Why I Love Chicago

There are lots of reasons to love living in the Chicago area. For example, I loved being able to see the hit Broadway musical called Hamilton this past weekend. We drove. My rule is that if we are headed to Chicago for a big event, we take the train. If no big event is happening that will draw tens or hundreds of thousands of people to Chicago at the same time we are going, we drive. Or if our 10 year old daughter is coming with us, she overrules all and insists on a train ride.

On the day we headed into Chicago to see Hamilton, I knew of a march happening on the actual busiest expressway in the USA outside of California. That would be the Dan Ryan Expressway that often looks like this …

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Yikes! My oldest son drives that to get to work. The march was to protest gun violence, but I knew it was taking place far south of downtown where we were headed. Here’s a quick look at the march …

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March in March

I really was planning on marching today for sensible gun control. Honest! This is not a bad March day to march in the Chicagoland area. It is crisp and chilly, but no snow or rain predicted for the marches. And the marches are freakin’ everywhere today. No need to take the train into Chicago to march. Just look outside your home. There is a good chance that a March For Our Lives will be going right past your house.

We are sidelined today as my youngest daughter has officially been confirmed a victim of the flu, and I am exhibiting some of the signs. I knew there was a good reason to avoid contact with my family. So we will sit this march out today, but will be cheering on those marchers we watch on TV and if any pass by our house.

It’s not that I want to get rid of all guns.

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Don’t blame memes. Memes don’t make people stupid. People already are stupid. Memes are not the problem.

That title is just a little preview of the absurd logic used by people on social media, twisted a bit to suit my need to make a point. Of course that title is logically not correct. Yes, there are stupid people. Yes, memes are a problem these days, especially the ones created by foreigners.

I ran across a meme similar to this one on social media …

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No, I don’t agree, so I didn’t share. The logic used is riddled with holes like Swiss cheese. Gee, what a surprise, another example of failed logic embraced by NRA lovers. In previous posts, we have already explored the Fallacy of the Alternative Disjunct in a post on Syrian refugees. What’s that? You don’t recall the Fallacy of the Alternative Disjunct? I warned you that there may be a test later. I suppose we can review …

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58

I want to give all my readers a short break from splitting their sides after reading another hilarious, but likely plagiarized blog post from me. This post is new and it’s very special.

The 2017 Jim Flanigan Looks at the World Follower of the Year (or JFLATWFOTY for short) just released this important new song about the recent Las Vegas massacre called “58.” Listen. Read. Enjoy. Contemplate. Act.