Category: Historic

September 11: George W. Bush vs Donald J. Trump

September 11:  George W. Bush vs Donald J. Trump
George W. Bush gave the first 9/11 address on that very date back in 2001. His composure, reassurance and resolution struck exactly the right tone for a nation reeling from the attack earlier that day. Donald Trump gave his 9/11 speech yesterday and his tone could not have been more discordant, self absorbed and detached.... Read more »

Trumpsters dig in as the swamp runneth over

Trumpsters dig in as the swamp runneth over
Just about everything Trump is ridiculous and not in a funny way.  He speaks like a child, demands apologies after insulting people and his lack of historic reference is spellbinding. Revolutionary soldiers taking airports? Trump ran on a promise to “drain the swamp,” but instead has turned Washington into a toxic mix of nepotism, cronyism,... Read more »

The Independence Day atrocity that is Donald J. Trump

The Independence Day atrocity that is Donald J. Trump
Warning:  Donald J. Trump is stealing America’s celebration from YOU! Happy Birthday, America! If you’re wondering what the Fourth of July is all about, today marks the 243rd anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence. The Continental Congress (a congress that did things) declared independence on July 2, 1776, but the American Revolution... Read more »
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Donald Trump will never be strong enough to weild the real power of the presidency

Donald Trump will never be strong enough to weild the real power of the presidency
Donald Trump may serve eight years in office, but he will never discover the true power of the presidency. Trump lionizes strong men and envisions himself in their company. He dreams of his head carved into a Mount Rushmore-like hilltop alongside Putin, Duterte, Erdogan and Mohammed bin Salman. Breaking news:  When Trump runs for reelection,... Read more »

Bella Cain sounded great until the drummer started talking

Bella Cain sounded great until the drummer started talking
Stopping in for a quick pop and some live music, we discovered a great band at the Broken Oar in Port Barrington, Illinois. Bella Cain’s slick website describes them as “The ‘hottest top 40 country group’ in the area!”  They are good and they play more than just country. About an hour into their set... Read more »

Exclusive: Donald Trump's remarks on Air Force One after the Kim summit

Exclusive: Donald Trump's remarks on Air Force One after the Kim summit
If you had a time machine, you could sprint 10 or 12 hours into the future and check out Donnie’s remarks following his historic meeting with Kim Jong-un, even before the talks begin. And it will be historic.  Whether or not it accomplishes anything remains to be seen. Following are Donnie’s comments made aboard Air... Read more »
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1903: A year to remember

1903:  A year to remember
If you’ve visited this space before, you know that it’s usually a rant about the fragile state of our democracy and the danger posed by “alternative facts.” There’s a reason it’s called the Chicago Board of Tirade. Let’s take a break from all that today and think about a simpler time in our history that... Read more »

Christopher Columbus was Just a Wise Guy With a Boat

Christopher Columbus was Just a Wise Guy With a Boat
Edited and reposted for Columbus Day Celebrated in 46 of our 50 states – the holdouts being Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and South Dakota – Columbus Day commemorates the discovery of America by Italian seafarer, Christopher Columbus. While the second Monday of October may be a good time to buy a mattress, the rest is a... Read more »

Christopher Columbus was just a wise guy with a boat

Christopher Columbus was just a wise guy with a boat
Edited and reposted for Columbus Day Celebrated in 46 of our 50 states – the holdouts being Hawaii, Alaska, Oregon and South Dakota – Columbus Day commemorates the discovery of America by Italian seafarer, Christopher Columbus. While many of us enjoy having a day off on the 2nd Monday each October, the truth is that... Read more »
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Syria needs some boots on the ground, as long as it's not my kid's feet in those boots

Syria needs some boots on the ground, as long as it's not my kid's feet in those boots
As any poll will tell you, the standout candidates in the GOP race for presidential nominee are Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson. Pundits will tell you that the reason those three lead the pack is because they’re not establishment types, not politicians.  Except for Fiorina, none of them have ever run for... Read more »