“Just Who Do We Think We Are?” – The Supreme Supreme Court
Jun26

“Just Who Do We Think We Are?” – The Supreme Supreme Court

In today’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, the Supreme Court has laid waste to several key tenets of the American political experiment in representative government including federalism, a system of checks and balances with a legislative branch designed to be strongest body, and a complete devastation of the 1st Amendment. Unlike most of colleagues from the right side of the aisle, I have known this decision was coming for some...

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A Win for Battered, Unruined Hearts: Supremes 5:4 Grant Marriage Rights to GLBT/Dual Gendered People
Jun26

A Win for Battered, Unruined Hearts: Supremes 5:4 Grant Marriage Rights to GLBT/Dual Gendered People

Dear Brave Souls: If you are offended by marriage rights for all persons being the law of the land in the US, it may be best you not read this. If you are offended when people deny each other basic human rights, please read this and rejoice with me. It is a Good Day for us all in the US. Today, we as a nation rose into complete parity re a long awaited and historic decision by our Supreme Court making marriage equality the law of the...

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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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This Remarkable Marriage Equality Case: Obergefell v. Hodges
Jun26

This Remarkable Marriage Equality Case: Obergefell v. Hodges

Obergefell v. Hodges, decided today, will stand in the history of jurisprudence with the likes of Brown v. Board of Education, Roe v. Wade, Gideon, Miranda and the one person/one vote decisions. The full opinion It is a decision remarkable in its own right, made even more so in having been authored by the traditional conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy. For the most part this article will allow Justice Kennedy to speak for himself,...

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Marriage Equality Arrives in Historic Ruling
Jun26

Marriage Equality Arrives in Historic Ruling

When the United States of America was founded, sodomy was a capital offense. As recently as 1962 it was a crime in all 50 states of the Union. As recently as 1986 the Supreme Court upheld Georgia’s sodomy law. It wasn’t until 2003 that the Supreme Court decided Lawrence v. Texas, finally striking down the remaining sodomy laws still on the books in 14 states. At the time, a sodomy conviction still carried the possibility...

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Historic Obamacare Ruling: Reason Wins Out Over Mean-Spirited Political Gamesmanship
Jun25

Historic Obamacare Ruling: Reason Wins Out Over Mean-Spirited Political Gamesmanship

The U.S. Supreme Court today dealt a major blow to conservatives who have used everything from bare-knuckle politics to legislative sleight-of hand to frivolous litigation in a years-long effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, a flawed but ultimately workable effort to bring affordable health care to all Americans as well as President Obama’s signature achievement. In a momentous 6-3 ruling, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr....

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Trump- An American Icon
Jun23

Trump- An American Icon

Donald Trump’s entry into the Republican presidential race is another indication of the sad state of America’s political system. As an American icon, he represents vanity and greed, and all the things that are bad about the nation. His main qualifications for office are his wealth and his fame, declaring that only someone “really rich” like himself will be able to turn America around economically and restore its position in the...

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It’s Not About The Flag, Idiots!!
Jun22

It’s Not About The Flag, Idiots!!

It is not often I use this forum to lash out at folks on either side of the political spectrum; however, today I am compelled to lash out at everyone who is engaging in the ridiculous rhetoric that the removal of a piece of cloth is going to solve the racial injustice of South Carolina or any other person of color living in the United States of America. To set the record straight, the Confederate Battle flag should not have ever been...

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Take Down That Damn Secessionist Flag South Carolina!
Jun22

Take Down That Damn Secessionist Flag South Carolina!

A Schizephrenic Southern Splinter State The Confederate Flag Flies At Full Staff The View From The U.S. Virgin Islands By JOHN McCARTHY TMV Columnist There’s no denying it. South Carolina has a violent and racist past, with some tolerance mixed in. The mere name “South Carolina” – suggests that it broke away from a larger Carolina – and that would be true. The name Carolina is Latin for “Charles land” and goes back to 1629 when...

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A History of Racial Hatred And Abuse in South Carolina
Jun20

A History of Racial Hatred And Abuse in South Carolina

A Schizephrenic Southern Splinter State The Confederate Flag Flies At Full Staff The View From The U.S. Virgin Islands By JOHN McCARTHY TMV Columnist There’s no denying it. South Carolina has a violent and racist past, with some tolerance mixed in. The mere name “South Carolina” – suggests that it broke away from a larger Carolina – and that would be true. The name Carolina is Latin for “Charles land” and goes back to 1629 when...

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The Great White Hype
Jun19

The Great White Hype

UPDATED BELOW You have to admit this much: the White GOPs find themselves, increasingly, defending the indefensible with increasingly flaccid tropes. Defending discrimination against LGBT. Defending voting against Veterans’ (desperatedly needed) benefits. Defending NOT doing anything to lift the bootheel of the recession from American throats. Defending NOT doing anything about the increasingly apocalyptic weather of Global...

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The Rejection of Multi-Culturalism
Jun19

The Rejection of Multi-Culturalism

In the aftermath of Wednesday’s tragic mass killing of nine African-American church goers by Dylann Roof, both the left and the right have used this incident to try to push their political agenda. Most pundits and writers from the left, including President Obama, are pushing for stricter gun control. Others are pushing for the removal of South Carolina’s flag which still includes the symbol of the Confederacy. Pundits from...

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(VIDEO) President Obama Says South Carolina Racial Hate Crime Shooting Reflects “dark part” of our history
Jun18

(VIDEO) President Obama Says South Carolina Racial Hate Crime Shooting Reflects “dark part” of our history

President Barack Obama today said the murders of 9 innocent people at Charleston’s historic Emanuel A.M.E. Church by a 21-year-old who made it clear his motive was racial hatred reflected a “dark part” of our history. I’d take it a step further: it reflects imprinting now going on as you read this in our society — racial hatred, political hatred and ideological hatred. The common denominator is not...

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The New Urban Nightmare
Jun18

The New Urban Nightmare

America has woken up this morning to the latest tragedy sparked by racial hatred – the senseless murder of nine people meeting at a church in Charleston, SC. Pastor Clementa Pickney and eight parishioners were taking part in a bible study when they were gunned down by a lone, white gunman. With the recent events in Ferguson, Baltimore and now Charleston, there will be continued discussions on the deterioration of race relations...

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UN tries to knock heads together as Yemen burns
Jun16

UN tries to knock heads together as Yemen burns

At least 279 children were killed and 402 injured since the Saudi led military attacks in Yemen began on 26 March 2015. That is four times those killed in 2014, when 74 children died and 244 were injured in the civil war between Houthi rebels and government forces before the Saudi intervention. So far this year, 318 children are being used to man check point or carry arms, up from 156 last year. “The violence in Yemen has not only...

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The Fuss Over Privacy
Jun09

The Fuss Over Privacy

Why is there such a fuss over privacy? Rand Paul’s stand in the Senate against data collection by the government made him a hero to some Americans, and an obstacle to sound policy to other citizens. But whether it’s declared or not, we’re at war now with Islamic terrorists, some of whom are presently residing in Western Europe and America. Some have traveled to Iraq, Syria or Yemen for training and indoctrination with ISIS or Al...

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Obama’s small victory at the G7 Summit
Jun08

Obama’s small victory at the G7 Summit

President Barack Obama won a small victory at the G7 Summit in the Bavarian Alps today when his reluctant European partners and Japan backed a united front warning Russia to stop interfering in Ukraine. The warning fell on deaf ears with a Kremlin spokesman claiming that the seven summiteers were far from united against Russia and produced no “new theses”. Russia and Ukraine took up nearly two thirds of the Summit’s time on foreign...

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Beau Biden, Vice President’s Son, , Dies at 46
May30

Beau Biden, Vice President’s Son, , Dies at 46

A very sad story involving Vice President Joe Biden’s family — a family that has experience more than a regular share of tears: Biden’s 46 year old son has died of brain cancer: [Beau Biden], the former attorney general of Delaware and the eldest son of Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., has died of brain cancer, his father announced on Saturday. The younger Mr. Biden was 46. Mr. Biden had spent more than a week...

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MOM – Progressive Golden Boy or Insightful Opportunist
May30

MOM – Progressive Golden Boy or Insightful Opportunist

Martin O’Malley, former mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland, is scheduled to announce his candidacy for President today. As a citizen of Maryland, and a former Republican nominee for Baltimore City Council President, I have had a unique view of the rise to power of the guitar playing, muscle T-shirt wearing uber-politician and I am not surprised in the least he is making this leap. At first glance, his candidacy seems to...

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BREAKING: Hastert Made Payments to Hide Allegations of Sexual Misconduct From His High School Coaching Years
May29

BREAKING: Hastert Made Payments to Hide Allegations of Sexual Misconduct From His High School Coaching Years

There are stories wrongly called “bombshells.” This one, though, is a…real bombshell. The LA Times: Indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert was paying an individual from his past to conceal sexual misconduct, two federal law enforcement officials said Friday. One of the officials, who would not speak publicly about the federal charges in Chicago, said “Individual A,” as the person is described in Thursday’s...

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