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Apr 20, 2023·edited Apr 20, 2023

I just added my name to the change.org petition “Tell Mayor-elect Johnson to keep Dr. Allison Arwady”. I think she did a great job during the pandemic. As for John K-ass, I thought you were too kind to him. His reaction only reaffirms who he really is and is not. A dark heart can only beat for so long.

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i did as well--had hoped to share it on social media but did not see a link

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“In today’s episode of “How strong is your marriage?”we take a trip to Home Depot to pick out a shade of white. — @daddygofish”

This is the kind of tweet like tweets about people who make some wry commentary on the “fact” HAVE to give in to a toddlers demands always make me think not ha ha but “ my family operates differently than yours.” My spouse would no more engage in a discussion of paint colors than he would about the debate about side vs middle parts.

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I voted for a record four tweets! The best of them is in last place.

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I agree. "And there I was, at 21, broken that I'd never hear my sister laugh again. I held her limp hand, my eyes playing cruel tricks as I swore I saw her breathe. In that moment, all I could think about was the lava cake we'd bake together. For this recipe, you'll need a double boiler… — @elle91" is as deft and funny a satire of introductory recipe essays as you'll ever read.

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1. If you drink Bud Light you don’t really like beer. 2. John Kass thought he could be the next Mike Royko and it didn’t work.

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Re: Feinstein vs. Ginsburg: 1. Whomever Gov. Newsom chooses as a replacement for Sen. Feinstein, they will likely be more progressive than her. Based on his vow to name a Black woman, the most likely candidate is 76 year-old Rep. Barbara Lee.

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From what I've heard, Barack Obama had lunch with RBG just before his 2012 election to encourage her to retire so he could appoint her replacement in case he lost his bid for re-election. She didn't, and the rest is the history you noted. Ginsburg did, however, leave a blueprint for restoring abortion rights nationally should the court change. She had criticized Roe both before and after she joined the high court arguing it would have been better to have a ruling based on the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution rather than the right to privacy that the justices highlighted in Roe. Unfortunately, I'll probably be dead when it happens.

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Apr 20, 2023·edited Apr 20, 2023

Sen. Feinstein needed to make the decision to retire before the last election. She chose to run, and the voters re-elected her. Insisting that she retire now, or doing so as a political expedient merely results in the undemocratic appointment of an unelected person for the remaining 20 or so months of her term. Which is, of course, very appealing to some Dem wannabe in California. This is a regular scam of Illinois Democrats. Unless the senator is completely incapacitated, the voters of California should live with the person they elected and have a democratic primary process for her replacement next year.

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Apr 20, 2023·edited Apr 20, 2023

The budget deficit of $85 million is only a 'trap' if it isn't true. I am sure that the new mayor will make whatever claim is expedient when the time comes, and we can all try to guess if what he is saying is true. Lacking an independent budget office, it is very difficult for any of us to determine the true fiscal state of the city. But the Trib article on the city budget seemed to say that the current projected gap is legitimate and conservative. Emanual and Lightfoot could say they got handed a bag of poo, but I think that will be harder for Johnson. My guess is that he will use the nearly balanced budget as a rationale for why the city can afford to spend far more, since so many are not paying their fair share.

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Bud Light is the number one beer brand but is in decline. The new head of marketing said she was trying to expand the reach of the brand to women and young people. She also said that the brand was too 'fratty' and 'out of touch'. Any brand manager has to look for ways to grow that do not alienate current customers. Mulvaney has a fairly large Tik Tok presence and may have seemed like an avenue for a niche market segment. But probably not a good choice as the primary 'face' of the brand, which is normally relatable and appealing to the majority of customers. I don't care one way or the other.

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I heard that we don't know that the brand manager's notions of expanding Bud Light's appeal that she expressed in that interview was actually behind the influencer-endorsement deal with Mulvaney, or that she even knew about it. It's not as though it was part of a major campaign. Mulvaney was hardly the "face" of the brand! Anyway, the brand manager's been fired, so InBev can get back to its barely interrupted core business mission, the core mission of many (most?) large businesses -- tricking fools into buying crap. Hey, it's what makes the world go round!

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You were extremely kind to John Kass in the last issue--respectfully treating him like the former colleague he is. What a jerk. Is he ever polite to you in private?

I'm another Arwady fan but also know that petitions are meaningless, as you reminded us at the time. I wouldn't want Johnson to be making decisions based on change.org petitions anyway.

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Eric, my admiration for your intellect, use of reason and wry humor are what motivates me to subscribe to the PS despite our considerable differing partisan perspectives (and your infrequent use of course language and invective). And, it's also very instructive for me to better understand the thought process from the other side, particularly the comments from the more far leftward of my fellow subscribers.

So I say this coming from a good place and in all sincerity, that I hope you will be able to move on from your present KDS (Kaas Derangement Syndrome). We understand that you have serious disagreement with him on most major issues, and it seems that you are not personally fond of him. But you are often very quick to viscerally respond to his commentary. Remember, the opposite of love is not hate but indifference, and I believe there would be serenity for you in ignoring him instead of monitoring things he says that upsets you.

(Unless this is some grand design the two of you have come up with to stir up controversy and gain attention to your respective online blogs, then by all means, have at it! 😁)

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"Apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time..." :)

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Maybe it is a love/hate relationship... what then?

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Yes, yes, yes! Diane Feinstein needs to step down. The longest legacy of ANY president is the judiciary.

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A. Bud Light: Eww! B. Agreed "Hate Fox News" is just the latest leak in cable options. Whether it's Fox, or Marquis, or C-Span 1and 2; there are countless 'packaged' channel people would rather opt out on. C. Johnson's first mayoral act as a puppet of CPS. D. April 10 is now Mary Schmich's Grounds Hog Day. From here forward, she shall display her coat and declare "Closet or Coat Rack" and deterine spring's arrival or winter's continued march.

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I am not a fan of Kass but I was a regular reader when he was in the Trib. He seems to have gone off the deep end in his rhetoric. But as I recall he regularly highlighted the corruption, unethical backscratching, petty bribery, and pay-to-play of Cook County and Illinois politics. He called out both Dem and GOP pols (the Combine?). He pointed out the property tax law practices of legislators as conflicts of interest long ago and many times. He also pointed out Madigan's corruption and back room manipulation many times over many years. I rarely saw similar stories elsewhere and I recall several EZ columns during the Rauner administration that seemed quite laudatory of Madigan as a political master (with a long view) and disparaged Rauner's statements on Madigan's corruption. So, I can see how he might feel like a voice in the wilderness and lump EZ in with enablers of our sad state and local government. I don't share that opinion of EZ.

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I, too, enjoyed Kass's early columns - he did seem to REALLY want Royko's mantle. He lost me, though, when he went all-in on the Cheney-Bush Iraq War, writing of the "rat in the corner' (Hussein). Kass's last several years at the Trib reflected his Trump love pretty solidly. Since he left the Trib, he's really let his freak flag fly.

I've never thought of EZ's coverage of Madigan as showing any "pooh-poohing" of Madigan's alleged corruption - but did express admiration for Madigan's legislative prowess.

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Liked a majority of today's Tweets. Good collection!

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Hmmmmm, when Ted Kennedy was dying of cancer, no one urged HIM to retire. Ditto John McClain. Ditto Robert Byrd. Ditto Strom Thurmond. I thought of this right away -- and today read an article that Susan Collins said the exact same thing. The writer pointed out that judicial nominations were handled differently back then ... until Harry Reid changed the process. So now Dems are somewhat hoist on their own petard. I hope Feinstein stays in office until her term is up, not to hurt Dems (though when people of either party start playing nonsense, they're always surprised when it comes back to bit them in the butt) -- but to give Feinstein the courtesy shown the dudes.

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