Hillary Whirled: The forbidden fourteen words and phrases

Hillary Whirled: The forbidden fourteen words and phrases
Fourteen words and phrases are forbidden when writing or reporting about Hillary Clinton; “polarizing,” “calculating,” “disingenuous,” “insincere,” “ambitious,” “inevitable,” “entitled,” “over-confident,” “secretive,” “will do anything to win,” “represents the past,” “out of touch, and “Hillary”. That is according to the busy body ankle biting gerbils who make up Hillary’s social media lynch mobs. “Hillary” was... Read more »

The 'Food Babe': An expert with no expertise

When the New York Times, NPR, Time Inc., Business Insider, and Gawker, the media outlet for puerile profane hipsters, bashes you, trouble is brewing.* The above media outlets wrote scathing critiques about the “Food Babe”. Scientists, science advocates, and science writers have taken to debunking the “Food Babes” quackery. Vani Hari, “The Food Babe,” is... Read more »

The 'Walking Dude' is a conspicuous enigma

The 'Walking Dude' is a conspicuous enigma
Yesterday I got a close shot of the conspicuous and elusive ‘Walking Dude’. He has been a fixture in the North Loop and River North for decades. He walks. Silently. He shuns conversation. He is very good at turning away from cameras. Getting a good shot of him requires quickness and subtlety. He walks through... Read more »
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One century one family life goes on

They were born eleven days and far apart. One in Chicago. The other in a postage stamp sized town in southern Illinois. City boy meets country girl. She was born on April 10th, he on April 21st. They were children of immigrants. His father was a butcher. He came from Sicily to Brooklyn and entered... Read more »

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins a second term

Mayor Rahm Emanuel wins a second term
It was over in an hour. The polls closed at 7:00 p.m. Six weeks of hard brutal campaigning ended by 8:04 p.m. Mayor Rahm Emanuel beat back a serious challenge by Chuy Garcia. Chicago should be proud. The sons of immigrants ran head to head for the Throne on Five. It is a Chicago story.... Read more »

Rahm Emanuel and the progressive trap

Rahm Emanuel’s reelection should have been a shoo in. If he paid attention early in his first term, there would be no runoff election. Rahm Emanuel fell into the progressive trap. A booby trap of major proportions. Emanuel did not build a political organization, a boots on the ground game. He built a data and... Read more »
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The Easter feast: Sharing the love

“…so much of life…is about trying to grab and hold memories…” (Rick Kogan/The Maestro/Chicago Tribune Magazine) As we get older we cherish our memories. They are the lifeline to our past. This is especially true during holiday seasons. Our grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and others are gone. Cousins are spread far apart. Kids are grown... Read more »

A pleasant place for a brutal murder

A pleasant place for a brutal murder
It looks like a quiet place, just steps from the traffic noise of Lake Shore Drive. It is a pleasant courtyard. The building is and always has been well kept. It has an almost serene feel. Yet, in one of the apartments of this courtyard building, a horrific murder took place. The story is long,... Read more »

Chicago Greek Independence Parade

“Greek Independence Day, national holiday celebrated annually in Greece on March 25, commemorating the start of the War of Greek Independence in 1821. It coincides with the Greek Orthodox Church’s celebration of the Annunciation to the Theotokos, when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that she would bear the son of God… The cry “Freedom or death” became the motto of the revolution… The... Read more »
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Emanuel and Garcia: The lie of omission

Emanuel and Garcia: The lie of omission
Two days after Easter Chicago voters march to the polls. It is hoped more numbers march than in February. This mayoral election is the most important in the history of Chicago. Chicago’s finances are structurally unsound. On the verge of collapse. In February, Mayor Emanuel fell short of the 50% plus votes to retain his... Read more »