Watching this week’s news cycle made me think of this song’s title. How often must we, the public, be subjected to the same nonsense spewed as ‘doing the work of the people’? This week it was revealed that the political wrangling disguised as an inquiry into the tragic events in Benghazi is nothing more than misinformation and twisted facts.… [Read more]
Whether she’s a married woman, a single mom, an empty-nester or a surrogate who steps in when needed, she deserves to be honoured. Happy Mother’s Day!
“A Very Special Tribute to a Very Special Mom”
If there is happiness in my heart,
it’s because you helped put it there.
If there is gentleness in my beliefs,
it’s because you showed me how to care.… [Read more]
Events in the news this week have some of us thinking about change on a national and global level. Today we’re posting this week’s “Say It In Song” pick: Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed.”
“People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
I used to care, but things have changed.… [Read more]
Money is on the mind today. Perhaps it’s because we’re moving beyond the trauma caused by filing our annual tax returns a couple of weeks ago, or maybe it’s because we heard the money-related news about how Congress moved to end the sequester only in an area which directly affects them; they quickly passed a bill to end Federal Aviation Administration furloughs right before they fled Washington to go on recess.… [Read more]
This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is an oldie but goodie by famed R&B group, The O’Jays. ‘Backstabbers’ feels appropriate based simply on its definition; it means to attack someone particularly in a sneaky, deceitful and underhanded manner.
Doesn’t that seem like what’s going on in U.S. politics today? We have elected officials in place to make the nation better for its citizens but, clearly, the agenda is controlled by far too many special interest groups.… [Read more]
The Scottsboro Boys were nine Afican-American teenagers who were accused in 1931 of the rape of a white woman in Alabama. The legal case that resulted included a frame-up, attempts at lynching by an angry mob, and an all-white jury. The case still stands as one of America’s worst examples of racism, systemic abuses and the overall miscarriage of justice. … [Read more]
This week’s “Say It In Song” pick feels appropriate in light of recent news about the continued battle for fairness for workers. Though “When Will We Be Paid, by the Staple Singers, was released shortly after the Civil Rights Movement, the lyrics are just as applicable today – especially when taken in the context of the ongoing fight for workers’ rights.… [Read more]
The inimitable Bob Marley said it best: “We don’t need trouble, what we need is love.” This week’s “Say It In Song” pick feels appropriate in light of recent news about chemical weapons in Syria and threats from North Korea directed towards military bases. At least there was some talk of peace this week, even it was purely symbolic.… [Read more]
Back when you were the party of Abraham Lincoln, we knew you.
When you became the party of Dwight D. Eisenhower, we knew you.
Even when you became the party of Barry Goldwater, we knew you.
And then you became the party of Ronald Reagan….and while there was much to squirm over, we still knew you because we knew what to expect.… [Read more]
This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is one that seems appropriate for Women’s History Month. Women are often the world’s nurturers and healers despite the fact that, globally, life isn’t easy for many women:
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.… [Read more]
This week’s “Say It In Song“ pick is “Hold On,” by Alabama Shakes:
You got to hold on
You got to hold on
Yeah! You got to wait!
Yeah! You got to wait!
But, I don’t wanna wait
I don’t wanna wait
Sometimes we have to be active to get what we need; we have to participate in order so that we can achieve the outcomes we want.… [Read more]
This week’s “Say It In Song” pick was performed in 1976 by the inimitable singer and activist Nina Simone. In honour of Black History Month, we’d like you to have a listen:… [Read more]
Musical genius and legend Curtis Mayfield once said:
“We’re all built up with progress,
But sometimes I must confess,
We can deal with rockets and dreams,
But reality… what does it mean?… [Read more]
This week’s “Say It In Song” choice is by British singer Lily Allen. While the song isn’t political, most of the lyrics can apply to how many of us are left feeling after watching politics each week. We think our elected officials are supposed to care but, unfortunately, in too many cases the evidence points to the contrary.… [Read more]
Say! Whaddaya mean “everything is on the table”? Whose side are you on? Remember what side you’re supposed to be on: neither left nor right — but, rather, the side of the majority of taxpayers who agree that all of us should be paying our fair share in taxes.
If you’re like many of us, hearing the words “fiscal cliff” is cringe-inducing.… [Read more]
New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg is used to getting his way.
New York had a term limit law that stated mayors could serve two consecutive terms until Mr. Bloomberg had the law changed because he believed he was the only person capable of running a city the size of New York — with its myriad of issues and constituents — during a national financial crisis.… [Read more]
Anyone who has been watching the political news shows recently has seen a familiar sight: Speaker of the House John Boehner is unhappy with President Obama. According to nearly everyone in the world of punditry, the country is facing a fiscal disaster and both sides better come to the table with sound ideas to resolve the problem…or else.… [Read more]