Saturday, October 10, 2015

Aw, Poor Little Felon

  • Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan on Friday called for legislation that would end the practice of labeling those released from prison as felons for the remainder of their lives.

    During a speech before the Coalition to Reduce Recidivism’s 12th annual luncheon in Waukegan, Ryan told attendees the “felon” tag is a deterrent to someone looking for a job.

    Ryan, 81, a Republican, spent more than five years behind bars on corruption charges. He said during his incarceration at a Terre Haute, Ind. federal prison he saw many young men who have to wear the felon tag once released from prison.

    “They’ve served their time, and that tag ought to be removed for the rest of their lives by law,” he said.
First of all, go f#$% yourself felon.

Second, we be amenable to removing the "felon" tag after the felon completes a probationary period, at least equal to the sentence that was imposed upon them - not the amount they served, because in Illinois, that would be a matter of days in certain instances.

During that probationary time, the felon will complete any court imposed education programs like anger management, or domestic violence, or AA, or "don't take shit that doesn't belong to you," because the felon obviously missed these lessons somewhere along their life route. The felon will hold a series of menial jobs, like ditch-digger, highway trash collector, port-o-john attendant, etc., a job that demonstrates what labor honest people do to support themselves and their families. The felon will earn minimum wage so he/she can see how honest people live. If the felon holds a second minimum wage job, the felon can reduce the probationary period by exactly zero - lots of people hold three and four jobs and they don't commit felonies. Any failure will result in the "felon" label for life.

Additionally, anyone who is dumb enough to commit another felony, will have the word "felon" branded upon them so that everyone can see what a dumbass they are. If honest work, honest pay and a second chance aren't enough to cure you of your stupidity, then you deserve exactly zero sympathy and should carry your burden where everyone can see it.

Third felony and you're done. We'll gladly kick in the extra tax money to house the felon for the rest of their life, as long as a reputable prison warden provides no TV, no exercise yard, no unapproved reading material, and the cheapest food allowable by law. Also, no medicine stronger than an aspirin or Tylenol. Prison shouldn't be a vacation.

You're welcome to disagree - discuss within the bounds of decency please.


No Bet

  • St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay turned down the traditional friendly bet on the playoff series between the Cubs and Cardinals, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office.

    Emanuel proffered the usual assortment of Chicago beers, deep-dish pizza and Eli's cheesecake, plus tickets to Chicago tours and a donation to charity as the city's offering if the Cubs lose to their hated rivals from Missouri in the National League Division Series. But Emanuel spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said Slay declined to reciprocate.
Yeah, we wouldn't be caught dead gambling with Rahm either. He cheats.


Friday, October 09, 2015

Congratulations Chicago

  • A new report declares an area of Chicago as “America’s Mass-Shooting Capital” and described it as more dangerous to live in than some of the world’s most murderous countries, according to a new report.

    West Garfield Park, which has a population of 18,000, saw 21 murders in 2014, according to The Daily Beast’s report. This makes the area’s homicide rate 116 per 100,000 people.

    Honduras -- the country that leads the world in homicides -- has a homicide rate of 90, according to figures from the United Nations.
Of course, you can spin the stats a hundred different ways, but still. West Garfield Park is worse than Honduras? And this year, more people probably moved out, and the homicides are at 38, so the rate is only getting worse.

Time to burn it to the ground and start over.

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Another Great Rahm Choice

  • Even before she was hired to run Chicago Public Schools, Barbara Byrd-Bennett set up a scheme to get a 10 percent kickback on all the CPS contracts she could steer to a former employer, in part to set up a college fund for her twin grandsons, authorities said Thursday.

    The feds found damning, detailed emails between her and her ex-boss, Gary Solomon — apparently so damning that Byrd-Bennett will plead guilty in the case involving $23 million in CPS contracts. U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, in an unusual move, announced Byrd-Bennett’s intention to plead as he announced the charges.

    “I have tuition to pay and casinos to visit :)” the feds say Byrd-Bennett wrote in one of many emails discussing the alleged kickbacks.
Between this goof and Rahm's comptroller, who was hired while under a federal investigation in another state before fleeing to Pakistan, how many millions have been stolen from taxpayers while Rahm looks for more blood out of turnips?

Here's a truly bizarre thought - what if the most competent hire that Rahm made, despite his shady background, NYPD antics, CompStat lies, domestic issues, but never gets investigated by the feds, turns out to be McCarthy? No wonder Rahm is keeping him around.


Aldercreatures Complain?

  • Determined to avoid a City Council rebellion when he’s trying to line up votes for a $588 million property tax hike, Mayor Rahm Emanuel opted to preserve a $66 million-a-year program that allows Chicago aldermen to choose from a menu of neighborhood improvements.

    But that’s apparently not enough for some City Council members. They want to know why the Chicago Department of Transportation is behaving like a restaurant by raising the price of “menu” items like street, sidewalk and alley repairs.

    With Transportation Commissioner Rebekah Scheinfeld on the hot seat at City Council budget hearings Thursday, Ald. George Cardenas (12th) compared the annual exercise to shopping at Bloomingdale’s.

    “You’re afraid of the accessories. If you want to add a little something, that’s going to cost more. When you’re done pricing it out, it’s a suit you can’t afford,” Cardenas said.
How thick are these idiots? Prices go up, it's a fact of life. Or maybe they didn't notice the $600 million property tax hike they're about to approve? or the new garbage fees? Or the raises they seem to have gotten? Or the pensions that are 100% funded while we have to scrounge for promises made a few contracts ago?

We've got some complaints too listening?


Thursday, October 08, 2015

Look at All That Money!

Remember, Rahm is pushing to raise taxes by nearly $600 million or by golly, he's going to lay off 4,000 cops and 2,500 firefighters!
  • Even as Chicago confronts a fiscal crisis, investors are looking beyond its turbulent finances with anticipation toward the city’s biggest bond deal ever.

    Chicago sold about $2 billion of securities for O’Hare International Airport, backed by revenue from the nation’s busiest airport and sheltered from the mounting pension obligations squeezing the third-most populous U.S. city. Fund managers at Wells Fargo Asset Management and Conning say any yield premium resulting from the city’s tainted reputation is likely a buying opportunity given the airport’s rising traffic and hub status.

    “Just looking at the nuts and bolts of the deal, it’s been pretty impressive what’s going on there,” said Paul Mansour, head of municipal research at Hartford, Connecticut-based Conning, which holds O’Hare debt among its $11 billion of tax-exempt securities and is reviewing the deal. “There will be a certain amount of firms, individuals who say no Chicago under any circumstance. That will add some value for those that look through to the underlying credit.”
Bloomberg had this story. We didn't see it in the local rags, nor the television stations. Not a dime going to pensions, even though $2 billion would pay the obligations three times over. But hey, Chicago is broke and you chumps better come up with $588 million....or else!

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Haven't We Been Here Before?

  • A push to overhaul criminal sentencing is prompting the early release of thousands of federal drug prisoners, including some whom prosecutors once described as threats to society, according to an Associated Press review of court records.

    About 6,000 inmates are due to be freed in the coming month, the result of changes made last year to guidelines that provide judges with recommended sentences for specific crimes. The Justice Department says roughly 40,000 inmates could benefit in coming years.

    Many of them are small-time drug dealers targeted by an approach to drug enforcement now condemned by many as overly harsh and expensive. But an AP analysis of nearly 100 court cases also found defendants who carried semi-automatic weapons, had past convictions for robbery and other crimes, moved cocaine shipments across states, and participated in international heroin smuggling.
Former Governor Quinn did the same thing, releasing hundreds, possibly thousands of inmates all in the name of "saving money." This backfired spectacularly when the parolees started turning up dealing dope again, shooting guns, and in at least one, possibly more cases, murdering people when they should have been serving rather lengthy sentences.

But hey, 6,000 more felons on the street, unhireable in the current economic climate, what could possibly go wrong?


More Media Omissions

There they go again, changing stories following publication in case someone gets offended...or points out some stupid shit. Yesterday's quote from aldercreature Ervin:
  • Ald. Jason Ervin (28th) told McCarthy that “folks sell dope like candy” in his West Side ward. He accused McCarthy of neglecting such quality-of-life issues — and instead putting all of his attention on the city’s rampant violence.
Except the quote was a bit different yesterday. It included this line:
  • “folks sell dope like candy....folks sell cigarettes like candy...
Gee....Ervin bitching about quality-of-life issues like....loosie cigarette sellers. And the Sun Times removed that portion of the quote from the story. Why oh why would that be?

Oh yeah...NYPD (where Garry is from) enforcing cigarette ordinances (passed by the city council) as "qualify of life" arrests (that Ervin is bitching about), led to a overweight criminal expiring of a heart attack following his arrest for....selling cigarettes like candy.

Can't you just taste the irony here? Ervin bitching about cigarettes, failing to realize he's undercutting the entire BLM movement, all in the name of hammering a superintendent who wouldn't remove a District Commander Ervin didn't like.

And the Sun Times obviously realized this and took the offending quote out of their story.


How Low Can it Go?

  • McCarthy acknowledged his detectives have cleared only 8 percent of this year’s shootings, which are classified as aggravated batteries with firearms. And only 23 percent of this year’s murders have been cleared, putting Chicago in the “middle of the pack” of large U.S. cities, he said.
An 8% clearance rate on shootings? And 23% on murders? Any idea why this is happening?

Enter Dean Angelo:
  • Dean Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said the union hasn’t taken a position on whether McCarthy should stay or go.

    “We don’t hire them, we don’t fire them, we don’t reprimand them, we just work for them,” he said of police superintendents.

    [...] Angelo also questioned the manpower numbers McCarthy gave aldermen Tuesday. McCarthy said 1,070 detectives are on the job, but Angelo said the number he saw at the end of August was 890.

    “What number is it?” he said.
Enough to make another few classes we imagine, but for that, you have to hire more officers...and Rahm isn't about to do that. And you need a promotional test that isn't 10 years old.


Wednesday, October 07, 2015

The Media at It Again

What we wouldn't give for an honest bit of reporting once in a while.

We were listening to WBBM on the way home today and they had a clip of Rahm talking in regard to the Budget Hearings today where the Black Caucus was giving McCarthy some flack. We almost drove off the road when we heard it. Rahm stated, not verbatim:
  • The problem wasn't McCarthy, it was the breakdown of the family structure, too many single parent households, and culture lacking in moral direction that made the gang into a "family." Then the usual rigmarole about guns, sentencing, etc.
We rushed home and tried to nail down the quote...but WBBM wasn't streaming it. None of the other channels carried it at all. The papers had all sorts of quotes, but not that gem. We tried keywords, alternative media sites, the works and we couldn't find that quote.

We were shocked because it was pretty much part-and-parcel of what every conservative think tank, conservative author, conservative writer, conservative media-types, websites, and political candidates have been trying to put forward for decades now - that the dissolution of the family structure, particularly in the poorer strata of society and specifically in the minority communities, is the elephant in the room when addressing criminal trends.

Of course, every time conservatives advance this idea, the cries of "racism" are deafening, because the grievance-mongers can't have actual solutions based on actual facts out there - something might actually get solved and they'd have to find jobs and stuff.

But we heard it.


Rahm Supports Garry

  • Rahm has Garry’s back.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel reiterated Tuesday in no uncertain terms that he supports Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

    “I’m standing by him,” Emanuel announced after an award ceremony honoring police, firefighters and paramedics.

    His comments came less than 24 hours after the City Council’s Black Caucus called for McCarthy’s ouster, claiming he’s been unresponsive to the drug dealing, loitering and other “quality of life” issues in the aldermen’s communities.

    “I understand their frustration,” Emanuel said, but he added: “My focus . . . is on gangs and guns, not on Garry.”
Nice alliteration there Rahm - Jesse and Al would be proud!

Some amusing finger-pointing from the aldercreatures during the whole charade:
  • “Over the years, we’ve attempted to work with your administration to no avail,” said Ald. Anthony Beale (9th).

    “Superintendent, you have been extremely disrespectful to every member in this body. . . . You are not the smartest person in the room all the time,” he said.
Actually, McCompStat was probably was in the top four or five...after all, the room was full of aldercreatures which brought down the collective IQ by magnitudes.

In any event, the mayor is standing by his choice. Heaven forbid he should ever admit he might need a change or he might have made a mistake.



  • The Chicago Recovery Alliance, which helps people addicted to heroin, says its most recent figures suggest a dramatic increase in the number of overdoses on the West Side and in Cicero over the past week.
"suggest a dramatic increase"? Where the hell have these idiots been? We're pretty sure this was covered by Channel 5, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 32, both papers, CNN, National Public Radio, and the BBC. We're pretty sure the International Space Station said something about the pile of Chicago junkies being only the second man-made structure visible from space, too. Some blog talked about it, too, and provoked some amusing discussion on the reddit boards.


Shots Fired South

No hits:
  • A person is in custody after allegedly trying to run down several Chicago police officers Tuesday who were trying to pull him over and ended up with officers firing shots at the suspect, police said.

    The incident occurred at 12:09 p.m. on the 5500 block of South Hoyne Avenue in the West Englewood neighborhood, police said. Police attempted to pull over a vehicle when the person then tried to run down police officers, police said.

    In the process, the person attempted to run down several police officers which then led to police discharging their weapons, police said.
Subject apprehended later, so that's good.


Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Big Changes Friday! was Monday? What the hell? This throws off all of our timing....can someone at 35th Street turn back the calendar. Please? This is not acceptable:
  • Chicago Police Superintendent Garry F. McCarthy today announced the retirement of his trusted second-in-command, First Deputy Police Superintendent Alfonza Wysinger, as well as the Chief of the Bureau of Internal Affairs, Juan Rivera, who served with distinction for nearly 30 years.

    In a series of corresponding moves, McCarthy announced the promotion of three talented, and widely respected, veteran commanding officers to new leadership positions within the Department. The appointments are effective October 15, 2015.

And who are these "widely respected" members of the Department?
  • John Escalante as First Deputy Superintendent
  • Eddie Welch III as Chief of IAD
  • Constantine Andrews as Chief of Detectives
  • Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has a new chief of detectives — a veteran cop under investigation for his role in creating a fictitious witness statement that helped prevent former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s nephew from being charged with killing David Koschman.

    Constantine G. “Dean” Andrews was deputy chief of detectives in 2011 when he was placed in charge of reinvestigating the Koschman case and closed it without charges, concluding that Daley nephew Richard J. “R.J.” Vanecko had punched Koschman in self-defense.

    Cook County Judge Michael P. Toomin later ruled that police and prosecutors “conjured up” the self-defense conclusion. Toomin appointed a special prosecutor, Dan K. Webb, who led an investigation that resulted in Vanecko pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter in January 2014.
The Special Prosecutor almost had Andrews and five other charged with obstruction, but in true Chicago fashion, decided if he couldn't win, he wouldn't pursue the case.

Expect more.


Regarding The Mass Suspension

Some sound advice in the comment section yesterday:
  • If they give us access to the reports then that report should be able to be viewed by police officers. So you're saying it was wrong to look at an approved police report then why should we even take police reports from anyone in the first place. If they can prove you disseminated the report then that is a rule violation but an arbitrator with even a half of brain and drunk will rule on the side of the officers involved. There is no rule violation or department directive that prohibits looking at a database that is available to everyone citywide. Is a loser for the department and they know it.
Pretty much can't argue with it. If you disseminated information and you aren't part of Media Affairs with the approval of the Superintendent or his designee, then you're in violation and if caught, are going to get tagged.

In the meantime, anyone receiving a suspension notice should appeal it at the earliest opportunity. Looking at a case report isn't a Rule Violation, and there is a mechanism in place to restrict access to who can view a report. If the Department didn't click the box, that's their fault, but we remember a time that reading reports was encouraged. We'd see coppers (and spent time ourselves) looking through the basket before the tour, during the tour, and after some nights looking for a quick arrest. It was simply good police work and it was taught to us by good cops.

If these suspensions are true (and some are claiming they are up to 400 in number), then make the Department follow their own rules. If this was a CR, you get to answer allegations. If it was a SPAR, make them follow the SPAR table - that means a reprimand if you don't have a previously sustained beef. No one should be signing off on these just based on who read a case report. That's ridiculous and the FOP should fight this tooth-and-nail.

It's certainly ironic that at a time the citizens and various aldercreatures are demanding more police on the beat, the Department would remove a minimum of 1,700 to 3,400 man-hours from the streets.


Once Again, Missing Reality

  • A group of black aldermen on Monday called for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fire police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, saying the city's top cop hasn't done enough to deal with crime in their wards or bring more diversity to the upper ranks of the department.

    A City Hall news conference included most of the 18 members of the City Council Black Caucus, including some aldermen who have been staunch supporters of Emanuel's agenda. Ald. Roderick Sawyer, 6th, chairman of the caucus, said the group decided after years of frustration to push for McCarthy's ouster on the day before he and Police Department brass are scheduled to come to the council for their annual budget hearing.
This should make for a very entertaining budget meeting later today, especially seeing the movement that took place yesterday.
  • "As aldermen of these communities, we are on the front lines of the work to keep our streets safe and secure. We have been troubled by the superintendent's lack of responsiveness to our concerns and requests as we face this crisis," Sawyer said. "In addition, we have been deeply concerned about the superintendent's failure to place African-Americans in a position of leadership throughout the department, as well as the reduction in new African-American police recruits despite our repeated efforts and inquiries."
We can't tell you the number of times we've seen aldercreatures out there, performing traffic stops, arresting dope dealers, chasing armed robbers over fences, shooting it out with armed assailants.

What we can tell you is how many times we've seen aldercreatures out there marching with gang bangers, supporting the law breaking over the law enforcers, picking up tranny hookers, and calling for more and more restrictions on police efforts to curb crime and disorder - it numbers in the hundreds.

And let's be frank here - there are plenty of black bosses around. Hell, if you're a black lieutenant with a degree, you're going places, guaranteed. The trouble is, if you're a black recruit with a degree, why are you wasting it here when some Fortune 500 company is offering you better hours, better benefits and better pay?

We haven't noticed the Supernintendo running around the west and south sides lighting up any of the nearly 400 murder victims this year - that seems to be the citizens that these aldercreatures represent. And holding McCarthy responsible for the languid hiring pace is asinine when it's Rahm holding the purse strings. And of the $100 million spent on police overtime these past two or three years, let's just say it isn't being spent in our ward - we're lucky if we see our beat car once a month and if we need police service, we're lucky to see them within a two-hour window.

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RedLoon Defunded

  • City Hall is ending its financial support of the Great Chicago Fire Festival, and it's unclear whether the Redmoon Theater-produced event will be held next year.

    The city kicked in $100,000 a year for three years for the festival, but Special Events Commissioner Michelle Boone told aldermen on Monday that the funding is not being renewed.

    The event started out as a public embarrassment in 2014 when model houses failed to ignite while floating in the Chicago River during the festival's climax, earning the nickname "the fiasco on the river" from one alderman. But the festival moved to dry land on Northerly Island this year, and Boone deemed it "great."
Yeah, right. Tens of thousands of dollars in damages to the nearby Chicago Yacht Club kind of put a damper on memorializing 300 dead people with another conflagration. And the $600 million in tax increases kind of put a damper on things. Morons.


Monday, October 05, 2015

200 One-Day-Suspensions?

Truth or rumor?
  • Scc-can you start a entry regarding the nordstrom store shooting that someone leaked info to the media. Apparently everyone has to take a day suspension (about 200 officers) for looking at the report for "conduct unbecoming." I would appreciate what others have to say regarding this issue.
We've also heard reports that a number of officers are taking one-to-three days for having the audacity to actually look at the case report regarding Rahm's son being "mugged" in the dead of night during a phone call to a "college counselor."

This sounds like an effort worthy of Charlie Williams, a man who has stated that he wants to fire as many officers as he can on Rule 14 violations that were sustained during a very questionable period at IAD, and who is supposedly making noises about coming back to CPD.


Judge's End Around

Um, what's this?
  • OT but, are any of you guys aware that Judge Joseph Claps is violating officer's rights and the FLOP and the OLA is standing by and letting it happen. On a recent motion to suppress his confession, a defendant claimed that he only confessed because he was beaten. Claps then points out two detectives in the courtroom and asks the defendant if these are the officers who beat you. When he says no, the judge sends an order to the police department to produce photos of every officer involved in the arrest, presumably to conduct a photo array on the next court date. WTF, where is the FOP on this? Where is the ACLU? Policeman dont have any rights?
Claps seems to have irretrievably tainted any investigation by his words and deeds. The FOP should be making some sort of appearance along with Corporation Counsel to educate the judge as to the other side of "due process" and "contractual protections" along with the presumption of innocence, not only of the career criminal on trial, but the officers and detectives involved.


Dear God, No

  • Taste of Chicago posted $320,205 in profit this summer, according to city figures, continuing an erratic trend of profits and losses at the Grant Park festival in recent years, officials said Sunday.

    Taste lost just over $169,000 last year, when rains canceled the one and only Saturday for the event. The festival turned a profit of $272,000 in 2013 and lost a whopping $1.3 million in 2012. The city announced the 2015 numbers late Sunday evening.
And we don't believe a word of it. There's too much cash floating around there - so much, that we're surprised year after year that a concerted effort to rob one of the money runs hasn't occurred at some point. That "erratic trend" is likely a shell game depending on the political winds blowing at the time.

A smaller, pricier Taste might be more appropriate at a location like Navy Pier might be the better trend.


Sunday, October 04, 2015

Misleading Headline

You know, you'd think that the papers could at least get the first impression correct:
Damn those police - blazing away, killing unarmed citizens, wounding bystanders, we really need more police oversight and shit.
  • A man was fatally shot Sunday morning after police were called to a domestic-related incident on the West Side and were confronted by a man who left a woman injured, according to Chicago police.

    Police responded to the 3500 block of West Grenshaw Street at 8:30 a.m. for a call of a "man with a gun," Chicago police said in a statement.

    After police arrived at the address they were told that a person had been shot inside the home, officials said. Police attempted to enter the home but the door was locked.

    After finding the door locked, police tried to speak with the man who refused to open the door.

    Police then forced their way into the home, fearing for the safety of the victim. Once they got inside of the home, police saw a man with a handgun who then refused police commands to drop the gun, police said.

    The man then charged at police while pointing the gun toward the police, officials said. Police, in fear of their lives, fatally shot the man, according to the police statement.

    Inside, police found a female with a gunshot wound and several stab wounds, police said. The woman was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition.
Oh. So the police saved a woman who had already been shot? And stabbed? And held against her will from seeking medical treatment? And defended themselves against an armed assailant? But the headline conveyed none of that.

How about one of these:
  • Hero Cops Rescue Wounded Woman Shot during Domestic
  • Woman Beater Dead After Threatening Cops with Gun
Those might make more sense.


Another Delayed

Word is the 014 District is going to take a beating at CompStat over this one:
  • A man died Thursday night, nearly six years after he was shot in the head while walking with his mother in the Northwest Side Logan Square neighborhood.

    An autopsy Friday determined Jeremy Gonzalez died from complications of a gunshot wound to the head, and his death was ruled a homicide.

    Gonzalez was 14 when he and his mother were walking in the 3400 block of West Armitage shortly after 9 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2009, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Garry will claim that CompStat could have prevented this if only he had been here a few years earlier.


This Nonsense Again?

  • Faith and community leaders say they want Chicago police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel held accountable for police brutality in the city.

    About 150 people gathered for a rally Saturday outside the Chicago Police Headquarters at 35th Street and Michigan Avenue, where they set up a simulated crime scene.

    They want Mayor Emanuel to establish an "independent police auditor office."

    The same group plans a vigil Monday afternoon outside the mayor's office.
More oversight? You mean besides IAD? And IPRA? And Anita's Task Force? And the feebs? And the ACLU, People's Law Office, Loevy and other plaintiff attorneys? A hostile City Council and State legislature? And a friendly US Attorney General with a direct line to the White House looking to railroad any copper they can?

But not a word of the nearly 400 minority deaths at the hands of their own congregants.


Da Underdogs...Again

Three point dogs with a 44.5 over/under - which happened to be the over/under on overdosing junkies this weekend. What a coincidence.


Saturday, October 03, 2015

Stop Saving Junkies

  • By Friday afternoon, 14 people had been rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago in the previous 24 hours to be treated for heroin overdoses, some with the needles still stuck in their arm, according to hospital officials.

    In all, nearly 75 people have overdosed in Chicago since Tuesday afternoon from dangerous batches of narcotics, possibly heroin laced with the painkiller fentanyl, according to city health and fire officials. Police were investigating if at least one recent death was caused by a heroin overdose.

    "We suspect what is happening is the same thing that happened in 2006 when people were getting heroin that was cut with fentanyl, which is a very strong narcotic," said Diane Hincks, a registered nurse and emergency room director at Mount Sinai on the West Side. "That's what we think is happening."
Our sources say it isn't fentanyl, but just purer heroin necessitating the double doses of NarCan, but we'll leave that for the scientists to determine.

What we want to know is why are we spending scarce police and fire resources on a self-solving issue?

Junkies die - who cares? You know who ought to be ordering everyone to stand down? The CompStat king himself, McCarthy - less junkies means less burglaries, less thefts, less stick-ups and eventually, less junkies, meaning less dope dealers, less shootings, less competition for territory - It's the Circle of Dumbassery.

Even better, more dead junkies means more hiring by the body removal services, so it's a net job creator, which is more than president Sparklefarts has done.


Detail Lawsuit Moves Forward

  • A lawsuit alleging the hiring of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's security detail was tainted by racial bias and violated city rules against political hiring will move forward after a federal judge ruled there were indications that politics improperly played a role in how the team was selected.

    In his 17-page decision, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber found "sufficient" evidence that Chicago police officials who assembled Emanuel's security team after he took office 2011 relied on a list compiled by a mayoral aide that included the names of six officers who volunteered in his campaign.

    The judge also found merit to claims that Terry Hillard, who at the time was the interim police superintendent, and Brian Thompson, the head of the security unit, improperly assembled the new team based on race.

    While Hillard and Thompson were the main decision-makers, the allegations surrounding one of Emanuel's first hires as mayor seemed to clash with the image he has tried to cultivate of taking politics out of city hiring.
Of course politics played a role - it always did. These guys had cushy jobs based on politics. None of them were security specialists prior top being appointed to serve Shortshanks. They got $20,000-to-30,000 per year raises based solely on politics. And then they lost the appointed job....on politics. Such is the way the cookie crumbles if your guy leaves. You aren't entitled to these spots. If you had actually taken a test and earned a spot, then they can't take it away on a whim. But this? Ridiculous.


Friday, October 02, 2015

More Lies from McCompStat

  • While overall crime is down since last year, Chicago saw a big increase in fatal shootings last month, which was the deadliest September in more than a decade.

    Compared to the first nine months of last year, murders were up 21 percent through the end of September. Shooting incidents were up 19 percent, and the number of shooting victims was up 14 percent. Overall crime – including robberies, burglaries, and thefts – was down 7 percent.

    The rise in murders so far this year is due in large part to an especially violent September. At the end of August, murders were down 7 percent compared to the first eight months of 2014.
Really? Let's just look at those numbers that Channel 2 swallowed without doing any fact checking - Here's a monthly running total of homicides from 2014 and 2015:
  • 01/2014 - 20     01/2015 - 29 (+9)
  • 02/2014 - 41     02/2015 - 49 (+8)
  • 03/2014 - 64     03/2015 - 81 (+17)
  • 04/2014 - 101   04/2015 - 115 (+14)
  • 05/2014 - 142   05/2015 - 162 (+20)
  • 06/2014 - 178   06/2015 - 210 (+32)
  • 07/2014 - 216   07/2015 - 262 (+46)
  • 08/2014 - 264   08/2015 - 312 (+48)
  • 09/2014 - 310   09/2015 - 372 (+62)
That August 2015 number sure doesn't look 7% smaller than the August 2014 number. Just more bullshit coming out of CompStat and the media just prints it without even running it through a calculator.

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The Return of Brown?

So Masters Masters Masters left the Cook County terrorism task force.

Rumor has it that Downtown Ernie Brown is coming in to replace him.

Anyone have a scoop?

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Overdoses Again

Hope you didn't need an ambulance Thursday:
  • Police are investigating a spike in drug overdoses on the Chicago's West Side.

    At least 23 people have been taken to area hospitals in the last 24 hours after using heroin, police said.

    Dr. Tarlan Hedayati at Stroger Hospital is alarmed because the standard treatment for heroin overdoses isn't immediately working.

    "Typically if it's given by the paramedics, we may not need to give it again in the emergency department. But we're noticing we were giving more in the emergency department to these patients," Dr. Hedayati said.

    The DEA is helping police try to track down the source of the bad batch of drugs.
Sure, if the DEA is on the case, they can just wrap-up the entire heroin network! No more drug problem.

And the Channel 7 headline was priceless:
One of these brainiacs want to tell us exactly what "good" heroin looks like?


CPS CompStat

  • Chicago Public Schools acknowledged Thursday that its graduation rate – heralded by Mayor Rahm Emanuel during his re-election campaign because the number of students finishing high school was reportedly rising – was overstated.

    The school system was forced to make the embarrassing revision following a Better Government Association/WBEZ investigation earlier this year that found thousands of students were being counted as transfers when they should have been counted as dropouts. Transfers aren’t factored into the graduation rate, but dropouts are.

    CPS previously claimed that 69.4 percent of students who started high school in 2009 graduated by the summer of 2014. But on Thursday, officials revealed that the rate is, in fact, 66.3 percent.
It must be the Revenge of Chuy. All of Rahm's lies are coming to the fore.


Thursday, October 01, 2015

Missed This One

  • As summer waned in recent weeks, bringing to an end what is often the most violent season of the year, New York City officials tallied 239 people killed in homicides. Los Angeles police counted 201 killed in about the same time period.

    But in Chicago, a city whose population is dwarfed by both major coastal cities, the death toll is far more grim, with 325 killed in homicides by Sept. 6.

    The numbers tell a tragic, nagging story for Chicago: Violence here far outpaces the nation's two larger cities, and has for more than a decade.

    Tribune reporters recently spent time in both New York and Los Angeles to try to understand what led to their steep reduction in violent crime and how those efforts might apply here. The answers are complex. Not even criminologists agree.
Hey, some reporters got a free trip! But the attached articles are sort of interesting in that you can see the bastardized versions of NY and LA style policing that has been cobbled together here in Chicago and how the short-sighted and half-assed on-the-cheap efforts have doomed each of the efforts.

Maybe it's time to bring back a citywide response unit....oh wait, we're 3,000 officers short of what we were in 1999. Guess that isn't happening.

And the countdown to 400 killings continues.


Way to go Media

  • A man was charged Wednesday after leading police on a high-speed chase through the streets of Chicago Tuesday.

    Desmond Henry, 25, of the 100 block of North Laporte Avenue in Chicago, was charged with one felony count of aggravated fleeing police at a rate of more than 21 mph, aggravated assault on a police officer and four counts of felony unlawful use of a weapon by a felon. His bond was set at $500,000.

    He also faces charges for possession of a controlled substance and manufacture or delivery of cannabis along with numerous traffic citations.
So all the charges resulted from the pursuit. The media then proceeds to blow the investigation:
  • At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Henry was observed in a rental car with a suspect wanted for double murder, prosecutors said. They then switched rental cars to a black Cherokee in the middle of the day under the same rental agreement.

    Henry was arrested after officers attempted to make an "investigatory stop on his vehicle" around 5:15 p.m. Tuesday near Polk St. and California Avenue, police said. He then led police on a miles-long chase to the 200 block of North Central Avenue, where he jumped out of the car while it was still in "drive" and ran to a friend's apartment, prosecutors said. A girl and a 2-year-old child were inside that apartment.
So whoever this guy was riding with earlier now knows he was under some pretty extensive surveillance regarding a double homicide, and if he isn't in the wind, he might be now. But hey, it made great copy for the helicopter.


A Nice Story

In this age of instant communication, like Facebook Snapchat, Instagram and such, someone appreciates the police:

Sometimes it's the little stories that make the best impressions.


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