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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…

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…

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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In Defense of Immigrants

  I originally intended to write an essay about the greatest job of my life but then thought I could tie it in nicely with the latest bit of bad news from corporate cabal in the White House. I know that I’m probably not telling most of…
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Why I Write

When I woke-up this morning, I just laid in bed as I usually do, reflecting on yesterday, today, & things on my mind generally and the idea for this essay came to me. My dear, departed wife, Jeri, had urged me several times over the last…
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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…

A Totally Unconventional Resume!

  I thought it’d be interesting & fun for once to compose a honest, personal, & break all the rules kind of Resume and see if there are any employers out there who also dare to think outside the box???   I’ve…

The Free Marketplace of Ideas & Democracy

      [T] hough all the winds of doctrine were let loose to play on the earth, so Truth be in the field, we do injuriously, by licensing and prohibiting, to misdoubt her strength. Let her and Falsehood grapple; who…

Talking About Politics

    I have long wondered about the social taboo of talking about politics in American bars, taverns, & pubs, and I’d really like to know where or how this taboo started? A part of me can’t help but wonder if this…

Why Knowledge is Power!

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Forgotten Lessons?

Forgotten Lessons?               I just turned 55 a couple of weeks ago and I was in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. After basic training, I was sent down to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. I was permanent party…

The Chickens Coming Home to Roost

The Chickens Coming Home to Roost           The events of September 11th shocked me more than any event ever in my life. I felt sort of numb and at a loss for words for the first hour or two. It reminded me of how I felt when I…