Sad News !!!...Jim Bowman


I'm sorry you're getting the mail from me at this Point in time,my family and I came down here to Manila, (Philippines), for a short vacation unfortunately we were mugged at the park of the hotel we stayed,all cash credit cards and cell were stolen off  but luckily for us we still have our passports with us.


I have been to the embassy and the Police here but they're not helping issues at all and our flight leaves pretty soon from now but we're having problems settling the hotel bills and the hotel manager won't let us leave until we settle the bills.Please be so kind to reply back so I can tell you what to do and how to get some cash to us.


I'm freaked out at the moment



Jim Bowman 
Oak Park, IL 


hi Blog

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Roeser fingered by George

My irritation with Cardinal George is turning toward contempt in view of this incredibly nasty ploy:

--- On Thu, 4/1/10, Tom Roeser <thomasfroeser@sbcglobal.net> wrote:

From: Tom Roeser <thomasfroeser@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: TomRoeser.com ::
To: jimbowman@ameritech.net
Date: Thursday, April 1, 2010, 5:20 AM

Tom Roeser

TomRoeser.com ::

Personal Aside: "We Have a Letter from the Cardinal Today." Hey, it's About Me!

Posted: 31 Mar 2010 06:44 AM PDT

             Wednesday in Holy Week.*                   
                           A Letter About Me…but Not To Me.  
         Every Catholic who goes regularly to Sunday Mass knows that every so often after the priest reads the gospel and begins to shuffle through announcements there'll be a letter from the boss. 
          So the celebrant will say,  
        "Uh, today we have a letter from His Eminence Francis Cardinal George."  
       It's usually calling attention to some charity or other worthwhile thing.  Ah but today I have a letter from His Eminence Francis Cardinal George.  I have it but it was not sent to me. But it's about me. It's a letter he has taken the time to send to every advisory committee member of Catholic Citizens of Illinois (of which I'm chairman)—but interestingly enough not me…although it's all about me.  Text of his letter is below. 
          The Cardinal objects to my writing and wants me to either shut up or be forced to shut up. To which I say that's tough. 
       My writing is done here on this blog, is picked up sometimes in The Chicago Daily Observer and in addition I write a weekly column for The Wanderer, the oldest national Catholic newspaper in the United States and write material that I use on a radio station in this city where I question Republicans and Democrats on current public affairs issues. 
          During my corporate career as a Quaker Oats vice president I had freedom of expression from two CEOs and the board to contribute Op Eds and go on the radio to discuss public issues with the qualification that my corporate identification not be referred to.  The media respected this and for 27 years there was no problem.    
         With this as background, understand: I am not under sanction to Cardinal George and will not be silenced by him.   He's tried to do this once before—as has the lay chancellor of this archdiocese…and it hasn't worked.  
        Nor will it in the future. 
       Nothing I write is in the name of Catholic Citizens of Illinois (except a fund-raising letter for it once a year)…and my views do not reflect to the slightest degree that organization. Catholic Citizens, by the way, is not an arm or an adjunct in any sense of the Archdiocese or to him.   Those who founded it with me…and I guess I'm the only original survivor extant now… insisted that it follow strict observance of the magisterium of the Church but in no  way reports to, is funded by, or beholden for its positions to the archdiocese.  
      We structured it that way purposely so it is independent of the archdiocese while being fully authenticist in support of the teachings of the  Church.  Since Cardinal George has been here, our officers were hassled and hauled down to the Chancery…sometimes singly sometimes as a group… purportedly to get rid of me (this while I was hospitalized:nice going).  Nice try; a cowardly try—but it didn't work.   
          Any hope that I will be intimidated by tactics that involved calling around to my Catholic friends…which happened earlier…to get me to shut up or resign as chairman or get my board to fire me… has been and will be fruitless.   
           I am also, by the way, Chairman of the City Club of Chicago.  In like manner, anything I write here or anywhere else has nothing to do with the City Club of Chicago.  Interestingly enough, I was critical of the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin at times…but we got along.  He could tolerate dissent and the free, robust exchange of ideas.  Those times have passed, unfortunately. 
           Again: I can't repeat it enough.  
           What the Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago wants to do is to get the board of directors and advisory committee of Catholic Citizens of Illinois to shut me up knowing full well that what I write are my own views solely. Catholic Citizens have nothing to do with it.  It's my views he doesn't like and wants to squelch.  Catholic Citizens is only a dodge. 
       This goes by an ugly word—but the only word that fits: censorship, dissent removal, gag action… by one—and/or ones… who don't understand the 1st amendment,  free speech or dissent. 
           His Eminence's petulance doesn't scare me. Frankly, if I were to be scared it would have been 40 years ago when I was then aged 41 and the father of four children…fired as an assistant commerce secretary summarily by Richard Nixon who was displeased when I pointed out that in my view the conferring of subsidies to minority businesses in the way I was directed to do it carried a political quid pro quo which I didn't want any part of…nor did I intend to become the goat ala John Dean…nor did I want to use public  relations techniques of  dickering with government funds for political purposes.   The man who warned me about the dangers was, coincidentally, Jackie Robinson who was a business executive…a Republican…and sensitive to possible conflict of interest.  
           When you're a sub-cabinet officer and you're canned publicly for "insubordination" by a sitting president you endure the social ostracism equivalent of having your epaulets and buttons jerked off by your boss, your sword broken over his knee and tossed onto the parade ground.    
         So after that, merely having a letter circulated about me behind my back with the attempt to be remonstrated, cajoled and socially coerced into shutting up doesn't cut any ice with me.    That's an indecorous way of putting it but that's the way it is. 
          But all the same, I'm appalled that it's immaterial to him that these tactics are employed since I am and have been a journalist and commentator in one way or another since 1953.  It's hard to believe that a somewhat sophisticated man, a former university professor, wants me to either shut up, agree to be silenced or by intimidation… be shut up. 
                                         Text of the Letter.  
           Now that I have that off my chest…take a look at his letter to the board and advisory committee of Catholic Citizens of Illinois, a copy of was not sent to me but which was forwarded to me by a recipient: 
            Dear Mr ______, 
           I write to you because you are a member of the Advisory Board of Catholic Citizens of Illinois whose chairman is Mr. Thomas F. Roeser. 
         Mr. Roeser has taken in recent years to writing essays that are filled with factual errors and misrepresentations about events in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  His writing about both clerical and lay officials of the Archdiocese are also personally insulting and filled with contempt.  At times when the Pope or the bishops' teachings or activities do not conform in every detail to his political convictions, he descends to hate mongering. I've included a recent example for your consideration. 
         Would it be possible for you to use your role as advisor to Catholic Citizens of Illinois to put an end to the hate literature produced by the Chairman?  Thank you. [Emphasis mine]. 
                                                  Sincerely yours in Christ,
                                                  Francis Cardinal George OMI
                                                 Archbishop of Chicago. 
           See what I mean?  
           He encloses articles written by me for this blog which have no reference whatsoever to Catholic Citizens of Illinois. To read all my articles, you merely have to scroll down this blog.  
         Hate literature? Give me a break.  Read it for yourself.  
       I have said Benedict XVI is my pope but has some cleaning up to do.  I have not denounced the Cardinal in any theological way but criticized his allowing functionaries…as described in the nonpartisan Internet publication Politico…to virtually guarantee Church support for ObamaCare if the abortion issue is fixed.  I have said he seems politically na├»ve to imagine that social justice means ever-more accumulation of government control and higher taxes.   I delved into history, describing Msgr. Jack Egan as a close soul-mate of Saul Alinsky.  That's been proven. I described my own meetings with Jack and Andrew Young a close friend of mine. A toast that Jack made at a Quaker Oats reception that was in error.  I said unfortunately I don't believe someone who has been cloistered in an religious order since early age is an expert on working people's problems.  Hate speech, is it? 
         Hate speech?   
         If the Cardinal wants to get rid of hate speech he'd have long ago silenced Rev. Michael Pfleger, a good buddy of Louis Farrakhan who has spoken during Mass at St. Sabina's and who has called Judaism a "gutter religion."  Instead the archdiocese will reward Pfleger with a tribute to his work for…ahem…the cause of "social justice."  This award for one who shouted before a storeowner's place of business "come out or we'll drag you out like a rat!"  
          What have I written recently on this blog?  
         The latest has to do with the pedophilia crisis facing the Church and the Pope.  I balanced it as well I could citing the divergent differences between the Pope's infallibility or faith and morals and his human failings that all of us are heir to—as well as the fact that some people confuse infallibility with impeccability…impeccability which no one has but God.  
         Continue scrolling and you'll find that I praise the cardinal's statement as president  of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for opposing the Senate's failure to include Hyde amendment language in ObamaCare…but…and this is where I evidently anger him…for implying seriously…confirmed by news reports… that ObamaCare could have been supported by the bishops if the Hyde language were included.  His spokesman denied this when the story came out but his official statement all but confirms it.  
           To me, the Catholic bishops of the United States and their hired emissaries had no right…nor have no right… to commit Catholic  support of a monstrosity like ObamaCare even if pro-life safeguards were guaranteed…under the false rubric of "social justice." Other alternative legislation including bills introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) ignored by him as USCCB president means they have been summarily dismissed from consideration.  
            His statement in the letter that in my writings I indulge in  hate mongering when the Pope and bishops do not support my views is…frankly…a falsehood—and he knows it to be such. If I am blunt…and I am…that's how I have chosen to live my life.   
            There you have it.  Scroll down and read away.  
          *: Wednesday in Holy Week. Judas goes to the chief priest and says "What will you give to me and I will deliver Him to you?"  Betrayal has been endemic throughout the history of the world but this episode has many ramifications. Judas thought he had the best of both worlds…a supporter of Christ who felt as the Apostles' treasurer that perfumes and oils poured on His feet would be better served given to the poor.  A true liberal position. Then as a humanitarian Judas would betray One who is not sufficiently filled with concern for the poor.  But it didn't work and in desperation, consumed with the sin of despair, Judas hanged himself. 
          Compare it to the Judas Goat Bart Stupak who delivered a handful of pro-life Democratic representatives to Pelosi and Emanuel.  Stupak already was certified as a hero of pro-life to have tied up its passage ostensibly for principle. Now he was going to tie up his reelection by joining pro-lifers who would be, he imagined, assuaged by his securing an Executive Order ostensibly to defend life with those pro-aborts and liberals who would cheer him for voting their way.  A brilliant three-cushion shot he thought! Not so. Stupak lost endorsement for his reelection by Right to Lifers who promise a tough Republican pro-life opponent for November.   
        Concurrently, NARAL, Planned Parenthood and NOW have sought a tough Democratic opponent for him in the August 2 Democratic primary. Result: If Stupak isn't knocked off by his own supposed pro-abort allies whose representatives gave him the equivalent of 30 pieces of silver, he will likely be defeated in the general by a populace sickened with his deceit.


Wuxtry. Chi Trib head and historic reform

"Historic reforms pass House," shouts today's Chi Trib hard copy front page main headline, and the picture next to it is of Rep. Barney Frank, D.-Mass. (he who stood and watched while Fannie Mae went down the drain), who is quoted in a cutline (but not in the story) beneath his and Pelosi's and another guy's pic (in which neither P. nor other guy is identified): "If a company fails [unless it's Fannie Mae], it will be put to death," says B. Frank

The jump page head is "House passes major reforms for Wall Street."

Does all that sound like something good, or does it?

Meanwhile, the Trib web site, with its House passes largest expansion of financial regulations since Depression, is pleasantly less exuberant as to head, and for the same story trumpeted in hard copy as above.

I'd found myself irked by the writer, Jim Puzzanghera, but after reading the story and reminding myself that he doesn't do heads, I took back my irkedness, giving the working stiff in Wash. the benefit of a doubt.  Seeing how the story progressed from yesterday's early filing, also on the web, as in House Passes Sweeping New Rules for Financial System, Tough Fight Ahead in Senate -- without the hot-damn, good-news element of hard-copy copy editors' excitement, ginned by news editors' misplaced eagerness, probably to please some ga-ga-for-"reform" managing or more highly placed editor, but I take back

Tough fight ahead in Senate is more like it, to be sure, not because the bill is bad, which it almost certainly is, but because reality demands perspective, and the Senate is really real in this situation.

But that hard-copy "historic reforms"?  It's not in a class with announcing V-J Day or even Sox winning the pennant, but maybe with dreamed city budget coming up black in the wake of historic newly realized governmental efficiency at Streets and San?  Calling it a reform is to beg the question, i.e. dodge it, and makes the paper look silly.

I had to turn over the front page on the dining room table, so as not to be distracted from important things such as reading and writing books.

Not to let working-stiff reporter off the hook entirely, with his bill that "would create a powerful agency to protect consumers . . . "  Would presumably or even, I would use it reluctantly, allegedly protect them.  He lost his distance there.  

Later, it's House Dems saying it would reverse "lax oversight" under Bush, which I'm sure they are saying, and working stiff can't insert the Frank-Fannie Mae laxity here, but I the reader do insert it mentally.  But I insert lots of things mentally as I read noosepapers, and anything else, for that matter.  It's the hyperactivity of a mind overflowing with lots of unorganized, undigested stuff.  It's why I write, to bring some order out of the chaos.

No health bill in our stockings?

Doubts grow over Senate's Christmas deadline for health bill - TheHill.com

I'm glad to hear it, and not because I'm a bad Christian, as Joan M., an old (former) friend told me on OP Ave. some weeks back. I should read the gospels, she told me, convinced that Jesus would vote for this horrendous invasion of the private lives of Americans.

I would like to say I have asked Jesus and he said to stay my course of obstructionism, but I didn't ask him, because I already know what he would say, and it wouldn't be to "hire Ara" Parseghian (the fabulously successful Notre Dame coach), as the Virgin is said by waggish people to have told the Fatima visionaries in a secret message.  I'm sworn to secrecy in any case.

 In any case too, I'm with the majority, 51% per Rasmussen, and looking across the near-impassible divide at my former friend Joan, among the 41% who like the idea -- up from 38% just before Thanksgiving, by the way, its lowest ever.

Which, "followed by two weeks at 41%,"
marks the lowest extended period of support for the plan yet. With the exception of a few days following nationally televised presidential appeals for the legislation, the number of voters opposed to the plan has always exceeded the number who favor it.
 So what? They know what's good for us and may even have an inside track to what Jesus would say, though I doubt it.


Sayonara, Blogger

Parting is sweet sorrow, as we know. But henceforward, go to my new WordPress site, for the excellent content to which you have become accustomed in a new, delightful format — much easier to use and more reliable. Enough of Blogger, first of the free blog sites. WordPress is free too, by the way. On, therefore, to http://blithespirit.wordpress.com/


Who will check on the checkers?

George Polk, of Polk Award fame, lied, says WW2 historian Richard Frank.  What’s more, Frank can’t get his story published.  Not good, folks:

Frank's article casts light not only in the dark corners of George Polk's career, but also in the dark corners of journalism today.


Tribune Moves Closer To a Corporate Rewrite - WSJ.com

The cavalry has not arrived:
"if this auction ends as many expect, Tribune will have to self-inflict the kinds of harsh changes that normally come from an outside buyer. That will mean even steeper cost cutting and asset sales." [uh-oh]
"Tribune's fate is all in the Chicago family. Sam Zell, a Windy City real-estate mogul, and the Chandlers are still circling Tribune, though any chance of either party making a successful offer is unlikely." [not new]
"one possibility is that the McCormick Tribune Foundation -- Tribune's second-largest shareholder behind the Chandler family -- would help buy out part of the Chandlers' stake in the company." [ditto]
On the other hand, "It is hard to see how buying up more newspaper stock is good for the McCormick Tribune Foundation. If most shareholders are trying to get out of the newspaper business, why wouldn't the McCormick Tribune Foundation want the same?" [uh-oh]
Thus Sarah Ellison at Wall St. Jnl.


Soft lede murders story, reader interest, read all about it

Rozek and Warmbir give us a marvelous lede in early-on story played big in today’s Sun-Times, invoking a well-known name:

Karolin Khooshabeh worked hard to bring her stepsister's family from Iran to Chicago, filling out paperwork and giving them money so they could start a new life.

Hey, anything has to do with the Khooshabeh family, I want to know about.  This is a murder story, however, in West Rogers Park, and a hammer murder at that.  And those two, or their insipid editors, dangle the Khooshabehs before us, here from Iran, which is better known for mullahs and nuclear weapons programs, but what the hey?  When your short-staffed, you go for daylight wherever it appears.

So West Rogers is only second-‘graf stuff, and in any case we have here a leisurely approach to a hammer murder in a white Chicago neighborhood, where it’s not a cheap story.  Pardon the italics, but sometimes I can’t help it.

Third ‘graf has the nub, all we need to know: “three beaten to death in a bizarre triple homicide,” which is a head, actually, right under the dreadful thumb-sucking editors’ eyes.

Otherwise, S-T this morning is full of extreme-nothing stuff.  Mark Brown gives us an easy-going warmed-over Chicago campaign story about an aldermanic challenger — “Alderman's challenger stumped by the case of the missing mail,” which should read “yet another alderman’s challenger,” etc.

“Curious,” with “an active imagination,” Brown can’t help wondering, etc. about 10,000 pieces lost at the post office.  I’m curious too, and Brown has steady work for people who like his approach, but there are mornings when I would like to be punched a little with a strong notion of absurdity.  I mean I’d like the copy punched up, not myself.  I am punchy enough already.

Not until we go to columns and reviews does S-T manifest even a smidgeon of inspiration on this Sunday.  Ann Coulter is slam-banged in a review of one of her books and two others who slam her [no link to be found] — finally she gets banner treatment, after all these years of also-mention “ick” boxed items about her latest.  George Will has something good about Guiliani as telling us something new about the Republican base.  Opinion journalism not disguised as news story, that’s where it’s at these days.


Slight distinction

“Bush, unlike Clinton [who recovered nicely when Dems lost control of Congress in ‘94], is in the middle of a bloody civil war, which can be ended only by the Iraqis themselves,” says David Broder, who thinks Bush shows signs of also recovering nicely.

But the war can be ended only by Iraqis?  Yes and no.  U.S. strategy says they need help in ending it, in addition to wanting to do so.

Don't even think about, he said

"There is going to be one question I'm not going to ask,” the Scooter Libby judge told the court, looking over questions submitted by jurors. “I've concluded that that question is not appropriate and therefore you should not speculate as to what the response would have been."

What was he talking about? A moment later, Walton told the jurors: "What Mrs. Wilson's status was at the CIA, whether it was covert or not covert, is not something that you're going to hear any evidence presented to you on in this trial."

In other words, Byron York explains in Wash Post, keep blinkers on, because all that matters is whether Libby lied.  So what if the whole business began with her being covert?  Prosecutor Fitzgerald says Libby lied to protect his job, which he would have lost if discovered to leak classified info.  But he won’t put that to the jury, only “that there was an investigation into whether the law was violated."

Clever rascal.  It almost makes you sympathetic for Chi pols who do time after Fitzgerald prosecuted them.  Almost.


Watch yourself

So what do noosepapers expect of hard-charging columnists when they go to the women’s section?  If she’s a mother, they’d like something about breastfeeding in public, Debra Pickett found out at Sun-Times — as by Phil Rosenthal of Chi Trib, who ran this a day after Michael Miner blogged it at Chi Reader.

Once a weekly Page 2 columnist . . . and cast as one of [S-T’s] rising stars, Pickett had her column moved back into the Lifestyles section while she was on maternity leave. When an editor this week passed along [publisher] Cooke's suggestion that she ought to write about breastfeeding in public, it was a stark reminder of what being in the Lifestyles section might entail, and she quit.

"I didn't quit in protest over a single assignment," said Pickett, the 34-year-old whose column was for a few years was called "Age 29." "That seems to be the story going around, and it's very `Norma Rae.' ... But the question was what were expectations of me going to be when I got back, and that was a pretty good illustration."

Get personal, he said. 

None of your business, she replied.


Later: Automatic response from her Sun-Times address is “Debra is on maternity leave and will return to work in January.”  Asked Phil Rosenthal, whose item is quoted above, about it.  He: “She quit.  It's possible she doesn't have access to her Sun-Times e-mail account anymore.”

Yet more: As said above, Chi Reader’s Michael Miner blogged the story in detail.  Among comments is this good one from “Insideout”:

The breastfeeding story idea gets at everything that is going haywire these days at the Sun-Times. Where did all the news go? The front of the paper is filled with wire and the news of the absurd. The editor and publisher are too busy hobnobbing with the powerbrokers (Daley, Blagojevich, Natarus and Burke) to care about writing critically about them. Instead, let's try the Tribune for mismanaging the Cubs. Or put a Sam Zell puff piece out front. An "independent newspaper"? Hah! Not long ago, the paper used to be one of the 10 papers that "did it right." Where has that paper gone?
And another good one from “Hobbes”:
The serendipitous beneficiary to this fascinating story is the kid. He now gets a full-time mom, who's there whenever he needs her---not when she decides to bestow "quality time."

Sweet spot no, Telander's amen

Lynn Sweet in “S.C. round goes to Clinton” dissects the process of hiring a “consultant” in S. Carolina, giving us inside-baseball stuff that newsies hash out over drinks.  But the story is that the consultant, a state senator and pastor of a 10,000–member megachurch, endorsed Hillary after she hired him at $10,000 a month.  This is the story in South Carolina, and it should be the story in Chicago.

[Later: It was the story in NYC too.  What gives with Sweet, to ignore the main thing for the sake of some back and forth about pols’ negotiating?]

Same paper, Rick Telander excommunicates former all-star NBA player Tim Hardaway from his Church of the Open Mind — honored in his Sunday column in which he objects strenuously to Christianity in the locker room.  “The world has not stopped” since the former NFL commissioner embraced his lesbian daughter and contributed to the death of “knee-jerk prejudice” vs. gays, he writes today in “Sport has heard the voice of hate.”  As for being naked in the locker room with a homosexual man, Telander has the answer: “He can wear a towel.”  Do knees jerk always in the same direction?


Greetings from the Hallmark candidate

What I like about O’Bama is, he’s so clean.  Me and Biden, another Democrat.  Where do the Democrats get these guys?  It was Gore, then Kerry, fringe characters both, now who?  Read Ann Coulter for the real scoop.  She discusses “Jonathan Livingston Obama” in her latest column, on the mark as usual, but unfairly picking fruit that hangs low on the campaign tree. 

His speeches are a run-on string of embarrassing, sophomoric Hallmark bromides.

In announcing his candidacy last week, Obama confirmed that he believes in "the basic decency of the American people." And let the chips fall where they may!

Obama forthrightly decried "a smallness of our politics" – deftly slipping a sword into the sides of the smallness-in-politics advocates. (To his credit, he somehow avoided saying, "My fellow Americans, size does matter.")

No fair.  We should leave the guy alone.  Basic decency, smaller is better: it’s what the people want to hear in Iowa.  It’s what Mayordaley II wants to hear, assuming it means prosecutor Fitzgerald is put to pasture.  Whatever.

One must add this from The Coulter:

Obama has locked up the Hollywood money. Even Miss America has endorsed Obama. (John "Two Americas" Edwards is still hoping for the other Miss America to endorse him.)

She’s listening:

I can't wait for Obama's inaugural address when he reveals that he loves long walks in the rain, sunsets, and fresh-baked cookies shaped like puppies.

As for where Dems (libs) get these guys, Coulter is worried:

Maybe they're just running out of greeting card inscriptions.

That would be a shame.


Presidential politics

Folks, we may have a winner here.  Check it out.


Egad, a reporter who reports!

Anne Keegan ain’t into thumbsucking in public.  She thinks the reader wants to know the news, not her great thoughts on the matter.  So in her writing, as in her book On the Street Doing Life, she

doesn't once let the first person slip into her text. In her view, journalism is a "feeble attempt to find the truth," and the truth is "what happened, and that's all."

She continues, "I made no judgments on anyone. None. Zero. Nor did I say, 'I stood there, and gee whiz, I'm so scared.' And 'Gee whiz, I felt so sorry for that lady, and I cried when she said, "I don't want to be arrested."' I'm not a Gen Xer boring everybody with what I think. I wasn't part of the show."

This lady is this blog’s idea of professional.  Even as a columnist, for Chi Trib in the 80s, she never wrote about herself, even when her editors said she “didn't write enough silly stuff about [her] kids' diapers. Or about [her] twins. Or [her] psychiatrist. Or how [she] found a coyote in [her] yard.”

Didn’t work for her genius editors, who put her on women’s news in ‘97, precipitating her departure.  She went home and wrote about Cronin, the legendary cop who left a foot back in Viet Nam and got on the force because Mayordaley I spoke up for him. 

The book, self-published, is based on her joining Cronin in his midnight rides in Drug Land, as in the now-gone Rockwell Gardens on Western Avenue, where she found herself once alone in a dark hallway with three big guys.  She ordered them against the wall, bluffing until he returned.  This time she had to tell about herself — or did she?  Michael Miner in The Chicago Reader quotes her husband. 

Is it in the book?  One way to find out: buy it here for $13.50.

Later: Newspaper reader, of course, is what’s meant.  For thoughtful, reflective stuff there are usually better places to go.


We like it, it's our kind of news

Romenesko leads with this item today in his Poynteronline column: Network TV commentator Charles (“Charlie”) Gibson said mainstream news outlets are “even more important” in the “Internet age.”  This is news that Gibson would say this?  How so?

Chicago Tribune news : Local news, weather, ETC.

See Trib, see Trib web page.  Top story is “Must-see machines” by auto writer Jim Mateja:

Have time for only the Cliffs Notes version of the Chicago Auto Show? Here's a look at the Top 10 -- plus one.

In adjoining column, under an axident update, is the day’s degenerate celebrity, dead on arrival at Fla. hospital:

Anna Nicole's mother blames drugs
Why her death had us talking
Photos | Video
• Watcher:
Anna Nicole's baby
• Pop Machine:
A tragic turn
• Tell us:
Anna Nicole guest book

This is the Marshall Field & Co. system: Give the people what they want — hardly original in either context, retail store or newspapering. 

No problem: the web is where you go for the latest and the grabber.  You are on the go and want to be in the know.  Does the super-web-news source Drudge give you thumb-suckers for mulling over coffee?  Not on your screaming head or arresting graphic of Mars light flashing and turning.

Ah, but today’s Chi Trib hard-copy — what far more people read — has a HEALTH story for its main head: “Should age determine who gets a kidney transplant?”  This is its typography.  All caps?  Forget it.  Subhead: “Controversial proposal would put younger patients higher on waiting list.”  Gasp.

You can discover this at the site because Chi Trib has hard copy there for the day plus previous six days.  (Sun-Times does not, more’s the pity.) 

Below the fold is “Flexing their brainpower: Academic Decathlon stars bring honor to a struggling high school,” under big pic of black kids hugging each other in joy of academic competition.  Can’t say enough for this story, in a time of black athletes dominating most sports.  With all respect to these kids, it’s truly a man-bites-dog story. 

Where it goes on the web site — 10th place, just below TV’s Russert grilled in Libby trial — is another question.  Same for the kidney transplant item — just above the Russert-Libby story.

When I spoke the other day about my newspaper reading addiction, a writer-reader confessed to the same, but on-line, not hard copy.  It’s easier to find what you want online, to be sure, reading on the go, say on your notebook-laptop on the Green Line heading to work.  (Oh? How many do that?)  So NYTimes publisher may leave hard copy behind, he says. 

"I really don't know whether we'll be printing the Times in five years, and you know what? I don't care either," said [”Punch”] Sulzberger at Davos’ World Economic Forum.

"The Internet is a wonderful place to be, and we're leading there."

Meanwhile, today’s Chi Trib grabber for the real-life Green Line rider or muller-over-coffee is who gets the kidney, young sprout or old coot.  That’s the question for the day.  Or is the question how many will bother to read and/or mull?


Hillary knows best

“The other day the oil companies recorded the highest profits in the history of the world. I want to take those profits. And I want to put them into a strategic energy fund that will begin to fund alternative smart energy, alternatives and technologies that will begin to actually move us toward the direction of independence,”

she told the DNC the other day, per Hillary Clinton: 'Hugo Chavez in a pantsuit'.  Italics added.

Did she wag her finger?

When pacifists write newspapers

Chi Trib, page one today, heart-tugging if not -breaking story of Marine who can’t get out of corps to donate a kidney to his desperately ailing father:

"He gave me life," Drish said of his father.

As God’s instrument, some would say.  Never mind.  This is a war story after a pacifist’s heart.

Turning to page one of Metro section, you find another, Wheaton soldier killed in blast 26-year-old died hours after talking with his family.  It’s the horrors of war, never talk of gains against the enemy or heroism for love of country, as you find in work of embedded bloggers, even a cartoonist, today’s Mauldin.

A reader notes [to Instapundit’s Glenn Reynolds] that while big-media journalists are thin on the ground in Iraq, the blogosphere has sent so many people that it's worked its way around to cartoonists . . . .

Elsewhere, we have Bill Ardolino, whose “citizen journalism” is on display here, in his “In Iraq Journal” story, “Insh'allah: A Nighttime Raid with the Iraqi Army.”  This is awesome stuff, as any Young Person would say, complete with pix of jubilant Iraqi soldiers after successful mission.  Why don’t we get stuff this good, on the spot, vivid, concrete, from our MainStreamers? 

(One reason is their anti-warrior mindset.  They dread glorifying combat, as they would put it, are deeply suspicious of U.S. intentions and performance, and THEY are calling the shots as to what we read and watch.) 

Later: Sun-Times, more alert than Trib to blogosphere, has story about ex-GI who has a book out based on his blogging soldiers’ comments from and about Iraq.