Category: Historic

Donald Trump will never be strong enough to weild the real power of the presidency

Donald Trump will never be strong enough to weild the real power of the presidency
Donald Trump may serve eight years in office, but he will never discover the true power of the presidency. Trump lionizes strong men and envisions himself in their company. He dreams of his head carved into a Mount Rushmore-like hilltop alongside Putin, Duterte, Erdogan and Mohammed bin Salman. Breaking news:  When Trump runs for reelection,... Read more »

Bella Cain sounded great until the drummer started talking

Bella Cain sounded great until the drummer started talking
Stopping in for a quick pop and some live music, we discovered a great band at the Broken Oar in Port Barrington, Illinois. Bella Cain’s slick website describes them as “The ‘hottest top 40 country group’ in the area!”  They are good and they play more than just country. About an hour into their set... Read more »

Exclusive: Donald Trump's remarks on Air Force One after the Kim summit

Exclusive: Donald Trump's remarks on Air Force One after the Kim summit
If you had a time machine, you could sprint 10 or 12 hours into the future and check out Donnie’s remarks following his historic meeting with Kim Jong-un, even before the talks begin. And it will be historic.  Whether or not it accomplishes anything remains to be seen. Following are Donnie’s comments made aboard Air... Read more »
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1903: A year to remember

1903:  A year to remember
If you’ve visited this space before, you know that it’s usually a rant about the fragile state of our democracy and the danger posed by “alternative facts.” There’s a reason it’s called the Chicago Board of Tirade. Let’s take a break from all that today and think about a simpler time in our history that... Read more »

Christopher Columbus was Just a Wise Guy With a Boat

Christopher Columbus was Just a Wise Guy With a Boat
Edited and reposted for Columbus Day Celebrated in 46 of our 50 states – the holdouts being Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and South Dakota – Columbus Day commemorates the discovery of America by Italian seafarer, Christopher Columbus. While the second Monday of October may be a good time to buy a mattress, the rest is a... Read more »

Christopher Columbus was just a wise guy with a boat

Christopher Columbus was just a wise guy with a boat
Edited and reposted for Columbus Day Celebrated in 46 of our 50 states – the holdouts being Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and South Dakota – Columbus Day commemorates the discovery of America by Italian seafarer, Christopher Columbus. While many of us enjoy having a day off on the 2nd Monday each October, the truth is that... Read more »
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Syria needs some boots on the ground, as long as it's not my kid's feet in those boots

Syria needs some boots on the ground, as long as it's not my kid's feet in those boots
As any poll will tell you, the standout candidates in the GOP race for presidential nominee are Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson. Pundits will tell you that the reason those three lead the pack is because they’re not establishment types, not politicians.  Except for Fiorina, none of them have ever run for... Read more »

Anne Frank: We are failing her once again

Anne Frank died more than 69 years ago in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.  Her death came 3 months before her 16th birthday. Recent studies of records kept meticulously by the Nazis during World War II now tell us that the number of Jews who perished during the Holocaust is closer to 7 million... Read more »

A Day to Remember the Holocaust and Resistance

Today is Yom HaShoah V’HaGevurah, which is Hebrew for “A Day to Remember the Holocaust and Resistance”.  If you think it doesn’t sound that great in either language, you’re not alone. It’s both ironic and paradoxical that it was Hitler’s drive to rid Germany and Europe of all Jews that pushed them to fight for... Read more »
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Abdulrahman Zeitoun changed the way I think about Muslims

Abdrulrahman Zeitoun-Zeitoun to his family and friends-is a naturalized American citizen who emigrated to the United States from Syria.  The trials and tribulations he experienced in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina are documented in Dave Eggers’ book, Zeitoun. As an American Jew, I have a natural antipathy toward the Arab world.  That... Read more »