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  1. Wasn't Trump a RINO to begin with?
  2. Rowing a boat to hop on the Titanic just in time to hear the band play on deck.
  3. Your laugh of the afternoon, courtesy of Pence. Pence: Leaders should be humble, exercise self-control
  4. Oh, that's been outlawed in Illinois for well over a decade. It's a joy to not smell like an ashtray after having a meal.
  5. Medical marijuana is already here in Illinois, though it's tightly controlled. There are proposals in Springfield to legalize recreational use. It'll happen at some point, but just how long it will take to get there is another question.
  6. As a neighbor of mine suggested, they could probably make up that shortfall and balance the budget by making fireworks legal and taxing the hell out of them. Even though pyrotechnics beyond sparklers are illegal, the whole state sounded like a war zone this past weekend. It was the sound of tax money being gathered by laughing Hoosiers and the multitude of fireworks stands just across the border. Celebrating our nation with loud noises, missing fingers, and scared dogs should at least provide some tax revenue, right?
  7. 1. WKRP in Cincinnati - Always been my favorite. Shout Factory put out a box set a few years back that used about 90% of the original songs that had been missing from syndicated episodes for copyright reasons. It's dated, but still funny today. 2. Seinfeld - Someone upthread said it was not re-watchable enough, but I'm in the opposite camp. Every episode seems to have introduced a bit of pop culture. It got away with so much because the main characters are all despicable and don't really care. Genius level stuff. 3. Scrubs - Inventive, slapstick, but caring at its core. 4. Leave it to Beaver - The family sitcom mold that set the standard. 5. Frasier - Every episode is basically the same farce, but they pulled it off for 10 seasons. I never expect it to be funny, but each episode worth a few deep laughs. And were two actors ever born to be onscreen brothers more than Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce?
  8. I have lived in the Land of Lincoln for over half my life now and I'll be damned if I move back to Missouri any time soon. That said, John Kass, the Trib columnist who is getting all the viral attention for this, is a complete jackass. His page 2 column is red meat to anyone who likes to blame Chicago for any and all problems within a 500 mile radius. I'm with him on one thing, though: Nothing will happen in Illinois to address our self-inflicted budget woes until State Emperor Mike Madigan is either run out of office or dies. Governor Rauner has played his term so far as an immovable object to Madigan's unstoppable force. It's ugly because neither will budge. And it matters not a whit to either because they are rich beyond belief. Nothing is getting done. People are moving away. Folks with real needs (e.g. developmentally disabled folks) are being left to wither on the vine because no state budget means nobody is getting paid to take care of them. Chopping up the state solves nothing. I'd love to hear real solutions, painful as they might be.
  9. We got one as a Christmas gift for out-of-state relatives. Just connected it to our account so they don't have to feel the pinch when traveling from Wisconsin to Indiana. That said, tolling for non-transponders has gotten nefarious. In many places there are no ways to pay cash. They have a new whole tollway (IL-390, formerly the "Elgin-Ohare Expressway") that doesn't have a single tollbooth. If you don't have a transponder, you're supposed to call or go online to pay tolls. That's insane. That said, I'll pay a few bucks to use the tollways, as is reliably faster than surface streets, construction notwithstanding.
  10. If you do get pulled into the vortex of Chicagoland tollways, the I-Pass transponder will pay for itself fast. I think it's still $10, but paying cash on the tollways costs double. Also, it works in other states (I can attest it works in Indiana, New York, Ohio, etc.). To your original point, yeah, why aren't Google maps marked in Green like old road atlases? That would make a lot of sense.
  11. This may be the byproduct of Gloria not triggering sensors. That character trait has been a tough one for me to suspend disbelief on since the start of the season. Next up: Gloria walks undetected through laser security mesh to rob a bank.
  12. I maintain that if Hillary had asked Joe to stay on as VP for another term and he accepted, she would have wiped Trump off of the electoral map. I mean, the job of VP isn't Constitutionally limited to two terms, is it?
  13. Because the U.S. should not be in the business of putting other countries out of business. Because they are not businesses. They are nations.
  14. Blaine! Mya... I just PayPal'd. Thank you for taking point on this.