Saturday, May 28, 2016

Have a happy, safe and contemplative Memorial Day. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Amerigeddon, the movie you can't see

Not playing in any theaters around here! It's been banned. 



Saturday, May 21, 2016

Pension? What Pension?

There will be no pension for you
Under the new accounting rules there will be no more analyzing this problem through rose colored glasses. The pension plans of both Chicago, Cook County and their sister agencies are in dire straights and is getting worse every day. 

Thanks to the defeat of the city’s retirement-fund overhaul by the Illinois Supreme Court and new accounting rules, Chicago’s so-called net pension liability to its Municipal Employees’ Annuity and Benefit Fund soared to $18.6 billion by the end of 2015 from $7.1 billion a year earlier, according to its annual report. The fund serves some 70,000 workers and retirees.
The new figure, a result of actuaries’ revised estimates for the value in today’s dollars of benefits due as long as decades from now, doesn’t change how much Chicago needs to contribute each year to make sure the promised checks arrive. But it highlights the long-term pressure on the city from shortchanging its retirement funds year after year -- decisions that are now adding hundreds of millions of dollars to its annual bills and have left it with a lower credit rating than any big U.S. city but once-bankrupt Detroit.
“The longer they wait to get this fixed, the more expensive it’s going to get for the city’s taxpayers,” Richard Ciccarone, the Chicago-based president of Merritt Research Services LLC, which analyzes municipal finances.
The estimate presented Thursday to the board of the municipal fund, one of Chicago’s four pensions, will add to what had been an unfunded liability estimated at $20 billion.
A key driver was the court ruling striking down Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan that cut benefits and boosted city and employee contributions. Without it in place, the fund is now set to run out of money within 10 years.
That triggered another change. New accounting rules, adopted to keep governments from using overly optimistic investment-return forecasts to mask the scale of their liabilities, require them to use more modest assumptions once pension plans go broke. As a result, the reported liabilities jump.
The Chicago fund is notable because very few governments have been affected by the change, according to Ciccarone. “The investment returns are not going to fix the problems themselves,” he said.
City officials from Emanuel to Chief Financial Officer Carole Brown have said the city is working on a solution to shore up the retirement system. Chicago has already passed a record property-tax increase that will bolster the police and fire funds.
Under the traditional way of estimating the municipal fund’s obligations, which is how annual contributions are set, the shortfall rose to $9.9 billion as of Dec. 31, based on market value of its assets, according to the actuaries report. That’s up from $7.1 billion a year earlier.
The pension is only 32 percent funded -- meaning it has 32 cents for every dollar it owes -- compared to 42 percent last year, according to the actuaries. And it has to sell 12 percent to 15 percent of its assets every year to pay out benefits.
City officials are having “very good discussions” with the unions about the issue, according to Emanuel, who has made clear that he disagrees with the court’s ruling to throw out his plan.
“We’re working through the issue to get to what I call a responsible way to fund their pensions within the confines, the straitjacket that the court has determined,” Emanuel told reporters at City Hall on Wednesday.
A proposal is pending in the state legislature to bolster funding for the benefit fund. The plan would ensure it’s 90 percent funded by the end of fiscal year 2055. Jim Mohler, executive director of the fund, told board members on Thursday that it’s a “fluid situation.”

Friday, May 13, 2016

Chip on the Shoulder

Walking around with the chip

I held the door open for a black man at the Pancake House yesterday. Common courtesy, that's all it was. He didn't acknowledge my act or even make eye contact. This is not the first time it's happened and it's happening more and more. 

WTF is wrong with these people? I didn't do anything to them. Neither did my father or grandfather and I'm not going to apologize for having to run on on little sleep to my second "white-privilege" job.

I got to ask after all the government assistance and affirmative action,  when are they going to be ready to take over the reins of responsibility and get over it?

Origin of the expression:

This expression originated in the U.S. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first recorded use was in 1830 in the Long Island Telegraphnewspaper: When two churlish boys were determined to fight, a chip would be placed on the shoulder of one, and the other demanded to knock it off at his peril. In this case a chip is a small piece of wood. A young boy who was angry about something and determined to fight would place a small chip of wood on his shoulder and challenge another person to knock it off his shoulder. When the chip was knocked off, it meant the opponent was ready and the fight would begin. It was his way of showing everyone how tough he was. Later, in 1855, the actual expression a chip on one’s shoulder appeared in print in the Weekly Oregonian newspaper: Leland, in his last issue, struts out with a chip on his shoulder, and dares Bush to knock it off. Nowadays, the chip is figurative: there’s no physical chip of wood on someone’s shoulder, he/she just acts like there is!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Nice going Rahm

Police: 8 dead, 41 wounded over Mother's Day weekend as Rahm's law enforcement policies begin to kick in 

And we talk about ISIS in Syria?

Thursday, May 5, 2016


Below is an article from 2000 that explores the concept of recolonization of the American southwest. I think it gives everyone something to think about. 

I'm not looking to bash anyone single ethnic group but I am requesting a discussion of a topic that will surely be on everyone's mind, soon. 

Multiculturalism, Immigration, and Aztlan

By Maria Chang 
Volume 10, Number 3 (Spring 2000)
Issue theme: "Revised projections: Census Bureau report projects a more crowded and balkanized U.S." 

One of the standard arguments invoked by those in favor of massive immigration into the United States is that our country is founded on immigrants who have always been successfully assimilated into America's mainstream culture and society. As one commentator put it, "Assimilation evokes the misty past of Ellis Island, through which millions entered, eventually seeing their descendants become as American as George Washington."1
Nothing more vividly testifies against that romantic faith in America's ability to continuously assimilate new members than the events of October 16, !994 in Los Angeles. On that day, 70,000 people marched beneath "a sea of Mexican flags" protesting Proposition 187, a referendum measure that would deny many state benefits to illegal immigrants and their children. Two weeks later, more protestors marched down the street, this time carrying an American flag upside down.2 Both protests point to a disturbing and rising phenomenon of Chicano separatism in the United States - the product of a complex of forces, among which are multiculturalism and a generous immigration policy combined with a lax border control.
The Problem
Chicanos refer to "people of Mexican descent in the United States" or "Mexican Americans in general."3 Today, there are reasons to believe that Chicanos as a group are unlike previous immigrants in that they

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Political correctness has turned men into wimps.

A DePaul freshman heading home from school was brutally attacked for her iPhone.

The worst part? The 19-year-old woman says she was beaten as others just stood by and watched.

It was a brutal attack in broad daylight, and while the victim and her family are still coping with the physical and psychological toll, it's taken they are still coming to grips with the fact that two able bodied men were standing within ten feet of Jessica and did absolutely nothing to help her.

DePaul freshman brutally attacked on CTA train

It was just past 10 Thursday morning when DePaul University freshman Jessica Hughes was heading home from class on the Blue Line. The train had almost emptied out at the UIC Halsted stop when a man more than twice her size took a seat directly in front of her.

"All of a sudden he just turned around and pretends to crack his back and looks me right in the eye...and that's when I knew something was off...cause he looked at me for a good few seconds,” said Jessica Hughes.

For Jessica, the next few moments would be terrifying. The man demanded her iPhone and when she wouldn't hand it over, he and a woman began attacking her. They punched her repeatedly in the face, breaking her nose and even biting her hand. All the while, two men watched the attack from just a few feet away and did nothing to stop it.

"I called for help multiple times and they didn't come to my aid. They were just watching,” Jessica said.

For Jessica’s father, the anguish over his daughter's beating is matched only by his outrage towards the two bystanders who refused to come to Jessica’s aid.

"I feel shame for them...I feel that being men...being a father...I don't know if they're fathers…but your job is to protect your children…what if it was their child being beaten by a humongous man?” said father Richard Amador.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

15 months is not enough

He should also be tarred and feathered and displayed in the public square in Yorkville. This phony son of a bitch is representative of what America is electing now.  No morals, no ethics, no limits. It's got to be stopped. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Coming soon.....Snow Mountain on the lakefront!

Bid to save Lucas Museum relies on complex financing plan which will leave taxpayers on the hook as bought off politicians try to please Mr. Lucas. This proposal has got to be the ugliest building I ever saw. 

My only question is why?

A rendering of what Lucas Museum would look like at a proposed new site at McCormick Place East.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Hail Mary plan to demolish and replace McCormick Place East to make way for the Lucas museum relies on legislative approval of a complex financing scheme that calls for extending the life of entertainment taxes and having the movie mogul write a $743 million check.

The Illinois General Assembly, still embroiled in a marathon budget stalemate, would be required to do some heavy-lifting to keep the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago — and so would Chicago taxpayers.

The General Assembly would be asked to:

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Why is Bridget Gainer pandering to the Negroes?


Declaring that “nothing stops a bullet like a job,” Democratic Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, of Chicago, has proposed an “emergency plan” to provide jobs to youth this summer.

It’s the second such plan to be proposed in the past week. County Commissioner Richard Boykin, D-Oak Park, proposed spending $45 million on youth jobs, using most of the proceeds from a proposed 4 cents-per-gallon increase in the county’s gas tax to fund the program.

Gainer’s proposal, by contrast, does not include a tax increase. Instead, she wants the county to defer all

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Democratic party left him high and dry as they decided to become the voice for welfare freaks, socialist and transexuals.

Chicago GOP chairman says local Republican Party filled with Democrats in disguise

Some are calling it a political purge.

 - Some are calling it a political purge.
Republicans in Chicago are used to being outnumbered by Democrats. But now, the party chairman claims local GOP ranks are riddled with Democrats in disguise. And in an unprecedented purge, he's moving to fire one-fourth of the city's elected Republican ward committeemen.   
The Republican purge targets 13 ward committeemen who were all elected by the voters in last month's primary. Some are angrily fighting back. Chicago GOP Chairman Chris Cleveland is refusing to seat 13 of the newly-elected committeemen because he says almost all of them voted in a Democratic Party primary.

Cleveland calls them agents of Democratic boss Mike Madigan.
“He changed the law at the end of 2014 to make it so that the ward

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Hope and change, 8 years later


By Teri O'Brien - 
Dr. Martin Luther King, quoting abolitionist Theodore Parker, said that "the arc of history is long, but it bends toward justice." Watching our country proceed headlong on the downside of Barack Obama’s socialist failure curve, we can clearly see now that “hope and change” is definitely not what a lot of people thought it was cracked up to be.
Not so in 2008, remember? That was when some people, the naive, the emotionally-driven, the uninformed, and frankly, in some cases, the outright stupid, were besotted with the idea that a dopey, jug-eared unaccomplished empty suit with a game show host smile and the ability to read from a TelePrompTer was the savior they had been waiting for. Of course, 2008 was when that very savior, Barack Hussein Obama, was striding across

Saturday, April 9, 2016


Hello fellow 19th Warders. I am still learning how this blog mechanism works so please be patient with me. 

I am a CPD who was passed over for promotion because I didn''t have the horses. So much for that. I have six years to go and I intend to enjoy every moment. I'm going to use this blog to say what I feel. I'm going to voice all those things that I have had to say under my breath. 

Being a life long resident, I know every inch of this turf and many of the residents. Fine fine people I  must say. It is because they are so nice that they are being led by a proper bunch of bastards. It is they that is going to be the recurrent theme of this blog. I am going to shine the spotlight on em. 

Please do me a favor and participate in the poll I have listed on the right side. 

I have chosen to go with the pen name Murph the 4th. 

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Hi Everyone, I just want to let the readers know that I have sold this blog to someone else (for a very nominal sum) and that they will be taking over soon.  Thank you for your loyal following and know that I always tried to tell the truth about everything.  Murph

Saturday, March 12, 2016

19th Ward residents need to get smart. These politicians are speaking out of both sides of their mouth.

Earlier today someone called someone who called me and strongly suggested that I get that CSX post off the blog. Consider this my response. 

Here it is, a list of all CSX political contributions during the past few years. Look it up and judge for yourself. 

CSX made allot of political contributions but they certainly haven't given to everyone. Why have they been donating so much to the local politicians? Answer, so they can run 5000 chemical tank cars through the neighborhood every week. Nobody sees anything because they have all been taken care of.  

21222 CSX Transportation 9/11/2015 1000.00 0.00 P.O .Box 44057 Jacksonville FL 32231     Individual Contribution             Quarterly       7/1/2015 9/30/2015 10/15/2015 12:01 PM Zalewski M Zalewski for State Representative True 9763 True 15479
4256 CSX Transportation 7/16/2015 1000.00 0.00 1700 W. 167th Street Calumet City IL 60409     Individual Contribution             Quarterly       7/1/2015 9/30/2015 10/13/2015 7:35 AM Cronin D Citizens for Dan Cronin True 4586 False 0376
CSX Transportation, Inc. 7/9/2015 1000.00 0.00 1700 W. 167th St. Calumet City IL 60409     Individual Contribution             Quarterly       7/1/2015 9/30/2015 10/15/2015 4:20 PM 0019 Ward 19th Ward Democratic Org True 443 True 428
21644 CSX 7/8/2015 2000.00 0.00 1700 167th St Calumet City IL 60409-5482 Individual