Streaking Rahm: Of Course She did it for the Money

Streaking_RahmOf course Jackie S. streaked Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the $250k–but what for? She’s not the kind of thrill-seeking attention hound that we often expect when we someone pull a prank of this nature. Listen to a bold, intelligent, and committed young woman who decided to pay Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel an awkward surprise visit.

Listen on archive.org.

Thanks to Natalie Wahlberg for helping connect the dots.

Watch the clip below to see the awkward encounter:

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CAKE and Revolution and Beer

On this show we’re joined by Max Morris of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), as well as by our good friend Michael Henderson who is now the record-holder for the longest foreclosure in U.S. history. Catch CAKE this weekend. IT’S FREE AND IT’S AWESOME.

Our featured beer was Metropolitan Brewing’s Arc Welder Dunkel Rye Lager.

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Rascal Martinez on Revolution and Beer Artist Spotlight

rascal1On this very special show we explore the songwriting of Rascal Martinez, a fresh new singer/songwriter from Nebraska. You may have heard him on the show before, but his new album, The Original Acoustic Sessions, is powerfully inspired. If you like music from the heart, you’ll find this exclusive interview soul-southing. For those who grew up listening to Buddy Holly or Johnny Cash, and you wonder what happened to music…

We highly recommend you getting a copy of  Rascal Martinez’s new album: The Original Acoustic Sessions.

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Old Single Mom Pays Us a Visit

The_Original_Acoustic_SessionsWell, WC found a hell of a stand-in for this show. While I was out being an old single dad, he replaced me with the amazing Old Single Mom (btw, she’s not that old). The balance is great and she definitely provides a much needed perspective on the issues that were discussed. We also played some amazing new tracks from Rascal Martinez’s new album: The Original Acoustic Sessions.

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Messaging the Left: We can win this

Messaging, its where we lose the battle on the Left. It is critical. For visual artists, like myself, I think of the nation as a color made up of millions of points. It is messaging which begins to change the common color of red towards purple and then to blue, where the true promise of the constitution, and the ture spirit of all the world’s religious ideals are realized: Liberty, true freedom, economies and government that champion individual rights, responsibly stewards the environment and realizes the truly equal and humane dispensation of justice.

Each week on the Revolution and Beer show( Saturday’s, 11am in Chicago on www,que4.org, Que4 Radio, AM1680) we hold a roundtable discussion of the week’s and the progressive movement’s top issues to help forge strong, succinct messaging on those issues.

Our aim is not to trick you into believing or accepting our point of view, as the Right does. They employ guilt through the misrepresentation of religion, which they pick and choose from, or in blinding arguments with fear and hysteria. On the Left, those better argument are too often eclipsed by the slick and polished messaging on the Right, all of it designed to protect the wealthy and powerful. Our aim is to combat that message, because at its core, progressive and Liberal ideas better address those critical issues of human rights, dignity, true liberty and equality.

So join us. Join in the conversation. Call in or come in. Where else in any media has there ever been such a bold and audacious invitation? But the airwaves are the people’s. they were meant for the people, until corporations and the powerful stole them to trick your better and deeper sensibilities. It is time to begin taking them back.

This week we’ll cover:

The boy in the suitcase, and the lies the Right tells about capitalism lifting the world from poverty.
Rahm’s cozy relationship with Rauner
Islam and Pamela Geller’s personal religious war
Does race matter with roadside panhandlers?
The Right says marriage between man and woman is best. What is the parents are ISIS?
Dems or the Right responsible for Urban strife and decay. You won’t hear the answer on CNN.
Taken 3 is out on video. Find out how that relates to Baltimore.
A disappearing industry intends to grab $1.6 billion of your cash on the way out.
Gas prices are up.
Rauner’s day of Infamy
Weather channel: Porn for nerds?


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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IWW Toronto Members: How Students & Faculty get it Done

Sandwiched between Mayday and The Anniversary of Kent State, and nestled on a bed of Chicago Spring, we packed the Que4 Radio studio with industrial unionists and old friends to discuss labor, higher education, and environmental justice. We were joined by Brianne Bolin of Precaricorps, Max Baru and Katie Leonard of the IWW. We also are joined by Bret Hamilton of Save Columbia here in Chicago. Our friend and past co-broadcaster, Mike Nowak, sat in to provide his extremely knowledgeable perspective, as well as our fav fem-fatale Catherine “Povs” Povineli. There was also a pleasant surprise visit from Chicago 1st Ward aldermanic challenger and civil rights lawyer Anne Shaw. We even had live breaking updates from the UK concerning the arrival of the recent royal seed. All this on the defiantly unique and original programming provided by AM1680, Que4 Radio, in Chicago. Stream this original programming at www.que4.org. Follow our blog here at www.revolutionandbeer.com.

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The Writer Stands Alone

I am a writer, the author of 5 published books, 7 un published books, thousands of articles, 2 critically acclaimed plays-thank you Hanna, Celia, Erik and all those who contributed mightily-During the run of my first play, Occupy My Heart, A Revolutionary Christmas Carol, I told Thom Hartmann that the work embodied the struggle of the Occupy movement. I as the playwright represented the one percent. The play was a one dimensional collection of words upon a page. A community, the 99% if you will, came together to make the play real, from those who created the computer I wrote it on, to the printer, the paper maker, the director who further realized and structured the piece, the actors that gave it life and all those who packed theaters around Chicago to see the play. Occupy My Heart made national headlines and diverted the negative press for a time. Community made that possible.

As a writer my religion is truth, at least as best a truth that I can discover. The words of the late Yugoslav writer Danilo Kish are my gospel:

The writer stands alone.

Imbued within those deceptively simple words is the rejection of subordination. There is only truth and false truths. Left and Right are tribal affiliations, each demanding subordination, and each flawed in categorical adherence to their assumptive opposition. They are not yin and yang in that regard, but a continuum of one another. Yin and Yang are therefore calls to war, and war is the impersonal infliction of mass pain, and hence the affliction of mass falsehoods. Pain is the ultimate standard of truth; empathy the only pathway from that pain towards forging community. Community becomes the antithesis of pain.
And yet, amid those simple words by Kish, the writer stands alone still falls short. Nothing in those words describes community itself, or how we come together in achieving community. In that we all become writers; we are all creators of the better world we desire.

Throughout the siege of Sarajevo I stood by Muslim brothers and sisters, as well as their Christian, Catholic, Jewish and atheist neighbors, just as I stand in support and solidarity of Palestinian brothers and sisters, but I do not hate Jews or Israelis just as I did not hate Serbs. I want to see all people exalted.

I do not hate the police; I only want them to be better. I do not hate the America I criticize vehemently; I wish it to be better. I hold the liberal and progressive Left to a higher standard, because we must be the example of the better world we wish to realize. Innocent criticism cannot be translated as an attack on the movement. When we fail, we must endeavor to be better; a matter of constant vigilance as long as we remain human.

The writer stands alone.

Here is the ultimate issue with this sad event. Based upon all I have seen here and overseas and through two terrible genocides, and having talked intimately with Holocaust survivors, I am acutely aware that humanity is flawed. I have seen only too graphically how cruel people can be to one another. I have also seen another side, and that is the side I wish to exalt and support and defend. As a Catholic I was embraced nonetheless by Muslims in the town of Mostar despite a campaign to annihilate them by the surrounding Catholic Croats. I was embraced by Serbs, despite their belief that America was their sworn enemy. The reason is that sometimes in the fight we lose sight of the truth that the world is less a terrible place, but a place in which we are all looking for answers. Liberalism and progressivism I believe holds better answers, when we try.

I ready acknowledge that as a human being I fail sometimes in racial, ethnic and gender issues. Those who know me also know that I engage in that conversation regularly, eagerly and earnestly.
I was doing it long before Starbucks started putting it on cups!

The writer stands alone.

I acknowledge I am flawed, but attempting aggressively to ascend through that ignorance. The bully pulpit of my body and my history is painfully limiting and unaccommodating to truly embracing the intimate and sovereign perspectives of others without a great deal of self-accusation and self doubt; but so is every journey. Make no waste of your time for people who use hate to mask and deflect their own ignorance. Give them no power. Offer them every opportunity for reconciliation without further recompense. One day soon you too will be in their shoes.

I am ignorant, I readily admit, but unwarranted and baseless attacks force me to declare that I am not ignorant. That only regresses the conversations on race and community into these fortresses of self-interest. And so the journey continues…for each of us.

Just as the writer, so too the traveler stands alone.

Peace.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Julia Pham of Relish Underground Dining Does a Mean Rosie Perez

The beautiful Julia Pham, chef and founder of Relish Underground Dining, joins us to talk about food, city regulations, the price of getting noticed, and just about everything from gender to Rosie Perez. You gotta hear her impersonations. Thanks to Drew Prince of Magic Radio Chicago for connecting us with Julia. Thanks to Darren Wilson and Phil Banks for adding some great commentary to the discussion.

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Kerry Junior: A Musician and a Story You Want to Hear

Our featured guest on the January 15th show was singer songwriter Kerry Junior. This talented fella’ from Gary Indiana—originally born in Chicago—played his beautiful blend of folk and acoustic pop for us live in the studio. Kerry also shared with us his powerful story of growing up without talking until a very late age, which is quite hard to believe were you to meet him now. He was also brave enough to stick around for the rest of the show and share his thoughts on topics related to personal motivation, inner-city living, drinking, and policing in communities. Thanks to Jason Scott Page for starting us off. Darren Marshal, AKA the Minister of Useless Information, also joined us for a drink and some laughs.

 

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Rob Poe, Chicago’s Mushroom Man

On this show, Rob Poe joins us to talk about poaching, foraging, mushroom cultivation, and Permaculture. Rob is a bit of an encyclopedia on these topics, as well as Nature Deficit Disorder. Rob’s business, Chicago Mushroom Man, aggregates wild mushrooms for local high-end restaurants. You can find out more about him at his website.

Also joining us is Jeff Sweeton, tech instructor and organizer of Chicago’s Global Cardboard Challenge event. Chicago’s second annual Global Cardboard Challenge happens every October at Civiclab.

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