Islamic State on Vice News

The Islamic State from Vice News

Last night, 60 Minutes ran a piece on ISIS called, “Campaigning for ISIS in the West.” The piece was informative and enlightening coming from a religious leader in the United Kingdom who is an avid supporter of ISIS, or Islamic State. It is important to watch news pieces like that (and the one below) to […]

Announcement: Write in Richard Dedor on November 4

After watching enough negative advertisements, listening to candidate statements, and reading about the two leading candidates running to replace retiring Sen. Tom Harkin, I encourage all Iowans to look at their options and consider me as a write-in to represent them, the great people of Iowa, as their US Senator in the next Congress.

Guest Column: No Labels seeks change

Check out my guest opinion article in the October 26, 2014, issue of the Globe Gazette. Excerpt: I believe debate is good. In fact, it is the only disinfectant in a thriving democracy. Our government is only at its best when opposing viewpoints are shared and debated. Through those actions, trust is developed which leads […]

Experian Social Security

Chat with Richard: The Tragedy of the Third Rail

As we near the midterm election of 2014, one issue that has slowly cropped up has been Social Security. There have been some bits of misinformation and I have been engaging with fellow Americans on Twitter and I thought it was time to clear a few things up. First, I have never advocated for a […]

Blood Donations

News: HHS Mulls Lifting Gay Blood Donor Ban

News via MedPageToday.com, Excerpt: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now evaluating data that could determine whether to continue a ban that prohibits men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood. In an email to MedPage Today, an FDA spokesperson said HHS has completed studies recommended by its Advisory Committee […]

Gay teen can't donate organs gay blood ban

News: Gay Blood Ban Hits Life-Saving Organ Donations

Excerpt: A portion of a deceased teen’s organ donation has been rejected because he was gay. But a Food and Drug Administration policy, which prohibits men who have sex with men from donating tissue, has barred Betts from fulfilling one of his final wishes in life, reports Des Moines TV station KCCI. Source: Advocate: After […]

Experian Social Security

News: Social Security 2014 Annual Report

The 2014 Annual Report from the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds report on the current and projected financial status of the two programs. “Neither Medicare nor Social Security can sustain projected long-run program costs in full under currently scheduled financing, and legislative changes are necessary to avoid disruptive consequences for beneficiaries […]