He may not be draining the swamp, but he's got a bright and burning light on it

He may not be draining the swamp, but he's got a bright and burning light on it
“He’s not draining the swamp; he’s making it worse,” yelled my bff on the phone yesterday during a long conversation in lieu of getting together–staying out of the cold and avoiding the ice.  I had just told her that consumer confidence on Black Friday hit a historic high. We went through a lot of stuff,... Read more »

Don't call it antisemitism when it's paranoid schizophrenia

Don't call it antisemitism when it's paranoid schizophrenia
My dad used to say that in Englewood before the war–all white and ethnic back then–the neighborhood kids used to snicker when the rumors started spreading that Hitler was killing Jews.  “They were kind of happy that he was getting rid of some Jews,” my dad used to say, which was his way of explaining... Read more »

How come the cops never give tickets for riding a bike on the sidewalk in MY neighborhood? Because they're too busy doing it in other neighborhoods

How come the cops never give tickets for riding a bike on the sidewalk in MY neighborhood?  Because they're too busy doing it in other neighborhoods
The one good thing about winter coming?  The number of bicycle riders on the sidewalk will diminish.  They won’t disappear.  They won’t stop posing a danger to us pedestrians.  But the cold, the snow and the ice will lower their numbers and reduce the chances of us walkers getting seriously injured. For those of us... Read more »
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Democrat senators: Cease and desist talking about these vile acts and vote on Kavanaugh now because you are making us sick to our stomachs

Democrat senators:   Cease and desist talking about these vile acts and vote on Kavanaugh now because you are making us sick to our stomachs
How much more filthy, dirty, vile talk do we have to be subjected to, day after day after day?  We, who pay your salaries, are sick to our stomachs having to listen to tales of drunken teenage gang rapes, hands down your pants, hands over your mouth that seem to want to kill you, penises... Read more »

John McCain: telling the truth isn't necessarily speaking ill of the dead

John McCain:  telling the truth isn't necessarily speaking ill of the dead
John McCain has certainly become the darling First Class of the media since Saturday night when he passed away.  Oh, how they love him. I suspect their lascivious love for him is because he hated Trump as much as they do. What no one seems to see, though, is that McCain, with his idiotic, reckless... Read more »

Rahm-Johnson Press Conference: the same lame tame name of the game is blame

Rahm-Johnson Press Conference:  the same lame tame name of the game is blame
If you listened to Police Superintendent Johnson and Mayor Emanuel at their 31-minute Monday morning press conference after the big shooting weekend recently (63 wounded, 12 dead from Friday at 6 PM until Sunday at midnight), the name of the game was blame. And I suggest you do listen.  Right here.  It’s quite something to... Read more »
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What exactly is a "Working Family" and why does everyone want to help them?

What exactly is a "Working Family" and why does everyone want to help them?
I can’t figure out why the politicians keep saying they want to help working families. Why do working families need help? If they’re working. The platitudes keep coming: “We stand with working families…. We help working families…. Working families need our help…. Working families, working families, working families….” Don’t non-working families need help more? Why... Read more »

My Starbucks: no bathrooms, no patio, no tables, no chairs, no stools and no community center

My Starbucks:  no bathrooms, no patio, no tables, no chairs, no stools and no community center
One thing for sure, my Starbucks in the South Loop will never be a community center.  No matter how gung-ho Mr. Starbucks in Seattle is for letting his stores now serve as community centers, my Starbucks is never going to be one.  No matter how much he wants to get himself out of trouble because... Read more »

Ida B. Wells deserves official Chicago recognition! Name a major street after her and build an impressive monument in her memory, too! But first read this!

Ida B. Wells deserves official Chicago recognition! Name a major street after her and build an impressive monument in her memory, too! But first read this!
All sorts of talk is taking place in the Chicago City Council lately of renaming little Balbo Drive downtown for Ida Bell Wells, the great Chicago civil rights activist and investigative reporter.  The short street, at 700 South, culminates in Grant Park and is named after Italian Italo Balbo, who was a Mussolini consigliere. Kind of... Read more »
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Eternal Chicago (and its history) through the photographs of Larry Broutman

Eternal Chicago (and its history) through the photographs of Larry Broutman
Below is a photograph I found on the internet even though I wasn’t looking for it.  I didn’t even know it existed.  I was googling my dad–and the gravestone of my great-grandfather, who had the same name, came up. My dad died on my 65th birthday, December 26, 2015.  The day I officially became a... Read more »