America’s gun violence, like our grief in Oregon, seems to know no bounds, no limits, no end. The reason is deadly simple: our very lives are chained to a constitutional amendment that is willfully misinterpreted by many and perverted by gun rights advocates for political ends.
It’s too bad Jon Stewart is no longer on air to analyze the second Republican debate. This debate really could be the pilot for a longer running show—call it “Tragedy Central.” Because it really is a tragedy that a generation of GOP politicians—grown men and women, most of them elected officials—could say such unbelievable things and act in such a juvenile way. The phrase “pretenders to office” never had greater resonance.
When The Oregonian, our state’s largest newspaper, selected its 2015 editorial agenda, climate change was noticeably missing from the list of topics despite requests from readers (see the editorial from The Oregonian here). In response to the protests of this omission, the editorial board stated that “we focus almost exclusively on state and local matters.
This weekend many of us are celebrating the last throes of summer (I'm working -however it is for a good cause -so I'm not bitter about it. Generally not too bitter -that is until I see the picnics on the beach, the kite's drifting by and the happy sounds of families playing).
Americans work hard -we work longer hours, and generate more productivity while taking less vacation than anywhere else in the world. We do this to provide a better life for ourselves and our families.
The real war on American workers
In a thoughtful piece for Daily Kos, Ian Reifowitz wrote, “On November 8, 2016, we Americans will select our next president. It must be a Democrat. The Republican Party is so destructive that defeating them is more than enough motivation for me, whether or not I agree 100 percent with the Democratic nominee. For whom will I vote to be that nominee? For better or worse, I still don't know.” His piece discusses two of the five very different Democratic candidates, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Nobel-laureate scientists, nuclear nonproliferation experts, military generals, Israel leaders, U.S. rabbis, and bishops and nuns are among the people supporting the historic nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1, five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States—plus Germany and the European Union.
The first heavily edited video accusing Planned Parenthood of selling fetal tissue was released just five weeks ago and started a huge debate about women's reproductive rights across the country. Since then the ultra-conservative Center for Medical Progress has issued six more—all of them used by Republican politicians for campaign fodder. Those involved in making the videos are possibly breaking the law in a number of ways, and their full footage has shown the videos to be false.
The Fall 2015 Fox replacement for the popular show "American Idol" is the GOP Debate series. It is spectacle and theater that even has some of my left of center friends talking about "if you had to, which of them would you vote for?"