Archive for January 2019

Chicago's Bitter Cold and Snow/The Political Clownery/ No Escape from Planet Chicago

As Chicagoan’ suffers through the inescapable brutal cold and snow of January and soon February, they are also forced to live through the constant drumbeat of 14 politicians desperately vying for their attention. The furrowed brows, the throbbing voices, the “I feel your pain fawning,” the promises, all followed by shouts and hugs. It’s virtually... Read more »

Deja Vu/ Van Gogh's Ear/ Chicago's Corrupt Government/ Useful Idiots.

Chicago’s political scene in the last few weeks has taken on an almost comedic atmosphere since the arrest for attempted extortion  of Alderman Edward Burke, a powerful Caesar like figure for the last 50 years in Chicago politics.  The race to distance themselves from Burke could play out as a serial comedy.  Two of the... Read more »

Men And Women/ Gillette/A Mine Field/Time For A little Humor

A few weeks ago the Gillette company ran an add calling for men to step up and drop the Toxic Masculinity, either in themselves or others. I can honestly say for a Company that sponsored the Friday night fights for decades and whose products are overwhelmingly used and bought by men this surprised me. It... Read more »
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Does Chicago's City Council Need Reform/ Duh!

Does Chicago's City Council Need Reform/ Duh!
Ever since Alderman Burke was arrested by the Feds for attempted extortion, the key word in Chicago politics is REFORM. It’s kind of ironic because it no longer pertains to Chicago’s Police Department. Before Burke’s arrest the bellowing and babbling and chest thumping by our City’s politicians calling for police reform was almost nonstop for... Read more »

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?

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 »
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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 »

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 »
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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 »