Thursday, September 01, 2005

Rally for the Mayor!

The President and Chairperson of the MMFD (Media Mouthpieces for Daley) Fran Speilman writes today about a lady who is organizing a support rally for the embattled mayor. No date, time or location of the rally have been announced, but we hear there are a couple of really nice closets available in the 11th Ward Office. If the supporters are unable to guarantee a minimum head count to fill the closet, we have also heard of some lovely 8x10 cells in a place called "Club Fed."

John "Quarters" Boyle is rumored to be checking tickets at the door for the next 7 years.

12 Comments:

Anonymous leftisthebest said...

Didn't know where to post this so I'll do it here. Called the FOP hotline at 1700 hrs., just to see if maybe we'll be sending any P/O's down to Mississippi or New Orleans.

The message from our duly-elected president is 15 days old! What a joke! The CPUSA hotline never goes more than a few days without an update! When the Bush-bashing gets going, it is updated daily!

Oh yea, **** the mayor and the 11th ward. It's somebody's else's turn now.

It'll be interesting to see the spin Main and Speilman put on Meeks and Cline's comments in tomorrow's paper.

9/01/2005 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let the army handle NO. It ain't 9/11 and it ain't Manhattan.

9/01/2005 06:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Copyright 2005 The Morning Call, Inc.

Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania)

August 25, 2005 Thursday
FIFTH EDITION

Allentown, officer settle free speech suit;
City to pay $167,000 in back pay, lawyers' fees, and reinstate him.

By Elliot Grossman Of The Morning Call

Allentown will reinstate a police officer and pay $167,000 to settle his free speech lawsuit against the city.

Patrolman Michael Popovich alleged that the city fired him because he had publicly criticized top police officials.

Under the guidance of U.S. Magistrate Judge Arnold Rapoport, lawyers put the finishing touches on the settlement Wednesday at the U.S. Courthouse in Allentown.

"I'm just happy that it's all over with," Popovich said afterward. "I'm glad to be back on the force."

In 2003, Popovich sued the city and six police administrators, including former Chief Stephen Kuhn, alleging that they retaliated against him after he criticized the police administration.

That year, Popovich participated in a police union march protesting the actions of the city administration. The union had accused Kuhn and Mayor Roy Afflerbach of making insulting remarks about officers related to a proposal to toughen the drug-testing policy for police.

His civil rights lawsuit noted that The Morning Call published a front-page photo of Popovich in that march, holding a sign that said, "APOLOGIZE CHIEF!!!"

The suit alleged that the top police officials had a pattern and practice of retaliating against officers and members of the public who questioned the department's policies and practices.

According to the suit, because of Popovich's outspokenness, police administrators later overreacted to the way he handled the arrest of a burglary suspect. Accused of dragging the handcuffed suspect down a hill, he contended the suspect slipped on wet grass.

Police supervisors arrested Popovich without probable cause and questioned him for two hours about the way he handled the burglary suspect's arrest, according to his suit. But Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin concluded there was no basis to charge Popovich with a crime.

Police supervisors moved ahead with disciplinary proceedings, accusing him of using excessive force, falsifying incident reports and encouraging other officers to falsify incident reports. Kuhn suspended Popovich without pay and City Council fired him.

Two months ago, the city put Popovich back on the payroll after an arbitrator ruled that the firing was "grossly disproportionate to the offense."

The settlement requires the city to revise its records to reflect a 60-day suspension for Popovich's misconduct. He is scheduled to be back on patrol Wednesday.

"I don't foresee any problems," Popovich said about returning to work. "I think it'll be an easy transition."

The settlement includes $61,000 for back pay, $28,000 for lost overtime pay and $62,000 in attorneys' fees.

In the last two years, Popovich worked part time for North Catasauqua police, Stroud Regional police and Defense Department police at the Tobyhanna Army Depot. He joined the Allentown police in 2000.

According to city solicitor Robert Brown, Mayor Roy Afflerbach approved the settlement, which does not require City Council approval. Afflerbach could not be reached for comment, nor could Police Chief Joseph Blackburn.

The settlement does not constitute an admission of wrongdoing by the city, according to the written agreement. In prior court papers, the city contended that there was insufficient evidence to prove that administrators retaliated against Popovich.

But lawyer Jordan Yeager of Doylestown called the administrators' conduct "atrocious" because they punished him for exercising his constitutional right to criticize the government.

"The rights that are enshrined in the First Amendment are at the core of what our country is about," Yeager said.

A related case is pending in federal court. The burglary suspect has sued Popovich and the city, alleging excessive force.

9/01/2005 06:44:00 PM  
Anonymous w = nero my zero said...

"Fiddler on the Loose"
President Bush plays a guitar presented to him by Country Singer Mark Wills, right, backstage following his visit to Naval Base Coronado, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Bush visited the base to deliver remarks on V-J Commemoration Day. (AP Photo/ABC News, Martha Raddatz)

9/01/2005 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Honorable Richard M. Daley
Rally Committee:

Chairperson
Daniel "CLUB FED" Rostenkowski

Vice Chairperson
Betty Loren-Maltese
Former Cicero, IL Mayor
Champion Slot Machine Player
Current "CLUB FED" member

TICKET COMMITTEE

Scott "I was fishing" Peterson

O.J. "Double Cut" Simson

The MENDEZ "We killed our parents" Brothers

Alphonso Capone IV

The Halliburton Corporation

Waste Management Corporation

Friends of Millennium Park

The Meigs Field Memorial Foundation

The Association of Indicted and Convicted Alderman.

Ron Hubberman Cross Dressing Club

Swiss Bank Account Holders Alumni

Joey "Bagman" Lombardo

FRAN SPIELMAN
Chicago Sun-Times

Rev. Meeks

9/01/2005 11:08:00 PM  
Blogger BATHROOM WALL ? said...

I'll buy "Rally fer Da Mayer!" fer a Dollar. I hate to say it, but watching the Hurricane Katrina disaster unfold this week, I'd take our Junior Daley not only as Mayor but gladly as Commander-in-Chief, any day over the Junior Bush leaguer's bumbling and fumbling. Did you catch any of his speeches or interviews... like the freaking proverbial deer in the headlights. (click it!)

"W" really is the logical successor to the puppet Reagan; there's just "nobody home" behind the "loveable joker"/"cowboy swagger" facade... the pinhead has somehow hoodwinked the red state retards into thinking he's one of them- and he could give a shit- he's much more a "Chance the Gardener" with a workout fetish than the most powerful man in the world. Whatever medications he's taking- please Mr. Rove, double or treble the dosage or just finally throw the switch on your remote control back into full Karl autopilot... because your boy's spark plugs just aren't firing- he seemlingly has NO CONNECTION whatsoever to a full-fledged catastrophe only 500 miles east of his "Ranch"... but no- let's fly west to San Diego, then east to D.C. (but oh, get video of the Toy Pres looking out the damn plane window looking oh-so-concerned as you streak by!)

How this schmuck administration could drop the ball so badly (check out "Shoes for Condi "Imelda Marcos" Rice), this close to the four year anniversary of their 9/11 fuck-up is beyond me- but I wouldn't be surprised if you've just sealed the deal on giving the spineless Dem's the momentum to take Congress back in 2006, when you add this failure to the Iraq clusterfuck... Daley is starting to sound great compared to this- any Chicago pol knows when it rains, it pours if you don't get the damn snow off the streets- ask poor Mikey Bilandzic!

9/01/2005 11:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judge Blocks Tampa's Efforts To Obtain Names Of Those Posting To Law Enforcement Web Page
From The Tampa Tribune, August 27

TAMPA, FL – One document stands between the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and its attempt to subpoena the names of deputies who have posted anonymous messages on a Web site - the U.S. Constitution.

At the close of an hourlong hearing Friday, Judge William Levens determined the Web site www.leoaffairs.com does not have to provide the sheriff's office with Internet protocol addresses for people who posted anonymously. Sheriff's officials had served subpoenas on the owners of the Web site, arguing they were allowed access to the addresses as part of gathering information in a civil lawsuit.

"It is my belief that the Constitution trumps the rules of civil procedure," Levens said. "Historically, we have had a number of unpopular ideas put out in the mainstream by anonymous writers."

Levens called it one of the "messy parts" of constitutional rights.

Friday's ruling negates one of two attempts by the sheriff's office to identify anonymous deputies who post messages on the site.

A separate lawsuit, filed by the sheriff's office against several anonymous deputies, remains pending.

In Friday's case, attorneys for the Web site owners were arguing to quash subpoenas served on the owners.

Sheriff's attorneys defended the subpoenas, saying a person claiming to be a female deputy posted a message on www.leo affairs.com affairs.comthat said detectives "screwed up" the investigation into the disappearance of Steven and Marlene Aisenberg's baby. The message, attributed to the pseudonym She Devil, also said the investigation was a "fiasco" and the sheriff's office will have to write a big check to the Aisenbergs.

The Aisenbergs have an ongoing malicious-prosecution lawsuit against the sheriff's office.

Christopher Sabella, an attorney for the sheriff's office, said the person who posted the message appears to have knowledge of the case and should be identified. He said he wanted the identity so he could take her sworn statement to be used as evidence in the lawsuit.

The sheriff's office, Sabella said, has the right to seek evidence that might be relevant to the case.

Luke Lirot, an attorney representing the Web site, said the site owners should not have to reveal addresses of anonymous posters. The sheriff's office cannot say why the name is relevant to the lawsuit and cannot say what information she might have, Lirot said.

There is no proof the anonymous message was posted by someone in the sheriff's office, Lirot said.

"It says, `We screwed up,' " he said. "I think that is a matter of public knowledge at this point."

The sheriff's office has records of everyone involved in the Aisenberg investigation, Lirot said. If the lawyers interview all of those people, there would be no need to seek out the person who posted the Internet message.

"Anonymous speech has been held to be highly protected by the First Amendment," he said.

Levens said the person who posted the message intentionally hid his or her name. The Constitution, he said, gives anyone that right.

Sheriff's officials said they will appeal the ruling.

This week, a judge in a different lawsuit ruled that the sheriff's office could issue subpoenas seeking similar information from www.leoaffairs.com. In that suit, the sheriff's office is seeking to identify deputies it says made racist and sexist remarks, against policy.

Lirot said that when his clients are served with those subpoenas, he will fight them and expects to win again.

"I think it's going to carry the day on that, as well," he said. "They are identical issues."

9/02/2005 03:33:00 AM  
Anonymous leftisthebest said...

Hey M!

Post this below-listed link. To get the true story go to the source. New Orleans' newspaper, The Times Picayune, resumed with a limited circulation Friday morning with its first edition since the hurricane. The story in the right corner of page 1 says some Louisana state troopers resigned rather than to be sent to News Orleans!


http://www.nola.com/hurricane/katrina/pdf/090205/a1.pdf

9/02/2005 04:51:00 AM  
Anonymous leftisthebest said...

OOOOPS, the police story is in left bottom corner!

9/02/2005 05:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When he is convicted they should carve bars in to his magnificent "Bean" and let him serve out his sentence inside. Then we could all go down to Waste of Taxpayers Money Park and watch him throw shit around his cage and beat his little chest(just like he does on the 5th. floor).

9/02/2005 10:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Adolph

Maybe at the rally for the midget daley you can shoot him and the puppet Mark Donahue, for the good of the people.

9/03/2005 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley rallyers will a noon time rallywhen all the County and City workers will be on their lunch hour and force them to attend this farce rally, to make appear people are for Dirty Dick.

9/07/2005 11:06:00 AM  

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