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29 September 2008

Weekend Reading Roundup

Man oh man do I have a stack of clips here today, and time's short considering it's a mere 48 hours till the Cubbies begin their march toward the World Series. What does this mean for you? Nothing, except for the fact that the roundup's all about speed today.



Johnny likes to throw dice, doesn't care for worrywarts
For much of his adult life, Mr. McCain has gambled as often as once a month, friends and associates said, traveling to Las Vegas for weekend betting marathons. Former senior campaign officials said they worried about Mr. McCain’s patronage of casinos, given the power he wields over the industry. The officials, like others interviewed for this article, spoke on condition of anonymity.
“We were always concerned about appearances,” one former official said. “If you go around saying that appearances matter, then they matter.”
The former official said he would tell Mr. McCain: “Do we really have to go to a casino? I don’t think it’s a good idea. The base doesn’t like it. It doesn’t look good. And good things don’t happen in casinos at midnight.”
“You worry too much,” Mr. McCain would respond, the official said. [NYT]


Philly goes national - and it's for something positive!
The program’s success has prompted Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania, to urge Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. to adopt the plan nationwide. [NYT]



I'm sure it is comfortable, Gov. Rendell, but who paid for it?
Ed Rendell was so enamored of the place [the Four Seasons], he ordered his gubernatorial bed from the hotel's supplier. [Inky]


Fare thee well, Spectrum
Angotti, captain of the first team, had another memory: the 1967 parade along Broad Street. The Flyers, sitting in convertibles, were trying to introduce the new franchise to fans.
"Nobody showed up," Angotti said with a smile.
The people walking down the street "were thinking, 'What is that?' " Snider recalled. "And seven years later, there were two million people at the [championship] parade." [Inky]


Obama lied, but nobody died. Though, their death is inevitable. So's yours.
Obama's "change" mantra has been another impediment. Seniors - unlike young people, with their limited time horizons - don't necessarily see "change" as intrinsically good. They've lived through good changes, and bad changes, and promised good changes that turned out to be bad changes. A recent Pew poll reports that only 53 percent of seniors find Obama inspiring - again, the lowest score of any age bracket. [Inky]



We're going to party. Karamu, siesta, forever.
Most people, Dr. Ellenbogen says, think of the sleeping brain as similar to a computer that has “gone to sleep” — it does nothing productive. Wrong. Sleep enhances performance, learning and memory. Most unappreciated of all, sleep improves creative ability to generate aha! moments and to uncover novel connections among seemingly unrelated ideas. [NYT]


One trend that won't go SSW from the 212 to the 215
The proportion of New York City residents who are white and non-Hispanic rose slightly last year, reversing more than a half-century of so-called white flight from the city, according to census figures released on Tuesday. [NYT]


Couldn't you have at least snagged a Dallas Cowgirl, John? I mean, the stinking Raiders? Your biggest rival???
Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway is engaged to a former Oakland Raiders cheerleader. The Rocky Mountain News reported Friday that the two-time Super Bowl winner proposed to 41-year-old Paige Green during a trip to Italy last week. [AP via Inquirer]


And, in other news:
Comcast's Brian Roberts dropped from 57 to 65 in Vanity Fair's annual New Establishment List.
GOP Golden Boy Bobby Jindal was once victimized by a lovely "Wake Up, White People" variation in an ad, so sayeth Esquire. Still don't much care for his views, but when such things happen, they must be told.

Tada.
Go Cubs.

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