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"More than 6 in 10 polled said that regardless of whether they agreed with the protesters' varied messages, they had a right to protest," the Tribune reports.

So more than 30 percent polled don't? That sounds like bigger news to me than the converse.

But did the Tribune really ask if there was a right to protest - in other words, if they support the First Amendment?

In the poll graphics provided on the Trib website, no such question exists. This one does though: "Do you think NATO protesters should be protesting?"

The result: Yes, by a margin of 61-28. Eleven percent had no opinion.

That also seems far more significant a finding than highlighting the notion that the summit will give Chicago "a global boost" - a questionable narrative pounded by the Emanuel administration.

Meanwhile, Fox Chicago News found that a majority of those polled approve hosting the summit even though they have no idea what it is.

For more NATO madness, see my NATO Notebook.

Office Politics
"On the day after he took office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued an edict: Every department head at City Hall had to cut senior management payroll costs by 10 percent," the Sun-Times reports.

"But that hasn't happened inside Emanuel's own office, city payroll records show.

"Instead, the number of mayoral staffers - and the total wages they're paid - have increased since Emanuel replaced Mayor Richard M. Daley a year ago, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis finds."

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"When Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that city licensing procedures would be streamlined in an attempt to aid small businesses, he chose to do it at Logan Square Kitchen," the Tribune reports.

"The 3-year-old business, which rents hourly kitchen space to budding food entrepreneurs, was presented as a perfect example of a novel Chicago venture that nurtures other small businesses and could use some nurturing from the city.

"But less than a month after Emanuel's announcement, Logan Square Kitchen owner Zina Murray reported she will soon close her facility, citing continued red tape from the city."

Bizarro Democrat
"The city will kick in $29 million toward a downtown high rise project on a prime piece of riverfront property, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday," the Tribune reports.


"Chicago Public Schools plans to create 60 more charter schools over five years, which would increase the share of privately run charters to about a quarter of all schools in the district," the Tribune reports.

Rahm Emanuel is privatizing public education and socializing the private sector.

Cubs No Longer Cute
The Ricketts Plan To Defeat Barack Hussein Obama.

Same Sun-Times
So it turns out the vice president of PR for the new company that owns the Sun-Times has also been writing stories for the paper.

And those stories have included a tagline declaring the paper's endorsement of whatever cause or charity that vice president, Alisa Monnier Alexander, is highlighting.

And that includes an enthusiastic interview with Jenny McCarthy, noted debunked autism conspiracy theorist.

Jim Romenesko has that story.

Other examples:

* The Sun-Times proudly supports Steppenwolf.

* The Sun-Times proudly supports Cubs.

And so on.

Not sure it's any worse than all those travel junkets Lori Rackl took in return for good press that nobody but me seemed to care about, but clearly a boo-boo.

And who is Alisa Alexander? A storyteller!

"Central to Alisa's craft is the art of the story," she says herself. "With a strong background in blending the worlds of business, technology and advertising, Alisa has a penchant for developing large, multi-channeled communications initiatives that cross both consumer and advertising business media, while directly supporting company business strategies and growth initiatives."


"Through her ability to mainstream advertising storylines, Alisa has developed strong relationships with producers and editors at CNBC, the Today Show, NBC's Live Digital, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and all major advertising trades."

She mainstreams advertising storylines.

Also: Yay America!

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Addison and Avondale.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Yay!


Posted on May 17, 2012

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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