We don’t need photo ID to vote, they say.
Voter fraud is not a problem, they say.
We don’t need photo ID to vote, they say.
Voter fraud is not a problem, they say.
Why did most Senate Democrats essentially throw a pajama party on the Senate floor overnight to pump up the “climate change” non-issue?
I’ll give you a hint:
It’s for much the same reason why the Republican leadership is trying to broker some sort of amnesty and open borders bill, with “immigration reform” (in terms of having more of it) being the most important issue to only 3% of all Amurrikans.
They’re both placating their respective parties’ donor classes.
More Federal raps in the Gorilla Fambly scandal from the Baltimore hoosegow. Nineteen people in all, 14 of them current or former guards at the jail.
No mugs provided, none needed. Most of them look like older more haggity versions of Rachel Jeantel.
ObamaCare has become a big circus of a revolving door between the politicians who voted for it, the Congressional staffers who crafted the legislation and the executive branch munchkins who are implementing and enforcing it, and the lobbying industry on K Street.
Even though all all involved are Democrats, you can bet Karl Roverrated and the Republican-oriented Barnacle Class make an appearance somewhere in this story.
A new study from Harvard University links corruption levels in state government with the geographic isolation of the capitol city. The study says that the farther away the capitol city is from state population centers then the higher rates for corruption in state government. Illinois is at the top of the list when ranking US states’ capitols distance away from population centers when adjusted for state size. Missouri ranks #8 on the same list.
The researchers show that mechanisms for holding politicians accountable are affected by the distance from major cities. News media provide greater coverage when their audiences are concentrated around the state capitol. Voter turnout in state elections is also greater in towns that are closer to the capital.
The Harvard researchers say there is also evidence that more money flows into state level campaigns of politicians in states with isolated capitols. They say that this pattern is also associated with lower levels of, “public good spending.”
The study concludes that the role of the news media is the connection between isolated capitols and corruption. More news coverage can lead to higher turn-out for state level elections. This leads to politicians being more accountable to voters.
In the original article, you can see the scatter plot and the estimated fit. To me, the link seems as weak as an Anthony Weiner erection.
But to take this study literally, one would have to think that Illinois state government would be less corrupt if the state moved the capital to Chicago. As we all know, Illinois state government is so corrupt because of Chicago.
Speaking of “bitch,” back to prison with thee.
Create something called “Congressional Black Caucus,” and for some strange reason, it’s easy to find a lot of political corruption among its members.
According to a 2012 National Journal study, five of the six lawmakers under review by the House Ethics Committee were Black Caucus members. Yet just one in 10 House members belong to the group.
That’s about as disproportionate as violent crime stats.
If we had, then news media whose integrity is 99.44% pure would be all over this like ducks on a june bug. It’s not as if WND is totally untrustworthy, but it’s not as if even I haven’t issued the caveat emptor warning when it comes to it. Colin Flaherty’s columns on black crime? Trust. Joe Farah’s fancy schmancy standin’ with Israel? Don’t. I think this news is mostly or entirely true, because I mostly trust Jerome Corsi.
It says that the Chinese will be importing Chinese workers. They might be building them houses like these.
Madison Avenue and Capitol Hill
If firearms mfg. corporations had interlocking relationships with media conglomerates, and/or if there were far many more gun ads on TV, the media would love the NRA. The media hate tobacco because there are no consequences in doing so — Cigarette advertising has been FCC banned since 1970 or so. All about the money.
WND wonders why there has been virtually no media scrutiny about SSRIs. (No link, b/c WND names the Nutmeg Nutbar.) Duh — Pharma shovels a lot of money into media advertisements, and in fact, there were until fairly recently prime time buys for SSRIs themselves, (e.g. Prozac, Zoloft). Michael Savage has half jokingly half not called for drug testing Congress, and I’m sure we’d find out that a good chunk of it and most Democrats are on SSRIs. People bitch about the NRA’s lobbying budget, but Pharma’s lobbying budget is probably 20 times as big. Oops, did I say 20? I meant to say 80. Pharma helped to get REPUBLICANS to vote for what was at the time the biggest expansion of the social welfare state since the Great Society, that being Medicare Part D in 2003. (Not making a moral judgment about whether we needed Medicare D or not, I’m just making an observation about politics and pressure.)
I fail to see how there can be no Federal crimes related to MF’n Global. Damned near everything is a Federal crime these days, except for illegal immigration.
What I’m about to say sounds too outlandish to be true, and I haven’t been able to find any credible verification. But I have heard that the number of Wall Street-related prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney’s office in southern New York were in the thousands both under Clinton and Bush 43 each, but zero under Obama.
Mexico Del Norte
Customs officer let hundreds enter U.S. illegally
Funny. I thought he’d have a name like “marco rubio.”
Two East St. Louis officers fired after woman says she was forced to perform sex act
The East St. Louis Police and Fire Board voted 4-1 Tuesday night to fire two police officers who had been on administrative leave following a female motorist’s claim that she was made to ride in one officer’s squad car to Jones Park where he made her perform a sexual act on him.
The second officer followed the officer to the park and after asking him if he was OK and getting a positive response from the officer, he left the scene with the 25-year-old woman still sitting on the passenger side in the officer’s car on May 8.
Officer Ramone Carpenter and Officer Christopher Parks, the mayor’s first cousin, were the two officers fired. Carpenter was the officer who took the victim to Jones Park.
Mayor’s cousin is a cop. Whodathunk.
ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– Two detention officers face charges of setting up an inmate beating. Fox 2 Investigator Chris Hayes reveals how it`s just the latest twist in what appears to be a criminal conspiracy in St Louis City jails.
Inside the Workhouse, prosecutors say corrections officers took an inmate out of his cell so he could assault another inmate.
Assistant Circuit Attorney Dan Proost said, “It does appear that this attack was orchestrated by these two corrections officers because they did go to the attacking inmate and ask them ‘do you want to assault this individual?’”
Proost said he watched jail surveillance of corrections officers Elvis Howard and Dexter Brinson walk the attacking inmate to another man’s cell for a staged assault.
Read the rest of the article. It confirms what I said after the “breakouts” at the city workhouse last year, that the local media were loath to admit until now, that they weren’t breakouts, the jail guards let them loose. That’s because the guards and the inmates are the same caliber of people.
Blacks don’t commit white collar crime?
For decades, it was presumed that having blacks in positions of political leadership on the local, state and national levels would serve as a safeguard to preserve the victories of the civil rights movement and ensure that the people on whose behalf those battles had been fought could benefit from the new opportunities that those victories afforded. But in time, just the opposite has happened. In an era where race has begun to serve as both a shield (rebuffing legitimate criticism as evidence of racism) and a sword (attacking dissenting opinions as racist) many black officials have entered zones of comfort insulated from responsibility. In many cities, monopolies of opportunist leadership have reigned unchallenged for decades.
Definitely read the rest.
Though it’s an error to call this “black-on-black” crime, because almost all of this money used in this corruption came directly from white taxpayers.
WATCH: NYPD Sgt.’s filthy tirade captured in shocking cellphone video
A uniformed NYPD sergeant was caught on video unleashing a vulgar tirade against a group of Brooklyn men — threatening them with his gun even while condoning their criminal behavior, The Post has learned.
Sgt. Lesly Charles even indicated that some criminal activity is apparently OK on his beat — as long as he’s paid proper respect.
“You guys are hustling or whatever, I ain’t got no problem with that. Listen . . . do your thing,” Charles barked during the April 28 diatribe, which is now being investigated by the city’s Civilian Complaint Review Board. “But when I come around and I speak, you f–king listen. Tell your boys.”
And you wonder why some of us take official crime stats from NYC and a lot of other cities with a grain of sodium chloride.
The footage includes Charles berating a young man in the roadway near a silver BMW, telling him: “This is my street. All right? If you got to play tough, that’s your problem . . . I do whatever the f–k I want.”
A short time later, Charles followed the group into the nearby No. 1 Chinese Food restaurant, flanked by two plainclothes cops.
“I have the long d–k. You don’t,” the cop bragged.
“Your pretty face — I like it very much. My d–k will go in your mouth and come out your ear. Don’t f–k with me. All right?”
You can dress ‘em up with a police uniform, but you can never really take ‘em to town.
A long d–k is about all he has going for him. Only reason Muh Dikker here has a badge is because of some Federal judge’s AA consent decree.
More NYPD news. Take a hint, people — The mole is within. Bloomberg wonders how all these “illicit guns” get onto the streets of NYC. The answer just might be in his own PD.
It’s called Sunland Park, New Mexico. I think the “New” is redundant.
New Mexico takes over Sunland Park: Audit finds misappropriation of city money, more. El Paso Times, May 15.
Voter fraud allegations in mayoral election rock New Mexico city. Fox News, May 17.
NYPD cop busted for providing info to drug traffickers: Feds
An NYPD officer was arrested this morning by federal agents and charged with allegedly providing inside police intelligence and information about fellow cops to a drug trafficking organization.
Devon Daniels, 30, was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration and NYPD Internal Affairs detectives and is scheduled to be arraigned today in Brooklyn federal court.
Daniels has been charged with illegally accessing the NYPD’s computer database to provide restricted information to a drug trafficking organization with both Midwestern and New York City connections, officials said.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors said Daniels also gave an official police department parking placard to a drug distributor and tipped the gang to details about cops involved in narcotics investigations.
I dare you to click the link to see the photo. I think you might be surprised at the suspect.
Irony would be if this case gets assigned to a judge that had the NYPD in an affirmative action hiring consent decree.
HHS Sends $5.9 Million to Program Run by Obama Buddy
The Department of Health and Human Services last week announced it had awarded a $5.9 million grant to a University of Chicago Medical Center program tied to Michelle Obama and run by Eric Whitaker, one of President Obama’s closest friends.
The Urban Health Initiative, which received the award, was originally based on a smaller program launched during the last decade by Michelle Obama, who was an executive at the University of Chicago Medical Center before she departed to become first lady. The UHI is headed up by Obama basketball and golf buddy Whitaker, who has known the president since Obama’s days in law school and who also vacations with the first family.
Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett also has ties to the UHI. Until resigning to go work at the White House, Jarrett was Chairman of the University of Chicago Medical Center Board of Trustees. And in 2007, a PR firm run by former senior White House adviser and Obama political guru David Axelrod provided provided public relations strategy advice to the UHI, according to the Washington Post.
This is mainly payback for the six figure do-nothing sinecure “job” that the University of Chicago Hospital gave to Michelle Obama. You know, the one whose salary tripled when her husband won election to the U.S. Senate. But as you can read, a lot of Obamaites had their hands in that honeypot.
President Obama’s Wall Street problem
The giant $2 billion trading loss at JPMorgan Chase highlights a central problem in President Barack Obama’s case for a second term: Four years after the financial crisis nearly brought the nation to its knees, very little appears to have changed.
No high-profile bank executives are in jail. Special multi-agency task forces to go after financial fraud and mortgage market abuses appeared in State of the Union addresses, only to issue a few news releases and mostly vanish from public view.
And now one of the largest banks in the United States, headed by a Democrat and operating with government guarantees, has turned in the kind of headline-grabbing, casino-style loss that drives voters crazy and that Obama’s financial reform bill was supposed to stop. It’s led to the immediate retirement of Ina Drew, the bank’s chief investment officer, along with a statement from Dimon that JPMorgan remains “strong.”
Senior administration officials make a nuanced and largely credible case that they pushed for the toughest law they could get through Congress. They say the JPMorgan trades might not have happened if banks were not lobbying like crazy to water down financial reform. And they argue that higher capital requirements mean banks can better handle large losses such as those suffered by JPMorgan. If a giant bank fails now, they say, it will be liquidated without taxpayer support.
Obama campaign officials point out that their presidential opponent, Republican Mitt Romney, wants to get rid of the Dodd-Frank overhaul legislation entirely. They launched a fresh assault on Romney’s experience at Bain Capital Monday morning, attacking their opponent with a new ad and website for the job losses and profits he made as a venture capitalist.
That dog doesn’t hunt, thanks to (of all sources) News Weak (sic).
The links between Obama and JPMC are stronger than the ones between Bush 43 and Enron. The U.S. Attorneys that worked for Bush were pursuing criminal charges against Ken Lay, until his “death” (ahem ahem, cough cough, South America, cough cough) made them moot. Meanwhile, the Obama Justice Department hasn’t pursued any criminal charges related to the 2008 Crash at all, though since I think the Crash was not a result of any great crimes, I don’t think they should. But the Obama/holder DOJ isn’t even huffing and puffing. We know with the Hutaree clusterfuck (hint: This thing in Florida will turn out much the same way) that this DOJ will bring up flimsy bullshit charges against people they don’t like, not because they want to win, but because they want to give allies (in this case, the Paranoia-Industrial Complex, the SPLC and the ADL) the fund raising opportunities. But there aren’t even flimsy bullshit charges against a good chunk of Lower Manhattan.
Also, Bush signed Dodd-Frank. Even though Dodd-Frank as a cure for Enron and Arthur Andersen style perfidy was like giving aspirin to a person with advanced stages of AIDS. Real reform in this stead would be to put a wall of separation between larger publicly traded firms and their auditors: Instead of a firm hiring their own auditors (financial statements of publicly traded firms must be audited), which of course begs the obvious corruption, as the Enron-AA scandal proved, the money they use to hire auditors should go into a central pool, whose administrators choose the auditors who will audit the firm’s financials. On top of that, I wouldn’t allow auditing firms that use H-1B visas to be eligible to be used by the central pool. Of course, if it were up to me, H-1B visas would only be for identifiably white people from first world countries who have unique skill sets, such as Linus Torvalds.
In a move likely to draw in other major donors, Mr. Soros will contribute $1 million each to America Votes, a group that coordinates political activity for left-leaning environmental, abortion rights and civil rights groups, and American Bridge 21st Century, a super PAC that focuses on election-oriented research. The donations will be Mr. Soros’s first major contributions of the 2012 election cycle.
“George Soros believes the Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United opened the floodgates to special interests’ paying for political ads,” said Michael Vachon, a spokesman for Mr. Soros.
George Soros is buying the political process, hoping that primes the pump for others to help him buy the political process, because he’s tired of people buying the political process.
A Breitbartista co-authors a long piece in News Weak (sic) (!) about the vast disconnect between Obama rhetoric and Obama action on financial crimes that may have contributed to the Crash of 2008. The usual theories about revolving doors, the culture of corruption, and extortion rackets abound.
I’m going to dive into this cold swimming pool without any acclimation.
No investigation or prosecution because Wall Street didn’t commit any crimes.
The only reason anyone thinks they did was because the Democrat-Left had to develop a meme and peddle it like soap flakes in order to distract from the complicity of their own elected politicians, appointed prosecutors and career regulatory bureaucrats, and the same actions taken by Republican-lamestream conservatives operating under the same egalitarian mentality, to make affirmative action in mortgage lending a Federal government commandment.
Steve the Sailer Man took up this issue today, saying almost the same thing — No crimes, no perfidy, just the hubris of what were thought to be perpetually increasing real estate values, and the increasing real estate values were purely a function of eviscerating mortgage lending standards for the sake of affirmative action.
In a move that could help the government trim its burgeoning health care costs, the Food and Drug Administration may soon permit Americans to obtain some drugs used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes without obtaining a prescription.
The FDA says over-the-counter distribution would let patients get drugs for many common conditions without the time and expense of visiting a doctor, but medical providers call the change medically unsound and note that it also may mean that insurance no longer will pay for the drugs.
Run this river upstream, and the inference is easy — If you force a drug to be prescription-only, it makes it more expensive.
Which means all the cops and sheriffs running around here wanting pseudo-ephederine to be prescription-only want to make it more expensive. You don’t think someone will me making that money, do you? The FBI should deploy a few forensic accountants to St. Louis to see what kind of bribes are being passed from certain health care industry concerns to these given officers of the law.
More like “Grand Theft Auto.”
He’s the executive director of the NBA players’ union. He wanted the union to divert between seven and nine megabucks to a questionable bank, because his son was on the Board of Directors.
Yeah, bad enough. But doesn’t it seem like small potatoes compared to things that members of that union have done or allegedly done both on and off the court? Even in the realm of financial bad faith, it’s really not a big deal, in light of the fact that a typical member of this union is bankrupt by 45 in spite of making nine figures gross through his playing career.
Then again, Billy Hunter could always change his name to Metta World Madoff.
…But somehow, the man who was our Accidental Governor for about three months, between Mel Carnahan dying in the plane crash and Bob Holden being sworn in, is going up the river for money laundering.
In the second part of its expose of the Politician-Gangbanger continuum that are Chicago politics, Chicago Mag exposes how various black and Hispanic state politicians from Chicago’s black and Hispanic sections use their power to force the Illinois Department of Corrections to transfer incarcerated gangbangers to lower security prisons and/or prisons closer to Chicago.
There is one thing about this that the writer doesn’t seem to grasp — If a given hard core ‘banger is in a lower security institution near Chicago instead of a maximum security joint downstate, it makes it far easier for him to coordinate with his peeps on the streets. That’s the whole point of these transfers, not “being closer to family.”
Obama condemned for rewriting online gambling rules – and announcing it at Christmas so no one notices
A move by the government that clears the way for the legalisation of online poker and other gambling has been condemned as ‘outrageous’.
A Justice Department opinion dated September – but only made public on Friday – reinterprets a decades-old policy which saw civil and criminal charges against operators of some of the most popular online poker sites.
It is a switch that could spur web-based gambling – and which critics fear will only deepen families’ spiraling debts.
‘I think the notion that the government – during these economic times – is working even harder to increase personal debt goes against the very purpose of what government is supposed to do,’ Les Bernal, executive director of Stop Predatory Gambling, told MailOnline.
The Wire Act of 1961 barred gambling over telecommunications that crossed state lines or international borders – thus including online wages.
But now the Justice Department has claimed the Act applies only to bets on a ‘sporting event or contest’.
The reinterpretation means a state’s use of the Internet to sell lottery tickets to adults within its borders or abroad is permitted.
‘The United States Department of Justice has given the online gaming community a big, big present,’ said I. Nelson Rose, a gaming law expert at Whittier Law School.
The department’s opinion, written by Assistant Attorney General Virginia Seitz, said the law’s legislative history showed Congress’s overriding goal had been to halt wire communications for sports gambling.
Seriously? You can’t figure this out?
Two words: Harry Reid.
The casino owners and unions put up a successful eleventh-hour fight to save his ass, because the Senate Majority Leader is a really good friend to have. Nevada’s Hispanic vote helped make the difference, too. (In some instances, they overlap.) It didn’t matter who the Republican opponent was, Harry Reid was going to win anyway. Now, this is how they get paid back. We all knew Reid would be nothing but gambling and Hispanics going forward.
Chicago magazine has this long spread about the slow fusion between black and Hispanic gangs and black and Hispanic politicians in the city. Of course, they show you a white-looking gang banger and a white man in a suit. Go figure.
Some interesting tidbits:
Baskin isn’t a slick campaign strategist. He’s a former gang leader and, for several decades, a community activist who now operates a neighborhood center that aims to keep kids off the streets. Baskin has deep contacts inside the South Side’s complex network of politicians, community organizations, and street gangs. as he recalls, the inquiring candidates wanted to know: “Who do I need to be talking to so I can get the gangs on board?”
I’ve warned out about this cottage industry of “former” gang bangers pretending to “go straight” and then running around and preaching to kids about “doing right” (implicitly recruiting for their “former” gang, and running interference for their “former” gang’s criminality with superficially legal methods, IMHO).
The gang representatives were former chiefs who had walked away from day-to-day thug life, but they were still respected on the streets and wielded enough influence to mobilize active gang members.
Then they’re not really “former” gang chiefs. You don’t really leave a gang, unless it’s in a pine box, or you just get so damned old that the world passes you by.
The gang representatives were interested in electing aldermen sympathetic to their interests and those of their impoverished wards. As for the politicians, says Baskin, their interests essentially boiled down to getting elected or reelected. “All of [the political hopefuls] were aware of who they were meeting with,” he says. “They didn’t care. All they wanted to do was get the support.”
Getting black politicians to advocate for black interests. There’s something that hasn’t been tried before.
During the meetings, the politicians were allotted a few minutes to make their pitches. The former gang chiefs then peppered them with questions: What would they do about jobs? School safety? Police harassment? Help for ex-cons? But in the end, as with most things political in Chicago, it all came down to one question, says Davis, the community activist who helped Baskin with some of the meetings. He recalls that the gang representatives asked, “What can you give me?” The politicians, most eager to please, replied, “What do you want?”
The irony is that these same politicians oversee the Chicago Police Department, whose officers aren’t supposed to have any sort of link to any sort of ne’er-do-well. Now you know why I don’t want local control of the SLPD.
Most alarming, both law enforcement and gang sources say, is that some politicians ignore the gangs’ criminal activities. Some go so far as to protect gangs from the police, tipping them off to impending raids or to surveillance activities—in effect, creating safe havens in their political districts. And often they chafe at backing tough measures to stem gang activities, advocating instead for superficial solutions that may garner good press but have little impact.
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
The 46th Ward is one of Chicago’s most diverse communities, home to the well-heeled and the downtrodden. Throughout her career, from 1987 until she stepped down last year, Helen Shiller was known as a fierce advocate for the latter. Few aldermen on the City Council have been more resistant to gentrification or more likely to embrace social welfare programs. In Uptown, large public housing complexes were a source of pride for Shiller, who trumpeted how they added diversity to the ward and provided a rare commodity on the North Side’s lakefront: affordable housing.
Shiller is white, some would say “arguably so.” Important because virtually all the other politicians involved in this narrative are either black or Hispanic. This one will get her comeuppance when the diversity she loves so much votes her out office and replaces her with another low grade black. At least she’ll be able to take pride in Chicago City Hall becoming more diverse.
Allowed such free rein, our lawmakers operate in an ambiguous moral universe that seems as lawless as some of the street corners in their districts. “No wonder corrupt pols here fear only one person: U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald,” said a Chicago Tribune editorial a few years ago.
But guess who is Fitzgerald’s boss, has been since January 20, 2009 and will be until at least January 20, 2013?
For better or worse, gang members are constituents, the same as businesspeople in the Gold Coast. Says Aaron Patterson, an imprisoned gang member: “It ain’t like gangs come from another planet.”…(snip)…Though estimates vary, most authorities and criminologists agree that there are 70,000 to 125,000 gang members in the city. In the numbers game of Chicago politics—in which, as the old joke goes, a one-vote victory constitutes a landslide—a constituency of that size gets noticed. (Keep in mind that in Illinois convicted felons can vote once they are released from prison.)
Now you understand why most states prohibit convicted felons from voting while they’re in prison or jail or on probation, and a few extend it to lifetime. Now you know why Eric “My People” Holder, Thomas “Hate White People” Perez, and President Obama, want convicted felons to be able to vote even while they’re in prison.
And though gangs are anything but a monolithic voting bloc…
I’m sure a lot of gang bangers vote Republican.
Many politicians who enlist gang members try to cloak the relationship in the rhetoric of political empowerment or social activism. They’ll say they want to get troubled youth involved in the political process in constructive ways: doing things like circulating nominating petitions, passing out campaign literature, or registering voters. They’ll say that for many of these men and boys, participating in politics is one of the few positive things they’ve done in their lives.
The problem is the way the politicians reciprocate.
A high-ranking Latin King claims that a Latino elected official, still in office, and a member of his staff routinely buy drugs from the gang. “They do PCP, coke, smoke weed, drink, everything,” he says. Several gang members call such actions common. “That shit that goes on behind closed doors is outrageous,” says a Latin King from another part of the city.
Like I said…
Consider the case of Radames DeJesus. A convicted cocaine dealer who was sentenced to seven years in prison for shooting and seriously wounding three rival gang members in 1989, DeJesus, 45, is currently active in the Latin Kings, according to three Chicago gang investigators and a well-placed Humboldt Park gang member. At his 1990 trial, a gang investigator testified that DeJesus was an enforcer in the gang. DeJesus admitted he was a gang member but not an enforcer, according to court documents.
Sometime around 2006, sources say, a political insider told DeJesus he could start up a minority-owned business and reap lucrative city contracts. He then opened SewerTech Services, a sewer maintenance company on the city’s West Side. SewerTech has received a total of $31.1 million in subcontracts from Kenny Construction, the politically connected firm that has won hundreds of millions of dollars in sewer lining and repair business under the Daley administration.
This “minority owned business” is probably a regular business with DeJesus as a front in order to cash in on the affirmative action contract gravy train. I doubt a street cocaine dealer has the mental mojo to start a sophisticated above ground above board legit business like that.
Anti-gang activists, police, and political insiders say that elected officials show how serious they are about tackling the gang problems in their districts by the public safety actions they take or don’t take and by the services or favors they provide. For example, many politicians in high-crime districts regularly offer help to ex-offenders who want to get their criminal records expunged—treating such favors as a constituent service, like garbage pickup, rather than a legal process best left to practicing lawyers.
The only person in Illinois who can expunge a criminal record full of state charges is the Governor. Remember, this current Governor won only because of Crook County.
A brief survey of the City Council’s recent actions on gangs reveals mostly empty posturing and symbolic gestures, some worthy of a Second City sketch. Other than an anti-loitering law that’s been on the books for nearly two decades and various gun restrictions that apply to all city residents, the city’s efforts to combat gangs have gotten increasingly absurd. Over the years, the council has targeted pagers and telephone booths, which are the street offices of choice for drug dealers, and banned the sale of spray paint, which Alderman Edward Burke once called “weapons of terror,” to cut back on graffiti. In 1997, aldermen considered cracking down on residents who put up basketball hoops in their alleys, saying they were magnets for gang members. Soon afterward, Mayor Daley proposed an ordinance making it a crime simply to shout the words “rock,” “blow,” or “weed”—street slang for crack cocaine, heroin, and marijuana.
But the absurdity of the City Council’s efforts to deal with gangs reached a zenith in early 2008, when aldermen considered banning the tiny plastic bags commonly used in drug sales. As silly as this proposal was to many people—“Our elected officials are addicted to symbolism,” wrote Neil Steinberg in the Sun-Times—the reaction by opponents was equally ridiculous. Aldermen Freddrenna Lyle and Helen Shiller, for instance, argued that little girls or women who used the bags to carry small beads for their braids could be arrested. Ditto for someone caught with a bag holding spare buttons for clothing, said Alderman Walter Burnett.
Now you know why most Chicago politicians were so opposed to the Heller decision, and why they’re fucking around and being as restrictive as possible hoping the Federal judiciary doesn’t notice.
Remember, the Wall Street Journal just came out against partitioning Illinois into Chicago and non-Chicago — It somehow thinks that Illinois Republicans can win these people over. Yeah, right. What kind of gang is dealing which sort of substance to people that write for the WSJ?
Pick Bugs Bunny over Ron Johnson for a leadership post. They can’t say “experience,” because both Blunt and Johnson started their Senate careers on the same day. Maybe by “experience,” they mean Blunt’s seven House terms before coming to the Senate, his being Missouri Secretary of State, and his son was a one-term Governor.