10 results for month: 04/2016


The Misguided Targeting of Transgender Americans

Feeling the need to chime in on this. FACT: Transgender is not about one's sexual orientation (i.e. who one is attracted to), it is about gender identity (i.e., what you feel like in your skin). It is a VERY difficult thing to have physical attributes (i.e. sex organs) that do not jibe with one's thoughts, feelings, aspects and character. That incongruity causes people deep emotional pain. It is SO difficult that for many, the only tenable solution is to change their outer aspect to conform to their inner one, that is . . . . after they try, sometimes for years, to conform their inner thoughts to their physical aspects and cannot do so. So ...

The Big “Checkout”

Last Saturday, at around 2pm, three young black men (according to witnesses) drove a vehicle into the parking lot of an apartment complex in Miami Gardens with the intent to kill. The young men apparently had a beef with another young man living in the complex based on a social media dispute. One of the perpetrators reached into the car and pulled out a gun, and rather than killing the intended target, ended up killing six-year-old King Carter, who was playing outside. King’s murder was perhaps not an intended outcome of the incident, but it was a foreseeable and acceptable outcome, as are the deaths of all by-standers in such shootings.  And so, a ...

SCOTUS Nomination

What the GOP could have said regarding the SCOTUS nomination: "Gee, Mr. President, we are really sad about the loss of one of our most treasured conservative thinkers. We KNOW that you have the right to appoint SCJs, but we would be really grateful if you considered appointing someone who would perhaps keep some of the balance on the Court. We know it's unlikely that you will nominate someone as conservative as Scalia, but if we give you a list of nominees whom we think are acceptable, would you at least talk with us and consider them. Perhaps there is a name you would consider as a viable choice, and if so, we could work together, in the interest of ...

SCOTUS Nomination

When Mitch McConnell says that the SCOTUS nominee shouldn't be confirmed until "the people" have a say in it, he doesn't mean the 65,915,769 people who voted for Barack Obama in 2012--knowing FULL WELL that he would have a complete 4-year term in office, as did every other President before him. What McConnell means is that we should wait until "HIS PEOPLE," have a say in it. You know, the 48% who voted for Romney and have NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER come to terms with that loss. I can't help but conclude that the GOP can't respect the result of the last election because they view the "Obama coalition" as inherently illegitimate. That the collective voice ...

Tech

Bringing some tech manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. (or creating new ones) should be a top national priority. It makes no sense to me that we make not one smart phone in the U.S. Yes, Chinese labor markets make manufacturing of such devices cheaper. But SO WHAT?! It is risky to rely so heavily on such devices but to have no capacity whatsoever to make them. I don't foresee a trade kurfufle with China, but that doesn't mean one can't happen. We ought to have at least some capacity for high-tech manufacturing here, just in case. And, of course, there is the upside that such would mean good jobs here at home. Would I be willing to pay a little more ...

Drug Patents

Martin Shkreli isn't just a creep, he's a criminal. His exponential increase in price to life-saving HIV medication is unconscionable. The way to deal with him is to refuse to enforce his patents and allow other companies to reproduce and undercut his product. Access to patent enforcement through the courts is granted by the American people. We giveth, we can taketh away. New rule, if your business practices harm Americans, the U. S. Government will not back you up.

Arizona Recount

There is a lot of buzz on social media about the AZ primary. We need some clarification. If Independent, No Party Affiliation (NPA) or Libertarian voters were turned away, that is because it is a closed primary. A shame, but not unlawful or irregular. If registered Democrats had their registration CHANGED to Independent without their notice or consent, thus keeping them from voting, THAT is something altogether different and in need of immediate investigation. If that occurred to any significant extent, I say do it over or allow them to vote now and re-tally the final count.

Cuba Visit

A word to my Cuban American friends. Yesterday, President Obama landed in Havana, further advancing the normalization of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. For those who have lasting scars from the horrors perpetrated by Fidel Castro and his cronies, I extend my sympathies. While most will cheer this change, for you this week's visit will be a painful reminder of loss and injustice. But every grieving period must come to an end. The mourning and grief over what was lost in Cuba must now move into a time for rebirth, growth and forward momentum. The opening of relations with Cuba has little to do with redressing the sins of the past, as ...

SCOTUS Nomination

To my dear Republican brothers and sisters, could you please point out to me where in the Constitution it says that "the people should get a say" in Supreme Court nominations. I mean, I see where the President gets to nominate, and I see where the Senate gives "advice and consent," but I can't find the part about popular vote, or the caveat, "but not in an election year."

Sexual Assault

Last night, Lady Gaga gave a show-stopping performance that addressed the issue of sexual assault. She was backed-up by a silent chorus of survivors of sexual assault, who raised their hands in solidarity to show their strength and resilience. I intend no disrespect to victims of any sexual violence, but I would like to shift this conversation from victims to a focus on the perpetrators! Sexual assault is not about sex so much as it is about dominion and control. It is about the rush of taking something from someone that is not freely offered. Let's table the notion that victims invite abuse by being suggestive in manner or dress, or that they did ...