New Book Examines Earth Shattering Events Surrounding 1918 World Series

New Book Examines Earth Shattering Events Surrounding 1918 World Series
A new book by Skip Desjardins, entitled War, Plague, and the World Series, revisits the month of September 1918, and all the dramatic, history-altering events that occurred in Boston during this specific month. Exactly 100 years ago, the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox squared off in a World Series that was played a month earlier than usual due to World War I and amidst a backdrop of revolutionary changes in workers rights, women's rights and global alliances. It was also a society on the precipice of massive technological change which would bring rapid social change during the Roaring 20s...

Josh Hader Rightfully Inspires Hatred Both On and Off the Field in Cub Fans

Josh Hader Rightfully Inspires Hatred Both On and Off the Field in Cub Fans

It's truly amazing, the "rooting for clothes" principle, made famous by comedian Jerry Seinfield, we see in sports from time to time. When the Chicago Cubs acquired Daniel Murphy from the Washington Nationals last month, it was the perfect opportunity to put that theory to the test.

While some Cubs fans have softened their stance on Murphy since the trade, it's hard to imagine a Cub fan supporting Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader if he were to move to the team about 90 minutes south on I-94. Like Murphy, Hader has publicly expressed anti-gay sentiments in the past. Unlike Murphy, Hader's remarks were blatantly hostile.

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Being a Chicago Cubs Fan Means Jettisoning Your Social Conscience

Being a Chicago Cubs Fan Means Jettisoning Your Social Conscience

This weekend marked the first time that Chicago Cubs infielder Daniel Murphy played against his former team, the Washington Nationals, since he was traded on August 21st. Having the spotlight back on Murphy means once again revisiting who he is as a person, and thus how much the Cubs don't actually care what their players are like as people off the field.

The Nats have taken two of three from the Cubs this weekend, with Sunday's game, scheduled to start later today, potentially rained out. Murphy has been a big boost to the Cubs lineup. He's helped improved the team's ailing since the All-Star break offense, hitting .303 with an OPS of .854 with 4 HRs and 7 RBIs in 16 games.

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Dear Media, STOP COVERING Trump Rallies! It’s that Easy

Dear Media, STOP COVERING Trump Rallies! It’s that Easy

My most loyal reader and commenter of all, my Aunt Donna said it best about POTUS 45, in response to my last column about his committing treason on live television:

“I don't want to hear or read another word of his. I'm beginning to think he's suffering from early stage dementia.”

I’m pretty much in the same place on that right now, but obviously that’s a pipe dream for the time being. However, it’s also not uncommon for the obnoxiously ubiquitous to eventually disappear from the public consciousness (remember Tonya Harding? In 1994 she was on TV every second of every day).

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The King: New Documentary Analogizes Decline of America, Elvis Presley

The King: New Documentary Analogizes Decline of America, Elvis Presley

The rise and fall of Elvis Presley more or less coincided with American middle class prosperity. He burst onto the scene into the 1950s, quickly rose to prominence, and by the 1970s he was gone forever.

That's pretty much the same life span, and time line of the so-called American Dream- the idea of self-determination and success achieved through hard work. This idea of Elvis Presley as a general metaphor for America at large is the central thesis of Eugene Jarecki’s new film "The King," which takes Elvis’ 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America.

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Trump Makes the USA a Russian Colony on Monday

Trump Makes the USA a Russian Colony on Monday

For most of our lifetimes, the President of the United States of America was considered the most powerful person in the world. Today that’s not the case, as the globe now belongs to Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Ever since the catch-phrase “leader of the free world” has been in common parlance, it has meant the POTUS. As it’s a phrase deeply rooted in NATO, the label no longer applies to our current President. Perhaps that honorable designation is more befitting German Chancellor Angela Merkel or United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, or maybe there is no current leader of the free world. 

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Cinepocalypse at Music Box Provides Wonderful Escape from the News

Cinepocalypse at Music Box Provides Wonderful Escape from the News
Let's face it- watching the news and following current events in our country today is just plain torturous. It all starts at the very top, with our Federal leadership, their lackeys and acolytes, and of course the mainstream media that plays right into their hands. It's a very diabolical sociological cocktail, with social media the most potent and toxic ingredient of all. If you're sick and tired of hearing about who's trending online right now because of what deplorably offensive thing they said (and probably don't even actually believe his/herself) on cable news, then you should turn the TV off, put the phone down and go see a movie instead...

Timely Hellenic Museum Exhibit Opens Amid Migrant Crisis

Timely Hellenic Museum Exhibit Opens Amid Migrant Crisis

"I know America faces a somewhat similar problem and that this is a global phenomenon," said Photographer Tasos Markou Thursday night at the opening of his new exhibition Lives Afloat: The Greek Refugee Crisis through the Lens of Tasos Markou 2015-2017.

The exhibit, portraying the realities facing refugees as they arrived in Greece at the height of the Greek Refugee Crisis, runs until spring 2019 at the National Hellenic Museum in Greek Town.

Markou could not be any more spot on.

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Timely Nazi Docudrama Part of Music Box's Cinepocalypse

Timely Nazi Docudrama Part of Music Box's Cinepocalypse

It's disturbing and tragic, but it's a reality that we all must face in 2018 America- Nazis have been given a presence and platform within the mainstream media. Although it often comes under the guise of "conservative comentator," or the corporatespeak euphemism "Alt-Right," the Nazism agenda of hate has not just a voice, but a megaphone today. Imagine, in 2009, telling someone you had to type that sentence in 2018- what a sobering thought.

Given this unfortunate (to say the very least) turn of events, films portraying Nazis of the past are more relevant and timely than ever. Thus, Robert Schwentke's German homecoming film "The Captain" is not just compelling and interesting, but politically poignant and socially important as well.

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Patriotism is Getting Hijacked by the MAGA Scoundrels

Patriotism is Getting Hijacked by the MAGA Scoundrels
“Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” - Samuel Johnson, 1775 While historians are unsure what the exact context was of Johnson's quote was, and who his verbal dagger was pointed towards, the idea holds true more today than ever. In 2018 America, patriotism is being hijacked by those who want to use the flag as a cover over their racism, hatred and bigotry. They chant slogans like #AmericaFirst #MAGA (Make America Great Again) and #BuildThatWall...