Monday, May 25, 2020

Wow. Just Wow

These assholes voted themselves a pay raise? With almost zero dollars coming in, they voted themselves a pay raise? With unemployment in Illinois topping 16% and well on the way to 20%, they voted themselves a pay raise??
  • State Representative Charlie Meier (R-Okawville) was disappointed with the Illinois General Assembly’s action following the emergency session which ended after midnight on May 24th in Springfield. The legislative session ended with lawmakers receiving a pay raise, a budget which spent billions the state doesn’t have and they skipped town without a vote to safely reopen Illinois earlier than Governor Pritzker’s ‘Restore Illinois’ plan.

    “With less revenue for state government and record unemployment, it makes zero sense for the legislature to give themselves a pay raise and spend money the state doesn’t have,” said Rep. Meier. “I voted against the state budget because it makes promises the state can’t afford to keep. With billions in debt and less revenue for the state, now more than ever must our state government tighten its belt and stop digging ourselves deeper into debt.”

    The State of Illinois owes more than $7.4 billion in unpaid bills, with 74,064 invoices waiting to be paid. Illinois’ estimated revenue for Fiscal Year 2021 which begins July 1, 2020, and ends July 1, 2021 is $36.8 billion. Yet, the Democrat-controlled legislature approved a $42.8 billion budget which included borrowing $5 billion. The legislature anticipates Governor Pritzker will sign the budget very soon.
That's not a budget - that's a roadmap to disaster.

Here's how almost everyone voted (click for larger version):


The final tally might have changed as the eleven "not voting" came off the fence.

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No More Specialty Cars?

Specifically, no more 05 cars?
  • SCC,

    In order to have more bodies answering calls and have a greater presence on the streets, to go with the disbanding of Narcotics, 05 cars are now a thing of the past along with "security" cars and stuff. Each beat car will be responsible for the parks on their beats.
All well and good. Many street level problems begin in parks, so this is just CAPS in action.

However, weren't 05 cars Federally Funded? Where is that money going or is the City returning a block grant to the Feds?

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Church Raid?

We haven't been able to verify this via regular means and the website is not among our regular reads, but this seems like an escalation of large proportions.....if true:
  • Courtney Lewis, the pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Chicago, was in the middle of his sermon when he heard loud banging on front doors. It was the police and they were denied entry into the sanctuary. Mayor Lori Lightfoot had dispatched three squad cards and two unmarked cars filled with armed officers. A representative from the mayor’s office was also present.

    [...] Pastor Lewis said the intent was to shut down their Sunday services. It was “like the Soviet-style KGB,” he said. “The only thing she hasn’t done yet is beat the doors down and arrest our members,” the pastor said.

    Pastor Lewis tells the Todd Starnes Radio Show that the men of the church were instructed not to open the doors during the services — per protocol.
Someone on the southside has to have first hand info and/or pictures of the incident, again, if it actually happened as the pastor says. The church is at 1210 E 62nd St.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

CWB Posts What Media is Afraid to

  • A Chicago Police Department commander this week was reminded of a very important rule: Never get on the mayor’s bad side. The consequences for Commander of Narcotics Ronald Kimble have been swift and unmistakable. CPD is famous — or perhaps infamous — for giving “soft landings” to connected leaders who go astray. Assigning the wayward executive to a do-nothing placeholder post is common.

    But Kimble has taken an exceptionally hard landing. He’s been demoted to lieutenant, moved to the midnight shift, and reassigned to the 24th District in Rogers Park — giving him a daily 23-mile cross-city commute from his home on the Far South Side, according to a CPD source.

    [...]

    Kimble’s boss in narcotics, Deputy Chief William Bradley, has also been returned to the rank of lieutenant. He’ll now be reporting to work at a district station on the Northwest Side.
Might be a couple more coming up after the weekend.

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A Casino Bill?

Kind of an awkward time to be passing something that should have been done years ago:
  • The Illinois House on Saturday passed legislation changing the tax structure for a Chicago casino that Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been pushing for the past year.

    The legislation also would extend from two to six years the amount of time casino’s owners would have to make a reconciliation payment, another change Lightfoot has pushed.

    That legislation now heads to the Senate, where its future is uncertain, as lawmakers work into the holiday weekend to attempt to pass a state budget during a special pandemic-driven session.

    There was some bipartisan support in the House for the casino bill Saturday, when the measure cleared with a 77-32 vote. It’s the furthest Lightfoot’s proposed Chicago casino changes have gotten in the General Assembly to date.
This is good, but after destroying the convention and tourist industries, we don't know how they expect this to make a single dime.

Also, we don't know if there is a management company that even wants to operate a casino in Chicago. The taxes and fees would have made it impossible for them to turn a profit for years, decades even, and it killed any sort of interest last time around.

Sun Times coverage here.

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Gee, Another Parolee?

Those offenders that tried to stick up an off-duty sergeant outside of 019 are no strangers to the system:
  • Two men and two juveniles are charged with trying to rob an off-duty Chicago police sergeant just steps from the 19th District police station in Lakeview. One of the accused adults, a long time menace in the Boystown area, is on parole for robbery and for stealing the wallet of a dying man at the Loyola Red Line station.

    [...]

    In January 2018, [multiple convicted felon Derrick Robie] was charged with robbing a man at the Morse Red Line station. Even though Robie was charged with Class X felony armed robbery, Cook County Judge Stephanie Miller released him on his own recognizance with electronic monitoring.

    A few days later, detectives arrested Robie after they determined that he stole a wallet from a man’s pants pocket while the victim lay dying at the Loyola Red Line station earlier in the month. The victim was alone when he fell down the station’s staircase, lost consciousness, and later died, police said at the time. CTA video captured images of Robie and another man rifling through the dying man’s pockets, stealing his wallet, and leaving him without summoning help.
Yet another success story by the Cook county criminal "justice" system. Pat O'Brien, are you cutting campaign commercials for this yet?

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Four and Ten...So Far

Per HeyJackass.com.

They have the count at four and twelve, but two were early birds, happening before the close of business, though thinking about it, there isn't much business actually going on nowadays. But we aren't going to alter the rules in the middle of the weekend.

All day Sunday and Monday to go.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Groot Says What Now?

  • That means Chicago has to move slow to prevent the virus from spreading and more lives being lost, Lightfoot said. She emphasized Thursday she doesn’t care if nearby cities like Evanston or bordering states like Wisconsin are opening up, saying all of Chicago’s reopening decisions would be made using data and science to protect people.

    “When I find myself in the circumstance of calling the survivors of people who have died, I don’t want their deaths to be in vain because we are so fixated on a moment of pleasure that can impact our city for a lifetime,” Lightfoot said. “And, yeah, I will say the same thing that I tell my 12-year-old: I don’t care what other people do. You’re my kid.
Listen close and listen well:
  • You are a flunky hired by the voters on a temporary basis to oversee the day-to-day functions of government - picking up the trash, clearing out the garbage, making sure the streets are swept, trees are trimmed, sewers are draining, snow gets plowed, fires get put out, cops behave. You designate people to run these departments on our behalf - they report to you (the buck stopping at your desk and all that). If you don't do it, we vote for someone else who will. "Consent of the governed" is an important phrase you might want to learn.

    You are not our ruler.

    You are not our master.

    We are not twelve, you are not our mother and we are rapidly tiring of your bullshit.
The CDC, Fauci and the science has now said masks are hardly necessary and shutdowns are deadly, economically and socially. Other states, entire other countries, are opening up and there is no spike or secondary infections of any significance. Do the correct thing and open up the city so everyone can get back to work.

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Readers in 007

Is this true? Regarding the asshole who fired his gun off-duty triggering a Shot Spotter alert, heavy police response and attacked responding officers?
  • A lieutenant and 4 POs were stripped in 007 last night. It turns out the rocket science LT decided to "release without charging" the piece of shit copper that fired off his weapon and battered several of the POs last week.

    He felt 4 white cops on a black OFFENDER was racist on the part of the white coppers. He convinced the 4 POs with no time on the job to not sign a complaint.

    The moron has only been a lieutenant for 2 weeks.
Not good if true. Not good at all.

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Brownie Double Talk

You know what makes a good leader? Not saying one thing and then doing another.

This is what Brownie has been sending to everyone in their e-mail:


And this is what Brownie does at a presser:


He's losing the Department as fast as J-Fledger did.

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Where's the Beef?

  • Point by point, the judge in downstate Clay County on Friday ticked off the many ways he found Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order had devolved into “insanity” and become “completely devoid of anything approaching common sense.”

    Clay County Judge Michael McHaney complained that recently legalized pot shops had been deemed essential over generations-old family businesses. People had been led to believe they could avoid COVID-19 at Walmart but not at church.

    And to top it off, McHaney complained that Pritzker’s family members had traveled between Illinois and Florida and Wisconsin during the coronavirus pandemic, contrary to Pritzker’s own stay-at-home order. The judge said, “when laws do not apply to those who make them, people are not being governed, they are being ruled.”

    “Americans don’t get ruled,” McHaney said.
And after all that righteous bloviating:
  • Despite that fiery speech given in a courtroom 230 miles south of Chicago — pleasing many in the gallery — McHaney declined to undo Pritzker’s stay-at-home order statewide. He instead ruled narrowly, granting a temporary restraining order only to an individual Clay City business and its owner.
Thanks for a whole lot of nothing there Judge.It's looking more and more like the federal courts are going to have to step in.

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Good Question

A reader writes in:
  • Chicago won't be ready May 29. Why not? What has Groot been doing these last 2 months? Why no recovery plan?
Have stores and shops been given guidelines on how to clean/sterilize their work spaces in order to open on time? Can they hire back employees to assist in cleaning larger work spaces? How about tax breaks? The businesses haven't been generating income for nine weeks or more now, meaning a massively negative cash flow. What breaks are employers getting so that they can actually re-open or are they just expected to magically have cash appear the way City Hall seems to find mysterious pots of money all the time?

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Place Your Bets

Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, which means it's time for us to play Over/Under as we do most summer holidays.

Seeing as how we're in uncharted territory, we're going to be a bit more cautious than in years past:
  • 12 dead, 35 wounded
The count will be tallied from 1700 hours Friday 22 May through 2359 hours Monday 25 May.

The only totals accepted are those appearing on HeyJackass.com, updated on Tuesday.

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Groot Steps on Fatass

  • Doug Dunlay was “absolutely thrilled” when Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Wednesday that restaurants could start serving customers on their patios as soon as May 29, the day his current stay-at-home order expires.

    Dunlay, the owner of Smoke Daddy in Wicker Park, said he and his team immediately sprang into action and started mapping out the restaurant’s patio to adhere to the state’s social distancing guidelines. After struggling for months after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, he said the announcement marked “the first time we actually had any hope.”

    So when Mayor Lori Lightfoot told reporters Thursday that she doesn’t think Chicago restaurants will be ready to reopen by next week, Dunlay said he felt as if she “pulled the carpet out from under us.”

    “I think it’s short-sighted and I think it’s a slap in the face or a gut punch,” said Dunlay.

    While Lightfoot said she hopes to have restaurant patios up-and-running by next month, she noted that the process has to be done safely and steps must first be taken to maximize the revenues of restaurants that have been hit hard by the pandemic and will now have to limit capacities.
Our thought - Fatass was facing an internal revolt from downstate lawmakers that would have jeopardized Madigroin's super-majority, so they devised a "compromise" that loosed the leash around the necks of businesses (that continues to strangle tax revenues) just enough to give themselves some cover. The plan remains the same - keep Illinois closed as a political ploy to attempt to effect the national election - but now the Illinois Combine has a fig-leaf as cover.

Groot however, doesn't have Putzker's problems. She has 50 democrats in the Council, at least 33 of which are perfectly willing to vote against the interests of taxpayers and award a multi-convicted felon a few hundred grand for being caught with a gun (again) and in a hot car.

But a new study might completely blow a hole in Fatass's and Groot's totalitarian efforts:
  • We were told that states lifting their lockdowns would bring about untold tragedy, death, overflowing hospitals, and general destruction of civilization, yet according to a new study by JP Morgan, it would appear that the states lifting lockdowns are getting better, not worse.

    CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla posted the bank’s research that shows a fascinating decline in infection rates by states ending their lockdowns.

    “JPMorgan has a devastating piece arguing that infection rates have declined — not increased — in states where lockdowns have ended, “even after allowing for an appropriate measurement lag.”
This isn't unique to the USA. It's worldwide. So what about this science? Because all we're hearing from the politicians is they "follow the science." Science is seldom actually settled - it evolves and changes as more data and experiments refine thinking, and the more data that becomes available, the less deadly this "pandemic" turns out to be. And the engineered destruction of the best economic picture since the Reagan Recovery is exposed to be a democrat political operation to deprive Americans of their most basic Rights.

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Demotions?

From the comments:
  • OT...sources at hq report that [Brownie] was forced to demote Ron Kimbal and Bill Bradley by Groot. [Brownie] WAS NOT happy about doing it. He’s complaining to our sources that Groot is running the show and making personnel decisions without any input from him. He’s saying that he’s regretting his decision to take this job.
We find it hard to believe he didn't know he was being hired as a figurehead / fall guy. It's no secret and every single day here ought to be another clue.

Another rumor gaining traction is Riccio is out and Tirado is up for the new First Deputy.

Interesting times....interesting times.

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What Are You Thinking?

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution begins as follows:
  • Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;
Article VI, Paragraph 2 (The Supremacy Clause) states the following:
  • This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.
In plain language, "It provides that state courts are bound by, and state constitutions subordinate to, the supreme law." There is ample case law regarding this.

Meet Exhibit A in an upcoming Federal Lawsuit (sorry about the double pic - it was sent to us like this):


  • Following through with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s promise to take action against churches that violate social distancing rules, the Chicago Police Department issued $500 fines to three separate houses of worship that held services over the weekend, city officials said.

    Police cited Elim Romanian Pentecostal Church, Philadelphia Romanian Church of God and Metro Praise International for their services.
Willie Wilson is said to be paying all the fines at this point in time - $1,500 for hundreds of thousands in free publicity.

Executive Orders are not laws. Even Putzger knows this as evidenced by his attempt to get more power this week in Springfield (which he withdrew - see post a few below this one) and previous legal briefs written by (can you believe this?) Lisa Madigan.

Ticket issued by Unit 215, Star 70. That's a Captain's star, isn't it? So the Federal Lawsuit is going to read:
  • Defendants: City of Chicago; Mayor Lori Lightfoot; Superintendent David Brown; Captain Whoever; et al
Better start making a mental list of all of your assets Captain - property, salary, vehicles, deferred comp, pension. We recall those days...and not in a good way.

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Surprise Settlement

  • Chicago taxpayers will pay $2.25 million to an unarmed, developmentally disabled man shot by a Chicago Police sergeant in 2017.

    Five months after the Chicago Police Board authorized a six-month suspension for Sgt. Khalil Muhammad, the City Council’s Finance Committee will be asked next week to authorize the settlement for Ricardo Hayes.
The City got off light on that one, as did taxpayers. When you're connected to Calypso Louie and you spend months hiding in Barb West's office after being caught lying in direct contradiction to video tape and only get 180 days suspension, blasting a mentally disabled kid is completely an inbounds-play.

No, we're talking about this one near the bottom of the article:
  • The $2.25 million settlement is one of two on the Finance Committee agenda tied to allegations of police wrongdoing.

    The other one, for $300,000, goes to Pierre Green, who spent four years in prison for possession of a stolen vehicle and felony possession of a firearm after a conviction, he claims, was based on evidence “fabricated” by Chicago Police. In 2013, the charges against Green were dismissed.
Pierre was pulled over when Officers misheard the license plate information given over the air in a flash message. Misheard. A mistake as simple as any other human being makes on a regular basis.

Never mind that the car was actually stolen. And Pierre is a convicted felon, not allowed to be in possession of a gun. The judge said there was no Probable Cause, not even considering the officers were operating in good faith, and Pierre was an armed felon in a hot car.

To their credit the following 16 aldermen voted "No" on the settlement:
  • Dowell, Mitchell, Beale, Lopez, Quinn, Moore, Curtis, Tabares, Reboyras, Cardona, Sposato, Nurgent, Napolitano, Reilly, Gardiner, Sivlverstein.
The other 33 alderassholes voted to give away $300,000 in taxpayer to a multiple convicted felon. No idea who the missing vote was.

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Putzker Folds

  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker's administration has withdrawn the emergency rule it adopted Friday that made it a crime for owners of certain businesses to operate in violation of executive orders he has issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    State public health officials confirmed the change Wednesday at a meeting of the Illinois General Assembly's Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, or JCAR, which consists of six Democrats and six Republican. A vote by eight members of the 12-member committee would have been required to overrule the emergency rule.

    The public health rule change filed Friday made it a class A misdemeanor — punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine — for owners of bars and restaurants to allow indoor consumption, for fitness and health clubs to allow customers on site, or for barbers, cosmetologists and other "non-medical personal care services" to provide on-site services.

    Due to begin at 10:30 a.m., the meeting was delayed by nearly three hours as Democratic lawmakers met behind closed doors. According to Rep. Tom Demmer, the Pritzker administration agreed to repeal the rule in response to "significant opposition" from members of the joint committee.
We weren't the only people encouraging readers to call, write, send telegrams. It was a concerted effort by many many more people than our limited reach. A very good job all around. But we need everyone to pay attention and continue to pay attention, because dictators hate to be thwarted.

This is only a single battle.

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Situational Awareness Lacking

  • Four men are in custody after they tried to rob an off-duty Chicago police sergeant within steps of the 19th District police station in Lakeview early Wednesday. A fifth offender got away.

    The 40-year-old sergeant was on the 900 block of West Addison when five men approached him and demanded his valuables around 2:18 a.m., according to a CPD spokesperson and a source.

    All five offenders fled the scene when the sergeant pulled out a handgun and announced that he is a police officer, according to the department. Cops searched the area and detained four suspects on the 900 block of West Fletcher about 30 minutes later.

    The attempted hold-up unfolded about 100 yards from the front door of the Town Hall District station at 850 West Addison.
Thankfully, Crimesha will release them all on minimal bail that they'll pay with the proceeds from previous robberies and they can continue to turn their lives around.

Quite a bit of restraint on the Sergeant's part though.

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Three Percent

Five-hundred-three is the current number (out of 13,000 if you believe the city numbers):
  • Chicago police announced one more COVID-19 case Wednesday, bringing the number of cases in the department to 530.

    Of the confirmed cases, 503 are officers and 27 are civilian employees, police said. All of the cases have been confirmed by the department’s medical section.
Scary numbers, right?

So how many are recovered? Because we personally know over forty...and they're all back at work.

But that wouldn't stoke the fear in the citizens.

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Profiting Off the Dead

So not only was no one ever found resposible for chopping up a 2-year-old child, now someone is looking to profit from it:
  • A man who was acquitted in the heinous murder of a toddler whose dismembered body was found in the Garfield Park Lagoon is suing the city of Chicago.

    Kamel Harris, 45, filed the lawsuit Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, accusing the city of a malicious prosecution that led to him being behind bars for more than two years while he awaited trial.

    A jury cleared Harris of all charges last year.

    Harris said his ties to the case caused him to lose custody of his daughter and son and that he continues to have a difficult time finding work because of the accusations against him, according to the suit.
For some reason, the article doesn't name the law firm retained, and let's just say we have an awfully difficult time believing this guy is representing himself.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Sure You Are Groot

  • Under pressure to loosen her iron-fisted grip, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she’s working on a plan to reopen the lakefront in a way that protects Chicagoans oblivious to the need to maintain social distance.
Nobody is oblivious Groot. Everyone knows - nobody cares. And "iron-fisted"? Fran must be bucking for a raise from City Hall.
  • “I go back to what led me to close it. We had a lot of education around social gathering, the danger of clustering in too large a group. We talked over and over and over again and people just flat-out ignored the guidance,” the mayor told interviewer David Axelrod during a taping of his CNN podcast, “The Axe Files.”

    “What I want to do is, when we re-open the lakefront — and we will — we do it in a way that’s smart. … Unfortunately ... we have to play to the lowest common denominator: the person who’s just not gonna pay attention. What do we do to make sure we keep that person safe and minimize the risk they’re gonna pose to other people?”
"...lowest common denominator." Whenever we let that one go through in the past, we were endlessly accused of racism (dog whistles to social justice warriors you know), so we've been deleting it regularly for years now. And here's the mayor of all people using this loaded term. We're going to have to revamp our Rules again.

You know why Groot is making noises about opening the lakefront now?
  • Memorial Day Weekend
And we will bet one-thousand toothpicks right now that barbecues, picnics and gatherings are going to run rampant. Guess who else is "planning" to restrict holiday parties?
  • The Cook County Forest Preserves officials announced Monday that they plan to close additional parking lots for the Memorial Day weekend in an effort to curb crowding.

    Dan Ryan Woods and Schiller Woods will join a list of six sites that have already seen their parking lots closed over the weeends due to concerns about social distancing and other public health guidelines. The parking lots at the other six preserves — Busse Woods, Maple Lake, Saganashkee Slough, Catherine Chevalier Woods, LaBagh Woods and Bunker Hill — were already closed Fridays through Sundays in April and will remain closed on Memorial Day itself, a statement from the county agency said.
Any guesses if we are going to see wholesale disobedience to the dictators of Chicago, Cook and Illinois? And what will the police be tasked with doing?

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Who's This Ass?

Clouted people somehow get through CPD's "rigorous" background checks...again:
  • Speaking of 3-year wonders, any word on the copper from 006 who was arrested on Thursday in Englewood for discharging his weapon while in front of his house, causing the shot spotter to go off. I’m hearing he was arrested and charged with failure to identify himself as an officer, Agg discharge, battery to the four officers who were arresting him, and assault for saying he was “going to kick their ass”.

    Hearing Tina Skahill directed the arrest. He must be some connected idiot since I’m hearing he shouldn’t have been on the job to begin with after his background check was flagged, but he still managed to get through. Who was in charge of the unit doing background checks at the time he can on your ask? Well none other than merit LT. Petit and Chief West.
Well golly. Looks like Brownie has his first scandal to handle. Granted, the building blocks were laid long before he arrived, but the guy/gal in the Big Chair is responsible from this point forward. Supposedly, this dumbass is shortlisted on the CFD hiring list, too.

So what's it going to be - more of the same-old same-old?

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Be Prepared

Just a heads up to readers.

We're irritating a lot of people these days with our advocating an adherence to Constitutional law enforcement, disregarding illegal "Executive Orders," pointing out Exempt stupidity (or criminality) and really laying into the Groot about her fascistic tendencies.

At some point it may be that you fire up the browser and the blog is missing without explanation. Facebook, Google, YouTube and other leftist tech-sites are de-platforming those with right-leaning tendencies and especially those advocating disobedience to the All-Knowing State.

If you aren't already reading the "Right Thinking" links on the sidebar, start checking them out (and bookmark them) so you don't feel completely cut off from like-minded individuals. Though we (and you) are deep behind enemy lines here in Shitcago, Chi-raq, Crook County, Hellinois, or whatever you like to call it, remember that one-hundred miles outside Chicago, there are bunches of decent people.

And outside of Illinois, there are millions.

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Contrarian Posts

They've been busy over at the Chicago Contrarian with a couple good posts this week already. The first involves Groot's increasingly unhinged attacks on Constitutional norms:
  • The salutary lesson future Chicago Police officers glean from the visit to the Holocaust Museum could not be clearer:  Beware of politicians who would leverage the power of police to deprive residents of their Constitutional rights, control the population, and fulfill executive fiats.  In essence, individual rights and freedom are noble goals worth defending, do not permit elected lawmakers to erode either our cherished freedoms or our understanding of truth and falsehood and what is right and wrong.
The second is a very specific torching of known ultra-liberal fabulist and serial liar Zorn:
  • It might seem far away and unrelated to Chicago, but the scandal surrounding the actions and motives of the Obama Justice Department against General Michael Flynn might shed more light on Chicago than any bumbling articles that pass for journalism in the city. In particular, this scandal might provide more insight into one of Chicago’s most influential media figures in the last thirty years, Eric Zorn, a columnist whose rise coincided with that of former president Barack Obama.
We like the part tying him to Sparklefarts, but as we've stated, Zorn was a big supporter of some of the most vicious west side gangs that brought misery, death and destruction to some of the best looking neighborhoods in Chicago throughout the Crack Wars of the 1980s.

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Missed This Mixed Message

The supernintendo interviewed on WGN the other day and this tidbit was contained within:
  • Just saw Brown on WGN. He said he wants all his officers to be visible and doesn’t like unmarked cars and officers in civilian dress. What does that mean for tact, gang, and specialized units?

    I watched it, too. However I cannot reconcile his 'trust building and xbox'n with the kids' campaign with surge parades.

    Nothing says trust like sending an armada of cops from other districts to intimidate black neighborhoods cross town, right?
That is a valid point - how do you preach "building trust" and then you send one hundred or more cops with blue lights and sirens into the neighborhood? And now with "summer mobile" and "surge" units on the drawing board, how exactly is that going to create anything but another "occupying army" type of vibe?

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020

E-Mail Addresses

These are the legislators who have the power to stop Fatass's Putsch that would close selected businesses for an additional 150 days, and subject owners, barbers, and hairstylists to criminal charges for violations. Eight of the twelve must vote to stop the rule. The 6 republicans are expected to vote to stop the rule. At least 2 democrats must be persuaded to join them. The best bet are those dems who aren't from Chicago and therefore more susceptible to correct thinking.:
  • jcar@ilga.gov
    bill@billcunningham.com
    office@repkeithwheeler.org
    info@munozforstatesenate.com
    senatorrezin@gmail.com
    senschimpf58@gmail.com
    diane@senweaver.com
    demmer@ilhousegop.org
    RepHalpin@gmail.com
    statesenatorlightford@comcast.net
    repfranhurley@gmail.com
    Reick@ilhousegop.org
    rep32district@gmail.com
Be polite, but firm. These are the committee members voting on Fatass's attempted Putsch on Wednesday morning, so act soon. Sorry we don't have a dem breakdown here, but we were under the gun getting this out.

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Masks Issued, But...

So the Department is finally issuing uniform masks. You have to sign for them and you have to wear them. You don't get a fancy one like Groot has. Here's a picture of the plain masks:


What a lovely....wait a second....what's that small label in the corner?


"No guarantee of protection from infection. Use at your own risk"

Really? The City and Department issue a piece of equipment, require you wear it, then tell you it doesn't protect you and use at your own risk? That would seem contradictory at best, especially in light of Inspector Harris writing up ten and twenty face mask violations every single day on officers working alone in their cars.

Only one, so....wash it every day? We don't see and "Cleaning and Care" instructions near that label. And where's the "Made in the USA" label anyway? Or is this some cheap Chinese knockoff that Putzger imported in the dead of night again like those KN-95 masks?

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What Were Those Weekend Totals?

Six dead. Thirty-five wounded.

And Sunday should have been considered a rainout seeing as how Chicago went sixteen hours without a single shooting during the record breaking downpours.

One-hundred-ninety-four and almost two weeks to go in May.

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Weed Murder?

Remember when they told us weed would make everyone less violent?
  • A 60-year-old man allegedly shot and killed a man because the victim didn’t pay for the marijuana he gave him outside a Back of the Yards gas station.

    Terry Johnson offered to sell marijuana to Nathaniel Walker when he noticed Walker walking out of the Citgo station with blunts around 9 p.m. Friday, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney James Murphy said.

    Walker took the marijuana but did not pay Johnson and started driving away with a friend, Murphy said Monday at Johnson’s bond hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

    Johnson, who was on foot, grabbed 31-year-old Walker’s car and shot Walker through an open window, striking him behind the ear, in the 5100 block of South Halsted Street, Murphy said.
Technically, it's a theft we suppose, but you'd think weed people would be calmer, mellower and more willing to write if off as bad karma.

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30,000 Jobs?

  • One Summer Chicago brings together government institutions, community-based organizations and companies to offer over 30,000 employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24.
Hopefully, this is just a clearinghouse for jobs and not offers of summer employment by a city so broke, that it is passing a temporary $100 million budget with the promise of a bigger bond issue at a later date (current bond rating - Ninth Circle of Hell and digging a Tenth).

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Monday, May 18, 2020

What Fatass Wants

  • It appears the Governor is realizing his Executive Orders are not laws and they violate people’s Constitutional rights. What is the norm in Illinois when elected officials get exposed for violating the law? Change the law. In this case, change the rules and make criminals out of the very people that are the economic engine in this state.

    Not only do these new suggested rules invoke criminal penalties, but they also are to last 150 days and are being pushed through in an Emergency provision for such rule changes, meaning the public has little say about it. Let that sink in. Under these proposed rules it appears the Governor intends to continue with his oppressive overreach and lock this state down into the middle of October.

    If approved, the Illinois Department of Public Health would be enacting an Emergency Rule establishing criminal penalties for violating what appears to be Governor Pritzker’s Executive Orders. This action points to his desperation and an admission his EOs had no enforcement power outside of those given in the law, which were limited to the Illinois Emergency Managment Agency. According to the Emergency Rule, violating IDPH rules will constitute a Class A Misdemeanor, which includes a fine and/or imprisonment. County State’s Attorneys will be charged with bringing the charges – but it is already well-established, a State’s Attorney has prosecutorial discretion when it comes to charging someone with a crime.
That last quoted line - you can bet actual dollars (and win) that Crimesha will be selectively applying any charges the same way she selectively only charges certain people for crimes already if she gets that power.

Go read it all. And if you haven't done it already, start figuring out who your state reps and senators are, because you're going to have to be heard this week.

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Any Suburban Cops Reading?

Are any of you able to verify this?
  • Mayor GROOT is keeping all GYMS/Workout Facilities shutdown until a Vaccine is not only developed but proven to be effective.She stated that will occur when the City enters Level 5 of her Restore Chicago Plan.

    I have a family friend on the Niles Town Board who related that GROOT has been in contact with bordering suburban Mayors in an effort to get their towns non essential businesses to remain closed until Chicago opens.This Bitch is something else.Can you imagine taking a phone call from her to keep your town shutdown until she gives you the O.K. to open?
Groot would look quite foolish if everyone else was open and she's sitting on city businesses, completely obliterating them from ever contributing another tax dollar to her worthless budgets.

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This is Amusing

Once again, the most creative fans in the world have a suggestion for Brownie:
  • C.L.O.W.N.
    Communerty Liberation Officers in Wasted Neighborhoods
    Need a house built? Send in the CLOWN!
    Diaper change? Send in a CLOWN!
    Baby Mama needs a night on the town? Send in a CLOWN. 
 There's also a suggestion for a new Putzger nickname:
  • Commodius Maximus
Use as you see fit.

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Street Parties are OK Now?

Anyone know why the usual Saturday street party at Lake and Homan - with attendees numbering well north of 500 - had both lanes of traffic blocked along with the parking lane? And they weren't shut down, nor subject to threats of tickets and tow trucks?

We have it on good authority that social distancing norms were not being observed and face masks were few and far between. It's almost like Groot and Brownie are picking on the people who generally obey laws and resist unconstitutional executive orders.

Anyone know why the gutless media weren't there conducting interviews and taking pictures?

Free tip for the media - they'll be out there next Saturday, guaranteed.

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Big Rumor for Friday

The complete closure of OCD on tap for Friday.

Hundreds of cops being sent back to Districts - at least the ones not sent to the new citywide unit.

Seniority numbers across the board destroyed - we suppose that's one way to ensure plenty of "volunteers" for Brownie's new "community policing unit" for building houses, delivering for UberEats and changing bed pans.

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Sunday, May 17, 2020

Live, Happening Now

Take a look at this up north, happening now:


From our friend on the scene:
  • Chicago Police are currently blocking the entrance to the PRIVATE bank parking lot across the street from Elim Pentecostal Church, to prohibit members from parking their cars there for the 7 pm service. The Church has had a contractual right to use this parking lot for the last 18 years. The Police confirmed that Mayor HeavyHand has ordered them to do this, after her street parking ban backfired against her this morning.

    The Police are now trespassing on private property and interfering with private contractual rights, not to mention grossly violating the Constitution. They are making our legal case better by the minute.
Somewhere, the Founding Fathers weep and Stalin smiles.

Enjoy your federal lawsuits.

UPDATE: Someone smarted than us e-mailed the following:
  • You realize the bank lot is Private Property and the police are being utilized to prohibit access (interfere) to an area that is the subject of a legal Contract between two individual entities (the bank and the church)? Most of the church people don't live in the neighborhood, so they aren't the ones street parking here or at that Romanian church. They are using bank lots and other places that are closed on Sundays. Legal Affairs dropped the ball big time on this one and a number of big name law firms are eager to take up these cases.
Again, the governor's executive orders and the mayor's proclamations do not carry the weight of law. That's why Fatass is headed to Springfield this week to attempt to get his EO's authorized as Laws with criminal penalties.

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What the Actual Fuck?

We are breaking a long standing rule here to post in the middle of the day.

This was the scene in front of the Philadelphia Romanian Church this morning:


City tow trucks arrived and yanked the vehicles of every single resident, including numerous elderly people and a more than a few nurses coming in from the night shifts and impounded them for violation of the signs that got posted Saturday with under twenty-four hours notice. The City also "closed" the private lot that the church used for parishioners in some half-assed attempt to force church-goers to park on the streets, streets listed as temporary tow zones to snatch their cars, too.

We don't know what the current parking situation is in Ravenswood (we think it's Ravenswood), but last time we set foot in that area, Permit Parking was rampant along with a heavy concentration of three flats, meaning parking would be a problem, even if it wasn't a Sunday. So all the residents WHO HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CHURCH are on the hook for tickets and towing and damages to their cars - because we all know exactly how gently City tow drovers are with someone else's property.

This should be a wake-up call to all the residents who habitually vote for the Machine and "progressives." It should also be a clarion call to the churches across the city as to how far the left will go to crush the faithful of all denominations. You are only useful to them as far as you obey orders and do what you're told. If you don't speak up now, expect the same to happen to you in short order.

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Four and Twenty Already

NBC had early numbers of three and twelve, but you know that couldn't last:
  • Chicago police say three people are dead and at least 12 others have been injured in shootings across the city in a violent start to the weekend. 
Saturday evening, HeyJackass.com had the tally at four and twenty with part of Saturday night and all of Sunday to go. Thirty homicides already in May and barely halfway through the month.

We were going to ask HeyJackass.com to keep a running total of BB and AB (Before Brown and After Brown) starting when Brownie made that ridiculous statement about 300 murders.

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Badges?

These carry exactly zero weight in terms of authority:
  • The lovely MAYOR has issued little badges to very goofy type people doing the census!

    Caught one going backward down a 1 way street at high rate of speed in a M plate van.
    he quickly stated i GOTZ a badge too the mayor gave it to me.

    So double check these goofs he did have an IR number to boot.
Census takers aren't immune from Traffic Law by any stretch of the imagination. Neither are we except in emergency situations.

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Sideways Anger

Groot is determined to ban churches from holding services, by hook or by crook. We're going to use most of the article seeing as how the statement by Rev. Cimpean is instructive to say the least:
  • CHICAGO (CBS) — People heading to Philadelphia Romanian Church in Ravenswood on Sunday might have a hard time finding a parking spot.

    Ald. Matt Martin (47th) said no-parking signs have been put up for several surrounding blocks near the church at 1713 W. Sunnyside Ave. The signs have been mounted on Sunnyside Avenue between Greenview and Ravenswood avenues, and Paulina Street between Lawrence and Berteau avenues, Martin’s office said.

    The parking ban is in effect from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, according to Martin’s office.

    Martin said the signs were put up at the direction of the Mayor’s office, in response to plans by the church to hold one or more religious services – in violation of the stay-at-home order for the coronavirus pandemic.

    The church’s pastor, the Rev. Florin T. Cimpean, took aim at Mayor Lori Lightfoot in response to the parking ban.

    “The police called me to inform us that they were asked by the mayor to put up the signs. It is completely ridiculous,” Cimpean said in the statement. “The mayor is inciting hate against the church which is very sad. A lot of our members risked their lives to escape Communism, only to find it germinating in 2020 under mayor Lightfoot in Chicago.”

    Cimpean continued: “We prayed for the mayor and the governor almost every evening since March 19. We will continue to pray for them. Yet, we are also aware of our constitutional rights. Their effort to intimidate us will make us stronger.”
We spoke with a couple of cops working over that direction, and there isn't a single notice of any special event taking place in that neighborhood. This is purely a political move by Groot in regard to a church daring to defy the government, and these parishioners specifically fled a government that restricted how, where and when they could worship. This is the cruelest of ironies and we certainly hope that any Chicago Police Officer or supervisor called to the scene takes a stand with the citizens.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Not Just Florida

Fatass has now added Wisconsin to the list of places his family has been staying in violation of the "quarantine" and "no-travel" orders he has given:
  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker for the first time Friday acknowledged his wife and daughter were in Florida before Illinois’ statewide stay-at-home order took effect in March and just recently returned to Chicago. 
But don't worry! It's all because of "safety:"
  • He said he was being “very private and very reserved” about his family “because there are threats to my safety and to their safety.

    “You have seen that there are people that stand outside the Thompson Center and stand outside the Capitol in Springfield, holding, I mean, hateful signs that reference me personally and that suggest, if not say, but suggest the potential for violence,” he said.
He is, of course, referring to the National Socialist German Workers' Party symbols carried by some protestors. What he doesn't say (and the media fails to mention), is that the symbols were referring to Fatass's actions - you know, restricting Civil Rights, shutting down businesses, closing churches .... like the National Socialist German Workers' Party used to do when they ran Germany.

Now, there will be those who claim by failing to criticize the protestors, we somehow support the outlandish straw man put forward by Fatass and the compliant media. We don't. In fact, you can put us squarely on the side of Jake Blues when we happen to run across actual Illinois nazis. These weren't them. These were people making a point....clumsily, but a point nonetheless.

When the party in power starts restricting your ability to make a living, worship freely, associate, protest, and expect you to follow their proclamations while completely ignoring those same rules for themselves, then we're going to have a problem.

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This Again?

  • Weeks into his new post as the city’s top cop, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown said he is considering starting a citywide unit devoted to stopping flare-ups in violence and other crime, a controversial idea that has come and gone in the department in recent years.

    It would be the first time CPD has used such a roving team on a permanent basis since 2011, when two predecessors were disbanded amid concerns about their aggressive style and after a previous unit was rocked by a corruption scandal.

    In an interview with the Tribune at his fifth-floor office at police headquarters this week, Brown floated the idea, describing it as a “significant community policing-oriented unit,” that would be community friendly, a vision drastically different from other versions over the last two decades in Chicago.
"community friendly"?
  • If such a unit were to form, Brown spoke of possibly replicating a program used in the Dallas police academy, which he oversaw as that city’s police chief from 2010 to 2016, that required officers to perform community service.

    “They could work on a Habitat for Humanity home. They could deliver meals one day a week to the seniors in the city. They could do some work with young people in the schools,” Brown said. “And what I like about a community service day once a week for groups like this, it keeps that group sensitive to the needs of the community, rather than every day, all day, every day, they come to work, that’s all they do is enforcement.”
Man, he is going to be getting the "volunteers" lining up around the block for this unit.

Here's the deal Dave. You have a unit for all of this. Last we heard, it's run by a Deputy Chief or some other such politically connected ass-kisser. It's called CAPS and it is about the most useless of positions you could find. But with the right guy in charge, it might be changed it into something worth having around instead of a useless money pit.

As for your city-wide response unit, even the Tribune admits that after disbanding SOS in 2006 and TRU/MSF in 2011, homicides totals shot up by tens of dozens, even hundreds. Having a group of 250-to-300 officers (unconstrained by the Contract protections of District beat officers) that can tamp down hot spots and respond quickly to emerging conflicts is a "must have" item on any supernintentdo's deployment menu. The trouble with these types of units has always been training (next to none) and supervision (see LA Rampart scandal).

You're listening to the wrong people already Dave. You don't know any better yet, but you can learn. And if you continue to listen to them, it's on you.

UPDATE: Someone reminded us - the Sooper Dooper CAPS Program (DCO) is currently underway across the west side. How about deciding which is the better use of manpower, assets and money, then kill the other one and send the officers back to patrol.

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Still Giving Away Money

Groot with another bad idea, the latest in a string of bad ideas:
  • Is Mayor Lori Lightfoot planning to close streets and sidewalks so restaurants can safely reopen for diners and residents can have a place to run, walk and play? Sure sounds like it.

    “People are itching to get outside. Businesses are looking at creative ways to serve customers. The key is how we do it,” the mayor tweeted Friday.

    “Stay tuned for some changes to our streets and sidewalks. Transportation is more than just cars. We’ll show how Chicago can be safer and easier to get around.”
Seems like a semi-good idea. Much too reliant on the weather in Chicago, which is iffy every day of the summer anyway, but has anyone in the administration (or the Restaurant Association) thought about what types of streets surround most restaurants?
  • Permit parking and.....
This is the important part:
  • metered parking
Who owns the meters? It isn't Chicago.

And who has a Contract with the city for the next ninety years that says every time the City takes a meter out of service, they get paid the full portion of the revenue that the meter would have generated had the meter been open? That means the City is paying the Chicago Parking Meter LLC full price so restaurants can serve maybe 33% (tops) of their clientele?

How is this difficult to understand? Are there any adults working at City Hall? And do they know any accountants?

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Quick "Pandemic" Hits

We haven't run one of these posts in a long time. Why not now?

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Did you know it's been almost eight weeks since the infamous block parties in Noble Square and Austin that everyone claimed was going to be the end of humanity? And nine weeks since the St. Patrick's Day debacle that infuriated Groot and Fatass so badly they closed beaches, bars and restaurants.

Has anyone been keeping track of the spike in cases / deaths that was supposed to arise from the parties?

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Anyone see a "murder hornet" lately? Or was that another "media scare"?

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Does anyone know what Groot has planned for the summer Block Party season? There's no way that these can be held under current restrictions and no way for the Aldercreatures to legally issue permits for them. Is there a plan in place for when people (or folks) start blocking off streets and having their own parties? Are we arresting everyone? Tear gas?

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(from the comments) Where are the Occupy Wall Street assholes now that the government is killing off all sorts of small local businesses and enriching massive corporations? This is right in your wheelhouse dorks - and you don't have jobs to go to anyway.

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Someone was saying that us questioning Fatass's choice to run the Illinois Department of Health was "out of bounds" because we aren't doctors. It was just a few years ago that questioning our leaders was said to be the highest form of patriotism, and suddenly, it's out of vogue? Guess who has a non-elected "doctor" making political decisions regarding shutdowns? Read about LA County and their non-medical-doctor ruining hundreds of thousands of lives. This is exactly why we raise questions.

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Actual Statisitics

Our stat guy has been putting in some extra time with the "pandemic" numbers:

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From the CDC's own website as of 5/13/20. See attached. Granted the data they post is often several days behind in actual data, they admit this is the case. But lets use the numbers they have in any case.
  • So out of 1,364,061 cases reported, here's what we know.
  • Of anyone aged 35-44 only 973 died. That's a 0.07% death rate.
  • Anyone aged 45-54 2,772 died or a 0.2% death rate. That's 2 tenths of one percent.
  • Anyone aged 55-64 there was 6,725 that died. That's still only a 0.49% death rate. That's less than 1/2 of one percent.
  • What's NOT included in this data is how many of those who died already had serious other health issues, but we have to assume it's a lot.
  • Also this is ASSUMING the 1,364,061 is accurate. We have to believe that number is WAY under reported. All experts say most people are asymptomatic and are never even tested.
  • So for the sake of argument, lets say about 2.5 times that amount in the US is more accurate, like 3,250,000 are infected (it's probably even much higher than that).
  • If that's true, than the rates of death are even much smaller. (Pick the 55-62 age group, then that's only 0.2% death rate.)
Bottom line: Yes be careful, but lets stop running at full speed off a cliff like a bunch of lemmings and openly destroying our economy. We are going to have a full blown depression because of idiot governors and mayors in charge like Pritizker, Lightfoot, et al.

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Open up Illinois you idiots.

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Cracks Appear in Illinois

Elected sheriffs are starting to refuse to enforce Fatass's Executive Orders, seeing as how they aren't actual laws passed by a legislative body:
  • Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain issued a news release this morning (Thursday, May 14, 2020) stating his position that the Sheriff’s Office will not take enforcement action against any person or entity that violates Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order and other executive orders.

    Hain said members of the community are becoming “anxious to return to some normalcy,” and the Sheriff’s Office has received numerous inquiries about how it will respond to apparent violations of the governor’s executive orders.

    “It is clear that deputies do not have immunity if they attempt to enforce the orders, and there is no legislated law that applies to the violation of the orders,” Hain said. “Therefore, sheriff’s deputies will not be taking enforcement action against any one person or entity for order violations, without the issuance of a judicial order.

    Hain said U.S. Attorney General William Barr made a clear statement that the Constitution is not suspended in a state of emergency.
  • Opposition to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker's coronavirus shutdown has intensified across parts of the suburbs and beyond, as elected officials try to sever their fates from that of Chicago and Cook County.

    Officials in some towns and counties have asked to be considered separately from the big city, arguing that they have many fewer cases and deaths from COVID-19, and deserve to reopen businesses and gatherings sooner.

    Grundy County Sheriff Ken Briley went a step further, saying he was refusing to enforce the governor's executive order. He said he had neither the authority nor the desire to cite or arrest people for holding weddings or graduation parties.

    "Ladies and gentlemen, we are not Cook County," Briley wrote on the sheriff's Facebook page. "We are a rural community who believes in freedom, the rule of law, and (we) support the Constitution."
You might think that this is a big deal...and it is. But guess who isn't covering this?

If you click on the links we provided, you'll notice that these are not mainstream media stories. These are small town papers covering willful disobedience to an out-of-control executive branch and unconstrained by the legislature or the courts. The big name media won't touch this at all because they're in the pocket of the Illinois combine.

Someone posted a comment that this is solely the reason that Madigan is about to have Putzker call the legislature back into session. Not a single bill having to do with the COVID "pandemic" will be permitted to get near the floor for votes however. This session is simply to give away power to Putzker so that his one-man-rule has a veneer of legitimacy, granted by the current super-majorities in Springfield.

We salute these Sheriffs as true patriotic Americans and hope more follow their examples.

UPDATE: California, too, with a good zinger:
  • Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims said Tuesday that she would not be able to enforce Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders because she was too busy re-arresting accused criminals set free under the state’s new “zero-dollar bail” policy.
Sounds like what's happening now across Illinois.

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Hey Brownie?

You're failing.....badly.
  • Five people were shot, one fatally, Monday in Chicago including a 26-year-old man who was killed in Bridgeport on the Southwest Side.

  • Twelve people were shot, two of them fatally, Tuesday in Chicago.

  • Fifteen people were shot, one fatally, Wednesday in Chicago including a 22-year-old man who was killed in a shooting in Gresham on the South Side.
So that's four dead and twenty-nine wounded in three days.

So Brown isn't just failing badly, he's failing embarrassingly badly. Groot is reduced to answering canned questions about a shooting in Georgia rather than addressing why her hand-picked choice for Supernintendo is overseeing a city that's going to come close to fifty shot this week (soon to be eighty of ninety as the weather warms).

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Groot, What Are You Thinking?

Wait, let us guess, this was Brown's decision, right? Thereby insulating Groot from criticism?
  • Here is something that needs mentioning.................

    We got word that Escamilla is coming to us in counter-terrorism. That's right...........the same guy who has a Rule 14 violation. The same guy who was recommended for firing. The same guy who was led out of a police station in handcuffs. The same guy who tried passing off some bullshit police officer baby-sitting service for his offspring.

    This tool should be in prison.....not in counter-terrorism. What gives HQ? Mayor....are you reading this????????
So is he going to hide AK-47's in his locker now to plant on innocent muslims?

We're hoping this is just a bad bit of info.

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COVID Parolee Arrested Again?

How can this be? Didn't Fatass make them pinky-swear they wouldn't commit more crimes?
  • GRUNDY COUNTY, Ill. (WTVO) — A man who is accused of hijacking a vehicle with a gun after a car crash was one of more than 4,000 Illinois inmates released from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Illinois State Police say Waynae Massey, 22, of Chicago, crashed his car in Grundy County on May 4th, and then hijacked a vehicle at gunpoint on I-55. Police located the vehicle on Arsenal Road and attempted to stop it, but Massey fled, crashed near Wilmington, and ran on foot. Police were able to catch him at the Harborside Marina.

    Massey was charged with Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, Vehicular Hijacking, and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon. He was taken to the Grundy County Jail.
There must be some mistake. We certainly hope that the media runs some sort of correction when the truth is finally discovered.

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NYC Health Commissioner

  • New York City’s health commissioner blew off an urgent NYPD request for 500,000 surgical masks as the coronavirus crisis mounted — telling a high-ranking police official that “I don’t give two rats’ a--es about your cops,” The Post has learned.

    Dr. Oxiris Barbot made the heartless remark during a brief phone conversation in late March with NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan, sources familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

    Monahan asked Barbot for 500,000 masks but she said she could only provide 50,000, the sources said.

    “I don’t give two rats’ a--es about your cops,” Barbot said, according to sources. “I need them for others.”
Remember, this was right when the "pandemic" was beginning and the cops on the front lines of the government response were being denied the necessary equipment to actually function in the unknown environment. There were hundreds of thousands of masks in a New York City government warehouse in New Jersey, but this "doctor" unilaterally decided (with del Blasio's blessing it appears) to deny cops even minimal protections.

This was kept under wraps for months for political reasons, so we can only assume it's in the news for other political reasons, but to keep someone like this in your administration - the mind boggles.

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Get Ready for More of This

  • Like so many families in Chicago and beyond, Dick Cagney has made countless memories over the years at White Pines Resort, a rustic retreat nestled in a state park roughly 100 miles west of the city.

    The Wilmette resident started going to White Pines some 35 years ago, when his oldest son was just 7. Visits with all four of his kids became an almost annual ritual. They’d stay in a log cabin and tell stories around the campfire. After a long day’s hike, they’d dine on chicken pot pie and peach cobbler in the lodge’s restaurant.

    “Sometimes we’d sit on the hood of the car and just look up at the stars,” Cagney recalled.

    He was thinking about making another visit to the Mount Morris property later this year, this time with his grandchildren in tow. But on Wednesday, Cagney heard the news that came like a gut punch to so many of White Pines’ loyal guests: The resort’s longtime owner, Beth George, said she has no choice but to close and file for bankruptcy because of the prolonged shutdowns tied to the pandemic.
We are going to see a lot more family run, old time business endeavors go under in the months ahead.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hmmmm

Anyone seen a count of dead homeless people stacking up in the morgue? Or in trailers by the morgue? Remember, these are people with little access to health care and sanitation facilities.

And what's the current death count at retirement homes? Thousands? Tens of thousands in New York (where Cuomo forbade facilities from banning returning residents who had tested positive.)

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Sun Times Lies

Fran and Frank have company to see who can bury their noses the farthest up Groot's ass. Meet Ben Pope and Sam Charles. They wrote this the other day:
  • The FOP board voted in December to turn to an arbitrator to help settle the contract negotiations, but Catanzara said he wants to table arbitration for the remainder of the pandemic. He said he’s willing to compromise on the issue of CPD disciplinary procedures, a sticking point for Lightfoot, to initiate more productive negotiations.
This has triggered the usual outrage in various social media circles, claiming Catanzara is a sellout and the Contract is doomed.

The trouble is this is a lie. What Catanzara actually said:
  • I didn't say I would compromise any discipline. I said I would listen to everything the city wanted to get the ball rolling because I know discipline is the starting point for all of it.
There's nothing wrong with listening to everything the City offers.....and then telling them to stuff it up their asses. In fact, we will be one of the first voices (and among the loudest) should the President of the FOP even consider negotiating/surrendering a single disciplinary Contract protection to Groot and the City. It's a non-starter and would lead to an immediate attempt to decertify the FOP as the bargaining agent.

Beware of any media reports as to what Catanzara is "reported" to have said, especially by the dishonest lying media. A bit of of advice to the news guys at the Hall (take it or leave it) - should you give any sort of interview to the media:
  • make sure you are reading from prepared remarks
  • provide a copy to the "reporters"
  • have witnesses
  • get a pocket recorder
This will provide irrefutable backup when the Slum Times pulls another stunt like this one.

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So Predictable

  • Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday likened reopening Chicago to “slowly turning on a dimmer — not flipping a light switch” — and said the leap to the city’s Phase 3 plan will not allow her to reopen the lakefront.

    Last week, Lightfoot said people have been sending her “really interesting suggestions” about ways to reopen the lakefront — by doing it in phases and having “segmented hours for particular activities.” The mayor said she would consider those ideas whenever the city meets the rigid standards she has established to graduate to the so-called “Cautiously Reopen” Phase 3 of her five-step plan to slowly reopen the city.

    But during a virtual speech to the Economic Club of Chicago, Lightfoot delivered a heavy dose of bad news to Chicagoans with spring and cabin fever: “Unfortunately at this point, we will not be ready to reopen our lakefront” because a “resurgence in cases is more than a risk. It is a very real possibility we need to be prepared for.”
So when a few hundred Red Line Raiders head to downtown beaches because it's just too damn hot inside, we can expect mass arrests, even with the police outnumbered fifty-to-one?

How about the interior beaches at Humboldt, Douglass, Washington and Columbus Parks? Warm night, hundreds of people out seeking relief from the heat (that supposedly kills coronavirus). Is Groot and the alderassholes going to be out there clearing the parks? Because all the manpower is going to be at the lakefront.

It's obvious that Groot is taking direction from the coastal elites and not doing what is best for Chicagoans.

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More Hogs Getting Fat

You (and we) can't get a drink, a tan or a haircut, but guess who's getting "stimulus" money?
  • Navy Pier Inc., the clout-heavy not-for-profit whose president is paid more than $540,000 a year, has received a nearly $2.5 million coronavirus stimulus loan from the federal government toward salaries and other expenses.

    Facing what it says are losses of $10 million, Navy Pier Inc. says the loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Payroll Protection Program will cover expenses and the salaries of 147 employees, some who have been “sidelined” since the pier was shut down in March by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The federal loan will be used to cover all salaries, including that of Marilyn Kelly Gardner, the Navy Pier Inc. president and chief executive officer whose salary, bonus and other compensation totaled $541,051 in 2018, according to records filed with the Internal Revenue Service.

    The company’s board of directors, which includes former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s daughter, spends more than $3 million a year on pay for Gardner and seven other top employees. That includes $419,204 for chief operating officer Brian Murphy, a former Chicago cop who was Daley’s deputy chief of staff, and $258,816 for vice president of operations Michael Degnan, the son of longtime Daley political adviser Timothy Degnan.
Home Depot is running short of tar, but Bed, Bath and Beyond has plenty of feather pillows available.

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What a Hypocrite (Again)

  • Some communities around the state have made it known they plan to open for business soon, despite a stay-at-home order and the governor's reopening plan.

    Restaurants and bars have opened in Quincy. Police there say they will only issue warnings and let the state handle any further enforcement.

    During his daily news conference on Tuesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said he would consider withholding federal funding to communities that won’t follow his plan.
So Fatass is going to use funding as a weapon to enforce his will?

But who was crying the loudest when the Federal government attempted to hold funding as a club over "sanctuary" states? And didn't they sue the Administration in court?

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The Rule of Law Prevails

  • Conservative justices on the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ [months long] stay-at-home order in a ruling released Wednesday.

    The 4-3 decision marked the first time a state’s highest court has overturned a stay-at-home order amid the coronavirus pandemic and sided with Republican leaders who argued the governor’s administration had overstepped its legal authority.

    The court rejected the legislature’s request for a six-day stay to allow the GOP lawmakers and the governor to work out new rules. The court’s majority noted two weeks had passed since the court had taken up the case and it trusted the two parties “have been working in good faith to establish a lawful rule that addresses COVID-19 and its devastating effects on Wisconsin.”

    As of Wednesday night, neither the governor nor legislative leaders had offered an order or rules to serve as a replacement. That leaves Wisconsin as the only state in the nation without a single protective measure in place to combat the coronavirus, Evers’ office said.
The legislature isn't doing their job and the executive branch is operating as an unchecked branch of government with zero oversight. Sounds like Illinois and twenty other lawless states.

Legislatures should be in session during this "crisis," creating law and checking governors' "executive orders." Madigan is finally allowing the Illinois legislature back into session later this month, meaning that Illinois should be able to handle an election this November....right?

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Layoffs and Closings

  • Hyatt Hotels Corp. will begin laying off some 1,300 of its corporate employees around the world next month, including about 350 people in Chicago. The cuts represent roughly a third of the staff at its Chicago headquarters, a Hyatt spokesperson said Tuesday.

    The wave of pink slips is another result of the pandemic that’s ground travel to a halt, decimated demand for hotel rooms and rocketed the U.S. unemployment rate to a Depression-era level of 14.7%.

    Hyatt had looked to save money by making cuts to executive salaries and reducing other corporate employees’ pay and work schedules, but the hotel chain said these moves haven’t been enough to see the company through this “unprecedented challenge.”
Laying off 1,300 employees because there isn't any business coming to the industry.

And look at this:
  • Steak ‘n Shake, which got its start in Normal in 1934, is closing 57 of its restaurants — about 10 percent of the total.

    The company is blaming fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the closure of all of the restaurant dining rooms, according to the company’s first-quarter report to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Potbelly, the Chicago-based chain of sandwich shops, said Tuesday it is considering whether to close 100 locations, or about 23% of its total, as it scrambles to cut costs because of the pandemic.

    CEO Alan Johnson discussed the potential closings in his report of the company’s first-quarter earnings. Potbelly said it saw a dramatic downturn in its results once the coronavirus, which has forced closure of restaurant dining rooms, spread widely in the U.S. during March.
These situations aren't unique these days and there are thousands of employees who are now out of work. But it seems odd that Pritzker Hyatt Hotels can cut 1,300 employees because no money is coming in. Illinois (and Cook County and Chicago) also have no money coming in, and teachers sit home, assorted State employees aren't at work, courts are closed....and no one has missed a paycheck on the government end of things. Government doesn't have any money coming in either....and all these businesses closing means that much less ever coming in.

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Qualifications?

Are we allowed to ask questions of our supposed betters? Because we have some questions about Putzker's choice to lead the Illinois Department of Public Health - the organization "guiding" Jabba into economic suicide:
  • Gov. J.B. Pritzker has named a longtime Cook County Health doctor as director of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

    Internist and pediatrician Dr. Ngozi Ezike will lead the department that works to protect the health and wellness of Illinoisans through disease and injury prevention, the governor’s office said in a statement today.

    Having spent more than 15 years at Cook County Health, Ezike currently serves as medical director at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, which provides secure temporary housing for youth awaiting adjudication. She previously served as medical director at Austin Health Center, delivered inpatient care at Stroger Hospital, and has provided primary and preventive care in community and school-based clinics, according to the statement.

    As a community-based physician, Ezike "took special interest in obesity, diabetes and breastfeeding—three public health issues she will be able to advocate for on a larger scale in her new role as the director of the Illinois Department of Public Health," Cook County Health CEO Dr. John Jay Shannon said in a statement.
An internist and pediatrician. Nothing about a background (or experience) in epidemiology and certainly nothing about a minor in Public Administration. In fact, her resume sounds extremely heavy on the political spectrum and awfully light on the practical application. That might be four-plus decades of cynicism as to local politics, but we're allowed to ask questions last time we checked, especially of someone who wasn't elected to make these sorts of decisions.

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Close the Beaches!

  • Los Angeles County’s stay-at-home restrictions will likely last for three more months to combat the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, county public health Director Barbara Ferrer said at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting.

    “Based on all of the data that we’re looking at … we know with all certainty that we’ll be extending health officer orders for the next three months,” she said.
Remember when the politicians and doctors were telling everyone that heat and sunlight were deadly enemies of the virus? It had to be way back in 2020 or so. There are dozens of articles out lately that say Vitamin D is key to maintaining health against the virus. Vitamin D - the "sunlight vitamin" that everyone in the northern hemisphere seems to lack right about now?

Does anyone else know a better place to get plenty of heat and sunlight than a California beach? We think someone wrote songs about it....Sand Lads....Beach somethings..... You'd think that doctors would be encouraging everyone to go out in the sun and get a little exercise. But that wouldn't be politically expedient.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

"Like a Drunken Sailor"

More money that Illinois cannot afford:
  • There have been sightings of ISP troopers in Florida, guarding Putzker's family!!! Illinois taxpayers footing the bill?? Aren't we all in this together??? You are bankrupting people, ruining lives and your family is in a nonlock down state, protected by Illinois police at our expense!!!!!
Is Putzger reimbursing the State taxpayers for this unnecessary expenditure during a travel restricted pandemic lockdown?

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Wake Info

From an emailer:
  • The wake for Det. Todd Gillerlain is tomorrow in the 022nd District. Only family will be allowed in the funeral home. There will be a procession at 6:30 past his home and back to the funeral home. We know that the media trolls and the neighborhood Karens’ will be looking for a “gotcha” moment of police congregating. I and most of my fellow police officers in 022 think that the rules in effect are overblown political gamesmanship. Not saying that it’s imminent, but a policeman’s funeral is no place to send a message. All this being said, our Commander is a very good guy and 100% pro police and we don’t want him to receive any unnecessary grief from the media, the neighborhood complainers or the politicians. Please stay in your cars and adhere to the bs social distancing guidelines.
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