Its Wednesday May 8th! Do you know where your Podcast is? On this day in history back in 1858 John Brown held a secret anti-slavery convention in Canada where he and around 50 like-minded individuals adopted an anti slavery constitution. Brown is one of the most polarizing figures of the chaotic period leading up to the civil war. Hated by supporters of the southern way of exploiting human beings for their own personal gain and glory - I mean advocates of states’ rights; revered by the growing population of civil rights warriors who believed that change would not come without a fight; shunned and shamed by peace loving, meek abolitionists who preferred to sing songs, publish articles, and peacefully assemble to end slavery. Read more
How are leaders made? Is it possible to raise children to become tomorrow's elected officials, or at least active voters? Wondering what my peers and I must do to rear a successful next generation, I’ve come up with one answer: involvement. Children need to be shown how to do things- leadership skills must be taught by engaging in the political process. And really, it’s not that hard to do.
When I volunteered for Organizing for America, I brought my children to most of the events. Towards the end of the campaign, I worked on material when they were at school, but often in the evenings, they watched me write blogs, respond to emails and texts, and edit photos. In real time, they saw how one small part in a huge endeavor got done. The results were posted online, and I occasionally showed them my work, so they could see how actions yield results. Read more
We always knew the name Surf Street was dead on. When we were little, a sign that spelled “No Wake” was attached to the telephone pole at the top of the street, for when boats would pass through from Shore Road. I’d never seen boats float by our front window, but I do remember Mike L. trick-or-treating from his wave runner, on a Halloween long ago.
Floods came and went at regular intervals, throwing some excitement into our ho-hum suburban Lindenhurst lives. My dad cracked that we had “occasional waterfront property,” made funnier because the water never made it into the house; it just disfigured the landscape enough, for a day or two, to let us miss school and give us a thrilling sense of disorientation when we expected to see bushes or blacktop. Read more
The day that the United States Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, I was expecting the worse and the end of hope for millions like me. After seeing the conservatively controlled court delivered several rulings that reflected what I believed was their partisanship, I expected the justices to throw the health care bill out on a 5-4 ruling.
So I was very happy to see Chief Justice John Roberts come out of the conservative fold and show that he was more than just a partisan player but someone who saw the need that was spread out over America; families hanging on the edge because of a health care crisis, along with the financial devastation it caused in its wake. Read more
So it was last Sunday morning and the "news" shows and respected journalists were yammering about whether or not coming out for same sex marriage will help or hurt Obama’s re-election efforts.
"Sixty percent of those polled indicate his stance will have no effect on their vote; 16% said they are less likely to vote for him while yadayadayada." Read more
It is a very impressive room.
A room; veritably dripping with power and authority.
The authority to make decisions for all 300 million Americans.
Decisions about whether the laws that Congress makes are in harmony with the Constitution.
If you have been even a casual observer and tracker of the decisions handed down by the body of men who occupy and work in this room; you could be forgiven if you stood up now and yelled at the top of your voice; “Yeah; Right”………………………………………………
…………………………………………I suppose that I should state for the record that I am speaking of the The Supreme Court of the United States. (SCOTUS for short). Read more
"I have done nothing but in care of thee"
Anyone like Shakespeare?
I love Shakespeare.
How about the Comedies? Great huh?
Well in the beautiful State of Maryland; in the country called the United States;
We have a political comedy going on to vye with Shakespeare’s best.
In the Maryland legislature yesterday; the honorable gentleman of our assembly were all stressed that they might not be able to pass a balanced budget bill before the midnight deadline.
The leaders assured us that they could see no reason why this should be a problem. Read more
Truly my career has reached the next phase of its evolution. I have been published at The Huffington Post. Go have a look and let me know what you think!
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It may surprise many of us just how many women out there are battered and living with a husband or at least a mate who treats them like garbage and slaves. Some of these women find it difficult to just leave; they’ve psychologically been battered in such a way that it develops a loss of independence.
I’m sure that the women who belong to the “One Million Moms” group feel in their hearts that they’re doing the right thing; standing up against JC Penny and now Toys ‘R’ Us because of these businesses’ support of gay issues, but there’s something they just don’t seem to understand. What they don’t understand is that being gay is not just an adult thing but it’s also a kid thing, at least as young as eleven – that was the first time I remember realizing that I was gay and I’m sure it’s the same for a lot of kids. Read more
The way the world: when the government begins to strengthen "take care" of the people, because, look, something again, just be short of. Read more
Grading Democracy on a Curve
Raging Moderate, by Will Durst Read more