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The [Friday] Papers

And now, the amazing saga of how the unelected wife of a Lincoln Park zoning lawyer cast the deciding vote to raise Illinois's taxes!

Kathy Moore, you are this young year's Worst Person In Illinois.


"They tell me what (voting) button to push and I push it."


They = State Senate President John Cullerton and other honchos of the Illinois Democratic Party.


If reformers and progressives want to continue to prop up these guys, be my guest. But please stop calling yourselves reformers and progressives.

Tax Facts
"[Texas Gov. Rick] Perry on Thursday said he was troubled by the Illinois Legislature's move to "tax the rich without talking about how to make the thoughtful prioritized decisions on how to govern."

Rich Miller responds: "Tax the rich? Hey, Illinois just raised taxes on everybody, right down to the poorest of the poor."

That's right - Illinois Democrats just raised taxes on the poorest of the poor by the same exact rate as the rich.


If reformers and progressives want to continue to prop up these guys, be my guest. But please stop calling yourselves reformers and progressives.

There's Never An Egg Timer Around When You Need One
Senate President John Cullerton: Lower Just-Raised Business Tax.

No Wonder A Chill Just Came Over Me
Bill Daley On Duty At White House.

Screwing Blacks And Whites
Unemployment Offices Closed For King Holiday.

Meat Beat
"OSHA has issued the Bridgford Foods Processing Corp. facility in Chicago 10 safety citations for failing to implement and provide training for workers on lockout/tagout procedures, thereby exposing them to energized equipment. The meat processing plant is facing proposed penalties of $212,000," Occupational Health & Safety reports.


"Bridgford Foods manufactures frozen bread dough, biscuits, cinnamon roll doughs, sandwiches, beef jerky, snack, deli foods."

Reverse Charges
"Despite existing research stating that driving while using your mobile phone could be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol, new research has found the link between mobile phone use and car crashes may have been overestimated," ANI reports.

"A study by economists from the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics used data from a Californian mobile phone company and compared it to crash statistics over an 11 day period, and found that despite a rise in phone calls made on the move, no significant correlation was found."

Not OK Corralled
"Craig Fugate, who heads the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Washington, had a potentially lifesaving item on his wish list: a tool people in a disaster-hit area could use to tell friends and relatives that they are OK without swamping cellphone-service capacity needed for emergency crews," the Christian Science Monitor reports.

"Within 24 hours of Mr. Fugate's request, small groups of self-styled hackers produced two solutions, including a cellphone app called 'I'm OK!' that with the push of a button sends a simple text message via the user's e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook accounts to spread the angst-relieving news.

"That push in November 2009 marked the birth of Random Hacks of Kindness (RHoK) - a semiannual event that saw its latest code-a-thon this month . . .

"Among the fruits of this month's effort: A team of programmers in Chicago improved 'I'm OK!' It now has a 'not OK' function that shares location information so emergency workers can more readily locate and aid senders who need help."

Chicago Condoms
"The Female Health Company (Nasdaq: FHCO), today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.05 per share. The dividend is payable February 7, 2011 to stockholders of record as of January 31, 2011."


"The Female Health Company, based in Chicago, Illinois, manufactures and markets the FC2 Female Condom (FC2), which is available in the U.S. and about 100 other countries around the world."

The Week in WTF
Da Bears and De Beers.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Beery, beery good to you.


Posted on January 14, 2011

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