I don’t recall having many guest speakers at roll call but now that I’m retired, they are coming out of the woodwork.  A week ago, I attended a luncheon for retired CPD officers from the city’s Northside.  Originally set up so that candidates for the FOP election could speak to retirees.

The FOP allows retirees to be voting members.  This year has a lot of candidates running for FOP offices so there were a lot of people there.  In addition, there were a lot of people running for political office in Chicago and Cook County there, as well.

Many were running for local party positions or judges. However, many were running for the Cook County State’s Attorney position.  Here in Chicago we currently have a State’s Attorney who has done her best to reduce the county jail population by refusing to prosecute and pushed for lower or no bonds for felons.

Many of you may be familiar with her across the country.  She is the one who recused herself from the Jussie Smollett case.  Smollett is the TV actor who falsified the police report that two men wearing Trump paraphernalia mugged him on the street.  He even hired two men to pretend to do the crime.

Once his lies came to light and it was clear State’s Attorney Kim Foxx did her best to hamper his prosecution. She recused herself from the case only to later drop all charges against Smollett.



Were it not so sad, you would have to laugh at her antics.  Since then, she has publicly announced how she has more in common with the criminal element than anyone in law enforcement.  She is running on completely a pro-crime platform.  What is really funny is there’s a good chance she will win due to political gamesmanship.

The luncheons speakers pretty much repeated the same mantra, “blah blah blah blah beat Foxx.  Vote (insert candidate’s name).”  And we all applauded.

The rest of our politics is no better.

Cue the circus music:



We have a rotund clown governor who ran on the, “let me raise your taxes platform.”

We now have droves of people fleeing the state and Illinois is known for our ridiculously high taxes.

We have a clown mayor who is known on local blogs a Groot due to her uncanny resemblance to the movie character.  She has taken to blaming the police for the crime in Chicago even though she has actively had a roll in handcuffing their ability and desire to do their job over the last few years.

We have a former clown governor who just got released from prison for doing what former governors have illegally done in Illinois for decades.  Only they didn’t piss off their father-in-law who had more political clout.

We have a County Board president who put a tax on soda pop.  I guess the kids just weren’t taxed enough.

The list goes on.  Illinois is known as the most corrupt state in the union, now.  Chicago, well, Chicago has had a history of our mayors making good fodder for caricature artists as long as I have been alive.  I don’t see it changing.


On a nation-wide level, things are not much different.  If you are a Democrat, you immediately poke fun at the president’s hair and suntan.  The media is filled with cartoons exaggerating his features.

If you look at the Democrats, the recent presidential debates made you wonder if they all arrived in one small car together.  The venue had to be held inside a large, striped circus tent.  Did they all attend the same Ringling Brothers clown college in Florida?


If you played that music in the link above, you probably now have that earworm running non-stop in your head.  Interestingly, that song was written by Julius Fucik and is known as Entrance of the Gladiators.  I think clowns and elephants and the song is about gladiators.

Stay safe. Run low and zigzag. Robert Weisskopf (CPD Lt. Retired)


 “Above all, it’s about going home at the end of the shift … “

We couldn’t agree more.



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