Dis Is A Fine City

Ribicoff vs. Daley at Democratic National Convention 1968

“Dis (This) is a fine city.” Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley used to say that. I couldn’t find a YouTube clip of Mayor Daley saying, “Dis is a fine city,” which is unfortunate because he used to say it with unique emotion.

Mayor Richard J. Daley was present at the 1968 Democrat Party Convention in Chicago. Outside there were riots, the National Guard, and armored vehicles. Chicago police were provoked – excrement and such were thrown at them by a key minority of peace protesters. The late Sherman H. Skolnick discovered that members of the “Chicago 7” (originally called the “Chicago 8” when Bobby Seale was amongst them) “and persons connected with them in the National Mobilization to End the War in Viet Nam, were funded by federal money, channeled to them through pass-through organizations connected with the government. $192,000 in federal money and $85,000 from the Carnegie Foundation, acting as a conduit for the Central Intelligence Agency,” went to agents provocateur! [1] Part of the motive was to discredit Democrats so that Richard Nixon would win the 1968 presidential election.

With riots raging outside, inside the convention hall, at the podium, Senator Abraham A. Ribicoff went off-script and denounced what he called “Gestapo tactics in the streets of Chicago.” But this was Mayor Daley’s fine city! How dare Ribicoff say such a thing! As television cameras focused on an indignant Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley, lip-readers throughout America claimed to have observed him shouting, “Fuck you, you Jew son of a bitch.” Defenders of the mayor would later claim that he was calling Ribicoff a faker. [2]

In the short video clip hopefully embedded at the top, you can judge for yourself whether Mayor Daley indeed said the offensive words. For myself, I can’t really say for sure.

Mayor Richard J. Daley, father of the later Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, was much loved by many people, and sometimes hated as well. He was “The Boss”, head of a political patronage system in Chicago.

The Boss System of government is warned about at the start of the 1956 movie, “The Boss”. Directed by Byron Haskin, the film begins with this onscreen message:

The boss is a creature of no political party. He appears in the wake of public apathy fostering crime and corruption. Years ago an outraged citizenry arose against him. Only you, a vigilant people, can combat the menace of a boss.


Among the characters in the 1956 movie, “The Boss”, is Ernie Jackson, played by Joe Flynn. The Boss of a “middle class” (Midwestern) city, Matt Brady (John Payne) decides to put in Ernie Jackson as a U.S. congressman. This parallels the true-life situation of Kansas City, Missouri Boss Tom Pendergast having been a patron of the early political career of Harry S. Truman. Notice in the image above how the character Ernie Jackson (left) resembles Harry S. Truman (right).

Backroom dealings at the 1932 Democrat Convention in Chicago are portrayed in Byron Haskin’s “The Boss.” Kansas City Boss “Matt Brady” resists backing Franklin D. Roosevelt and when FDR is nominated anyway Boss Brady (Tom Pendergast) bitterly observes that he wishes he was from Chicago because then he could own a President. [3]

Too bad for Kansas City Boss Tom Pendergast, he had died (January 26, 1945) just before his dream of the Kansas City machine seeming to own a President possibly was realized. When FDR died on April 12, 1945, Pendergast protégé Harry Truman became President.

——- Sources ——-
[1] “ANT-WAR MOVEMENT Part 1”, by Sherman H. Skolnick. March 17, 2004. http://www.skolnicksreport.org/awm1.html
[2] “Abraham A. Ribicoff”, Wikipedia, March 29, 2015.
[3] “Da Mare Is Da Boss”, Ersjdamoo’s Blog, March 29, 2015. https://ersjdamoo.wordpress.com/2015/03/29/da-mare-is-da-boss/


About ersjdamoo

Editor of Conspiracy Nation, later renamed Melchizedek Communique. Close associate of the late Sherman H. Skolnick. Jack of all trades, master of none. Sagittarius, with Sagittarius rising. I'm not a bum, I'm a philosopher.
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