The Selection of Joe Biden, Was He A Good Choice for Obama?

Like many people I wondered if Joe Biden was a good choice for Barack Obama. However after reading a CNN article which analyzes the first national poll taken after Obama’s selection of Biden I don't think so. http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/08/24/election.2008.poll/index.html

Dying in Plain Sight

Federal officials stated this week that Steven Sabock, a 50 year old mental patient at a hospital in Goldsboro, North Carolina, died in April of this year after being left alone in a chair in the hospital for close to a full day with no one giving him any food or even helping him to use the bathroom. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iggZ1aEXm3lTMnUbwda1P2M10... An Associated Press article by Whitney Woodward found that Mr. Sabock apparently died in Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro, a hospital less than an hour away from Raleigh, NC, in April of this year from choking on medicine after being left in a chair unattended to for 22 hours, while video surveillance cameras revealed hospital personnel playing card games and watching television only a few feet away.

Killer Popcorn

| August 15, 2008 - 12:45 am

Tags: cancer, CDC, EPA, FDA, lung disease, microwave popcorn, OSHA, workers

Yep, popcorn can kill. But not all popcorn kills, just the microwave popcorn made in the factories. The working conditions and Chemical additives used to make the flavorings for microwave popcorn can really hurt workers.

A Movie to Avoid

| August 12, 2008 - 11:52 pm

Tags: Ben Stiller, movies, people with disability, retard, Tropic Thunder

I am pretty insulted that the movie Tropic Thunder, with Ben Stiller, refers to someone with a disability as a retard. I think this shows how far as a society we still have to go to understand and integrate people with disabilities. When I read about this movie on CNN, I was stunned. http://www.cnn.com/2008/SHOWBIZ/Movies/08/12/film.tropic.thu...

What happened to Individual Rights?

| August 8, 2008 - 12:03 am

Tags: criminal activity, home, individual rights, police intervention

Reading about the incident involving the mayor of Berwyn Heights, Maryland and how the police raided his home made me worry about what is happening to individual rights in this country.  Apparently, without first knocking on the door or otherwise announcing their presence, the police broke down the front door of the mayor's home in order to enter the property.  This was definitely an act of extreme violence that would have a terrorizing effect on anyone who experienced it.  I remember when people used to think that their home was their castle.  But if breaking the door down was not enough, there was also the senseless killing of the family's two labrador dogs.  That act was so shocking, cruel and contemptuous.

Women and Equal Pay

| August 5, 2008 - 11:15 pm

Tags: equality, fairness, pay gap, wages, women

At this point in time, the reality is that women still don't make as much as men. Women make almost 76 cents to every dollar that a man makes in the workforce. This pay gap is sadly widening. http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/censusandstatistics/a/paygapgr... I can't think of unequal pay without thinking of Lilly Ledbetter.  Lilly Ledbetter worked at the Goodyear plant for years and was paid less than her male counterparts.  Her case lost in the U.S. Supreme Court last year.  See and hear Lilly's story at http://www.now.org/issues/economic/080108paycheckfairness.html

Young and without a Future?

| July 31, 2008 - 11:49 pm

Tags: college students, economy, George W. Bush, twixter, Young Voters

How does a young person make it in today’s economy? How does someone just getting out of college with an education financed by students loans get a job that leaves them enough money to pay their loans, eat and drive to work.  The economic slowdown is affecting young people. Finding a job has become harder. And getting that first job is more important as costs of basic goods and services are rising. Food is more expensive and the price of gas has gone up dramatically. Despite the decrease in home values due to the mortgage market crisis housing is still very expensive.

LaVena Johnson Cover-up?

Lets demand justice for LaVena Johnson. LaVena Johnson was a private in the U.S. Army who had been serving in Iraq. The Army ruled her death to be a suicide, despite a significant amount of evidence which seems to show that she had been raped and murdered apparently by someone who was also stationed at her military base. I really find it frustrating to believe that with what appears to be numerous suspicious signs surrounding her death, including the fact that her body was burned, there were unexplained bruises and other marks on her cheek and different parts of her body and a corrosive chemical had been applied to her genital area, the government doesn’t want to look any further into the cause of her death.

Torture Revisited

An article posted on the CNN website today revealed that previously secret memoranda publicly released today, which had been obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, showed that the US Department of Justice worked hand in hand with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to justify methods of interrogation that were historically recognized as torture.

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/07/24/cia.torture/index/html 

Human Rights and Interrogation Conditions

| July 22, 2008 - 11:44 pm

Tags: human rights, interrogations, torture

The judge presiding over a military tribunal at Guantanamo against a man allegedly a driver of Osama Bin Laden, threw out statements which had been made by the defendant under "highly coercive" conditions.  The judge also decided at the trial that he will not allow evidence gathered under such circumstances unless those who gathered such evidence were present for cunter interrogation.