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The Weekend Desk Report

Natasha Julius is taking the day off to attend to maternal matters. She promises to return next week.

"The Chicago Blackhawks aren't about to mourn the end of their streak," AP reports.

"We're proud of it, but it'll be nice to move on now," defenseman Duncan Keith said after the Blackhawks' 6-2 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.

The loss was Chicago's first in regulation this season and ended a remarkable run in which they earned at least one point in their first 24 games, an NHL record.

"It's hockey. We've lost games before in our lives. It's not like we're going to sit here and cry," Keith said.

Well put.

There is something worth crying about in the hockey world, though.

"Stompin' Tom Connors, a Canadian country-folk singer whose odes to the vast country he had roamed as a hitchhiking troubadour - not least his paean to its national obsession in 'The Hockey Song' - earned him renown from the Maritime Provinces to British Columbia, died on Wednesday at his home in Halton Hills, Ontario," the New York Times reports. "He was 77."

We featured the chorus to "The Hockey Song" last month in They Played Hockey At Soldier Field. Here's the full song:


Here's an alternate version:


See also: More of Stompin' Tom's catalogue at this YouTube channel.


Pat Brady vs. James Meeks
"A special Saturday meeting of top Illinois Republicans to debate the fate of state GOP Chairman Pat Brady over his support for same-sex marriage was abruptly canceled after sources said a group pushing for Brady's ouster lacked the necessary votes," the Tribune reports.


"Our family structure will be in serious jeopardy" if Illinois passes same-sex marriage, says the Rev. James Meeks, a former Democratic state representative who has toyed with running for governor, in a robocall I received Friday.


Just like with Rand Paul's filibuster last week, we need to think beyond party lines and come together across all lines to work on issues of common interest and agreement. You cannot do that, though, if you demonize your political opponents and brainwash yourself into strict ideological loyalties. That's how bipartisanship works; it's unreasonable to expect (or even desire) compromise on core principles to "meet in the middle," and the outcome of that approach is often worse than the status quo. But forming alliances and temporary coalitions with people you otherwise disagree with to further goals, well, that's the ticket. In other words, loyalty to party, which is almost always for the (perceived) sake of someone maintaining power, is not only hugely overrated but badly damaging to a democracy.

So when I heard progressives last week dismiss Rand Paul's filibuster as a stunt, I could only reply that they should be ashamed of themselves that it was Paul up there and not a Democrat asking a question that we never had to ask under Reagan, Bush or Nixon.

See also:
* Rand Paul Fights 'Crazy Bastard' Standard For Gitmo
* Rand Paul's Stand Against The Patriot Act
* Is Rand Paul Crazier Than Anyone Else In D.C.?

Meanwhile, a Democratic president whose chief achievements were all lifted from the Republican platform - NAFTA, welfare reform, a horrid crime bill, the disastrous repeal of Glass-Steagall, and now-repudiated signing of the Defense of Marriage Act - is the party's leading light.

Question: How can Democrats hurl epithets at Republicans who believe things that they themselves (like Barack Obama opposing gay marriage based on religious grounds) once believed?



John Brennan is Obama's CIA director.

Yay, Democrats!


Burke's Wicked Folly
Item: Wrigley To Sell Caffeinated Gum.

Item: Ed Burke To Convene Caffeinated Gum Hearings.


That joke works well because it's so possibly not a joke.


Press Release Received This Morning:

The American Association of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAPMD) will be presenting Alderman Edward Burke with the AAPMD Peter Kalantzis Award on March 9.

"The AAPMD is presenting Mr. Burke with the award for his ongoing dedication and awareness efforts in relation to childhood risk factors and health issues," Dr. Michael Gelb, D.D.S., M.S. and President of the AAPMD said.

Alderman Burke recently declared March 9 as AAPMD day. The day was adopted in
efforts to create an intensified awareness of the multiple roles that sleep plays in health and disease.

"We commend this multi-disciplinary group of health professionals for their teamwork in devising medical advances that seek to both promote restorative breathing and ensure healthy sleep," Alderman Burke said.


"The perceived dangers to children posed by often-sugary, much-caffeinated energy drinks resulted in much talk but no action Tuesday during a City Council committee hearing," the Tribune reported last week.

"Ald. Edward Burke, 14th, has proposed banning drinks with at least 180 milligrams of caffeine that also include taurine, an amino acid, or guarana, an Amazonian plant that contains caffeine.

"But like many an attention-drawing Burke proposal, it led to no vote - only an agreement for further discussion - even as it provided work for well-connected lobbyists, attorneys and consultants."

To wit:

"Red Bull hired Mark Fary, the former 12th Ward alderman. The American Beverage Association hired Victor Reyes, onetime political chief for former Mayor Richard M. Daley, and attorney Michael Kasper, a political ally of House Speaker Michael Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. And 7-Eleven Inc. hired Sam Panayotovich, a former state legislator and partner of Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party.

"All four have lobbied the mayor's office and aldermen against Burke's proposal, as well as one by Ald. George Cardenas, 12th, to ban the sale of energy drinks to anyone under age 21, according to city disclosures."


From Mike Royko's Boss:

"Money was there for those who wanted it, and many did. Lobbyists expected to pay for votes. Their generosity was matched by the legislators' greed. If a day passed without profit, some legislators would dream up a 'fetcher' bill. A 'fetcher' bill would, say, require that all railroad tracks in the state be relaid six inches further apart. It would 'fetch' a visit from a lobbyist, bearing a gift."

I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'.


From Ray Long's "Lobbyists Bearing Gifts":

"Throughout the years, stories of solicitations to kill unfavorable bills introduced for just that purpose were common enough to give rise to the name 'fetcher bill,' or the more colorful 'Mae West,' an allusion to the late actress' famous line, 'Why don't you come up and see me some time?'"


Burke may or may not be bringing in campaign contributions to his already flushed fund - which helps him maintain power and influence - by continually concerning himself with much of the council's silly busy work, but his friends are surely benefiting. And that's really the same thing.


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Silly, busy.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "A decade-and-a-half after Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, alt-country pioneer Lucinda Williams is still rocking out. She and the band drop by the Sound Opinions studios for a chat and live performance. Later in the show, Jim and Greg review the steamy new album from pop duo Rhye."


The CAN TV Weekend Viewing Report: CAN TV brings you local, relevant issues from Chicago's neighborhoods and communities. See what's happening around the city in education, the arts, government, cultural events, social services and community activities.

Elephant and Worm TV


Elephant and Worm is a Chicago educational theater that helps children learn to write stories and then brings them to life in this creative, energetic musical show.

Saturday, March 9 at 9:30 a.m. on CAN TV19
2 hr.


Perspectivas Latinas: Modern Hispanic Gentleman


Military veteran Jose Luis Velazquez shares how his experiences and those of other Hispanic men help them achieve success today.

Saturday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
30 min.


Perspectivas Latinas: Chicago Latino Film Festival


Pepe Vargas of the Latino Cultural Center provides a preview of this year's International Latino Film Festival, which starts on April 11 and will bring short and feature-length films by Latino filmmakers to theaters across Chicago.

Saturday, March 9 at 8 p.m. on CAN TV21
30 min.


Perspectives on Reducing Gun Violence


Dr. Harold Pollack and Roseanne Ander of the University of Chicago's Crime Lab discuss what programs that are proving effective and promising in reducing gun violence in Chicago and beyond.

Sunday, March 10 at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr. 30 min.


Eslanda & Black Women's International Solidarity


Award-winning historian Barbara Ransby highlights the large and colorful life of Eslanda Robeson, an anthropologist, journalist, and women's rights advocate.

Sunday, March 10 at 10:30 a.m. on CAN TV21
2 hr.


Second People's Hearing on Police Crimes


Jeff Baker of Stop Police Crimes participates in a public forum addressing police misconduct, including personal testimonies, insights into the impact of abuse on the community at-large, and strategies for preventing police crimes and restoring trust.

Sunday, March 10 at 12:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
2 hr.


S.O.M.: Seniors On the Move


Mz Georgia hosts the Annual S.O.M. White Affair, otherwise known as line dancing with flair.

Sunday, March 10 at 1 p.m. on CAN TV19
1 hr.


Posted on March 9, 2013

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BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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