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WARNING: graphic video

Where were the police when a gang of kids murdered 16-year-old Derrion Albert outside Chicago's Fenger High School?

A squad car was two blocks away. When what you see on the video happened, officers knew about the disturbance and decided not to respond, not to do anything at all.

The two cops were scared or didn't care. Probably the latter. The disturbance you see on the video or similar was a near-daily event, to be anticipated and prevented (see Fenger beating death: Violence, tension had been building over years). Get it, cops? Crime prevention. Where were you?

Why is no newspaper angry at the police? Why no editorials about this?

Where are the police this morning, two days later?

A TV reporter (the local Fox affiliate) at Fenger High School since 6 a.m. today reports at 8:30 that he hasn't seen a single cop car at the school.

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Endorsements and the Judgment of Barack Obama (D-Rezko)

Many here tout the endorsements the candidates for the Presidency receive.  Ignored in all this chatter, however, are the endorsements the candidates have made.  The latter, I believe, provides a rare view into the priorities, values and judgment of the candidates.  Because susanhu has broached a discussion on Obama's judgment as it relates to his collusion with Antoin "Tony" Rezko, the indicted slumlord who owned and operated dilapidated tenements in inner city Chicago, I will revisit a diary I wrote in July on the ethically challenged Illinois politicians Barack Obama endorsed in 2006 and 2007.  Obama, after all, is campaigning on his judgment, an object all of us should scrutinize if we are to cast informed votes in the Democratic primary.

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Endorsements Matter

Many here tout the endorsements the candidates for the Presidency receive.  Ignored in all this chatter, however, are the endorsements the candidates have made.  The latter provides a rare view into the priorities and values of the candidates.  Because each diary can only accomodate one candidate's endorsements, I will limit my discussion to those made by Barack Obama.

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Michelle Obama, WAL-MART, Daley, Big Box Ordinance Veto

There are many reasons to oppose Obama, whose paltry legislative record disqualifies him for the Presidency.  That he would cite state legislative experience during a Presidential campaign as a qualification already reveals to this voter how underprepared he is for the Presidency. 

Limit comments to discussion of candidates and connections to WAL-MART, please.  This should faciliate discussion about candidates' and corporate complicity and its potential relation to failures to implement progressive policies.  

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Michelle Obama and WAL-MART

There are many reasons to oppose Obama, whose paltry legislative record disqualifies him for the Presidency.  That he would cite state legislative experience during a Presidential campaign as a qualification already reveals to this voter how underprepared he is for the Presidency. 

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