A great comedic genius who filled the world with so much laughter died today, but the world is a far better place for all that he gave us. RIP Robin Williams, found dead in his Marin County home today of an apparent suicide. Like many who watch the news trend on the internet, I had at first hoped this was one of those internet hoaxes, but sadly it was clear that we had lost a great comedian and beloved actor today. Williams was found unresponsive at his home in Tiburon at around noon Monday, sheriff’s officials said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. I remember when Robin Williams first appeared on Happy Days as the alien Mork. It was … Continue reading
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
Unlike governors in some states who are turning their backs on the child refugee crisis in the south west, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick stepped up today and said he wanted to help the child refugees that have been crossing the border into the U.S. from Mexico. In comments to a reporter today, Patrick recalled a situation during the Holocaust when the U.S. turned away a ship full of Jewish children: “My inclination is to remember what happened when a ship full of Jewish children tried to come to the United States in 1939 and the United States turned them away, and many of them went to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps,” Patrick said when a reporter asked how he … Continue reading
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.
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
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
I have been appalled by the demonization of Bowe Bergdahl, which began hours after his release culminated by the “exchange of five hard-core Taliban leaders,” earlier this week. Most notable in the right wing uproar over the prisoner of war exchange is the flip flop of Senator John McCain who told CNN four months ago, “I would support… Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home and if exchange was one of them I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider.” No sooner had the exchange been made when Senator McCain, “as he has so often in the past, switched positions for maximum political advantage. “I would not have made this deal,” … Continue reading
Tonight when President takes to the podium for his State of the Union address, he will make it clear that “he will not wait for Congress to act on reversing the tide of economic disparity, as he uses his annual State of the Union address to outline a list of actions he will take without legislative approval.” Needless to say he’s already drawing fire from the GOP, as Speaker of the House John Boehner warns, Obama is heading for a “Brick Wall.” Personally, I think President Obama is on the right track… In excerpts of the speech released by the White House, Mr. Obama vows to confront growing economic inequality in America, noting that “upward mobility has stalled” and that “too … Continue reading