The [Tuesday] Papers
"The lightning-swift deportation of Elvira Arellano triggered an equally sharp debate Monday about whether her dramatic battle to stay in the U.S. will help or hurt attempts to liberalize immigration laws," the Tribune reports.
And a debate between Sun-Times columnists.
Mark Brown is puzzled by those cheering the deportation.
"If you're of the opinion that Arellano deserved to be sent back to Mexico, then it logically follows that you want all 12 million illegals to return there with her," he writes. "Do you?"
Esther Cepeda is one of those cheering.
"Elvira wasn't 'the face' of the 12 million illegal immigrants she claims to represent - they've been out working every day, unsheltered by the fear of the publicity disaster a church raid would have rained on ICE," she writes. "Those 12 million aren't out flaunting their illegality in people's faces or getting free food, shelter, child care, toys and cash donations delivered to their door daily while they spend their time doing radio interviews and posting protest songs to their MySpace pages."
Frankly, I don't get Cepeda's argument. Arellano indeed was one of those 12 million going to work every day to provide a better life for her herself and her son. She was gainfully employed as a janitor at O'Hare airport when she got swept up in a post-9/11 security sweep. She wasn't "flaunting" her illegality; she fought her deportation.
Apparently Cepeda would have preferred that Arellano would have just gone along quietly. Had Arellano done that, who in her stead would have been the "face" of illegal immigrants? Who is their face now?
One thing Arellano accomplished: We're all talking about her. In other words, we're talking about immigration reform as it concerns an actual human - a single mother who was employed and her son - instead of speaking in sweeping but useless rhetoric.
For whatever reasons, Arellano may not have been "the perfect face" of illegal immigrants, but life doesn't work that way. You can't wait around for the perfect face, and in fact I'd argue that whatever complicating details that surrounded Arellano did make her the perfect face, because people's lives are rarely neat and simple and media-ready. Otherwise this issue wouldn't be so hard.
What? The state wants to prohibit residents from buying alcohol online from outside of Illinois?
What's next, prohibiting buying out-of-town rock and sex online too? This state is really starting to piss me off.
The Fine Print Is Killing Us
* Cruise ship agreements call on customers to resolve any dispute by flying at their own expense to the cruise line's hometown, often Miami.
* Provisions waive the right to trial by jury, or agree to arbitration in a venue unsympathetic to customers.
* A prohibition on criticizing a product, such as in the license to Microsoft's Windows Vista software.
Mouseprint reports on AT&T's fine print:
"AT&T's terms and conditions statement is over 7,700 words!"
" You will be charged for unanswered calls:
Unanswered outgoing calls of 30 seconds or longer incur airtime.
* You could be charged twice for one call.
You may be charged for both an incoming and an outgoing call when incoming calls are routed to voicemail, even if no message is left.
* Seven thousand words of terms and conditions is not enough.
See Wireless Service Agreement for additional conditions and restrictions.
Do we really have to live in a world where everyone is trying to screw everyone else?
She's not going to tell us who, though.
Michael Sneed: Serving the public for longer than we care to remember.
"Alsip police seem to have learned the moral of the story.
"Like the General Lee, Alsip's new squad cars are Hemi-V8 Dodge Chargers.
"With 340 horsepower, bad guys are going to need some serious muscle to outrun the cops in Alsip.
"The Charger cop cruiser races to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds and to 100 mph in 16.2 seconds - 7 seconds faster than a standard, 250 horsepower Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor."
Um, why do cops need muscle cars in Alsip?
Rule 1 of Journalism: Question the premise.
"It was a great evening of entertainment and I thank United Center mogul William Wirtz for having me as one of his guests."
In fact, I would like to thank him in print! And that goes for anyone else who wants to buy me stuff!
The Stella Foster School of Journalism Ethics rolls right along.
"Fourteen years after Maus snagged the LA Times Book Prize for Fiction, fifteen years after it was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special award and TWENTY-ONE YEARS after its first nomination for the National Book Critics Circle Award - Maus II was nominated again in 1992 - the Chicago Tribune reports that some funny-books gots them some actual plots and themes and such.
"One day, I hope that someone at Trib Tower lets me know if some gals like to rock out and play the guitar . . . "
The Beachwood Tip Line: Both bad and nationwide.
Posted on August 21, 2007
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