Category: Human Nature

In what fantasy does Andrew Lelling think that fairness has a place in America?

In what fantasy does Andrew Lelling think that fairness has a place in America?
Every parent has at one time or another has been forced to put down a whining tirade of “That’s not fair” with mom and dad’s best friend, “Life’s not fair, get over it.” Of all the sayings, cliches and adages we heard from our parents and repeated to our kids, that one rings as true... Read more »

America's government must be purged of the two-headed monsters

America's government must be purged of the two-headed monsters
The Constitution establishes America’s government in three co-equal parts. Congress (Senate and House of Representatives) is created in the very first section (Article I), so it must’ve been pretty important to the Founding Fathers. Article II establishes the Executive Branch (President) and Article III establishes the Judiciary (the Supreme Court and lower federal courts). Now... Read more »

The burden of proof is on God

The burden of proof is on God
Before you fire up those nasty emails, there’s not going to be any faith bashing here. In fact, I’m going to defend your religious beliefs. Sort of. So there I was, enjoying some home made soup at Stormy’s Tavern in Northfield, IL when I slipped down the slope of atheistic entreatment. Atheists can be a... Read more »
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Carrie Underwood tells women how to treat bad men with even worse advice

Carrie Underwood tells women how to treat bad men with even worse advice
This would be a good day for one of those patriotic, July 4th commentaries, but I’ve got nothing today.  Below is something I posted back in January, 2017, which I’m re-posting because I just heard the song. Have a safe 4th of July and remember this:  1. Light fuse  2. Drop firecracker  3. Run Carrie... Read more »

So Many Cringeworthy Moments, So Little Time

So Many Cringeworthy Moments, So Little Time
The last Wednesday of each month is usually designated for Blogapalooz, a writing exercise that gives ChicagoNow bloggers an hour to write about a topic provided at 9:00 PM. Today, however I got the following, unexpected email from editor, Jimmy Greenfield: “Welcome to ChicagoNow’s first-ever Surprise-a-palooza! Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is... Read more »

Is It Possible That Even the Most Progressive Among Us Can Suffer a Bout of Deplorability?

Is It Possible That Even the Most Progressive Among Us Can Suffer a Bout of Deplorability?
If you’ve been here before, you know that I’ve been rippin’ on Donald Trump since he first threw his hair into the presidential race back in June of 2015.  I’ve had only contempt for the man since 2011. I was also quick to snatch up and use the term “Basket of Deplorables,” first coined by... Read more »
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Decisions, decisions, decisions

Decisions, decisions, decisions
If this is the last Wednesday of the month, then this must be Blogapalooz Hour, which began an hour ago with an email from the Grand Puba.  That email contained the following: Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to publish a post in one hour.  Here is tonight’s challenge:  You made a... Read more »

Merry Christmas to you and if you have a problem with that, you need to grow up

Merry Christmas to you and if you have a problem with that, you need to grow up
Merry Christmas, I mean it.  In fact, I actually like to say it.  Merry Christmas.  Something about saying it makes me feel good and I suspect that’s true for a lot of people. Saying, “Merry Christmas” is neither politically correct nor politically incorrect.  It is a simple wish for peace or joy or happiness in... Read more »

Reach out and touch yourself

Reach out and touch yourself
“Reach out and touch someone” was a great marketing campaign that began in 1979 and ran through most of the 80’s.  It was an attempt by AT&T to soften its image, which was that of a monolithic giant.  It was, at that time a monopoly.  It was “Ma Bell.” That slogan, which may seem more... Read more »
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Black people would be a lot happier if they could just be more Jewish

Black people would be a lot happier if they could just be more Jewish
Black people could end the cycle of poverty and despair, if only they could just be more Jewish.  That, at least is the opinion of one New Yorker,  My Sharona. Don’t hold the New Yorker thing against her, it’s Upstate NY,  not NYC. The discussion snuck up on me, like discussions sometimes do.  I try... Read more »