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"see? gun control works!" Mayor

— On the neighbor message 2 dead at Wallace and Pershing
1:56 p.m.

Those are roaches. Bed bugs are microscopic, like herpes bugs

— On the neighbor message Bed Bugs! 3831 N. Fremont St.
11:46 a.m.

Airport

— On the neighbor message Reasonable Lodging in Logan Square?
11:40 a.m.

Those were firecrackers ; two echos.

— On the neighbor message Milwaukee/Sacramento Shooting...
8:12 p.m.

Monkey says, "Defending yourself with your own weapon is a fantasy"

gunssavelives . net

Monkey says, "people who carry will be targeted for robbery"

The incredibly stupid ones might try it once. Muggers tend to look for easy, weak targets, unable to defend themselves. People carrying guns don't fit into this category and muggers know this.

— On the neighbor message Addison and Milwaukee Ave. Armed Robberies
9:30 a.m.

Julie Landry, please explain why one echo's and the other doesn't.

9:10 a.m.

They could have been fireworks, tis true.
" No one can equally space shots like that."
Unless they're firing celebretory shots into the air, ala El Guapo's thugs

10:19 a.m.

Yeah, who was he?

— On the neighbor message Attempted armed robbery: Belden & Sacramento
5:45 p.m.

Maybe he just escaped from prison

7:48 p.m.

"Firing a 9 MM will give off the same sound for each shot."
Usually, this is correct. However, if you were 100 yards away from the shooter, and they shot more or less in your direction and then they shot again in the opposite direction it would sound different from your perspective, the whizzing bullet notwithstanding.

— On the neighbor message Shots?
12:04 p.m.

The vaccine didn't give you the flu; just flu-like symptoms. Do you think my toilet can tell the difference?

— On the neighborhood event Vaccinate Chicago Week! Free Flu Shots
3:23 p.m.

The health-care industry wants to make sure you don't need the health-care industry; so they shoot this virus in your veins. And its FREE!
Any questions?

— On the neighborhood event Vaccinate Chicago Week! Free Flu Shots
3:22 p.m.

I resemble more of a frumpy laundry hamper than an attractive woman, so I know how he feels when his friendly, yet awkward, gestures go unnoticed.

— On the neighbor message Man approching women in neighborhood
9:32 a.m.

Really? 1/3 of all homeless are vets? I believe most of them wear camouflage, but that doesn't make them vets. I believe 1/3 SAY they are vets because its popular to say.

— On the neighbor message I took your shopping cart....
6:59 a.m.

I concur. I don't see a thick white line. They're faded. And theres two of them. Therefore, that isn't a applicable crosswalk. I fine you $400 for wasting the court's time. Go ahead and swing at the deputy on your way out, white boy, if it makes you feel better. -Honorable Judge Cynthia Brim

— On the neighbor message The Crosswalk and the law...
11:57 a.m.

The children in my neighborhood like to rev their engines, trying to set off car alarms nearby. They must be tired of being ignored by people, so they find something that has to acknowledge their existance, their plight.
"Here I am, World! Look out your blinds at me! Yeah, thats right - close your windows! Plug your ears! You can't handle me!"

— On the neighbor message noise
12:10 p.m.

Who on Earth would go to Englewood and what on Earth is there to take advantage of in that community?

12:44 p.m.

Yep, she offered to measure the nipples with a ruler so I would understand.

— On the neighbor message Covering up at Real Tenochtitlan
1:54 p.m.

I just spoke with a waitress. She said the complainers said the murals planted unreal expectations in the minds of our young females regarding 'symetrical breasts' and 'areolas less than 5 inches in diameter.' I was unable to gauge whether or not she agreed as she was wearing a thick sweater.

— On the neighbor message Covering up at Real Tenochtitlan
12:57 p.m.

Those murals where all that brought me to Ree-Al Technocktickland. I went in there once and ordered a burrito and they said they didn't have burritos, so I ogled the wall for a few half-hours and left.

— On the neighbor message Covering up at Real Tenochtitlan
12:50 p.m.

Take him to Halsted and Wavelength tonight. There are things out there that are sweeter than candy and sacrelicious as all get-out.

— On the neighbor message Trick or treating...
11:23 a.m.

Google: redeye Chicago homicide tracker.
There have been at least 3 within a half mile since 03-2012

— On the neighbor message 125 S. Western Ave Western/Madison
3:44 p.m.

I'm Phillipeno and I love sweets

— On the neighbor message Ok this probably sounds dumb but..
1:42 p.m.

I tried to find an orphanage for little Cindy over here, but, alas, there aren't any.

— On the neighbor message Local orphanage or children in need?
11:54 p.m.

That's how those guys show an interest. Glaring, licking lips, cursing under their breath, crotch-grabbing.

— On the neighbor message Weird Standoff
4:06 p.m.

Good eye, Angelique.

8:36 a.m.

Steve J is correct. A few years ago a man with his family was at a bus stop on south Michigan Ave. Some savage was acting as the savages will and the father killed him with a gun that had been concealed on his person. No charges were filed against the vigilante, rightfully so. Same story with the woman who shot some kid from her porch as he threw bricks at her house. No charges (though she did not even admit that she shot him)
As far as typical muggings...there aren't any. A victim with earbuds tapping out a texty can get put in a headlock before they know whats happening. That person won't be asked, nor have time, to grab whatever is in their pocket. We all read about them here. Another potential victim might see danger approach, reach into their pocket as a ruse to make the savage THINK they might be armed (and ready as they back away from danger) and that animal calls off the attack. Those occurances are unfortunately fewer and further between, though they do happen. Would you prefer to be ready, or hope the savage buys your ruse?

4:07 p.m.

MonkeyPi- the correct question is "NinnyMaggot, are you authorized by law to carry a concealed gun because of your Federal Law Enforcement occupation?"

2:05 p.m.

" I realize this is very general and I don't want to perpetuate any stereotypes,"

You couldn't do that if you tried.

— On the neighbor message Robberies near El stations
1:14 p.m.

I'd buy it ASAP before Preckwinkle puts a 'violence tax' on it. Because, clearly, the only use for pepper spray to to incapacitate girl scouts and altar boys while violating them behind the wood shed.

— On the neighbor message Where can I purchase Pepper Spray locally?
1:11 p.m.

In Chicago it seems that the tip is expected before the service is even considered.

— On the neighbor message McDonald's
4:29 p.m.

.380 x 2 (jacket weather helps)

4:21 p.m.

The service at most bars and restaurants and McDonalds in Chicago sucks.

— On the neighbor message McDonald's
9:17 a.m.

If you're going to carry a gun, don't tell anyone besides the creep who's following you for God knows what depravity.

9:06 a.m.

Have a conversation with him while you record him on your phone camera

— On the neighbor message Drug dealer on Monticello
11:26 a.m.

Steer clear of Bickerdike!

— On the neighbor message Curious about block(s)
12:55 p.m.

If you're going out at night, carry a gun. You won't have to shoot someone to get them to leave you alone; just pointing it does the trick on those animals.
The police are not concerned with justice or public safety all the time. The police want you to think that you're lucky you weren't killed and they want you to leave it at that.
If one can avoid it; cross the effing street if the animals are out on the prowl with your hand in your pocket grabbing the gun you're not supposed to have but have anyways because your life may depend on it.

12:53 p.m.

Its haunted.

— On the neighbor message May be moving to the area.
12:45 p.m.

Now, when I actually get on the train there are other unpleasantries waiting for my nose often enough.

— On the neighbor message Crime at 6 am?
11:35 a.m.

The most unpleasant thing I've witnessed was a homeless person grinding on a half-ton block of cement that held up an el platform. Not so unpleasant. He stopped when he saw me.

— On the neighbor message Crime at 6 am?
11:34 a.m.

What does it do to animals, veterinary technician?

— On the neighbor message Dog barking - driving me crazy!
3:59 p.m.

Sprinkle some cayenne pepper powder on your lot line. 'Accidentally' toss a few handfuls high into the air over the fence. Do this after it rains and before it snows.

— On the neighbor message Dog barking - driving me crazy!
1:14 p.m.

Some bikes were for sale under the expressway overpass at Fullerton on Thursday. A pink one caught my eye as I jetted up to Lambeau

— On the neighbor message Bike Thefts?
2:04 p.m.

That appears to be a yellow-breasted split-tail tit-sucker. Very rare, indeed.

— On the neighbor message Found bird next to 345 E. Ohio
1:14 p.m.

If I were you, I'd get new facebook friends vs the morbid, creepy, desensitized, one you have now. If someone who wasn't a cop showed me a picture of a double homicide and knew what weapons were used specifically, I would do the right thing, community-wise, and report this person to the authorities. Then I'd gloat about it on EB, you know, get my name out there.

— On the neighbor message What Else Can I Do? (to stop the violence)
12:41 a.m.

Carl, does McCawthy not take credit for numbers going down? Does Tippy Toes not answer irritating questions about crime from D.Gregory with "10%. Crime is down 10%" [puts right hand up]?
The numbers that can't be fudged: murder and bank robberies- are up. To be fair this is a city-wide assessment vs that lovely neighborhood, the wonder on the lake, the endless parade of attractive people, the beacon of freedom, the jewel of the Midwest- Rogers Park.

— On the neighbor message A refreshing crime study.
3:50 p.m.

Wouldn't it be nice if crime were going down? However, it isn't. The FBI won't accept statistics out of the Chicago Police. Why? The compstat numbers are being fudged. Violent crimes are marginalized by labeling them as non-violent, victims are pressured not to file reports (when the cops do show up).
"Hey, Sarge, could you sign off on my report?"
"This attempted murder charge? Are you sure this wasn't 'criminal damage to property?"
"Property?"
"Your vital organs belong to you, don't they?"
"Criminal damage to vital organs?"
"Get out of here before I erase your time due."

— On the neighbor message A refreshing crime study.
10:26 a.m.

Is there a map of all the section 8 locales in Chicago? Does it resemble the map of homicide locations?

3:14 p.m.

Of course RogersParker brings race into it.

— On the neighbor message Very disturbed woman in Uptown area
9:09 a.m.

Hey RogersParker, did you see that CNR is back up?

— On the neighbor message Very disturbed woman in Uptown area
9:08 a.m.

RW plays the race card....poorly. Tip for RW: you WAIT for someone to mention that the 'lady peeing in a bush' was a certain race, THEN you play the race card. When the race card is played prematurely, YOU look like a racist.

2 p.m.

You kinda look like your dog

— On the neighbor message Local Dog Walker?
11:03 a.m.

Why do they have to be gay?

1:37 p.m.

Last night on Milwaukee Ave I saw a guy dressing himself with clothing he was pulling out of a trash can (after he smelled it, of course). The clothing looked new. You should have seen the smile on his face as he put on those jeans.

— On the neighbor message Clothing drop boxes in Logan Square?
12:17 p.m.

Blowguns work on rats. Turn your back yard games into 'urban safari' to the Iniana Jones theme song

— On the neighbor message RATS! Again...
1:24 a.m.

"You think you can draw a sidearm fast enough?"
Lets ask Megan in Logan Square how, exactly, she was able to thwart not two, but THREE attempted robberies with her own pistol, (unconstitutional gun laws be damned)

— On the neighbor message AM Brown line Robbery
9:58 a.m.

But they'll be able to see me in court:(

— On the neighbor message Shots Fired near Seeley & Birchwood
7:46 p.m.

The EveryBlock staff would rather keep the "Whats your favorite burger joint?" threads near the top and put the "Anyone find the head to go with this decapitated body in Rogers Park?" threads off their site.

— On the neighbor message AM Brown line Robbery
4:19 p.m.

Pay attention South Side Chicago. If you snitch on the gunmen, they get arrested. Whether they get prosecuted is another matter, sadly.

— On the neighbor message Shots Fired near Seeley & Birchwood
2:14 p.m.

" I'm not going to die, or kill anyone over a $100, replacable phone".
Don't say that near the perps. They might think you mean, "I guess I have to tolerate this crime, rather than be able to do anything substantive."
They wouldn't mug you if they thought you could do anything 'substantive'.

— On the neighbor message AM Brown line Robbery
2:10 p.m.

Hopefully they got the right guy.

If I saw my police sketch on TV I'd get a friggin haircut

12:30 p.m.

A 308 Win Mag with a lightly brushed Spanish Pinto horsehide sling, set in a Connecticut cherry stock, lightly oiled with Hoppes #9 as Hemmingway did in a drunken stupor on Key West. The bullet holes are still in his shed's roof.

— On the neighbor message Roof jumpers? Wtf?
7:49 p.m.

Not enough violence for ya, Michele? Jesus, Mary and Vishnu! You would have loved to cheer on the gladiators!

— On the neighbor message Another shooting
4:16 p.m.

Here's what you can do, David. From now on, everytime you walk past someone, gangmember or not, smile at them and say, "Hi, neighbor!"
The gangmembers will reply, "hi, neighbor." but they will make a mental note: Don't F with that wholesome, Andy Griffith-wanna-be, mofo.

1:10 p.m.

JS writes: "support of the familiy and marriage as we know it today" and "condemning gay marriage" are the same thing"

You're either with us or against us, right, JS?

— On the neighbor message No Chick Fil A Here, Please
9:31 a.m.

Chic fil a and I disagree on marriage, but this is about illegal censorship. How foolish for Moreno to torpedo any aspirations of public office, what with the inevitable lawsuit coming his way. He was so confident lambasting what's-his-name, pounding the palm of his hand with his small, soft fist. I can see him enraged now, arms crossed and stamping his little feet.

— On the neighbor message No Chick Fil A Here, Please
8:13 p.m.

Moreno blew this one big time. He could have showed us what tollerance is all about. Instead he publicly resorts to this playground tit-for-tat childish 'gotchya' behavior with business owners who don't agree with his -HIS- morally presumptuous mores. Ironic

— On the neighbor message No Chick Fil A Here, Please
6:30 p.m.

Any attention brought to my neighborhood is frowned upon. Even 'good' attention is bad attention.

11:57 a.m.

What stores/pawn shops will buy a cell phone, no questions asked, for $400?

— On the neighbor message Phone stolen straight out of my hands
11:54 a.m.

Picket rahms house to hire police....count me in.

— On the neighbor message Violent Mugging
6:54 a.m.

How fast can you run?

— On the neighbor message Running in Palmer Square
6:48 a.m.

Besides verifiable sources and contact information, are there any other demands you'd like to place on us, George Michael?

— On the neighbor message Violent Mugging
4:42 p.m.

The guy at Chicago News Report gets his info from listening to police scanners.

— On the neighbor message Violent Mugging
4:37 p.m.

Criminals are risk-takers and with risk comes stupidity, often enough, apparently. A 12 gauge shotgun loaded with number 4 buckshot does wonders for home security, (while you're home) and they're inexpensive. K-Mart used to make a single barrel break action for $100.

"They can be found in the sporting goods dept." - Bruce Campbell

— On the neighbor message Home Attempted Break-In (bold attempt)
10:35 a.m.

I'd be surprised if prosecutors went the extra mile, AppleJack. Wouldn't it be a pleasant surprise?

— On the neighbor message murder in west rogers park
10 a.m.

This is the third (3) recent instance of violent crimes being recorded. Just think about that.

6:54 p.m.

This corroberates what I've read on Second City Cop Blog: cops feel neglected (denied 'time due') and are doing the bare minimum.

— On the neighbor message Car Break in
6:45 p.m.

Terrible! Jerry, go into detail about their pistol so the next guy knows to call Predator's bluff.

10:35 p.m.

The specific home? I don't know. There HAVE been about half a dozen shootings within a mile recently. I hadn't allowed for a stray bullet through the window, though.

— On the neighbor message Shooting
9:21 a.m.

Washtenaw Street Boys be lockin hornz with tha Fuego Del Um'boolt Muchachos Del Fuego.

— On the neighbor message Shooting
11:45 p.m.

This happened to my Wagonqueen Family Truckster in 1983.

— On the neighbor message Honda Missing Tires on Wolcott
8:52 a.m.

This thread is a joke, right?
Chicago Reader 'Rahm's millionaire club' explains (in the title) the answer to your question.

12:22 p.m.

Were you unable to wrestle him into submission?

— On the neighbor message Chicago Heat Advisory from Noon until 8 PM
9:03 p.m.

I told my land lord if he finds my withered corpse in here to just bury me in the garden. Headstone/joker card stuck in the ground should read: In Heat.

— On the neighbor message Chicago Heat Advisory from Noon until 8 PM
8:57 p.m.

Kat is right. Bill is wrong.

— On the neighbor message Followed Home from Jarvis el, Threatened
11:03 a.m.

May the Gods find favor with Catherine Tobsing. Let us all observe her sympathy.

— On the neighbor message Free To Good Home
9:59 p.m.

At first, it seemed like a good idea: Stool pidgeons get $1 million to snitch on Chicago gangs.
Then I read what the Stool pidgeon leader said in broken English about not snitchin on nobody. Now it clearly is a terrible idea.

Interesting side-note: McCarthy stuck to his guns and refused to endorse this lunacy. Here, I thought he was an empty suit without morals; a 'yes man'.
Now he's walking out the door.

— On the neighbor message Thoughts on $1,000,000 Ceasefire grant?
2:12 p.m.

Those gun-turn-in clergy don't know a 45 millimeter Barreta from a hole in the ground. They'll give $10 for a crayon picture of a gun

— On the neighbor message Don't forget - Saturday is Gun Turn In Day!
1:19 p.m.

Buncha savages in this town.

— On the neighbor message Attack
1:21 p.m.

What does recoil sound like?

— On the neighbor message Gunfire Last Night Near Pratt & Sheridan
1:10 p.m.

Just got home from Illinois
Lock the front door, oh, boy!

Forward troubles Illinois
Lock the front door, oh, boy
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.

— On the neighbor message Drugs and thugs
12:04 p.m.

@gpblight: I'm not surprised the police refused to write up a report. I've had a police officer in the 14th district station rudely encourage me to shut up and leave with my concerns about illegal activity in my 'hood. CDP is a joke around the country.

— On the neighbor message Help the people of the west side
4:07 p.m.

Hmmmm. Kevlar baubles. Hmmmm. Are you listening, DuPont?

noon

Greg, where do you get your updates on cc legislation in Illinois?

— On the neighbor message Poll on concealed carry
11:02 a.m.

I voted 'yes' for all my relatives who couldn't vote because their state already allows cc.

— On the neighbor message Poll on concealed carry
12:37 p.m.

Arra, if someone taught you how to use a gun safely, you wouldn't be so 'up in arms' about arms. You may borrow my copy of GTA IV. LT is aim, RT is shoot, X is reload

— On the neighbor message I am tired of the shootings
11:58 a.m.

If she parks in a private garage then why would she need a permit?

— On the neighbor message No Chicago Vehicle Sticker.
11:53 a.m.

Hipster hangout #1 Big Star in Wicker Park. Though, if you don't have any visible tattoos or you're wearing something thats been ironed, you'll get terrible service.

— On the neighbor message Best outdoor dining spots
2:54 p.m.

Quick poll: who likes hugs?

— On the neighbor message Where do you get your favorite burger?
7:42 a.m.

I saw a gun in a movie once. Terrified the shat out of me.

— On the neighbor message Do you guys own any guns?
4:12 p.m.

BTC, its supposed to look intimidating. Jeez-Louise!

— On the neighbor message Not cool to protest at Mayor's home
10:04 a.m.

Print their names!

9:25 a.m.

What's the mayors address?

— On the neighbor message Not cool to protest at Mayor's home
6:14 a.m.

Jaimie, you need only give the police a good reason to stay...I've got this uzi just settin here collecting dust...why don't we put our thinkin caps on and hatch a plan that the cops can't ignore?

— On the neighbor message Police Station Closing Augusta and Wood
9:53 p.m.

Attrill clearly wasn't in 'Nam in '72

— On the neighbor message Rats or Rabbits?
9:29 p.m.

I think Evan wants us to be willing to move our cars 7 inches every half hour WHICH WOULD QUADRUPLE GREEN HOUSE GAS EMISSIONS!

9:27 p.m.

"Man, Rogers Park is blowin up lately!"
"Actually , North of Howard is rather pleasant."
"Alright. Yeah, I have a brother in Kenosha..... Man, Rogers Park is blowin up lately."

— On the neighbor message Shots Fired Jonquil and Ashland
9:40 p.m.

Helen's right, everybody. They called it the jungle because it reminded people of the war zone in the South Pacific during WWII.
Now it reminds people of Fallujah. Lets substitute 'desert' for 'jungle' so Helen can sleep at night over the sound of gunfire.

— On the neighbor message Shots Fired Jonquil and Ashland
4:21 p.m.

AParkRes is right. Its like listening to really good gossip.
"Girl did what?! Bcith, PLEASE!"
Thanks, Eric, for sharing.

— On the neighbor message Bloody sidewalk and police tape
3:53 p.m.

I'm happy to read this. However, I double-dare anyone to whip out a phone and record a cop in a stressful situation. Cops get away with murder here; I wouldn't be surprised to read about an off-duty cop smashing an iphone after somebody recorded them and their pit bull killing something. The cop will smash your phone and plant a dead prostitute on your bicycle and arrest you.

— On the neighbor message Court Rules Against State Eavesdropping Law
12:03 p.m.

Regrettably, pubic hair works just as well as head hair.

— On the neighbor message Bunny rabbits eating my plants
11:38 a.m.

Alright, Judy, I won't snitch. And if I EVER find out a white person has called the police to patrol and bester and gooder their neighborhood, I'll let you know who they are. Game on , white people!

— On the neighbor message snitches get stiches
10:30 a.m.

Those gang members are very particular about who does what on their sidewalks. Helpful tips: turn your pockets out so they can see you don't have a gun-they would hate that. Don't make eye contact-they would hate that. Don't wear the color blue or red-they'd hate that. Ask permission to use their sidewalk, offer a toll. Don't let the sun set on you on the sidewalk, get indoors. Don't be a hero-they'd hate that. Wear body armor that isn't blue or red. Move out of Illinois and take me with you-I'd love that. Help!

— On the neighbor message Gang Problem
11:15 a.m.

Go to a barbershop and get as much hair as you can. Sprinkle hair around garden. Bunnies won't like the smell of it.

— On the neighbor message Bunny rabbits eating my plants
11:02 a.m.

Don't neglect to include a roofer's nail gun, though, that sounds more like a bullet impact than it does a gun shot.

— On the neighbor message Gun shots?
2:21 p.m.

Steven, your neighbor is Tommy Smothers. Tommy, Steven, Steven, Tommy. Ask him what is in his Cream o' Wheat.

— On the neighbor message A Rooster????
11:31 a.m.

The brunch at Crocodile is delectable

— On the neighbor message Recommendations for Mother's Day Brunch
11:29 a.m.

That was meant to comfort KT.
KT, your kids are probably fine.

2:50 p.m.

Wouldn't it be sweet if your place were haunted?! I'll bring my Ouiji board over at midnight and we'll get some answers, How many candles do you have?

— On the neighbor message Is there something I don't know?
8:43 a.m.

Here is my prediction on how this will work.
A govt-owned building will have energy-saving technology installed. (For the sake of argument) the electric bill will get slashed from $100/month to $60/month. The savings will go to the investors, right? However, at the rate (whatever it is, in this example $40/month) its going to take decades for the investors to realize their return, so its going to have to be the savings plus a little extra to pay off the loan.....say $60/month.
In short, the taxpayers who pay the electric bill will have to come up with roughly 120% of the current electric bills to pay the investors for the 'favor' they've done for Chicago.

— On the neighbor message Rahm says "trust me" LOL
9:22 a.m.

How will investors get their return? User fees in the govt buildings getting retrofitted?

— On the neighbor message Rahm says "trust me" LOL
7:01 a.m.

I moved into Rogers Park because I thought getting as far away from the South side and West sides would be best. Now, four years later, gunfire keeps the baby awake on the weekends. Who'd a thunk it?

— On the neighbor message Where to buy a house
11:33 a.m.

If you must buy, buy in the neighborhood that won't go to sh*t in 4 years, wherever that it...

— On the neighbor message Where to buy a house
9:38 a.m.

If the common denominator in crime along the north side is the red line; I wouldn't be shocked even a bit.

— On the neighbor message Rogers Park Gang Audit
5:55 p.m.

Rent. Rent. Rent.

— On the neighbor message Where to buy a house
5:49 p.m.

Quincy, being in a gang comes with bragging rights. They flash 'gang signs' with their hands. They openly display guns and tell any cop who asks what the pitchforks tattooed on his face means.

— On the neighbor message RP Gang Article from the Sun Times
5:31 p.m.

Bradley, if 'folks can kill who they want' in Florida, then Zimmerman would not have been charged with a crime.

— On the neighbor message Concealed Carry Town Hall Meeting
3:29 p.m.

That guy was charged with murder in the 2nd degree, if I'm not mistaken, Bradley. You were correct there for a nervous moment, though.

— On the neighbor message Concealed Carry Town Hall Meeting
2:11 p.m.

Judge Sue Myerscough and Judge William D. Stiehl--"Actually, Greg, your 2nd Amendment rights are intact. If you look at our copy of the Bill of Rights it says right here 'the right to bear arms shall not be infringed' and then you see right above that in red ink is says 'unless you're outside'. See? See, Greg? No controversy here.

— On the neighbor message Concealed Carry Town Hall Meeting
1:26 p.m.

Perhaps the alledged heroin dealers in the open air have enormous profit margins compared to the aquaintance selling grass in the living room (?)
Its more likely that the dude selling grass has a day-job. Grass is a hobby, heroin is a lifestyle.

10:34 p.m.

Joan, Joan, Joan. You asked that I back up my hyperbole with specific proof that would justify my (unfounded) frustrations. You marginalized my frustrations as something that I just feel.

So I showed you the recent election fraud to back up my view.

Instead of gracefully silencing your criticism of me, you continue with sarcastically marginalizing the data you requested.

There goes your credibility, like a helium balloon. Wave good-bye. There it goes.

— On the neighbor message Just a reminder: VOTE!!!
8:48 a.m.

Joan, a 68 year old woman was charged with forging election petitions in Oak Lawn according to the Sun Times. She got probation. Blago is livid. He's in the cell next to me.

— On the neighbor message Just a reminder: VOTE!!!
11:21 p.m.

Joan, Joan, Joan. I envy your optimism. You seem to be able to find the silver lining, no matter how thin, in the clouds in the hurricane overhead. You're presented with info that shows this CITY is the vice capital of the country and yet you hang your hat on the caveat that, well, (ahem), actually, our entire STATE only comes in honorable mention in the same study of places where elected officials go to prison at rates that would make the Khmer Rouge blush.
Where there's smoke, there's fire.

— On the neighbor message Just a reminder: VOTE!!!
2:57 p.m.

Here you go, Joan M. this is the article you wanted to discredit.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/02/14/chicago-called-most-corrupt-city-in-nation/

Now, when they measure corruption in any city, do they search out Cub Scouts forging merit badges? Do they search out crossing guards turning a blind eye to rapidly approaching dump trucks? Do they search out candy stores funneling contraband sugar to playgrounds?
No.
They look at politicians.
If the politicians are dirty, then you think they are going resort to honest tactics to get into office?

"The Windy City! Get in, and get yours"

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12:53 p.m.

Joan M.
I did not personally see any wrong-doing. Naturally, if you were going to rig an election, you wouldn't do it while the voters are at the polls watching. Nope, no wrong-doing in Chicago politics, not here. The pile of burning ballots in the alley were 'extra' and 'not needed' because they couldn't fit in the ballot-counters anyway.

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11:44 a.m.

Chicago is the most corrupt city in America perhaps North America. Why should we think the election process is immune from this?

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9:05 a.m.

I'm sure you're right, George. I'm sure there are several variables. Witnesses and even victimes won't cooperate with police. I used to wonder why.

— On the neighbor message Shots Fired on Ridgeway This Evening
9:23 a.m.

Nobody died? Thank goodness! Nobody wounded? Heavens to Betsy, are we lucky!
Guess how many muders in 2008 in Chicago were solved by May, 2010?
35%
If that number seems low, its because it is. Philly police solved 75% in the same period. Denver and San Diego police solved over 90% in the same period.
Keep it up Crime Blotter. I have more faith in you solving murders than the hapless, clueless police dept. They spend more time ascertaining the perps political connections than they do dilligently seeking justice.
Once I went to the 14th district to report a crime and the officer behind the counter was as rude as could be. She did her best to encourage me to leave to the point of shouting me down, talking over me, even as I told her not to.

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7:18 p.m.

I mean to agree with you, Beach.

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5:24 p.m.

Closing the discussion is a poor way to encourage open discussion.

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5:22 p.m.

Delinquent on the assoc. fees - yes
Delinquent on mortgage payments - no

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2:19 p.m.

My roommate/landlord and I got evicted from her condo.
" I thought you owned this place..." I said
" I did too. Here's my name on the mortgage..."
She didn't pay her association fees so they called up the Sheriff and skeeedaddle

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1:24 p.m.

Just last night I tuned into the police scanner streaming online with my smart phone for the first time ever. Fascinating stuff. They seem to use codes and lingo I am not familiar with. Turns out---- every single cop in this city is named Roger.

Ever found yourself walking home through Humbolt Park after a night of drinking at 2am? I have. If it ever should happen again, I plan on dialing up the scanner on my phone and keeping it in my hand. This way I can use the chatter to encourage any would-be-perps to think that it isn't my phone, but a police radio, and therefore I am not some target, but a plain-clothed officer of the law (not to be messed with). If anyone calls me out on it, I can always lie and say, "Yes, I'm a cop. And so what if I'm missing a shoe, and my eyes are crossed, and I can't stop giggling, and I've wet my pants. I'm undercover."
Then I cut the conversation short, say "10-4, in pursuit" into my phone (radio) and run away

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2:43 p.m.

Monkey, I agree with what you do, but I'm ascared to do that. Has anyone ever said, "You need my permission to photograph me here in Illinois, and you don't have it."
?

1:42 p.m.

Kathy in 60634, you have some nerve to blame a victim. Pray to your god you never need rely on another's compassion.

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12:35 p.m.

What?! You have never worked at a rub'n'tug!? (Incredulously)

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12:14 a.m.

Mark- The United Kingdom has some really strict gun laws. Does that mean there is a high correlation to be drawn to low rates of violent crime? Unfortunately, no, there isn't. The UK has really high violent crime rates. The criminals there bludgeon and stab and beat their victims because they can't shoot them.
Deal with the criminals, and not the tools they use to victimize

1:45 p.m.

Jeff: a kid is anyone younger than me. Secondly, I legally obtained a deer hunting permit, and carried a loaded pistol, and shot a deer at the age of 12 in 1993. Its not illegal for kids to shoot firearms.

11:23 a.m.

Too bad a Tweetie Bird tattoo on the neck won't narrow it down.
Chief Wiggum- "I'm in persuit, suspect is hatless, I repeat, hatless"

9:51 a.m.

@Mark Rector- That article blurs the lines on who is to be blamed: The laws that allowed the kid to (gasp) legally carry a tool to the murder they were about to commit (gasp), or the kid who just used a tool to kill someone, on purpose, regardless of laws, or morals, or reason. The conversation should start with him killing someone, and not how he went about doing it and with what tools because of all of the creative murder weapons out there (candlestick). Are we going to regulate cars capable of 85mph because a murderer used a car to kill someone and they sped recklessly all the way to the scene of the crime they intended to commit?

9:48 a.m.

Now rahm wants an Illinois handgun registry to (allegedly) track weapons.
"Stats show over half of all weapons confiscated by Chicago police come from inside the state." Said rahm.
How could he come up with a precise statistic while arguing that police need more tools to come up with these exact statistics?

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3:40 p.m.

My plan is simple with small goals: There are at least half a dozen of us who want the right to choose to carry a weapon for defensive purposes reading this. We should meet near Western and Armitage on a Tuesday before 02/20/2012 with the intent of inviting Alderman Moreno (flier in hand) to the town hall meeting in Logan Square. We can ask him his position on the topic (I can guess what it is now) and gauge how well it appeals to our collective sense of logic.
We must leave little doubt in the mind of our elected official as to our best attributes: our position has an increasing number of supporters amongst his constituency and we are HIGHLY organized.
The plan is easy to organize; more so than the goals. What should the goals be? Whether we have a long discussion in the Alderman's office or we get shuffled out the door in 2 minutes; I feel that if the Alderman realizes this issue is as big or bigger than most AND many of us plan on having our voting records reflect this, then my goals will have been met. After the meeting we can come up with other, larger goals.

— On the neighbor message CCW
3:39 p.m.

The vast majority of those who are against CCW frame thier arguments around one of two perspectives. 1) The innocent person caught in the cross fire of a speculative escalating fight betwixt two armed hot heads, and 2) The victim whose circumstances would not have been helped by CCW (ambushed from behind or otherwise without warning vis a vis an Arizona Congresswoman)
The former has less merit than the latter. Yes, there are going to be instances where a violent criminal left their house intent on victimizing someone in particular and CCW won't neccessarily prevent this.

I frame my argument from the perspective of the violent criminal. Here we can see the benefits of CCW are realized the day applications for CCW are accepted and BEFORE people can actually legally carry weapons. It is at this point SOME, not all, but some violent criminals must think, "CCW is now legal and my hobby of punching faces and snatching iphones just got much more risky." Some of them will be discouraged from putting themselves in a position to be seriously injured or killed BEFORE a gun is brandished simply because the possibility is present.

There. CCW offers an incentive for criminals to play nice that the inconveniences offered by the criminal justice system clearly does not.

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2:40 p.m.

This issue is just like abortion and gay marriage. We all deserve to make these choices for ourselves. Don't want gay marriage/abortion/to defend yourself with a gun? Don't get one. I'll leave it to you.

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1:56 p.m.

Jason Walker: you might tolerate being victimized, but don't tell us we have to. Or perhaps you're the one who steals and this is what you tell your victims, "Don't resist. Hand over the money. Trust the police to arrest me. Its better for everyone."
Maybe those guys who robbed you would have thought twice if there was a chance you could kill one of them. But there was no chance; we're unarmed targets.

— On the neighbor message CCW
10:17 a.m.

Tw, you're right. People with guns do accidentally kill. About 1,500 people die per year by accidental gun fire. However, doctors accidentally kill 120,000 people a year (according to the CDC). What's surprising is that there are over 80,000,000 gun owners and only 700,000 doctors in the U.S.
Almost everyone has a doctor, and that person is 9,000 times more likely to kill you by accident than an accidental shooting.

— On the neighbor message CCW
3:28 p.m.

As I understand it, there are three requirements to legally transporting weapons down the streets of Chicago. Weapon must be unloaded, enclosed completely within a case, and held by someone with a valid FOID. Nothing is written banning carrying loaded magazines in your pockets or excluding a fanny pack designed to carry a pistol as a 'case'.
If only they made one of those fanny packs that didn't clash with my UGGS.

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3:13 p.m.

Alright everybody we're moving it to my parents house a few hours before bed time.

1:05 p.m.

Yes, Abby, its at at a bar; which is exactly why I'll need a legal guardian. Are you bringing a boyfriend?

11:18 a.m.

I'll come but I'll need someone to vouch for me as my legal guardian/date.

11:22 p.m.

Everyone would benefit from the passage of concealed carry. Even those who DON'T carry. Perhaps one of those rapists would have thought 'she might have a gun and kill one of us for what we are about to do to her. Let's not risk our lives to victimize.'

7:41 p.m.