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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.
(30 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 1, 2011 The "Social Security is a Ponzi Scheme" Hoax
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:
(18 comments) SHARE 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.
(31 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Trusting Democracy
A good candidate must trust democracy, and so must a worthy electorate.
(5 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 9, 2011 A Word on the Media Shaping our Perceptions
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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.