Season 2015, Episode 139

10 09 2015

West End

Yoots acting all yooty again:

St. Louis teen on probation for gun crimes charged with murdering man during gun purchase

A teen on probation for gun crimes was charged Thursday with murdering an East St. Louis man who came to St. Louis buy guns, authorities say.

Jamel W. Yates, 18, of the 5800 block of Selber Court, was charged with first-degree murder, three counts of first-degree assault and four counts of armed criminal action.

Police say Yates fatally shot Devion Falls, 22, in the head and torso about 1 p.m. Tuesday in a back yard in the 6000 block of Suburban Avenue in the city’s West End neighborhood. Police said Falls had agreed to meet Yates to buy guns.

Police said Falls came to Suburban Avenue with two other men, 18 and 19, and a 22-year-old woman.  They were not hurt in the shooting and drove Falls to a hospital, where he died.

Falls lived in the 400 block of North Sixth Street in East St. Louis.

Bail for Yates was set at $1 million cash. He was not in custody Thursday.

In April, Yates was sentenced to five years’ probation for convictions of illegally carrying a concealed weapon and resisting arrest. In that case, police said Yates ran from police and was caught with a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun in his jacket pocket.

Falls’ death was at least the 139th homicide of the year. Two more deaths since Tuesday have brought the total to at least 141. Last year’s total was 159.

Not enough potential murder victims in St. Louis City proper that we have to import some more from East St. Louis.

I’m waiting to see how SlayDotsonJoyce spin this to blame it on Amendment 5.


9 09 2015



Don’t make faces like that, otherwise your face will get stuck like that, and you’ll be going around looking like that for the rest of your life.

That’s what I was told often while growing up.

Yep, he made a face like that, and it’s going to get stuck in people’s minds.

Wicked Racial Profiling Trick

5 09 2015


“Spilled Beer.”

Don’t tell me.

The World Is My Oyster

28 08 2015

Springfield, Illinois

Me, January 7, 2011:

Speaking of states and budgets, on the heels of another big lottery jackpot, the MSM re-hashes the old lump sum versus annuity debate.  I dealt with this topic almost four years ago, again when a multi-state lottery was offering big jackpots.  It’s worth reading if you haven’t read it yet, but two things have changed since 2006:  (1)  The money market is featuring even lower interest rates than four years ago — If the interest rate you’re conceding to the lottery authorities by taking the lump sum is higher than what the annuity payments can earn in the open market, and it very likely is, then the annuity is the better option, from a strictly financial/TVM consideration.  BUT…  (2)  Financial and TVM considerations should not be your only considerations, if you’re lucky enough to be in this dilemma.  See:  Illinois, California, and most of the other states that are running big deficits and will probably be doing so for quite a few years.  On whole, state governments benefit from lotteries, because they get much more from ticket sales than they make in payouts.  However, in tight budget times, states are looking for creative ways to reduce its expenditures.  Do you honestly think that state legislators, when faced with a choice between giving the winner of a $250 million lottery jackpot who took the annuity option and who has already received five of 25 scheduled annual $10 million payments, for $50 million overall, and funding the pension payments of  retired state government workers whose only income is that pension and Social Security, that they’re not going to take the $10 million this year away from the person who already has $50 million to keep quite a few retirees with enough money for food and utilities and rent or mortgage?  If you sue the state, do you think that any judge of any political party in any state is going to order to state to give the man with $50 million another $10 million so that Mr. Jones and Mrs. Smith, the retired DMV clerks, living in one-room apartments, don’t get their $900 a month public employee pensions?  If you’re in this “dilemma,” this is why in times like these, it’s best to ignore TMV calculations and take the lump sum.

P-D, today:

Big-time Illinois Lottery winners aren’t getting the largesse — they’re getting left out.

Without a state budget agreement two months into the new fiscal year, there’s no authority for the state comptroller to cut checks over $25,000. Smaller amounts are being disbursed.

This isn’t quite what I predicted, but it’s close enough so that I can do a victory half lap.


The Association

4 08 2015


Because, when I think of East St. Louis, the first thing that comes to mind is “accounting problems.”

Bigot that I am, I tend to think of violent crime scams and setups.

Taking a Bite Into Crime

22 07 2015



Some Kind of Town, East St. Louis Is…

9 07 2015


You have to see it for yourself.

Seriously, I can’t do this injustice.



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