Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Maybe it's because I honestly don't know what to say. Maybe the crazy coming from the Right has been a bit overwhelming. Or maybe Sotomayor's credentials simply speak for themselves.
Hilzoy, as usual, has her finger on my pulse:
As Hilzoy notes, it would be wonderful if there was a reasonable opposition party in the U.S. But it would also be nice if I got a unicorn for my birthday. Continue Reading »
Both Gandhi and the Civil Rights movement made brilliant use of the following method: you do something right, which you suspect might lead your opponents to do something wrong. If you are right about them, they discredit themselves, without your having to lift a finger. If you're wrong, you are pleasantly surprised. But you do not have to do anything wrong or underhanded yourself, nor do you in any way have to hope that your opponents are bad people.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
I'll be checking in every now and again ... goodness knows, I can't stay off the computer or stop running my mouth. But I need a break and I need to be a good host to my folks.
I'll be back to regular posting next Wednesday. Until then, be wonderful to each other. But don't be surprised if I pop in during the break.
Deuces. Continue Reading »
Monday, May 25, 2009
With that in mind, the Center for American Progress has compiled some data showing that we're really not doing all we can to honor our veterans and their service. Here's some of the more eye-opening stats:
– 338,000 or almost one in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are experiencing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, or major depression as of January 2009.
– Yet only 53 percent suffering from PTSD or major depression have seen a physician or mental health provider.
– 154,000 veterans were homeless on any given night in 2007, and 300,000 were homeless at some point during that year.
– One-third of homeless Americans are veterans, even though only one-tenth of all adults are veterans.
– Foreclosure rates in military towns were increasing at four times the national average in last year.
Of course, this is not going to get better anytime soon. But it's about time we start working harder to remedy the situation.
Also, I'm not sure that I agree with President Obama's decision to uphold tradition and honor Confederate soldiers. But ... sigh ... I understand. On the flip side, it was a great touch to send a wreath to a memorial honoring black soldiers who fought in the Civil War.
Like a lot of people, I'll just have to remember that he's president of the U.S. and not president of Black America.
Post-script: Oliver Willis gets off the line of the day regarding the Confederate War memorial: "We should build a shopping mall there." Oliver FTW!Continue Reading »
Also, Tyler Perry is not fulfilling the dream.
Where are the Mau-Maus when you need them? Continue Reading »
Sunday, May 24, 2009
That's just life in Florida from May to August. But nothing is going to keep us from the beach.
Anyway, to chase away those gathering storm clouds over my dome, I came up with a list of my five favorite songs about the rain. Enjoy:
1. I Wish it Would Rain by The Temptations.
2. Rain by SWV.
3. In the Rain by Xscape (I probably would have gone with the original by The Dramatics but there wasn't a decent video or audio recording available).
4. Can You Stand the Rain? by New Edition.
5. The Rain by Oran Juice Jones. (I'm very, very upset that this video couldn't be embedded, by the way).
Until then, you know what you gotta do? You gotta get on outta here with that alley-cat-coat-wearing, punch-bucket-shoe-wearing crumbcake I saw you with. Cause you dismissed! Continue Reading »