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The [Thursday] Papers

Sometimes it's just hard to have something useful to say. Is ADM wrong to extort taxpayers for money even as they pay no income taxes themselves? Of course. We have to get government out of the business of subsidizing business - and back into the business of, oh, say, feeding starving children.

Is CPS blatantly showing once again that they can't be trusted to even tell the time of day honestly? Yes. But how to make it stop?

Is Rahm once again guilty of press release governance that plays the media for patsies? Yes. Some of us have been pointing out that method of operation since his campaign.

And when I see a headline like this, I just think to myself, "He's incapable of any other kind of motive!"

But Rahm Emanuel could have an approval rating below 0 and still get re-elected if he has no challenger. Look at Pat Quinn, an eminently weak-ass governor. He already has his party's nomination - not because he's the best Democrat in the state for the job, and certainly not because Democrats like him. They don't. His own party loathes him. But the system reflexively protects the status quo. All the arrangements have been made and dislodging Quinn would only upset those arrangements and necessitate a reordering of power's organizational chart.

Rahm, too, has never been much liked within his own party. But the money he's been capable of raising - mostly by acting like a Republican - has been very much liked. And so it goes.

The other side of the ledger isn't any more inspiring. For all the change the citizenry seems to want - and politicians pretend to offer - we have the same-ol' same-ol'. Kirk Dillard is from the Thompson-Edgar tree. Dan Rutherford is a longtime legislator (his time as state treasurer is negligible) whose chief accomplishment over 18 years in the General Assembly seems to be sponsoring a bill that changed the way reimbursement fees are determined for elderly nursing home residents. Bill Brady believes the Bible should be taught in public schools. Which testament, Bill? And Bruce Rauner is Bruce Rauner.

Illinois is like the Cubs. You can change managers all you want, but you still end up with a bunch of losers.

Coming Attraction
Has this show arrived in Chicago yet?

Making Room For Bill?
JP Morgan To Cut 145 Mortgage Employees.

Manned Trains Next
CTA Plans To Bring 4G Service To Subways.

Derrick Rose Is A Heel
"I never forget where I came from," Bulls star and Englewood native says upon release of $140 Chicago Southsides, "and the path I took to get here."

The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report
More tarkling, less tentacles.

Operation Bookdrop & Pinsky's PoemJazz
In Local Book Notes.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Path to a port.


Posted on October 3, 2013

MUSIC - Millions Of New Guitar Players.
TV - "One America News" is AT&T.
POLITICS - When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park.
SPORTS - Tonyball, Bears On The Run, Eyes On The Sky & More!

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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