Ask Mrs. Vera: Are we still fighting The Civil War?

Dear Mrs. Vera,

Are we still fighting The Civil War?

Fond Regards, Charles Rangel (D-NY)

Mrs. Vera Newman,San Francisco, California.Photo: Vinc LeVinc, 2004.

Dear Charo’s Tangles,

So lovely to hear from you again after all this time. My readers may not know this, but before entering politics and getting himself elected into office in New York, Mr.… [Read more]

While ‘Lincoln’ May Be a Wonderfully Crafted Film It Still Fails At Honestly Reflecting History

It comes as no surprise that Steven Spielberg’s latest work, Lincoln, is garnering rave reviews. It is, after all, about one of America’s favorite historical icons, Abraham Lincoln, the president who is most notable for and credited with freeing the slaves and saving the Union. Just a glance at some of the reviews of Spielberg’s Lincoln:

In Steven Spielberg’s brilliant, brawling epic about the last four months in the life of our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln takes a few hits up there on his marble pedestal.… [Read more]

Traffic Jam – Sex Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery

There are many unresolved issues to which we give our attention but, of all those issues, how many of us stop to think about the trafficking of humans for either sexual purposes or free labour? While we would like to think this heinous business ended a long time ago, unfortunately, that is simply not true — not around the world, and not even within the United States.… [Read more]

In Defense of Reason Part 5: American Virtuo$ity

On June 7, 2012 Lebron James, the starting small forward for the Miami Heat, provided basketball fans around the world with a performance that can only be described as historic. James’ 45 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals makes him the only basketball player since Wilt “the Stilt” Chamberlain in 1968 to accomplish a comparable feat in a play-off game.… [Read more]