Archive for November 2014

Stomping on the Sour Grapes: a Post Election Limerick

  The election is over and Governor Quinn Now sadly a lame duck since he didn’t win. And what’s more  a downer He lost to Bruce Rauner, A garden variety Republican.

"Cos" Celebre

  I’ve been meaning to write about Bill Cosby.  But I’ve been struggling on what to say. I’ve always tried to give the benefit of the doubt.  By temperament, I’m reluctant to jump to conclusions. Allegations are allegations.  But… There are so many of them. And will more women emerge with more of the same... Read more »

Another Rhyme for Polar Vortex

(Perceptive commenter ‘jnorto’ wondered after reading  my last post—“A Juggernaut Approaches from the North, or It Can’t Be Winter Yet”— whether there was another rhyme for ‘polar vortex’)   Weather words once esoteric, E.g. the polar vortex, Are said as casually by us As by the wonks, geeks, or techs.

A Juggernaut Approaches From the North, or It Can't Be Winter Yet!

  My brain’s electric grid convulses With thousands of febrile impulses. What’s switched on my cerebral cortex? That frigid fiend, the Polar Vortex!

Tuesdays With Charley, Or Where Did That Cramp Come From?

  If its Tuesday, it’s pinochle at my aunt’s. We were sitting round her kitchen table, a few Tuesdays ago playing the venerable card game when Aunt Ger brought her muscle cramps up.  It’s a topic she brings up on occasion, that is to say, regularly. Sharing a few nagging episodes of my own, I... Read more »

The Country Takes a Right Turn In the Wrong Direction

  The Midterm elections are past And counted the ballots we cast. With the Democrats pantsed The Republicans danced; But  Old Glory now flies at half-mast.    

How to Edit an Expletive Without Deleting It: a la Julie-Hammervision

  In her post on November 2 “The worst people ever to set foot inside Costco today'” ChicagoNow blogger Julie-Hammervision has this to say, “Costco was nucking futs today.” I won’t say that Julie  lacks  guts For pulling her punches with “nucking futs.” I’ll only observe  that  spoonerisms Are not effective  euphemisms.    

Ethics in a Nutshell for a Short-Attention-Span Age

  [From a BBC website: Deontology teaches that some acts are right or wrong in themselves, whatever the consequences.] How would one act if he (or she)  knew sure What were to happen in the future?