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A requiem for John Edwards. We will miss you, sir.

John Edwards took what had to be a most painful step today. He withdrew from the race for the presidency. A son of a poor mill-worker, an incredibly…

A Hill(ary) in Florida. How flat. How pathetic.

A jewish ex-girlfriend once taught me how to spell and pronounce the word "chutzpah", while claiming that it was a perfect nickname for me (in my admittedly arrogant yute). Sigh.…

Tax breaks? No, no, no! a thousand times, NO!

Yes, the economy is in trouble. Yes, new home sales are down. Yes, every financial institution is shedding workers faster than my Great Pyre sheds fur. Yes, we have structural,…

Doctor Atomic

This modern opera debuted in San Francisco in 2005. It now comes to Chicago. I suspect that some wished that it had stayed put on the left coast. Composer Adams,…

Hillary’s lack of skill

My complaint can be broken down into three parts: 1. a lack of political skills 2. a lack of administrative skills 3. a lack…

Trials and Tribulations of Rahm Emanuel

Ever since fellow Chicagoan Barack Obama joined the presidential campaign, I was curious about how Rahm Emanuel would react. Rahm, one of the closest FOBs and FOHs in the House,…

What went wrong with CNN?

Forget about Fox. That station has no business even putting "News" in its title. At least with his newspapers, Rupert manages to give box scores on local teams. On Fox…

Bah, Humbug

To all my fellow Ebenezers, I wish upon you the wonderful gift of coal lumps, enough to heat your office, your home, enough to provide you with electricity. Rather than…

The Problem that is Nancy Pelosi

"I accept this gavel in the spirit of partnership, not partisanship, and look forward to working with you on behalf of the American people. In this House, we may belong…

Let’s do the Hillary Cackle!

I am reminded by that scene in Apocalypse Now, when Colonel Kilgore said, "I love the smell of napalm in the morning", Smells like...victory." Well, there is this peculiar odor…