2011: A Blurry Year In Review

2011

This is the time of year when those ‘Year In  Review’ articles appear. The thinking behind (some of) it is that in order to move forward, we should take a look back so that we may see what what we’ve survived and examine the lessons learned along the way. Here’s a small slice of what we recall in no particular order (hey, it’s still holiday season so we’re perfectly fine with being a wee bit foggy from all that, um, holiday cheer).… [Read more]

The Hubris of Heterosexuality

We're queer. Get fucking used to it.

We're queer. Get fucking used to it.

It’s amazing what people think they can say to you.

“I mean, I don’t accept your lifestyle, but we can still be cool.”

Whatchu mean you don’t accept my lifestyle, but “we” can still be cool?   Who the fuck do you think you are?

I’ve pretty much had it with benevolent acceptance of willful ignorance.  … [Read more]

DINOs Are Not Extinct

Dino

A DINO is not a dinosaur. A DINO is a Democrat In Name Only – those who align themselves with the political left in name but, at key voting times, leave some of us wishing that they, too, were extinct. That stated, the announcement by Senator Ben Nelson, ‘Democrat’ from Nebraska, that he will not seek re-election next term may turn into an example of liberals and progressives seeing that we should be careful of what we wish for.… [Read more]

Mississippi Yearning

Earth Clean Air & Water

Many of those ‘vacation with us in the Gulf Coast‘ commercials have been airing lately. Perhaps those ads are appearing so frequently at this time of the year because many people are on a holiday break; after all, what better time to think about a prospective vacation than when currently enjoying one?

The ads are part of a big push to bring in crowds to enjoy all the Gulf Coast offers.… [Read more]

Happy Boxing Day

Boxing Day

According to Wikipedia:

“Boxing Day is traditionally a day following Christmas when wealthy people and homeowners in the United Kingdom would give a box containing a gift to their servants. Nowadays Boxing Day is better known as a bank or public holiday that occurs on December 26, or the first or second weekday after Christmas Day, depending on national or regional laws.… [Read more]

Merry Christmas!

No borders…there is no war on Christmas; it’s a day of peace, no matter what your religious (or secular) views.

*How is “Merry Christmas” said around the world?

Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden Arabic: Milad Majid Argentine: Feliz Navidad Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!… [Read more]

Rick Perry’s God Problem

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Rick Perry got me thinking the other day.  He had an encounter with a fourteen year old bisexual girl that went like this:

“This is about my faith, and I happen to think that there are a whole host of sins, homosexuality being one of them,” Perry said, adding that he himself was “a sinner” so he wouldn’t “be the first one to throw a stone”.[Read more]

Fix It!!

Fix it"This is war(fare)"! We've heard that declaration quite frequently though, in recent weeks, the rhetoric has toned down somewhat and been replaced by other nonsense spewed by the CONservative spin meisters. Despite being ratcheted down a notch, the whining and lying talking points from the right continue to focus on how the poor and middle-class have declared war against the ultra-rich. Read more...

Kim Jong-il, Rest in Pea…actually, nevermind

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I don’t know much about Kim Jong-il, except that his lil hair and glasses were hilarious…and that he seemed certifiably *off* (not quite there; not the sharpest knife in the cutlery set; not the brightest bulb in the box). The commentators called him “eccentric,” while we who have little allegiance to political correctness, called a spade a spade — dude was off.… [Read more]

Wrong!

Wrong

The latest Congressional nonsense is really no surprise. Anyone paying attention would have known that the right expects all compromises to come from the left — and unless the left compromises, there is no compromise at all. Apparently, there will be no attempts to find solutions, either. House Republicans ran away from extending, for at least a two month period until there are more concrete solutions and agreements can be made, the payroll tax cut that benefits the middle class.… [Read more]

We’re Out Of Iraq…What’s Next?

Support Our Troops

This message was sent by President Obama today:

Early this morning, the last of our troops left Iraq.

As we honor and reflect on the sacrifices that millions of men and women made for this war, I wanted to make sure you heard the news.

Bringing this war to a responsible end was a cause that sparked many Americans to get involved in the political process for the first time.… [Read more]

Panama Meets The Teabaggers

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I’m not a proud American, I didn’t do anything necessarily to be proud of. I just happened to be born within her borders, but I like it here, some places more than others however.  I am a humble American.  I am humbled by the opportunities afforded me by birthright.

And I love Maryland.  I just moved here in January and while not perfect, the state makes sense to me. … [Read more]

Retirement Planning

Nest Egg with large billsThe Democrats have a platform that says they're committed to making it easier for Americans to save for retirement on their own. What does the Republican platform say other than 'SCREW YOU, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN? Well, of course we all have to save on our own; many corporations kicked us to the curb ages ago when they decided that pension funds... Read more...

4 Things I Hate About 2012 Politics

Vote 2012

In advance of the punditry sure to bubble up and over in the next several months, I’ve gone ahead and drawn my line in the sand. What follows below are issues that will likely play a significant role in the 2012 election. I loathe them, and I thought you ought to know about it.

  • Apathy

You’re “disappointed” with politics.… [Read more]

Let’s (Not) Try This Again

Gone Crazy

It has been said that doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result is a sure sign of madness. If that’s the case, is it a sign of madness that trying to reinstate the same policies that have proven to be an abject failure means that the Republican party is comprised of batshit crazy people who simply don’t follow the lessons of history?… [Read more]

Giving Thanks To Those Who Don’t Serve

Military Spouse

With the holidays just around the corner, there is someone to whom ol’ Panama would like to give a special present. In fact, I’d like everyone to give this special person a present over the holidays. This special someone does more work, puts in more hours, sacrifices more, and receives far too little credit. You may be thinking that I’m talking about the American soldier, but I’m not.… [Read more]

The Right To Vote

Vote Button

Once again, what’s old is new again. Haven’t we as a nation been down this road before?  Why aren’t we tired of repeating the same old stuff; at this point in our nation’s history, shouldn’t we be moving forward and not looking backward to the days of dusty confederates and dirty tricks all the way up to the voting booth?… [Read more]

Martina Davis-Correia: In Memoriam

Justice

In lieu of an article, Borderless News and Views is posting this letter from Jen Marlowe, critically acclaimed writer and director, human rights activist and creator of Donkeysaddle Projects. Ms. Marlowe sent us this appeal on behalf of the family of Martina Davis-Correia, activist and sister of the late Troy Davis.

For those who may not recall, Troy Davis was executed by the State of Georgia despite glaring discrepancies in evidence in the case against him; witnesses changed their testimony — and many of his supporters worldwide noted that evidence in the case had too many doubts for Davis to be executed.… [Read more]

The Ultimate Insider’s Club

Insider Trading

Throughout its history Congress has had plenty of moments that are cringe-worthy and fully deserving of the American people’s contempt. Most of us fundamentally understand that despite the fact that Congress is elected to represent us, they are NOT us. Why do I say that? Because they are supposed to be held to a higher ethical standard but it often appears that they are not required to follow the same rules as everyone else.… [Read more]

Free Exchange of Ideas…No More?

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Like many of you, I spend a lot of time on the internet. Yes, I know it can be the ultimate time-waster but I also know that nothing like it exists in terms of access to an entire world of information at my fingertips. Like any other place from which I can gather data I always consider the source.… [Read more]