Archives for February 2012

Ron Paul – A Biopsy, Part I

I ran into some surprising arguments with two of my friends after my last post on Ron Paul.  It was rather shocking to see support for this monster from two of my acquaintances.

I had no idea Ron Paul has managed to fool even sensible people. Apparently, he has managed some success with hiding his true agenda since one of those friends is exactly the type that Ron Paul hates:  Indian immigrant (read non-White) and a software professional (read urban).… [Read more]

No Free Speech In School

A high school Biology class is learning about genetics and cell research.  The class has already covered the memorization parts about terms and procedures, and have done punnett squares and other problems to be able to apply their new knowledge.

Their teacher has now had them read articles about bioethics in regard to patient consent in “donating” cells. … [Read more]

R or D?

R” or “D“?

After all of the primaries, debates and caucuses are over, in November the nation’s registered voters will pull a lever or toss their vote away if it’s via Diebold machines and it comes down to this: vote Republican or vote Democrat.

Much of the time, I don’t care for categories and classifications because, while they have practical applications, they often don’t take nuances into consideration.… [Read more]

Sexual Exploitation in Pakistani Universities – Students’ Perspective

Sexual harassment of female students and women workers are increasingly being reported from different public sector universities in Pakistan. After the controversy of sexual harassment of females in the University of Peshawar, more such reputed institutions made news for similar cases, including the latest scandal of rape and exploitation at the International Islamic University of Islamabad.… [Read more]

It’s A Wrap – Week In Review February 19, 2012

The Twitter feeds have been very active; so much has happened. Two things have dominated the news this week: the religious wrongs right’s imposition of their values on the rest of us (so much for religious freedom, huh?), and extensive coverage of Whitney Houston‘s life and legacy. For the latter, a wonderful tribute celebrating her life and impact she on the world of music made so many of us reflect on her talent.… [Read more]

The Power of Equality

Wow…just wow. More of the same; no surprise there. What a banner week: Governor Chris Christie vetoed a Marriage Equality bill. The GOP decided to keep ovaries in their crosshairs — after all, women aren’t ‘equal’ enough to know what to do with their own bodies, right?

Keep in mind…we vote — and we believe in the power of equality.… [Read more]

Could You Live Without TV?

Isolation.  Uninformed.  Amish. Boring.

These are just a couple of the words my high school students came up with this week when I asked them what they would think of a teenager who told them his/her family doesn’t own or watch TV.

None of them could fathom that such a thing exists even though many admitted they don’t watch the TVs they have that often.… [Read more]

I SEVERELY Want To Be Free of Religion

Freedom of Religion has been on the minds of many a GOPer of late. Republicans have been yelling and screaming that Catholicism is under full-fledged assault from President Barack Obama and Nicki Minaj; they might have a real beef with the latter of the two. According to Mike Huckabee’s battle cry, CPAC might as well have stood for Conservative People Are Catholic.… [Read more]

News We Could Use

Despite being a writer for a news website and despite its headquarters being just a 15-minute bus ride from my house, I was unaware of one the world’s most important news sources until recently. It’s called Voice of America, and it broadcasts globally via radio, television and internet in 45 languages. When I found out that they give guided tours of their studio, I jumped at the chance to attend one.… [Read more]

“Oh, you’n know me now?!” – Mitt Romney

He didn’t really say that, of course.  But imagine if he did!

In light of happenings this week, I feel it necessary to poke fun at Republicans‘ reluctant love affair with Mitt Romney, while also paying homage to the late, very great Ms. Whitney Houston.

That brings me to 2 things:

Dance with the one that brung ya…

Except in Mitt Romney‘s case.  … [Read more]

American Politics: Political Myopia At Its Best

Turn on the television, read the Twitter stream, and listen to the firestorm erupting from political debates. Republican candidates are focused on topics such as birth control and the definition of marriage. Mud is being slung and fingers are figuratively being jabbed at each other’s chests. Each is claiming he will be the savior for this great nation.… [Read more]

Normalizing Mormon or Marketing Mitt?

When Mitt Romney announced his second run for President in June 2011, he began his announcement speech in a seemingly innocuous way. He briefly mentioned the diversity of the crowd gathered to listen to him. Pointing out retirees, college students, couples, a single mom and people of “different backgrounds,” he seemed pleased with the turnout. He did not, however, make any connection as to why people of “differing backgrounds” would be gathering other than to participate in the democratic process of electing a new president.… [Read more]

Mountaintop Removal: A Dirty History Repeats Itself

The monster of mountaintop removal* is once again rearing its ugly head. The aptly named Arch Coal may be about to blow the top off of historic Blair Mountain – the 1921 site of the largest civil uprising after the Civil War, a battle between coal miners and coal operators. Needless to say, there are a lot of people upset.… [Read more]

Gay Marriage and Klondike Bars

Golly gee, Wilbur.  I can’t stand it no more…

Last week, while wasting away in the middle of the flu epidemic that rivaled the deadly virus in Contagion, I came across a post about the lovely and talented Ellen Degeneres.  If you have been frothing out of your mouth like those infected in the aforementioned film, you might have been too busy to hear the news. … [Read more]

Pill Popping

With all of the recent talk about contraceptive pills and the persistent issue of men attempting to control women’s bodies my thoughts were directed to our access to pills in general. In this country, there’s a pill for just about everything. Years ago if someone felt sick, experienced an emotional setback or needed a little motivation, s/he would call a friend to chat, maybe go out for a drink, get a little kick in the rear-end and/or simply get moving.… [Read more]

What To Get Your GOP Crush For Valentine’s Day

So it’s Valentine’s Day, and even though you totally decided last week that you LOURVEE [GOP primary candidate] and totally want to go steady with him, you just were too busy and forgot to get the Valentine’s chocolates/card/Super PAC you meant to. Now all you can imagine is him sitting at home alone chugging caviar-covered Haagen Daaz (or whatever rich people eat), sobbing bitterly and ruminating on those sad, sad Elementary years when Joanie McAmerica would pass them by for the older, cooler candidates.… [Read more]

The United States Immigration Process: Neither Friendly Nor Easy

In 2009, my friend Malissa went to El Salvador with the Peace corps. While there, something unexpected happened; she fell in love.  In December of 2009, she was sent home early because of illnesses.  For the next two years, she and her now husband, Roberto filled out countless forms, invested hundreds of dollars and waited for him to be granted residency.… [Read more]

It’s A Wrap – Week In Review February 12, 2012

This week ended with the passing of an icon, music legend Whitney Houston. At 48 years of age, the amazingly talented Ms. Houston leaves behind a legacy filled with publicly documented personal ups and downs — but history books won’t soon forget the impact she had on the music industry and song stylists everywhere; she touched the hearts of millions of people around the world and her voice will live on forever.… [Read more]

THE Voice…In Memoriam, Whitney Houston

May Whitney Houston, THE Voice, rest in peace.

She was one of the greatest singers and song stylists of all time….and she will forever be missed.… [Read more]

I Don’t Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing…

…Open up the door, I’ll get it myself.  Class warfare?  Indeed… But not in the way it has been portrayed by the masters of spin. It’s about equity, equality, opportunities and a level playing field.

I don’t want nobody to give me nothing.

Open up the door…I’ll get it myself.

     ~ James Brown[Read more]