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  • published Gilligan vs. Thurston Howell The Third in Opinion Blog 2012-10-26 16:25:02 -0500

    Gilligan vs. Thurston Howell The Third

    If you're still wondering whom to vote for on November 6th, here are a few considerations for you.

    1. Under whose care are our air and water likely to remain more breathable and drinkable?  Democrats or Republicans?

    2. Under whose care is our planet Earth more likely to remain more habitable?

    3. Under whose care is our public education more likely to thrive?  Democrats or Republicans?

    4. Under whose guidance are our health care systems more likely to meet our health care needs?  Democrats or Republicans?

    5. Under whose care are our less fortunate, our poor, our most vulnerable, and those less able to care for themselves more likely to be better cared for?  Democrats or Republicans?

    6. Under whose policies are our small business owners, our farmers, our individual capitalistic entrepreneurs more likely to prosper?

    7. Under whose governance are large, national and multi-national corporate capitalists likely to dominate pubic policy?  Republicans or Democrats?

    8. Under whose direction are our relations with other countries more likely to be based on cooperation?  Under whose direction are they more likely to be based on belligerence?

    9. Under whose watchfulness are our public lands, natural resources, parks, and waterways more likely to be maintained?

    10. Under whose supervision are our farmlands, food purity and abundance more likely to be preserved?  Democrats or Republicans?

    11. Under whose management are our wages, salaries, benefits, retirement, and working conditions more likely to reflect our needs?

    12. Are common persons' voices more likely to be heard by Democrats or Republicans?  Will the Bill of Rights and civil rights and liberties be upheld?  Will it be the rule of the many or the rule of the few?

    13. How will our transportation systems fare?

    14. What will our quality of life be like?

    15. Will most peoples' pursuit of happiness be more encouraged under Democrats or Republicans?

    To me the choice is clear.  My hope is that you too will give serious thought to these questions, and I hope that you will not let your thinking be dominated inordinately by radio, TV, and mass media pundits on either side.  Think for yourself.


  • published Third Party Candidates' Debate in Opinion Blog 2012-10-24 13:30:19 -0500

    Third Party Candidates' Debate

    Did you see any of the debate among four candidates for POTUS from four political parties OTHER THAN the Democratic and Republican Party candidates: Green, Libertarian, Justice, and Constitution Parties?  Wife Kathryn and I saw and heard some of it, and we were impressed.  Issues got airings, believe it or not!  We heard serious talk about serious issues, instead of advertising-man type posturing.  We hope a way can be found to include at least some third party candidates in future presidential and other political candidates' debates.  How about it, networks and other news media? 


  • published The Candidates' Debate in Opinion Blog 2012-10-07 12:56:40 -0500

    The Candidates' Debate

    As I ponder now from some distance the first presidential candidates' debate of last week, I realize that contrary to many pundits' declarations, neither did Mitt Romney do a very good job, nor did Barack Obama do a very bad job.  They both did okay, that's all, just okay.  We the voters got a little bit out of it, but just a little bit.  Some undecideds might have decided, which might change the outcome of the election, but I don't think so.

    I was disappointed that my candidate, President Obama, did not take advantage of the many opportunities his opponent gave him during this debate to illustrate how different the two candidates' takes on the issues have been so far.

    On the other hand, I was stunned at how liberal Mr. Romney's new comments were.  Far right conservatives should be worried at how far left Mr. Romney has shifted.  For example, he said that the free enterprise system depends on government regulation.  He said that every state should emulate the Massachusetts universal health care system and do what Massachusetts did when he, Romney, was governor there.  Those two shifts in position are almost shocking, compared to the far right stands Mr. Romney has been taking and took when he was vying with ultra-right wing conservatives for the Republican nomination.  I wonder if those far right supporters are concerned about his significant shifts to the left.  As a moderate liberal, I kind of like some of Mr. Romney's new positions.  He seems to be expressing more like his original, genuine opinions on things now, rather than the false, far right positions he took during his campaign for the nomination.  He is sounding like a traditional Republican.  No, I am not going to vote for him, but he does sound more reasonable now than he has in the last two years or so.

     

    I was disappointed in Mr. Romney for his mis-stating, still again, one more time, that actions taken by the Obama administration have reduced Medicare benefits -- the infamous $716 billion.  That is so blatantly untrue and incorrect that I was disappointed in my candidate for not jumping all over it to correct the error.  The disingenuous streak in Mr. Romney is disturbing.

     

    The president pretty much delivered his stump speech again and without the verve that pundits are usually looking for in these debates.  The next day, he delivered it again in Denver to a university crowd, before he came to Madison and delivered it again to another university crowd.  Ho hum.

    The pundits have commented much on the two candidates' demeanors during this first debate.  They found Obama to be aloof, as did I, although I personally like the professorial President Obama.  They found Romney engaging, as I did too, although watching it on C-Span, Romney looked to me like he had gas the whole time.  He did look better, though, in the clips I saw later from other, more slick TV renderings from the other news stations.

     

    I give both candidates a C for both performance and content, looking forward to the next one for something better from both of them.  These TV "debates" are so over-rated anyway.


  • published Why "Occupy" Is Getting Dangerous in Opinion Blog 2012-10-06 13:46:21 -0500

    Why "Occupy" Is Getting Dangerous

    This is where Rome began its slide to oblivion.
     
    As the disenfranchised middle classes (and lower classes) understand more and more about how wide that gap is getting between "the 99%" and "the 1%," we will be seeing more and more of the tactics and strategy of the nebulous "occupy" movement.  I've been studying upon it.  Noam Chomsky sums it up best when he talks about why the owners and managers get so nervous when some of their employees begin to "sit-in" at corporate headquarters.  They fear the time when those employees will own the facilities by hook or by crook, and they -- the owners and managers -- will be out.  I'm not advocating anything, just observing facts and events as they unfold.
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    The splendid isolation of the super-rich

    The super-rich "have seceded from America," said Mike Lofgren. "Our plutocracy now lives like the British in colonial India: in the place and ruling it, but not of it."
    Since the rich can afford their own security, "Public safety is of no concern," From the windows of a Gulfstream jet, crumbling bridges matter little. And with private doctors on call, they don't need to worry about the future of Medicare.
    This disconnect is why the super-rich so often sound "abstracted and clueless," and why "Mitt Romney's regular=guy anecdotes always seem a bit strained."
    Of course, the rich, "have always secluded themselves." But over the past several decades, their "palpable animosity" toward the rest of America and its public institutions has become overt, even as their grip on power has tightened.
    Hedge fund billionaires with 15 percent tax rates complain that the poor lack "skin in the game." The rich decry social safety nest even as they stiff the system, and dismiss the military as a place "for suckers from the laboring classes."
    A century ago, we at least "got some attractive public libraries out of Andrew Carnegie," Today, our super-rich offer up little more than contempt.

    Mike Lofgren, The American Conservative, via The Week, Sept. 14, 2012

  • published Why Mitt Romney Can't Win in Opinion Blog 2012-10-02 11:27:39 -0500

    Why Mitt Romney Can't Win

    This is why Mitt Romney can't win the election:

    "We simply can't have a setting where the teachers unions are able to contribute tens of millions of dollars to the campaigns of politicians and then those politicians, when elected, stand across from them at the bargaining table, supposedly to represent the interest of the kids. I think it's a mistake," Romney said during an appearance Tuesday with NBC's Education Nation. "I think we've got to get the money out of the teachers unions going into campaigns. It's the wrong way for us to go." (Mr.Romney, quoted by John Nichols in a column in The Capital Times, September 30, 2012)

    Has Mr. Romney not heard about the big business super-PACs? Or, is he pretending not to know?

    Nichols goes on in the column to say, "...the Republican nominee's royalist tendencies come to the fore."

    Royalist tendencies.

    "The people" are onto Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Even though distorted by liberal media, reaction to the "47 percent" remark was right on the money. "The people" know who is on their side and who is on the side of "the aristocracy." In the United States of America, we do not suffer aristocracy lightly, not even to mention royalty. Who do those people think they are?

    There is nothing the matter with Kansas anymore. Remember the 2004 book, What's the Matter with Kansas? How Conservatives Won the Heart of America by historian Thomas Frank? It argues that the GOP tricked ordinary people in staid places like Kansas (and Wisconsin) into voting for them, even though votes for Republicans are votes against ordinary peoples' personal economic interests.

    Those of us who remain loyal to the Democratic Party, confident that the Democratic Party centers itself in the interests of the ordinary people -- "the people" -- have worked steadily for years to get "the people" to realize that the Republican Party is there to for elitist business interests; we are pleased to see the fruits of our labor ripening. "The people" for a large part are no longer fooled by the Romneys and the Ryans.

    That is why I've changed by predicted margin of victory for the president over his challenger to 52-48 percent of the vote in November, from my original prediction of 50.5%-49.5%. We are winning. "The people" are winning.


  • followed Electric Cars & Travel 2012-09-24 14:58:40 -0500

    Electric Cars & Travel

    The Volt is still ahead of its time. How's the Leaf doing, anyone know? Hybrids seem to have found their niche. Last two tanks of gas I got 29 mpg on my Camaro, up from low 20's before the big 100,000 mile overhaul a couple of months ago: new plugs, wiring, filters, etc. That's GM's classic V-6 engine in my Camaro.

    I'd go all-electric in a second , once the infrastructure and all is in place and the price to buy one comes down. I'd like to see a minimum of around 75 miles per charge too; the Volt's 40 or so just seems a bit too low for me. Once they cost people in the low $20,000's for a new one and people get used to the idea, I think we'll see them become a standard of the commuter-type vehicle. In Europe, where they have a different style of driving and all, they are admired greatly as a car engineered for the future. I wonder what we'll be saying about them five years from now. I'd say they are still a bit on the experimental side yet.

    Wonder how the Volt might go over in China?

    Heard the other day that LA is getting ready to put a huge new public transit system into place in the immediate future. I think my brother said awhile back that Minneapolis' public transit is heavily used now. Lots of heavily driven corridors are gearing up for the short-rail revolution. I think in twenty or thirty years we'll see the fundamentals of efficient high speed rail between large metro areas too, don't you? Gotta take the load off the airports. Lots of folks are rediscovering train travel. It is good to have lots of alternatives.

    The times, they indeed re a-changin'. We'll see how it all goes.


  • The Party of Business Vs. the Party of the People

    I think the Romneys are good, decent people. The money thing, however, points up the divide between where Republicans come from and where Democrats come from. As has been said many times in many settings, the American people have a clear choice about how they want their country governed for the next four years. The way I see it, and I respect some of my GOP friends's difference here, the people are coming around (as I predicted they would, although it has taken longer than I figured) to understand that the GOP is, as it always has been, the party of business and all that means, and the Democratic Party is, as IT always has been and all that THAT means, the party of the people.


  • published Cops are workiing stiffs too. in Opinion Blog 2012-09-19 14:54:41 -0500

    Cops are workiing stiffs too.

    Sent this to some friends on the subject of the citations and such at the Capitol Rotunda:
     
    Cops are working stiffs too.
     
    It's like Keystone Cops, in that they don't (Chief Erwin that is) don't seem to have a handle on what to write people up for.  They (Chief Erwin on orders from his superiors*) want to suppress something, but they don't know what laws or ordinances have been violated, if any.  Haha.  Just like down in Arizona, the regular cop on the street is caught in the middle.
     
    *I feel sorry for the ordinary officers.  They have to do as they're told, but they're just working stiffs like everybody else.  I've been suggesting to others in other venues to "recruit" the cops on the floor of the Rotunda, not harass them.  The cops are part of the 99%.  Kinda like the National Guard private on the line in the sixties protests, where that famous picture came from of the demonstrator putting flowers in the muzzles of the rifles.  I remember protesters shouting to the riot polce and the Guardsters on the UW campus, "Join us!  Join us!"  Working stiffs of the world, UNITE!  Cops are working stiffs too.



  • published "Gasland" - movie showing in Opinion Blog 2012-09-17 10:02:36 -0500

    "Gasland" - movie showing

    Have you wondered what the word "frack" means, as in fracking for natural gas and oil?  It is a combined form of "fracture" and "crack," and it has to do with new technology for drilling for those energy resources.

    DeForest Area Progressives (D.A.P.) is hosting a social evening with a screening of a documentary movie titled Gasland.  The event will take place onSaturday, September 22, 2012, from7:00 to8:30 p.m. at the D.A.P. headquarters,6610 Lake Road (Windsor Commons strip mall).  The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.  There will be a social time from6:30 to7:00.  Discussion about the film will follow the showing.  Snacks will be served.

    One of the reviews of Gasland described it like this:  "Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."  Some regard frack drilling as an answer to American energy independence.  Others regard it as a poisonous threat to our future.  Variety magazine has said, "Gasland may become to the dangers of gas drilling what Silent Spring was to DDT."

    Whatever your views, come and join in the discussion.


  • Tweaking Social Security

    There are lots of things that can be done to "tweak" Social Security to make it sound forever.  Here are a few things Congress can do, if and when they get their act together.  What would YOU do?
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    What Needs to Be Done to "Save" Social Security

    (AARP)

     

    To balance the system's finances,

     

    1. Trimming benefits to the highest quarter of the population, on a sliding scale up to 15%, would get 7% closer to the 100% balance mark.

     

    1. Trimming benefits to the highest earning half of the population (on a sliding scale up to 28%) would get 31% closer to the 100% balanced mark.

     

    1. Raising the full retirement age to 68 by the year 2028 would get 18% closer to 100% balanced.

     

    1. Raising the full retirement age to 70 by 2040 would get 44% closer.

     

    1. Switching to a chained consumer price index, which factors in peoples' tendency to switch to cheaper products when prices go up, gets 23% closer.

     

    1. Raising the payroll tax from the traditional 6.2% to 6.45% (e.g., adds an extra $125 a year to a person's SS tax for someone making $50,000) gets 22% closer.

     

    1. Raising the payroll tax from 6.2% to 7.2% ($500 a year more for a person making $50,000) gets 64% closer.

     

    1. Lifting the cap on earnings subject to SS tax from the current $110,100 to $215,000 gets 36% closer.

     

    1. Removing the cap on earnings subject to SS tax altogether gets us 86% closer.

     

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    So, mix and match to "save Social security in perpetuity.  What's your pleasure?  7%, 31%, 18%, 44%, 23%, 22%, 64%, 36%, 86%


  • V. of DeForest signage ordinance amendments

    Especially for you members of the Signs Committee, FYI:

    Village of DeForest

    Public Hearing on Amendments to Chapter 15 of the DeForest Village Municipal Code (Zoning)

    September 14, 2012, 6:00 p.m., at Public Safety Bldg., 305 E. Holum

    The public hearing will be held to gather public input on proposed amendments to Ch. 15 of the DeForest Mun. Code pertaining to sign regulations. The proposed amendments are available for review at the municipal building. If you prefer to submit written comments, they should be submitted before the public hearing to the Village Planner. All written comments will be forwarded to the DeForest Planning and Zoning Commission.


  • Bill Maher on the GOP Convention

    Now, I'm not a big Bill Maher fan, and I don’t like him enough personally to meet him for a hamburger, and I do not like the way he uses too much off-color language too gratuitously, but here are a few of his comments last week on his HBO TV show that I found funny and to the point.

     

    On Clint Eastwood as an icon of the Republican Party: "a confused old person yelling at a chair."  (Now, Clint Eastwood IS a guy I'd like to go out with for a beer.) 

     

    Also, did you notice that the joke Clint was telling was old, lame, and trite, pretending that the President of theUnited Stateswas telling someone to go ____ himself.  Really!  You can do better than that, Clint, and you can do better than you are doing, Republican PartyUSA.

     

    Also, Bill Maher commented that the stiff and wooden Mitt Romney makes Al Gore (famous a few years ago for his stiffness and woodenness) look like James Brown at the Apollo Theater.

     

    One last one: Maher said that he interpreted Mrs. Romney's message in her speech to the convention to be something like, "Any woman, if she works hard enough and applies herself, can marry anyone.


  • published The American Taliban in Opinion Blog 2012-08-27 16:55:31 -0500

    The American Taliban

    "The American Taliban"

    From the conclusion of the first season of The Newsroom on HBO last night:

    • ideological purity
    • compromise as weakness
    • a fundamentalist belief in scriptural literalism
    • denying science
    • unmoved by facts
    • undeterred by new information
    • a hostile fear of progress
    • a demonization of education
    • a need to control women’s bodies
    • severe xenophobia
    • tribal mentality
    • intolerance of dissent
    • a pathological hatred of the U.S. government

    "They can call themselves the Tea Party. They can call themselves conservatives and they can even call themselves Republicans, though Republicans certainly shouldn’t. But we should call them what they are. The American Taliban.”


  • Health Care Reform & the Price of Pizza

    A good one from this week's issue of The Week mag.; what I like about The Week is that you get several excerpts from several publications on the same subject in a concise presentation, digest-like.  I've highlighted what I consider the main message in the last paragraph.  What do you think?

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    News+Opinion      Talking Points              ‘Obamacare’: The impact on the price of pizza                August 15, 2012

     

    President Obama has added a pricey topping to your pizza, said Jeffrey Anderson in WeeklyStandard.com. John Schnatter, CEO and founder of pizza chain Papa John’s, last week warned that unless the president’s health-care law is repealed, he’ll have to hike the price of a large pie by up to 20 cents. That’s because the Affordable Care Act requires companies with more than 50 employees to provide health insurance to their workers or face harsh penalties. Papa John’s has 16,500 employees, most of whom are currently uninsured.

     

    “Papa John’s isn’t alone in seeing a price increase in their futures,” said Jonathan Tobin in CommentaryMagazine.com. Other chains, including Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Quiznos, have also said that Obamacare will add up to $30,000 to the annual costs at each restaurant—costs that will all be passed on to customers. Many of those customers are poor.

     

    Schnatter is a Romney supporter who’s playing politics with his pizza, said the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger in an editorial. McDonald’s has already said that the cost of Obamacare is no greater than the kind of swings it regularly sees in the prices of meat, potatoes, and other commodities—and those fluctuations don’t substantially affect the sale price of a Big Mac.

     

    Even if Obamacare does add an extra 20 cents to a pie, said the Louisville Courier-Journal, that’s a 1 percent increase. What a bargain if it means taxpayers no longer “have to foot the bill when hardworking but uninsured pizza chefs get ill and end up in the hospital.” Two dimes, in return for fast-food workers finally having health insurance: “That’s change we can believe in!”

     

    There’s a much larger issue at work here, said Marc Charisse in the Hanover, Pa., Evening Sun. Schnatter has a point when he complains about absorbing the cost of providing health care for his employees. For American companies competing in a globalized economy, soaring health-care costs are a real competitive disadvantage. In the rest of the civilized world, society as a whole pays those costs in single-payer systems that provide high-quality health care to all citizens for about half the price. For now, our system remains deeply flawed. But if paying 20 cents more for pizza means that the “poor guy who delivers my pizza can go to a doctor if he gets sick,” that’s “a step in the right direction.”


  • Affordable Care Act - Medical Loss Ratio rebates

    My wife and I just received a letter from our health insurance carrier, informing us of a certain status under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), derisively known as "obamacare."  The letter refers to the law's "Medical Loss Ratio" rebate.  Under the ACA, insurance companies must spend at least eighty percent (in some cases 85%) of the premiums they collect on services, not administration or advertising or like expenses that typically increase health care costs without adding to the value of the services. 

     

    One of the most egregious causes of exorbitant health care costs in our country are those non-services expenses, i.e., the costs of doing business.  One of the greatest achievements of the ACA is to drive those costs of doing business down and out of the cost of health care in theUnited States.  This is good -- it is very, very good.

     

    As our insurance company representative explains in the letter, "If a health insurer does not spend at least 80 percent of the premiums it receives on health care services and activities to improve health care quality, the insurer must rebate the difference.  A health insurer's Medical Loss Ratio is determined separately for each State's individual, small group and large group markets in which the health insurer offers health insurance. ... No later thanAugust 1, 2012, health insurers must send any rebates due for 2011 and information to employers and individuals regarding any rebates due for 2011."

     

    Did you get a letter like this from your health insurance company?

     

    Our insurance company was glad to report that they had fallen within the ratio, so we were not receiving a rebate.  I say good, because that means that our insurance company is conforming to best practices, as laid out by the ACA.  It gives us confidence in our insurance company.  If we want further information on this aspect of the ACA, our company refers us in the letter to the government website, healthcare.gov.  I've been to that website many times and found it always useful.


  • meeting notes frm August 20, 2012

    DeForest Area Progressives

     John's notes on meeting ofAugust 20, 2012,6:00 - 8:00 p.m.at6610 Lake Road office suite

     17 people present including guests

     The whole 2-hour meeting was devoted to a discussion of message sharing and the technology available to us to do that.  Note that "messaging" is one of the five areas of emphasis chosen at a recent state-wide meeting of the Wisconsin Grassroots Network.

     Jan Moore from SPARC, Sun Prairie progressives, recorded the meeting and presentations.

     We first heard from Brian Utter, a veteran of McFarland cable TV.  Brian talked about "P.E.G.": Public, Education, and Government, services typically provided through local cable television.  The Charter company is the big operator in cable television, and Charter is a for-profit corporation. 

     Marcia asked Brian, "What do we need to know?"  Brian answered that we need to reach out to Charter by sending them a letter of intent.  We need to get a franchise from them through our local municipalities, i.e., thevillageofDeForest, the town ofWindsor, theDeForestAreaSchool District, or some such entity.  A private group like D.A.P. is not likely to get any response from Charter. 

     (A note for you, reader of these notes: I might get some of the details wrong on some of these things, but the essence and most of the details I report here are close enough to accurate for our purposes at this stage.  John) 

     If D.A.P. decides to get into a local cable TV project, we should probably organize as some sort of "Friends Of" committee.  We would have to petition one or more municipalities or their equivalent to apply to the state Department of Financial Institutions.  (If this sounds confusing to you, reader, then join the club.)

     Two contacts: Tim Bowell used to be the government relations guy for Charter; Mary Cardona, Wisconsin Community Media

     Nick Zweifel, recently elected new County Board Supe from Sun Prairie is a teacher in DeForest.  Nick was helped significantly by people using citizens' access to Sun Prairie local cable TV in his successful campaign.  Nick said that short message segments work best -- five minutes, 10 at the most.  Someone mentioned that research has shown that 12 minutes is the maximum attention span for most of the kinds of messages that we might be interested in putting out.  Most such messages need to be repeated at least five times to sink in. 

     Nick continued that most people will not watch a 30 minute video on YouTube.  (I looked it up and "YouTube" is the correct spelling and construction of that media phenomenon.  J.)  Basically, remember that what you need to do is 1) decide what your message is, and then 2) repeat it.  You've got to be "on it" all the time.  Be passionate, be fresh, keep bringing it back to your main website -- your website being the hub of your messaging: click on something on Facebook it brings you back to your website; click on something on your blog, it brings you back to your website; click on something on any social medium, it brings you back to your website.

     You must have something interesting for visitors all the time when they go there.  Today's world is not cable TV.  Today's world includes communities on all media -- websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Google, and so on.  All form a community.

     Nick's neighbor and associate, Steve, is a tech professional who works for Trek.  He performs other tech services in other realms as well.  Steve is an expert's expert.  Steve said what we should want to do is called, "Building your community."  And, Steve emphasized, "It's the content that matters."  (Yes, these are direct quotations from Steve.  I, John, am fussy about what goes into my quotation marks  J.  J.)  We are looking for the easiest and cheapest way to distribute that content, and distribution should be in "small, digestible segments."  Steve said that many in media communities do not watch television anymore.  They are using their phones and laptops.

     One goal might be to put out a 2-minute YouTube video daily.  OK, it might be 3 minutes.  Look at Google Plus.  Google owns YouTube.  YouTube lately is putting out "hangouts": YouTube "hangouts on air." 

     The first question to ask ourselves is, "Do we have the content?"

     When we put out products -- content -- we must be conscientious about the quality of the product.

     

    Nick said he has already put up a YouTube channel for Wisconsin Grassroots Network.  He says he is waiting for us to use it.

     

    I, John, ask, "Well punk, do yuh feel lucky?  Huh Punk?  Are yuh goin' tuh use it, punk.  Huh, are yuh?  Go ahead, make my day."

     

    The meeting adjourned right on time ateight p.m.

     

    John Scepanski

    DeForest Area Progressives


  • Racism & Fascism in the U.S.A.

    Please go to my blog to read some commentary about racism & fascism in the U.S.A.  Go to www.DeForestenews.com, click on blogs in the left hand column, and then click on RuleNo.1.


  • Primary Over, Work to Be Done

    Now that the primary election is over, we have to get down to the serious business of electing our progressive (mostly Democratic) candidates.  This week's The Capital Times has an inspiring and energizing article that extensively quotes one of our heroes, Russ Feingold.  The article's title is "Ryan's Selection Could Fuel a Progressive Sea Change." 


  • commented on Dr. Farley on National Healthcare Importance 2012-08-15 10:51:13 -0500
    Thank you, Marcia, for posting this. Viewers should know that after Gene Farley’s statement of under five minutes, there are other short statements by other physicians and others from around the country that augment Gene’s statement. Listen to Gene, then listen to some of the other statements and testimonials, too. You will get a good grounding in the why’s and wherefore’s of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (referred to often as PPACA or ACA or “Obamacare”). We need to educate ourselves on these sorts of things and especially on the specifics of the Act, so that we can correct our uneducated brothers and sisters when they try to put it down.