Archives for April 2012

Rethinking the Four Year Degree

Education is going to be a hot button issue during this election cycle. The GOP will call President Obama an elitist for insisting the youth of America learn stuff. Liberals will yell that the real elitists are rich white kids who get into Harvard and Dartmouth on legacy merit alone while the poor and middle class try to compete.… [Read more]

False Security

Living in Utah, I never really paid much mind to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). After all, even if DOMA is repealed, my state defines marriage as “one man and one woman,” which is irony at its best since the very folks who demanded that amendment to our state’s constitution head into Mormon temples every day to perform spiritual polygamist marriages.… [Read more]

James’ War

The Confession:

I sometimes ask myself, “What the hell am I doing writing a ‘news’ column?” I’m just some guy, right? Just another opinion, just one more voice out of millions pushing and shoving through a fatally overcrowded mob scene, one more vulture scavenging for a bone to pick dry.

Just reading the news is an excruciating process for me.… [Read more]

Rumor Has It

“Questions have been raised…”

This is the phrase uttered by Megyn Kelly today on Fox News. “Questions have been raised ” about White House staffers in connection to the Colombian prostitution scandal. “Now Senators are asking more questions about the White House advance team’s possible involvement.”

Yes. Questions have been raised. By Fox News. Just pull up the website.… [Read more]

History Should Never Repeat

Last week, our 12 year-old son brought home a form for us to sign. His sixth grade social studies class was getting ready to study the Holocaust and the teacher wanted to make certain we knew what El Kiddo was in for.

As his father and I looked over the form, El Kiddo’s grandmother and I tried to engage him in conversation regarding what he knew about World War II.… [Read more]

Free Speech?

We’ve all heard, and probably said more than a time or two, “Talk is cheap!” or “Actions speak louder than words!”  Goodness knows on any given day in America you can hear someone crying “Free speech!” in defense of something better left unsaid, as they vigorously exercise their First Amendment right.

Yet despite the many channels we have through which our voices can be heard, speech is not literally free.  … [Read more]

Haatzmaut Bli Shalom….Independence Without Peace

After months of arguments in favor and opposing, pleas and petitions, November 29, 1947 the United  Nations voted to approve Resolution 181, the partition of a Jewish state and Arab state.  The vote was 33 in favor, 13 opposed and 10 abstentions.  Quite naturally the Resolution was rejected by the Arab nations, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Iran and others.… [Read more]

Talkin’ ’bout My Generation: Stop Bankrupting Our Future

On Wednesday, April 25th, the youth and students of America are taking action and sending a message to big banks and Wall Street: they need to stop destroying our climate and bankrupting our future. It is a nationwide day of action against both crippling student loan debt and Bank of America, the number one financier of the coal industry AND the number one fore closer on American homes.… [Read more]

Confessions of an Environmentalist: Why I Hate Earth Day

In a lot of ways, I feel the same way about Earth Day that I feel about Black History Month and Women’s History Month. These holidays are important for raising awareness about specific issues and creating a space to talk about them, until they become entrenched traditions and periods of time in which corporate PR takes over and we do little but pay lip service to an idea. … [Read more]

The Ass and His Purchaser

A Fable by Aesop

A man wished to purchase an ass, and agreed with its owner that he should try him before he bought him.  He took the ass home, and put him in the straw-yard with his other asses, upon which he left all the others, and joined himself at once to the most idle and the greatest eater of them all. [Read more]