Friday, March 28, 2008

The Fox guarding the hen house?

And we actually believe this BS

Fired city investigator cleared of shoplifting charge

She left store with groceries to get her debit card, lawyer argued

A Chicago city employee who was fired from her job in the inspector general's office after being arrested for shoplifting was acquitted Thursday of the charge, her attorney said Friday.

Tracy Buckley, 36, who was an assistant chief investigator, was charged with misdemeanor theft after about $100 worth of merchandise was stolen from a Whole Foods Market, 6020 N. Cicero Ave., in January.

Her attorney, Ron Menaker, said Judge Stuart Katz found Buckley not guilty of the charge Thursday.

Menaker had argued that there was an "innocent explanation" for Buckley's actions. She had inadvertently attempted to leave the store with the merchandise to retrieve her debit card from her vehicle in the parking lot, he said.

Another Political hack gone

Emergency director Ruiz moved to tech job

March 28, 2008

The $162,912-a-year executive director of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications was kicked upstairs Friday after only nine months on the job amid a blitzkrieg of complaints from disgruntled underlings.

Tony Ruiz, a former lineman for the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation, will now serve as the city's chief technology operations officer overseeing GPS, electronic inventory and biometric systems.

The surprise reassignment comes at a time when 911 center employees have been complaining privately to the Chicago Sun-Times about everything from broken chairs, job application tampering and promotions irregularities to excessive overtime and sexual harassment by 911 supervisors.

Morale reportedly took a further nosedive when Ruiz handed out uneven punishment to a pair of 911 dispatchers accused of failing to notify police about a brawl at a Southwest Side Park last summer. And underlings accused Ruiz of “giving” Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) a $4,000 digital radio so she could monitor snow removal and emergency operations in her ward.

The radio was returned after the Chicago Sun-Times started asking questions.

Ruiz could not be reached for comment about his reassignment.

Hispanic aldermen who have complained about a shortage of Hispanics in the mayor's cabinet were taken aback by the reassignment to an obscure job.

Ruiz will be replaced on a temporary basis by 911 center veteran and technology expert Jim Argiropoulos.

“It bothers the community that we're putting aside talented [Hispanic] people without giving a good explanation. I don't know why he would take on that role when we need him as an individual who can handle so many emergencies we have at the 911 center,” said Ald. George Cardenas (12th).

The shake-up was announced in a press release distributed Friday, when bad news is traditionally buried. In it, Daley tried to put the best face on the cabinet shuffle.

“As part of our commitment to better manage government and protect taxpayers, we continue to identify ways to incorporate management efficiencies into our citywide operations. Having a point-person to coordinate operational uniformity across all departments will help us improve our processes and identify further economies of scale,” the mayor said.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported last month that a pair of police communications operators at the 911 center had raked in $114,591 and $113,136 in overtime last year — double their annual salaries — raising renewed questions about staffing levels that were supposed to be resolved two years ago.

As for the other complaints, OEMC spokesperson Jennifer Martinez said the chairs are being replaced, the radio has been returned and overtime is being reduced. She flatly denied the allegations about hiring and promotions irregularities and alleged sexual harassment.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

From Crime file news

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Help SECOND CITY COP Save The Chicago Police Department

I must say that the City of Chicago has lost most its luster. Crooked politicians and their contractors have bled the city bone dry as they magically escape criminal investigation or Indictment. . Chicago has become the most unattractive place to live and work for all but the super rich or government freeloaders.

The once proud police department has been decimated through affirmative action and the massive lowering of hiring standards. Clout provides sub-standard officers promotions and a job for life or at least until age 63. Clout always was a help but most officers needed at least a little of their own merits to succeed. Not anymore.

The morale of the department is reflected in the overall lousy appearance of the officers. The officer’s grooming and image today is beyond saddening.

The FOP is only a group of yes men for the politicians collecting inflated salaries forked over by working cops. The rank and file can’t seem to overcome residency requirements, mediocre pay and little hope for respect or any improvement at all.

One day along came an anonymous blogger who created a first rate communications system for all officers to be able to penetrate and expose corruption, favoritism and bad management.

Every boss knows that stepping out of line will get him or her some well deserved attention. Second City Cop has given the street patrolman real power. 7000 people a day visit the site to find out what what’s going on and just how they may be affected in their professional lives. Officers commenting can reveal things that their bosses seek to cover up.

If the rank and file officers are to ever have pride again in their city and job it will because of Second City Cop and the other likeminded officers.

A concerted effort to get rid of Ed Burke, his puppet mayor and a truly worthless city council has to begin. Next their political hacks, and their cronies need to be removed. If all the cops would follow their oaths and expose the politician’s deeds they know about a great change would take place and the city may be a place working people would want to raise their families again.

Robert Cooley was a cop turned crooked lawyer turned white knight. He brought down a lot of slimy officials. If there were only ten Robert Cooleys instead of just one, we’d still have Meigs Field, far lower taxes and money to improve life in a dying metropolis.

Second City Cop is a true hero.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

False media story

Monday, March 17, 2008

Los Angeles Times Runs Fake Photo As A Pro-gun Ban Propaganda Machine

In today’s L.A. Times they ran this inflammatory photo with a story about the D.C vs Heller case being argued before the United States Supreme Court. The photograph is a fake! The “illegal handgun” is no more than a toy.

The picture was credited to Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press. The caption is as follows: “A 14-year old who asked not to be named had this illegal handgun on him in southeast Washington on Tuesday, March 11, 2008. Under a 31-year-old law in the nation's capital, ownership of handguns is barred for nearly everyone except law enforcement. The ban is up for review in the Supreme Court.”

The picture is of a German made RTS tear gas delivery device that uses a small amount of gunpowder to deliver CN powder to an attacker. The gun and several like it were manufactured in the early 1960’s in Germany. These guns were no longer made or sold when aerosol spray cans were found to be far superior tear gas delivery system to these tear gas pistols.

The RTS was never considered a firearm by ATF It was freely imported, unrestricted and sold by mail and available in American novelty shops. Needless to say nobody made or sold the ammunition for this obsolete gun in several decades.

The RTS was far less capable of converting to fire ammunition then a ball point pen.

The whole L.A. Times Story can be found here.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

From crime file news...............................

The Supreme Court DC Gun Ban Arguments Were A lot Of Hot Air

The lawyers stepped up to make their arguments over One hour and 37 minutes. The Justices as always took the wind out of the lawyer’s sails by interrupting them with questions and stealing time from their arguments. We can only hope the justices are really reading the mountains of briefs filed in the case.

The pro-gun rights plaintiff’s lawyer arguments contained a message that the Second Amendment somehow meant the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be UNREASONABLY infringed. The pro-gun rights argument was far behind the tone of the published opinion of the DC Court of Appeals that upheld our Second Amendment rights.

As usual we really can’t draw conclusions as to the court’s direction based on today’s session. We have to rely on the usual benchmarks and hope we have a five to four split on the predictable political leanings of the justices themselves.

I can only see an opinion that says the Second Amendment is and individual right. I don’t see the court suggesting that the right is somehow limiting through 25,000 gun laws that are on our law books. Keeping and bearing of arms by the people is either a right or it is not.

Over the next three months we will hear the court speak.

Business as usual in Chicago

Contract swindler James Duff is banned from Chicago business for only 3 years

Imprisoned businessman with Daley ties will be eligible to bid for city work before his prison term is up

Mayor Richard Daley's administration has banned the head of Windy City Maintenance and two others convicted of contract fraud from doing business with the city for three years, despite a recommendation from the inspector general that they never be allowed to do work for City Hall again.

James Duff, who cheated the city and insurance companies out of millions of dollars, should be subject to the stiffest penalty outlined in policies drawn up in 2005 following a series of contracting scandals, Inspector General David Hoffman said Wednesday.

Duff, a member of a mob-connected family with strong ties to the mayor, became the face of contracting fraud in Daley's administration after creating phony minority-owned and woman-owned businesses to get city work.

A federal prosecutor once called Duff "the epitome of greed" and a city official previously gave assurances that City Hall had no interest in ever again doing business with Duff-related companies.

After Duff was sent to prison in 2005 for racketeering and fraud, Hoffman recommended in late 2006 that Duff and two co-defendants, William Stratton and Terrence Dolan, receive lifetime bans.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Daley warns of 'Pandora's box'

LOS ANGELES — If the Supreme Court strikes down the ability of municipalities like the District of Columbia to regulate guns, Chicago and other cities with handgun bans would see a return of gun stores and an upswing in crime, Mayor Richard Daley said Tuesday.

"That would open a Pandora's box," he said following a news conference with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to promote federal legislation requiring microstamped identifiers on cartridges fired from semiautomatic handguns.

—Michael Martin

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Supreme Court considers 'right to bear arms'

Landmark case on D.C. ban expected to have major ramifications

WASHINGTON - In a landmark hearing on gun ownership, the Supreme Court appeared ready Tuesday to endorse the view that the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to own guns, but was less clear about whether to retain the District of Columbia’s ban on handguns.

The justices were aware of the historic nature of their undertaking, engaging in an extended 98-minute session of questions and answers that could yield the first definition of the meaning of the Second Amendment in its 216 years.

A key justice, Anthony Kennedy, left little doubt about his view when he said early in the proceedings that the Second Amendment gives “a general right to bear arms.”

Several justices were skeptical that the Constitution, if it gives individuals’ gun rights, could allow a complete ban on handguns when, as Chief Justice John Roberts pointed out, those weapons are most suited for protection at home.

“What is reasonable about a ban on possession” of handguns? Roberts asked at one point.

Justice Samuel Alito, who like Roberts was appointed by President Bush, cited another provision requiring rifles or shotguns be kept unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock, and said it did not seem as if they could be used as such for the self-defense of one’s home.

The court’s four liberals seemed most sympathetic to the law during the arguments. Justice Stephen Breyer suggested that the District’s public safety concerns could be relevant in evaluating its 32-year-old ban on handguns, perhaps the strictest gun control law in the nation.

“Does that make it unreasonable for a city with a very high crime rate ... to say ‘No handguns here?’” Breyer said.

Bush administration sides with partial bans
Solicitor General Paul Clement, the Bush administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer, supported the individual right, but urged the justices not to decide the other question. Instead, Clement said the court should allow for reasonable restrictions that allow banning certain types of weapons, including existing federal laws.

He did not take a position on the District law.

The court has not conclusively interpreted the Second Amendment since its ratification in 1791. The basic issue for the justices is whether the amendment protects an individual’s right to own guns or whether that right is somehow tied to service in a state militia.

The 27 words and three enigmatic commas of the Second Amendment have been analyzed again and again by legal scholars, but hardly at all by the Supreme Court.

The amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

The court's ruling, expected by the end of June, could have a far-reaching impact on gun-control laws in the United States and could become an issue in the November election.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Wake up and smell the coffee......

Its amazing how people don't see how phony these politicians are.

Obama spurns pastor's 9/11 jibe
Barack Obama on a plane to Washington on 13 March 2008
Barack Obama has been a member of the church since the early 1990s
Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama has denounced remarks made by his pastor that the 9/11 attacks were like "chickens coming home to roost".

The Illinois senator said the 2001 comments, which have resurfaced on the web, were "completely inexcusable".

Mr Obama said he had not been present during Rev Jeremiah Wright's sermon, at the Trinity United Church of Christ.

The black Chicago pastor brought Mr Obama to Christianity, officiated at his wedding and baptised his daughters.

Mr Obama, a member of the church since the early 1990s, posted a blog on the Huffington Post about his relationship with the pastor, who is now retired.

"I categorically denounce any statement that disparages our great country or serves to divide us from our allies," he wrote.

'God damn America'

Mr Obama, who conducted a number of media interviews on Friday to reject Mr Wright's comments, said he had looked to him for spiritual - not political - guidance.

In a sermon on the Sunday after the attacks of 11 September 2001, Mr Wright told his congregation: "We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards.

"America's chickens are coming home to roost."

In a 2003 sermon, Mr Wright said blacks should condemn the US.

"God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human", he said.

Mr Obama said he expects his political opponents will use videos of the sermons to attack him as the campaign goes on.

He is locked in a close race with New York Senator Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination, ahead of Pennsylvania's primary vote on 22 April.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Forgotten Chicago and clout

Most city parks consist of open land and facilities of some kind. They are administered by the Chicago Park District. Oscar D'Angelo Park is not a Park District park, and it has no facilities. It is not a park, it is a "park." Scare quotes and all. Actually, its more like a lame joke.

The most poorly located parks are wedged into otherwise unused expressway land. This "park" takes that to the extreme. It is located entirely in the middle of a ramp connecting the Eisenhower Expressway and Wacker Drive. There are no benches, no playlot, not even stakes for horsehoes. I would like to say that there is nothing at all in it, but I would be forgetting the trash cans.

I hate this thing. Can you tell? Part of the reason for this is the "park's" greasy namesake. I won't go into detail here. Read this article - Google the guy's name if you want to know more.

The picture of the plaque is unreadable. Sorry. It says: Oscar O. D'Angelo Park - This park is dedicated to lifelong Near West Side (Little Italy) resident Oscar O. D'Angelo for unselfish commitment, leadership and vision in the renaissance of his neighborhood, his city, and its parks. - Richard M. Daley, Mayor. October 24, 1990. Bullshit. Its named for him because he has clout. Nothing more.

Trash abounds. There always seems to be bum detritus in this "park."

Infact, the homeless seem to be the only people who use this "park". Nothing against them, the "park" is isolated and unwelcoming and probably provides a good refuge for those who do not necessarily want to be found.

Maybe I've been too negative about this place? How about I euphemistically refer to it as an "open-air restroom" - or an "alfresco room occupancy"? Yeah, sounds good.

Page authored 30 May 2007.
Written by Serhii Chrucky.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Doesn't this begin at home with parents being parents

Hot Off the press....

Pfleger and crew had a press conference at the all holy Saint Sabina.

Tragically, this year 17 children have lost their lives in Chicago due to gun violence. We must demand common sense gun legislation and stop easy access to guns. We must also make sure we arrest the perpetrators who take the lives of our children.

Unfortunately, the coverage and community action often differ from incident to incident. Therefore, I am asking people to join with me in two efforts to demand common sense gun laws and to put together a reward fund so that every time a child is murdered in the city, each child's life will be addressed equally. We will immediately put a $5,000 reward (Bounty) for the arrest and conviction of the shooter, if there is no known suspect and we will gather at the state of Illinois building to demand stronger gun legislation.

Every time a child is murdered , within the next 24-72 hours we will rally from 11:00am to 12 Noon at the Thompson, State of Illinois building , 100 West Randolph, demanding the state legislators to pass gun legislation. If you are interested in becoming part of this team, please fill out the form and fax it to 773-483-7583 or mail it to St Sabina Church, 1210 West 78the place

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Firm lands 2-year deal to run Midway

March 5, 2008

The Daley administration has chosen a new manager for Midway Airport, signing a two-year, $21.2 million contract that will tide the city over until the airport is privatized.

Skyline Management Group has replaced a clout-heavy partnership that's held the contract since 2001 and includes former Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Elzie Higginbottom, Mayor Daley's chief fund-raiser in the black community.

The new manager is a joint venture of three equal partners: Chicago-based Diverse Facility Solutions, Florida-based AvAir Professional Services and Linc Facility Services of Houston.

Skyline principals have "experience working with Midway Airport Management," the terminal's current manager, "some going back to 1994," according to the company's proposal, posted on the Procurement Services Department Web site.

The new manager is also promising to "maintain an appearance equal to a five-star hotel at Midway's main terminal, concourse and maintenance complex" by retaining the existing work force of janitors, engineers and electricians.

The staff will be "mostly comprised of incumbent personnel who have firsthand knowledge of Midway Airport and a proven track record of quality service delivery," the company stated.

Two custodians will serve as "restroom patrols" to keep six public and four private restrooms at the Midway terminal spic and span. A full-day workshop will be held with the outgoing Midway Airport Management to ensure "minimal disruption of ongoing work," the document stated.

Midway Airport Management was a joint venture of Enron Building Services, Transportation Building Services and Higginbottom's East Lake Management and Development Corp.

In 2005, Higginbottom voluntarily forfeited the minority business certification that gives his construction companies a leg up on city contracts after acknowledging that his net worth was "a heckuva lot more" than the $750,000 ceiling at that time.

Last month, Mayor Daley put a "For Sale" sign on Midway, the landlocked airport that came back from the dead after the demise of Midway Airlines.

It happened after five of seven airlines signed on to the deal, the first of its kind in the nation.

The city's "request for qualifications" set in motion a yearlong process that could end with a $3 billion windfall to shore up city pensions and rebuild Chicago's aging infrastructure.

On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the city's office of budget and management said the new Midway contract could be "terminated for convenience" at any time. "Our time table for the long-term lease has not changed," said the spokeswoman, Wendy Abrams.

City bans plastic bags- feel good politics

  • Tiny plastic bags used to sell small quantities of heroin, crack cocaine, marijuana and other drugs would be banned in Chicago, under a crackdown advanced today by a City Council committee.

    Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd) persuaded the Health Committee to ban possession of “self-sealing plastic bags under two inches in either height or width,” after picking up 15 of the bags on a recent Sunday afternoon stroll through a West Side park.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Ex-alderman Dorothy Tillman arrested in Ala

The flamboyant former Chicago alderman and civil rights activist Dorothy Tillman was arrested Sunday in her native Montgomery, Ala., charged with criminal trespassing after a confrontation with hospital officials about Tillman's 86-year-old ailing aunt.

Tillman, best known for her work with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and for wearing vast array of hats, spent 102 minutes in the Montgomery city jail before a local pastor posted Tillman's $300 bond, officials at the jail said.

Tillman, 60, was headed back to Chicago on Sunday afternoon and said she planned to receive medical attention for injuries incurred during the arrest, she said.

They knocked me down on the ground. They knocked my hat off. One of them put his knees on my spine and threatened to Taser me," Tillman said during an interview before traveling to Chicago.

Tillman was charged with criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor charge, said Montgomery police Lt. Ron Cook. She was arrested at 6:32 a.m. and released at 8:14 a.m. Montgomery police officials declined to provide additional details.

The trouble began about 6 a.m. Sunday.

Tillman had taken her aunt, Mabel Barker, to Jackson Hospital the previous evening. Frustrated by what she described as her aunt's overnight stay that yielded little treatment, Tillman requested the medical records when hospital officials discharged Barker. Tillman said she was told the records would be mailed.

Unfazed, Tillman continued to request the records. Hospital security and police officials were alerted.

Jackson Hospital officials did not immediately return calls for comment.

"I don't think I was screaming. I didn't go like crazy, crazy," Tillman said. "My only concern was to get some treatment for my aunt."

Tillman said she was arrested and put in "leg chains and shackles."

"It was really something," Tillman said. "They did the real police thing."

Tillman traveled to Montgomery to attend the funeral of Johnnie Carr, who joined her childhood friend Rosa Parks in the Montgomery bus boycott and emerged as a prominent activist. Tillman plans to return next week to accept an award for her own civil rights work during the anniversary of the storied march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma.

Tillman lost her seat on the Chicago City Council after 23 years in a bitterly fought election last April. Pat Dowell elbowed out Tillman in representing the city's 3rd Ward, an area that became increasingly diverse when a 2001 remapping brought Hispanic residents from the Back of the Yards and residents of the trendy South Loup.

Tillman spent her career advocating for African-Americans in everything from campaigning for city contracts to passing a slave-reparations ordinance.

Tillman is scheduled to appear in court March 31.