Friday, February 16, 2007

It's About Respect

I am proud of my heritage. And I'm glad to live in an area where my heritage is honored and its rites revered. I live in an area where my alderman, my state representative, state senator and Congresswoman are all Jewish. That is exceptional. For me, it feels normal.

But I'm not proud of my alderman. My alderman doesn't share my values, or even the values of our shared heritage. My alderman violates our Jewish tradition by ignoring it whenever possible, and then exploiting it when he suites his needs.

That is exactly what he is doing now.

I take a lot of guff for my opposition to Ald. Stone. Because Stone is Jewish, I am told, I should support him. It's the essence of the "He's our crook" argument. But I don't want to be represented by a crook. And the thought of a Jewish crook is repulsive to me. We have enough issues in the world, I don't want to see Jewish legislators tainted by Berny Stone's reputation.

Nor does Stone serve our interests. His rush to gentrify the ward results in the inevitable dilution of our community. It's not Jewish families who are buying these expensive condo conversions or resulting building from the teardowns we see throughout the ward. It's yuppies. Yuppies who don't seem to honor the profound Jewish character of the 50th Ward.

This doesn't bother Berny Stone. Not much does. He takes his quid pro quo and smiles. Why should he care if the 50th takes on a profoundly Christian character in a decade? He'll be in Arizona. He won't be bothered.

My father tells me that Stone used to be a good alderman. But it sounds like that was before Council Wars. That doesn't help us now. And that certainly doesn't protect us.

Driving around the city during the winter holidays solidified my decision to support someone who wished to "preserve the character and integrity of the 50th Ward." Throughout the city in December you would see Christmas decorations on street lights and city property. But the 50th Ward was spared this spectacle. The long Jewish legacy of the 50th Ward has meant that not only Jewish families feel comfortable here, but it has been a magnet for other non-Christians, too. The rapid gentrification sponsored by Ald. Stone threatens the safe haven we've built here.

Greg Brewer offers many attractive proposals that should preserve the profoundly Jewish character of our neighborhood. His commitment to preserving the character of the ward means that he's committed to preserving the Jewish flavor of the ward. But more importantly, Greg's proposal for creating a ward plan or roadmap that not only takes community input but is based upon it offers us the best hope for Jewish families in the decades to come.

Please join me in voting for Greg Brewer for Alderman. Greg offers us our best hope for keeping the 50th a safe haven for all of us. There is nothing that Berny Stone will do in this regard that Greg Brewer won't continue. Greg shares our values.

Finally, it seems to me that Stone's activities tonight reinforce this assessment. Stone will campaign on the Shabbat. The fact that Stone will do so demonstrates his willingness to dilute our community for his own purpose. To me, that's wrong. I support someone who respects our traditions and rites. I'm voting for Greg Brewer. I hope you will, too.

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35 Comments:

At February 16, 2007 10:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Respect?
Check out Stones offspring, and her respect for the democratic process...
Caught on video no less!
http://bridgetinthesixth.blogspot.com/2007/02/ilana-50th-wards-queen-of-mean.html

 
At February 16, 2007 10:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU HAVE HIT A NEW LOW,KAPO

 
At February 16, 2007 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is Brewer's campaign a magnet for meaness,bigotry,and cretinous creatures ,all whipped into to a frenzy by RADICAL outside hate mongers FROM THE democratic FASCISTS of AMERIKA? These MONSTERS are loose in OUR WARD and following the same script HITLER used in GERMANY to seize power;including the BIG LIE !!

 
At February 16, 2007 11:58 AM, Blogger Hugh said...

ok, we get it

your schtick is to fight bigotry by labeling everyone in sight a bigot

 
At February 16, 2007 12:02 PM, Blogger Hugh said...

> Throughout the city in December you would see Christmas decorations on street lights and city property. But the 50th Ward was spared this spectacle.

JS, do x-mas lights bother you?

I see a lot of tents in the neighborhood in the fall, including in my own back yard. They don't bother me. As a matter of fact, I think they're kinda neat. And the festivals in Warren Park, even when they are really, really LOUD, I think they are cool, too, they increase my pride in my neighborhood.

 
At February 16, 2007 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you see JS,Hugh is a WHACKED-OUT HATE MONGER in pursuit of his PERSONAL AGENDA.He so "appreciated "you letting him post" that he now attacked YOU!Its not too late to realize you are STANDING IN THE WRONG PLACE and COME HOME to your own.THEY ARE USING YOU!!!!

 
At February 16, 2007 12:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

not everyone,Hugh,but it sure applies to you!!!you need therapy for this obsession.

 
At February 16, 2007 12:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I am one of the so-called "yuppies" you SO oppose to moving in YOUR neighborhood. I bought my house through hard-work & have spent lots of sweat equity in the last year fixing it up & improving YOUR neighborhood. I even displayed "tasteful" christmas decorations--much more tasteful than some of our jewish neighbors "shacks " they assemble in their yards to celebrate their faith. I have a surprise for you—most of my neighbors are NOT jewish! And the so-called over-priced condos being developed will lower YOUR crime rate & increase YOUR property value. Enjoy being in MY neighborhood now.
p.s. we had a lovely block party this summer-you are more than invited to come if you open your mind.

 
At February 16, 2007 1:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BRIDGET DOOLEY,Brewer's "FELDFUEHRER" IS WAY OVER THE TOP NOW!Dooley's last 48 hours was a DEMONSTRATION OF THE HATE TACTICS HER dfa LEADERS HAVE TAUGHT THIS CARPETBAGGER FROM BLOOMINGDALE .HOW HATEFUL IS BRIDGET?HER "BRIDGET IN THE SIXTH(as in 6th Congressional district,where here bloomington home is located)blog regularly mocks and ridicules the INDIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY with her posting of certain BOLLYWOOD videos intentended to promote ridicule of INDIANS--VIDEOS THAT ARE BELITTLING AND DEMEANING TO INDIAN-AMERICANS,WHO ARE A MAJOR 50TH WARD COMMUNITY.BRIDGET IS AN OBVIOUS "LEFT-WING/PROGRESSIVE/FASCIST RACIST!!!!!

 
At February 16, 2007 4:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JS,see the remark about shacks-read the rest of that posters remarks!these are the bedfellows you are keeping ,right now.If you can't support Stone(only G-D knows why not),at least stop helping these bigots attack him.Please JS,stop being a 50th ward version of "JUDENRAT"-if you can't help your own don't help hurt your own.FASTING ON YOM KIPPUR WON'T WASH THIS AWAY!!!!!

 
At February 16, 2007 4:29 PM, Blogger Hugh said...

Bridget is hateful?

Bridget chased Ilana down the street swearing at her?

wow

could you please try to be a just a little more sophisticate with your spin?

Ilana: The 50th Ward's Queen of Mean

 
At February 16, 2007 4:36 PM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

Personally, I'm sick of Stone's exaggerations, innuendo and contrived use of our history to rile up support. This race is about protecting our community, and Greg Brewer can do that. Stone can't. His planned event tonight shows he doesn't even care.

 
At February 16, 2007 4:41 PM, Blogger JS in the 50th said...

Do x-mas lights bother me? I enjoy the character of my neighborhood. I don't see a lot of lights in my neighborhood, though. I don't recall seeing any on the street lamps, either.

 
At February 16, 2007 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the hell is wrong with this blog?

Bollywood videos demean Indian Americans? Does that poster even know what Bollywood is?

We need to vote for Brewer to keep the "yuppies" out? What?

And JS is a "kapo" for supporting Brewer?

This blog has gone insane. It's wrong on several levels. Not several - many levels.

I'm glad to see JS supporting Brewer - but in my opinion - it's for the wrong reason.

And that "yuppie" poster is also wrong. And the people who turn to anti semitism to hide Bernies nepotism and failures - shame on you too.

 
At February 17, 2007 4:29 AM, Anonymous GO NAISY! said...

Up to now, Brewer has ONLY put up logos of organizations/unions that have endorsed him. But for some reason.. he has Chicago Reader's logo highlighted on the front page.

Talk about a desperate attempt to get SOME attention away from the Dolar campaign especially after Naisy Dolar's website announced her latest endorsement by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE!

I don't know about you, but I'll be voting for Naisy Dolar.

 
At February 17, 2007 6:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Chicago Reader endorses candidates? What a prime example of flawed logic.

 
At February 17, 2007 7:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If a Major Newspaper is not going to support the cuurent Office Holder they should come up with a better excuse than he has lost the drive for his job?

I see Stone at City Hall somedays before 730AM and meeting with citizens till 9:00PM at night. 14 hour days and you loose your drive?

You may not like his performace but such a lame excuse

 
At February 17, 2007 8:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Tribune Editorial Board's endorsement is shallow and meaningless.

Does it provide resources? No.

At best it influences the suburbanites that read the paper - and this might come as a shock - but they can't vote in the 50th ward.

Furthermore, this should actually serve as a blow to Naisy. The Tribune Editorial Board is netoriously conservative. They don't like Greg because the Unions have already endorsed him. They don't like Bernie because - well - he's Bernie.

They can't endorse Aftab - because - no person that can use the internet(s) should. So they were left with Naisy.

They had a choice: either make no endorsement or endorse long-shot Naisy.

They went with the second choice. You know why? Because endorsing her is a shot at the unions. Let's not forget that the Editorial Board was against a living wage.

 
At February 17, 2007 9:13 AM, Blogger Hugh said...

> VIDEOS THAT ARE BELITTLING AND DEMEANING TO INDIAN-AMERICANS

Who died and appointed you spokesperson for Rogers Park's Indian Americans?

 
At February 17, 2007 9:15 AM, Blogger Hugh said...

some people are single-issue voters

for at least one poster here race is the only issue in the 50th ward

not much we can do about that

 
At February 17, 2007 6:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

JS,YOU'RE FEEDING HUGH'S HABIT.Show him that he too can be "moderated"! Bridget Dooley posts ridiculous "BOLLYWOOD FRIDAYS" videos on her "bridget in the sixth" blog-These videos are ridicule inducing and "Liberal/Progressive"racist Bridget"s commentary and "musings" on them clearly reveals them.Bridget dooley is an additional reason for not one "Fair-Minded" voter to support her candidate,who rumor has it now has this "hate Princess" living in his home

 
At February 17, 2007 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hugh and bridget=a match spawned in HELL

 
At February 17, 2007 6:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HUGH IS A SINGLE ISSUE POSTER-HATRED OF STONE

 
At February 17, 2007 8:53 PM, Blogger Bridget said...

Wow, since when did appreciation of international cinema constitute hate?

I love Bollywood! I started "Bollywood Fridays" to break up the political seriousness that permeates the blogs I frequent. It's caught on because it's different and fun.

Bollywood is unique in that it is pure entertainment devoid of any agenda, political or otherwise. The music is spectacular, the dancing is amazing, and the stories are lighthearted and cute.

Say what you want, but I'm proud to be the unofficial blog ambassador to Bollywood! It's always a good thing to expose people to diverse cultures. I think it's sad that you don't feel that way. The world would be a much better place if people made a point to expand their horizons beyond their immediate community.


- Bridget

 
At February 18, 2007 1:16 AM, Anonymous brewer needs a brewski said...

>The Chicago Reader endorses candidates? What a prime example of flawed logic.

The flawed logic is Brewer's, in thinking he can put up the Reader's logo just because he is responding to Stone's challenge published in the Reader. By that same logic, all four candidates could put up every local paper's logo on their website and literature just because those publications mentioned their names or something. It's not like Brewer was even citing something favorable the Reader said about him.

It is such a transparent attempt at responding to the Trib's endorsing Naisy. I think Brewer's getting desperate.

 
At February 18, 2007 2:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shame on you Stone supporters (the ones who write in this blog) making such accusations towards Brewer's campaign staff, should I believe that you are speaking on Stone's campaign behalf too?. I was undecided until today.. reading this blog, I've made up my mind... I will ,definitely, not vote for Stone, but, Thank you guys.... Brewer look pretty good to me.

Down with ignorance!!!

 
At February 18, 2007 11:45 AM, Blogger Hugh said...

> "JUDENRAT"-if you can't help your own don't help hurt your own.FASTING ON YOM KIPPUR WON'T WASH THIS AWAY!!!!!

wow

just when you think you've seen everything online

 
At February 18, 2007 12:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bridget is the AMBASSADOR OF RIDICULE trying to SPIN her carpetbagging way out of being exposed as an ANTI-INDIAN RACIST.THE BOLLYWOOD VIDEOS Bridget in the sixth,a.k.a. Bridget Dooley ,of Bolingbrook,now in residence with THE BREWERS,are demeaning to INDIAN-AMERICANS(WITH HER SARCASTIC COMMENTARY) as it gets,such as a Bollywood elvis impersonator.What this is about Bridget,is you and your Disguised Fascists of Amerika ridicule of those you feel are INFERIOR!

 
At February 18, 2007 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To the anon. who wants to spin the disinformation that defending Alderman Stone from vicious lies and the dirtiest CAMPAIGN TRICKS will hurt him----lololol-what has blown up in your hands,opposition to Stone,are your own HATE BOMBS!FURTHERMORE,THE MANURE SHOVELERS OF SEIU UNION,IS DRIVING NEW VOTES TO STONE WITH EVERY HATE PIECE AGAINST STONE-YOU PICKED YOUR OWN POISON!!!!!!!!!

 
At February 19, 2007 11:43 AM, Blogger Hugh said...

when are you planning to start defending Stone from the "vicious lies?"

the way you defend lies is with the truth

all you are doing is attacking the "liars"

 
At February 19, 2007 11:45 AM, Blogger Hugh said...

> "JUDENRAT"-if you can't help your own don't help hurt your own.FASTING ON YOM KIPPUR WON'T WASH THIS AWAY!!!!!

did your boss approve this post?

does he know what you're doing in his name online?

 
At February 19, 2007 10:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I go with anonymous but I have a name, Carla.
What it so wrong for some people of unions endorsing Brewer? don't you know there are are many union members living in the ward? I'm a proud union member and very happy that my union is endorsing the right candidate.

 
At February 19, 2007 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bigotry...radicals....cretinous...monsters and all this ugly name calling WOW!!!
Are you people for real??? you guys are mean.. wow.. very mean and scary.. now I'm afraid of living in the same neighborhood with people who can tag their neighbors in such a nasty way....

 
At February 21, 2007 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hugh: why do you torture capsman so? You should be nicer to him, he sounds like he may be ill.

 
At February 22, 2007 12:07 AM, Anonymous C said...

HUGH-YOUR TWISTS AND INNUENDOS ONLY DODGE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN ASKED REPEATEDLY,"WHY DO YOU HATE BERNARD STONE SO COMPLETELY THAT YOU HAVE CENTERED YOUR LIFE AROUND ATTACKING HIM"? ANSWER THAT QUESTION HUGH!AND NOT WITH ANOTHER ANTI-STONE DIATRIBE-ONE SIMPLE ANSWER-TELL EVERYONE WHY YOU HATE BERNARD STONE,NOT CAMPAIGN RHETORIC-WHY YOU ,SO PERSONALLY?WAITING.............

 

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