Archives for November 2011

I Don’t Know _ _ _ _ About Politics!

That is the truth. I’d like to pretend that I know what is occurring in the world around me, but I really don’t. Recently I got into an argument with a close friend about how oblivious I appear to be with regard to what is going on in the world around me.  In her opinion, I should be more concerned about current politics. … [Read more]

Tit for Tat

Tit for Tat is an old expression that means repayment in kind, retaliation, as in for an injury.  Tit for tat takes place when one side of a disagreement believes the other side has done something that is worthy of punishment. Retaliation takes place in order to balance the scales. Those of us who have been paying attention to the news see this kind of thing all the time; for example, if the Republicans get a ‘win’ which seems to happen WAY too much for my liking the Democrats will find a way to extract some repayment in the form of legislation that is important to the left.… [Read more]

The Simple Life

In researching my family history recently I discovered a few amazing facts. My maternal grandmother, Bridie Barry Sullivan, grew up on a remote isle off the cost of southern County Kerry, Ireland. Every day she and her family would catch fresh fish and would take a small boat into the shores of Chirseveen, Ireland for school times.… [Read more]

What Will Be Our Healthcare Legacy?

I was born in a country in which the government provides health care for its citizens. The nationalised system in the United Kingdom is not perfect; many people complain about it but, for the most part, people seem comfortable with the idea that their taxes go towards ensuring that nobody will lose a lifetime of savings due to illness.… [Read more]

Un-Occupied?

So, what’s the news today?  Let me check.  Hmm…OK, here’s an evolving story:  The New York City Police Department raided the Occupy Wall Street camp in Zuccotti Park.  Based on the comments I’m reading, I get the impression that some people are surprised.  Really?  Why?  Didn’t they see something like this happening after it was announced weeks ago that Zuccotti Park needed a clean up?  … [Read more]

Wrapped Up

For today’s Say It In Song post, we thought we’d ask a question:  Don’t the American people deserve to have political parties that represent a broad set of interests rather than just those of a tiny (but obnoxiously loud) band of hate mongers who pretend to care about the debt but said nothing the entire 8 years George Dubbya was in office constituents?  … [Read more]

It’s Not Going Away

Just because something isn’t discussed much anymore does not mean that it is no longer a problem.  HIV/AIDS has not disappeared and, in fact, segments of some communities are experiencing an increase in the rate of escalation.

There has been much discussion about, and lots of opposition to, proposed reforms to the nation’s health care system. … [Read more]

Revolution – A Song for the 99%

Tracy Chapman said/sang it best:

“Poor people gonna rise up, and get their share…

Poor people gonna rise up, and take what’s theirs.”

 

 

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I can’t think of a song that is more appropriate to express the frustration felt by the 99%!

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Talking ‘Bout A Revolution, single from the album called Tracy Chapman, released in 1988.… [Read more]

Chicago’s South Side Self Identity

Something unique about growing up on Chicago’s south side was all the amazing people I met.  From teachers to friends and family, I learned valuable lessons of trust, camaraderie and fairness.

The lessons that I learned then resonate now.  What’s strange to me today when I look back is how if I met half these role models today on the street or in social circumstances that we’d have very little in common.  … [Read more]

The Safe Box

In America and many other parts of the world, for every race there is a box.  In most cases you either fit in a box or you are an ‘other‘. People feel a certain level of comfort when they can’t figure out which box you should be placed into.  One would think it would make them uncomfortable, but they often assume that if you don’t have a marked box, how can you be offended by being incorrectly categorized?… [Read more]