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 American Injustice System

The American Injustice System AT&T is a good example of what’s wrong with America and our system of injustice. My mother worked for AT&T for 36 years and when she passed away, AT&T denied she had a pension. My aunt & I were…

An Open Letter to Thom Hartmann

An Open Letter to Thom Hartmann “Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned lightning,…

Accountability?

Accountability? I hear that “concerned citizens,” want public schools to be more accountable. I also understand that the governor of Wisconsin believes that by getting rid of public employees’ right to collective bargaining, they too…

The Key to Corporate Control: Divide and Conquer

The Key to Corporate Control: Divide and Conquer The central tactic or strategy by which the corporate behemoths now ruling the world maintain their power is the age-old, divide and conquer or divide and rule strategy. This tactic has been…

A Dream Deferred

A Dream Deferred In Dubya’s (George W.”Dubya” Bush) Reign of Terror, those who fought against the British imperialists, would today be branded “terrorists” and would be “disappeared,” tortured, & most likely killed. To dare…

America's Version of the Taliban

America’s Version of the Taliban It’s tragically ironic that we, the U.S., have invaded Afghanistan, a country that has been successfully fighting off invaders for over 2,000 years, under the pretense that we’re bringing freedom to…

An Epiphany?

An Epiphany? I recently looked up Erick Erickson in an old psychology textbook of mine from college & these thoughts came to me. I looked up Erickson because a young guy whom I work with is a therapist in neural linguistics & I thought…

An Open Letter to Liberals & Progressives

An Open Letter to Liberals & Progressives United we stand, divided we fall. Simplistic? Perhaps? Obvious? I’m not so sure? A few months ago, I went to a talk given by Chris Hedges on his book tour, promoting his latest book, American…

What My Son Means to Me

What My Son Means to Me Where do I begin? Well, I suppose with the simple truth that the birth of my son was just slightly behind my meeting & falling in love with his mother? My son is quite simply, the bedrock of my life. I was &…

Bukowski's Advice to Would-Be Writers

Bukowski’s Advice to Would-Be Writers If you’re going to try, go all the way Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives, Maybe your own mind? It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could…

Credit Scores

Credit scores are like our being branded like cattle e.g. Grade A, Grade B, etc. We are graded as to our susceptibility for slaughter. In other words, our degree of domestication like the other barnyard animals. Have you noticed how our “credit”…

Letter of Support from Daily Kos contributor

Hi, I think Nader truly grasps what is wrong with the country and could easily formulate ways to return the country to normalcy, including reeling in corporate power. I wrote a few comments about this on Kos and never bothered to check responses…

Eulogy for Mom

Eulogy for Mom, March 10th 1997 Thank you for giving me life. I wish your life had been easier. You worked hard to provide for us and tried to raise us as best as you could. No one can fault you for not trying to do your best. In fact, you…

Financially Stable

Financially Stable I was recently researching a political topic on the Internet and a dating service popped up that was supposedly connected to being politically involved. It piqued my interest since politics is such a large part of my life…

Hitch-hiking is....

Hitch-hiking is Hitch-hiking is an open road Hitch-hiking is a window without glass Hitch-hiking is loneliness Hitch-hiking is drifting through time and space Hitch-hiking is finding a corner to call your own Hitch-hiking is not unlike…

My Book in A Nutshell

My Book in A Nutshell Christian fundamentalists have become a powerful force in U.S. politics & have been manipulated by cynical & greedy politicians who do the bidding of their corporate masters. Their policies & agenda undermine…

Thoughts on Bukowski

Thoughts on Bukowski In both movies, ‘Barfly’ & ‘Factotum,’ female characters commented that he (main character portraying Bukowski) strutted around like he was royalty or something. I believe even though this at first seems so…

Truth, Justice, & Contracts

Truth, Justice, & Contracts The hubris of the high lords of finance is truly staggering. I was listening to Democracy Now yesterday, March 16, 2009, and in the headlines was this gem that almost caused me to choke on my breakfast: The…

Tribute to Sy Genislow

Tribute to Sy Genislow Where do I begin in terms of sharing my impressions of this man who raised three children, one of whom, was my wife? I suppose with the first words that come to mind, musician & a man who was always the life of…

Is Anybody Out There?

"Is Anybody Out There?" You may not want to continue reading this essay because I am addressing this “scolding” to all my Facebook “friends,” especially those who “Like” my pictures but rarely can manage to write a word in response…