Posts in category "Human Nature"

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 »

ASU frat party blurs the line between free speech and racism

A fraternity party at Arizona State University in Tempe last week pitted freedom of speech advocates against a racially-sensitive back drop of sense and sensibility. In response to the party, where racial stereotypes were depicted by fraternity members and their guests, the University severed ties with the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.   Read the story here ... Read more »

Back to my future

The king of all adages goes something like, “If I only knew then what I know now.”    We live in the present with the conviction that we could change our lives for the better if only we could take our experiences back with us to an earlier time in our lives. Having lived a pretty... Read more »

Chicago: Guns and roses at the OK Corral

Chicago’s history is rich with guns, violence and bloodshed. From post-Civil War cowboys bringing their cattle to our stockyards to the Haymarket Riot of 1886 to gangland shootouts of the Prohibition Era, business disputes in Chicago seem to have always gotten settled with the six-gun, the Tommy Gun and now the Glock. In a 1920... Read more »

Haters, complainers and the most unkind comment of all

I was sampling some of Sheffield’s new draft beer choices with a buddy when the inevitable subject of blogging arose.  My buddy appears regularly in another Chicago publication and writes a blog for their online presence. Spoiler alert: ChicagoNow is the benchmark of local blog spots. My buddy, who I will call “Al”, was well into... Read more »

Boy Scout leaders vote to allow gay youth

Last week in a place ironically named Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center (am I the only one who thinks that’s ironic?) in Grapevine, Texas, Boy Scout leaders voted to allow gay boys to become Boy Scouts starting in January, 2014.  They also voted to continue their policy of not allowing gay Boy Scout leaders,... Read more »

Winning The Lottery and Other Myths and Misconceptions

I just checked my Powerball tickets and came away very disappointed.   Again.   The jackpot was $320 Million, about a $200 Million lump sum, maybe $130 Million after taxes, of which I had spent all but the last $10,000.  The kid in the commissary at 175 W. Jackson (Chicago) is probably bummed, as well. I... Read more »

Guns, Violence and Illegal Drugs: You can't have one without the other two

Talking about violence as if it’s the problem is like talking about diarrhea as if it were a disease, instead of just a symptom of a disease. The actual disease is cholera, the cause of cholera is unsanitary conditions which provide a fertile breeding ground for the bacteria that causes cholera. A good friend of... Read more »