Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Blogger Reversals

On Sunday, the Chicago Tribune ran a series of "critical reversals," where some arts and entertainment hacks changed their minds about something they either panned or proclaimed the second coming of the Beatles. Or they simply admitted they were wrong.

Good idea. Hindsight is indeed 20/20, and so, starting today, I'd like to present a few opinions I'd like to clarify.
  1. When Todd "the Stooge" Stroger was crowned his father's successor, I remember thinking, "Who gives a shit about the Cook County Board President anyway?" Just a couple of weeks after Stoger's election over Tony Peraica, every time I see that incompetent asshole renege on a campaign promise or say something stupid, I really really wish I hadn't turned on the news. I blame myself. No more local TV news for me.

7 Comments:

Blogger Christian Hartwig said...

That’s nothing. Check out what Cook County Board President Bobbie Steele did.
“During a Thanksgiving Day interview, Steele -- who also is a county commissioner -- said she'll be stepping down from her County Board seat shortly before surrendering her board presidency Dec. 4.
And, she said, she wants her son -- Robert Steele -- appointed to her commissioner's post.” (Sun-Times)
So not only will she now be pulling in three pensions (commissioner, board, teacher—approaching $200,000?) but she deliberately mislead voters to reelect her so that she could appoint her son and, as if things couldn’t get more corrupt, she might take paid consulting positions for Stroger.
Isn’t there a bumper sticker somewhere that says: “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.”?

8:30 PM  
Blogger ap said...

Gee, thanks Christian. Let me clarify my clarification: I will never again watch local news. I will never again read the Sun-Times. And I will never again read comments from people trying to inform me.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Christian Hartwig said...

Liar, liar, blog on fire

8:23 PM  
Blogger George Schmidt said...

Whitening requires de-blackening. During the 1960s, people used to say, "Urban renewal is Negro removal" (back when "Negro" was still used). Nowadays, the removal of poor and working class black people is "reform" (as in "school", "welfare" and "housing"). Check it out!

I've been spending a lot of time lately on the South Side (esp., "Bronzeville") documenting the decline in public housing and affordable housing for poor and working class people. This is also a documentatiion of the increase in expensive condo and townhouse development, lucrative to both politicians and politically connected developers, and the expansion of charter schools in Chicago.

Generally, "housing reform" and "welfare reform" have been used to push out poor black families. Then "school reform" is closing their public schools and replacing them with charter schools with admissions requirements. This part of reform requires that the public school buiding be fixed up at public expense, then given away to the private operators. This used to be called racism, but nowadays it's "reform."

Anyone who cares to look at it in the face should walk around the area of 39th and Lake Park (and Cottage Grove), where the Ida B. Wells housing projects (dating back to the New Deal) used to stand.

That area is now "the Arches of Oakwood Shores" (I couldn't make this stuff up) and some other hyped developments, with townhouses and condos starting at $200,000 per unit. The land was cleared ("housing reform") at public expense, then given away. Subsidizing the gentrification of that area, the Duncan administration at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) dutifully shuts down public schools (using whatever pretext comes to mind, from academic "failure" based on test scores -- they are now calling it "underperformance" -- to "underutilization") then gives the school building away to a charter school developer. Check out the Donoghue Elementary School at Lake Park and 38th St., across from "Oakwood Shores." Donoghue once served Ida B. Wells and Maddon Park Homes. Now it's the University of Chicago charter school (north).

This stuff is not limited to "Bronzeville." For three years, the Board of Education has kept Near North Career Magnet High School (at Ogden and Larabee, adjacent to what was once Cabrini Green) closed pending the liquidation sale so the land can be given away to politically connected developers. Trouble with this scam is, most of the other high schools on the north side are overcrowded (with increasing demand on Payton to open more seats, too, despite its limited size).

Out on the west side, Michael Scott, former privatization chief at both the Chicago Park District and Chicago Board of Education, is now a developer, looking to make his second million dollars quickly. Two weeks ago, the Board of Education gave away the Collins High School building (1313 S. Sacramento, in Douglas Park) to a charter high school ("North Lawndale College Prep") that Scott's been touting, and voted to open another charter a mile to the west, in the old Sears power house.

Don't count on reading any of this, let alone an analysis, in the Tribune or Sun-Times. Their editors think it's a great idea, and at both papers the reporters are told to write the "news" that fits.

9:26 AM  
Blogger Third Generation Chicago Native said...

Todd Stroger is something else. I just don't know how he is getting away with all he does.

1:35 PM  
Anonymous peraica is a K-ass said...

Tony Prickraica would brownnose Al Sharpton, That freaking coward & Jesse Jackass Jr. Sick freaking freak. Freaking degenerate Log Cabin-In-Denial twerp.

9:04 AM  
Blogger Green Man said...

Keep watchin keep gettin mad. At least you don't have to see former Mayor Eugene Sawyers former Mayoral Aid Steve Cokeley's Aids Infected, toothless,knocked the fuck out looking, kiddy skirt chasing gym shoe wearing,funky stupid, no Rogain buying,nappy weave wearing face in City Hall any more. As for me I bet you know who I am. I'll give you a clue. There's only one hill, one path,they call me The Evil One in the aftermath. Act right fools I'm Watchin, Ha,ha,ha,damn Steve and That big Black Trannie got they're ass beat.

4:29 PM  

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