Things that made 2012 interesting: A look back.

Many of us are thrilled to see 2012 leave but, that doesn’t mean that 2012 didn’t provide us with some interesting moments. As is typical of this time of year, where being reflective. From the funny to the absurd, the happy moments to the sad, and the moments in between that made us scratch our heads or shake our heads in shame, 2012 will be one for the history books.… [Read more]

A Tale of 3 Colonels: 3 ran in 2012 congressional elections. Women get last laugh.

In all the armed services, the rank before one wears stars on his or her collar is that of Colonel. It’s also customary shorthand to call the next lower grade, that of Lieutenant Colonel, simply ‘Colonel’.

The all-volunteer force has been with us for forty years. The men and women serving did it of their own volition, which I hope everyone remembered over a week ago on Veterans Day.… [Read more]

Work to Do

This week’s Say It In Song pick is by Vanessa Williams.

I’ve got work to do. I’ve got a JOB, baby!

Sounds to us like that’s the tone President Obama has taken since Election Day.

Game time is over, Congress; it’s time to get the job done.… [Read more]

To President Obama: A letter upon your re-election

Dear Mr. President,

A week ago, I stood in line at my assigned voting location in a precinct that I don’t think has ever been blue in the history of ever.  Besides my husband and maybe one or two other like-minded young souls, I was alone in my vote for you there.

Four years ago, I proudly displayed my “Obama/Biden” sign in my yard.… [Read more]

How Will Obama Handle The Impending Fiscal Cliff Situation?

Now that the dust has settled on the Presidential election (I’m still smiling) things will slowly but surely get back to normal in Washington. Despite recent assurances from House Speaker John Boehner regarding ‘working together’ we can expect more Republican bickering and attempts to derail and stall anything and everything that might just be beneficial to America as a whole.… [Read more]

Finally….Election Day is Over and the Nation Looks Forward

One of the things that I get to explain to inquisitive European friends is that America’s several time zones make for a very long Election Night. Despite pre-election web-surfed emigre house shopping moments between a nice seven-figure flat on Oslo’s stylish Bygdøy allé and a nice fjord view house on the slopes of Holmenkollen, there probably isn’t a winning lottery ticket in the pile on my desk to bail to Norway with.… [Read more]

Wild, Wild West

The unsuccessful G.O.P. primary opponent of Tea Party “hero” Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) has endorsed the Democratic candidate Patrick Murphy.  Martin County Sheriff Bob Crowder, a thirty year Republican, lost in Florida’s primary earlier this year to the redistricted West. In a statement from Murphy’s campaign. Crowder decried West, saying “I’m embarrassed by the radical fringe that has taken over the [Republican] party.”… [Read more]

Tennessee Representative Desjarlais Channels His ‘Inner Gingrich’

“Doctor, doctor, glad I’m not sick.”

~ Bob Hope cameo,Spies Like Us, 1985

“Schlotkin! Go work on your putz.”

~ Rick Moranis, Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, 1987

In a state better served by the produce of Lynchburg, Tennessee, (“Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Brand Tennessee Sour Mash Whiskey. Same as our fathers made it.”), than by their Members of Congress, we have another skirt-chasing foible folly fit for a Saturday Night Live Newt Gingrich skit.… [Read more]

‘No More Solyndros Act’ Will Jeopardize The Future Of Green Energy

Friday September 14th will most likely not be remembered by most Americans for any special reason. If you happen to be an advocate for promoting clean, green, renewable energy like solar and wind then there’s a good chance that you’ll know it was the day that the U.S. House of Representatives passed the ‘No More Solyndros Act‘.… [Read more]

Laughin’ so hard, we’re ‘Akin’…

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) had better be thankful to whatever loony conservative deity that tells politicians such as Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) to run for the G.O.P. presidential nomination, politicians’ wives such as Anita Perry to nag their hubbies, in this case,  Gov. Rick “Goodhair” Perry, to win them that Rose Garden from that black lady growing veggies in it in D.C., and for that mescaline moonshine bottle that keeps bumbling Rep.Todd Akin (R-Mo.) in the race.… [Read more]

Panic in Bachmannland

Rarely do days go by without some controversial and embarrassing gaffe from Tea Party darling and failed Presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). In her last two wins, she and her network of ultra-conservatives probably thought once near certain polling numbers meant she had the latitude to even run for the G.O.P.’s 2012 Presidential nominee with her congressional duties safely on autopilot.… [Read more]

Congress Needs To Extend The Wind Production Tax Credit

Some things stay the same and some things never change. There you go — easy. You can say the same thing two different ways. The issue here is the Federal Production Tax Credit (PTC), or of more concern, the fact that it might soon be history. This credit has been helping wind energy producers get a foothold in the electricity marketplace for some years now.… [Read more]

But, Where Are the Jobs?

The morning after the President’s speech at the Democratic National Convention showed a drop in the unemployment rate, but fewer than anticipated new hirings. Immediately, the Romney campaign pooh-poohed the report as yet another sign the President’s plan wasn’t working. When it comes to reducing headcount, the Quarter Billion Dollar Man From Bain is the Jedi Master.… [Read more]

Congress and The Election

In 2010, there was a midterm election. The Right took a seat majority from the Left. Reactions varied; some claiming to be totally unsurprised, others were more honest. Even in the face of what many termed ominous for President Obama, to his credit regardless of the validity, he took the blame. Some have appointed this stumbling block the reason behind the lack of faith in the European markets still rampant today.… [Read more]

Republicans doth protesteth too much on Akin

“You mean you were raped?”   “Well, at first…”

– Monty Python’s Life of Brian, 1979

As national Republicans were trying in vain to make “legitimate rape” armchair gynecologist gaffer Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) “take one for the team”, the Party of No merrily blundered on in their crusade against women’s reproductive rights.

Missouri’s statutory party candidate switcheroo deadline came and went, but the errant Rep.… [Read more]

With “Intentional Rape” Gaffe, Missouri U.S. Senate Hopeful Rep. Akin Becomes GOP Kamikaze Pilot

Reminiscent of Japanese fleeing Godzilla, Republicans are scrambling from Missouri U.S. Senate nominee Rep. Todd Akin (R)’s comments on Sunday stating that women had natural defenses against getting pregnant from a rape. Before lunch on Monday, G.O.P. Senators, including Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and John Cornyn (R-Tex.) put the proverbial loaded pistol (Mitt Romney checked the bullets) on Akin’s desk urging him to quit the race for the good of the Republican party.… [Read more]

Honoring Our Military

Hopefully, all of you enjoyed this Memorial Day weekend. It is appropriate to take a moment to give thanks and honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice so that we as a nation can pursue liberty as we know it today. It may not be perfect but what we have is due, in great measure, to our military.… [Read more]

DUH!! It’s Financial Reform Time, Stupid!

Jamie Dimon, CEO of megabank JP Morgan Chase, has a bit of a problem on his hands. No, his problem isn’t as monumental as deciding whether one’s fortune should be spent on adding an elevatored-garage to a beachfront home, nor is it as burdensome as determining how many lobbyists are needed to find congressional members willing to sell their souls.… [Read more]

If We Build It…

…They will come.

The weather on the east coast has been unseasonably warm. No, I’m not going to discuss global warming or, as the more politically correct like to call it, “climate change“. Far be it from me to inject a little bit of science (or common sense based on observations) here. I spend the majority of my time in New York City so my thoughts about warm weather often bring two things to mind as I make my way around the city: the damaging effects that the winter weather had on the roads and, as a subway rider, the fact that every imaginable odor known to man will soon be commingled and trapped in the heat of the NYC subway.… [Read more]

Understanding the Separation of Church and State

There has been a lot of noise in the media and the campaign trails lately about the separation of church and state. Many different things are being said and not much of it is correct.

Let’s examine what “separation of church and state” really means as it applies to United States law, because that’s what it is.… [Read more]