Tonight is the first debate between Hillary Clinton (D) and Donald Trump (R). Here’s to substance, not buffoonery.
In 24 hours, I’ll be nearing the end of my first day of Fall Semester 2015. Goodness, I hope it goes well. I’ve been dreading this semester for many reasons. Not the least of which is the current political climate and how I fear it will enter my classes. After all, I’m teaching public speaking and those speaking in public today are… well… They’re a mess.
Here’s my feeble wish for this semester.
Sometimes, a good parody is what’s needed in the world.
Today marks the 25th World AIDS Day. It is such a simple thing, remembering and acting to insure that more people do not have to die of AIDS, but far too many people are unaware–still! This morning as I turned on my television, I realized that more people will be concerned with Auburn’s chances at making the BCS Championship game than finding a proper cure for AIDS.
On this day, I borrow this photo created by Dr. Craig Gingrich-Philbrook of Southern Illinois University. The number, 41,027, is the number of people who died before Ronald Reagan spoke about the “gay cancer,” calling it by its proper name. Gingrich-Philbrook’s scratches on a skillet are deep and human, a desperate (?) call to survive political machines that work against her citizen’s well-being. This photo has always been a powerful image for me, for so many reasons, and so appropriate on this day.
[Image credit: Craig Gingrich-Philbrook]
The Department of Defense reports that in 2012, military sexual assaults rose to over 26,000– an increase of one-third since 2010. This comes on the heels of the disgusting irony that Lt. Col. Jeffrey Kruskinski, who himself led the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response, was charged with sexual battery on Sunday. This disgusts me. In all of the talk of honor, valor, and pride in the United States military, the glut of sexual assaults, reported and unreported, is a blight of arrogance, privilege, and dishonor. This February, the documentary The Invisible War vied for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards, putting too many faces to these crimes. This issue of military assault cannot be ignored.
Please contact your Representatives in Congress and the Senate to help enact measures like the Ruth Moore Act of 2013 to forge a solution to this scourge on the dignity of our servicemen and women.
…is 102 year-old Desiline Victor.