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The [Thanksgiving] Papers

1. The Greatest Turkey Event in Thanksgiving Day History.

2. Thanksgiving Day Phone Call. (via Rick Kaempfer)

3. Rare breed of wild turkey ready for serving at Beachwood HQ.

4. "[T]he homogenized and sanitized history learned as children and revisited every Thanksgiving holiday bears faint resemblance to the actual people and dramatic events of that desperate time."

5. Yuppie and The Chocolate Factory.

6. The World According to Altman.

7. GreenBrett and other TomKat-like marriages of convenience in the NFL.

8. Urlacher is the turkey; the schedule is the gravy.

9. Thanksgiving at the Sun-Times.

10. The Sun-Times Thanksgiving memo was sent out a day after Cy Friedheim was namd CEO.

"He will be paid a base salary of $680,000 and be eligible for a target 2007 bonus of up to $1.36 million," Crain's reported. "He will also be granted 100,000 restricted shares vesting over the next two years. He could also claim as many as 400,000 additional shares if he meets certain stock-price and earnings targets."

Those must be pretty easy targets to hit if prudent holiday spending will help get him there.

11. Turkey of the Year.

12. "Maybe I don't read the papers thoroughly, but I haven't seen anything about Gerald Nichols being under federal investigation," Stroger said in the Sun-Times today.

"Actually," the paper noted, "the Sun-Times has reported six times over the last two months that the federal raid on county offices and county officials in September focused on Nichols. Stories quoted those interviewed by FBI agents as saying Nichols 'was definitely the center of their attention."

Still, Stroger said that even if he does fire Nichols, he'll continue to meet with him outside the office to find out, for example, who the good department heads are. According to the man at the center of a federal investigation into hiring.

See if you can spot the problem.

13. "He is a good man," Obama said about Todd Stroger. "He cares about people, and I think he's in politics for the right reasons."

"He's had a good record both in Springfield (where he was a state representative), and as an alderman," Daley said. "He understands people's issues."

14. Since when do they play football in Kansas City on Thanksgiving?

15. When I see Tony Peraica described as a "fringe lunatic who staged a drunken election night attack on a government building," it makes me really like him again.

16.Reader mail:

A little help please.

The Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune each cost $.50 per issue. The price of a daily issue of the Washington Post is 35 cents.

But after an exhaustive dissection of their news pages, I have been unable to positively identify the full fifteen cents of additional news value that our local papers provide.

I suspect that it is the Kass and Stella columns, but my wife is leaning towards "Susanna's Night Out."

What do you see as the reason that the Trib and ST cost readers 30% more than the Washington Post?


17. Growing Up.

18. The Pilgrims had no buckles, didn't bring furniture with them on the Mayflower, and meant to land in Virginia, not Cape Cod. (via Steve Johnson)

19. But they did have onion dip and Heineken.

20. Though they left Holland for America in part because the Dutch had too much fun.

21. "Six imams removed from a US Airways flight from Minneapolis to Phoenix are calling on Muslims to boycott the airline. If only we could get Muslims to boycott all airlines, we could dispense with airport security altogether."

- Ann "Kramer" Coulter

22. The liberal media's account, just for comparison.

23. Um, no, I don't think you can. I tried to watch a Seinfeld rerun on Tuesday and couldn't. How can you not see the image in your mind of Michael Richards ranting about niggers every time Kramer walks into Jerry's apartment? It's impossible to seperate. I suspect Roeper would feel differently if he was African American. And I suspect ratings of the syndicated shows in rerun will dip. It's going to be too much for a lot of people to stomach - thank God.

24. "Civilian Death Toll Reaches New High In Iraq."

25. The United States of America did a very, very bad thing in Iraq. When an adult does a bad thing, you apologize, ask for forgiveness, learn lessons, vow not to do it again, and rededicate yourself to noble purposes. It would be a blessing if we did that. Bring the troops home.

The Beachwood Tip Line: For when the Butterball people can't answer your Wild Turkey questions.


Posted on November 23, 2006

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