7th Annual Taurus Birthday Party, Friday, May 3rd – RUN WITH THE BULLS!!!

It’s time once again for another running of the “bulls”: since 2007 many of us Taureans (Taurii?) have banded together midway through this Zodiac period (which is from April 21-May 21 for 2013) to co-host one big party to celebrate our birthdays together with all our friends.

[We also welcome “cuspers” whose birthdays occur April 19-20 (Aries) or May 22-23 (Gemini) as Taurus Party co-hosts.]


After a three-year “residency” at the Vertigo Sky Lounge in the Dana Spa & Hotel, we’re going to switch gears (figuratively), elevations (literally), and locations: the 2013 edition of the Taurus Birthday Party will take place on Friday, May 3rd at Moody’s Pub, 5910 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL [http://moodyspub.com/].

Festivities commence at 6:00pm (or as soon as people start arriving after work) and continue through the evening, so show up at whatever time suits you.

A Chicago institution for over a half-century (est. 1959), Moody’s Pub has legendary burgers, beers, wines, spirits, and a massive outdoor patio. (Let’s hope the weather gods cooperate to give us warm temps and a cloud-free sky.) Plus it has its own parking lot and the Red Line (Thorndale station) is mere steps away.

From Moody’s web site:

Let the good folks at Moody’s Pub rustle up the BEST BURGERS IN CHICAGO, according to the Tribune, Sun-Times, Chicago magazine and Citysearch.com.

Enjoy great food and a bargain in Moody’s cozy dining room. It has the feel of a ski lodge and features two ROARING FIREPLACES, beamed ceiling with overhead fans, brick and stucco walls, stained glass and a bowl of COMPLIMENTARY PEANUTS on every candlelit table. Chicago magazine has named Moody’s one of the most romantic spots in the city.

Moody’s is convenient to public transportation. The number 36 Broadway bus stops right in front and the Thorndale el stop on the CTA Red Line is a two-minute walk.

FREE OFF STREET PARKING for Moody’s customers is available directly north of the pub. The lot is just south of Thorndale on the west side of the street.

Guests from all signs of the Zodiac are welcome, so invite all your friends to join us! Point ’em to http://moodyspub.com/web-coupon/ for a handy-dandy coupon (buy one sandwich, get the 2nd at half price).

If you’d like to be one of the “official co-hosts” of the Taurus Party, please let me know via e-mail or call/text my cell, (312) 375-7886. Being a co-host confers no special benefits or privileges, except perhaps for a Taurus button I might provide to you the evening of the party. [Why be a Taurean at a Taurus party unless you’re going to be out, loud, and proud?!?] Besides, the smart ones leverage this button into getting people to buy them drinks throughout the evening, because “hey, it’s my birthday party!”

Your Taurean hosts hope to see you on May 3rd for another great Taurus Party (and the unofficial start to Summer 2013)!!!



Paul Ryan is utterly wrong about US founding principles re: religion

Reason #183 why Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is unfit to be elected VP (and, by association, Mitt Romney is unfit to be elected POTUS): a fundamental (and/or willful) ignorance of the principles upon which the USA was founded.

On Wed. Sep. 5, 2012, Ryan charged that Democrats purged mentions of God in their platform: “I think it’s rather peculiar. It’s not in keeping with our founding documents, our founding vision. I’d guess you’d have to ask the Obama administration why they purged all this language from their platform. There sure is a lot of mention of government. I guess I would just put the onus and the burden on them to explain why they did all this, these purges of God.”

My guess is that Ryan was referring to the founding documents that he keeps in the same folder as he does his marathon race results.

“Nowhere does the Constitution say: ‘The United States is a Christian Nation’, or anything even close to that. In fact, the words ‘Jesus Christ, Christianity, Bible, Creator, Divine, and God’ are never mentioned in the Constitution– not even once. Nowhere in the Constitution is religion mentioned, except in exclusionary terms. When the Founders wrote the nation’s Constitution, they specified that ‘no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States’.” [Source: http://freethought.mbdojo.com/foundingfathers.html]

Consider the following quotes regarding religion (Christianity specifically, but religion in general) from our Founding Fathers:

John Adams (2nd POTUS) – “This would be the best of all possible worlds, if there were no religion in it.”

Thomas Jefferson (3rd POTUS) – “Millions of innocent men, women and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced an inch towards uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth.”

Thomas Jefferson again – “Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the Common Law.”

James Madison (4th POTUS) – “The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” (1803)

Benjamin Franklin – “When a religion is good, I conceive it will support itself; and when it does not support itself so that its professors are obliged to call for the help of the civil power, ’tis a sign, I apprehend, of its being a bad one.”

Thomas Paine, author “Common Sense” – “Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”

So Paul Ryan, you’re either horribly, tragically, fundamentally misinformed (which is bad enough in a VP candidate), or else you’re a total fucking liar (which is even worse).

I propose an amendment to the Constitution which prohibits ass clowns — oops, “candidates” — from running for or holding federal office until they can pass a test regarding the basic facts re: the documents upon which this country was founded. (That’d clear out the Tea Partiers, and a whole bunch of useless Repubs & Dems, too…)

P90X – not what I expected

At the beginning of the summer I made a commitment: I would work my way through the P90X DVD set that so many people have praised.

Now that I’m finished, overall, I have to say that I found it a disappointment: the plot was repetitive, the dialogue was unconvincing, I never got a sense of any kind of character arc, and they needed a ton of “padding” to stretch this story to 12 DVDs — they easily could have told it in 2 hours (1 disc). With a name like P90X, I expected a taut, futuristic, military techno-thriller; instead, it centered around a guy in a room encouraging people to dance like him — not very interesting.

Furthermore, the setting never changed: if you’re going to confine the action to one set, next time consider doing it as a *play* instead of a TV mini series.  I rate it 1.5 stars (out of 5).