WBEZ | President George W. Bush http://www.wbez.org/tags/president-george-w-bush Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hold your horses, Chicago: No linen or white pants until AFTER Memorial Day http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-24/hold-your-horses-chicago-no-linen-or-white-pants-until-after-memoria <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-24/Chicago-linen.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>There are several top stories today. The Tahawwur Rana trial, Rahm and the Blago trial, ComEd might raise rates. All those stories are wonderful, exciting and must-read news stories. But I have a better one:</p><p>The abuse of white pants and linen before Memorial Day.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-24/Chicago-linen.jpg" title="Would you make a citizen's arrest if you saw this guy on Michigan Ave? " width="500" height="408"></p><p>I'm no fashion blogger or part of any fashion authority. But I do have a few pair of linen pants and I have been forbidden to bring them out until AFTER Memorial Day, based on some tribal law that if broken will be bring you shame. If caught, I would have to wear a Scarlet L.</p><p>So to my surprise, the good weather has prompted several linen/white pants spotting in Chicago. So we have a problem. Either we enforce this with tickets/fines/arrests or we try to change the fashion world's mentality to start linen season early. Thoughts?</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/terrorist-back-stand-today-chicago-trial-86940">The Rana terror trial is underway</a>. The quick cheat sheet on this trial: Tahawwur Rana is on trial for providing support to terrorists - the same terrorists who attacked several locations in Mumbia, India a few years back. The government's star witness is David Headley, who was busted in October '09 for helping out in the planning. In exchange for Headley's testimony against his alleged partner, Rana, Headley is avoiding the death penalty. So this big trial started yesterday with opening statements and then the prosecution called Headley right off the bat. Boom, get the superstar out and in front of the jury quick. Headley showed up yesterday for his big moment in the sun with a polo shirt and running jacket on. It's federal court, homey. And you are trying to convice a bunch of judges and lawyers to spare your life. Maybe put on a tie? I don't care if the feds say it's a choking hazard. Rise above.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: So if the <a href="http://wjbc.com/rahm-emanuel-says-hell-testify-in-blagojevich-retrial-if-asked/">Blagojevich lawyers want to call Mayor Rahm Emanuel</a>, he will come to court. Something tells me that the Blago lawyers will do just that, for the hope of sullying another politician's name. I'm not sure if the mayor will have anything to say to help, and probably has more dirt on the former governor than what Blago's charged with. But heck, how great would it be for the new mayor to hit the stand in a corruption trial before finishing his first full month in office. Only in Chicago.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: I have to say, the <a href="http://blog.chicagoweathercenter.com/severe-weather-updates/">Chicago Tribune severe weather blog</a> was tops on Sunday night. With the threat of tornados coming through the Chicago area, I just pictured Skilling doing spots on WGN, CLTV and hunting and pecking that there were reports of roof damage at a post office in Belvidere. Awesome.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: I must be the only person in Chicago that couldn't care less about what a fan yelled at <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/roeper/5552001-452/joakim-noahs-apology-for-anti-gay-slur-seemed-sincere.html">Noah to trigger his courtside rant and gay slur</a>. C'mon, this contrary opinion that it was the fan's fault or the media's fault for trying to catch athletes in "gotcha" moments in absurd. This kind of blathering commentary happens when jocks become sports columnists and analysts. I watched Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson last night (OKC/Dallas game) talk about the incident and put the blame on fans (they say hurtful things!) and the television cameras for having to cut back to Noah to catch him in a "gotcha" moment. Hilarious. Yeah, it couldn't be Noah's fault? If he were mad at a fan, he could have told the guy off with different language. The NBA has made it clear that you can't use that word at work. And David Haugh in the Tribune had the best point: It's just a lack of discipline. Noah used lazy language. And as a highly paid basketball player, you should have more discipline in all parts of your work. Not just on the court.</p><p>Also, did you see<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/5562160-417/video-george-w.-bush-saved-from-foul-ball-by-white-sox-a.j.-pierzynski"> A.J. Pierzynski play a secret service agent and protect former President George W. Bush from a foul ball</a>?</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Derrick Rose's new commercial features the "L", the Chicago skyline and light shoes:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/m26UfLOKsrY" width="560" frameborder="0" height="349"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 24 May 2011 13:59:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-24/hold-your-horses-chicago-no-linen-or-white-pants-until-after-memoria Politicizing sports: Do the Packers represent 'The Right'? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/politicizing-sports-do-packers-represent-right <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Obama-GreenBay.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 378px;" title="" alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-31/Obama-GreenBay.jpg" /></p><p>This weekend, I received this e-mail from a relative:&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">Subject: The Green Bay Packers Are Good For America</p><p style="text-align: left;">Every Red Blooded American should jump in line to support the Green Bay Packers! The Packers defeated the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon thus earning them the opportunity to go to the Super Bowl. By doing so, they saved the Hard-Working, Red Blooded, Taxpaying Americans literally several million dollars of tax money. How you say?&nbsp; <br /><br />Simple... we were told that if the Chicago Bears had won that President Obama (and probably his family) would be attending the Super Bowl to cheer on his hometown team. Since the Bears lost...the President won't be attending.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">The money saved from not using Air Force 1, the limosines, all the additional security, and let's not forget&nbsp; Michelle Obama's entourage, is literally several million dollars!&nbsp; Therefore everyAmerican should cheer on the Green Bay Packers at the Super Bowl to show them our gratitude.&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p style="text-align: left;">Ah, now that's one aspect of this great rivalry I hadn't considered: the politics. Green Bay (unwittingly?) has become the football representation of the Republican party, whereas a team like the Chicago Bears have become an arm for the Democrats. This isn't the first time that politics and sports have intertwined, so this may not come as a surprise to many.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Big game sporting events have always reeked of nationalism and over-the-top theatrics.&nbsp; World Cup soccer, anyone?&nbsp; Olympics?&nbsp; Air Force jets to show international audiences we still have super power?&nbsp; But I don't remember getting this e-mail when former presidents attended sporting events.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Last year, most people didn't think twice when former President George W. Bush was prominently featured as the Texas Rangers hosted the San Fransisco Giants during the 2010 World Series.&nbsp;After all, he did own the Rangers at one point.</p><p style="text-align: left;">But not only were he and his wife (and I believe his Father/Mother) in attendance,&nbsp; they saddled up to the field in a special box behind home plate. That meant every camera angle for every pitch (about 300 thrown in a game) showed the former president in the background. Big deal, except that the game in question was played the Monday night before the mid-term election in October.&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">That's not all.&nbsp; When Fox showed the &quot;God Bless America&quot; 7th inning stretch, the cameras zoomed in on two images: President Bush and the American flag - over and over again. Ironically, the Giants won the game and celebrated on the Rangers' diamond. But I&nbsp;believe Bush (and Fox) helped stir up their base.&nbsp;So let's call it a draw, Texas. &nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: left;">And now the focus of attention turns to Chicago.&nbsp; With the&nbsp;Windy City's&nbsp; &quot;First Fan&quot; in the White House, Chicago sport teams will undoubtedly attract the ire of those looking for another way to oppose the President.&nbsp; Jay Cutler, Derrick Rose and Ozzie Guillen all will be synonymous with Obama, Pelosi and Clinton. And eek, what will happen if Rahm&nbsp;Emanuel is elected mayor?</p><p style="text-align: left;">I, for one, embrace the political bias. You want to rally against our Bears for other purposes than what's on the field?&nbsp;Great. Politics aside, we can use as much bulletin-board fodder as possible in this town.&nbsp; And frankly, if the Green Bay Packers represent &quot;Red&nbsp;Blooded Americans,&quot; I'm fine with representing something else.</p><p style="text-align: left;">Gee, I wonder if America will rally around the Chicago White Sox if they sweep through the American League this year. What if they draw someone like the Rangers in the ALCS, or even worse,&nbsp; the Arizona Diamondbacks in the World Series?&nbsp;<br /><br />I'm already dreading the e-mails.</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:51:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/politicizing-sports-do-packers-represent-right