Lake Shore Drive blocked by police

By John Ruberry

For the second time in less than a month, left-wing protesters illegally blocked a major Chicago expressway, with the goal of bringing attention to gun violence in America’s third-largest city.

You know what? People in Chicago and its suburbs already know about the homicide epidemic. As do most people nationwide. Last year Chicago, as it did in 2016, suffered more murders than the far-more populous cities of New York And Loa Angeles–combined.

On the flipside, according to Hey Jackass, murders and shootings are down in 2018 compared to last year.

Zero murders should be the goal of any society, although, given human nature, it’s not even a remotely realistic one. But Chicago can do much better.

I covered the most recent lawbreaking protest, the Thursday afternoon rush hour blocking of Lake Shore Drive on Chicago’s North Side for my blog, Marathon Pundit. You can read my report here. You’ll learn that the rally was really a collection of  a baker’s dozen of leftist grievances.

What was that I said about illegal protests? Has fascism, as the leftists claim, conquered America under President Donald Trump? What happened to the First Amendment of the US Constitution?

Nothing has happened to the First Amendment.

Let’s see what that right-wing group (just kdding), the ACLU of Illinois, has to say about street-blocking protests:

Protesters blocking traffic on Belmont Avenue last week

In some cases, government can require a permit as a condition of protest on public property. For example, government often can require a permit for parades in the streets, given the impact on vehicle traffic.

More…

Protesters do not  have [emphasis mine] a First Amendment right to block pedestrian or vehicle traffic, or to prevent entry and exit from buildings.

Father Michael Pfleger, the gadfly left-wing Chicago priest, did not possess a rally permit when he and his followers blocked the 14-lane Dan Ryan Expressway last month on a Saturday afternoon on the South Side. Should’ve he been arrested? That’s a tough call, as the Illinois State Police, which has jurisdiction on this interstate, allowed Pfleger’s group to block the Dan Ryan.

So here we have cops, with the acquiescence of Governor Bruce Rauner, a Republican by the way, consenting to law breaking. Chicago’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, expressed support for the protest.

At the block-Lake Shore Drive rally,, according to the Chicago Police, who has jurisdiction on that road, that event saw 150 protesters block eight lanes of traffic, ruining the commutes of thousands. Tio Hardiman and Gregory Livingston, the organizers of last week’s protest, carefully chose the day of their disruption. A few miles south of Belmont Avenue, where the rally began, the first day of the Lollapolooza festival was underway. And about a mile away the Chicago Cubs were hosting the San Diego Padres for a night game.  While they chose their day well, Hardiman and Livingston didn’t have a rally permit either. I guess they were so busy rabble-rousing that they simply forgot to apply for one.

Protest co-organizer Hardiman: “Where is your rally permit?”

Let’s take a closer look at those protest numbers. We know there were just 150 activists blocking Lake Shore Drive. Keeping an eye on the marchers were anywhere from 300-400 police officers. Also along for the hike, which ended at Wrigley Field, were 100 media representatives and bloggers, including  of course this one.

What about the cost?

The state spent $323,000 on the Dan Ryan protest. Municipal figures haven’t been released yet but it’s a safe guess that when those Chicago numbers are tallied, the cost of Pfleger’s protest will soar past a half-million dollars.

And when the Lake Shore Drive figures are added, will the costs of the two illegal rallies exceed $1 million? My prediction is they will.

If these protests were held instead downtown at a traditional and easy to patrol location, such as Daley Plaza, the taxpayer outlay would have been a pittance. And the plaza can handle many more than 150 people. Activists can enjoy their First Amendment rights there with minimal hassles for the rest of Chicago. And since all protesters seek media attention, nearly all of Chicago’s press and broadcast outlets have offices within walking distance of Daley Plaza. Everyone wins.

When unfunded pension debt is figured in, Illinois and Chicago are essentially broke. Chicago and Illinois are suffering from negative population growth.. And if such banana republic type protests continue to run amok, more people will throw up their hands and join the exodus.

There is another possibility.

Leftists fondly look back the 1960s protests at University of California at Berkeley as the good old days. But Ronald Reagan trounced an incumbent Democratic governor in 1966 by among other things, vowing to clean up “the mess” at Berkeley. However, California was right-leaning five decades ago.

At some point Chicagoans, will scream, “Enough!”

Especially if these expressway protestpaloozas become monthly occurrences.

Blogger in downtown Chicago

These illegal protests need to end. The police need to enforce the law. And that means arresting and prosecuting the organizers of these exercises in lawbreaking.

We are still a nation of laws.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Nyder: We must keep the Kaled race pure. Imperfects are rejected. Some of them survive out there.
4th Doctor: That’s a very harsh policy.
Harry Sullivan: It’s horrible.
Nyder: Your views are not important.

Doctor Who Genesis of the Daleks 1975

If you are familiar with history you might be aware of the “one Drop” principle meaning that if a person had a single drop of black or Indian blood they were considered nonwhite (in Virginia descendants of Pocahontas were explicitly exempt the “Pocahontas Exception” in the The Racial Integrity Act of 1924.)

Well it seems that all things that are old are new again, the party that brought us the one drop rule now returns with the one dollar rule, the one meal rule or the one word rule.

did you give a dollar to a GOP candidate or a cause not endorsed today by the left? Then you are a person to be boycotted no matter how many dollars you have given to the left.

Did a GOP member come to eat at your restaurant? Well you not only have to eject them but you have to follow them to the next restaurant to confirm your woke bona fides .

It’s not even enough to publicly make an issue of the faith of a Conservative mother of seven up for a judgeship. If you aren’t woke enough then we don’t want you anymore.

And I’ll have you know that these rules are not just for the great and powerful:

When my callouts were met with approval and admiration, I was lavished with praise: “Thank you so much for speaking out!” “You’re so brave!” “We need more men like you!”

Then one day, suddenly, I was accused of some of the very transgressions I’d called out in others. I was guilty, of course: There’s no such thing as due process in this world. And once judgment has been rendered against you, the mob starts combing through your past, looking for similar transgressions that might have been missed at the time. I was now told that I’d been creating a toxic environment for years at my workplace; that I’d been making the space around me unsafe through microaggressions and macroaggressions alike.

Social justice is a surveillance culture, a snitch culture. The constant vigilance on the part of my colleagues and friends did me in. That’s why I’m delivering sushi and pizza.

As opposed to the old job:

I once had a well paid job in what might be described as the social justice industry. Then I upset the wrong person, and within a short window of time, I was considered too toxic for my employer’s taste. I was publicly shamed, mobbed, and reduced to a symbol of male privilege. I was cast out of my career and my professional community.

Plus these aren’t just unofficial rules, they are becoming official in places

Using the wrong pronoun could turn into a firing offense at the University of Minnesota.

The U is considering a new “gender identity” policy that would assure transgender men and women, as well as others, the right to use whatever pronoun they wish on campus — whether it’s he, she, “ze” or something else.

And everyone from professors to classmates would be expected to call them by the right words or risk potential disciplinary action, up to firing or expulsion.

These kind of rules

In fact say one nice word about a conservative and you have to backtrack quickly.

This is where we are, and ask yourself this.

If this is how the left acts out of power, where the tiniest gesture of civilized behavior toward those who you disagree with is an act to be avenged, what do you think these people will do if they have power in government?

I was shocked to see that on July 5th the top story at Memeorandum was this:

There are a lot of natural reactions to this, the shock at the depths that a once respected news organization has fallen to, the self centered lunacy that has pervaded the elites in general and CNN in particular since Donald Trump was elected and the sheer pettiness of the network when it finds itself making tweets like this and the memory of journalists who once talked about how they dealt with real issues that Americans cared about rather than irrelevant minuta.

But there is one point that CNN accidently made that really says everything there is to say about the media/establishment jihad against this president.

CNN is a worldwide network with tens of thousands of employees, a extremely rich parent company and a reach that extends around the world, if they want to find out something or find someone they have all these resources to call upon to do it and more.

So their successful efforts at tracking down some guy who made a meme on REDDIT begs the following question:

How Did CNN find the REDDIT user behind the Cnn/Trump Wrestling Meme that the President tweeted out in less than a week when after 8 months they haven’t been able to find proof of Trump/Russa collusion in the last election?

The answer is quite simple, unlike the Trump/Russia collusion in election 2016 the REDDIT user who made the meme…actually existed.

And these guys actually used to make fun of bloggers.



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I’m sure very few people were actually at Kathy Griffin attempt at attention via the Trump beheading photo shoot.  After all it’s the logical conclusion of the continual attacks since November and the media narrative that the election of Trump is the greatest crisis the nation has ever faced.

Since nobody would notice Kathy Griffin under normal circumstances it is natural that both her and the folks setting up the photo shoot would use such a method to get her out there and generate clicks and views

Furthermore as demonstrated by the campus left there there are plenty of folks for whom this type of thing is only going to make her more popular.  You can make a good living out of that niche market.  I can see the campus leftist’s now:  Of Course Suggesting Beheading the President is OK, He’s Hitler you know.  

What might surprise some are  prominent members of the left from Chelsea Clinton to Keith Olbermann falling over themselves to denounce her actions.  You might think this is just virtue signaling but no, their reactions are very calculated.

Consider, the left has just lost another special election in Montana and GA 6 election is coming up in a few weeks.

How would the left like to see Karen Handel running ads linking her Democrat opponent to Kathy Griffin, perhaps using the CNN segment of Molly Ball of the Atlantic dismissing it to show the MSM’s indifference to this kind of thing?

Given the reaction of voters in Montana the last thing the press wants is to give normal Americans already dismissing them as fiction another reason to tune them out.

Of course a campaign on that is on the ball would already have an add out linking Griffin and Ball to Jon Ossoff and demanding he denounce them.  If he fails to then it can be played up, if he does then I’m sure that might lose him some fans with the more fanatical Trump haters that the left needs to turn out.  The Handel campaign or one of the PACS supporting her should get on this at once.

And after they do then can send a card to Kathy noting how kind it was of her to give such a gift to their election effort.

Update:  DaTechGuy gets results

A Republican Super PAC has found a new way to target Democratic candidates: Kathy Griffin.

A new ad uses the controversial comedian to criticize Democrat Jon Ossoff, saying her recent controversial actions are part of a pattern of behavior from “liberal extremists” who now support the House candidate running in Georgia’s 6th Congressional District.

Via Ed Driscoll at Insty

Black Lives MatterBy John Ruberry

Even though the protest took place just three days ago, the blocking of the Dan Ryan Expressway near Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood by Black Lives Matter radicals is already largely forgotten. The rally was organized after the deaths of two black men last week by two police officers in Minnesota and Louisiana. The Chicago protest was of course overshadowed by the shooting deaths of five Dallas cops during a Black Lives Matter protest in the Texas city that night–seven other police officers were wounded. The assassin, Micah Xavier Johnson, sympathized with black nationalist groups and can fairly be called a racist.

The Chicago expressway blocking occurred three days after another bloody holiday weekend in America’s third-largest city. Four people were murdered in Chicago and an astounding 62 others were wounded during the 4th of July weekend. The thugs didn’t lock up their guns on July 5. In fact, on the day before the expressway protest a four-year-old Englewood boy was shot several times a mile away from that rally.

I wasn’t there but I will wager a sizable sum of cash that none of the leftists decried the shooting of that boy.  The people who live in the home where the 4-year-old lives believe their home is being targeted–they claim they don’t know by whom. In May a 53-year-old woman who lives in that house was wounded in a shooting there.

pierre-loury
Pierre Loury

One house–two shootings–three months. Does anyone seriously believe that the Chicago Police is targeting this home?

Since New Year’s Day there have been 2,054 shootings in Chicago–312 of those shootings were fatal. The great majority of the victims were African-American as were likely the perpetrators, although no one can say for sure because most “Chiraq” murders are street-gang related and go unsolved.

This year there has been just one shooting death by Chicago Police of a criminal suspect, 16-year-old Pierre Loury, a known gang member. Cops say Loury, who posted a picture of himself holding a gun on his Facebook page, pointed a weapon at them.

Madison and Pulaski in Chicago
Madison and Pulaski in Chicago

Loury was a West Sider, and as bad as Englewood is, most of Chicago’s West Side is worse. The West Side, unless you are Mayor Rahm Emanuel or part of the CPD brass, is well known among Chicagoans for its open-air drug markets. The corner of Madison and Pulaski is a popular spot to purchase narcotics. Yes, Black Lives Matter leftists protested the Loury death–and they briefly blocked the Eisenhower expressway on the West Side, but they didn’t march on Madison and Pulaski. Turf wars over drugs often turn fatal, there is nothing new about that.

Only some black lives matter to Black Lives Matter. Crime doesn’t seem to matter at all to them.

But as with all leftist causes, protesting police shootings is only a means to their end. “The issue is never the issue,” they say, “the issue is always the revolution.”

Meanwhile black people keep shooting each other in Chicago and other big cities in America. Only the police are there to provide protection.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Bicentennial logoBy John Ruberry

Tomorrow, July 4, 2016, will be the 240th anniversary of America’s independence. Which means in ten years the United States will be 250 years old, one-quarter of a millennium.

I’m old enough to remember America’s bicentennial, and while there was some feeling of bicentennial overkill–CBS TV’s daily Bicentennial Minutes aired for over two years–the USA’s 200th birthday was a welcome respite from the bleak 1970s, a decade that was plagued by war, riots, racial conflict, a moribund economy, and a feeling that America’s best days were behind it. Kinda like right now.

Eight years of Ronald Reagan righted the ship.

How is the planning for the American sestercentennial coming along? Well, it’s almost non-existent. I found a Facebook group, a website, and a few articles on the ‘net here and there, but as of now it’s a non-event.

Contrast that situation with 1966, ten years before the USA’s 200th annivesary Congress created the Bicentennial Commission.

Hopefully things will move quicker once Barack Obama is out of office. Obama has never been a flag-waving patriot. He famously explained to a reporter in 2007 that his reason for not wearing a US flag pin on his lapel was because it didn’t represent “true patriotism.” All of the other 2008 presidential candidates wore those pins.

This year Bernie Sanders didn’t.

Bicentennial mural in Tampico, IL, where Reagan was born
Bicentennial mural in Tampico, IL in 2011, where Ronald Reagan was born

Obama’s base of support, and Sanders’ too, is the far-left; many of these leftists believe that America is strong only because it stole the land and its resources. These radicals speak of an AmeriKKKan Empire that is ruining the world and that the United States is a country that needs to be brought down to size. Oh, isn’t America the nation that saved Europe three times in the last century? You remember, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Thank you, Ronald Reagan for that last one.

And America also rescued Asia in World War II.

Even if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency this fall–I certainly hope she doesn’t–she likely won’t govern as an anti-American leftist. To some extent the America-hating radicals will be justifiably marginalized.

The sestercentennial is coming. Let freedom ring!

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

 

Black Lives MatterBy John Ruberry

You very likely have heard about the Black Lives Matter movement, the hard-left screamers who regularly disrupt political gatherings and even attack people who proclaim “All Lives Matter.” One BLM leader called All Lives Matter a “new racial slur.”

A wrong turn into a dead end has been made from the sentiment of Martin Luther King, who proclaimed in 1963, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

But Black Lives Matter is a political movement.

Last Monday a black Chicago teen, Pierre Loury, who was carrying a gun, was shot to death by police on the West Side as he climbed a fence during a foot chase. BLM quickly mobilized a rally attended by 200 or 300 so protesters the following night

On Friday afternoon a few miles from the site of the Loury shooting, a one-year-old named Khloe was shot in the neck while she was sitting the back seat of the car by assailants in a moving vehicle. There was a small peace rally at the site of the shooting yesterday–but no Black Lives Matters activists were visible.

Four years ago Khloe’s sister was wounded by gunfire three blocks from Friday’s shooting at a lemonade stand she set up.

Also on Saturday a six-month old girl was fatally wounded in a drive-by shooting in Detroit, which may have ties to an Easter Sunday deadly shooting of a 3-year-old girl.

Pastor Ray Anderson, an African-American, was one of the organizers of a Detroit anti-violence rally held shortly after that murder. He said there, “I think that right now it’s a clear call for our community to really be outraged at the violence and the murder,” adding, “We talk about ‘black lives matter’ — and we get in an uproar when it’s white on black or law enforcement…but this is something: Probably 95 percent of the violence is black on black.”

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

True, very true.

Of course BLM activists care about the murders of babies, but because there is no political angle to these heartless crimes, they ignore them.

Perhaps they should rename their group Only Certain Black Lives Matter.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

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In panning Ta-Nehisi Coates’ open letter to his 15-year-old son, Between the World and Me, Randall Kennedy expresses something which every thinking black American has considered, even those who call themselves liberals.

[Coates] insists that behind apparent black racial pathology is the omnipresent reality of white domination—in this instance an act of white supremacy carried out by a black marionette. “To yell ‘black on black crime,’” he contends, “is to shoot a man and then shame him for bleeding.”

A difficulty with attributing this much influence to white folks is that doing so negates the will of black folks. This brings to mind Ralph Ellison’s critique of Gunnar Myrdal’s An American Dilemma. Myrdal averred that “the Negro’s entire life and, consequently, also his opinions … are, in the main, to be considered as secondary reactions to more primary pressures from the side of the dominant white majority.” Objecting to this formulation, Ellison asked:

Can a people … live and develop for over three hundred years simply by reacting? Are American Negroes simply the creation of white men, or have they at least helped to create themselves out of what they found around them? Men have made a way of life in caves and upon cliffs; why cannot Negroes have made a life upon the horns of the white men’s dilemma?

(All emphasis mine.)

In 1970s, when Affirmative Action became all the rage, one of the few overtly political statements issuing forth from my parents that I can recall is their fervent opposition to it. Simply put, they viewed the policy as an official assertion of the innate inferiority of blacks. They still do.

Professional Black Leftists (PBLs) like Coates, et al. sometimes claim that we black conservatives are “showing off for the white man’s approval” when we put forth conservative opinions in public. It’s a bemusing accusation, since it seems to me that professional black Leftists are inordinately concerned with what white people as a group think of blacks, as if white America were an audience, black liberals were putting on some kind of Broadway show, and black conservatives were the competing show across the street.

Mr.Kennedy’s review calls forth a realization that has brewed in the back of my mind for quite some time: PBLs actually believe that the majority of black people are inferior to other races.

Oh, not themselves, of course. But, all of their bluster toward conservatives of all hues, and even their attempts to turn their mommy/daddy issues into a field of scholarship are defense mechanisms against saying this outright or even admitting it to themselves. And they get angry when you, white person, refuse to see “our inferiority” and to give us our collective wheelchairs. (I have another theory about black failure. It does not involve eugenics or IQ comparisons.)

Of course it would take a great deal of effort to undo the real problem; not inferiority, but the tree which LBJ planted all those years ago, the fruit of which is this. And thisAnd this. Rotten fruit.

LBJ demonstrated that a culture can be changed on purpose for the worse. (That’s what European leaders are trying to do now, by the way.) PBLs cannot grasp this particular pattern. Believing in the inferiority of other blacks is easier.

And for those of us who are at a loss as to how to make things better, repentance–making an 180-degree turn–begins in the house of the Lord. Action follows therefrom.

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I was about to head early to mass to pray and like every guy did some channel surfing as I did so and noticed on Fox news Chris Wallace interviewing Cardinal Wuerl on Laudato Si’, who noted that people have always chosen to cherry pick the teachings of the church but it’s the church’s job to teach the lot.

Then I turned to CNN and Jake Tapper was hosting a live broadcast of the Charleston Church were the horrible murders took place this week. I was just in time to hear the preacher not that it was their faith in Jesus Christ that allows them the strength to overcome these obstacles.

And it hit me that again God is Francis’ line from Laudato Si’ correct:

80. Yet God, who wishes to work with us and who counts on our cooperation, can also bring good out of the evil we have done.

For decades our friends on the left have demonized the church and christ, and yet this week tens of thousands of people who would never consider reading a church documents will, because of a group of people hoping for short term political advantage, do so. And they will read arguments about the sanctity of life, the connection of how we treat our neighbor to how we treat our environment, and they will see examples of the words of the saints, the Popes and of scripture that they have never considered before.

How many of these people given a first look at these things will find themselves evangelized by that greatest of evangelists, the holy spirit and wanting more?

How will they divorce one argument from another, how will they claim that the Popes words provide the absolutely moral necessity for a government to act, and yet refuse to act themselves to protect the unborn, human embryos and the freedom of religious expression, all thing that they as individuals can do?

Now consider Charleston, in a midst of mass slaughter the trauma of the loss of husbands, wives, mothers, sons and daughters what did the those who have suffered beyond what one can bear do?

They forgave, and moreover they forgave not after long reflection, not after years or decades of reflection but in hours.

And today just a few days later the counties attention is on a church as the celebrant preaches the healing and forgiving power of Jesus Christ telling people who they do can find that same grace and strength in their own times of trial.

How will our friends on the left succeed in divorcing this reality from the memes they have made? How will they manage to paint christians as bigots who have forgiven such evil. How do they claim injury over a cake and the moral authority to put christians out of business when those same Christians who faced the murder of their loved ones forgive those who destroyed their lives.

Does that not reveal their anti-christ cries of “injustice” as they petty narcissism that it is?

The events of this week have been a body blow to those who would destroy Christianity in general and the Church in particular furthermore despite anger by some and tragedy for others in the end the events of this week will be a watershed for those who will discover the Lord through them.

Who knew a bible study interrupted by death and a document that some hoped would pervert the life of the church could do those things?

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…because not only does this:

A massive anti-abortion protest shut down downtown San Francisco. Tens of thousands of people were making their voices heard Saturday. NBC Bay Area’s Christie Smith reports from San Francisco

delight me due to the massive crowds but I’m absolutely drooling over these two things that must turn the stomach of every leftist journalist who reported on it first this: (emphasis mine)

The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, told the multigenerational, multi-ethnic and heavily Catholic crowd that he was encouraged by the House vote on Thursday’s anniversary of Roe v. Wade to permanently forbid federal funds for most abortions. :

Yes, the pro-life crowd was full of people of all ages and races and full of strong catholics totally unlike the congresswoman who represents the district they marched through.

And if that doesn’t upset the left and make me mile this bit of comparative info really rings my chimes:  (emphasis mine again)

The celebration also drew about 100 abortion legal rights activists. Organized by Halt Patriarchy, they gathered at Powell and Marketplace streets at one p.m., waving indicators and shouting as the anti-abortion contingent designed their way from Civic Center Plaza to the Justin Herman Plaza on the Embarcadero.

Yes you read that right 50,000 pro-life protesters against 100 pro abortion protesters in freaking SAN FRANCISCO!

and even these protesters were confronted by an equal number of pro-life activists completely apart from the main group displaying graphic examples of just what Abortion is:

About one hundred pro-life activists skipped the 12:thirty p.m. Civic Heart rally and instead squared off from the pro-option protesters at the Powell and Industry place, the sides divided 10 ft apart at the rear of steel barriers and law enforcement officers.

On the pro-daily life side, a several individuals had disregarded the advice about graphic images, which include 1 of a fetus foot with the caption, “Murdered! I was not just a blob of tissue.”

So for all the big talk from the Stop Patriarchy crowd couldn’t even outdo a tiny break away contingent of pro-life Catholics in the nation’s capital of liberalism.

I confess I should be a lot more pleased at the strength of the pro-life marchers than the weakness and the frustration of the pro-abortion forces.

I’ll have to mention it next time I go to confession and include them in the Perpetual Twitter Novena.