Jesús "Chuy" Garcia, whose election in November is virtually assured, previously lost a mayoral bid against Rahm Emanuel.
The U.S. Navy is taking advantage of Chicago's sky-high murder rate by sending new medics to treat gunshot victims at Stroger hospital on the city's West Side as part of a pilot program which is currently in its third year. In 2017, 3,561 people were shot in Chicago; one every 2 hours and 27 minutes, while there were 679 total homicides - down from 2016's total of 808. Of the 679 homicides last year, 92.4% were from gunshots. In fact, one-third of the 2016 spike in U.S. homicides came from just five Chicago neighborhoods. The steady flow of shooting victims (which social justice warriors seem to have overlooked for some reason) has proven extremely useful in training combat medics for the battlefield. “The experience here can’t be replicated elsewhere, unless you have a major land invasion,” said Dr. Faran Bokhari, chair of Stroger's trauma & burn surgery unit. The pilot program is set to be expanded under a Department of Defense effort to prioritize civilian and military partnerships. Newly enlisted combat medics rotate into hospital shifts, along with those who need a refresher while home from deployment. The hospital's 14-bed unit treats more than 6,000 trauma patient a year - with many of the victims suffering penetrating, life threatening wounds similar to those found on the battlefield. In many front-line Marine units, immediate medical care for gunshots, explosions or shrapnel comes from these corpsmen who mostly are young, new to the service and new to seeing up close the wounds they train to treat. The Navy medics, known as hospital corpsmen, typically receive 14 weeks of training in first aid and patient care in Fort Sam Houston in Texas after initial boot camp, and then have the option for additional training. -WSJ “[T]he first time a corpsman got any trauma experience was when they were deployed, and some would just freeze up,” said Navy Surgeon, Captain Paul Roach, who heads the program in the Great Lakes region. “We don’t want that to happen anymore.” Corpsmen in the program learn skills such as how to scrub in before entering an operating theater, how to operate various machinery in the treatment of gunshot wounds, and how to assist doctors and surgeons with more advanced medical procedures during the trauma unit's 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. shift. “Corpsmen are not routinely exposed to trauma or critically injured patients during their first assignments,” said DoD spokeswoman Maj. Carla Gleason. The “realistic, hands-on trauma training will allow them to hone their skills and increase their readiness.” As the Wall Street Journal notes, Navy corpsmen often find themselves operating alone in combat zones. Operating in the hospital environment helps them learn protocol and procedures which they can replicate in the field. “A lot of it is here’s your training, you learn, it gets drilled in into your head—then it’s just go,” said Andrew Swain, a 26-year old corpsman who has served as a medic in Iraq. During that deployment, in his first “mass-casualty incident,” he and just a handful of other medics had to treat about eight injured at the same time, all with traumatic injuries. -WSJ Approximately 30% of patients admitted to Stroger have suffered gunshot wounds - compared to the national average of 4.2% for similar level 1 trauma centers. Corpsman Konrad Poplawski, whose first experience seeing anyone with a gunshot wound was during rotation in the training program at Stroger hospital, says that the program “has prepared me to deal with worse things out in the field,” he said. “I’ll be the only one out there, so I’ll have to learn from this.” What the hell is going on? Chicago - which has been run by Democrats for 64 of the last 68 years, has been in an economic death spiral for years. The Windy City run by Rahm Emanuel is currently drowning in debt and pension liabilities, along with an education system that's in shambles. In 2015, IBD noted "(Chicago's) financial woes have mounted despite Emanuel's efforts to rein them in. Years, perhaps even decades, of past financial sins all seem to be coming home to roost now. ... Moody's Investors Service estimated in a 2013 report that fixed costs, like pension contributions and debt service, could soon eat up more than half the city's operating budget, up from about 15 percent of the 2015 budget." As President Trump asked last December, "what the hell is going on in Chicago?" Trump on the rise in violent crime: "What the hell is going on in Chicago, what the hell is happening there?" pic.twitter.com/mGrSGbHudo — Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 15, 2017 We can't possibly imagine - as Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the country.
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HAITI SUSPENDS OXFAM OPERATIONS PENDING SEX SCANDAL PROBE: Haiti on Thursday suspended the operations of British charity Oxfam pending the outcome of its investigation into allegations that its staff sexually exploited Haitians after a devastating 2010 earthquake. The country’s ministry of planning and foreign aid said Oxfam GB had made a “serious error” by failing […]
According to the Wall Street Journal, a surge in carjackings in Chicago has led to the highest number of car thefts in more than a decade, terrifying residents who are often traumatized about the explosion in homicides and shootings over the past two years. Law enforcement and crime specialists mostly attribute the surge, which is also evident in Baltimore, Milwaukee, and St. Louis, on “repeat offenders, many of them juveniles who use the cars to commit other crimes or to brag about on social media,” said WSJ. “You’ll have one of them post that they got a Lexus, and then the other responds and say he stole a Mercedes,” said St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department Maj. Kenneth Kegel. “It is almost like a game, where they want to one up each other.” In Chicago, the total number of carjackings have exploded over the last year, from 700 in 2016 to 950 in 2017, which has reached the highest level of car thefts not seen in more than a decade. So far, 2018 is nothing to cheer about, there have already been 100 carjackings in the first forty-three days, even as WSJ says murders and shootings were down 16 percent and 21 percent between 2016 and 2017. Earlier this month, Chicago officials “assembled a carjacking strike force with federal representatives from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with prosecutors, suburban police and state police,” said WSJ. Law enforcement experts told the Wall Street Journal, the surge is also attributed to repeat offenders, who use the stolen vehicles to carry out other crimes. “Both car thefts and jackings have been driven by a need for a motor vehicle to commit additional crimes,” said Richard Rosenfeld, a criminologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “That crime may be a retaliatory homicide…or the vehicle is sometimes traded for drugs.” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, and state lawmakers addressed the skyrocketing trend in carjackings at a news conference on Sunday. Emanuel said the state law must strengthen to combat against carjackers. Today I stood with @Chicago_Police, state and local lawmakers to call for stronger legislation and announce new technology to combat auto theft, strengthen public safety & empower victims. More: https://t.co/sghBhK9Vuy pic.twitter.com/Sn6dxXILQN — Mayor Rahm Emanuel (@ChicagosMayor) February 11, 2018 “Our mission is clear: we want to prevent carjackings and cars from being stolen to strengthen community safety,” Emanuel said. “As a challenge facing communities across the state, we are seeking to use the laws better and more effectively to give victims a better chance to get justice in court.” Emanuel and Johnson also announced that police vehicles will soon be equipped with license plate scanner technology in hopes to catch more stolen vehicles. “Public safety cannot be a responsibility left in the hands of law enforcement alone and we need to address the problems we face from every angle to create an effective culture of accountability for violent offenders,” Johnson said. “That is why I am proud to stand side by side with Mayor Emanuel, our lawmakers and community members to call for thoughtful legislation that will give carjacking victims an opportunity for justice in court.” Two Carjackings in Chicago caught on video: “It is so concerning and surprising because it seems that these criminals are becoming so emboldened and fearless,” said Lauren Simonson, an 11-year concerned resident of Chicago who was at the news conference and sits on a neighborhood’s watch group. Further, WSJ says that Chicago Police Department and Chicago’s largest police union blame “lax punishment for juvenile offenders” and a strict chase policy that is enabling the trend in carjackings to flourish. Chicago police blame the surge on lax punishment for juvenile offenders and light punishments for motor crimes in the state. Chicago’s largest police union also cites a pursuit policy that is more restrictive than in other cities, prohibiting officers from chasing a vehicle being driven erratically for fear of injuring bystanders. Police cite one instance last year where a brother and sister team, both juveniles, were arrested three times in the same week for possession of a stolen vehicle. One of the three teenagers who attempted to carjack the retired officer earlier this month was arrested again less than 48 hours later with another stolen vehicle and a loaded semiautomatic firearm. “These guys are career criminals, they are repeat offenders,” said Fred Waller, chief of patrol at the Chicago police department. “If they are not held accountable, what deterrent is there to not do it again?”
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Susan Glasser, The New YorkerNone of this had happened yet, but in some way it was entirely predictable to Emanuel. He thinks that Democrats are much too confident about their ability to profit from the weakness of an unpopular politician. (He remains a believer that one should never underestimate a guy who managed to make it to the Oval Office.) Yet Trump has already shown that he cannot avoid being trapped in exactly the kind of political controversies that most other Presidents are adept at avoiding. “Trump cannot get out of Trump’s way,” Emanuel said. “It’s not Bob Mueller; it’s...
The president's long-awaited infrastructure package will expect cities and states to pick up much more of the costs for their projects.
The head of the U.S. Conference of Mayors said Thursday that the Justice Department’s warning that sanctuary cities and states could be subject to federal subpoenas was a White House “stunt” intended to turn a planned meeting between mayors and President Donald Trump into a “photo-op.” “We viewed it as a stunt. We really thought that what the White House was trying to do was to somehow bring the mayors into the immigration debate that they had last week that was part of the shutdown of the government, was just going to be a photo-op,” New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “Mayors really don't have time for political stunts.”Landrieu was among the mayors who skipped a planned White House meeting Wednesday that had ostensibly been scheduled to discuss infrastructure. The New Orleans mayor said that meeting took on a new tone after the Justice Department sent letters threatening certain states, counties and cities, among them Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Denver and San Francisco, with subpoenas should they refuse to turn over information regarding policies that bar or discourage the sharing of information about undocumented immigrants in local custody. In addition to Landrieu, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would skip the White House meeting in the wake of the Justice Department letter. Chicago and Los Angeles Mayors Rahm Emanuel and Eric Garcetti had opted out of the White House meeting before the subpoena threats became public.Trump, addressing the mayors who attended the meeting, said those who did not show up “put the needs of criminal, illegal immigrants over law-abiding Americans."Landrieu argued on MSNBC that the Justice Department has yet to offer a clear definition of what exactly a “sanctuary city” is and has repeatedly moved the goalposts in its dealing with local governments. He said the priority for local law enforcement cannot be enforcing immigration law because to do so would sever trust with their communities and ultimately allow for crimes to go unreported and criminals to escape prosecution.“First of all, if Congress and the president would do their job and get comprehensive immigration reform done, the mayors would not be in the middle of this. Secondly, the White House has had a very difficult time having a constructive and transparent and reasonable discussion with anybody about anything,” Landrieu said. “And thirdly it's just bad manners to invite somebody over for lunch to have a constructive discussion about one thing and smack them on the head before they walk in the door.”Landrieu, a Democrat, will end his tenure as mayor of New Orleans this spring and has been floated by some as a potential presidential candidate in 2020, talk he seemed to shoot down when asked about it on “Morning Joe.”“I'm flattered that people think that I can find higher office. I don't have the intention of doing that right now and I'm not intending to run for president,” he said. “Evidently, politics you never say never, you never say no, but I'm not going to run for president.”
The White House chief of staff is traditionally responsible for pushing an agenda forward — not cleaning up messes or averting disaster.
Steve Cortes, RealClearPoliticsRahm Emanuel appeared Tuesday on Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” and wowed the host and audience with his rabid anti-Trump rhetoric. Perhaps jealous of his famous Hollywood power-agent brother, Ari Emanuel, Rahm giddily joined the cacophony of late-night TV anti-Trump snark and, unknowingly, provided Chicagoans a Nero-like vision of a failed leader playing his fiddle as his city smolders, beset by rampant violence, failing schools, and a fleeing population.
Rahm Emanuel said the Windy City is adopting policies that don't jibe with the administration's.
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