Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, aka Mayor-E Poppins, certainly seems proud of the “Nanny-City” he is attempting to finalize before he leaves office. But no spoon full of sugar for his wards! First he came for the salt, then cigarettes and soda. Now Bloomberg is leading a national campaign called “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” – attempting to ban guns across the country.
But it was just last week that violence surged in New York City in one of the bloodiest weekends in years –within 48 hours 25 people were shot. Coupled with the strictest gun laws in the country, what occurred in NYC raises serious doubts about the viability of Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative restricting our Second Amendment rights. Looks like the criminals didn’t get the memo on the anti-gun laws you passed there, Mr. Bloomberg. At least no large sodas were spotted.
New York isn’t the only city with exploding violence. Over the weekend, more than 10 people were shot in Chicago. Ever notice that the cities with the tightest gun laws have the most violence? It’s almost as if taking guns away from the law-abiding citizens means only criminals will have them . . .
While Bloomberg has been throwing millions of dollars at candidates who support his anti-gun initiative, he should be putting his efforts into NYC gang control. Unfortunately Bloomberg thinks it’s his job to take rights away from citizens who obey the laws, instead of standing up to those who break them.
White House Chief of Staff, William Daley, is resigning his post in the Obama White House at the end of this month and returning to Chicago.
What makes this story interesting is that Daley caught Obama by surprise with his resignation. In Washington, typically a resignation is a nice way of saying “you’re fired.” There are cases in which people serve for a predetermined amount of time and then that time comes. Daley had previously said he was committed to staying on through the 2012 election.
My hunch is that he say that it was going to be a particularly rough year, that Obama was going to get more nasty in his rhetoric (particularly about big business) and Daley wanted to maintain some credibility for his long term viability.
Most importantly, Chiefs don’t usually leave a campaign unless they think it’s a loser.
I’ve been in Montana for a couple days, and for some reason I was surprised by the landscape. Apparently, a more accurate visual representation of the state is “Legends of the Fall” and not “A River Runs Through It.” I’ve never seen “Legends”, and I expected all mountains and pine trees. Instead, as I was landing in Billings, I realized it was a larger version of Snowflake, AZ. It’s a prairie-like landscape with a smattering of trees. This has been the most of what I’ve seen. It’s still a beautiful state with very friendly people.
As an information-junkie – particularly access to my cell phone, blackberry and laptop wireless card, it is amazing how useless I feel if I lose service. When it happened the first time in some remote portion of Montana I had a panic attack. I know, it was absurd, and it only lasted a few moments, and then I was like “how pathetic is that?” I know, it is.
I was in Chicago a couple days ago and had dinner with an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi. One of the funniest and nicest guys I’ve ever met. We ate at Shallots Bistro in Skokie and it was incredibly good food. I had been pining for White Castle earlier in the day, and I didn’t get a chance to stop at one, so someone ordered Kobe beef sliders at the Bistro. It’s the best Kosher food I’ve ever had.
Speaking of food, I was in New York earlier in the week and had some really awesome roasted, cinnamon-coated peanuts I bought from a street vendor. It’s the small things in life.
School starts for the kids this week. I’m not ready, because summer shouldn’t be ending so quickly, but I’m pretty sure that my wife is ready – particularly with my travel schedule lately. I used to get so nervous the first day of school when I was in elementary school. But I was never more nervous than going to the first day of school my freshman year of high school. I had just spent the previous three years being home-schooled and I was really, really unsure how it was going to go.
I don’t have any memory of that first day of high school, other than knowing the day started with me being nervous, so it must have gone just fine. And that’s the point – we make a big deal out of the first day of school, as we should, but in the end, unless it turns out to be a bad experience, we forget it. And that’s the way it should be.