Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Signs of Sanity in Chicago

Not just one example, but TWO!
This wasn't unexpected as even the mayor has passed Econ 101. Now if he can just whip an aldercreature or two into line, this one is dead dead dead.

This next one however, comes as a bit of a surprise:
  • Sarcastic headlines started popping up around the world. Comedians and talk show hosts had a field day. Now, a pair of influential aldermen have had enough. No longer willing to be the butt of jokes, Aldermen Burton F. Natarus (42nd) and Bernard Stone (50th) three weeks ago filed an ordinance with the city clerk to repeal the foie gras ban.
If these guys really want to make a difference, they ought to kill Ed Burke's latest attempt to outlaw transfat or what ever the nanny state of Chicago is attempting to outlaw. Stay the hell out of our food you jackasses.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting article. wonder if they'll insure us.....

Worried CIA Officers Buy Legal Insurance

Plans Fund Defense In Anti-Terror Cases

By R. Jeffrey Smith
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 11, 2006; A01

CIA counterterrorism officers have signed up in growing numbers for a government-reimbursed, private insurance plan that would pay their civil judgments and legal expenses if they are sued or charged with criminal wrongdoing, according to current and former intelligence officials and others with knowledge of the program.

The new enrollments reflect heightened anxiety at the CIA that officers may be vulnerable to accusations they were involved in abuse, torture, human rights violations and other misconduct, including wrongdoing related to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. They worry that they will not have Justice Department representation in court or congressional inquiries, the officials said.


9/11/2006 11:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they were talking about ordering foie gras in a rerun episode of laguna beach yesterday.....to think even if i wanted too i could not get it....damn you chicago aldermen!

9/12/2006 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Live and Learn said...

Off topic, but on target:

You wake up hung-over in a seedy motel, naked, with your genitals freshly shaved, a ball-gag in your mouth, a bottle of tequila crazy-glued to your hand, your service weapon emptied on the floor next to a puddle of someone else's blood...
Suddenly someone outside the door yells:

You're referred to as "The Police Officer Formerly Known As...."

You meet one of the guys right out of the Academy and he says, "Hey, didn't I see your picture in the newspaper?"

You start saying the Policeman's Prayer....
"God, Please let me get away with this and I'll never ever ever ever ever do it again!!"

Yours is the only pay stub that has the Miranda warning printed on it!

9/12/2006 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we ban Aldermen?

9/12/2006 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumour has it that there will be NO MORE promotions from the old list....any promotions will come off the NEW LIST!! This is on very good authority...believe it or not...

9/12/2006 01:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


9/12/2006 01:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ald. Ed Burke.......Come on, give lil Eddie a break, he's afraid of trans fat just like he's afraid to go around Chicago without his army of tax payer paid police bodyguards.

9/12/2006 02:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some years back, there was a similar insurance policy for cops. The company approached FOP. After consulting with the city, FOP took their marching orders and turned the company down. Bad public relations, you see.

The policy would have covered individual officers against punitive and other damages arising out of lawsuits.

9/12/2006 06:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm pissed!!! Who in the hell was driving ambulance 50 tonight? All night long they drove up and down the streets with the sirens blarring as if to say "If I have to be up all night, so do they"? How do I go about making a formal complaint? It's not every night that this happens. I do understand that sirens are needed, sometimes but especially not heading back to the fire house!! Besides, the streets were almost empty so what's the point?? I say it's just because the driver of ambulance 50 was being an ass!!
09/12/2006 06:02:00AM

9/12/2006 06:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Last class of sgts off the old list to start in October......at least 50 promos.

9/12/2006 07:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To 06:02:00 Beleive it or not, the Fire Dept. has an IAD. You could contact them.

9/12/2006 07:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This just in:

The A/2 Gun Team executed a search warrant and raided a private dining club on the Northside. They stormed in brandishing their guns and throwing well healed diners against the wall. All were arrested, including the owner of the club. Plates containing fois gras were recovered as well as a staxh of foi gras cached in a locked refrigerator.

In sum, twenty two people were arrestes for posession of fois gras. The owner of the club was charged with posession with intent to distribute fois gras.

No fire arms were recovered.

9/12/2006 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The merit packages were turned and if they haven't already, the round table will be meeting soon to decide who the exempts are going to recommend to the Supt. for Sgt's.

Besides, did you know that the firm who put together the recent Sgt's exam has completed grading the exam? The are not releasing the results because the city has not paid them.

9/12/2006 09:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand that Wal-Mart has agreed to sell fois grais only in suburbans stores. So the Alderman will agree not to overturn the veto. Thank God they are there to look out for us. I can sleep easy now here in the city away from that illegal food stuff.

9/12/2006 09:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To: 9/12/2006 01:26:49 AM

your authority is wrong. one more class of Sgts off the ld list.

9/12/2006 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some years back, there was a similar insurance policy for cops. The company approached FOP. After consulting with the city, FOP took their marching orders and turned the company down. Bad public relations, you see.

The policy would have covered individual officers against punitive and other damages arising out of lawsuits.

do you remmeber the Co.'s name?

9/12/2006 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pay and benefits for private industry jobs shouldn't be legislated through city hall. Let the congressmen and Senators on Capitol Hill raise the minimum wage and legislate health care for these types of jobs.Then let the President sign it into law.But we ALL know that as long as Bush and the GOP control Washington,it ain't gonna happen. A lot of people may be angry with Da'Mayor for using his veto powers but to me it's understandable why he did. There's NO WAY Daley was gonna risk losing all that potential tax revenue. People in this city are already being hit with tax increases. This was a good way to offset whatever budget shortfall the city might have. And for those people who will be working in those "big box" stores,I'm quite sure the majority of them will tell you that the job they have beats no job at all.

9/12/2006 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger coldtype said...

Signs of sanity? I see signs of cowardice. The bought and paid for aldermen who rolled over and their accompanying step-in-fetchit preachers who have joined hands with Wal-Mart in its attempt to screw workers, have only delayed--not prevented--the inevitable.

The grass-roots coalitions that put this issue on the agenda will not fold their tents and go away. There are political costs to pay for betraying the public in service to special (corporate) interests. The groundswell of support for this ordinances is massive and unlikely to dissipate.

While the corporate media was disinclined to highlight the full depth of support for this and other pro-worker legislation, be rest assured that it remains as strong as ever. Has anyone noticed that real wages have stagnated or declined while corporate profits have skyrocketed during this so called period of "economic recovery"? So a few fat cats increase their fortunes while the rest of us drown and we should characterize what results as economic prosparity? Take a closer look at the wealth distribution in this country--at the vurtual war that has been carried out against the poor and the middle class before you pat Wal-Mart and it's merry group of sycophants on the back.

I will say it again as I've said in earlier posts: Wal-Mart brings nothing to this city. Those who understand what a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) zone is will understand this at once. TIF zones are but a part of the massive public subsidies used to attract Wal-Mart and other corporate titans at public expense. Recall that TIF zones redirect the taxes on revenues back to the surrounding infrastructure of the corporation in question. No funds to police and fire, no funds for public schools or libraries, no funds for street improvements outside the TIF zone or for public parks. Now are you beginning to see how this works?

This is a variation on the so called "globalization" model that has been soundly rejected around the world. Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, Thailand, South Korea, and most recently the French are but a handful of places that the neo-liberal "free-market" agenda has been successfully challenged by the overwhelming majority of the respective populations.

Unlike here in the US, much of the Third World has had the "benefit" of living under unrestrained corporatism (mass-privitization of public resources, criminalization of collective bargaining, raping of the treasury for the benefit of investors and corporations) for the past quarter century and have now elected to take a pass.

Would you like to know what fills the wet dreams of Wal-Mart and its kind? Think maquiladoras stretching from Los Angeles to Boston. Don't know what they are? I strongly suggest you look them up because if Wal-Mart has its way, one will be coming your way soon. Stay safe.

9/12/2006 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There will be promotions off old list. Class for Sgt./ detective training is being formed.

9/12/2006 05:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

coldtype....thank you for the mini econ 101 lecture.

9/12/2006 10:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

coldtype said...

I say build a Wal Mart in every neighborhood!!!!!

Mow the grassroots down, they only produce weeds.

9/12/2006 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, don't tell the A/2 Gun Team. I got some good stuff, man, straight from France. The real deal. Fois gras. The best. made from geese who were hand stuffed by French virgins. It is virgin fois gras.

It is stored in a secret place in my house. Get it while it is still illegal.

Contact me at yourgooseiscooked@lol.com

9/12/2006 11:53:00 PM  
Blogger coldtype said...

"Mow the grassroots down, they only produce weeds"

Spoken like a true reactionary, Mussolini could not have said it better. Our republic is in good hands.

9/13/2006 02:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must be leftisbest's lover.

9/14/2006 12:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

do you remmeber the Co.'s name?

9/12/2006 11:38:45 AM

No, but I do remember a couple of contracts back when FOP wanted to initiate a fund to reimburse officers for suspensions of five days or more until their grievances were settled.

The city said no and FOP caved in.

Your union in action.

9/14/2006 12:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 9/12- 12:18:22am and 8:39:29am, hysterical, thank you.

9/14/2006 09:33:00 AM  

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