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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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SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 10, 2016
Welcome to the Trump Machine Wit a little practice you can improve at doing anything.
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 31, 2016
This Is What I Will Do This is a response to Rob Kall's article, "What Do We Do Now That the DNC Rigged & Stole the Primary?" It takes far more than a comment for me to properly explain myself, and I do so here.
(18 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 24, 2016
On Sanders and Propaganda The media in Hillary's pocket are hurling their own feces, shaped like boomerangs.
(111 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 28, 2015
Regarding Boris Nemtsov It looks like home grown, in house mayhem to me.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 21, 2013
Making Something Old New Again Why wait for it to happen by itself?
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(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 26, 2013
Considering Edward Snowden Considering Snowden's odyssey in all of its aspects.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 21, 2013
As My Daughter Remarries Analysis of the wedding planning process with advice for men who wish to avoid it.
106139 The Good Doctor Franklin, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 22, 2013
Benjamin Franklin to Robert Morris An anticipatory rebuttal of TEA Party philosophy from Dr. Franklin
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 4, 2012
A Triumph of Democracy The first unrepresentative effort has elapsed. Is it a charade?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 3, 2011
The People's Broadcast News Who says there is no alternative media?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 8, 2011
Barack's Big Betrayal 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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Barack's Big Blunder How one gets to the finished line by racing in the wrong direction.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 19, 2011
A Simple Proposal for Averting the Nation's Default 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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 11, 2011
Can Republicans Reach a Debt Ceiling Deal? 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.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, June 30, 2011
Two Michigans Let's see how this works in the hands of an inexcusable while at the same time unrepentant Luddite.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 1, 2011
The Republicans' New Found Affinity for Civil Discourse The poor lambs are so easily upset.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 8, 2011
The Devil's Favorite Lie The Devil's favorite lie is the one that eases the telling of all other lies.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 21, 2011
Hey, Dick, Whatcha Doin' With that Knife in Your Hand? My letter to Senator Durbin regarding the warning of his eminent sell out.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Wisconsin's Union Workers Have Always Paid 100% of the Cost of Their Benefits It seems that the State of Wisconsin hasn't really been as generous to its employees as Scott Walker would have you believe.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 21, 2011
A Town Hall Meeting, Republican Style The TEA Party is much more sedate when their boy is in front of the room.

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