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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Vote, for 20 percent off at Semiramis

Posted By on 11.01.12 at 11:45 AM

I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America
  • Mike Sula
  • I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America

Of course you're voting on Tuesday. You're no motherscratcher. But even though voting is its own reward, Joseph Abraham, owner of the Albany Park Lebanese spot Semiramis—who took the Oath of Allegiance in 1985—will reward your vote with a onetime 20 percent discount on your check through the end of November. Just proudly present your voting receipt to claim it. I, for one, am going to apply mine to a lamb and beef shawerma special—one of the finest sandwiches in the land.

Because, America.

Semiramis, 4639 N. Kedzie, 773-279-8900

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Romney campaign looks for any port in a storm

Posted By on 10.31.12 at 12:47 PM

Mitt Romney, in drier times
If I were Mitt Romney I'd be wicked pissed right now. ("Gosh!" I'd probably say. "Shoot!") The election is only a few days away and the Republican presidential candidate is in an unfortunate position: to campaign as though the east coast didn't have more pressing concerns he'd be criticized as insensitive or maybe, in a more optimistic assessment, irrelevant—but in the meantime, there's really nothing doing. Romney returns to the trail today after a couple days' downtime, with a last-minute blitz planned to start on Friday, though you can't imagine it drawing a lot of attention. Romney's not the president; unlike Barack Obama, he doesn't have an actual job to do if he's not trying to convince people to vote for him, and especially not a job where he can be seen having a direct, salutary effect on hurricane relief efforts.

Not for lack of trying. A scheduled rally last night turned at the last minute into a "storm relief event" that sounded, per Buzzfeed, a little awkward. The plan was to ask attendees for canned and dry goods donations, which Romney would get photographed loading into the back of a rented truck, to be sent off east. The campaign worried they'd come up short, though, and McCay Coppins reports that "the night before the event, campaign aides went to a local Wal Mart and spent $5,000 on granola bars, canned food, and diapers to put on display while they waited for donations to come in."

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Hurricane Christie lifts Obama

Posted By on 10.30.12 at 02:21 PM

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie
  • Bob Jagendorf
  • New Jersey governor Chris Christie
New Jersey governor Chris Christie blew through the national TV talk shows this morning, lauding President Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy.

"The president has been all over this, and he deserves great credit," Christie said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. "He gave me his number at the White House and told me to call him if I needed anything and he absolutely means it, and it’s been very good working with the president and his administration.” On NBC's Today show, Christie said, “The president has been outstanding in this and so have the folks at FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency].”

The Republican governor also tweeted: “I want to thank the President personally for all his assistance as w[e] recover from the storm.”

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Screw this election—let's talk about past elections all week

Posted By on 10.29.12 at 07:15 AM

The Tribune in funnier times.
  • The Tribune in funnier times.
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the word election? The 1999 Alexander Payne film? The 2000 Florida recount? Watergate? Tommy Carcetti running for mayor of Baltimore?

Election can have many different associations. Even though Nate Silver is pretty confident that Obama has this one in the bag, Rasmussen, Gallup, and whichever poll is invented this week confound anyone's assurance of who will win this presidential race. And with all the polling providing an overload of opinions and predictions, it might be best to step back and remember when elections were quieter, though not exactly quiet, events. After last week's writing about debates, this week we're going back in time and dedicating Variations on a Theme to elections of years past.

All this week, check back here to read Reader staff on the history of elections in the United States, abroad, and elsewhere (in the arts, media, and who knows). Don't forget that tonight at Martyrs' (3855 N. Lincoln) is the Reader's Honest Truth Party, where you can join Mick Dumke, WBEZ's Justin Kaufmann, and two of the subjects from this week's cover story for a good-natured discussion. And please don't forget to vote!

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Friday, October 26, 2012


Posted By on 10.26.12 at 03:24 PM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel accepts the 2012 Visionary Award Monday at the Harris Theater
  • Dom Najolia/Sun-Times
  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel accepts the 2012 "Visionary Award" Monday at the Harris Theater
A week ago, President Obama began poking his rival, Mitt Romney, with a new term: "Romnesia." A press release from his campaign helpfully offered the pronunciation and definition:

"Romnesia [Rom-nee-zhuh] Noun—a condition affecting Mitt Romney, who has shifted his positions from 'severely conservative' to 'severely kidding'—conveniently forgetting the conservative promises he’s made over the past six years that he’s been running for president."

In a campaign speech yesterday morning in Ybor City, Florida, Obama elaborated on the ailment. Romnesia means "you can't remember what you just said last week," the president explained, and a symptom is "a sudden fuzziness about what's on your website." But "this is a curable condition," the president added, to great laughter, "and Obamacare covers preexisting conditions."

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Does Sarah Palin speak jive? and other bullshit concerns

Posted By on 10.25.12 at 06:00 PM

Postdebate cleanup
  • Giuseppe Bognanni
  • Postdebate cleanup
Politico's Mike Allen reported this morning that Barack Obama, in a forthcoming interview with Rolling Stone, indirectly calls Mitt Romney a "bullshitter." Rolling Stone's editor, Eric Bates, told Obama that he'd asked his six-year-old if she had anything she wanted to pass along to the president. "You can do it," the kid responded. According to the article Obama, hearing this, "grinned": "'You know, kids have good instincts,' Obama offered. 'They look at the other guy and say, 'Well, that’s a bullshitter, I can tell.'" Add it to the binder, already bursting, of election-cycle words that begin with the letter B: bayonets, Big Bird. Bain Capital. (The president's comment is also, the Guardian points out, sort of a descendent of Joe Biden's "big fucking deal," so those of you looking for some symbolic continuity with this trend: there you have it.)

A bit too early to analyze all the blowback, but so far we've heard the remark called "childish, stompy foot and low-class behavior" by Twitchy.com, the Internet concern of Michelle Malkin, who last week called a political noncombatant a "ladyparts tool" for asking a question at a debate (a characterization with which we took issue). (To Malkin's credit, I guess, she took some issue with Ann Coulter calling Barack Obama a "retard," which, there you have it.) Then Twitchy went on to collect some various Twitter users' responses to the Obama line, most of the takes-one-to-know-one variety, like this from columnist (?) Erik Rush: "Would a 'pot calling the kettle black' remark be racist?"

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Science: female voters will determine this election cycle

Posted By on 10.24.12 at 04:32 PM

The choice is in your . . . hands
  • Greencolander
  • The choice is in your . . . hands
Update: Turns out the post ridiculed below "did not meet the editorial standards of CNN," and has been removed from the site.

Lately, women and their sympathizers have turned to Science to provide answers alternate to the sorts of wildly misogynistic claims that so frequently spring, like little Whac-A-Moles, from the mouths of office-seeking Republicans. Sometimes Science has lent its support. When Missouri congressman Todd Akin said that women might not get pregnant after being raped because "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Science offered a sensible explanation: Science suggested Todd Akin said those things because Todd Akin was a fucking idiot.

But today Science has taken its leave of ladies. A blog post on CNN reports on the results of a new study, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas, suggesting that women vote based on—well, let's let this article's lede explain it for us:

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Trump offers $5 million, no big deal

Posted By on 10.24.12 at 12:15 PM

Donald Trump
  • Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons
  • La Donald
A few minutes ago Donald Trump released a statement concerning an issue that in his estimation has been overlooked, to the nation's detriment, by both candidates in this year's presidential race. "Taxes and government spending. Health care. Immigration. Financial regulation," said Trump. They're all the questions that have dominated the race—but what about income inequality? What about the overall standard of living in the United States, which seems inexorably to be on the decline? "For the first time since the Great Depression, median family income has fallen substantially over an entire decade," Trump noted. This isn't being treated as the emergency it is—and what, in the national discourse, has taken its place? "Bain capital." An "apology tour." Illegal immigration, even: "Whatever other problems it may cause, evidence suggests that it has not played a significant role in the income slump."

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What the candidates were thinking during the last debate

Posted By on 10.24.12 at 09:14 AM

BOB SCHIEFFER: Good evening from the campus of Lynn University here in Boca Raton, Florida. This is the fourth and last debate of the 2012 campaign . . .

MITT ROMNEY: I hope to heck to make you proud, Pop.

BARACK OBAMA: What I wouldn't give for a smoke.

BS: . . . Was it an intelligence failure? Was it a policy failure? Was there an attempt to mislead people about what really happened?

MR: We see in—in—in Libya an attack apparently by—well, I think we know now by terrorists of some kind.

BO: A cigarette and a glass of White House honey ale.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Bears-Lions or Obama-Romney?

Posted By on 10.22.12 at 03:20 PM

The Bears--and both candidates--will be looking for a Charles Peanut Tillman moment tonight
  • Jeffrey Beall
  • The Bears—and both candidates—will be looking for a Charles "Peanut" Tillman moment tonight
What a busy night for TV contests! The Cardinals play the Giants in San Francisco for the National League pennant, and the Bears hope to improve to 5-1 by taming the Detroit Lions in Soldier Field. Meantime, in Boca Raton, Florida, another bruising battle is expected between President Barack Obama and former governor Mitt Romney.

Most Chicago TV viewers will be shuttling between the football game and the debate. The Bears game has a big viewership advantage because of its earlier start—kickoff is 7:30, whereas the debate begins at 8. This means Chicagoans will learn a lot more about Syria if Jay Cutler has a bad night.

The focus of the debate is foreign policy, and critical questions will be answered, such as which candidate will be the first to declare that U.S. soldiers are the bravest, strongest, and best looking in the world.

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