More guns, less crime, says Detroit police chief

He’s quite explicit:

Statistics show that Detroit, Michigan is seeing a drop with regards to certain types of robberies, and the city’s top cop attributes that new trend to the Motown residents who are taking up arms.

The strength of the Detroit Police Department is only a fraction of what it was a decade ago, and high crime rates remain a very real problem in the Motor City. Nevertheless, Police Chief James Craig now says that would-be lawbreakers are becoming increasingly hesitant to commit crimes, and a well-armed citizenry is what he thinks is responsible.

Makes sense that it would work that way.

How much are robberies down? How much burglaries?

On Thursday this week, the Detroit News reported that robberies in the first half of 2014 are down 37 percent compared to statistics from the same time last year, and homes and businesses have experienced 22 percent fewer break ins.

Very delicate matter here, but might not the opposite be true? Oak Park anti-gun to its tippy toes, bad guys know not to worry? Fewer no-guns-here signs, less crime?

Yay for Gov. Quinn, same-day register and vote

This time at least, on time to work the ballots in November.

And he signs it in OP Village Hall, introduced by President Anan. Isn’t that nice.

No I-D or anything, just show up. Pick your precinct. It’s wild and woolly time in the great state of Madiganistan.




Anan and the Governor Quinn fund-raisers . . .

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:

My friend Jake is in a lather about two recent Oak Park incidents. One was the commencement-oration declaration (an occurence at OPRF stadium) by a high school board member who announced that we are progressive (Democrats) and “and it feels great to say it.” Depends what you mean by progressive, said Jake.

The other, a few days later, was the e-blasted invitation by the village president to a fundraiser for the progressive governor of our great state, who many of us know is running for re-election in November. The affair is big bucks by most standards, costing from $150 to a cool grand. The latter gets you a place in the serried ranks of co-sponsors.

These sponsors are a distinguished lot: village presidents, president of high school board, assorted mayors of adjacent municipalities, etc. Here, in fact, they are:

[OP] President Anan & [spouse] Margi Abu-Taleb, [private citizen] Paul Gearen…

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Some questions on reading Dr. Gevinson’s commencement-address diagnosis . . .

. . .  of what ails or used to ail Oak Park::

1. If Oak Park in 1978 was the most conservative place he had lived in, where else had he lived?

2. If segregation and parochialism were bad then, why is it good for black students to have special programs now that encourage segregation and parochialism?

3. If a few incredibly, obscenely, super-wealthy Americans are trying  to distort, pervert, corrupt, and purchase the political system, what is the maximum one may be allowed before he can be identified as one who may try to distort, pervert, corrupt, and purchase the political system?

4. If a student listening to all voices decides he likes Fox News more than the New York Times, then what?

5. If a student decides to become a Republican, join the Tea Party movement, and enlist in the U.S. Army Special Forces so he can kill enemies of our country, can he or she ever be considered for a Tradition of Excellence award?

6. What’s the matter with being a Christian?

Sunday in the park with Paul Schimpf . . . . . . candidate for attorney general of our great state . . .

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:

. . . at Day in the Village #41, June 1, Scoville Park, where tables and booths lined the walkways and small groups dotted the meadow while bands played loud and clear and people strolled.

To the OP GOP table came Paul Schimpf from downstate Waterloo, near St. Louis, a former Marine Corps infantry officer and lawyer, answering an invitation to come and meet and greet and do a lot of handshaking on a bright, sunny, hot afternoon.

Retired a year ago from the Marine Corps after 21 years following Annapolis graduation in ’93, he returned to be a father-in-residence to his and his wife Lori’s two boys in Waterloo. As a Marine lawyer, among other things, he had helped in the prosecution of Saddam Hussein.

As a candidate, he opposes the well-connected and personally attractive if not similarly qualified Lisa Madigan. To voters on this Sunday at the…

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My granddaughter the nun . . .

Originally posted on Blithe Spirit:

. . . in the Sound of Music chorus, 8th grade, for which, her mother reports,

voices were excellent, staging & direction well done, very well suited for the middle school cast. . . . . Here she is with the coreopsis we picked up for her at the farm stand.

At her grandmother’s urging, btw, per tradition .

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Rep. Ford’s half loaf is halfway there

Rep. LaShawn Ford (Dem, IL-8) wanted Cicero Ave. to be renamed for Nelson Mandela from one end to the other. But the IL House cut the renamed portion to Roosevelt on one end, Grand Ave. on the other.

It’s going to cost $20,000, which Ford agreed “might seem like a really high price for new street signs.” But these signs will be special.

He wants “to make sure everyone who drives down that road knows it’s Mandela Road.  . . .  There will be a big sign or plaque at every stop light,” paying tribute to Mandela.

Ford, who the Trib noted “faces a federal bank fraud charge,” praised Mandela as “a great man who believed in forgiveness and coming together,” adding, “The district that I represent” — Western Springs, La Grange, La Grange Park, Brookfield, Forest Park, Proviso Township, Riverside, North Riverside, Berwyn, Oak Park, and Austin — “needs to see more hope.”

He envisioned the new Mandela Road as “as a symbol to my people that there is hope, and hope for change. That’s what Mandela stands for.”

The motion passed on a 103-0 vote and now heads to the Senate.

Judge Brim shown the door. Harmon, Lilly, Ford get it done. NOT.

Ill. Courts Commission finally had a Brim-full and gave Judge Cynthia Brim the boot long after she set records for incompetence and erratic, in one case criminal, behavior. Read all about it in today’s Chi Trib.  Story per Chi Trib

Congrats to the commission, doing its duty per the state constitution:

The Illinois Courts Commission, composed of one Supreme Court Justice, two Appellate Court Judges, two Circuit Judges and two citizens, has the authority . . . (1) to remove from office, . . . any member of the judiciary for willful misconduct in office, persistent failure to perform his or her duties or other conduct that is prejudicial to the administration of justice or that brings the judicial office into disrepute; or (2) to . . . retire any member of the judiciary who is physically or mentally unable to perform his or her duties

AND congrats to Oak Park’s stalwarts, elected senator and representatives Harmon, Lilly, and Ford for their valliant behind-scenes efforts to send Brim to the showers, no matter how much the Dem Party supported her and 56 other retention-ballot candidates, appearing “way down at the end of the ballot,” who had got thumbs-down assessments by the various bar associations.

Don’t ask how this blogger knows Harmon, Lilly, and Ford fought tooth and nail for withholding or at least softening the Toni Preckwinkle-led full-throated endorsements of these incompetents, robo-calls and all. He just knows. They are Oak Park’s finest, after all, upholding the village’s reputation for all that is noble and forthright and good-government-ish. Yay.

A tale of two municipal executives, Rahm and Anan

Last night at the library, Oak Park village president Anan Abu-Taleb said he sees “no light at the end of the [fiscal] tunnel” for Oak Park, except for the lights of an oncoming train. He had told of the 2012 audit of village finances that showed a miserable $145,000 cash balance, which he called the key signal to credit agencies of Oak Park’s dangerous situation.

A man in the audience of about 40 people gave chapter and verse on how a proposed zoning change would cut in half the value of a building which he intends to buy. Anan, supporting the change as putting unused land into play as revenue-generator, responded with reference to the not-in-my-back-yard syndrome as thwarting what’s best for the village.

He spoke at one of his patented town meetings, his fourth in a year, accompanied by a newly appointed trustee and the recently appointed executive pro-tem of the village’s recently created economic development mechanism — the man who a year ago opposed him in the electoral race for village board president.

Anan’s mark is on everything. He praised the former opponent, a longtime villager with decades of public service, as effective in this new role. With him to field questions was the young professional mother of two pre-schoolers whom he had picked to replace a longtime much-admired trustee who had moved for business reasons.

A woman warned of coming economic hard times for the village and country, sounding a fiscally accountable note that mirrored Anan’s. A man warned of coming hundred-degree days and asked what plans the village had if generators go down, interjecting high praise for Anan’s town meetings, in which the constant has been the fiscal issue.

Contrast this with Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel as depicted in a stunning signed column by a member of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board — “an arrogant person . . . an ass-kicker” whom we would celebrate if he got results.

“The strutting. The finger-pointing. The swearing. Come on. We loved it,” writes Kristen McQueary. But Rahm “his arrogance is oversized for the record he has amassed. He’s beyond bossy. He’s a walking personality disorder. . . . his audacity exceeds his accomplishments.”

His main failure is his continuance of Chicago mayors’ excessive borrowing to make ends meet. In his three years, “the city has only nipped and tucked at its debt and deficit spending.” In February, for instance, after nearly three years in office, he “pushed a $900 million borrowing plan through the Chicago City Council.”

It was a pattern for his predecessors. It’s a pattern for him, a reliance on “expensive taxable bonds with high interest rates.” The Trib’s 2013 series “Broken Bonds” spelled this out, McQueary wrote, “including an unexpected $12 million cost” to cover “the disastrous parking meter debacle,” a deal “that will end up costing taxpayers at least $30 million.”

He promised to fix the problem, and unions opposed him accordingly. But he’s become a problem. Which is a major difference between him and the Oak Park president, who made fiscal responsibility the foundation of his campaign and has followed through, doubling down on what he said then, as he did last night at the library.

Tuesday 8:45 a.m., Randolph east of East, young women on move, Oak Park IL

Bicycle: First out of the blocks, leaving alley east of East, turning west toward East, backpacked

Inline skates: Crossing East heading east, in rhythm smooth as glass, facing ahead serenely

Feet to the ground: Running north on East across Randolph, up and down, eyes ahead, lithely

All at same time, seen by stroller heading west toward East

Timing? perfect.


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