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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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(30 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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:
(111 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 28, 2015
Regarding Boris Nemtsov It looks like home grown, in house mayhem to me.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, September 10, 2010
How to Steal $2.5 Trillion Convincing the rubes to do without what they already paid for.
(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.
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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.
(19 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 8, 2009
Republican Bipartisanship, a Union of Both of Their Faces Why bipartisanship cannot work with a petulant child.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, April 30, 2010
The Democratization of Energy, or God Bless the Child That's Got His Own The reasons that we must evolve to an energy network.
(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.
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(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 22, 2013
Benjamin Franklin to Robert Morris An anticipatory rebuttal of TEA Party philosophy from Dr. Franklin
(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.
(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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 14, 2008
Chinese Company Inks First Oil Deal With Baghdad Chinese oil interests gain early advantage over American Big Oil in quest for Iraqi petroleum supplies.
(31 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Trusting Democracy A good candidate must trust democracy, and so must a worthy electorate.
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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.
(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.
(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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        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.
(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.
(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.
(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        Monday, July 28, 2008
A Thirteenth Amendment Worth Pining For? Hey, watch who you're calling "sir"!
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, November 17, 2008
A Change That Is Due Why claims of a right wing nation are unfounded tripe.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 22, 2011
Jeffery Immelt's Glossary Say what, Jeff?
(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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, February 13, 2011
Yet Another Illinois Congressman Expresses a Need for My Guidance And I let him have it.
(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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 8, 2010
What's Up With Wall Street? Hey, where's my wallet!!!?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 3, 2011
The People's Broadcast News Who says there is no alternative media?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 4, 2012
A Triumph of Democracy The first unrepresentative effort has elapsed. Is it a charade?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Late Great Tax Debate Who should pay? Who gets to pay? It's time to make our own noise, rather than taking the plutocrats' word for it.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 14, 2011
A Little Snarky Satire for a Friday Afternoon Proving that two heads are not always better than one, and can sometimes be worse.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, August 27, 2010
Mulling Over Republican Wedge Issues at Eleven Weeks Out Why are we allowing the conversation to be dominated by the people who don't really want to have it?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 10, 2016
Welcome to the Trump Machine Wit a little practice you can improve at doing anything.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 17, 2008
The Main Debate Question; This is a Debate? A by no means evenhanded critique of this evening's proceedings on ABC TV
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 24, 2009
General Tso's Motors Can an American automobile manufacturer find love, success and sales in an exotic foreign land?
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Saving the Banks and Ourselves Culling the sick and weak makes for a healthier herd
(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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 21, 2013
Making Something Old New Again Why wait for it to happen by itself?
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Ralph Nader's Effect on Progressive Values Why Ralph Nader's embrace of progressive values helps nothing.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 23, 2009
Scenario- Give the Noisy Town Hallers What They Want; Eliminate All Socialized Govt. Programs Perhaps One Day from the Oval Office Why a lower order of creature would be sure to eliminate socialism from their government.
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 26, 2009
What? No Public Option? But there's always a public option. It only has to be properly presented.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, April 5, 2008
Desperate Times Response A response to Rob Kall's "Desperate Times Demand Revolutionary, Visionary Response, outlining a few options.

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