Posts in category "current events"

Here are five reasons I don't give a sh*t about the secret Pitt-Jolie wedding

Here are five reasons I don't give a sh*t about the secret Pitt-Jolie wedding
Tonight, I looked up at Comcast’s devil screensaver, the one that flashes traffic, weather, and headlines across stock photos of flowers and beaches, and the news wormed its way into the quiet of open-window night sounds and contemplation: Brangelina tied the knot. And now I will give you the top 5 reasons I don’t give... Read more »

Thanks a lot, Ferguson. You've, like, ruined Facebook for me.

Did you even think of how this might affect my life, Ferguson? I’ve got to say, you have greatly disrupted my peace of mind. (Or the illusion of such a thing. I was perfectly happy pretending it was truth.) Ever since you came along, the veil has been pulled back, and the hearts and minds... Read more »

The occupation in Ferguson is despicable, but I still believe in America

The occupation in Ferguson is despicable, but I still believe in America
What is going on in Ferguson is despicable. It is multi-layered. It is historical. It was an inevitability whose time has come. I believe that there are probably many more Fergusons in America: powderkegs of social unrest waiting for the spark of injustice which will, in turn, light the fuse of awareness. In a country... Read more »
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How do I deal with all of my White Guilt?

How do I deal with all of my White Guilt?
I have a raging case of white guilt. I don’t know how NOT to feel bad about being a privileged white girl. And by privileged, I don’t mean that my family comes from money. No ma’am, no sir. At best, I’m upper lower-middle class, and I have an Ugly Condo in a modest Chicago neighborhood... Read more »

A middle-aged broad reviews 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

A middle-aged broad reviews 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
HEY, WHO YOU CALLIN’ MIDDLE-AGED? (I know. I just can’t believe that’s me…) Hey, Marvel Executives, I’m sure you are ecstatic with the commercial success the summer juggernaut Guardians of the Galaxy has turned out to be. Congratulations, comic book nerds, on the victory of this against-all-odds premise, because this clueless old lady band geek... Read more »

When a liberal blogger is summoned to the Fox News roundtable...

When a liberal blogger is summoned to the Fox News roundtable...
So, yeah. John Stossel at Fox News asked me, a rather liberal blogger, to be the lefty slant on the topic of trophy culture –  By giving trophies to everyone, are we “wussifying” our kids? Point/counterpoint. ‘Wow. You’re a talker,” his producer said on the phone, then invited me to fly to NYC for an... Read more »
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Sunday Beditation: Six things that happened this week

Sunday Beditation: Six things that happened this week
Today, I would like to take a little break from my Journey to Stossel. Today, I would just like to keep it simple, and share with you six things that happened this week: I went on my son’s day camp field trip to Millennium park, and learned that one of the biggest activities amongst elementary... Read more »

What does the Fox News say?

What does the Fox News say?
So Fox News contacted me. What the Fox? *** After I hung up with the producer, the first person I called was my Republican, Florida Panhandle-living, retired Air Force Lt Col Dad. Ring! Dad: Hello? Me: Hi, Dad! Want to hear something that will blow your mind? Dad: no. Me:……. Me:……. Me: Really? Dad: Yeah,... Read more »

Here is why every single American should care about the gun violence in Chicago this past weekend

Here is why every single American should care about the gun violence in Chicago this past weekend
Here are the bare facts: Over the 4th of July weekend, 82 people were shot, 14 of whom were killed. Not surprisingly, these shootings occurred on the south and west sides of Chicago, areas notorious for poverty, gangs, and gun violence: From the Chicago Tribune article: The victims ranged from the 14-year-boy shot by police in the... Read more »
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A crabby middle aged city girl reviews a suburban 4th of July parade

A crabby middle aged city girl reviews a suburban 4th of July parade
I’m a city girl. I am not so much a “hater of suburbs” as I am a “lover of big cities.” But I’m well out of my 20’s and have a kid now, so I can no longer live by Chicago bread alone.  These days, I often head north for better parking. Also: I’ve been crabby... Read more »