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The [Thursday] Papers

By Steve Rhodes

Quote of the Day: From Lou Piniella:

Piniella asked for better communication from Gregg, saying he needs to know if a reliever has a "tired arm" before the game.

"I just can't read somebody's mind," he said. "I can look at the stuff, but by the time I look at the stuff, it's a little late.

"The ball is out of the ballpark, and the mojito doesn't taste very good."

Column of the Day: From John Kass:

"Chicago is run a certain way, and that's a decision made by the people of Chicago," Issa said. "But the United States of America is run with minorities having rights and active dissent. And now people are being silenced. We're not a country run on patronage, where if you do the right thing, a family member ends up with a political job. That's not the way the American people expect the country to be run."


Americans elected a man from Chicago who would transcend the old politics. But a bunch of guys from City Hall are now in the White House, running things.

So what's the beef?

Best Media Criticism of the Day: From Dan McNeil:

And we in the media are guilty of promulgating the Sosa fallacy. We giggled at his not-so-witty attempts at humor and ''human Beanie Baby'' qualities. We played the sound bytes on radio and television and printed his cutesy quotes because Sosa's popularity was our meal ticket.

Best Health Care Trouble Indicator of the Day: From the Illinois delegation:

And perhaps most strikingly, Halvorson is "firm in her stance that reform cannot happen until we get it right," a spokesperson told the Star. Halvorson ran for Congress on a health care agenda.

Best Unasked Question of the Day: From Alexander Russo:

My assumption is that Duncan has already been subpoenaed. Hell, he might have been back in Chicago last week to testify in front of the grand jury. But we'll never know what's going on until more reporters (and members of the public) start asking.

Best Symbolic Cluelessness of the Day: From Ed Burke:

Now, in the midst of an economic meltdown that has thrown the city's budget into chaos, he's decided it's a good time to do a little remodeling around the (taxpayer-funded) office.

Best Substantive Cluelessness of the Day: From the Tribune Company:

In a statement, Tribune Co. said "We believe our 2009 incentive program is both moderate and reasonable."

Best Chicago Blog Review of the Day: From Katie Buitrago on Fruit Slinger:

Shumski's commentary ranges from skewering customers and cookbook writers on their own words to poetic appreciation of something as undeniably beautiful as fruit. He's never quite too mean - it's well-balanced by self-deprecation - or too sappy, and the variety and pacing of the posts keeps even the most inveterate fruit-hater reading.

Best Server Commentary of the Day: From Patty Hunter:

You want to save money? So do I . . . but I need to make money in order to save it. Let's work together here.

Best Lollapalooza Preview of the Day: From Beachwood Music:

And a taste from each of the bands we think are the best picks for each day:


The Beachwood Tip Line: Send us your best.


Posted on August 6, 2009

MUSIC - Madonna vs. Moderna.
TV - Sundays With The Military-Industrial Complex.
POLITICS - Private Equity In The ER.
SPORTS - Suspicious Betting Trends In Soccer.

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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