Our Home Town, Politics &raquo

[8 Oct 2011 | 11 Comments | ]
Occupy Wall Street Moves into Pittsburgh

Inspired by the groundswell of Occupy Wall Street, the cause now comes to our own city of  Pittsburgh on October 15th. While our city has been like a phoenix rising from the ashes over the past two decades, there is no denying that many problems which effect the country also impact Pittsburgh. People have lost jobs; unemployment benefits have expired; lay-offs continue; foreclosures still happen, yet the banks go on and Congress has been bought and paid for.
Not only do those seeking re-election need to raise funds for their campaigns, …

Politics, War &raquo

[7 Oct 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
Afghanistan Conflict Marks Ten Year Anniversity

On Friday, October 7, the United States reached  grim milestone. This date marked the ten year anniversary of U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.  During this period of time over 1,700 American service men and women have been killed,  thousands more have been wounded and maimed, and the cost to the taxpayers has exceeded one trillion dollars.  In addition to American losses, tens of thousands of Afghan men, women and children have met their demise.  U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan has now exceeded the ten year involvement in the War in …

Politics &raquo

[4 Oct 2011 | 6 Comments | ]
Tea Party Sees Perry as Only Horse Left in the Race

It should come as no surprise to anyone  who is following the Republicans’  contest  for the presidential nomination,  that ultra-conservative Governor Rick Perry‘s “star” has fallen almost as fast as it rose.   In fact, it seems as if Perry has set an all-time record for losing his political edge by falling off his horse before it even left the barn.  The governor’s rapid loss of support is reminiscent of  Fred Thompson‘s unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination in 2008.  In Thompson’s case, he shot to near the top of the …

Politics &raquo

[2 Oct 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
U.S. Child Poverty Rate : A National Disgrace

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development recently released some sobering statistics related to child poverty throughout the developed world.  The figures included only North America, Europe and a few other developed countries, and were intended to show the percentage of children who live in households that get by on less than 50% of the national median income.  Since the definition of  “child poverty” is closely related to each country’s  national median income, the statistics tend to illustrate an individual country’s uneven (or even) distribution of wealth, as opposed to …

Blogging, Child Abuse/Domestic Violence, women's rights &raquo

[30 Sep 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Internet Pornography and Domestic Violence

There are conflicting interpretations about what constitutes pornography. Perhaps we should consider how former Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart defined obscenity, “…I know it when I see it.” The same can be said of pornography, whether it is soft porn or hard-core. And like it or not, it is pervasive on the Internet. Pornography has now become a complex and contributing factor to domestic violence. Today more and more abused women are reporting that their abuser regularly views pornography on the Internet.
Kay Card, Director of  Safe Harbor Women’s Shelter stated, …

Politics &raquo

[28 Sep 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
The Tough Lessons of 2011

By the end of this week, three quarters of the year 2011 will behind us, leaving only a few months left until year end.   So far, 2011 hasn’t really given Americans too much to cheer about, and certainly hasn’t lived up to the expectations for a decent economic recovery.  I suppose the best thing that can be said about 2011 is that the things didn’t get a whole lot worse.   In fact, the year 2011 has taught Americans the following valuable lessons:
1.  The “Recession of 2008” has now lasted four …

Politics &raquo

[25 Sep 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
Republicans Show “Bad Faith” on Funding Bill

The Republicans are up to their old tricks again, and it looks like the American people are facing the implications of yet another government shutdown at the end of next week.  For those Americans who were hoping this divisive issue was settled last Summer, when Congress finally came to an agreement at the eleventh hour to raise the debt limit ceiling, it looks like their faith in a Congress that actually works “for the people” will be again shattered.  House Speaker John Boehner’s funding bill failed to pass muster in …

Our Home Town, Self-Awareness &raquo

[22 Sep 2011 | 10 Comments | ]
Fuggedaboutit!

In an article of Psychology Today they discussed the word “fuggedaboutit.” Though they described the word as “Alpha Male Linguistics,” I am telling you today as a female, Fuggedaboutit! The Stock Market is tanking. So what else is new? I could go on and on about all the problems many of us face, but this is Take a Break Day. That’s right; I declare that we all take a break from politics and news. Find something fun to do and savor the moment, or in my case…the food!
There is a …

Politics &raquo

[21 Sep 2011 | 11 Comments | ]
Rick Perry; Bad for America and Bad for You

The Republicans are scheduled to hold another debate this  coming Thursday, and there a little doubt that the issue of  Social Security will again be a hot topic.  Who would have ever thought that any Americans, even the ultra right-wing conservatives , could stoop so low as to question the continuing existence of a federal program so vital to the health and well-being of our nation.  It is almost incomprehensible that Texas Governor Rick Perry would compare Social Security to the criminally fraudulent “Ponzi Scheme“, and inconceivable that he would …

Politics &raquo

[20 Sep 2011 | 8 Comments | ]
Wake Up! It’s Class Warfare on The Middle Class

While President Obama‘s new tax plan may not appease everyone, it is appalling for the Conservatives to call it  “class warfare on the wealthy.” Excuse me, but the wealthy have enjoyed tax cuts for years and have loopholes galore, unlike the middle class.  Since Bush enacted those tax cuts for the wealthy some years ago, I would like to know where the plethora of jobs are that the wealthy claim to create?
Upon Obama’s speech about his version of Warren Buffet‘s plan, the Conservatives were crying foul. No jobs can be …

Politics &raquo

[18 Sep 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Information “Genie” is Released in the Middle East

The results of the so-called “Arab Spring” have permanently changed the landscape of Middle-Eastern politics, and it’s not over yet.  There is little doubt that  popular uprisings  will continue in Syria and Yemen, and will undoubtedly spread to other places, such as Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.   Each of the uprisings have resulted from different sets of circumstances, although all of them have been fueled  primarily by unemployed (or underemployed) youth, who have effectively used technology to communicate with one another and to coordinate their efforts.  Without modern computer and communications …

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