Tuesday, February 16, 2016

A PROGRESSIVE'S GUIDE TO POLITICAL CORRECTNESS



Is there a point where the "P.C. Police" are satisfied? Are there ever "enough" rules governing the jokes we tell, the mascots of sports teams, or the symbols on city seals? Or should we want a society as non-offensive as the American college campus? George Will, Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, imagines what an idyllic politically correct universe would look like.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Chicago has been running a Ponzi scheme for some time.

"Illinois and Chicago pension beneficiaries are unlikely to see the full benefits they were promised. That is because they were given false promises."

An interesting topic that we’ve seen a lot of news about recently is the status of three different municipal issuers: The City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools (CPS), and the State of Illinois. Despite their different names, each entity serves the same basic function, faces the same set of legal circumstances governed by state courts, and has a similar liability profile.
We have compiled a historical analysis of distressed state and local government issuers over the past four decades and have concluded that all have faced similar decision-making pitfalls in the course of their budgetary processes, year-in and year-out.
Our findings suggest that the present-day cases of Illinois/Chicago, Detroit, and Puerto Rico, as well as New York City in the 1970s, are all remarkably similar in that each chose to skip pension payments and issue debt in a “scoop and toss” fashion over the course of two or three decades as an alternative to

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Justice Scalia, R.I.P.

Obama will try to replace him with an extreme radical leftist.  I don't know  how that will work out for the nominee or the country. 

Johnny Lattner, R.I.P.

Johnny Lattner, Heisman Trophy winner, dies at 83

Johnny Lattner, the only Chicago native to win the Heisman Trophy award, died Friday night. He was 83.

The Largest Aircraft Carrier in The World (full video)

Friday, February 12, 2016

A look at ourselves



When one looks at the deplorable state of the world, one cannot help but wonder at the insouciance of the American people. Where are they? Do they exist or are they a myth? Have they been put to sleep by an evil demon? Are they so lost in The Matrix that they cannot get out?
Ever since Clinton’s second term the US has been consistently acting internationally and domestically as a criminal, disregarding its own laws, international laws, the sovereignty of other countries, and the US Constitution. A worse criminal government has never existed. Yet, Americans remain

We have failed to educate our children

new survey from YouGov finds that millennials have more favorable views of socialism than of capitalism.

As Santayana said, those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. Less than two decades after socialism seemed to have been confined to the dust-heap of history, another generation may have to learn hard lessons.
The survey, taken at the end of January, found that 43 percent of Americans under 30 had a favorable view of socialism. Less than a third of millennials had a favorable view of capitalism. No other age or ethnic demographic preferred socialism over capitalism.
Seniors, unsurprisingly, had the most favorable view of capitalism. Just 23 percent of Americans older than 65 had a positive view of socialism. Sixty-three percent of seniors, though, had a favorable view of capitalism.
Seniors, after all, experienced the long-standing intellectual battle between capitalism and socialism played out in real life. They witnessed a post-war economic euphoria grind down into a socialist malaise, only to be reinvigorated by a global embrace of disruptive technology, deregulation, and global trade.
In the past 20 years, the number of people living in poverty worldwide has fallen by half. In 1990, 43 percent of the world’s population lived in extreme poverty. In 2013, the United Nations estimated that just 22 percent of the world’s population continued to live in extreme poverty.
“Never in history have the living conditions and prospects of so many people changed so dramatically and so fast,” the UN Human Development report said.
Even if millenials aren’t swayed by the dramatic improvement in worldwide living standards, one would hope they would see the benefits of capitalism in the products and services that inhabit their world.
They live, and thrive, in a consumer-driven, on-demand society. They have immediate access, at their fingertips, to more knowledge, art, music, and communication than the wealthiest oligarch just a few decades ago.
Each and every one of the products and services they use every day was developed by someone chasing profit and market-share. It is a cliche to say that capitalism has powered the technological and scientific innovations that have improved all our lives. Apparently, however, it is a cliche that bears repeating.
On a postive note, every other demographic block in America still prefers capitalism over socialism. Well, Democrats, perhaps naturally, are evenly split between the two economic systems. At least Democrats, though, have slightly higher unfavorable ratings of socialism than capitalism.
The danger, of course, is that the demographic in America that does prefer socialism is also the future of the country. Of course, they have the luxury of looking positively on socialism, since any impact on their lives is restricted to dusty history books.
The finding also presents something of an existential dilema for the conservative and libertarian movement. Since the 1980s, the institutional infrastructure of the conservative and libertarian movement has grown exponentially.
Aside from dozens of national think tanks and advocacy organizations devoted to propogating conservative and free market views, there are more than a hundred free-market think tanks in states across the country.
It is safe to say that billions of dollars have been spent over the past two decades promoting and educating the public on the benefits of capitalism and free markets. There are publishing imprints, media companies and new conservative news sites everywhere. Yet, something has gone horribly wrong.
Many in the commentariat have watched the rise of 
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
 with a certain touch of condescending nostalgia. “Oh, look a socialist is running for President, isn’t that cute,” you can almost hear them type.

For many, Bernie’s label as a socialist was something he would have to overcome to make a serious run for the White House. It may now be, however, something he needs to more warmly embrace.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The most powerful woman in the world

An appropriate topic for Ash Wednesday

The feature article in National Geographic, December 2015

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Time to trade or retire Derrick Rose



Derrick Rose sits vs. Hornets with general body soreness as coach continues to make excuses for his emotionally unstable superstar.


CHARLOTTE -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose did not play in his team's 108-91 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Monday because of general body soreness.


"Just soreness all over," Rose said before the game. "That's pretty much it: body soreness."


The news of Rose's absence came as a surprise, given that coach Fred Hoiberg said after Monday's

I think anyone else would be indicted by now

Pressure on Lynch to step aside in Clinton email probe



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Loretta Lynch is on the edge of the spotlight, about to be dragged to the center. 
If the FBI finds sufficient evidence to launch a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton or one of her top aides for mishandling classified information, Lynch’s Justice Department will have to decide whether to press ahead.
Even if no evidence of wrongdoing is found, Clinton’s many critics are unlikely to take the word of

Monday, February 8, 2016

Even the NFL tolerates racist rants!

Beyonce's Super Bowl performance: Why was she allowed to honor black radicals from the past?


Beyonce referenced the Black Panther movement, Malcolm X and Michael Jackson in her performance

As one of the world's leading entertainers, Beyonce would have been justified in seeking the weekend off.

Instead, it was a little busier than normal.

On Saturday, she released a previously unannounced new single, with a politically charged video.

On Sunday, she performed at half-time of the 50th Super Bowl, American football's end-of-season

The Gadsden Flag explained


The Gadsden flag is a historical American flag with a yellow field depicting a rattlesnake coiled and ready to strike. Positioned below the rattlesnake are the words "Don't tread on me". The flag is named after American general and statesman Christopher Gadsden (1724–1805), who designed it in 1775 during the American Revolution. It was also used by the Continental Marines as an early motto flag, along with the Moultrie Flag.
In modern times, the Gadsden flag is often associated with political movements such as libertarianism and the American Tea Party, and has been used by U.S. Soccer supporter groups including Sam's Army

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Coverup of the decade, Sex Slave Scandal

Why is this not reported in the media??

What did Bill and Hillary know??

Tick, tick, tick…the highly suspicious deal that gave Bill Clinton's billionaire buddy Jeffrey Epstein a slap on the wrist for paying underage girls for sex may finally be subjected to pubic scrutiny and even overturned, bringing with it the possibility of bargaining against real punishment in exchange for testimony against a bigger fish. This development is thanks to a court filing on the last day of 2015 that received only limited local publicity. More on that in a moment.
Shockingly, the deal that handed out token punishment to the statutory rapist has been hidden from the public and from the victims themselves.
Federal prosecutors in Florida intentionally kept underage victims of billionaire perv

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Of the people, by the people

$153,000,000 since 2001
American Leadership
(CNN)Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, combined to earn more than $153 million in paid speeches from 2001 until Hillary Clinton launched her presidential campaign last spring, a CNN analysis shows.
In total, the two gave 729 speeches from February 2001 until May, receiving an average payday of $210,795 for each address. The two also reported at least $7.7 million for at least 39 speeches to big banks, including Goldman Sachs and UBS, with Hillary Clinton, the Democratic 2016 front-runner, collecting at least $1.8 million for at least eight speeches to big banks.
    The analysis was made at a time when Hillary Clinton has been under scrutiny for her ties to Wall Street, which has been a major focus of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on the campaign trail.
    "What being part of the establishment is, is in the last quarter, having a super PAC that raised $15 million from Wall Street, that throughout one's life raised a whole lot of money from the drug companies and other special interests," Sanders said at Thursday's Democratic debate hosted by MSNBC.
    The former secretary of state testily responded to Sanders' charges.
    "Time and time again, by innuendo, by insinuation, there is this attack that he is putting forth which really comes down to, you know, anybody who ever took donations or speaking fees from any interest group has to be bought. And I just absolutely reject that, senator, and I really don't think these kinds of attacks by insinuation are worthy of you. And enough is enough," Clinton said.

    Friday, February 5, 2016

    This article is dumb. Who gives a F---. Just play a good game

    Some ass declares the Panthers Are The Most Unapologetically Black Team In NFL History as efforts to ignite a race war now spread to the Super Bowl. 


    The culture of football is such that a league made up of mostly black men is supposed to comply with certain standards created and enforced by mostly white men. Ideally, the players would act subdued in public, celebrate their achievements quietly and speak in a manner that avoids the spotlight. 
    The Carolina Panthers haven't done any of that this season. On the way to a 15-1 regular season record and the team's first Super Bowl appearance since 2004, the team has had fun and has been fun to watch.
    They have talked loudly, danced loudly and celebrated loudly. But they've done something significant along the way, too: The Panthers have embraced, demonstrated and exuded aspects of their blackness in a way that few predominately black teams have done in the past.
    They have been wonderfully, unapologetically, proudly black.

    Chief Keef is back!

    Rapper fans flee home after Chief Keef tells fans to vandalize it because they showed him some disrespect.

    Three college students say it’s no longer safe for them to return to their Minneapolis home after rapper Chief Keef tweeted their address last weekend and urged his followers to vandalize it.

    In the now-deleted tweet, Keef urged his more than 1 million followers to go to the home and “throw eggs and sh– in a bag and rocks and all that at this address” and pledged that he’d retweet the chaos. After a flood of traffic to the home — which didn’t result in any vandalism — police had to station squad cars in front of and behind the home.