Amusement (I hope) for a 3 Day Weekend

Some thoughts for a three-day weekend:

Baby, it's cold outside.

I did my confirmation presentation on Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. His life mattered. Black lives matter. All lives matter.

Hillary is the only one that hits me as being Chief Executive material.

I don't want Ted Cruz anywhere near a bomb.

I didn't watch the first half of the Panthers game. Watched the second half. They probably would prefer I skip the next one entirely.

If the White Sox are serious about anything, they must sign Yoenis Cespedes. The second left-handed, first baseman/designated hitter Adam mistake comes off the books after next year, anyway. Alexis and his $10 million hit is gone. Bite the bullet, Sox. Cespedes is a game changer. If you don't sign him that's a signal to the fans. Also-rans.

The creepy guys on the Republican Debate stage have no respect for the Office of the President of the United States. They never refer to him as "President Obama." It's always "Barack Obama," the "petulant child" who "destroyed our country." Right, under his leadership he kept us out of a depression you guys nearly got us into, he made it OK to marry whoever you want, you can possess marijuana in some places without going to jail, you can't be denied health care because of pre-existing conditions, unemployment has been cut in half, he repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," eliminated Osama Bin Laden. How much time have you got? You don't like him, OK. But, in my country, you respect the President of the United States. In the Middle East you throw shoes at him. There is not a member of the Republican Party in this country worthy of the Office.

Bernie reminds me of a fantastic j-school professor I once had at the University of Kansas, Calder Pickett. I could have listened to a lecture from Professor Pickett every day of the week. I could listen to Bernie Sanders forever, too. I see both as teachers. Neither as President.

I like a lot of television entertainers and actors. Fallon, Colbert, Danes, Patinkin, Washington, Margulies, Leoni, Fey, Pohler, on and on. I wouldn't vote for any of them for dog collector. Trump in an entertainer, and not a good one. But, that's what his career has become. He brings out the worst of the American character. He makes Americans aspire to nothing except for his idea of what would "make American great again." He is nothing like 99.99% of the people who are genuflecting to him. Most of us are not like President Obama, either. But, he still honestly represents a great deal of us. Trump represents nobody. I'm expecting to hear of people emulating him, saying whatever they want. Ugly.

Marco Rubio is a chicken hawk. He bought a gun on Christmas Eve to keep his family safe from ISIS, he said. Someone who is delusional should not be running for President of the United States. Thirst for power + delusional + fear mongering + deceit = disaster. Ditto Ted Cruz. I hate to have to mention him twice.

I feel really badly for Joakim Noah. Nobody knows if the Bulls are really any good. Whatever they are, though, they are Noah's team. The pain he experienced the other night when he got hurt should have hurt anybody who saw it.

I have to admit, I didn't think it was possible Rahm could have done all the crap they've accused him of in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting. Now, I'm unsure. How can so many people be so wrong? Especially many who've lived here so long?

Speaking of here, isn't it about time we turned our attention back to stopping the shootings and killings in Chicago? I mean, really.

China is a joke. People can't figure the country out. How would you? It's a Communist political system trying to have a Capitalist economy. Right now, if it doesn't have our economic system in the emergency room it's at least got us in the parking lot. Within the last decade we feared the Communist Chinese owned too much of America. Now, they're going to have to sell. It's time for us to take our power back, but in an intelligent and peaceful manner.

I'm afraid of the fallout from fans and the media come July if the Cubs aren't blowing everyone away this summer, what with the expectations being blown so far out of proportion. I don't think they're going to be the runaway champions everyone expects. You don't sneak up on someone when it's no secret it's been 108 years. I think they'll win and I hope they'll win, and it will be exciting. Just don't panic.

Don't panic about the stock market either. Don't panic about the stock market either. Don't panic about the stock market either. Don't panic......

I've yet to see the President snatch away anyone's gun. I wish he would, though.

We need average Americans to get on board about climate change to help save the Earth. It's precious. If I hear one more person have to say "Climate change is real" my head is going to explode. Of course, it's real. Fairly tales are only about good things happening. Climate change is not good. It's happening. All the things going on that are not good can be turned around only by us.

Vote this year.

Happy Birthday, Jayme.

Peace. Out.

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    Born in Chicago on the South Side, grew up and wound up raising our three daughters on the North Shore, moved to remote Northern California for ten years, and returned to the South Loop in 2014. Apparently, I didn't get very far. Still own a packaging business that specializes in manufacturing board games; the company is more than eighty years old, founded by my grandfather in Chicago. But, I got my BA in Journalism and somehow was able to utilize that in hosting a Beatles radio show on a small market radio station in Eureka, CA for 12 years. I never switched my allegiance from Chicago sports teams, and don't think poorly of me for being a fan of both baseball teams (they are both from our town, People!!). Love the Hawks, was a season ticket holder during all the MJ years, and (gulp) pull for the Bears. I love our city's restaurants, all the great cultural opportunities, being outside, and going to the wonderful museums. I'm very proud of this city, and am absolutely thrilled to be living downtown in the city I call home. Oh, and I am pretty opinionated about news and politics. I hope you don't mind.

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