Columns 2017

Alaska Native Health care

Here’s the quote from Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price that I never thought I’d hear from a Fed. “They (Alaska Natives) know best how to care for their people, and we need to facilitate that.” For someone who came to Alaska as an employee of the Indian Health Service (IHS) in 1972, that statement is mind blowing.

When I arrived in Alaska to serve as a nurse in the IHS Barrow hospital, the entire attitude of the organization was paternalistic in the extreme. It’s not that the people working for IHS were bad people or had some prejudice Continue reading →

Columns 2017

White supremacists seem to be drawn to losers

Given that the current occupant of the White House has declared loudly and frequently that he only likes winners, one has to wonder what he sees in some of the groups who supported him so strongly during his run for the presidency and who now claim their votes put him into office.

Let’s take a moment to recap what these white racist groups admire the most. For starts, they claim to want to take America back while defending and adulating a country – the Confederate States of America – that fought a war to separate from America. The Confederate flag Continue reading →

Columns 2017

Fox just seems to attract them

Fox News is really having a rough year. Not as rough as the years women working there had to endure a culture of sexual harassment, but a tough year nonetheless. Yet another employee of the organization, host Eric Bolling, has been suspended for texting lewd photos of male genitalia to women who had definitely not asked to see them. Given how badly this type of activity has gone in the past (can you say Anthony Weiner?), one has to wonder what these men are thinking when they indulge in this creepy pastime.

I’m not a prude. I’m well aware that Continue reading →

Scribblings

If his mouth is open, he’s lying

That is the only conclusion that can be drawn from the recent release of telephone transcripts between the asshole in the White House and the president of Mexico and prime minister of Australia. On top of which, if you read the transcripts, he is almost incoherent with some statements and with others just sounds plain stupid. His version of these calls was a total lie. Not misleading but lies.

How low can America sink? Well, with the Liar in Chief at the helm, it seems as though there is no bottom to the bottom. Continue reading →

Columns 2016

Scaramucci is just a thug

As I’ve mentioned here before, I was born and raised in an Italian immigrant community. As such, I feel an overwhelming sadness that Anthony Scaramucci has come to represent that honorable group on a national stage in any way, shape or form.

Growing up, I often heard my mother say that the streets were not going to get her son. I had no idea what she meant. The streets I knew were safe and full of people who were neighbors and friends. Even when the Godfather movies came out and my mother refused to go because of their portrayal of Continue reading →

Scribblings

What the hell?

Trump and Trump Jr.’s original statement on the Russian meeting was not “misleading”. It was a friggin’ lie. A big, fat, unabashed lie. And if Hillary had told it, the Republicans would already be impeaching her while demanding that she be jailed. What the hell is wrong with the Republican Party? Is winning some elections or passing some bill in Congress more important than the moral health of this country and the person who (for some, not me) leads it? Where is their outrage? Talk about unAmerican. The Republican Party right now is a hotbed of unAmericanism by their silence Continue reading →