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If we need  more definitive proof Eric Holder is weak.. his speech in Chicago on Monday was totally worthless and ALL about denial of the WHY behind Chicago's gang violence.

If we need more proof there's zero difference between the democrats and repugs on resolving the totally failed policy, the hideous and phony war on drugs, here it is:

Attorney General Eric Holder announced in Chicago on Monday that the federal government would make more money available to help the nation's third largest city fight persistent street violence.

Holder made that pledge during brief comments at the ceremonial swearing-in for northern Illinois' new U.S. attorney, Zachary Fardon. Fardon has faced a chorus of calls from politicians to make gang, drug and gun crimes that underpin violence in Chicago his top priority.

In the prepared remarks to a federal courtroom packed with judges and lawmakers — including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk — Holder did not specify how much money would be coming the city's way.

He alluded to long-running differences over how to bring down street violence in Chicago, saying, "This is simply not a time for institutional friction."

"We must be realistically impatient and results-demanding," he said.

FAIL FAIL FAIL FAIL Total and utter failure.

Great that head do nothing, terminally in denial Senator Durbin was in attendance.

Nowhere does Holder, presumably an educated man, indicate the source of much of Chicago's gun/gang violence: the pathetic and obviously failed war on drugs.

Nowhere does Holder finally face the known fact that a major Mexican drug cartel years ago made Chicago a major shipping hub for drugs like meth and cocaine. and this in fact is causing much of the gang violence and deaths of innocents who get caught up in the crossfire, simply because they live in the "wrong" area of the city.

On the night that Jesús Vicente Zambada Niebla strode into the lobby of the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, the price on his head was $5 million.
The Obama administration is taking the exact same tact here as the previous bush administration; "here, we'll throw some more money at the problem!" that'll help, right?

Thus the Obama administration is a total failure regarding resolving this critical problem.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

    by Superpole on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 05:51:17 PM PST

  •  So all the violence in Chicago (11+ / 0-)

    Is about drugs. Good to know.

    If you are against sane gun regulations then by definition you support 30,000 deaths a year by firearms.

    by jsfox on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 05:58:28 PM PST

  •  You know, you can be critical (14+ / 0-)

    of Eric Holder, or any other Obama Administration member, without resorting to insults that are really pretty disgusting. To say "Eric Holder is pointless and weak" is ugly. Human beings have value, and Holder certainly, even in your eyes, is a human being. His life is not "pointless". Why even go there, or close to there? Let's keep it respectable, folks.

    •  Here's the Insult: (1+ / 0-)
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      happymisanthropy

      we're paying these people to FAIL.

      that's OK? do you or I get paid to fail? help me understand just why I should continue to support this.

      "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

      by Superpole on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 06:10:10 PM PST

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      •  I guess you simply do not understand. (6+ / 0-)

        You can "not support" something without hurling the worst insults at the officials promoting it. You seem to go immediately for the personal insults, which if anything detracts from any point you are trying to make. It makes you come across as vicious, and a bit off. So it undermines anything coherent you are trying to get across. Perhaps you should edit the "pointless and weak" out of your diary - it adds nothing positive to it and it makes you yourself look like a bad person.

        •  OK, You Really Expect Me (1+ / 0-)
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          happymisanthropy

          to believe there would be overwhelming support here for my main points-- IF only I would sugar candy coat it.. to somehow compensate, cover up the unpleasant truth?

          this would cause you and a majority of readers here to finally admit Big Pharma doesn't want legalized drugs?

          Please...

          "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

          by Superpole on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 06:32:13 PM PST

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  •  The Republicans will realize it's a winner.. (0+ / 0-)

    ..and take advantage. They'll destroy the dems with it, too. If they (GOP) ever wake up from ODS.

    What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—and her supporters celebrate—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. SAM HARRIS

    by Cpqemp on Tue Nov 26, 2013 at 06:15:25 PM PST

  •  We'll take the money, thank you (7+ / 0-)

    I don't know about Chicago being a hub, but illegal drugs are a big part of the problem.  The war on drugs doesn't help a damn thing, I'll agree with you there.

    But we're short cops, man. Increased police presence does reduce the murder and violent crime rates considerably. So as we try to solve the larger problems, let's take the money, hire some cops, and keep some people from being killed.

    Also, I always remind socially conscious, pot smokers that I think pot should be legal too, but in the mean time, those murders in Chicago aren't happening in a void.  So grow your own or whatever, but don't be a part of the market.

  •  But why is Chicago uniquely violent? (1+ / 0-)
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    I mean, you can blame the War on Drugs but if the Mexican Mafia has its roots into Chicago as you indicated, then from what I've read those people are vicious and nasty.

    Even if you had a neighborhood pot dealer on every corner that wouldn't stop the gangs from getting into every other crooked business. And the Mexican Mafia has shown a particular careless disregard for life. (I recall reading about them burning down a casino with everyone in it because the owner didn't pay his extortion money).

    •  It's not an "IF" (0+ / 0-)

      The Sinaloa cartel IS using Chicago as a drug warehouse/shipping hub. as a result, heroin is now in even small towns in the Midwest-- wreaking havoc and causing deaths.

      "that wouldn't stop the gangs from getting into every other crooked business"... Huh? you obviously have not thought this thru one iota.

      Trafficking illegal drugs is immensely profitable and relatively easy to do-- what is illegal and more profitable?

      selling fake driver's licenses? prostitution? gimme a break, NONE of the other illegal trades can even remotely touch
      the profitability of the illegal drug business.

      that is why the cartel is in Chicago-- shipping and selling their drugs all over the Midwest.

      "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

      by Superpole on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 03:11:55 AM PST

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      •  Sinaloa? Is this a Latino gang? (0+ / 0-)

        If so, why are most of the shooting deaths of African American males?

        You are part of the problem. You see violence and try to tie it to a simple problem (the Drug War) instead of looking at the root causes. Way to use death to support your cause for legal drugs. Pathetic.

        What is really going on is that social media has made it too easy and too cool to dis another gang member. What once happened on the street corner when a gang member was in the wrong neighborhood now happens on facebook or twitter - this smack talk rapidly escalates into violence.

        Consider it the inner city version of the bullying epidemic.

        •  ANOTHER Weak Load (0+ / 0-)
          If so, why are most of the shooting deaths of African American males?
          wow, the depth of your ignorance is stunning. do you know what Google is?? the Sinaloa Cartel is not just some local gang, please get educated before you attempt to discuss a topic where I am obviously more educated than you.

          African American males work for the cartel, selling the drugs they are bringing into Chicago. gangs who were selling drugs in Chicago prior to Sinaloa coming in don't want the competition. you SEE how this would be a problem? lead to violence?

          gimme a break, you don't have a clue.

          "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

          by Superpole on Thu Nov 28, 2013 at 04:40:57 AM PST

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    •  It's not "uniquely" violent. (0+ / 0-)

      It actually has a lower violent crime rate than a lot of cities. It is violent in pockets but don't believe the hype.

  •  Holder is just a bit player (0+ / 0-)

    ...in matters of drugs and weapons. There are long established policies in place put there by the defense industry.

    As for finance, he is able to nibble around the edges of a systemic and structural coup. It's really small change -- even at the $100s of billions dollar range.

    I would imagine that they are many things he might like to do -- or not do. It's a good idea not to over-think it. IMO

    •  Good Take, But (0+ / 0-)

      I'm weary of the massive BOGUSness of the Obama administration on this failed) policy and the several other failed policies he does nothing about.

      "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

      by Superpole on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 03:13:28 AM PST

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