O Beautiful

I witnessed a moment of history today, watching President Obama’s speech at the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Alabama. In a nation still marked by racial strife–witness the Ferguson report and the killing of Tony Robinson in Madison, Wisconsin–the president did what presidents are supposed to do: lead and inspire the people. The entire speechContinue reading “O Beautiful”

What is it good for?

I want to honor the work of Edwin Starr by posting his signature song here, and suggesting that sending cruise missiles into Syria would be a mistake. Maybe President Obama knows that already, and he’s just going through the motions of posturing against Assad. I hope so, because if he takes the action that heContinue reading “What is it good for?”

Who’s down with OHB?

Back in the days of the George W. Bush presidency, there was this term called “Bush Derangement Syndrome.” A right winger made it up, and it was a mocking sort of a term applied to people–like me–who saw what a disaster W was in the White House. And now, eight years later, the shoe isContinue reading “Who’s down with OHB?”

The Jedi President

So President Obama brought up the ways of the Jedi from the Star Wars series, and welded them onto the Vulcan Mind Meld from the Star Trek series. And some people, desperate to stem the rising Obama tide, have called this a gaffe. But I don’t see it that way. I grew up with StarContinue reading “The Jedi President”

It was 20 years ago

As the election returns are coming in, I want to share a story about the 1992 election. I had volunteered for the Bill Clinton campaign, and on election night I was at the election night party for Clinton and Carol Moseley Braun. Illinois was still considered a swing state at the time, but it turnedContinue reading “It was 20 years ago”

Standing at the Wall

It’s the night before a Presidential election, which will be the 12th one of my lifetime (although that first one was just a few weeks after I was born), I’ve been tired of the process, as it has played itself for well over a year now. Since I voted early, it’s almost as if tomorrowContinue reading “Standing at the Wall”

Still worthless

I picked my daughter up at school today, and then we proceeded to drive home. Along the way, we stopped at a red light, and there was a restaurant off to my left. I glanced at the TV screen inside the restaurant, and was greeted by Brian Williams doing the NBC Nightly news. I couldn’tContinue reading “Still worthless”

It’s better than Tebowing

I imagine that life is very good for Clint Eastwood. After all, he’s had a very long and successful career, in an industry that all Americans know of and pay attention to. If there’s a version of American royalty, movie stars are certainly it, even more so than musicians or professional athletes. And Hollywood’s A-listContinue reading “It’s better than Tebowing”

What “that” is

Thursdays are the last day that I drive into the office during the week. Friday traffic in Chicago is bad, no matter where you’re driving to or when you’re on the road, so fortunately I can work at home on Fridays. But I had an epiphany of sorts when I was on the road thisContinue reading “What “that” is”

Bill Clinton at the ballpark

I live in Chicago, and by now I’m used to the Secret Service helicopters flying over my house whenever the President or his family are in town. The military helicopters are usually the ones I hear, and they’re always gone in a flash. I’m sure that’s a good thing for keeping the President safe. SoContinue reading “Bill Clinton at the ballpark”

Rethinking the 1985 Bears

When you live in Chicago, you learn pretty quickly that it’s a Bears’ town. They were the franchise that hired Red Grange out of the University of Illinois in the 1920s, when he was the most famous athlete not named Ruth. They played a barnstorming tour all around the country, which introduced the masses toContinue reading “Rethinking the 1985 Bears”