How to Stay Happy in a Deeply Divided Country

“If it bleeds it leads” is an axiom of television news.  Therefore, if one regularly watches the nightly newscasts, you come away feeling that our country is going to hell in the proverbial handbasket.  This is particularly true of the cable news channels which are filled with shootings, car chases and stories of racism, sexism, violence and hate-filled rants directed at our president, our elected representatives and anyone with whom the host or network happens to disagree.

Facts don’t seem to matter.  Even the major networks often run stories without verification.  Sadly, many get their news from opinion shows where the participants hurl outrageous charges that have no basis in fact.

This emotionally-charged rhetoric has turned neighbor against neighbor.  Some family members are no longer speaking simply because they aren’t on the same page politically.  How does one keep one’s head in this deeply divided country? Continue reading “How to Stay Happy in a Deeply Divided Country”

Why all the Fuss over NY Abortion Law (There is a bigger Tragedy)

When I arrived at church for a mid-week Bible study, the place was abuzz with the news that New York had just passed a horrendous abortion law that would allow the practice up to the actual moment of birth.

My heart sank.  Not because of this new law, but because that has, in effect, been the law of the land since 1973 when the Supreme Court handed down Roe v Wade and its companion case Doe v Bolton.  Could it be that the majority of the people in my church and other churches are ignorant of this terrible stain on our nation?

This law in New York broke no new ground in terms of when a fully-formed, viable pre-born baby can be legally killed. Nothing has changed.  Let’s be clear:  The United States has one of the most permissive and barbaric abortion laws of any country in the world.   Continue reading “Why all the Fuss over NY Abortion Law (There is a bigger Tragedy)”

The Takeaway from the 2018 Mid-Terms

It’s a little early for an in-depth analysis of the 2018 mid-terms.  However, there are a few take-aways that are hard to miss.  President Trump is a net-gain for Republicans and a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

Traditionally, the party with an incumbent president tends to lose 30 seats in the House and an average of four seats in the Senate.  Although results are still trickling in, the Democrats’ gain in the House likely will be about average.   Meanwhile, Republicans in the Senate beat the odds and will score an impressive pick-up courtesy of Mr. Trump.

While Democrats managed to retake the House of Representatives, their net-gain was far less than Republicans achieved in 2010 during Obama’s first mid-term.  His party lost 63 House seats with voters angry over the passage of Obamacare.

Voters have short memories.  Continue reading “The Takeaway from the 2018 Mid-Terms”

All You Need to Know before Voting in the Mid-Term Election

Recently, I was sitting in the waiting area of a famous medical facility in Phoenix, Arizona, and overheard two women discussing a recent debate between their candidates for the U.S. Senate, Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Kyrstin Senima.  These women were discussing things like which candidate was more persuasive, more forceful, seemed nicer and most sincere.  In the end, their votes likely will center on personality.

I wanted to jump up and scream:  “Don’t you realize that none of these things are important and the future of this country hangs in the balance!”

Sadly, most people still select their candidates the way a seven-year-old selects her Barbie Doll.  The most attractive usually wins.  When the candidates are equally attractive, or not at all attractive, it is about which one makes them feel more comfortable or would make the better friend.    Continue reading “All You Need to Know before Voting in the Mid-Term Election”

Saint Maxine

Maxine Waters never loses an opportunity to urge her followers to keep up their harassment of members of the Trump Administration.

Last week, she took aim at the president again.  “Already, you have members of your Cabinet that are being booted out of restaurants,” she crowed as the crowd erupted, “who have protesters taking up at their house, who say, ‘No peace, no sleep. No peace, no sleep!’”

She went on, “We’re going to win this battle because while you try and quote the Bible, Jeff Sessions (she blames the attorney general for enforcing immigration law) and others, you really don’t know the Bible…God is on OUR Side! On the side of the children, on the side of what’s right!”

Waters has never been shy about using God, the church or little children to rabble rouse in order to increase her name recognition, her coffers or advance one of her pet projects, the latest being open borders. Continue reading “Saint Maxine”

Why I Believe Judge Roy Moore

As this nation’s first female television sportscaster,  I can tell you something about sexual harassment, although we didn’t call it that in those days.  It was either a proposition or simply boorish behavior.

My first boss, who was married, came on to me.  When I said, “Thanks but no thanks,”  he tried to get me fired.  He failed.  Then, he preceded to make my life miserable at work.  It was a cold war until I moved and went to work at another television station.

Once I had a co-worker who continually hit on me.  He was a good man and I knew it wasn’t serious, but his constant attention and suggestive remarks were annoying.   In some strange way he though this was flattering to a woman.  One day I decided to take matters in hand.  The next time it happened, I took a flying leap and landed in his arms in full view of everyone.  He was so embarrassed, he never did it again.

Working in an almost entirely all-male environment, I found most men to be honorable, kind, respectful and extremely fair.

However, in my lifetime I have seen many men destroyed by a false accusation from a woman.  Continue reading “Why I Believe Judge Roy Moore”

The Hypocrisy Surrounding Judge Roy Moore

Let me be clear:  If Roy Moore is guilty of the alleged case of sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old 38 years ago, and the latest charge of a sexual attack of a 16-year-old, I think he should step aside in the Alabama Senate race. I also think Bill Clinton should have stepped aside or been forced out by his party when it was discovered he had sexual relations with a White House Intern —in the Oval Office no less — and that Ted Kennedy should have suffered the same fate after it was revealed that he failed to call for help for a drowning, much younger Mary Jo Kopechne.

In the case of Judge Moore and the 14-year-old, the charges against him were leveled by a troubled, dysfunctional teen and may have been unearthed and/or massaged by overly aggressive, politically-motivated reporters at the Washinton Post who went on a deep-diving fishing expedition before the Alabama Special Election which is just a weeks away.    However, it is the most recent charge brought by Beverly Young Nelson, presented by dumpster-diving attorney Gloria Allred, that fails the credibility test. Continue reading “The Hypocrisy Surrounding Judge Roy Moore”