Archive for September, 2012

In The Town: Kevin Hart

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Kevin Hart’s Let Me Explain Tour rolled into Chicago last night at the United Center, and I was on hand. Hart runs a tight show that prohibits calling, texting, photos, recording, or any other mobile device functions as enforced by event security patrolling the venue for violators…armed with flashlights. So, the above picture taken before the show began was the best I could do. The show was very funny. There were three opening comedians who all did a great job as they set the stage for Hart. For a comedian to do an arena tour says a lot for their popularity, and Hart is certainly the biggest comedian in the world right now. If he comes to your city, you should go! WARNING: Your ribs and/or cheeks will be in pain afterwards.

In The Town: Silversun Pickups

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I had the pleasure of catching the Silversun Pickups this past weekend when they performed in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom! SSPU is on my shortlist of favorite artists, and I have been dying to see them live for several years. They did not dissapoint! Bassist Nikki Monninger is on maternity leave as she is expecting twins, so Sarah Negahdari of The Happy Hollow filled in and got a warm reception from an impressively enthusiastic crowd. After performing a stellar set, they returned for an encore that culminated with Well Thought Out Twinkles. The supporting acts, Atlas Genius, and School of Seven Bells were also good.

And I Quote…

Monday, September 10th, 2012

All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters. Particularly, I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place in the functions of any organization of government employees. Upon employees in the Federal service rests the obligation to serve the whole people, whose interests and welfare require orderliness and continuity in the conduct of government activities. This obligation is paramount. Since their own services have to do with the functioning of the Government, a strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government until their demands are satisfied. Such action, looking toward the paralysis of Government by those who have sworn to support it, is unthinkable and intolerable.

– President Franklin D. Roosevelt