The Chicago Cubs Have a New Mascot, and It’s REALLY Stupid-Looking

PrintSeriously? Who dreamed up this retro mess, a goofy looking pantless bear? This team being from Chicago I’m tempted to think it must be some alderman’s brother-in-law, or Rahm Emanuel’s cousin’s daughter, or some other person who doesn’t violate the “We don’t want nobody nobody sent” rule. It’s already inspiring some unfortunate suggestions that people do perverted things to it, and they are taking up with suggestion enthusiastically. (Link to the perversion in the sidebar of the page we link to here.)

Is that justified? What do you think?

More Gun Violence in Chicago’s Back (of the) Yards (and of course it’s the “Guns,” Right?)

Well it didn’t take long…

A warm night, “Midnight Basketball” and a large congregation of “probable” gang members enjoying a night of “B-Ball” in front of their audience of Parents, Girlfriends, and Kids.   A rival gang member with a gun, probably obtained through one of our Government’s ATF gang assistance programs like Fast and Furious. Note to Superintendent Garry McCarthy: We are still awaiting the name for the ATF gunrunning scandal involving illegal firearms entering Illinois via Evansville, Indiana. Police Superintendent McCarthy never mentions this minor detail, as he rails against the 2nd amendment rights of law-abiding Illinois gun owners. Maybe it has something to do with his handlers?
Gun violence on Chicago’s South Side is nothing new. “Black on black” gang shootings are so commonplace that they are often reported as just a footnote, if reported at all.  But shootings involving a child victim are the exception. These horrible events have Chicago’s politically charged news pundits all frothing at the mouth, or even, dare I say it, “gleeful” at times.  Chicago politicos get excited about the opportunity to get their mugs on TV, but after they’ve exploited the latest tragedy for their own cynical political reasons, they quickly lose sight of the perpetrator and focus instead on the weapon.  Has anyone read the FBI’s Annual Uniform Crime Report?   It clearly states that more people are killed with hammers than assault style weapons (something that cannot yet be proven without the actual gun).  So when Superintendent McCarthy took the opportunity to predictably jump to the conclusion that the cause of this latest shooting is “guns,” he revealed his rabid anti-Second Amendment beliefs, and insulted the intelligence of those of us who know that this neighborhood is a case study in the family breakdown that results in violent crime.
What frosts ol’ Brutus the most is the lack of interest in a Government gunrunning scandal designed to abolish the Second Amendment!!!  That and a willing accomplice on Chicago PD who will not examine all the facts and evidence before opening his pie hole!

Here They Go Again: Boston Terrorism Gives Left Yet Another Chance to Display Their Rage by Politicizing Tragedy

We know that entry Number One in the Left’s playbook, so well articulated by Chicago mayor Rahm “Tiny Dancer” Emanuel, is “never let a crisis go waste,” so of course, we shouldn’t be surprised that yesterday’s terror attack in Boston gave them an opportunity to expel the bile and rage that we’ve come to expect. Their Dear Leader, naturally, remained above the fray, mouthing his usual predictable platitudes about the fact that “there are no Democrats or Republicans” after a horrible event like a terrorist attack, even though the Left politicizes everything, except he didn’t call it that. Now we know why, and it wasn’t because he didn’t want to “jump to conclusions” because apparently he did. It would be left to his minions to tell us what he was thinking. This morning Obama apparatchik Number 1, Chicago sleazemeister David Axelrod appeared on F. Chuck Todd’s “Daily Rundown” show on the 24/7 televised insane asylum, MS-NBC, and said something very revealing; specifically, that Obama thinks that this attack may have something to do with “tax day.” In response to a question about why he was reluctant to use the “T” word, he said “You use those words and it means something very specific in people’s mind. And I’m sure what was going through the president’s mind is — we really don’t know who did this — it was tax day. Was it someone who was pro–you know, you just don’t know. And so I think his attitude is, let’s not put any inference into this, let’s just make clear that we’re going to get the people responsible.” Watch for yourself.

We shouldn’t be surprised. Remember Foot Hood, that incident of “workplace violence?” Watch the One’s former press secretary refuse to use the word “terrorism” to describe it. Sec. of Homeland Security, Janet “Big Sis” Napolitano explained we need to adjust our language so that we refer to “man-caused disasters.”

And, when you’re looking for idiotic, way out in left field–and I do mean left–analysis, you can always count on Chris “The Screamer” Matthews, who was on the same page with the guy he’s had a bobbysoxer crush on since that first thrill went up his leg. Here he agrees with democrat Massachusetts congressman that it may have something to do with “Tax Day.”

Then there was Nicholas Kristof, columnist for the Liberal Death Star, who took to Twitter to blame–wait for it–Senate Republicans. Why? Because they haven’t confirmed an ATF director. There actually has not been an actual ATF director for six years, and the acting director and Obama’s choice, B. Todd Jones, isn’t exactly a stellar candidate. From a March 19, 2013 story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

In interviews with the Star Tribune over recent months, more than a dozen agents, judges and prosecutors elaborated on their concerns — detailing major drug and gang cases that Jones’ office refused to prosecute and describing an erosion of trust between the top law enforcement official in Minnesota and those assigned to tackle the government’s most dangerous cases. A federal judge has gone so far as to say that Jones’ office “compromised the judicial system” in one major gang case and put a federal prosecutor at risk.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been demanding answers about Fast and Furious, and Mr. Jones involvement in that stinky situation in which Eric Holder’s Justice Department convinced the City of St. Paul to agreed to drop an appeal in a Supreme Court case in exchange for the federal government’s agreement to not intervene in two separate cases.

Kristof later took it back, but his knee jerk reaction is very revealing, not only of their hatred for their political opponents, but for another fact; that is, they never learn. Nanny Bloomberg’s speculation after the Times Square bombing, the theories of a “angry white loner” during the terror spree in metropolitan Washington D.C. are other examples. I’m sure that you can think of your own.

I guess we should be grateful that they didn’t blame George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, or the late Richard Jewell.

Michael Moore’s Plan to “Finish Off” the NRA Using the Corpses of Murdered Children

Cross Posted at ClashDaily.com

What better way to start the day than with a diatribe from the Round Mound Whose Lies Astound, Michael Moore? Earlier this week, the pudgy propagandist posted a column on his website entitled America, You Must Not Look Away (How to Finish Off the NRA).” As you would expect from this character, it’s a dishonest, demagogic attempt to justify trampling on your 2nd Amendment rights by citing various unrelated historic incidents, claiming equivalency among them where none exists, and then–PRESTO!–case closed!

Mr. Moore thinks he’s found a brilliant political strategy, not to mention a way to try to become relevant again, to make sure a massacre like Sandy Hook never happens again; that is, by disarming law-abiding citizens with laws that would have had no effect on the Newtown shooter. Naturally, he is motivated by nothing other than a desire to protect “the children.” In service of that noble goal, he’s not only not above exploiting the mutilated corpses of the murdered children. He’s into it. He can’t wait to display these horrifying images because he is sure that they will inflame the emotions of the American public who would naturally be outraged and horrified into “just do something” mode, which will make them demand more pointless gun control laws. He begins to make his irrational argument by citing the ghastly images of a beaten and murdered Emmet Till, an African-American boy killed in Mississippi in 1955 by racist scumbags, and footage of that famous civil rights protest in Selma, Alabama in 1965 at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the one that Barack Obama tried to claim had something to do with his nativity story, even though B. Hussein was born in 1961. He also mentions some other hideous photographs from the Vietnam War that, with the enthusiastic assistance of a willing media, turned political opinion in favor of those supporting our Communist enemy. Of course, none of these historic events has anything to do with the Left’s current desire to dust off the gun grabbing plans they’ve had in a drawer for years waiting for a tragedy to exploit. Then he writes:

But I have a prediction. I believe someone in Newtown, Connecticut – a grieving parent, an upset law enforcement officer, a citizen who has seen enough of this carnage in our country – somebody, someday soon, is going to leak the crime scene photos of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. And when the American people see what bullets from an assault rifle fired at close range do to a little child’s body, that’s the day the jig will be up for the NRA. It will be the day the debate on gun control will come to an end. There will be nothing left to argue over. It will just be over. And every sane American will demand action.

Say what? Forgive me, my ample friend, but I hate to break it to you. No matter how many wackjob criminals commit unspeakable acts of violence, whether they do them with guns, hammers, baseball bats, or trucks full of fertilizer, as long as you and your freedom-hating friends try to trample on our 2nd Amendment rights, there is not only still something to argue over. There is something to fight for. Mr. Moore, I know it’s difficult for you to believe, but most decent people are not interested in using these dead babies in the service of a political agenda. We are repulsed by the very idea. I would think that this point of view applies in particular to those grieving parents.

If you are so concerned that no children be killed as a result of gun violence, I challenge you, and Barack Obama, to hold hearings in Chicago on its causes. What better place to research senseless killing with firearms than the Windy City, where guns are banned? A suggestion: you might want to look into the issue of illegitimacy, since I suspect that the fact that many children are growing up in fatherless homes, as a result of well-intentioned “War on Poverty” policies initiated by liberals, might have a teensy weensy bit to do with the savagery taking place on the streets of Chicago.

There’s one problem with Mr. Moore’s claim that his call for the end of the NRA is motivated by what happened in Newtown. Over ten years ago, he made a film, which despite being a collection of half-truths and outright lies, won the Academy Award for “Best Documentary” in 2003, “Bowling for Columbine.” This film demonstrates that Mr. Moore’s expression of concern about the children of Sandy Hook is like everything else he produces, deceitful and done in service of a radical left-wing agenda. “Bowling for Columbine” contains a disgusting cartoon segment that equates the NRA with the Ku Klux Klan. The only problem with that assertion is that the NRA was founded by the New York legislature, at the request of former Union–as in the guys who fought against the Confederacy-soldiers. Their eighth president was Ulysses S. Grant. Yes, THAT Grant. The one who defeated the Confederacy, and who during Reconstruction, aggressively cracked down on the Klan.  

Just like Diane Feinstein, Rahm Emanuel and Barack Obama, Michael Moore is hoping not to let this crisis go to waste, and he’s hoping that gruesome images will incite an emotionally-driven frenzy and anti-freedom rush to judgement in favor of enacting bad, unconstitutional policies that will make everyone less safe.

 

 

Will The Tiny Dancer’s War on the 2nd Amendment Backfire?

As you well know, the Left has been feasting on the rotting corpse of Karl Marx for over 100 years. In that entire time, they haven’t had a single original thought. Can’t they see that their ideas NEVER EVER work? That they have NEVER worked, which strongly suggests that they NEVER will work? Seriously, it’s ridiculous. Yet, liberals insist on talking down to the rest of us, without realizing how painfully obvious it is that they are dimwits who never learn from their mistakes.

One recent example involves their latest jihad against the Second Amendment. One of those in the vanguard, is Chicago Mayor and former Obama Chief of Staff, appropriately since he is the guy who reminded his lefty friends to “never let a crisis go to waste. What I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” As in, exploit every tragedy and strike while emotions run high before the public has an opportunity to engage their brains and realize that what is being proposed would be a disaster. From Bloomberg/Business Week:

As Bloomberg News reported on Jan. 14, Rahm Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, has appointed himself the field general of a nascent financial war on the firearm industry. Elected officials and pension system executives in New York, California, and Massachusetts are reviewing their gun investments or actively removing firearm companies from their portfolios. ”We cannot support or invest in companies that profit from the proliferation of assault weapons and the violence these guns bring to our communities,” Emanuel said. On Jan. 24, Emanuel took an even more aggressive step, as reported by the New York Times:

Fresh from persuading a $5 billion pension fund in Chicago to divest from companies that make firearms, the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, on Thursday urged the chief executives of two major banks to stop financing companies “that profit from gun violence.” Mr. Emanuel sent letters to TD Bank (TD), which provides a $60 million credit line to Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and to Bank of America (BAC), which provides a $25 million line to Sturm, Ruger & Company (RGR), asking the C.E.O.s to push the companies to “find common ground with the vast majority of Americans who support a military weapons and ammunition ban.

The writer, Paul Barrett, points out that back in the 1990′s, the gun grabbers were hoping to use the Tobacco litigation as a model to sue the gun industry out of existence. Barack Obama was an enthusiastic proponent of this strategy. Unfortunately for them, and fortunately for freedom, these lawsuits were non-starters because (1) judges were unwilling to hold manufacturers of a legal product responsible for its misuse by criminals and wackos and (2) this litigious mischief inspired the NRA and other 2nd amendment right proponents to pass laws shielding gun manufacturers from liability. So

The relevant lesson from the 1990s’ municipal gun litigation is that by attacking the firearm industry as a whole—and looking away from the criminals who pull triggers—politicians provided the NRA and the gun industry with a cause to rally their loyalists. Rather than split the industry away from the gun lobby, as they aimed to do, the proponents of the litigation bound the two closer together. Indeed, one major company that tried to settle the litigation through compromise, Smith & Wesson, was punished furiously by consumer boycotts and nearly driven out of business. S&W’s troubles did nothing to reduce the prevalence of firearms in private hands. Its struggles became a boon to Smith & Wesson’s main competitor, Glock, which saw its sales increase. (I discuss this episode in detail in my book, Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun.)

Today, if investor activism has some marginal effect on the stock price of the two publicly traded U.S. gun manufacturers, Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger, that will come only as good news for Glock, Beretta, and other privately held rivals. Yes, Cerberus says it’s going to back out of its Freedom Group roll up—a planned initial public offering that didn’t come about for reasons having nothing to do with Newtown. But when the constituent parts of that ungainly conglomerate are sold off, it’s far from obvious that the break-up will hurt sales of Bushmaster rifles. In the short run, the Bushmaster and similar weapons are selling out at retail stores across the country.

Keep it up, loudmouth leftists. The more you pop off, the more energized we become.

There They Go Again: Left Using Bogus “Studies” to Scare Soccer Mommies

Isn’t it amazing how whenever something really horrible happens, liberals ride to the rescue, with these really terrific plans, guaranteed to solve the problem? Sure, their “solutions” never work, and in fact, when applied to most human problems, they make things worse. At least, though, they are always ready. Also always wrong, and never in doubt. When trouble strikes, the Left is there to throw society a life preserver. Unfortunately, they are actually throwing us an anchor.

The well-practiced apparatchiks of the Church of the Left know that their schemes don’t solve problems, and they know that if people find out what they want to do, there will be very few takers. They realize that for them to have any chance of selling us their life preservers, we have to be like shipwreck victims, frantically splashing and gasping for air in freezing ocean water, not like cautious consumers, comfortably standing in the marina, calmly deciding which inflatable safety device we want to buy. Truth, transparency and appeals to logic are poor salesmanship for the Left. Obfuscation, outright deceit and appeals to fear are their keys to success. That’s what Rahm Emanuel meant when he made that infamous, and oft repeated, “never let a crisis go to waste” comment. We often forget the second part of that statement; that is, “what I mean by that is it’s an opportunity to do things you couldn’t do before.” The Tiny Dancer was surprisingly honest, and his honesty should terrify freedom-loving Americans. He’s advocating that cynical political operatives, a subject that he knows first-hand, exploit fear to foist schemes on the public that we wouldn’t accept if we were evaluating their plans logically, rather than desperately grasping for any “solution,” no matter how obviously ridiculous it would seem if we were thinking straight.

So here came Newtown, and predictably, the democrats gleefully whipped out the proposed gun banning legislation that had been sitting in a drawer, waiting for a moment like this one, and with it, all the scientific evidence that proves that they are absolutely correct, and that their policies must be enacted immediately.

You know that liberals are all about science, right? That’s something they often use to mock their mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging opponents otherwise known as Christians. I direct your attention to the Dow Breast Implant case, and the East Anglia climate change e-mail scandal, and say if there’s any better evidence of liberals commitment to science, I’d like to see it. When it comes to guns, they’ve got mountains of that science stuff, proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that, despite what you may believe, Bitter Clinger, guns do not make law-abiding citizens safer. In fact, these studies absolutely demonstrate that if you have a gun in your home, you are “22 times more likely” or “43 times more likely,” or whichever one of the collection of manufactured, bogus statistics they choose to recite that day, to kill a loved one, or to be killed by someone living in your house. As recently, as last month, America’s “newspaper of record” the Liberal Death Star, aka the New York Times, recited these same discredited statistics.

These statistics are phony. They are lies, and the people who manufactured them know it. They don’t care about truth. They care about their agenda.

I can hear you saying “Duh. Tell me something I don’t already know.” You’re correct. It’s not news that liberals are very adept at lying, and using junk science to get what they want, whether it’s trial lawyers trying to shake down businesses with the help of single-digit IQ juries, or sleazy political operatives seeking to control their fellow citizens with bad policies. What is interesting and worth examining here, as they have resuscitated Sen. Diane Feinstein’s gun grab gambit, is why they are so intent on making sure that they scare the heck out of anyone even considering getting a firearm for home defense. Telling women that if they bring a gun into their homes they are asking to be shot, or worse, to have their children shot or even killed, will do that job nicely.

Their use of these dishonest “studies” reminds me of a piece of family lore about a relative who moved from the farm to the big city in the early 20th century. We all enjoyed laughing about her running, screaming in terror, from a frightening mass of moving metal, that seemed to be chasing her down the street. It was a street car, something that she had never seen before, and which was therefore unfamiliar and terrifying. That’s how the Left wants you to view guns, as something very very scary, dangerous and definitely not something that belongs in your nice home.

The more people who know how to use, and who may even own, a gun, the fewer the freedom-hating Left will be able to dupe into buying into this lie.

You know that their “scientific evidence” is as real as Barack Obama’s skeet shooting hobby. Remember, though, you aren’t the target of these lies. The average mommy is, the woman who has never fired a gun, and who hears about firearms only in the context of tragedies like Newtown. The Lame Stream Media makes sure to suppress the thousands of stories of armed citizens protecting themselves, their children, their homes and other innocent people, as John Lott has repeatedly shown. If she can be made to believe that a gun is as dangerous as a bag of anthrax, chances are that she will not only not want anything to do with it herself. She will want it banned so that her children will be protected from this scary, terrible thing. If, on the other hand, a gun is just another common household implement, something that can cause injury if misused, but a very useful object when used for good rather than evil, than the thought of banning it makes about as much sense as banning kitchen knives, a notion that even wacky liberals wouldn’t consider. Oh wait

Guns make women and their children safer. The Left wants to make sure that we don’t realize it.

The Chicago Way: Laws Are for the Little People

We have chronicled the lawlessness of the Obama administration frequently on this blog, and on the Teri O’Brien Show (for example, here, and here, in an episode entiled “The Reeking Stench of the Chicago Way”). For more on the undisguised contempt that Obama and his band of merry Marxists have for the rule of law , take a look at today’s “Post of the Day,” a must-read from Quin Hillyer at The American Spectator, entitled “Does Obama Doom America?”

Another truth I have told you repeatedly is that Barack Obama’s master plan is what I like to call the “Cook County-ization of America.” That’s his vision of a “remade” U.S.A., a place which resembles a pyramid. At the top are the glitterati like Barack, Michelle, Valerie and their peeps living large, endlessly partying with their celebrity pals, jetting all over the planet with their huge entourages in tow on the taxpayers’ dime, clad in outfits that cost more than you earn in six months. They are not inhibited by annoying laws, regulations or any other obstacle to doing anything and everything they want when they want. Those things are applied only to those at the bottom of the pyramid, the serfs, whose job is to submit, pay and keep their mouths shut in the process.

Here is a very current example of how it’s all supposed to work, starring the mayor of Chicago, the Tiny Dancer himself, one Rahm Emanuel. From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at a Monday news conference, didn’t like questions about whether his press office had recorded reporters’ conversations without first seeking their consent.

That’s a big no-no under the Illinois Eavesdropping Act, one of the toughest two-party consent laws in the country.

One woman, Annabel Melongo, spent 20 months in Cook County Jail before a judge finally freed her.

Right, but this Annabel Melongo person is one of the little people. Not an important public official who cares about “the children.” More from the article, by liberal LSM journo Carol Marin:

Emanuel, at his press conferences, hates it when reporters have the temerity to go off-message on him. His Monday appearance had been called to talk about physical fitness, veterans and the park district. When the wayward press corps turns to a different topic, the mayor’s default reprimand is to invoke “the children,” a subject that Emanuel believes he, and only he, really cares about. Unlike heartless news people.

“I have really big issues,” said the mayor, rebuking WMAQ-Channel 5 reporter Phil Rogers for continuing to press the issue of surreptitious tape recording. “The health of these kids, that’s my No. 1 issue . . . I don’t remember it in my 100-day plan or my four-year plan, a policy to make sure that you, journalists, that we have a record on that.”

Or, as Shakespeare put in “Antony and Cleopatra,” “Give me my robe, put on my crown; I have immortal longings.”

It is time for the smarmy, sanctimonious, I’m-the-only-guy-who-cares-about-the-children routine to end. …

The city Law Department, in an email, said, “These incidents were mistakes that were acknowledged and addressed.”

They were not “acknowledged” by the mayor who used the word “if” when saying, “If the staff has made a mistake in one or two instances, then we’ll address the mistake.”

And “addressed”?

How exactly has this matter been addressed?

We still don’t know in any substantial detail.

So no, this isn’t much ado about nothing.

And don’t expect it to be addressed, Carol. As the saying goes, elections have consequences, and of course, that’s also part of the plan. Get as many people as possible in some way beholden to the democrats, and ensure their re-election until the end of time. Illinois is bankrupt, and productive people and jobs are fleeing at a rate of one every 10 minutes, and the voters just re-elected the people responsible. That’s not an accident. That’s the plan, and it’s the same one Barack Obama has for the whole country.