Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Three

By John Ruberry Garrison Keillor used to regularly begin his News From Lake Wobegon segment on the Prairie Home Companion with "It was a quiet week in Lake Wobegon." Because it was always quiet there. And in regards to my continuing Tales from the Illinois Exodus series at Da Tech Guy, I should open each … Continue reading Tales from the Illinois Exodus–Part Three

In appreciation of the Fabulous Poodles band

By John Ruberry One pleasant advantage of music in the streaming era is that with little expense I can tap into my favorite artists from my youth. If you are a recording artist, unfortunately, the big money isn't there for you. For $9.99 a month I enjoy unlimited downloads from Apple Music. However, if I … Continue reading In appreciation of the Fabulous Poodles band

We have our own Hero’s Journey to fulfill

By John Ruberry As we are in the Lenten season it is natural to look at Christ's life and teachings--even if you are not a person of faith or you are a believer of a non-Christian religion. In these reflections, however, what is often overlooked is that Jesus faced three temptations. I was reminded of … Continue reading We have our own Hero’s Journey to fulfill

Why John Stuart Mill is still important

By John Ruberry I have been thinking about John Stuart Mill lately, a true liberal by the way, meaning he was open-minded, ever since Little Marathon Pundit returned from London a month ago. It was there she came across, at Victoria Embankment Gardens, a bronze statue of Mill. Then a week and a half ago, … Continue reading Why John Stuart Mill is still important

Bill Maher, you need to take a closer look at blue states and why people are leaving

By John Ruberry Elitist Bill Maher, an alleged comedian, attacked red state America a couple of days ago on his HBO program, claiming that there are "two Americas." “We have a problem in America called spatial geographic inequality which means the most affluent and educated people are clustered in just a few cities," the leftist … Continue reading Bill Maher, you need to take a closer look at blue states and why people are leaving

Mainstream media’s whiff on Northam yearbook photo shows why we need term limits for political reporters

John Ruberry of Da Magnificent Seven By John Ruberry Contemporary journalism needs fresh faces. Particularly political journalism. Here is some dialogue from Alfred Hitchcock's Foreign Correspondent, which is set just before World War II began. Mr. Powers [newspaper editor]: How would you like to cover the biggest story in the world today? John Jones: Give … Continue reading Mainstream media’s whiff on Northam yearbook photo shows why we need term limits for political reporters

Kamala Harris: Nevertheless, she dated Willie Brown

Microsoft Edge auto complete for "Kamala Harris Willie Br" By John Ruberry Willie Brown is not a household name unless you are a political junkie--or a Californian. Nationally he may be better known for playing himself, when he was mayor of San Francisco, in The Princess Diaries. When asked if it would rain by a … Continue reading Kamala Harris: Nevertheless, she dated Willie Brown

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

Reviews of two Netflix documentaries, Being Napoleon and Sad Hill Unearthed

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

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

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

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?

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

Illinois’ dispirited bicentennial celebration ends

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

Slave versus enslaved person

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