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The [Friday] Papers

One more day with the numbered format, and then next week I'll start mixing things up again.

1. Beauty's World.

2. Stroger's Stupid Spin.

3. Illinois Ethics 101.

4. Ray's Reward.

5. Assessing Arne.

6. Barack Obama disinvites his personal pastor - the man who presided over his marriage, his children's baptism, gave him the title of his book and campaign theme, and personally led him to Christ - from his speech announcing his presidential bid, and later cuts him off altogether when he becomes a political problem, but he invites Rick Warren to give the invocation at an inaugural celebrating one of the great civil rights achievements in our history?


I find Jeremiah Wright to be far less offensive than Rick Warren. To me, the Wright problem was how Obama dissembled from what he knew about his now-former close friend.


"The same Rick Warren who said abortion is akin to the Holocaust," writes Jay McDonough on the Progressive Politics Examiner. "(I suppose, by inference, that makes the women that made that choice and the health care workers that participated akin to the Gestapo?). The same Rick Warren who equated gay marriage with pedophilia and incest. And the same Rick Warren who advocates assassinating foreign leaders if he deems it God's will."


Obama's argument that he is demonstrating inclusiveness by reaching out to an exclusionist makes no sense. What's next, a Nazi honor guard? A Grand Wizard? After all, there is not just a tolerant America and a hateful America, there is just the United States of America.


Still vastly underreported: Obama opposes gay marriage on religious grounds.

7. Fitzmas is really just a Festivus for the rest of us.

8. Blagobait. Pass it on.

9. Gov. Baloneyvich (pass it on!) is scheduled to make a public statement today at 2 p.m. Sources say he'll agree to release the 12 million residents of Illinois he's holding in exchange for $3 million in unmarked bills and a plane to Graceland.

10. "The CTA is reporting delays on the Purple, Pink, Brown, and Green lines due to the weather," Chicagoist notes.

Delays on the Blue and Orange lines are just routine.

11. Grinders, gropers, wankers and flashers on the CTA.

12. See what The Parking Ticket Geek recommends for Christmas.

13. If you ever doubted that Huffington Post and its talentless poser doyenne were evil, doubt no more.

14. "Voters Unsure Which Party To Trust On Ethics." Um . . . duh?

15. It Says Here


16. That's all for now, folks. It's been a long week.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Bi-focal.


Posted on December 19, 2008

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