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Sunday links.

March 8, 2009

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Thanks to Angela Caputo, here are the anti-immigrant bills presently awaiting action by the Illinois legislature.

If you’re not living in a white neighborhood in Chicago don’t even think about using an I-Go or a Zip Car says Chi-Town Daily News.

Jose Vilson was glad to be there but wonders about the meaning of free speech and our right to assemble.

Oh, so that’s what it is about. The WSJ says mayoral control is “saving thousands of kids from the tyranny of union-dominated failure.”

We sing, we dance, we steal things.

The once-lionized lifestyles of the rich and infamous were appallingly tacky. John Thain’s parchment trash can was merely the tip of the kitschy iceberg. The level of taste flaunted by America’s upper caste at the bubble’s height had less in common with the Medicis than, say, Uday and Qusay Hussein.

The cultural crash should have been a tip-off to the economic crash to come. Paul Greenwood and Stephen Walsh, money managers whose alleged $667 million fraud looted the endowments at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, were fond of collecting Steiff stuffed animals, including an $80,000 teddy bear. Sir Robert Allen Stanford — a Texan who purchased that “Sir” by greasing palms in Antigua — poured some of his alleged $8 billion in ill-gotten gains into a castle, complete with moat, man-made cliff and pub. He later demolished it, no doubt out of boredom. Frank Rich

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