The [Monday] Papers
Briefly, this morning, I'm tending to business. I'll be back at full speed tomorrow.
1. The funny thing about Zach Johnson winning the Masters on Sunday was how every time he thanked his Lord and Savior ("Jesus was with me every step of the way. I felt him"), the television crew pretended they didn't hear him and went right on with their questions.
2. So Jesus was on loan from Carlos Zambrano?
3. Does that mean Jesus wasn't with Tiger Woods every step of the way? Tiger didn't pray hard enough? That Jesus cares more about who wins the Master's than, say, the slaughter in Darfur?
6. Cubs catcher Michael Barrett - not the smartest bat in the rack - wants to keep Wrigley Field just as it is. With a dome. But otherwise, just as it is.
7.The Sun-Times publishes a press release from the mayor today that isn't under Fran Spielman's byline.
8. What a bunch of chumps. He won't answer questions from the paper's reporters, but the editors give him unfettered access to their pages. No wonder he is so disdainful of the press; they don't demand respect. And maybe they don't deserve it.
10. The state is going to save you money if they have to kill you to do it.
12. Couldn't Patti Blagojevich . . .
13. The Sun-Times redesign seems to have taken on the old mission of the now-defunct Red Streak: to confuse potential customers into thinking its RedEye.
14. Is the redesign hiding a cutback in news?
15. Or does it just look that way because of the emphasis on advertising over the fade-into-the-distance and off-the-page news stories? "It all looks like 'Special Advertising Section,' like 'This is not a real news story,'" says local small business owner and Beachwood associate Andrew Kingsford.
16. "I'm an urban builder," Ald. Dorothy Tillman (3rd) proclaimed on Munir Muhammad's public access TV show over the weekend. I doubt even Barack Obama, who has endorsed her over union-backed challenger Pat Dowell, believes that.
17. In an example of Obama's commitment to transcending the smallness of our politics, Tillman said 2nd Ward challenger Bob Fioretti is "a stalker. It's been proven that he don't like women." Despite NOW's on-again, off-again endorsement, I think the evidence still tilts pretty strongly in Fioretti's favor at this point.
18. It was altogether fitting that Ald. Madeline Haitchock (2nd) didn't show up for Muhammad's show, given her pattern of skipping candidate forums even amidst allegations that she is inaccessible.
19. At Operation PUSH on Saturday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson called the governor's tax plan "ham-and-egg justice." The ham and egg go together, he explained, but only one has chosen to be there. The chicken can drop the egg and move along. The ham is taken from the pig and, well, that's that. I haven't done the metaphor justice, I know. Ham-and-egg justice. It just sounds so good.
20. "Let the Tribune and Sun-Times pay their share of taxes," Jackson also said. Under the structure of Sam Zell's deal for Tribune Company, it won't have to pay corporate income taxes for several years. But you will.
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Update from the Axis, Part 2
Update from the Axis, Part 3
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Posted on April 9, 2007
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