The [Thursday] Papers
Is the Chicago area unprepared for a mass disaster or terrorist attack? I have no idea. I do know that Cook County can't successfully transmit election results via cell phones and the CTA can't keep its trains on their tracks, but then again the U.S. Department of Homeland Security isn't exactly doing a bang-up job either. I'm not sure they get the benefit of the doubt on this one.
My sense is that when the mayor says "We have done a tremendous job [but] if they are talking about the region outside of Chicago, about some issue, that is different," he means that the city has its shit together but it's the county and outlying areas that have their problems, and I can believe that as long as Robert Sorich had nothing to do with hiring anyone involved in protecting us.
Daley said the firefighter was a man of fine character.
"You don't stay in Washington to solve the issue," Daley says. "You have to go out and talk to people in America . . . If you come out here and talk to people [in the heartland], they'll give you some common sense about an issue like that."
For example, Daley compared the Iraq war to the American Revolutionary War, the Civil War, and World War II. "No one was for the Revolutionary War," he said.
Yes, I have no idea how they fought that war without any revolutionaries.
"Maybe today they would doubt the Civil War."
Yes, I'm sure James Baker and Lee Hamilton would advise the North to cut-and-run.
As for World War II, Fran Spielman didn't capture the mayor's thoughts. But if the Washington insiders would just come out here to the heartland for some common sense, we could wrap this thing up.
- Joe Scarborough, Scarborough Country
The Sun-Times conveniently leaves out the fact that the statistics (and argument) it cites comes from the Journal's editorial page, while the Journal's own news reporting says something quite different.
Beyond that, the logic of the Journal and Sun-Times editorial pages simply doesn't hold up. Just because there are more polar bears now than in the 1950s doesn't mean they aren't now threatened by a disappearing Arctic ice shelf. (Also overlooked is the fact that the polar bear population, according to the Journal editorial's own figures, has not grown since 1984.)
"First, I don't recall anyone asking to be healed, and I probably would have remembered. I was peeved at Nixon and certainly didn't need a soothing balm applied to my political soul.
"I didn't know anyone else who thought they needed to be healed.
This Is Our Country
This and other items in Rick Kaempfer's Media Notebook.
That's funny, I thought labor was human.
"Iraq reported Tuesday that more than 12,000 civilians were killed last year - the third full year since the U.S.-led invasion - with a dramatic rise in the last three months, when 5,000 died," AP reports.
Next Year's Resolution
The Beachwood Tip Line: Glittering.
Posted on January 4, 2007
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