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I served in the US Navy as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier from 2002-08. I engage in political activism in Democratic circles and occasional engagement with issues concerning Women and LGBT Rights. I have a cat and I am an Uncle. All opinions expressed in my blog are my own and do not reflect the views of any organization that I represent.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Ten years ago at this date and time a little known state senator gave a keynote address to the Democratic National Convention in Boston, MA.

This state senator with the funny sounding name and big ears was running for US Senate in his home state of Illinois.

Little did our country know that his speech would launch a larger political career.


During a 10 PM newscast of 9 NEWS in Denver this month, it was reported that Republican candidate for Colorado governor Bob Beauprez said, "we've got almost half of the population perfectly happy that somebody else is paying the bill" and "I submit to you that there is a political strategy to get slightly over half and have a permanent ruling political majority by keeping over half of the population dependent on the largesse of government that somebody else is paying for."

Those comments were made before the Denver Rotary Club in April 2010. Those comments appear at the 5:30 mark of the video.

Why does this sound familiar?

Saturday, July 5, 2014


Country musician Willie Nelson is 81 years old and continues touring to this day. Nelson sat down with PBS News Hour's Jeffrey Brown to discuss his new album and how he is able to stay fit on tour.

Willie Nelson released his memories in November 2012 titled Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings from the Road.

Interview provided below.


Yesterday President Obama oversaw the naturalization of 16 members of the armed forces, two veterans, and seven military spouse.

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas delivered the oath of citizenship. He told the story of his own path to American citizenship. Mayorkas came to this country as a Cuban refugee in 1960 fleeing Fidel Castro's communist takeover of the island nation. 13 years later, Mayorkas was naturalized and made a citizen of this country.

Ceremony provided below and by C-SPAN.