Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Can't swing a dead cat without hitting a crook.... in the Chicago area.  We're famous for crooks.  Just like Philadelphia is famous for Pat's Philly Cheesesteaks, Chicago is famous for Felony Franks, the hot dog joint that employs ex-cons to dish out such delicacies as the Misdemeanor Wiener or the Court Ordered Combo.  Two of the last three Illinois governors (George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich) are currently in 'The Big House.'  And if you ask me, that third governor (Pat Quinn) should join the other two in the slammer, just for being dangerously stupid. That and just being a Chicago Democrat, that ought to be a felony owing to the blatant, in your face corruption that the Chicago Democrats foster and in truth are boastful of.

Corruption in politics is just the way things are in Chicago.  People accept it.  It's a fact of life.  The Chicago Machine is so powerful, and it's crooked ways are so imbedded into the fabric of the city politics, perfectly honest people actually believe that it's OK for dead people to vote.  Twice. 

Happens all the time, right?  Nothing can be done about it, right?

The former mayor of Chicago, Richard M. Daley, is universally loved in the Windy City.  And he was so damn crooked, each and every scandal that involved the mayor's office was shrugged off as either a misunderstanding, a misrepresentation of the facts, or some other muddying of the water.  Now it appears that Daley manipulated his retirement pension by shifting from one pension to another for one month in 1991, and this little skullduggery resulted in raising his pension at the time from $20,000 to around $97,000 a year: for life, regardless on whether he would have won another election.   Turns out he won 5 more elections after that to become the longest serving mayor in Chicago's history, but the abuse of taxpayer largess is simply accepted by everybody.

Except me, that is.  Every damn Chicago Democrat should get sent up the river for the shameless robbing of taxpayers to fund opulent public pension programs.

A pox on them all.


Silverfiddle said...

Run Fred, your state is collapsing!

Fredd said...


More accurately, Chicago, and the county where Chicago's located (Cook) are in financial meltdown.

The rest of us Illinoians ('down staters') are pretty common sense, midwest value folk, and are watching Chicago drown from afar.

Silverfiddle said...

Have you checked out the state of your pension funds?

Illinois, along with California and New York are the states most likely to go bankrupt.

Hack said...

As a fellow down-stater I sympathize. Our state sucks, and it sucks being governed by two counties of the whole damn state.

Kid said...

I've been thinking for a while now, that I really screwed up by working in the public sector.

I should have gotten a job cooking lasagne in a Firehouse and I'd be retired now with lots of money coming in and benefits for life. A 35 freakin year vacation on your dime Fredd.

Man it sucks being honest.

Fredd said...


Yes, it does indeed suck being governed in Illinois by a pack of irresponsible shitheads, the leader of whom is now our Commmander in Chief.

Fredd said...


Yeah, this honest living stuff just doesn't pay. I've got acquaintances that are firemen/paramedics that are going to be retiring soon (at 53) and living large for the rest of their lousy lives in their oppulent Boca Raton condos, all on my dime.

There is a reckoning coming, Kid, I kid you not...

Ducky's here said...

2 out of 3?

Amateur. The last three Massachusetts Speakers of the House were all convicted of felonies.

Fredd said...


Don't give up on that third Illinois governor just yet: he's a Democrat, and still got a few years left in office to commit a felony or two (if he hasn't committed a felony or two already). If he lives up to his predecessor's shennanigans, Illinois can keep up with Massachusetts.