Candidates: Donate Some of Your War Chest to Charity

At the end of the school year, my older son asked me to help out with the Fifth Grade Food Drive, which was organized by student leadership. My job was to deliver boxes of food collected by and from students and their families to a nearby food bank. I did two deliveries of the five…

Reorienting around the Orient

I know quite a number of Pakistanis being a student at Ohio Wesleyan. Not all of them care that much for politics. But of the few who do, there is a general sentiment that Chinese is the new language of the global market. As the US continues to fall in the respect of Pakistanis, China…

Guns, Guns, and Guns

As my parents were divorced since I was two, my dad would pick both me and my younger brother up from my mom and take us every other weekend. He had a super Nintendo with two games that my brother and I spent our lives with: Mario and Duck Hunt. When I was in the…

The “Chick-Fil-A” Standard

When Boston Mayor Thomas Menino came out against Chick-Fil-A after its CEO expressed opposition to gay marriage, numerous grassroots campaigns throughout the nation followed suit encouraging people to take their business elsewhere. If your Facebook is anything like mine, it’s probably full of statuses standing with, or against, the Boston Mayor. What puzzles me is…

After Four Years, What Should Obama Presidency Mean to African Americans?

As the nation marks the end of the four-year term of Barack Obama’s ascendance to the presidency, (or the beginning of a new term), we will once again be subjected to endless discussion about the significance of the nation’s first non-white president. For many African-Americans, this may be a time to again celebrate the achievement…

The Myth of Islamophobia

There is a rather disconcerting idea touted by so-called progressives on the order of: Islamophobia is on the rise in the West: most particularly in Europe and the United Sates. The idea itself presupposes that there is such a phenomenon as Islamophobia and that it is some nefarious and specious contaminant in our cultures and,…

The Next Thing Pres. Obama Must Say to Victims and Families

Pres. Obama offered his shoulder and kind words Sunday to victims and families of victims of the alleged Colorado shooter, James Holmes. What Mr. Obama said to the press afterwards was dignified and poignant. Our president can be counted on for his skill in a delicate situation. But after the initial shock of the shooting…

NCAA Slaps PSU With Unprecedented Penalties

According to this report by Reuters, the NCAA has hit Penn State, their football program, and what is left of the “Paterno Legacy” with penalties which will leave it reeling for years to come. The school has been hit with a $60 million fine. The football program has been banned from post-season bowl games for…

Why, As A Liberal, I Hate Paying Taxes.

Who likes paying taxes? I write as committed liberal social democrat and Obama supporter. I care about humanity, and I have devoted my writing and volunteering life to advocating on behalf of the poor, the disenfranchised, the marginalized and all peripheral peoples—wherever I find them. But who likes paying into a ponzi scheme—which is what…

Obama SuperPAC ad HQ

Oh, this is the PLACE, folks!  This is the YouTube SOURCE for watching the ads that Obama's SuperPAC – PrioritiesUSAaction – produces and put onto TVs all over the nation. You can watch them all. You can subscribe to the channel and get the new ones posted to your YouTube homepage as they are put…

How the Internet Could Save Democracy

In June, Mitt Romney’s campaign raised an astonishing $106.1 million, while Pres. Obama pulled in $71 million, reported Reuters.com. Citizens United, the SCOTUS ruling that opened the floodgates of corporate spending in political campaigns can be credited for this discrepancy. While our president’s grassroots campaign focuses on smaller donors, Romney’s brings in large sums from…

Tough Decisions

As we continue to plod our way through this recession our political leaders, Republicans mostly but far too many democrats as well, say that this is the time to make some “tough decisions.”  People who make “tough decisions” portray themselves as the only adults in the room, far removed from the starry-eyed idealist who must…

Why, This Day, We Celebrate.

And celebrate we do! Picnics. Cookouts. Parties. Parades. Every level of government shuts down. No banking, mail, or garbage collection. Most working people have the day off. We set off more fireworks on this day than during the other 364 days of the year combined. This IS a big day in the United States of…

Political Rage Abating

Last week’s SCOTUS ruling on the Affordable Care Act may be a clear sign of times to come in Politics America. Could the conservative-leaning court’s progressive ruling mean the era of political division is ending? Is it possible the rage in our public discourse is abating, at last? Perhaps the rage will abate for one…

Can we get a little push back against some racists?

You know, every time I start to think that America has finally gotten itself just a little bit closer to being a non-racist society (and I know that it isn't yet, but we seem to be moving at a glacial pace in that direction), morons like these people rear their ugly heads and roar their…