Rambo, Liberal Dems Hate Middle Class Independence: First You Must Kiss Their…Rings

I was in a Chicago suburb last week, heading into our radio station, WCGO (1590 on your radio dial. How’s that for a shameless plug?), when I heard on a competitor that Rahm Emanuel (“never let a serious crisis go to waste…”) had declared war on Airbnb.

If you don’t travel a lot, Airbnb is a web site which matches travelers with people who want to rent rooms in their houses–or their whole house.

It’s a lot like Uber in that it pairs willing buyers with willing sellers and facilitates the transactions.

As luck would have it, I was staying in an Airbnb rental in Evanston because I had a sackful of a certain high-priced hotel with two trees in the logo in a nearby suburb and have no problem staying with a willing host for one third the price.

Rambo doesn’t like the idea of anybody making some money without his taxes and regulations in the middle. Or, to quote Ronald Wilson Reagan:

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

He said that at a White House conference on, get this, small business, almost 30 years ago.

Rambo and his ilk…read: Barack, Hillary and every other liberal member of the Democrat party who has ever pushed a government to the bring of bankruptcy…have no clue how regular people think because their American Express bills are paid by us, the taxpayers. WE are THEIR ATM.

But let some little guy try and make a few bucks with his or her hard-won real estate, and he wants more regulations and more money from them for the same reason a dog can lick his genitals…because he can.

While Rambo was doing this, he was also dealing with the fact that the Chicago Public School system is so broke that the State of Illinois—which is just as broke—is considering a hostile takeover, and the words “Chapter 9 bankruptcy” are being whispered in some quarters. He’s also busy dealing with the recently uncovered emails showing that it was his administration which played a large part in covering up the existence of a pretty damning video of a policeman murdering a teen in the street.

But, by God, he’s got time to go after some folks who want to make a little extra money renting out their properties to short-term visitors and taking the attendant risks involved in being in business.

It’s not enough that these folks pay real estate taxes.

It’s not enough that Airbnb clearly says on its own web site:

Guests who book Airbnb listings that are located in the State of Illinois will pay the following taxes as part of their reservation:

Illinois Hotel Operators Occupation Tax: 5.98-6.17% of the listing price including any cleaning fee for reservations 29 nights and shorter. For detailed information, visit tax.Illinois.gov.

Guests who book Airbnb listings that are located in Chicago, IL will pay the following taxes as part of their reservation:

Chicago Hotel Accommodation Tax: 4.5% of the listing price including any cleaning fee for reservations 29 nights and shorter. For detailed information, visitCityofChicago.org.

Other Taxes administered by the State of Illinois: 5.73% of the listing price including any cleaning fee for reservations 29 nights and shorter. For detailed information, visit tax.Illinois.gov.

No, you must first kiss Rambo’s ring or his butt, whichever you see first.

Why do you suppose that is?

Well, perhaps it would be wise for the United States Attorney in Chicago to ask about what might have motivated the city to invest $55-million of taxpayers’ resources in a new Marriott as part of the new DePaul University basketball arena complex. And how one of his top campaign donors, Kenneth Griffin, knew to have his hedge fund, Citadel Advisors, buy lots of Marriott stock in the year leading up to that decision.

It’s possible, of course, that is all purely a coincidence.

It’s also possible that winged pigs will be flying a shuttle between O’Hare airport and Reagan National in Washington. But not likely. Especially in view of the fact that a former top Citadel executive is now Chicago’s comptroller by Rambo’s grace.

No, this is clearly a shot over the bow of any competition for the hotel business in Chicago with which Rambo has a very cozy relationship.

It won’t work.

First of all, Richard J. Daley is no longer with us–and Rambo is no Richard J. Daley.

Secondly, trying to stop companies like Ebay, Uber, Airbnb and other market disrupters is the equivalent of trying to stop a locomotive by standing in front of it.

If those companies don’t run over him, the voters will.

Ask Donald Trump. Trump is where he is because the voters have had enough of the Rambos of the world.

Watch: White Pastor Stands Up In Front Of Black Lives Matter And Drops Everyone’s Jaws To The Floor

During a Black Lives Matter protest in Chicago this week, white pastor Daniel Hill said it is time white Americans repent of their sins.

“God, if I may be so bold as a white male to confess on behalf of my white brethren and sisters for the history we have brought to this moment — it’s a history of holding our people, our color, our kind as the epitome of most valuable. And of devaluing so many other people, of devaluing so many black lives … we show it in the ways that our systems play out every day in our country,” Hill prayed at a Monday night rally protesting the death of Laquan McDonald at the hands of a Chicago police officer who has since been charged with murder in the case.

“We repent of the violent acts done in the name of racism,” he said. “We repent of the apathy that has caused so many of us to sit on the sidelines and just watch in a bewildered state.”

“We confess to the ways that our white supremacy has affected our judicial system (and police system),” he said.

Hill repeated his position many times during the week.

“The overwhelming history of our country reveals a picture of white Christians standing on the wrong side of justice, and often serving as the ones to perpetuate injustice. So there is much to repent for,” he said.

On Tuesday, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin asked him whether his generalization was fair.

“Do you risk painting an entire race of people as racist?” she asked.

Hill said he was “much more concerned with systems and structures” than individuals’ actions.

Hill’s comments drew objections from the Internet.

Do not speak for me, sir. That is no different that calling all black people bad. That is not fair and it is not true. I do not lump all people of color, religion, whatever, together and blame them for anything. Every person must answer on his or her own, not as a collective. We are individuals and we have to be responsible for our own actions. If you feel you did someone wrong, then you apologize all you want. But leave me out of it,” wrote Overton Widow on TheBlaze.

“There certainly are atrocities from the past that are disingenuously and relentlessly put on display as events only whites as a group are incapable of not committing. Whites are not guilty of anything every other group isn’t guilty of yet it’s only whites expected to atone as a group for past sins,” wrote Eric Lovey on Mediaite.

h/t: YouTube

WATCH What Protesters Did When Fox News Reporter Tried To Cover Chicago Protests

As Chicago erupted in protests on Tuesday night, video shows that some protesters were heard screaming “f*ck Fox News” and harassing a reporter who was on the scene to cover the unrest.

The protests emerged across the city as officials finally released the year-old dashcam video of the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was killed in October of 2014. The teenager, who was walking away from police officer Jason Van Dyke, was shot 16 times. Several of those shots came after he was already down and practically motionless on the street.

Also on Tuesday, Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder.

Video of the marches shows that protesters were on the knife’s edge of turning violent. As thousands of marchers in several parts of Chicago surged into the streets, the city was practically shut down in many places.

While the protests were fairly peaceful, some marchers did throw water bottles and other items at police while they rushed police lines. In a few cases, marchers even tried to steal police bicycles.

The protesters also became quite hostile when they discovered that one of the members of the media worked for Fox News.

In the video you can hear dozens of voices chanting “F*ck Fox News” and some even yelling at Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin to “get the hell out of here!”

Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed for the most part in Chicago on Tuesday evening. There were some arrests, of course, but no major violence broke out in the streets of the Windy City.

According to The Washington Post, five were arrested and charged with weapons possession, resisting arrest, and other minor violations.

There are more protests planned for Wednesday evening, too, so there is still a chance that more troubles will occur, but thus far it is notable that for one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S. Chicago seems to have avoided the fate of violent protests seen this year in such cities as Ferguson, Missouri, New York City, and Philadelphia.

h/t: Gateway Pundit.

Watch: Megyn Kelly Interrupts Chicago Coverage When She Spots ‘Extraordinary Moment’ On Live Feed

Fox News host Megyn Kelly came to the defense of a Chicago police officer Tuesday night as live TV footage showed one black protester giving an officer a sustained glare of hate-filled defiance.

“I just want to jump in. I just want to jump in as we are seeing an extraordinary moment,” she said on Tuesday night’s show. “Look what’s happening here.”

 

One black protester, with dozens of fellow activists behind him, was confronting one member of a line of Chicago police officers. The police had been tasked with monitoring the protests in Chicago that followed the release of a video that showed a fellow officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

The protester stayed inches from the officer, never touching him except with his stare.

“Look at him,” Megyn said. “This is a cop out there accused of doing nothing wrong trying to keep the peace.”

“This cop hasn’t done anything wrong,” she added.

Black Lives Matter apologist Richard Fowler scoffed at Kelly, saying the protester was merely exercising his First Amendment rights.

“It’s not a question of what his Constitutional rights are, it’s a question of what’s appropriate,” she shot back.

Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said what Kelly was seeing on TV was something all police officers experience.

“Listen, you’re going to have guys like this. You know, they want to instigate. They want to make a name for themselves. They want to look good on camera,” he said.

During the show, Kelly asked Fowler why massive protests always accompany cases where white officers shoot black victims, but there are no protests over the black-on-black violence that claims lives routinely in Chicago.

Fowler insisted Kelly was comparing apples and oranges.

h/t: TheBlaze

WATCH The Just-Released Police Shooting Video That Has Chicago In Chaos

Chicago simmered Wednesday after Tuesday’s release of a graphic video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

On Tuesday, Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the October 2014 death of Laquan McDonald, 17. He was ordered held without bond over the Thanksgiving weekend.

(Warning: Graphic Content; Relevant footage begins at 4:33)

High tensions and high numbers filled Chicago streets in protest Tuesday night, but no major incidents were reported. Activists said protests would continue throughout the week, including plans for protests in downtown Chicago on Friday to disrupt Friday’s holiday shopping

“The officer in this case took a young man’s life, and he’s going to have to account for his actions,” said Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Tuesday. “People have a right to be angry, people have a right to protest. We knew this day was coming. We’ve been prepared for this day coming for quite some time.”

McDonald’s family had asked for calm, as did city officials.

“No one understands the anger more than us but if you choose to speak out, we urge you to be peaceful,” said a statement the family released Tuesday. “Don’t resort to violence in Laquan’s name, let his legacy be better than that.”

The video shows McDonald, armed with a knife, initially running, then walking away from officers responding to a call about cars being broken into. In the video, Van Dyke exits his vehicle. McDonald does not stop. Van Dyke opens fire. McDonald is hit and falls to the ground. Van Dyke keeps firing. Bullets keep hitting McDonald until Van Dyke stops to reload.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Van Dyke’s first shot was fired six seconds after he left his vehicle. She said Van Dyke fired for about 14 or 15 seconds, and that for 13 of those seconds, McDonald was on the ground.

Van Dyke joined the Chicago Police Department in 2001 and formerly served in its Targeted Response Unit, which responded to spikes in crime in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Van Dyke’s wife, Tiffany, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her husband’s bond.

“He is a highly decorated and respected officer,” Tiffany Van Dyke wrote. “He was in a shooting that has been covered extensively by the media and we ask for your patience for all the facts to come out in the trial. We want him to be home with his family as we go through this judicial process.”

The case against Van Dyke has been months in the making. Alvarez said she filed charges this week after the video released Tuesday was ruled to be a public document.

Chicago has already paid McDonald’s family $5 million in damages in response to the shooting.

h/t: Chicago Tribune