Mayor Daily Dozen 9/19/2012

Happy Birthday to... :-): I would like to start today's Mayor Daily Dozen off by wishing a very happy 30th birthday to the smiley face emoticon :-). On this day in 1982 a Carnegie Mellon professor named Scott E. Fahlman first used the text based smiley face as a way to express on bulletin board posts that this thread was not to be taken too seriously. Read more here.

Back to School, Back to School...: Chicago Public Schools opened their doors today to over 350,000 students after a seven day strike by the Chicago Teacher's Union put an epic battle between CTU President Karen Lewis and Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the center of  larger nationwide debates over collective bargaining and educational reform. Read more here.

Too Fast, Too Furious: The Justice Department's inspector general has recommended disciplinary action be taken against 14 current federal officials tied to the botched drug and gun trafficking operation that has become to be known as Operation Fast and Furious. The report is especially critical of the actions and lack of oversight of a group of ATF agents based in Arizona. Read more here.

Ball So Hard? Dat Shit Cray: President Barack Obama is set to attend a lavish fundraiser hosted by Jay-Z at the legendary Rapper's 40/40 Club. The $40,000 a plate fundraiser is expected to raise over $4 million for the President's reelection campaign. The fundraiser has been making waves on the net all day as pictures have surfaced of a Jeffery Beer's 18ft high, 350 bottle champagne tower made with Jay-Z's favorite bubbly Armand de Brignac better known in hip hop circles as the $800 a bottle Ace of Spade. Read more here.

Firestorm Extinguished: Former Duke University and current New Orleans Hornets Forward Lance Thomas reached a settlement with New York jeweler Raefello & Co in a lawsuit filed against him last January over default on a payment of $67,800 for the purchase of $100,000 in custom  jewelry. The lawsuit briefly set off a firestorm last week as questions arose about how the then college senior was able to make such a large purchase, with only a 30% down payment, four months before the 2010 NCAA National Championship Game that Duke would end up winning. Read the News & Observers Take here.

Rahmfather Makes Chick-fil-A an Offer They Couldn't Refuse? Just a day after reaching an agreement with the Chicago Teacher's Union that ended a seven day work stoppage at CPS schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel scored a political victory when Chick-fil-A announced it would stop funding anti-Gay organizations. The popular fast food chain's drastic change of course has prompted Alderman Joe Moreno to drop his opposition to Chick-fil-A's expansion in Chicago. Read more here.

Call Me Maybe: Nate Silver of the New York Times' FiveThirtyEight Blog writes that Barack Obama's lead looks stronger in polls that include cell phone users versus many of the more traditional polls that only call land lines. Roughly one-third of American households rely exclusively on cell phones and the demographics of this group tend to lean Democratic. Read more here.

Cartoon Backlash: France will close 20 embassies across the Muslim world on Friday after French Weekly Charlie Hebdo published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Mohammed running naked. Charlie Hebdo went ahead with the publication despite strong condemnation from the French government who strongly urged the weekly not add fuel to the fire behind last week's riots at American embassies in Egypt and Libya. Read more here.

NHL Lockout's First Victims: The NHL has cancelled all preseason games thru September 30th as the owners and players have failed to come to an agreement over a new collective bargaining agreement after the previous CBA expired at midnight on Saturday. NHL staffers were told this week they would be forced to take a 20% pay cut until the lockout ends as they transition to four-day work weeks. Read more here.

Show Me the Money: Mortgage lending slid to a 16-year low in 2011 amid stricter lending standards and crimped demand for loans. In 2011 banks funded 7.1 million mortgages, down 10% from 2010. This was the lowest amount of mortgages lent since 1995. Read more here.

More Trouble for ex-Bear Sam Hurd: Embattled former Bears WR Sam Hurd faces four felony more drug charges after a plea deal with the government fell apart yesterday. The new charges against Hurd allege that while out on bond in San Antonio on June 6, Hurd tried to obtain between 50 kilograms and 100 kilograms of marijuana and at least 5 kilograms of cocaine. Read more here.

House Passes New Buffet Rule: The House of Representatives today passed a modification of the 'Buffet Rule' which would allow the super-rich to voluntarily pay more in taxes with the sole purpose of reducing the deficit. Under the legislation, which would still need Senate approval, taxpayers could check a box on their taxes and send in a check for more than they owe to the IRS.  Read more here.

A Little Extra: Fan Makes Blowjob Faces Behind Home Plate at Wrigley

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