All About Love
Jul04

All About Love

Love has been a lot in the news lately — with our country finally acknowledging that two people in love can get married to each other — and in our hearts, as evidenced by the number of articles written about it in the last week or so. Just here at The Moderate Voice, we had “Marriage: What does love have to do with it?” with some great, touching comments from our readers on love and marriage. We even had one...

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George Takei Apologizes for Offensive Remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas.
Jul03

George Takei Apologizes for Offensive Remarks about Justice Clarence Thomas.

This post started out as a critique of two of the Supreme Court Justices who dissented on the same-sex marriage decision –especially Justice Clarence Thomas’ misuse of the “human dignity” concept in is dissent. It was quickly overtaken by emotional and offensive comments by actor and gay rights advocate George Takei. See Updates II and III below. Takei has now finally posted an apology on his FaceBook page. It is posted below....

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Sights and Music for the Fourth
Jul03

Sights and Music for the Fourth

Want to get in the mood for the Fourth early? Watch and listen to the U.S. Air Force Academy Concert Band perform as part of an Independence Day-themed event at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota, tonight at 7:30 p.m. MDT. Please click here for the live stream. Don’t know much about the A.F. Academy Concert Band? They are more than meets the eye — or ear. Watch them in the video below. Finally, want more...

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Tell Me More about Obamacare and Pass the Corn Please
Jul02

Tell Me More about Obamacare and Pass the Corn Please

Flush with the recent historic Affordable Care Act (ACA) victory at the nation’s highest court and rightly proud of the overall success of the program, the Obama administration is taking its message directly to the festive, red-white-and-blue-covered hot dogs and potato salad tables this Fourth of July. Warning Americans that misinformation about the ACA is everywhere, that there’s been a lot of money spent to spread that...

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What New Clinton Emails Reveal about Gay Rights Issues at State
Jul02

What New Clinton Emails Reveal about Gay Rights Issues at State

Some are focusing on the more juicy revelations the latest trove of Clinton emails has to offer. For example, how, according to a quipping Gail Collins, Hillary Clinton: • Misspelled “Benghazi.” • Urged John Podesta to wear socks to bed. • Debated whether her playlist should include something from the Marvelettes. • Tutored an aide on how to use a fax. Jackie Kucinich at the Daily Beast, however, digs into some of the less...

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New York Times: ‘No Smoking Gun’ in New Clinton Trove of Emails (Updated)
Jul01

New York Times: ‘No Smoking Gun’ in New Clinton Trove of Emails (Updated)

Update: In a related development, “Obama aides knew of private address,” CNN reports: President Barack Obama’s top aides, including David Axelrod, communicated with Hillary Clinton at her private email address while she was secretary of state, new records show. Read more here Original Post: After the State Department released a trove of additional Hillary Clinton e-mail messages, covering “a range of everyday events as well as...

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The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will…Part II
Jun30

The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will…Part II

As mentioned in Part I, the Annual Warrior Games — an “Olympic-style spectacle” — where our warrior-athletes compete in a wide variety of games of skill “not too different from the ‘arts of war,’” concluded on June 28 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. Acknowledging that these warriors need and receive a lot of support, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said during closing ceremonies at Quantico: I want to salute the...

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The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will, Fighting Spirit and Achievement – Part I
Jun29

The 2015 Warrior Games: A Showcase of Perseverance, Sheer Will, Fighting Spirit and Achievement – Part I

The Defense Department’s 2015 Warrior Games concluded yesterday at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The Annual Warrior Games — an “Olympic-style spectacle” — where our warrior-athletes compete in a wide variety of games of skill “not too different from the ‘arts of war,’” have been made “a priority in the years since American forces became engaged in and bore the costs of two long 21st-century wars.” “Archery...

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Lone Star State Reacts Defiantly to Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage
Jun29

Lone Star State Reacts Defiantly to Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

Two days after the nation’s highest court struck down gay marriage bans in Texas and a dozen other states, the State of Texas defiantly reacts. In an “Opinion” addressed to “Dear Governor Patrick,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton concludes: County clerks and their employees retain religious freedoms that may allow accommodation of their religious objections to issuing same-sex marriage licenses. The strength of any such claim...

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The Human Being Behind Obergefell v. Hodges
Jun26

The Human Being Behind Obergefell v. Hodges

Jim Obergefell is one of the plaintiffs at the center of the case decided today by the U.S. Supreme Court “that held that, for the first time, any couple — straight, lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender — can obtain a marriage license and make their commitment public and legal in all 50 states.” The White House reached out to him to ask for his thoughts on this historic ruling. The following is the open letter Mr....

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A Day to Celebrate with ‘Texas Update’
Jun26

A Day to Celebrate with ‘Texas Update’

(Texas reaction at end) An article at the U.S. Supreme Court web site starts in the following manner: “EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW”-These words, written above the main entrance to the Supreme Court Building, express the ultimate responsibility of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is the highest tribunal in the Nation for all cases and controversies arising under the Constitution or the laws of the United...

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The Charleston Massacre: ‘While GOP Candidates Stammer…’
Jun23

The Charleston Massacre: ‘While GOP Candidates Stammer…’

I do not often cut-and-paste large sections of articles from a leading newspaper. However, the facts that I am on travel and that an excellent article sometimes cannot/should not be paraphrased prompts me to quote parts of Anne Gearan’s “While GOP candidates stammer, Clinton directly confronts race,” in today’s Washington Post. First, Gearan laments that few of the nearly two dozen politicians running for president stepped forward to...

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Honoring All Military Dads
Jun21

Honoring All Military Dads

It is difficult to write and post lengthy stories while traveling abroad. However, after reading Ron Beasley’s touching tribute to his “military Dad” who served in World War II, both in Europe and in the Pacific, and who passed away 12 years ago, I would be very remiss not to honor all our military Dads — those who have gone before us and those who are still with us, many still serving. Fortunately three of the military Services...

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On the Road – and the Canals – in the ‘Low Countries’
Jun21

On the Road – and the Canals – in the ‘Low Countries’

What does one do when traveling and there is so much to see but so little time to write (home) about it? Take and post pictures, of course. So here are a few — the stories maybe later. The delightful northern Holland town of Giethoorn — appropriately referred to as the “Venice of the North” — where everyone and everything goes by boat …even the trash The oldest windmill in the Netherlands and Belgium, located near...

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Our Fallen Heroes, Always Close to Home.
Jun11

Our Fallen Heroes, Always Close to Home.

Traveling abroad, thousands of miles away from home? Want to feel close to home — real close to home? Want to be reminded of American greatness and magnanimity? Want to honor our fallen heroes of World War II and other wars up-close and personal? Visit one of the 25 American cemeteries on foreign soil, hallowed final resting places to more than 124,000 American wars dead. We did so a few days ago. We traveled to the Netherlands...

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An Orphan in Language Land
Jun01

An Orphan in Language Land

One of the first things that strikes the visitor to beautiful and historic Belgium — especially in the capital, Brussels — is the number of distinctive languages and dialects spoken there. While Dutch, French and German are the official languages of this small country, a majority speak Dutch (59 %); 40% speak French and only 1% German. In addition English is widely spoken, especially in the Dutch-speaking (“Flemish”)...

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Memorial Day 2015: One Last Glance
May25

Memorial Day 2015: One Last Glance

There are so many touching, poignant images published during a day of remembrance such as Memorial Day, that I find it very difficult not to share them. To those who have already seen and read enough about this solemn day, I ask for your forbearance. All the photos and captions are from various military Services. A soldier places a small American flag into the ground in front of a headstone during “Flags In” at Arlington National...

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Memorial Day 2015: Honor to the Fallen – Godspeed to Our Newest Soldiers (Update)
May25

Memorial Day 2015: Honor to the Fallen – Godspeed to Our Newest Soldiers (Update)

Update: I have to add this image and caption that say it all this Memorial Day: Brittany, left, and her son, Christian, 4, visit the grave of her husband and his father, U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Christopher Jacobs, on Memorial Day in Section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., May 25, 2015. Christian is wearing his father’s cover. (Photo: DOD) Original Post: Memorial Day is a day of remembrance: A day to remember...

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A Very Special Dutch Memorial Day Observance
May25

A Very Special Dutch Memorial Day Observance

We’ll be visiting the Netherlands soon. One of the places on our must-visit list is the World War II Netherlands American Cemetery at Margraten, the Netherlands, just a few miles from the German border. It is one of the many cemeteries in Europe and one of 25 cemeteries abroad where tens of thousands of Americans killed in World Wars I and II have their final resting place. At just this one cemetery, 8,301 American heroes rest, their...

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Jeb Bush Set to Become an Instant Foreign Policy Wonk (Updated)
May22

Jeb Bush Set to Become an Instant Foreign Policy Wonk (Updated)

Update: Should Bobby Jindal be fancying another fatuous foray into far-flung foreign fiefdoms to flaunt his fledgling foreign flair, he will first have to feud with some fastidious fellows in his legislature: Louisiana legislators clipped Gov. Bobby Jindal’s wings Thursday by inserting wording into the state budget that would require the governor’s office to pay the out-of-state travel expenses of his security detail. . Jindal spent...

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