Manufactured Emotional Issues Obscure the Real Battle

Retired, irrelevant, I sit at my computer in a small Florida town and write blogs about the way the world is going. Just another old codger letting off steam. And for what? What does it matter to me personally? I will be gone in a few years no matter who is in the White House, […]
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Glenn Beck’s Rally Recalls the Story of Bedward

My mother used to tell me the story of Bedward. And when I read those news stories about Glenn Beck’s rally or see video clips of him promoting it, Bedward’s story springs to mind. If you’re a Jamaican of a certain age, you will have heard Bedward’s name. He is mentioned in a folk song […]
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How About Some Eye Candy to Brighten Your Day?

I know, it’s Primary Day in Florida, and you think I am going to write something about politics. Think again. I am fed up to the back teeth with American politics. I might feel better tomorrow, but today I want none of it. Maybe I’ll go back to Jamaica and join that new political party […]
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Striking Back at Limitless Corporate Campaign Funding

If I let myself think about America’s future, I tend to get depressed. I see the world’s most powerful democracy teetering on the edge of a precipice with a frenzied mob of bigots and buffoons about to give it a push. And, if America tumbles, the rest of the world – the Western world, anyway […]
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When Judges Are Elected, Justice Can Be For Sale

This blog will be hard for Jamaican (or Canadian) readers to understand. The election of judges is totally foreign to anyone in the British Commonwealth. Under the justice system inherited from the British, judges are appointed. But not in America. At least not always. In the U.S., a lot of people on the government payroll […]
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Why the U.S. Must Always be at War. Follow the Money

I watched last night as Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann did their war correspondent bit on MSNBC, reveling in the departure from Iraq of the last U.S. combat brigade. At first it looked like the departure of all American combat troops, but the Pentagon said there were actually five or six thousand combat personnel still […]
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I Laugh Because I Must Not Cry

As Abraham Lincoln is supposed to have said, “I laugh because I must not cry.” And today I am laughing with Jon Stewart, who put America’s mosque “debate” in perspective on “The Daily Show” on Monday. I don’t know who came up with this episode. But whoever did it, is a genius (in my opinion, […]
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Fear of Common Decency Drives “Conservatives” Crazy

Sometimes, when I contemplate the things that some American “conservatives” say, I recall a line from The Merchant of Venice. You might remember it. Portia tries to appeal to Shylock’s better nature, saying he “must be merciful,” but Shylock will have none of it. “On what compulsion must I? Tell me that,” he responds. It […]
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