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Author: BobR    Date: 04/04/2013 10:40:27

Due to poor planning and happenstance, I won't be able to post a real blog until later. For now, here's an open thread.

85 comments (Latest Comment: 04/05/2013 04:22:03 by Will in Chicago)
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Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 12:51:18


Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride




Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 12:54:32
Morning

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 13:01:02
Quote by Mondobubba:


Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride


Indeed, Mondo.


Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 13:12:18
I was a wee 7-year old version of myself when the Reverend was killed. It fell on my mom to explain to me what was happening. My dad, who was working at NIH at the time, had gone into DC for a local reunion of either Whitman College or Syracuse University alumni. Mom of course, was freaked out that her husband was in the city when the shit went down. I barely remember this happening.

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 13:22:39
Quote by Mondobubba:
I was a wee 7-year old version of myself when the Reverend was killed. It fell on my mom to explain to me what was happening. My dad, who was working at NIH at the time, had gone into DC for a local reunion of either Whitman College or Syracuse University alumni. Mom of course, was freaked out that her husband was in the city when the shit went down. I barely remember this happening.
I can't blame you mom for being nervous.




Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 13:30:52
RFMary is now verbotten from the show? Oh bummer. so disappointed. >_>

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 13:40:16
Georgia town will hold its first integrated Prom...

Welcome to the 60's South Georgia town!

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 13:43:10
Colbert said that he hadn’t planned to bring the power of his show to bear on the race, “But then I watched this morning’s ‘Coffee Joe and the Funky Bunch’” and saw Scarborough’s wholehearted endorsement of his friend Sanford, in which Scarborough said, “It’s going to be ‘Morning Joe’ versus ‘Colbert Report.’”


Colbert v Morning Joke, this is gonna be good....

Comment by TriSec on 04/04/2013 13:44:22
A letter to my Scout Executive

And I wonder if you'd all take a moment and make some calls for me today?



Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 13:47:05
Quote by Raine:
Colbert said that he hadn’t planned to bring the power of his show to bear on the race, “But then I watched this morning’s ‘Coffee Joe and the Funky Bunch’” and saw Scarborough’s wholehearted endorsement of his friend Sanford, in which Scarborough said, “It’s going to be ‘Morning Joe’ versus ‘Colbert Report.’”


Colbert v Morning Joke, this is gonna be good....



You know it kinda sounds like Sanford is a bit desperate if he's calling in Coffee Joe to help.


Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 13:48:13
ZOMG, Top hat kitteh...


https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s480x480/164247_357437147698485_1616039053_n.jpg


Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 13:51:43
ugh - I can't stand these idiots

Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 13:52:10
so he defends wife beaters?

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 13:53:11
Quote by wickedpam:
so he defends wife beaters?
You picked on that too?




Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 13:56:06
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
so he defends wife beaters?
You picked on that too?




first thing my brain went to when he said something about domestic violence - don't think they really heard what he said on the show since they kinda talked over him a bit


Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 13:58:43
Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 14:02:36



That ship is cursed, they should just sink it and make a coral reef somewhere.

How do they not think to bolt a guard shack down, even temporarily?

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 14:03:08
Quote by Raine:
ZOMG, Top hat kitteh...


https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/s480x480/164247_357437147698485_1616039053_n.jpg



Squee... :keels over in dead faint from the cuteness:

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 14:05:36



The WTF should be aimed at BAE Systems I think.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 14:07:46
Comment by TriSec on 04/04/2013 14:12:19


* chortle *
They should just rename themselves "White Star Line" and be done with it.



Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 14:17:02
Quote by TriSec:


* chortle *
They should just rename themselves "White Star Line" and be done with it.




Tri, you might be on to something, Carnival does actually own the White Star Line.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 14:19:16
According to the highly reliable Wikipedia, White Star merged with Cunard, then Cunard was purchased by Carnival. White Star Line

Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 14:20:09
Quote by Mondobubba:
According to the highly reliable Wikipedia, White Star merged with Cunard, then Cunard was purchased by Carnival. White Star Line





Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 14:33:43
Hey Raine - what the name of the website you get your seeds from?

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 14:50:37
Quote by wickedpam:
Hey Raine - what the name of the website you get your seeds from?
Southern Exposure.

Virginia based!


Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 14:52:52
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Hey Raine - what the name of the website you get your seeds from?
Southern Exposure.

Virginia based!
They sell Seeds at MOM's market.. if you want me to pick something up for you, I can deliver them to ya!




Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 14:55:18
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Hey Raine - what the name of the website you get your seeds from?
Southern Exposure.

Virginia based!
They sell Seeds at MOM's market.. if you want me to pick something up for you, I can deliver them to ya!





cool

Do you get good results with their seeds?


Comment by Will in Chicago on 04/04/2013 14:56:24
Good morning, bloggers!! I hope that everyone is doing well. Mondo, is there any good news on your friend's ex-husband?

Here is something I meant to post on the blog a few days ago. It turns out that Governor Romney's claims that 47 percent of us are moochers is wrong. The original article has a lot of internal links:

No Americans 'Getting A Free-Ride,' New Tax Study Finds

The Huffington Post | By Jillian Berman Posted: 04/02/2013 12:42 pm EDT | Updated: 04/03/2013 11:00 am EDT

A new study further debunks the widely-held conservative notion that lower-income Americans pay little-to-no taxes while the rich shell out more than their fair share.

"We've found that no one group is getting a free-ride,” write the authors of the report from the left-leaning Center for Tax Justice.

CTJ looked at the effect of federal tax increases on the wealthy passed as part of the fiscal cliff dea at the beginning of the year. The increase was roundly decried by Republican leaders and some on the right who viewed the move, pushed by President Barack Obama, as a step toward socialism.

However, while the recent changes put federal income tax rates on a more progressive scale -- tax rates go up as income goes up -- many other taxes Americans are subjected to, like federal payroll taxes and state and local taxes are actually regressive, meaning they take a bigger share of income from the poor and middle class than from the rich, according to CTJ.


Comment by TriSec on 04/04/2013 15:00:06
Grunt.

And I still need to work with a hammer and chisel to penetrate the still-hard ground around these parts.

Although my bulbs are starting to come up!

(I normally plant around Mother's Day...still a ways to go yet.)



Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 15:02:10
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Good morning, bloggers!! I hope that everyone is doing well. Mondo, is there any good news on your friend's ex-husband?

Here is something I meant to post on the blog a few days ago. It turns out that Governor Romney's claims that 47 percent of us are moochers is wrong. The original article has a lot of internal links:

No Americans 'Getting A Free-Ride,' New Tax Study Finds

The Huffington Post | By Jillian Berman Posted: 04/02/2013 12:42 pm EDT | Updated: 04/03/2013 11:00 am EDT

A new study further debunks the widely-held conservative notion that lower-income Americans pay little-to-no taxes while the rich shell out more than their fair share.

"We've found that no one group is getting a free-ride,” write the authors of the report from the left-leaning Center for Tax Justice.

CTJ looked at the effect of federal tax increases on the wealthy passed as part of the fiscal cliff dea at the beginning of the year. The increase was roundly decried by Republican leaders and some on the right who viewed the move, pushed by President Barack Obama, as a step toward socialism.

However, while the recent changes put federal income tax rates on a more progressive scale -- tax rates go up as income goes up -- many other taxes Americans are subjected to, like federal payroll taxes and state and local taxes are actually regressive, meaning they take a bigger share of income from the poor and middle class than from the rich, according to CTJ.



:sigh: They tried taking him on the respirator yesterday, he can't breath on his own. I am beginning to fear the worst.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 04/04/2013 15:05:44
Mondo, I will say a prayer. That is all any of us can do -- offer compassion and support.

If it is any comfort, I have seen people pull through some serious problems. So, let us hope that your friend's ex-husband can defy the odds.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 15:06:13
Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 15:15:07
Thank you Carlos.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 15:22:09
Quote by Will in Chicago:
Mondo, I will say a prayer. That is all any of us can do -- offer compassion and support.

If it is any comfort, I have seen people pull through some serious problems. So, let us hope that your friend's ex-husband can defy the odds.



Thank you very much will. Your empathy and compassion are so very welcomed. I will pass you well wishes onto my friend and her son.

Comment by Scoopster on 04/04/2013 15:28:16
Mornin' all..

Comment by Will in Chicago on 04/04/2013 15:38:08
I found out yesterday that Dr. Mike Newcomb is filling in for Thom Hartmann most of this week and next week why Thom is in Germany. So, I will pass on the show till after Thom gets back.

Comment by TriSec on 04/04/2013 15:38:56
Say gang, I think maybe I am finally turning into a T-1000. Or it's ben extraordinarily dry around here.

Either way, I've been shooting giant Tesla-coil sized arcs out of my fingertips the last 48 hours or so. Including a scary one at the gas station, fortunately my gas cap wasn't off yet, that was on the door handle.

Yeesh.


Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 15:41:50
Quote by Mondobubba:
According to the highly reliable Wikipedia, White Star merged with Cunard, then Cunard was purchased by Carnival. White Star Line

That is freaky stuff right there.

Comment by BobR on 04/04/2013 15:42:30
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all..

or should I say - good afterNOON?...




Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 15:43:32
Quote by Will in Chicago:
I found out yesterday that Dr. Mike Newcomb is filling in for Thom Hartmann most of this week and next week why Thom is in Germany. So, I will pass on the show till after Thom gets back.
Sorta bummed Pap isn't filling in for Thom.



Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 15:43:38
Quote by TriSec:
Say gang, I think maybe I am finally turning into a T-1000. Or it's ben extraordinarily dry around here.

Either way, I've been shooting giant Tesla-coil sized arcs out of my fingertips the last 48 hours or so. Including a scary one at the gas station, fortunately my gas cap wasn't off yet, that was on the door handle.

Yeesh.



Cool! I've always wanted a killer robot as a friend. I mean what kind of Bond style villain would I be without one? Who wants to help with the hollowed out volcano rehab this weekend?

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 15:45:10
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Hey Raine - what the name of the website you get your seeds from?
Southern Exposure.

Virginia based!
They sell Seeds at MOM's market.. if you want me to pick something up for you, I can deliver them to ya!





cool

Do you get good results with their seeds?
All but the tomatoes.

The peppers were off the hook! So yeah, I would totally recommend them.




Comment by BobR on 04/04/2013 15:45:53
I don't watch Archer, but I didn't realize that Lucky Yates was the voice for one of the characters.

Lucky Yates is the king of improv in Atlanta, doing the Spooky Horror Puppet Show and other improv related activities at Dad's Garage theatre in Atlanta.

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 15:47:21
Quote by TriSec:
Grunt.

And I still need to work with a hammer and chisel to penetrate the still-hard ground around these parts.

Although my bulbs are starting to come up!

(I normally plant around Mother's Day...still a ways to go yet.)

Last year was unusually warm. This year, I hope I can get to planting by the weekend. We were less than 30 degrees this morning.


Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 15:47:28
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Hey Raine - what the name of the website you get your seeds from?
Southern Exposure.

Virginia based!
They sell Seeds at MOM's market.. if you want me to pick something up for you, I can deliver them to ya!





cool

Do you get good results with their seeds?
All but the tomatoes.

The peppers were off the hook! So yeah, I would totally recommend them.





okay - I will check in with Mom and see if she sees anything. Think we got some seeds for spring and had left over beans from last year so we may need something for Fall.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 04/04/2013 15:48:05
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Will in Chicago:
I found out yesterday that Dr. Mike Newcomb is filling in for Thom Hartmann most of this week and next week why Thom is in Germany. So, I will pass on the show till after Thom gets back.
Sorta bummed Pap isn't filling in for Thom.



I am not sure why Pap Is not on, as he is much more talented than Newcomb, who is mostly on the air as he is buying time to run 1480 KPHX as a progressive talk station.

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 15:48:38
Quote by BobR:
I don't watch Archer, but I didn't realize that Lucky Yates was the voice for one of the characters.

Lucky Yates is the king of improv in Atlanta, doing the Spooky Horror Puppet Show and other improv related activities at Dad's Garage theatre in Atlanta.
Ok, that is about the coolest thing I think I will learn today.

I kinda miss the Dad's Garage.


Comment by BobR on 04/04/2013 15:55:30
Quote by BobR:
I don't watch Archer, but I didn't realize that Lucky Yates was the voice for one of the characters.

Lucky Yates is the king of improv in Atlanta, doing the Spooky Horror Puppet Show and other improv related activities at Dad's Garage theatre in Atlanta.

Oh yeah - he has also appeared on Alton Brown's cooking show as Igor to Alton's mad scientist.

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 15:59:25
You know, instead of worrying about what might happen wrt marriage and LGBT equality, how about being concerned about the here and now?

Goodness, for people like Irons: just be honest and say gay makes you feel icky. I can live with that. That just takes them out of the discussion, as it should be.

Or, just say 'I don't understand' then a discussion CAN HAPPEN.


Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 16:02:34
Impromptu premixed drink tasting - nice treat for a Thursday

Comment by Scoopster on 04/04/2013 16:05:17
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Scoopster:
Mornin' all..

or should I say - good afterNOON?...


Hey! I wasn't THAT bad today..

Comment by livingonli on 04/04/2013 16:06:27
Good day, everyone. I am wondering what the final straw was that made Road Flare Mary persona non grata although the last call I heard from her was especially racist. Pap tends to fill in more for Ed Schultz than for Thom so I don't know why he can't as often do the latter and I don't know it depends on where Free Speech TV can put a camera for the simulcast on that network.

Comment by TriSec on 04/04/2013 16:09:06
While I would still categorize it as "All sound and fury signifying nothing" at the moment, suppose things get a little mushroomy over Okinawa or Guam....wonder what we would do then?

I'm thinking PyongYang would be headed quickly to it's "Lake of Fire" phase, but I don't think that would be very helpful in the long run.



Comment by Scoopster on 04/04/2013 16:13:31
Damnit.. there's been reports of a man toting a gun around the Univ. of RI campus.

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 16:22:22
Quote by TriSec:
While I would still categorize it as "All sound and fury signifying nothing" at the moment, suppose things get a little mushroomy over Okinawa or Guam....wonder what we would do then?

I'm thinking PyongYang would be headed quickly to it's "Lake of Fire" phase, but I don't think that would be very helpful in the long run.

I have little doubt that China will make it clear that what NK is doing is unacceptable.

What little Un is doing is strange to me. John Stewart made a good point the other day about North Korea...

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 16:27:05
Quote by Scoopster:
Damnit.. there's been reports of a man toting a gun around the Univ. of RI campus.
Eep!

hopefully it is a bad report like the one at MIT a few weeks ago.



Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 16:29:07
Quote by BobR:
I don't watch Archer, but I didn't realize that Lucky Yates was the voice for one of the characters.

Lucky Yates is the king of improv in Atlanta, doing the Spooky Horror Puppet Show and other improv related activities at Dad's Garage theatre in Atlanta.


Krieger!

http://25.media.tumblr.com/584cef2eea7d849bede77bffbb8f75c9/tumblr_mg96g4P8fO1s2f9i9o1_500.jpg




Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 16:31:42
Quote by Raine:
Quote by TriSec:
While I would still categorize it as "All sound and fury signifying nothing" at the moment, suppose things get a little mushroomy over Okinawa or Guam....wonder what we would do then?

I'm thinking PyongYang would be headed quickly to it's "Lake of Fire" phase, but I don't think that would be very helpful in the long run.

I have little doubt that China will make it clear that what NK is doing is unacceptable.

What little Un is doing is strange to me. John Stewart made a good point the other day about North Korea...



Speaking of Archer, here is a quote from the suave master spy himself on North Korea, "North Korea is the nation equivalent of the short bus."

Personally I am in the Un is consolidating his power by acting crazier than his dad or grand dad camp,

Comment by Scoopster on 04/04/2013 16:31:45
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Damnit.. there's been reports of a man toting a gun around the Univ. of RI campus.
Eep!

hopefully it is a bad report like the one at MIT a few weeks ago.

Just heard the state police are swarming the campus looking for the guy. One of the local TV stations mentioned an "active shooter" but that's been confirmed NOT to be true.

Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 16:32:00
Quote by livingonli:
Good day, everyone. I am wondering what the final straw was that made Road Flare Mary persona non grata although the last call I heard from her was especially racist. Pap tends to fill in more for Ed Schultz than for Thom so I don't know why he can't as often do the latter and I don't know it depends on where Free Speech TV can put a camera for the simulcast on that network.
The final straw? I think it was a non stop pukefest of racism.

I also think Stephanie kept holding out that she was redeemable.




Comment by Raine on 04/04/2013 16:36:05
Quote by Scoopster:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by Scoopster:
Damnit.. there's been reports of a man toting a gun around the Univ. of RI campus.
Eep!

hopefully it is a bad report like the one at MIT a few weeks ago.

Just heard the state police are swarming the campus looking for the guy. One of the local TV stations mentioned an "active shooter" but that's been confirmed NOT to be true.

Sounds a lot like the MIT incident.

I hope it amounts to nothing. I'm so sick of stories like this.


Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 16:41:40
Quote by TriSec:
While I would still categorize it as "All sound and fury signifying nothing" at the moment, suppose things get a little mushroomy over Okinawa or Guam....wonder what we would do then?

I'm thinking PyongYang would be headed quickly to it's "Lake of Fire" phase, but I don't think that would be very helpful in the long run.




First, that assume North Korea has nukes that actually work. Second that assumes that North Korea has missiles that actually work. For all their bluster, they haven't been all that successful in either area.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 17:00:41
GOP Asshats, any kind of unprotected fucking is high risk behavior. Lets leave your tiresome rhetoric in the mid-80s please.

Comment by Scoopster on 04/04/2013 18:06:05


State Police Col. Steven O'Donnell tells NBC 10 they are now doing a room by room search of Chafee Hall after students in a lecture hall heard a man saying something about a gun. Col. O'Donnell says they are now convinced there is "no active gunman and never was one."


Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 18:09:22
Quote by Scoopster:


State Police Col. Steven O'Donnell tells NBC 10 they are now doing a room by room search of Chafee Hall after students in a lecture hall heard a man saying something about a gun. Col. O'Donnell says they are now convinced there is "no active gunman and never was one."


So they are beshitting themselves over a rumor of war?

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 18:12:11


Now playing on my Mapple myPod.


Comment by BobR on 04/04/2013 18:39:50
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by TriSec:
While I would still categorize it as "All sound and fury signifying nothing" at the moment, suppose things get a little mushroomy over Okinawa or Guam....wonder what we would do then?

I'm thinking PyongYang would be headed quickly to it's "Lake of Fire" phase, but I don't think that would be very helpful in the long run.


First, that assume North Korea has nukes that actually work. Second that assumes that North Korea has missiles that actually work. For all their bluster, they haven't been all that successful in either area.

I can totally see the scientists faking an underground nuclear test with massive amounts of conventional explosives to prevent their being sent to the dungeon for failure.

Comment by TriSec on 04/04/2013 18:48:58
I have looked up the lethal 24-hour dose of caffeine. It's something I'd like to certainly try someday.



Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 18:49:21
Quote by BobR:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by TriSec:
While I would still categorize it as "All sound and fury signifying nothing" at the moment, suppose things get a little mushroomy over Okinawa or Guam....wonder what we would do then?

I'm thinking PyongYang would be headed quickly to it's "Lake of Fire" phase, but I don't think that would be very helpful in the long run.


First, that assume North Korea has nukes that actually work. Second that assumes that North Korea has missiles that actually work. For all their bluster, they haven't been all that successful in either area.

I can totally see the scientists faking an underground nuclear test with massive amounts of conventional explosives to prevent their being sent to the dungeon for failure.



I'm not saying they have built nukes, what I am saying is they have problems with building ones that work properly. They have detonated a couple of em that were duds, they have significantly smaller yields than what the North Korean state media was saying. Like by a factor of about 100. Not that a 1KT nuke is anything the sneeze at or anything.


Comment by TriSec on 04/04/2013 18:56:11
Comment by Scoopster on 04/04/2013 18:57:34

Ugh I was just reading this..

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 19:20:16


Nice going Republicans! I hope you are happy with the blood of dying cancer patients on your hands.


Comment by Scoopster on 04/04/2013 19:29:16
Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 19:36:23
Quote by Scoopster:
Crikey..


Yes, I am offended, yes I am laughing. I am sorry. I'm not sure why. I think it might be if I didn't laugh, I'd cry.

Comment by livingonli on 04/04/2013 19:41:55
Roger Ebert has passed away.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 19:49:44
Comment by livingonli on 04/04/2013 19:54:24

I used to like when they did the "dog of the week" on the old Sneak Previews.

Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 19:55:18
Quote by livingonli:
Roger Ebert has passed away.



What! I shall miss is pithy and pointed quips.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 20:31:49
Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 20:41:08



Got to the 1st paragraph and couldn't go any farther

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 20:42:55
Quote by wickedpam:



Got to the 1st paragraph and couldn't go any farther



You too?

Comment by wickedpam on 04/04/2013 20:45:46
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by wickedpam:



Got to the 1st paragraph and couldn't go any farther



You too?



I cry at old Hallmark commercials. I may have my bitch walls up most of the time but its only to protect my gooey crybaby center.

Comment by Mondobubba on 04/04/2013 21:08:57
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Mondobubba:
Quote by wickedpam:



Got to the 1st paragraph and couldn't go any farther



You too?



I cry at old Hallmark commercials. I may have my bitch walls up most of the time but its only to protect my gooey crybaby center.



I can dig it, Mala. I read the whole thing, it is great.

Comment by Will in Chicago on 04/05/2013 04:22:03
With the passing of Roger Ebert, I feel that part of my youth is gone. He was a huge figure in Chicago and national media. He wrote witty and sharp reviews, but his stature grew in later years as he struggled with his illnesses. May he rest in peace and may those dearest to him be comforted.