Peering into a New Decade, I Find the Old Truths are Still True

You would think that after nearly 76 years on earth I would have some wisdom to impart, something enlightening to share. But all I can dredge up are the usual clichés. Not quite don’t-run-with-scissors banal but certainly nothing fresh and original. It might be fitting to sum up my decades of experience with the cliché: […]
Continue reading…

 

Here’s Where I Start Trashing “Progressive” Propaganda

A year or so ago, I signed up for a bunch of “progressive” emails – from the Huffington Post, Salon, Care2, Alternet, Truthout and so on. And I used to read most of the stuff they send out. But now, I find myself hitting the “delete” key more and more often after a quick scan […]
Continue reading…

 

Lieberman and the Failed Strategy of America’s War on Terror

The latest attempt at blowing up an American airliner leaves this troubling question to be answered: What are American troops still doing in Afghanistan now that the “terror” epicenter has moved to Yemen? The answer is probably that they’re stuck there, as they were – are – in Iraq. Put those boots on the ground, […]
Continue reading…

 

The Show Must Go On – and On and On and On…

Why does anyone care about Tiger Woods’ affairs? Or the White House party crashers? Or Sarah Palin’s squabble with her grandbaby’s daddy, that Playgirl boy-toy, Levi Johnston? Is life so dreary that we welcome every silly diversion, every distraction from reality? Not just welcome it but dwell on it, wallow in it, wear it out? […]
Continue reading…

 

Pondering the Role of Illicit Drugs in a Blighted World

This is the time of year for pondering the past and peering into the future, and I wish I could foresee a prosperous New Year. Not just for the United States, where I live, or for Jamaica, where I was born, or England, which I visited on a scholarship, or Canada, where I spent about […]
Continue reading…

 

Let’s Give President Barry the Benefit of the Doubt

I can’t deny that America’s first black president has been a letdown. For whatever reason, I thought he would have been more… well… liberal. I suppose it has something to do with racial stereotyping and the civil rights movement back in the Sixties. What with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and even Jesse Jackson’s […]
Continue reading…

 

As the World Turns, My Head Spins and My Heart Sinks

I get it. At least I think I get it. The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that provides “affordable” health insurance to 31 million people who are not now insured. After the lawmakers have gone home and done their Christmas (or Hanukkah) thing, a committee will meld the Senate Bill with the House bill […]
Continue reading…

 

I’m Having Second Thoughts on the Health Care Bill

I am one of those people who frequently jump to conclusions and revise those judgments after a little more thought. In the heat of the moment, I am wont to blurt out declarations that would have been better left unsaid. Oh well, that’s just the way I am. So bear with me while I “walk […]
Continue reading…

 

A Cheerful Visit to the Doctor is the Best Medicine, After All

My doctor is from Cuba. His name is Manuel Hernandez, and he is a delight, always upbeat, always smiling, always encouraging. A while back, when he told me I would be due for a colonoscopy in three years, I said gloomily, “If I live that long.” After all, I am in my seventies and that […]
Continue reading…