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2021-06-12 That’s All I Got – Stop Rex from Crying!

I cover all the stories and more from the past week. Plus if you listen closely you might hear one of my dogs crying because she wants to be let into my office while I’m recording.

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I start out with our Secretary of HHS spewing bullshit and not able to answer a simple question. I’m a little sick of this kind of crap aren’t you?

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The only TV news program I miss

I never watched a lot of TV news but WGN to me was king of local news. It doesn’t get more Chicago than WGN.

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Don’t worry that Mayor Lightfoot might be racist worry about the construction of real institutional racism

The Little Dictator is not happy with white people

Mayor Lori Lightfoot of my hometown, Chicago, Illinois, has outed herself as a possible racist. Here is a quote from the 2 page letter she sent out. The emphasis on two words are mine.

I will be exclusively providing one-on-one interviews with journalists of color.

Then in the very next sentence talks about fighting for diversity and inclusion.

As a person of color, I have throughout my adult life done everything that I can to fight for diversity and inclusion in every institution that I have been a part of and being Mayor makes me uniquely situated to shine a spotlight on this most important issue.

I don’t give a damn if Mayor Lori Lightfoot might be racist. Racist people exist everywhere. What I care about here is the institutional racism that is being constructed into our government against white people. Institutional racism didn’t exist in our government before. Yes, people were racist and people in power did racist things. But, racism itself was not embedded into our laws or our Constitution. What is happening now, with hate crime legislation and elected officials openly discriminating against white people, is the construction and embedding of racism into our governmental institutions.

This is wrong and needs to stop now. Oh… I almost forgot. Mayor Lightfoot never mentioned Asians in her letter. Does she hate Asians too?

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1/5th of a second

That’s the length of time between an empty hand rising and an officer shooting. What decision would you make?

The video of the Chicago Police officer shooting Adam Toledo was released. What everyone is showing is the still frame from the video of Toledo’s hand empty just before he was shot. This is being reported as if the officer knew Toledo’s hands were empty at the time of the shooting.

In Stillman’s body camera video, the officer pulls up in the alley, gets out of his vehicle and runs. Stillman can be heard shouting, “show me your (expletive) hands!” followed by “drop it!” with a flickering flashlight on Toledo as the teen starts to turn around.

Toledo can be seen stopped near an opening in a fence as he turns, and he appears to start lifting his hands. On a frame-by-frame viewing, a pistol-shaped object appears to be visible in Toledo’s right hand behind his back as he pauses near the opening in the fence and turns his head toward the officer.

On the grainy and shaky video, his hands are raised and appear to be empty at the moment the officer shoots him. Later in the video, an officer can be seen shining a flashlight onto a pistol behind the fence where Toledo had been standing.

Chicago Tribune

What they’re not showing you and what they’re not telling you is it was 2/3rds of a second between what looks like a gun last being visible on the video and Toledo’s hand rising. Here’s that video.

It was also only 3/5ths of a second between the last time what looks like a gun is visible and Toledo’s hand rising. Here’s that video.

In that short span of time Toledo seemingly tossed the what may have been a gun behind the fence but also at that time the hand with what may have been a gun was not visible to the officer. Here’s that video at 1/10th the speed to emphasize the officer may not have seen Toledo toss what may have been a gun.

Here’s the complete roughly 18 seconds from the moment the officer exits his car to the time he shoots Toledo. If you don’t want to watch Toledo getting shot do not press play.

Here is the complete body cam video released by the Chicago Police Department. It is graphic. Do not press play if you do not wish to see this young man die.

Here is the freeze frame you’re seeing of Toledo’s with empty hands raised.

Here are two frames showing what looks like a gun in his right hand.

This is not an open and shut case. We need to leave this in the hands of the legal system. This cannot be tried in the court of public opinion.

What kind of pressure are we putting on police when we can freeze frame a fraction of a second and claim the officer should have known not to shoot? As I showed above it was a mere 1/5th of a second between seeing an empty hand and the officer shooting Toledo. The police in the act of doing their jobs also want to go home to their families. They don’t want to end up dead and leave their wives and children without a husband and father.

Perhaps we need to be addressing the circumstances that placed Adam Toledo on the streets of Chicago at 2:30 am running around with what looks like a gun. What was he doing out there? Where were his parents?

Ald. George Cardenas (12th) said of Toledo: “This young man had nobody. It’s sad to say. Nobody that could help him, except a gang. So, shame on us. I own that.”

Through a separate statement released Monday through an attorney, the Toledo family, in an apparent refutation of Cardenas’ comments, said they wanted to “correct the hurtful and false mischaracterization of Adam as a lonely child of the street who had no one to turn to.”

The statement continued: “This is simply not true. Adam was a loved and supported 13-year-old boy. He lived with his mother, his 90-year-old grandfather and two siblings. His father was in his life. They all loved him very much. The Toledo family is a close-knit family. They look after each other. Adam attended Gary Elementary School where he had the support of his teachers and his classmates. Adam was not alone.”

Chicago Sun-Times

Something was not right. As a former teenager who used to run around Chicago at 2:30 am back in the late 1970’s early 1980’s I know from personal experience nothing good happens at those hours. That night no one knew where that kid was. His parents and family have to bear some of the responsibility for allowing him to be in that circumstance.

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Chicago is so flush with cash it can provide Guaranteed Basic Income to residents

Some genius Chicago aldermen have the brilliant idea to provide a “Guaranteed Basic Income” to city residents.

Alderman Gilbert Villegas, Alderwoman Maria Hadden and Alderwoman Sophia King introduced the resolution to the Committee on Economic, Capital and Technology Development of the Chicago City Council.

“Distributing cash directly to Chicago families would transform life for millions of Chicagoans for generations to come,” Villegas said.

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The schools that gave them diplomas should be shut down for educational malpractice because these people cannot perform basic addition and subtraction.

The people of the City of Chicago would have to tax each and every taxpayer $41,100.00 in order to eliminate the city’s current debt burden of $36 billion. Hmmm. That’s a little more than the $37,103.00 per capita income according to the U.S. Census. I think it’s gonna be a little difficult to pay that off.

Chicago ranked next-to-last and was labeled a “sinkhole city” in Truth in Accounting’s latest report, “Financial State of the Cities.” The rankings of the nation’s 75 largest cities reflect financial data prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, showing how poorly positioned major cities such as Chicago were for a financial disaster.

The report found Chicago’s net debt – or the amount of money needed to pay its bills after accounting for everything the city owns – was $36.4 billion. That represents a per-taxpayer burden of $41,100, meaning each taxpayer would need to send that amount to the city in order for Chicago to eliminate its debt, earning the city an F for fiscal health. Chicago’s debt per taxpayer increased by $4,000 from the previous year and is 5.5 times the average burden of $7,355 per taxpayer across all 75 cities.

Only New York was in worse shape, with a whopping $68,200 taxpayer burden on $186.7 billion in net debt.

illinoispolicy.org

I lived in the Chicago area for 53 years. I relocated partially because Illinois and Cook County have crushing public pension debts. The debt is so large that the only way out is to tax the bejeezus out of people because the government refuses to do anything to reign in pensions.

Calls for a pension amendment continue to grow louder in Illinois, but Gov. J.B. Pritzker has remained silent on the topic since incorrectly claiming in his budget address last year that an amendment is prohibited by the contracts clause in the U.S. Constitution.

illinoispolicy.org

But wait… there’s more! Chicagoans are also responsible for the state’s pension debt. So each Chicagoan needs to add $52,000 ON TOP of the $41,100 in order to eliminate their debt burden. That’s three times their per capita median income. Stuff that in your pipe and smoke it.

Chicagoans should also know the city debt is not their only liability. Every Illinois taxpayer also owes $52,000to pay all the State of Illinois’ debts, Truth in Accounting reported in September. The $41,100 Chicago debt is on top of the state debt.

illinoispolicy.org
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Michael Madigan made a difference alright

Former Illinois Speaker of the House and current head of the Illinois Democrat Party announced his resignation. After nearly 5 decades of controlling the state he’s finally riding off into the sunset. Well… not quite. He’s only stepping down from his position as a representative of his district. He will remain the head of the party and the head of Chicago’s 13th Ward Democratic Organization.

The truest statement Mr. Madigan has made in recent memory is in his resignation statement.

Fifty years ago, I decided to dedicate my life to public service. Simply put, I knew I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives.

Chicago Tribune

Under Madigan’s leadership the State of Illinois is bankrupt. He has refused to face up to the out of control spending and the crushing weight of public employee pension obligations. Madigan made sure public employee unions received gift after gift that allowed them to completely run roughshod over the people.

Just about a year ago Illinois’ debt was analyzed and found that the people owe more in pension obligations than they make in a year. Thanks for making such a big difference Mr. Madigan. Hopefully for the people that remain in Illinois your resignation is a good thing.

Our analysis at OpenTheBooks.com shows that an Illinois family of four now owes more in unfunded pension liabilities ($76,000) than they earn in household income ($63,585). In a state of 13 million residents, every man, woman, and child owes $19,000 — on an estimated $251 billion pension liability.

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Goodbye Chicago

It kinda hurts writing that headline. But, it’s true. I’m leaving Chicago for what I hope are greener pastures. I have mixed emotions about it but also feel the change is long overdue.

The tldr version of everything below is that I’m tired of Illinois’ multiple levels of corrupt government (here and here are the latest examples) and their out of control spending. People here scream for change but vote the same people into office time and time again. The people of Chicago and Illinois used to be salt of the Earth moderate Midwestern people. Now we’re a tax happy, SJW safe space, that has no tolerance for people that don’t think as they do. Since my vote won’t count to change anything the only thing I have left is to vote with my feet. At least any money going forward will not go to bankrupt governments.

The house where I grew up circa 2006. Before it was demolished for a strip mall.

No matter where I go when people ask me where I’m from I proudly say Chicago. Even in Europe where many people don’t know exactly where Chicago is I would still say it so I could explain the Midwest. Well, no more. I’m not that proud anymore. Where I’m going may end up not being any better. But, at least I’ll enjoy a lower cost of living.

I was born in Chicago in the mid 1960s and grew up in the Logan Square neighborhood. I lived there until I turned 18. Got married, moved to the suburbs, bought a house, had children, and lived a pretty good life. For 32 years I’ve lived in the same location. A location I love. Over those decades I paid my taxes and voted. I voted for people who I thought would keep the state in good shape. I voted for some Democrats but mostly Republicans. But as Chicago seized more and more control over the state each year things became progressively worse.

This is the parking lot behind my house in Chicago. It used to be our playground. Every sport except basketball. There were no rims here. This pic is from 2006 before a strip mall was put in.

Over the years I watched the places of my past get torn down and replaced by strip malls, fru fru coffee shops, and condo complexes. The people also changed. Gone were the gritty city types and in moved the hipsters. I thought the yuppies were bad back in the day but they were nothing compared to these hipsters. They turned Chicago neighborhoods, that had character into any other neighborhood in the country. It was sort of like being in a theme park where all the rides are the same. Brooklyn, Austin, San Francisco, and Chicago. It is getting difficult to tell things apart.

Pizza from Lou Malnati’s. Sadly they just opened a take out location walking distance from my house. One of the many things I’ll miss for sure.
Maybe the last real Chicago Mayor of Chicago.
He had tons of flaws and is partly responsible for the current fiscal mess (maybe even mostly) but at least he was of Chicago.

The State of Illinois was always in need of Chicago. It has always been the economic powerhouse of the state. But, Chicago still had to compromise with the people downstate. Chicago didn’t always get its way. Power in state government became concentrated with politicians from Chicago. So much so we are the point now in Illinois where Chicago runs everything. How else do you think J.B. Pritzker became our governor?

Our illustrious billionaire governor. Governor Fat Blagojevich.

This Democrat billionaire outspent the Republican billionaire by labeling him a right-wing extremist in lock-step with Donald Trump. Anyone that has ever taken a good look at Bruce Rauner can’t possibly see a right-wing extremist in lock step with Trump. If anything Rauner was a light weight Republican. He didn’t have the stones, on a daily basis, to call out the crooks currently running the state. How else do we end up with a governor that abused the property tax system to save $330,000.00 on a property he owns. None of the regular people get this kind of break.

The State of Illinois has been run by one political party. There are no dissenting voices. Only rubber stamps. There is a looming public employee pension debt of around $150 billion for the state. The local governments inside Cook County, the county in which I live, also have a public employee pension debt of around $150 billion. I guess those teachers’ strikes kind of add up over the decades don’t they (and somehow see themselves as non-essential during COVID-19). There have been lame attempts to try to fix the problem. None work because the numbskulls put public employee pensions in the state’s constitution. Every time laws are passed to fix things the laws get over turned at the state Supreme Court.

The public scream for things to change. But they continue to vote the same people into office. What is happening now is a push to increase the income tax rate for the state. Well, the proposal is a graduated tax but in the proposal the General Assembly will be able to raise the rates without any further voter input. And if you think they won’t raise them I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. After the Year of COVID-19 other taxes and fees will have to increase because God forbid the government start cutting their expenses.

Where I’m moving the property taxes are 1/3 what I pay in Illinois and the house is larger, newer, and with more land. My house in Illinois is worth a little over twice what I paid back in 1988. But my property taxes have increased 350% during that time! 350%!!!!

Chicago used to be the city of big shoulders. Now its the city of narrow minds. The State of Illinois used to be a moderate middle of the road Midwestern state. Now it’s a far left social justice warrior “safe space.”

I love my house. I love the location. I especially love a good Chicago winter. But I no longer like the people or the politics. I can’t stand insufferable busy bodies who live by the mantra, “better safe than sorry.” That is no way to live.

Yes, I’m leaving Chicago and Illinois, but honestly, the city and state left me decades ago. I won’t let the state’s crushing debt hit me on the way out.

Goodbye Chicago.

My humble abode for the last 32 years
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2020-03-25 Chicago

As promised I went to downtown Chicago just to walk around. Turns out it wasn’t much of an act of defiance as there were plenty of people doing the same thing. Sure, the crowds of tourists are gone and there is little traffic because all the businesses are closed. But, people who live in the area were all out and about enjoying a beautiful early spring day.

Here are a few pics.