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The [Wednesday] Papers

"You might want to avoid the Loop this afternoon; the Chicago Teachers Union is planning to pack Daley Plaza with thousands of people, and shut down a number of streets as part of a protest of planned school closings," CBS2 Chicago reports.

Or you might want to head to the Loop for the protest!

Isn't it funny how the media defines thousands of Chicagoans as "them" and not "us."


But when it comes to Official Chicago it's "we."


"First lady Michelle Obama is headed to Chicago next month to talk to local business and community leaders about youth violence," Politico reports.

"She will attend a luncheon hosted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel on April 10, the White House announced. Attendees will include the city's Commercial Club, Economic Club, Executives' Club, and World Business Chicago.

"'Mrs. Obama will be urging Chicago's business leaders to invest in expanded opportunities for youth across Chicago's neighborhoods,' the White House said in a statement."

Like schools?


When Republicans shutter mental health clinics, libraries and schools, they're the embodiment of inhumanity. When Democrats do it, they're making tough choices. #RahmsSequester


What Simon Doesn't Sez
From Carol Felsenthal's interview of Sheila Simon for Chicago magazine:

CF: Does your decision [to drop off the ticket] hurt Quinn politically?

SS: To the contrary, it allows Gov. Quinn to line up a candidate who can help him on the ticket.


Really, Sheila? You're just trying to help?

That might be believable if you didn't answer another question this way:

CF: Will you vote for Gov. Quinn?

SS: Way too early to say. We don't even know who's running for governor.


Also, if you are no longer helpful to the governor as lieutenant governor, what makes you qualified for whichever state office you are eyeing instead?


Just say it: I have my own ambitions, and I don't want to be tied to a failing administration led by a governor who may not get re-elected and whom I'm not sure I even support anymore.

What would be the repercussions of that? You'd be hailed for telling the truth.


Supreme Bluff
Our very own Eric Emery pays attention:

Roberts questions Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, arguing for the Obama administration against Proposition 8. The chief justice wonders about the scope of the court's ruling:

Roberts: "I don't want to - I want you to get back to Justice Alito's other points, but is it the position of the United States that same-sex marriage is not required throughout the country?"

Verrilli: "We are not - we are not taking the position that it is required throughout the country. We think that that ought to be left open for a future adjudication in other states that don't have the situation California has."

I'm reading "The Friend of The Court" argument as "we don't support California's ban," but we are not arguing against any other ban. To me, support for same-sex marriage states "We are against any ban against it."

A friend posted to my wall an Obama Facebook posting that says "Every single American, Gay, Straight, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender - every single American deserves to be treated equally in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of society."

But that is not what the Obama administration argued through their Friend of the Court efforts today.

When Obama directly tackled the question during the election (prompted by Biden's "big mouth"), Obama said that he was against the government banning same-sex marriages, but it was up to the states to decide. Today's Friend of the Court argument contradicts the election-time argument.


My reply: Yes, my read is that they are still saying it's up to the states to decide, but in this case they are against California's ban, for some reason. Like, say, politics.


Redflex Ripples
Chicago bribery investigation wreaking havoc across Redflex Nation.

Billy Corgan Is A Conspiracy Theorist
Only way to explain his career.

Roland Martin Threatens To Not Go Away
Still beats Steinberg.

Bullies And Book Bans
Both good for sales.

Omaha's Most Famous Visual Artist Coming To Chicago
Not as bad as it sounds.

He Pitied That Puck
And taught Jim Belushi a lesson.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Us and them. But mostly us.


Posted on March 27, 2013

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