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.