Hanania Writings

  • 23 Oct 2017

    Waiting for my favorite TV programs between seasons

    Waiting for my favorite TV programs between seasons The latest trend as cable TV programs rise in popularity and quality is that their seasons are shortened to only a few episodes. For those of ...

  • 23 Oct 2017

    Iconic champions of Palestinian rights remembered

    Iconic champions of Palestinian rights remembered M. Cherif Bassiouni recently passed away, ending a life of struggle against justice including for the rights of Palestinians. Bassiouni was one ...

  • 18 Oct 2017

    AFL-CIO’s Carrigan bullying of Jubeh should be denounced

    AFL-CIO’s Carrigan bullying of Jubeh should be denounced The vicious attack by Mike Carrigan, the president of the Illinois AFL-CIO, is a disgraceful example of bullying that demands that ...

  • 15 Oct 2017

    Getting ripped off by cable and subscription TV

    Getting ripped off by cable and subscription TV We pay a lot for subscriptions to Hulu, Netflix and cable TV providers like Xfinity and DirecTV, so why can’t we get what we were promised? ...

  • 14 Oct 2017

    Restaurant Review for The Primal Cut Steakhouse

    Restaurant Review for The Primal Cut Steakhouse There are a lot of great restaurants in the Chicagoland suburbs, but one of my favorites for steaks is The Primal Cut Steakhouse in Tinley Park. ...

  • 14 Oct 2017

    Feds increase prices for Senior Passes

    Feds increase prices for Senior Passes The Federal government increased the cost of the Lifetime Senior Pass on August 28, 2017 from $10 to $80 to help cover the costs of rising administration of ...

  • 11 Oct 2017

    Bloomberg, Preckwinkle and the soda pop fizzle

    Bloomberg, Preckwinkle and the soda pop fizzle Soda pop war sends shockwaves through Cook County By Ray Hanania Let’s begin with the hypocrisy of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. What a ...

  • 07 Oct 2017

    Selfish disrespect for America by Colin Kaepernick & the NFL

    Selfish disrespect for America by Colin Kaepernick & the NFL Colin Kaepernick and other mostly minority NFL and sports players have refused to stand in respect during the playing of the ...

  • 06 Oct 2017

    Political selfishness worsens Hurricane destruction

    Political selfishness worsens Hurricane destruction The damage caused by a series of Hurricanes from Harvey to Maria to Mediterranean countries, several U.S. States, and two American territories, ...

  • 03 Oct 2017

    Czech, Slovak, Bohemian culture & history defines Houby Day celebrations

    Czech, Slovak, Bohemian culture & history defines Houby Day celebrations For many years, the Czech community was Chicagoland’s most recognized cultural presence. As Chicagoland’s ...

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  • Larry David, from Curb Your Enthusiasm. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

    Waiting for my favorite TV programs between seasons The latest trend as cable TV programs rise in popularity and quality is that their seasons are shortened to only a few episodes. For those of us used to 25 to 30 episode seasons, it’s disappointing that we’re seeing fewer episodes for originally programming on HBO, Showtime...

  • Frustrating, incomplete options from Hulu make watching paid subscription programming there so disappointing. You pay for it but only get part of what you pay for. The series "Mick" is the perfect example of how Hulu disappoints.

    Getting ripped off by cable and subscription TV We pay a lot for subscriptions to Hulu, Netflix and cable TV providers like Xfinity and DirecTV, so why can’t we get what we were promised? Access to great  basic programming and a commercial free experience? By Ray Hanania One of the appeals of subscription television is...

  • Actor Martin Sheen greets Houby Day Parade fans

    Czech, Slovak, Bohemian culture & history defines Houby Day celebrations For many years, the Czech community was Chicagoland’s most recognized cultural presence. As Chicagoland’s immigration makeup has expanded, the Czech community identity continues each year with the popular Houby Day Festival and Parade in Chicago’s West suburbs By Ray Hanania Much is made by the...

  • Smashburger from Smashburger's Facebook Page. The best hamburger in Chicagoland

    Best tasting burger ever: Oak Lawn’s Smashburger I grew up on hamburgers and I consider myself a hamburger connoisseur. Until recently, though I enjoyed burgers everywhere. But a few weeks ago, I happened across a place called Smashburgers and I am hooked. They are the best tasting hamburgers in the world By Ray Hanania I...

  • العربية: مع فانيسا ردجريف بالقرب من بارويتش في شمال إنجلترا أثناء تصوير فيلم فانيسا تتحدث إلى فاروق عبد العزيز في أغسطس 1978 Arabic: with Vanessa Redgrave near Barwich in northern England while filming Vanessa talking to Farouk Abdul Aziz in August (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Archive: A very special Oscar Night One of my personal favorite topics is the movie industry and the racism and bias that the industry allows based on politics. This incident involving Vanessa Redgrave back in 1978 impacted my life and characterized the injustices of the American media on so many levels By Ray Hanania (Originally...

  • Dr Dre Beats headset, headphones. A great sound in a product that isn't made to last. You're just wasting your money buying them. Photo courtesy of Ray Hanania

    Tech Review: Studio Beats headset are a bad buy Beats by Dr Dre are inconsistent and poorly constructed. You almost think that they are made to intentionally break to force users to go out and buy another set at the over-priced price tag of $299. The sound is poor quality and they are just not...