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Pam Bullock
Chicago
I have opinions and I love to share them, and hear others, too.
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Not every Democrat is excited about Joe Biden, in case you hadn't noticed. And that makes sense. We started out with over 20 candidates, and we each had our personal favorites. But the primary process worked as it should - there is no evidence that the primaries were "rigged" by... Continue reading
I hope you're all hanging in there. I'm trying to stick to a routine; home workout in the morning, then grocery run if I need it (I live next door to a not-very-crowded grocery store, so I'm not concerned about going out in public, as long as I take the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2020 at The Isolation Chronicles
Since I'm healthy and a little stir-crazy, I wish there was something I could DO to contribute. My job is not related to health care or the production of ventilators or PPEs. I have no skills in the medical field that I could use to volunteer (CPR and the Heimlich... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2020 at The Isolation Chronicles
My original plan was to post every day; mostly amusing anecdotes from my social distancing headquarters, but I'm not gonna lie, I crashed and burned the past two days. My employment status is in doubt (litigation has largely ground to a halt), and although I'm still in a better position... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2020 at The Isolation Chronicles
In a span of five days, I've gone from being sad to miss St. Patrick's Day festivities to completely forgetting that yesterday was St. Patrick's Day. Every day since the weekend has been a constant flow of breaking news from early morning to late evening, most of it not good.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at The Isolation Chronicles
I officially entered my COVID-19 "quarantine" at about 7:15am, Monday, March 16, following one final fitness studio workout and a grocery run. A little about me; I'm a single Gen-Xer who lives alone in downtown Chicago with her cat, Bodhi. I am not sick and do not intend to become... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at The Isolation Chronicles
I'm used to giving the 30-second elevator pitch about why I support Joe Biden for the Democratic nomination, but now I want to dig a little deeper into why I think he's the best candidate to replace Donald Trump as President, as well as the candidate most likely to beat... Continue reading
Many Democrats, particularly Bernie Sanders supporters, were upset with the primary process in 2016. They were specifically unhappy with the delegates called "superdelegates", who are not bound to vote for the candidates who won their states. The superdelegates, according to some, disproportionately favored Hillary Clinton and effectively shut Bernie Sanders... Continue reading
I've heard several people who dislike the major party candidates for President�say that they�intend to vote for a third party candidate. I personally think this is�not a great�idea, for reasons best saved for another blog, but it is our Constitutional right to vote for the candidate we each deem best... Continue reading
I've heard several people who dislike the major party candidates for President say that they intend to vote for a third party candidate. I personally think this is not a great idea, for reasons best saved for another blog, but it is our Constitutional right to vote for the candidate... Continue reading
I have supported Hillary Clinton from nearly the beginning of her 2016 Presidential campaign. I know that I disappointed several people for not joining the #feeltheBern bandwagon, clamoring for more hope and change than President Obama ever promised; clamoring, in fact for a political revolution. Senator Sanders has proven to... Continue reading
Almost everyone knows that Donald Trump has no shortage of self-confidence. And after dabbling in the 2012 Presidential campaign, we expected just as much bluster from him this time around. However, since announcing his candidacy earlier this summer, Trump has outdone himself. He has single-handedly made it almost acceptable -... Continue reading
As of January 30, 84 cases of measles have been confirmed in 14 states this year, including one young woman who rode an Amtrak train in New York while infected. This compares with under 100 cases in ALL of 2009, and only 37 in 2004. Here are some fast facts... Continue reading
Ebola virus disease - also called ebola hemorrhagic fever - has been spreading rapidly in West Africa since February of this year. As of the end of July, the World Health Organization reports 887 deaths out of 1603 known cases, making it the largest outbreak in the history of the... Continue reading
Last�Wednesday afternoon, convicted murderer Joseph Wood was executed in Arizona by lethal injection. The first drug was administered at 1:52pm.� Wood, however,�did not die until nearly two hours later, after witnesses said that he "gasped and struggled to breathe" for an hour and 40 minutes. The drugs administered were midazolam... Continue reading
Last Wednesday afternoon, convicted murderer Joseph Wood was executed in Arizona by lethal injection. The first drug was administered at 1:52pm. Wood, however, did not die until nearly two hours later, after witnesses said that he "gasped and struggled to breathe" for an hour and 40 minutes. The drugs administered... Continue reading
There's been a lot of talk in the last week about companies that are "exempt" from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most from Republicans who would like Americans to think that certain companies are getting preferential treatment. The situation is complex - because the law is complex - but the... Continue reading
Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on October 1. If your first reaction is "Oh no, another part of socialist Obamacare is going into effect", hold on a minute. If you like your current health insurance, you don't need to do a thing, and nothing is going to... Continue reading
The austerity budget cuts known as federal budget sequestration came about last year as a result of the inability of Congress, and of the bipartisan Super Committee, to reach a deficit-decreasing budget compromise. There was much outrage on March 1 among both lawmakers and the publicwhen sequestration went into effect.... Continue reading
Although the term "sequester" has been around since 1985, it became one of 2012's words of the year, and on March 1, it may go from an abstract term to a fiscal disaster for the United States. Essentially, sequestration is automatic, across the board spending cuts. In this case, the... Continue reading
In the national conversation (and occasionally shouting match) about gun regulation, there is much talk about the proposed ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, which, quite frankly, is unlikely to make it through Congress. More likely to be enacted is a federal law requiring universal background checks, which would... Continue reading
Some US lawmakers are calling for better enforcement of existing federal gun laws, rather than considering new ones. This is not an unreasonable argument...except that the agency charged with enforcing such laws - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) - has been weakened to the point that... Continue reading
Some Republicans in Congress continue to insist that next month, when the deferred financial crisis rears its ugly head again, they will not agree to increasing the debt ceiling unless that increase is matched with an equal amount of spending cuts, largely in entitlement programs. The problem is that the... Continue reading
The National Rifle Association held a much-anticipated press conference this morning, one week after the Newtown tragedy. The NRA's silence following the shooting, as well as its hinting at a bold response, had many people thinking that the organization might actually call for common sense gun laws, or at least... Continue reading
On its face, it sounds like simple freedom of choice; employees in states that have enacted right-to-work laws cannot be fired for refusing to join a union and pay union dues. Proponents state that right-to-work laws preserve workers' Constitutional right of association, and claim that unions increase manufacturing costs, making... Continue reading