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The [Friday] Papers

So this is how the week ends, with Crazy Joe Biden fulfilling a mandate to laugh his way through a debate with Cub Scout sophist Paul Ryan in order to assert Barack Obama's manhood; J.C. Brizard out by "mutual agreement," which means he leaves on a lie as surely as he arrived on one; Rahm Emanuel announcing a "children first" budget that has almost nothing to do with children; and Pat Quinn's approval ratings in the dumper. Where to start?

How about here. I did not know that.


I was going to cover all these developments with a new feature today called The Tweek in Chicago Politics, featuring the best tweets of the week from the Beachwood Twitter feed, but for some reason the embedding feature isn't working for me this morning, so you'll have to be patient while I attend to that.


In the meantime . . . we have QT! COLUMN_QT2.gif
The new QT on BR logo will probably look like this. ->>>

By Monday we'll have it set up in a permanent home for your bookmarking pleasure.

You can find today's QT here.

Pest Control
"Two students at Hirsch High School on the South Side fell ill after eating school lunches apparently contaminated by rat or mouse droppings, according to school officials," WGN-TV reports.

No word on whether the rat was J.C. Brizard.


Too easy?


Too soon?

Mope Dope
Time to amend our proud motto "Make No Small Bribes."


Also, University of Chicago doctors announce that you can now finally get "a little bit pregnant."


"A Naperville man who allegedly shoved his hand into his pocket to mimic the appearance of a gun during a convenience store holdup was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison," the Tribune reports. "The clerk gave Alexander $83 and he fled."

If he had just tried to bribe the clerk, he apparently would've gotten off.


Fifteen years?

Rahm Bingo
"Ed Gardner Reports On Meeting With Mayor Emanuel."

Let me guess: "Fuck you, Gardner!"

Generation Gap
"Granddaughter Accused Of Stealing $200,000 From Grandma."

Stealing or bribing? Apparently it makes a difference now.

And is that under or over the acceptable limit?

Health Care Reform
"Walmart To Pay For Heart And Spine Surgery For U.S. Employees."

Good. How soon can Barack Obama get a job there and qualify?

Occupying Wall Street
"JP Morgan Turns In Record Profit."

Too big to bail out.

Magic Merlin
"A man claims his co-workers put homosexual ads, women's underwear, tampons and a wooden penis at his desk - and he was fired for complaining to his boss," Courthouse News Service reports.

I almost forgot Randy Michaels is still in town.

R.I.P., Beano
The Cardinal of College Football ascends to the Great Saturday Afternoon Stadium In The Sky. In The College Football Report.

The Poets of Coming Home
Shining a light on community.

The Week in Chicago Rock
They played at a venue near you.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Lights, action.


Posted on October 12, 2012

MUSIC - December In Chicago Drill.
TV - Don't Weaken Media Ownership Limits.
POLITICS - Another SRO Crisis.
SPORTS - TrackNotes: Mom.

BOOKS - How Stereo Was Sold To A Skeptical Public.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Chicago Footwork King's Bail Battle.

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