The Brooklyn Dame writes things the way she sees them; you'll know, with no guessing required, the Dame's likes and dislikes. You will note that this column is written the way she speaks (or hears those voices in her head...uh oh...). You'll also note strike-throughs embedded in her articles...Why? Because a proper English dame doesn't say foul things in public -- so she allows her inner voice to speak while her outer proper voice keeps her in check.

In order to give the full flavour of what is being relayed, sometimes words will be written in the ‘Queen’s English’, or with any one of the variety of accents by which she's surrounded; you may have to sound out a few words or refer to the random dictionary in the sidebar. The idea is so that you’ll feel as though you're sitting together -- transcending borders -- as she's speaking directly to you.

Fix it, don’t scrap it!

When Illinois Democrat Senator Dick Durbin said that it’s time to change President Obama’s healthcare reform law, Obamacare, it riled up a few feathers on the right. Durbin, who is the number two Democrat in the Senate, was asked if he’s concerned about the recent announcement that Obamacare’s employer mandate would be delayed for one year.… [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]

‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’ Voted on by Congress

An update on the Republican party’s insistence on pushing forward with its ‘War on Women‘: The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” is a direct challenge to the Supreme Court’s decision in the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalised abortion up to the time a fetus is considered ‘viable’, which is generally considered to be approximately at the 24-week stage of pregnancy.… [Read more]

Hey, Taxpayers…Got Food?

Last year when the nation was in the throes of discussions about the ‘Fiscal Cliff‘ which then segued into budget sequestration, the not so aptly named Farm Bill was yet another political hurdle to overcome.

Let’s refresh your memory about the actions of the 112th Congress and what the Farm Bill contains:

Remember when our incredibly ineffective, lazy and divisive Congress allowed the Farm Bill to expire?[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]

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]

It’s Harvey Milk Day

For those who don’t know, May 22nd of each year is the day celebrated in loving memory of Harvey Milk, the gay rights activist who was murdered in 1978. Organised by the Harvey Milk Foundation, the day is meant to honour the accomplishments of Mr. Milk, a New York-born California politician who became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in that state when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.… [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]

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]

NRA’s Annual Meeting in Houston

From May 3rd through May 5th, the National Rifle Association will hold its annual meeting in Houston, Texas. According to the NRA website,

With over 550 exhibitors covering over 400,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, educational seminars, celebrities, and fun filled special events, bring the whole family – there will be something for everyone! Spend the day exploring the products from every major firearm company in the country, book the hunt of a lifetime in our exclusive outfitter section, and view priceless collections of firearms in our gun collector area.[Read more]