The [Monday] Papers
So Rahm Emanuel was booed quite lustily at the Blackhawks rally last Thursday.
This video doesn't do it justice, according to people who were there.
I had this e-mail exchange with our very own Tim Willette after the event:
Steve: I heard about that. All I could wonder was, how the hell did he get re-elected then?
A) A bunch were suburbanites
Tim: All of the above.
It's really quite remarkable how unliked this guy is - and he just got re-elected!
Of course, he should be used to it by now. He's the sort of person who has probably never been liked his whole life - and has never thought to wonder why.
Our very own Natasha Julius also weighed in on the strange parade route:
"So I teach at Michigan and Monroe and I've been trying to figure out why the parade is going down Monroe, which is a really narrow street. Then I remembered, it's because both Washington and Madison are dug up with the Loop BRT construction - construction that is more than a year overdue. I'm not saying this is something CDOT could've planned for, I'm just saying, if the Loop BRT had happened on schedule this wouldn't be a problem. Also, should've routed the parade further west since you're not using Grant Park for the rally anyway."
The whole thing was horked. But whatever. Moving on . . .
The David Vitale Show
"Potentially worsening the situation are unexpected bank penalty payments, the costly legacy of a series of complex financial deals masterminded by school board President David Vitale. Those deals fell apart earlier this year as the district's credit deteriorated, meaning CPS could be forced to pay $228 million if the banks demand their money. The district has set aside only $174 million to cover such costs."
We are now in Year 5 of Rahm Emanuel's mayoralty. He wears the jacket now - especially given that Vitale is his hand-picked chairman of the school board and his two picks (so far) for CPS CEO have been Jean-Claude Brizard, whom he fired, and Barbara Byrd-Bennett, who resigned amidst a federal investigation. Rahm also instigated a teachers' strike and oversaw the largest mass school closing in U.S. history. Destabilize the system much?
"The deals date back to the early 2000s, when Vitale - who will lead the board as it responds to the current financial crisis - began advising the school district on its borrowing strategy, first as chief administrative officer and then as chief operating officer.
"At the encouragement of Vitale, a former vice chairman and director of Bank One Corp., the district paired the swaps with floating-rate bonds in an attempt to borrow at cheaper rates than traditional fixed-rate debt would allow."
Vitale still has his job, which just goes to show the system for evaluating teachers is much tougher than the one that evaluates administrators.
"Until Barack Obama was elected president, the Department of Justice rarely prosecuted leakers. Obama promised, as a candidate, to create the most transparent administration ever, but he has presided over more leak prosecutions under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined. Dennis Blair, the director of national intelligence during Obama's first term, told the Times that a decision was made in 2009 to 'hang an admiral once in a while,' as Blair put it, to show would-be leakers they should not talk to the press. The Justice Department did not charge high-level officials, however; mid-level officials were the principal targets, and it appears that Sterling's all-but-shut case was brought back to life as part of the crackdown."
Emphasis mine, because who but Obama himself made that decision? Not a fan of the passive construction. Just say it.
The Bush administration had set aside the Sterling case. Obama did this to him.
Mumford & Bums
"For months now, a line of nearly 20 tents in orange and blue have lined both sides of Wilson Avenue under the Lake Shore Drive bridge. That's where about 40 homeless people have been living and had formed a makeshift community. There was a similar encampment under the Lawrence Avenue viaduct. Each person or family had an unofficial space, surrounding their tents with belongings including wheeled carts, camping chairs and even a full-sized grill that some of the men took turns cooking on.
"But all of that changed earlier this week in advance of a Mumford and Sons concert that [drew] thousands to nearby Montrose Beach. Originally scheduled for Wednesday, the concert was postponed until Friday.
"On Tuesday, city workers ordered the homeless people to leave so they could clean the area. The workers also threw away many of the people's belongings, including blankets and clothing, in what advocates call a violation of city policy."
A) Use of the word "bums" in the heading is not meant to offend; I realize it might. I thought twice about using it. Three times, even. I think we can all take it in the spirit with which it is given.
B) Why can't the tents be a part of the short-term solution? Let those tents be homes for the people who need them until this country pulls its head out of its ass and finds its humanity.
C) Apparently the concert was so loud - and Mumfordy awful - that the entire North Side was in pain. Also, it appears to have been really poorly run.
There's far funnier commentary, but you'll have to seek the rest out on your own. Just put "Mumford" into Twitter, open a bag of chips and have yourself a ball.
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Posted on June 22, 2015
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