Saturday, December 28, 2019

Journey through the land of eloquent silence; East Germany revisited by Joseph Wechsberg

Tim Stanley's Suggestions for 2020 Reading

The liberal media’s sordid history of Russia-Ukraine fake news

The liberal media’s sordid history of Russia-Ukraine fake news

Gabriel X. Michael's Chicago 2019

Some great photo's of Chicago's West Side.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

The Present is a Bully

A line to save....

Monday, December 16, 2019

Tweet from The Hill (@thehill): Pelosi on Omitting Bribery

The Hill (@thehill) tweeted at 9:50 PM on Thu, Dec 12, 2019:
Question: "You yourself accused [Trump] of bribery. Why did you decide not to make bribery one of the articles of impeachment."

Speaker Pelosi: "This was a decision that was recommended by working together with our committee chairs, our attorneys and the rest."

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Monday, December 09, 2019

Rick Atkinson Introduces the World War II Histories of Cornelius Ryan

Atkinson on a Library of America anthology of Cornelius Ryan's books.   My Dad had The Longest Day and Last Battle.  They were probably the first books I had read about the War. Good Q and A with Atkinson on Academic v Popular Historians.  Worth your hour to watch.

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

Durham Needs to Bring Indictments

Durham Needs to Bring Indictments: The alternative to a purely domestic intelligence operation targeting a major political party's candidate for the presidency (and later, president) was to manufacture a foreign counterintelligence (FCI) 'threat' that could then be 'imported' back into

Monday, November 18, 2019

CBS News on Elimination

See how long they keep this tweet going.....

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Iran: General James Jones meets Mrs. Rajavi

A press release on a curious visit.

General James Jones meets Mrs. Rajavi, visits Ashraf 3
On Sunday, November 17, 2019, General James Jones, the first National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and the former Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, visited Ashraf-3, in Albania, home to the members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), and met and held talks with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Mr. Fatmir Mediu, President of Albania’s Republican Party and former Defense Minister, accompanied General Jones in his visit to Ashraf-3.
During his visit to Ashraf-3, General Jones also toured the museum of 120 Years of Struggle for Freedom in Iran and spoke to a number of PMOI members. Addressing the members of the PMOI, he said, “My sincere congratulations for everything you have done here in such a short period of time…  But as I look out at this audience, I have a feeling I am looking at the future of Iran. A free Iran, an Iran that will soon be enjoying the benefit of democracy and freedom under the leadership of Mrs. Rajavi and all of the assembled organizations that make up the NCRI today. This is the future that we are looking at. And this future will come, I hope, very, very quickly…. [The people of Iran] deserve a new government. And the seeds of that freedom are right here, the future is right here…. We will try to do everything we can to bring about the downfall of this regime in the shortest time possible so that we can enjoy the sunshine of freedom, democracy and hope for a better life for all of the people of Iran.”
Welcoming General Jones, Mrs. Rajavi referred to the Iranian people’s three-day nationwide uprising, underscoring that the ground is shaking under the mullahs’ feet. The Iranian people and youth are resisting the mullahs’ suppression., she said, adding that the regime is mistaken to think that it can stop the uprising through killings and arrests. The Iranian people and Resistance have pledged to overthrow this regime and establish peace, democracy and people’s sovereignty in Iran. Under such circumstances, the international community, especially the United States, must support the rightful demands of the Iranian people to overthrow this regime and establish freedom and democracy in Iran.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
November 17, 2019

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Attorney General William Barr spoke at the Federalist Society’s national lawyers convention in Washington, DC.

About an hour and it will be time well spent.
Attorney General William Barr spoke at the Federalist Society’s national lawyers convention in Washington, DC. He discussed the history and intent of the Constitution and that Congress does not have absolute oversight over the Executive Branch. The attorney general also said that the left is “waging a scorched earth, no holds barred resistance” and that they are “undermining the rule of law.”

Friday, November 15, 2019

Let’s Hear It for the Deep State

It's real and worthy per Robert Kuttner....

Let’s Hear It for the Deep State: Today on TAP: Between Donald Trump and tyranny stand … civil servants

Thursday, November 14, 2019

John Chase's NON-IMPEACHMENT TWEET (re Mike Madigan)

I add an impeachment twist though. @FBIChicago wouldn't be doing this without Trump and Bill Barr. We went eight years under Holder and Lynch without much look at Chicago and Illinois politics. Now the dam's burst and it's Trump breaking it lose.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Democrats' Star Witness Admitted Burisma Should Be Investigated

Democrats' Star Witness Admitted Burisma Should Be Investigated: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent made the case for launching an investigation into the Bidens and their involvement in Ukraine.

Damon Linker: The Democratic coalition is too big

It is too big.  Linker's right and he's been right about much lately.  Read: The Democratic coalition is too big

Peter Beinhart: Democrats Are Hypocrites for Condemning Trump Over Syria

Good column by Beinart on Democrats incoherence on War.
The trauma of America’s post-9/11 wars, and the reduction in America’s resources, are pushing Democrats toward policies of retrenchment that can only be coherently defended in the language of realism, a language few Democrats speak. And because they don’t speak it, the Democratic candidates for president had better hope that no enterprising moderator asks them about Afghanistan and Syria at the same time.

The Great War: Its End and Effects, Lecture by Prof Hew Strachan

A recent lecture by Strachan on the impact of WW1. He notes the ten, fifty, and hundred year observances and how recollections and understanding changed.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Ciaramella Backgrounder

Excellant thread on Ciaramella.

Alex Vindman Is Living Proof That The Deep State Exists, And Is Corrupt

Alex Vindman Is Living Proof That The Deep State Exists, And Is Corrupt: Democrats and the Deep State have elevated more policy disagreements to what amounts to an attempted coup. Just listen to Alex Vindman.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Margot Cleveland on Svetlana Lokhova

Saturday, November 09, 2019

Books on Berlin for the Scientist in my life

Stuff she should read for Christmas.... ...she'll know what I mean.

@BritishArmy Pause. Reflect. Remember

Ives criticizes Rep. Casten’s attempts 'to nullify an election result he didn’t like'

Ives criticizes Rep. Casten’s attempts 'to nullify an election result he didn’t like': Republican Congressional candidate Jeanne Ives is blasting U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove) for the way he has joined his Democratic colleagues in moving forward with impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump.

Transcript Shows Vindman, Schiff Repeatedly Obstructed Questions About Classified Leaks

Transcript Shows Vindman, Schiff Repeatedly Obstructed Questions About Classified Leaks: The transcript of the deposition of Lt. Alexander Vindman shows how desperate Adam Schiff and his staff are to prevent witnesses from answering questions.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Trump, Putin, Alaska's Lend Lease Memorial and Victory Day 2020 Celebration

Part of the former Societ Unions celebration of Victory in Europe day includes an "Immortals Parade" where participants carry a picture of a Veteran who fought in WW2. My suggestion to President Trump would be to carry a photo of one of the Americans who helped build the Al Can highway to supply the Soviet Union with lend lease materials during the War. Russians have not forgotten. Witness the video I tweeted below in response to The Hill's tweet.

Putin's invite to Trump to Observe Victory Day 2020

Thursday, November 07, 2019

Erielle Davidson: Requiring The Bidens To Testify Would Show If America Was For Sale

Requiring The Bidens To Testify Would Show If America Was For Sale: If impeaching President Donald Trump is truly about arriving at the truth, then Democrats should have no problem including the Bidens in the proceedings.

If the Veep wasn't aware of his son's doings it almost speaks worse of him than the corruption of it all.  He'd have been a fool.

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

How Germany Successfully Renovated Old Socialist Apartment Blocks Into Modern Looking Buildings – Slavorum

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Sunday, November 03, 2019

Larry Karaszewski on COME AND SEE

I wouldn't call Come and See a War Film. What happened in Belarus during the WW2 on a far different scale of barbarism. You need to brace yourself before watching this film and it will leave you unsettled for some time.

Would a Hillary Clinton Administration be investigating Illinois's Corruption?

My tweet back to @SenatorDurbin suggestion No.

Operation Board Games 2.0

I'm losing track of all the players raided, investigated, or indicted the past few months.  So here's a post to start accumulating names and links to background on them.  Calling this Operation Board Games 2.0 because it feels like a resumption by FBI and DOJ of the first Operation Board Games that gave us Rod Blagojevich's conviction and imprisonment.
Just a list of names in no particular order.  Just a story I expect to grow and a place for me to collect threads.  

Suggestions of links and not just names of players appreciated.  Just let me know in the comments.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Lightfoot plan a win for suburbs at Chicago taxpayers' expense, candidate Ives says

Lightfoot plan a win for suburbs at Chicago taxpayers' expense, candidate Ives says: Congressional candidate Jeanne Ives (R-Wheaton) is warning Chicago bureaucrats that the city's loss can be DuPage County’s gain.

Dershowitz: Impeachers Searching for New Crimes

Impeachers Searching for New Crimes: The search for the perfect impeachable offense against President Trump is reminiscent of overzealous prosecutors who target the defendant first and then search for the crime with which to charge him. Or to paraphrase the former head of the Soviet secret

Biden's New Super PAC Is Run By A Foreign Government Agent

Biden's New Super PAC Is Run By A Foreign Government Agent: A new Super PAC supporting Joe Biden is run by a lobbyist who is a registered foreign agent for the government of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan pops up as a destination for Dems everyonce in a while:

What is David Plouffe doing in Azerbaijan?

and Illinois's Mike Madigan: Go east, young man! Mike Madigan goes exploring in Azerbaijan

Friday, October 25, 2019

All The Collusion Clues Are Beginning To Point Back To John Brennan

All The Collusion Clues Are Beginning To Point Back To John Brennan: The evidence suggests John Brennan’s CIA and the intelligence community did much more than merely pass on details to the FBI.

Ives not surprised that Exelon, ComEd, Madigan are key figures in federal corruption probe

Ives not surprised that Exelon, ComEd, Madigan are key figures in federal corruption probe: Jeanne Ives is not surprised to hear that Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) may be at the heart of a widening public corruption probe centered on Commonwealth Edison's lobbying practices.

Techno Fog on Flynn and David Ignatius

Get the feeling these guys watched too many Bourne Identity films?
more here.....

It's Not Surprising Voters Don't Think Trump's Rhetoric Is Disqualifying

via Mark Hemingway at FDR:

It's Not Surprising Voters Don't Think Trump's Rhetoric Is Disqualifying: I'm utterly mystified by those who insist on another national struggle session over the president's rhetoric, such as calling Never Trumpers 'human scum.'

Judge Overseeing Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Just Dropped A Bombshell

via Margot Cleveland at FDR:

Judge Overseeing Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Just Dropped A Bombshell: The sentencing memorandum reveals for the first time concrete evidence that the FBI created multiple summaries of Michael Flynn’s questioning.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The Washington Blob Rejects Change On American Interventionism

The Washington Blob Rejects Change On American Interventionism: Where is the cohort of new voices in our politics or media who are skeptical of the intelligence community or the assessments of the American military?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Paul Pelosi Jr's hook into the Ukraine

WSJ Editorial: Adam Schiff’s ‘Grand Jury’

The Wall Street Journal today on Schiff's Grand Jury

A grand jury? As Mr. Schiff knows, a grand jury is a criminal proceeding. Impeachment is a political process in which the House defines the meaning of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Mr. Schiff wants it both ways: Run his secret hearings like a criminal grand jury, but then impeach Mr. Trump of political offenses even if the President committed no crime. 
And he wants to keep it all secret so Mr. Trump and his “legal minions”—i.e., his lawyers and the House minority—don’t have access to the evidence he will use against the President. Oh, and he says contrary evidence will be fabricated—an accusation of a crime in advance but with no evidence. With his every statement and action, Mr. Schiff is making Mr. Trump’s case that this impeachment is a rigged game.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Nibras Kazimi on North Syria and Trump

A good thread from a guy who has been watching and predicting just this.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Jonathon Turley: Casual or Cowardly? Pelosi Takes Dangerous Road To Impeachment Below is my column on the curious footi

Turley notes Speaker Pelosi and the House dodging votes on both War and Impeachment.  Congress's abdication the story of this time:

Members of Congress have long been defined by two contradictory attributes of the constitutional power of voting and the consistent effort to avoid using it. Voting means being accountable, and politicians are not big on personal accountability. That is why members have effectively removed the requirement for a legislative declaration of war from the Constitution. Instead, in all except a handful of wars, Congress has used open-ended resolutions to start wars in places such as Afghanistan and Iraq, preserving later denials of responsibility while supporting popular wars.

Michiganders Boo Elissa Slotkin over Trump Impeachment

IG Stonewalled Congress On Backdated Whistleblower Rule Changes

Federalist's Sean Davis...

IG Stonewalled Congress On Backdated Whistleblower Rule Changes: The ICIG admitted he made secret changes to whistleblower rules in September but refused to tell Congress why those changes were backdated to August.
The embattled ICIG also admitted on Friday that the anti-Trump complainant lied on his whistleblower complaint form by concealing the complainant’s previous secret interactions with House Democratic staff prior to submitting the complaint. Atkinson never even bothered investigating potential coordination between the complainant, whom DOJ said showed evidence of partisan political bias, and House Democrats prior to the filing of the anti-Trump complaint.

Hey Congress: Take Back Your War Powers, Or Shut Up About Syria

Read my old posts and you'll see I've been a hawk on Syria, but I've always wanted it down under a new AUMF that rallies the American People around it.  That window's closed and Trump's right.  Congress just hypocritical. David Harsanyi explains it.

Hey Congress: Take Back Your War Powers, Or Shut Up About Syria: If you don’t want Donald Trump making unilateral decisions about war and peace, stop letting any president make unilateral decisions about war and peace.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Taliban threatens Panjshir province | FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban threatens Panjshir province | FDD's Long War Journal: While the common narrative among US military and diplomatic officials is that the Taliban is taking control of districts to boost its negotiating position in so

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Casten Outed as Climate Hypocrite

Casten Outed as Climate Hypocrite

This morning, Jeanne Ives, a Republican candidate for Congress (IL-6), issued the following statement  in response to a article exposing Casten's investments in a biomass company: 
"The political left would have us believe that Sean Casten is the Sheldon Cooper of climate science. In reality, he is the Elizabeth Holmes." said Ives. "Positioned as a prolific climate scientist by his party - and himself -  Casten is making money off a wood-burning biomass company, Greenleaf Power LLC." 
And recall:  Some climate change panel members are literally invested in the issue

Ives' campaign machine picks up where it left off

Ives' campaign machine picks up where it left off: Just days after making her announcement to run against U.S. Rep. Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove) in the 6th Congressional District, Jeanne Ives is already basking in the glow of being a known commodity.

Monday, June 24, 2019

City Journal: The Red Decade, Redux Journalist Eugene Lyons’s chronicle of the 1930s Left remains startlingly relevant toda

File this under Books to Read:
It may be that the best book that will ever be written about today’s progressive mind-set was published in 1941. That in The Red Decade author Eugene Lyons was, in fact, describing the Communist-dominated American Left of the Depression-wracked 1930s and 1940s makes his observations even more meaningful, for it is sobering to be confronted with how little has been gained by hard experience. The celebration of feelings over reason? The certainty of moral virtue? The disdain for tradition and the revising of history for ideological ends? The embrace of the latest definition of correct thought? Lyons was one of the most gifted reporters of his time, and among the bravest, and his story of the spell cast by Stalinist-tinged social-justice activism over that day’s purported best and brightest—literary titans, Hollywood celebrities, leading academics, religious leaders, media heavies—would be jaw-dropping if it weren’t so eerily familiar.
Via Harry Stein at the City Journal.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

William Baar Jr. Memorial Day 2019

William H. Baar Memorial Day 2019

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Nibras Kazimi on the demise of the old Foreign Policy Influence Industry

An interesting thread from Nibras on some turmoil to come. I suspect he's spot on here. Also available on Thread Reader here.

Saturday, March 30, 2019

#RussianHoax in Four Short Paragraphs

"Transnational Communism across the Americas"

Curious why Transnational instead of International but the papers to be published by University of Illinois Press.

AG Barr's letter to leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees

Cabin Fever and a Laptop

Not a bad way to spend a cold day in Sister Bay.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Jeffery Barrett: Without Elitist Racialism, There Is Little Racism

The link: We are living in a country where the racialist political elites and their media allies are fomenting the fear of racism in a society in which race distinction has never been of so little importance.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

“Mr Jones” – exclusive first-look footage

Monash: The Forgotten Anzac

Casten, Niebuhr, Nazis, and an Embassy in Jerusalem

My Congressman's been quoting Reinhold Niebuhr but had to delete the tweet when I asked if Trump moving our Embassy to Jerusalem also Nazi like of Trump. That tweet came down although I captured it below and instead there's this sanitized version. And the notice tweet's gone...

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Baar's 5 & 10 Grand Opening on 103rd Street

Advertisement for the Grand Opening of my Family's Dime Store on 103rd Street.  I'm guessing this was mid 1950s.  The ad is undated and I'd have to dig through papers to find the date it opened.  It replaced an earlier store on the same block my Grandfather opened in 1943.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Diary of a Sergeant, 1945

This is the Army training film featuring Sargent Harold Russell. Billy Wilder saw and it prompted him to cast Russell in the film "The Best Years of Our Lives".