Who the heck would ever plunk good money down to read a book titled "The Governor" by Rod Blagojevich?
That's the working title of Blagojevich's planned book, but it's a terrible title. That's why you readers are being enlisted to come up with a juicy, compelling title for our former Gov. Dead Meat's tell-all book, which was announced Monday.
If your title wins, you'll get a prize, and I mean a real prize this time, something tangible.
Because I'm writing the column, I get to go first. So how about this one:
"Et Tu, DeLeo?"
That's a reference to Blagojevich's former close friend, the former shadow governor of Illinois, state Sen. James DeLeo (D-How You Doin?), who abandoned Dead Meat and voted to remove him from office after all the good times they had.
But at least Jimmy held a pre-impeachment fundraiser for Dead Meat at the Oak Brook mansion of developer Ron Scarlato, according to a report in the Sun-Times. But the report didn't mention all the guys who showed up, including Melrose Park royalty. Melrose Park became Mafia Junction after King Richard Daley I uprooted Little Italy to make room for the University of Illinois at Chicago
So just send your Blago book title to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and the winner will receive a great prize, a fantastic prize, a marvelous prize.
I'm sure you'll come up with a better title than mine, although many good and bad ideas are already circulating at the Tribune, including "Impeach This!" and "Read This Book, It's [Bleeping] Golden!" sent to me by Tribune reporter Rex Huppke. Sadly, employees of the Tribune and their immediate families are prohibited from winning the prize.
I don't have the prize yet, but it will either be meat-related, in honor of Dead Meat's dead meat, perhaps a beef tongue or a lamb's heart or maybe some veal shanks for osso bucco. Or, better yet, how about a couple of tickets to the smash hit play about Chicago politics and the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, "Hizzoner," starring the great character actor and my good friend Neil Giuntoli?
No one should be surprised at what the Obama Administration is doing, Rahm Emanuel laid it out clearly in November. Wall Street votes every day and they are voting "No Confidence" in this Administration.
The Democrats campaigned to take over the reins of the majority in Congress by promising to ''drain the swamp'' of a ''culture of corruption'' by the Republican Party. Examples of Democratic corruption or self-dealing go largely unnoticed. For two weeks now, the national media has ignored a Los Angeles Times report that Rep. Grace Napolitano has paid herself more than $150,000 in interest on $150,000 she loaned herself in her initial 1998 House campaign.
Enter your title in John Kass' contest, B. You just might have a winnah. ;-p
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut ||
03/03/2009 16:26 Comments ||
Words fail... well, not me, since I am a writer and words are my stock in trade.
See, this is why traditional, old-line publishing is spinning towards the drain, just as the old-line MSM is. They would rather hand out the sweetheart book contracts to scum like Blago, and other temporarily notorious POS, and to million-selling authors whose next book is a clone of their last one. To them what have, more shall be given. Them as what haves not can go pound sand, while their manuscripts languish in the slush pile.
Whereas aspiring scribblers like myself can publish through outlets like LuLu, iUniverse, Booksurge and Booklocker, and pretty much do all the work themselves, scum like Blago go whistling on their way with a six-figure check in their pocket. And yeah, I'd like to know who the publisher is also, so I can abstain from buying anything of theirs.
BTW, I will be participating in an on-line book-club (link here - the Conference Room is "Let's Read Historical Novels") tonight at 8PM Central for "The Gathering" - Book One of Adelsverein Trilogy, or as one of the fans put it "Barsetshire with cypress trees and lots of sidearms. I know a couple of Rantburgundians have read it, so join in, y'all.
...Consolidation of power in Washington and centralized control of the U.S. More globalization. More taxes. Ceding authority of the U.S. to groups like the U.N. More money for global warming. A sharp left turn towards socialism and communism and ecofacism...
Freddie Mac Chief Executive Officer David Moffett resigned, six months after being tapped by regulators to lead the mortgage finance-company through its government-run conservatorship. Moffett, 57, "indicated that he wants to return to a role in the financial-services sector," and the company will name an interim CEO before March 13, McLean, Virginia-based Freddie said in a statement today.
I guess that 500k and no bonus thing sort of sucks. Time for a change. Family and stuff. Bet you can buy the whole thing next year with your new company from some dipshit who takes over your job next week.
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.