Category: Current Events

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...

Political Correctness, Professionally Outraged Destroying the Left

Political Correctness, Professionally Outraged Destroying the Left
Hate to be the cliche liberal assailing his/her own team here, but it’s long overdue. My fellow lefties need to be called out for letting extremist political correctness take hold and maintain its grip on American discourse. Just the mere idea of scathingly critiquing an ideal held by your own “team” is rare in America these days, but it’s warranted now more than ever. Both sides, plus the center, or whatever is left of it, need to stay on their guard to always question, and when necessary, point out the flaws in values and beliefs that fall under their ideological umbrella...

How Can We Make the Manufacturing Sector "Cool?"

How Can We Make the Manufacturing Sector "Cool?"
Serious questions surround the manufacturing sector of the American economy right now, and the need to  confront these issues is an objective that cuts across the entire political spectrum. While America may be united in the goal of trying to resolve the issues plaguing manufacturing, the different political factions of this nation couldn't disagree more about what should be done. There are no easy answers of course, and every potential solution is complicated, but the inaugural Financial Times Future of Manufacturing Summit USA, held yesterday right here in Chicago, articulated what sort of direction big business should take. It was held at the Hilton Towers on South Michigan Ave, and it featured an impressive list of guest speakers and high powered corporate types. The summit's theme "thriving in complexity" says it all, as it was the kind of session that required the attendee to have a MBA and or be fluent in shop talk...
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May Day Brings Heightened Awareness of Haymarket Memorial

May Day Brings Heightened Awareness of Haymarket Memorial

Today is May Day, or International Workers Day, and with that we remember the Haymarket Affair on the evening of May 4 1886. May 1 is the date on the calendar that honors and remembers labor, so thus the Haymarket martyrs, who died in the cause of eventually giving us an eight hour workday, are top of mind.

"The day will come when our silence is more powerful than the voices you are throttling today.”...