Monthly Archives: March 2006

Socking it to HIM

One alleged screed deserves another, and Debra Pickett in S-T obliged today.  Harvey Mansfield’s book on manliness (Yale) is a “screed,” she says.  So she throws caution and logic to the winds in a full-fledged irritated-feminist diatribe.  You don’t think so?  Then so’s you’re old man.

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Socking it to HIM

One alleged screed deserves another, and Debra Pickett in S-T obliged today.  Harvey Mansfield’s book on manliness (Yale) is a “screed,” she says.  So she throws caution and logic to the winds in a full-fledged irritated-feminist diatribe.  You don’t think so?  Then so’s you’re old man.

Mearshimer vs. Israel, and no story?

Look here and see there’s nothing in the Trib about John Mearshimer, the U. of Chi prof who co-authored a paper about the Israel lobby that is being roundly criticized and attacked in a # of blogs as at Powerline and at American Thinker
 
Mearshimer is “reticent to take questions from the media” about the paper, he told the Forward.  (Reticent?  He means reluctant.) 
 
Good Chicago-connected story here, but MSM are ignoring it, including AP.  Trib and Sun-Times aren’t waiting for their cue from the East Coast, are they?

Mearshimer vs. Israel, and no story?

Look here and see there’s nothing in the Trib about John Mearshimer, the U. of Chi prof who co-authored a paper about the Israel lobby that is being roundly criticized and attacked in a # of blogs as at Powerline and at American Thinker
 
Mearshimer is “reticent to take questions from the media” about the paper, he told the Forward.  (Reticent?  He means reluctant.) 
 
Good Chicago-connected story here, but MSM are ignoring it, including AP.  Trib and Sun-Times aren’t waiting for their cue from the East Coast, are they?

Feeling pain publicly

Never saw noosepaper and community so play into hands of elected officials as Sun-Times Sunday, with its weeper, “Englewood kids in the crossfire,”  and Chi Trib with its “LIVING IN WEST ENGLEWOOD: A family endures,” about the fearful and the beleaguered in Englewood, and 500 people following Daley and Blago and ex-Black Panther Rush around in a compassion parade.  Blago talked gun control, Daley said (not kidding) “There is no excuse for anyone to take a gun and point it at a child or at a home in any community.”
 
Does Blago think he can keep guns out of gangsters’ hands with a new law?  And does Daley think there are people who defend pointing guns at children?  Do any of them see this as a law enforcement problem rather than an opportunity to make sad and serious while making political hay?

Feeling pain publicly

Never saw noosepaper and community so play into hands of elected officials as Sun-Times Sunday, with its weeper, “Englewood kids in the crossfire,”  and Chi Trib with its “LIVING IN WEST ENGLEWOOD: A family endures,” about the fearful and the beleaguered in Englewood, and 500 people following Daley and Blago and ex-Black Panther Rush around in a compassion parade.  Blago talked gun control, Daley said (not kidding) “There is no excuse for anyone to take a gun and point it at a child or at a home in any community.”
 
Does Blago think he can keep guns out of gangsters’ hands with a new law?  And does Daley think there are people who defend pointing guns at children?  Do any of them see this as a law enforcement problem rather than an opportunity to make sad and serious while making political hay?

Englewood

To Suzanne Ontiveros, in wake of her Saturday S-T column, “Why can’t we keep Chicago kids safe?” I wrote:
 
I put this on my Chicago Newspapers blog the other day about Englewood:
. . . it’s quite interesting that in the wake of recent fatal South Side shootings, there’s no outcry (screaming headlines) about (a) gun control — though “delusional” Mayordaley II apparently made some customary noises about it — and (b) root causes of gang criminality.  Sun-Times did have “Instant Messages” emailed from readers that touched on the former but also had the two items that in this blog’s opinion matter most in these matters: 1. Decriminalization of recreational drug use and 2. draconian law enforcement. 
 
The former would require a change of heart mostly of white libs, the latter of them and the affected, afflicted community, which would have to permit cops to get tough.  Since this would mean jailing neighbors’ sons, among other things (deport gang-bangers, said one letter writer!) , I bet on decriminalization happening before any unleashing of cops.  Oh, another — yes, better — idea was for parents etc. to take back the sidewalks by standing on the corners watching all the drug customers drive by.  Is this affected, afflicted community up to such unanimity?  Not so far.
In my opinion, a Rudy Guiliani is what’s needed among political leaders — he made Times Square usable and NYC habitable — and a Monsignor Robert Fox among religious — he helped Harlem-ites take back their streets in the 60s.  This is a law enforcement problem, Sue, but quiet, steady community pressure is part of it.  What think?
 
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Here I add:
 
In support of the Guiliani-NYC approach, consider this from City Journal, part of an article about how NY police have gone to other cities and made a big difference in crime reduction:
[Dean] Esserman [former Brooklyn assistant district attorney] quickly introduced New York–style police tactics [in Providence RI], including an aggressive task force (working with federal prosecutors) that removed weapons from the streets in record numbers and, even more important, a Compstat (computerized statistics) management-accountability system that has focused the whole department’s attention on crime reduction and held commanders responsible for achieving it. Serious crime has fallen dramatically—13 percent in 2003 and 12 percent in 2004—and police morale has soared. Esserman has replaced most of the [jailed ex-mayor] Cianci-era commanders with his own trusted people.
 
And he’s improved relations with minorities, in part by opening new police substations in minority neighborhoods.
Before the 1990s, the belief held in both policing and political circles that crime resulted from factors beyond anyone’s control, and that police could do little to influence crime rates. Gotham’s crime turnaround—which continues under current commissioner Ray Kelly—shattered that myth. The New York–bred police chiefs at work in other U.S. cities continue to prove that, properly led, cops can cut crime.
As for Msgr. Fox, his crowning achievement occurred in spite of his middle-class-assumptions liberal mentality as identified and criticized by Christopher Shannon at an on-line magazine, “The New Pantagruel”:
Fox’s work with Puerto Ricans did have one redeeming moment worthy of [education reformer Ivan] Illich’s original vision. In 1967, a riot broke out in Spanish Harlem following a police shooting of an unarmed Puerto Rican man. As night fell, Mayor John Lindsay pleaded with people to stay off the streets. Reasoning that such a course of action would only leave the streets open to the most violent in the community, Fox instead organized a night-time peace procession in which he led Puerto Rican Catholics in the recitation of the rosary. The presence of the rosary procession was enough to keep the peace through the night and restore order to the community. The lesson, of course, is that Fox finally succeeded in inspiring action for social justice only after appealing to an indigenous Puerto Rican—and Catholic—tradition not explicitly related to modern conceptions of “social justice.”

Health, education, and Stroger

“Mediocre health care” trumpeted in S-T p. 6 yesterday, AP story out of Boston with one of those multifarious New Eng. Jnl of Med studies.  People don’t get what they deserve!  But what commission decided what people deserve?  And mediocre compared to what?  That question never asked by Lemming Press, a.k.a. Mainstream Press, a.k.a. a la Rush Limbaugh Drive-by Press.  How is a drive-by shooting of smash-and-grab information like this not propaganda?
 
Meanwhile, you want health care?  Try Canada, where the “single-payer system” is “imploding,” per Cafe Hayek: where new orders emerge and NYT.  Say wha’? 
[C]osts for the national and provincial governments are exploding and some cancer patients are waiting months for diagnostic tests and treatment.
What the . . . ?  Costs exploding, system imploding.  Almost as confusing as an AP story out of Boston about a New Eng. Jnl of Med study.
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A U. of Chi study finds museums diversity-free these days.  Researchers bemoan the fact, one of them telling Sun-Times that kids may be busy “with soccer practices and everything else.”  But one of the neighborhoods which go least to museums is Englewood, notable for its random fatal shootings of little girls.  Soccer practice has to be very low on what keeps Englewood kids away from museums, or I’m a monkey’s uncle.
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Cook County board president John Stroger, stricken with a stroke, was not taken to Stroger (Cook County) Hospital but to Rush, which has Stroger’s records and specialized in neurological problems, said the MD spokesman.  Stroger (hospital) nurses were on hand at the press conf. to complain about it.  On the other hand, who in his right mind would go to Stroger (hospital) when he could go to Rush right next door?  Or some place else miles away, for that matter?  The board slapped Stroger’s name on county hospital, but he wouldn’t go there — rather, wasn’t taken there.  Can we blame him?  Them?

Health, education, and Stroger

“Mediocre health care” trumpeted in S-T p. 6 yesterday, AP story out of Boston with one of those multifarious New Eng. Jnl of Med studies.  People don’t get what they deserve!  But what commission decided what people deserve?  And mediocre compared to what?  That question never asked by Lemming Press, a.k.a. Mainstream Press, a.k.a. a la Rush Limbaugh Drive-by Press.  How is a drive-by shooting of smash-and-grab information like this not propaganda?
 
Meanwhile, you want health care?  Try Canada, where the “single-payer system” is “imploding,” per Cafe Hayek: where new orders emerge and NYT.  Say wha’? 
[C]osts for the national and provincial governments are exploding and some cancer patients are waiting months for diagnostic tests and treatment.
What the . . . ?  Costs exploding, system imploding.  Almost as confusing as an AP story out of Boston about a New Eng. Jnl of Med study.
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A U. of Chi study finds museums diversity-free these days.  Researchers bemoan the fact, one of them telling Sun-Times that kids may be busy “with soccer practices and everything else.”  But one of the neighborhoods which go least to museums is Englewood, notable for its random fatal shootings of little girls.  Soccer practice has to be very low on what keeps Englewood kids away from museums, or I’m a monkey’s uncle.
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Cook County board president John Stroger, stricken with a stroke, was not taken to Stroger (Cook County) Hospital but to Rush, which has Stroger’s records and specialized in neurological problems, said the MD spokesman.  Stroger (hospital) nurses were on hand at the press conf. to complain about it.  On the other hand, who in his right mind would go to Stroger (hospital) when he could go to Rush right next door?  Or some place else miles away, for that matter?  The board slapped Stroger’s name on county hospital, but he wouldn’t go there — rather, wasn’t taken there.  Can we blame him?  Them?

Case of the buried lead and other mysteries

Even columns have leads, and I am pleased to report I found Mark Brown’s today in Sun-Times.  It took some digging, but there it was, at the very end: ” . . . the citizens of Cook County deserve to be kept completely informed about [county board president Stroger’s] health in the coming days.”  (Nice going, Jim! For finding it)  There it was, ‘way at the bottom, coated in vanilla, and nicely stated as to “completely informed,” not partially.  Brown was lied to by relatives, and the rest is blah blah blah spelling it out in no certain terms the people’s right to know the health of elected officials
 
Meanwhile, the long arm of Middle East terrorism reached Urbana yesterday when the Daily Illini editor was fired for running anti-Muslim cartoons.  Not 3,000 New Yorkers in a tall building the victims this time, just the First Amendment.  No problem, U. of I. trustees or publisher’s board.  We feel your pain, you stinking cowards.
 
And Atty Genl Lisa Madigan, who may or may not still belong to the gov’s love-hate commission, wants no part of controlling a public-complaint mechanism she devised.  She’s worried about AG’s to come who might screw up how complaints are registered or questions asked about open meetings and using freedom of info.  She gets lots of complaints as things stand, and wants to keep it that way.  Does she mean the boxed form on her web site that I used two days ago to ask if she’s on the love-hate commission?  Nothing yet from her, by the way, and I have some Jewish voters waiting to hear.  Maybe even some non-Jews, who knows?
 
Finally, it’s quite interesting that in the wake of recent fatal South Side shootings, there’s no outcry (screaming headlines) about (a) gun control — though “delusional” Mayordaley II apparently made some customary noises about it — and (b) root causes of gang criminality.  Sun-Times did have “Instant Messages” emailed from readers that touched on the former but also had the two items that in this blog’s opinion matter most in these matters: 1. Decriminalization of recreational drug use and 2. draconian law enforcement. 
 
The former would require a change of heart mostly of white libs, the latter of them and the affected, afflicted community, which would have to permit cops to get tough.  Since this would mean jailing neighbors’ sons, among other things (deport gang-bangers, said one letter writer!) , I bet on decriminalization happening before any unleashing of cops.  Oh, another — yes, better — idea was for parents etc. to take back the sidewalks by standing on the corners watching all the drug customers drive by.  Is this affected, afflicted community up to such unanimity?  Not so far.

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