You know that theme song couldn’t be more appropriate, really. Fear and the manipulation of fear is the primary tool of corrupt politics, and we’ve heard so much of it recently. Well, we go ahead. There were some very great speeches at the Democratic Convention. They were beautifully prepared and delivered. Such speeches give us hope of what might be possible, but we all know the difference between words and deeds. I would say the very best speech was given by the participants in the convention. Just three words: No More War. Just three words repeated many times. They can... Read More →
Our former secretary of defense Mr. Perry warns that the danger of nuclear biocide is imminent. People from another planet would see this destruction drawing near, the destruction of human life, and know this danger is being caused by sociopathic, profit-seeking warmongers without a moral compass. No ethics whatsoever. You can’t do it that way. My mother always said, “you can’t take it with you.” These sick people who have taken over our system may be able to put their ill-gotten gains into a casket, but they can’t take it with them. So it’s time now,... Read More →
Well, we know that two weeks ago I covered with you the concept of the Beloved Community. Last week we covered the basic principles of non-violence. In the past week, we’ve seen both the warfare model and the Beloved Community model. The warfare model is sniping murder from a distance. We denounce this practice wherever it is found. It is a failure internationally. We don’t want it in our cities or in anyone else’s city. People who are tired of racism may look to the warfare model. We think they are mistaken. They could come from the left, from the right, from the... Read More →
I’d like to wish you all Happy Independence Day. We see that the Nation Magazine edition of July this year recalls one of their magazines back in 1979 when Carrie McWilliams asked Mohammad Ali to run for congress. And he thanked the nation and thanked Carrie McWilliams, but he said: “I aint interested in politics, I mean, like running for office. I’m a world man. My fellow man is not just an American, and my race is the human race. I’m shook up when I see a child who is going hungry or a mother who needs medical attention. These are the things I’m interested... Read More →
Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King inspired John Lewis’ to understand civil disobedience in the fight against poverty, racism and militarism. Lewis did not forget the methodology when he went on the the House of Representatives. Last week, it was time for him to make his move in a historic sit-in in the house. Speaker Ryan was stripped of his mask as a result of this creativity and non-violence, and the speaker came back to his post during the demonstration and screamed through a bill that reflected his captive soul. A thoroughly sleazy piece of legislation authorizing financial... Read More →
You heard a few extra verses of my son’s song this morning because of the elections taking place and the concern for the gay community. Well, friends, these lives are reverently remembered, and it’s a deeply appreciated gesture on the part of the commercial media. It means a lot to me and to everyone to hear who they were, their names, maybe some of their interests. Each person is sacred. These people were in their sanctuary, a sanctuary from two hundred pieces of negative and pending legislation. (Isn’t that wonderful for the congress to have two hundred pieces of... Read More →
Well, friends, two things are going on simultaneously, seemingly unrelated. One is a election circus, and the other – and we are very aware of the election circus, we’ve heard nothing else for about two and a half years now – a completely out-of-control military-dominated government. These are two separate entities here. Upon examination it appears that we are simply campaigning to elected a new public relations person to become spokesperson for a military government. That’s all I can get out of it. That’s what it appears to be, and many people in the... Read More →
I’m very privileged today to have Lisa Sullivan as a guest. She has some three decades of work experience all over Venezuela, first as a Maryknoll lay missionary and then as the Latin American Representative for the School of the Americas Watch. So I would consider her one of the most knowledgeable people about this particular country, which is under great stress at this time. Lisa, I have your piece, Venezuela Crisis from Up Close, which resulted from a recent delegation, correct? Lisa: Yes. In mid-May, a group of from the task force on the Americas came to Venezuela specifically... Read More →
Well, our president has been the first serving US president to visit Hiroshima since World War II. Two nuclear attacks. During his address, Mr. Obama called on nations to pursue a world without nuclear weapons. He said the memory of the 6th of August 1945 must never fade. But he did not apologize for the US attack. It was the world’s first nuclear bombing. At least 140,000 people died in Hiroshima and another 74,000 three days later at a second bombing in Nagasaki. Mr. Obama first visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum before walking to the Peace Memorial accompanied by Prime... Read More →
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