A Win for Democracy!

By Alberto Pupo

Activism may actually work. The anger and will of the people after a two year battle has finally yielding a surprising change in policy. It has been recently announce that in New York the minimum wage will officially be raised to 15 dollars an hour by 2019. after a two year struggle of visible , protests, walkouts and simply asserting their voice the people gettyimages-481598326_wide-9eab7ed97adf14ee901e43fba331961ae4aa86c8-s900-c85have New York have one this is especially a victory for fast food workers who have been living with a subpar minimum wage in one of the most expensive states in the Union. Is this the beginning of a national movement perhaps?

 The people often have a very pessimistic outlook on the political world. More often than not the mentality is an “it is what it is” mentality in which the people continue to live ther lives under the whims and fancy of the 1% and their Continue reading

A Greek Tragedy

By Alberto Pupo

Greece, once again your attempt at Democracy becomes a tragedy at the end. After an uproarious and jubilant rebuke by the people against the bankers, the EU basically tells Greek fuck the people Austerity is here to stay. A Party which had promised a “new deal” for the people instead has found itself defeated and having to beg the bankers to give them greece-austerity-apanother bail out. The deal is once again a neo-liberal beauty chockfull of Austerity and much more privatization to come, the saddest part about the Greek Deal is that only a few days before the people had completely repudiated this deal. Yet how dare Democracy stand in the way of Capitalism right?

Austerity has been devastating much of Europe the last few years, but one of the hardest Continue reading

Gone With the Wind?

By Alberto Pupo

Sad news from the South today. After a gut wrenching debate full of laments, and fond memories of southern pride the final vote is in and the flag will need to be taken down. There were somber moments, reflections of the good ole days when a very basic, salt of the earth types owned human beings who would diligently work the fields. Images are evoked of a proud , rebellious people wh fought for their rights to assert ownership over US-CRIME-SHOOTING-FLAGother men and women. Because the truth is the war was and will always be a war about slavery (despite what revisionist historians may say). On Friday July 10th, 2015 the flag will be brought down once and for all.

 

t took a tragedy to make us human. Once again the blood of the innocent that was sacrificed to the maniacal beliefs of a young man sorely misguided and misinformed believing that his acts were ones of valor. This crime of hate proved to be the straw that broke the camel once and for all, as Nikki Haley, the conservative governor of South Carolina spoke it Continue reading

SCOTUS Embraces Progress?

Alberto Pupo

For he first time in its recent history the ultra conservative Supreme Court has made two very progressive decisions akin to the”activist” Warren Court. Conservatives who can typically rely on this institution to continue regression in the United states have been shocked by what has been seen as back to back betrayal. Thursday’s decision to support health subsidies and reaffirm the “Obamacare” legislation came to a shock too many Conservatives who have been trying to crush the law since it was passed in 2010. Then came yesterday’s momentous decision, in one of the most important Civil Rights decisions in recent history the United States of America has legalized Gay Marriage many Conservatives watched in dismay as a cornerstone of prejudice was instantly US Supreme Courtwiped away in an afternoon by a Supreme Court which has proven to be the bastion of Corporate Power for the last 5 years,. Has the Supreme Court finally found its way? Or wee the two decisions simply a happy accident?

 

Obamacare the legislation that since 2010 has brought healthcare to millions previously uninsured. While the law is imperfect and still too reliant on the private insurance market, it has been one of the largest improvements ever made to the American healthcare system. In a last ditch Hail-Mary pass Continue reading

Same-Sex Marriage in All 50 States: Thank you, SCOTUS

Same-Sex Marriage in All 50 States: Thank you, SCOTUS!

By Leane Pupo

I woke up to rainbows and it is beautiful. Today the Supreme Court of the United States came to the decision that same-sex couples have the right to marry in all 50 states. While this may be a shocker to many “traditionalists,” today love won.

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How can we expect a country to grow into a loving and tolerant society, when they would not allow truly devoted and loving couples to share the same rights as other loving and devoted couples?

Accepting Gay Rights and Gay Marriage is human. It does not have to be “your cup of tea,” but it is not YOUR life. Who are we to dictate who someone can love and share a bond with? Who are we to dictate that a couple that shares everything in life, cannot share the rights and legal responsibilities as another couple?

I am a proud heterosexual woman that has been married to the love of my life for the last ten years. I am also extremely proud of my country for not denying proud homosexual individuals the same joys of marriage across our land.

This is a big one, folks. We are showing acceptance, tolerance, and understanding. If we

can allow this feeling to permeate into other aspects of intolerance and discrimination, then we truly do have a shot for equality and simple humanity for all. We cannot define “human” by race, religion, creed, gender, or sexual orientation, but we should be embracing all differences, variations, and individuals.

Congratulations to all the same-sex couples out there. May our future, as a country, continue to be bright and may we spread love and understanding to everyone around us.

Why Mulder and Scully Not Living Together is Actually a Good Thing… For Now…

Mulder and Scully Not Living Together?

Mulder and Scully Not Living Together?

Why Mulder and Scully Not Living Together is Actually a Good Thing… For Now…
By: Leane Pupo

“We can tell you that they’re not living together…” are words that nearly broke every shippers heart today. Take heart that this is not as bad as you may think. In fact, look for consolation in “frustrated lovers Mulder and Scully” a couple of lines before. Why? Because this does not mean they are not seeing each other.

Let’s take a step back and review why not living together, may truly be the best thing for their successful future as a couple:

The X-Files has always been a Sci-Fi Drama above all else. The Unresolved Sexual Tension (or UST) between the two star characters is one of the many driving forces. As Chris Charter has said, Mulder loves Scully and Scully loves Mulder. This is undeniable and what has held the X-Files together. I mean, would you go to Antarctica for a co-worker?

However, a few things have always been very clear. Mulder is a dark man that can easily fall into a dark place. Scully is a rock. While we can see Scully rise and rise, it is not as simple for Fox Mulder. Continue reading

We Are All Trumped!

By Alberto Pupo

For decades h has cried wolf, teasing and prodding a media hungry for his arrival. As of 6/16/2015 Donald Trump the man, the myth, the legend himself has decided to step into the circus that will be the Republican primary. His announcement designed to steal the “Bush thunder” was chockful of Reaganisms all the way down to his campaign slogan. Trump was meandering and controversial and naturally banking on something very important the stupidity and lack of political knowledge particularly found among those who donaldchumpwill be voting in the Republican primary? Can the “Donald” win this primary? Many scoff at the idea, but then again an actor can’t be elected President twice right? What about a semi illiterate cowboy? This can’t happen this is America right? Uh oh…..

Trump’s announcement is shocking, mainly because for once he is not just Continue reading

What do I stand for?

By Alberto Pupo

“ What do I stand for?” most Nights I don’t know anymore?” A lyric from popular song but aptly describes Conservative ideology and outlook. What exactly does it mean to be a Conservative? What exactly is one trying to conserve? They claim to be holding to “tradition”, “family values”,”God” etc. they are inspired by a mix of faith and patriotism that gopbeliefsyields an ugly sound and fury. But when they look in a mirror what exactly do Conservatives stand for?

 

Tradition, what tradition does a conservative embrace. A tradition of White Protestant Males wielding power? A tradition were the black man is in chains, women are subjugated, and the Natives of the land are being herded into reservations? Do we strive to uphold special traditions like hate speech and having the ability to speak whatever comes to mind about any race, gender, sex, etc. Because of course the truth of the matter is that it would not be free speech if it is not demeaning or hateful. To a conservative right to openly hate anyone that is slightly different is part of the overall Continue reading

From Indicted to President?

By Alberto Pupo

Should the indicted run for office? Rick Perry has entered the fray. The man famously known for not knowing which government agency he would abolish, and who has been going through a bit of “legal trouble” has officially entered the presidential race. While this entry into the race does not come to a surprise to many the fact that he is currently still trying to fight an indictment is a bit shocking. How can a Nation that is supposed to be a8-19-2014-james-richard-perry-booking-photo model for the world allow an candidate not just run for political office but to run for the Presidency of the United States? What happened to morality and the rule of law? Does this not apply evenly?

 

Rick Perry is still under indictment and this is a fact. However despite this he is still running for office. The incredible thing is that most of the corporate media seems to be mum on this inconvenient truth. Yet this is something that the people of this Nation should be hammering on him a lot harder. If any minority in this nation would even consider running for dog catcher they would be immediately disqualified from pursuing any form of elected office. Yet how is rick Perry justified in even making this attempt? The savvy Conservative will off course scream Continue reading

Right-Wing Zealotry Gone Wild!

By Alberto Pupo

Zealotry, it is a nasty little mindset which unfortunately infects too many people in our society. Many of history’s darkest moments are a byproduct of this mode of thinking, like the Inquisition, Holocaust, etc.. This type of behavior is also very much a feature of right-wing conservative idealism. More often than not those of a right-wing bent will zealously strike after some sort of perceived enemy or abomination, like, gays, abortion, Screen-Shot-2015-05-21-at-9.06.57-PMblacks, atheists, etc.. and they will conjure up images of a self righteous indignant Crusade. However sadly more often than not such an undertaking betrays dark skeletons hidden in the darkest of closets, eventually these individuals will unveil their true nature and the world will see that which they lash out the most is nothing more than a crusade based on a sense of guilt for their own personal moral failings

At 19 and counting the Duggars have been a culture phenomenon of mass reproduction. In a household full of Jesus and devoid of birth control the Continue reading