One citizen's take on the Dick that makes Chicago tick.


Tuesday, July 7, 2009


I came across the blog driftglass the other day and I just had to share this hilarious post about Mayor Daley and his Olympic lies: Epic Dick Move
And I don't believe it is simply that no one ever explained to Hizzoner the difference between "broke" ...
broke (brk)
1. Past tense of break.
2. Nonstandard A past participle of break.

Adj. 1. broke - lacking funds; bust, skint, stone-broke, stony-broke, poor - having little money or few possessions

...and "broken"
bro·ken (brkn)
Past participle of break.
1. Forcibly separated into two or more pieces; fractured: a broken arm; broken glass.
2. Having been violated: a broken promise.
Because when you strip away this brand-new batch of smooth, fast-talking promises (OK, the slow, awkward, mumbly-talking promises) what is really going on here is actually pretty simple.

Da Mare is broke – so broke, he says, that he has to sell off the city’s roads, airports and parking meters, fire enough people to populate a small town, and make the rest of his employees take weeks of unpaid “days off” just to keep the doors open – but he also wants to buy a big, shiny new house.

A big, shiny new house in a notoriously volatile market, where mistakes, dumbassery or bad timing have already cost very clever people billions and billions of dollars.

So what do you do when you just gotta have that fucking house, but when the closing date rolls around, for all of your slick patter, the bank still demands that you to put up waaaay more cold, hard cash than you have?

Well, as you bust open their piggy banks, you start making a lot of lavish promises to your children that this time somehow it’ll all be different.

That this time the value of the big, shiny house will just go up and up and up regardless of past history, present circumstances or future uncertainty.

That this time everybody will go home in limousines because...because this time nothing whatsoever will go wrong.

Da Mare is doing nothing less than taking out the biggest fucking subprime mortgage in the history of the world, and putting the City up as collateral.

Because, hey, we all know how well that genius strategy has worked out so far.

The rest of the post is just as great - as are many others on the blog. So check it out.

Plus, I thought the above picture - also from driftglass - was awesome.

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