Tag: #politics


To My Most Conservative Friend

My glass is not half full. It's half empty because I gave the other half of water to someone who was thirsty, just like Jesus would (the Jesus described in the Bible, not the caricature misquoted up on stages of megachurches-slash-concerts). Your glass is half empty because some monster made up in the imagination of Breitbart of Alex Jones or Jenny McCarthy or Andrew Wakefield or Ted Cruz stole your water. Or because you drank it all so no one else could have it.


Navigating the Political Seas

Imagine for a minute that you are a resident of Puerto Rico. If you were born there, then you are a citizen of the United States. However, your vote for President doesn't count since Puerto Rico doesn't have any votes in the Electoral College. Congress makes laws that affect you but you don't have any ...


The Government Is You

I must have been four or five years old when I attended my first political rally. Dad worked for the state-owned mining company in charge of mining uranium. (Uranium which would be shipped to the United States for nuclear energy and atomic research and bombs.) He was a field worker, going out into different parts ...


Whaddaya know? My head didn’t explode.

Horror. Anger. Despair. My world was ending... All of those were feelings I felt when Netherlands eliminated Mexico in the last World Cup competition. Every four years for the longest time, I get my hopes up (way up) and follow Mexico's qualification toward the World Cup. Every four years I think to myself that this ...


One Thing I Promise You: Work

I'm in Atlanta for some training before heading out to Puerto Rico to chase me some Zika Virus. As an Uber driver took me to CDC this morning, we started talking about his life story. Mr. Mohammed arrived in the United States in 2000, escaping war in Sudan as a refugee. He told me that ...


The Political Fights You’ll Get Yourself Into

During the 2000 election, I had just recently moved to Pennsylvania from Texas. It is safe to say that a good 80% to 90% of the people I worked with were socially conservative. In essence, they were rooting for George W. Bush to win the election. As we all know, the election went on unresolved ...


Indiana, That Bastion of Public Health

It's not a secret that Donald Trump offered the Vice President nomination slot to John Kasich, telling Kasich that he would be the VP but be in charge of domestic policy and other things. In essence, Trump would be a figurehead, probably raking in the cash and other benefits of being in power while letting ...


It Can’t Happen Here, Right?

When I was a kid, I remember my grandfather telling me with a lot of anger in his voice how the ruling party in Mexico would have fake legislative votes and then laugh when the opposition couldn't muster enough support for their bills. "They just sit there and laugh, knowing that there is nothing that ...


To Hillary Clinton, I’m Part of the Team

In a vacuum, if both presidential candidates had said/done/tweeted nothing up to this point, I would probably be leaning toward The Orange One. That's because I am very tired of politicians. Yes, I acknowledge that politicians are necessary in government because not just anyone can do the job. You need someone who knows how to ...

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That’s Weird. Radical Islam Is Not an Existential Threat, According to WHO and the World Bank

There's this thing that you do when you work in public health. You try to look at the top causes of death and disability so you can better understand what you need to do in order to save lives "millions at a time" or some such. To do this, you need to be mindful of ...