Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Statues

Ever since the "Cows" thing, someone connected must have a fiberglass fabricating factory somewhere. We can't say we're displeased with the chosen animal though:
  • The 54-inch-tall fiberglass dog statues are part of the K9s for Cops campaign to pay tribute to the canine unit, honor fallen Chicago police officers, provide financial assistance to families of those wounded or killed in the line of duty, and raise money to support the spay and neuter program offered by PAWS Chicago.

    The statues are sponsored by local companies or individuals and designed by local artists — including three Chicago police officers. One sculpture is of a dog with holes in its body and wearing oversized black glasses like Harry Caray. The art piece will be on display at Water Tower Place, home to the Chicago Sports Museum operated by Harry Caray's Restaurant Group. Another statue features a mosaic of dogs and cats that have gone through the adoption process at PAWS.

    The pieces are being installed this week and will remain on display through Labor Day. Then they'll be auctioned off on eBay with the goal of raising $250,000 in proceeds, Cline said. Seventy percent of the proceeds will go to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and 30 percent to PAWS Chicago, Cline said.
Have they done one of these for fallen firefighters yet?

Free SCC suggestion - dalmatians, even though there probably isn't a firehouse in the city with an actual dalmatian any more, it'd be a nice gesture to the Fire side of things.

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Pursuit Wreck

  • A Chicago police officer was among three people hurt in a crash late Saturday after pursuing a car believed to be involved in an earlier shooting.

    The incident occurred around 11:33 p.m. near the intersection of W. Roosevelt Rd. and S. Union Ave. in the city’s University Village neighborhood, according to police.

    Authorities said on-duty officers in an unmarked squad car saw a vehicle believed to have been used in a nearby shooting. The officers attempted to curb the vehicle, which then fled, according to police.

    The unmarked police car was then involved in a collision with another vehicle, officials said, injuring one officer and two civilians.
That's an unusual color for an unmarked car....black....pretty clean, too.

That's because it was the 011th District Commander. In a pursuit. In 012.

Fortunately, no one was seriously injured. Best wishes to all for a speedy recovery.

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Two Down

  • Chicago Police still are looking for a gunmen who shot a female officer Friday during a harrowing foot chase following an attempted robbery of a Back of the Yards cellphone store.

    On Monday, two men charged in the botched heist and the ensuing shootout were ordered held without bail, but Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Jennifer Bagby said that a third suspect, who fired the shot that struck the officer in the leg, remained at large.
Since there is no bail, Dart is probably going to release them early tomorrow when no one is looking. Then Foxxx will drop the charges down to misdemeanors. Then Special Ed will strip everyone involved. Rahm will write a check to the aspiring altar boys. A "peace circle" will be assembled and everything will be all right.

Don't bet against it.

UPDATE: Unverified - shooter in custody?

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Wait....Another Rahm Lie?

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration signed off on an elaborate financial shell game that obscured payment of $55 million for renovations at Navy Pier with tax dollars reserved to fight urban blight, records show. The bookkeeping jiujitsu appears to violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the controversial tax-increment financing program, which critics say has been widely abused and not used for its intended purpose of spurring development in or near economically disadvantaged neighborhoods.

    A joint investigation by the Better Government Association and Crain's Chicago Business finds that the administration began filtering the money in 2014 through a hotel project at McCormick Place, capitalizing on its Near South Side location as a rationale for tapping funds reserved for struggling communities.

    Emails and internal documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show that officials at the city as well as the governing body of the lakefront convention complex knew the planned 1,205-room Marriott didn't need the financing. But they also knew that Navy Pier, 3 miles away and a vast distance from any urban blight, did.
We don't understand all the specifics, but none of it seems remotely proper...and very well may be illegal. Some of the experts quoted are appalled at the flagrant abuses. Go read it all.

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Underwood Ruling

From our e-mail:
  • Judge Cohen will be issuing a ruling in the Underwood retiree healthcare case. July 31 Daley center Room 2308 at 10:30.

    The FOP will have a bus leaving at 9:45 from 1412 W Washington.
Which lawsuit is this one? Again, anyone with info, post it up in the comments section.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Again with the Lakefront

  • A gang-related shootout on the lakefront left Lakeview golfers stunned, but nobody injured Sunday morning at the Sydney Marovitz Golf Course parking lot, according to witness reports and police sources.

    No one is in custody.

    Gunfire between rival gang members erupted around 8:10 a.m. apparently after one man approached another and asked for his affiliation.

    Multiple witnesses reported that one man fired a shotgun and the other fired a handgun in the conflict which unfolded at the east end of the parking lot. Shell casings were recovered at the scene.

    A policeman on scene stated that “there was definitely a handgun and a shotgun and they fired back and forth.”
Some stops were made later, but guess what?
  • About 30 minutes after the gunfire, golfers summoned police to the course after seeing two men who were in the area of the shooting ducking in and out of brush Marovitz’s east fence line.

    A carload of men was stopped nearby, but the city’s link to a national crime database was offline, and officers could not verify the occupants’ identities, gang affiliations, or warrant information, according to an officer.
The LEADS system has been down for two or more days now, rendering the entire Department incapable of running plates, verifying licenses, checking names. And no word on when it will be back.

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Squeezing Toothpaste

Guess what happens when you bring resources to bear on a crime problem? The criminals just give up their illicit activities, surrender their guns and go home to a future filled with gainful employment?

Oh wait, that's liberal fantasy land.
  • Beat 1011 — an area of just .45 of a square mile — takes the crown of most dangerous police beat in Chicago from neighboring, slightly larger Beat 1133, just on the other side of dividing line Roosevelt Road. Beat 1133, in the department’s Harrison District, held the unwanted title for 2016.

    So the police took steps to address that. They put in place or expanded technology-based initiatives to fight the violence north of Roosevelt Road — including ShotSpotter gunshot sensors and what they call Strategic Decision Support Centers. These allow analysts from the police department and the University of Chicago Crime Lab to review gunfire data and better target where officers need to be deployed.

    And when they did all of that, the shooting shifted to the other side of Roosevelt Road, the Sun-Times analysis found. The number of shootings has dropped dramatically in Beat 1133, records show. At the same time, the toll of shootings has surged in Beat 1011 next door.
No shit. You know what happened when the Department put up "blue light cameras"? The dope dealing moved around the corner, out of the camera's line of sight. And if the camera got moved, the dealing moved again. The Department is far more reactive than proactive. That comes from being shorthanded - which isn't going to be corrected short-term.

And then there's this little tidbit:
  • From January through June last year, 329 people were killed.

    The city is slightly ahead of that pace this year. In the first six months of 2017, 333 people were killed citywide.
It's still going to be difficult to maintain this pace for almost two years straight. Last year, August averaged over three murders a day (98 dead). That's asking a lot of our criminals, but you never know. 700 is well within reach again, and Beat 1011 is just going to have to grin and bear it.

Kumbaya Kumbaya

Granny Clampett's spirit lives on:
  • A new Cook County court in the North Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago's West Side aims to bring victims of nonviolent crime face-to-face with the offenders to hash out a resolution, officials said Thursday.

    The Restorative Justice Community Court, the first of its kind in the state, is slated to begin operations next month. Under the guidance of community members and a judge, defendants, victims and their neighbors will agree on solutions to hold defendants accountable for their crimes.

    "This is truly the people's court," Judge Colleen Sheehan, who will preside over the new court, said at a news conference. "It is the community that has the wisdom and the humanity to do this."
Right. We've seen what Foxxx is re-classifying as "non violent" and what Dart is allowing to bail.

And why do we suspect Granny Clampett had a hand in this?
  • The approval of victims is required, and defendants must then agree to accept responsibility for the crime.

    Restitution agreements will be hashed out in a confidential "peace circle" in which the victim, the defendant and community members will participate. If the defendant follows through on the agreement, the charges can be dropped and the arrest expunged.
Accepting responsibility for anything would be a step up for the North Lawndale "community." Peace circles though - we see a lot of spontaneous dice games breaking out.

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606 Still a Crime Magnet

  • Armed thieves on The 606 have knocked people off their bikes to beat and rob them twice this weekend, and Chicago Police are warning users to watch out.

    Three incidents this month on the trail, a former elevated railroad line, were the subject of a police alert Sunday evening. The robberies happened July 2 and then on Saturday and Sunday.

    Police said the men knocked the victims from their bikes as they rode on The 606. "In the first two incidents, the victims suffered injuries when they fell off their bikes. In the latest incident, the offenders were armed with a small black handgun and the offenders beat the victim and demanded his belongings," police said in a new release.
Remember when there used to be "decoy missions" and armed robbers of pizza delivery drivers or snack delivery trucks used to end up air-conditioned?

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

More Chases.....or Else

  • Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn has just seven days to amend a policy to allow officers to chase more suspects -- or he could be fired. Flynn says those changes will mean more innocent deaths.

    The message from Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission (FPC) to Chief Flynn is clear: allow officers to chase more suspects on Milwaukee's streets or you may be fired. Under current policy, Milwaukee police do not chase suspects, unless they believe the vehicles are connected to violent crimes.

    Critics say bad guys are exploiting the rules, leading to an explosion of vehicles who refuse to stop.
No kidding? Who could have predicted that?

Oh yeah, any cop with more than a day on the street. But no one listened to them when the policies were changed to protect the criminals.

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More Corrupt Aldercreatures?

  • The former landlord of the shuttered Double Door music venue has filed a federal lawsuit alleging Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1st) violated his civil rights by using threats and political intimidation against him in a vendetta over the club’s eviction.

    The suit, filed this week in federal court, also names the city of Chicago and the Committee on Zoning, Landmarks and Building Standards as defendants.

    The landlord, Brian Strauss seeks more than $9.6 million in damages, according to the filing.
There's some entertaining video at the link that we think we've pointed out before. Proco Joe and Maldonado are so crooked, they don't even care when they're on tape - they just carry on with their theatrics and unethical behavior.

It's about time that aldercreatures start wearing body cameras as they are far more corrupt than anyone else currently wearing a camera. They are doing the peoples' business 24/7 where cops are only on the clock for 9 hours. They also go to jail at a higher rate and therefore shouldn't be trusted by any decent human beings.

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Soda Tax Decision This Week

So are we going to continue shopping in the suburbs so as to deprive Rahm of sales taxes or are we going to make a slightly longer trip outside of Cook County so Prickwrinkle loses food, gas, alcohol and other assorted items?
  • Cook County's sweetened beverage tax will remain on hold at least another week.

    Cook County Circuit Judge Daniel Kubasiak said Friday that he would rule July 28 on the county's motion to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the penny-per-ounce charge, which was set to take effect July 1.

    The Illinois Retail Merchants Association and several grocers filed a lawsuit last month seeking to block the tax, which they argue is unconstitutional and too vague. Kubasiak granted a temporary restraining order June 30 that has prevented the tax from being imposed.

    Many retailers oppose the tax, which would apply to a wide variety of sugar- and artificially sweetened beverages. They argue that, under the Illinois Constitution, similar objects should be taxed uniformly. Under the sweetened beverage tax, drinks in bottles, or from fountain machines, are taxable. But on-demand, custom-sweetened beverages, such as those mixed by servers or baristas, aren't subject to the tax.
Sugar-free drinks are taxed as being sweetened somehow. Not to mention that the supposed "health benefits" lie is front and center of Prickwrinkle's layoff threats. And the people (or folks) whom Prickwrinkle is so concerned about assisting with their "health" don't even have to pay the tax.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Gunshots Cost How Much?

Our readers have been pointing this out for eight or ten years now - but now someone is figuring it out?
  • The charges started racking up the moment Annette Johnson arrived at Mount Sinai Hospital with a gunshot wound to her left forearm. Doctors sliced open Johnson's arm and installed a $500 metal plate to shore up her shattered ulna, securing it with numerous bone screws that cost $246 apiece. There were morphine drips to quell pain, tetanus shots to prevent infection, blood screens and anesthesia.

    Two years earlier in a different part of the city, Leo Leyva arrived at a North Side hospital with a gunshot wound to his back. His last memory before going under anesthesia was a nurse telling him they were going to take good care of him and to count up to 10. As the 18-year-old drifted off, the emergency room team at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center went to work to save his life, starting IV lines and X-raying his chest and abdomen before performing an emergency surgery to remove the bullet and repair the damage.

    For both Johnson and Leyva, just two of the thousands of gunshot victims in Chicago every year, the first hours and days of their hospital treatment were only the start of what would be costly recoveries that continue to this day. Still, the bills for their initial treatment were staggering. In his first 35 minutes at the hospital, Leyva had racked up $21,521 in charges, and by the time he was released three weeks later the bill totaled more than $157,000. For Johnson, who spent barely 24 hours at Mount Sinai, the hospital charges approached $27,000.
And that's only part of the bill:
  • And even that figure represents just a fraction of the total billed. While the hospitals charge for room and board as well as equipment and drugs, the surgeons, anesthesiologists and other medical professionals who treat gunshot victims in emergency rooms across the city typically bill separately.
And guess who's paying? We'll give you a hint - it's seldom the people with the holes in their bodies.

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Good Question (UPDATE)

As usual, some sharp readers noted this:
  • Um, how was Ch 2 able to FOIA the body cam tape of this guy when we were told that only Bobby Rush could approve the release of his tape when he accused the CPD of racial profiling?

    How about it Ch 2? Will you also FOIA Rush's tape?
We assume the reason is because Maldonado is a political threat to someone in power, so he must be kept in check and his ambitions must remain local. Rush is a washed up has-been whose constituency votes for him only out of habit and he has no ambition besides a peaceful expiration at some point instead of a hail of gunfire like so many of his compatriots.

But that doesn't mean an enterprising cop or their union couldn't FOIA the tape.

UPDATE: We guess someone did FOIA the tape and it was out in February. Here's a link to it.

We may have confused Rush's incident with the one in 010 a few years back where some political animal made all sorts of accusations, but we can't remember who that was and if it was just in-car camera instead of body cams.

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Get Under That Bus!

As predictable as the sun rising in the east, a politician blames the police for their own failures:
  • Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau resigned Friday at the request of the mayor, who said she lost confidence in the chief following last weekend's shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman by a police officer.

    In a statement released Friday, Harteau said: "I've decided I am willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes see what more can be done for the MPD to be the very best it can be."

    Mayor Betsy Hodges said she asked for the chief's resignation.

    "I've lost confidence in the Chief's ability to lead us further ... it is clear that she has lost the confidence of the people of Minneapolis as well," Hodges said. "For us to continue to transform policing — and community trust in policing — we need new leadership at MPD."
No word on if citizens have "lost confidence" in the political leadership that pushes through shaky recruits who rack up multiple federal lawsuits regarding Civil Rights violations in the name of "diversity." But you won't see that reported in the mainstream media.

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Another Neighborhood Sinking

Proof that the political elite are bent on destroying any semblance of thriving neighborhoods in Chicago that don't reliably vote for democrats:
  • A key city panel approved the construction of a seven-story, 297-unit luxury apartment complex near the Cumberland CTA Blue Line station in a 7-1 vote on Thursday despite the objection of Ald. Anthony Napolitano (41st), who said residents of the 41st Ward did not want the project.

    Unveiled by the developer Glenstar O'Hare, LLC last December, the M-shaped building at 8535 W. Higgins Road would join a cluster of hotels and office mid-rises between the Kennedy Expressway and the border of suburban Park Ridge. It would include studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, with the cheapest units starting around $1,200 per month.
No doubt this is payback from the Machine for Napolitano objecting to Arena's plan to destroy the Jefferson Park neighborhood. It's too bad decent citizens have no input into the destruction of the home values.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Officer Shot

  • A Chicago police officer was "conscious and alert" after being shot in the leg during a gunfight outside a South Side cellphone store Friday afternoon.

    The officer was shot during an armed confrontation in the 4600 block of South Ashland Avenue about 1:30 p.m., according to Chicago police spokesman [...]

    Earlier, police said it occurred in the 4300 block of South Ashland.

    Fellow officers took her to Mercy Hospital in a squad car, and her condition does not appear to be life-threatening. She was later transferred to Stroger Hospital, where Superintendent Eddie Johnson is scheduled to speak to the media, according to police.
One in custody according to the report.

"not life threatening" is such a crappy turn of a phrase. Gunshot wounds are "life altering" almost every single time and transferring the Officer to Stroger just emphasizes that.

Prayers for the Officer

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Retiree Health Care Victory?

This appears to be very good news from earlier in July:
  • The Appellate Court decision is out and here is a synopsis of Clint Krislov’s interpretation.

    The covered class entitled to lifetime benefits including all of Class 3 and most of Class 4 that means anyone hire before June 16, 2003. Everyone who became a “participant in the system” (hired before June 16, 2003) by the 2003 settlement is entitled to lifetime benefits

    The ruling includes Class 1, 2,3 (hired by August 23, 1989) and most of Class 4 (post August 23, 1989 hires). The Appellate Court views the only protected benefit is the $55/$21 a month contribution for Police and Fire and $25 a month for Laborers

    The ruling doesn’t address those hire before April 1, 1986 who do not qualify for Medicare.

    There is 35 days to appeal to the Illinois Supreme Court.
We're halfway through the 35-day appeal time frame. If anyone has links to the decision or a deeper understanding of what it all means, post it in the comments.

This might....MIGHT....trigger another wave of retirements, rendering Rahm's hiring wave moot.

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Aldercreature Caught Dirty

  • It started with a Chicago alderman’s request to cross a crime scene in a car. His confrontation with officers at the scene only escalated from there. It was all being recorded, [...]

    The whole incident is under investigation, sparked by a complaint from 26th Ward Ald. Roberto Maldonado about how he was treated.

    But in police body-cam video obtained by CBS 2, officers question whether Maldonado is asking for preferential treatment.
    It’s in the middle of the night in Humboldt Park, one month ago. Maldonado wants to go home. The problem is, he wants to drive right through a crime scene, or wants police to drive him, personally.
What in god's name makes this asshole think he can just walk through an active police investigation? Oh yeah, he's an alder-asshole with homicides coming out of his ears, and he just doesn't care whether or not it gets solved.

DNAInfo has more:
  • At one point, the Humboldt Park alderman got so angry that he called the entire Chicago Police Department into question, saying, "This is why the Police Department is in such bad shape with the citizens."
And why does he think that cops (and many citizens) have grown weary of the "business as usual" among Chicago politicians who think that they're above the common man, above common sense, above the law?
  • At the very end, as Maldonado is walking away, he can be heard saying faintly: "I hope that that wasn't taped."
A voluntary contact with police on a public street at an active crime scene? Keep hoping you brainless twit.

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National Issue Comes to Chicago

As a rule, we don't do social media. However, AceofSpades blog has an extensive Twitter conversation that demonstrates the damage the previous Administration has done (and continues to do) to the nation, specifically Washington DC. We've condensed it for space considerations, but you can read the whole thing at the link up top:
  • Boy oh boy. Remember we said that after Obama left office, we'd find out the damage he did? Under Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, the Department of Justice pushed the states to pass new laws. The goal was to make it impossible to hold repeat offenders in jail before trial. Why? Because so many repeat offenders are black.

    The first step was to reclassify violent felonies as nonviolent misdemeanors. Look at California. Assault with a deadly weapon, harming a crime victim or witness, resisting arrest that injures a police officer...Violent elder or child abuse, arson with injury, and manslaughter are now nonviolent felonies. Proposition 47--passed in 2014--reclassified certain "nonviolent felonies" as misdemeanors. Therefore prisoners convicted of violent elder abuse were released because now their former violent felony was a misdemeanor.

    So the Democrats first changed violent felonies to misdemeanors. Then they changed the laws for bail. Washington DC Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier resigned because criminals were being arrested, released, and arrested again the same day. Federal authorities decide who stays in jail in DC. Under pressure from Holder and Lynch, they were releasing everyone.
We don't know what you think, but that last paragraph seems to be EXACTLY what Kim Foxxx is doing by downgrading every felony she can, EXACTLY what Dart is doing emptying the jail and EXACTLY what Evans is doing by reducing/eliminating bail for supposedly "non violent" offenders. By the way, our respect for Lanier went up a notch for resigning when her Department was hamstrung by the DOJ - she cites nearly every criticism we've made the past few years. (EDIT - She's still a gun grabbing leftist tool):
  • The crime rate spiked dramatically. The Democrats are pushing for "community rehabilitation programs" instead of prison. The most repulsive member of congress--@tedlieu, the guy who trolls Trump--has introduced a doozy of a bill. Lieu wants to ELIMINATE bail in the entire country. They point to the "success" of New Jersey, which eliminated bail earlier this year. In New Jersey, a person is evaluated with an eight-question form. Prior offenses are not taken into consideration. As a result almost nobody is held over until trial. Almost everyone is released. The state had to hire new staff and create new computer systems to manage the new system. Releasing everybody has so far cost New Jersey $400 million, and the crime rate is skyrocketing.

    Washington DC eliminated bail, and now the city pays $50 million a year to oversee almost no prisoners. Duane and Beth Chapman--He's better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter--testified in Sacramento about the new laws coming. The Chapmans pointed out every loophole they could: a guy who never shows up for trial, for example. They said that the Democrats then TWEAKED the laws to EXCLUDE any possible offender. The DC Police arrested a total of 219 violent protestors on Inauguration Day. Only 17 showed up for their trials. The Chapmans said that the Democratic party has made it a priority in 2017 to pass laws that make holding anyone in jail impossible.

    What I realized a long time ago is that Democrats' sole motivation is to piss off conservatives. So I'm not surprised that one of our two major parties now wants us to die at the hands of violent criminals. The end result of Democratic "reform" is that criminals now commit crimes with impunity, and people are too afraid to call the cops. There are no penalties for threatening witnesses and skipping your trial. Nobody comes looking for you. And if you get arrested, they immediately release you. You may have heard that more an more celebrities are having their mansions broken into. Alanis Morissette was robbed of $2 million worth of jewelry. This is a new crime, being committed by old gangs such and the Bloods and Crips. It's because there are no penalties. This is just one of the things Obama did to us. And the CURRENT Democrats want to make it even worse. The end.
The damage wrought by Obummer and his half-assed "social engineering" will be felt by generations of cops and victims.

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Violent Becomes "Non Violent"

And if the above post wasn't bad enough, look what felonies California has defined as "non violent" just this year:


Battery? Domestic Abuse? Forcible rape? Assault on Police? What the fuck California?

UPDATE: We misidentified the list of charges as being from New Jersey - we apologize for the confusion, but we got new glasses and are still getting used to reading the computer screen with them.

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Just Another Reminder....

  • The Rio Olympics continue to be an example of why more and more cities are wary of hosting the games.

    Rio 2016 has essentially become a financial disaster, with the games costing $13 billion in a mix of private and public money, according to a June Associated Press report.

    Much of the Olympic infrastructure is abandoned or underused, including the $700 million athletes village that was supposed to be turned into luxury condos once the games were over.

    Stephen Wade of the Associated Press recently reported via Twitter that the athletes village was "shuttered" and that only 7% of the condos had been sold.
Tokyo, the 2020 site, has seen theirs costs balloon from $6 billion to over $12 billion - 100% above budget and nearly 3 years to go.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Scholarship Guy Makes Bail

Just the other day we wrote about Chief Judge Evans granting bail to so called "non-violent" offenders, which covers any number of felonies. Evans also said his order "calls for judges to stop issuing cash bonds for dangerous people."

You mean like this guy?
  • Investigators found a “treasure trove” of property belonging to at least seven separate robbery victims when they searched two backpacks being carried by recent Lincoln Park High School graduate Bryce McGill early Friday.

    McGill was arrested outside of Wrigley Field after police recognized him as a robbery suspect who had been profiled in an internal police alert.

    A custodial search turned up two wallets; three sets of keys; four cell phones; a MacBook; three Ventra cards; a watch; two credit cards; and—oddly enough—an electrical ballast.

    Prosecutors Saturday charged McGill with five felony counts of robbery, one felony count of robbery while indicating the presence of a firearm, and one count each of reckless conduct, resisting police, and theft of lost or mislaid property.
This is the guy with the "full ride" to UNC reduced to doing strong armed robberies in order to pay for his off campus housing or something, though there are some doubts his liar lawyer might have fudged a little on that.

This guy beats women and robs them, and he's free as a bird.

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The New Normal?

  • Moments after getting picked up from a summer camp Wednesday in the Austin neighborhood, 4-year-old Asante Glover III and his sister 6-year-old Keziah Shealy had hoped to find a quick snack before taking a nap, relatives said.

    When they left Columbus Park on the West Side around 4 p.m., the siblings spotted a vendor selling crushed, flavored ice, known as "snowballs," they thought they’d found the perfect summertime treat. But before they could make their way to buy a cup, a black car pulled up in the 5500 block of West Van Buren Street and someone inside fired shots, hitting the children and their 27-year-old father.

    The snowball vendor rushed to their aid, putting the children and their father in the backseat of her truck and speeding to Mount Sinai Hospital.

    [...] The children’s mother Shajaun Sims, a CTA employee, hurried to the hospital where her son was treated for a graze wound to his left hip and left leg and her daughter looked after for a gunshot wound to the thigh. Meanwhile, their father underwent surgery for eight gunshot wounds, including three to the chest. He was listed in critical condition, but was later stabilized, according to police and relatives.
Golly, who were these intemperate youth shooting at?

So is this the new thing? Dad takes kids our for whatever reason, thinking they'll be like little bullet-proof shields from those who would do him harm, but now they're just miniature backstops catching lead? Like the 9-year-old the other day, all dressed up in his Daddy's colors, now these two. The gang wars have entered new lows - not only the assholes who would shoot kids, but the assholes using them as cover.

UPDATE: Dear ol' Dad returned fire? Oh this just gets better and better. How did the media not report that part?

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Great Idea

  • Activists in Baltimore are attempting to promote a murder-free weekend by urging criminals to ditch their guns -- despite the failure of previous community ceasefires to curb violence.

    Activist Erricka Bridgeford has been pushing her campaign for a violence-free weekend since May, and the idea has garnered support on social media. She and other activists are calling for a 72-hour ceasefire from Aug. 4 to Aug. 6.

    "This is a city-wide call, asking Baltimore residents to celebrate life during the ceasefire," the event's website stated.

    "This ceasefire is the product of Baltimore residents not only being exhausted by homicides, but believing that Baltimore can have a murder-free weekend if everyone takes responsibility."
Let us know how that works out for you.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Can Anyone Confirm?

The 13th Annual Cycle Across Illinois benefiting IL COPS took place this past weekend, 13 July through 16 July. The ride honored six Illinois officers killed in the line of duty, including Jason Gallero of the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department. The ride went from Alton, covering some 300 miles and was scheduled to end at the Maywood Courthouse.

According to this e-mail, it didn't:
  • Please look into Preckwinkle's actions on why she would not allow the ride to finish at the Maywood Courthouse. The ride was notified on Friday night that they were not welcome on Sunday morning. There were surviving wives, mothers, and children left riding from Alton Illinois, and Preckwinkle told them they weren't welcome! This needs to get out there.
Here's some drone footage of the finish, and it looks like they were diverted to a nearby high school. So why didn't Prickwrinkle allow the ride honoring one of her own Sheriffs to end at a closed Courthouse?

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Interesting Assumption

Following the killing of the 9-year-old kid this weekend, a pointed demonstration of  how poisoned the atmosphere is after a few years of media lies, half-truths and slanted reporting:
  • Raul Mendez, a 52-year-old who lives on the 3400 block of 95th Street, said he saw the SUV in the area near his house. He was inside, talking to someone on the phone, when he heard a man screaming.

    "He was surrounded by police and I thought, 'Maybe they were torturing him or something like that.' But it turns out maybe that wasn't what was happening," Mendez said.

    "He was screaming, 'Tell me he's not dead.' I walked up to the bridge where he started screaming all over again," he said. "He said, 'They killed my son, they killed my son,' in Spanish.
The cops on scene were cleaning up after a fatal motorcycle crash that had to attract this guy's attention, and his first thought is that the cops are torturing someone - in this day and age, in this atmosphere, with cameras and video everywhere. An allegation (torture) that has never been proven at any point in time in a court of law.

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Not a Good Sign

Chicago had it's own version of this at a park in 012 the other week. This is an escalation:
  • What started as a weekend barbecue at a recreation center led to an aggressive encounter with Philadelphia police officers.

    Around 400 teens in an unauthorized gathering confronted police outside the Lonnie Young Recreation Center in Germantown Sunday night.

    Police say it all began after 6 p.m. When officers arrived, they found the large crowd on the sidewalk and in the street, as most were estimated to be between 12 and 17 years old.

    [...] Officers said glass bottles were thrown at them. Publicly available videos on social media show the teens surrounding officers in their vehicles, hopping on top of cars and generally taunting police.
Again we point out, without a citywide response unit on call until around 0400 hours, this is going to happen here in short order. Social media already drives a sizable percentage of Chicago crime. You think it isn't going to drive a "flash mob" at some point to confront police?

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Don't Identify Offenders

  • Officials from BART, the public metro system serving California's San Francisco Bay area, have come under fire for their refusal to release crime surveillance videos, claiming such tapes will promote stereotypes and "stir up racial animosity."

    A BART official defended the agency's decision on Monday by saying information about criminal misconduct will be withheld at this time because of the media's "disproportionate elevation" of crimes that "unfairly affect and characterize riders of color," the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    The decision, however, has been roundly criticized by at last two BART board members who are calling for greater transparency on how crimes are reported within the system.
Why bother alerting the ridership whom they should be watching out for. It might hurt someones feelings. The Chicago media has been doing this for years now, and crime is completely under control.

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

It Isn't Racism

  • By now everyone knows that police, whether consciously or subconsciously, are targeting young black men, killing them at a disproportionate rate.

    But what if everyone is wrong? What if race actually has little causal effect on police shootings?

    In fact, the data show just that. If we as a nation can look seriously at the evidence, we can have a much more productive conversation about what’s gone wrong and how to fix it.
And here's a simple explanation of how the left twists the narrative into a pretzel:
  • The Washington Post recently ran an article about police killings nationwide in the first half of the year. That story made the same mistake Post reporters have been making for years by comparing the racial composition of those killed with the overall racial composition of the United States.

    [...]

    And few activities, from the important to the trivial, conform to the Census Bureau’s breakdowns of the American population. Black people, who constitute about 13 percent of Americans — the Post had to focus on men alone to get the figure down to 6 percent — are 1.4 percent of doctors, 38 percent of barbers, and 16 percent of cooks. They account for 14 percent of pedestrian fatalities and 74.4 percent of NBA players but just 8 percent of NPR newsroom employees.

    The media would have Americans believe that race is the single most important and predictive element of fatal encounters between police and civilians. Yet both the basic data and less superficial analyses than the Post’s show that is not the case. With a few notable exceptions, violent criminal attacks are the best predictor of whom police might shoot in America.
Cops profile criminal behavior. Our readers (and this blog) have made that point for years now. And all of the "reform" of recent years has made it nearly impossible (and unwieldy) to effectively document a fluid, constantly changing, dynamic situation. And the penalties for "mis-documenting" a situation are far more punitive than corrective.

That isn't to say documentation shouldn't be done. We didn't say anything like that and any comments accusing us of that will be summarily deleted. You're inability to read or understand the written word is your problem. But the pendulum has swung so far over into the realms of attempting to micromanage a typical street stop that the "risk-reward" measure has hogtied proactive efforts. In other words, the simplest and safest road is "fetality."

Go read it all.

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Multiple Pensions

Question:
  • Does anyone know how many pensions (and how much they are) that Prickwrinkle collects?
  • How about Shortshanks? We know he collects multiples;
  • Do these thieves collect Social Security, too?
  • Other politicians who are double or triple-dipping?
If investigative reporting is dead, then citizens have to pick up some of the slack, and crowd-sourcing information is as good a method as any.

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Ferguson Found THESE E-mails

  • While many regular fans were shelling out big bucks to park near the United Center, Chicago city workers engaged in a scheme to set aside free street parking for friends and family during Blackhawks playoff games and Bulls games, a city inspector general report said Monday. The report suggests the practice also could be taking place at other venues.

    During the Blackhawks' 2015 run to the Stanley Cup championship, friends of Office of Emergency Management and Communications personnel were routinely allowed to park on a stretch of Wood Street near the stadium that is supposed to be reserved for media, according to Inspector General Joseph Ferguson's quarterly report. OEMC workers sometimes blocked off the street, "only granting access to those who OEMC management granted permission to park and directing members of the public to park elsewhere," according to Ferguson's report.

    The inspector general's office conducted surveillance of the street 13 times during Hawks games, nine of which were playoff games. The office also watched the street before three Bulls games, according to the report.

    "Approximately 62 different, non-OEMC vehicles parked on the west side of Wood between Warren and Madison during the surveillances," the report states. "Many of those vehicles parked on multiple occasions. The parkers included friends and relatives of management-level and supervisory OEMC employees."

    OEMC officials would often get requests to park on their city email accounts. They would then relay the names of the drivers and vehicle descriptions to OEMC supervisors working at the United Center, who would pass the information to traffic control aides stationed near the block.
First of all, 13 Blackhawks games versus 3 Bulls games? We'd say Ferguson has a distinct bias against hockey fans. Hopefully, the NHL will be lodging a protest shortly.

Second, it's amazing how Ferguson was able to locate these e-mails, but he couldn't turn up a single e-mail outlining secret study groups held at Headquarters on numerous dates with numerous room number changes when attendees were tipped off that IAD had received complaints. That these e-mails existed is beyond question - too many people knew about them to completely cover up the breach. Paper copies made it into the file and may have been part of the original complaint.

But Ferguson couldn't locate a single one. But he's got plenty on the OEMC parking scandal. One person resigned and a bunch of suspensions were handed out. And no one is accountable for the biggest cheating scandal in history that is leading to incompetent morons driving the Police Department into the ground.

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Disaster in the Making

  • Cook County’s top judge on Monday ordered his fellow judges who conduct bond court to release all defendants who pose no criminal danger to the public, veering sharply away from a cash-for-bond system that critics have long contended unfairly lands the poor behind bars.

    “If they are not deemed a danger to any person or the public, my order states that they will receive a bail they can afford,” Chief Judge Evans told the Sun-Times.

    “Defendants should not be sitting in jail awaiting trial simply because they lack the financial resources to secure their release,” Evans said, noting that judges will now be required to ask how much a defendant can afford to pay.

    On the other end of the spectrum, Evans’ order also calls for judges to stop issuing cash bonds for dangerous people.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but Cook County judges aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer. Most are political hacks, put into place as rewards for being mediocre lawyers and excellent politicians. Expecting them to adhere to something like a new bail schedule is like expecting them to follow sentencing guidelines - nearly impossible. They take their marching orders from politicians with the fingers in the breeze of popular opinion, you know, like Kim Foxxx refusing to prosecute statutes passed by the Legislature.

Without a bond, an actual cash guarantee to compel appearances in Court, we see a whole bunch of no-shows in the immediate future. And you can't really have a Bond Forfeiture Warrant without something (like cash) to forfeit. Oh sure, the clerks will enter it into the system somehow and understaffed cops/sheriffs will grab the Warrant List and go looking, shorthanded as they always are, with a backlog of tens of thousands of active warrants. And someone designated "non violent" will suddenly become violent and people/folks will cry, "It was only a shoplifting warrant - why did the police have to use so much force?"

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What's That Sound?

  • A recent Lincoln Park High School graduate was ordered held on $150,000 bail Saturday in connection to a recent string of strongarm robberies in the Lakeview neighborhood.

    Bryce K. McGill, 18, faces multiple counts of robbery and one count of aggravated robbery for several street robberies, at least three taking place on July 6 in the Boystown enclave in Lakeview, prosecutors said at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

    In all of the attacks, McGill and an unnamed accomplice approached men and women on the street, and McGill would punch the victim in the face, prosecutors said. The pair then grabbed the proceeds, including iPhones and wallets, and fled on foot. McGill is connected to at least five robberies, including one in which he implied he had a handgun, prosecutors said.

    Chicago police arrested McGill early Friday morning in the 900 block of West Waveland Avenue more than an hour after a robbery and found the proceeds from several robberies on him, according to prosecutors and McGill’s arrest report.
The giant sucking sound?
  • Saturday’s hearing took an emotional turn when McGill’s court-appointed attorney told the court during mitigation that McGill had graduated from high school last month and had received a full scholarship to the University of North Carolina.

    [...] “UNC? Full ride?” Judge Peggy Chiampas asked loudly in the courtroom. “I need a break,” she said before briefly storming from the courtroom for a brief recess.
To her credit, Chiampas demanded proof at the next status hearing, but what kind of thought process does it take to blow a full ride away from the Hellhole that surrounds his dope infested home address?

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Shooting

  • Chicago Police shot an 18-year-old man twice during a traffic stop in the Belmont Central neighborhood early Sunday morning.

    Police say they pulled over a vehicle with four individuals between the ages of 17 and 21 for failing to use a traffic signal during a right turn around 3 a.m. Sunday. As officers were getting the driver's license and registration, police say they noticed a man in the backseat with a gun in his hand.

    CPD Deputy Chief Al Nagode said the man made several statements that were "threatening in nature."

    "The officers had a dialogue with the individual where they were attempting to get him to put down the weapon and not continue," Nagode said. "The subject refused to do that and it resulted in the subject being shot.”

    Both a sergeant and an officer fired their weapons, striking the teen once in the arm and once in the leg. He’s now in serious but stable condition at Loyola Hospital. Neighbors say he's from the neighborhood where he was shot.
It seems every effort was made at "de-Escalante-ation" as per the direction of previous administrators, and yet, the subject still refused to follow clear and lawful direction. Amazing, isn't it?

Good job to all involved.

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And Isn't This Ironic...

  • A 58-year-old man was shot dead Saturday afternoon less than a block away from the anti-violence organization where he worked on the South Side, his family and police said.

    The man, Willie Cooper, was one of 14 people shot Saturday citywide.

    Cooper was walking in the 100 block of West 95th Street when a dark colored vehicle approached and someone inside fired, hitting him in the mouth and torso about 4:15 p.m., police and family members said.

    He was pronounced dead on the scene in the Princeton Park neighborhood, according to police.
At one point this weekend, Chicago racked up 30 shot in 30 hours (eight dead and twenty-two wounded.)

Final totals later this morning.

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Another Dead Kid

As of 0700 hours Sunday, Chicago had already passed 2016, 2015 and 2014 for total weekend homicides:
  • 7:00a Shoot-o-Rahm-a Tally: 11 killed, 41 wounded
    2016 weekend tally: 8 killed, 55 wounded
    2015 weekend tally: 10 killed, 34 wounded
    2014 weekend tally: 5 killed, 45 wounded
But you know that the tame media is going to tout the "shootings are down" narrative. Harder to explain is this one:
  • He would’ve started the fourth grade this fall.

    About halfway through summer break, Gustavo Garcia was already looking forward to school starting back up at Arnold Mireles Academy.

    “He liked to play with his classmates,” said Andrew Holmes, a community activist who spent Sunday morning at the Cook County morgue with Gustavo's mother and stepfather. They had to officially identify the boy who was shot to death while riding in a car with his stepdad about 11:15 p.m. Friday in the 3500 block of East 97th Street, Holmes said.
The latest in a long line of child homicides that cry out for longer prison sentences and a return of the death penalty.

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Poor? Or a Payoff?

Kim Foxxx is broke. Kim says so. Prickwrinkle says so. It must be true because politicians never lie.

But what's this?
  • The civil bureau of the State's Attorney's office laid off two experienced ASAs including one who was the previous Chief of the bureau. At the same time, the new Chief of the Civil Bureau has retained his former law firm to try a case in federal court for $500 per hour. This case could readily be handled by the staff assistant state's attorneys. How can the County cry poor mouth and let the SA's office hire private firms at $500 per hour to do their work?
Too bad there aren't any actual investigative reporters around to look into things like this.

Maybe there's an Assistant US Attorney looking to get some public corruption cases started?

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Again, No Local Talent

  • Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans has chosen an African-American woman who runs New York’s Port Authority to be her chief operating officer at O’Hare Airport, City Hall sources said Thursday.

    Stephanie Dawson will replace Jonathan Leach, a holdover from the team assembled by former Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino.

    [...] Leach resigned earlier this week, exacerbating a leadership vacuum under Evans that the commissioner has blamed on salaries too low to compete for top talent.
And then this bit of info slipped in the article:
  • Evans is the city’s highest paid public official, with an annual salary of $300,000 and a contract that allows her to earn a performance bonus of $100,000 a year.
Amazing - a government job that relies on the talent and ingenuity of private companies to actually do the heavy lifting, to make a political hack an extra $100,000.

Back in the heady days of McCarthy, when crime was "down" and we were all getting ribbons for "reductions," we would have forgone that unneeded expense for a bonus totaling one-third of our salary. We would have been at least as deserving as these airport hacks.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Darwin Alive and Well

  • A 33-year-old man accidentally shot and killed himself while in Englewood on Thursday night, police said.

    At 11:55 p.m., the man had a gun in his waistband and was in a parked car in the 6100 block of South Winchester Avenue, police said. The man moved around the car and his gun went off, hitting the man in his abdomen.

    The man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in critical condition and was later pronounced dead, police said.

    The gun was found, police said.
Two bets to make on this one, both almost certain to make you money:
  • No holster;
  • The gun will make an appearance on the "table of guns" that the superintendent trots out a few times a year to decry "gun violence," even though this was a case of "gun stupidity."
Place your bets.

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Is There an Accountant in the House?

You'd think the media - the part that isn't the propaganda arm of the Machine - might be interested in figuring out exactly where so much tax money gets pissed away. They'd have a field day with crap like this:
  • The following description is copied right off the Cook County Government web site:

    "The DUI Memorial Program is offered in Cook County to provide families an opportunity to safely commemorate a loved one who died as a proximate result of a crash caused by an impaired driver under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof, as well as to raise the public’s awareness of the consequences of driving while impaired under the influence.

    "Under this program, a DUI Memorial Marker may be installed and maintained by the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways (Department) for a period of at least two years for fatal crashes which occurred on or after January 1, 1990.

    "A DUI Memorial Marker consists of a Sign, and Plaque (optional), which will normally be installed and maintained by the Department at or near the location of the crash. An immediate relative of a deceased individual of a crash caused by a driver found to be under the influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, intoxicating compound or compounds, or any combination thereof, may apply for a DUI Memorial Marker through this program by submitting an official application form to the Department."

    Relatives of the deceased pay for the Markerand Plaque. However, the county Department Of Transportation And Highways pays for the installation and maintenance of the marker and plaque and county employees have to process and approve the requests. The County Treasurer's office has to process the payment for the signs. The County also employs a Roadside Memorial Coordinator to manage entire program.

    The entire program involves a Coordinator and employees from multiple County Departments and yet the entire program has little or no value to the taxpayers who must support it. This is merely an example of the kind of waste in Cook County Government that has contributed to the layoffs of some county employees who are actually doing the taxpayer's work.
Something like this pops up when politicians don't want to cut spending, but are actively looking for some way to spend "leftover" money instead of returning it to taxpayers. And this is only one example among thousands in the County (and City) budgets, and it's been going on for decades.

From the comment sections, we also hear that Foxxx just hired five more lawyers while dozens received layoff notices. We aren't sure how that works - there must be politics involved somehow - but when times are tight, hiring goes out the window and the lowest seniority people (or folks) are the ones sweating the pink slips. And that's not even asking if it's true she has a "Director of Ethics," a "Deputy Director of Ethics," a "Director of Diversity" and a "Deputy Director of Diversity." Does anyone know? Are they being laid off? Is the County (and Chicago) budgets on line so a friendly accountant can look at some of this preposterous (and corrupt) spending that goes on?

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Pistol vs AK-47 = "Excessive"

  • A lawsuit filed Thursday accuses a Chicago police officer of shooting a 36-year-old man to death without “just cause or just provocation’’ earlier this month in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side.

    The suit was filed in federal court by Tamara Locke, sister of Quintec Locke, who was shot during what police said was an armed confrontation in the 2200 block of South Kostner Avenue around 10:45 p.m. July 1. Two weapons were recovered from the scene, an AK-47 and a handgun.

    [...] According to the suit, which names the city of Chicago and Officer John Doe as defendants, Officer Doe and his partner responded to the scene with their guns drawn to a report of people shooting weapons and when the officers got there, they confronted Locke.

    The officers “did not take normal precautions or follow the usual practice approaching a suspect,’’ according to the suit, and “without just cause or just provocation’’ Officer Doe shot Locke “several times.’’
Wait....there's a "usual practice" confronting a man with two guns, one of which is completely capable of defeating CPD body armor? Let's review:
  • Police were called to the scene and given descriptions of people with guns;
  • Police responded fast enough that they arrived while the offender was still in the area;
  • Police methodically searched the given location and discovered the offender;
So now what? Wait until fired upon? Wait until someone is dead? Needlessly endanger citizens and coppers alike by letting him run amok with a rifle that can has an effective range of over a city block?

The City better not even enter into negotiations with this waste of protoplasm.

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Another Pension Lie?

This appeared in our e-mail (click for bigger version):


Hooray! Solvency!! We're saved!!!

  • Illinois’s biggest financial challenge, the $130 billion debt to its workers’ pension funds, may only get bigger thanks to the budget that pulled the government back from the brink.That spending plan, pushed through by lawmakers eager to keep Illinois’s bond rating from being cut to junk, allows the state to sink deeper into the hole by giving it five years to phase in hundreds of millions of dollars in increased contributions to four of its five retirement plans.

    Those extra payments stem from the funds’ decisions to roll back forecasts for what they expect to make on their investments, which means Illinois will need to set aside more money to ensure it can cover pension checks due in the decades ahead.

    “The phase-in of the actuarial assumption is another exercise in kicking the can down the road, but we’re not sure how far the can travels,” said Dave Urbanek, spokesman for the Illinois Teachers’ Retirement System, the state’s largest pension, which has $73 billion of unfunded liabilities. “You pay less now, pay more later.”
So the can got kicked down the road again? For five more years, which covers how many elections cycles? Why can't anyone be honest with the workers? Even for a second?

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Shut Up Al

  • The Rev. Al Sharpton has voiced concerns about the federal government's announcement that more federal agents were sent to Chicago to deal with the city's violence problems.

    Sharpton, who heads the National Action Network, held a news conference Thursday at a church on the city's West Side. He says everyone wants to stop the shooting in Chicago, "but you've got to have the will and the determination to do it on all sides and be fair and just."
All sides? Like whom?
  • people and folks?
  • people v people?
  • folks v folks?
What "sides" does Al happen to be talking about here?

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