Reflections on Independence Day

It is Independence Day in America, but rather than focusing on our independence today, I find myself reflecting on our interdependence, because the fact is, we all ultimately rely on one another in this country and on the planet. What we do, how we act, what we say, how we treat others, what we create and what we destroy, are all deeply connected. I feel as though there are a lot of people who have lost sight of this very integral fact of our existence in this country. Recent political decisions and deeper political party polarization has pushed us to extremes, many people are in denial and no one seems to want to budge. But we must budge, we must come … Continue reading

Obamacare and the Power of Fear

The Affordable Care Act more popularly known as Obamacare, in the opinion of many experts is the most debated law in American history.  Does anyone really know what the Affordable Care Act is? Late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel, in a very humorous fashion pointed out how people truly believed there was a difference between the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare.  When asked “are you for Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act?” the majority of individuals asked replied the Affordable Care Act.  When asked why they preferred the Affordable Care Act their reply was the Affordable Care Act was set up to help people and that Obamacare was forced healthcare and socialist in nature. You and I both know that the … Continue reading

Bloomberg Endorses Obama in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg endorsed President Obama for re-election today in the wake of Hurricane Sandy which left parts of New York City and New Jersey devastated. Bloomberg who is an Independent had not endorsed Obama in the last election. His last presidential endorsement was in 2004 for George W. Bush. Bloomberg said in his endorsement today, that “The devastation that Hurricane Sandy brought to New York City and much of the Northeast — in lost lives, lost homes and lost business — brought the stakes of Tuesday’s presidential election into sharp relief.” He could not be more right on that commentary. Although Bloomberg also noted other important issues such as a women’s right to choice, health care and … Continue reading

Romney Staffer Committing Charitable Fraud

Bill Murphy, Mitt Romney’s Social Media Director, and his colleague Ali Akbar have ripped off a lot of people. They ripped off the Tea Party with the American Liberty Alliance. They ripped off movement Conservatives with the National Bloggers Club. They even ripped off Andrew Breitbart. But their days of making it rain misbegotten right-wing dollars may be numbered. In 2009 Murphy and Akbar worked together at American Liberty Alliance, an organization which collected “donations” throughout the summer while claiming they were just waiting for their 501(c)3 application to go through. It never did. Then they worked together at National Bloggers Club, a group which solicited “donations” for the past six months while actually calling itself a non-profit (status pending). … Continue reading

Good Read Alert: We Can All Do Better

I’ve got a stack of books I am reading and two websites I am redesigning right now, so I haven’t been posting at all for the past few weeks. I did want to alert readers to a Good Read that was just released today, former Senator Bill Bradley’s new book, We Can All Do Better. I am about half way through my review copy and have to say it’s one of the best and most inspiring political books I have read in sometime. The following is an excerpt from We Can All Do Better: In the 21st century, the intelligence of people will determine the future. Our free society can be the magnet for some of the world’s brightest minds … Continue reading

Saturday Morning Reads

I’ll be offline most of the day which I will explain in another post. Here’s a few Saturday morning reads: Margaret Carlson has a column on Bloomberg that is worth a read: Obama Throws Gutter Ball, Clinton Plays Pals: Margaret Carlson John McCain has been waiving Secret Service protection, but he’s now ending his resistence: McCain Ends Resistance to Secret Service Protection On Net Neutrality: Beware the New New Thing We haven’t even chosen a nominee yet, but some are thinking ahead: The Democratic veep prospects: A guide It’s still the economy: 80,000 Jobs Lost; Democrats Urge Aid Package Readers can use the thread to post links to other must reads of the day from the news and the blogosphere…

Breaking: Al Gore Will Run for President

A lot of Democrats still hold on to hope that Al Gore will run for president again. Well, hope no longer… Grist.org has the scoop, which just arrived in my email box: Al Gore Will Run for President: You might want to sit down for this: Al Gore will announce his candidacy for president this week, knowledgeable sources tell Grist. Now there’s an inconvenient truth for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Gore believes the two Democrats and Republican John McCain aren’t giving climate change the urgent attention it deserves, so he’s decided to go for the job himself, say Gore advisors who requested anonymity as they aren’t authorized to speak to the press. A lifelong Democrat, Gore will run as … Continue reading