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Yes, I Know It's Not the Huffington Post Click here. An explanation on whether to read the blog here or the RJE page on the Huffington Post.
Once Every 64 Years… Click here. College football? Hey, it's not every half-century that Northwestern wins a bowl game.
Paradise Found! An Actual Good Person in GovernmentClick here. A look at Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree from an unlikely meeting.
The Inauguration -- No, the One in 1961Click here. Video of the classic moment when Robert Frost had to change his poem, plus JFK's address.
The Real NRA is Un-RealClick here. As life changes, so does the perception of what the NRA may actually be.
The Writers Workbench: CES 2013Click here. Surviving the Consumer Electronics Show, here's the full report of what technology is coming in the year ahead.
Don't Worry if You're Not Good Enough, Just SingClick here The Chicago Cubs have a tradition of "guest conductors" singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," with video of some who barely survived.
The NRA Goes All-Access SickoClick here. The CEO of the gun manufacturer-own organization writes a threatening manifesto to instill fear.
Quote of the Day: The Iraq War 10 Years LaterClick here. On the 10th anniversary, Richard Perle, one the architects of the Iraq War, hopes people forget it happened. I have a different hope.
The Good Thing We Can Learn from Anti-Abortion StatesClick here. Republicans passed laws to make it near-impossible to get a legal abortion, so a semi-facetious suggestion on how Democrats should use the same idea for to make it near-impossible to buy legal guns.
The Most Fun Baseball Game I've Ever Been ToClick here. It came out of the blue, after my brother and I thought we had settled down for the night.
"I Want My Country Back"Click here Whenever I hear someone cry out they want their country back, I always want to ask, "How far back?"
The California Proposition System is a Bankrupt IdeaClick here. A look back on how the state mucked itself up.
Letting History Judge -- AgainClick here. George W. Bush keeps saying we should let history judge. So, okay, we asked history, who tells us.
You Get What You Pay ForClick here. When you don't want to pay for bridge maintenance, sometimes they collapse.
Holey, Holey, HoleyClick here. "Dittoheads" just pass along political articles without thinking. I got fed up after getting an egregious one about the sanctimonious Dennis Prager
WalkaboutClick here. On a recent trip to Berlin, I took a day off to walk around the city.
The Return of the Donald - No, the Other OneClick here Growing up, I lived in a very conservative district, and our U.S. Congressman was the future Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
Call of the WildClick hear. Yes, the pun is intended. This is the story and audio of Vin Scully's classic call of Sandy Koufax's perfect game.
The Actually Impossible DreamClick here. When Washington, D.C. held the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dram Speech," not one invited Republican showed up.
Once Upon a Time, When Not All Republicans were Conservative…Click here. A look back at my article, "Yes, Virginia, There Were Liberal Republicans," published in a political anthology
The Remarkable 3D-TV Story You Don't KnowClick here. A new technology may well change the way you watch television
A State is a Terrible Thing to WasteClick here. When a poll showed many in Louisiana didn't know who was president when Hurricane Katrina hit them, sometimes you have to call stupid as stupid.
What Kind of An America Do You Actually Want?Click here. GOP threatens government shutdown and international economic crisis unless their demands are meant on contraceptives.
100 Years of SolitudeClick here. Some memories on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.
To Live and DialysisClick here. A bad news, really good news tale of my dad's medical swirls
The Greatest Sports Miracle EverClick here The remarkable tale of the 1966 World Cup, and it's not what you think, whatever it is you think. Oh, DanaClick here. Remembering when former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino admitted she didn't know what the Cuban Missile Crisis was.
From the Depths BelowClick here. Wherein we learn of the joys of apartment living with a disgruntled downstairs neighbor.
A Big Minow in a Big PondClick here. Profile of former FCC Chariman Newton Minow, famous for calling TV a "vast wasteland" -- and as father of Nell, with a link to a TV documentary.
How Low Can You Go?Click here. After publishing a despicable letter which evokes public outcry, a Pennsylvania paper issues a response which doesn't even qualify as a bad apology.
How to Be UniqueClick here. A remembrance of my dear, unique, joyful friend, Philippa Salisbury.
Happy Elizabeth Fernando DayClick here. An appreciation for this angel on earth, who just became a U.S. citizen.
All Jacked UpClick here. My childhood friend Jack Moline was just named president of the national Interfaith Alliance.
Me and Leon PanettaClick here. The time I crossed paths with the former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense.
Wait 'Till This YearClick here. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series after 108 years. I was going to say more to describe this, but really, why bother?
Beinlich's ReduxClick here A look at one of my fave restaurants in the Chicago suburbs, Charlie Beinlich's, basically "just" a tavern -- and a joy.
The Miracle of FlightClick here My convoluted adventure trying to make my way through the Lisbon Airport in Portugal.
My Job Application to Be FBI DirectorClick here With James Comey being fired by Trump, I explain why I should be hired for the position.
Aloha: The Carlisle ChroniclesClick here A tale of the 2-day visit from my terrific and exhausting college pal Peter Carlisle, former mayor of Honolulu.
You Can All Me, AlClick here The tale of me being hired to be the head writer of a proposed syndicated radio series with Al Gore.
So, How Was Your Weekend?Click here The violent weekend of racist, domestic terrorism could be a tipping point for defining Trump
Soda Pop StopClick here My day at the wondrous Galco Old World Grocery that sells almost no groceries, but has 750 varieties of soft drink.
The Red LineClick here This is no longer about Trump, it is about the Republican Party being complicit in giving him aid, comfort and protection.
Surprise Click here The tale of a surprise party for my dynamic Aunt Joan's 90th birthday, which was touch-and-go literally up to the last 50 feet.
The Trump Tower FoundationClick here Without hyperbole, there is a standard definition of fascism, and the Trump administration has met that and passed it.
Child's PlayClick here Trump's policy to separate children from their parents is so foundational a disaster that it could be a Waterloo for him.
The Morning AfterClick here After Trump's treasonous press conference with Putin, it's important to keep focused that the larger problem is the GOP enabling him.
Don't Be Cowed By the FactsClick here It would be impossible to convince those who actually believe Democrats want to ban cows that it's insane, so instead I explain why it makes sense.
An April Fools Day TaleClick here They story of perhaps my most memorable April Fools Day prank -- that came inches from getting me fired from Universal Pictures.
O Captain, My KaplanClick here How my day out on the ocean shows it's not the best idea to go sailing during a squall.
Glencoe Hits 150 Click here A brief (and mostly photographic though with some tales) look at my hometown which is celebrating its 150th year.
One Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest Click here To all those who insisted that the coronavirus was just "like the flu" -- hopefully even they have figured out by now that it isn't.
When It's Good to Have a Flop Click here The wonderful tale of Dick Fosbury who changed high jumping at the 1968 Olympics with a new style that got ridiculed -- and is now is the standard.
Al in a Day's Work Click here The story of when I was hired to write a proposed daily radio commentary series on the environment for Al Gore to host.
Whiz Kid Click here On being named after my much-older cousin I.J. Wagner, his radio jingle-writing career, a candy bar and helping Studs Terkel.
In Loving Memory of Abraham Lincoln Click here An update on my article of four years ago, now explaining why not only Trump, but the elected officials of the GOP are fascist.
With Extreme Prejudice Click here On the 2009 DHS report about right-wing extremist groups being the biggest U.S. threat that the GOP had retracted.
Eric Trump Has His Come-To-Jesus Moment Click here Says if he could invite one person, alive or dead, to dinner, he'd pick Jesus. Here's how I think such a meeting would go.
Idiots' Delight Click here The pro-Putin comments by Trump, Pompeo and Carlson before Ukraine help define the Russian Intel expression "Useful idiots."
The House of Terror Click here The Republican Party is on the verge of not just being a racist party, but one heading towards being a terrorist organization. And the Next Click here A look at only the latest mass gun shooting in Tulsa, just days after Uvalde, just days after Taft, just days after Buffalo...
Within Hearing Distance, Day 2 Click here A look at the second day of the Select Committee hearings on Jan. 6, with a specific look at what drove Trump during this.
Small Circle Click here Thoughts and some perspective on the Highland Park gun massacre, having grown up next door. but intertwined with the town.
Today's Adorable Animal Video Click here The hilarious, joyful efforts of a '"creative engineer" to deal with squirrels in his backyard in a 20-minute video.
Today's Adorable Animal Video: the Sequel Click here A year later, the same "creative engineer" is back with his epic, 17-minute Backyard Squirrel Maze 2.0 – The Walnut Heist.
The Great ImponderableClick here Trying to seriously answer a reader's question why Republican extremists vote the way they do, and what is wrong with them?
What a DragClick here The more I wrote of the awful laws Bed states are making about drag shows, the more I thought, “Wait, this is really nuts."
Sorry, Charlie Click here Again, extreme-right Charlie Kirk shows his void, saying gun massacres of children are "worth it" to defend the 2nd Amendment.
Completely Missing the MarkClick here Lt. Gov Mark Robinson (R-NC), who is running for governor, praised writings by Hitler, Stalin and Mao, to no GOP condemnation.
The GOP: Where Democracy Goes to Die Click here After the NY Times report on Trump's fascist plans, GOP silence tells everyone supporting to democracy to not vote GOP again.
Throw Some Other Shrimps at the "Barbie"Click here The GOP meltdown for a movie about a toy doll is indicative of their ongoing attempt at "culture wars" and a problem for them.
The Real Cause of Climate ChangeClick here The GOP irrationally hates Al Gore so much that if anyone else had championed Climate Change, the party would be on board.
The English Translation Out LoudClick here Trump gives a speech on Veterans Day that echoes Hitler. No, he's not Hitler, but clearly happy for you to think he likes the guy.