May 9, 2013
Get your sweet corn and tomatoes on. Every Saturday, 8AM to noon, June 1st to September, LINK cards/food stamps will be doubled - up to $25 (so total $50) - at the Peoria Riverfront Market.
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April 9, 2013
Fire up the war drums. Jana Winter, a reporter for Fox News' website, may be caged for not revealing a source. Obviously, responsible (even halfway responsible) free speech is one of those things you have to fight for regardless of the source. Or as John Cook writes for Gawker, "Not as many people care about this as much as they ought to, which is one of the consequences of working for a nakedly partisan shitshow masquerading as a news outlet." Read More
April 9, 2013
Here’s a bit of public navel-gazing for you, kids. Once upon a time, when I was a reporter, I covered a story on a state trooper murdered by an arrestee, then how that killer sat on death row for well over a decade. Read More
April 3, 2013
You guys ever hear of the Kryptes? It is good that an appreciation of Spartan culture has kinda resurfaced in contemporary America, no doubt due to that Zack Snyder movie 300 based on Frank Miller’s comic. “This is Sparta”, kick to chest and all that. There is much of Spartan culture to be admired, not the least of which is they produced some of the finest infantry the world has ever seen. I imagine one has to go pretty high up on the SF foodchain for a contemporary equivalent to the Spartan hoplite, SAS or Delta. Read More
March 20, 2013
What what. The high water mark of a storied writing career, here's a short review of the video game classic, Evil Genius:
Evil Genius review, IHC
March 15, 2013
The Skunk Works – Lockheed’s codename for their secretive advanced development group – is cool, cooler than you or me. Well, it’s definitely cooler than me. It’s probably cooler than you. I mean no insult by this, I’m just saying it’s an odds thing. Super cool things were and are being designed and built at the Skunk Works, things that go stealthily and very fast, and this just needs to be recognized, immortalized on the Web ether. Read More
March 9, 2013
[Here’s one from the vaults, dating back to 2007, so the names are somewhat dated, plus some minor edits. The backstory is that year all Illinois state employees were required to take an online ethics test. This still occurs, though I have no idea what the specific format of the exam currently is.] Read More
March 8, 2013
Heavens to Betsy, there’s nothing like a good academic tussle. Tempest in a teacup and all that. The Naomi Wolf/Harold Bloom thing was halfway engaging, albeit notably uncomfortable and one-sided; like one of those fights at the bar where some roidhead jumps a guy half his size for chatting up his girlfriend. The all-time best academic tussle I’m familiar with, though, was DeConick versus the National Geographic team studying the Gospel of Judas. That was 2007-8. Here’s the blow-by-blow. Read More
March 8, 2013
This is why Senator Elizabeth Warren needs to be our next president. Watch the whole thing. Just do it.
The Coming Collapse of the Middle Class lecture, UC Berkeley
March 7, 2013
I get asked this sometimes (particularly by folks out of the military and using that sweet MGI Bill). Derivations of this inquiry include, “You write books? Okay, so why are my English profs so hostile/accusatory/obsessed with being aggrieved victims?”, “Why does my lit teacher always harp on sexism while staring at me like that? He doesn’t even know me.” Perhaps you even landed here after Googling up something exactly like that title phrase-- in which case, ol C-Dawgg is glad to be here for you. What the hell, today’s a good day to burn a few bridges. Read More