America’s Untouchables

While visiting Atlanta over the past couple of days I talked with an immigrant cabbie from Nigeria. During our conversation we talked about the number of homeless people sleeping on the street around the Georgia Capitol. He told me he immigrated to America from his home so he could enjoy the fruits of America. I asked him if the money being made from oil has trickled down to the Nigerian people, and he told me that poverty and political corruption continued to rule his home.… [Read more]

Nebraska Republican Senate Candidate Deb Fischer’s Unscrupulous Land Grab

No good deed goes unpunished, particularly a good deed offered to someone who views life through the lens of naked greed and ambition. Enter Nebraska Republican Senate candidate Deb Fischer, a woman without scruples, neighborly values, or a moral center. We can talk more – all day, in fact – about the reasons honest, honorable Bob Kerrey should be elected, but this story is about his opponent, Deb Fischer, and a land grab that violates pretty much every rule we’ve ever been taught about human values, honesty and compassion.… [Read more]

Qīn’ài de Běijīng–Message From an Angry Global Citizen

Dear Beijing,

I couldn’t help but notice there was another natural disaster. Another one with a pretty bad death toll attached. But these things don’t happen but once every couple hundred years or so, right? Doesn’t it seem like it’s just another day’s worth of incoming reports on supposedly historic disaster-events?

Another major flood rocked China’s capital the last week of July, taking with it 37 Beijingers—up to two dozen confirmed dead by floods in a month.… [Read more]

The Blind Leading the Blind?

Perhaps I came off as a tad snarky last week when I declared that the pending presidential election is meaningless and I’d rather watch President Obama and Mitt Romney duke it out in a bare-knuckle boxing match than show up to the voting booth. Perhaps people like me with their rotten attitudes who take their citizenship in a democracy for granted are as much a part of the problem as the corrupted state of our democracy.… [Read more]

A Hungry Mob Is An Angry Mob*

Them belly full but we hungry… A hungry mob is an angry mob

          ~  *Bob Marley, ‘Them Belly Full’

Powerful words – and they’re something that those at the top of the socio-political pyramid should think about.  Personally, I am waiting for the day when those who don’t have ‘a full belly’, i.e., the poor and ever-declining middle-class, finally become truly angry.  … [Read more]