Saturday, September 26, 2015

Tax Money - Up In Smoke

  • Join us on September 26th as thousands gather at Northerly Island for a spectacular urban ritual that celebrates Chicago's people, history, and unique neighborhood culture.
Remember, this is a fire that left a swath of destruction nearly four miles square, totaled over $200 million in damages and, oh yeah, killed over 300 people. Now it's an "urban ritual" even though it was rained out last year.

Come watch as nearly $100,000 in taxpayer money gets burned, yes burned, into ashes, releasing who knows how many toxic pollutants into the air and particulate matter into the "global warming" blender. Your taxes are going up, but it's so you can enjoy festivals like this pyro maniacal extravaganza celebrating the deaths of 300 fellow Americans.

By the way, our baby has "asthma," and when she gets a whiff of that smoke, you can be sure we're going to sue the crap out of Redmoon and the city - and you know the city always pays.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where's the Casino??? Where's the magical new business to save the pensions??? Rahm?? You promised casinos?? How come you aren't advocating and pushing for the casinos at this time?? Can anyone explain why anyone would believe Rahm when he asked for support in putting off the City's legally mandated payment to the pension fund in order to get future money from an enterprise that doesn't exist, and does not at the moment appear to be in the works for the future?

9/26/2015 01:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm will be charging Entertainment Tax
For the Super Moon Lunar Eclipse this Sunday night.

The Last Super Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse until 2033
starts Just after 7pm. Total Eclipse from 9:11-10:23pm.
Moon Howling encouraged. Mooning not so much.

For details: http://earthsky.org/?p=51212

9/26/2015 01:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Tom R. said...

I was only six years old...

But I remember October 8, 1971 pretty clearly. I remember the commemorative television specials on WGN and WTTW. I remember that my family's church had a special memorial mass that evening. And most importantly, I can remember asking my mom what all the fuss was about..."What fire, Mom?" and her telling me that this was the 100th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, and I think it was the first time I'd ever even heard of it.

I can also remember going up to my dad...not that I didn't believe my mom, but something that momentous (to a six-year-old, anyway) demanded some kind of confirmation :) ...and saying "The whole CITY burned down?" He laughed, told me no, only parts of it did, told me the Water Tower survived, told me enough about it, in short, to get me rabidly curious about the event.

My dad used to pile us (me, my mom, and my sister) into the car on a few occasions and take us on drives around downtown. My parents would point things out to us. I remember thinking the Marina City looked cool, being wowed when I was told the Merchandise Mart was the largest office building in the world (not sure if that was true even then, but I know it was up there). We drove past Big John (as my dad called it). We drove past the Sears Tower--still under construction--and I remember how proud and excited I was when they told me it would soon be the tallest building in the world. And I remember us on one of those drives, soon after the fire's anniversary, going past the Water Tower...and looking at it for the first time in a new light. Doesn't sound like much, I know, but it was very important to this curious six-year-old to be able to put something like that into its proper historical perspective.

I can also still remember my family's first trip to the Chicago History Museum (the Chicago Historical Society, then) a few years later (I was around ten, I think), going to the exhibit about the fire, seeing the photographs of the aftermath, finding out for the first time that the cow kicking over the lantern was a myth...basically eating the whole exhibit up.

In a nutshell, the mass, the TV specials, and my parents' indulgent teachings were what got me curious about the fire, and were, by extension, part of what fired me up about the city itself. I'm sure the love I still feel for Chicago (in spite of its consistently horrible leadership) was planted in me thanks to things like that. It made me happy to be a Chicagoan, even at that early stage. And ultimately, it's why I have so much trouble with the idea of this festival, even above and beyond it being a colossal waste of money. Memorials for things like the fire should ideally be opportunities to teach and to reflect, thereby (hopefully) inspiring a desire for personal growth and a respect for the memory of the event being commemorated. I see on the website that among other things, they'll be offering face-painting and several local DJs for music entertainment. I wonder how many kids will be inspired like I was by having cheesy designs painted on them while listening to the latest hip-hop mixes being offered up. Probably not quite the positive lasting effect that my parents' teachings had on me, I'd be willing to bet.

Oh well. Maybe their moms and dads will be in an instructive mood the following evening, and will give them some cool details about the supermoon lunar eclipse...

9/26/2015 02:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When can we celebrate Rahm's Iriquois Theater Film Festival? 'Oh, the humanity!'

9/26/2015 02:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah. And the Eastland River Festival, too. And perhaps a Spanish Flu Fest. And why not a City Salute to Mass Heat Wave deaths?

9/26/2015 02:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where that fella on the 50 foot stilts with his shiny "sa-teen"
britches aflame?

Breads.
Circuses.
Distraction.
High Performance Fuckery.


Chicago is a seriously fucked-up one car clown funeral.
Can't close the fucking lid because of all the different colored hair,
long shoes and big red noses are in the way.

The best thing for all is the hearse to stall on a rail
crossing directly in front of that famous 15000 foot
long double-stack breezin' through at about 45MPH.

Mistuh Neanderhal will have the play-by-play...

The hearse operator done got his hat an' gone.
Momma ain't raise no foolish son!



9/26/2015 03:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could be worse.
Detroit used to celebrate Devil's Night, where the wonderful citizens burnt down swathes of the cityevery year.

9/26/2015 03:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is asinine and a waste. Equivalent to celebrating and reenacting the sinking of Titanic every year. Or San Francisco having a "1906 Earthquake Day" every year. I mean, why? Don't get it. People died. Property was destroyed. The city was devastated. Leave it to history. What's next? Should there be a Mount Vesuvius/Pompei fest every year in Italy? You know, where a volcanic eruption obliterated a whole city and took thousands of lives? That's kind of like commemorating the Chicago Fire. The biggest joke is that City taxes and services are being wasted on this event for the vanity of an out of touch politician and his circle of supporters and sycophants. Somewhat like a Roman Emperor, come to think of it.

9/26/2015 03:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went to last years Chicago Fire Festival at the river and Wow, what an epic failure I must say. Standing there for hours with family to wait for fire to start that never happened, hundreds of thousands of taxes wasted on a celebration of an 1871 tragedy killing 300 and leaving 100,000 Chicagoans homeless. Yeah, that sounds like a celebration. Not to mention the sailing boat of children humming an Illuminati-esque chant while black kettles were lowered from bridges like it was some witchcraft ritual was a bit unsettling as well. And then it seems to be a coincidence that 2015's Fire Fest happens to be occurring on the SAME weekend during the Blood Moon lunar eclipse! The eclipse is said to be the last of a "tetrad," four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months, that took place on Jewish holidays. (The first three in the current series took place April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; and April 4, 2015.) Some Christian ministers have theorized that the sequence has earth-shaking significance, noting that other tetrads took place in key years in history, including 1492 (Jewish expulsion from Spain) and 1948 (a Mideast war). This, many suggest, may be connected to a biblical prophecy of the end of times. The last time this eclipse happened was more than 30 years ago. The next time it will happen is sometime in 2033. Makes you wonder why Rahm is so obsessed with this event? I don't believe this is a coincidence. Chicago homicides at all time high, no punishment for criminals, corrupt politicians, cops being considered the enemy, rigged elections, skyrocketing taxes, riots nationwide glorifying thugs as if they're heroes, look around folks, look around. Things are written about this in the Bible. If you don't call this a sign, I don't know what will grab your attention.

9/26/2015 03:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have asthma.... where do I sign?

9/26/2015 05:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stupid silly stuff.

9/26/2015 06:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone working here know, if you want a merit promotion you need one or a combination of several things. Sex beef (then you flee to another state to be chief), failed drug test "i don't use coke, my lady sprinkles it on before I go down on her", be a former bar maid or fuck the sitting Sup's son, political hack, or make forest gump look like the smartest man alive! Any of that will get you a white shirt & possibly a gold star in no time

9/26/2015 07:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Now it's an "urban ritual" even though it was rained out last year."

...so they are talking up that it's "about resiliency!"

RahmRedmoonLLC is just imitating Burning Man, an alleged "respect the environment, leave no trace" event that wastes an enormous amount of hard-won lumber and other building materials that could have been used by Habitat For Humanity or someone, and sends a huge plume of toxic smoke drifting off across the Southwest, so that hipsters can stand there stoned in the desert, saying "Wow, man!"

http://burningman.org/

This also involves steering and indoctrination of kids by some unspecified "facilitators," into God knows what peculiar belief systems.

"In Summer 2015, the GRIT activity -- Group Ritual Imagining Tool -- will be distributed citywide to 50,000 youth. Led by a facilitator, and as part of exploring the themes of grit, greatness and renewal, youth will provide a personal “I Celebrate...” and “I Overcome...” statement. These statements will be integrated into the main art of the Festival on September 26 and will become one of thousands used to clad the GRIT House that we will ceremoniously burn as part of a citywide participatory spectacle.

"The GRIT activity will be distributed to youth through Park District day camps, After School Matters programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, Allstate, various community organizations, and The Great Chicago Fire Festival (GCFF) events."

The total bill for all this must be an awful lot larger than we even realize. "Private sponsorship" by Allstate? Whose pocket does their money come out of?

Dig into this, and I can't find anyone who will admit to being the creator of the "Group Ritual Imagining Tool," but a whole lot of disquieting stuff like this comes swirling up in the search --

"In biological terms, worldview transformation can be thought of as the creation of new grooves between sections of the brain...the role that ritual can play in shifting people's worldviews.

"Ritual also plays a role in building, creating, affirming, and healing identities. This transformation of identity is crucial for peacebuilding. Ritual can assist peacebuilders in...increasing the flexibility of identity. Those with a flexible sense of identity can see themselves and others as belonging to a number of different cultural groups."

I have a firm sense of identity, and belong to my own cultural group. Can't have kids learning that.

All they want to do is re-wire your brain. A modest enough goal. Does the phrase "Corrosive New Age Hocus-Pocus On Our Dime" come to mind here?

"At our pushcart, there are no names for the foods. The flavors are whatever you imagine them to be." What a triple-dip of crap on our cone, huh?

9/26/2015 07:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of the most disgusting events that this fucked up city sponsors. How did these assholes EVER get a permit for this?

9/26/2015 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There was a strip of fire between two and three miles long, and a mile wide, hurried along by a wind that I have never seen excelled except by our September gale, sweeping through the business part of this city...

"A policeman brought along a little boy, and asked who would take care of him. A gentleman in the crowd volunteered to take him, and the policeman said, 'All I can tell you about him is that his father and mother have been burned in the Girard Hotel.'"

-- eyewitness account, Chicago, Oct. 8, 1871

9/26/2015 07:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get Bomb and Arson out there to supervise, you know they're not doing anything. Seriously, do they do anything? Do they actually exist?

9/26/2015 08:09:00 AM  
Blogger SpankDaddy said...

In one hundred years, both residents left in the City of Chicago can celebrate Rahmfest.

If we're gonna celebrate disasters, why not?

9/26/2015 08:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lighten up, after all it is a reenactment of a historic event. Besides, easy come, easy go. There is more tax money where that came from. People love seeing the fire, the flames, the reddish tinged smoke.

9/26/2015 09:34:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will L.A. also celebrate the Rodney King Riots? They could burn and loot Korean businesses, snatch a couple of White Motorists out of their cars, rough them up a little, all to commemorate a horrific event. If this type of thing catches on, perhaps it will take hold in Europe. Germans can burn and rape Berlin to commemorate the occupation by the Russians in World War II. As with our architecture, Chicago may be a trend setter again. "Baby G"

9/26/2015 09:37:00 AM  
Blogger Cuthbert J. Twillie said...

++++ SCC: "Come watch as nearly $100,000 in taxpayer money gets burned, yes burned, ..." ++++

That's not all that's going to go up in flames in Rahm's sicko celebration of Chicago's greatest TRAGEDY. Nope, not by a long shot.

You know those e-mails that Tiny Dancer refuses to release under the Tribune's Freedom Of Information request. Well, he's burning every single one. He'll show Chi's Lame-Stream Media whose boss around here.

Try to grow a spine and actually do journalism will ya Tribune, Ha! Well Fuck You, you low-life peon lackeys. You'll get what information I allow you to get!

9/26/2015 09:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have said since this "festival" was conceived that just because something happened a long time ago does not mean we should turn it into a celebration. When the fire occurred, individual homeowners insurance for anyone but the wealthy was unheard of due to the cost. These people lost their homes and most likely their place of employment. Only 300 people were officially recorded as casualties, but countless others were "missing" afterward. More than likely they were creamated and there was nothing to identify. Hundreds of thousands were homeless for months during the late fall and early winter months, which in 1871 translates into death from common diseases (there were no antibiotics). The true death toll from the fire probably exceeded 20,000. There are much more respectful ways to commemorate a historic disaster. I think this past years services for the Eastland victims were on point with what should be done for remembering the fire. In 100 years, would a shuttle Challenger fireworks display, or a 9/11 air show be ok? The organizers of the fire festival ought to be ashamed.

9/26/2015 10:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next year, after the property tax hike, the city will be funding a re-opening of Meigs field. A scale version of the twin towers will be built and crashed into to commemorate 9/11. The newly built and tax funded riverwalk will also be fashioned into a concentration camp to commemorate the Holocaust. Ridiculous.

9/26/2015 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hadn't realized what an industry this has already become -- it's been going all summer.

* Saturday, September 26, 2015| 5:00pm 9:00pm

..and before that...

* 7th Annual Hip Hop Revival -- Saturday, June 20, 2015
GRIT activity... (youth participants will receive a Chicago City of Learning badge code

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 -- 4:30pm 7:00pm
*Teens in the Park Music & Art Festival (TIP Fest)
"GCFF will host a Breaking Battle...(youth participants will receive a Chicago City of Learning badge code) In-Depth Residencies

*July - August 2015 --

In-depth residencies in seven parks: Calumet, Homan Square, Humboldt, Loyola, Margate, Piotrowski, and West Pullman.

*Thursday, July 9, 2015
GCFF Kick-Off Event @ La Villita Park

The Kick-Off...engaged hundreds of Chicago Park District campers and other attendees...

*Saturday, August 15, 2015
Ping Tom Park

Following the performances concurrent youth workshops will be held...

Someone is paying for this, hm?

...and if you add up all the government grants they all must be receiving...

http://www.chicagofirefestival.com/whoswithus/

9/26/2015 10:31:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Not to mention the sailing boat of children humming an Illuminati-esque chant while black kettles were lowered from bridges like it was some witchcraft ritual was a bit unsettling as well."

9/26/2015 03:42:00 AM

Uh huh. Other people are noticing the whole idea of the thing as well. "Worldview transformation can be thought of as the creation of new grooves between sections of the brain...It is important to recognize ritual's potential to create and transform identities and worldviews..."

9/26/2015 11:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Went to last years Chicago Fire Festival at the river and Wow, what an epic failure I must say. Standing there for hours with family to wait for fire to start that never happened, hundreds of thousands of taxes wasted on a celebration of an 1871 tragedy killing 300 and leaving 100,000 Chicagoans homeless. Yeah, that sounds like a celebration. Not to mention the sailing boat of children humming an Illuminati-esque chant while black kettles were lowered from bridges like it was some witchcraft ritual was a bit unsettling as well. And then it seems to be a coincidence that 2015's Fire Fest happens to be occurring on the SAME weekend during the Blood Moon lunar eclipse! The eclipse is said to be the last of a "tetrad," four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months, that took place on Jewish holidays. (The first three in the current series took place April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; and April 4, 2015.) Some Christian ministers have theorized that the sequence has earth-shaking significance, noting that other tetrads took place in key years in history, including 1492 (Jewish expulsion from Spain) and 1948 (a Mideast war). This, many suggest, may be connected to a biblical prophecy of the end of times. The last time this eclipse happened was more than 30 years ago. The next time it will happen is sometime in 2033. Makes you wonder why Rahm is so obsessed with this event? I don't believe this is a coincidence. Chicago homicides at all time high, no punishment for criminals, corrupt politicians, cops being considered the enemy, rigged elections, skyrocketing taxes, riots nationwide glorifying thugs as if they're heroes, look around folks, look around. Things are written about this in the Bible. If you don't call this a sign, I don't know what will grab your attention.

9/26/2015 03:42:00 AM

You lost all credibility with your first seven words.

9/26/2015 11:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


SMOKE? Smoking is banned!! I'mma calling the EPA to file a complaint as this is contribution to global warming.

Citizens arrest, citizens arrest!!

9/26/2015 12:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


How about doing a celebration of when they burnt down Chicago's west side?

"It was a carnival-like atmosphere...for MOST of the day and then..."

Chicago Fire Dept. - Chicago Westside Riots 1968
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kyNvEsQxns

9/26/2015 12:33:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


"There was a strip of fire between two and three miles long, and a mile wide, hurried along by a wind that I have never seen excelled except by our September gale, sweeping through the business part of this city...

Whelp, at the Chicago 1968 riots Madison ave, from Western to Pulaski, and on Roosevelt from Kedzie to Pulaski was on fire as the firemen where shot at..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kyNvEsQxns

9/26/2015 12:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Will the family of that 12 year old that just got burned up yesterday on the south side 2-11 get a front row seat?

I'm sure they'll love the show

9/26/2015 12:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Got to admit it sickening.

Like, let's celebrate the trade towers destruction in NYC.

Because after all look at the new shiny building they put up in it's place. We'd never have that new building if the old trade towers were still standing.. Yipee so it's all worth it then! /sarcasm

9/26/2015 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The eclipse is said to be the last of a "tetrad," four consecutive total lunar eclipses, each separated by six lunar months, that took place on Jewish holidays. (The first three in the current series took place April 15, 2014; October 8, 2014; and April 4, 2015.) Some Christian ministers have theorized that the sequence has earth-shaking significance, noting that other tetrads took place in key years in history, including 1492 (Jewish expulsion from Spain) and 1948 (a Mideast war)."

9/26/2015 03:42:00 AM

Someone last night said that this is not surprising, since the Jewish calendar is lunar. It is interesting, though, that this new business of collecting and burning slips of paper coincides with the Yom Kippur/Rosh Hashanah observance, in which people write their transgressions against G_d on slips of paper and cast them into a body of water. Used to see the Lubavitchers on the Devon Avenue bridge (at McCormick, over the North Shore Channel) engaged thusly.

Food for thought. I think we'll get through the eclipse OK, however. >grin< With all the shootings that have happened already to commemorate the lovely weather, just remember the ancient dictum that "Nothing good happens after midnight" and stay safe and we'll be fine.

..and I ain't going to Northerly Island, that is for sure. A quiet prayer for the dead would be more appropriate than a corn dog or something.

9/26/2015 01:23:00 PM  
Anonymous The Neanderthal said...

"Where that fella on the 50 foot stilts with his shiny "sa-teen" britches aflame?"

9/26/2015 03:04:00 AM

>ka-ching< $$$

You exactly read my mind; the high-altitude clowns from the "Cirque Du Soleil" [Circus Of The Sun] bunch from Canada that Rahm was threatening us with.

A sort of modern-day Icarus. Got too close to the pyro -- which will function this time, no? -- and now he's in a great big, ungainly hurry as those assembled shout "WHOO!," cackle, stamp their feet, exchange double high-fives...

"When you on fire, people get out of your way." -- Richard Pryor

Sun-worshippers, fire-worshippers with iron cauldrons...so when do the animal sacrifices kick off?

I got it! StockyardsFest!

>mooOOO< >squealsquealsqueal<

Nothing could be more "Chicago."

Co-sponsored by PETA and Hormel! Guest appearance by John Cleese and the remaining Pythons crew!

"Spam, spam, spam, spam..."

You know, with a bit of help from the Champagne Of Bottled Beers, this ain't such an unfunny place after all.

*

Take it light, everyone.

9/26/2015 01:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The hearse operator done got his hat an' gone.
Momma ain't raise no foolish son!"

9/26/2015 03:04:00 AM

..and whatever you do, don't go back for your see-gar!

OT -- Seriously, we had a great RR crossing save. Thanks for the reminder to put it up.

Auburn woman risks life to save man stuck on train tracks

Sep. 15, 2015

"AUBURN – A 19-year-old Auburn woman was being called a hero Tuesday after she risked her life to save a 75-year-old man whose motorized scooter was stuck at a railroad crossing as a train was approaching.

"Ashley Aldridge managed to pull Earl Moorman out of his wheelchair just seconds before the train came barreling through the crossing. She said she had never met Moorman before Tuesday.

"Aldridge lives near the Washington Street railroad crossing and saw Moorman stopped on the tracks as she was fixing lunch for her two children, ages 1 and 2. When she heard him calling for help, she went over to a neighbor’s house to see if they could keep an eye on her children while she tried to help.

"That’s when she heard the railroad crossing arms start to go down. She said she didn’t think and ran to the crossing.

“His back wheels were stuck on the track. They weren’t coming out,” Aldridge said. “I tried lifting the chair, but that didn’t work. Then I looked over and the train was right there. I was like, I’m going to keep trying. I tried again and I ended up lifting him just enough that I could tilt the wheelchair back and then I started pulling him.”

"Aldridge was able to pull Moorman out of the chair and get clear of the tracks just as the train passed.

“Just as I pulled him back, the train hit his wheelchair… His wheelchair exploded as soon as the train hit it. There were pieces of his wheelchair clear on the other end of Auburn,” Aldridge said."

Wooow-how. Damn. Guy outweighed her by about 75 lbs., too. What a fine young lady.

http://www.sj-r.com/article/20150915/NEWS/150919668

9/26/2015 01:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rahm is just trying to bring us together by reenacting a shared disaster.

9/26/2015 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember, not only are the liberal DEMOCRATS hosting this event of ridiculousness, they were also the ones who wanted to keep slavery alive, think about that black people who support there endeavors today!!!

9/26/2015 02:28:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago putting taxpayers money "up in smoke" maybe cheech n chong who made "up in smoke" movie could appear, wait thought rahms was the "green anti-pollution" mayor? Guess not what about the drinking water getting more pollutants rahm! But then again you're ferried around town in a fleet of gas guzzlers tanks why nit show us buy a small economically correct car? How about disburseing your fleet of over paid valet bodyguards? Come on Rahman " skin in the game" remember learning to bleed? What have you cut rahms and the 50? Crickets:

9/26/2015 02:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is nothing more than a demonstration of stupid, ignorant liberalism in my opinion. It was developed by idiots, nourished by more idiots and paid for by taxpayers; the voters and biggest group of idiots anywhere. Look who they choose and elect for their leaders.

9/26/2015 02:58:00 PM  
Anonymous The Neanderthal said...

"Tom R. said...

"I was only six years old...

"But I remember October 8, 1971 pretty clearly. I remember the commemorative television specials on WGN and WTTW. I remember that my family's church had a special memorial mass that evening."

9/26/2015 02:22:00 AM

TV stations used to be encouraged to give a little time to spiritual matters..

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_of_Practices_for_Television_Broadcasters

Great harm obviously came from this, so it had to be stopped.

*

"Memorials for things like the fire should ideally be opportunities to teach and to reflect, thereby (hopefully) inspiring a desire for personal growth and a respect for the memory of the event being commemorated."

..and a respect for others and their efforts that built so much of what we still use today. I pick up an old hammer, and think of those who forged it, made the handle, shined it up, wrapped it carefully in paper like it was worth something...still use Ekco (1900 N. Cicero) cookware from the 1940s.

Some beautiful and thoughtful writing there, my friend. Thank you.

God bless and stay safe.

Old song comes to mind. "It used to be your town...it used to be my town too." James Taylor, I think.

9/26/2015 04:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

""Ritual also plays a role in building, creating, affirming, and healing identities. This transformation of identity is crucial for peacebuilding. Ritual can assist peacebuilders in...increasing the flexibility of identity. Those with a flexible sense of identity can see themselves and others as belonging to a number of different cultural groups.""

9/26/2015 07:30:00 AM

That GRIT info sounds creepy and cult-like. Reminds me of The Wicker Man. What colossally poor taste to celebrate a tragedy and re-enact it (why don't they just have actors screaming and dying to really bring it to life), and a criminal waste of resources on self-congratulatory nonsense.

9/26/2015 04:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find the whole thing more than a little creepy.

9/26/2015 10:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You'd think daley was still at the helm with this bullshit event.

9/26/2015 10:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hear next up is the Flight 191 festival.

9/26/2015 10:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You lost all credibility with your first seven words."

9/26/2015 11:47:00 AM

So you weren't there last year, but you have a better first-hand account.

Let's hear it.

9/27/2015 05:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"By the way, our baby has "asthma," and when she gets a whiff of that smoke..."

That sounds too much like an accurate medical description of an ailment.

I believe the readers here are more familiar with the outcry, " My baby's gots da' "vapors" and shitlikedat.'

9/27/2015 08:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ridiculous waste of taxpayers money! Thought city was broke "rahms crew!" But guess not! You celebrate an event where many innocent Chicagoans died in a fire? Wow! Stupid is as stupid does! What next celebrate east land disaster maybe tip a boat over and watch people try to swim to shore! Next your crew is having the nye celebration here, who is paying for all the extra police,fire, and other city services? Like in other countries a revolution is coming people are sick of the corruption and waste!

9/27/2015 11:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
"You lost all credibility with your first seven words."

9/26/2015 11:47:00 AM

So you weren't there last year, but you have a better first-hand account.

Let's hear it.

9/27/2015 05:42:00 AM

The point is, s/he attended the event, actively SUPPORTING it and being counted among those who attended and supported, ergo WANT and desire the continuance of such a travesty.

9/27/2015 07:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How bout a "remember the bulls riots night" fest?

9/27/2015 08:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quit bitching rahm paid the trash collection tax to haul the ashes away!

9/29/2015 05:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would gladly pay the entertainment tax! When they publicly hang daly from the Picasso ......

9/29/2015 06:01:00 AM  

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