The [Friday] Papers
I have a multitude of things to attend to today, and it's already been an exhausting week here at Beachwood HQ, so The Papers will return on Monday.
In the meantime, though, please check out these fine new Beachwood offerings.
* Scott Buckner is positively on fire as our new chief What I Watched Last Night writer (submissions welcome, as they are for all of our ongoing features). I don't mind telling you that our TV criticism is the best in the city. The first installment of our rolling Mid-Season Review is here.
* In Sports, we have new installments this week, as always, of The Sporting Life, The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report, and Over/Under.
* The Political Odds have changed; Obama's chances of getting the nomination are on the board.
* The Music page is running four ongoing features at the moment: Chicago In Song, Bin Dive, Playlist, and Don's Root Cellar.
* The Papers and Weekend Desk Report archives are here. Section archive links are located on the top left rail of each section front, and then organized by month.
* And I'm happy to announce that we've completed a move to a new host/server and added tech support that will help us build a bigger and better Beachwood. Thanks to our readers, and thanks to our members, whose support has literally kept this project alive at a couple key junctures. More to come.
The [Thursday] Papers
Not to mention it's New Orleans, not Kansas City or Des Moines. It's a city of world renown, except that now it's barely a city.
A Saints victory might be the best thing that can happen to New Orleanians if it brings them not only the short-term pleasure of having a team in the Super Bowl, but a renewed public policy effort spurred by the renewed attention the city will get.
"With the Bears one win away from the Super Bowl, why ask Chicago gals to rate players on their sex appeal?" asks news staff reporter Mark J. Konkol in the Sun-Times today, in "Punter Voted Sexiest Bear In Sun-Times Online Vote."
"That's easy. Even ladies not caught up in the playoff buzz can appreciate a tight end - or running back or quarterback or linebacker - in tight pants."
This is wrong on so many levels I don't even know where to start. I guess Chicago really is the smallest big city in the country.
Under "Obama Sizing Up Abe's Old Digs."
"The result, according to a watchdog group that examined 15 years of subsidies to companies in the six-county Chicago-area, are two maps that barely touch."
Oh wait. That was from the Tribune's Steve Chapman today.
From a journalistic perspective, I would say Obama's challenge is to tell us why he should be president, and what he intends to do should he win the office. Behaving in the manner expressed by Chapman is unacceptable. It's the kind of politics we're all sick of, and if Obama, especially Obama, participates in it while advertising himself as an agent of changing the political culture, he should be eviscerated for it.
I'm not entirely comfortable electing a president based on their "future achievements."
The Trouble With Obama
Friends of Barack
I mean, my God, the Daleys are on board.
"Corporate media, an extension of Madison Avenue, eats this crap up. Barack Obama has "wide appeal" and is, therefore, a "saleable" product. But what are they selling, and to whom?"
More than 34,000. Last year alone.
Think of how distraught we are about 3,000 American casualties, and then, just as an exercise, multiply that by ten. Last year alone.
Not counting the rest of the destruction.
So yeah, Iraqis are kinda pissed at us.
In Today's Reporter
The Beachwood Tip Line: Just handlebars, and five-point stars.
Posted on January 19, 2007
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