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Malkin: America's Bloody City

By Michelle Malkin

President Obama's hometown of Chicago still goes by the old nickname "Windy City." But after three miserable decades of strict gun control and permanent Democratic rule, Chicago has cemented its reputation as America's Bloody City.

No amount of statistical whitewashing can cover up the stains of the left's ideological failures there. But as Obama continues to wage war on law-abiding gun owners, his home team is trying its hardest to spread smiley-face lies upon damned lies to downplay Chicago homicide statistics.

On Monday, April Fools' Day, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy held a press conference to tout a "dramatic" drop in the city's homicide rate. The headlines read: "March homicides drop dramatically in Chicago" (USA Today); "Murders fall 42 percent in America's deadliest city: Chicago" (NBC News); and "March homicides drop 69 percent in Chicago" (Las Vegas Sun)."

Emanuel trumpeted the drop as a "good sign." He hyped statistics to the Associated Press showing that first-quarter 2013 murders in Chicago tied the same time period in 2009. Murders decreased 69 percent compared to the same month last year; first-quarter homicides fell by 42 percent compared to the same time frame last year. Emanuel insisted: "We are clearly having an impact on the homicides."

But it's all in how you slice, dice and spin it, of course.

Let's face it. Gun-grabbers in Democratic-dominated cities have an institutional incentive to fudge the numbers. In New York City, which rivals Chicago when it comes to out-of-control gun-control regulations, a New York Police Department whistleblower recently exposed systemic manipulation of crime data.

As anti-Second Amendment crusader Michael Bloomberg made the rounds last spring touting the Big Apple as "the safest big city in America," an internal NYPD report confirmed that more than a dozen crime reports had been manipulated -- including felonies downgraded and incident reports deep-sixed -- to lower the crime rate. As punishment for exposing the tampering and corruption, the whistle-blowing officer, Adrian Schoolcraft, who secretly taped the manipulation, was suspended and forced into a psych ward. He's still fighting for justice and has never received an apology.

So, call me crazy, but I wouldn't put it past Team Obama's Chicago theater directors to goose their numbers to improve the optics for Dear Leader. Speaking of the lobbyist in chief, he parachuted into Colorado this week and surrounded himself with Denver police officer human props during a gun-control campaign event. The rank-and-filers were none too happy with being exploited for political purposes. "To protect and serve" is supposed to be a public safety imperative, not a campaign imperative.

But back to the Bloody City. In 2012, Chicago racked up the nation's deadliest death toll, with 506 of its residents murdered. The murder rate has simply returned to its bloody business as usual over the past five years. Here's the first-quarter death toll breakdown:

2013: 70

2012: 120

2011: 75

2010: 75

2009: 70

The Second City Cop crime blog adds that Emanuel's claim regarding the homicide rate dropping to levels not seen since the 1950s "is based solely on the population decrease in the city of Chicago. This is an amazing abuse of numbers, but as Mark Twain said, 'There are lies, damned lies and statistics.' Welcome to 'statistics.'"

Local Chicago CBS 2 reporter Jay Levine didn't buy the whitewashing bunk, either. He challenged City Hall with a piece entitled: "City Touts Lower Homicide Stats, But Context Reveals Return To Normal." Put simply, "2013's 70 first-quarter homicides was a major improvement over 2012's 120 -- but not over 2011 or 2010 or 2009."

While Emanuel sang "Don't Worry, Be Happy" for the press, the Bloody City was still reeling after a 6-month-old baby was shot and killed in gang crossfire. On Easter weekend, a mob of violent teens terrorized shoppers in the Magnificent Mile district. Similar outbreaks of racially driven attacks have escalated in Chicago under the reign of Daley-Emanuel-Obama. By some police estimates, gang violence accounts for up to 80 percent of the city's homicides.

Plagued by juvenile delinquency, organized crime, ruinous government dependency, corruption and out-of-control spending, these liberal-dominated hellholes have proved impervious to progressive "social justice" engineering. It's the insane demagogues blaming guns who need their heads examined.

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Michelle Malkin is the author of "Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies" (Regnery 2010). Her e-mail address is malkinblog@gmail.com.

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  1. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    April 5, 2013 @ 7:47 am

    People have to keep reminding themselves of the origin of the name “Chicago” derives from a word in the language spoken by the Miami and Illinois Indian peoples meaning “striped skunk”.

    Things have not changed since the days of the Miami, Potowatami and Illinois Indians,,,,we still have black and white skunks and Presidents who stink up the reality of what is really happening about us with their media manipulations of statistics and truth that continuously spray the people to stink up the truth. If the murder rates dropped in Chicago it was because of one of two reasons,,,,,the community orgnaizer racial divider moved to Washington D.C.,,,,and the Supreme Court ruled that the city could not prevent it’s citizens from owning personal hand guns about a year ago.

    SO there you have it, Chicago, the self-proclaimed oxymoronic “Sanctuary City” where you always get the complete opposite meaning of the word the Liberal morons use to gore your Ox, and the only people who get santuary are the criminals who break in and break the law. Don’t you just love those Democrat Liberal progressives,,,another oxymoronic expression where all you get is the opposite meaning of the word which is REGRESSION back to the carboard jungle where only the strong and deceptive can survive and thrive in a sea of lies, deception and media driven political slight of hand.

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  2. whodunitComment by whodunit
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    It really disturbs me how the mainstream media distorts the truth, sometimes by only stating only one side of the story. Did you know there were actually more “pro-traditional marriage” protesters at the Supreme Court than there were “pro-same-sex marriage” people? But to hear the media tell it, there were nothing but same-sex marriage advocates there.

    The media is supposed to be a watchdog for us. And since they’ve clearly given up that role, maybe it’s time for us to step in. Citizen reporters, if you will. So please, make comments on news sites, talk to your friends and neighbors, and put out as much information as you can, to show the other side of the story that is being left out — the conservative side.

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    • MadeinAmerica33Comment by MadeinAmerica33
      April 5, 2013 @ 10:17 am

      In the past the Chicago Tribune web site has suddenly taken down the an Article’s comment section for an article when comments have turned against their view point and the Liberal Progressive propaganda they wish to push!

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    • countryoforiginComment by countryoforigin
      April 5, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

      Madeametic33: At the end of the day, digital NYT Comments section removes all the two-sided dialogue and just leaves up the posts that support knee-jerk liberalism and anti-Republican remarks. It’s reprehensible journalism. Why doesn’t Priebus and all the GOP strategists have teams who monitor and expose things like this so our congressmen and voters will stop reacting to every liberal Pavlovian bell that rings?

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  3. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:41 am

    Cops warn Chicago tourists soon will be armed
    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2013/04/cops-warns-chicago-tourists-soon-will-be-armed/#6TPK2UfK6EoHGjFy.99

    Mentioned in the above article: MSM is being forced to admit that this is black gang violence.

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  4. whitComment by whit
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:49 am

    B.O. and company….Masters of deceit !

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  5. racefishComment by racefish
    April 5, 2013 @ 10:34 am

    Still apt since “Windy” can be applied to the politicians. It’s been “Bloody” since the days of Prohibition.

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