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Spike Lee urges female college students to go on a “sex strike” to stop date rape

Conceal carry would be my preferred action to stop any rape or sexual assault. But that just me :)

Would you take advice from a man wearing this t-shirt?

Would you take advice from a man wearing this t-shirt?

Spike Lee has a brilliant solution to solve college campus sexual assaults: female students across the country should stage a ‘sex strike’ in a bid to stop sexual harassment on campus. He believes there is an abundance of sexual assaults and rapes on campus and says that women should take action to stop it.

Say anything to promote your movie...

Say anything to promote your movie…

The Daily Mail reports that Lee made these comments while appearing on the Stephen Colbert show to promote his new film “Chi-Raq“. Lee said, “I think a sex strike could really work on college campuses where there’s an abundance of sexual harassments or date rapes.”

Lee went on to say, “Once people coming back from Christmas and some stuff jumps off, there’s going to be sex strikes in universities and college campuses across this country.”

Lee’s movie idea isn’t even original: The film is based on Lysistrata, a Greek comedy play in which various women withhold physical affection from their husbands as punishment for fighting in war. Lee’s movie stars Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes and Nick Cannon. It follows four women who try and fight gun crime by refusing sex.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel isn’t happy with the title of the movie (truth hurts, I guess).  Emanuel said, ” I was clear that I was not happy about the title. I told him also that there are very good people that live in Englewood who are raising their family and there’s a lot of positive things that are happening in Englewood mainly driven by the people that make up Englewood.”

And even though Chicago has some of the strictest gun regulations in the United States, Spike Lee has another brilliant solution to the gun violence in Chiraq:

Great concept Spike! I’m sure all the criminals will be lining up to register their guns!



A good weekend in Chiraq: Only one killed and 13 wounded in gun violence

Pretty sad when just one murder and 13 others wounded is considered a good weekend. But it’s Chiraq, after all.


MyFoxChicago reported Sunday afternoon that 14 people had been shot — one of them fatally — across Chicago since late Friday.

The homicide happened at 12:30 p.m., when a 25-year-old man was walking in the 1600 block of West Howard when someone walked up and shot him in the chest and back, according to Chicago Police. He was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he later died, police said.

The two latest non-fatal shootings happened within half an hour – see if you spot a similarity:

  • A 24-year-old woman was shot in the head in West Ridge’s 6000 block of North Western Avenue. She walked into Swedish Covenant Hospital about 4:15 a.m. and her condition was stabilized, police said.
  • About 3:50 a.m., a 16-year-old boy was shot twice in a drive-by attack in Irving Park.He was sitting in a vehicle in the 4100 block of North Drake when another car pulled up and someone inside started shooting. The boy was struck in the shoulder and back and the driver took him to Swedish Covenant, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

Nothing good can be happening in Chiraq between 3:00 – 5:00 am in that city. Nothing.

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Gun control, Chicago style: 2 dead, 8 wounded in separate shootings

There’s a common theme here….”heard a shot and felt pain”. Obviously a regular occurrence in gun-controlled Chicago.

Chicago Tribune: At least two men have been fatally wounded and another eight injured Saturday afternoon and evening in separate shootings on the city’s South and West sides police said.

The most recent homicide happened at the intersection of Adams Street and Kilbourn Avenue in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side. A man, 26, was driving a black car when someone shot him in the head. He hit a tree and later died, police said.

One fatal shooting happened about 4:50 p.m. in the 5300 block of South Union Avenue in the Back of the Yards neighborhood, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a Chicago police spokesman, correcting earlier information that the shooting took place a block south. Police were called to the area after a report of shots fired, and found a man unresponsive, with gunshot wounds to the neck and abdomen, Sweeney said. The man was taken to Stroger Hospital and pronounced dead, he said.

About 2:05 a.m., a 21-year-old man on the sidewalk was shot in the chest and arms, police said. He was in the 200 block of North Saint Louis Avenue in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

A 37-year-old man walked into Saint Bernard Hospital and Healthcare Center with a gunshot wound to his upper left arm about 12:40 a.m., police said. He had been shot in the 6000 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue in the West Woodlawn neighborhood. He was transferred to Stroger Hospital, police said. He was on a sidewalk when he heard shots and felt pain. 

Someone shot a 59-year-old man in the 9100 block of South Harvard Avenue about 11 p.m., police said. The man was on a porch when someone fired toward the porch. He was shot in the lower right side of his back and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in serious condition, police said.

A 28-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to his legs in the 900 block of North Leclaire Avenue about 10:15 p.m., police said. He was on the sidewalk when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in stable condition.

About 9:05 p.m., someone shot a 17-year-old boy in the leg after a fight in the 200 block of East 47th Street in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side. He was fleeing the fight when he heard shots and felt pain, police said. He was taken by ambulance from the 4800 block of South King Drive, where authorities found him, to University of Chicago Hospital in good condition.

Someone shot a 26-year-old woman in the back twice in the 10900 block of South Mackinaw Avenue in the East Side neighborhood on the city’s Far South Side about 9 p.m. She was with a man when two males approached, stepped out of a white sedan and opened fire, police said. He drove her to Franciscan Saint Margaret hospital in Hammond, where she’s in stable condition, police said.

Later Saturday, a 40-year-old man suffered gunshot wounds to a hand and both legs in a shooting about 6:15 p.m. in the 11700 block of South Sangamon Avenue, Sweeney said. The man’s condition was stabilized at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. The man was on the street when someone came up to him and fired shots, then fled, Sweeney said.


Earlier a 27-year-old man was wounded in a drive-by shooting in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood. That shooting happened about 3:30 p.m. in the 6500 block of South Maryland Avenue, said Officer Thomas Sweeney, a Chicago police spokesman. Preliminary information stated the man was standing outside when a vehicle pulled up, and someone inside fired shots. The victim suffered a wound to the leg and was taken to Stroger Hospital where his condition was stabilized, Sweeney said. No one was in custody for any of the attacks and police were investigating.

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Illinois delays pension payments; out of money

A 2011 study by the Pew Center on the States found that state governments had an unimaginably massive shortfall of $1.26 trillion at the end of fiscal 2009 in pension and health-care benefits funds for retired teachers, corrections officers and millions of other public workers. The ever-increasing shortfall is driven by inadequate state contributions, an aging population and market losses that accompanied the 2008 recession. The shortfall is so grave that retiree costs are beginning to crowd out critical services. (Source: Washington Post)

DCG has posted about California’s and Chicago’s public pension problem. See:

Now the proverbial chicken is coming home to roost for the State of Illinois.

Elizabeth Campbell and Tim Jones report for Bloomberg, Oct. 14, 2015, that Illinois will delay pension payments as a prolonged budget impasse causes a cash shortage. The spending standoff between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic legislative leaders has extended into its fourth month with no signs of ending.

Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger said her office will postpone a $560 million retirement-fund payment next month and may be late in its December payment as well. But the pension systems will be paid in full by the end of the fiscal year in June. Munger said that the postponement is “the least of a number of bad options. For all intents and purposes, we are out of money now.”

The state still is making bond payments because “We prioritize the bond payments above everything else,” Munger told reporters.

Below are three graphs showing the shortfalls in Illinois’ pensions for state universities, teachers, and state employees (Source: ZeroHedge)

Chicago’s school system is bankrupt, requiring nearly $500 million in funding from the state to plug a gaping budget hole. At the same time, the state is doing nothing about egregious government waste and inefficiency. A report by Reuters has identified nearly a dozen cases of nepotism, where state legislators have spouses and children on government payroll.

Meanwhile, Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel is turning to a massive property tax increase to pay for the city’s unfunded pension obligation.

Jon Coupal, President of California’s Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, writes for California Political Review, Oct. 6, 2015, that Emanuel wants a $543 million increase in property taxes to cover police and fire pensions, as well as additional taxes and fees to close a projected $745 million budget shortfall.

Emanuel threatens that public safety will be decimated without the massive tax increase, as 20% of the police force and 40% of firefighters will lose their jobs.

How much this will cost the average homeowner is not yet clear. Emanuel is seeking approval from the Legislature to exempt those homes worth less than $250,000 from the increase, which means owners of more valuable homes would absorb the entire burden.

Emanuel’s tax plan has already led to a decline in home values, as shown by the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. Buyers may not be so ready to cut a deal that will see them inheriting a massive property tax hike.

Coupal emphasizes that Emanuel’s plan highlights the importance of California’s Proposition 13, which prohibits city governments from doing exactly what Chicago is doing. As a result, a number of Californian cities have been forced to file for bankruptcy in recent years, largely due to exploding government employee pension debt.

In California, Prop 13 limits increases in property taxes to 2% a year, gives voters the final say on new local taxes, and requires a two-thirds vote of each house of the Legislature to increase state taxes. That’s why Prop 13 is hated by state politicians, most of whom owe their election to their government employee union allies. If they can eliminate the impediments to tax increases established by Proposition 13, the politicians will be in a much better position to repay and reward their political benefactors.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, the city’s budget director has already gone on record as saying Mayor Emanuel’s property tax increase is not enough, which just goes to show, once again, that elections have consequences. But it’s a lesson that Democrat voters are determined to ignore.


Mayor Emanuel says police officers are becoming ‘fetal’

Liberal Logic: The Black Lives Matters demand less policing then the mayor blames the police for not doing their job.

Incoming White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel gestures prior to inauguration ceremony of Barack Obama as President of the United States in Washington

Daily Mail: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had some harsh words for the city’s police force last week, blaming a recent upsurge in crime on officers becoming ‘fetal’ out of fear for doing something wrong during arrests.

The second-term mayor made the controversial remarks during a meeting in Washington DC with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and other mayors and law enforcement officials from across the country.

The summit was held to discuss an uptick in homicides and other violent crimes – a trend that Mayor Emanuel partially blamed on a decrease in policing.

‘We have allowed our police department to get fetal, and it is having a direct consequence,’ Emanuel was quoted by the Washington Post as saying at the meeting. ‘They have pulled back from the ability to interdict … they don’t want to be a news story themselves, they don’t want their career ended early, and it’s having an impact.’

On Monday, President Obama’s pugnacious former chief of staff doubled down on his ‘fetal’ comment, saying the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the death of Freddie Gray while in the custody of Baltimore police were having an adverse effect on the actions of Chicago cops.

‘Officers themselves were telling me about how the news over the last 15 months have impacted their instincts,’ the mayor said, according to Chicago Tribune. ‘Do they stop or do they keep driving? When I stop here is it my career on the line?’ The 55-year-old Chicago mayor said he has asked Lynch to support ‘good’ officers who are involved in community policing.

In September, Chicago saw 60 homicides, marking the city’s deadliest month since 2002. According to police department statistics, homicides and shootings have skyrocketed 21 per cent compared to the same time the year before. On September 2 alone, there were nine fatal shootings in Chicago, making it the bloodiest day in more than 12 years.

Dean Angelo

Dean Angelo

Early last week, a group of Chicago’s black aldermen called on the mayor to fire Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, but Emanuel stood by him. Dean Angelo, president of Chicago’s police union, acknowledged that rank-and-file officers are concerned about the increased scrutiny in the wake of the recent events involving police-involved deaths, but he rejected the notion that they are neglecting their duties for fear of getting in trouble. ‘They’re out there working their buns off, and they’re looking for a fair shake,’ Angelo stated.


Chicago Public Schools admits to ‘overstated’ graduation rate months after Mayor Emanuel’s re-election

Well, what do you know.


The College Fix: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had heralded the improved graduation rate of students in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) during his re-election campaign … right up through his February triumph.

But there’s a problem: It wasn’t true.

Last Thursday, the CPS admitted that the graduation figures were “overstated.” This came after a Better Government Association/WBEZ investigation showed “thousands of students were being counted as transfers when they should have been counted as dropouts.”

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

CPS previously claimed that 69.4 percent of students who started high school in 2009 graduated by the summer of 2014. But on Thursday, officials revealed that the rate is, in fact, 66.3 percent.

Asked whether the numbers were fudged on purpose, CPS Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson said when she was a principal, she knew how to properly categorize transfers.

Jackson also acknowledged that some principals might feel pressure to boost their graduation rate on paper so their school ranking is better.

CPS also revised the graduation rate for 2013, from 65.4 percent to 62.5 percent; for 2012, from 61.2 percent to 59.3 percent, and for 2011, from 58.3 percent to 56.9 percent.

The BGA and WBEZ reported in June that a review of CPS’ own records showed at least 2,200 students from 25 Chicago high schools were wrongly counted as “transfers” – departing the system for another school district from 2011 to 2014 – when they should have been considered “dropouts.”

CPS officials initially said they had no plans to go back and adjust the numbers. It’s unclear why they changed minds.

Breitbart’s Warner Todd Huston notes that Mayor Emanuel had “repeatedly cited” the inflated stats as “shining examples of the promise of Chicago’s future.”

Huston points out, too, that the CPS Inspector General had “raised the alarm over the falsified stats early this year.”

Read the full Chicago Sun-Times and Breitbart articles.


Gun control, Chicago style: More Than 50 People Shot for the Second Weekend in a Row in Chicago

Chicago has a serious problem and Rahm is finally waking up? He obviously hasn’t read the news for the past year or so.

Yahoo: Four people were killed and 52 wounded during shootings across Chicago over the weekend. After multiple weekends in a row of increased violence in the cityChicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is urging a fresh and more proactive approach to gun control. The latest incidents, including the murder of a pregnant mother, come on the heels of two weekends in a row with more than 50 shootings in Chicago.

At least 2,300 people have been shot in Chicago this year alone, according to the Chicago Tribune. According to their analysis, that’s roughly 400 more incidents than during the same period in 2014. Homicides are currently up 21 percent in 2015, with the past two weekends pointing to a noticeable increase in gun-related violence.

“Wherever you live, you should be able to get out of your car and go to your home,” Emanuel told reporters on Tuesday after receiving news of the increased violence continuing on Monday evening, leaving six dead and at least eight injured. “You can say this happened in the neighborhood of the Back of the Yards, but everybody (who) woke up this morning, or heard it last night, felt a pain of anguish, and it’s time that our criminal justice system and the laws as it relates to access to guns and the penalties for using ’em reflect the values of the people of the city of Chicago.”

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