Before the sequestered budget cuts redirected attention to our elected officials’ inability to work towards a goal beneficial to most Americans, the news cycle contained stories about other items of importance, such as foreign policy and even issues such as the right to privacy. Many of these issues have something in common: the potential for governmental overreach of its authority.… [Read more]
As the New Year unfolds before us, we find ourselves falling off one rock and headed down toward another. We’re a bunch of Rockhounds, really, with an excellent collection going. While we’re busy arguing about the Fiscal Cliff, however, there are other dramas unfolding around the world.
Across East Asia there have been huge political changes following several important national elections this year.… [Read more]
It’s difficult for me to write on personal topics. Politics is my comfort zone. But once in a while, I want to say something just to share it, like a diary entry. Once in a blue moon, something moves me and I just want to speak on it. And my editor on this site, Brooklyn Dame, is, fortunately, indulgent.… [Read more]
NOTE: Poet e.e. cummings had an alter ego, a cockroach which would bang out poems at night on cummings’ typewriter. At the risk of being diagnosed with delusions of grandeur, I must defer this week to my own alter ego, “Good Lil’ Army Wife.” Don’t let the name fool you. If you haven’t been a military spouse, her rants may not be your cup of tea.… [Read more]
This message was sent by President Obama today:
Early this morning, the last of our troops left Iraq.
As we honor and reflect on the sacrifices that millions of men and women made for this war, I wanted to make sure you heard the news.
Bringing this war to a responsible end was a cause that sparked many Americans to get involved in the political process for the first time.… [Read more]
Why is it that when it comes to fighting, we can always find the money? Soup kitchens, winter heating oil for seniors, Head Start for kids, national public radio (NPR) — all are on the chopping block but weapons and the military budget is a subject that is damn near untouchable? Calling it out for being a huge waste is considered unpatriotic by the hawkish among us.… [Read more]