Author Archives: JP

About JP

We're two guys who met in college, in 1980. We've stayed in touch, and like to talk politics, current events, music and religion. JP is nore liberal than Sid, but not in every way. We figure that dialogue stimulates ideas, moderates perspective, and is in general friendly. These are things we need badly in these dangerous times. The blog name is taken from a song by Bruce Cockburn.

Putting the Country First

It is an interesting contrast in civility and governance that our two parties offer. For example, Dick Durbin, the 2nd ranking Democrat in the senate says he hopes the office makes the man, and Trump can be a good president. … Continue reading

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But What Am I?

This election has made me crazy (everyone must decide for themselves if they are included in the “this election has made everyone crazy” group). I write to apologize to my conservative friends, family, colleagues, strangers who I have had conversations … Continue reading

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Thank You, Nicholas Kristof

Kristof has a great column on unions today. He makes important points that I try to make when talking about unions. One, anyone who thinks unions have always been perfect and that there has been no corruption or abuse in … Continue reading

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Turning Towards Apathy

The Republicans of course, as the winners do in every election no matter how silly it sounds, are claiming a mandate in their election victory. Also, of course, just as in the campaign, they are unable to say what the … Continue reading

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Obama calls for Free and Open Internet

The White House email today was all about Obama asking the FCC to consider new rules making the Internet free and open and keeping it that way—to regulate it as a public utility, the way we regulate phone companies. So … Continue reading

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Historic!

That’s what they are all saying about the midterm results. They are actually only historic in that history repeats itself. Democrats and Republicans now know what the other felt like in 2006, when the Democrats swept and took over both … Continue reading

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Making the case for Obama

Got this graphic from an Obama email in the last day or two. And sure, you could list other things that haven’t gone as well. The point is, it is very easy to make a case TO run on Obama’s … Continue reading

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