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The [Monday] Papers

Posting should be fairly normal through Wednesday, sporadic through the weekend, fairy normal through next week, sporadic through that weekend, and then back to normal starting January 5th.

As always, please take a considerable amount of time to read all the wonderful things tucked away in the nooks and crannies of this site. You won't be sorry. And if you are, you will get a full refund.

And now, despite what I wrote on Friday, I will present another column in numbered fashion today, because it just seems to fit the sort of items I have.

1. Huh, this is kind of interesting.

"It has been a bad year on the football field for the Green Bay Packers but not nearly as bad as it has been in the marketplace for businesses whose lifeline is tied to the storied franchise," the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

"The economy is bad, Brett Favre is gone and the Packers are losing.

"That perfect storm of events has conspired to make life difficult for those whose livelihood depends on the popularity of the Packers. Numbers are down this year for the ticket broker, the sports apparel manufacturing representative, the hotel general manager and the sports souvenir shop owner."

2. Oh, and there's a game tonight.

Journal-Sentinel writers are all taking the Bears.

3. They've got weather up there too.

4. In Minnesota too.

5. Oh, and the Vikings are stupid.

6. Chicago's Double-Dipping Santa.

7. The holiday tradition is a little different among the Daley clan. The mayor comes down the chimney dressed as Santa Clout, and doles out chocolate contracts to the kids. For gag gifts, they hand out pajamas with prison stripes and subpoeanas in gold leaf. At story time, the three Wise Men come to bless the baby Daley. One of them sees no evil, another hears no evil, and the third speaks no evil - unless the feds get him on a wire. That's why the Daley story includes a magical figure called The Buffer.

8. Wrecking Wrigleyville?

9. Lynn Becker's Chicago Christmas photo essay.

10. I think the CTA Holiday Train is frickin' cool.

11. I'm gonna start saying "frickin'" a lot.

12. For example, what are the chances that Patti Blagojevich is indicted by Easter?

Sixty-five percent, according to the Beachwood Political Odds.


Because she could always turn state's frickin' evidence before then.

13. Maybe the CTA should create a slew of theme trains and charge more for them. For example, one train could be the Fast Train, which gets you to your destination on time. Another could be the Doesn't Smell Train, which could feature air fresheners shaped like little green trees. Of course, a Bar Car would rule; you could make that one free and just rake in the profits from alcohol sales. Maybe have a beer company sponsor it. I really think the CTA isn't being imaginative enough.

14. The Clout Train: No matter how vigilant you are, somehow when you get off your pockets have been picked.

15.The new Facebook group "LOVE CHICAGO BUT MOTHAFUCKIN' HATE THE COLD!!!!" has 193 members.

16. CTA: The Video Game.

17. Mickey Segal heads the list of lawyers disbarred this year.

I wrote profile of Segal for Chicago magazine back in the day that went something like this: "When well-connected insurance man Mickey Segal was accused of embezzlement, a shiver went through the corridors of Chicago power. Could this old-school clout wielder save himself by making a deal and if so, what would he offer?"

It's not online, but what's most remarkable about Segal is that he hasn't appeared to have handed the feds anyone.

18. "Can Holiday Cheer Survive Economic Downturn?"


Nor an Upturn.

19. "Can Obama heal evangelicals without hurting gay community?"


20. The BoDeans are so Wisconsin.

21. I can't believe I'm beating Billie Jean King.

22. Beware:

* JC Penney requires special occasion dresses to be returned with the return tag" still in place. (This thwarts shoppers from "wardrobing" for a one-time wearing.)

* Target technically offers no returns without a receipt, but has an undisclosed policy of allowing a limited number. They will also search their system for missing receipts.

23. It's not just the Chicago Machine that's now in the White House, it's the Combine.

24. Wasn't it nice of Obama's incoming Transportation Secretary to slip a note to President Bush from Lura Lynn Ryan? Here's my favorite part:

"In the note, Lura Lynn Ryan said, she reminded the president of the long friendship between their two families and spoke of her husband's efforts to help both the president and his father win election to the White House."

Because that should always be a factor when deciding whether to let a felon out of jail early just because.

25. A Bears Tailgating Monument.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Like a warm puppy.


Posted on December 22, 2008

MUSIC - Holiday Hullabaloo.
POLITICS - Bank Profits Soaring.
SPORTS - Chicago vs. Michigan, 1903.

BOOKS - Dia De Los Muertos Stories.

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