Saturday, May 30, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Thursday is your day to be a guest blogger. Express yourself on the subject of your choice.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Michael Vick, former NFL quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons committed a horrible crime and there is no denying that. Vick was released from a federal prison last week and the media attention, anger and outrage is just as intense as the day Vick was first arrested. It’s a persistent thorn hindering his chances of returning to the NFL. Reportedly, prior to any decision being made on whether Vick will be allowed to return to the game, PETA is calling for the NFL commissioner to require Vick to undergo a full psychiatric evaluation. Such interference and ridicule is absurd. What does one have to do with the other at this point? Justice has been served and the former NFL quarterback has served 21 months in a federal prison. Although the remaining months will be served on house arrest, unlike Bernie Madoff, he won’t be confined all day in luxury. Vick will be working for a construction company at $10hr. In light of making millions, how humbling is that?
The media and the special interest group PETA can be an unrelenting force to reckon with and circumvent. That’s the challenge confronting Vick. But it’s time to move on and let the former NFL player restore his career. I wonder if the ridicule and resentment be the same had the situation involved one of the Mannings, Favre, or Brady? I doubt it, considering the arrest a few weeks ago of a deputy sheriff on charges of animal cruelty and dog fighting which didn’t seem to capture a fraction of the degree of media attention or outcry from PETA. Where is the request for a psychiatric evaluation?
Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, lobbied for Vick’s NFL suspension and the severing of corporate sponsors. He met with Vick and as a result, Vick asked for an opportunity to work with the Humane Society in the fight against dog fighting. Pacelle agreed to give him that opportunity. Unlike the Humane Society, it’s a shame that PETA, who seems only to be using this opportunity to further its own self interest, hasn’t put forth similar good will. With or without PETA, the NFL should follow the Humane Society’s lead. For the record, the NFL has given second chances to drug abusers, bar brawlers, wife beaters and the list goes on.
Michael Vick, in two months will have served his time and is taking further measures to show that he is worthy of a second chance. Just as we have all fallen short at times, Michael Vick should have the opportunity to make a living and provide for his family like any other American citizen. He has not only served his time, he has accepted responsibility, faced financial ruin, humiliation and more as a result of his mistakes.
In this land of opportunity and second chances for politicians, clergy, movie stars and the like, why are only CERTAIN athletes the subject of such scrutiny and disdain?
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
A 13-year old cancer patient and his parents elected to discontinue conventional medical care and opted for holistic treatment until a court order intervened.
Should a court be allowed to override a parent’s plan of care for their child?
Monday, May 25, 2009
Take a moment today to reflect on the service men and women that have fought and sacrificed to keep us safe and free.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Thursday is your day to be a guest blogger on the subject of your choice. Share what’s on your mind.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
For those of us that have worked diligently and would like to retire with a little financial dignity – it’s difficult. The days of long term employment accompanied with good health and retirement benefits are a thing of the past. Those were the days when our grandparents and parents held on to a job for 25-30 years until retirement. Many were fortunate enough to enjoy the fruits of their labor with a handsome retirement package. Those days are so over once downsizing, reorganization, or to put it more bluntly, lay-offs became the corporate whip. Millions have been struck by the whip and have changed jobs numerous times which has affected health, retirement and other benefits. With the uncertainty of the economy and the current stock market ,there are no sure bets.
This too shall pass, but until it does, now might be a good time to focus on your God given gifts and talents. Tapping into your entrepreneurial skills or training for a new career path might be the door that leads to new opportunities. Before you work your plan, plan your work. What do you have to lose?
Despite the times, don’t sit on the sidelines watching the game of life pass you by.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
President Obama delivered the commencement address at Arizona State University followed by him giving one at Notre Dame. The President received an honorary degree from Notre Dame but his achievement failed to merit an honorary degree from Arizona State University.
Should Arizona State University have honored the President with a meritorious degree?
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
President Obama is pushing for credit card reform and wants the senate to pass a bill called the Credit Card Holders' Bill of Rights. A bill designed to protect consumers from sudden rate hikes,unfair penalties and hidden fees that seem to have become a standard way of business in the credit card industry. A measure for consumer protection is long overdue.
If the bill passes the senate, where it awaits action, it should be put into place with the same urgency taken to rescue the banks. Consumers are struggling to stay afloat and like the banks shouldn't have to wait until 2010 or the distant future before the bill goes into effect. A delay just gives the credit card companies more time to continue hiking interest rates,fees and any other new tricks they can get away with until consumer protection is in place.
President Obama wants to sign the legislation by Memorial Day. The President declares " There is no time for delay ... we can't tolerate profits that depend upon misleading working families. So if you have had enough of the high credit card interest rates,fees and sporadic practices, take a moment to contact senate leaders at www.senate.gov and let them know that there is no time to delay.
Monday, May 11, 2009
New York has resurrected a twelve year old law that allows public homeless shelters to charge those staying at the shelter a portion of their income.
Do you think a person should have to pay to stay at a shelter?
Sunday, May 10, 2009
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Saturday, May 09, 2009
Spend a part of your weekend listening to the best of straight ahead,bebop,blues and classic jazz from yesterday and today.Saturday features the likes of Dave Brubeck,Art Blakey,Dizzy,Cannonball and more.This Mother's day session of Sunday jazz is a unique laid back collection featuring,Miles Davis,Charlie Haden,Chris Botti,Dinah Washington , Carlos Santana and a few surprises.
Thursday, May 07, 2009
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Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Sunday is Mother's Day - a day well deserved. But, this special day doesn't begin to convey the honor due. Being a mother is a real challenge and becomes more challenging as society and the world changes. For instance, there was a time when many mothers were stay at home moms, like June Cleaver, and didn't work outside of the home. Today, the majority of mothers are Claire Huxtables in their own right without missing a motherly beat. The challenges of motherhood are always front and center.
Motherhood is a lifetime job with a 24/7 to do list that seems endless. Even on Mother's Day, mom is on call and is subject to being summoned to duty at anytime. But, unless it's something that can't wait, hold all requests and give mom the day off. Shower her with some TLC. Pamper mom while barring her from doing anything other than the desires of her heart.
Mothers are special and should be honored and cherished everyday. So, after all the cards, flowers, balloons and other gifts and gadgets have been given and the clock strikes twelve midnight - it's still mother's day.
To all the mothers and mother figures - Happy Mother's Day!
Monday, May 04, 2009
A legislative hearing was held recently to address the reform of the current federal cocaine sentencing structure that fails to appropriately reflect the differences and similarites between crack and powder cocaine. Reports indicate that it takes 100 times more powder cocaine to cause the same harsh mandatory minimum sentence as crack cocaine.
Do you think the law should be reformed?
Saturday, May 02, 2009
By request, every Thursday you will now have the opportunity to express what's on your mind. Comment on the news of the day,suggest a topic for Tanya's Tips,give a shout out or request your favorite jazz cut for Destination Jazz.. Express yourself every Thursday here at TanyaFree.com.