The [Friday] Papers
"In my old neighborhood," Bob Reed writes, "we had a saying: If you owe someone a little money, they have you. If you owe them a lot of money, you have them.
"Wall St. owes us a lot for these taxpayer-backed bailouts. Man they got us good and that's why I'm not shedding any tears. Instead, I'm concerned that when this financial mess has passed, Wall St. is going to try and get us all over again."
The Tamale Guy
UPDATE 12:33 P.M.: And apparently Grizzly's is closed! Anyone with the 411 should send me a note, but I just called the number on their website and it's disconnected.
COMMENTS: 12:47 P.M.: "Closed for months, if not a year" . . . "newspapers on the windows" . . . "ran out of moose meat" . . . Okay, I made up that last one. But I think we've got this confirmed. Citizen journalism!
Really? I thought TV rewarded instant punditry. And gee, how did a flamboyant writer like Jay Mariotti succeed in attracting so many newspaper readers without the aid of the Internet? And how is the formula of page hits attracting advertisers any different than circulation attracting advertisers?
So that's what the Chicago New Media Summit is really about.
OBAMA: And there's just one more thing, Emil.
JONES: What is it, my son?
OBAMA: Well, actually it's about your son.
OBAMA AND JONES: A-ha ha ha ha ha ha!
OBAMA: Never mind!
Jonesin' for Reform
Each side builds a narrative. Neither side traffics in truth.
Think for yourselves, people.
I receive e-mails from the Democrats and the Republicans. At first I did it to keep up on things from both sides but then it became a pain in the ass. I created filters for both just so I wouldn't have to see them all the time. I have one for each party. OK here's the payoff: each folder has exactly 17 e-mails and that's the way it goes. One sends out a money request, the other sends out a money request . . .
"Well in Ford Heights, one of the poorest suburbs in the nation, the property tax rate for a homeowner is more than 20 percent of his home's equalized assessed value. Most of that money goes to the schools.
"In the villages of Northfield and Wilmette, two of the wealthier suburbs in Illinois, where the schools are top notch, the tax rate ranges from 4.8 percent to 5.3 percent.
"In Winnetka, the home of New Trier Township High School, where state Sen. James Meeks (D-Chicago) recently brought Chicago students to register for school, the tax rates range from 4.9 percent to 5.3 percent."
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Posted on September 19, 2008
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