Sunday, December 6, 2015

Donald Trump: What's the Deal?

This documentary film called Donald Trump - What's The Deal? was commissioned in 1988 by Leonard Stern as the first of a series on celebrity businessmen. It was finished in 1991 and except for a couple of showings was never released until August 3, 2015.

Those of every political persuasion should watch this film, especially if you are contemplating on voting for Trump for President of the United States.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Bernie Sanders Democratic Socialism Speech at Georgetown University on November 19, 2015

In Bernie Sanders Democratic Socialism Speech at Georgetown University on November 19, 2015, the Senator explains Democratic Socialism.

I invite those of all political persuasions to listen to this very thought provoking speech that calls out his beliefs on equality and social justice by evoking both Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther King. While I do not agree with everything Senator Sanders says there is much truth to his words.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day 2015

To honor those that have served in the military this Veterans Day I put forth a quote by Jennifer Granholm, former Governor of the State of Michigan from 2003-2010.

She says the following in a blog post on May 26, 2012 when discussing congressional funding for veterans. "Be Clear: we can't equate spending on veterans with spending on defense. Our strength is not just in the size of our defense budget, but in the size of our hearts, in the size of our gratitude for their sacrifice. And that's not just measured in words or gestures."

Let us remember that it is our obligation to not only honor our veterans but to take care of them as well. As all of us know, we have a lot of work still to do to fulfill that obligation.

Happy Veterans Day 2015.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Chris Christie's Plea To Change How America Handles Drug Addicts

This is the sanest speech that I have ever heard from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie!

The video of his speech titled, Chris Christie's Plea To Change How America Handles Drug Addicts, has gone viral and, I can see why, because it is a very personal account of his mother and a law school classmate who were addicted to nicotine and pain medication respectively.

The speech was given at a campaign event in Belmont, New Hampshire and his message is that addicts need to be treated instead of judged and jailed. Christie went on to draw a parallel between his pro-life views on abortion and addition. He said “I’m pro-life, and I think that if you’re pro-life that means that you have to be pro-life for the whole life, not just the nine months they are in the womb. It’s easy to be pro-life for the nine months they’re in the womb. They haven’t done anything to disappoint us yet. They’re perfect in there! But when they get out, that’s when it gets tough.”

No matter your views on Chris Christie, abortion, or addiction this video is worth watching!

Friday, August 21, 2015

July 2015 was officially Earth's hottest month in recorded history

There have been several articles on global warming and this is another one titled, July 2015 was officially Earth's hottest month in recorded history, from Miriam Kramer at Mashable.

This issue is not a new one but it seems like heat records are being broken at an alarming rate. When is there going to be real action taken or are we destined to be like frogs in water that continues to get hot to the point of boiling?
While I don't want to minimize the work that several groups have been doing to reduce carbon emissions we need to step it up big time. A carbon tax, while it will be painful, is the right thing to turn the incentives around towards a more sustainable energy policy. Fracking, while keeping oil prices down, is causing measurable unwanted changes and is not the long-term solution.

We all need to do more, including myself, but we also need to elect leaders that stop denying and start doing! Thank you for reminding us Miriam.