By John Ruberry Chicago's reputation for corruption is well-known and it centers on the most shameless legislative body in the nation, its City Council. Since 1973, an astounding 35 Chicago aldermen--some after leaving office--have pleaded guilty or have been convicted of crimes. That sounds bad--and it indeed it is. Chicago's City Council has 50 members--which … Continue reading A glorious new era of Chicago aldermanic convictions may be upon us
The First Big story of the day is the leak of the British Ambassador's cables critiquing President Trump to the press. I'd get angry but given that he is the ultimate insider if he didn't buy every single thing that the press was had been selling I'd be shocked. I note that his opinions of … Continue reading British Diplomacy, ANTIFA Rules, Epstien, Earthquakes and Crime in Philly Under the Fedora
By John Ruberry Last weekend was particularly violent in Chicago, 52 people were shot--ten fatally. So far this weekend 30 people have been shot--with a rash of 22 people were wounded during the weekend's first 12 hours. Why? Blame usually goes to "guns from Indiana," poverty, lack of economic opportunity, and police hamstrung by the … Continue reading Fatherless households are the root cause of Chicago’s violence
If you wonder how our university system managed to turn out people like this. Ask yourself this question. If you were a nation or nations that opposed the US what is the most cost effective weapons system? Investing tens of millions on armaments that will be obsolete in a few years or in hundreds of … Continue reading The University Weapon System, Hey You Wanted GA & AL in the Union, Competing Heartbeats and when “Hate” isn’t newsworthy Under the Fedora
By John Ruberry Voters in the Land of Lincoln--oh, what would Old Abe think about his home state now?--have a knack for electing crooked governors. As I noted here last week four of the governors of Illinois elected since I was born, Democrats Otto Kerner, Dan Walker, and Rod Blagojevich, along with Republican George Ryan, … Continue reading Another Illinois governor is under federal investigation
By John Ruberry Garrison Keillor used to regularly begin his News From Lake Wobegon segment on the Prairie Home Companion with "It was a quiet week in Lake Wobegon." Because it was always quiet there. And in regards to my continuing Tales from the Illinois Exodus series at Da Tech Guy, I should open each … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Three
By John Ruberry Until last Tuesday morning not even a majority of Cook County residents could identify Kim Foxx among a random group of Chicagoans. Foxx is the Cook County state's attorney. She's in charge of the second largest prosecutor's office in the nation. She's not an anonymity now. Last week First Assistant State’s Attorney … Continue reading How Kim Foxx happened
By John Ruberry There is never a shortage of evidence of the decline and fall of Illinois. Just a week after I authored Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part One in this space, I already have a second entry. In two weeks Chicagoans will elect its first female black mayor as two very liberal candidates, Lori … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Two
Blogger in downtown Chicago By John Ruberry The biggest catch, so far, for the Mueller Probe is the sentencing last week of political consultant and lobbyist Paul Manafort, who was briefly the chairman of the Donald Trump presidential campaign. Manafort, a very conspicuous Washington insider, pleaded guilty to charges of tax and bank fraud, and … Continue reading What if there was a Mueller probe of the Chicago City Council?
Blogger in downtown Chicago By John Ruberry Chicago isn't so much a city as it is a racket. The federal criminal complaint issued Thursday against Alderman Edward Burke, who has been a member of the Chicago City Council for 50 years--he replaced his father who died in office--has overshadowed the Chicago mayoral race. That election, … Continue reading The arrest of a powerful Chicago alderman who has been in office for 50 years and the corruption tax
¡It's been a few days since Harold Baines has been elected to the Baseball HOF by committee and the articles keep coming about how he doesn't belong. I'm a small hall guy who thinks that if you have to think if a person belongs in a HOF fame they likely don't but let me say … Continue reading Non-Tweets Under the Fedora for Dec 13th: Harold Baines, Rep Swalwell, ¡No Pasaran! San Francisco and Abortion
I tease twitter a lot but occasionally you can the good civil debate it was sold as a platform for. I had one such exchange with . You can read the exchange on the subject of the Church's role in civilization here by viewing the entire conversation. It's a shame this is the exception and … Continue reading Today’s non-tweets Under my Fedora 12-9-18
By John Ruberry When season one of Ozark concluded last summer, the Byrdes, a drug money laundering family from the Chicago area, decided to put roots down at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), is the number-crunching erstwhile financial planner struggling to keep all of the balls he is juggling up … Continue reading Review: Season two of Ozark
By John Ruberry Early next year the first round of the Chicago mayoral election will be held, If no candidate achieves a majority, then the top two face each other in a runoff. The two-term incumbent, Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's first chief of staff, is running, as are several other candidates, each with baggage, including … Continue reading Barack Obama, Chicago mayor?
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 … Continue reading Chicago needs to crack down on illegal expressway-blocking protests