Once upon a time in Crook County

Once upon a time in Crook County
In a world where know-it-all holier than thou corrupt tyrants ruled, a rebellion was brewing. Rebellion the right way, the American way, the capitalist way. The rebel’s ancestors resisted in a past dystopian world. They rebelled against prohibition, gambling, prostitution, and other supposed sins the tyrants repressed. For decades rebels profited from vices people demanded. Booze,... Read more »

Bughouse Square Debates celebrate free speech

Tooker Alley, location of the Dill (Dil) Pickle Club.
In 1986 the Newberry Library revived the Bughouse Square Debates. The annual event is a celebration of the freedom of speech. It is held on the last Saturday in July in Washington Square Park, across from the library. The event coincides with the Newberry Library Book Fair. The book fair is one of the largest used book sales in... Read more »

Where is the outrage over murder and mayhem

Where is the outrage over murder and mayhem
Reading the news is a monumental waste of time. It is predictable. Day after day, week after week, month after month, the news media spews manufactured political outrage. Donald Trump leads the outrage headlines and stories. There are other outrage stories about the social wrongs politicians are supposedly inflicting on the populace. The news media... Read more »
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Tony Fitzpatrick gives opportunities to artists

Tony Fitzpatrick gives opportunities to artists
Yulia Kuznetsova is an artist from Moscow. Putin’s Russia, where women have a very little voice to speak out. Yulia met Nadya Tolokonnikova, of Pussy Riot, who spent two years in prison. She considers Nadya a role model. Yulia is determined to become an American citizen. Living in America taught her about freedom. A freedom she... Read more »

Can the Sun-Times be saved

Can the Sun-Times be saved
Chicago has an illustrious newspaper history. Many early papers, including the Chicago Tribune, made their early profits as printing companies. News reportage was a secondary add-on to the printing business. Prior to the Civil War, Chicago had 11 daily papers and 23 weekly publications. Most of the papers did not last long. Many papers were... Read more »

Who can reform the New York Times

Who can reform the New York Times
The New York Times sank to a new low. Their editorial board motto must be, “All the booze that’s fit to drink.” They published an editorial about the Chicago Police Department, “Who Can Reform the Chicago Police?” It resembles the worst form of drunk texting. Naturally, they took a shot at Mayor Rahm Emanuel. They are... Read more »
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Mayor Emanuel attacked by NYC news media

Mayor Emanuel attacked by NYC news media
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the man we love to hate and hate to love. That is a good thing. It keeps voters and the mayor level headed. While there is a lot to disagree with Emanuel on, there are an equal amount of things he does right. One of those is improving our mass transit... Read more »

A chance encounter with an elderly gentleman

A chance encounter with an elderly gentleman
I had heard him before I saw him. In a loud, kindly voice, he profusely thanked the bus driver for something or other. He moved with the assistance of a cane, pulling a tattered overfilled shopping cart. He sat down across from me. He moved slowly, using his cane for balance, as the bus lurched... Read more »

Steppenwolf and the Chicago theater community play the race card

Steppenwolf and the Chicago theater community play the race card
Sun-Times critic, Hedy Weiss wrote a tepid review of Pass Over, a play at the Steppenwolf Theater. Ms. Weiss is being accused of racism, bigotry, and using words that hurt people or a specific group of people. Steppenwolf Theater responded with a broadside against Ms. Weiss. “We denounce the viewpoints expressed in some of these... Read more »
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Ameya Pawar takes a cheap shot calling Governor Rauner a racist

Ameya Pawar takes a cheap shot calling Governor Rauner a racist
It did not take long. The race card was played in the governor’s race before the campaigns even heat up. 47th Ward Alderman, Ameya Pawar, is running for governor. In the video below, he calls Governor Rauner a racist. Pawar dealt the race card from the bottom of the deck. Why does Pawar call Governor Rauner... Read more »