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The [Monday] Papers

Things I posted or wrote on my Facebook page this weekend:

* Not Every Terrorist Is A Product Of The Right Or Left.

* Steve Rhodes proposes a new law: You are not allowed to speak, post, tweet, write or communicate in any way unless or until you know what the hell you are talking about.

Also: ideology is now prohibited. All it is is inerrant political religion designed to manipulate masses for the benefit of elites. The world works only according to the laws of physics, not according to strictures of liberalism, conservatism or any other ism dreamed up over the millennia.

Also: Dishonesty - be it in advertising, business, politics or simple discourse - will now be punished severely. Only facts will rule; insinuation and disingenuous speculation will no longer be allowed. Instead of being distracted by diversions, let's all devote ourselves to discovering the available truths about the people, places and events of our world - no matter who gains or loses.

* The Awesome Stupidity Of Calls To Tamp Down Political Speech In The Wake Of The Giffords Shooting.

* Jared Loughner Attack On Gabrielle Giffords: America's Mental Health Breakdown.

* Dear American citizens: You're fired. I can't take you anymore. If you want to re-apply for your positions, you will have to be re-educated. The process isn't hard, it's just one class: Civics 101. Apparently, though, most of you missed it the first time.

What Country Song Best Describes Your Life?
Mine is "Things Have Gone To Pieces" by George Jones.

Rahmonomics
"The teachers in the city of Chicago work hard and they are good," Emanuel said. "They are working very hard in adverse conditions in many places but they are not underpaid."

Starting to pay for Chicago Public School teachers ranges from $50,577 to $66,560 depending on academic credentials.

The median household income in the United States is $46,326.

The median household income in Chicago is $38,625,

Rahm made $18 million in two-and-a-half years as an investment banker without any prior experience.

And:

"After Mr. Emanuel left banking to run for Congress, members of the securities and investment industry became his biggest backers, donating more than $1.5 million to his campaigns dating back to 2002, according to the Center for Responsive Politics," the New York Times reports.

"Mr. Emanuel also leaned heavily upon the industry while he was chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2006 midterm elections. Financial industry donors contributed more than $5.8 million to the committee, behind only retirees."

*

Rahm explained his position regarding teacher strikes by saying that, like police officers and firefighters, teachers perform an "essential service."

But if their service is so essential, shouldn't they be paid more than those who perform unessential services, like politically connected investment bankers?

*

Rahm's three kids are split between two private schools in Washington, D.C.; Jewish Primary Day School, where tuition is $18,950 a year, and Maret, where tuition starts at $26,585 a year for kindergarten through fourth grade, and goes up to $30,600 a year for high school.

In other words, it costs half a Chicago Public Schools teacher's salary to attend a single year at one of Rahm's kids' schools.

*

So if CPS teachers aren't underpaid, can we at least agree that Rahm is overpaying for his kids' education? You can't have it both ways.

Lucky Season Ever Goes To The Next Level
Here come the Seahawks!

Low Expectations New Year's Resolutions
"Checking everything off this list is going to give me the motivation to underachieve for another year," our very own Drew Adamek writes.

The Weekend in Chicago Rock
They played at a venue near you.

Bartender Journalism
I'll be back behind the bar tonight at the venerable Beachwood Inn; stop in and say hello. Cold beer, hot jukebox, free pizza. No politics, just rock.

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Posted on January 10, 2011


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