America, the Delusional

Originally posted on Progressive Express:
Americans have every reason in the world to be clear-eyed about what is happening to us right now.  We know how this “world domination” thing usually turns out- and we’ve been riding it hard since the end of World War II.  Eventually, it always comes to an end.  We know…

Quick Thoughts: VP Pence is “Offended”

Pence says we should stop criticizing “Christian” schools that teach that people should be denied full citizenship or personhood on the basis of gender or sexual orientation. I disagree. Criticism is constitutionally protected, and Pence leveraging is position as Vice President to call for silencing criticism is arguably a violation of this constitutional principle. People … More Quick Thoughts: VP Pence is “Offended”

Quick Thoughts: The Shutdown and Border Security

It is ironic: the current shutdown is ostensibly about border security (insofar as a physical barrier relates to border security), and yet the shutdown specifically targets those employees charged with border security. Officers of Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the US Coast Guard (USCG) are charged with securing the … More Quick Thoughts: The Shutdown and Border Security

Happy New Year!

Last year I made the following “resolutions:” – Advocate for civil rights and civil liberties for the LGBTQ community, religious minorities, racial and ethnic minorities, women, immigrants, and any other group being disenfranchised. – Back law enforcement personnel, but call for strict accountability for those who violate the laws and principles they are sworn to … More Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!

Originally posted on The View from the Armchair:
Whatever you celebrate – and even if your celebration isn’t today – I hope you’re having a wonderful day today. Between the end of November and the beginning of January there are about 14 different celebrations from religious traditions such as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Wicca, Zoroastrianism, and…

Mattis Resigns

“Mad Dog” Mattis is officially stepping down as Secretary of Defense. I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Some surmise the abrupt decision to remove troops from Syria was the straw that broke the camel’s back. The full text of his resignation is below. While it is written diplomatically, it is clear that Mattis is fed … More Mattis Resigns

Top 9 Take-Aways From 2018: Final Reflections On The Mid-Term Elections

Originally posted on Progressive Express:
Steve Kornacki has left the building- or the big board at MSNBC anyway.  After three weeks of counting, re-counting, conceding and congratulating, the 2018 midterm election is finally over.  We already know the home-team won but now we can really see clearly what it actually means.  Because in case you…