Friday, December 18, 2009

Budget Woes Solved!

  • An elephant never forgets. Apparently, neither does an alderman.

    Emboldened by a new complaint filed against Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, Ald. Mary Ann Smith (48th) has re-introduced her elephant cruelty ordinance for the third time since the 2005 death of three elephants at Lincoln Park Zoo.

    Last year, an admittedly “heartbroken” Smith accepted a watered-down substitute for her proposal only to have it derailed by aldermen scared off by the ridicule that followed Chicago’s now-repealed ban on foie gras.

Let the ridicule begin again:
  • The new version, introduced at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, is virtually identical to the bill derailed last year. It makes it unlawful “to use on an elephant any device or instrument with the intent to cause pain and injury, except as necessary to administer legitimate medical treatment to the elephant.” Chains and “similar restraining” devices are also prohibited, except for use for medical purposes.

    Violators would face daily fines as high as $5,000 and up to six months in prison.

Evidently, Smith's plan is to fine Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus the full $5,000 approximately 100,000 times to close Daley's half-a-billion dollar deficit. It's brilliant! It's the type of thinking we've come to expect from the $100,000- year-part-timers sitting on the City Council.

Not only are city politicians incapable of saving convention business at McCormick Place and unable to get their heads out of their asses concerning "big box" stores, they seem determined to drive the circus into making a permanent home in Rosemont.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

They will just push away the circus as well as ALL the conventions!

12/18/2009 12:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whatever is used on those elephants should be used on the entire city council!

12/18/2009 12:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about lions and tigers and bears, oh my? Here is an idea for an ordinance, fine alderman $500-$5000 every time they was taxpayer time and money on this type foolishness.

12/18/2009 12:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

m.a.smiff there go some more jobs

12/18/2009 02:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, the only good thing about this is that it will mean the Bulls and Blackhawks won't have to go on a 2 week roadtrip every November....does she have any ideas on bans for elephant-costumed skaters so we don't have to endure a 2 week road trip when the ice show hits town in February?

12/18/2009 02:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont tell nobodies but...we 50 dumb-fucks be really dumb.

12/18/2009 05:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the longer the alderidiots stay in office the more insane they become! Why not put them in the circus act as performers,they could show everyone how to stuff an envelope full of cash! Another note why is IKE CAROUTHERS still an alderman? Wasn't Santos and Laski forced out after the media hounded them? Is ike still gathering info on more aldermorons? if so get em ike keep that wire hot!

12/18/2009 06:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be great if the Circus moved to Rosemont. Do you realize all the "poop" that all the animals generate ?

Chicago is overloaded with all the "bullshit" generated by Shortshanks & the 50 thieves.

It would be better to be rid of Daley & his stooges, but getting rid of the Circus would mean that the revenue generated would be kept from being pissed away by the "usual 51" scoundrels. The aldermen could then concentrate (LOL) on more pressing matters such as a 12% raise for them & daley. They are really under-paid for all they do (?)

Those that normally attended the Circus in Chicago could then see a Real Circus by visiting The City Council Chamber during a session !!!! I hear it's quite funny watching daley's ears & forehead turn beet red when he gets perturbed.

12/18/2009 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with you on this one SCC. While I will say that the alderthieves have many other issues that need attention, I think this idea is long overdue.
In college I spent some time in Asia observing elephants and the behaviors they have adopted to adapt to human society. (I was not planning on being the police at that time in my life!) They are incredible animals and have so many human characteristics. Seeing how people in venues such as the circus abuse and neglect these creatures turns my stomach. All anyone needs is a few hours spent with them to see how fragile their emotions are (yes, they actually do have emotions.)..I support this move by the alderman and have never been to the circus and will never go because of thier history of abuse. I realize I have opened myself up for ridicule by some of the SCC readers, but it's ok. I'm not a bleeding heart liberal, I just don't think it's fair that we allow obvious abuse to go on. Most of us are infuriated when we see dog abuse/fighting going on, so why should it be any different with elephants?

12/18/2009 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So are we saying that it's ok to abuse or neglect animals as long as the city makes money? That's pretty disgraceful. Wringling Brothers has a long history of abusing their animals. I sure as hell don't support that and I don't really care if the city loses money by putting new ordinances in place to protect them. If the city can't find other ways to balance the budget and is willing to allow documented abuse to go on to make a buck, then they are even more f%&$ed up than I thought.

12/18/2009 08:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I typed "wringling" in my last post...I meant Ringling, so please spare the jabs about the spelling error. Also, just google ringling brothers animal cruelty and watch the videos that come up, and read the huge list of violations that have been cited against them. If you're ok with all of that.....

12/18/2009 08:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A total police hater, has been from day one....unless she needs something.

12/18/2009 08:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bad decision by the city. The elephants are taken better care in the circus. Has the aldercreature (I don't want to be politically incorrect and call her a alderwoman) seen the news? Kenya is in a drought and elephants are dying there. She should be thanking the circus that they are keeping some alive. Unreal!!! Vote all of these ass clowns out.

12/18/2009 09:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, what a waste of time. I wish I could waste time like that at my 6-figure part-time job and still get paid, and not fired.

Oh wait, I wish I was employed, but people keep sending the jobs AWAY!

12/18/2009 10:15:00 AM  

Dear City Council Members,

While we can appreciate the concept of NOT being cruel to animals, we do not see the need to establish a separate ordinance to cover every genus of every species in the animal kingdom. In fact, it would appear to be a tremendous waste of time and taxpayer dollars at a time when our Mayor says the city is going broke.

Might I suggest these alternative ordinances for you to sponsor that the citizens of Chicago will greatly benefit from and appreciate and support much more strongly?

1 - EXPAND the jurisdiction of the Office of The Inspector General of Chicago to INCLUDE investigations of the members of the City Council AND their staffs. This will undoubtedly save millions of taxpayer dollars from being swallowed up by your peers and other crooked connections throughout this city.

2 - An ANTI-NEPOTISM ordinance. This would make it illegal for council members to hire family members. Ordinances like this are in existence routinely in governments across the nation and were established SPECIFICALLY to avoid the appearance of impropriety by elected representatives of the people.

3 - A GOVERNMENTAL INTEGRITY ordinance (I know! It's an oxymoron). This would establish the screening of criminal backgrounds for all city employees AND ELECTED OFFICIALS, and would dictate WHEN these people would be required to relinquish their authority or step down from governmental jobs or positions (hopefully keeping corrupt, felony indicted, wire-wearing scumbags from overseeing the Police Department).

4 - Outlaw TIF's and return all of that money back into the working city budget. This would allow for a reduction of the city sales tax and provide much needed financial relief for city residents. Alderman Tom Allen has proposed just such a thing in this weeks CHICAGO READER newspaper.

5 - How about an ordinance that restricts the sale or lease of city assets like the City of Chicago parking lots or parking meters. Make sure there are escape clauses in the contracts for poor performance by the lessees and restrictions on the lengths of the contracts or leases so that the profitability to the city can be re-evaluated on a continuing basis instead of signing away all rights to these assets for several generations of city residents.

I leave these suggestions here for ANY alderman with the guts to REALLY do something for the citizens of Chicago to borrow from, in part or as a whole. Feel free to take credit for it, as well. I require no kickbacks or cash filled handshakes or stuffed envelopes. But try to get something passed so you'll cease being the laughing stock of the United States of America!


12/18/2009 11:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you REALLY want to help the elephants, let a few republicans into the mix (get it? Get it? Cause we have the elepahant as our mascot? haha. no? never mind.)

12/18/2009 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Had a $20,000 CD renew at Bank of America..they offered 0.003/annual for six months and 0,0101 for a year. That is $30 dollars interest on 20k for six months. A dollar fifty a week. A free cup of coffee at Dunkin donuts once a week to tie up $20,000!

Change you can believe in!

12/18/2009 02:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tell Ald. Mary Ann Smith to stick her head up an Elephants Ass and count to a hundred!!!!!


This is exactly why we do not need 50 Aldermen, they are phucking nuts!

12/18/2009 02:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Gee-reg said...

How funny is that A bunch of clowns telling the circus what to do !! Lets do a survey, what is the percentage of Chicago aldermen that went to jail versus the number oc Ringling Bros. workers ???? WHO looks like the bigger clown ????? except it's not funny

12/18/2009 02:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

dont tell nobodies but...we 50 dumb-fucks be really dumb.

12/18/2009 05:26:00 AM
An' dat ain't no hibbity jibbity...mmmm hhmmmm...

12/18/2009 03:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take it to Rosemont.

12/18/2009 03:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aldercreature Smiff and the other alderthieves are living proof that all clowns do not necessarily work for the circus.

12/18/2009 05:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Case of beer for the first PO that could make an arrest for Unlawful Use of Elephant- UUE

12/18/2009 05:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like any type of animal cruelty, even elephants. I refuse to go to the circus. I won't eat fois gras because they force feed the geese to death. I won't eat veal because those poor calfs are denied any movement or light of day so that they are "lean". I will only eat eggs of chickens who get to roam freely, even though those eggs cost more. Please don't bash people who care how animals are treated.

12/18/2009 07:16:00 PM  
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12/18/2009 07:39:00 PM  
Anonymous CapMags:006-699 lbs said...

I'm all for it...if its ok with Ginger, its ok by me.

12/18/2009 10:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ald. Tom Allen rips into TIF's!

12/18/2009 10:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't like any type of animal cruelty, even elephants. I refuse to go to the circus. I won't eat fois gras because they force feed the geese to death. I won't eat veal because those poor calfs are denied any movement or light of day so that they are "lean". I will only eat eggs of chickens who get to roam freely, even though those eggs cost more. Please don't bash people who care how animals are treated.

12/18/2009 07:16:00 PM

But you WILL eat cow I'm assuming?? Killed is killed brother.

12/19/2009 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago to hire Dr. Doolittle to talk to victims of the abuse flim at 10

12/19/2009 05:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you printed a few pro-animal welfare responses. Now is the time to actually educate yourself on what ciruses do to the animals they enslave. Normal, real men, care how four legged animals are treated. You know, the bumper sticker: Real Men are Kind to Animals. Again, the four-legged kind.

12/19/2009 09:54:00 PM  
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12/20/2009 03:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chalkie say: "Wind blow from city hall and elephant tent. Elephant tent smell better!"

12/20/2009 08:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will never have my company do business in Chicago and I hope that Ringling Bros passes Illinois by. Make people drive to Michigan or Indiana if they want to see the circus and those states can make some money.

12/20/2009 09:16:00 PM  

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