Giveaway: Barnes & Noble NOOK Color (Value: $249)

On March 8, 2011, in Celeb, eBooks, Music, by admin

We are excited to be giving away a Barnes & Noble NOOK Color ! NOOK devices are designed to make buying, reading and sharing eBooks and digital content easy and fun. The new NOOK Color makes magazines, newspapers and children’s books come alive.

Giveaway: Barnes & Noble NOOK Color (Value: $249)

We are excited to be giving away a Barnes & Noble NOOK Color!

NOOK devices are designed to make buying, reading and sharing eBooks and digital content easy and fun. The new NOOK Color makes magazines, newspapers and children’s books come alive. Get social, surf the web, play games and even listen to music; anytime, anywhere. Brad and Angelina stopped by a local Barnes & Noble in Missouri recently and purchased a NOOK for Zahara and Shiloh. Other celeb fans include Annalynne McCord and Blake Lively.

We are giving away one NOOK Color (value $249) to 1 lucky reader!

*HOW TO ENTER* Leave a comment here with a valid email address (will not be published). One entry per person per day. Please state what you like about the NOOK Color and 1 winner will be chosen using random.org at the end of the giveaway. This giveaway ends on March. 12th 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Please see official rules. Good luck!

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Mayor’s race only seems like a re-election battle – Chicago Tribune

On February 12, 2011, in eBooks, General, Latest News, Television, by ayesha

Back-fencing with readers online last week I offhandedly referred to Gery Chico , Carol Moseley Braun and Miguel del Valle as “challengers” to Rahm Emanuel in the Chicago mayor’s race. These candidates are, of course, merely Emanuel’s main rivals in the Feb. 22 election to succeed retiring Mayor Richard M.

Back-fencing with readers online last week I offhandedly referred to Gery Chico, Carol Moseley Braun and Miguel del Valle as “challengers” to Rahm Emanuel in the Chicago mayor’s race.

These candidates are, of course, merely Emanuel’s main rivals in the Feb. 22 election to succeed retiring Mayor Richard M. Daley. Only an incumbent can have challengers.

But it was an honest mistake under the circumstances: Not only has Emanuel been running a very incumbentlike campaign — limiting his exposure to other candidates, staying focused on his proposals and rarely deigning to respond to the opposition’s pesky attacks — but he’s also amassed an incumbent-sized financial advantage over the other candidates, picked up an incumbent-esque raft of endorsements and claimed a lead in the opinion polls that’s strikingly incumbentinian.

The Tribune survey of likely voters released late last week had him 30 percentage points ahead of the second-place Chico; a similar ABC-7 survey released last week put Emanuel 40 percentage points ahead of Chico.

Just looking at these numbers, particularly Emanuel’s nearly 7-to-1 advantage over Chico among black voters, and I see only a slim chance that Emanuel won’t break the 50 percent barrier a week from Tuesday to win the race outright, and virtually no chance that he’d lose on April 5 if he’s forced into a run-off.

For this common-sense observation, critics, particularly on the left, include me in their vision of the evil/supine media conspiracy to coronate Emanuel.

I’m reminded of the late columnist Molly Ivins’ observation about journalism — those who don’t like what they see in the mirror have a tendency to blame the mirror.

Here, the mirror the media have held up to the electorate shows that somewhere around half of Chicago voters believe Emanuel is the best choice among the candidates.

It may be, as critics implicitly rage, that these voters are lazy, stupid and gullible — that if they only knew the whole story of Emanuel’s public career and private business dealings, they’d reject him. And that though the media have reported on these issues and reams of critical commentary are just a mouse click away online, the lack of indignant emphasis in our coverage has boosted his poll numbers.

To the extent this may be true, I strongly urge readers to visit Change of Subject online — chicagotribune.com/zorn — where I’ve linked to The Alliance of Workers Against Rahm Emanuel, the Rahm Emanuel Notebooks and other sites that make the case against our presumptive next mayor.

But my sense is that the same qualities that inspire frustration and even fear among critics and foes — Emanuel’s profane, peremptory style; his deep entanglements with insiders and the established power elite; his failure to make nice with city labor unions; his pragmatic-to-a-fault betrayals of progressive ideals while serving in the White House — is what many voters actually like about him.

These same voters, after all, re-elected Daley time and time again even as similar criticisms were leveled against him.

Outside the editorial conference rooms, where enthusiasm for Emanuel is clearly high, what do “the media” want? Speaking as a columnist, I’d love to see a tighter race and for this contest to play out for another six weeks. A one-on-one battle would be a fascinating story to cover.

And speaking as a Chicago resident, I’d love to see another six weeks of point/counterpoint about the critical decisions facing the next mayor and the plans advanced by the top candidates. It seems like the general attention turned to the issues in the race only after the Illinois Supreme Court settled the fight over Emanuel’s residency a little more than two weeks ago.

Emanuel’s tax-plan ‘savings,’ by the numbers

The sort of analysis that may just get lost in the harum-scarum of the last nine days of the campaign is a look at what I’m calling “math-Rahm-atics,” the odd ciphering being done by Rahm Emanuel’s campaign on sales taxes.

“Rahm would cut Chicago sales tax by 20 percent,” says one his recent campaign commercials, “saving working families up to $200 a year.”

The reference is to Emanuel’s proposal to lower the city portion of the sales tax to 1 percent from 1.25 percent, while at the same time broadening the type and number of transactions that are subject to the sales tax.

I praised this general idea in my Wednesday column, though I wagged my finger at Emanuel’s lack of specificity about exactly which services he’d tax. Today I wag my finger at his arithmetic:

The cut he’s proposing would save city consumers a quarter of a penny on every taxable transaction of $1. To save $200 at that modest rate, “working families” would have to spend $80,000 on taxable goods.

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EBooks by Larry Brooks

On February 5, 2011, in General, by admin

EBooks by Larry Brooks Bestselling author & killer writing teacher Larry Brooks delivers ebooks with 101 innovative ideas to jack your creative productivity, demystifying the art of story structure for novels that will sell, the 3 dimensions of character, & getting published. EBooks by Larry Brooks

EBooks by Larry Brooks
Bestselling author & killer writing teacher Larry Brooks delivers ebooks with 101 innovative ideas to jack your creative productivity, demystifying the art of story structure for novels that will sell, the 3 dimensions of character, & getting published.
EBooks by Larry Brooks

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