Friday, December 08, 2006


Today is the 75th anniversary of Jane Addams winning the Nobel Peace Prize.

She did her good works in the immigrant slums of Chicago.

But is there a statue of her, or some kind of monument?


In fact there's not a single statue of a woman in the entire city.

But we do have statues of Very Important Dead Men, such as:

-drunken sports announcer Harry Caray

-average gossip columnist Irv Kupcinet

-and fictional TV character Bob Newhart.

Lest you think this affects only women -- there's no statue or monument to the city's first non-native resident, Jean Baptiste Pointe duSable, either.

Despite the fact that a group of activists has been lobbying for one since the 1920's.

Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that he's black.

Nothing at all.

Such a melting pot, this.


  1. Up in my neck of the woods they put a "Bewitched" statue in Salem, MA. There was much debate, but in the end the statue won out because the city wanted the revenue.

    The statue was a promotion for an awful movie based on a mediocre tv show. It does not appear that the stunt increased ticket sales.

    It does help, however, to paint the witch trials as something fun and something that we should be proud of.

    Of course, there's no mention of the fact that the women they killed weren't really witches and it was just religious hysteria based on the fear of sexuality in young women.

  2. Chicago/Cook County is corrupt Caca, the monuments can be found where the takers live and play.
    Look at the pension increase Bobbie Steel stole.

    Cook County Board President Boobie Steel has an opportunity to get a $136,000.00 pension, if she retires from the county board in the next few weeks. Her pension as a County Commissioner would have been $68,000.00, but since she served as Interim County Board President her pension option has increased 100%.

  3. Anonymous5:41 PM

    Looks like Mumbai men don't measure up!!

    NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Condoms designed to meet international size specifications are too big for many Indian men as their penises fall short of what manufacturers had anticipated, an Indian study has found.

    The Indian Council of Medical Research, a leading state-run center, said its initial findings from a two-year study showed 60 percent of men in the financial capital Mumbai had penises about 2.4 cm (one inch) shorter than those condoms catered for.

    For a further 30 percent, the difference was at least 5 cm (two inches). A poor fit meant the prophylactics often didn't do the job they were bought for, and led to some tearing or slipping off during use.

    "One of the reasons for a failure of up to 20 percent (of condoms) is the association of the size of the condom to the erect penis," the council's Dr. Chander Puri told Reuters, adding another reason was couples often put them on in a hurry.

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    Puri said many men in India, which has the world's highest HIV positive caseload, were too shy to ask for condoms.

    "We need more vending machines for condoms of different sizes so people can pick a condom with confidence that is suited to their needs," he said.

    The Times of India reported the ICMR survey had studied 1,400 men between 18-50 years of age in cities like Mumbai and New Delhi as well as in rural areas in a report. It entitled its story "Indian men don't measure up."

  4. Anonymous10:55 AM

    US approves Indian nuclear deal
    The US Congress approves legislation allowing the export of civilian nuclear fuel to India for the first time in 30 years.