August 29, 2008

Sarah Palin

AKA: John McCain's ridiculous ploy to pick off disaffected HRC voters.

August 20, 2008

Stephanie Tubbs Jones, 1949-2008

I had the opportunity to meet Congresswoman Tubbs Jones on several occasions and was able to speak with her at length as well. She was an impassioned woman who cared about her constituents more than all, except her family. I was shocked to hear of her condition when my old roommate called me earlier today... and now I mourn her passing. She was a tremendous woman and the east side of Cleveland has lost a true leader.

May your life have been for a blessing, Stephanie.

August 11, 2008

Over-reaction of the bear

The Olympics are being played in China. It's the dog days of summer. Most of America is connected in their disconnection from other worldly affairs, and that's okay. Those of us who are not so disconnected from the world around us have been bearing witness to a very stunning breakdown in the Caucusus.

Russia, in response to Georgia protecting its territorial integrity, has launched a disproportionate reaction attack against the small nation. I think this smacks of Putin's bear claws.

President Bush needs to take a firmer stand against Russia. Sure, he's issued a half-hearted denouncing of the Russian government's actions, but it's a weak excuse for real action. Likewise, Senators McCain and Obama should have something substantive and critical of the Russians for their continued disrespect of Georgian territorial intergrity. Let this war be between Georgia and the South Ossetians or Georgia and Abkhazia... but not between Georgia and Russia.

-rl

August 6, 2008