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The [Friday] Papers

Thank God there wasn't a verdict yesterday and won't be one today - I've got a busy morning and then I'm going out of town for the weekend. No time to dally.


Anyway . . .

"If anyone's entitled to laugh like a hyena over the troubles of Rod Blagojevich, it's Paul Vallas," a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News writes this morning.

"But Vallas wouldn't indulge much schadenfreude at the expense of the Illinois ex-governor, who's on trial for corruption.

"'I'm too old to wish anyone ill,' Vallas, 57, said when I called to ask how he was feeling about the legal travails of 'Blago' (such an apt, Bozo-y nickname for a man who, convicted or cleared, is the Clown Prince of Politics).

"Still, Vallas chuckled: 'How embarrassing is it that I got beaten by a guy whose legal defense has been that he's not bright enough to do what they say he did?'"

Mindless Speculation
Continues unabated by people making shit up off the top of their heads.

Hash Tag
Catch up with our #Blagojevich tweets at @BeachwoodReport. Even though @capitolfax weirdly accused of "spamming up" that hashtag, we were on a roll and quite a hit.

We're on Facebook too, even though we got this weird message this morning: "Your account is temporarily unavailable due to site maintenance. It should be available again within a few hours. We apologize for the inconvenience."

A few hours? I could wait for the cable guy for that amount of time.

It's not the first time.

Facebook continues to be exceedingly poorly managed.

Zenyatta Not All That
Our man on the rail explains why.

Publishing Note
Look for another fabulous Weekend Desk Report by the inimitable Natasha Julius tomorrow, and though I'll be out of town I'll still be online in various forms.

I'll leave y'all with some music from two of my favorite bands of all-time.


1. She doesn't covet what she doesn't have.


2. This used to be my town . . .


3. Everybody dressin' funny.


4. Liberty is a lie.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Bi-coastal.


Posted on August 13, 2010

MUSIC - Millions Of New Guitar Players.
TV - "One America News" is AT&T.
POLITICS - When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park.
SPORTS - Tonyball, Bears On The Run, Eyes On The Sky & More!

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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