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THE TRUTH ABOUT HOMICIDE IN CHICAGO

Posted in CRIME IN AMERICA, CRIME IN CHICAGO on 31/12/2015 by Robin Naismith Green

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In the two decades I have worked the crime beat here in Hell’s justice capitol I have never seen politics play a greater role in how crime is perceived than in the past eight years. Chicago has become the whipping boy for conservative bloggers and those who comment at conservative websites. Conservatives and their white supremacist allies reeling at the election of Barack Hussein Obama as the 44th President of the United States, began referring to the Windy City as “ChiCongo.” The Right pointed to the high number of murders in the city as proof that not only was murder in Chicago a sign of racial inequality but that this “rise in murder” was coming to your mostly wholesome white Christian suburb very soon under a plan being hatched by the newly elected president.

Of course, none of this is true. However, America you now live in an age where the truth is seen by those on the Right as something that can be false but justifies fear and bigotry. President Obama’s connection with Chicago was an integral part of the political machine that has gotten him elected twice and therefore an easy target for conservatives. But the crime rate in the Second City, while a victim of the 24 hour news cycle in 2015 did not come under the same scrutiny during previous Republican administrations especially not during the Reagan era.

At the height of the Reagan presidency, Chicago stood as a bastion of progressive liberalism in the heart of the conservative Midwest. In 1981 there were 877 homicides in the city of Chicago and yet there was little or no blame of the president or his policies for the slaughter. Contrast this with the first full year of the Obama administration when there were 459 homicides were committed resulting in numerous conservative “news” sites working overtime to assure their readers that the bloodbath was both a symptom of racial and political inferiority.

The high murder figures did not end with the transfer of power to President George W Bush, or to Clinton in 1992, however. Bush was president when the all time high of 943 was achieved in 1992; Clinton’s Chicago murder peak was 931 in 1994. In the twenty years since, homicide in Chicago has actually declined at a steady rate to 704 in 1998 then to 601 in 2003 and to a low of 432 in 2014. For all the horror stories that those numbers include, and yes 400 plus murders in a city are far too many, and even for the clear corruption that exists in the policing system in Chicago, it is near impossible to assign the racial and political labels to the violence as has been done by the Right over the last eight years. As I have said in the ten years I have spent here at the terrestrial digital hub reporting on the crimes of the Living– crime is individual not racial or political, generally.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Robin Naismith Green, D.S.V.J., O.G.H. [Journ.]
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BREAD & CIRCUSES: BRANDON HOLT, TONY BAILEY, DANIEL D BILLINGS, ADAM ANTHONY ARNDT

Posted in Bread & Circuses, CONSERVATIVE BIGOTRY, CONSERVATIVE FEAR, CONSERVATIVE HYPOCRISY, CONSERVATIVE IGNORANCE, CONSERVATIVE INCITEMENT TO VIOLENCE, CONSERVATIVE LIES, CONSERVATIVE NEWS, CONSERVATIVE VIOLENCE, CRIME BLOTTER, CRIME IN CHICAGO, FEARSPEAK, FREEDOM, GUN VIOLENCE IN AMERICA, HELLAC COURT SYSTEM, HOW HELL WORKS, JUSTICE, NEWTOWN CONNECTICUT SHOOTING, POLITICS, RACIAL VIOLENCE, REALITY CHECK, ROBIN NAISMITH GREEN OPINIONS with tags , , , on 10/04/2013 by Robin Naismith Green

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“The measure of a society is how healthy its citizens are.”– General of the Skies Nuulo Isdrix

I quote the head of Hell’s police force, the Laal Hethri, to help me make my point this morning. It appears, with the help of the 24 hour, local, national and global news cycle, that problem solving has migrated from simply being able to walk away and cut your losses in America to a thread of having to destroy the problem and thereby destroying yourself. Every Free Citizen of Hell can count themselves fortunate for not being in the Suicide Gardens and allowing the Fates to decide when was their time to die. Not only are those gardens where those who have thrown their First Lives away a center of Eternal Punishment but it also stands as a lining monument to Freedom in the Afterlife. While those suffering horribly in the Field of Crosses outside of Hell’s capital, Dis, do find themselves in a miserable state their suffering is a vacation to those who will never know anything but the repetitive horror of reliving their self execution over and over until and beyond the End of Time.

Our law enforcement and special intelligence groups within the Directat Javeth Nathux have never wavered in their efforts to save the minds of humans that would do harm to themselves. In America, the main obstacle to decreasing the number of suicides and the murders that often accompanied them is the culture of the gun. This journalist is fully aware of what the United States Constitution says about gun ownership. I also realize that if someone wants to die they will often find a way to do it even if a gun isn’t close by. The statistics that I see on a daily basis are staggering in regard to the number of people that kill themselves with firearms, go on shooting rampages and commit murders with guns of all types that it make me wonder why any sane person would want to live in a nation or be a part of a society that has as many guns in the hands of civilians as there are citizens of the country.

Today this isn’t a political issue to the family of Brandon Holt of Toms River, New Jersey. Brandon was killed by a four year old playmate who found a .22 rifle pointed it at his head from a distance of 13 meters and pulled the trigger. Brandon Holt is dead now and all the citizens who are in love with guns in America still can cling to their 2nd amendment rights. But what about Brandon Holt’s parents? What about the 4 year old child that now will become a constant reminder bot to the Holt’s parents and to his own of what a tragic momentary lapse of vigilance can do? Of course Wayne La Pierre of the National Rifle Association would say that this child a 4 year old child could have murdered Brandon with any number of common household items. Mr. La Pierre has a job to do and that is to keep the pressure on conservatives in Congress to maintain their position on the 2nd amendment not for the benefit of Mr La Pierre’s 4.5 million members but for the billions earned every year by gun manufacturers in the United States.

While the Sandy Hook Elementary School Massacre was the tipping point in the political debate, the facts of the damage that guns do to the America society in the hands of loved ones of gun owners and the owners themselves makes this journalist question just how rational the American people are anymore. Many conservatives see the firearm as the last line of defense against violent crime. This fear of “the Other” coming to their home and doing them and those they love violent bloody harm is a drum that gets beaten by right wing politicians on a regular basis. The code phrases about constitutional rights aside, the simple facts is that white American conservatives are more willing to commit suicide from fear of death than to take the weapons of choice for the vast number of their own demographic off the table. The plain truth is that more white Americans are killed by guns every year by their own hands or the hands of their spouse or significant other than by any minority unknown person wielding a gun.

I would be remiss as a journalist to not point out the crimes of men like Daniel D Billings of Milwaukee, Wisconsin who shot and killed his lover Annemarie Bautsch for reasons unknown, or to leave out the murder suicide of Tony Bailey and his wife Cindy Bailey in Inkster, Michigan where Tony Bailey stabbed his wife 60 times and then self immolated in his garage. Like the horror that took place in Montgomery County, Maryland that resulted in the death of high school student Michelle Miller at the hands of Army Staff Sergeant Adam Arndt these are clearly crimes of passion and/or mental illness. But despite the please from those on the Right about gun violence in Chicago, to simply say these people are crazy and go on accepting the violence is something that no civilized culture, no superpower as a nation state should accept.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Robin Naismith Green, D.S.V.J., O.G.H. [Journ.]
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City Desk Editor
The Dis Brimstone-Daily Pitchfork
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THE DEATH OF CONSERVATIVE A TALKING POINT: MURDER IN CHICAGO DOWN TO 1959 LEVELS IN MARCH 2013

Posted in CAVALOR EPTHITH EDITORIALS, CHICAGO POLICE SUPERINTENDENT GARRY MCCARTHY, CRIME IN CHICAGO with tags , , on 03/04/2013 by Cavalor Epthith, Esquire, D.S.V.J

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In my travels on Terra, I always had a love hate relationship with Chicago, Illinois. Personally, the weather there is too cold for a demon like myself and it always seemed when I was working for civil rights in the 1960s I was sent there in the months of December or January. Too many times I have feared that my tail would fall off from frostbite waiting in some dark alley on the South Side of the city for my contact. Those days for me at least are gone and the new ill cold wind blowing through the city of the broad shoulders is violent crime. Like many large metropolitan centers Chicago in the 21st century is the whipping town for conservatives that need to have something, anything, at which to point and shout, “Look at how savage they are, as compared to us.”

Yesterday, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced, to the astonishment I am sure of all conservative bloggers, that homicide is down by by 50, from 120 to 70, in the city over the first three months of 2013 when compared to 2012. Last year was one of the most violent years in any major city in the history of the United States for the city of Chicago when over 500 people were murdered. The month comparison statistics are even more glowing as 52 were murdered in march 2012 while 16 were murdered in march 2013. Still McCarthy notes, “This is not a victory. Zero murders would be a victory.”

All of this good news came against a backdrop of a brawl that took place mear Michigan and Chicago in the the city’s Magnificent Mile. This violence, where 28 were arrested, blossomed onto the Internet with reports that as many as 500 youths were brawling outside on the streets of the affluent section of Chicago. Police reports contradict the reports of the conservative bloggers who need for events like this and an event in Colorado a month ago to reinforce white fear of black youths. Their efforts failed in the face of the efforts of the citizens of high crime neighborhoods, Superintendent McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to support and utilize their police force in an effective and efficient manner for the protection of all the citizens of Chicago.

Qu’ul cuda praedex nihil!

Cavalor Epþiþ, Esquire, O.B.R.E., CS, O.D.A.J.[1er], O.Q.H.[Journ.], D.S.V.J., J.F.
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