Archives for February 2012

It’s Bigger than Rihanna and Chris Brown

 

Y’all really mad at Rhi Rhi for ridin’ with Chris Brown again?  You think this sets a bad example for our girls, don’t you?

*sighs*  Please, I beg of you, miss me with the opportunistic outrage on this one.

Why?  I’ll tell you why.

Because Chris Brown is no different from any other dude who can’t handle life without fisticuffs.  … [Read more]

This Being an Election Year…

This is an election year, an Olympic year, a leap year. Today is our extra day. Now watch how it gets squandered. Watch our candidates jostle for position as lead panderer. I can only hope that it remains this way until November. It’s far more effective to let the Republicans figuratively kill themselves during the primaries than it is to shoot them in the barrel — the ballot box.… [Read more]

Climate Change Conspiracy? We Wish.

Normally I would decline to comment on Rick Santorum’s politics, but these recent statements have left me feeling like there’s no other choice.

At an event in Colorado, Santorum told the crowd that climate change is, “An absolute travesty of scientific research that was motivated by those who, in my opinion, saw this as an opportunity to create a panic and a crisis for government to be able to step in and even more greatly control your life.”

Wow.… [Read more]

Lock ‘Em Up

Around the world the United States of America is still known as the ‘land of opportunity’. This nation is often thought of as the place where people are allowed to move beyond their circumstances and, if they work hard enough, not let their past dictate their future — but does that apply to everyone? What happens when mistakes are made along the way; will opportunities for advancement still present themselves or are some mistakes unforgivable?… [Read more]

The United States of No Way Is This Real

“Satan has his sights on the United States of America. This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what you would think the Father of Lies would have his sights on: a good, decent, powerful, influential country – the United States of America.” That is an actual quote from Rick Santorum, Republican candidate for the Presidency of the United States of America, and it should frighten you.… [Read more]

Kama‘āina

I’m not sure what mechanism of time it is that has provoked in me a profound change. I am from Hawai‘i. As with most places that were colonized, there exists a complex mixture of assimilation, independence, hostility, and acceptance. People still take offense when outsiders refer to non-Hawaiian residents of the islands as Hawaiians. Hawaiian is an ethnicity; the nomenclature for a non-ethnic resident of Hawai‘i is, “local.” The Hawaiian word is kama‘āina (native born).… [Read more]

President’s Day 2012: The Day Democracy Lived in Virginia

The start of last week marked the 132nd President’s Day.  It also marked an historic march on Richmond, Virginia, in the name of Democracy.  According to the AP, “…about 1,400 people, most of them women, linked arms to form a silent human cordon along the Capitol Square walkways that legislators use between the state Capitol and their legislative offices.”

Why did these women do this? … [Read more]

Higher Education in Pakistan – the Flip Side of the Coin

Over the past decade, the government in Pakistan has spent prodigiously on higher education but to little practical avail. With the increasing debt mark, internal and external, the government has still got radical cuts to make in useless expenditure in this sector.

Interest in postgraduate education skyrocketed with the establishment of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan during the rule of the military dictator General Pervez Musharraf.… [Read more]

It’s A Wrap – Week In Review February 26, 2012

Say what you mean and mean what you say. Well, maybe that’s not always a good thing — at least when the person saying what he means is a certain sweater vest-wearing presidential candidate. After all, if a candidate says what he really means then (thinking) people may not cast a vote for him, right?

Thankfully, Rick Santorum has no filter; ridiculous statements he made this past week seemed to have the underlying theme of control — mostly over women’s bodies.… [Read more]

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Can’t we all just get along? Sometimes Progressives disagree; that’s human nature.  But we need to learn to do so without being disagreeable.  We need not concern ourselves with the divisiveness the Republicans appear to be going through. It’s time we got OUR house in order!  Re-electing our President to a second term is the common goal that should unite us.… [Read more]