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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Ain’t no foie gras kind a town

Aldermen in that toddlin’ town, Chicago, have banned the sale of foie gras, the goose- and duck-liver delicacy. Or as one anti-fatty-liver blog puts it, the “delicacy of despair.”

Foie gras now joins smokin’ in public places, handguns and nuclear weapons as verboten in Chicago.

What’s next, a ban on not just the sale, but also the possession of foie gras? Carrying concealed foie gras? Second-hand foie gras?

Won’t the ban simply push the sale of foie gras into the suburbs? Just like Chicago’s decision to be a nuclear-free zone decade ago turned suburban Cicero into a nuclear zone?

At least Chicago’s aldermen will be able to boast: “Ain’t no foie on us.”

2 comments:

Bill Dermody said...

A little known fact about the "new" Soldier Field" is that, in the city's attempts to preserve its status as a national landmark, and to try to emphasize its commitment to our nation's veterans, a statue that rightfully belongs atop a pedestal monument in Garfield Park was renovated and placed inside Gate "O," leaving the monument to the 132nd Infantry Regiment in Garfield Park denuded of its beautiful Doughboy statue. The statue, one of about 130 around the country by sculptor E. M. Viquesney, was damaged during the Rev. King riots in 1968 and placed in storage. For 35 years, the pedestal monument in Garfield Park, on which are inscribed the accomplishments of what is probably Illinois' most dedicated military unit, has stood in oblivion, not even mentioned on the city's listings of military monuments. The Doughboy statue rightfully belongs on that pedestal monument, but the committee saw it as a way to emphasize Soldier Field's commitment to our nation's veterans. In truth, the Doughboy Staute and the monument in Garfield Park were erected in 1926 as a monument to the 132nd Infantry, not to all veterans, and now its original signifance has essentially been lost. I have 3 living aunts who are daughters of one of the members of the 132nd Infantry. My father was his son. Nearly all the soldiers in the 132nd were Illinoisans, and most were from Chicago. The unit earned 5 medals of honor and many other honors during the 47-day battle of the Meuse Argonne during WWI. My aunts cannot believe that Chicago would place the Doughboy elsewhere and not renovate the monument to their father's unit. Someone should look into this. I certainly continue to question the propriety of the decisions that led to the statue's placement at Soldier Field

George said...

If memory serves me correctly, the last time Soldier Field played to capacity was the Austin-Leo game in 1938 featuring Bill Decorvant and Bob Kelly.
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