Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Three

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

In appreciation of the Fabulous Poodles band

By John Ruberry One pleasant advantage of music in the streaming era is that with little expense I can tap into my favorite artists from my youth. If you are a recording artist, unfortunately, the big money isn't there for you. For $9.99 a month I enjoy unlimited downloads from Apple Music. However, if I … Continue reading In appreciation of the Fabulous Poodles band

How Kim Foxx happened

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

Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Two

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

Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part One

By John Ruberry If  you are looking for bad news then Illinois is just the place for you. What I'm writing here at Da Tech Guy will probably become a series. Illinois' population has been shrinking for five straight years. After the 2020 Census the Prairie State will lose one congressional seat. And it's possible … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part One

What if there was a Mueller probe of the Chicago City Council?

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?

Bill Maher, you need to take a closer look at blue states and why people are leaving

By John Ruberry Elitist Bill Maher, an alleged comedian, attacked red state America a couple of days ago on his HBO program, claiming that there are "two Americas." “We have a problem in America called spatial geographic inequality which means the most affluent and educated people are clustered in just a few cities," the leftist … Continue reading Bill Maher, you need to take a closer look at blue states and why people are leaving

Laugh off the Green New Deal at your own peril

John Ruberry By John Ruberry "We've been strangely fortunate. Pippin saw in the Palantír a glimpse of the enemy's plan." Gandalf in the movie version of The Return of the King. Last week with tremendous fanfare US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) announced the rollout of the Green New Deal. On … Continue reading Laugh off the Green New Deal at your own peril

Mainstream media’s whiff on Northam yearbook photo shows why we need term limits for political reporters

John Ruberry of Da Magnificent Seven By John Ruberry Contemporary journalism needs fresh faces. Particularly political journalism. Here is some dialogue from Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, which is set just before World War II began. Mr. Powers [newspaper editor]: How would you like to cover the biggest story in the world today? John Jones: Give … Continue reading Mainstream media’s whiff on Northam yearbook photo shows why we need term limits for political reporters

Kamala Harris: Nevertheless, she dated Willie Brown

Microsoft Edge auto complete for "Kamala Harris Willie Br" By John Ruberry Willie Brown is not a household name unless you are a political junkie--or a Californian. Nationally he may be better known for playing himself, when he was mayor of San Francisco, in The Princess Diaries. When asked if it would rain by a … Continue reading Kamala Harris: Nevertheless, she dated Willie Brown

Review: Bag Man, a Rachel Maddow podcast from MSNBC

By John Ruberry One of my criticisms of my left-wing friends is that they cocoon themselves in media that is comfortable to them, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and MSNBC, TV shows featuring fellow travelers, such as Will & Grace, and agreeable authors, such as Noam Chomsky. They yelp back, "But … Continue reading Review: Bag Man, a Rachel Maddow podcast from MSNBC

Reviews of two Netflix documentaries, Being Napoleon and Sad Hill Unearthed

By John Ruberry Because American politics, in my view, is dead in the water right now due of the partial government shut down--"Build the wall!" No, "Tear down the existing wall," I think today is a great time to take a peek at a couple of worthwhile Netflix documentaries. Being Napoleon explores the bicentennial reenactment … Continue reading Reviews of two Netflix documentaries, Being Napoleon and Sad Hill Unearthed

What transgender athletes will do to high school sports

Blogger on the left many years ago By John Ruberry Last week in this space I discussed the problems of allowing transgender athletes to participate in women's sports, which was inspired by a since-deleted Tweet from tennis legend Martina Navratilova, "You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women," she … Continue reading What transgender athletes will do to high school sports

Illinois is only a Partially Free state

By John Ruberry Every year Freedom House ranks nations on their levels of freedom and countries are classified into three categories. "Free, Partially Free, and Not Free." The first category includes the United States, most of Europe, and Israel, among others. Not Free includes the usual suspects, Venezuela, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, and North Korea. … Continue reading Illinois is only a Partially Free state

Illinois’ dispirited bicentennial celebration ends

By John Ruberry As I've mentioned here a few times, 2018 is Illinois' bicentennial year, a fact that not only has escaped most Americans but even, I suspect, most people living in Illinois. Last Monday the official Illinois bicentennial party was held in Chicago at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. … Continue reading Illinois’ dispirited bicentennial celebration ends