Renew Our Trash


Yes, that is a cat box. Sorry about that but the city started it by deciding that they think they know best on dictating how people take out their trash. Although called a “pilot” program at this point, as described in the Daily Chronicle article, my guess is the city will put this program in place. I do not believe this is a cost-savings plan. Instead, this gives the city the opportunity to make everyone’s trash look the same. DeKalb would look like some sort of Yuppieville, with matching garbage cans. I do not need nor want a trash can. I certainly do not want to be forced into buying two new ones. How will the city buying trash cans for everyone save citizens any money? Continue reading Renew Our Trash

Expenditures of Distinction, July 2009

The check register in the latest City Council agenda packet has inspired nominations for the first Monthly Expenditures of Distinction Award.

Expenditures of Distinction — Disdain Division

  • $48.60 for Yards of Distinction award covers (p. 73)
  • $584.00 for Yards of Distinction signs and frames (p. 79)
  • YoD is a very strong contender. Not only is the expense itself a breathtaking extension of city government’s middle finger to struggling families, it has already cost more than Genoa’s skating rink.

    Expenditures of Distinction — Hall of Shame Division Continue reading Expenditures of Distinction, July 2009

    Corrupt Illinois Politicians vs. the Sicilian Mafia

    The Chicago Tribune continues to follow the admissions scandal at the University of Illinois. Columnist John Kass wrote a piece and in the comments section was this gem:

    “Voice of reason
    Hammond, IN
    7 hrs ago

    John, I have read your articles comparing the corrupt “pols” to the Outfit. I googled Mafia and found an interesting article that printed the Mafia’s 10 Commandments.
    “In November 2007 Sicilian police reported to have found a list of “Ten Commandments” in the hideout of mafia boss Salvatore Lo Piccolo. They are thought to be guidelines on how to be a good, respectful and honorable mafioso.
    1. No one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it.
    2. Never look at the wives of friends.
    3. Never be seen with cops.
    4. Don’t go to pubs and clubs.
    5. Always being available for Cosa Nostra is a duty – even if your wife is about to give birth.
    6. Appointments must absolutely be respected.
    7. Wives must be treated with respect.
    8. When asked for any information, the answer must be the truth/
    9. Money cannot be appropriated if it belongs to others or to other families.
    10. People who can’t be part of Cosa Nostra: anyone who has a close relative in the police, anyone with a two-timing relative in the family, anyone who behaves badly and doesn’t hold to moral values.

    After reading this I don’t believe the “pols” have enough character to be in the Mafia.”

    Why is everyone worried about raising waxes?

    You know, it’s like my dad always said, “Rose,” he’d say, “it’s always something.” But I ask, why do we care if the city raises waxes? I mean it isn’t like the floors aren’t getting cleaned. Shouldn’t the wax actually be lowered, it’s a protection against the grime of the city footwear isn’t it? Without the waxes wouldn’t the council, and city employees just scuff up the floor more – heel marks, deep seated grooves from the heavily cushioned chairs they sit in. It’s really hard to get the grooves and gouges cleaned out if the same people just keep doing the same things. After a while the gouges are so deep that no amount of buffing is gonna clean them, so we’d just have to pull all that flooring up and throw it out, and wouldn’t that cost a lot of money? Of course we couldn’t ask those city employees to quit taking raises to pay for the new flooring, that should be the property owners’ job. While we’re at it, shouldn’t the cheapo taxpayers also fork over some bucks to update the city TV channel to get more than just that new comedy show – you know the one, it comes on every few Mondays. I think it’s called “The DeKalb Cow”. Why would we need a show about a bunch of cows? Maybe horses like Mr. Ed – now that was a show, a horse moving its lips and having someone unseen actually filling in the dialogue – course, “The DeKalb Cow” is sort of like that too……what’s that? The topic is “People are worried about raising Taxes”. Oops, nevermind.