Economics, Self-Awareness &raquo

[23 Nov 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Thanksgiving: “God Bless The Child”

In the midst of preparations for Thanksgiving this year, it is important to remember to those who may not have their own celebration. These are difficult times for millions of Americans. Unemployment benefits have expired for many and they now have fallen off the statistical charts. Some may not find a job in the near future no matter how sincere their efforts. It will be a steep climb up that hill and for those with children, an emotionally gut-wrenching time. How does one explain the loss of a job, a …

Politics &raquo

[21 Nov 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
Disgraced Super Committee Fails to Act

For anybody wondering how the approval rating of Congress (more like the dis-approval rating) could possibly get any lower than its current  9%, the question has finally been answered.  Today the so-called Super Committee, comprised of six Republicans and six Democrats, announced that they had failed to come to an agreement on how to remove $1.2 trillion in spending from the federal budget over a period of ten years. Although the Super Committee utterly failed to come up with a sensible plan for deficit reduction, the $1.2 trillion will still …

Politics &raquo

[20 Nov 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Reaction to Occupy: New Image for America?

The video of Occupy protesters at UC Davis is almost too painful to watch. When I initially saw it, all I could think of was Kent State. Is that the direction in which law enforcement is headed? These are peaceful protesters with the right to “peaceably assemble” according to our Constitution. The police in this instance stated they felt threatened by the protesters. What an absurd statement.
Here we are, Americans, cheering for demonstrations in Libya and Syria and when demonstrations in our own country occur, people are pepper sprayed. A …

Politics &raquo

[17 Nov 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Gingrich Lies About Lobbying For Freddie Mac

Primarily due to his credible performance during the Republican debates,  Newt Gingrich has risen rapidly in the polls for his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.  However, Mr. Gingrich’s rise into the top tier of presidential contenders may bring him some unwanted scrutiny for a very checkered history.  In fact, Gingrich is only the latest example of Republican presidential “front-runners” that have come under the media microscope for mis-deeds and mis-statements made in the past.  The political campaigns of Tea Party favorites Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain have …

Politics &raquo

[16 Nov 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
Citizen Cain? Herman Revealed

Let us forget for a moment that I believe Herman Cain is a womanizer who has been accused of sexual harassment. Let us forget for a moment that Herman Cain wants to protect our southern border with an electric fence in his comprehensive immigration reform, which is a total disregard of human life. Today let us contemplate whether Herman Cain is a racist, a twisted irony for a man who was once a Democrat and who supported the Civil Rights movement.
In the evolution of Citizen Herman Cain, the man who …

Politics &raquo

[14 Nov 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Bachmann Claims No Respect From Media!

The presidential campaign of Michelle Bachmann, the one-time favorite of the Republican Tea Party faction, seems to be unraveling at a rapid pace.  Meanwhile, the Bachmann campaign is moaning and complaining that their candidate is being disrespected by the media, and being unfairly  dismissed as “irrelevant.” The truth of the matter is that Bachmann is, in fact, being disrespected by the media and has in fact, become irrelevant but for good reason. Her ultra-conservative political views and her total disregard for the plight of America’s middle class has made her …

Environment &raquo

[11 Nov 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
A Close Call for the Planet Earth

Most of us mortal dwellers of the Planet Earth have a very difficult time comprehending the vastness of our  own solar system, and cannot even begin to understand the immense size of the known universe. In fact, most of us don’t think much beyond our own national borders. There was a time, however, when people dreamed of visiting far-off worlds in distant galaxies, where we would find unknown and exotic life forms. It was not until the startling  revelations about time and space by Albert Einstein that we Earthlings realized …

Child Abuse/Domestic Violence, Education &raquo

[10 Nov 2011 | 14 Comments | ]
Penn State Closes Insulated Door to Joe Paterno

As a resident of Pennsylvania, I always wanted to attend Penn State. My first foray there was to compete in a forensics tournament. I stayed at the Nittany Lion Inn and was completely awestruck by the beauty of the campus. Even then the name of Joe Paterno, JoePa, was synonymous with Penn State. I did my undergrad work at another university, but did some grad work at Penn State until I started my family.  Still, I called it a home in my heart and have watched many Penn State games …

Politics, War &raquo

[8 Nov 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Mutually Assured Annihilation in Middle East?

Over the last year or so the world has witnessed a truly remarkable movement within many countries in the Middle East.  It has been a concerted effort by popular uprisings of common citizens to rid themselves of long-standing despots and dictators.  The struggle for freedom is far from over, as bloody conflicts and government back assassinations continue in places like Syria, Yemen and Bahrain. Although the ultimate outcomes of these rebellions will change the relationships between nations within the region, and perhaps relationships with Western nations, they will not profoundly affect …

Politics &raquo

[6 Nov 2011 | 8 Comments | ]
The Political Bell Tolls for Our Youth

“ask not for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee…”—-John Donne
Yesterday Rich and I visited my daughter and her family on Ohio. They are young couple in their early thirties; they have two beautiful young daughters, and bought a home five years ago. My daughter and her husband are college graduates, and both are doing quite well in their respective careers. They have done everything right, according to the American Dream. But they have questions and more than a little trepidation about what the future holds for them. And …

Politics &raquo

[4 Nov 2011 | One Comment | ]
Newt Gingrich is on the Rise!

There seems to be little doubt that the sexual assault allegations that have slammed the Herman Cain campaign will eventually doom any chances he may have had to capture the Republican presidential nomination.   Although Cain was doing well in the latest polls, few people within his party really believed he had a ghost of a chance of beating out Mitt Romney anyway.  In fact, it is not the implosion of the Cain campaign that is particularly newsworthy, but rather the fact that Herman Cain has blamed his recent troubles on …

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