Archive for October 2013

Pumpkinfest 2013: Highwood goes for the record

October 17-19, 2013 was Highwood’s annual Pumpkinfest, drawing an estimated 125,000 visitors to the northern suburb.  Nestled between Highland Park and Lake Forest, Highwood is the civilian sibling of Ft. Sheridan and the bucolic setting for some the North Shore’s best festivals. Highwood’s attractions include the Evening Gourmet Farmers Market, Garlic Fest and Bloody Mary... Read more »

Pete Sessions can't stand to look at President Obama

If you believe Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX) said something very nasty to President Obama  during a closed-door meeting about the government shutdown.  According to Reid, Sessions told the President that he (Sessions) couldn’t stand to look at him (the President). Even at a time when we accept mind-numbing ignorance... Read more »

Some questions are VERY stupid

At the start of almost every class, seminar, meeting, etc, the person at the front of the room reassuringly tells everyone that there’s no such thing as a stupid question.  Sometimes they say that the the only stupid questions are the ones you don’t ask.   What a load of crap. Whether they’re trying to encourage... Read more »

Rahm Emanuel's reign: 876 days and counting

Rahm Emanuel and Chicago are both a part of the national consciousness.  I’m often asked, when out of town how I think Rahm Emanuel is doing as mayor.  Now a suburbanite, I grew up in Chicago and still work here.  What happens in Chicago is infinitely more interesting than all the things not happening in... Read more »

Is Steve Pearce the biggest A-hole in Washington?

If you Google Rep. Steve Pearce, you will find the following statement on his official website: “Due to inaction by the Democrat-controlled Senate, the Federal Government shut down on Monday, September 30, at midnight…. Congressman Pearce will continue to work through the shutdown without pay.” For the record, Rep. Pearce is a multi-millionaire whose $174,000... Read more »

Things you should stop "just saying"

There are things we should all stop saying and most of us know exactly what they are. Many of us don’t realize that we’re saying these things and some of us cringe each time we hear them come out of our mouths. It’s usually a lot easier to detect flaws in other people than in... Read more »

Obamacare: Just sign up

Here’s the one thing everyone needs to know about Obamacare: Just sign up. If you live in Illinois, click here  to go to the website to price insurance plans for yourself and your family. Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill used to say that all politics is local. In this case it’s personal. The... Read more »