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I was born in Brooklyn, New York in May of 1942. My first memory was the wonderful block parties that celebrated the end of WW2. I don't remember much but it was exciting and I could see how joyous people could be during a major event.

My cousin Danny and I lived near or actually in the same house for most of our childhood and shared great adventures together. We went from playing marbles to dating girls; it was a magical time in Brooklyn.

I attended Our Lady of Good Counsel grammar school, my early teachers were women and in the fourth grade we were taught by the Franciscan Brothers.

High School was the beginning of a journey that continues to this day. I wondered where I was going and why I was making the trip. I entered the Capuchin Seminary after the eighth grade to study for the priesthood. After 15 months I left the seminary and returned home. My studies allowed me to pick which Catholic high school I was going to attend. I lasted less than a year at Trinity High. One of the teachers excommunicated me from the Catholic Church because I thought birth control was a good idea.

After leaving Trinity, I started full time work, and completed high school at night; I was only sixteen and already lost in the world. I worked at Dictaphone for about four years and played on their softball team. I loved sports and was a good center fielder.

In 1962 I entered the Navy and spent nine years traveling around the world, including two tours in Vietnam. In 1970 I openly opposed the war and asked to be released.

In 1971, I was given an honorable discharged and once again I was looking at a whole new way of thinking. I was married, entered college and in 1979 finally received my Bachelor of Arts from the College of New Rochelle. I went to work at Long Beach Naval Shipyard and retired from civil service in 1995. I was a Union Official most of my time at the yard but did take a supervisory position for the last three years of service.

Since retirement I have been a substitute teacher in Nevada and teacher's aide in Oregon. My two great loves are my four grandchildren and my wife Pat.

Since arriving in Portland in 1999, I have been part of the protest against the Bush Wars, torture and what I see as a loss of our liberties. I am the co-founder of Individuals for Justice, Veterans Against Torture, member of Vietnam Veterans Against War, (VVAW.) I support the Veterans for Peace, Coed Pink and the fight for Single Payer Healthcare. I have been arrested three times, once in Gordon Smith's office, again outside of Congressman's Blumenauer's office, and the last time protesting AIPAC.

My favorite books are: Life of Pi by Yann Martel, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, How To Know God by Deepak Chopra, almost anything written by Stephen King.

My favorite movies are: The Shawshank Redemption, Wolfen, Lawrence of Arabia, The Quiet American.

My preferred hobbies are: Enjoying time with family and friends, listening to music and creating things with my hands. I love to write, and completed a play called, -"The Trial of George W. Bush.-"-

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Condi must be arrested Sunday, September 25, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Condi Rice Comes To Portland, Oregon War Criminals should not make money by giving speeches.

Veteran arrested in Portland, Or. Saturday, July 30, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
I Have Finally Gone Mad We are now at the brink of an economic disaster and we go about like nothing important is happening -- nothing to see here, move on please. The Republicans are truly insane. They talk about the Constitution and often you can see tea-baggers waving it around and, if you listen, you might hear me yelling, "Read the damn little book, stop just waving it around."

Veteran arrested in Portland, Or. Monday, May 30, 2011      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Wars and War Mongers I was waiting for Roberto to pick me up, we were going to our Wednesday protest in front of Portland, Oregon's City Hall. I was busy with getting things ready and MSNBC was on the TV. I sat down to watch the replays and they cut away to the House of Representatives because Bibi Netanyahu was going to give a speech in front of a joint session of our Congress. I watched in horror as this war criminal walked into...

Veteran arrested in Portland, Or. Sunday, April 24, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
News from Portland, Oregon Run the Rascals out!

Here We Go Again Thursday, March 31, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
BACK TO THE BRIDGES War is Failure

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Where Are We Going? Food and Water May Overshadow Politics There is a direct connection between the "Wall Street Crooks" speculating with the world food supply, and the revolts that are taking place around the Middle East. They drained the housing market and the governments of several countries and moved on to commodities.

Thursday, February 10, 2011 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Good Old US of A We must do more, much more!

Friday, February 4, 2011 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
My Experience In ICU The nurses were the best, and they should be honored for their dedication.

Saturday, November 13, 2010 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Where Oh Where is Condi Portland groups keep Condoleeza Rice out of their city

Thursday, November 4, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Piracy and Water The future of the Peace in the Middle East may be decided by water

Monday, November 1, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Elections Are Here The leadership of the two major parties are not stupid.

Thursday, September 9, 2010 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Coming Election Vote or not to Vote

Sunday, September 5, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Into The Streets and not on Saturday The coming of the fear factor

Veteran arrested in Portland, Or. Thursday, August 12, 2010 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Activists Meet The Peacemakers What happens when activists meet peacemakers in a church?

Friday, June 11, 2010 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Let's Try Heresy Do not sell your vote in November

Thursday, May 27, 2010 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Billion Dollar Racket We must understand what is happening and we must act and not be afraid.

Saturday, February 20, 2010      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Karl Rove was told to go to jail in Portland, Oregon Part of what happened in Portland, Oregon when the war criminal and traitor Karl Rove came to our city.

I want bush/cheney arrested Tuesday, January 12, 2010 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Rove and Blood Money Karl Rove is planning on coming to Portland, Oregon on February 10, 2010 to pick up a nice paycheck and laugh all the way to one of the bailed out banks. He is scheduled to debate Dr. Howard Dean about international and national issues facing our country. This man belongs in prison, not on stage with a respected democrat.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Healer Arrested for Leafleting Who should the feds arrest? A torture Judge or a doctor who cares?

Monday, October 26, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
We must not escalate in Afghanistan We must tell the world, "Afghanistan is a world problem."

Friday, October 2, 2009 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Rage Of It All What happens when you just cannot stand it anymore?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Et tu Brute Stop voting for the same people and expect real change. Start voting for independent candidates.

I want bush/cheney arrested Sunday, September 27, 2009 (5 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Are We Out Of Time? What must be done NOW

Wednesday, September 16, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Justice for All--Privilege for None Who are we now?

I want bush/cheney arrested Monday, September 14, 2009 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What A Week Public Option is a sham, scream Single Payer!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Was Lincoln Wrong? Just a question, what would life be like if President Lincoln did not go to war over Secession?