Postcard from the road.

Hello from Milwaukee. Sorry for the long absence. I’ve been taking a little me-time, another mini-driving tour to see long-missed friends. First stop, after recovering from working until 4 a.m. election night, Chicago.

Oh, and the tl;dr on election night: Long but surprisingly un-hectic. It was a primary, after all. Only one GOP challenger was ejected, and lo, he made a fuss about it, but ultimately, very quiet. But it ran until 4:30 a.m., so Wednesday was a walking-into-walls kinda day. Thursday, though, it was off to Chicago, to see the Borden/Connor Co-Prosperity Sphere. We had a good time. Went to the Nick Cave show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, saw Kate play at the Empty Bottle, wilted in the heat.

Had cocktails here:

It’s a retro cocktail lounge that is truly retro — that is, unchanged over decades, not reconstructed based on someone’s snarky memories.

Saturday it was off to Milwaukee, to crash with Deb and Mike for a couple days. Fewer pictures here, but it’s been very relaxing, hiding from killer humidity in the a/c. We did venture out to the farmers market. A very fun gang was selling…spring rolls, I believe, with this offer:

I could totally do a one-minute plank, but didn’t want to show off. Also, we didn’t need spring rolls, and it was so, so hot.

I’m keeping this short because my laptop battery is dying, and there’s fresh hummus on the counter. Tomorrow, I’m going to let the universe decide whether to take the S.S. Badger home to Michigan. If tickets are available in the morning, it’s a go. Otherwise, just another very long drive.

Back midweek. Hope your summer is going as well as the Summer of Nance.

Posted at 5:37 pm in Same ol' same ol' |

57 responses to “Postcard from the road.”

  1. LAMary said on August 7, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    No internet or TV here in CasaLAMary. Spectrum. That’s enough said. Internet is back now. TV is technically back but only one channel is working and it’s showing Mama Mia Here We Go Again. Not that I really wanted to watch TV but boy if I did I’d be pissed off.

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  2. David C said on August 7, 2022 at 6:19 pm

    I’ve never taken the Badger, only the Lake Express. People are always surprised when I tell them LE doesn’t save time going from Oshkosh to Grand Rapids, only driving.

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  3. LAMary said on August 7, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Now we get two channels. Mama Mia and CSPAN featuring Joe Manchin and Susan Collins testifying about Electoral College Vote Counting. I did not witness this. The in house Brit did and felt the need to let me know. The cats and I are in the bedroom with the AC on. I’m folding laundry. They’re unfolding laundry.

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  4. Joe Kobiela said on August 7, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    The Badger, which would be a blast goes out of Manitowoc to Ludington and takes about 4 hrs, you might want to consider the lake express from Milwaukee to Muskegon it’s only 2.5 hr it’s a fast ferry. Either one would be great, a night cruise on the Badger would be my choice. My youngest daughter is in Milwaukee she lives in West Allison out by the fairgrounds and is on faculty at Marquette University, she really likes it. Wolski’s tavern was a favorite when we played rugby up there.
    Pilot Joe

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  5. Deborah said on August 7, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    I had no idea there were ferries across the lake. I don’t know why I had never heard that before. Makes total sense to me when I think about it. Going around the lake seems like such a slog from Milwaukee, through Chicago traffic etc.

    I have a Nick Cave story: a woman who worked for the design firm I worked for, for maybe 3 or 4 months got divorced when her husband realized he was gay and he is now married to Nick Cave. It turned out the woman was totally not qualified for the job at the design firm, she got fired, she was in way over her head. I felt bad for her anyway.

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  6. Jeff Gill said on August 7, 2022 at 9:48 pm

    I’ve always wondered about the SS Badger. Hope you do it just to post some pictures for us living vicariously through you.

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  7. Deggjr said on August 7, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    We took the SS Badger once on a summer day. It was completely full. Nice experience. It took about an hour to load and another hour to have the car unloaded. I didn’t realize load/unload would take that much time.

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  8. kayak woman said on August 7, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Take the Badger. It’ll be fun. We took it from MI to WI years ago. We paid for a “stateroom” and I actually slept there for a while (it was an overnight trip). But not before I took a walk around the deck and got catcalled by some creepy guys who [probably] hadn’t paid for a stateroom. Okay, I’ll go sleep with my husband now. Nowadays, the Badger is billed as family fun so that might not still be a “feature”.

    Many years later, I reconnected with a high school friend who was at that time the Badger captain. He dropped dead at 61 during an amateur hockey league game.

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  9. Julie Robinson said on August 7, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    That trip all the way around Chicago is super stressful, and that’s coming from someone who grew up driving those roads. It’s mostly tollways so the ferry cost might be very comparable.

    We had great fun taking the car ferry from Washington to Canada. And the Staten Island ferry to NYC. For those who take ferries all the time, it probably becomes ho-hum. But when you’re on vacation, especially from the landlocked midwest, it’s fresh and shiny and wondrous.

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  10. susan said on August 8, 2022 at 12:33 am

    Warshington State has the largest state ferry system in the country, in terms of number of boats; although I think Alaska’s ferry system is the most extensive, in terms of miles. My favorite ferries in the state are the two boats that cross Lake Roosevelt above Grand Coulee Dam. One is operated by the Colville Tribes, Gifford-Inchelium ferry in the upper part of the reservoir. The other by the State, the Keller Ferry. They’re both free, too.

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  11. Sherri said on August 8, 2022 at 1:10 am

    I went to a cookout this weekend hosted by one of my husband’s co-workers. What made it notable is that we were among the few white people present, and the few people born in the US.

    Which makes me even angrier reading this long article about the family separation policy under the last administration:

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  12. David C said on August 8, 2022 at 6:07 am

    I went around Chicago on the Tri-state a couple of weeks ago and the tolls added up to $9.00 each way. For the Express, it’s $105.50 per person and another $115.00 for a car. I’m sure the Badger is comparable. So the ferries are way more expensive. It’s something you do to do it.

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  13. alex said on August 8, 2022 at 7:40 am

    The Green Mill! Yay!

    That was a fave hangout among my group when we were feeling martoonis. Seeing it reminded me to check on what’s happening with the Uptown Theater next door, which, sad to say, is nothing much, although it looks way better than it did when I got a tour of the interior in the 1980s:

    I remember thinking at the time that it was in such a ghastly state of ruin that it was probably hopeless. Some friends who lived at the Edgewater Beach were involved in efforts to shore up the building until investors could be found to restore it. At that time the neighborhood was quite rough, although anyone taking the long view realized that anything near the lakefront would eventually be hot real estate, and sure enough the area went yupscale by the late ’90s.

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  14. Jeff Borden said on August 8, 2022 at 10:52 am

    We try whenever possible to take visitors to Chicago to the Green Mill, especially on Friday evenings, when a blind keyboardist named Chris Foreman plays the big B-3 behind the bar. It’s a wonderfully dark old lounge but staffed by very efficient bartenders who know things. And there is no cover charge until about 7:30, when the featured acts play, and even then it’s just $15.

    There used to be a lot of tall tales about the Green Mill being part of Al Capone’s criminal empire including stories of tunnels from under the bar to Lake Michigan, which is less than a mile away., where illicit hooch from Canada would be unloaded. Hilarious, of course. Envelopes stuffed with cash were more than enough to handle the Chicago cops. No tunnels were necessary.

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  15. Julie Robinson said on August 8, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Our weekend focused on a Meet the Candidate forum our daughter’s church was sponsoring. She contacted every single candidate in the primary to invite them and about a dozen came. Each got to speak for a couple of minutes, then we could all mingle and ask questions. It was especially great for newbies like me but also redistricting changes mean fewer incumbents.

    There are 10 candidates running just in the Democratic primary for US Representative, four each for Governor and Senator, three each for Attorney General and Commissioner of Agriculture, right down to judgeships all being contested. The party may be weak, but there seems to be lots of interest in running for office. Comparing this to northeast Indiana, the Dems often had trouble filling the slate, much less having a contested primary.

    It was invigorating to experience, even if most have no chance in the general election. Quite a few were relatively young too.

    The Republicans who came did a lot of dog whistling.

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  16. Deborah said on August 8, 2022 at 2:48 pm

    Julie, Was Maxwell Alejandro Frost one of the candidates who was there? I’ve been reading about him, he seems like a good guy. He’s running in FL 10 District, are you in that district?

    I’ve only been to the Green Mill once, it was a lot of fun. And I’ve only been on a ferry once, in Seattle, it was memorable.

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  17. Julie Robinson said on August 8, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    Yes, he’s our guy. Matt shared all the reasons why he’s the best candidate, and my research agrees. I spoke at length with one of the nine others and while his heart’s in the right place, he’s too inexperienced. Sarah was schooling him on environmental issues and he didn’t know about some of the groups that have high visibility here.

    Our district’s boundaries have changed significantly and the Democratic incumbent is stepping away. So it’s all important to keep the seat blue.

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  18. Suzanne said on August 8, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    David McCullough and Olivia Newton-John have passed on.
    I heard McCullough speak years ago at the Allen County Public Library. Very engaging and interesting speaker. I read his book The Great Bridge and was thrilled to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge a few years later because I knew what had gone into building it.

    May David & Olivia Rest In Peace.

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  19. ROGirl said on August 8, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Trump’s toilet

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  20. Deborah said on August 8, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    So Mar-a-Lago got raided by the FBI today. Wow.

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  21. David C said on August 8, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Hot damn, Deborah. That’s the best news I’ve heard in a long time.

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  22. Suzanne said on August 8, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    Every expert on tv that I have seen interviewed and those that I follow on social media say that for the FBI to get a judge to sign off on this search warrant, the evidence had to be extremely credible and sound. No judge would put his name on the warrant if it wasn’t airtight.

    I bet Mike Pence is simultaneously shitting his pants in fear that there might be evidence implicating him and singing praise songs to Jesus that this might clear his path to the presidency.

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  23. Sherri said on August 8, 2022 at 9:30 pm

    We can hope this results in a perp walk. Just remember, if the QOP gains control of the House, we will be subjected to endless hearings on Hunter Biden’s laptop and yes, Her Emails.

    Because IOKIYAR.

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  24. Peter said on August 8, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    Dear Nancy,

    I think I did a bad thing tonight. I heard that jackbooted thugs raided the home of our former president and stole valuable items from him – they even opened his safe!

    I turned on the television to see if this was true. I turned the channel to something called the Tucker Carlson show, and there was an angry man who was screaming about the “rank hypocrisy of Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton who manipulated Joe Biden into this illegal activity while NOTHING was being done with Hunter Biden’s laptop which is in the possession of the FBI and how this is the death knell of American Democracy.

    I don’t know why, but I started to laugh. My wife said I should drink something to stop laughing, so she gave me something called Tequila, but I just kept on laughing, and she drank some too, and she started laughing, and we kept drinking and laughing and drinking and laughing and laughing and laughing, and

    Am I a bad person?


    Shitfaced in Chicago

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  25. Dexter Friend said on August 9, 2022 at 1:50 am

    In 1987 we took a ferry from Charlevoix to Beaver Island, 32 miles.

    The ship set out on the 2 hour trip and instantly we were in swells that triggered my landlubber uneasiness. The Dramamine I took beforehand saved me. This was nothing like the 2 whale watching trips from Provincetown were, which were easy to handle. This trip out to Beaver Island was rough. We took many boat trips over the years, on oceans and lakes, rivers too, but those trips, over and back to Beaver Island were harsh. I am old enough to have taken the old ferry from Mackinaw City to St. Ignace before the Mackinac Bridge had even been thought of seriously. That was a short ride and you had to wait half a day to get a car aboard the ferry. I have seen the USS Badger depart from Michigan and always wanted to take that ride but never did. Oh…there is the airplane option to Beaver Island. My wife’s former in-laws owned a marina in Grand Haven and told of a trip they took to Beaver Island. A mix-up occurred and the tanks were not re-fuelled, and they glided into the airstrip on the island smoothly , empty. So that was good, but not my cuppa tea.

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  26. A. Riley said on August 9, 2022 at 2:08 am

    Wow, I haven’t been to the Green Mill in ages. Do they still do the Poetry Slam there on Sunday nights? That was great fun.

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  27. alex said on August 9, 2022 at 7:23 am

    When I worked for Libido magazine, they sponsored a dirty poetry slam at the Green Mill and that was quite a hoot. That had to have been about 30 years ago. Yikes!

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  28. Jeff Borden said on August 9, 2022 at 10:11 am

    Mr. A. Riley,

    Yes, the poetry slams continue every Sunday evening. The Green Mill also hosts Paper Machete on Saturday afternoons, which is kind of like a “live magazine” take on politics, culture and other areas put on by a collection of artists, journalists, actors, musicians and comedians. It’s free admission, too.

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  29. Icarus said on August 9, 2022 at 11:11 am

    Does anyone think Mitch McConnell wishes he had let Garland have his SCOTUS nomination right about now?

    Also, I wish I had gone to the Green Mill more often, I lived within walking distance from 97-2003.

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  30. Mark P said on August 9, 2022 at 12:21 pm

    The Fulton County Ga special grand jury investigating Trump’s attempt to interfere with Georgia’s election has subpoenaed Leaky-head Rudy. His lawyers said he’s too sick to travel, but the district attorney has filed with some of Rudy’s own social media showing he has been traveling a lot recently. I wonder what judges think of lawyers who file motions with obvious lies. This should be fun.

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  31. basset said on August 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    I rode the Beaver Island ferry a couple of times in the late 70s, once in a group with a woman who had just won the Nobel Peace Prize and had it in her jeans pocket, wrapped in a handkerchief. She’d pull it out every few minutes and show it to somebody – a palm-sized round gold medal, I would have been afraid of dropping it.

    She was Irish and had won the prize for her social activism there; much of the island’s population is of Irish descent, and the party to honor her presence was memorable.

    Lake ferries… about the same time I took an overnight one from Frankfort, Michigan to Kewaunee, Wisconsin, either the Badger or one from the same line. In those days I could drive from Cadillac, Michigan to the dock, ride the boat, drive down through Green Bay into Minnesota and wind up in Mason City, Iowa all in one jump without missing a beat.

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  32. Deborah said on August 9, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    Rep Perry (R) from PA got his cell phone confiscated today by the FBI. He’s the one who introduced Trump to John Eastman. By the way every day there are protesters with signs outside the entrance to the neighborhood where Eastman lives in Santa Fe. I don’t think it’s a gated community but it might be. The protesters are not on Eastman’s side.

    Things sure do seem to be happening now.

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  33. Deborah said on August 9, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    This is funny

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  34. Deborah said on August 9, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    I was wrong, Perry introduced Jeff Clark to Trump.

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  35. Julie Robinson said on August 9, 2022 at 9:12 pm

    Good one, Deborah. I heard that Trump’s library was destroyed. Both books. Even worse, he hadn’t finished coloring the second one.

    I’ll be here all night.

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  36. Suzanne said on August 10, 2022 at 8:48 am

    Good job Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. Headline in today’s paper on a AP story:

    Trump Search: Why Do It Now?

    When did the J-G turn into the right wing now defunct News-Sentinel?

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  37. Peter said on August 10, 2022 at 9:13 am

    Basset, Beaver Island does have a lot of Irish people on it, and almost all of them are from the same location – Arranmore Island (Arainn Mhor if you’re into Gaelic) – which is my lovely wife’s ancestral home.

    The two islands have about the same population – 551 vs 469, but Beaver Island is about eight times larger, and flatter. Also, there are two ferries that serve Arranmore, and the trip takes about 15 minutes – it’s a far cry from when she was there in 1979 – you took a rowboat across and the cars rested on a couple of 2 x 10’s.

    It also has one of the highest percentages of native Gaelic speakers in Ireland, and a Gaelic summer camp.

    People from Arranmore emigrated to Montreal and Toronto, and when they heard about Beaver Island took a lake steamer and settled there.

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  38. Peter said on August 10, 2022 at 9:19 am
    I hope this works because I’m not good at it, but this is a 1964 feature on Donegal – at the 3:28 mark they show the approach to Arranmore, and then show some scenes on the island, and except for the boat and a few house additions, it has not changed.

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  39. Jeff Gill said on August 10, 2022 at 10:55 am

    Apologies to Deborah; I had a bare two hours, trimmed short by rain, to wander Santa Fe and have blue corn enchiladas at the Plaza Cafe (to which my wife & I have a sentimental attachment of 40 years standing).

    Now in Cimarron watching my son’s last two shows before heading back to Ohio together. Weird summer, not without rewards…

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  40. Deborah said on August 10, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Jeff G, hope you enjoyed your time in Santa Fe yesterday. Did you notice how green everything is? We had a nice rain again and today more is expected. Your son has been in NM quite awhile, it seems.

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  41. Jeff Gill said on August 10, 2022 at 11:19 am

    I slapped mosquitoes last night at Philmont, never had that before! He’s been here since May 24th, very green summer. Huge lightning show last night.

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  42. basset said on August 10, 2022 at 11:27 am

    My Beaver Island memories include driving through a cloud of gnats or mosquitoes or something so thick that I had to keep the wipers and washer on.

    Car ferry trip might have been out of Ludington, not Frankfort… it’s been a long time.

    Topic shift… if I’m in the far southwestern Chicago suburbs, specifically Morris, is there anywhere within a reasonable distance to get the real Chicago pizza?

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  43. David C said on August 10, 2022 at 11:31 am

    TFG took the fifth. I guess that’s an admission by his own reckoning.

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  44. Deborah said on August 10, 2022 at 11:38 am

    Peter, loved the linked video.

    Basset, can’t help you with far western Chicago suburban pizza. In The city my favorite pizza place is Robert’s Pizza and Dough, on McClurg next to Ogden Slip. Sitting outside next to the slip on a beautiful, sunny Chicago day is wonderful. It’s making me homesick now thinking about it.

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  45. Suzanne said on August 10, 2022 at 12:49 pm

    I have never before been so angered by the so called “liberal” MSM. Besides the local paper’s headline (see my comment above), NPR’s morning story on the search warrant at Trumplandia was almost all quotes from MAGA heads. If you listened carefully, they did mention the legality of it, but you had to really listen.
    Then I check the Washington Post and see mostly headlines that mention Trump’s or his MAGAs reaction to the warrant being served, not headline that indicate the articles will shed any light on the what and why of the FBI search. Did we see similar headlines when Jeffrey Epstein’s house was raided? Or the BTK killer’s? Or Bernie Madoff’s? No! It’s ridiculous.

    We are doomed.

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  46. Icarus said on August 10, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    Basset @ 42: I don’t think anyone, even residents of Morris, considers it a suburb of Chicago; it’s further than Joliet. Maybe Exurb per a similar discussion a few posts ago.

    I did a quick yelp search and there are a few places with pictures that look decent but I cannot speak to them as I don’t recall ever being in Morris, or if I was, I didn’t stay long enough to need to eat.

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  47. Jeff Borden said on August 10, 2022 at 1:27 pm


    American conservatives have been “working the refs” by accusing news outlets of bias for at least the past 60 years. And it has worked beautifully. There are me and women with prestigious columns in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, etc. who are unworthy of such precious space. Marc A. Theissen in the Post, for example, was best known during the disastrous W. reign for defending torture and renditions. Bret Stephens in the NYT has been a prominent climate change skeptic. But the true effect is the sense among the news editors they must –absolutely must– give the other side plenty of space lest they be accused of “liberal bias.” It is a serious problem. The folly, of course, is no matter how many wing nuts are given space, no matter how many “heartland diners” are used for average guy quotes, no matter how many right-winger douchenozzles are quoted, the average American conservative still sees them as biased and never more so than during the tRump plague.

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  48. Julie Robinson said on August 10, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Lou Malnati’s has carryout locations in Bolingbrook and Joliet. They have a locator on their website which might help you, basset. Darn, now I’m hungry for some deep dish.

    I am reveling in TFG’s legal troubles while horrified that they seem to make him more beloved by his base.

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  49. annie said on August 10, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    while I would love to see trump frog-marched into prison on criminal charges, part of me wishes the FBI search hadn’t happened. it’s made him more of a martyr/hero to his followers & he’ll be able to fund raise and carry on with self-pity for months.

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  50. Scout said on August 10, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    It is no surprise the army of moron MAGAts are all up in their feelings about their shitty hero facing consequences for his criming. That is not a good enough reason to let him get away with it. He could release the details of what they searched for and found but notice he hasn’t because it’s incriminating af. The coordinated talking point, “The FBI planted incriminating evidence!” is only delaying the reality these rubes are all trying to deny.

    The media sure is giving itself a black eye through this too. As they parrot the howlings of the right wing (who are suddenly anti law enforcement while never claiming swamp thing’s innocence) they’re making no effort hide their bias. They are showing us who they are: 1%ers who exist to protect tax cuts and not the truth.

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  51. LAMary said on August 10, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    I heard a law professor talking about Trump taking the fifth in a civil case. He said that in criminal cases taking the fifth can’t be construed as an admission of guilt but in civil cases it can.

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  52. Kim said on August 10, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Basset, I checked Yelp as well and Aurelio’s is my hands-down recommendation. Sauce is a tad sweet, crust as crispy as you request. They’re a mainstay in the western suburbs, where I grew up after my family moved from the city.

    Well done to Shadow Show on an Empty Bottle gig; great place to see a show. And agreed on all the Green Mill remarks. My grandparents frequented the place almost a hundred years ago (Jesus H. Christ, as my grandfather would say). The grands worked for Al Capone’s bookie but would never attest to the tunnels lore. They had other stories that were lore-quality. They thought it hilarious that their bar had the sort of legs to make it their granddaughter’s bar.

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  53. Deborah said on August 10, 2022 at 9:19 pm

    I’m so disgusted by the way the MAGA people have been acting and their horrible rhetoric about violence scares the bejesus out of me. Obviously that’s their goal, to scare people, they get off on it, which is sick. I hope it’s just talk but I’m expecting it not to be.

    I thought I was going to be watching the final episode of Better Call Saul tonight but I see now that there is one more episode airing on Monday the 15th. I forgot to watch it Monday but I still was able to watch it for free for some reason.

    LB started watching Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, I watched about 10 minutes of it with her but I got creeped out, it seems well done but it’s not the kind of thing for me.

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  54. basset said on August 11, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Looks like there’s an Aurelio’s in Morris, online reviews vary widely. Gonna be awhile before we go, we’ll report back. Appreciate the lead, Kim… how about sharing some of those Capone-era stories?

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  55. tajalli said on August 11, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman came out as a graphic novel series originally. I read the entire series in about 2006 and will probably re-read it while waiting for the TV version to be available on DVD from the library.

    Gaiman draws deeply from a variety of cultural and religious mythologies in most of his work and has been closely involved in the televised and movie versions to retain his vision.

    Most mythologies and religious stories are teaching devices, especially fairy tales, that evoke the horror of primal urges. Gaiman is adroit in expressing the horror intermingled with compassion and beauty. Dream is such a wonderful character – I especially enjoyed the changing graphic interpretation by the artists he used throughout the original series. And he is also deeply hilarious.

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  56. Suzanne said on August 11, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Yes, I agree with the Aurelio’s recommendation. I haven’t been there in a number of years, but it was always tasty good.

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  57. Julie Robinson said on August 11, 2022 at 10:58 am

    The last two days have been spent in a deep dive on the candidates on our ballot, and it’s been quite an eye opener. Not only did I research the Democrats, but helped my mom on the Republican side, and so have also accomplished my research for the general election. (Spoiler: I can’t vote for any of the R’s.)

    Mom registered R despite her unhappiness with the national party; somehow she thought the locals would be more like the party of her youth? She reads the paper every day but was still shocked when she learned their individual platforms. (Second spoiler: they are ALL awful.)

    So on and on we went, digging further when we saw something we didn’t know about, for example a judge candidate who formerly worked for what I call a fake Christian insurance company. They take money from pastors and church workers for medical needs, then say they will cover large medical bills. Only they don’t. The complaints run for page after page after page.

    Then there was the gubernatorial candidate who seemed the best of four choices on the D side, until I found her Facebook page and her proposal for putting the state’s savings into cryptocurrency. Aieeeee!!!

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