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The [Friday] Papers

Does anyone else get the feeling we're on the verge of an economic meltdown?

The Dirty Two Dozen
City officials say only 24 homeless people live downtown.

A) And three of them live in this Wienermobile
B) Which is twice as many as they've previously acknowledged
C) According to the same accounting methods used to craft the budget

Over the Rainbow
The Advocate's live-blogging of last night's Democratic presidential candidates forum sponsored by Logo, a LGBT-oriented network owned by MTV, found that John Edwards had the least gay post-party.

A review of the rest of the coverage:

* "The historic Visible Vote 2008 Presidential Forum hosted by the Human Rights Campaign and MTV's Logo cable channel Thursday night in Los Angeles and broadcast live to as many as 27 million households left unanswered one nagging question: Who among the three major Democratic candidates - Hillary Clinton, John Edwards, and Barack Obama - is going to step up to the plate and show some real leadership on LGBT issues?" the Advocate says.

* "Obama said Christian opposition to gay rights comes from elevating a scriptural reference in Romans over Jesus' teachings in the Sermon on the Mount," the Christian Broadcasting Network reports.

* Bill Richardson continued to reveal himself as a complete boob. So long vice presidency!

* Not a single Republican candidate showed up, despite being invited.

* Best headline: "Dems Leave Gays At The Altar In Forum." From the New York Post,, natch.

Phone Jam
"Artists and corporations often have very different and completely incompatible messages and goals," Jim DeRogatis writes. "Major concerts like Lollapalooza have to choose which side they're on, and so do the artists and their fans."

From AT&T to Visa
In RockNotes.

Class War
When elite (American) journalists write articles like this one every August, they show their utter ignorance of the realities of those who actually do work for a living. Year-round.

War on Women
Hey, you wanna know what? Just frickin' be yourself. Christ.

Battle of Bergman
"In response to the recent death of Ingmar Bergman, the Chicago Cinema Forum has organized a Bergman marathon (Chicagoist termed it a "crash course in Bergman") to be held at the Chopin Theatre this coming weekend," the Reader notes.

Reader film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum will be on hand to introduce one of the films and lead a discussion afterwards, which should be quite interesting because Rosenbaum created a bit of a stir with his recent New York Times Op-Ed about Bergman called "Scenes From An Overrated Career."

Roger Ebert felt compelled to respond with "Defending Ingmar Bergman."

Hail Mr. Cranky!
I am not Mr. Cranky, but I share his sentiments. It's not that a metro column shouldn't ever address "trivial" matters, it's that Mary Schmich writes trivial columns. Over and over and over again.

Cal's Fest

Trib Two-Step
I wonder if the Trib will deliver free Red Eyes with every Sun-Times they drop to confuse the market. The Trib has been delivering wads of weekend Red Eyes to buildings in my neighborhood whether you want them or not.

Hedge Fun
Ain't that America. (via Rick Kaempfer)

Cub Factors
* Hear it for yourself! Our hit parody song "Please Stop Believin'."

* The Cubs Answer Men are back.

Table Games
"The public has little reason to trust legislators who opine on the benefits gambling can bring to communities," the Better Government Association said in a statement Thursday. "Time and again, casinos fail to live up to the promises made by those who legislated their creation. Cities with casinos are not flush with cash to spend on better parks or social programs. Casinos do not provide the means to better educate students or strengthen infrastructure. They help lawmakers plug gaping budget holes for a short while, as they rationalize more spending and continue to neglect existing liabilities.

"Ironically, while lawmakers n Springfield talk up the merits of gaming in Chicago, witnesses are testifying in Federal Court about the real-life criminal enterprise depicted in the movie Casino. They're giving sworn testimony about the corruption and fraud that have taken place, including both successful and unsuccessful attempts to bribe and curry favor with public officials.

"Meanwhile, in another courtroom, a grand jury is likely preparing more indictments relating to endemic hiring fraud in the City of Chicago, which could not manage a $40-million a year trucking program without massive corruption and waste.

"Chicago is a world-class city. The mayor and residents brag frequently about how many tourists flock to this city for so many reasons. Those numbers will not increase because of one ill-conceived facility of slots and roulette tables. And in light of the series of scandals that have racked City Hall, it would be absolutely reckless for the General Assembly and Governor Blagojevich to rush through such a controversial license."

All Things Go
Sufjan Stevens playing "Chicago."

The Beachwood Tip Line: Hollaback.


Posted on August 10, 2007

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