At the time of this writing, the small hamlet of Kenosha WI, population 101,000, is being torn apart by rioting and looting. Due to yet another scuffle by the police mediating a domestic dispute, Jacob Blake was shot while getting into his car, despite police orders to stand down. Democrat mayor John Antaramian has requested the Wisconsin National Guard.
Further details won’t be known for a while, so I won’t jump to conclusions, allowing politicians and the main-stream-media do it for me instead.
Several businesses were burned in the fracas, including a car dealer and a jewelry store. You probably won’t believe this but jewelry actually turned up missing? Nothing expresses social injustice against police brutality like absconding with a gold necklace.
Sixty-six miles away, Chicago is a ticking time bomb for rioting - except in Democratic Mayor Lightfoot’s neighborhood. You can now evidently protest and loot at will anywhere in Chicago, except in that one block where she, her wife, and child live – it’s off-limits. Consider this – your business can be ruined or children shot, just not in Beetlejuice’s Block.
In a page out of Beetlejuice’s book, the Minneapolis City Council recently voted to defund the police department. Then decided for political reasons to delay the decision until after the November elections. In the meantime, taxpayers dished out $152,400 for private security for Council members Jenkins, Cunningham and Cano, trailblazers of the Defund the Police nonsense. Consider the irony – Minneapolis residents have no police protection but pay for safety for three moronic councilmen.
However, all this pales to Portland Oregon, where they’ve been rioting and looting for over ninety days now. The city resembles Baghdad. By the way, the mayor and governor, both democrats, ridiculously prefer to argue with Trump’s insistence to suppress the anarchy. Actually, they seem to be enjoying it.
Riots and looting are happening all over the country in our biggest cities. The damage is estimated to be in the billions, and will affect future insurance rates, costing everybody. The arrests, injuries, and deaths associated with the anarchy is mounting. All this protesting, rioting and looting in over 2,000 US cities, are supposedly over the death of one drug-addled felon. Would you believe I’m skeptical?
Isn’t our tax money supposed to keep us safe from this very type of behavior? Methinks there is something more to all this than just the death of one man by the police. You suppose somebody or organization is stoking this anarchy, and for what reason? Hmmm!
Liberal/Democratic policies are destroying this country, city by city, while useless Democrat politicians stand by and watch miscreants’ riot daily. Are they afraid, or is there some sort of a master plan? Mayors and governors contemptuously dare Trump to do something about it.
Before hardly any facts were known about the Kenosha shooting, Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers dribbled an incendiary tweet – “While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.” No shit, Tony.
Well Governor, a wiser man might have waited a few days to see what actually transpired before throwing the police under the bus. A little later, the spineless governor tweeted, “And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with black Wisconsinites.” In other words, miscreants are free to burn down your town and steal at will, we’ll just stand by and gawk.
He later called the Wisconsin State Legislature into a special session (where the hell were they?) for the coming week on policing accountability and transparency. If Mr. Blake was grabbing his gun, as was reported, this governor will look about as fatuous as our toilet removing IL governor Pritzker. Even black folks aren’t going to condone that type of behavior.
So, the question is, just how long are we going to put up with this politically-driven nonsense? Not surprisingly, both white and black people overwhelmingly don’t want the police defunded. I’m relatively sure, black folks aren’t too happy about their neighborhoods being torched and looted either.
Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke, a black man himself, said it best when he stated, “It’s not the police who need to be retrained, it’s the public. We have grown into a mouthy, mobile phone wielding, vulgar society with no personal responsibility and the attitude of “it’s the other person’s fault’, you owe me. A society where children grow up with no boundaries or knowledge or concern for civil society and personal responsibility.”
Unless you particularly like rioting and looting on your streets, and your police departments defunded, you really might want to put some thought into who you will be voting for in November.
This socialist experiment doesn’t seem to be working out so well.
Writing this column is sometimes challenging. Usually, a general idea of what to say is formed and words start magically lining up in my noggin'. However, this normally happens while I’m golfing, driving or showering - with no way to write thoughts down. I then forget the words which causes me to start all over again, waiting for the magic mojo to reappear.
This past week was shaping up to be no different, but then former first lady, Michelle “Mooch” Obama gave me an unforgettable jolt with her absurd speech at the opening of the “virtual” Democratic Convention. It’s virtual so Hidin’ Biden can remain in his Delaware basement. (Is a “virtual convention” an oxymoron?)
You remember poor Mooch, never able to be proud of her country until her husband won the presidency. Since, she’s lived like a queen on our dime. Later, we found out all that affluence still gave her depression. It’s called a conscience, Michelle!
Critics of her speech homed in on comments that Trump was “in over his head” or was the “wrong president for our country.” The main-stream-media fawned over her remarks, as if Jesus came to enlighten them. She recorded her Trump-bashing speech from one of her palatial residences a week in advance. It kicked off the theme for the rest of the convention – putting a thump on Trump rather than what they will do for us.
I wondered if, having co-existed in the White House for eight years, this woman might have become an expert in knowing when someone is “in over his head,” or “the wrong president.” She lived through it firsthand when her husband sat in the Oval Office with his feet up on the Resolute Desk. That realization gave me cause for concern, but considering the source, I let it go. Would you expect anything else in the Trump era – the Democrats not telling us what they can do; just criticizing the guy in the arena doing it?
The part of her scolding that grabbed my attention though was the statement, “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me, they can, and they will if we don’t make a change in this election.” Was that a threat?
In the year 2020, where we have seen more bizarre events than any generation before us, none of which were the fault of the President, that statement seemed sinister to me. Might she know something we don’t? I feel like we’ve been warned, don’t vote for Trump, or else.
The Democratic voter today is an enigma. I know intelligent people who are Democrats. I also know some liberals who are, quite frankly, ill-informed to put it nicely. Then there are those just looking for a handout or doing as told.
In conversations with friends, we can’t understand how anyone can intellectually or morally back the current liberal ideology. How can reasonably intelligent people not be able to see through the political indiscretions of the likes of the Obama’s, Pelosi, Schumer, the Clinton’s, and their ilk? They all live like royalty, making themselves fabulously wealthy off our toil and sweat. Are hardworking Democrats oblivious that those people use their money to enrich themselves?
Democrats ignore, or justify, the anarchy destroying our major cities – is that really the way liberals believe society should behave? This problem never got addressed at the convention. Do BLM supporters really want to exist in a society with less police? If you can believe the poll, four out of five black folks polled don’t want less police.
How would anyone possibly consider voting for an aging Joe Biden, suffering what appears the onset of dementia, hibernating in his basement, to lead our nation? Are Democrats not concerned with Biden, or worse - Hunter Biden, interacting with the leaders of China or Russia? If Biden is forced out are Democrats comfortable under the direction of the far-left leaning loon, Kamala Harris?
How can forty-five million people belong to a party that supports killing babies? What part of “thou shall not kill,” is not understandable?
What is it about Trump Derangement Syndrome that makes people so blind with rage that they will overlook the breakdown of our country going on right before our eyes? Why would Democrats consider Biden when the Obama/Biden administration accomplished so little for eight years?
For example, in that time:
Why didn’t they take care of the supposed “systemic race issues?”
Why didn’t they resupply the emergency needs, such as masks and generators that were evidently in so short supply at the onset of the pandemic?
Why didn’t they stop people coming in from China like Trump tried to do before being accused of being a xenophobe?
The list goes on, and of course, I will get no intelligent rebuttal from this commentary, which is a shame.
Well, next week the Republican convention starts, so that should give me some more fodder for a column, if I can only remember.
I'm taking time off from normal rants. There was plenty to grumble about given the announcement of Kamala Harris as Hidin’ Biden’s vice-presidential nominee, in which they gave long rants and pathetically allowed no questions.
I can always gripe about this "woke" society we live in now where everyone’s a victim.
This week, something else is on my mind.
How old were you when you first heard of a derecho or a mesoscale convection system? In my case, sixty-three and I’ve been watching weather a long time.
Derecho is a Spanish word meaning "straight." In meteorological lingo it’s associated with the storm that clobbered Chebanse and Kankakee Monday night. It’s considered a straight-line windstorm associated with fast-moving groups of thunderstorms, or a mesoscale convection system. That knowledge, and $5.08 will buy an iced latte at Dunkin’ Donuts.
Sadly, the derecho decimated old majestic trees at the Kankakee Country Club, where I miserably attempt to put together a golf game. Fortunately, an oak planted in my father’s memory survived a larger tree falling on it. Another tree was completely uprooted, exposing its underside - about nine feet in diameter. A disheartened head golf pro, Kevin Fitzgerald lamented he’d never seen a golf course so tore up.
Shortly after the storm passed, I drove from my office, as we had no electricity, to Chebanse to have dinner with my mother. If you’ve been a reader of this column, recall I grew up in Chebanse, often mentioning it in some sort of jest. I’m very familiar with the municipality, many of its residents, and even a few characters.
Driving the streets through the tiny town was saddening. It appeared as if a bomb had gone off. Yards, driveways and streets were blocked with limbs, branches, and a few power lines. Yards were littered with leaves and sticks. They actually had to clear streets with a snowplow. Areas I knew well were almost unrecognizable. Trees having seen a hundred years of storms had fallen in yards or on roofs of some unlucky folks.
Then I noticed something else. Everywhere I drove, people were out cleaning up messes. Neighbors were helping neighbors. Just in the short time it took for the storm to move through and my drive to Chebanse, residents had already begun to clean up the carnage leveled upon their property. Some were cutting fallen branches off trees, while others hooked heavy limbs to pickup trucks to drag away to the community pile at the ballpark I played at daily. The activities were almost orchestrated, and most amazingly, the residents were doing it themselves. It reminded me of the residents of Whoville after the Grinch stole their Christmas when townsfolk headed out to sing anyway.
My mother has lived in the same house for nearly sixty years and is over a hundred years old. The house, not my mother. She has a large lot with many trees, bushes, and flowers. The neighbors all have…or had, trees around her property as well. Sadly, some fell into her yard.
Maneuvering up her driveway, I thought her yard didn’t seem to sustain that much destruction – lots of leaves and small branches, but damage seemed minimal. A branch had evidently fallen on a split rail fence, knocking some of it down, but it would be easily repairable. The driveway was certainly navigable, more so than some streets.
I was wondering if she’d just been lucky. Then I realized her lawn had sustained extensive wind damage too, but her neighbor, Rod Perzee, and buddy, Phil Snyder had already been to her house to clear up what they could. They did this before cleaning their own yards. She certainly had been lucky – lucky to have such great friends.
Thanks a million, Rod and Phil. You’re the best.
Several local farmers immediately came to town with equipment. Town maintenance supervisor James Smith worked tirelessly. Even the towns of Clifton and Ashkum, including Ashkum road commissioner, Adam Weber (no relation - one "b") sent maintenance crews to clear away messes.
This tale doesn’t end there.
I went back to Chebanse Wednesday morning to look around some more. Incredibly, my hometown was nearly back to its former self. Yards had been cleared of most the rubble; some of it sitting out by the street for removal. Other yards were already clear of debris, having had already been hauled away. Some folks were out raking their yards. Some lawns had even been freshly mowed.
The Chebanse people handled their adversity with virtually no outside help. They aided each other in the middle of a pandemic and with no electricity. Incredibly, the town was almost back to normal within two days.
I’m proud to call Chebanse my hometown – those folks are so resilient and incredibly neighborly. Unlike the cretins you see on your television at night, Chebanse folks epitomize what it is to be Americans.
As you’re reading this there is an experiment taking place which might confirm the China bug matter to be the hoax many of us think it is, or the legitimate pandemic shrieked about. We shouldn’t have to wait more than a month for answers either.
The 80th Annual Sturgis Bike Rally is going on thru the 16th of August, despite warnings the entire state is going to die. According to an AP yarn, over 250,000 bikers are expected to attend this year’s event. South Dakota Governor, Kristi Noem has not interfered with the rally, nor will she, as she believes Americans have rights.
I’m a "biker" myself, although I've not been to Sturgis…yet. I'm the type though that would pull a motorcycle behind my air-conditioned SUV to within fifty miles of Sturgis. Trading my Tommy Bahama shorts, shirt, and flip flops, I’d then don jeans and a Trump T-shirt before riding the rest of the way.
Having admitted that, I've been to many biker bars and events, even during COVID. Based on those experiences, I can’t imagine there will be many bikers wearing masks in acts of compliance. Historically, it’s hard enough getting some just to wear shirts and underwear, so pity the poor soul bringing up the mask issue.
Since the media revels in posting grim virus reports daily – which oddly doesn’t seem to affect BLM rioters or funeral attendees of certain drug addicts and Congressmen - the bug should go viral with all that reveling going on in Sturgis. A quarter-million people could possibly get infected, hacking up that bug everywhere between Sturgis and home, possibly even your town.
When the reveling has passed and the party’s over, if everybody that attended departs this life horribly in quarantine, we might then have conclusive proof all those media warnings have been warranted, and I have been, to use one columnists’ word, foolish.
However, if there is very little uptick in serious infections creating massive hospital bed or ventilator shortages, and no vast spikes in deaths of us disgusting bikers, you suppose we can stop hearing the media reporting non-stop about the China bug and scaring the bejesus out of people? Might it then be considered comparable to other ailments, such as diabetes, heart attacks, bronchitis, or in-grown toenails?
Methinks all those bikers are going to be just fine. There will likely be more deaths from drug and alcohol overdoses, or guys being shot by jealous husbands, than a bug from China. Rest assured there will be lots of "positive" tests, but probably very few serious infections.
Folks, I'm no medical expert. The medical experts the media will allow you to hear are also going to inform you I'm an idiot. I readily admit the virus is a real medical concern that will unfortunately kill people, perhaps even myself. But so might diabetes, driving cars, or a myriad of other issues.
Sorry, but some of us just have no intention of living in fear from any of those issues. Masks are uncomfortable and represents compliance. Not to be heartless, but if you have an underlying condition or are just afraid, perhaps you should stay away from us. Everybody is not required by law to carry an EpiPen in case you have an allergic reaction, so why a mask?
We deplorables passionately believe this pandemic has been over-hyped by the Democrat party and their liberal media propaganda arm. It’s a ploy to keep people frightened and submissive, the economy struggling, and above all, to battle Trump in his re-election campaign. It’s also keeping Joe Biden in his basement to decrease his public gaffe’s. Eventually, it will be the reason Hidin’ Biden can’t campaign or debate, completely undermining the election process.
Are you aware of normal deaths, such as motorcycle crashes for example, reported as COVID? Are you aware of the positive COVID tests reported on people that did not actually take the test? (Read that last sentence again.) Wonder why?
Have you noticed the media only reports "medical professionals" aligning with keeping people scared and obedient? Any medical profession, such as the American Frontline Doctors Group, speaking against the “official” narrative is ignored or scorned.
The president recommends and supported by AFD, the cheap hydroxychloroquine drug. There are people that had the virus and claim it saved their life. These reports are met with contempt. There are politicians that have attempted to out-law it, even though it’s been around eighty years. Instead, we are supposed to wait on a "rushed" expensive vaccine with no historical vetting.
I urge you to track reports concerning COVID results from the Sturgis rally, a Petri Dish of sorts. If I’m wrong, the media will tell you non-stop until the election. And if right, the silence will be deafening. Watch and see.
By the way, there is no truth to the story ANTIFA plans on attending the Sturgis Rally. However, if they do, we can hope Sturgis makes it a pay-per-view event.