Category: Current Events

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....

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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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...
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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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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...

Angry About School Shootings? Join the Race Against Gun Violence

Angry About School Shootings? Join the Race Against Gun Violence
After the Parkland, Florida massacre on St. Valentine’s Day, we saw a true sea change in America regarding the issue of gun violence. Our nation became very activated, and the message conveyed was loud and clear- we as citizens WANT REAL COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS NOW! Unfortunately, Congress in Washington D.C. did not listen to act, and between the Parkland massacre and the Santa Fe, Texas school shooting last week, the federal government still didn’t move on what is truly the biggest public health crisis facing our country. It’s clear that the only way real policy change regarding gun violence comes is at the polls, and that’s still six months away...
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Real Time with Bill Maher: Worst Season Ever?

Real Time with Bill Maher: Worst Season Ever?
There is a whole lot to like about the HBO series Real Time with Bill Maher, and this season has certainly had plenty of exceptional moments. When the series is on point, it can truly be a joy to watch. However, when it’s off the mark, it can just be a brutal train wreck that offends every fiber of your being. Real Time, at its core is about the writers. That’s what it makes it so hit or miss, the writing is so much more important than the interview guests, the panel or even Maher himself. Real Time is off this week, and maybe that’s a good thing, perhaps they can regroup and recover, because this season has been the worst in recent memory...