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Newest piece at Fox News: "Chicago violence: The buck stops with you, Rahm Emanuel"

by John Lott on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

This is article 327 of 340 in the topic Criminal Activity
The newest CPRC op-ed at Fox News starts this way:

Over the July 4 weekend, in Chicago alone, 16 people were shot to death and another 66 were wounded.  At a press briefing on July 11, the White House weighed in, stating that Obama would “continue to make the case” that lawmakers should adopt new gun control laws. Two days later, on Sunday, Gov. Pat Quinn also called for more gun control, in particular a state ban on assault weapons, as the solution.

But Chicago’s problems lie with the city’s politicians. Nationally, police solve almost two out of every three murders – 63 percent of them. That figure is much lower in Chicago. In 2010, right before Rahm Emanuel became mayor, the rate for Chicago was 39 percent. But by Emanuel’s second year in office, it had plunged to an official rate of 26 percent. (In reality it is even lower, because Chicago has tried to hide how bad things are by increasingly misclassifying murders as non-murders.)
After becoming mayor, Emanuel did three unfortunate things to the Chicago police force:
1) He closed down detective bureaus in Chicago’s highest crime districts and moved them elsewhere, sometimes quite far away.
2) Instead of increasing the number of police officers by 1,000, as he had promised during his campaign, he actually cut the number of police.
The rest of the piece is available here.

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CNN’s “Chicagoland” Charade

by Roger Aronoff on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

This is article 543 of 576 in the topic Media

It was recently revealed by the Chicago Tribune that CNN coordinated a series it aired called “Chicagoland” with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The purpose was to make him look good, no question about it. This is not journalism, and heads should roll at CNN for this political hackery on behalf of a political hack. Fox News’ Media Buzz covered it briefly at the end of last Sunday’s show, but this is an egregious violation for a news network, and deserves much greater scrutiny. Clearly, CNN was helping to advance Emanuel’s political ambitions, while presenting it as “non-scripted” programming.

In his book Duty Former Department of Defense Secretary Robert Gates describes Emanuel, the former chief of staff to President Obama, as a “political animal to his core” and “Armed with an inexhaustible supply of ‘f-bombs,’ he was a whirling dervish with attention deficit disorder” while in the White House.

One of CNN’s biggest mistakes was gaining entry to Emanuel’s political territory with the help of a public relations firm Jasculca Terman, whose CEO is a “friend of Emanuel’s dating back decades, and both worked together in the Clinton White House,” according to the Chicago Tribune. “When Emanuel announced he would run for mayor in 2010, it was Jasculca and his daughter Aimee Jasculca who fielded media calls on behalf of the budding campaign,” they report.

The PR firm acted as the gatekeeper for Emanuel and Chicago City Hall. “The ‘Chicagoland’ producers got the green light for access to Emanuel and City Hall after a meeting arranged by the Chicago public relations firm Jasculca Terman, records show,” reports the Chicago Tribune.

Many of the emails back and forth between CNN and the Mayor’s office do sound like outright flattery, and smack of public relations maneuvering absent the necessary journalistic integrity and neutrality one would hope to expect of CNN. “I know we still have time to round out the Mayor’s story and present him as the star he really is,” wrote producer Marc Levin in one email. “This is a real opportunity to highlight the Mayor’s leadership—his ability to balance the need for reform and fiscal reality with compassion for affected communities and concern for the safety of Chicago’s school children,” Levin also wrote.

Levin then appears to coordinate a scene that aired in the documentary with the Mayor’s staff. “We need the mayor on the phone in his SUV, in city hall with key advisers and his kitchen cabinet and meeting with CPS head BBB [Barbara Byrd-Bennett] and with CPD [Superintendent Garry] McCarthy,” Levin writes.

“The first ‘Chicagoland’ episode, televised in March, featured just what Levin had requested: slow-motion images of the mayor climbing into his SUV and talking on his cellphone, and Emanuel’s meetings behind closed doors with Chicago Public Schools CEO Byrd-Bennett and Chicago police Superintendent McCarthy,” reports the Chicago Tribune.

Even The New York Times wasn’t buying this as a documentary. “The new show about another troubled city and its leader looks more like an ad campaign than a documentary,” wrote the Times’ Alessandra Stanley.


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Rahm Emanuel Running in 2016?

by Doug Powers on Friday, February 15th, 2013

This is article 3 of 29 in the topic 2016 Elections

Third black president?

Not according to Team Deadfish:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is said by well-connected Democrats to be considering the idea of running for president if Hillary Clinton opts out of the 2016 race.

The 53-year-old Emanuel, who is busy raising money for his 2015 reelection campaign in the Windy City, has had discussions both over the phone and face to face in the past month with Democratic Party donors and fundraisers about a possible White House run, according to sources.

It’s unclear who raised the subject—Emanuel or the donors—and the mayor’s press secretary initially didn’t offer clarity on who said what to whom. Hours after this story was published, however, Tarah Cooper emailed denying that the mayor “raised or entertained” the subject of a White House run. She also sent a photo of Emanuel’s scrawl on yellow legal paper vowing “not ever” to run “for another office” and reiterated his longstanding pledge that, in his words, he’s “not interested.

Too bad. There aren’t many 2016 possibilities I would be more excited to vote against — regardless of how interesting it would be to have in the White House somebody who confronts his opponents in the most honorable and dignified way possible: naked in the shower.

For now, the Dems have a big “reserved for Hillary” sign on the 2016 nomination slot (sorry, Joe). Knowing that, there aren’t many Democrats who are going to start publicly exploring a run this early, which would give the Clinton machine so much extra time to take that hypothetical candidate down by leaking to the press about the day he was caught in a hotel room in a hot tub filled with melted butter eating jalapeño poppers from between the boobs of two Chilean hookers. Wait, that was Bill. Never mind.

But if Emanuel does decide to run, Nancy Pelosi might be the first to know.

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Rahm Emanuel Knows What it’s Like to Be a Poor Black Kid, Because He Was One

by Doug Powers on Sunday, February 10th, 2013

That claim is made by Rahm’s brother in his upcoming autobiography, according to Vanity Fair:

When Rahm was a baby, their mother left him momentarily in the care of two-year-old Ezekiel and a five-year-old cousin before leaving the room. When the boys were children, she sent them off alone to spend summer days on Chicago’s Foster Avenue Beach, which they reached through a tunnel beneath Lake Shore Drive.

After a few days in the sun Ari and Rahm could pass for African-Americans, which led to the occasional dustup on a beach that was segregated in custom and practice. “Certain people—mostly white males between the ages of 10 and 15—made it their business to enforce the unwritten whites-only rule,” Ezekiel writes. “When they called my brothers niggers and tried to bully us off the beach, we — naturally — refused to move. Instead, one of us would answer, ‘You can’t make me leave.’” If shouting didn’t work, the Emanuel boys had no qualms about throwing punches. “We were city kids, not anti-war activists.”

Wow. No wonder America’s first “first black president” wanted Rahm to serve as his adviser.

A glance at Emanuel’s bio and you can clearly see that his early years were totally infused with the African-American experience:

While they lived in Chicago, Emanuel attended the Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School. After his family moved to Wilmette, Emanuel attended public schools: Romona School, Locust Junior High School, and New Trier West High School. Emanuel and his brothers attended summer camp in Israel, including the summer following the June 1967 Six-Day War.

Emanuel was encouraged by his mother to take ballet lessons as a boy and is a graduate of the Evanston School of Ballet, as well as a student of The Joel Hall Dance Center, where his children later took lessons. Emanuel won a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet, but turned it down to attend Sarah Lawrence College, a liberal arts school with a strong dance program. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, and went on to receive an Master of Arts in Speech and Communication from Northwestern University in 1985. While an undergraduate, Emanuel was elected to the Sarah Lawrence Student Senate.

That bio didn’t cover the years that Rahm and his brother played for the Harlem Globetrotters.

Learn more about the life of Rahm Emanuel in his video biography. Here’s how it begins:

Now, watch closely and see if you can spot Rahm Emanuel and his brother when they were kids growing up in Chicago:

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Add Rahm Emanuel to the ‘No Armed Guards in Schools’ Double Standard List

by Doug Powers on Thursday, December 27th, 2012

This is article 315 of 603 in the topic Gun Rights

rahmAfter the NRA’s reaction to all the finger pointing after the Newtown school shooting, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the following about Wayne LaPierre’s suggestion for more armed security in schools:

It’s outrageous and unsettling that the NRA would choose to address gun violence not by taking assault weapons off our streets, but by adding more guns to our schools… That is not the right answer for our society, our schools and most importantly our children.

What Rahm meant to say is that it’s not the right choice for your kids — but his kids? They, like David Gregory’s kids, deserve such protection:

Breitbart News has confirmed that The University of Chicago Laboratory School, where Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sends his children, is protected by an armed, on-duty police officer.

University of Chicago Police public information personnel informed Breitbart News that there is at least one armed officer on duty a the school everyday and has been for “several years.”

What it always boils down to is that elite liberals lives are worth protecting, and everybody else should just have to take their chances. We’ve seen hypocrisy and double standards from Emanuel in other areas as well.

And I’m sure Dianne Feinstein’s new proposed gun grab will really deter the next wannabe mass murderer. Another law to stop people who don’t obey laws? Great idea!

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Having solved all other problems, Rahm Emanuel begins crusade for healthier vending machines in city buildings

by Doug Powers on Friday, November 16th, 2012

This is article 49 of 72 in the topic Food/Natural Remedies

nullIf you’re in Chicago and the tragically high number of shootings have you living in fear of getting killed by a vending machine, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s got your back:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he’s cracking down on the caloric content of vending machines in city buildings and plans to replace them all with healthy vending by next year.

A proposed ordinance, to be introduced this week, will lay out plans for the new machines and detail guidelines on fat, sugar and calorie content starting in January 2013.

“These new vending machines will make it easier than ever before for city employees and the public to make healthy lifestyle decisions,” Emanuel said. “When city employees take their wellness into their own hands, we can reduce health care costs and also serve as a model for the residents of Chicago when it comes to making healthy choices.”

Emanuel’s guidelines dictate that only 25 percent of the new machines’ cold beverages can be “high calorie,” or contain 25 calories or more per eight ounces. All hot drinks must not be high-calorie, and all vended drinks must be limited to 12 ounces.

According to the plan, at least 75 percent of food offerings should contain 250 calories or less and at least five items should contain 250mg or less of sodium per serving. A gluten- and nut-free option also must be provided.

Apparently Emanuel’s applying the Remington-Flockhart Theory of Public Safety, which posits that stray bullets are slightly less likely to strike thin people.

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Headline/byline of the day

by Doug Powers on Thursday, August 9th, 2012

By way of Jammie Wearing Fool, read the Chicago Sun-Times headline before reading the byline:


The column is here. I haven’t read a more objective look at a politician in a mainstream publication since “Embattled president says he is not a crook” by Richard Nixon.

Be sure to read a commenter’s rebuttal to Emanuel’s column.

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Rahm Emanuel punts Solyndra questions to White House Counsel

by Doug Powers on Sunday, August 5th, 2012

This is article 219 of 471 in the topic Government Corruption

Emails surrounding Solyndra loan continue to show that the White House was involved in moving forward with the loan restructure even after many red flags were raised. Even though it was not their program “per se,” one big proponent per se was then White House Chief of Staff and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel:

Here are a few examples of Rahm’s role from the report, which is available in its entirety here.

+ From a White House staffer to an Obama scheduler: “Ron [Klain, VP Joe Biden’s former chief of staff] said this morning that the POTUS definitely wants to do this (or Rahm definitely wants the POTUS to do this?).”

+ From the Director for Special Projects in the office of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: “POTUS involvement was Rahm’s idea.”

+ From Ron Klain: “Rahm was super hot for this” because “[j]obs and high tech and Recovery Act is a winning combination.”

+ From Heather Zichal, a top deputy to White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Director Carol Browner (Zichal reportedly had concerns about the Solyndra event): “‘folks in the financing community’ had also raised concerns about the Solyndra loan guarantee, ‘[but] if Rahm wants it, we’ll make it happen.’”

Biden’s office was excited about Solyndra to the point of having to think about baseball while licking saltpeter lollypops to avoid potentially embarrassing reactions, and Emanuel was clearly big on it as well.

Last year, Emanuel went full blown Sgt. Schultz and said he didn’t remember a thing about Solyndra. These days he’s just deferring any questions to White House lawyers (he certainly remembers them):

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, former White House chief of staff for President Obama, referred media questions about his role in supporting the Solyndra loan guarantee to the attorneys in the White House.

“It’s simple, you just talk to the White House counsel,” Emanuel told 89 WLS, a Chicago radio show. “They are answering all the questions and they will answer any questions you have on the matter.”

“Stop bugging me about hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars that disappeared under my nose… I got a chicken restaurant to shut down!”

Oh well… when you’re used to spending somebody else’s money with reckless abandon why would you think twice about hiding behind somebody else’s lawyer?

Heritage Foundation: The ten most revealing Solyndra emails.

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Grand Mufti Emanuel’s Chicago Values

by Selwyn Duke on Monday, July 30th, 2012

This is article 41 of 66 in the topic Business

1063641_lowWhen Rahm Emanuel ascended to the top of Chicago’s political heap last year, it was thought to have been the result of a citywide election that won him the mayorship.  I had no idea he was appointed the city’s first Grand Mufti.

But thus it must be, as Emanuel has spoken definitively as to what shall henceforth be considered Chicago values.

This, of course, refers to the Chick-fil-A flap, in which Emanuel expressed support for a city alderman who was going to ban the restaurant from his ward over chain president Dan Cathy’s opposition to faux marriage.That alderman, Proco Moreno, actually said, “Because of this man’s [Cathy’s] ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward.”  This prompted Grand Mufti Emanuel to affirm that the restaurant was unwelcome and decree, “Chick-fil-A’s values are not Chicago values.”Yet who is Emanuel to issue a fatwa on what Chicago values are on faux marriage when approximately half of Chicagoans oppose the idea?  Should these residents be expelled from the city or prohibited from making a living?

But if Emanuel speaks for a supernatural source, and I wouldn’t doubt it, it isn’t God.  This is because hypocrisy is not a divine value.

It isn’t just that Emanuel worked for Bill Clinton and never made a peep when his boss signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law.  That was a long time ago, some will say.  It isn’t even just that he was a staunch supporter of Barack Obama, who also opposed faux marriage until his “evolution” this year.  Grand Mufti Emanuel could have experienced sympathetic evolution, some will say.  It’s that Emanuel has also been a supporter of Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

Farrakhan’s anti-Jewish and anti-white bigotry are well documented, but that gets a pass from the loony left.  But what of that which Emanuel has obviously declared intolerable bigotry: defense of virtue and marriage?  On this count, if Dan Cathy is a heretic, Farrakhan is an apostate.

Just consider the Nation of Islam leader’s statements.  Writes The Washington Times:

Last May, Mr. Farrakhan told a group of followers that the increasing public acceptance of homosexuality is evidence of the work of the devil. “The Koran says, Satan has made evil fair-seeming to them,” he said. He stood firmly against same-sex marriage, saying that “Sin is sin according to the standard of God.” He chastised Christian, Jewish and Muslim religious leaders for compromising on the issue, even saying that Muslims who condone homosexuality are enemies of Islam. He said that the Newsweek cover declaring President Obama the “first gay president” was a mockery, and said he should be called, “the first president that sanctioned what the scriptures forbid.”

In 2009 Mr. Farrakhan said that homosexuality is “a learned behavior” and has its origins in predators sensing that children are vulnerable and “then some man will take advantage of that tenderness and engage a child in homosexual behavior.”

In contrast, Cathy’s comments were quite tepid.  Yet not only does Emanuel have nothing to say about the Nation’s Chicago restaurant, Salaam, he also welcomed Nation of Islam patrols of city streets.  And the kicker?

He did that on the exact same day he condemned Chick-fil-A.

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Rahm and Co.’s Chicken-headed Intolerance

by Selwyn Duke on Monday, July 30th, 2012

This is article 71 of 114 in the topic Free Speech

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Increasingly in America, the Left is putting up a sign stating, “Christians need not apply.” The latest example is the targeting of fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A by politicians in Chicago and Boston.

In case you missed it, the beef with the chicken chain stems from comments its president, Dan Cathy, made about faux marriage on the Ken Coleman radio program. Said Cathy:

I think we are inviting God’s judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at Him and say, “We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage.” I pray God’s mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about.

Not surprisingly, this led to the announcement of a boycott by people such as Deepak Chopra, Lindsay Lohan, Miley Cyrus, and the Kardashians (I would say that I’m now boycotting them, but I imbibe their cultural effluent as much as they eat Chick-Fil-A). Of course, it’s citizens’ right to vote with their dollars anytime they wish, so there’s nothing particularly unusual about this. More troubling, however, was the position Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston mayor Thomas Menino took in saying they would prevent the restaurant chain from opening outlets in their cities. And then there was the man who started the chicken roast, Chicago alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno, when he plainly stated, “Because of this man’s [Cathy’s] ignorance, I will now be denying Chick-Fil-A’s permit to open a restaurant in the 1st Ward.”

Legal experts, however, have since weighed in and said these officials don’t have a chicken leg to stand on. For example, while the ACLU is pro-faux marriage, its senior attorney for its Illinois chapter, Adam Schwartz, pointed out that the government may not engage in “viewpoint discrimination.” Warning of the obvious precedent such a thing would set, he also, wrote Fox News, “noted that if a government can exclude a business for being against same-sex marriage, it can also exclude a business for being in support of same-sex marriage.”

These legal realities prompted Emanuel and Menino to back off, saying they have no lawful mechanism through which to hinder Chick-Fil-A’s commerce. As for Moreno, he’s just changing tactics, claiming that he has “traffic concerns” regarding the new restaurant. This is ironic, though, since Emanuel had previously said when trying to justify banning Chick-Fil-A, “They disrespect our fellow neighbors and residents. This [restaurant] would be a bad investment, since it would be empty.” Well, if it’s going to be empty, we don’t have to worry about traffic then, do we?

As to the restaurant’s fortunes, I think the common man’s taste buds will trump the uncommon man’s bad taste in social policy. “Empty” will only describe what it does now: these politicians’ heads, character and ideology. And, if they’d gone to the mat, the word also describes how they’d come up in court.

Moreno, though, is a tough nut to crack. Reflecting a very interesting view on free speech, he told Fox News, “That’s another part of it… I think businesses should be neutral on that [faux marriage]. They should be selling chicken.” I wonder, does he take this position on the long list of businesses that support faux marriage?

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