Archive for August 2018

Gun Deaths World wide/ America Is Not Alone

Gun Deaths World wide/ America Is Not Alone
A recent study by  Christopher Murray, Professor of Health Metrics at the University of Washington,  reveals that the world wide gun deaths total about 250 thousand yearly. Certainly an incredible range of firearm deaths. Of the 195 countries involved in the study the top 6 were Brazil, Columbia, Guatemala, Mexico, Venezuela and of course the... Read more »

Chicago's Street Gangs/ Afghanistan's Taliban/The Common Denominator

Chicago's Street Gangs/ Afghanistan's Taliban/The Common Denominator
America’s war in Afghanistan began on October 7th 2001. It has proved to be the second longest U. S. combat force, 16.9 years,  and still no end in sight. Our leaders are convinced that by engaging the Taliban, the Sunni Islamic Fundamentalist political  movement in Afghanistan, America will be a safer country.  Who has the... Read more »

Chicago 1968/Did The City Of Big Shoulders Lose Its Head?

Chicago 1968/Did The City Of Big Shoulders Lose Its Head?
Back in 1917 a man named Wallace Rice won the design contest for the Chicago flag. Almost anywhere one goes in Chicago it can be seen proudly waving alongside the American flag and on various municipal buildings and on the uniforms of Chicago’s Firefighters and Police.  The three sections of white represent the north, west,... Read more »
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Chicago's Frustration/Witness Protection/Sycophants/Rewards/

Chicago is 19 days into August and already 252 people have been shot and 34 have been murdered. And yet again, another 3-year-old shot, the second in two weeks. Add to that,  at a basketball tournament no less, a 13-year-old was charged with having a gun after the murder of a 15-year-old, who was pronounced... Read more »

Beware of Reformation/Democracy/Liberty/Nuts

The dictionary describes Reformation as the action or process of reforming an institution or practice. It all sounds really good.  However,  in my opinion be careful what you reform, and most especially know who the reformers are.   An old saying often attributed to Benjamin Franklin describes Democracy as  “4 Wolves and a Lamb voting for... Read more »

The Code of Silence/Justice/Or Just-Us

It’s almost a given these days, especially with the slaughter taking place on Chicago’s streets and the startling, dismal, lack of arrests for both murders and shootings, by most counts 15% are cleared by arrest, that we are hearing more and more, and then some more, that it is somehow all tied into the disconnect... Read more »
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Rewards/Incentives/ Breaking the Code of Silence

I’m not sure if there is a living soul alive that does not know that last weekend Chicago had 75 people shot and 13 murdered. Indeed 5 mass shootings at separate locations accounted for 25 of those numbers in a two and a half hour siege of gang mayhem. Chicago is 9 days into August... Read more »

When Reality Crushes the Political Spin.

I wanted to start this with something that we have all heard from time to time. “You can fool all the people some of the time, and  some of the people all the time” We are still learning from old Abe Lincoln. The killing season in Chicago usually rears it’s ugly head with the beginning... Read more »

Mass Shootings/Chicago/ A new Low

A mass shooting in the United States is described as a shooting incident when 3 or more people are shot, not including the shooter. In a two and a half  hour period in Chicago,  5 mass shootings of 4,8,6,4,3 left 25 people shot, 2 were fatal and all in different locations,  Saturday night into early... Read more »
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A Mother's Anguish/The death of Innocence

This past Tuesday Oceana Jones and her boyfriend stopped at a gas station in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood at 79th and Justine.  They were immediately confronted by 4 gang thugs demanding to know his gang affiliation.  Oceana and her boyfriend  immediately sensing danger, began to flee into an adjacent alley.  One of the thugs began... Read more »