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Just in case you're wondering, The Cheeseheadquarters of Chicago is Will's Northwoods Inn.

MLK Day in Review
"The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward Beachwood."

- driftglass

Crook County
Watch this:


* If only Democrats obsessed with Sarah Palin would pay attention to what their own party is up to in our own backyard.

* Note Toni Preckwinkle missing in action.

* Pat Quinn also endorsed Joe Berrios.

* When Scott Cisek, the Democratic operative who helped get both Preckwinkle and Berrios elected, started promoting his last candidate, Marina Faz-Huppert, on his LinkedIn page, I posted a comment asking if Faz-Huppert had promised to hire her relatives. Cisek replied that she "absolutely has not." I responded: "Because that would be wrong, right?" Cisek removed the thread.


UPDATE 4:59 P.M.: From Scott Cisek:

I never removed that comment and it is still up.

Rhodes reply: All I can say is that the thread disappeared from my news feed but other comment threads remain. But if it's my mistake, I have no problem apologizing.

Now, to the point: Do you want to answer the question, Scott? You were instrumental in getting Joe Berrios elected. Are you proud?

UPDATE 5:44 P.M.: I invite everyone to check in on Scott's latest addition to the thread. What a wanker.

Worse. An impediment, to be polite, to democracy.

From his LinkedIn profile:

General Consultant Joe Berrios for Assessor

Political Organization industry

April 2010 - December 2010 (9 months)

Strategic Consulting, including campaign planning, strategy development, and implementation for the hugely successful Joe Berrios for Assessor campaign.


Scott evaded similar questions about Berrios during the campaign.

I know Scott. We have mutual acquaintances from the Beachwood Inn - which he appears to be using in his latest evasion in this e-mail exchange since this all started:

Rhodes: The thread disappeared from my theme, but I see other threads from others right before my eyes. But I'll post this as an addendum to the item and also call attention to it tomorrow because most of my readers come to the site in the morning.

Do you want to answer the question now, though?

Cisek: It may have disappeared because it was a week ago.We ought to grab a beer sometime. I saw Justin last week.


Of course, my reply was that he oughta answer the question.

His reply to that was this: "If you want to talk this fantastic candidate about her plan for the ward - including STAFFING - let me know."

Maybe I should ask his fantastic candidate if she thinks it's wrong to hire relatives, ala Berrios, and if so, if she's bothered by her campaign manager's vigorous defense of our new assessor.


Recently Scott posted that 2010 was the best year of his life. Too bad we can't say the same for the citizens of Cook County. Glad you advanced your career at our expense, though!


Memo to liberals: Take back your party.


Sarah Palin doesn't scare me. Bill Daley does.

Target Practice
I unfriended an acquaintance on Facebook the other day when he - an aging peacenik - changed his profile to this:


His response when I asked if he wasn't being just a bit hypocritical? "Ya think? Now f#$& off!"


During the 2008 Democratic primary, I noted the irony that in all my years observing and in some cases reporting on politics, I had never run across more vicious supporters of a candidate than Obamaphiles.

Similarly, what I've heard come out of liberals' mouths since then about Sarah Palin pales in comparison to anything I've heard from Tea Partiers.

Nobody I know in progressive circles wanted to hear, though, about incidents like this sexist, racist, hate-filled screed that was virtually ignored by the vast majority of the mainstream media - while even the most innocuous offhand comments were turned into racial slurs against Barack Obama.


The hypnotized never lie.


When it comes to political discourse, be the change you want to see.


Obama as Hitler? Bush was Hitler for eight years!


False equivalencies? That's always what one side accuses the other side of.

Christian Left
That new moment of silence? Brought to you by Democrats.

Richard Doper
Sun-Times publishes column rejected by high school paper.

Gear is Good
One of the most authentic and poignant bands in the history of American music will appear at the Double Door in February. Here's a sneak preview.

Derrick Rose and MLK
In Hoops at the Half.


Also: "Barkley: Rose is the NBA's best point guard."

Brett's Bet
Favre says Packers are best team left in playoffs.

Viriginia Is For Chicago Lovers
"Charlottesville residents have spoken and Chicago is the new preferred destination at Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport (CHO)," C-Ville reports.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Love it.


Posted on January 18, 2011

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