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Judge Finds Boy Guilty In Daytona Homeless Beating
AP ^ | May 10, 2007

Posted on 05/10/2007 10:37:46 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A 10-year-old boy was found guilty Thursday in the beating of a homeless Army veteran that left the man so severely injured he had to undergo reconstructive surgery

Circuit Judge John Watson found the boy guilty of aggravated battery in the March 27 attack in which John D'Amico, 58, was beaten and stoned with a concrete block.

The child's mother left the courtroom noticeably upset and refused to comment. Before the hearing began, she was hopeful: "If he gets to come home today, I'm going to bust out crying."

(Excerpt) Read more at news4jax.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: boy; damico; daytona; veteran

1 posted on 05/10/2007 10:37:55 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

My God, this is a troubling story, isn’t it?


2 posted on 05/10/2007 10:38:47 AM PDT by RexBeach (Americans never quit. -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

If he got to go home today, I might cry too.


3 posted on 05/10/2007 10:38:50 AM PDT by samson1097
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To: RexBeach

Boot camp for the “yoot,” literally and figuratively.


4 posted on 05/10/2007 10:40:36 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

Hmm, no mention of a father or upstanding male role model in these kids life. Must be pure coincidence that they are juvenile delinquents.


5 posted on 05/10/2007 10:42:56 AM PDT by go-dubya-04
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

A very common crime: almost a “bloodsport” amongst rich kids here in NZ. Our Patrol encounters this situation from time to time, and occasionally we have been able to intervene.

I can’t find many more ugly things that someone could do to another human being, than to beat the crap out of them in a alcohol-fueled swarm because they are helpless and unlikely to complain to the police. And, often as not, take photos or videos for their future amusement.

It is a sick sport, and I hope the Judge throws the book at this punk — real hard.


6 posted on 05/10/2007 10:47:29 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: DieHard the Hunter

I thought NZ was relatively crime-free, and social programs kept “homelessness” to a minimum?


7 posted on 05/10/2007 10:51:22 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

I can’t tell what’s going on with the editing in these articles. I think the victim is “John D’Amico, 57 or 58”, but the picture is labeled “Jeremy Woods, 46,” and Woods is actually the 17 year old perp in the story. Crappy editing I guess. Well, I hope they lock these little sadists up.


8 posted on 05/10/2007 10:55:18 AM PDT by Sinabyte
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

We need the right to defend ourselves, with deadly force if need be. This just further proves it. I was personally attacked in a park and the guy lived to regret it.


9 posted on 05/10/2007 11:03:04 AM PDT by LuxMaker
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

The poor man. I’m glad the boy was found guilty.


10 posted on 05/10/2007 11:05:51 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: trisham

Howie Carr has the Report Card of a ten-year old boy on his web-site. All the D’s were changed to B’s. All the minus’ were changed to plus’. No one had the nerve to stand up to the kid. His name is Whitey Bulger.


11 posted on 05/10/2007 11:07:58 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

“A very common crime: almost a “bloodsport” amongst rich kids here in NZ. “

Reminds me of the rumors of the children of wealthy Europeans traveling to Beirut to ‘target practice’ during the height of the civil war there in the 1980’s.

You have to wonder where a ten year old got the idea that beating a homeless person with a concrete block was a good idea in the first place.


12 posted on 05/10/2007 11:08:54 AM PDT by Badeye (If you can't take a response, don't post in an open forum is my advice.)
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To: massgopguy

Wow. Whitey, imho, is a psychopath, so I’m not surprised.


13 posted on 05/10/2007 11:09:49 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

We need to arm the homeless.


14 posted on 05/10/2007 11:10:43 AM PDT by trumandogz
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan

The guy is likely a Nam vet too. Sad that he is homeless and sad that this happened to him.


15 posted on 05/10/2007 11:11:22 AM PDT by DemEater
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To: DieHard the Hunter

If you know the neighborhood in question, there’s no question these kids were far from “rich,” even by Daytona trailer park standards.

While there is no condoning the psycho kids’ actions, the bums in Daytona Beach are far from saints. Far more obnoxious and threatening than any I ever saw in DC or NYC. The real story here is the urban decay that the city government seems incapable of unconfronting.


16 posted on 05/10/2007 11:15:36 AM PDT by Schuck
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To: trisham; TigersEye

Me too. I don’t know why a 10 year old would do such a thing. I wouldn’t want to be taking him home if he was my son & I had other children. I wonder what other rotten things he has done that aren’t being told.


17 posted on 05/10/2007 11:21:54 AM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: MassRepublicanFlyersFan
(1) Don't automatically assume that a bum claiming to be an Army veteran is actually an Army veteran. B.G. Burkett's Stolen Valor puts paid to that.

(2) Don't automatically assume that a bum is telling the truth. Bums are generally very nasty and/or crazy people. This is not the 1930s - people do not become bums for no reason at all anymore.

(3) Don't automatically buy the MSM spin on a criminal case.

18 posted on 05/10/2007 11:27:25 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: All

Kind of reminds me of “A Clockwork Orange”.


19 posted on 05/10/2007 12:25:01 PM PDT by this is my name not yours
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To: Badeye

> You have to wonder where a ten year old got the idea that beating a homeless person with a concrete block was a good idea in the first place.

It’s a horrible thought. Another blood sport here — this time with poor kids — is to drop rocks or concrete blocks off pedestrian overpasses to our motorway and see if they can cause accidents at hi speed.

I’m aware of at least one fatality resulting from this: horrific accident at 100 km/h. It’s a problem that has happened enough to cause Transit NZ to consider enclosing all pedestrian overpasses so that missiles can’t be thrown off them onto hi-speed traffic.


20 posted on 05/10/2007 5:56:59 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: Dubh_Ghlase

> I thought NZ was relatively crime-free, and social programs kept “homelessness” to a minimum?

Per capita use and production of P-Methamphetamine is the highest in the OECD. We incarcerate per capita more of our population than any country in the OECD bar the United States. Child abuse is amongst the worst in the world. Plenty of crime here.

It’s a beautiful country, it was once relatively crime-free, but since the 1980’s it has been going thru a rapid evolution in crime. Our crime trends would be about 20 years behind yours in the US. So think 1980’s, that’s us.

There are not as many homeless in NZ as there are in the US — that said, there are more than plenty.


21 posted on 05/10/2007 6:02:30 PM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: DieHard the Hunter
Wow! Thanks for the update! I had been in contact with NZ officials about possibly emigrating there. I have worked remotely in NZ for years, but had never been there. The ad's looked great, and it was listed as one of the top 5 countries to live. I had planned on vacationing there sometime in the next year or so, just to check it out. However, the NZ emigration folks are warning me if I wait too long, my age will become a factor and may cause me to "miss the cut", even though my job skills are in high demand there.

One thing I hadn't investigated was firearms ownership. If my ability to protect myself would be compromised by moving there, then my interest greatly diminishes.

Thanks for the insight! Dubh

22 posted on 05/11/2007 3:56:25 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase
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To: wideawake

You seem to be suggesting that maybe this bum got what he deserved. Do you actually believe a 58 y/o homeless alcoholic white guy is intentionally going to wander into a high crime black area looking for trouble? Not likely.


23 posted on 05/11/2007 4:49:53 AM PDT by yuta250
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To: yuta250
You seem to be suggesting that maybe this bum got what he deserved.

That's not what I am suggesting at all.

I am suggesting that his side of the story should not be accepted as gospel truth.

Do you actually believe a 58 y/o homeless alcoholic white guy is intentionally going to wander into a high crime black area looking for trouble? Not likely.

Bums, by definition, are past masters of making stupid choices.

24 posted on 05/11/2007 5:11:31 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Dubh_Ghlase

Hey Dubh, wou write:

> I had been in contact with NZ officials about possibly emigrating there. I have worked remotely in NZ for years, but had never been there. The ad’s looked great, and it was listed as one of the top 5 countries to live.

What you have heard is true: I’m originally from North America, no plans of returning. This is as close to Paradise as it gets in the OECD.

> One thing I hadn’t investigated was firearms ownership. If my ability to protect myself would be compromised by moving there, then my interest greatly diminishes.

You can own firearms in NZ: the rules are much like Canada’s — it’s a privilege not a Constitutionally-protected right. There is a process and it takes time to get your license. If you want to own handguns, you need an endorsed license, which generally requires you to either be a bona-fide collector or a member-in-good-standing of a pistol club.

In terms of self-defense/citizen’s arrest, I suggest looking at the Crimes Act 1961, sections 39-45. “Reasonable force”, on a situational basis. The courts seem to interpret this to mean “minimum force”, in which case a handgun will seldom qualify (tho’ sometimes it might).

I had guns before emigrating, and have seen no requirement to own any here.

> I had planned on vacationing there sometime in the next year or so, just to check it out.

When you do, look me up — I’m always good for a cup of coffee and if I can, I’ll take you for a quick tour of Auckland. I can be reached thru the Guardian Angels website www.guardianangels.org (Waitakere City chapter.)

> However, the NZ emigration folks are warning me if I wait too long, my age will become a factor and may cause me to “miss the cut”, even though my job skills are in high demand there.

Don’t delay: the economy is good right now.
*DieHard the Hunter*


25 posted on 05/11/2007 5:32:51 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: wideawake

Do you have some alternative theory of what went down that you’d like to share, or do you just despise bums and assume he somehow he must have provoke these delinquents into attacking him? There have been numerous stories over the past couple of years of adolescent toughs seriously assaulting the homeless for no other reason but kicks, so unless you have additional evidence about this particular case that suggests the bum somehow was reponsible for this, I think it most likely the media account of this incident is probably accurate, and apparently the jury did too. Maybe you’ve had an unfortunate experience with bums in your past that has clouded your thinking here. If you think it likely a frail old alcoholic white guy is going to wander into the ghetto looking for a fight you are delusional.


26 posted on 05/11/2007 5:36:59 AM PDT by yuta250
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To: DieHard the Hunter

I’ve seen similiar incidents around here as well.

You can’t help but wonder if the ten year old is a serial killer in the making. They usually have a track record of torturing/killing animals at that age. Going after a human this early....doesn’t bode well, to say the least.


27 posted on 05/11/2007 5:38:27 AM PDT by Badeye (If you can't take a response, don't post in an open forum is my advice.)
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To: Badeye

> You can’t help but wonder if the ten year old is a serial killer in the making. They usually have a track record of torturing/killing animals at that age. Going after a human this early....doesn’t bode well, to say the least.

I think it a sure bet that you’re right. NZ’s youngest killer, Bailey Junior Kurariki, was twelve when he and a few others killed Michael Choy, a pizza delivery guy, with a baseball bat, then robbed him of the pizza and ate it. Only a few years ago, already up for parole.

Read about this human nitemare here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/topic/story.cfm?c_id=124&objectid=10421170

Check out the photo: the picture of innocense! Whodathunkit?

*DieHard*


28 posted on 05/11/2007 5:48:39 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: DieHard the Hunter

Jeffrey Dalmer grew up not far from here (couple hundred miles). I’m sadly familiar with the ‘pattern’. Then there was Donald Harvey, also from Ohio. Hell, Charlie Manson was born and raised about ten blocks from where I grew up a decade later now that I think about it...


29 posted on 05/11/2007 5:50:41 AM PDT by Badeye (If you can't take a response, don't post in an open forum is my advice.)
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To: wideawake

> Bums, by definition, are past masters of making stupid choices.

That’s a rather broad sweeping definition that I certainly disagree with.

I have met plenty of homeless folk — “bums” — who choose to be homeless for the lifestyle. They do not work (or if they do, it’s only a casual job for some ready cash), they do not commute, they do not pay rent or have a mortgage, they do not pay tax, and if they are clever and plan it well they can always eat reasonably good food for free and sleep dry and warm. They do not have a boss to answer to, or a schedule to keep, and probably enjoy more “freedoms” than you or I could possibly imagine.

Viewed that way, not a stupid choice if your personal constitution can handle subsistence and if you do not require creature comforts.


30 posted on 05/11/2007 6:02:38 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: wideawake

> (2) Don’t automatically assume that a bum is telling the truth. Bums are generally very nasty and/or crazy people. This is not the 1930s - people do not become bums for no reason at all anymore.

Another sweeping generalization. Some of the greatest unhanged villains I have ever met have been in a corporate environment, wearing suits. Bums are *not* generally nasty and/or crazy people. Some people become bums for the lifestyle — which is a legitimate life choice.

You probably shouldn’t automatically assume that *anybody* is telling the truth: that’s just naieve. But there are no more liars amongst bums than there are amongst corporates. In fact, I would suspect that per capita there would be more lawyers and accountants in gaol for fraud and/or deception and/or dishonesty crimes than there are bums in gaol on similar convictions.

If so, why single out bums for your opprobrium?


31 posted on 05/11/2007 6:12:34 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: yuta250
Do you have some alternative theory of what went down that you’d like to share, or do you just despise bums and assume he somehow he must have provoke these delinquents into attacking him?

The defense produced an alternate "theory", not I.

There have been numerous stories over the past couple of years of adolescent toughs seriously assaulting the homeless for no other reason but kicks, so unless you have additional evidence about this particular case that suggests the bum somehow was reponsible for this, I think it most likely the media account of this incident is probably accurate, and apparently the jury did too.

The jury does not necessarily accept the media account - they merely believe that a crime was committed. And I'm certain one was committed as well - I just highly doubt the bum was minding his own business.

Maybe you’ve had an unfortunate experience with bums in your past that has clouded your thinking here. If you think it likely a frail old alcoholic white guy is going to wander into the ghetto looking for a fight you are delusional.

My only "unfortunate" experience with bums is the typical one.

Bums are losers who ask people for money and when no money is forthcoming they will often, as belligerent drunks are wont to do, get angry and insult people who don't give them money.

While I have enough self-control not to thrash them, it's obvious that plenty of people wouldn't.

And calling me delusional doesn't affect reality: degenerate alcoholics typically have a sense of invulnerability when they are drunk - I have seen white bums in their 50s insult black teenagers on the NYC subway on more than one occasion, oblivious to the fact that they could easily be beaten to death if the people they were insulting chose to do so.

Bums, by definition, are morons who do things that no sane person with common sense would do. That's why they live on the street, don't bathe, and eat garbage.

To reiterate: it is a crime to beat the crap out of people who verbally insult you, and people who hospitalize people in response to a verbal insult should be prosecuted.

However, it is a known fact that drunken losers like to run their mouths a lot, and I highly doubt the bum in question wasn't doing so.

32 posted on 05/11/2007 6:13:27 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: DieHard the Hunter
In fact, I would suspect that per capita there would be more lawyers and accountants in gaol for fraud and/or deception and/or dishonesty crimes than there are bums in gaol on similar convictions.

Do you have stats to back this up, Noam Chomsky?

I've lived in NYC for 20 years and worked here for 18 years and spent 5 years living and working Chicago.

As a result, I have encountered unnumbered bums.

They are nasty or crazy or both and almost all of them have serious drug and alcohol problems.

Your romantic view of the carefree hobo is mythical nonsense, and your use of the word "corporate" as a derogatory term reveals the Marxism beneath the mythmaking.

33 posted on 05/11/2007 6:21:59 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: DieHard the Hunter
I've read your profile now and I see that you live in NZ - your comments now make more sense given your rareified context.

With all due respect, you have zero idea what bums in America's cities are like.

This ain't hippy travelers in caravans.

34 posted on 05/11/2007 6:24:09 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

> Bums, by definition, are morons who do things that no sane person with common sense would do.

No, many do it for the lifestyle. Just because they do not fit your definition of “sane” and “common sense” doesn’t make them morons.

> That’s why they live on the street, don’t bathe, and eat garbage.

Some of them subsist rather well: if you don’t need creature comforts to be happy, then all you need is dry shelter, clothing of some sort, and a full tummy. “Bums” are quite good at finding these things for cheap or free.

> I just highly doubt the bum was minding his own business.

He was probably minding his own business and got rolled for his troubles. Kids do that these days as a blood-sport. I have seen it happen and our Patrol has always intervened when it happens around us.

> Bums are losers

As opposed to, say, you who are a Winner. Gotcha.

> who ask people for money and when no money is forthcoming they will often, as belligerent drunks are wont to do, get angry and insult people who don’t give them money.

Seen plenty of people in the corporate world behave exactly like this, too.

> However, it is a known fact that drunken losers like to run their mouths a lot, and I highly doubt the bum in question wasn’t doing so.

It’s a known fact that adolescent delinquents run their mouths a lot, too: often to rap music. The main difference between the bum and the delinquents is probably that only one of the parties was seeking a violent altercation. And it wouldn’t have been the bum, I’d guess.


35 posted on 05/11/2007 6:26:49 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: wideawake

> Your romantic view of the carefree hobo is mythical nonsense,

No, it reflects first-hand experience as a Guardian Angel. We look after homeless folk who live under bridges and we will give them what help we can, get to know them by name and, when given the opportunity, will protect them from delinquent drunken teenage thugs who are hell-bent on giving them a beating. Done that a few times, now.

> and your use of the word “corporate” as a derogatory term reveals the Marxism beneath the mythmaking.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me. My use of the word “corporate” has absolutely nothing to do with Marxism.

> I’ve lived in NYC for 20 years and worked here for 18 years and spent 5 years living and working Chicago.

I know NYC and Chicago very well. Geez, all these worries you have about crazed bums causing havoc in your streets must keep you wideawake at nite, ay. Relax, mate! Take a deep breath: I can assure you that the “Bums” are not out to get you. You have much bigger, nastier and more dangerous enemies than the homeless fellow who talks to himself. We all do. Trust me.

> Do you have stats to back this up, Noam Chomsky?

I don’t need ‘em. “White Collar Crime” is an entire category of crime that generally encompasses fraud, deception and dishonesty crimes committed in a corporate environment. There isn’t really an equivalent for “bum crime” that encompasses fraud, deception and dishonesty crimes. Or perhaps you are suggesting that Bums caused Enron to collapse, for example?

I posed it as a “suspicion” and I suspect I am right. You are free to prove me wrong with stats. If there is a Great Bum Conspiracy lurking out there, I’m sure everybody needs to hear about it.

*DieHard*


36 posted on 05/11/2007 6:41:48 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: wideawake

> I’ve read your profile now and I see that you live in NZ - your comments now make more sense given your rareified context.

You’re guilty of yet another wide, sweeping generalization. I’m an Immigrant to New Zealand.

> With all due respect, you have zero idea what bums in America’s cities are like.

A huge assumption on your part. With all due respect, it is highly likely I have first-hand experience with more American cities and states than you have.

> This ain’t hippy travelers in caravans.

No, they’re homeless folk, and a good many of them are homeless by choice.


37 posted on 05/11/2007 6:44:53 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: DieHard the Hunter
As opposed to, say, you who are a Winner.

If working hard every day, providing for my family, spending my money on my family instead of drink and drugs, not committing crimes and paying my taxes make me a winner, then I'm a winner.

I prefer to think of myself as a man who does what a man is supposed to do.

And again, your experiences in Waitakere City are not the same as life in NYC or Chicago.

NYC has 54 times the population of Waitakere City and nearly twice the population of NZ.

There were 98 murders in NZ last year - how many in Waitakere City? 8? 10? 12?

There have been more than 98 murders in NYC alone so far this year - and that is a record low.

38 posted on 05/11/2007 6:45:33 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

> And again, your experiences in Waitakere City are not the same as life in NYC or Chicago.

I didn’t always live in Waitakere City, mate. And there are parts of South Auckland where it would be inadvisable for even a tough guy from NYC like you to venture forth into. Trust me.


39 posted on 05/11/2007 6:49:53 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: DieHard the Hunter
I’m an Immigrant to New Zealand.

From where?

With all due respect, it is highly likely I have first-hand experience with more American cities and states than you have.

I've been to every state except AK, ND, MT, OR and HI, and I've spent significant amounts of time in NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Washington DC, Newark NJ, Cincinnati, Chicago, New Orleans, Charleston, Memphis, Kansas City, Phoenix, Houston, LA, San Francisco/Oakland and Minneapolis.

I've visited probably every major city in the US except for Portland OR, Honolulu and, oddly, Denver.

40 posted on 05/11/2007 6:55:45 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

> From where?

North America.

> I’ve been to every state except AK, ND, MT, OR and HI, and I’ve spent significant amounts of time in NYC, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Washington DC, Newark NJ, Cincinnati, Chicago, New Orleans, Charleston, Memphis, Kansas City, Phoenix, Houston, LA, San Francisco/Oakland and Minneapolis.

Not a bad collection. Seattle is nice, as is Tampa. Fargo should not be missed. Portland has a great lifestyle even if it is loopy on the left-hand side: fantastic microbreweries. Honolulu is a great city, I was just there last September. Haven’t been to Cincinnati.


41 posted on 05/11/2007 7:03:03 AM PDT by DieHard the Hunter
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To: wideawake
What was your opinion of Chicago? It’s remarkably clean for a big city. Daley keeps it humming.
42 posted on 05/11/2007 8:25:17 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
What was your opinion of Chicago? It’s remarkably clean for a big city.

I lived there in the late 80s and visit regularly.

The Second Daley Regime represents a vast improvement over the Bilandic/Byrne/Washington interregnum.

It's gotten much cleaner starting in about 1990 and Daley learned a lot from Giuliani, I suspect.

I think Chicago is just a world-class city now from an architectural, cultural, culinary, recreational and economic perspective.

43 posted on 05/11/2007 9:10:53 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: wideawake

I agree. It’s hard to believe but in the 1970s, The Loop at night was an abandoned wasteland. Old Man Daley was a bigot who and didn’t want to help the inner city at all. It was Byrne who got the ball rolling and tried to attract cultural events downtown and Daley Jr. did that much more. Everyone in Chicago attributes the 1979 snowstorm to her being elected in the face of Bilandic’s aloofness. Without that storm who knows what Chicago would be like today!


44 posted on 05/11/2007 9:29:21 AM PDT by Borges
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