Politics

Gay Marriage by Mike Licht for Flickr = https://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/

Is gay marriage good or bad for America?

OCALA, Fla., October 18, 2014 — Same-sex marriage is legal in 31 states now. Many of today’s adolescents are growing up in a culture where gay marriage is either accepted as the latest phase of the Civil Rights Movement or well-established law not worth taking a second glance at. It is difficult to imagine that for

hollywoodSign

Sony pulls ‘The Interview': ‘Brave’ Hollywood capitulates

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014 − When Universal Studio released Martin Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ in 1988, Christians condemned the film as blasphemous. “I looked in vain for the message of love,” said Bishop Anthony G. Bosco, spokesman for the Catholic bishops’ Department of Communication in New York City. “Scorsese has given an angry Christ,

Entertain Us

Scene from "The Tempest."

‘The Tempest’: Shakespeare Theater’s brave, magical New World

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014 – At the After Party for the Shakespeare Theater’s current production, a wily old theater veteran insisted to me that the opening storm scene is the signature statement of any production of The Tempest. I beg to differ. The dominant element after the opening storm scene that distinguishes this production is

Members of Fifth House Ensemble.

CD Review: ‘Excelsior,’ by Fifth House Ensemble



CHICAGO, December 4, 2014 – There was a time not so long ago when the new music offerings in Chicago were narrow in availability as well as aesthetic breadth. If recent years have seen a new music renaissance in the city, Fifth House Ensemble is surely near the front of the innovative pack. This group’s

"Sorority Sisters" screen shot.

How I dodged the ‘Sorority Sisters’ bullet

LOS ANGELES, December 17, 2014 – In June, I got a phone call from an Atlanta number. Since I don’t pick up numbers that I don’t know, I let it go to voicemail. Plus, it was a little after 5 p.m., and I had one foot out the door of my office at my new

Scene from "The Tempest."

‘The Tempest’: Shakespeare Theater’s brave, magical New World

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014 – At the After Party for the Shakespeare Theater’s current production, a wily old theater veteran insisted to me that the opening storm scene is the signature statement of any production of The Tempest. I beg to differ. The dominant element after the opening storm scene that distinguishes this production is

Scene from "The Tempest."

‘The Tempest’: Shakespeare Theater’s brave, magical New World

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014 – At the After Party for the Shakespeare Theater’s current production, a wily old theater veteran insisted to me that the opening storm scene is the signature statement of any production of The Tempest. I beg to differ. The dominant element after the opening storm scene that distinguishes this production is

"Sorority Sisters" screen shot.

How I dodged the ‘Sorority Sisters’ bullet

LOS ANGELES, December 17, 2014 – In June, I got a phone call from an Atlanta number. Since I don’t pick up numbers that I don’t know, I let it go to voicemail. Plus, it was a little after 5 p.m., and I had one foot out the door of my office at my new

Business

Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun. (Via Wikipedia)

Guns, Not Mental Illness

It is time — it long has been — to simply recognize and act on the problem of violent crime. The problem is guns, not the mentally ill.

Chia Zombie.

Chia Pets: The perfect, green, PC Christmas gift

WASHINGTON, December 16, 2014 – With Black Friday already a distant memory, it looks like Christmas 2014 is almost upon us. If you’re like most Americans, you probably haven’t quite completed your Christmas shopping, or perhaps you haven’t even gotten around to it. But never fear! CDN has discovered the perfect gift for that quirky,

Santa in Chicago. (Photo copyright Douglas Rahden.

Fed dispatches Santa Claus from Macy’s to Wall Street

WASHINGTON, December 18, 2014 – What a difference a day—and a word—can make. Earlier this week, a 10% stock market correction seemed well underway. But Wednesday, as if by magic, the bulls returned with a vengeance. It was just this past Tuesday, December 16, that stocks, bonds, ETFs and mutual funds all seemed to have

Automotive News & Reviews

2014 Mitsubishi Lancer GT

Review: 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer GT

SEATTLE, December 4th, 2014 — The Lancer has been a great seller for Mitsubishi and that’s because it has some good things going for it, an all-wheel-drive option being not the least of them.  This compact sports sedan has garnered a loyal following over the years, thanks in part to the EVO and Ralliart models. Needless

Science

Life

Dillon Taylor, Michael Brown, ERic Garner, Ethan Saylor, John Winkler, Johnathan Ferrell, Tamir Rice - Killed by Cop

Police violence is an American problem, not just Black, Brown or White

WASHINGTON December 17, 2014 – On the cover of the December 11, 2014 issue of The Economist, the renowned financial publication tackles a different type of pressing issue, by posing a very simple, and direct question: “What is wrong with policing America?” While it surely seems like a complicated issue, steeped in rhetoric and questions about liberty

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