Thursday, September 22, 2005

Casablanca - Chicago style

"I'm shocked, shocked to find out that gambling is going on in here."
"Your winnings, sir."
"Oh, thank you very much."

This extraordinarily funny scene from one of the greatest movies of all time comes to mind as we were reading today's slum-times article by fran spielman. In it, mayor daley is described as "not pleased" at the name change Marshall Field's is going to be undergoing and the mayor "found it somewhat jarring" to learn that the company so long synonymous with State Street shopping would vanish from the retail landscape.

Nothing at all about how "somewhat jarring" citizens of the city and visiting pilots found it when earth moving equipment carved giant X's in what was once a runway. Or how taxpayers were "somewhat jarred" by a park that was supposed to cost $100 million suddenly cost $350 million. Or the "jarring" feeling that keeps coming back whenever fees, fines or taxes go up or scandals arise.

"Somewhat jarring" is what happens all the time in the real world fran. Welcome to it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


"Dear Prosecutor Fitzgerald- Do you have PRINCE RICHIE in the CAN?"

FITZ- "SOON my good man, verrrry soon!"

(Also Coming Soon- King Karl Rove's Norwegian-style Deliciously Naughty Traitorous Salty Sardines on Ice- get them at a federal country club detention facility near you!)

Fitz's Deliciously Dirty Politiicans- "You Just Can't Stop Jailing `Em!"

9/22/2005 04:39:00 AM  
Blogger Fenian28 said...

Fitzgerald for mayor

9/23/2005 01:45:00 AM  
Blogger Leo Pusateri said...

I posted this regarding Emperor Daley's push for stricter gun control. I'm a transplanted Chicagoan and was a Republican precinct captain at age 16--believe me. I understand what a demo-machine is :P)

9/30/2005 02:36:00 PM  

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