10 Pieces from 2015

44542_146580218708693_1804650_nThe year 2015 was tumultuous: Gay marriage was legalized nationally, the 2015 race began in earnest, transgender rights and racism become dominating discussions, and an underestimated threat named ISIS became a household name.

As the new year begins, PunditWire presents some of the most interesting and pertinent pieces that we published in 2015. Continue reading 10 Pieces from 2015

Will Houstonians be HEROic on Election Day?

Downtown HoustonHouston is the nation’s fourth-largest city, yet it is one of the few major cities in this country that does not have an equal rights ordinance. Moreover, it is the only major city in Texas not to have one. Continue reading Will Houstonians be HEROic on Election Day?

Gay and Republican?

new wolfowitzA “Log Cabin” Republican, for those unfamiliar with the term, means a Republican who is gay—like me, for instance.

Is it possible to be gay and Republican? I have been asked that question so many times—usually by belligerent, in-your-face gay Democrats—that I have a canned answer ready. Continue reading Gay and Republican?

Revenge of the Clowns

Radio_Martí_broadcast_studioThe Cuban government’s resentment of Caballero’s employer is understandable, if a bit huffy.  After 30 years of beaming anti-Castro broadcasts toward “La Isla” (Cuba), U.S. Government-funded Radio and TV Martí has a pretty pathetic record.  Created in 1985 as an alternative news source for beleaguered Cubans, Martí never reached more than two per cent of the Cuban people, and 90 per cent of Cubans never even knew it existed.  Effective jamming by the Cuban government scrambled the signal almost all the time, even and especially during the brave days of broadcasting from a blimp over the Caribbean. Continue reading Revenge of the Clowns

Prejudice is a powerful force

obamacharlestonIn the aftermath of the Charleston church shooting and the recent police incidents leading to the death and harassment of black men and women, many are calling for a national conversation on race.

Continue reading Prejudice is a powerful force