Posts in category "entertainment"

Should U.S. declare cyber war on North Korea to retaliate for Sony hacking?

The now notorious hacking of Sony Picture may originated in North Korea, according to FoxNews and  Huff Post. Said Fox: The finger of suspicion has already pointed at North Korea. A source familiar with the FBI alert told Fox News that the highly destructive malware was written in Korean, further fueling suspicions that Pyongyang launched the... Read more »

Lucas Museum is a plop on Chicago's lakefront

Parents will immediately recognize the design of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that billionaire “Star Wars” creator George Lucas wants to dump on our lakefront. It should remind parents of their toddlers who drop the ice cream from their cones on a hot sidewalk. Plop. A random and formless mess of ice cream looks... Read more »

Need a laugh? Check out Steve Martin's 'Great Flydinin'

It’s a classic that truly will amaze! What was America’s greatest come-from-behind war? Go here to find out. To subscribe to The Barbershop, type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.  
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A 13-year-old-girl plays the trumpet like you've never heard before

Remember the name:  Melissa Venema     Here she is again: And again: Here she is at 12: Again

My historic novel, "Madness: The War of 1812," is now available

For the next three years, America marks  the bicentennial of what may be the country’s most poorly conceived and executed war. While America’s most unheralded war, it also is one of America’s most important wars. For the first time, the citizens of the statesbegan to see themselves as a unified nation, as Americans. A defeat... Read more »

James Holmes and Aurora massacre: Why?

James Holmes allegedly killed 12 and wounded 58 more in the Century 16 movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado. Why? Lax gun control? Media violence? Bloody video games?The emergence of evil? Cultural decline? The macho gene?  No concealed-carry gun in the audience to shoot back? Take your pick. (Follow the links to see who is saying what.) At this writing,... Read more »
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Great Scott! Dunder Mifflin Morphs Into Real-Life Brand of Copy Paper

That’s the clever headline on a Wall Street Journal story about how paper products sold by the fictional Dunder Mifflin paper company in the popular TV sitcom “The Office” now will actually be sold in Staples’ Quill.com. Might it start a trend? A Peter Florrick from the “Good Wife” to run for Cook County state’s attorney?... Read more »

Sleazebag Michael Moore condemns corporate greed while feeding at the public trough to make millions

Is Michael Moore dishonest, hypocritical or just stupid? This video suggests all three. Hat tip to Newsalert.

Privatize public parks?

Has nothing escaped the privatization trend? The Chicago Skyway and Chicago parking meters. Mayor Richard M. Daley tried to privatize Midway Airport. From  garbage pickup to prisons everything seems eligible. Except for parks. Now goes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is pushing the privatization of state parks. According to the South Jersey News: New Jersey... Read more »
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A White Sox fan views the Cubs' Theo Epstein

The Cubs’ hiring of Theo Epstein is great and exciting news for this White Sox fan. I view it as an important step in bringing an all-city World Series to Chicago for the first time in more than a century. (Of course, the White Sox will have to do their part too.) A re-invigorated Cubs... Read more »
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