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Wrigley rooftops hurting as Cubs, economy struggle

About the only thing sustaining them is that the Cubs charge the most for ballpark tickets of any team in the Majors.

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In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, baseball fans are seen in one of the many rooftop venues outside Wrigley Field in Chicago and in the bleacher seats, foreground, to watch a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and Pittsburgh Pirates. Like "America's team" itself about this time every year, the fate of the famed rooftops beyond the Waveland and Sheffield walls is slumping. With the economy bad and the Cubs once again woeful, the club and bar owners offering a unique over-the-wall viewing experience are struggling financially, despite discounted tickets. About the only thing sustaining them is that the Cubs charge the most for ballpark tickets of any team in the Majors.

Don Babwin, Associated Press, in Los Angeles Times | CA

The crowded rooftop bleachers overlooking Wrigley Field stand as proof that no matter how bad the Chicago Cubs played, the ballpark was simply not big enough to hold everyone who wanted to see them play.

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Until now. Between a national recession and a local team that is just plain depressing, the rooftop bleachers — as synonymous with Wrigley as the ivy-covered walls they tower above — are showing signs that there are limits to what fans are willing to do and pay to see a game.

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Summary: Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of September 5

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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Clay Jones

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Building a Nation of Know-Nothings, Timothy Egan, New York Times | NY
It’s not just that 46 percent of Republicans believe the lie that Obama is a Muslim, or that 27 percent in the party doubt that the president of the United States is a citizen. But fully half of them believe falsely that the big bailout of banks and insurance companies under TARP was enacted by Obama, and not by President Bush.

It's Time to Show Alan Simpson, Vet Hater, the Door, David Culver, Evergreene Digest

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  • I call on the Congress and President to show Alan Simpson to the door of the deficit commission’s deliberations and to restore honor and decency to our national conversation on veterans!
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  • I also call on my fellow citizens to hold their President, Congressional Representatives, and Senators accountable for removing Mr. Simpson by contacting them and reminding them that their oath of office demands meeting this country’s obligations to its veterans.
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  • Alan Simpson Condemns Disabled Vets for Breathing Agent Orange
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Anti-Latino Hate Crimes Seen From Baltimore to Arizona, Larry Keller, SPLC's Hate Watch
In today's overheated immigration climate, it’s a good bet more Hispanics will be beaten, even killed, as the debate — if it can be called that — rages on.

Anti-gay group organizes in Anoka-Hennepin (MN) schools as community deals with gay suicides, Andy Birkey, Minnesota Independent<>
“Well, news flash: There are homosexual people all over the world. Having your kid meet a homosexual in school and possibly even having a nice conversation with one isn’t going to turn your kid into one.” --Tammy Aaberg

Protest Glenn Beck - Boycott FOX Advertisers, Bob Fertik, Democrats.com
Glenn Beck doesn't just poison the airwaves with hatred. His hatred actually incites violence and murder.
Our boycott of Fox News advertisers is having a huge impact - over 200 advertisers have pulled their ads from Beck's show.

Medal of Honor, Wikipedia

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  • "It's fun killing people.  I get to roam around and feel like soldiers feel. I've played the bad guys before, but this will be even better because it's based on the real thing. You don't want to hurt other Americans, but you've got to win the game.” --A 13 year old player.
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  • The Killing Games We Play
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Rumsfeld Rules of Engagement Allowing 30 Innocent Civilian Murders for Every One High Value Target, Michael McCarthy, Pax Vobiscum
“God's reasoning is in inverse proportion to the Pentagon's. Then with the gift of God's son Jesus, the whole calculus of war is subtracted. "Love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you." Mt 5:44.”

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Jules Feiffer, Sketchy Character

The award-winning 81-year-old cartoonist talks about kids' books, his troubled childhood, and his still-sharp satire.

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Clara Jeffery, Mother Jones

Jules Feiffer, from Backing Into Forward

In his new memoir, Backing Into Forward, Jules Feiffer describes channeling dyslexia, anxiety, and a troubled childhood into a prolific career. "There's some brain damage," he jokes, "but I've never met a cartoonist who isn't quirky or weird in some ways." Fortunately, the Oscar-, Pulitzer-, Obie-, and Polk-winning author and illustrator's quirks remain in full bloom. The 81-year-old is still cranking out political cartoons and working on kids' books with his daughter and—after a 50-year hiatus—The Phantom Tollbooth author Norton Juster.

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Not that he's gone soft; his satire remains as sharp as ever: "The grown-ups, or the ones I choose to go after, deserve everything they get."

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Mother Jones: I should start by confessing that I named my son after Milo in The Phantom Tollbooth and, like a lot of people, became familiar with you through your children's books. How does it feel to have that be the way into people's hearts—the softer side of Jules?

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Medal of Honor

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  • "It's fun killing people.  I get to roam around and feel like soldiers feel. I've played the bad guys before, but this will be even better because it's based on the real thing. You don't want to hurt other Americans, but you've got to win the game.” --A 13 year old player.
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  • The Killing Games We Play
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  • War Games: Army Lures Civilians By Letting Them Play Soldier
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  • Going to the Mines to Look for Diamonds
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Wikipedia

Medal of Honor (MoH) is the name of a series of first-person shooter games set in World War II, and with an upcoming title based on the conflicts of present day Afghanistan that will be released in October 2010.

The first game was developed by DreamWorks Interactive (currently known as Danger Close) and published by Electronic Arts in 1999 for the PlayStation game console. Medal of Honor spawned a series of follow-up games including multiple expansions spanning various console platforms and the PC and Apple Mac. The series was created by filmmaker Steven Spielberg.

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The Killing Games We Play, Coleen Rowley, Evergreene Digest

The mother of a soldier killed in Iraq criticizes the fact that “In 'Medal of Honor,' gamers can play Taliban and kill U.S. soldiers” (article 8/27/2010) but sadly enough, the mother apparently can’t let herself see how the present wars do, in fact, resemble a giant game, certainly to the politicians, generals and war profiteers who started them and who play with others’ lives. 

Meanwhile, the 13 year old kid who exclaims: "It's fun killing people.  I get to roam around and feel like soldiers feel. I've played the bad guys before, but this will be even better because it's based on the real thing. You don't want to hurt other Americans, but you've got to win the game,” will probably find it easy in a few years to move from one killing game to the next. 

In the end we all lose this game.

War Games: Army Lures Civilians By Letting Them Play Soldier, Joseph De Avila, Wall Street Journal | NY

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  • The Virtual Army Experience -- a traveling exhibit of the U.S. Army -- has been touring the country for the past year and a half, stopping at amusement parks, air shows and county fairs. The Army, which collects information from the thousands of people who play the game, says it's an innovative way to reach a new audience. But critics don't like the idea of the military using giant videogames as a recruiting tool.
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Going to the Mines to Look for Diamonds ~ Ronald D. Fricker, Jr., and C. Christine Fair, Google Books
Experimenting with Recruiting Stations in Malls
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Summary: Intolerance, Hate, Intimidation, Fear-mongering, Violence, Incivility, and Ignorance Move Mainstream: Week of Aug 29

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David Culver, ed., Evergreene Digest

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Sabaaneh

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Pursuit of Happiness, Stuart Klawans, The Nation

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Facebook devolves into dark web of anonymous hate speech, Mike Adams, NaturalNews.com

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Online ranters increasingly pay a legal price, David G. Savage,  Seattle Times | WA
The Internet has allowed tens of millions of Americans to be published writers. But it also has led to a surge in lawsuits from those who say they were hurt, defamed or threatened by what they read.

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Mama Grizzly (and other setbacks), Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe

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  • The Year of the Pink Elephant Women was enough to force our one-woman jury back to its annual task. Once more we celebrate suffrage by giving out the Equal Rites Awards to those who done their best over the past 12 months to set back the cause of women.
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  • Before we get trampled, the envelopes please.
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International Protests Begin Ahead of Sept. 11 Koran Burning Event in Florida, Democratic Underground
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Thomas Sklarski
Roughly 100 Indonesian Islamists protested outside the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta on Friday, Agence France-Press reported, with some threatening holy war if the plan to burn Korans on the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks comes to fruition at the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla.

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