Last month of the year

The last month of the year, particularly here in the US is always crazy – people hustling to buy gifts, etc. I have never really enjoyed Christmas. It comes @ the most depressing time of the year because the sun is constrained to a few hours, it is cold. windy, generally dreary. I find the celebrations forced and phony. Some of the songs are genuinely depressing and dispiriting. Some of the drama over “happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas” is amusing. None one should be forced to participate in the holiday celebrations – personally, I would rather be on a island collecting sun rather than saying “Merry Christmas” on December 25. Traditions may change over the years and they are changing to the dismay of some. Forced merriment is never good – when goodwill and cheer is honestly shared and felt, possibly there truly will be peace on earth and kindness to all – long time coming!!

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Ben Carson

Note about Ben Carson – it is sad – Ben Carson IS a smart guy, has saved lives, is a role model for youth – have heard about Dr. Carson for 30 years. But whomever whispered in his ear that he should run for President was committing friendship malpractice. Like anchorman Jack Cafferty said about Sarah Palin, you should have SOME knowledge about public affairs before you run for office. Dr. Carson is edging into buffoon territory. He needs to rethink this adventure. Peace.

Early Morning Thoughts on American racism

Early Morning thoughts – Just like the post-Reconstruction period in the 19th Century, this country, we are making a major turn backwards when it comes to race relations. Frankly, we have been turning backwards for a very long time. Everyone can see it, but for purposes of pragmatism and expediency, no one is moving in a positive and humane direction. The most disturbing incident in recent years for me was the treatment of the young black female student in South Carolina. The fact that the police officer threw her to the ground like a rag doll was obscene beyond belief. I have been thinking about that imagery for several days – yes, I know the cop was fired – he should never have another job in law enforcement again – and yes, I realize that some students supported this fired cop – the fact is that we have accepted a certain level of inhumanity for black people is sick. But this was enshrined in the Constitution for black people to be considered as 3/5 of a person. Therefore, we receive 3/5 of basic human treatment. The ascent of Trump and Carson as presidential candidates is a dangerous development but has been LONG in the making. Anyone who truly cares about the humanity of EVERYONE should register and vote to ensure that someone as GROSS as Donald Trump will never have public office. But he is not the only one – there are many who are rooting for him – rooting for him to return America to the fake “Happy Days” of the 1950’s. Have a safe and productive day!

the third debate

Very sad spectacle @ the CNBC GOP debate. Very disturbing that we have this collection of candidates for the highest office in the land. Angry men and one angry woman – everyone seems so ANGRY. No joy, only anger. Not a good way to run for office or run a country!

MY WBAI life

You may or may not know that for 25 years I had radio show on WBAI Radio in New York City. The show. Walden’s Pond, focused on the environment, culture and politics. I was very fortunate to get and keep a show on that contentious and controversial station. I have so many stories and memories of my tenure there, some of them I will share over time on this blog. Some you may find shocking. Obviously, I learned many lessons there, positive and negative. I tried to forge my own unique path @ WBAI, which is known for its far-left and, at times, incoherent politics.. I was in sympathy with some of the sentiments of the programming, but many programs were, at times. unlistenable and not balanced, not necessarily the politics, but plain common sense. There were some painful episodes @ WBAI and probably had I known better and had some courage, I probably would have left the station years earlier. But something kept me there, mainly the chance to share ideas and opinions – it also probably kept me sane considering I was caring for a parent who was disabled. It also enabled me to share with the audience an issue that changed my life, the issue of circumcision. I will share how I got involved with that topic in future installments. As a former telephone operator @ WBAI used to say, stay tuned!

Authentically Black

Rupert Murdoch opined the other day that he was looking forward to a “real” black president in the White House, implying that the current occupant, Barack Obama, was not. Obviously, shame on him. However, we black americans do culture shaming every day, saying that someone is not “black enough” or in my case, as a former host on WBAI radio, I was told that my programming selections were “too white”. To paraphrase Malcolm X, as long as you are south of the Canadian border, you are authentically black!