Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Can You Hear Us Now?

  • The Chicago Mayor's Office of Special Events has canceled the traditional July 3 fireworks celebration in Grant Park, instead opting to organize three smaller fireworks on July 4 at Navy Pier and on the north and south lakefront.

    "I would say we're doing it to be fiscally responsible, because we have to be," said MOSE director Megan McDonald at a City Hall news conference this morning.

    "I would say that we're also doing it to more effectively manage what happens at the Taste of Chicago, as well as citywide on an already busy holiday weekend. I think it is always challenging to manage a million, 2 million people in a very small space," she added.
Two words - no manpower.

A few more words - gangbanger wilding.

Here's the 2008 video that sparked some controversy:



Here's another featuring the helicopter:



And another:



And another:



And guess what? This year there were going to be at least 100 more videos. Shortshanks couldn't afford this type of video display going into an election year. And certainly not while the Academy has 86 recruits in training and Personnel has 300 retirement PAR forms on the front burner.

Now when will they cancel some other out-of-control events? The week long Humboldt Park festival and the August "Back to School" parade are two that come to mind.

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124 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Canceling the fireworks is bullshit.

If there are problems at the Taste then charge admission, put enough cops down there to handle the idiots, and line up the Sheriff's buses to hold the arrested.

Take the buses out to the Thornton Quarry and proceed to drop off the refuse.

GoddamnMayor, which is one word, is a cheese eating surrender monkey.

Daley will likely change his mind once people start complaining.

Two things:

I wonder what it would be like to have a real mayor.

I wonder what it would like to work for a real police department.
(I stole that line from "The Wire".

1/27/2010 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sure ruin the events by cancelling. God forbid we start locking these animals up. they destroy almost everything they come in contact with.

1/27/2010 05:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancel Bud Billiken - r u fricken nuts? That's where the votes are.

1/27/2010 05:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is why i tell my family and friends to stay away from the taste. Or, if they must go, get out by sundown. nothing but savages and animals. in an effort to save money, the city has cancelled the 3rd of july fireworks at the taste and replaced them with 3 shows on the 4th. instead of having enough police to control the savages in one place, now they will be spread out along the lakefront from montrose to 63rd st.

1/27/2010 05:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not to sound like a know it all but that round was not a .45. it was most likely a 9mm ball.

1/27/2010 06:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A PICTURE SPEAKS A THOUSAND WORDS!EVERY EVENT ,INCLUDING BLOCK PARTIES NEED TO BE CANCELLED!CROWDS BREED PROBLEMS,AND WE HAVE NO POLICE IN CHICAGO ANYMORE!AND NOT ONLY THAT,WE THE POLICE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE SECOND GUESSED,DISCIPLINED AND SUED FOR DOING OUR JOBS PROTECTING THE CITIZENS FROM THESE ANIMALS U SEE ON THOSE VIDEOS!!PLEASE!POLITICIANS,REVERENDS, AND CITIZENS LET US TAKE BACK THE STREETS AGAIN!WHAT U SEE IS A PRODUCT OF CARING ABOUT THE BAD GUY FELON AND NOT THE CITIZEN!THE POLICE CANT B CONSIDERED THE BAD GUY!THIS IS WHAT THAT PHILOSOPHY HAS BRED!WE CANT EVEN HAVE A FEST ANYMORE!!TRULY SAD DAY!!THE THIN BLUE LINE HAS BEEN DEPLETED AND BEAT INTO SUBMISSION BY POLITICIANS,REVERENDS AND THE MEDIA!!WAKE UP OR GET A MACHINE GUN!!ALSO TRY WORKIN IN THE GHETTO EVERY JOB IS A CHALLENGE,EVERYONE SAYS F DA POLICE..REV THIS,OBAMA THAT..GET DA CAMERA AS THE OFFICER IS GETTIN PUNCHED ON!THIS SH..T HAS GOTTA END!!ITS TIME FOR THE WORKIN MAN WHO TAKES CARE OF HIS HOME AND CHILDREN TO TAKE BACK THE STREETS!AND MANY HARD WORKIN PEOPLE WORK AND LIVE IN PLACES LIKE ENGLEWOOD TOO WHO CARE!!ITS TIME TO LET THE POLICE B THE POLICE AGAIN AND LET US TAKE BACK THE STREETS FROM THESE THUG,GANGBANGING FELONS WHO DONT CARE ABOUT KIDS,FAMILIES ANIMALS OR PROPERTY!ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!HELP US LET US B THE CHICAGO POLICE AGAIN!!THERE IS NO BETTER POLICE FORCE IN THE WORLD IF U UN CUFF US!!!

1/27/2010 06:08:00 PM  
Anonymous HATER said...

im going 2 63rd st beach for fire works!!!!!!!!!!


yea right! can u say
BUD BILIKEN 2

1/27/2010 06:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS WILL NOT WORK!!!!

All these years the City of Chicago had trained these people to attend every year same day, same location, same time! So,from a safety standpoint, we're now going to spread our resources (especially police personnel) THIN???? Three Locations? That's like having Three Bud Billiken events in 3 Separate, far off locations. Yeah, that's real smart! NOT!!!! Leaving it in one place to control a humongous crowd is key. Who's advising this mayor? Un-fucking real!

1/27/2010 06:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you heard it here first

cpd will be hiring back retired police for part time work by the end of 2010

1/27/2010 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you say "No Manpower" and " Savages Out Of Control" make for a recipe of DISASTER and MAYHEM! It finally has caught up to them all the deception and lies!

1/27/2010 06:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

awsome

1/27/2010 06:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, I totally agree with you on this one.

Now, would you do me a favor and spell Humboldt Park with a 'd'? Thanks.

1/27/2010 06:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

DA REVS WILL NOT ALLOW SHORTFUCK TO CANCEL SAID CLUSTER......

1/27/2010 07:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancel fireworks on the 3rd (finally!) and charge an entry fee to get into The Taste.

Remember "Chicagofest"? A fee of 5 or 10 bucks will weed out the undesirables.

1/27/2010 07:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.suntimes.com/news/24-7/2015329,CST-EDT-copacquit.article

Finally some GOOD NEWS for D.M & M.B

1/27/2010 07:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fireworks at 63rd will be an assignment to die for.

1/27/2010 07:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the videos are excellent reminders of the true nature of the Taste....

1/27/2010 07:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city is going to shit looking more and more like Detroit. Average home value in Detroit $5,000. Chicago is done as a city. Better look for a new job were done boys and girls.

1/27/2010 07:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They had to cancel it bcause 03 July fell on Saturday and the city would have had to pay big O/T. Hope Bud follows the trend!

1/27/2010 07:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Smartest idea J-Fed and his minion have come up with.

1/27/2010 07:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about just giving a "shoot to kill" order, Daley? your dad did during the National Convention... he had the balls!

1/27/2010 07:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What bothers me is that we CAN'T control a large scale event that is PLANNED. What is going to happen when something large and UPLANNED occurs.

1/27/2010 07:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure Shortshanks will end up blaming us and our contract, we are so unprepared for anything major. Please make sure you work out a plan to get your family out of here to a safe location.

1/27/2010 07:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't wait to take the family to the fire works south. Yeah right! Good luck to the coppers assigned to that disaster. Aside from all the violence that wont be covered, be prepared to babysit 500 of chicago's most well parented children.... FOR FREE!!! While mommy gets her freak on (I would have included daddy but daddy decided to get his freak on 24-7 365-life well before the little one popped out on the tax payers dime).
Im just saying. ITS ALL LEGIT!!

1/27/2010 07:42:00 PM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

I live in an overpriced ghetto called Chicago

1/27/2010 07:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I THINK THE MIDGET IS STARTING TO SHIT IN HIS PANTS....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!!!!!!

1/27/2010 08:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah right, da mayor cancel the bud bulikin parade? you must be dreaming. that means he loses all of the black vote! good luck with that one.

1/27/2010 08:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now surely they will also cancel the St Paddy's Day parade on Columbus Drive? Who wants to watch a bunch of corrupt lying cock sucker politicians walk down a street far away from the city center all wearing puke green crap?

I've had quite enough of the toora loora crown for this lifetime. Fuck St Paddy. In fact, cancel every damn parade, festival and event that doesn't bring the city a profit.

1/27/2010 09:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watch for the shit to hit the fan when the arbitrator awards police a raise. Daley is almost certain to bleet and scream like a 12 year old virgin about how the greedy police are getting a raise while he, mayor daley, is doing everything possible to hold down costs.

This is a virtual certainty, be ready for the backlash on the police. daley is priming the pumps on this one, he knows damn well how the arbitrator will likely rule and is working now to get popular opinion galvanized against the police.

This you can take to the bank. This is how daley operates. Expect a further and more difficult fight to get the arbitrator's ruling put into force.

1/27/2010 09:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First and foremost DaMARE announced that gangmembers would be welcomed to the taste of Chicago. Secondly that sh*t bird that got got was in the company of others who had fired guns at crowds of citizens obviously not feeling threatened by the hundreds of uniformed Police officers assigned!Or the commander and chief in charge WEISsel!!

1/27/2010 09:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

CHICAGO LOSES CONTROL OF CORE DOWNTOWN - MAYOR SCARED SHITLESS OF HIS CONSTITUENCY

This Balkanization of one big fireworks show into three little ones is sure evidence that there is no longer one Chicago, but many little hostile Chicagos.

North stays north at Montrose, south stays south at 63rd, Yups in the middle out on Navy Pier.

Actually we have to have a fourth show in Columbus Park, to stop the West Side from ever coming east to the downtown show in the first place.

All for only 15 minutes worth -- and they'll probably still be so scared they'll shoot it all off at 4 PM and get people moving back out of the parks while it's still daylight. Christ, some blocks have better fireworks than that in the alley.

The closing of Taste of Chicago at 6PM on July 3rd and July 4th is also a huge blow to the food vendors who participate; that is their most profitable time.

Just shut the CTA down for "maintenance" over the holidays and there you have it.

1/27/2010 09:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC. but two 008th District officers were found not guilty of perjury and conspiracy to obstruct justice today. Judge Porter at 26 Cal said the State didn't even "come close" to proving its case. that is besides the point. the fact the ASA's office did charge and try to convict these officers should make us all aware of how important our paperwork is in a prosecution, and later a defense if we get charged or sued.

There were four perjury charges stemming from the officers testimony at trial. one of the perjury charges was based on the officer's testimony that the defendant was alone when he dropped the narcotics. It seemed that the State wanted to define "alone" as no one else being anywhere within blocks of the arrestee. because two subjects were brought to the station, the ASAs said the officer had to be lying. [the second subject was brought to the station as a potential informant, NOT as an arrestee, according to defense arguments. this second subject left the station within 20-30 minutes after arriving there.]

Also, Judge Porter reminded the State, and all in the courtroom how on a daily basis he hears officers, and even lawyers, mix and match the following terms: "detention," "in custody," and "under arrest." these are all different legal concepts in a courtroom. We as police officers need to better understand and properly use these terms to maybe save our butts someday.

Just again to remind us that the ASA's office is not our friend. Make one clerical error on your paperwork, or answer a question the wrong way (or a way that can be interpreted as wrong), and the ASA may charge you too. And put you and your family through two years of frustration, anger, and fear of losing the job you love to do.

God bless those officers. You didn't deserve this case.

1/27/2010 09:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When the Southside Irish Parade was cancelled, there was no problem in identifying the true problem - the drunken asshole white teenagers and college age kids that were bused in from northside and suburban bars as well as from colleges within a 2 hour drive to Chicago. Don't think for one second that the Parade Community and the 19th Ward put an end to this parade, calls came from Daley's office to all the heads of departments regarding what the hell was going on out there on Western Avenue - the City Heads told the truth what they saw, those big shots from the 19th Ward downplayed the problem. Daley did not buy it, consequently, Daley ordered the parade to stop. Too much bad press.

That's fine, the parade was out of control and the problem was correctly identified in the press. The same is true in cancelling the fireworks show, but the City / Daley do not have the balls to tell the truth, that it's because of the Black gangbangers running like animals throughout downtown on the 3rd of July. If it's okay to trash White asshole kids, then why not have the balls to trash the Black asshole gangbangers???

1/27/2010 09:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That bullet going thru all those walls sure don't say much about the construction. That may be why they don't hang pictures on the walls: The nails would injure the guests in the next room.

1/27/2010 09:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The gangbangers have most of the beach after dark already. Nothing new.

1/27/2010 10:00:00 PM  
Anonymous West Side, Inside Do-Nothing said...

Per channel 7 news at 4:00 p.m.: one of the proposed lakefront sites for the smaller fireworks displays will be the 63rd Street Beach.

Prediction: 63rd Street Beach will be the location where the lion's share of police manpower will be detailed the 4th of July due to the propensity of "the usual suspects" to act like savages.

So again, those who contribute little or nothing to society will be rewarded with their own little lakefront celebration; it's a sure bet that swarms of "wilding" miscreants will make their annual trek northward to create mayhem and misery for legitimate families trying to enjoy the Taste of Chicago and other downtown amenities.

And as far as canceling other out-of-control events? I could list several, but I'd probably be labeled a racist because my suggestions regarding the majority of the events I'd like to see canceled cater to certain demographics.

Allowing such annual displays of ignorance (thinly veiled and promoted as a type of "cultural pride") does little more than pacify an uneducated voting block. Other pacifiers include, but certainly aren't limited to: LINK cards, WIC, section 8 housing, free lunches at school, free school supplies and (my personal favorite), the distribution of free smoke detectors for the whole block after some crackhead burns down the house with a space heater.

Sorry for the rant; the State Of The Union Address got my blood boiling a bit (obviously). But like many, many other people forced to live in this city, I'm fucking sick and tired of seeing my tax dollars going to support those that don't contribute ANYTHING in return for all they receive. Generations of bustouts gaming the system while you and I work our asses off trying to provide an above-average existence for our families.

1/27/2010 10:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/01/cook-county-chicago-police-officers-acquittal-perjury-obstruct-justice.html There were only five comments, and very supportive ones at that...

1/27/2010 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wouldn't want to be stationed at 63rd street beach!!!
THAT IS FROM EXPERIENCE!!!

1/27/2010 10:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a private citizen. Not a cop. My brother is a cop.

It is a shame what is happening to our beloved city. I am a small business owner and the new parking meter fee is literally killing off my business.

When my lease expired on 6/2010 bye bye Chicago. It is so sad to see this great city slowly turn into another possible Detroit.

1/27/2010 10:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who is Dugans Clout?????????? How come no one says who it is???

1/27/2010 10:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have more clout the Georgas...... anyone.......?

1/27/2010 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

overtime on the 4th for the marine unit i see it coming.

1/27/2010 10:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hitler has found out Daley axed the fireworks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7iICQ8rT4M

1/27/2010 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not to sound like a know it all but that round was not a .45. it was most likely a 9mm ball.

Not to say what everyone else is thinking but....STROKE!!!

1/27/2010 10:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again the people that don't work and receive all the free handouts for doing nothing have destroyed something that was nice for the honest people that do work. The fireworks have become Gangster Fest! The city has had to spend a huge amount of money on Emergency personel just to host an event that in the old days only required a few cops and maybe an ambulance. Just look at the daily drain on law enforcement all over the city for the puplic schools.

Today every car was pulled out of the Lincoln Park area for two hours just to baby sit the kids leaving school in uptown. The tax payer gets no service just to appease the stat monsters at police headquarters. If they only knew the truth about what is going on, maybe they would vote Republican, if there were one in Chicago.

1/27/2010 11:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

cpd will be hiring back retired police for part time work by the end of 2010

1/27/2010 06:22:00 PM

Once you retire, what would drag you back here???? I hope I NEVER have to set foot in a city building after I retire, they don't have enough money to get me to work here after I retire...

1/27/2010 11:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago is just starting to feel the effects of the 2,000 police officer manpower shortage.

Isn't that right Jody?

1/27/2010 11:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama doesn't want any celebrations of patriotism or national sovereignty in AmeriKa!

1/27/2010 11:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is much more coming boys and girls. The warnings have been publicly posted over one year ago.

When it rains it pours!

1/27/2010 11:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take this deal.... Why can't we get the same????

New four-year contract would give Boston police officers a 14 percent pay hike but require them to pay more for health care, city officials said yesterday.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino called the contract, which will be retroactive to July , "a win for both sides."

The contract, which the city and union negotiators agreed on Thursday, would also allow officers to live outside the city after a decade of service , shift about two dozen officers from behind their desks to the streets , and toughen drug testing rules. Police were among the highest-paid city employees last year, according to city figures released to the Globe earlier this year. Of the 125 highest-paid employees, all but one were police officers. In 2006, the average uniformed police officer made $113,617 , including $35,600 in detail and overtime. But union officials maintain that the overtime and detail pay are not part of an officer's normal pay and can fluctuate.

1/27/2010 11:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish they would cancel the entire thing, it's like a zoo down there during the Taste. They throw their garbage everywhere...

1/27/2010 11:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cancel all the bullshit parades also waste of money! Like all the mexican parades,pr fest,fake bud biliken fick it we are tired of paying for all this worthless shit! Cancel fireworks period! DID YOU EVEN THINK THIS SI BEING DONE TO SHOW THE ARBITRATOR THAT DALEY WANTS HIM TO BELIEVE THE CITY IS BROKE,WHILE HE STILL GIVES HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY JUICY CONTRACTS? WHERE IS PATRICK DALEY? WHY IS HE "HIDING OUT" IN RUSSIA? WHY IS VANECKO NOT IN PRISON? BARRY OBAMA MAYBE?

1/27/2010 11:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh....recently retired, and loving it! The City doesn't have enough money to hire me back to take orders from the likes of WEISel/Masters. Good luck this summer, Y'ALL!!!

I've never seen a more shitty plan for dealing with the hordes coming into the Taste than what I saw on the night of July 03, 2008. Even the WEISel himself stood there in the middle of his entourage of bodyguards on Jackson blvd., which was completely up for grabs before the homicide jumped off on nearby Van Buren st., not knowing what to do. That's kind of been the benchmark of his time here up to now. Lord knows we can't expect any better of the man for his upcoming (and hopefully, FINAL) year here. A complete disaster!

1/27/2010 11:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who wants to bet the southside celebration ends up with gunshots and wounded.

1/27/2010 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Start looking at what other police departments were awarded in abitration, we will be getting the same according to the latest FOP new letter.

1/27/2010 11:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh wow. One of the events is going to be at 63rd street. I just can't wait to go there on a hot summer night. NOT!

1/28/2010 12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

F that... I was there, its nothing but a city sponsored wilding. I'm glad its gone

1/28/2010 12:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"What bothers me is that we CAN'T control a large scale event that is PLANNED. What is going to happen when something large and UPLANNED occurs."

HUH?!? take a guess, Einstein. it will be chaos. Just like the island with the earthquake... Englewood So.

1/28/2010 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dugan clout probably 19th Ward. Was very good friends with Knightly and his crowd!

1/28/2010 12:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SouthSide Irish Parade

comes to mind too

1/28/2010 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moneywise it probably costs more to supply the Daleys/Burkes with police servants than the fireworks would cost.

1/28/2010 01:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fireworks have become Gangster Fest! The city has had to spend a huge amount of money on Emergency personel just to host an event that in the old days only required a few cops and maybe an ambulance.

Sorry, but the 3rd always was the largest detail of the year(we had the manpower back then) all tac and gang teams were there, a wagon from every district, mass transit at all the subway/els platforms downtown, summer mobile, yes remember that? marine unit, mounted unit, pick-pocket teams, SOS TRU....now we can barely dress a tac team and send them down and the department knows it...

1/28/2010 02:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humboldt Park fest should be cancelled or cut down to a weekend event, paid for by the organizers, vendors etc. and not the city, charge a fee if need be, no more free police protection and free ambulance service, yes free! last year they cut medics out of their budgets and ambulances had to come from the neighborhoods for everyone who fell out or got hurt.They also had no inside security, all on-duty officers detailed from all over the city instead of off-duty officers working security, also cut out of budget. It is a long time coming already.

1/28/2010 02:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To everyone that says the answer is simply charging an entrance fee, THINK AGAIN! Sure you can control the area of the fountain and Grant Park with fences, Lollapalooza does it and does it well. The problem is the actual lakefront, Roosevelt to Randolph, no way to block that off to a pay to stay crowd. You also have the closed down drive itself where many people gather in the roadway while the traffic is shut down. So sure, the fountain will be nice and safe but you just spread out these animals to less policed areas...

1/28/2010 03:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heard one of us call the Roe Con show. you did a good job. we all should make a better effort like him and get our side of the story out.

1/28/2010 03:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
The city is going to shit looking more and more like Detroit. Average home value in Detroit $5,000. Chicago is done as a city. Better look for a new job were done boys and girls.

1/27/2010 07:24:00 PM
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Ya, but they are going to tax the fvck out of us all the way down.

1/28/2010 03:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Shamrock Shaker said...

"...Paddy's Day parade on Columbus Drive? Who wants to watch a bunch of corrupt lying cock sucker politicians walk down a street far away from the city center all wearing puke green crap?

I've had quite enough of the toora loora crown for this lifetime. Fuck St Paddy. In fact, cancel every damn parade"
Shiver me shamrocks!
You've wounded me, boyo, with those harsh but true words!
Why, it makes this bucko quaff a pint of stout guinness, and riverdance all the way from Daley and Burke, those fine men at the irish castle at city hall,all the ways to the friendly confines of the Cork and Kerry in me fashionable Mount Greenwood digs !
Sure, and me lassie Rugai will be a hearing about this, sure!
Now get off your feet and jump around...
Jump Around!!!!
JUMP AROUND !!!

1/28/2010 04:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally, I'll get to enjoy the night of the 3rd. off and the city will have to pay me OT for the 4th. when they cancel my day off! Thanks Short-Shanks!

1/28/2010 05:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pants on the Ground! Pants on the Ground!....the official theme song for Taste of Chicago.

1/28/2010 05:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AND ON THE 3RD AND 4TH OF JULY THE CITY WILL CLOSE THE TASTE AT 6PM TO SAVE ON "MONEY" AND "SECURITY".
HAH!

FIGURE IT OUT GOOD CITIZENS.

1/28/2010 05:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Moving the fireworks to the 4th should have been done years ago. Most people have other plans on the 4th such a BBQ's and the such. It's also time to start charging a $15 admission to the taste which would include several musical acts and other performance acts just like Summer Fest in Milwaukee.

Next is PR fest. I as a tax payer am sick of these so called free festivals that end up costing me police services due to the massive presence that is necessary to stage these events.

1/28/2010 06:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you heard it here first

cpd will be hiring back retired police for part time work by the end of 2010

1/27/2010 06:22:00 PM

___________________________________

Whomever would come back to work is softer than puppy shit.

1/28/2010 07:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Try finding thid story on todays Sun Times web edition. NOTHING!

1/28/2010 07:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They canceled the one in Grant Park, but are doing the fireworks at 3 different locations. Isn't this a disaster waiting to happen. Instead of having all of the trouble at one location, they will have it at 3 locations. No cops now, think of the shortage for 3 locations. Trouble at 3 sites, instead of one.

The man is a genius. Good going mayor.

1/28/2010 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm selling the patented "chicago kick to the head on a stick" and "deepfried Austin knuckle sandwich, 14tickets please

1/28/2010 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In American they say the streets are paved of gold. At the taste of Chicago its the gold knocked out the mouths of thugs....

1/28/2010 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Cancel Bud Billiken - r u fricken nuts? That's where the votes are.

1/27/2010 05:22:00 PM
If he cancelled the Bud, I MIGHT actually vote for him....

1/28/2010 08:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
SCC, I totally agree with you on this one.

Now, would you do me a favor and spell Humboldt Park with a 'd'? Thanks.

1/27/2010 06:53:00 PM

Dumboldt??

1/28/2010 08:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, you have once again offended the sensitive ones at HQ.
Please take note that we no longer call it Personnel. Jody has renamed it Human Resources.
Get it right.
-Masters

1/28/2010 08:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next he will be saying, "we can't afford to pay any retro, we can't even have fireworks on the 3rd any more" Watch!!

1/28/2010 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
I'll take this deal.... Why can't we get the same????

New four-year contract would give Boston police officers a 14 percent pay hike but require them to pay more for health care, city officials said yesterday.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino called the contract, which will be retroactive to July , "a win for both sides."

The contract, which the city and union negotiators agreed on Thursday, would also allow officers to live outside the city after a decade of service , shift about two dozen officers from behind their desks to the streets , and toughen drug testing rules. Police were among the highest-paid city employees last year, according to city figures released to the Globe earlier this year. Of the 125 highest-paid employees, all but one were police officers. In 2006, the average uniformed police officer made $113,617 , including $35,600 in detail and overtime. But union officials maintain that the overtime and detail pay are not part of an officer's normal pay and can fluctuate.

1/27/2010 11:35:00 PM

Hey DUMMY now they pay more for health care could be it maybe 6% that would cut the raise?

1/28/2010 09:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off Topic: Does anyone know how many big cities still have a residency requirement? It seems like we are the only ones left. WTF? What are we waiting for or what's holding us back legally?

1/28/2010 09:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 3rd of July has gone from a family affair to a gang-banging event with every shit-head in the city attending. I don't understand why normal people even come downtown for this lousy event of fireworks. Thousands of cameras are rolling on the 3rd of July just waiting to capture a cop clubbing someone but when these gang-bangers are beating each other and shooting each other, there is not a camera in sight to catch any of it. Plus how could you pick anyone out since all of the gang-bangers are wearing white t-shirts and jeans!

1/28/2010 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you noticed that the media NEVER said anything about the gangs. NEVER said anything about the gangs roaming up and down the street looking for trouble. My oh my, how times have changed. Its was a time when you would come down to the fest with your family (kids in tow) and stake out a plot of grass and sit and watch the fireworks. Not anymore! I haven't gone down there for ten years! Because it started back then. You could just see the different type of crowd coming onto the ground at about three in the afternoon. And yes, there will NEVER be enough police officers to cover such a huge event. Especially when you have animals who don't respect even themselves! So, I think its a great idea not having the whole thing. Hell, shut down all of the fest. All of the parades, too. The city would save a lot of money! Besides, why does the city always have to entertain their citizens? The more and more I hear and listen to people, I am finding out that this city is....no will become another Detroit! If nothing is done soon, then that is the road we're on.

1/28/2010 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OH YEAH I REALLY WANT EXPOSE MY FAMILY AND GRANDKIDS TO THIS SHIT.....NOT

1/28/2010 11:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real credit goes to Dep. Keating. It was a great idea last year. Glad to see it came into fruition. Thanks, much appreciated.

1/28/2010 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think 42 short is covering up the fact that we dont have the manpower to handle a single event downtown. Especially with the big retirement of coppers coming up in April 2010.

They will leave it up to each district/area to handle it and days off will be cancelled.

Just more smoke and mirrors.

1/28/2010 12:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i say travel up to milwaukee...they charge admission and have a fence to keep the ''animals'' out. these events drain an already depleted police department. let the local pols that push these events/humboldt park provide security. instead..they ll call their flunkie commanders and everyone will be be given their marching orders.

1/28/2010 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have more clout the Georgas...... anyone.......?

1/27/2010 10:47:00 PM

yup, Kennedy. Both are hooked up through Keating and "uncle Jimmy" Mauer. Neither have had to work for a damn thing on this department. Both of their photos are next to the definition of "secret study group" in the CPD dictionary.

1/28/2010 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For our Superintendent:

Bad Bosses: What Kind are You?


http://finance.yahoo.com/career-work/article/108677/bad-bosses-what-kind-are-you?mod=career-leadership

1/28/2010 01:20:00 PM  
Anonymous The Box Chevy Phantom said...

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE COMING UP WITH THESE FUCKED UP IDEAS?

So...

A police department depleted of resources and man power enough to control a large scale event is now going to be asked to cover two events now?

So...

It seems that the powers that be in their infinite wisdom are hoping that both events don't go sour at the same time??

THEY HAVE NO ANSWERS!!

if this were the military, a whole bunch of the command echelon would be given a blindfold (no cigarette, Chicago is smoke free) and pushed up against a wall of sandbags!

THEY ARE THROWING SHIT AGAINST THE WALL TO SEE WHAT STICKS!

they're not smarter than a 5th grader by a loooong shot!

...retirement is it's own reward now.

1/28/2010 01:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Start charging a fee to get in. Milwaukee does it with summer fest and they don't have any problems.

1/28/2010 01:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

heard from a little bird downtown that the real reason the fireworks are cancelled and the taste is closing early is because The History Channel show "Gangland" was going to be filming at the taste this year due the nationwide media attention the taste has had in the past few years

1/28/2010 01:56:00 PM  
Anonymous less is more said...

I'm not exactly heartbroken about this change. The fireworks on the 3rd has been too big and overcrowded for years. The Taste would be a MUCH better event if they charged $5-10 admission. I'm betting that fireworks on the 4th will be safer overall with smaller, separate events.

1/28/2010 01:57:00 PM  
Blogger kateykakes said...

Kind of makes me want to forget about visiting Chicago some day.

You all be safe out there.

1/28/2010 03:03:00 PM  
Anonymous West Side, Inside Do-Nothing said...

Utterly disgusting videos. I'm sick to my stomach watching all those Polish, Irish, Scandinavian, Russian, German, Lithuanian, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, French and Belgian gang bangers wreak havoc at a family-oriented gathering.

That's it! I've made up my mind...next year will be the 19th straight year I'll be smart enough to NOT attend the Taste, not counting the summers I had to work it with CPD.

Fuck you, Daley. It's much too late to try and correct the epidemic that you allowed to spawn and thrive at the expense of it's "host" - the taxpaying populace of this once-great city. And a big, hearty, Fuck You! to all the liberals that coddle the beast. May you all become victims at the hand of the animal sooner than later.

1/28/2010 03:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you say furlough! I'll probably be in Canada just to be safe from these animals.

1/28/2010 03:18:00 PM  
Blogger Omnibus Driver said...

Speaking of those declining numbers, did any of you catch Obama going on ad nauseum about how many new police officers and fireman the Stimulus Package has put in place?

Nice of him to send a few to his own home town, isn't it?

What's that? You mean he hasn't? *Gasp*

1/28/2010 04:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

63rd street fireworks will be interesting.

1/28/2010 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great can't wait for some shithead to get hurt at 63rd then we will hear how they had police protection at the WHITE firework display and not for the BLACK display. Real nice mayor separate but equal.

1/28/2010 04:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again the people that don't work and receive all the free handouts for doing nothing have destroyed something that was nice for the honest people that do work. The fireworks have become Gangster Fest! The city has had to spend a huge amount of money on Emergency personel just to host an event that in the old days only required a few cops and maybe an ambulance. Just look at the daily drain on law enforcement all over the city for the puplic schools.

Today every car was pulled out of the Lincoln Park area for two hours just to baby sit the kids leaving school in uptown. The tax payer gets no service just to appease the stat monsters at police headquarters. If they only knew the truth about what is going on, maybe they would vote Republican, if there were one in Chicago.

1/27/2010 11:14:00 PM


Oh yes, if the Republicans were in charge, things would be so much better here in Chicago. It's all the Democrats fault.

People who believe one party is better than the other obviously have not done their due diligence. Both parties work for the same interests they only act differently by pressing hot button issues like abortion, gay rights, gay marriage, union or non union, etc...

For example, the Republicans said they are fiscally responsible, but during the Bush years, they spent money like drunken sailors (not including defense and home land security). Democrats said in the last election that they value civil liberties, but once they obtained power, they decided to do nothing.

1/28/2010 05:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll take this deal.... Why can't we get the same????

New four-year contract would give Boston police officers a 14 percent pay hike but require them to pay more for health care, city officials said yesterday.

Mayor Thomas M. Menino called the contract, which will be retroactive to July , "a win for both sides."

The contract, which the city and union negotiators agreed on Thursday, would also allow officers to live outside the city after a decade of service , shift about two dozen officers from behind their desks to the streets , and toughen drug testing rules. Police were among the highest-paid city employees last year, according to city figures released to the Globe earlier this year. Of the 125 highest-paid employees, all but one were police officers. In 2006, the average uniformed police officer made $113,617 , including $35,600 in detail and overtime. But union officials maintain that the overtime and detail pay are not part of an officer's normal pay and can fluctuate

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That is a good contract for someone making $114 K. It is a shit contract for us. We must get at least 6 percent a year, like the teachers got, or we have nothing and we lose.

Start thinking positive, Your mind has been infected with Daleyrot.

1/28/2010 05:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They had to cancel it bcause 03 July fell on Saturday and the city would have had to pay big O/T. Hope Bud follows the trend!

1/27/2010 07:24:00 PM


What does Saturday have to do with more overtime?

1/28/2010 05:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wait until hyper-inflation hits.

LMAO

1/28/2010 06:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and this is the city that was going to host an Olympics.

GAAAhahaha.

1/28/2010 06:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama doesn't want any celebrations of patriotism or national sovereignty in AmeriKa!

1/27/2010 11:32:00 PM
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Paranoid much? Or maybe you forgot to take your meds.

1/28/2010 07:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Who wants to bet the southside celebration ends up with gunshots and wounded.

1/27/2010 11:58:00 PM

It don't be a celebration without a perforation

1/28/2010 07:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

little known fact, there was also a bullet hole found in the Dirksen Federal Building-United States Courthouse on the 12th floor (south east side of jackson/dearborn) facing Van Buren where all the shootings occurred. it was in the jury room of a district court judge.

1/28/2010 08:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well the news reported the this was done to save money, why can't they just strap on a pair of balls and tell it like it is, dude messed up this event, 4 years ago we beacame the nice police and lost the LOOP to thugs, wait until they tear up Navy Pier, the rich folks all around Lake Point towers will be victimized, Dicks Last Resort and all them nice places for them folks to go abruse things

1/28/2010 08:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never get tired of watching that dumbass trip over his own pants. Buy a belt.

1/28/2010 09:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who wants to bet the southside celebration ends up with gunshots and wounded."

OK....what's the over/under/total score???

1/28/2010 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OLYMPIC CITY!!!

1/28/2010 09:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hitler has found out Daley axed the fireworks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7iICQ8rT4M

1/27/2010 10:55:00 PM

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LOL dat be some funny shiiiiiit

1/28/2010 10:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i would love to know the $ spent to police the Bud Biliken parade compared to other events. talk about saving money?

1/28/2010 10:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

NOBODY SIGN UP FOR THE OVERTIME CRAP!LET THE CLOUT BABIES AT 35 TH AND THE UNITS HANDLE IT!LET THEM GO TO 63RD ST BEACH AND C WHAT THE REAL POLICE DEAL WITH EVERY NIGHT!FROM NOW ON DONT SIGN UP FOR OT!WHAT ,U GET 1 DAY A MOTH ..SCREW IT!WATCH EM SQUIRM..DEM CLOUT BABIES WORKIN HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS...REMEMBER THEY GAVE UP THER E COTRACT RIGHTS WHEN THEY WENT 2 THEM UNITS!!WE GET THE LAST LAUGH!U WORKIN!

1/29/2010 12:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes, if the Republicans were in charge, things would be so much better here in Chicago. It's all the Democrats fault.

People who believe one party is better than the other obviously have not done their due diligence. Both parties work for the same interests they only act differently by pressing hot button issues like abortion, gay rights, gay marriage, union or non union, etc...

For example, the Republicans said they are fiscally responsible, but during the Bush years, they spent money like drunken sailors (not including defense and home land security). Democrats said in the last election that they value civil liberties, but once they obtained power, they decided to do nothing.

1/28/2010 05:11:00 PM

Well said! Watching State of the Union addresses are embarrassing, be it Democrat or Republican. One side viciously clapping at whatever comes out the current Presidents mouth. It's like children. These are the people we voted in TO WORK TOGETHER?

This country gets more disgusting by the day. It's not about who is better than who, it's about working together. A team concept? Any politician ever here of that?

I hate Democrats for catering too much to people that don't deserve and there lack of toughness on crime, and the gun control issue.

I hate Republicans because they're too wrapped up in gay rights - let them be miserable too!, too religiony, and last but not least, abortion rights.

If it weren't for having a family and having people depend on me, I'd be doing my damnedest as an Anarchist trying to start a 3rd Party!

1/29/2010 01:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He could of got a tip from some intelligence agency that it is not such a good idea to have 1-2 million people in such a small area.
The mayor does not do anything unless he is forced too.
I m not saying, I m just saying.

1/29/2010 03:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was that Jody at :48 seconds into the Hitler /fireworks video. He hasn't aged much in 50+ years. He has to retire doesn't he???

We can only hope so.

1/29/2010 03:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At 1:42 also. Jody, can I have your autograph. You're a movie star and you never told us.

1/29/2010 04:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They had to cancel it bcause 03 July fell on Saturday and the city would have had to pay big O/T. Hope Bud follows the trend!

1/27/2010 07:24:00 PM


What does Saturday have to do with more overtime?

1/28/2010 05:44:00 PM
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House mice don't know that Saturday isn't an overtime day for patrol.

Oh, and 03 July isn't a holiday, either. But, with all three mini-celebrations moved to 04 July, there WILL now be overtime for those working the REAL holiday.

1/29/2010 06:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said... there was also a bullet hole found in the Dirksen Federal Building....
1/28/2010 08:05:00 PM

In-coming or out-bound?

1/29/2010 09:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Megan McDonald is the one who spent alot of $$$$ for the X-mas tree at Daley Plaza in 2008. In 2009 we got a "Charlie Brown Tree."
She needs to let go now before the city emplodes on the 3rd/4th of July. The Southside will on 63rd st. will be a gang war zone.

1/29/2010 04:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring Back The South Side Irish Parade!
How about a bunch of PO's get a permit and have a block party and donate the proceeds to the police memorial fund? Corned beef and Guinness yum!

1/29/2010 05:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"........toora loora crowd..."?????

Very pretty Colonel. Very pretty.

But can they fight?

1/29/2010 10:47:00 PM  

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