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This is my space to say pretty much whatever I want, about whatever I want, whenever I want.

This is your little window into my world. Come back often. I will try to post here regularly and often. (Although I admit, I have a poor track record in that department! I'm working on it!)  If you have any comments or questions regarding any of my blogs, please feel free to email me, or post your comments on the GUESTBOOK page.
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FACTS & ISSUES - not personal attacks. (Political commentary.) 


The following is an excerpt from my response to someone else's post this morning. It was the usual Right wing Republican blustering tossing insults at the Democrats and some cute, almost poetic verbiage about convincing the poor to vote for a handful of rich people by making them believe that rich people are the reason they're poor. Cute - but not a trace of factual information to be found anywhere. Yet I see this stuff all the time and from what I hear, at least some people are buying it. So here's my response. Just the facts, ma'am. 

Where is the Republican health care plan? (They want to take away your health care and repeal Obamacare, and have offered NOTHING in it's place.) 

Where are the Republican jobs? In 7 plus years they've not passed a single jobs bill, they've opposed and obstructed every single attempt the Obama administration has made at jobs bills, and despite this - unemployment is drastically reduced under Obama. Trump says he'll bring jobs back, but he's made a whole career out of outsourcing jobs, from imigrants building his "towers," to the Chinese making his shirts. 

Where are the Republicans on climate change? (They don't believe there is any such thing as "global warming." They want fewer regulations on big corporations to allow them more freedom to pollute our air and water.) 

Where are they on women's rights? (They'll overturn Roe V. Wade and send women back to back-ally abortionists who will maim and kill them. And then if they survive they'll be thrown in jail.) They have consistently opposed and obstructed equal pay for equal work legislation. They oppose paid maternity leave. Most of them oppose abortion even when the child was conceived by RAPE. (Many have said they think it should be considered a "gift from God.") 

Government? Don't judge them by their words - judge them by their DEEDS. They've done absolutely NOTHING but obstruct our president for nearly 8 years, and now they're refusing to even do their jobs with regard to the Supreme Court. They're refusing to even CONSIDER any presidential nomination. And Cruz shut down the goverment! They claim to have great reverance for the Constitution, yet they are openly defying it! 

War and Peace? Every single one of them wants to "tear up" the historic Iran Nuclear agreement, which has Iran agreeing to nutralize their nuclear program and makes nuclear weaponry virtually impossible for them. 

Diplomacy? Trump wants to "bomb the shit out of" Syria, and he has said he doesn't care if civilions are killed in the process. He wants to make the Chinese cooperate with him by calling them "motherfuckers." Please forgive my language, but it's not my language - it's HIS. I'm QUOTING him! 

The economy? We've already seen what they have to offer us there - and we've seen what Democrats offer too. Clinton - huge surplus. Obama - unemployment down, stock market trippled, gas prices down, National debt drastically reduced. Bush? HUGE deficit! (Both of them!) 

Taxes? Democrats don't "hate the rich," we simply want them to pay their fair share of taxes like anyone else. No more... no less. The Republicans don't want that. They don't want the wealthy to pay their fare share, they want YOU, the working poor to pay FOR them. 

So why do they persist with these lies in the face of such overwhelming contradictory evidence? Because they think that if they repeat it enough, you'll believe it, even though you know better. Because they think you're STOOOPID!!! Are you?? 

(This is why I pay attention to this stuff, and watch debates and stuff. These are not "sound bytes" people - these are FACTS. Many of them, historical facts.)

Will YOU bother to vote? For ANYONE? 

Dear friends – this is not, I repeat NOT a “political” post in the sense that I will make no attempt here to influence you as to how or for whom you should vote. Not at all. It’s none of my business in the first place. Liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat, Independent, “Green,” what-EVER.  I WILL, however, share some very brief thoughts with you on the importance of voting AT ALL. Even if you disagree with me. I hope you ALL vote.

  Those of you who’ve followed me already know my own political leanings so I’ll not waste time espousing them here. (That will come, as it has in the past, in future posts.)

   I am moved, however, by what I keep hearing in the news these days about how difficult it is to get people to get out and vote in the first place. Each side is hoping they’ll win, and many of them are hoping they’ll win due at least in part to a lack of interest or enthusiasm on the part of the voting public who opposes them.

   Our so-called “founding fore-fathers” would be rolling over in their graves. In the early days of this country, and even TODAY in other parts of the world people risk their lives; fight, kill and die for the simple right to vote. But here in America, in 2014, where we HAVE this right, thanks largely to the sacrifices of those who came before us, far too many of us couldn’t care less. There are a thousand reasons not to vote. “I have to work.” The traffic. The weather. It’s “inconvenient.” “I don’t trust ANY of them… they’re all the same.” “I’m not well enough informed and so I SHOULDN’T vote.” “We have no babysitter.” Just imagine for a moment if you were willing to fight, kill, and risk death for the right of your neighbors to do ANYTHING, (drink, have sex, whatever,) and then when finally presented with the opportunity to do that thing your neighbors said, “nah… it’s too much of a hassle.” 

  I said I would be brief, so I’ll end with this.  If we don’t care about this right to vote enough to actually USE it, and yes, even to – dare I say it? – INCONVENIENCE ourselves for it just once every couple of years… then we don’t deserve to have it, and we have no right to complain about the government, or the war or peace, or the economy, or the ethnic makeup of our population with which we end up. I don’t care what your views are, or who you vote for – but if you care at all about the way we live in this country – PLEASE get out and vote!  And if you feel you’re not well enough informed – (it’s a valid concern,) then GET informed. Read your election materials. Look up the candidates and or the issues online. It’s easy. I’ve done it.  God bless us all.

These are my views – what are yours?          John M.


 Since this is my first real BLOG on this new Website, and it has attracted some of you for the first time and you don’t really know me yet… instead of waxing on about some this or that, I thought I’d give you a few easy-to-read, short “nuggets” of info about me. Who I am, and what makes me tick.

Politics: I tend to think of myself as a “liberal,” and a Democrat, but maybe that’s because I *feel* like I’m more in that camp lately than I used to because the “right” has moved so much farther right. My good friend Dave Morrison says he considers me to be more of a “Moderate.” He’s probably right. (Correct. Not right wing.)

I am:  Pro Choice. Pro same-sex marriage. I favor equal pay for equal work by people of either gender.

Guns: I would favor a ban on “assault style” semi-automatic weapons and “high capacity” magazines, but I would NOT make any changes to the 2nd Amendment. I still support the right of individuals to own guns, even though I myself would not have one. I would favor regulating such ownership, (background checks,) just as we regulate the right to drive. If it were up to me, (and I know it’s not,) I would even require safety training prior to buying a gun. I do not see any conflict here.

God: I am a Christian. Always have been. But I believe each person’s faith (or lack thereof) is that person’s own. I don’t care whether you are a Christian or not. I don’t care if you subscribe to some other faith. If you respect mine, I’ll respect yours, and the subject need never come up again if you don’t want it to.

Sex: I’m for it. And I am heterosexual. I have had close friends of all sexual persuasions all my life, and still do. Once again, I believe it’s between you and yours. If you don’t try to change me, I won’t try to change you.

I am a pacifist. Have been since childhood. I believe there is no such thing as a “just war.” I believe that all the wars that have been fought in my lifetime, (Viet Nam, Iraq, Iran,) were “mistakes,” and should never have happened. I don’t have a problem with violence and killing in the fantasy realm, (movies, for example, or plays or stories or whatever,) but in the *real world* even two people arguing upsets me. I am against ALL violence, not just military violence.

Music: I love The Beatles, The Who, Jethro Tull, Steve Earle, Melissa Etheridge, Heart, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, (both separately and together,) David Wilcox, Chris Smither, Leo Kottke, Jimi Hendrix, Loudon Weinwright III, Jackson Browne, John Prine, Green Day, Janis Joplin, Lyle Lovett, Doug Kershaw, Billy Joel, Cat Stevens,… I could go on for pages, but that should give you some idea.

Other art forms besides music: Movies & acting, (both watching and doing,) writing, painting, (though I’m not any good at it,) anything creative that connects with me emotionally.

City or country: If I could, I would live away from the cities, where there’s lots of land and space, and clean air, and green grass and trees, and clean flowing water. BUT, I would miss the cultural activity of the cities, and doing the kind of work I do I have to live within range of a city, at least for now. And the cities aren’t so bad. They can be a lot of fun, and stimulating in many ways. So I’m divided on that one.  I currently live in L.A.

What I value most in people: Honesty, sincerity, being genuine.

I enjoy: people, travel, good conversation, music, working hard at something I love, or not working at all, having fun, sharing. 

I do NOT enjoy: worrying about money, bigotry, ignorance, intolerance, lying and liars, pollution, overcrowding, traffic, earthquakes and tornadoes, loud, angry voices.

Have I ever been arrested or been in jail?  Yes, but I was only in jail overnight.

Ever had a serious car accident?  Yes. Twice. The last one was more than 20 years ago, and I drive a LOT.

Ever had my heart broken? Of course. Who hasn’t?

Relationship status: In a relationship.

Age?  Look at my pictures and guess.  (Those who know, don’t tell.)

Favorite Holiday: Christmas. And I insist that I and anyone who receives gifts from me wait until Christmas DAY to open their gifts. (NOT Christmas EVE.)

That’s what I think.  I welcome your comments and/or questions.   John M.