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A City Divided

Posted by Mark on October 27, 2005

Not Beirut, not Jerusalem.
Great story on the Northside last night.

CHICAGO — Welcome to ghost town. The city of champions.

In Wrigleyville, the bars are empty. Not literally, but not figuratively, either.

The parking lot across the street from Wrigley Field, which usually charges $35 for regular-season Cubs games, wants only 10 bucks tonight.

“When the Cubs were in the playoffs [in 2003], I was charging $150 a car to get in this lot,” the attendant tells me as I drop Jackson on him and look for Hamilton as change. “Do you know how much I’d get if the Cubs were playing tonight instead of the Sox?”

Inside the Cubby Bear, the world-famous bar that sits 10 yards away from Gate F, under the “Wrigley Field Home Of The Cubs” marquee, four doormen are on the clock (during regular-season games, it takes 15). The place holds a capacity of 2,500; tonight, there are 80 inside. The usual Wednesday Specials — $2 well drinks, $10 buckets, $1 tacos and $1.50 Enchiladas are “un-specialed” for the night.

Ah well, wait till next year, right? Right?

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A Memo to the President: Part II

Posted by Mark on October 27, 2005

Note: A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post over at GunTotin’ Liberal called Memo to the President. With the withdrawal of Harriet Miers this morning, another memo was needed:

It’s me again, Mr. President. Don’t know if you read my last memo. Kinda doubt it, but I do know alot of other folks did see it. Decided, with the news that Miss Miers has withdrawn, to write you again.

I’m thinkin’ you may be mighty angry at us conservatives right now. Wouldn’t blame you a bit. We sorta pulled the rug out from under you on this one. But I’m hoping your anger will shift to those who advised you on Harriet Miers, and most especially to those who vetted her in the first place. By now, you’ve read the speech she gave in 1993. That speech was pretty much the final nail in the coffin, but it was only one nail of many. She just wasn’t the right choice, and I’m just relieved that both she and you finally realized that.

Mr. President, Conservatives have worked hard over the past thirty years to change the courts. You’ve been actively involved in that fight, right up to the nomination of Harriet Miers. It’s time to do the right thing, to do the thing you promised again and again throughout the campaign. You promised to nominate a Supreme Court justice in the tradition of Scalia and Thomas. It’s past time for you to do that. The withdrawal of Harriet Miers gives you an opportunity to do just that.

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A Memo to the President: Part II

Posted by Mark on October 27, 2005

Note: A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post over at GunTotin’ Liberal called Memo to the President. With the withdrawal of Harriet Miers this morning, another memo was needed:

It’s me again, Mr. President. Don’t know if you read my last memo. Kinda doubt it, but I do know alot of other folks did see it. Decided, with the news that Miss Miers has withdrawn, to write you again.

I’m thinkin’ you may be mighty angry at us conservatives right now. Wouldn’t blame you a bit. We sorta pulled the rug out from under you on this one. But I’m hoping your anger will shift to those who advised you on Harriet Miers, and most especially to those who vetted her in the first place. By now, you’ve read the speech she gave in 1993. That speech was pretty much the final nail in the coffin, but it was only one nail of many. She just wasn’t the right choice, and I’m just relieved that both she and you finally realized that.

Mr. President, Conservatives have worked hard over the past thirty years to change the courts. You’ve been actively involved in that fight, right up to the nomination of Harriet Miers. It’s time to do the right thing, to do the thing you promised again and again throughout the campaign. You promised to nominate a Supreme Court justice in the tradition of Scalia and Thomas. It’s past time for you to do that. The withdrawal of Harriet Miers gives you an opportunity to do just that.

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