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Senate Torture Report Released But Does the American Public Really Care?

December 18, 2014 | No Comments

The Senate Torture Report found, among other things, that the CIA misled Congress, the Justice Department and President George W. Bush about the “effectiveness” of torture methods used, including waterboarding, rectal feeding, shackling detainees in painful positions, prolonged sleep deprivation and slamming detainees against walls.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War


Thoughts on the Ferguson Matter

November 28, 2014 | 6 Comments

There is a saying that if a prosecutor wants it, the grand jury would indict a ham sandwich. However, in cases involving police shootings, grand juries tend not to indict.

Posted in Crime, Law, Opinion

Proposition E, San Francisco's effort to curb obesity, failed to pass due to a failure of imagination.

San Francisco’s Missed Opportunity to Pass Anti-Obesity Soda Tax

November 19, 2014 | 13 Comments

What is puzzling is why the authors of Proposition E chose to have the tax proceeds go to a special fund rather than to the general fund, thus requiring a two-thirds majority to pass.

Via ACLU.org.

Release the Senate Torture Report

November 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D. CA) should expedite the release of the Senate Torture Report before she loses her position as Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI).

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War


Democrats – Losers in More Ways than One

November 12, 2014 | 10 Comments

That big “L” affixed to the foreheads of most Democrats across the country doesn’t stand for their party losing big in the midterm elections. It stands for their gutless loser mentality by not challenging Republicans’ derisive talking points about their party’s significant accomplishments.

Posted in Opinion, Politics

Sen. James Inhofe, who is expected to the chair Environmental and Public Works Committee, denies man-made climate change.

Global Warming Deniers In Congressional Driver’s Seat

November 07, 2014 | 1 Comment

Following the midterm elections, Republicans remain firmly in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and now enjoy a majority in the U.S. Senate. Senator James Inhofe (R-Ok) is expected to become Chairman of the Environmental and Public Works Committee (EPW).


You’ve Been Had

October 23, 2014 | 6 Comments

The L.A. Times recently reported that Latino voters may opt to sit out the upcoming mid-term elections. Why? Because as one man lamented, it is President Obama’s failure to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws.

Posted in Opinion, Politics


Spread of Ebola, Like AIDS, Can Be Brought Under Control

October 21, 2014 | No Comments

My 19-year old son died of AIDS back in the early days of the AIDS pandemic. The hysteria surrounding the Ebola crisis reminds me somewhat of the hysteria in the early days of the AIDS crisis. There was a plethora of misinformation, risky rumors, blaming of the victim, and lots of finger pointing.

Data source:  The Commonwealth Fund 
Affordable Care Act Tracking Surveys.

Latino Healthcare Coverage Improves Under Obamacare

October 17, 2014 | No Comments

The Patient Protection Act and the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) seems to be working. Admittedly, this is not a universal view. But as of September 18, 2014, 7.3 million are now enrolled. This is quite an achievement considering the computer glitches encountered by consumers along the way.

Tommy is the subject of a NonHuman Rights Project lawsuit. Photo via crypticphilosopher.com.

Time to End the Abuse and Exploitation of Animals

October 02, 2014 | 2 Comments

If we accept that animals are self-aware beings and have emotions, then this raises the question of whether we should keep animals in captivity (zoos), whether we should allow the cruel confinement and treatment of farm animals, and whether we should use animals for experimentation and research.

Posted in Law, Opinion

When confronted with a breast cancer diagnosis, it is important to ask your doctor about treatment efficacies as well as to understand whether your doctor's treatment recommendation is motivated by profit.  Photo via Wikipedia.

Willful Ignorance – When Not Asking the Right Questions Can Kill You

October 01, 2014 | No Comments

When confronted with a breast cancer diagnosis, it is important to ask your doctor about treatment efficacy, as well as to understand whether your doctor’s treatment recommendation is motivated by profit.

Posted in Healthcare, Opinion

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Holy Nightmares! What’s Going On?

September 09, 2014 | 2 Comments

Now our scary stories are not only frighteningly real, they are the stuff meant to scare the wits out of normally rational adults. And the horrors seem to have been put on steroids this past year.

Posted in Misc

Ray McDonald, SF 49er defensive end. Photo via Wikipedia.

Ray McDonald Case Will Test NFL’s New Domestic Violence Policy

September 04, 2014 | 3 Comments

The NFL has finally instituted a policy of imposing a six-game suspension for the first offense of domestic violence, and if a second occurs, an indefinite ban on the employee or player. The McDonald matter may be a test case for this new NFL policy on domestic violence.

Posted in Opinion, Sports


John Yoo and the Senate Torture Report

August 21, 2014 | 1 Comment

Yoo claimed the report failed to maintain “bipartisanship” that “will undermine its conclusions.” This is a preemptive attack by Yoo as the release of the Senate torture report will probably place Yoo on the hot-seat again.

Posted in Opinion, Politics, War


Is GOP Lawsuit Against Obama Based on Racism?

August 03, 2014 | 1 Comment

Looking back over Obama’s years as president, It seems clear that racism is a factor in the GOP’s threat to impeach Obama.