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The [Thursday] Papers

By Steve Rhodes

I wish Pat Quinn would have just said the state of the state is stupid.


The sex industry isn't impressed either.


The only pol who confesses to writing his response to Quinn ahead of time - even though the swiftness with which my inbox filled up with responses suggests they all did.


Look, Quinn can't even give a State of the State speech competently. He reportedly read from note cards, not an actual prepared speech. No wonder he rambled on incoherently until he broke down in tears at the end.


Quinn should have hired Dan Proft to give the speech for him.


Proft will be at The Funny Bone in Kankakee this weekend, by the way.

The Daley Show
"'He's a generous man,' said 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack dryly when asked about the Mayor's proposed parking ticket largesse."


"In truth, the mayor deserves the blame for everything about the meter deal - and records prove it," Mick Dumke reports.

"In the last couple of days Volpe has been described as the person who 'engineered' or was 'responsible for' the deal. That's not accurate."

True Story
Pat Robertson is God's punishment on all of us.

Bad Mo-Fo
Matt Farmer can't wait to hear Sen. Harry Reid's thoughts on Rod Blagojevich's "blackness."



Weather Report
When I moved to Florida for my first newspaper reporting job, I often heard natives there say a variant of "Don't like the weather here? Stick around for 15 minutes. It'll change."

When I moved to Chicago I heard the same thing.

And the other night on Ax Men, I heard this: "If you don't like the weather in Montana, wait 15 minutes."

Just sayin'.

Newsroom Culture
"Show me an ambitious, successful person in journalism who doesn't go with the executive flow, and I'll show you an outlier," Jack Shafer writes.

Even though the job description is exactly the opposite of what gets rewarded.

Carp vs. Pols
"It has been some years since I covered a news event, so I forgot how easily 11 elected officials and government agency representatives can spend two hours saying nothing new about things we already know because they've already said them before," our very own Scott Buckner reports. "Such was Tuesday morning's emergency summit on the potential infiltration into Lake Michigan by Asian carp, held appropriately at the John G. Shedd Aquarium."

Buzz Machine: Kid Sister
A Markham girl makes good.


The Beachwood Tip Line: As stupid does.


Posted on January 14, 2010

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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