Friday, January 30, 2009

Thursday, January 29, 2009

it's unanimous!

Blago's out! Quinn's in! Too bad he had to rip us off one last time by taking the state plane to Springfield this morning, fleeing Springfield before he was stripped of power, and taking the state plane home while he still had the right to use it. He can't rip us off with the bleepin' plane anymore. Celebrate!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

we have a long way to go

As long as there are incidents like this, the need for more education, better signage and bike facilities, and appropriate criminal penalties continues. Please support our local advocacy organizations, Active Transportation Alliance and League of Illinois Bicyclists, our allies in the fight against this kind of criminal stupidity.

Please keep these things in mind when you're out on the road. If you ride in areas where you sometimes have problems with police officers who are not fully informed about bike laws, you may want to carry this information.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Old Irving Park tour 1/31

There's a bike tour of the Old Irving Park neighborhood, starting at Horner Park at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Click here for more details.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

more Blago humor

Here's a local news highlight of the week and John Kass keeps having fun at Blago's expense. Who knows how much material for humor will come out of Blago's media blitz tomorrow?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

take a trip to Whateverland

One of my favorite photo bloggers has posted a fine image of one of my favorite Chicago places.

a creative visual

A graphic representation of the words of Obama’s inauguration speech...

Friday, January 23, 2009

good news for medical research

Here's an early piece of positive change: FDA approval of the first trials of embryonic stem cells in humans. Stem cell research shows so much promise for serious conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease, damage from heart attacks, Alzheimer's disease, and other issues. I feel hopeful that President Obama (it feels SO good to write that) will overturn Shrub's ban on most types of stem cell research in the near future, and equally hopefully that this research will generate significant methods of treatment in the next 20 years.

funky Friday

Here's a two-fer of Take Me to the River, by Talking Heads and Al Green

a word to the not-so-wise

Da Mare offers a few pointed suggestions to a certain drunken aldercreature after her arrest in Rogers Park the other night.

a different view of the inauguration

For all the photo geeks in the audience, this is how a cover shot for many newspapers was created.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

1759 W. Chase administrative hearing on 1/28

This info was relayed to me, so I'm passing it along for those of you who have issues concerning this property:

An administrative hearing about 1759 W. Chase, an address of concern at past Sherwin-Chase meetings, will be held on Wednesday 1/28, 1:30 pm at 400 W. Superior.

If you need further details, please contact Michael Land at the alderman's office. 773-338-5796

inauguration day

Celebrate the end of an error....Barack is in the house!

Monday, January 19, 2009

a day of celebration, with a little disappointment

Yesterday was an extraordinary day of celebration . Unfortunately, Bishop Gene Robinson's moving prayer was omitted from the HBO broadcast. Sun-Times columnist Cathleen Falsani shares his words with us.

whose piano is it anyway?

Something silly for your Monday....

all-star jailhouse rock

A funny musical parody....

Sunday, January 18, 2009

nature at North Park Village

Have you ever checked out the nature center and programs at North Park Village? There's interesting stuff for all ages, including plenty of activities for kids.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

how to build a hot frame for your garden

I'm curious about this workshop, happening next Saturday 1/24. Maybe I'll go check it out.

Friday, January 16, 2009

what's the game?

Is this a stalling tactic? a publicity stunt? a bailout because they're not getting paid? something else? Stay tuned...

finding equality

I was happy to read about Barack Obama's plan to end the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy concerning homosexual and bisexual members of their ranks. It's good to see this kind of positive change.

This news about the inaugural didn't hurt either.

Gay rights is the civil rights struggle of this generation. I hope that my older gay friends will see equal rights in their lifetimes.

winter bike swap tomorrow

The Chicago Winter Bike Swap is happening TOMORROW (Sat. 1/17) at Harper College in Palatine - an opportunity to buy or sell new or used bikes. You can also bring your old tires or tubes in for recycling.


Click here for a silly random cat photo. TGIF! I'm more than ready for some warmer weather.

funky Friday

Two from Liquid Soul: Sure Fire One and Salt Peanuts

Tombstone gets another title

John Kass has been cracking me up with his columns on our political follies. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Friday, January 09, 2009

yes, yes, yes!!!

Here's a bit of welcome news. And what's your $0.02? Then there's the latest Burris angle. What next?

Burris sticks to his guns

How special, since he was advocating for other people to turn in their guns, and possessing a handgun is illegal for the average Chicago citizen.

funky Friday

Two from Third World: Now That We Found Love and Reggae Ambassador. TGIF!!!!!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

dedication of new firehouse this Saturday

Mayor Daley will be part of the official ribbon cutting on the 49th Ward's NEW FIREHOUSE this Saturday 1/10, 10:00 a.m., at Engine Company 102, 7340 N. Clark (across from Touhy Park). Refreshments will be served and tours of the new facility will be provided. Bring your kids!

This 15,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility will replace the nearly 100-year-old firehouse, located at 1723 W. Greenleaf. The new facility contains a fitness center for the firefighters and a circular drive, which will enable the emergency vehicles to exit the facility quickly and efficiently.

Future plans for the old Greenleaf firehouse are under discussion. Joe Moore is talking to the Rogers Park Historical Society about possibly acquiring the station for a museum and offices.

Roland Burris

You’re no Mr. Smith.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

it’s about freakin’ time!!!

...that Daley shows some common sense.

how unusual

Did Shrub hit his head? He's actually done something positive for the environment.

Jargowood meets tonight

The next Jargowood block club meeting will be at the usual time and place, Sherwin Manor Nursing Home, 7350 N. Sheridan Rd., 7:30 p.m. If you haven't been in a while, come on down and reconnect with your neighbors.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Silvie watching birds

In her own little chirpy world...

All done now...

Sunday, January 04, 2009

disappearing parking meters

The disappearance of neighborhood parking meters has an unintended effect: loss of bike parking. Have the parking meters you often use for locking up your bike disappeared, replaced by parking slip machines? It’s happening in a lot of neighborhoods, leaving few options for locking bikes. If this has happened to you in the city of Chicago, click here to request installation of bike racks where they’re needed.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

ready to ride

We didn't care that it was 18F and windy on New Year's Day. There's a reason we call it the "weather be damned" ride.

bad news for trees

The emerald ash borer has reached Cook County forests. The only thing that mitigates this news, IMO, is that ash varieties are a small fraction of the trees in our forests, and that the emerald ash borer only likes ash trees.

Oaks are a much higher percentage of our forest trees. Ash trees were heavily planted along city and suburban streets to replace elm trees destroyed by Dutch elm disease and other trees infested with the Asian longhorned beetle, which likes many different tree species.

Friday, January 02, 2009

safe ways to get rid of your old TV

Has your old TV seen better days? Did you get a new one that won't require a digital converter? Throwing your old one in the trash can be hazardous to the environment. Please read here for safer ways to dispose of your old TV.

Burris? WTF?

The Blago situation continues to be bizarre and surreal. Yesterday's news about Blobhead naming Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama's Senate seat is just plain bizarre. Never saw that one coming, especially after Burris called for Blobhead's resignation 2 weeks ago. I always considered Burris to be ethical and competent during his terms as Illinois comptroller and attorney general, not a rock star, but a solid, dependable guy. If Blobhead had stepped down and Burris had been nominated by Pat Quinn, I don't think anyone would have had a problem with that nomination. A Sun-Times article about his life and career helps put it into perspective.

Why would someone with his long, clean record of public service willingly accept a nomination from someone as radioactive as Blobhead? Jesse White, who would have to sign off on the nomination as Secretary of State, has publicly stated that he would refuse to do so, because any nomination by Blobhead would be tainted by the current scandal, even for a seemingly clean nominee such as Burris. Also, while I would like to see increased minority representation in Congress, should Obama's replacement be chosen on the basis of race, regardless of who is most qualified?

Watch the video of the press conference, accessible from the first link above. One of the reporters questions Burris about a $14K contribution by his firm to Blobhead. According to a Sun-Times article, Burris, his lobbying firm, his clients and a law firm that includes him donated $127,986 to Blobhead since 2002. Burris gave $4,500 personally, including $1,000 in 2008. Blobhead got $10,796 in cash and services from Burris & Lebed Consulting (lobbyists). Burris's law firm gave $5,000. Burris' consulting firm has scored $294,546.30 in state contracts under Blobhead's tenure in office.

Is the latest bit of pay to play to see the light of day? That and Burris' answer certainly make him look like less than he previously appeared to be. Here's more on the money angle. Some of the comments here are interesting.

What's your $0.02 on this? Please leave comments.

the gift that keeps on giving

John Kass continues to have great fun at Blago's expense. Enjoy!

not so sweet

This article about potentially contaminated honey being routed through non-origin countries to disguise its origin is rather alarming. I deal with this by buying only local honey – from farmers’ markets or folks like Marc Korton in Pullman - not buying honey from huge retail chains like Walmart.

The next article in the series shatters some illusions about U.S. honey. Organic honey of U.S. origin is a myth due to the foraging range of bees, what they may pick up along the way and the degree to which this country has been developed. Even domestic honey may have labeling that is misleading regarding origin, inspection and certification standards.

A related article focuses on the issues and conditions affecting U.S. honey production.

Mary Jane Haggerty - wake tonight

After a year-long fight against inoperable cancer, Mary Jane Haggerty died just after Christmas. She gave so much to the neighborhood through her work for Rogers Park Community Council, working tirelessly to secure good quality, well managed, well maintained affordable housing in Rogers Park. She was a lot of fun. We will miss her.

Her wake will be this tonight 1/2/09, 5-8pm, at John E. Maloney Funeral Home, 1359 W. Devon Ave. (773-764-1617). Her funeral will be tomorrow 1/3/09, 9:30am at Old St. Patrick's Church, 700 W. Adams St., Chicago. Free parking is available at Old St. Pat's in the parking lot kitty-corner from the church on the southeast corner of Adams and DesPlaines.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Rogers Park Community Council for the establishment of an emergency housing fund would be greatly appreciated.

funky Friday

Two from Third World: Now That We Found Love and Reggae Ambassador. TGIF!!!!!