Musings of a Toddler-Nursing Mother: The Society, Opinions, and Politics of Breastfeeding and How it Affects Moms

By: Leane Pupo

I have three children and decided breastfeeding was the best choice for my family. I know that there are many reasons women will choose not to breastfeed, or how long they will. I do highly recommend giving it a try and I know that science has backed up the benefits of gymnurstics_designbreastfeeding time and time again. After all, it is the natural choice.

What I am more interested now is how different my 3 breastfeeding experiences have been. My oldest son was born in 2006 and I remember reading to breastfeed until your child is at least 6 months. At the 6 months mark, I stopped. He never complained. It was as if “out of sight, out of mind.” Continue reading

The Ghost of George W. Bush

By Alberto Pupo

Jeb Bush, has still not declared his candidacy however the sins of his brother may become a liability for his political run. Recently the Ghost of Bush past is haunting Jeb in two embarrassing events that will hurt. In one Jeb Bush in a misguided attempt to show brotherly affection openly states that like his bother he would have also thrown our Nation into a useless and expensive war. Shortly after making such a bold declarative statement tumblr_njt6wgbJHu1rhkttmo1_500he realizes that he made a mistake and tries to play it off with the ever popular “I misheard”. Jeb Bush knows that he has made a major misstep as the whole point of his campaign is to be the “other Bush” a compassionate moderate with no Neocon ambition, but this misstep would not be the end of his recent brushes with public embarrass

 

Jeb Bush knows that gaining the support of younger voters is important, however in an America were younger voters are ultimately more politically progressive, she confronts good ol Jeb and states that his brother George w. Bush created ISIS. While this may seem like the words of an uninformed youngster who does not understand the political nuances and complex foreign policy, however the misinformed youngster was not far form the truth. ISIS, is essentially an Continue reading

A Grand Irony

By Alberto Pupo

A white woman, black man, and white man enter the 2016 presidential race who is the progressive?

 

The response may shock many at first glance, (naturally those who understand politics are not surprised), however to the average American the answer maybe quite shocking with a twist of irony. Bernie Sanders the whitest and oldest of all the 2016 presidential 6a00d8341c652b53ef0148c77cf9c3970c-800wicandidates is also the standard bearer for the idea of progress. Meanwhile the white woman and black man represent some of the most reactionary political views akin to something found in a more misbegotten and savage era. This is why politics and life in general is so ironic.

 

Last week’s announcement of a Bernie Sanders presidential run has taken social media by storm (even some traditional media outlets have weighed in). His candidacy has raised a large amount of money from small donors and is basically showcasing a progressive platform which is exiting the every day average American. The source of this Continue reading

The Kochurian Candidate

By Alberto Pupo

With the campaign to 2016, the Koch Brothers have found their man! Ever since The Citizens United decision to sell our democracy for dollar bills, the Koch brothers have been attempting to control government by throwing money at politicos to do their bidding. Now with 2016 approaching the brothers have been desperately trying to find their very own “Manchurian Candidate” who will essentially make them the de facto Presidents of Scott-Walker-Image-998x792the United States.  With the current crop of candidates in the Republican Party being so ideologically driven on a personal level the Kochs are trying to coax someone who has already been very loyal and in their payroll for quite a while. The man that the Koch Brothers wish to anoint is none other than their man in Wisconsin Scott Walker.

Wisconsin the birthplace of the Continue reading

Legislating Hate

By Alberto Pupo

So today is Easter, and as they sit in prayer faithful Christians in Indiana and Arkansas are happily pondering upon the new Hate filled legislation that has just been passed but a mere week ago. The states of Indiana and Arkansas has passed legislation that allows private businesses to discriminate and refuse to provide goods and services to LGBT individuals. Naturally rather than being depicted as the hate filled garbage legislation that it is, to the rest of America it is being presented as a victory in the name of “religious freedom” and “ The 1st Amendment”. Yet is this piece of legislation truly about religious indiana-protest_0freedom? Is this really a matter involving in preserving the 1st Amendment Rights for those of Christian faith? Or is this simply illegal, abhorrent actions that do nothing more than infringe on a group of Americans.

 

Religious Freedom, our Constitution grants Americans to practice their faith (or lack of it), without any state sponsored religion. This is what our Constitution defines as religious freedom. However the right-wing of this Nation has perverted the interpretation and taken it to mean that they have the right to infringe upon the rights of others in the name Continue reading

Ted Cruz and his Unconstitutional Run for the Presidency.

By Alberto Pupo

This Monday Ted Cruz will wage an assault on the Constitution. For the first time a Canadian-born individual (outside of a military base or embassy), will try and declare his candidacy for the United States presidency. This will certainly open Pandora’s Box, and for once, the Supreme Court may have to answer this question. Does Ted Cruz meet the requirements to GTY_Ted_Cruz_ml_130819_16x9_608be President? Is he a Natural-Born Citizen?

Legal scholars (and many conservative hypocrites) are backing a Native-born Canadian’s attempt to run for office. By virtue of “birthright” Ted Cruz is grasping at the straws that “ancient British legal precepts” Continue reading

2016 Snoozefest

By Alberto Pupo

The 2016 electoral campaigns, they are but a year away but you can definitely see a lack of excitement.  While Conservatives are poised to put on a disgusting display of outrageous sound bites and comedy filled gaffes, Democrats have all but stopped trying to pretend that anyone will challenge Hillary. In fact even with the ongoing “email Ghazi” wordpressscandal manufactured right before her impending run Hilary seems to have the 2016 nomination on lock. This notion of such a predictable campaign has already alienated all progressives, and even some die-hard Democrats. A Hilary coronation before the fight even begins will ensure an abysmal turnout, and it is during years of abysmal turnouts that Continue reading

Partisan foes now friends?

By Alberto Pupo

Senator Bob Menendez, a Democratic Senator and on the cusp of being charged with corruption by the Department of Justice. Typically news about the downfall of a political nemesis would be something that the Republicans would be ecstatic and cheering endlessly, while pointing fingers and looking for the freshest of Scarlet letters to pin upon his lapel. Yet something strange is happening in this case, instead of the usual round of bob and marcoattacks, the Republican colleagues are actually setting aside partisanship and coming to the defense of the Senator? Is this some sot of miraculous goodwill? Have they set aside all differences? Or is is it that they simply can take this event and have it seem like the Obama Administration is bearing a grudge? That suddenly because of foreign policy disagreements this is simply Obama administration with a personal axe to grind using the power Continue reading

The Politics of Irony

By Alberto Pupo

Irony! That is the current state of politics today.  The Department of Homeland Security, Bush’s pet project, the ship that launched a thousand wars, is being denied funding by Congressional Republicans. Has the world gone mad? Have the hawks simply embraced irony alerttheir more dovish side? How can a Department which did not exist until the beginning of the Bush monarchy, suddenly be denied funding? Have they seen the error of their ways? Do they want to make amends to the American people can give away with a department that for more than a decade dedicated itself to internal suppression and destruction of American Civil liberties?  The answer to all these burning questions is unfortunately a little more mundane.

Homeland Security was brought into Continue reading

A debate?

By Alberto Pupo

With a measles outbreak raging through 15 states in the United states, some right-wing luminaries have now decided that the time is ripe to attack vaccines? The media naturally in pandering to the lowest common denominator has now started to claim that there is some sort of a debate going? The right-wing politicians are beginning to pander the lowest common denominator by touting that vaccines for routines illness like measles should not be compulsory and creating an atmosphere of choice ( an idea dripping in irony). But for Vaccine-yes_nothose of us who live in reality, is there really a debate?

 

To debate something would mean that there are competing theories and ideas each holding a valid possibility. A debate would imply that the ideas all have merit and that there is something that needs to be settled. When the media calls the idea of vaccines a debate this is what is being implied. Vaccines are not some flyby night enterprise. Successful vaccines have even eradicated or nearly eradicated certain viruses that plagued society and posed public health issues. For example, measles Continue reading