often you suppose Pelosi and her fellow Dems step out beyond the limitations they set for us peons? Dem Chicago Mayor "Beetlejuice" Lightfoot had her ears lowered, or something like that, while demanding Chicagoans not go to salons. Governor "Toilets" Pritzker shuttles between his Wisconsin ranch and Chicago mansion regularly. Joe Biden’s Democrat party is all about “do as I say, not as I do,” just like any other Socialistic government.
Remember Biden’s recent declaration? – “if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” Actually, he’s historically correct. Biden wrote the 1994 Crime Bill, credited to be part of the systemic racism whined systemically about today.
Inconceivably, the Democrat party, the one of slavery, the Confederacy, Jim Crow laws, and the Ku Klux Klan can rile up the black population every four years to vote for them in mass – then ignore them as Obama did until the next election. Perhaps LBJ was right. (You might want to look that one up.)
Republican president, Lincoln, emancipated slaves, then was shot by a Democrat for his actions. His successor, Democrat Andrew Johnson, a slavery proponent, drug his feet on Reconstruction, destroying any chance of reconciliation. Republicans enacted the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth Amendments to guarantee blacks the equal rights of all Americans. When voted upon, the fourteenth and fifteenth Amendments didn’t receive one Democrat vote in either the House or Senate.
In 1870, Republicans sent the first black man, Hiram Revels, to the Senate. Democrats got around to seating their first 123 years later with Carol Moseley Braun of Illinois. Similarly, Republicans in the House seated their first black compatriot, Joseph Rainey in 1879. Sixty-four years later, Democrats caught up when Arthur Mitchell, from Illinois, was finally elected.
Amid all this racial turmoil today, now would be a good time to remind you both Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi spoke eloquently of Ku Klux Klan member, past Exalted Cyclops and Democrat Senator, Robert Byrd at his funeral. Byrd was a 51-year politician.
The Klan was an extension of the Democrat party, much like ANTIFA and BLM is today. Why doesn’t BLM show up on the south side of Chicago next weekend to prevent more children from being shot? Maybe bring Jesse and Al with them.
Perhaps it’s time African-Americans consider changing what hasn’t worked out so well for them – overwhelmingly supporting Democrats - for the past 50 years. Remember the definition of insanity.
Big city teacher unions, universities, and education administrators are another limb of the Democrats, which they use to beat on the populace. Due to the China bug, they deemed it unsafe for teachers to be in classrooms. They might get sick and die from one of those little buggers. One local teacher’s union from California included in their demands that the city of Los Angeles defund the police, as if that had anything to do with the school issues. This made as much sense as Pelosi adding pork on to financial COVID relief.
Farmers grow and harvest food, factories process food, truckers haul the food, numerous store employees handle the food – all in the face of a supposed pandemic. This ensures the nation’s food supply remains intact. But, when it comes to teachers doing their job – teaching munchkins in a classroom setting, as opposed to this absurd e-learning method I've watched my granddaughters have to do, teachers must stay protected? What about those millions of people that showed up to work daily to ensure teachers had something to eat? Or the soldiers, police, and firemen protecting them. Or the parents whose schedules are upended trying to find suitable day care, attempting to balance jobs and children? It’s time for all educators and administrators to go back to work, not just those under-appreciated teachers in the smaller districts. And stay there until the job is complete.
There are 45 million Democrats in this country. Their platform, supported wholly by Joe Biden, unequivocally backs abortion, including, incredibly, up to the time of birth. Biden plans on usurping Trump’s efforts at abortion curtailment. Nearly 2,000 babies per day are aborted in the US, folks. Who can possibly be okay with this insanity? What if we aborted the girl destined to cure cancer, or the boy that would legitimately hit 750 homers?
How many Democrats are Catholic? How does that compute? I’d like to be a fly on the wall when those Catholic Dems justify their abortion stance to their Maker? On social media, I ask Biden followers if they support killing babies. I’m always met with dead silence.
This presidential election is shaping up to be the most important in our lifetime. Never-Trumper Rhino’s should reevaluate their conservative values. And it’s time for people to think about why they are voting for a Democrat at all nationally.
I’ve mentioned a passion for the Green Bay Packers before, going back to 1968. It’s not easy being a Packerbacker in Illinois, but there is an upside. There’s nothing like the satisfaction (and relief) when the Pack beats the Bears, seemingly a regular occurrence. I mention this as a segue to the main topic.
Last Saturday we hosted friends for cocktails and dinner; five couples from our Clifton Central days. Most of us went to school at Central. All our kids went there, many at the same time. We’ve shared so many memorable events going back years.
Naturally, us guys were huddled in one corner, the gals in another. After improper witticisms, unflattering name calling, plus the customary bellyaching by the three farmers concerning the price of corn and beans, our conversation turned to sports. All of us are sports fans and “assistant coaches” when it comes to baseball, football, basketball or hockey. I’m the only Packer fan in the group, although the others wish they were.
Not surprisingly, we’re all of the same mind - none of us have watched an entire sporting event this year, except golf. The reason, put bluntly, we’re disgusted with pro athletes, including NASCAR.
Consider that six life-long middle-aged sports buffs are not watching sports, bizarrely for the first time in decades. Its due entirely to the politicization by young players who have little actual life experience. We have no interest in watching over-paid athletes protest or shun American traditions, nor to slander the nation’s police force.
It should be noted a trained seal can put a ball through a hoop, similar to NBA spokesmen and blowhard, LeBron James, but we don’t have to listen to the seal whine if thrown a fish. Think about the good Mr. James could do if he used his platform to promote peace, instead of further festering the rioting, of which most Americans now associate with the BLM movement. Players like Michael Jordan in basketball or Walter Payton in football, to use Chicago examples, had so much more class and better sense to bite the hand that fed them.
Middle-aged men of all colors who raised families, worked hard all their lives, taken risks, and/or have employed people don’t require life lessons from spoiled youngsters paid to play with a ball. We learned a long time ago if you obey the law, the police normally leave you alone. Comedian Chris Rock produced a video on how not to get your butt kicked by the police.
Some may be thinking, ‘what do I care if six old “rednecks” from central Illinois don’t watch sports?’ Ask yourself how many more of us are out there, also not watching sports? My bet, it’s widespread. We’re not pleased with this anarchy and don’t want it shoved down our throats.
Don’t get us wrong, we feel athletes have every right to protest. We agree and will fight for their right to protest. And if those young, affluent players see an injustice, they should get involved to overcome issues.
However, athletes protesting need to do it on their own time. Protest strongly in fact…when not scheduled to perform in a ballgame that matters to us. The games themselves are on our time - we pay the bloated salaries. We want traditions respected. Stand at attention for the National Anthem and keep mouths shut about grievances while wearing a teams’ uniform.
Or don’t. But we’re not interested in player gripes when we sit down to watch a ballgame. We’re not going to watch hissy fits on television, go to ball parks, or buy jerseys of pampered athletes. We’re also not going to pay attention to the media pandering to the players.
Athletes are probably going to have to learn this lesson the hard way, as baseball did in 1994. Wealth makes young players think they’re overly important. Right now, China’s bug is hiding America’s response, and players feel comfortable since nobody is in the stands. Wait till hardly anybody is still not in the stands after the virus is declared over, somewhere around November 5, and attendance numbers plummet. ESPN rankings have tanked, held up only by baseball. Basketball playoff viewership is down 23% from last year. Combined with no fans in attendance, this number will get the attention of team owners, particularly when they realize there’s a large section of the country that simply lost interest.
At the start of the football season next week, if Packer knees bend to the turf on the sideline, or don’t come out of the locker room for the National Anthem, then the inconceivable happens. It will be painful, but a fifty-two-year love of following the Packers will be disrupted.
I’ve already skipped the Blackhawks season. I’m currently ignoring the Cubs. I pray there’s not a football season without the Packers, but I’m bracing for the inevitable.
Well, there’s always the golf channel.
At the time of this writing, the small hamlet of Kenosha WI, population 101,000, is being torn apart by rioting and looting. Due to yet another scuffle by the police mediating a domestic dispute, Jacob Blake was shot while getting into his car, despite police orders to stand down. Democrat mayor John Antaramian has requested the Wisconsin National Guard.
Further details won’t be known for a while, so I won’t jump to conclusions, allowing politicians and the main-stream-media do it for me instead.
Several businesses were burned in the fracas, including a car dealer and a jewelry store. You probably won’t believe this but jewelry actually turned up missing? Nothing expresses social injustice against police brutality like absconding with a gold necklace.
Sixty-six miles away, Chicago is a ticking time bomb for rioting - except in Democratic Mayor Lightfoot’s neighborhood. You can now evidently protest and loot at will anywhere in Chicago, except in that one block where she, her wife, and child live – it’s off-limits. Consider this – your business can be ruined or children shot, just not in Beetlejuice’s Block.
In a page out of Beetlejuice’s book, the Minneapolis City Council recently voted to defund the police department. Then decided for political reasons to delay the decision until after the November elections. In the meantime, taxpayers dished out $152,400 for private security for Council members Jenkins, Cunningham and Cano, trailblazers of the Defund the Police nonsense. Consider the irony – Minneapolis residents have no police protection but pay for safety for three moronic councilmen.
However, all this pales to Portland Oregon, where they’ve been rioting and looting for over ninety days now. The city resembles Baghdad. By the way, the mayor and governor, both democrats, ridiculously prefer to argue with Trump’s insistence to suppress the anarchy. Actually, they seem to be enjoying it.
Riots and looting are happening all over the country in our biggest cities. The damage is estimated to be in the billions, and will affect future insurance rates, costing everybody. The arrests, injuries, and deaths associated with the anarchy is mounting. All this protesting, rioting and looting in over 2,000 US cities, are supposedly over the death of one drug-addled felon. Would you believe I’m skeptical?
Isn’t our tax money supposed to keep us safe from this very type of behavior? Methinks there is something more to all this than just the death of one man by the police. You suppose somebody or organization is stoking this anarchy, and for what reason? Hmmm!
Liberal/Democratic policies are destroying this country, city by city, while useless Democrat politicians stand by and watch miscreants’ riot daily. Are they afraid, or is there some sort of a master plan? Mayors and governors contemptuously dare Trump to do something about it.
Before hardly any facts were known about the Kenosha shooting, Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers dribbled an incendiary tweet – “While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.” No shit, Tony.
Well Governor, a wiser man might have waited a few days to see what actually transpired before throwing the police under the bus. A little later, the spineless governor tweeted, “And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with black Wisconsinites.” In other words, miscreants are free to burn down your town and steal at will, we’ll just stand by and gawk.
He later called the Wisconsin State Legislature into a special session (where the hell were they?) for the coming week on policing accountability and transparency. If Mr. Blake was grabbing his gun, as was reported, this governor will look about as fatuous as our toilet removing IL governor Pritzker. Even black folks aren’t going to condone that type of behavior.
So, the question is, just how long are we going to put up with this politically-driven nonsense? Not surprisingly, both white and black people overwhelmingly don’t want the police defunded. I’m relatively sure, black folks aren’t too happy about their neighborhoods being torched and looted either.
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, a black man himself, said it best when he stated, “It’s not the police who need to be retrained, it’s the public. We have grown into a mouthy, mobile phone wielding, vulgar society with no personal responsibility and the attitude of “it’s the other person’s fault’, you owe me. A society where children grow up with no boundaries or knowledge or concern for civil society and personal responsibility.”
Unless you particularly like rioting and looting on your streets, and your police departments defunded, you really might want to put some thought into who you will be voting for in November.
This socialist experiment doesn’t seem to be working out so well.
Writing this column is sometimes challenging. Usually, a general idea of what to say is formed and words start magically lining up in my noggin'. However, this normally happens while I’m golfing, driving or showering - with no way to write thoughts down. I then forget the words which causes me to start all over again, waiting for the magic mojo to reappear.
This past week was shaping up to be no different, but then former first lady, Michelle “Mooch” Obama gave me an unforgettable jolt with her absurd speech at the opening of the “virtual” Democratic Convention. It’s virtual so Hidin’ Biden can remain in his Delaware basement. (Is a “virtual convention” an oxymoron?)
You remember poor Mooch, never able to be proud of her country until her husband won the presidency. Since, she’s lived like a queen on our dime. Later, we found out all that affluence still gave her depression. It’s called a conscience, Michelle!
Critics of her speech homed in on comments that Trump was “in over his head” or was the “wrong president for our country.” The main-stream-media fawned over her remarks, as if Jesus came to enlighten them. She recorded her Trump-bashing speech from one of her palatial residences a week in advance. It kicked off the theme for the rest of the convention – putting a thump on Trump rather than what they will do for us.
I wondered if, having co-existed in the White House for eight years, this woman might have become an expert in knowing when someone is “in over his head,” or “the wrong president.” She lived through it firsthand when her husband sat in the Oval Office with his feet up on the Resolute Desk. That realization gave me cause for concern, but considering the source, I let it go. Would you expect anything else in the Trump era – the Democrats not telling us what they can do; just criticizing the guy in the arena doing it?
The part of her scolding that grabbed my attention though was the statement, “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can, and they will if we don’t make a change in this election.” Was that a threat?
In the year 2020, where we have seen more bizarre events than any generation before us, none of which were the fault of the President, that statement seemed sinister to me. Might she know something we don’t? I feel like we’ve been warned, don’t vote for Trump, or else.
The Democratic voter today is an enigma. I know intelligent people who are Democrats. I also know some liberals who are, quite frankly, ill-informed to put it nicely. Then there are those just looking for a handout or doing as told.
In conversations with friends, we can’t understand how anyone can intellectually or morally back the current liberal ideology. How can reasonably intelligent people not be able to see through the political indiscretions of the likes of the Obama’s, Pelosi, Schumer, the Clinton’s, and their ilk? They all live like royalty, making themselves fabulously wealthy off our toil and sweat. Are hardworking Democrats oblivious that those people use their money to enrich themselves?
Democrats ignore, or justify, the anarchy destroying our major cities – is that really the way liberals believe society should behave? This problem never got addressed at the convention. Do BLM supporters really want to exist in a society with less police? If you can believe the poll, four out of five black folks polled don’t want less police.
How would anyone possibly consider voting for an aging Joe Biden, suffering what appears the onset of dementia, hibernating in his basement, to lead our nation? Are Democrats not concerned with Biden, or worse - Hunter Biden, interacting with the leaders of China or Russia? If Biden is forced out are Democrats comfortable under the direction of the far-left leaning loon, Kamala Harris?
How can forty-five million people belong to a party that supports killing babies? What part of “thou shall not kill,” is not understandable?
What is it about Trump Derangement Syndrome that makes people so blind with rage that they will overlook the breakdown of our country going on right before our eyes? Why would Democrats consider Biden when the Obama/Biden administration accomplished so little for eight years?
For example, in that time:
Why didn’t they take care of the supposed “systemic race issues?”
Why didn’t they resupply the emergency needs, such as masks and generators that were evidently in so short supply at the onset of the pandemic?
Why didn’t they stop people coming in from China like Trump tried to do before being accused of being a xenophobe?
The list goes on, and of course, I will get no intelligent rebuttal from this commentary, which is a shame.
Well, next week the Republican convention starts, so that should give me some more fodder for a column, if I can only remember.
I'm taking time off from normal rants. There was plenty to grumble about given the announcement of Kamala Harris as Hidin’ Biden’s vice-presidential nominee, in which they gave long rants and pathetically allowed no questions.
I can always gripe about this "woke" society we live in now where everyone’s a victim.
This week, something else is on my mind.
How old were you when you first heard of a derecho or a mesoscale convection system? In my case, sixty-three and I’ve been watching weather a long time.
Derecho is a Spanish word meaning "straight." In meteorological lingo it’s associated with the storm that clobbered Chebanse and Kankakee Monday night. It’s considered a straight-line windstorm associated with fast-moving groups of thunderstorms, or a mesoscale convection system. That knowledge, and $5.08 will buy an iced latte at Dunkin’ Donuts.
Sadly, the derecho decimated old majestic trees at the Kankakee Country Club, where I miserably attempt to put together a golf game. Fortunately, an oak planted in my father’s memory survived a larger tree falling on it. Another tree was completely uprooted, exposing its underside - about nine feet in diameter. A disheartened head golf pro, Kevin Fitzgerald lamented he’d never seen a golf course so tore up.
Shortly after the storm passed, I drove from my office, as we had no electricity, to Chebanse to have dinner with my mother. If you’ve been a reader of this column, recall I grew up in Chebanse, often mentioning it in some sort of jest. I’m very familiar with the municipality, many of its residents, and even a few characters.
Driving the streets through the tiny town was saddening. It appeared as if a bomb had gone off. Yards, driveways and streets were blocked with limbs, branches, and a few power lines. Yards were littered with leaves and sticks. They actually had to clear streets with a snowplow. Areas I knew well were almost unrecognizable. Trees having seen a hundred years of storms had fallen in yards or on roofs of some unlucky folks.
Then I noticed something else. Everywhere I drove, people were out cleaning up messes. Neighbors were helping neighbors. Just in the short time it took for the storm to move through and my drive to Chebanse, residents had already begun to clean up the carnage leveled upon their property. Some were cutting fallen branches off trees, while others hooked heavy limbs to pickup trucks to drag away to the community pile at the ballpark I played at daily. The activities were almost orchestrated, and most amazingly, the residents were doing it themselves. It reminded me of the residents of Whoville after the Grinch stole their Christmas when townsfolk headed out to sing anyway.
My mother has lived in the same house for nearly sixty years and is over a hundred years old. The house, not my mother. She has a large lot with many trees, bushes, and flowers. The neighbors all have…or had, trees around her property as well. Sadly, some fell into her yard.
Maneuvering up her driveway, I thought her yard didn’t seem to sustain that much destruction – lots of leaves and small branches, but damage seemed minimal. A branch had evidently fallen on a split rail fence, knocking some of it down, but it would be easily repairable. The driveway was certainly navigable, more so than some streets.
I was wondering if she’d just been lucky. Then I realized her lawn had sustained extensive wind damage too, but her neighbor, Rod Perzee, and buddy, Phil Snyder had already been to her house to clear up what they could. They did this before cleaning their own yards. She certainly had been lucky – lucky to have such great friends.
Thanks a million, Rod and Phil. You’re the best.
Several local farmers immediately came to town with equipment. Town maintenance supervisor James Smith worked tirelessly. Even the towns of Clifton and Ashkum, including Ashkum road commissioner, Adam Weber (no relation - one "b") sent maintenance crews to clear away messes.
This tale doesn’t end there.
I went back to Chebanse Wednesday morning to look around some more. Incredibly, my hometown was nearly back to its former self. Yards had been cleared of most the rubble; some of it sitting out by the street for removal. Other yards were already clear of debris, having had already been hauled away. Some folks were out raking their yards. Some lawns had even been freshly mowed.
The Chebanse people handled their adversity with virtually no outside help. They aided each other in the middle of a pandemic and with no electricity. Incredibly, the town was almost back to normal within two days.
I’m proud to call Chebanse my hometown – those folks are so resilient and incredibly neighborly. Unlike the cretins you see on your television at night, Chebanse folks epitomize what it is to be Americans.
As you’re reading this there is an experiment taking place which might confirm the China bug matter to be the hoax many of us think it is, or the legitimate pandemic shrieked about. We shouldn’t have to wait more than a month for answers either.
The 80th Annual Sturgis Bike Rally is going on thru the 16th of August, despite warnings the entire state is going to die. According to an AP yarn, over 250,000 bikers are expected to attend this year’s event. South Dakota Governor, Kristi Noem has not interfered with the rally, nor will she, as she believes Americans have rights.
I’m a "biker" myself, although I've not been to Sturgis…yet. I'm the type though that would pull a motorcycle behind my air-conditioned SUV to within fifty miles of Sturgis. Trading my Tommy Bahama shorts, shirt, and flip flops, I’d then don jeans and a Trump T-shirt before riding the rest of the way.
Having admitted that, I've been to many biker bars and events, even during COVID. Based on those experiences, I can’t imagine there will be many bikers wearing masks in acts of compliance. Historically, it’s hard enough getting some just to wear shirts and underwear, so pity the poor soul bringing up the mask issue.
Since the media revels in posting grim virus reports daily – which oddly doesn’t seem to affect BLM rioters or funeral attendees of certain drug addicts and Congressmen - the bug should go viral with all that reveling going on in Sturgis. A quarter-million people could possibly get infected, hacking up that bug everywhere between Sturgis and home, possibly even your town.
When the reveling has passed and the party’s over, if everybody that attended departs this life horribly in quarantine, we might then have conclusive proof all those media warnings have been warranted, and I have been, to use one columnists’ word, foolish.
However, if there is very little uptick in serious infections creating massive hospital bed or ventilator shortages, and no vast spikes in deaths of us disgusting bikers, you suppose we can stop hearing the media reporting non-stop about the China bug and scaring the bejesus out of people? Might it then be considered comparable to other ailments, such as diabetes, heart attacks, bronchitis, or in-grown toenails?
Methinks all those bikers are going to be just fine. There will likely be more deaths from drug and alcohol overdoses, or guys being shot by jealous husbands, than a bug from China. Rest assured there will be lots of "positive" tests, but probably very few serious infections.
Folks, I'm no medical expert. The medical experts the media will allow you to hear are also going to inform you I'm an idiot. I readily admit the virus is a real medical concern that will unfortunately kill people, perhaps even myself. But so might diabetes, driving cars, or a myriad of other issues.
Sorry, but some of us just have no intention of living in fear from any of those issues. Masks are uncomfortable and represents compliance. Not to be heartless, but if you have an underlying condition or are just afraid, perhaps you should stay away from us. Everybody is not required by law to carry an EpiPen in case you have an allergic reaction, so why a mask?
We deplorables passionately believe this pandemic has been over-hyped by the Democrat party and their liberal media propaganda arm. It’s a ploy to keep people frightened and submissive, the economy struggling, and above all, to battle Trump in his re-election campaign. It’s also keeping Joe Biden in his basement to decrease his public gaffe’s. Eventually, it will be the reason Hidin’ Biden can’t campaign or debate, completely undermining the election process.
Are you aware of normal deaths, such as motorcycle crashes for example, reported as COVID? Are you aware of the positive COVID tests reported on people that did not actually take the test? (Read that last sentence again.) Wonder why?
Have you noticed the media only reports "medical professionals" aligning with keeping people scared and obedient? Any medical profession, such as the American Frontline Doctors Group, speaking against the “official” narrative is ignored or scorned.
The president recommends and supported by AFD, the cheap hydroxychloroquine drug. There are people that had the virus and claim it saved their life. These reports are met with contempt. There are politicians that have attempted to out-law it, even though it’s been around eighty years. Instead, we are supposed to wait on a "rushed" expensive vaccine with no historical vetting.
I urge you to track reports concerning COVID results from the Sturgis rally, a Petri Dish of sorts. If I’m wrong, the media will tell you non-stop until the election. And if right, the silence will be deafening. Watch and see.
By the way, there is no truth to the story ANTIFA plans on attending the Sturgis Rally. However, if they do, we can hope Sturgis makes it a pay-per-view event.
Do you long for the “good old days,” possibly 2016, after the Cubs won the World Series and Donald Trump was elected President? Or how about 2018…when the economy was booming after years of Obama stagnation?
Anxiety in those days was limited to acts of possible subversion, courtesy of the Democrat party, which sadly continues to this day. History tells us they have been at it for a long time.
Now, we wait to see if the “tag team” of William Barr and John Durham are going to arrest somebody for the seditious acts of the 2016 election. I was doubting they would until Democrats treated Barr like a red-headed stepchild during Congressional hearings last Tuesday. They might have kicked a sleeping dog with that stunt.
Those days of yesteryear were also when wealthy football players who knelt, ostensibly against the police, were ostracized for foolishness, not pandered to by league and team owners. They will feel America’s wrath this fall, assuming their season isn’t already cancelled.
Looking back, the millionaires in NASCAR, the MLB and NBA, along with other athletes, had better sense than to get caught up in the anti-American shenanigans being exhibited in the NFL. Now, most of them are the same miscreants who kneel, sit or hide while the National Anthem is playing.
It was also before we learned the NBA was in Communist China’s pocket, ignoring China’s slave labor and concentration camp issues for the $500 million revenue they gorge upon. Meanwhile NBA rocket scientist LeBron James rails against America.
These were the times when convicted criminals served their sentences, regardless of prison conditions. Everyone was aware of the hazards of prison life. But a bug imported from China caused the prison system to become more “benevolent.” Before, it wasn’t unusual for one to experience life-threatening issues in prison like beatings, shanks, or rapes. But, upon the threat of a bug that evidently can be eliminated by a piece of cloth over one’s mouth, it suddenly became inhumane for jailbirds to be locked up. Nobody asked their victims.
It was also before armchair-medical-experts decided to dictate what we need to do concerning our health, as opposed to our liberty. Even actual medical experts, who are not in obeyance with this class of new non-medical experts, were to be ostracized and muzzled by social media. The armchair club does not mention anything about the double-standard as to why those health requirements don’t extend to rioters, the homeless, black folks in certain portions of Oregon, or politicians in DC.
Furthermore, during the recent John Lewis/Biden political rally and funeral, several politicians attended a Georgia church service to listen to Obama bloviate some more on the evils of America – just before he jetted back to his $15 million Cape Cod mansion. (This was the same Congressman Lewis who did not attend either George W. Bush’s or Donald Trump’s inauguration because they weren’t “legitimate.”)
Some in the audience dutifully wore masks. How many of you were denied a funeral church service for your loved one during this supposed pandemic, or even church services at all? Yet, because it was a politician who passed, they, the ruling class, are allowed to congregate in church because evidently, the “bug” doesn’t attack special people, just us foolish people.
Wonder how many of those same politicians, upon returning to DC, are quarantining themselves for fourteen days, as per DC mayoral law, for anyone coming from GA? My bet is zero.
Speaking of rioters, this was also before Americans ever dreamed anarchy would be allowed to invade our cities; acts condoned by the Left and politicians that misrepresent them. I understand Senator Lindsay Graham had something to say about this, but we’ve learned he’s all hat and no cattle.
This was back before Soros funded terrorist’s organizations like ANTIFA and Black Lives Matter exploded on to the streets, leaving destruction, injured, and death in their wake, allegedly over the death of a drug-addled felon. If that’s the narrative you adhere to.
It was before social media began censoring Conservative thought and comments, including the sitting President of the US, and then lying to Congress about it. Just as well, Congress had no idea what Big-Tech was talking about anyway.
Also, before we knew of the dark world of Jeffery Epstein and the affluent people participating in his debauchery. Before Epstein didn’t hang himself. The world now holds its breath waiting to see how Epstein’s paramour, Ghislaine Maxwell inexplicably meets her demise, and more evidence goes missing.
Well folks, my guess is this anarchy and lunacy will be over November 3rd, the day after the election. The virus will magically be gone, the riots will be subsiding as Liberals come to some sobering realizations, jails will be full again, the MLB, NHL, and NBA seasons will all be one big asterisk, the NFL ratings will have plummeted faster than Bill Clinton's pants in a trailer park, and the stock market will be streaking upward.
And best of all President Trump will be back to draining the Swamp. If I’m wrong, we’ll be getting the government we deserve.
Surely, I’m not the only one fed up with the social anarchy tearing this country apart, as well as the pinheads allowing it to exist? At this rate, people may come to understand the term “silent-majority,” with more clarity in November.
Governors have released over 16,000 criminals on the streets amid China bug concerns, while directing the rest of us to stay quarantined and wear masks. You probably won't believe this, but some of those criminals were re-arrested. It may be a "foolish" question but if masks are so effective, why didn’t they just give them to the prisoners?
Anarchy runs wild on city streets, excused by Democrat mayors, unmindful of their oath to protect life, liberty and property. Insurrection, under the guise of “peaceful protests” occur in Democrat cities daily, resulting in injury, death and destruction of property. President Trump offers assistance, but is scorned, fearful he will quell what they can’t.
In the wake of the anarchy in New York City, Comrade Mayor DeBlasio, evidently having nothing better to do, childishly helped paint Black Lives Matter on the street in front of Trump Tower. The BLM mural has been vandalized several times since, so Comrade DeBalsio stationed around-the-clock police at the site, right after he cut a billion dollars from the police budget. Maybe Trump should paint Trump2020 in front of NY city hall. DeBlasio is toast after this term, I predict.
In St. Louis Missouri rioters busted through the fence of a gated community, marched up to the first house, only to be met by a terrified couple standing armed outside their home, ready to protect their property. The result of this incident is felony charges have been filed…against the couple protecting their home! Their weapons have also been confiscated.
Fueled by George Soros money, the war-torn cities of Portland Oregon and Seattle Washington have coordinated civil unrest that would make a Baghdad terrorists blush, with no end in sight. Been going on for 54 days at the time of this writing.
Fourteen people were shot in a volley of gunfire at a funeral last Tuesday afternoon in, would you believe Chicago! A drive-by shooter opened fire, but was fired back upon by those in attendance. Consider the bizarreness of people feeling compelled to bring guns to a funeral.
Chicago Mayor Lighthead doesn’t trust Trumps motives for offering to help. Along with Governor “Commodes” Pritzker and IAG Rauol, she had a pow-wow (is that word racist?) just in case that crafty Trump tries something she doesn’t like. She’s gonna sue by God! Through that stare of hers, she seems clueless Trump is just giving her enough slack to be voted out of office next time around for being the incompetent boob she’s turned out to be.
When press secretary Kaleigh McEnany mentioned Lighthead might be derelict in protecting the Chicago people, as nearly 2,000 mostly black people have been shot this year, Lighthead’s response was a cross, “Hey, Karen, watch your mouth.” Had I been McEnany, I would have responded to Lighthead by asking, “or what, Beetlejuice?” (For those not up on the new lingo, a “Karen” is an entitled white woman and Beetlejuice is, well, Chicago Mayor Lighthead.)
This is all happening against the backdrop of a media reminding us every minute of the day how many people died from the China bug. If the numbers can be believed (and I don’t) the death number is about 147,000, mostly elderly folks this year. For comparison purposes, that is half the number of cancer deaths. It is also less than the number of abortions…in just California this year.
You have a 99% rate of living through China’s bug, and yet, the nation is terrified because the media won’t let the hysteria subside to allow society and the economy to heal. You want to calm your fears, turn off your damn news sources.
To heighten the hysteria, there’s that matter of certain retailers, like Kroger, going to a cashless gimmick, insisting only on credit or debit cards. If you use cash, Kroger won’t give you your change, they round up to the next nearest dollar. You can then use your own money as a balance the next time you go in, or donate it to a charity of...their choice.
This stunt is supposedly because of concerns over China’s bug too. When was the last time you sanitized your credit cards? I can't tell you how many times I've dropped mine on the floor of whatever establishment I tried to use it at.
Retailers also are blaming this on an imaginary shortage of coins. That's a hoot. Don’t believe it. It’s a blatant attempt to track people, a precursor to being chipped…like a dog.
Some in corporate America are using all this mayhem as cover to enact their various political correctness schemes too, such as the example I used last week of Redskins merchandise being pulled unless their name has been changed. Because of their political liberal involvement, there have been several corporations our company has decided to cease doing business. I can only hope other companies make similar determinations. (In full disclosure, Target should have been on the list too, but I’m afraid to tell my wife.)
About those masks, I’ll take three days for $20 on the over/under for the number of days when teachers give up trying to make school kids wear masks all day?
A couple years ago I wrote opposition to an op-ed that the Washington Redskins football team should change their name. The papers published my rebuttal. You’ve been stuck with me ever since.
Now, the Redskin organization, owned primarily by Dan Snyder, has announced they will succumb to PC pressure, dropping the name Redskins, as well as the Indian logo. It’s been their nickname for 87 years.
Supposedly, this came as great relief to the Navajo nation, although the logo was not a Navajo, but of a man from the Blackfeet tribe named John “Two Guns” White Calf, designed in 1971 by Blackie Wetzel, also of the Blackfeet tribe.
While Snyder resisted the name change for years, he capitulated for money. Would you expect anything less? Fed-Ex was paying 207 million bucks for naming rights to the stadium, located in Maryland, and were threatening Snyder’s wallet. Snyder wants a new stadium built inside the DC city limits and must be counting on Fed Ex to pony up more dough for the new digs; well, at least that portion taxpayers don’t get stuck with.
In lockstep, other liberally managed corporations such as Amazon, Walmart, Target, Nike, and Dick’s Sporting Goods pulled Redskin merchandise from their stores. Doesn’t that give you a warm, fuzzy feeling to know the nation’s largest retailers are in on the plot to turn our country into a socialist cesspool resembling Venezuela?
At the time of this writing, there is no official new name for the Redskin’s franchise. Having beaten Snyder into submission, the Navajo now want to name the team too. They suggested the Navajo Code Talkers, after the secret language used during WW2. Redtails is also a leading contender, named after the Tuskegee Airmen, a collection of black WW2 fighter pilots.
I’d like to offer a few suggestions;
How about the Washington Wimps? They don’t play particularly good football, and there is that matter of Snyder surrendering to political correctness.
If they really want to chase more corporate money and atone for their sins, they could dangle naming rights in front of the corporations that removed their merchandise from shelves. For examples, there could be the Washington Fed X’ers, the Washington Amazonians, or even the DC Dicks.
My favorite - the Washington Trumps. There could be a big gold “T” for the logo. The helmets and jerseys would be red, white, and blue. Adam Schiff would have to start another bogus impeachment campaign at how Snyder and Trump pulled that off.
The woke crowd won’t stop with the Redskins, folks. The baseball Cleveland Indians recently deleted their logo, Chief Wahoo, who’d been grinning exuberantly on ball caps since 1947. They’re “working” on a new name now.
Many Cleveland baseball fans, having accepted the removal of the Indians’ name and logo whether they liked it or not, would like to see the team go back to original names such as the Spiders or Naps. The ultimate decision is going to be up to ownership…along with input from an Indian tribe. The fans…you know, those people paying for the tickets, beer, and hotdogs that pay all those ridiculously huge salaries, will evidently not have a voice.
There is also rumbling about the “racist” Texas Rangers baseball franchise changing names too. Incredibly, snowflakes now equate the name of a famous law enforcement agency to the Klan due to their alleged harsh brutality. Are the Minneapolis Vikings far behind? (Makes one wonder how the Pittsburgh Pirates name never came up, although we probably already know that answer.)
After the woke crowd gets their way with these franchises, they will look around for more “injustices” to whine about. The general consensus is they will more than likely put the Atlanta Braves in their cross-hairs next. The Braves said they aren’t budging on the name, but absurdly agreed to curb the “tomahawk chant” – yet another attack on first amendment rights. The Kansas City Chiefs will come shortly thereafter.
You watch, eventually they will focus their snowflake-ness on our beloved Blackhawk (hockey) name and logo, perhaps the most iconic logo in sports. Wanna bet?
Blackhawk management vowed to keep the name. “The Chicago Blackhawks name and logo symbolizes an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois…, whose leadership and life has inspired generations of Native Americans, veterans, and the public,” the Hawks stated to the Chicago Sun-Times, with a straight face. Additional sanctimonious statements followed. Afterwards everyone held hands and sang kumbaya.
Black Hawk, by the way, was part of the Sauk tribe. During the War of 1812 he fought on the side of the British against the United States, perhaps explaining why Blackhawk management can act smug about not having to change their name at this time. Anyone that fought against the founding of America can’t be all that bad in a liberal’s head.
Well, I doubt I’ll be watching any of them anyway.
Over the July 4th holiday, while people were protesting, rioting, and killing one another in our largest cities, some degenerate protested the killing of George Floyd by ripping a statue of Frederick Douglass off it’s base. This happened at Maplewood Park in Rochester NY, where Douglass had given a celebrated speech 168 years – to the day – earlier. The statue was found 50 yards away leaning against a fence, rather than atop the degenerate, as karma might have dictated.
What a way to honor Floyd – by tearing down a statue of Douglass. For those of you young enough to have been denied a proper education in American History in our “modern” schools and over-priced liberal universities, Douglass was hugely significant in the battle against slavery.
Douglass escaped slaveryto became a leader for the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York. Well known nationally for passionate oratory and his written skills, Douglas railed against the iniquities of human bondage. He enlisted black soldiers into the Union Army, including two sons, and met personally with Abraham Lincoln to appeal for equal pay and better treatment for enlisted black soldiers.
Douglass also wrote several auto-biographies, including a bestseller entitled, “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave,” in 1845. He was also the first black person to be nominated for Vice President of the US, albeit against his wishes, to be running mate to Victoria Woodhull on the Equal Rights Party ticket.
The group that ripped up that statue either had no idea who Douglass was, or had an anarchist agenda. Given the anniversary date, one might suspect the latter.
Another group of anarchists has tried repeatedly to tear down or demand removal of a statue of Abraham Lincoln, called the Emancipation Memorial, in Washington DC, erected in 1876. It depicts a freed slave kneeling above the word “EMANCIPATION,” raising himself up from the ground upon a gesture by Lincoln. There is a replica statue in Boston that has been targeted as well. Incredibly, only in today’s PC culture is this statue considered racist.
For you Gender Studies majors, Lincoln is the author of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing 3.5 million slaves upon his decree. He did so not as President, but as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, an important distinction, as the slavery issue was considered a state’s right at the time.
Nearly every country in the world has the stain of slavery on all races, yet the United States is the only one to enact a proclamation against it. There were fifteen presidents before Lincoln…mostly great men, yet none penned a decree to free people. None were Republican either.
The impetus for the anarchy America is experiencing is over the death of George Floyd at the hands of a racist cop. The group seemingly leading the protests against Floyd's murder is called “Black Lives Matter,” or BLM. (If you want to see a Liberal’s head explode, counter the term BLM with “All Lives Matter.”)
People of all races are graciously donating money to the BLM cause. Unfortunately, this money is channeled through a registered charitable organization called ActBlue Charities, a political action committee that collects money for Democratic campaigns. It appears the BLM donations are, in all probability, a shell to funnel money to Democrat candidates. This claim is denied in confusing diatribes by liberal “fact-check” organizations.
Suffice to say, due to the way ActBlue reports its finances within charitable finance laws, it is nearly impossible to find out who is the actual donor of the money given to BLM. It appears much of it goes to Democratic presidential candidates. If you believe you’re donating to the BLM movement, there’s a good chance you’re donating to Biden’s campaign instead, whether that was your intention or not.
Additionally, heavily bureaucratic, machine-influenced Chicago, who hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931, has a serious black on black murder problem, horrifically including innocent children, and in mind-numbing numbers. Most of the nation’s largest cities have similar problems,and for all the same reasons. The common denominator to this carnage is all major cities are run by Democrats.
I mention this as it appears to me the Democrat party may have carried out a "bait and switch" scheme on the BLM movement. What was originally an outcry of police brutality was whipped into a tempestuous frenzy by an unscrupulous media, and to a state of anarchy in an attempt to overturn our current system of democracy.
Somehow, I just don’t think that’s how average black Americans envisioned this protest happening. I’m convinced the average black American loves his/her country every bit as the average white guy, and does not want to see Socialism ushered into this country.
As I've explained in detail in my past two commentaries, it baffles me why, throughout history, Democrats have treated people of color with such disdain.
As we hurtle toward the presidential election, could you ever imagine the bizarre events we are living through in 2020? Fortunately, this mayhem is mostly all election related and will be over November 3rd. Consider if you will:
A three-year impeachment hoax, possibly orchestrated by the nation’s highest officials, including the FBI, CIA, a past Secretary of State and even perhaps a past president, to remove a sitting president, in a failed coup attempt. AG Bill Barr is still navigating through the sewage of this swamp.
The Democrats are pushing as their presidential candidate a man with a checkered past and signs of mental decline, and the pollsters are trying to tell us he's leading decidedly in the polls, ala 2016.
Shortly after the hoax was exposed, an extremely suspicious China virus hit us. Stubbornly it won’t go away. This prompted politicians to shut down an economy costing the country up to $7.9 trillion over the next decade, an “Obama-special” bill our grandchildren have to pay. Everything associated with this virus has an air of suspicion about it.
Then a racist white cop killed a drug-addled black man in Minneapolis, unleashing anarchy across the country. Protests sprung up, which turned into riots, then the obligatory looting that has now gone on for weeks. Nothing like sticking it to the “man” and showing solidarity by stealing a big screen television.
There have been ridiculous calls to defund the police, and astonishingly, some large cities, all Democrat, are considering it. Council members in Minneapolis voted to disband the police, then hired private protection for themselves…on taxpayer dime. You can’t make this stuff up, folks.
Rather than quelling the mayhem, as is their duty, elected politicians allowed carnage to spread across the country, going so far as letting derelicts in Seattle take over part of the city. The city recently took back the property only after the residents of CHOP, bored with shooting each other, ventured to the mayor’s home.
There is a common theme to this anarchy – it’s called the Democrat party. You can bet none of these miscreants will be casting a vote for Trump in November.
If most knew the history of the Democrat party, they probably wouldn’t be Dems, as most of the “left-leaners” I know are descent people. But, as Ronald Reagan said, “…there’s just so much they don’t know.”
The Democrat party was established in 1828 by supporters of Andrew Jackson, “owner” of 95 slaves. The first Democrat president, he was also the leading force behind the passage of the Indian Removal Act, which led to the infamous Trail of Tears. 60,000 American Indians and black slaves were forced out of the Southeast to territories west of the Mississippi River. 4,000 people perished along the way.
At that time, most members of the Democrat party in the south passionately favored slavery. Their insistence on owning slaves led to the election of Abraham Lincoln (the first Republican president) and ultimately, the Civil War. Nearly the entirety of the Confederate Army were Democrats.
After the war, white supremacist Democrats in the south, chaffing under Reconstruction policies, formed the Ku Klux Klan in 1865 to oppose blacks and Republicans. Nearly all electoral votes from the south went to Democrats, earning it the nickname, the “Solid South.” Democratic Memphis alderman, William Bedford Forrest, commander of the Ft. Pillow (Tennessee) massacre of 380 black troops, was the first Grand Wizard. Their opposition to black people went on nearly a hundred years with Jim Crow laws and poll taxes, further attempts of enforcing racial segregation.
Black folks and American Indians weren’t the only victims of Democrats either. Democrat Franklin Roosevelt interned 117,000 people of Japanese descent during WW2 as well.
Upon the passing of the Civil Rights Act of 1965, black voters, historically Republican, switched to the Democrat party with Democrat President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” a series of social programs loosely copied off of FDR’s socialistic “New Deal,” designed to help the poor. Medicaid, Medicare, and federal education funding are all products of this legislation, and are still with us today. While this may appear favorable on its face, it has been at considerable expense and massive expansion of the federal government, further adding to the federal deficit. Ironically, one of the original precepts of the Democrat party was less government.
Popular Democratic WV Senator, Robert Byrd, in Congress 57 years, was a member of the KKK. Democrats claim this was when Byrd was young and didn’t know better. However, in 1964, at 47, Byrd joined other Democrats in an unsuccessful filibuster against the Civil Rights Act. Democrats Obama, Clinton, and Biden all spoke at Byrd’s 2010 funeral.
Since its inception, only 15 of 45 presidents have been Democrats, even though the part has been around 192 years. The party is no longer that of Harry Truman and John Kennedy. Today, there are 45,716,000 Democrats in the US, but they have morphed into a hodge-podge of diverse alliances; the only commonality being the ghoulish practice of abortion.
Liberals have taken over the Democrat party, forcibly pushing with ANTIFA assistance, the ideology further toward Socialism. In 2016 a Socialist-Democrat, Bernie Sanders won 1,865 delegates and received over 13 million votes in what was basically a rigged election…against him. This is the by-product of spending tons of cash to send our kids to be exploited by liberal professors, a situation that needs to be reviewed and changed, along with future "government money" allocated to universities.
In spite of the ongoing abject misery of socialism in Venezuela, the Socialist members of the US Democrat party are expanding. They reject Americanism (patriotism) and are replacing it with identity politics (tribalism). They believe there is no end to other people’s money and everything should be free - housing, education, medical care, etc. They also want stricter gun control, no borders, and extreme environmentalism. It’s a wonder the Dems haven’t shed the Socialists from their platform. My grandfather, a staunch Democrat his entire life, would not recognize today’s Democrat party.
In reviewing Socialists progressive constructs, promoted by Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, I found one idea agreeable – change the tax rules to discourage shipping jobs overseas. That might be an idea the Dems want to keep while they are Socialist tossing.
But then I discovered another Democrat construct that made me chuckle, particularly as the Russia hoax investigation continues. Would you believe one of their stated goals, right now, is to improve privacy laws and curtail government surveillance?
Somebody forgot to tell Obama.
Greetings from inside the Illinois iron curtain where Governor JB Pritzker is finally “allowing” us to tread lightly out of our homes.
As I write this, I’m a tad perplexed about the state (double entendre intended) I find myself in. Having lived my entire life in a free country, I’m not much for changing my ways upon the uninformed edicts of politicians. Sorry, I just can’t trust their motives.
"Foolishly" I was also unaware having a law degree came with a complimentary medical degree, particularly concerning face mask usage. The World Health Organization says otherwise, but…
What’s next, wearing scarlet letters for non-compliance of masks? Or having an “unauthorized” sign in my yard? Had some of these folks been around during the Revolutionary War we'd be drinking warm beer and putting up with the Queen's nonsense.
Anybody have an idea how many historical statues are to be torn down before sanity returns? Reprobates with no knowledge of history are expunging our past over perceived juvenile agenda’s. This is nothing less than anarchy, and is absurd on the part of liberal politicians. Morons in Seattle even defaced a statue of Jimi Hendrix…a guitar player.
If people are going to insist on toppling statues because it doesn't meet political correctness notions, then there are other removals to consider:
Lenin statues in several cities for starters. Vlad was a communist revolutionary, an ideology responsible for killing over a hundred million people. He should offend every American.
Statues of Barack Obama and Franklin Roosevelt offend many of us as they were socialists. John Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Bill Clinton were adulterers – that’s offensive to many. Bill is especially odious, not for handing over half the country to China, but for unleashing Hillary upon us.
Want to limit the sport of statue toppling to just slavery issues, then remove figures of Roman and Greek history. They owned slaves, as did the prophet Mohammad, who is etched into a wall inside the Supreme Court.
Let’s take this a step further, the pyramids need to be eliminated too. All were built by slave labor, possibly with the assistance of a few interplanetary aliens. We should level them and recycle the bricks for use for future riots.
All of these suggestions are obviously absurd. Jesus said, “He that is without sin...”
It's absurd to remove beautiful works of art and statues of any historical figure (well, except Obama) because they had a blemish which doesn't comport with a twisted sense of political correctness by liberals throwing temper tantrums. These are people who will never contribute anything useful to society.
How do you like your socialism so far?
On a different matter, the people that have railroaded the Black Lives Matter concept from a virtuous agenda to that of an extremist organization need to be reeled in by the people elected to keep us safe. How can BLM be taken sincerely when they alienate the country from the police while simultaneously turning a blind eye to the carnage in Chicago?
There were a mind-boggling 102 shootings in Chicago over the Father's Day weekend, including the deaths of three-year-old Mekhi James and thirteen-year old Amaria Jones. The beautiful little boy with his whole life ahead of him was doing nothing more than sitting in the back seat of a car; Amaria was in her own home. What does that do to the psyche of other children in those areas, or parents trying to keep families safe? It’s their country too. Where are the big-shot celebrities to pay for the funerals of those two precious kids now? Doesn't fit a Leftist’s agenda, does it?
If these instances of butchery are not enough to get Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, BLM leaders and Chicago politicians out stirring the correct pot for change, why should anyone else take the movement seriously? What is Chicago Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot, black herself, doing to ensure the safety of those folks? Prior mayors didn’t seem to care either. Why doesn’t Governor Pritzker restrict gangsters to their homes like he did the rest of us?
To stop all this would require democrat city mayors and blue-state governors showing some backbone to end the slaughter of innocent people. It would also require Republicans to stop standing by idly with their finger in their ear waiting for the Democrats to uncover something on Trump. Senators like Lindsay Graham, making idle threats just to get his mug on television, with no intention of ever following up on anything (I have a dog like that) are tiresome.
It would also require the national media, such as the New York Times or CNN, for examples, to stop cherry-picking salacious individual stories like the recent Nascar noose incident that only perpetuate tearing our country apart, instead of putting a spotlight on the killing fields of Chicago.
For the love of God, something other than just another statistic should come out of the tragic deaths of Mekhi James and Amaria Jones.
Just when we could really use a break, it’s looking like another fatality from the China bug might be the 2020 Major League baseball season. It would have been an enjoyable respite from all that is wrong in 2020; just to relax with your preferred beverage watching a ballgame. Reruns have all the appeal of a Jabba the Pritzker tax scheme.
Wealthy owners of baseball teams, with their archaic monopolistic advantage, and athletes being paid millions to play a kid’s game, have not been playing nice again. It should come as no surprise those high-dollar rollers haven’t been able to agree how to equitably divide the meager pot of gold that will be available this year.
Nobody knows when, or if, fans will be allowed back into stadiums by our overlords, which has an adverse effect on revenue streams. At the time of this writing, the players’ union had rejected the owners latest offer. Then, just when it appeared they were getting near to making spiteful comments about each other’s mama, a new deal was reported to be developing, probably consummated about ten minutes after this goes to print.
Just like 1994, it’s conceivable there might be no baseball this year. Never mind the fact that millions of people lost their jobs and thousands of businesses have gone bankrupt; those with the big money and flashy gold necklace jewelry just can’t help themselves from holding up America’s historic pastime over who grabs our dollar. They need their millions to “take care of their family.” Excuse me while I gag.
Given there is a looming labor skirmish with potentially no baseball coming up again for the 2022 season which they were already arguing about, one would think the baseball elites would have avoided this strife for 2020 at all cost. The MLB already has a billion-dollar broadcasting contract in their back pocket from Turner Sports for the 2022 season – so we know nobody’s going broke. It cost the MLB and its players dearly the last time they robbed us of the national pastime, and yet, here we are again. Only this time, thanks to China, we the people are really not in a very good mood.
There are various arguments and possible scenarios for this baseball situation. There is talk of anywhere from a 50-100 game season, but this amount diminishes with each passing day. As of this writing, at best they would not be back on the field before the end of July. They might also alter the playoff schedule.
At that point, the question becomes, why bother? If the Cubs, for example, were to win the World Series in a 50-75 game season, would any Cub fan feel the same exhilaration they had from the 2016 championship season, when the Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians? (Remember Bryant’s giddy throw across the field to an anxiously waiting Rizzo for the last out?)
You might feel exhilarated…right up to the moment some White Sox fan sarcastically reminds you it was an abbreviated season, and then pokes fun of your $50 Cubs’ championship T-shirt and $35 cap. Us Cubs fans all know how those Sox fans are, somewhat lovably obnoxious. There isn’t a Sox fan alive that would miss an opportunity to slap a big asterisk on the season if the Cubs won it all.
OK, that’s a two-way street, but as the writer of this column, I’m gonna point out the Sox fan mentality.
Seriously though, just like the NFL, baseball might be playing with fire with sports fans. Hopefully, by the time you read this, they’ve settled, at least until 2022 when we can do it all again.
On a personal note: Sunday the 21st, a special date to my wife and me. Forty years ago, on that day, we were married on surely the hottest day of the year. I foolishly wore black tails and a top hat.
We were just two young (she was absolutely) and immature (that would be me) kids that came together under certain considerably curious circumstances in Chebanse. What a back story.
Had a poll been conducted of the chances the marriage would survive; it would have been near unanimous…we were doomed. I don’t recall what the over/under was at the time, but I saw a family member taking bets.
The church had to grant special dispensation for our wedding song, an obscure ditty from a Led Zepplin’s album, called “Thank You.” It remains “our song” to this day.
It’s not your typical Led Zepplin song, opening with the a cappella verse:
“If the sun refused to shine,
I would still be loving you.
When mountains crumble to the sea,
It will still be you and me.”
Well, we’ve made forty years now, so we’re giving it our best to live up to that vow.
Happy Anniversary, Dawn. When mountains crumble to the sea...
Our family got together last Saturday. The wife and I had been out of Illinois for a while, so we had some catching up to do in the hugging department. All our children, their spouses, grandchildren, and my elderly mama enjoyed each other's company. We ate and swam - well except mom - she doesn’t swim much these days. I recall some drinking being involved, too.
We enjoyed it so well, we did it again Sunday. We felt safe from contracting the China bug because we took precautions.
From watching media, we came to understand that participation in certain types of behaviors assured the virus would not affect us. A peaceful protest marching up the street would surely keep us safe. This, however, wasn’t without issues:
Initially, our granddaughter thought it a good idea to make signs calling to “Defund the Police,” a battle cry she saw repeatedly on television. Not amused, her mother reminded her that a) she hadn’t been dropped on her head as a baby; and b) her father is a veteran policeman.
Our march turned somewhat riotous when, again mimicking television, one grandson brandished a tree branch and another started throwing rocks. Swift physical action thwarted that uprising – actions which should similarly have been carried out by elected officials during recent riots.
At the conclusion, we knelt for a Nancy Pelosi-style-photo-op. All was good until they had to call a tow truck to pick me up.
While on our march we noticed lots of family get-together's throughout many neighborhoods. It seemed others were gathering together too, like the old days, before Pritzker imposed stay at home edicts applying to all Illinoisans, with the exception of his own family, of course.
Coming back to Illinois from the southwest was a stark contrast, and not just the Illinois' humidity and potholes either. Restrictions were more relaxed in the south. Nobody really knew how virulent China’s virus was, nor what should be done about it, including, evidently, Dr. Fauci, so states were left to make their own rules. You can thank the media for blowing the matter out of proportion, scaring the bejesus out of everybody, and the Democrat party for never letting a crisis go to waste. Therefore, red states were somewhat relaxed while blue states locked people down.
Arriving home was as if we traveled back in time to what East Germany must have looked like, circa 1970. Streets are empty of pedestrians, businesses are shuttered, and everything is dark at night. Restaurants are hawking their fares on the street, striving fervently just to hang on from losing their business. Sadly, many, such as Coyote Canyon or Bakers Square, won't come back. No pie!
Meanwhile, ala Jabba the Hutt from Star Wars, Governor Pritzker sits atop his billions and his mansions, licking his lips while looking around feverishly for something else to tax. Surely, we Illinoisans can cough up some extra money somewhere. Maybe sell a kidney.
Did you know at the same time the media was propagating ongoing updates of the protests, riots, the life history of one homicidal cop, and the memorial services of a drug-addled felon, there were other newsworthy events?
* The NFL possibly committed suicide. Commissioner Roger Goodell publicly flogged himself at how the NFL handled the Kaepernick kneeling incident. This likely will mean players will go back to kneeling during the National Anthem, or perhaps the Anthem will be eliminated altogether. Kaepernick might get a job back in the NFL. You watch, it won't be long until some start promoting the idea Kaepernick should be commissioner. Evidently, having not learned anything from the first time around, the NFL will lose half their audience.
* The systematic erasing of history continued as more statues were vandalized or removed. Legal skirmishes are ongoing concerning the removal of General Robert E. Lee statues in Richmond VA, a pet project of moronic Democrat governor Ralph Northam. Seems some folks have their panties in a wad concerning General Lee’s participation with the Confederacy. It should be noted the man was also in the United States Army for 32 years, fought with valor in the Mexican-American War, and was the Superintendent of the US Military Academy. Let he without sin...
* A new country was formed. A group of “concerned citizens” took over six blocks of Seattle, kicked the police out, and started a country named CHAZ. Seattle dimwit, and mayor, Jenny Durkan was okay with this, calling it a block party. Question – isn’t their actions the same as what they are accusing General Lee of doing and why they want his statue removed?
* Many cities began advocating abolishing police forces. A model of how well that plan works can be viewed on the south side of Chicago, where apparently beleaguered black lives don’t matter so much. This is so pathetic. Where is Jesse and Al to stand up and protect these poor people?
* Wokeness decreed movie classic, “Gone with the Wind” be removed, the musical group Lady Antebellum changed its name to Lady A, and NASCAR banned the Confederate flag.
* And finally, Elmer Fudd’s gun was taken away from him so he can no longer hunt wabbits.
Crazy world we live in right now.
After two months of basement hibernating, presidential wishful, Joe Biden emerged, wiped sleep out of his eyes, and then proceeded to rip into what Trump has been doing during Joe’s sabbatical. So, the guy confined to his home in order to keep his foot out of his mouth is now grouchy about what the man who has been running the country has been doing.
Biden spoke in Philadelphia on Monday. The “country is crying out for leadership,” he said. This is evidently in reference to the riots that have ensued after a heartbreaking incident in Minneapolis. A police officer has been accused of killing George Floyd, in what appears to have been a homicide. In an act of spiteful opportunity, a group called ANTIFA has been arranging synchronized anarchy across the nation. Nothing like looting stores to steal merchandise to honor the death of a murdered man.
Time will tell on Mr. Floyd’s death. That’s how our justice system works. However, Biden’s handlers couldn’t resist propping him up, before all the facts are known, so he could insinuate this was somehow Trump’s fault.
Since Biden brought up the leadership issue, please recall he has been on the government teat for forty-seven years. He’s become wealthy on a government salary. Tell me one thing he’s accomplished that exemplifies leadership for blacks. Or anybody for that matter.
Then Biden had more to say about Trump’s use of force against peaceful protesters in order to “stage a photo-op near the White House.” This was the venerable St. John’s church – the one those peaceful protesters set fire to the night before.
Somewhere in the rest of Biden’s inflammatory rhetoric, he stated the death of Floyd was a “wake-up call for our nation…for all of us.” I’m not sure what that statement is supposed to mean, other than to attract attention to himself that, after forty-seven years, he somehow cares more than the rest of us do. Of course, the main stream media ate up Biden’s reemergence, climaxing over every word.
CBS News reported they were mostly peaceful protesters that were tear-gassed but cleared out of Lafayette Park for Trump’s photo-op. Question for CBS – since the protesters were “mostly” peaceful, which of the unpeaceful protesters should the Secret Service leave there near our president of the United States?
Then, in a laughably rich quote, Biden vociferously demanded that, “the moment has come for our nation to deal with systemic racism…Police misconduct should be dealt with severely and swiftly…and the country needed to address the culture that allows police officers to conduct unjustified violence.”
Please recall, just the previous Friday Biden shot his mouth off in an interview with a radio personality who identifies himself as “Charlamagne tha God” with this now-famous racist quote: “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” He later apologized, through a forgiving media, but evidently didn’t impress “tha God” who claims Biden’s Senate record “reeks of racism.”
Imagine if Trump had said that – the three stooges, Pelosi, Schiff, and Schumer would have gone nuts, demanding an impeachment hearing that afternoon.
Later the same day, Biden stuck his loafer in his mouth again at a black church in Wilmington Delaware. In this incident of making up things as you go along, he incorrectly stated police should be trained to shoot the legs of an assailant. You probably didn’t hear about this from the media.
Jason Johnson, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, disagreed. He pointed out that shooting at someone is considered deadly force. Police are trained to shoot center mass and there is no option to shoot anywhere else without it being considered deadly force.
Then Biden promised what he will do about the police in his first one-hundred days in office, evidently laying all the problems on the police. This despite the fact that the police fatally shot nine unarmed blacks and 19 whites in 2019, according to the Washington Post. Compare that number to the ten blacks tragically murdered on the south side of Chicago in drive-by shootings just over the Memorial Day weekend, or the two black officers killed in the recent rioting. Biden didn’t mention any of that.
Biden has no special affiliation with black people, and certainly no intention of doing anything differently for them as a group. Politicians never do – it’s called pandering. Like all Democrats, Biden just assumes black people will blindly vote Democrat.
Folks, everything you’ve seen this year – impeachment proceedings, governmental pandemonium and over-reach for the corona-virus, and the riot-stand-downs have all been issues stoked by the media for the benefit of the Swamp. They make mountains out of molehills to frighten you, indoctrinate you, and make you compliant. And I have news for you –it’s not going to end until after the election in November.
Biden is part of this cabal, although he does get confused sometimes.
As you read, please remember I’m just a singer in a rock and roll band, not a medical professional. I have a surgeon friend though who will back every word said here. This rant concerns my irritation with people, including on television and face book, instructing me to stay home or wear masks.
Whenever we watch television, there seems to be a public service announcement reminding us to stay home and safe. Of particular annoyance are the entertainers telling us from within their mansions they’re “with us.” The ensuing commercials sell their products while reminding us about these “unprecedented times,” still pounding the virus theme.
By now, is there really anyone in this country unaware there is a virus going around? So why do we need to be reminded of this virus every ten minutes? Perhaps to keep it on your mind… and afraid?
Who determined we needed these commercials? Think about it, corporations paid major money to produce and broadcast virus commercials to play ad nauseum - while we’re already sitting at home! Might that define indoctrination?
By what right does anybody have to tell anyone else to stay home? They have no authority, whether they’re John Doe or the John Deer Corp. to tell anyone to stay home. You stay home if you have concerns about the virus. And I have no problem if you elect to stay home, especially if you have an underlying medical condition. But your fear comes to a screeching halt where others’ rights start!
As for the governors, have you noticed it’s the Democrat governors coming down so heavy-handed to keep people home? Have you given any thought as to why that would be? Suppose it might be political, or do you really think they just care more? Gradually, people are starting to ignore governors, as they should. I seethe when I hear some governor lackey say, “the governor’s going to “allow” people to do something….”
Governors in most states had authority to lock down their state for 30 days. We’ve passed that time. Going beyond that time is questionable, which will eventually bear out in court. Legislatures make laws, not obese billionaires who have bought governorship's, or confused governors sentencing elderly folks to die in nursing homes. It’s been proven politicians don’t have any better answers than anyone else.
We went out shopping to replace a couch the other day. We drove to a specific store we preferred. As we started to enter, a masked guard directed us to put on a mask. Being hard of hearing (too much rock and roll and forgot my hearing aides) I hadn’t heard him, but I saw his hand out, barring our way. I was going to ask my wife what he said. Too late! She was already reminding him of our rights. My girl! By the look on the part of his face we could see, he hadn’t thought about our rights.
If masks are effective, why is social distancing advocated? If social distancing is effective, why are masks advised? Are you aware the Surgeon General of the United States has said masks are not effective? Might this be more about compliance?
We’ll never shop that store again. They have a right to request masking, but we will exercise our right not to shop there. We went to a few other small businesses instead and bought other items. Those stores were delighted to see us, without masks. I read afterward that furniture store is near bankruptcy. Guess they should have sold us a couch.
Recently, MSNBC went to Wisconsin to do a story on the great unwashed not wearing masks in public. Ironically, they went to Lake Geneva, where Governor Pritzker’s family is hanging out in order to escape draconian Illinois. The reporter was pointing out miscreants who were not wearing masks, including one guy in a beautiful Packers jersey. On camera, Packer jersey-guy pointed out the reporter’s cameraman was not wearing a mask either. Hypocrisy thrives within governments and media.
Nobody has had a clear concept about what to do about this virus since its inception. They’re making it up as they go along, usually along political lines. The “experts” have changed directions often, and still don’t agree with each other. States and cities fudged death counts. We found out the WHO and CDC organizations are not totally reliable. WHO might have even been culpable in the spread and ultimate deaths of thousands.
Politicians seized on this matter instantaneously, shutting down the economy and snatching the rights of terrified American people, while the media cheered them on. Instead of clear, level-headed leadership from governors and legislatures, what we got was a hodge-podge of mostly erroneous notions that did nothing but cause millions of people their business or their jobs. Hopefully, we’ve learned a valuable lesson.
But what is most concerning about all this was how quickly people were to obey.
Former president Obama recently gave a commencement broadcast on social media to 2020 graduates from predominately black universities. Evidently, Stacy Abrams was busy running Georgia so they reverted to a backup.
As is his predilection, the man I call the “Great Divider,” couldn’t resist taking potshots at any president not Himself. If you recall, anything not going right during his reign was Bush’s fault, and anything Trump has done right is because Obama started it.
The day before the commencement speech, Obama shot his mouth off in a web talk with the Obama Alumni Association, a fan club of sorts. He prophesied, “This election that’s coming up on every level is so important…” “What we’re fighting against is these long-term trends in which being selfish, being tribal, being divided, and seeing others as an enemy – that has become a stronger impulse in American life.”
Obviously, this was aimed at Trump, but I can’t think of a more apt description for the entire Obama presidency. I wish I’d have written that as it personifies the term, “The Great Divider.”
The following day, Obama casually sat in his Martha’s Vineyard palace moaning about Trump’s handling of the Wuhan Virus. Do you think when Teddy Roosevelt barked his “Man in the Middle” speech, he had people like Obama in mind? Obama’s diatribe became another opportunity to whine about Trump.
I couldn’t determine if Obama was paid for his tirade. One would surmise he wasn’t, but it was odd three different non-profit organizations put this video together. Lauren Powell’s “XQ Institute,” the “Lebron James Foundation,” and Hollywood’s “Entertainment Industry Foundation” were all involved in the video, although to what purpose wasn’t explained.
In opening remarks Obama gives a shout out to someone named Aniyah and her time with the Obama Foundation. The Obama Foundation is also a non-profit organization to oversee the creation of the Barack Obama Presidential Center on the south side of Chicago. This is the same Center the strapped taxpayers of Illinois will be required to shell out millions of dollars for roads and infrastructure, at the least, and knowing the shenanigans of the Pritzer/Madigan Duo, probably more. Doubting Obama doing anything for free, perhaps restitution was to his Foundation?
Additionally, am I the only one a little apprehensive that four non-profit organizations are involved in an Obama production? My Chebanse upbringing screams for someone to follow the money.
I’ve listened and read the transcript of the Obama speech a few times. On it’s face, it seems articulate and innocuous. When considering the target audience was young liberally indoctrinated graduates who probably have not been following national issues, other than the limitations the virus is having on their social lives, No Drama Obama delivered a “cool” sermon.
But if one were to scratch the veneer off the shallow address, it was apparent that Obama was second-
guessing any president not named Obama again. In his sermon he taunted, “More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing.” “…turns out that they don’t have all the answers. A lot of them aren’t even asking the right questions.”
While this was going on it has been revealed that between the time Trump was elected and took office in 2017, Obama launched the phony Russian Collusion hoax sitting in the Oval Office, with Joe Biden, John Brennan, Jim Clapper, Susan Rice, Jim Comey, and Sally Yates in attendance. Yates, new to the cabal, was reportedly shocked.
Obama then directed his cronies to leak rumors concerning Russia and Trump to any media outlet gullible enough to run with it, which naturally included the NY Times and Washington Post. Ludicrously, these two tabloids won Pulitzer Prizes for this false reporting, making these prizes as worthless as Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.
In moves that would make J. Edgar Hoover blush, former FBI Director, Jim Comey, the lone holdover from the Obama experiment to the Trump administration, continued the hoax and leaks up to the time Trump unceremoniously canned him.
Obama is doing damage control now. He’s aware his subversive operation, aided and abetted by Biden and Hillary Clinton, is being exposed. More information is made public daily of their nefarious misdeeds. Sadly, roots run so deep through the Washington Swamp I doubt any of us will ever know the full truth, or see them do prison time.
To borrow a term from Bush43, the real “Axis of Evil” to America has been the trio of Clinton, Biden, and Obama. Using the powers of the FBI, DOJ, IRS, and CIA, they destroyed their enemies and looted from not only our country, but the rest of the world as well. They plotted to drive this country away from our democratic roots and towards a socialist New World Order, enriching themselves immensely in the process.
It will become a matter of history.
Well, well…it’s getting interesting over at the Department of Justice. It occurs to me this might be a delusion, or possibly my overactive imagination, but it bears commentary.
Fending off nearly every Democrat and RINO within sight, Attorney General Barr and Assistant US Attorney, John Durham have finally been able to slash a narrow trail through the murky Deep State. Emerging out the other side of the Swamp, the two sleuths happen upon a sun-drenched clearing resembling an Emerald City, complete with a munchkin-like commune established in front of an enchanted castle, nestled alongside the Martha’s Vineyard shoreline.
There are munchkins everywhere, some sitting in a circle, holding hands and singing kumbaya, led by the Wicked Witch Pelosi, while others are tending rows of marijuana under the watchful eye of Gate Keeper Chuck Schumer. Button-Bright Nadler’s job is to slop hogs. Their real interests are to keep stoking the fires of Trump Derangement Syndrome throughout the commune.
Advancing toward the mansion, Barr and Durham fight off the lies and misdirection of Adam Schiff, as well as the pretentious Lollipop Guild. They are anarchists with names like Strzok, Brenan, and Clapper, who have been taking turns kicking General Michael Flynn, while an extremely large munchkin, fired-FBI director Jim Comey, sits atop Flynn, threatening prison anytime the poor man protests.
Halting the Flynn beatings, Barr sets sights on scaling the outer echelons of the fortress, unaware that yet another munchkin, Judge Emmet Sullivan is hiding under a rock, waiting. Only after the two gumshoes depart, Sullivan magically appears, ordering the continuation of the Flynn beatings while he scouts for someone, anyone that might make the beatings “legitimate.”
Once inside the castle, Barr and Durham come upon a plush inner lair. Gold, silver, and precious stones are stacked everywhere, flowing from chests with Greek, Chinese and Ukrainian markings. There, Joe Biden, Susan Rice, Loretta Lynch, and Eric Holder are found luxuriously lounging about, boasting and leaking information to their favorite media outlet, as they get foot rubs by fawning media munchkins.
Durham barges around the media-scribes, ignoring their pitiful outcries and future headlines, pulls back a leaf-adorned curtain to expose what is behind. There, sitting on a thrown made of tax-payer gold, frantically pulling levers and barking orders into a Bluetooth set, was…not the mighty Oz, but former president, Barrack Obama.
Imagine Barr and Durham’s shock. It was not Russian President Putin or Chinese President Jimping, nor even Crooked Hillary, but Obama, a former president of the United States who had been entrusted for eight years to lead our country. Now Obama might conceivably be implicated for consenting to deceptions and obstructions against at his predecessor, Donald Trump, in an attempt to hide nefarious acts.
Sound like a dream, hallucination, or possibly just indigestion? Bet some of you think so. Perhaps. Time will tell, but it’s becoming increasingly palpable he and/or his sycophants, abetted by a corrupt media, have been, behind the Russian hoax that drug on for three years. It allowed virtually nothing else to be done in Congress and, in its wake, has nearly torn this country apart and cost us untold billions of tax dollars. I’ve been writing about this situation for years, and it looks like it might finally be exposed.
As the noose tightens on who knew what and when on the Flynn matter, Obama flippantly said, “The news over the last 24 hours, I think has been somewhat, downplayed, about the Justice Department dropping charges against Michael Flynn. That’s the kind of stuff where you begin to get, worried that basic—not just institutional norms—but our basic understanding of rule of law is at risk. And when you start moving in those directions, it can accelerate pretty quickly as we’ve seen in other places.”
That’s rich! Under his “rule of law” back in January 2017, he pardoned General James Cartwright, who also pleaded guilty to making false statements, the same charges Flynn now has been defending himself of…and going broke in the process. Obama was probably afraid Flynn would find where the bodies were buried.
There’s considerable uncertainty circulating right now about who knew when and what. I might be from Chebanse, but they taught me that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. If a former president of the United States has done something, or instructed his henchmen to do anything, impeding the progress of the will of the American people, by setting obstacles for an incoming president, I assert that to be nothing less than sedition, subject to rather harsh punishment.
Some will believe I’m just diverting interest away from the pandemic; the one pathetically scaring the bejesus out of the country to forfeit their civil liberties by political hacks like Pritzker, Whitmer, and Cuomo.
Think I’ll exercise my freedom to go for a motorcycle ride now.
During our unlawful house arrest, I’m reading the autobiography of Samuel Clemens, affectionately known as Mark Twain. What I wouldn’t give to hear his humorous views concerning conditions in today’s America. To wit:
Dallas Judge Eric Moye outrageously fined and threw salon owner Shelly Luther in the pokey for seven days for having the gall to open her business, despite the virus. Seems she was unapologetic about possibly losing her business, employees and/or civil rights. This would be a good time to remind readers politicians are letting prisoners out of jail over virus concerns. I can hear Twain laughing at us.
So, is the #MeToo movement dead, or apply only to democrats? Shame on anybody who indignantly lashed out over the Justice Kavanaugh accusations but is now passively on the sidelines concerning Joe Biden’s allegations from Tara Reade. What happened to the “all women should be believed” mantra? This is the very definition of hypocrisy.
Methinks Twain would insist Nancy Pelosi does need a lecture, despite her informing reporter, Kerry Pickett otherwise. Chomping on his cigar, he would give her an unsympathetic reminder she is not the president; she needs to eradicate her head from that expensive freezer and get back to work!
Is the Democrat party really going to nominate Biden for president despite legitimately showing signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s? I despise Biden, but would never be so cruel to a fellow human being not named Pelosi. Additionally, what’s that say about people intending to vote for a candidate who’s seemingly losing his mind? Does that not define Trump Derangement Syndrome?
In light of the information coming out about the FBI entrapping General Flynn, I have two questions – is J. Edgar Hoover running the FBI again, and when is Attorney General Barr going to actually arrest somebody?
You suppose Martha Stewart wonders what’s happening with those four Congressmen accused of alleged insider trading when they sold stock right after a private meeting on the COVID19 epidemic? Hello, what’s going on here?
In other news pushed aside by the media, what really happened to Jeffery Epstein? There’s more to this story, folks. Why isn’t there an enterprising young reporter digging up dirt? I understand people have a fear of being “suicided” by the Clinton’s, but that’s been ruled fake news, right? Having said that, I admit to having a bit of unease whenever mentioning the Clinton’s in my writing.
Do you really believe those virus numbers being regurgitated at you? Would it surprise you to know I don’t? There are too many reports leaking from hospitals of “normal deaths” being labeled corona deaths. If I happen to have the “big one” while eating a cheeseburger, please don’t let them label me a COVID death.
Did you know about the Coronavirus Racial Inequality Task Force? It’s co-chaired by Chirlane McCray, wife of America’s most clueless mayor, Bill de Blasio, in New York City. I hope someone is following the money as New Yawkers didn’t economically fare so well with her last venture.
Reminiscent of a Bolshevik Revolution, Twitter, Face Book and You Tube head honcho’s have announced they will ban posts and video’s with content not meeting, what is essentially, their political views. We might want to rethink these modes of social communication, comrades. There might be a pot of gold out there to the nerd able to produce a popular social media platform not encumbered by the whims of wealthy owners. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Zuckerberg’s Face Book ratings became the next CNN?
What a year 2020 has been. Congress charged into year four of relentless attacks by the Left to eradicate a sitting president, for no valid reason. This was followed by, supposedly a world pandemic, which more than likely was unleashed intentionally on us by a Communist Chinese regime.
The virus, with its inflated death predictions, allowed political despots like Cuomo, Pritzker, Newsome and Whitmer, to zestfully and unilaterally dissolve civil rights across the country. (Where was the ACLU?) This in-turn caused our entire economy to collapse with millions of people losing their jobs. And, mind-bogglingly, WE LET THEM DO IT!
At the same time, bureaucrats, some corporations and many terrified Americans began lecturing everyone to stay home. I understand some people were frightened, but they should consider that other people might not be able to afford to stay home. They should also respect their fellow man’s rights of living in a free country. We were born with that right, just like you have the right to stay home.
Just about the time we might be seeing some light at the end of the tunnel from the virus and bureaucratic despots, it turns out the light we saw was the train carrying Murder Hornets coming at us. How Trump will be blamed for this will certainly be amusing.
Mr. Twain is rolling over in his grave.
“History will remember those who put politics aside to come together to keep people safe. It will also remember those who, so blindly devoted to ideology and the pursuit of personal celebrity, that they made an enemy of science, and of reason.”
That garbled statement was uttered by Governor JB Pritzker in an angry response to Representative Darren Bailey’s lawsuit, which resulted in turning over Pritzker’s absurd stay-at-home extension through May. The statement was almost as ridiculous as the fact Bailey’s lawsuit included only himself. I hope everyone in Illinois doesn’t have to go to court to get liberated. Does Pritzker intend to fight every lawsuit individually?
Let’s get serious:
As a democrat, JB spent $171.5 million of his own wealth in 2018 to get a governor’s job paying $177,500. In 1998 he spent $500,000 running for the US House of Misrepresentation, also as a democrat.
JB was the national co-chairman of Crooked Hillary’s campaign; as well as a delegate to the 2008 and 2016 democratic conventions. He founded the Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, an organization to coerce people to join the democrat party. He was a functionary on the staffs of three different democratic US congressmen.
JB has hallucinations on the Oval Office one day. He’s used his excessive wealth to cozy up to Swamp members, Chicago muscle, and smarmy Illinois’ politicians to buy himself a governorship as a stepping stone to the presidency.
With a majority in both the Illinois Senate and House, he’s implemented every liberal’s dream in the state. He unleashed a Pandora’s Box of far-Left legislation Illinois can’t afford and a spate of new taxes. He’s raised pay for government workers, thus buying their loyalty. All of this done despite a bloated pension liability the state will never be able to pay and Illinois’ credit rating nearing junk bond status, an important marker for the interest rates paid on debt.
Illinois is drowning in debt. There’s no way to pay off the pension mess – it’s owed $214 billion; the state has $85 billion now. It’s not economically feasible to raise taxes enough to cover this shortfall – people would leave the state in droves. They just keep borrowing, the result being Illinois is last in just about every economic statistical category in the country. JB can’t fix that and he knows it.
There’s no politician that wants to be first to petition the Fed to allow their state to declare bankruptcy. If he were to do that, over a million people depending on pensions will get short-changed, including the six retired superintendents pocketing over $300,000 per year, courtesy of us schmucks. Vendors would think twice about ever selling the state anything. This would short-change any efforts at his political aspirations.
My theory: The “opportunity” of this virus landed in JB’s lap. Acting as if he’s Mike Madigan with a medical degree, he’s lashed out at President Trump’s handling of the virus (popular in Swamp circles) and commanded his Illinois subordinates to heed his orders. His policies become more stringent and arcane daily. Thinking he knows best, while sitting on his $3.4 billion, it’s no sweat off his brow who lost their job or business. It’s all part of a grand scheme to bring the state of Illinois down further.
JB knows the path Illinois is on is unsustainable. Eventually, somebody is going to have to do something. And the best way for that is if he can convince Congress to hand him a bailout before the state is forced into bankruptcy. They’ve already requested $41.6 billion.
He ordains it’s too soon for Illinois commoners to go back to work. In his mind he’s not driven the state far enough into oblivion. Junk bond status has not been yet attained. The Fed might not help him out of the pension mess until he brings the whole state just a smidge lower.
Do you believe JB has our best interest in mind? I contend JB has never put politics aside, has little regard for anybody’s safety, and is blindly devoted to ideology and personal celebrity – he’s been chasing it his whole life.
Say what you will about President Trump, but Trump lowered your taxes and sent you COVID relief money. What’s JB done for you?
On Tuesday morning I start writing commentary for next week. I make this a 2-3-day process in case something clever comes to mind or Governor Pritzker just cancels the rest of 2020. I’m torn between writing something optimistic to help take minds off virus matters, or continue to point fingers, as commentaries go. The latter is probably my strong suit, so let’s see where this goes.
Last week Glenn Beckert, past second baseman for the Chicago Cubs, passed away. I started a column about him. He had been one of my favorites as part of that 1969 Cubs team – the one that still breaks my heart to this day. I really need to get over that!
I scrapped the piece when Denny Marek outdid me with a nice homage to Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers that weekend. Mr. Kaline passed the same week as Mr. Beckert, although neither are listed as COVID deaths …yet. Mr. Marek has been the inspiration behind a few of my commentaries so I didn’t want readers thinking he’s my sole source of motivation.
Speaking of motivation, like me, are you finding it more difficult to have any mojo during our unlawful home arrest period? I’m getting near the age of retirement, but no longer sure it’s going to be all that it’s cracked up to be. I did get around to hanging that picture wifey asked me to do two weeks ago. She shamed me into it after I happened to be in the hallway and noticed three new pictures of the grandkids she evidently hung. If she could do that, I figured I could pound one nail.
Did you see the absurd report Harvard University applied for nearly nine million Corona-virus bucks before Trump told them to pound sand? Harvard is sitting on a $40 BILLION endowment and yet, this bastion of higher learning had its hand out to snatch what will likely be free money, courtesy of us generous taxpayers. Now, consider what the odds are of you getting junior into that school?
The stimulus plan Harvard and others wanted to gorge upon is the same fund that run out of money shutting out other small businesses. At the time of this penning, Pelosi’s Pack is pinching progress, pending packing more pork onto the proposal. Has there ever been a group proven to be more non-essential than the United States’ House of Representatives or Senate?
lethargically researching material to come up with something to grumble about, I read Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse got $20 million and Pot Belly got $10 million in stimulus bucks, too. Trump thumped them also to get the money back.
When the government fired up the printing presses to churn out more valueless money, you think they thought large universities and public corporations would really have the audacity to belly up to the trough? That cash was meant for small business entities with out-of-work employees.
Upon further review, who do you think made the poorest choice for governor, Illinois or Michigan? Impressively, MI governor Whitmer is doing a bang-up job at keeping up with the Madigan-Pritzker tag team in unlawful ineptness. Methinks both those governors are soon to see some real pushback.
There is no doubt in my mind, Pritzker is using this virus as an opportunity to get the Fed to bail out Illinois’ financial woes and does not care who loses their business in the process. Illinois cannot afford its pension promises, and as of right now, cannot lawfully declare bankruptcy. Any governor who gets away with bankruptcy will be committing political suicide. So, this virus is a perfect opportunity for Pritzker to get his cake and eat the whole thing too. He’s worth $3.5 billion, what does he care if you lose your small business or job? The man was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple.
In the, “you can’t make this stuff up” category,” my neighbor put a sign in his yard stating – “Veterans Against Trump. All Gave Some, Some Gave All. Someone had Bone Spurs.” He must believe veteran votes are more valuable than non-veteran votes.
If one follows this signage to its plausible origin, one would presume this guy is a veteran that didn’t vote for Trump. Therefore, he probably voted for the pot-smoking “libertarian” Gary Johnson or Crooked Hillary, neither of which spent a day in the military.
Like Trump, both Johnson and Clinton went to college. By extension, if the neighbor voted for Hillary, he probably also voted for Obama, who spent his eligibility years for military smoking dope. Or, perhaps the neighbor didn’t vote – which gives him no right to complain about politics at all.
I’m considering getting a sign with a big red arrow pointing north stating, “Caution - Neighbor Has Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
I wonder if lunch is ready yet?
My wife claims I’ve been somewhat cantankerous of late. It might be the virus quarantine, or my business interests, or irritation towards the critics of President Trump. I’ve also considered it might be her gentle reminders (plural) of my foul mood. Irritable perhaps, but cantankerous …never!
Cantankerous or not, I wouldn’t retract one damn point I’ve stated about the virus to date. The way in which people consented so meekly to having their civil liberties purged by bureaucrats is mind-boggling. Folks are buying into what ill-equipped governors and mayors, are mandating, regardless of Federal direction. Those same bureaucrats will be back to the Fed later with their hands out when their plan didn’t work. Meanwhile, they toss murderers out of prison, while threatening to punish us for ignoring their decrees? This is madness, folks.
Their proclamations are also destroying our economy. At this rate, there might not be anything left to go out of your homes for. What if the American colonists stayed home submissively, as the British ordered back in 1776? I have no appetite for afternoon tea or driving on the other side of the road.
I believe it vital to remind people not to give up their American freedoms, which were forged in blood. Stay home if you feel you’re a mark for the bug, but not because a mayor told you so…just before she run off to get a haircut.
Much to my children’s chagrin, watching the CBS program, “60 Minutes” has been a Sunday evening ritual. Many friends confided they stopped watching because the program became so liberal, but I soldiered on anyway. I refer to it as “40 Minutes,” as they now manage to squeeze in 20 minutes of commercials. But, on the occasions they aren’t being overtly political, they do produce some insightful content.
The April 12th program was a classic case of their contrasting segments which keeps me watching, but then lamenting irritably about their liberalness.
The leading segment dealt with the witless reporter, Bill Whitaker splitting hairs with White House trade advisor, Peter Navarro concerning when “60 Minutes” might have aired episodes warning of this pandemic. Navarro had requested they basically put up or shut up.
Turns out “60 Minutes” did air a couple episodes. Back in 2005 and again in 2009. I guess we should have written that down somewhere for future reference. CBS pounded their chests while referring back to stories over a decade old, both during and after the heavily-edited Navarro segment. This was followed immediately by an obligatory anti-Trump commercial.
The second episode was insightful and really hit home. They interviewed a 20-something young lady taking care of her virus-infected mother at home, while her father laid in a hospital ICU unit, also with the virus. In the piece, she lamented not being able to visit her quarantined father. Even this old black heart went out to her.
To me, her plight was startling. If you don’t know me, I’m north of 60, north of in-shape (unless you consider round a shape), and have diabetes. There is a target on my forehead for the virus. This is not me throwing a pity party; I “done got old” and did this to myself out of habit, knowing it ran in the family. It’s a reality of which I’m living with, and there are lots of folks just like me. Right now, I’m semi-quarantining myself, but not because some government bureaucrat told me so, it’s because of my situation, and the fact they closed restaurants. I didn’t live to this age to be confined to house arrest.
Another thing about me that my children and friends will attest is my deep affection for my wife of nearly forty years. Friends jest I wouldn’t last ten minutes without her presence. They’re right, even if she does call me cantankerous.
The point I’m making is that poor man was lying in bed dying, more than likely knowing his time was short, yet completely alone. He would die within days of “60 Minutes” filming the segment. What activity or one of life’s little joys had he and his wife been doing just the day before the virus clobbered him? The only person with him at the end was his nurse, certainly an angel, but loved ones were unable to see or touch him before his final journey. Surely, he knew that. What if my wife couldn’t be there with me?
Life is so full of contradictions. I understand people are rationally frightened of catching this damn virus, virtually a game of Russian Roulette. Folks can get it and never know it, while it kills others indiscriminately.
Sitting on my couch that night, I couldn’t fathom a scenario of dying so inexplicably, so alone. The thought was unsettling; a poignant epiphany, of which I admittedly don’t get enough. Godspeed my friends.