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Donna Solomon, DVM

Get Ready for the Dog Days

Donna Solomon, DVM | Posted July 6, 2012

I went for a walk with my Golden Retriever today, and he could barely walk around the block in this Chicago 90 degree weather. This made me wonder, how many dogs have suffered from hyperthermia or heat exhaustion today, given the almost 100 degree temperatures?

Here are my top 10...

Carol Becker

LeRoy Neiman: Generous, Complex, Larger Than Life

Carol Becker | Posted July 6, 2012

We might say of LeRoy Neiman what they say about the Rocky Mountains: He was so big, so grand, so unpredictable that he made his own weather. Born poor and neglected by his father, all his achievements were his own and came from his joie de vivre, street savvy, innate...

Maureen Ryan

'Perception' Review: Thoughts On Eric McCormack's New TNT Show

Maureen Ryan | Posted July 6, 2012

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Last summer, TNT expanded its populist programming beyond law-and-order fare to include the sci-fi epic "Falling Skies," and this year, it corralled a prime-time soap, the addictively sudsy "Dallas." I'm happy to report that both shows are having enjoyable...

Elysabeth Alfano

The Dinner Party's Successful First Season

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted July 6, 2012

We had a hugely success first season of The Dinner Party at the Mayne Stage, complete with sold out shows and knock-out guests and chefs! We are working on the Fall season now, with the kick-off on September 20 when we take our show on the...

Zach Dean

Chicago, Miller Park Welcomes You! (VIDEO)

Zach Dean | Posted July 6, 2012

No need to adjust your glasses because you are reading the headline correctly! On August 11th, 2012 head up to Miller Park for the world premiere of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight documentary: Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation. Heck, feel free to even...

Andy Ostroy

Rep. Joe Walsh Is a Coward

Andy Ostroy | Posted July 6, 2012

Rep. Joe Walsh is a coward. Not because he's never served in the U.S. military, but because he's so egregiously picked on a woman who did, and who lost both her legs defending America's freedom. Freedom which gave Walsh the inalienable right to attack a true hero like Tammy Duckworth.

Duckworth is a 20-year veteran, earning the rank of Lt. Colonel. In 2004 her legs were amputated after the Blackhawk helicopter she was co-piloting in Iraq was shot down with rocket-propelled grenades by insurgents. The attack almost destroyed her right arm as well. She'd chosen to pilot helicopters because few other combat roles are open to women. It Her service earned her multiple military awards including a Purple Heart, an Air Medal and an Army Commendation Medal. She currently serves in the Illinois National Guard along with her husband, Major Bryan W. Bowlsbey, also an Iraq War veteran. She hails from a military family. She's a Daughter of the American Revolution and her father is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Upon her return from combat she embarked on a mission to improve benefits for servicemen and women, serving as the Assistant Secretary for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and as director of the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs.

Walsh, who Duckworth is now battling for his Illinois 8th Congressional district seat, has never served in the military and has never done a single thing for veterans. But that didn't stop this Republican blowhard chicken-hawk from attacking her patriotism and impugning her record.
The Tea Party freshman, speaking at a Town Hall meeting in Elk Grove this week, called Sen. John McCain a "noble hero" because he was reluctant to discuss his military service while campaigning in 2008, unlike Duckworth: "Now I'm running against a woman who, my God, that's all she talks about. Our true heroes, the men and women who served us, it's the last thing in the world they talk about."

"I have so much respect forwhat she did in the fact that she sacrificed her body for this country," he continued, as he lowered his voice and leaned in dramatically. "Ehhh. Now let's move on....What else has she done? Female, wounded veteran ... ehhh."

This sort of ugly, reprehensible attack on Democratic veterans is nothing new for these Republican cowards. Remember Georgia Rep. Saxby Chambliss's despicable smear of his opponent, Rep. Max Cleland, a decorated war hero and triple amputee? Saxby never served either. He dodged Vietnam through student deferments and a medical deferment for bad knees caused by a football injury. And remember the swift-boating of John Kerry in 2004? His five medals and two volunteer tours in Vietnam's treacherous Mekong Delta was apparently less patriotic than George W. Bush's missing year in the Texas Air National Guard or Dick Cheney's five deferments.

There was a time when the uniform of the American soldier was simply green, not blue or red. Military service was sacred; highly revered and respected and 100% off-limits from political attack. But sadly that's changed. Politics has become such a filthy dirty business that nothing is off-limits anymore. It's in that now-acceptable framework that a coward like Walsh feels entitled and empowered to attack a hero like Duckworth. What's even more reprehensible is the fact that many Americans condone this shameful behavior and reward it with their votes.

Having recently celebrated Memorial Day, where we honor those who died serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, and in a week where we're commemorating America's independence, Walsh's smear of Duckworth is an especially cheap, detestable, contemptible attack not just on her but on the entire U.S. military and anyone who's honorably served and bravely defended our great...

Janet Tavakoli

Third World America 2012: A Country At War With Itself

Janet Tavakoli | Posted July 10, 2012

On the Fourth of July, comedian Chris Rock tweeted: "Happy white peoples independence day the slaves weren't free but I'm sure they enjoyed fireworks." Chris Rock disowns the holiday with tongue-in-cheek.

Well right back at you Mr. Rock. My continental European ancestors weren't in the USA when colonists won...