Wednesday, November 26, 2014

how Congress could reduce police misconduct and unnecessary violence

License people empowered by states (and federal government) to arrest people or carry firearms as part of their professional duties.

The US Constitution creates a duty for the federal government to protect civil rights†, so, it's kinda crazy that there are hundreds of thousands of people who can kill people and deprive citizens of their rights who aren't licensed by the federal government.

The federal government should be supportive of states granting licenses as they see fit with a couple obvious caveats:

Saturday, November 8, 2014

If Democrats want to win the House of Representatives, they can.

The path to winning will annoy the 1%. But they really haven't been paying their fair share, hey they?

Democrats should promise to pass a bill that will atone for the suffering caused by the Great Recession.

For ten years, Americans who vote will get from $500-1,500 on their birthdays. This will start in 2018 for Americans who vote in the 2016 election.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I voted. Here's how I voted and why:

I encourage others to make their own recommendations on blogs and social media. If you make your own recommendations, I will re-Tweet from CarlNyberg312. Email a link to

Let me start by registering my annoyance with Chicago Board of Elections. The website does not provide sample ballots as of Friday, October 24 and the list of write-in candidates is for the March, 2014 primary, not the November, 2014 general election.

Endorsements below the fold:

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Illinois 40th Representative District: candidate forum sponsored by Old Irving Park Association

This blog entry is written from the perspective of someone who has volunteered for Mel Ferrand and will continue to volunteer for Ferrand. I encourage voters to write-in “Mel Ferrand” when they vote in the Democratic Primay for Illinois 40th State Representative.

Last night Old Irving Park Association and other community groups held a candidate forum for candidates in the 40th district. All candidates attended: Rep. JaimeAndrade, Ferrand, Aaron Goldstein, Wendy Jo Harmston, Mark Pasieka and Nancy Schiavone.

I have seen all these candidates when they appeared at Northside DFA. And I created online surveys where NDFA members came to the point of view that Ferrand was the right candidate to endorse. Some NDFA voting members loved her, most liked her and no one was opposed to her.

I felt like Goldstein performed the best at the candidate forum. He was passionate. He seemed to have thought about the issues. And he was just the best public speaker. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

progressing to sensible gun control in Chicago

Three things Chicago could do about guns.

  1. Publish chain of ownership of firearms used in homicides and illegal public shootings where lives are put at risk. 
  2. Fine people who sell firearms but report them stolen. 
  3. Apply an annual registration fee on some firearms.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Using elections to end the perpetual war

The American people have become weary of the open-ended, blank-check war initiated in response the 9/11 attacks over twelve years ago.

My sense is that people vaguely suspect three things about the conflict:
  1.       The actual perpetrators have either been caught or killed;
  2.       The war has become a self-perpetuating bureaucratic entity that has made itself immune from accountability;
  3.       The national security state has taken power granted in response to the 9/11 attacks and used these powers against the American people or reserves the right to use them against political dissenters, like the Occupy movement.

I propose forming a coalition to end the Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) passed after the 9/11 attacks.