Archive for February 2017

When's The Last Time You Waved Off The Cops with "I've Got This?"

Americans have never seen so many police in battle gear….but then Americans have never seen a land like ours has become….where Social Media can assemble an organized throng in just hours…. igniting passions pro and con via network coverage…true, cops have often fallen short in their work, and yet we turn to them more and... Read more »

A Final Text From State Street

Picture it. Black skies ripped by lightening….enormous gates heaving closed…. two huddled figures cowering beneath the Angel’s sword. Adam turns to Eve: “I think we’re living in an age of transition.” To be clear, we’ve been living in an age of transition ever since. Change is the law and cost of life. Often with enormous... Read more »

It's Not The Policies, It's The Pedestal Stupid

Listen in on almost any conversation — plane, train, subway, bar — and pretty soon it gets around to the new Administration. Passionately pro or con, it almost always ends up with the verbal shrug: “What can you do?” History has an answer to that: “Look for the weak point.” David’s slingshot found it between... Read more »

There Are 1700 Out & About Waiting For Us Right Now

Pease, a case must be made for our taken-for-granted Chicagoland park benches. Now, before it’s all too terribly late…! There are more than 1700 out and about, but many without either pride or pedestrian. We so take them for granted. I say enough. In this dense age of Twitter, Text and Social Media, I say... Read more »

The Ultimate Fear ~~ "The Other"

Pulsing through our national veins are two great myths. The first, we are a land of immigrants; the second, we are a land of exceptionalism. One blazes from the welcoming torch of the Statue Of Liberty; the other shines from the “city on a hill” seen by visionaries from the Puritans to Ronald Reagan. Today... Read more »

Leaked Draft Of State Of The Union Address ~ Jan 2018

“Mr. Speaker, Mr Vice President, members of Congress ~ I come before you to report on the state of our Union…. if you’ve been following me on Twitter you know our Union is terrific…never been better….I mean it’s better than it’s ever been over the last couple centuries, give or take a few years when... Read more »

The One Sure Way To Know A Liberal From A Conservative

The drones are coming! the drones are coming! Civil rights groups are warning of a camera-centered police state which will hover around us like Big Brother in the dystopian novel “1984.” But when you think about it, we have already voted for just such a state by loudly expecting government to keep us safe at... Read more »

I'm Imagining Gene Kelly As Our Next Mayor

Spring in Chicago is the appointed time for elections and for showers. Sometimes, though, showers explode into storms. Black skies…rolling thunder… relentless downpours. The lyricism of the gentle Spring rain can suddenly shift keys into darker, more discordant notes. Shutters close. Windows lock. This is nature at its quirkiest, and most people understand it that... Read more »

The Sky Is Falling....But Please Wait 18 min & 53 sec

OK, to be more accurate, it should read, “the ground is quaking.” The dependability of the ground under us is what we count on in our everyday lives; but when so much of what we count on is shaken so abruptly, the head spins and the heart pounds. Forget our noisy bravado in the stands... Read more »

Learning How To Survive The Streets of Chicago Without The Feds

They call Chicago a city-of-neighborhoods. True enough. Sad, though, when European tour agencies label some of them “off limits” for the safety of their clients. I didn’t want to believe such cynicism when I took an out-of-town friend on a drive through my old neighborhood. Grew up there and happily lived there through the Thirties,... Read more »