Archive for January 2016

Criticize Matters!

Criticize Matters!
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of seeing a live comedy show at The Second City Training Center. I’ve only attended performances at The Second City a handful of times, but I can say that I’ve never been disappointed.  It’s easy to see why this is a legendary comedy institution, the produces some of the most... Read more »

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.
Allow me to begin by saying that I arose today feeling a bit under the weather, and surly.  I will speak bluntly.  The little eloquence I am often able to display will sit in the corner...and I will speak plain truths, as I see them. [caption id="attachment_152" align="alignleft" width="300"]Courtesy of: www.biography.com Courtesy of: www.biography.com[/caption] Today is the day in which many the world over remember and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I believe as time marches on, everyone chooses to see MLK in different ways...in their own way.  I mean that, we all choose to see him in the way that creates the least amount of dissonance in our brain with the reality which we live. I will always see and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. as a dissident.  A very dangerous subversive who stood in the face of injustice, and whom fought tirelessly against those things which were popular and the norm, in favor of what he felt was right. And many people are content to believe that his focus was entirely on racial equality.  And I suppose those same people would willingly say that as we enter the last year of the presidency of our first black president, that "the dream" that everyone so fondly recalls has been fulfilled. Everyone has their favorite quote...their favorite sentiment. To me...they all just seem too...tame? I don't know...yes, he was a man of peace...but damn, he was also quite possibly one of the harshest critics of America that the world has ever seen. Perhaps...

I Met Hillary Clinton

I Met Hillary Clinton
More specifically, I met Hillary Clinton today! About 12 hours ago.  In retrospect, I find it kind of amazing that on a spur of the moment offer, I met the person who could possibly become the first female President of the United States, and still made it home to hear and watch the 2016 State of the Union address.  So allow me to explain. My job brings me into contact with a lot of different political organizations.  If you are a fan of this blog, you'll notice that I've never specifically said where I work.  That is a conscious choice.  That's because this blog is about me...not about my professional life, and I don't want to draw any direct ties to this blog and my job...because I will freely say that sometimes, I will say some blunt, dare I say, outlandish shit...and that is a reflection of me, and me alone.  Yet, I digress... ...my job does bring me in contact with a variety of political organizations.  One of those organizations, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence endorsed Hillary Clinton in her bid to be the 45th President of the United States.  The Brady Campaign is a large organization, so the endorsement was unrolled and announced today at a Hillary Clinton rally in Ames, Iowa...
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Broadway In Chicago: The Lion King Musical

Broadway In Chicago: The Lion King Musical
I am an avid bicyclist.  One of my absolute favorite places to bike around is in Downtown Chicago…and no, I am not one of those lawless bikers who zooms in and out of traffic, never more than 3 seconds away from getting hit by something.  I like to go fast, but I’m a law abiding... Read more »

23 Executive Orders

23 Executive Orders
Yesterday, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, gave an emotional and impassioned speech, as most of you have surely heard.  If you haven’t heard..well, allow me to share the speech.  The President was introduced   by a father who lost his 7 year old son at Sandy Hook Elementary School, along with 26... Read more »