JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2010/01/what-could-possibly-go-worng.html (16 comments)

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jsid-1262842642-488  juris_imprudent at Thu, 07 Jan 2010 05:37:22 +0000

Washington DC.  That's what is likely to happen, if it ends up having any impact at all.

jsid-1262848817-807  Azul at Thu, 07 Jan 2010 07:20:17 +0000

How very racist.

jsid-1262885721-885  khbaker at Thu, 07 Jan 2010 17:35:21 +0000 in reply to jsid-1262848817-807

I came this close to ending the post with "And calls of 'RAAAACIST!!!' in 3, 2, 1 . . ."

I'm kicking myself now for not having done so.

jsid-1262986300-242  juris_imprudent at Fri, 08 Jan 2010 21:31:40 +0000 in reply to jsid-1262848817-807

Just as a thought experiment, read the reports on the corruption and ineffectiveness of the DCPD without IMMEDIATELY assuming that every person described therein is black (since they all aren't anyway).

If that is too difficult for you azul, well, there's not much I can do about that.

And the reason I pondered about there being any impact at all is that the CPD is already nearly as corrupt and/or ineffective as the DCPD.

jsid-1262852037-565  less at Thu, 07 Jan 2010 08:13:57 +0000

You've got to start reading Second City Cop... http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/

Simply the straight dope on ChiTown...

It is times like these that I wonder WTF I still live anywhere near there - "Nuke it from orbit. Its the only way to be sure."

jsid-1262876510-115  GrumpyOldFart at Thu, 07 Jan 2010 15:01:50 +0000

If the process is opened to everyone who applies and meets the minimum education and residency requirements...

...that basically means anyone who wants a gun and body armor can come ask and get issued one, right? And a paycheck into the bargain.

jsid-1262879804-444  geekwitha45 at Thu, 07 Jan 2010 15:56:44 +0000

When I read that, I realized it sounded familiar. Wasn't if New Orleans that had already tried that maneuver, with disastrous consequences that they cannot admit to?

jsid-1262882273-968  Jeff the Baptist at Thu, 07 Jan 2010 16:37:53 +0000

The sad thing is that these sorts of entrance exams are descendents of the civil service exams introduced in the 1800s as a way to kill political patronage via the spoils system.  Looks like they worked too well.

jsid-1262883705-575  GrumpyOldFart at Thu, 07 Jan 2010 17:01:45 +0000

With me, it all comes back once again to what a government is, and what it does. Government has 3 functions, and 3 functions only: To take people's property, to imprison people, and to kill people. Soldiers are government's agents in using those tools against our enemies. Police are, when all is said and done, government's agents, ultimately your and my agents, in using those tools against me, my loved ones and my neighbors.

And all it takes is minimums in education and residency to be considered trustworthy to do that job?


I'll grant you, from what little I've seen of government entrance exams, I am not impressed. But... what?!?

jsid-1262886630-309  BobG at Thu, 07 Jan 2010 17:50:30 +0000

I'm used to seeing government lower the bar, but throwing it away is a little extreme, in my opinion.  What's next, drop the requirement to be able to speak and understand English?

jsid-1262893864-448  DirtCrashr at Thu, 07 Jan 2010 19:51:04 +0000

This seems to admit that the traditional Patronage system of admission to the Chicagoland Militia is inadequate to sustain current troop-levels...

jsid-1262913304-523  khbaker at Fri, 08 Jan 2010 01:15:04 +0000 in reply to jsid-1262893864-448

Racist.  :-P

jsid-1262912391-917  kahr40 at Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:59:51 +0000

Police Academy opening live in a city (Chicago) near you. 

jsid-1262960505-369  Russell at Fri, 08 Jan 2010 14:21:45 +0000

Presented without comment: http://www.startribune.com/local/80897097.html

jsid-1262968855-872  DirtCrashr at Fri, 08 Jan 2010 16:40:55 +0000

You just had to go and say it...

jsid-1263082266-590  Firehand at Sun, 10 Jan 2010 00:11:06 +0000

I think it was DC that did this years ago to be more PC in who was hired. 

Yeah, that worked GREAT...

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