Archives for July 2012

“Eat Mor Chikin” – Nah, I’m good.

My Beef with Chick-fil-A

Today is my early day.  Ideally, I’d go home to drop off my things, and head to the Chick-fil-A on Exit 13 – it’s my favorite location. The nuggets there are always fresh, waffle fries are always crisp, and when I order a ‘half and half, more tea than lemonade,’ they make it perfectly every time.  … [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part 3

Today, in the third and final segment of this series, we will explore the political side of female rights.

When people are questioned about the role of women in our world and in politics, a typical response such as this can be expected:

“Women have made a lot of progress in the world. Treatment of women, today, is far better than it was in earlier times, even as recent as a decade ago.… [Read more]

The Mittwit Abroad

Well no, Mitt Romney didn’t actually say to Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, “Ben, What’s it like living where our Lord Jesus Christ, was born?”

But he did manage to insult buckets of people at the Olympics and, of course, there is still time!  What should have been an easy diplomatic romp in our best ally and friend’s country, Great Britain, was riddled with gaffes, blunders and faux pas. … [Read more]

Republicans: A Profile Of The Classic Abuser

Note: Julie Driscoll’s article was originally published in August, 2011 on Examiner.com, re-published on AddictingInfo.org. 

As a former victim of domestic violence, in another lifetime, I learned a lot about the abusive personality. When it was over, and I was out, I became a domestic violence hotline counselor. The classes I took to train me for this job taught me two things.… [Read more]

If You Could Hie to Kolob…

(FIRST IN A SERIES)

(Note: This is not meant to be a hit piece against Mitt Romney, his beliefs or anyone who believes in the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  As we recall how President Obama’s faith was thoroughly examined, scrutinized and, in many cases, lied about, we feel it’s only fair to give the reader a good look at the religion Mitt Romney claims as his own.[Read more]

Make Mine a Chick-fil-A!

Chick-fil-A, eh?

Detached amusement is a handy emotional default position for us Canadians who enjoy our southerly view of America, the land of perpetual social folly. When Sarah Palin was au current, we had the welcome addition of reality television show hilarity from the northwestern Alaska frontier, but in 2012 the really good stuff is all below the 49th.… [Read more]

Islamist Proselytism and Policy of Haunting the ‘Captives’

The recent on-air conversion of a young Hindu man to Islam on a private TV channel in Pakistan has again stripped the clerical segment of Pakistani society of the hypocrisy it has been blasted for numerous times already. Besides making it an item of public entertainment, the incident defines the level of bigotry a TV channel would indulge in so as to win applause from the fundamentalist mindset.… [Read more]

July 29, 2012…Ending the Week

We began the week with that horrible deja vu feeling; first we said, “Enough is enough” with the Aurora, Colorado shootings, and then we ended up questioning whether we are asking the right questions. Do we ever know what really is in or out of our control when we look at the aftermath of violence, whether the episodes take place domestically or overseas?… [Read more]

Fat! The Final Frontier.

I’ve done lots and lots of cartoons about being fat. And since I’ve been doing them, millions more people have become fat. So I’m not as fat as I used to be, relatively, because now I’m not the only one in a class picture who stands out. Now I have lots and lots of company, and some things about being fat have changed.… [Read more]

Mitt: Shaddup You Face!

Oh, Mitt…you twit! You’re a walking and talking disaster! We think this song’s title is appropriate for you.

OK, so you won’t show us your tax returns, but would you mind, at least while you’re across the pond, showing us your diplomatic skills? The U.S. counts Australia and the United Kingdom among its allies; you are REALLY not helping our image — and if you’re not diplomatic with our friends, how can you be trusted among those who are not in our corner?… [Read more]

KTV: China’s Nightlife

If you are going to travel to China you need to know about the Chinese entertainment that is available to you. Although the larger cities have bars and dance clubs like most cities in the United States, the smaller cities lack this type of nightlife. However, one type of nightlife is a must in every city and town in China and on almost every corner it is KTV, better known to us as Karaoke TV.… [Read more]

Aftermath

It is less than a week after the shooting in Aurora, Colorado; the first victims are being buried, some wounded are leaving hospitals and gun sales are up over 40% since the murders. It seems, since this was such a high profile shooting, some people feel this will cause the Obama administration and other politicians go after their guns and since time maybe running out on their free access to weapons of mass destruction they are buying as many guns as they can.… [Read more]

Out of Our (Gun) Control

In the aftermath of the Colorado movie theatre shooting, the gun control debate is in full swing, and it’s been a typically predictable battle of wills. Proponents of the Second Amendment are sticking with the “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” party line, and opponents are insisting that fewer guns would lead to fewer lives lost.… [Read more]

Asking the Right Questions

“…All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you better run, better run, out run my gun! All the other kids with the pumped up kicks you better run, better run, faster than my bullet” -“Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People

According to Mark Foster, the writer of ‘Pumped Up Kicks, the song is “about a kid that basically is losing his mind and plotting revenge.… [Read more]

HIV/AIDS Prevention: Back to the Basics for Japan?

Image source: http://www.nationalhivawarenessmonth.org/

Since HIV/AIDS hit the surface of public consciousness in the 1980s, it has been frequently discussed and impressed upon the psyche of more than a generation’s worth of young people worldwide. As a member of this 1980s generation, I knew it was a problem that lurked about us, but I was at a loss for how to define or describe it.[Read more]

Poverty…Israel’s Internal Enemy

Poverty is the worst form of violence. – Mahatma Gandhi

Almost two weeks ago 57-year old Moshe Silman, a social protester from the northern city of Haifa, set himself on fire at a demonstration for social justice in Tel Aviv. Standing before a crowd of people, Silman read a letter explaining how the State of Israel had “robbed” him, poured flammable liquid over his body then set himself alight.… [Read more]

The “Christian Right” is Neither

Frank Bruni of the NY Times wrote a piece entitled, “The Divine Miss M,” a scathing dissection of Michele Bachmann’s life, a life which is the antithesis of the “Christianity” she espouses. Wrote Bruni, “. . . [S]he presents herself as a godly woman, humbly devoted to her Christian faith. I’d like to meet that god, and I’d like to understand that Christianity.”  Bruni noted Bachmann’s vendetta against Hillary Clinton’s aide, Muslim-born Huma Abedin, and Bachmann’s vengeful mission to spread dissension, lies and hatred toward Muslim Americans.  … [Read more]

Iraq? The Name Does Sound Familiar

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki, pictured here with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is often criticized for centralizing his power, warming too close to Iran, and fanning the flames of sectarian tension. But hope still remains for Iraq.

Hey remember Iraq? The mainstream media does on occasion.

It’s funny how a country which once dominated the mainstream media airways only a few years ago is barely mentioned nowadays.… [Read more]

Why Corporate Fraud Is So Rampant

There’s an interesting article on cnbc.com: Why Corporate Fraud Is So Rampant: Wall Street’s Cop by Preet Bharara, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Former hedge fund manager, billionaire Raj Rajaratnam, who was found guilty of conspiracy and securities fraud

A quick recap of the article:

… To the apparent surprise of many in the room, I observed publicly that insider trading appeared to be rampant….[Read more]

Is it LIBOR…or Lie-Bore?

Most of us don’t think about the London Inter-bank Offered Rate (LIBOR). After all, why should we, even though it impacts many of us on a daily basis? When it comes to money we don’t give thought to LIBOR because we’re more concerned about, well, getting some money in the first place and, in the second place, paying our bills.… [Read more]