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June 15, 2022

Why I am voting for Marie Newman in the June 28 Democratic primary.

First, Marie Newman is incredibly accessible to her constituents. Unlike her two predecessors, she opposes the Madigan Machine, and its politics of accommodation and corporate coziness. Unlike her two opponents in the Democratic primary, Marie Newman refuses to take corporate donations.
Second, Marie Newman supports real solutions to our real problems. The US healthcare system is ranked 37th in the world. An appalling statistic. And even with the reforms of the Affordable Care Act, much more is needed. That is why Newman supports an expansion of Medicare, allowing younger people to be eligible for Medicare, and addressing the flaws in Medicare.
Third, because Marie Newman refuses corporate bribes, she supports the broad framework for a green new deal. And that framework rests on a foundation of recognizing that we must move quickly to renewable energy.
Next, in her first 18 months in office, Newman has been incredibly productive. She is one of the most active members of Congress. And speaking with a hyper local focus, she has addressed local flooding issues all over the District, from La Grange, to Oak Lawn, to the Beverly area.
Newman has addressed longtime issues with rail crossing blockages that affect the busy 95th street corridor. She brought together representatives from local government entities with representatives from the rail industries to eliminate much of the chronic congestion due to long freight trains blocking the street.
Newman also held meetings with the Postmaster of Chicago, and addressed chronic issues with poor mail service. While those issues are not fully resolved, and cannot be without national action, staffing levels are being improved in the area.
For the listed reasons, and more, I strongly urge voters to choose Marie Newman in the June 28 Democratic primary for the Illinois 6th Congressional District.
February 1, 2022

The United States of Hypocrisy: Revisiting the Monroe Doctrine

From the article:

There is no doctrinal statement in American diplomatic history that is more fundamental than the Monroe Doctrine. It was designed to draw a strategic line between the New World and the Old, and to alert the European powers that their political influence and presence was no longer welcome in the Western Hemisphere. No doctrinal statement has been enforced as often as the Monroe Doctrine, which has been used to justify U.S. intervention throughout Central America and the Caribbean. The Monroe Doctrine was cited in the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961, a perfect failure, as well as the Cuban missile crisis, a diplomatic triumph.

To read more:


It is not just how the US sees itself, it is how the rest of the world sees the US.
January 31, 2022

This is the first version of my new Facebook reply for the GOP sites:

I think that all the fluoride in the water is triggering the mind control aspect of these drugs. You see, the mind controllers planned this 50 years ago as part of the plot to overturn Amerikka and weaken our moral fiber. And we all know that if you do not get enough moral fiber in your diet, your natural immunity to facts and logic will weaken.

So after years of swallowing this Commie water, the built up fluoride combines in our morally fiber deficient system with the Bill Gates mind control drugs and we all turn into sheep. And how are we going to wear our red hats if we are all sheep?

January 18, 2022

Can we simply refer to him as, No-vaxx Djokovic?

Could we also say, "do not make a joke of it, Djokovic?"

January 17, 2022

It is MLK Day. Remember why we honor him.

On MLK day, my feeling is, as Ibram X Kendi well stated, one is either an anti-racist or a racist.

Some will say that is too simplistic, too reductionistic, but if we do not fight against racism, our passivity is seen as support for the racists.

So, we must be loud, and loudly anti-racist, so the racists do not take our silence as complicity.

There are many online and physical events today. Please, attend in person or online.

January 17, 2022

Regarding Kirsten Sinema and Joe Manchin, and pressuring them,

the only things that matter to them are their own voters, and the money coming from their contributors.

Not necessarily in that order, of course.

January 12, 2022

If they handed out awards for smug, self-destructive stupidity, this one would be a finalist

The sad story of another Trump worshipping Covidiot who never learned, until she was dying...


The problem is that millions will simply shrug, offer empty comments like "thoughts and prayers", and forget about it because this will never happen to them, or their family.

January 11, 2022

Joe Manchin partial support thread:

Manchin said,

“We need some good rules changes to make the place work better. But getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it work better,” Manchin told reporters."

He has previously expressed support for the idea of regulating what a filibuster is. Now, any GOP idiot can claim that he/she is filibustering, with no requirement for actual talking and no requirement to talk on topic.

Requiring that members be in the Chamber, talking directly on the topic, would greatly reduce the likelihood of these sham filibusters.

I am not arguing that the filibuster serves democracy, and the Senate has always been far from representative of the actual population, but given a 50-50 split, filibuster reform might be the only way to get to a 50-50 tie, with the VP casting the decisive vote.

And how inspirational would it be if the first biracial, female VP cast the deciding vote to sustain a democratic country?
January 10, 2022


From the article:

These women went to Bible college to deepen their faith. Then they were assaulted— and blamed for it.

Megan Wohlers thought she had done all she needed to do. And even if she had missed something, she thought, she was on a Christian campus, full of other believers—someone would certainly intervene.

It was the fall of 2016 when the sophomore at Moody Bible Institute, one of the country’s most prestigious evangelical colleges, started the process of getting help to extricate herself from an abusive ex-boyfriend. She tried to be systematic: She spoke with the public safety department at the school, and she wrote a letter to her ex, demanding that he leave her, her family, and her friends alone. She gave copies of the letter to a professor, the Title IX office, and Dean of Students Timothy Arens, who also promised to speak with the boy and tell him to back off. Surely, it would be enough.

To read more:



January 8, 2022

Mask mandate lawsuits, and the GOP strategy of insanity as substitute for rationality.

In April, 2020, Darren Bailey filed suit against the mask mandate imposed by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.

In July, 2020, a downstate Judge upheld Bailey’s and issued an order voiding the mask mandate. That decision was appealed by Illinois AG Kwame Raoul.

In June, 2020, Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau filed essentially the same lawsuits as were earlier filed by State lawmaker Darren Bailey and a restaurant in Geneva.

In October, 2020, after a closed session of the Village Board, Keith Pekau voluntarily dropped the lawsuit that the Village had filed. Was the closed session necessary so that taxpayers could not hear the discussion?

In December, 2020, Judge Raylene Grischow of the Sangamon County Circuit Court voided the earlier July 2 Court order.
Regarding the claim that Pritzker’s emergency powers ended on April 8, Grischow found that the state law in question — the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act — allows the governor to issue more than one 30-day disaster proclamation.
Judge Grischow wrote that her interpretation of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act is consistent with a 2nd District Appellate Court decision from November, in FoxFire Tavern LLC v. Pritzker, et al. In that case, a Kane County restaurant sued the governor for exceeding his authority under the law by imposing a ban on indoor dining and the appellate court ruled in favor of Pritzker.

“The Appellate Court expressly found that the IEMAA authorizes the Governor to issue successive disaster proclamations stemming from one ongoing disaster,” Grischow’s opinion states.

So why in June of 2020 did Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau file the same lawsuit. Why did the Mayor, then preparing for his re-election campaign, use taxpayer money to file another lawsuit? Was it done for publicity purposes?

During an Orland Park Chamber of Commerce Town Hall in February, 2021, Pekau said the village “didn’t have the money” to help small businesses recover from the pandemic.

But he filed essentially a “me too” lawsuit, using taxpayer money, and the Village held concerts, a food festival, and kept the pool open. And at the beginning of the pandemic, he even attacked a fellow village board member for advocating that the village should support small businesses.

Now, Keith Pekau has decided that his talents can better be applied on the national stage as he has filed to run for Congress in the GOP primary next year in the newly drawn Illinois 6th District. Will he speak of fiscal responsibility? Will he speak of his record of raising taxes in the village? Will he defend his fiscally disastrous decision to waste over $70,000 of taxpayer money on a frivolous, publicity seeking lawsuit?

The whole point of these lawsuits, and similar strategies, has been pointed out here before.

It is to increase tension, and anger, and chaos, and hope that the resultant social and economic instability will favor the GOP in 2022 and 2024.

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