A Real Democrat from the Sixties Disses Today’s Pale Imitations

I didn’t like Lyndon Johnson (pictured at right being sworn in after JFK’s assassination) when he was alive. Didn’t trust the man. I even went to see a play called “McBird, which accused him of masterminding JFK’s assassination. Besides, he was a coarse old cus who didn’t mind picking up his pups by their ears […]
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At Least Jamaica is Willing to Join the Dance

I’ve always wondered about the Parable of the Talents. The parable tells of a master who was leaving home for a while, and before setting out, gave his three servants different amounts of money. The first servant got five talents, the second got two talents and the third got one. The first two invested their […]
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Living in a World of Make Believe, Whom Can We Trust?

I am more befuddled than usual today. I have been browsing the web, trying to find out what’s really going on in the world of finance, and what I have found so far makes no sense. Why do I persist in this thankless task? I don’t have any finances to speak of, and things aren’t […]
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A Disturbing Tale About the President’s Golf Partner

Listening to Amy Goodman on the car radio yesterday, I was shocked to learn that President Barack Obama’s golf partner a couple of days earlier was Robert Wolf, president of UBS Investment Bank and chairman and CEO of UBS Group Americas. I would have expected the President to choose a more wholesome golf partner. Don’t […]
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Remember, Barack, You Promised Teddy!

When asked why he is fighting so hard for health care reform, President Barack Obama replies, “I promised Teddy.” He must never forget that promise. With all the monuments that will inevitably rise to honor Ted Kennedy’s life of service to his country, I am sure the one he would choose above all others is […]
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Greedy Rats and Spineless Mice Betray the Lion

Ted Kennedy is gone. And the “Lion of the Senate” went to his rest without the one thing he had worked hardest to achieve: universal, affordable health care for Americans. Shame on you, Washington! Shame on you, America! You betrayed a fine man, and you don’t deserve the legacy he wanted so much to leave […]
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Jamaican Tourism Reflects a Changing World

Living in America, I normally don’t see or hear much about the outside world. American media focus on things American, providing information about the rest of the world only when events in other countries involve American interests. But beyond America’s television screens, the world is changing dramatically. Consider Jamaican tourism, for example. When I worked […]
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No Country for Old Men

I don’t think it’s President Obama’s fault but it looks as if his administration is throwing America’s senior citizens “under the bus.” There’s news today, for example, that Social Security recipients will get no cost-of-living increases in 2010 or 2011. Combine that with the increase scheduled for Medicare prescription plan premiums, and we old folks […]
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Health Care Protests and the Hidden Trap of Me-First Politics

This quotation from Reverend Martin Niemoeller has been running through my mind recently, leaving me feeling vaguely uneasy: In Germany, the Nazis first came for the communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they […]
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Pocketbook Politics May Rein in Rabid Hate Mongers

You may have heard of an American media “personality” named Glenn Beck (photo below). He is a marginally sane and totally uninformed Caucasian American whose right-wing rantings are so skewed that even the new, degraded CNN proved too moderate for him. So now he spews his prejudice and hatred on Fox News. His deluded rantings […]
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