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[ • 9 Jul 2016 • No Comment ]
From Fr. Michael Pfleger Dr. King warned America that the Cup of Endurance would run over,” his post began. “You can’t keep masses of folks in Poverty, Unemployment, Incarceration and in Communities looking like 3rd World Countries. The Shooting, Murder and disrespect of Law Enforcement is really not a surprise, they are the enforcer of America’s Injustice….but Dr. King also warned us that our fight must not be in the lowest form, using violence….WE must use our...


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[ • 6 Jul 2016 • No Comment ]
Chicago just missed taking a major step toward reforming the police culture–which in turn could restore some trust in the police and help stem our horrendous murder epidemic. The single most pernicious aspect of the police culture is its code of silence.  It  protects the small minority of  criminal and brutal police officers, giving them license to repeat their offenses. Worst of all, it turns most of  the 95 percent majority of otherwise honest and honorable cops into silent collaborators–sometimes...


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[ • 30 Jun 2016 • No Comment ]
A suburban woman slapped a Chicago firefighter when he wouldn’t let her ride a Divvy bike past a reversing a fire truck, prosecutors said Wednesday. The 56-year-old fireman had stopped traffic near Wells and Van Buren streets about 4 p.m. Monday to accommodate a fire truck that was backing into the Chicago Fire Department station at 419 S. Wells St., court records show. Maegan Kurtz, 26, approached the station on a Divvy bicycle and tried to continue cycling past the truck, which was flashing...


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[ • 28 Jun 2016 • No Comment ]
Taking a breather from Brexit’s horrors, Trump’s atrocities and Rahm Emanuel’s inability to remember why four cops who worked in his campaign were given plum assignments on his security detail, let me introduce you to two brief, locally published books–one on the macro issue of income inequality, the other on Chicago’s economic travesties. From the Occupy Wall Street movement to Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign–with Frenchman Thomas Piketty’ surprise...


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[ • 27 Jun 2016 • No Comment ]
Earlier this year, NHL hockey fans were asked to vote for the captains of the four teams to face off in this year’s new All-Star tourney. Three of the picks were players you’d expect: Jaromir Jagr from the Florida Panthers, Alex Ovechkin from the Washington Capitals, and Patrick Kane from the Chicago Blackhawks: True Gods of the Rink, who have scored hundreds of points. But not the fourth. In a huge surprise, the fans gave the most votes to a long-time journeyman enforcer named John...


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[ • 23 Jun 2016 • No Comment ]
The righteous needn’t concern themselves with rules, laws or standards of fundamental decency, evidently.   I received this email this morning from by representative in Congress, Jan Schakowsky, who has been leading the sit-inon the House floor: I just wanted to update you on what’s going on in the House. It’s been 24 hours and despite House Republicans’ best efforts we’re still here, standing together and demanding that Speaker Ryan allow a vote on commonsense gun-safety legislation. The...


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