Saturday, December 19, 2009

We're #45!

Out of 51 - we've never understood why they include the District of Columbia in these surveys:
  • Unhappy?

    You're not alone. A new happiness survey ranks all 50 states and the District of Columbia -- and Illinois comes in at a miserable 45th.

    People in sunny, outdoorsy states -- Louisiana, Hawaii, Florida -- say they're the happiest, and researchers think they know why.

  • Economists Andrew J. Oswald and Stephen Wu compared the happiness ranking with studies that rated states on criteria including availability of public land, commuting time, taxes, climate, crime rates, air quality and schools.
Let's, commute, taxes, crime and schools. Yup, that'd do it. If they included political overlords, we'd have beat out New York for the bottom ranking.



Anonymous Richie D. Mayor said...

There's still time folks. We've got 6 places to out miserate. Come on people, where's your winning spirit? Get fucking miserable!

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

We're not happy? Look at the people in charge of our government! From Obama down. What can you say about our two illustrious Senators in Washington. Nothing good. The reps in Congress aren't much better. Then there's Springfield, need I say more. Chicago politics is spreading all over the country like a cancer. What is it they call it, "The Chicago Way". The Chicago politicians are the butts of jokes all over the county. Then there's the Mayor, he's beyond belief. The County board is a laughing stock.

Yea, we should be jumping for joy.

12/19/2009 06:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The International Olympic Committee must have had a peak at this survey before throwing us under the bus in October (not that that was a bad thing!)


12/19/2009 06:48:00 AM  
Anonymous YOU'RE KIDDING, RIGHT? . . said...

The surprise was the # 1 HAPPIEST state. LOUISIANA!

Home of the underwater city of New Orleans and the barely survivable hurricane Katrina that almost wiped them off the map. Interesting!?!

Hard to believe the sunny state of California was actually behind Illinois in the 46th spot!


12/19/2009 06:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we have the best pizza and ethnic food spots in the country. the rest is shit. any place run by liberal dems is a false utopia.

12/19/2009 07:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey,dis is me da real mayor 42 exrta short!dat other guy is a imposter...i think it's Weis....i didn't invite him to my christmas party (i didnt want HIM watching us guys countin' our money)
be careful or i'll do a suprise inspection in da police stations...and the firehouses and dem guys better not have any beer in dere!

12/19/2009 07:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the most important dates in my life was - RETIREMENT. Gives you the great view of possibilities newly available to you.

I read the blog every day, my heart is still with the troops.

But when I fire up the 'puter, it's on the lanai in sunny Flawida, outdoors in December. Not rubbing it in. Just couldn't see why to live in the same environment, with the same bad news getting worse every day.
Do the job as you see fit. Protect youself and your partner, and LEAVE when it's time. Adds years to your life.

12/19/2009 07:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey im more miserable!

12/19/2009 08:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arizona. Her I Cometh!!!

12/19/2009 09:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Retiring to one of the top 10 is a big difference. Over the years I have noticed the overall change for the worst in the Police Department. The stress level was off the chart. The day I retired from CPD, my car was packed and I left HQ and got on I-57 - South. I am now in a place where I feel safe and comfortable. I highly recommend leaving Chicago (really Illinois) and moved to the South. The pace is slow, but you will enjoy the relaxation, good weather, good schools (if you have small children), low taxes, low utilities, car insurance (you won't believe), laws strictly enforced, quite communities (have a problem - it will be resolved in days), fast service (fast food), no rush hours traffic like Chicago, brick homes are larger, more space between homes, and property taxes are half of what you're paying in Chicago. WTF Why are you there? Get out of Illinois. Its dangerous to your health, especially if you work at CPD. Let me go. I'm having my coffee on my covered patio and listening to the leaves falling on the ground. I have a busy day ahead of me. Shopping, volunteering at Salvation Army, taking unused items to GoodWill, have lunch at Bone Fish, subdivision Christmas parade for the children in my subdivision, watch a little TV, have a cocktail with the neighbors (Xmas Party). Take my evening mile walk and return home. What more can you ask for.

12/19/2009 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know why the police here are not happy.2&half fucking years with out a contract and get treated like fuckin dogs.can you name one union that would let thier rank and file hanging that long?i sure cant think of one.king richard is one no good asshole and the brass in the police dept.are his yes men.this city has to be one of the most corrupt places on the face of the earth.ok i fell better now:).oh by the way FUCK YOU DALEY,FUCK YOU J-DAWG.signed bottom of the barrel bt.cop. free cozzi!!!!!.

12/19/2009 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the most part....

Red State = happy

Blue State = unhappy

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

Retired and living in Florida. It is like being on vacation and never going home. But I am going home for Christmas. Be safe CPD, your day will come and may those days last a long time for all and to all a good night.

12/19/2009 10:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With all the crime,high taxes,and the 50 idiots+daley+stroger+the madigans+burkes what do you expect?

12/19/2009 10:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just retired and heading to Florida. I rather deal with storms, than your Mayor and the bullshit politics of this city.

12/19/2009 12:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An arbitration panel has awarded Philadelphia Police a new five year contract that would begin to lift residency requirements of officers in the force.

As neither police nor firefighters can strike under state law, a three member panel made up of one appointed by the union, one appointed by the city and an agreed upon third-party, decided the details of the contract.

The panel did not give officers a raise in the first year, but offers police will offer three percent raises in years two and three. Wage increases in the fourth and fifth years will be determined in a reopening of the process.

Under the new residency guidelines, by 2012 officers with five years of experience will be permitted to move out of the city.

"And so I'm not pleased about this change, but frankly in only two of the 20 largest cities across the country, Chicago and Milwaukee, are police officers required to live in the cities they patrol," said Mayor Nutter.

Despite efforts from the city to get changes to health benefits, officers will get continued coverage under their current health plan. The city did win the battle for a two-tiered pension which would let new officers choose between a new pension plan or the existing plan at a higher cost.

"Evaluating this Award, it's clear to me that both parties made gains in this contract and it appears to be fair. We face a significant challenge in paying for the wage portion of this contract, but the short-term pain is dramatically offset by the long-term gain for city taxpayers," Nutter said.

The arbitration award for police could set the stage for firefighter contracts, which are expected sometime next spring along with other city unions.

12/19/2009 03:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Illinois wouldn't be a bad state to live just need to get rid of all of the thieving politicians and the assholes that mooch off the system.

12/19/2009 04:00:00 PM  
Blogger Ann T. said...

Dear SCC,
Hey! D.C. might not be a state, but it's a significant metropolitan area.

Surrounded by suburban cities, unable to expand,

And with its own unique b.s., for instance,

Starting January 1, its citizens will be charged 5 cents for every grocery bag they consume at the local stores,

Mass transit a mess, lots of hot air, and occasionally a corrupt mayor with a crack habit--

Just saying.
Ann T.

12/19/2009 06:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Enjoying retirement said...

I have the luxury of being a "snowbird". I have a place in Az. and it's terrific. I wish this lifestyle on all you guys and gals that make it to retirement. Life is good outside of Illinois but you can't put a price on family and friends either. That's why I have the best of both worlds.

12/19/2009 10:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT. Note to the stroke 013th district tact sergeant. If you are in such a hurry to have your team's 1811 or DOPW arrest transported have one of your crimefighters take him he can come back to the card game afterward.

"we need more SUB arrests"


12/19/2009 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just one more fact, to use to determine where to go once I retire!

FUCK Chicago and Illinois!

I'm taking my pensioned ass to Florida!

12/20/2009 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Even the big money convention business is leaving Illinois and Chicago for Florida and Orlando!

The joke is up in this town!

12/20/2009 05:22:00 PM  

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