Stuck in the Middle with Bruce

The Super Bowl, in earlier days, was as much about consumerism as it was about football. With the largest TV audience of the year watching, the network airing the game could charge millions of dollars for a 30-second spot. And the companies who were paying these top-dollar rates spared no expense to put the WOWContinue reading “Stuck in the Middle with Bruce”

The Peppermint Patty solution, and why it won’t work this time

There’s a cocktail of despair and outrage that has been building inside of me since January 6. And with each passing day, that mix becomes more potent. The video above was posted onto Parler on the day that it happened, and was somehow retreived from the archives. I won’t pretend to know about the technologyContinue reading “The Peppermint Patty solution, and why it won’t work this time”

The American giant, and a pathetic little man

The “town hall” meeting that Donald Trump filmed for Fox News (because who else would think this up?) yielded a hilariously bad image for a president who cares about little else besides that. He claimed the setting was Fox News’ idea, but a smarter and less vainglorious man than Trump would have nixed the idea.Continue reading “The American giant, and a pathetic little man”

What the pundits missed in Trump’s Oval Office speech

I’m not at all a fan of Donald Trump. Spend five minutes on my blog reading some of the other posts I’ve wriiten, and that much becomes clear. I’ve essentially shut down this blog, which I once really enjoyed writing, because responding to Trump’s actions can be an all-consuming task, especially when it’s done onContinue reading “What the pundits missed in Trump’s Oval Office speech”

Broken eggs and the end of my blog

  Today’s the first time I’ve put anything into this space since June 11, which represents a span of dormancy that never would have happened in the first six years I wrote this blog. At one point I was averaging ten posts a week, and sometimes five or six posts would erupt from my mindContinue reading “Broken eggs and the end of my blog”

My letter of thanks to Jack Brickhouse

Dear Jack, Today was the kind of day that makes cemeteries interesting. As I drove through Rosehill on the far north side of Chicago, I watched the dried leaves blowing across my path on the way to the mausoleum where you are interred. This is generally not baseball weather here in Chicago, but you neverContinue reading “My letter of thanks to Jack Brickhouse”

2016 and the USA

  The upcoming presidential election is going to dominate the news, as it should. The person who emerges from the grotesque carnival we have constructed for this purpose will be able to make decisions that may seem important, but in the end life is going to move forward, no matter who it is. I haveContinue reading “2016 and the USA”

Thoughts at a fire

Yesterday morning I wrote a post in this space bemoaning the lack of good news stories this year. I had a realization later in the evening, though, as I was watching the fire in my fireplace burn. And it’s worth sharing it here, before it crawls back into the recesses of my mind. This isContinue reading “Thoughts at a fire”

Rethinking the Arts

When I was a kid, only one thing qualified as “art.” Paintings, done by men who were already long dead, were art. My mom used to come to my school and teach “Art appreciation” to give the kids a break from the daily reading, math, and history grind. And thus, art was a painfully narrowContinue reading “Rethinking the Arts”

It’s the thought that counts

My next door neighbors are good people. I think of them every time I hear some people on TV railing about “illegal immigration.” It seem like a bigoted, racist term directed at people that the speaker doesn’t know the first thing about. “If they speak Spanish and have brown skin, get them outta here.” It’sContinue reading “It’s the thought that counts”

Long may it wave

I saw a clip online today that made me angry. On the eve of celebrating the birth of this great country, there was Laura Ingraham and Bill O’Reilly, chattering on about illegal immigration. Terms like “anchor baby” were used, and the right wing fantasy that people can–and should–leave the country en masse reared its uglyContinue reading “Long may it wave”

Let it go, let it go

Over the past couple of years, I’ve simplified my life in some ways. I gave up drinking in 2011, television in 2013, and McDonald’s in 2014. I’ve tried giving up coffee, too, but I’ve succeeded at keeping my consumption down. Baby steps, I suppose. I’m not really on a self-deprivation kick, although it might seemContinue reading “Let it go, let it go”

Words of wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson

Over the past year or so, I’ve been picking up a volume of Emerson’s writings when I can, looking for pearls of wisdom. And I think I found one today, when I came across the following words: To the extent that a man thinks, he is free I don’t see much independent thought in ourContinue reading “Words of wisdom from Ralph Waldo Emerson”

Changing college sports as we know them

Today–March 26, 2014– is the 35th anniversary of the Magic Johnson/Larry Bird title game in the NCAA tournament. I remember watching that game as a ten year-old kid in Springfield, Illinois. It was broadcast on NBC, instead of on CBS. There was no three point stripe, no shot clock, and no possession arrow. The NCAAContinue reading “Changing college sports as we know them”

Republican hipster alert!

I don’t know any hipster millennials personally, and that’s just fine with me. The little bit I’ve seen of them doesn’t leave a good impression, for reasons I can’t readily define. But they are the future, so whatever annoyances they may have are just going to be dealt with. The planet continues to rotate, asContinue reading “Republican hipster alert!”

How about some Mitch Dogg?

https://twitter.com/rlincolnharris/status/444699995086655489 http://www.youdubber.com/index.php?video=nrdTX8m5G98&video_start=0&audio=JXIUIFI1gWk&audio_start=0 In response to the #mcconnelling challenge from Jon Stewart, I found one that really seems to work. Depending on where it starts, McConnell’s fist pump with the two older ladies is either at “Swisher sweets” or “ball out.” You can’t lose either way, really. Thanks to Snoop Dogg, Ray J, Slim, and NateContinue reading “How about some Mitch Dogg?”

Fun with the internet

It’s late and I need to sleep, but this is too funny. The recent campaign ad for Mitch McConnell was 2 minutes of scenes without any words, just a weird music soundtrack. But thanks to something called YouDubber, the soundtrack can be varied to suit your tastes. Try it for yourself by clicking on theContinue reading “Fun with the internet”

Jon Stewart nails it

I admire Abraham Lincoln like no one else. I think he is the reason that slavery came to an end in this nation, and he took a stand that ultimately cost him his own life in order to see to it that slavery disappeared. And suggestions to the contrary never have–and never will–make any senseContinue reading “Jon Stewart nails it”

There’s nothing more American

The Coca-Cola commercial that was aired during the Super Bowl this year had it exactly right. America is beautiful, because people from all over the world have always come here. They bring their languages and their customs and their foods and their traditions with them, and they hold onto them because it’s what they knowContinue reading “There’s nothing more American”

Links to my childhood lost

I watched a lot of TV as a child. Too much, it now seems to me. But what’s done is done, and for better or for worse, it was the dominant medium of my youth. Two of my very favorite shows in those days were Gilligan’s Island and The Partridge Family. And two of theContinue reading “Links to my childhood lost”

A part of my youth

I spent some time this morning playing an Atari game that I picked up at a second hand store. It was a way of connecting to the kid that I once was. Video games were once a huge part of my life. I once spent hours upon hours playing Missile Command and Yars Revenge andContinue reading “A part of my youth”

Oh yeah, life goes on

It was a typical Saturday of taking my daughters to their various meetings today, but it started, as it often does, at the ice skating rink. And the TV was tuned, as it so often is, to Sportscenter on ESPN. I’m sure that the skate moms aren’t much interested in the day’s sports headlines, butContinue reading “Oh yeah, life goes on”

Four years and a lifetime ago

I remember it well, that New Year’s day in 2010, when Northwestern played the Auburn Tigers in the Outback Bowl. It was the first bowl game of the day, and I was ready for it with a mountain of alcohol. It was rare for me to start drinking before noon, but this was a bigContinue reading “Four years and a lifetime ago”