Army of Mom

So this is how liberty dies ... with thunderous applause.


Murder takes a holiday in Chicago

It amazes me that THIS is a news story.

Yesterday was the first day since 1999 that Chicago didn't have a gun homicide. Good Lord. Usually the story is about the murder that happened, not the fact that there wasn't a murder. Must be a scary place to live.


  • At 2:07 PM, October 06, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "Police said the city of 3 million had not gone a full day with zero homicides and zero aggravated batteries by firearm since 1999."

    Yeah, good thing they have all of those laws against private firearm ownership. The Chief of Police even says this "holiday" is only happening because they have stepped up enforcement in high crime areas. { "We're down 112 homicides now, compared to last year," Police Superintendent Phillip Cline told the Sun-Times. "And we're down almost 1,000 shootings. The gangs are getting the message."
    Cline stepped up targeted response tactics to flood high-crime areas with uniformed officers after he was named chief.}
    Wow, what a genius, punish criminals and not law abiding citizens exercising their rights. He had better be careful talk like that might get him kicked out of that shithole, er, socialist utopia.

    Army of Dad

  • At 3:57 PM, October 06, 2004, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Actually, not scary at all. I've lived here six years and it blows away any other place I've lived or visited (all 50 states - although I haven't lived in all of them, of course).

    Outdoor cafes, easy access to anything via public transportation (which is safe), professional sports for everyone (even three minor league teams in the near suburbs), a beautiful lakefront with a walking/running/biking path from Indiana to Wisconsin, some of the best architecture in the world, world renowned museums (science, art, natural history, contemporary art, etc., etc.) For kids, you can't beat it. Also, some of the most beautiful parks this side of Central Park.

    It's also probably the most diverse city next to New York, in America. Greektown, Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Vietnam, Bronzeville, Ukrainian Village, Little Warsaw - access to international food (all right in the city limits). Did I mention some of the best higher education and certainly healthcare in the world - with world class institutions Northwestern Hospital, Rush-Presbyterian-St.Luke, University of Chicago, Northwestern U., Loyola, and on and on)?

    Pardon me for defending my city. I just love it and can't ever express enough how much fun it is living here and being able to explore this town over and over again - on foot, easily, if preferred.

    The thing is - like one would guess for a big city -there are obvious negatives if you're poor and are forced to live in select urban blight areas. Yes, there are plenty of murders here. Yes, almost all of them involve gang members killing other gang members - or involve someone who wandered into one of these bad neighborhoods (which there's no reason to do).

    Chicago has a ways to go to get that murder rate down, no doubt, but has adopted many programs to do so - including scattered-site subsidized housing while tearing down past failed housing project experiments such as Cabrini-Green.

    Sorry, I'm just passionate about this city and had to speak up. Thanks.


    I could go on and on and on - but

  • At 6:06 PM, October 06, 2004, Blogger Army of Mom said…

    Darryl - I thought about you as I read that. And, shhhh, don't tell, but I want to go to Chicago for a visit so badly. Chicago, DC and Las Vegas are the places I want to travel to the most inside the continental US. Where else can you find baseball from the AL and NL in the same city? I can't wait to go see the museums, ride the L, see the White Sox and the Cubbies ... and eat all the different kinds of foods. I just find it sad that the crime statistics are like they are ... by the way .. I FINALLY got around to addressing an envelope to mail your pics to you. When is the big day? Soon????

  • At 12:27 AM, October 07, 2004, Blogger Uzz said…

    I desperately want to go to Chicago, just for the museums and baseball! I have a friend that lives there and she is a former Texan...she works in the primate house at the Lincoln Park Zoo. There are so many things I would like to do...first off...take a tour of all the shoot locations in Ferris Bueller!! I just refuse to go there in the winter...I have heard many first person accounts about that nightmare!


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