BUMPED UP Believe it or not files - Mayor Emanuel's mayoral vehicle gets a parking ticket on Michigan Ave and he calls to have it NON-SUITED (Quashed)

In the post below this posting you will see that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is seeking to get the State of Illinois to approve speed cameras to write tickets just like the red light cameras... In addition to blasting all the city employees who owe past due parking ticket fines! Well wait to you see how multi-millionaire Mayor Rahm Emanuel handles it when he gets a ticket for parking illegally!

During the evening of Oct 12, 2011 Mayor Rahm Emanuel's leased vehicle (the official mayoral limo) was ticketed for being parked ILLEGALLY on Michigan Ave in Downtown Chicago... The parking ticket appears to have been written by a person working CTA Special Employment who was unaware that Rahm Emanuel has a leased vehicle with no designators on it to show that it is the mayoral limo.

Now we all know that Rahm Emanuel made $18 million dollars in one year working for the Fannie and Freddie Mortgage Company ontop of millions of dollars in his war chest... So does Mayor Rahm Emanuel do the right thing and pay the ticket???


Mayor Emanuel who is chasing city employess to pay their parking tickets and who now wants speeding cameras... Has his parking ticket quashed, killed, non-suited!.....

Detective Shavedlongcock has the parking ticket citation number... would the officer who wrote it please e-mail me please???? shavedlongcock@yahoo.com

The amazing part is had Rahm just paid the parking ticket and then had the incident "leaked to the press" he would have look like a regular guy doing the right thing...Now he looks like, well you know what he looks like....

Bleeding all of us to the limit - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to point cameras at speeders & issue computerized speeding tickets

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is asking state lawmakers to allow Chicago to use red-light cameras to automatically ticket drivers who speed through school safety zones.

The administration says it’s about public safety, but skeptics note violators would pay fines of up to $100 at a time when City Hall is facing major budget problems.

“I think it’s piling on. It’s really kind of draconian,” said Ald. Joe Moore, 49th. “The jury is still out on whether the red-light cameras are effective in terms of safety. . . . So then it really becomes a revenue raising tool, rather than a public safety tool, and I think there are more honest ways of raising money.”

The change is being pushed by Gabe Klein, Emanuel’s transportation commissioner, though the idea surfaced at the City Council a few years ago.

Klein held the same job in Washington, D.C., where speeding cameras were used. Chicago owns its red-light camera system and the devices are capable of detecting the speed of vehicles, Klein said.

“We have the ability to do what we want with it and contract with who we want,” Klein said.

All Chicago would have to do is install an additional strip on the ground to calibrate a vehicle’s exact speed. That will give the city an accurate reading that can hold up in court, Klein said.

“The idea is not to begin writing a lot of tickets. It’s about getting people to slow down. It’s about changing behavior,” Klein said. “Having an expectation that police can handle this on their own is unrealistic.”

The proposal surfaced Wednesday in the form of legislation introduced by Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan of Chicago.

The change is aimed at those driving over the speed limit in so-called “safety zones” — areas designated as roadways near property owned by a park district, school or a private or public college or university.

Signs would have to be posted letting drivers know their speed is being monitored.

Emanuel’s administration already gathered background information to bolster its case for the cameras, saying the No. 1 cause of Chicago pedestrian crashes is failure to yield by motorists.

The chance of a pedestrian fatality increases nine times when vehicles are traveling 10 mph over the 20-mph speed limit in school zones, according to the administration.

Mayor Richard Daley installed red-light cameras in late 2003. Billed as a public safety measure, they quickly became a cash cow. Red-light camera fines were worth nearly $45 million to the city as of 2008. About 790,000 drivers got red light tickets in 2009.

Aldermen eventually acknowledged the cameras were a way to raise revenue during tough financial times.

Ald. Edward Burke wondered whether the public safety deterrent aspect of the red-light cameras was “a myth.”

“It's a money machine, that's all. Period,” said Burke, 14th, in March 2010.

Two years earlier, Burke was among a pair of aldermen who called for using the cameras to crack down on speeders on city streets.

Burke introduced a resolution urging state lawmakers to lift a prohibition that bars municipalities from using cameras for speed enforcement.

Daley backed that resolution in 2008, and now Emanuel is asking Springfield to make it law.

Klein said he’s not sure yet how many cameras would be geared toward catching speeders or how much revenue might be generated.

He stressed that the money raised would go toward transportation safety and infrastructure projects.

The transportation commissioner said he has been focused on traffic safety since he took over in May.

“Sure, the timing may be unfortunate that the bill got posted today. It has nothing to do with the budget,” Klein said. “I’d be happy if there were no revenues, but people don’t respond if there’s no penalty.”

It’s unclear what type of reception the proposal will receive in Springfield. Last year, lawmakers passed a watered-down reform package aimed at making it easier to appeal tickets from red-light cameras after receiving numerous complaints about the devices.

“The idea was to respond to a request (from the city) and see what sort of discussion there is,” said Madigan spokesman Steve Brown.

If it passes and is signed into law, the measure would take effect July 1.

Moammar Gadhafi death photo

An image captured off a cellular phone camera purportedly shows the arrest of Moammar Gadhafi in Sirte on October 20, 2011.

Qaddafi Dead?

From Fox News:
Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi is dead, according to a spokesman for the Transitional National Council.
Qaddafi died of wounds suffered during his capture near his hometown of Sirte on Thursday, Reuters and Sky News reported. U.S. officials say they are working to confirm the TNC's claim.
"Qaddafi is dead. He is absolutely dead ... he was shot in both legs and in the head. The body will be arriving in Misrata soon," media spokesman Abdullah Berrassali told Sky News.
The Transitional National Council's UK spokesman, Mahmoud Nacua, warned that there was "not enough information" to confirm Qaddafi's capture, and a former TNC spokesman in Britain, Guma al Gamati told Sky News that "this is not confirmed."
Sirte, Qaddafi's hometown and the last bastion of his supporters, was the last holdout against TNC forces. The town's capture, which both military officials and new regime political sources said was expected later Thursday, would pave the way for the TNC to officially take control of Libya and move its headquarters away from its Benghazi stronghold in the east to the capital, Tripoli.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/10/20/muammar-qaddafi-captured-in-libya-commander-says/#ixzz1bKOF8OfP
If true, one less dictator in the world.

Ex-Woodridge cop named in warrant over charity theft arrested in Missouri

A former Woodridge patrol officer accused of stealing more than $30,000 from a police charity has been arrested in Missouri, nearly five months after a warrant was issued.

Scott Webb, a 10-year-veteran of the Woodridge department, was sought on a $250,000-bail arrest warrant on accusations that he never donated more than $30,000 raised during two events to support families of fallen officers.

He had not been heard from since the warrant was issued in late May, but a police officer in Branson, Mo., ran Webb’s information during a routine traffic stop and spotted the arrest warrant Tuesday, according to authorities.

DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin said he learned early Wednesday morning of Webb’s arrest.

“We’re obviously very pleased,” Berlin said. “He’s been on the run for quite a few months now, so we’re pleased that justice will now take its due course.”

Webb, of Romeoville, is accused of taking funds from the “Crawlin’ for the Fallen” pub-crawl fundraiser in 2009 and 2010, which were hosted by the Woodridge Police Association.

“My understanding is that he’s waived extradition, and we expect him to be back here sometime early next week,” Berlin said Wednesday afternoon. “I am not sure exactly when they’re going to be able to get him back here.”

Rumors began to swirl in the Woodridge department during the summer of 2010 that Webb never mailed in the money raised by the events. Webb was placed on paid leave in August 2010, when village officials launched an investigation.

He resigned from the department in March, and come late May when he was indicted on two counts of felony theft, Webb could not be found.

Woodridge Mayor William Murphy and Police Chief Steven Herron issued a joint statement two days after the indictment pleading for anyone with information to help police locate Webb.

The stolen funds were intended for the Illinois chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, a nonprofit that helps send families of fallen officers on trips to Washington, D.C., where their loved ones are honored.

Craig Figgins, president of the organization’s Illinois chapter, said the Crawlin’ for the Fallen event generated a “sizable amount” of funds for the group and “a lot of good has come from them.” According to the charity’s website, the Woodridge police union has donated $47,000, nearly double the amount of next-largest donor listed.

Webb, who last lived on the 1700 block of Rebecca Drive in Romeoville, faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.

Crestwood set to reward indicted police chief

Female police chiefs in the south suburbs aren't having much luck... 1st good old Crusty Toes Regina Evans gets tossed to the fire pending her federal indictments and now Theresa Neubauer....

Crestwood officials really like Theresa Neubauer, the village’s police chief.

Neubauer was placed on paid administrative leave this year after she was named in a 22-count federal indictment that accuses her of falsifying water department records over a period of two decades.

Before she became police chief, Neubauer was a Crestwood water department clerk. She did such a good job in that role that she was promoted to water department supervisor.

What exactly did she do in the water department?

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, “for 20 years Neubauer, 53, and Frank Scaccia, 50, Crestwood’s retired certified water operator, purposely hid the fact they commingled well water with Lake Michigan water and, by doing so, avoided complying with state and federal environmental regulations.

“As a result,” according to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, “Crestwood’s water customers were exposed to well water that was not adequately tested for contamination.”

And that must have really impressed Neubauer’s superiors because she was named the police chief, even though she apparently had never been a full-time police officer.

I guess they could claim that they didn’t know what Neubauer was doing at the water department, but they do now.

And since the indictment was released, Neubauer has been told she doesn’t even have to work to collect her annual salary of $61,500 as chief.

Her punishment for being named in a federal indictment is that she no longer has to work for her money.

Still, Mayor Robert Stranczek and the Crestwood Village Board apparently feel they need to do more to support Neubauer.

At the village board meeting at 8 o’clock tonight, they will consider paying the legal fees of her criminal defense attorney. That item was on the board’s Oct. 6 agenda, but trustees decided to get a legal opinion from the village attorney before voting on the matter.

That opinion was delivered this week, and I’m told it is very likely the village board will vote tonight to pay for Neubauer’s legal defense.

I’m impressed.

This is an era in American history that tends to bring out the worst in employers. People who have worked for a company for 30 years, never taken a sick day, always been on time, are losing their jobs.

They’ve never been accused of a crime or done anything wrong. It’s just the economy, people are told. Times are tough.

But not for Neubauer. She has a job, and Crestwood taxpayers will likely finance her legal defense.

Trustee John Toscas is the only elected official who has spoken out publicly against spending tax money to defend a village official accused of jeopardizing the health of everyone in her village.

Toscas was elected in the aftermath of the Crestwood water scandal and apparently doesn’t fully appreciate everything Neubauer has done.

Why, if it wasn’t for her, Crestwood might not be facing multiple class-action lawsuits.

If she had refused to falsify those water department documents, the village might have saved the $3 million in legal bills it has spent defending itself.

That’s right. The tab for legal bills alone is already more than $3 million, and the meter is going to be ticking for many years to come.

If I were a taxpayer in Crestwood, I would attend the village board meeting tonight to congratulate my elected leaders for setting a standard of loyalty unequaled in America today.

While other employers look for any excuse to cut their budgets, Crestwood officials stand tall behind Neubauer.

Where other elected leaders and company CEOs have cut and run when a scandal destroyed the reputations of their community or business, the people at the helm in Crestwood have said, “Public opinion be damned.”

Neubauer is obviously just the sort of police chief the village wanted.

As a water department clerk and supervisor, she must have fulfilled every request and expectation of the village fathers.

In other words, it seems clear she did exactly what she was told to do.

Tonight’s meeting is at the Crestwood Civic Center, 14025 Kostner Ave. This is a unique opportunity to see an employee rewarded for decades of unquestioned devotion.

It’s not often that a police chief indicted for criminal conduct is honored in such a fashion.

Bring the kids.

WHAT? Large stash of heroin stolen from Will County sheriff's evidence locker, source says

A large amount of heroin has been stolen from a shipping container that Will County sheriff's police were using to store evidence, police sources say, potentially dealing a setback to prosecutions, along with the county's efforts to stem surging heroin use.

One source said four individually wrapped kilos of heroin, potentially worth $500,000 or more, were stolen from the container, which was left outside a sheriff's substation and secured with a padlock. Other sources could not confirm the amount.

Marijuana and some small items, including a saw and a bow-and-arrow set, were also stolen.

The container was stored on a fenced lot near Laraway Road in unincorporated Joliet, where police keep impounded vehicles.

The thefts are another black eye for the department's evidence-handling procedures. Last year details emerged about shoes belonging to Scott Eby, who pleaded guilty in November to the 2004 slaying of 3-year-old Riley Fox, found near the Wilmington creek where her body was dumped. The prison-issued shoes had his name written inside them, but the evidence was overlooked for years.

Experts said valuable evidence like narcotics, cash or jewelry is typically stored in a much more secure area, sometimes in a locked space inside a dead-bolted evidence room.

Will County sheriff's police do have an evidence storage area at the substation, sources said, so it's unclear why the container was used and why such valuable items were stored outside. Sheriff's spokesman Ken Kaupas did not return calls seeking comment.

Whoever broke in apparently slipped through a gap in the fence and cut the lock off, said department spokeswoman Kathy Hoffmeyer, citing a police report. The report only lists a concrete saw and a bow-and-arrow set as missing, said Hoffmeyer, noting that an inventory was being taken.

Hoffmeyer said she was unaware of the drug thefts when contacted by the Tribune.

The break-in was discovered Oct. 14, she said. It's unclear when the container was last entered by police. There is a video camera at the site.

A spokesman for the Will County state's attorney's office declined to comment.

County authorities are working to contain what they've described as a heroin epidemic, with the number of heroin overdose deaths in Will County rising from to 26 last year from five in 2000. So far this year there have been 22 fatal heroin overdoses, according to the county coroner's office.

Legal experts said the thefts could torpedo any narcotics cases based on the stolen drugs, with the possible exception of drug conspiracy or solicitation charges, even if the missing evidence had already been tested by the state crime lab.

"In cases where these drugs were the basis for the charge, boy I think the state's out of luck," said Loyola University law professor Jamie Carey, who has written a book on courtroom evidence. "If they don't have the contraband itself, I feel that they're not going to be able to proceed."

Ronald Smith, a John Marshall Law School professor, agreed, saying defendants have a right to do their own testing of any alleged narcotics.

"Unless prosecutors can bring that stuff into the courtroom, they don't have a case," he said.

Another bad Police Sketch released for suspect in West Side attacks

I love how all police sketches have to make the offender now look white... what a fricken joke!
Police late Wednesday release a sketch of a suspect sought in at least eight robberies and sexual attacks against women on the West Side.

At a news conference Oct. 7, Harrison Area Cmdr. Anthony Riccio said the latest victim was robbed and sexually attacked by two men at 4:40 a.m. that day in the 600 block of North Leamington Avenue.

Police said they believe a man — sometimes joined by an accomplice — has been involved in all eight of the early-morning attacks.

The first attack took place in late August with the rest occurring in late September and early October, police said.

The women were approached on the street and ordered at gunpoint to hand over cash and jewelry. Each was either sexually molested or assaulted, police said.

Riccio said detectives are working “around the (Overtime) clock” to find the suspects. Only vague descriptions were released; the Negro assailants wore a black skull cap or ski mask to conceal their faces, he said.

Anyone with information about the crimes should call Harrison Area detectives at 312-746-8253.

2 colored guys and one ugly mudshark charged in deadly Avondale home invasion

It looks like the brother man scored another white chick! Damn that is one nasty ugly wildebeest!PHOTO: Davonta Williams, 17, Sean Williams, 33, Jennifer Vojinovic, 27.

A trio faces murder charges in connection with a deadly Northwest Side home invasion that left a 15-year-old boy dead and his mother seriously wounded, authorities said today.

The daylight home invasion happened at around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday in the 3400 block ofNorthLawndale Avenue in the city's Avondale neighborhood, according to Chicago police.

The suspects, Sean Williams, 33, Davonta Williams, 17, and Jennifer M. Vojinovic, 27, were each charged with single counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, armed robbery, home invasion, and three counts of unlawful restraint, police said.

All three were arrested by alertAlbany Park District officers, who spotted the vehicle matching the plate information provided by a witness, police said. Authorities also recovered 9mm and .25-caliber handguns.

Police believe that both male suspects shot Andre Vasquez along with his Krystal Hethcoat, 33, while Vojinovic acted as the getaway driver.

According to relatives of the victims, Vasquez, a Schurz High School sophomore, and his 14-year-old sister were preparing to leave for school and one of them had just opened the apartment's front door when two males barged in.

The intruders bound Vasquez and Hethcoat in the home's basement, while the teen's sister managed to escape.

Police said the intruders bound the mother and son with duct tape while demanding money. The pair ransacked the home before shooting both Vasquez and Hethcoat.

Vasquez, was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center just hours after he was shot, authorities said. His mother was in serious-to-critical condition at Illinois Masonic as of Tuesday night.

"This is unreal," Tina Quinones, an aunt of Vasquez and his sister told the Tribune. "I don't understand why this would happen. They don't have anything. There was no reason for this."

Police offered no clues on why the home was targeted by the group.

All three suspects are expected to appear before a judge later today.

Kind Of Feeling Blue Right Now So....

So., I go watch and listen to some of my favorite songs. Here a couple:

And I a huge fan of the fiddle/violen (what is the difference?)

Just For Fun Irish Dancing Monkeys

Wonder which one is Michael Flatly?

Las Vegas Liberal Hate Group Wants To Take Over A Park

From the Las Vegas Sun: The speed with which Occupy Las Vegas has organized and the anxiety it is creating as it seeks places to occupy and protest from now until the end of the 2012 general election came through clearly Tuesday.
At the end of a seven-hour Clark County Commission meeting, four members of the group spoke during the public-comment period.
The grass-roots group is an extension of Occupy Wall Street, born in New York a month ago over disgust with corporate influence in government, exemplified by billions in taxpayer dollars to bail out banks while the remaining “99 percent” of America continues to suffer economically.
Addressing commissioners, the four said they want to work with the county to figure out which public park can be used for them to gather. They tried to lease space, said Kristal Glass, but were denied. Glass said they were advised by government officials “to seek a sympathetic land tycoon, even though some of these landowners are part of the cause of our current economic situation.”
“It is another way of saying our government no longer works for the people but works solely for the wealthy,” Glass said.
Now they want to work with the county. But if it doesn’t work, Glass said the group is prepared to occupy a park without being sanctioned by the government. The resulting nightly arrests by police “will be mass-televised to the state and the nation,” she added. “Please be wary of excuses like the cost of replacing grass. This will be a drop in the bucket when considering the overall cost of bad publicity or police action.”
So far the liberal hate group, Occupy Las Vegas, has been an epic failure. They can only get a couple hundred to participate in their protests and that number includes numerous tourists.
So, now these thugs want to take over a park which is paid for by taxpayer money and is maintained by the taxpayers of the area. These vermin deserve no special place to protest and if they do chose to protest at a park, then they have to leave when the park closes everyday. Most parks are in neighborhoods and those who live there shouldn't have to deal with the great unwashed, the drugs, the sex, the music, chanting and having their world upside down.
And if the thugs don't leave, then they are violating other people's rights, like the right to visit a park with being harassed by a bunch of rodents called Occupy Las Vegas.
The funniest part of the conversation went like this- from the same article: Abbinett implored Sisolak to work fast in finding a location for the group to assemble, and then whispered — loud enough for others to hear — that fringe right-wing groups such as the American Nazi Party, the Ku Klux Klan and skinheads were wanting to participate in Occupy Las Vegas but were being rebuffed by organizers. Umm, no, you moron, your ranks are filled with anti-Semites. Many of the protesters are bigots. And they are very white. They don't need the KKK and the Nazi party to promote their hate, they are already haters, starting with the leaders of the group.
So, if the protesters decide to take over a park and refuse, I hope the Marshals and Metro police will show these thugs the top end of a billy club. Maybe they can have taser practice day at the park. Maybe it will knock some sense into them.

OK - Now it has been confirmed - Benefit for Eddy Yoshimura & Tony Ceja - Tomorrow at 6pm FOP HALL



Chicago FOP 7 Hall 1412 West Washington Blvd

$20.00 per person



Lions And Tigers And Bears, Oh My

From the Huffington Post: Sheriff's deputies shot nearly 50 wild animals – including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions – in a big-game hunt across the state's countryside Wednesday after the owner of an exotic-animal park threw their cages open and committed suicide in what may have been one last act of spite against his neighbors and police.
As homeowners nervously hid indoors, officers armed with high-powered rifles and shoot-to-kill orders fanned out through fields and woods to hunt down 56 animals that had been turned loose from the Muskingum County Animal Farm by owner Terry Thompson before he shot himself to death Tuesday.
After an all-night hunt that extended into Wednesday afternoon, 48 animals were killed. Six others – three leopards, a grizzly bear and two monkeys – were captured and taken to the Columbus Zoo. A wolf was later found dead, leaving a monkey as the only animal still on the loose.
It's a shame those magnificent animals had to die but then you cannot have a community held hostage by wild animals. But let's cheer on the monkey.

Still on the run - DuPage authorities searching for indicted ex-cop Scott A. Webb - Stole $30,000 from police charity

A former Woodridge cop accused of pilfering more than $30,000 from a police charity continues to elude authorities more than two months after his indictment, officials said.

Scott A. Webb, 39, has been wanted since he was charged May 23 with taking cash donations from the nonprofit Concerns of Police Survivors.

On Thursday, DuPage County state’s attorney spokesman Paul Darrah said investigators were still actively pursuing the veteran patrol officer, who quit in March before facing a formal police disciplinary hearing. “We’re implementing every possible method available to us to locate him,” Darrah said. “We’re not waiting on him to knock on our door. ”

Webb, who last lived on the 1700 block of Rebecca Drive in Romeoville, is accused of stealing from two “Crawlin’ for the Fallen” fundraisers in 2009 and 2010. The events benefitted the state and national chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS), which serves families of officers who die on the job or who are killed in the line of duty.

Webb was involved with the annual fundraisers for several years, authorities said, as a member of the Woodridge police union, which hosted them.

Mark Hannan, vice president of the charity’s Illinois chapter and special agent for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s Office of Special Investigations in Lisle, said he was “very concerned” when Webb didn’t voluntarily surrender upon his indictment in May.

“There are many honorable and decent people at the Woodridge PD who have already stepped forward to continue supporting COPS, and we are always grateful for people who come to our aide,” Hannan wrote in an email. “As a law enforcement officer myself, I find these charges very disturbing because we rely on people’s compassion and goodwill. Any theft is wrong, but it is especially dishonorable in this profession.”

Authorities wouldn’t reveal specifics about their search for Webb, citing the sensitive nature of the investigation.

But Woodridge Police Chief Steve Herron encouraged members of the public to keep their eyes open.

“We certainly do request that if the public sees Scott or knows where Scott is or has heard from Scott, that they encourage him to turn himself in or contact their local police department at 911,” Herron said.

Webb, a 10-year officer, is being sought on a $250,000-bail arrest warrant. If convicted of theft over $10,000, he could be sentenced to three to seven years in prison or probation, prosecutors said.

Searching: Man could face up to 7 years in prison

Still on the run - Woodridge police searching for cop charged with taking $30,000 from charity - Organization helps survivors of slain police officers

Woodridge officials are asking the public's help in locating an ex-police officer charged with stealing more than $30,000 intended for a group that helps survivors of officers who died in the line of duty.

The ex-officer, Scott A. Webb, 39, of Romeoville, was indicted Tuesday by a DuPage County grand jury on two counts of theft between $10,000 and $100,000.

However, he has not surrendered to authorities, Woodridge Police Chief Steve Herron and Village President William Murphy said Friday in a statement.

"It is indeed a sad day when any member of the law enforcement community is charged with crimes against organizations that aim to provide aid and comfort to families of heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice," the statement from Herron and Murphy read.

As a member of the Woodridge Police Association, Webb had helped organize a pub crawl that benefitted the Illinois chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors, a peer support group for families of deceased law enforcement officers, state COPS President Craig Figgins said Friday.

Figgins said the pub crawl generated about $15,000 a year, and Webb is suspected of diverting proceeds of the event last year and in 2009.

"Thirty thousand dollars is a big chunk of money in our budget," he said.

The Woodridge Police Association began the fundraiser in 2005 and over the first four years donated $47,000 to COPS, Figgins said.

Webb was placed on administrative leave in August, and he resigned in March, according to the village.

Anyone with information about Webb's whereabouts is asked to call the DuPage County state's attorney's office at 630-407-8000 or the Woodridge Police Department at 630-719-4740.

Gov Pat Quinn: New Illinois doctor database launches online

Here is the new website: https://www.idfpr.com/applications/professionprofile/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Illinois patients can now research their doctors using an online database the state launched Wednesday.

The idea is to take the guesswork out of choosing a doctor by allowing easier access to information about the state’s 46,000 licensed physicians and surgeons.

The database can be accessed through the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s website at idfpr.com. There, patients can learn about a doctor’s educational background and training, determine what type of insurance they accept and find out what languages are spoken in the office.

Also included is information regarding criminal convictions, whether hospital privileges have been revoked and disciplinary action against the doctor by regulators in Illinois and other states.

Sponsoring Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago, said the measure will protect patients from seeking out treatment from shady doctors who put lives at risk.

“We always say, ‘well, you’re the patient, you should have known’… there was no way,” said Flowers, who credited a series by the Tribune on dangerous doctors for helping persuade lawmakers to vote for the measure.

The new database replaces a similar site that operated from 2008 to 2010, but was taken down following a state Supreme Court ruling regarding medical malpractice reforms.

PHOTO: Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and his black girlfriend Monica Walker

Chicago's Lakefront path closed in wake of area wind, 1000 foot waves and flood warnings - Too bad Occupy Wall Street weren't all in Grant Park!

The lakefront bike and jogging path was closed this morning in the wake of warnings of high winds, high waves and lakeshore flooding.

A high wind warning is in effect for the Chicago area from 3 p.m. this afternoon to 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

By about 3:45 p.m., waves crashing onto the lakewall east of Lake Shore Drive near Fullerton Avenue were reaching 15 feet high or higher. By 2 p.m., winds of about 41 mph were clocked at the Harrison Water Crib, about 3 miles east of the lakefront near Armitage Avenue, according to the National Weather Service. Gary Airport reported 24 mph winds and gusts of 47 mph.

In addition, a forecast of heavy rain and 14 to 25 foot waves has prompted a lakeshore flood warning from 3 p.m. today to 4 p.m. Thursday. Bikers and joggers were threatened with the same treacherous wave activity encountered on lakefront paths late last month, National Weather Service meteorologist Ben Deubelbeiss said.

The lakefront path was shut down from Fullerton to Grand avenues.

The National Weather Service said north to northeast winds of 40 to 45 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are likely. The strongest winds will be in areas adjacent to Lake Michigan.

Downed tree limbs and power lines are expected, and high-rise dwellers were advised to take in their balcony furniture to keep it from blowing away.

The chance of precipitation is 100 percent. Periods of heavy rain are possible this evening and tonight, with the heavier rain over northwest Indiana and portions of northeast Illinois east of the I-57 corridor.

In all, up to 2.5 inches of rain is expected.

Large waves crashing onto the shore likely will result in flooding this afternoon and tonight. Waves will build to 14 to 18 feet this afternoon and 20 to 25 feet tonight. Waves will gradually subside to less than 15 feet by late Thursday afternoon.

But the waves probably won't force closure of Lake Shore Drive. "The waves may come up on some of the bike paths with some spray on the roadway," said weather service meteorologist Deubelbeiss. "But waves aren't likely on Lake Shore Drive."

Rain is also likely tomorrow.

Today's high temperature will be around 50, although it will feel much colder because of the wind. The low tonight will be in the mid-40s.

5 Colored Cons Stabbed at Jail-Release Welcome Home Party

An inmate-release party turns into something resembling a jailhouse brawl.

A welcome home party for a teen released from juvenile detention resulted in gunshots and stab wounds for five people at the party.

The congratulations-for-getting-out-of-juvenile-detention party occurred on the 500 block of Hess Street in Bethlehem Saturday night, police told the Morning Call.

Reports of gunshots in that area brought police to find two people with stab wounds from a huge brawl that erupted on the street during the party. Police brought the two wounded to St. Luke’s Hospital and later discovered that three more people were stabbed and had gone to the hospital on their own.

Four adults and one 17-year-old juvenile were among the wounded, reports the Morning Call.

Five people were detained, including a woman suspected of firing a gun, but all were released, police say. There have been no charges filed in the case but the investigation is ongoing.

Police told the Morning Call that the cause for the fight was unknown and the guest of honor was not among the wounded or detained.

Evergreen Park, IL High School makes news overseas... But not for anything good

'You can go to the bathroom... but only three times each semester': Parents' fury at high school's new rules -

Ted Kaczynski a.k.a. THE UNIBOMBER went to Evergreen Park High School

Angry: Beatrice Bailey's son, pictured, has a digestive problem and shits in his pants & she is annoyed at the new policy


Now what the stupid WBBM-TV Chicago News couldn't figure out is there is NO LIMIT ON HOW MANY TIMES YOU GO TO THE BATHROOM... What the school said was after three times you have to make up the time you missed in class while in the bathroom. Meaning students are free to go to the bathroom as many times as they want but they have to make up the missed time after school... But good old pandering CBS makes it seem like they are stopping the shitheads from going to the bathroom. Listen to these kids speak, they are in high school and they can even speak proper English! Click the above link to see the whole news story in the U.K. Press.

Was there a UFO sighting by police in Will County Illinois (Braidwood and Channahon) Police radio chatter suggest so

Can a police officer from this area please fill the blog and our viewers in? I got several e-mails about on duty police transmissions over the radio about officers and civilians observing what they thought was an UFO in the Will County area.

Thank you!

NYPD High Ranking Deputy Inspector Anthony "Tony" Bologna loses 10 vacation days on a beef for spraying pepper spray on OWS Protestor

The highranking NYPD cop who peppersprayed a young teacher’s aide during an Occupy Wall Street protest has been docked 10 vacation days for the incident, officials said yesterday.

Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna was slapped with the penalty after the department determined he violated guidelines for use of the eyeburning mist, cops said.

The incident quickly gained notoriety after a video was posted on YouTube, showing Kaylee Dedrick, 24, getting sprayed by Bologna while standing behind orange netting. After getting hit, she fell to the ground, wailing in pain.

Bologna was notified yesterday and has three days to accept the punishment or choose to appeal — which could result in a more severe result, sources said.

Dedrick met with prosecutors Monday to demand Bologna be charged criminally.

Meanwhile, neighbors of Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan are fed up with protesters’ repeated failure to follow through on promises to address qualityoflife issues from the protests — and now the local community board plans to meet tomorrow to develop a new strategy to deal with the noise, smell, public urination and overall ruckus.

Last night, OWS members protested outside a lower Manhattan event that Gov. Cuomo attended. Liberal author Naomi Wolf was in attendance, and got arrested for disorderly conduct for allegedly failing to move from a sidewalk.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/pepper_cop_stung_with_loss_of_days_j6jg3TDK43JJL3XBPINfTK#ixzz1bEiJx55G

Thanks to Arizona Eagle for this news article.

Landmark Hanoi hotel unearths Vietnam War bunker

HANOI, Vietnam (DSLC) — The siren's wail at the historic Metropole Hotel sent American folk singer Joan Baez and other guests scampering across a garden and into an underground bunker. Even through five feet of concrete, they could still hear the roar of American bombs raining on parts of Hanoi.

Nearly four decades have passed since the so-called Christmas Bombings rocked parts of Vietnam's capital in December 1972. After the war ended three years later, the bunker was sealed and all but forgotten.

Its exact location remained a mystery until this summer, when a worker's drill pierced its thick concrete roof during renovations of a poolside bar. Since then, workers have been excavating the flooded and low-ceilinged space. Not much has been found in the seven rooms: a wine bottle, a rusty paint can and a light bulb still in a socket. But a few tales remain, some involving famous guests.

"If these walls could talk, they would tell a lot of stories," says hotel general manager Kai Speth, while giving The Associated Press an exclusive first glimpse. The bomb shelter "needs to be brought back into the life of the hotel as a reminder of what this hotel and this town went through."

The North Vietnamese government used the French colonial-era hotel, a stately four-story building in the shadow of Hanoi's Opera House, to house foreign guests during the war.

Nguyen Thi Xuan Phuong, now 82, remembers staying in the bunker during the Christmas Bombings with anti-war activist Baez. On one of the 12 nights that B-52s pounded areas around the city, the lights went out, prompting a few foreigners to scream in the darkness.

"Can you sing a song?" Phuong asked the young singer. "We may not change the situation, but your songs may help calm people down." When Baez's voice rang out as someone plucked a guitar, the bunker was revitalized, Phuong recalls.

Others who sheltered there included war correspondents and American actress Jane Fonda, says Phuong, who worked for the government as a doctor assisting foreign guests.

Fonda's visit to enemy territory ignited fury at home. She criticized U.S. policy on North Vietnamese radio and earned the nickname "Hanoi Jane" after posing for a photo atop an anti-aircraft gun — an incident that Fonda later said she regretted.

Publicists for Baez and Fonda did not respond to requests for comment.

French entrepreneurs opened the Metropole in 1901, calling it the "the largest and best appointed hotel in Indo-China." Over the years, it welcomed celebrities from Charlie Chaplin — who came in 1936 on his honeymoon — to Graham Greene, who wrote parts of his famous novel, "The Quiet American," at the hotel.

The Metropole was renamed the Thong Nhat (Reunification) Hotel after Vietnam gained its independence from France in 1954. But after communist forces won the Vietnam War in 1975, the hotel languished under state management as a reunified Vietnam struggled to recover from fighting that killed some 58,000 Americans and an estimated 3 million Vietnamese.

It wasn't until the early 1990s, after a French company assumed partial ownership, that the Metropole regained its earlier name and its place as one of the city's spots to see and be seen.

Today, with Vietnam emerging as one of Asia's fastest growing economies, Hanoi's nouveau riche roll up in Bentleys and Rolls-Royces and toss down $70 per person on Sunday brunch. Upscale boutiques line its green-shuttered white facade, with electric blue handbags selling at Hermes for $7,000 — nearly seven years' salary for the average Vietnamese. Mick Jagger, Angelina Jolie and Fidel Castro have all spent the night.

Even those who can't afford the $10 cocktails gravitate toward the city landmark. Every day soon-to-be Vietnamese brides in pouffy layers of white silk and lace pose for wedding photos outside its walls.

Discovery of the roughly 500 square-foot (nearly 50 square-meter) bunker with its mildewed, mustard-colored walls raises questions about how it will be preserved and who will be allowed to visit, especially since half of the hotel is indirectly owned by the government.

Prominent Vietnamese historian Duong Trung Quoc says it should be opened to the public. While the bunker primarily protected foreign guests, he says it could play an important role in illuminating Vietnam War history.

But Speth, the general manager, says he doesn't want mobs of tourists turning his five-star hotel into a Southeast Asian "Grand Central Station."

"I have an obligation to my guests to keep the Metropole luxurious and exclusive," he says. "If I just leave it open, can you imagine? All of the tour guides of Hanoi would take everybody down there."


METROPOLE HOTEL: 15 Ngo Quyen St., Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, Vietnam; http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-1555-sofitel-legend-metropole-hanoi/index.shtml or 011-84-4-38266919. Nightly rates for online reservations begin at around $300 a night including taxes.

Mug shirts: Hilarious mug shot T-shirts

UPDATE: VIDEO ADDED - McGhetto McDonalds News: Murdering Ex-con Felon McDonald's cashier jumps counter, beats two women with metal bar over $50 bill

Photo: Cashier Rayon McIntosh beats Denise Darbeau after an altercation. Darbeau jumped over the counter, whereupon McIntosh grabbed the metal rod and went for her. New York:

A McDonald's cashier with a manslaughter rap was caught on camera savagely beating two women with a metal bar inside the Greenwich Village franchise on Thursday, police said. Rayon McIntosh, 31, beat down the female customers after they attacked him following an argument over the veracity of a $50 bill inside the W. Third St. restaurant, police said.


He can be seen in the video repeatedly striking the women, who had jumped behind the counter, even after they were on the ground, as horrified customers' screamed and pleaded for him to stop. McIntosh was arrested and charged with assault, police said. He was held on $40,000 bail. The women, Denise Darberau, 24, and Rachel Edwards, 24, were also arrested and charged with menacing, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, police said. Both were hospitalized, one with a cracked skull and broken arm. The other had a cut. McIntosh had been paroled from prison in March after serving 10 years for manslaughter for shooting and killing a 17-year-old classmate in 2000.

2 black boys, 10, held in Kitsap for loaded gun at school

(Washington State) Kitsap County sheriff’s deputies on Tuesday arrested two 10-year-old boys after discovering a loaded handgun in one of the student’s backpacks at Silverdale Elementary School in Central Kitsap County.

One of the boys “wanted to assault certain members of his own family,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Tuesday night.

The boys were arrested at about 3 p.m. and taken to a juvenile-detention facility where they were charged with various weapons offenses.

The boy who wanted to shoot members of his family asked his friend to bring a handgun to school, according to a police narrative. The friend found the keys to his family’s gun safe, removed a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and put it in his backpack.

The boys tried firing the weapon at a clearing near the school but were unsuccessful, police said. They showed the gun to other students on the bus.

Word quickly spread there was a gun on school grounds, and a teacher found the weapon and brought the backpack to the school office, police said. A sheriff’s deputy found that the gun was loaded with 10 rounds in the ammunition magazine, although the chamber was empty.

The student who brought the gun to school was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon on school property and conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon. The other student was charged with conspiracy to commit assault with a deadly weapon.

Off-duty Chicago cop robbed of wallet, badge on Far South Side by Colored Armed Robbers

An off-duty Chicago police officer was robbed of his police star and wallet as he was walking home in the Longwood Manor neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said.

The officer, described only as a man in his 40s, wasn't injured during the 1 a.m. armed robbery in the 9700 block of South Wentworth Avenue, police said.

The officer, who is assigned to the Central police district in the South Loop, was walking to his home when at least two men approached him, police said.

One of the men, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, pulled a chrome .357 Magnum handgun and demanded cash, police said.

The men got away with the officer's wallet and five-point star badge, but not his service weapon, police said.

Police had only a vague description of the gunman and none of the second man. No arrests had been made.

Thief uses crane to steal Jeep from NW Indiana car lot

A thief lifted--literally--a Jeep Wrangler from a northern Indiana car lot, using a crane to make the heist.

A surveillance camera at LaPorte Chrysler captured someone driving a truck with a crane onto the lot, then circling around to park next to the 2008 Wrangler before hooking it with the crane and loading it onto a trailer.

"The Jeep has to be heavily damaged," said dealership general manager Matt Magnusen. "He clamped into the roof, put the jaws through both doors and lifted it up."

The thief was in and out in six minutes.

The daring theft took place at 6:40 a.m. Sunday. The two-door 2008 Jeep Wrangler--bright red with a snow plow--had been sold and was sitting in the dealership's back lot, Magnusen said.

The vehicle with the crane probably was either a logging or a railroad truck built for heavy labor, Magnusen said.

"It's still missing, but police are working on a couple of leads," he said.

Lawsuit filed by daughter of Chicago firefighter who died when roof collapsed

Photo: The abandoned Sing Way Laundry on E. 75th Street, scene of a fire on last year that killed two Chicago firefighters, including Edward Stringer (inset).

The daughter of a Chicago firefighter is suing the owners of a foreclosed South Shore laundromat, alleging their failure to properly maintain the building resulted in her father’s death last year.

Jennifer Stringer, daughter of Edward Stringer, filed a wrongful death lawsuit today against Chuck M. Dai and Richard Dai, owners of Sing Way Cleaners in the 1700 block East 75th Street.

Edward Stringer, 47, was among the firefighters dispatched to a fire at the abandoned building on Dec. 22. As some of the firefighters went inside to put the fire out, others cut holes in the roof to ventilate the building. The roof suddenly collapsed, killing Stringer and Corey Ankum, 34, and injuring 19 others.

The lawsuit notes that Stringer’s death certificate lists his cause of death as “compressional asphyxia from a roof collapse.”

Records indicate the city had cited the owners for 14 separate violations, but the building was never repaired and homeless people often sought shelter there.

The suit comes about one month after the Tribune disclosed that a federal report concluded that the failure of the Chicago Fire Department to implement certain safety precautions also contributed to the firefighters’ deaths.

The report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, released in July, found that poor communications, an insufficient number of radios and the lack of a system to alert the Fire Department of hazardous buildings put the firefighters at risk.

Neither the Chicago Fire Department nor the city of Chicago is named as a defendant.


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Why A Democrat Voted Against Obama's Jobs Bill

Jon Tester is a Democrat from Montana and voted against President Obama's Jobs Bill (Pass this bill now!!!)
From the Havre Daily News: Last week, I cast a vote in the Senate that was praised by some and criticized by others. I voted against the American Jobs Act after considerable discussion, research and listening to many folks. I stand by my vote, and I want to share my reasons directly with you.
First, we can’t forget our own history. A few generations ago this nation made an incredible investment in infrastructure, and the jobs it created helped lead us out of the Great Depression. President Roosevelt’s vision was to create a stronger and more productive America using the brains and brawn of American workers.
Roosevelt’s example should guide our nation now as we rebuild from this recession.
We built our way out of the Great Depression with an unprecedented investment in physical infrastructure. We built highways and bridges and parks and factories. We connected the nation with industry. We electrified rural farms and ranches. In Montana we built lodges and trails that help people the world over to enjoy Glacier National Park and Montana’s natural beauty; we built airports; we created water and irrigation systems.
We knew that investing in infrastructure, education and research and development are powerful, long-term job creators. We were right.
Today, we know that America’s bridges, roads, electrical grids, national parks and schools are in need of repair to carry our nation and our economy into the future. We also know that we have educated and able people ready to get the work done.
My vote against the president’s jobs proposal came after considering our own history and our path to the future.
The American Jobs Act invested far too little in actual job creation. In fact, only 20 percent of the $447 billion was dedicated to physical infrastructure, and only about half of that money would have been available right away.
Over $250 billion of the bill was devoted to temporary tax gimmicks that don’t create jobs. History shows us that too.
Of course, there are provisions I supported. I support the surtax on millionaires. I feel strongly that this nation’s wealthiest should pay their fair share in taxes.
But we should use the revenue from a new surtax on millionaires to pay for things that build our economy, like roads, bridges, transmission lines, rural broadband and water projects. The president’s bill would have used this revenue to pay for expensive, temporary tax gimmicks that won’t create jobs in the long term. I have no doubt we will put that revenue to much better use in the near future.
In the weeks ahead I will be working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make sure that we put Americans back to work in the short term, while also making jobs investment in the long term. I’ll work on proposals for the entire nation and specific to Montana to address our infrastructure needs, to ensure continued research and development to carry our economy forward, and to continue educating and training the children who are the future.
All of this can and must be done in a way that addresses one of the underlying problems hurting our economy: our growing deficit and the uncertainty it creates. To get there, we need a wholesale reform of our tax code to make sure wealthy Americans and big corporations pay their fair share, and to make taxes more fair for working families. And we need to ensure that critical initiatives like Social Security and Medicare are built to last, so they can benefit our kids and grandkids.

Of course, Tester is in a re-election fight in 2012. And he throws in the usual liberal BS. But the bottom line is that even a liberal Democrat realizes that this jobs bill was a bunch of crap.
Too bad, our senior Senator, Crybaby Harry Reid didn't realize this, but he is a Kool Aide drinker and is suffering from Democratdementia.

WOW Big surprise here... Less cops longer response time: New records show slower police response time in Milwaukee

Thom Reed opens his front door in the Sherman Park neighborhood and looks toward the corner of N. 49th and W. Hadley streets.

Within seconds, he hears two gunshots pierce the warm autumn night. A woman screams in terror, and two cars screech their tires and are gone.

He considers calling 911 to inform the Milwaukee Police Department but tells a reporter it's pointless.

"I don't bother calling on a few shots anymore," said Thom, 56. "Why bother to get involved? If someone was hit, they can call it in. But on a Friday night like this, you'll just be put on hold."

A Journal Sentinel report in August found average police response time to calls for service was slower last year than before Police Chief Edward Flynn took charge in 2008.

Department records showed police response lagged in 13 of 15 major call categories last year compared with 2007 figures.

New records obtained this month by the newspaper show the department's overall response time was 3.5 minutes longer on average during the three full years since Flynn's arrival compared with the three years prior. That's more than 10% longer.

In one example found by the newspaper, Milwaukee police took more than 45 minutes to get to a fatal stabbing in Riverwest in July, even though it was considered a top priority call and the caller admitted that she stabbed her boyfriend.

In another case, police took more than two hours to arrive at the scene of a fatal car crash in June on the far northwest side.

Instead of focusing on rapid response, the Police Department assigns more squad cars to proactive policing efforts in high-crime areas. Flynn said his strategy has helped reduce the city's crime rate but has acknowledged it can result in a slower response.

Police declined to respond to questions for this story.

Reed's frustration with the lack of police response has evolved into exasperation. His experience echoes that of more than a dozen city residents interviewed by the Journal Sentinel.

As the default neighborhood block watch captain, police encourage him to call in when he observes crime in the area. He's typically the only neighbor who calls on incidents like shooting, drug dealing, prostitution and loud parties. Most other residents fear retribution from criminals if they report crime, he said.

Reed, a Marine veteran, recently began keeping track of when he heard shots fired in his neighborhood. In September alone, he recorded half a dozen incidents. On one of those occasions, he called in the late afternoon about multiple shots fired and said he was told by a police dispatcher to stop calling.

In an incident in August, he heard more than a dozen shots fired, again near the intersection of N. 49th and W. Hadley.

He called 911 and listened to a voice recording that said he would be on hold for 15 minutes to one hour. Annoyed, he hung up and called Police District 7 to speak to an officer. While on the line with the officer, a 911 dispatcher patched in and took his call.

More than an hour later, a police squad showed up at his house and an officer wanted to know where the shooting occurred. By then, the perpetrator was gone, Reed said.

"People just don't bother calling police anymore. If crime is down at all, it's because people are not even reporting things, because police don't respond," he said.

Milwaukee Police Association President Mike Crivello said locating the shooter on a shots fired call is often difficult, but police still must respond to those calls. Not doing so erodes trust in police service, he said.

"If I've got somebody out in the alley shooting off a gun and the police won't respond . . . you think I'm not going to consider moving out of the city?" Crivello said.

Nearby gunfire
It's the night of Oct. 7 - the Milwaukee Brewers have just won the National League Division Series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The fireworks around Miller Park can be heard exploding in the distance, which makes it more difficult to distinguish nearby gunfire.

Thom Reed's brother, Duke, sits at their kitchen table and chain smokes menthol cigarettes. He said he's woken up several times a week by shootings on his street.

He has given up on relying on police to respond to calls.

"Why call? Why bother?" said Duke, 53, an unemployed electrical engineer. "By the time they get here the guy is long gone, and I have to wait up two hours. What's the use? I definitely feel less safe than 10 years ago."

Thom and Duke asked that their photograph not be taken because of safety concerns.

Duke said he is weary from the constant crime and disorder in his neighborhood but doesn't have many options.

"Why do I have to move? I can't live anywhere that's cheaper. This is my neighborhood. I've been here since 1968," he said. "This is an area that should be protected constantly by the cops, and I'm not looking to move out of here."

Later in the evening, Thom, who runs an Internet business designing rare musical instruments, goes into his backyard and hears seven shots in the area of N. 50th and W. Center streets but doesn't call 911 because it's too far.

He figures police will respond to the incident. His suspicion is confirmed after a quick walk down the alley where he sees the flashing lights of a police cruiser.

A party is going on around the block, and intermittent fighting and shouting can be heard. Thom sees a young man with a gun walking through the alley.

About an hour later, he hears a single shot down the alley and knows where it came from but is worried about retaliation from drug dealers. He doesn't call police.

"This is every night around here," he said. "Someone is shooting almost every night. We don't know which ones to call in anymore."

Several days later on a weeknight, Thom calls a reporter to tell of a nearby drug house where a group of young men were fighting and a shot was fired earlier in the day.

With a tone of irritation in his voice, Thom explains how he called 911 earlier that night. Police didn't respond, so he called back about 30 minutes later and a dispatcher told him a squad car had been sent to the incident, but Thom didn't see one.

"I called the police, and nothing was done," he said. "This is the police's way of handling it. These guys around here all have guns, and nothing is being done."

In An Emergency, Seconds Count, Except In Henderson

Today, I had to call the Henderson, NV. 911- not for an emergency, but needed police assistance. I was put on hold for about 3 minutes, from the time the call went through to the time the call was answered. I had to listen to the recordings of not to hang up in English, Spanish and TTY for the deaf.
In that amount of time, 3 minutes, someone in caridac arrest would be brain dead.
So, if you call 911 in Henderson, you better hope that it is not an emergency.

In The "You Got To Be Kidding Department..."

The extremely liberal Las Vegas Sun is having a Truth Squad check. And they are using unethical extremely liberal writer David McGrath Schwartz. Yeah, this is going to be interesting.
From the Liberal Sun: Congress passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, which opponents have labeled “Obamacare.” Its most prominent feature mandates that individuals be insured.
This, according to an analysis by the state of Nevada, will cost the state $613 million between 2014 and 2019. The state is putting together a plan to implement most parts of the federal health care legislation, even as Nevada is a party in a lawsuit arguing that parts of the legislation are unconstitutional.
More immediately,
a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis found that although health care premiums rose sharply last year — about 9 percent — the federal health care legislation was responsible for only 1-2 percent of the increase.
True or false?:
It’s in the eye of the beholder, as so much is with the health care law.
Only a few provisions of the health care legislation have taken effect. Most won’t kick in until 2014.
And from those that have, the impact so far is minimal. For example, in Nevada only about 300 people have enrolled in a program to provide health insurance to individuals with pre-existing medical conditions.
So, Schwartz starts off by using the very liberal Kaiser Family Foundation. Yep, that's a real honest assessment.
So, I will use my conservative source, the Heritage Foundation: The Impact of Obamacare on Jobs and the Economy
Last year, America was told the new health care law would help the economy and create jobs. Today, even the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirms that job losses will be inevitable under Obamacare.
OBAMACARE FACTS AND FIGURES…- New taxes, penalties, and fees resulting from the new law will decrease the amount of investment in the economy. This reduced investment will in turn lead to a decline in productivity, causing the economy to produce $706 billion less worth of goods and services.- On February 10, 2011,
CBO Director Doug Elmendorf testified before the House Budget Committee that Obamacare will result in an estimated 800,000 fewer U.S. jobs.
See, I can play that game also, Schwartz. At least I don't go out and say I am the Truth Squad. Talk about an ego trip.

Tonight's Debate: Romney and Perry bicker over illegal beaners

CryBaby Hary Reid "Blah, Blah, Blah"

Harry Reid is going blah, blah blah again, this time going after Mitt Romney about the foreclosure crisis.
From the LVRJ: In a state where the loss of a family home perhaps has been the most painful outcome of the stressed economy, Mitt Romney took hits Tuesday from Nevada leaders of both parties after commenting that the government should let the foreclosure process "run its course and hit the bottom."
The comments from the former Massachusetts governor came as all eyes were on Las Vegas where the Republican presidential candidates gathered to debate. They gave Democrats fresh fodder against the presumed GOP frontrunner in the battleground state.
Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader, said Romney's comments were insensitive at best, and illustrated the differences between Democrats and Republicans.
"Nevada has the highest foreclosure rate in America, and it has for almost three years," Reid said in comments to reporters. "And here's what Mitt Romney said. He would just let them hit rock bottom. I don't know what's more graphic than that in how we have different views of what the world should be like than our Republican friends."
Reid later said the former Massachusetts governor should apologize to "the thousands of Nevada families struggling to keep a roof over their heads."
"With the highest foreclosure rate in the nation, Nevadans can't afford someone in the White House whose response to this crisis is 'tough luck'," Reid said in a statement put out by the state Democratic Party.
Umm, Harry, what exactly have you done about the foreclosure crisis except to pass failed laws that have not worked?
Family Guy has Harry Reid pegged: blah, blah, blah

Another A.G. Catherine Cortez Masto.Scandal

Nevada Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto has shown that she is just another Democratic Party hack.
Cortez Matso, at the bidding of Crybaby Harry Reid brought completely false charges against Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki just before the 2010 election season so that Krolicki couldn't run against Crybaby Reid. The charges were dropped by a judge who said the charges were basically bogus and there was no trial.
Now, Cortez Matso shows once again that she is just a complete political hack who is totally incompetent in her job.
Fromt he Las Vegas Sun: The Nevada Attorney General’s office dropped six felony counts against former Assemblyman Morse Arberry today in exchange for his guilty plea to a misdemeanor for depositing $120,000 in campaign checks into a personal account.
Arberry’s sudden guilty plea in Justice Court to “fraudulent appropriation of money” comes with an agreement he pay back $121,545 that investigators said he diverted from his campaign accounts to his personal account, according to Jennifer Lopez, spokeswoman for Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto. He received a six month suspended sentence.
“Morse Arberry has accepted responsibility for his conduct,” Lopez said in a statement. Masto did not respond to requests for comment.
Great, he takes responsibility. Many criminals do. But they still get punished and they don't have 6 felonies dropped for a minor misdemeanor charge.
Further, from the article:
Another politician, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: “This case was presented as a slam dunk and the attorney general went incredibly soft on a fellow Democrat.” For other Nevada politicians, “there’s no disincentive to do exactly what he did.”
Arberry was prevented from running again after the 2009 session, but resigned to seek a lobbying contract for Clark County judges. He solicited the contract with Clark County district courts while still technically chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee. He agreed to pay a $750 fine to settle a complaint with the Nevada Commission on Ethics.
He agreed to pay back $100 a month. He also agreed to a $1,000 fine.
Unless Arberry plans on living another 1150 months or about 94 years, this money isn't going to be paid back.
Arberry basically stole $121,545 from his campaign account and put the money in his pocket. And he gets no punishment.
Congratulation, Cortez Matzo for being such an incompetent Attorney General. One standard for Republicans, one standard for Democrats. What a political hack and worthless Attorney General we have in Nevada.

New Hampshire: It's Time To grow Up And Stop Acting Like A Baby

Newsy.com has a nice video about the boycott and scheduling of the primaries and caucuses.

The only thing missing is that Nevada traditionally has it's caucus on Saturdays so when New Hampshire says they want Nevada to switch to a Tuesday, they are full of crap. They want us Nevadans to change our tradition to keep their, New Hampshire, tradition. And that is pure BS.
It's time for New Hampshire to grow up and stop throwing temper tantrums. You still have the first primary and you still have your primary before any caucus.
It's time to grow and throw away your diapers and pacifiers.

Why This Country's Immigration Policy Is Insane

This has to be about the dumbest case of dealing with an illegal immigrant I have ever seen.
From jsonline: Federal immigration officials say they won't interfere with the work-release sentence of an illegal immigrant who drove drunk the wrong way on a Milwaukee freeway for five miles and collided with at least one car.
When Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner recently sentenced Armando Rodriguez-Benitez to 11 months at the county jail with work-release privileges, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke protested strongly. He alerted the U.S. Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the hopes that Rodriguez-Benitez would be deported immediately.
But that won't happen.
Instead, the sheriff is now calling for immigration reform.
Officials with the immigration agency wouldn't comment on the specific case but said they can't interfere with a sentence that a judge imposes - even if it's a work sentence and the person isn't legally authorized to work.
"Technically they're still in custody, so we can't touch them until they're released from that. I don't think we see that very often," said Ricardo Wong, field office director for the Chicago office of ICE. "What we do is place a detainer on the person. Once the person is released from custody, whether it's a bond or sentence, that's when we come in and get that person and go through our removal procedures."
Deportation is a separate process that can take years because immigration judges decide what happens to the immigrant and the person may have the option to appeal.
Gail Montenegro, a spokeswoman with ICE, said one reason the agency does not get involved until any criminal charges have been resolved is that it ensures people serve their sentence before possible deportation.
"We don't interfere with the criminal proceedings because if we did, these criminals would all get deported instead of serving a sentence. It's sort of 'evading justice,' if you will. They'd get to go back and not face any repercussions," Montenegro said. "So we do not interfere until the criminal process has been resolved."
For people who don't have insurance, work release can be the only way to pay for any damages they caused. Rodriguez-Benitez did not have insurance and was driving without a license, court records show. Several cars were severely damaged as drivers tried to swerve out of Rodriguez-Benitez's way.
Clarke said taxpayers shouldn't have to pay to keep Rodriguez-Benitez in jail for such a short sentence. He questioned how Rodriguez-Benitez would legally be allowed to work.
"No employer's supposed to employ an illegal immigrant, so how's that supposed to happen?" Clarke said. "It just smacks in the face of common sense. If the guy's not supposed to have a job, if he's illegally employed, that's one thing. We're acting as a co-conspirator to further violate fed immigration law. Which is why I said this sentence doesn't make any sense."
So, to break it down, you have an illegal immigrant who was convicted of drunk driving- a pretty serious offense.
Then you have a judge who sentences to jail with work release privileges. Huh? He is an illegal immigrant- he isn't supposed to be working because he is an ILLEGAL. What work is he going to do? Clean windshield in the middle of downtown Milwaukee?
Then he was driving a car that damaged several vehicles- luckily, he didn't hurt or kill someone. And, so the federal immigration's folks response is what? Well, they don't want to get involved because they are waiting for his sentence to be resolved. Ok, for the most harden criminals, I can see their point of view. But the feds even didn't put a hold on this guy. And he is serving a short sentence. I would have no problem if they deported the least harden criminals in exchange for their sentences. Then the jails don't have to pay for the extra expenses of keeping the illegal thugs in jail.
But again, how does an illegal immigrant supposed to get a job on work release?
This is just an insane case of dealing with an illegal immigrant.