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An anonymous Chicago cop expresses my sentiments to perfection when it comes to the purveyors of intended, and unintended mayhem. I’ve seen my share of both, and I’ve seen the anguish that both bring. That doesn’t make me a hero, but I’m fairly discerning when it comes to nonsense. I know it when I hear it, whether it is the preening of the political class, or the chattering from the academic class.

“So what? We can’t get felony approval for anything without finding twenty witnesses, a dozen surveillance cameras, a victim interview, the offender’s mother’s statement AND a confession on video…..and even then, it’s probably going to be a C.I. [Continuing Investigation] until such time as God himself descends from Heaven to declare ‘This [redacted] is GUILTY and has forfeited his eternal reward.’” – Anonymous Chicago Police Officer

There are some mixed reactions in Iran to the US drone strike. An article published by Radio Free Europe has some social media remarks from some Iranians that are not mourning the death of General Qasem Soleimani.

“How many days of national mourning do we need for the deaths of the young people who were massacred in [November]?” Najafi wrote, referring to Iranian authorities’ brutal crackdown on antigovernment protesters that reportedly resulted in hundreds being killed.
Amnesty International has said that at least 304 people were killed by Iran’s security forces during the unrest across Iran after the government announced steep hikes in gas prices.

“I don’t think the [Iranian] establishment will last till February 11 [the 41th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution]…” Twitter user Night_Watch0, who used the hashtag #TnxPOTUS4Soleimani, opined.

A user named Behnam Ghalam wrote that Soleimani was responsible for the deaths of “thousands of Syrians and hundreds of Iraqis” and “causing economic misery” in Iran.

Ghalam wrote that Soleimani “went to Iraq to tell the militia there to learn from Iran on how to suppress protesters. I’m happy, I’m happy for Iran and for the Middle East!”

The remark refers to massive anti-government demonstrations in Iraq that began on October 1, when people went onto the streets of Baghdad and several southern cities to protest corruption, unemployment, and foreign interference.

Numbers impress people, so let’s look at some numbers: 3,574 deaths. Unfortunately, these are not General Soleimani’s statistics. These are the number of homicides in the City of Chicago from the year 2014 to the end of 2019. General Soleimani had his road to Damascus moment from a drone strike, the epiphany was intended for the rulers of Iran.

Final 2014 Totals (Update: 10/31/17)
Shot & Killed: 391
Shot & Wounded: 2230
Total Shot: 2621
Total Homicides: 464

Final 2015 Totals
Shot & Killed: 449
Shot & Wounded: 2547
Total Shot: 2996
Total Homicides: 512

Final 2016 Totals
Shot & Killed: 722
Shot & Wounded: 3658
Total Shot: 4380
Total Homicides: 808

Final 2017 Totals
Shot & Killed: 626
Shot & Wounded: 2935
Total Shot: 3561
Total Homicides: 685

Final 2018 Totals
Shot & Killed: 496
Shot & Wounded: 2466
Total Shot: 2962
Total Homicides: 591

Preliminary 2019 Totals (vs 2018)
Shot & Killed: 461 (-7%)
Shot & Wounded: 2293
Total Shot: 2754 (-7%)
Total Homicides: 514 (-13%)

A drone strike has generated a lot of interest. The statistics from Chicago not so much. I can hear the crickets, can you?

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  1. Stad Thatcher

    Doug Watt: A drone strike has generated a lot of interest. The statistics from Chicago not so much. I can hear the crickets, can you?

    No shocker here. Chicago is a Democrat paradise with strict gun control laws.

    OTOH, Orange Man Bad, so nothing he does could possibly be good, even executing a terrorist murderer . . .

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    • January 4, 2020, at 9:29 AM PST
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  2. Arahant Member

    Extend that to all of the Prog-run cities across America, and what do the numbers come to?

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    • January 4, 2020, at 11:19 AM PST
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  3. DonG (skeptic) Coolidge

    Doug Watt: I can hear the crickets, can you?

    But what can be done? Any fix is going to be slow, expensive and called racist. It is going to take an amazing politician to take that on and overcome the corrupt Chicago system to make changes. Barack or Michelle could do it, but I don’t see them spending political capital on such things.

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    • January 4, 2020, at 12:15 PM PST
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  4. Al French, PIT Geezer Moderator

    I see that shootings and homicides peaked in 2916, and have declined dramatically in 2017 and after. Let’s see … what else happened in 2017?

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    • January 4, 2020, at 12:36 PM PST
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  5. E. Kent Golding Member

    DonG (skeptic) (View Comment):

    Doug Watt: I can hear the crickets, can you?

    But what can be done? Any fix is going to be slow, expensive and called racist. It is going to take an amazing politician to take that on and overcome the corrupt Chicago system to make changes. Barack or Michelle could do it, but I don’t see them spending political capital on such things.

    Barack and Michelle are products and beneficiaries of that system.

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    • January 4, 2020, at 12:38 PM PST
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