Pack Up And Go

Hermans Chicks

More media distractions…I think that’s all we’re going to get for at least the next several days. The United States has plenty to deal with; we have still high unemployment levels, beaten/pepper sprayed protestors, troops who are scheduled to return from Afghanistan — and yet our biggest news headliner is Herman Cain and his ever growing bevy of accusers.… [Read more]

Laugh Now, Cry Later

Laugh Now Cry Later

I read many news sites and it’s becoming all too common to see posts in which people say that the Republicans are “funny”.  I know they’re saying that if the right wing sincerely believes that this current lineup of presidential candidates represents their ‘best in class‘, then they must be kidding and they must be quite high.… [Read more]

Goodbye Herman Cain, I Shall Miss You!

Herman

Your 15 minutes of political fame as the black guy who almost became the anything-but-Romney-choice for the Tea Party are just about up.  It has been a bizarre horse race up until now — but I’m pretty sure Herman Cain, while still in the race for the Tea Party-backed nomination (hereafter referred to as TeaPublican), is not going to remain a top contender.… [Read more]

Do You Really Want A Revolution?

Beatles Revolution

Revolution is defined as follows:

rev·o·lu·tion

   [rev-uh-loo-shuhn]

1.  an overthrow or repudiation and the thorough replacement of an established government or political system by the people governed.

2.  Sociology. A radical and pervasive change in society and the social structure, especially one made suddenly and often accompanied by violence.

3.  A sudden, complete or marked change in something.… [Read more]

And Now, For A Movie Break…

Secret of Oz

If you happen to have two hours to spare and feel like you want to spend that time being informed, amazed and maybe even appalled, watch ‘The Secret of Oz‘, winner of the 2010 best documentary award.  Here’s the desciption from IMDB.com:

“What’s going on with the world’s economy? Foreclosures are everywhere, unemployment is skyrocketing – and this may only be the beginning.… [Read more]

The Real War

War on Women

The last two episodes of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” that I saw really got to me. Both started with rapes – one particularly violent and disturbing because it took place in a mental hospital.

Maybe I’ve lost my spine because, lately, I’m having trouble looking at such things — and that means I can’t tolerate a lot of television these days.… [Read more]

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving

From Wikipedia:  Thanksgiving or Thanksgiving Day, is a holiday celebrated in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November. It has officially been an annual tradition since 1863, when during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on Thursday, November 26. As a federal and popular holiday in the U.S., Thanksgiving is one of the major holidays of the year.… [Read more]

Three Sides To Every Story…

Mitt Romney

..and all of them belong to Mitt Romney.  The old adage goes “There’s one side, the other and the truth”.  I’ve been watching the GOP debates HAHAHAHAHA!!! and the subsequent clown show media coverage that surrounds the activities that take place away from the debate podium.  My immediate thought is that the pre-election process in this country goes on WAAAAAYYYY too long.  … [Read more]

Taxpayer Funded Benefits For Congress

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Taxpayer-funded benefits for members of Congress is a topic I have been bitching complaining about for ages. It’s a point of contention for me that the people who sit as the supreme overlords rulers over the rest of us are able to collect substantial benefits funded by taxpayers especially since they don’t do much to earn them – the same benefits that they seem to think the rest of us are not “entitled” to.… [Read more]

The Not-So-Super Committee

united-states-capitol-building

Who came up with this dumb-arse idea? A committee evenly comprised of Democrats and Republicans to do the dirty work of finding over $1 trillion in savings within the federal budget and reduction to the nation’s debt. Really?

I’m sure some of you are wondering if I’m saying that it’s wrong to find ways to save money in the budget; that is not what I’m saying.… [Read more]

I Don’t Know _ _ _ _ About Politics!

NoPolitics

That is the truth. I’d like to pretend that I know what is occurring in the world around me, but I really don’t. Recently I got into an argument with a close friend about how oblivious I appear to be with regard to what is going on in the world around me.  In her opinion, I should be more concerned about current politics. … [Read more]

Tit for Tat

Tit for Tat

Tit for Tat is an old expression that means repayment in kind, retaliation, as in for an injury.  Tit for tat takes place when one side of a disagreement believes the other side has done something that is worthy of punishment. Retaliation takes place in order to balance the scales. Those of us who have been paying attention to the news see this kind of thing all the time; for example, if the Republicans get a ‘win’ which seems to happen WAY too much for my liking the Democrats will find a way to extract some repayment in the form of legislation that is important to the left.… [Read more]

The Simple Life

Ireland

In researching my family history recently I discovered a few amazing facts. My maternal grandmother, Bridie Barry Sullivan, grew up on a remote isle off the cost of southern County Kerry, Ireland. Every day she and her family would catch fresh fish and would take a small boat into the shores of Chirseveen, Ireland for school times.… [Read more]

What Will Be Our Healthcare Legacy?

Healthcare Pay

I was born in a country in which the government provides health care for its citizens. The nationalised system in the United Kingdom is not perfect; many people complain about it but, for the most part, people seem comfortable with the idea that their taxes go towards ensuring that nobody will lose a lifetime of savings due to illness.… [Read more]

Un-Occupied?

OWS

So, what’s the news today?  Let me check.  Hmm…OK, here’s an evolving story:  The New York City Police Department raided the Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park.  Based on the comments I’m reading, I get the impression that some people are surprised.  Really?  Why?  Didn’t they see something like this happening after it was announced weeks ago that Zuccotti Park needed a clean up?  … [Read more]

Wrapped Up

Tea Bag

For today’s Say It In Song post, we thought we’d ask a question:  Don’t the American people deserve to have political parties that represent a broad set of interests rather than just those of a tiny (but obnoxiously loud) band of hate mongers who pretend to care about the debt but said nothing the entire 8 years George Dubbya was in office constituents?  … [Read more]

It’s Not Going Away

WPClipArt.com - Nurse

Just because something isn’t discussed much anymore does not mean that it is no longer a problem.  HIV/AIDS has not disappeared and, in fact, segments of some communities are experiencing an increase in the rate of escalation.

There has been much discussion about, and lots of opposition to, proposed reforms to the nation’s health care system. … [Read more]

Revolution – A Song for the 99%

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Tracy Chapman said/sang it best:

“Poor people gonna rise up, and get their share…

Poor people gonna rise up, and take what’s theirs.”

 

 

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I can’t think of a song that is more appropriate to express the frustration felt by the 99%!

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Talking ‘Bout A Revolution, single from the album called Tracy Chapman, released in 1988.… [Read more]

Chicago’s South Side Self Identity

South Side

Something unique about growing up on Chicago’s south side was all the amazing people I met.  From teachers to friends and family, I learned valuable lessons of trust, camaraderie and fairness.

The lessons that I learned then resonate now.  What’s strange to me today when I look back is how if I met half these role models today on the street or in social circumstances that we’d have very little in common.  … [Read more]

The Safe Box

Box

In America and many other parts of the world, for every race there is a box.  In most cases you either fit in a box or you are an ‘other‘. People feel a certain level of comfort when they can’t figure out which box you should be placed into.  One would think it would make them uncomfortable, but they often assume that if you don’t have a marked box, how can you be offended by being incorrectly categorized?… [Read more]