The Third Party Candidate: What Does He Make Me?

This November when Americans go to the polls to cast their vote, they will have three presidential candidates on the ballot; Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and Gary Johnson.

A few days ago Johnson, a member of the Libertarian party, was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  Like many Americans, I had no idea who Johnson was.… [Read more]

Is it Just Me Or is That Ladder Getting Taller?

What can $250 Million dollars buy?

62 islands in Belize

500- $500,000 houses

6,250 Brand New Mercedes Benz

$250 Million Cheese Burgers at McDonald’s

A financial report that was released last week said that Mitt Romney has a personal fortune of $250 million.

For President Obama to make $250 million he would have to be president for 625 years.… [Read more]

A World Without War. Is it Desirable? Is it Feasible? YES! If only we ask questions…

“In the title of my talk on a world without war, I have posed two questions: is it desirable? And, is it feasible? After the many millions of lives lost in the two World Wars of the last century, a world without war is assuredly most desirable…not only is a war-free world desirable; it is now necessary, it is essential, if humankind is to survive…humankind has acquired the technical means to destroy its own species and to accomplish this, deliberately or inadvertently, in a single action.… [Read more]

Forgive Me, Please

A few days ago, I logged into my student loans account to pay my monthly bill.  I was confused and surprised to find that my $80,000 balance was at $0. I spent twenty minutes attempting to figure out how my loans were paid off, gave up and went to bed.

That night I dreamt of men in suits being sprinkled with fairy dust and pressing the delete key for automatic student loan forgiveness across the world.… [Read more]

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

Last week I applied for a house loan.  I used my credit score only, and therefore only my income, because my husband’s credit is not the best.  In the end I was denied a loan because my debt to income ratio was too high at 54%.

Meanwhile, “The 2011 United States public debt-to-GDP ratio was about 69.4%”.   … [Read more]

Take a Bow, It’s Good For You

Have you ever seen magic happen?  Real life magic that only happens when true love or persistence or, in this case, theater occurs?  For the past two weeks I have watched a show that I’ve been working on since November go up on stage.  The organization that I work for provides theater and visual arts for youth and adults with disabilities, so most of the actors have a disability of some kind –  physical, mental or emotional.… [Read more]

To Rule The World, Follow Instuctions and Repeat (Often)

“Five to ten million adolescent girls and women struggle with eating disorders and borderline eating conditions.”

“Among children in grades 1 – 3, 42% want to be thinner.”

“An average US woman is 5’4″ tall weighing 140 pounds; the average US model is 5’11” weighing 117 pounds!”… [Read more]

A Lesson in Government: Delegates vs. The Popular Vote

I’ll admit it, when I was in 8th grade civics and the Electoral College process was explained, I didn’t get it. More so, I thought the idea of the colleges were antiquated. Had we not, in our sophisticatedly designed democracy, figured out the voting system?  In skipping over the electoral colleges (after all, by the time I was of voting age, they would surely be dismantled), I also didn’t bother to understand the role of delegates in the primary race.… [Read more]

Women: If You’re Not Angry, You’re Not Paying Attention

On Friday I went to a viewing of the documentary, Miss Representation. Many of the quotes that were splashed across the screen were ones I already knew and repeated even. Still, it did not make them any less impactful to see.  I was aware of much of the content that the film explored, but sometimes it is nice to be reminded.… [Read more]

President’s Day 2012: The Day Democracy Lived in Virginia

The start of last week marked the 132nd President’s Day.  It also marked an historic march on Richmond, Virginia, in the name of Democracy.  According to the AP, “…about 1,400 people, most of them women, linked arms to form a silent human cordon along the Capitol Square walkways that legislators use between the state Capitol and their legislative offices.”

Why did these women do this? … [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]

The New Google Privacy Rule: One (7 page) Policy, One Google Experience

In hearing that Google was changing their privacy policy and switching it to “one single policy”, I decided to check it out.  When I logged into my Gmail account, a page appeared that prompted me to either, a) move on to my Gmail account (this option was a bright blue button) or, b) read the new policy (this was a gray button that blended almost into the background.)

I clicked on the option to read the new policy and was surprised when confronted with a page full of text, not one simple sentence stating the new policy.… [Read more]

2012 Republicans May Not Believe in Climate Change, But Your Insurance Company Does

“I believe the earth gets warmer and I also believe the earth gets cooler. And I think history points out that it does that and that the idea that man…is somehow responsible for climate change is, I think, just patently absurd when you consider all the other factors.”  ~ Rick Santorum,

“I actually don’t know whether global warming is occurring.” ~ Newt Gingrich

“My view is that we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.” ~ Mitt Romney

“There is no consensus in the scientific community that global warming is getting worse or that it is man-made.” ~ Ron Paul

2011 was a record high year for disasters: Hurricane Irene, a blizzard, the floods in Mississippi and the wildfires in Texas.… [Read more]

The Virginia Loyalty Oath: More Than A Step Backwards

The Loyalty Oath enacted by Virginia Republicans in December of 2011 is already receiving severe criticism from Republicans and Democrats alike. The oath, voted in by the GOP State Central Committee, requires any person voting in the Republican primary on March 6th to sign a statement.  Voters are expected to sign this oath prior to casting their ballots requiring the voter to support the nominated Republican candidate for president.… [Read more]

Obama Declared January 16th “Religious Freedom Day”

“Our long history of religious tolerance and pluralism has strengthened our country, helped create a vibrant civil society, and remained true to the principles enshrined in our founding documents.” President Obama 01-13-2012

In September of 2001, I was a freshman at an all-girls college in Pittsburgh, PA.  After the attacks on September 11th, I remember driving around the city and seeing a stuffed figure, clad in a turban, hanging from the rafters of a resident’s porch.… [Read more]

Cell Phone Companies and Campaign Contributions: The Candidates You’re Really Supporting

When you enter your local AT&T or Verizon Wireless store, chances are you are not thinking about your local and national candidates running for office.  And why should you?  What you may not know is that a portion of the money you spend on a new iPhone or Android could go toward helping causes that you don’t support.  … [Read more]