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.
Many may not care for what I have to say today. I have concerns about how this virus matter has been handled and the consequences. Quite frankly, I’m not impressed with corrupt politicians and an equally dishonest media infringing on our civil liberties.
We’ve taken preventative measures for this virus too far, in my opinion. It’s destroying our economy, possibly for years. Governors like Pritzker and Cuomo whine and scare everyone unnecessarily. As I write this, reports are now coming out that the death models have been dramatically over-stated. That was not a surprise, but the fear mongering worked spectacularly.
The young and healthy should go back to work – now - while requesting the elderly and sick to remain quarantined. I would agree there should be attempts at controlling the size of large public gatherings. But the rest of you should cease telling people to stay home, infringing on others’ civil liberties – this is America.
Is there really anybody in America not aware of this virus? We don’t need more commercials about the virus, particularly from actors, musicians, and athletes telling us to stay home. It has been determined they are THE non-essential people, whereas our workforce is vitally indispensable.
Why should super stores like Target, or fast food chains like McDonald's, vast corporations, be allowed to remain open while small retail stores or restaurants with a few employees close down? There will be more people gathering at those super stores than the small diner. Who decided that was fair or in the interest of the public – corporate stores with stockholders remain open, but close the privately owned small businesses on shoestring budgets? Have you ever observed some of the folks that frequent Wal-Mart?
There is not a business in this country that is not “essential” to somebody. Why is it acceptable for truck drivers, nurses, or Wal Mart store clerks to work but not the rest of us? Are they essential, or perhaps just more expendable in the eyes of elitists? I happen to know lots of trucking folks; my daughter is a nurse in a local hospital – why shouldn’t we be working to support them too?
I, like many others, am losing confidence in Dr. Fauci. He seems like a knowledgeable doctor, but there are too many cheesy photos surfacing of him posing with Swamp members. He’s acting like a czar, protected by the media. Constantly, he’s moving the goal posts further back about the severity or length of the virus, with no sense of what it’s doing to the economy or America’s psyche.
Speaking of no confidence, the death total numbers are wrong. China is lying. The press ran full bore with America passing China in the number of cases and deaths, knowing it was false. Further, people dying of other natural ailments have been suspiciously lumped in with virus death numbers, inflating numbers further.
In leveling the economic playing field, Trump hurt the Chinese economy badly. Might this virus have been an act of revengeful biological warfare by China? Knowing they couldn’t defeat us in battle, while watching our juvenile political circuses, did China surmise now was the time to retaliate? We should be prepared to treat this matter as an attack on our country and govern ourselves accordingly.
The media’s open hostility and ill-advised questions during the daily virus briefings have been disrespectful to the president. They constantly talk and shout over him. I’m waiting for Jim Acosta to ask Trump if he still beats his wife. The media even mocked the “My Pillow” guy for his statement of Christian values, even though he converted one of his plants over for making masks.
And where is the appropriate reporting on the sexual assault charges against Biden? Why has this matter been buried? Had Trump been accused, we wouldn’t know a thing about this virus, or the death toll, because reporters would be busy looking for evidence under every rock.
For you still suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome, Trump mentioned the virus in his State of the Union but everyone was too busy cheering Pelosi tearing up the speech. Also, Senator Tom Cotton brought up the virus in late January, but Democrats were too concerned with trying to impeach Trump at the time to listen.
In kumbaya moments, people lament we all need to come together as one. Great idea. However, as long as Democratic politicians, liberals, and the main stream media keep blaming, harassing or trying to impeach Trump, it won’t happen. Your Trump Derangement symptoms must be cured first.
All of you really want to get along? Start treating our president with the respect a sitting US president deserves, because his backers aren’t giving up on him any time soon. He’s done a wonderful job leading us through this needless virus hysteria and needs to get back to work too.
Here I sit on day eighteen of quarantine, listening to classic rock music at a decibel level my wife thinks absurd for a sixty-three-year-old man. I’ve been playing albums from the mid-70’s, and well, I listened to them loud back then too. In addition to turning the music down, she also suggested I write something other than about politicians because it might be affecting my mood. Bah humbug!
We are fortunate to have grandchildren, ranging from ages twelve to two. What a blessing! We sometimes wonder how we could have skipped having children and gone straight to grandchildren. It’s hilarious watching our three daughters arguing with their kids about the same issues we argued about when they were little. We’re so looking forward to the day our son experiences the joy of squabbling with a younger version of himself. Wait till those munchkins start getting drivers licenses!
Right now, due to the China-bug, we’re missing our grandkids…a lot, as I’m sure you are as well. We have an “Alexa” that we can talk to and watch them at the same time. Despite the wonders of technology, it’s not the same. They either ham it up or wander off in mid-sentence. You can’t hug, tickle or smell them either. (Having said that, there are times I’m not missing smelling that two-year-old, regardless of how cute he is.)
What do you suppose is going through the impressionable minds of kids right now? Their whole world has been turned upside down. No structure - school, ballgames or practices, birthday parties, or going out to dinner - normal parts of ordinary life. I suppose some of the new home time regimen - if there is any - might be good for them. But, at their young ages, is there a way for them to comprehend a virus even most adults can’t rationally fathom?
Youngsters have to be frightened whether they say so. They hear their parents discuss or fight about safety measures, or see snippets on television of things young minds can’t comprehend. My daughter’s families’ have different ways of handling this issue, but those kids know something major is happening.
I have so many reservations about this virus, as do my friends and business peers. To make matters worse, there is abundant finger-pointing as to whose fault this might be or who didn’t do enough, rather than everyone pulling together. In times like this, one would think rational people would take the direction of the person elected to lead the country, but as I pointed out in a previous commentary, there are those soles who sit on the sideline complaining about what the people fighting the battle are doing. It’s easy to do from a condo in Florida or your mom’s basement in Chicago.
Our news organizations make it worse. They salaciously report on the amount of people who have the virus and died, but ignore reporting on the number of people that have recovered. The AP reported on March 31 that the US had climbed past China in virus cases. Bullshit! Do you really believe anything China tells us about this bug? They lie to their own people, why would they tell us the truth? Kids hear this crap too.
How do you think this information is working on a youngster’s psyche? Will there be any long-lasting effect on our young children? Might they grow up afraid of the world, or even worse their country, state, or town? How are the adults going to assure those kids so as they regain their sense of what it is to grow up in a strong America, the “shining beacon on the hill,” especially when some are criticizing the president’s efforts?
What will keep these children from falling into the mindset of the false security of socialism. As it is, far too many millennial's and alphabet- generations are succumbing to the likes of the nonsense of Bernie Sanders’ and his ilk. We can just hope kids eventually grow out of that erroneous thinking when they have their own responsibilities.
I started this commentary light-heartedly, but the more that was written, the more concerned I became. This virus may very well be the catalyst that tips this country away from a free Republic into the hands of a New World Order, where the Deep State, led by Obama and Hillary intended to take us. A world where the entire power structure is in the hands of but a few and misery is shared equally. The founding fathers must be rolling over in their graves - all they fought for, guided by the hand of God, gone for naught.
The reactions to the China virus - and perhaps the virus itself - is unprecedented in the history of this country. For the sake of the children, we have to come together as one to put this genie back in the bottle.
The Cambridge dictionary states the word "suspicion" as "making you feel something illegal is happening or that something is wrong."
I’ve mentioned my late father often called me a suspicious bastard, and he was right, although I am usually suspicious because I suspect ulterior motives.
Dad was one of the first to board the Trump Train but sadly, didn’t live long enough to see Trump elected, nor how nearly half the country went off the rails over Trump’s election. I believe he too would be suspicious over the methods and costs the Swamp has used to attempt the overthrow of a Trump presidency or how there are people rooting against the president. It’s comparable to rooting for the pilot of your plane to fail.
Anyway, I just can’t help myself; my brain asks uneasy questions, such as:
About Cuomo, the morning after the stimulus bill was thought to have first been settled, Cuomo was already complaining NY wasn’t getting enough money from the stimulus. How long until other governors follow suit?
On second thought, listening to Cuomo is better than listening to anything Governor Pritzker yammers about. I’ve been away from Illinois for a while, is there any truth to the rumor he’s considering a “confined-to-home” tax?
On a final note, now that CNN and their ilk are doubting Trump about his inclination to try the malaria drug, hydrochlorquine, to combat the virus I’ll finish with a hypothetical question:
If you are unfortunate enough to contract the virus and your doctor offered the drug, or instructed you to wait until the vaccine comes out next year, what’s your decision?
You listening to Trump or CNN?
Well, here we all are, hunkered down in our homes with no place to go, other than work - if you’re lucky. The coronavirus outbreak and subsequent panic caused by the media has effectively shut down the country. We do have the internet, television, our families, and in my case, lots of liquor. I’m going to have to start liking all that red wine I’ve been given as a gift over the years.
It was requested I keep thoughts about the epidemic to myself so as not to cause “further confusion.” Seems a reasonable request, particularly since I’m not a medical professional; just an opinionated suspicious “person.” (My late father used a different word.) If you’re interested in that opinion, it can be found on my Facebook page or blog. It would appear many people have agreed with me, more than normal.
Anyway, observing social media, television, and newspapers, there seems to be many people foolishly blaming President Trump for his handling of the virus. Most claims made by these people are factually wrong and their opinion of Trump’s handling of the virus is about the same as their opinion of Trump before the virus. Nothing has changed other than yet another opportunity to thump on Trump. It’s called Trump Derangement Syndrome for a reason.
We’re facing an unprecedented quarantine of our freedoms, yet have a collection of “Monday Morning Quarterbacks” blasting the president’s efforts to keep the country safe and healthy. Those misguided soles are not really doing us a lot of good, are they? How about the reporter, who, during a press conference, kept badgering Trump about being racist for calling the virus the “Chinese-virus?” How about all the folks who thought Trump was racist when he closed the border for Chinese traffic?
To all you nay-sayers, I would direct you to a great speech made by past-President Teddy Roosevelt in April of 1910 while in Paris. Usually, when they etch your likeness on the side of a mountain, an honor only reserved for a few, people believed in what you did and said.
To quote part of Roosevelt’s speech, later to be known as “The Man in the Arena” speech, it stated:
“It’s not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood…”
“if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Some cynics might need to read that again.
On a different but related matter concerning the coronavirus, now would be a good time to point out how all that stuff gets from manufacturer to distribution center to your favorite store for your hording pleasure.
Nearly everything you buy comes by truck, of which are manned (if feminists will forgive my politically incorrect term) by truck drivers. While the rest of America is hunkered down in their homes, protecting themselves and their family from contracting the virus, the trucker is out among the public ensuring your products get delivered. Lately though, drivers have to put up with a number of additional indignities that you wouldn’t. Consider:
* Outhouses now being placed outside shipping/receiving facilities, rather than the driver being allowed to use the facilities’ restrooms because the facility doesn’t want the driver contaminating their business;
* Hand sanitizers are unavailable anywhere, unless provided by their company;
* Truck stops are shutting down shower facilities, even though hot water and hand-washing are recommended;
* Rest area’s full or shut down, giving the driver no place to sleep;
* Drivers being made to sign forms about their medical condition, against HIPPA rules, before being allowed to enter a facility.
* Sit-down dining areas have all closed. Most drive-through facilities are not equipped to handle large trucks, and yet many more will not allow for walk-up traffic. If the driver does get food, he/she has to eat in the truck. If they shut down the seating area and won’t allow for walk up traffic, how is the driver to purchase food?
I urge all of you to think about this – the very people making sure your stores are being restocked are being treated, at times, like second class citizens. These indignities are rather short-sighted by the folks that have perpetrated them. You wouldn’t put up with this type of treatment.
We are all in this together. We need those truckers, now more than ever. If they stop, due to sickness, lack of rest, or food, the country will stop with them. If you see a trucker, you might not want to hug him right now, but you might want to thank her.
Ever have a nightmare? Well, I had a doozy the other night, or it might have been corona-virus hallucinations, who knows.
Anyway, the unimaginable happened. President Trump became permanently incapacitated before the election. The Trump-Derangement- Syndrome- folks were ecstatic.
My dream got worse, as I will recount.
In the wake of Trumps incapacitation, Vice President Mike Pence became the 46th president of the United States. Pence was left to deal with a media-manufactured pandemic, plummeting oil prices from OPEC’s attempt to destroy our fracking, Russian meddling, China being China, Little Rocket Man, and efforts to bring troops home. All this, and running for president against Joe Biden. (Bernie votes were not counted by the Democratic machine – voters were instructed to go home to start plotting for an AOC presidential run whenever she was old enough.)
Now, to me Pence seemed to be a decent guy and had been an effective, loyal second-in-command to Trump. He had been a pretty good governor for Indiana, too. The trouble was, Pence had all the personality and charisma of a stump. With Trump out of the picture, Pence got beat by Biden in a landslide. Democrats and Never-Trumpers danced in the streets. Obama statues were ordered.
So, much to my horror, we now had Joe Biden in the Oval Office. It got embarrassingly worse.
Two days after his inauguration, Biden was discovered in the middle of the night, dressed in a presidential nightshirt and cap ensemble, sitting at the Resolute desk, fumbling feebly with the codes of the nuclear football. When thwarted by the Secret Service, he babbled incoherently about taking the Ukraine out… “we have to do it for Hunter, you know,” he shrieked.
Upon the advice of the new vice president, whom I could not make out in my dream, Congress enacted Section 4 of the 25th Amendment – the same amendment McCabe and Rosenstein pathetically deliberated about Trump after the disgraced Comey was fired. Biden was quickly diagnosed as disorientated. Regrettably, McCabe and Rosenstein weren’t.
Sleepy Joe went back to Delaware to live out the remainder of his life in an expensive nursing home, spinning fairy-tales to the residents, expounding on his exploits to save the world. The staff would roll him to the main dining area every morning in pajamas and Aviator sunglasses. Folks just wandered in and out to hear Joe bluster the day away.
Before the vice president was sworn in as president, there was a battle waged between Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton to see which one deserved the Oval Office. Lawyers and lots of taxpayer money were brought in. At one point the two women scuffled on the steps of the White House, losing their tiara’s in the process. Two Secret Servicemen had to separate them. Neither one of them had claim to the title of president, but again, as we lived in the Age of Wokeness, it just seemed like another day in the Swamp. It took a week to get the two women calmed down and put back in their place, delaying the inauguration. The news media ate it up.
At this point in my dream, I just couldn’t envision who the soon-to-be-sworn-in president was by either name or sight. It had been well known in the Age of Wokeness that men would not have been applicable for the vp post this time around – it was going to have to be a woman, particularly since everyone knew Biden was well into the process of checking out.
You see, I had been under the impression the vice president would have been Amy Klobuchar, as it would have been the only explanation for a quick exit from her presidential run and subsequent endorsement of Biden. She didn’t have the baggage of a Kamala Harris or Pocahontas Warren either.
The problem for me foreseeing Biden’s vice president candidate, as per the political machine, was that us common folk usually weren’t in on the back-room shenanigans of who the VP candidate was going to be. (Who ever heard of Sarah Palin before picked by John McCain? She turned out to be a better candidate than McCain) So, my guess was as good as anyone else’s in this regard.
I knew good, qualified candidates might be Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii or even better, Rhode Island governor, Gina Raimondo. But the fact they were both qualified candidates removed them from any logical contention.
Ultimately though, it became clear, the 48th president became Amy Klobuchar, who, by reason alone of insanity became our first female president. That’s how the Democrats finally got it done.
When I awoke, it was in a pool of sweat. I grasped for the clicker to turn on FOX news. They were showing clips of Trump’s press conference on the corona-virus. I sighed. All was right with the world again – Trump was still in the Oval Office.
This commentary starts with a disclaimer. I’m not a medical professional – just a singer in a rock and roll band. This op-ed does not necessarily express the views of any organization that publishes me, although it should. What you do with my commentary, up to and including lining your bird cage, is your business.
The national media has managed to sensationalize a new strain of a common cold bug - coronavirus (COVID 19) - which was born from a butcher shop in China, and not in the Oval Office. The fear-mongering has gotten to the point it has become responsible for a stock market plunge, spreading fear and angst around the world. (Plummeting oil prices amidst an argument with Russia and OPEC are also part of the problem, but not a sensational story.)
Coronaviruses are actually a large family of viruses, including everything from the common cold to SARS, according to the World Health Organization. It predominately affects the elderly, particularly those with underlying medical issues, just like the flu does.
Many people are swallowing this hysterical pandemonium, hook-line-and-sinker. Ford is requiring vendors to fill out questionnaires about their medical history in order to enter their business. I have to wonder how they are getting around HIPPA on this. Would that have worked with our Lefty buddies when AIDS was initially scaring the bejeezus out of the country? Such is life in the Age of Wokeness.
As of March 11, 8,400 people have died of the flu in the US. Last year, 34,000 died of the flu. At the time I am typing these words, there are 1,016 Americans inflicted with the virus and 31 people have passed away. All deaths were elderly and/or had underlying medical issues. Sadly, more people die violently on a warm holiday weekend on the south side of Chicago.
Worldwide, there are 124,916 cases, of which 4,585 have died. 3,158 deaths have been in China, the epicenter. What the media doesn’t tell you there have been 67,050 people that have recovered from the virus – perhaps a little more important number.
And yet, the news frenzy continues 24/7, causing other fears throughout the country:
But the real joy of the market plunge and pandemonium for the media is that it will reflect badly on President Trump, as it wipes out recent gains in our 401K’s. It has also managed to empty our stores of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. For this reason alone, I’m not shaking hands with anybody. Clorox stock is up though if you’re looking to park some money other than a worthless CD.
According to the Left, Trump should have sensed this coming and been more prepared for it. Incidentally, he declared the coronavirus a national emergency on January 31, before anyone was infected, but the media never informed us.
This didn’t prevent her Imperial Heinous, Nancy Pelosi from ramping up anti-Trump rhetoric, which will eventually lead to someone with the intellectual level of a Maxine-Waters-type blaming Trump for unleashing the bug on hapless people. Remember when George W. Bush created Hurricane Katrina? Conversely, there were about 12,000 deaths of Swine Flu in the US, but did you hear the press blame Obama?
I understand the coronavirus is something of which to be aware, and to protect oneself. If you are elderly and have medical issues, then you probably should heed the warnings. But for most people, you have a bigger chance of dying from the flu or an unexpected heart attack than the coronavirus. The media is making a big deal out of this for no other reason than a desire for ratings and a change of president in November.
In the meantime, anybody know where I can get one of those face masks?
Now that Super Tuesday is behind us, I will start out admitting I was wrong about Bloomberg winning the Democrat nomination. I thought his money would buy his way in. It might be somewhat refreshing to know it didn’t, although a case could be made for really bad planning of getting in too late. Anyway, I was wrong – there I said it.
We now know the woke progressive Democrat party has decided their preferred candidate is…an old white guy named Joe Biden. They will promise Elizabeth Warren something significant to get her to pull out soon, probably by the time you read this.
“Trump must be destroyed at all costs,” became the mantra inside Democrat headquarters going into the 2020 presidential election cycle, which for them began the day Trump was elected in 2016. “Let’s offer the people free stuff…and no laws either,” was their woke idea. “That will rope them in and also destroy Trump.”
So, they gave the people candidates like Steyer and Buttigieg; threw in the ladies Warren and Klobuchar, added some color with Booker and Harris, then topped it off with the Asian-American, Yang. Pick one – anyone. This was all in case nobody liked their ace in the hole, Uncle Joe. They knew it didn’t matter the candidate; in the end it would be someone they would control to get back their power.
Then, something startling happened. Having candidates promising Americans everything they could ever want, with lawlessness to boot, Democrats inadvertently unleashed a monster. They are now horrified by what they birthed.
Starting as an insignificant joke they could control in the 2016 election, an ogre named Bernie Sanders now had a message catching on with too many new Democrats. Most older Democrats understood “normal” candidates were mostly lying about their promises – they were just practicing wokeness. The young ones must have missed a memo.
Crazy Bernie meant every word he said and was not to be controlled. He admitted he was a Socialist-Democrat. People were actually believing in Bernie’s rhetoric. They wanted their free stuff. All of a sudden, the Bern was a force to be reckoned with. Even a heart attack couldn’t stop him. “Could they get him to have another one?” they surely deliberated.
I’m poking fun at the quandary of the Democrats, but in reality, it’s not funny, folks. Having left our children to an education system that no longer values American ideals, they instead instilled, inadvertently or not, a new system of ethics - no pride of country, no appreciation of our rich history, and ultimately a strategy of controlled thought, much like a Bolshevik revolution.
Most sensible adults understand socialism, and its big brother, communism, has failed miserably throughout history. It’s to be regarded as a ridiculous philosophy never to be considered in a great capitalistic republic like ours.
And as if by divine intervention, the failures of socialism have been played out right next to us – first in Cuba and now at this very moment in Venezuela. Yet Bernie zealots are oblivious to the plight of the poor Cuban or Venezuelan people, intent at instilling a collective system whereby misery is shared equally by all but a few.
And Bernie Sanders intends to be one of those few, so far amassing a fortune in the process of playing the poor schmuck while doing absolutely nothing in his government career.
Have we really sunk so low as an American citizenry to expect something from the toil of others? “Tax all the billionaires,” they cry. There are 621 billionaires in the US, making up about 2% of America’s population. How much extra money do you suppose we can squeeze out of just 2% of the population before they leave the country, taking their companies with them. Hundreds of thousands of people would lose jobs. Billionaires are smart people with no intention of being “sugar-daddies.”
Did Obama’s entitlement schemes unlock a Pandora’s box, unleashing ideas of lawlessness and a notion people thought receiving their sustenance from a centralized government was favorable? Have we forgotten the sacrifices our forefathers made for us to ensure that we control our government, instead of they us?
I appreciate everyone is entitled to their opinion and we all have one vote. And I understand our system of government has lots of warts – I write about them. But what I can’t comprehend are people willing to forfeit hard-fought freedoms, from a country the envy of the world, to become part of a nanny-state.
In my opinion, anyone seriously considering voting for Bernie, an act that has the potential to turn this country upside down, should be made to visit Venezuela before allowed to vote.
Ask yourself, if capitalism is so bad, why does the rest of the world want to come here?
The Democrat debates have been nothing short of a circus and the candidates look foolish. The air-waves have been inundated with opinions that you’re probably bored or disgusted with by now. For the record, I’m not wavering on my prediction Michael Bloomberg will get the nomination, despite his poor performances to date. The reason is obvious…money. There’s not a politician or bureaucrat who won’t bend a rule or two at the smell of money.
Despite what the media is telling you, Bernie Sanders will not be the Democrat nominee for president. Picking on “the Bern” is like shooting fish in a barrel, and I refuse to believe the majority of America has become that ill-informed to believe in free stuff. Hey Bernie voters, that free stuff will cost taxpayers $97.5 trillion…and your freedom. We can’t afford it.
It’s entertaining the Democrats are losing their collective minds over Bernie’s success. They will have to come up with a new rule or policy to prevent his nomination. If that fails, they might have to defer to Hillary.
Did you see the world’s oldest male died? Japan’s Chitetsu Watanabe passed away on February 23rd, twelve days before his 113th birthday. Ironically, he had just been declared the world’s oldest male eleven days prior by Guinness.
Don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live that long. I’m hoping to get shot by a jealous husband, some time in my mid-80’s. Given that I just turned 63 on Monday, I might have to adjust that number up some.
Speaking of dying, I see we’re all going to perish soon of a pandemic, called the coronavirus. Well, that’s if you believe some of the news reports coming out sensationalizing the newest export from China. Stock market has absurdly tanked for a bit at the news, but I’m confident it will go back up soon. You can always switch your money over to the makers of face masks while they gouge everyone.
And wouldn’t you know it, our self-proclaimed Queen, Nancy Pelosi used the pandemic to beat on President Trump some more, slurring that his response was “inadequate.” For the record, this is the third pandemic in the past one-hundred years which I’m relatively sure she’s been around for all of them. Anyway, she wants control of $8 billion more tax payer money to throw at a bug that has killed less people than the common flu. But Nancy doesn’t want to make this political, she claims. Then why don’t she just let VP Mike Pence handle it as directed by Trump?
If the stock market can tank over a virus, how do you think it will fare if I’m wrong and Socialist Bernie does win the presidency? Some of you may want to start watching your 401K’s carefully…just in case I’m wrong. My wife claims I’ve been wrong before.
Just as I’m raving, a Federal Appeals Court has ruled the Federal government can withhold grant money to sanctuary states. Wonder what the Springfield pinheads in cash-strapped Illinois will do when the victims of moronic sanctuary laws start suing? Raise taxes on U-Haul rentals?
Did you see the “60 Minutes” coverage of the recent Australian fires? They sent a bubble-headed-blonde down under to report on the catastrophe. CBS showed horrific clips of the massive fires, the damage incurred, as well as the toll on both human and animal life. They reported a scientist estimated one billion animals perished in the fires, a mind-boggling statistic if even partially true. Bubble-head also covered the record-breaking heatwave, showed rescue efforts to feed and treat baby koala bears, as well as a starving kangaroo looking for food - obligatory reporting for ratings. Her report linked all this carnage to one culprit - climate change. Interestingly, she didn’t mention anything about the 24 people charged with arson for the fires. Must not have fit the CBS narrative.
What do you suppose the over/under betting line will be on how long it takes Trump to commute Roger Stone’s prison sentence for lying to Congress? (If that’s a crime, why are Clinton, Clapp, and Brenan not in jail?) Given Trumps friendship with Stone and the fact that the US District judge in this case, Amy Jackson is another liberal Swamp Creature abusing her authority, I’m going to take the “under”, regardless of the number.
Don’t believe me about Judge Jackson, look her up on a source other than CNN. She knew she had a tainted juror and did nothing about it. She also placed a gag order on Stone after sentencing him to 40 months in prison. This is America for crying out loud – ever hear of the First Amendment, Judge? She should be thrown off the bench, disbarred, and lose her pension for the abuse of her position.
I’m done ranting now. What’s your thoughts?
This Illinois schmuck was mildly surprised to hear President Trump had commuted the sentence of former-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich last week. There had been rumors of an imminent release for over a year and I always felt uneasy as to what the connection might have been between Trump and “Blago,” as he used to be called. What possibly could have been the reason Trump was even involved in this matter.
Blago was not the only person granted clemency on February 18th. There were seven pardons and four commutations in total that day. I reviewed each for more insight.
Granted clemency for “white-collar” crimes were Eddie Bartolo Jr., former owner of the San Francisco 49’ers; Michael Milken, a junk bond trader; Bernie Kerik, a former New York City police commissioner; software entrepreneur Ariel Friedler; Paul Progue, owner of a construction company; David Safavian, a lawyer who once worked in the Bush (W) administration; and Angela Stanton, a heretofore unknown author, TV personality and speaker.
There is no way for the average person to know the level of guilt of these seven people, how it affected anyone, nor if their clemency grants were fair or not. There were other people who evidently thought so and convinced Trump.
There were also pardons for Tynice Hall and Crystal Munoz on separate drug charges plus Judith Negron for her part in a Medicare Fraud scheme, of which she admitted some culpability. On its face, all seemed to be excessive sentences placed upon these women, two of color, so pardons were more than likely justifiable.
But it was Blago’s release that made the most headlines, and in my mind, was the most provocative. It caused me to ponder Trump’s rationale.
Rod Blagojevich was Illinois Democrat governor from 2003 to 2009. He was removed from office on corruption charges for attempting to sell Barack Obama’s senatorial seat. Although I didn’t care for him as governor, I recall thinking at the time there had to be more dirty politics to this story than what the public knew. Blago had evidently upset the wrong people.
The former governor was convicted and sentenced to fourteen years at the Federal Correctional Institution in Englewood, Colorado. He had served eight years at the time of Trump’s pardon, which released Blago from prison but did not overturn his conviction.
Blago had been so intertwined with Chicago politics and politicians, including the likes of slimy Chicago aldermen, former-Mayor Daley, Barack Obama, Dick Mell (his father-in-law), and Illinois’ real boss, Mike Madigan, that it would have been impossible to see where the horse’s posterior ended and the cowboy began.
As he will remain a convicted felon, Blago can’t run for office any more…but his mouth can. He will probably be a thorn in the side of many Illinois’ politicians in the near future as I have a feeling Blago knows where “the bodies are buried.” Not good timing while the Fed is currently turning rocks over in Springfield.
But where there other determining factors guiding Trumps decision to pardon Blago? Could it have been the personal televised plea’s by Blago’s wife, Patti, or possibly Blago’s two appearances on Trump’s television show, the “Apprentice?” Or, how about the fact that Blago was prosecuted by Patrick Fitzgerald, a close friend to former FBI director, James Comey? Trump fired Comey and criticizes him for what appears to be legitimate reasons. If I were Trump, I would be leery of anything connected with James Comey.
Who knows what toll Blago’s incarceration took on Ms. Blagojevich’s health, as she pleaded with anyone who would listen to let her husband out of prison? Given her own political connections it would have seemed she could have pulled the right strings to spring him. And yet her pleas always fell on deaf ears until reaching Trump’s, a Republican. Hmm.
When you consider it was more than likely the right “connections” that got the other ten people clemency on the same day, and Ms. Blagojevich’s connections had failed, might Trump have known Blago had been buried in prison to ensure his silence on political matters within the state of Illinois?
At the time of his incarceration, Rod and Patti Blagojevich had two daughters, Amy and Anne, 14 and 8 years old respectively. Blago lost 8 years of watching his daughters mature into young women. The daughters also lost eight years of paternal guidance and love. That was a heavy price to pay by the family for a crime only discussed and had not been committed. Probably he would have done it, but the fact is, he didn’t.
I’m not advocating that Rod Blagojevich should be the next “Man of the Year,” but I think Trump’s instincts were correct on this matter, as usual. Blago suffered enough and probably more for political than criminal reasons.
It was time to let him return to his family.
Recently, me and my best gal attended a “Food Truck Event.” Some of us Chebanse folks might refer to it as a “Roach Coach Fair,” but you know how we are.
It turned out to be as expected - various types of over-priced food served on a paper plate. My review might have been better had I not stood in line a half hour to order an average tasting lobster roll costing a mint.
Before entering the Event, we had to get in line to be searched, as if going through an airport security line. The missus had to open her handbag for some guy to rifle through, while I had to remove the contents from my pockets so as not to set off alarms. Nothing grinds my gears like standing in line. It was a food fair for crying out loud. They had armed security at all the entrances.
First it was airports, then ballgames, concerts, court houses and other public buildings. Now it’s trickled down to Roach Coach Fairs attended by maybe a thousand people at the time we were there. What’s next, stand in line shoeless to go through security at McDonalds?
I know, if you pay an astronomical fee and give the government your life history, you can get pre-screened so as not to stand in the long lines or take off your shoes at the airport. But, once done, the government has everything about you on file, and you still stand in a smaller line while they look at the underwear and medications you have in your bag. That line, by the way, will get longer as more people file for pre-screening.
I wrote in my blog back in October of 2017 concerning airport lines. I seethe during the entire process – I’d rather have a boil lanced. Is there a more absurd procedure in life than wasting what time you have left on Earth standing in line to be searched, fondled, and yelled at by humorless people who would prefer you were not bothering them?
Seems when I go through airport lines, I have to remove everything from my pockets, then my shoes and belt, while some kid shouts orders like a boot camp drill sergeant. To date, I have been rather courteous to the general public by not just removing my pants and tossing them in the tub to save time. Not removing my britches though does require me to hold them up while traversing the metal detector. I just know what’s going to happen one of these times when I’m told to raise my arms in one of those full body scanners. It won’t be pretty, folks.
The TSA was formed in November of 2001 in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. It employs 47,000 security officers to annoy us, and we them, at a cost of $7.6 billion of tax money. Seems like a ton of money for us to all be irritated, particularly after the horse already left the barn nineteen years ago.
Further proving the world has been turned upside down, in this age of political correctness of not using common sense to sum up people, your 81-year-old mother in a wheel-chair and your 5-year old granddaughter holding a doll can, and has been, bodily searched by a security guard …wearing a hijab, while the rest of us wait our turn.
By the way ladies, your “person” does appear on those full body scanners. It can, and has been saved for others to eyeball. If you overhear the phrase, “hotel papa” they’re probably focusing on your person. Oddly, I’ve never heard it mentioned when I go through!
There is the Benjamin Franklin quote, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety" that I believe would apply to this situation.
While researching this quote, I found information about a Harvard lawyer who has twisted Franklin’s statement, claiming it to be merely a tax situation with the Penn family, and not for security concerns. The press liberally jumped all over this. Evidently in elite-speak, this justifies America’s unwashed to stand in a line to be investigated, prodded and interrogated to attend just about any public event.
My sense is that we have taken all these security measures too far. Regardless of what Franklin was writing about, he would be appalled we wait in these ridiculous lines like cattle to a slaughter. If he wrote that quote just concerning a tax situation, imagine what he would have written about the insanity about having to take half your clothes off and wait to go through a line to board a source of transportation.
Somehow, I don’t think the Founding Fathers envisioned American citizens standing in line in their own country to be fondled by government employees.
Well folks, you’re gonna hear it here first. This isn’t an endorsement, but a prediction.
I am predicting Michael Rubens Blomberg will be the Democratic candidate for president, running against Donald Trump for the 2020 presidential election. A clash of the business tycoons, the $58 billion-dollar Bloomberg against the $3 billion-dollar Trump…it will be epic.
If you think about it, what other choice does the Democrat party have? Barring a brokered convention, in which anything goes, Bloomberg has to be their logical choice. Please allow me to explain:
Consider candidates such as Warren, Buttigieg, or Sanders. (I’m omitting the lovely Ms. Klobuchar on purpose, as she has no chance, despite the hallucinations of the NY Times.) Those three nutjobs are racing to see who can give away the most tax payer money. If one promises free healthcare, the other has to up the ante with free college too, and then free stuff to illegal immigrants - also known as future Democrat voters. I’m waiting for their explanation of how they intend to pay for it, although WE know exactly how WE are going to pay for it.
The fact is, they don’t actually represent the Democrat party. Old-time Democrats know that, and Generations X, Y, and Z haven’t taken over yet. Those candidates epitomize Socialism. The new Democrat role model, and part-time barkeep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, pretty much admitted the divide a few weeks ago.
The problem is the real Socialist party has already named their 2020 presidential candidate, a man you never heard of by the name of Howie Hawkins. Wouldn’t you just know it – he’s from San Francisco. His name will appear under the Green Party ticket if you’re interested in wasting your vote.
So, how are the people like “the Bern,” “Pocahontas, and Little Mayor Pete going to squeeze their name on top of the official Democrat ballot? Once all the normal Democrats convene on Milwaukee in July, they are going to demand the Socialist crack-pots lying to give away everything for free be thrown off their ticket and out on their ear. Yes Virginia, there are people that are actually thoughtful, intelligent, normal Democrats – the media just doesn’t tell you about them because they are as boring as Conservatives. They normally don’t promise things they can’t pay for or make stupid remarks.
So, what’s left that represents the “normal” Democrat party? Well, the people running now, that we know of, are Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg. (That’s not to say the convention does not get brokered and someone we aren’t aware of gets the nod, like (God-forbid) Hillary Clinton, who is making snorting hysterics again, or the duplicitous traitor John Kerry.)
Joe Biden is going to implode before July. He seems to be getting feebler by the day. He’s running on fumes, waiting for Obama to save him. Plus, you can bet the Trump organization knows more about Joe’s (and son Hunter) financial shenanigans in the Ukraine and China than what we have been told.
If we had a fair and decent media, we’d already know the dirty details about the Biden’s and he’d be gone...forever. You can bet had that whole affair been orchestrated by the Trump family, CNN would have pictures, whether accurate or not, and Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff would be squawking for more impeachment investigations. The Democrats know if Joe is nominated, Trump, through Giuliani, will unleash the lurid details, and probably even embellish a few details while doing so.
Without Sleepy Joe, there is no other choice other than Bloomberg. His $58 billion-dollar wallet is formidable. Don’t forget, money talks, especially in Washington DC. He doesn’t need to promise to give away everything for free to all of America, just grease the palms of Swamp creatures in DC while our media looks the other way. Don’t believe it? He just bought his way on to the Democrat debates, against all the rules.
Bloomberg may be the same age as Biden, but he appears to be more in charge of all his faculties. In addition to becoming the fourteenth wealthiest person in the world, he was a successful mayor of New York City for three consecutive terms, ironically, two as a Republican.
Although Bloomberg supposedly holds many liberal views, including the killing of babies, gun control, and an open freeway for illegal immigrants, he’s also a fiscal conservative. He knows how to balance a budget, and did so in New York City. Us schmucks in Illinois wouldn’t know what a balanced budget looks like, but they really do exist. Suffice to say though – that’s a good thing. Whether Bloomberg could balance our nations budget is questionable, but it would give the Democrats a good rallying cry.
So, folks, there’s my prediction – Trump against Bloomberg.
Want to bet?
Ever see anything more stunning or awe-inspiring as a sea of American flags? Consider those that languidly wave at the national military cemeteries dotting the world, or when crisply grouped behind a president during an official address? What’s more humbling than a flag-draped coffin? How about the excitement of the massive flags draped across football fields before games or even as gallant as those enormous flags flown at a common gas station?
The iconic and beautiful red, white, and blue color scheme is known world-wide. Representing America, it embodies all that is right with the world. Or, as interpreted by President Reagan, “Red for courage and readiness to sacrifice; white for pure intentions and high ideals; and blue for vigilance and justice.” Our flag is found atop towering skyscrapers and mountains, as well as in front of countless businesses and homes throughout the country. There is even one on the moon.
Most probably recall our flag has thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red and alternating white, representing the original thirteen colonies. There is a blue rectangle in the corner, containing fifty stars representing the fifty states.
It hasn’t always looked that way. There have been twenty-seven designs for our flag, the last taking effect in July of 1960 when the fiftieth star was added by President Eisenhower after Hawaii become a state in August of 1959. If my children are reading, it would mean I have been around since when the flag only had forty-eight stars. The current version has been in use longer than any other; sixty years this summer.
The first actual US flag was flown at the battle of Ft. Schuyler, on August 3, 1777? Reinforcements to the skirmish carried news a flag had been approved by Congress, as designed by Francis Hopkinson. Wanting to fly it in battle, Captain Swartwout gave the material for the blue union from his officer’s coat while soldiers cut up their shirts to make the white stripes. Believe it or not, the red came from the petticoats of the officer’s wives – that’s right, their underwear!
Countless people have perished for that flag. Nearly all Americans feel a sense of deep patriotism and love for our flag.
Or so I thought.
My wife and I are fortunate to be able to spend some time in the winter in Arizona to escape the brutal Illinois weather. We are in a small community just outside an old mining town. The community just replaced their only signage at the entrance, a much over-due project done tastefully, but by no means grandiose. A traveler could easily miss the new sign if they weren’t looking closely.
This past summer, we were emailed about an offer from a couple from the community. The couple graciously offered to pay the expense to purchase and erect a flagpole in the vicinity of the new sign. They only asked the community agree to keep up any maintenance and ongoing lighting needed for the flagpole. I should note, there is lighting on the new sign. The generous proposal was to be put for a vote.
I thought this was a slam-dunk, no-brainer resolution. We eagerly voted yes and then quite frankly, forgot about it, surmising a flagpole would soon be erected. (Notice I didn’t use the word “assume” in this paragraph!)
Last week we were emailed again. By one vote, the new flagpole proposal was voted down. I was so stunned, I read it again. Yep, I read it correctly, the gift had been voted down. I also noted this issue had caused more replies than usual from the residents. Then I started reading the anonymous comments that accompanied the votes, both for and against.
There were some legitimate concerns about proper maintenance. Other issues I surmised might be a lack of wanting to be liable for additional expense.
These types of reasons are legitimate, although easily overcome. And this is America, everyone has a right to vote.
But then I read the responses that turned the issue on its head. Some “no” votes were due to nothing more than pure political hostility from apparent liberals. They actually associate our American flag with Trump now, and therefore want no part of it. Absurdly, one guy threatened to move! Can you imagine what I thought about telling him?
Old Glory, which has been around since 1777, is now to be castigated and shunned because some folks ludicrously associate it with a probable two-termed President Trump. They despise the man so much they hysterically turned down a free patriotic gesture of an American flag at the entrance. In my opinion, this plainly personifies “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”
I despised Obama’s presidency, but never to the detriment of our flag or country. All you can do is shake your head.
Our new flagpole will be installed next week.
So, on a gloomy gray Tuesday on the mountain, there I sat, watching the Impeachment Trial, or perhaps the ending of the Witch Hunt, of President Trump.
In order to placate whiny Democrats, the Senate was meeting to debate the Rules of Impeachment. This is the fourth impeachment trial in American history - and they still have to debate the rules?
This farce went on until 2:00 in the morning, and yes, I watched it and was back at it Wednesday, much to my wife’s dismay. At the time of this writing, Schiff has been blathering for over two hours, irritating most everyone.
I can’t help myself for following this - I come by it naturally. I recall my father glued to the television for the Clinton impeachment in 1998, and my grandfather for Nixon in 1974.
I had the television on, but sometimes muted. I can’t write and listen at the same time. So, every once in a while, I’d look up to see who was bloviating and read the headline provided on the bottom. It didn’t change very often. At this point, it has been mostly the Congressional Managers stomping their feet and moaning because that rascal Trump won’t stick his head in their noose.
A couple times I flipped through the channels to see what other stations were following. I found it odd ABC was covering it but NBC and CBS were not. How are they going to tell America what to think if they aren’t following the impeachment, I wondered?
Perhaps NBC and CBS were busy helping build the gallows with the rest of the Congressional House members. I couldn’t check on CNN as it has been eliminated from my guide, along with TMZ, QVC, and infomercial channels…all for the same reason, irrevelence.
Speaking of the “House Managers,” all lawyers hand-picked by Queen Nancy to convince America Trump needs a hangin’, I researched the Internet to learn more about them as I had never heard of them before.
I don’t need to tell you more about the reprobates Nadler and Schiff, as I’ve previously written about them. I did touch briefly on Zoe Lofgren, who has been in Congress forever, which I find repulsive. She might have been around long enough now to recall Andrew Johnson’s impeachment back in 1868.
Of the seven managers, two are from California, two from New York, and one from Florida, Texas, and Colorado respectfully. Hmm, I thought, four of seven managers from ultra-liberal California and New York. Here we go, I’m on to something.
But when I got around to looking up the other four Managers (Jefferies, Crow, Demings and Garcia), they all appeared to have exceptional credentials, except for that little “D” beside their name. Oh, and the fact they voted ignobly to impeach Trump. But they seemed to be honorable folks who serve in Congress and manage to keep their mugs out of the limelight.
Well, my mind got changed later on that evening when Jefferies, a black man, called Trump the Grand Imperial Wizard at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Something about that “D” beside their name just obliges them to use their race card.
Trump’s defense team is composed of eight lawyers – eight! Guess he had to have one more than the Democrats. Don’t know about you, but I hope to never get into a situation that requires eight lawyers to defend me. The lawyers are Pat Cipollone, Jay Sekulow, Alan Dershowitz, Ken Starr, Robert Ray, Pam Bondi, Jane Raskin, and Eric Herschmann.
This subset of lawyers you probably haven’t heard much about before and there isn’t much to be gained by research either. They all seem to look like the same tall, thin, suit…well except for Ms. Bondi.
The only exceptions of their total inconspicuousness are Ken Starr, who was the independent counsel assigned to nose around into Clinton’s sex life during the last impeachment. The other name that jumps out is Alan Dershowitz, an enigma to the whole affair.
Mr. Dershowitz admits he voted for Hillary Clinton. He looks and acts like a Democrat. Yet, the man who seems to come down on the other side of every issue, has staunchly defended the Trump presidency since Trump took office. He even wrote a book entitled, “The Case Against Not Impeaching Trump.”
Fifteen lawyers, mediated by Chief Justice John Roberts, battling whether to remove the president from office, for no other reason than hurting the Democrats feelings. In the meantime, nothing is getting done in Washington DC, except for the president of course. He was working, attending the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, where everyone in the world was congratulating him on our economy.
It’s not gonna happen, folks, but we are paying dearly for all this impeachment circus.