3:22 PM, Oct 28, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
As Jordan Fabian of The Hill reports:
President Obama on Tuesday dismissed the notion that he is seeking to take away people’s firearms as he delivered his latest call for stronger gun laws.
The president said this in Chicago a city where there have been:
… 2,300 shootings this year as of the end of September, up by 400 at the same point in 2014. Homicides have jumped by 21 percent.
But which also has “some of the strictest gun laws in the country.”
One presumes that Chicago’s gun laws are of the “common sense” variety and goes on to wonder why, if they don’t work there, they should be expected to work elsewhere. Or at the federal level. The president, of course, has an answer “pointing out [that] 60 percent of guns recovered from crime scenes in the city come from out of state.”
But, but … are they not still illegal or, anyway, in the hands of people who should not even be on the Chicago streets. There are other jurisdictions where guns can be easily and legally purchased and there is no need to publish a weekly body count. Vermont, for instance, which is represented by Bernie Sanders who, until he became a candidate for president, held some pretty “common sense” positions regarding guns. Will anyone of the South Side of Chicago feel safer walking the streets if the gun store in Vermont are closed down?
If the president and those who support him want to reduce the number of shootings in Chicago, they are going to have to get the guns out of the hands of the people who are doing the shooting. The passage of new laws won’t, by itself, accomplish that. The cops are going to have to go out into the streets and take the guns away from the people who have them and are not inclined to hand them over just because the law says they should. The police are not doing it now and, if they should start doing it, wait for the howls of protest. It will be “stop and frisk” on steroids.
The president dismisses the notion that he is out to take people’s guns away as fanciful. But, then, he once dismissed a lot of those people as “bitter clingers” and told them not to worry about health care because if they liked their plan, they could keep their plan. There is a reason why the NRA polls almost 60 percent favorable in spite of endless demonization by the mainstream media. Also a reason why guns are selling in record numbers. People in the American firearms industry say that Barrack Obama has been the best thing to happen to them … ever.
He doesn’t get it about guns … but, then, he is surrounded by people who are packing.
5:08 PM, Jul 1, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
One reads of the crisis in Greece. And the one much closer to home in Puerto Rico. The crisis, that is, that inevitably comes after spending too much and taking on more debt than it is possible even to service, much less pay down. One thinks of how unfortunate it is for the people who will now redeem with pain, the promises made by the politicians of previous generations.
7:48 AM, Jun 10, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
First Lady Michelle Obama had some strong words for the graduating class of Martin Luther King Jr. Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois. She advised the class on how to get past "struggles."
The first lady's main point was "a lesson about how to get through those struggles, and that is, instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you," as Obama said. "Let them make you even hungrier to succeed."
2:55 PM, Apr 28, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Baltimore Orioles will play tomorrow's baseball game at an empty stadium. It will be closed to the public due to ongoing riots in Baltimore.
The baseball team announced the unusual move in a press release:
The Orioles tweeted out the announcement:
A falling star in Chicago.Mar 23, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 27 • By JOSEPH EPSTEIN
Difficult, they say, to pass a family business on to the third generation. Proof of this assertion is the business known as the City of Chicago, run by the Daley family for two generations but now turned over to non-Irish carpetbaggers, with no future Daley in view.
11:34 AM, Mar 9, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is removing some of the money-making traffic cameras from the city’s intersections.
9:03 PM, Feb 19, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is up for reelection, and President Obama stopped by his campaign headquarters to praise his mayor.
6:38 AM, Oct 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Chicago, President Obama mentioned that there are some "unpaid bills" on his desk in Chicago--which he left when moved to the White House after winning the presidential election in 2008. Here's what he said:
Joseph Epstein; a fan's notes.Oct 13, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 05 • By JOSEPH EPSTEIN
Sometime in mid-February, after the long winter, baseball fans are delighted to read, usually over a two-paragraph-long story buried beneath the fold in the sports pages, the tag line Pitchers and Catchers Report. They are reporting, of course, to spring training two or three weeks ahead of the rest of their teams, and the announcement bodes the first news of the lengthy and leisurely baseball season ahead.
9:21 PM, Oct 1, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama has arrived in Chicago, where he'll spend the night before two public events in his hometown. The president did not travel with his family.
He's now dining out with top adviser Valerie Jarrett and various friends, according to the White House pool report. They're at the steak house RPM Steak, where a nice cut can cost up tp $155, according to the restaurant's website.
Here's what Obama has on tap in Chicago tomorrow, according to the White House:
1:32 PM, Jul 14, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
One of the Democratic party’s most loyal and powerful interest groups is, evidently, falling out of love with the Obama administration. As Peter Sullivan of The Hill reports:
11:34 AM, May 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel might be in trouble. If a recent poll is to be believed, Rahm might have trouble getting reelected.
"Only one in five Chicago voters credit Mayor Rahm Emanuel with doing a better job of running the city than Richard M. Daley did, and only 29 percent would support him if the mayoral election were held today," the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
8:02 AM, May 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Kristen McQueary, a member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board, has a devastating piece in her paper on Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel. In short, the mayor--the former congressman and former chief of staff to President Obama--hasn't lived up to the bluster.