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Thank You President Obama for Kindling Hope

This Thanksgiving, I reflect on our nation. There is reason to despair, or course. Some dire work is still undone. For example, nearly a year after the Sandy Hook horror, we still have no coherent national plan of action to...More

 

Political Leaders On Twitter

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Politics today is all about messaging. So I took a quick look at the Twitter account for Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. What I found will not surprise you. Republicans are focused on the ACA rollout...More

 

Life Before Social Security

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This year I will be 71 years old, assuming I make it and I have close family now into their eighties. I was born in the first year of WW II and my older relatives born in the 1930s during...More

 

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Newtown

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I posted this after Aurora. Unfortunately it fits again. And so we have another "massacre", this time in Aurora, Colorado, maybe 20 miles from Columbine. Pretty soon we can just start characterizing these barbarities as "incidents". This one is life...More

 

Medicare Age Requirement Should Go Down, Not Up

Recently there has been talk by Republican lawmakers and the media about a deal to help solve the Fiscal Cliff issue and they think that Medicare’s age requirement should be lifted to 67 years old. As far as I am...More

 

ObamaCare is Off the Table in “Fiscal Cliff” Negotiations

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Those who poured out in droves to vote for President Obama, who by the way, won a second term in office, deserve to have what they stood in long lines on Election Day for. The Affordable Care Act, also known...More

 

Why can’t we peaceful people be given a choice?

About four or so months I attended a progressive town hall meeting hosted by my Rep. Eddie B. Johnson, with Rep. Barbara Lee from California. An old-aged attendent asked about the healthcare ruling (this was about two weeks before the...More

 

Dreams of a Nation, Needs an Education

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Children even in poverty-stricken areas go to bed at night dreaming about what they want to be. They dream of being firefighters, police officers, doctors, presidents and even super heroes. The hunger and poverty they have known all their short...More

 

The Serial Killer Groupie and the GOP

Once there was a serial killer. His name was William Hickman. He was rather famous back in the 1920s. The son of a paranoid schizophrenic mother and grandmother he would torture and kill cats as kid. Anyone who knew him...More

 

The Randian

And so we have our Republican Vice Presidential candidate, the Ayn Rand acolyte Paul Ryan; the young gun star of the radical right. The new John Galt, feeling put upon by the "takers" in society. Ryan is now less comfortable...More