Enlightening Commentary

Transparency, Or Lack Thereof

Posted on October 30, 2014

liarWe’re of the opinion that we are being lied to, everyday, about pretty much everything. Today was no different. First we have G-Mac yammering in front the city’s most frequent and often worst liars, the City Council:

“According to McCarthy, through September the Police Department had recorded eight straight quarters of reductions in murders, going back two years. Over that time, the department registered 500 fewer shooting incidents and 123 fewer murders than in the two years preceding.

McCarthy added that robberies, burglaries, car thefts and overall crime are all down this year.”

Homicides are down, but we’ll take issue with “shooting incidents”. There may be fewer “incidents” but there’s been a lot more people shot as in there’s been a shitton of multi-victim shootings. Also remember that there is no crime unless it’s reported, hence less cops = less crime.

Next up is the unfortunate incident of an off-duty cop getting beaten in a downtown parking garage:

“The off-duty officer was in the 100 block of West Madison about 3 p.m. when multiple people walked up, repeatedly hit him and then stole his personal belongings, police said.

Police declined to say how the robbers fled the scene.”

So little information for the masses, yet the scanner traffic was a goldmine in comparison. Why not say that the offenders fled in a red Mercury Mountaineer with temporary Indiana plates that happened to leave its front bumper behind? Or why not mention how those personal belongings included some rather important police ‘stuff’?

UPDATE: The Tribune published the full story. Good.

Keep it short and to the point. Name calling and similar stupidity will be deleted. If you insist on writing several paragraphs, start your own blog.

  1. DMS October 30, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    I’d like to hear more about this.

  2. Mike D October 31, 2014 at 7:14 am

    The story about the off-duty sergeant getting mugged stinks to high heaven. Wonder if we will ever learn what really happened.

  3. E. M. October 31, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Sad, very sad indeed. Hope the truth comes out, and a speedy recovery to the officer.

  4. DMS October 31, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I just heard on the news that the Sgt. was with 2 other people. What about his off duty weapon?
    I don’t get it.

  5. a October 31, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    massaging the numbers massaging the time periods is called twisting. is mccarthy guilty of twisting – you bet. did the alderman demand the raw data to verify mccarthy’s spin on the facts – nope. the alderman have no interest in facts, and mccarthy knows it. the aldermans only concern was the issue of 500 unfilled job openings – they can’t take credit for growing gov’t bigger, if the agency heads are not filling the openings.

    • bill tazioli November 4, 2014 at 12:00 am

      For the sake of ‘expediency”, they are not going to ask.
      facts just confuse the issue and possibly lead to far more embarrassing questions.

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