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Updated: January 1, 2013 6:36AM


Tweeterville: Sneed hears former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is now singing with the voice of an anxious canary. Sneed also hears rumbles the feds are very interested in a powerful dem femme, who is not an alderman. Stay tuned.

The Jackson File...

All in the family: Although former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s brother, Jonathan, has confided to pals he wants a political career — a future mayoral bid on his supposed wish list — it is another Jackson brother, Yusef, a lawyer, who is described by political watchers as “smart as whip” and “the real deal” who could be the next to enter the political fray.


Watch for Ald. Ed Burke and Ald. Carrie Austin to introduce legislation calling for the City Council and the Illinois Attorney General’s office to join forces to prosecute Boobies Rock!, a T-shirt company, alleging it illegally operated in the city and fraudulently solicited donations as a breast cancer charity. ◆Burke’s Law: “The public needs to be alerted this company is misrepresenting itself ... and many people who are buying ‘Boobies Rock’ T-shirts unwittingly believe a substantial portion of their money will be used for charitable purposes,” said Burke. “They don’t have a business license in the city.”

◆Firm’s flaw: The action follows an exclusive Sun-Times investigation by reporter Stephanie Zimmerman . Boobies Rock does not bill itself as a charity, but describes itself as “one of the leading advocates for awareness of breast cancer across the U.S.” It is indeed a for-profit business — and some of the charities it claims to help say its claims are misleading, according to Zimmerman’s investigation. ◆Naw Naw: When Boobies Rock became aware of the paper’s investigation, a promise that “a portion of each sale will be donated to organizations that provide direct services to those affected by breast cancer around the country,” was amended to read “a portion of each online sale” would be donated. The company has not changed the wording on its Facebook page.

Stay tuned.

Rice Paper ...

Headline writers are having a field day over the festering flap engulfing U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice’s Libyan stumble. Consider these headlines: “Rice on Ice” and “Fried Rice.”

Hawaiian Eye Yi Yi!

It appears Christmas at the Obama’s annual Hawaiian White House on the island of Oahu will be costly. ◆Taxpayer cost: Approximately $4 million, according to media reports. ◆To wit: All the windows in the home the family will rent must be replaced with bulletproof glass and new phone lines must be added; a caravan of 22 cars, including a local ambulance, will accompany the president anywhere he goes on the island’s one-lane roads; an entire floor of a local office building will be rented to house President Barack Obama’s security. ◆Santa’s cost: Priceless.

The Bush Patrol ...

Ah, levity. Former President George H.W. Bush, 88, who is being treated for bronchitis in the hospital and is confined to a wheelchair due to his battle with Parkinson’s, still maintains a sense of humor: He loves wearing wild, brightly colored socks to lessen the drama.


Former CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus is off the hook ... apparently. Petraeus said his longtime wife, Holly, has agreed to stick it out and stay with him, according to a letter he sent to retired Brig. Gen. James Shelton acquired by the New York Post. Isn’t that a relief.

The fiscal cliffhanger...

One stop shopping: Is President Barack Obama this/close to appointing a Secretary of Business to oversee newly consolidated government agencies, including the Small Business Administration? Wasn’t this part of Obama’s discussion with his former nemesis Mitt Romney over a bowl of white turkey chili in the White House’s private dining room Thursday? Just asking.

Sneedlings ...

Happy birthday to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who celebrated his birthday at home Thursday night with his family ... Friday’s birthdays: Mandy Patinkin, 60; Billy Idol, 57; and David Mamet, 65.

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