By John Ruberry Because American politics, in my view, is dead in the water right now due of the partial government shut down--"Build the wall!" No, "Tear down the existing wall," I think today is a great time to take a peek at a couple of worthwhile Netflix documentaries. Being Napoleon explores the bicentennial reenactment … Continue reading Reviews of two Netflix documentaries, Being Napoleon and Sad Hill Unearthed
Blogger in downtown Chicago By John Ruberry Chicago isn't so much a city as it is a racket. The federal criminal complaint issued Thursday against Alderman Edward Burke, who has been a member of the Chicago City Council for 50 years--he replaced his father who died in office--has overshadowed the Chicago mayoral race. That election, … Continue reading The arrest of a powerful Chicago alderman who has been in office for 50 years and the corruption tax
Blogger on the left many years ago By John Ruberry Last week in this space I discussed the problems of allowing transgender athletes to participate in women's sports, which was inspired by a since-deleted Tweet from tennis legend Martina Navratilova, "You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women," she … Continue reading What transgender athletes will do to high school sports
By John Ruberry Last month I ran in the Tinley Park Turkey Trot 5K race and finished in 15th place overall, 13th among men. That's not too bad for a dude in his 50s. While it may appear that I am gloating, stick with me here. A few days ago on Twitter, legendary tennis great … Continue reading Will people care about women’s sports if transgendered women dominate?
By John Ruberry Every year Freedom House ranks nations on their levels of freedom and countries are classified into three categories. "Free, Partially Free, and Not Free." The first category includes the United States, most of Europe, and Israel, among others. Not Free includes the usual suspects, Venezuela, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, and North Korea. … Continue reading Illinois is only a Partially Free state
By John Ruberry As I've mentioned here a few times, 2018 is Illinois' bicentennial year, a fact that not only has escaped most Americans but even, I suspect, most people living in Illinois. Last Monday the official Illinois bicentennial party was held in Chicago at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier on Lake Michigan. … Continue reading Illinois’ dispirited bicentennial celebration ends
By John Ruberry I did not contribute my usual Sunday post here because Mrs. Marathon Pundit and I were on a short vacation to Nashville. Among our visits were stops at three mansions, Carnton in Franklin, as well as Belmont, and the Hermitage, which was Andrew Jackson's home. There we were told by tour guides … Continue reading Slave versus enslaved person
By John Ruberry Democrats, particularly Chicago Democrats, love political dynasties. Before Mayor Carter Harrison Jr. there was Carter Harrison. Before Richard M. Daley there was Mayor Richard J. Daley. In Mike Royko's indispensable study of urban machine politics, the Pulitzer Prize columnist wrote, "The Dan Ryan is the expressway that [Richard J.] Daley takes to … Continue reading Forward to Detroit: Prominent Chicago mayoral candidate suggests a commuter tax
By John Ruberry As I've written many times, Chicago is a city in decline. It is the only major American city losing population. Its pension debt, a reward--or should I say payoff?--to public-section unions in exchange for their support for Democratic politicians is an unsustainable millstone. This morning on a local television show, Flannery Fired … Continue reading Chicago leftists off Target in their store closing protests
By John Ruberry Over the last few years I've been encountering snippets here and there about how that 1981 movie bomb, Heaven's Gate, was in fact, a better film than the reputation that surrounds it. After the success of The Deer Hunter, which gained him a Best Picture and Best Director Oscar, Michael Cimino, the … Continue reading Review: The director’s cut of Heaven’s Gate
By John Ruberry While there is some debate on whether there was a blue wave nationally after last week's midterm elections,, in Illinois, my state, there certainly was one. Voters booted out a Republican governor, billionaire Bruce Rauner, for Democratic billionaire JB Pritzker. Both men opened their wallets to fund their campaigns and downticket races. … Continue reading To survive the Illinois GOP must be the anti-tax hike party
One issue that the Democrats have had some success with during this election cyle--other than frenzied hatred of President Trump--is health insurance coverage for preexisting medical conditions. Here's a juicy story for voters to take their temperature on. A Democrat who is a registered nurse, Lauren Underwood, is running to unseat four-term incumbent Republican Randy … Continue reading IL 14: Has Democrat Lauren Underwood ever worked as a nurse?
By John Ruberry The mainstream media regularly whines about President Donald Trump labeling them as "fake news." No president ever likes his coverage from the media. But since the media is dominated by left-wingers, Republicans don't get as fair of a shake than Democrats. This morning on Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace in less than … Continue reading In less than a minute Chris Wallace nails the Washington Post on bias
By John Ruberry Here's a reminder that we've moved beyond spirited debate within our political culture into rudeness and thuggery. Take a look at the selection of stories about that descent towards anarchy. The most recent abomination occurred just two days ago as the Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), has harassed at a Louisville … Continue reading A collection of stories of leftist attacks on prominent Republicans
By John Ruberry "Get up off your arses men Don't let 'em think you're getting lazy Get up out of your easy chairs We gotta lot to do out there, well ain't we." The Kinks, "Get Up." My Sunday post here is a bit late because this morning I ran a race--my first one since … Continue reading My first race in eight years just might offer a lesson for you