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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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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 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 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 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 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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 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 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 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.