Loss of innocent lives. Again. This time 20 elementary school children were killed by a mad gunman with assault rifles in Newtown, Connecticut. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, however, was adamant that today was not the day to talk about gun control. And I thought, here is another episode about to be swept under the rug. We seem to be needing larger rugs and bigger brooms. President Obama talked about these episodes happening too often and promised “meaningful actions” (regardless of politics) as he wiped tears from his eyes. Will more candlelight vigils and broken hearts lead to strict gun control laws? Nah. My thumbs continue to prick.
Republicans have finally accepted the role of Government in our daily lives. At least, the Republican Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie has. Here he is, grateful to President Obama for his support in the wake of Hurricane Sandy disaster. Snubbing Fox host Steve Doocy in an interview recently when asked if he would tour the disaster areas with Mitt Romney, Christie declared, “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I’ve a job to do here in New Jersey that’s much bigger than presidential politics and I could care less about any of that stuff. I’ve got 2.4 million people out of power. I’ve got devastation on the Shore. I’ve got floods in the northern part of my state. If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don’t know me.”
Trees are down, damaging power lines. There are still 1.7 million homes without power and I have no hope of getting it within the next week. There is also a gas shortage. However, President Obama has taken steps to provide immediate disaster relief. Kudos to Governor Christie for putting aside partisan politics and taking care of NJ in distress.
Romney in a speech at Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois launched his “off with their heads” tirade against Planned Parenthood (PP) and Obamacare. Dressed casually in denims and rolled up sleeves, obviously to represent the common working man and disguise his millionaire status, he very grandly directed women to go elsewhere for their health care–“Well they can go wherever they’d like to go. This is a free society.” Just not PP it seems. Free society? Apparently not.
What’s more, Romney wants to free the nation from debt by making its people go broke.
In the local community college where I work, young women and not so young women struggle with their student loans and the high cost of healthcare. Their part-time jobs do not provide them enough income to buy healthcare. PP is very important to them. Republicans have to deal with problems realistically–if women get pregnant, usually there is a man behind it. Why are women being specially targeted? Republicans have become little Oliver Cromwells. They are even squeamish about sex education.
The Tennessee Senate passed SB 3310, a bill to update the state’s abstinence-based sex education curriculum to define holding hands and kissing as “gateway sexual activities.” Just one senator voted against the legislation; 28 voted in favor. Since the bill specifically bans teachers from “demonstrating gateway sexual activity”, educators would be prohibited from even demonstrating what hand-holding is. (thinkprogress.org)
Maybe they should support the gay marriage cause, no contraceptives or abortions needed.
Who is to reason with people who believe all women are Jezebels, guns don’t kill people or that when you fall and hurt yourself, the ground came up and attacked you.
|The Nine Justices of the Supreme Court|
As to issues concerning legislation, Supreme Court Justices tend to vote along partisan lines, in favor of the President who appointed them. After all, we’ve been through this before in the 2000 elections, when recounting in Bush vs. Gore was stopped by the Supreme Court by a partisan vote. In the case of Obama Care, all eyes are on Justice Kennedy who will cast the “deciding vote”, which means the battle has ended before it began. Where is the blindfold that these Justices are supposed to wear? What steps must we take to preserve the system of checks and balances. First of all, I think Supreme Court justices should have a term of service. They seem to sit like glaciers on our legal system for billions of years. Next, they should not be political appointees but rather, elected by a legal board comprising representatives from all the states. Knowing Congressmen and Senators and hobnobbing with them should be considered a disqualification–the judges should don a judicial “purdah”.
Hopefully, the Supreme Court justices will make a decision that promises vision and changes the way people think about health care. A consistent 5-4 split is not justice, it is a mockery of it. Remember that Brown vs. Board of Education returned a unanimous verdict. “Today Brown is a nearly universal icon of social progress, while Roe remains an object of great controversy. But, for better or for worse, both cases represented efforts to change the everyday reality of American life. With Brown, the justices were tearing down barriers to racial equality; with Roe, the justices were eliminating laws that prevented access to abortion.”(Cohn, The New Republic, 3/29/2012)
This bipartisan politics is only obstructing the growth of revolutionary ideas. America needs to change the way it conducts business.
|Abbottabad, Pakistan– Osama’s home|
The US military must have experienced tense moments when one of the helicopters used in the raid crashed and exploded into flames after it dropped off the Navy SEALs (Navy Sea, Air and Land Team) behind the walls of the compound. But, as we see, it didn’t affect the operation. Maybe it’s like saying “Break a leg”!
Anyway, that is that. Don’t want to think about the guy. So many of my neighbors worked in or near the World Trade Center buildings–my husband too. Kids were in school when planes crashed into those buildings that morning of Sept.11, 2001; some parents came home that night and some didn’t.
What can be said about a man who terrorized the world and hid behind his wife when he was attacked? Life to him was precious then and not so precious when he incited men to suicide bombing.
God Bless America, my home sweet home. And if, after all this, Obama does not win the 2012 election, I’ll eat those hats in my previous post!!
Thanksgiving is fun for everyone except the turkeys.
Each year, the President of the United States “pardons” two turkeys on Death Row. Here is the story of the first official turkey pardon.
The National Turkey Foundation and the Poultry and Egg National Board, since 1947, have presented the President with a turkey each year at a White House ceremony. And the Presidents have always eaten it.
JFK was an exception; he said, “Let’s just keep him”. In 1989, the senior Bush started the practice of pardoning turkeys–two a year. Till 2004, the pardoned turkeys were sent to Kidwell Farm (also ironically called Frying Pan Park), a petting zoo in Virginia. But now they go to Disneyland as the honorary grand marshals of the Thanksgiving Day parade. They are even given names. This year’s chosen ones are Apple and Cider.
I don’t see what difference it makes to pardon two turkeys a year when, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the U.S. at Thanksgiving!!
|Gen. Petraeus, left:Gen. McChrystal, right|
Maybe General McChrystal wanted his two seconds of fame; he was certainly not making much headway in Afghanistan. In an interview with the Rolling Stone magazine (to be sold this Friday June 25, 2010), he made inflammatory statements about President Obama and some of his key administration officials. It is inconceivable that an experienced, 55 year-old General no less, is unaware of the consequences of such an interview. Or did lack of insubordination in his own military ’empire’ lead to delusions of grandeur?
He is out. General Petraeus replaces him.
Read the entire interview to be featured in Rolling Stone magazine here.