$15 an hour toward income equality

$15 an hour toward income equality

For all the bluster and over-the-top campaign rhetoric choking the cable news and radio talk shows this past week, one national organization took a huge step to seriously offer a means to rectify the national crisis of income inequality.  Yes, the Democratic Party passed an amendment to its platform calling for a $15 an hour minimum wage!  Perhaps it is not the end all intervention to reverse the decline of the American working class but it a positive step designed to elevate the quality of life of working people.  Who knows?  Maybe eventually a true living wage will make it possible for those working two or three jobs to make it by working only one.  What’s more, those same workers may be able to afford the same goods and services they are providing.  We...

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The appeal of a narcissist

The appeal of a narcissist

The 2016 Presidential campaign is beginning to take shape and those in the political pundit class are formulating their opinions.  This is something Yours Truly has been following as you might guess.  This past week it was noted by many that the campaign of multi-billionaire Donald Trump has, by any reasonable assessment, reached critical mass.  It matters not how annoyed those in charge at Fox News may be.   It doesn’t matter how insulted by his comments other media outlets appear to be.  It doesn’t even matter how outraged other GOP establishment members are as indicated in their press releases in the face of Mr. Trump’s sustained poll numbers.  It certainly doesn’t matter that to many Democrats and other non-Republicans that the...

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Organizing the grass roots

Organizing the grass roots

It was a productive afternoon at the organizing meeting of Tulsa for Bernie Sanders 2016.  The Nightengale Theater in Tulsa’s Pearl District was the venue where some 80 dedicated progressive grass roots volunteers met and organized into functional groups for the local Bernie Sanders for President 2016 campaign.  The energy and passion that all attendees brought was palpable. In the spirit of playing to each individual’s strength, all volunteers were organized in one of a number of specific groups ranging from administration, fundraising, student (high school and college) organizing, voter outreach, event planning, and my favorite……public relations and communications. It is over six months until primary season and over fourteen months until...

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Will’s eternal influence

Will’s eternal influence

I don’t believe I have ever mentioned on this blog that the other moniker for Old Route 66 the Mother Road is the Will Rogers Memorial Highway. You know you’ve earned a permanent place in the heart and soul of the nation when the Congress of the United States adjourns in your honor on the day they bury you.  When the President himself states “A smile has left the face of America” upon hearing the news of your death you know that your life really mattered.  When people quote you regularly four score years after your time on this rock spinning in space came to an abrupt end, you know your body of work endures.  Frequent readers have probably noticed I quote Will quite often because much of what he said all those years ago is true still...

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The everlasting specter of Fat Man

The everlasting specter of Fat Man

Seventy years ago on this day the second of two atomic bombs was dropped on Japan, this one on the city of Nagasaki.  The sad irony of targeting Nagasaki was that it contained the highest population of Christians per capita in all of Asia outside of the Philippines.  In all fairness to Major Sweeney, the pilot of Bockscar, the B-29 which dropped the bomb Fat Man, Nagasaki was the secondary target.  When the primary target, Kokura, was found to be obscured by cloud cover and smoke from a nearby incendiary raid despite three approaches, the decision was made to proceed to the secondary.  The entire history of that city ended at 11:02 AM local time, August 9th, 1945.  Some 40,000 souls were killed outright by Fat Man and some 60,000+ survivors suffered long range...

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