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This Is What Is Wrong With The ACA
Education, education, education of the public. Let me try to explain. I went to the 7/11 like store up the block from me to buy some milk this morning. The person working the place I went to high ...
webranding 08/30/2013 250 372 - -
This Is NOT A GBCW Diary
But I don't see myself posting here much moving forward. There are two reasons to my thinking. The first, and this is just on me, I spend too much time here. I love the banter and the ...
webranding 08/22/2013 89 19 - -
Early Morning Questions. The Grateful Dead
Did you see the Dead? Best show? Tell us. I recall college. 1988. Western Illinois University. A few folks asked me if I wanted to go see the Dead play at Solider Field. Think I said who is the ...
webranding 08/22/2013 57 8 - -
Happy Birthday Dad. Today He Turns 72
I often talk about my mom here and not my dad. Well my father is a rock star. How about a few happy stories. At the top of the list is this. We had an openly gay family member move home. Literally ...
webranding 08/12/2013 10 14 - -
A Picture. I Wonder What The Story Is?
Working with my dad to publish a book about his military high school. I thought I knew my father but reading how he was sent off to get ready to fight a war when he was 12, well I now know a little ...
webranding 08/10/2013 19 13 - -
Domestic Violence. It Has To Stop
I read a diary today, and I won't call out the person cause I feel they just didn't understand. But it seemed they said cause a women, like 105 pounds, had slapped a 250 pound male it was OK for him ...
webranding 07/30/2013 19 30 - -
Lets Have Some Fun. Best College Stadium
I will go out on a limb and say "Death Valley." LSU. Baton Rouge. I was born in Baton Rouge in 1969, while my father was finishing his PhD. Taught there. Years later would get my MA there. At the ...
webranding 07/26/2013 44 3 - -
My Niece Katie & "Falling Down" (w/ Photos)
I often say here I like to tell stories. Well here is one this Friday morning. I was just loading up my tablet with some videos for a road trip this weekend with my brother (Jeff) and his wife (Sara)
webranding 07/26/2013 9 19 - -
Happy News Across The Board
Or to use a phrase from Duck Dynasty ..... Happy, happy, happy. Happy stuff to talk about for a few. Take you into Friday! Well the third year with my raised beds are FINALLY working. First year,
webranding 07/25/2013 7 12 - -
Small Community College To Build $500,000 Solar Array
SWIC (Southwestern Illinois College) is the local community college about 5 miles down the road from me. It used to be called Belleville Area College (BAC). Or in the 80s when I was in high school ...
webranding 07/18/2013 21 54 3 -
Stupid Garden Question(s): How To Preserve Peppers
OK just the third year of my garden. First year I put in some raised beds and made my own soil. Although I can read, I often don't follow written instructions and I planted everything too close ...
webranding 07/17/2013 84 18 1 -
Us Liberals Can't Debate Well
I am not an expert on Republicans, but I know a lot of them. Say what you will but if you want to "move" them talk to their pocketbook. There are a couple examples of this I will use below the fold, ...
webranding 07/10/2013 41 14 - -
Where Do You Post From? Show Me The Pics
This is a diary I write like every 6 months or so. When I ask for pics of where you write and comment from, well it is always stunning. Pics of mountains and oceans out of the windows. Cats. Seems ...
webranding 07/08/2013 117 24 - -
A Short But Happy Mom/Food Story
In the past almost three plus months I've written a lot about my mother's health issues. And as I've said in the last few Diaries, she is doing so well. Not full recovered, but near there (and I ...
webranding 07/07/2013 23 21 - -
A Happy Story. Books, Books, And More Books (w/ Photos)
As a kid growing up there were books in every room of the house. I mean you often had to move them just to use the bathroom. My dad had way more books then we had room. Honestly at the time I didn't ...
webranding 07/04/2013 17 19 - -
Weekly Android App Roundup (Edition I)
Decided to start a weekly Diary on the best Android apps I use. Doing it for a number of reasons. At the top of the list I am a tech geek. Spend also my entire life on a computer or other device (I ...
webranding 07/03/2013 26 12 2 -
Food Supplements. Need Some Help
I've written here about my mom's health issues. Well things are so much better. The doctors tell her it will take a long time for her to get her "taste" for food back. Heck she isn't even hungry 99 ...
webranding 07/02/2013 44 8 - -
I Want Some Chickens: Asking For Input
I have an area that is like 20 by 20 feet that used to have this ugly shed. I tore it down when I bought the place. I've wanted to put in some chickens. Well a chicken "home." Seems like the perfect ...
webranding 06/28/2013 55 18 2 -
My Final Mom Health Update (All Good)
I didn't want to use the phrase "final" and folks think the worse. After 5 weeks in the ICU and a week in rehab mom is home. Last night was my parents 47th wedding anniversary and they just watched ...
webranding 06/27/2013 17 39 - -
Google, Facebook, The NSA & Data Collection
I've been stunned as I've watched this story unfold. Stunned many so called "liberals" don't seem to have a problem with it. Stunned that Glenn Beck is actually saying things I agree with. But most ...
webranding 06/15/2013 69 52 1 -
My Immigration Rant
I don't often get emotional. Well yesterday if you were in my house you would have seen me cry. I mean break down and weep. Watching Rachel she put up a video that will forever be burnt in my mind. ...
webranding 06/13/2013 16 16 - -
Oh A Happy Story. We CAN Do It!
A few years ago we voted to raise our local property taxes. Now keep in mind we voted 57% for McCain (and I live in IL). I recall a handful of folks screaming at the town hall meetings about what ...
webranding 06/13/2013 8 19 - -
My Favorite Concerts: Intro Edition
I've been meaning to make this a "thing" here. Tell the stories of all the concerts I've seen. I've seen a lot of them. Stunning. Amazing things. For most of my adult life I've done everything I can ...
webranding 06/13/2013 45 7 - -
Mom Health Update. She Is Winning!
Two things to start with. Those that have followed my posts here know at times I didn't think she was making it out of that hospital alive. She wasn't in a terrible car wreck. No heart attack or ...
webranding 06/12/2013 32 49 - -
Another, Another Mom Health Update: Asking For Advice
First off folks here rock! You guys and gals have been amazing. You are almost, no you are my support group cause well outside of my dad, my brother (his wife and kid), and a few other select folks ...
webranding 06/06/2013 65 35 - -
Oh An Immigration Story Dear Republicans
This started as a comment in another Diary , but I wanted to expand on it cause I think it is important. A few months ago I had this long conversation with a few Republicans. They were not for the ...
webranding 06/06/2013 6 9 - -
Show Me Some Good Copy Please
Let me explain the title. I design web sites for a living. I can do a stellar job, but if they have bad copy, well then it just sucks. My clients often ask me to write copy for them. Well I can't. ...
webranding 06/04/2013 19 16 - -
Another Mom Health Update
You can read about his whole fiasco here , or here , or here . I had honestly given up. Not on my mom, she will fight. But given up on the whole medical establishment. They kept doing two things ...
webranding 06/04/2013 66 157 - -
I Dreamed Something Up And I Made It A Reality
I spend a lot of time here. Honestly too much time. This isn't a GBCW post. Not even close. But it is me saying if you don't see me here much for the next few days, weeks, months I am fine. Heck in ...
webranding 06/03/2013 24 30 - -
Pete Maravich. Watching The NBA Tonight I Just Have To Say Pete
He was the man! I recall as a kid. One and two years old my parents, grad students at LSU, used to take me to see him play. To this day my father is proud of this. When I went to LSU 20 years later ...
webranding 06/03/2013 32 18 1 -
A Mom Health Update
It is easy to find the other things I've written on this topic ( here , here , and here ). As I said before we keep thinking things are getting better and alas they are not. We like to think she is ...
webranding 05/30/2013 56 63 - -
I Will NEVER Forgive Myself
I beat my mom, 79, almost bloody to go to a doctor. She had not been to a doctor for a basic check-up in almost 20 years. I harped on her 24/7. Told her I love her so much, I want her around for ...
webranding 05/28/2013 198 219 2 -
Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, ICUs: We Can Do Better
Long story short, I've spent about 7 of the last 10 days in the ICU with a sick mother. I don't want to really talk about that, but if you've seen the television show House, well I am living it. A ...
webranding 05/28/2013 15 30 - -
Public School Teachers Rock
I am watching a lot of the video and MSNBC shows from OK right now. Chris Hayes says it all. Teachers rock!. We saw it in Newtown. Now here. Teachers doing things I think we'd all say were way above ...
webranding 05/22/2013 8 13 - -
Going "Green." My Efforts. What Do You Do? Lets Chat & Share Ideas
I've been trying hard for years to change my lifestyle to be more environmental aware. I always like to throw around the line I am a hippie liberal , but maybe one time after some reflection felt ...
webranding 05/21/2013 130 64 2 -
Happy, Happy Thoughts
The last few days my mother has been in the ICU. Not good what is going on. Her health is terrible. My brother and myself running over to see her 24/7. I might seem like a caring person here, but in ...
webranding 05/19/2013 46 50 - -
Oil: Their "Big" Money & Influcence Sucks
I realize my Subject line won't come as a surprise to anybody here. That oil and their massive amounts of money control much of what happens in this nation. But I usually read about it, not ...
webranding 05/19/2013 9 5 - -
My Favorite Live Band .... Ever
I've written about my favorite live concerts here. But truth be told I have was blessed to live in one place, one time and hear what I think was the best live band I've ever heard. I've seen the ...
webranding 05/16/2013 73 10 - -
A Happy Story Or Two: Infrastructure
I like to tell stories here. I think they tell who I am and what I think. We are getting to be a lazy nation. Oh let me explain below the fold. Mini-rant!
webranding 05/09/2013 9 13 - -
Fast Cars
My first car, which I still own is a '65 fastback Mustang. I like fast cars. I drive a 1999 VW Passat. Less than 30,000 miles. Manual. Ordered from and made in Germany. It was hard to get. I "...
webranding 05/07/2013 44 12 - -
I Still Love Daily Kos, Even After You Ban Me :)
So I got banned. That happened. I could yell, bitch, and moan but alas I don't have the energy for that. Plus I am NOT mad at this point. Not even close. Wasn't even mad for more than short period ...
webranding 05/07/2013 387 403 4 -
Review: Samsung Galaxy Note II
Awhile back I wrote a review of my Google Nexus 7 tablet and people seemed to enjoy it, so after a few weeks with my new "smartphone" I figured I'd do the same. First off I will start with a ...
webranding 05/04/2013 98 70 2 -
Guns & Basic Registration
Just don't get why we don't have it. I will try to explain and a short story to start with. I have a Firearm Owner's Identification (FOID) card . I don't own a gun. But my state is a little anal ...
webranding 04/26/2013 6 6 - -
How Did You Learn To Swim?
I feel about as comfortable in water as I do on land. I am proud of that .... There was a Dairy here where we were talking about this today in the comments. I was kind of stunned most people ...
webranding 04/25/2013 53 11 - -
Climate Change: Can't We All Get Along
I live in a pretty rural area. This is the view outside my front door a summer or so ago: Not so liberal of a town/place. If you came and spent a few days with me you would be stunned. Folks in ...
webranding 04/24/2013 13 15 - -
People Are Amazing: "Jump Rope Girl"
I've started to write Diaries here more and more about music and well, a category I call "People Are Amazing." Not as much about politics (sure in comments), it is just too darn depressing! I do ...
webranding 04/22/2013 12 15 - -
How About Some Music. Rush and a Story.
My best friend through middle and high school had a TV and music. We'd walk to school each day. Often I would get to his household early to listen to MTV in the early 80s for a few minutes, cause ...
webranding 04/16/2013 33 11 1 -
My Boston Marathon Thoughts (Yeah I Got Some)
Not like any of you need somebody else throwing out their thoughts. Many have here (my first). But this one thing just keeps coming to mind for me. Let me see if I can explain. Any bombing. Mass ...
webranding 04/16/2013 4 17 - -
Another Ode To My Mom
I know I talk about her a lot here, but my gosh I can't stop myself. I am sure Freud would have a field day with me :). I mean she called me today at 5:50 AM. She knows I have the same sleep issues ...
webranding 04/14/2013 7 7 - -
Building More Schools
I often talk about my city here. How in an election we voted 57% for McCain, yet we voted 63% to raise our taxes to build a new $60M high school (this is Illinois BTW). How another time we voted to ...
webranding 04/13/2013 5 7 - -
These Newtown Mothers Rock
I've seen them some. On shows. On 60 Minutes. Now Rachel's show. I mean they are a definition of what a "good" mom is. I often talk about my mom here. Even at 43 myself, my mom is about my best ...
webranding 04/12/2013 13 16 - -
How About Some Music
I often talk about music here. How I travel to see concerts. How much I love music. All totally true. But I thought, I never mentioned the first concert I went to. Solider Field. July 1983. The ...
webranding 04/06/2013 9 4 - -
The Sequester, Real Life Shit
I will keep this short and too the point. I don't think a lot of us understand how our military works. TRANSCOM is the US Transportation Command. Based out of Scott Air Force Base (which I live ...
webranding 04/05/2013 17 20 - -
I Just Have Comment Or Two On The Rutgers Video
I know a lot of folks here have talked about it, but just my two cents. Look I need to say in the mid-80s my tennis coach used to have us stand at the net while he was feet from us across the net ...
webranding 04/05/2013 35 12 - -
Pete Maravich: Showtime
Somebody got me thinking about Pistol Pete tonight. If you don’t know who he is, well I almost feel sorry for you. In college he averaged 44.2 points per game. That was without a three point line.
webranding 04/02/2013 20 19 1 -
Our Nation Is FUBAR: Drugs & More Drugs
OMG, this darn article . I think I was about six. My parents, and this is the early 70s, thought I was a little "off." I wasn't nearly like every other kid. So my parents put me on a plane and flew ...
webranding 04/01/2013 15 14 - -
Minimum Wage, The Affordable Care Act, Employees
I recall when Papa John's CEO said that to implement the Affordable Care Act he'd have to charge .11 to .15 cents more for each pizza. Now I am not the smartest guy in the world but I thought to ...
webranding 03/24/2013 9 17 - -
How About Some Music: Pretty Lights
In 2011 at Bonnaroo this happened (video below the fold). Now if you don't know Bonnaroo is a multi-day concert on a 700 acre farm in the middle of nowhere TN. You camp out in tents. There are like ...
webranding 03/24/2013 14 4 - -
How About Some Music: Alabama Shakes
I heard about them months ago. I couldn't stop listening to them. I went off and bought everything they have ever done. I've heard it said that if Janis Jolin and Jimmi Hendrix had a kid it would ...
webranding 03/20/2013 25 17 - -
People Are Awesome 2013: With Video
I would assume most folks have seen this, but alas I post here a fair amount and have come to realize I often transverse parts of the Internet other folks don't :). This YouTube person has become ...
webranding 03/20/2013 6 4 - -
Unions. Picket Lines. Ed Schultz.
I will miss Ed in prime time. IMHO he was the only voice I could hear on TV talking about the importance of unions. I often mention here I was raised in a very Republican household, but my family ...
webranding 03/16/2013 11 23 - -
National Parks, Oh National Parks
I am a hiker, camper. I love me some National Parks. As a kid in the 70s and 80s I am pretty sure many parents took their kids to Disney Land. My parents took me to National Parks and we camped and ...
webranding 03/15/2013 13 17 - -
So What Is Your Town History?
Anytime I read something posted by " Ojibwa " it makes me think about where I live. The history of it all. Even more so cause there was a strong Native American culture here, alas we killed them all.
webranding 03/06/2013 26 9 - -
Legal Issue: I Could Use Some Kos Community Help
First off, I am just asking for "input/feedback" and not legal advice. I have some resources to find an attorney to use (and I will use them), but I like to be educated on stuff and I know many here ...
webranding 03/05/2013 165 216 13 -
Infrastructure. Upgrades. It Can Be Done
I often talk about my little rural town here. Well under 10,000 folks. I don't live in a suburb. I am on an island away from any major metro area. I get my power from a cooperative we buy into with ...
webranding 03/04/2013 6 5 - -
What Is Wrong w/ Technology: Rant & Video You Have To See
Those that know me here know I am a computer nerd. Tech geek. Within five feet of where I type this I have a desktop, laptop, tablet, a phone system that could be expanded to run a 40+ person firm, ...
webranding 03/03/2013 35 16 - -
These Harlem Shake Videos Rock
I will admit I was slow on the uptake with them. The last day or so in my free time they are all I can watch. Let me explain ... It was 1989. I was going to a large, maybe 17,000 person state ...
webranding 02/22/2013 23 4 - -
Lets Talk About The Minimum Wage
I am behind on my DVR with Up With Chris Hayes, but very happy he is talking about this for an extended period of time. Even better the small business owner he has on, is the owner of a store I have ...
webranding 02/16/2013 18 15 1 -
Rewatching Rubio's Speech And I Want To Puke
At the very start he pulls what I call the immigration card. That he loves this country so much cause he is an immigrant and this nation afforded his family great benefits. Then he goes on to say we ...
webranding 02/13/2013 16 18 - -
I Was Proud Of Obama Tonight
A pretty bold agenda. But what I was most happy about was when he talked about voting. This is a huge pet peeve of mine. I often mention here my parents are Republicans. Moderate Republicans. You ...
webranding 02/13/2013 26 24 - -
A Happy Story And A Few Random Thoughts
I was talking about this or that here and a person said write a Diary about that. OK. I want people to know what is possible. Things could work better, be better in this nation. Let me say this ...
webranding 02/12/2013 8 21 - -
Just A Thought Or Two About The Pope
I will start off by saying I am an atheist. I was raised a Methodist cause that was the religion of my father's family. My mom's side of the family Catholic. So for funerals and weddings I've spent ...
webranding 02/12/2013 8 8 - -
The USPS Rocks. I Just Need To Say That
I come from a family of letter writers. Maybe why I post a lot here. I don't know. For my entire adult life I got almost a letter a day from my dad. Sure now it is an email but for many, many years ...
webranding 02/09/2013 34 49 - -
Oh A Bullying Story
I just finished watching this amazing show on USA. NFL Characters Unite. They take NFL players that have had "issues" in their lives and pair them with kids that are living those same problems. One ...
webranding 02/08/2013 8 10 - -
I Love Late Night Input Here. Gift Ideas For A Four Year Old
This year for X-mas I gave my only niece (and I don't have any children) way more gifts then seemed "cool." She has too much shit to be honest by like a factor of 10. It is kind of sick actually. ...
webranding 02/02/2013 45 8 2 -
Does Anybody Else Watch "Girls"
Just started to watch the show tonight and hit pause. I've had this thought in the back of my head for some time now. I like "strange" stuff. That didn't sound good, but I just mean I like "...
webranding 01/27/2013 48 2 - -
Stan The Man
When I was a fetus my grandfather used to put headphones on my mom's belly so I could hear Jack Buck call a Cardinal game. I am pretty sure if you cut me I bleed Cardinal red. I bet most people won'...
webranding 01/26/2013 31 24 - -
Getting Hit In The Head Sucks
Kudos to Chris Hayes for taking on this topic today. I so wanted to play football as a kid. But my grandfather was a medical doctor and he told my parents they shouldn't let me play. Getting hit in ...
webranding 01/26/2013 46 22 - -
The State Department Does Matter
I often tell stories here, never told this one. Watching all the shit yesterday and now today on Capital Hill I just need to say this. When I moved to DC after grad school I didn't know anybody. ...
webranding 01/24/2013 23 17 - -
People Are Awesome (With Video)
I recall showing my parents a video tape, in like 1988, of me bunging jumping. My dad who is a bad ass dude was like, what the hell are you thinking? I didn't have a good response. I explained that ...
webranding 01/24/2013 14 8 - -
This Is Why Our Earth Is Dying
My cable company gives me "points" I can use to buy shit. I think I might have enough to buy the darn company. Never used them. So I figured I would. I order something. This is what I just got. ...
webranding 01/19/2013 37 23 - -
This Going To Be Hard To Write
But I just watched Rachel's show from last night. Segment on abortion. I need to say this. My grandfather, who I am named after, was a doctor. A racist. Not a very nice person. But below the fold ...
webranding 01/18/2013 29 36 - -
Best Concerts You've Seen (Part II)
I wrote a diary a few weeks ago about the best concerts I've ever seen. People seemed to enjoy it. So a second one. I don't do this as much as I did, but for about 20 years of my life I lived to ...
webranding 01/15/2013 71 9 1 -
Here Is A Music Story I Tell
I wasn't ever supposed to go into my dads study. For years I would when I had a babysitter. I was like 6 to 10. I'd put his headphones on and just listen for hours to his 8-tracks. He had three. ...
webranding 01/09/2013 21 10 - -
What Is The Best Concert You've Seen?
cweinsch Diary today got me thinking. I don't do it as much anymore, but I used to travel for no other reason then to see a concert. Heck there might have been a few months in the 80s where I ...
webranding 12/13/2012 72 21 - -
Dreamland: An Amazing Documentary You Need To See
I know it is kind of rude to repost something here. But alas of all the things I've posted here this is close to my favorite, so I don't mind so much. This documentary, which I know you will have ...
webranding 12/05/2012 7 6 - -
I Used To Love John McCain
Please bear with me here. I think it might have been 1975. I was like six. I recall like it was yesterday. My father was a professor at the Army War College. Fort Levenworth. I remember being told ...
webranding 11/28/2012 25 10 - -
This Is Why Cable Providers Suck
Oh you can vent here ... I have been doing the bundle thing long before it was sold to us as a bundle. Internet, cable TV, VOIP. I think close to 8 years. I buy every cable channel offered. I ...
webranding 11/27/2012 27 22 1 -
Can't You Address That Yourself?
In my life I try very hard to never force my views down the throat of other folks. I find it nice to be here cause most days people already agree with me. But I also dislike that. That if I say I am ...
webranding 11/02/2012 16 9 - -
Oh The Art Of Letter Writing
There are two interrelated stories I like to tell. I will tell them both here if you give me a few seconds. Honestly I think why I write a lot here is cause in my DNA I like to tell stories. And ...
webranding 10/31/2012 8 5 - -
Racism: This Happened To Me Today
I am a white dude. I live in a pretty small rural town. I went to have an adult beverage at this bar a few blocks from me. Honestly until tonight if you came to my town I wouldn't be proud to take ...
webranding 10/30/2012 76 34 - -
We Shouldn't Rebuilt New Orleans
In the days before Katrina hit and then for about four years I kept almost a daily blog on Hurricane Katrina. More than 1,000 posts. It was a labor of love. I am going through and mining all the ...
webranding 10/29/2012 37 13 - -
Go Figure. Woman Issues Matter To Women.
I've written here a little about my mother. 68. Lifelong Republican. Election judge. College educated and was starting what I think might have been an amazing career, as a political assistant to ...
webranding 10/22/2012 6 17 - -
Dreamland: An Amazing Documentary You Need To See
I flat love documentaries. Nova, Frontline, and Independent Lens on PBS are all recorded in my household. But honestly, but about 90% of the documentaries I watch are about war, death, poverty. ...
webranding 10/19/2012 8 12 1 -
Liveblog: Cardinals vs. Nationals
I am not remotely a superstitious person. But I live blogged the Cards in the World Series here last year, and well they won. And as a diehard Cardinals fan, I don't have an issue saying I don't ...
webranding 10/11/2012 41 2 - -
Joe Biden: Debate, Can't Wait
My father was kind of a senior level dude in the DoD back in the day. Biden used to called my father, and this isn't how things are supposed to work (insert lot of paperwork). A sitting Senator ...
webranding 10/10/2012 9 15 - 135
My Grandfather Was An Abortion Doctor
Here is what he looked like: I think this pic was taken in 1989, around his 50th year of service. In his office. His last. I share a name with him. I am a III. I go home to his town, where my ...
webranding 10/09/2012 15 37 - 147
I Am A Nurse, Not A Solider She Said
Bill Moyers post today got me thinking about something I've never really talked about. I moved from DC back to Southern Illinois, where I grew up, not long after 9/11 and our invasion of ...
webranding 10/09/2012 10 12 - 76
Things Could Be "Cooler" Where You Live
In the many years I've been here I've written this Diary multiple times in multiple ways. The reason? I think it is important people know what is possible. I read here and elsewhere about the ...
webranding 10/05/2012 28 15 1 127
Stupid Question: Eye Sight
I am 43. I have 20/20 vision as my last time getting tested about 1.5 years ago. I got no vision issues, outside of what I will explain here. I tend to sit in front of a monitor 12+ hours a day. ...
webranding 10/05/2012 46 4 - 173
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