“…I didn’t belong in their neighborhood because I was white…”

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ABC Local carried the story.  Which, with the skin color reversed, would be weeks in the national headlines.  But it is just whitey.  So…. nary a peep from the Race-baiter in Chief, or from the Justice for Michael Brown Department.  Or from Al “Tawana Brawley” Sharpton.

Police say two people were arrested and charged, but Susan Pedersen says several dozen people were involved in the attack that left her two children covered in broken glass. They were in the back seat of the vehicle, which was left dented with the rear glass shattered.

“I’m very scared, very anxious, nervous. Just fearful,” she said.

Broken glass littered the pavement at 60th and King Drive across from Washington Park, where the attack took place around 9 p.m. Thursday night. Pedersen says she had just dropped off a friend at the University of Chicago when she stopped at a red light and found her car surrounded by several dozen young people.

“They were walking around both sides of the vehicle – in the front, in the back – and as they were walking across, they were hitting my car, using racial slurs and telling me that I didn’t belong in their neighborhood because I was white,” Pedersen said.

The group, all African-American, she says, kicked the vehicle and shook it violently. Her children were screaming from the back of the vehicle.

Racism?  Dat only be dem white folk.  Had that been a black woman with her children and had that happen in a “white” neighborhood, Bath House Barry would have taken time out from pandering to Iran and the Islamists and ensuring transgenders are allowed into the Armed Forces to lecture us all from on high about race.  The usual suspects and paid protesters would be in those streets in mob fashion, destroying property and threatening lives and livelihoods.  All somehow justified, in the eyes of Obama and the “black community” for such an egregious affront.

But, since it is a white woman, nary a peep.  Since Obama’s children don’t look like that.  Despicable hypocrites, all.  ALL of them, white and black, who search for outrage to blame on racism, and invent it when necessary.  I spose we can look on the bright side.  There is a good chance that those bullying and bigoted punks will end up dead.  And they will be killed by other blacks.  Good enough for them.  Karma.  It’s a bitch.  Even with your drawers around your knees.

A little more Chicago maritime history

Most of you know of the U-505, the captured German WWII U-Boat on display in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry. It’s a pretty fantastic display, and a real eye opener to go through.


But did you know that’s not the only Chicago area German U-Boat?

At the end of World War I, under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was prohibited from owning or operating any submarines. Their fleet of existing boats was either scuttled, scrapped, or turned over to the victorious powers.

One boat was the SM UC-97, a type UCIII minelaying U-Boat. Commissioned just before Armistice Day, she conducted no wartime patrols. Instead, she was turned over to the United States. She was used as an exhibition on the Great Lakes for Victory Bond tours, to raise money to pay down the US wartime debt.


After that, she was sunk in 1921 as a target for the training gunboat USS Wilmette. And to bring us full circle back to Spill’s post on the Chicago Maritime Museum, USS Wilmette started life as the steamer Eastland, who sank pier side with the loss of so much life.

SC-97 was sunk about 20 miles offshore from Highland Park, IL. Her exact location was unknown for many years, but she was rediscovered in 1992, and her location was published 2013.

Chicago Maritime Museum

DSCN09271 You could be forgiven for not associating anything maritime with the largest city in the Midwest. Granted we sit on the southwestern shoreline of that Great Lake carved out by glaciers in the last ice age but it’s just that the Chicago’s maritime history isn’t as well known.

That maritime history history is kept alive by the Chicago Maritime Museum. Located in the Bridgeport Art Center (in the Bridgeport nieghborhood) the Museum’s mission is to “become recognized as the leading authority on our waterways and their significance to Chicago and the world in the past, present and future.”

This past weekend I visited the Chicago Maritime Museum for their annual Christmas party and took a look around. The Museum features a number of interesting model and photographic exhibits of significant Chicago maritime historical events and ships. Here’s some of what I saw:

1:72 model of the USS Wolverine on display at the Chicago Maritime Museum. Aircraft on deck are the Grumman Wildcat, an SNJ trainer, SBD dive bomber, Grumman Hellcat and Vought Corsair. A Grumman Avenger appears to the left and another SNJ is show trapping aboard aft.
Another view of the USS Wovlerine and the flight deck forward.


An SNJ caught trapping aboard the USS Wolverine.


This is an ELCO PT boat.



A taffrail log was an inturment used to measure a vessel’s speed.
A model commemorating the SS Eastland diaster on the Chicago River. The ship rolled over pierside on the southern branch of the Chicago River between Clark and LaSalle streets on 24 July 1915. 844 passengers and crew were killed.
A ships wooden screw. I’m not sure what the measurements denote.


Some of the warships that had visited Chicago over the years. There are some legandary names here.

There’s a lot more here to see and there are plenty of models being worked on by staff that you can view in various stages of completion in the storage area. The Chicago Maritime also put on a brief program about the Christmas Ships that brought trees from Wisconsin to Chicago. The most notable of these Christmas Tree ships being the Rouse Simmons. The legacy of which is now carred on every year about the United States Coast Guard Ship, Mackinaw.

USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30). Carries on the Christmas Tree legacy of the Rouse Simmons.
USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30). Carries on the Christmas Tree legacy of the Rouse Simmons.

The Chicago Maritime Museum is one of the city’s interesting most interesting place to learn about some little known Chicago History. The Museum does have plans for expansion but in the meantime it’s worth the visit if you have an interest in either maritime history or Chicago’s history.


Edward “Butch” O’Hare

Butch O’Hare and his F4F-3 Wildcat. Stud.

Most of you will recognize the namesake of one of Chicago’s international airports. What you probably may not know is that today in 1942, the USS Lexington came under attack by Japanese G4M “Betty” bombers while in the Japanese-held waters north of New Ireland.


A flight of 9 Bettys approached the Lexington from an undefended side, and Lt. Edward H. “Butch” O’Hare and his wingman were the only aircraft available to intercept the formation. At 1700 hours, O’Hare arrived over the 9 incoming bombers and attacks. During the engagement his wingman’s (LT. Marion Dufilho) guns failed, so O’Hare had to fight on alone. He is credited with shooting down five Japanese bombers and damaging a sixth and probably saving lives aboard the Lexington (although she was scuttled at the Battle of Coral Sea in May that year).

VF-3: Front row, second from right: Lt. Edward Butch O'Hare.
VF-3: Front row, second from right: Lt. Edward Butch O’Hare.

As a result of this engagement O’Hare was promoted to LtCDR and received a Medal Of Honor. The citation reads as follows:


Medal of Honor – Navy
Rank and organization: Lieutenant, U.S. Navy
Born: 13 March 1914, St. Louis, Mo.
Entered service at: St. Louis, Mo.
Other Navy awards: Navy Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross with 1 gold star.

Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in aerial combat, at grave risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, as section leader and pilot of Fighting Squadron 3 on 20 February 1942. Having lost the assistance of his teammates, Lt. O’Hare interposed his plane between his ship and an advancing enemy formation of 9 attacking twin-engine heavy bombers. Without hesitation, alone and unaided, he repeatedly attacked this enemy formation, at close range in the face of intense combined machinegun and cannon fire. Despite this concentrated opposition, Lt. O’Hare, by his gallant and courageous action, his extremely skillful marksmanship in making the most of every shot of his limited amount of ammunition, shot down 5 enemy bombers and severely damaged a sixth before they reached the bomb release point. As a result of his gallant action–one of the most daring, if not the most daring, single action in the history of combat aviation–he undoubtedly saved his carrier from serious damage.

Butch O’Hare receives the Medal Of Honor from FDR (with wife Rita at his side)

There’s a bit of fable involved in the tale of Butch’s entry into the US Navy. It makes for a great story but it’s just a fable indeed. Butch’s dad was Edward “Easy Eddie” O’Hare who was a tax accountant for the infamous Al Capone. O’Hare played a key role in Capone’s prosecution for tax evasion and as a result of working with the Feds, the rumor was that Butch received an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in return. A great story indeed.

Easy Eddie was later assassinated (from Wikipedia):

O’Hare was shot and killed on Wednesday, November 8, 1939, while driving in his car. He was 46. That afternoon he reportedly left his office at Sportsman’s Park in Cicero with a cleaned and oiled Spanish-made .32-caliber semi-automatic pistol, something unusual for him. O’Hare got into his black 1939 Lincoln Zephyr coupe, and drove away from the track. As he approached the intersection of Ogden and Rockwell, a dark sedan rolled up beside him and two shotgun-wielding henchmen opened up on him with a volley of big-gameslugs. Edward Joseph O’Hare was killed instantly. As his Lincoln crashed into a post at the side of the roadway, the killers continued east on Ogden, where they soon became lost in other traffic.

Butch himself was later killed-in-action on 26 November 1943 while leading the first-ever night time fighter attack to be launched from a carrier.

If your ever at O’Hare airport and in terminal 2 go see the F4F-3 recovered from Lake Michigan:











In the finest tradition of the Naval service, Chicago’s very own.

Morning Links

Before I sally forth and do yardwork, here’s some items that have been on my mind.

Democrats walk out of Benghazi hearings before victims family members testify.

Seriously? How many times have we seen Democrats offer photogenic “victims” or “advocates” to testify before hearings?  The families of the dead in Benghazi have stated over and over they just wish to be heard.  But apparently “representative” to Dems means something different than what you or I might expect.

And here’s the thing about Benghazi that infuriates me. The administration lied to me (and you) with its utterly farcical story of a youtube video.

Had the administration put forth at least a plausible story, I’d be fairly understanding. Say a statement along the lines of “Amb. Stevens and the others were engaged in a low profile effort to secure missiles and other weapons from radical elements in the post-revolutionary environment in Libya when those elements staged an attack upon our consulate.” It’s plausible. And the enemy does get a vote. And it has the advantage of likely being mostly true.

Instead, the Obama administration has found itself having to deny, obfuscate and denigrate. And the thing with lying is, you keep digging yourself in deeper. It didn’t have to be this way.


What is it with nutty professors? I support a great deal of academic freedom, and even a healthy dose of skepticism. But this dude is just nutters. FAU has enough issues they may need to rethink the value of his contributions to the school. And certainly, students and parents need to think very carefully about what kind of institutions they spend their (borrowed) money on.


13 shot in the Navy Yard- Full court press in the news for days.
13 shot in Chicago- a blurb in the local papers.


Have some splodey: