Posted 8/22/16 at 3:45 PM | Karen Kramer
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It’s a golden anniversary of sorts. During the summer of 1966, President Johnson reluctantly signed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) into law. He wasn’t exactly a proponent that government information would have to be released to citizens who asked to see it.
Ever since, both Republican and Democratic administrations have dealt with hundreds of FOIA requests. This has led to plenty of complaints about the government’s reluctance to disclose information.
It seems as though the government and/or its leaders are reticent to release documents that could expose wrong doing.
Before FOIA, citizens had to prove why they felt something was awry—not an easy task with the government holding the evidence. Recently Flint, Michigan’s toxic water debacle was exposed by determined folks demanding answers via the FOIA. FULL POST
Posted 8/18/16 at 1:04 PM | Karen Kramer
A long time ago I was the target of someone’s discrimination. I felt the curse that many feel all the time. But we can choose to love or perpetuate hate.
Our farm was a 30-minute drive to the city, so one day when I ran out of oatmeal, I drove to our nearby country store. I walked in carrying my baby, and went to the cereal aisle. I heard the bells jingle on the front door as someone else entered.
Voices carried quite well in the little store, and I heard the owner greet the customer.
They began a conversation I’ve never forgotten. After a few pleasantries, the customer declared:
“You wouldn’t believe what those trailer people are doing now.”
The way she said it sounded like they’d discussed the “trailer people” before.
“They brought in a heap of broken concrete—piled it next to their dilapidated shed.”
The concrete got my attention. Needing extra money, we’d removed a concrete driveway for someone. It had been a horrendous job. Instead of throwing away the pieces, we thought we’d re-use it for a cobblestone pathway. Okay, maybe it sounded better than it would eventually look. But right then it was in a huge pile—next to our small shed. FULL POST
Posted 8/11/16 at 12:31 PM | Karen Kramer
Take a break from politics and visit a community celebration. You’ll see neighbors working together showcasing local bounty. This is the real America—where citizens build strong communities because they care.
Summertime across America brings lots of local festivals. My rural community celebrates wild blackberries during Joyce Daze—a day-long event beginning with a hearty pancake breakfast.
Local musicians take turns on a wooden stage while vendors selling handmade jewelry, baked goods, art work, leather belts, lamb’s wool hats and scarves, and whatever one wants to sell are tucked beneath plastic tarp awnings.
Posted 8/10/16 at 10:47 AM | Karen Kramer
Each year the American Family Association in partnership with Revival Fires International hosts “Truth For Youth” across the nation. The mission is simple—giving Bibles to youth who will give them to unsaved friends. This is the sixteenth Truth For Youth week, and over the last fifteen years more than 2.5 million Bibles have been given away to teens.
In response, Revival Fires has received over 25,000 emails, letters, and decision cards from youth.
The Truth For Youth text contains the New Testament along with 100 pages of color comic stories dealing with cultural issues facing today’s teens—homosexuality, abortion, pornography, drugs, violence, and sexual purity in the midst of it all.
Posted 8/4/16 at 3:52 PM | Karen Kramer
Deadbeats wasn’t my term, but the word of an angry woman that boarded the Seattle Streetcar and slid into the empty seat next to me. Despite her deep frown, she looked striking in a black skirt, bright red blouse, and matching pumps.
She opened a briefcase to reveal dozens of resumes. It was late afternoon, and she told me she’d spent the whole day canvassing businesses for employment. Six months prior, she’d lost her job after corporate downsizing.
My usual quiet ride back downtown wasn’t going to be. This tired, forlorn woman needed to vent. And she did.
After the first three months of unemployment, she humbly applied for government assistance. Sitting in the DSHS waiting room with “kids” fully able to work frustrated her. FULL POST
Posted 7/28/16 at 12:41 PM | Karen Kramer
We’ve heard there is no honor among thieves, but when the infamous Julian Assange (WikiLeaks) protects his hacker’s identities, one wonders if that’s true or not. Listening to an Assange interview, I get the impression he thinks he’s a computer-age Robin Hood.
His timing to release 20,000 emails hacked from the Democratic National Committee was telling enough, but his promise to release more reveals an attempt to control the outcome of an election.
For those in sensitive positions, I offer a new adage: if you want to keep a secret don’t use a computer.
Even more critical, this latest WikiLeaks episode reveals that we’re not secure enough in a cyberattack world. Our nation’s sensitive computers need to be resilient to hackers. What if enemy hackers got into our power grids and nuclear facilities? A good firewall is not enough. It needs to be the best. FULL POST
Posted 7/26/16 at 12:43 PM | Karen Kramer
Hilton Worldwide is promoting their brand by featuring two men in bed together. In an era of acceptance, the idea of same-sex couples enjoying a vacation isn’t unheard of, but do we all need to see them in bed? How about enjoying the hotel amenities like the pool instead?
American Family Association has started a petition to alert Hilton that there are consumers who prefer a more family friendly advertising approach.
However, Hilton Worldwide has declared that it’s a “global company of diverse cultures serving diverse guests….We are proud to depict and reflect our guest diversity in our advertising….”
That said, if you are inclined to disagree, click here for the petition.>
Posted 7/21/16 at 10:17 AM | Karen Kramer
Just in time for the Democratic Convention, Dinesh D’Souza’s latest film, Hillary’s America comes to movie theaters across America.
According to D’Souza, the once pro-slavery Democratic party has merely transitioned to one of pro-enslavement.
The movie traces America’s unsavory racist and greedy history perpetuated by the hands of…wait for it…..the Democratic party.
The 2016 election highlights the discord in our nation and D’Souza adds fuel to the inferno. He claims that Democrat’s political self-interest rises above national interests. I suggest that some Republicans are not immune to this either.
The 3-minute movie trailer gets to the heart of D’Souza’s warning: be wary of the Democratic party’s true intent—they want to “steal” America. The movie is only showing in limited theaters, but I wonder if it really matters. When the political shouting gets this loud, people can’t hear so it’s easier to stop listening. FULL POST
Posted 7/14/16 at 12:33 PM | Karen Kramer
Okay, this might seem judgmental. But allow me a bit of commentary on what I observed.
It was a balmy July weekend afternoon on the ferry. Who could complain with sunny skies and blue waters?
Almost immediately I noticed a curly-headed boy of about 11 and his dad. As they walked by, the dad gently placed his hand on his son’s back, pointing to what appeared to be a dorsal fin popping up in the Puget Sound waters. They quickly went to the outside deck to get a closer look.
That’s when I saw another dad and son, roughly the same age as the other duo. But they were seated opposite one another on bench seats. The dad, with his back to me, was talking on his cell phone. His son sat solemnly—never interrupting or moving from his seat to check out the passing scenery. The dad’s conversation was audible to all close by. He talked about his personal trainer and his intense work-outs, an upcoming business trip to New Orleans, those going on the trip, and the nightlife options available. On and on while his son sat there sullenly. FULL POST
Posted 7/9/16 at 10:33 AM | Karen Kramer
Gee thanks, VH1. Your show, Dating Naked, rated as appropriate for children as young as 14-years-old, is filled with extremely graphic content—as the program’s title implies.
Besides being another provocative reality show, Dating Naked highlights singles going out to drink and talk about sex.
Throughout the hour-long show viewers hear trashy dialogue and view soft-porn frontal nudity (slightly blurred—but still revealing).
One Million Moms thinks sponsors of shows like this should reconsider their advertising dollars. OMM makes it easy to let your voice be heard. Contact the sponsors of this atrocious “entertainment”—something easily viewed by children at such a formative stage in their lives. They don't need another warped perspective on sex, dating, and relationships.