Guest Posting at LeftyPop!

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In honor? keeping? line? with the upcoming Olympics, I've written about my favorite sport - Political Gymnastics!  Thanks, LeftyPop, for inviting me to write over at your place!  And, heyyyyy!  Where's my sucker???Click here to read the score Elie Wiesel gave Tom Perkins on the balance beam. … [Read more...]

Modern Race Relations 101: A Primer for White People

Well before the Trayvon Martin verdict, I had seen, heard and read about white people dismissing the racial context of the case.  Some do this artfully and skillfully; others, not so much.  I've been wanting to explore some of these maneuvers more closely for a while now. … [Read more...]

Balls of Steel (Trigger warning – Abortion)

A week or so ago, I saw this on the "Being Liberal" Facebook page, and loved it.Today, I was driving down the main street of my hometown and got stuck in traffic for no apparent reason.  Then, I drove by the reason.  (TRIGGER WARNING - Disturbing abortion photos.  I am inserting many empty lines so that in order to see them, you must scroll down.  If you wish to leave this post, now is the time.)****************************************This … [Read more...]

So, Then I Covered the President…

Yeah, so I've been fortunate enough to have some of my writing published on The Broad Side lately, and the fabulous Joanne Bamberger (publisher and editor) added me to the Facebook group of contributors where she and others leave fodder for potential pieces for the site.Last Wednesday, she posted a press release about President Obama visiting a manufacturing plant in Baltimore, and asked if anyone would like to cover it.  And I'm all, "Hey!  I live in Baltimore!" and "Hey!  I'd like to cover … [Read more...]

If Not Now, When?

Dear America,We need to talk.I love you very much.  You are a magnificent place to live, grow up, and enjoy freedoms the strongest democracy on earth can provide.  Like any human body with an illness, though, as much as you'd like to look away, you shouldn't.  You have complex and deep sicknesses afflicting your vital organs, and they need to be addressed.  These vital organs should not be removed - they should be healed.  The medicine is difficult to swallow, but if you are to continue t … [Read more...]

Four More Years…Please?

I want Barack Obama to continue as our president for the next four years.  "Oh, my goodness, I am SO SHOCKED to hear this!" said no one who has met me ever.Reasons range from shallow to profound, and from micro-specific to enormously broad.  Let's start with the obvious.1.  Obama is a friend of groups who have historically been ignored, dismissed, abused and refused basic rights of equality.He signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law.  This broadened the ability of those (mo … [Read more...]

Hey, Ann Coulter -

Dear Ann Coulter,I will keep this short, and use small words so that you have a chance of understanding getting what I'm saying.As the author of the following tweet from last night's debates, you should be ashamed.For your edification improvement er, info, the word "retard" is defined by Merriam-Webster here.  It has many legitimate acceptable um, okay uses - all having to do with the slowing of growth or slowing down (as in the musical term, "ritard", which means to play more slo … [Read more...]

Fun With Words Friday!

My friend, Estelle, of Musings on Motherhood and Midlife, is starting a weekly feature on her blog called "Fun With Words Friday."  She gives us a topic (this week, it's women and politics, in honor of the debates) and challenges us to write a short poem or limerick on that topic.  You know me.  I can't say no to a challenge!  So, here are my entries - enjoy!A Limerick:There once was a rich man from BainWho felt he had no need to ‘splainWhy his payroll wasn’t swimmin’With binders of … [Read more...]

Is That a Birdseed Milkshake?

I don't know if you've heard, but there's a presidential election coming up soon.  In this country.  America.  Last Wednesday evening, the two presidential candidates (one of whom is already President) squared off to talk about domestic policy.  I was prepared for a good show,  but it was boooooooooooring.  I mean, generally, no one can know whose proclamations and views are accurate until they read Politifact the next day, anyhow.    Usually, though, there's at least something I can follow, or a … [Read more...]

Doing the Right Thing – Part 1 of 2

"Imagine those poor guys over there. Every five minutes a psycho with a machine gun says, 'Let's kill 'em now,' and someone else says, 'No, let's wait a while.' How long could you stand that?"So asked Frank Shorter, an American long-distance Olympic runner.  It was a good question, and it wasn't hypothetical.  He was talking about the Israeli athletes and coaches taken hostage in a nearby building in the Olympic Village.  The year was 1972, and it was the first time since 1936 the Olympic Ga … [Read more...]


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