The Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Magazine named Chicago News Bench one of Chicago's best blogs in 2008. (It was called "Rogers Park Bench" at the time.)

"[Chicago News Bench] opines on Rogers Park and the 49th Ward in his fiery blog, His mix of cynicism and skepticism targets public figures such as Mayor Daley and Alderman Joe Moore." ~ The List: The best the Web has to offer Chicago, Chicago Magazine, Feb 2008

"Great example of hyperlocal news coverage" ~ Mark Josephson, CEO,

"The Bench is a terrific blog, covering issues from the national to the regional and very local (Rogers Park), and is a thumping good read." ~ Chicago Bungalow

October 22, 2020

Biden's Five Biggest LIES From The Last Debate 10/22/2020

A quick post here, just to highlight six of Joe Biden's biggest bald-faced lies
from the final presidential debate, which ended moments ago on Oct. 22, 2020.

1) Trump has not condemned white supremacists. FALSE: He has, in fact, numerous times.

October 5, 2020

Trump stood on a balcony. So did Mussolini. But so what?

I had to do this quick post in response to some Leftist insanity on Twitter right now. As you may be aware, Democrats and their "progressive" allies are bitterly disappointed that President Trump did not die from his brief bout of COVID-19. And it's making them crazier than usual.

The latest, today, comes from the Lefties in response to Pres. Trump having the nerve to stand on a White House balcony and (gasp!) salute the American people. 

In the sick, bizarro minds of those people, that make him evil. 

After four years of calling him "Orange Cheeto," they've taken a quick sideroad to, today, liken him to Benito Mussolini, the fascist dictator of Italy during WWII. 

Why Mussolini, you may ask? Simple. Some feeble-minded liberals found photos of Mussolini speaking from various balconies. 

So naturally, in their universe, this makes him just like Mussolini, a dictator, a strong man. Only a mentally ill person, or one with an IQ below 80, could believe that correlation. But I think I just described millions of Democrat voters. No?

In the past, I (and others) have responded to absurd comparisons of Trump to Hitler by mockingly pointing out that both Hitler and Biden ate food, therefore they're the same in mind and spirit.

That's ridiculous, of course, and it was meant to poke fun at the idiocy of the Left's thinking. 

But here we are today, with the Left actually making a comparison just as absurd and believing it in their hollow hearts. 

The difference between them comparing Trump to Mussolini because both have stood on balconies and my Hitler-food-Obama satire is simple: The Left actually believes this nonsense.

September 24, 2020

BOMBSHELL: New FBI Texts Detail Internal Furor Over Handling Of ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Investigation

Sean Davis and Mollie Hemingway, two fine investigative journalists, filed this amazing report that was published by The Federalist on September 24:

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents tasked by fired former Director James Comey to take down Donald Trump during and after the 2016 election

were so concerned about the agency’s potentially illegal behavior that they purchased liability insurance to protect themselves less than two weeks before Trump was inaugurated president, previously hidden FBI text messages show. The explosive new communications and internal FBI notes were disclosed in federal court filings today from Sidney Powell, the attorney who heads Michael Flynn’s legal defense team.

“[W]e all went and purchased professional liability insurance,” one agent texted on Jan. 10, 2017, the same day CNN leaked details that then-President-elect Trump had been briefed by Comey about the bogus Christopher Steele dossier. That briefing of Trump was used as a pretext to legitimize the debunked dossier, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Clinton campaign and compiled by a foreign intelligence officer who was working for a sanctioned Russian oligarch.

“Holy crap,” an agent responded. “All the analysts too?”

“Yep,” the first agent said. “All the folks at the Agency as well.”

Full story at The Federalist.

September 20, 2020

The Legend of Poopalosi and the Poop-Strewn Streets of San Francisco

Democrat Nancy Pelosi is the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. As such, she is third in the line of succession for the Presidency. She's a politically powerful woman, and she lives in what could be called a literally shitty city. 

San Francisco is Pelosi's home, and it has become legendary for the vast quantity of human feces strewn along its streets. 

The city has a huge number of homeless people, many of whom are mentally ill. Many of them frequently poop on sidewalks and other public spaces. In October 2018 San Francisco was named the "Poop Capital of the U.S.," and the problem has only continued to get worse.

Which brings us to the wonderfully-titled video, "Nancy Pelosi vs The 'Sh%tposting' Crapper Bandit." Done by "Felix Rex" (one of my favorite YouTubers), the video examines what I'll call a "protest poop" laid down on Nancy Pelosi's driveway. 

Yes, it's exactly what it sounds like. On Saturday, Sept. 12, a live-streamer called "Armando" set up his camera across from Pelosi's house, then strategically squatted in her driveway

San Francisco is the city of human feces, used needles, and aggressive panhandlers. "America, this is your future under Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi." ~ John Philips, Orange County Register

September 6, 2020

Stunning Documentary Highlights Disturbing Biden-China Relationship

Posted by Blaze TV on Sept. 3, "Riding the Dragon" is a jaw-dropping video that explores high stakes financial deals between the Chinese Government and Joe Biden's son Hunter. Billions of dollars, powerful connections, and even dealings that could jeopardize U.S. national security are detailed here. Also, check out the "Riding the Dragon" page on Facebook for interesting related material.

A Lightspeed Pictures production in association with Blaze Media.

Directed by M.A. Taylor        Featuring Peter Schweizer

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August 29, 2020

What Trump REALLY said about White Supremacists and Charlottesville (Biden is Lying)

Joe Biden - and thousands upon thousands of others on the Left - keep repeating a heinous lie about President Donald Trump.

Never missing a chance to call someone a racist, even if they are not, Biden and his Democrat Party comrades have continued to spread the falsehood that Trump called the neo-Nazis and White supremacists in the Charlottesville clashes "very fine people."

In fact, Trump specifically and explicitly said that they "should be condemned totally."

Despite the easy availability of video showing Trump saying exactly that, ignorant Leftists swallow the lie that is deliberately spread by Democrat politicians - even  by those who know that it's false.

WATCH and hear for yourself what Trump really said:
"The veins bulging from his head?" What?

Update, Sept. 6: This video from Don't Walk, Run! Productions, posted Sept. 3, breaks down the Left's lies about Charlottesville nicely:

(Follow DontWalkRUN on Twitter)

Despite this, liberal politicians and ordinary everyday liberal idiots have embraced the falsehood and continue to spread it to other, equally stupid liberals. And of course, much of the media is complicit.

In fact, many media outlets let Joe Biden get away with launching his presidential campaign with the Charlottesville lie as a supporting pillar.

A year and a half after the Charlottesville clashes, and after Trump condemned the neo-Nazis and White supremacists, Biden continues with the lie.

Consider this opinion piece by James S. Robbins in USA Today on April 26, 2019 (emphasis added):
....former Vice President Joe Biden announced his run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. He came out of the gate hard, citing the tragic August 2017 clash at Emancipation Park in Charlottesville between right- and left-wing demonstrators that left three dead and 38 injured. “That’s when we heard the words from the president of the United States that stunned the world and shocked the conscience of this nation,” Biden intoned, that there were “some very fine people on both sides.”  Biden said that Trump “assigned a moral equivalence between those spreading hate and those with the courage to stand against it,” and that in this moment Biden concluded “we are in a battle for the soul of the nation.”
 The problem with Biden's statement, as that USA Today article points out, is this:
Taken out of context, the “fine people” quote does look troubling, but Trump’s critics never tell the whole truth. The statement came from an August 15, 2017 press availability, in which the president was engaged in a spirited discussion with journalists over the broader implications of the Charlottesville street clash. Check the transcript.
The relevant portion of the transcript is faithfully reproduced in the Robbins column, which ends with this:
For Joe Biden in particular, exploiting the Charlottesville myth is a way to head-off other racially-charged issues, like his Anita Hill problem, his 1994 crime bill problem, his school desegregation problem, and his simply being an old white guy problem.
But Democrats would do better to focus on countering the rising tide of antisemitism in their own ranks rather than repeating the false and defamatory Charlottesville narrative.
Otherwise they will be losing the votes of a lot of very fine people.
Is Joe Biden running his own campaign? Is he mentally fit? If so, it would be rational to conclude that he knows he's lying about Trump's Charlottesville statement. If Biden sincerely believes that Trump called them"very fine people," then it's also rational to conclude that Biden is utterly incompetent.

Biden is a serial liar, and the nation knew this decades ago. Want proof? Watch this:

I'll leave you with this video from ABC News, in which Trump (at 1:18) makes it very clear that he does not approve of the behavior of White supremacists or neo-Nazis:

August 22, 2020

Chicago City Council Members Demand State of Emergency Declaration and Request National Guard

The city council cowards punted, voting to refer the resolution to the Committee on Public Safety. 

Chicago City Council held a special meeting on Friday, days after four alderman called for such a meeting to ask the governor to declare a state of emergency over recent violence and looting - a proposal the mayor previously said was "grandstanding" before apparently reversing course.
Four Chicago aldermen on Wednesday called for a special meeting of the City Council to consider a resolution asking Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker to declare a state of emergency and deploy the Illinois National Guard to the city over recent unrest.
Alds. Leslie Hairston, Anthony Beale, Raymond Lopez and Anthony Napolitano issued the call in a letter to Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia. (from NBC5 Chicago)
Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Does Mayor Lightfoot even care about Chicago?
Mayor Lori Lightfoot accused the aldermen of "grandstanding." But after months of violence and destruction, is it really that? Or, more likely, is it a genuine attempt to get badly needed help?

"I implore each and every one of you. This is not personal. This is not grandstanding. This is a Hail Mary to save our community from the things that are happening every single day,” Alderman Beale said before the vote.

Mayor Lightfoot attacked the notion of bringing in National Guard troops. She recalled to the council the Kent State University shootings in May of 1970, where National Guard troops killed four students during a protest. But Lightfoot's analogy to Kent State is flawed: The Kent State students were not  looting, rioting, or committing aggravated assaults on people. Some windows were broken, but it was nothing like what Chicago has suffered for months now. 
"A group of Chicago City Council members requested that Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker immediately declare a state of emergency in Chicago and deploy the national guard in light of ongoing rioting and looting in the city." (from Daily Caller)
Lightfoot continues to refuse such action. Is this out of pure political stubbornness or some deep-seated hatred of her own city?

August 15, 2020

Chicago's Useless Mayor Continues Harmful Closure of Mag Mile

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Chicago is a city under siege — from within. It breaks my heart to say it, but the majority of Chicagoans have made this possible by decades of voting for Democrats. Most of the City Council members have been more interested in buying votes with corrupt TIF money giveaways and being "liberal" and soft on crime, and now the proverbial chickens have come home to roost.

Rioting, mass looting, and wanton violence are the specters hovering over the city. This weekend, the so-far-ineffectual mayor Lori Lightfoot has ordered a 9:00 PM curfew

On Monday, August 10 there was an "orchestrated" invasion of the city's Magnificent Mile, which is a mixed neighborhood of residential and commercial buildings.  Much of it is within the zip code 60611, one of the nation's wealthiest. 

The "Mag Mile" is an upscale strip of North Michigan Avenue that runs north from the Chicago River up to Oak Street Beach. Between N. Michigan Aven and Lake Michigan, a few blocks east is a neighborhood called "Streeterville." The greater Mag Mile area has been a major attraction for locals and international tourists for many years.

After the events of a week ago, however, businesses are hurt and many may never fully recover. Some businesses were badly damaged. Some have "merely" lost business. People who have enjoyed going into the Mag Mile district for years are now reluctant, afraid that violence could suddenly pop up out of nowhere like a summer storm in South Texas.

Much of the blame falls squarely in the laps of city and county officials, all well-entrenched Democrats. City Journal sums it up (my emphasis added):