Category Government

Could Appointing Women CEOs Be A Win?

~ Listen to an excerpt of The Jerry Doyle Show as radio talk show host Jerry Doyle and his guest Anita Finlay engage in a lively battle of the sexes while discussing — Mary Barra, the stats to back women CEOs, The Ellen Show, inclusion and solutions vs shopping confirmation bias, women drivers and more … ~ Just […]

The Inspiration of Nelson Mandela

As the world mourns the passing of Nelson Mandela, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of his inspiring words: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ “As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I […]

Veteran’s Day Needs To Include Women Leaders In War

“Nancy Wake, “the White Mouse” and the most decorated woman of the 1939-45 war, disliked people messing around with her life story.  Small wonder.  It was an extraordinary story and an extraordinary life.” So wrote John Litchfeld in his tribute to Ms. Wake in The Independent, Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis: Ms. […]

Kim Kardashian, Big Media and the Infantilization of America

After giving a speech on the effects of media bias (a light topic, I know!), a student asked, “How is anyone going to hear your message when they are obsessed with the Kardashians?”  I pulled a scientific sounding response out of my…er …left ear, but I suspect her question was better than my answer. Dr. Michael […]

Words To Live By: An Unquenchable Spirit of Adventure…

“There is no experience from which you can’t learn something. When you stop learning you stop living in any vital and meaningful sense…”

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Antoinette Tuff Super Human

Superman, Clark Kent, has nothing on Super Human Antoinette Tuff. It’s easy to have courage in the face of unimaginable danger when you have super human strength, speed and leaping abilities.  It’s easy to put your life on the line for the good of humanity when your body is indestructible.   It’s easy to be […]

Words To Live By: “Let There Be Justice For All …”

Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfill themselves. ~~ NELSON MANDELA, speech, May 10, 1994 

Words to Live By: “It Is Not Enough To Understand …”

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task. ~~ Robert Kennedy

BTSN Book Feature: A GAME OF PROOF by Tim Vicary

“Gripping moral dilemmas in a top-notch crime/legal thriller.” Whether British or American, we like to think of our laws and our legal system as the bright moral lines in the sand of our respective communities.  Those clear points where we’ve collectively agreed thou shalt not cross.  Sure we know no institution is perfect, nor the […]

In Remembrance

 … Rest, comrades, rest and sleep! The thoughts of men shall be As sentinels to keep Your rest from danger free. Your silent tents of green We deck with fragrant flowers Yours has the suffering been, The memory shall be ours. — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, from Decoration Day poem

Of Mothers and Journeys

One year ago, I became a published author. DIRTY WORDS ON CLEAN SKIN detailed my journey from fearful news junkie to outspoken activist.  The disturbing parallels between my own mother’s life and the misogynistic media treatment of Hillary Clinton and other politically inconvenient women in 2008 motivated me to take action.  Notwithstanding the teeth gnashing involved […]

What About West, Texas?

My heart breaks for the community of West, Texas. While the media endlessly looped their limited information on the manhunt of the remaining Boston Bombing suspect to the exclusion of all else on Friday,  I kept thinking — what about the explosion in West, Texas? What’s happening there? How is that small rural town coping […]

Words To Live By: “The Secret of Change …”

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” ~~ Socrates

Words To Live By: “The Duty of Criticism”

“The duty of criticism is neither to depreciate nor dignify by partial representations, but to hold out the light of reason, whatever it may discover; and to promulgate the determinations of truth, whatever she shall dictate.” ~~ Samuel Johnson, The Rambler #93, February 5, 1751

Join One Billion Rising to “Break the Chain”

Join a global flash mob on Valentine’s Day and dance to “BREAK THE CHAIN” to end violence against women.   “202 countries and territories are participating–nearly every country on the planet” Who: Women, Children — and Men What: Global Flash Mob (Dance) to “Break the Chain” (video below) When: 1:00pm Thursday, Febuary 14th (not all flash mobs […]

BTSN Book Feature: SENATOR by Richard Bowker

“…a fascinating insider’s depiction of political life, and a compelling morality tale.” When should a senator (or any politician) stop serving in government? Is the slow seep of corruption in values and interests inevitable?  Do politicians even know themselves when they’ve stopped serving the people’s interests except as a means to re-election? Senator James O’Connor […]

A Day of Honor and Resentment

Memorial Day is a national holiday of picnics and parades. It is also a deeply personal day in remembrance of the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. I am honored and humbled that those who serve feel their country and fellow Americans are worthy of their sacrifices.  Yet wars […]

BTSN Book Feature: PASSAMEZZO by J. E. Mathieson and A. A. Guest

“… rich generational saga … gripping political thriller… brutal cautionary tale” The subtitle “Who is trying to kill the boss of bosses” clues you into its thriller plot and the gangster hat on the cover points you to its Canadian crime family subject. The authors J. E. Mathieson and A. A. Guest describe their riveting, […]

Honoring A Mother, A Dog, And Those Who Give Shelter

Domestic violence is something Author Anita Finlay saw first hand growing up and is part of what compelled her to speak up about fair and equal treatment for women and write about the violent undertones of sexism during our last presidential election in her book Dirty Words on Clean Skin.  (My review is here.) Anita is also […]

BTSN Book Feature: DIRTY WORDS ON CLEAN SKIN by Anita Finlay

The media dubbed 2008 the year of the woman because of Hillary Clinton’s and Sarah Palin’s historic runs for political office, but it really was the year millions of ordinary women from both parties were “rudely awakened” from their political complacency and found their voice. The backlash we received in response showed us the ugly […]

BTSN Book Feature: ‘Admit The Horse’ by P. G. Abeles

Admit The Horse is a fictionalized telling of the 2008 primary and general election. Not the myths developed and created by the political gods and marketed 24/7 by mass media. But the back story of ordinary citizens engaged in a historic election and participating in ways they never dreamed possible. Each person discovers or holds the […]

BTSN Book Feature: BAD LUCK OFFICER by Suzie Ivy

” Ms. Ivy bares and shares it all with humor, passion and candor … a riveting read “ If you love cop shows and cop novels and think the various CSI television series are how law enforcement actually works, then let me introduce you to someone who will set the record straight and tell it like it […]

Is It 2012 or 1812?

Regardless of what side of the religious/contraception insurance/abortion debate you are on, you have to admit it is rather odd that in 2012 when women are educated participants in every field imaginable, that our government… and the media… __ would think that only men were qualified to discuss the merits of these issues that are so intimately […]

~ It’s Time For Women to Play the Leadership Card

When Suffragettes demanded our right to vote, to own property, to earn a living, to get an education, to live independently, and to control our financial security women were told that the power to control these rights should reside with those who had the physical power to fight for those rights — men. When Feminists, […]

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Bad Luck Cadet #19 – Pepper Spray Me, Shoot You

Pepper Spray Me, Shoot You is the nineteenth installment in my Bad Luck Cadet Series that follows my adventures at the police academy after my mid-life crisis. It’s all about fun, laughter and PAIN!  If you are new to the series, you can follow it from the beginning on this blog starting with  Bad Luck Cadet #1 – Accidents Happen  […]

~ Who is Defending the Honor of the “Political Marketplace”?

In its 2010 “Citizens United” decision, the US Supreme Courts held that:  Political spending is a form of protected speech under the First Amendment, and the government may not keep corporations or unions from spending money to support or denounce individual candidates in elections.  While corporations or unions may not give money directly to campaigns, […]

~ More Wild West Show Than Presidential Horse Race

The MSM likes to depict any election as a horse race, but the more I watch the 2012 presidential nomination process and particularly the debates, the more it feels like I’m watching the waning days of a Wild West Show. See what you think… Posters have been up all over town for weeks, but budgets […]

~ “Can’t Decide” in Fourth, “Don’t Want” Gaining

Just to keep you up-to-date with all the latest tail swats and whinnies coming from the 2012 presidential horse race … The Iowa State poll of likely caucus-goers has Herman Cain leading at 25%, Ron Paul running a hard second with 20% and Mitt Romney trailing respectably in third with 16%. But the surprise dark […]