Friday, October 28, 2011

Jumping Jacks

  • The wildly-popular Jumping Jack program salvaged by Chicago aldermen just three years ago is back on the chopping block — sort of.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration plans to maintain the longstanding Chicago tradition of providing free moonwalks to neighborhood festivals and quadruple — to four hours — the time kids at each event get to bounce.

    But, to shave $300,000 from the $500,000 annual cost, the perk will be reserved for block parties and other “public events on Chicago streets.”

    Private events will be bounced.

Why not get rid of the entire program? There are bunch of local outfits that will rent you a jumping jack for about $300, you get it all day and all you supply is the electricity to run the fan. There shouldn't be a block club around that couldn't raise that money for rental fee. But then we suppose the aldercreatures wouldn't get to plaster their name all over that crap and claim they entertained the kiddies with yours and our tax money.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

And, how high is the City payout when one of the little darlings gets injured?

I never knew we did this and I find it ridiculous.

10/28/2011 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do Y'all like yo Ham Burglars?

BBQ Style Please!

10/28/2011 05:52:00 AM  
Anonymous West Side, Inside Do-Nothing said...

The best thing about renting a Jumping Jack from a reputable private dealer is there's a greater likelihood that it's been deloused.

The City's Jumping Jacks make the annual "Ghetto Block Party & Family Reunion" tour each summer. Have you ever taken a close look inside one of those fucking things? You might as well bring your kids to a ghetto bedroom and have them jump and roll around on Lil Man's mattress on the floor.

Right hand to one block party a few years ago, I saw the city employee spray almost a half can of Lysol into the back of the fan as it was inflating the Jumping Jack...he was basically "fogging" the thing like exterminators do in homes. I decided to let the kids ride the filthy, malnourished pony instead.

10/28/2011 09:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just shows how petty these selfish fucks are at City Hall. They piss away millions on worthless projects and won't even fund some entertainment for the kids of the poor slobs paying the taxes. A lot of folks can't afford to take their kids to Great America, or other venues, so why not give them at least a little back for their tax dollars. Ain't gonna happen. Our political "leaders" would rather hand out $5.2 million in tax dollars to gazzillionaires like Rheinsdorf so he can open a free restaurant and keep all the profits. Ever wonder why this state is broke. Thank you.

10/28/2011 09:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The City supplies entertainment for parties?

How about a Stripper Corps for the grown-ups entertainments?

We have a $600M budget deficit and we're suppling party fun? This is beyond belief. Way beyond belief.

10/28/2011 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC, you cant take these things away from the poor underprivledged because the aclu will sue!!!

10/28/2011 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't we just get rid of everything, who else is sick and tiered about hearing how this and that are getting cut.

I'm so fucking tiered about how bleak the future is. When does this whole mess turn the fuck around.

10/28/2011 11:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the city does not need to provide entertainment. it's nothing we should expect.

want a bouncy?

do what we do for our block party in the 44th.

rent one.

get one ten times as nice ALL day delivered for about 150-175 bucks.

pass a hat, it works out to be scratch.

city supplied, bacteria-ridden jumping jack for 1hour?

no thanks.

dump the program.

10/28/2011 11:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who could have thought a staph infection could be so fun????

10/28/2011 01:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one if the problems with this City...gimme gimme gimme.

10/28/2011 01:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Why not get rid of the entire program?"

Is the program run by a connected contractor, who overcharges the city?

That might be one reason they don't axe it.

10/28/2011 02:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We stopped having Chicago jumping jacks at our block party 4 years ago. The animals that dropped off and picked up the bouncy were total bangers and drug addicts with tatted up necks and faces. Needless to say they were not positive figures for our children to see. Constitution party baby.

10/28/2011 02:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe is still survives because the person who ownes the company that supplies them to the city is the same ex police sergeant who owned a politically connected security company and former sgt in charge of Shortshanks body guard detail. Surprise.

10/28/2011 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

keep paying for the Govt Cheese Luv it WTF Enough BS Clout is dead MArch

10/28/2011 08:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nevermind the ever-increasing city vehicle sticker fees

Nevermind that your streets are now lined with red-light cameras & (soon) speeding cameras

Nevermind that the city levies taxes for soda pop

Nevermind that you dog owners will be subjected to a license crackdown

You just better remember who provided your block party with the plastic bounce dome, you ingrates!

10/28/2011 09:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The city provides jumpin gyms for kids? Thats insane. The chicago we once knew is ever closer to being gone forever.

10/28/2011 11:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous @ 10/28/2011 11:42:00 AM said, "pass a hat, it works out to be scratch."
You sound like one of those fine citizens who might snatch some of that cash as the hat goes around. Maybe snatch the hat, too, while you're at it!

10/28/2011 11:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just cut taxes the mayor and aldermen can pay for these things out of their paychecks.

10/29/2011 07:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AND KEEP THE FUCKING FIRE HYDRANTS CLOSED IN THE HEAT, TIRED OF NO FUCKIN WATER pressure, every time the ghetto rats want to go play in the hydrant. Fuck you Democrat Commies.

10/29/2011 03:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Block parties should have to buy Liability Insurance for the Party. Why should Taxpayers get the bill for anything that goes wrong at these drunken Noise Fests?


10/29/2011 03:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm so fucking tiered about how bleak the future is. When does this whole mess turn the fuck around.

10/28/2011 11:01:00 AM

is that a question?


10/29/2011 11:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ya know, my brother in law has a side business with these things...
A 20x20 foot one of these costs about $3000 new.

For 1/2 a million they could buy 166 of these things....

WTF costs $500000??? Thats $9600 a week for 52 weeks a year. You can't tell me the city has a ton of these things to give out, and they run 52 weeks a year.

11/01/2011 09:59:00 PM  

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