Thursday, January 29, 2009

Lilly Ledbetter

Gail Collins' column in today's NYT puts Lilly Ledbetter in a small crowd of other women who have taken on their employers in the name of fair pay, and while they might not have seen the rewards of their actions for themselves, they have helped other women workers.

Today President Obama signed into being the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Its been a long time coming.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009


May the 44th president harness the hope that he has kindled.
May we re-gain a sense of the public good for all.

May the anti-intellectualism that is rampart dissipate.
May people take responsibility for their actions, and their inactions.
(Silence is the voice of complicity afterall).

Today our imagination soars in hope.
May that hope turn into action.

There is a lot riding on the hope that is Obama,
the hope like a wave he rode into leadership on.

Hope is more than just a word.

Here's to hoping you will meet the great expectations
of ethos--of our Republic and for all she stands for.

Here's to hoping we will meet the great expectations
of ethos--of our Republic and for all she stands for.

Truth, Justice and the American Way.
Obama, oh not quite superman.
A lot is riding on your shoulders.

But remember:
It takes a country.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Farewell Good Bye Adieu

Tonight is President Bush's Farewell address to the nation. In my heart of hearts I would love it to be an apology--for an uncalled for war, for disregarding human rights and civil rights, for shredding the Constitution, for redefining justice, torture and the executive office, for continuing policies that have laid our economy in ruins.
But based on his last formal press conference, he will take responsibility for nothing--it was not his fault that he relied on faulty intelligence that lead to our preemptive invasion of Iraq --Operation Iraqi Freedom (and our development of more hatred towards and potential threats against America); that FEMA did respond correctly to Katrina (just tell that to the still displaced people of New Orleans and Gulf Coast).
His administration's legacy is one of total disregard for human rights and civil rights, an administration that operated without being accountable to the people of the United States which it was to serve, an administration that was flagrant in its disregard of the Constitution, of laws that Congress passed (signing statements,anyone), and of decisions of the Supreme Court not to mention international laws.
I will watch his address tonight and hope that he will be held accountable for his disservice to America.

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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Fair Pay

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and the Paycheck Fairness Act were passed in the House this week and are scheduled fo a vote in the Seante this coming week. Contact your Senators and tell them how important fair and equal wages are, how restoring the means to fight inequality is so very important to the concept of equality.

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Saturday, January 03, 2009

The last days of W

Frank Rich's column in Sunday's (1/4/09) NYT is about the re-visioning of the W presidency and "[T]he man who emerges is a narcissist with no self-awareness whatsoever. It’s that arrogance that allowed him to tune out even the most calamitous of realities, freeing him to compound them without missing a step."

Unfortunately, we will be cleaning up the mess he and his cronies made for a long long time.

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