And Now Chicago

Early this morning, downtown Chicago became the scene of looting. Shots were fired both at and by the police. As of this writing, the draw bridges over the Chicago River have been raised, and the Illinois State Police have closed ramps to and from the Dan Ryan Expressway in order to seal off the downtown area. The Chicago Transit Authority has suspended bus and train service in the area.

Chicago used to be an interesting place to visit and do business, but it is now a failing city in a failing state. Margaret Thatcher once observed that the problem with socialist governments is that they eventually run out of other peoples’ money, and Chicago and Illinois are on the edge of bankruptcy. I’ll add that the morality of marxism always seem to lead to a form of corruption that sucks the moral capital out of any society it infects.

Which city will be next this summer?

And in Other Election News …

CBS reports that Kanye West appears to have collected enough signatures to be on the ballot as an independent candidate for President in his home state of Illinois this November. Just splitting the Democrats’ vote in Chicago alone could be decisive this fall. If Kanye gets on the ballot in a few more blue states, I’m gonna have to buy some more popcorn futures.

BREAKING: Chicago Politician Suspected of Corruption

Rumors are circulating that a Chicago politician may have been involved in corrupt activities aimed at preventing the election of a political rival and at the entrapment of a member of that rival’s staff in a false criminal charge.

While the Chicago politician has not commented directly on the matter, a leaked version of a telephone call quotes him as being concerned for the rule of law.

Stay tuned for more as this story develops.

El Paso and Dayton … and Chicago

The past weekend had a rather high body count.

Here are some facts about may not be extensively covered by the Main Stream Media—

All three cities are run by Democrats. El Paso has a Republican mayor, but almost every other state or local politician representing the City of El Paso or El Paso County is a Democrat. Mayors Nan Whaley (Dayton) and Lori Lightfoot (Chicago) are Democrats.

The Dayton shooter was a fan of Bernie and Fauxcahontas. And a gun control advocate.

The flow of victims from the multiple shootings in Chicago was so great that one hospital’s emergency room was overwhelmed and was forced to stop accepting patients.

Trump and the Heckler’s Veto

I need to expand on my comments about Trump and the Chicago rally cancellation.

First, I am not siding with the left-wing thugs. What they did showed they do not believe in free speech and that they are enemies of the Bill of Rights.

Second, I am not criticizing the cancellation of the event per se. That may have been the correct tactical response to the situation.

Third, my point was that the brouhaha showed one of Trump’s strategic failings. When you cut through the grandiose bullshit, you find a bully with a record of turning tail and running when the going gets too tough. America needs a strong, principles leader not a flashy con man.

Worse Than Bull Connor?

Chicago’s Police Chief McCarthy has said that if licensed carry comes to his city, his officers will shoot “civilians” who lawfully exercise their right to carry.

When civil rights demonstrators exercised their rights on the streets of Birmingham 50 years ago, Bull Connor used fire hoses and dogs rather than gun fire.

By the way, Chief McCarthy, unless you and your officers get drafted into the armed forces, you are all civilians too.

Chick-fil-A Values v. Chicago Values

Mayor Rahm Emmanuel says that Chick-fil-A’s values aren’t Chicago values.

Chick-fil-A says:

Our Corporate Purpose calls for us to be “a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us” and “to have a positive influence on all who come in contact with Chick-fil-A.” With this in mind, Chick-fil-A cares about and is committed to being good stewards of the environment, as well as the communities in which we operate.

You know, I can believe that Hizzoner got it right. Faithful stewardship has rarely been a hallmarks of Chicago politics. Creating an environment where the death toll from gang violence is greater than a real world combat zone can’t really be called having a positive influence on the community in which one operates.

Dry Run for Next January?

President Obama spent last night at home. Not the White House, at home. His own house in Chicago.

“It’s good to be back home. I’m sleeping in my bed tonight. I’m going to go to my kitchen and might cook something. Putter in my backyard,” Obama joked before a crowd of 350 donors at the Chicago Cultural Center. “The White House is nice, but I’m just leasing.”

Is it November yet?

Election Update–Chicago

From my brother-in-law who lives in Chicago:

Ok so I show up to vote, … they ask who I am, what party am I voting, .. check me in, .. ask again which party’s ballot, .. I say Republican of course, .. they hand me a ballot – I go to the polling booth – The gave me a Democrat ballot, .. I had to go back and exchange it. They asked why I couldn’t use that one, and I said – I could never vote of Barack Obama, – there was dead air for a 2 count and then you could hear an addible GASP from many of the people present.

A few years ago, he lived in another precinct where he was the only registered Republican.

The Cost Of Gun Control

20120207-125711.jpg$399,950 for legal fees incurred suing the City.

UPDATE–A reader from Chicago asks what this is about.

Chicago used to have a handgun ban in violation of the civil rights of the City’s residents. When the City was sued, the case went all the way to the Supreme Court which overturned the ban. Chicago is finally getting around to paying the portion of the judgement against the City relating to the winning side’s legal fees.