Archive: January, 2009
"When I first looked at the Declaration of Independence, my eyes welled up. I thought - this is our nation's birth certificate, the people's document, and it should visit Americans, rather than sit somewhere on a wall waiting for Americans to come to it, as a reminder of the freedoms we all cherish."
-- Norman Lear
Check out this piece on the benefits of being a big sister that was on the Huffington Post.
I am a big sister to five siblings so I get to enjoy the benefits and joys everyday! I love you guys. Now, I know Amadeus and B4 can't get on the computer yet, but this will be a test to the rest of my brood to see how often they check in at Citizen Hunter!
Valerie Sobel Knows. She's a great friend and the smartest cookie I know.
She's a finalist for the 2009 Smart Cookie Award, recognizing extraordinary women who balance family and a career making life better for other moms.
The winner receives a $35,000 prize for her favorite charity and national TV coverage, all sponsored by Cookie Magazine.
Yesterday, evangelicals and political progressives took a significant step towards ending the polarizing "culture wars." Through a process of dialogue with Faith in Public Life, Third Way and each other, these leaders found common ground on tough political questions from immigration reform to gay rights to abortion, without setting aside their principles.
This collaboration between unlikely allies demonstrates a model for finding a way forward on difficult political questions. We as citizens can learn a lot from this ethos of bridge-building; itâ€™s certainly a productive way to engage with the political process. The agenda this coalition has rallied around - and for which they've already starting lobbying (PDF) - will have significant political implications.
Say yes to working together and realizing our shared values. Sign on as a supporter of a common-ground approach to abortion by joining the Real Abortion Solutions Facebook group. This approach calls for increased access to adoption, the prevention of unintended pregnancies, support for women and families, and better pre- and post-natal healthcare. Also, become a Facebook fan of the common values governing agenda at â€œCome Let us Reason Together.
(Won't even add that you should be my friend on facebook since I know you are already!)
The not-so-secret inspirations behind citizen hunter -- well, not secret now anyway since I am sharing them with you!
"How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, slowly changing the world!"
-- Anne Frank
Drops that gather one by one finally become a sea.
-- Persian proverb
Flavia Colgan is an editorial board member of the Philadelphia Daily News. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in Religion, Flavia returned to her home state of Pennsylvania. After running several statewide campaigns for Democratic candidates, Flavia was appointed chief of staff to Pennsylvania's Lieutenant Governor, the first woman and youngest ever to serve in the position. She also served as a member of Governor Ed Rendell's senior staff.
Flavia Colgan is a consulting producer and host of an upcoming Travel Channel show, Miracle Quest. She has been a commentator for Fox News Channel, appearing on shows such as Hannity & Colmes and Fox & Friends. She is currently a commentator for MSNBC and CNBC, appearing on Scarborough Country, the Dennis Miller show, Lester Holt Live, The Situation with Tucker Carlson, and Hardball with Chris Mathews. Flavia has appeared as a guest on other shows including the Montel show and ESPN's Strictly Speaking with Stephen A. Smith. She has interviewed such notables as Walter Cronkite, Prince Albert of Monaco and Michael Moore.
Flavia also serves as a special correspondent for the nationally syndicated show Extra, where she explores the impact of celebrity on politics and causes. Her interviews include: Queen Latifah, Bill Maher, Geena Davis, Jean Smart, Kate Bosworth, Marcia Gay Harden, Daryl Hannah, Larry and Laurie David, Al and Tipper Gore, and Sharon Stone.
- 5/12: It's time for Hill to take the hint
- 4/11: Clintons' squabbles: not funny
- 3/12: Hillary's confused veepstakes
- 2/4: It's easy: It's Barack to the future
- 1/14: Why do we treat dogs better than humans?
- 1/2: Bhutto death could be an Iraq wake-up call
- 11/13: It's the season of miracles
- 2/9: Congress ought to punch a clock
- 1/26/07: 2008 - Watching the barriers fall
- 12/15: Pelosi's cleanup
- 12/8: A 'legacy' in tatters
- 12/1: The audacity of the anti-Hillary
- 11/9: Dems got that ol'-time religion
- 10/27: President 'not satisfied' - or satisfactory
- 10/3: Rick Santorum can't take the flak
- 9/27: Will Islam rise to Pope's challenge?
- 9/12: ABC's '9/11': Clinton was right
- 9/1: Double secret Senate shenanigans
- 8/2: Don't blame Israel
- 5/10: Life, death & Zacarias Moussaoui
- 2/10: Dems on ethics: Day late, dollar short
- 1/19: Timmy Kelly's Christmas lesson
Here I discuss Christmas and progressives on The Situation with Tucker Carlson.
- 1/13: Alito hearings drowning in words
- 1/06/2006: The war we aren't fighting
- 12/23: 'An eye for an eye, & the whole world is blind' - Gandhi
- 12/09: Bring in the A-team to handle Iraq
- 12/02: Time for Dems to come clean on dirty politics
Here I join Sam Seder on the Majority Report in Air America studios, and here I'm on The Situation with Tucker Carlson to discuss corruption in politics. Read how to take action on ethics in campaign finance. And send a message to Congress for ethics reform
- 11/25: Why I back Jack in '08
- 11/18: The media monster that's eating the Dems
As you can see I have been very troubled by this issue for quite sometime. The Daily Howler is one of my favorite blogs and I was happy to know they approved of my appearance on Scarborough. He was right in saying that I was pretty much out their alone on this issue, on cable news anyway.
- 11/4: Time to learn Alito bit more
- 10/17: Democratic cacophony
- 10/4/2005: Memo to Dems: Keep the faith, baby
I talk about this issue on Jerry Bower's podcast and on The Situation with Tucker Carlson in December. And here from March I discuss with Tucker what I feel is the real war and more important issues facing Christians than a "War on Christians" conference where, of all people, Rep. Tom DeLay was introduced as the paragon of Christian values in government. (No, folks, I am not describing a farcical skit on Saturday Night Live.) Here's a recent PhillyFeed podcast on the topic of progressives and religion. And an AP story from July on the need for Dems to talk about faith.
- 10/25/2004: Bush flip-flops, we get the flu
- 10/5: Domestic violence: George, we have a problem
To learn more about this very important topic please visit the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. If you or someone you love is involved in an abusive relationship get help now and break the cycle of violence. You are not alone and there are many resources to help you. Domestic Violence does not discriminate. It affects pre-teens and elderly couples. Black, White, Latino, rich, poor, gay and straight.
- 8/27: Adrift in the Swift Boat swamp
- 8/9: Face the heat: No more excuses
Take action against global warming and find out more here. NEWS: Ford to offer zero-financing nationwide for hybrid SUVs as an incentive for buyers to go green! And: John Podesta's remarks on clean energy and global warming
- 7/22: Reagan's legacy: A coin or a cure?
You can read my letter to Harvard magazine on this topic. (Scroll down.)
- 7/16: Sen. Santorum's elusive sweet spot
- 6/2: Three strikes - and he's out?
- 4/21: What'll it be: Peace or politics?
- 3/29: You're gay? You pay!
- 11/11: Bad Service: Vet treatment needs work
- 5/16: BUSH & EPA WAGE WAR ON SCIENCE
WE ALL LOSE WHEN SCIENTISTS ARE ASKED TO HIDE INCONVENIENT TRUTHS
- 5/15: SCHOOL-SAFETY CONFUSION
DUELING REPORTS MAKE ONLY ONE THING CLEAR: FIX THE MESS!
- 5/9: A GI 'NO-BRAINER' MEETS 'NO BRAINS'
WHY IS THE NEW GI BILL NOT A DONE DEAL?
- 3/19: IRAQ: FIVE YEARS, AND A FEW TRILLION DOLLARS
WE ARE PAYING TOO HIGH A PRICE FOR THIS WAR
- 3/17: THE BIRDS, THE BEES & THE STDS
TIME FOR BETTER EDUCATION ON RISKS OF SEX
- 3/10: GET RICH(ER)
- 1/8/08: TWO LEADERS, SAME PROMISE: HOPE
MOVING AWAY FROM THE CULTURE OF FEAR
- 12/14: JUICED!
- 10/22: FIGHTING THE 'SUPER BUG'
STATE IS RIGHT TO TARGET HOSPITAL INFECTIONS
- 10/8: BODIES OF EVIDENCE
- 10/8: FREEDOM OF TEXT
- 9/24: SPECTER DOES NO FAVORS TO TROOPS
WHY DID HE VOTE AGAINST GIVING THEM RELIEF?
- 9/20: IS THIS FARE?
- 9/20: CITY HALL'S COP
- 9/20: PARK CHANGE
- 9/18: TAILGATE-GATE
- 9/14: SCHOOLS GET MONEY; NOW WHAT?
THE HARD PART: WHO RUNS THE PLACE?
- 9/14: PATRIOTS***
- 9/5: YOUTH PROGRAM GETS ELEVENTH-HOUR SAVE
EVANS, STREET FIND MONEY TO KEEP AND EXPAND YVRP
- 7/3: TURNING ON THE ANTI-IRAQ SPIGOT
MAYBE ONE MORE REPUBLICAN, LIKE ARLEN SPECTER, CAN TURN THE TIDE
- 6/20: UN-CUFF GUN LAW ENFORCEMENT
CONGRESS SHOULD REPEAL TIAHRT AMENDMENT
- 6/20: FREE COLLEGE
- 6/14: TILTING TOWARD DEATH
RULING A BLOW FOR ANTI-CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FORCES
- 6/13: GONZO JUSTICE
NO-CONFIDENCE VOTE DERAILED, BUT SITUATION STILL FESTERS
- 6/5: BORDER SKIRMISHES NOT OVER YET
IMMIGRATION BILL STILL HAS WORK AHEAD
- 5/25:IS THIS ANY WAY TO REMEMBER OUR TROOPS?
BUSH THREATENS VETO ON MILITARY PAY AND DEATH BENEFITS
- 5/24: JOBS THE REAL AMMUNITION AGAINST VIOLENCE
NEW BILLS IN H'BURG COULD PUT KIDS TO WORK, KEEP THEM OFF THE STREETS
- 5/11: A FEW LESSONS ON HOMEGROWN TERROR
WE HAVE TO KEEP OUR EYES OPEN - AND OUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT
- 5/1: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED? NOT THEN, NOT NOW.
TIME TO JUST SAY NO TO CONTINUED IRAQ ESCALATION
- 4/23: A WORLD WATER PROBLEM
EARTH WEEK'S A GOOD TIME TO FOCUS ON WATER SCARCITY
- 4/9: BUSH OFFERS NUTTY EXCUSE FOR BILL VETO
EMERGENCY WAR-FUNDING BILL IS FLAWED, BUT WORTH SIGNING
- 3/14: WHY ATTORNEY GENERAL GONZALES SHOULD GO
'MISTAKES WERE MADE' IS TOO PAT AN ANSWER
- 2/28: THE BEST CRIME-FIGHTER? JOBS
DO YOUR PART: HIRE A YOUNG PERSON
- 2/22: THE PREZ STANDS ALONE
WITHOUT SUPPORT, HE NEEDS TO CHANGE COURSE
- 2/20: THE MINIMUM RAGE
WAGE HIKE STALLED IN SENATE
- 2/2: THE COST OF DROPOUTS
PAY NOW - OR PAY LATER
- 2/2: 'OTHER' DECIDERS BLEW IT, TOO
SPECTER'S CRITIQUE OF BUSH IS RIGHT, BUT LATE
- 1/29: WANTED: A FEW GREAT MINDS FOR A GREAT CITY
- 1/25: GOODE PLAN FOR MORE SCHOOL $
SCHOOL REINVESTMENT ACT GOOD FOR KIDS
- 1/23: THE WATCHDOG STUMBLES
CONSUMER REPORTS IS WRONG, BUT THAT'S ALL RIGHT
- 1/19: LET'S FILL PRESCRIPTION FOR PA.
RENDELL'S HEALTH PLAN DESERVES SUPPORT
- 1/18: DON'T BORROW TROUBLE
TAX SEASON WARNING ON 'PAY STUB LOANS'
- 1/12: WHY BUSH'S IRAQ DO-OVER WON'T DO IT
AND WHY CONGRESS MUST PUT AWAY THE RUBBER STAMP
- 1/11: FEDERAL HOUSING CUTS: KATRINA, ROUND TWO
NO WIND, NO RAIN, BUT LOTS OF SUFFERING BY THE POOR
- 1/3/2007: SADDAM'S EXIT - AND OURS
THE TRUE MEASURE OF JUSTICE IS GETTING U.S. OUT OF IRAQ
- 12/29: WHAT WE'RE BETTING ON FOR 2007
CITY DREW WEAK HAND LAST YEAR, BUT A NEW DECK'S READY TO GET DEALT