Archive for March, 2009

How to Win Friends and Influence People

March 14th, 2009 1 comment


It’s true. The best way to get the citizens of Illinois to feel calmer about the prospect of the people around them carrying concealed guns is:

to gather a mob…
holding bright yellow and black signs…
with a giant picture of a pointed handgun…
and capitalized text telling them to accept it NOW!


(And who wrote that caption? “…that would let them people concealed weapons”?)

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Embarrassment for Richies

March 13th, 2009 No comments

Jesus H! Tickets are $75 apiece!


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An Embarrassment of Riches

March 13th, 2009 No comments

So much to choose from, but guess which line made me gasp and dive for the phone.


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All politics is local. All politicians are stupid.

March 12th, 2009 No comments

Some snippets from the article by Kimberly Pohl and Joseph Ryan:

Gary Skoien

Gary Skoien


Palatine Township Republican Committeeman Gary Skoien denies he was with two prostitutes when police say his wife attacked him early Sunday morning.

Skoien, the former Cook County GOP chairman, said he was visiting with two female friends at his Inverness home on the 500 block of Fairway Lane when, according to police accounts, his wife, Eni, became enraged and hit him.

“No money was exchanged. Nobody was naked,” Skoien, 55, said.

According to police accounts, Eni Skoien, a homemaker, discovered her husband and the two women when she came home around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. She told police she became enraged and hit her husband with a closed fist and several times with a toy guitar.

Skoien also said he and his wife have been estranged and living in separate parts of their large home.

[Barrington-Inverness Deputy Police Chief Jerry] Libit said Gary Skoien doesn’t face charges relating to solicitation because of a lack of evidence. The women had left the house by the time police responded. Skoien declined to identify the women.

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Errata and Clarifications Dept.

March 11th, 2009 No comments


The caption for today’s photo was incomplete, due to a printing error. It should have read:

Dennis Blair (left), national intelligence director, joins Lt. Gen. Michael Maples, the Defense Intelligence Agency chief, for a Senate hearing Tuesday on the efficacy of the Electric Slide versus the Hokey Pokey.

We regret the error.

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Chicago Tribune, 3/1/09

March 10th, 2009 No comments


Lou Piniella and Ozzie Guillen share a laugh before Saturday's exhibition, in which the Cubs pounded the Sox 13-0/

Lou Piniella and Ozzie Guillen share a laugh before Saturday's exhibition, in which the Cubs pounded the Sox 13-0. (Phil Velasquez / Tribune Photo)

Noogies, no doubt, followed.

Beetle Redux

March 8th, 2009 1 comment

Comics Page Audience Survey:

Although none may be good, do you prefer A?


Or C?

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Official(ly) Stressed Out… TO THE MAX!

March 8th, 2009 No comments

Perkins added that there was a bright side to the situation. “Now, I have some time to devote to my true calling—babysitting.”

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Who says St. Patrick’s Day is for amateurs?

March 8th, 2009 No comments

Party City - The Discount Party Super Store

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Cathy’s New Direction(s)

March 8th, 2009 No comments



"Cathy" by Cathy Guisewite - 3/8/09

I found today’s “Cathy” interesting for the three new directions that Guisewite is exploring.

1) Irving is as obsessive as Cathy herself.
Irving’s interest in Cathy has always been a mystery to me. It’s clearer now, though, that he sees himself in her. There are still important differences between the two, of course. Irving has a nose.

2) Irving owns a hackintosh.
Although all the programs Irving mentions are from Apple, his laptop does not have the Apple logo on its lid. This may mean that Irving is much more computer-savvy, and much more devious, than we have previously been led to believe.

3) Cathy has taken a job as an escort.
And Irving doesn’t seem to care/notice. Ack, indeed.

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The Ice Queens are back!

March 7th, 2009 No comments

This episode took about eight months to make. Why? Because I had to build all the hardware by hand, using only the finest artisanal chipsets. Damn my perfectionism!

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The Madigan Drag

March 2nd, 2009 No comments

Our new governor is too busy drafting the first realistic budget Illinois has had in at least a decade, so he does not have any time to spend right now addressing the state’s much-needed ethics and campaign finance reforms. Our state legislature does not have such an excuse, however. Their non-action seems all too familiar. Michael Madigan may not have liked Rod Blagojevich, but it was his lack of constituting, legislating, or enacting any meaningful changes that enabled the former governor’s abuses. So far, I’ve heard a bit of “the time is now” and “we must seize this opportunity” talk, but I have seen very little action. We should not let the Madigan Drag keep us mired in the mud.

Any suggestions?