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April 02, 2012
Compliant Chicago Media Suffers Blowback as Windy City Ignores Constitutional Rights - 7

In the decade of debate leading to the Supreme Court's 2010 landmark ruling in McDonald v. City of Chicago, there was a constant background theme in support of the reasoned contention that the United States Constitution does, indeed, apply in Chicago.
   
It was this: A government allowed to exempt itself from one Amendment in the Bill of Rights, will inevitably demonstrate contempt for others.
   
Not surprisingly, the city of Chicago fulfilled this prophecy by resisting the Supreme Court's ruling that a blanket ban on private gun ownership is unconstitutional.
   
Not surprisingly, the media, particularly in Chicago, never seemed to grasp this background theme, to recognize how dangerous it is to allow a government to cherry pick through the Bill of Rights and deign what it will, and what it will not, uphold.
   
It was too subtle, too theoretical, too "big picture."
   
Therefore, the media, particularly in Chicago, never saw how inevitable the prophecy was -- until March 19, when two reporters were briefly detained and told by a police officer, "Your First Amendment rights can be terminated."
   
In itself, a minor irony. But this is not an isolated occurrence. It is symptomatic of a city government that holds the U.S. Constitution in contempt.
   
Perhaps now, finally, the media, particularly in Chicago, will see that such a government is worthy of its contempt.
   
For more, go to:
-- Chicago cop: ‘Your First Amendment rights can be terminated…’
   
-- Chicago Journalists Handcuffed While Covering Shooting Of 6-Year-Old Girl (VIDEO)
   
-- Chicago Cop to Reporters: 'Your First Amendment Right Can Be Terminated'
   
-- Chicago police tell journalists they can terminate first amendment rights

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from captjim wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

In the previous post I was quoting Maxine Watters in regard to Zimmerman defending himself. I wasn't implying that.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Oh yea, it's a dam good thing the white guy didn't have a gun or it would have be another case of hunting down the black kids like rabid dogs.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Well guess what just happened today in Sanford Fl. 2 black teens pulled a 50 year old white dude out of his car and beat him half to death with a hammer. Fortunately a witness saw it and they have been arrested. They look just like the sons that Obama never had. Standing by for the Jackson and Sharpton to start the rallies for justice for the white guy.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Actually I'm glad Chicago is like that. It will keep the thugs and gansters robbing and killing up there where it's safe to shoot people. Same goes for Philly and Washington. I think the violence could get much worse as a result of the good reverends and black panthers down in Fl. calling for unrest over the Trayvon shooting.

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from dneaster3 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

"Perhaps now, finally, the media, particularly in Chicago, will see that such a government is worthy of its contempt."

Perhaps... but unlikely.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Yea, that sounds like chicago politics.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Chicago is a sad case. They have had power hungry mayors for generations and then they keep electing them. I honestly don't know what it will take to straighten Chicago out. I do know that Rahm Emanuel isn't the answer; he is just more of the same. He had to cheat just to get on the ballot.

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from dneaster3 wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

"Perhaps now, finally, the media, particularly in Chicago, will see that such a government is worthy of its contempt."

Perhaps... but unlikely.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Actually I'm glad Chicago is like that. It will keep the thugs and gansters robbing and killing up there where it's safe to shoot people. Same goes for Philly and Washington. I think the violence could get much worse as a result of the good reverends and black panthers down in Fl. calling for unrest over the Trayvon shooting.

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from DSMbirddog wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Chicago is a sad case. They have had power hungry mayors for generations and then they keep electing them. I honestly don't know what it will take to straighten Chicago out. I do know that Rahm Emanuel isn't the answer; he is just more of the same. He had to cheat just to get on the ballot.

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from Blue Ox wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Yea, that sounds like chicago politics.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

In the previous post I was quoting Maxine Watters in regard to Zimmerman defending himself. I wasn't implying that.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Well guess what just happened today in Sanford Fl. 2 black teens pulled a 50 year old white dude out of his car and beat him half to death with a hammer. Fortunately a witness saw it and they have been arrested. They look just like the sons that Obama never had. Standing by for the Jackson and Sharpton to start the rallies for justice for the white guy.

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from captjim wrote 2 years 16 weeks ago

Oh yea, it's a dam good thing the white guy didn't have a gun or it would have be another case of hunting down the black kids like rabid dogs.

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