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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An Open Letter to my Facebook friends

Well once again I see that I’m “Old School” because I have the perhaps quaint, old fashioned view of friendship. In my view, friendship is based on several things but one of the key requirements for friendship in my book is Respect between…
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White Collar Criminals vs. Blue Collar Criminals

  The white-collar criminals own the media and it’s in their interest to scare & distract the public from their crimes by harping on the blue-collar criminals (drug dealers mostly) crimes. But the white-collar criminals (corporate…
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What's Wrong with America!

"In order for evil to flourish, all that is required is for good men to do nothing." (Edward Burke)   In a nutshell, what’s wrong with America is apathy and armchair activists. I am referring to those who like to think they’re…
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Death is Nothing at All

“DEATH is nothing at all.       I have only slipped away into the next room. I am I, and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, that we still are. Call me by my old familiar name, speak to me in the easy way which you always used.…
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Don't Tell Me about America's Respect for Law & Order!

Don’t Tell Me about America’s Respect for Law & Order!    I have been paying attention to what’s going on in politics since Ronnie Reagan took office and have seen far too much of the web of lies we call “Law & Order,”…

The Artificial World of Facebook

I am seriously considering shutting down my Facebook account because to be quite frank, I am so sick & tired of the artificiality of the whole thing. I am trying to not be rash but at present the only thing that is holding me back from deleting…
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What is A True Education?

What is A True Education?     I’m available to provide academic assistance in the following areas: reading comprehension, literature, history, social studies, critical & analytical thinking, political science, philosophy, study skills,…

A Writer Without Readers is like ....

A writer without readers is like an actor without an audience & I’m asking that you bookmark my blog page and whenever you happen to feel like it, you read one of my essays & leave a response, comment, constructive criticism or whatever.…

A Dark Night

A Dark Night              Rats in a maze Hamsters in a cage. Spinning our wheels All reveals How unreal This world feels What does it matter All this chatter? People are dying And no one is crying. Everyone’s…
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From Bone-head English to Noam Chomsky

From Bone-head English to Noam Chomsky      I was listening to music last night and drinking a beer when an ironic thought occurred to me. Back when I was 19 years old & first took the English placement test at a community college…

What is A Friend?

What is A Friend? I used to think I knew. Ever since my twenties, I’d declare that a person was lucky if they could count their ‘true friends,’ on one hand. And my definition of a ‘true friend,’ boiled down to…