Posts in category "politics"

Congressional Gridlock? Back To (pre)School

Congressional Gridlock? Back To (pre)School
Why can’t Congress agree on anything? That’s the question being asked by Americans ahead of the (gasp) mid-term elections this fall. It’s rough being a member of Congress when your approval ratings are lower than an episode of Cop Rock or an XFL game. Headlines boast of the 14 reasons why this is the worst Congress... Read more »

No Cell Phone For Mike Madigan? Look What He's Missing

No Cell Phone For Mike Madigan? Look What He's Missing
I was surprised to read that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was unable to reach House Speaker Mike Madigan for a pension meeting because Speaker Madigan doesn’t own a cell phone. Imagine the spectacle of our Governor scrambling to reach a fellow leader for a critical session.  Ultimately Quinn spoke to Madigan’s wife who apparently had... Read more »

Bob Dole Says Republicans Need To "Close For Repairs." Who Else Needs a Do-Over?

Bob Dole Says Republicans Need To "Close For Repairs."  Who Else Needs a Do-Over?
Former Kansas Senator, Republican Presidential Nominee and World War II veteran Bob Dole gave a rare interview to Fox News last weekend. Senator Dole, in ailing health, made news by declaring that he and Ronald Reagan “couldn’t have made it” in today’s Republican party. “I think they ought to put a sign on the national... Read more »
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You Too Can Be President...Unless You're Fat

You Too Can Be President...Unless You're Fat
Is America ready for a fat president?  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has spent plenty of time this week talking about his weight.  He appeared on David Letterman’s show, poking fun at himself and Letterman’s obsession with Chris Christie fat jokes.  Today Christie responded angrily to comments by Dr. Connie Mariano, a former White House... Read more »

Jovan Belcher, Bob Costas, Rush Limbaugh And The Gun Culture

Jovan Belcher, Bob Costas, Rush Limbaugh And The Gun Culture
A week ago Jovan Belcher was an obscure linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.  Now, in the aftermath of Belcher murdering girlfriend Kasandra Perkins, then committing suicide  in front of his coaches, Belcher has become yet another symbol of our society’s messy mix of politics and sport.  Bob Costas, the veteran sports journalist, took to the... Read more »

Thanksgiving 2012: Freedom And A Memorable Cab Ride

Thanksgiving 2012: Freedom And A Memorable Cab Ride
Thanksgiving offers us a chance to reflect.  Thanksgiving is a time to hope and think about the promise of America.  On a daily basis it’s easy to get caught up in life’s mundane tasks such as email, projects at home and the office or managing the kids time. I find myself looking back on an... Read more »
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Election 2012: Three Changes Voters Need To See

Election 2012:  Three Changes Voters Need To See
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Listening To, Not Watching, The Biden/Ryan VP Debate

Listening To, Not Watching, The Biden/Ryan VP Debate
As I write this I am listening to the “spin” from tonight’s Vice Presidential debate. Which is the way I experienced the debate; listening, not watching. I listened to the debate while heading home from a work event, rolling down the highway with the Biden/Ryan rumble on the radio.  Unlike a ballgame or talk show,... Read more »

Neil Armstrong And The Death Of Dreams

Neil Armstrong And The Death Of Dreams
The couch is still in my parents basement but the spaceship has long been retired. News of the death of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, had me thinking back to childhood days in the basement, seat cushions propped up against the couch, with a sheet pulled over the front ready lift off.... Read more »
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Chick-Fil-A, Joe Ricketts, Rahm Emanuel and the Thought Police

Chick-Fil-A, Joe Ricketts, Rahm Emanuel and the Thought Police
I have been to Chick-Fil-A once.  Two years ago, while in Indianapolis with my family, we stopped for lunch in a mall before heading home.  The food was pedestrian, the service fine. I didn’t notice the chain again until the other day, when Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy, a devout southern Baptist,  was quoted as saying he is guilty... Read more »