Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Shootings in Arizona

I was invited by BBC Radio Foyle (Derry, N. Ireland) to comment on the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ). I stated that in my opinion the shooting of Giffords and killing of six people was the work of a disturbed individual who wanted his fifteen minutes of fame and his actions were exacerbated by the increasingly violent right-wing rhetoric from on high that gave his irrational thinking justification for his action. He should never have been sold a Gluck 9mm automatic repeating rifle.

There is a very fine line to be drawn between protecting the First Amendment rights of free speech guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution with that of confronting people on the fringe, right or left, who as Giffords said in a speech "incite people and inflame emotions."

To paraphrase Pastor Niemoller's statement about Fascist Germany, if I remain silent when inciteful rhetoric is spoken in public, then there will be no-one left to speak-out when they come for me.

Truth in Media. A Time To Speak Up: Helen Thomas Awaits Another Big Diss from Fellow Journos

Truth in Media. A Time To Speak Up: Helen Thomas Awaits Another Big Diss from Fellow Journos

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

World Press Challenge

Due to the fact that I've been neglecting my Blog for awhile, I have decided to take up the World Press challenge to post a blog a week during 2011.

For this past several months most of my political time has been spent working with others at the Democratic Party Committee Abroad to modify our By-Laws Committee draft revised by-laws. A time-consuming, engaging and worthwhile effort. I'm doing this in my capacity of Vice Chair of Democrats Abroad Ireland.

Presently I am enjoying the end of my three-week break as facilitator of Derry Playhouse Writers which meets every Wednesday at The Playhouse in Derry, N. Ireland. www.derryplayhousewriters.org

My main concern is the economic decline of the U.S. which has affected by family with both unemployment and under utilizing the talents, skills and experience of both of my two sons, Don and Mark, and my Daughter-in-Law Janet. Don has been unemployed for over 99 weeks and his Tier 5 wasn't included in the Congressional extension of unemployment benefits so he is in dire straights unless he finds employment immediately. Janet received an extension and thankfully Mark is still employed but at a salary less than half of what he once earned.

So, let this be the first of fifty-one more weekly blogs during this year.