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No, Chicago Is Not More Dangerous Than Afghanistan

Comparing urban crime to literal war-zones is an unfortunate rhetorical device that never seems to go away. On Tuesday, Gawker's Cord Jefferson, attempting to illustrate the vast disparity in attention given to mass shootings like the recent incidents in Colorado and (to a lesser extent) Wisconsin and the high homicide rate in Chicago, wrote that "The Windy City's murder rate is worse than the murder rate in Kabul, a literal war zone.
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Chicago War Zone: 20 shot, 5 Dead Since Friday, Governor Mulls National Guard

Politics / US Politics : Big Government (7 months ago)

Deadly violence has continued to rage on in Chicago since Thursday night’s mass shooting that left 13 wounded, including a three-year old boy who was shot in the head. Between Friday and Sunday morning, there have been at least 20 m... Read Post

Let the Punishment Fit the Crime? Duke Cunningham v Dollar Bill Jefferson

US Politics / Liberal : Firedoglake (4 years ago)

Bribery is bribery, and there's no excusing it in our public officials. But in the "punishment fits the crime" department, there's something wrong with the proposed sentence of Dollar Bill Jefferson when you compare it that handed d... Read Post

Gawker: 'Our Thuggish White Youth'

US Politics / Liberal : Drudge Retort Weblog (9 months ago)

Cord Jefferson, Gawker: A frightening and violent mob swept through the normally quiet seaside community of Huntington Beach last night following a surfing competition in the area. Businesses were vandalized and looted, portable toi... Read Post

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