It has been 55 years since Martin Luther King Jr’s most famous speech. While we have come far since then in terms of racial and social equity, the events of the past several years – especially the 2016 Presidential campaign and the first year of the Trump presidency – remind us how far we still … More Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2018
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!
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!
Gift exchange is a part of many traditions celebrated during the winter, hence this is the time of year when we start putting a lot of energy into buying gifts. Usually we are baying for our close families and close friends. Sometimes we get things for extended families and acquaintances as well. Those with the … More ‘Tis the Season – to Volunteer!
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
On Puerto Rico, I’ll leave political punditry to the professionals. (After yesterday’s #unpresidented comments, I just can’t find the energy or words to respond.) However, they still need help. Last week PBS published an article with links to organizations that are providing aid, and through which we can assist (if we’re not physically able to … More Puerto Rico Assistance
It has been 16 years since the towers fell, the Pentagon was damaged, and Flight 93 crashed en route to a fourth target. It has been nearly as long since the US first invaded Afghanistan, where US (and multinational) troops continue to fight. The attacks carried significant emotional weight for the collective US psyche, … More 16th Anniversary of the September 11 Terror Attacks in the US
Should we be fearful of this new North Korean capability? What is the US’s response to this threat? … More The only thing to fear is fear itself from North Korea.
Does North Korea act in a rational or irrational manner? What would Kenneth Waltz say? … More North Korea: Rational or Irrational actor?
If you have the opportunity to stay home to celebrate the birth of the USA tomorrow (assuming you are a US citizen and give a hoot about July 4th), please be sure to enjoy yourself safely. Here’s a handy safety reference, pilfered from the interwebs: Fireworks injuries are no joke. For example, someone in my … More Happy 4th of July!!