When will we be paid?

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]

Sign Of The Times

In a massive strike to protest untenable work conditions, job cuts and wages hundreds, thousands of employees abandon their post in _______  (a) England, (b) the U.S., (c) Israel or  (d) Greece?   What is the correct answer, a, b, c or d?  Or is it all of the above? The unfortunate reality — we could add an e, f, g and h and the answer would still be the same — all  of the above.… [Read more]

PLAYING CHICKEN: Why Chick-fil-A CEO Cathy’s Stance on Marriage is Neither a Shock Nor a Free Speech Issue.

In a now-infamous interview with Baptist Press, Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy stunned the world with his revelation that, yes, he supported the “traditional” version of marriage: that is, one woman, one man, no divorce, do not pass “Go,” do not collect two hundred dollars.

Except it was neither stunning nor a revelation.

Chick-fil-A was already well-known for being closed on Sunday, ostensibly because of Biblical principles, so unless you had been in a coma for the last, oh, two decades or so, this shouldn’t have surprised you.… [Read more]

Female Rights Across the Globe – Part 3

Today, in the third and final segment of this series, we will explore the political side of female rights.

When people are questioned about the role of women in our world and in politics, a typical response such as this can be expected:

“Women have made a lot of progress in the world. Treatment of women, today, is far better than it was in earlier times, even as recent as a decade ago.… [Read more]

The World Won’t End if Gays Marry

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines marriage as:

  • The state of being united to a person of the opposite sex as husband or wife in a consensual and contractual relationship recognized by law

And

  • The state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage.

Historically, marriage wasn’t about the love factor either.… [Read more]

Are We That Bad?

One minute, I’m proud as hell of this country, the good old U.S. of A. The next minute, I wish Jerry Garcia was still alive and we could all just float upon a cloud of patchouli while group-hugging all the way to drug-induced enlightenment. Sometimes, I get inspired thinking about how far we’ve come in such a short time (sans the drugs) in some respects; but as soon as I am again steeped in the issues of the current day, I want to grab this country by Florida and drag it out to the woodshed for a proper switching.… [Read more]

So…Got Nothing Better To Do?

With so many national issues in desperate need of attention, why is so much time being spent trying to undo any and all prior steps made toward progress?

Point for discussion:  women’s reproductive rights.  With high unemployment levels, a crumbling national infrastructure, a barely growing economy and a banking system that is still in need of regulatory reform it seems like we as a nation have our hands quite full.  … [Read more]