Archive for February 2013

Murder in Chicago: Rahm's Waterloo, urban decay or poster city for gun control?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s popularity seems inversely correlated to Chicago’s rising murder rate. Riding a wave of positive momentum, Mayor Emanuel held his own in the aftermath of Chicago’s teacher strike. Karen Lewis, president of Chicago’s Teachers Union seemed to take the hit for that and now faces an uphill battle for re-election. High profile shootings... Read more »

Bush v. Bush: Political disconnect or father-son rivalry?

Bush v. Bush, of course refers to George H.W. Bush, 41st President of the United States and his son, George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States. The Bushes were only the second father/son team to ascend to the presidency in American history, the first being John and John Quincy Adams, 2nd and 6th... Read more »

THE MORE I DRINK, THE MORE I DRINK (From Blake Shelton's The More I Drink)

I’ve never been a big drinker, although I do a make a stab at it from time to time. Let’s face it, we all like to party a bit and no one really trusts a teetotaler. Serious drinking, though is an endeavor. It takes determination, stamina and commitment. You could say it takes a village.... Read more »

Dick Cheney: A legacy of intolerance, lies, hypocrisy and treason

Dick Cheney, former Vice President, former Secretary of Defense, former Chief of Staff, yada, yada, yada walks among us, defying the laws of nature.   After repeated heart attacks which, in itself seems a contradiction in terms, the man refuses to die.   He’s even survived a period of literal heartlessness, while a machine strapped... Read more »


Water boarding, drone strikes and the CIA are all part of American vernacular and bandied about like sledgehammers in a fighting robot arena. The CIA has floated into and out of our consciousness since its inception in 1947,  remained mostly visible since President Reagan’s Iran-Contra days. Water boarding was pretty much unknown in the civilized... Read more »


The Chicago Board of Trade is located on Jackson at the south end of LaSalle Street, here in downtown Chicago, IL. On top of the building is a statue of Ceres, goddess of agriculture and fertility in ancient Roman religion. It’s also a neat little restaurant in the lobby of the building, where happy hour... Read more »

Jimmy Lee Dykes Dead: 5-Year-Old Hostage Rescued In Alabama Standoff

FROM THE HUFFINGTON POST:   The standoff between law enforcement and an Alabama man who held a boy in a bunker for seven days ended with the suspect dead and the 5-year-old safely rescued, a law enforcement source told CNN. Reports of an explosion at Jimmy Lee Dykes’ Midland City property came first on Monday... Read more »


Jimmy Lee Dykes may be the poster boy for the National Rifle Association, Gayle Trotter and pot-bellied men making love to assault rifles everywhere. He is the quintessential angry man, consumed with fear and distrust and driven to extraordinary lengths to make his point about the evils of government. 65-year old Dykes, a Vietnam-era Navy... Read more »
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