Friday, March 31, 2017

NY TIMES: A D.C. commander worried about missing black and Latina girls. People noticed, and the uproar exposed deeper issues.

To be honest, this is something I've heard so much about however not something I have read about closely until now. What's going on in DC and why isn't there anymore alarm bells about them?

THE ONION: Modernized Space Camp Allows Kids To Simulate Frustration Over Lack Of Funding
Aiming to provide attendees with an authentic glimpse into the nation’s space program, representatives for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center announced Thursday that its newly updated Space Camp will allow children to simulate the anger and mounting frustration experienced by NASA personnel over a continual lack of funding.

Camp organizers explained that the redesigned education program will offer kids the unique opportunity to contend with all of the budgetary restrictions and bureaucratic red tape impeding the progress of actual astronauts and researchers, allowing children from grades four to six to immerse themselves in a true-to-life NASA environment in which financial shortfalls and endless procedural delays plague them at every turn.
This is funny, but likely valuable if only this was true. LOL
THIS LINK IS about how the system failed an 8-year-old girl who was murdered by her family. Murder is a strong word, however, the grandmother was convicted earlier this month of first-degree murder of that girl. There were signs of abuse but no one in a position to save this girl made any attempts to do so. Really sad!
YESTERDAY IN ATLANTA, GA a portion of I-85 burned and collapsed. How long would it take to repair the damage.
CBS NEWS: The FBI has released never-before-seen photos showing the devastation at the Pentagon in the aftermath of 9/11

Thursday, March 30, 2017

WHAT IS GOING ON AT Morehouse pt. 2: The War at Morehouse via The Root

So let me see packing the board of trustees, keeping student leaders off the college board of trustees, chairman of the board of trustees isn't getting along with the college president, and the board of trustees effectively fired the college president. I wish I knew the nature of this drama.

DO YOU BELIEVE in true love? It may be killing your sex life.
h/t Newsalert
HOW TO MAKE COLLEGE as bad as high school

A way to make college just an overprice version of high school. College ought to return to the privilege it used to be than the expectation it is today.

h/t Instapundit

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I KNOW THIS ISN'T topical but this certainly is genious. Adult Swim's Eric Andrea near last years Democratic Convention. To see those Democrats freak out at this man. [VIDEO]

CHICAGO ARGUS: Chicago’s self-segregation hurts city’s chances of gaining future success?

CHICAGO ARGUS: Chicago’s self-segregation hurts city’s chances of gaining future success?
A status that the study says “we need more deliberate interventions to accelerate our progress.” Although I don’t doubt that some knuckleheads amongst us would perceive those “interventions” as somehow being unnatural and against Chicago’s very character.
While Donald Trump may only have received 12.41 percent of the city’s vote, consider that some of the most intense white enclaves had precincts that gave him nearly 70 percent of the vote, compared to overwhelmingly black neighborhoods where he was lucky to get just over 1 percent.

Maybe it means the Trump mindset has established its niche in Chicago, and any effort to “desegregate” is going to be a long, drawn-out process that I likely won’t live long enough to see complete.
I shared an article regarding this study over at The Sixth Ward.

CALIFORNIA'S HOUSING MARKET is a disaster for millenials:
California is one of the most unequal states in the country, and its housing market is similarly bifurcated, offering both multimillion dollar houses and rent-controlled apartments, but less and less of a foothold for people in the middle. This is a key reason so many working class families have left the Golden State in the past 25 years.

Homeownership is the backbone of American prosperity, forcing families to accumulate wealth and feel they have a stake in the system. California’s low ranking for young home buyers is not an encouraging sign for a state once thought to be a model for America’s future.
And again, anyone doing any California dreaming should forget about it.
WHAT IS GOING ON AT MOREHOUSE? When college boards of trustees won’t let presidents do their jobs
Last week, the faculty at Morehouse College handed down a vote of no confidence in the chair of the Board of Trustees of the college. They think that the board chair Robert Davidson has too much control, is ignoring key voices, and is meddling in the day-to-day activities of the institution in a way that by-passes the role of President John Wilson. 
After following what is happening at Morehouse College for the past three years, I am led to believe that board chair Davidson and several other members of the board do not fully understand their role, or have decided to overstep it.
Here's a shot I took on campus the last time I had visited Atlanta which was back in 2015

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT: Trump’s presidency could unfold in a lot of ways. The successful outcomes may require him to change course.
SPEAKING OF GOLD: This chart says that it's time to start selling gold
WHAT'S THE SAYING: Gold is a hedge against inflation... The people of the UK hoard gold as government prepares to withdraw from European Union.
VERY COOL footage from a chartered flight that gives passengers a spectacular look at Southern Lights.

Monday, March 27, 2017

SWEDEN'S "FEMINIST" LEADER says foreign rapists should NOT be deported.
This weekend the Feminist Initiative (FI) held its annual congress in Västerås. Hopes are high of getting into parliament next year, where the party would, among other things, push for absolutely free immigration. During the congress, Victoria Kawesa from Uganda was elected to Sweden's first black party leader. Now she questions why foreign criminals are deported from Sweden, when "white Swedes" are not.
What's not clear is whether or not she's referring to white Swedish citizens or any white who immigrated to Sweden regardless this boggles the mind.

Related: Women in Sweden living in fear of both immigrants and radical feminists

h/t Newsalert
SECOND CITY COP: Chicago police union chief to meet with President Trump, Attorney General Sessions. They say the Mayor won't like this especially this union head is barely hanging on to his job as he's actually in a runoff to lead his union.
ROSS DOUTHAT: Break up the liberal city
We should treat liberal cities the way liberals treat corporate monopolies — not as growth-enhancing assets, but as trusts that concentrate wealth and power and conspire against the public good. And instead of trying to make them a little more egalitarian with looser zoning rules and more affordable housing, we should make like Teddy Roosevelt and try to break them up. 
Something worth exploring over at The Sixth Ward

h/t Instapundit 
CURBEDSF: Here’s why people plan on leaving San Francisco.
THE RAIDERS ARE leaving Oakland, again. Making that move to Las Vegas.

The Rams have returned to Los Angeles so perhaps the Cardinals can return to Chicago or the Titans can returns to Houston.
CAPITOL FAX: Where are the women candidates?

In spite of women making noise with Donald Trump as President and his past statements regarding women, a woman hasn't stepped up to the plate to run for Governor of Illinois. Perhaps the expectations were that women would step up to many different political positions.
THE GRIO: FOX News fires exec who made racist comments to black employees
In one instance Slater asked a black employee if all three of her children had the same father.

In yet another incident, she called a black woman “sista” and complained openly about the way they pronounced words. At one point, she even wrote down words like, “sister”, “mother”, and “father” and asked the African-American employees to say these words out loud.

One yet another occasion, when saying goodnight to her black co-workers, Slater raised her hands in a “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture.

Once the behavior was made known to Kevin Lord, who is the executive vice president of human resources at Fox, Slater was investigated.
Let me see if anyone else said anything about FOX News executive Judy Slater and it turns out Daily Mail did a story on this also. This is inexcusable behavior by a FOX News executive. Hopefully this isn't the norm.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

THE ECONOMIST: In 2001 Venezuela was the richest country in South America; it is now among the poorest

COMING SOON IN NOVEMBER, Justice League live action with many of your favorite superheroes from DC Comics. Especially Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, and of course Batman. [VIDEO]

In the meanwhile Wonder Woman is releasing this summer.
AS SEEN ON INSTAPUNDIT, if you're living the life you want to live then it's not mediocre.
CATS PHOTOGRAPHED TAKING dog beds while the canines are figuring out what to do next. So funny!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

The "Nasty" X (chi) CHAPTER ΦßΣ (Phi Beta Sigma) Morehouse College. This was a cool video those young men did. An image of young Black men in college that needs to be shared.

SEN. KAMALA HARRIS won't vote to confirm Gorsuch because he rules with law not feelings.

And then we find out later that California's aren't sure about her. However they voted to elect her last year.
h/t Instapundit & Newsalert
MEGAN MCARDLE: If it’s easy to reach lawmakers, they’ll ignore you.

In other words don't think tweeting, facebooking or e-mailing your representatives will get results. Write a letter, send a fax, or as Glenn Reynolds comments showing up in person is certain to get results.

h/t Instapundit

Friday, March 24, 2017

ABC NEWS: Speaker Paul Ryan responds to pulling the GOP healthcare bill [VIDEO]
And then the President himself [VIDEO]

HOUSE GOP ABRUPTY scraps health care vote
House Speaker Paul Ryan suddenly pulled the President Trump-backed bill to repeal and replace Obamacare in a last-minute admission he was not able to marshal the required 216 votes Friday afternoon.

“We were very close,” Trump said from the Oval Office late Friday afternoon. “We learned a lot about loyalty,” he later mused, adding that he would pivot to tax reform.

Trump had thrown his full endorsement to the health care bill in recent weeks and has long staked his reputation on being a master negotiator. The dropped vote also raises serious questions about how effective Ryan can be as speaker, and even arguably how long his speakership is going to last.
Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., said Ryan’s message to the caucus was to take a breather from health care. Griffith said they’ll come back to the issue within the year. When asked if he believed Congress would ever repeal Obamacare, Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pa., a moderate Republican who opposed the AHCA, said he didn’t know. 
Attempt at a repeal and replace Obamacare isn't dead yet.
DON SURBER: It's now called Ryancare, and everyone hates it!
And the Freedom Caucus and all the rest negotiated the best deal they can. While the groups may have 20, 30, or even 40 votes, Trump holds the rest of the votes.

Republicans may hate him all they want, but they realize their success relies on his success. A dead president walking is the last thing they want going into next year's midterm election.

And President Trump needs them just as much.

He issued an ultimatum to pass Ryancare? I see it as a sign he has the 218 votes he needs to get the bill to the Senate, get it passed, and move on to the real prize, which is a tax overhaul that will kick this economy into high gear and start chalking up those annual 4% growths in the GDP.

If not, move on to the real prize, which is a tax overhaul that will kick this economy into high gear and start chalking up those annual 4% growths in the GDP.

We shall see.
And so we shall!
AP: GOP health care bill short of support ahead of do-or-die vote

The repeal & replacement of Obamacare isn't going very well right now. And it seems the President has had enough of this back and forth.

h/t Instapundit which also contains a link to a liveblog via WSJ.

LAST NIGHT ON FOX NEWS' Special Report speak with an attorney for the undocumented immigrant accused of rape at a high school in Rockville, Maryland. We also see a political battle ensue in Maryland over whether or not law enforcement authorities there can work with ICE [VIDEO]

Also an attorney for the accused undocument interviews by Tucker Carlson [VIDEO]

Also Tucker discusses e-mails from Montgomery County schools superintendent who is said to more concerned about xenophobic, racist or otherwise intolerant language. Perhaps little concern for the alleged crime that took place at one of the schools [VIDEO]
Sounds like a mess in a variety of ways defense attorneys treating this incident as consensual and the superintendent more concerned about being pc. I understand that you want to be careful what you say in an incident such as this. Being pc isn't the answer.
WHAT YOU NEED TO know before US House of Reps votes on bill to replace Obamacare
In the meanwhile Trump has issued an ultimatum to US House GOP leaders
Chris Collins, a New York Republican who supports Mr Trump, said on Thursday evening: "The president has said he wants a vote tomorrow, up or down. If for any reason it is down, we are just going to move forward with additional parts of his agenda."

Mr Trump kept up the pressure on Friday morning, tweeting: "After seven horrible years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally your chance for a great plan!"

Another tweet targeted the conservative Freedom Caucus, many of whose members have opposed the bill.
Moderates are upset that the proposed legislation cuts health coverage too much. Hard-liners are angry the changes don't go far enough. Donald Trump is warning that if things don't go his way, he'll abandon the whole effort.

The president's move effectively forces the hand of recalcitrant members of Congress. The moderates seem unlikely to budge, so it all comes down to the libertarian-leaning Freedom Caucus conservatives. Is a half a repeal loaf better than no loaf at all?
Wild times we're living in, and the President is telling us that if the House can't get it together to start repeal and replace Obamacare it's going to be with us a little while longer...

h/t Newsalert
VOICE MASK FOR MOBILE PHONES is a great idea on its face (no pun intended), however, it looks kind of scary. Unsure if it'll be a hit.
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63 YEARS AGO: 1954 8th grade civics test via my own Shedd School blog

Seems much more difficult than the constitution test I took almost two decades ago! How are the young people learning the US Constitution today.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

CHICAGO-AREA SEES 2nd straight year of population declines. How can this decline be stemmed?

FEUDING IN THE FAMILY of the King of Pop. Very sad that a mother can no longer trust her son.

MUST BE THAT TIME OF year at Morehouse. That is men of Morehouse are in the process of electing members of the Student Government Association.
On Second thought you can watch this live...
LUXEMBOURG PICKS FIGHT with Illinois and we learn that one of our old school state legislative leaders won't use e-mail. Well actually people from the Luxembourg embassy to the US doesn't like a bill that mentions that nation filed in the Illinois General Assembly.

FIVETHIRTYEIGHT: Purple America Has All But Disappeared.

Disappointing to learn that many of America's counties have increasingly gone less politically competitive with many going for either Republicans or Democrats.
SEARS' FUTURE IS in doubt according to an annual report filing.
In addition to that tweet here's a video seen on YouTube that shows why Sears appears to be dying [VIDEO]
I really hate to see Sears become another longtime brand to find itself in the dustbin of history. It would truly be a shame.
UGH! Family Says 15-Year-Old Sexually Assaulted On Facebook Live Is Getting Threats: Reports

What I'm reading in this report via Chicagoist is thoroughly disgusting and underscores what's wrong with the bullying online and in the real world. A victim continuing to be victimized.
THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS meets with President Trump. You see a report on CBS News below with an extended interview with US Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WIS) and she talks about HBCUs also [VIDEO]

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TERRORIST ATTACK OCCURRED in London while I was off the internet.
Strangely this is the first time I use FOX News as a source on this blog. :P

Anyway here's another report via NPR
And I wanted to add the response of the Mayor of Chicago via Twitter.
WASHINGTON POST: Ex-Colo. GOP leader said only Democrats committed voter fraud. Now he’s charged with voter fraud.
On Tuesday, Colorado prosecutors threw a wrench into that already dubious theory, accusing Curtis of voter fraud for allegedly filling out and mailing in his ex-wife’s 2016 ballot for president, Denver’s Fox affiliate reported.

Curtis, 57, was charged in Weld County District Court with one count of misdemeanor voter fraud and one count of forgery, a Class 5 felony, according to local media.
I created a chart to ensure that budding journalists understand how to properly frame a story involving any type of shooting, terror attack, or other violent crime. Remember that the job of the Objective Journalist™ is not to tell the audience what happened, but to expand the event into an indictment of Western culture.
Chart below

DAY 3 OF confirmation hearings with Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch via Time on YouTube [VIDEO]

AS I SHARE this tweet from Morehouse brother Shaun King who wants President Trump removed from office under Article 4 of the 25th Amendment, I will also share this article from The Onion.

The Onion headline: "Aides Wrestle Drill From Trump’s Hands As He Tries To Remove Obama Listening Device From Skull" LOL!
I just have to say sometimes reality can match fiction or perhaps fiction can mock reality.
DIVORCE TRIAL OF a former Chicago power couple. Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. & former Alderman Sandi Jackson owe $1.8 million that includes lawyers fees.
PHOTOS FROM LAST SUMMER: It's not often you see payphones out in the world anymore. Taken in July 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

NORTH KOREA'S LATEST missile test ends in failure. If this is what we're worried about then why should we. They might get better who knows, but I sincerely hope not.
CURBED: THE 140 YEAR evolution of the phone in 80 seconds
DAY 2 OF HEARINGS for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorusch. Watch live feed via Time via Youtube [VIDEO]

Computer acting up right now forced to right write a quick status update on the Blogger iOS app. Will see you soon!

Monday, March 20, 2017

OMG WONDER WOMAN HAS NO armpit hair....really?

This is a facepalm moment, I'm telling you.

Instapundit refers to this small controversy as "snowflake outrage". HEH

And now let's see if you see the offending lack of armpit hair in this new trailer for the upcoming Wonder Woman: The Motion Picture...[VIDEO]
"SOCIALISM IS NOT equality or community. It's just a way of distributing the control rights over objects."
OBAMA'S IMPERIAL PRESIDENCY is now President Trump's. Ahhhh, this is where checks and balances come in with the courts and Congress however no one whether Republican or Democrat seem much interested in that. There's more interest in sheer opposition than any real leadership.

h/t Instapundit

All I have is this screencap from Instapundit however I gotta find this tweet. Perfect for the post-Obama America.

GOING ON NOW WATCH IN ENTIRETY: US Senate confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Justice. Even better Shown here in a live feed provided by Time mag on Youtube. [VIDEO]
You can also watch on C-SPAN2 - click here for their online live feed.

Posted originally at 11:56 AM

Edited at 4:33 PM
DAILY CALLER: The Totalitarian Consensus
The totalitarian consensus is a virulent and pervasive characteristic of the left-wing thought that used to be isolated to its more extreme manifestations but that now dominates and defines liberalism writ large. It does not seek a forum to express liberal ideas, nor does it even seek the hegemony of that liberal discourse; its goal is the elimination of any thoughts and opinions contrary to its prevailing notions and a consensus that there are indeed no other ideas worth considering — and it seeks the total surrender of any dissidents who still proclaim an opposing truth and ultimately a solemn confession that they have been wrong all along and please forgive their foolishness and revisionism.
Not a good philosophy for a nation that's supposed to be open to different points of view.

WROTE THIS OVER AT It's My Mind. Bounced off a post over at Instapundit regarding the post religious right. Americans aren't going to church in the numbers they used to and lack of interest in religion has caused politics to be far more brutal.
CAPITOL FAX: Man who ran against the most powerful politician Illinois told to come back to court when he has one viable claim. That is his lawsuit alleging that his opponents violated his constitutional rights was thrown out of federal court.
THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN ON my then fashionable Motorola RAZR phone in 2009. On a napkin container at the student dining hall at Morehouse College. A quote from the late Black playright Lorraine Hansberry.
DON SURBER: The Obamacare repeal is coming, and it will be beautiful

Sunday, March 19, 2017

THE ROOT: Black and Brown Elementary School Winners of Indianapolis Robotics Championship Told to ‘Go Back to Mexico’
“Go back to Mexico!” two or three kids and their parents screamed at the proud team parents, according to some who were there, proving that black/brown excellence just makes some white folks downright nasty.

Elijah Goodwin, 10; Angel Herrera-Sanchez, 9; Jose Verastegui, 10; Manuel Mendez, 9; and Devilyn Bolyard, 9, make up the Pleasant Run Elementary PantherBots, a team that incredibly, just a few months ago, knew nothing about robotics.

“They were pointing at us and saying that ‘Oh my God, they are champions of the city all because they are Mexican. They are Mexican, and they are ruining our country,’ ” said Diocelina Herrera, the mother PantherBot Angel Herrera-Sanchez.
Very inexcusable to unnecessarily subject these young people to racial rantings. We should celebrate their achievement, but never denigrate them based upon their ethnicity.

Just a sign of the times we're in. Not something I'd blame on President Trump although surely those types of hard feelings were always under the surface.
THE GRIO: ‘Can I see your proof of residency?’: Waiter asks Latinas to prove they’re legally in the country
Diana Carrillo, 24, shared her experience on Facebook. Carillo, her sister and two other female friends ordered some drinks and were told by the waiter that they needed to prove they were “from here” before he would serve them.

Carillo, whose parents are immigrants was understandably offended. Her friends were equally disturbed but at first, they were not sure if the waiter was joking. Turns out he wasn’t.

Saint Marc has fired the racist waiter and offered to donate 10% of the weekends profits to a charity of the women’s choosing. They were also invited back to the restaurant as VIP guests but they declined the offer.

Carillo decided on Orange County Immigrant Youth United to receive the donations.
Absolutely inexcusable, that waiter needs a lesson in good customer service.
MARATHON PUNDIT: Pro-Trump owners of music shop being driven out of business, leaving Chicago. LOL @ Chicago values. [VIDEO]
Agree or disagree with who a business owner chooses to support inexcusable. And even more so if Chicago may well be a city that doesn't welcome small business.
PHOTOS FROM LAST YEAR. It's not often that I would be face-to-face with the Pacific Ocean. It's quite a sight too. #olloclip

Saturday, March 18, 2017

ROCK 'N ROLL LEGEND Chuck Berry has died today he was 90.
"Why Malia Obama should study art history"
Last January, President Obama ruffled the bowties of art historians across the country when he disparaged the discipline, telling a room of General Electric workers that “folks can make a lot more, potentially, with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.” He meant that learning a skilled trade is both commendable and economically beneficial. But he’s since apologized for dissing art history. With Malia Obama heading to college next fall, we wanted to toss a query of national importance out into the election ether: Should Malia Obama major in art history? Put more broadly: What’s the value of an art history degree in society today?

Perhaps sensing the presence of a foot in his mouth, the president quickly backtracked during his speech. “Nothing wrong with an art history degree,” he added. “I love art history. So I don’t want to get a bunch of emails from everybody.” But get a bunch of emails from everybody he did. The president had unwittingly set off an important debate over the value of the humanities, and, more crucially, how one actually determines “value” in relation to the critical thinking skills instilled by often-pricey liberal arts colleges and universities.
To be fair, the former President isn't the first and neither last to disparage art history degrees.

h/t Instapundit 
FIELD NEGRO: Andrew Jackson had better hair
Trump, who hung a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office, sees himself in the seventh president of the United States. A populist crusader against entrenched elites; a democratizer who will bring government back to the people. “The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” said Trump in his inaugural address, in language that his chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, praised as “very Jacksonian.” This is the most familiar vision of Jackson, heavily indebted to the mythmaking of the Democratic Party, which claims him as its founder next to Thomas Jefferson. In this popular narrative of the party, Jefferson embodied equality, autonomy, and economic opportunity, whereas Jackson stood for democracy and its expansion. Under his presidency, the United renounced its property requirements for voting, opening the franchise to all white men. Defenders of Jackson acknowledge his racial exclusivity but see it as separate from a broader embrace of the principle of democratic participation.

That’s one view of Jackson. There is another. That perspective sees Jackson in a different tradition. Not of democracy, but of white supremacy. This Jackson was a planter who built his wealth and influence with the stolen labor of more than 200 enslaved Africans. He forced Native Americans off their land in a campaign of removal that claimed thousands of lives in service of white expansion and Jacksonian democracy, in other words, was a racial democracy built on a foundation of ethnic cleansing, committed to race hierarchy and enslavement. And while Jackson rejected the nullification theories of his vice president, John C. Calhoun, he all but embraced the South Carolinian’s view that slavery—and racial caste more broadly—was “the best guarantee to equality among the whites.”

Along with that racial ideology, he brought ceaseless condemnation of elite corruption and a profoundly anti-government philosophy that contributed to the panic of 1837, a crushing depression that lasted more than a half-decade." [More]
Another one not thrilled with the legacy of the US' 7th President.

DONNA BRAZILE ADMITS TO FEEDING debate questions to the campaign of Hillary Clinton:
Former Democratic National Committee interim chair and current Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile has acknowledged that she did in fact supply the Clinton campaign with town hall topics, a decision she now says she regrets.

In an essay penned for Time magazine, Brazile said that in her role as a Democratic operative and DNC Vice Chair, she shared potential town hall topics with the Clinton campaign and that she would forever regret doing so.
Then she turns around and references Russian interference in last year's Presidential election.
THE DAILY CALLER: Dem. Lawmaker Introduces $1.5 Million Bill To Translate Gov’t Site Into Spanish
A $1.5 million bill that would translate the government’s website into Spanish was shot down Tuesday, after a Republican representative pointed out the existence of Google Translate.

Democrat State Rep. Robert Martwick (of Chicago) sponsored the bill because he felt the language barrier made it difficult for certain people to fully appreciate the wealth of information available from government resources, specifically online.

The $1.5 million cost estimation comes from one of the co-sponsors of the bill, who says that software issues could arise, according to Illinois News Network.
No need for translation if you can already use Google Translate. Let's spend more money to not use third-party applications! 😟
A MOVIOLA MACHINE at a Hollywood tour office in Los Angeles. This ancient machine was once used to edit film. Photos from last summer. #olloclip

Friday, March 17, 2017

IF YOU'RE SEEING ANYTHING about Rowan Atkinson aka Blackadder aka Mr. Bean aka Johnny English being dead, don't believe it! End PSA #fakenews
RS McCAIN: Paychecks from the Patriarchy. The Australian Football League is bankrolling a professional women's league. Akin to the National Basketball Association bankrolling the WNBA.
Carlton’s 23-year star player Darcy Vescio boasted on her Instagram page that the women’s league was “gonna smash the patriarchy,” which prompted a Melbourne designer, Erica Boucher, to create a T-shirt with that slogan. Vescio was certainly smashing in the season opener, kicking four goals to lead the Carlton Blues to victory over the Collingwood Magpies. Yet that game could never have been played — women’s pro football would not exist in Australia — if the men who run the AFL hadn’t agreed to subsidize it. Has any reporter in Australia asked why the patriarchy is paying for itself to be smashed?
If you read the whole thing you'll see a discussion about homosexuality amongst women athletes. Seemed like an odd pivot.

This video below is for the benefit of those of you aren't familiar with Australian rules football. Although in this case we're watching the variety played by women. [VIDEO]
h/t Instapundit
NATALIE MOORE: On Chicago’s South Side, gentrification is not the great evil
 Harvard University investigated whether black South Side neighborhoods felt gentrification. The answer was no. Racial discrimination and stereotypes around perception of race dominate, according the scholars’ 2014 findings. Similarly, a 2012 study by Montana State University compared Bronzeville to Pilsen. The latter has experienced gentrification. Why? Because, the study found, Pilsen was treated as a more viable site of ethnic consumption – a la tacos and margaritas – while Bronzeville struggled to redevelop because of stereotypical conceptions of blackness.
Might post about this in a more longform manner at The Sixth Ward
VENEZUELA BREAD SHORTAGE: Bakers arrested & bakeries seized by government
In a press release, the National Superintendent for the Defense of Socioeconomic Rights said it had charged four people and temporarily seized two bakeries as the socialist administration accused bakers of being part of a broad “economic war” aimed at destabilizing the country.

In a statement, the government said the bakers had been selling underweight bread and were using price-regulated flour to illegally make specialty items, like sweet rolls and croissants.

The government said bakeries are only allowed to produce French bread and white loaves, or pan canilla, with government-imported flour. However, in a tweet on Thursday, price control czar William Contreras said only 90 percent of baked goods had to be price-controlled products.
h/t Instapundit with quote "Socialism at usual"

Read more here:
CAPITOL FAX: “Repeal and replace [Obamacare]” bill could blow a $4 billion hole in Illinois budget
SHAUN KING CLEARLY isn't a fan of Donald Trump or even Andrew Jackson
I"M SURPRISED THAT I CAN READ THIS: Listen, Can We Please Not Do This Shit?
Here’s a newsflash that doesn’t require a 20-minute preamble: The most influential member of the Trump Administration is an unabashed white supremacist. That doesn’t require the use of hyperbole. Steve Bannon is an actual, literal, white supremacist. So is influential Iowa Republican Steve King. I’m not even going to provide links for this, because I don’t have to. That would be like if I told you that water is made of one atom of oxygen and two atoms of hydrogen, and you said, “Hey buddy, better check your sources.” No, you’re an idiot, and Steve Bannon and Steve King don’t like people who aren’t white. It’s proven fact. There are hundreds of white supremacists throughout our federal and state governments, and they’re getting used to being able to say and do very racist shit without repercussion.

Please, cover that stuff. Use words that matter. Two pages of tax returns from 12 years ago? Unless you have something that matters, please, Rachel, everyone. I know your ratings are important to you. But really, can we please not do this shit?

Here’s some other news you should really focus in on. The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development called slaves “immigrants”. That’s fucking insane. The Department of Education equated historically black colleges and universities to “school choice”, because segregation-by-law is apparently the innovator of change. Scott Pruitt, the man in charge of an agency that has the words “environmental protection” in its name, doesn’t believe that carbon dioxide is the primary driver of climate change. He is going to ruin the world, the entire world that we live on, because he is stupid and likes money more than his own family.
Not that I entirely agree with all of it, but certainly more pushback on this so-called Maddow expose on Trump's tax returns.

WE'RE DEFINITELY NOT LIVING in the times of compassionate conservatism, however, it's been a long time since we've seen "sane liberals"
WASHINGTON POST: White House courting of HBCUs ends with disappointing budget
Instead, Trump’s first presidential budget released Thursday calls for “maintaining” $492 million in appropriations for HBCUs and minority-serving institutions. Combined discretionary spending for those schools, however, is actually $577 million right now. The White House directed questions about the discrepancy to the Education Department, which did not respond to requests for comment.

There is no mention in the budget of any federal investment in scholarships, technology or campus infrastructure for historically black colleges that leaders requested. And instead of expanding Pell grants for low-income students to cover summer courses as they had asked, the budget raids nearly $4 billion from the program’s reserves.
And yet the focus was feet and knees on a couch in oval office and a bad joke by the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
LEWROCKWELL.COM: Is Trump a Jacksonian?
All in all, a good case can be made that Donald Trump is a Jacksonian – for the most part. He is undoubtedly the one president who is most hated by the entrenched Washington political establishment since Jackson. That in itself establishes a strong intergenerational kinship between the two presidents. 
WALKING AROUND DOWNTOWN CHICAGO, found this sticker on a light pole. Not sure if this is a message or just marketing. Probably a message.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

I'M SHARING THIS BECAUSE I really like trains and I just wonder why the lady in this video didn't just get out of the way of the snow. The idea is somewhat hilarious, but then again likely very scary. [VIDEO]
Here's a story worth reading about this viral video as it is trending.

h/t Instapundit with the line "Amtrak Train Blasts Waiting New York Commuters With Massive Blast of Global Warming."
ILLINOIS VOTERS WERE pollled on a proposed tax on sodas.

A well-intended idea using taxes to influence behavior. In this case wanting people to stop consuming sugary drinks.
h/t Capitol Fax
PRESIDENT TRUMP VISITS and tours the home of America's 7th President Andrew Jackson "The Hermitage". It's fitting because parallels have been drawn between President's Trump and Jackson as far as their populism.

And he makes a speech [VIDEO]

MCDONALD'S INSULTS PRESIDENT TRUMP, wishes we could get Barack Obama back as President. They actually posted such a message on twitter until apparently they deleted it.
CIRCA 1950: SELF-DEFENSE tips from boxer Jack Dempsey.

Slightly off subject, years ago in elementary school there was a boxing book that I would check out from the school library. It was a book presumably published in the 1950s and part of a series on a number of sports - baseball, hockey, etc. Unfortunately it wasn't written by a boxing legend as Dempsey.

h/t Instapundit
RACE RELATION WORRIES at an all-time high:
This surge in worry about race relations likely stems from the racial tensions and public discourse sparked by high-profile incidents of police shooting unarmed black men and of black men shooting police in retaliation. Shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota all occurred after Gallup last asked this question in March 2016.

The political success of President Donald Trump -- whose comments on racial matters, including his recent feud with Rep. John Lewis, have sparked outrage among some black leaders -- could also be a factor in Americans' heightened concern about race relations.
h/t Newsalert
VIA @preservegary on Instagram an image of the late boxing great Muhammad Ali. Street art from the often maligned northwest Indiana cite of Gary. As Detroit was know for manufacturing automobiles, Gary was know for steel. As we all know both industrial fell into an unfortunate slump.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

DONALD TRUMP'S TAX returns all about nothing

Via Instapundit: first reference & second reference to Al Capon's vault

And for good measure Don Surber
You may recall, the New York Times and the rest of the media wanted Donald Trump's tax returns.

Not because there was anything in them. Everyone knows that the Obama administration would have released them if there were. Trump would be in jail if he did not pay his taxes.

No, the media wanted those tax returns because it wanted to embarrass him.

Trump said no because he did not want a bunch of people who know nothing about taxes reporting on his taxes. So he made up a story about being audited and delayed release until no one cared except the New York Times and people with PhDs from Oxford.
 And Legal Insurrection says that Rachel Maddow committed career suicide on nationwide TV last night

So Trump is still trolling the opposition even as President. [VIDEO]
FORBES: Bipartisan opposition to Baltimore's $15/hr minimum wage hike
It's rare to see bipartisan agreement these days, but when it comes to a $15 minimum wage, both right- and left-leaning economists agree that it's a bad idea. That's especially the case for a city such as Baltimore, where the City Council is expected to take a final vote on a $15 minimum wage later this month.

A University of New Hampshire survey published by my organization in late 2015 found that nearly three-quarters of economists oppose a broad $15 wage mandate. Dissenters include former members of the Obama and Clinton administrations, including Georgetown University professor Harry Holzer. Holzer is no right-wing ideologue: He was Bill Clinton's top economist at the Labor Department, and he supported a $10.10 minimum wage at the federal level, a goal that Maryland embraced at the state level. But writing about a $15 minimum wage in Fortune magazine, Holzer called the policy "extremely risky," and warned cities like Baltimore that "local increases of this magnitude will generate big incentives for employers to move across local borders, especially from central cities to suburbs."

The former Clinton economist also noted that the $15 number is outside the historical norm. He's right: Since the federal minimum wage was first created in 1938, the inflation-adjusted average minimum wage is roughly $7.40 an hour. Embracing a city-specific wage floor that's far above this historical average isn't just risky--it's careless. It's also not responsive to the real needs of the city's low-income residents, many of whom need a job rather than a raise.
It sure does sound good to have minimum wage workers get close to a living wage. Is this the necessary policy to get workers to that wage?

h/t Newsalert
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SEEKS TO cut funding to the United Nations.

You know it's probably because I largely checked out of politics during the course of the last 8 years. As much FOX News as I've consumed even inspite of that the UN has been very very quiet. Not even a big speech whether by now former Pres. Obama or even by a firebrand foreign government leader.

A body to keep the peace around the globe, it's time to pay attention.
I"M SORRY ZACHARY FARDON is leaving. Mr. Fardon who had been the US Attorney for the US District Court for Northern Illinois was one of the many US Attorney's whom President Donald Trump effectively fired.

Anywas reading blurbs of a public letter written by Fardon at the Capitol Fax to solve the issue of crime in Chicago. I'm liking what I'm seeing. Either Fardon needs to stay in Chicago to make these necessary changes or someone needs to hold on to him. Don't know if his ideas have much support so that could be wishful thinking on my part.

You can find his open letter here. Need to read it myself!

FORGOT TO POST THIS FROM The Sixth Ward. The bakery case from the Whole Foods Market in Englewood. The store has been open since September 2016 and the day I snapped this shot was a great day to pay a visit to this oasis in the food desert.

This store is right at the intersection at 63rd & Halsted Streets in which you see two photo collages in another post here. How that intersection looked in 2013 vs. how it looked in 2016. Huge difference.

The Englewood community is considered a low-income, high crime community that is seeking a great boost of which this Whole Foods is one.

#teamwfm #olloclip

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

ONE FAMILY'S RISE to power in Chicago. The Roti family which include a long-time Chicago Alderman who also had been a made member of the mob.
WHEN SEEING THIS INTERVIEW on FOX News's first 100 days I immediately changed the channel. The guy - a documentary filmmaker - was more agitated as this interview goes forward and he raised his voice a few times. I was napping at the time and this interview likely woke me up.

See for yourself [VIDEO]
The documentary Stranger Fruit from Jason Pollock was about what happened in Ferguson, MO with Michael Brown who was shot & killed by police there.

BTW, now I understand why there are some people who are turned off by cable news.

Forgot to add a h/t to Instapundit
WASHINGTON POST: "Facing long odds in blue states, Republicans call Democratic candidates ‘unhinged’"

What we see here is coverage of two off-year gubernatorial elections in both Virginia and New Jersey. The first elections of the newly minted Trump era. I'd be very interested in these results come November.
FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE December we got some decent snow here in Chicago. Our local TV station WGN shares a photo gallery of shots from around Chicago and the Chicago area. Especially the bean sculpture in Millenium Park you see below.

π PI DAY 2017: 3.14 things to know about π pi