Obama Lifts AIDS/HIV Immigration Ban

It was announced today that President Obama has reversed a deeply immoral and perverse policy that has been in effect for the last 22 years.  For the last two decades, if you had AIDS or HIV, you were precluded from entering the USA.  This neanderthal policy, according to Obama, was at odds with our efforts […] Read More

What Do We Call the Ending Decade?

I was born at the beginning of the 70s.  It was a time commemorated by super huge collars on orange paisley, polyester shirts and high heeled, white patent leather, zip-up boots for menfolk.  We think of the Flower Power generation, Viet Nam and the Nixon years as the 60s.  Gordon Gecko’s “Greed is Good” ethos characterized the “Me Decade” known […] Read More

Mall Santas Report: Kids Want Socks This Year

I am a reader/commenter on a number of social action blogs and other online communities.  One of the best parts about blogging IMHO is that you get to really become a member of a community of people.  As part of any community, you get to learn of the perspectives, thinking and experiences of other like […] Read More

Woefully Inadequate Healthcare Reform Bill Passes in Senate

I am disgusted with the passage of the Senate healthcare “reform” bill over the weekend. Besides the inclusion of severe restrictions on womens’ rights to abortions which sets back womens’ rights by 25 years, it also passed without any public option or Medicare buy-in. What’s left is a giveaway to the pigs at a trough that […] Read More

Ben Bernanke TIME’s Person of the Year

So, TIME magazine has selected Ben Bernanke as their person of the year. Two posts down, I make my personal case for or against all the contenders. I wrote that I believed that Bernanke and others in the top echelons of the banking industry ought to be in prison for what they did to destroy […] Read More

Poem “Invictus” Inspires Movie

There is a new movie out called Invictus starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon. The movie takes its title from a poem of the same name, “Invictus,” the best-remembered work of British poet William Ernest Henley (1849-1903). Invictus is a Latin word meaning “unconquered,” and the poem was written in 1875 as a demonstration of […] Read More

TIME’s Person of the Year

This morning, managing editor for TIME magazine, Rick Stengel announced the short list of contenders for this year’s TIME Person of the Year issue.  As in the past, recipients of this recognition are not always recognized for good works.  Sometimes they are recognized for the very damaging or disruptive actions they may have taken to propel […] Read More

Don’t Let Heartburn Hurt Your Holidays

Guest Blogger – Zippi Dvash, Asst. VP of Public Affairs for Long Island College Hospital Heartburn is a “burning” problem for over 60 million Americans each month. Recent surveys show that 66% of people experience heartburn symptoms after splurging on food and alcohol, such as the large meals, rich desserts and alcohol consumed around Christmas […] Read More

The Compromise of the Compromise

Late last night, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that a breakthrough deal had been reached on the contentious healthcare reform bill the President has been asking for.  But have they compromised away the core of the reform in this bill?  Did they deal away the part that really would have put some competition into the […] Read More