Chicago is a Gang-Banger’s Paradise

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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The Chicago Tribune reported that a man, “who lives on the West side of Union Avenue,” in Chicago was awaken by gun fire. It was around 2 a.m., when along with what he described as seven or eight shots, he also heard doors slamming and the screeching of tires.

What he heard was the attempted murder of a 31 year old female trying to escape a situation in her GMC Yukon. She was shot in the head as she tried to speed away. The woman was taken to “University of Chicago Medical center, where she was in critical condition Wednesday morning.”

Oh, you must have thought I was reporting on one of the 74 weekend shootings in the Windy City this past weekend. No. This was one of the additional 16 shootings, including seven more murders committed from Monday to Wednesday, making a five day total of 90 shootings and 19 murders.

As Maureen O’Hara said to John Wayne in the classic Western, “McLintock:” “That’s gotta be some kind of record!” read more

OH RATS – Chicago has Another Problem

Things just keep getting better for the city of Chicago. The Windy City is basically broke. But that doesn’t appear to stop the Mayor from wanting to give 1000 residents $500 month for nothing.

However, instead of that, why doesn’t Mayor Rahm Emanuel take that money and spend it on eradicating the rampant problem of rat infestation plaguing the city.

from the Daily Wire:

Move over, New York City, Chicago is coming on strong!

The city of Chicago, where former Obama chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel is mayor, has been named in a new study the “rat capital” of the nation.

The study, published by online apartment search service RentHop, found that there were 50,963 complaints made to the city last year about rats.

When comparing the number of complaints per 100,000 residents, RentHop said, “Chicago topped the list with 1876.09 complaints per 100,000 residents,” the Daily Mail reported.

“The study also found that the number of complaints made by Chicago residents jumped 55 per cent since 2014,” the Mail reported.

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WND Exclusive – UBI? UNIVERSAL BASIC IDIOCY

Forget welfare. Food stamps are so yesterday. The latest rage amongst the socialist political set is Universal Basic Income, or UBI.

Ever since the subject was broached by Mark Zuckerberg in his Harvard commencement speech, leftists have flocked to the idea like, well, you know.

The Times adds that, “Chicago’s position at the bottom of the ranking is no surprise to anyone who follows municipal finance. The Windy City has become a poster child for financial mismanagement, having suffered a series of ratings downgrades in recent years. Aside from having thin reserves and large volumes of outstanding debt, Chicago is notorious for its underfunded pension plans.” read more

Chicago Picking Winners & Losers

from IBD:

Uber And Lyft Are Hurting Mass Transit? There’s Nothing Wrong With That

Chicago recently started taxing users of increasingly popular ride-sharing services so it could spend more on its increasingly unpopular mass transit rail service. This sort of thinking only makes sense to government officials.

When app-based ride sharing services Uber and Lyft started to catch on, cities thought they posed a dire threat to their local monopoly taxi services and tried to thwart them. But while ride sharing did cut into taxi ridership, it is also having a big impact on mass transit. read more

Schizophrenic Chicago Voted Best City and Murder Capital

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Each year the social website Time Out publishes its list of the World’s best cities. And this past Monday was that day. Using its “City Life Index,” they determined that the one that tops them all for being the best city in the World for having fun and enjoying city life is Chicago. Yep – “Chicago was ranked the best city for having it all through Time Out’s extensive City Life Index.” And this is a back to back victory, as they also took top honors in 2016.

Time Out writes that in making its determination, they “surveyed 15,000 people in 32 cities—from Austin to Hong Kong to Tel Aviv—and asked in-depth questions about sex, dining, neighborhoods, affordability, happiness and so much more. Each city was then scored across those facets to reveal the winner.”

They claim the survey said that new restaurants and bars are opening all the time and that Chicagoans eat out quite often. read more

The People are not Happy about the Obama Library

from the Washington Times:

Obama’s presidential library ripped as ‘ugly waste of taxpayer resources’ by Chicagoans

Chicagoans in droves are venting their displeasure with President Barack Obama’s planned library, calling it an “ugly waste of taxpayer resources” and a “dangerous precedent” for the preservation of historic public parklands.

Recent letters to the editor published in the Chicago Tribune have overwhelmingly panned the Obama Presidential Center, which will take nearly 20 acres from historic Jackson Park and cost taxpayers $100 million in renovations to the surrounding area.

In a letter published on Jan. 26, John Deal of Dolton, Illinois, called the egg-shaped main tower and surrounding buildings “garish monstrosities that ruin the aesthetics of the surrounding parkland stolen from the taxpaying public.”

“Does anyone else think the artist’s rendering of the proposed Obama Presidential Center campus is ugly?” Mr. Deal asked. read more

Murders Continue to Escalate in Liberal Cities

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Cities around the country are breaking records. Oh, it’s not for job growth, graduation rates or anything hopeful like that. They’re breaking records for documented homicides and shootings.

It’s gotten so bad that cities like Baltimore, in a desperate and dimwitted attempt to slow the number, have turned to calling for ceasefires. But like every other ceasefire, as those called for on several occasions between Israel and the Palestinian terrorists or those in Syria, the city ceasefires have worked out just about as well.

However pointless warring faction ceasefires are, Baltimore’s was much worse. Between nations or factions, the two sides at least publically feint at agreeing to halt the killing.

Baltimore community leaders had called for a 72 hour ceasefire this past weekend using the hashtag #BaltimoreCeasefire on social media. They received no affirmation of cooperation from anyone. Yet this they hoped would do the trick. Twitter “virtue signaling” always does. And by always, I actually mean never. read more

Already Broke Cities and States Pour Money into Illegal Immigrant Defense Funds

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The Electoral College drama has ended and Donald Trump is the next president of the United States. Turns out it was much ado about nothing, as there were few surprises. Now it’s on to the implementation of his agenda, and whether his actions will match his campaign and post-election rhetoric.

Front and center of his agenda items will, or should be what brought him to the dance in the first place. I’m speaking of course of illegal immigration. He must build the wall, which he says construction will commence in March, 2017. The other issue will be to begin deportation of illegals.

Although he will get pushback over construction of the wall, it won’t be nearly as virulent as the deportation issue. After all, we get can’t really put a face to the wall, which liberal groups will surely do regarding deportation. The Trump administration had better be prepared for a fight, as cities and states across the country are already preparing what they are calling, “Immigration Defense Funds.”

Cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago, as well as the States of California and New York intend to flood these “funds” with tens of millions of dollars – money which none of them have. read more

Government Giving Away Millions for Urban Farms

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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The city of Chicago will be receiving $1 million to set up “Urban Farms.” It’s part of an overall federal government giveaway by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Chicago’s new ‘Growing for Chicago’ initiative is one of 45 projects to be awarded a total of $26.6 million this year through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Conservation Innovation Grants.”

Naturally, the first thing that comes to mind is to ask what authority the USDA has to give $26.6 million of federal taxpayer dollars away to black holes like the city of Chicago. But that’s a silly question. They have no authority whatsoever. So what. What does that matter anymore. I’m sure the funds where tucked away in the massive farm bill, that no one ever reads.

Second is that this is obviously not a one-time thing as the Tribune states the money is part of an “annual” giveaway. So this giveaway happens every year. But no matter. I’m sure it will go to the cause it claims to – “Growing for Chicago,” and not to line politicians’ pockets, or used in crony corporatism scams. We can trust them. After all – it is the federal government and city of Chicago we’re talking about – both run by well-respected and honest administrations. read more

Real World Economy Versus The Minimum Wage

by: the Common Constitutionalist

Once again liberals have demonstrated that they just don’t get how the economy works. They are so utterly ignorant.

When purchasing an item, do you ever comparison shop? Of course. Most everyone has or does. And you want to get the most for your dollar. Again, of course – otherwise, why comparison shop. And if you see two of the same product, with different prices, all things being equal, you would choose the lower cost item.

Maybe one of the two products presents better value for the same cost. Again the obvious choice would be to choose the better product for that same cost.

And so it is for labor. Labor is a product. Companies don’t hire people out of a sense of charity. No – even for the lowest position in the company, people come in and fill out an application, maybe submit a resume and possibly fill out an evaluation form. Then someone goes through the applications.

And what are they doing? Why, the HR person or whomever is comparison shopping. He or she is looking for the best, most qualified candidate for that particular position at a predetermined cost. They’re looking for the biggest bang for their buck. He or she is looking for a hire who will bring at least as much value to the company as they will be paid. Otherwise, it is just charity. read more