The [Thursday] Papers
You know, I still don't have a firm grip on the Elvira Arellano situation. My instinct is that the authorities should let her go to Washington, D.C., to make her case, and then arrest her upon her return.
I'm pro-immigrant. I'm pro-illegal immigrant too. I tend toward the open borders end of things. But I'm also disgusted with the way American companies depend upon and exploit cheap illegal labor to the detriment of all workers.
Arellano's particular case is complicated. Maybe an arrest after going to Washington would best put her in a position to more effectively pursue reform while accepting the current letter of the law the way figures of civil disobedience must.
Oscar the Clown
"[Lombardo said he] had an alibi: At the time of the murder of his good friend Danny Seifert, he was in the Chicago Police Shakespeare District station, filling out a report that his wallet had been stolen," John Kass writes.
"What neither prosecutors nor Lombardo's defense mentioned is that the commander of the Shakespeare District was the then-heroic cop William Hanhardt, who later and quite magically became chief of detectives, with so much clout he could make or break every cop on the police force.
"Where is Hanhardt these days? He's in federal prison, serving a 12-year sentence for running an Outfit-sponsored jewelry heist ring with one of Lombardo's co-defendants, Paul 'The Indian" Schiro, who was also convicted of the jewelry robberies. When Lombardo's Shakespeare District alibi came up, the Indian stared a hole in the floor."
Non-elite cops just beat the shit out of civilians in bars.
The New Math
So instead of there being just 24 homeless people in all of downtown Chicago, there are actually two per block?
You know, at this point I don't know whether to credit silly contentions to the city or the Sun-Times.
A) Will no longer accept Chicago City Hall press releases.
Der-Yeghiayan must be new to town.
Officials say they will recoup the lost money when they start sending out notices this month to catch up. But "the toll authority never will be able to recover the bank interest lost from not collecting fines as violations occurred," the Trib notes.
Joey Lombardo never would have let it get this far.
The tollway generally collects about $15 million a year in fines, so you do the math to figure out the lost interest.
Democracy in Progress
"In his four-paragraph resignation letter, which emerged after multiple Freedom of Information requests by The Associated Press, Rumsfeld does not mention the war in Iraq."
You know, in a real democracy we wouldn't have to file Freedom of Information requests to know what our government is up to. We too easily accept that politicians spin, lie, and withhold from the public that which we are entitled to know because that's just how "the game" is played. Democracy is not a game.
Especially when it's not true.
It just makes you look silly and desperate.
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Posted on August 16, 2007
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