Entries by dickbernard

Michael Moore, Fahrenheit 11/9

We went to Fahrenheit 11/9 this afternoon at our neighborhood theater in Woodbury. Absolutely, see it.  Likely Fahrenheit 11/9 is playing at a theater near you, and I think it is already available on-line. It nicks everyone, not the least, the 100,000,000 people who chose not to vote at all in 2016. President Obama doesn’t escape […]

To Women, Young People, People of Color

About the only thing I can urge is that women and young people and persons of color pay very close attention to the Kavanaugh hearings at the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Here are the players for the U.S. Senate (The links to their bios are all wikipedia.)  I have added the ages of the listed individuals.  […]

All is not dismal

It is easy to get mired in the ‘daily dismal’ (my words).  It is not difficult to find positive things (each of which can have their negative ‘sides’). Some thoughts, some of which invite additional reading. If you haven’t already, REGISTER to vote.  If you aren’t already, GET INFORMED ABOUT ALL THE CANDIDATES ON YOUR […]

56 Days

Today is eight weeks from Election Day.  In many places, early voting is about to begin.  Do you know who is running to represent you, or what they stand for, or what the implications of their being elected is, for you, or others in your town, your county, your state, your country? I would presume […]

Labor Day, 2018

“Home” for my entire life has been North Dakota or Minnesota.  In these precincts, “summer” is usually the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  In Minnesota, today is always the last day of the State Fair. Those who follow my “life” know that this has not been a routine “summer”.  (Yes, I did […]

John McCain, a Personal View

Today is the last hurrah for John McCain.  I won’t review what has already been on the tube, in the papers and on the internet.  Among many such weeks in the past two years, the week just passed has been an exceedingly odd one, politically. * I’m reminded today of ten years ago – September […]

Veterans for Peace National Conference, St. Paul

The Veterans for Peace National Conference is in St. Paul this week.  Here are details, including a pdf of the Program Booklet.  I’ll be there for at least the day sessions Thursday and Friday.  I’m a longtime member. Across town, in Minneapolis, this week, is the National American Legion Convention.  This year is the 100th […]

After the Primary….

This column is about the Democrat (DFL) side of the political conversation.  Doubtless there is similar discussion in the Republican universe. Today, the DFL (Democrat) Central Committee is meeting to decide how to approach the 2018 General Election in Minnesota.  Its agenda is as agendas always appear: bland and boring.  Looks can be deceiving; I […]


POSTNOTE:  I noticed, here, that three of my four statewide candidates won in yesterdays Minnesota Primary election.  There’s much to learn from the results for all candidates.  Now, more or less 80 days to the main event, Nov. 6.  More at the end of this post. * Before yesterday’s Primary I outlined what follows below.  […]

War and Peace

Today’s mail brought the first letter from Grandson Spencer, now, about three weeks into U.S. Marine Bootcamp at Camp Pendleton, California.  The contents are between he and I.  It was great to hear from him.  Next letter to him I’ll use the WWI stamps I bought this week.  The sheet headline: WORLD WAR I *TURNING […]