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I miss this.

Not the bullets obviously.

No, these scenes of beauty that are the result of ordinary people reaching for beauty in times both ordinary and extraordinary.

In downtown Chicago they put this up every year. There are similar ones across other parts of the city.

Believe it or not this is one of the zoos, in this case in one old neighborhood of mine, Lincoln Park.

Having just finished putting up our lights, with only a minimal effort on the trees in our front yard, I can’t imagine how many hours of labour you’re seeing here. I’ve walked through all this with my family.

Which brings me to this last. A YouTube video of a house display in Park Ridge, one of the many suburbs that lie on the boundaries of Chicago and not five minutes drive from where I lived.

The best equivalent you can find in New Zealand is in Franklin Drive in the suburb of Freemans Bay in Auckland.

Sadly it’s been cancelled for the second year in a row, due to guess what.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 24, 2021 at 7:30 pm

Posted in Art, USA

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The Juicy story ends well

The bigger story is that in the USA of Trump in 2019 it meant – and was intended to mean – far more: about America’s “systemic racism”, “White Supremacists”, and so forth.

The story of “Juicy Smallay” that is, as comedian Dave Chappelle labled the pathetic little shit two years ago when he first burst into the news about his attempted “lynching” by MAGA Trump fans.

In downtown Chicago.

At 2am on a January morning while he was getting a Subway sandwich.

Chappelle nailed his ass to the wall early on. Watch and enjoy.

No, none of these details added up, as I pointed out in The Chicago Way in March 2019:

Just to recap, Smollet is a gay, black actor with a role in a TV show called Empire. Judging by ratings and critics, most Americans have never seen it. Smollett apparently decided he needed more fame by climbing on the OrangeManBad train. He claimed that at 2am on a bitterly cold Chicago morning in January, after getting a Subway sandwich, he was jumped by two MAGA-hat wearing white dudes who poured bleach on him, hung a noose around his neck, and yelled at him that “This is MAGA country“.  Somehow he fought them off – and kept his sandwich.

All of this supposedly happened in the neighbourhood of Streeterville, one of the toniest parts of downtown, Northside and just a step away from The Magnificant Mile, Michigan Avenue’s expensive shops. The story got massive national attention from the MSM who naturally added it to their list of Trumpian sins and wailed about how far America had fallen into the pits of racism and other phobias.

Initially the charges against Smallay were dropped which, as I pointed out, were completely in keeping with past legal stunts in Chicago, like the sealed divorce records of Obama’s two main opponents in his 2004 Senate run (one Dem in the primary and then the GOP opponent in the general election), suddenly having their details appear in public, causing them to drop out

Similarly Cook County DA and Friend of Criminals, Kim Foxx stepped aside because of her Hollywood connections with Juciy, and then her deputy dropped the charges. All this with stories of phone calls from Michelle Obama in the background (the Obama’s being big fans of Juicy). But this time the anger was too great to contain and Foxx was forced to appoint a special prosecutor to review the case, where he recommended a grand jury trial, which led to the full trial just concluded with Juciy convicted on five out of six charges.

In an ordinary world this stupid tale of an F-grade hack actor trying to boost his career with such nonsense would have belonged to the back pages of the Hollywood Reporter.

The bigger story is that in the USA of Trump in 2019 it meant – and was intended to mean – far more: about America’s “systemic racism”, “White Supremacists”, and so forth. Which mean that almost all the usual suspects should have known better. I suspect some did but didn’t care because there was a Narrative to push and it was any weapon to hand.

Even if that weapon was designed to incite racial hatred. In fact that was the intention of every single Democrat.

The Washington Free Beacon has a comprehensive roundup and concise summary of the blabbing of each of these assholes. They include almost all of those people currently in US government running the nation.

Joe Biden

“What happened to Jussie Smollett must never be tolerated in this country.”

Kamala Harris

“This was an attempted modern day lynching.”

Nancy Pelosi

“The racist, homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett is an affront to our humanity.”

Elizabeth Warren

“The fight for equality isn’t over—no one should have to live in fear of being beaten on the street because of who they are.”

Bernie Sanders

“The racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett is a horrific instance of the surging hostility toward minorities around the country.”

The Libs of Tik Tok have another nice set of contemporary comments with their statements in full.

In case you’re wondering, none of these people have or will suffer any downside from what they said and did. Neither did these people:

In 2019, for example, an Ohio University student claimed to have received three threatening anti-LGBT letters. Law enforcement officials said later she authored the messages herself, charging her with three counts of making false alarms.

A former student at North Park University in Chicago was likewise caught fabricating a story about receiving threatening, slur-riddled notes mentioning then-President-elect Donald Trump. Like the aforementioned Ohio University incident, the North Park student posted the messages, some of which contained anti-gay slurs, herself.

Earlier, in 2016, a former employee of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana, was discovered to have vandalized his own place of employment following the election of Trump. The former employee, who is gay, defaced the church with an image of a swastika and the words “Heil Trump” and “Fag Church.”

Elsewhere, a Muslim student at the University of Louisiana said two white men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats ripped her hijab from her head the day after Trump won the election. She admitted later she concocted the story from thin air.

These people keep doing these things because they know they’ll be backed up by the grifters of the Left.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 12, 2021 at 2:30 pm

Omens from Chicago

When looking around the world for trends that may impact us here, we have increasingly looked at the USA over the last fifty years.

Even as a child I could still see in New Zealand many cultural influences from Britain, right down to children’s TV shows like Thunderbirds (although that was a mix) and slang, as well as countless British TV shows in drama and comedy. We were aware of American of course, who could not be with Hannah Barbera cartoons, Disney every Sunday evening and The Roadrunner. The movies were overwhelmingly American. US TV comedies were despised, with exceptions like All In The Family and Barney Miller.

But as I got older and into music it would be fair to say that the British music scene outweighed the American one, largely due to Punk attacking Disco, a distinct appeal to those of us who could not dance like Tony Manero.

Nowadays the cultural influence of America is vastly greater. Even as recently as twenty years ago a person using the word “pissed” was clearly talking about someone who is drunk. The American use of the word (angry) was barely known and a source of bemused puzzlement. Now among young people it’s standard thanks to US cultural spread via the giant new machines of Social Media, which dwarf their predecessors of TV, movies and radio.

The ideas are coming thick and fast too. Old Socialists still bitterly complain about “The Chicago School” of economics that smashed into this nation in the 1980’s. But the main ideas have come from the East and West coasts of the USA.

Still, Chicago can still be a place where ideas, both good and bad, can be seen in their practical, everyday implementation by supposedly solid Midwestern children of the prairie.

On the vibrant diversity front came a story about the wonderful Art Institute of Chicago, one of the great art museums of the world, with probably the finest Monet collection. Like most such places it’s kept afloat by a combination of regular charitable donations, permanent private endowments, and local government support, plus relatively small charges from the visiting public.

Even so, the place could not operate without the help of the docents, about a hundred unpaid guides who guide millions of visitors around the Institute every year, explaining the art. Given the lack of money for doing this, the docents are largely older, White women, and in our age that’s a problem:

The Art Institute of Chicago fired all of its trained volunteers and guides last month, who were mostly older White women, to diversify its team. 

“We were surprised, we were disappointed,” Gigi Vaffis, president of the docent council, said in an interview with radio station WBEZ of the firings. “There is an army of very highly skilled docents that are willing and ready and able to continue with arts education.”

Word to Democrat voting “Liberals” in the Blue Cities and States: you should not be surprised by this.

[The] executive director of learning and engagement, Veronica Stein, sent an email on Sept. 3 firing them all…The firings were apparently sparked by the fact that most of the docent staff was composed of older White, financially well-off women, the outlet reported. Stein said that the museum needed to take a new path:

“… in a way that allows community members of all income levels to participate, responds to issues of class and income equity, and does not require financial flexibility.” 

“Equity” is the new magic word being cast by the 21st Century Left – and they’re not just talking about income or wealth any longer. In fact they’re not talking about that at all as did the old communists. This “equity” applies to all areas of life, as the Chicago docents have just discovered.

Meantime the increasingly doomed Mayor of the town has little time to get involved in such fights – assuming she disagreed with them anyway, which she likely does not – because she’s engaged in bigger brawls, like with the Chicago Police Department over Covid-19 vaccine mandates:

So, what is Lightfoot up to, really, in this petty and vindictive Covid war of hers against cops and firefighters who don’t want to comply with her mandate? She threatened them last week, played her unnecessary game of chicken, and when cops pushed back, she ran to a judge to get a gag order put on the police union boss.

This week, on the day a police officer was shot in the face and survived, she was back at it, all cold bureaucratic vengeance, calling cops in, stripping the non-compliant, even if they’d been vaccinated, of their guns and badges. Police Supt. David Brown began threatening officers who are considering retirement—and there are thousands of them in police department that is down at least 1,000 officers. His memo states “sworn members who retire while under disciplinary investigations may be denied retirement credentials.”

Incredible. She’s actually threatening even the retirement packages of cops who think they can just retire instead of complying. That makes no sense outside of trying to demonstrate raw power. The problem is that Lightfoot does not have the real leverage that provides power, for three reasons. First, she’s already caved to the Chicago Teacher’s Union on various Covid issues. Second the people she’s now attacking were, in 2020, hailed as “heroes”, so it’s terrible PR to now threaten them, and it’s not just cops.

From the outset of the pandemic, as Chicago Public School teachers stayed at home, other city workers, cops, firefighters, paramedics, Streets & San workers, all showed up on the job. They came to work with no Covid protection, no real direction, just City Hall saying get out there and work.

The mayor calls non-compliant cops and firefighters “insurrectionists,” even though they’ve risked their lives for the people of Chicago throughout the pandemic. 

If you’re one of the propagandists about the January 6, 2021 “insurrection”, you’ll love that little shout-out. In the future crafted by the Democrats everybody, including the parents of school kids, will be an insurrectionist and a “Domestic Terrorist” – and probably not just for fifteen minutes.

Third, we’re talking about one third of the CPD quitting or being fired in a city that is already a war zone.

And she’s desperate. She can’t deal with skyrocketing violent crime, in the rough neighborhoods and now violence is in the Loop, on the North Side, everywhere. And now police are issuing warnings about violence on Michigan Avenue. She has no clue. She never had a clue.

The writer is long-time beat reporter, John Kass, long recognised as the inheritor of the world-famous shit-stirring Chicago journalist and writer, Mike Royko. He’s been a supporter of Lightfoot, but is now reluctantly looking elsewhere politically. Elsewhere meaning inside the Democrat Party.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm

The Five Pillars

No, not the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the autobiographical account of the experiences of Lawrence of Arabia.

This one involves much less wisdom. So much so that it’s likely that there is no wisdom at all involved.

This is the grand plan of Chicago Democrat Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, to combat the increasing violence in Chicago this year even as the CPD find themselves on the back foot with mass retirements, funding cuts and prescriptive restrictions on how they interact with criminals.

  • Empower and heal those actively engaged in violence, whether victims or perpetrators.
  • Reclaim neighborhoods and safe spaces by directing resources to neighborhoods with most violence.
  • Improve relations between police and communities “by developing credibility, trust and authentic relationships.”
  • Consider the impact of ordinances and laws on violence and advocate for policies that will increase support for those impacted.
  • Constant collaboration, proactive planning and coordinated efforts between the city and … the justice system, community groups and private companies.

So how’s this approach been working out for the city?

As expected. At best things have not improved on 2020 and may turn out worse. Clearly the city’s District Attorney, Kim Foxx, is starting to (finally) feel the heat over all those people she’s refused to prosecute on gun laws and such, although rather than front up she sent out a minion who specialises in spin. However, after starting with a bang even he had to admit the obvious:

A top advisor to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters last month that it’s a “misconception” to say gun violence is skyrocketing in Chicago. “2020 did have a lot of shootings in it,” Matthew Saniie, Foxx’s chief data officer, said. “But it’s also important to put this into perspective.”

“2020 was a pretty gross year for murder,” Saniie allowed. “June and July were the worst June and Julies that we’ve had going back 60 years…May was the 2nd worst May. September was the sixth-worst September.

Saniie told the reporters that there is no reliable data regarding the number of shootings from more than ten years ago. So, he looked at murder data, which goes back several decades instead.

“A good proxy for shootings is murder,” Saniie claimed.

But as the CWB pointed out:

But is it a good proxy? The city’s population has declined 25% over the past sixty years, 20% since 1970, and 11% since 1980. But Saniie did not adjust historical murder counts for population changes.

Here in New Zealand we don’t have the gun crime problems that Chicago has, but the thinking behind the Five Pillars approach is coming to New Zealand, if not already here in Andrew Little’s head. I expect it will have a similar failure.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 3, 2021 at 6:00 am

Your daily WSW

White Supremacy Watch that is. I’m thinking of making it a series, given how much White Supremacy we’re drowning in across the Western world.

So here’s your first daily dose of this focused news, with two good ones to share. First are fireworks and gun smoke.

Then there’s this from San Francisco, where one of the Liberal Luvvies who’s probably voted Democrat all her life, expresses a Bad Opinion…

… and finds herself in the crosshairs of her very own Democrat Party representative, Kate Chatfield, a senior director at the San Francisco DA’s office.

The DA is one Chesa Boudin, the son of legendary Weather Underground terrorists and convicted murderers, Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. He was raised by their friends, the un-convicted Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn in Chicago. If you’re thinking this might be a John Banks situation you would be wrong. Chesa has swallowed all the theories of Society As The Real Criminal and is trying to decriminalise a lot of crime in SF and release as many prisoners as possible.

Still, the SF crime increase seems to be more around theft of all types, plus muggings and general assault so I think “Michele” is being a bit OTT. In Chicago that’s all regarded as “meh”. If local DA, Kim Foxx, ever gets tired of the job maybe Chesa can swap places, since she thinks the same way as he does about crime and criminals.

They jumped the gun a bit on that and should have checked with the most trustworthy and accurate source for Chicago crime data, HeyJackass.com (“Illustrating Chicago Values”). The toll for the past weekend is now 104 shot and 19 killed. Luckily, when Mayor Lightfoot is not being insane with her staff, she’s on the job explaining how 99% of the questions she gets come from a source of racism and sexism.

Less than 100 rounds of quick hits

I’ve been very mean to the Golden State over the last few months as I looked at their failures on poverty, water, fire, and energy in my California Screaming series.

But the Peoples Democratic Republic of California deserves everything it’s getting for allowing itself to become a One Party state ruled by the Democrats, who have gradually imposed more and more of their dingbat ideas on a willing population.

Today’s news from the state is back on the energy front, With Its Power Grid Under Pressure, California Asks Residents to Avoid Charging Electric Vehicles:

Amid a West Coast heat wave that includes triple-digit temperatures, California’s power grid operators have called on residents to not use as much electricity so as to put less strain on the state’s beleaguered grid.

This is entirely predictable and makes the following visual joke more a reality every day.

Also, that whole argument about electric cars being cheaper to run than petrol or diesel vehicles, may start coming under some pressure in California if the other aspect of combatting AGW, with “renewable energy” continues to push prices up at these rates, Blackouts Loom in California as Electricity Prices Are ‘Absolutely Exploding’:

Two inexorable energy trends are underway in California: soaring electricity prices and ever-worsening reliability—and both trends bode ill for the state’s low- and middle-income consumers.

Last week, the state’s grid operator, the California Independent System Operator, issued a “flex alert” that asked the state’s consumers to reduce their power use “to reduce stress on the grid and avoid power outages.” The California Independent System Operator’s warning of impending electricity shortages heralds another blackout-riddled summer at the same time California’s electricity prices are skyrocketing.

In 2020, California’s electricity prices jumped by 7.5%, making it the biggest price increase of any state in the country last year and nearly seven times the increase that was seen in the United States as a whole.

That’s on top of the already high prices they pay:

It could be worse. Imagine being stuck in the middle of this situation with an electric vehicle that’s running low on charge, courtesy of Not The Bee (the “Not Satirical” companion site to the Babylon Bee):

Why yes, that is a 100-round magazine on that machine gun, and yes, those are completely illegal in the USA and have been since the Firearms Act of 1934. One aspect of “gun control” rarely discussed in the USA by the Democrat party is the actual enforcement of the laws as they stand now.

Fortunately the young guy wielding it is about as good at handling an automatic weapon as all those jihadis you see waving AK-47’s over their heads as they hide behind brick walls. The mag apparently fell out and he was forced to resort to a semi-automatic pistol, as you can tell from the change in the shot sounds.

That was in the Peoples Republic of Chicago, specifically the South Side near the bullet-riddled neighbourhood of Englewood, and while Northsiders like me used to just shrug our shoulders at this stuff there are now shootouts occurring on the tony North Lake Shore Drive in the NorthWest of the city.

I’m sure Mayor Lightfoot will be right on it with more pressure on the White Supremacists who rule the place, especially since it’s starting to look like South Africa.

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker

And it seems another Deep Blue stronghold is getting in on the action.

The Marine, Samuel Poulin, was touring the city with his family when a stray bullet ricocheted and hit him. He’s expected to make a full recovery, and his relatives sound like they’re an interesting group:

A relative of the victim — who was visiting the Big Apple from upstate Northville for a baptism — pulled the slug out and gave it to police, according to the sources.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and his capitulations to the Far Left, including defunding cops, have produced a Times Square where a US Marine faces more danger than in combat.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 29, 2021 at 8:29 am

Never go full Twitter

A couple of weeks ago I was rather saddened to learn that one of my co-bloggers had fallen into the world of Twitter during the Great Wuhan Lung Rot pandemic.

I’ve never used Twitter and never will. From what I’ve seen it reinforces the worst aspects of human communication. The restricted text space should encourage people to be concise but seems to lead to poorly thought out, stupid comments that blow up in their face because they lack context and nuance. That is compounded by its addictive quality that pushes people into hammering out Tweet after Tweet when time off for reflective thought would be a better response. The cherry on top is that it enables one of the worst aspects of humanity – abusive pack behaviour.

I’ve lost track of the number of activists, journalists and ordinary people who have found themselves having to delete Tweets or even their entire account because of something stupid they said. The most recent example was one Richard Taite, founder of a Biden PAC (Political Action Committee) who responded to an incident where a Chicago man and his wife were dragged out of their car in a Black neighbourhood and shot.

The man was Gyovanny Arzuaga and he died. His wife, Yasmin Perez is still in critical condition. They were with their two kids, aged one and three, and were celebrating in the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade that’s been a feature of the city for decades. The flag sticking out of their car was, naturally enough, a Puerto Rican flag. How the hell anybody could mistake it for the old Confederate flag I don’t know, but he makes it quite clear that he’s cool with murder as long as the victims deserved it. Yet again, Twitter enabled the worst, not the best, of a human being. Mr Taite’s Twitter account has gone dark.

Twitter is a cesspool.

Recently a US survey was done that might explain some of this: it should certainly be shown to any members of PR or HR sections of public departments, ministries, NGO’s, corporations and any group with a public face that thinks it needs to do something or change something because a meme is “trending” on Twitter.

It’s not really a surprise. In the wake of the British Labour’s disasterous 2020 general election result one of the criticisms made of Labour activists was that they were so buried in Twitter that they thought it reflected the general population. Then there’s the growing censorship of the platform.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 25, 2021 at 8:55 am

All work and no play makes Lori a dull girl

Chicago’s Mayor needs a ‘Shining’ ability if she is to communicate her wants and needs to her staff effectively rather than how she’s doing it now with verbal and written communication.

‘Shining’ comes from the famous 1980 horror movie, The Shining, and is the term used by one of the characters to describe psychic abilities that enable mental telepathy between such ‘gifted’ souls.

The alternative is that Mayor Lori Lightfoot (MLL) will have to continue writing emails to her staff like this one recently discovered via FOIA request.

And you thought New Zealand had it bad with the mayors of Auckland and Wellington.

I won’t go so far as to say that Lightfoot is as crazy as a shit-house rat, and I can understand the incredible pressures she’s been under during the last year of Covid lockdowns and Burn Loot Murder/Antifa riots.

But this is not how you communicate with your staff and since she was a law partner you would think that she’d have learned that you don’t do this unless you want to have most of your staff quit and ultimately be fired because your team is not performing. It’s not surprising that her staff turnover has been huge. How she didn’t learn this in the private sector is perhaps more a reflection of the idiosyncratic aspect of law firms and partners.

But she also had many different types of jobs to pay for her university education, including working as an assistant for halls of resident and even as a cook for the school’s football team. She held factory jobs at home during summers to help pay for her education. This background was one of the reasons I had some hope for her as Mayor of Chicago, as well as the fact that she defeated the Daley-machine part of the Chicago Democrat Party so perhaps would not be beholden to those special interests.

Instead we have a fail on all counts.

The whole “Shining” thing arises because people made connections between Lightfoot’s email and this famous scene from the movie.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 19, 2021 at 4:03 pm

The Democrat Cities: Chicago just loses.

Having failed to keep BLM and their associated rioters and looters under control, Chicago is now reaping the whirlwind.

First up is the Chicago Police Department (CPD). After years of denigrating them Lightfoot is now also running them into the ground with overtime to try and get control of crime across the board, starting with looters.

Many cops have recently been working eleven days in a row, with 12-hour shifts as a minimum. In NZ you’re not allowed to drive heavy machinery for more than 70 hours in a week without getting a 24 hour break. Here we have armed men and woman pulling 84-hour weeks and 132 hours in eleven days. Sooner or later mental and physical exhaustion is going to lead them to make some very bad decisions.

And after making excuses for BLM and company in June, Lightfoot’s feeling threatened – literally – which means that all those fabulous protestors are not being allowed anywhere near her home.

The photo here does not show the police vehicles parked up nearby alleyways: almost 100 cops, four times what this district (coded 016 by CBD) has deployed on a typical midnight shift.

Locals have taken to calling it Fort Lori.

The Chicago Police Department has effectively banned protesters from demonstrating on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s block in the Logan Square neighborhood, ordering officers to arrest anyone who refuses to leave, the Tribune has learned.

It’s good to be Queen.

“I think that residents of this city, understanding the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis, on a daily basis, understand I have a right to make sure that my home is secure,” Lightfoot said.

Her refusal to “elaborate on the specific threats” looks a lot like the situation of alderman Ed Burke a few years ago. Burke is one of the most powerful city politicians, in office since 1969 when he was just 26 years old. Burke claimed he was getting threats and needed a CPD security detail but when nothing happened and it was being removed, he manufactured a threat from what was found to be a senile old man so he could keep the detail. As it turns out the only threat he’s under is from the FBI who raided his office, and charged him with extortion in 2019.

“I’ve talked to my fellow mayors across the country and, seeing the kind of things that have been done to them and their family members, I’m not gonna have that happen. That’s not what my wife and my child signed up for. It’s not what my neighbors signed up for. We have a right in our home to live in peace.”

Lori Lightfoot

So do her citizens, but thanks to various measures that she has taken they increasingly can’t live in peace. When certain neighbourhoods stood up for themselves and warned interlopers threatening to wreak havoc in their peaceful parts of town that it might be a bad idea, Lightfoot said that residents shouldn’t be taking the law into their own hands. And of course the most virulent anti-gun mayor in Chicago history is determined to make sure they can’t defend themselves – even as she pulls the Police back from those neighbourhoods and recycles arrested people with lengthy criminal records back into them.

She’s putting Chicagoans in an impossible position. They didn’t sign up for all of that shit either, and their phone calls to the Police don’t get this sort of response. Lightfoot’s administration has effectively abandoned the neighbourhoods and destroyed downtown. Like more than a few other Democrat mayors she thought that waving the white flag and talking the talk of Antifa/BLM, including trashing her own Police, would keep the Marxist/Anarchist loons at bay and they wouldn’t come for her.

Meantime the economic damage in Chicago grows, and this comes on top of a situation that had been declining ever faster in recent years, as I wrote about here.

  • The huge tourist attraction in the CBD, Navy Pier, has closed months ahead of the Winter schedule, so few are the numbers visiting through the lockdowns and the crime.
  • Macy’s is moving out of the seven stories in Watertower place, even as Lightfoot swears that they’ll be safe.
  • Hundreds of conventions are bailing out.
  • $1.6 billion (and counting) in lost hotel revenues
  • Concerts and shows that cannot be made up

Back in the 1990’s, as Detroit turned into nothing more than a punchline for Robocop, an occasional discussion at our parties was whether Chicago could go the same way. The general conclusion was that it wouldn’t because our city had a far broader range of business than Motor City and our Democrat politicians weren’t as incompetent and ideological.

I’m not so sure about that any longer. Lightfoot is by far the most ideologically Left-Wing and useless excuse for a Chicago mayor in living memory.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 31, 2020 at 8:08 am

The Democrat Cities: Chicago loses against BLM

I’ve been moving through the sad list of US cities controlled by Democrats that have been experiencing riots and general criminal mayhem over the last few months and since I started off with my second home, Chicago, a month ago, saw no need to re-visit what’s happening there.

But the events of a two weeks ago cannot be ignored. On the afternoon of Sunday, August 9, after false reports were spread by BLM on social media sites that the cops had shot a 15-year old boy, protests broke out. By the time the truth emerged that it was a 20 year old with a gun who’d opened fire on the cops it was too late. The shooter was wounded but survived.

Having started the “peaceful protests” at the scene of the shooting in the Englewood neighbourhood (the shittiest part of the city and a killing zone in general) the looters decided that richer pickings were possible in the CBD just to the East, which was hit two months ago around places like the famous Macy’s store on State Street. But this time they went for the jackpot:

Hundreds of people swept through the Magnificent Mile and other parts of downtown Chicago early Monday, smashing windows, looting stores, confronting police and at one point exchanging gunfire with officers, authorities said.

The “Mile” is Michigan Avenue, the premier shopping district in the city and one of the top ones in the USA and they went after the Northern end where it gets really tony. They also spread out into nearby areas of high class shops. You have to see it to believe it as the looters clean out stores like Gucci and Dior, smash their way through multiple stories of Watertower Place, a beautiful shopping spot I know well, and even exchange gunfire with the cops on Michigan Avenue, which is unheard of.

The looting began shortly after midnight as people darted through broken store windows and doors along Michigan Avenue carrying shopping bags full of merchandise. Cars dropped off more people as the crowd grew. At least one U-Haul van was seen pulling up.

U-haul? Well sure. The looters had little to fear from an overwhelmed Chicago Police Department (CPD).

You see a brave little kid fighting cancer.
I see a bundle of White Privilege.

They even went after the Ronald McDonald House, while terrified families with their sick kids huddled inside.

One of them was two-year-old Owen Buell, pictured here, who missed a trip home to celebrate his Birthday.

Aside from WBBM Radio, Fox news and a handful of RWNJ blog sites, this story saw little daylight.

Remember, nothing must be permitted to distract from the narrative that these “protests” are right and holy and that anyone who opposes them is a racist monster.

Similarly with other targets:

“I just don’t know what the next move is going to be,” said Mullins, the accessory store owner. “I’m out of work. They’ve destroyed everything, they’ve taken all the merchandise that I have to sell. This requires an investment of money to rebuild and replenish.”

Social Media is Da Bomb

The CPD did, eventually, pour 400 officers into the area. They arrested 100 people, with more following in the days afterward as social media sites were studied, including one where the idiot pictured here live-streamed the whole thing as she and her homies trashed and looted stores. But most of these people were bailed in short order and it may be that charges will be dropped or reduced down to misdemeanours if the Cook County DA, Kim Foxx sticks with her policies:

Foxx has dismissed felony cases brought by the police at a rate 35 percent higher than her predecessor. She raised the threshold for felony shoplifting from $300 to $1,000—and as a result, thieves steal brazenly in broad daylight as well as under cover of darkness.

I covered the shoplifting insanity in this post. Foxx was already infamous nation-wide for her refusal to prosecute D-grade actor Jussie Smollett in the wake of his faked attack by MAGA’s in one of the same expensive areas just trashed, Streeterville. And that 35 percent dismissal rate of felony crimes (eg. jail time) translates into a total of 25,183 defendants in one year to November 2019. It also includes any number of people arrested for illegal possession of guns. So much for Democrat gun control.

In these posts several Lefty commentators dismissed such stuff as being nowhere near as important as White Republicans being above the law. But that trite and moronic dismissal of such anti-law policies is no longer being so widely accepted in the wake of repeated riots and looting. It’s the opposite of Broken Windows policing; allowing small crimes has lead to more and larger crimes. Even two of the city’s famous firebrand activists got it:

This was obviously very orchestrated,” the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a prominent Roman Catholic priest and activist on the city’s South Side, told Chicago television station WBBM.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr, tweeted that the looting in Chicago “was humiliating, embarrassing, and morally wrong,”.

Mayor Lightfoot

Lightfoot and CPD Chief David Brown finally seemed to get the point too. In a press conference on Monday morning, perhaps realising that she faced a crucial test of leadership, Lightfoot, with slow-burning anger and a head-snapping reversal, this time made no excuses for the crimes. She also clearly attacked Foxx’s catch-and-release policy as a factor.

“This was straight-up felony criminal conduct,People believe there is no accountability in our criminal justice systemWhat we’re saying is, as a result of what happened last night, there have to be consequences,… But when we do make those arrests, our expectation is that this is going to be treated with the level of seriousness it should be. Period,”

Chief Brown made the same points and a few hours later a very defensive Foxx – who was notably not at the Mayor’s side – tried to fight back with her own press conference. The city awaits the outcome. My bet is nothing will change unless Foxx is booted at the next election.

Meantime Burn Loot Murder was having none of this. They released statements that said, among other things:

“In a predictable and unfortunate move, she did not take this time to criticize her officers for shooting yet another Black man. Lightfoot instead spent her time attacking ‘looters.’…

When protesters attack high-end retail stores that are owned by the wealthy and service the wealthy, that is not ‘our’ city and has never been meant for us.…… That is reparations,… Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance

The mayor clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the CPD is abolished and our Black communities are fully invested in….

Aside from attacking the Mayor they also went after Jesse Jackson with one Ariel Atkins of BLM-Chicago responding:

“Jesse Jackson was not there for the creation of Black Lives Matter. Jesse Jackson can keep his opinions to himself.”

I doubt they listened to what local community members said either, when BLM turned up to protest at the 7th district police station:

I ain’t see none of you motherfuckers when them kids got killed,” one man told the protesters, a video posted by Sun Times journalist Tyler LaRiviere showed. “Y’all don’t come out when the kids get shot. Y’all come out when it got something to do with the fucking police.”

“We’re out here every day watching our kids get their brains blew out with no fucking funding, no resources, but you motherfuckers getting all the resources and yall wanna come over here and disrupt our motherfucking neighborhood…”

BLM and Antifa thugs and propagandists can “White Supremacy” and “Systemic Racism” their lungs out, but I’d bet that guy speaks for a whole lot of Black folks who aren’t buying BLM’s shit.

In BLM the Democrats have a monster they can no longer control.