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My Scary Encounter With Chicago's Mayor Richard Daley
Fox News ^ | February 01, 2011 | John R. Lott Jr.

Posted on 02/01/2011 12:48:37 PM PST by JohnRLott

Chicago-style politics is infamous for kickbacks, dead people voting, and thuggery. Alas, it is not just a relic of the past. In fact, witness recent stories of Chicago city workers being hired or promoted based on how well they got voters to the polls and not how well they did their official jobs, children getting admitted to prestigious city schools based on political connections, and the granting of city contracts. Unfortunately, I know first hand more than I would like about Chicago politics. A decade ago, I was working at the University of Chicago Law School as an Olin Fellow, doing research and some teaching, when I happened to cross paths with Mayor Richard Daley. As he is now about to retire from office, it is time for the facts to come out. As the author of the book "More Guns, Less Crime" and someone living and working on Daley's home turf in Chicago, I was not one of his favorite people. . . .

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: banglist; chicago; crime; daley; democrats; govtabuse; guncontrol; illinois; johnlott; liberalfascism; mayordaley; thug

1 posted on 02/01/2011 12:48:46 PM PST by JohnRLott
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To: JohnRLott
I hope Mr. Daley's retirement is short and filled with visits to doctor's offices and clinics.
2 posted on 02/01/2011 12:56:52 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun." -- Barry Soetoro, June 11, 2008)
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To: JohnRLott

how is something which happened a decade ago breaking news, barring some new development?


3 posted on 02/01/2011 12:57:07 PM PST by dep (all that is necessary for liberals to triumph is for honest people to do nothing)
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To: JohnRLott

Thugs. Plain and simple.


4 posted on 02/01/2011 1:00:06 PM PST by Gritty (Local Russians shouldn't compare our Democratic Party with communism. It’s absurd.-D. Savino (D-NY))
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To: dep

Well, it does sound like there was some rib breaking going on courtesy of the Daley machine.


5 posted on 02/01/2011 1:01:47 PM PST by coaltrain (Obama's a Harvard lawyer like Elvis was a Black Belt)
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To: JohnRLott

Having read as much of Professor Lott’s article as I could stomach, I can’t help but observe that it would seem that the outgoing mayor didn’t get the memos about the “need for civility in our political life,” or, if he did get them, was too busy to read them carefully.


6 posted on 02/01/2011 1:05:56 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: JohnRLott

I lived in Chicago for 10 years. Toward the end of my stay, Daley and the Chicago thugs were on the front page of the Tribune each day, with investigative reports illustrating the level of corruption he was involved in. He had Teflon status, almost to the extent Obama had early in his presidency. You could print up a murder rap on the guy, and people would turn a blind eye to it. Daley has been incredibly fortunate his entire career. He strikes me as having severely limited intellect. His treatment of the press has been painful to watch at times.


7 posted on 02/01/2011 1:07:11 PM PST by KingOfVagabonds
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To: dep

Breaking News: Academic Freedom is a Joke!


8 posted on 02/01/2011 1:07:11 PM PST by DManA
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To: KingOfVagabonds

Glad to see this after the article earlier today in which someone was slobbering how King Daley is a great guy because he and his wife play with your toddler when they see you in a diner.


9 posted on 02/01/2011 1:10:06 PM PST by Williams (It's the policies, stupid.)
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To: JohnRLott

What was scary? Did he try to speak English?


10 posted on 02/01/2011 1:12:01 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: JohnRLott

I am wondering, if the Mayor of Chicago can shape the news through manipulation and intimidation, just think what power the POTUS has to shape what we hear and see. Scary indeed...


11 posted on 02/01/2011 1:14:36 PM PST by austinaero ((More Bark, Less Wag))
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To: JohnRLott
Hey John. I wasn't there, and so I can only go by your words, but it appears your encounter -- while scary -- was less with Daley and more with the Chicago political machine.

The machine transcends one man. Daley is unstable, and terribly low-intellect, no doubt, and the machine is steered by him in many ways, but political machines tend to take on their own initiative and life (c.f. Tammany Hall).

It is the picking of a nit, perhaps, yet the title had me thinking you would have a personal interaction with Daley that was chilling. Your opponents might point out this nit. Wish I could have seen the article first, and I might have suggested you offer the title of "My Scary Encounter With Chicago's Daley Political Machine".

You are a wonderful intellect and a great man. Salute to you, dear sir.

12 posted on 02/01/2011 1:16:07 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: dep
how is something which happened a decade ago breaking news, barring some new development?

The article is from today; it is Prof. Lott's revelation of what happened years ago in Daley's Chicago. This is apparently his first release of the information from his perspective. That's a new development.

13 posted on 02/01/2011 1:17:32 PM PST by Pearls Before Swine (/s, in case you need to ask)
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To: JohnRLott

HORRID grammar. Let me try again: “”My Scary Encounter With The Chicago Political Machine Under Daley”.


14 posted on 02/01/2011 1:20:11 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

What do you expect living in the Soviet Republic of Chicago?


15 posted on 02/01/2011 1:27:32 PM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: JohnRLott

Surprise, surprise, lol... Daley is a crooked thug and a genuine scumbag.


16 posted on 02/01/2011 1:29:38 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lazamataz
My Scary Encounter With The Chicago Political Machine Under Daley

Or, "My Scary Encounter With The Daly Regime".

17 posted on 02/01/2011 1:34:05 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Also acceptable, making, of course, the correction to Daley’s last name.


18 posted on 02/01/2011 1:37:10 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: JohnRLott
So Daley was fine with having the police rough-up Professor Lott a bit, spread professionally damaging slanderous lies about him and then to have him silenced or fired. But according to HillBuzz Daley's a great guy:
The one thing you really need to know about Daley, though, was just how nice of a man he honest too goodness is. One day last week, one of my friends had lunch downtown with his wife and little baby, in an Irish pub somewhere in the Loop’s warren of tiny buildings jammed between skyscrapers. In the back, at a table all by himself, sat Da Mayor, reading the paper and munching his lunch. Daley saw the little baby staring at him, and he smiled, waived, and came right over to see the little boy…who instantly lit up when the Mayor gave the baby loving attention. He stopped and chatted with my friends for a good ten minutes while their food came, as if he was an uncle or old family friend they ran into…instead of a politician they had never met. This has been my experience with Mayor Daley the whole time I’ve lived in Chicago.

-- "Chicago political experts believe Obama will not seek a second term"

Al Capone loved children too. As one of Scarface's grandniece's said:
"He would get down on the floor like a big teddy bear. He loved children."

19 posted on 02/01/2011 1:41:31 PM PST by bvw
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To: JohnRLott

Expect more of the same from a mayor Emanuel. He’s the guy that stabs the table with a steak knife and says, “DEAD” referring to anybody that crosses him.


20 posted on 02/01/2011 1:45:11 PM PST by Harley (Life is Tough, But It's a Lot Tougher When You're a Liberal. Stop Global Whining Now.)
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To: JohnRLott

Daley is and has always been a thug, just like his father. None of Lott’s story should come as a surprise to anyone.


21 posted on 02/01/2011 1:46:48 PM PST by Oldpuppymax
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To: JohnRLott

I feel for him, and yet it angers me.

He stayed silent.

Silence is consent.


22 posted on 02/01/2011 1:58:29 PM PST by Freddd (CNN is down to Three Hundred Thousand viewers. But they worked for it.)
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To: JohnRLott
Both Mayors Daley were thugs. The younger distinguished himself by closing Meigs Field, the Chicago lakeside airport, in the middle of the night, by sending his minions to dig trenches across the runway. Daley hardly bothered to use or further pursue legal means, he just acted like any tyrant would when they don't get their way.

I hope his rotten acts will follow him to his early grave.

You were very fortunate that you did not get thrown in one of his trenches.

23 posted on 02/01/2011 1:59:17 PM PST by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: JohnRLott

Stick to your Guns. You are right.


24 posted on 02/01/2011 2:02:21 PM PST by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: JohnRLott

Daley and his kind stink.


25 posted on 02/01/2011 2:26:22 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: KingOfVagabonds
This was very clear when he was AG in the Land of Lincoln. The Walibby case was a particular example of his Soviet style verdict first investigation later approach to what is euphemistically called justice in Hillanois.
26 posted on 02/01/2011 2:37:49 PM PST by robowombat
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To: JohnRLott
At that point a woman walked over to me and asked me if I was John Lott from the University of Chicago. I said that I was, and she informed me that I was not allowed to ask any questions -- no additional explanation was offered.

Scratch a liberal, find a fascist.

Thank goodness this thug political culture is confined to one city and state, and that no one produced by it could ever be taken seriously as a national candidate. Oh wait.

27 posted on 02/01/2011 2:39:25 PM PST by denydenydeny (Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak-Adams)
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To: JohnRLott

All of Chicago is run by thugs... not just the Mayor’s office. Mr G was working in a downtown building and some union gave him a really hard time about something... until he discovered that all the fire walls in an 80+ floor building had holes in them for the cable TV runs. They decided to leave him alone after that.


28 posted on 02/01/2011 2:41:29 PM PST by Grammy ( TSA “We handle more packages than UPS.”)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Most people are under the misunderstanding that the mob was driven out of Chicago in the 1920s and 1930s. Not so. The mob became the Chicago government.


29 posted on 02/01/2011 2:43:43 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: DManA
Breaking News: Academic Freedom is a Joke!

Daley corruption is a given. One might hope to actually see some spine in a Law School Dean ( Freedom of speech anyone ) of a private university. One more confirmation of the nonsense spouted by academia about their supposed independence.

30 posted on 02/01/2011 3:31:26 PM PST by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: Timocrat

Although I am a figher, don’t be too hard on the dean.

Remember that a university that size has probably several million square ft. of buildings.

All of which just might fail inspection...on a dozen fronts. Sprinklers, number of exits, electricals, on and on.

And then there is the actual real estate. Codes, valuation, etc. Distance between buildings and property lines, etc.

Then there are the health laws regarding the cafeteria.....

You get the picture.

Daley could have closed the place down.

Some people can fight it, some can not. And if the dean is representing hundreds, probably more than 1,000 employees and maybe 25,000 students who might end up missing a year of school.....he was in a very bad spot.


31 posted on 02/01/2011 4:15:17 PM PST by old curmudgeon
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To: JohnRLott

One of the first things that happened in DC after Daley got into the WH was a WH aide’s wife was burned to death in her car in her garage....that tells us a lot!!!


32 posted on 02/01/2011 4:40:19 PM PST by browniexyz
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To: BatGuano

Wait til Rahm Emmanuel starts running things. This nut-job tyrant will be 10x worse.

Will Shortshanks Daley be retiring to his Grand Beach, Michigan home in the cul-de-sac on the hill? Lots of drownings out that way Dicky. Better bring your two armed escorts and life preserver.


33 posted on 02/01/2011 4:55:18 PM PST by TheBigJ
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To: Lazamataz

I misspelled Dailey’s last name?
Opps..


34 posted on 02/01/2011 5:45:35 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: JohnRLott
Daley may be going but his protege is our President and his brother is his chief of staff.

I guess we should all be scared.

35 posted on 02/01/2011 5:54:13 PM PST by Tribune7 (The Democrat Party is not a political organization but a religious cult.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Lulz. :) It’s easy to mispel Daylies name. :)


36 posted on 02/01/2011 6:51:29 PM PST by Lazamataz (If Illegal Aliens are Undocumented Workers, then Thieves are Undocumented Shoppers.)
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To: JohnRLott

Thank you, John, for posting this account. You have shown a great deal of courage over the years, and have suffered quite a bit for telling the truth.

It is important that this account be preserved for the future.


37 posted on 02/01/2011 7:30:14 PM PST by marktwain
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To: dep

I for one am grateful for Mr Lott finally putting the truth
out.


38 posted on 02/01/2011 7:45:22 PM PST by cycjec
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To: Steely Tom

“civility” means conservatives should voluntarily silence
themselves, and if they do not, a few threats will be
employed. this might be an early example of “civility”
in action.


39 posted on 02/01/2011 7:47:12 PM PST by cycjec
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To: Williams

somehow I’m reminded of the portrayal of the character
of Getmanov, a commissar in 1943 Russia, in Vasily
Grossman’s long novel Life And Fate.


40 posted on 02/01/2011 7:48:50 PM PST by cycjec
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To: old curmudgeon

the power to inspect is the power to destroy. happens
here in NYC and that’s as much as I will say.


41 posted on 02/01/2011 7:54:11 PM PST by cycjec
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