Category Archives: Current Events

MLK Day

When Malcom X returned from his pilgrimage to Mecca, he said basically, “You know what? I have met some new people, had some new experiences, and I have changed my mind.” That’s a very brave and rare thing for anyone, and unheard of for a public figure. Can you name another off the top of …

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Fascism 101

Manufacturing a crisis in order to invoke emergency powers is something we’ve seen before. It didn’t end well.

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In Defiance of All That Is Bad

“Even when we don’t ‘win,’ there is fun and fulfillment that we have been involved, with other good people, in something worthwhile. We need hope. An optimist isn’t necessarily a blithe, slightly sappy whistler in the dark of our time. To be hopeful in bad times is not being foolishly romantic. It is based on …

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The Outward Sign Of Inward Grace

In this excerpt from Americans: A Book of Lives, ©1946, Hermann Hagedorn describes the business environment of Theodore Roosevelt’s America: To these men the rapid development of the country seemed a definite good in itself and became, indeed, a kind of religion, not superseding so much as fulfilling the Christian principles on which most of …

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Disconnected

“We seem to have lost the sense that we can freely and happily extend ourselves for others. In modeling our social institutions on business principles, we have become very disconnected from our own noble heart.”  ~Ogyen Trinley Dorje (source)

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“Day of mourning”

CommonDreams.org documents George H. Bush’s legacy of violence, racism, and corruption, HERE. I don’t know why the media is intent on whitewashing his record.  He had a lot of blood on his hands.

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AidAccess.org

If you live in an area where abortion is not readily available, bookmark this link:  AidAccess.org

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Truth and Consequences

Here are a few facts about George H. Bush you won’t hear at his eulogy: He slashed funding for AIDS research and education, insisting AIDS was “the consequence of a lifestyle choice.”  In other words, if you die of AIDS it’s your own damn fault– and no less than what a pervert like you deserves.  …

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Something

“It should tell us something about her home country that a mother is willing to travel 2,000 miles with her 4-month-old son to come here. How we respond when she arrives tells us something about ours.” ~Beto O’Rourke

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Focus

“If you want to understand any problem in America, you need to focus on who profits from that problem, not who suffers from the problem.” ~Dr. Amos Wilson

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Drug of Choice

I don’t know what it’s like in other places, but here in East Texas the anti-abortion activists are quite a spectacle. They begin by creating a tiny fake cemetery alongside a busy road, with foot-tall wooden crosses painted white. Then they kneel down in the center of it and begin to wail, to cry, to …

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The Most Materialistic Age

In this excerpt from Winesburg, Ohio, published almost a century ago in 1919, Sherwood Anderson predicts the future with a depressing degree of accuracy: That is what Jesse hungered for and then also he hungered for something else. He had grown into maturity in America in the years after the Civil War and he, like …

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