Tales of the Unknown

Posted by Dan on April 30, 2009 under Wading into the Potomac | Be the First to Comment

Arlen Specter has become the most conservative Democrat. For many on both the right and the left, that sends chills down their spines.  And that is the problem in modern politics. Read more of this article »

Into The Wild

Posted by Dan on April 25, 2009 under The Multiplex | Be the First to Comment

I have had this movie sitting on our DVD player for about a month now from Netflix. I just couldn’t get the 2.5 hours to watch it. I also was not too enthusiastic about watching it.

I read the book before the movie came out. And I have the same thoughts about the movie as I had the book. None of my criticism is movie related.

I do not believe in the philosophy. I have a different worldview from Alexander Supertramp or Christopher McCandless. At one point in the movie, he comments to Hal Holbrooke about the inferiority of human relationships over one’s relationship with adventure and nature.

But we would not even know his story if it were not for the human relations. I believe all we are are our human relations. When I die, I am pretty sure my experiences and what I have learned dies with me. It is not passed on to someone else or to anything without me giving it to someone else. Read more of this article »

He’s A Celebrity?

Posted by Dan on April 21, 2009 under The Happy Medium, Wading into the Potomac | Be the First to Comment

I wanted to see Rod Blagojevich on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here.

Why? I wanted to witness the insanity of this cartoon character who was a twice elected public official kicked out of office for horrible corruption wandering through the rainforest.

Yes, I know his crimes are horrible and he put my home state through a lot of crap, but think about all the tasks he would have to do. And the consequences of the trip. It would answer so many questions about his personality and his thought-processes. Read more of this article »

The Pawn

Posted by Dan on April 20, 2009 under A Foray into Fiction | Be the First to Comment

Below is a new poem that I have been working on. I wanted it to read in one long post, so I will differentiate this opening from the rest. I came up with it at 4:15 three weeks ago at work. I read a word in a case and it stuck in my head. Here is what came next: Read more of this article »

Death and Taxes

Posted by Dan on April 19, 2009 under Wading into the Potomac | Be the First to Comment

April 15th has become one of the most hated days on the year because the IRS decided that is the arbitrary day they require tax returns to be filed. This year, we had tea parties in many metropolitan areas in the United States to protest government and specifically taxes. It’s a sham. And it’s a shame. Read more of this article »

Creed

Posted by Dan on April 2, 2009 under Uncategorized | Be the First to Comment

Today, lots of news occurred here in Chicago. The Bears got a quarterback, our Governor was indicted, and the International Olympic Committee is touring the city (good timing with the indictment). But the story that got under my skin, as usual, was political.

Cardinal George has announced that Notre Dame’s invitation to the sitting president to speak at commencement is an extreme embarrassment. Read more of this article »