Signs Of The Time, Part 84

That earlier post about the Islamic State possibly having “trained soldiers” in Illinois reminded me of a certain comment left on the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop last August.

Chiming in on a discussion about Chicago potentially being a top target of terrorists after a security bulletin was issued in light of the threat posed by the Islamic State:

Anonymous said…

They’re going to have to do more than that to get me to like them…

Cop humor. It’s something else…

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SCC. “Chicago a Target?” Second City Cop. 23 Aug. 2014. ( 6 May 2015.

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Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 Humor, Public Safety, Religion, Terrorism, War No Comments

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Quote For The Week

“Have you met Joe Biden?”

-U.S. Representative Trey Gowdy (R-SC 4th District), on impeaching President Obama for issuing an Executive Order granting amnesty to illegal immigrants in the United States

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Advertiser Spotlight: Paladin Press

“Playboy Magazine recently called Paladin Press publisher Peder Lund the ‘most dangerous publisher in the world'”

Soldier Of Fortune website, June 2, 2012

Ever hear of Paladin Press? It’s a book publishing firm founded in 1970 by Peder Lund and Robert K. Brown (who began publishing Soldier Of Fortune in 1975). From the Boulder, Colorado-based company’s website:

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About That ‘Sniper Nest’ In Chicago

Sorry FOX 32 News in Chicago. As much as I like watching you on TV on weekday mornings (Jake Hamilton, Darlene Hill, Jon Kelley, Melody Mendez are particularly good), whoever penned the following on your website on June 30 needs to be flogged.

The offending article…

Sniper nest discovered near Kennedy-King College

The Chicago Police Department made a frightening discovery on the South Side of the city last week.

Officials say they found a high-powered semi-automatic weapon about a block from the campus of Kennedy King college, near 64th and Lowe last Thursday. Officers say the nest was found on top of a garage across from a soccer field on campus.

At the scene, officers recovered a fully loaded Mac-10…

“Sniper nest?” “High-powered semi-automatic weapon?” “Mac-10?”

I could’ve sworn the piece originally said “high-powered semi-automatic rifle” when I first read it. But I see it was updated on July 1.

Consider what Elizabeth Kreft reported on TheBlaze website that same day:

The weapon officers recovered at the scene wasn’t a rifle but a fully loaded Mac-10.

“I’m not sure why they are calling it a sniper’s nest, it was a machine gun, not a rifle,” Officer Mike Sullivan, Chicago Police Department spokesman, told TheBlaze.

Sullivan said media members should look up the difference between a Mac-10 and a rifle. “They are very different,” he said…

I was kidding with that bit about the author needing to be flogged. But I concur with the CPD- they definitely need to learn more about firearms (Guy Smith’s free Gun Facts e-book is a good place to start) or risk “cheapening” the FOX 32 brand.

Not like I’m an expert on the subject of guns myself. But I’m not paid to write about such things.

Now if an unpaid intern wrote the article… lesson learned? I hope so. You’d be doing your future field of work and colleagues a favor.

Journalists Firearm Identification

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“Sniper nest discovered near Kennedy-King College.” FOX 32. 30 June 2014. ( 3 July 2014.

Kreft, Elizabeth. “‘Sniper Nest’ Found Near College Campus In Chicago — but It’s the Type of Gun Found Close by That May Be More Disturbing.” TheBlaze. 1 July 2014. ( 1 July 2014.

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Signs Of The Time, Part 75

In an era of stagnant wages and a rising cost of living, having a job doesn’t guarantee an individual can make ends meet.

In the past, many Americans would rise to the challenge, finding and working a second or third job if that’s what it took to put food on the table.

These days, it’s just easier for able-bodied, able-minded men and women to latch onto the government “tit” rather than work.

And plenty do it- no doubt about that.

Enter Scott Carroll. A minor league baseball player when he shot the following two-and-a-half years ago, this Kansas City, Missouri-native proclaimed to the world he would do whatever was required to eke out a living:

“Scott Carroll Will Endorse ANYTHING!”
YouTube Video

Okay, so Carroll was just having a good time and probably wasn’t hurting as much as many other Americans as a professional baseball player. But there’s still an important lesson to be taken away from this funny video:

Scott Carroll just recently made his big-league debut for the Chicago White Sox at age 29.

I doubt his TV pitchman skills got this right-handed pitcher to where he’s at today.

Hard work, perhaps?

Welcome to the majors- and Chicago- Mr. Carroll.

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Crimea Crisis

I spotted the following (creator unknown) last week regarding the crisis in the Crimea:

Crimea Humor

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s a pretty good depiction of what’s happened to date.

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Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 Europe, Foreign Policy, Government, Humor No Comments

Pepper Spray Humor

Speaking of pepper spray, here’s a funny comment I saw the other day for one pepper spray product listed on, the world’s largest online retailer:

This is now legal in Michigan. Is a foaming spray so you will see it shoot and harder to wipe off. Has a dye added so the person will be marked for days after you spray them. You want a foam so the wind does not blow it back in your face. Has a very good finger safety so you will not set it off easily. Can is a good size and will do the job for sure…. when the attacker falls to the ground be sure to kick the in the head because they need a good kick in the head so they truly know they are stupid

(Editor’s note: Italics added for emphasis)

Think Amazon may have removed a not-so-nice term after “be sure to kick the” and before “in the head”?

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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 Humor, Self-Defense No Comments

Quote For The Week

“The Supreme Court has ruled that they cannot have a nativity scene in Washington, D.C. This wasn’t for any religious reasons. They couldn’t find three wise men and a virgin.”

-Jay Leno, American comedian and television show host

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Sunday, December 22nd, 2013 Government, Humor, Legal, Quote For The Week, Religion No Comments

Chicago Strong-Arm Robbery Thwarted ‘Crocodile Dundee’-Style

One of my readers sent me a link to an article about a witness to a recent strong-arm robbery at a CTA station who pulled out a large knife to successfully prevent the criminal from escaping. Rachel Cromidas reported on the Chicago Tribune website on October 18:

A box cutter-wielding man was arrested for robbing a woman at a CTA station Thursday after a witness pulled a knife to prevent him from escaping, county prosecutors said.

“Mine is bigger than yours,” the witness said to the man as he ran through the Red Line Harrison Street Station with a woman’s cell phone and Ventra card, according to court records.

It’s a somewhat funny story, which made me think of that famous knife scene out of the 1986 film Crocodile Dundee. Although the robbery victim did get bit on the hand by the robber, which isn’t humorous.

In the meantime, more information has come out about the incident. The Tribune’s Rosemary Regina Sobol wrote later on about Joel and Andrew Leach, two brothers from Joliet who were responsible for foiling the robbery. Good stuff, which you can read on the Trib site here.

A couple of things about the incident though.

First, in the Sobol piece, the robbery victim, a new resident from Thailand, confided:

“I was scared, but I thought everything that is important is in my cellphone,” she said. “Everything about my family is inside it and credit card numbers. So I cannot lose it. I tried to get it back.”

You don’t need me to tell you it’s probably not a very good idea to keep information like that on something that’s routinely lost or stolen. I can lose my cellphone today and and barely break a sweat over it- and what’s “inside” of it.

Second, in the Sobol article both Andrew and Joel Leach pose for a photo. Leach brothers my butt. They look like the “Bronson Brothers” (referring to actor Charles Bronson of the Death Wish film series-fame) if you ask me. I like it.

Finally, I can’t help but think Good Samaritans like the Leaches scare the bejesus out of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who might see them more as meddling vigilantes than do-gooders, and fear they might inspire others to react in the same manner when criminals prey on their fellow human beings and the police aren’t around to stop it. For Emanuel and McCarthy, calling 911 and waiting for law enforcement to arrive would seem to be their answer for incidents like this.

Anyway, nice job Bronson Brothers.

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