Chemical weapons hypocrisy as new war looms

It seems all but determined that sometime this week, the United States military will join with our allies in some level of strike on Syria after their military used chemical weapons on civilians in their ongoing civil war.  The chemical strike reportedly killed as many as 1,500 civilians, including scores of children last week in Damascus, according to numbers by Syrian Rebels and activists. President Obama and each of our allies have made their obligatory statements condemning the use of chemical weapons, action that has sent Syria’s government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, across the supposed red line.  The red … Read More

Manning sentenced for exposing hypocrisy and causing embarrassment

  As a pre-note to this article, Bradley Manning announced today that he is seeking gender reassignment therapy and seeks to live as a woman named Chelsea.  Because of his courage at the hands of incredible injustice, we will honor his request in this and all subsequent articles. Private Chelsea Manning was sentenced yesterday to 35 years in a military prison yesterday, pending final military review of the sentencing.  With credit for the three years already served, additional credit for “harsh treatment” he suffered while incarcerated, and parole possibilities, it’s possible that Manning could only serve 8 more years.  She … Read More

Silver Lining in Boston tragedy reveals inconsistency in rhetoric

    The images were shocking, sad, frustrating, and heartbreaking. Once again an American city and innocent civilians were the target of a lunatic, or a group of lunatics. Thus far, three have died, including an eight year old child, over 150 have been treated at local hospitals, with more than a dozen people still in critical condition, and at least a dozen more recovering from injuries that required limb amputation. As usual in a scenario like this, the information was coming fast and furious, but not always accurate. The first bomb exploded at 2:50 pm eastern time and was … Read More

Thanks and rememberance on Thanksgiving Day

We wake up and begin preparations to be with friends and family, to watch football and eat entirely too much food.  It is Thanksgiving Day, a day when we take a moment to recognize all that we have to be thankful for at a time when we spend so much time lamenting what we don’t have. But this Thanksgiving day also gives us reason to pause and remember one of the darkest days in the nation’s history, November 22nd, 1963.  The day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. In 1963, the nation was being conditioned to … Read More

Central Intelligence lacking in Petraeus scandal

“Character means doing the right thing when nobody is watching.” This was the admonition of the head of the U.S. Central Command in Afghanistan to his troops on a regular basis. usually accompanied by the reminder that “Somebody’s always watching”. It’s advice that CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus apparently was unable to follow himself. Petraeus resigned as Director on Friday, citing an extramarital affair and “extremely poor judgment” in a letter to President Barack Obama.  The scandal has taken on a life of its own since then, diverting much of the media attention and a fair amount of congressional attention … Read More

Candidates address Libya, gender, immigration in second half of debate

As we neared the end of the first half of Tuesday’s town hall debate at Hofstra University, a few things were clear. Candy Crowley of CNN was an effective moderator, President Barack Obama was not on the sidelines for this debate, as he was for pretty much the entire night on October 3rd, and Gop candidate Mitt Romney was going to stick to his plan, and his story. The second half of the debate stated with a young lady asking what the candidates would do to further gender equality, since women still make only $.72 for every dollar a man makes at … Read More

VP debate highlights differences in candidates

  Last night at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, Vice President Joe Biden and GOP running mate Paul Ryan debated across numerous issues facing the nation and the world at large. The debate was a stark contrast to the Presidential Debate held last week in just about every area. Moderator Martha Raddatz of ABC News set a much more controlled tone, and maintained order through most of the debate, while allowing the candidates enough room to have some good exchanges. The past was fast, and lots of areas were covered, from the tragedy in Libya which resulted in the murder of … Read More

Conservative e-mail rhetoric heats up as election nears

Opening my e-mail this weekend reminded me how close the election is getting.  In 2008, as the election grew near, the amount of simply pathetic conservative e-mail rhetoric I received bordered on staggering. Once the election was over, it still trickled in for awhile, but ultimately died down, as there was no longer an election to be won by spreading lies and hatred, a key election strategy of conservatives. Fast forward four years, and the prospect of President Obama winning re-election has the conservatives back in the business of digital fear and hate. I received this over the weekend; If … Read More

Trouble or tactic in the Romney video

By now most everyone has seen clips, heard the audio, read the transcript or had someone mention to them the “Mitt Romney video”.  The reactions have ranged from outrage to embarrassment depending on which party you are supporting in November’s elections. But is the Romney video trouble or tactic? The left wing pundits are painting this video as the point at which GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney lost the election.  Moderate conservatives who are up for election in November are backing away from his comments, knowing that he may have offended a good portion of the electorate. But what about … Read More

Eleven years later, 9/11 victims best honored by ending senseless war

Everyone who was old enough to have a recollection can revisit the day like it was yesterday. The confusion when the first plane struck, the fear when the second plane struck, President Bush’s reaction when he was told we were clearly under attack, the sense of uncertainty as word went out that more planes were unaccounted for, the towers falling one by one, the gaping hole in the Pentagon and the debris field in Pennsylvania. For people my age, born as Vietnam was ending, this was the first view of what being under attack was all about, and it is … Read More