Friday, March 24, 2017

Chicago cops investigating photo of toddler holding handgun

Photo blurred by the Chicago
There is a mass psychosis effecting Chicagoans.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Police are investigating a photo that was posted on social media that shows a child holding a handgun.

A concerned resident walked into the Wentworth District offices on Wednesday to report a picture someone texted him on Tuesday that shows a male holding a child who was holding an unknown model handgun, according to Chicago Police. The text message said that the photo was shared on social media.

Andrew Holmes, a community activist, said somebody showed him the photo about midnight Tuesday, and he reported it to police the next day.

“We just lost a 3-year-old boy last week who had his hands on a gun,” Holmes said. “We’re supposed to be leaders and try to keep guns out of children’s hands, yet here she is with her hands on the trigger.”

Thursday, March 23, 2017

(Video) Bidding underway on Trump's Great Wall

Fox News' William La Jeunesse reports that bidding is underway on the southern border wall, a public works and public safety campaign promise from President Donald J. Trump.

Jihadi named in London attack, Islamic State claims responsibility

Why does the media have to stress that the killer was born in Great Britain? Does that make this maniac's terrorist ideology any less deadly?

From Reuters:
The attacker who killed three people near parliament in London before being shot dead was named on Thursday as British-born Khalid Masood, who was once investigated by MI5 intelligence officers over concerns about violent extremism.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued by its Amaq news agency, but did not name Masood and gave no details. It was not clear whether the attacker was directly connected to the jihadist group.

Police said Masood, 52, was born in the county of Kent in southeast England and was most recently living in the West Midlands region of central England.

Of top ten metro areas only Chicago is losing people

Chicago's West Side
Folks in the Chicago area are fed up with rising taxes, a moribund economy, rampant crime, and incompetent and corrupt one-party rule. So they are leaving.

From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Among the 10 largest metro areas in the United States, the Chicago region — including Naperville, Elgin and parts of northwest Indiana and southeast Wisconsin — was the only metro area that did not grow in population between 2015 and 2016, according to new figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

In all, the nation's 382 metro areas contained approximately 277.1 million people in 2016, representing approximately 86 percent of the nation’s population. This was an increase of approximately 2.3 million people from 2015.

Cook County remained the second-largest county in the country, behind Los Angeles County in California, the Census Bureau said. But Cook County continued to experience population loss, with 21,324 people leaving between 2015 and 2016.

The Census Bureau's announcement comes in the wake of the bureau reporting in December that Illinois lost more people than any other state within a 12-month period.
Related post from Da Tech Guy:

Unfunded pensions are why Chicago will be the next Detroit

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Chicago minor whose rape was live streamed on Facebook is receiving threats

"The League of Shadows has been a check against human corruption for thousands of years. We sacked Rome, loaded trade ships with plague rats, burned London to the ground. Every time a civilization reaches the pinnacle of its decadence, we return to restore the balance." Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins..

Chicago needs the League of Shadows.

From ABC Chicago:
As Chicago police continue to work to try and identify the boys seen sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl on Facebook Live over the weekend, the girl's mother told the Associated Press that the family is getting online threats and her daughter refuses to go home.

Police meanwhile said they "have teams working around the clock and detectives are making good progress in the case." Police also said there is now a parallel investigation going on into the online threats being received by the family of the 15-year-old.

"I hope they get prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This ain't (sic) the first time," Reginald King, victim's relative, said.

Stills from the video, which Facebook has taken down, identify a so-called "Beam Team" as the broadcasters. They are known to many in the neighborhood.
Okay, I've read enough. Clearly lots of people know who this "Beam Team" is. Can one of the few decent people left in Chicago cough up some of their names?

Related post:

Chicago Facebook hell: Rape of minor live streamed

Krauthammer: "There's going to be a sea change in opinion" on illegal immigrant sanctuaries

Just as Rockville, Maryland was considering becoming a sanctuary city, a 14-year-old girl was brutally raped in a boy's bathroom by two 18-year-old high school freshmen, one of whom not only is an illegal immigrant, but someone who was detained at the border and released.

Charles Krauthammer predicts, "There's going to be a sea change in opinion" on illegal immigrant sanctuaries.

Rockville is in Montgomery County, one of the most liberal counties in America.

Terror again in the UK: Cop stabbed, pedestrians run over near Big Ben

More tragedy today from Great Britain:

From the Daily Mail:
At least two people are dead after a terror attacker brought carnage to central London today, mowing down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before attacking police with a knife in the grounds of the Houses of Parliament.

At least 10 people were been hit by a vehicle on the bridge after a 4x4 drove into pedestrians and cyclists before crashing into the gates of Parliament.

An intruder, described by a witness as 'middle-aged and Asian', then managed to break into the grounds of the Parliament and stabbed a police officer before he was shot and injured. The policeman is feared to have since died.

An hour after the attack, paramedics removed a man, thought to be the attacker, from the scene after extensive CPR. Another body appeared to have been left on the ground covered by a red blanket.

Chicago funeral homes plagued by violence

Violence at wakes for gangbangers is not new to Chicago. But now funeral home directors want safe-zone type protections.

There is life after death--and death after death.

From CBS Chicago:
For many, a loved one's funeral or wake is a somber time; but in some Chicago neighborhoods, the mourning happens under the threat of gang violence.

CBS 2's Jim Williams reports that some community leaders are calling for state lawmakers to crack down on this.

While June Williams has offered comfort to the grieving at her funeral home for decades, it still didn’t prepare for her some of the things she would witness.

"A gentleman went up to see his brother, who had been killed, and I'm standing at the casket, so of course, I'm thinking, 'how touching — he’s grieving over his brother.' And another walked up, put his arm around him and he stabbed him," Williams said.

Illinois tax break fail: Sears near death

Closed Chicago Sears store
As I've remarked here a few times, in 2011 Illinois' miserable failure of a governor, Chicago Democrat Pat Quinn, shortly after signing into law a massive income tax hike, signed another piece of legislation giving Sears Holdings, which owns the Kmart and Sears brands, a huge tax break so it wouldn't move its headquarters out of Illinois.

Apparently there soon will be no Sears Holdings and the point will be moot.

Illinois knows how to pick the losers.

From AP:
Sears, once the monolith of American retail, says there is "substantial doubt" that it will be able to keep its doors open.

Company shares, which hit an all-time low last month, tumbled more than 5 percent before the opening bell Wednesday.

Millions of dollars have been funneled through the hedge fund of Chairman and CEO Edward Lampert to keep Sears afloat but with sales fading, it is burning through cash. Lampert combined Sears and Kmart in 2005, about two years after he helped bring Kmart out of bankruptcy

According to a regulatory filing late Tuesday, Sears Holdings Corp. lost more than $2 billion last year. Adjusted for one-time charges, its loss was $887 million.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Illinois House votes down Obama birthday holiday

There is some rare good political news out of Illinois tonight.

From NBC Chicago:
Illinois lawmakers did not pass a bill that would have designated former President Barack Obama's birthday a state holiday, the Chicago Tribune is reporting.

Republicans voiced concern over the other Illinois presidents, such as Ronald Reagan, not having similar holidays, the newspaper reported. They also noted the economic cost of closing state buildings on such a holiday.
But the measure failed by only six votes. Still, it's a win for common sense and fiscal sanity.