S/SW blog philosophy -

I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Future of our Nation Examined Through the Eyes of Twitter

Do you ever worry about the future of our nation?
Re-reading my Twitter/HootSuite 2015 national news threads just now, proved to be alarming for me.
  1. Budget War talk started early.
  2. Republicans made head-spinning claims as soon as they took over.
  3. Legislating under Republicans began with the meaningless Keystone Pipeline bill.
  4. My own crazy state of Texas has not disappointed in its heartlessness this year.
  5. The Secret Service admitted to having problems with alcohol.
The Republican budget that has just been introduced favors the "One Percent."  It would abandon large swaths of vulnerable people.  Even though they claim credit for an improving economy, Congress will do nothing to fix the essential infrastructure needed to support and continue that healthy economy.  The Keystone Pipeline benefits the Canadian economy.  Texas turns farther towards the extreme right as each month passes.  And we cannot protect the safety of the POTUS.  These realities reinforce my worry about what is happening to the USA in early 2015 .

But there are bright spots that should not be ignored.
Not all Congressional Republicans are stupid or corrupt.  Science continues to prevail.  Truth continues to have its brave apologists. We can count on our centuries old friend, Europe, to have our back.  Some states in the USA are not insane.  And optimists tweet.

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Monday, April 01, 2013

Is it time for a new Bill of Rights?

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvi┼│: Fra...

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933. Lietuvi┼│: Franklinas Delanas Ruzveltas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



President Obama won the 2012 election,  but the gap between the very rich and the poor is still far too wide.  Wages are stagnant, corporations are bloated with excess earnings and far too many people often go hungry.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was President during the Great Depression.  His vision probably saved our nation.  Republicans exhibited some of the same symptoms of intransigence that we see today.

Author Ellen Brown  wrote an article for The Asia Times in 2011 that posits an idea Roosevelt put forth in 1944.  It is worth quoting:


Time for a new Bill of Rights
By Ellen Brown


Roosevelt’s own vision reached its sharpest focus in 1944, when he called for a Second Bill of Rights. He said:

“This Republic had its beginning, and grew to its present strength, under the protection of certain inalienable political rights. ... They were our rights to life and liberty. As our nation has grown in size and stature, however - as our industrial economy expanded - these political rights proved inadequate to assure us equality in the pursuit of happiness.”

He then enumerated the economic rights he thought needed to be added to the Bill of Rights. They included:

“The right to a job;

The right to earn enough to pay for food and clothing;
The right of businessmen to be free of unfair competition and domination by monopolies;
The right to a decent home;
The right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to enjoy good health;
The right to adequate protection from the economic fears of old age, sickness, accident, and unemployment;
The right to a good education.”

Asia Time Online - Daily NewsNov 16, 2011

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Confessions Of a Collector -2013

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Since I have become a Twitter convert, I have persisted in my old habits of collecting. I gather and keep stuff over time.  I confess that  Twitter has become one of my favorite applications. I like it because it makes it very easy to scan the news, follow links to further info, and keep up with the lives of interesting people.
The organizing platform I use for Twitter is an excellent, powerful application called HootSuite. It automatically sorts the posts of those I follow into separate groups as well as separate category pages.
Having written 2680 tweets (140 character posts) so far, I confess that I am probably addicted. Tweets/updates include "re-tweets," and my own Twitter messages. 
On Twitter, I have 357 followers (people who read my tweets); I follow 550 people myself.  My "Favorites" Twitter feed incudes others' tweets I want to keep for reference or merely for rereading pleasure.

"My Twitter Lists" are available feeds for you to try out:
Below is a list of my previous posts in this "Confessions" series:
  • My computer is the perfect place to digitally collect STUFFConfessions of a Collector - Part 1,373 - 5/18/10 - To quote from my post: "I physically collect stuff: because I might need or want it some day. The bottom line is this. I don't NEED any of it. But I may WANT it. There is a big difference."
  • Examining my reasons for collecting - More Confessions of a Collector 4/25/08
    "I confess that, like most of us who are addicted to blogging, we don't need much of an excuse to celebrate. I also confess that I collect a lot of stuff to use for writing my posts. Today's post is a reprise ofthat theme.
  • Familiar TV away from home - Confessions of a C-Span Junkie - 5/3/07 - To quote: "All of you who are "clean and sober" would say to me, "for heaven's sake, get a life." But those of you who are also political or C-SPAN junkies can identify with my symptoms."
  • Handy-dandy blogging shared stuff - Collecting: new stuff - 9/8/06 was a post that focused on my favorite blogging sites, tools, new discoveries, etc. Many of these came to me as a result of another blogger's thoughtfulness.
  • True confessions - Confessions of a Collector - 2/17/06. In it I explored the motivations behind the collecting bug, as well as the "why" (for me) of some of my own favorite collected headlines. 
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  • Friday, February 22, 2013

    On the subject of national security, reading it later* is another option.

    Steven Aftergood, at the FAS Project on Government Secrecy, discussed a new judge for the FISA court.  The article also discussed the idea of setting up a similar court to “review the conduct of drone strikes.”

    Spencer Ackerman, writing for Wired/Danger Room, says that a cash strapped Army still plans on helping Pakistan fight narcotics. To quote his conclusion:

    It’ll be a long time before the U.S. military gets out of the south-Asian anti-drug game, whatever the budget situation might be.

    Aljazeera is reporting that Egypt will hold parliamentary elections.  Details:

    Voting will take place in four stages with new People's Assembly invited to convene on July 6, presidential decree says.

    *Source: Get (formerly Read It Later) is my aggregator.