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The [Thursday] Papers

Yes, there may be a verdict today.

Or maybe not.

The jury sent the judge a note.

Nobody but the jury really knows what it means.

So relax.

Speculation is not news.

We're adults.

You can just report that they sent a note.

Here's what the note said.

Here's what the judge said.

Here's what happens next.

No need to hyperventilate.

No need to imagine every possible scenario.

No need to ask experts and pundits who are rarely right to imagine every possible scenario.

Speculation is not reporting.

Punditry is not reporting.

The amount of misinformation and top-of-the-head bullshit y'all are putting out there is just making us stupider.

Your job is to make us smarter.

Show some discipline and maturity; just report what you know and move on.


We beg of you.

The Rosty Files
* The [Rosty] Papers

* Reading Rosty

Kirk Equals Obama
Mark Kirk is a crumb, as Rich Miller points out here, but Barack Obama's DNC sent me an e-mail claiming that "because of [the state assistance bill], hundreds of thousands of jobs will be saved - including an estimated 5,700 public school teachers across Illinois," which doesn't appear to be true either according to Miller's post.

See, the promise of Barack Obama was that he would put an end to these sort of games - you know, rise above the tired politics of the past. Obama can't control what Mark Kirk does, but he can certainly remake the DNC and its ancillary operations and tell them: "No more. From now on, we practice a different kind of discourse."

Instead, Obama preaches civility in the afternoon and attacks and distorts at night - while everyone who works for him just attacks and distorts.

Chico and the Man
"A student who started preschool in 1995, when Chico was appointed president of the Chicago School Board by Mayor Daley, would have been in fourth grade - when most of the fundamentals of reading and math should have been laid down - when Chico left that position in 2001," Julie Woestehoff of PURE notes. "That young person would be 19 years old now, probably would have been flunked at least once and maybe twice under the Chico-Vallas 'promotion' policy, and would just be starting to apply to the city colleges system."

Rosty Myths
* "He was the quintessential Chicagoan."

Why? Because he was a fat, white, gin-soaked, corrupt pol?

He was the quintessential fat, white, gin-soaked, corrupt pol, that's for sure. But that's as far as it goes.

* "At least he brought home the bacon."

You paid for that bacon, and it was loaded up with even more bacon so his friends could get rich and richer. He was the Baconator. Is that something we should be thankful for?

* "He never forgot his roots."

Well, this one is true: His roots were in the Machine. So was his trunk. And his leaves.

* "He fought for working people."

This one is sufficiently debunked elsewhere on the site, where the record shows he worked hardest for his wealthy friends and patrons, including those in the financial services industry.


Rosty Fighting For Regular People


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Posted on August 12, 2010

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