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Posted: Sunday, September 25, 2005 6:59 am | Updated: 7:18 am, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

BRICK to Scottsdale city officials, well-known for demanding that zoning applicants jump through numerous aesthetic hoops in order to get permits — everyone but themselves, that is.

However, as reported in Thursday’s Tribune, when it came to erecting an 87-foot tall U.S.-flag-embossed tent — big enough to shelter four Boeing 747s — at the city’s WestWorld big-event venue, City Hall bypassed all permits and safety inspections. Now, would former Los Arcos developer Steve Ellman have received such a free pass if he proposed such a star-spangled structure? Yeah, right.

BRICK to U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., who, in a speech to a Congressional Black Caucus town hall meeting at the organization’s 35th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington D.C., denounced President Bush as "our Bull Connor." To liken the president to the Birmingham, Ala. police commissioner who became a symbol of Southern racism by turning fire hoses and setting police dogs on peaceful civil-rights demonstrators in 1963 is as hallucinatory as it is inflammatory.

And another BRICK to the audience at the meeting, which, reported the New York Sun, received Rangel’s ravings with "wild applause and cheering."

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