On Inauguration Day, 2017, my oldest stepdaughter and I boarded a plane bound for Washington, DC. We most emphatically were not headed to the swearing-in of the 45th President of the United States. Rather, we were going to participate in what I thought of as the anti-inauguration: The Women’s March in Washington scheduled for the day after the inauguration. The gate area was filled with … Continue reading The Women’s March: Power to the People
My husband and I went to see Hidden Figures yesterday. It’s a very good movie, and I highly recommend it. When it was over, the audience applauded – that doesn’t happen often. I’ve seen movies since the election. Some have been funny but a bit mindless (Office Christmas Party) and some have been deeper but somewhat dark (Manchester By the Sea). Hidden Figures was engrossing, it had … Continue reading Don’t Want to Watch the Inauguration? Same Here.
Gene Cernan died today. He was the last man to walk on the Moon, as Commander of Apollo 17, in December of 1972. Civilizations and empires, whether great or not, come and go. And the United States is still a relatively young country. That said, of all the countries and empires and civilizations in the history of humanity and the men and women who lived … Continue reading Godspeed
“So this is how the uninsured die. In a society filled with wealthy doctors and gleaming hospitals and state-of-the art medical gadgetry and the bulk of the world’s Nobel winners, it seems outrageous to allow Donny Ray Black to wither away and die without proper medical care.” These are words written by John Grisham in his book, The Rainmaker, which was the story of a … Continue reading The GOP’s Hated Health Care for Decades
Last night, I came across an article online that described the scheduled activities associated with the Presidential Inauguration next week. The day before the Inauguration, the President-Elect and Vice President-Elect will visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and pay their respects. How nice, I thought idly. Paying tribute to our military while paying no taxes to support them. Then I saw what followed that … Continue reading Karaoke for Trump
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh Twilight has dimmed the sunrise in the logo that then-Senator Barack Obama first thought, in the long ago days of 2007, resembled nothing more than the Pepsi Cola logo. That sunrise is now a sunset, and tonight, ten days before he leaves the presidency to assume private citizenship, we … Continue reading How Lucky We Are
At 6:21 a.m. on Thursday, January 5, Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), tweeted a message that read: The “CBO” is the independent Congressional Budget Office that was created by law in 1974 and is charged with assisting Congress in evaluating costs associated with financial and budgetary decisions and to provide information and estimates during the Congressional budget process. When new legislation is proposed, the CBO “scores” … Continue reading The Nefarious GOP – Cons and Tricks #1: Obamacare
On Sunday, it will be two months since Election Day. There’s something I need to express before I move past the election, and it’s taken awhile for me to formulate this. I don’t understand you, the Trump voter. Or at least the “normal folks” who voted for him. I’ve tried. I really have. I’ve read Hillbilly Elegy. I listened when Jon Stewart told Charlie Rose … Continue reading Fare Thee Well, Trump Voter