Saying Goodbye

James Demopoulos passed away Saturday night on his 75th birthday. That statement means almost nothing to anyone. Please allow me to rephrase; Jimmy Damon passed away Saturday night on his 75th birthday. That statement will ring loudly to anyone who knew the Chicago lounge scene in the 70’s and 80’s. It will ring even louder to anyone who’s been to Navy Pier and noticed the street sign stating that all the buses are driving on the Jimmy Damon Way. There will be a lot written in the regular media about…

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The Hunt for Klingons

Yesterday I got bought lunch by some people who wanted me to do some web work for them. As any independent contractor knows that is never a good sign. Usually they only buy you lunch to get out of paying you. And that was exactly the case yesterday. Still, I got a free lunch and that is the important part here today. As you may remember I recently almost killed my boss. He had been watching me use hot sauce after hot sauce on my food and decided he would…

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A Little Time Traveling Music

The history of mankind is littered with cautionary tales. The epics of Gilgamesh, the mythos of the Gollum, the legend of Frankenstein all pop readily to mind. Today we are going to look at another cautionary tale of woe. We are going to look at the tale of Ragnarök a/k/a Twilight of the Gods. Ragnarök is essentially the tale of how the Norse god Odin gave up his eye for the gift of all knowledge and foresight. Part of that knowledge was the time of his death and the death…

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This Week’s Done

It has been a week of people just making stuff up. Some kids found a bear paw and suddenly “SCIENTISTS ARE BAFFLED” and “EVIDENCE OF BIGFOOT HAS BEEN FOUND!!” Respectively, no they weren’t and no it wasn’t. Additionally, a documentary was released this week to no fanfare, unless your a truly disturbed person, that purported to have proof of extraterrestrial life. The press releases showed many pics of a 6 inch tall humanoid figure. The press release also states that scientists could not classify the creature’s DNA. All cool except…

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

I like comic books. Of course, now that I’m older I prefer graphic novels. The difference? Graphic novels are more expensive. Among other things. One common theme in many of them is humans who have been altered somehow. Spiderman is a good example. Nice kid meets radioactive spider and becomes a super hero. Or Wolverine. Nice guy, who just happened to be an assassin who can’t be killed, gets experimented on by evil government people in Canada (why is it always Canada?) and ends up with no memory and adamantium…

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Screw You

I am a big fan of debunking conspiracy theories. And, if I die today, I can lay some claim to promoting rational thought. My article on UFO theories was reposted by a NASA astrophysicist. The fact that you can read this post is completely attributable to the development of accessible porn has been duly documented. So, for all my horny literate fans, today’s blog is for you. One of our followers, yes – I am using the royal “we,” is a guy named F. Grey Parker. He plays in a…

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Spin Cycle

Man, what a great week to be a complete whack job. I don’t care if you’re left wing, right wing or the whole flipping bird, if you’re a paranoid lunatic this week has been manna from heaven for you. It’s had everything; bombs, Muslims, manure, cops, police states, the NRA, Facebook and our beloved Kenyan President allegedly espousing socialist values. And most of the stuff was completely meaningless. The guy on the roof in Boston? Probably a Dish Network repairman who happened to be in the area. The number of…

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We the Media

Every Friday or so I do a 15 minute radio show on a FOX! Sports affiliate based in Aurora. That’s their shiny logo to the right. Since we talk about everything from python hunts in Florida to the history of the Gospels there is one simple rule in place; I must be able to verify publicly any sources I cite. It has never once interfered with the show. I apply the same basic rule here and provide links that you, yes you, can click to find out more about anything…

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Cowards

Mankind has had the ability to blow stuff up for millenia. However it is only in the last century or so that some people have decided that blowing up innocents is a viable way to get a message to the masses. Back in 1886, in our fair city, a militant labor activist tossed a bomb at police. What started out as the Haymarket Affair quickly became the Haymarket Riots. 11 people died and 4 were executed for the deed. Five if you count the one prisoner who killed himself rather…

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Fear of Flying

My ex wife was terrified of flying. She hinted at this problem but never fully shared her concerns. She also hated being away from me for extended periods of time. So, naturally, when I had a business trip to France I bought her a ticket. The first leg of the trip, to London, was uneventful. When we got there we were greeted by long line, the British love lines, and then were informed that the plane we were supposed to take to France was the subject of a bomb threat.…

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