Sunday, May 30, 2021

Memorial Day


Visitors to Chicago Loop warned to watch out for large groups of robbers in parks

By FOX 32 Digital Team

CHICAGO - Chicago police said that large groups of robbers swarmed victims at parks in the Loop in the past couple weeks.

The robbers used force to take the victims' belongings in these two incidents:
Randolph side of Millennium Park, May 21, 7:20 p.m.
Museum campus near South 11th, May 21, 7:20 p.m

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Who was this guy?

City Council set to rename outer LSD after DuSable. Why? WTF did this guy do that was so great? I'm sure he was a good guy, lived a good life, etc. But what did he do that would merit renaming this and that after him?  I mean come on.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

U.S. Millitary is about to be on report


Daniel Greenfield May 25, 2021
A decade ago, Hina Shamsi was fighting on behalf of the Holy Land Foundation whose leaders had been convicted of providing material support to Hamas.

As the head of the ACLU’s National Security Project, Shamsi, a Pakistani citizen, had fought fiercely for the Islamic terrorists at Guantanamo Bay. “We all must pledge — not one person more in Guantanamo, not in our names,” she recently declared.

But now the Pakistani advocate for Islamic terrorists has a new job: going after our soldiers.

Shamsi is one of the terror lawyers who appears on a list of partners for the Biden administration's crackdown on "extremism" in the military. The only kind of extremism that Shamsi appears to be an expert on is the Islamic kind and her expertise has been in denying it.

Furthermore, at least as of 2017, Shamsi had described herself as a Pakistan

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Different this time

More investors than ever are borrowing to buy stocks. Here’s what this really means for the market

Mark Hulbert
Total margin debt has nearly doubled since March 2000


Margin debt’s new all-time high is neither bullish nor bearish. I’m referring to the total amount that investors have borrowed to purchase stocks. Because the effect of margin is to leverage stocks’ gains, its marketwide level is a measure of investor confidence.

To the bulls, rising margin debt means investor sentiment should be strong enough to propel the market higher. To the bears, in contrast, it is a contrarian indicator, with high levels indicating dangerous levels

Thursday, May 20, 2021

It's time for Lightfoot to resign!

She has caused so much damage to the city. The finances, the crime, the schools, the reputation all shot. Now overt acts of racism. In a city where everyone is serious about healing strained race relations, the mayor is being a racist and proud of it too. What a twisted human being. 

Just quit. 


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

A Special Type of Incompetence


Kim Foxx, Chief Law Enforcement Official of Cook County 

Threw her 1st assistant right under the bus. That should be a lesson for everyone. 

One of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s top prosecutors was forced to resign this week after an internal investigation revealed she did not review an in-court statement a fellow prosecutor made about 13-year-old Adam Toledo holding a gun before he was shot and killed by Chicago police in Little Village.

Adam was holding a gun on March 29 but within less than a second, he threw it on the ground, turned around and put his hands up in the air when an officer fired, video footage released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability shows.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Jennifer Coleman “traditionally” would have reviewed any high-profile proffer read in court by her underlings but she didn’t go over the one prosecutor James Murphy read in court on April 10 as he detailed the allegations against 21-year-old Ruben Roman, Foxx told the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday.

Roman was arrested at the scene of Adam’s shooting, which Murphy described as part of Roman’s bond hearing. Roman faces charges of reckless discharge of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, child endangerment and violating probation.

“The officer tells [Adam] to drop it as [Adam] turns towards the officer. [Adam] has a gun in his right hand,” Murphy had told Judge Susana Ortiz last month.

“The officer fires one shot at [Adam], striking him in the chest. The gun that [Adam] was holding landed against the fence a few feet away.”

The proffer did not mention Adam throwing his weapon or him not having it in his hand when he was shot.

A source told the Sun-Times that the child endangerment charge wasn’t approved by Coleman until hours before Roman’s bond hearing, leaving Murphy little time to adjust his statement, which required detailing Adam’s shooting to make a case for that charge.

Five days after Roman’s bond hearing — and hours before COPA released footage of Adam’s shooting — Foxx approved a statement, saying Murphy “failed to fully inform himself before speaking in court,” and described the omission about the weapon as an error.

Jennifer Coleman
Jennifer Coleman, Fired

On Wednesday, the state’s attorney’s office said Murphy “did not intend to give the impression that Adam Toledo was holding a gun when shot” and the “investigation revealed that the language the attorney used in court was inartful, leaving an unintended impression.”

Without mentioning Coleman’s forced resignation, the state’s attorney’s office in its statement also said its investigation “revealed a breakdown of communication in how information was shared, which ultimately did not get elevated to State’s Attorney Foxx before, nor in a timely manner following, the bond court hearing.”

Coleman, who was appointed first assistant in December, was asked to resign for failing to read the proffer and not showing the proper urgency required to correct the record after, a second source said.

“She was essentially fired,” that source said.

Foxx, who told staff about Coleman’s firing in an internal email, said “had that proffer been vetted by superiors . . . I don’t think we would have been in this position.”

Foxx said she was informed by email about Roman’s proffer that Saturday, but she said that no one flagged it for her to read that weekend when she may not be as responsive on email compared to a weekday.

“I wasn’t given the opportunity to read [the proffer] beforehand because those who would have been in the position to give it to me hadn’t notified me, hadn’t called me, hadn’t said . . . ‘You need to read this,’ ” Foxx said. “The ability [for me] to weigh in didn’t happen on this day.”

Coleman could not be reached for comment.

Murphy, who had been placed on paid leave while the internal investigation took place, will be resuming his duties in the office.

Murphy had not been given all the materials the state’s attorney’s office obtained from COPA, the city oversight agency that investigates officer-involved shootings, Foxx said.

The office’s Law Enforcement Accountability Division had the information from COPA but it wasn’t shared with the Felony Review Unit, which only had information from police. LEAD is “walled off” from other units and from Foxx until its investigation is complete.

Still Coleman, who reports directly to Foxx and oversees both units, should have reviewed Murphy’s proffer with her knowledge of the materials available to both units, Foxx said.

“I am not directly involved in the investigation of LEAD until they complete their initial work,” Foxx said. “It is by my own design. I think what has been evident in cases involving officer-involved shootings, is they’ve become very emotionally and politically charged.

“Politics should not impact how we review these cases. That was the intent of the design. ... I have the final say on whether charges are filed or not.”

While Foxx said she was told “very early on” about the content in the videos capturing Adam’s shooting, she did not watch them until April 12. The top prosecutor did not say why it took three days after that for her office to comment on the discrepancy.

Foxx wouldn’t say if the officer who shot Adam would be charged and said the matter is still under review.

All assistant state’s attorneys will now have to undergo new training, and new policies and procedures will be put in place as a result of the investigation.