Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Trump, Ideologues, and the GOP

I've been hearing for years now from Progressives that Tea Party Ideologues and Radicals had captured the GOP. They'd made compromise impossible. So now we've got a totally non-ideological guy leading the GOP Primary who prides himself a Dealer. A non-ideological guy who may well appeal to Sander's supporters...
During MSNBC’s Iowa caucus live coverage, the cable network accidentally aired an Iowa resident saying the so-called “f-word.” 
A young woman debating over Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said, “What I want to know, I get VA. I am VA. I am a vet. My mom’s a vet. How is he going to fix it? The VA is more screwed up than it has been in a while. The fact I haven’t gotten benefits in three months because the VA is so f–ked up really makes me concerned.”
Liberal ideas have worn themselves out and even Sander's supporters sour on Government Programs. A non ideological guy claiming a record of getting things done's going to appeal to a lot of people. A Conservative Ideologue might look pretty good to Progressives awfully soon.

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Blog: Bernie Sanders’s 1963 stay at a Stalinist kibbutz

Blog: Bernie Sanders’s 1963 stay at a Stalinist kibbutz

Sen Phil Rock: No body calls to say hello

I used to see him at Democratic Party fund raisers at the Mar Lac House. It was a different kind of Democratic Party then.

Marathon Pundit: (Photos) Abandoned homes in Chicago's violent Nort...

Marathon Pundit: (Photos) Abandoned homes in Chicago's violent Nort...: Last week I visited another of the Chicago neighborhoods that would be classified as overlooked were it not for its high crime rate--this ti...
MP visits Lawndale.  I've been mistake for a Real Estate investor during my trips around Chicago.  I asked a guy who mistook me for one where I should be investing if I were one.  He paused and then said, Englewood.



A friend of mine lives in Lawndale on Millard.  If Chicago ever got it's finances together and the crime down, it would be a valuable stretch of street.


Jeffrey Eisenach: The Progressive crackup

Eisenach has a good piece on Progressives's long running battle over bigness.
The debate then was over “bigness” — specifically the emergence of industrial giants known as “trusts” — and it was fresher and hence even more politically potent than today. As business historian Thomas McCraw put it, the big corporations that rose up out of the Industrial Revolution “seemed to be mutations, the consequence of some sinister tampering with the natural order of things … powerful new political forces which must be opposed in the name of American democracy.” For more than 50 years — from before the passage of the Interstate Commerce Act in 1887 until the culmination of the New Deal in the late 1930s — this debate occupied politicians at all levels and from both parties, and played a defining role in presidential politics. Who can forget the political cartoon depicting Teddy Roosevelt wielding his “big stick,” not at foreign adversaries but at American corporations — the oil and railroad trusts? The quest to reign in big business was the motivating principle and central purpose of the Progressive Movement.
Sanders sounded as though he jumped into the small bucket at that last debate rambling about braking up the Big Banks without telling us much on how. Chop the big Banks into how many small ones? Socialists once scoffed at such nonsense.
In one of the many historic excerpts from the forthcoming 100th anniversary issue of The Progressive magazine, Socialist Norman Thomas scoffs at Republican accusations that FDR is a "socialist." No socialist, Thomas explains, would stage a short-term government takeover of the banks, only to return them once they were solvent to the same Wall Street millionaires who broke them in the first place. - See more at: http://progressive.org/mag/rc031009.html#sthash.zUxXNSVI.dpuf

Spies Must Die. Snake in the Grass. Episode 1. Military Detective Story....

Spies Must Die. Snake in the Grass. Episode 1. Military Detective Story.... My stepson got me a chromcast and I've been watching Belarus TV series with it. The Military Detective series is kind of an NKVD meets CIS style of show. They're good.

The Chicagoist: The 16 Best Old Man Bars In Chicago

A fellow old man sent me this link. I know almost all of these places and have had a couple in many of them.

Hillary Celebrates Facebook Friends Day

Hillary Celebrates Facebook Friends Day

Hillary celebrates Friends Day with those who have contributed so much to her campaigns.

Posted by Reason Magazine on Friday, February 5, 2016
No way Democrats nominate her. She's way too rich a target for stuff like this.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Zika Virus in the Americas — Yet Another Arbovirus Threat — NEJM

If you want the low down on it.  Use bug spray my advice.



Zika Virus in the Americas — Yet Another Arbovirus Threat — NEJM: Perspective from The New England Journal of Medicine — Zika Virus in the Americas — Yet Another Arbovirus Threat




Sunday, January 24, 2016

With Another $3.5M Sale, Investors Double Down on South Shore Real Estate

From DNA Info...
With Another $3.5M Sale, Investors Double Down on South Shore Real Estate: A group of Florida-based investors has now invested $13 million in the South Shore rental market.... 
....out-of-state investors have now purchased approximately 65 percent of the properties sold in South Shore in the past year.
Get rid of the gangs and crime and South Shore would thrive. Some of the best views of Chicago can be had from the classic apartment buildings accross form Jackson Park along 67th street, while excellent transportation to the loop from Metra's (Illinois Central) trains on 71st. Someone sees the opportunities.

Profile: Bacha Khan, Pakistan's 'Frontier Gandhi'

Via RFE/RL... the man whom the University attacked by the Taliban recently in Peshawar was named after.

Haidar Sumeri posts an odd looking vehicle from the Caliphate.

An odd looking vehicle from the Caliphate.