Memorial Day, 2013

A extraordinary chance encounter with the human spirit … On Sunday we took my cousin to see the Golden Gate Bridge from the south tower. As we parked and exited the car, heading toward the cliff-side bluffs, a former battery, to view the bridge, I noticed an elderly, white-haired man walking ahead of me. He was alone, profoundly alone. He… Continue reading

Tax Day: Pay Your War Bills

Have you paid your War Bills yet? You have until midnight!  Maybe this will help you put things in better perspective: Meanwhile, the military share of the budget works out to about $1.6 trillion. That figure includes the Pentagon budget request of $708 billion, plus an estimated $200 billion in supplemental funding, called “overseas contingency funding” in euphemistic White House-speak),… Continue reading

The Face of a Nation in Poverty

“For the first time in more than 35 years, the U.S. military has met all of its annual recruiting goals, as hundreds of thousands of young people have enlisted despite the near-certainty that they will go to war. link: Military reports historic recruiting success // Current Image: by BL1961 @ Flickr History of Rosie the Riveter (Norman Rockwell‘s “Rosie the… Continue reading

Put It in Perspective!

Wow! This is powerful! Check out this short video (flash) [link removed because no longer active] about the budget priorities and possible solutions. The movie, hosted by Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerrys Ice Cream) is short, clear, and (after you get past the shock of the information presented) easy to comprehend. As I said, it’s powerful. The video, and… Continue reading