Chicago - Nov. 23, 2017
Music TV Politics Sports Books People Places & Things
 
Must-See TV
Army Of Darkness
ElRey
5 p.m.
A discount-store employee is time-warped to a medieval castle, where he is the foretold savior who can dispel the evil there. Unfortunately, he screws up and releases an army of skeletons. (tvguide.com)
Weather Derby
Tribune: 51/37
Sun-Times: Ferro/McKinney
Weather Channel: 44/41
Ntl Weather Service: 54/43
BWM*: 82/12
Beachwood Bookmarks
K-Tel Classics
WKRP in Cincinnati
So You've Decided To Be Evil
St. Paul Saints
Nye's Polonaise Room
The Arcata Eye
Roadside USA
This Day In . . .
Onion History
Weird Al History
Baseball History
Beachwood History
History History
Spy Magazine History
#OnThisDate History
Chicago
Indicted!
Under Suspicion
Find Your Towed Car
Cable TV Complaints
Freedom of Information
The Expired Meter
The Mob & Friends
Stolen Bike Registry
O'Hare Music Tracker
Rats
Report Corruption (city)
Report Corruption (state)
Beyond
Scoundrels, State
Scoundrels, Federal
The Odds
Random Flight Tracker
Casting Calls
Cosmic Log
Buy Stamps
Beachwood Blogroll
A Handy List
Beachwood Ethics Statement
How We Roll
Today's Horoscope
Liberties will be taken.
Do We Sudoku?
No, but we do do moose stuff, and that can be anything you want it to be. Except Sudoku.
Losing Lottery Numbers
8, 25, 39
Daily Affirmation
I am open and receptive to new avenues of income. (louisehay.com)
Ellie
Knowing that a person may be unwittingly in danger of an assault imposes a moral duty to warn them.
Now Playing
Psychodrama/Marshall Law
Letters to the Editors
FAQ
About
Tip Line
"The Papers" archive
RSS
Beachwood Link Buttons
Media Kit/Advertising
 

The [Thursday] Papers

No one will be rooting harder for the Bears on Sunday than President George W. Bush. Do you think he really wants two weeks of worldwide Katrina retrospectives and footage of an entire American city still decimated and virtually abandoned by his administration?

Not to mention it's New Orleans, not Kansas City or Des Moines. It's a city of world renown, except that now it's barely a city.

A Saints victory might be the best thing that can happen to New Orleanians if it brings them not only the short-term pleasure of having a team in the Super Bowl, but a renewed public policy effort spurred by the renewed attention the city will get.

Which doesn't mean Bears fans should feel guilty rooting for their team on Sunday. But on the other hand, you're either with Bush or you're against him. Let the unity of a new political culture begin.

Cheesy Sex-Times
Meanwhile, back in Chicago . . .

"With the Bears one win away from the Super Bowl, why ask Chicago gals to rate players on their sex appeal?" asks news staff reporter Mark J. Konkol in the Sun-Times today, in "Punter Voted Sexiest Bear In Sun-Times Online Vote."

"That's easy. Even ladies not caught up in the playoff buzz can appreciate a tight end - or running back or quarterback or linebacker - in tight pants."

This is wrong on so many levels I don't even know where to start. I guess Chicago really is the smallest big city in the country.

End Times
Twelve pages after the sexy punter story: "Scientists Warn Of Nuclear Apocalypse."

Under "Obama Sizing Up Abe's Old Digs."

Pander Bear
Bears fans are lucky that, even with no serious opposition, it's a mayoral election year.

Two Chicagolands
"Draw a map of Chicago-area communities where businesses have received state subsidies. Now draw another of places plagued by joblessness," reports the Tribune's Stephen Franklin.

"The result, according to a watchdog group that examined 15 years of subsidies to companies in the six-county Chicago-area, are two maps that barely touch."

Supreme Legacy
Today's Dreamgirls are the ones who front The Detroit Cobras.

Civility Coarse
The next time the Tribune editorial board calls for more civility to soothe our coarsening public dialogue, send them a note asking why they carry Jonah Goldberg's column. Ask if they oughtn't fact-check it, too. They are the mainstream media, after all, which is devoted to accuracy and reason, unlike, say, bloggers.

Obama's Army
"His immediate challenge is to simultaneously assure Democratic partisans that he is liberal enough for them while convincing everyone else he is conservative enough for them," a political strategist writes unapologetically.

Oh wait. That was from the Tribune's Steve Chapman today.

From a journalistic perspective, I would say Obama's challenge is to tell us why he should be president, and what he intends to do should he win the office. Behaving in the manner expressed by Chapman is unacceptable. It's the kind of politics we're all sick of, and if Obama, especially Obama, participates in it while advertising himself as an agent of changing the political culture, he should be eviscerated for it.

Political Predictor
"Obama's achievements, on the other hand, are mostly in his future," Chapman writes, comparing him to Colin Powell, who as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff had been "the No. 1 person in the armed forces of the most powerful nation on Earth."

I'm not entirely comfortable electing a president based on their "future achievements."

The Trouble With Obama
He plunges us deeper into celebrity politics, instead of saving us from them.

Friends of Barack
Plus, anyone who has so much support from the political Establishment is immediately suspect. He isn't threatening enough to the existing order, the way Howard Dean was.

I mean, my God, the Daleys are on board.

Obama Avenue
"Barack Obama is a lawyer by training, but could easily have made a career on Madison Avenue, where 'impressions' are the holy grail. The most effective commercials are those that provoke the consumer to provide her own impressions of the product, through word and image association. Obama's special genius is to elicit self-generated positive impressions from a wide range of consumers/observers - most dramatically, from consumers across the color line - while saying nothing of substance," writes Glen Ford, executive editor of the Black Agenda Report.

"Corporate media, an extension of Madison Avenue, eats this crap up. Barack Obama has "wide appeal" and is, therefore, a "saleable" product. But what are they selling, and to whom?"

Bush's War
"The United Nations reported Tuesday that more than 34,000 Iraqis were killed in violence last year, a figure that represents the first comprehensive annual count of civilian deaths and a vivid measure of the failure of the Iraqi government and American military to provide security," The New York Times reports.

More than 34,000. Last year alone.

Think of how distraught we are about 3,000 American casualties, and then, just as an exercise, multiply that by ten. Last year alone.

Not counting the rest of the destruction.

So yeah, Iraqis are kinda pissed at us.

In Today's Reporter
* Tank vs. Troutman. From the Police Raid Affairs Desk.
* Political Odds. Obama's chances of getting the nomination are on the board.
* I'm the Tribune/I'm the Sun-Times. I suck and I don't know why.

Knowing Jack
Maybe I didn't give Kiefer Sutherland a fair chance.

The Beachwood Tip Line: Just handlebars, and five-point stars.



Permalink

Posted on January 18, 2007


MUSIC - Fan Note: Malcolm Young's AC/DC.
TV - FCC Wraps New Gift For Sinclair.
POLITICS - FCC About To Ruin The Internet.
SPORTS - The Connor Barf Game.

BOOKS - Inside The Book Of The Dead.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Safe Stuffing.


Search The Beachwood Reporter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Email:

Follow BeachwoodReport on Twitter



Beachwood Radio!


Ask Me Anything!