Friday, October 26, 2018

The Decline and Fall of the American Republic - Actors and Political Power

The first actor activist to appear in a starring role in American history was John Wilkes Booth.  He was the Resistance after Little Mac lost 1864 election to the Donald Trump of 19th Century divided America.  The man was an activist and shot Lincoln, stabbed Major Henry Rathbone when he attempted to stop the assassination, leaped to the stage of the Ford Theatre and shouted " Sic Semper Tyrannis!"  Michael Moore could not have staged it better.

Actors were considered social pariahs generally in the mid-19th Century: drunks, sexual predators, lay-abouts and spongers.  With exceptions of the few matinee idols, like Edwin and his brother Jogn Wilkes Booth.  Actors were treated much like Mark Twain's rascals the King and the Duke in Huckleberry Finn ridden out of town on a rail after a judicious tar and feathering.

John Wilkes Booth adapted the Byronic attitude toward the southern states succession as an act of heroic Republicanism and labeled Lincoln as an ape man intent on destroying the white race. John Wilkes Booth was not alone in his contempt for Abraham Lincoln.

Lincoln got the Trump treatment from both sides of the Mason Dixon line and from Boys in Blue as well as Rebs in butternut grey. The Irish Democrats voted against Lincoln, because they wanted a swift end to the draft and hated the Emancipation Proclamation which put them in hard competition with American blacks.

The majority of the northern Irish-American community were loyal Democrats, supporting the party that had accepted them in the face of widespread discrimination during the 1850s. Short shrift was given to any former community leader, such as Thomas Francis Meagher, who advocated Lincoln’s re-election. Issues such as emancipation and the enforcement of the draft remained emotive for many in November of 1864, particularly in New York. Election day finally arrived on 8th November, with Abraham Lincoln sweeping to a second term in office. The majority of Irish-Americans in the north had voted for what proved to be the losing side, a fact not easily forgotten by many of their fellow citizens in the years that followed Lincoln’s assassination and the successful conclusion of the war.

All that subsequent Rum Romanism and Rebellion that still tweaks Democrats of Irish origin stayed with Paddy and Bridey for generations.  George M. Cohan notwithstanding.

The first Hollywood star to become a political power in American government was dancer/actor George Murphy and Irish American - who ran as a Republican.  Murphy became a United States Congressman and was fierce anti-Communist from California.  Another actor followed his lead into the Party of Lincoln, Ronald "Dutch" Reagan.  Jimmy Cagney and other left leaning Democrats crowded around FDR and Harry Truman.

Hollywood loved mixing it up with political power.  Frank Sinatra reached out to Sam "Mo-Mo" Giancanna for help in getting Jack Kennedy in the White House.

Our Republic, like the Roman Republic of Shakespeare's cycle-dramas which the Booth Brothers starred throughout the late 1850's to the Civil War, was a proud tradition of manly individualists, until it was beset by a string of patrician demogogues ( The Gracchi, Marius, Sulla, Cataline and Caesar) all intent on one man rule to maintain the oligarchy. They succeeded - the jury is still out on the American - and the Empire took over with actors playing their parts.
Performers were among the infamis, and couldn’t call themselves citizens of Rome or get any of the associated benefits, like the limited form of political representation others enjoyed. This meant that most comedians who acted were former slaves or people who didn’t have any citizenship to lose.

For the rare comedian who worked their way out of acting into writing, there was no promise of keeping that higher social status. In 46 B.C.E., Julius Caesar demanded that one of the great mime writers of the time, Decimus Laberius, perform in a sort of stand-up battle of mimes. Laberius would face off against a Syrian ex-slave called Pubilius. Laberius wasn’t overly eager to forfeit his rank, but how could he say no to Caesar? So Laberius appeared, dressed in the outfit of a Syrian slave to mock his competitor, and said “Citizens, we are losing our freedom,” as well as, “He who many fear must fear many.” While Laberius lost the competition, he was actually rewarded by Caesar so that he could buy back his citizenship.

Early 21st Century Americans have witnessed the power of celebrity and rise of the actor, clown, mime and player as political arbitrator and moral censor.  B-List thespians like Martin Sheen lectured the nation on the dangers of the Elector College after the 2016 Presidential Election hurt the feelings of Hollywood. President Obama gave the Presidential Medal of Freedom to friendly Hollywood Stars : Sidney Poitier, Robert DiNero, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Ciciley Tyson, Tom Hanks and Director Steven Spielberg. Roman Emperors made Senators of actors when the real rot took hold.

Today,  Mega-stars threaten Americans who support Trump even tepidly in the wake of  The Caravan, Kavanaugh and Comic Opera bomb deliveries of the 'taint' of Trump.

Rome went its way, because everyone sold out.  Actors helped make that purchase.


Monday, October 15, 2018

It Was My Pleasure, Ladies!!!!!! Think Nothing Of It! Oh, I see you have already.

This handwritten missive came through my transom this morning.  I must reply.

Dear Girls, Madams, Damsels, Sheilas, Skirts, Twists, Broads, Babes, Ladies, Trollops, Doxies, Shrills, Xanthipes and Harridans,

I was only too happy not to force myself upon any woman - 6 to to 60; blind, crippled or crazy.  It is the very least thing that I can do.

For Sixty-Six years, it has been my policy to regard women with awe, wonder and healthy dose of fear.

Girls, you ain't got nothing to worry from old Patrick Francis.  Unless, of course, I become a movie mogul, a Democratic Senator, GOP Spin Doctor, Fox News Blow-hard, or Left Wing Academic.
You gals send me!

Your Devoted Slave,

Pat Hickey

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

12 Hopefuls - One Mayor;Uglier Than Homemade Soup This election

Rahm Emanuel realized that the Jason Van Dyke Trial, assorted Expressway shut-downs, more revelations about the McDonald  Shooting Video shell game coming to light in the next two weeks and the cold fact of the matter that voting Chicagoans can't stand the sight of him, brought him to the conclusion that the Chicago News Media and Bahzillions of dollars are not enough to see him returned to the 5th Floor for a third term.

Rahm is out.

Twelve people want to be mayor.

Less than a handful of them are qualified, but that matters not in Chicago. 

The only thing that matters in Chicago, Cook County of Illinois is the question, " How long can the string-pullers and money pavers endure some Yutz in any office?"

The answer to that question bespeaks the long tenures of

Toni Preckwinkle

Dick Durbin

Pat Quinn

Bruce Rauner
Lisa Madigan

David Orr

Mike Quigley

Jan Schakowsky

Danny Davis

Bobby Rush

Dorothy Brown

These marginal people of marginal talents are the current pantheon of political lions.  I would not ask most of them to cut my lawn and my lawn is disgraceful.

Now, Chicago sits on the cusp of another opportunity to wade through media muck and take seat on that celestial shoreline with a qualified human being in charge of an important political office.

  • Paul Vallas  is a man of great talent and nice sensibilities who spent the last thirty years fixing other peoples problems in Pennsylvania, new jersey and Louisiana.

  • Garry McCarthy was Rahm Emanuel's 'out of town talent for police matters until he wasn't.  Is he a good cop?  Some cops say he was good boss.  Others, just a political hack.  I see that he a genuine talent for remaining relevant and is a smart and cagey interviewer.
  • Lori Lightfoot is . . . a darling of the media and should expect and demand their vassalage.
  • Dorothy Brown is a whisper from an indictment.
  • Willie Wilson is a self-made millionaire with the oratorical and rhetorical kills of Slip Mahoney.
The latest entry into the lists is Jeremiah Joyce, Jr.  I know Jerry and admire him. Mr. Joyce is smart without being a grafter; thoughtful without being a pest and caring without being Phil Ponce. Joyce should be mayor and would do a damn fine job as mayor.  However, like Daniel Patrick Moynihan, the only man who should have been President since Harry S. Truman, Jeremiah Joyce will be treated to Trump-like bile and vituperations from Chicago's Neil Steinberg, Laura Washington, Mark Brown, Ron "'68" Grossman, Eric Zorn, Mary Schmich and the always laughable Rex Hupke.
People will buy what they are selling.

If voters want change, they can vote for a competent Chicagoan.

The remaining months before the mayoral election will be uglier than home made soup.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Jeremiah Joyce Can Expect a Coverage Embargo from Rahm's Chicago Media Pets

The Hardest Working "newspaper" in America ( The Sun Times). . . doesn't.  It takes orders, from Illinois protected oligarchs, sanctioned hacks, SEIU bosses and Billy Dec.

The paper ( Tribune) once regarded as " McCormick's anti-union, anti-Catholic, anti- working man rag"  remains true to its former self with two notable exceptions: John Kass and Kristen McQueary.

WGN television and radio news is whoppie cushion serious.

WTTW - Winnetaka Talking to Wilmette is a government sponsored joke.

WBBM radio seems to take second hand news from the Sun Times.

WMAQ ?  Yeah, me too.  I don't know what they are thinking.

ABC?  Disney and Emanuel Industries.

There you have it. 

Now, about the Hateful Eight running against Rahm?   One is a neighborhood person.  Jeremiah Joyce, Junior. 

He is as smart as David Axelrod pretended Barack Obama to be and has the grades to prove it. Unlike Obama, Jerry Joyce is capable.

Capable?  That is something elected officials tend not to be.

Therefore, the person with a chance to push Rahm Emanuel to one of the coasts again, where he belongs, before he and his omnivorous pals steal everything, is Jeremiah Joyce.

Jerry Joyce, like Jeanne Ives who almost toppled our billionaire Governor Bruce, can expect no coverage of his campaign for Mayor from Chicago's stooge media.

Jerry Joyce should talk to Jeanne Ives about waking up those timid clowns.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

John McCain - RIP to a VIP

This photo says it all about the late Senator John McCain, but nothing about the young Naval Aviator who endured the Hanoi Hilton. 

John McCain is an American hero, who laid  his youth, blood and soul on the altar of sacrifice. Nothing can change, or even diminish that fact.

I thought John McCain was on the level, but that was back in 2007-2008, when he seemed to earnestly want to pull America out of the cactus of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as renew the American Spirit.   I was wrong.

John McCain wanted to be President, but he wanted to be fawned over by the corrupt American news media more. 

John McCain would rather be the THE MAVERICK, than President. 

He got that.  

John McCain was tortured horribly by the Communists.

America has been gulled by the Communists on Senator John McCain's watch. 

I lost any illusion about John McCain the elected official in September 2008, when the tanked economy and the Wall Street crisis compelled the laughably unprepared candidate to hand the election over to equally incurious Barack Obama. 

For eight years, McCain twisted like a pretzel for media attention and was rewarded with the election Donald Trump.

I honor Naval Aviator John McCain.

I am saddened by the fatuous, but wealthy late senior Senator from Arizona.

Both personalities will meet God.  

I wonder which one will pass muster. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Trump Really Has Me Upset? Not Really.

The Helsinki Stinky, President #45, Donald J. Trump has really  upset all and sundry. His remarks that say that he trusts Vlad the Bad more than Jim Clapper and Mullah Brennan have gotten the Old Maverick John McCain back in front of cable camera men and made Butch Maddow grind her gender specfic incisors.

Als de hemel valt, krijgen we allemaal een blauwe pet
(Translation: If the sky/heaven should fall, we will all be wearing blue caps


I am not a Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugggggge Trump Fan, for ever, BUT  doing just fine. Thanks so much. I mean it's not like Trump sold guns to a Drug Cartel, or deliver $I.4 Billion cash on air-lifted cargo pallets to Iran.

Update, post Helsinki:
  • My teeth did not fall out 
  • I Have not had the Miseries, the Twizzles, or the Vapors
  • My oatmeal went down without a problem 
  • I do not require fundoplication surgery . . . today
  • Tinea pedis is not a problem
  • My night terrors have turned into 25 Cartoons
  • Feel like having me some Clancy's Pub Pot Roast Rolls
  • I found a Double Sawbuck in my dryer
  • The Boss said I was doing swell work
  • The Dutch Club Borrel is August 16th
  • Chicago Special Olympics received a donation of $ 100,000
  • Lawman  is back on the Western Channel
  • David Muir is having no problem with cue cards
  • The Zebra Sisters has disappeared
  • McNally's and St. Cajetan's are doing great
  • Cardinal Cupich has one swell pallium
  • My car is almost ready to pass the Illinois Emissions Test!

Must be some serious, low-down, Trumpolicious bullshot dgoing down!

Oooooo Bing Cherries  $1.99 a pound at Mariano's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 07, 2018

Ignore Pfleger and His Stunts - Keep Civil. Keep the Peace and Pfleger Loses

The Dan Ryan March gambit is only one incendiary in fiery Pastor Pfleger's arsenal. It is not a a nuclear bomb.  It is a a sparkler meant to put out the eyes of fair-minded people.

Getting fair-minded people blinded is what Michael Pfleger is all about.

Once people are blinded to his motives (accumulation of power, money and media focus) they depend upon others to lead them about in the darkness.

Fair-minded people blinded by Pfleger's sparklers go silent to his most egregious deeds and words and say things like, " Well, Father Mike really cares and has done great things for his people."

Name two things?

Thought so.

This latest stunt is meant to force politicians to bully business and philanthropy to peel off a few more millions for projects with Pfleger's imprimatur - nothing more. Pflger might even toss Base a bone, because Cardinal Kilroy Was Here got behind Blond Jesus again.

Full disclosure, I know Michael Pfleger and you can have him.   He is a brilliant, calculating Munchhausen.  If you were as 'afflicted and assaulted' as much as Pfleger, you would be pretty secure. No is after him; never were.

I have known the pastor of the Faith Community of St. Sabina  since July 1996, when I went to work for Leo High School, just east of his fiefdom that includes the Great Auburn Gresham Community Development , senior residences, real estate holdings on 76th Street and other Michael Pfleger Industries.

Leo Principal and CEO Bob Foster sent me over to meet with Pfleger, my first week on the job.  We met in the St. Sabina rectory.  Pfleger told me that he was more a "prophet than a priest."  I could not supress a laugh and Michael Pfleger redened to purple - meeting over.

Foster agreed with me.  He is a dangerous guy.

While at Leo High School, I learned exactly who Michael Pfleger is and what he is all about - Michael Pfleger.  In my time at Leo High School, Pfleger

  • Co-opted the Chicago Sun Times ( Kathleen Falsani and Editors) into creating a controversy where none existed - the Southwest Catholic Conference, while Cardinal George was in Poland. 
  • Covertly worked with the Jesuits to establish an independent school on the site St. Killian's Parish to construct a Christo Rey knock-off unique to the African American community 
  • Pfleger and ABC Channel Seven created a story that 'Cardinal George wanted to make Michael Pfleger' President of Leo High School and Pfleger told NPR's Tavis Smiley and Cornel West that 'Leo could not survive' without him  
In case Pfleger denied any ill-will toward Leo.  Leo President Bob Foster is the only man alive who could make Pfleger blush and run out of the room in shame.  Foster did just that by directly confronting Pfleger with proof of his back-handed schemes and attempts to take over the school.  

Foster did not threaten.  He confronted Pfleger with evidence - a business prospectus that included Pfleger's salary demands and personal governance rubrics.   The document was given to Leo High School by a Roman Catholic nun working on the project.  

The second time was in a governance meeting at the Office of Catholic Schools, which Pfleger had absolutely no stake in concerning the future of Leo High School and had no business being at the meeting.  Members of Leo 's Advisory Board were present and Dr. Nick Wolsonovich, former Supt. of Catholic Schools received a lesson in how to handle an arrogant and shameless opportunist. 

Bob Foster noted Pfleger's past attempts to harm Leo High School and the activist jumped up and stormed out of the meeting. 

Pfleger's march on the Dan Ryan is not about guns, deaths of innocent people, or bringing people together.  The march is intended to get one white (Caucasian) person to do or say anything that might provoke violence. A full-blown race riot would be just the thing for Michael Pfleger Industries. 

Pfleger wants hate mail

Pfleger needs anger.

Pfleger wants no peace.

With peace, justice and love, Pfleger gets no checks from banks. big business and do-gooder 501(c) 3 foundations.

Michael Pfleger has never drawn an un-calculated breath in his life.  He will not change - there is no percentage in it.

Pfleger is not aiming his march at Rahm Emanuel. Were that the case, Phleger would shut down Navy Pier, or the Skyway that Daley sold off.

Pfleger wants angry white people to overreact.  

Give him your love and your back. 

Ignore the phony Pfleger.

Boycott, the media that pumps him up.

Ridicule the politicians, priests, bishops and poltroons to dance to his tunes.

Maybe some Pfleger-sparkler blind people may recover their sight and start working against real racism, bigotry and injustice. 

Have a lovely weekend!