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Monday, October 24, 2016

What is going on at Morehouse?

I'm interrupting the Cubs' pennant winning celebration on this blog for this report from the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. There is a plan to raise costs of attendance and mandate that students stay on campus through junior year.
The cost of attending Atlanta’s historically black Morehouse College has increased by more than $10,000 a year for some students.

The all-male college is requiring its 2,100 students to live on campus at least three years – not just freshmen, as had been its tradition.

That guarantees Morehouse, which is rebounding from several years of enrollment and cash flow declines, about $13,000 in mandatory room and board fees from each sophomore and junior, over and above tuition and student fees running about $26,700 per year per student.

Cathy Tyler, executive director of strategic communications for Morehouse, says the college gave students a heads-up about the change when they were freshmen and saw no backlash as it was put in place for the Class of 2017.

But the policy is being criticized in an online petition calling for the ouster of Morehouse President John S. Wilson Jr. and his senior leadership team.

The petition, which was launched Oct. 1, says requiring students to live on campus through their junior year is “unethical” and places “the school’s financial burdens on the backs of parents and students.”
This news comes the week of homecoming when many alumni and friends come from all over to engage in many facilities but mainly to show their support. Support not only for the institution but for the football team as there is a game to be played on Saturday.

Question is while it seems this plan has been in the works, how likely it is that those anonymous petition signers will get most of what they ask for?

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Go #Cubs go #flythew #postseason

I was in elementary school in 1989 when the Cubs clinched their spot in the National League Championship Series against the San Francisco Giants. In fact, I saw the game where they celebrated after the last strikeout and they were on the road at the time. Back then I had just discovered sports and particularly baseball. It was exciting for me sadly they didn't get past the Giants then.

At that point I was never aware of the various aspects of Cubs lore and had little idea of the crosstown rivalry between the Cubs and the Chicago White Sox. There was some awareness of two Major League Baseball teams in Chicago, but very little about the rivalry. At that point I could've supported both of them. That year it was the Cubs as the White Sox was no where near the playoffs then.

A few years after that and seeing the Cubs have floundering season I did indeed become a White Sox fan and even started sporting a Sox cap at least a year before they made a playoff appearance in 1993. Then quickly got disappointed by their floundering after the 1994 strike that cancelled the baseball postseason.

Somewhere along the way I became a full-on Cubs fan again and yes I did celebrate the White Sox 2005 World Series victory. It cool to see a World Series come to Chicago for the first time since 1917 - the last time the Sox won it all until '05.

So I never thought that in my lifetime the Cubs would actually win the pennant and advance to the World Series for the first time since 1945. There were points in time that the Cubs were very close I could count 2015, I definitely would count 2003 - an amazing season but after some good games fell flat. This year it finally happened the NL pennant and the Cubs face the Cleveland Indians in the World Series.

Sometimes I wish I was that little boy again who had just discovered baseball again. How excited would I be about a Cubs world series or better yet a White Sox world series? Cubs fans are excited this year and have reason to be.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Chicago #Cubs championship history #postseason

I've done it for both the Bears and Black Hawks and with the latest success of the Chicago Cubs it's time to do one for them too. I started this post last year when the Cubs lost in the NLCS swept by the NY Mets. This year in the NLCS they face the LA Dodgers and have earned their spot in the 2016 World Series against the Cleveland Indians!

Besides we expect so much from Theo Epstein who also catapulted another so-called cursed team the Boston Red Sox to several three world series titles in this century. The Red Sox before 2004 had last won it all in 1918.

As for the Cubs needless to say they last won it all in 1908, their only other title was the year before in 1907. So it'll be 108 years since the Cubs last won it all as of 2016. That's quite a title drought.

For the Red Sox their curse was as the result of them trading Babe Ruth to the New York Yankees in 1919. The curse of the bambino saw the Yankees begin their rise to success in baseball to the point where today they're a valuable sports franchise.

Now 71 years ago a man wanted to take his goat to Wrigley Field but was denied. While accounts vary how the curse came to be the Cubs still haven't won a world series since 1908 and nor have they appeared in one since 1945.

So the Cubs haven't won it all in 108 years and the last world series appearance was 1945. What years have the Cubs also won the National League Championship? Keep in mind the world series as we know it has  existed since 1903 and the National League started in 1876 which predates the first world series.

So the Cubs NL pennants according to Wikipedia are 1876, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, & 1945. 1906 is the year of Chicago's only - so far - crosstown world series and the Chicago White Sox won their first world series that year.

In addition the  Cubs have also won division titles in 1984, 1989, 2003, 2007, 2008 & 2016. Won wild card berths in 1998 & 2015. It was a big deal in 2003 & 2015 that the Cubs were successful in advancing in the MLB playoffs although they still haven't quite sealed the deal on making the "fall classic".

Now before 1969, the AL and NL pennant winners were largely determined by who won the most games during the course of the season. Thus the two winningest teams in either league get to play in the World Series. Then in 1969 is the creation of the League Championship Series where the two division winners in each league play in a best of five until 1985 after that year best of seven.

In 1993 Major League Baseball approved the League Divison Series which is a best of five to be played before the League Championship Series. Also with the new playoff format each league has a wild card berth for the fourth ranked team. With the new playoff format each league has three division winners and one wild card with the best record who isn't a division winner.

In 2012, MLB started another round of the baseball postseason a one-game wild card playoff. In 2015 the Cubs played in the wild card playoff against the Pittsburgh Pirates which they won. And in 2016, the Cubs played against the San Francisco Giants who won the wild card playoff against NY Mets.

During the 2015 playoff run of the Cubs people kept bringing up the Steve Bartman episode of 2003 and some sports fans haven't allowed the Cubs to live down the 1969 collapse against the  NY Mets. As a Cubs fan I look forward to the day when they live down those low points once and for all!

In 2016, the Cubs have decidedly kicked the "curse of the goat". Now best wishes to the Cubs for the MLB world series! Here's the schedule for the world series against the Indians.
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Monday, October 17, 2016

Speaker Madigan's rep

I'll have to admit I've never worked with or even gotten near the speaker of our state house he's a smart man. Rich Miller writes about his well deserved reputation and the limitations - even if they have been self-imposed. It's a fascinating look at Illinois' powerful legislator. Let Miller know what you think of this post at his blog.

Friday, October 14, 2016


Sexual assault and sexual harassment used for mudslinging is truly disgusting. It's a serious issue worth talking about outside of politics and we have. This is a necessary discussion as anyone involved with this have their lives in turmoil after the incident.

I'm truly disgusted by Hillary Clinton taking advantage of this hot mic tape that came out with Donald Trump talking about the women he's run into and a man's wife he tried to make moves on. I'm also disgusted by Trump trotting around women who claimed that the former Secretary of State's husband - Pres. Bill Clinton - either harassed or assaulted them.

I wrote earlier that this has quickly become the race to the gutter. At this point with all this talk of indecent activity towards the opposite gender it's gotten significantly worse. :(

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

#Cubs win

I barely paid attention to this baseball season, but have heard how well the Cubs this year winning over 100 games. Never had the opportunity to see most of those wins, but elated to see them edge the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS this year.

Having lost game three in San Francisco in extra innings the Cubs came back to beat the Giants tonight. Having seen the score at 5-2, Giants I decided it wasn't looking too good. Then later learned that the Cubs won game four in San Francisco.

I think about 1989 when the Cubs was blanked by the Giants in the NLCS - back in 1989 there were two divisions per league and whoever won their respective divisions played in the NLCS. Regardless I had that in mind during the recent playoffs. I'm ecstatic to learn that the Cubs didn't repeat that performance.

Now the next question is who will we play for the National League pennant.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

A race to the gutter...

As I began to write this my tv is tuned to the debates in St. Louis and this is the most irritating political event I have watched so far. The mud (or worse) that I've ever seen. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton throwing mud at each other and it's terrible!

Donald has to answer questions about an 11 year old video clip that has surfaced where he had a lewd convo regarding how he made moves on another man's wife. It may well have cost another media personality his job because that's who he had the convo with. It seems to have gotten the media's attention and the GOP establishment who may have been lukewarm in their support anyway.

Hillary Clinton - former US Senator and former Secretary of State - I don't know what to say. While she may have stumped Trump in their first debate I don't think she performs much better. She's as much in the gutter and I believe he is there. I have my own questions about her own ethical lapses with the e-mails. To be honest I was never a fan and this was long before Benghazi.

Either way, the people in the primaries earlier this year chose who they choose. We did a terrible job of choosing our leaders in this country. We got Trump and Clinton. We're seeing the results.

I'm a long way of determining who'll win this race. Who ever wins will only have one-term. I will be absolutely amazed if it turns out that I am right. It will all depend upon how either Trump or Clinton performs once they're inaugurated.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Recently marked the 56th anniversary of the first televised presidential debate in 1960 between then Vice President Richard Nixon and then US Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Both of those men became president, however, it was Kennedy who got elected President in that cycle.

I watched the video taped broadcast of Beyond the Beltway for the first time in years. Host Bruce Dumont suggested that with the help at least of the University of Chicago perhaps it's time to host a presidential debate in the windy city again and in time for the 60th anniversary of that debate.

Now as for Monday's debate and granted it has been two days since I saw most of it as my TV remote saw great use it seems like a win for Hillary Clinton and Trump stumbled badly. It seemed for most of the month Trump was gaining on Clinton although we have almost another month until the elections in November. Time will tell if Secretary of State Clinton is able to clinch the White House and there are two more debates to go.

Now to be honest I never seen Trump debate his Republican opponents during the primaries earlier this year. He shut them down for the most part and whatever they tried to do on him during that period only served to make him stronger with Republican primary voters. Perhaps he tried his same tactics with Hillary and it didn't seem to work on her.

Regardless, time will tell if Trump will add or Clinton will add support. Conventional wisdom suggests that in this first debate neither side really gained support that whoever was already for them will remain for them. Perhaps Trump needs to change strategy and that means he can't speak over moderator.

I must admit though I thought Trump would have trouble if his general election opponent is a woman. Mrs. Clinton isn't the most ideal candidate she has no charisma and I'm concerned about her health and the continuing scandal over email doesn't help either.

This election is going to be interesting and here's hoping Trump learns something from the first one. Hopefully he'll have an answer for this idea for not paying taxes makes him smart. Perhaps he needs an answer for Clinton's proposal to tax the wealthy.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sept. 11th

Another 9/11 anniversary.

As per usual I spend the day avoiding any archival footage of what happened that day. The attack on the World Trade Center in New York in 2001 was played live on TV. It was a truly tragic day and a lot of people lost their lives whether in New York, the Pentagon, or even in a farm somewhere in Pennsylvania.

Unfortunately we're still fighting some form of Islamic fundamentalist terror today. From 2001 onwards we had been fighting Islamic fundamentalism in the form of Al Qaida. Today Al Qaida isn't the main enemy but there are other groups out there asserting themselves around the work. We may have heard about them in Iraq, Syria, or even Libya. We still have a long way to go to finally defeat this emerging enemy.

This has been a day to remember the lives lost. Those who have lost someone hopefully they're remembering this day in their own way. Hopefully we'll never see carnage likes that again.

I want to offer a movie recommendation at some point this week. Go see Sully - the title character was the captain of a commercial airliner ditched in the Hudson River of New York. You will see imagery that could match 9/11 except that well it didn't happen. The fear that an out of control plan suffering mechanical problems and crashing into a populated area is truly a scary thought especially in the waning years after 9/11.

Thankfully for Capt. Sully he did what he had to to save the lives of everyone on that jet that day in 2009. Good news is truly a blessing!

Wednesday, September 07, 2016


A series of links found on Instapundit. Different philosophies of Star Trek. Particularly political & legal philosophies. Questions about the Prime Directive, especially.

Better yet the philosophy of American when Star Trek premiered 50+ years ago. How did America go from a robust pro-liberal philosophy to a more UN-centric "moral relativism".

Then what if Star Trek was written by libertarians.

I can only image a different vision for Star Trek and different drama if someone decided to reboot the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Check this video from reason which is what you see on Instapundit.