Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Northwester University students were less than enthusiastic about their commencement speaker. Some even plan on boycotting the ceremony. Tribune
"He is a questionable source for giving graduating seniors advice on how they go about taking that next important step in life."
-Social policy major Alexandra Broin

Ironic isn't it Alexandra? Well those thoughts go through my head year after year when I'm required to submit to "ethics" training.

Sunday, May 25, 2008


Freedom Is Not Free
I watched the flag pass by one day.
It fluttered in the breeze.
A young Marine saluted it,
and then he stood at ease.
I looked at him in uniform
So young, so tall, so proud,
He'd stand out in any crowd.
I thought how many men like him
Had fallen through the years.
How many died on foreign soil?
How many mothers' tears?
How many pilots' planes shot down?
How many died at sea?
How many foxholes were soldiers' graves?
No, freedom isn't free.

I heard the sound of TAPS one night,
When everything was still
I listened to the bugler play
And felt a sudden chill.
I wondered just how many times
That TAPS had meant "Amen,"
When a flag had draped a coffin
Of a brother or a friend.
I thought of all the children,
Of the mothers and the wives,
Of fathers, sons and husbands
With interrupted lives.
I thought about a graveyard
At the bottom of the sea
Of unmarked graves in Arlington.
No, freedom isn't free.
- Kelly Strong


Went away for the weekend. Enjoy the holiday for those who are off and stay safe for those who have to work.

Sunday, May 18, 2008


Believe it or not during WWII we had to employ propaganda to keep the war effort moving positively. Frank Capra was commissioned by the War Department to produce 7 films that accomplished that mission.
The series faced a tough challenge: convincing an isolationist nation of the need to become involved in the war and ally with the Soviets, among other things. In many of the films, Capra and other directors spliced in Axis powers propaganda footage – recontextualizing it so it promoted the cause of the Allies instead... Wikipedia

Twenty years after World War II we find ourselves in Viet Nam in a completely different war. During the 40's Americans obtained their war reports from daily newsprint and weekly newsreels. Fast forward twenty years later and people are watching nightly news broadcasts from Viet Nam and are horrified by what they see.
In a sense, Vietnam was the first televised or "living room" war. Each evening, the networks would show film of the fighting that was, at times, gruesome. Unlike the practice during World War II, the film was neither censored nor subject to any systematic scrutiny by the government. Thus, the public was shown scenes of battles in progress, the dead and wounded, and the coffins of the dead being unloaded.

In the Second World War the scenes were no less horrific than those in Viet Nam but the difference being what the citizenry were exposed to. During the 2004 Democratic Convention Michael Moore asks Bill O'Reilly "would you sacrifice your child for Fallujah?" The question is ridiculous. The opening scenes from Saving Private Ryan gave a realistic portrayal of the carnage brought on to our boys during the landings on D-Day. What would have happened had there been 24 hour cable news during D-Day. Would a 1940's Michael Moore be asking Edward R. Morrow, would you sacrifice your child for Normandy? Now you can say that World War II was a just war and Iraq isn't but I would beg to differ with you.
Lately an anti-war commenter has been trolling on this site and claiming to be a Republican voting for Obama. I'm calling bullshit!
The Virginian said:
1st, what makes you think this same battle would not be occurring over there without us? Right now, what exactly are we doing besides standing between Sunnis and Shiites, Saudia Arabia and Iran? Let them fight it out.

2nd, what exactly does anything in Iraq have to do with 9/11? Seriously, who of the people who attacked the U.S. on 9/11 has ever even stepped foot in Iraq, let alone fought the U.S. there?

I will reproduce an article printed by someone who I share a view with about the war but not much else.
So, Mr. Hitchens, Weren't You Wrong About Iraq?
Hard questions, four years later.
By Christopher Hitchens
Posted Monday, March 19, 2007, at 1:53 PM ET

Four years after the first coalition soldiers crossed the Iraqi border, one can attract pitying looks (at best) if one does not take the view that the whole engagement could have been and should have been avoided. Those who were opposed to the operation from the beginning now claim vindication, and many of those who supported it say that if they had known then what they know now, they would have spoken or voted differently.

What exactly does it mean to take the latter position? At what point, in other words, ought the putative supporter to have stepped off the train? The question isn't as easy to answer as some people would have you believe. Suppose we run through the actual timeline:

Was the president right or wrong to go to the United Nations in September 2002 and to say that body could no longer tolerate Saddam Hussein's open flouting of its every significant resolution, from weaponry to human rights to terrorism?

A majority of the member states thought he was right and had to admit that the credibility of the United Nations was at stake. It was scandalous that such a regime could for more than a decade have violated the spirit and the letter of the resolutions that had allowed a cease-fire after the liberation of Kuwait. The Security Council, including Syria, voted by nine votes to zero that Iraq must come into full compliance or face serious consequences.

Was it then correct to send military forces to the Gulf, in case Saddam continued his long policy of defiance, concealment, and expulsion or obstruction of U.N. inspectors?

If you understand the history of the inspection process at all, you must concede that Saddam would never have agreed to readmit the inspectors if coalition forces had not made their appearance on his borders and in the waters of the Gulf. It was never a choice between inspection and intervention: It was only the believable threat of an intervention that enabled even limited inspections to resume.

Should it not have been known by Western intelligence that Iraq had no stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction?

The entire record of UNSCOM until that date had shown a determination on the part of the Iraqi dictatorship to build dummy facilities to deceive inspectors, to refuse to allow scientists to be interviewed without coercion, to conceal chemical and biological deposits, and to search the black market for materiel that would breach the sanctions. The defection of Saddam Hussein's sons-in-law, the Kamel brothers, had shown that this policy was even more systematic than had even been suspected. Moreover, Iraq did not account for—has in fact never accounted for—a number of the items that it admitted under pressure to possessing after the Kamel defection. We still do not know what happened to this weaponry. This is partly why all Western intelligence agencies, including French and German ones quite uninfluenced by Ahmad Chalabi, believed that Iraq had actual or latent programs for the production of WMD. Would it have been preferable to accept Saddam Hussein's word for it and to allow him the chance to re-equip once more once the sanctions had further decayed?

Could Iraq have been believably "inspected" while the Baath Party remained in power?

No. The word inspector is misleading here. The small number of U.N. personnel were not supposed to comb the countryside. They were supposed to monitor the handover of the items on Iraq's list, to check them, and then to supervise their destruction. (If Iraq disposed of the items in any other way—by burying or destroying or neutralizing them, as now seems possible—that would have been an additional grave breach of the resolutions.) To call for serious and unimpeachable inspections was to call, in effect, for a change of regime in Iraq. Thus, we can now say that Iraq is in compliance with the Nonproliferation Treaty. Moreover, the subsequent hasty compliance of Col. Muammar Qaddafi's Libya and the examination of his WMD stockpile (which proved to be much larger and more sophisticated than had been thought) allowed us to trace the origin of much materiel to Pakistan and thus belatedly to shut down the A.Q. Khan secret black market.

Wasn't Colin Powell's performance at the United Nations a bit of a disgrace?

Yes, it was, as was the supporting role played by George Tenet and the CIA (which has been reliably wrong on Iraq since 1963). Some good legal experts—Ruth Wedgwood most notably—have argued that the previous resolutions were self-enforcing and that there was no need for a second resolution or for Powell's dog-and-pony show. Some say that the whole thing was done in order to save Tony Blair's political skin. A few points of interest did emerge from Powell's presentation: The Iraqi authorities were caught on air trying to mislead U.N inspectors (nothing new there), and the presence in Iraq of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a very dangerous al-Qaida refugee from newly liberated Afghanistan, was established. The full significance of this was only to become evident later on.

Was the terror connection not exaggerated?

Not by much. The Bush administration never claimed that Iraq had any hand in the events of Sept. 11, 2001. But it did point out, at different times, that Saddam had acted as a host and patron to every other terrorist gang in the region, most recently including the most militant Islamist ones. And this has never been contested by anybody. The action was undertaken not to punish the last attack—that had been done in Afghanistan—but to forestall the next one.

Was a civil war not predictable?

Only to the extent that there was pre-existing unease and mistrust between the different population groups in Iraq. Since it was the policy of Saddam Hussein to govern by divide-and-rule and precisely to exacerbate these differences, it is unlikely that civil peace would have been the result of prolonging his regime. Indeed, so ghastly was his system in this respect that one-fifth of Iraq's inhabitants—the Kurds—had already left Iraq and were living under Western protection.

So, you seriously mean to say that we would not be living in a better or safer world if the coalition forces had turned around and sailed or flown home in the spring of 2003?

That's exactly what I mean to say.Related in Slate

It is not my intention to persuade Virginian to support the war but this article may help others who aren't so sure one way or another to move in this direction.

Saturday, May 17, 2008


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211 Bielecki, Lee C.
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640 Christoforakis, Jenny C.
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141 Gibbs. Ronald W.
177 Grant, David C.
189 Hallihan. Joseph F.
193 Hawkins, Brian R.
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606 Pellegrini, John F.
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193 Roberts, John E.
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141 Tiado, Jose M.
189 Walker, Traci L.

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Thursday, May 15, 2008


Last night the Superintendent met with department members below the rank of sergeant at a town hall style meeting. The meeting was a question and answer secession and was attended by blogger Rue St. Michel. Visit his site and read his synopsis of what transpired.

Weis has indicated that future hires will be required to pass the POWER test on a yearly basis and that future promotions will also be required to pass the POWER test. No grandfather clause. Apparently a letter of agreement has been tendered to the FOP. That agreement would lock in future hires and promotions to the ranks of D2-sergeant. On the other hand, a separate agreement would have to be made with both the Sergeants and Lieutenants Associations for promotion above the rank of sergeant.

It was announced that future promotion lists will designate who was promoted by merit. Mr. Weis has stated that he wants more transparency in the merit process, I only hope that this isn't the only change implemented. Mr. Weis would garner more respect from the members if he were able to whittle the merit percentage down to a more reasonable ten percent. However, his comments on the Roe Conn Show indicate that he has no desire to so. Weis stated that it's only 30% (merit promotions) so if you have one hundred sergeants that's only 30 (thanks for the math lesson).

An update on the sergeants site has a letter from President Pallohusky to the members concerning the contract negotiations and issues. President Pallohusky reminds us that these issues will be discussed at the general meeting tonight. I have other commitments this evening so I will not be able to attend.
Since I last updated our members on the progress of the contract negotiations the following issues have been discussed at the bargaining table.

Length of the contract
Health Insurance
Discipline issues and the grievance process.
Random drug and alcohol testing (on-duty & off-duty involved incidents).
Bidding and Watch selection process; including expanding biddable units.
Economic issues (wage increases, duty availability, quarterly differential and uniform allowance).
Pension issues
Reduction from the current age of 60 at time of retirement for health insurance premiums to be paid by the employer.
Holidays, B.F.D.’s and P-Days
Promotional process
Detail pay and working out-of-grade.
The above captioned topics will be discussed in more detail at the next General Membership Meeting on 15 May 2008.

The next contract negotiation meeting with the City is scheduled for 5 June 08.

John Pallohusky
Chicago Police Sergeants Associations

I wonder if the issue "promotional process" deals with the POWER test?

Monday, May 12, 2008


Jeremiah Mearday is in the news again. Via the Tribune
In October 2005, the Chicago City Council approved the award to Mearday (1.75 million dollars)

Jeremiah Mearday, 29, pleaded guilty in 2006 to selling crack to an undercover police officer in Glendale Heights.(note: the arrest occured in Dec 05, two months after his award)

DuPage Judge George Bakalis sentenced him to 2 years of intensive probation and 180 days in the DuPage County Jail.(Wonder what the outcome would have been in Cook County)

Assistant State's Atty. Paul Marchese filed a notice of violation of probation earlier this year, contending that Mearday missed seven months of meetings with the probation department, failed a drug test that indicated the use of marijuana, refused to take another drug test and didn't have a job for a year, as stipulated by his probation requirements.

An assistant public defender was appointed earlier this year by Bakalis to represent Mearday after the defendant claimed he was broke. Mearday again said Monday that he was broke after Marchese asked Bakalis to charge the defendant for the use of the public defender.

If Mearaday split the award with his lawyer then he should have had approximately $875,000. That is more than 10 years pay for the average sergeant in this city and asshole is already broke in two and a half years.

Judge Bakalis sentenced Mearady to 4 years for violating his probation.

Lets get something straight here. The Trib claims Mearady "won a $1.75 million settlement after being beaten by Chicago police officers in 1997". No! The settlement wasn't because he was beaten but because it is expedient and it is how the city does business.


In today's Tribune Barak has a problem with those who question his patriotism.
Reading a speech to several thousand people at the Charleston Civic Center, the Illinois senator said patriotism means more than saluting flags and holding parades.

Just because someone salutes a flag doesn't automatically make them a patriot but your actions certainly show your true colors.

Monday, May 05, 2008


Read this article from Bob Owens of Confederate Yankee as it appeared in Pajamas Media.
Fifty-four shootings in two weekends. Shot-up bodies recovered in groups of three and five. Is this Ramadi? Basra? No.

Welcome to Chicago.

Read what Mr. Owens thinks about our Mayor and Chicago style gun control.
Via Pajamas Media

Saturday, May 03, 2008


Philadelphia Police Department
End of Watch: Saturday, May 3, 2008

Biographical Info
Age: 40
Tour of Duty: 12 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Saturday, May 3, 2008
Weapon Used: Rifle; AK-47
Suspect Info: Shot and killed

Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery call at approximately 11:30 am. Two men dressed in female Muslim garb had robbed a bank on Aramingo Avenue. Sergeant Liczbinski encountered the suspects on East Schiller Street and stopped their car. Before he was able to exit his patrol car, a suspect opened fire with an AK-47, killing Sergeant Liczbinski.

One of the suspects was fatally shot by other officers a short time later on Louden Street. The other suspect, and possibly a third accomplice, remain at large.

Sergeant Liczbinski had served with the Philadelphia Police Department for 12 years and is survived by his wife and three children.

Agency Contact Information
Philadelphia Police Department
One Franklin Square
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone: (215) 686-1776

Please contact the Philadelphia Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

While we honor our fallen on this Sunday please keep a place in your heart for Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski and his wife and three children.

Thursday, May 01, 2008


I have been hearing rumours that a sergeants class will start on Monday. SCC has been reporting the same thing with class size anywhere from 50 to 80. Good news for 6 northsiders working in Area 2 districts and a little relief for the rest of us.
Please keep in mind that this is an open blog
that can and is read by people other than Chicago Police Officers.