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 CarlNyberg116@gmail.com.

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.

Friday, September 6, 2013

preventing chemical weapons from being used in Syria by Carl Nyberg

Even if you accept the one-sided version of the Syria conflict that Bashar al-Assad is evil incarnate and the rebels are heroically struggling against an oppressive regime...

President Barack Obama has failed to persuasively explain how bombing Syria prevents chemical weapons from being used again. Obama has attempted to get diplomatic cover for attacking Syria at the G-20, from the Arab League, at UN Security Council and from NATO. So far, Obama has failed to get a majority to even censure Assad.

Apparently, other countries noticed how UN Security Council resolutions criticizing Iraq got misinterpreted by the United States during the Bush administration.

If the goal is to keep poison gas from being used in Syria's civil war, I have a plan that I'm pretty sure will work. Of course, if the goal is to put the might of the U.S. military on the side of the rebels... well, that's a different project.

Friday, August 30, 2013

empower UN Security Council to freeze war crimes charges when peace settlement reached

Today during MoveOn's online “SyriaTown Hall”, Phyllis Bennis made an important point about seeking indictments for war crimes in ongoing conflicts. Once a party is indicted, his incentive to negotiate an end to the conflict decreases.

I personally favor handling the allegations of chemical weapons use in Syria as war crimes. The UNSecurity Council should refer the matter to the InternationalCriminal Court (ICC).

But if the Obama administration is correct—the U.S. government has lied about these things in the past—and the Assad government did order chemical weapons attacks, sending the matter to the ICC could be an impediment to negotiating a settlement.

I propose the concept of freezing charges at the ICC. In cases where the allegations are referred to the ICC, the allegations could have a rider attached to the referral.

The rider would say, if the conflict in Syria reaches a negotiated settlement approved by the UN Security Council the ICC's mandate to investigate and prosecute these war crimes allegations would be frozen. As long as the agreement holds, the prosecutions would not proceed.


This is an imperfect justice. But it also provides the UN Security Council more of a stick to prod parties to the negotiating table.