In the years following World War I and the "Black Tuesday" stock market crash in 1929, the United States was in a very bad way financially. The old enough to be retired and the sick and disabled were especially effected. In the early 1930's more than sixty perecent of elderly Americans did not have enough money to meet their most basic needs. In 1935 Congress passed the Social Security Act which protects very nearly every American worker when and if they become too old or disabled to work anymore. This was not the first time that the United States government got into the business of... Read More
Having the distinct dishonor of being the only industrialized nation in the world to have a homeless population wherein 40% now consists of families with children, the United States also ranks among the top when it comes to the amount of children left homeless, at last count 1.2 million of them.
While not quite as bad as our neighbor to the south, Mexico, where a full 3 million kids are either homeless or resort to begging and theft in order to maintain a home, we are quickly catching up to them as the extremists do a fast track on the decimation of programs designed to prevent this... Read More
In the modern theatre of international relations, it is often quite difficult to come to any understanding of how certain disagreements between nations have come to be. Often the cause is reduced to soap opera, using terms like "jealousy" or "hatred". Yet the truth is always more nuanced than mainstream media would have us believe.
Take our current face-off with Iran over nuclear power. The players involved – the US, Britain and Russia – have a shared history that is so complex, so entangled, as to be nearly unbelievable. Yet after reading Stephen Kinzer’s superbly detailed book... Read More
Dear President Obama,
Thank you so much for writing to me. Why hardly a day goes by that I don't receive an e-mail that shows you as the sender. There are also all those e-mails your political and governmental staffs send out with your name prominently in the subject line. So often my e-mail inbox just seems to be Obama all the time; indeed I don't think you've ever slowed the extraordinary volume of mail you direct at me since I first signed up on your campaign web site back in 2007. I was so proud that you seemed to folllow the lead of Howard Dean's game-changing campaign in 2003... Read More
The term “working class hero” placed on rogue Jet Blue flight attendant Steven Slater had, until recent times, been alien in the USA and more at home in a country such as the United Kingdom, where the class division between rich and poor has been a cause for much bitterness and even folklore through the ages.That may have been because we never really thought of ourselves as being born into or limited to one class. America had long been a nation, in theory at least, where any white man could go as far as his dreams could take him. Of course the reality proved quite different and more challenging... Read More
As promised, How Conservative are? Finding such an extensive list as the previous---How Liberal Are You?---wasn't as easy. If you recall from a previous piece I pointed out right-wingers tend to be more obsessive and driven about such things. Maybe that's why liberal talk radio fails.
However, thanks to the Student News Daily.Com and humorist writer Daniel Kurtzman, I have put together a 'Fair and Balanced' look at the right, and left.CONSERVATIVES - believe in personal responsibility, limited government, free markets, individual liberty, traditional American values and a strong... Read More
Africa has many cultures and therefore varied traditional songs and dances. Traditional African dance delivers far more than meets the casual on looker’s eyes. It represents the actual fundamentals and belief systems that the specific African culture stands for. So whilst an outsider may believe that the dancers are simply jumping around, in order to have a good time, this is not the case.
A good history lesson about any given culture will reveal that any African people’s traditional dance is deeply imbedded with meanings and symbols that reflect the cultural beliefs and their lifestyle.... Read More
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I believe that someday all military operations will be reduced and we will be able to make agreements using international negotiations. War never changes things to better, never!