Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 YEAR IN REVIEW

The year 2010 can be best described as a social and political rollercoaster. This wild ride has taken us from rallying to assist victims of the devastation in Haiti earlier this year to ending the year pledging our support to the people of South Korea facing threats from their neighbors to the North. We experienced the highs of health care and financial reform in early 2010 that brought us back from the verge of financial ruin and ended the year applauding the repeal of DADT and ratification of the START Treaty. We struggled through the many downs of 2010 including the BP Oil crisis, the resurgence of Islamophobia, the politics of fear and the ever present bigoted hate speech fueled by an ever increasing number of extreme talk show hosts and right wing media outlets.

Many of you joined the conversation on TanyaFree.com debating issues ranging from sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to questioning the celebration of Confederate History Month in Southern states. We followed the emergence and influence of the Tea Party and monitored their significant influence on November’s midterm elections. Our TV, radio, Facebook and Twitter friends followed with intensity the shenanigans of every politician from Sarah Palin and Sharron Angle to Alvin Greene and Charlie Rangel. We watched with curiosity and disdain as the saga of the NAACP, Shirley Sherrod and Andrew Breitbart unfolded before our very eyes.

TanyaFree.com took us on the road this summer to Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally and Jon Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity. We were honored to have the privilege to interview real Americans and participate at the One Nation  Working Together Rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This year has given us so much to discuss that it would be impossible to even scratch the surface in this mere space. Take a moment to reflect on 2010 by reviewing the archives of TanyaFree.com to get a quick glimpse of what has been one heck of a year in American politics. I would like to thank each and every one of you who took the time to watch and listen to our broadcast, visit and comment on our sites and most importantly, took the time to get involved. Your support and encouragement has afforded me the opportunity to not only continue, but to expand the conversation in 2011.

I am excited to announce that I have accepted the challenge from many of you and the always supportive staff and management of WCLM Radio and have agreed to host The Tanya Free and Friends Talk Show Wednesdays at 2:30pm beginning January 19.

Get ready for the ride! Join me as we strive to continue the conversation in 2011 every Wednesday on WCLM 1450AM and www.wclmradioonline.com

Live Life with a Purpose!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Philadelphia Eagles and Second Chances


President Obama’s praise of Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie for giving Michael Vick a second chance has drawn both criticism and praise. How do you feel about the President’s comments?
 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Doing the right thing

Check out this week’s Wassup and comment or share your thoughts on any issue of your choice. What’s on your mind?  www.tanyafree.com 

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Disrespected?

Monday, December 20, 2010

Priority One

Unemployment benefits have just been extended to 2 million out of work Americans. With the total number of unemployed at an all time high and the clock ticking on continued extended benefits, jobs should be priority one for America in 2011.

How should we go about the task of creating jobs?

Sunday, December 19, 2010

National Security Over Politics

Watch the President's weekly address on www.TanyaFree.com

President Obama urges the Senate to heed the calls from Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, every living Republican Secretary of State, our NATO allies, and the leadership of the military: ratify the New START Treaty with Russia.

 

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Stop or Go?

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Front and Center

Last week there were several issues in the news that if I could personally talk to the parties involved, I certainly would have taken the opportunity to do so. First, U. S. House Representative Charlie Rangel, who was found guilty on 11 out of 12 ethics violations, has been all over the media regarding his perceived unfair House censure. One media source raised the question whether “… Rangel deserved censure?” A mere rebuke before members of congress for violations that include tax matters, I think - NOT!  There is no question that if you or I committed the same violations, it would likely result in a far more severe shake –up that could possibly reach the level of criminal status.
 
Then there is Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, who was finally arrested last week, accused of rape as well as possibly facing an indictment for espionage by the US. The allegations of rape being echoed around the world, according to various sources have been described as “sex by surprise” which is “a violation of a Swedish law against having sex without a condom.” Is this all they have to justify an international man hunt with the intensity of the search for Bin Laden? Time will tell if the proposed indictment for espionage will justify the international efforts .Until then, I find it hard to join the crusade, to quote Julian Assange, “[to]… shoot [the] messenger for revealing [an]uncomfortable truth.”

In other news, President Obama is taking a beating over the Bush tax cuts deal with the Republicans. The President’s agreement to extend the Bush tax cuts for two more years for everyone in exchange for a thirteen month extension of the unemployment benefits along with other tax allowances has been rejected by his own party as well as many progressive media outlets.

Constant sound bites of his 2008 campaign pledge that he would “eliminate the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy" has been playing like a broken record since he made the compromise deal. In two news conferences held by the President, he admits not being able to secure his campaign promise without it resulting in dire consequences for the economy and middle class. Let’s face it, the President’s chances of getting the party of NO to eliminate the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy are about as good as a snowball’s chance in …! Whether or not the Bush tax cuts are extended or allowed to expire, the wealthy will remain wealthy. The same does not hold true for those that are struggling and would be devastated by the elimination of their unemployment benefits.

I agree with the President, this is not the time to score political points at the expense of millions of struggling Americans.           

Live Life with a Purpose! 

 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Deal or No Deal!

President Obama’s recent compromise with Republicans that would extend the Bush tax cuts for all Americans in exchange for an extension of the unemployment benefits has resulted in rejection from Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated that Democrats will fight to alter the proposed plan.

How do you feel about the Tax Cut Deal?

Saturday, December 11, 2010

A Rare Opportunity

Thursday, December 09, 2010

All for the sake of art

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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Enjoy the Party!

It’s that time of year, when most of us will attend a company Holiday party or two. It is one of the ways companies try to show their appreciation for their employees and one of the few times when both the upper echelon and real working folk break bread together. Considering the company dollars being spent, the bosses will be expecting a show of appreciation with everyone in attendance. Visibly there might not be an attendance sheet, but rest assured that there will likely be a mental attendance sheet being maintained and in many cases used to measure and assess team players and future leaders. 
 
Whether it’s a formal or informal affair, make a great impression with the appropriate dress attire. As simple as that sounds, it’s always better to fair on the side of conservative instead of too casual, trendy or flamboyant. Save that newly purchased club gear for its intended destination; THE CLUB.

While you know that I am a proponent of freedom of speech, it might be a good idea to keep the conversation light and topical. The party is probably not a good time and place to share all of your political views or to weigh in on the latest office gossip while cozying up to your coworkers’ significant  other after one too many of those colorful cocktails with the pretty little umbrella.

Keep in mind that this is a company function and your actions shouldn’t result in you being embarrassed and pigeon holed upon your return to work on Monday morning. You shouldn’t have to sneak in the back door upon your return to work trying to avoid a play by play recap of your high jinks from your coworkers. Believe it or not, there are stories of actual career ending gaffes during what was supposed to be a happy holiday event. 

Bottom line, have fun and by all means remember that this is a WORK function.

‘Tis the Season,’ Enjoy the party!  Live to work another day!

Live Life with a Purpose!
 

Monday, December 06, 2010

Security Breach

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has outraged the U. S. and foreign leaders again after his recent release of State Department classified documents.

Should the Obama administration pursue prosecution of Assange under an obscure 1917 Espionage Act as suggested by some or should it instead focus its efforts on improving security measures to decrease the possibility of any future breaches? 
 

Friday, December 03, 2010

Please, Mr. President

Check out several messages to the President, for him to stand up and "stop playing nice."    

Thursday, December 02, 2010

One of a kind

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Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Focus

Hot Button News You Can’t Use issues have replaced legitimate stories of unemployment, foreclosure, and the economy. The new Republican majority of deficit hawks, while short on details to grow the economy, have put everything in the budget on the table to cut and slash except of course, defense and what they determine to be mandatory spending. While we were discussing holiday travel, turkey pardons, airline pat downs and Black Friday predictions, the rest of the world was on alert as the North Koreans were busy launching a deadly attack on South Korea.

The House of Representatives left Washington to enjoy their holiday after failing to work out their disagreements on how and whether they should even extend unemployment benefits to millions of unemployed Americans. Our disconnect with reality is destined to lead us to more gridlock, government shutdowns and possible elimination of many of the programs and benefits that we rely on and desperately need in these difficult times if we fail to focus and make our concerns known.

This is Tanya Free, Live Life with A Purpose!