Erika Harold, Arthur Jones, Bruce Rauner: Three to Vote Against on Tuesday

Erika Harold, Arthur Jones, Bruce Rauner: Three to Vote Against on Tuesday

Typically, a midterm election is one of low general interest and the only real activation is within the voters registered to the party that lost the Presidential election two years prior. Another standard midterm election trope is the elevation of extremely far out candidates with beliefs way outside the mainstream, and a tendency to make bizarre gaffes that make them overnight viral video sensations.

The “macaca” guy in Virginia is one example. The former practitioner of witchcraft (happy belated Halloween everybody) who ran on the Tea Party ticket is another. Despite the current political climate being so degenerated to the point that anybody can run regardless of their background (see the Oval Office) and no one drops out of a race regardless of flaws and transgressions (see Alabama), we still have some egregious outliers.

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Mike Singletary Exclusive: Bears Legend Champions Cause for Clean Water

Mike Singletary Exclusive: Bears Legend Champions Cause for Clean Water

During his playing days, Chicago Bears icon and NFL Hall of Famer Mike Singletary was well known for both his incredible toughness and amazing acumen. Now the legendary linebacker is bringing the same traits which helped him dominate opposing offenses on the gridiron over to the social justice arena.

"Samurai Mike" is doing his part to help combat the global water crisis, a dire situation that will only worsen as the adverse effects of catastrophic climate change take hold of the Earth. Singletary is teaming up with Dr. Todd Phillips of The Last Well and his clean water crusade.

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Boston Red Sox Show Financial Support for Anti-Bullying Campaign

Boston Red Sox Show Financial Support for Anti-Bullying Campaign
When it comes to social justice, the Boston Red Sox are a franchise with a very troubled history. They even had to rename the street adjacent to their home stadium of Fenway Park, because it had honored a former team owner who resisted efforts to integrate baseball back in the 1950s. Racist incidents involving their fan base in recent years have been well documented. However, last week saw the Boston Red Sox position themselves on the right side of history. And there's no better time than the World Series to get a positive message out there, as more eyeballs will be upon the club...
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Chicago Bears Convey Progress on the Field, and Towards Social Justice

Chicago Bears Convey Progress on the Field, and Towards Social Justice
This September, the Chicago Bears are achieving progress both on and off the field. The Monsters of the Midway are first in the standings of their respective division, with a very favorable opportunity to move to a surprising 3-1 start on Sunday. In terms of standing for betterment of the community, Chicago is also first, as they became the initial NFL team to maximize the NFL’s new social justice initiative. The team announced last week that the organization will commit $500,000 toward social justice initiatives in the city of Chicago, with a focus on education and community police relations....

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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