Archive for October, 2005

Shaking down the hired help

Just Thoughts | Posted by admin
Oct 26 2005

We here at Chez Observer received Randy Kelly’s latest overly-green literature piece, the one aimed at Ward 2, and noticed something familiar about the people in the picture with the Mayor. The people pictured are Dave Titus (and family), Don Luna (and family), and Bob Sandquist (and family). But nowhere on the piece is there a notation that these are city employees stumping for the Mayor: Dave Titus is the head of the police union, Don Luna is the City Clerk, and Bob Sandquist is the head of Public Works. Word has it that City Attorney Manuel Cervantes has been contacting his Irvine Park neighbors, urging them to vote for Kelly.

I’m not the only one to have noticed the concentration of City staff in the Kelly lit pieces. City Hall Scoop has this observation about an east side piece that went out recently:

It’s also got an interesting picture of Kelly and supporters outside Metropolitan State University’s big East Side building, too: of the 12 adults in the picture, a quarter of them are member’s of Kelly’s cabinet, and another is the fire chief’s wife. Another quarter of the people in the picture are named Kuhl, including Charlie Kuhl, father of Kelly spokesman Carl Kuhl.

I guess Mayor Kelly has been picking up tips from the Daley family Mayoral Election Manual.

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Wege has gone and gotten himself in trouble regarding boycotts, but here’s one I’d advocate: Good old boys in a white man’s sport that funnels money to those who want the government to tell you when to breed. Why, Interstate Batteries even has as a company mission statement:

To glorify God as we supply our customers worldwide with top quality, value-priced batteries, related electrical power-source products, and distribution services. Further, our mission is to provide our partners and Interstate Batteries System of America, Inc. (IBSA) with opportunities which are profitable, rewarding and growth-oriented

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Guess that part about fighting the constitutional rights of others is picked up by reading between the lines.

Sunday school flashback?

Local | Posted by admin
Oct 09 2005

I never went to a typical Sunday school, mind you. Instead, I went to a Catholic version of it, only it was Monday through Friday. One nice thing of it was that I did have a religion teacher who was on top of this symbolic interpretation thing almost two decades ago. It’s good to see the Scots taking note of it today.

Heroes & villains: Roman Catholic Church and Cllr Maclean (UK – Scotsman):

NB: we know that there are far more worthy heroes than those listed here – doctors, nurses, aid workers, etc. Similarly, murderers, rapists and dictators are indisputably far greater villains. This column does not deal with them. It is designed to honour those who have caused surprise by their actions.

Heroes: Roman Catholic Church — For rather a long time the Roman Catholic Church was, shall we say, a little dogmatic. But now they’re going all wishy-washy and Church of England on us.

The bishops of England, Wales and Scotland have published a pamphlet – “The Gift of Scripture”, it’s called – which explains that some bits of the Bible might not necessarily be the infallible word of an omnipotent God after all. Some bits of it are, in fact, not literally true.

Not the bits about that nice Mr O’Nazareth, you understand, they’re still true. But all that stuff in the Garden of Eden with the magic fruit and talking snake? Not true, apparently – just a bit of fun. Where that leaves the doctrine of original sin isn’t explained in the press release, though I imagine the Vatican’s got that one covered.

But in reality the Roman Catholic Church – its unseemly obsession with sex notwithstanding – has been a fairly cuddly institution for quite a while now. If only someone could mollify the real fundamentalist loonies – those intelligently-designed, enraptured “Christians” whose all-loving God tells them to make war on people half way round the world – I’d be an awful lot happier.

Good golly… A more peaceful world through religious teachings? Add to that a more politically, socially, and culturally just world and I might be compelled to give a hearty “amen” to that.

Peace be with us all, and the sooner the better.