Some days all you can do is laugh.

(1)  A Congressman has spent the last two years studying Waukegan’s local zoning policies. When 10th district congressional challenger Dan Seals aired commercials criticizing President Bush’s policies, incumbent North Shore Republican Mark Kirk’s office told the Daily Herald that he’ll just be focusing on local issues. Kirk has run radio spots promising to work for stem cell research, without mentioning that Bush takes the exact opposite position. (Hat tip to Archpundit.)


(2)  You have to be able to say “Innovation comes from the top down” three times without breaking up.  Next Tuesday, October 24, at IIT the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce will cosponsor the Chicagoland Innovation Summit, which CEO Jerry Roper expects “will likely go down in history as one of the most important meetings in shaping the future of our economy and our competitive standing in the 21st century global marketplace.”  Cosponsors include the Council on Competitiveness, a D.C. outfit that bills itself as “the only national organization whose membership is comprised exclusively of CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders.” 

Hear leading innovators like Bush’s Secretary of Energy. Learn new buzzwords: “Senior leaders discuss how the region can develop its innovation ecosystem to be more competitive in the global economy.” Just in case you doubt the cutting-edgeness here, according to one release, “An initial area of focus for the innovation initiative will be manufacturing.” Earth to innovators: number of manufacturers in the top twelve of Crain’s recent list of the fastest-growing public firms in Chicago? One, and it’s actually Canadian. (Hat tip to Planetizen Radar.)


(3) The more things change, the more those who have the gold make the rules. 

1896: “The most effective tactic used to defeat [William Jennings] Bryan was the coercion of productive labor.  Orders labeled ‘Cancel if Bryan Wins’ and ‘Double this Order if [William] McKinley Wins’ or made ‘contingent’ upon McKinley’s election directly affected industrialists and workers alike. . . . The Eastern insurance companies, which held many Western mortgages, also sent agents to contact every borrower and to offer a five year extension of loans at low interest rates if McKinley were elected.”  (Paolo Coletta’s William Jennings Bryan: Political Evangelist, 1860-1908, pages 201 and 202.)

2006:  “Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is offering up an election-time goodie to Mayor Richard M. Daley and his City Council allies: five Supercenter stores that would go into wards whose aldermen helped the mayor block a proposed minimum wage for big-box retailers like Wal-Mart.”  (Greg Hinz in Crain’s Chicago Business)