The Brain has Nothing on Palin

Charles Meets Barack

A touching video about a Colorado volunteer who won a raffle to meet Barack Obama. Get out your hankies.

As Timely Now as in 1950

“I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny — Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry and Smear.” Margaret Chase Smith, 1950 Declaration of Conscience

McCain: Bad for the Environment

If McCain Palin are elected to office, we can expect this kind of pollution:

McCain Pollution

McCain Pollution

Say What?

A few years ago there was a television commercial in which a young man made a phone call to his mother. She complained that he never called and he responded, “But I am calling you!”

There’s just no pleasing some people.

To help to ease the sting of the mortgage crisis, Senator Obama introduced a plan to give tax relief to ten million homeowners who don’t itemize their taxes.

The McCain campaign said that the plan was essentially “welfare” because some of the homeowners that would be included are unemployed.

Although very few homeowners fell into that category, Obama addressed the issue by adding a work requirement for those who would receive the $500 credit.

The McCain campaign then criticized the plan for offering no help to the unemployed.

There’s just no pleasing some people.

The McCain criticism is off base anyway. Obama’s website lists several credible plans to create millions of new jobs and so decrease unemployment.

My Daily Rant – October 28, 2008

An Issue Less Discussed

By The Tall Twin

During the third presidential debate, Senator Obama said that nobody is pro-abortion. He explained that abortion is always a tragic situation and we should try to prevent unintended pregnancies by providing appropriate education to our youth and communicating that sexuality is sacred. He added that we should provide options for adoption and help single mothers if they choose to keep their baby.

As it concerns me personally, I am anti-abortion. If I were pregnant, it would be difficult to imagine circumstances under which I would choose to end the pregnancy. If my daughter were pregnant, I would certainly give her every opportunity to deliver her child and keep that child in the family. But I would support her no matter what her decision. No one can make this deeply personal determination for a woman, or understand the pressures or conflicts that a woman must weigh in her decision. So I guess this also makes me pro-choice.

What concerns me is that many pro-life advocates seem to argue that our responsibility ends when the child is born. If that child gets sick…there’s probably an emergency room nearby. If the child becomes a gang member…oh well, after school programs are too expensive. If that child grows up to be a hardened criminal…there’s always the death penalty. We as a society should not demand that a woman carry a pregnancy to term then, as a society, turn our backs on her and her child.

Perhaps in some wonderful future we will live in a nation where violence against women is a memory, and pregnancy resulting from a rape is nonexistent. In that world children won’t give birth to children. Every mother will have access to adequate prenatal health care, and no child will be born into a family where he or she will be ignored or abused. If, in that world, an unwanted pregnancy should occur, the mother would be given emotional and medical support. The baby would not only be guaranteed life, but also a loving home (perhaps through adoption) in a society that sees the value of health care and a decent education for all of its citizens.

Unfortunately that Utopia has yet to materialize. Until it does, we can work to prevent unintended pregnancies by providing age-appropriate education to our youth!  Of course we can communicate that sexuality is sacred, but understand that teens will be teens and they should be taught the value of birth control. We should provide legal opportunities for adoption that protect the mother, the child, AND the adoptive parents. As a society we must offer help to the single mother who chooses to keep her baby. And yes, a medically safe and legal abortion must remain an option.

Dissecting Health Plans

Editorial – Oct. 27, 2008 New York Times

The Candidates’ Health Plans

The nation’s health care system is desperately in need of reform — as far too many Americans know from grim, personal experience. In this election, Barack Obama and John McCain are offering starkly different ideas for how to fix that system.

There is no shortage of problems:

¶ Some 45 million Americans lack health insurance, limiting their ability to get timely care.

¶ The costs of medical care and health insurance are rising much faster than household incomes, making it increasingly difficult for people to afford either.

¶ People can’t carry their insurance from one job to another, limiting their mobility. Outside the workplace, it is hard to find affordable insurance.

¶ Despite the wealth and technological prowess of this country, the quality of medical care often lags behind that available in other industrialized nations.

Both candidates have largely accepted the prevailing expert wisdom on ways to improve quality and lower health care costs over the long run, such as relying more on electronic medical records and better management of the chronically ill. But they have very different ideas on the best way to make insurance available and affordable for all Americans.

Read the in-depth look at both candidates’ health-plans here.



This is an amazing photo. It is a cough captured by schlieren photography. You can read more about it in the NY Times.