Not Sure Why…: Because I could never explain it, but this photo lead in The Atlantic stopped me in my web surfing tracks. I’m familiar with Bansky’s weeping Greek goddess in Gaza……Continue
May Day…Origins... : An ancient Northern Hemisphere spring festival and usually a public holiday; it is also a traditional spring holiday in many cultures. The earliest May Day celebrations appeared in pre-Christian times, with the Floralia,…Continue
April 29th – Some Perspective on Bad Cops…: With what’s going down in Baltimore there’s been a lot of commentary about bad…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
The slaughter of four students at Kent State 45 years ago made me realize that I could never be proud to be American. Not that I was.
I grew up with images on our small-screened black and white television, that my aunt bought at a discount at GE where she worked on an assembly line, of black children blown up in churches and civil rights marchers hosed down and beaten by vicious cops in the South. I learned from the news that all men and women…Continue
Student Loan Debt
I met a young woman who conducted an environmental program at an Earth Day event. She had her bachelor’s degree and was close to a master’s. She is looking for work in the public sector, perhaps in water sources or environmental administration. And she is $100,000 in debt.
And the debt was all for her B.S. (She got assistantships for graduate school.)
And she went to a public university in her home state.
How did this happen?
Added by Terry McKenna on April 26, 2015 at 2:08pm — No Comments
Taking Down A Nation: Lessons from Yuri Bezmenov
In the early eighties a most unlikely figure entered the public arena in the midst of the Reagan presidency as America fought to reclaim its lost prestige at home and in the world. Yuri Bezmenov, a…
hi all. thx for the warm reception on my last/1st blog. its good to have a new outlet, after the last one vaporized. heres a topic that has been piling up in my link collection, & this "release" timed with the news milestone.Continue
When I was a teenage child, the color of the world changed – I mean, of my world. A boy-child did it, name of Julius, a black kid, a perfect sort of person. He lived in one of the shanties behind the hedge at Crawford Park in Mobile where us white kids were permitted to play, and Julius wasn’t. He played there anyhow, him and the littler kids from over the hedge. They had their unofficial corner, out behind the pecan tree beyond left field. We had the…Continue
by Tommi Avicolli Mecca
I understand why you came
that bleak winter day
southern Italy was…Continue
** Please excuse the shoddy editing. I was busy and so rushed this one.
The Founders ended up with a government that prevents the exercise of power. Our much vaunted separation of power has been trumpeted as a good thing, but while it may prevent abuse, it also prevents effective government.
And it is not clear that the founders really knew what they were getting into.
For example, think of the way the senate must approve appointees. This is the “advice and consent”…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on April 19, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments
That’s right, News is not fair and balanced, nor is News unfair or unbalanced. News is just News, with the accent on NEW!
News should be true, or as true as anyone knows at the time. Before the era of modern radio, so long before the Internet, even before radio, newspapers would publish hot news in an extra edition of the paper. Bundles of newspapers would appear on street corners sold by newsboys who screamed out, “Extra, Extra, Read All About It.”
We don’t need that…Continue
Added by Terry McKenna on April 12, 2015 at 5:04am — No Comments
I started to wear my Obama baseball cap around town recently. I thought I would feel self-conscious but did not at all. I guess after all of the vicious attacks on Obama over the years, both personal and political in nature, I just got fed up. From the beginning, I have seen Obama in the same light: a man of integrity and authenticity, intelligence and creativity and possessed of a working conscience. I see him as more moderate than many conservatives and some…Continue
Finally coming down from the Trip to Texas and posting this memory as a means of stabilizing the residual emotional turmoil. Hope you enjoy.…