Sunday, October 08, 2006

It's a Dog Fight

It's not even November, and already the fight has begun for alderman in the 50th Ward. I can't remember a time when the municipal elections began so early, but I've had canvassers come to my door (twice now), and seen one candidate (Salman Aftab) walking down Devon Ave with another candidate (Tony Peraica). I wonder if that means that Aftab is a Republican? (His website is rather vague.)

My neighbor, who already has a Greg Brewer sign in her window, tells me that Greg is the one to watch. He does seem to be all over the media, and clearly is Berny Stone's arch-nemesis. I've even seen his yellow car around the neighborhood. Not only does he have my neighbor campaigning for him, but he's got a bunch of folks out knocking on doors. They seem very organized.

How vulnerable Alderman Stone is (people having been talking about his daughter replacing him for years -- it's an open secret in the Ward) can be seen by the fact that we even have a 33 year old young mother running for his seat! Naisy Dolar can best be compared to the candidate as high school cheerleader. She's very cute. Not only does she look like she's in high school, but you get that impression by talking to her, as well! I was waiting for her to jump into the air and land in a split any minute.

This is going to be fun!

The 50th Ward has been oppressed by the Stone regime for more than thirty years. The irony of Berny Stone's horror at the city becoming an embarrassment across the land is that he's been an embarrassment to the 50th Ward for years. Whether it was Stone's Wall on Howard, or his shocking, but highly-quotable, comments to the press, Stone has been an embarrassment to us all. Perhaps now, Stone has embarrassed us for the last time. We can only hope!


At November 15, 2006 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, are you going to post again? I live in that neighborhood and I am interested.

At November 19, 2006 7:57 PM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

You betcha!

At January 29, 2007 2:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear JS

(I wanted to e-mail you but couldn't find your address anywhere)

I think you have made a wise choice in moderating your blog. Blogs are a great way to communicate and create awareness about a candidate or issues of concern. Some campaigns watch these blogs very closely and post all sorts of comments under various names. If the blog takes a point of view against their candidate they try to torpedo the blog. These people stop at nothing.

Their first objective is to get people to no longer read the blog. The second objective is to get the opposition to take time and energy to respond to their stupid posts. The third objective is to get the other campaigns off track and to concentrate on them. The fourth objective is to take over the Blog by proxy. If nothing else works they hope the blog owner will just cave in and close down the blog.

When you (the blog owner) decide not to put up with their crap and monitor posts before they appear, the idiots claim censorship, free speech and what not.

JS, you have made a wise choice. I believe you will allow posts that are in favor of other candidates or in opposition of Brewer. I have no reason to think otherwise.

I’d suggest that you don’t even give the idiots the opportunity to post comments about censorship or free speech. Coming into a blog and posting idiotic hateful comments is like yelling “Fire” in a full movie theatre. Use their tactics against them. Its your blog, and you get to decide what gets posted.

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Mad Dog


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