The [Wednesday] Papers
It was a real meeting of the minds on Tuesday when Roland Burris appeared before the Chicago City Council for absolutely no good reason.
"We all know we got issues with the person [who] appointed him and that the process had been tainted," said Ald. Anthony Beale (9th). "But when he chose Roland Burris, he untainted the process."
How? By flying around the world really fast in a counter-clockwise motion?
"No matter how much you may hate and revile a person, you cannot change the law based on whether you like the person using the law," said Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th).
You mean like change the law to provide for a special election instead of an appointment?
"You stood up against an onslaught that, a lot of our knees would have buckled," said Ald. Dick Mell (33rd). "And you did it with dignity."
Like when you wondered in a very dignified way if Senate leaders were blocking you because of your race, and when you said in a very dignified way that God had pre-ordained your seating as a U.S. senator, or when you said in a very dignified way that you were "the magic man," or when you reneged in a very dignified way your previous critical statements about the governor.
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"Are you with me so far?
"That's what Dick Mell, our impeached governor's father-in-law, did when Rod Blagojevich went to Congress. That's how Fritchey got the nod for the seat he holds.
"In other words, committeemen/ward bosses know only one thing about managing elections. It's called Let's Make a Deal."
The political parties have hijacked your democracy. By the time you see a ballot, most decisions have already been made by a small group of insiders.
"Geithner paid most of his past-due taxes shortly after Obama nominated him in November, committee documents show," the Tribune reports.
"Geithner told senators he didn't know he owed those taxes. Likewise, he said he was unaware his part-time housekeeper's work documents were no longer valid during the final three months of her employment."
Geithner then outlined his agenda should his nomination pass muster. First, the United States of America will begin "forgetting" to pay its bills in order to save money. Second, work documents need no longer be valid if everyone is willing to look the other way.
Not so much from the state of Illinois, I notice.
* Contracts involving children's hospitals
"But residents of the proposed Olympics Village area are seeing huge rent increases right now, according to John Bartlett of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization."
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Posted on January 14, 2009
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