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The [Thursday] Papers

"This was the second debate in two nights and the third in a week - and it showed. Piling on the debates at the end of a campaign isn't very constructive, and often sets up counter-productive dynamics," I write today in Tweeting The WGN GOP Debate.

"For example, when there is a clear frontrunner, as there is in the case of Bruce Rauner, the dynamic becomes 'attack the frontrunner.' And then the media equation becomes 'did anyone land a knockout blow' and by that time we've drifted far from reality because the veracity of the attacks matter little when a sense of inevitability sets in.

"So here's an idea: Schedule debates at the beginning, middle and end of the campaign. You're welcome!"


"I mean, you might as well say 'Please give us your answer on clouting your daughter into Payton again' . . . 'Please tell us why you won't release the report again' . . . 'Please tell us why you cut that ad for Barack Obama again' . . . 'Please tell us about your business problems again' . . . Advance the ball, please."

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"Eight months ago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised aldermen they could restore paid Sunday parking in their wards to help ensure local businesses thrive and residents were kept happy," the Tribune reports.

"They're still waiting."


REM Manager Vs. Obama
Why Don't Private Schools Adopt Your Test-Based Reforms?


Seemingly related:


The real answer, which neither Obama nor Emanuel dare say, is that they think their kids are above and beyond mass standardized testing, but your kids are not. Just like their kids have been prepped to attend elite colleges and get elite jobs while your kids will be funneled to community colleges and state universities and prepared for minimum-wage and middle-management jobs where they will have been shaped to take orders; one purpose of standardized testing is to produce standardized workers. Obama and Emanuel have already put their children on the track to be those workers' bosses, trained with a more sophisticated set of thinking skills available only to elites.


Rahm shows up on this teacher's test.

The Expanding Man
"Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cautioning people not to get ahead of themselves when it comes to the expansion of Soldier Field," NBC5 reports.

"The Chicago Park District and Emanuel are exploring ways to expand Soldier Field by 5,000 seats, but on Wednesday, the mayor said it's too early to talk about how to pay for it."

Right. Let's wait until the deal is sealed behind closed doors. Then the mayor will say, hey, you had your chance, we had an open process!


Also, this: "The Soldier Field Fiasco: The next time City Hall pols tell you, 'Don't worry, no risk,' remember this."


And finally:

"Emanuel says events like international soccer games, and outdoor NHL and college hockey games weren't factored into the equation when the stadium was last renovated."

"We never envisioned that," Emanuel said.

I heard Rahm say on another broadcast that "We're using [Soldier Field] in ways not considered when it was built just for football."

Simply not true. Attracting more non-football events to a new Soldier Field was always one of the main selling points foisted on the public.


If it often seems like Rahm Emanuel just got here, it's because he did.

Eighth-Grader Schools The NSA
Teaches the media a thing or two, too.

Whole Englewood
From a Chicago Reporter interview with Mrs. Englewood.

"When it first became known the TIF would be funding a Whole Foods, the neighborhood had mixed reactions, and it still does now. Of course, we want healthy food options in the community. Whole Foods will drive some economic growth, people will get jobs at the store, and other retailers will come to the area. But Whole Foods was going to set up there regardless of whether or not we supported it. Community voices are the last on the totem poll for decisions involving our tax dollars.

"The community development has been whatever the alderman has decided would be best for the community without asking the community. What they're doing at the moment is developing veteran housing units on 61st Street. I am not really sure how such units will help us develop a long-term local economy, which is what TIF money is supposed to do. It seems to me that housing more people who can't afford to buy their own homes isn't going to bring in much new potential for economic growth."


What are the biggest challenges Englewood residents face right now? Are they different from when RAGE was first formed?

"They're the same - it's still perception of the safety and people in the area. We can talk about economic development and political challenges, but the perception underlies all of that.

"And the way things are structured in Chicago, Englewood is a victim of the structure. Our schools close. The majority of people are unemployed. These are all challenges most underserved neighborhoods of marginalized communities face."


* Sochi, Illinois.

* Rejection Letter Reveals Chicago Judge's Plan To Retire.

* How White House Defines On-The-Record: Off-The-Record.

* USDA Jumpstarts Midwest Beekeeping But Illinois Left Out Of The $3 Million Honeypot.










The Beachwood Tip Line: Extraconstitutional.


Posted on March 6, 2014

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