Wednesday, August 03, 2016

No Kidding?

  • One of the most demonstrative reactions to defeat I ever witnessed in Chicago occurred when we learned the city lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

    It was Oct. 2, 2009, and thousands of us gathered at Daley Plaza to await the big announcement from the International Olympic Committee's vote in Copenhagen. Satellite trucks from 15 news organizations parked on Clark Street. October optimism — the rarest of things in Chicago — reigned. Anticipation filled the autumn air. One mother pulled her son out of elementary school to experience what she expected to be historic event. And it was.

    It was the day the IOC saved Chicago from itself.
And it also (in our opinion) pushed Shortshanks out the door, leading to a lot of unpleasant "discoveries" regarding the financial mismanagement so prevalent during his reign. No one, not even Rahm, will blame him by name (Rahm always says "previous administrations" rather than name Daley), but without the No-lympic failure around his neck, Shanks might have tried to stick around for one final looting of the corpse.

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Anonymous Heartless Taxpayer said...

Better off that Chicago did NOT get the Olympics.

We don't need an event that will put the City (And region) into more financial shortfalls. If you look at the history of the cities in the past, those who have hosted the Olympics spent a LOT more money than they took in.

The ONLY ones who would have made anything would have been the "well-connected" which ain't you and me.

8/03/2016 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just about to post this one here!

"On Tuesday, we learned that July was Chicago's deadliest July in a decade. Yet even that grim news was spun in some police circles as progress because, at least, the 65 homicides represented an improvement from June's 72. Can you imagine welcoming the world to Chicago under those circumstances? How much confidence would anybody have in security for the Games in a city that struggles so mightily protecting itself?

"Not to mention the frightening financial realities in the land of stopgap budgets. Finding a way to pay for the Olympics would have been hard to accept in a city that barely can pay its teachers. Chicago's bid came in at $4.8 billion, an unrealistically low number. Rio already has gone at least $100 million above its $14.4 billion estimate. London, host of the 2012 Games, budgeted $4 billion but spent $14 billion. According to tax returns, Chicago's unsuccessful bid cost $70.6 million and we can feel fortunate the sea of debt went no deeper."

8/03/2016 12:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RIP MIchaeL Scott.

Your mystery suicide and the fact that mayor Daleys chief of staff was never interviewed will always be a mystery.

I believe special Ed was a SGT at AREA 4 during this time too...

8/03/2016 12:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These 2016 Games are going to be a train wreck. Rio has crime more out-of-control than we do. Chalkie Torch t-shirts would sell like hot cakes there.

8/03/2016 12:28:00 AM  
Anonymous The Neanderthal said...

Don't worry about driving up and down with flashing lights; here's Olympic-style "deterrence" in Rio right now --

https://tinyurl.com/zbu8m9h

The troops are stuck in a 75-mile-long total gridlock, but they mean well.

...and 500,000 people have yet to arrive.

I like the knife points on top of the high, blank wall; gives you some idea of what's cookin' on the other side.

The TV broadcasting building, built right off the beach in what experts say was the worst possible location, was hit by 15-foot waves of sewage from Guanabara Bay, and is half-wrecked, flooded, and in danger of collapse...

Rio spent 20 BILLION DOLLARS on this.

We were indeed saved.

Thank you, God. Thankyouthankyouthankyou.

8/03/2016 12:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still laugh when I hear this,

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EuE60mq0r1Q

8/03/2016 01:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chicago is out?

8/03/2016 01:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your hometown boy sure brought home the bacon that day!!!

Bravo Obama!

I think his speech to the IOC made the difference. After hearing that narcissist spout "me, me, me" and "I, I, I" during his self absorbed, self centered speech, the smart delegates decided to vote against the blowhard and Chicago.

Be glad you dodged that fiasco!

8/03/2016 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Richard gave the payoff to the Wrong people,The tax payers lost 350 Million.

8/03/2016 01:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think too much stuck to Daley's fingers before it got to the IOC.

Or was it Clinton's and Obama's fingers?

Obviously the IOC delegates personally expected more.

8/03/2016 01:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey youus!...quit talkin bout da' lypmics,i tolt yous cops dis before.shakin dick daley.

8/03/2016 03:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always found it interesting that Rham never called out Daley like Preckwinkle did with Todd Stroger. Preckwinkle said everything she iwas doing was to undue what Stroger had done, and then she did worse. If Rham had done that to Daley maybe he would be sitting pretty well like Preckwinkle. Maybe Rham would have been invited to sit in the box next to his old boss, Bill Clinton at the DNC.

8/03/2016 04:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I remember watching it and sighing in shocked relief.

I was sure they bribed the Eurotrash properly and we were going to get fucked, yet again.

Then I laughed my ass off!

We dodged it!

They took Daley's loot and sent him packing!

HA! HA! HA!

8/03/2016 06:43:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. SouthSide said...

One delegate that was interviewed (you won't find that interview now), commented that Michelle Obama kept them waiting forty five minutes for a meeting. He seemed annoyed by it. Add all those factors up and we are singing like Peter Allen.

8/03/2016 07:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least Chicago was spared the super-sized shit sandwich of the Olympics. A lot of US cities make do with just a happy meal size shit sandwich.

Baseball stadiums, football stadiums, basketball stadiums, multi-year tax abatement deals for giant multi-national corporation campuses, more sweetheart deals for multi-national corporations masquerading as sporting events (cough, cough, Circuit of the Americas, cough), etc., etc. . . .

Why, yes, I WOULD like fries with that.

8/03/2016 07:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let him always be remembered as a jerk. Its for the children.

8/03/2016 07:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cost millions to loose and Chicago and IL taxpayers won by loosing.

8/03/2016 07:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Valerie Jarrett, the Communist aide to President Zero, stood to make a fortune on real estate speculations had the Olympic Village been built in Chicago. The loss of the Olympic Games also proved that the international community viewed "Bigmouth Barry" as an empty suit from the beginning of his term.

8/03/2016 07:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I still have my "Chalkie 2016" hat and shirt!

8/03/2016 08:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From someone that was with Daley on that day.... He cried like a baby when they said Chicago was out!

8/03/2016 08:18:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brings back memories of the "quality of life" missions on the tact team to make it appear as if the sidewalks of the Gold Coast and River North were pristine. The IOC obviously could have cared less about drinkers and hustlers, they just wanted the big payoff from Chicago.

8/03/2016 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

With the history of the Olympics creating dead stadiums and buildings I'm 100% fine it's Rio's problem. As said the only people that would have benefited are the well connected who were grafting off of it.

8/03/2016 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whewww! Glad we got out of the way of that Financial train wreck. Thank God Obama's a Fuk-up

8/03/2016 08:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they in that shithole Rio are forcing the swimmers to swim in their bay which is laden with raw sewerage, fecal matter chemicals the better bet is what athlete will survive this poison caldrons?

Thank God we did not get that here, the billions the daley crime family would have taken, on another point why is madigans crew scooping up tracts of land by the Peotone future airport site! Insider trading? Or just massive theft low balling residents?

8/03/2016 09:09:00 AM  
Blogger dda6ga dda6ga said...

The IOC wasn't given enough money and promises of contracts...Daley and Obama had no experience paying someone else off (one way guys they are, they are)..

8/03/2016 09:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now this is "change we will believe in all the bodies on the floor)

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/with-cops-turning-down-ot-groups-mobilize-residents-on-labor-day/

They want people with guns concealed carry weapons holders to be men! This is beyond compare officers stuck working stay away on shots fired may be good guys doing the right thing where's that "citizens patrol car" at gas er up lets rock!

8/03/2016 11:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When chicago didnt sell midway we were out of it Chicago didnt have the funding, a year before rio had been picked. They (Daley INC) kept the charade up for an additional year to keep paying all those people he assigned to the Olympic committee and to keep his booge wooge land prospetors/ investors at bay. They were all in on the fraud Obammy, Oprah, Richie ECT.......

Losing it was the single greatest thing that ever happened to Chicago's future.

8/03/2016 11:44:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama would have given useless Daley... Billions of Federal dollars to waste on Olympics ....Imagine Father Pfaker and the rest in on the looting

8/03/2016 01:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thank God every day!

8/03/2016 01:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Keating rode his Segway through the crowd telling everyone in earshot how "he was going to be head of security ," for the Olympics .
When the first ballot was read off Chicago was eliminated . The "gasp" from the crowd was priceless . Jim Keating grimaced as he realized his 2016 plans were over . O well on to better things , CTA director of security, Navy Pier ( another pension ) , Lyons P.D. When does it end ?

8/03/2016 02:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and this is who the IOC chose.

Rio repeating World Cup mistakes, rushing at last-minute to finish Olympic projects

"Two years ago, on the eve of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, a number of venues like São Paulo's Itaquerão stadium and other facilities weren't completed – causing much consternation among athletes and members of the media who lamented the temporary grandstands, slapped-together media centers and other makeshift workarounds.

"The record was even worse on rail links that had been promised. Monorails, high-speed rails, airport links all had to be scrapped or delayed as the Cup approached. According to the International Railway Journal, of the 45 projects inaugurated, 15 were opened in a not fully completed form before the Cup, 10 opened during the tournament and 32 were expected to be completed after its conclusion. All of which was a massive black eye for the country on the international scene.

"You would think that Rio de Janeiro's Olympic organizers might have taken a few notes."

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/sports/2016/08/03/rio-didnt-learn-from-world-cup-mistakes-rushing-at-last-minute-to-finish/

8/03/2016 02:55:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine somebody planning their Olympic visit?

Hmmmm....let's see, dear. Would you rather visit Rio, swim in the city's shit and dodge mosquitoes? Or go to Chicago, swim in corruption and dodge bullets?

8/03/2016 03:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"These 2016 Games are going to be a train wreck. Rio has crime more out-of-control than we do."

8/03/2016 12:28:00 AM

49 police officers killed there so far this year. Coppers standing in the airport concourse holding banners up for the tourists. "WELCOME TO HELL. YOU WILL NOT BE SAFE IN RIO."

Rio's 'highway of terror': Shooter takes aim at cars on 'Red Line' road that ALL Olympic athletes and fans must travel to get to games in Brazil

* Terrifying violence has spilled out from favelas to Red Line highway in Rio
* The road is the only route from the city's airport to the Olympic village
* Image has emerged of a shooter taking aim at cars passing down road
* He appears to be holding a semi-automatic rifle with a holographic sight
* Highway has been blighted by shootings, car jackings and hostage takings


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3646384/Rio-s-highway-terror-Shooter-takes-aim-cars-Red-Line-road-Olympic-athletes-fans-travel-games-Brazil.html

Photos -- note the motorists crouching behind the concrete lane dividers for cover -- everything in sight is pockmarked with bullet scars. Looks like Syria. One elderly man nearby laid on the floor of his house for three days waiting for a gun battle to end.

He said, "Don't come to Rio."

8/03/2016 04:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shortshanks should be in prison for the sorry shape he left Chicago in.
Instead the fucker is collecting 3 public pensions and took on a six figure job in retirement.... all the while being provided with a few armed butlers and use of a city car..... all on the city's dime.
Absolutely maddening.

8/03/2016 05:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Anonymous Anonymous said...
Jim Keating rode his Segway through the crowd telling everyone in earshot how "he was going to be head of security ," for the Olympics .
When the first ballot was read off Chicago was eliminated . The "gasp" from the crowd was priceless . Jim Keating grimaced as he realized his 2016 plans were over . O well on to better things , CTA director of security, Navy Pier ( another pension ) , Lyons P.D. When does it end ?

8/03/2016 02:17:00 PM

Jim Keating. Now there's a type triple A personality.
He could over micromanage the assembly of a Happy Meal at McDonalds.

8/03/2016 05:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a great day. daley, obama and oprah all got the pimp slap. lol.

8/03/2016 07:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't kid yourselves. Had Shanks been able to scrounge up a few more million in bribes we would have the Olympics here. Rio is a hell hole but they robbed their people to bribe the IOC and they got it. No other reason. Show me the $$$$

8/03/2016 08:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

From someone that was with Daley on that day.... He cried like a baby when they said Chicago was out!

8/03/2016 08:18:00 AM

Was his meltdown on the return flight home bonafide?

Screaming.
Crying.
Throwing shit around the cabin etc., etc. &c.?

Also, the spirits of the air were abuzz with the rumor
that he and some of his staffers blamed the "noisy-assed Coppers"
over at SCC for torpedoing Chicago's bid by calling Bullshit
instead of mindlessly cheerleading that potential fiasco?

Possibly because Daley facilitated the theft of some $60 Million
from the Police Pension Fund to use as bribe money for the IOC?

The IOC obliged and rolled Daley for that money like an old-school
Madison St. Chick-With-A-Dick rolled any number of drunken
North Suburban Bulls fan back in the day...

>Silly white-bread M/Fer hiding under the viaduct with no pants and sporting a big-assed goose egg and a baseball-sized shiner only to nearly get himself killed
jumping in front of a Blue & White<

"OH THANK GOD YOU CAME OFFICERS!"
Police say: "WTF is wrong with you?"

"She was kinda big and hairy for a girl!"
Police: "NYAAAHAHAHAHAHA! You fool!"

Shortshank's Revenge because you Coppers laughed at him?
Wrecking this Police Department.

Rahm is just here to finish what Daley started.

BTW...

Jackie Heard has been QUIET.
Is she in the federal witness protection program?

Or is she hiding from Crime King Shorty's hitters?

A pity Michael Scott couldn't get on the Federal bus first...

The spirits of the air said he had gotten a congratulatory
"Hi, you're under indictment" call.

Aren't indictees usually under surveillance?

>Pfffft!<

"The Police are the problem in Chicago...
Once we fix THEM, everything else will fall in place."

Y'all just keep Policing like you
don't have any friends.

Alright?

F/U Ed.
And Rahm too...


"We don't understand why you Cops are so mean and hostile!"

8/03/2016 09:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I remember watching it and sighing in shocked relief.

I was sure they bribed the Eurotrash properly and we were going to get fucked, yet again.

Then I laughed my ass off!

We dodged it!

They took Daley's loot and sent him packing!

HA! HA! HA!

8/03/2016 06:43:00 AM

That "loot" belonged to the Police Pension Fund...

It was "just a loan" contingent upon the made members
of Daley Inc. being seen sneaking from darkened doorway
to darkened doorway with bulging architect portfolios
of uncut sheets of new issue $100K USD Gold Certificates
in order to pull off the anticipated multi-BILLION dollar
theft/fraud of taxpayer treasure.

"Ehh... We might let youz coppers get a few crumbs..."

Hated the theft of our money
thanks to Davis-Vanecko(Daley) Realty.

Loved that the IOC shit on Daley, Obama and all the rest of them.

8/03/2016 09:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Keating that's a good one ! This man never took a Lieutenant test and was promoted commander of the Mayors detail . Later on Maggie tired of him and he became Commander of the Tru unit . One of the strangest bosses this department has ever seen . One way was his motto . Bridgeport guy but never admitted that clout got him anywhere . He "earned it " just like the sign !!! Wow !! Glad he's retired !

8/03/2016 10:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Jim Keating that's a good one ! This man never took a Lieutenant test and was promoted commander of the Mayors detail . Later on Maggie tired of him and he became Commander of the Tru unit . One of the strangest bosses this department has ever seen . One way was his motto . Bridgeport guy but never admitted that clout got him anywhere . He "earned it " just like the sign !!! Wow !! Glad he's retired !

8/03/2016 10:13:00 PM
Old fatass Harley schinker ran Lyons police department and now jimmy keating the lad who went fishing with Richie's dad the real mayor gets quickly promoted Cpd then navy pier now head of the Lyons police department seems Harley left among police scandal similarities?

Jimmy keating quiz what tactical team was he on that fell to scandal?

8/04/2016 01:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Nearly 50 per cent of Americans think these games should be cancelled. Seventy per cent of the locals feel the same way."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3723906/KATIE-HOPKINS-Drugs-greed-disease-stinks-high-heaven-Olympics-not-just-toxic-waters.html

...as we can see here. Poor people are pi_sed off about the 20 billion dollars squandered on 17 days of whoopee when they have no garbage collection, no sewage treatment, have to haul water home in buckets (nothing like 10 zillion sources of standing water to breed those Zika mosquitoes) and government promises about improving housing have never come to pass.

I think they have a valid point.

Chaos in Rio: Brazilian riot police use tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters - injuring 10-year-old girl - as crowds block path of Olympic torch

* Protesters tried to block Olympic torch as it passed through Rio suburb
* Riot police used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear crowd of protesters
* Three people were injured during violence including a 10-year-old girl


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3722338/Olympics-Torch-alights-Rio-shore-ahead-Games-opening.html

8/04/2016 03:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dealers are shovin Olympic-branded cocaine. "Rio 2016."

https://tinyurl.com/hxlc3ty

One of IOC's lawyers with a suit and briefcase is going to have to head up the favelas and get on them about this copyright violation.

We don't envy him.

8/04/2016 05:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Just grinning said...

I was grateful then and am even more grateful now that Chicago didn't get the 2016 Olympics.

8/04/2016 07:29:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

The dealers are shovin Olympic-branded cocaine. "Rio 2016."

https://tinyurl.com/hxlc3ty

One of IOC's lawyers with a suit and briefcase is going to have to head up the favelas and get on them about this copyright violation.

We don't envy him.

8/04/2016 05:30:00 PM


Why did we think of that famous scene from the
movie "Cooley High?"

>Mistuh White-Guy nervously knocks at "Wanda's"
door only to have it swung open by a big mad
black guy with a rag tied around his head<

"Uhh... I'm looking for Wanda?"
"AIN'T NO WANDA UP IN HEAH HONKY!"

Yeah... Mistuh IOC Lawyer is gonna have
his work cut out for him wandering in
those animated catacombs called favelas
trying to serve some papers.

>Screaming for help like
Sweet Polly Purebred<

Some rough fucking trade, man...
We're right there with you in not
envying that cat at all.

8/04/2016 10:39:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a lot of shit-talk and scolding when some of the butt-hurt
2016 boosters found their way to the blog to wag a disapproving finger
at all the Cops laughing about Chicago getting ousted.

8/04/2016 10:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armed mugger killed in gun drama near Olympics as Russian diplomat drags motorcycle robber into his car and shoots him dead

* Would-be robber on a motorcycle smashed window of Russian diplomat's BMW X6 and pointed a gun at him
* Vice-consul grabbed robber and wrestled him part-way into the car, seized his gun and shot him at point-blank range
* Drama was close to the main Olympics Park and the athletes' village and happened just after cyclists on a training ride passed by
* Reminder of Rio's reputation for deadly violence as spectators begin to arrive for Games
* Officials saw body of dead mugger lying on the ground


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3724476/Armed-mugger-killed-gun-drama-near-Olympics-Russian-diplomat-drags-motorcycle-robber-car-shoots-dead.html

8/05/2016 12:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There was a lot of shit-talk and scolding when some of the butt-hurt
2016 boosters found their way to the blog to wag a disapproving finger
at all the Cops laughing about Chicago getting ousted."

8/04/2016 10:43:00 PM

That wasn't laughter. It was a nervous breakdown -- hysterical tears of relief and gratitude.

Thank you, God. Thankyouthankyouthankyou.

8/05/2016 08:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

His brother pushed him out the door to make room for his partner

8/05/2016 02:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta laugh at the crazies on here who think Chicago's crime number are so big that they beat out Rio.

Chicago had so-and-so murders in July blah blah. How do you feel giving the Olympics to a city with 400 murders a month?

In Chicago you'd be dodging bullets (absolute nonsense) but not in Rio? You gotta laugh.

8/05/2016 07:00:00 PM  

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