Politicians, Cops and the Black Commuity

A year ago I wrote an article Where is the Justice for the Black Boy in America. In the article I wrote “America has a fear of the black boy, an individual who they have no relationship with and no desire to understand.” The fact they have no desire to understand or embrace the black male as a full fledge American citizen is at its core the very reason why Black America feels left out in the cold in American Society. America has created a systematic structure where politicians and law enforcement have worked together to control, humiliate, intimidate, and if all else fails incarcerate young black people. I don’t agree with the strong-arm tactics of police officers towards African-Americans, however … Continue reading

Africa for Africans Capitalism Defeating Communism

President Obama just concluded a conference of African Heads of State. The conference was the first in our Nation’s history, which is a sad commentary in America’s relationship with Africa. I believe the conference needed to happen, even if only for historical purposes. The President of the United States, an African-American, in the rose garden taking photos with African leaders; the symbolism of this historic conference can’t be ignored. The concern I had for this conference is we have been “talking” about the issues of Africa for the past twenty-five years, since colonial rule left Africa to fend for itself. Millions of dollars, both public and private funds have been thrown at Aid to African economic and social issues. Missionaries from … Continue reading

Market Basket’s Only Solution

In an editorial in the Boston Globe today, the Globe’s editorial board says that the only solution for Market Basket is “bringing back deposed CEO Arthur T. Demoulas to lead the employees in rebuilding the firm.” The Globe is right on this. Market Basket is vital to our communities that they serve and the stubborn actions of Arthur S. Demoulas and his co-CEO’s have created a crisis for workers and consumers. As the days tick by and the board reaches no decision on Arthur T. Demoulas’ offer to buy out the company, the value of the company decreases and the community struggles in effort to find reasonably priced groceries to feed their families. As the Boston Globe’s editorial notes some intervention … Continue reading

NY Times Editorial: Federal Government Should Repeal Ban on Pot

In an editorial in today’s NY Times, the editorial board called on the federal government to repeal the ban on pot, citing that in the “more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana,” the ban has inflicted “great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.” The NY Times editorial board noted that they reached the conclusion that the federal government should repeal the ban, “after a great deal of discussion among the members of The Times’s Editorial Board, inspired by a rapidly growing movement among the states to reform marijuana laws.” The editorial states, “There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use.” But neither are there such answers about … Continue reading

Gun Culture is Out of Control in America

 As I sit on the futon trying to concentrate on reading Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilyich for my Existential Philosophy class I find myself unable to stay focused today. There has been another shooting at a school today, and my heart is aching for the loss of more lives due to gun violence. The question “when does it end?” does not even begin to address the issues at hand. Today’s school shooting in Troutdale, OR makes this “74 school shootings since the Newtown massacre less than two years ago.” 74 school shootings. Michael Luciano echoes some of my sentiments in the Daily Banter today, saying: In this country we always talk about how we can better educate The Children to prepare … Continue reading

The Appalling Demonization of Bowe Bergdahl

I have been appalled by the demonization of Bowe Bergdahl, which began hours after his release culminated by the “exchange of five hard-core Taliban leaders,” earlier this week. Most notable in the right wing uproar over the prisoner of war exchange is the flip flop of Senator John McCain who told CNN four months ago, “I would support… Obviously I’d have to know the details, but I would support ways of bringing him home and if exchange was one of them I think that would be something I think we should seriously consider.” No sooner had the exchange been made when Senator McCain, “as he has so often in the past, switched positions for maximum political advantage. “I would not have made this deal,” … Continue reading

The New Yorker Hits Christie with Hard Cover

Governor Christie is getting hit on all sides, including Barry Blitt’s hard hitting political cartoon on the cover of the new issue of the New Yorker: “I’m hoping this cartoon diverts a lot of traffic to my Web site,” Barry Blitt says about “Playing in Traffic,” the image of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that he penned for next week’s cover. Read the latest from the NY Times on the Christie scandal: Bridge Scandal Documents Indicate Effort to Hide Political Motive: Officials loyal to Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey went to elaborate means to make it appear that the September closing of lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, N.J., was part of a traffic study, even though … Continue reading

The Texas Wacko in the Senate

All ego… no hat… The Republican Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz is making quite a name for himself and everyone, including members of his own party want him to simply STFU and go away. Pompous, quirky and currently hell bent on taking down Obamacare, Ted Cruz is a one man Senate wrecking ball, plowing his way through whatever he champions knocking over anything and anyone that gets in his way. Be careful, because if you get in his way, he might just stomp you with his infamous cowboy boots. Little more than a month after Cruz was sworn in, Senator Barbara Boxer, a Democrat from California, likened him to Joe McCarthy for his conduct during Chuck Hagel’s confirmation for secretary … Continue reading