There were 3,553 reported sexual assaults in the Military in 2013. As we all know sexual assaults are one of the most under reported crimes in the United States. So we could easily be looking at 6,000 total sexual assaults in the Military. What makes the failure to pass the "Military Justice Improvement Act" even more disturbing is the number of sexual assaults jumped 46% vs. 2012. So obviously keeping these types of crimes within the Militarily Chain of Commend isn't working. It is time for an outside obiter to look at these case so women can serve their country without the fear of being raped! Read more
Do you think it's fair to have an outside obiter come in and look at sexual assaults cases involving Military personnel?
Around my community of Southwest Washington all eyes are on the Oregon Legislature this week as committees decide the fate of the Columbia River Crossing (CRC). For those in other parts of the country, the CRC is the replacement project for the I5 Bridge that connects Washington and Oregon in Vancouver and Portland. It’s a heavily researched, debated, and berated piece of infrastructure legislation that has come to represent the divisions in our national discourse. The CRC is nothing less than a symbol of political breakdown over common sense use of government. Read more
Chris Christie's not the only one with a bridge to sell you: in Washington, some argue the NSA never went to far, that Food Stamps promote a culture of dependency and that we'll get better internet without net neutrality.
Christie's tactics may seem straight out of the Sopranos, but it is Obama strong-arming an abusive trade treaty, the House GOP gunning down unemployment relief and a Florida man shooting a movie theater texter.
There is something rotten in the Garden State, but also something poisonous in our nation's capital, where a push for Iran sanctions outweigh calls for talks and where a mediocre spending bill is called a victory.
Christie may be making national headlines, turning bridges into jams and tunneling himself deeper, but it seems that DC is now playing by Jersey rules and all Washington has jointed the Bridge-and-Tunnel crowd.
Laugh at the absurdity or cry at the insanity -- with a drink in hand and good company at your side at your local progressive social club.
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We survived a year of stalemate and shutdowns, shouting matches, sideshows and sh*t-storms, and somehow, despite setbacks and silliness, millions of Americans begin the new year insured.
We made it through bogus budget battles, callous compromises, cave-ins and calls for cuts, to a new year that starts with new rhetoric: a President, Pope & nation talking about inequality.
We stumbled through saber-rattling with Syria, and slogged through Snowden's NSA surprises to a January that finds us in fewer wars than a year before and fresh force for reforms in our intelligence operations.
2013 was a year we endured. Will 2014 see more Americans insured, our privacy ensured and our safety net assured? We can hope and work, but we can never be sure.
Show of up for a sure bet of socializing and sipping as we share New Year's resolutions and revels at your local progressive social club.
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Two weeks into my sophomore year in university I decided to meet up with an old friend from freshman year. She was a Muslim from Kuwait and a very interesting person to talk to considering her background. We were discussing various topics and came across the theory of evolution since she was now taking the same biology class as the one I had taken during my freshman year. She is very much into science so I decided to ask her opinion on the theory of evolution. Her response wasn’t very positive. I first I was surprised, but then I remembered I had learned the previous year that the Muslim world frowns upon the idea of evolution. I also learned that teaching evolution in the Middle East varies by state and is usually combined with creationist beliefs for the explanation of the origin of the universe. I am fan of evolution, but the conversation reminded me just how the Arab world is similar to the USA since there is a problem here with teaching evolution and God in public schools. Questions arise asking whether God should be taught alongside evolution, should we even teach evolution to our children, or does God even belong inside the classroom? Read more
It has become apparent that House Speaker John Boehner has lost control of House Republicans. So the question becomes what should he do? From my estimation the speaker has two options. One, he can continue to be rebuffed by his own party for another year until he loses his speakership in 2014.
Or he can take option two and create an alliance with a few republicans (20 or so) and all the Democrats to pass a long term debt "fix" bill that will balance our budget over the next decade. This is assuming he can get a short term debt limit increase passed. I know that's a big assumption. This alliance will give John Boehner a place in American political history that will outlast any of his current opponents. Just look at newt Gingrich the "Historian".
Now it is true that both option have a bad immediate outcome for the Speaker. He will no doubt lose his speakership no matter what he does. But option number two leaves him a career bigger then being a contributor to FOX News.
While Jimmy Kimmel's poll isn't as scientific as most polls (then again most polls are crap), it shows how polls need to factor in people's political bias when they formulate poll questions.
1. Syria remained subject to a bloody turmoil for over two years in 21st Century which promised highest civilization in the history of our planet. Over a hundred thousand innocent fellow humans killed and over a million Syrian citizens displaced. United Nations remained a silent spectator throughout the Syrian’s massacre and so are all the Global Heads of the States “The Hon’able Members of UNO”. What a tremendous conspiracy against an elected government and UN recognized sovereign state. Who financed, armed and patronized the Opposition Party of Syria! Who is a threat to Syrian’s integrity and their solidarity! Who promoted Civil War in Syria! Who will own & justify the innocuous blood of one hundred thousand Syrians! Read more
Popular topics for political discussions all revolve the question of choice. People are happier when given more options in their decision making but laws still have to be set in order to prevent people from harming each other. The price, however, of living in a nation that allows the beliefs of different cultures and religions to exist is that we often have clashes over what we believe is best and lawful for our citizens. Recently, my home state of Texas signed into law a bill that prevents a woman from having an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Whenever I was asked the question whether I approve of that law my only response was “I don’t know.” Unfortunately, my response when it comes to whether abortion should be legal or not is still being formed. Read more
With the talks already ongoing to try and avert a government shutdown in the face of another debt ceiling crisis, I have decided to look at the broader question of whether it is genuinely possible to have an actual dialogue, on any subject, given the current political atmosphere. The first item in this conversation is to determine what dialogue actually is. Despite many different definitions that come to mind, and a lot of searching, I have happened upon a quote that seems to make the most sense. In the book On Heaven and Earth then Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, in his introduction has this to say on the idea of dialogue:
"Dialogue is born of a respectful attitude toward the other person, from a conviction that the other person has something good to say. It supposes that we can make room in our heart for their point of view, their opinion and their proposals. Dialogue entails a warm reception and not a preemptive condemnation. To dialogue, one must know how to lower the defenses, to open the door to one's home and to offer warmth. Read more