Browsing All Posts filed under »human rights & social issues«

Legends of Myself 103

August 6, 2016

0

Burnaby, 1961. Astronauts, Magic Pencils and Snowball Fights. Although they dominate, not all the memories I have of Schou School are of the schoolyard.  I remember our teacher bringing his old Edison phonograph into the classroom, and I got my first look at an Edison cylinder, a technology obsolete before my father was born.  Even […]

Tossing Bottles at the Wall

December 7, 2013

0

Concerning Welfare and Welfare Bums You talk about people on welfare and immediately you have a chorus of other people explaining how they (or sometimes their parents) avoided it because of some sense of pride and enterprise which made them (implicitly) above welfare.  I was too good for that. I was taught better than that. […]

Merry Christmas! It’s the 5 Week Month

December 5, 2013

0

It happens four times a year and always at Christmas.  Every welfare recipient knows about it, the dreaded five week month. Welfare recipients live from Wednesday to Wednesday, because cheque day is always on Wednesday.  Sometimes it’s four weeks away, and you have maybe $50 a week after rent and utilities to get through those […]

Why We Eliminated the Death Penalty in Maryland

September 1, 2013

1

A Message from Governor Martin O’Malley State of Maryland, Office of the Governor Thank you for contacting me regarding your support of repealing the death penalty in the State of Maryland.  As you may be aware, the General Assembly passed Senate Bill 276 – Death Penalty Repeal – Substitution of Life without the Possibility of […]

Are You Smart Enough to Vote in Louisiana?

July 2, 2013

1

Set your timers and put your perfection shoes on, and see if you can answer the following 30 questions flawlessly and thus qualify to vote in Louisiana.  This test comes to you courtesy of the Supreme Court of the United States who have legally declared racism to be over and effectively repealed the Voting Rights […]

The Germantown Protest (1688)

February 22, 2013

0

The first (White) discourse against slavery in the American colonies. In 1688, some settlers from the Rhine Valley, fleeing persecution in their homeland, looked at the institution of slavery as practiced by some of their fellow settlers, and identified that as persecution as well.  We would not wish this done to us, they said, which […]

Easier as a Latino, Mitt? [video]

October 18, 2012

0

One of the most telling moments in Mitt Romney’s famous “47%” video is when–to the hilarity of his well-heeled, largely White audience–he claims that he would have a better shot at the presidency if he were Latino.  Instead of a rich White privileged male. This is classic paranoid White male syndrome.  A rather extreme case, but […]