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As the situation calms in Ferguson and opportunities for fresh video of flying Molotov cocktails and teargas canisters become scarce, life has gotten harder for tragedy TV media types. But never fear, an alert producer at CNN apparently let Jake Tapper know that the usual term for a period of time in Chicago that sees eleven shootings including a 3-year-old is ‘Friday night.’ What’s a journalist to do, then? Hell, they’ve been marooned out here in the bowels of fly-over country for almost two weeks anyway. It’s not too big a leap to take the road show 250 miles north to check out the daily body count in the City of Big Shoulders (and abrogated gun rights). I know plenty of fellow St. Louisans who would gladly chip in to buy their plane tickets. Hell, I might even be persuaded to drive a group of them up there myself (gas is on me). If you’re a card-carrying media hound looking for a free lift out of the Gateway region to Chicago, email us at [email protected]. I’m sure we can arrange something.

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  1. Nothing new here. Fadda’ Phleger and Garry McCarthy-mr street light will provide color commentary.

  2. Or the drive-by media can drop down to New Orleans, the Big Easy, in the Crescent of the Mississippi, and enjoy the best food on the planet while enjoying covering the almost nightly and certainly weekly numbers of shootings and murders, which from time to time, N’Awlins gives Chicago a run for its money, with far less people and gangs to conduct such events.

  3. It’s because the media can’t scream racism in order to retain the narrative. Without the cries of racism the left’s argument of improving the lives of minorities falls flat on its face.

  4. I thought for sure the Chicago crime rate would drop to zero since the S. Chicago Little League team (Great Lakes) is in the playoffs.. BTW, they just won again vs NV and will face S. Korea tomorrow. Good luck to them, I hope its a game (crime) changer.

    • I’m waiting for the South Korea vs North Korea game. It should be as exciting as that famous El Salvador vs Honduras soccer game in 1969.

  5. On Wednesday in Chicago a 9 year old boy was shot and killed.

    Now, that is actually a pretty normal thing. Those pesky kids are always getting in the line of fire between two street gangs and get wounded or even killed. There is hardly a weekend and often a weekday where that doesn’t happen. Yesterday it was a three year old girl who got shot in the head.

    But this was really different. This little 9 year old boy was executed. He was shot seven times.

    Why in the world do the people who live in Chicago put up with this? Why aren’t they demanding that something be done about the gangs who thus far this year, have already killed 230 people and wounded 1,400 others.

    Seriously. Why aren’t people protesting and rioting and demanding that something be done about the black and hispanic gangs involved in open warfare in Chicago?

    • Because they are not white people shooting black people. Black people shooting black people is A-OK per established norms.

      • Which, when it comes down to it, makes inner city black people incredibly racist. Everyone is “comfortable” talking about racism and oppression when white people are the culprit. But if racism is perpetuated by inner city blacks or Hispanics, nobody wants to touch it, especially when the liberal progressive mainstream media has an agenda to push.

  6. Since the shooting in Ferguson, six kids have been murdered in Chicago:

    • 8/10 – Jabari Scurlock, 16, Englewood
    • 8/12 – Devonte Carthan, 17, Burnside
    • 8/14 – Wally Flex, 16, Chatham
    • 8/16 – Shaquise Buckner, 16 Englewood
    • 8/16 – Jason Seballos, 16, Logan Square
    • 8/20 – Antonio Smith, 9, Grand Crossing

    In addition to those six, 16 adults have been murdered (including one police-involved) and another 112 people have been shot and wounded. 34 of the 112 wounded were between the ages of 11-18.

    Yet it’s just crickets from the usual suspects.

    Illustrating Chicago Crime, Murder and Mayhem at

  7. ISIS can have Chicago! Announce to the good folks they have ten days to leave……flatten it by whatever means necessary……a line of D8 Cats starting at ‘The Loop’ would suit me. Of course, the pollution in Lake Michigan would be a problem… know….all that brain matter rotting…..negligible.

  8. I doubt there is no investigation into the death of the child and trying to find out who did it.
    How some of you bigots think this some how is relevant to anything, just generally speaks of your ignorance.

      • wow you just keep embarrassing yourself don’t you?

        Like I said in the other thread, why don’t you just stop beating around the bush and just come out and say you are a racist.

        I would have more respect for you if you weren’t such a coward about where you stand.

        • Why would I want your respect? You’re the one race-baiting everyone on this site. You’ll have better luck at, you know were the real racists are. Don’t you have some video games to review or something?

    • Oh, yeah, we totally missed all of the race-baiting amidst the “wisdom” of the mainstream media, Eric Holder, the New Black Panthers and all of the black leadership calmly calling for peace. I guess we also missed the national coverage of all the black teenagers shot in Chicago. I’m sure it’s around somewhere.


      • What is the rational? It sounds like the argument is LOL White on Black shootings are A-OK because black people shoot each other all the time.

        There have been numerous protests in Chicago about the escalating gun violence, they don’t make the national news because they aren’t racial charged and they are non violent.

    • If you insist on throwing those heavy words around, Mr. The Man, you’d be better served to aim them towards those who truly mean you harm. They’re right next to you all day every day. Every single day. Their livelihoods depend on it.

      • Again more ignorance. I’m not in daily harm no more than you are by your own race. Yet how foolish does it sound that you don’t say the same thing about yourself.

        Fact of the matter is being black doesn’t make one violent, it doesn’t make one a criminal, being a violent and being criminal makes one violent and criminal, and whether you know it or not those issues occur regardless of race.

        So again just come out and say you are scared of or bigoted towards minorities.

        • Why do you so adamantly refuse to say anything useful?

          Pointing out that violence is committed disproportionately more by blacks than whites is not the same as claiming that being black makes one violent, and is not racism. Reading a child hard statistic cannot be racist.

          The fact is that no one here has claimed that violence among black Americans is because they are black, nor has anyone deliberately implied it.

          That is your inference. The racism you see in us exists in your own head.

          There is a huge cultural problem that, while it has participants from every race, statistically is far worse in the black community. I don’t know if it’s an overt belief that violence is an acceptable way to handle things or if it is the result of a sense of entitlement combined with a lack of impulse control. But there is something going wrong and is disproportionately affects non immigrant blacks.

          Why do I suspect that I’ll be accused of claiming that blacks inherently lack impulse control? Or will the accusation of racism even be justified?

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