When You Only Have a Hammer, Every Problem is a Nail

The NRA waited one entire week before issuing a statement about the Newtown, Connecticut massacre that left 26 people dead. When they did break silence, they once again broke a nation's heart. The murmurs of disbelief coming from the press were audible as Wayne LaPierre stood in front of them and for over twenty minutes…

Welcome to the Growing Dome

Reed City High School has something special other schools would benefit from. Two years ago members of the Science department put together the Growing Dome Project. This hands on learning facility offers high school students a fantastic opportunity to grow their own food and learn about different methods of growing fruit, vegetables and even tropical…

An Open Letter To The Republicans In Lansing

Proposal 1 was defeated in Michigan on Tuesday. This is good news (for now) for the state. Rick Snyder has already promised to draft a new Emergency Dictator law and decreed the zombie law PA 72 is now in force. The only problem with this is PA 72 was repealed with the illegal immediate effect…

No Wake

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…

21st Century Intolerable Act – The Michigan Emergency Manager Law

It was during the late winter of 1774 in London the House of Lords argued what to do with the American colonies after they were informed anonymous men dressed as Mohawks had boarded ships loaded with the Crown’s tea and dumped it into Boston Harbor. The British government knew they had to answer this heinous…

“Occupy Got It Right.” So Says a Banker

No, no, no – this isn't some tongue-in-cheek diary meant to give you a good laugh during the last week of the presidential campaign.  This is NOT a joke.  A banker actually said this. Check it out:

New BBC Poll: The Rest of the Planet Backs Obama!

It seems that if the rest of the civilized world (or, at least most of it) could vote in the upcoming American presidential election, they would vote for Barack Obama by a count of 50% for Obama to 9% for Romney. No shit. In a recent (10/22/2012) poll conducted by Globescan for the BBC, Obama…

Pennsylvania Voter ID Law May End Up Blocked

I'M a PA resident.  This law SUCKS! It was, from the very beginning, designed and intended to disenfranchise minority and young voters in Pennsylvania.  It has also threatened to disenfranchise older Pennsylvanians.  People like my neighbor Ralph, who manned the radio in a B-24 over Italy, Germany, and the Pacific during WWII – but who…

Something to Believe In: Planned Parenthood

Walking into the new Planned Parenthood facility in Vancouver, WA one is greeted by friendly people and an immaculate environment. Like any kind of medical clinic, there’s a sterile, professional feel to the space. This is a serious place with a serious mission: to provide quality reproductive care to the community it serves. Field Organizer…

Ladies First

I’d never seen Lilly Ledbetter, the woman for whom the Fair Pay Act was named; but on Tuesday night, I had the opportunity to watch her on TV, speaking at the Democratic Convention. My first thought was, “Oh, she’s just like me.” The first piece of legislation Pres. Obama signed after he was sworn in…

Clint Eastwood and the GOP’s overweening pride

A Hollywood icon had a senior moment, or several, in the lead up to the most important speech of Mitt Romney’s career. We’ve had a few days now to let the chuckling subside, and wipe tears of laughter from our eyes, and so it’s time to reflect on what this means for the Republican Party….

Economy Re-Imagined: Tillamook Cheese and the Power of the Co-op

Nestled in the cloudy, forested crevices of the Oregon Coast is Tillamook County, home to a hundred small dairy farms that work together cooperatively. The Tillamook County Creamy Association (TCCA) has been thriving for a hundred years, and some members of the original families still belong today. One of the products they work together to…

Fight for the vote

We all know that Republicans are working diligently to win a permanent majority by interfering with our voting process.  Voter purges, reduced hours at the polls and voter ID laws are moving ahead at full speed.  These efforts have been fought in court with mixed results while the traditional media pollutes the discourse with false…

“Forcible Rape”: Last Battle of the Culture War

The 2012 Republican Party platform is reported by CNN to include the goal of a Constitutional ban on all abortions, making no exceptions for rape or incest survivors. This is the most extreme idea in the arsenal of the Conservative Right, and one that ultimately defines what they stand for. A cluster of cells with…

Village? What Village? The Honor Roll Student Who Did It All On His Own

Today while on the campaign trail Mitt Romney made a statement that literally made me stop in my tracks and listen. He talked about a hypothetical honor roll student and how they accomplished that feat all by themselves. He finished the statement with, “You don’t thank the bus driver.” record scratch Are you fucking kidding…