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The [Tuesday] Papers

By Steve Rhodes

1. Facebook feed: "Matt Farmer predicts that a general lack of strength, focus and agility will leave at least four Chicago Bears linemen trampled under foot by fellow shoppers on Black Friday."

2. Via Jameson Campaigne: A cool unemployment map.

3. Why didn't I get a flu shot? I'm a Mac and I thought we didn't get viruses.


Is there a way to make the swine flu kosher? Can a rabbi come over and bless your sweat?

4. Has there ever been a better campaign slogan in Illinois history than the one Dan Proft is using? "Illinois isn't broken. It's fixed."

Exactly right.

5. Texts From Last Night:

(617): I just bought a CD. I feel like a traitor to my generation.


(586): Now that the fun of having an iPhone has worn off I find that using screen as a coke tray is by far my favorite app

6. Pat Quinn: "I think the people of Illinois are a lot happier today, in November of 2009, than they were at the beginning of this year."

Not true. At the beginning of the year we had hope.

7. Ald. Rugai's Street Sure Is Smooth.

8. The Twins' Joe Mauer won the AL MVP Award this week. Mauer, of course, will always be linked in Cubs history with Mark Prior. Prior fell to the Cubs in the 2001 draft when Minnesota opted for the hometown catcher over the pitching phenom. But there was a third player in the mix, too.

Here's what the Tribune wrote before the draft:

"The Cubs still might wind up with Southern Cal ace Mark Prior with the second pick in the upcoming draft. The Twins have gotten very serious about St. Paul high school catcher Joe Mauer with the first pick, which would leave the Cubs to take their choice between Prior and Georgia Tech third baseman Mark Teixeira."

Pure Cubs.

9. "Citing the problems of being heavily dependent on consumer spending in a recession, Schaumburg is poised to impose its first municipal property tax in its 53-year history," the Daily Herald reports.

10. He's Jay Cutler - now with lyrics.

11. Acting Stimulated: Recovery Bill Saves Shakespeare.

12. We've always been another Detroit.

13. "In the decade since mass protests over the punishment of six black students in Decatur, the state's racial gap in discipline has split wide open. It's such a gaping hole that now more than half of all Illinois children suspended from public schools are black, even though they represent less than one-fifth of the enrollment, according to an Associated Press analysis."

14. "It's a token public option, an ersatz public option, a fleeting gesture toward the idea of a public option, so small and desiccated as to be barely worth mentioning except for the fact that it still (gasp) contains the word 'public'," Robert Reich writes.

"Our private, for-profit health insurance system, designed to fatten the profits of private health insurers and Big Pharma, is about to be turned over to . . . our private, for-profit health care system."

15. Jeering Heathers.

16. He's a turkey.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Oven-fresh.


Posted on November 24, 2009

MUSIC - Holiday Hullabaloo.
POLITICS - Bank Profits Soaring.
SPORTS - Chicago vs. Michigan, 1903.

BOOKS - Dia De Los Muertos Stories.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Chicagoetry: West Town Blues.

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