The [Thursday] Papers
* If the Bears lose on Sunday, Jay Mariotti will:
A) Blame the Bears for partying too much while the Colts arrived late in an all-business mode.
If the Bears win on Sunday, Mariotti will:
A) Credit the Bears for staying loose and enjoying the ride while the Colts arrived late in an all-business mode and played tight.
* Here's something that Indianapolis can do that we can't.
* Funny how no one questions the value of experience when it comes to quarterbacking a professional football team, but when it comes to the presidency . . .
* Big endorsements are on the line for several Bears players. The Beachwood investigates.
This Is Our Country
Of course, you can't totally blame the authorities. Check out how scary the "suspicious device" was, pictured here on the right rail.
Apparently Maliki said he'd like fries with that.
Dowd could have added, though the pundits find it easy to forget, that Howard Dean knew too.
"The issue is not original. Among the charges approved by the House Judiciary Committee when it recommended its articles of impeachment against President Nixon was 'illegal wiretaps.' President Nixon, the bill charged, 'caused wiretaps to be placed on the telephones of 17 persons without having obtained a court order authorizing the tap, as required by federal law; in violation of Sections 241, 371 and 2510-11 of the Criminal Code."
Bush, by contrast, placed taps on thousands of phones.
Henry Hyde is never around to catch the falling flag when you need him.
George W. Stroger
Glad to see the president turning his attention back to domestic issues.
It's an old kind of new politics.
"I think most Democrats know me," the fake Clinton told the fake Chris Matthews. "They understand that my support for the war was always insincere. Of course, knowing what we know now, that you could vote against the war and still be elected president, I would never have pretended to support it."
Though when Goldberg writes that "Hillary Rodham Clinton comes across as stiffer than Trent Lott's hair and more tightly wound than a rubber-band ball," he's as off-base as the tiresome and entirely factually wrong references to Al Gore as wooden, Howard Dean as unhinged, and George W. Bush as the kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with.
As incisive media critic, Bob Somerby writes of the political press, "they're so fucking stupid it makes your bones hurt."
Somerby's latest example is Dowd's latest: "When she was little, Hillary Rodham would sit on a basement bench and pretend she was flying a spaceship to Mars," she wrote. "Her younger brother Hugh, perched behind, would sometimes beg for a chance to be captain.
"No dice. 'She would always drive, and I would always have to sit in the back, he once told me.'
See, if a little boy wanted to drive, that's okay. But a little girl wanting to drive means she's ruthless.
Invented the Vet Spit
"Months later, I wrote about Miller's unusually forceful role while embedded with an Army unit looking for WMD. When the unit, Mobile Exploitation Team Alpha, was ordered to withdraw, Miller wrote to two public affairs officers: 'I see no reason for me to waste time (or MET Alpha, for that matter) in Talil. . . . I intend to write about this decision in the NY Times to send a successful team back home just as progress on WMD is being made.'
"Miller later challenged the pullback order with Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, then commander of the 101st Airborne, and on his advice to a subordinate, the withdrawal order was rescinded. Petraeus, you may recall, has just been put in charge of the Iraq war effort."
I'd say the message is anything but mixed.
* The business community is filling the mayor's campaign coffers beyond overflowing for an election in which he will cruise to easy victory. "Daley has not raised this much cash since his first successful run for mayor in 1989," the Tribune reports.
So . . . what is it the donors want? Or is the mayor putting on a major squeeze to send a decidedly unmixed message?
Oh the Irony
Near as I can tell, though, it's Stroger, not the board, that wants to balance the budget on the backs of poor people.
Bay of the Dock
So if you hear who Dock is picking in the Super Bowl, let us know. We'll know what to do.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Fill our coffers.
Posted on February 1, 2007
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