After reading the local political head lines here in New York, I have to wonder if randiness and bad decision making is in the water. It’s a banner year here in the City of New York for Democratic sleaze and sensationalism! 2012 left us with state and local legislators on trial or about to go to jail, or still under investigation on a myriad of charges. But, are we New Yorkers ready to forgive the high profile marital indiscretions of two prominent men?
Once again, La Warren isn’t afraid to do what she sees as right. In a year of ups, downs and stunning disappointments, she is as feisty as we hoped she would be, even standing up to our President. Read what landed in my inbox recently.
Here is an interesting email from Nev Schulman (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the looming student loan interest rate hikes, which seem pretty wrong headed in a fragile economy……
I know we’ve never met, but we’re all in this together.
My job on MTV (which I am incredibly lucky to have) allows me to communicate with our generation on a massive scale. What has surprised me most throughout the experience is how incredibly connected and in tune we are with each other, no matter where you live or what your background.
I am proud to be a part of Our Time because we have built a community of others who are passionate about improving our collective future.
So when I learned about the student loan debt crisis, I couldn’t help but record a video to express my thoughts and raise awareness.
Ok, I for one think you should have to adhere to a code of conduct when you have a post for life like Supreme Court Justice. Don’t take advantage of a job serving the public to further your religious, social or political aims. Don’t sell your power as a judge to the highest bidder, making a mockery of our American courts of law. It’s pretty simple, really. This is a basic understanding amongst decent people in almost every walk of life, integrity and clean dealings are only just, but serve to make our lives run smoothly. Old adages applied to modern times spring to mind, like ‘having So and so in charge of such and such is like having a fox guarding the hen house’. You feel me?
Read on, dear Friends.
The email below is from Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, a true progressive who has been a leading ethics advocate in the halls of Congress. Soon, Representative Slaughter will be introducing legislation to apply a binding code of conduct to the members of the Supreme Court. She started a petition on org.credoaction.com, where activists can launch their own campaigns for progressive change. We strongly urge you to sign Representative Slaughter’s petition to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to adopt the same Code of Conduct for United States Judges that applies to every other federal judge in the nation.
Last week it was reported that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia doesn’t believe in molecular biology. He also seems to doubt the need for a transparent, accountable and impartial Supreme Court. Earlier this month, we learned that Justice Scalia has once again met with a conservative political group behind closed doors.
No member of the Supreme Court should be meeting behind closed doors with powerful political organizations that seek to change our nation’s laws. That’s why today I’m launching a campaign calling on Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to adopt a binding code of conduct.
With members of the Supreme Court having engaged in ethically dubious behavior in recent years, now is the time to apply a binding code of conduct and restore accountability and transparency to the highest court in the land. Continue reading →
We all know that the will of the people doesn’t really get any traction these days in the Senate and House floors these days. The fact we are still waiting for a balanced budget, immigration and gun law reforms, and a real plan for job creation to become a priority is evidence of that. I know I am tired of hearing about fruitless attempts to repeal Obamacare and legal abortion. I am dismayed by the power Monsanto wields over and in concert with the legislative and executive branches of American government.
With that said, enjoy the latest dispatch from Represent Us regarding the latest efforts to get big money out of our politics.
Kids, we have to curb our addiction to petroleum products, plastic bags especially.
Even though I personally use my own bags for shopping daily, I see these bags littering my little Queens neighborhood quite frequently, and it drives me nuts. Not a day goes by without seeing a plastic bag sadly caught in a tree or carelessly thrown in the gutter, which tells me, there are way too many out there. I don’t even like to think about the ones that actually make it to the dumps and landfills.
This is why I have shared this petition email with you. It’s time for New York City to clean up it’s plastic habit! Read on:
Below is an email from Eric Schaal, a MoveOn member in New York City. Eric started a petition on the MoveOn website, where anyone can start their own online petition.
Dear Rego Park MoveOn member,
New York City is a horrible offender when it comes to plastic bag waste. We carelessly throw out 100,000 tons of plastic bags every year and pay other states to take our trash because there’s nowhere for it to go. We are creating countless piles of this trash that will never biodegrade. Continue reading →
Just what are the minimum requirements to be fit to serve in public office? I really have to wonder these days. Aside from the blatantly criminal behavior evidenced by the boys and girls serving up in Albany, NY that is…..those jerks have really brought the bar down low, and it just seems politicians are getting less intelligent. Governors leaving office because of sex scandals, jump immediately to mind. Shouldn’t one have their personal life in order before they dare presume to order our public lives?
Consider the national Congress and Senate shenanigans, during speeches and on the Sunday shows, and you could make a case for the decline of American politics indeed. Some of the most stupid, harebrained, and racist comments are not made by some loopy blogger in an obscure location; they’ve been uttered by those already holding public office, and usually seeking a higher office. I even wonder if politicians should be tested for mental illness. Continue reading →
The United States Postal Service is the finest, most reliable postal service in the world Everyone knows this, and the fact that we can send a letter to any place in the United States to any other place for forty-six cents is frankly amazing. I appreciate the ease with which I can ship packages all over the country with a minimum of fuss or trouble, and the certainty that my numerous internet purchases will make it to my door safely. The USPS workers are our friends and neighbors; it is and always will be a large part of the fabric of American life and business. So why all the fighting over the state of the USPS on the House floor?
Correct me if I am way off base, but aren’t we guaranteed a Postal Service in our Constitution? And aren’t most retirees unlikely to live seventy five years past retiring, let alone all? Why was the United States Postal Service saddled with that stupid rule rather than businesses in the private sector? You can imagine the furor if Fedex or UPS were federally mandated to pre-fund seventy five years of health benefits? Continue reading →