“REMEMBER THE ROAR”

“REMEMBER THE ROAR”
When I think about the Blackhawks now, I think about my parents and “Remember the Roar!” By RA Monaco O N A PLAQUE, located behind a statue of the Blackhawk’s greatest players on the north side of the United Center, you’ll see the words “Chicago Stadium—1929-1994—Remember the Roar.”  The Chicago Stadium is where my parents... Read more »

Public Trust: The Reward of Political Courage

Public Trust: The Reward of Political Courage
Taking root throughout the nation is a ground swell of suspicion and justifiable mistrust of the law enforcement practices that have operated well beyond the minority communities of Ferguson and Baltimore.  By RA Monaco “Baltimore’s where America turns the corner,” said JaqueLine Nivens during an interview last month after State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s decision... Read more »

Hand of Media Manipulator Visible In New York Times’ Runoff Coverage

Hand of Media Manipulator Visible In  New York Times’ Runoff Coverage
What news editor would sign-off on the type of reporting coverage we’ve seen from the Times since Chicago’s mayoral runoff election began? By RA Monaco The New York Times’ coverage of Chicago’s mayoral election changed significantly when Mayor Rahm Emanuel was forced into a runoff bid for his second term.  The voices changed too, as... Read more »
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Late-Night Parody Newscast Passes on Mayor

Late-Night Parody Newscast Passes on Mayor
By RA Monaco It must have been a crushing blow for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to learn that comedian Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart as the new host of the late-night parody newscast “The Daily Show.”  Especially, since it would have been the perfect fall-back-gig for Rahm, whose real talent is actually sarcasm.  In another... Read more »

Should Elizabeth Warren run for president? No, here's why.

Should Elizabeth Warren run for president?  No, here's why.
It’s time for America to stop looking for saviors and re-train legislators that, in compromise, people come first!  By RA Monaco Progressives need Elizabeth Warren to accrue seniority in the Senate and provide leadership in the party.  Conservatives too, need to witness Sen. Warren’s willingness to demand accountability in the never ending battles between labor... Read more »

Confronting Fears and Fables

Confronting Fears and Fables
The problem—aided and abetted by the media in all of its various forms—is our image of the country which we are all supposed to respect, admire and strive for which is at odds with our underlying social and economic reality.    By RA Monaco These days Congress has plenty in common with the Sumo ring—called... Read more »
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Both Sides of the Badge

Both Sides of the Badge
Bill O’Reilly catch phrases like race hustling or race baiting, are the blatant racist code that festers in the already infected wounds of this nation. By RA Monaco Angrily marching into the New Year, the struggle for social change in 2015 will continue to emotionally wear on the nation—coast to coast.  “It’s a very exciting... Read more »

It penetrated my “Grinch-shield”

It penetrated my “Grinch-shield”
I needed an ambush—something more—because I’m holding a pity-party.  No invitations!     By RA Monaco It freed my soul, untied the knots in my spirit and gave me a sense of the warmth and genuine love for others that, for many of us, the Holiday Season is supposed bring.  Hearing Doug Webb’s to-be-released recording of... Read more »

#SonyHack: President Obama Weighs-In

#SonyHack: President Obama Weighs-In
“Imagine the enjoyment of Kim Jong-Un—North Korea’s dictator—watching the U.S. news industry wallow in the slime of Sony’s emails.” By RA Monaco “We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States,” President Obama told the press during a year-end news conference at the White House. ... Read more »
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Millions March Gaining Strength and Diversity

Millions March Gaining Strength and Diversity
By RA Monaco A rising social movement and protest culture is gaining strength and diversity as Millions March to challenge racism, growing inequality and authoritarianism across our nation—ironically called the “Land of the Free.”  Not since the late 1960’s has the government shown more concern in defending the capital and it’s authority from our own... Read more »