Archives for August 2013

“We Got to Have Peace”…

“Through our voice, the world knows, we have no choice…” ~ Curtis Mayfield

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick feels appropriate given the global political climate. Whether it’s Syria, Russia or Iran on the international front, all the people know is that we are moving more and more away from a place of peace.

Isn’t there another way?… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: If Obama says he wants to invade Syria, will the GOP be against it, just because?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

I am havink many bells, I even haff one that vhen you ring it, it causink countries to divide themselves bitterly along religiousky lines and gatherink up eye-pokink sticks, yes?  If I can find it again, wherever it has gotten off to, should I send it to President Obama? If he rings it while asking “Who vants to invadink Syria with me, da?” will world peace break out as Republicans prepare to do anything and everything to stop his Socialist plot to try and save some Syrian lives no matter how many Syrians might actually not be helped or killed in the process?  … [Read more]

Retirement Saving: Steps for the Sandwich Generation

Maybe you’re one of those people who has two major responsibilities right now – your kids and your aging parents. Of course, your folks can probably depend on Social Security and their personal retirement funds for a little while longer, but your children are wholly defenseless. At the same time, you have to start seriously considering your own future savings.… [Read more]

The Big Benefits of Social Media For Women

While women have made huge strides in gender equality and perceptions, some stereotypes have  come back to haunt us again in revised forms. According to one especially reductive “Mars and Venus” formula, men use Facebook and LinkedIn to increase serious opportunities, as well as for purely social functions, while for women such media are just a way to share cheesecake recipes and coo over baby pictures.… [Read more]

In Books: “Lost in Bachmannistan”

E-Book Review: Bachmannistan: Behind the Lines by Peter Waldron and John Gilmore, Amazon, 2013.

If Star Wars director George Lucas made this part of the Jedi vs Empire serial, it might be called Star Wars VIII: The Teavangelicals Strike Back. Finally, an out of this world comedy without Mel Brooks.… [Read more]

One Step Forward For Mental Health, We Hope

Almost as soon as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed in to law a ban on gay to straight conversion therapy for children under the age of 18 in his state, the conservative lobbyists flew in to action. Spearheading the movement behind their unfounded complaints is a group known as Liberty Counsel. This organization has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Camden, N.J.… [Read more]

Peace Activist Frank Romano Invites All to the Interfaith Freedom March, September 16th

You are welcome to participate in The Interfaith Freedom March on Monday, September 16th 2013. The group will set out at 1:30 pm at the Main Square, Abu Baker Street, Jenin, West Bank, Middle East.… [Read more]

The time is right to continue the strikes

Fast Food Forward, the group that organised protests in New York City, stated “No one can survive on $7.25 (per hour).” They’re correct — especially when one takes the cost of living in a large metropolitan area into consideration.

Across the country a couple of weeks ago, protesters gathered outside a host of fast-food restaurants to take part in a one day strike that called for higher wages for fast food workers.… [Read more]

On this day in 1963: 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

It has been 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his historic “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial. All of the preparation leading up to the march for jobs and freedom, and Dr. King’s speech, mark a pivotal period in time that changed the nation’s course.

Today, at 11:00 am ET, a ceremony begins honouring the day.… [Read more]

College Tuition Costs and You

Politics has its hands in everything. It even affects college and who attends and who doesn’t. Schools are inherently biased about who they will and will not accept as admissions is a selectivity game. As a result, prospective college students often feel as though they must throw everything noteworthy about themselves in their applications and, still, there is a possibility that they won’t be admitted to their higher education institution of choice.… [Read more]

Women’s Equality Day: The 19th Amendment and the right to vote

On Aug. 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees American women’s right to vote, was certified by Secretary of State Bainbridge Colby. Ratification and certification of this amendment meant that United States citizen could not be denied the right to vote on the basis of gender. This amendment was a long time in the making; it was first introduced in 1878 by Susan B.… [Read more]

Laws Cool: Shorten the Paper Chase?

The nice part of being a second-term President is you never have to worry about being elected again. The tired, lame refrains of the birthers and impeachers aside, a bulletproof President Obama is using part of his second term to lead in reducing the staggering cost of a law school education. Enter the bully pulpit.

We’re not talking about Texas Gov.… [Read more]

Conservative ‘Idiocracy’

The other day, a guy I know was complaining about the Obamas going on yet another vacation. When I told him that both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush spent much more time on holiday during the comparable  5-year period in office than President Obama, he told me I must be wrong. I proceeded to show him a graphic indicating the actual number of days George W.… [Read more]

The Anniversary Lives On… #MarchOnWashington

History. It’s interesting to watch events through their original lens — in their time and in context.

The “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom,” as it was originally called, was one of the largest political rallies for civil, economic and human rights in United States history. It took place on August 28, 1963, in Washington, D.C., and ended up being a pivotal event in this nation’s history.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: Should PFC Bradley Manning have received 35 years in jail or a medal?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Should PFC Bradley Manning have received 35 years in jail or a medal?

Regards, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Tunguska Hollow, Cloud Heaven… [Read more]

Crises In Comparison: Deepwater Horizon and Fukushima Daiichi

Tokyo Electric Power Company, the parent company of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, admitted this week that they have been unable to halt the damage done to the plant by the disaster in 2011 and are currently unable to control the leakage of contaminated waste water into the ocean. The announcement comes after more than two years of denial and inept handling of the disaster and the necessary recovery and repair that should have followed.… [Read more]

The Bilderberg Group Revealed: Power of Global Elites

The world may not be run by politicians, but rather by a select group of wealthy and powerful individuals who meet in quasi-secret. Are you aware that a little known society meets every year to make decisions on economic and energy policy, social policy and even an individual country’s foreign policy — decisions that affect everyone?… [Read more]

Intelligence and Manning

“Intelligence saves blood and treasure.” William J. Casey, former CIA Director.

Army Private FIrst Class Bradley Manning is a bad joke. Unfortunately, the joke is on him.

A long time ago, I was a serving naval officer, and subject to the same non-disclosure restraints as Manning was convicted of violating.

Technology has changed how information is collected, analyzed, promulgated, and stolen. … [Read more]

Department of Justice Suing Texas over Voting Rights

Well, well, well…look here, y’all!. The Justice Department is fired up and ready to go. Breaking news is that the Justice Department has officially announced that it will file suit against the state of Texas, the Texas Secretary of State, and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety over the State’s strict voter photo identification law (SB 14).… [Read more]

Higher Education Bus Tour

Today is a big day in the world of higher education; during a bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania, President Obama will be revealing a broad plan for rating colleges based, among other factors, on the affordability of the institution. After seeing the cost of a college education far outpace inflation — and costs more than triple over the past three decades, the President’s goal is to link the affordability rating to federal financial aid awards.… [Read more]