Saturday, October 6, 2007
Four youths were hospitalized with stab wounds and three people were in custody Friday night after a melee involving as many as 40 people in the South Side Englewood neighborhood..
and who did the stabbing?
Family members said an adult woman stabbed the youths during an ongoing dispute between several families and others that boiled over outside homes in the 1000 block of West Marquette.
Such a fine example for the kids to follow. I wonder why the cameras didn't stop this from happening. Where were the police? Aren't they supposed to prevent these kinds of things from happening?
By his logic then, the Joyce Foundation is anti-police because they opposed the Fraternal Order of Police on the Tiahrt amendment. As a matter of fact, then both the FOP and the IACP would be anti-police because they opposed each other on the matter.
So Mr. Chris Fitzsimon, did you even read the IACP report or just the Brady Campaign/VPC press release bashing the NRA? Can you tell me why, if the NRA is anti-police, it provides training courses and materials to the police?
You also use trace data as a statistic . I take it you didn't read those reports either.
Not that I'm surprised.
Friday, October 5, 2007
Dozens of angry residents joined Rev. Jesse Jackson at the Chicago Housing Authority's Ickes Homes today to protest what they say is a system of illegal searches, seizures and arrests at the complex.
Residents allege that they are being unfairly targeted by police as a way to push them out of the area to make way for massive redevelopment plans.
Police comb the public housing project on South State Street daily, they said, searching pockets without warning, entering homes without permission and arresting and charging residents and visitors alike with trespassing.
Of course he doesn't care that they're completely disallowed from owning any firearms:
4. Unless required by lawful employment, displaying, using or possessing anywhere on CHA property any firearms, ammunition or other weapons. It shall be a serious breach of the Lease for any resident or resident family members to display a weapon with a verbal or non-verbal threat to shoot, fire, explode, throw or otherwise discharge the weapon or to inflict any injury on another person or to damage any property through the intentional, reckless, careless or negligent use of a weapon;
CHA Lease Agreement
Sure made them safer. Didn't it?
LONDON - A polio outbreak in Nigeria was caused by the vaccine designed to stop it, international health officials say, leaving at least 69 children paralyzed.
It is a frightening paradox in a part of the world that already distrusts western vaccines, making it even tougher to stamp out age-old diseases.
The outbreak was caused by the live polio virus that is used in vaccines given orally — the preferred method in developing countries because it is cheaper and doesn't require medical training to dispense....
Experts say such outbreaks only happen when too few children are vaccinated. In northern Nigeria, only about 39 percent of children are fully protected against polio.
The oral polio vaccine contains a weakened version of polio virus. Children who have been vaccinated excrete the virus, and in unsanitary conditions it can end up in the water supply, spreading to unvaccinated children.
Vatican paper set to clear Knights Templar
A new book, Processus contra Templarios, will be published by the Vatican's Secret Archive on Oct 25, and promises to restore the reputation of the Templars, whose leaders were burned as heretics when the order was dissolved in 1314...
The new book is based on a scrap of parchment discovered in the Vatican's secret archives in 2001 by Professor Barbara Frale. The long-lost document is a record of the trial of the Templars before Pope Clement, and ends with a papal absolution from all heresies.
The Pope concluded that the entrance ritual was not truly blasphemous, as alleged by King Philip when he had the knights arrested. However, he was forced to dissolve the Order to keep peace with France and prevent a schism in the church.
A 23-year-old man accidentally shot himself in the face early this morning in a Gold Coast high-rise, Chicago police said.
The man was with family members in his apartment, in the 200 block of East Chestnut Street, at about 12:10 a.m. when the "small-caliber" gun discharged, police Capt. Ken Angarone said.
Police said the man probably would be charged with possessing an unregistered firearm and not having a firearm owner's identification card, both misdemeanors.
I'm betting it's not his first.
Drug deal gone bad?
A 27-year-old man was found shot and killed early this morning inside a sport-utility vehicle in the West Englewood neighborhood, Chicago police said.
The victim was found with a bullet wound to his head at about 1 a.m. in the 5700 block of South Hoyne Avenue, police said.
1am. Doesn't live nearby. High crime area. Hmmmm. Let me think.
A couple convicted of tax evasion who threatened violence if authorities approached them were arrested peacefully at their rural Plainfield home after holing up at the fortress-like compound for months, U.S. Marshals said.
The big question Thursday night was how authorities managed to take Ed and Elaine Brown into custody without the confrontation they had promised.
U.S. Marshal Stephen Monier, who said repeatedly he would seek a peaceful surrender, planned to explain Friday morning in a news conference at the federal courthouse in Concord.
U.S. marshals posing as supporters carried out the arrests of convicted tax-evaders Ed and Elaine Brown in Plainfield, the head marshal said Friday.
"They invited us in, and we escorted them out," U.S. Marshal Stephen Monier said about the Thursday night arrest.
A small team of marhals pulled off the ruse, arresting the Browns without incident on the front porch of their fortress-like rural home, Monier said.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
I say, therefore, that the arms with which a prince defends his state are either his own, or they are mercenaries, auxiliaries, or mixed. Mercenaries and auxiliaries are useless and dangerous; and if one holds his state based on these arms, he will stand neither firm nor safe; for they are disunited, ambitious and without discipline, unfaithful, valiant before friends, cowardly before enemies; they have neither the fear of God nor fidelity to men, and destruction is deferred only so long as the attack is; for in peace one is robbed by them, and in war by the enemy. The fact is, they have no other attraction or reason for keeping the field than a trifle of stipend, which is not sufficient to make them willing to die for you. They are ready enough to be your soldiers whilst you do not make war, but if war comes they take themselves off or run from the foe; which I should have little trouble to prove, for the ruin of Italy has been caused by nothing else than by resting all her hopes for many years on mercenaries, and although they formerly made some display and appeared valiant amongst themselves, yet when the foreigners came they showed what they were. Thus it was that Charles, King of France, was allowed to seize Italy with chalk in hand; 1 and he who told us that our sins were the cause of it told the truth, but they were not the sins he imagined, but those which I have related. And as they were the sins of princes, it is the princes who have also suffered the penalty.
I wish to demonstrate further the infelicity of these arms. The mercenary captains are either capable men or they are not; if they are, you cannot trust them, because they always aspire to their own greatness, either by oppressing you, who are their master, or others contrary to your intentions; but if the captain is not skilful, you are ruined in the usual way.
And if it be urged that whoever is armed will act in the same way, whether mercenary or not, I reply that when arms have to be resorted to, either by a prince or a republic, then the prince ought to go in person and perform the duty of captain; the republic has to send its citizens, and when one is sent who does not turn out satisfactorily, it ought to recall him, and when one is worthy, to hold him by the laws so that he does not leave the command. And experience has shown princes and republics, single-handed, making the greatest progress, and mercenaries doing nothing except damage; and it is more difficult to bring a republic, armed with its own arms, under the sway of one of its citizens than it is to bring one armed with foreign arms. Rome and Sparta stood for many ages armed and free. The Switzers are completely armed and quite free.
-Nicolo Machiavelli "The Prince"
We (US regulars) cannot defend Iraq since we are foreigners. They cannot depend on mercenaries to do it for them. As the Kurds and various locales have shown, it's up to them to stand up and secure themselves against the insurgents/terrorists/guerillas/fanatics that are doing everything in their power to disrupt any attempt at rebuilding.
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Days of our Trailers: PSH sensasionalism on CBS
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But after the Chicago Sun-Times began inquiring Wednesday about the hiring of Patty Young, she was taken off the payroll.
Both Young and Beavers initially denied she was a county employee, but other employees confirmed she had been working there.
Mark Kolaz is now chief of staff for Gov. Rod Blagojevich's procurement agency. The last check was written about six months before the governor hired him in January 2003.
1. You can't buy any firearm unless you're 18 or over anyway. The FOID card under 18 allows for possession w/ an adult. So much for reducing crime.
2. This will prohibit youth under 10 from participating in any hunting, shooting, or safety courses. So much for reducing accidents.
To become effective, the ISP’s age-limit proposal must be approved by JCAR - an administrative body responsible for establishing regulations and implementing guidance for statutes signed into law by the governor. Prior to considering proposed regulations, JCAR must observe a 45-day public comment period during which citizens may submit their views on the proposal, in writing, to JCAR.
Illinois residents need to contact JCAR to oppose this. Stay on message, they don't care about other issues.
Mr. John M. Hosteny
Interim Chief Legal Counsel
Illinois State Police
801 South 7th Street, Suite 1000-S
Post Office Box 19461
Springfield, Illinois 62794-9461
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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
An east-central Illinois jury convicted a former part-time police officer Wednesday night of sexually assaulting a woman after he pulled her car over in March 2006.
David L. Lewis still faces six more trials on 41 similar charges involving six other women while he served as an officer in Belgium, 30 miles east of Champaign.
He whines about the "pro gun lobby" only telling half the story by telling only half the story. Notice also that he starts out his piece w/ an ad hominem and personal attack against Scott Bach and the "gun lobby".
We waited over a month for this?
In the hands of police officers, those demonic and evil "assault weapons" suddenly convert into "Patrol Rifles" that can no longer do harm to innocents and aren't designed to hose down masses of people w/ spray fire from the hip.
"Assault weapons" vs. "Patrol rifles"
I'm less in agreement w/ the argument that the media recognizes that the weapons can be useful than that they've been called on their inflammatory descriptions and are trying to cover their own butts by modifying the language.
I'm a bit cynical that way.
An Ohio state legislator surprised a high school class when the computer he was using projected a photo of a nude woman during a lecture on how a bill becomes a law.
State Rep. Matthew Barrett was giving an American government lesson Tuesday when he inserted a data memory stick into the school computer and the projected image of a topless woman appeared instead of the graphics presentation he had downloaded...
"I have no idea where these came from," the Democrat said.
Barrett said the data memory stick was a gift he received about three weeks ago from a legislative liaison from the state Library of Ohio.
I don't know which is more pathetic. That the Rep.doesn't just admit he screwed up when creating the presentation or that the police are actually conducting an "investigation".
State Rep. Matthew Barrett: "Damn, I hope I had those backed up"
Police: "Cool, hope there's some good stuff we can copy."
On Sunday morning, Strowder allegedly found at least one CD with nude photos of women and confronted Martin in their home about 10 a.m. She then allegedly got a gun and shot him multiple times, including twice in the head, according to prosecutors. The 54-year-old man was later pronounced dead on the scene, the Cook County Medical Examiner�s office said.
Geez woman, break the CD in front of him and make him clean the garage.
I'll admit that I didn't experience as much of it as on some campuses but I did see it. In one class, you were always given a lower grade if you were a white male to have us "experience discrimination" while another was run by a former Vietnam War protester who believed any whacked out conspiracy theory by the Gov't and woe to any student who disagreed.
Hat tip to the Breda Fallacy
There is no such thing as the �Veterans Disarmament Act.� There is no pending legislation that would take firearms away from veterans. There is no pending legislation that would prevent a person with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), veteran or not, from purchasing a firearm or ammo.
But, there is a huge campaign of misinformation and scare tactics being forwarded by a small gun owners group who view themselves to be in competition with the National Rifle Association (NRA).
Let�s use some common sense instead of nonsense. If veterans were to lose the right to own firearms, you�d have a lot of unemployed cops. If those who have PTSD were to lose that right, there�d be even more unemployed cops and other first responders, as well. The arguments about a �Veterans Disarmament Act� are, quite simply, ridiculous and illogical.Lather, rinse, repeat.
Two Metra trains derail
SOUTH SIDE | Feds still probing spike removal
"The FBI is investigating two Metra train derailments near a South Shore station Tuesday evening, just a week after dozens of spikes were removed from railroad ties at another South Side site.
"The FBI is trying to determine whether there is a connection between the incidents," said Judy Pardonnet, a Metra spokeswoman. "But there doesn't appear to be spike removal in [Tuesday's first] incident. . . . The second one I am not sure of yet."
So is this a case of intentional sabotage or the media just focusing more on Metra after an unusual incident? Either way, better safe than sorry.
If it is sabotage, I'm sure there will be kneejerk reactions to provide some sort of security along the tens of thousands of miles of track across the US not realizing how inane that really is. Extended logistic infrastructures have been a weak point for centuries. Even Sun Tzu mentions the difficulty of supplying at long distances if not exactly in "attack the baggage train" terms but it is implied in attacking their weakness. It was one of the primary strategies in defeating Germany in WWII. Who hasn't seen footage of fighter-bombers shooting up trains and trucks on TV?
Even if it does turn out to be coincidence, I'm sure someone in the media will "discover" how "vulnerable" our logistic base is and demand immediate action.
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
"A majority of the board voted to defy a Cook County judge and continue refusing to pay special state's attorneys."
And what would happen to any of us lesser subjects were we to just dismiss a judges ruling? Not this:
"A more likely, less-drastic order from Judge Biebel could be to order the county comptroller to cut the checks for the special prosecutors regardless of what the county commissioners say."
Two Chicago cops went on trial Monday in a lawsuit accusing them of sodomizing a man with a screwdriver -- a claim the officers vehemently deny.
Coprez Coffie, 23, said he and two friends were in a van pulled over by Officers Scott Korhonen and Gerald Lodwick on Aug. 28, 2004.
The officers let his friends go, but drove to an alley where Korhonen pulled down the handcuffed Coffie's pants, the lawsuit said. Korhonen allegedly rammed the pointed end of a flathead screwdriver into Coffie's rectum. Coffie was standing against the car and Lodwick was looking on, Coffie's lawyers say.
"It was a sharp pain," Coffie said in a deposition, adding that the pain was the worst of his life.
*I'm going to hell, I know.
"In the 1940s, a GI went to war with little more than a uniform, weapon, helmet, bedroll and canteen. He carried some 35 pounds of gear that cost $170 in 2006 inflation-adjusted dollars, according to Army figures."
"Between 2012 and 2014, officials want troops to have head-to-toe protection, a weapon that can shoot around corners so soldiers don't have to expose themselves to their enemy and a helmet-mounted 1.5-inch computer screen showing maps of the battlefield."
It also reduces the Fog of War, allows for small units to call in artillery/air strikes w/ GPS pinpoint accuracy, recieve evacs w/i less than an hour, and fight in nearly any environment, day or night.
I'm one who wants all the Western Union Telegrams to be delivered to the other side.
Monday, October 1, 2007
"He described the country's violent crime wave as temporary, while in "cities like , Houston or , it has become a permanent thing.'' Rivera also called on U.S. authorities to do more to stop illicit firearms exports.
"That's what is killing us,'' Rivera said. "I think if look at the number of arrests, the number of drug seizures, the number of policemen who have risked their lives and who have been killed, I think it shows that our Army and local police forces are engaged in a frontal battle.''
"The report, made public last week, said that major federal crimes, which include homicides, kidnappings and arms trafficking, rose 25 percent in the first half of 2007 over the same period last year. In 2006, the same crimes had risen 22 percent over the previous year.
style executions have risen 155 percent since 2001, according to the congressional report.
Crime has been on the rise in Mexico throughout the last decade as drug cartels battle for control of lucrative smuggling routes. But the new findings come at a politically charged time for the Calderon administration, which is also confronting a new threat from an old foe— the shadowyBut wait!! Which report is true? or EPR, its Spanish acronym."
"TIJUANA, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico and the United States are claiming an important breakthrough in the drugs war, citing record lows in U.S. cocaine supplies, fewer gangland murders and the capture of several powerful traffickers."
Are the Governments just blowing smoke? Apparently so according to the DEA:
"But some officials and drug trade experts warn that the Mexican cartels are regrouping.
"As cartel leaders are captured, other high-ranking members of the organization step up and take their place. The cartels, particularly the Gulf Cartel, remain strong. The story is not over yet," said Michael Sanders, a Washington-based special agent at the U.S. .
A military crackdown launched inBut remember, it's all due to gun shows in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona in January has fizzled out due to a lack of intelligence, local police say."selling shotguns and semi-auto's .
A son of U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) has been fired from his job with the Illinois prison system for allegedly having sex with female inmates, the Sun-Times has learned.
Jeffrey M. Rush, 41, could face criminal charges for his actions, sources familiar with his dismissal said. The state Corrections Department recently sent findings of an internal investigation about Jeffrey Rush to prosecutors in two counties where the sex acts allegedly took place. Charges have not been filed.
And how did he get his job?
Gov. Blagojevich's administration hired Jeffrey Rush in May 2003. An administration list obtained by the Sun-Times indicates that Rep. Rush, who represents the South Side and southwest suburbs, helped Jeffrey Rush get hired.
How long have they known there were problems?
It was unclear, however, exactly when the allegations against Jeffrey Rush became known to Blagojevich. A legislative source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Sun-Times that the governor's office was aware since at least last year of the "problems" Jeffrey Rush faced.
Think there will be charges filed?
Blagojevich has a close political bond to Jeffrey Rush's father, who had "asked the administration to be patient" with Jeffrey Rush, the legislative source said.
Congratulations Representative Rush. You raised your son well.
But , this kind of blatant lying is par for the course when it comes to the PuSH'ers. Where are the anti-bloggers to denounce this blatant subversion of reality? Jade, Alex, Karyn, Nancy, Paul, Josh, Kelli? Is this considered ethical to you?
$1M bond for teen who confronted police with shotgun
NEWS-SUN STAFF REPORT
WAUKEGAN--A Waukegan teenager is in custody after allegedly pointing a shotgun at police officers.
Michael Rosa, 17, of the 2400 block of Dugdale Road was arrested following an incident early Sunday, where police say he jumped out of a car with a shotgun in hand.
While investigating a report of shots fired in the 2300 block of Marshall Parkway on Sunday morning, police attempted to stop a suspect vehicle. According to reports, before police could make a stop, Rosa, a backseat passenger, jumped out pointing the shotgun at officers, at which time police fired at him."
He's just another innocent who's been corrupted by "gun culture".
Officer Thomas F. Wilson Accused Of Stealing DVDs
(Naperville Sun) WHEATON, Ill. A Wheaton police officer who was named the 2006 Wheaton Police Department Officer of the Year will appear in court this month after he was arrested for allegedly stealing a set of DVDs from a Naperville Costco.
Officer Thomas M. Wilson, 35, was preparing for a possible promotion when he was placed on paid administrative leave after allegedly stealing a set of DVDs valued at less than $150 from the Costco store at 1320 S. Route 59 in Wheaton on Sept. 2.
10-year-old gives birth
BRUSSELS – A ten-year-old girl from Charleroi gave birth to a baby last year. The father was 13.
"The pregnancy was a big surprise to the girl and her mother," says doctor Robert Chef from Charleroi. "The child came to me with unexplained abdominal pain. She had also put on weight. Her mother had even put her on a diet for a while but that had little effect. When we examined her it turned out she was nine months pregnant. The child was carrying a full term baby."
"LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- Nazi hunters have tracked a suspected World War II concentration camp guard to Lawrenceville.
Members of the Justice Department's elite Nazi tracking force said Paul Henss, 85, served as a prison guard and attack dog handler at the notorious Dachau and Buchenwald Concentration Camps in Nazi Germany.
The Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security have asked an immigration judge in Atlanta to deport Henss."
Is there really any point though anymore beyond a minor moral victory? How much time, money, and effort are they going to spend on deporting and convicting someone who's 85 years old and will most likely be dead soon anyway? So far it's cost over $100 million dollars to catch less than 100 former death camp guards. While their mandate was changed in '04 to include modern human rights abusers, it sure doesn't look like they've done anything along those lines.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - "Taliban militants hanged a teenager in southern Afghanistan because he had U.S. money in his pocket, and they stuffed five $1 bills in his mouth as a warning to others not to use dollars, police said Monday. Taliban militants elsewhere killed eight police.
The 15-year-old boy was hanged from a tree on Sunday in Helmand, the most violent province in the country and the world's No. 1 poppy-growing region.
"The Taliban warned villagers that they would face the same punishment if they were caught with dollars," said Wali Mohammad, the district police chief in Sangin."
Yet some people still think they can be "negotiated" with?
My prediction: This causes an economic depression in Chicago/Cook County. Combined w/ it being a sanctuary county for criminals , (both illegals and Daleycrats), more and more police being indicted for criminal actions, and the continued collapse of families, Chicago will again become a leading contender for the most violent city award.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
He put into words what my jumbled mind has been spinning on cotton/sturdy for the last few days.
Edit: Linoge gets a response.
"it reinforces my point that the pro-gun folks are much more savvy than their opponents."
Not all of us, but enough.
or at least 'register them" (we all know where that leads) is the cry from hoplophobic MP's who need to blame anyone and anything else for their blatant incompetence in controlling crime. Instead they blame Germany for allowing starter pistols to be sold w/o Big Brother involved.
From their police". “When we deal with this [converted guns] we deal with half the problem.”
Really? Isn't that pretty close to what they said when they banned guns in the first place? I guess that's why they have to hide the crime numbers and hope the camera's keep (not) working.
I guess these people have never heard of the wide variety of Zip Guns that an enterprising criminal can make.
Remember folks, this is what IANSA *and the Brady Campaign (a member of IANSA) consider "reasonable restrictions".
And I'ld really like to know what the hell that video link at the bottom has to do w/ the article.
*Note that the IANSA website has an "edited" version of the debate.
HatTip to Dave Hardy