Archives for May 2013

Avoiding words and phrases

Random musings…Watching what we say and when we say it can be tricky waters to navigate. I came across something recently that reminded me of Jim Romenesko’s post in March regarding Washington Post Outlook section editor Carlos Lozada’s list of Outlook words and phrases that should be avoided. Their editor’s comments are in parentheses and mine are also in parentheses but with “Ed:” in front of the comments.… [Read more]

Cruisin’ for Bruisin’

Watching this week’s news cycle made me think of this song’s title. How often must we, the public, be subjected to the same nonsense spewed as ‘doing the work of the people’? This week it was revealed that the political wrangling disguised as an inquiry into the tragic events in Benghazi is nothing more than misinformation and twisted facts.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: Is there any way to stop Karl Rove?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Is there any way to stop Karl Rove from making-up stuff?

Regards, Andrea “Tokyo Rose” Breitbart

Dear Endora Bombay,

Thank you for your inquiry into the chicken-egg philosophical mystery of cracked Super-Liars. I normally write this column while waiting for hours in the wind and rain for a series of busses that take me away from my house then eventually back to it so, often, this column can be quite wordy, but thanks to your question and the 22-Fillmore being less than a block away, I’m going to wrap up early and just go with “no”.[Read more]

Putting Colors into Your Life

 

Life is like an empty canvas when we are born. With each experience we add on to the threads that make up the fabrics of our life. As we paint on the canvas we wonder how the final picture will turn out. What will it be? Will it be a bright and happy drawing or something that is dull and that depicts agony?… [Read more]

#DoYourJobGOP!

The rhetoric that is coming out of Washington DC is so loud that the Republicans in House of Representatives and Senate cannot hear the American people. It seems there is nothing more important than stopping President Barack Obama from accomplishing anything. This, of course, comes at a time in American history when ideology is more important than jobs, unnecessary gun deaths and poverty, all of which affect the American economy.… [Read more]

I.R.S.: Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.

The taxman is the Rodney “No Respect” Dangerfield of government employees. The latest hubbub over alleged Internal Revenue Service “targeting” of government-critical conservative groups is the latest ‘Tempest in a Teapot’ only Congressional Republicans could wail about. You’d think the President dug up ole Geo. Washington’s sacred bones and used them for White House Halloween decorations.… [Read more]

Global March Against Monsanto – May 25

Hey…You gonna eat that? That’s the question that comes to mind for many of us when food is presented. We often make our decisions because of caloric levels, fat content and even pesticides used but, more and more, genetic modifications are a concern. Enter GMO giant, the Monsanto Corporation.

GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, have made their way into the nation’s fruit and vegetable supply and, recently, the Food and Drug Administration took public comments on so-called “Frankenfish.”

Monsanto has been in the news for a host of issues.… [Read more]

Don’t do it, sir…A Canadian plea to stay out of Syria

Readers of this space know that this Canuck is an admirer of President Obama. An easy call even if the President did not possess his many admirable qualities, given the sad state of his opposition, with knee-jerk abysmalism, and an always tried, never true policy of ‘well, shit, we’re not him’ its ragged, pathetic battle cry.… [Read more]

Closed Schools. Distraught Students. Stunned Teachers. Shocked Community. Buena Vista: An Education Fiasco

“How can you close school…isn’t that against the law?”

This question has been rolling around in my mind for a few days, as I come to the painful realization that we really don’t value education at all. We don’t take it seriously. We pay it lip service. Education is a long-term goal. We worship short-term gain.… [Read more]

Benghazi Buffoonery

The continuing Benghazi debacle on Capitol Hill has all the marks of a Cecil B. DeMille Hollywood blockbuster. Starring the Marx Brothers.

“Impeachment,” hinted Sen. James “Lousy Okie Pilot” Inhofe (R-Okla.) as he made another pass at Runway ‘X’ and as construction workers scurried to safety. Inhofe is still mad at the Federal Aviation Administration for questioning his airmanship skills.… [Read more]

Tribute to Mothers

Whether she’s a married woman, a single mom, an empty-nester or a surrogate who steps in when needed, she deserves to be honoured. Happy Mother’s Day!

“A Very Special Tribute to a Very Special Mom”

If there is happiness in my heart, it’s because you helped put it there.

If there is gentleness in my beliefs, it’s because you showed me how to care.[Read more]

Homeless

This week’s “Say It In Song” pick is “Homeless,”performed by Paul Simon on the album Graceland.

“Strong wind destroy our home Many dead, tonight it could be you Strong wind, strong wind Many dead, tonight it could be you”

On any given night in this country, 700,000 to 2 million people are homeless.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: Will Christie’s weight loss affect the 2016 elections?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

How do you think New Jersey’s Governor Christie’s impending weight loss will affect the 2016 Presidential election?

Regards,

Mrs. Connie Fasquatti, Passaic/Hoboken Newborn Beautiful (finalist) 1943, Miss Little Trenton 1947, Glassboro Crab Queen 1963, 1967, 1978-81, Miss Patterson 2009

Dear Confiscated Paysack Hobo #9876543211=0,

Thanks for your letter, dear — love your hat!… [Read more]

Fox News…your fair and balanced news source(?)

Fox News.com, “fair and balanced,” and this from their Twitter profile page: “Follow America’s #1 cable news network, delivering you breaking news, insightful analysis, and must-see videos.”

We have heard and read much over the years about how Fox News gets it wrong, forgets the “fair and balanced” thingy, does their level best to create conspiracies, and probably blames the president for the sun rising in the east.… [Read more]

How Quickly They Forget

After this week’s congressional election between Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert-Busch it is hard to think of the Republican Party standing for anything. The Grand Old Party of Lincoln, Roosevelt and Eisenhower has fallen to new lows in the election of often disgraced Mark Sanford, but it is the South, and politics below the Mason Dixon line is far from mainstream in any sense of the word.… [Read more]

The next big financial bubble can be popped.

Education can be an individual’s or a nation’s greatest investment. We talk about the disparity between the  public education provided to students with fewer economic resources and those who have greater financial means. We also talk about gender differences in that young women are often steered away from  Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study.… [Read more]

What would it have taken to vote Democrat, South Carolina?

Results of the South Carolina special election for the US House between the Republican candidate, former governor Mark Sanford, and his opponent, business woman Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, were tallied last night. Sanford won. The race that some predicted would be a toss-up actually turned out to be a sizeable victory for Sanford in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District special election.… [Read more]

What we see on broadcast TV

I’m dating myself (no, not that kind of “dating”!), but I used to watch “Gunsmoke” on TV and at the beginning of every show I’d see Marshal Dillon facing down some unknown bad guy in the street. Marshal Dillon would draw and fire, but I never saw the ”bad guy” die. To this day, I don’t know if he was shooting at a bad guy, Miss Kitty, Chester or Doc.… [Read more]

How Teacher Evaluations Work…or Don’t.

With four weeks left in the school year, I am constantly getting e-mails from administration that remind us, the staff, that final walk-throughs will be done in the next couple of weeks and, after grades are posted, our final evaluations will be ready for us to view. We receive reminders to enter in our “evidence” that we have been working toward the goals we set for ourselves at the beginning of the year.… [Read more]

Death and Taxes

April has come and gone, and virtually all of us have dutifully filed a tax return or an extension. The anti-tax mob hasn’t gone anywhere. Somebody’s going to have to pay the tab, according to their means. Despite the sequester that wasn’t supposed to be, replete with “For special friends of Rick’s” special interest mulligans, the bugaboo of taxation hasn’t left us.… [Read more]