Another week, another wrap-up. The problem is that this past week feels like déjà vu all over again as the news cycle spit out one story after another about the “scandals” of Benghazi the IRS and even “umbrella gate.” Yeah, ‘umbrella gate’ — in which the far right has lost what remains of its senses by throwing yet another hissy fit over a Marine holding an umbrella for the President as he delivered a speech during the rain.… [Read more]
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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]
Although the nation’s current political temperature isn’t at the same fever level as it was during the last national election, many issues remain unresolved. One such issue is money in politics. The Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case opened even wider the floodgates of cash pouring in from special interest groups and their well-compensated lobbyists.… [Read more]
Did you miss last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner?
In terms of a little background, the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) is an group of journalists who cover the U.S. President and the White House. According to WHCA, the organisation was founded in 1914 by journalists in response to a rumour that a Congressional committee would select which journalists could attend press conferences of President Woodrow Wilson.… [Read more]
It’s the end of a week that’s ‘one for the books.’ Endless news coverage has reminded us that we’re living in times during which not much can be taken for granted. It has been exhausting.
The week brought a vote by the House of Representatives to invade citizens’ privacy on one end, and a win by the National Rifle Association against all voices in support of sane gun control legislation on the other.… [Read more]
Today, Easter Sunday, is the day when many around the world celebrate resurrection, the miraculous return to life of Jesus Christ. Whether or not one is a believer, the story is interesting and presents many lessons from which we can learn about the power of change and belief. Like many people, I enjoy finding a lesson in stories; learning from events in others’ lives fosters growth and development.… [Read more]
Part of the fallout from our current recession has been the growth of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), neé ‘Food Stamps,” participation throughout the nation. This Federal program, administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food & Nutrition Service and the states, provides non-cash food assistance to households in impoverished financial distress.
Republican conservatives regularly use SNAP as a poster child for lambasting ‘welfare’.… [Read more]
Taking the good with the not so good; isn’t it all a balancing act? As with every other week, there was much on the nation’s calendar to juggle this week; so much to do…so much to fix. This week, we’re wrapping up with a look at a study in contrasts.
During the same week in which there was strong focus on the environment in the form of the International Day of Action for Rivers, we also received word that the US Environmental Protection Agency may delay proposed greenhouse gas limits for power plants.… [Read more]
“Spring forward”….yes, that’s a good message to share as we wrap up another week. In taking stock of the past week’s events, we can see that several things took place that lay a foundation for moving forward, including but not limited to improvement in the nation’s employment figures, record-setting stock market averages, reauthorisation of the Violence Against Women Act, and even (some) Senate Republicans broke bread with the President to discuss getting beyond the self-imposed sequester.… [Read more]
“None of this is necessary,” said President Obama during his weekly address to the nation. “It’s happening because Republicans in Congress chose this outcome over closing a single wasteful tax loophole that helps reduce the deficit.”
How ridiculous that we’ve arrived at this point. And how utterly exhausting for the nation. We’re wrapping up yet another week watching the train wreck that is U.S.… [Read more]
Beginnings, endings and periods that mark great changes occur during every moment of every day. Wrapping up this week, a few events in history that took place on February 24th caught my attention:
- In 2008, Fidel Castro retired as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years, and his brother Raul Castro was unanimously elected.
- In 2011, the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (OV-103) took place.
A look back on this past week reveals another historical first – and we’re in only the second month of the year. By now most are aware that for the first time ever, a presidential cabinet nominee was filibustered. Republicans succeeded in blocking a man who happens to be a fellow Republican. What did that man, defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel, do to deserve use of this filibuster procedure that should be reserved for critical legislative actions?… [Read more]
In case you missed it, here is the latest episode of “West Wing Week” posted by the White House. Whether one agrees with the politics or policies discussed, it’s a great way for citizens keep abreast of the decisions made by the President and power brokers in Washington. If you agree with what’s going on in Washington then request more of the same but, if you don’t agree, then raise your voice and make sure that your representatives are aware that the needs of their constituents are not being met.… [Read more]
Looking across the border this week from my Johnny Canuck bully pulpit, I was reminded why the supposed democratic ‘holding to account’ cited as the US Senate confirmation hearings constitutional rationale is the ultimate political pant load. Thank God for our good old Canadian patronage appointments in similar circumstances – ones done mostly behind closed doors, pure as the driven slush, after you catch an eyeful of this Capitol Hill bozo brigade.… [Read more]
During his recent weekly address, President Obama discussed ending the war in Afghanistan, bringing the troops home and rebuilding America. After over a decade at war in the Middle East - America’s longest war – further drawdown of troops and redirecting our attention to home base is welcome news to many of us. Afghan President Hamid Karzai joined the POTUS for talks on the partnership between our two nations and the role of U.S.… [Read more]
There’s no such thing as a bad time for reflection. Taking a look back at the activities of the first week of this new year should enable us to see what went wrong, what we’re up against and, hopefully, what can be done differently in the future.
The 113th Congress – the most diverse ever – was sworn in this past Thursday.… [Read more]
Attached here is the ”EXECUTIVE ORDER: ADJUSTMENTS OF CERTAIN RATES OF PAY” signed by President Obama on Friday. The Order ends the 2010 federal employees’ pay freeze, at which time the White House estimated that a salary freeze would save $2 billion for the remainder of fiscal year 2011 and approximately $28 billion over the next five years.… [Read more]
“Trying to find what is ailing, living in the Land of the Free.” ~Jimmy Buffett, Banana Republics
Yet another American massacre. Kindergarten.
The gun lobby will chant their tired mantras that we can’t stop the crazies intent upon mass mayhem, but do we, as a society, have to keep trading our safety for a gun fetish disguised as “freedom”?… [Read more]