Thursday, April 30, 2009
BOSTON (April 30) -- The fiancee of a former medical student accused of killing a masseuse he contacted on Craigslist visited him in a Boston jail -- and called off their wedding.
McAllister did not talk to the media. Her lawyer, Robert Honecker, told Boston television station WBZ the couple "had a candid, frank discussion about what has transpired and the events that will transpire in the future."
Our new toolbar integrates latest news into your Web browser and installs in seconds. Download It Now "She's going to take up her life with her friends and her family in New Jersey," Honecker said, according to WBZ-TV in Boston.
Hope she can get her deposits back! It has always amazed me how people can live double lives it shows how you really don't know what people are thinking.
Obama asked what surprised, troubled, enchanted, humbled him most as president
An offbeat question put to President Barack Obama at a White House press conference on Wednesday night -- asking the president to say what had surprised, troubled, enchanted and humbled him most during his first 100 days in office -- prompted Obama to write each word down before carefully contemplating an answer to each.
The president said he was most surprised by the number of critical issues that seem to be coming to a head all at once. While most past US presidents have faced two or three major issues, Obama said his administration has "seven or eight" big problems to deal with.
"I did not anticipate the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression (of the 1930s)," he said.
Obama said he was most troubled -- "sobered" was his preferred word -- by the fact that change in Washington comes slowly, and that "political posturing and bickering" continue even amid crises.
"I wish people would take a timeout on the political games," he said.
On the enchantment question, the president said that "enchanted was not the right word," but that he was "so profoundly grateful" for the role of the men and women of the US military.
When he meets with them, Obama said he feels the "extraordinary sacrifice" they make on behalf of all Americans.
"They are fiercely loyal to our country," he said, and they serve without complaint.
Obama said he was most humbled by the fact that while the US president is "extraordinarily powerful," the White House is just part of a "broad tapestry" in America, which has many centers of power.
Obama talks out of both sides of his mouth he say's one thing and does another.
President Barack Obama’s plan to require wounded and disabled troops to convert from the current Veterans Administration system to a private health insurance reimbursement system.
Mirroring President Bill Clinton’s reduction in defense spending that some critics claim led to the terrorist attacks against the US and its interests, President Barack Obama is planning his own set of defense cuts with the blessings of his Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
President Barack Obama said Wednesday night that waterboarding authorized by former President George W. Bush was torture and that the information it gained from terror suspects could have been obtained by other means. "In some cases, it may be harder," he conceded at a White House news conference capping a whirlwind first 100 days in office.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Remember Obama wants a civilian military this bill just passed H.R 1388. Now here comes Janet Napolitano calling our military Right wing extremists and comparing our military personnel to Timothy McVeigh. Why would Obama release our military torture techniques because The military is the enemy. He needs to demonize America's military. Destroy their reputation. It's what the leftists do. It's how they destroy the enemy he wants his own civilian military that will be loyal to him.
H.R. 1388 is called the GIVE (Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education) Act. The blogosphere and some on the right have been wondering when Obama said he was going to enforce a "National Civilian Security Force" what that means and if it was going to happen. Well, here it is in black and white.
‘SEC. 152. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL CIVILIAN COMMUNITY CORPS PROGRAM.’;
(2) in subsection (a), by striking ‘Civilian Community Corps Demonstration Program’ and inserting ‘National Civilian Community Corps Program’;
(3) in subsection (b)–
(A) by striking ‘Civilian Community Corps Demonstration Program’ and inserting ‘National Civilian Community Corps Program’; and
(B) by striking ‘a Civilian Community Corps’ and inserting ‘a National Civilian Community Corps’;
(4) in the heading of subsection (c), by striking ‘Programs’ and inserting ‘Components’; and
(5) in subsection (c), by striking ‘program components are residential programs’ and all that follows and inserting ‘programs referred to in subsection (b) may include a residential component.’.
SEC. 1503. ELIGIBLE PARTICIPANTS.
Section 153 (42 U.S.C. 12613) is amended–
(1) in subsection (a)–
(A) by striking ‘Civilian Community Corps Demonstration Program’ and inserting ‘National Civilian Community Corps Program’; and
(B) by striking ‘on Civilian Community Corps’ and inserting ‘on National Civilian Community Corps’;
(2) in subsection (b), by striking ‘if the person’ and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting ‘if the person will be at least 18 years of age on or before December 31 in the calendar year in which the individual enrolls in the program.’;
(3) in subsection (c)–
(A) by striking ‘Backrounds’ and inserting ‘Backgrounds’; and
(B) by adding at the end the following: ‘The Director shall take appropriate steps, including through outreach and recruitment activities carried out by the chief executive officer, to increase the percentage of participants in the program who are disadvantaged youth toward 50 percent of all participants by year 2011. The Director shall report to Congress biennially on such efforts, any challenges faced, and the annual participation rates of disadvantaged youth in the program.’; and
(4) by striking subsection (e).
Monday, April 27, 2009
(April 27) -- A Lawrence, Kan., man died Saturday after he was struck by a bolt of lightning as he and six companions rode their motorcycles through a rainstorm, the Lawrence Journal-World reported.
Troy Gentzler, 45, was killed shortly after visiting an abuse victim for the northeast Kansas chapter of Bikers Against Child Abuse.
The bolt struck as the group was traveling between the towns of Grantville and Perry.
"You can sum it up in one word: bizarre," Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig told the newspaper.
A woman riding next to Gentzler was injured in the accident. She was treated at a hospital and released.
Bikers Against Child Abuse supports children who have suffered physical or sexual abuse. Members of Gentzler's chapter conducted their annual tour Saturday, visiting people who had been in the program for several years, the Journal-World reported. Gentzler had been a member for about two years.
Bizzaro wouldn't he be grounded by the tires ?
Sunday, April 26, 2009
The REAL SEALS Story
All of us want to raise our glass the highest this week to the Navy SEALs who popped those three Somali pirates. And I'm sure you want to hear the real story of what happened. Especially because there is a revoltingly opportunistic and cowardly side to it. Guess which side Zero (O-bama) is on.
Why, for example, did it take SEAL Team Six (aka DEVGRU, Navy Special Warfare Development Group, the Navy's equivalent of Delta Force) over 36 hours to get to the scene?
Because Zero refused to authorize the SEAL deployment for those 36 hours, during which the OSC - the on scene commander, Cmdr. Frank Castellano of the USS Bainbridge - repeatedly requested them.
Once the SEALs arrived - parachuting from a C-17 into the ocean near the ship - Zero then imposed Rules of Engagement (ROE) specifying the SEALs could not do anything unless the life of the hostage, Captain Richard Phillips, was in "imminent" danger.
Thus, when Capt. Phillips attempted to escape by jumping off the lifeboat into the ocean, the SEAL snipers had all four pirates (one later surrendered) sighted in and could have taken them out then and there - but they could not fire due to Zero's ROE restrictions.
When the SEALs approached the lifeboat in a RIB (rigid-hull inflatable boat) carrying supplies for Capt. Phillips and the pirates, the pirates fired upon them. Not only was no fire returned due to the ROE, but as the pirates were shooting at the RIB, SEAL snipers on the Bainbridge had them all dialed in. No triggers were pulled due to the ROE.
Two specific rescue plans were developed by Cmdr. Castellano and the SEAL teams. Zero personally refused to authorize them.
After the second refusal and days of dithering, Cmdr. Castellano decided he had the Operational Area and OSC authority to "solely determine risk to hostage" and did not require any further approval of the president.
Four hours later, the White House is informed that three pirates are dead and Capt. Phillips has been rescued unharmed. A WH press release is immediately issued, giving credit to the president for his "daring and decisive" behavior that resulted in such success.
Zero has absolutely no military knowledge or experience whatsoever. He demanded decisional control over the entire hostage drama to the last detail. All actions required his personal approval. He dithered like a coward while the world laughed at our warships flummoxed by four illiterate teenagers with AKs in a lifeboat.
Only when the Navy Commander decided to ignore his Pantywaist-in Chief and take action and responsibility himself, were the incredible skills of the SEALs put into play.
That Zero could cynically and opportunistically claim that his "bold" "calm" "tough" leadership was responsible should remind everyone that not a single action, not a single word of this man can be trusted. He is bereft of honesty and moral character. That's why he's Zero.
The HFR raises a glass full of pride and gratitude to Navy Commander Frank Castellano, the Navy SEALs for their incredible competence, and our military. Let's hold a Tea Party in their honor.
Published in To The Point News 4/17/09 by Dr. Jack Wheeler
This was sent in an email to me and its the truth Obama wants credit for this rescue.
The only credit the media should have given was to our military
The math says a team that leads an NHL playoff series 3-2 goes on to win the series 80% of the time. With Chicago and Calgary tied at two wins apiece heading into Saturday's fifth game, a lot was obviously on the line.
While the Blackhawks easily won the game 5-1, it was not the big story of the night. That would end up being the obvious tension between Flames head coach Mike Keenan and the starting goalie he pulled in the second period, Miikka Kiprusoff.
What other sport do the players get hurt stitched up and get back out in the game ?
GO CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Friday, April 24, 2009
April 23, 2009
A Cicero man died early Thursday after a multi-vehicle chase Wednesday morning through the Humboldt Park community ended when the man was shot on the West Side.
April 23, 2009
obbery is suspected to be the motive in the shooting of a 56-year-old man who was critically wounded while walking with his daughter during an attack near his South Side home early Thursday.
About 12:10 a.m., the man was walking outside with his daughter in the 6700 block of South Ridgeland Avenue when an unknown male black wearing dark clothing approached and tried to rob him at gunpoint, according to police.
April 23, 2009
A man driving a car was shot Wednesday night in the South Side’s Hamilton Park community.
Police responding to a call of shots fired found a man dead in the 7000 block of South Sangamon Street at 9:47 p.m., police said.
Robert Murray, 25, of the 1000 block of West 69th Street, was dead on the scene, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
April 23, 2009
A man was fatally shot while changing a tire at a Park Manor gas station Wednesday night on the South Side.
The man was shot multiple times while changing a tire at a gas station on the 7800 block of South King Drive about 10:10 p.m., police said.
April 22, 2009
A young woman walking with her boyfriend was shot and killed early Wednesday in a Far South Side neighborhood where her boyfriend was the intended target, police said.
The woman killed was identified as Christina Campos, 18, of the 10300 block of South Commercial Avenue, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Campos was pronounced dead at 1:58 a.m. at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn
April 22, 2009
A 50-year-old man was shot several times early Wednesday in the South Chicago neighborhood on the South Side.
At 1:15 a.m. the man was outside on the 8600 block of South Exchange Avenue exiting a vehicle when a gunman who was acting as if he were mentally deranged approached and began “yelling like crazy,’’ according to a police authority who did not want to be identified.
These incidents are the ones that were in the newspaper so many more don't make it into the daily news
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Obama signed into law Tuesday a measure designed to strengthen national community service efforts by boosting federal funding for thousands of volunteers in fields ranging from clean energy to health care and education.
Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, left, introduces President Obama at the bill signing on Tuesday.
The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, recently renamed to honor the Massachusetts senator's sponsorship of the measure, will more than triple the number of positions in the AmeriCorps program, from 75,000 to 250,000, by 2017.
"Our government can help to rebuild our economy ... [but] we need Americans willing to mentor our eager young children, or care for the sick, or ease the strains of deployment on our military families," Obama said.
"All that's required on your part is a willingness to make a difference. And that is, after all, the beauty of service. Anybody can do it."
Kennedy, his niece Caroline Kennedy, former President Bill Clinton, and former first lady Rosalynn Carter were in attendance when Obama signed the measure into law at a Washington-area school that encourages volunteerism as part of its curriculum.
Job fairs filling to capacity
The law creates four national service corps and launches several other initiatives, including, among other things, a "Summer of Service" program to spur greater community outreach by middle- and high-school students.
Older Americans will also be encouraged to volunteer more through the creation of a "Silver Scholars" program, under which individuals 55 and older who perform 350 hours of service receive a $1,000 award.
The law increases the existing AmeriCorps educational stipend offered to volunteers to $5,350 -- the same amount as the maximum Pell college grant.
Critics have contended the law is fiscally irresponsible in light of the economic downturn. They also argue that the concept of volunteerism is undermined by providing financial compensation for community service.
The law is expected to cost roughly $6 billion over the next five years.
Volunteering is the practice of people working on behalf of others without being motivated by financial or material gain. Volunteering generally considered an altruistic activity, intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. People also volunteer to gain skills without requiring an employer's financial investment.
The taxpayers will have to pay 6 billion over the next 5 years for these volunteers
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Blago's in court again -- will judge allow Costa Rica reality show?
The ex-governor himself is expected to be in the courtroom this morning to try to get U.S. District Judge James Zagel's permission to travel to Costa Rica.
In a twist, the Sun-Times has learned that Blagojevich's lawyers are expected to offer to sign an extradition waiver to allay any concerns of allowing a defendant to travel out of the country while on bond. Blagojevich's lawyer, Sheldon Sorosky, said he will likely offer up the extradition waiver if it will bolster Blagojevich's chances of going.
Ultimately, it will be up to Zagel to decide whether television viewers will get to see Illinois' former chief executive tough it out in the jungles of Costa Rica.
Representatives and an attorney from the "Survivor"-style reality show "I'm a celebrity, get me out of here" might also attend the hearing. Pending court approval, Blagojevich has signed on to do the prime-time NBC program that pays contestants up to $80,000 an episode. Filming starts in June, so Blagojevich's contract finalization is looming.
While prosecutors are expected to oppose the move, the defense is expected to portray it as a job opportunity. Blago has been out of work since he was booted out of office in January.
Because Blagojevich isn't deemed a flight risk or a threat to society, there's no outright legal barrier from doing the show. It will be up to Zagel's discretion.
I can't wait to see what the judge decides does NBC think anyone would want to watch blago and his hair go on an adventure in Costa Rica
(April 21) -- A Boston University medical student charged in the hotel slaying of a masseuse and the robbery of a another preyed on women he found through Craigslist and investigators are looking for other possible victims, authorities said.
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Philip Markoff, a 22-year-old Boston University medical student, was arrested Monday night in the April 14 killing of a woman who advertised massage services on Craigslist. "He's a predator," said the Suffolk County district attorney. Here, security camera footage shows a "person of interest" at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, where Julissa Brisman was found dead.
Philip Markoff, 22, was due in court in Boston on Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of a New York woman at a luxury hotel in Boston April 14 and the kidnapping and armed robbery April 10 of a woman who was tied up at another hotel.
"There may be other victims out there, and if you are, we want you to come forward," Suffolk District Attorney Daniel Conley said. "Our top priority is holding Philip Markoff accountable. He's a predator."
Conley said evidence from computer forensic experts and "old-fashioned shoe leather" linked Markoff to the two crimes. The man police say is Markoff was seen on video surveillance using a hand-held texting device at several of the hotels.
But Markoff's fiancee says police have the wrong man and there is no way he could have done it.
In an e-mail to ABC's "Good Morning America, Megan McAllister said Philip Markoff "could not hurt a fly." She called him "a beautiful person inside and out," according to the message read on the air Tuesday.
This site was just taking some heat about their personal ads. They said most of the ads were for prostitution .A radio announcer was just murdered by a kid who answered his ad for sex and another man was charged with another killing of a woman he found on a craigslist ad. I know they are trying to stop craigslist from letting personal ads appear on the site some one has filed a lawsuit but its too late in this case .
Monday, April 20, 2009
The head of the NAACP says a western Pennsylvania police officer should resign over an Internet video showing him in a bar, apparently intoxicated, joking about a homicide victim.
Erie patrol officer James Cousins II, 40, was suspended for the profanity-laced off-duty rant in which he talks about Rondale Jennings Sr., 31, who died March 28 of a gunshot to the head outside the bar.
On the tape, Cousins says he took a picture because the body was lying below a malt liquor sign that reads "Take it to the head." He laughs as he recounts seeing the dead man's leg twitch and the reaction of the victim's mother as she identifies him.
The Rev. Michael T. Williams, president of Erie's African American Concerned Clergy, called for the officer's dismissal at a news conference Friday.
"How can a police officer, who is hired to serve and protect the citizens of this community, out of his same mouth, speak words full of mockery and insultation?" Williams said.
In their study, Bluthenthal and his team interviewed 329 drinkers. Of this group, 297 reported drinking malt liquor, regular beer or hard liquor in the past 90 days. Among these, 88 percent were black, 72 percent were male and 35 percent were unemployed.
They are trying to fire this guy because he was OFF Duty @ a bar making fun of a shooting victim that happened to be over a malt liquor sign.
He shouldn't be fired he has firt Amendment rights its called freedom of speech
Friday, April 17, 2009
A Chicago attorney was convicted Thursday of delivering drugs and paraphernalia hidden in legal documents to a Cook County Jail inmate last year, prosecutors announced today.
After a bench trial, a Cook County judge found Nathan Billmaier, 35, guilty of bringing contraband into a penal institution and possession with intent to deliver, according to a statement from the office of State's Atty. Anita Alvarez.
Billmaier, of the 1900 block of West Potomac Avenue, was accused of delivering drugs and paraphernalia on as many as six occasions between February and May of 2008, authorities said. Authorities only charged him in one instance.
He was arrested with nine flattened tinfoil packages that contained 4 ounces of marijuana, 4 ounces of contraband tobacco, 6 Ecstasy tablets and 40 matches, authorities said at the time.
The drugs were being delivered with the help of a girlfriend of a jail inmate who put the drugs in tinfoil and hid them in large stacks of legal documents, prosecutors said.
The woman would allegedly hand the documents to Billmaier who would deliver them to inmate Donald Jordan, who was being held on charges of murder, violation of parole and a previous charge of possessing contraband in jail.
According to testimony, Billmaier was paid between $500 and $700 for each delivery and made a total of $3,600.
He was smuggling drugs to a murderer I hope that 3,600 was worth going to jail & getting disbarred
For some reason I can't post this video from you tube go to the link if you haven't seen this liberal Obama supporter journalist
One of her points at the tea party in Chicago is that Obama is giving Illinois 50 billion from the stimulus package.Who is going to have to pay for that 50 billion we are the taxpayers. Doesn't she realize last week our Governor Pat Quinn wants to raise income tax by 50%.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Thirteen Chicago police officers were arrested last year on drunken driving charges, and five of them were involved in car crashes, two with injuries, the department says.
Police Supt. Jody Weis, who took office last year after officers had been arrested in two high-profile bar beatings, created a new bureau to evaluate officer conduct and training, pushed for more department-wide messages warning of excessive drinking and approved advanced training for department peer counselors to deal with alcohol abuse issues.
After Friday's crash involving detective Joseph Frugoli, Weis changed departmental policy to require that any officer who suspects another officer of being intoxicated to notify the on-duty watch commander, who must then go to the scene. Internal affairs will also be immediately notified.
At the courthouse Video "It is our hope that tragic incidents such as the one that occurred on April 10 will be eliminated through continued training, education, treatment, accountability and discipline for those members who violate the well-established rule against becoming intoxicated and getting behind the wheel," Weis said in an e-mail in response to questions.
A department source said this week that top brass may also push for random alcohol testing of officers. That would require changes in the contract with the Fraternal Order of Police, the union representing the rank and file.
Four of the officers were arrested by Chicago police, three in the suburbs and six out of state, police said.
Weis earlier this week pointed out the small number of officers who have been accused of driving drunk compared to the department's 13,000 officers. Statistically speaking, about one in 1,000 Chicago officers were arrested for DUI last year. That pales by comparison to a national average of one drunk-driving arrest for every 155 drivers, according to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services statistics.
Still, Weis acknowledged that officers have responsibilities that require them to be held to a higher standard.
"The residents of Chicago rightfully expect the police to protect them from drunk drivers, not to become part of the problem," Weis said in the e-mail.
Why do people think we are robots and don't go through the same issues everyone else on this planet has. We make mistakes too we are human.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Breast cancer battle is just beginning
April 13, 2009 MARY MITCHELL
More than 500 women in the U.S. are diagnosed with breast cancer every day.
On March 13, I was one of them.
It was as if someone had strapped me into the cab of a roller coaster.
Each new test jerked me up a monstrous incline; each new piece of information flung me into an abyss.
And still I consider myself blessed.
I have the support of family and friends who believe in the power of prayer.
I have medical insurance and understanding employers.
And I have a team of compassionate, well-trained doctors.
On February 10, during a routine physical, my longtime family doctor, Dr. James P. Baraglia, felt a lump.
It just so happened I was scheduled to take a mammogram that same day.
Twenty-eight days later, after a follow-up ultrasound and a biopsy, I got the diagnosis over the phone.
"You have a cancer," the radiologist told me.
His words were paralyzing. I spent days weeping and praying before I had the strength to even begin researching my disease.
Still, the doctors described what I have -- ductal carcinoma in situ as well as infiltrating breast cancer -- as a "sneaky" and "wild" form of breast cancer.
Unfortunately, that is not unusual.
Nearly two dozen people held a silent protest Monday night outside the Bridgeport home of police detective Joseph Frugoli, according to WMAQ-Channel 5.
Some protesters said they believed that Frugoli was receiving special treatment because he is Chicago cop.
On Sunday, Cook County Judge Donald Panarese Jr. set a $500,000 bail for Frugoli, charged with killing two men in a drunken-driving accident. Some of the victims' friends and family members said the bail was too low Sunday -- a complaint echoed by protesters Monday.
Frugoli was freed on bail Sunday afternoon.
Protesters said they plan to return to the Frugoli home.
Earlier Monday, Frugoli refused to comment about his case, according to WMAQ.
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Donte Stallworth was charged Wednesday with DUI manslaughter after a Miami car crash that killed a pedestrian, according to people familiar with the case.
motorists stop to help a man hit and killed by NFL player
A Miami judge signed an arrest warrant that formally charged the NFL pro with driving drunk when the 28-year-old Stallworth hit and killed 59-year-old Mario Reyes in a March 14 accident.
Stallworth is expected to turn himself in Thursday morning and may bond out soon afterward for $200,000
Sunday, April 12, 2009
(April 12) - An American ship captain was freed unharmed Sunday in a U.S. Navy operation that killed three of the four Somali pirates who had been holding him for days in a lifeboat off the coast of Africa, a senior U.S. intelligence official said.
One of the pirates was wounded and in custody after a swift firefight, the official said.
Four days after Somali pirates took the captain of a U.S.-flagged ship hostage off the coast of Somalia, an American intelligence official said Sunday that he has been freed. Richard Phillips, above, was being held captive on a lifeboat after several pirates boarded the the Maersk Alabama on Wednesday in an attempt to hijack it. Phillips surrendered himself to safeguard his menCNN.com: US Warns of Dangers Off Somali Coast
Capt. Richard Phillips, 53, of Underhill, Vermont, was safely transported to a Navy warship nearby.
WEST BABYLON, N.Y.---- A retired New York City police officer shot an off-duty officer he suspected was having an affair with his police officer wife, then killed himself in the driveway of his suburban home, police said Saturday.
Cecil Ramsay, 51, shot himself in the head after firing at a car carrying his wife and a friend, both off-duty NYPD officers, Suffolk County police said.
He shot Officer Edwin Chittick in the hand after accusing him "of seeing his wife," said Suffolk County Police Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick.
"It's our understanding that that is not the case. They're just acquaintances," Fitzpatrick said.
Ramsay fired at least three times at the Mercedes-Benz as his wife, Dady Belfort, drove away with a wounded Chittick, Fitzpatrick said.
He then put the gun to his head and pulled the trigger in front of several construction workers doing work on his home, Fitzpatrick said.
A Mercedes-Benz registered to the address of the West Babylon home -- its driver and passenger seats smeared with blood -- was on the grounds of a Long Island hospital for several hours Saturday.
Ramsay had been ill with heart problems and was awaiting a heart transplant, Fitzpatrick said.
No person is worth killing yourself or hurting another
Off-duty cop shot in possible carjack attempt
April 12, 2009 3:52 AM
An off-duty police officer was shot in what might have been an attempted carjacking in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood, police said.
The incident occurred about 2:50 a.m. in the 8700 block of Halsted Street, News Affairs Officer John Henry said citing preliminary information.
An offender apparently approached and shot the 36-year-old male officer in the arm, which resulted in an exchange of gunfire between the officer and the offender, Henry said.
The officer was taken to an area hospital in good condition, he said.
Nobody was in custody as of 3:40 a.m., he said.
No further information on the case was immediately available.
What if he wasn't a off duty PO and just a citizen he would be dead because he couldn't return fire law abiding citizens are not allowed to carry guns in Chicago .
Criminals will always have access to guns which leave the citizens defenseless
An off-duty Chicago Police detective charged with killing two men in a drunken-driving crash has been involved in other serious wrecks, including one not far from the scene of Friday’s fatal collision on the Dan Ryan Expy. and another that injured two police officers.
Just last week, Joseph Frugoli was ordered to pay $7,100 to Joseph Cairo after a jury trial involving a 2005 accident.
Joseph Frugoli, the off-duty Chicago Police detective charged with killing two men in a Friday drunken-driving crash, has been involved in previous serious accidents.
Frugoli, now 41, was driving a new BMW sedan that rear-ended Cairo’s Jeep Cherokee on the in-bound Dan Ryan near 31st. Cairo, 65, struck a median and suffered neck and shoulder injuries, while Frugoli went to the hospital for a head injury, records show.
Cairo’s lawyer, Benjamin Kelly of the Vrdolyak Law Group, said Frugoli gave two stories about the accident: he told the State Police at the accident scene that he did not know what happened. But in a legal deposition, Frugoli said Cairo slammed on his brakes, causing the crash. Kelly denied that Cairo caused the collision.
Frugoli also testified that at the time of that 2:50 a.m. accident, he was headed to a bar on Halsted on the Near West Side. He denied he had been drinking. He said he was off-duty and scheduled to work that afternoon.
“The guys from work had called me, told me they were out,” he said in a deposition.
Cairo owns a bar near Midway Airport and was on his way to clean it up, Kelly said. Both men live in the Bridgeport neighborhood near the site of their collision.
“Their cars were demolished,” Kelly said. “By the grace of God, my client wasn’t killed.”
Frugoli’s other accidents include a collision with a Chicago Police car on the South Side.
At 5 a.m. on Jan. 27 of last year, Frugoli was driving a BMW sedan near the intersection of 37th and Wallace in Bridgeport when he allegedly ran a stop sign and struck the police car, injuring two officers, records show.
The officers who responded to the crash were investigated for failing to tell their supervisors in a timely manner that an off-duty officer was involved in the crash, but they were cleared of wrongdoing, sources said. Frugoli was cited in the accident, but the responding officers said they did not have evidence that Frugoli was intoxicated.
The slumtimes is making a big deal out of Frugoli's other accidents which don't inclued any previous DUI's.
Friday, April 10, 2009
"Alone" is often interpreted as autobiographical, expressing the author's feelings of isolation and inner torment. Poet Daniel Hoffman believed "Alone" was evidence that "Poe really was a haunted man." The poem, however, is an introspective about Poe's youth, written when he was only 20 years old.
From childhood's hour I have not been
As others were; I have not seen
As others saw; I could not bring
My passions from a common spring.
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow; I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone;
And all I loved, I loved alone.
Then- in my childhood, in the dawn
Of a most stormy life- was drawn
From every depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still:
From the torrent, or the fountain,
From the red cliff of the mountain,
From the sun that round me rolled
In its autumn tint of gold,
From the lightning in the sky
As it passed me flying by,
From the thunder and the storm,
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view.
Earlier this week, Nour Hadid, 25, was charged with one count of first-degree murder for the death of her two-year-old niece, Bhia. Her police booking photo was released Tuesday to the media.
"To be show in the newspaper, splashed on the news is really a violation of her rights."
However, Hadid's husband, Alaeddin, says that exposing his wife's face to the public is an "insult against our religion."
Orland Park detectives say they treated Hadid as they would any other suspect. The photograph depicts Hadid without her hijab (headscarf) and in a revealing top. She appears to be emotional and trying to cover her chest and shoulders with her hands.
Alaeddin and Nour Hadid are practicing Muslims. According to custom, Alaeddin says his wife "never leaves the home without covering up."
"It is against our religion," Alaeddin said, reports the Southtown Star. "We do not do this in our culture."
Alaeddin, who believes that Nour is innocent, has threatened to sue.
A number of Islamic advocacy groups—the Council on Islamic-American Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, and the Bridgeview Mosque Foundation—have declined to comment on the matter. Due to the circumstances of the case, they may be hesitant to weigh in on the controversy.
"It's particularly humiliating because she appears to be in her underwear," said Kareem Irfan, former chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Chicago, "[but] I don't condone what she's alleged to have done."
Bitch2: You are in AMERICA and when someone commits a crime no matter what religion they have their photo taken without anything on their head or face. There is a 2yr old child dead and he is worried that his wife doesn't have her headscarf on !! Go back to IRAQ
Most kids complain bitterly when they are grounded. Some will sneak out, while others will settle for slamming doors and announcing that they hate the person making the rules. But sometimes, kids get creative when they're punished: A 6th grader in Quebec sued her dad because she felt that his punishment was too harsh.
The 12-year-old girl's parents are divorced; in the spring of 2008, the girl's mom gave her permission to go on a class trip to Quebec City in June. But the middle-schooler lived with her father, and after she disobeyed daddy's orders to stay off the Internet, he told her she couldn't go. So what did she do? She took him to court. Of course.
A lower court ruled in favor of the girl, who went on the embattled class trip. Her father appealed -- on principle - -and amazingly, the girl won again. The father's attorney, Kim Beaudoin, says that her client is "flabbergasted" and they are considering another appeal, this time to Canada's Supreme Court. But, the attorney adds, the father has no regrets about the court proceedings. "Either way, he doesn't have authority over this child anymore. She sued him because she doesn't respect his rules," Beaudoin said. "It's very hard to raise a child who is the boss."
Now, I don't know a lot about the law, but I watch enough "Law & Order" to know that one thing that counts in the legal world is precedent. CBC News says that "the appeal court warned [that] the case should not be seen as an open invitation for children to take legal action every time they're grounded." But here's thing: If you don't want someone to consider using your ruling in other cases, maybe you shouldn't make the ruling. And what could the judge's reasoning possibly have been? Lucie Fortin, the Legal Aid lawyer who helped the girl take her pops to court, said that "The trip was very important" to the daughter. How is that a legal argument? Don't parents have the right to punish their children? (This is like making Consensual Living a legal requirement.)
Sadly, the case has destroyed the relationship between the girl and her father. "We went from a child who wanted to live with her father, and after all this has been done, they're not speaking anymore." The father's attorney adds, "We have a lot of work to re-establish a link between those two."
What is happening with our children ? I noticed an influx of 911 calls from children on their parents. One call I responded to was a kid was scared to tell his dad that he didn't get good grades on his report card and he said his dad might hit him. I couldn't believe this he was 10 yrs old and calling the police on his parents . Unfortunately there are so many more cases like this these kids think they can do anything they want and there should be no punishment for it
Thursday, April 9, 2009
We all see beauty objects, such as the symmetry and sleekness of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or the the powerful history in the once-standing Berlin Wall.
A woman has strong emotional and romantic attachments to the Parisian site.
More PhotosFor one woman, the intense feeling that inanimate objects can inspire goes much deeper and becomes something more like true love.
"The Berlin Wall is a masterpiece. I can feel how much he yearns to be loved," Erika Eiffel said.
Her love of the Eiffel Tower is somewhat recent, and two years ago the San Francisco woman had a commitment ceremony and changed her name to reflect the bond.
"Her structure is just amazing. You know, she's got subtle, subtle curves, you know," Erika Eiffel said of the famous Paris landmark.
"I just, it's almost like I heard her crying out, saying, 'Somebody, notice me. Somebody, really notice me. Here I am in the crowd crying out, somebody, somebody, hear my voice,'" she said.
Eiffel, 36, is part of a small group of people across the world who call themselves "objectum sexuals" where their intimate life revolves around objects, not people. The objects can range from a home computer to a set of drums or a national monument, anything they can feel a connection to. It may sound strange to most of us, but it's very real to them.
"We feel an innate connection to objects. It comes perfectly normal to us to connect on various levels, emotional, spiritual and also physical for some," Eiffel said.
Medical experts ABC News contacted said they were not familiar with objectum sexuals, some said it might be classified as paraphilia – a disorder in which a person has an unusual sexual interest. Some psychologists suggest that people with the condition may have been sexually abused.
Certified sexologist Amy Marsh, from Albany, Calif., has a different take. She said objectum sexual is not a disorder, but possibly a new sexual orientation. Marsh said she's been surveying a small online community of people with OS.
"One person said, 'They're real, they're complex, and they are no less and no more of value than other romantic relationships'," Marsh said.
"There's been very little research done on objectum sexuality," Marsh continued. "I can tell you that what I'm finding is not much history of sexual abuse, and actually not much in the way of psychiatric diagnoses either. I'm finding they're very happy, and they don't want to change. I am also finding out that quite a few of them have a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome or autism, but not everybody."
Eiffel said she doesn't have Asperger's syndrome, nor does she believe her chaotic childhood -- shuffling between foster homes before she was adopted -- contributed to OS.
This was on ABC news this morning two years ago she had a commitment ceremony with the Eiffel Tower changed her name Erika Eiffel and she doesn't think there is anything wrong with her. The problem is as you read this article a sexologist is saying its perfectly normal and is calling it a new sexual orientation. No one is telling her she's just plain old crazy and that it's not NORMAL to want to marry the Eiffel tower.
The police chief of a small Central Texas town was arrested April 6 after he allegedly used a Taser on his wife. Oly Ivy, 30, was charged with aggravated assault. The Oakwood City Council voted to fire him immediately. Ivy's attorney said his client "is taking these allegations very seriously."
Ivy, 30, was arrested near Palestine on Monday. The city council fired him that night.
Ivy's attorney, Charley Johnson, told KXXV-TV in Waco that his client "is taking these allegations very seriously." He says he intends for Ivy to "be treated the same as anybody in this situation."
Ivy was hired in February to be the lone full-time officer in the town of 500 residents about 100 miles southeast of Dallas. The department has two reserve officers
The white house denies Obama bowed but as you can clearly see he does. Thats how you greet a fellow Muslim
Savage is right and the problem with this caller is there are so many just like him
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Sometimes controversy springs forth from the most unlikely places. Walgreens stores in Chicago and Tampa recently introduced a new version of the lovably tacky botanical totem known as Chia-Pet. Yes, "the pottery that grows" has entertained Americans for years now, and along the way it has evolved into various shapes: kittens, trees dogs, elephants, even Mr. T. You name the shape, so long as the sprouting seeds give the appearance of growing hair or fur, Chia was a guaranteed hit. Well, that was before Chia-Obama.
Via Wired comes word that this presidential version is being pulled from Walgreens' shelves:
Spokesman Robert Elfinger said store managers have the ability to market products of their choice. But the top brass of the Deefield, Illinois-based drug chain was not amused by some of its Tampa and Chicago managers' choices to market the President Obama likeness.
"We got some complaints from people that they thought it was racist," Elfinger said in a telephone interview.
How is this racist ?
Saturday, April 4, 2009
28 March 2009
VOLUME 9 NUMBER 5
Jody P. Weis, Superintendent of Police
CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT
When I assumed the role of Superintendent more than a year ago, the Chicago Police Department was under intense public scrutiny, following several high-profile cases of alleged police misconduct by a small group of officers. I have come to learn that the vast majority of this Department is made up of hard working, dedicated and honest police officers, who work tirelessly to serve and protect the residents of Chicago.
Morale is a very important issue to me, as it should be to every supervisor in the Department. I recognize that there are well-founded concerns, regarding a variety of issues. Many of these issues pre-dated my arrival. Nonetheless, I have been working hard to fix them. When others attempt to exploit these issues to further their own agendas and then question the morale within the Department, and thus the dedication and service of the men and women who protect our city, I am compelled to respond. In my year as Superintendent, I have worked to address many of the issues that have been voiced as priority concerns of yours, the members of the Department.
· Lawsuits ? Many of you are concerned about lawsuits and feel that the City settles too many cases. The City cannot control the number of lawsuits that are filed, but we are working to reduce them. We have met repeatedly with the City?s Law Department and the new State?s Attorney to improve training for both our personnel as well as the ASA?s. Please realize that settlements are driven by a variety of causes and are not always focused on officer conduct. Settlement decisions are often made to protect an officer from a long legal fight and the issue of out-of-pocket punitive damages. Officers have a say in whether the City settles or fights a lawsuit, but the stakes can be high for the officer individually. On April 10th, the Department is hosting the first ever civil litigation seminar to educate officers and address their concerns regarding civil litigation.
· Discipline ? There have been concerns that I would be overly aggressive on discipline because I worked for the FBI. My standard is simple: reasonableness. You don?t always have to be right, just act in a reasonable manner. I have worked to implement a more fair and consistent review process for relief of powers. I have made it clear that when the discipline investigation determines that an officer will not be recommended for separation, I want officers back out on the street doing the work they were hired to do. This process has resulted in fewer officers being stripped in 2008 than in previous years and more officers being reinstated in 2008 than in previous years.
· Alternate Work Schedule - My commitment to implement an alternate work schedule was in response to hundreds of complaints that I heard from officers during a series of Town Hall meetings and other forums with you, the rank and file. As with any negotiation, there were obstacles put forth that were overcome by the Department. We brought the unions to the table and negotiated the best pilot that we could for our officers and department. A series of different schedules are now in place and being tested, with input coming from officers and management. I am optimistic that we will have a schedule that works for our officers and for the Department at the end of the pilot.
· Vehicles ? Recently, the Department purchased 180 Tahoes. Starting last Tuesday, delivery began. An average of three vehicles per day are now being supplied to the busiest districts. We have also applied for $6 million in federal stimulus money for the purchase of 120 more vehicles.
· Portable Data Terminals (PDTs) ? New PDTs are now installed in sixteen districts and various specialized units. An additional two hundred and seventy four (274) are now in stock and ready for installation, with an order for two hundred and eighty nine (289) placed this week. A total of five hundred and sixty three (563) brand new PDTs will be installed throughout the Department starting in the coming weeks, for completion before the end of 2009
· Officer Safety- The lack of equal firepower by officers has been an issue that I have worked on since my arrival. I am committed to ensuring that our officers are trained and have the ability to deploy with better weapons. The carbine program was started and we continue to deploy carbines. As of today, there are almost 400 in stock and we are installing more vehicle gun locks everyday. In addition, I have also allowed officers that qualify to use carbines the option to purchase their own weapon, to further facilitate their availability to street officers when needed.
· Overtime Initiatives - I recognize that officers are facing the same economic issues that the rest of the population is and I have fought to expand overtime opportunities. I have also directed that many of the existing programs follow the same procedures to make the access to overtime initiatives fair and open to all qualified personnel. We have applied for over $9 million in federal stimulus money to pay for overtime initiatives. This will not only allow us to do more with the officers we have, but will result in more officers on the street, as back-up and to fight crime.
I have met with many of you over the course of the last year. Given the size of the Department, I am at a disadvantage in reaching you all personally. I have utilized video streaming, town hall meetings, roll calls, marches, community meetings and more frequent PAX 501 messages to reach out to you to improve overall communications and to provide the facts.
I am committed to providing you ? the men and women of this Department ? with the best possible training, equipment, and work environment possible. I know that for many of you, this is a career that you chose, because you believe in the fight to do good everyday.
Your concerns have reached me and I am committed to addressing them to the best of my abilities and improving the system wherever possible to enable you to work effectively.
More importantly, I recognize the intense dedication, integrity and camaraderie amongst the members of this department. I will strive everyday to support your efforts by serving you with honesty, integrity, and hard work.
Jody P. Weis
Superintendent of Police
Thursday, April 2, 2009
As hundreds of his officers protest over contracts, Police Superintendent Jody Weis addressed calls for his resignation.
It's the firs time Weis has addressed concerns about his leadership. He insists he takes full responsibility for his department.
"If I, from a firsthand look, saw that I was the cause of morale in this department, no one would have to ask me to leave. I would leave on my own. But when I'm out on the streets, I'm not seeing any indications of poor morale. When a 101 call goes out, officers scramble," said Supt. Weis.
Weis is taking actions to improve equipment and resources for the department. _______________________________________________________
"when a 10-1 call goes out , officers scramble" said Supt.
You Idiot a 10-1 is a OFFICER NEEDS HELP NOW !Thats why we scramble to back our brother up. What does a 10-1 have to do with low morale you JACKASS
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2009
PICKETING / RALLY A SUCCESS 04/02/09
The Board of Directors would like to thank the four-thousand members who attended the informational picketing and rally. You did yourselves proud. We broadcast our message and proved that there is solidarity among the men and women of the CPD. Please read President Donahue's comments to the members in attendance.
Additional thanks go out to:
National President Chuck Canterbury
State President Ted Street
Sergeants who disregarded the PBPA recommendation
Chicago Teacher's Union
CFFU Local 2
The people at Vitamin Water for keeping our members hydrated
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Our friend John Wills has a new book !
John M. Wills (FBI ret)
Freelance Writer / Speaker
My new book on Amazon:
Chicago Warriors Midnight Battles in the Windy City
I bought my copy today !