As Puerto Rico Goes, So Goes Imperialist America!

  A few thoughts on America’s glaring hypocrisy as revealed in the political campaigning going on at present. I assume you still remember the phrase that we were inundated with at the beginning of the world-wide economic collapse of…
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The Forces Against Us

Most of us have no idea of how sinister & powerful the forces arrayed against us are. And what really saddens me is that nearly everyone I know & have met in my life don’t give a shit about our slavery, humiliation, & oppression.…
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Social Networking & the Corporate Agenda

I periodically check out the website for the PBS series “Frontline” for political exposes because they have produced some fantastic stories over the years. The story I just watched is titled “Generation Like” which caught my eye because…

The Grand Facade

    I am going to forewarn you that this is going to be a very cynical, pessimistic, & negative essay. As the saying goes, you can put lipstick on a pig but it won’t make it pretty. And the pigs at the heart of this…

Memorial Day Remembered

Being that this is Memorial Day weekend, I felt it important to attempt to connect the dots or express my feelings about this time-honored holiday in a much broader context. I got the idea for this essay from reading an excellent book by Gore…

Poverty is the Worst form of Violence!

    This is a quote from Mahatma Gandhi that I came across a few weeks back and thought it’d be a good essay title. I am going to relate experiences from my past with my perspectives on the connections between poverty and…
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A Tribute to Noam Chomsky

I hardly know where to begin or how to begin but want to say that I’m writing this tribute while Noam is still alive because I intend to send it to him and want to express my admiration & respect for his life-long pursuit of truth.…
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An Ideal Education

The School of Athens  (Dora Polk, one of the greatest teachers I've ever known!) For a start, I believe that the best place to begin talking about an ideal education is with  the subject of philosophy because philosophy is the love of…

We are All on the Res Now!

  The Occupy Wall St. movement here in America & the world-wide social revolution is a physical manifestation of the realization that we, the 99% of the world's population not born with silver spoons in our mouths, are…

The Politics of Patriotism

        “Judge Learned Hand of the U.S. Supreme Court once said that he would like to see these words ‘I beseech ye in the bowels of Christ, think that ye may be mistaken,’ inscribed ‘over the portals of every church, every…
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The Masters of War

The Masters of War "Masters Of War" Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I…

Reasons Why A Young Person Should NOT Join the Military or Enter At Your Own Risk & Buyer Beware!

Reasons Why A Young Person Should NOT Join the Military or Enter At Your Own Risk and Buyer Beware! Far too many times our government has lied to us about the reasons for going to war and therefore you should be damn sure you…

Why I Want to Teach!

Why I Want to Teach! I want to teach because I believe I have a lot to contribute, in terms of sharing what I have learned, with others. I have worked in a wide variety of jobs from pumping gas to factories & warehouses. But…

Was Eisenhower A Conspiracy Nut?

Was Eisenhower A Conspiracy Nut? Isn’t it strange how our “leaders” become honest and concerned about the fate of America once they’ve left office? For those of you old enough to remember Eisenhower’s famous farewell address…

The Unholy Trinity of Religion, Politics, & Finance

The Unholy Trinity of Religion, Politics, & Finance In order to substantiate this passionate indictment of the three institutions I listed in the title of this essay, I will highlight the crimes of three prominent men. And they are Pat…

The Sound of Rain On My Roof

The Sound of Rain On My Roof Yes! Peace Beauty Truth Calm Reassurance Green Nature Friend Natural Love Health Yes!

The Sadness I Feel

The Sadness I Feel Music seems to strike my melancholy chord quicker than most other stimuli? Perhaps it’s the feeling that the masters put into their work that touches my soul? It doesn’t matter whether…

The Law & Order Facade

The Law & Order Façade The routine pronouncements by politicians and assorted other crooks that America is a land of law & order and we are a nation of democratic principles, and that the bedrock of our nation is our respect for the law,…

The Myth of the Free Market & Other Dangerous Delusions!

The Myth of The Free Market & Other Dangerous Delusions! I want to start off by stating that I am probably the least qualified person when it comes to writing about economics and I feel childlike to some extent in my economic naivete.…
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Knowledge is Power!

“Knowledge is Power!” Alternative media is obviously crucial for us to inform ourselves but the most important tool for empowering ourselves is a solid grounding in critical and analytical thinking skills. There are several factors…

Apathy!

APATHY! “The opposite of love is not hate, its indifference.” These are the words of Elie Wiesel, a Nobel Prize winner and a survivor of the Holocaust. Indifference is defined as lack of interest, concern, or sympathy. And apathy…

America, The Land of Law & Order?

America, The Land of Law & Order? “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.”…

Independence Day?

Independence Day? We recently celebrated the 4th of July or ‘Independence Day,’ and these thoughts came to me. Due to my recent divorce and failed trip to L.A. i.e. my transmission went out on me the third day I was there,…

Happy Birthday Old Friend

Happy Birthday old friend, And I don’t mean old in terms of your being an old man but rather in the sense that you are a treasured friend. I wish you had a computer so I could send you some of the pictures I’ve taken on this four…

Freedom?

March 3, 2007 9:34 PM Freedom? I was sitting in my van at a park recently and read the following sign which got me to thinking about the meaning of freedom. City of Bellflower Parks and Recreation Department phone…

Follow Your Bliss!

Follow Your Bliss! This is the advice that Joseph Campbell, who was perhaps the world’s foremost expert on mythology, gave after a lifetime of studying the world’s major religions & ancient tribal rituals & symbols. I first stumbled…

Five Pivotal Turning Points in My Life!

Five Pivotal Turning Points in My Life! 1) The death of my brother! He was 18 and I was 22. He had been shooting heroin for a couple of years & I tried telling our mother but she was so deep in denial, I could never make her believe…

The Christian Right is Wrong!

The Christian Right is Wrong! “Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called.” — John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) I heard recently that the Christian Right held a protest – I don’t know about what…

Black Thoughts?

Black Thoughts? If I had to choose a single, favorite author, it would have to be Hermann Hesse. And although I know that many would consider it somewhat juvenile because he was mostly popular with the young, college students of the “radical”…

Why I'm Obsessed with Politics

Why I’m Obsessed with Politics Last night I shared some more of the latest economic bullshit news with Jeri as she was working at the kitchen table & she asked me in an irritated tone, “Do you feel good when you learn this stuff?”…

Why I Wander?

Why I Wander…? I have been asked many times, why I love to travel so much, so I thought I’d attempt to answer this question not only for those who might actually want to know but also for myself. One of the first reasons is because…

A Perspective on Crime & Violence

A Perspective on Crime & Violence The impetus for this piece came to me as I was watching an action movie (Steven Seagal) when I awoke in the middle of the night due to insomnia. I thought, ‘what a hypocrite I am, I’m always criticizing…

Ignorance is Bliss for the 1% Who Rule America

Ignorance is Bliss for the 1% Who Rule America The war on our public educational system as evidenced by the right-wing extremists agenda of shutting-down public schools and replacing them with charter schools. And the most ludicrous claim…

Why We Can't Seem to Organize Against the Right-Wing Nuts

Why We Can’t Seem to Organize Against the Right-Wing Nuts Perhaps it’s our very nature as leftists, progressives, liberals, etc. that we are too divided amongst ourselves due to our fervent belief in independent thought? Maybe we’re…

The Mad Tea Party Misanthropes

The Mad Tea Party Misanthropes Without a doubt, humanity is under assault like it never has been before in human history. And here in America, three forces are driving us toward an economic depression that I fear will make the “Great…