The [Thursday] Papers
A profile in audacity. Is the case finally closed?
Kenya Or Bust
"Then, he was campaigning for president of the United States as a reformer, though he forgot to mention that if elected, he'd bring half of Chicago's Daley Machine to the White House."
Didn't Durbin have his staffers do a search of the entire federal prison rolls to identify all the 70-plus-year-old nonviolent offenders who have served only a fraction of their sentences and have ailing spouses at home? I mean, I assume Ryan's the only one who fit the bill. That's the way it happened, right? Right?
2. From Brian Rhodes:
I just heard that President Bush is going to pardon both the White Sox and the Cubs for their performances in last year's playoffs.
Compare and Contrast
And then committee members approved the 75-year deal with only one dissenting vote. So what was the point?
The lone dissenting vote, by the way, was cast by Ald. Ray Suarez (31st). Apparently he drew the short straw this time that Billy Ocasio drew last time.
Something in the company's press release jumped out at me, though:
"The City retains all power and authority to set rates and periods of stay and operation for all of the parking meters in the System."
Huh? Then what's this all about?
Believe me, that's 72 hours more than the mayor had to give them to get his deal passed. Why even call the meetings anymore?
"Why is every billion-dollar deal an 'emergency'?" the Tribune editorial page asks today.
Because we're at war?
"If we did not have this, this budget would be way out of whack," Daley said.
Shouldn't that be your problem, Mr. Mayor?
I'd rather the city just send me a bill every year - call it a driving surtax - instead of making me go through the hassle of feeding meters and dodging permit parking zones and fighting with the bureaucracy over one stupid thing or another every year.
Or fix the CTA so I can drive that much less.
I'm pretty sure I heard on Chicago Tonight last night that some aldermen were handed the text of the deal just minutes before debate started.
The show also showed video of Ald. Ike Carothers asking city officials to break down the Goldbergian ownership chart presented to the finance committee and identify at least one human being involved in the deal.
And Ed Burke asked, "Does the Law Department want us to do business with entities that, No. 1, we can't figure out?"
Yes. Yes they do. That's the point.
"Private investors from Australia and Spain paid the City of Chicago $1.83 billion for a 99-year lease on a toll bridge three years ago. The State of Indiana took in $3.8 billion for its main toll route. Governors in New York and Florida, desperate for cash, are considering similar deals," the Boston Globe reports this week.
"Now, as Massachusetts ponders leasing the turnpike and the Big Dig tunnels to the highest bidder, questions are being raised about whether an abundant short-term gain would outweigh the long-term loss of one of the state's most valuable assets with the likelihood of frequent, incremental toll increases for decades to come."
"She was said to have influenced the emergence of artists as varied as Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Janis Joplin and Tracy Chapman.
"'The first thing that turned me on to folk singing was Odetta,' Dylan once said. 'From Odetta, I went to Harry Belafonte, the Kingston Trio, little by little uncovering more as I went along'."
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Posted on December 4, 2008
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