How might we require Presidential candidates to make their tax returns public?

09 Dec 2016 1 comment

I’ve got an idea that may be constitutional. And it involves NO federal action, just state by state legislation. Read on for details …

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How Blue States Can Save Themselves

03 Dec 2016 5 comments

Actually, Red and Purple states could do this as well, although I doubt they will!

In the forthcoming Trump administration, combined with GOP majorities in both houses of Congress, it is reasonable to expect that we’ll be seeing massive tax cuts along with funding cuts to many services that support the lower ends of our income distribution curve. How can we counteract this locally?

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Froot Loops as a Political Statement

03 Dec 2016 1 comment

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Ah! Froot Loops! One of my heretofore undisclosed guilty pleasures.

In my childhood, my parents restricted their kids to one sugary cereal serving per week. My choice was Froot Loops, usually eaten in front of the TV while watching cartoons on Saturday mornings. Read more…

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Donate for Electoral Integrity NOW!

23 Nov 2016 Leave a comment

And, just perhaps, keep Trump out of the White House!

TL; DR: Jill Stein is raising money FAST to pay for recounts in MI, WI, and PA! And it needs to be fast – the filing deadline in WI is just over 42 hours away!

Please donate here – every little bit helps!

Well, my opinion of Jill Stein is raised. No, I still don’t think the Greens are ready for national office. But today, Jill Stein announced that she is leading a coalition that wants to force a recount in MI, WI and PA. It’s a long shot to stop Trump, but of equal (perhaps, in the long run, more) importance is that this appears to be an effort that will, for the first time, actually hand count a large number of votes!

Those of you who have followed Electoral Integrity issues here and elsewhere should just stop now and donate.

Still here? OK. Here’s the short version: ALL of the states don’t really count the vote – they tally it! And the tally is done, not by humans, but by e-voting machines and optical scanners that use software that no member of the public ever gets to see! So much for transparency.

Electoral Integrity advocates have long called for audits comparing hand to machine counts. A few have been done on a small (3%) sample, but there is also evidence that the selection of ballots to recount weren’t random.

Folks, I could go on … and on … and on  … and on about this, but I want to get this out FAST since there is a deadline.

If you want to know more, I urge you to visit The Brad Blog or Black Box Voting. But if you trust me at all when I say that this is a real chance to test the accuracy of the secret software – and that’s important for Democracy – then kick in a few bucks. Even $1 helps.

Categories: Politics

Iced Tea Travails

15 Nov 2016 Leave a comment

Friends,

With the bombardment of my inbox and RSS feed of all the commentary  lamentations on the election of The Donald, I decided that I needed to think about something completely different – if for nothing else, then for the mental break! And I found my topic: Iced Tea! Read more…

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Regarding Trump’s Election: We listened to the wrong people!

11 Nov 2016 2 comments

Friends,

It’s taken me a bit to organize my thoughts well enough to blog about last Tuesday’s US Presidential election. I’m finally there (I think) and will try to make this fairly short (which doesn’t mean truly short – that’s just not my style!)

TL:DR: We should have been listening to Trump’s supporters and addressing their fears.

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I’m done with the Green Party as it exists today!

01 Nov 2016 Leave a comment
I haven’t blogged about this election. I’ve been outraged about many things in our body politic, but since I’ve seen my outrage echoed in many other places with FAR wider readership than this blog, I haven’t bothered to chime in. That ends now.
I came across the following story on DailyKos today, and it’s caused me to rethink any connection I’ll have with the Green party!
Yes, the “Green” Party has Endorsed Trump Over Clinton:

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