Sunday, June 29, 2008

Chicago - Nanny State

  • [...] Chicago seems to have lost a bit of its hard edge. The town that poet Carl Sandburg called "a tall bold slugger set vivid against the little soft cities" has itself gone soft, thanks to meddlesome politicians and public health officials who think Chicagoans aren't capable of making their own decisions about health, risk and vice.
  • At Reason Magazine, we recently took a look at how the 35 most-populous cities in the United States balance individual freedom with government paternalism. We ranked the cities on how much freedom they afford their residents to indulge in alcohol, tobacco, drugs, sex, gambling and food. And, for good measure, we also looked at the cities' gun laws, use of traffic and surveillance cameras, and tossed in an "other" category to catch weird laws such as New York's ban on unlicensed dancing, or Chicago's tax on bottled water.

    The sad news, Chicagoans, is that your town came in dead last. And it wasn't even close.
Go read the entire piece. Remember what Chicago used to be.

And what Daley has done to kill it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

As Daley proclaims, Chicago is "the city of children". The arrogant crook and his rubber stamp city council regard ALL OF US as children with the Emperor Richard II as our "nanny" and diety.

And yet these corrupt cocksuckers get reelected.

As for visitors praising Chicago's architecture and beauty, they'd best confine their travels to CPD districts 18 and 1. Go west and south, they'd quickly change their tune lest they end up in the morgue.

With all his damn clout and political savvy, the reign of Dumbo da mare can't end soon enough.

We are soooooooooooo doomed!

6/29/2008 07:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fireman shot and in serious condition while on the job at the 2900 block of east 80thst.

6/29/2008 07:33:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mumbles doesn't have a clue. Never has. Never had to worry about what hard working Chicagoans had to. Never had to buy gas because he's been driven around; never had to worry about security because he's surrounded by CPD twenty-four-seven. Hell, the guy never even had to worry about getting a job or passing school. He lives in an artificial world paid for by Chicagoans and thinks we should all live in his fantasy world.

6/29/2008 09:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Daley is not about being a nanny. he is about fleecing the tax payers. He has to funnel honest people's money to the dishonest.

6/29/2008 09:43:00 AM  
Blogger Henry Bowman said...

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...but we look good........



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6/29/2008 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i ve always been of the opinion that democrats are like socialists. they think they know what to do with our tax dollars and exert more control over society.they think they know whats best for us.more government is better than less government.government waste specialists. there s a problem when you spend 200+ million on a hole in the ground,thats just a pipe dream project, that wont work? this isnt a nanny city...this is sucker city!

6/29/2008 10:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand... democrats are all about personal freedoms and tolerance, republicans are bigoted and believe in government control... how can this be?

6/29/2008 11:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://youtube.com/watch?v=e-LOtKIIKcg

Light bulbs.

6/29/2008 11:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one for the blog.
Saturday morning about 4 I went fishing at Montrose Harbor. The perch were in and the season closes 1 July. It was fairly crowded and some old timers were there all night.
It was dark when I parked my car and when light hit I saw the tow trucks. There was some sort of race to be held at 0900 hrs and they were clearing the street. The signs were small and on each light pole. I was lucky as I got to my car before they towed it.
Is the City that desperate to tow cars from a bunch of old guys, dads taking their kids fishing and working stiffs ( saturday)?
I worked a million fests before I retired and when the Police ran it- tried to avoid that- loudspeakers , etc.
What a disgusting move .

old retired guy

6/29/2008 11:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Go read the entire piece. Remember what Chicago used to be.

And what Daley has done to kill it."


Not to diminish how thoroughly incompetent the midget has been, in more ways than any single person can imagine or know, but he had plenty of help.

The list of co-conspirators would, in the modern parlance, fill a hard drive.

To name a few:

1. The sterling citizens of our once great city and county, who have, through their actions, and much more so through their inactions, repeatedly reelected his ass, as well as repeatedly reelecting those 50 sanctimonious cocksuckers known as our city council.

2. The relatively small, but thoroughly corrupt, group of wheelers and dealers, in every type of business, who've profited from the corruption.

3. The similarly corrupt county and state cocksuckers who have been, are, and will, if reelected, continue to be, active participants in said corruptions.

4. The whore 'news' media, an oxymoron if ever there was one, who, but for the advent of the Internet, would still be able to bullshit the general public so completely that it leads one to think people enjoy swallowing shit.

5. The wholesale cooperation of those who purport to be our religious leaders, no different, and as egregious and heinous as, the aforementioned cocksuckers.

6. Each and every parent who, as they raise their offspring, fail to speak the truth, whether verbally or by example, about the ideals we must all aspire to, if we are to truly be a free nation of free individuals respecting the rights, and responsibilities that those rights depend upon, of all.

7. The consistent failure of many to live by the Golden Rule, 'Do Unto Others As You Would Have Others Do Unto You', but instead, live by the rule of 'do unto others before they can do unto you', said rule being the example our elected 'leaders' are teaching our children every day.


We have met the enemy, and it is us.

6/29/2008 02:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It’s a shame we keep letting “them” do it to us. Can’t smoke in a Chicago bar…joke. I feel the government should tell me why I should not do something, not tell me I can’t. Ok sheep drinking, smoking and fun of all kinds are not allowed. Dam-it this is a family city, no vices what so ever. Unless of course it’s gambling downtown, OH but hold-on a minute that’s for the tourists. Remember every bar has a parking lot or street parking so what the hell drink then drive, but Jesus don’t smoke, the children, please remember the children. What a fucking joke Chicago is, no longer the city I grew up in loved so much. The character is gone, fucking yuppies that moved in, in droves from the suburbs have helped ruined Chicago, fucking dog walking, bike riding, jogging, over priced coffee drinking, SUV driving (now scooters), self important, self righteous, weird fucking assholes go back to Winnetka or Schaumberg or were ever the fuck your from and take that asshole of a Mayor with you.

6/29/2008 02:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The biggest problem is the chief executive. He believes he's the King, not the Mayor. Example: The destruction fo Meigs Field. In spite of an agreement in place to keep it open while negotiations were to take place, he bulldozed it in the middle of the night. Reason: Safety.

Let me give you a little tip mr. littledick mayor, a plane could take off from California and still wreck havoc on the city. If your argument about safety was valid, you wouldn't have had to do it under the cover of darkness.

The real reason the littledick got rid of Meigs Field was so Maggie wouldn't have to listen to the airplanes. So this littledick asshat wastes all the money and resources to make mrs. littledick happy. Sounds like a King to me.

I hope you have a stroke littledick....not on par with Stroger's, just enough to make you step down.

Oh, and go fuck yourself too!

6/29/2008 02:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give the link to the article, I can't find it?

6/29/2008 02:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dead Last? There goes the Olympics !

6/29/2008 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another reason to take your business to the suburbs.If you know where to go,you can still enjoy all the so-called vices that this city outlawed.And I feel a lot better knowing the money the little midget pays me is being spent in the suburbs.Will county here I come,and screw you too Todd!

6/29/2008 03:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can we forget? We get to live his mistakes every day.

6/29/2008 05:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nanny State and laughing stock of the Unied States. The Breeding grounds for socialist politicians.

6/29/2008 06:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give the link to the article, I can't find it?

first line of SCC's post is the link.

6/29/2008 06:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what this city really needs? Mayoral term limits, and fast!!!!!!Start a petition on this web site.

6/29/2008 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can not believe all you ungratfull,selfish citizens of Chicago. Look at all the great things "His Honor"?,has done for us.
Things like Soldier Field, Miggs Field,Millenium Park. The soon to be Childrens Museum,with Cafe, or sorry thats going to be a surprise.
He's Banned Guns, or at least taken Guns out of the hands of decent law abiding citizens; Hey its a start. Look at all the jobs he's provided for his friends.
He's even going to help Obama get elected. Don't forget about 2016.
I can go on and on, but you people JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND, "His Honor"? knows what's best for us.

6/29/2008 08:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you guys see the protests in south Korea over the import of US beef? They ranged in the hundred of thousands. Over beef yet Americans keep letting these politicians think they know what is best for us and taxing us to death to pay for it. When are Americans going to wake up?? Another 9/11, gas prices, weak dollar, export of jobs, immigration reform,etc.... Americans Freedom is not free and unless we find a reason to wake and stand up to this government we shall never be really free. Our forefathers and ancestors would be so ashamed of what we have become.

6/29/2008 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know what this city really needs? Mayoral term limits, and fast!!!!!!Start a petition on this web site.

NOT the answer. How about stop voting like sheep (democrat or republican). Stop voting in lafamila, i.e. family daley, jackson, burke, madigan, mell, lipinski, carother, shehans etc. Check the city AND county payrolls and see how many are interconnected within city and county goverment.

6/29/2008 10:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-cps-car-giveway-web-jun24,0,2446995.story

This mkes no sense, you shouldn't be rewarded for doing what you are supposed to be doing. No wonder people grow up with a sense of entitlement. It starts at an early age.

6/29/2008 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: CFL light bulb video

I've broken a CFL in my bedroom, but I'm not worried. Back in the good old days kids used to play with jars of mercury rolling it around and sticking their hands in it.

6/29/2008 10:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"NOT the answer. How about stop voting like sheep (democrat or republican). Stop voting in lafamila, i.e. family daley, jackson, burke, madigan, mell, lipinski, carother, shehans etc. Check the city AND county payrolls and see how many are interconnected within city and county goverment.

6/29/2008 10:30:00 PM"


You are correct, sir.

Having legal term limits is just another form of the nanny state of mind.

The poor, witless voters can't be trusted to not reelect the incompetent, the dishonest and/or the retarded, so, let's make a law that protects them from themselves.

Like the makers of law will ever do that, the same makers of law that are dishonest, incompetent and/or retarded.

If the citizens can't, in sufficient numbers, bother to register to vote, vote in every election and vote out these cocksucking incumbents, the only justifiable result is that they have to live with the ass fucking their laziness, gullibility and lack of intestinal fortitude has brought them.

6/29/2008 11:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I worked a million fests before I retired and when the Police ran it- tried to avoid that- loudspeakers , etc.
What a disgusting move .

old retired guy

6/29/2008 11:43:00 AM
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Jeeeez, WHY ar eyou still here??!!

6/30/2008 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

anonymous said...
You know what this city really needs? Mayoral term limits, and fast!!!!!!Start a petition on this web site.

NOT the answer. How about stop voting like sheep (democrat or republican). Stop voting in lafamila, i.e. family daley, jackson, burke, madigan, mell, lipinski, carother, shehans etc. Check the city AND county payrolls and see how many are interconnected within city and county goverment.

6/29/2008 10:30:00 PM


Which leaves WHO exactly? Third largest city in the country and the GOP doesn't bother to back a viable candidate... this is a 1 party dictatorship, always has been, always will be...

6/30/2008 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet RADLEY BALKO worked as a fucking nanny before he got his job at the trib.

6/30/2008 05:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

06/29/2008 10:30pm Brother you sound too smart to be a cop. If there were about 5000 more like you we would have a decent contract.

6/30/2008 07:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
You know what this city really needs? Mayoral term limits, and fast!!!!!!Start a petition on this web site.

NOT the answer. How about stop voting like sheep (democrat or republican). Stop voting in lafamila, i.e. family daley, jackson, burke, madigan, mell, lipinski, carother, shehans etc. Check the city AND county payrolls and see how many are interconnected within city and county goverment.

6/29/2008 10:30:00 PM

They are all sheep notice how quiet the 50 alderidiots are! Not a peep, they understand to be good slaves to daley just shut the fuck up 50 mister mayor will tell you what to do! what ever happened to eddie burke he is also very quiet except when he comes up with boneheaded ideas maybe the mayor offered to remove his servants and city car?

6/30/2008 07:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many times has the midget cried on camera? I remember the time his son bashed that kid's head in with a bat in Michigan and the time the kid got caught up with the sewage inspection contract.

6/30/2008 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a note about who pays A LOT of the taxes in the city. I have worked in a lakefront district for many years and have seen it go from urban decay to new construction and the skyhigh taxes that are assessesd to those condos and lofts, single family homes. OK maybe a few of the yuppies are a bit snooty, but I can tell you that they have stopped me on the street to thank me for the job we do with this city. They were the ones who brought the neighborhoods back that were DOOMED. If they love Chicago, we should thank them, because who else will pay our taxes and salary? Maybe the thugs or the unemployed masses? Well just remember that they work 9-5 and also spent their inheritance in this city which made it a better place to live. I would take a yuppy for a neighbor anyday before I would enjoy a thug with drug dealing families and their violence. Remember what I said when you get paid on the first and the sixteenth. The yuppies arent the ones on the news BLAMING the police for THE killings and violence in the crime-invested hoods in Chicago. AMEN

6/30/2008 08:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have one for the blog.
Saturday morning about 4 I went fishing at Montrose Harbor. The perch were in and the season closes 1 July. It was fairly crowded and some old timers were there all night.
It was dark when I parked my car and when light hit I saw the tow trucks. There was some sort of race to be held at 0900 hrs and they were clearing the street. The signs were small and on each light pole. I was lucky as I got to my car before they towed it.
Is the City that desperate to tow cars from a bunch of old guys, dads taking their kids fishing and working stiffs ( saturday)?
I worked a million fests before I retired and when the Police ran it- tried to avoid that- loudspeakers , etc.
What a disgusting move .

old retired guy
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You guys were allowed to run events?
That must have been awesome.
I'll bet that the only white-shirt's that you had alongside you were Sgt's, and they probably just stayed out of the way.

6/30/2008 10:41:00 AM  
Anonymous reason magazine said...

Sunday's Tribune (Sect. 2, p. 6) had a further breakdown of Chicago's rankings by MOST restrictive (#35) to LEAST restrictive (#1), the LEAST restrictive cities appearing in parentheses:

CHICAGO RANKING:

OVERALL: 35 (Las Vegas)
ALCOHOL: 27 (Louisville)
TOBACCO: 34 (Kansas City)
DRUGS: 19 (San Francisco)
SEX: 23 (Las Vegas)
GAMBLING: 24 (Las Vegas)
GUNS: 33 (Louisville)
*MOVEMENT: 26 (Miami & Kansas City)
FOOD/OTHER: 28 (Miami, Denver, Milwaukee, Jacksonville, Atlanta & Detroit)

*MOVEMENT: Traffic cameras, seatbelt, motorcycle helmet and cell phone laws; use of govt. surveillance cameras.

6/30/2008 01:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't do anything in this city unless you pay "THE MAN" unless your the "DUDE". The "DUDE" is not held responsible because the "MAN" is afraid of him while all the while trying to suck his vote. The "DUDE" can run around with guns shoot and kill all the while the "MAN" blames it on the "SQUARES" who sit back and giggle at the antics of the "DUDE" while praising the "MAN" for a clean city (once they wash up the blood). THe "MAN" showss how he is cracking down on this behavior by keeping the guns from the "SQUARES" along with goose livers, tobacco products and thousands of other freedoms to punish the "SQUARES" because the "DKUDES" shot too many people last weekend. All of you "SQUARES" can to to the "MANS" fest, pay your $100 for a peanut butter sandwish so the MAN and his whore friends can be happt, SQUARES will be happy because they got fucked again, DUDES will be happy because they feed off he straglers on hte fringe and after the fest. Then the police come along and do the short term cleanup. The fun part is when the UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS come along and do the long term cleanup.

6/30/2008 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh man that was funny whoever posted that about daley and whoever posted about the yuppies and going back to schamburg with that fucker daley is absolutely right! I love it you are right and it's good to know others think the same way fuck yuppies and daley

6/30/2008 03:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"why am I still here"

Try selling your house in the last 18 months.

old retired guy

6/30/2008 08:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Which leaves WHO exactly? Third largest city in the country and the GOP doesn't bother to back a viable candidate... this is a 1 party dictatorship, always has been, always will be...

6/30/2008 01:04:00 AM"


Anyone who can get the required number of valid registered voter signatures for any given elected office, survive the inevitable Board of Elections' challenges and get their name on the ballot.

Anyone.

This blog alone could generate enough publicity to give a non-politician candidate a shot at many city and county elected offices, especially in electoral areas where a lot of officers live and, presumably, vote.

Don't hold your breath waiting for the Republicans to grow the balls needed to challenge the Democrats' dominance, indeed, it seems more likely that the Republicans have cut a deal to leave this city to the tender mercies of the Democratic Machine.

After all, how likely is it for Republicans, unlike Democrats, to be willing to suck that west and south side voter's asses out?

6/30/2008 10:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet that the only white-shirt's that you had alongside you were Sgt's, and they probably just stayed out of the way.

That's what Sgts are supposed to do: let their police be the police and keep the bosses from getting in the working cops' way.

6/30/2008 10:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Term limits? We already have them. Their called elections.
Just don't vote for any DEMOCrat for any office whatsoever. none

6/30/2008 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Festus the Fecal said...

After all, how likely is it for Republicans, unlike Democrats, to be willing to suck that west and south side voter's asses out?

Not sure what that means, butt if all else fails ask your fudge packer.

7/01/2008 02:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Let the police be the police and keep the bosses from getting in the working police way"

That is the way it should be.

old retired guy

anyone want to buy a house in Edison Park

7/01/2008 05:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"anyone want to buy a house in Edison Park

7/01/2008 05:14:00 AM"


Maybe.


How much of a loss are you willing to take?

7/02/2008 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

" Let the police be the police and keep the bosses from getting in the working police way"

That is the way it should be.

old retired guy
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Yeah, and can we start with all the bosses at Taste this year who don't know what an event order means, who contradict each other's orders while ignoring the event order, who can't spell or even remember we don't have Gang Specialist teams to assign to events.... idiots. This is what we get when they fire all the people with experience and let the children run the asylum.

7/02/2008 10:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Yeah, and can we start with all the bosses at Taste this year who don't know what an event order means, who contradict each other's orders while ignoring the event order, who can't spell or even remember we don't have Gang Specialist teams to assign to events.... idiots. This is what we get when they fire all the people with experience and let the children run the asylum.

7/02/2008 10:53:00 PM"


Any suggestions on what numbers to pick in this weeks Lotto?

'Cause you've got the gift of predicting the future.

7/04/2008 10:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi I am a CPD Brat I must say that this city has changed for the worst i rember growing up and what a great time it was to be a chicago resident especially the son of a CPD officer. We used to be able to perch fish at the filtration plant, The taste was practically free for us and no body fucked with the police bring back Jane Byrne fuck Dailey I truly regret the state that the city is in and the total disregard for the police.

7/07/2008 04:59:00 AM  

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