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[25 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

The New York Mets and Citigroup Inc said on Friday the naming rights deal the struggling banking giant has for the baseball team’s new ballpark remains in place.
The 20-year deal, announced two years ago, was reported to be a record $400 million and entailed naming the new stadium Citi Field after it opened in 2009 in the New York borough of Queens, adjacent to the team’s old home, Shea Stadium.
“There is no change in regard to Citi’s commitment to the new ballpark,” Mets spokesman Jay Horowitz said in an email.
Citigroup …

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[25 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Just call him Grandpa Wackadoodle.
Rev. Jeremiah Wright—a former pastor to Barack Obama who drew controversy to the president-elect’s campaign when short clips of his sermons circulated this year—said in a radio interview Monday that he and his family found escape from the death threats and “salivated” media hordes by keeping a sense of humor.
That meant Wright laughed when his granddaughter brought him a New York Times column that labeled him a “wackadoodle.” He and his wife joked about the nickname.

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[25 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

A Review of Rose Keefe’s Crime Bio- The Starker.
Rose Keefe pours on the gas from the first sentence. ‘As Jacob Goldberg rounded the corner of Forty-ninth Street and Madison Avenue, the last person he expected to encounter on the bustling sidewalk was his old partner in crime, Harry Smith. Jacob considered himself to be a hard-working and law-abiding citizen these days, but his teenage years had included some wilder moments, and Harry had been an instigator of most of them. Seeing him now aroused portions of nostalgia and uneasiness.’
Rose …

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[25 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

A Review of Rose Keefe’s Crime Bio- The Starker.
Rose Keefe pours on the gas from the first sentence. ‘As Jacob Goldberg rounded the corner of Forty-ninth Street and Madison Avenue, the last person he expected to encounter on the bustling sidewalk was his old partner in crime, Harry Smith. Jacob considered himself to be a hard-working and law-abiding citizen these days, but his teenage years had included some wilder moments, and Harry had been an instigator of most of them. Seeing him now aroused portions of nostalgia and uneasiness.’
Rose …

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[24 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Word came in the final hour of trading on Friday that President-elect Obama would tap New York Federal Reserve Bank President Timothy Geithner to be his Treasury Secretary. One hour later the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up roughly 500 points.
Part of the spike was due to the removal of uncertainty, but we think part of the gain was also due to who Obama picked. As president at the NY Fed, Geithner is already completely up to speed on the issues surrounding the financial market turmoil rocking …

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[24 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

Among the 49 aldermen who voted in favor of Mayor Daley’s hard-times 2009 budget were a couple dozen who delivered impassioned and often defensive speeches explaining their support. And within this group were a few aldermen who also used the occasion to share a few thoughts about pet issues, from problems with education funding (Sixth Ward alderman Freddrenna Lyle) to the perils of abandoned homes (33rd Ward alderman Richard Mell) to the necessity of firefighters (29th Ward alderman Ike Carothers). But no one made a more vehement, controversial, or interesting …

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[24 Nov 2008 | One Comment | ]

President-elect Barack Obama has yet to attend church services since winning the White House earlier this month, a departure from the example of his two immediate predecessors.
On the three Sundays since his election, Obama has instead used his free time to get in workouts at a Chicago gym.
Asked about the president-elect’s decision to not attend church, a transition aide noted that the Obamas valued their faith experience in Chicago but were concerned about the impact their large retinue may have on other parishioners.
“Because they have a great deal of respect …

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[24 Nov 2008 | No Comment | ]

The Iraq War is over.
Nobody knows what the future will bring, but the civil war has completely ended.
The Iraqi army and police grow stronger by the month, and even the National Police (NP) are gaining a degree of respect and credibility.
Last week, I shed my helmet and body armor and walked in south Baghdad as evening fell. The US soldiers who took me along were from the battle-hardened 10th Mountain Division; about half the platoon were combat veterans from Afghanistan and/or Iraq. Though most were in their 20s, they seemed …

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[24 Nov 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Sarah Palin is not a subliterate, divisive, redbaiting, culturally retarded ignoramus. She just plays one on television.
But the role won her a big following: In a recent poll she led all contenders for the Republican nomination in 2012.
That should be good news for the Democrats, no?
It would lead to the rapid breakup of the Grand Old Party and its reduction to permanent minority status. Unless, of course, the Obama Administration screws up in a major way and destroys its own new coalition of the winning.
Republican success in the Cold War’s …

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[24 Nov 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

Chicago has made many unchallenged public relations claims about Mayor Daley’s much ballyhooed “O’Hare Modernization Program” or “OMP”. But when one looks at the details it is quickly apparent that the public relations claims are mostly “hot air”.
The Aviation Benefit Claims are Bogus!
* The infamous “Western Access” – a one hour bus ride around the airport. Chicago admits that passengers with baggage, who use American Airlines and who park in the western parking lot, will face a one hour bus ride around the airport to get to the American terminal. …