Finding My Voice

The first 18 months of Katie Speak!

Angry Lefty

I’ve been called “angry” a lot since June 5th. “Sore loser” has been rather popular as well in the passive aggressive ether of social media. “Lefty” and “liberal” have a hold on the top slots and remain my favorite slurs… Read More ›

Awaken

I am a protester. I do not fit into your narrow stereotype. I am not a threat to the beat cop. I salute the good intentions of the veterans who believed the lies of their leaders. I ache for the… Read More ›

Freedom vs. Regulation?

Those two words standing in opposition have become common, accepted wisdom in mainstream American culture. We seemingly can only have one or the other. We can be free or we can be regulated. Bullshit. Now that was freeing. I’m a… Read More ›

Teams, Logos and Labels

LIBERAL vs. CONSERVATIVE “Definition vs. Self-identification” The polarization is undeniable. The lines are drawn – directly down what used to be the middle of our nation’s politics. The strict adherence to one side or the other routinely grinds our government… Read More ›

Women, War and Caterpillars

Caterpillars  In an ill-executed effort to tamp down anti-woman rhetoric, Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus went on Bloomberg Television and awkwardly accused Democrats of falsely proclaiming that the GOP is waging a war on women: “If the Democrats said we… Read More ›

Naked Justice

Ladies and gentlemen, your local police are now allowed to strip-search you at-will. Sound alarmist? Perhaps a little crazy? Maybe a tad over-stated? Well, as of today, despite the laws of ten states, the policies of federal authorities and bans… Read More ›

Unauthorized Instrusion

  Pri∙va∙cy (n) – the quality or state of being apart from company or observation; seclusion; freedom from unauthorized intrusion Unauthorized intrusion. As a country, we seem to be struggling with this concept. We fought to achieve it in a… Read More ›

Clearing the Grounds

Look away! Nothing to see here! At least there won’t be from this point forward… House Resolution 347, the “Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011,” has a boring, benign title – as insidious legislation typically does. What… Read More ›

War on Women

….and the First Amendment. Last week, I got the chance to chat with one of my favorite podcasters. He stands in stark contrast to the out of touch Congressmen, commentators and shock jerks who simply “don’t see what the big… Read More ›

Love

Something’s missing. We seem to all know it, but refuse to say it out loud. We don’t say it to each other. We don’t say it to ourselves. We have agreed as a people that it is simply not a… Read More ›