What we see on broadcast TV

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I’m dating myself (no, not that kind of “dating”!), but I used to watch “Gunsmoke” on TV and at the beginning of every show I’d see Marshal Dillon facing down some unknown bad guy in the street. Marshal Dillon would draw and fire, but I never saw the ”bad guy” die. To this day, I don’t know if he was shooting at a bad guy, Miss Kitty, Chester or Doc.… [Read more]

Guns. What are they good for?

Guns. What are they good for?

In 1968, I was shaken to learn that a friend’s brother was murdered in front of his home, a couple of doors down the block from my home on Carroll Street in Brooklyn. He was the first person I ever knew to be killed by a gun. I joined the ranks of millions of Americans who have been touched by the violence of guns. … [Read more]

So, What Do We Say to Kids About Rape?

What do we tell our children about rape?

Think about it. Since Representative Todd Akin’s epic ‘intentional rape’ gaffe, his fate remains in the hands of Missouri’s constituents and, therefore, there is a chance that he may get elected, or at least keep his current job. That is not to say he isn’t up against a whole lot; who would have thought the Republican Party could dislike one of their own more than Mitt Romney?… [Read more]

Enough is Enough

Source: National Institute of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics

I am saddened by the massacre in Colorado, the anger has not surfaced yet, I am stunned, in mourning. I don’t think I know any of the victims but, for some reason, this senseless killing feels so personal; I feel like every person who was killed, shot at, wounded, scared shitless and terrorized was a friend, family member and loved one.… [Read more]

The Right Wing Crazies Are Howling

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For three and a half years there have been viable threats, of one form or another, to this President, beginning the night of his inauguration:  While we were crying and cheering and gathering joyfully in Grant Park, dark forces on the right – including Eric Cantor, Paul Ryan, Pete Sessions, Jim DeMint, Jon Kyl, Newt Gingrich and Frank Luntz – wrung their hands and gnashed their teeth and vowed to oppose every one of President Obama’s legislative proposals, and ultimately derail President Obama’s presidency.  … [Read more]

Mob Frenzy Destroys the Innocent

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What horrors mob mentality entails was witnessed once again yesterday, this time near Quetta, Balochistan—which currently remains among Pakistan’s most insecure territories. Media reports informed that a police station in Kachlak area was raided by a furious mob of locals who were demanding that the police hand over to them a man arrested for allegedly committing desecration of Islam’s holy book, the Koran.… [Read more]

Gun Control: Coming to a Reasonable Solution

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I need your help here for I am completely lost. There is one argument made by gun rights activists that I cannot counter. This particular argument has been troubling me for a long time. Today I decided to write about it after reading in the newspapers about another random death caused by a stray bullet in Seattle.… [Read more]

The Real War

War on Women

The last two episodes of “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” that I saw really got to me. Both started with rapes – one particularly violent and disturbing because it took place in a mental hospital.

Maybe I’ve lost my spine because, lately, I’m having trouble looking at such things — and that means I can’t tolerate a lot of television these days.… [Read more]