Thursday, July 30, 2009

Crooked = Good

  • Mayor Richard M. Daley executed his tried-and-true media strategy again on Tuesday by actually playing off a budding scandal as a good thing and uttering the infamous words of apologists everywhere: Everybody does it.

    This time it's allegations that kids were clouted into the city's top schools.

    "Thank God people want to get their kids into school," Daley said. "Usually, they’re fleeing to the suburbs . . .This is unbelievable."

    In one sense, Daley is right: Chicago schools have sucked for so long that it's actually a sign of progress that some residents are willing to cheat to get their kids into the better ones.

    But it's also wholly inappropriate -- and maddening to those whose kids lost out -- for the mayor to once again basically condone clout as a way of life.
Welcome to the "meri-clout-orious" world that is Daley-land. Even the school children are pawns to be used and moved on political whims. Who knows what shady deals and contracts had to be cut and covered to gain admission into magnet schools? We'll bet there are some doozies there.

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31 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Magnet" draws from all over. Doesn't necessarily mean that it draws the BEST from all over. My kid went to a magnet school for 1 year. It sucked. Test scores were 30% lower than at the neighborhood school my kid now attends. Classroom management was awful. Noise level was so bad that the teachers had to use bullhorns to get the kids' attention. Not all "selective enrollment" schools are good.

7/30/2009 12:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Jordan's son went to Whitney Young, but MJ's residence has a Highland Park address.

7/30/2009 12:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in the Western Burbs and ride the train to the city to work. I have seen the new Westinghouse, wow what a waste of money. I have read that it will be a magnet school. Anyone who lets their kid attend a school in that neighborhood is an idiot. Nice artificial turf football field that must have cost over $1,000,000.

But on the next block, house after house, boarded up and abandoned. I guess a bit better than than some areas, since the houses are actually boarded up.

7/30/2009 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Westside, Inside Do-Nothing said...

Yep, that's right all you non-clouted slugs...keep going out there busting your ass producing revenue for this jagoff Mayor so someone else's kid (who'll more than likely grow up to be a self-centered, entitled-minded prick) can go to a magnet school that your or my kids will probably never have the opportunity to attend.

Don't forget to factor in the percentage of your property taxes that are directed to the C.P.S. system; funds that would literally be better off shredded and used as landfill, rather than applied to the cesspool learning institutions that are the current recipients of our hard-earned salaries. Nothing promising comes out of 99% of Chicago's Public Schools.

And while you're berating yourself over this matter, feel free to kick yourself in the nuts when you consider how many of us work countless extra hours at secondary jobs to pay for private school so our kids won't have to be subjected to the inferior CPS and all the ghetto shit bussed-in, all in the name of "diversity".

There are times I wish I was just another naive sheep, coddled from reality via government programs and seemingly endless handouts. I wonder at times what it'd be like to get out of bed at any time I wanted, and then sit around all day doing absolutely nothing. Having zero stress, zero responsibilities and zero ambition.

It's then that I realize that I'm a Republican.

7/30/2009 12:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just had r first homicide in 018 tonight!

7/30/2009 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be satisfied if they kicked out all the foreign exchange students they admit to Illinois Universities to the exclusion of applicants the live and pay taxes here.

7/30/2009 04:46:00 AM  
Blogger Juvy Probation said...

One of the best Altrrnative schools that we use , the Anixter Center Factory program , has been closed for good due to a lack of funding . This was a program funded jointly by CPS , the county ,and Anixter .It has been in operation for at least 22 years and has been extremely successful. It was only for probationers . This gave us a chance to get our kids out of the regular schools who were more then happy to see them go, and put them in a program where they were strictly monitored. I had more kids get their GED's out of this program then all other programs combined. If anything ,this program should of been expanded across the whole city rather then closed.
One other thing I want to bitch about was yesterdays story about Tony Cole , Todd Stroger and his cousin Donna Dunning,. This mope had a county blackberry and was running up bills close to $600 paid by the county. We can't even get computers and are reimbursed partially for the use of our own cells . You have to wonder how many blackberrys are out there and how much is being paid out for the bills .

7/30/2009 06:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, uze see, I am da product of dis kinduh ting. If I had to rely on my brains, I wudda been pumping gas. So you see, it's a good ting. I mean I'm da mayor of dis town now an I got my education here. Dat means if yuze work real hard at knowin all da right people and cheat real good, yuze can be juss like me too.

We don't want to upset da, wudda ya call it, da natural order of tings here in my city. Yuze get me da envelopes and yuze can send yer kids anywhere yuze want to. Anudder couple a tree four envelopes an dey got a job. Yuze see how dat works?

7/30/2009 09:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fuck you dick, and by the way drop dead!

7/30/2009 09:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

for this jagoff Mayor so someone else's kid (who'll more than likely grow up to be a self-centered, entitled-minded prick)



...And secret study group'ed sgts.

7/30/2009 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before EDISON Pk school was made a neighborhood school last year- all the cars driven by parents dropping of their kids were from out lying suburbs.... Hmmmmmm!!!

7/30/2009 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2009/snapshots/PL1714000.html

Chicago 2009:

Job growth %
(2000-2008)* 0.60%

Test scores reading
(% above/below state average) -10.8% 25.6%
Test scores math
(% above/below average) -11.9% 28.2%

[the first % is Chicago. the second % is the average of Money mags top 100 best places to live. Chicago is NEGATIVE. Negative.]

Completed at least some college
(% of residents) 53.7% 71.9%

[same. first # is Chicago.]

Racial diversity index
(100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 501.7 58.9

[same. first # is Chicago's]

7/30/2009 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Michael Jordan's son went to Whitney Young, but MJ's residence has a Highland Park address.

7/30/2009 12:31:00 AM

His son got into uofI was clout involved there?

7/30/2009 10:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

media needs to look at the same clout lists and see who got financial aid at certain schools...you'd be very surprised , especially when people making over $100k's kids got financial aid and kids who's parents making much less did not.
(hint hint lab schools & colleges)

7/30/2009 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just another scandal concerning the Univ Of Illinois at clout...Guess who processes all the states' prisons lab and hospital test results? University of Ill at chgo....Wonder how they got this contract and how long it has been in effect, did blago make money off it?

7/30/2009 10:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, it seems to me that first son Patrick attended a few private schools over the course of his high school career. I don't think any of the Daley clan ever attended a public school....
BTW, I believe the Jordan boy was using his momma's downtown address to attend Whitney Young.

7/30/2009 10:39:00 AM  
Anonymous No more incumbents said...

just one thing to say to this . . .
TIME TO VOTE HIM OUT

7/30/2009 01:08:00 PM  
Anonymous THE PENSIONER said...

Westside, Inside Do-Nothing said...
"...I wonder at times what it'd be like to get out of bed at any time I wanted, and then sit around all day doing absolutely nothing. Having zero stress, zero responsibilities and zero ambition..."

7/30/2009 12:46:00 AM


DUDE ! You've just described my retirement!!! Left in '05 after 27 yrs. Come on in, the water's fine!

/

7/30/2009 02:40:00 PM  
Anonymous THE INTERPRETER said...

Mayor Richard M. Daley executed his tried-and-true media strategy again on Tuesday by actually playing off a budding scandal as a good thing and uttering the infamous words of apologists everywhere: Everybody does it.

((((((((((((((((((( * )))))))))))))))))))


EVERYBODY DOES IT ? Gee, isn't that the kind of thing he sez just before he is about to be identified as THE ONE WHO'S DOING IT ? ? ?

7/30/2009 03:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if my response to my next cr reads - Everybody does it - it will most definitely be exonerated - RIGHT?



.

7/30/2009 03:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeh and all the people stripping copper and aluminum from the foreclosed houses all over the city are helping out landfills when the buildings get torn down.

7/30/2009 04:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't send my kid to a CPD school. They have dumbed down the curriculumn to satisfy everybody. Then.. .when your kid graduates, or is socially promoted, people from the suburbs laugh in your kid's face every time he tries to speak english.I talk to kids on my beat, they are not proud of their school, they know the teachers are dumb and don't care, and they know they are being shortchanged. Don't blame the kids. Blame the system and the players who exploit these kids. The kids aren't stupid. They know the truth better than you do because they experience it. Let your guard down and talk to the kids on your beat. Even if it is only 15 minutes a day. Some of you peruse the skin mags in 7-11 for fifteen minutes a day. Talk to a kid instead, or do both. You will learn.

7/30/2009 05:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Small ideas for small men. He condones the behavior because he has been part of the system of cronism and cloutism for his whole life.

7/30/2009 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I'd be satisfied if they kicked out all the foreign exchange students they admit to Illinois Universities to the exclusion of applicants the live and pay taxes here.

7/30/2009 04:46:00 AM
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They let them in because they pay the out of state fees and tuition without complaining, don't draw financial aid for the most part and they don't cause trouble.

The Chambana campus has about 15-20% of its students (grad & undergrad) from foreign countries. That is a lot of cash infused into the school and the local economy.

It is truly a world class school in some subjects, regardless of what naysayers opine regarding the clout scandal.

My son is in a PhD program there, 1/2 of the students in his area of study program are not from the US.

Do people really think the UofI is the only school with a clout list? Every school has clout involved in some matter, from big donors to politicians calling some shots on iffy applicants.

7/30/2009 07:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this in my opinion is a form of child abuse,fucking with kids education, daley i pry you rot in hell.

7/30/2009 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They let them in because they pay the out of state fees and tuition without complaining, don't draw financial aid for the most part and they don't cause trouble.

The Chambana campus has about 15-20% of its students (grad & undergrad) from foreign countries. That is a lot of cash infused into the school and the local economy.

It is truly a world class school in some subjects, regardless of what naysayers opine regarding the clout scandal.

My son is in a PhD program there, 1/2 of the students in his area of study program are not from the US.

Do people really think the UofI is the only school with a clout list? Every school has clout involved in some matter, from big donors to politicians calling some shots on iffy applicants.

7/30/2009 07:40:00 PM
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true. Many universities in Illinois rely on foreign students.
Especially private ones $$$$$$$

7/30/2009 11:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"all the ghetto shit bussed-in, all in the name of "diversity".

BUSING WAS ELIMINATED GOING ON 6YEARS NOW. IT'S 2009 NOT 1999 PULL IT OUT YOUR HINDQUARTERS.

7/30/2009 11:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hold on Richie ! you might get sucked down with the rest of the turds. Be careful when you flush.

7/31/2009 12:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael Jordan's son went to Whitney Young, but MJ's residence has a Highland Park address.

7/30/2009 12:31:00 AM
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Juanita Jordan, his mom, has a Chicago address. Kid lived with mom, not dad.

7/31/2009 11:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: w/o foreign students in hard science and engineering PhD programs, there be no low-paid TAs to teach the undergraduates. US students tend to shun the hard sciences for graduate school, strongly preferring the professional degrees from law and MBA schools. If you read stats, US is significantly lagging other Asian and European countries in the preparation of US-born hard science and engineering PhDs.

7/31/2009 01:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

George Orwell is smiling. Good is bad, bad is good.

Your democRAT party in action. Its bad enough that they cheat us on a day to day basis but now our kids, as well.

Fitz, no matter how good a snitch Daley has been for you guys, it's time for you to do your job and lock that lying, thieving piece of shit and about 90% of his hand picked city council along with him.

7/31/2009 05:25:00 PM  

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