Archive for November 2018

The Silence of a Foreign War/A trillion Dollars/ A honey Trap/ A War on a City

It’s difficult to equate human lives with cost but it’s impossible at times not to at least mention both in the same sentence. America now finds itself at war in Afghanistan for the 17th consecutive year. American warriors have suffered over 2,300 lives lost and over 20,000 wounded. A trillion dollars later (45 billion last... Read more »

Good Guys/Bad Guys/ Dumb Guys/Those in Between

Good Guys/Bad Guys/ Dumb Guys/Those in Between
I couldn’t help noticing while watching the Funeral Services for Officer Samuel  Jimenez all the Dignitaries that were there to pay their respects to the 28 year old husband and father of 3 young children. A Governor, a Cardinal, a Mayor, and many many more. Officer Jimenez was murdered on November 19th while running to... Read more »

Land of Lincoln/ The City of Big Shoulders/Swamp Lands or Hope

At first glance one might believe this featured photo is click bait. However,  on further review as they say the words turn out to be true. All five cities have something in common. You’ve probably guessed right, after a few seconds. As far as Chicago goes it’s kinda easy to think of over 60 years... Read more »
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Gun Free Zones/ A Dangerous Folly/America's Reputation/A Solution

After YET AGAIN, and I say that with a sigh of exhaustion, America is YET AGAIN left to deal with the aftermath of a horrid mass shooting, this time right in our own City of Chicago. This original Sculpture was for a parent who lost a child. A human who is empty inside. I’m sure... Read more »

15 Potential Mayors/ A Chicken in Every Pot/Who Will Survive

15 Potential Mayors/ A Chicken in Every Pot/Who Will Survive
Just days after Illinois voters survived the months long  battle of the billionaires, which featured two billionaire Governor wannabe’s who  spent close to a quarter of a billion  dollars of their own money trashing and bashing each other for weeks on end, Chicago will now get it’s turn. Thank you sir may I have another.... Read more »

Chicago's Crime Stats/The Fiction/The Reality

Chicago's Crime Stats/The Fiction/The Reality
Every month or so the Chicago Police Department releases the monthly crime statistics. Of course whenever you have to rely on any organization including Police Departments reporting on their own results, it’s always wise to sometimes be aware of the messenger. The difference between fiction and reality is of course fiction has to make sense.... Read more »
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Active Shooters/Run/Hide/ Fight/Northwestern Got It Right

My congratulations to Northwestern University for having the sense to take an intellectual approach, to at least acknowledge there are somethings that can be useful when facing the possibility of confronting an active shooter. They have produced a 15 minute video that gives potential victims at least some ideas that indeed, could mean life and... Read more »

The Death of E Pluribus Unum/The Rise of Probe

The Death of E Pluribus Unum/The Rise of Probe
Hardly a day goes by in America when we are not sodded, or for lack of a better word deluged with the headlines and talking heads announcing yet another new PROBE of something or another. For this article I will mostly stick to politics. However PROBES in America have become as common as the obituaries... Read more »

America's Dilemma /The Second Amendment/The Good/The Bad The Ugly/

America is  yet again reeling from the news of 3 more mass shootings in one weeks time. Per the usual, the calls for gun control are once again center stage. Since 1965, including the Texas Tower 11 dead, through the Virginia Tech’s slaughter of 33 dead, to Sandy Hooks 28 killed, to Luby’s Cafe in... Read more »
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Two Days in November/A Grateful Nation Turns it's Loving Eyes Towards You.

Two Days in November/A Grateful Nation Turns it's Loving Eyes Towards You.
For almost my entire life two days in November always held a special  significance  for me.  On Saturday 10 November “Mother Green” turns 243 years old.  To all the men and women who served her I want to say, ” Thank God such people lived among us.”  I for one can say proudly that almost... Read more »