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8/12/2020

Chicago’s Rioting Looters Attack Ronald McDonald House Because That Is Just How Depraved They Are

Filed under: General — Dana @ 11:21 am



[guest post by Dana]

[Ed. I realize everything is all Biden-Harris right now, but in case you want something else to chew on, here you go.]

What say you, Mayor Lightfoot?

The Ronald McDonald House in Streeterville was among the establishments targeted during looting in Chicago early Monday morning.

The facility provides a home and resources to families while a child receives treatment at local hospitals.

Vandals struck the facility at 211 E. Grand Ave. near Lurie Children’s Hospital as families were sleeping inside. Several windows were smashed, and the front door had to be boarded up.

For a while, residents were placed on lockdown while the commotion was happening right outside

While none of the families or patients inside the refuge were hurt during the attack, a little two-year-old cancer victim missed his birthday celebration because of it:

Two-year-old Owen Buell and his family have been staying at the Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital while he receives treatment for Stage 4 neuroblastoma.

They were supposed to go home to Joliet to celebrate his birthday.

“We were going to have cake and ice cream and do some presents at home with his siblings and his grandma,” said Owen’s mother, Valerie Mitchell.

But looting throughout downtown Chicago made it impossible.

“The whole door was shattered and it looked like a bullet hole, so I started freaking out thinking about how unsafe that was. You shouldn’t feel that way when your kid needs medical care. You shouldn’t be afraid to walk a few blocks down the street,” she said.

While some small business owners lost everything during the siege that took place on Monday, other businesses are struggling to find a way to reopen or make a decision if it’s worth it to them, given that they already suffered losses back during the May looting. Meanwhile, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who condemned the rioting and looting, saying that “…the core of what happened — that’s organized criminal activity… It was a planned attack,” is still trying to regain control and find the most effective way respond to the disaster in her city:

“The question is how do we find opportunity out of even these very dark days?” Lightfoot asks. “And what we do to band together because together — it sounds like a cliche — but it is so true, we won’t survive this moment. We will not thrive. We will not move beyond, get stronger, and better if we don’t unite.”

However, Chicago Alderman Brian Hopkins is fed up with the Mayor’s inability to tamp down the violence and looting:

Hopkins criticized Lightfoot for not being prepared after the earlier looting in May and June that followed George Floyd’s death, which sparked nationwide civil unrest.

“The real question today is, where was the strategy? What was the decision making at the highest levels?” Hopkins said. “That means the police superintendent and the mayor, who’s a very hands-on mayor when it comes to these kinds of decisions.”

Hopkins painted a bleak picture for the city if Lightfoot can’t get such criminal activity in and around downtown under control.

“Literally, the future of Chicago hangs in the balance, I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that,” he said. “If this continues, how can Chicago survive? What will be left downtown after Water Tower Place gets boarded up and the for-sale signs go up on all the condos near Michigan Avenue? People who live around there have had their sense of safety badly shaken. This is our tax base, by the way. We count on tax revenue from this area of the city to fund all number of other programs we count on.”

Further:

When you wake up to the kind of devastation seen Monday morning, Hopkins said, there is “no way to defend” the Chicago Police Department’s response.

“That is not to criticize the blue shirts on the ground. It’s to criticize the strategy and the tactical decision-making of the senior command who were unprepared for this. … They acknowledged they had intelligence that this was going to happen. Yet it happened. So, if there was an attempt to intervene at the earliest stages and to stop it, it failed. … And once it started, there was no stopping it,” the alderman said.

And while Lightfoot described Monday’s rioting and looting as an “assault on our city” and warned looters: “We are coming for you,” Chicago pols remain unimpressed, and are exerting pressure on Lightfoot. This includes demands for that the National Guard be deployed to the city:

Following the looting, Lightfoot also faced pressure from Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin, of Western Springs, who released a statement calling for the National Guard, while Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady, of Bloomington, in a tweet on Monday said “the looting, wanton destruction of property and disregard for public safety we witnessed in Chicago overnight is unacceptable.”

“I implore our leaders at the city, state and federal levels to do everything they can to ensure those who perpetrated these crimes are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, and that all measures are taken to ensure our residents and businesses remain safe,” Brady said.

Downstate Republican U.S. Rep. Darin LaHood also called for help from the National Guard.

“Criminals continue to loot & destroy property in Chicago with little consequence. The Governor, Mayor & Cook Co. State’s Attorney are failing to protect IL citizens & businesses. Utilize the National Guard. Accept federal support. Prosecute criminals. Restore the rule of law,” LaHood tweeted.

Mayor Lightfoot’s response to the criticism? A big whatever:

“Ald. Hopkins has a penchant for letting his mouth run before he actually gets the facts,” Lightfoot said. “I don’t think there’s any reason for me to say anything further.”

“What we need now is not Monday morning quarterbacks and sideline critics. What we need is to come together as a city and have a united strategy and focus,” Lightfoot added. “We’re focused, we’re not going to let the noise of people that like to chatter before they know what the facts are get in the way and that’s all I’ll say about that.”

Businesses need to be able to function without fear of mass looting and rioting, residents need to feel safe in their city, and anyone considering rioting and looting need to know that, without a doubt, they will face a swift reaction by law enforcement and city officials if they attempt to engage in criminal activity. And last but not least, any 2-year olds with Stage 4 cancer need to be able to safely leave their temporary homes to reunite with their families and celebrate together the significant milestone of living to see one more birthday.

–Dana

42 Responses to “Chicago’s Rioting Looters Attack Ronald McDonald House Because That Is Just How Depraved They Are”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (292df6)

  2. But according to BLM, it’s all about ‘reparations’.

    I wonder what kind of ‘reparations’ you’d extract from a two year old with cancer.

    Capsaicin Addict (041266)

  3. Lightfoot is utterly worthless. The female version of Rahm Emanuel. The State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, is worse than worthless, she is malignantly pro-criminal. She has let the looters know (for real, I swear) that there will be no jail time if they’re arrested.

    nk (1d9030)

  4. Honestly, nk, the women in power out there sure aren’t doing women-at-large any favors.

    Dana (292df6)

  5. Which is why I said that Trump would win Cook County if the election were held today, on the Harris thread, Dana.

    nk (1d9030)

  6. @5

    Which is why I said that Trump would win Cook County if the election were held today, on the Harris thread, Dana.

    nk (1d9030) — 8/12/2020 @ 11:40 am

    Cook County 2016 Presidential result:
    REP – Donald J. Trump & Michael R. Pence
    317,970 29.47%

    DEM – Hillary R. Clinton & Timothy M. Kaine
    699,003 64.79%

    That much turnaround in four years is unheard of…

    whembly (c30c83)

  7. IIRC, Cook County Board President Perckwinkle wasn’t exactly above-board either…

    Dana (292df6)

  8. “ I wonder what kind of ‘reparations’ you’d extract from a two year old with cancer.”
    __

    According to the Biden kool-aid krew you can’t even ask him about this because shut up.
    _

    harkin (820854)

  9. This Alderman seems to have his head on straight. It’s tough situation right now, but no one make Lightfoot run for Mayor.

    Time123 (441f53)

  10. That may be so in Cook Co., whembly but I wouldn’t buy any new suits if I’m Dick Durbin. A slight undertow from Harris aversion and Willie Wilson affirmation could tilt his race to Republican Mark Curran so long as Wilson doesnt charm the 560AM pundit crowd. This is the real Kanye experiment.

    urbanleftbehind (1e45b0)

  11. People watching the news: “Those rioters are burning bibles”

    NYTimes: “That Portland ‘bible-burning‘ story is bot-driven fake news from the Kremlin.“

    People: “Here’s the video of them burning bibles at the Portland riot”

    NYTimes: “Those bibles were just the nearest available kindling”

    https://twitter.com/omriceren/status/1293516440276996096?s=20
    _

    harkin (820854)

  12. No she was the bad lizard, this is some kind of wager to see how full gotham they can go?

    Narciso (7404b5)

  13. From the Harris thread, I’ll post again:

    the 3 good lizards – Paul Vallas, Bill Daley and Jerry Joyce (a local pol scion, not the namesake of the Foundation) couldn’t get the eff out of each other’s way in a 17 person race.

    And the true hard cores like the far NW side alderman let slip too much bad about Hispanics, nott realizing 3 + 3 = 6 and is thus > 4

    urbanleftbehind (1e45b0)

  14. Or more to the point (just for the map):

    https://images.app.goo.gl/fJpFEcTtgcm3uwQAA

    urbanleftbehind (1e45b0)

  15. — that’s organized criminal activity… It was a planned attack,”

    No way could this have been quickly organized because of a social media post. At most that was a synchronization signal.

    Hopkins criticized Lightfoot for not being prepared after the earlier looting in May and June

    The problem was she didn’t believe in a conspiracy theory but treated all that as a one time thing.

    … They acknowledged they had intelligence that this was going to happen. Yet it happened.

    Probably because that would have been a civil liberties issue or led to a lawsuit. You know, spying on an organization.

    And while Lightfoot described Monday’s rioting and looting as an “assault on our city” and warned looters: “We are coming for you,” Chicago pols remain unimpressed,

    Because she’snot willing to attack an organization that has no scruples about attacking her:

    Black Lives Matter.

    Which is nothing less than a criminal organization in Chicago. Or part of one.

    “Ald. Hopkins has a penchant for letting his mouth run before he actually gets the facts,” Lightfoot said. “I don’t think there’s any reason for me to say anything further.”

    She shouldn;t be fooled. If the FBI is involved, it’ll probably be along time till there are any arrests and indictments.

    anyone considering rioting and looting need to know that, without a doubt, they will face a swift reaction by law enforcement

    That’s not likely to happen if nobody names the enemy. These aldermen aren’t doing that either, I think. Of course, at this point, maybe they don’t quite have proof.

    Sammy Finkelman (083d4c)

  16. Forget it, Jake, it’s Latkatown.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  17. NYTimes: “Those bibles were just the nearest available kindling”

    They didn;t say that. The article said only one, or maybe two, Bibles were used and most protesters knew nothing about that. But it didn’t say they were the nearest available kindling. hey also used American flags.

    Sammy Finkelman (083d4c)

  18. If we had capable leadership in DC, and at the DoJ, it would seem that this activity would be ripe for federal civil rights laws to be applied. People are being deprived of their civil rights and the local authorities are allowing this to happen. If this was 1963 Mississippi, we wouldn’t still be talking about it.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  19. “A few protestors among the many thousands appear to have burned a single bible-and possibly a second, for kindling to start a bigger fire.”
    _

    harkin (820854)

  20. Which is why I said that Trump would win Cook County if the election were held today, on the Harris thread, Dana.

    The dead will still vote D.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  21. 19. That’s it.

    Sammy Finkelman (083d4c)

  22. Can a city be charged under RICO?

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  23. 18. Kevin M (ab1c11) — 8/12/2020 @ 12:39 pm

    If this was 1963 Mississippi, we wouldn’t still be talking about it.

    1965 Mississippi. The Civil Rights Law you’re probably thinking of wasn’t passed until 1964.

    There were some previous laws.

    Sammy Finkelman (083d4c)

  24. Maybw a city cold be buy I think you;d have to prove deliberate intent.

    What they need at ths point is eavesdropping, search warrants and subpoenas. And they need a predicate. You don’t need a predicate for a informer. Black Lives Matter is not really a political organization, any more than Hezbollah is, or if it is political. it is pro-crime and at least furnishes a way to organize crimes.

    An announcement of an investigation might at least stop further looting.

    Sammy Finkelman (083d4c)

  25. Trump could win Cook Coounty, or force Biden/Harris to take a different position, if he campaigned hard on this issue in every part of the county, including the South Side and the Republican Party ran candidates everywhere. (They could also add school vouchers and being proactive in pushing cures for coronavirus instead of meekly deferring to the scientists.)

    Sammy Finkelman (083d4c)

  26. Sammy, I can always rely on you to be pedantic. Please check my spelling, too.

    Kevin M (ab1c11)

  27. He could maybe even make a big dent in the Disstrict of Columbia. So long as the Democrats stayed stupid.

    Sammy Finkelman (083d4c)

  28. Sammy, I can always rely on you to be pedantic. Please check my spelling, too.

    Kevin M (ab1c11) — 8/12/2020 @ 12:54 pm

    You could try not spelling stuff wrnog.

    Time123 (441f53)

  29. You know sometimes, people are doing real work or driving, so I’ll accept the spelling errors if it means greater attention is on the road in front of them.

    urbanleftbehind (1e45b0)

  30. I’m the one who makes a lot of typing )more than spelling) errors

    Sammy Finkelman (083d4c)

  31. @29 DO NOT TEXT AND DRIVE. DO NOT SURF THE NET AND DRIVE. PUT THE PHONE DOWN AND PAY ATTENTION TO THE 2,000LB MACHINE YOU’RE RESPONSIBLE FOR.

    also, my comment at 28 was a joke…that’s why i spelled wrong as ‘wrnog’.
    Not that my normal spelling is very good.

    Time123 (ae9d89)

  32. @30, i see what you did there.

    Time123 (441f53)

  33. 31… if you feel your joke needs to be explained, it may not be a joke.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  34. Mayor Lightfoot kind of backed herself into a corner by so haughtily rejecting the help of federal agents. She’s now in a position where she will have egg all over her face if she has to ask for them to return, which seems a distinct possibility. Either that, or she’ll have to ask Chicago Police to crack down on the looters, and I’m sure both she and they are loath to do so. Both she and Mayors Durkin and Wheeler would have been better off complaining about the agents but not demanding that they leave. Sometimes you really do need to have your cake and eat it too.

    JVW (667e84)

  35. I thought Chicago had federal assistance, but it was coordinated with local, unlike portland where it was a separate COC

    Time123 (441f53)

  36. 31… if you feel your joke needs to be explained, it may not be a joke.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0) — 8/12/2020 @ 1:27 pm

    Are you surprised? Why? What was in it our previous interactions that made you think “This guy is good at humor“?

    :)

    Time123 (ae9d89)

  37. Maybe they were just hungry. Maybe they just wanted a Big Mac…

    Hoi Polloi (093fb9)

  38. What next- torching hospitals?

    WTF is wrong with these people?

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  39. WTF is wrong with these people?
    DCSCA (797bc0) — 8/12/2020 @ 2:22 pm

    That’s what Moses said when he came down from the mountain.

    It’s time to lay down the law.

    felipe (023cc9)

  40. I don’t go into Boston Children’s Hospital without a posse.
    The lunatic left needs a beating they will never recover from. 🦄🥊

    mg (8cbc69)

  41. Are you surprised? Why? What was in it our previous interactions that made you think “This guy is good at humor“? 😊

    No, not surprised… when reading your comments, I often exclaim, “this guy has gotta be joking“.

    Disappointed is a better description… 🙂

    Colonel Haiku (167584)

  42. More reparations. If you really want to get angry, look at the pictures of the poor 2 year old kid who is the real victim here.

    NJRob (eb56c3)


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