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ISSUES FOR YOUR TOP-OF-MIND AWARENESS…

February 14th, 2016

End Racism in America… Stop Global Warming… Free Raif Badawi…

TAMIR GRAND JURY RULING HARD TO SWALLOW

December 29th, 2015

It’s difficult to determine if County Prosecutor Tim McGinty’s handling of the Tamir Rice grand jury was a fix, or just badly botched. But the smell isn’t pleasant in this holiday-conveniently released decision. The prosecution was marked by paid but seemingly biased “reports” to McGinty’s unprecedented allowance of the police officers to read statements to […]

SEVENTY-FOUR YEARS LATER, FEWER REMEMBER…

December 7th, 2015

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet […]

WHAT TO BELIEVE—YOUR EYES OR POLICE WORDS?

December 2nd, 2015

Are we expected to believe that the Cleveland police—responding to the call that someone with a gun was near the children’s swings—were looking for a gunman to still be there when they arrived? Responding to the call and driving to the site, Officer Frank Garmback, in a letter (first public statement) says the call said […]

WE’VE BECOME A NATION OF FEAR-DRIVEN MICE…

November 24th, 2015

Occasionally I come across a comment on the Internet that is cogent, intelligent and spot on. This comment from lorn on the current hysteria surrounding allowing refugees from the Middle East into the United States is one of those. As is so typical the right has a bit of a point, but they 1) vastly […]

BERNIE: DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM, FOREIGN POLICY…

November 19th, 2015

Transcript of Bernie Sanders on Democratic Socialism and Foreign Policy.

BERNIE COMES TO CLEVELAND…!

November 17th, 2015

Bernie came to Cleveland last night, and, as Henry Gomez ledes for The Plain Dealer: So this is what a Bernie Sanders rally is like. Writing in Feel the Bern? Bernie Sanders storms into Cleveland with a pitch for ‘revolution’ Gomez continues: An ear-splittingly-loud crowd that eggs on the Democratic presidential hopeful’s barbed attacks on […]

1,000 DEAD AT POLICE HANDS IN 2015…

November 16th, 2015

I’ve been watching the counter roll closer and closer to 1,000 over the past few days. Yes, I realize that numbers 999 and 1001 are no less important, but we have a fascination for round numbers and artificial milestones. Today, The Guardian added the 1,000th death at the hands of police in the United States. […]

MILITARY DOLLARS WILL NOT DESTROY ISIS…

October 28th, 2015

I first posted this video back in June of last year. Listen very carefully to Francis Marion’s words (as interpreted by Walt Disney in 1959) beginning at the 7:25 minute mark and you’ll understand why all imperial adventurism and colonialism ultimately fails. The situation has not improved. Roldo Bartimole sent me a copy of Ralph […]

TAMIR TO WALTER TO SANDY HOOK TO TRAYVON…?

October 12th, 2015

A prosecutor and an FBI agent—two people obviously without bias in the matter of a shooting by Cleveland police officer Tim Loehmann—found that Loehmann acted reasonably in deciding last year to shoot when he confronted the 12-year-old boy carrying what turned out to be a replica gun. No amount of sarcasm or snark can be […]

BERNIE ON GUNS, VIOLENCE AND POLICE…

October 3rd, 2015

Alan Yuhas, writing in Bernie Sanders thrills Boston with call to fight racism and reform gun law for The Guardian, reports: Bernie Sanders decried “an institutional racism that allows and continues to allow unarmed African Americans to be killed by police” on Saturday night, as he preached to a huge crowd in Boston that welcomed […]

WHY INVESTING IN CARBON IS A BAD MOVE…

August 20th, 2015

Not a bad idea for your family, your community, your nation or the planet (well those too) but a bad idea for your investment portfolio. This email hit my desk this morning. Dear Jeff, What has the Wellcome Trust gained from its investments in coal, oil and gas? The answer is that they have nose-dived […]

THIS IS THE VERY NATURE OF CORPORATIONS…

August 19th, 2015

I had no idea that a prosecution of the private corporation tasked with vetting employees of private corporations conducting the most sensitive of public work—dealing with our nation’s security—was going on. The firm involved has agreed to pay a fine of $30 but there is no mention of how many millions the company received from […]

CREATING MYTHS, THE REPUBLICAN WAY…

August 16th, 2015

We were this close to winning the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, achieving lasting peace in our time, bringing all the peoples of the Middle East to accept Jesus Christ as their personal lord and savior and losing 10 pounds in just 10 days. That’s the fantasy Republicans in general and the clown-car brigade in […]

MILITARIZED POLICE HOPE ACOUSTIC CANNON’S SHRIEK WILL DROWN OUT BLACK LIVES MATTER

August 15th, 2015

So, images crowds of protesters engulfed in clouds of tear gas result in uncomfortable images of militarized police earning their Michael Brown Bonus. Sound waves, however, are invisible and military contractor LRAD is cashing in on that fact with police forces across America. Lee Fang, writing in Acoustic Cannon Sales to Police Surge After Black […]

THIS BETTER BE THE LAST BONUS HE EVER GETS…

August 15th, 2015

Every time I think that we’ve seen the last stupid police officer, that we’re turning a corner on institutional racism in America, along comes another clueless cop to burst my bubble. This is the reason why we need Black Lives Matter, because to people like Todd J Bakula, Black lives are just a way to […]

THIS IS REQUIRED READING…

August 9th, 2015

I’ve been wondering who might fill the intellectual void that plagued me after James Baldwin died. Clearly it is Ta-Nehisi Coates. The language of Between The World And Me, like Coates’ journey, is visceral, eloquent and beautifully redemptive. And it’s examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it […]

MICHAEL BROWN WAS MURDERED ONE YEAR AGO…

August 9th, 2015

Last Tuesday, I marked the anniversary of the murder of John Crawford III for the crime of shopping while black at a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio. Today I mark another tragic police murder, that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Terrence Heath, in One Year After Ferguson: Making Black Lives Matter writes: Some things have […]

CLEVELAND IS AN EXPLOSION WAITING TO HAPPEN…

July 27th, 2015

Here in Cleveland we have the Cleveland Police Force, the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Force, the Regional Transit Authority Police Force, the, well, you get the idea. Why do we have so many police forces? I have no feckin’ idea, but the plethora of authority figures, all reporting to and trained by disparate hierarchies […]

ROLDO RIGHTS ON FROM GLENVILLE’S STREETS
TO THE STREETS OF TEXAS’—POLICE FAILURE…

July 22nd, 2015

Another police car video of the arrest of a black woman that led eventually to her death, supposedly a suicide days later in a Texas jail, once again dramatizes the lack of professionalism in police departments throughout the nation. Sandra Bland, a 28-year old woman in Texas to start a dream job at a black […]

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