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Illinois lawmaker introduces ‘recall Rahm’ bill as protests continue

Rahm finally catches heat for covering up video until after election.
Nice to see Chicago’s Mayor has his political priorities in order…

Amid ongoing protests in the city of Chicago, an Illinois state legislator who introduced a bill that would allow Rahm Emanuel to be removed from office by a recall vote says city residents feel abandoned by the embattled mayor.

“We have not seen the tip of the iceberg yet,” Rep. La Shawn Ford said on Thursday, saying voters had lost “trust and confidence” in the mayor.

“People are hurt, people have died, people feel that they are forgotten about in the city of Chicago,” the Chicago Democrat added. Continue reading Illinois lawmaker introduces ‘recall Rahm’ bill as protests continue

New “Laser” Weapon Debuts in LA County Jail

Assault Intervention Device” comes to Pitchess Detention Center

Guards at the Los Angeles County jail complex in Castaic will start using a newfangled weapon that produces a deep burning sensation — which is not to be confused with a “warm fuzzy feeling” — in whomever it is aimed at.

The 7 1/2-foot-tall “Assault Intervention Device,” which sheriff’s deputies demonstrated Friday at the Pitchess Detention Center, emits an invisible beam that causes an unbearable sensation, reported the Daily News

The device will be mounted near the ceiling in a unit housing about 65 inmates, sheriff’s Cmdr. Bob Osborne of the sheriff’ Technology Exploration Program told the newspaper.

Continue reading New “Laser” Weapon Debuts in LA County Jail

Rahm’s backtracking to cover his corrupt self.

One more reason Rahm Emmanuel should be removed as mayor, and turned over to the Cook County Correctional System for rehabilitation of his corrupt dealings, strong-arm tactics, and blatant lying under oath.

rahm_emanuelBy Bill Ruthhart – Tribine

During the most tumultuous 11-day span of his tenure as Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel has gone from backing his police chief, defending the city’s investigation of police shootings and resisting a federal civil rights investigation of his police department to abruptly backtracking on all three positions.

The mayor, who hours before releasing the Laquan McDonald video said that he had asked the “hard questions” and insisted safeguards for police shootings were in place, now says the Chicago Police Department needs “nothing less than complete and total reform.”

The arc of the mayor’s evolving stances since a judge forced him to release the graphic police video of an African-American teenager being gunned down in the street by a white officer reflects how Emanuel and his aides underestimated the scope of the fallout, from stinging national criticism to local protests calling on him to resign.

The weight of Emanuel’s biggest scandal to date has left the usually decisive politician continuously recalibrating his response to the crisis as new information about the case becomes public and pressure for an independent investigation increases. The mayor also faces the challenge of trying to square his police department’s long-standing problems with his penchant for downplaying problems and rebutting criticisms with speeches, statistics and press releases claiming improvements on whatever issue is at hand. Continue reading Rahm’s backtracking to cover his corrupt self.

Jon Stewart Bashes Chicago for Re-Electing Rahm Emanuel

“Daily Show” host Jon Stewart bashed Chicagoans Wednesday for re-electing Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Stewart, appearing surprised by the city’s decision to give Emanuel a second chance, questioned the mayor’s track record and campaign strategy in his latest segment “The Midwest Wing.”

“Back in the day Chicago was a seedy hotbed of violence, financial ruin, and blatant crimes against humanity,”

“And by back in the day I mean 2011.”  Stewart went on to criticize the city’s violence record, saying the crime rate was so bad even Detroit left.

“Luckily for Chicago that was when a new sheriff walked into town,” Stewart said.

He then references an increase in shootings and a $2 billion budget deficit. Continue reading Jon Stewart Bashes Chicago for Re-Electing Rahm Emanuel

Emanuel tries to counter Republican donor criticism with ‘love’ ads

What 47 Republican senators may not understand…

Members of Congress rise to applaud during a GOP-sponsored address by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Republican senators, like Netanyahu, hope to scuttle a pending nuclear deal with Iran.

Members of Congress rise to applaud during a GOP-sponsored address by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu. Republican senators, like Netanyahu, hope to scuttle a pending nuclear deal with Iran.

There’s a charming naiveté to the open letter [PDF] by 47 Republican senators that condescendingly seeks to explain features of the U.S. constitutional system to Iran’s leaders that they otherwise “may not fully understand.”

The missive warns that, with respect to “your nuclear negotiations with our government … any agreement regarding your nuclear-weapons program that is not approved by the Congress” could be revoked by the next president “with the stroke of a pen and future Congresses could modify the terms of the agreement at any time.”

Beyond the amusing inaccuracies about U.S. parliamentary order, it seems there are some features of the nuclear negotiations that the signatory senators don’t fully understand — not only on the terms of the deal, but also on who would be party to an agreement.

Continue reading What 47 Republican senators may not understand…

Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) Earns Dishonorable Mention in CREW’s Annual Most Corrupt Report

aaron_schock_illinois_corruptionWashington, D.C. — Today, for the second time, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) named Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) as a Dishonorable Mention in its Most Corrupt Members of Congress report.  Rep. Schock is under investigation by the House Ethics Committee for illegally soliciting a $25,000 donation to a super PAC, earning him a place in CREW’s report, an annual, bipartisan look at Washington’s worst.  Rep. Schock was included as a Dishonorable Mention in CREW’s 2012 report for related matters.

Click here to read the full report on Rep. Schock.

“A member of Congress shilling for a supposedly independent political committee creates an obvious ethical dilemma,” said CREW Executive Director Melanie Sloan.  “But, with the Federal Election Commission mired in dysfunction, it’s no surprise members of Congress feel unconstrained by the basic requirements of campaign finance law.” Continue reading Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL) Earns Dishonorable Mention in CREW’s Annual Most Corrupt Report

Rahm allows ‘Gestapo’ tactics at Chicago police ‘black site’

  • Shocked politicians and rights groups call for inquiries into Homan Square
  • Rahm Emanuel faces questions as top supporters examine ‘outrageous’ abuse

The US Department of Justice and embattled mayor Rahm Emanuel are under mounting pressure to investigate allegations of what one politician called “CIA or Gestapo tactics” at a secretive Chicago police facility exposed by the Guardian.

Politicians and civil-rights groups across the US expressed shock upon hearing descriptions of off-the-books interrogation at Homan Square, the Chicago warehouse that multiple lawyers and one shackled-up protester likened to a US counter-terrorist black site in a Guardian investigation published this week.

As a second person came forward to the Guardian detailing her own story of being “held hostage” inside Homan Square without access to an attorney or an official public record of her detention by Chicago police, officials and activists said the allegations merited further inquiry and risked aggravating wounds over community policing and race that have reached as high as the White House.

Continue reading Rahm allows ‘Gestapo’ tactics at Chicago police ‘black site’

What are “CONFIDENTIAL CRIMES”? Why was robbery of the Rahm’s Son a Specially-Flagged incident?

The December beating and robbery of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s son was tagged “confidential” by the city, which prevented the incident from appearing in the city’s vaunted crime “transparency” site. That’s the word from Tom Schenk Jr, the city’s chief data officer. CWB reported exclusively last week that the Emanuel robbery had gone missing from the city’s public Data Portal, even though the web site is a cornerstone of the city’s crime transparency efforts.

A total of 178 crimes were deemed “confidential” over the past eight years, Schenk said, adding that all of the crimes are now included in the Data Portal. Schenk had previously stated that 115 crimes were affected. The specially-categorized crimes should have been listed all along, he said.

Confidential Crimes?

Many questions beg to be asked and answered:

  • What exactly are the other 177 crimes that the city deemed to be “confidential” matters?
  • What qualifies a crime for “confidential” status?
  • Why is there a need for “confidential” crimes? What does that status mean?
  • Are there other categories of crimes that affect the Data Portal’s accuracy and government transparency?

Continue reading What are “CONFIDENTIAL CRIMES”? Why was robbery of the Rahm’s Son a Specially-Flagged incident?