Archive for May 2013

Boy Scout leaders vote to allow gay youth

Last week in a place ironically named Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center (am I the only one who thinks that’s ironic?) in Grapevine, Texas, Boy Scout leaders voted to allow gay boys to become Boy Scouts starting in January, 2014.  They also voted to continue their policy of not allowing gay Boy Scout leaders,... Read more »

Memorial Day

Memorial Day
Reposted  from an earlier version: A decade before I was born 2,400 American service men and women perished during the attack on Pearl Harbor, drawing us into a global conflict. By the end of World War II that number would exceed 400,000. Not to be confused with Veterans Day, which is a tribute to all... Read more »

Hofstra student killed by police during break-in

A 20-year veteran of the NYPD and Nassau County Police Department was forced to draw and fire his weapon in the line of duty last week, leaving both a home invader and his hostage, 21-year-old Hofstra College junior, Andrea Rebello dead.   Read story here The tragedy for the Rebello family is almost unspeakable. Using it... Read more »

Dick Cheney says "They lied" about Benghazi

Dick Cheney says "They lied" about Benghazi
In a phone interview aired on FOX News (it’s still weird saying FOX and news in the same sentence), Dick Cheney accused the Obama administration of lying about the nature of the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. On the Comedy Channel’s Daily Show, host Jon Stewart said that Cheney shouldn’t be allowed to use the... Read more »

Illinois' concealed carry law nears due date

Illinois lawmakers have until June 9 to come up with guidelines for its gun-toting citizenry. After that date, it could be argued that with no law in place, anyone not specifically prohibited from owning a firearm-like convicted felons-is allowed to carry a .38 Special in his or her waistband. Illinois AG, Lisa Madigan got an... Read more »

6 arrested after Naperville bar fight

In the 1989 movie, Road House Patrick Swayze’s character, Dalton, when asked if he ever wins a fight replied, “Nobody ever wins a fight.” While that may be true from a philosophical point of view, I’d be lying if I said that I’d rather be unconscious on a bar room floor than washing someone else’s... Read more »

Chicago Police versus Chicago Fire Firefighters: Who fares better on TV?

In Chicago, CPD vs. CFD exists on many levels, especially during summer.  The natural, mostly-good-natured rivalry between Chicago’s two groups of first responders is regularly played out on baseball diamonds across the city.  I’ve even had the opportunity to ride my motorcycle onto the warning tracks at both Wrigley and Cellular One Fields as a... Read more »

Reason and accountability: Is this as good as it gets?

In the movie, As Good As It Gets Jack Nicholson’s character, author Melvin Udall is asked how it is he can write so well from a woman’s perspective. He answers, “I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.” I’ve used that line many times since 1997, mostly to satirically project a... Read more »

Life is one pickle after another

Every once in while my daughter will say something in a particular way that makes me stop for a moment and take inventory. It could be a certain phrase, an outlook or just an expression on her face. I’m sure it happens to all of us, as we realize that these people we call our... Read more »