Archives for June 2013

Waiting With Bated Breath: The Supreme Court’s Rulings on DOMA and Prop 8

SCOTUS has had the opportunity this session to make a big impact on the face of American politics with three big cases: Fisher v. University of Texas, United States v. Windsor, and Hollingsworth v. Perry. As of this morning, we have one down, two to go, and are being faced with a real disappointment.

In the first case, Fisher v.… [Read more]

SCOTUS and Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act: It’s Up to Congress

The Supreme Court has decided to halt use of a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the voting rights decision and, effectively, the Court is leaving the decision about voting rights up to Congress by saying that legislators can draft another, more modern formula for voting rights. This action is a blow to all of those people who have defended the right to vote through this Act since at least 1965.… [Read more]

Hand-to-Mouth, Paycheck to Paycheck

Yesterday it was reported that 76% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. According to Bankrate.com’s survey reported by CNN, “Fewer than one in four Americans have enough money in their savings account to cover at least six months of expenses, enough to help cushion the blow of a job loss, medical emergency or some other unexpected event, according to the survey of 1,000 adults.… [Read more]

What ‘War On Men?’

Wall Street Journal conservative columnist James Taranto played fire-breathing dragon  again slamming Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and her hold on the nomination of Lt. Gen.Susan Helms to become the vice commander of the U.S. Space Command. Lt. Gen. Helms was the second Air Force general officer to overrule a sexual assault courts martial conviction in the past year for a subordinate officer, and Congress is holding officers accountable, starting at the top of the Chain of Command.… [Read more]

Fool on the Hill

“Fool on the Hill” is this week’s “Say It In Song” pick. Given the news coming out of Capitol Hill this week — ranging from the fight to take food from the mouths of babes in terms of reduced SNAP (food stamp) subsidies, all the way to the battles to bring women’s rights back to the pre-choice 1950s — it appears that many in this nation have cast votes for leaders who are our own personal fools.… [Read more]

Ask Mrs. Vera: Why Are We Still Looking For Jimmy Hoffa?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Why do we keep looking for the body of Jimmy Hoffa?

Regards, Eliot Ness

Oh, I get this question all the time – at least two or three times a week. The mailroom of Ask Mrs. Vera is a virtual fire hazard from such inquiries! Unfortunately, all these letters are from the same person and, even worse, are written on a very unattractive, out-of-date and soggy tartan stationary.… [Read more]

Farm Bill: Adventures In Sausagemaking.

For those of us who have breakfasted often in Britain and Ireland, we might love black and white pudding sausages, but we tend not to think about how sausages are made if we want to keep from vomiting.

Among the occupations on this columnist’s resume was a stint as a budget analyst at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington during the mid-1990s.… [Read more]

America’s Untouchables

While visiting Atlanta over the past couple of days I talked with an immigrant cabbie from Nigeria. During our conversation we talked about the number of homeless people sleeping on the street around the Georgia Capitol. He told me he immigrated to America from his home so he could enjoy the fruits of America. I asked him if the money being made from oil has trickled down to the Nigerian people, and he told me that poverty and political corruption continued to rule his home.… [Read more]

How to Weaken Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform…One Bill at a Time

H.R. 1105, the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act, was introduced by Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia). The purpose of the Act is to exempt advisers to certain private equity funds from the new registration requirements required by Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Act, the Wall Street reform act that is supposed to regulate the practices of Wall Street to prevent another financial crisis. … [Read more]

Tears of Rebellion

With the unabated acceleration of the Arab Spring beginning in late 2010, law enforcement agencies found themselves ill-equipped to deal with the masses of protesters that would soon emerge. In many of the countries where these protests erupted, namely Libya, Yemen, and Syria, this kind of political activity was hardly welcome. Being unprepared for a mass political movement of this magnitude, governments and their law enforcement agencies resorted almost immediately to violent methods of control.… [Read more]