The [Friday] Papers
Does anyone else get the feeling we're on the verge of an economic meltdown?
The Dirty Two Dozen
A) And three of them live in this Wienermobile
Over the Rainbow
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.
From AT&T to Visa
War on Women
Battle of Bergman
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!
"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
The Beachwood Tip Line: Hollaback.
Posted on August 10, 2007
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