No Consideration for Disruption to Lives, Families, Employers, Communities . . .
No consideration was given “to the disruption . . . on the lives of Daca recipients, let alone their families, employers and employees, schools and communities . . . ” The quote is from a ruling by a federal judge staying Trump’s order to end the DACA program until the courts complete a proper review… Read More »
Frankly, My Dear, I Don’t Give a Hoot
Actually, the long suffering and finally fed up Rhett Butler said to Scarlett O’Hara at the end of Gone With the Wind: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” The word “damn” was effective because, at the time, swear words were not part of the public vocabulary as they are today. Rhett’s speech now… Read More »
Judges: Just Another Political Game?
“The prospect of more ideological and active conservative judges is not intrinsically bad. The federal courts look stronger for including a range of legal philosophies. The problem is that conservatives are not striving for balance, but conquest.” –The Economist, (September 25, 2017), commenting on what it considers the politicizing of judicial nominees.… Read More »
Politics and the Spiritual Journey
“The Republican Party’s political sellout to Donald Trump—and the Democrats’ lack of a clear moral alternative many people of faith are excited to support—leave many of us feeling politically homeless.” (Jim Wallis, “Politically Homeless,” Sojo.net, 4 January 2018) The growth in independent voters who reject any political party is parallel to the growth of the… Read More »
Men at Home
Until the industrial age, women’s contribution to the economic well being of their families was as important as that of men. They worked on farms and in home based shops and businesses along with their fathers and brothers and husbands. In addition, children knew their fathers on a close, daily basis. With the industrial age,… Read More »
Whatever Happened to Puerto Rico?
We haven’t heard much lately about the hurricane damage in Puerto Rico. Maybe by the time Hurricane Maria devastated the island, we were bored with hurricane coverage. After all, we had already followed Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. Time to switch to more cheerful stuff, perhaps the latest breakup of a… Read More »
The Hunger Games: When People Are Desperate
Early in the first book of The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take the place of her younger sister, Prim. In a post apocalyptic North America, Prim is marked by a “reaping” ceremony. The ceremony chooses youth to participate in an obscene game where desperate teenagers are forced to kill each other for the… Read More »
Needed: Another Miracle to Stave off a Nuclear Winter
If you look at photos of Daniel Ellsberg and the events surrounding the release of the Pentagon Papers in 1967, you first note the dated clothes and the men with longish hair and sideburns, but clean shaven faces. The Pentagon Papers were the result of a top secret study of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. Before… Read More »
Freedom of Religion: the Right to Choose
Freedom of religion is based on the right to choose your faith community, that is, to associate with those who share your spiritual journey. Freedom of religion is not something that began with the U.S. Constitution. The Roman Empire generally accepted the right of its subject populations to practice whatever religious beliefs they chose, so… Read More »
Our New Science: “Science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”
Observers have noted the removal of the term “climate change” from certain government websites. According to reports on CNN (December 8, 2017), even a story about progress made by the Environmental Protection Agency in their use of renewable energy has been scrubbed. Are we to conclude that the use of renewable energy is some kind… Read More »
Writers and other artists have a reputation for drinking a lot. Maybe the artistic culture has more drunkards or maybe its members just write more about it. Szilvia Molnar, a publishing professional, wrote about the importance of drinking within the writing/publishing world. ( “On Book Publishing’s Drinking Culture,” Literary Hub, 6 December 2017) Though Molnar… Read More »
How Many Pieces of the Economic Pie Do You Get?
Among rich nations of the world, “The top 1 percent in the U.S. own a much larger share of the country’s wealth than the 1 percent elsewhere.” Christopher Ingraham quoted that statistic in a Washington Post article. (“Wealth gap widens between rich, everyone else,” reprinted in The Seattle Times, 10 Dec 2017.) To aid our… Read More »