Review: Bag Man, a Rachel Maddow podcast from MSNBC

By John Ruberry One of my criticisms of my left-wing friends is that they cocoon themselves in media that is comfortable to them, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and MSNBC, TV shows featuring fellow travelers, such as Will & Grace, and agreeable authors, such as Noam Chomsky. They yelp back, "But … Continue reading Review: Bag Man, a Rachel Maddow podcast from MSNBC

Lifson flashes the President’s Shutdown “Trump” card

In two minutes they were alongside, and the men came pouring on deck a hundred and twenty men laden with their small possessions, escorted by thirty of the Sunderland's hands. They were made welcome by the rest of the crew, all with broad grins. It was a peculiarity of the British pressed sailor that he … Continue reading Lifson flashes the President’s Shutdown “Trump” card

The Holy Father, Capt Renault and the Irony of Truth

Capt Renault: I'm shocked shocked to find gambling going on here.Coupier: Your winnings sirCapt Renault: Oh thank you very much, now everybody out at once!Casablanca 1942 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, "The scribes and the Pharisees have taken their seat on the chair of Moses. Therefore, do and observe all … Continue reading The Holy Father, Capt Renault and the Irony of Truth

The arrest of a powerful Chicago alderman who has been in office for 50 years and the corruption tax

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

Your Five Favorite Posts of 2018 and a Special Honorable Mention

2018 was a very down year for me, It was the 1st year since 2014 that my traffic dropped although this year's 22% drop pales next to '14's 54% it's quite a disappointment after three straight years of 10% growth or better. Bad year or no there were post that lead the rest and in … Continue reading Your Five Favorite Posts of 2018 and a Special Honorable Mention

1st 2019 Non Twitter Thoughts Under the Fedora Netflix, Chinese Stocks,

It's 2019 and Donald Trump has a one big advantage. If the Trump economy continues he can continue to take credit for it as it was in place before the Democrats take power and if things start to tank he can instantly blame the Democrats and don't think for one moment he won't be able … Continue reading 1st 2019 Non Twitter Thoughts Under the Fedora Netflix, Chinese Stocks,

The Five Posts You Were Least Interested in for 2018

There are a lot of top ten / top five lists that come out at the end of the year but one of the things I tend to do every year is to put up the five post at the site that you liked the least. I do this for two reasons, one to give … Continue reading The Five Posts You Were Least Interested in for 2018

What transgender athletes will do to high school sports

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

Sixth Day of Christmas Incentives Under the Fedora Facebook, Baltimore, Pelosi, Waters, NFL Protests and Resistance “Heroes”

One might think that when Mark Trapscott used "shocking" to describe the NYT piece on the arbitrary nature on Facebook's censors he did because the real shock was the Times hitting a system primarily used to censor conservatives, but the reality is every such tyrannical system eventually eat their own and with twenty potential Democrats running … Continue reading Sixth Day of Christmas Incentives Under the Fedora Facebook, Baltimore, Pelosi, Waters, NFL Protests and Resistance “Heroes”

Will people care about women’s sports if transgendered women dominate?

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?

WQPH Prayer Caravan Event Interviews

Our lady of the Americas On Saturday WQPH hosted an event as part of their prayer caravan honoring Our Lady of the Americas. The Day began with a Saturday Morning mass at St. Bernards parish at St. Cammilus Church and continued to Slattery's Restaurant for a meal and a talk featuring Yves Jacques of Michael … Continue reading WQPH Prayer Caravan Event Interviews

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 8 Angels We Have Heard on High

In the tradition of saving the best for last we conclude our eight days of Mannheim Steamroller at Christmas with my favorite of their songs Angels we Have heard on High It was a great performance and you should see them if you can. Their tour map is here. And if you have Amazon prime you … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 8 Angels We Have Heard on High

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 7 God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

Our Penultimate entry in our Mannheim Steamroller Octave for Christmas is one of my favorite Carols God Rest You Merry Gentlemen. I'm not a big concert guy as a rule but when I attend as I've said before I like to watch the individual performances, which can be difficult while filming with a hand-held camera … Continue reading 8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 7 God Rest You Merry Gentlemen

Illinois is only a Partially Free state

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

8 Days of Mannheim Steamroller for Christmas: Day 6 Greensleeves

Day six of my Christmas Octave of Mannheim Steamroller in Boston features Greensleeves. This is the only song with any lyrics in the performances, even if they were recorded. The videos doesn’t do them justice so catch the tour if you can, their tour map is here.