In Mount Rushmore speech, Trump fights the culture war – AP via ChiTrib

Trump “dug deeper” into divisions.

MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, S.D. — At the foot of Mount Rushmore and on the eve of Independence Day, President Donald Trump dug deeper into America’s divisions by accusing protesters who have pushed for racial justice of engaging in a “merciless campaign to wipe out our history.”

AP to the barricades. (Chi Trib says welcome.)

Then “protesters who have pushed for racial justice.”  That fool, that rat. How dare he impugn the motives of such noble people?

Oh boy, where would we be with AP to fill the pages of newspapers throughout the fruited plain etc.?

The president, in remarks Friday night at the South Dakota landmark, offered a discordant tone to an electorate battered by a pandemic and seared by the recent high-profile killings of Black people.

He zeroed in on the desecration by some demonstrators of monuments and statues across the country that honor those who have benefited from slavery, including some past presidents.

“Discordant tone”! Yes. Nothing concordant in his talk, no hat-in-hand apology to iconoclasts. Instead, he disturbs the tranquility that surrounds us. Has he no shame?

Four months from Election Day, his comments amounted to a direct appeal to the political base, including many disaffected white votes, that carried him to the White House in 2016.

No!

The speech and fireworks at Mount Rushmore came against the backdrop of a pandemic that has killed over 125,000 Americans. The president flew across the nation to gather a big crowd of supporters, most of them maskless and all of them flouting public health guidelines that recommend not gathering in large groups.

A Democrat talking point, I ween! Yes. Heard it last night on CNN and MSNBC. It’s clearly something they are counting on. Keep the economy tamped down — damn those two consecutive booming job reports! — and maybe even make Dr. Fauci the running mate for Joe.

As for talking points, the S. Dakota governor put it nicely:

Republican Gov. Kristi Noem echoed Trump’s attacks against his opponents who “are trying to wipe away the lessons of history.”

“Make no mistake: This is being done deliberately to discredit America’s founding principles by discrediting the individuals who formed them,” she said.

Thanks for that, AP. You’re not bad people, you know, just misguided. You got your U.S. history from Howard Zinn, I bet.

via Chicago Tribune

Post-George Floyd arrests in Chicago weren’t outside agitators, despite claims – Chicago Sun-Times

Question: How many agitators are needed to direct a mob? And of course the juvenile, obligatory Trump crack. That’s what’s on the writer’s mind? Please. We know your ranks are almost all Democrats. Something here to distract from Chicago’s and Illinois’ woeful political leadership?

Few of those arrested in Chicago during the unrest that followed George Floyd’s death were from out of state, despite the Trump administration’s insistence that outside agitators were to blame for the looting and destruction that followed peaceful protests here and in other cities over police use of force.

That’s according to a Chicago Sun-Times examination of detailed data from the Chicago Police Department that showed 1 percent of the 2,511 people arrested for any reason within city limits during the height of the protests and unrest — a total of 40 people — were from out of state.

Of course, the “outside agitators” phrase was the first thing out of the mouth of Richard J. Daley in the ’60s. Well, “shoot to kill” was the first.

via Post-George Floyd arrests in Chicago weren’t outside agitators, despite claims – Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago DACA development: Southwest Side immigrant Jesus Alberto ‘Beto’ Lopez Gutierrez deported to Mexico while awaiting DACA decision

This story a pure weeper.

No context provided as regards immigration issues. Something entirely to make the reader sob or gnash his or her teeth, vote Democratic or do other unadvisable things. Come on, hard-working Sun-Times. This is not the best you can do.

via – Chicago Sun-Times

New cases abound, and all lives matter, but what if the numbers of inflicted were identified as to age cohort, etc., all the way down (or up) to the youngest or oldest . . .

My cohort, 80 to 89, would figure very highly, of course. Off the charts, I bet, but I’d still like to know how 88-year-olds are doing . . .  In fact, in rundowns like this, I’d like to see it in the headlines. Not to be self-centered about it, of course . . .  Yet and still . . .

via Latest coronavirus news: July 4, 2020 live blog – Chicago Sun-Times