One hundred ninety-five nations came together in Paris to strike a landmark deal to fix our climate once and for all. Just weeks after members of the Islamic State shocked both France and the world, global leaders met to discuss another enemy threatening our planet—climate change. While the agreement is the first of its kind, the effort was mostly political theater.… [Read more]
The Brooklyn Dame writes things the way she sees them; you'll know, with no guessing required, the Dame's likes and dislikes. You will note that this column is written the way she speaks (or hears those voices in her head...uh oh...). You'll also note strike-throughs embedded in her articles...Why? Because a proper English dame doesn't say foul things in public -- so she allows her inner voice to speak while her outer proper voice keeps her in check.
In order to give the full flavour of what is being relayed, sometimes words will be written in the ‘Queen’s English’, or with any one of the variety of accents by which she's surrounded; you may have to sound out a few words or refer to the random dictionary in the sidebar. The idea is so that you’ll feel as though you're sitting together -- transcending borders -- as she's speaking directly to you.
Today marks the federal observance of the nation’s veterans. It’s the day each year when across the nation somber reflection and celebrations are held to remember the sacrifices made by armed forces veterans in their service to this country.… [Read more]
Marissa Alexander, the African-American mother from Florida serving a 20-year sentence for self-defense, will had a status hearing today. In case you’re not familiar with her case, Alexander was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot to stop an attack by her abusive husband — but was not allowed to use Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law to support her defense. … [Read more]
“We are not going to pay a ransom for America paying its bills.” ~ President Obama
The 8-day old U.S. government shutdown has been described as ‘a game of chicken‘. Today at a press conference, President Obama announced that he spoke with House Speaker John Boehner and told him that “Hanging the threat of economic chaos over the heads of the American people should not be part of any discussion about the government shutdown.” That certainly set the stage for what is now clear: the president is not blinking as of right now on the issue of the debt ceiling and defaulting on the nation’s debt.… [Read more]
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]
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]
On this day in 1965, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 into law. The law was a landmark piece of national legislation that prohibited discrimination in voting.
The Voting Rights Act established extensive oversight over the administration of elections, and it provided that states and local governments with a history of discriminatory voting practices could not implement any change affecting voting without first going through pre clearance, i.e., the process of obtaining the approval of the Department of Justice before changes were made.… [Read more]
Speaking at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, President Obama delivered a speech yesterday on the state of the US economy. Providing context he discussed how far the nation has come, fiscally speaking, since the beginning of his first term. For those short on memory, lest we forget, the nation has fought its way back from a financial meltdown and a housing bubble; Wall Street had run amok, the financial services sector was in danger, homeowners saw their housing values decline and, with it, the net worth of many Americans experienced a sharp devaluation.… [Read more]
Since the City of Detroit made history by declaring the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation’s history, there has been much talk about credit ratings, debt burdens and the legalities of bankruptcy, which allows those who declare it to take time to restructure their financial obligations and, often, to repay less than what was previously owed.… [Read more]
When Illinois Democrat Senator Dick Durbin said that it’s time to change President Obama’s healthcare reform law, Obamacare, it riled up a few feathers on the right. Durbin, who is the number two Democrat in the Senate, was asked if he’s concerned about the recent announcement that Obamacare’s employer mandate would be delayed for one year.… [Read more]
The Supreme Court has decided to halt use of a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the voting rights decision and, effectively, the Court is leaving the decision about voting rights up to Congress by saying that legislators can draft another, more modern formula for voting rights. This action is a blow to all of those people who have defended the right to vote through this Act since at least 1965.… [Read more]
An update on the Republican party’s insistence on pushing forward with its ‘War on Women‘: The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” is a direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s decision in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalised abortion up to the time a fetus is considered ‘viable’, which is generally considered to be approximately at the 24-week stage of pregnancy.… [Read more]
Last year when the nation was in the throes of discussions about the ‘Fiscal Cliff‘ which then segued into budget sequestration, the not so aptly named Farm Bill was yet another political hurdle to overcome.
Let’s refresh your memory about the actions of the 112th Congress and what the Farm Bill contains:
Remember when our
incredibly ineffective, lazy and divisive Congress allowed the Farm Bill to expire?… [Read more]
It would seem rather strange to say, “Happy birthday, American Cancer Society!” on the day that it turns 100 years old. As other not-for-profit organisations of all stripes fall by the wayside, it’s simultaneously an accomplishment to have lasted this long to carry out its mission, and disheartening to see that far too many of us are still touched by cancer, thereby warranting the need for an organisation such as this to exist at all.… [Read more]
Memorial Day 2013. Formerly known as Decoration Day — originally created and celebrated by former African-American slaves — and meant to commemorate and honour all men and women who have died in military service for this nation, the day officially became known as Memorial Day after World War II. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been recognised as a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.… [Read more]
For those who don’t know, May 22nd of each year is the day celebrated in loving memory of Harvey Milk, the gay rights activist who was murdered in 1978. Organised by the Harvey Milk Foundation, the day is meant to honour the accomplishments of Mr. Milk, a New York-born California politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in that state when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.… [Read more]
Hey…You gonna eat that? That’s the question that comes to mind for many of us when food is presented. We often make our decisions because of caloric levels, fat content and even pesticides used but, more and more, genetic modifications are a concern. Enter GMO giant, the Monsanto Corporation.
GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, have made their way into the nation’s fruit and vegetable supply and, recently, the Food and Drug Administration took public comments on so-called “Frankenfish.”
Monsanto has been in the news for a host of issues.… [Read more]
Results of the South Carolina special election for the US House between the Republican candidate, former governor Mark Sanford, and his opponent, business woman Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, were tallied last night. Sanford won. The race that some predicted would be a toss-up actually turned out to be a sizeable victory for Sanford in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District special election.… [Read more]
From May 3rd through May 5th, the National Rifle Association will hold its annual meeting in Houston, Texas. According to the NRA website,
With over 550 exhibitors covering over 400,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, educational seminars, celebrities, and fun filled special events, bring the whole family – there will be something for everyone! Spend the day exploring the products from every major firearm company in the country, book the hunt of a lifetime in our exclusive outfitter section, and view priceless collections of firearms in our gun collector area.… [Read more]