The [Monday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
From my Facebook feed:
"Ted McClelland loves this Wikipedia entry: Stewart Ernest Cink (born May 21, 1973) is an American professional golfer best known for screwing up the finish of the 2009 Open Championship."
God bless Wikipedia.
Bringing Sachsy Back
"Clearly, I overestimated them. If there was ever a firm with the motivation - and the money - to be gracious to the U.S. taxpayers who kept it alive when the financial markets were imploding, it's Goldman. It had a chance to look good and do good for taxpayers and itself and Wall Street for a relative pittance - and has blown it. Horribly."
The Real Public Option
"Then why does Congress trust the insurance companies? A few days ago, HR 3200 ('America's Affordable Health Choices Act'), a 1,000 page-bill, was delivered to members. The title of the bill raises a question: 'Affordable' for whom?"
Too bad, then, that once again they are pushing a mediocre mish-mash not likely to go anywhere.
But there are alternatives - not that we're hearing about any because the Obama administration isn't interested in a real debate or fresh ideas.
"Despite budgets ravaged by the recession, at least 13 states have invested millions of dollars this year to cover 250,000 more children with subsidized government health insurance," the New York Times reports.
As I've wondered before, why not allow states to continue their experiments with health care - backed by federal funds and mandated minimum levels of coverage?
Seems like something conservatives and liberals could both get behind - particularly if big business is lined up under the tempting notion that they could get out of the health-care business that is shackling them.
"The agency has been providing 68 employees with 'company cars' that they can take home, at no cost to them."
Wait, the CTA has been providing free cars to some of its employees?
"Those who have been getting the perk include 38 upper-level managers who make more than $100,000 a year."
Wait, the CTA has been providing free cars to exactly the people who don't need them?
The problem with every cost-cutting measure and "reform" announced by Rodriguez is that it makes his predecessor, Ron Huberman, now the head of Chicago Public Schools, look like a putz.
Airport Sleepers Hate O'Hare
Postcards From Pitchfork
We've got Greg Kot's video review, Flaming Lips performance video, and Flickr photo set links, thanks to the glories of the Internet.
Holy Bat Fungus
"Among them are the members of the Sub-Urban Chicago Grotto of the National Speleological Society, a caving club that meets in Naperville.
"'It's hard to explain to Chicago people who don't know or probably care too much about caves that this is a vital part of our ecosystem,' said Gary Gibula, chairman of the local group."
White Sox Report
"At least you should do that, John, if you hope to convince fans with at least an intermittent pulse that the move was due to anything other than a childish personality conflict."
The Beachwood Tip Line: A different kind of ruling class.
Posted on July 20, 2009
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