The [Tuesday] Papers
According to the Sun-Times today, Chicago is "putting its best fist forward" and taking "another swing" at proving it can host a big event in its staging of the World Boxing Championships.
Ha ha ha ha ha!
It's so amazing how newspaper people can come up with such clever puns. They're smarter than fifth-graders!
I didn't realize the Sun-Times was actually on the Chicago 2016 Committee. I thought they were just kissing its butt.
Sun-Times "reporter" Andrew Herrmann also declares at the top of his story that "the mess of the [Chicago] marathon" is "behind" the city. Really? Is that your own scientific conclusion, Andy?
While I don't believe the marathon mess will have anything to do with whether Chicago gets the Olympics - at least it shouldn't - it certainly isn't "behind" us. It's very much alive as a stain on the marathon organizers, whose response remains inadequate. You can bet that the marathon mess will be very much alive when next year's race rolls around.
"I thought coming to a big city like Chicago, you'd be stuck up," Aruba boxing coach Jeffrey Nedd told the Sun-Times.
Nope. We're just small-town folk.
And the whole front page? It's not like California is burning and Turkey may invade Iraq. We have boxers here!
The Tribune's Azam Ahmed put the crowd at "at least 1,000."
Ahmed acknowledged that some of those may have "happened to be caught up in the crowd."
I'll say. Wouldn't a thousand people be walking State Street from Monroe to Lake in the ordinary course of business anyway?
I'd also like to know how many people Chicago officials brought in to ensure an audience for a parade of unknown athletes in a sport of highly diminished public interest. I'm betting as many as they could - and that's still not a lot.
Hoof and Mouth
She left out that the traffic jam was caused by closing off State Street and all the cross-streets at State for that stupid boxing parade, which Daley obviously didn't go to, just the ceremony so he could meet and bribe the IOC people there.
- Garry Jaffe
Yuppies Like Us
I suggest they run right to Bruce Springsteen's lyric sheets and think about what he's been saying all these years. Then get back to us.
Rise and Fall
I give even the newest generation of Springsteen fans far more credit than that piece of lunacy.
A) Starks would prefer to endanger us citizens instead.
"These police officers have the potential of becoming targets," Starks said.
Has that ever happened? Can't such a list include the outcome of complaints so we can all see for ourselves which are frivolous and which are substantive?
"You're going to be able to find out personal information about the officers - their phone numbers and addresses," Mark Donahue, Fraternal Order of Police president, said on Friday.
Um, can't that stuff be blacked out?
"Donahue said many of the complaints are 'just allegations.' If the names are released, the public will assume the worst, he said."
I've got news for you, Mark: The public already assumes the worst. The Chicago Police Department has lost the benefit of the doubt and has to earn back the public's trust. It's your own fault. This is the price you pay. Give up the names. We can handle the truth.
Takes One to Know One
Apparently that Iowa knitters club hasn't met recently and there were no campaign press releases to write up.
"But Stroger didn't show up at a special meeting he convened for the bill, and his representatives couldn't adequately answer questions about it, as frustrated county commissioners grumbled and deferred any action."
Maybe he was spending the day with Jennifer Hunter.
That's not just a problem for the publisher of Penthouse - it's also a problem for the readers of Penthouse.
- So-Called Austin Mayor
* Oh my god oh my god oh my god. Radiohead's Rainbows.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Rope a dope.
Posted on October 23, 2007
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