About John MacMurray

John MacMurray is a retired junior high teacher from the Fullerton School District. He ran as the Democratic candidate for California's 72nd Assembly District in 2006, 2008, and the Special Election/Runoff election of 2009/2010. He is active in voter registration and candidate support in his community; and in union affairs as a member of CTA/Retired. He lives in La Habra, with Ida, his wife of 37 years.

Feeding the Hand That Bites Us

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John MacMurray: If more of us vote with our wallets, and tell the ALEC companies and the right wing actors and the banks that we’re no longer paying them to ruin our air, our water, our standard of living, and our kids’ futures or to support people who do these things—we may get some actual progress toward a better life for us all.

Fracking Causes Earthquakes?

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John MacMurray: What concerns those of us who were sitting on or near the recent 5.1 quake of March 28, 2014, or any of the 47 bazillion (by my unofficial count) pre-and-after shocks, is how big a part fracking might be playing in beating up our dwellings and frazzling our nerves, and what we might expect in the future.

Troubled Bridges and Troubled Waters

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West Virginia Oil Spill — The Brothers Koch have put out $30 million to convince us that their coal and petroleum processing doesn’t really hurt the environment.

Y’all Come Back, Now. . . Please?

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Self Deport — Make their lives so miserable that they’d run back home, wherever “home” was, just to get away.

The Big Scare on ObamaCare

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John MacMurray: The important point—actually the only point Kristol makes—is that if ObamaCare is passed, people will like it. And people will realize that Democrats gave them healthcare and the Republicans didn’t.

The AMA vs. The USA

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John MacMurray: Despite its lofty reputation, the AMA fought every major effort at health care reform over the past 80 years.

Teaching Creationism: Big Tex and T-Rex Weren’t Buddies

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John MacMurray: Faith is faith and science is science. Fervent belief or a show of hands doesn’t determine whether gravity works or not.

Lots of Wind, Lots of Thunder, No Useable Rain

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John MacMurray: The picture we are given by groups with axes to grind in a particular direction, shamefully abetted by a shallow and sycophantic media, shows immigrants massing along our southern border, poised to rush across and take jobs away from the Americans who are rightfully entitled to them.

Dragons, and Kleagles, and Kludds, Oh My!

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John MacMurray: Perhaps the public disrespect to President Obama shown by these Orange County Republicans goes deeper than mere juvenile humor, or just a sour grapes attitude over losing two Presidential elections to him.

Is a Hero Just a Sandwich to You?

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John MacMurray: And while very few communities will openly admit their disdain for these people who have no permanent place to live, many cities have no problem creatively enforcing ordinances that make being homeless far more difficult than it already is.

Back to the Future for the Catholic Church?

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John MacMurray: The Roman Catholic Church has changed greatly over its long life, and one of the points that has changed is the issue of celibacy for the Clergy. Until about the 13th century, celibacy was seen as optional.

What Would Jesus Say?

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John MacMurray: Try this for a scenario: when Cardinal Roger Mahony leaves for Rome to elect the new Pope, he may not be coming back.

Tea Partiers’ Make-Believe President

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John MacMurray: Tthe Tea Party folks don’t seem to understand that their President Obama, the one they hate for reasons that aren’t reasons, is only their “pretend” President Obama.

Obama Care vs. Don’t Care

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John MacMurrary: Tens of thousands of American families are forced into bankruptcy each year by medical bills, only to find that the Bush Administration has made it more difficult to file for bankruptcy.

Barbarians Inside Our Gates

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John MacMurray: Like their Iron Age counterparts, who tore up every vestige of Roman civilization they could find, seemingly just for the pleasure of doing it, their Tea Party descendants seem to take a perverse delight in obliterating all traces of the Middle Class America so carefully and painfully built since the New Deal.

The NRA vs. The NRA

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John MacMurray: But whatever the NRA wishes to be; however it regards itself and its place in the cosmos; some changes will have to be made in the way it does business.

When You Got ‘Em By The …

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John MacMurray: IThe picture so far shows Grover Norquist to be not much more than a well-dressed street thug. One of those people Garrison Keillor describes as “brownshirts in pin stripes.”

Women Invent a Better World

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John MacMurray: One lesson this past election taught us was that there are a lot of men in this country who seem to think that women, collectively and individually, are not very smart.

Enid, We Have a Problem

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John MacMurray: A lot of the secession folks give the impression that they haven’t thought the idea through too far. Money, for instance. Like with any new enterprise, there will be some startup costs involved, and some cash flow issues.

Plutocrats Stealing Our Government Is Nothing New

John MacMurrary: We still have gangsters like Sheldon Adelson, Bob Perry, and the Koch brothers working to steal our country. What we need is another Smedley Butler to stop them.

Growing California’s Workforce: If I Had a Hammer

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John MacMurray: With the help of the California Apprenticeship Council, there is no reason to bring these workers in from other states; we’ll grow our own.

Muslims Go Home? They Were Here First

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John MacMurrary: It would probably send their pacemakers into full afterburner if local Islamophobes like Congressmen Ed Royce and Gary Miller found out that Muslims were in America before the British; as explorers, slaves, and business owners.

Orange County GOP Big on Voter Suppression, Too

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John MacMurray: The most recent Orange County GOP office seeker to get caught red handed being underhanded was, of course, Tan Nguyen.

Operation. . . North. . .Iran?

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John Macmurrary: With the increasing and increasingly shrill volume of rhetoric about war with Iran, it might be a good time to let the White House and our elected representatives know how we feel about that.

Citizens United v FEC

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John Macmurray: The Lincoln Club, by opening up campaign contributions to individuals and groups who can give unlimited amounts of anonymous dollars, gets the undying gratitude of billionaires and large corporations.

Look, Boss, The Train

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John MacMurray: Having a regularly-scheduled high speed train service will put California’s transportation system on a par with countries like Argentina, Belgium, China, France, Morocco, South Korea, and Taiwan; all of which use a high-speed electric rail system to move their citizens and visitors around.

The Tea Party: Brought to You by Joseph Stalin

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John MacMurrary: Exactly how much the Kochs have spent to make America over into their image of a Libertarian paradise may never be known outside the company and the foundations the family controls. Current Federal tax law permits anonymous personal donations to politically active nonprofit groups. But what can be gleaned shows spending somewhat north of $200 million since the late 90s alone.

A Modest Proposal for Financing Higher Education in California

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John MacMurray: The brilliantly simple/simply brilliant solution: re-designate our Cal State and University of California campuses as prisons. Since a goodly number of the current student population regards them as such anyway, it should not be too big a stretch.

Respecting Teachers

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John MacMurray: If the goal is to improve our public education system–and there is no organization or institution that cannot be improved in some way–then the most straightforward way to accomplish this is to give the highly-trained, highly-motivated professionals in the classrooms the resources they need, and let them do the job they were hired for.

The First Black President

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by John MacMurray – For most Progressives, the idea that the Republican Party got out in front of us on a major social issue is both galling, and difficult to believe.

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