Category: Chicago

The Confederate flag is racist, Black History Month is not

The Confederate flag is racist, Black History Month is not
If you find the message in the above featured image offensive, you are not alone. Incredibly, it’s a very commonly repeated fabrication. The logic of the whole reverse racism thing is enough to make you want to delete country music from your playlist. Ours is a culture of incomprehensible equivalencies; bizarre comparisons between two things that... Read more »

Would it have been better if Derek Chauvin had shot George Floyd in the back?

Would it have been better if Derek Chauvin had shot George Floyd in the back?
Request to readers: PLEASE do not take this as any kind of endorsement of shooting people in the back.  Don’t be a Trumpster, read past the headlines. Like many other people around the world, the video of Derek Chauvin kneeling on George Floyd’s neck is burned into my brain.  Like many other horrors I’ve witnessed... Read more »

Blue lives matter very much, but that does not equate to Black Lives Matter

Blue lives matter very much, but that does not equate to Black Lives Matter
In last week’s post, The Confederate flag is racist, Black History Month is not, I brought up the subject of Blue Lives Matter being equated to Black Lives Matter. Blue lives matter. Very much.  All lives matter.  Neither one of those, however, equates with or diminishes the message of Black Lives Matter. Michael Brown, an... Read more »
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The case of Jussie Smollett shows the importance of questioning the unlikely claims of one man when FACTS prove otherwise

The case of Jussie Smollett shows the importance of questioning the unlikely claims of one man when FACTS prove otherwise
Like most Chicagoans (I hope), I was appalled to hear of the heinous crime perpetrated in my city as recounted by the victim, Jussie Smollet. My initial reaction was one of anger and disgust with no thought to the possibility that it was also fiction. Who would make up such a thing and for what... Read more »

Does America Really Need Another Billionaire TV Star in the White House?

Does America Really Need Another Billionaire TV Star in the White House?
Q:  Does America Really Need Another Billionaire TV Star in the White House? A:  Ah, not so much. We didn’t really need the first one, but it may take another one to lift the curse. After her fiery and cohesive speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday, many Americans would like Oprah Winfrey to add... Read more »

Illinois Legislators Need to Pass Barbara Wheeler's HB 4120 or Admit That They Suck

Illinois Legislators Need to Pass Barbara Wheeler's HB 4120 or Admit That They Suck
In the wake of the Las Vegas shooting, Illinois’ first attempt to outlaw “bump stocks” failed. Perhaps Illinois lawmakers were reluctant to appear sympathetic to the victims of mass shootings. In a piece I wrote last week entitled, “Guns Don’t Kill People, the NRA and the Politicians in Their Pockets Kill People,” I referred to... Read more »
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What is it About Hookers that Makes Them Think They're Lawyers?

What is it About Hookers that Makes Them Think They're Lawyers?
Back in 2015 I become a partner in a building in Zion, Illinois.  Our first vacancy came a year later, when a long time tenant moved to Kenosha. She had always paid her rent on time and we were sorry to lose her. My partner, Jerry showed the apartment while I was away and gave... Read more »

Terrorism Is Like Pornography, You Know It When You See It

Terrorism Is Like Pornography,  You Know It When You See It
Two cities in Spain saw the kind of vehicular terror attacks this week such as we have previously seen in Nice, Berlin and London. As of this writing, 14 people are dead in Barcelona and 100 are injured, some critically.  In Cambrils, one person died and six others were injured.  One police officer killed four... Read more »

What If Nazi James Alex Fields Had Rammed His Car Into Zoe Instead of Heather?

What If Nazi James Alex Fields Had Rammed His Car Into Zoe Instead of Heather?
You don’t know Zoe, but I can assure you that she is one of the sweetest, most delightful young women you will ever meet. The thought of a delusional maniac like James Alex Fields causing her harm causes me physical pain. But it could happen. After many events, both large and small I tend to... Read more »
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It's Easy to Forget How Cool it is to Have Air Conditioning

It's Easy to Forget How Cool it is to Have Air Conditioning
Sunday’s 90 degree temperature-the hottest day of the year so far, here in Chicago-underscored something that we have come to take for granted. Air conditioning. A/C. The cool breeze. Some of you may have no recollection of living without it, but we did. It wasn’t pretty, but we did what nature intended us to do... Read more »