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Kass: In Naples, Among the Nablidani

I spent my entire real estate development career building in Chicago. Love the City. I wish Kass was wrong. He's not.

In Naples, Among the Nablidani

By John Kass

March 20, 2024

What do the good Nablidani—slang for the people of Naples—want to hear about their homeland in that once-great city by the lake, in the Land of Lincoln, otherwise known as Chumbolonia?

They are Chicago refugees living in Florida, a land known for beautiful weather, palm trees and low crime.

What can I tell them on my upcoming visit there?

The venue is sold out. I’m honored. I can’t wait to meet them through the fine work of the Illinois and Florida Club. Yes, that Naples, where the woke goes to die.

Not that other Naples ruined by corrupt local politicians and organized crime.

I’m talking about the Naples where you can get a grouper sandwich without getting carjacked by teenagers or shot to death by gangsters on the way home from a White Sox game. The Naples where civilized refugee flee barbarism. Where there are fly fishermen. That Naples.

Nothing like Chicago.

“Just tell them the truth,” said the Neapolitan barber Raffaele Raia, my friend and expert on all things Naples.

The truth for the Nablidani of Florida about the city they once loved?

Chicago will not improve. It can’t. The city of Johnny Rocco, the city that taught America how to steal votes, will continue. Chicago Democrats don’t waste absentee ballots. It won’t change until it hits bottom.

And the Democratic National Convention might be a disaster, though even Republicans going to Milwaukee might be well advised to carry in their own food.

And the truth is that if Danny “The Weasel” Solis ever testifies against Mike Madigan, will the feds give us the back-story on what infamous Chicago Democrat encouraged his fantasies for the Asian girls at the massage parlor?

Could it be some Heroic Taxpayer?

Florida has a good governor, unlike the fat boy in Illinois. I would have wanted him to be president, but I’ll happily settle for Donald Trump.

It was Gov. Ron De Santis who said if Haitian illegals arrive in the Florida Keys, “their next stop very well could be Martha’s Vineyard.”


I just love it when the woke propagandists at CNN and MSNBC begin to scream.

“I know all about Naples,” said Raffaele. “Just take me with you and I’ll stand up to make objections at your talk when I need to.”

No, Raffaele. That won’t be necessary my noble and valiant friend.

Raffaele has previously and meticulously explained the origins of the word “Chumbolone” which is sort of an idiot clown with Bozo feet or a people who keep voting the same way election after election and wonder why things never change.

Those who refuse to be Chumbolones leave if they can. And that’s why President Biden opened the Southern border to some 10.5 million illegal aliens and sent another 350,000 to blue cities via air, to replace lost population.

The White House doesn’t care about the refugees who are gone to places like Naples. The Democrats don’t want to lose political power, which is why the U.S. Census Bureau counts illegal aliens in Illinois, California, everywhere the Democrats want to hold onto absolute political power.

And you thought the Chicago Way was the only way for Chicago?

What doesn’t change in Naples, Florida? The sun. It beats down upon the people, especially those who are foolishly golfing or playing tennis, and it also beats down mercilessly upon civilized fishermen.

All are in need of head appropriate head covering.

A while back I jotted Mr. Raia’s thoughts down in a column for that I link to here.

So, let’s get down to it: Is there any hope for Chicago, the once-great city by the lake?


There is no hope. Not in our lifetimes. In order to improve, the city must first bottom out.

Lori Lightfoot is gone, yes, but Chicago has another moron, Mayor Brandon “Panic Attacks” Johnson who takes orders from Lady MacGates (CTU President Stacy Davis Gates) and Boss Toni Preckwinkle.

Preckwinkle doesn’t want to jail violent criminals, which is why she and her protégé Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx orchestrated political funding from uber leftist billionaire George Soros.

I called him out, and my former colleagues at the Tribune objected to this and the leftist newsroom union defamed me as some kind of religious bigot.

I moved on and started and though the lefty yap dogs are are still barking, I love Green Acres. And starting was the best financial decision I’ve ever made. The Jackobins can have the Libune.

In Green Acres, there are no restaurants to speak of, but then I don’t need a gun to go to the Walgreen’s to pick up a prescription.

But what of all the people left behind?

The Democrats continued shrinking the population of the Cook County Jail. Chicago is still beset by street crime and the political forces that unleashed the furies upon Chicago still exist. They’re in charge. They got what they wanted. Soros got what he wanted. Chaos and pain.

Chicago media doesn’t call them out because they’re on the same team now that I’ve left “the paper.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker has billions to subsidize the Illinois Democrat Party. He bought the party. Fat boy was born on third base and thinks he hit a triple. He thinks he can be president of the United States, God help us.

The Illinois schools are in rotten shape and getting worse. Taxpayers are squeezed to pay $28,000 per pupil per year.

According to the indispensable web site only 2 in every 10 students can read at grade level.

Only 16 percent can do math at grade level. But they and their parents and all Illinois taxpayers have been assaulted by Democrat race baiting—in which they’ve been given a sense of political excuses for their academic failure.

And now after a K-12 public education, the Illinois kids are fit for two things: unemployment and prison.

Congratulations Illinois Democrats. You wanted to run things and push people around and force them to be woke. So run things, but without us, and without our money.

Why is Illinois like this?

You can point out the ridiculousness of the Illinois Republican Party. There is no Republican Party. There is a Combine, though. Rather than

You can point to the corruption of Illinois Democrats and the Chicago media that has and will enable them.

But I think it is the Chumbolones who permit it, year after year, election after election.

Betty and I love it in Green Acres, but if I lived in Naples—either Florida Naples or Italy Naples—I’d never come home.

I’d have a nice dish of pasta Limone and enjoy life.

But Chicago isn’t coming back. For all the media lickspittles seeking tips from commercial real estate investors, for all the Combine journalists hoping to win points from Mayor Panic Attacks, the thing about Chicago and Illinois is that they aren’t coming back.

Chicago isn’t a place for fairy tales. And like my friend Dan Proft says, Illinois isn’t broken, it’s fixed.

The Cook County State’s Attorney campaign in the Democrat Party Primary smells like a Johnny Rocco race with the race card being played again and again. Remember Johnny Rocco? A Chicago guy who spent time in “Key Largo.” He told Humphrey Bogart you count the votes again and again and again until they come out right.

Will Boss Toni let her candidate for State’s Attorney, Clayton Harris III lose to someone named Eileen O’Neill Burke? How pink can you be? Burke could have won big if she made the campaign a referendum on the catch-and-release prosecutors o George Soros. But she didn’t. My friend Thom Serafin, doing analysis on Fox Chicago, said Burke tried to play it too cute. Voters wanted a law-and-order candidate and Burke didn’t want to play it that way, for fear of angering the Democrats.

“She tried to split the atom,” said Thom Serafin. “But cutting it too fine didn’t help.”

In a low-turnout election with a 20 percent turn-out, with Boss Toni backing him, and the SEIU and other left wing government worker’s unions, Harris should have walked away with this one. But he didn’t and late Tuesday night Burke had a slight lead. But they’ll count the votes again and again until they come out right. Right Boss Toni? A lot of “absentee” and mail-in ballots out there to count.

Who believes in fairy tales?

Boss Toni wanted Iris Martinez out as Clerk of the Circuit Court. So the Boss Toni Machine ran Boss Toni’s obedient Greek Mariyana Spyropoulos and took Martinez out. Spyropoulos will give out payroll jobs to Toni’s political soldiers.

Mayor Johnson was handed a defeat by the real estate interests. His “Mansion Tax” was a loser but then so was Johnson. Downtown Chicago is a ghost-town, and commercial building vacancy rates will keep growing as leases come due. In a low-turnout election the mayor screwed this up with confusing messaging. He’s good at taking orders, plays well with Gates and Boss Toni. But otherwise, a moron.

I don’t like saying it. Chicago was once the most wonderful and beautiful city in the world. There are still good people and a few decent restaurants, but raise children and build a life there?

No thanks. It’s not going to happen.

There are other fine places where you can live a life. Where the woke–their political thugs and their journos–don’t tell you what to do or how to think. A place where the Chumbolone army doesn’t laugh maniacally at their jokes.

And someday, perhaps soon, perhaps by November, America will begin cleansing herself and become a No Chumbolone zone once again.

About the author: John Kass spent decades as a political writer and news columnist in Chicago working at a major metropolitan newspaper. He is co-host of The Chicago Way podcast. And he just loves his “No Chumbolone” hat, because is a “No Chumbolone” Zone where you can always get a cup of common sense.

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