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The [Wednesday] Papers

"What is the sound of Dead Meat?" John Kass writes today. "The sound of silence."


Rod Blagojevich could still change his mind - maybe this is all for show, with the courageous governor just dying to put his hand on that Bible and explain those tapes - but if he doesn't testify, he'll lose what's left of his credibility with what's left of his base: reality show producers and cable news pundits.


"During preparations with his own lawyers and others, Blagojevich showed signs that he would have trouble answering questions clearly and succinctly and might not be able to withstand what is expected to be a withering cross examination, sources said," the Sun-Times reports. "The defense also took into account the possibility that the government, which put on a quick case after only six weeks, had rebuttal witnesses ready, potentially including convicted businessman Tony Rezko."


So much for all those Secret Service preparations to bring in Rahm & Co. from Washington. If the defense rests, so does the White House.


"Now I'm not just here talking the talk, I'm gonna walk the walk, which is right up to the witness stand. And when I take the stand and I testify and I swear on the Holy Bible to tell the truth, I expect, and far more importantly than that, I think, the people of Illinois expect and they deserve that the government does the same."

From Dying To Talk: The Rod Blagojevich Collection.


"Jesse Jackson Jr. may be doing backflips, somersaults and handstands today because the defense of Rod Blagojevich may rest without calling a single witness," Phil Kadner writes this morning.

"Jackson has not been charged with any crime, and he was not a prosecution witness. However, he had been subpoenaed to testify for the defense - meaning he would have undergone a brutal and likely revealing cross-examination by prosecutors about his role in the plan to buy the Senate seat."


There's a certain oldtime newsreel feel to some of these AP video reports.


Daley Won't Testify Either
Al Sanchez trial winds down without much notice.

That's G!
Alexi G feeling confident enough now to start insulting us.

We've Got Ricketts
Speaking of insulting us . . .

If Daley Managed The Cubs
Feel free to add your own.


If These People Managed The Cubs.

Looking Back At Lou
Beachwood Sports Audio after Lou Piniella was hired. We called this one . . .


Pitchfork Looking For Writers
Be prepared to name your 10 favorite tracks of the year.

More Postcards From Pitchfork
We continue our review of the reviews and accompanying video highlights.

On The Down Low
Yes, that Juan Uribe. And that Aramis Ramirez.

Color Code
"Although Lincolnwood leaders considered adding land on the west and southeast to the proposed Purple Hotel tax increment finance district, they decided to focus only on the hotel site at this time," the Lincolnwood Review reports.

Harold the Mayor signed the deal in crayon.


Hey, it's not easy being clever this early in the morning.

Black Humor
Depression May Increase Chances of Getting Alzheimer's.

Would you forget about your troubles then?


The Beachwood Tip Line: Your antidote for the blues.


Posted on July 21, 2010

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TV - Sundays With The Military-Industrial Complex.
POLITICS - Private Equity In The ER.
SPORTS - Suspicious Betting Trends In Soccer.

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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