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“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness. This is the judgment. Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“On this generation of Americans falls the full burden of proving to the world that we really mean it when we say all men are created free and equal before the law.” Robert F. Kennedy [Speech, May 6, 1961].
In an insightful article in the New Pittsburgh Courier, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, discusses Demographic shifts and Black political... (more)
When the Republican Party won victories in the 2010 mid-term elections, it took control in the House of Representatives and various state capitals. Among the first things the Republican majority in the U. S. House insisted on was reading the Constitution aloud. This supposedly demonstrated the devotion of these politicians to this hallowed document. On April 1, 2011, the superficial nature of the Republican commitment to the Constitution was starkly revealed.
A bit of context is necessary to make it clear how arrogant the ignorance displayed by this ludicrous action truly is. On February... (more)
Some Give All
Whether in air on land or sea
None but the brave defend the free.
Let us thank whatever gods may be
For their valiant service to you and me
From jungle dense to arid plain
Despite the distance, they’re the same.
When called to service, on they came
Thus, they earned a hero’s name.
In the face of furious strife
They loved honor more than life.
In the path of raging might
They stood firm to do what’s right.
Perhaps they paused to wonder why
Yet they chose to do or die.
With names... (more)
On bumper stickers and t-shirts, the slogan “Proud to be an American” appears. This is a sentiment shared by many and voiced by some in diverse venues.
When people display, say or write “Proud to be an American”, one may ask why? Even if one asks this only of oneself.
Does pride arise from the payment of huge bonuses to Wall Street executives after they drove their firms into the ground and our economy over a cliff? Perhaps, it arises from the impunity with which oil companies demand the right to resume offshore drilling and sternly warn that moratoriums are job killers. Another... (more)
In the nation’s capital, Republicans in Congress hold the federal government hostage to their demands for draconian budget cuts and their refusal to find ways to increase revenue. In Congress, Republicans and some conservative Democrats have attacked the Clean Air Act and EPA’s efforts to regulate greenhouse gases. In doing so, they fly in the face of abundant scientific evidence and imperil the entire planet. Instead of obstructing, reactionaries in Congress should stop pandering to the deep pockets of the fossil fuel industry and allow the EPA to protect the public’s health from global warming,... (more)
On March 19, 2011, Askcherlock wrote on BrooWaha these perceptive and thought provoking words - "The guilt belongs to you and me, the society of people lavished with riches. And what was built can be torn asunder by our own silence. It’s comin’ to our door, Baby. I know that. ‘Cause we only cared about our own appetites and fed ourselves plenty. Now the world has gone mad and I just need you to sing to me, Baby, while I try to pray for lost souls and scattered angels." The insights are hers, but the emphasis is mine. Roughly, two weeks previously, she had cited Professor Andrew J. Bacevich... (more)
I believe you know I have long regarded the Winter Festival as a time for rest, recreation, reading and reflection. In the past few years, I have not honored this belief as well as I recall having previously done and as I resolve to do in the future. I believe, however, this is the first year of return to Winter Festival celebrations as they might and ought to be.
One of the readings I completed this season, is Promises to Keep by Joe Biden, To my delight, it proved to be a treasure trove of insights I could relate to and from which I could learn. One of these is Joe's... (more)
In 2010, David Koch, spent $250,000 on attack ads in a single week, to defeat him. Mr. Koch, incidentally, inherited his $17 billion fortune from his father. This fortune was made by helping to industrialize and arm the Soviet Union when it was America’s mortal enemy. Along with his brother, Koch is the owner of the second largest private company in the United States. This company, Koch Industries, is one of the top 10 air polluters in the United States and they have caused more than 300 oil spills and paid more than $35 million in pollution fines. Furthermore, Koch Industries received more... (more)
“Once the religious, the hunted and weary Chasing the promise of freedom and hope Came to this country to build a new vision Far from the reaches of Kingdom and pope Like good Christians some would burn the witches Later some got slaves to gather riches”
In its origins, America began as a quest by some for freedom from the dominant powers of European civilization. This was not an all-embracing freedom, but a more limited self-regarding freedom. The Puritans wanted the freedom to impose their brand of Christianity on anyone they could bring within their sphere.... (more)
A deficit in financial terms is - the amount by which a government, company, or individual’s spending exceeds its income over a particular period. Deficits equal the excesses of spending over revenue. From another vantage point, deficits are shortfalls of revenues compared to expenditures. A deficit in any fiscal scheme is the difference between income and outgo. Its amount is determined by the mathematical operation of subtraction.
People who sincerely believed, deficits represent “a fire bell in night”, would make a serious and thoughtful effort to respond to the alarm. If they honestly... (more)