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
By John Ruberry Is a new beginning the only way out for Chicago Public Schools? That's what crossed my mind this morning while I was watching Mike Flannery on Fox Chicago's Flannery Fired Up. The show opened. with an interview of David Jackson, one of the investigative reporters who penned a disturbing yet indispensable series … Continue reading Perhaps Chicago Public Schools should start over again
By John Ruberry In honor of Illinois' bicentennial, Kerry Lester of the Daily Herald compiled a list of Illinois' best-known leaders. There is some good in it--Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln, and some bad. Ethel Kennedy? Robert F. Kennedy's widow was born in Chicago but grew up in Connecticut. And besides, her contributions don't amount … Continue reading Illinois bicentennial: The 14 worst leaders from the state
By John Ruberry Last week I had some time off from work and I did what few people do. Before sunrise I left home and drove to Detroit for a pleasure visit. It was my second trip to the Motor City. My first Da Tech Guy account, from 2015, is here. What follows is a … Continue reading My return to Detroit
George Washington McLintock: Now Katherine, are you going to believe what you see, or what I tell you? McLintock! 1963 Two years ago I wrote about an interesting incident in Jerusalem. It seems that the "Palestinians" were objecting to treatment they claimed they were receiving when visiting the Temple/Mount area and a solution was suggested by … Continue reading History Repeats Itself: The Left Embraces PLO Reasoning on Body Cams
In New York's 19th Congressional District (which I used to be a part of before a recent redrawing put me into the 18th instead), Steven Brisee was running among several other Democrats hoping to oust Republican Congressman John Faso from his seat. But Steven Brisee can't seem to stop himself from getting arrested! Steven Brisee … Continue reading After Multiple Arrests, New York Democrat Finally Drops Congressional Bid
By John Ruberry Last week I wrote this in my own blog about a scandal-plagued state university in Kentucky: "Is Louisville a college with an athletic program? Or is it an athletic program that offers some college classes?" Late last month the shadowy and corrupt realm of NCAA men's college basketball, whose players are nominally … Continue reading Louisville basketball team deserves “the death penalty”
My plans for finally getting my Red Summit post were derailed a 2nd time after I read this piece from Christopher Harper that stopped me in my tracks. Violent crimes increased nationally last year by more than 4 percent and homicides rose by nearly 9 percent, one year after violence rose nearly 4 percent and … Continue reading Cause and Effect: American Balkanization and Crime
The FBI annual report that violent crime, including homicides, rose significantly for the second consecutive year rated only a few passing references in the news. Violent crimes increased nationally last year by more than 4 percent and homicides rose by nearly 9 percent, one year after violence rose nearly 4 percent and homicides jumped by … Continue reading The American Crime Spree