Is there a ‘drone’ in your future?

Is there a “drone” in your future? Indubitably!

What’s a drone? The first definition of a drone is a male honeybee that has no sting and gathers no honey. Then there’s the definition of a parasite that lives on the labors of others. The drone I’m wondering about coming soon into all our lives is an unmanned aircraft or ship guided by remote control. Indubitably.

What’s indubitably? That means something that’s too evident to even be doubted.

In Afghanistan, and especially in Pakistan, and Yemen where the U.S. is supposedly not at war, remote controlled drone aircraft have been doing a lot of the war’s “heavy lifting,” that is killing targets without even the possibility of casualties by U.S. military forces. In war terms, that’s like going to Heaven without having to die. Continue reading

White voters prefer White candidates

White people in America have a real penchant for transferring their guilty behavior onto other people. What’s more they are constantly getting away with it. It’s called blaming the victims for the crimes.

In the realm of electoral politics they say that the only reason Black people support Pres. Barack Obama is because he’s Black. While in fact they’ve already run the numbers to figure out what percentage of the White vote former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will have to get in order to offset Obama’s 96 percent approval from Blacks.

So there may be more than a kernel of truth in that supposition, because the President has done much more to help all people in this society than he has to help the neediest. And wouldn’t you know it; Black people are disproportionately represented at the bottom of this country’s food chain, and are therefore suffering disproportionately. But there is no special relief coming for them, not from this White House. And Black people still support him overwhelmingly. Continue reading

No ‘grounds’ for unjust gun laws

A White man who murdered an unarmed Black teenager in Florida was permitted to walk the streets for two months, with his gun. Meanwhile, a Black woman, the mother of three children was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Florida for firing a warning shot at her husband who beat and strangled her. How is that “equal justice under law?”

George Zimmerman is the White man who shot Trayvon Martin to death after stalking him while he claimed he was on a neighborhood watch patrol. Marissa Alexander is the Black woman who says she was defending herself when she fired a gun into a wall near Rico Gray, her ex-husband, who had had a history of physical abuse.

Trayvon Martin is dead. George Zimmerman was released on bail that was lower than the amount of money he had raised in an online “cookie jar,” to support his defense. Continue reading

‘Miss Ann’ Romney is more of the same

I was in the barbershop the other day when an important, life-affirming lesson was demonstrated, right before my eyes. Two men were arguing the finer points of some delicate issue–maybe it was about sports, maybe it was about politics, whatever, it was something whose answer could be discerned rather quickly and definitively.

One man challenged the other: “I’ll bet you $100,” he said. “Charlie (the barber) will hold the money,” he continued as he removed a wad of bills from his pocket, quickly counting out $100 worth. The other man demurred. He never took out any money, and tried to save face by loudly changing the subject.

That’s sort of how it is in most barbershops. Despite the decreased value of U.S. currency, $100 is a defining amount, which still measures most people’s true confidence in this, that, or the other…their most strongly held beliefs. That’s kind of how it is for most of us–the 99 percent of the population. Continue reading

Free Mumia Abu Jamal and all U.S. political prisoners

For the first time in a long time, political prisoner Mumia Abu Jamal told an interviewer recently, he had reason to observe his birthday. He didn’t really “celebrate” because he remains imprisoned for a crime which I and his supporters all around the world believe he did not commit. But for the first time in 29 years, his birthday rolled around and he was not on death row.

Chanting, “Free Jamal. Free them all,” hundreds of protestors, ranging in age from some in their 80s, to many twenty-something-year-olds, including many parents with small children rallied outside the U.S. Department of Justice April 24 demanding freedom for Mumia, freedom for all political prisoners, an end to solitary confinement, and an end to mass incarceration. Continue reading

Romney’s ‘dog whistle’ racist campaign

If former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney fools around and gets elected President then the people who vote for him will get just what they deserve, and they will illustrate how gullible and easily misled White people are.

Ever since President Barack Obama took office, a lot of conservative analysts and politicians have been reiterating a collective “oops.” Some have gone so far as to say–and to work hard at making sure it comes to pass–”I hope he fails,” even if it means the country goes down the tubes in the process.

The bitter truth is that many people in responsible positions of leadership would rather see the entire country suffer, than to see it prosper under the leadership of this Black President. Mitt Romney and his Timothy McVeigh Party (also known as Republicans) cohorts have been banking on this notion, Continue reading

Romney’s racist theology?

Long before the Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s so-called “Liberation Theology” nearly cost then Sen. Barack Obama the presidency in 2008, the bedrock tenets of that teaching had been established and made firm. There have literally been millions of words preached and recited, even sung, which bear witness to the truth of that philosophy. Liberation Theology is as sound as Gospel.

The great abolitionist Frederick Douglass–in his immortal July 5, 1852 address called “What to the American slave is Your Fourth of July”–said it ever so plainly.

“I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.” Continue reading

Is America headed into a race war?

Is America headed into a race war inside its borders? The United States has rushed into a handful of foolish wars over the course of the last 50 years. But what war isn’t a fool’s errand, by definition? But I digress.

The bitter reality is that this country has not “won” a war–not even a proxy war when people other than Americans have been fighting and dying–this country has not won a war since World War II. The warmongers who dictate this country’s foreign policy make the same mistake over and over again. They think they can win a war by “winning” it. Wrong. Continue reading

What’s so bad about Obamacare

Whenever I heard someone repeat the term “Obamacare,” I used to cringe. It was used as a way to insult the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA)–the major healthcare reform legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama. But maybe I’ll soon stop cringing about the expression.

The idea was to make the law sound bad to the nation’s nitwits in this country, who don’t read, and who are hard to lead in the right direction, but easily led in the wrong direction, by pinning the President’s name to it. There are tens of millions of Americans–most of them White–who are so bigoted, who are so closed minded, that they will vote against provisions and candidates who are in their own best interest, just because they don’t want to see Black people gain any advantage whatsoever. These people would rather see the country fail, than to see Black people in general, and this Black President in particular succeed. Continue reading

Hoodies, hijab and hatred

These days, there is plenty of hatred going around in America.

Haters are trying to defend the indefensible. They are trying vainly to deny the undeniable. And they are trying to avoid uttering the unspeakable.

There is no explanation except race hatred to explain the conduct of self-appointed neighborhood watch patrolman George Zimmerman when he stalked and hunted, confronted and eventually murdered unarmed Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida more than one month ago. Such behavior is indefensible. Continue reading