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Maybe we should tax the mayor every time he giggles, smirks or otherwise acts like a petulant child. We'd have a surplus in no time.

As heard on the video shown on Chicago Tonight last night of Ald. Ike Carothers' stirring speech about how much hard work it took to defy constituents and vote in favor of the mayor's property tax hike, Mayor Giggles hee-hee'd his way through a 29-21 vote in his favor.

Just before he banged his gavel to make it official, he crowed "The weightlifters win."

At first I thought it was just Olympic fever, but it was really the mayor's cutesy way of endorsing Carothers' cockamamie notion that those voting against the mayor's tax hikes were taking the easy way out because they would still benefit from the additional revenue that would be spent in their wards.

As Cate Plys points out today in her second Open Letter this week to the city council, Carothers (and the mayor) seems to forget that the additional taxes will also be levied in those wards just the same as wards where aldermen voted No. So, you see, everyone will feel the pain.

Of course, the real heavy lifters are the honest citizens paying the freight for City Hall's scandals, police department brutality settlements, and 18 years of massively overdue, overbudget and misguided projects.

And, by the way, the budget that passed (separately from the tax hikes by a 37-13 margin) includes (taxpayer-bankrolled) raises for aldermen (who will now make $104,101) and a $40,000 increase in their office allowances.

Heavy lifting, indeed.

Daley Logic
The mayor accused aldermen who voted against the tax increases but in favor of the budget of playing politics: "Everybody's running for something . . . They're all positioning themselves."

He should know.

"The mayor, who was elected to a sixth term in February, has followed a pattern of proposing tax and fee increases for the budget years immediately following elections in which he and the aldermen have won new four-year terms," the Tribune reports. "Last fall, leading up to the February city election, Daley won unanimous approval of a budget that didn't raise taxes."

And whaddya know?

"Daley and Budget Director Bennett Johnson assured alderman that, now that they've walked the tax plank, they won't have to do it again until after the 2011 election," the Sun-Times reports.


To steal a word from our very own Julia Gray, Mayor Daley is a klassy guy. A role model for the children.


This just in: Audio of the mayor from the council floor.

Our Joyous Future
My kind of church.

Pervez Daley
"Mayor Richard Daley said Tuesday that he has been interviewing candidates for the Chicago police superintendent vacancy, even though a search committee hasn't yet submitted a short list of candidates for him to consider," the Tribune reports.


Shouldn't this be front page news? The mayor is subverting the search process by rendering the committee charged with whittling down the list of candidates moot?

"Among the finalists appears to be Louisville Police Chief Robert White, who told the Louisville mayor that he is on a 'short list' for Chicago's top cop, the Louisville mayor's spokesman confirmed Tuesday."

A) There's a short list?
B) He ain't on it anymore. Loose lips, Robert . . .

"When asked if he was interviewing candidates before the three finalists had been submitted, Daley said, 'I've listened - listened to anyone, look at their resumes, all that."

So he's just listening. There's a short list of candidates he's just listening to, should they drop by his office.

You know, maybe the real news of the day is the fact that the city council voted on the budget in the first place. Daley's probably been collecting the additional taxes for months.

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"When you grow up, your heart dies."

Zell's Bells
Take Sam Zell, for example.

1. His favorite columnist.

2. Why you don't want him owning your local newspaper.

Cardinal Sin
Carol Marin on why Cardinal George is a royal dick.

Onion or Catholic Church?
"Bishop: I Was More Worried About Priest's Drinking; Backed Ordaining McCormack Despite Reports of Sex 'Improprieties'"

Catholic Church.

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Googley Oogley
"At Google, the sensibility is more nuanced [than Microsoft], they say. 'It isn't considered Googley to check the stock price,' said an engineer, using the Google jargon for what is acceptable in the company's culture. As a result, there is a bold insistence, at least on the surface, that the stock price does not matter, said the engineer, who did not want to be named because it is considered unseemly to discuss the price . . .

"It's very clear that people are taking nicer vacations, said one Google engineer, who asked not to be identified because it is also not Googley to talk about personal fortunes at the company. "


New Google employees are called Nooglers.

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"Dear Steve Rhodes,

"Your Postal Store order has been carefully packaged and shipped Priority Mail to your destination."

Um, yeah. I got it last week.

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Posted on November 14, 2007

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