Archives for February 2012

I Didn’t Go To Woodstock

I didn’t. I should have and I could have but I didn’t. Here is the sad tale.

I had been living in Chicago for a year and I had made some new friends. We had been running around having fun all that time and hadn’t thought things were going to change but they did. The reason I was in Chicago in the first place is because I was supposed to be going to college.… [Read more]

An Open Letter To The Black Church

*Editor’s Note: We believe that this article, written by Ryan C. Mack* is fitting in honour of Black History Month. Effective education and economic empowerment have been described by some as the last Civil Rights frontiers.

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We need you to step up!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Expenditure Survey in the year of 2008 calculated the average annual contribution of Black households to religious organizations was $683. … [Read more]

I Fear The Sweater Vest In My Closet

I’m not one who finds it especially comforting to look on the bright side. A native New Yorker, I’m much more of a glass half empty type of girl, especially when it comes to the slow economic recovery. But if there is one tiny benefit to reduced employment, it’s the time it gives you to clean.… [Read more]

Ron Paul – A Biopsy, Part II

I had some offline discussions as soon as my last article about Ron Paul went online. It became obvious after exchanging a few emails that what is missing is a reference to context. The difference in our interpretation is due to a great analytical book that I had read recently.

Here is a short review of the book that should give you a reference to context; I would certainly recommend that you invest time in reading the complete book.… [Read more]

(anti-)Social Media Blitz

I was just lying in bed (or rather, the tiny mattress on the floor that serves as my bed) in a daze, wondering how the hell I’m supposed to cough up a page about the topic I chose for this week: Is social media making us less social? It’s not that I don’t know what to say about this, it’s just me being neurotic.… [Read more]

Beats Me

Call me crazy.  Call me sleep deprived.  Call me whatever you want.  Words don’t matter, right?

Fact:  Every 2 minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the United States.

As the idolized previous victim of domestic violence, S&M crazed Rihanna, said, “Sticks and stones may break my bones.”  She prefers whips and chains.  They excite her.  She also, apparently, has chosen to utilize the abusive relationship she has to continue to sell records.  … [Read more]

My Invitation to Rick Santorum

Dear Senator Santorum,

I have been doing my best to just ignore the Republican primaries.  I have.  Because really, listening to you all gab on and on makes my head want to explode.

But you were in my state..actually my TOWN…this week trying to bamboozle persuade all the die-hard conservatives around here to cast their vote in the primary next week for you.… [Read more]

Politically Indirect

 “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Current TV is vying for their own place in the cable news universe.  They have come up with a unique tag line, which I  believe they think will help them stand out from other “Progressive” networks. … [Read more]

Hot for Teacher

Would you like to have free elective cosmetic surgery at the taxpayer’s expense? If you do, get a job with the Buffalo Public School system.

Yep, as thousands of teachers across the country find their jobs in jeopardy, Buffalo teachers get free plastic surgery.

How is this possible?

New York State’s broken collective bargaining system, that’s how.… [Read more]

Black History Month

After I came across this pathetic Brigham Young University (BYU) video, I felt compelled to offer, as a Black History Month gift to y’all, a little perspective.

Black history month? Why? What for? There’s no white history month?

I trust that you’re not the one saying this right now. But if this happens to be your first line of reasoning with regard to Black history, then the answer to “why” is “because of people like you.”… [Read more]