The [Wednesday] Papers
I'd be more impressed by the Sun-Times's gimmick of dedicating its paper today to a wounded Rolling Meadows soldier if the paper apologized at the same time for abdicating its journalistic duty in favor of the kind of war cheerleading that needlessly put him in harm's way. How about a Sun-Times cover with photos of every wounded and killed Illinois soldier with the words "We're Sorry"?
The Tribune also features soldier Bryan Anderson on its front page today; the paper first wrote about Anderson last December.
The best advice anyone could offer Bryan is a warning to not let others use and exploit him.
"We have a lot of good people coming through the system, a lot of good arms, but for the first time in a while we need some more pitching," Jim Hendry said Tuesday.
For the first time in a while? I can't remember when the Cubs didn't need more pitching.
And those good people coming through the system - as good as Ronny Cedeno, Bobby Hill, Hee Sop Choi, Corey Patterson, David Kelton . . . ?
Bill of Rights
It's the Cubs who need to read this, not the Bears.
"Trust me, if the financially strapped Sun-Times owned the Cubs, the team would be down to three outfielders, a pitcher and someone in charge of making sure Barack Obama had good seats."
- Rick Morrissey, "Pay No Mind To Gripes About Paying Soriano"
"Annan Sees U.S. 'Trapped' In Iraq."
And who can say that he's wrong?
Annan also said we should have given weapons inspectors more time to complete their work before the war. We also know now that the French were right. Let's keep score. If you supported the war, you are not allowed to be a pundit for twice as long as the war lasts. You know, accountability.
With David Blaine on to his next stunt, let's reminisce about his last one.
Management by Objectification
"[Sen Kirk. Dillard (R-Hinsdale)] said Duckworth may need to surround herself with strong administrative people becaues she doesn't have experience running a state agency," the Tribune reports.
Wouldn't it be more efficient to hire one of the people Duckworth will have to surround herself with as the director?
"Blagojevich has also faced pointed political criticism over reports that his administration repeatedly circumvented Illinois laws giving military veterans first crack at state jobs . . .
"Duckworth said she was not aware of the reports of hiring violations that may cost veterans jobs."
So that whole birthday check thing just kind of passed her by. But she'll surround herself with people who read the paper.
Todd Stroger plans to surrounds himself with folks who know how to do his job better than he does - like the guy who is under federal investigation and was recently placed on leave because the interim president couldn't figure out exactly what he did for his paycheck.
Todd Stroger: Brought to you by the Democratic Party.
And where did Stroger's new chief of staff work in the Daley administration? The Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. You know, the office that convict Robert Sorich used to direct - as well as three other former directors under federal investigation. Get it?
Why don't we start charging the likes of Robert Sorich with treason? After all, they have effectively seized control of our government - our democracy - and perverted for their own ends.
But if the United States were to invade Chicago, would they be greeted as liberators?
John Kass asks Rahm Emanuel one of the questions Phil Ponce didn't last night in his creampuff interview on Chicago Tonight:
The setup: "[I]f City Hall had not sent Don Tomczak, the corrupt city hall water department boss, to Emanuel's congressional campaign in 2002 - and Tomczak's political army of hundreds of city workers who stumped the precincts with the promise of overtime - then Emanuel wouldn't have narrowly defeated a local grass-roots Democrat
The question: "And all I wanted to know from political operative Emanuel was this: Who sent Tomczak's army?
"Yes, Was it Mayor Daley? Or Billy Daley, or [mayoral brain] Tim Degnan? Who?
"'I don't know.'
"Of course you do.
"That's your question?'"
And a damn good one - the sort of question, as Kass notes, the rest of the media doesn't bother to ask. Rahm didn't answer. But he knows. Of course he knows. He's Rahm Emanuel.
Same As The Old Face
Meet Rahm Emanuel, new face of the Democratic Party.
Emanuel "said he would recommend that Rep. Dan Lipinski be given the slot he covets on the Transportation Committee."
Emanuel is also holding slots for any other Lipinski relatives who need work.
Barack Obama assures Hispanics that his vote for a 700-mile fence on the Mexican border is part of a larger, secret strategy. Kind of like his plan to end the war.
NOTE: You have to put Obama in the search function, it should be the first video top left.
The police department claims crime is down 30 percent in the 234 areas where blue-light cameras are stationed. If Channel 2 would've done some reporting, rather than just stick a microphone, they could have fleshed out the multiple ways in which this figure is absurd.
Covenient Talk Express
John McCain, flip-flopper extraordinaire.
If We Saw It
Are we really glad the O.J. book and interview have been cancelled? I mean, don't you want to see him confess?
Raise and Spend
Who spent more money on their campaign than any other senator? The virtually unopposed Hillary Clinton.
The Book of LIfe
The Beachwood Tip Line: Easy on the gravy.
Posted on November 22, 2006