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Here's something I want to get off my chest before the year ends: The plethora of stories about a Moe's Tavern pop-up failed to mention that Chicago already has a permanent Moe's Tavern.

(Okay, I don't know if all the stories failed to mention that, because I didn't do my usual due diligence of digging into the archives on this one, but I'm pretty sure from my general impression based upon my reading experience that the failure was widespread, if not total!)

Chicago's real Moe's Tavern is a pretty great bar - good beer selection, fairly priced; live music that's not bad and sometimes really good; a free foosball table; and a jukebox, even if it's of the internet variety, as seems to be the case almost everywhere these days, sadly.

I dig it.

Also, they once got a cease-and-desist order from Fox, proudly framed on premises.


To satisfy Fox, they altered the Simpsons characters just enough to pass legal muster (at least that's what I was told, and it appears to be true).



Barely related note: I had a floor hockey team for eight years that was named Moe's Tavern. We started out awful, but awfully fun, and ended up winning three championships in six trips to the Finals. In one, I scored the winning goal with just seconds left - one of the true highlights of my life. The Moe's pennant Beachwood site designer Cate Nolan made after our first championship hung in the Beachwood Inn until its demise - even surviving a theft that was pretty humorously resolved (a story for another time).


P.S.: I'm now much more of a Family Guy person than a Simpsons person, but still.


P.P.S.: Those photos are mine, I took them on my first visit to Moe's.


New on the Beachwood today . . .

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ICYMI on the Beachwood since the holiday . . .

Beachwood Sports Radio: Are The Bulls, Um, Good?
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The World's Greatest College Bowl Preview Part 4
Overlapping with the NFL schedule this weekend provides a gift to bettors: putting action on pro/bowl teasers.



Peace on earth.

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A sampling.

An Astonishing Story About How The Mexican Government Controls That Country's News Media. Wow.


A History Of The War On Christmas.


Both Trump And The Nazis Used Christmas To Promote White Nationalism.


Porcupine For Dinner: Christmas In Early Wisconsin.


A sampling.

Until everybody has written it. And then every year.


And their own comfort.

As with Trump supporters, as the previous tweets indicate. The media is in such a rush to make sure we don't label all Trump voters racist that they fail to label any but the most extreme white nationalists as such. That is a major journalism fail.

Related, from Vox earlier this month: "The Past Year Of Research Has Made It Very Clear: Trump Won Because Of Racial Resentment | Another study produces the same findings we've seen over and over again."

Dear Journos: Reckon with reality. This is the country we live in. These people are among our citizens. They are legion; you missed it.


Tip: Go back and read the transcripts (or watch the video) of Trump's campaign rallies - most of you seem to have missed them in real time. They are chilling. He basically ran as a Nazi. That is not hyperbole. He didn't hide who he was, or whose causes he was championing, or who surrounded, supported and enabled him. It was - and remains - right in your face.




The Beachwood Tronc Line: Get it right.


Posted on December 26, 2017

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