Why I can't just ignore Smokers And Homosexuals Guy anymore

Today, that hateful preacher all Chicagoans know was half a block south of his usual post. He haunted Express, not the Spirit Halloween Store. Yet, his black suit was the same, almost crisp but a little too big for his bony frame. His accoutrements were the same: a small sheaf of papers in one hand,... Read more »

Toni and Co. underestimated pushback on soda tax, and now its days may be numbered

So the Cook County soda tax saga goes on. Retailers continue to gripe and polls show the tax remains as popular with the public as a guy who just ate a garlic sandwich on a crowded elevator. The problem with the soda tax is that it’s not really a “soda” tax. If it were, then there... Read more »

"The Reagan Show": Our Path to Trump Started Here

"The Reagan Show": Our Path to Trump Started Here
“Make America great again.” Though that phrase is now best known as Donald Trump’s rallying cry as he plunges to new depths of incompetent leadership, CNN’s documentary The Reagan Show reminds us where it came from – Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential campaign. By any reasonable measure, from international diplomacy to dealings with the press, Reagan... Read more »
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Illinois postpartum law will be the first in the nation! Call your state senator!

UPDATE, JANUARY 8, 2018: Governor Rauner signed HB 1764 into law. With his signature, Illinois has made history. The new law, now PA 100-0574, is the first in the nation to recognize postpartum illnesses as a mitigating factor in sentencing for crimes committed when women are suffering from postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis.  UPDATE, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9,... Read more »

Trump Gave Classified Information to Russians: No Outrage?

So, what is the last straw? Today, CNN reported that during his secret meetings with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak the day after he fired FBI Director James Comey, Donald Trump divulged highly classified information to the Russians. The U.S media was barred from the meeting, but... Read more »

Scott Pruitt killing the EPA is bad for all of us

Scott Pruitt killing the EPA is bad for all of us
In January of this year, in one of the many (I’m starting to hate this word) “unprecedented” actions by the Trump administration, Scott Pruitt was confirmed as administrator of the EPA. Unprecedented, because Pruitt himself has a history of suing the EPA at least 14 times, and now he’s running it? Only if that means running... Read more »
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What we learned from today's hearing about Trump and Russia

What we learned from today's hearing about Trump and Russia
Starting this morning and lasting well into the afternoon, FBI Director James Comey and NSA director Admiral Michael Rogers appeared before the House Intelligence Committee to answer questions from committee members about Donald Trump’s allegations that Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in 2016 and about all of the media coverage and speculation surrounding Trump’s ties to Russia... Read more »

Trump and GOP's Proposed Changes to Health Care - their Values and Morals

Senator Kamala Harris (CA), stated succintly what the Trump/ GOP health care plan proposes: Seven million Americans will lose their health care under their current employer, if the employer chooses to not provide it. If you lose your job, and cannot find another one until day 64, your new employer can raise your health care... Read more »

A painful list of all that's wrong with the Trump administration

A painful list of all that's wrong with the Trump administration
Every day, it’s something new. Part of me hates to say that, because I try not to spread around even MORE negativity, but I’m a writer and an empath, and this is how I process. First came Russia. Even ignoring the Flynn issue and whatever the hell happened between Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner and Sergey Kislyak, let’s... Read more »
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Obamacare's Catch-22

In case you missed it, Illinois Congressman John Shimkus stirred up a shitstorm when he voiced objection to men being forced to purchase prenatal coverage through the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare). It’s academic for him of course, since Congress exempted itself from ACA. But his remarks sparked a predictably hysterical media backlash. In fairness... Read more »