The [Friday] Papers
I had so much fun yesterday I'm going to do the same thing today. I've only got about an hour here this morning before I have a couple of appointments, but I'll pick it up later this afternoon.
Word of the Day
bla*go*viate - noun or verb: to speak pompously (verb), a governor who speaks pompously and uses profanity when describing how unappreciated he feels after being ignored by the president-elect
Blast From The Past
Michael Miner takes a more charitable view.
"If the governor calls Sneed and not somebody else, isn't that a feather in her cap?" Miner writes. "And if she comments that something 'sounds like looneyville,' isn't she showing the skepticism we ask of a gossip columnist? Sneed is paid, after all, to take the governor's calls."
No. Sneed is paid to vet the governor's calls, and "looneyville" or not, the governor knew who to go to to plant an item. I certainly wouldn't be flattered to be known as a sap.
As I've written before, Sneed's misdeeds have been documented many times in the past; Chicago magazine has twice annotated her columns to note how nearly every item is either factually wrong or has been reported elsewhere first. And her press agentry for pals like Lura Lynn Ryan and Judy Baar Topinka is inexcusable.
If Sneed is the old media and Gawker is the new, I'll take Gawker a thousand times over.
A reader writes:
"Don't forget Sneed pal, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, founder of the Special Olympics and defender of the true Catholic faith, as well as apple pie and the American Way. Ugh.
"Chicago may be the center of the universe, but we're still Mayberry in many ways, though at least Mayberry had honest government."
"The affidavit made anonymous references to many people, some as potential victims and some as helping facilitate schemes on behalf of Blagojevich. Fitzgerald said the investigation was not complete as federal authorities continued to try to track down which schemes were carried out and who might be involved.
"Among them is an individual described in the affidavit as Fundraiser A and chairman of Friends of Blagojevich. Blagojevich's brother Robert is his campaign chairman. Fundraiser A is listed several times in the affidavit as helping the governor pressure contributors.
"At one point when the governor remarks that he is not involved in any illegal activity, his brother responds by saying 'unless prospectively somebody gets you on a wire.' Rob Blagojevich could not immediately be reached for comment."
Back in the Saddle
"They have money, they have power, what more do they want?! They're never satisfied! They'll never be happy!"
Yes. It's never enough for these folks. I wonder how many powerful and/or wealthy people actually are mentally ill - and that's what drove them to the top.
You said Ways and Means, heh-heh.
Cynicism Writ Large
Could the timing be any more obvious?
In other news:
- Jesse Jackson Jr. to serve meals at soup kitchen tonight
Dear Attorney General
I realize this is an extraordinary request, but these are extraordinary circumstances.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Unflappable.
Posted on December 12, 2008
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