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Shut the "F**k up; a.k.a. The Historic War on Women

It was our house guest, an archaeologist  from Argentina doing a 6-week research job at Chicago’s Field Museum, who said a mouthful. “You know how once you read about something, then you seem to read about it everywhere?” I do, Geraldine. I really do. During the past few days in a variety print magazines that... Read more »

Summertime doldrums? Get thee to The Hypocrites "All Our Tragic"

Nothing on your $80-a-month Comcast cable or DirecTV dish? Hate the book you’re reading? Okay that was a joke. Reading? Finally sobered up to the vapid waste of hitting buttons on an electronic gizmo just because you’re bored? So get yourself to Chicago’s very own The Hypocrites All Our Tragic. But, won’t it be…ah, depressing? As... Read more »

Boycott SEX with Hobby Lobby and those who oppose women's contraception

As the Hobby Lobby case pointed out, sex is too important to left to the jerking old hands of men on the Supreme Court. So:         Be it resolved that given 98% of women have used contraception, women get up to say aloud and proudly, NO more SEX with any male who... Read more »
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The Church of the Immaculate Contraception, Hobby Lobby & The Supreme Court

Stupid is as stupid talks. There goes yet another “prince” of the church (purposely not capitalized given there are so very many princes and so many churches, truly.) “Is the ability to buy contraceptives, that are now widely available — my Lord, all you have to do is walk into a 7-11 or any shop... Read more »

Skeptical of China--or how does international business survive fake products?

And in a world of zombie-like Botox-frozen faces who walk among us; what is fake? My first experience with fake products was with the watch sellers of Asuncion, Paraguay. Psst, psst they’d sputter to passer-byes. “You want a designer watch? Omega? Rolex?” and with a flash of the hand they’d magically change the face of... Read more »

Redford, Aging and the Life Well Lived

Seeing the naturally aging face of Robert Redford stare out from the cover of the Sunday New York Times magazine, I consider the temporality of life. And the reality of aging; something I am forced to do every day of my life. Who is that old lady that looks surprisingly like my dead mother? That... Read more »
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Six Reasons the Sochi Olympic 2014 PROBLEMS Give UK 2012 Olympics PLATINUM

So over Sochi already with all its problems, and these are my half dozen reasons why (so far). 1. First, things were done on time in the UK. Yes, even the paint was (apparently) dry! Unlike Sochi with the reported “are you kidding” stories about lack of water, floors and yes, roofs, in the UK... Read more »

Why Hotel Beds Do Not Equate Development in Chicago's South Loop

Chicago is on road to a stupidly, ill considered development at McCormick Convention Center in the DePaul Basketball Arena and hotels. The City powers want it because DePaul connected-types want it because the City powers want it because the DePaul connected types want it–ad infinitum. Meanwhile the silent majority in the neighborhood, like lambs to... Read more »

A Modest Proposal* by 2nd Amendment Gun Absolutists

A Modest Proposal *by 2nd Amendment Absolutists Stand your ground. Thanks to Uncle ALEC and the deep pocketed gun lobbyists of the NRA and the gun absolutists of the Gun Owners of America, under the Castle doctrine  it is legal to shoot first and ask questions later. So if ever one of those other types... Read more »
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Christians, Christmas and the Atheist down the block

You don’t have to be Christian to say happy holidays. When I was a pig-tailed Protestant child tucked up in my single bed in New Jersey awaiting the iconic fat man with the bag of loot (who had a passion for my Mother’s homemade cookies), I enjoyed the Christmas holidays. As a nice Jewish matron... Read more »
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