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[30 Oct 2008 | 6 Comments | ]

To: J. Q. Public, Esq.
From: Executive Search Committee
Re: Chief Executive Officer position
Date: October 30, 2008
Need your immediate input on filling this position. Current executive officeholder due to retire shortly after the start of the new calendar year. Consider this job applicant carefully. Human resources department committee is completely divided on this employment application. Must reach a decision by Tuesday. Consider this report to be confidential. An HR investigator’s comments have been added to the original employment application.
(Post it note attachment):
What is our potential litigation exposure if the applicant is denied …

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[30 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

It may seem a bit odd that an organization dedicated to the public financing of elections would go after McCain, the only candidate who actually decided to take public financing for his campaign. Obama’s explosive fundraising, meanwhile, is being blamed by some for the imminent demise of the system.
But David Donnelly, director of Campaign Money Watch, explained to us a while ago, “Our view is that the current system is broken. Candidates are going to fund their campaigns in whichever way they think will bring them to victory.” For Donnelly, …

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[30 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Anita Moncrief, a former Washington, D.C. staffer for Project Vote, which she described as a sister organization of ACORN, said her supervisor told her the list of campaign contributors came from the Obama campaign. Moncrief said she has a copy of a “development plan” that outlines how Obama contributors who had “maxed out” under federal contribution limits would be targeted to give to Project Vote, and that it was her job to identify such contributors…
An Obama campaign spokeswoman last week had said the campaign has “no ties” to ACORN.
Moncrief, 29, …

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[30 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

This is football country, so let’s use a football analogy: In the closing days of the presidential campaign, Senator Barack Obama has the ball and he’s driving deep into opposing territory. But John McCain is looking for a sack.
Obama has made big gains in his attempts to flip Indiana, North Carolina, Virginia, and Colorado into the Democratic column. His advisers express delight that polls have tightened in Georgia, and that the GOP is now on the defensive even in Montana, where the Republican National Committee is reportedly beginning TV advertising …

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[29 Oct 2008 | 6 Comments | ]

The party I believed in wouldn’t look down on working people under any circumstance. And Joe the Plumber is right. This is the absolutely worst time to raise taxes on anyone: the rich, the middle class, the poor, small businesses and corporations.
Our economy is in the tank for many complicated reasons, especially because people don’t have enough money. So let them keep it. Let businesses keep it so they can create jobs and stay here and weather this storm. And yet, the Democratic ideology remains the same. Our approach to …

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[29 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Some of my conservative colleagues have misinterpreted, I think, the import of Barack Obama’s WBEZ-FM statements on the Constitution-not on the Marxist concept of income redistribution. Obama said correctly the Constitution does not prescribe the means for reparations or reimbursements for what he felt was centuries long injustice by whitey. I interpret what he says as that the civil rights leaders erred grievously by petitioning the courts when the courts had no remedy at hand to employ the radical means of redress Obama wishes for, especially the Marxist idea of …

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[29 Oct 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez personally lobbied Mayor Richard Daley to back a controversial multimillion-dollar development for a campaign contributor who had just lent the congressman $200,000 in a real estate deal, a Tribune investigation has found.
Now the congressman’s unusual gesture of support is under federal scrutiny as authorities investigate how developers overcame city planners’ objections to convert the West Side industrial site into a more profitable residential and commercial development.
Authorities have obtained Gutierrez’s July 7, 2004, letter to Daley—written on U.S. House stationery—as part of their grand jury investigation into …

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[29 Oct 2008 | No Comment | ]

Orders to U.S. factories for big-ticket manufactured goods posted an unexpectedly strong showing in September — the largest gain in three months — on a surge in demand for airplanes and autos, government data showed Wednesday.
The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that orders for durable goods rose by 0.8 percent, surprising economists who had expected a decline. Orders had fallen by 5.5 percent in August, which was the biggest setback in nearly two years.

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[29 Oct 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

Cincinnati gasoline prices down to $1.98/gallon down from $2.87/gallon a year ago.
Chicago hangs in there at $2.58/gallon vs. $2.87/gallon a year ago (and $3.97/gallon a month ago)

Seems like only a month ago, the price of gas was an important story to the media. Of course a month ago, the high price of gas was more beneficial to the Obama campaign.
Perhaps every used their handy tire pressure gauge to implement Sen. Obama’s energy policy freeing us from the perils of drilling for more oil.

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[29 Oct 2008 | 7 Comments | ]

I don’t get it. Why would Neil Steinberg help Mary Mitchell portray a neighborhood (Mount Greenwood) as the last Bunker of the Third Reich, much less Archie?
This summer, Mary Mitchell crafted a story about Mount Greenwood chock full of racists, dogs and armed hostile police – The Mount Greenwood Seven. Trouble is there is no evidence ( no links; no archived columns and accounts) that Mount Greenwood Elementary School was ever under siege by racists for months back in the 1960’s, requiring a deployment of hundreds of Chicago …