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  •  He's a triathelete. (4+ / 0-)
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    Radiowalla, FG, askew, worldlotus

    That might be part of it.

    I know everybody here hates Rahm, but I think he's a decent job digging out from Daley's mess.

    "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

    by Bush Bites on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:22:33 AM PST

    •  I don't hate him. (2+ / 0-)
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      Bush Bites, ichibon

      He isn't a favorite, but I'm far from hating him. And good for him to be promoting a healthy diet.

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:29:17 AM PST

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      •  Guess my comment wasn't meant for you. (2+ / 0-)
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        pvasileff, worldlotus

        Seriously, though: I don't agree with everything he does, but things were so bad in the last years of Daley's reign he was just selling pieces of the city to make his annual budgets.

        I think he finally quit running for reelection because the economy died and nobody wanted to buy pieces of Chicago anymore.

        Now that he's out of office, we're finding all sorts of Daleys and friends of Daleys on different city payrolls and one Daley who even got off with killing a kid in a bar fight.

        Oh, and Daley took a job at the law firm that handled most of his deals selling city property.

        Worst. Mayor. Evah.

        "Michael Moore, who was filming a movie about corporate welfare called 'Capitalism: A Love Story,' sought and received incentives."

        by Bush Bites on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:34:29 AM PST

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    •  Except for that pesky homicide rate. (1+ / 0-)
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      502 per 2,800,000, about 18 per 100k

      Perhaps it doesn't count since 80% of the victims are African-American, in a city that's 33% African-American.  The police chief has said twice that it's a problem of perception, but hyperactive media are a national phenomenon and Chicago's murder rates are not.

      By the way, the rate spiked after the Supreme Court threw out Chicago's old gun control ordinance.  The laws are still strict, but it's not hard to get to Hammond to buy guns at places like Cabela's or that gun show they always have in Crown Point with the county's blessing.

      I'm a proud Democrat, but I really wish some people weren't.  

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:11:28 PM PST

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      •  Maybe he thinks Bloomberg's diet decrees (0+ / 0-)

        are what keeps the murder rate down in NYC.  

        •  I think he doesn't care. (0+ / 0-)

          I've seen the sentiment before:  "It's just gangbangers killing each other."  In short, the thugs are disposing of each other, saving the state the cost and effort of arrest, prosecution and incarceration.  

          It may be despair:  just what are the chances of bringing unengaged men and teenagers of color into society when the unemployment rate is high, the choice for education is somebody else's neighborhood school (controlled by somebody else's gang -- yours has been shuttered) or a for-profit charter and the money for dealing drugs appears to be much better than that of an entry-level job.

          Or, the city fathers in Chicago have decided that the more poor people of color driven out of the city by fear and desperation, the more housing open to the Chicago real-estate industry.  

          I think that it's fair to ask Emannuel just why such levels of crime are tolerated.  It's also fair to warn the northsiders that the wilding mobs that occasionally break out of the ghetto are just a taste of the future -- that level of social dysfunction is hard to keep on the West and South Sides indefinitely.  (See:  Los Angeles, Rodney King riots).  

          "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

          by Yamaneko2 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 08:10:36 PM PST

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