More Spectacle Chicago, Not Remarkable

Last week in our Cops Ask Questionsseries we asked whether the Chicago City Council would assert its authority. Whenever 26 or more members of the city’s council rise in opposition to a Chicago mayor, that is indeed remarkable. Well on Friday, the council for the second time in a week demonstrated it is not remarkable. The council could not muster enough votes to reverse the mayoral edict mandating the vaccination of city employees. The council did however muster enough votes to approve a 30% increase in the annual city budget. Now that qualifies as a spectacle for a lawless city, with huge financial problems. Several local violent crimes also provided more “spectacle Chicago” moments of another kind. Not in the exciting and impressive sense. No, in the “spectacular crash” kind of way.

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Littering Lower on the Lawlessness List

In Chicago, a lackluster city council has been the norm for generations. So the far more “spectacle Chicago” news items do tend to fall in the lawless city category. In this case a street encounter that ends with the head of a bicyclist run over by a car following another street theater video. Littering is lower on the city’s list of lawlessness, but on this past Wednesday, we were reminded it was on the list.

On one level, it should not shock us that people who have the view “the world is my trash can,” would object to being called out. They expect someone else will clean up after them. That’s how it works. “I do as I please. You clean up my mess, and like it.” But, when a senior citizen on a bicycle returns the litter to the litterer in a lawless city, the response is violent. A punch to the head is to be expected. Right? And of course, in a lawless city, those who witness this drive off. In this case, a lawless-city witness, is so quick to perform the expected “drive-off role,” he, she, they run over the head of the bicyclist left sprawled on the street.

CBS2 Chicago: CPD Looks For Man Who Knocked Over Senior Citizen On A Bicycle In Edgewater | Posted 29 Oct 2021

Looking Away from Violence

The uncensored version of this video can be seen via YouTube for those signing-in and age 18 and over. Adults in Chicago should watch the uncensored version, and if you don’t want to sign into YouTube, you can view the video via the CWB Chicago site. As reported by CBS2, the vehicle with the litterer and battery offender drove off. Such is also to be expected. As reported above, the driver of the vehicle who rolled over the head of the bicyclist also drove off. But, thankfully, stopped long enough to help the bicyclist to the sidewalk.

Take note, that in a lawless city, traffic enforcement is not a priority, and the stopped traffic is blocking the crosswalk. The helmet worn by the bicyclist is credited with preventing the incident from being more tragic. There was no word on whether the Covid-19 vaccine played a role. Perhaps the vaccine helps stop littering, as its ability to stop the spread of the Delta-variant of Covid is dubious at best. Perhaps the city council can hold a hearing. Take note as well that at the end the CBS2 segment the on-scene reporter, finds humor in the weather. In honor of Tara Molina and CBS2, we provide the following musical interlude.

Dirty Laundry by Don Henley, 1982

Other Lawless News from This Week

Here is a small sampling of other Lawless City news items from this past week from the Hadleyville of spectacle Chicago.

  • Carjackings continue to be a problem. As reported by CWB Chicago, year to date through 16 October, the Austin community has had 108 carjacking incidents. Followed by 92 in West Town, 86 in North Lawndale, 62 in the Near West Side, and 52 in West Garfield Park.
  • Also on Monday, 25 October, a man was shot and killed while driving on 5300 block of North Western Avenue in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.
  • On Wednesday, 27 October 2021, a 17-year-old boy was stabbed on the downtown Jackson Street CTA Red Line platform.
  • Labar ‘Bro Man’ Spann, a reputed gang leader testified in his federal racketeering trial. Spann stands accused in the murder of a rival gang leader, Rudy Rangel, Jr.
  • For the tenth year in a row, the Chicago Public School System reported yet another decline in student enrollment. The drop this time, 11,000. People with school-aged children continue to choose private schools, and quite frankly, to move out of the city.

City Council – The Week that Was

As noted above, a majority the council acquiesced to mayoral power on two key issues. The council voted for a mammoth 30% increase in city spending, and the council voted down the attempt by 13 aldermen to reign in the unilaterally assumed power of the mayor to demand Covid-19 vaccine compliance among city workers. Under the mandate, city workers who refuse to be vaccinated face termination. Both items fall into the spectacle Chicago realm.

On the budget, Alderman Jason Ervin helped to shepherd the “yes” votes on the budget bonanza. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, he advised fellow alderman: “There are dollars here for damn near everything that everybody has talked about.” Another song lyric comes to mind, “money, money.” A city with huge financial problems, and a worried business sector, raised taxes and gobbled up Biden Dollars created from massive federal borrowing into the future. Those same dollars are fueling sharp rises in inflation, and the nation is headed toward a 2022 recession. But for now, as observed by a no-voting Alderman Raymond Lopez: “Christmas has come early.” He continued; “Everybody seems to be getting what they want. We have a $16 billion spending spree going on.” Mayor Lori Lightfoot was delighted with the budget.

Note from Mayor Lori Lightfoot: Expressing her pleasure on the passage of the 2022 Chicago Budget with a 30% increase in spending.

On the mayoral vaccine edict to city employees, the city council also fell in line. The council backed the mayor by a vote of 30 to 13. As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, Alderman Andre Vasquez (40th Ward) said the attempt to repeal the mandate was backed by a “fringe minority.” He also made a reference to Arkansas that would seem to be a “safe-space” violation. Alderman Roberto Maldonado (26th Ward) was also highly critical of those city employees seeking to make their own medical decisions. He remarked: “I bet you most of them are vaccinated, but they wish not to comply. Like little kids, ‘I don’t want to do what my dad said for me to do.’ … Let’s be adults and let’s do the right thing.”

The “Right Thing,” Not Only Cops Ask Questions

We refer our readers back to our original post on this issue, Cops Ask Questions, Pandemic Politics.” For those that seek to “follow the science,” there are growing concerns about the efficacy of vaccines themselves, as well as forced vaccination. First, the vaccines remain experimental, and their is mounting evidence that the vaccines are at best ineffective, and at worst may actually be making the pandemic worse. On this point, a comparative analysis posted on the Substack site Eugyppius is of value. The following is a key summary paragraph from that posting:

“It is a near certainty that this immunity will attenuate antibody responses to the spike protein of current and future variants, forever. Mutant spike proteins will increasingly escape vaccine-conferred immunity, and breakthrough infections will elicit only partial response to the new epitopes. Insofar as the data also suggest that our vaccines will attenuate immunity to other virus proteins beyond spike, mass vaccination will lead to ever more volatile waves of infection – in exchange for limited and fading protection against severe outcomes.”

We also refer our readers to our recent follow-up post relative to individual liberty, Constitutional Reminder, Cops Ask Questions.” Finally on this point, we also take note that without much fanfare, the Illinois General Assembly moved to limit the rights of the people of Illinois relative to Covid mandates. Under current state law, Illinoisans can refuse medical treatments, including vaccinations, based upon sincerely held religious or conscientious objections. The law is known as the Health Care Right of Conscience Act. However, such views, particularly relative to Covid are politically inconvenient. A bill removing the use of this state law to resist Covid mandates was passed on a 31-24 vote in the Illinois Senate, and a 64 to 52 vote in the House. Governor J.B. Pritzker is expected to sign the bill, which would take effect in June 2022.

The Way Forward

Be mindful of the influence perception has on reality. Secure 1776 continues to advocate for critical thinking, a review of all of the scientific evidence, a respect for the religious and conscientious beliefs of all citizens, and adherence to the United States Constitution.

Our “Cops Ask Questions” Series

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UPDATE: Court Temporary Restraining Order Issued

On 1 November 2021, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Raymond Mitchell issued a temporary restraining order (TRO) relating to Mayor Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate policy. The most relevant portion of the judge’s ruling is captured below.

Judge Raymond Mitchell, Temporary Restraining Order, Relating to the Mayor of Chicago’s Vaccine Mandate Policy.

Judge Mitchell left in place the requirement for CPD members to declare to the department their Covid-19 vaccination status. However, as indicated above, the judge barred the city from mandating the taking of the vaccine as a condition of continued employment without collective bargaining with the member unions. As such, the 31 December 2021 deadline for vaccination is blocked, until the matter is resolved by the collective bargaining process. The TRO is a significant victory, if only a temporary one, for those CPD members resistant to being forced to take the disputed Covid-19 vaccines.

WGN: Cook County judge rules in favor of FOP in city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate | Posted on 1 Nov 2021

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