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Democratic Precinct Committee Officer, activist, writer, and programmer. My op-ed pieces have appeared in the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, and elsewhere. See and for my writing, meme images, musical creations, and animations.

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The coolest award I could ever receive #evn12, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, March 7, 2019
Washington State legislators want to amend the US Constitution. Is it risky? Efforts are underway in the Washington State legislature to amend the U.S. Constitutions to overturn the Citizens United Supreme Court decision. The legislature is considering two resolutions to this end. One resolution calls on Congress to send to the states an amendment to the Constitution. The second resolution calls for the convening of a constitutional convention. Some progressives think the latter approach is risky.
Congress, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 25, 2019
Push-back from Congress on US meddling in Venezuela Several lawmakers in Congress have announced their opposition to U.S. military presence in Venezuela. Will others? Over the years, Congress has ceded more and more war-making power to the executive branch and has allowed interventions, proxy wars, and clone attacks, partly based on the Authorization of Military Force resolution that was signed on Sept 18, 2001, just one week after the 9/11 attacks.
(14 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 10, 2019
Bill Maher: "New Rule: The Republicans Are the Problem" Starbucks CEO and presidential candidate Howard Schultz is one of many people saying that both parties are equally to blame. And many leftists and socialists say the Dems are as bad as the Repugs. But Bill Maher makes a convincing and hilarious case for the idea that it's the Republicans, not the Democrats, who are most to blame for the mess that the country is in.
Robert Mueller No esta' claro que' cargos son ni a que' personas afectan, pero ya hay planes para que cualquier acusado pueda ser detenido a partir del prximo lunes, de acuerdo con CNN., From FlickrPhotos
(47 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 17, 2018
Hey, Russiagate deniers, it's time to throw in the towel. Russiagate deniers should have thrown in the towel months ago. The evidence is overwhelming.
Fox news channel logo, From WikimediaPhotos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 9, 2018
Don't buy from Fox News advertisers: Progressive, Capital One, Applebees, IHOP,, Angie's List, Home Advi Fox News is a malevolent and destructive force. Not only is the network's programming becoming increasingly extreme, deceitful, and racist, but Fox News is also functioning as Donald Trump's personal propaganda operation. Please contact Fox News' advertisers and ask them to stop advertising on Fox News. Meanwhile, don't buy from them or patronize them.
Junius Bassus on a biga (two-horse chariot) followed by four horsemen representing the factions of the circus, opus sectile panel from the basilica of Junius Bassus on the Esquiline Hill, 4th century AD, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome, From FlickrPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 8, 2018
Galloping towards the Apocalypse Is the USA headed for the breakdown of civil society? The evidence is pointing that way. Almost half the population is deranged, living in fantasy world of conspiracy theories. The Left is divided. Ruth Bader Ginsburg's fall makes the problem much worse. The conservative Supreme Court may prevent Dems from investigating Trump or from stopping him from firing Mueller.
Welcome to Bust!, From ImagesAttr
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 23, 2018
On the logic of lesser-of-two-evils An examination of the logic of lesser-of-two-evils, with reference to the elections of 2000 and 2016.
Repugs, Dumbs, Dumbers, From ImagesAttr
(36 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Repugs, Dumbs and Dumbers: a rant Heaven help America! On the one side we have evil Repugs. On the other side we have Dumb Dems and the even dumber progressives.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders, From ImagesAttr
(21 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 2, 2018
Socialism, even democratic socialism, is quite different from progressivism Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez call themselves democratic socialists, but lots of experts agree that they they are just social democrats. Democratic socialists want public ownership of the means of production. Social democrats are OK with private ownership as long as it's well taxed well regulated and well balanced by an ample safety net. Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez should be less sloppy in their choice of words.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, July 15, 2018
Fake news about "global cooling" Right wing websites have been promoting a deceptive headline about alleged "global cooling" since 2016. The explanation is that 2016 was the hottest year on record.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 16, 2017
Donald Trump dreams of a "white" Christmas [[TrumpWhiteChristmas]] I'm dreaming of a "white" Christmas With every Fascist I appoint Where we fill the prisons And people listen to skinheads marching in the streets. I'm dreaming of a white Christmas with every stupid tweet I write. May my policies help the wealthy and the white And may there be no Latinos or Muslims in my sight.
Hunter gatherers, From FlickrPhotos
(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, October 26, 2017
Was the Noble Savage noble? Or savage? There has been a debate in the press recently about whether the state (nation) is fundamentally a source of exploitation and war, or whether it's a source civilizing influence on humans' natural brutal nature. The debate has echoes of Thomas Hobbes and Renee Descartes, as well as echos of FDR versus the Koch brothers. In short, is the Noble Savage noble or savage?
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Review of Martin Nowak's Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed How can cooperation emerge in a world of selfish individuals ruled by Darwinian competition for survival? This is the question that Martin Nowak, Professor of Mathematics and Biology at Harvard University, discusses in Super Cooperators: Altruism, Evolution, and Why We Need Each Other to Succeed. Nowak say, "I propose that 'natural cooperation' be included as a fundamental principle to bolster those laid down by Darwin."
Evolution of Everything, From ImagesAttr
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 15, 2017
Review of Matt Ridley's Evolution of Everything A review of Matt Ridley's "Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge." Ridley's book is an imbalanced, libertarian attack on government, regulation, environmentalism, public education, and taxation.
Donald Trump doesn't know much about history, From ImagesAttr
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 8, 2017
Donald Trump sings: Don't know much about history Donald Trump sings "Don't know much about history"
Republican Jesus, From ImagesAttr
(11 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Republican Jesus How Jesus would preach if he were a Republican. He would eliminate Meals on Wheels. He would repeal your health care, and ....
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Don't Blame Trump: He did everything he could to prove hte was unfit to be President, From ImagesAttr
(27 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, February 3, 2017
Hillary was swift-boated: Blame the GOP Propaganda Machine The most striking and scary thing about the 2016 election was that a candidate as bad as Donald Trump could win. How could that happen? Yes, Hillary and the Democrats made policy and tactical errors that suppressed turnout and allowed Trump to pursue his populist playbook, but the main cause of GOP victories is the formidable propaganda machine of the Republican Party. Almost half the country live in an alternate reality.
President Obama, from behind, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 10, 2016
Obama and other reasons for the election debacle As leader of the Democratic Party, President Obama bears a large proportion of responsibility for the election debacle. Though he saved the economy, he sold out to Wall Street and the Pentagon, and he allowed the GOP to set the agenda and blame Democrats for the decline of the middle class.
Socialism, From FlickrPhotos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 21, 2016
The Revolution will not be pleasant Millions of young, motivated progressives are participating in Democratic Party primaries, caucuses and meetings, thanks to the leadership of Bernie Sanders. But many hard-core leftists (Socialists and Anarchists) still insist on fleeing from the Democratic Party. What are they afraid of? Dealing with unpleasant corporate Democrats? Majority rule? A little hierarchy?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 28, 2016
Ten reasons why WA superdelegates should support Bernie Sanders Washington State Democratic caucus attendees overwhelmingly voted for Bernie Sanders, but the governor and most other superdelegates say they support Hillary Clinton. Here's why the superdelegates should switch their votes to Hillary.

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