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
By John Ruberry Sometimes I watch television programs so you don't have to. Such was the case this morning as I endured ABC's This Week, which was slightly more tolerable than usual because the regular host, George Stephanopolous was off and Jonathan Karl was in charge. Of course the show was dominated by the circus … Continue reading Yes, money drove the anti-Kavanaugh mob
By John Ruberry "As I watch a great number of my fellow Americans and virtually all of the mainstream media descend further and further into irrational and immoral hysteria -- regularly calling the president of the United States and all of his supporters Nazis, white supremacists and the like; harassing Republicans where they eat, shop … Continue reading To my liberal friends: Yes, conservatives are decent people
By John Ruberry Twenty minutes into the first episode of a new Netflix series, Dark Tourist, not only did I ascertain what dark tourism is, I realized that I am a dark tourist. After all, I'm someone who has vacationed in Detroit. Twice. I've visited the most dangerous neighborhoods of Chicago. I've been to Gary, … Continue reading Review: Dark Tourist
By John Ruberry Four months ago in this space I wrote this entry: Horrible season for White Sox may portend bright future. Okay, the situation has improved somewhat since May, when the South Siders were on pace to lose a club-record 117 games, which would be just short of the modern day record for futility, … Continue reading Chicago White Sox 2018 season not as horrible as once feared
By John Ruberry When season one of Ozark concluded last summer, the Byrdes, a drug money laundering family from the Chicago area, decided to put roots down at Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), is the number-crunching erstwhile financial planner struggling to keep all of the balls he is juggling up … Continue reading Review: Season two of Ozark
By John Ruberry There are cries on both sides of the political aisle for a return to civility. When did it go away? It happened fifty years ago in Chicago during the Democratic National Convention. The left killed civility. The documentary Best of Enemies, available on Netflix, centers on ten debates broadcast on ABC during … Continue reading 1968: When the left killed civility
By John Ruberry While "the betters" on the Sunday talk shows were praising John McCain, who died from brain cancer Saturday, Mrs. Marathon Pundit turned to me and asked, "Why isn't anyone talking about the number of houses he owned?" The TV talking heads weren't. In his laudatory statement about the Arizona senator's passing, of … Continue reading When Obama mocked McCain
By John Ruberry Next week the fiftieth anniversary arrives of the release of the groundbreaking Sweetheart of the Rodeo album by the Byrds.. At the time, however, the collection was a commercial flop and it received mixed reviews. Byrds leader and lead guitarist Roger McGuinn envisioned the band's sixth album as an overview of the … Continue reading A look back the Byrds’ legendary Sweetheart of the Rodeo 50 years later
By John Ruberry Early next year the first round of the Chicago mayoral election will be held, If no candidate achieves a majority, then the top two face each other in a runoff. The two-term incumbent, Rahm Emanuel, President Obama's first chief of staff, is running, as are several other candidates, each with baggage, including … Continue reading Barack Obama, Chicago mayor?
By John Ruberry For the second time in less than a month, left-wing protesters illegally blocked a major Chicago expressway, with the goal of bringing attention to gun violence in America's third-largest city. You know what? People in Chicago and its suburbs already know about the homicide epidemic. As do most people nationwide. Last year … Continue reading Chicago needs to crack down on illegal expressway-blocking protests
By John Ruberry Chicago, which is for now America's third-largest city, has suffered a rough 21st century. It is beset by a declining population, a high murder rate, soaring taxes, poorly-rated bonds, and burdensome public employee pension debt. Now you can add lead in tap water to Chicago's problems. Chicago pumps its water from Lake … Continue reading Add high levels of lead in drinking water to Chicago’s growing list of problems