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Letters & Comments: August 12, 2010 

"Our comment system requires someone to be marginally less incompetent than you are in order to have a sock-puppet conversation with himself."

Hater Fail

Re: "A Spoonful of Sugar: The sweet hooks in Radar Eyes' trippy garage pop help the darkness go down" by Miles Raymer, June 24

I would bet you a million dollars that Shelley wasn't in the band in "late 2006." I am guessing that Timeout Chit-cago doesn't allocate much in the way of a "factchecking budget" but I guess this band isn't really worth the effort. Agreed. But I have to say, they certainly seem fun to hang out with. Myles, please learn how to be a decent journalist. You suck. —Arthur Layton, August 6, 2010, at 1:55 AM

Arthur is right Myles. You are an awful writer. —Arthur Layton, August 6, 2010, at 1:57 AM

Finally, someone exposes this phoney for what he is. Myles, get a clue and stop being such a jackass. —Arthur Layton, August 6, 2010, at 2:02 AM

I remember him from the days when he was known as BABY M. Man, I never thought I wood see him become such a jerk. He use to be all coool and everything. Actually helped me with my problems with ballet. A really nice person. Not anymore. Now he seems to be jerk. —Arthur Layton, August 6, 2010, at 2:05 AM

Why are all the comments coming up as "Arthur Layton"? I put in the screenname "Irish_Charmer" and it came out as "Arthur Layton." What is up with that noise? —Arthur Layton, August 6, 2010, at 2:11 AM

Music editor Philip Montoro replies:

Excellent work, sir. Our comment system requires someone to be marginally less incompetent than you are in order to have a sock-puppet conversation with himself.

Legalize Drugs, End Gang Violence

Re: "When Hyperlocal Journalism Does Its Job: A 1,700-word piece in the Evanston RoundTable, about a 249-word Sun-Times story, has Evanston divided against itself" by Michael Miner, July 29

Mr. Miner, there is no doubt Leslie Calvin Jr. will be missed by loved ones and vilified by those he menaced. However, you and your colleagues in the press repeatedly fail to bring any "clarity" whatsoever to the issue of gang violence. Rainey is just as daft, suggesting that the community should be focusing on finding the killer, not silencing insensitive aldermen. While it might come as a comfort to some to find the killer, the systemic violence prohibition creates will rage on no matter how many people we lock in cages.

Supposedly Rainey pointed out that the crime was "drug-related," but like you, she fails miserably to connect the dots. The shootings in poorer urban communities [of] color can't be solved by the national guard, catching the criminals, or gun control. The killings are centered around protecting and enlarging market shares in the illicit drug trade. Because the product is illegal, there are no property rights besides those which can be asserted by force or goodwill. In a highly competitive market with no rules, people exhaust goodwill quickly and do terrible things to one another. Long story short: end prohibition, end gang violence. In the future, please spare us your vague prattling about gun control. The city banning handguns is practically just an economic stocking stuffer to sporting-good stores outside of Cook Country. As for the Second Amendment, it is quite clear, even though the court has made it murkier. It is there so that the tree of liberty can be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots. If the press really offered any real clarity, perhaps such a Jeffersonian outlook wouldn't be necessary. —theparkinglotfields

"It is there so that the tree of liberty can be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots. If the press really offered any real clarity, perhaps such a Jeffersonian outlook wouldn't be necessary."

I love that we feel the need to reiterate this over and over and over as though this is a brilliant idea. Jefferson thought that the terror of the French revolution was a minor hiccup, mostly a good thing. On the other hand, Jefferson himself was not exactly volunteering himself for guillotining. On any question relating to Virginia, he was suddenly a member of the landed gentlemen's class.

If we must treat Jefferson's writings as religious texts for governance, then I suppose we must treat all of his writings as such . . . and have every law expire every 19 years, abolish corporations, reneg on our nation's debt, reinstitute slavery, depopulate the cities, and ban women from public service.

Or we can just be Jeffersonian about the whole thing and just admit that in the 19 years that have passed 11 times over, we have decided that he sometimes wrote like a seventeen-year-old Megadeth fan. —samsa

Insult in the Eye of the Beholder

Re: "When Hyperlocal Journalism Does Its Job"

Officer McKenna's recollection was most definitely correct, despite what your Google search may or may not have found. If you can access them, find Matt O'Connor's disgraceful articles in the Chicago Tribune at that time giving a soapbox to Jackson's "pastor" Sparks to make the outrageous claims that Officer McKenna remembers today. Some of the television news reports were even worse. —Disgusted

Michael Miner replies:

Officer McKenna's recollection of the Tribune articles as he read them was certainly accurate. But I don't believe someone with no personal connection to his father's murder would have read them the same way. I found two stories in the Trib archives (both reported in part by O'Connor) that quoted Sparks and family members describing Jackson's certainty that his invention would make him rich and growing conviction that his lawyer had ripped off his idea. But the Tribune didn't endorse the idea, or present independent evidence of it. It was simply what Jackson believed, published to help us understand the killing. I can easily imagine Officer McKenna's son being highly distressed to find Jackson's ideas given such an airing. But they were offered as nobody's ideas but Jackson's. The Tribune reported Pastor Sparks telling it that Jackson "truly believed McKenna had stolen his idea." It did not report Sparks saying that he believed this too.

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