The [Monday] Papers
The mayor leaves today for eight days in Beijing to take in the Olympics and pick up some management tips from the Chinese government.
We have some excellent ideas for what to do while Daley is away.
Big Daddy Daley
"You're there as a spectator," Daley said. "I don't think politics should ever interfere with arts or sports."
In other words, the mayor wishes these people would just shut up and enjoy NBC's coverage of the pole vault.
"'Instead of people wondering if I was OK or not, the main question was, 'Was he drinking?' Regardless of whether I was drinking or not, I've been in a car and I've sped before. I've done so in the daytime. It's a poor decision no matter what time of day it is."
In other words, Briggs was driving drunk and got away with it by fleeing the scene.
Cubby Bear Heir
CNN: Do you think Bill Clinton was our first black president?
OBAMA: I have to say that, you know, I would have to, you know, investigate more of Bill's dancing abilities.
The conversation about race continues.
"An executive in personnel for an NFL team with close ties to teams in the NFC North Division told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Packers called the Vikings on Friday informing them that Favre was available."
Maybe the Bears should offer Brett Favre $20 million not to play.
How The Cubs Could Blow It
Yes. Right after the media apologizes.
J-Fed's Feathered Bed
"But in July Weis' authority to supervise response to disasters was diluted when Fire Commissioner Raymond Orozco was named to head the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. Daley said Orozco, not Weis, will be calling the shots at disaster scenes."
By the way, note how the dubious assumption that Weis was hired to "clean up" the department worms its way into news stories and is stated as fact.
Orozco, by the way, saw his salary go up by $4,000 after he was named the emergency guru. Weis's salary - an astonishing $309,996 - remained the same.
* Daley press secretary Jacquelyn Heard makes $172,056 a year in taxpayer money for lying to us.
* The Cook County State's Attorney makes $185,731 - more than the governor.
Fight the Parking Powers
Now, if they can just construct a story about proper airplane travel etiquette reported from Milwaukee or Rockford that wistfully recalls the era when people wore suits on planes.
* In case you missed the late posting, The [Friday] Papers is pretty good.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Tripped out.
Posted on August 4, 2008
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