Archive for February, 2006

Are you the next Rocker Girl? (I’m not.)

Via today’s Craig’s List:


One Chicagoland woman will be crowned as The Loop Rock Girl and for one year she will live the rock lifestyle in Chicago. She’ll start off with a handsome $50,000 salary and her job duties will include becoming part of the on-air sound of The Loop, hosting The Loop’s website WLUP.COM, attending high profile events and concerts, appearing in station marketing campaigns, and most importantly meeting and hanging out with The Loop’s listeners!



“Advocacy group calls on Cardinal George to resign”

“Do as I say, not as I do.”

From the Trib: “Advocacy group calls on Cardinal George to resign”

Resign? He should be in prison.

“24” Open Thread

“Sometimes a winner is a dreamer who just won’t quit.”
Yes, and sometimes losers are just assholes.

In this week’s episode…

Cops throw a hissy over “Chairman Fred Hampton Way”

City Council’s Transportation Committee voted unanimously to rename a stretch of Monroe “Chairman Fred Hampton Way” after the local Black Panther leader who was killed by Chicago Police on December 4th, 1969 at the age of 21. Unanimously. Despite that, some Chicago cops have their panties in a bunch over naming a street after a man who they say advocated “killing policemen and who took great advantage of the communities he claimed to have been serving”. Harsh. And also, how’s that for the pot calling the kettle? After all, didn’t Chicago cops kill Fred Hampton in an overzealous act of supposed self-defense?

Read more about Fred Hampton on Wikipedia. On a side note, December 4th has already been designated “Fred Hampton Day” in Chicago… and has been since City Council approved the measure in 1990.

Feel Safer?

Yeah I stole the photo from the Sun-Times website. What are they gonna do- call Securitas on me?

The international row over who will manage U.S. ports takes on a local flavor: “Are Metra’s sniffers up to snuff?”

(As a bonus, if you visit the Sun-Times they have a companion story entitled “Nothing found in search of Metra station,” which is ironic if you read the first article. But I digress.)

What’s fascinating is that this article and this incident bring the controversy over the Dubai ports home to Chicago in a real way. How?

Because the same issues at play in the Dubai deal are at play in some form or another in the Metra/Securitas flap.

Oh To Be a Tool

I found this in my junk mail folder a few minutes ago:

Would you be interested in doing a story on your blog about (deleted), Chicago’s only non-profit (deleted) program? We have 50 (deleted)s throughout Chicago and … (blah blah blah blah) … As you can see, our service can really help out a lot of Chicagoans. Please help us get the word out. We really want to help people save money, (blah blah blah blah).

Thank you,

Melissa (last name deleted)

Dear Melissa,

No. No I wouldn’t.


South of North.

From Chicago to Dubai

Photo from Metroblogging Dubai

With several UAE/port deal-related editorials and columns in both the Chicago Tribune and the Sun-Times, I thought now is as good a time as any to remind you to visit Metroblogging Dubai for their take on the controversy. Once you’ve read their take, stick around and learn a bit more about the UAE and Dubai in particular.

Is it totally illogical? Then we love it.

I spent the better part of last week spazzing out at the IHSA (Illinois High School Association), and have come to the conclusion that they have NO IDEA how to throw a good party.

My little brother made the state cut in swimming in 2 events; 1 individual and 1 relay. Our entire family was incredibly excited because he is the first to do that in swimming (and we are all swimmers). My mom warned my sister and I that prelims were on a Friday, and we would need to pay for our own tickets. We both cleared our schedules, and eagerly waited. So you can imagine my surprise when she called me Wednesday morning to let me know we couldn’t go – each swimmer is only allowed 2 tickets to the event.

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