Blowing the whistle

The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, the expense damnable.’

‘Maybe just whistle…you know how to whistle, don’t you Mr. Snowden?’‘The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, the expense damnable.’

Lord Chesterfield’s description of sex translates with sublime ease to summarize the perfect civil liberties storm unleashed through the Edward Snowden NSA revelations – a fine, fine mess…American style.… [Read more]

Terror in Tiny Town

The human rights maestro

You can always count on Canada to provide black comedic relief when it comes to how terrorist threats ought to be blunted. We – unerringly – take an American legislative excess and give that delightful, north of the 49th insouciance to make it our own. Remember ‘extraordinary rendition’ in the wake of 9/11, a dark Rumsfledian Star Chamber vision administered by charming Syrian prison officials?… [Read more]

Thoughtcrime – Future Pandemic?

Some have seen Minority Report, the film based on a Philip K. Dick science fiction short story centered around a protagonist of the future crime division in charge of apprehending criminals. The twist is that said criminals have yet to commit the crimes. Some have no clue of what they are about to do yet, under the authority in the future setting of this story, it is entirely legal to be arrested prior to committing a crime.… [Read more]

Asking the Hard Questions About 9/11

New 9/11 truth documentary among ‘most watched’ on PBS this week Victoria

By Victoria N. Alexander

Sep 3, 2012 in Politics “9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out” is getting public attention and casting doubt on the scientific validity of the U.S. government’s investigation into the WTC tragedy. PBS is the first major network to air the program.… [Read more]

Last Flight – 9/11…

Just listen to the lyrics.

We will never forget.… [Read more]

It’s a Grand Ole Flag

Unity, the proverbial bone of contention, and the reason I carried a jar with me on my impromptu visit to Saint Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan yesterday (to catch the inevitable rush of drops from my eyeballs).  Some women who have better bodies than most of us, and a whole lot less shame, wrap themselves in it (no, not when they die, silly).… [Read more]

Why Do They Hate Us?

Last week I took my three children to Ground Zero. It was the first time any of us had visited the Memorial and the first real exposure my two 6 year olds have had to September 11th.

We began the tour by visiting a large photographic timeline of how things unfolded that dreadful day. I was not prepared for the overwhelming sadness I felt as I stood there, a six year old hand in each of mine, my sensitive 9 year old undoubtedly wishing I had a third to offer her.… [Read more]

The Safe Box

In America and many other parts of the world, for every race there is a box.  In most cases you either fit in a box or you are an ‘other‘. People feel a certain level of comfort when they can’t figure out which box you should be placed into.  One would think it would make them uncomfortable, but they often assume that if you don’t have a marked box, how can you be offended by being incorrectly categorized?… [Read more]

9/11 Ten Years Later…Now What?

Anniversaries are a time of remembrance; for many in this country, the emotional wounds of 9/11 are still too raw for this date to have faded into memory and become yet another date on the calendar that people promise to never forget.For the families and friends of people who lost their lives on that day I wish them peace.  … [Read more]

All Of These Distractions…

We live in an age of short attention spans.  That has amounted to good news for people like Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York, whose brash rudeness and displays of contempt were forgotten once the events of 9/11 took place.  Short memories and limited recall have worked wonders for elected officials such as David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, Elliot Spitzer and others who have managed to carve out very lucrative careers after finding their names in the news next to the word ‘scandal’.… [Read more]