The Hunger Challenge: Taking Action Now That Your Awareness Is Raised

The Hunger Challenge is almost over for 2009 and, as they did last year, Tyson Foods issued a challenge of their own: Last year's challenge was to comment on a blog post. This year it is to tweet a hunger fact with the hashtag #HChal and Tyson would donate 100 pounds of food to Bay Area food banks for every tweet up to 100,000 pounds. ...more

Michelle Obama - The New Secret Weapon on Health Care?

In the battle for health care reform, the White House has unleashed its new secret weapon -- Michelle Obama! She gave an amazingly inspired speech to the White House Council on Women and Girls last week. The First Lady shared the speaking duties with three women from around the country who shared their stories that proved one of the biggest statements the First Lady made during her remarks -- that women are being crushed by the current health system. ...more

I love our First Lady. And at the same time I'm worried about national health care and our ...more

God bless you anyway, the panhandler said.

He said it to my back as I walked away. That was his reaction after he asked if I have something for him and I answered, “Not today.”  His tone made it a rebuke. God bless me anyway?  Would I have been sincerely blessed if I had deposited money into his hand, the way I sometimes do?   ...more

I’ve come to terms with this dilemma.

Sometimes I give them money, sometimes I don’t. ...more

week 1 news

“Monster eyed in kid slays,” an article written by Lukas I. Albert states that Nevada police are looking into the Jaycee Lee Dungard case in hopes of finding a solution to other slayings in the same state. Police still have no hard evidence linking the man who abducted Jaycee Lee Dungard and numerous unsolved mysteries. There are approximately 5 others cases on which Nevada police are looking through to see if there is a possibility that Mr. Garrido could be found responsible for. ...more

The Confederate Flag – The Push Me Pull You of Culture and Race

Tenured Radical had a post on the 2009 conservative march in Washington. If you follow the link you will see two men holding a flag. I also encourage you to read her full post. When I see the fabric that is called the “Confederate flag” I have very specific emotions. They are visceral. I feel fear inducing recollections based in historical facts and events. No, this is not about bashing white people. ...more

Well done, Gena (as always.)

I never quite grasped this need to wave the thing around. OK, I ...more

It's Nothing Personal. Its Political.

I feel like suddenly Dave Matthews has crawled out of nowhere to peddle his influence in the political sphere. Now, honestly, I thought we'd gone beyond this nonsense. Unlike more reputable celebrties with less of a commitment to mediocre elevator music, Dave Matthews seems inequal to the task of really getting into the meat and potatoes of politics. Sure, he might have been on the Rock the Vote tour in 2004, and sure he might now be an expert in environmental policy after he dropped all that waste from his tour bus off the Kinzie Street bridge onto a Chicago tour boat, but, yeah... ...more

First I will apologize to you for one thing and that was my saying when I first responded to ...more

How Will Health Care Reform Address the Shortage of Health Care Workers?

We don't have enough doctors, nurses or allied health personnel in the United States, and many are worried that health care reform will exacerbate existing shortages by bringing millions more patients into an already-overburdened system. That's why I'm surprised that there isn't more discussion about the provisions in the proposed legislation that are intended to increase the ranks of health care professionals.  ...more

Really? I must look that up! My nerdy kids will be interested in this ...more

Choosing the Wrong Partner is a Pre-Existing Condition in 8 States: Domestic Violence

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is bringing attention to the fact that it is legal in eight states and the District of Columbia for insurance companies to deny coverage due to previous instances of domestic violence. The eight states include Idaho, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming. ...more

How Much Reform Will There Be in President Obama's Health Plan?

Polls taken immediately after President Obama's health care speech to Congress indicate that many were pleased and excited about what he had to say about health reform. Congresswoman Maxine Waters thinks he hit it out of the park and rallied the Democrats. Surprisingly the online commentary isn't really showin ...more

Why I Support Health Care Reform

I don't normally use social networking as a voice for my political views, but I believe that health care reform should go beyond politics. ...more