Parkland, Florida School Shooting

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I try not to pay attention to all of the news report because they are so horrific, so painful. But more, because I feel so helpless. I post and re-post things on Facebook admonishing our government for not doing more and the NRA for their unapologetic lack of humanity, but that isn’t going to solve the problem. It won’t even persuade anyone to change their stance on guns.

So we simply slump our shoulders and accept that we are powerless, right? We have to stop doing that. I don’t know where the quote came from but the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

 Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

School shooting are not going to change until we start doing something different.

What we need to do as individuals:

  • Contact your representatives in government and demand that they do something about the proliferation of guns in our country  https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials.
  • Start educating yourself on candidate’s views on gun violence. Don’t just take what they say  as truth, research them. Find out who they accept campaign money from; https://www.fec.gov/. Demand that your representative do something about corporate money in politics.
  • Also, find out how incumbent candidates have voted on issues that you are concerned about; https://www.headcount.org/issues-and-candidates/
  •  Participate in a campaign or run for office yourself; https://www.emilyslist.org/

I think many of us have become complacent thinking that politics is something that other people take care. Well, other people have been taking care of it all right and look where it’s gotten us. We must do more than posting our outrage onto Facebook, I must do more than posting my outrage onto Facebook.

To help with that paralyzing feeling of helplessness, here’s a link listing a few things that you and I can do to help the latest victims of a school shooting, but we must not stop there. It will not change until WE change it.

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Wonder Woman Movie Review

Over the weekend, I finally went to see the box office hit, Wonder Woman. Being a feminist, I really wanted to like this movie but alas I left the theater with a queasy stomach and it wasn’t because of the popcorn. Listed below are some of the issues that I had with the movie. SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t seen Wonder Woman yet some of my comments give away some of the story line. Continue reading

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