Our two major political parties no longer nominate people to be president. The parties have instead become giant machines for producing infomercials, raising big money and rewarding top sales reps with big bashes every four years.
With the mainstream news largely riveted on the U.S. election campaign and convention mania, little attention has been paid to the aftermath of the series of storms that rocked the Caribbean this past month. Flooding in Haiti has put 600,000 people at serious risk as hunger and disease rise in what Haitian President Rene Preval calls a "catastrophe."
Christine Axsmith, a software contractor for the CIA, was fired when she posted a blog entry to the agency's closed network stating her opposition to torture. The post started like this: "Waterboarding is Torture and Torture is Wrong." Such a sad confirmation of our government's dismal human rights policies that so obvious a statement qualifies as grounds for termination.