In Memoriam

For Memorial Day, remembering the fallen with whom I served:   LT Terri S. Fussner LT Wayne F. Roberts PO2 Jason E. Lawson SSG Joseph R. Ray SGT Joshua L. Hill SGT Anton J. Hiett SGT Kevin D. Akins SGT Jeffery S. Wiekamp CW3 Eric W. Totten SPC David N. Timmons Jr. SPC Justin L. … More In Memoriam

Rules vs Rights- NFL Forced Patriotism in the Age of Trump

Yesterday the National Football League (NFL) announced a rule change for the upcoming 2018-2019-football season. ¬†Players will now be forced to stand during the National Anthem pregame ceremony. However, the league has stipulated that players that do not wish to stand during the ceremony are not allowed onto the field of play until after the … More Rules vs Rights- NFL Forced Patriotism in the Age of Trump

School Shootings Continue

Per the count from CNN, we are up to 22 school shootings in 20 weeks in the US. What actions are we taking to prevent the next school shooting, or mass shooting, or to better limit or prevent gun violence in the US? Empty platitudes aren’t solving the problem. Unsupported claims about everything in the … More School Shootings Continue

Happy Easter 2018!

For some, today is a solemn holiday about resurrection and the power of God. For others, it is a season of rebirth, celebrated in relation to deities or simply nature. Many look forward to coloring and hiding eggs and gorging on candy. Some celebrate combinations of these things, and some don’t celebrate. Whatever your tradition, … More Happy Easter 2018!

Happy New Year!

Who does New Year’s resolutions? It’s not normally my thing, but in 2018 I resolve to continue to: – 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 … More Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays!

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 Buddhism, to name a few. Traditions generally focus … More Happy Holidays!

Veterans Day

Veterans Day used to be Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War I. It wouldn’t become a national holiday until 1938. Veterans Day in its current incarnation is meant primarily to celebrate living former service members. Memorial Day emphasizes the fallen, and Armed Forces Day emphasizes those currently serving. Veterans Day is also a … More Veterans Day