Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Aldercreatures just don't get it

Everyone knows that aldercreatures (or alderweasels if you prefer) are tiny men and women with big egos. They posture and preen as if they were on the national stage and attempt to one-up each another in seeing how far they can push the bounds of good taste, common sense, and constitutional law. And they make quite a bit of money doing this, which further inflates their egos and propels them to further heights of insanity. Cases in point:
  • Aldermen plan to ban goose liver. What's up with this? Have we solved crime? Poverty? High local taxes? No? Then what are they doing even considering this? If rich people want to spend lots of money eating the filter organ from some bird that isn't even endangered, let them! Collect the sales tax and shut up about it. The city budget is $94 million dollars short so far and we for one are sick of getting tagged with the bill for their inability to control spending. All they are doing is driving the 100 or so people who eat this crap into the suburbs to buy it. The market will always be there, so take advantage of it.
  • Touching on yesterday's Quick Hits, the Iraq pullout vote by the city council. What's the purpose of this? The city council doesn't set national policy. Never has, never will, thank god. This is merely a chance for the aldercreatures to get stroked by CNN or MSNBC or some similar national media. And since IL went for john kerry in the national election and the IL republican party is dead, why would Bush care what the city council thought? They've been stealing votes for democrats since the turn of the century anyway.
  • And good ol' burton natarus; says the main reason traffic aides aren't getting respect is because they're short; says the old police style uniforms should be restored; says "If you want to know why we're having trouble with traffic, it's because police officers are not writing enough tickets. The Police Department wants to get out of the traffic business." Ah, burton. The aides are bitching because they can't get free stuff any more pretending to be the police. Not enough tickets - are you suggesting a QUOTA? It sure sounds like it. And the Police Department doesn't want out of the traffic business - the MAYOR DOES. Daley undercut the off-duty traffic control proposal the union put forth for special events because daley hates the police, doesn't want police making money, and police don't vote for him anyway. The department has been a drag on the political process since we stopped selling pencils on traffic stops. You want more police? HIRE THEM if you can get around the federal monitor. We're 1,000 short right now.
UPDATE: Good lord! We killed Burton! (actually, he's conscious at last report)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could you not mention "Burton the blowhard's" dramatic fallout after his impassioned Iraq speech. We don't need Ringling Bros., we have a top of the line circus meeting on a daily basis.

9/14/2005 02:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I can't talk no more, I'm dramatized".

9/14/2005 02:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, in the same article Burton stated a police officer should be with the traffic control aide to write tickets. If the P/O is there why have an aide? Typical, goofy, no-thinking alderman he is.

9/14/2005 03:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder if burton heard that the feds want to interview him again, or do you think that they found his horde of money and just got agitata

9/14/2005 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger 1096 said...

Someone should tell Burton that his qoute that the police dept wants to get out of doing traffic is dumber than his idea of putting diapers on horses. Daley created a whole new city dept OEMC and gave them control of traffic This is nothing more than a patronage haven for daley lackeys. I bet Burt Moron naturas doesn't even know the city is fighting the FOP to take all traffic control away from the police. These alderpersons are idiot Daley appointees themselves

9/14/2005 04:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Steinberg wrote a real nice slam on te new stars in todays Slum Times.

"One of the 30 or 40 police officers keeping the peace at Fosco Park -- or poised to anyway, should the need arise -- took the opportunity to complain about the flimsiness of the new stars the department is issuing to them. Apparently, they're saving a bit on each star, and the one he showed me, pinned to his chest, did seem like something out of a box of Crunchies. You could bend it apart in your hands. Needless to say, it's a false economy, given the work that goes into earning those stars, the lives sacrificed to fulfill the duty they represent and the pride with which police wear them. I'd say, spend the extra buck or two and give officers the quality stars they deserve. It is, literally, the least the CPD can do."

9/14/2005 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember, Burt, the buffoon, Natarus was responsible for the largest property tax increase in the history of Chicago when he voted for the increase breaking a tie vote.

9/14/2005 05:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ALD Burton Natarus , is a crook was grabbed by the FBI in 1984 and planted a bug at his seat in the city councel until it was discoverd 1986, has been a stooge for daley burke dunne and their illegal land deals for years. He,s useless, the mentioned names have cut in every land deal on the near north side for twenty years under front people. hes a SLIM BAG.

9/14/2005 10:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to 1096, Daley would created another City Agency but he,s to busy counting the payoff money he and Ald Eddie The Jerk Burke, been splitting for years with help of Burton Half Witt nataruss.

9/14/2005 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little history Alderman Burt!

In 1972 there were 350 p/o's assigned to Loop Traffic. Every intersection in the downtown and near north side was assigned a foot post number (Roosevelt rd. to Ashland ave. to Chicago Ave. inclusive).

If there was a full allotment of manpower, all of those corners were covered in the am and pm rush hours. The system worked pretty well back then.

If there was an in-progress job, usually the foot man was the first one there. Back then, every corner was rated in a dollar amount. The four corners around city hall were rated the highest (75 to 200 a day. The outlying corners 10 to 20 a day). These guys sold the parking spaces and valet parked the aldermen around the hall. Don't you remember Burt?

To get assigned to Loop Traffic took a confirmation from the pope or a political appointment at best, Remember Burt! Nobody wanted to leave there($$$).

All those parking tips flowed upstream through the Sgt's, Lt's and Capt's., all the way to 11th and State. But alas, nothing lasts forever and the city wanted those p/o's in Dist's. Every year there were less and less spots in that unit. In 1990 they started to dump the remaining (50-75) p/o's to Dist's on superbids as they said they were closing the unit and only 12 p/o's would remain and that they would be the 3wheel motorcycle p/o's that they hand($$$) picked.

During the late 70's and early 80's, they were hiring CETA (comprehensive employment training act-i.e. free federal money) aides to control Traffic (Green Uniforms) and knocking the Police out of spots.

Back then we had seven unions all trying to represent us (COP was the largest) and take our dues money until Mayor Jane allowed us to have an election over who would represent us and FOP won(FOP was the favorite of the Detective Division).

By January of 1991 they realized that they needed more Police around city hall (the Aldermen were having a hard time trying to park, and the Traffic Aides were not savvy with the tip system $$$,and the aides were writing parking tickets to the aldermen).

So they had a one time bid (LEGIT P/O's by Seniority-not clout) of twenty spots to Loop Traffic, 8 footmen and 12 motorcycle guys to work with the tow truck drivers in the downtown Wolfpacks to ticket and tow cars.

This is because the Civilian Traffic Aides could not handle the job they tried to take away from us. Also, the tow truck drivers (another clout job$$$) from Central Auto Pound were hijacking auto's and selling them back to the owners for cash on the spot.

So having extra police around was suppose to stop those mis-guided lads. Most of those aides were political hacks and could not read or write a parking ticket, let alone tow a car. None of them knew how to properly use a radio. There were constant open keys (they were forced off of Zone 4 and put on City Wide 1).

Some of them were so large they could barely fit through a doorway, (or on a bus). Remember when the Credit union was at Wabash and Lake St's and the Traffic Aides would write the Cops parking tickets while you ran up to the C.U.? (yeah baby).

There were rumors since 1995 that they were going to eliminate those people from the police budget, and alas 2005, they are reassigned to TMA. And the remaining Motorcycle guys and gals will be assigned to the 1st Dist. The end of an era, but not the end of the clout. They will have to deal with Cortez Trotter now (another waste of our tax Money. Cortez, you talk the talk, but you can't walk the walk).

So Alderman Burt, maybe you should check your facts and figures about what really goes on, quit making speeches about the war (since when did the city council control Washington, well maybe when J.F.K. was Pres.) and tell the Mayor to hire 3500 more police.

There is not one Dist. in the city that is at it's authorized manpower. Every watch is short in every unit. We dont't have two man cars after dark, wagons are down, beats are put down, time due refused, more p/o's were attacked and battered than at any time in our history.

Come on Mr., maybe we should have 17,500 instead of 13,500 (which we don't have anyway). We are THE SECOND LARGEST POLICE DEPARTMENT in the U.S. and our Elected Leaders think we can run on Smoke and Mirrors with this Manpower shortage. Where's Our Leader, Fat Phil? Should not he be asking the city council for more Police? Fat chance of that happening!

Besides, the CPD is so over-bloated with Gold Stars and Supervisors at 35th, Asst. Deputies, Chiefs, and people who don't have a clue as to what's happening on the street.

We have more Gold Stars now than at any time in CPD history (and the sad part is they are useless, just over paid white shirts with large office staff's, messing up what the street police know how to do best).

Why do we need 50 Aldermen? How about 25 or 10? That would save the Mayor a bundle. Come on Burt, why don't you get behind that ordinance?

And they say that history repeats itself, well maybe one day we will get back all those spots that Daley gave away.

I'm done ranting for now, but it felt good anyway. Soon to be retired!

Hey Burt, Why don't you give it up and let a young kid have a chance? Nahh ($$$). Stay till you croak. The Mayor would only replace you with one of his puppet's (I think he's picked about 36 aldermen already-nothing like owning the council).

And one more thing Burt, Quit giving p/o's orders when you seen them on the street. Your not their boss, you old windbag. We can't wait for the FED's to send you on a one way trip to visit Betty Loren Maltese. (you two would be a pair that would beat three of a kind).

9/14/2005 11:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the traffic aides.....I'm surprised a citizen hasn't been killed yet. Go to Wrigley Field on any given game day and you'll see the same scenario over and over - 2 on a corner, one is waving the cars through the intersection, while the other is waving the pedestrians across at the same time.

They actually caused an accident right in front of me, too. One yelled at a motorist to stop just past the intersection and another waved a car through, and it ran into the back of the first car. And the re-ended driver was pregnant! Geez!

Most of the aides now are very young kids who look like they barely graduated from H.S. And, the turnover rate is high, too.

9/14/2005 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

to the 2359 hrs post

The only comment I have is the suggestion that you refer to members of EXEMPT rank as that.

GOLD STAR refers to our fallen ( at least in my mind) and ought never be confused with the EXEMPT rank

Otherwise very true accurate and nostalgic post

9/15/2005 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good point!

9/15/2005 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do we need all those alderman for? Oh I forgot to keep richie in his realm. What a waiste.

9/15/2005 07:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Burton Naturus....gee he fell out because he didnt eat all day. By the looks of him....if it had been that he didnt eat all week I my of bought it. Probably staged.

9/15/2005 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alderman Burts, first wife left bcause she found out ha had girl friend in GABRINI GREEN.

9/16/2005 12:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm buying all the fois gras I can. Then I'm gonna buy a bunch a nines for my boys. We gonna take over all da corners in da white yuppie hoods an start sellin the shit. Anybody tries to move in on us or try to sell it anyplace else, we gonna bust a cap on dey ass. Shit gonna be more valualble than crack, meth, or coke.

9/16/2005 07:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dude, you e-mail me and we'll see if we can't get you a gig writing for letterman and leno. Damn, that's funny. Selling foie gras on da corner. heehee

9/16/2005 09:02:00 PM  

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