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A graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo with an MBA in 1980, John went into the banking business from 1981-1991. John went into the gymnastics business with his wife, with whom he has two children, in 1992 and grew it enough by 1995 that he could quit conventional employment. He became politically active after his divorce in 2004 becoming a news reporter and talk show host for KPFT, a Pacifica station, in Houston. He has since been involved with the peace movement in many ways and continues to promote progressive interests. John now volunteers in his neighborhood Civic Association and the local homeless center.

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Eisenhower in the Oval Office., From WikimediaPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 7, 2021
Why I Am Now Calling Myself an Eisenhower Democrat Unhappy with both major parties? Unhappy being labeled because of your party affiliation? Here's an option to consider. And maybe a reason to resurrect the "I Like Ike" campaign slogan of the nation's thirty-fourth president.
Burn, From PixabayPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 30, 2020
All Homes Matter, Until... How do you respond to someone who says "All Lives Matter"? Here is one way to do that.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Case For a Higher Minimum Wage The debate is an old one but one that is once again in the headlines. Do we need a minimum wage and, if so, how much? Morality should come in to play, but sadly politics wins out every time.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Put On Hold, But Damage Done Voter ID laws are nothing new, but they are gaining traction and it only seems a matter of time before they are the norm. Will this impact elections? You be the judge.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 31, 2012
George Romney for President Mitt's father, George, would be ashamed of the flip-flopping, fence straddling, pseudo right-winger that his son has become.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 30, 2012
Roberts Rules of Order It is just too out of character for Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to vote for Obamacare. Does he have an ulterior motive?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 14, 2012
Romney's Equity Firm Pedigree Shows His True Colors Is Romney just the kind of capitalist that caused the financial crisis we are in? That would be a big YES!
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Time to Re-Think Columbus Day It's long overdue. It is a disgrace to honor someone who began the annihilation of an entire race of people. His only true accomplishment was the opening up of the New World for business. Then again, perhaps it IS appropriate for the United States to continue to honor someone for setting the stage for the plundering of people and resources for profit. That seems to be what this country is now all about.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 2, 2011
Perry's Handling of Our Tax Dollars Raises Questions Politicians regularly use appointments and other payoffs for those who helped them get into power. Rick Perry, newly crowned GOP front-runner for president, has made it part of day-to-day standard operating procedures. Also, "Texas Miracle"?; things are not as they might seem in Texas.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 21, 2011
Politicians Need a History Lesson to Not Repeat It A history lesson for our fearless leaders would be a wise thing right now. Significant cuts in government spending could send us into a "double-dip" recession or even depression.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 13, 2011
SOCIAL SECURITY IS FINANCIALLY SOUND The right wing political strategists firmly believe in the adage that if you repeat a lie enough it becomes the truth. This is the strategy they are using towards eliminating or restructuring Social Security. But if you do your research you have to wonder why on earth we would want to mess with one of the very few government programs that is actually effective and efficient!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 31, 2010
American Media?...Bah, Humbug! It has been said that the only difference between Chinese media and American media is that the Chinese know for certain that they are being lied to. Can it get any worse in America? Fox News dominates mainstream television "News". It seems all we can do is educate the American public about the scale to which they are being misinformed so that they will be more discerning when choosing what to believe and not to believe.
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 27, 2010
A Perfect Storm Looming for Democrats No matter what we desire in the size of government or budget deficits, we all want America to succeed. May those who are elected one week from today have more sense and integrity than what we've seen in the past two years. Hopefully, they will set about reducing unemployment, AND hatred, in America.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 29, 2010
The Texas Republican Party Platform is Scary! The Texas Republican Party has had what most rational people would call extreme views towards homosexuals and immigration. That is no secret. But wait until you read about some of their other planks in their platform. And now it seems the national party, led by the likes of Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, are catching up.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 31, 2010
Can't Prevent Mosque at Ground Zero We have nothing to fear from the establishment of a mosque near ground zero except our handling of it. It could be a non-event and a step toward the healing process or it could be another piece to a large culture war. It is our choice.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 25, 2010
ACORN SEEKS REPEAL OF THE ACT THAT DE-FUNDED THEM The successful demonization and execution of ACORN is nothing short of a scary example of what can happen to a person or group that pisses off "the machine".
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, June 20, 2010
Rep. Barton, the Apologist Is there any better representation of how out of touch with the common man the Republican Party is than Joe Barton's apology to BP for the President pressuring them to set up an escrow fund for American citizens financial claims against BP? Michele Bachmann even called the fund a "redistribution of wealth fund". They don't seem to care that our wealth has been redistributed to big oil for decades!
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, May 27, 2010
Texas Gov. Perry Misusing Tax Dollars Texas Governor Perry first made a big deal out of not accepting federal stimulus dollars to bolster the state's unemployment trust fund. Now the state has had to borrow $2.1 billion in stimulus dollars for that purpose. Meanwhile, Perry has been diverting unemployment money to some of his corporate buddies who promise to create jobs. Sound fishy? You betcha!
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 12, 2010
No Shortage of Trash Talking in Media A recent op-ed by nationally syndicated columnist Jonah Goldberg made me mad. But it's just the latest from a media dominated by trash-talking, self-important windbags who are not journalists at all but pretend to be, in a media that in all but a few places has lost all its integrity.
(33 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Civil Rights Act of 2010? For those who are old enough to remember the 60's the violent reaction of those opposed to health care reform to the recent passage of such legislation is like deja vu all over again.

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