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Re: “Show us your ... violin collection

Wow. That's a nice collection. I can't tell how many strings are on that 2nd from left, but I think it has at least six. That cigar box violin is too cool.
I have a couple of nice violins (an orange fecit Anno Domini copy, a lot like that first one) but I have one that I inherited that was bought from a luthier who sold it as a "gourd fiddle". Its some kind gourd with a neck set in it. It doesn't sound that great either.

Thanks for sharing pics, your collection is appreciated.

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Posted by jcj78 on 06/30/2011 at 5:54 PM

Re: “City gun registration rates, zip by zip

"Chicago has the most restrictive gun law in the country—but what is it actually accomplishing?"


"The law is rarely enforced because police and prosecutors find state and federal laws more useful."
Why? Because its already a state felony for a convicted felon to possess a gun, and the people who are showing their asses with guns are (surprise, surprise) mostly already convicted felons.

Personally I think denying felons the RKBA is hardly veiled racism and class warfare. I have no issue with denying persons on parole or probation arms, but once their debt to society is paid, it is unjust and Constitutionally inconsistent to deny them the right to own a gun or to vote.

“There are a number of people out here who really believe they should have the right to keep a gun in their home to protect themselves,”
What a crazy idea!!! Taking responsibility for your own protection, and that of your property and dependants? In Chicago??!!!???!!

Posted by jcj78 on 06/30/2011 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Police chief McCarthy expresses dislike for gun control "abolitionists"

"My homeowner association hires off-duty police for security. Life is sweet."

Qu'ils mangent de la brioche, Englewood Darkies.…

Such benevolence.

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Posted by jcj78 on 06/30/2011 at 12:24 AM

Re: “Police chief McCarthy expresses dislike for gun control "abolitionists"

At least you have those police to protect you, right derelict?…

"Earlier this week, the Better Government Association released a study showing that wrongful convictions in Illinois have cost taxpayers $214 million and have imprisoned innocent people for 926 years. Reasons for these incarcerations ranged from prosecutor error to police misconduct -- with many of the misconduct cases taking place in Chicago.

Next week, a group of Chicago attorneys and activists will gather at the Hull House in Chicago to memorialize victims of police torture, many of whom spent decades in prison for crimes they didn't commit.

The memorial comes months after former Chicago Police Lt. Jon Burge reported to prison after being charged with lying about the torture of suspects under his command. Though Burge was accused of shocking, burning and suffocating young, black men to get confessions -- and overseeing other officers who did the same -- the statute of limitations had run out and he was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison on the perjury charge. "

Down on lucille street they stay chanting "No Justice, No Big Deal", right derelict?

Posted by jcj78 on 06/29/2011 at 9:19 AM

Re: “Police chief McCarthy expresses dislike for gun control "abolitionists"

FYI, derelict:


Honestly, how fucking old are you, geez, really? You're talking about contemporaries of the Cuban Missile Crisis. That was half a century ago. What's the only thing that hasn't changed since then?

Chicago is STILL the most segregated city in the US.……
Last year residents of Cicero, a Chicago-area community notorious for its racism, called the police to report that a black man was impersonating a police officer, wearing a police uniform and driving a squad car. That was patrolman Wesley Scott, the town's first and only black policeman. Almost daily, he endures racial insults and humiliation, not only from the people he has sworn to protect but also from some of his fellow officers upon whom his life may depend.
In March 1987, two days after Wesley Scott graduated from the police academy and joined the force in suburban Cicero, he discovered a photo of the Ku Klux Klan pasted to his locker. "Who's going to kill Wesley?" one of the robed Klansmen in the picture asked. Another replied, "I'm going to kill Wesley." Across the bottom was written "The Ku Klux Klan is going to kill you." Recalls Scott: "A few of the guys were shaking their heads, but a lot of the guys were laughing." Scott did not report the incident to his superiors, one of whom was among those laughing.

Four miles away in Melrose Park, a working-class suburb of modest but tidy homes, live Donald and Stephanie Sled. This summer they packed up their few belongings and moved out of Chicago's westside ghetto, delighted to have found an affordable apartment in Melrose Park. In their excitement to escape the squalor and fear of the ghetto, the Sleds gave little thought to what it might mean to be the first black family in their neighborhood. "This was like heaven," recalls Donald, a 44-year-old handyman who sometimes stutters when excited. "It was so quiet and peaceful." But the Sleds have found anything but peace in Melrose Park. Instead, their new home has been under siege. Vandals have taunted them with racial slurs. They have shattered their windows, punctured their tires, torched their car and driven a blazing cross into their lawn.

The Scotts and Sleds are stark reminders that despite the enormous civil rights gains of the past three decades, even the rawest forms of racism persist. Reports to the Community Relations Service of the Justice Department indicate that racial incidents nationwide increased by 55% from 1986 to 1987, and more than 400% since 1980. In the first six months of 1988, racial incidents against blacks were recorded in at least 20 states, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. There were 4,500 housing-discrimination complaints last year in the U.S., up from 3,000 in 1980. Racism is most likely to erupt when white homeowners feel threatened. Neighborhood segregation in northern cities is the most stubborn remnant of racial division in America. Often the bias is subtle. But on the front line are families such as the Sleds and the Scotts, whose experiences are shard-sharp examples of how overt and brutal racism in the U.S. can still be.
Now that article was OLD. It was from the late 80's. Its still twenty years more current than your Wallace photo.

But this one is current:

In 1959 the U.S. Civil Rights Commission declared Chicago the most segregated city in the country. 51 years later, not much has changed with Chicago still the leader. The most fascinating aspect is how precise the dividing line is between racial boundaries.

Blacks makeup 35 percent of Chicago’s 3 million population, and are still predominately located on the South and West sides. However, the increased migration of Hispanics (30 percent) have lead them to take over portions of the West and Northwest sides. Whites in Chicago account for only 28 percent and maintain the North side.

Chicago’s segregation also played a great part in the housing crisis. When Wall Street figured how much money could be made buying mortgages they had to amp it up. So they attacked a market they had been redlining since the 60’s.

Mortgage brokers needed a surplus of communities whose residents did not have a home loan, were used to predatory lending and there were no other surrounding financial outlets to inform buyers that sub-prime loans weren’t a good deal.

The scheme worked with an enormous response from minorities on the South and West sides who’ve been on the front lines of foreclosures since 2007. It was like shooting fish in a barrel because predatory lenders were able to target such a large group - the crisis may not have been so bad if minorities were geographically spread out, a Princeton University study concluded.

My next door neighbors growing up (my parent's next door neighbors) are a black family. They don't farm, Louis is a biology researcher at Alabama A&M. My mom was a forensic scientist for the state of Alabama, with her masters in biology, so they enjoy the same nerd stuff. What about you, you got any black folks in your neighborhood? They eat dinner at your house? Their kids fly r/c planes and go fishing at your house? No? I wonder if its because they just couldn't find a place to park?

Posted by jcj78 on 06/28/2011 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Police chief McCarthy expresses dislike for gun control "abolitionists"


I don't read the Drudge Report, derelict. I realize that this doesn't fit into your stereotype of southerners, and leaves you thoroughly confused.

None of that has anything to do with the repeated droog mob incidents in Chicago of course, or the various incarnations of the 4th Estate which have done their duty in reporting on such:…

"Some 50 young people barged into a Walgreens at Michigan and Chicago on the Magnificent Mile on Tuesday afternoon. They took bottled drinks and sandwiches off the shelves, then ran off, CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports......The Mag Mile earlier this year was hit by similar mobs of young thieves. Attacks on commuters and bicyclists have become violent, and police have stepped up patrols."…
" Cell phone footage showing a group of teens viciously kicking and striking a 16-year-old honors student with splintered railroad ties has ramped up pressure on Chicago officials to address chronic violence that has led to dozens of deaths of city teens each year.

The graphic video of the afternoon melee emerged on local news stations over the weekend, showing the fatal beating of Derrion Albert, a sophomore honor roll student at Christian Fenger Academy High School. His death was the latest addition to a rising toll: More than 30 students were killed last school year, and the city could exceed that number this year.

Prosecutors charged four teenagers Monday with fatally beating Albert, who was walking to a bus stop when he got caught up in the mob street fighting, authorities said."…
Over the weekend, four assaults and violent robberies were committed -- at least one in broad daylight -- in downtown Chicago's glittering shopping district, crimes that have stoked growing fears of criminal teen flash mobs.

One man had a baseball bat thrown so hard at his head that his motor-scooter helmet was knocked off, before being dragged into the street and beaten by a group of 15 to 20 young males, the Chicago Tribune reports. Another was knocked off his bicycle, punched by a group of teens, and robbed of his cellphone and camera. Two others lost electronic devices in group robberies, as the Chicago Sun-Times wrote in a round-up Monday morning.…
"A mob of teenagers swarmed city buses in Chicago in two separate incidents mugging passengers for their cell-phones and iPods.....The city has been experiencing a recent wave of “flash-mob” attacks, where large groups of teens have set upon unsuspecting victims robbing them of cash and personal items"

Who needs facts when you have an agenda, huh derelict?

"I only ride the bus when I can't park or bike."
Bourgeois much?
The Huffington Post reports, "Chicago is known as the most segregated city in the United States -- so much so, in fact, that the term "hypersegregation" was coined to describe the ghettoized separation of blacks on the South Side and whites on the North. According to data released by the Census Bureau this week, that trend isn't getting any better."

Fucking racist chicago.

Posted by jcj78 on 06/27/2011 at 10:27 PM

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