A Journey to Mississippi

In the summer of 1994 when I was 15 years old my father and I went down to Mississippi to visit my uncle and his daughter; a cousin of mine I had only seen in photos. I was excited and at the same time scared out of my mind to go to Mississippi. I was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. My father’s side of the family is from a small southern town in Alabama called Marion. I went to several family reunions in Alabama and had a great time. The people were nice and acted as if they knew me my whole life. Mississippi however, was a whole other animal in my mind. I had heard the story of … Continue reading

Hillary Takes Bold And Powerful Stance on Racism and Gun Control

This is what the first female president of the United States sounds like… We heard it loud and clear today, as Hillary Clinton spoke today at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors. Listening to Hillary speak today, her gentle voice implored us all to think deeply about the implications of the horrific tragedy that just struck in Charleston as Dylan Storm Roof took the lives of nine Blacks worshiping in their church earlier this week. Hillary addressed our nation’s need for not just common sense gun control but also for more love and caring for each other. Both important issues to stand up for. I came of age at a time when barriers were falling for women, … Continue reading

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Scores Big on Day One with Social Media

Word has it from Hillary Clinton’s camp that her announcement brought in some very impressive numbers in social media views in the first 24 hours of the campaign. The campaign announcement scored big with over 2.5 million views on Facebook, more than 3.1 million views on YouTube and it was retweeted over 100,000 times: I’m running for president. Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion. –H https://t.co/w8Hoe1pbtC — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) April 12, 2015 Way to go Team Hillary… This is what I would call making a big impact on social media. You got to love that with all the buzz about Hillary’s announcement she managed to saunter into a Chipolte today to order lunch, showing “how … Continue reading

She’s Ready: Hillary Clinton Announces Run for 2016 Presidency

She’s ready… Hillary Clinton has finally ended all of the speculation of whether or not she would run for president, by announcing her candidacy for the 2016 Presidential Election this afternoon at approximately 3:00 pm. The initial announcement was made by an email from Hillary’s campaign chairman John Podesta, to alert donors and longtime Clinton associates of her intention to run. Podesta noted that Hillary “would meet soon with voters in Iowa and host a formal kickoff event some time next month.” Moments later her campaign released a short video in which Hillary announced with a smile, “I’m running for president.” The NY Times notes: The announcement effectively began what could be one of the least contested races, without an incumbent, … Continue reading

Just Published: Reality 101 — Political Self Defense for Progressives

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I realize that physical books are wonderful things, but I am putting out my works EXCLUSIVELY in electronic form, knowing that there are virtually zero wood-fueled power stations in the Western United States. That ought to be statement enough. Continue reading

America’s Real Traitors

by Walter Brasch The Tea Party wing of the Republican party thinks House speaker John Boehner is a rhino. Not the thick-skinned horned mammal that lives in Africa. This rhino is an R-I-N-O . . . Republican in Name Only. The Tea Party thinks Boehner, by sometimes listening to both sides and occasionally, but rarely, agreeing with some Democratic ideas, is a traitor. They believe anyone who disagrees with them is evil. A traitor. A RINO. The extreme right-wing is also delusional. John Boehner is as much a RINO as the one-ton plant eaters are Chihuahuas. The latest dust-up between the Speaker and the right-wing came when they wanted to block funding for the Department of Homeland Security. The Tea … Continue reading

President Obama’s Moving Selma Speech

The “march is not over yet,” President Obama said in Selma today in one of the most moving speeches he has ever given. We have seen way too much evidence of late to believe that racism has been defeated. We need only look to Ferguson to see that evidence. Via the New York Times: Fifty years after peaceful protesters trying to cross a bridge were beaten by police officers with billy clubs, shocking the nation and leading to passage of the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, the nation’s first African-American president led a bipartisan, multiracial testimonial to the pioneers whose courage helped pave the way for his own election to the highest office of the land. The NYT also … Continue reading

Secretary of State John Kerry’s Remarks on Departure of State Department Chief of Staff David Wade

Secretary of State John Kerry’s longtime, trusted aide, David Wade has stepped down from his position as Chief of Staff. David Wade has been aide to John Kerry in a variety of capacities since he joined Kerry’s Senate staff in 1997 as a speechwriter. From speechwriter, David Wade rose through the ranks to press secretary, communications director and finally chief of staff in Kerry’s Senate office. When Kerry moved to the State Department, David Wade, was by his side at Foggy Bottom, sticking with Kerry with the unwavering loyalty that was a hallmark of David character. I don’t find a lot of time to write about politics lately, but I do feel the need to take the time to wish … Continue reading