Sunday, July 31, 2005
Another reason to hate the media
- "Stealth" is a pretty fair military-hardware action movie until you start thinking about it -- at which point it turns incredibly sour in your mouth. I can therefore recommend it to any and all audiences lacking higher brain functions. Sea cucumbers, perhaps. Ones waving American flags. (emphasis added)
I got your "rights" right here!
When confronted by the London police, one of the failed suicide bombers screamed back at the police "How do I know you won't kill me? I have rights!" Hey shithead? So did the 58 people your compatriots slaughtered 14 days before. So does most of society, going about their daily lives of trying to make a living, pay some bills, and just maybe make their lives a little more happy and joyful. The LAST thing they need is some failure of a human being taking out their problems on them. Rights? Too bad Britain doesn't have a death penalty. We know of 58 families that might like to throw the switch.
The comments sections ...
Saturday, July 30, 2005
Not so funny statistic
>Amount of money that unions contributed to republican candidates in the past 5 years: $20 million
>Amount of money that unions contributed to democratic candidates in the past 5 years: $229 Billion.
That is NOT a misprint. $20 Million v. $229 BILLION. That is obscene. With 40% or more of union members voting republican, the union leadership is contributing to democrats at a ratio of $11,450 to $1. Actually, obscene doesn't even begin to cover what this is. The AFL-CIO fracture is only the beginning of a trend and it can't get here fast enough.
Friday, July 29, 2005
Aaron Patterson convicted again. Gee, do ya think that the police had it right the first time and maybe this goof might have been guilty? At the very least, he belongs behind bars.
Ted Kennedy thinks US Supreme Court nominee holds "cramped views" on the Voting Rights act. Wonder what Teddy's views are on driving and swimming drunk?
Frank Main of the slum-times continues his long history of misleading headlines, claiming a TASER device killed a man even though he had methamphetamine levels 5% ABOVE the known fatal doses. Let's blame the police if they use a device that will both save their own lives AND the lives of a psycho who could seriously hurt them, eh Frank? We think they ought to go back to just shooting the jagoffs who attack the police. The paperwork is easier and they usually give you a medal for it.
Here is the USA Today story "theleftisbest" was speaking about. Here is another version of it. Here is a link where you can write to ClearChannel and express your displeasure with their choice of on air talent. Remember: a polite, but firm letter will garner a response while a hate filled screed will cause them to dismiss you as a psycho.
An interesting article on why Hillary won't win the election in 2008.
How well do you know your US geography? Play this game and find out. We've gotten our average down to 9 miles of error. Play this advanced version and the states disappear after you place them.
We are especially unhappy with a judge like this (click link here) who lets a scumbag out on a piddling bail, lets him keep his passport, and then is surprised when he probably flees the country after beating a man to death with a bicycle lock. A man far wiser than us told us once that there wasn't an honest judge in cook county, just lesser degrees of dishonesty. Now, more than ever, we see how wise this man truly was.
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Previous post about bombs
- We are small, barely hitting 150 readers a day
- These pictures are everywhere after ABC posted them. If this isn't a situation of closing the barn door after the horse, pigs and chickens have all left and the cow is turning off the lights, we don't know what is.
- We are decidedly contrarian in our viewpoint that this information SHOULD be shared, especially as it relates to safety. Again, animals and empty barns.
- Most, if not all, of our readers are Chicago cops. If we can make even one copper aware of what these devices look like...well, we've been to far too many funerals not to post the pictures.
Maurer named Chief of Aviation Dept.
After seeing something like this, you may understand a tiny bit about why the British police were a little eager to stop a suspicious turnstyle jumper. And these are the cleaned up photos. You can only see a tiny little bit of blood in the first train picture and all the body pieces have been picked up. Comments are activated in post #1 up top
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Hey!!! Look at us!!
Anyhow, thanks to everyone who has been participating. Tell your friends to stop on by and give us some more eyeballs. Make up your own posters for the districts and units. Spread the word!
Look for a BIG post tomorrow morning at some point. We've been drafting it for a few hours now and it'll take up multiple posts. We're going to post it in reverse order so it will read top to bottom since we haven't yet figured out all the bugs in this program yet. Comments will be open on post #1 so as not to have everything scattered to heck.
Even MORE good news
New home sales up to record highs for the month of June. Big ticket manufacturing items up another 1.4%. Boy, that economy just keeps on trucking along, doesn't it? Combined with recent hints that troops overseas will be scaled down starting next year, looks like another losing year for the democratic party.
More traffic stop news
News from Illinois and Texas worthy of discussion
Law enforcement officers across the country should make note of some news from Illinois and Texas worthy of discussion and debate. [ ... ]
First, Chicago police officers may lose their discretion on how to handle a traffic stop if local elected officials adopt a proposed ordinance that would dictate their behavior. And if they don't follow the ordinance, they could be subject to a minimum $100 fine as well as possible discipline from the department. City officials are considering the ordinance following the July 13th traffic stop of a state senator who claimed he was racially profiled by a Chicago police officer.
Proponents say the "code of conduct" is designed to protect motorists as well as help police by requiring motorists to stay in their vehicles during stops. The ordinance would require officers to "approach the motorist in a cautious, safety-minded manner" and "politely inform the driver of the reason and purpose of the traffic stop," addressing the driver by name and "appropriate title" (Mr., Ms.) after examining the driver's license. In turn, motorists are required to pull over immediately, provide proper identification, keep hands visible and stay in their cars. Violators, including police officers, would be subject to a $100 minimum fine.
A spokesman for police administration told The Chicago Tribune, that the department "welcomes any conversations in our efforts to augment public education about how to conduct yourself during a traffic stop. We are open to looking at any way we can augment current efforts to train officers on how to conduct traffic stops professionally."
Does anyone have some "conversations " on how to conduct yourself during a traffic stop??
Out of the spotlight
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Wanted, Dead or Alive!
Should they actually find someone that can put the mayor in handcuffs and frogmarched out of city hall, we promise to send $100 to any account dedicated to his/her benefit and furthermore swear to place his/her name in as a write-in candidate for the vacated position of mayor for all time.
Did anyone see ...
1 - Go to this link (click here!)
1a - if your name is "leftisthebest," clean your eyes, keyboard and screen with #20 grit sandpaper as we are sure you don't usually spend time at foxnews.com :)
2 - in the tool bar at the top of the screen, click on video
3 - there are usually about 10 video links here. Click the one marked "Hot Pursuit" and view it.
These video links are replaced often, so go as soon as you can to see this lest it disappear. The cop in the crash is fine, but watching his squad car wipe out is a classic.
New rumors though. We're hearing rumblings that the "sooper-secret" study group at 35th Street produced not one, not two, not even three, but twenty eight identical top scores. BUT TWENTY EIGHT IDENTICAL TOP SCORES. Say it again slowly in your head. Twenty eight. Identical. Say it out loud. Sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? But we are hearing this exact thing from numerous credible sources. Twenty eight.
Monday, July 25, 2005
Unions good? Bad? Long post
As a citizen, we believe unions once stood for good. We previously stated that they fought the good fight against outrageous and illegal job actions, they pioneered health and insurance coverage, they trained generations of workers coming up behind them and created safety rules and they fought for a living wage and regular pay raises. These were all good things at the time as there were no laws and no recourse for the workers of yesteryear.
Generally, police distrust unions. Part of it is institutional; police have always been the buffer between companies and unions and, as it was, unions were usually bucking the status quo and more often than not, agitating for change by breaking the existing rules to effect these changes. Police enforce the existing rules and aren't usually allowed to pick and choose what laws to enforce, so they were seen as tools of the "oppressors." One of the outcomes of this was the Haymarket massacre.
As a cop and republican, we distrust unions more so than usual. Unions have become calcified dinosaurs that hinder efforts more so than they help anymore. Unions have become the stumbling block that prevents reform and progress. Example: does anyone have any idea how hard it is to fire a union teacher? An incompetent teacher who constantly fails to teach our children? Yes, we know teachers are hamstrung by certain rules of their employers, but if those obstacles are overcome, it is still impossible to fire a teacher who doesn't make the grade. Example: WalMart is trying to open one or two stores within city limits. The city council is caving to lots of union pressure to deny WalMart permits to build and open a store in the Austin neighborhood, even though the aldercreature of this ward is begging for this job generator, not just the store itself, but the construction jobs it will also provide. If any place needs jobs, Austin is near the top. WalMart provides the impetus for massive economic changes, but as it is a non-union operation, unions say "no" and this hurts the community at large. Example: the UAW often demanded hefty pay raises, generous work rules, fought the automation of assembly lines and generally made it very expensive to produce automobiles in the United States. In fact, many manufacturing unions fought for exactly the same things. Is it any wonder that the manufacturing sector of this country is decaying at an unprecedented and alarming rate? Americans demand affordable products and if they can get it cheaper from overseas, they're going to buy it. It's a fact of life.
The only portion of unions that has grown at all in the past few years is the government unions. Every other union is shrinking. Herein lies a BIG problem. Most police and fire departments and many other government employees cannot strike. It's written into existing contracts along with local, state and federal law. They have no power to force the city to its knees in negotiations. Ticket boycotts are illegal and even advocating a job action like that is grounds for firing. Look it up. So when you ask, "Could you imagine Mayor Daley bargaining with Police Officers if there was no union?" we reply "yes, we can." It would be almost exactly the same because we have no club with which to beat the mayor. The only reason we got the contract we did is because of a neutral arbitrator. The union didn't win very much at all because the city didn't agree to very much at all. The arbitrator went by past history and pretty much gave us the raises and increases that we got in past years. We don't blame the current FOP people because the only history the arbitrator had to go on was the old "give away the store" Nolan team people.
Another reason we believe the time of the union has past is that the union has become, part and parcel, an arm of the democratic party. Look at some of the platforms they advocate. Clinton had to submit his entire election and reelection platforms to the unions to get their endorsements. They had veto power over all of it. And all too often, the platforms had next to nothing to do with what union members ethical and moral beliefs were. There are studies that show that although unions endorsed democratic candidates at a ridiculously high margin (something like 90+%), union members themselves voted republican almost 40% of the time. Unions have something that no other organization short of the government has: the power to tax you (dues). The mistake unions have (and are) making is not consulting with their members as to how those dues are spent, especially in the political arena. This is one factor driving away people who would otherwise join unions. It is possible that this fracture in the AFL-CIO will produce something more responsive to its members by denying the national union the dues money it uses to pursue a decidedly liberal agenda. At the very least, it may produce something more along the lines of how their members actually vote.
Busy day - Open thread
Sunday, July 24, 2005
The end of the AFL-CIO?
It is our considered opinion, that the day of the union has passed. Organizations that once protected workers rights, standardized salaries and safety rules, began apprentice programs to train new workers, pioneered insurance coverage and disability pay, and gave the workers a fighting chance against illegal job actions are on their last legs. The unions inability to adapt to the changing world scene and refusal to listen to the changing political climate has doomed them to obsolescence and driven away members at an increasingly higher rate. Union membership is at an all time low and this fracture of the AFL-CIO with the Teamsters and the SEIU pulling out (along with 5 other unions over the past three years) will cost them another third of their membership. And no, it isn't the republican's fault. It is their own fault. The warning signs were there for years. They just refused to look at them.
Damn! It was hot!
Saturday, July 23, 2005
Units and manpower
Also, it seems every specialized unit in the city is way down manpower. We have a theory on this and would like to hear some input into it. UNDERSTAND THIS PLEASE, WE ARE NOT SLAMMING OLD TIMERS. Read on.
For many of these jobs where you had to take a test that was Pass/Fail only, seniority was the ONLY deciding factor after you passed. There was never a numerical ranking like for detective, sergeants or lieutenants. For units like B&A, Crime Lab, and MAIS, and ETs, entire units were made up of guys with 28 and 30+ years on the job. We are not saying these guys didn't earn it, but we are saying that this was short sighted on the part of the department. When the state passed the pension bill that allowed us to retire (max pension) at 28 years instead of 31, the department and the D units were caught short. Very short. We are not exaggerating when we say that literally HUNDREDS of years of police experience was wiped off of the boards and no one downtown gave it a thought, until the clearance rate started to bottom out and units like MAIS and Crime Lab couldn't handle normal weekend workloads.
Anyone have a remedy for this situation? If you don't mind posting it, we won't mind stealing it, selling it as our own, and maybe getting a gold star out of the deal.
A challenge! Say something nice
The nice thing about dick durbin is that he might finally teach the left something about their words having consequences. Read this link here from the Sun Times. We, for one, are going to make sure that the FOP gets all the information it needs to support and endorse whomever runs against durbin in 2008. With durbin's approval rating at 50% BEFORE he equated the US military with nazis, gulag guards and pol-pot's genocidal tendencies, the republicans of this state have a golden opportunity to knock off the turban. Especially if the mayor's political machine falls apart, which is looking more likely every day. Turban has no machine to speak of once Daley is gone. Look how fast he caved when the mayor criticized him over his comments. Under 24 hours we believe. If daley goes, so goes the turban.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Rumors! We've got ...well
When in doubt, an open thread
Thursday, July 21, 2005
UPDATE - Tomorrow's Headlines Today
By the way, we deleted the comment. Our board, our rules. You don't like it, go start your own board and make the effort we've made to generate publicity, generate interest and have adult conversations with other coppers. Save the other stuff for the bar with the crowd you know.
Pic of the Day
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Tomorrows Headlines Today!
Notice this sentence though: " A second car containing members of Meeks' group was behind his vehicle while the sergeant was dealing with the driver of the Meeks vehicle. They also got out of their car, according to police sources." THIS is what ought to be investigated. The sergeant was definitely at a tactical disadvantage and was alone. The off (or on) duty CPD security ought to be questioned thoroughly about this. Police know better than civilians the dangers of a traffic stop. No way they should have been out of the car, period. Wave the badge out the window or display it through your windshield. Let the sergeant KNOW that you are a friendly and wait for him to approach you. This is his stop, let him run it. Then he can (a) handle it as a simple warning, (b) ticket the driver, (c) flush his own career down the toilet if he treats Meeks badly, instead of being tried in the media because he didn't know if the 3 guys confronting him while he was alone were good or bad.
And if you harbor any thoughts of where this incident is going, read this: " Investigators from the Police Department's Office of Professional Standards are conducting an "expedited" probe of the traffic stop and the officer at the heart of the investigation could face disciplinary action and additional training, officials said." (emphasis added)
Officer Safety Alert
An interesting quote
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
John G. Roberts for the USSC
Hugh Hewitt writes a glowing recommendation of Roberts as a mainstream conservative who will appeal to middle America. This is a good move for Bush, replacing a shaky moderate (O'Connor) with a firm conservative. The march to the right starts in earnest now.
UPDATE: It seems the unanimous confirmation may have been by voice vote. He passed out of committee 14-3 and a voice vote is assumed to be unanimous unless someone specifically brings up objections. Check out this review by the Washington Post
Fourteenth District Follies
Has anyone heard about HOW they were pulling over people? In a marked car? A marked car not reported missing from the 014th District for TWO DAYS? Oh me oh my, what a story this is. Seems a 014 District traffic guy stopped at Lazo's at Western and Armitage for a bite to eat and left the keys in the car. The car disappeared. So did our intrepid officer report it missing so there could be a citywide flash message? Oh no, that would make sense. He called a buddy and the two of them searched for the remainder of the shift to no avail. Did he THEN report the car missing, so maybe the next watch could look for it and a flash message could be sent? OH NO. He checked off and went home, never told a soul. He even showed up the next day and checked out a different car while the missing car was making traffic stops and robbing citizens! The mopes were eventually caught and the vehicle recovered. (One citizen managed to get the car number when she flagged it down, changed her mind when the guys were not dressed in uniform and she just felt it was "odd," and called 911 to report it.) A check of the vehicle revealed it to be assigned to the 014th District so the desk was called. 014 disavowed any knowledge of a missing car until they actually checked the lot. It was then the theft was discovered. So did our multi-year veteran traffic man 'fess up to the mistake yet? Oh no, he denied any knowledge of the missing car. Said they must have stolen it from the lot. This didn't explain the keys they had, but hey, in for a penny, in for a pound we guess. During interviews, the arrestees admitted to taking the car and even telling the detectives where and when they stole it. Officer Knucklehead's story promptly fell apart at this point.
Really, we couldn't make this stuff up if we tried. Anyone care to confirm or add to it?
Tuesday night open posting
Pfleger is a Pfool
Monday, July 18, 2005
Now I'm off to help the vast right wing conspiracy distract the citizens of the country from the true issues at hand and sneak a conservative nominee onto the Supreme Court.
Sunday, July 17, 2005
OK, now it's the FOP's problem
On one hand, we have a police sergeant pulling over a car, approaching, then having at least one, maybe two non-uniformed security personnel get out of a 2nd car behind him. The reverend approaches from the first direction to pull a "do you know who I am?" routine. People from two directions, out of their cars, and he's riding 99? Damn right our gun is out of the holster. Damn right we're going to use some coarse language. Damn right we're letting everyone see the gun. Armchair quarterbacking aside, the sergeant has lost control of this traffic stop. He has no tactical advantage whatsoever. No distance, no cover, no backup (on scene), no time to react. This is total FUBAR.
On the other hand, we have a reasonably well known (in the black community) reverend claiming the sergeant said "I know who you are." Claiming the sergeant pointed a gun at him. Claiming the sergeant used bad words. If the traffic stop went down as everyone appears to be describing it, the last two of those don't mean spit. The sergeant was at a tactical disadvantage and had to resort to the final option. Hell, for all we know, he might have claimed he knew who Meeks was in a last ditch effort to stave off Meeks approach and secure an avenue of escape.
Our bet? This is going to be a horseshit investigation and political lynching. How about this question: Who the hell were the off duty CPD (Meek's security) getting OUT of their car BEHIND an officer doing a 10-99 traffic stop? Marvelous way to get yourself shot, don't you think?
And another thing. Guess what? White cops are allowed to pull over minorities if they violate traffic laws! Seriously! Stop laughing! IT'S TRUE! Stop laughing damnit! If a minority violates the law, they are held accountable if they're caught and cited. I still hear giggling, knock it off! Someone notify Meeks and Jesse Jr. Their casual accusations of racial profiling are destroying any appearance of a legitimate investigation.
What if you're a copper in 011? You can't just pull over white people who don't look like they live there (even if they've got suburban stickers and look like junkies), that's profiling. Now you can't stop minorities? Who else lives in 011? You've just created a zone of exclusion that, for something like the past 10 or 15 years, led the city in homicides that regularly topped 80 to 100 a year. What about 007? If you can find us a large number of white or hispanic people living in 007, we'd be surprised. If 011 wasn't at the top of the murder parade, it was 007.
As the average motorist commits a traffic violation every eighth of a mile, it isn't hard to make traffic stops. And last time we checked, white people WERE the minority in the city and getting smaller. The city breakdown was something like 44% black, 42% white, 12% hispanic, 2% other and this was 5 years ago.
Playing the fool
Rev. Meeks, Jesse Jr, and the mayor are not fools either, but they're acting like it. John Kass points out the hypocrisy of the mayor in the Sunday Trib. We're sure Daley has dozens of people that can tell him, and probably have told him, that a 10-99 traffic stop is one of the most dangerous situations ever. Hell, as a former State's Attorney, he knows it. But the political realities being what they are, the mayor needs to sacrifice someone on the altar of political correctness to divert attention from his overly corrupt administration and preserve his minority votes. The lakefront liberals have already proven they'll vote for a black guy and the city workers who've been without contracts for over 2 years aren't happy. He needs minority votes, so this sergeant will pay, probably with his job.
Jesse Jr learned at the foot of (insert sarcastic comment here) the city has ever known. His demanding the police keep guns in their holsters on "routine" traffic stops is nothing short of complete ignorance of the job police do day in and day out. His speech at the VFW hall in the heavily republican 41st ward Friday night is being played as a dry run for city hall. Daley is wounded, badly, and Jr smells opportunity. But it looks like he's going to do it without police votes if he continues with this fiasco.
And Meeks. We stated before that we wouldn't be surprised if he twisted this to his own ends, and he hasn't disappointed. A press release? Wow. Looks like he was just waiting for this opportunity to take his pound of flesh, but he could have just realized a golden opportunity dropping into his lap and running with it. He's now comparing himself with Oprah and her little "to-do" in Paris, a "Crash" moment if you will.
Maybe we shouldn't worry though. We're sure OPS or IAD or whoever is handling this immediately isolated the witnesses for interviews/statements so they don't have a chance to coordinate their stories (hahahahahaha!!)(oops, sorry about that)(::snort::guffaw::). Will the off duty (CPD?) security that was with Meeks corroborate the sergeant's version or the reverend's? Sarge better hope he never did this guy or any of his friends a bad turn. And for the comments about "what is FOP doing?" We've asked the same question, but the reality is most sergeants aren't part of FOP. We don't even know if the press has sought out a comment from FOP and even if FOP issued a press release, the media isn't obliged to report it. The Sergeant's Association HAS issued a press release in support of this guy, but is it enough to slow down the 30-pending train?
Saturday, July 16, 2005
Sun Times Saturday headline
Well, we guess Jr. just wrote off most of the police vote in the next election. All Daley has to do is find a tame minority to split the black vote and **poof** another term (unless he gets indicted.)
We stated in the previous thread that we wouldn't be surprised to see Meeks twist this to his own advantage and sure enough, representative. Jr., representative Danny Davis, representative Bobby Rush, state senator Kwame Raoul and aldercreature Anthony Bealy all appeared with Meeks. Meeks has already said this will be the subject of his Sunday sermon and Supt. Cline has been sent to making an appearance. It makes great headlines and guarantees press coverage to blast the police and demand changes that put us at risk.
Remember this if you remember nothing else. There is a reason that there is no policy dictating when you can and cannot display a weapon. Love him or hate him, Chief Maurer is the only boss that states these changes are "impossible." But even he sees which way the political winds are blowing on this one, tempering his quote with a short mention of weapon discipline. Starks is quoted about "strong, decisive" action before an investigation is even begun. The political establishment is looking to crucify this sergeant. Will he keep his job? Odds are even money at this point.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Good news, Bad news
A feel good story
Good news - Cops shoot bad guy, hooray!
Sources in Area 4 report the interrogation at the hospital before surgery went something like this:
subject - "I'm with the FBI."
detectives - "Where do you work?"
subject - "Downtown."
detectives - "Where downtown?"
subject - "I don't know. One of those buildings downtown."
The subject was then taken to surgery.
Bad news - Unknown Sergeant accused of acting the fool.
We're passing no judgments on this one as we've worked too many nights as a 99 car and run across this many times. We also know much that never gets reported about the Rev. Meeks. It wouldn't surprise us to hear Meeks took advantage of this situation and twisted it, but you'll never see it published. The media always portrays the cops as the racist ignorant party without ever investigating the whole incident and the mayor jumping all over it early is bad, so look for this sergeant to pay a hefty price. See how the "Slum-Times" brought up the racial profiling angles? Mark this well people, look for some major league roll call training films soon.
Bad news - Cop arrested on 1st Degree murder charge
Crap like this irritates us on one hand and tickles our darker sense of humor on the other. How many of us have been going through half a dozen assholes and picked out the ones we thought we oughta buy life insurance on and make the payments ourselves because we knew they were headed for a bad end? Too many to count. Then some knucklehead copper actually goes and does it? And hires a couple of small time street hoods who were caught? And flipped on him? Do you think he might have thought this through a little better? Innocent until proven guilty, we know, but thanks alot Leak.
This is a joke, right?
Hey! We know where you can save $1.2 million dollars today! Stop paying "consultants" for stale ideas like selling the naming rights to various structures. That idea has been around for years, or haven't you noticed the United Center, U.S. Cellular Field, etc. If it stands still long enough, Daley will try to sell the naming rights to anything.
And another thing - the naming idea? It stinks. Really. Does anyone think that Marshall Fields or Carson's or any really big Michigan Avenue stores is going to want to attach their name to a dank underground train station that smells of oil, mildew and bum urine? "Jackson. This is Jackson. When you smell Jackson, think Carson, Pierre, Scott & Co." It just doesn't work for us.
Thursday, July 14, 2005
Happy dance! Hockey returns
Good news is bad news?
"...the day after a strong jobs report (search), The New York Times was bemoaning it would most likely keep interest rates ratcheting upward. I'm not saying that isn't true. But would it kill us in the media to turn it around? That interest rates are going higher, precisely because the economy's going higher? Would it kill us to report that while gas prices are at a record this week of $2.29 a gallon... they'd have to get up to more than 3 bucks to match the inflation-adjusted Carter years? And would it kill us to add that folks in Europe pay up to three times our level right now? Would it kill us to note in our "deficits-are-ruining-America" stories, that deficits are actually declining? Maybe a hundred billion less than thought? And that tax revenues are up, precisely because tax rates are down? Would it kill us to admit that's because more people are working and more people are paying taxes, so the pie just got bigger? No, we curse the pie and dish out the crap. How's that for flaky? In economic news, that's not being fair and balanced. Now, I'm not saying, don't report the bad stuff. Just don't make it seem like that's the only stuff." -- Neil Cavuto
Panic at 35th St.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Wednesday night open thread
Time for a little outrage
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Is anyone else bothered by...
Point of order.
Run Junior Run!!!
Monday, July 11, 2005
Well, the Left is gearing up for the upcoming Supreme Court nomination hearing. The Drudge Report is reporting on an overheard cell phone conversation by NY senator Schumer who states that the dems will fight no matter who the nominee is. Nothing like pre-judging a nominee, eh? We for one are hoping the rumors of Rehnquist stepping down shortly are fulfilled in short order along with either Ginsburg or Kennedy retiring before the next election cycle.
Commander Joseph P. Murphy
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Retiree Qualification (from a reader)
UPDATE: Retirees must keep their FOID cards current when qualifying.
UPDATE: Bomb techs detonated a "suspicious" package in Birmingham, but are saying that it probably wasn't a device. Look for a large portion of the West to be on pins and needles for a bit.
Friday, July 08, 2005
Friday night open thread
Just another boring economic recovery
Stunningly, Wall Street closed up two days in a row, even after the London bombings and all the oil the left thinks we're stealing from the Middle East flirted with, closed above and then fell below $60 a barrel. We think that Wall Street has a better handle on the economy than the democratic party does.
Thursday, July 07, 2005
An interesting question
- Okay, is it me or is the superintendent appointing more and more folks to commander's posts that are less qualified? In the past, people with the juice were made, that's expected. These days though it appears commanders who worked about a minute on the streets, or in an Area, are made.
We will offer these observations and then stand aside for any commentary: This job has changed immensely in the past 10 to 15 years (and we don't say 10 to 15 for any particular reason so don't read into it. If you count our family members, we've been part of the police family since the 60's.) Over 60% of Patrol is made up of people with under 10 years. We are seeing the last of the Vietnam era coppers rapidly retire. This has led to a HUGE experience drain on the department. At the same time, the college requirements to get on the job and get promoted are provoking a larger "war" between newer and traditional ways of doing police work. Thirty years ago, data collection and crime mapping were as far removed from policing as portable radios and two man cars were thirty years before that. Things change, and the Department is traditionally very wary and hide bound where change is concerned. The bosses you will see advancing farthest and fastest (besides the clout babies) are the ones who can use the changing technology utilized by the Department.
As to the Superintendent promoting less qualified people than in the past, it's all a matter of opinion. What qualifies someone to be a boss? College? Politics? Exams? Politics? The ability to make a "believable" excuse after you piss hot? Politics? Wearing a wire on your tact team and getting a bunch of them jailed? Politics? Running a ring of jewel thieves? Politics maybe? Comment away people...this oughta be good.
Just when you thought...
If this link is still active, it certainly is an interesting read. Thanks to Michelle Malkin for the link.
UPDATE: This post was originally written the evening of 6 July, with the intent to get ahead of the posting game and post it on the 7th. In light of the London bombings, we delayed posting it until now.
London Train Bombings
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
While we were out...
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Middle of the week open thread
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
Turning a corner in Iraq
Monday, July 04, 2005
Fourth of July open thread
Saturday, July 02, 2005
Rumors? or reality?
Didn't know where to put this so I'll put it here. What the bosses downtown are not telling the press.
The guy who escaped from Cook County Jail with a sheriff's uniform, and robbed the bank, was stopped by P/O's during a confrontation in the 003rd district. Officers made out an armed robbery report for him, albeit that he used a false name. He than asked for a ride to the 95th st,"el" station, but the P/O said she could only take him as far as 67th st. So she did.
The next night a lady calls 911 and says "she know that gut that was robbed last night? He used my phone and toilet after he asked for a ride to Gary, IN. I didn't drive him though. I just saw his picture on TV that's him!" So she calls 911 and a beat car from 003 arrives.
The lady gives the P/O's the sheriff's shirt and some paperwrapsthat go around bundles of bills. She tells them she find them hidden behind her toilet.
The P/O's say thanks and leave. Later detectives from the FBI Task Force come into 003 and want to see the items. Guess what?
The officers coded out the job and dumped the items in dumpster. When the P/O's and Task Force go to the dumpster...it has been emptied!! This is not a tall tale. A CR# was obtained on the two P/O's.
Can anyone confirm or debunk this? Did these two incidents involve the same people? Someone is looking at HEAVY time should this be true.
Friday, July 01, 2005
UPDATE: The boys over at PowerLine had the same idea as me!