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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 08:00 PM
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Disappointment at bid rejection not shared by all
Disappointment at bid rejection not shared by all

October 3, 2009


Anti-Olympics activists cheered Friday morning as the rest of the crowd at Daley Center Plaza mourned the International Olympic Committee's decision to give the 2016 Games to Rio de Janeiro instead of Chicago.

As the Rev. Jesse Jackson tried to do TV interviews, Willie J.R. Fleming shouted, "Tell Mayor Daley and President Obama they need to come back here and come to Fenger High School!"

That was the school attended by honor student Derrion Albert, beaten to death last week.

The mantra of the anti-Games activists has been that the Olympics would divert money and attention from more pressing city needs, such as efforts to improve schools and infrastructure. The Games would raise taxes and enrich the connected, they said.

As dejected Olympics supporters left Daley Center Plaza, George Blakemore shouted, "Good! Now go home and work on parking meters and schools!"

Anka Karewicz, 28, another anti-Games activist, said she hoped opponents such as herself are part of the reason Chicago lost.

Amid the unhappy faces in Washington Park on Friday, one man didn't seem too upset. The Chicago resident, who declined to give his name, said, "The only Chicago people not happy about this decision are the ones in Copenhagen."

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/olympics/1804212,CST-NWS...

Stuck with no-rings circus

ANALYSIS | After Olympic flop, Daley must face budget gaps, record low popularity

October 3, 2009
BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter

Capturing Olympic gold would have solidified Mayor Daley's builder legacy and provided a bonanza of federal funding, jobs and contracts to bolster Daley's prospects for re-election in 2011.

Will losing the Olympics mark the beginning of the end of the Daley era?

Time will tell, but one thing is certain: After spending his political capital on the Olympics at the expense of higher priorities, the mayor has virtually nothing to show for it.

He comes home to face the grim reality of a $520 million city budget gap, a $300 million CTA shortfall and the continuing fallout from the horrific videotaped beating death of a Fenger High School student.

Without the extraordinary booty from a seven-year-long public works project, he'll be forced to find other ways to rebuild the South Side and reward feisty aldermen, corporate chieftains who bankrolled the bid and union leaders whose concessions helped minimize city layoffs.

"It's a disappointment. But it's not blood in the water," said Ald. Pat O'Connor (40th), the mayor's unofficial City Council floor leader.

"The challenges before him will now be more center stage. But if people think he's vulnerable, they're making a mistake. Losing the Olympics will not be the cause."

http://www.suntimes.com/sports/olympics/1804725,CST-NWS...
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TheBigotBasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 08:12 PM
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1. Why are you
a resident of Indiana, happily clapping the loss of the Olympics by the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago?
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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 08:21 PM
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2. because it's being trumpeted as bad news for the president by the fail junkies?
Edited on Sat Oct-03-09 08:21 PM by dionysus
:shrug:

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Baltoman991 Donating Member (869 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 08:24 PM
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3. But of course!!!
Those on the right who hate Obama can call him a failure and those on the left who didn't support him in the primaries are attempting to use it as an "I told you so" moment.

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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 08:25 PM
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4. you know i was a huge deaniac in 04, and it never even crossed my mind to despise kerry for dean not
Edited on Sat Oct-03-09 08:27 PM by dionysus
winning. this shit is astounding. i was pissed for a little bit but that was it.
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ChimpersMcSmirkers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 08:48 PM
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6. fail junkie - perfect
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Jackeens Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 08:48 PM
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5. I love you IndianaGreen, but be honest with me: were you on the Rio Olympic bid committee?
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TheKentuckian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 08:54 PM
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7. It can't be ignored that the green types see their enemy as the Democrats not the Republicans
Republicans aren't the focus for those folks even when they fully hold power. They are intransigent ideologues just like the Republicans of today but are less wrong but just as wrongheaded and just hang out to drive wedges and pick off frustrated stragglers.

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dionysus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 09:33 PM
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8. and we have a winner folks
:thumbsup:
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jenmito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 10:27 PM
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9. Silly me-I thought this was going to be an article about the RWers who were cheering the "loss"...
I shouldn't be surprised that it wasn't. :eyes:
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MadBadger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-03-09 10:28 PM
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10. Somebody's obsessed
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