Category archives for Politics

Rep. Bachmann, Leeches And Other Cures

Photo: Courtesy of the National Library of Medicine. When the leech begins its work – using its 360 minuscule teeth to scissor in – he laughs, “Now we are into business!” (Andrew Plucinski, hirudotherapist.) Could leeches help Rep. Michele Bachmann’s affliction?

Oslo Update: At Least 80 Killed at Utøya

A horrific update of the impact from this terrible event, from Reuters, far more than the earlier estimate of 17 victims.

A 9/11 Nightmare, Running in High Heels

Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” is a visually ugly film with an incoherent plot, wooden characters and inane dialog. It provided me with one of the more unpleasant experiences I’ve had at the movies. Roger Ebert Having witnessed the destruction of the twin towers on 9/11 from across the Hudson river, it was…

Source. What ever happened to Prof. Al-Singace, a Bahraini enginner who “was taken forcibly from his home on March 17th and imprisoned without charge”?

The Universal Periodic Review “has great potential to promote and protect human rights in the darkest corners of the world.” – Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General Should nations open themselves up to scrutiny by the United Nations? The Universal Periodic Review, adopted in 2006, takes a very close look at how nations fare in a broad…

So Where Will Those Jobs Be?

silverlinedwinnebago’s Flickr photostream Some of the happiest people in the world come home smelling to high heaven at the end of the day. “Bruce Almighty” (2003)

When I saw the message below from Charles Blow, columnist for The New York Times, and listened to the audio from Rep. Bachmann, I considered writing a commentary about the position of the American Psychiatric Association on the use of “reparation therapy” to “cure” homosexuals in light of Dr. Marcus Bachmann’s business. Then I thought:…

I’ve written about Going Gaga, but this is a curious turn…. Republican Presidential Candidate Tim Pawlenty Goes Gaga. Is he becoming a “little monster”?

How Educated is Your State Legislator?

How educated is your state legislator? The answer varies considerably from state to state. While many lawmakers hold a college degree, support of public higher education, it seems, has always been a challenge. Consider this scenario:

14 Ways to Skin a FOX {News}

Photo Source, D W S’ Flickr Photostream. Dr. Cynthia Boaz, an assistant professor of political science at Sonoma State University, published a thoughtful article at Truthout that deconstructs an example of a news media outlet that is not “fair and balanced.” I would like to share her analysis as “14 Ways to Skin a FOX…