S#!t Just Got Real

There is a lot of talk these days about the sandwich generation — people of a certain age who have both children and aging parents whom they care for. Some, like myself, may only have parents to care for. Even without the added duty of child rearing one may still feel ‘squeezed’ in the middle, only the last thing it feels like is being between two soft pieces of bread!… [Read more]

V O T E

Today is National Voter Registration Day. According to The Root, the goals of the “nonpartisan coalition of organizations, volunteers and celebrities behind National Voter Registration Day is working to achieve the following goals:

  • Register Voters: A network of a thousand organizations operating on the ground and through social media will register tens of thousands of voters in the field and tens of thousands more online–while also receiving pledges to vote from the already registered.
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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]

In the Shadow of the American Dream (Conclusion)

This is the conclusion of my interview with Daniella P.  It is my sincere hope that this series helps readers to see the plight of undocumented people from a more empathetic perspective.    

MI:  I honestly don’t know if I could have done what you did, and went through what you had to go through to get back here.… [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]

Placing Hope in the Right Hands: MamaHope

This is the conclusion of our interview with Mamahope.org founder, Nyla Rogers. We hope you will not only read this article but actively support their mission. If donating money is not something you are able to do, please help to spread the word far and wide by sharing this and part one of this interview via e-mail or posting on your social media sites.… [Read more]

Placing Hope in the Right Hands: An Interview with Mama Hope’s Founder

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 

~ Margaret Mead

When was the last time you saw an advertisement for a charity, non-profit or NGO that said “Stop the Pity”? Wait, what…you have never seen one like that? Well neither had I, that is, until someone shared a video produced by MamaHope.org with me:

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In the Shadow of the American Dream Part 3: The Journey Continues

In light of the President Obama’s recent bold step forward on immigration reform, many young undocumented Americans will now have the chance to come out of the shadows and live their lives openly, without  the looming threat of deportation.  However, many undocumented immigrants who still live and work in the United States, as they have for years, will still languish in a limbo of fear and uncertainty. … [Read more]

It’s Racist. Deal With It.

Imagine you are at the top in your field of specialized medicine. You do all the right things in terms of furthering your career, yet your peers and colleagues not only disrespect you on a constant basis — they lampoon you in a vile and hostile manner and then laugh like a cabal of mean-spirited middle school bullies.… [Read more]

Quid pro Quo (or is it Quid pro Ho?)

“Quid pro Quo” is defined as “This for That” or “Something for Something.” So…is that what’s behind Mitt Romney’s association with Donald “still-on-that-birther-bullshit” Trump? What does Mitt hope to obtain from this dubious alliance — votes? Mitt, you are already your party’s “Rominee,” (or is that ‘R-Money,’ my Republican homie?) and everyone knows extreme, fringe issues like Birtherism aren’t likely to garner independent or undecided votes in the general election.… [Read more]

Haunting Memories

Memorial Day is upon us. Today, countless ceremonies will take place honoring the men and women in uniform who have served this country in past and current wars. We pay special tribute honoring the memory of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. Memorial Day, for most of us, comes once a year.… [Read more]

In the Shadow of the American Dream, part 2

This is part two of my interview with Daniella P, a woman living and working in the United States without proper legal documentation, in the Shadows of The American Dream.

MI:  How did the events of 9/11 affect your chances of obtaining legal authorization to live and work in the U.S?

DP:  My family and I were in line for ten years, our petition for residency was done June of 1995.… [Read more]

In the Shadow of the American Dream, Part 1

The plight of undocumented workers is an issue that ebbs and flows with the political tide.  During election years, the issue comes to the forefront as many politicians vie for a platform that resonates with their base. As the Latino population continues to grow, some politicians paint the burgeoning Latino population as having a negative impact on the lives of the rest of Americans.… [Read more]

Gay Marriage: A Rite That Should Be a Right

President Obama, I applaud you, sir, for the big ballsy, brave step you took by “coming out” in support of marriage equality for gay couples. Your Republican opponent Mitt Romney has, of course, come out in opposition to it. Romney has stated that he believes marriage should be between “one man and one woman.” Romney, who is of the Mormon faith, of all people should know that church beliefs can, and should, evolve over time.… [Read more]

Free Speech?

We’ve all heard, and probably said more than a time or two, “Talk is cheap!” or “Actions speak louder than words!”  Goodness knows on any given day in America you can hear someone crying “Free speech!” in defense of something better left unsaid, as they vigorously exercise their First Amendment right.

Yet despite the many channels we have through which our voices can be heard, speech is not literally free.  … [Read more]

Untruth and Its Consequences

In a recent TED talk, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke eloquently on “The danger of a single story.”   In her talk she spoke of how “the single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete.  They make one story become the only story”:

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Fuzzy Math: You Can’t Make This Stuff Up, But HE Can!

Recently Mitt Romney‘s own communication director, Eric Fehrnstrom, had an unintentionally candid moment that lead to full disclosure.  Political comedian, John Fugelsang, who is part of  Stephanie Miller’s hilarious Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour was a guest contributor on CNN and asked Fehrnstrom “Is there a concern that the pressure from Gingrich and Santorum might force the Governor to tack so far to the right that it would hurt him with moderate voters in the general election?”, to which Fehrnstrom replied “Well, I think you hit a reset button for the fall campaign.… [Read more]

What’s Good for the Goose…

Not long ago, a few brash and gutsy Democratic legislators stood up to Republican lawmakers who were trying to add insult to injury by forcing UAs on U.A.s- That would be “urinary analysis (also known as drug tests) on “Unemployed Americans.”  They went so far as to want those being screened for drug use to pay for the testing too!… [Read more]

What is Really Behind the War on Women?

Is it Natalism or (White) Nationalism ?

The term “Natalism” or “pronatalism” means to be “pro-birth.”  It is a belief that promotes human reproduction via child bearing, often by seeking to limit access to abortion and contraception.  It may also provide for financial and social incentives to increase the non-immigrant population, especially in western nations and developed nations.… [Read more]

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Can’t we all just get along? Sometimes Progressives disagree; that’s human nature.  But we need to learn to do so without being disagreeable.  We need not concern ourselves with the divisiveness the Republicans appear to be going through. It’s time we got OUR house in order!  Re-electing our President to a second term is the common goal that should unite us.… [Read more]