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How NOT to Celebrate Guy Fawkes Day

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Category: Blog, News

The Hypocrisy of Guy Fawkes Day – ‘United States of Europe’ 3 November, 2015. Guy Fawkes Day – what is it exactly? Believe it or not, Guy Fawkes has been around since before ‘V for Vendetta’ in 2005. The Brits explain Guy Fawkes Day as a national celebration of freedom – the freedom to remain obedient to the State. Every year on the 5th of November, the British light bonfires and celebrate their freedom. The freedom they celebrate is the freedom from […]

What is a ‘Doug Stanhope / Amsterdam Comedy Swapcast’ ?

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Category: Blog

What is a ‘Doug Stanhope / Amsterdam Comedy Swapcast’ ? How did I get name-checked at the Doug Stanhope show? Am I the Michael McIntyre of Dutch comedy? If you don’t know Doug Stanhope, you’re not alone. He’s a in a league of his own. He’s earned the label ‘Comedian’s comedian’ because he dares to go to the dark places mainstream comedians don’t. He even started a group called ‘The Unbookables.’ His solo DVDs have names like ‘No Refunds,’ ‘Morbid […]

What is a ‘Doug Stanhope / Amsterdam Comedy Swapcast’ ?

Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015
Category: Blog

How did I get name-checked at the Doug Stanhope show? Am I the Michael McIntyre of Dutch comedy? What is a ‘Doug Stanhope / Amsterdam Comedy Swapcast’ ? If you don’t know Doug Stanhope, you’re not alone. He’s a in a league of his own. A comedians’ comedian, Stanhope is brilliantly dark. His solo DVDs have names like ‘No Refunds,’ ‘Morbid Obscenity,’ and ‘Before Turning the Gun on Himself.’ His tone If there was a Bill Hicks Award, I’d nominate him. […]

Chicago Cubs: Baseball’s Chicago Improv Team

Date: Sunday, October 25, 2015
Category: Blog

Chicago Cubs: Baseball’s Chicago Improv Team If any sports team deserves to be known as ‘Baseball’s Chicago Improv Team,’ it’s the Chicago Cubs. The North Side of Chicago is the birthplace of the Cubs as well as improv comedy. There’s Second City (Bill Murray) and The Annoyance (Jeff Garlin). And for years, the ImprovOlympic (Mike Myers) was right across the street from Wrigley Field. I myself have taken my improv classes at ImprovOlympic’s Clark Street theater in the 90’s. There, we were […]

3 Reasons Why EU Right Wing is Wackier than US

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Category: Blog, News

3 Reasons Why EU Right Wing is Wackier than US A couple of weeks ago I may have given the impression that EU – & US – are being overrun by an army of jesus-looking, sandal wearing, liberal hippy vegans. Okay, that ain’t exactly true. From Conservative Cameron to Christian Conservative Merkel to Viktor Orban ‘The Vic-tator’ – the EU is plenty Right-Wing. Orban himself has said his governing role models are Russia and China. But we didn’t have room for that […]

3 Reasons Why Putin in Syria Is OK with US & EU

Date: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Category: Blog, News

Putin in Syria – WHY? This week on ‘United States of Europe,’ I was inspired by the Daily Show motto ‘If you smell it, say it.’ So many news outlets are full of commentary on WHY Putin is in Syria. ‘WHAT is he up to?’ 1) BUT few news outlets mention ‘Russia Military Base in Syria.’ Tartus is – according to NYT page 4 – ‘Russia’s only overseas military base outside the former Soviet Union.’ Wanna see how many overseas […]

Why It’s Okay to Hate Germany Again – Dieselgate. GSUSE Oct 2, 2015

Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
Category: Blog, News

Last week: ‘Why it’s okay to like Germany again.’ This week: ‘Why it’s okay to hate Germany again.’ While most of the world was at the UN, trying to outdo each other’s CO2 campaigns… Volkswagen has been lying and polluting. And it’s not just Volkswagen, it’s apparently the entire German car culture that allowed them to get away with it for so long. Volkswagen polluting is like Bill Cosby raping: everyone knew about it, but it wasn’t cool to talk […]

Throwback Thursday- Comedy Central News

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Category: Blog, News

Throwback Thursday – Comedy Central News 2007 Wow, look how dark my hair was back in 2007… (I think it was Andrew Moskos who convinced me to dye my hair, actually.) Since I started at Boom Chicago, I was busy with the news. We started the Boom Chicago News segment in the show. And back in 2001, Pep Rosenfeld & I had ‘Boom Chicago News’ on TV at AT5 (right after Pep got back from writing on Weekend Update at […]

Who’s More Left-wing: Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders or Pope Francis?

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015
Category: Blog

Who’s More Left-wing: Jeremy Corbyn, Bernie Sanders or Pope Francis? Hint: one of them just induced Republican John Boehner to step down as Speaker of the House. This week, ‘United States of Europe’ takes a look at those Unelectable Left-wingers and asks ‘How do they getting chosen?’ Perhaps it is true that Left-wing views can’t get you elected without billions of dollars in cash, in which case Hillary has a whole new Left-wing extremist to worry about… This week’s ‘United States of […]

Public Art? Or Vandalism?

Date: Friday, September 25, 2015
Category: Blog, News

My 11 year-old started at a new school in a new neighborhood – a developing neighborhood. It has a healthy immigrant population, much more diverse than the ‘VrijeSchool,’ which was comparatively  lily-white. Across the street from the school is a rather large mosque. Across from the mosque is a police station, which – for some reason – has extended its flagpole so it’s just a bit higher than the minaret of their neighbors. And at the apartment complex next to […]