The Curious Logic of the Voting Rights Challenge

I was in Jamaica, working for the Industrial development Corporation, when President Johnson signed the US Voting Rights Act, but even so, I remember how big a deal it was. People everywhere recognized it as the cornerstone of electoral justice in the world’s leading democracy. The right to vote was guaranteed under the American Constitution, […]
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Now More than Ever, Let the Buyer Beware

Consumer protection is one of the “big government” nuisances that Tea Party crusaders are trying to get rid of. Naturally, they have the support of Big Business. What corporate executive wouldn’t want to be rid of those pesky restrictions on fleecing customers? That kind of “nanny government” costs money, don’t you see. It adds to […]
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“Billion People” Treated to Sick (and Sickening?) Jokes

I thought I had a sense of humor – until last night. That travesty Seth MacFarlane (above, left) hosted left me wondering whether I’ve lived too long. Browsing the pay channels on Direct TV, I’ve noticed that “humor” has changed since I was young. I used to think “comedy” in a movie title’s description meant […]
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Glitches at Gibson Relays start

  KINGSTON, Jamaica – A number of slight glitches affected this morning’s start of the 37th staging of the Gibson Relays at the National Stadium in Kingston. A broken cable prevented electronic timing of early races, and up to 11:30am all results were being hand-timed as technicians worked feverishly to restore the electronic timing devices. […]
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What Would the Lion Say if He Were Alive Today?

If Ted Kennedy had not died of brain cancer in the summer of 2009, he would have turned 81 today. I wonder what he would think of American politics? What would he think of the Senate? What would he think of the House? What would he think of President Obama? I keep hearing a phrase […]
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Pinch me twice, breakthrough on crime reduction happening in Jamaica?

I went to the event with the hope of a stage 4 cancer patient going to a faith healer. My presence was driven more by obligation and catching up with the regulars who frequent our embassy occasions. Well after the greeting and grazing period, we settled into our seats readied for a pedestrian presentation. The […]
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Money Rules – but Does it Have to? Perhaps Not.

You know the old saying, he who pays the piper calls the tune? Well, that’s the bottom line in politics. And in America, it’s Big Business that pays the piper. Of course, it’s not as blatant among Democrats as among Republicans, but both partiesĀ are obliged to keep those “major donors” happy. You may have read […]
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