The [Friday] Papers
"In year seven, does the Pitchfork Music Festival mean anything?" Jim DeRogatis writes. "Or is it just a very well-marketed brand catering to a different demographic than the Vans Warped Tour, the Grant Park Lollapalooza, the Dave Matthews Band Caravan, or the Red Bull Riot Fest, but fundamentally the same business proposition: Collect their not-cheap tickets, pack 'em in, sell 'em a lot of crap, and entertain 'em. Ca-ching!
"I suppose we'll find out over the next 72 hours. At least, I hope we will."
P.S.: You're damn right, DeRo. It means everything.
"The mayor was asked about Illinois Gaming Board Chairman Aaron Jaffe's Wednesday comments about the gambling bill, which includes a Chicago casino. Jaffe also repeated his previous description of the expansion measure as 'garbage.'
"Emanuel chose to explain once more why he supports a Chicago casino.
"'This was an issue of debate for 20 years, approximately. On that evaluation, I helped pass a bill that allows Chicago to own a casino, run a casino and bring in that revenue to the city.'"
No, Rahm. A Chicago casino may have been the subject of periodic debates over the last 20 years, but this bill was passed on the fly with barely a whisper. And this bill is still largely a mystery even to those who passed it.
"The legislation, which would allow for a Chicago casino, three other new land-based gambling halls and the addition of slot machines at horse racing tracks, is filled with regulatory loopholes, Jaffe said," the Tribune reported Wednesday.
"'I've said before and I will tell you again, it's 409 pages of garbage,' Jaffe said, later adding 'use your imagination, and whatever evil thoughts come into your minds, it will probably be worse than that.'"
History tells us this is so. Do we ever learn?
Back to Kass:
"And nowhere was the this clearer than on the ESPYs the other night. For you who aren't sports fans, the ESPYs are sort of the Oscars of American professional team sports. Highlights, speeches, trophies.
"And when the ESPY was handed out for Play of the Year, they offered up five spectacular sports plays.
"Three nominees for Play of the Year involved soccer."
And one of those three won.
Big Pharma [Hearts] Obama, Rahm
"Next Thursday's event originally was to be held at Pfizer's headquarters but now will be at New York's University Club. Emanuel was Obama's chief of staff before being elected Chicago mayor this year.
"The Boston Globe reported Thursday that the event was moved after the newspaper asked about the propriety of hosting it at a pharmaceutical company regulated by the government."
"Pfizer is proud to participate in the political process and encourages its colleagues to do so as well,'' company spokesman Raul Damas told the Globe.
There's Something About Marilyn
See also: Goodbye, American Gothic People, including Jeff Huebner's comment about the art in Pioneer Court.
From South Park to Halas Hall
A Demonstration From Our City Clerk
The Beachwood Tip Line: Sticky.
Posted on July 15, 2011
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