Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Freedom of the Press Isn't Free

  • The best-funded political campaign in American history says news organizations will have to pay — in some cases almost $2,000 each — if they want to cover Barack Obama’s election-night celebration in Chicago.

    A memo sent to news organizations on Tuesday by the Obama campaign says credentials will cost $715 to $1,815, depending on whether electrical and phone lines are needed and whether an indoor or outdoor seat is requested for the event, which is expected to be held outside the evening of Nov. 4 in Grant Park.

    The only free admissions are for a “general media” area. But, the memo says, “Please note that the general media area is outdoors, unassigned and may have obstructed views . . . standing room only.”

No word if any of this collected money will go to pay for police hirebacks, overtiume or park damage. Or a tiny contribution to the Olympic dream.



Anonymous We don't need no water let this MFer burn! said...

How many other cities have canceled time off for their coppers due to this election? How man cities have prepared for riots due to this election?

Unreal! How great would it be if McCain won and the South and West Sides, including ALL OF OAK PARK, burned to the ground? 2016? Third World Country within Crook County?

10/22/2008 12:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's hope it's to defray the costs the City has already demanded for permitting and the union fees for running electric, etc.

I'm sure the media will be reporting all the gory details tomorrow, since it affects them so directly.

10/22/2008 12:23:00 AM  
Blogger Det. Shaved Longcock said...

And how many police officers are going to be assigned to this media and political event?

Imagine if Obama loses, all the pissed off people leaving Grant Park?

You might want to talk about maybe having police officers from other agencies present, just like they did for the IMF Protests in Washington DC and Seattle, just in case this matter gets out of hand?

Are the RDO's going to be cancelled for all CPD officers?

A lot of unanswered questions for an event that WILL BE SEEN AROUND THE WORLD LIVE!

This could very easily turn uglier than the 1968 Democratic Convention riots.

No hype, just serious thinking here.

10/22/2008 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have it from a good source that all foot/tactical teams from the CCG will have there days off and hours switched. Detailed to either Millenium Park or Grant Park. Depending on the weather- the celebration or defeat party for Socialist may also be at the Hotel on Wacker.

For all you Tactical Teams- you will be in uniform, and detailed to the Souff and Wezz sides. You will also be on stand-by for a secondary assignment. That assignment will be depending on social unrest.

We will/may be supplemented by State, County and possibly National Guard forces.

D.O.G's 6-7-1 be prepared to have you RDO switched. SWITCHED not canceled. Switching will avoid the City have to pay Over-Time. Foot and Tactical are non-bidable positions so you either work or go back to the watch.
Im sure this isnt a suprise to any of us. The plans have been made in a joint effort with the Hall and HQ. Doomsday scenerio has a shutdown of some routes of the CTA, and mandatory closings of Business and schools also a curfew for everybody except designated groups.

That is all at this time. Good Luck- stay safe- Keep your spouse well armed for the insurection to follow on the 5th and 6th. The days following the election will see CPD officers possibly on fixed posts in High Visiblilty Commercial Areas.

Almost feel bad for the 001st and 018 foot teams. Vio con dios...

10/22/2008 12:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


10/22/2008 03:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excuse me I have to go puke now.

10/22/2008 04:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rally has the potential to turn into another 3rd of July, complete with the crowds, shootings,roving gangs and other assorted mayhem. They better be prepared for shutting off traffic on LSD, and into the entire Loop area just like after the Bulls " Victory Celebrations" Remember everyone , jag offs riding around hanging out of cars, throwing shit. Breaking Windows, Which degererated into " Car tipping " looting and the general mob mentality of fuck it they cant get us all, The anonimity of being in a wild crowd maked folks crazier then they normally are. Kepp extra ammo, pepper spray and be prepard for a long ass night. Extremely large INTERNATIONAL PRESS will be at that event. If it goes up the City will have a major good bye Olympics party at the same time.

10/22/2008 06:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't give a shit if they take the money and throw it into the crowd. Make those liberal piece of shit bastards pay.

The news media has tipped this election into Obama's favor with their sickening biased coverage.

10/22/2008 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wait until the mobile strike force is out there !!!!! Can we say SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP !!!!!!

10/22/2008 08:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone in their right mind actually think this Obama is going to help defry the cost of his security? How much is enough when it comes to money being collected by this guy. To run commercials a half hour long takes big $$$ which he has. What is really sad is that people are going to vote for the smooth talker and the middle class is going to suffer paying for all the illegals (hard working people according to Daley) who will get more benefits, FREE.

10/22/2008 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great!!! Everyone can now get to wear those riot uniforms we all had to purchase at the academy and if you don't have one, it's best that you get one. Have your gas mask and helmet ready too.

Adios Amigos

10/22/2008 08:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember what they said in 1968, and it will be more true that night...


10/22/2008 09:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not risk your health and safety, or pension to make Richie look good.

We have no contract, our medical and retirement benefits are going to hell. He has stripped this department of manpower and equipment while he bankrupts the city and taxes everyone and everything to feed his corrupt machine.

The only time the police ever got anything out of his old man is when we had riot, with the ’68 Convention and the Martin Luther King assassination.

So if the Westsiders and Southsiders want to come down there for a freaking Freaknik and attack the news media, and the Northsiders, well let's be very, very careful.

Don't swing any ASPs or batons, smile in the midst of the chaos. If the microphones get snatched for impromptu performances, let the whole world see this. Better to let the TV cameras get smashed by the crowd than you get hurt or be seen as the bad police beating that reporter, or liberal scumbag, that's the mob's job.

Maybe the news media should hire their own off duty police bodyguards that night, at double or triple the going rate. But, I wouldn't suggest that they get them from the Movie Detail. All they would get are Headquarter House Mice, afraid they would break a fingernail.

Daley has created the police department he deserves, not what the people deserve.

And if McCain wins, Daley will be thinking, "Oh my God, I'm going to jail."

10/22/2008 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A young teenage girl was about to finish her first year of college. She considered herself to be a very liberal Democrat but her father was a rather staunch Republican.

One day she was challenging her father on his beliefs and his opposition to taxes and welfare programs. He stopped her and asked her how she was doing in school.

She answered that she had a 4.0 GPA but it was really tough. She had to study all the time, never had time to go out and party. She didn't have time for a boyfriend and didn't really have many college friends because of spending all her time studying.

He asked, "How is your friend Mary." She replied that Mary was barely getting by. She had a 2.0 GPA, never studied, but was very popular on campus, went to all the parties all the time. Why she often didn't show up for classes because she was hung over.

Dad then asked his daughter why she didn't go to the Dean's office and ask why she couldn't take 1.0 off her 4.0 and give it to her friend who only had a 2.0. That way they would both have a 3.0 GPA.

The daughter angrily fired back, "That wouldn't be fair, I worked really hard for mine and Mary has done nothing."

The father slowly smiled and said, "Welcome to the Republican Party."

10/22/2008 10:23:00 AM  
Blogger Murphy40Pct said...

On Obama... he said the following of the increase in crime in Chicago in an April 25, 2008 Chicago Sun-Times article entitled “Law alone can’t stop violence: Obama”:
“We want to make sure we provide state and local governments with the targeting information they need, the technology they need to make sure police are going to the places most at risk for gun violence.”

The problem with that statement is that one of Obama’s only legislative “accomplishments” in the Illinois Senate was a bill he sponsored called the “Traffic Stop Statistical Study Act,” requiring officers to record the race of everyone they stop-to be analyzed by the State.

When Obama’s own law was used to accuse officers of racial profiling in a July 25th 2008 Chicago Tribune Article entitled “Study sees racial bias in traffic-stop searches” and others, Obama’s support of the police is absent.

If Democrat leaders were serious about addressing crime and the quality of life for poor blacks in America they would not on the one hand demand more police in high-crime minority neighborhoods then stand by as the ACLU, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the NAACP accuse those officers who are trying to fight crime of being racists.
Like all Democrats, Obama wants blacks to be victims. Victims vote Democrat. Support minorites-VOTE MCCAIN.

10/22/2008 10:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Obama *doesn't* win a close election there is going to be a whole lot of pissed off people in one place at one time.

This is a damn recipe for disaster..

10/22/2008 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

will flop allow dog switch? lol sure they will another drink boys! they should charge the press $20,000 who gives a shit, maybe they will see the real shitcago when they come to grant park and watch all the gang punks run wild! Then no olympics for daley it would be great to lose olympics!

10/22/2008 11:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love it when news agencies get outraged about petty stuff like this and try to present it as news that the rest of us should care about... we don't.

10/22/2008 11:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A question that needs to be addressed: Can the city switch your days off to satisfy this committement,even though it's not an emergency/natural disaster.??????

10/22/2008 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Page17 said...

I say make them pay for extra police at this event. I have a feeling that this race for the white house will be alot closer then the media is reporting. The polls are all obama suported polls so just get out and vote McCain!!

10/22/2008 12:25:00 PM  
Blogger GENERAL WEASEL said...

GENERAL WEASEL here again.

Listen up you; fat, worthless,lazy, backwards city cops.
You will do 1 billion push ups and 6 trillion sit-ups. You will get botox and a cat. I want shined shoes and ironed shirts. We will march into battle on the 4th and I don't want anybody to look like a hillbilly on CNN. My promotion to the director of the Forget Basic Investigations is on the line and I want that job or i"ll get peter francis geraci after you.

10/22/2008 12:37:00 PM  
Blogger COMMANDANT KLINK said...


Men and women of STALAG 017 we have a problem.
My stats are horrible can you please write a mover or a parker. I really don't want to be a field leutnant in Stalag 007.

Thank You for any help or work you can do.

10/22/2008 12:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fleecing of America has begun and he (Obama) is not even in office yet! How fitting that he should start with fleecing the media first seeing how it is their leftist liberal reporting that has brought him to where he is today. What is the media going to do when he tries to curtail freedom of speech?

P.S. When the riots start you liberals who voted him in will be the victims of your own stupidity. Enjoy!!!

10/22/2008 12:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the City's top admin people eat up the b.s. the slumtimes farts out. They really think that BHO has a chance. They will really suprised when he looses and the ghetto rises up!

10/22/2008 02:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will you guys be out arresting law-abiding citizens shooting at the animals seeking to destroy our property or hurt our loved ones? I have a shotgun and PLENTY of 00 buck if they come this far northwest, which considering I live in Edison Park, is highly unlikely.

At least you'll have someone to help you defend the homefront. God knows this city doesn't care about you guys - the citizens do though.

10/22/2008 02:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is he celebrating? He hasn't won shit yet!!!

10/22/2008 02:43:00 PM  
Anonymous New World Order said...

These riots will materialize, but will immediately be smashed. As we speak the DNC has over 10,000 brainwashed sycophants in 3 secret training areas, located near each of three major metropolitan centers. They are now thoroughly trained in brutal riot repression tactics, and will show no quarter. The plan is already in place, I have gleaned nuggets of it from highly placed sources in the New Diversity Democratic Party. Shortly after Obama's acceptance speech, the riots will break out nationwide, with looting and murderous violence directed against all "non-diverse" people. Unable to respond without seeming racist, the beleaguered administration will seek the Messiah's assistance. He will pledge to provide it, but only through non-violent ACORN intervention. This offer will be accepted. Thousands of ACORN troops will then storm riot areas with brutal efficiency, quelling all semblance of free speech, implementing curfews for non-Obama supporters, and appropriating property of all non-believers to redistribute to the rioters. Those that are not pacified by this redistribution of the means of production will be immediately taken into custody and sent for re-education at camps in rural areas. Fight this and you will be terminated. The Obama supporters can then hail his efficiency in promoting love and diversity amongst his supporters, the constitution will be immediately suspended and official control of the United States Government will be handed off to a junta directed by Obama, and populated by his radical indonesian muslim separatists. This is not a joke, these plans are in place. Thousands of red military fatigue uniforms and face scarves have been sold, the camps have been in operation for over a year now. You have been warned. Vote McCain before its too late.

10/22/2008 03:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From today's onine edition of the Tribune:

"The U.S. Secret Service -- and ultimately federal taxpayers -- pays for nearly all the security around Obama. The city and state are likely to bill the campaign for things like street closures, crowd control outside a secure area in Grant Park, help with motorcades and overtime for public safety workers."

So, Obama gets billed by the City and he passes along the cost to the media, who are the reason the frenzy exists in the first place. I'd say billing the media is appropriate.

10/22/2008 04:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hopefully the weather will be bad.

10/22/2008 05:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"....and I want that job or i"ll get peter francis geraci after you.

10/22/2008 12:37:00 PM"

Oh fuck, not peter francis geraci!!!!

That's just plain mean.

10/22/2008 05:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy Pay Up Batman!!!

Typical Chicago Way passing the buck to the taxpayer. How much money do you think the media will generate to pay for all that public safety overtime.

Do you think a bill from Chicago will ever make it to the campaign manager marked accounts payable?

10/23/2008 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fitzgerald comes on really strong. He's coming on really strong with Burge, a cop. But he comes on really strong with everyone.


10/23/2008 10:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hasn't eight years of the right wing Republicans, taught you anything?

To put it bluntly McCain ain't looking to good,

10/23/2008 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous you need an enema bad said...

The plan is already in place, I have gleaned nuggets of it from highly placed sources in the New Diversity Democratic Party.

10/22/2008 03:28:00 PM

When you're done gleaning, take the nuggets out of your poopsie and put them in your mouth. That way you and Yoko can save crucial time and absorb all of "the plan" at once.

Don't rinse them with your urine first like last time, that's cheating!

10/23/2008 02:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone verify that Ob-mama is worried about his birth recond NOT being listed as Hawaii?

10/23/2008 06:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can anyone verify that Ob-mama is worried about his birth recond NOT being listed as Hawaii?

10/23/2008 06:14:00 PM

Yes. According to 10/22/2008 03:28:00 PM he's not.

10/24/2008 12:45:00 PM

Are you sure? That sounds right.

10/24/2008 05:31:00 PM  

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