Vote!

I read Yeah, the GOP Is Evil and Will Win — But the Midterms are Meaningless by Salon writer Andrew O’Hehir early on Saturday, then I read it again. It’s dense and not very clear, but I think I get his point.

Mr. O’Hehir begins by referencing an earlier piece, where he argued that, despite an era of “extreme and perhaps unprecedented executive power,” President Obama cannot get anything done. He tells us the Congressional Democrats have as their mission being “less pathological” than their counterparts, and that the Republicans’ appeal “rests largely on racial panic, xenophobia and anti-government paranoia,”… Continue reading

Who Called the Viruses and Bacteria?

Laurie Garrett is a public health expert, a former NPR reporter, and the author of Betrayal of Trust:  The Collapse of Public Health and other books. For Ms. Garrett, public health is “the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations, public and private, communities and individuals.” Wait, what? Individuals make the list, but last? Sounds like another “Obamacare defending, Socialist—it takes a village—thinking, “Getting ‘tween me and my Medicare,” G’mint plot to take away my doctor! Because:  freedom!

For better and worse, we live in a… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 10/15/14

In have a theory about time, which may explain why it seems to pass ever more quickly as I age. The theory? On my fifth birthday I’d been alive for 261 weeks; fifty years later 2870 weeks had passed. Simply, as a percentage of my life which has passed, some 50 years ago a week was a big deal, and now I suspect my calculator will require scientific notation to express a week as a percentage of my life. Bottom line? It’s harder and harder to lift my backside out of a chair, and the weeks are flying by!!!

Joe… Continue reading

Cheating in SF?

I ran across Ninth Circuit’s Neutrality Questioned on Gay Rights, by Lyle Denniston for SCOTUSblog, late Monday afternoon. It’s an interesting, well-written piece that offers a jumping off point for discussing how cases get assigned.

A group which opposes same sex marriage has asked the Ninth Circuit for en banc review after a three-judge panel allowed same sex marriages in Nevada. Now, I touched on en banc review in Snoozer! back in March. In simple terms, in federal appellate courts three judges hear a case, and the entire complement of active judges can reconsider a decision by granting en… Continue reading

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Very late flight from Houston bringing our daughter home for fall break. I’ll be back on Tuesday, if not sooner.

Admiral Michelle Howard

I heard a story, A Phone Call Helped Navy’s First Four-Star Woman Embrace Her Path, on Friday morning’s NPR Morning Edition show. National Public Radio has been running a Changing Lives of Women series, which includes some great stories. This piece featured Admiral Michelle Howard, the Navy’s first female, African-American four star admiral, and its current Vice Chief of Naval Operations (No woman or African-American man has previously held this job.)

I don’t want to steal Admiral Howard’s story—she’s very impressive, and you should listen to the interview—but her comments resonated on several levels. She’s very direct about… Continue reading

Goodbyes

Goodbye is a tough one! I’m talking about big goodbyes, not the ones that come when we’re leaving for work, going home after a party, or even when we send our children away to school or camp.

(Before I go further, I’m well and healthy, and going nowhere anytime soon. Just feeling and writing, truly!)

In the past few weeks I’ve seen a film clip and two essays about saying goodbye. Each touched me differently, but they share the common theme that how we say goodbye matters greatly.

First up is the film clip—second item I ran across—titled Made in… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 10/8/14

It’s Coming Around Again is how I feel every Tuesday, as The Wednesday Curator comes around again. So, as you read the post, enjoy Carly Simon, one of my major crushes.

For reasonable people it seems like the same-sex marriage battle is over. Here’s Garrett Epps for The Atlantic with The Same-Sex Marriage Fight is Over on Monday, October 6. Alas, we do still have Senator Ted Cruz, (R-Tex.). Here’s a report, titled Ted Cruz:  We Must Amend U.S. Constitution to Defend Marriage, from Time on October 6, by Nolan Feeney. Knock yourself out, Senator; as long as you’re… Continue reading

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