By John Ruberry

Until the latest leftist outrage—the need to eliminate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)–the gripe about President Donald J. Trump was that he is the leader of a cult.

It all started when outgoing US Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said that his party was in a “cult-like situation” over Trump.

The left-wing media pounced on the remark and ran with it.

Not surprisingly there is a personality cult in American politics and of course it involves the left, which invented what Nikita Khrushchev condemned as “the cult of personality” that surrounded Joseph Stalin, and it’s centered on Barack Obama.

The sheep in Orwell’s 1984 chanted “All animals are equal” and the Obama minions chanted “Yes we can.”

Especially during the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama followers would speak of an Obama-way-to-do-this and ask “What does Obama think about that?” The Obama campaign “O” symbol served as a 21st-century version of the Soviet hammer-and-sickle. The mainstream media was along for the ride. The best example was the “God of All Things” cover on Newsweak. oops, make that Newsweek.

The Is Barack Obama the Messiah? blog did a stupendous job collecting worshipful images from the Obama cult.

But like most demagogues, Obama stunted the next generation of leadership. So the Obama cult continues. Although he hasn’t really gone away, Democrats are clamoring for Obama’s return, in a sort-of leftist version of Joseph Campbell’s hero journey, which will end, Beowulf-like, when Obama slays the orange-haired dragon–the Russian usurper!–and completes the work of his presidency by eliminating private-sector health care, instituting an open borders policy, and of course shutting down Fox News.

As for “the Trump cult,” many backers of the president were furious with him–including myself–when Trump signed into law the fiscal 2019 budget. And if Trump commutes the prison sentence of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, I’ll be angry with him over that.

There is no Trump cult.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

by baldilocks

I just spent more minutes than I should have arguing with a Twitter-bot about Jesus the Christ, so I’m a little late today. (Sorry, Peter.) As an excuse In my defense, I do like to keep my arguing skills up and hadn’t done it in while. It’s like riding a bicycle!

Anyway, like many, I’m watching the rise of young Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, an avowed Marxist, and the NY-14 Democrat candidate for Congress. Since I’m late, I’ll give you a slice of what the Victory Girls Blog has to say about this ascendant Red Star.

First, lets dispel the myth that Ocasio is somehow your typical Bronx girl. She’s far from it. According to Wikipedia, the community organizer (oh, Great Cthulhu, save us from another one of those!) was born in the Bronx and lived there until the age of five, when her architect daddy moved the family to a “house in Yorktown Heights, an affluent suburb in Westchester County, where she would live until she left home to attend college.”

Where did she attend college, you ask? Why Boston University, of course, where the cost of attendance per year for an out of state student is an oh-so-modest $70,300 per year.

Yeah, she’s sure an everyday working girl from the Bronx (…)

After college, she worked as a waitress and bartender in the Bronx for a bit while she and her mother fought a probate battle for her father’s estate after he died of cancer. This was a second job in addition to her position as Educational Director for a Hispanic nonprofit. Now, I don’t know how much her salary was, but for someone straight out of college to be making an average of $61,000 per year is pretty damn good.

Alexandria is a smart girl. She doesn’t mention that she grew up in an affluent New York suburb or that she snagged herself a directorship position straight out of college with a fairly significant nonprofit organization. She doesn’t want the voters to see her exactly for who she is: a privileged phony, who is just another politician fighting to suck on the government teat, earning a $174,000 salary, while pointing a government gun at the taxpayers and using force to implement her schemes.

Read the whole thing and recognize the pattern. In every Marxist-based society, there is a ruling social and/or political elite. This lady has been shooting for that target since she was old enough to know that the target existed. I do like her openness and she will probably be elected in Soviet NYC.

Fascinating. /Spock voice

(Thanks to Darleen Click)

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As the economy continues to improve and wins keep coming in foreign policy it seems clear that the left fear that Trump would succeed was justified and that drastic action was necessary.

Since the last election the left has gone all out to paint not just Donald Trump but members of his administration and voters as evil incarnate, a bunch of Nazis etc etc etc (This wasn’t always the case, there was a time when there were living Democrats who had actually fought real life Nazis and knew better but they have died out but I digress…) and concluded that any tactic was acceptable to bring Donald Trump down.

These tactics which resulted in the Red Hen Scandal, and yes it is a scandal that for political reasons a person can be denied service at a restaurant, is masking something more important. The fact that all of these tactics, no matter how dramatic are failing miserably and thus the next step has to be taken.

I submit and suggest that the left has decided now that Justice Kennedy is retiring that drastic action can turn people away from Trump.

In other words they want a Kent State, they need a violent confrontation which leaves people dead that Trump can be blamed for.

The problem of course is generating one.

You need two things to make it work People willing to shoot. Unfortunately for the left Trump, being as media savvy as he is, is not likely to provide them with one, so the target has to be an average Trump voter made to fear for his life.

But even more important than that you need a victim willing to put him or herself in a position to get killed.

That’s where you, dear sucker of the left ,come in.

You will be sold the idea of Trump supporters as Nazis, as people ready to commit all kinds of atrocities against mankind and the complete lack of such atrocities will not be considered evidence that it’s not coming while at the same time underselling the risk of convincing an armed person that you mean them or theirs harm. They will encourage you to push, and the push and the push and you won’t realize the danger until the target of the rage that your professors, your fellow protesters and those courageous lions of the keyboard encouraged you to confront decides their life is on the line and fires.

That is the moment that the professional left, the media and the Democrats in congress are dreaming of, the moment when you go from being a useful idiot to an even more useful Martyr to the cause.

The Professional left will hold up pictures of you in march after march calling you a martyr to the cause of freedom.

The media will cover the details of your short life nonstop, it will talk to your grieving friends, families and fellow travelers about what a great person you were on camera and pundits in every major newspaper will opine about the injustice that such a promising life was cut short.

The Democrat party will run ad after ad talking about you as proof that Trump voters in General and Donald Trump in particular are Nazis and the only way to stop them is to vote Democrat.

Of course you might have some objection to being used as cannon fodder for the financial and electoral power of those who don’t care one bit about you, but fortunately for you by this time you will be too busy being dead to register it.

Far be it from me to use my white male heterosexual privilege to tell those younger and far more woke than me what to do but I submit and suggest that it might be a good idea to recognize that you are being played by people who don’t care about you, your life or your future.

Plus even if you were deluded enough to think it’s a good idea to set yourself up to get shot to stop Trump, it won’t work, but that’s yet another post for another day.


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“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”


George Bernard Shaw

The Worcester Tea Party (WTP) is the organization of unreasonable men and women; you have to be unreasonable to advocate small government in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for 9 years. In that time we have learned many lessons of political hard ball. “Politics ain’t beanbag…” Mr. Dooley told us more than 100 years ago, and it seems to be getting worse today.

Much of what the WTP does is holding educational events were we discuss topics of public interest. Most have been free due to the generosity of our members, but occasionally there is a charge to cover expenses. We are proud of our events and publish videos of them.

We of the WTP believe that any community (City, State, or Country) can’t move forward if acrimony is their focus. To work out solutions to the challenges that face our communities we need discussions that require civility. We are determined to host such conversations. Last year several community leaders in Worcester called for civility with the “One Worcester Pledge”.  Members of that group said they are joining together to express their “deep concern about the state of civic and political affairs in our city.” We are seeking to bring as many of these people together as is practical. We will also be reaching out to those that did not sign the pledge as well. We can provide a speaker, Rev. Massey Campos who can speak about civility and respect.  But we have yet to secure the appropriate venue for this event. We have penciled in the evening July 20th as the date but we can be flexible. I will keep you informed as this progress.

On August 9th the Worcester Tea Party, will welcome Lord Monckton to Worcester to talk to us about the myth of Anthropogenic Climate Change. Peppercorns Restaurant will provide a full Buffet and a cash bar. Doors open at 7:00 PM. This is a LIMITED seating event. 60 people MAX! A donation of $25.00 will be required so get in early and reserve your seat.

I am, sure that it must seem unreasonable to attempt these two events. It was also unreasonable to bring the South back into the Union or stand up to Communist aggression for decades. Our Republic is great because unreasonable people have done exceptional things to advance the cause of Liberty. Thank you for all that you do for the cause of Liberty.

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If you really want to understand why our friends on the left are going as violently mad as they are you can’t do better than what Larry Schweikart found in the latest 538 poll

Do you see what those numbers say? Larry does.

Particularly these numbers on “hispanics”

(incidentally “Hispanics” is in quotes because it refers to the mythical land of “Hispanica” as referenced in this post about the Massachusetts Senate Special election of a few years ago).

And remember these number are BEFORE Democrats publicly decided segregation at restaurants was a good thing

To me this confirmed what old friend Kurt Schlichter wrote Monday concerning their options:

That leaves them only violence. We’ve already seen it, and you can sense that it’s only a matter of time before the liberals openly embrace it. They have set the conditions for it. They have dehumanized the opposition, that is, us. Their lesser tactics aren’t working. The lies no longer resonate because we Normals are woke – the polls indicate that most Americans greeted the whole kids in cages fraud with a collective shrug. Criminals separated from their kids? Doesn’t that happen every day? It would sure happen to us if we broke the law, since we aren’t the Democrats’ Great Foreign Hope for a future electorate that is pliable and obedient.

Intimidation isn’t working. It makes the libs quiver with joy, but it just makes us mad. Getting your opponent riled up is a poor strategy, especially at the ballot box. Mad people tend to retaliate. November is coming, and we all fully understand that every middle finger selfie, every vicious tweet, every assault on a conservative diner, is an attack on us.

And while a George Will, anxious to be able to enjoy fine dining without incidents from angry leftists, will play along with this stuff, most Trump voters who realize the “new rules” target them where they live will not.

The irony in all of this is if the left had not gone mad and had decided to fight the President on the legislative field where he is the least experienced rather than in the media field where is the strongest they might have made progress against him, but they quickly discovered you could get more clicks, higher rating and raise more money by encouraging the mob so they did.

This isn’t working out too well because just as the right thing is usually the smart thing the wrong thing: Working people into a frenzy for short term profit, is turning out to be the dumb thing.

Attacking the survivor of a political assassination attempt as a “Nazi puke” for daring to suggest that civility and respect are the better option does not win over GOP and independent voters needed to win elections and as the President has indicated suggesting pols you dislike should be visited by mobs might end poorly, particularly if your political opponents are well armed.

But alas for the left they’ve whipped up their own people so badly that when even Nancy Pelosi mildly suggests that chasing people out of restaurants and public spaces she gets pummeled by her own side and God forbid that you suggest it’s a dumb move politically like Axelrod did. Out of the Woke Arms they must go!

In the end somebody is going to end up killed and I suspect that person is not going to be a person of the right but one of the left, but I also suspect they consider that a feature rather than a bug, but that’s tomorrow’s post.


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by baldilocks

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What is the relationship between complete disarmament of the entire American populace, open borders, and opposition to the so-call Muslim ban?

Mexico is a nightmare of a nation-state, totally controlled by the demonic drug and human-trafficking cartels. The operational activities of these cartels rivals those of ISIS. Mexico’s murder rate is number two in the world. And 99% of all Mexican crimes go unadjudicated and uninvestigated. Our sieve-like southern border has allowed all of this to spill into this country, but there is still some control.

As I’ve point out before, the cartels are probably salivating at the “business” opportunities which a disarmed America would offer.

Open borders plus disarmed America equals the end of a free America and sets the stage for a true strongman who promise to protect the remnant of a terrified populace ravaged by savage murders, rapes, robberies, etc. Gangs of these animals roaming the countryside, armed to the teeth and scoffing at the enforcers who would presume to disarm them.

As my friend, Dave Perkins, points out, “The pattern is historical.”

Then there is the violence and harassment against Republican and conservative officials, including:

  • Attempted murder of several Republican congressmen, including the critically-injured Rep. Steven Scalise.
  • Senator Rand Paul severely injured by his neighbor.
  • DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen run out of a DC restaurant.
  • Pam Bondi, Florida Attorney General, run out of Tampa movie theater.
  • White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and family asked to leave a Virginia restaurant, and, after the family choose another restaurant, the management follows them to that place to harass them further.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) openly exhorts others to harass Trump cabinet members with implications of violence.

“You think we’re rallying now? You ain’t seen nothing yet,” Waters vowed at a Los Angeles rally on Saturday. “If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Apparently, some were listening to Rep. Waters. Just today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his wife, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, were harassed by a mob in front of their home.

Waters set the stage for harassment and violence not only against Trump administration cabinet members and staff, but also against the normal, every-day citizen whose attitude might need adjustment. The mob will always expand its choice of targets.

Even Nancy Pelosi realizes this and told Waters to STFU. Good luck with that, Madame Minority Leader.

Then, there is also the fact that, today, the Supreme Court upheld the so-called Muslim ban list– actually a list of countries who have no process of identifying its citizens. Most of the countries with majority Muslim populations are not on the banned list and two of the countries on the list – Venezuela and North Korea – are not majority Muslim. But those who remain outraged by the ban don’t care about this because holding onto the lie and repeating the lie that the ban discriminates against Muslims is a necessity.

“A necessity for what,” I hear you ask. And here comes the answer to the first question.

All of these Democrat, leftist (BIRM) advocacies are intended to wear out the American public with chaos. Leftists want us to be overrun by criminals and terrorists and to have no defense against them. They want chaos and what produces chaos better than violence, death and fear of death? Sure, they pretend that it’s heartless to keep out citizens of failed states like Mexico or Somalia, but, in reality, they want America to become the failed state.

But their daddy issues will remain.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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Welcome to Liberal, Kansas

By John Ruberry

“You’re not of the body,” is what Dr. McCoy shouted at his Enterprise officers after being brainwashed in the ways of Landru in the Star Trek episode, The Return of the Archons

The most intolerant people I know are liberals, who I often refer to as leftists.

First a story:. Back in 2007 I visited Liberal, a small city in southwestern Kansas. The Sunflower State is one of the most least liberal states in America, so how did Liberal get its name? According to a Liberal visitors guidebook, a generous 19th century homesteader bucked the trend to charge passersby for water for their livestock. When learning that, it’s said that the travelers would reply, “That’s mighty liberal of you.”

Two nights ago Sarah Huckabee Sanders, President Trump’s press secretary, sat down with members of her family to have dinner at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.

Stephanie Wilkinson, the owner of the Red Hen pulled her aside–then asked Sanders to leave because she worked for the president.

In a 21st century way, that was mighty liberal of Wilkinson.

I have another story for you: In the 1980s, Republican governor Jim Thompson was having dinner at a restaurant in the Southwest Side Chicago district of Michael Madigan, a Democrat, who was then, as he is now, the speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives. The restaurateur called Madigan on the telephone and asked, “What do I do?” Madigan replied, “Give him first class treatment.”

That was mighty liberal of Madigan, in the 20th century way.

But in the present day liberals, make that leftists, not only can’t tolerate dissent, they can’t tolerate the very concept of contrary ideas. It devolves into blind delusional hatred, which was first identified by the late Charles Krauthammer in 2003 when he identified Bush Derangement Syndrome as “the acute onset of paranoia in otherwise normal people in reaction to the policies, the presidency — nay — the very existence of George W. Bush.”

Bush Derangement Syndrome was a mild case of the sniffles among the libs compared to the raging fever that is Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Leftists gather their news from their preferred sources, such as the CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. They congregate in private Facebook groups where no conservatives are allowed. “Aha,” a liberal will scream out while reading my entry, “But don’t you wingnuts do the same thing, getting your news from Fox, the Wall Street Journal, and Breitbart? Don’t you have your own Facebook groups?”

Guilty as charged. But there’s a big difference with our side. The mainstream media leans to the left. Proof? Last week I was channel surfing and both ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel and NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, on their late night comedy shows, were simultaneously attacking Trump’s policies. Of course neither of them were funny.

When I was accompanying my mother, who has since passed away, for her chemotherapy treatments, we’d be subjected to the propaganda from the leftists on The View in the waiting room.

Sports reporting has become politicized. ESPN’s SportCenter dishes out liberalism, as do newspaper sports columnists Nancy Armour of USA Today and the Chicago Tribune’s David Haugh.

Those of us on the right can’t bury our heads in the sand even if we wanted to.

Curt Schilling, a conservative, was immediately fired from ESPN for sharing a Facebook post that was viewed as anti-transgender.

A 2016 poll discovered that liberal and Democrats are three-times more likely to unfriend someone on Facebook over politics as opposed to conservatives. I’ve had good friends I’ve known for years, including a former girlfriend, unfriend me on Facebook because I support Donald Trump and they don’t. I’ve never unfriended anyone on FB over politics. I’ve only blocked abusive people on Twitter–never once over their political views.

Which is why I was not surprised when I heard Sarah Huckabee Sanders walked into the alternative leftist universe of the Red Hen in Virginia, she was told to scram.

Sanders is not of the body. She is not a denizen of the liberal echo chamber.

Finally, I’ll end with a quote. When the 1992 Los Angeles riots raged Rodney King pleaded, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Sanders should have been given first class treatment at the Red Hen, just as any other patron there deserves.

Despite our political differences, Americans still have plenty in common.

Wait! I’m not done. Of course parallels are being drawn between the Sanders booting and the devout Christian Coloradans who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple. They view same-sex weddings as a sin. Personally, I believe the bakers should have taken the order with a love-the-sinner-but-hate-the-sin approach.

But our constitution offers religious protections, that are still not completely determined, even after the US Supreme Court ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop vs. the Colorado Civil Rights Commission.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Yet another example of the media being played:

So what was the message? President Trump shared the first lady’s intentions: “‘I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?’ written on the back of Melania’s jacket, refers to the Fake News Media. Melania has learned how dishonest they are, and she truly no longer cares!” Look, if it wasn’t the jacket Melania was wearing, it would be something else. Personally, I think the message was that Melania hates children and drinks their blood to maintain her amazing complexion. What do you think the message was?

Obviously, the Trumps are experts at trolling their adversaries. The media and progressives haven’t caught on to this and take the bait every time. No sense of humor, I guess.

Think about it, within a week we had a story that started:  “Trump separating kids from parents” and ended with not only the media and the left suddenly deriding Trump for ending the program, but had to watch liberal media, liberal congress and liberal activists have to explain why this went on with Obama for 8 years without objection, why pictures of the Obama administration action generated no outrage and why the media when attacking Trump used a phony shot:

So what’s the end result?

Obama legacy exposed false AGAIN

Media exposed as purveyors of fake news AGAIN

Democrats in congress exposed as wanting an issue but not a solution AGAIN.

Trump seems to do this to them over and over and over and the only requirement for this to happen was to be willing to challenge them in public and let the public watch them twist.

Every time this cycle completes itself the portrait of Obama, The media and the Democrats ages before the voters eyes. God knows what the picture will look like on election day.

We should have done this years ago.

“We conclude that the initiative petition should not have been certified by the Attorney General as ‘in proper form for submission to the people,’ because, contrary to the certification, the petition does not contain only subjects ’which are related or which are mutually dependent’,” Justice Frank M. Gaziano wrote in the decision.

And with that the Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts ended the sixth attempt to enacted a graduated income tax.

While I am glad that there will be no MA Exodus Tax I am disappointed.  No one can be certain of the outcome of a vote before it happens, (remember Scott Brown?).  Only a Ballot Question can provide the opportunity to talk about policy with out the baggage of a politician’s individual personality.  It says a lot about me that I get excited about wonkish policy debates.  The summer promised an important conversation on proper roll of taxes and government spending.  Without the Ballot Question, that conversation will happen behind closed doors and not in the market place of ideas.  Without the Ballot Question the politicians that get their office by playing Santa will invent new schemes to tax us, and misspend the money collected.   Our state budget is trending in a direction that can not continue and must be changed.  If we don’t, the resulting clash will harm many innocent people.  I don’t know how to have that discussion without the Ballot Question.

Today there is celebration and relief.  Tomorrow I will have to make new plans to save our Commonwealth from the Kleptocrates.  And figure out what to do with all of these Bumpah Stickahs

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“I saved you,” cried that woman
“And you’ve bit me even, why?
You know your bite is poisonous and now I’m going to die”
“Oh shut up, silly woman,” said the reptile with a grin
“You knew damn well I was a snake before you took me in

Al Wilson.  The Snake 1968

In yesterday’s post I talked about the bullet that was dodged by the election of Trump, how if Hillary had been elected the practices of a partisan FBI and a partisan IRS would have become a permanent feature of the American system of government.

There is however one very important truth left out of this piece, something that hasn’t been given a whole lot of press but was alluded to by Matt Margolis at PJ Media

From the earliest days of the Obama administration, the Obama/Holder/Lynch Justice Department protected political allies from justice. A slam-dunk case of voter intimidation by the New Black Panther Party during the 2008 presidential election was inexplicably dropped, resulting in the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights declaring in the summer of 2010 that there was evidence of “possible unequal administration of justice” by the Justice Department. Obama also blocked a corruption probe that implicated former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for bribery. He also illegally fired an inspector general who was investigating a friend and donor of Obama’s. Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder worked in concert to protect each other. Holder would stonewall congressional investigations into Obama administration corruption and Obama would assert executive privilege to keep damaging information away from the eyes of investigators, such as crucial documents in the Fast and Furious investigation.

The Obama Justice Department also targeted Obama’s enemies. When conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was prosecuted for making $20,000 in straw donations to a friend’s U.S. Senate campaign, many legal experts saw it as partisan selective prosecution, including liberal Harvard Law School professor and Obama supporter Alan Dershowitz. James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas, was placed on a terrorist watch list in order to limit his international travel after posting a viral video showing himself dressed like a terrorist crossing back forth over the U.S. border with Mexico to demonstrate the horrible state of our nation’s border security.

Given that Barack Obama was an inexperienced Chicago Pol who came from a Corrupt Chicago System and sponsored by an actual terrorist (Bill Ayers) the idea that such a person would weaponize government in the Chicago style is not a surprise and govern as such. Unfortunately it was also not a surprise that the media was not going to let facts proclaim the 1st Black President a failure:

he can NOT be allowed to be portrayed as a failure no matter what happens in Iraq, no matter what happens in Syria, no matter what happens in the economy and no matter how many people have given up on finding work.

Most of those things are self-evident and the media can choose to not discuss it or spin it but that can’t really be hidden from the people.

or worse a corrupt failure

But the media understands what the developments in the IRS scandal means, and they can’t investigate, because if they do then the results of their investigations might reveal what many on the right suspect, that Barack Obama & his administration is involved in this up to his ears.

If the media had held Barack Obama to the same standard they had held George W Bush he might not have been emboldened to treat Government against his enemies and those in the FBI might have thought twice before doing what they did.

Of course expecting the media to hold Barack Obama to the standard of a Bush would be like expecting Barack Obama and his Chicago cronies to behave as something other than the corrupt Chicago pols they were.

That is to expect the impossible

Update: Great minds and all that