Sixty Years of Poverty in the United States

Pew Research has released a new report that highlights post-recession statistics on multi-generational living, as a means of getting by in an economy that has been slow to recover. Pew Research notes in the report, “the declining employment and wages of less-educated young adults may be undercutting their capacity to live independently of their parents. Unemployed adults are much more likely to live in multi-generational households than adults with jobs are.” As American’s continue to struggle financially in the post-recession economy, here’s a look at Sixty Years of Poverty in the United States: In the past fifty to sixty years, poverty in America has been a political issue that is tossed about quite a bit during the Presidential and Congressional … Continue reading

America’s Child Refugee Crisis

As a single mother who raised a child alone in America, I know full well what a difficult task that is, especially struggling through poverty through most of the years that I raised my daughter alone. When I read the stories about the children from Central America striking out on their own to reach the safety of what they think in some idolized fashion, is sanctuary in America, my heart breaks. My heart breaks, because on some subliminal level, as a single mother, I can only imagine how much harder it is to raise children alone in Central America, where lawlessness is common thread of the culture. Furthering my discomfort about the facts that drive these children to our borders, is … Continue reading

Cheney Gets Heckled on His Un-Truth Parade

At a Politico playbook lunch in Washington, D.C., today featuring former Vice President Dick Cheney, a heckler was escorted out of the event: Cheney, one of the architects of the Iraq War, has been making the media circuit in recent weeks, continually trying to pin the blame on President Obama for the recent unrest and increasing problems in Iraq. However, it is clear to those opposed to the Iraq War, that Cheney and Bush caused the mess in Iraq, not President Obama. What a shame and a sham that Politico gave Cheney a platform to spew his un-truth. Cheney’s heckler should have been given the podium today, she clearly had more to say than Cheney himself.

City Of L.A. Announces Halt to Detaining Undocumented Immigrants Without Court Order or Arrest Warrant

Citing constitutional concerns, the city of Los Angeles announced today that have put a halt to detaining undocumented immigrants for ICE without either a court order or and arrest warrant. In announcing the decision, Mayor Eric Garcetti and police Chief Charlie Beck cited a recent decision by a federal judge in Oregon who found that local authorities violated the 4th Amendment rights of an undocumented immigrant held for two weeks on an ICE hold despite being eligible for release. Specifically, the judge found that such detainers lacked the necessary legal underpinnings, such as probable cause or a judicial determination, required to hold a suspect for a longer period. They also cited a bulletin to law enforcement from California Attorney General Kamala Harris … Continue reading

Religious Freedom Trumps Individual Rights in Supreme Court Ruling

I wasn’t planning to write about the Hobby Lobby decision tonight, but the more I read about it, the more incensed I become. I came of age in the 1970′s when women were fighting the battles that shockingly got pushed backwards today in the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Hobby Lobby case. I’ve fought against more than my share of sexism in my life, and I have stood up many a time to say I believe in religious freedom in America. That said, I do not believe that religious freedom should in any way trump individual rights. The Hobby Lobby ruling highlights a Supreme Court out of control, biased by male opinion, making decisions that affect the lives of women. There are so many things wrong with … Continue reading

Our Politically Polarized Nation

It has been crystal clear for some time now that our nation has become more politically polarized then ever. Pew Research has a new report out on the topic that is the “largest political survey” in their history in which they conducted “a poll of more than 10,000 adults between January and March of this year.” It finds that Republicans and Democrats are further apart ideologically than at any point in recent history. Growing numbers of Republicans and Democrats express highly negative views of the opposing party. And to a considerable degree, polarization is reflected in the personal lives and lifestyles of those on both the right and left. The info graphics from Pew Research, posted below really speak for themselves: The … Continue reading

Gun Culture is Out of Control in America

 As I sit on the futon trying to concentrate on reading Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich for my Existential Philosophy class I find myself unable to stay focused today. There has been another shooting at a school today, and my heart is aching for the loss of more lives due to gun violence. The question “when does it end?” does not even begin to address the issues at hand. Today’s school shooting in Troutdale, OR makes this “74 school shootings since the Newtown massacre less than two years ago.” 74 school shootings. Michael Luciano echoes some of my sentiments in the Daily Banter today, saying: In this country we always talk about how we can better educate The Children to prepare … Continue reading

Kerry Chews Up Right Wing Fodder on Bergdahl Swap

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry made his first remarks on the release of Bowe Berghdal in exchange for five members of the Taliban freed from Guantanamo, stressing that he “felt confident the five Taliban detainees freed in a swap for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl posed little risk to Americans.” Kerry added that “Qatari officials were not the only ones monitoring them — and that while the five might be able to return to the battlefield, “they also have the ability to get killed doing that.”” Mr. Kerry, in some of his first public remarks on the exchange, struck a decidedly tough tone, dismissing as “baloney” the suggestion that terrorists would have new incentive to kidnap Americans. He also hinted, without offering … Continue reading