If Democrats weren’t in power, they’d be useful only as comic relief. But the tragic fact is, when they are in power, their cities end up like Detroit and Chiraq (which is what the beleaguered taxpayers of Chicago call the Democrat haven for criminals):

Since Rahm Emanuel entered the political scene years ago, he’s been a master at manipulating the press to his benefit. A pliant media has largely gone along with whatever talking point Emanuel desired. Lately, some of the media has begun to put the spotlight on violent Chicago with its rather high murder rate. Banning or restricting handguns has not been very successful in combatting violence in Chicago. The website Big Government reports the bloody details:

After Chicago recorded a terrible homicide total of 53 in August, September wasn’t much better for Rahm’s "world class" city. The city suffered 41 homicides, 30 of which resulted from 184 total shootings

September brings more bad news for Chicago residents. While Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, and the Chicago media have continued to hammer the point that the "crime rate is down," and "murder is down," as of September 22, the homicide total for 2013 now exceeds the rate up to the same date in 2011 by two percent at 350, according to the Chicago Police Crime Data Portal.

How does today’s Chicago hold up at the violent memory of Al Capone’s Chicago of the 1920s? Not very well. WLS-TV investigated the data and the evidence is rather stunning report in February:

Let’s compare two months: January 1929, leading up to the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and last month, January 2013. Forty-two people were killed in Chicago last month, the most in January since 2002, and far worse than the city’s most notorious crime era at the end of the Roaring Twenties…

Even though the image of Chicago, perpetuated by Hollywood over the years, was that mobsters routinely mowed down people on the streets, the crime stats tell a different story. The figures from January 2013 are significantly higher than the January of Al Capone’s most famous year.

It’s not just the Capone era violence that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. Constantly we hear from the media and advocates of gun control that we don’t want things to become “the Wild West”. In the last several years, historians have begun to look at this long time legend that was promoted by Hollywood movies…

The old West with its minimal government and armed populace has never been too popular with progressives. But, the reality is it was never really violent according to Terry Anderson and Peter Hill. So, the murder rate of the Capone era and Dodge city of 1878 would be a major improvement for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Perhaps the Tribune or some of the other media dinosaurs in the Second City can use the phrase GRIM MILESTONE as a prefix to their headline. That is, if they decide to even cover this story.

Hat tip: BadBlue Gun News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

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Violent Foreign Criminals Released by ICE as Obama Dreamers: MB
Steve King Nails Grover on Immigration: Trevor Loudon
Rand Paul: I’ll do anything I can to help Mike Enzi defeat Liz Cheney: Hot Air

A White House point man at the IRS is revealed: Exam
Best Videos From IRS Hearing: Issa, Chaffetz, Gowdy: Nice Deb
Jason Chaffetz SLAMS Elijah Cummings at IRS hearing : TRS

How The Zimmerman Case Doesn’t Add Up: Robert Cleveland
DOJ: Hey, Email Us Tips Saying George Zimmerman Is a Racist: Wm. Teach
New Black Panthers Conspired to Violate 18 USC 245, Holder Snoozes: Adams


Obama’s Nominee for Secretary of Illegal Alien Labor: Michelle Malkin
Is There Nothing That Obama Can’t Do?: SDA
Bernanke: “If We Were To Tighten Policy, Economy Would Tank”: SHTFplan

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED: Detroit Files Bankruptcy: HayRide
It Really Is an Approaching Train Wreck: Elephant
Purdue University – The latest victim of Obamacare: Leslie Eastman

Scandal Central

IRS Scandal (Malik Obama) reaching the White House: Walid Shoebat
Congressman: Obama Admin Forced Benghazi Survivors To Sign Non-Disclosure Agreements: WS
Despite Pentagon claims, Marine colonel sought in Benghazi investigation not yet retired: Marine Corps Times

Climate & Energy

Grist: Everyone Should Stay Single Because It’s “Sustainable”: Pirate’s Cove
Radical nut confirmed as head of EPA: Times
EPA renames headquarters after impeached, disbarred pervert and philanderer: Valerie Volcovici, Reuters


Ex-Gang Member To Sharpton And Jackson: I See Right Through You: HayRide
White people rioting!!: Minority Report
Mark Levin: At Least Jesse Jackson Didn’t Call Florida ‘Hymietown’: Breitbart

Mark Levin: Greg Gutfeld is DEAD WRONG: Scoop
ACLU: Police Can Read, Track, And Store Your License Plate Number Wherever You Go: OTB
TRAIN WRECK: Rep. Bobby Rush tries to defend Trayvon Martin on Hannity: Scoop


Egyptian General: Hamas Smuggled Rockets to Muslim Brotherhood: John Rossomando
Obama Honors Trayvon Martin, Ignores Fort Hood Killed: IBD
Remnants of King David’s palace unearthed southwest of Jerusalem : Hayom


Botcoin: Bitcoin Mining by Botnet: Krebs
Scientists Silence Extra Chromosome In Down Syndrome Cells: Slashdot
The First Smartwatch You Might Actually Want Is Designed For Kids: Gizmodo


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