As the 2019 baseball postseason starts, sadly without my beloved Cubs, I’ve got an opinion concerning baseball to get off my chest.
Any baseball fan has heard of Jackie Robinson, who played 9 years for the Dodgers. He had quite a career, winning the Rookie of the Year Award, 6 All-Star appearances, 6 World Series appearances, and the 1949 Most Valuable Player Award (MVP). He’s credited by Major League Baseball (MLB) for being the first black man to play in the majors. He was also the first black player to be inducted, rightly, into the Hall of Fame.
Robinson’s uniform number, 42, has been retired permanently by MLB. On April 15th, Jackie Robinson Day, every player wears a uniform with the number 42 in honor of the man who broke the color barrier in baseball.
But, did you know Luis Castro was the first Latin player to appear in the major leagues, having played for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902? He played 42 games, but was released, evidently for mediocre statistics.
The first Latin player, and arguably the best, to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, was Roberto Clemente. He played right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates for 18 years before dying in a plane crash. An All-Star for 12 seasons, MVP in 1966, batting leader 4 times, and Gold Glove winner for 12 years, he’s a member of the exclusive 3,000-hit club. I still have nightmares of his “clothesline” heaves from right field to catch a hapless Cubs player at home plate.
But, perhaps the biggest name in baseball is “Babe” Ruth. Anyone who’s watched baseball knows about the “Babe,” even though he’s been dead for over 70 years. Not only was he larger than the game, he was larger than life.
His athletic prowess in baseball in the early part of the twentieth century was unparalleled, both from the pitcher’s mound and with the bat. Incredibly, he hit more home runs personally in a season than any other TEAM in the American League…and he did it twice!
To his credit, Babe was voted the Athlete of the Century by the Associated Press; Greatest Baseball Player of all Time by Sporting News; the Greatest Player of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated; and placed second in the ESPN Athlete of the 20th Century. Nobody dominated a sport like the “Babe.”
So, here’s the rub - Jackie Robinson wasn’t the first black man to play professional baseball. At best, he was fourth, and possibly fifth if one believes the rumor Babe Ruth was half-black, an issue that dogged him early in his career.
In fact, black men played professional baseball games before Robinson was born in 1919.
The first was William White, a college student, who played first base for just one game for the Providence Grays on June 21, 1879.
OK, perhaps that was just a one-day fluke? Two more black men played before Robinson. The first to play regularly in the major leagues was Moses “Fleet” Walker, who capably played 42 games for the Toledo Blue Stockings during the 1884 season. Later in the season his brother Weldy briefly joined him.
The Walker brothers also suffered and fought extreme prejudices over their season, in which some games were cancelled just by their appearance. Fleet was released in September of 1884 due to hand injuries sustained playing catcher…without a glove!
Given the immense accomplishments of players like Ruth and Clemente, as examples, and the fact that Robinson wasn’t the first professional black player, I’ve an issue with the way the MLB memorializes Robinson. From what I’ve read about Robinson, he’d have a problem with it too.
Why is the number 42 retired throughout baseball, yet Ruth’s number 3 is only retired at Yankee Stadium and Clemente’s 21 only in Pittsburgh?
Why isn’t Walker officially recognized as the first black player? The snub of Walker diminishes the accomplishments of Robinson. Not to insult Robinson but there were many greater players - of all colors - who had much better statistics in their careers. (Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ty Cobb)
This feels like just another hollow political correctness program altering history to fit a narrative, and, of course to sell jerseys. There’s too much of history altering going on these days, folks.
My opinion, the April 15th commemoration itself should be retired and the number 42 unretired, except for the Dodgers.
We as a society need to start pushing back at those who will saddle others with ridiculous observances, policies and ceremonies that are, in reality, wrong and/or meaningless.
As nobody would identify me as a golfer, I identify as a Polemicist. It bears repeating, a “polemicist,” not a polygamist. I have only one wife and am quite content with her.
A polemicist engages in controversial writing intended to support a position with aggressive claims to undermine opposing positions. In my case there’s usually a taint of sarcasm.
The trouble with being a conservative polemicist is the lack of thought or civility of most rebuttals. Folks not agreeing with my op-eds do so mostly with trivial derision. One insolent fella hopes I get run over by a truck. Another told me to move to Russia. These type responses are like playing Pigeon Chess. The pigeon knocks over the pieces, defecates on the board and struts around like it won.
With that in mind, concerning the Ukraine-Phone-Gate matter.
Phone-Gate is the new “Impeachment Flavor of the Month” against President Trump. It concerns his conversation with new Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky.
During a phone conversation last July, Trump asked for details about Biden’s son, Hunter, who benefited to the tune of $50K per month to be an advisor on the board of a Ukrainian energy company, a position for which he was unqualified. This was while his old-man was vice president. Turns out, an unnamed CIA whistle-blower didn’t care for the content of the discussion.
The blower believed Trump was trying to gain advantage on Biden in the presidential race, as Hillary did in the 2016 campaign, rather than surmising Trump might be inquiring of an illegal act committed by a then vice president. In the blower’s mind, it was OK for Hillary to do it, but not the evil Trump.
So, the blower went to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to report the call. Turns out, said blower wasn’t listening in on the original call but using second-hand information, and that he works among the Democrat party. Think he might have had an agenda?
The Dems hyperventilated over this news. Trump did “it” again.
Kicking the pandemonium into overdrive, presidential hopeful Bill Weld, suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome himself, shot his mouth off while on a segment of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He maintained Trump talking to the Ukraine was treasonous, and the punishment…execution. He was serious! Hosts, Joe and Mika, along with the other two improbable Republican candidates looked on nodding in agreement, as if this were common knowledge.
Evidently, Weld presumes if Trump were to be executed, it will increase his chances for gaining the Republican nomination, and hopefully the presidency in 2020. I think my chances are about equal if I were to run.
The following day, Nancy Pelosi harrumphed she was moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry. Excuse me while I yawn here.
Democrats smelled blood and demanded the transcript of the phone call…” or else.” You might think Ms. Pelosi would have waited until after she had seen the transcript in order to ascertain the validity. (And by the way, if one has already been threatened with impeachment and execution… “or else” what?)
So, rather than tell Democrats where they could shove their demand, a remark most of us Chebanse folks would have blurted, Trump released the transcript. Absurdly, this is the third time a transcript of a Trump conversation with a head of another country has been leaked or given to the media. (Mexico and Australia being the others.)
What was in that transcript depends on your ideology.
If one believes our president was looking out for the best interests of the country to investigate if an ex-vice president unduly used his influence to grease his kids’ palm, then you might find the conversation to have been good governance by Trump. It was within his quest to drain the Swamp.
If you are a Left-leaner with TDS, then you will naturally come to the conclusion your president was digging dirt internationally on a political opponent, as Hillary did in 2016, and should be thrown out of office immediately.
Now prove it either way!
This three-year disruption, Swamp Wars, pursuit by House Democrats, and their media brethren, of looking under every rock to see how they can “impeach” Trump out of office, before he wins it again next year, has gotten tedious, ripped our country apart, and achieved absolutely no return in our tax investment of employing that circus called Congress.
In my opinion, the actions of the House Democrats are the individuals perpetrating high crimes and misdemeanors, and are perhaps guilty of treason.
Consider again the punishment for treason.
Did you hear about the newest specimen of yellow journalism published in the Sunday (15th) edition of the New York Times? A smear essay, artfully edited, was leveled against Supreme Court Judge Kavanaugh. As Yogi said, “Déjà vu all over again.”
In typical sheep-like behavior, other news outlets, and nearly all the Democrat presidential hopefuls ran with the story – hook, line, and sinker.
The opinion piece is part of a forthcoming book, the work of reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, apparently in an attempt to peddle sensationalism. Evidently their appetites were not slaked by previous public lynching’s of Kavanaugh, so they claimed the FBI had further evidence of another drunken sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh. Said misconduct was alleged to have been perpetrated on a hapless “victim” while Kavanaugh was at Yale.
There was one glaring problem with this article. The alleged “victim” doesn’t recall the incident! She has no beef with Kavanaugh.
Additionally, the article cast more doubt on the original claim concocted by Christine Blasey Ford, in conjunction with Senator Diane Feinstein. If you recall, Feinstein unwittingly employed a Chinese spy on her staff for twenty-plus years. Perhaps she should have gotten her own affairs in order before attempting the political gamesmanship required to tear a man’s reputation apart for unsubstantiated college pranks.
Nevertheless, the horse bolted from the barn. The Associated Press, that paragon of journalistic mediocrity, filled print space on the matter. The actual author of the AP hogwash went unnamed. Regrettably, the Journal ran the AP story as well. Perhaps they should request their money back.
According to the AP, Democrat presidential hopefuls instantly weighed in about Kavanaugh. Sure enough, the “impeachment” word, always on the mind of any self-loathing Democrat, spewed forth.
Kamala Harris: “…Kavanaugh lied to the US Senate and most importantly to the American people.” She then indignantly tweeted, “he must be impeached.”
Not sure what Kavanaugh lied about, or why he should be impeached but that doesn’t seem to matter to the former AG of California. Recall she was accused of sexual misconduct and cronyism while dating then-San Francisco mayor Willie Brown, 30 years her elder. Isn’t there a term for that sort of upward mobility?
Beto, no stranger to criminal activity himself, stood on a chair and chirped: “We know he lied under oath. He should be impeached.”
Like Harris, Beto didn’t elaborate on what Kavanaugh lied about. Hey Beto, while you’re out attempting to take our guns, why don’t you first explain to us what Kavanaugh lied about. We’ll be on our porches waiting.
Julian Castro weighed in with a tweet: “…(he) lied under oath. He should be impeached and Congress should review the failure of the DOJ to properly investigate the matter.” Yeah Julio, that’s what we need, more Congressional reviews by Congressmen clamoring to get their mugs on television.
Not to be outdone, Cory “Spartacus” Booker yammered a tweet: “…I stand with the survivors and countless other Americans in calling for impeachment proceedings to begin.” Survivors?
As if she were demanding heads, Elizabeth Warren shouted; “…like the man who appointed him (Trump), Kavanaugh should be impeached.”
Biden and the Bern didn’t have much to say, or at least nothing salacious enough for the AP to regurgitate.
The following Tuesday, Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley filed a resolution for an impeachment inquiry for Kavanaugh. Perhaps, for the sake of saving us tax dollars, they could organize a “two-fer” by impeaching Trump and Kavanaugh at the same time?
Think about this, folks, a false op-ed promoting a book by the supposed leader in print journalism, the New York Times, and everyone ideologically left of center immediately springs into action to run their mouths.
Having drug Kavanaugh through perdition during his confirmation, while embarrassing the nation, the wound was about healed when the scab is ripped off again…for a false narrative. To sell books regurgitating drunken college pranks. The Times has since apologized, but being from Chebanse and all, I don’t believe they meant it. A seed was planted.
Is there anybody that doesn’t realize this misinformation dissemination is nothing more than the Left lobbing cannonballs over Kavanaugh’s head about the Roe v Wade decision? They’re forewarning him to never consider overturning their right to kill babies.
Consider the carnage planned by the Left when the aging Judge Bader needs replacing. Pity the poor soul who aspires to her seat in the Court.
Unless…Trump inserts himself on the Court. Imagine that - Supreme Court Judge Donald Trump. Suppose Judge Ginsburg can hang on another year?
As Joe Biden gaffes his way into retirement, I’m baffled by the popularity of the remaining Democrat alternatives for president and our country’s potential future.
According to the latest CBS poll, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders have both pulled virtually even with Biden, with Warren having the momentum. Kamala Harris and Mayor Pete round out the top five, but their chances seem to be dwindling. Beto has apologized himself into laughable obscurity and, arguably their best candidate, Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, can’t gain traction with the media.
Of course, the polls also predict the above-named candidates could beat the incumbent Trump, a likelihood I scoffed at in a prior commentary. So, I absorb poll numbers with some ambiguity.
But, assuming the polls to be at least within a hundred-mile radius of the ballpark, I am perplexed by what these numbers mean from voters. If Warren and Sanders are the two remaining candidates to chose from next fall, is the Democrat party really going to put up an avowed socialist like Sanders, or his alter ego, Warren?
Warren hasn’t acknowledged she is Socialist like the Bern, but her stated views mirror Sanders’. They keep trying to “out-left” each other. To Warren’s credit, she is able to state positions more eloquently, which may explain her elevation in the polls. I think we will see Warren deviate closer to center on the political scale as the election nears, but revert back to near Socialism should she win.
Given the results of the last presidential election, it’s not a stretch to think a Warren and/or Sanders ticket could garner 60+ million votes. Consider the horrific ramifications of this:
At this moment in history, the country of Venezuela, once one of the wealthiest nations per capita in the world, a major exporter of oil, and member of OPEC, is in total chaos. If you have been watching news reports, Venezuela’s s people are starving and rioting in the streets. Even if its people had money, there’s nothing on store shelves to buy, with shortages of such staples as toilet paper, flour, and milk. Hospitals have shut down for lack of supplies.
According to the misery index in 2013, Venezuela ranked as the top spot globally with the highest score, as ranked by economists. Their economy has only gotten worse since, but they no longer report their numbers.
The cause for this downturn of events for the Venezuelan people can be attributed primarily at Socialist policies. In 1999 Hugo Chavez, Obama’s buddy, was elected president of Venezuela. He immediately began instituting, what he called, Democratic-Socialist policies (sound familiar), shifting from the populist procedures of his predecessors.
Venezuela did fairly well for the first five years - until the oil industry wavered. Among a host of other knee-jerk socialist reactions to recover revenue, the housing market collapsed when private property was seized by the government, causing all contractors to leave the country. Their economy was in shambles.
In March of 2013, Chavez died of cancer of which the new president, Nicolas Maduro of the United Socialist Party, blamed the United States. Rather than change the policies of Chavez, Maduro doubled down, running the country by decree. The economy dropped further into recession plunging the country into a humanitarian crisis. Maduro has since been voted out of office, but refuses to leave.
Voters need to understand, socialism has never worked anywhere it has been tried in the history of the world. As the late British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stated, “The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."
My explanation of Venezuela’s economic collapse is somewhat simplistic when taking in all economic factors that affect a nation. But my overriding point is the change of leadership to that of a Democratic-Socialist that has gone on “real-time” right before us. It’s if as we are being sent a message from above, “Don’t Do It!”
We Americans have the greatest nation and economy in the world. We have done more humanitarian deeds in the history of mankind. We are the only country ever to conquer other nations and not plunder or absorb their people, instead helping them rebuild. Why would we change our capitalistic model?
Yet, given voting projections, it appears 60+ million people are completely oblivious to the horrific Socialist sideshow going on just 1,400 miles south of Miami. Is the hatred of Trump so intense we are willing to risk our 243-year success story to subject our country to the failed experiment that is Venezuela?
Our poor grandchildren!
Having survived another Rollison tournament, I'm back writing commentary with some random thoughts ramblin' 'round my noggin'.
At this time, meteorologists are reporting Hurricane Dorian is unleashing havoc on the Florida coastline, then will terrorize the east coast for the remainder of the week. The media has been in a frenzy with "non-stop-breaking news" forecasting Armageddon, titillating us to be glued to the television for a glimpse of news in between commercials.
The weather folks have been scrambling to predict where Dorian will make landfall. If you think about that, we aren’t advanced scientifically enough to accurately state where a hurricane will strike, but “we” know the Earth will come to an end in 10-12 years due to global warming? This would be a good time to point out in 1989 the UN predicted nations would be wiped off the Earth by the year 2000 if global warming wasn’t reversed. Al Gore predicted in 2006 the ice caps would be gone by now, increasing his wealth to $300 million (tenfold) while doing so.
Inevitably, when Dorian expires, Democrat presidential hopefuls will blame Trump for starting a hurricane, misdirecting FEMA, and engaging in more racist activity in the aftermath. Rest assured, whatever is done, won’t be to the liking of those souls suffering Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Speaking of starting a hurricane, remember when President "W" Bush was crucified for his tepid response to Hurricane Katrina, particularly by then-New Orleans mayor Ray "Chocolate City" Nagin? The media relished stuffing a microphone into Nagin's piehole in 2005 so he could plead for more financial assistance. By 2014, Nagin, having been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, began a ten-year residence in a Texarkana prison on 21 charges of various kickback schemes by clean-up contractors. I mention this as the predictable Trump blame game starts to mount, post-Dorian.
The Justice Department just ruled former FBI head honcho James Comey was found to have broken several FBI policies and to have been "extremely careless?" If you recall, Comey leaked a memo to the New York Times about a conversation with Trump. Then lied about it. Incredibly, Comey won't be prosecuted. Like J. Edgar Hoover before him, Comey more than likely has so much sewage on the Swamp creatures, he can't be thrown in the poke. Suppose he kept Hoover's enormous porn collection too? Asking for a friend.
I wonder if Major League Baseball feels silly for their emotional promotion of the death of Angel's pitcher Tyler Skaggs? In one game, the entire Angels team wore Skaggs' number 45. Tribute videos were played over tears. Turns out, Skaggs had enough alcohol, fentanyl, and oxycodone in his system he choked on his vomit. Overdose deaths by gifted and pampered athletes, musicians, and/or actors doesn't seem to be worthy of tribute, in my opinion. I was more disheartened by the passing of Frank Robinson and Billy Buckner this year; players kids could look to as role models.
Donna Reneau, what a piece of crap you are. Employed by the taxpayers of Ft. Smith Arkansas as a 911 operator, you berated Debra Stevens, who had the misfortune of reaching you when calling to report being trapped on a flooded road. Ms. Reneau, you were paid to assist, not chastise the woman for 22 minutes. Consequently, the terrified Ms. Stevens drowned.
Another 47 people were shot, seven of which died, in Chicago over the Labor Day weekend. So far, that's 1,445 shootings resulting in 329 murders. That’s Chicago, as in Illinois, where they have nearly the strictest gun laws in the nation. The mayor blamed Republicans. Maybe Chicago should try making heroin and meth illegal next so as to reduce overdoses too. Oh, wait...
Democratic-Socialist presidential candidate Bernie Sanders proposed to pay all student debt, a $1.52 Trillion obligation. That requires shifting the debt to us taxpayers as the liability must be paid by someone.
So, to be clear, there are many people, like me, who went straight from high school to the work force and spent 40 plus years working 6 days a week. Now we’re supposed to cough up tax money towards a 4-year party junior had in order to attain a worthless degree in Gender Studies?
This week, the “Bern”, who owns three homes and a Mercedes, upped the ante by promising to pay all medical debt too. That’s another $81 Billion transferred over to us schmucks (tax payers), courtesy of Sanders’ hallucinations.
There are over 13 million people that voted for Sanders, and presumably will do so again, most who evidently don’t comprehend how socialism works. What is even more chilling is those supporters that do understand socialism.
P.T. Barnum was right.
In my commentaries, it’s often mentioned I was raised in Chebanse, with remarks such as “But I’m from Chebanse, what do I know?” or “I may be from Chebanse, but…” I surmise Chebanse folks are taking it good naturedly.
The Journal must like Chebanse folks, employing the late Denny Yohnka, columnist Denny Marek, general manager, Kevin Norden, and myself. We all have Chebanse roots. I’m the only one that the Journal worries about though.
Chebanse was a great place to grow up. Ten kids in my Central graduating class started first grade with me, all of them living within a two-block radius of our house. There were many other kids within our age group that ran around with us, including Merritt Yohnka, who would go on to become a famous Hollywood stuntman. Back then we called him “Rusty.”
In the 60’s-70’s Chebanse we grew up in, cars were left with keys in them and houses were rarely locked because, there simply was no crime. The biggest wrongdoings I can recall was a Halloween prank when a junk car was placed on top of the old grain office. A few more junkers were placed on the sidewalks as well. I was too young to be one of the perpetrators who participated, but I know who did.
Then there was the group of rowdies who painted a large middle finger in black on the southeast side of the town’s water tower. The town elders had the artwork painted over, only to have the same group of hooligans put it back. It remained there for years, ingloriously greeting cars traveling up Interstate 57. I know most of who were in on that too. Can you imagine what it took to climb a water tower with a can of paint clamped between your teeth?
I recall Chebanse also possessed some of the cutest baby-sitters, too. My mother seemed to have an eye for talent when her and dad were going out for the evening.
During the summer we’d play baseball all day at the school across the street from our house. (It’s a Civic Center now) If you hit the ball to right field it was considered an automatic out because the school had a dilapidated U-shaped shed for music classes that nobody mowed in the summer. “Rusty,” playing first base, would curse you for hitting the ball there, as we stopped the game to look for the only ball we owned.
At night we’d ride bikes to the American Legion park for Little League. During the fall we’d play basketball or football after school, or hockey in the winter when the interstate ponds froze over. We were always outside, causing no trouble.
History records Harold Gray, creator of “Little Orphan Annie” was from a farm outside Chebanse. He must have not been around long as he graduated from high school in Lafayette Indiana. It’s the only notable person mentioned with Chebanse roots.
Denny Yohnka wrote about Chebanse entrepreneur Ray Dieter Sr., who ran the hardware store and the Culligan distributorship, among many other business ventures throughout his life. I knew Mr. Dieter myself and can tell you, the man was indeed quite a unique individual – some would say character. Denny didn’t embellish one bit in his column.
I found it interesting Denny used Mr. Dieter’s son, Ray Jr., as a source of information in his story on the elder Mr. Dieter. However, he never mentioned the life of Ray Dieter Jr., or his sister, Dolly, two of the more accomplished people to come from Chebanse, in my opinion.
Dr. Ray Dieter, Jr., is a thoracic surgeon, licensed in both Illinois and Alaska. Incredibly, he has performed heart transplants! He is a past World President of the College of Surgeons. In his spare time, he and his sons, also doctors, have written medical books on heart disease.
Dr. Dolly Dieter is a graduate of DePaul University, was a research associate at MIT, became Assistant Director for Marine and Shore facilities at the University of Alaska, as well as Program Manager for Ship Operations at the National Science Foundation in Washington DC.
Dolly and Ray Jr. were childhood friends of my late father. Dolly and my dad went to school together and we were honored to have her speak at his funeral.
There were just so many great people and real characters from Chebanse. My dad could probably have been considered both! There has definitely been more greatness than just a cartoonist produced from the tiny town.
When I mention Chebanse in my columns, I am not poking fun. I am doing so affectionately.
In a case of keeping up with the Jones's, Illinois Governor Pritzker is doing it again, signing bills seeping from Boss Madigan. In this case, the Jones's are California, Oregon, Colorado, and New Jersey. Jeez, JB, the fact that California is doing something should be your first clue to do differently.
Effective July 1, 2020, Illinois schools must include the positive contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in history classes. Additionally, they must use textbooks that include the roles of LGBT people.
If you guessed I have issues with this bill, you’d be right. Sorry, my “Chebanse” instincts have kicked in. But not for reasons the LGBT community might think. Please understand, this is not a gay rant. Love who you want, it’s none of my business…as long as it’s not my wife! If you’ve got someone making your socks go up and down, that’s fantastic and I’m delighted for you.
Why limit the new law to just “positive” contributions? We were taught about notorious Americans - Benedict Arnold, John Wesley Hardin, or Al Capone, as examples. They were presumably straight as there is no indication otherwise. Is the new directive going to specifically omit someone like serial killer John Wayne Gacy…just because he was gay? Will students ever know about the shenanigans and appalling acts perpetrated by gay Congressman Barney Frank, who was accused of being a sexual predator, as well as the primary architect leading to the subprime mortgage crisis that almost brought this country to its knees? What’s the agenda behind just positive contributions?
I have a passion for history. I’ve read volumes about people like Abe Lincoln or the Founding Fathers. I marvel at what they accomplished in such rudimentary eras and have written commentary commending them in a past column. Historical anecdotes are often included in my commentaries and books.
In school, book reports were written about the Vikings. I had an affinity for Russian history, especially the Romanov’s and Stalin. Loved Civil War history. I crave antiquity, to the chagrin of my wife, as we watch a lot of documentaries.
I mention this, not to impress with my historical prowess, but to point out a curious detail. In all my years in school and watching documentaries, rarely, if ever, was a person’s sexuality mentioned – it was a non-event.
Frankly, the sexuality of a historical figure never resonated with me until last year when a biased report was regurgitated speculating Lincoln might have been gay. Because Abe slept in the same bed with his business partner when traveling, a common practice at the time due to Motel 6 not having their light on yet, it led to wishful thinking, disguised as speculation that a married man of four kids was gay.
What reason but the brazen promotion of liberalness is there for an elementary school to teach my young impressionable granddaughter that Michelangelo or Florence Nightingale, two great historical figures, might have been gay? What did their sexuality have to do with their contributions to mankind? Teddy Roosevelt’s mug is on Mt. Rushmore for his greatness. Quick, name either of his wives. Bet not only can’t you do it, you didn’t know he was married twice.
When describing people now, since Liberals find it important to mention, for historical purposes, do we need to state if gay or straight? If so, to what purpose? What are we going to call that third gender Joe Biden keeps talking about?
Where is this going, except to appease the LGBT community, which makes up less than 5 % of the US population? One out of twenty people in this country belong to this particular group, yet our tax money will be used to pay to change laws to “enlighten” children, and expose them to events at an earlier age than perhaps parents think appropriate.
I detest the thought of the “State” controlling what is taught to my grandchildren. What classes are next – “Atheism Awareness”; perhaps “Gun Control for Dummies”; or how about “The Joys of Communism”? States should not be allowed to force schools to teach alternate lifestyles to children based purely on political agendas, as this surely is. That’s called indoctrination, folks. Hitler did it too.
So far, all Governor Pritzker has done for our grandchildren is to force-feed them this type malarkey, saddle them with more debt and taxes, and allow the mess that legal dope and gambling will cause.
Teddy’s wives names were Alice and Edith.
Karma: the sum of a person's actions in this…existence, viewed as deciding their fate in future existences.
More than likely, and sadly, after Trump’s second term and Nicky Haley’s two terms, a Socialist will be elected president. Elections are cyclical, so the Republican streak won’t continue.
Sorry Bernie, the Socialist president can’t be a white guy, as they are the perpetrators that started this mess called America. Furthermore, they did so on the backs of everyone else, according to Leftist thought…irrespective of world history. The Vikings, Columbus, and those pesky Founding Fathers were European miscreants who were just extremely fortunate.
The Socialist president will be a person brown, black, or possibly green in persuasion, preferably female or transsexual. Since the Left will have abandoned masculine/feminine gender identifications, the new candidate will be known as “?” The new president might even be one of those third gender people Joe Biden was recently prattling about.
After sixteen years of Trump and Haley economic soundness, financial independence, and the rejection of globalism at American expense, elderly baby boomers will have retired to the south, warehoused in senior care facilities, or passed away. Millennials, tired of working their part-time jobs, will retreat to their basements to enjoy all the free stuff “?” promised.
Generation “X’ers”, having made some money, will have figured out participating in politics might be in their interest after all. It might finally occur politicians don’t have their best interests in mind. “X’ers”, wanting to keep a little of the money they worked hard for, might become more attuned to what the Socialist government is doing.
Having not paid any attention to Venezuela, all of a sudden “X’ers” won’t be so enamored with Socialist policies. And that may be where karma kicks in.
Generation X, who aloofly sat out the hostility of the Trump years, will recall the vitriol and resistance during the Trump and Haley years. They will begin to appreciate the horrid tactics the Left and media used on Trump. For example:
The Mueller Witch Hunt over Russian collusion, perpetrated and paid for by the Clinton’s and incredibly, a complicit FBI;
Calls for impeachment…for no particular reason;
Liberally appointed judges overturning Trump decrees;
The malicious public lynching of Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh;
Relentless useless subpoenas of Trump’s income taxes;
Accusations of racism, misogynism, xenophobia, rape, tax-cheating, or liar being leveled frequently at the president and his voters, repeated by the media. Absolutely no credit ever to be given for accomplishments;
Congressional foot dragging for building walls on the southern border, just to spite a Trump campaign pledge, followed by blaming Trump when the border was overrun by illegals;
Cities and states flaunting Federal Law with “sanctuary” measures to thwart a Federal agency (ICE);
Attempts to abolish the Electoral College to ensure California and New York control future presidential elections.
You get the picture, and finally, so might “X’ers.” They might recognize the resistance was nothing more than sedition and sour grapes. “X’ers” will rebel, as dog-gonnit, they don’t want to pay for everything “?” has promised for free.
“X’ers,” ninety million strong, will recall resistance campaigns by the Left. They could duplicate those tactics, as political pendulum swings are wont to do.
Antifa members might be replaced with an upsurge in the Tea Party movement, possibly called Teapat. Bright yellow, “Don’t Tread On Me” flags might appear everywhere, particularly at political events, obscuring multi-colored “?” flags.
Teapat might disrupt Socialist gatherings in every city. Many “protestors” may be paid, an Antifa trick for camera effect. Teapat members might tape their mouths in protest of all the words outlawed when “?” amended the First Amendment. They could blare Ted Nugent and Kid Rock songs. They may call for boycotting all companies who favored “?”
CNN, having gone bankrupt, could be replaced with the “Bombshell Network” in all the world’s airports and American homes. Programming might be uninterruptedly anti-Socialist with Jesse Waters as the chief political anchor, mocking “?’s” existence. Anti-Socialist guests will be paraded in front of various Bombshell hosts to concur with network’s agendas.
Every word “?” utters could be dissected for connotation, and met with challenge and/or contempt by Bombshell, regardless of authenticity.
Like the late Joe Biden before, “?” and various family “units,” might be accused of collaborating with China for personal gain. Congress might have to hold hearings to consider impeachment scenarios, until the Socialist party shuts the hearings off, just because they can.
Everyday, “?” might be accused of being Communist, Aberrantly Asexual, a Rainbow Supremacist, a Snowflake, or having bad breath. No explanation will be given so the monikers could just be assumed. These accusations may have to be banned eventually by “?”
Following Chicago’s example, “?” vanquished American’s 2nd Amendment Rights making all guns illegal, except for the bodyguards protecting “?” and its comrades. In anticipation, Teapat and the NRA may have stockpiled weaponry in various places around the country, sending Socialists into panic.
Sound far-fetched? Goes on every day with Trump.
You should hear what us Chebanse folks say about Karma.
Did you see the front page of last Wednesday’s Journal? It was a photo of Illinois Governor, Big Jay Robert Pritzker, State Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst, and KCC president Michael Boyd, all hobnobbing in the “VIP tent.”
The smiling Pritzker is pointing a meaty finger at Mr. Boyd while Rep Parkhurst looks on impassively, undoubtedly realizing what most of her constituents think of her mingling with the toilet-removing governor.
The headline blares, “Governor visits Chicago Bears camp.” (Full disclosure, as a Packer backer, I’ve never been to Bears camp so I didn’t know they had a VIP tent.) The column was written by Journal reporter, David Giuliani. No word yet if he requested this gig or drew the short straw.
Mr. Giuliani’s reporting, as usual, was straightforward. Frankly, the article was somewhat lacking for a front-page news story. Had I been editor, I might have buried it just after the obituaries as a smaller article and picture, saving Rep Parkhurst some humiliation. Giuliani did mention Pritz is a billionaire. ($3.4 billion, the wealthiest governor in American history.) Why would a man with that kind of money spend $171.5 million of his own money for a governorship?
Given that 53% of Kankakee County, along with 75% of Iroquois county, mostly Bear fans, voted for someone not named Pritzker, I was surprised Mr. Giuliani didn’t take this opportunity to pester Pritz about what has been bestowed upon beleaguered Illinois folks in just a year of governorship.
Already, Pritz pushed through one billion dollars of EXTRA spending of money we ain’t got. We’re $215 billion in debt and own a debt ratio of 269 percent. We rank 50th (bottom) of all states for fiscal responsibility. Pritz was actually proud of this accomplishment as it was within a “budget,” unlike his predecessor he chirped, Rauner, who refused to spend money we didn’t have.
Pritz is pushing to amend the Illinois Constitution (who knew we had one – I thought we just did whatever Madigan decreed) to change tax structure. He intends to tax higher income earners, those over $250,000 per year. Those are the same higher income earners now leaving the state in droves, much to the delight of the surrounding states and U-Haul. Once the law has passed and the higher earners are all gone, the $250,000 threshold will drop faster than Bill Clinton’s pants. Pritzker claims this will bring in an additional $3.5 billion. Wanna bet?
Gas taxes are up 19 cents already, diesel users 24.5 cents (just because), auto registrations, titles, motor homes, and industrial vehicle registrations are all up substantially. I would have questioned Pritz how he thought Illinoisans feel about their new extra cash outlay to drive on pot-hole-ridden roads and unsafe bridges in counties that didn’t vote for him. Or paying taxes on vehicles they are trading before paying taxes on the new vehicles they are buying – another new tax. To some, these are hefty added expenses, but pocket change to Pritz.
Or, I might have quizzed Pritz why he ripped apart the last few restrictions of the abortion laws for an “anything goes approach.” Conservatives are now an even more unwillingly party to one of the most progressive abortion states in the country. Understand, many of us find baby-killing repulsive.
Furthermore, compliments of Pritz, everyone will be able to legally gamble and smoke pot in Illinois, despite the fact those who do participate most heavily are likely the very people who can least afford it. The marijuana laws are going to cause nightmares to businesses navigating citizen rights with litigation over product/service integrity.
I might have included instructions how to operate the kiosks we will have at fast food restaurants as the new $15 per hour minimum wage laws kick in. Or all those green energy reforms Pritzker has up his French-cuffed sleeve in upcoming years. These projects will add further to the tax burden by wasting more money we don’t have, just as Obama proved with the $780 million loss to Solyndra. (Only one of 34 bankruptcies.)
More details on Pritzker’s capital spending plan might have been nice to know while he was here. The plan calls for $45 billion in infrastructure spending. So, let’s see if I understand this - we’re supposed to trust Mike Madigan and his Minions to equitably spread around $45 billion of our hard-earned money? I’d trust gas station sushi first.
I might have suggested Pritz promise to give the $3.5 billion allocated for schools to trade schools and junior colleges too, rather than to the universities with large endowments and over-paid administrators.
But, I’m from Chebanse, what do I know?
Since it’s been proven the Mueller probe was nothing more than a Clinton-financed witch hunt, and Representative Jerry Nadler is a moron, the Democrats needed to find something else which to lynch Trump. They finally came to grips that they can’t impeach him over Russia or just because Trump hurt their feelings. Therefore, they have retreated to an old tactic – use their race card.
Ever been to Baltimore? I have on business a few times. I would feel safer driving through the south side of Chicago during a hot summer evening, blaring Lynyrd Skynyrd music with the windows down.
Trump was irrefutably correct, Baltimore does have a rat problem, and it is a corrupt city. Anyone that believes otherwise probably thinks Chicago is not corrupt either. The last three Baltimore mayors, all Democratic women, resigned amid scandals. Nancy Pelosi’s father, Thomas De’Alesandro Jr., was a mayor there, thought to have been mob-connected. The last Republican mayor was in 1967.
Trump stated the Baltimore people were living in hell, which for some, is a sad fact. Baltimore is ranked America’s third most dangerous city by USA Today, behind only Detroit and St. Louis. (As a side note, a search of mayors of each of the twenty-five most dangerous cities confirms they are all run by Democrats, except San Bernardino CA.)
Feel free to let us know what Trump said was incorrect.
The fact that Trump is an equal opportunity master of the battle of insults doesn’t seem to register with the media. If one hits Trump, they should expect him to retaliate, regardless of race, religion, or ethnicity. He has battled with so many people the New York Times is keeping a list. Among others Trump squabbled with include Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, James Comey, Chuck Schumer (often), Alec Baldwin, …well you get the point. And the media was more than happy to spin a blow-by-blow description of those fights. Did you notice those combatants mentioned above are all pigment-challenged?
But, since the current Baltimore mayor, Bernard Young, is black, Maryland US Rep, Elijah Cummings is black, as is 65% of the residents, Trump’s remarks required automatic knee-jerk shrieks from politicians and the media alike, “Trump’s a racist!” Then tax-cheat and noted race hustler, Al Sharpton was invited into the scuffle and bam…the fight was on. The media went orgasmic. Sharpton still didn’t pay his back taxes.
When the Spurned-Socialist-Squad made headlines, some in the media and a few Democrats started to pull the race card they hold in their holsters. A couple weeks afterwards Trump is into a scrum with the city of Baltimore. Race cards were whipped out faster than my wife on a Target bender.
Understand, it’s entertaining to the media for Trump and Chuck Schumer to volley insults, but hey now, Elijah Cummings, he’s off-limits. By God, he’s a US Representative - he said so angrily during a session when a lowly citizen wasn’t giving him the respect he thought he should be getting. Plus, he happens to be black – you just can’t say nasty things about him, railed the Democrats and the media.
It doesn’t matter that he’s been a Rep for twenty-three years while the city of Baltimore has fallen into a rat-infested, crime-ridden abyss. And let’s not bring up the sixteen-billion dollars Cummings has appropriated for Baltimore this year.
But, have you heard about the Maryland Attorney General’s office currently looking into Cummings and his wife, Maya Rockeymoore, Maryland Democratic party boss, for possibly skimming from a charity she runs? Bet not. Since they got married in 2008, Rep. Cummings finances improved tremendously, despite having heavy child support payments for two children with a prior wife, plus a couple other children with women Cummings didn’t marry. He doesn’t seem to be any paragon of virtue to me, despite what his Congressional peers would lead you to believe.
Folks, I’m not so insensitive to think racism doesn’t exist. It has caused innumerable suffering and lack of opportunity to a number of people all over the world for far too long. But, if we continue to allow politicians and the media to use the race card misleadingly for a weapon to beat on opponents, or allow them to foster the idea that all non-white people are victims, then nothing will ever get settled in this country. Like a Trojan Horse Obama left us, the over-use of the race card is dividing us. Trump is not a racist – he was never considered racist until he got elected president.
The word is holding less weight daily regardless of how often CNN or the NY Times repeat it. That’s sad for real victims.