Saturday, April 18, 2009

Someone Call Byrne

This is a great excuse for the sad state of Chicago roads:
  • A local council in Essex, England has deemed broken roads a "natural traffic calming measure." If you didn't catch that, "traffic calming" is a euphemism used by politicians when discussing measures to slow the traffic flow through an area. Generally, the "calming" involves taking active measures, such as installing speed bumps, round-abouts or narrowing the road. To our knowledge it's never been (openly) done by neglecting what most people would consider one of the duties of a government -- maintaining basic infrastructure.

    According to a councillor in Navestock, repairing roads just encourages people to drive faster. Of course, the counter argument involves safety. Leaving a road marked with craters causes drivers to swerve, as well as damaging suspension components and wheels. It also poses a hazard to motorcyclists and bike riders.
Of course, expecting an Irishman to use an excuse pioneered by an English politician might be considered blasphemous in the extreme, but it's a way for Daley to embrace the pothole phenomenon rather than explain the shoddy road work across the City.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

this city sucks... from top to bottom... from the Mayor to the roads and everything in between... This city sucks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4/18/2009 11:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So ALL politicians are full of shit. Whew, I thought it was just Chicago.

4/18/2009 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Missy visit England recently?

4/18/2009 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have to maintain faith in that twisted little tyrant"Lil' Tom the thumb" running the show. Shortshanks told him to resign from the CPD before impending indictments. Because as we all know Da Mare is the inside man for the Feebs. BYRNE would have been up to his as(phalt)if he had become the superintendant. One has to wonder if he and his wife still have security contracts for the metal detectors in CPS schools?

4/18/2009 01:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Missy said...

Missy here people,
Stop disrespecting my uncle Tom (rtd)

Missy-001 district
(Porking Ticket guru)

4/18/2009 01:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Traffic calming, by any means, has a fundamental problem in that, unlike a speed limit, you can't ignore it. That's supposed to be an advantage...unless you're a first responder. Increase city-wide ambulance response times by three minutes and watch the heart attack fatalities skyrocket...

4/18/2009 01:31:00 PM  
Blogger Too Many Dummies said...

"A local council in Essex, England has deemed broken roads a "natural traffic calming measure." If you didn't catch that, "traffic calming" is a euphemism used by politicians when discussing measures to slow the traffic flow through an area."
______________________________

Only politicians came come up with shit like this.

4/18/2009 01:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if the roads will go unrepaired, then of course taxes to repair those roads will be cut, since the money is no longer needed for road repair....right?

4/18/2009 02:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

none of the pot holes, craters and sink holes are fixed yet. hhhm; so why do we pay taxes? why does the 10 ward alderman make all that money? hmmm. I'll be the streets are perfect by the mayors house and I haven't seen any potholes downtown. Fuck everybody else, right!

4/18/2009 02:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, did you hear about the system crash last night around 2200 hrs? no AIRA reports, no arrest reports. also, in our brand new tahoe our pdt stopped working.

4/18/2009 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are auto repair shops, tire shops, body shops, all over the area that love what the city is doing to repair potholes.

VERY LITTLE

Does the auto repair industry grease the wheels at city hall?
Not direct to DA MAYOR because that would be illegal, but through close relatives and friends as usual, that is apparently legal, because the little guy isn't in a jail cell. How is it done all the time and nobody ever admits to kicking up to the little guy?

Scandal after scandal people go to jail all around the little guy, but he never gets fingered. Granted they get good jobs when they get out of prison, but don't any of them (Al Sanchez)feel played?

Give the little guy credit, he runs a better outfit then Tony Soprano.

Props my little green bro.

4/18/2009 03:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT--
T-shirts should have Chalkie on one side and 'Just Say N00000' on the other.

4/18/2009 03:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Byrne we should call is the one that used to be our Mayor, and ask her to run again.

The contract would be done in 24 hrs of her taking office, except she would double what we are asking for.

We would also get unhandcuffed to do our job!

GO JANE!

4/18/2009 03:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Byrne is a millionaire! 150 K pension from the police and another 150 K to run CDOT. America is a good country. You think he gives a shit about the potholes! Oh yeah I forgot his wife gets a police pension of about 70 K a year. Not bad, a total income just from the city of 370K a year!!!!!!!

4/18/2009 04:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC,

I'm getting sick and tired of your anti-Irish references.

Belch,

I love my Irish heritage.

Too rah loo lah roo lah.........

I'm off today and I have a bottle in front of me, which is better than a frontal lobotomy.

4/18/2009 04:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The outrageous cost of our city stickers is suppose to provide us with safe paved streets.

If they won't fix them, lower our sticker prices to; umm, $10.

4/18/2009 04:36:00 PM  
Anonymous POTHOLE POLICE said...

Just Wondering. How Many Potholes In Shitcago Would Be filled IF Everytime The Stuttering Prick & JPUD Was Factored into It?
There Just Might Be NO POTHOLES & MUCH OVERFLOW & NO POTHOLES When You Fill Them In with Their BULLSHIT!
Stay Safe Out There Brothers & Sisters ALWAYS!

4/18/2009 04:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We can't fix the potholes. We need the asphalt for speed bumps.

*

The idea of "traffic-calming measures" is prima facie insane. Civilizations have always built the best, widest, smoothest roads they could.

Eliminating bumps and obstructions has always been the goal until very recently, when A. significant behavioral restrictions were essentially removed from B. artificially-created "multicultural societies" that are C. being packed into cities of ever-increasing size.

The need for speed bumps, obstructions in the middle of intersections, and the like indicates a problem with the behavior of the population -- as does the proliferation of fencing, alarms, bulletproof glass, surveillance cameras, etc.

It all reminds me of Chicago's huge, elaborate European plate-glass bus shelters -- with the wooden cleat nailed across the tiny bench to prevent a person from laying down. Again -- this indicates, but does not address, a basic problem.

Those who hold power desire merely to encourage and profit from the conditions that cause wild driving, crime, and other harmful behavior -- while ignoring and silencing criticism of the causes.

Another 150 million people here by 2050. That's just fine -- but an overcrowded "puppy mill" would be raided by the Sheriff's Police, on the grounds of cruelty.

4/18/2009 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now shortshanks will be saying he came up with the idea and had it tested across the pond. he'll also say how he sent "wolf packs" of crews out to make our pot holes. He'll say he got the work done on the cheap. He used the same crew that tore up Meigs Field under cover of darkness.

What an inventive fellatrice our mayor can be !!!!!!!!!!!

4/18/2009 04:51:00 PM  
Blogger NorthSide said...

Check out the editorial in support of a RECALL REFERENDUM INITIATIVE in tomorrow's Sunday Tribune.

If there is any major city in the United States that desperately needs a RECALL mechanism in place to throw out elected officials, it's Chicago.

If there is any county in the United States that desperately needs a RECALL mechanism in place, it's CRook County.

Aside from the foregoing, among the fifty states, Illinois politics is the laughingstock of the entire nation.

I sadly submit that most of the electorate have absolutely no idea what a RECALL REFERENDUM even is. I am NOT an elitist but generally speaking, local voters are a bunch of hopeless imbeciles. And it's only going to get worse.

In addition, we must also have TERM LIMITS for ALL elected officials.

Chicago is the epicenter of unfettered political corruption which has run amok. A totalitarian regime under a benevolent despot is more likely to bring about meaningful reforms than the Antichrist and the Toddler.

4/18/2009 05:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

POTHOLES GALORE! My side street is full of 'em. It's like driving through a maze in trying to avoid them. I'm in Levar's ward and he is just as useless as Daley.

Whoever runs against Levar has my vote.

4/18/2009 05:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was thinking maybe we could use the dead bodys of all the honor roll students to fill the potholes. Its tough times out there we need to do more with less and this way friends and family can visit there deceased loved ones easily.

4/18/2009 05:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My alley is 8 houses long--a 'tee' at the end. Nobody, but NOBODY, ever sped up and down it...and yet, we got four or five speed bumps a few years ago...unless you lived off of it, there'd be no reason to be there, and it certainly isn't long enough to speed. Wonder if I can find out who requested them?

4/18/2009 05:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's simple yhe roads will get fixed when they stop robbing the money. Dump DALEY...

4/18/2009 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Byrne is a daley puppet brainless like the rest! Just drove down 80-90 in INDIANA nice roads,no big holes,same weather what is the difference? Illinois pols are bigger thieves! Look at the cash daley the head of criminalinc has laying around WTF! And the 50 spineless whores "mo money"!

4/18/2009 06:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Byrne we should call is the one that used to be our Mayor, and ask her to run again.

The contract would be done in 24 hrs of her taking office, except she would double what we are asking for.

We would also get unhandcuffed to do our job!

GO JANE!

4/18/2009 03:17:00 PM

She did take care of business. And there's a funny story how Dickie and his brother went into her office after she won and told her how she was going to run the city and who she was going to take care of. She told them to get the hell out.

She could probably write a book. What does she have to lose?

4/18/2009 06:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The outrageous cost of our city stickers is suppose to provide us with safe paved streets.

If they won't fix them, lower our sticker prices to; umm, $10.

4/18/2009 04:36:00 PM

On that subject why have "laskis rejects" the ones he hired to write tickets at pay rates from 55K to 99K per year, been kept but "MIGUEL I DRIVA MYSELF" DELVALLE? Who is that little prick along with his wife donald (I wanna be a cop) Z., who writes tickets in garfield ridge and clearing! ANY INVESTIGATIVE REPORTERS OUT THERE? THEY PAY REVEUNE ASSHOLES $9.00 PER HOUR AND THESE THIVES ARE RAKING IN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS,GAS ALLOWANCE AND THE BIGGER ISSUE ALL THESE IDIOTS HAVE SOS UP TO DATE COMPUTERS TO RUN PLATES AND NAMES! Guess old senile jesse white has no clue! "anyone see my baseit ball"!

4/18/2009 06:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Britain is now a 3rd World sewer, what do you expect?

4/18/2009 06:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic:

Internet Sales TAX bill to be introduced in Congress on Monday!

Sponsored in the House by Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA) and in the Senate by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY).

Retailers and state govt. lobbyists put this together. Call,E-mail, write, and incessantly badger members of Congress about this. Hopefully we can blow out the Capitol phone system like we did during the Amnesty Bill debate!

4/18/2009 06:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get ready for random alcohol tests.

4/18/2009 07:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

17 apr 09, 1300hrs f/2/ motor scooter wiped out at Elston/Cortland. About 12 huge potholes there. Hope she gets paid big!

4/18/2009 07:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need fuckin exploratory surgery to put my organs back in their proper places each time I drive to work in this valhalla of city.

You know lil ceasar must have relatives in the tie rod and suspension business.

4/18/2009 08:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at a retirement party for a sgt. Byrne was there with some bimbo...tickets were sold for gifts for case of beer or BQ kettles...he was right up front waiting for his number to be called, just like a little 10 year old......do these morons have a clue??????

4/18/2009 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C.L.E.A.R system crashed at approx. 2200hrs 17Apr and still down as of 1330hrs 19Apr09. Prisoners can't be printed or photo'd. Just taken into lockup waiting for system to be fixed; in limbo ; no CB# no prints no photo

4/18/2009 08:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5 KILLED IN STATE OF ALABAMA! MEXICAN DRUG VIOLENCE CROSSES BORDER! COMING TO CHICAGO SOON! THANKS AMIGO DALEY WE DONT EVEN KNOW WHO IS LIVING IN OUR CITY! ILLEGALS HAVE FREE REIN!! SEMPER FI

4/18/2009 08:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT: April 18, 2009 3:32 PM

DALEY: 'I DON'T WANT TO LAY OFF ANYONE'

A tanned Mayor Richard Daley returned from vacation Saturday and continued to hold out the prospect of layoffs if labor unions don't offer concessions to balance his out-of-whack budget.

"I don't want to lay off anyone ... so we're trying to work this out," Daley said.

The mayor, however, declined to offer specifics on what he wants from union leaders.

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com
/2009/04/daley-i-dont-want-to-lay-
off-anyone.html

4/18/2009 09:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like to add my two cents worth regarding those ridiculous bus shelters. One they block the sidewalks. Anyone pushing a two children baby stroller has to go into the street. Two when the ice melts off the top,there is no drainage. The water re-freezes and causes slippery conditions around the shelters. They are much more of a hazard than a protection.
Who got the contract on that cluster f--k ? Don't get me started on the flower pots, that block the emergency lanes in the streets.

4/18/2009 10:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT, you have to have a thread for the failure of CLEAR over two days now, so far.

4/18/2009 10:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Acting commander bubblehead had a very busy friday night. Total of 12 shot, one fatal.
Will J-fed leave CPD by June?

4/18/2009 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

isn't he that funny lookin guy wih the big head and the little body, like Daley? Maybe they're related or somethin...

4/18/2009 10:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Daley should take a month off, with no pay. It would save the Taxpayers money, and the City would function better without him, just like the CPD does when many of its over-paid bosses aren't around.

4/18/2009 10:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2009 10:14:00 PM

Anonymous said...
OT, you have to have a thread for the failure of CLEAR over two days now, so far.

4/18/2009 10:28:00 PM
This is only the beginning of the end.

4/18/2009 10:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as of 2330 still no CLEAR. Meaning P.O's ahve been sitting in the stations with their arrestees since about 2000 hrs. Ne e-track nothing!!!! and the ball-less acting street deputy refuses to make the decision to go back to paper. He was quoted as saying " im here till 0800, if its not up by then my relief can make the decision."

4/18/2009 11:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My partner text me the other day saying that he was on patrol in a southside district. During his tour he struck a pothole, the jolt was so great it activated the airbags on the cruiser he was driving. So much for the pothole problem...we need a NEW MAYOR!!!

4/19/2009 01:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe all of the potholes on the northside aren't being fixed for a good reason. Doesn't "Little Tommy Byrne" still own a bodyshop on Kedzie near Irving Pk?

4/19/2009 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When I work I play "Hit the pothole" fun game to see how well the vehicles can take it! Kind of like letting the little citizens whose cars get busted up and damaged from the same! It was funny when shortshanks car hit the potholes and he screamed like the little girl he is at the valet/driver!

4/19/2009 11:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was thinking maybe we could use the dead bodys of all the honor roll students to fill the potholes. Its tough times out there we need to do more with less and this way friends and family can visit there deceased loved ones easily.

4/18/2009 05:36:00 PM

Great idea~ Instead of the makeshift memorials, we can have the actual graves!

I could've had a V-8!

4/19/2009 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cocksuckers!!!

Put the Angry Irish Inch head first in a pot hole!

4/19/2009 01:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>She (Jane Byrne)did take care of business. And there's a funny story how Dickie and his brother went into her office after she won and told her how she was going to run the city and who she was going to take care of. She told them to get the hell out.

She could probably write a book. What does she have to lose?

4/18/2009 06:12:00 PM<<<

She did write a book...

My Chicago (Chicago Lives) [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)
by Jane Byrne (Author), Paul Simon (Foreword)
$19.95 on Amazon.com
and then there is...

Fighting Jane: Mayor Jane Byrne and the Chicago Machine (Hardcover)
by Bill and Lori Granger (Author)
(Out of Print) Available as Collector on Amazon.com $9.95

and then there is ...

Brass, Jane Byrne and the pursuit of power (Unknown Binding)
by Kathleen Whalen FitzGerald (Author)

She should run for Mayor, the contract, the potholes and taxes can do to Shortshanks what the blizzard did to Bilandic.

Go Jane! WE NEED YOU!

4/19/2009 02:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

POTHOLES and SPEEDHUMPS CAN CAUSE A CAR TO CATCH FIRE!

Recently, squad car interior started to fill with acrid smoke. A patch of rubber flooring on the passenger sided had started to melt, glowed red and smoke. It is believe that the cause was the catalytic converter may have been crushed against the underside of the vehicle. The converters can get very hot, especially when damaged.

SPEED BUMPS ARE DELIBERATE TRAFFIC HAZARDS, and will damage vehicles. The damage is CUMULATIVE, with loosened electrical, fuel and exhaust connections. Misaligned body parts and stress-cracked windshields may not show up immediately.

Oppose putting Speed Bumps in our neighborhoods, or on our beats. The city should use the asphalt to REPAIR THE STREETS AND NOT MAKE THEM MORE DANGEROUS.

Stay safe, and it the department wants to lag you for undercarriage to a squad car, point out that pot-holes are everywhere and the damage is cumulative.

4/19/2009 02:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>>My alley is 8 houses long--a 'tee' at the end. Nobody, but NOBODY, ever sped up and down it...and yet, we got four or five speed bumps a few years ago...unless you lived off of it, there'd be no reason to be there, and it certainly isn't long enough to speed. Wonder if I can find out who requested them?

4/18/2009 05:54:00 PM<<<

The campaign contributor who sells asphalt to the city, that's who.

4/19/2009 02:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ok! I have an idea on saving or reducing the budget.

Let's have DALEY order that everyone in an exampt or supervisory position with the city in every city dept/job, starting with his administration, (and let's not forget the alderman and other elected city officials), take a five or ten day leave without pay while still working to help off set the 200-plus M-budget, or is it going to be 1-Billion?!

As they say, lead by example first before asking the rank and file working class to consider giving up their hard earned income.

Beside's It would make for good "PR" for the mayor and his minions!!! Do the act/talk if your going to do the walk!!!

4/19/2009 03:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

COME BACK JANE !

WE MISS YOU !

4/19/2009 09:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some wannabe said .....it activated the airbags on the cruiser he was driving. So much for the pothole problem... Hey, they don't call 'em "cruisers". If you are going to pretend to be the police on this blog, at least make an effort to get the terminology correct.

Better yet,,,something like this...
Have any Patrolmen been injured by potholes activating airbags ?

Not a Cop---but not that--Not a Cop

4/20/2009 08:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is an unbelievably huge hole on N. Harlem ave.(as I know there are thousands more everywhere). Thus far the dumbasses at Streets and San have filled it 6 times. Is it possible that it would've cost less to dig it out and fix it properly? Oops I forgot. Some precinct captains might lose their cushy asphalt jobs.

4/21/2009 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There is an unbelievably huge hole on N. Harlem ave.(as I know there are thousands more everywhere). Thus far the dumbasses at Streets and San have filled it 6 times. Is it possible that it would've cost less to dig it out and fix it properly? Oops I forgot. Some precinct captains might lose their cushy asphalt jobs."

--4/21/2009 01:08:00 PM

Ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich Indicted in Corruption Case

Andrew M. Harris

Fri Apr 3, 12:01 am ET

April 3 (Bloomberg) -- Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who was impeached and removed from office for abusing his power, was indicted on corruption charges by a federal grand jury in Chicago...

Blagojevich was accused of 16 felony counts...

Re-indicted was Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association Executive Director William F. Cellini, who was accused of attempted extortion and other charges in October.

Together [all of] the defendants formed what Fitzgerald called the 'Blagojevich Enterprise,' the purpose of which was “to exercise and preserve power over the government of the state of Illinois for the financial and political benefit” of the former governor, his family members and associates..."

http://news.yahoo.com/s/bloomberg
/20090403/pl_bloomberg/anfoik47l
wie_1/print

4/21/2009 11:57:00 PM  

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