Archive for February 2019

You can't outrun a mother's curse: Tales from the ER

You can't outrun a mother's curse: Tales from the ER
Yesterday’s piece, “You can’t outrun a mother’s curse, you’ll only break your neck if you try” started with my first experience on skis and ended with my last (so far). I’ll be back on the snow, but medical advice is saying later rather than sooner. So there I was, barely able to move and heading... Read more »

You can't outrun a mother's curse, you'll only break your neck if you try

You can't outrun a mother's curse, you'll only break your neck if you try
My parents lived a mostly sedentary life, which was not atypical for their generation. There’s no great explorers or adventurers in our family tree. I was the “daredevil” of the family, but remember that the bar was set pretty low. Still, I liked to push boundaries a little, tempting fate where practical.  As a bonus,... Read more »

The case of Jussie Smollett shows the importance of questioning the unlikely claims of one man when FACTS prove otherwise

The case of Jussie Smollett shows the importance of questioning the unlikely claims of one man when FACTS prove otherwise
Like most Chicagoans (I hope), I was appalled to hear of the heinous crime perpetrated in my city as recounted by the victim, Jussie Smollet. My initial reaction was one of anger and disgust with no thought to the possibility that it was also fiction. Who would make up such a thing and for what... Read more »
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Peace and legislation DEMAND a THOROUGH INVESTIGATION

Peace and legislation DEMAND a THOROUGH INVESTIGATION
On Tuesday night Donald Trump channeled Richard Nixon’s 1974 State of the Union address, both men using that platform to try to get Congress to halt investigations into their criminal activity. Nixon resigned seven months later (August 9, 1974).  There was a stark difference in the messaging of the two men, though. Nixon’s appeal was... Read more »

The State of the Union is what you make of it

The State of the Union is what you make of it
Most Americans don’t need to be told the state of our union, especially those living from paycheck to paycheck, which accounts for about 40% of the work force. The State of the Union for most Americans is the state of their financial health, or lack thereof. The Founding Fathers could never have imagined the pageantry... Read more »

Ralph Northam, Democrats and the insanity of a circular firing squad

Ralph Northam, Democrats and the insanity of a circular firing squad
By the time you read this, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam may already have resigned. If he did, it was probably anticlimactic and, for the most part, beside the point. Resignation may have been Northam’s best option, but I could argue either side of the issue.  The people of Virginia elected him and it should be... Read more »
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To all Trumpsters, stupid people and Mike Pence: Do not believe your own eyes or ears

To all Trumpsters, stupid people and Mike Pence: Do not believe your own eyes or ears
On Tuesday, directors of America’s intelligence agencies (see above) published the findings of the Worldwide Threat Assessment (WTA) to the U.S Senate. The WTA is a painstakingly compiled report of the state of the world’s greatest threats. The information is gathered by hundreds of career intelligence officers across the globe, many collecting information in foreign... Read more »