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 →
Do we really need 234 military golf courses around the world, an $80 million military ski resort in the Bavarian Alps and a parade of unnecessary weapons, ships, and planes?It is increasingly obvious that our enormous untouchable “military” budget is not always being used for our national defense.Likewise, our massive health care budget, both public and private, is not making us any healthier. Much of the spending is squandered by inflated payments to a bloated medical establishment. Why does a simple colonoscopy cost Americans nearly $7,000 when the same procedure costs $700 in the rest of the advanced nations? Healthcare and military costs are the elephants in the American economy. All other spending is minor compared to spending on healthcare … Continue reading →
(Programming note: I’m going to keep the round-up, short and sweet. But, I will continue to post a video for the day and make my usual commentary on my own crazy blog.) News gotcha feelin’ bitter? Well, today’s Ten Post Round-Up ain’t gonna make ya feel any better: 1: Iraqi Government: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss?… Iraq: From One Dictator to Another?—AntiWar.com 2: American economy: Hope for the best, prepare for the worst… 12 Ways To Prepare For The Next Great Depression—Best Article Every Day 3: DNC is suing McCain for breaking campaign finance laws… No, it’s not “hamstringing” McCain, it’s about investigating an election law criminal—Brilliant at Breakfast 4: The world is definitely coming to … Continue reading →
There’s been a lot of news about the upcoming Olympics in China and the various protests and calls for boycotts. NPR reports today that “Kenyan political activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai turned down an invitation to participate in the Olympic torch relay in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania.” Listen Here as Maathai “explains her decision and shares insights about recent political developments in Kenya.” CNN has more news on Kenya here.
On Wednesday, the House overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling on China to “end its crackdown on Tibet and release Tibetans imprisoned for “nonviolent” demonstrations.” The resolution passed on a vote of 413-1, with “Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who recently dropped out of the presidential race, was the lone congressman voting against it.” The resolution passed just hours before runners were to carry the Olympic torch on a six-mile route around San Francisco Bay. San Francisco, California, which is in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s 8th District, is the only U.S. stop for the torch relay, which is wrapping up the first week of a 23-city international tour. Pelosi and other House members introduced the resolution, which urges China to end the crackdown in Tibet and “enter … Continue reading →
We got snow for Easter, in my neck of the woods. As the snow began to melt, today, I could see the first signs of Spring, sprouting up out of the brown ground; the first sprigs of green grass. I think we are going to need another decent snowstorm, to saturate the ground, to boost the colors of Spring; something I am looking forward to, along with the 60-plus degree temperatures. It’s Monday, so ya’ll know what that means: Uncle Jay Explains the News – March 24, 2008 Thank goodness, a snow day is always a good excuse to churn out a Ten Post Round-Up: 1: History in the making: Transgendered man prepares to give birth… Labor of Love—AlterNet 2: … Continue reading →
I’ve been watching the situation in Tibet unfold in recent days but have not found the time to write about. China has been censoringthe news coming out of Tibet on the protests there and have sent in the military to crackdown. FreeTibet.org has a wealth of photos, news links and videos that have made it through the Great Firewall. On Friday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, leading a delegation of members of Congress, met with the Dalai Lama in India to discuss the recent protests in Tibet and lend her support. The violent “crackdown on protesters in Tibet,” by the Chinese government “is having powerful political reverberations in Washington, where the White House is weighing how far to go in condemning the … Continue reading →