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The Chicago Way

Posted on | January 31, 2013 | 21 Comments

Her name was Hadiya Pendleton and she was only 15 years old:

The city’s 42nd slaying is part of Chicago’s bloodiest January in more than a decade, following on the heels of 2012, which ended with more than 500 homicides for the first time since 2008. . . .
About three blocks from Hadiya’s school, she and a group of 10-12 young people, including members of her volleyball team, had taken refuge under a canopy at a park to avoid the rain Tuesday afternoon. A man climbed a fence behind the park, ran at the group and started shooting, and then jumped back over the fence and into a white Nissan. The group scattered, but Hadiya was shot once in the back and a teenage boy was shot in the leg.
Police said Hadiya had no arrest record and there was no indication she was a member of a gang or was the gunman’s target. In fact, McCarthy said there are no indications that anyone in the group was gang-affiliated. He said the police suspect that the gunman may be a member of a gang that considers the park its turf and that he mistook somebody in the group as someone from an encroaching rival gang.

Chicago has very stringent gun laws. What Chicago doesn’t have is economic opportunity, honest government or enough law-abiding citizens to keep the peace, so that neighborhoods are effectively ruled by gangs like the Satan’s Disciples and the Latin Kings, who terrorize and intimidate residents. Witnesses will not testify against the gangsters, and the police — to the extent that Chicago police are not entirely corrupt — are unable to apprehend or effectively prosecute these criminals.

Hadiya Pendleton was murdered about a mile from the $1.6 million-dollar home that Obama purchased in a corrupt deal with Tony Rezko.

This is the future of corruption and criminality — “The Chicago Way” — that Obama is bringing to America as a matter of policy.


  • WJJ Hoge

    OTOH, more murders does create more potential residents for Chicago’s great civic monument, The Tomb of the Unregistered Voter.

  • Bob Belvedere

    This young lady was just one egg in the omelet.

  • Quartermaster

    Arnold Toynbee pointed out that civilizations are not murdered, they commit suicide. Our’s is well on the way to suicide. The rot is so deep that I don’t think we will pull back.

  • Rob Crawford

    The truly ironic thing is that everyone interred in that Tomb is in fact registered and voting.

  • Rob Crawford

    So you think everyone is too far gone, that we’re all useless eaters.

    That’s nice.

  • McGehee

    Chicago has very stringent gun laws. What Chicago doesn’t have is … honest government

    Hence, the very stringent gun laws.

    One needs no further explanation.

  • Evi L. Bloggerlady

    At least she got to go to the Obama inaugural. Lucky her.

  • Matches Malone

    The problems have less to do with the Police than with the politicians, although is a big problem with police who are connected to the politicians. Last year Chicago Magazine had an interesting 2-part series on the connections between Chicago gangs and Chicago politicians, the connections once ran through the Outfit, which is Chicago’s name for the Mafia, but today the connections are to street gangs, which are active in GOTV efforts.

  • PhillyCon

    Waiting for Piers Morgan concern. Something tells me he won’t touch this. I wonder why?

  • ThomasD

    Odds of Bill Ayers (just a guy from Obama’s neighborhood doncha know) taking a round in the back while walking on his street?

    Lower than me winning the Powerball.

  • richard mcenroe

    Democratic Party governance is aimed exclusively at controlling the law-abiding. They have no real interest in the criminals unless they need a rentacrowd or intimidators for elections.

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  • Eric Ashley

    Did he say that? That we’re all ‘useless eaters’? Because I don’t recall reading that.

  • richard mcenroe

    Cogent arguments to the contrary would be appreciated. What is to keep Chicago from following Detroit down the path of the failed state, and what is to keep the nation from following Chicago down that path when it is controlled by the Democratic Party?

    For controlled it is. Forget Congress. The vast majority of career Federal civil servants are Democrats, as are the vast majority of major urban civil servants, certainly the majority of state officials on both coasts (or as near Democrat as makes no difference), as are the educational bureacracies of virtually every city, state and Department of Education.

    They are the ones who pick and choose who wins and loses, which laws are enforced and slighted, which arbitrary regulations are pulled out of which ass.

    And until THAT is purged, the real problems facing the country will be neither addressed nor ameliorated. K Street could be burned to the ground tomorrow and that corrupt, sclerotic, nation killing bureaucract would grind on.

  • McGehee

    An honest government does not disarm its honest citizens. Like I said above, no other explanation needed.

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  • Bob Belvedere

    The connections between politicians and street gangs was promoted by community organizers [such as Barack Hussein Obama] as part of the Socialist plan to sow Chaos in America.

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  • Quartermaster

    He has a veeery serious reading comprehension problem when he’s sucking that leftist meth.

  • richard mcenroe

    Here in Los Angeles there was actually an abortive push in the 90’s to put the street gangs ON the city council and put them in political control of the neighborhoods they were terrorizing.

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