January 6, 2020

 Democrats started this Presidential campaign season with more than 20 candidates.  Eventually, it dropped to about a dozen, with, so far, only five of those "qualified" to appear on the next debate stage.  But debate performance doesn't seem to matter much. Both Senator Kamala Harris and former Obama cabinet member Julian Castro having had excellent debate performances, and yet they have still dropped out of the race.

             It's a money thing.  With just $9 million in the bank, Senator Harris said she couldn't see her way clear to the nomination given her extremely l...

December 30, 2019

            As 2019 ticked to a close, the screamingly outrageous headlines have not slowed.  Every day there is something, whether it is a flurry of presidential tweets or yet another Republican spouting off about something or other.  Who would have thought, though, that amid the Christmas holiday we would learn that billionaire candidate Michael Bloomberg is using convicted prisoners to make calls for his campaign?

            He will say he did not know. Or, that "anybody" might have made a similar mistake.  Afte...

December 23, 2019

            The hours before the House of Representatives impeachment vote were a study in contrasts.  While Democrats approached the debate leading up the vote somberly, with all due consideration, and with historical references, Republicans seemed to think they were starring in a comedy show.  And the now-impeached President added to the comedy with an unhinged and delusional letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that clearly illustrated the break he has taken from reality.  So he compared himself to the people who were executed (yes, executed!) during the Salem witch trials in 1692-1693.  Ye...

December 9, 2019

California Senator Kamala Harris (D) threw her hat in the ring for the Democratic nomination for President before more than 20,000 people in Oakland, California. She made the announcement on the official Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, January 21, 2019.  She jumped into the race with enthusiasm, and many had high hopes for her.  Unfortunately, she suspended her race basically because she lacked resources.  Negative media coverage, perhaps informed by race and gender bias, along with rumors of discord in her campaign were being circulated widely.  While I was sorry to see Senator Harris exit th...

December 2, 2019

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg entered the already-crowded Democratic presidential primary with a splash.  His ad buy of about $35 million represents more than half of what the other dozen or so candidates have spent on the campaign so far. His $54.6 billion net worth (according to Forbes) means he has deep pockets and virtually unlimited funds to spend on a campaign.  Some think that he can beat Trump in an election since Bloomberg is far wealthier than him.   In addition to his wealth, he's white and male.  Facetiously speaking, what's not to like?

Except....

November 25, 2019

            The November 20th Democratic presidential debate took on a much different tone than the previous debates.  I'm not sure if it was because the panel of moderators was all women – NBC's Andrea Mitchell and Kristen Welker, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, and the Washington Post's Ashley Parker.  Or perhaps it was because the candidates finally got over attacking each other (mostly) and instead decided to be themselves and embrace their identities.  Maybe they hoped to engage more viewers with a substantive focus on the issues.  And since the impeachment hearings loom large (closing only minute...

November 18, 2019

    If the 2019 elections are any indication, Republicans need to worry about their viability come 2020.  In Virginia, Democrats have majorities in both its upper and lower houses.  With a Democratic governor, Virginia has an unprecedented opportunity to shape public policy, especially around gun control, a key concern for many.  In West Virginia, the candidate backed by 45 lost.  Many will say it is because of the Republican governor, Matt Bevin, was extremely unpopular.  If so why was 45 propping him up?  He must have thought he had a prayer....

November 11, 2019

Even as our legislators grapple with impeachment, they are also charged to pass a dozen budget bills, including a bill on “defense”.  Recent elections suggest a paradigm shift in the way we view budget spending, what with Democrats taking charge in both Virginia and Kentucky (I’m not counting Mississippi, Dems aren’t likely to capture that one until lightening strikes).  Some are suggesting that the government might shut down if Congress can’t get its act on the budget together in the next couple weeks.  Alternatively, Congress might look differently at our priorities.

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November 4, 2019

           I was returning from an errand when the skies opened up.  The punishing rain came down with such vigor that despite an umbrella, the bottom inches of my pants were soaked.  With my wash and wear hair, and just half a block more to walk, I shrugged the rain off, until I saw a woman sheltering herself from the rain in a narrow but covered side entrance to a church.  The opening could not have been more than 4 feet wide, and sister was easily five feet tall.  She had wedged herself, somehow, into the space and was lying horizontally with a newspaper over her head.  From across the stre...

October 28, 2019

            Are the use of nooses as symbols of intimidation rising in the workplace?  Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) data says that reports of racism and discrimination are on the rise.  Their data does not speak to nooses, particularly.  Still, it is disturbing to peruse newspaper reports to learn that at purportedly "woke" workplaces and supposedly liberal campuses, racists or fools (or both) are using nooses as symbols of racist intimidation, just as they were a century ago.

 Some of the pla...

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