GENTLE GIANTS IN CHICAGO: 3 Killed, 27 Wounded in Weekend Shootings

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A 15-year-old boy shot dead during a robbery attempt was among three people killed and at least 27 others wounded in shootings across the city so far this weekend.
The boy, later identified as Demario Bailey of the 7500 block of South Wabash, was walking with his twin brother in the 0-100 block of West 63rd Street at about 12:40 p.m. Saturday when four people walked up and demanded his jacket, according to the boy’s family, Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Boy, 15, Shot to Death During Attempted Robbery
A gunman among the four then shot Bailey in the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:47 p.m., authorities said.
On Friday evening, a man was shot to death in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side.
Man Fatally Shot in Car with Toddler in Backseat
At about 7 p.m., 28-year-old Rolando Leon was inside a vehicle in the 1300 block of North Springfield when at least one person walked up and fired shots, authorities said.
He was shot in the head and pronounced dead at the scene at 7:23 p.m., authorities said. Leon lived in the 1200 block of North Springfield.
A child was also in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, but was not injured, police said.
About two hours before that, a man was shot to death in a drive-by attack in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side.
Tyrece L. Stornes, 27, was outside his home in the 10400 block of South State at about 5 p.m. when someone fired shots at him from a passing vehicle, authorities said.
He was shot in the chest and side and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.
The most recent nonfatal shooting happened Sunday afternoon in the Roseland neighborhood on the Far South Side.
A 36-year-old man was shot in the back at about 2 p.m. near the intersection of 111th Street and Vernon Avenue, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
At least 26 other people have been wounded in 19 separate shootings across the city since 10 p.m. Friday.

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St. Louis Paper Shuts Down Comment Section

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is taking a unique approach to free speech and journalism.

By Betsy Rothstein

They’re shutting down their comment section on all editorials, columns and letters for two months.

How come?

“Ferguson,” the editorial board wrote in an explanation Monday morning.

They reason that when they recently tried to have a reasonable discussion on Ferguson, it all devolved into “vile racist comments” and “shouting” (online shouting?) and “personal attacks.” (Hey, welcome to Twitter on a daily basis.)

They bring up “the nasty effect,” an actual University of Wisconsin-Madison coined phrase for the effect that “certain comments” can have on “a reader’s understanding.”

They write that comments can be both good and bad.

“There are positive moments, such as when readers last week left touching tributes in comments about sports columnist Bryan Burwell after he lost his battle with cancer. But there are other instances where comments deteriorate into racist remarks or demeaning discussion that has nothing to do with the original story or editorial or column.”

In other words, comments are only for people who have touching, positive things to say. WTF. Really?

To answer that beef, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch insists they welcome letters that disagree with the publication. They say comments may one day return to the opinion pages. For now, they’ll stick to weekly online chats, letters and social media — just so long as they’re uplifting and full of warm fuzzies, puppies, babies and cupcakes, right?

In the meantime, you can write Editorial Page Editor Tony Messenger at Please don’t forget to cc or bcc me at

They write cheerily, “Let’s give civility a try.”

AND YES, MORE GENTLE GIANTS IN ACTION: ‘Juveniles’ Attack Another Bosnian In St. Louis

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Last week in St. Louis, 32-year-old Bosnian immigrant Zemir Begic was murdered in the street by “juveniles” with hammers. St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said it had nothing to do with Begic’s Bosnian heritage, let alone the color of his skin.

And nobody cared, because it doesn’t fit the narrative.

Now another Bosnian in the same neighborhood has been attacked by “juveniles,” and Dotson is changing his tune. Doug Moore at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch brings us another local news story that has nothing to do with anything on a national level:

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson has called in the FBI to help investigate what he is calling a hate crime because a woman assaulted by three [CENSORED] teens is Bosnian.

The Friday morning attack occurred in the Bevo Mill neighborhood where earlier this week a Bosnian man was killed with a hammer by a group of teens.

In Friday’s case, the woman, 26, told police that she was driving in the 4600 block of Lansdowne Avenue about 5:25 a.m. when three men in their late teens to early 20s walked in front of her vehicle.

When the woman attempted to drive around the young men, at least one of them pulled a gun and ordered her to stop. One of the men struck the windshield with an object police said could have been a crowbar. The woman was pulled from the vehicle…

One of the men asked where the woman was from. She said she was European.

“You’re a (expletive) liar. You’re Bosnian. I should just kill you now,” Dotson said of the woman’s account…

The woman was pushed to the ground and kicked before the attackers fled. A passer-by told police the woman was found unconscious.

Please note that I’ve removed any identifying information about the teens, because helping the police track down criminal suspects is racist.

Do #BosnianLivesMatter? I don’t see why they should. They’re not a Designated Victim Class in the United States, and they look white, so whatever happens to them is just too bad. If they don’t want to be dragged from their cars, beaten, and discarded in the street like garbage, they shouldn’t have come to America to escape genocide.

There will be no die-ins for Zemir Begic. You won’t see any professional athletes wearing “You’re Bosnian, I Should Just Kill You Now” T-shirts. If you don’t fit the profile, if you can’t be used for propaganda purposes, your pain and the pain of your loved ones is meaningless.

Welcome to Utopia.

Salon: Nice White People Are Perpetuating White Supremacy

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By V. Saxena, December 8, 2014.

About a week ago, Robert Gehl introduced you to a Salon column that alleged how violence is at the core of whiteness. Less than a week has passed, yet Salon has managed to deliver yet another absurd column that holds zero ties to reality. This time around, Salon contributor Tim Wise wants us to believe that nice white people perpetuate white supremacy:

Nice people do not protest, angry people do; and right now, I’d trade every nice white person . . . for 100,000 angry ones. But not those who are angry at black folks or brown immigrants or taxes—we have more than enough of them. I mean 100,000 who are angry enough at a system of racial injustice to throw ourselves upon the gears of the machine, as Mario Savio once insisted. A hundred thousand angry enough to join with our brothers and sisters of color and say enough. A hundred thousand who are tired of silence, tired of collaboration, tired of nice, and ready for justice.

In short, and though I know it won’t strike you as, well, nice: f*ck nice. And if you’re more disturbed about my language here than the death of black men at the hands of police, then know that you are the problem, and you’ve made it clear what side you’re on. It will not be forgotten.

Goodness gracious . . .

I have never in my life witnessed a group of people dedicate themselves so diligently to maligning the entire white race. The folks over at Salon, among other sites, would rather use every racially charged excuse in the book imaginable (including the niceness of white people) to explain the failures of certain communities than actually, you know, address those failures, i.e., epic crime rates, epic dropout rates, epic single-parent family rates, etc.

Gosh, I hate to say this, but I kind of feel lucky to not be white right now. I say this because you guys face so much ridiculous and completely unfounded criticism these days that I honestly see nothing “privileged” about being ya’ll.


Anyway. I wonder if Tim Wise has anything to say about those nice Muslims who never speak out against radical Islamic terrorism. My guess would be NO!