A Gig Isn’t A Job

The middle class is eroding. A real full-time job is a thing of the past for many working Americans. The part-time, freelance gig has replaced the full-time job and that has created shrinkage in the middle-class and income insecurity has become the norm for too many people. While some people might like having a little more free time, the average worker depending on freelance and gig type work has a hard time making ends meet on a regular basis. For many of these people they don’t know when or if they will find a gig. Many people feel that the economic crisis we faced a few years ago simply has not been addressed in a way that can facilitate real change … Continue reading

Time to Change the View on Single Mothers and Poverty

There’s a long standing view that married couples are better off financially than single people. All in all it is true, but marriage may not be in the cards for everyone. Regardless of this, for years there has been a misguided attempt to curb single mother poverty by funding marriage initiatives that simply are not getting us anywhere. Finally we’re getting a clue: “We are continuing to spend money on … these healthy marriage initiatives and I think the evidence is now clear that these are not effective policies,” said Kristi Williams, an associate professor of sociology at The Ohio State University. “So, it’s time to start thinking about spending that money in a way that’s more likely to help … Continue reading

The No-News Media Cover a Royal Birth

by Walter Brasch   Long after the American colonials broke away from the British monarchy, long after George Washington refused to take the title of “king,” Americans are still fascinated by anything British and royal. The media incessantly pumped out news and features about the royal birth. TV networks gave us several “special reports” when Kate Middleton checked into the hospital, and then even more reports when the birth was announced, and then when Middleton, Prince William, and their baby went home.  The 30-minute network evening news devoted as much as half of its time to the royal birth. There was live coverage. There was taped coverage. Radio gave us near-instant updates. Just about anyone in London with a cell … Continue reading

Parents React to Newtown: Sales of Bulletproof Backpacks Soar

This is such a sad statement on our society that parents now feel they must protect their children by sending them off to school with bulletproof backpacks: Shame, shame, shame on the NRA for pushing gun advocacy so far that non gun owners fear for their safety and the safety of their children. Gun sales continue to rise in the wake of Newtown and parents send their children off to school with bulletproof backpacks. Absurd, sad, sick… Life is so precious. Our society is f*cked up right now there are no words! If folks need another reason not to shop Wal-Mart here it is: Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, said yesterday that it would continue to sell guns, including rifles … Continue reading

Obama Launches Gun-Violence Task Force

At a press conference this morning President Obama said “he would make gun control a “central issue” as he opens a second term” and he announced the formation of a special task force on gun violence, to be headed by Vice President Joe Biden. Obama’s announcement came as  “House Republicans restated their firm opposition to enacting any new limits on firearms or ammunition, setting up the possibility of a philosophical clash over the Second Amendment early in Mr. Obama’s second term.” President Obama noted that the task force “will formulate a package of policy recommendations by January.” The announcement came five days after the deadliest elementary school shooting in American history. “The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse … Continue reading

A Brief Thought on the 2nd Amendment and the Framers

When the Framers wrote the 2nd amendment clearly they weren’t thinking forward to 2012. America was a vastly different place in those days. They could not possibly see forward far enough to anticipate the mass horror that the gun culture has wreaked upon our country today. I have no doubt the Framers would change the 2nd amendment in a heartbeat, were they alive today. They are all probably rolling in their graves for the anguish of this great tragedy.  

Nancy Lanza: A Mother, a Gun Enthusiast and the First Victim

As the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting story continues to unfold, we learn tonight that Nancy Lanza, the mother of the shooter, Adam Lanza, was a gun enthusiast. Nancy Lanza loved guns, and often took her sons to one of the shooting ranges here in the suburbs northeast of New York City, where there is an active community of gun enthusiasts, her friends said. At a local bar, she sometimes talked about her gun collection. Why am I not surprised… Because in America we have glorified violence and made guns easier to obtain in some states than a driver’s license. Because gun enthusiasts are so absorbed with their top lobbying group that they fail to listen to reason or common sense. … Continue reading

Talking To Your Children About Newtown

In the wake of today’s horrific shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and the loss of so many little innocent children, I spent a lot of time today reflecting on the years I raised my daughter living in Los Angeles. There was not a day that went by that I dropped her off at the bus or school that I didn’t worry as all parents do, that some horrific shooting might happen at my daughter’s school. What happened in Newtown today is simply incomprehensible, but the fact is, we must comprehend and we must help the little ones now to understand this tragedy. As a mother, I found this video to be helpful… My heart breaks in the wake of this tragedy. … Continue reading