Posts in category "Politics"

Don't Regulate Guns, Do Regulate Bicycles

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass has had just about enough of my kind. To him, I am part of a privileged, pampered, special interest group that continually demands accommodations from all levels of government, yet fights every attempt to regulate our activities.  He continually stereotypes all of us as reckless law breakers.  He demands registration,... Read more »

Super Storm Sandy: The Perfect Storm for Bicycling Advocacy

Super Storm Sandy: The Perfect Storm for Bicycling Advocacy
Super Storm Sandy may very well have been the perfect storm – for the advancement of bicycling advocacy efforts. For years, advocates have made incremental progress in securing funding for infrastructure improvements to make bicycling safer and more appealing for those interested in two-wheeled transportation.  We have experienced ups and downs as we’ve witnessed federal... Read more »

GOP Election Loss may Force Sarah Palin to Pander to Emigrants from Hispania

The people have spoken.  The pundits have weighed in.  It’s now up to the politicians of the Republican Party to move through their stages of grief and find a new strategy to win national elections. Obama’s campaign message resonated with 55% of women, 71% of Hispanics, 73% of Asian-Americans, and 93% of African-Americans.  While the... Read more »
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Attention Undecided Voters - It's Easier than Selecting a Smartphone!

Attention Undecided Voters - It's Easier than Selecting a Smartphone!
Every two years, we’re asked to make a couple of very important decisions. One involves seriously contemplating our self-interests, analyzing promises made, evaluating past performance, determining long-term fiscal consequences, committing to a platform, and living with the social stigma attached to our selection. The other is voting… Sadly, maybe even ironically, non-stop advertising has created... Read more »

Mitt Romney Sandy Solution Starts with Canned Food Drive

Mitt Romney Sandy Solution Starts with Canned Food Drive
Karma has caught up with Mitt Romney. It’s either that or God has a very twisted sense of irony.  Remember when Mitt stood in front of his most fervent followers – mere days after a hurricane delayed the start of the GOP convention – and dropped this gem? “President Obama promised to begin to slow... Read more »

Mitt Romney Addresses Global Warming with Canned Food Drive

Mitt Romney Addresses Global Warming with Canned Food Drive
Karma has caught up with Mitt Romney. It’s either that or God has a very twisted sense of irony.  Remember when Mitt stood in front of his most fervent followers – mere days after a hurricane delayed the start of the GOP convention – and dropped this gem? “President Obama promised to begin to slow... Read more »
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Lance Armstrong, Mitt Romney, and the Pitfalls of Trusting a Winner

Lance Armstrong, Mitt Romney, and the Pitfalls of Trusting a Winner
Everybody loves a winner. That’s what we have all been told, anyway.  Winners possess the right combination of ambition, motivation, talent, and determination that sets them apart from the rest of their rivals. Success breeds success. This phrase is the shorthand version for the theory that past performance is an accurate predictor of future results. ... Read more »

Romney Employs Binder Full of Women to Introduce Trickle Down Equality

Romney Employs Binder Full of Women to Introduce Trickle Down Equality
Mitt Romney was asked a straightforward question in last night’s debate; do you support equal pay for women? While we honestly didn’t expect a quick yes or no answer from either candidate, most of us did expect a “this is why I do” or “this is why I can’t” explanation eventually.  Mitt Romney stunned the... Read more »

Presidential Debate: The Professor versus the Etch-A-Sketch

Presidential Debate: The Professor versus the Etch-A-Sketch
Watching the debate last night, I felt a level of disappointment and frustration that I hadn’t experienced since 1996. Not the election of ’96, mind you, but the Chicago Bulls fourth championship season.  The year Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, and company set the league record with 72 wins and only 10 losses.  Each... Read more »
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Remembering American Empathy on 9/11

Remembering American Empathy on 9/11
Each of us remembers exactly where we were when we first heard about the planes crashing into the Twin Towers. We can instantly recall the exact moment as if it happened only yesterday.  No one needs to recap the details of what we witnessed.  There is no reason to relive the range of emotions we... Read more »