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I am a lifelong resident of the Chicago suburbs, with a several year hiatus to serve in the Navy when my Vietnam era draft notice turned up. I had been told that guys with last names like mine were among the preferred cannon fodder in the Army, so the additional time required for service in the Navy seemed well worthwhile.

After military service, I worked variously in petroleum refining, for myself as an architectural illustrator just in time for electronic media to displace the ink and watercolor images that were my specialty, and doing electronic technical drawing.

To more important issues, I married lucky, which is to say once and forever, and after thirty years still marvel that she keeps me around. We have two children, a daughter with a daughter of her own, and a son who is just coming into his majority.

My wife did tire of my shouting at the television set and suggested that if I feel so strongly about politics, I should be involved. That is when I started a prolific run of commentary on this site interspersed with a few articles, and joined my local Democratic Party organization. To my wife's chagrin, I still shout at the television set.

I believe that the liberal values I hold are the result of a proper upbringing, and those values are simply what my mother, like most mothers, taught to their children. Among those values was a love of country and an admonishment to stand up for those who couldn't stand up for themselves. I still hold the part of my military oath to "defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic", to be sacred.

I keep the Jr. in my name to spare my father, whom I am fortunate enough to still have in this world, from being misidentified as responsible for my rants.

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38 Articles, 0 Quick Links, 5238 Comments, 31 Diaries, 3 Polls

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Monday, October 21, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Making Something Old New Again
(4 comments) Why wait for it to happen by itself?

Monday, August 26, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Considering Edward Snowden
(14 comments) Considering Snowden's odyssey in all of its aspects.

Sunday, July 21, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
As My Daughter Remarries
(2 comments) Analysis of the wedding planning process with advice for men who wish to avoid it.

Friday, March 22, 2013      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Benjamin Franklin to Robert Morris
(12 comments) An anticipatory rebuttal of TEA Party philosophy from Dr. Franklin

Wednesday, January 4, 2012      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Triumph of Democracy
(1 comments) The first unrepresentative effort has elapsed. Is it a charade?

Monday, October 3, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The People's Broadcast News
(3 comments) Who says there is no alternative media?

Thursday, September 8, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Barack's Big Betrayal
(3 comments) A followup to my month old article, "Barack's Big Blunder", and perhaps an adjunct to Michael Brenner's recent article, "The Great Betrayal", I point out my perception of the moment when this President betrayed his motivations for betraying his party's heart and soul.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Barack's Big Blunder
(4 comments) How one gets to the finished line by racing in the wrong direction.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Simple Proposal for Averting the Nation's Default
(7 comments) It doesn't have to be a choice between the President's plan that can't be passed and the Republican's plan that can't be passed. They can just do what they should have done to begin with.

Monday, July 11, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Can Republicans Reach a Debt Ceiling Deal?
(3 comments) Republicans have signed away any ability to bargain in good faith, either with Democrats in budget negotiations or the public at large when they run for office.

Thursday, June 30, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Two Michigans
(5 comments) Let's see how this works in the hands of an inexcusable while at the same time unrepentant Luddite.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Republicans' New Found Affinity for Civil Discourse
(4 comments) The poor lambs are so easily upset.

Sunday, May 8, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Devil's Favorite Lie
(6 comments) The Devil's favorite lie is the one that eases the telling of all other lies.

Thursday, April 21, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Hey, Dick, Whatcha Doin' With that Knife in Your Hand?
(4 comments) My letter to Senator Durbin regarding the warning of his eminent sell out.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Wisconsin's Union Workers Have Always Paid 100% of the Cost of Their Benefits
(2 comments) It seems that the State of Wisconsin hasn't really been as generous to its employees as Scott Walker would have you believe.

Monday, February 21, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Town Hall Meeting, Republican Style
(1 comments) The TEA Party is much more sedate when their boy is in front of the room.

Sunday, February 13, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Yet Another Illinois Congressman Expresses a Need for My Guidance
(1 comments) And I let him have it.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The "Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme" Hoax
(30 comments) On January 29, Sheila Samples submitted a quicklink to an article entitled, "Ayn Rand Railed Against Government Benefits, But Grabbed Social Security and Medicare When She Needed Them". In that article was a reference to the objectivist and libertarian right's view of Social Security as a Ponzi scheme, which prompted me to post the following comment:

Saturday, January 22, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Jeffery Immelt's Glossary
(1 comments) Say what, Jeff?

Friday, January 14, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Little Snarky Satire for a Friday Afternoon
(1 comments) Proving that two heads are not always better than one, and can sometimes be worse.

Sunday, January 9, 2011      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Word on the Media Shaping our Perceptions
(1 comments) In a political climate that can lead to events like the tragedy affecting Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords and those near her, what are the causes and solutions to lead us back from a situation that lends itself to conflict? Here is a discussion of one aspect of a thorny problem.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Trusting Democracy
(31 comments) A good candidate must trust democracy, and so must a worthy electorate.

Thursday, September 16, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Late Great Tax Debate
Who should pay? Who gets to pay? It's time to make our own noise, rather than taking the plutocrats' word for it.

Friday, September 10, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
How to Steal $2.5 Trillion
(2 comments) Convincing the rubes to do without what they already paid for.

Friday, August 27, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Mulling Over Republican Wedge Issues at Eleven Weeks Out
(4 comments) Why are we allowing the conversation to be dominated by the people who don't really want to have it?

Saturday, May 8, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What's Up With Wall Street?
(2 comments) Hey, where's my wallet!!!?

Friday, April 30, 2010      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Democratization of Energy, or God Bless the Child That's Got His Own
(2 comments) The reasons that we must evolve to an energy network.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
What? No Public Option?
But there's always a public option. It only has to be properly presented.

Sunday, August 23, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Scenario- Give the Noisy Town Hallers What They Want; Eliminate All Socialized Govt. Programs
Perhaps One Day from the Oval Office Why a lower order of creature would be sure to eliminate socialism from their government.

Sunday, May 24, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
General Tso's Motors
(2 comments) Can an American automobile manufacturer find love, success and sales in an exotic foreign land?

Wednesday, March 4, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Saving the Banks and Ourselves
(8 comments) Culling the sick and weak makes for a healthier herd

Sunday, February 8, 2009      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Republican Bipartisanship, a Union of Both of Their Faces
(19 comments) Why bipartisanship cannot work with a petulant child.

Monday, November 17, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Change That Is Due
(6 comments) Why claims of a right wing nation are unfounded tripe.

Sunday, September 14, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Chinese Company Inks First Oil Deal With Baghdad
(2 comments) Chinese oil interests gain early advantage over American Big Oil in quest for Iraqi petroleum supplies.

Monday, July 28, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
A Thirteenth Amendment Worth Pining For?
(6 comments) Hey, watch who you're calling "sir"!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Ralph Nader's Effect on Progressive Values
(7 comments) Why Ralph Nader's embrace of progressive values helps nothing.

Thursday, April 17, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
The Main Debate Question; This is a Debate?
(3 comments) A by no means evenhanded critique of this evening's proceedings on ABC TV

Saturday, April 5, 2008      Add this Page to Facebook!   Submit to Twitter   Submit to Reddit   Submit to Stumble Upon   Pin It!   Fark It!   Tell A Friend
Desperate Times Response
(2 comments) A response to Rob Kall's "Desperate Times Demand Revolutionary, Visionary Response, outlining a few options.