Sunday, November 30, 2014

Guess What Night it Is?

  • The city’s annual winter overnight parking ban begins at 3 a.m. Monday, according to the city Department of Streets and Sanitation.

    Regardless of snow, the ban will be enforced along 107 miles of arterial streets 3 to 7 a.m. from Dec. 1 through March 31, 2015, according to the agency.

    Cars parked in violation of the overnight ban prevent routes from being fully plowed and salted when it snows.

    The city began posting fliers on cars on restricted streets last week as a reminder.

    Violators will be towed and face a minimum $150 towing fee, a $60 ticket and a storage fee of $20 per day. Vehicles will be towed to pound No. 2 at 103011 S. Doty or No. 6, 701 N. Sacramento.

    Last year on the first night of the ban, 239 vehicles were towed, according to the agency.
The city is posting flyers? Well that takes the fun out of things. We'll set the over/under at 200 due to the early warning. Don't get caught people.

Side Job Opportunity (UPDATE)

  • New York Times reporters Julie Bosman and Campbell Robertson published the address of Darren Wilson in the New York Times so here are their addresses. strenuously objects to publishing the addresses of individuals who are being targeted with death threats. published the address of Ebola patient Nina Pham so that people could avoid going to her Dallas apartment.

    But it would also be wrong to publish the addresses of journalists without their consent.
Of course, they go on to publish her address prominently on their page. We don't understand what all the hubbub is about - she and her paper support the rioters and anarchists in Ferguson. Same team and all that. Now of course, she feels threatened:
  • The New York Times journalist who published Darren Wilson’s home address wants police protection and has been calling the police nonstop, has learned.

    Julie Bosman “keeps calling the 020th District station complaining about people harassing and threatening her,” our source told us. She’s also “complaining about numerous food deliveries being sent to her residence.”
Shouldn't she be calling 9-1-1 instead of the 020 Desk? We mean, she isn't special or anything, right? Just a reporter and all that? Police are just citizens - nothing special about a cop either. Absent an actual physical threat, 3-1-1 should be good enough, correct?

Now word comes in via e-mail that she's looking for a "bodyguard" to save her from all those unwanted pizza and Chinese food deliveries. We would certainly hope that no one on the job would volunteer for this. The irony of this entire situation seems to escape the libs - fuck the police until you need the police.

Thinking about this, it might be a perfect opportunity to explore the ease and simplicity of getting a gun to protect yourself in Rahm's Chicago. Then we can stop all these pesky murders once and for all committed by legal, law-abiding gun owners.

UPDATE: And the "journalist" has a police record:
  • The New York Times reporter who published Darren Wilson’s address and has been covering Michael Brown has a shoplifting record, has learned.

    Julie Bosman and her co-author famously published Darren Wilson’s address in the New York Times page.

    The apparent conflict of interest wasn’t disclosed to the New York Times, a source with knowledge in the inside of the Times has told
Why, you might ask, is a shoplifting arrest from when she was 17 relevant? Who knows....who cares? Officer Wilson's home address wasn't relevant either except to direct criminals to his residence. She failed to disclose a previous bias against the police and then "reported" on an event that affected the police. Sauce, goose, gander.

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Smash-and-Grab Arrest

  • A Chicago man charged in connection with a crash-and-grab robbery in North Austin earlier this week was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bond Saturday by a Cook County judge.

    Denzel C. Henigan, 20, of the 1500 block of North Latrobe Avenue, was charged with two counts of burglary, a Class 2 felony, and criminal trespassing, a Class B misdemeanor after identifying himself among about 15-20 people seen on a surveillance video in the burglary at J-Bees Clothing and Footwear in the Austin neighborhood, according to Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Andres Almendarez.

    Henigan was taken into custody just minutes after the early morning Nov. 27 burglary of the store, at 5250 W. North Ave., because authorities were able to track him down by following stolen items, including pairs of jeans, that had been dropped. The items led to a garage near which Henigan was hiding, less than a block from the store, according to Almendarez and court documents.
What's the saying? Pigs get fat - hogs get slaughtered. A few less articles of clothing and there might not be a trail for the police to follow. Of course, don't steal at all and there's no trail, but that's a different lesson.


Slippery When Icy

  • A Chicago Park District vehicle slid off an icy bike path near Oak Street beach and plunged into Lake Michigan Friday morning as workers were removing graffiti, officials said.

    The crew was working along the bike path at 1000 North Lake Lake Shore around 10:30 a.m. when the vehicle "slid from the iced area into Lake Michigan," according to Park District spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner.

    No one was in the vehicle and no injuries were reported.
Perhaps a quick lesson in the physics of friction, angled ground and gravity is in order? And a safer place to park heavy vehicles while working.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Look What Happened Wednesday

  • Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday asked the state’s top court to reverse a lower court’s ruling that the 2013 pension reform bill is unconstitutional.

    Madigan’s office filed a notice of appeal less than a week after a Sangamon County judge ruled the 2013 law violated the Illinois State Constitution’s clause on state pensions. Her move begins the appeals process and paves the way for a legal showdown before the Illinois Supreme Court.

    On Friday, Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz ruled in favor of state employees and retirees who sued to block the state’s landmark pension overhaul.

    In his ruling, Belz found that the constitution’s “protection against the diminishment or impairment of pension benefits is absolute and without exception.”
We certainly hope she uses the same "emergency" argument and gets laughed out of court. And could someone remind us about which party exactly is the one filing, appealing and presenting this case again? Thanks in advance.


Judge Reassigned for Keeping Order

  • A Cook County judge has been removed from her post in criminal court following allegations that she wrongly ordered litigants locked up for contempt of court.

    The Cook County Circuit Court's executive committee, a panel of supervising judges, took the rare action against Judge Gloria Chevere after preliminarily concluding that her rulings may have resulted in "possible threat of injury to the public and to the orderly administration of justice," according to a news release issued Wednesday by the office of Chief Judge Timothy Evans.

    The news release was not specific about the rulings. However, an investigative report released about a week ago by Medill Watchdog and WGN-TV found that Chevere sent defendants to jail for contempt 30 times over the past four years.
Gee, seven times a year, she laid down the law in her court room and now she's on the hot seat? Maybe the question should be, "Why isn't every one else taking charge of their court rooms?" Expecting a certain amount of decorum in the courts isn't untoward. We actually remember a time that you wouldn't appear in court if you weren't in a suit and tie (except the over-nighters.)

And who the hell is taking the Medill Watchdog whiners seriously? Aren't they associated with the Innocence assholes who got Porter out of a multiple murder? How do they have any credibility?

The statement that "her rulings may have resulted in "possible threat of injury to the public and to the orderly administration of justice" is a joke of immense proportions, especially considering the number of judges who went to prison over the years and the fact that the Feds had to shut down any number of investigations so that there would still be judges on the bench. Lax sentencing, disregarding the law and making it up as they go along are more like to affect the "administration of justice" than telling some gang banging assholes to pull up their pants, straighten out their shirts and address the court with a modicum of respect.


Smoke Weed for Education!

  • Prominent civil rights attorney Jon Loevy hopes to get into the medical marijuana business.

    The Chicago attorney, who has taken on Chicago cops accused of police misconduct, is part of a group that wants to open a medical marijuana farm in downstate Edgewood.

    “Illinois has created a real opportunity for profits, and a lot of the groups chasing this are hedge funds and private equity firms trying to get rich,” Loevy said. “We see this as an opportunity to reroute millions of dollars to education in Illinois when it’s really needed.”

    Loevy and his partners have pledged to give away at least half of their earnings to educational initiatives throughout the state.
Anyone check the political contributions of all these people applying for weed licenses?


Friday, November 28, 2014

F@#$ing Priceless! (UPDATE)

Prosser Academy got trolled - hard. Seems the principal is retired (retired?) and they have a "thank you" type page up for messages from parent. This letter is up on the website today:
  • Mr. Hunter,

    I would like to thank you both in English and Spanish as I would like those who can't read English in the Hispanic community may or may not know how much you did for our children.

    Thank you Mr. Hunter. You helped our children when we the needed help the most. You made Prosser a safe place for out children to attend and get their education. Your leadership allowed many great things to happen at Prosser. You and Mr. Bates had the patience to believe in my children and make them excel beyond what they thought they could do. I'm very sorry you're leaving and I hope for the best in the future for you. All I know is Prosser will never be the same without you.

    Gracias Sr. Hunter. Hiciste trampa nuestros hijos de una verdadera educación al permitir que sus amigos tengan trabajos que drenan dinero del presupuesto para libros y materiales .. Hiciste Prosser una pequeña ciudad corrupta y nuestros hijos aprendido terribles hábitos de ti .. Su liderazgo permitió a Prosser espiral hacia abajo a un lugar donde sólo a aparecer dieron nuestros hijos buenas calificaciones. Usted y el Sr. Bates sólo estaba haciendo cosas para que ustedes mismos se ven mejor y los dos debe estar en la cárcel. Estoy muy contento de que te vas y yo espero nada más que cosas malas para usted. Todo lo que sé es Prosser será grande sin ti.

    The Garcia Familia
 But when you run the Spanish portion of the "thank you" through Translate Google, you get this:
  • Thank you Mr. Hunter. You cheated our children a real education to allow their friends have jobs that drain money from the budget for books and supplies Prosser .. You made a small corrupt city and our children learned terrible habits you .. His leadership enabled Prosser downward spiral to a place where just showing good kids got our grades. You and Mr. Bates was just doing things for yourself look better and both should be in jail. I am very glad you are going and I hope nothing but bad things to you. All I know is Prosser be great without you.
Well played Garcia Family. That made our day.

UPDATE: Aw...they took it down. And installed a password to stop it from happening again. Good thing we grabbed it first.


Bone Marrow Screening

One of our own, looking for matches:

It's simple cheek swab. Someone of Hispanic descent has a better chance of matching Officer Magallon than others but that doesn't mean you shouldn't volunteer. Some chance is better than no chance, and we've heard (but cannot confirm) that with consent, you can be put into a national registry and possibly save someone else.


Aging Commies Arrested

  • A man is facing a felony charge of beating a police officer after he was among three people arrested in the Loop Wednesday afternoon while protesting the decision of a Missouri grand jury to not charge a Ferguson police officer with fatally shooting an unarmed 18-year-old black man.

    Richard Newburger, 57, and two 63-year-old women were arrested near Jackson and State, police said. Newburger, of the 2300 block of North Spaulding, faces a felony count of aggravated battery of a police officer.

    The women, both from Chicago, were charged with misdemeanor counts of obstructing traffic and resisting an officer.
"beating"? Hopefully, the Officer is okay. Now how about some judge lead the way in turning back this Ferguson nonsense and sentence grandpa to 10 or 12 years in prison?

Hahahahahahahahaha....sorry, couldn't help it. This is Cook County after all. Police are supposed to get beaten regularly without any significant penalties.


Another Smash n Grab

Not even five hours after we posted, it happens again:
  • For the second time in as many days, a Chicago store was the target of a smash-and-grab robbery Thursday.

    Thieves rushed inside, scooping up high-dollar, brand-name clothing, and the owner of J-Bees Clothing and Footwear says this is not the first time his store has been targeted.

    Overseeing the boarding up of yet another store is not how Syed Hassan wanted to spend this Thanksgiving. And he doesn't want Chicagoans to get complacent about these increasingly brazen break-ins.

    The video shows at least 20 individuals rushing the back of the J-Bees clothing store on West North Avenue after stealing a pickup truck to breach the back wall.

    [...] Thieves escaped with some 80 pairs of expensive Robbins jeans, worth at least $250 a pair, Prada shoes and other items.
Lots of high-end merchandise in low/middle type stores. Where are the missions to prevent this?


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

A safe and happy holiday to all our readers. Hopefully, even the on-duty guys and gals got a little turkey and stuffing before or after work, a pot-luck set up among co-workers, or even an appreciative local establishment. Posting will be sporadic/delayed as we nap after football.


Seven Point Underdogs

Is the streak in jeopardy?

Even we don't know - but that turkey in the oven is about to get a whuppin'!


Ferguson Rumor

  • This witness was scared. He had Googled himself and found the phrase: "Snitches get stitches."

    He was scared that black neighbors would find fault with his description of what happened when a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shot dead an unarmed black man, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo.

    He was scared that white supremacists would accuse him of hurting Wilson's case. "I do think of the Ku Klux Klan. I do," he told investigators.

    From the first day a grand jury met, it is clear that fear and anxiety played major roles in the struggle to paint a precise picture of what unfolded between Wilson and Brown on Aug. 9.
This is typical in gang prosecutions. The Soto murder here a few years ago had this happen time-and-time-again. All the laws in the world aren't going to protect a witness that gangs (or neighborhoods) are pushing to testify a certain way. This is one reason to lock people into Grand Jury statements as soon as possible.

Now this rumor has popped up in Ferguson:
  • Ferguson authorities are perplexed by the strange murder of DeAndre Joshua, whose body was found on Tuesday morning near where Michael Brown’s was killed in August.

    Joshua, 20, was found dead inside a parked car just two blocks from where the Michael Brown murder took place. Now, rumors are swirling that Joshua testified as an eyewitness to this killing in front of the grand jury, and that he himself was murdered as retribution for this testimony.

    “DeAndre Joshua, 20, fits the social profile of an eye-witness who gave a police/FBI statement and testified before the Grand Jury in the Mike Brown shooting case,” writes the Conservative Treehouse blog. “He was an employed black male, with no history of drug use or illicit behavior. He was also a friend of Dorian Johnson who is currently under protection.”
We would certainly hope this wasn't the case, a witness being murdered for testimony given, but it isn't out of the realm of possibility.

If true, would be an indelible mark against the media, the race baiters, Eric Holder and yes, even the president. By stoking and fanning the flames, by pushing a race-based incident where none existed, by ignoring the legal processes and pushing for a verdict that fit a narrative instead of the evidence, they may have cost a man his life for the "crime" of simply telling the truth.

And that is a blow that the system will be hard pressed to withstand.


100% Discount

This isn't a new method of burglary by any stretch, but it seems to be gaining traction throughout the region:
  • Barreling a vehicle through a store's thick glass window, the masked thieves smash a path toward their target: expensive jeans, handbags or jewelry.

    They scurry to grab as much high-end merchandise as can fit in their arms, then hustle from the scene. In a flash, they're gone with goods often worth tens of thousands of dollars.

    A growing number of Chicago-area retailers have been hit by these audacious, well-organized burglaries in recent weeks, adding a new twist on the typical "smash-and-grab" heist as the holiday shopping season begins full-throttle.

    Just last week eight burglars wearing masks and gloves slammed a car early in the morning through the front door of a Louis Vuitton store at a mall in Northbrook, fleeing with top-flight purses and other merchandise.
  • A swarm of as many as 20 thieves stripped a West Side clothing store of jeans and shoes after crashing a van through the front doors early Wednesday, according to police and store workers.

    "This was a planned attack," said one worker, who did not want to be identified. "They gathered everything they knew was expensive. All the good stuff."

    [...]In a pattern that has been seen across the Chicago area over the last few months, the thieves drove through the doors of the Cisco Nyc store in the 4000 block of West Madison Street around 4:15 a.m., according to police.

    The red Dodge Caravan came to rest well inside the store while at least three other cars pulled up, according to store workers. As many as 20 people then spread out and cleared the shelves within minutes, according to police and store workers. They even stripped clothes off mannequins, they said.
Maybe a couple big pointy steel spikes at windshield height might dissuade these ne'er-do-wells?


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Nine to Vie for Mayor

  • At least nine candidates filed to run against Emanuel.

    In addition to Garcia and Fioretti, they include: municipal consultant Amara Enyia, former Ald. Robert Shaw, Chicago police Officer Frederick Collins, businessman Willie Wilson, Fenton C. Patterson, Gerald Sconyers and perennial candidate William "Dock" Walls.

    Asked whether he would be willing to hold debates with his opponents, Emanuel said "there will be a time for debate" but did not say how many debates he would be willing to take part in.
Yeah...sure he is. Rahm is Nixon on television. He comes across as extremely unlikeable, arrogant and condescending, kind of like that asshole Gruber who calls the American voter stupid. Rahm knows better than you and by golly, it's all about the children you know.

One of the candidates could put a dent in Rahm's numbers tomorrow if they promised to get rid of the speed and red light cameras.


Open Warfare on Police

The New York Times went and published Officer Darren Wilson's new home address and the usual suspects are already planning to invade the neighborhood and march. God only knows what other lowlifes who have openly posted bounties on Officer Wilson are going to do with the information.

This is insane. Rather than report the news that occurred, the media has been complicit in fanning the flames of violence, deliberately misreporting information, propagating lies, refusing to report factual information uncovered at the Grand Jury and pretty much attempting to generate a narrative for a left wing agenda.

Unacceptable by any stretch of the imagination. But the left embraces this behavior.

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Conspiracy Theories - Right on Schedule

Since the Grand Jury didn't come back with a verdict the Left wanted, it's time for the tin-foil hats to come out:
  • Somehow, there’s always an excuse for rioting in Ferguson. Remember the militarization of the police? Back in August, it was allegedly provoking otherwise law-abiding people into acts of mayhem because they were so angered by the sight of military-style equipment. Then, the police backed off and businesses were ransacked anyway. At another point, the authorities supposedly provoked more unrest by releasing video of Michael Brown robbing a store. Now, it is the timing of the announcement that Officer Wilson won’t be charged that we’re told is responsible for all the property damage and arson. Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post had a theory on Morning Joe this morning that the announcement was timed to maximize the rioting so as to distract from the non-indictment. Really? Every one last night missed the fact that Wilson isn’t being charged?
But here's a theory that might actually hold water and be the subject of some investigations:
  • Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, is demanding that the state’s Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon offer a public explanation as to why he told the National Guard which he had previously mobilized to stand down in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday night as the city burned in riots.

    On Fox News on Tuesday morning, Kinder told anchor Martha MacCallum that Nixon kept the National Guard away as Ferguson burned—and questioned whether he did so in coordination with top officials from President Barack Obama’s administration. At a Tuesday press conference in response to a question from Breitbart News’ Kerry Picket, Nixon said that Kinder’s questions were “false and absurd” and that “politics has nothing to do with what anyone up here is doing.”
Politics has everything to do with Ferguson it seems. And a few thousand National Guard troops mobilized to prevent rioting and looting sitting on the asses during the most intense rioting and looting? Someone better explain that one.


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Officer Stripped

  • An off-duty Chicago Police officer has been stripped of his arrest powers after he allegedly fired multiple times at an off-duty suburban cop who tried to pull him over after suspecting he was driving drunk, law enforcement sources said Monday.

    No one was hit by the gunfire, which happened about 4 p.m. Sunday near the Chicago Police Department’s Marquette Park District station on the Southwest Side.

    Charges are pending against the 52-year-old Chicago cop, who was assigned to the Marquette Park District.

    “If the allegations are true, the actions and behavior demonstrated by this officer are beyond unacceptable, have absolutely no place in our department, and he will be separated from CPD,” according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department.

    The off-duty Chicago cop was driving his personal vehicle with a fellow off-duty Chicago officer in the passenger seat when an off-duty Merrionette Park police officer pulled his vehicle behind them at 111th and Kedzie.
Okay - bad idea number one: pulling over cars off-duty. You have no radio, probably no bullet resistant vest, no obvious police markings on your car and usually no identifying uniform.

Bad idea number two, blasting away at a fleeing vehicle.

If you're that desperate to do police work 24/7, follow from a safe distance, call it in, let the on-duty cops handle it. That's it. That being said, bad choice number one has no bearing whatsoever on bad choice number two. Unless this guy is heavier than heavy, he's gone, and if the evidence supports the allegation, he'll be lucky to escape jail time.


No True Bill

In what is probably the most dissected police shooting in history, a Grand Jury did not bow to the obvious machinations of the Holder Justice Department, the traveling grievance-mongers and the naked threats of violence and delivered a just finding after months-long hearings, hundreds of witnesses and three autopsy reports:
  • A grand jury in St. Louis County on Monday declined to indict the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in August in a case that touched off nationwide protests and cries of police brutality.

    St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch announced the decision not to indict Darren Wilson Monday evening. A grand jury of nine whites and three blacks had been meeting weekly since Aug. 20 to consider evidence in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, 18. The panel met for 70 hours and heard from 60 witnesses.

    McCulloch stressed that the grand jurors were "the only people who heard every witness ... and every piece of evidence." He said many witness presented conflicting statements that ultimately were inconsistent with the physical evidence.

    "These grand jurors poured their hearts and soul into this process," he said.
An amusing side note - Obama gave a statement saying, "We are a nation built on laws." The irony of this statement in light of his constant disregard of the law, his "executive orders" usurping Constitutional roles and his administrations constant felonious behavior is completely lost upon the media sheeple.


No One Goes to Jail?

You gotta love Chicago - just cut a check:
  • The dead have voted in Chicago. Now, they’ve also signed papers swearing their kids were eligible for financial aid to attend one of the City Colleges of Chicago, documents obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.

    A dispute over whether students at Kennedy-King College got more financial aid than they were entitled to has been settled with the City Colleges repaying the federal government nearly $4.3 million, the records show.

    The settlement stems from a 2009 federal Department of Education review of Kennedy-King’s financial-aid program. The agency said the City Colleges school at 63rd and Halsted needed to do more to show that students who got federal financial aid to go there between 2007 and 2009 qualified for all the aid they received.

    By 2011, things had gotten testier. The federal agency declared Kennedy-King had “failed to address” the earlier findings and demanded it repay $10.3 million in financial aid it said the school had “improperly disbursed” to students.
So the Department of Education wants $10.3 million back, Chicago cuts a check for $4.3 and calls it even. How about investigating where the money went? Push a little harder on finding out who forged the names of dead people? The suspect list is confined to one office - no one can get fingered?


    Monday, November 24, 2014

    Ferguson Decision Next Hour

    Here it comes boys and girls.

    Leaks hint at "No True Bill."

    Remember, Eric Holder told all you evil polices to no attention to those black panthers making pipe bombs, or threats to rape police officers' wives and kill their children. That's not something you'll see in the mainstream media.

    Good luck and Godspeed to all our brothers and sisters in in fact. We'll update when able to tonight...might be kind of busy.

    UPDATE: No True Bill.

    Shots fired at the police live on the news. Fires burning. Property damage underway. Prayers for the cops to our south.

    UPDATE: Chicago protests shut down Lake Shore Drive.


    Steady as She Goes

    November 2014 has now surpassed November 2013 in total killings, making it the third straight month of increases. And there's still a week to go!
    • Three men were killed and at least 12 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening.

      The most recent fatal shooting in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side left one man dead and another wounded early Saturday.
    Crime is down! Somewhere. So we're told.

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    Does This Count?

    • A Chicago man has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal shooting in Hyde Park Friday night.

      Police say Paris Walker-Rush, 25, fatally shot another man inside of an apartment in the 5200 block of South Cornell shortly after 9 p.m. Walker-Rush was arrested at the scene without incident and is now facing felony charges for involuntary manslaughter and unlawful use of weapon.

      Walker-Rush was ordered held on $900,000 bond in court Saturday.
    He pointed the gun (which he isn't supposed to have as a convicted felon) at his buddy's head, and pulled the trigger (which makes us think the "involuntary" part is a stretching of the truth).

    Actually, the question is probably, "How will they count it?" We're betting "death investigation."


    Toys for Tots Shoot

    Coming up shortly in Skokie (click for full page view):

    Come out to support a good cause - and you get to shoot, too.


    Start Planning

    Almost time for those holiday haircuts so you look good for family pictures. But after that, time to let it grow!
    • St. Baldrick's 2015 plans are under way. The date will be Friday, March 20, 2015 and further details will follow including how to sign up and get involved and where we will be. If you have any questions you can e-mail Bill O'Reilly,, Anne Zamazow, or Bill Murphy, We're looking forward to seeing many returning and hopefully some new faces this year.
     Pencil it in, save the date.


    Put This One to Rest

    Bush was telling the truth? Yeah, seems like it:
    • The United States recovered thousands of old chemical weapons in Iraq from 2004 to 2009 and destroyed almost all of them in secret and via open-air detonation, according to a written summary of its activities prepared by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the international body that monitors implementation of the global chemical weapons treaty.

      The 30-page summary, prepared after quietly held meetings between the organization’s technical staff and American officials in Washington in 2009, was provided to The New York Times by the Pentagon on Friday.

      It included a table disclosing limited details on 95 separate recoveries and destructions of chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs, for a total of 4,530 munitions from May 2004 through February 2009 — a period of often intense fighting in Iraq.
    This is the New York Times reporting it finally - we expect they'll be running corrections over the next decade or so. And we'll probably hear Hillary claim she supported the war after she said she didn't after she voted for it.


    Sunday, November 23, 2014

    Things That Make You Go, "Hmmm"

    A question from the readers:
    • Is that the same Lisa Madigan, Dean Angelo said Lodge 7 was supporting.
    And we delve into the FOP Newsletter archives - Year 2014, November - right at the top of the endorsement list on Page 3:
    • General Election Endorsements
      Attorney General: *Lisa Madigan (D)
    And what does that * mean before her name?
    • * Did not appear at the Political Action Committee, were endorsed solely by the Board of Directors
    Hmm. We guess if you're running unopposed, it saves on the campaign gas money. But you think they'd show up and at least thank the Board for the endorsement anyway - we mean, if they were decent people and all that.

    By the way, anyone know what that (D) means after her name? Someone tried to convince us it means "democrat" but that can't be right - democrats are for unions. And democrats want to save pensions. And democrats wouldn't take an endorsement and then work against the very people who endorsed her, right? Voters aren't stupid...or so we've heard.

    Unless of course, the endorsers were just doing the bidding of Daddy Madigan.

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    Tourist Robbed?

    • A 36-year-old New York man was robbed at gunpoint Friday night while taking photographs at Buckingham Fountain, police said.

      The victim, who police said was from Yorktown Heights, an area about 35 miles north of New York City, was taking pictures around the fountain in the 500 block of South Columbus Drive about 8 p.m. Friday when a man approached and began asking him questions, police said.

      After that man walked away, two other men in their early 20s walked up the footpath toward the 36-year-old and one, brandishing a handgun, ordered him to “give it up,’’ according to a police report.
    But...but...Chicago Park District property is all "gun-free zones" we thought? Someone must have missed a sign or something. This cannot happen, not in Rahm's gun-free Chicago. Get McCompStat on the phone, now.

    At least there's a good description of the robbers:
    • The two robbers are described as being in their 20s, dressed in black jackets with gray hoodies underneath that were “tightened’’ to conceal their faces, and dark pants, police said.
    Let's see...they're in their 20's and wear dark clothes. We understand leaving out the eye color, seeing as how they were all bundled up. And you wouldn't want to make any assumptions about teeth or facial hair. No desciption of gloves or anything - are we missing something? Something obvious?

    Hope your camera was insured Mr. Tourist.


    Favored Again?

    By 5-and-a-half? Lightning couldn't possible strike twice in the same season, could it?


    Saturday, November 22, 2014

    Pension Win

    It seems that the Law, as written, has obligations and responsibilities - binding one might say:
    • A judge on Friday struck down the state’s landmark pension law that sought to fix Illinois’ $104.6 billion government retirement system debt, declaring the measure unconstitutional and clearing a path for a showdown in the Illinois Supreme Court.

      Sangamon County Circuit Court Judge John Belz agreed with public employee unions and retirees who challenged the December 2013 law, maintaining that it “without question” violates the state constitution’s provision that a public worker pension cannot be “diminished or impaired.”

      “The state of Illinois made a constitutionally protected promise to its employees concerning their pension benefits,” Belz wrote. “Under established and uncontroverted Illinois law, the state of Illinois cannot break this promise.”
    Imagine that. And imagine the college that granted this twit a law degree:
    • Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she will appeal the decision to the state’s high court, where cases go when a state law is declared unconstitutional. She will ask justices to expedite the appeal to get a resolution to the long-festering pension issue, “given the significant impact that a final decision in this case will have on the state’s financial condition.”
    And that's a impediment to the law how? We don't recall Lisa stepping in and telling folks, "You can't buy that house given the significant impact that ... this ... will have on [your] financial condition." Or maybe, "You can't sent your child to college given the significant impact that ... this ... will have on [your] financial condition."

    The law usually assumes that adults make adult decisions. Unless of course, you're a democrat. Then the all-knowing state tells the banks to front you the money for a mortgage you can't possible ever pay back. Or to take out those student loans that saddle your child with a debt he won't be able to pay back in his lifetime. Or make pension promises that can only be fulfilled by making timely payments, adjusting the multiplier and yes, even raising taxes to keep up with obligations, no matter what it costs you at the polls.


    What Bit Me?

    Well, if you're at HQ, it's either someone looking for a promotion or bedbugs:
    • There are some unwanted guests inside Chicago's Public Safety Building.

      The 35th and Michigan Avenue location has a bedbug problem.

      Both the Chicago Police headquarters and the Chicago Fire Department headquarters are located in the building.

      A spokesperson for CPD says the problem is being taken care of and should be fixed rather quickly.
    Quickly? We had this up in the comments at least two months ago, maybe longer. That isn't "quickly." That's more like "one of these days."

    Fill out those Exposure Reports boys and girls. Maybe FOP can somehow get some compensation for fumigating your house when you bring them home from work.


    Promotional Exams?

    Someone said there's a sign up for an ET test. That probably means a class of ET's to be made shortly to burn the list out, but maybe not. In any event, long overdue. ET's are regularly handling homicides lately since there are only like seven Forensic Investigators any more. Sign up on CLEAR before 01 December.

    Someone else said there is an announcement for K9? Both bomb dogs and drug-sniffers. We didn't think they had bottomed out those lists, but hey, any promotion is a good promotion nowadays. Does anyone know if that's on CLEAR, too?


    Here's What We Don't Get

    There's a troll here who likes to pop in and say things like "How can cops be Republican? You're union people, Republicans want to screw you. etc etc" We'd publish it, but he calls everyone stupid and ignorant and has a potty-mouth, so we flush it.

    We troll back at sites like that sometimes if we're bored. Like this:
    • How can any minority or millennial even pretend to be a democrat? The jobless rate for recent college grads is almost three times the national average. For blacks, it's double. Hispanic is above the national average, too. Almost 92 million people aren't even working.

      And here's Obama and the dems legalizing another 5 million? You know what that's going to do to the wage structure? The unemployment numbers?

      Got student loans? Hope you're comfortable with them. Good thing Obama infantilized that generation - stay on mom and dad's insurance until your 26, they can claim you as a dependent, and maybe you'll inherit the house since you won't be able to buy your own.
    Talk about voting against your own self interests. Democrats want a dependent class....broke, taking handouts, disarmed. In other words, sheep.


    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Detectives in Uniform?

    Couple e-mails saying everyone is in uniform in anticipation of a Ferguson decision coming down tomorrow. We wish they'd just pull the trigger on this and get it over with so we can get on to "healing" and "understanding" and whatever other liberal "excuse-of-the-day" is.


    Rauner Hoping for "Guidance"

    • Making his first post-election appearance at the Capitol on Thursday, Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner said he hopes the Illinois Supreme Court eventually will provide guidance on what changes are acceptable when it comes to fixing the state's more than $100 billion debt in the government worker pension system.

      The incoming governor may get some clues as early as Friday, when a lower court judge is expected to weigh in on the legality of a sweeping overhaul lawmakers approved nearly a year ago. The ruling by Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz could provide an early indication of whether the pension law violates a provision in the state constitution that prevents public employee pensions from being diminished or impaired, as unions have argued.
    This is going to be litigated out the ass regardless. How about throwing together some austerity measures for state government and making sure Chicago pays its bills for starters?


    Don't Like Taxes? Don't Pay 'em

    • The Rev. Al Sharpton on Wednesday sharply criticized a New York Times article that explored his history of unpaid taxes, rent and other bills, calling the report “misleading and totally out of context.”

      During a news conference at the headquarters of his National Action Network in Harlem, Mr. Sharpton sought to refute the article’s assertion that there were $4.5 million in state and federal tax liens outstanding against him and the for-profit businesses he controls. He said that the liens had been paid down, although he declined to say by how much, and that he was “current on all taxes” he was obligated to pay under settlement agreements with tax authorities.

      “We’re talking about old taxes,” he said, adding: “We’re not talking about anything new. So all of this, as if I’m not paying taxes while I’m doing whatever I’m doing, it reads all right, but it just is not true.”

      State and federal tax records show, however, that the liens against Mr. Sharpton and his businesses remain active, meaning they have not been completely paid off. The article also noted that Mr. Sharpton had said in an interview that he had paid off some of the debt.
    Some of these judgements date back decades to Al's race hustling days in New York, instigating riots, slandering law enforcement, inflaming mobs to kill innocents....hey, that sounds familiar.



    Three-hundred-fifty-seven being monitored in New York City, and this happens:
    • Just a week after Dr. Craig Spencer was declared 'Ebola-free', The Daily Mail reports a woman, who had arrived from Guinea 18 days ago (and was on the NYC Ebola monitoring list), dropped dead in a Brooklyn hair salon this afternoon. FDNY sent their Special Operations and Hazmat units but she was declared dead at the scene. Witnesses said she was bleeding from the "face, nose, mouth, everything."
    Authorities are calling it a "suspected heart attack" at the moment, but FDNY suited up in full haz-mat gear to remove her. After all, heart attacks don't usually present with face, nose, mouth, everything" bleeding.


    Classy Fans

    We like hockey. A lot. And this is one of the reasons why:

    These were Canadian fans stepping up in the midst of technical difficulties to assist in completing the United States national anthem.

    After the terror attacks in Canada, fans at NHL stadiums across the US stood in solidarity with the Canadian people. We're willing to bet there aren't many hockey fans who don't know the words to both the Canadian and US anthems. Fan rivalry is intense, but mostly respectful (except for those bastards from Detroit), and the fans at an NHL game are among the most knowledgeable in their following of the game....even those bastards from Detroit.


    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Missing Propoganda

    A reader asked another question that someone in the media should have done months ago:
    • ...and where's the weekly Table Of Guns for the TV cameras?
    And a reply:
    • Lol!
      They have "minders" not so much to secure the guns at these agit-prop "Look at ALL these bad guns" media events, but to keep people from scanning the inventory tags... They've been busted before for misrepresenting "seized last year" guns as "seized last month" or whatever time frame they select to prop up their propaganda narrative of the day.
    Long time readers will recall that commenters here pointed out the startlingly similar numbers, makes and models of guns that were displayed at various press conferences held at different police facilities every Monday last year. Other commenters suggested that media folks compare inventory numbers of the displayed weapons, whereupon the media was forbidden from approaching the tables. Shortly afterward, the "gun-runs" were instituted where Districts desks are required to transport guns to ERPS on a daily basis after years of awaiting ERPS pick-ups two or three times a week.

    Now the table of guns has disappeared and the CompStat monsters are mysteriously silent as the killings approach 400. But hey....Crime is down!


    Rahm Needs More Money

    A pair of amusing rumors:
    • Word out of city hall is that Tiny Dancer is pissed about his convoy being caught and dragged through the media for running red lights, so he intends to respond after the new year with a new policy.

      Any city vehicle that is captured violating speed camera zones or red light cameras - including police - will have to drop a to-from justifying the violation. Those who do not prepare the report or whose violations are deemed by the hall not to be justified will be fiscally responsible for the cost of the fine.

    • Very True, if the to from is not submitted, The fine will be deducted from all who fail to address the violation.

      Also, a civian will find you responsible unless you can produce prood you were responding to an emergency. Real proof, tapes, etc. All civilian operations like streets and saniatation will be getting hit real goo, nothing can justify them running a light !!!

      Rahm is not playing, you will pay, like it or not. The union will grieve it nd it will take 5 years before you might get you money back, minus adminstrative fee's. Four drivers from water already got their pay docked for running a light.
    Even if these aren't true, it makes for an interesting debate. We're pretty sure that when operating a marked squad, certain allowances are made. Many cops travel without lights and sirens to calls because they like to make arrests and sirens scare criminals away. Is this going to be specifically forbidden now? Are we going to be required to keep a minute-by-minute log to prove we were on the way to assist or arrest and not headed to a bathroom break? Or is it lights-and-sirens the whole way now in an effort to drive down arrests and court time?


    Pathetic Media

    King Obama is going to announce a sweeping abuse of power tomorrow regarding immigration. We recall a war fought over this sort of behavior nearly 240 years ago.
    Guess who isn't interrupting regular programming to broadcast the address to the nation?
    • The administration said today that Obama will be speaking live from the White House at 8 PM ET on Thursday. But ABC has the fall finale for Grey’s Anatomy on at that time, while CBS has ratings powerhouse The Big Bang Theory, NBC has reality show The Biggest Loser and Fox has Bones. As of right now, none plans changes to their regularly scheduled Thursday night November sweep schedules for the approximately 15-minute speech.
    The cable networks will carry the speech, but not the mainstream media. Still in the bag for a lawless, ego-maniacal Chicago pol who will burn the country down because voters told him "no." You want to know why the left thinks and says American voters are stupid and easily led? Because the media abets it.

    Maybe they'll be announcing Ferguson today...and this announcement will get lost in the rioting.


    Toy Gun

    • The owner of a bakery in Calumet City shot a man who was using a toy gun to usher him and an employee to the back of the store during a robbery, police said.

      The incident happened about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cal City Bakery, near State Line Road and 154th Place in the south suburb, said Calumet City police Chief Edward Gilmore.

      Unbeknownst to the bakery owner, one of the two men who tried to rob the store was wielding a toy handgun. The gun appeared “fairly realistic,” Gilmore said.

      The owner of the bakery watched the robbery unfold from closed-circuit television from the center part of the building. The man with the gun ushered an employee and then the owner toward the back of the building.

      The owner wondered why they were being taken to the back of the building after complying with the robbers' demands for cash.
    There shouldn't be a store or store owner without a gun nearby after the Brown's Chicken massacre. The Chief of Police out in Calumet City pretty much cleared the bakery owner. Hopefully, the mayor out there gives him a medal.


    Wednesday, November 19, 2014

    De Paul Cost Overruns

    • The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority is negotiating with a general contractor for the proposed DePaul arena near McCormick Place, but the two sides are struggling with a price tag that has soared to as much as $250 million, about 75 percent more than the original estimate, according to people close to the bidding process.

      McPier next week is expected to award a design-build contract for the arena and an adjacent 1,200-room Marriott hotel to a venture led by Bethesda, Md.-based Clark Construction Group, those sources tell Crain's. The cost of the 51-story hotel is expected to be in line with previous estimates, or a total of roughly $400 million.

      But a sticking point is the "dug-in" design of the 10,000-seat arena, which places its playing floor well below ground level. That feature has pushed construction costs above the $140 million that McPier and city officials optimistically projected when they announced the project in May 2013, sources said.

      Although a final price has not been set, the cost of that design, by New Haven, Conn.-based Pelli Clark Pelli, could be as much as $250 million, sources said.
    Back in the real world, when you bid a construction job, you usually figure in somewhere in the neighborhood of 10% for cost overruns and extraneous items. Material costs fluctuate, gas prices, equipment failures, weather delays, maybe some overtime. But a lot of that can be alleviated by long term contracts with suppliers locking in prices, volume discounts, etc.

    Anything approaching 20-25% means something went terribly wrong - maybe even criminally wrong. This stadium, for a PRIVATE UNIVERSITY, is projected to be 75% over budget. It might as well be a completely different contract in terms of money. And the City Council that voted for it in the first place doesn't seem to be able to revisit the contract and reevaluate the taxpayers' commitment to a cost overrun worth more than one-quarter of the City's pension obligation due next year.

    FOP, you guys going to point this out? It's a gift.

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    SEC to Investigate Rahm?

    • Chicago lawmakers are planning to send a formal request to the Securities and Exchange Commission for an investigation into donations to Mayor Rahm Emanuel from executives at financial firms that manage city pension money. The donations were first documented by International Business Times in a report quoting former SEC and federal prosecutors saying the contributions may run afoul of the agency's pay-to-play rules.

      The aldermen scheduled a City Hall news conference Tuesday to announce the action.

      In a letter to Andrew Ceresney, who directs the SEC's division of enforcement, Aldermen Bob Fioretti, Scott Waguespack and John Arena write the donations constitute "pay-to-play actions" that "have violated the public trust and are a breach of the fiduciary duty" by the Emanuel administration officials who oversee the city pension systems. They say "Chicago has a deep history of pay-to-play" and that their "goal is to end these tactics and protect the citizens of Chicago and employees' investments."
    Why now? Why not decades ago when Rahm was pulling in $18 million as a "financial wizard" for a certain connected investment firm?


    Someone is Watching the Numbers

    We don't usually link to leftist websites for the usual reasons. But this time, someone is actually taking the Chicago homicide number game seriously:
    • Chicago Murders in November 2014 up 50% during the same time last November. In November 2013 there were 28 total murders. There have already been 24 murders as of November 16, 2014 with 14 more days left in the month to count.

      During the month of November 2013 there were a total of 16 murders for the first part of the month. In the current month of November 2014 there have been a total of 24 reported murders a 50% increase in murders from the same time last year. Raw data was used from RedEye Tracking homicides in Chicago.

      Checking if this was an anomaly. Substance News compared homicides statistics for the months of September and October to last year during the same months. September 2013 had 43 total murders compared to September 2014 which had 44 total murders a 2.33% increase. In October of 2013 there were a total of 33 murders compared to October 2014 which a total of 38 murders a 15.15% increase. The totals for both months show an upward trending murder rate of 7.89%.
    They even do a little digging and come up with this little fact:
    • The Chicago Tribune has not reported a homicide on its homicide tracking website, since November 4, 2014 2:17 pm, even though there have been 14 murders since then.
    Wait...let us guess...the intern in charge of inputting the Tribune homicide tracker data is on vacation? It would almost be amusing except that Rahm is running for reelection and we're betting that McJersey and CompStat are going to figure heavily in his campaign. How better to grease the skids a bit by "neglecting" to keep the public updated with current homicide stats?

    We heard, but can't yet confirm, that November will be the THIRD consecutive month of homicide INCREASES on a month (2013)-to-month (2014) comparison. Not only that, someone else said that these three monthly increases have pretty much wiped out the supposed "reduction" of 2014 compared to 2013. We'll let you know how true that one is shortly.

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    Competing Polls

    The Chicago Teachers Union thinks Rahm is headed to a runoff, even with Karen the Commie out of the race:
    • A new survey commissioned by the Chicago Teachers Union shows Mayor Rahm Emanuel could be forced into a runoff election folllowing the February primary.

      The data from the survey conducted by Lake Research Partners shows Jesus “Chuy” Garcia inching closer and possibly making the race for mayor tight.

      The survey found that between Emanuel, Garcia, and Ald. Bob Fioretti, Emanuel leads with 33 percent of the vote. He is followed by Garcia with 18 percent and Fioretti with 13.
    • Mayor Rahm Emanuel holds a 19-percentage-point lead in a three-way race against his two top challengers and is within striking distance of avoiding a runoff before spending a penny of his $9 million warchest, according to a new poll conducted for the mayor’s super PAC.

      The poll of 601 likely voters was conducted last week by the Global Strategy Group, whose president Jefrey Pollock has done polling for Priorities USA, the super PAC that helped re-elect President Barack Obama, as well as for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and a host of Democratic candidates nationwide. The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 4 percent.

      The results are better for Emanuel than the Chicago Teachers Union poll released earlier this week that also shows the mayor short of the 50 percent plus one he needs to avoid a runoff.
    Polls showing the desired result for the organization that paid for the poll - must be election season.


    From Chaplain Brandt

    A difficult topic, but as the years go by, an intelligent choice to make sure your wishes are respected:

      Come learn how to start the difficult conversation regarding end-of-life decisions. An attorney will also be present to offer free estate planning advice.

      Southsiders: Monday, 12 JAN, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the 022 District community room
      Northsiders: Tuesday, 13 JAN, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon at the Irish American Heritage Center

      There is no charge for the event. Get more information by contacting Chaplain Kimberly Lewis-Davis at or 312-771-6638.

      RSVP by 05 JAN.


      CPD Chaplain Kimberly Lewis-Davis and Fr. Dan Brandt will be co-facilitating this evening for YOU involved in first response. Please consider taking a couple hours out of your schedule to enliven your soul.

      Tuesday, 13 JAN, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 3043 N. Francisco Avenue in Logan Square.

      (Due to popular demand, a February date will be added at a south-side venue; details forthcoming.)

      Registration required. Register at or by calling 630-852-9000.
    Comments closed here.


    Tuesday, November 18, 2014

    Hey, How About Those Numbers? one in the media or HQ mentioning this?
    • Hey SCC,

      After the honor students posted a shutout on Friday - the first shooting/homicide-free day since 5/23 - they proceeded to run up the score with 5 dead and another 16 wounded through Sunday evening.

      The same weekend last year tallied 1 dead and 18 wounded.

      As an added bonus, we're already sitting at 24 homicides this month. Last November posted 28 for the entire month.

      Illustrating Chicago Crime, Murder and Mayhem at
    All summer, everyone has had to listen and read about how crime is down, beyond historic lows, we haven't seen crime this low since Jean Baptiste Point du Sable had his bicycle stolen by some passing Indian "yutes."

    It's all CompStat all the time. Chicago Magazine writes a gigantic two-part spread about how the numbers are manipulated and the crime is reclassified. The Slum-Times highlights a manslaughter incident involving the Daley clan, forces a guilty plea, and exposes files being found at the home of certain connected individuals.

    And yet, when one guy running a website like, has the temerity to point out the simplest of the CompStat statistics - Weekend A from 2013 and Weekend B from 2014 - and the 500% increase in homicides - silence. And is anyone going to touch the November 2014 total is nearly at 2013 totals - and we're only halfway through the month?

    You just know the media is hoping Ferguson burns to the ground so they can distract the masses once again.

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    A Humble Suggestion

    Maybe one of these for the Craft Pizza folks:

    • Chilean students of engineering have designed a prototype bicycle that ‘cannot be stolen.’

      The Yerka, which is designed by Cristobal Cabello, Andres Roi Eggers and Juan Jose Monsalve during a college engineering class, can be locked by some of its own parts.

      The students came up with the idea after Roi’s bike was stolen.

      The Chilean innovators have benefitted from techniques used in two other bicycles namely “Seatylock” and “Denny,” whose saddle and detachable handlebars are respectively used for locking them up.

      For Yerka to get locked, its lower frame opens up into two arms that are then connected to the seat post and locked to a post.

      Thieves would have to destroy the whole bike to get it unlocked, said Cabello, adding, “That’s why our motto is ‘a bike that gets stolen is no longer a bike.’ What we have here is truly an unstealable bike.”
    This might test the ingenuity of bike thieves.



    The Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Cook County:

    This organization recognizes Law Enforcement Officers from across Cook County who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Chicago, Suburban, State and Federal - over 700 all told.

    Comments closed here - informational post only.


    Monday, November 17, 2014

    Snow Causes Crime

    • Five people were killed and at least 16 others have been wounded in shootings across the city since Saturday afternoon, police said.

      The most recent fatal shooting happened Sunday evening in the West Pullman neighborhood.

      About 5 p.m., police found a 30-year-old man unresponsive on the sidewalk in the 11600 block of South Racine with a gunshot wound to his back, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
    Someone got some 'splaining to do.


    Stroller Gang Busted

    It's ridiculous that the media is making this into some sort of "cause," seeing as how (A) the bike was left unsecured by anything but a 8-foot-scalable-fence and (B) the owner of the pizza joint has already expressed an interest in "lecturing" the evil-doers:
    • Two people are charged in connection with a robbery caught on video at a Wicker Park pizza parlor last week.

      Gwenel McKeebey, 18, is charged with theft for allegedly stealing $10 from a tip jar at Craft Pizza.

      Police say surveillance video captured that incident, along with a juvenile male stealing the owner's bike out back of the restaurant. He has also been charged.
    Anyone want to bet the defense attorneys find some way to say the police forced him to sign complaints or bullied him in some way? If there wasn't video of the whole thing, this is one of the larger non-stories in recent memory. We didn't realize that the pension problem had been solved, that tens-of-thousands of manufacturing jobs had suddenly migrated back into the state and Illinois' $80 billion debt had evaporated.

    But hey, that theft clearance rate just ticked upward!

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    Bears Won?

    For the first time at home?

    And 10G lost $20 grand on the game?
    • Hi SCC n Kids. 10 g here. Must make this short. On my way to Church. Went with 10 large on the OVER 46 in Bears/Minn game and same way on Minn +2 and the hook. Bears are the epitome of terrible. Cold is here. Can't wait for our Cruise. Good luck and luv you guys n gals.


    Sunday, November 16, 2014

    Bears by 3....2.5....Falling

    Here we go....odds are dropping as we type.


    Ferguson Decision - Probably Monday

    Lots of news outlets claiming Monday is Decision Day, and no one thinks it's going to go well.

    Be safe, be aware.

    Expect the usual nonsense downtown - a bunch of loud people making no sense.

    But what happens elsewhere is the question.


    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    Jane Byrne - RIP

    Various media coverage all over the place. Here's a sampling:
    • Jane Byrne was not mighty, like her mentor, Richard J. Daley.

      She was not beloved, like her successor, Harold Washington.

      Nor was she long-serving, like her bitter rival, Richard M. Daley.

      But she was mayor, Chicago’s first and only female mayor — making Chicago the largest city in the United States to elect a female chief executive — serving a single, tempestuous term, ushering the city into the 1980s, leaving her own colorful legacy during a time of political change, social upheaval and financial crisis.
    But of course, coppers will remember her supporting the efforts to organize. The argument can be made that much of that has been squandered away over the past decades, but at the time, it was the biggest beneficial change to come down the pike in history. 



      But the lawyers involved think the best defense is a good offense - or at least an offense that will inflame a jury:
      • A south suburban man has been charged in the beating of an off-duty Chicago Police sergeant who allegedly started the fight when he made a racist remark in an elevator in a downtown parking garage last month.

        Joseph E. Baskins, 28, of Country Club Hills, is charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in connection with the Oct. 30 incident, according to a spokeswoman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. He was released in lieu of $25,000 bail on Wednesday, sheriff’s officials said.

        Baskins is accused of striking the sergeant repeatedly, causing major head injuries. He allegedly fled with the sergeant’s handgun — the reason for the gun-possession charge against him.
      And why should we believe Baskin's account?
      • In 2009, Baskins was convicted of burglary and sentenced to three years in prison. He was also convicted of resisting a peace officer in 2003, telephone harassment in 2009 and violating an order of protection in 2010, court records show.
      Well. That sounds like someone completely believable with no axes to grind against the system, doesn't it? And even if the allegation turns out to have a kernel of truth, there's something called "disproportionate response," that is, you don't get to beat someone into a coma and rob them over so-called fighting words...nless we missed something in Springfield or some press release by McStreetlightMarksman.


      A Rose by Any Other Name...

      It's a quota. It's not a quota. It's a quota. It's not a quota.
      • Three patrol officers are suing the Normal Police Department, saying the central Illinois town improperly disciplined them for failing to meet arrest quotas.

        The Pantagraph in Bloomington reports the officers filed the lawsuit in McLean County Circuit Court. They say they were disciplined for not meeting a minimum number of arrests per month for traffic, criminal and ordinance violations.

        Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner and Normal City Manager Mark Peterson declined comment Wednesday. They said they haven't seen the lawsuit.

        Earlier this year the police chief said the department has performance standards but it doesn't have quotas.
      "Performance standards." "Index numbers." Even "VRI eligibility numbers." Creative words, but quotas in everything but the name. We aren't fans of not doing anything - there's plenty out there to keep everyone busy for a tour if you know how and where to look, but police work isn't always quantifiable the way number-crunches want it to be.


      Friday, November 14, 2014

      Closing Arguments (UPDATES)

      (Post moved from 13 November 2014 12:03 AM)

      Word from someone watching things:
      • Hey Guys,

        Got information from a fellow PO today the states attorney called him trying to get PO's at the P.O.  Wortham murder trial. I guess tomorrow's closing arguments and they have not had any police officers in the court room during the entire trial. If you can please put out the information and hopefully somebody can make it on his behalf.  Room 606.  
      Stop by after your call. Takes a minute and means the world.

      UPDATE: We're being told Room 500? Ask at the sign-in room. They'll have the info.

      UPDATE: GUILTY - a small measure of closure - Rest in Peace Officer.



      The Bike is BACK!!!

      • A $700 custom-made bike has been recovered after a band of young people dubbed the "Stroller Gang" stole it and tip money from a Wicker Park pizzeria over the weekend.

        The bike was sold to someone who later saw the video and turned it in to police, according to 14th District police.
      We'd also like to thank the people who pointed out that Channel 7 ran this story the other night with all the faces blurred out - and then asked the viewers to contact the police if they recognized anyone involved in the theft. Yes, they were serious.


      "Safe Passage" not so Safe

      • A man was killed while sitting in a vehicle in the Englewood neighborhood near the Jesse Sherwood Elementary school, one of two people injured in daytime Chicago shootings.

        At about 2 p.m., police responded to the 5700 block of of South Princeton Avenue for a shots fired call, said Chicago police spokesman Thomas Sweeney.

        When police arrived they found a 21-year-old man in a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Sweeney said. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

        The shooting happened along a safe passage route near the Sherwood Elementary School, 245 W. 57th St.
      Evidently, no one got the memo that the supposedly "safe" passages have been abandoned after the second week of school. No one from HQ is out guarding the kids, the firefighters are warm in their houses, the Streets people are supposedly patching potholes, cleaning streets, prepping the plows for winter....there isn't any one on the Safe Passages aside from the $10 per hour folks...but no one is checking that they're actually there....most times, they aren't. In fact, we're surprised Rahm didn't have someone out taking down the signs so something exactly like this didn't happen.


      Correlation Failure

      Someone who obviously attended the CompStat meeting last week noticed something odd:
      • Contact Cards are the be all and end all of CompStat and crime fighting. "Make contact with the right people" and the crime numbers will fall. So why is it that the 011th District led the city in Contact Cards over the last measuring period and also led the city in killings?
      Something doesn't compute. Was everything a lie? How can that be??


      Poor Chicago

      • One in three Chicago residents can't go more than a month without a paycheck.

        According to the Springleaf Financial Strength Survey, 33 percent of Chicagoans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

        It also found that one in three Chicagoans has less than $250 in their bank account before payday and they're not consistently adding to any savings.

        The survey says rising costs and unexpected expenses are the main reasons for the lack in savings.
      No wonder politicians can't balance the budget - no one has any money.


      Thursday, November 13, 2014

      Where's the Weed Money?

      • Chicago's most powerful aldermen want to know why a two-year-old ordinance that empowered Chicago Police officers to issue tickets for small amounts of marijuana has been a bit of a bust.

        At Wednesday's City Council meeting, Police Committee Chairman Anthony Beale (9th), Finance Committee Chairman Edward Burke (14th) and Zoning Committee Chairman Danny Solis (25th) demanded City Council hearings into the disappointing results.

        "While the Police Department has clearly made great strides in implementing this law by logging fewer arrests for low levels of cannabis possession, I believe the City Council deserves to see all of the statistics firsthand and determine if we have successfully undertaken what the legislation intended, " Burke was quoted as saying in a news release.

        Solis championed the ordinance in hopes it would put police officers on the street for thousands of additional hours to fight more serious crime. He was also hoping to avoid saddling black and Hispanic young people with arrest records that would haunt them for the rest of their lives.

        On Wednesday, the alderman acknowledged that the results have been slower than he expected.
      Someone want to run through the entire process again for slower members of the City Council and the media? Here's a clue:
      • It saves no time and there is seldom any court time involved.
      Wait? What? A street stop, weed test, ANOV issued, test kit inventoried don't save time over a simple weed arrest? No, not really. With the miracle of computers and copy/paste, you can process multiple weed arrests faster and manage to get a court date out of it. In any event, we hear complaints constantly about "no test kits available" for the watches because the Tactical Teams took them all and locked them in the office because ::surprise:: they're under orders to produce weed arrests to make CompStat look good. Quota based policing to keep a spot - illegal, but winked at.

      Hold on - coppers make arrests to go to court? Um, duh? Is anyone here old enough to remember Sound Impounds and the four separate court calls at 11th and State? That room was packed. Hundreds of cases a week, literally. Then the city went and put it on a key and suddenly, a lot less sound impounds. Talk about killing the golden goose.

      Of course, in those cases, the city had a hammer to hold over the offender - they had their wheels, an actual asset to auction off if no payment was forthcoming. What do you have in a weed case? Half a blunt? Keep it, they'll grow more. No incentive, other than a Tact spot and nowadays, Tact is too often CompStat's bitch - get Cards, get ANOV's get weed tickets, and while you're at it, go to this detail - your day off is canceled. That's policing in the 2000's.


      "Stroller Gang"

      Channel Two had a report on this.

      Someone made an amusing YouTube video with subtitles and catchy music:

      But the cBS reporting is especially amusing. A sampling:
      • The owners of a Chicago pizza shop are looking for help after being robbed by a gang of youngsters with a baby stroller. The robbery was all caught on surveillance tape.

        Five young people, one baby in a stroller, and an unusual pizza order at Craft Pizza in the 1200-block of North Damen in the Wicker Park neighborhood.

        [...] "Here's a young mother with her young cousins or friends, or whatever, and they are out stealing and robbing people. At that age, wow, it's unbelievable," said Scott Toth, Craft Pizza owner.
      Start them young. Hell, gypsies start even younger - and this guy is shocked, SHOCKED, to find out crime is happening in Chicago.
      • The owners think the call was a distraction, because at the same time, just outside the kitchen window, a young man was scaling the fence and opened the gate. He tried a few times to steal a worker's bag.

        "I'm glad he didn't take my bag, whew, because that's expensive, too," said Johnson.

        "He's not a millionaire. He works for his money," said Toth.

        He leaves the bag, but takes the worker's $700 bike. To top it off, Aaron Johnson has had six bikes stolen since he moved to Chicago five years ago!
      Six bikes in five years? Sorry Aaron, you're a moron. How about investing in a decent lock and chain and tell your boss you'd like an indoor bike rack? Unless maybe you work for a moron?
      • In releasing the video, the owners hope the young thieves are caught.

        "Something should be done. You know, they should be lectured and somewhat rehabilitated that this is wrong behavior and this is not the way to start your life," Toth said.
      Okay. Obviously, Aaron works for a moron. "...lectured...?" "...somewhat rehabilitated...?" "wrong behavior...?" Ooooooooo yeah. THAT'LL show 'em!!

      Earth to Scott - they don't care it's wrong. Lectures don't mean anything. "Rehabilitation" doesn't mean anything. An ass-whipping might, but you don't seem up to it. And we're sure you'd be right at the front of the protests if the cops administered one to any of these poor misguided individuals. Let us know when you're sick of losing tip-jar money and $700 bikes. We'll be over here filling out your report that the insurance company won't pay out on. Crime is Down!


      Wednesday, November 12, 2014

      Off Duty Shot; Critical but Stable

      • An off-duty police officer and her daughter were shot during a domestic dispute Tuesday night in the South Shore neighborhood, Chicago Police First Deputy Supt. Al Wysinger told reporters early Wednesday.

        About 10:05 p.m., the officer’s daughter and the daughter’s boyfriend were involved in a “domestic incident” in the 2200 block of East 68th Street, Wysinger said.

        During the incident, the boyfriend shot the officer and her 21-year-old daughter, Wysinger said.

        The 49-year-old officer was shot in the face, neck and both forearms and was listed in critical, but stable, condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Wysinger said. Her daughter also was taken to Northwestern with a gunshot wound in her thigh. Her condition had stabilized.

        After the shooting, the daughter’s 2-year child was taken by the shooter but has since been recovered, Wysinger said.
      Offender in custody.

      The paper also mentions that this is the fourth officer shot in a month. Prayers for the injured.


      Trash Survey?

      • Off Topic but more tax dollars spent on BS.

        Today I was sitting in my living room and observed an enterprise rental can pull up in front of my house, a m/2 and m/1 get out and put a garbage bag over my garbage can and empty the contents and then place the bag into their van. So I go out there and ask them what they are doing? Of course their is a streets and san suv behind them and some f/1 gets out and hands me a letter that the city is doing research on what we put into our black garbage cans. HHHMMM. So what company is this doing this research? VANECKO Trash Analysis group?

        Interesting that the city has money to do trash research but has no money to put towards their pension obligations..

        More money down the drain for a well connected company.
      Anyone else heard or experienced this? It sounds like a tremendous waste of money.

      Otherwise, it sure sounds like a fishing expedition for evidence.


      Ferguson Delayed?

      • Missouri Governor Jay Nixon told reporters the Grand Jury decision on the Michael Brown shooting case is expected in mid-to-late November.

        Nixon also said violence and looting will not be tolerated.

        KMOX reported:

        Nixon said looting and violence that marred mostly peaceful protests will not be tolerated.

        “That ugliness was not representative of Missouri, and it cannot be repeated,” he said.

        Nixon said that once the decision is announced, the state highway patrol will work with St. Louis County and city police as one unified command. The three agencies are strong enough to work together “exceptionally well,” he said.

        The National Guard will also be available if needed.
      • In his Tuesday statement Missouri Governor Jay Nixon demanded that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson be prosecuted.

        …Amid all the pain and distrust and anger, we’ve also seen tremendous acts of grace, courage, and kindness as the people of Ferguson try to maintain peace, while they call for justice for the family of Michael Brown. In Ferguson, people of all races and creeds are joining hands to pray for justice. Teenagers cooking meals for law enforcement officers. Community leaders demonstrating courage and heroism throughout the night in standing against armed and violent instigators…

        …But we will not be defeated by bricks and guns and Molotov cocktails. With the help of peaceful demonstrators, pastors and community leaders, Captain Johnson and law enforcement will not give up trying to ensure that those with peace in their hearts are not drowned out by those with senseless violence in their hands.

        Second, a vigorous prosecution must now be pursued.
      Funny how the winds of change blow through the "Show Me" state.


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