Tag: Kankakee Illinois

Chasity Wells-Armstrong is bad for the city of Kankakee

Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong photo credit: City of Kankakee Website Four years ago, I was Chasity Wells-Armstrong’s biggest supporter. For ten days before the election, I hammered the former Mayor, Nina Epstein, supporting Chasity. In my column in Chicago Now, I posted a series of glowing articles about what her administration’s new era would bring to... Read more »

Six things you can do to make America Great Again that does not include Donald Trump

Six things you can do to make America Great Again that does not include Donald Trump
“Bob, are you alive?” a reader emailed me yesterday. I’ve been absent for the past fourteen tumultuous days. That is on purpose. We all need a break from the constant stream of crazy fed to us by the mosh pit of Washington on a daily basis. If we do not take breaks, then we become... Read more »

America is great now, has always been great and always will be great.

America is great now, has always been great and always will be great.
I am writing this on July 4, 2018. It is another hot and humid Fourth of July. Only for the near-decade that I lived in Southern California were Independence Day Holidays not oppressive, or rainy. My Malibu home was thirty feet from the Pacific Ocean. The sea breeze kept us cool during the day, and... Read more »
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The good face of Facebook

The good face of Facebook
Some of the more excitable online commentators online describe Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) as a dystopian nightmare. Others call the massive social media outlet as the Orwellian nightmare predicted in “1984.” I wish I had a dollar for every time I have heard we are on the cusp of 1984. I would be as wealthy as... Read more »

Do we forget that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a radical?

Do we forget that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a radical?
Fifty years ago today, an assassin struck down one of America’s greatest leaders. It seems like it was just yesterday, and already a half-century has passed. I was seventeen years old, and a few months away from graduating from High School the day James Earl Ray struck down Dr. King. I was home from school... Read more »

Racism, real and imagined in 2018

Racism, real and imagined in 2018
When I was in the GOP, there was a belief among many conservatives that racism ended shortly after the Civil Rights Act became law in 1964. The way theory goes, that kind of behavior is now against the law, and people ceased the reprehensible acts of redlining, making Blacks use separate bathrooms, and denying African-Americans... Read more »
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The American Dream turns into an American Nightmare for a family

The American Dream turns into an American Nightmare for a family
[UPDATE: Since the publication of this article, the father, Victor, has been deported to his native Honduras. An American wife is without her husband, and their American children are without their father. No, President Trump, we do not all have the same heart as you stated in the State of the Union Address.]   The Republican... Read more »

Facebook rumors fueled fears of a school shooting at an Illinois High School last week

Facebook rumors fueled fears of a school shooting at an Illinois High School last week
Is Facebook killing truth? Parents posting on Facebook about their unease of sending their kids to school last Monday created fears of a school shooter. A week ago, school officials heard reports that a student had threatened to shoot Kankakee High School, in Kankakee, Illinois. The community of 27,000 is 54 miles south of Chicago’s... Read more »

I love Mexicans

I love Mexicans
Our xenophobic President, Donald Trump in Poland with his neofascist pals that run Poland these days made me think of Mexicans in America. Poland is one of the most homogenous nations on Earth.  Like Hungary and a few other nations in Eastern and Central Europe, they are in love with neofascism.  The skinhead movement is... Read more »
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Are you sick and tired of politics?

Are you sick and tired of politics?
Let’s have a show of hands, how many people here are sick and tired of politics; how many could be happy to live out their lives not reading the names Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Mitch McConnell, or Paul Ryan again? It looks like we have a stadium full of people.   It seems as though campaigns... Read more »