Monday, June 25, 2007
Personal Views: Reverend Jackson, Father Pfleger and the Famous Chokehold And What is the Only Way to Get Jackson to Call off the Demonstration?
Reverend Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Father Michael Pfleger, the Gold Dust twins of Chicago radicalism, were arrested and detained for about an hour after another media event in front of Chucks Gun Shop in south suburban Riverdale.
This followed a minor scuff-up and confrontation on charges of criminal trespass involving the Big Two of the citys ace self-publicists at a store which has, no one doubts, been obeying the law on gun sales. After being released, Reverend Jackson aka The Pout charged before the whirring cameras of the electronic media that the gun shop owner has a chokehold on the Riverdale police. As for the blond pinwheel of excitability, Fr. Pfleger, he vowed to go to the gun shop with Jackson every Saturday.
If anyone has a chokehold on events, its Jackson & Pfleger both profiting brilliantly with the compliant media (the Tribune has yet to even report that the priest, an apparent student of another Catholic cleric, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, threatened to murder the shop owner and those legislators who dare oppose his variant of gun control). Jackson has long held a chokehold on the media and Pfleger has long held a chokehold on the Catholic archdiocese because of his pivotal position as gleaner of Democratic votes which may spell the difference to the layman chancellor, Jimmy Lago, who was one of the best precinct captains the Cook county Democratic party ever had.
The Only Way
Last night on WLS, I asked my two radio guests Mike Quigley and Jim Nalepa how Jesse Jackson could be persuaded to drop the demonstration in front of an enterprise that is operating legally and within the confines of the law. Both were stumped.
The answer: Have the gun manufacturers offer Jesse Jackson a piece of the action for one of his relatives.
That way, if precedent be served (viz Anheuser Busch) the demonstrations will stop. I wish I had thought of it myself but I did not. It was the product of the ingenious imagination of Joe Morris. Congratulations, Joe.