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Re: “Time to yank Trump’s wretched name off his tower—or make him pay more taxes

Ben, your progressive dog whistle emotional overreaction to anything and everything Trump led you right past the point of this tale: the issue is not Trump's name on the tower; the issue is that Ed Burke sits on the finance committee while also running his appeal business. This is Democratic machine politics at its finest. The fox not only guards the henhouse, but owns it. This is what you should be steamed about.

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Posted by Hungry Jack on 07/09/2018 at 1:14 PM

Re: “RIP Wrigleyville. Welcome to Rickettsville.

Jeez, what a piece of oped crap. If you don't like the Ricketts' politics, don't couch it into some nostalgic lamentation about a private-capitalist fueled renovation of an aging Wrigley Field that was long overdue (a borderline safety hazard). There is no shortage of wealthy sports franchise owners who give to Democratic candidates, and these types would pursue the same type of agenda with their stadia if put in the same position. It has nothing to do with class politics. What's happening around Clark & Addison is no different than what is happening in Inglewood, CA, a liberal haven. If you are a franchise owner who is going to invest $1B or more in a stadium asset, it needs to generate cash flows to justify the costs with relatively limited use.

Check back with us in a few years when Bryant, Rizzo, Russell, Baez, Schwarber, and Contreras have all run through their arbitration years and are eligible for free agency. If you are a Cubs' fan with half a wit, you will be thrilled that the new stadium and other investments funded by the Ricketts with their family fortune (or Rickettses or whatever you call them) enable Theo to retain the majority of this exceptional core of young talent (note, this is coming from a Cardinal fan; the Cubs are stacked).

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Posted by Hungry Jack on 04/06/2017 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Whiff Kid Adam Dunn Will Elate, Frustrate White Sox Fans

Citing Nellie Fox as an example of Dunn's failings as a ballplayer? Argument FAIL. Dunn is a much more productive hitter. Dunn's career OPS+--a comprehensive measure of offensive value relative to his peers where 100 = league average--is 133. Fox's is 93. Thus far in his career, Dunn gets on base more often (career OBP of .381 vs. .348 for Fox) and creates more total bases (career SLG of .522 vs. .363 for Fox) than the majority of his professional peers.

If you are looking for a player who could match Dunn's power potential while striking out at Fox-like rates, the closest you'll find is Joe DiMaggio. And he was pretty good.

Posted by Hungry Jack on 04/07/2011 at 12:14 PM

Re: “Budget Crisis: The News Next Door

If us locals want a view of a possible future where a Republican governor meets a state's fiscal crisis head on, we may want to watch what is unfolding in New Jersey. Newly-minted governor Chris Christie is making good on his campaign promises to balance the state budget without raising taxes. New Jersey faces public pension burdens that are similar to what we face in Illinois, and anyone who has followed the situation here knows that the budget matters will never be settled until we act real pension reform. Unfortunately Governor Quinn prefers to tap dance around this issue until after the election. No surprise, just more of the same leadership we have grown accustomed to.

Posted by Hungry Jack on 03/24/2010 at 5:49 PM

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