"There's no place like Homophobia"-Jon Stewart

“What is the fear of the ‘gay agenda’ that has so upset people? Do people think that if gay people are given a place at the table, they’ll be so convincing we’ll all end up blowing them? What is the issue? ‘You know, I’m straight, but you’ve made such a convincing argument… ’...more

Children and Gun Safety: How Much Has Really Changed Since Newtown?

Over two years have passed since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, and a new article at Huffington Post calls attention to the fact that over 100 children have died in unintentional gunfire since then. The findings come from a study released by Everytown for Gun Safety. ...more
The tide is turning! Many states have passed new laws--Washington, California, Colorado, ...more

I Am An American And Today I Celebrate Abraham Lincoln's Birthday

Do you know who our 16th president was?Does your 3rd grader?As of today, thanks to a Congressional resolution, it is International Darwin Day, now and forever on February 12.It also happens to be the birthday of one of the (I dare say the second) greatest Presidents in this America's history.The man who chose to fight instead of letting our country be divided. A man who felt that NO ONE was better than the other and freed the slaves....more

Ageism, Politics, the News, and YouTube

Almost one year ago, I published a post about ageism as it relates to politics. A week and a half ago, I was reminded how this issue is evolving and how far we still have to go. On January 22nd, President Obama gave his State of the Union address for the year. Most media and social outlets thought it was a good speech, agree with the content or not....more

What The Michael Brown Incident Should've Taught Us

It's Black History Month... and lately, I've been thinking a lot about race relations in this country....more

Deer Ticks Confirmed in North Dakota Carry Lyme Disease and Important Implications for ‘Non-Lyme’ States

Recent findings published in the Journal of Medical Entomology carry critically important implications for Lyme Disease detection in Montana and other states currently not considered Lyme endemic....more

My White Friend Called Me A Racist On Facebook. And I Couldn't Be Happier.

I didn't have to wait for the holidays to brace myself for the deep discussions on race that were bound to take place at the food table.  I didn't get the chance to feel the build of the inevitable tsunami of conflicting views over race, our president, and our deteriorating cultural climate that right now is immersing our country into a depressingly sad state of intolerance right now, in the midst of passing each other the rolls and the gravy....more

Hillary Clinton and the Long-Running History of Sexism in Politics

Hillary Clinton remains the likely frontrunner for the Democrats in the 2016 race for President. Yet Elizabeth Warren continues to become more visible and vocal as well. Regardless of who runs, if it is a woman, she will face a barrage of sexism and misogyny....more
GailAnderson Yes, I think any woman who decides to run will face scathing criticism in a way ...more

GOP Pushes Anti-Abortion Vote on Roe vs. Wade's 42nd Anniversary

[UPDATE 1/22/15 10:50 a.m. PST: The House approved a bill permanently barring federal funds from abortion coverage and blocks tax credits for health insurance covering abortions. --Grace] ...more
Last year I purchased the Annie Leibovitz/Susan Santog book "Women" and I was really surprised ...more