Just read this story and it has me turning my head inside out as I consider what should be "right" as opposed to what might "work" for the Democratic National Committee in 2017 and the Midterm Elections in 2018: Ellison holds edge in DNC race survey. In my heart I hold nothing but respect for Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) who in a new survey of DNC members holds an edge over former Labor…Continue
I spent this past weekend in New York City. It seems when I’ve reached a certain point in dealing with things, when I just can’t clear my head, I book a flight to NYC. It’s a bit like the ultimate comfort food. Now, I’m sure New York has its share or problems—the place scared me to no end the first couple of times I visited—but I’ve been pretty sheltered by them. And when I need her, she welcomes me with open arms.
There’s no point in lying. I, like so many others, have been deeply…Continue
Some life trivia. The above photo is of a newspaper article in the Virginian Pilot from Nov. 23, 1989. Backstory: I needed a full time job while in college and a friend of mine's older brother said he could get me a job with a local private security company. I did not realize what I…Continue
Valentine’s Day brings thoughts of love. But mine is not a romance. Instead it is a story of the satisfactions of ordinary life.
My wife and I have been married 40 years now, and have but one child, our son, now 38 years old. He is not married and so we have no grandchildren (sigh). At 40 years, we have a different sort of love than we had when we were young. No more fantasies of nights of passion. We both get up early, she before me, and I am up by 4:30 on weekdays, so by 8 o’clock…Continue
In a state where we spend over 2 1/2 times to incarcerate each convicted criminal than we spend to educate each of our children...
For any and all who may have wonder or feel concern, I recently received email replies from Jan Sand and Zanelle (Suzanne Smith). Both are well and Jan can be reached at his Wordpress account https://jansandhere.wordpress.com/ while Zanelle can be reached at her Google collection…Continue
This song is just permanently stuck in my brain as the eternal question:
Where do we go from here now that all of the children have grown up
And how do we spend our time knowin' nobody gives us a…
I don't know why, but humans want leaders. Look at the biggest blowhards who scream liberty and freedom the loudest, and they will be the first one to want a leader when something needs done. It's hard to say if humans have always had leaders, given the lack of legible records from the prehistoric days, but let's say that yes, there have always been alphas in the ranks. When did it become more about power…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
I grew up in their version of reality.
In the 50s, Communism was evil and Capitalism was good. Free speech was censoring movies, books and TV, and questioning students on college campuses. Queers and trans people were sick and perverted, a threat to truth, justice and the American way. A commie lurked around every corner.
In Catholic school, sex education was telling us not to…Continue
This post evolved out a comment that I left on aka's post: The Facade of Tranquility.
When I made the decision to move back to Texas back in September of 2016, I had some significant concerns about whether or not I could adapt to the rampant prejudice and bigotry that I'd encountered growing up in the Lone Star State. Could I find it in…Continue
Muslim and Jewish children at protest wins hearts: A Muslim and a Jewish father had never met before bringing their children to O'Hare International Airport Monday to join in a protest of President Donald Trump's immigration ban. But after a photograph showing their son and daughter interacting went viral, they decided to bring their families…Continue
Why doesn't this surprise me: Border agents defy courts on Trump travel ban. It's really nothing new.
I worked for Beta Magnetics Shenyang Computers, a Joint Venture Corporation, in the People's Republic of China for a year in 1990-91.
In the early 1980's my boss, Mark Yaftibadi, came to the USA along with his…Continue
I wonder how many of us have forgotten what happened on January 28, 1986?
...or how many remember those who were lost:…Continue
HRC won the popular vote by nearly 3 million and The Beast Who Shall not be Named calls for a major investigation of illegal aliens, dead folks and double registration voter fraud: ...plans 'major investigation into voter fraud' amid groundless claims…Continue