April 6, 2020

The "big and bad" United States is seeing its world dominance recede.  We are being vanquished both by a virus and by the ignorance of the "Commander in Chief'.  We now know that there are not enough tests to detect the coronavirus, nor enough ventilators to treat all of those who are ill.  Medical professionals are talking openly about the choices they will make and the fact that some people will be judged more likely to survive than others.  Through which lens will these medical professionals decide who gets a ventilator?  Will age be the only lens, advantaging a 30-year-old over an 80-year-...

March 30, 2020

The development of the $2.2 trillion stimulus package was extremely flawed,    The Republican bullies in the Senate, led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, wrote the bill with absolutely no Democratic input, then suggested that Democrats amend their legislation. The first draft of the bill, unsurprisingly, was a goody grab for corporations with much less for individuals.  Initially, the Republican Senate would have given Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin a slush fund of $500 billion to assist troubled industries with absolutely no oversight.  The last version of the bill does include both moni...

March 23, 2020

 Restaurants, museums, libraries, gyms, and bars are closed.  So are schools, from K-12 to higher education.  Classes will be conducted online or not at all.  A local vendor told me her receipts were down by 85 percent, and she hopes not to close before the "national emergency" is over.  Our streets are deserted, with some cities asking people to "self-quarantine", or in the words of several mayors, "stay home unless it is urgent."  The shutdowns have impacted our economy.  Consumer spending is more than two-thirds of GDP.  If people aren't working, people aren't spending....

March 16, 2020

 Basketball fans were looking forward to March Madness, those weeks when the best college teams face off against each other.  Madness is replete this March, but it isn't on the basketball courts.  The dangerous coronavirus which can be transmitted by a cough, a touch, or "direct contact" is spreading all over the world.  It is madness that the United States, which loves to brag about our world superiority, comes up short when it comes to coronavirus testing.

Many who have been exposed to the virus have not been tested because test kits are in short supply.   I...

March 9, 2020

Few in these United States had heard of Katherine Johnson, the gifted mathematician who finished high school and college at 18.  How could we know when scientists are often stereotyped as old white men wearing white lab coats, with glasses sliding down their noses? You might not have known unless you'd picked up Margot Lee Shetterly's book (2015), Hidden Figures: The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, or saw the movie Hidden Figures, which was loosely based on the book.  Thanks to the film, more people know of Katherine Johnson's outstanding work....

February 24, 2020

    Our nation, these United States, is founded on the principles of racism and patriarchy.  They are reflected in our very constitution, where enslaved persons were counted as a fraction of a person, and only men of property were allowed the right to vote.  The filthy inequality at the foundation of this nation has now bubbled up and boiled over, now polluting every aspect of our lives. 

    Patriarchy places men at the center of life, and women at the periphery.  It suggests that women do not matter.  It allows for the subjugation of women when they att...

February 17, 2020

              If you tell me how you spend your money, I can tell you what your values are. You say you are a Christian but neither tithe nor have a church home.  You say support civil rights but have no connection to a civil rights organization.  You love your alma mater never contribute to the place.  Put your money where your mouth is.  Budgets are reflections of values.  Thus, I was unsurprised with the budget our forty-fifth President (also known as “Forty-five”) proposed to Congress on February 10.  His budget - cuts domestic programs, maintains defense spending and targets poor people....

February 10, 2020

Andrew Johnson, a high school wrestler, was forced to submit to the humiliating act of having his dreadlocks shorn or have his New Jersey team forfeit their match to the opposing team.  A gleeful white woman seemed too pleased to invade the young man’s person, and his team won, but at what price?  When this happened in December of 2018, there was a national outcry, and the referee was suspended. 

A year later, DeAndre Arnold, a senior at Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas was told that he would not be able to graduate unless he cut his hair.  He’s been growing h...

February 3, 2020

            More than nine hundred people crowded into the Church of the Epiphany, an Episcopal church in Washington, DC.  They had gathered to hear Rev. William Barber, the dynamic and prophetic co-leader (with Rev. Liz Theoharis) of the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival.  They came, not only to hear Rev. Barber but also to sing and bond and listen to poor people tell their own stories.

            This late January gathering is one of many that the Poor People's Campaign is having all over the country, le...

January 27, 2020

            Donald John Trump has been impeached, and to let him tell it, that isn’t bothering him, and we’d believe him if he hadn’t posted more than tweets in just one day.  But his persistent overuse of the word “hoax,” both to refer to impeachment and to anything else he doesn’t like (see: climate change), proves otherwise.

45 delivered remarks during a keynote speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland but then declined to participate in the scheduled question and answer session afterwards. During his speech, Tr...

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