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?