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Thursday, February 8, 2007

WTTW, PBS & John Edwards, Shakespeare's Sister, Pandagon - Thursday, February 8, 2007

Thursday, February 8, 2007
2:38 p.m.

edit (3:42 p.m.) big news: Anna Nicole Smith dies Also see USA Today.

Luckily, the snow has not continued, and it was so cold that it has not stuck. The streets are clear, and getting to my corner has not been difficult. The rushing from here to there is odd as always, watching people try to race walk. Cold is cold, and when it is cold, people hurry. Why don't they run? I do. Walking just keeps me cold longer.

Might be their skin doesn't freeze when mine does.

The News
Blogs are in the news. I was pleased to learn of several important Chicago area blogs (see links on right), including which looks at what people say on the CTA. A story on WTTW (PBS Chicago) highlighted them in a quick roundtable. I did not know about them until the show.

CTA Tattler: Seen and heard on the Chicago Transit Authority
Gapers Block: Information on news and events around Chicago

Politician John Edwards made news when bloggers (Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare's Sister) who work for him said things some people consider naugthy about Catholics. In my business, people expect an attitude. I looked at the blogs in question, and those girls have attitude and are surrounded by agreement. It looks like a blog where only people who already like them read. It looks like they think Amanda Marcotte of Pandagon and Melissa McEwan of Shakespeare's Sister are making a stand.

That's the kind of people who work for politics rather than becoming the leaders themselves. Edwards is smoother, and looks like he'll settle the noise. If they jeopardize his campaign, he'll drop them faster than you can say, 'Mayor Daley'. If everything is kosher, he'll keep them and look better for it.

Which reminds me, in Chicago, yakking backmouth about Catholics is a dangerous thing. When half of everybody is Catholic, no matter what they believe, taking pot shots at them is like flipping off a cop. That's not politics; that's personal. It isn't right. There's aren't enough bloggers, I say, who can disagree and be nice about it.

Pandagon & Shakespeare's Sister Against Catholics? John Edwards Staffers' Offense (or Not?)

I don't care, really. Edwards and those girls aren't selling papers for me. That's why I'm not a Democrat. I'm not a Republican either. Newspaper hawkers are the ones out in the cold trying to make ends meet while Washington D.C. staffers discuss the poor in warm offices and drinking $2.00 lattes.

I vote for people who do things. Jimmy Carter still does things. Maybe he gives money, but he puts his muscle to work too. Don't just donate. If you believe it, do it. Jimmy's a hero to me. (For the record, I believe he is not antiSemitic, but that his book [Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid] needed a better editing job. He is a pacifist).

Jimmy Carter and Habitat for Humanity

Was it Jane Byrne who went and lived in Cabrini-Green projects? I think so. She was mayor here for a while. Now that's doing something. The projects are a tough mess, and if you don't live there, you don't feel the fear, mediocrity and lack of hope. It is a bigger deal than having food stamps, running water and air conditioning. That's why almost everyone who is born there dies there.

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