Archive for 2012

Holidays and Grieving: Like Fine Wine, It’s Gets Better with Time

Holidays and Grieving: Like Fine Wine, It’s Gets Better with Time
I still think of her often. But she did not cross my mind once on June 9, 2012. My mind’s preoccupation with other events of the day marked a tremendous milestone in the decade- long grieving process over the loss of my best friend.  I was not sad and did not have to remind myself... Read more »

America, the Beautiful: A Country Love Song…

America, the Beautiful:  A Country Love Song…
I will be the first to say that I have peculiar politics.  I am as moderate as a brown person can be short of being Colin Powell.  I often see both sides of points made along the political spectrum.  Sometimes, during holiday gatherings and happy hours, this gets me in trouble. Yet, this election- one... Read more »

Election 2012: Do YOU have a motorcade parked in your backyard?

Today will be an intense day. I dropped my son off at daycare for the first time. It’s Election Day. I’ve only had 3 and a half hours of sleep and I’ve already drank two lattes. I’m wondering about the germs in the daycare and whether I should get the social security numbers of the... Read more »
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Election 2012: There is only one question to consider...

Election 2012:  There is only one question to consider...
What strikes me most about the presidential election season of 2012 is how relatively civil it has been. Yes, there have been controversies over taxes, embassy bombings, Big Bird, the humane treatment of animals, and NPR.  Yet, all things being considered, with the exception of the man-fight that almost took place during the second presidential... Read more »

Five Predictions for the Last Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy

Five Predictions for the Last Presidential Debate on Foreign Policy
            For those who plan on skipping tonight’s last and final presidential debate, here is what you will miss: 1.)  Sydney Poitier meets Carey Grant Depending on your party affiliation or proclivity to watch WWF wrestling, the intensity of last week’s debate may not have sat well with you.   While... Read more »

Is Mitt Romney Nuts? It’s an honest question…

Is Mitt Romney Nuts?   It’s an honest question…
Here’s the thing.  I started out (somewhat) liking Mitt Romney.  Not enough to vote for him but enough to think that the world wouldn’t come to a nuclear end if he was elected.  At first glance, I, like many others felt that he was smart enough and moderate enough (with just enough grey hair) to... Read more »
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Hopes, expectations, and dreams for the presidential debates: How to care about future and take shots at the same time.

Hopes, expectations, and dreams for the presidential debates: How to care about future and take shots at the same time.
Tonight we will see the heavily anticipated first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and his challenger, Willard “Mitt” Romney.  To be honest, though I will be looking at the debate over a plate of hot wings and a shot of tequila, I’m not exactly sure of what I am looking for or expecting to... Read more »

A little boy died last night: Chicago, violence, and answers.

A little boy died last night: Chicago, violence, and answers.
THE ELUSIVENESS OF “SAFETY” A little boy was shot and killed this evening. One block away from my home. I live in the same community as our President.  His home is less than 8 blocks away. Less than a mile south of me, there are federal agents guarding one home and city cops protecting one... Read more »

What's motivating the massive support behind the Chicago teacher's strike? (A theory.)

What's motivating the massive support behind the Chicago teacher's strike?  (A theory.)
I must admit that I have been astonished at the level of support given to the Chicago Teacher’s Union.    The most noble of debates usually have constituencies on both sides of the issue yet it would appear  that those who find themselves siding against the teacher’s and the union find themselves to be in a... Read more »
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President Obama and DNC2012: The Power of Values and a Good Posse

President Obama and DNC2012:  The Power of Values and a Good Posse
Confession #489,304,777:  At the start of the Democratic National Convention I was resigned to voting against the Republican Party rather than voting for Obama. As someone who personally knows numerous college-educated people who have been unemployed for almost two years, ivy-league business school graduates who can’t get business loans, and people who still can’t get... Read more »
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