Feelin’ the Bern!

better with bernieIt is not my intent to turn this blog into a political platform, but with the Iowa caucus kicking off the 2016 presidential year in just a few days, I find myself, for the first time in many, many decades, amped up about the political process. Yes, it was a glorious time in the history of our nation when Barack Obama was campaigning to become our first African American president and won! That was certainly a moment in time to be proud of. But to me at least, Obama’s campaign did not quite resonate with me. There was something lacking, something…meh. A watered down version of the same ole, same ole, or a new and improved version of the status quo. Not that he wasn’t sincere. I do believe that President Obama’s heart has always been in the right place. Continue reading

Independence Day 2013 Reflections

I wanted this post to be about my reflections on Independence Day 2013, however I was greeted this morning by two news pieces that stand in sharp contrast to the celebratory feelings of yesterday.

About damn time!  Our Vietnam Vets receive a nice surprise” is a video posted on Upworthy.com and “National-Guard soldiers, airmen furloughed” is an article that has received national attention. Continue reading

Rape, An Occupational Hazard?

You probably read my headline on the this post and thought WTF?!?! That’s exactly the reaction I had after watching The Invisible War on PBS last night. The Invisible War is a documentary by Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick about the culture of rape in the military.

The film chronicles the lives of several young servicewomen and one serviceman who were raped while on active duty in the military. The stories of their attacks (some were raped repeatedly over their time served at particular deployments) are heartwrenching enough, but the treatment they had to endure after coming forward about their attacks was tantamount to being rape all over again. Continue reading