The Gillette Storm/ Billie Jean King/ #METOO/Toxic Masculinity

The Gillette Storm/ Billie Jean King/ #METOO/Toxic Masculinity
A few days ago the Gillette Company set off one of those memes that’s still simmering across the nation. Their #THEBESTTHATMENCANBECAMPAIGN aimed at toxic masculinity seems to have lots of male sphincters on the path to tightness. The calls for a boycott of Gillette products seems to be, for some anyway, a way to show... Read more »

Whats In a Name/The ACLU/Who's Civil Liberties?

Whats In a Name/The ACLU/Who's Civil Liberties?
Since 2012 Chicago has seen 4,025 murders and over 19,780 people shot. It kinda comes at you like a daily box score either in the physical paper or on-line. Unless there is a weekend like we saw back in August in Chicago when 74 people were shot and 12 were murdered, featuring 4 mass shootings... Read more »

It Pays To Advertise/ Chicago's Crime Stats/A Salute From Houdini Himself/Rinsing Crime Stats

It Pays To Advertise/ Chicago's Crime Stats/A Salute From Houdini Himself/Rinsing Crime Stats
The candidates for Mayor of Chicago have begun to hit the airwaves with their pitches to get your attention and some are very interesting indeed. Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says in his commercial that when he was top Cop crime and violence was at an unprecedented low. A former high ranking New York City... Read more »
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Abandon Ship/Loyalty/The Awakening/ Chicago And It's history of Reform

Mathias Paddy Bauler was a Chicago Aldermen from  the 43rd ward from 1933-1943 and then again from 1947 until 1967. He was a Saloon keeper and was known as a corrupt, controversial, charismatic Chicago Political boss. He’s mostly remembered throughout Chicago’s history for his famous Quote in the 50s of “CHICAGO AIN’T READY FOR REFORM... Read more »

Ethics /Schmethics/Where's Mine Lives on/ Planet Illinois and It's satellites Cook County and Chicago

Ethics /Schmethics/Where's Mine Lives on/ Planet Illinois and It's satellites Cook County and Chicago
Certainly those of us who have worked our entire life in law enforcement are not shocked or surprise at the lengths people will go to enrich themselves at the expense of others.  Some use deadly force, some use strong armed tactics, others are a bit more sophisticated using so called blue collar methods involving fraud,... Read more »

Ho Hum/Corruption Charges/ Two face Politicians/Will The Defendant Please Rise.

Ho Hum/Corruption Charges/ Two face Politicians/Will The Defendant Please Rise.
Whenever a politician in Chicago or Illinois is charged by Federal Authorities  with public corruption it’s certainly not a startling moment. In fact it’s almost kind of a common event to most of the residents of both the City and State. Four of Illinois last seven Governors have gone to prison, in fact two were... Read more »
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Diogenes/ Cynicism/ The Search for an honest Man/Woman in Politics

Diogenes/ Cynicism/ The Search for an honest Man/Woman in Politics
Some 2300 years ago the Greek Philosopher and one of the founders of the Cynic Philosophy took to wandering the streets of Athens looking for an honest man. I say man because it was just the way it was then. Women possessed very little power or authority, but of course in today’s world thankfully women... Read more »

Leadership/ Mayoral Hopefuls/ Clown Shows/Remembering Pinocchio

Leadership/ Mayoral Hopefuls/ Clown Shows/Remembering Pinocchio
At the end of February Chicago will yet again elect a new mayor. Whoever he or she is, it will be the 79th time Chicago has marched to the polls to vote for a mayor to run the City.  Since the election of William Butler Ogden in 1837 there have been two black mayors and... Read more »

CRIMINALS ARE THE NEW VICTIMS/SHOW THEM SOME LOVE/DOWN IS THE NEW UP

CRIMINALS ARE THE NEW VICTIMS/SHOW THEM SOME LOVE/DOWN IS THE NEW UP
Last week in a letter to the Sun-Times Susan J.Rose a professor from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Board Director of  Haymarket Center Chicago, came spinning out of the turn with her take on America getting tough on crime. Her Title was “Tough on Crime- Incarceration hurts families along with offenders.”  She goes on... Read more »
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Thieves/Thieves/ They Are Everywhere/ Some Solutions.

Thieves/Thieves/ They Are Everywhere/ Some Solutions.
Last week when I wrote about Pickpockets and Purse and Chain snatchers, I heard from a lot of folks who told me their personal stories of victimization. It’s actually a felony to steal from the person of another in Illinois and most States. However in recent years across the nation with the seemingly new tolerance... Read more »