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This Country is regressing. Despite all the "talk" of moving forward, creating a brighter future for our children and embracing a World where there is equality and freedom for everyone - The United States is in rapid decline, and there is little to show me otherwise. Here in Illinois, Chicago has taken the stage as becoming "the wild west" once more - a place where crime pays and the bullets fly early and often. Since the installation of Rahm Emanuel as Mayor, Chicago has fast-begun reverting to the ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING depiction of the City - a dirty and ominous place where you have to question whether it's really safe to take the kids. If it's "keeping up appearances" that create a first impression, The Windy City is also failing - from burnt out lights on the welcome sign to NAVY PIER (the City's top tourist destination), to decaying Christmas decorations at O'Hare airport (saw plenty of half-lit wreaths still displayed as of February 13!) or signage where "Mayor Richard M. Daley" has been hastily painted-over rather than being replaced with the new regime. While I could go on about the plight of Illinois and Chicagoland in general, it's the "news" that brings to light the further regression from other States, and each day brings forth another head-scratcher. What the hell is wrong with Kansas?

Published in James' Journal

Here we are with another installment of The Random Rock N' More, the column where the Music for Grownups section takes a place on the homepage. Be warned, many of these artists cannot be considered 'family-friendly,' but this is their time. As part of a balanced musical diet, there's a little of everything here from mainstream rock to pop to pop punk to black metal, hip-hop, indie rock, and more. This is all stuff that has landed in The Rock Father's inbox over the past few days, and I want to cover as much of it as possible. Like what you see? Links are provided to learn more. Let's go...

Published in The Random Rock