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Let the Games Begin

It is only March of 2012 and already this is turning out to be the year Republicans took their war on women to entirely new heights. It might seem like it all began when the powers that be at the Komen Fund decided it was time to get into the… Read full post »

There has been a frenzy of media discussion about a recent Health and Human Services decision regarding birth control. Let's go over some facts:

The regulation:

Requires employer who offer health insurance with prescription drug coverage that contraception would be required coverage. If and only… Read full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2011 2:35AM

The Road Not Taken

She was apprehensive sitting there at the café waiting for him. She hadn’t heard from him in 22 years, in fact it was 22 years to the day that he called her and asked her to come be with him. Sometimes things just don’t work out the way you plan them… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2011 9:29PM

GOP Debate IX - The Lament of Ron Paul

One thing we know for sure, Ron Paul hates the government, according to him it can't do anything right, which is why he has spent so many years in government... err I think. He's been in congress since 1976! And he says government doesn't work, well maybe that… Read full post »

OCTOBER 19, 2011 8:03PM

GOP Debate IX - Herman Cain

Herb Cain has a 9-9-9 plan and he became target numero uno at the GOP debate, Cowboy Style. You knew the group would be all in on going after Herb's 9-9-9 plan. Cain's plan has been all the rage as of late with the punditry crowd and… Read full post »

There comes a time in the life of a nation when it is time to make choices, how are we going to institute effective change and reform our badly broken government. We now have a Legislative Branch filled with spoiled schoolyard children, who would prefer to see the… Read full post »

What are we going to do since the cost of education is skyrocketing? Students these days graduate with enormous debt or they don't get the opportunity to attend post secondary training.

Long ago when I started college it was an inexpensive 1200.00 a year that included books. I… Read full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2011 12:51PM

Democrat Like Me

For years the idea haunted me, if a Republican became a Democrat in the deep North what adjustments would she have to make?

And that is how it began, that fateful day in 1984 was the day I decided to infiltrate the Democratic party and turn them all into… Read full post »

JULY 10, 2011 12:05PM

Our Biggest Mistake

"Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile, I caught hell for."

~Earl Warren

That sounds like a Lyle Lovett song, Our Big Mistake; we are repeating it over and over and over again, from the 1968 election to the present. Isn't it sort of sad, we gave… Read full post »

I like to take the IPad preloaded with trail maps to go hiking, that way, you probably can't get lost. Well I probably could get lost, for some reason I seem without a good sense of direction, thank god I am married, although we do  spendRead full post »

After reading Kevin Drums column and Michael Wolraich's Blowing Smoke, several academic papers on the Senate rules, the filibuster, and I selected some Journal Articles to learn more about what exactly is going on and what the solutions are for Democrats and Liberals in the future, because… Read full post »

The  National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has taken action against Boeing's production move to South Carolina. Republicans are in meltdown mode... "Tyranny and Socialism", and the best one so far, "enemies list of red states", and it is being shouted from every crazy corner of the web, from the… Read full post »

This quest for this story began with this picture. It was among he hundreds of slides I've been going through that  connect my third culture kid beginnings with my adult life. I couldn't stop looking at this particular picture, it was fascinating. It was obviously a remnant of WWII, seemingly fl… Read full post »

My husband and I are avid cyclists. We do many organized rides during the year. Yesterday for the first time ever, we made it out to one of the upper San Juan Islands, just off the north coast of Washington State.  I read about the ride last year, but I was… Read full post »

Editor’s Pick
APRIL 28, 2011 7:42PM

Raised Undersea - South Pacific 1970's

I spent a good part of my young life in the water. When we moved to the Philippines in 1971 we weren't moving to Manila, we were moving to one of the 7000+ islands. I read a good deal as a kid and figured it sounded like a cool Robinson Crusoe… Read full post »

APRIL 28, 2011 9:48AM

The Eyes of Orly "Tammy Faye" Taitz

Taitz learned the art of facial shellacking from the goddess of too much makeup herself, yes, Tammy Faye Baker Messner.

Anyhoo... I caught this on the Lawrence O'Donnell and The Last Word tonight.

So here is the question, is she crazy or not? I am voting for crazy.


 … Read full post »

There is No Public Option without a Beginning

There have been six times in the past to deliver major legislation restructuring of the provision of hospital and medical services: 1913- 17, 1937-39, 1943-46, 1964-65, 1969-75 and 1993-94.  Each previous attempt collapsed usually generating a ser/Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2010 3:31PM

Third Parties Always Drink Tea: Part I


Here we go again; Joe Scarborough is starting his own party, the No-Label Party. I don’t know why that makes me laugh, but it does make me chuckle a little on the inside. I love that Gawker has labeled his endeavor/… Read full post »

Republicans are opposed to New START, but the question is why? Well, listen to Jon Kyl, who was on Meet the Press this morning, he does try but ultimately fails to offer any reason for his opposition. He will not allow the Treaty to come up for a vote by the… Read full post »

From the Desk of tmac... to the World

Long ago, in the 1990's while I was in graduate school the first time I wrote my thesis on Confucianism and  Post-Modern Environmental Philosophy, especially in conjunction the musings of Aldo Leopold in The Land Ethic.

Chinese Environmental Thought: fromRead full post »


From: Daryl Issa, Chairman, House Oversight and Government Reforms Committee



It has come to our attention that the socialist, communist, Marxist, fascist, entitled Obama Administration is spending some $200,000.00 dollars a day during the so ca… Read full post »

I suppose there are a variety of reasons that Dem were massacred in the middle of the country, fly over country as  the pundits call it, but what happened and what do Democrats need to do to develop some sort of coherent message to present to Americans at… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 1, 2010 7:49AM

Pumpkin Past, Pumpkin Present

So we get a pumpkin  challenge this year, which is Ironic, I’ve been making my friends jealous on Facebook by publishing pictures of my sugar pumpkin baking endeavors. Every year I wait for sugar pumpkin season, because they are the most amazing tasting gourds.

Long ago, when we had… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 1:24PM


I didn't want to make the announcement too early. I didn't want everyone at DAG, and across the Universe to start celebrating to long before the weekend. But it is Thursday, so here I am, spilling the news.

As soon as I heard I mailed my resume off… Read full post »

Dear David Ehrenstein:

You really took it personally, when I told some Glenn Greenwald supporters that their vitriol against another commenter at has to stop. It was uncalled for you know, unnecessary, people are allowed to believe what they want to believe, even if you don’t… Read full post »