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I served in the US Navy from 2002-08; four of those years were as a Nuclear Propulsion Operator aboard an aircraft carrier. I engage in political activism in various Democratic circles when I am able to. I have a cat, and I am an uncle.

All opinions that I express are my own and do not reflect the views of any organization that I represent.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

BARACK OBAMA 2004 DNC KEYNOTE ADDRESS (27 July 2004)




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.

BOY THAT WAS OVER FAST



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

BROWN/NELSON



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.

NATURALIZATION CEREMONY AT THE WHITE HOUSE



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.

Friday, July 4, 2014

50-GUN SALUTE TO THE UNION


AMERICA IS NOT THE GREATEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD



The HBO television show "The Newsroom" started with this monologue to open its program.

The character, news anchor Will McAvoy portrayed by Jeff Daniels, is asked this question by a college student:

Can you say why America is the greatest country in the world?

After a couple of bland answers, Will McAvoy unleashes this tirade.

INDEPENDENCE DAY 2014