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-Lurid Crime Tales-
John Kass: "Contest:--You Write Title for Blago Book"
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 jskass@tribune.com, 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?
Posted by: mom || 03/03/2009 09:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How about "The Hope of Audacity"?
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 03/03/2009 12:55 Comments || Top||

#2  "You Can't Do This To ME!"
"Don't You Know Who I Am?
"Just Put The Money On The Dresser"
"I Got Yer Hope Hangin'"
Posted by: mojo || 03/03/2009 15:25 Comments || Top||

#3  All My Friends Are Going To Be Strangers

Posted by: .5MT || 03/03/2009 19:23 Comments || Top||

#4  "Hair -Ver 2.0"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/03/2009 19:51 Comments || Top||

#5  A Pompadour Grows in Chicago
Posted by: djh_usmc || 03/03/2009 21:24 Comments || Top||

#6  "#@!$^&%*&#@!"

Might as well make sure everyone knows Governor Dead Meat Blago wrote the book....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/03/2009 22:50 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
The Memorable Accomplishments of Senator Roland Burris (in his own words)
Click the link to see.

h/t Katherine Mangu-Ward @ Reason Hit & Run.
Posted by: Mike || 03/03/2009 11:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I thought he put all his accomplishments on his tombstone?
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 03/03/2009 12:55 Comments || Top||

#2  By special request, tombstone and urinating dog graphic please.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 13:01 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
"You never want a serious crises to go to waste." Rahm Emanuel
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.

Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 03/03/2009 17:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

Rep. Grace Napolitano Pays Herself $200,000 In Interest On '98 Loan
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.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Now that is a really nice self-stimulus package. Too bad, she probably wont get to enjoy it in prison.
Posted by: Richard of Oregon || 03/03/2009 10:24 Comments || Top||

#2  My package will certainly be stimulated if they throw her fat arss in the slammer.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 10:43 Comments || Top||

Blago signs six-figure book deal
Rod Blagojevich's publicist says the former Illinois governor plans to write book " exposing the dark side of politics."
He'll never live to the see the page proofs ...
Glenn Selig says Blagojevich signed a six-figure deal Monday. Selig says the book also will detail how he selected President Barack Obama's successor in the U.S. Senate.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Blago signs six-figure book deal"

Of course he does.

"He'll never live to the see the page proofs ..."

That's downright optimistic. I don't expect him to live long enough to finish the book. Especially after he names the right wrong name....
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 03/03/2009 0:14 Comments || Top||

#2  What seedy publisher arranged that deal?

I'd like to avoid the rest of their wares.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/03/2009 5:53 Comments || Top||

#3  How does The 'Audacity of Hope Curruption' sound to everyone?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 7:14 Comments || Top||

#4  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 || Top||

#5  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.
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 03/03/2009 17:23 Comments || Top||

Home Front Economy
Bernanke urges bold action to avoid lengthy slump
Translation: "Bold Action" ....same as more good taxpayer dollars chasing bad taxpayer dollars.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/03/2009 12:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6477 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Doing nothing would be "bold" action for this class of clowns.

Posted by: Jack is Back! || 03/03/2009 12:56 Comments || Top||

#2  "Bernanke? BERNANKE?! He still owes me money!"
-- Stripes
Posted by: mojo || 03/03/2009 13:23 Comments || Top||

#3  A lengthy slump is inevitable. The amount of pain & destruction can be somewhat ameliorated.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/03/2009 13:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Cutting corporate, capital gains and income taxes a minimum of 30% would be bold action.

This is just more of the "corporatism" (aka fascism) that the elites crave.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/03/2009 14:30 Comments || Top||

#5  Bold Moves.
Eradicate corporate, capital gains, sales and income taxes.

Regulate the credit part of the currency properly.

Have a Property (Land + IP) Value Tax to prevent rent-seeking.

Get rid of the "welfare" state, and replace with a flat citizens dividend.

Stupid Moves.
Punish Employers, Investors, purchasers and workers with a large fine.

Try to keep a credit bubble inflated.

Keep zombie businesses alive by draining good businesses.

Reward those who do least to help themselves.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles the flatulent || 03/03/2009 16:31 Comments || Top||

#6  Translation: Bold Action - trillions in additional debt.
Posted by: DMFD || 03/03/2009 19:23 Comments || Top||

#7  ...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...
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/03/2009 22:20 Comments || Top||

Freddie Mac CEO Moffett Resigns After Six Months
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.
Posted by: Fred || 03/03/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  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.
Posted by: rammer || 03/03/2009 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  It wouldn't be another tax thingy would it now David?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/03/2009 10:17 Comments || Top||

#3  What if nobody wants his job?
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 03/03/2009 11:45 Comments || Top||

#4  So... does this entitle him to the Franklin Raines severance package?
Posted by: tu3031 || 03/03/2009 14:24 Comments || Top||

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  Lanka cricketers shot up in Lahore
Mon 2009-03-02
  Hariri tribunal gets underway in The Hague
Sun 2009-03-01
  Mighty Pak Army claims famous victory in Bajaur
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  Bangla sepoy mutiny: Mass grave horror stuns nation
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  Bangla: At least 50 feared dead in sepoy mutiny
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  Lanka: Troops enter last Tamil Tiger-controlled town
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  Mulla Omar orders halt to attacks on Pak troops
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  Tamil Tiger planes raid Colombo
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