Posts tagged "Are You Kidding Me?"

Sweetened Beverage Commercials? There Are Better Ways To Impact African American Health Mr. Bloomberg

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems to be very invested in protecting the African American population of Cook County from slowly killing ourselves with sugary drinks. Per Forbes Magazine, he is poised to spend another $3 million dollars in advertising in support of the unpopular tax on sweetened beverages on top of the $2... Read more »

The Obama Library: A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity? Part 2

Note:  This is part 2 of an essay I read at last Thursday’s Frunchroom reading series in Beverly.   And that’s where the old sneaking suspicion starts creeping in.  That’s where the doubt about the intentions of this new shining center on the south side start to cloud my perception.  Because as much as I... Read more »

The Obama Library: A Once In A Lifetime Opportunity? Part I

Note:  This is the first part of an essay I read at last Thursday’s Frunchroom reading series in Beverly.    Like most of my neighbors, I’ve been paying close attention to every scrap of news released about the proposed Obama Presidential Library. The construction of the library and its campus will have a profound effect... Read more »
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The City of Chicago Bag Tax Has Affected My Shopping Habits

I think it’s great that the 7 cent bag tax is changing Chicagoan’s behaviors towards a cleaner city and a more sustainable planet. Huzzah for Mother Earth! I, and many others, don’t like paying for a bag.  Several reports in recent days have noted declining use of plastic bags as one of the early results... Read more »

No Mayor Emanuel 2018 Is NOT A Foregone Conclusion

“It ain’t gonna happen in 2018,” Emanuel said Monday at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in California. “Take a chill pill, man. You gotta be in this for the long haul.” Are you kidding me Mr. Mayor?  Are you absolutely serious about that statement? Give up the fight to take back Congress before it even... Read more »

Will Sweet Potato Pie Bring Our Country Together?

If you’re a pie lover consider this your trigger warning for the foolishness you’re about to see. My reaction: I’ve been looking at this fuckery for the past three days and still can’t make heads or tails out of it.  That is a “recipe” for Sweet Potato Pie that contains Parmesan cheese. PARMESAN CHEESE! Foolishness. ... Read more »
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American History: Slavery Revision Edition

This past week the First Lady addressed the Democratic National Convention and broke the news that slaves had built the White House. Some historians and/or pundits countered that “others” also had a hand in building the White House. Which is a true statement. Yet the “others” comprised about 33% percent of the people who built... Read more »

I Just Wasn't Joking, Shady Neighbors Do Exist

Remember what I wrote about shady neighbors? Behold, real life evidence of #7 on my list. A few days ago the dumpster was in its proper place by the alley.  It was seemingly moved to facilitate someone’s need to take out their trash without actually schlepping down to the dumpster like the rest of us.... Read more »

Ten Signs That Your Neighbors Might Be Shady

I’m a huge fan of avoiding drama. Especially where I live. That means I take a keen interest in who moves in the neighborhood—as any concerned resident should.  These days questionable neighbors may mean the difference between relative peace and quiet or your door being mistakenly kicked in by the police (if you’re lucky). Unfortunately,... Read more »
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How Do You Two Know Each Other?

“How do you two know each other?” That question never fails to surface when I’m out socially with one of my friends that happens to be white. Scratch that—that question always surfaces when I’m out with one of my friends that happen to be white. I know a majority of you find it an innocent... Read more »