Just WHAT is going on? WTLF = What the living f**k? In this section we present those subjects that make us scratch our heads and say "Huh?". There are many serious newsworthy subjects to discuss -- but we believe that some subjects are just too ridiculous to NOT bring to light.

The First Lady’s Fashion: What Does It Mean at Home and Abroad?

In America and other countries like it, we may not think much about what prominent figures are wearing. With no real restrictions on clothing, it doesn’t make much sense to. However, when the first lady of America goes to an extremely conservative country like Saudi Arabia, what she wears can make a statement. Does she conform to their ideas of women and what they should wear?… [Read more]

Judicial Terror: Pakistani Court Sentences Man 13 Years of Prison for Facebook Posting

Thirteen years of prison and a fine of ($2,300) – only for an offensive Facebook posting of a Shia sect member in Chiniot, Punjab, in Pakistan. The case hasn’t evoked a media furor but is another alarming example of the judicial vandalism that is rampant in Pakistan under the current government.

ABS-CBN is one of the few media outlets that published the AFP story of the case.… [Read more]

Polio: How Pakistani Media Can ‘Capitalize’ on Ignorance

Polio – one of the most politicized and commercialized diseases that has been cashed on both local and global scales. Of the many stories of misinformation and twisted facts about polio, a recent one in a popular Pakistani paper made me wonder whether it’s a matter of ignorance or simply a dramatic exhibition of naïve journalism that ignored basic facts.… [Read more]

Distribution of wealth in the USA

The United States has a significantly unequal distribution of weallth when held in comparison with other developed countries across the globe. So much so that recent figures state reveal that in the US 75.4% of all wealth is owned by the richest 10% of the population. This means that the US has the most extreme wealth concentration of any of the top 20 developed nations in the world.[Read more]

Is This Disneyland, Or Am I In Prison?

No country has more faith in the power of an adorable mascot than Japan. Their talisman-like powers have been employed in almost every walk of life: museums, theme parks, tourist attractions, festivals, and even whole cities. What is it about these mascots that make it appropriate for them to be as superfluous in a society as dedicated to serious work as Japan?… [Read more]

Banning books is crude, pointless, and alive and well

I read The Bluest Eye many years ago. It was a painful, uncomfortable read. The story of 11-year-old Pecola Breedlove is haunting and raw. A little black girl living in Ohio in 1941, Pecola is a victim of rape and incest, and her life is corroded by low self-esteem and racial self-loathing. This child prays for her eyes to turn blue so that people will look at her as truly beautiful – by mirroring the dominant image of acceptable beauty.… [Read more]

There She Is…Miss (Indian) America…

Oh, how the pageant world has changed. Pageants now span all ages, education and socio-economic levels, with everything from Toddlers & Tiaras to our country’s most renowned pageant, Miss America, representing the genre. Yet the one barrier we have consistent trouble overcoming in this arena is the race boundary. Isn’t it amazing that we as a nation can welcome into our homes a beauty queen as unrepentantly ridiculous as Honey Boo-Boo, but a great number of us shudder at the thought of one Nina Davuluri being crowned Miss America.… [Read more]

In Books: “Lost in Bachmannistan”

E-Book Review: Bachmannistan: Behind the Lines by Peter Waldron and John Gilmore, Amazon, 2013.

If Star Wars director George Lucas made this part of the Jedi vs Empire serial, it might be called Star Wars VIII: The Teavangelicals Strike Back. Finally, an out of this world comedy without Mel Brooks.… [Read more]

Note to John Boehner: Remember Pearl Harbor

I’ll call you John, because even though you are the Speaker of the House I won’t give you the respect your position should accord. You are a leader in name only.

You and your party have declared war on the jobless, women, children, the aged, immigrants, the sick, the tired, the poor, and the hungry at the national and state levels.… [Read more]

GZ…My Turn

The George Zimmerman (GZ) trial is over and the verdict is a travesty…anyone with the ability to reason should understand that. That being the case, I wasn’t going to add to everything already published…that is, until my wife pointed out something on the opinion page of the High Point Enterprise. This was a compilation of six posts submitted in the “Opinion/Your View Poll” about the GZ verdict.… [Read more]