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Abortion: Lies, Damn Lies, And Liberals

I have been saying for years that if you have a valid position or cause, but lie about it, you harm the cause. You give the opposition the ability to throw that lie in your face endlessly. You undermine the very issue you want to highlight. Abortion is one of the most...

What Is Blind Lemur Conservatives?

It began as a joke – something so obvious even a blind lemur could see it. The Democrats seem canine-centric (Blue Dog, Yellow Dog), so I figured we on the right could use a fun animal, and frankly, lemurs are all the rage! So I hear. Kinda. Anyway, after deciding that the leadership is so inept that a blind lemur could lead better, I decided to create this movement. And perhaps even spin it off into the real world. Stranger things have happened.
Crime Notes

Crime Notes

Couple of quick thoughts on some recent criminal cases, and their developments. AJ Freund For those unaware, last month, AJ Freund's parents reported him missing. He was said to have left in the night, no one knew how or why. That is a red flag statement. By claiming...

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Student Loan Forgiveness?

Student Loan Forgiveness?

VP candidate Elizabeth Warren is making a lot of noise about forgiving some student loans. Mostly for households earning less than $100,000 per year. Needless to say, this is very popular with a lot of people, mostly those with '__ Studies' degrees. From the right...

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The Smollett Case Keeps On Giving

When we last left the steaming mess that is the Smollett case, Chicago was suing to recoup $130,000 in overtime costs for the investigation, and every suburban chiefs of police organization had voted 'no confidence' in Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx. And I thought...

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Foundational Beliefs

Foundational Beliefs

What are the foundations of Blind Lemur Conservatives? What do we believe? BLC’s foundational beliefs are core to understanding our goals, and hopes.

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The Simulation Is Breaking Down

The problem with not doing this as a full-time thing (or with a collection of co-bloggers to pick up slack) is that sometimes reality is so far out of alignment that it takes too long to synthesize a post. By the time it's ready, some other nonsense has happened, and...

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And Now The Coverup

So the Cook County prosecutor is trying to back up their fabrication from yesterday - that Jussie Smollett didn't get special treatment. CBS Chicago has an internal memo requesting staffers find examples of cases handled similarly to Smollett. The reason for this is...

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No Collusion.

No Collusion.

Oh, Hillary, the irony is so rich. You and yours couldn’t accept the election, and refused to do so. As a result, we got nearly three years of an investigation of false claims your camp faked up to overthrow the President. And now, the report is out…no collusion of any kind, by anyone.

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What Is Wrong In Florida?

What Is Wrong In Florida?

I first wrote about this in 2016. In that article, I asked what the hell was wrong with the North Miami Police Department. Now, the jury in the trial of North Miami PD officer Jonathan Aledda has declared itself hung on the counts of attempted manslaughter for...

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Preckwinkle Stops Ads?

Preckwinkle Stops Ads?

Today marks day two of Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle not running ads. That is an odd choice, and her answers don't help any. Preckwinkle claims her team is "making strategic decisions". It seems that the strategy here is 'lose'. Ever since the...

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What Is Blind Lemur Conservatives?

It began as a joke – something so obvious even a blind lemur could see it. The Democrats seem canine-centric (Blue Dog, Yellow Dog), so I figured we on the right could use a fun animal, and frankly, lemurs are all the rage! So I hear. Kinda. Anyway, after deciding that the leadership is so inept that a blind lemur could lead better, I decided to create this movement. And perhaps even spin it off into the real world. Stranger things have happened.
Abortion: Lies, Damn Lies, And Liberals

Abortion: Lies, Damn Lies, And Liberals

I have been saying for years that if you have a valid position or cause, but lie about it, you harm the cause. You give the opposition the ability to throw that lie in your face endlessly. You undermine the very issue you want to highlight. Abortion is one of the most dishonestly discussed topics out there, and it’s back in the spotlight.

The new abortion law in Alabama is one of these things. It is about 1800 words long, a nicely compact piece of legislation. Have ANY of the people sounding off about it read it?

Nope. They haven’t bothered to educate themselves.

The law is available for anyone to read: http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/searchableinstruments/2019RS/bills/SB211.htm

What is DOES NOT DO is hold a woman legally liable for having an abortion. In fact, it addresses that specifically:

Section 5. No woman upon whom an abortion is performed or attempted to be performed shall be criminally or civilly liable. Furthermore, no physician confirming the serious health risk to the child’s mother shall be criminally or civilly liable for those actions.

http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/searchableinstruments/2019RS/bills/SB211.htm

Huh. Not just nothing mandating prosecution, but language specifically and explicitly blocking such charges. The law also specifically states that in the event of legal challenge, it is not in effect, and the previous laws apply.

Section 8. The construction of existing statutes and regulations that regulate or recognize abortion in Alabama that are in conflict with or antagonistic to this act shall be repealed as null and void and shall recognize the prohibition of abortion as provided in this act. If this act is challenged and enjoined pending a final judicial decision, the existing statutes and regulations that regulate or recognize abortion shall remain in effect during that time.

http://alisondb.legislature.state.al.us/alison/searchableinstruments/2019RS/bills/SB211.htm

It’s like the people claiming that women will be jailed for seeking an abortion, even out of state, will face felony charges have no interest in the truth.

Hint: they don’t.

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Bridge Update 03

Bridge Update 03

Less than two months remain for D Construction to complete the Cicero Ave. bridge over I57. Per the IDOT Current Road Construction Report, the completion date is still 6/30/19, and the southbound lanes are not finished. Given their glacial pace, it looks like the southbound lanes might make the deadline.

As we have covered previously, there is a new logistics park slated to be built just south of this bridge. Keeping it under construction for, based on the southbound debacle, another year, seems like a great way to sabotage the logistics development.

The same company, D Construction, has also been awarded the contract to redo the 167th street bridge over I57. That is contract number 60T43, detailed plans of which are found here. Interestingly, they are already behind. The CRCR lists project dates of 04/08/2019 to 10/18/2019. It’s a month in, and nothing has been done, except blocking the lanes off.

This makes for another project that looks to be vastly overdue.

And this is another roadblock to the logistics park. Since D Construction looks to be on the ‘one year per side’ plan, they will have succeeded in limiting traffic into and out of the park twice. This results in one point of expressway access, at I57 & Vollmer Road, about 5 miles south of the construction site. Those miles add up.

What will be done about it? This is Illinois, so nothing. This level of contempt for the people of the state is why we are hemorrhaging population. And now the Mandarins in Springfield want to increase gas taxes to $.44/gallon (more than doubling it), and make licenses and registration more expensive (double on licenses, by half for registration) to boot. Honestly, if you can leave this banana republic, now is the time.

Before they tax that too.

Student Loan Forgiveness?

Student Loan Forgiveness?

VP candidate Elizabeth Warren is making a lot of noise about forgiving some student loans. Mostly for households earning less than $100,000 per year.

Needless to say, this is very popular with a lot of people, mostly those with ‘__ Studies’ degrees. From the right comes rejection beyond the usual ‘a Democrat proposed it’. That is centered around the idea that many, many people took loans, and paid them, so why can’t everyone do the same. It is a decent enough argument, if you ignore the deep flaws. Some of the thinkers on the right see the flaw. Due to loans being extended to everyone who wants one, the cost of college bloated, benefiting the universities. That at the expense of the students. They propose that the colleges bear the burden of ensuring that they can justify their expense, and then cover the loans when the degree they confer is worthless.

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Candidates For The Circular Firing Squad

Candidates For The Circular Firing Squad

It is still April, and about 20 candidates have tossed themselves into the ring for the dubious honor of being the 2020 Democratic nominee. Dubious, since history shows that presidents who have Trump’s numbers at this point are reelected. Pretty much always.

Dubious is also appropriate because the increasingly totalitarian base of the Democratic Party is demanding purity over electability. And that never ends well – for anyone.

Despite the increasingly radical stance of the left (CNN is even breaking ranks over letting incarcerated felons vote), there are a lot of centrists in the field. Red meat for the grinder? Maybe. I think this is another example of the inner party not knowing their base anymore. The GOP has this same problem – but the GOP base isn’t as insane as the Democratic Party base.

The first hurdle for these 21 candidates is in June. In order to qualify for the first debate, they need to poll at 1% support in at minimum three approved official polls for either the national level or the first four primary states and they need to receive donations from at least 65,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state in at least 20 states. I can support that – it weeds out the likely also-rans fast, and lets the DNC focus on protecting Biden.

For the format, each of the candidates, as of April 26 is listed in alphabetical order, with a brief explainer of who they are, and my take on their chances in the second paragraph. Each photo is the same width, and the logos may be sized to not cover the photo. All photos and logos come from the Wikipedia 2020 Election page. About those logos – some interesting color choices in there. A lot of darker colors instead of the official DNC blue. That’s different. The fonts are mostly standard, nothing too wacky. Interesting is the candidates whose teams don’t include a designer who understands that SVG is the way to go. There are far more than I expected in 2019. It isn’t a political statement, but it does seem out of touch in the design realm.

So, to each of these poor saps, good luck. The fix is probably already in for Biden, so the rest of you are running for VP. Unless Clinton or Michelle Obama enters the race…then it becomes anyone’s guess who the DNC will pick.

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It is still April, and about 20 candidates have tossed themselves into the ring for the dubious honor of being the 2020 Democratic nominee. Dubious, since history shows that presidents who have Trump’s numbers at this point are reelected. Pretty much always.

Dubious is also appropriate because the increasingly totalitarian base of the Democratic Party is demanding purity over electability. And that never ends well – for anyone.

Despite the increasingly radical stance of the left (CNN is even breaking ranks over letting incarcerated felons vote), there are a lot of centrists in the field. Red meat for the grinder? Maybe. I think this is another example of the inner party not knowing their base anymore. The GOP has this same problem – but the GOP base isn’t as insane as the Democratic Party base.

The first hurdle for these 21 candidates is in June. In order to qualify for the first debate, they need to poll at 1% support in at minimum three approved official polls for either the national level or the first four primary states and they need to receive donations from at least 65,000 unique donors, with at least 200 unique donors per state in at least 20 states. I can support that – it weeds out the likely also-rans fast, and lets the DNC focus on protecting Biden.

For the format, each of the candidates, as of April 26 is listed in alphabetical order, with a brief explainer of who they are, and my take on their chances in the second paragraph. Each photo is the same width, and the logos may be sized to not cover the photo. All photos and logos come from the Wikipedia 2020 Election page. About those logos – some interesting color choices in there. A lot of darker colors instead of the official DNC blue. That’s different. The fonts are mostly standard, nothing too wacky. Interesting is the candidates whose teams don’t include a designer who understands that SVG is the way to go. There are far more than I expected in 2019. It isn’t a political statement, but it does seem out of touch in the design realm.

So, to each of these poor saps, good luck. The fix is probably already in for Biden, so the rest of you are running for VP. Unless Clinton or Michelle Obama enters the race…then it becomes anyone’s guess who the DNC will pick.

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The Smollett Case Keeps On Giving

When we last left the steaming mess that is the Smollett case, Chicago was suing to recoup $130,000 in overtime costs for the investigation, and every suburban chiefs of police organization had voted ‘no confidence’ in Cook County Prosecutor Kim Foxx.

And I thought the stupidity was over.

Nope!

Today we learned that the Osundairo brothers are suing Smollett’s legal team, including Mark ‘Unindicted Avenatti Co-Conspirator’ Geragos for defamation. In Federal court. Read the complaint here:

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Foundational Beliefs

Foundational Beliefs

It comes to mind that I have not explained the foundational beliefs of what I am calling Blind Lemur Conservatism. That needs to change. The ideas of what is or is not conservative have become, at best, muddied over the years. And that harms the movement, and aids the opposition.

We need to first define conservatism, in the sense I believe in. This isn’t going to be the conservatism of the Republicans or Libertarians, this is what I believe matters in the context of the modern world.

Conservative foundational beliefs include:

  • Absolute freedom of speech.
  • Small Government – the smaller the better. In almost all cases, the private sector can do things better than the government, and should do them.
  • Absolute freedom of religion – this must include freedom from religion as well, and total separation of religion and state.
  • No Governmental Interference – the government should stay out of my life unless or until compelled to by a specific set of actions.
  • Absolute freedom of association – this must include disassociation as well.
  • Individual Liberty – the citizen is the foundation of the state, and until or unless they interfere with the rights of others, the state should respect their right to do as they will.
  • The right to defend yourself as needed – this covers bearing arms, which is needed for a free society.
  • Absolute freedom to enter into civil unions with any number of consenting adults – the state should not be in the business of defining family.
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The Simulation Is Breaking Down

The problem with not doing this as a full-time thing (or with a collection of co-bloggers to pick up slack) is that sometimes reality is so far out of alignment that it takes too long to synthesize a post. By the time it’s ready, some other nonsense has happened, and it’s time to start over.

Look at the past few days….

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And Now The Coverup

So the Cook County prosecutor is trying to back up their fabrication from yesterday – that Jussie Smollett didn’t get special treatment.

CBS Chicago has an internal memo requesting staffers find examples of cases handled similarly to Smollett. The reason for this is that they spun a story where having the charges dropped, your files sealed, and everything put back to zero is somehow normal. It isn’t.

This is just another example of the fix being in for someone who has political connections. For reasons no one is totally sure of, Smollett had Michelle Obama’s former Chief of staff interfering with the investigation on his behalf. That interference led to Cook county prosecutor Kim Foxx recusing herself from the case, and the prosecutor’s office eventually dropping all charges in return for the forfeiture of a $10,000 Bond, and a whopping 16 hours of community service. Sources report that this community service was served into two hour chunks, at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push coalition, and consisted of signing autographs and talking to fans about being an actor.

Needless to say everybody else that has a case pending in Cook county wishes they had jussie Smollett’s connections, and could serve his kind of community service. The reality here is, Kim Fox has somehow managed to become a symbol of and unfair justice system, and the prevalence of influence peddling in Chicago in the course of a single day.

Hate Crime Hoaxes No Longer Illegal In Chicago

Hate Crime Hoaxes No Longer Illegal In Chicago

The Cook County State’s Attorney has dropped all charges, and sealed the records of Jussie Smollett. He, in return, completed, allegedly, 16 hours of community service and forfeited his $10,000 bond.

The fix is in, folks.

It is incredibly important to note that the prosecutors did not dispute the facts in the case, they just dropped the charges, expunged the record, and sealed it all away. This is beyond a miscarriage of justice. Smollett has never stopped lying about the attack, and we can only conclude that he would have continued to do so in a trial, potentially leading to a conviction for an innocent person.

What has yet come to light is Kim Foxx’s level of corruption involvement in this decision. Which, one suspects, is total. Foxx attempted to interfere in the case on behalf of Tina Tchen, former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama. Why Ms. Tchen was involved at all is anyone’s guess, of course. But then, in a move considered unusual and even inexplicable at the time, Foxx recused herself from the case. This was when it was still an actual hate crime against Smollett, as opposed to by Smollett.

Kim Foxx – Anti-Law?

Even worse, for Chicago, is that Foxx has now cemented her position as an anti-cop and anti-law ‘prosecutor’. For those who came in late, Cook County elected Kim Foxx as a direct result of the handling of the Laquan McDonald case. Which many cops viewed as a justified or justifiable shooting (my opinion is that it might have been, but he went way too far in the shooting). Foxx charged the officer, Jason Van Dyke, with 16 counts of aggravated battery, two counts of first degree murder (with four additional counts of first degree murder dropped pre-trial). Each round fired resulted in one battery charge. He was then charged under 6 different flavors of first degree murder. This is, correctly, considered overkill.

Now, she is on the record as doubting the CPD’s ability to investigate the Smollett case, and then tossing it out despite a Grand Jury finding, and the testimony of the actual attackers!

When the prosecutor’s office is so clearly antagonistic to the police, the police have a history (not just Chicago, this is fairly universal) of tossing their hands in the air, and just looking the other way.

The center cannot hold indeed.

No Collusion.

No Collusion.

Clinton irony

Oh, Hillary, the irony is so rich. You and yours couldn’t accept the election, and refused to do so. As a result, we got nearly three years of an investigation of false claims your camp faked up to overthrow the President. And now, the report is out…no collusion of any kind, by anyone.

Which is a shock to literally no one. No one except the members of the mainstream media, never-Trump 5th column, and every leftist on social media. So, no one who thought it all out.

Like I said about Jussie Smollett’s absurd claims, in order to have believed this, you needed to set aside reason and logic. Which the American left did, en masse, because they couldn’t accept losing. We try to teach kids to be gracious in victory and accepting in defeat. I guess it didn’t stick for these kids.

Like I said about Jussie Smollett’s absurd claims, in order to have believed this, you needed to set aside reason and logic. Which the American left did, en masse, because they couldn’t accept losing. We try to teach kids to be gracious in victory and accepting in defeat. I guess it didn’t stick for these kids.

Now, it is time to do two things:

  • Release the unredacted report. And then declassify everything related to the report. Show the sources, let everyone know what happened.
  • Then prosecute everyone who lied to Congress.

Why? The end goal of the entire investigation was nothing less than the overthrow of the lawfully elected President of the United States. You could construe that as treason.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

While no war was waged, the government has determined that the Russian government did seek to undermine the government, and the collusion narrative generated post-election by a Clinton campaign who could not accept their loss aided in that effort. I am not a lawyer, and my lawyer friends are all pretty far-left, so they would explain in detail how that isn’t treason. It seems to me that may be for the courts to decide.

Yes, that will be a mistake. Treason prosecutions would serve to make the brutal animosity we have been dealing with since the Clinton impeachment worse. It may, however, be worth the problems.

Until now, there has been literally no consequence for lying to Congress, misleading and deceiving (in conspiracy no less) the American people, or any other action on the list of liberal sins. That must end. When they collude and push lies in order to destroy people, there must be a reckoning. Now, there is a conspiracy, as evidenced in print and online, to overthrow the President. Mr President, you must act to ensure this never happens again.

America is not a place where journalists face actual risk. Despite their claims to the contrary, they are safe here. That safety must include the ability to criticize the government, and publish stories that the government might want left alone. And that must never change. What we have seen in the Meuller affair is neither of those. This was the pushing of a known-false narrative, willfully misleading their readers (possible class action suit there – defrauding their readers by propagating fake news?), and giving aid to an enemy in their attempts to destabilize the US.

Hold them accountable.

What Is Wrong In Florida?

What Is Wrong In Florida?

Charles Kinsey before being shot by officer Jonathan Aledda

I first wrote about this in 2016. In that article, I asked what the hell was wrong with the North Miami Police Department.

Now, the jury in the trial of North Miami PD officer Jonathan Aledda has declared itself hung on the counts of attempted manslaughter for shooting unarmed therapist Charles Kinsey.

Mr. Kinsey is the one laying down with his hands up.

Jonathan Aledda should be fired and retried.

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Chicago Police & Crime News

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    Took the media, specifically Channel 5, most of the day to catch up:NBC 5 has learned of a move by Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot to reverse decades of tradition by revamping the mayor’s Chicago Police bodyguard unit, adding representatives from federal agencies and other law enforcement agencies.At issue, the mayor-elect’s intention to build a new protective […]
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  • Serious Discussion Time May 19, 2019
    Is it time for a realistic look at arbitration? Before everyone gets all huffy about us even bringing it up, relax. The FOP has done a fine job so far holding the line on what will and won't be discussed. Everything we've heard leads us to believe they have not even acknowledged Rahm's efforts to […]
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  • Ten-Year-Old TVB's May 19, 2019
    If you can catch them that is:Omar Orozco couldn’t believe his eyes: three kids in two off-road vehicles going down the Dan Ryan Expressway at about 60 mph. Orozco was driving home to Lansing around midnight Friday night when he spotted the two vehicles in the southbound lanes near the Garfield exit.The vehicles appeared to […]
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  • Uptown: Charges filed in two recent shootings May 18, 2019
    Keyonta Alexander | CPD Charges have been filed in connection with two more of this year's shootings in the Uptown neighborhood, according to Chicago police. A two-month surge in shootings and “shots fired” incidents began with a double shooting in the 1000 block of West Argyle on March 19th. Police said two men were standing […]
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  • Attempted child luring reported in Lincoln Park May 16, 2019
    Google map of the area. A 13-year-old girl today reported that a man told her to come with him to have sex as she walked in the Lincoln Park neighborhood near St. Clement School. The girl said she was walking near the 600 block of West Deming when the man approached her a little after […]
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  • Four smacked with federal charges in North Side carjackings May 16, 2019
    Left to right: Jamaal Ashshaheed; Javion Bush; Jamar Jarvis and Raynell Lanford | CPD Four teenagers who faced state carjacking charges for taking an off-duty Chicago police officer’s vehicle in Edgewater last October have now been slapped with a federal indictment in the case. A federal grand jury charged 18-year-olds Jamar Jarvis and Javion Bush along with […]
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