So goes my faith in the American voters.
Doesn't it seem as if the world's going mad? That's not an original thought. I've heard it expressed on TV and have heard the same from friends and family after each of the latest mass killings and/or terrorist attack. But the other day I spotted a story in USA Today that helped provide a bit of perspective...for me, anyway. I try to be well-informed - we watch several news shows daily, read 2 printed newspapers, listen to some talk-radio & NPR. But the USA Today article said our military was actually running out of bombs. Yep. We've been dropping so many in the various Middle East conflicts we have come close to depleting our stash.
"The Air Force has fired more than 20,000 missiles and bombs in the air war against the Islamic State, depleting its stocks of munitions and prompting the service to scour depots around the world for more weapons and to find money to buy them, according to records obtained by USA TODAY."
Ouch. 20,000 bombs since August 2014. That's roughly 41 bombs daily over the past 480 days. A bomb every 35 minutes...every day. BAM! BAM, BAM, BAM. Can you imagine what it must be like to have that sort of assault raining down in your neighborhood? It's no wonder people in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and neighboring countries hate America. I'm not advocating we stop going after ISIS - but I doubt the average American realizes the havoc we're inflicting on these countries. I also doubt the average Fox News fan or radical right-wing extremist is aware we've dropped 20-freaking-thousand bombs over there in past 16-months. As the clown-car of GOP candidates attack Mr. Obama for not uttering three words: "radical Islamic extremists" I am beginning to view Republicans as our own brand of domestic terrorists. (And yes, I used to consider myself a Republican.)
The way people are still so critical of our nation's economy tells me they are not all that well informed. It's our duty to spread the good word and ensure voters turn out in record numbers Nov 2016 so that we can continue to build on the progress we've made. Because the economy is improving. Economist Jared Bernstein: "Payrolls were up 211,000 last month and the unemployment rate held steady at 5%, giving the Federal Reserve little reason to rethink their chartered course to commence interest-rate liftoff later this month. The prior two months job gains were revised up 35,000, with Octobers gains now registered at 298,000, the strongest month so far this year. While soft spots remain in the job market we are not at full employment, we are clearly on that path, as payrolls have settled into a steady growth groove, slightly north of 200,000 per month...." more >
|In addition to the recovering financial markets,
recovering housing markets, improved manufacturing base...overall jobless rates are
declining throughout America. Steadily. If Fox "news" is your
primary source for information, you probably have been fed a different story. But
the data and facts are unmistakable, and the steady, consistent jobs growth is due in
large part to the work of the Obama administration. Thank goodness for the
adults in the room!
Naturally the sour radical right-wing extremists and Fox News had to put a negative spin on it. Meanwhile, Standard & Poors and "The Dow" hit new all-time record highs...as does "Obama derangement syndrome".
Originally posted: 3/7/14, updated 06/05/16. The streak of consecutive positive monthly job growth since my last "update" has continued. We're now at 74-straight months of good news & it's driving conservative wing-nuts crazy.
Regardless what anyone says I do not support any legislation or any movement that will force women to have an abortion. No one should be forced to have a legal medical procedure if it violates their beliefs. Period. If someone supports "pro-life" notions - it's fine with me, I s'pose. Well actually it's not fine with me, but I figure everyone is entitled to their own opinions - regardless how misguided I may think they are. I certainly don't agree with 'em - and increasingly I equate most active "pro-lifers" with dinosaurs, but that's not my point.
I support "choice". I don't wish to impose my opinions upon others. Simply stated: I don't think a woman who opposes abortion should be forced to have one...and the reverse oughta' be true too. The anti-abortion crowd needs to back off and shut their pie hole; laws that restrict access to legal abortion services oughta' be repealed, and regulations requiring medical personnel to say all sorts of wacky things to patients oughta' be stopped. Immediately. If someone wants to bring another life into this world and vows to love and support the child...who am I question their ability to be a good parent? Who am I to question? If a woman wishes to not have a child and seeks an abortion, no one should be allowed to impose 72-hour waiting periods. No one should require doctors to recite a bunch of political garbage (that is not scientifically or medically based).
The whole abortion issue has really been a hot topic. Especially of late as we recognize the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court of these United States of America. In the past two years 130 state laws have been passed - all geared toward limiting women's access to legal medical services. It's shameful and needs to stop.
|I tried the "blog" thing. 90% or
more of the "feedback" received was spam. Sifting thru the crud to find a
nugget or two became a chore...so after neglecting it for quite a while I nuked it.
Saved and archived are some of the previous articles I've written that folks responded
to...see the right hand column above. Mainly these articles will be about news,
politics, current events.
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