American fluff piece


A friend sent a cryptic email last night
suggesting I watch 48 Hours on CBS. I believe
the segment was called ‘Chicago War’.

When the All-Star Race had a long rain
delay we switched channels.

At the onset we thought it would be a
fact filled report issued after 6 months
of hard-hitting investigation.

Instead we were treated to something
more akin to having “It’s a Small World”
playing in the background.

Shootings were mentioned with emphasis
on the young girl who performed at Obama’s
first inauguration and another girl.

We about lost coffee out of our nose when
the police commissioner stated that gun
deaths were down 50% from last year.

You may remember the spike in the number
of shootings last year. Shootings are
down only slightly from the year before
and the year isn’t over yet.

Heroin and a Mexican drug dealer were
blamed for the violence by someone from
the DEA. He also blamed the local gangs
who sell it on the streets.

The War on Drugs was declared in 1971
and although nobody is waving a white
flag, it has been an abysmal failure.

Wouldn’t stricter enforcement of our
border help slow things down?

Religion was only mentioned once, in
reference to an older gentlemen who
stood up to the gangs selling drugs
in his neighborhood.

We still can’t figure how the fact
the he is a Muslim had to be mentioned
in the clip of how he cleaned up his

Not mentioned either is the fact that
Chicago has some of the strictest gun
control laws in the country.

The law-abiding citizens can’t arm
themselves against the violence, and of
course the criminals pay no attention
to them.

The mayor was not available for

If you like fluff, you’ll like this
segment. If prefer actual facts we
have no recommendation.
Comments are always welcome.


5 Responses to American fluff piece

  1. It infuriates me that Miami gets no coverage shootings. Drive-bys are so common they often do not make the 6 o’clock news here and certainly rarely in the paper. Miami Dade County is now 80% minority and 50% foreign born. Are Blacks, Spanish, Caribbean people not humans worthy of the nation’s concern ?

  2. anonymous says:

    I sure miss Keith Meyer on the council watching our money. After a flood he would find out how the money was spent and how much. This week the city is authorizing paying a huge bill to protect/build a ramp for the ballteam plus the soccer thing next door that the city now owns. Then all our manpower was shifted to the downtown instead of taking care of the rest of the city north of 5th street. Doesn’t seem right.

  3. Nuckin_Futs says:

    Call me Nuckin Futs, but spending $56,000 to install a temporary bridge to keep the ballgames going and to keep the Rivers Edge open is crazy. The river only stays up a few days so why not just close those two places, and anyone who’s really upset about the temporary closure, the city could buy them a bus ticket to some ballgame that is in a city that is smart enough to have their stadium on dry land. Taxpayers would be money ahead.

  4. Nuckin_Futs says:

    Forgot one thing. No explanation was given to how much it will cost to take it down again. Another expenditure to an outside company, or paying city employess to do it. It’s still a cost we will be paying for.

  5. cruisin2 says:

    Carl D’Agostino,
    We agree. They want the vote while throwing everybody under the bus.

    Don’t know if Keith will run again or not, but wish he would. As for the whole ballpark deal, it doesn’t make any sense to me either.

    The price we pay for having things in the flood zone. We’ll have to wait and see how ‘cheap’ it was this time.

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