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Saturday, June 24, 2017

WHAT'S GOING ON IN ILLINOIS? Rich Miller's column on a recent address by Gov. Bruce Rauner. Governors - in any state - don't have the same platform or reach as a President. Regardless his speech that was broadcast primarily on fb this past week. Miller comments on how well Rauner did.

Friday, June 23, 2017

SPEAKING OF THE MIDDLE CLASS in America: "In a new book, Richard Reeves has some uncomfortable truths for the upper middle class in America"

I want to find this book although it has been said there is a different between being a white middle-class person versus a Black middle-class person.
 
h/t Newsalert
THE NEW OWNERS OF THE former Seaway National Bank of Chicago (Self-Help FCU) advertised via instagram a recent PBS documentary called Against All Odds: The Fight for a Black Middle Class by journalist Bob Herbert.

One of the reasons I started The Sixth Ward almost 10 years ago was to highlight among other communities in Chicago, the Chatham neighborhood. Chatham is often noted as a bastion of the Black middle class, unfortunately it's a neighborhood that on the downswing for the moment.

This is something I hope to blog about over at The Sixth Ward in the near future as soon as I finish watching.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

THE SIXTH WARD: A further continuation on the decline of Black Chicago.
YES! Thank you Stevie Wonder! "Black People Can’t Kill Each Other And Then Say ‘Black Lives Matter’"
“It is in your hands to stop all the killing and all the shooting wherever it might be. Because you cannot say black lives matter and then kill yourselves,” Wonder told those gathered at the North Minneapolis Peace Conference. 
...
“Because you know we’ve mattered long before it was said, but the way we show that we matter, the way that we show all the various people of color matter is by loving each other and doing something about it. Not just talking about it, not just waiting to see the media and press come when there’s a horrible thing,” Wonder continued.
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“The first thing you must do is stop believing the fallacy of you not being important,” Wonder said. “Because it is completely unacceptable for one to hate themselves so much that anyone that looks like you, you want to kill.” 
Even better here's some video of Mr. Wonder [VIDEO]
h/t Newsalert
AN OLD YOUTUBE favorite artistmac takes a brief trip to Detroit and peeps that new QLine light rail which opened recently. Wrote my thoughts about this over at It's My Mind

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

THE JEFF BEZOS EMPIRE: The graphic you see at this link reflects his recent purchase of Whole Foods Market. Little did I know he has his hand in some any enterprises including Twitter and the Washington Post.
THE TIMES WE LIVE IN: "I Don’t Mind Using Preferred Pronouns. I Mind Being Forced Into It"

We are in an era of thought control. When someone can find anything they consider discriminatory or non-inclusive.

h/t Instapundit

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DOWN THERE IN Georgia we had a special congressional election, the Republican won.

I NOW KNOW A LOT MORE ABOUT THE case of Dennis Hastert. Hastert was an Illinois congressman who became the longest serving speaker of the house from 1999 to 2007 and years after the end of his political career was taken down for structuring his cash withdrawals. And it was in connection with some alleged sexual abuse as a former high school teacher.

So this article discusses the case and the media's response to it. Especially the Chicago Tribune which was to create a narrative that ends the story. The ending leaves any further questions unanswered. Now I have one, who was the person that attempted to extort Hastert for large sums of money.

What a nasty, gross, and mysterious story.

h/t Newsalert

Monday, June 19, 2017

IN THE GRAND SCHEME OF THINGS, what did the ascension of Barack Obama to the Presidency in 2008 mean for Black America. Well judging by the proliferation of Black public officials across the country from roughly the 1960s to now it hasn't resulted in any substantial gains.

Here in Chicago one issue still being haggled over in the community, jobs. Mainly jobs for public projects that take place in the community. Not only Black-owned firms getting the business and scoring a bid, but Black-owned businesses who hire other Blacks to uplift the community.

Granted the Irish-American experience is much different than the Black-American experience, I never thought the Irish as not doing very well economically.



h/t Instapundit
USA TODAY: What is Juneteenth? Today marks the end of slavery back in 1865.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

NOW THIS I CAN AGREE, plenty of platforms for grassroots Black activists to get out their message. Essence, Ebony, Jet, BET, etc. aren't speaking for Blacks anymore. Now the tools are available for Blacks to speak for Blacks and speak to the diversity within the community.
POSTED THIS STITCH on The Sixth Ward's ig about a week ago. Took a bus into downtown Chicago along Jeffrey Blvd to show the former HQ of the politically connected Shorebank which was bought out by Urban Partnership Bank.

This space was the subject of a post written over a week ago at The Sixth Ward regarding a proposal for this space. The South Shore neighborhood where this corner is located is said to be turning around slowly, but for sure it's still a place that needs a boost for sure.

Friday, June 16, 2017

RARELY DO I SPEAK NEGATIVELY HERE about any movies. Basically a lot of movies I've seen this year have largely been forgettable however they were still worthwhile entertainment after a hard day at work. Especially if I worked a morning shift.

Went to see the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me and it was a great trip down memory lane. I came of age during the 1990s and although not a huge fan of gangster rap - which Tupac often performed - I recognize the significance of the music for that time. If only the young people has such impactful music on their smartphones today.

Regardless, it's hard for me to call this a good movie. Perhaps it's a good look at a rapper who was taken from us way too soon - he'd have been 46 now. I can understand him now more than I had when he passed away. If only I had the reach he did.

BTW, let me share one track with you from Tupac. [VIDEO]

Thursday, June 15, 2017

HAD TO SHAKE my head at this. Instead of seeking more diversity strategize to win the 2018 mid-terms and challenging Trump in 2020. Diversity is a strength as long as there's something backing it up.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

OVER AT INSTAPUNDIT we see a video of those wild Evergreen State College activist opposing Christian fundamentalist. And as we've seen over the past few weeks with that august institution of higher learning they're not open to different points of view. [VIDEO]
What an unpleasant piece of business! So the progressives err regressives don't want Christians preaching on their campus. The Christians conducted themselves well and yet the Christians are Nazis and intolerant.

BTW, I have to share this since I found it on YouTube. There are a group of students at Evergreen walking around with baseball bats. This person is one of them (I say person to avoid using the wrong pro-noun). He's one of the leaders in running Bret Weinstein a professor off campus and likely part of the problem there. [VIDEO]

THE MAN WHO shot and wounded Congressman Scalise and two US Capitol Police Officers is profiled at the Daily Mail.
The man who shot up a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday was a regular at a sports bar in Alexandria where he 'creeped out' the female bartenders while he drank by himself watching golf, staffers at the restaurant told the DailyMail.com

James Hodgkinson, 66, died from gun injuries on Wednesday hours after he opened fire on a group of Republican congressmen and their aides who were practicing for a congressional baseball game in the Washington, D.C. suburb. Steve Scalise, the third-most senior House Republican, and four others were injured.

Scalise is critically-ill after surgery on the wound to his hip while the other three wounded - two of them the hero Capitol Hill Police officers who ended Hodgkinson's shooting spree. Congressional staffer Zachary Barth and lobbyist Matt Mika were both shot but are expected to recover.
I will say again that we're living in truly troubled times.
REMEMBER THAT DEVASTATING fire from last night at a London apartment tower. Daily Mail has more there were some fatalities and thankfully nothing more than an accidental fire. No act of terror, but still awful the whole building somehow was engulfed in flames.
THERE WAS A SHOOTING in Alexandria, VA this morning. A GOP Congressional Whip was wounded and he'll be ok. Even elicted a sympathetic tweet from the President. Check out update below.
h/t Newslaert

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

AN AWFUL FIRE AT A London apartment complex. Hopefully it isn't a terrorist attack or anything worse.

Monday, June 12, 2017

LIFELONG DEMOCRAT says his party is a bunch of liars

He's part of a focus group it seems. If only I knew the nature or focus of this group. [VIDEO]
MARK DICE: Woman Suing Trump for Blocking Her on Twitter!!

I wonder if you could use the living document doctrine as far as using the constitution with this. Besides the founding fathers never had twitter.

Gag response aside the question could be as a twitter user who just so happens to be the most powerful man in the world is allowed to block other users? [VIDEO]
MORE ABOUT THE TRUMP adaptation of Julius Caesar. We hear the opinion of the audience too in the video you'll see below. While I may not have a problem with this as indicated in a post below, it can be seen as controversial. Our political environment is certainly polarized and here's hoping no one takes this as a trigger to engage in violence especially against the President.

BTW, consider this that it comes on the heels of Kathy Griffin and her gruesome "joke" involving a bloody mask representing President Trump. We're in some odd times right now. [VIDEO]
Forgot to add that this play is sponsored by Time Warner who just so happens to own CNN who aren't seen as being in Trump's camp.

h/t Instapundit
REGARDING PUERTO RICANS voting in favor of US statehood in a non-binding referendum:

Via Newsalert
I'D BE INTERESTED in seeing a Julius Caesar play with the title character reflecting the rise of a Donald Trump. It's perfect political theater and could just as easily be directed towards any figure in US history. Even including Obama, the funny part would be the outrage because their favored politician is being portrayed.

Just read this post at Instapundit to see what I mean.
CAPITOLFAX: Moody’s downgrades five universities’ credit to junk status

The common denominator here is dependence upon funding from the state. It doesn't appear to be coming anytime soon!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT what's going on at Evergreen State College. The story truly got crazy quick and the administration of the school let the more out of control students take control. The thought of safe spaces is out of the window with this crowd. [VIDEO]

Saturday, June 10, 2017

ADAM WEST best known for portraying Batman in the 1960s tv series passed away today.

Friday, June 9, 2017

WHAT IF THE SOUTH had won the Civil War in an alternate universe....[VIDEO]
Of course there is another answer to this.
ON MONDAY I SHARED a column by Mary Mitchell over at The Sixth Ward. She further opines about the decline of Black Chicago.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

WROTE ABOUT THIS AT IT'S MY MIND, interim President of Morehouse College passed away unexpectedly today. Video from the Atlanta Journal Constitution. [VIDEO]


SPEAKING OF THE COMEY HEARING watch it live here [LIVE]


ED DRISCOLL: We have the worst political class in American history, to coin an Insta-phrase.

Why? Well he finds an article that discusses the Comey hearings, which it's contended is Much Ado About Nothing.
LIFE IN POST-OBAMA AMERICA: “I can’t really say what I want to say.

What's this about? Well a transwoman wins two girls state high school championship. So now I know what she really wants to say.

I'M SORRY ABOUT MISSING THIS ONE: The Washington Post's next Pulitzer winner is...

Well Don Surber believes an article about whether or not President Trump blocking people from his personal twitter account is unconstitution, the dumbest story of the year. Trump should use his personal account as he sees fit or he should delete it. If he's going to use it then he should be able to block people for whatever petty reason he can come up with.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE professor Naima Lowe: all whites are racist

Another wrinkle in this interesting saga at this Washington state institution of higher learning which has turned into a nightmare for one of their own professors who is essentially under attack by the school and many of its students. We hear from one of the professors here who is largely against this professor Bret Weinstein. [VIDEO]
 
h/t Newsalert
FORBES: 9 Things That Make You Unlikable

Been guilty of these things on occasion, also have been victims of people who did these things. Hopefully you see this and avoid these behaviors!
OVER AT THE CAPFAX we see a headline that could somewhat rival the infamy of the famous headline Dewey defeats Truman. Probably won't be that history, but we know that mistakes like this can still happen. In this case a front page mispelling of a Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

CHICAGO MAGAZINE: Success Is Part of My South Side Story, Not Separate From It

This young lady is going from Lindblom Math & Science to Harvard. And makes sure to note:
The constantly reinforced narrative of black communities is that success is separate from blackness. It’s a false narrative that separates successful black individuals from the world that conceived them. It ignores the many ways we support each other—the way we build communities and build up individuals. 
Best wishes as she heads to the Ivy League. Keep her head on good shoulders!
DAILY MAIL: 25 African-Americans thrown out of South Carolina restaurant after a white woman complained of feeling 'threatened'

The term snowflake has been thrown around a lot this year to describe among other things some small sleight that becomes major because someone is easily triggered or offended. In this case, the snowflake response is when a customer believes a group of people based on their race feels "threatened".
WHEN NOT TO buy silver or gold. I hope this explanation also applied to student loans. At this rate I may never own silver or gold. [VIDEO]
SPEAKING OF ROD BLAGOJEVICH, the former Ousted Illinois Governor is still trying to get himself out of federal prison. He's been denied again!!! Could the Supreme Court get him out?
VIA INSTAPUNDIT: OK this journalist lady who went off on everyone at a comedy club and a police officer is out of control. Conduct yourself well because she didn't and it appears it cost her a job at a local TV station. BTW, reading through she may have had a drink but she herself claimed she was drugged. I also have no interest in finding any viral footage of this fired TV journalist unraveling.
WHEN NEWS OF THE ATTACK IN LONDON hit the press this past weekend one of those tweets were from NBC News' Nightly News. They had a tweet which mentioned that the President tweeted about a terrorist attack there, however, because it was unconfirmed they weren't going to report it as such.

Mark Dice got a hold of this tweet, criticized them, got blocked and then unblock and then made a video about it today :P [VIDEO]
FORBES: 10 Kinds Of Abuse No Job-Seeker Should Tolerate

Can't say I experienced even half of these, but these are quite obnoxious!
Chris Kennedy - part of that famous Kennedy family - is running for Governor of Illinois as a Democrat. Rich Miller says he opened a door he shouldn't have especially in referring to a wiretap where his opponent also a wealthy man from a prominent family was speaking to Rod Blagojevich. With that said:
But, I mean, come on. I can think of a dozen nefarious things that the Kennedy family was involved with which trump that silly little Pritzker FBI tape. Joe Kennedy and booze running and Hitler? Chappaquiddick? William Kennedy Smith? The anti-vaccer Robert Kenndy, Jr.? Need I go on… and on… and on… and on… ?
Indeed, Kennedy has aborted other runs for office before, how long until he only proves to shoot himself in the foot and drops this bid.

Monday, June 5, 2017

FORBES: 12 New Cars With The Worst One-Year Resale Values
BUSINESS INSIDER: How the 'Wonder Woman' box office gross compares to other superhero movies
"Wonder Woman" is getting a lot of praiseafter its opening weekend, and it deserves it. It's given a much-needed boost to the DC Extended Universe, with reviews that are much better than those for 2016's disappointing "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and "Suicide Squad."

But it also performed well compared to other superhero films outside of the DC Universe. While the opening weekend domestic box office numbers (according to Box Office Mojo) didn't surpass massive hits like "The Avengers" (2012), "The Dark Knight" (2008), or "Deadpool" (2016), the movie's gross did beat "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011), "Iron Man" (2008), both "Thor" movies, and even "Guardians of the Galaxy" (2014).
IN 2017, WE'RE STILL talking about those Rod Blagojevich tapes. During that period of time when he had been cursing the people of Illinois and trying to sell a US Senate seat - that was once held by Barack Obama. Now it's used in the IL gubernatorial campaign Chris Kennedy is talking about his opponent JB Pritzker who was apparently on those tapes back then speaking with the Ousted governor of Illinois.

YOU CAN SEE AN UPDATE TO what's going on Washington state's Evergreen State College over at Instapundit. The tagline is "higher education implosion update". Indeed it is.

Also watch this video that features Professor Bret Weinstein that's affected by the craziness there. [VIDEO]

Sunday, June 4, 2017

NY TIMES talks about the Harlem fashion outlaw Dapper Dan. The designer brands went after and put him out of business now pay homage to him!
SAW WONDER WOMAN YESTERDAY, I liked the 1st World War setting. Certainly a stark contrast to Wonder Woman's 2nd World War origin. It's going to be hard to compare this film to the first three within the DC Extended Universe. Here's hoping Justice League can follow this up later this year with a good outing.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

THE IDEA OF THIS IS JUST GOOFY: Knowingly exposing others to HIV should no longer be a felony, California Senate says
The state Senate on Wednesday voted to no longer make it a felony for someone infected with HIV to knowingly expose others to the disease by having unprotected sex without telling his or her partner about the infection.

The crime would be downgraded to a misdemeanor, and the bill would also apply to people who donate blood or semen without telling the blood or semen bank that they have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS, or have tested positive for human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the precursor to AIDS.

The measure, which next goes to the Assembly for consideration, was introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), who said it is unfair to make HIV/AIDS the only communicable disease given such harsh treatment by prosecutors.

“These laws are irrational and discriminatory,” Wiener told the Senate, adding that the current felony status is “creating an incentive not to be tested, because if you don’t know your status you can’t be guilty of a felony.”
While HIV is bascially treatable, this is still a bad idea.

h/t Instapundit

Friday, June 2, 2017

AS IT TURNS OUT, today was National Gun Violence Awareness Day. A day to wear orange and this video from The Root.
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DICK MORRIS TALKS about Hillary Clinton and her insistence on blaming others for losing out on her lifelong dream. She was supposed to be president and even as negative things continued to come out it was still a shock to many people she lost. And now our President is Trump! [VIDEO]
OFTEN TALKING ABOUT SETH RICH, I focus on the why. Why would anyone undermine their party or their presidential nominee by leaking info. Now the question being asked is why is there radio silence on his murder. Don't those on the DNC who worked with this young man want to know who killed him?

Unfortunately what we get are conspiracy theories here & here.


CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Have you ever wondered who makes those hand-painted signs in Chicago grocery stores?

Hopefully this isn't a dying art. There are all types of applications and may even include grassroots signmaking for activist. I even wanted to do some physical signs for The Sixth Ward.
SPEAKING OF MAXINE WATERS was she really heard telling a constituent that one cannot impeach a woman of color? With that said technically you can't impeach a member of Congress, however, Congress can always vote to expel a member for conduct. It's in the Constitution!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

ALEX JONES INTERVIEWS opponent of one Congresswoman Maxine Waters. You may have seen Mr. Navarro recently shown outside of Waters southern California home illustrating that the rest of her 43rd Congressional District isn't living like she is.

To be honest Jones' crew are overly optimistic about his chances to defeat the longtime Congresswoman. Although perhaps it's time to retire her. [VIDEO]
MARK DICE: Hillary Clinton Blames Alex Jones for Losing Election 

It's still not as if it's her that lost the election all by herself. It was a slam dunk and she blew it big time. Take a nice long vacation away from the loss of your dream. [VIDEO]
LEBANON IS BANNING Wonder Woman because Gal Gadot is an Israeli and an Israeli military veteran. It's just a movie - and from the often maligned DC Extended Universe - so why is Lebanon getting upset about it other than one of the stars' backgroud!

And it's coming out this weekend! :P

h/t Newsalert
NY POST: School to student: Enough with the gender flip-flopping

Granted there's a bit more to this story, but if you're high school age that's a little young to be making this life-changing decision to change your gender. Just saying.

h/t Instapundit