Barack Obama, Chicago mayor?

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?

Report from Louisiana: Yet Another Special Session

By:  Pat Austin SHREVEPORT – Louisiana is facing a $650 million dollar fiscal cliff and two previous special legislative sessions have failed to solve the dilemma, and so special session number three begins today, at a cost of about $60,000 per day. Throughout this crisis the normal groups have been targeted and threatened for extinction: … Continue reading Report from Louisiana: Yet Another Special Session

Don’t be fooled, the Chicago Sun-Times wants subscriptions to peddle its side of the story, not yours

By John Ruberry A week ago the Chicago Sun-Times began a high-profile begging campaign with a white splash--a blank sheet of paper--as its front page to draw attention to an op-ed, “Imagine Chicago without the Sun-Times: An urgent appeal.” Or, the editorial could be titled, give us money or the Sun-Times will shut down. "Until … Continue reading Don’t be fooled, the Chicago Sun-Times wants subscriptions to peddle its side of the story, not yours

Platypus, Save Us!

The weird egg laying mammal with a duck's bill on its face may hold the key to the problem of our antibiotics not working well against resistant bacteria and germs. Via Sky News: A breakthrough by Australian scientists has found that the platypus - which is already a unique creature - is also in possession … Continue reading Platypus, Save Us!

The Death of Toys ‘R’ Us – Not a Murder but a Suicide

News of the financial problems at Toys 'R' Us had been in my local news long before it became big national news, because we have a store in my area that people were concerned about closing, back when the chain was simply going to shut some stores in an effort to stay in business, before … Continue reading The Death of Toys ‘R’ Us – Not a Murder but a Suicide

Colds and Hot Toddies

Here in New York's Scenic Hudson Valley, we are still digging out from two big Nor'easter storms that we've gotten in the past week. There are huge piles of snow and big broken tree branches all around my property, but my family was thankfully spared from the power outages that hit this area hard and … Continue reading Colds and Hot Toddies