Dems Oppose Bill Alerting ICE To Illegal Immigrants Trying To Buy Guns

H/T Bearing Arms.

DemocRats want to keep guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens but do not give a Damn if illegals get ahold of a gun.

I get that Democrats are fond of illegal immigrants. I get that. While I don’t like it, I can at least understand that they do.

But they also tend to hate guns. After all, hasn’t the last year been filled with rhetoric about how guns are a major problem and how we need “sensible gun control” immediately if we want to stop our streets from running red with blood?

It would stand to reason that Democrats would support anything that would try to keep guns out of the hands of people who aren’t supposed to buy them. More than that, though, you’d think they’d support measures that would notify the authorities if people who weren’t allowed to buy them tried to anyway.

Well, you’d be wrong.

Democrats this week approved legislation to require background checks for essentially all sales and transfers of firearms — but rejected GOP-led efforts to amend the legislation to alert law enforcement authorities when gun buyers, including illegal immigrants, fail those background checks.

Republicans in the House charged that H.R. 8, known as “The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019,” should have included Florida Rep. Greg Steube’s proposed amendment to require that law enforcement be notified “when an individual attempting to purchase a firearm fails a federal background check.” (H.R. 8 was numbered in honor of former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was shot in Arizona on Jan. 8, 2011 by a mentally ill gunman.)

“Clearly, the Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee don’t care about preventing gun violence, they simply are playing politics with Americans’ Second Amendment rights,” Steube, a Republican, said after the vote. “The fact that Democrats do not want law enforcement notified if an individual attempting to purchase a firearm fails a background check is truly troubling.”

He continued: “In rejecting this amendment, the Democrats have shown their true colors. It is clear they are not interested in preventing gun violence or stopping the illegal purchase of firearms, but rather they are only interested in limiting the rights of law-abiding citizens to advance their own political agenda.”

Steube’s statement is, of course, correct.

If guns are truly a problem, Democrats wouldn’t oppose notifying ICE when an illegal immigrant tried to purchase one illegally. Instead, they want to continue allowing illegal immigrants to blow off American laws with no repercussions.

Basically, their desire to pander to those who support illegal immigrants is more important to them than gun control.

However, it’s also important to note that Steube’s amendment appears to not differentiate between illegals trying to buy guns and convicted felons attempting to do the same thing. It basically said that law enforcement should be called when someone who shouldn’t be trying to buy guns does it anyway.

If it was really about keeping guns out of the wrong hands, this amendment should have been a slam dunk.

The fact that it wasn’t tells you all you need to know about how much House Democrats care about preventing gun violence. At the end of the day, they don’t want to alienate their voter base, which they apparently think consists of illegal immigrants and convicted felons but not law-abiding gun owners.

Let that sink in for a little while.

 

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A spearhead of massacres

H/T

Beyond The Band Of Brothers.

A look at Nazi atrocities at the Bulge.

The route of atrocities at the Bulge.

World War II buffs have likely heard of the Malmedy Massacre committed by SS soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge. The phrase, however, refers not to a single incident, but a whole string of atrocities.

The massacres were committed by soldiers of Kampfgruppe (fighting group) Peiper, a unit forming part of the 1st SS Panzer Division “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler,” an elite division originally founded as Hitler’s personal bodyguard. As indicated by the group’s name, it was led by SS colonel Joachim Peiper, a veteran of the Russian front.

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Joachim Peiper

During preparations for the German surprise attack in the Ardennes, Hitler ordered commanders to terrify the enemy by conducting the battle with cruelty typical of the Eastern Front but previously unpracticed in the west. Kampfgruppe Peiper was acting as one of the spearheads of the German advance, their ultimate goal to divide Allied lines by breaking through them and capturing Antwerp. The unit quickly learned that the mountainous backroads assigned to them were barely capable of supporting their heavier vehicles such as Tiger II tanks and that several important bridges were out, some blown up by the Germans themselves during their retreat earlier that year. Quickly falling behind schedule due to tenacious defense by Allied soldiers, massive traffic jams behind the frontline and precariously low fuel supplies, the soldiers were getting ever more frustrated.

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Peiper examining road signs between Malmedy and St. Vith during the Battle of the Bulge

In addition to frustration and Hitler’s orders, there was also a rational if inhumane logic behind the massacres committed by the Kampfgruppe: during most of the battle, they had no time or facilities to secure POWs and any civilians observing their movements could have informed Allied troops later.

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War correspondent looking at the body of a murdered child in Stavelot, with more victims in the background

Whatever their motivations, the massacres began in the early morning of December 17, 1944, with the 1st SS Panzer Division already 16 hours behind schedule. Peiper’s unit deviated from its planned course to capture a small fuel depot in Büllingen, where they executed 59 captured soldiers and a civilian.

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A Tiger II of Kampfgruppe Peiper rolling past a column of American POWs during the battle

Between noon and 1 p.m. the same day, the group came upon an American convoy of about 30 vehicles, mainly transporting members of the 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion, at the Baugnez crossroads two miles from the city of Malmedy. German tank fire quickly immobilized the first and last vehicles, trapping the rest on the road and prompting the passengers’ surrender.

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The site of the massacre at the crossroads

Peiper’s tank column moved on, leaving behind some soldiers to guard the approximately 120 American POWs. The captives were herded into a field, where SS men cut them down with machine guns. Some were able to run away and hide at a nearby café, but the Germans set fire to the building and shot anyone coming out. Eighty-six POWs were murdered, but another 43 managed to run into the forest and eventually made contact with other U.S. units. By late evening, news of Germans massacring captives started circulating among forward American divisions. At least one unit issued an order to kill SS soldiers and German paratroopers as reprisal instead of capturing them.

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Identification of the victims at the Baugnez crossroads

Of Kampfgruppe Peiper’s further massacres, the ones occurring at and around the town of Stavelot stand out with the murder of around a hundred civilians and eight POWs in total. On one particular occasion, some 20 civilians, mainly women and children, were hiding in the cellar of a building that was later chosen by Allied troops as a defensive point. After the Allies were defeated, the Germans tossed two grenades down the cellar door. The explosion only wounded a single person but the screams of panic alerted the soldiers. They herded the civilians up and out of the house, claiming that they must have been firing at them before. The victims, 23 in number, were lined up against a hedge and shot, with only a German-speaking woman and her daughters being spared.

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Post-war photo of the house where the civilians were hiding

Another massacre, smaller in scope and largely forgotten until the 21st century, was that of the Wereth 11. These eleven U.S. soldiers were African American men from the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion, a segregated unit highly regarded for the combat experience they gained since D-Day. On December 17, 1944, Battery C of the battalion was overrun by the Germans, with most defenders killed or taken captive. Eleven men, however, managed to get away and made it to the village of Wereth after six hours of marching in freezing rain. A friendly couple there offered them shelter and hot food. Wereth, however, had been part of Germany before World War I and some families were German sympathizers. An unknown local alerted nearby German forces of the presence of the African American soldiers and a patrol soon arrived to capture them. The men were forced to run to a nearby field with the Germans following them in a car and were not seen again until two months later.

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Three of the Wereth 11

When the bodies were found, they bore signs of torture. Some had their legs broken and skulls cracked by rifle butts. Others had fingers cut off or eyes gouged out. Still others had multiple stab wounds. Today, a memorial honors the sacrifice of these men, thanks in no small part to the then-12-year-old son of the couple who sheltered them, who tracked down the victims’ names in the 1990s.

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Memorial to the Wereth 11 today

According to a U.S. Senate subcommittee report, 362 POWs and 111 civilians were murdered by the SS in the series of killings, though other sources claim more victims, possibly 500-750 POWs alone. No Nazi was ever executed for their role in the massacres of Kampfgruppe Peiper. After the war, 43 men were sentenced to death, 22 to life imprisonment and 8 others to lesser sentences. The death sentences, however, were commuted to lesser ones after it came to light that several confessions were extracted under torture. Moreover, the Cold War was already underway, and it became politically desirable to not alienate West Germany with a mass execution of former Nazi soldiers.

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Soldiers milling about outside the building where the Malmedy Massacre trials were held, waiting for the sentencing

You can learn more about the darker aspects of warfare which showed the worst in men on our Battle of the Bulge Tour and other tours to Western Europe that visit this area.

 

Obama’s Border Patrol Chief Says Trump Isn’t Making Up Border Emergency

H/T Flag And Cross.

Even Obama’s former Border Patrol Chief says we have a border crisis.

The harder the DemocRats fight President Trump on this border issue the deeper the hole they are digging for themselves in 2020.

The more the Democrats fights securing the border, the larger the price they will pay in 2020.

[This piece originally appeared at LidBlog.com and has been reprinted with permission from the author.]

Former Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan: Democrats’ battle against the border wall is driven by identity politics. President Trump declaration of a national emergency to build a border barrier is necessary according to Obama’s Border Patrol chief Mark Morgan.

The more the Democrats fights securing the border, the larger the price they will pay in 2020.

[This piece originally appeared at LidBlog.com and has been reprinted with permission from the author.]

 

Per the Daily Caller:

Former President Barack Obama’s Border Patrol chief blamed the disagreement surrounding the border wall on identity politics, during a Friday night interview with Brian Kilmeade on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Mark Morgan was on Carlson’s show to discuss President Donald Trump’s decision to declare a state of emergency in order to reallocate funds toward constructing a wall along the southern border. Trump received $1.375 billion from the bill that he signed, and intends to dedicate an around $6.5 billion more from other agencies.

“Mark Morgan is the former head of the border patrol. And he’s heard the rhetoric, but he knows the reality. Mark, is the president making up an emergency?” Kilmeade asked.

“Absolutely not,” Morgan responded. “Brian, this is part of the frustration for those of us from a law enforcement, border security perspective. How many more statistics do we have to provide? How many more factually based examples do we have to provide? How many more angel families have to stand in front of some of these individuals before they finally say, ‘Yeah, okay, this is real.’ It’s just incredulous.”

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When @realDonaldTrump wanted his wall in December, he threw a temper tantrum and shut the government down, hurting 800,000 federal workers.

Now that the President is still not getting his wall, he thinks his temper tantrum should be a national emergency.

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In an interview with CNN former border patrol chief Mark Morgan said that President Trump had no choice but to declare a national emergency to get funding for the border wall because “Congress failed.”

The Democrats think they know so much more and are much better informed than those who are actually on the ground every day at the Southern border.

This is not the first time Mark Morgan explained that a border barrier was necessary. In a mid-January interview he stated:

“Before I was the chief of border patrol I was with the FBI,” Morgan explained. “And I actually supervised MS-13 gang force in southern California. We used to catch them on surveillance wires, and they would laugh, MS-13 gang members would laugh [at] how easy it was to go back between Mexico and the U.S. border.”

(…) The other day when they had the national press conference, and they [border patrol agents] got up, and they said the wall works, they’re right,” said Morgan. “And it’s not based on a personal political ideology. That’s based on historical data and facts that can be proven.”

This isn’t only about identity politics. It’s also about stupid, stubborn, defiant Democrats who have chosen to disregard their duty to represent the people in favor of petty party politics

 

 

The Marine The Viet Cong Couldn’t Break He Was Last Seen On a Jungle Trail in November 1967

H/T War History OnLine.

R.I.P. Colonel Donald Gilbert Cook August 9, 1934 – December 8, 1967.

Colonel Cook led by example as a P.O.W.

Of all the bad things that could happen to an American soldier during the Vietnam War, becoming a prisoner of war in the hands of the Viet Cong was likely one of the worst. Both Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) prison camps in the jungles of Vietnam were notoriously horrendous places, in which the general goal of the captors was to physically and psychologically break their captives down.

The means used toward this malevolent end were numerous: depriving captives of food, sleep, and water; exposing them to the elements, making them perform grueling physical labor, and, of course, torturing them. One man who the Viet Cong couldn’t break, despite everything they threw at him in their prison camp over three long years, was US Marine Colonel Donald Cook

Donald Cook was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1934. The man he was to become was foreshadowed in his childhood, in which he excelled at all manner of sports, particularly football. Not simply a “jock,” though, he also did well academically.

Donald Cook

In 1956 he enrolled in the Marine Corps as a private but was quickly earmarked as officer material. After being sent to Marine Corps Officer Candidates School, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1957.

After this, he studied and became fluent in Chinese, and attended the Army Intelligence School, where he graduated at the top of his class. After this he transferred to Hawaii, where he was attached to the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing as Officer-in-Charge of the Interrogator-Translator Team.

Photo by Mfwills CC BY-SA 3.0

There he extensively researched Korean War veterans’ experiences as prisoners of war, which he used to construct as realistic a framework as possible of communist interrogation techniques. He then used what he had learned and constructed to train Marines in preparation for possible capture and interrogation at the hands of the enemy.

The tragic irony of this, of course, was that in a few short years he himself would become a prisoner at the hand of communist soldiers in Asia and be subjected to many of the exact types of interrogation and torture techniques he wrote about in Hawaii – and some that would be far worse.

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In December 1964 he was reassigned to Communications Company, Headquarters Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, and shortly thereafter was transferred to Saigon, Vietnam to serve as an advisor to the Republic of Vietnam Marine Division. Not content with doing a desk job in the midst of war, Cook volunteered to lead a search and rescue party of Vietnamese Marines to locate and possibly save any survivors of an American helicopter that had been shot down.

When Cook and the Vietnamese Marines reached the wreckage of the helicopter in the jungle, they were ambushed by a vastly numerically superior Viet Cong force. While engaged in a fighting retreat, Cook was wounded in the leg and taken captive.

Guerrilla forces from North Vietnam’s Vietcong movement cross a river in 1966 during the Vietnam War

He was incarcerated at a Viet Cong prison camp in the jungle near the Cambodian border. In the camp were a number of other American prisoners of war, many of whom were in bad shape.

Cook, having faith in his own ability to endure whatever the Viet Cong could throw at him and wanting to make life easier for his fellow Americans, told his captors that he was the most senior American there, even though he was not. He knew full well that taking on this status would result in far harsher treatment for himself.

Sure enough, his Viet Cong captors immediately singled him out for “special” treatment. As part of their communist ethos, they were determined to be particularly harsh to those who came from the upper classes – like officers. Cook was subjected to solitary confinement in a bamboo cage, and was denied food, given only the barest minimum of rations to keep him alive.

Exterior view of the prisoner of war camp

Despite this, Cook was determined to resist all attempts by his captors to break him. He would run on the spot in his cage and do various calisthenics exercises to keep himself occupied and to maintain his strength.

When he was made to do grueling physical labor, he would do his utmost to outstrip the guards and not only match whatever work they were doing, but surpass them, even in his weakened state. Even when he contracted malaria and could hardly walk, he refused to let any other prisoner help him with his load.

American POWs held there during the Vietnam War

Eventually, due to increased malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies, he started to lose his night vision and became steadily weaker. Even so, he still helped out other prisoners when he could, taking their work loads when they were sick, and using his medical knowledge to treat other prisoners who were afflicted with malaria.

He even gave up his own allowance of penicillin – vital for survival in the jungle, with its myriad diseases and means to develop infections – in order to help other sick prisoners, even though he continued to suffer from illness himself.

With his steadfast commitment to help other prisoners and always put others’ needs before his own, he managed to gain the respect of his captors. The camp commander would even compliment Cook on his grit and courage. Despite offers to negotiate his release, he refused to cooperate with his captors and divulge any information to them, and he encouraged his fellow American prisoners to be just as steadfast in their resistance.

Statue of Col. Cook on the campus of St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont Photo by Mfwills CC BY-SA 3.0

Three years in such conditions, however, ground Cook down to a mere shell of a man. As weak as he was physically, though, he never once gave in to his captors’ demands for information. To the very end he kept on taking on other prisoners’ work and giving them his own food and penicillin rations.

He was last seen on a jungle trail in November 1967 by a fellow American prisoner, Douglas Ramsey, who was released in 1973. According to the Vietnamese government, Cook died of malaria on December 8, 1967, but his body was never repatriated, and the location of his remains is unknown.

Due to his sterling behavior in the prison camp, and continually serving as an example of what a Marine Corps officer should be even in the face of torture and deprivation, Donald Cook was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1980.

 

American Jews Thank Trump in Full Page New York Times Ad

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Thank you, President Trump, for all of your hard work.

Praise for Trump efforts to combat Anti-Semitism, criticism for Dem support for anti-Israel causes

American Jewish leaders took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times on Thursday to thank President Donald Trump for his efforts to combat anti-Semitism across the globe and criticize Democrats for their open embrace of causes advocating the destruction of Israel.

The advertisement, signed by more than 50 leading American Jewish voices, comes on the heels of Trump appointing Elan Carr as the new State Department Special Envoy to Combat Anti-Semitism, a post that has become increasingly important in recent years as anti-Semitism and violence against Jews flourishes across the globe, particularly in Europe.

“Thank you, President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for the appointment of Mr. Elan Carr as Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism,” states the ad, which was purchased by the Republican Jewish Coalition.

“Anti-Semitism must be confronted and defeated,” the advertisement declares. It also contains a direct quote from Trump in which he declares, “The scourge of anti-Semitism cannot be ignored, cannot be tolerated, and it cannot be allowed to continue.”

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“We wish to congratulate and to thank President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and the entire Trump administration for the recent appointment of Mr. Elan S. Carr to the position of State Department Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism. Anti-Semitism ranks among the oldest, most destructive forms of bigotry,” the advertisement says.

“It is a scourge that has plagued mankind. From the Nazi regime’s genocide of six million Jews to the October 27, 2018 Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that claimed the lives of eleven Shabbat worshipers, anti-Semitism is responsible for a multitude of history’s most heinous atrocities,” it continues.

“As United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has observed, anti-Semitism ‘is on the rise in all parts of the world,'” the ad states. “Hatred of the Jewish people can be heard in the voices of those who call for boycotting, divesting from, and sanctioning the world’s only Jewish state.”

The leaders also criticize the Iranian regime for its anti-Semitic comments and calls out a new class of freshman Democrats who have advocated in favor of Israel boycotts.

“While the Iranian Majlis has long demonized Israel, anti-Semitic voices can now be heard in the halls of the British Parliament and even the U.S. Congress,” the ad states. “We thank President Trump for his courageous, clear eyed leadership in engaging in the fight to defeat anti-Semitism. We stand shoulder to shoulder with President Trump in saying, ‘Never Again,’ and we pledge our full commitment to helping his administration, including Special Envoy Carr, in the days, weeks, and months to come.”

Tokyo Mose & the Ear Medal – The Irreverent Antidote to Tokyo Rose

H/T War History OnLine.

I learned something new.

Iva Toguri, a Japanese woman born in the US, became well-known during World War II as “Tokyo Rose,” one of the hosts of The Zero Hour, a Japanese propaganda radio show directed at US armed forces. What is less well-known is that after the American occupation of Japan a new radio show was started featuring “Tokyo Mose,” an American broadcaster who became as well known to post-war listeners as Tokyo Rose had been during the war.

The Japanese propaganda show Zero Hour that was broadcast on Radio Tokyo (NHK) became popular with US servicemen mainly because of a short segment hosted by a female host with a distinctive, gravelly voice. Tokyo Rose dispensed propaganda messages including appeals to US troops to surrender, but she was also a DJ who played American music.

JOAK microphone & Tokyo Rose, National Museum of American History

When US forces began their occupation of Tokyo in August 1945, they found themselves in possession of the broadcasting facilities of Radio Tokyo and, crucially, of a stock of over ten thousand recordings of popular American music. It was decided that a new show should be created and broadcast for the benefit of US troops.

The search for a suitable presenter quickly discovered twenty-six year old Sergeant Walter Kaner, attached to the Special Services Section of the 97th Infantry Division in Europe.

Before his military service Kaner had been a journalist working for the Long Island Pressand the Queens Gazette as well as a radio presenter for WWRL. Now he was instructed to move to Tokyo in order to produce a radio show which would be broadcast from 2:00-3:00 PM each day.

 

Toguri in December 1944 at Radio Tokyo

Kaner modeled the show on commercial radio in the US and included many announcements for his sponsors, the US Army, covering topics such as avoiding venereal disease and investing in war bonds. Kaner had access to the stock of musical recordings used by Tokyo Rose but he also added something that the Japanese broadcasters had never quite been able to master: humor.

Kaner claimed to sponsor such groups as the “Society for the Prevention of Disparaging Remarks about First Sergeants” (on the basis that, if GIs were nice to their First Sergeants, topkicks might decide be nice back to them), the “Betty Grable Bureau,” and the “Who’s Having Babies in Hollywood Department.”

Kaner’s show, which rapidly became known as Tokyo Mose, also sponsored such novel awards as the “Ear Medal” for troops who listened regularly to the show and the “Egg in Beer Medal” for those who had never had it so good as they did in the Army in Japan.

Iva Toguri D’Aquino, mug shot taken at Sugamo Prison on March 7, 1946

The rather silly theme song of the show, nonsense words which sounded vaguely Japanese (“Moshi-moshi, ano-ne, ano-ne, ano-he, ah, so deska”) sung by a group of Japanese elevator girls to the tune of “London Bridge is Falling Down,” became the unofficial anthem of US occupation forces and hugely popular with Japanese civilians including schoolchildren. The elevator girls, named the “Ah So Rotten Chorus,” became an integral and popular part of the show.

Soon, Kaner was receiving large numbers of letters each day from US servicemen, requesting tunes and offering suggestions on how the show could be improved. The most popular requests were for the music of Glen Miller, Bing Crosby, Tommy Dorsey, and Duke Ellington, and Kaner was happy to oblige.

Iva Toguri D’Aquino, mug shot taken at Sugamo Prison on March 7, 1946

However, although the music was important, it was Kaner’s madcap and often irreverent humor that made the show popular, not just with US troops but also with Japanese listeners. For example, he regularly asked listeners to sympathize with the unfortunate plight of “officers forced to share the horrors of being billeted in the Imperial Hotel” and he poked fun at the unpopular points system for discharge, beginning each show with “I think that I shall never see a guy who has less points than me!”

By late 1946, it was estimated that the show had half a million regular listeners and Kaner was receiving 600 letters each week. Some officers were so impressed with the morale-boosting effects of the show that they avoided KP, drill, and fatigue details while it was being broadcast.

Toguri being interviewed by the press in September 1945

US and Royal Navy warships docked in Tokyo and Yokohama regularly broadcast the show via loud speakers. In 1946 the US Army Civilian Information and Education Section reported that 15% of all Japanese civilians who owned radios regularly listened to the show.

When Kaner was finally discharged and returned to continue his broadcasting career in the US, another person was delegated to take over the role of Tokyo Mose, but the show never quite attained the popularity it had under its original star. However, even many, many years later, the sound of “Moshi-moshi, ano-ne, ano-ne, ano-he, ah, so deska” could still transport veterans back to the days following the end of WWII in Japan.

Chicago ‘Wins’ Most Corrupt City in America Award

H/T Godfather Politics.

No surprise is this award for Chicago.

Paul Harvey once said Chicago is the corruption of the Kickapoo Indian word that meant big stink.

That describes the city of Chicago a big stink.

The Democrat-controlled City of Chicago has won the dubious distinction of being the most corrupt city in America.

The Windy City is “windy” mostly because of the high winds coming off the lake that buffet the town. But it is also famous for the wind coming out of the.. (rears)… of the city’s politicians. And now that political wind has helped earn the city the status of most corrupt city in the nation.

The “award” comes from the University of Illinois at Chicago, according to CBS Channel 2.

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Along with Chicago, Los Angeles topped the list of the most public corruption convictions in America, based on the number of federal corruption convictions between 1976 and 2017. Chicago had 1,731 convictions during that time period, while the Central District of California had 1,534. The Manhattan area had 1,327 and Miami had 1,165, according to the report. Washington, D.C. had 1,159.

Chicago has a constantly growing list of politicians going from the halls of government, to the court room, to jail.

Drawing information from the Department of Justice, the report shows 25 public figures were convicted of charges tied to corruption in 2017 in the City of Chicago and the northern third of Illinois. 2017 was the most recent year for which the DOJ data was available, the report says.

More than 30 Chicago City Council members have been tied to corruption cases since the 1970’s, with Ald. Edward Burke (14th) becoming the latest Chicago politician to make headlines after being charged with one count of attempted extortion on Thursday, Jan. 3 for allegedly trying to use his power on the City Council to solicit business for his private law firm.

The latest is long-time Alderman Ed Burke who is under indictment for influence peddling and abuse of his office.

But the Burke case appears ready to roll out across the city council because news has emerged that the feds have several other aldermen on tape breaking the law, too.

The deep blue state of Illinois is almost as bad as its biggest city.

Statewide, Illinois ranked–on a per capita basis–as the third most corrupt state in America. In 2017, the state had 34 convictions for public corruption.

But, don’t be fooled by that mere third-place finish:

California, Florida, New York and Texas all had more public convictions than Illinois, but those states have much larger populations, so they ranked lower on a per capita basis.

In fact, that corruption is one of the reasons Illinois is only third. Because the liberal regimes in the state are driving the citizenry out of the state and into every other state by the tens of thousands.

Only three types of people still live in Illinois: the ultra-poor, the ultra-rich, and those middle-class folks who are financially stuck here due to their mortgages. Everyone else is either gone, or on the way out.