Deborah Sims making something out of nothing...again

This is just blown way out of control. Cook County Commissioner Deborah Sims is accusing Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica of using "those folks" to mean something racist. Please Sims, try to not reach so far. Most Europeans, especially Eastern Europeans use this phrase a lot to talk about a group of people. For example "Some folks don't like to wear hats when it's cold out", or "Some folks got to the St. Patrick's day parade early and set up camp" or to refer to another person's family or group of friends, for example, "Were you at your folks for the Holiday'?", or "Are all those folks with you?".

This is a common term used by Eastern Europeans to refer to people, and nothing else. Maybe if Sims wants to make issue out of this then she could say Peraica was referring to Eastern Europeans, which would be less of a stretch than thinking it referred to members of the African American Community.
Deborah Sims needs to spend some time with Eastern Europeans and find out this is a very common way of referring to, and is a common term to refer to a group of people, and nothing else. This term refers to any people, just "people" with no racial or ethnic designation. Folks is a term completely interchangeable with People, constituents, or whatever term for human being you want to use and nothing else should be misconstrued.

Deborah Sims does not realize how ridiculous she is being about this. All your Eastern Europeans are rolling their eyes trying very hard to figure, how common terminology among your Eastern Europeans is now, really,... NOW.... all of a sudden according to Deborah Sims, who gave new meaning to this term, something so totally out of the ballpark, new meaning. No it is not a new term, and Eastern Europeans will support Tony Peraica when he defends himself against such ignorance, the ignorance of Deborah Sims. "Absurd and Ridiculous", is what Tony Peraica says about Sims interpretation of "Folks" and I totally agree with Tony Peraica. Deborah Sims needs to get educated, mingle with some Eastern Europeans, but after this absurd attack they are going to think she is racist against Eastern Europeans.

I could not believe what I heard when I woke up to news radio this morning. Yes, first thing I heard this morning, and half awake could not believe how out of context, rather a whole new meaning to "Folks" by none other than Commissioner Deborah Sims with cemetery issues in her district, calls of which were ignored by her, now she shows ignorance to all Eastern Europeans with this new allegation. This is they craziest interpretation of "Folks" I have ever heard. One more reason Deborah Sims needs to be voted out. Now a common Eastern European term for people has a new meaning, no thanks to Deborah Sims. Let's look at it as extreme ignorance and absurd sensitivity on Deborah Sims part.

The only thing that should be blown out of control and given time in the media is to how ignorant Deborah Sims is to Eastern Europeans.

Later on WGN radio Greg Jarret calling her a speed bump, is so correct. Sims needs to do her job, and forget about all the misinterpretations and all her extreme sensitivities and do her job.

Deborah Sims has now offended the Eastern European Community with this severe ignorance and misinterpretation of common, harmless terminology used by Eastern Europeans. Deborah Sims lost her votes by any Eastern Europeans, and Tony Peraica will have more Eastern Europeans coming out to vote for him. This ignorance is a lose-lose situation for Sims. Sims taking common, harmless Eastern European terminology and blowing it out of proportion, contorting it out of proportion, and manipulating it way out of context and meaning, the original harmless meaning, which translates to people.

This should be a wake up call for any of Sims constituents that she is not working for them. This shows Sims has other agenda's, not beneficial to her constituents. Is Sims giving attention to herself for free political ads? This is such a cheap shot at the Eastern Europeans for Sims to get some airtime and name recognition, if that's what she is doing. Attacking Tony Peraica for using the word "Folks" rather "those Folks" is low, and demeaning to Eastern Europeans making our common everyday speak now, racially charged. It's Sims that needs to be sensitive to the Eastern European Community when she chooses to attack us on common verbiage used in our Community that is harmless. It's Sims that needs sensitivity training, she obviously is insensitive to Eastern Europeans, as well as ignorant to their common language and culture. Is Sims drawing attention to something other than what she is not doing for her constituents, like a diversion for what she is or isn't doing in her position? When you make something out of nothing it is very non-productive.

Sims wondering why Peraica's fellow Republicans don't call him on his behavior? Why aren't Sims fellow Democrats not calling her on her behavior? Shouldn't that be the question? When Peraica used the term "folks" you can be rest assured his fellow Republicans did not flinch because this is not a negative term, for anyone, in any way shape or form. But Deborah Sims is spending too much effort, again, making something out of nothing.

As an Eastern European, I am very highly offended by Sims misconstruing common harmless terms used in everyday speak, in the Eastern European Community and turning them into some sort of racially charged terminology, which is so far off from the terminology, verbiage that it is offensive, ignorant, mean, and upsetting. If anyone is racist it is Sims against the Eastern European Community, taking harmless terminology and manipulating it to mean something she could use to attack. Sims' attack is not only on Commissioner Peraica but the whole Eastern European Community.

Commissioner Peraica accused of using racial slur for saying 'those folks'
Commissioner's criticism of use of phrase 'absurd:' Peraica
January 26, 2010

BY LISA DONOVAN Cook County Reporter
The phrase was "those folks."

But was it a racist slur? Or is that interpretation "absurd"?

Cook County Board Commissioner Tony Peraica discussed how cutting the county's share of the sales tax could help the unemployed.

The controversy began Tuesday at a Cook County Board meeting when Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica delivered another of his windy speeches.

Peraica, who is white and represents the western suburbs, was talking about how cutting the county's share of the sales tax could help the unemployed -- mentioning specifically how the African American community has been hit especially hard by joblessness and how "those folks" could benefit from slashing the tax.

"What we need to do is concern ourselves with the taxpayers. We had 70,000 foreclosures in Cook County last year, we have conventions leaving, we have 11.2 unemployment rate in Cook County," he said.

"In the African American community, it's probably 40, 50 percent unemployment, among males in particular. This is not the way to help them. The way to help those folks is to let them keep their money in their pockets."

At that point someone yelled out "Those folks?"

Peraica quickly responded: "All folks, all folks -- everybody who makes up Cook County."

But the original two words set off Commissioner Deborah Sims, an African American whose district covers Chicago's South Side and the south suburbs.

"I'm offended. 'Those folks?' If that isn't the most racist statement that's ever been made in this board," Sims fired back.

"You know, I'm not a person who ... calls people names, but you are the worst person I think I have ever seen," Sims said.

At one point Peraica, a Republican, interrupted Sims, a Democrat, saying "what does this have to do with anything?"

Sims said: "It's got a lot to do with everything."

But Peraica shot back: "I object to this personal attack -- under the guise of discussing an issue. This is outrageous and to pull out the race card is even more outrageous."

Sims at one point said that Peraica's fellow Republicans don't call him on his behavior, and the media has given him a pass as well.

Asked to respond to Sims' criticism, Peraica said: "It's absurd. I was referring to all the people of Cook County, those in foreclosure, those who are unemployed, underemployed."

Sims crybaby

If Deborah Sims would only do her job

What is falling from the Capital?

At least it's not hair

Posted Jan 25, 2010 @ 01:56 PM
Last update Jan 25, 2010 @ 03:07 PM
Officials have closed off the west entrance to the state Capitol this week after a piece of limestone crashed to the ground over the weekend.

A fist-sized piece of limestone fell off the west side of the Capitol building Saturday, secretary of state spokesman Henry Haupt said today. The piece likely fell off because of freezing weather during the last few weeks, he said.

A team of brick masons is expected to inspect the area tomorrow for any further damage and also will look at the entire limestone section of the building, Haupt said. The inspection will cost $1,100 and take about a week to complete.

The west entrance -- connecting the Capitol and neighboring Stratton Building of state government offices -- will reopen next week if the inspection doesn't reveal more significant problems, Haupt said.

House lawmakers return to work for session next Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The Tribune got it so right with Joan Murphy

The Chicago Tribune published more endorsements on Sunday. They got it so right on Joan Murphy. I could not have done a better job.

It appears as though they were harsh on anyone who sided with Todd Stroger, especially on the sales tax issue. Yes, there are a lot better choices other than incumbents for many posts up for re-election, and the Tribune did point many out.

I would be very surprised if Joan Murphy is voted back in. She is definitely one that needs to be voted out, we can only hope her incumbents have even so much as paid some attention to what she has, and has not done during her tenure as Commissioner.

Carlos Hernandez Gomez rest in peace

Carlos Hernandez Gomez

What a huge, HUGE loss this is for the City, County, State, his family, his wife, and his colleagues. Carlos was one of the best political reporters on the Chicago airwaves. He got the full story, he understood the politics and political relationships, he was very knowledgeable about all of it. In this town where our politicians are the most active, and fluid between, the city, county and state, it's very hard to keep up with them. But Carlos did, and he did it well. Carlos went after them, he made it hard for them to hide. Carlos' passing was covered on all the local Chicago News stations last night, showing that the quality of his work was known throughout the Chicago media. Carlos' hard work and vast knowledge was known throughout this state. It is a very sad, sad day in this City to loose one really good person, and one really good Political reporter. Carlos really loved his work, he really worked hard at it and it showed. He will be missed by all, even politicians. President Obama had a statement, Mayor Daley, Governor Quinn and Senator Dick Durbin. Carlos did high quality work, and earned the respect of colleagues, as well as the politicians he covered.
I remember the night he was on Chicago Tonight with Eddie Aruza interviewing him and doctors on colon cancer. I could not believe how brave Carlos was to be on a panel discussing colon cancer and letting viewers know he too had colon cancer. A very sad day in this City, County and State when Carlos passed.

Carlos Hernandez Gomez, a political reporter for CLTV, died Sunday after more than a yearlong bout with cancer. He was 36.

Mr. Hernandez Gomez was easily recognized for his trademark fedora, thick black glasses, bow ties and machine-gun style of questioning public figures. He filled his reports with his vast knowledge of local political characters and the city's rich political history.

A vibrant reporter, Mr. Hernandez Gomez covered major national and local stories, but mostly focused on local and state politics. He covered the administrations of former Govs. George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich, as well as Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Cook County Presidents John and Todd Stroger.

He also covered legal affairs and the courts for CLTV, especially when some of those same politicians or employees of their administrations found themselves charged with crimes.

Before starting at CLTV in 2005, Mr. Hernandez Gomez covered local and national politics for WBEZ-FM, Chicago's NPR affiliate, and the Chicago Reporter. He also worked in Chicago for Los Angeles' Spanish language daily, La Opinion. He attended DePaul University and graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary North.

He received the Regional Edward R. Murrow Award in 2004 for Best Sports Reporting for "The Legend of the Billy Goat Curse."

Mr. Hernandez Gomez was first diagnosed with cancer in December 2008 and fought through numerous procedures, surgeries and chemotherapy. He died Sunday night at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Survivors include his wife, WGN-TV reporter Randi Belisomo Hernandez.

CLTV General Manager Steve Farber said in a statement:

"Carlos was passionate about his work. He was determined to expose the best and worst of Chicago politics, and dogged in his pursuit of a story.

He fought a courageous battle in the last year and was focused on returning to cover the stories he loved.

Our thoughts are with our colleague -- his wife Randi -- and their families."

Services are pending.

Sould Todd be glad or sad?

This type of advertising is so wrong. So wrong on so many accounts. If Todd Stroger does not come out and denounce this, it will only hurt him. Two candidates endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, Alderman Preckwinkle, Cook County President candidate and Art Turner, Lt. Governor candidate are pictured.
Apparently Gator does not feel Toni Preckwinkle will help split the black vote for Cook County President, only Dorothy Brown and Danny Davis will do this.

The attack on the Daley's, both Mayor Richard, and Commissioner John was surprising since they both supported Todd Stroger so much in the past. Cook County Commissioner Robert Steele is also featured. Robert Steele, and John Daley voted against Todd Stroger for the sales tax repeal. In the past both of them voted with Todd.

This is just so tackless on so many accounts. Ignorant and immature is what the biggest message is. This is at a grade school level, lacking any substance, nothing but name calling.

Gator said he translated this flier because he is an Urban translator, and this is the language that would be understand.

People like Chicago's CLTV reporter Gerrard McClendon who wrote the book Ax or Ask? The African American Guide to Better English, would certainly not approve of this Urban Translation being used in campaign fliers. The flier also used an "S" on Billion, making it billions . That is one of many grammatical errors.

** Update: Todd did come out and let everyone know he is not thrilled with this. See last article.

Background on GatorJust two years ago at this hour of the morning Life would have
been sliding into the apartment after a night of selling crack in
front of his building, fingering a damp wad of bills in his pocket
and thanking his stars for making it through another night. His
credo in those days consisted of three words, "Watch your ass."
The customers would try to rob you," he tells. "The police, the
competition and even your own people might move on you." Life's
own people © then and now © are the Gangster Disciples. ¡

But Life isn't thinking about rock cocaine these days. It is
election day and he is thinking about votes. Life is one of
Bradley's Political Directors. For the past six months he has been
heading a voter registration drive in his project, coordinating
community rallies, and recruiting gang "shorties" for the political
movement. ¡

Life's apparent conversion is one of a series personal
transformations of South Side gang leaders that have left most
Chicagoans throughly unconvinced. Candidate Gator Bradley went to
jail for armed robbery in '75. When he emerged four years later, he
seemed a changed man. During lengthy prison conversations with
charismatic Gangster Disciple leader, Larry Hoover, Bradley
concluded that no matter how much loot he had made on the street,
it wasn't worth the prison time.
Wallace 'Gator' Bradley Sues Aaron Patterson's Attorneys In Burge Torture Case

Gator is also an Urban Translator

CHICAGO, Oct. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorney Edmund J. Scanlan filed a suit today in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of his client Wallace "Gator" Bradley against the law firms of Avila & Tomic LLC, Barry & Loewy LLP, and individually against Frank B. Avila and Ivan Tomic of Chicago and Adam Loewy and Carl Barry of Texas.

The suit seeks compensation of $238,475 owed to Mr. Bradley by the two law firms for his consulting work on the case involving former Chicago police Lt. Jon Burge and torture victim Aaron Patterson, who spent years on death row. The City of Chicago settled the case last December for five million ($5,000,000) dollars.

The consulting work that Mr. Bradley provided included services as an investigator, urban translator, and public relations advisor.

Despite written assurances from the defendant-attorneys that Mr. Bradley, "would be taken care of for all his help at the end of the case," the attorneys paid Mr. Bradley nothing.
Stroger and others react to this flier

Wallace "Gator" Bradley, a gang leader-turned-community activist, confirmed that he was among a group of "voters" behind the fliers created in recent weeks to unite the African-American community in Cook County. The flier has been mailed to and stuck in doors of residents throughout the county and posted on social networking sites.

Bradley suspects Irish Democrats in power are pushing the two African-American women in the race to run against Stroger, a move that could split the black vote and hand the Feb. 2 primary win to O'Brien.

"People are real upset, they're upset about a lot of things, they're upset about the campaign," he said, noting that he and others met at Wallace's Catfish Corner, 2800 W. Madison, twice in recent weeks to develop the flier. "We came up with the idea to educate the young generation."

"We put it in a language our community can understand, see, because I am an urban translator," Bradley said. The flier calls for people to join the "Soldiers 4 Stroger."

Told that some politicians are calling it offensive, Bradley said: "We are offended that Dorothy Brown and Preckwinkle are allowing themselves to be used," he said. He thinks white Machine Democrats put them up to running to push Stroger out of office.

On Tuesday, Stroger told reporters he had nothing to do with the flier and wouldn't comment beyond saying this was the first time he heard about it. On Monday, his campaign had issued a much stronger written statement: "The Stroger campaign does not endorse or condone this type of behavior or activity."

Preckwinkle said: "It's pretty despicable." O'Brien declined to comment. Brown issued a written statement: "This type of negative and sickening campaigning is the reason why I am running for County Board president, to bring professionalism, innovation, reform and taxpayer savings to Cook County."

Calls to Quinn and Mayor Daley weren't immediately returned. Steve Brown, a Madigan spokesman, said: "Is this supposed to help someone?"

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