Archives for June 2012

Placing Hope in the Right Hands: An Interview with Mama Hope’s Founder

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” 

~ Margaret Mead

When was the last time you saw an advertisement for a charity, non-profit or NGO that said “Stop the Pity”? Wait, what…you have never seen one like that? Well neither had I, that is, until someone shared a video produced by MamaHope.org with me:

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Miracles and Wonders Like What You Never Saw! Part II

In today’s Encyclical, the Holy Uncle shares Part II of some of the miracles and wonders that survive the rewriting of Sacred Scripture in the new Tea Party Version (TPV) of the Bible.

ENCYCLICAL THE FIFTH, Part II

Well hello there, my children. Thank you, again, for dialing up the pope, or whatever you call it on this Internet thing.… [Read more]

Greetings from Canada

Together we own almost all of a mighty continent. We are free trade partners. Until 9/11, we shared the world’s longest undefended border. We have remained friends through most thicks and thins, the War of 1812 stalemates and the daft 1866 Fenian raids long past us.

Our ‘peace, order and good government’ constitutional imperative made us a little more circumspect than America and its occasional recklessness rooted in ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’.… [Read more]

Dying Man Not an Emergency for Doctors in Hangu

Apathy kills more recklessly than anything, and this happened in Hangu, Pakistan, last week, where doctors at the town’s government hospital didn’t pay any heed to the request of a critically ill patient for medical aid. Now the bereaved family wants those responsible for the death to be charged with murder.

Local newspapers reported the incident on June 21, informing that the patient, Torrub Ali, 55, was taken to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital of Hangu for medical examination and treatment.… [Read more]

June 24, 2012 – Weekly Wrap Up

Here on a Sunday, after watching the political pundits and “experts” do their partisan pontification, I’m thinking this: What were they thinking? Seriously…WHAT were they thinking?

Whenever the television is on, it’s inevitable that some news segment, (unreal) reality show or special report will air that makes that particular question the only logical thing to ask — but, in our world, “WTF?” is also a recurring question.… [Read more]

Seeing the Light: Ex-opponent of Gay Marriage Changes His Mind

Welcome to the light of fairness and equality, David Blankenhorn! As the founder and president of the Institute for American Values, and the author of  “Fatherless America: Confronting Our Most Urgent Social Problem“ and “The Future of Marriage,” Mr. Blankenhorn has long been an active opponent of marriage equality…and he’s had a change of mind; he’s taking a leap into the future.… [Read more]

Time

It’s the one thing we have in common: TIME. You can manage it. You can let it fly by. You can waste it — but time doesn’t escape anyone, and nobody can escape time.

The only difference between your time and my time is how we spend it. Choose carefully.[Read more]

Nine Resources to Change Your Relationship with Money

I assume you get all your personal finance news and nuggets from me, and need no other information ever… ha!  But if you WERE to want more than what you see here each weekend, I present to you nine of my favorite resources for managing your money, your career, and your life.… [Read more]

Top 5 {Classic} Summer Reads

I’ve mentioned many times before that I am a teacher. A high school teacher. An English teacher.

I love literature and I love reading.

In the summer I tend to devour books (or I used to, before having kids. Now their nap time is my writing time. Or sitting and staring time. Or working on school stuff time).… [Read more]

Great Society

After watching President Obama’s Ohio Speech on the Economy last week, I structured my Black Politics lecture around the contributions and obstructions of federalism – the union of state and federal power – to the “African-American quest for universal freedom.” In that context, we discussed four episodes in our nation’s history which speak to the expansion of federal power, and the utility of “Big Government.” They are: Reconstruction, The Great Depression and the Great Recession, and the Civil Rights Era.… [Read more]

Questioning My Sanity, Part Tres

Halfway done with a 2-year Mental Health certificate program, with another 4 years of undergrad and 3 years of grad school to look forward to after that (if I want to get a “real” career and not have to beg for a couch to crash on ever again), and I’m already burning out. The dull and dry reading and writing assignments, the suspect perspectives being voiced in class discussions, the skewed theories that raise more questions than they answer; this wasn’t what I had signed up for.… [Read more]

June Pop Quiz – What Begins With P and Ends in E?

A funny thing happens every June. It’s akin to a seasonal awakening, a biological imperative. Just as the birds fly south for the winter and the flowers spring to life in May, the gays begin to sprinkle out of their slumber. At first, it starts with a smattering; a gay guy here, a gay girl there.… [Read more]

In the Shadow of the American Dream Part 3: The Journey Continues

In light of the President Obama’s recent bold step forward on immigration reform, many young undocumented Americans will now have the chance to come out of the shadows and live their lives openly, without  the looming threat of deportation.  However, many undocumented immigrants who still live and work in the United States, as they have for years, will still languish in a limbo of fear and uncertainty. … [Read more]

Turn the Screws on Joe the Plumber

So it wasn’t bad enough that his 15 minutes of fame (thanks, John McCain and Sarah Palin!) extended waaaaaaay past anything any sane and rational person would have thought possible? And wasn’t it enough punishment for thinking people everywhere to see that he not only allowed the thought to run for a public office enter into his hollow skull …but he actually beat someone, anyone, in the Ohio primaries?… [Read more]

Pimpin’ In the Name of God

Math and Science have always been two subjects Jewish parents place an emphasis in excellence, however it seems we’re going to have to add Torah. Usually considered to be one of those subjects where you’re not all that troubled if your child doesn’t excel, it’s somewhat akin to P.E. or an elective. But apparently, these days a Rabbinical career can prove to be quite rewarding.… [Read more]

Zimmerman Donors: A Pack of Gun-loving Schmucks

We’ve watched, over these months, as the racists and gun-toters scurry to provide cover for George Zimmerman (and, in case you’re living in a plastic bubble, he’s the Florida murderous vigilante neighborhood watch volunteer who pursued, shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old black kid named Trayvon Martin, was charged with 2nd degree murder, and is now claiming self-defense under Florida’s Stand Your Ground law), and the clamor has certainly allowed the leopard to show its spots.  … [Read more]

Rio +20 and the Problem of Global Action

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, aka Rio+20, is happening right now, and as usual there’s a storm of opinions flying around the internet. The conference is a converging place for activists of all stripes concerned about environmental issues, and everyone has a different perspective on how we’re going to address the world’s problems. So of course, it’s a mess.… [Read more]

Conservative Incoherence Over Syria

Too often the complexity of foreign policy gets portrayed as a simplistic, dualist choice between definitive military force and committed nonintervention. Either you’re a Donald Rumsfeld or a Ron Paul. But the real options of foreign policy decision-making are both numerous and nuanced, with both short-term and long-term options and concerns.

And yet, as concerns the turmoil in Syria,… [Read more]

International Baby-Haters

I’m frankly not a fan of babies; working in a pediatric practice has cultivated a deep revulsion in me for them, and the looming threat of disastrous overconsumption, a phenomenon which their very existence precipitates, has made me genuinely fear what all these inane infants are capable of.

While declining birthrates are a hallmark of postindustrial societies and the spread of neoliberal norms, the global population is continuing to grow exponentially, threatening the ecological stability of our entire planet.… [Read more]

The Word of the Month Club…

Dear Republicans,

Vagina. Vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina.Vagina! Vagina, vagina; vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. Vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. Vagina? Vagina?!? Vagina!! Vagina. Vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. Vagina! Vagina, vagina; vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. Vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina, vagina. Vagina? … [Read more]