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!

Chaos in the House

John Boehner announced recently that he was resigning his post as Speaker of the House – now, Kevin McCarthy has announced that he will not run for the top position in the House of Representatives. The GOP is in chaos – good, because they have refused to work with Pres. Obama which is a shame. Hopefully, the American people will pay attention and throw the GOP out over the next few election cycles. Not holding my breath, because their districts have been gerrymandered. We need a GOP, just not a Klan-influenced caucus!