Chicago - Sep. 25, 2022
Music TV Politics Sports Books People Places & Things
Must-See TV
Army Of Darkness
5 p.m.
A discount-store employee is time-warped to a medieval castle, where he is the foretold savior who can dispel the evil there. Unfortunately, he screws up and releases an army of skeletons. (
Weather Derby
Tribune: 51/37
Sun-Times: Ferro/McKinney
Weather Channel: 44/41
Ntl Weather Service: 54/43
BWM*: 82/12
Beachwood Bookmarks
K-Tel Classics
WKRP in Cincinnati
So You've Decided To Be Evil
St. Paul Saints
Nye's Polonaise Room
The Arcata Eye
Roadside USA
This Day In . . .
Onion History
Weird Al History
Baseball History
Beachwood History
History History
Spy Magazine History
#OnThisDate History
Under Suspicion
Find Your Towed Car
Cable TV Complaints
Freedom of Information
The Expired Meter
The Mob & Friends
Stolen Bike Registry
O'Hare Music Tracker
Report Corruption (city)
Report Corruption (state)
Scoundrels, State
Scoundrels, Federal
The Odds
Random Flight Tracker
Casting Calls
Cosmic Log
Buy Stamps
Beachwood Blogroll
A Handy List
Beachwood Ethics Statement
How We Roll
Today's Horoscope
Liberties will be taken.
Do We Sudoku?
No, but we do do moose stuff, and that can be anything you want it to be. Except Sudoku.
Losing Lottery Numbers
8, 25, 39
Daily Affirmation
I am open and receptive to new avenues of income. (
Knowing that a person may be unwittingly in danger of an assault imposes a moral duty to warn them.
Now Playing
Psychodrama/Marshall Law
Letters to the Editors
Tip Line
"The Papers" archive
Beachwood Link Buttons
Media Kit/Advertising

The [Monday] Papers

Let's start with mayoral candidates trying to persuade you they are normal, likable people, which I can assure you they are not.

1. Susana Mendoza.


2. Bill Daley.

As I replied on Twitter, "Name one Ram."

Also, as of 10:20 a.m. Monday, there were six hours left in the poll and only 57 votes cast, so FAIL.


3. Lori Lightfoot.

I mean, Lightfoot isn't unlikable as far as I know, but I consider this a strike against her campaign. It doesn't even really look that good, sorry.


I find this aspect of pols' social media feeds - look, Elizabeth Warren is drinking a beer introducing her dog! - wholly distasteful. It's just so obviously disingenuous in their attempts to create curated cults of personality. Bruce Rauner was a master at this - all those motorcycle vests and cowboy shirts as he visited downstate diners and high school basketball games. He never showed you the luxury of his real life inside one of his nine palatial homes. I know that's an obvious observation, but nobody seems to be saying it. I'm saying it now: Make it stop!

Similarly, suddenly these candidates care about my safety! Gery Chico never warned me to be careful in bad weather before, but now that he wants my vote . . . Also, you are not my mom or dad. Do people really need reminding from a mayor or governor that it's cold out and you should bundle up, much less a mere candidate?

This stuff is also so untrue to these people's real personalities. Rahm in a sweater earnestly teaching a civics class? Please. Show me an Instagram feed of him berating a staffer and then maybe you've got something.


Meanwhile, Ed Burke is also now active on social media trying to be human and failing badly.


Now let's talk churches. Whenever a Republican candidate appears at a place like Liberty University, the media notes the noxious views of the church leaders therein. But in Chicago pols get a pass from their church visits - and believe me, some of those places are as bizarre and unyielding in their dogma than the worst Trump-loving evangelicals. So . . .

1. Susana Mendoza.


2. Lori Lightfoot.


Now, to the day's news from the campaign trail . . .

1. Amara Enyia.

I was just telling my roommate Tim over the weekend that I had been meaning to make a post about Enyia's bullshit - including her brief time as University Park village manager - but I'd been overwhelmed by other events and, yes, I was procrastinating as well. I worried to Tim that I'd get "beat" on the story, but hey, nobody's paying me for this!

Well, the Trib beat me this morning. Here's a thread - read their piece too.

And to those Amara supporters accusing me of being a racist tool of the Machine, you're acting just like Trumpers so caught up in a cult of personality by someone whose rhetoric pleases you that no critique is allowed, much less a consideration of actual facts that could shake your dug-in worldview.

2. Gery Chico.

Speaking of Trump, here's a candidate using the kind of normalized deception deemed acceptable by a vast swath of the political-media complex because it's "clever" or something. But is it better or worse than Trump's outright outrageous lies?

And the thing is this: I know Chico is smarter than this. It's pure cynical politics-as-usual.

I've had some nits to pick with some of the BGA's fact-checks this campaign season, but this one strikes me as on-point. Also, please note that Rich Miller got to the "soda tax" part of this first.

3. Garry McCarthy.

The central claim to his whole campaign is a lie.

But I found this statement by Politifact to be a problem:

"It's also worth noting that a Chicago magazine investigation raised questions about whether data manipulation drove down official murder statistics in 2013 and 2014 on McCarthy's watch."

Why? Because me and the Chicago Justice Project's Tracy Siska have debunked that report many times.

No one would like to believe it more than me, but sometimes the facts accrue to the accused, and in this case Chicago's writers got it wrong, almost certainly because it set out to fulfill a narrative - to prove a pre-determined thesis - and seem to have lacked the background and experience necessary to understand what they were looking at.


The Beachwood McRibTipLine: Super tippy.


Posted on February 4, 2019

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


Search The Beachwood Reporter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Follow BeachwoodReport on Twitter

Beachwood Radio!