Archives for August 2012

What the Ralph Nader is wrong with you?

I loved this picture! It gave me hope that not all of the Republican Party has departed on a one way trip to Teabaggistan! It was posted on a friend’s Facebook page. (One of my real friends whom I have known for years, not the Facebook non-equivalent.) Why did I have to go and read a comment someone wrote about it?… [Read more]

Rantings and Ravings of An Incurable Misanthrope

Maybe it’s just sleep deprivation, hunger pangs, and the stress of an impending eviction talking, but I think I’ve lost all faith in humanity. Not that this is anything new for me; in fact, it’s pretty much been my default state for as long as I can remember, a hellhound on my trail, my very own personal dark cloud following me everywhere I go, raining misanthropy down on my head in an unending torrent.… [Read more]

The Republicans, The Protestant Ethic and the Poor

The Republican attack machine has been in full force this election season and their number one target is Barack Obama, but pulling a close second are poor people. The GOP has been attacking poor people for some time now in their policies but now the poor are attacked almost daily by their rhetoric. Wednesday at the Republican National Convention, GOP operatives hammered the President and the poor relentlessly.… [Read more]

The Circus Under the G.O.P. Big Top

“On second thought, let’s not go to Camelot. ‘Tis a silly place.”

– Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Although threatened by an obviously socialist Tropical Storm Isaac, the only things the storm actually did to Tampa were to wash everyone’s cars for free and ease “Amateur Wet T-shirt Contests” at local strip joints.

The Republican Party platform, in a sop to miffed Teavangelistas, included reproductive freedoms probably ghost written by the freshly purged Rep.… [Read more]

What do Obama and the Japanese Mafia Have in Common? Not Much.

Americans love a good crime drama. Whether from books, movies, or the news, we always find ourselves enthralled with the details, on the edge of our seats. I’m guilty of this, too, I admit. We like this genre so much that it’s even begun to colour our presidential election coverage.

Me? A gangster? Fuggetaboutit!

The Japanese mafia, commonly referred to as the Yakuza, is a popular feature in our movies, recognizable for their gun-toting bravado, body covering tattoos, and severed fingers.… [Read more]

Fire Pig Versus Kindergarten

They tell me Gavin’s prematurity was due to my preeclampsia, but frankly, I think he was simply impatient to get here and get moving.  He is, according to Chinese astrology, a Fire Pig, after all. I remember hearing NICU nurses argue playfully amongst themselves, each accusing the other of moving our two and a half pound son in the isolette; we were all shocked when we discovered, three days after he was born, he was flipping over by himself.… [Read more]

Ann Romney, You Really Didn’t Build That

I listened to Ann Romney’s speech at the RNC – her “I am woman, hear me roar,” her naked pandering to women with her shrill cry of desperation, her little tale of how she and Mitt were so determined to be together that they got married like many other young, unprepared couples get married, broke, struggling, a team united toward a common goal (in their case, the goal being wealthy beyond their wildest dreams on the backs of the working class).… [Read more]

So, What Do We Say to Kids About Rape?

Think about it. Since Representative Todd Akin’s epic ‘intentional rape’ gaffe, his fate remains in the hands of Missouri’s constituents and, therefore, there is a chance that he may get elected, or at least keep his current job. That is not to say he isn’t up against a whole lot; who would have thought the Republican Party could dislike one of their own more than Mitt Romney?… [Read more]

Here’s a Story of A Lovely Lady

Last night, I watched the Republican National Convention on PBS. Instead of listening to commentary by news organizations, I simply watched and listened. I went out of my way to absorb the message that was being conveyed to the American people. I know I am a difficult demographic to reach, being an educated, urban, single female trying to make it without giving excuses for how “hard things are for us gals.”  In listening to Ann Romney’s message to women, I know for sure that I am not the kind to whom she was speaking.… [Read more]

Are Obama’s Policies “European?” Who Cares?

In all honesty, MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews often annoys and creeps me out, but there are those valuable times when the man has a point. In a recent exchange with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Morning Joe, Preibus accused President Barack Obama of “looking to Europe for guidance” on issues like healthcare, spending, and economic stimulus.… [Read more]

Who Are the Climate Deniers?

I came across an interesting article yesterday in the Telegraph titled, “Climate change deniers ‘are either extreme free marketeers or conspiracy theorists.” Well, I read that headline with a fair degree of skepticism because it was exactly what I wanted to hear: that climate change deniers, like conspiracy theorists, aren’t quite in touch with reality.

The article was about a scientific paper titled, “NASA faked the moon landing — Therefore (Climate) Science is a Hoax: An Anatomy of the Motivated Rejection of Science,” which is due to be published in a psychology journal. … [Read more]

The Real Story of Heroin and the Middle East

Most everyone is aware that heroin is a problem in the Middle East. However, not everyone realizes that the Middle East produces more of the drug than any other place on Earth, or that the market there is run mostly by the Taliban and Al Qaeda (different organizations with similar goals who compete for these ends) — which is a major source of income for both sides.… [Read more]

An Open Letter to Timothy Cardinal Dolan

Cardinal Dolan has announced that he will be offering the closing prayer at this year’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. I decided to write him a letter.

Dear Cardinal Dolan:

You posted this tweet on your Facebook page:

St Augustine said there will be peace in the Christian heart only as long as our faith is watchful.[Read more]

Labor Unions Help Promote Democracy For All

The issue of organized labor unions will likely play a key role in the debates leading up to the November presidential election. The debate began in earnest back in June with the Wisconsin Governor recall vote. Governor Scott Walker’s victory has been seen by some observers as the start of the end for organized labor unions in the United States.… [Read more]

Julian Assange Has Nice Friends

Meritocracy is driven by an abiding faith – true progressive thinking is powered by good ideas, irrespective of their place of origin on the conventional political spectrum. Too many avowedly passionate Americans give otherwise sensible social solutions the swift heave-ho because, well… ‘they’, those rotten, lying bastards on ‘the other side’ thought of it! Not exactly consistent with the collective pursuit of excellence that elevates a society.… [Read more]

The Rapists’ Parental Rights Review Board

Rapists’ rights?

That’s correct; 31 states have laws on the books that permit rapists to have custody and visitation privileges.

Who says there’s no ‘War on Women‘?… [Read more]

Conflicting Developments in Animal Well-Being in Israel

Israel is becoming a kind of land of contradiction with respect to animal rights issues. At a time when the Israeli parliament is discussing a proposed ban on fur, scientists in a prestigious university of the country have developed a new ‘naked’ breed of chicken for slaughter, stepping out of the way of nature and humane consideration.… [Read more]

Where’s the Republican Love?

The quadrennial GOP convention is underway in Tampa, but there is a billboard  welcoming the Party of No’s delegates to a Tampa where, inconveniently, the Mayor and city council are all Democrats. The Tampa Bay Times Forum, where Republicans want to bray about the President’s stimulus and “you didn’t build that” in, was built in 1996, mostly using public funds.… [Read more]

Does Mitt Romney’s ‘Director of Social Media’ Tweet with His Authority?

Why in God’s name is Mitt Romney‘s Social Media Director, Bill Murphy, “retweeting” racist claptrap about the “inevitable black on white race war?” And how can Romney keep him on his staff?

Bill Murphy, former associate of convicted felon and creator of the Vice and Victory Agency, Ali Akbar (click here for links to multiple stories about Akbar) retweeted this piece of hate propaganda from the Pat Dollard blog.… [Read more]

Remembering Lyndon B. Johnson Amidst Today’s GOP

On this day in 1908, Lyndon Baines Johnson was born. With all of the GOP’s documented anti-democratic voter suppression efforts underway across the country, this quote from President Johnson came to mind:

A man without a vote is a man without protection.

Reading this quote, on his birthday, made me think about Johnson’s legacy and how far we as a nation have come since his presidency.… [Read more]