Some people are taking all the fun out of "Bond, James Bond."


It's not supposed to be this grim. But some people can't resist. Love how Matt Damon contends the cold-blooded killer he plays is more acceptable than the one played by Sean Connery et al.

The life and troubles of Jesse Jackson Jr.

The famed Chicago news columnist Mike Royko used to sarcastically call the Rev. Jesse Jackson  "Jesse Jetstream," a sardonic take on the senior Jackson's lust for public attention.

Maybe even Democrats will find this amusing

American popular culture is irrepressible. No matter how serious a subject may be, there's always time to have a little fun with it.

In 2008, Barack Obama had the "Obama girl."  And now we have the 2012 equivalent.

You don't have to be a UI hoops fan to appreciate this

It's old news, but anyone who hasn't seen the video of the surprise reunion between UI hoopster Meyers Leonard and his U.S. Marine brother, Bailey Leonard, will enjoy watching this. For those who do not know, Bailey Leonard, who was serving in Afghanistan, showed up in C-U last spring and popped into an Illini pre-game practice. Meyers was, to say the least, taken aback.

Local immigrant makes good

Shahid Khan first hit the big-time in Champaign-Urbana, when he struck gold in the auto parts manufacturing business. But the immmigrant from Pakistan kept a fairly low profile, with the exception of Champaign-Urbana and its environs. Locally, he has been a very generous philanthropist and businessman.

Soap opera continues for former UI assistant Gillispie

Texas Tech head basketball coach Billy Gillispie, a former assistant coach at the University of Illinois, is out of the hospital, but not out of the woods.
He remains on the hot seat, and his coaching career is in doubt following complaints by players to the school’s athletic director about player abuse and violations of NCAA rules on the length of practice.

Former Illini hoops assistant in trouble (health and otherwise) at Texas Tech

It looks like Billy Gillespie, a key assistant under Bill Self at the University of Illinois, is in trouble again.

He's had issues with alcohol, including DUI arrests and a treatment program, but what's happening at Texas Tech goes beyond that.

A new recommendation -- Jim’s Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club, Vol. LVI

This pseudo-intellectual isn’t much for recommending fiction. But I’ve grown fond of the mystery series produced by Michael Connelly and John Sanford.
Now I can add James Benn to that list. His “Billy Boyle” mysteries, set in the midst of the Allied High Command in Europe during World War II, are just different enough to past muster with this pseudo-discriminating reader.

"Legend" --- The latest from Jim's Pseudo Intellectual Book Club

Jim’s Pseudo-Intellectual Book Club — Vol. LIV
The mysterious events surrounding the November 1963 assassination of President Kennedy in Dallas continue to fascinate — hence, today’s recommendation.

Are college sports simultaneously terrific and terrible? You decide

Big changes are coming to major college sports, and not just in the form of new super-conferences.