About Chuq

Maximus Agitatus, the Daily Agitator

Blue Collar Intellectual and Working Class Warrior and Pick-up Democrat

Hello…I am Professor Dr. Chuq…..Politics….Political Theory….Political Philosophy…..Political History….Political economy…..Political Analyst….Political Sociologist…..Economist….International analyst……..and all round awesome dude (at least in my mind)..in case you were confused….my name is Chuq and NO it is NOT Arabic….though many believe I am some hidden jihadist…..the name comes from Chuqas….means Wolf…….I served two tours in SE Asia from 1967-1970……and thanx to the GI Bill I was educated first in the States and then in England……..

First of all, Info Ink has absolutely nothing to do with Tattoos, Tats, or whatever one wants to call the body art.

Info Ink was a company I started back in the Compuserve days to provide information to the world. Since the web took off the company was not as valuable as it had been. I decided to rename my blog in memory of my old company.

Since starting this blog I have given it a few new names and have settled on Opus Libertas……basically……but we never know…I may in some future time decide it needs a new title or an update……..and viola!  The new title will be In Saner Thought…..the title of a small book of poetry I wrote in my youth…..

I am an old fart that has been doing the political thing for 40+ years. I have been a radical, convention delegate, lecturer, teacher, labor activist, political activist, researcher for a Spanish newspaper in the Middle East and a political writer. And I have yet to see this system work the way it is suppose to from the beginning.

From time to time I will be trying to help my readers understand some complicated things in politics, economics and history…..I feel the more we know the better we are as citizens and especially a voter…..

As a political philosopher I feel compelled to try and educate people on what they are experiencing in the world of politics and political thinking…there are many, many areas of study in the world of politics and most people only know of one…VOTING!

I have spent a lifetime doing what Thomas Paine told me to do,  “It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error”.

There will be many different sectors within Info Ink….Inkwell Institute, a think tank, Professor’s Classroom, my bit for political education, Daily Agitator, stuff that just pisses me off and the VOMITORIUM, my attempt to dispel political regurgitation…….there will probably be others as time goes by…..

Then there is lobotero…..the name of my group in Vietnam….basically “Wolf Men”…….

Please enjoy and look forward to hearing from my readers……

A few of my fav quotes:

“Never write a novel when a paragraph will do”  GW Watkins (my grandfather)

“Stupidity is the deliberate cultivation of Ignorance”

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”– Einstein– Kinda like voting!

“Politics is a combination of two Greek words….’Poli’, meaning people and ‘Tics’, meaning blood sucking insects”  Gore Vidal

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” Emma Goldman

“Conservatives are not necessarily stupid, but most stupid people are conservatives.”–John Stuart Mill

“There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.”
Alexis de Tocqueville

“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” H. L. Mencken

By hook or by crook, you must find ways to revolutionize the information flow and in turn people’s understanding of the world.

The revolutionary intellectual changes public opinion by changing the way citizens view themselves

I welcome any and all comments……and if my reader has an idea for the blog…please feel free to let me know……I am open to anything that will assist people in understanding what is happening in their little slice of America……..I will answer all question that I can and will only resort to blocking those morons that feel they must be insulting…to my thinking, if you answer to a problem is insulting people that do not agree with you, then you have already lost the debate……..

Let the fun begin!

54 thoughts on “About Chuq

  1. Notionally compulsory voting is a requisite of democracy.
    Universal ballot papers marked in an unambiguous fashion is another requisite of democracy.
    Poorly-marked/indistinguishable votes are counted as informal.
    ‘First past the post’ SUCKS. Every counted round must be fully counted. Proportional representation should conform to all previous statements.

    Lord deliver me from the realities my tv brings

  2. My name is Michael and I’m a fellow WordPress.com blogger.

    A week or so ago, while doing some random searching across the web, I came across a blog on Blogger.com – I also discovered that the author had “re-posted” one of my fiancee’s poems without permission and was trying to pass it off as his own writing.

    After doing some additional checking, I discovered that almost all of the written content on that site had been “cut and pasted” verbatim from WordPress bloggers. Your post: “2009 Anal-Ocity” was one of them.

    I don’t know if you gave permission for that person to “re-post” your writing, but in the event that you did not, I wanted to make you aware of the situation.

    You can see the “re-post” at: http://peeling-back-layers.blogspot.com/2009/01/2009-anal-ocity.html

    Also – I have been providing folks with two Google email addresses (Google owns Blogger) where they can file a complaint about this person. The email addresses are:



    In addition, WordPress has a “fill-in” form you can use to let them know that someone else has stolen your content. The link to that form is:


    If you do file a complaint, be sure to include the direct URL to your post as well as the URL to the location is has been reposted.

    Best Regards,

    – michael -

    1. Morning Michael and I do appreciate you have my back on this situation….I do not mind someone using my stuff but on this occassion my gives the “Assie” award every year for the most anal statement made by a person in the news. I will be checking into this…thanx so much for your help.

  3. Lobotero:

    Appreciate your LINKING to our site, but you do not have permission to republish wholesale our stories from sunherald.com, nor do you have permission to reprint or link to them without proper credit. I noticed there were some credits, but one of our reporters saw her story posted without credit to her or the Sun Herald. I’m sure it’s an oversight, but please make sure the Sun Herald is credited and ONLY use first graph and a link.

    We appreciate the links, but this is OUR content, after all.

    Thanks for your attention to this. Did not want to do this in a post, but saw no e-mail address to do this personally.

  4. Kate:

    Since I suspect that Lobotero (a man I tend to disagree with on occasions, but admire greatly) is probably too much of a gentleman to say it…

    Credit where it’s due? OF COURSE! But tight-assed attitudes and pedantic dictates about exactly how much can and cannot be used? Screw you!

    Surely you should just be flattered that anyone wants to quote (NOT plagiarise!) work from your two-bit publication.

    The whole world in general and the US in particular is headed at break-neck speed to go down the tubes at any moment and you’re concerned about a probably inadvertently omitted link or a few more words used than you’d ideally like?

    Get this, lady! NO ONE throughout the civilised world is likely to want to read your newspaper – except for proportion of US citizens and they make up a very small part of humanity. If your words travel across the world because of a man like the writer of this blog, whether he agrees with you or not, then just be thankful. You should be paying him for the publicity.

    That’s MY opinion which, although worth little, has the same value as yours. :evil:

    PS: Lobotero – feel free to delete this if you prefer not to have it said. I will quite understand :)

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  6. I like your style. It looks like we see the same problems with the world. (I’d probably want to keep my nipples though.)

  7. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my honey whole wheat bread. I hope you try it out sometime. Baking homemade bread from scratch can be quite an endeavor if you’re not used to doing it, but it is so soft and wonderful tasting.

  8. Lobotero,

    I’ve decided to close down Sibboleth Nation. I’ve created a new blog with Blogger. The address is http://tocmuse.blogspot.com for the present. Eventually, I’ll have a custom domain name.

    The reason I’m leaving WordPress is because I want to go in a different direction. My WordPress blog is littered with angry tirades from both me and vistors, and I want to move beyond that and have an honest discussion on the issues.

    I chose Blogger over WordPress because Blogger allows me more flexibility. I have your blog linked on my new blog, of course. And I will still be commenting over here, but likely on an OpenID name. I just wanted to make you aware of the change.

    Sibboleth Nation will still be open for a few days because I need to retrieve some old posts that I don’t want to recreate. Mostly, my posts regarding abortion. I have far too much information in those posts that I don’t want to recreate.

    I just wanted to make you aware of the change. And don’t worry, I’ll still be on this blog giving you hell. :-)

    1. Terrance, sorry to see you leave the WP family…..but I understand and I will visit your new blog as often as I can……good luck with the new one and I will link to it…..thanx for all the visits….

  9. I have a question. I saw you link from the wordpress theme page. How do you get you tagline to appear underneath you site title? Mine keeps appearing to the right of it.

  10. Lobotero,

    I’m taking a siesta from the political scene. I’m getting tired of all the B.S. You were right: IT NEVER CHANGES. LOL.

    Anyway, you’ll notice I’m using my WordPress login again. I have a new blog I’m doing now on WordPress. Check it out. It’s not about politics, so don’t worry.

  11. Lobotero,

    I know you appreciate books on historical events, so I want to recommend “Killing Kennedy” by Bill O’Reilly. What a fantastic book. I finished reading it within a few hours. It’s that good.

    I know you probably don’t care for Bill O’Reilly too much, but regardless of his personality, he’s a fantastic writer and the book is well-worth checking out.

    As someone who doesn’t believe Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, I was worried that “Killing Kennedy” would be yet more “official story” propaganda, but it wasn’t. It tells the story as if Oswald shot Kennedy, of course, but it points out some inconsistencies and oddities with the official story, and O’Reilly flat-out states that whether Oswald acted alone or was a patsy will probably never be known. He doesn’t try to refute any of the conspiracy theories floating around, not even the wild ones.

    It’s mainly a dossier on Kennedy’s short presidency – and it’s fair. It describes how, at first, Kennedy was an indecisive leader, having come from a family with such a powerful patriarch. But then it describes how Kennedy grows into a strong, intelligent, pragmatic leader that truly cared about the country. And the book states that, after Kennedy was killed, the country took a turn for the worst. It’s a good book. Everyone from Democrats to Republicans will like it.

    1. Thanx Terrance….I will check it out soon….right now I am doing massive research in the years between 1787 and 1820……thanx for the recommendation….

  12. Wow, awesome blog layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is excellent, as well as the content!. Thanks For Your article about About | In Saner Thought .

  13. Hey Lobotero, I have a question for you but didn’t want it to taken wrong if posted on a paticular article so I am asking it here. Have you ever read “How Do You Kill 11 Million People?: Why the Truth Matters More Than You Think” by Andy Andrews?

    If not, chek it out. I would love to hear your opinion on it. FYI, it is not a politcal book and it will only take you about an hour or so to read.

  14. I don’t see an e-mail address so I am using comments in the hope that you moderate them. I have taken the Thomas Paine Quote and made it part of my “Mission From God” statement on the front page of “American Liberal Times.” By the way, do you like the “Inuit” theme? I have checked it’s loading speed and it is phenomenally fast sometimes taking less than a second to load. That is impressive. I tried that theme once but for the time being I like the one I am using now – – Yoko. Your blog is outstanding and I often refer to it and, as you can see, I have repblogged your article about what I consider to be the rogue senators. By the way, I have put “In Saner Thought” on my blog roll and I hope you do not mind. Have a blessed day. Very truly yours, John

    1. Thanx John, and use this for anything I moderate a couple of times a day……..I like the your theme I tried it in the past but I could not decided on the photo for the header…I appreciate being on the blogroll hopefully more people will visit…..I like your take on the Paine quote…..I have also added you to my blogroll……thanx a lot John….

  15. Hi. Thanks for visting my blog, Fur Out the Closet.
    I totally agree with you and Thomas Paine ~ “It is the duty of every man, as far as his ability extends, to detect and expose delusion and error”.

    This can apply to all aspects of life.
    All the best,

  16. I like the greenish background better. I always find this much white a little jarring and it takes less time for my eyes to start glazing over. (Yeah, I AM a nitpicking pain in the ass.)

      1. Oh, the layout is fine enough. Far too many are designed for 30 word stories, wrapped around pictures, videos and bullshit in side columns as large as the actual content itself. Most websites are just FAR too busy for my liking. I likes me a nice, gentle, relaxing, website format. I’m already more than worked up enough as it is, I don’t need any help.

        But by “glazing over”, I didn’t mean “get bored”. I meant it more literally. My eyes get googly/tired after a while when there are sharp contrasts or overly bright screens. I should have been more clear.

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