Posts Tagged ‘Chicago’

Mexico: Why the Sinaloa Cartel {hearts} Chicago

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Jason McGaahn reports on Why Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel Loves Selling Drugs in Chicago
Chicago is key to a business moving tons of drugs for billions of dollars. Here’s how the whole operation works

In Chicago, the cartel has a near monopoly. “I’d say 70 to 80 percent of the narcotics here are controlled by Sinaloa and Chapo Guzmán,” says Jack Riley, director of the DEA’s Chicago office. “Virtually all of our major investigations at some point lead back to other investigations tied to Sinaloa.”

Because of four factors: transportation, ethnic makeup, size, and gang culture.

Chicago is the transportation hub of America, a fact not lost on the Mexican cartels (just as it wasn’t on Capone and his fellow bootleggers almost a century ago). It’s ideally located within a day’s drive of 70 percent of the nation’s population. Six interstate highways crisscross the region, connecting east and west. Only two states (Texas and California) have more interstate highway miles than Illinois.

As for rail transport, Chicago welcomes six of the seven major railroads and accounts for a quarter of the country’s rail traffic. Water? The Port of Chicago is one of the nation’s largest inland cargo ports, and the city is the world’s third-largest handler of shipping containers (after Singapore and Hong Kong). And let’s not forget about Midway and O’Hare: More than 86 million passengers and 1.5 million tons of cargo passed through these airports combined in 2011, the latest year for which data are available.

Second, the Chicago metro area has a large Hispanic immigrant population, making it easy for Mexican cartel operatives to blend in. (Only Los Angeles, San Antonio, and Houston have more residents of Mexican descent, according to the 2010 census.)

Because many of these immigrants—especially those who are here illegally—are poor or underemployed, the area provides a fertile recruiting ground for cartel operatives.

Third, the city is a huge market in its own right. Chicagoans’ taste for drugs is as big as—if not bigger than—that of most other Americans. For example, according to a report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, 86 percent of people arrested in Cook County in 2012 tested positive for at least one illegal narcotic—the highest percentage of any big city. Twenty-two percent tested positive for more than one.

Finally, Chicago’s deeply entrenched street gangs offer a ready-made retail network. Law enforcement officials estimate the number of street gangs in the city at more than 70 and the number of members at between 70,000 and 125,000. The DEA’s Jack Riley likens them to “100,000 Amway salesmen” for cartel-supplied drugs.

Read the full article here.

The city of Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012.

$7.2 million, 34 vehicles, 6 fundraisers, 1 radical, 1 thingamajig, 0 official business. UPDATED

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

$7.2 million,

Obama is expected to raise more than $7.2 million total for the Obama Victory Fund (OVF), according to figures provided by the campaign.

34 vehicles,

6 fundraisers,

1 radical,

On the heels of a depressing jobs report, Barack Obama is raising $5 million at fundraisers in Chicago this Friday – including one co-hosted by Marilyn Katz.

So who is Marilyn Katz? According to the New York Times, she’s the person who gave Obama “entry into another activist network: the foot soldiers of the white student and black power movements that helped define Chicago in the 1960s. As a leader of Students for a Democratic Society then, Ms. Katz organized Vietnam War protests, throwing nails in the street to thwart the police.”

The Chicago Tribute also noted that Katz, “once advocated throwing studded nails in front of police cars, back in the SDS days when the group was alleged to have thrown cellophane bags full of human excrement at cops and cans of urine and golf balls impaled with nails.”

1 thingamajig,

0 official business.

Obama Returns to Chicago Home to Sleep, Cook, ‘Putter in My Backyard’.

Presidentin’ Is Hard.

Post re-edited to correct the fundraising amount and include link.

Via Hot Air,

Nanny state: Kids can’t bring lunch from home

Monday, April 11th, 2011

It takes a Little Village,
Chicago school bans some lunches brought from home
To encourage healthful eating, Chicago school doesn’t allow kids to bring lunches or certain snacks from home — and some parents, and many students, aren’t fans of the policy

That’s supposed to be an enchilada.

Not only does the school believe that parents can not act responsibly, it will cost each student $2.25 per day.

Where does that money go?

Any school that bans homemade lunches also puts more money in the pockets of the district’s food provider, Chartwells-Thompson. The federal government pays the district for each free or reduced-price lunch taken, and the caterer receives a set fee from the district per lunch.

There’s money to be made.

It’s up to the principal.

Jeff G:

Wait, so you mean a government that overreaches into nearly every aspect of our lives might in fact create perverse incentives for public employees to usurp parental rights — and that those incentives might be money based?

A reminder:
This is what enchiladas look like in the real world, when not processed and regurgitated by school districts’ food providers:


Diet and exercise tips from Michelle Obama’s personal trainer

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Get lots of sleep, good whole natural food, and a lot of water, says the trainer, Cornell McClellan.

McClellan is flown from Chicago to DC by the White House 2-4 times a week

He owns Naturally Fit, a personal training and wellness center in Chicago, and now spends part of his week in Washington at Mr. Obama’s request.

“It was an easy sell for me, because I thought of it as kind of a duty, to serve the president,” said Mr. McClellan, who works out with the first couple, often in the early morning, at the gym in the White House residence. Mr. and Mrs. Obama both try to exercise for at least an hour every day, and Mr. McClellan says he usually sees them two to four times a week, depending on their schedules.

Michelle certainly has been getting a lot of sleep at exotic locales, such as Vail, Colorado, and Majorca, Spain.

As for the good whole natural food, here’s the menu for last Sunday’s banquet at the White House,

Salad of roasted pears with housemade ricotta, walnut crisps, with White House Kitchen Garden greens

Scallops with spiced mango chutney

“Surf and Turf”
Local Black Angus Beef with Blue Crab

Who knew there were Black Angus roaming the DC area? But I digress,

Black Beans and Rice, Plantain Chips

Coconut Sorbet in a Chocolate Shell with Poached Tropical Fruits made with White House Honey

American wines from California, Washington and New York will be served with each course

All that carbo-loading would easily amount to some 2,200 calories, depending on how you count it.

In unrelated news, Americans trying to leave Libya not only had to wait out in the open, completely defenseless, but are expected

to reimburse the government for the cost, estimated to be equivalent to the one-way commercial ferry crossing of the distance from Tripoli to the Maltese capital of Valletta, it said. Any onward travel from Malta must be paid for by the passengers

Surely the administration will let them eat cake once they get to the USA, as long as they pay for their own cake.

At least they got plenty of water to stare at while they waited for the ferry.


Court OKs Rahm to run

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Not surprisingly, the Chicago way in action,
Rahm Emanuel ruled eligible for Chicago mayoral race

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled today that former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel meets the residency requirements to run for Chicago mayor, overturning a lower court ruling and re-installing him as the race’s frontrunner.

As if a State Supreme Court would go against a sitting President from the same state.

Prior posts:
What O wants, O gets? Ruling Restores Emanuel’s Name to Ballot, for Now
Obama wants Rahm Emanuel back on the Chicago mayor ballot

Sing it, Sarah!


Obama wants Rahm Emanuel back on the Chicago mayor ballot

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Obama wants Rahm Emanuel back on the Chicago mayor ballot, says Politico,

President Barack Obama wants former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel to stay on the Chicago mayoral ballot, a top presidential confidante said Tuesday.

“I think that [Obama] believes that [Emanuel] is eligible, and that he believes that Rahm will pursue his appeal in the courts,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Obama and fellow Chicagoan, on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Apparently the ballots have not yet been printed:

The Chicago Board of Elections planned to start printing ballots without Emanuel’s name unless Emanuel’s lawyers can get a “stay” of the appellate court ruling. Emanuel’s lawyers filed their request for a stay just before 5 p.m. Monday

Will it be a case of “what Obama wants, Obama gets”?

Sing it, Sarah!


What O wants, O gets? Ruling Restores Emanuel’s Name to Ballot, for Now

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I was asking just a little while ago, Will it be a case of “what Obama wants, Obama gets”?

Didn’t have to wait long for an answer:
Ruling Restores Emanuel’s Name to Ballot, for Now

The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered Rahm Emanuel’s name back on the ballot, a day after an appellate court ruled him ineligible to run for mayor of Chicago, and told election officials not to print any ballots that exclude Mr. Emanuel’s name.

Emanuel has continued campaigning as if nothing’s going on.

That’s the Chicago way.


Rahm Emanuel can’t run for mayor of Chicago, says court

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Well, he didn’t keep his day job,
Court: Rahm Emanuel Can’t Run For Mayor, Not Chicago Resident


The Chicago News Cooperative is reporting that an Illinois Appellate Court has overturned a decision regarding Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago residency. The court reportedly decided Emanuel is not eligible to run for mayor of Chicago because he has not been a resident of the city for one year.

“We conclude that the candidate neither meets the the municipal code’s requirement that he have ‘resided’ in Chicago for the year preceding the election in which he seeks to participate nor falls within any exception to the requirement,” the ruling stated. (Read the court decision here.)

Surely Sarah Palin is to blame?


Blago to be retried?

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Sure looks like it,
Blagojevich Guilty of Lying to Federal Agents; No Verdict on Other Counts

A federal jury found former Illinios Gov. Rod Blagojevich guilty of one count of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, bringing to a close a months-long corruption trial that left them unable to reach a verdict on most counts.

The government vowed to seek a retrial on the remaining counts.

Mr. Blagojevich was arrested on Dec. 9, 2008, and charged with 24 counts, including an attempt to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.

Judge James B. Zagel set a hearing for Aug. 26 to decide the manner and timing of the retrial.

It’s like something out of a courtroom drama


How Milton Friedman saved Chile

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Bret Stephens’s op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal,
How Milton Friedman Saved Chile
Milton Friedman gave Chileans the intellectual wherewithal first to survive the quake, and now to build their lives anew.

It’s not by chance that Chileans were living in houses of brick—and Haitians in houses of straw—when the wolf arrived to try to blow them down. In 1973, the year the proto-Chavista government of Salvador Allende was overthrown by Gen. Augusto Pinochet, Chile was an economic shambles. Inflation topped out at an annual rate of 1000%, foreign-currency reserves were totally depleted, and per capita GDP was roughly that of Peru and well below Argentina’s.

What Chile did have was intellectual capital, thanks to an exchange program between its Catholic University and the economics department of the University of Chicago, then Friedman’s academic home. Even before the 1973 coup, several of Chile’s “Chicago Boys” had drafted a set of policy proposals which amounted to an off-the-shelf recipe for economic liberalization: sharp reductions to government spending and the money supply; privatization of state-owned companies; the elimination of obstacles to free enterprise and foreign investment, and so on.

In left-wing mythology—notably Naomi Klein’s tedious 2007 screed “The Shock Doctrine”—the Chicago Boys weren’t just strange bedfellows to Pinochet’s dictatorship. They were complicit in its crimes. “If the pure Chicago economic theory can be carried out in Chile only at the price of repression, should its authors feel some responsibility?” wrote New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis in October 1975. In fact, Pinochet had been mostly indifferent to the Chicago Boys’ advice until the continuing economic crisis forced him to look for some policy alternatives. In March 1975, he had a 45-minute meeting with Friedman and asked him to write a letter proposing some remedies. Friedman responded a month later with an eight-point proposal that largely mirrored the themes of the Chicago Boys.

For his trouble, Friedman would spend the rest of his life being defamed as an accomplice to evil: at his Nobel Prize ceremony the following year, he was met by protests and hecklers. Friedman himself couldn’t decide whether to be amused or annoyed by the obloquies; he later wryly noted that he had given communist dictatorships the same advice he gave Pinochet, without raising leftist hackles.

An aside:
Could anyone please explain to me why we constantly hear the Left praise Cuba’s “excellent free healthcare”, while the Cuban regime is at least as deadly as Pinochet’s?

But I digresss,

As for Chile, Pinochet appointed a succession of Chicago Boys to senior economic posts. By 1990, the year he ceded power, per capita GDP had risen by 40% (in 2005 dollars) even as Peru and Argentina stagnated. Pinochet’s democratic successors—all of them nominally left-of-center—only deepened the liberalization drive. Result: Chileans have become South America’s richest people. They have the continent’s lowest level of corruption, the lowest infant-mortality rate, and the lowest number of people living below the poverty line.

Go read the rest.

Via Instapundit.

Due to an unexpected family business matter I haven’t been able to post this week’s Carnival of Latin America, so I’ll add this week’s items to last week’s and post the Carnival next Monday. Thank you for your support.