[ • 25 May 2017 • No Comment]
Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art is opening a retrospective exhibit of Takashi Murakami’s works titled “The Octopus Eats its Own Leg”–a creepy variation on “the snake swallows its own tail”–but both images strike me as perfect metaphors for what Donald Trump is doing to himself .     Almost every Trump utterance since the firing of FBI Director James Comey seems to be contributing to a case against himself for obstruction of justice in the...

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[ • 19 May 2017 • One Comment]
The Tribune is having a hard time describing a convicted terrorist Oscar Lopez Rivera, who led a bombing spree in the 1970’s “After three decades behind bars, Puerto Rican nationalist returns to Humboldt Park” In real life, Mr. Rivera had a violent way of acting as a “nationalist”, referred to as being a “terrorist” outside of the incumbent media. Here’s a the son of one of Mr. Rivera’s victims López Rivera was a longtime leader of the Armed...

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[ • 17 May 2017 • No Comment]
Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) rode the wave of soaring property values along the popular 606 trail to flip four properties, pocketing $300,000 in profit two years ago. Now Maldonado — along with other Northwest Side aldermen — want to make it tougher for other property owners to follow his lead. Read more in DNAinfo image Hypocrites Club featured in Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies Read the full story »

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[ • 16 May 2017 • One Comment ]
Donald Trump is threatening to stop the traditional White House briefings by his official spokespersons, none of whom has developed any credibility with the press. Some, however, are better liars than others and may survive longer.. Trump, of course, is the Liar in Chief. All presidents have lied, but he is a Niagara of untruths spewing so fast and furiously it’s impossible to keep up. Some call him a pathological liar;  others believe he either can’t tell the difference between truth...


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[ • 10 May 2017 • One Comment ]
Lack of poker faces in the Comey firing is a tell From Pat Hickey But it was Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin, D-Ill., who made the biggest impression, going to the Senate floor about an hour after the announcement to clearly outline the stakes.. “Any attempt to stop or undermine this FBI investigation would raise grave constitutional issues,” he told colleagues. Trump’s sudden action “raises the question as to whether Russian interference in the last presidential campaign by...


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[ • 9 May 2017 • One Comment ]
I want to depart briefly from the unreal world of Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, etc. to talk about a new, virtually indispensible book that tells the full story of the federal role in creating and perpetuating America’s greatest shame: racial segregation. It’s called “The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How our Government Segregated America,” by Richard Rothstein (Liveright, 336 pp, $$27.95 hardcover). No less a liberal than John F. Kennedy, in an acclaimed speech, spoke...


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[ • 9 May 2017 • One Comment ]
Spurred by the soaring number of complaints about rats, city officials launched a pilot program that used dry ice to suffocate rats underground that Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams told aldermen in October was “effective, especially near parks and pets.” Crews put dry ice — frozen carbon dioxide — into rat burrows and sealed the holes with dirt and newspaper. As the dry ice warmed into a gas, it suffocated the trapped rats, leaving them to decompose in the...


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[ • 3 May 2017 • No Comment ]
With the presidential runoff coming up Sunday, despite all polls and political logic, just about every French person I speak to is concerned that somehow Marine Le Pen, the far-right “populist” may upset centrist Emmanuel Macron, who finished more than two points ahead of her in the first round. But they wouldn’t be French if they weren’t worried. The big concern is that Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far-left populist  who tied for third in the first round, is the only figure...


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[ • 2 May 2017 • One Comment ]
From Chicago FOP Blog A bombshell federal court ruling that a former Cook County State’s Attorney and one of his former top assistants will be deposed in a key landmark wrongful conviction case gone wrong has been virtually ignored by press throughout the Chicago area. The news media, once generating near-hysteria at the release of Anthony Porter from death row in 1999, has blacked out the story, including an announcement last week that former Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine and prosecutor...


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