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The [Friday] Papers

Unless that was a drunk and horny Barack Obama trying to reach me last night, he still hasn't sent his vice presidential text.

Q: If he sends it while walking down a Chicago street, will he be arrested?

Emil Jones is a vile man and, now we've learned, so is his son.

If they only way to defeat the Machine and bring democracy to Chicago is to vote for a clown, then vote for a clown. Two years of Ray Wardingley is bettter than two years of Emil Jones III, I can assure you, and the result would be a slew of candidates in the next election trying to grab that seat - just like it should be. Ray Wardingley is endorsed.

Evil Emil
"Just because you're in public office does not mean you're a second-class citizen," Emil the Elder said.

No. Being out of public office means you're a second-class citizen.

"'He's well-qualified for the position,' Jones said, shortly after displaying a picture of his son attending a Senate committee hearing as a child."

His son voted present.

"As the constitution says, 21 years old, resident, must reside in the district. All the other things are extra."

So he's not well qualified, he's minimally qualified. Except that by "extra" I think he meant "relative."

"He has all the tools necessary."

Like a safecracker.

"He knows the process."

So he can start screwing the public immediately!

Triple E
Emil III says "economic development is my strongest point."

For example, look at how he just fattened his wallet.

State Slate
Just as I wrote the other day that Illinois Republicans could do worse than nominating Christine Radogno for governor, the Democrats could do worse than to nominate Susan Garrett.

Thought: Doesn't the Jones ascension work against Lisa Madigan? The circumstances are different - she actually ran in a tough primary, though her father strong-armed an awful lot of people along the way - but if the public's outrage finally, finally wells over, there could be room for a candidate without dubious family ties.

Meeks & Piques
What-ever. But it's not solely about funding. It's about the socioeconomics that means poor kids are already way behind when they first enter school, and it just gets worse from there. No one wants to talk about the fundamentals of poverty anymore because, you know, you might be called a socialist. And that's just by the Democrats.


This is also a reason why the real answer to public housing is scattered-site not scatter-away.

Tribeye Special
The Tribune's new managing editor is the editor of RedEye. No, really.

Take a look at what the new management team has in store.

John Cusuck
We now have the original John Cusack HuffPo post so you can see for yourself how he - and any editors that may theoretically exist - misspelled Michael Jordan, among other lunacies.

Product Placement
This article brought to you by Del Monte.

Ghost of Royko
What strike me most about the Sun-Times's cynical re-publishing of old Mike Royko columns is how hard he obviously worked both as a reporter (well, he had legmen, but still) and at his craft as a writer. You know, like it was a full-time job.

When I finish reading some columnists in town these days, I find myself thinking, Okay, that was just a couple of crappy blog posts. What are they going to do with the rest of their day?

Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report
It's back, and it's funny.

Teenage Wasteland
Hail to the CTA motorman.

Beachwood Invitational
As some of you already know, we'll be holding The Beachwood Jukebox Invitational tonight at ye olde Beachwood Inn.

The Invitational is a tournament whereby we compete to see who can put together the best sets on the jukebox while also judging everyone else's picks - and yes, I mean judging. In other words, it's just another Friday night at the bar, but stop by if you want and we can plan Ray Wardingley's campaign.

Dear Chicago

The Beachwood Tip Line: Vote Clown.


Posted on August 22, 2008

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