How Many Times Is Enough?

arrestI don’t think anyone is against rehabilitation, but how many times is enough? There is an old saying that applicable here: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!” That saying refers to lessons we ought to have learned. But, it seems that in Chicago, judges and police can be fooled at least nineteen (that’s right, 19) times. Where were the MSM trumpets on this one?

It seems that Jesus Castaneda, who is fifteen years old, was arrested for the nineteenth time after yet another crime in (wait for it …) Chicago. Castaneda, who was known to Chicago police, is accused of using a gun to rob an acquaintance last weekend (February 2-3). The acquaintance knew Castaneda as “Little Rowdy.”

What is (IMHO) even more outrageous is that Cook County judge Maria Kuriakos-Ciesil set bail on Thursday at $25,000. Why, one must ask, was bail even discussed, much less set? And if Castaneda makes it (some bleeding-heart will put up the $25,000), is there any doubt that he will commit another crime before his scheduled court appearance on February 27? The MSM was fooled. The Chicago police were fooled. Cook County judges were fooled. Rahm Emanuel was fooled. But, perhaps they were not fooled. They all chose to look the other way.

But have no fear – Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has crime under control. How do I know?

  • B. Christopher Agee, in his excellent CDN article, let’s us know the current crime situation in Chicago: “According to the [Chicago police] department, crime scenes at which a suspect is “not on the scene and not expected to return immediately” and the victim is “safe, secure and not in need of medical attention” will no longer get a police visit.”
  • Agee continues, “Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he wants to put more officers on patrol rather than send them to crime scenes.” I’m sure that McCarthy’s policies will comfort all the victims of Castaneda’s crimes.
  • Chicago Police arrested eight offenders … associated with an open-air drug market … after a two-month investigation. Oh, that explains Castaneda’s situation. It took Chicago police “only” two months to make arrests in an open-air drug market.
  • Speaking of bleeding-hearts, here is an article by Angela Caputo that truly fits, that describes what is ongoing in Chicago: “Second City Ranks First in Teen Arrests”
  • More youth killed in Chicago than any other American city.
  • As of December 21, 2012, shootings in Chicago have increased 12 percent this year, and homicides are up 19 percent.
  • Since Rahm Emanuel’s gun violence policies have worked so well (NOT!) in Chicago, the country’s murder capital, that may explain why he feels he has to lecture the rest of us on the best way to curb gun violence.

But not to worry. This arrest of Castaneda was only the second one that was gun-related. And, as Lisa Richards said in her CDN article, we all know how evil guns by themselves can be.

So, what’s next? Well, as long as Rahm Emanuel, Dear Leader Barack Hussein Obama’s former chief-of-staff, remains Chicago’s mayor, nothing. As Robert Maranto and Patrick Wolf of The Huffington Post wrote, “In Police Work, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure.” The reason is that, “… there is no relationship between a police chief’s cutting crime and keeping his or her job.” As long as the MSM continues to provide cover, nothing will happen. All we can do is continue to ask: “How many times is enough?”

But that’s just my opinion.
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