Saturday, November 14, 2015

Maintaining a Healthy and Habitable Planet is a Moral Responsibility

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Jeff Merkley and Sen. Patrick Leahy
introducing legislation to help accelerate the transition
to clean energy by ending all new federal leases for oil,
gas or coal extraction on public lands and waters.
YouTube screenshot
Presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is the only politician we can depend on to be sincere about the critical issues facing our country. Climate change is only one of these issues, a condition he refers to as a major planetary crisis. Therefore, people should pay attention to what he says. There is no political reasoning behind what he says; he says it because he honestly believes it is a crisis developing that will make earth inhabitable, eventually destroying this place we call home.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Will We Destroy the Place We Call Home?

A scrapyard due to destruction and waste., Copyright: Public Domain

At some point in our future, an uninhabitable earth is not an unreasonable thought. Years of disregard for earth can cause components of the earth system to change. Massive changes in earth's weather patterns and pollutants distributed in the air we breathe will eventually make earth too toxic to sustain life.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Using the Republican Nazi Argument against Gun Control

Warsaw Ghetto Uprising
German Jews forcibly pulled out of dug-outs
Photo: Jürgen Stroop Report, May 1943
Pro-gun proponents use Hitler’s disarming of German citizens as an argument against gun control. The latest is presidential candidate Ben Carson’s “I think the likelihood of Hitler being able to accomplish his goals would have been greatly diminished if the people had been armed.” In other words, the Holocaust would not have happened if German citizens had guns to stand up to Hitler.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

United States Police Officers Use Lethal Force More Than Other Countries

Wilmington Delaware Police Officers
 confronting Jeremy McDole.
YouTube Video Screenshot

While sitting in his wheelchair, police killed Jeremy McDole. Wilmington, Delaware police repeatedly told McDole to drop his gun, even though there was no gun visible, but as he slid his hand up his thigh towards his waist, they shot him. McDole is the latest casualty in an epidemic of police killings across the country. It’s a problem, beyond what is apparent, because statistics reveal police officers in the United States kill more in days than other countries do in years.

Monday, October 5, 2015

How the Mental Health System Works, how it doesn’t

Regarding the need for strict federal gun laws, the need for mental health reform is the Republican Party scapegoat. We do need mental health reform but it’s a separate problem, it will not solve America’s gun problem.

Setting aside the comedy, the statistics may or may not be accurate but they are close enough to present the mental health problem we do have, John Oliver’s remarks reflect the truth about mental health.

Here is John Oliver explaining “how our national system of treating mental health works, or more often than not, how it doesn’t.”

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Politicizing Oregon’s Mass Murder

Bill O'Reilly calls out President Obama for politicizing the Oregon campus shooting and using the tragedy to push stricter gun control laws.”

Obama is politicizing? People who believe this should have the smarts to take the time to listen to President Obama on this issue.


Sunday, September 27, 2015

Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Leadership, a Time of Discernment

President Obama Welcomes Pope Francis  to the White House
Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images
Perhaps Pope Francis’ leadership will have sufficient impact to motivate others to follow his commitment to building a better world. This week he made a historic visit to the United States, a country that sorely needs to hear and embrace his message (no pope in the history of the church has addressed the U.S. Congress).

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Iran Nuclear Deal: Headed For Implementation, Here’s What’s Going On

Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif Speaks to the Media
P5+1 Talks With Iran in Geneva, Switzerland.
 November 24, 2013. Wikimedia
President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran will move forward. The deal cleared the Senate. The House of Representatives rejected it, but the bottom line is that the deal will move forward to implementation. All that was required under the Corker-Cardin process of Congressional review is the approval of one house of Congress.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Trust Is Slippery Republican Language to Use in U.S.-Iran Relations

Image credit: Storm is Coming
This graphic clearly reflects why the Iran accord (the Iran Nuclear deal) is better than Republican belligerence. We will never achieve peace through diplomacy if instead we first choose war.

In fact, if anything can persuade Iran to pursue nuclear weapons, it’s the Republican hawk’s lust for war.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

America’s Significant Gun Problem, Trump ‘Nailed It’

Kids with GunsYouTube screenshot
Regarding the Virginia shooter who last week killed two journalists during a live interview, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told CNN that the U.S. has a mental health problem, not a gun problem. A typical response across social media implies that Trump’s conclusion is a new revelation. They say Trump “nailed it.”