Thoughts that ran through my head before, during and after watching "Burn After Reading," the hilarious new comedy from Joel and Ethan Coen:
"I am distrurbed by the number of single issue voters we have in our party.
"I would just point out that we need to win all the offices this year -- the presidential, the U.S. Senate and majorities in the General Assembly.
"My fear is, that those Republicans may cause the defeat of more Republicans than those they have targeted."
"Illinois needs a Republican senator who represents mainstream values.
"And Illinois most assuredly needs Republicans in control of the state Senate and House.
"It is our duty and obligation to present our vision for Illinois and America clearly and without apologies."
So, you might be guessing GOP chairman Andy McKenna at Republican Day at the State Fair or perhaps House Republican leader Tom Cross at the GOP convention.
Metallica's "Death Magnetic" is finally, officially here. Oh sure, I've heard the whole thing on YouTube already -- I don't roll with illegal downloads -- but today I can actually go to a store and buy one of those compact disc thingies. (Remember those?)
I had every intention of buying it at the local 24-hour megastore when I got off work, but the A/V department wasn't on their A-game; they didn't bother to put it on the shelves at midnight, and the manager on duty had no interest in searching for it in the back room. So I'm listening to the album right now on streaming audio from metallica.com, and the sound quality is worse than the rips I heard on YouTube. Oh well.
So let's go through this thing track-by-track, shall we?
Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr., a Chicago Democrat, informed Senate members that they will not be back in session until Nov. 12, refusing to call any immediate special session to consider restoring budget cuts or ethics legislation -- both of which the House approved just a day ago.
By the time the Senate convenes, two dozen state parks and historic sites will have closed and more than 300 state employees will have been laid off. Plus, numerous social service agencies are cutting staff and programs as state cuts trickle down to those who actually do the treatment and counseling on the state's behalf. An Elgin alcohol abuse and drug treatment center announced it would cut five staff and remove two beds from its programs because of the state cuts.