Posts in category "Government"

The Sacraments Of Democracy

It’s been a minute since I was doing the organized religion thing, but as I understand it, the sacraments of any religion are the MUST dos. I was raised Lutheran, so we only had two. Baptism and Communion.ยน They’re the things that God told us to do — the visible/tangible manifestations of him on earth.... Read more »

Coming To Terms With The ACA ... It Really Is Affordable Care

I started this post last week and got a good percentage of the way through … and Robin Williams died. Then Ferguson. Then the Ice Bucket Challenge. It’s been a hell of a week. I was a huge supporter of Obama. Honestly, I still think he’s a good guy working in a shit system. There’s... Read more »

The Air And Water Show: A Dilemma

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The Air and Water show has descended upon Chicago. The first year I lived in Chicago, I was lying in bed and heard these HUGE planes flying above my house. Not only did they sound fast, but they sounded LOW. They sounded like something very bad was happening. What I didn’t know was that weekend... Read more »

Wake Up, America. What's Going On In Ferguson, MO, Should Scare You

#453575526 / I should be headed for bed. I’m not, because I’m reading Twitter with a vengeance. Normally, when I’m this engaged with my Twitter feed, it’s because I’m sharing in some common event and want to join the collective conversation. You know — like the Oscars, Super Bowl, other awards shows, elections —... Read more »

It's Independence Day

Everyone’s waxing poetic and politic about the 4th. Independence day, as it were. I have a lot of thoughts about this country — how I love it enough to criticize it, for instance. And how I support the troops by wanting them all home as soon as possible — i.e., now. The other day, when... Read more »

Why The Hobby Lobby Verdict Is A Huge Deal

Let me start by saying that I am no constitutional lawyer. I have not pored over the ruling or fully over Justice Bader’s bad ass dissent. I am a layperson with an opinion, just like everyone else. And you know what they say about opinions. They’re like ______s, everyone’s got one. But I just saw... Read more »

10 Things I Think Would Be Cooler Than Getting A George Lucas Museum In Chicago

So. Star Wars. George Lucas. Pretty huge part of pop culture and the American movie landscape. Archetypes abound. Special effects. The advent of movie marketing and action figures and tie-ins. Darth and Stormtroopers and Luke and Han and Leia and C3PO and R2D2 and the Ewoks. Lightsabers and plot twists and the Death Star. So... Read more »

Duck Dynasty, Free Speech, and Mental Illness

Duck Dynasty. For someone who has watched a lot of and will watch reality TV at the drop of a hat, I have no place judging anyone who watches this show. I watched the first season of Tila Tequila’s Shot of Love — and we all know where she’s ended up. I was in for... Read more »

Naked On The CTA: Those Who Laugh Last Are Just Mean

Okay. I guess what gets me roused out of a stall here at An Unquiet Chicagoan is a good old-fashioned grrr out. I’m sure if you live in Chicago, by now you’ve heard about the woman who held things up for a bit on the Red Line at Granville on Saturday afternoon. To briefly summarize,... Read more »

What It's Been Like WITHOUT The Affordable Care Act

So, I’m going to try and use the next 30 days as a way to mine some of the topics that I want to cover in my theoretical book about manic-depression, navigating it, my memoir of my own journey, etc. I’m going to just write about what I’ve gone through and work it out here.... Read more »