Archives for May 2013

Imperialism Is Not Just An American Game

“Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must…knowing that you and everybody else, having the same power as we have, would do the same as we do,” state the Athenians in Thucydides famous Melian Dialogue section of his History of the Peloponnesian War.… [Read more]

Dude? Now? Dem seeking to capture Bachmann’s seat drops out of race

OK, sure, it makes sense. It is a rather red area. Is that what he was thinking?

Jim Graves, who lost by a thin margin to Minnesota US Rep. Michele Bachmann last year, sent a note to supporters informing that he suspended his campaign today. He noted that he was successful in his goal to oust Bachmann from Congress, just two days after she announced she wouldn’t seek re-election.… [Read more]

History 101—One way WWII had a positive impact for women

In my spare time {groan} I’ve been reading Tom Brokaw’s The Greatest Generation. I enjoy reading about and studying history, and WWII is one of my favorite subjects. You remember WWII , you know, that war we fought to clean up the mess from WWI. You remember WWI, the ‘war to end all wars’. As the men went to war, women went to the workplace and, even though they were ‘fired’ at the end of the war, their presence in the workplace created more opportunities for women.… [Read more]

The Business of Government

I love baseball. Well, I love the Mets and the Mets play baseball most of the time. This week they have been playing (and beating!) their cross-town rivals: the hated NY Yankees.

The Mets have played second fiddle to the Yankees for most of the 51 years I have been following the Mets. The Yankees are considered Major League Baseball’s most successful franchise and, with a monetary value exceeding a Billion dollars, they are estimated to be the richest team in all of professional sports.… [Read more]

If anyone can head a Global Institute, it’s a guy who used to lead the CIA, right?

David Petraeus, the retired Army General who resigned as the director of the CIA last autumn, has a new gig: he’s taken a position job with investment firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. as the head of their newly formed Global Institute division.

Petraeus, who served as commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan and forces in Iraq in 2007 and 2008, resigned from a brief stint at the CIA under a scandalous cloud after an extramarital affair with a biographer.… [Read more]

Faith Healing, A Chronic Illness

The blogosphere has been alive and kicking after the terrible news of loss of human life in this country this past week. First, there was the terrible mega-twister that tore through Oklahoma, killing dozens that we know of so far. Shortly thereafter a story surfaced out of Pennsylvania of a child dying under the watch of his faithful parents.… [Read more]

Bye, Bye Bachmann

Sometimes insomnia is a bane for political columnists. At other times, though, it’s a blessing. Of course, not being Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, I did have to carefully check to see if breaking wee hours news that Tea Party doyenne Rep. Michele “Fact-Free Diet” Bachmann (R-Minn.)’s local video announcement that she would not be seeking a fifth term in Congress did not have a byline from The Onion, Daily Currant, or a late night comedy writer.… [Read more]

American Cancer Society: 100 Years Old Today

It would seem rather strange to say, “Happy birthday, American Cancer Society!” on the day that it turns 100 years old. As other not-for-profit organisations of all stripes fall by the wayside, it’s simultaneously an accomplishment to have lasted this long to carry out its mission, and disheartening to see that far too many of us are still touched by cancer, thereby warranting the need for an organisation such as this to exist at all.… [Read more]

If the ‘Obamaphone’ doesn’t ring, it’s me.

The despised “Obamaphone” continues as Republicans’ whipping boy with more longevity than octogenarian publicity-seeking wobbly walker-borne missile Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio could hope for between Geritol shots.

Enter one Louisiana Sen. David “Diaper Boy” Vitter (R-D.C. Madam) into the fabled faux “Obamaphone” fray.  Oh, it’s just too ironic that the Federal Communications Commission low income telephone assistance subsidy expanded from traditional landline service to include wireless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.… [Read more]

Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2013. Formerly known as Decoration Day — originally created and celebrated by former African-American slaves — and meant to commemorate and honour all men and women who have died in military service for this nation, the day officially became known as Memorial Day after World War II. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been recognised as a federal holiday observed on the last Monday in May.… [Read more]