The [Friday] Papers
The life and death of Anna Nicole Smith is surely a metaphor for contemporary American (even self-) exploitative celebrity culture, as well as its attendant greed, ambition, and self-esteem issues, and what happens to women who are only valued by society for their bodies and imagined sexual availability. You know who would have been great at that essay? Hunter Thompson. His specialty, after all, was the contorted pursuit of the American Dream in all its grotesque and outsized varieties.
Rush to War
Or most other times, really.
Special Olympics Bill
So at least they're thinking ahead.
"More than $100,000 in consulting fees in 2005 and 2006 to the Chicago-based AKP Message and Media firm. Firm founder David Axelrod is one of Obama's most influential strategists; he will make his ads and shape his message. Obama's AKP partner David Plouffe is Obama's campaign manager. Obama worked out of the AKP Washington offices - as did other Obama presidential staff - after announcing his exploratory bid a few weeks ago."
Don't ever forget that Obama's "message" is being "shaped." By the same guy who "shapes" Daley's "message."
"In addition, no building type has been spared: workman's cottages in Bucktown and East Village, American four-squares in Edgewater and Old Irving, carpenter gothic frame two-flats in Roscoe Village, brick bungalows in Portage Park, graystones in Lakeview, Italianates in Norwood Park, and Queen Anne townhomes in Lincoln Park. These neighborhoods have also lost many anchor buildings on their commercial streets, including movie theaters, roller rinks, commercial flats, terra cotta storefronts, hotels, and numerous historic churches.
"Adding insult to injury, what has replaced these wonderful buildings is perhaps some of the ugliest and most shoddily built architecture ever to grace a city street."
- Jonathan Fine, Message From the President, winter issue of The Voice, The Quarterly Journal Of Preservation Chicago
Shouldn't the mayor have to face questions in public like . . . Who hired Angelo Torres? What is the TIF budget? Do you deny any knowledge of how the city has hired employees during your 17 years in office? Then what kind of mayor are you? Do you want to amend your accusation that proponents of the big-box ordinance are racists? Why did you feel it necessary to make a series of moves recently to mollify African Americans and Hispanics as the campaign season got underway? Do you think Todd Stroger is doing a good job?
We love outward expressions of democracy in other countries. Just not our own.
Make It Stop
"Matlak said his campaign receives many donations from real estate interests because many developers live in the ward and 'they like what's going on in the neighborhood.'"
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Posted on February 9, 2007
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