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Philip A Farruggio is an activist leader, free lance columnist and small businessman. He is blue collar from birth, as both his dad and grandad were Brooklyn , NYC longshoremen. Philip has a BA from Brooklyn College ( class of ' 74 ) in Speech & Theater.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 (10 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Dinosaur from the Sixties What kind of country do we now inhabit? Where I live, a small city of 60,000, there is absolutely nothing reminiscent of the world I once knew. This town is one of boxstores, strip malls, third rate mass transit (duh, like hardly any), and subdivisions where few even know one another, let alone socialize that much. Even the suburbia of my youth offered more than this" yet they tell us we have evolved in this 21st century...

Wednesday, October 17, 2012      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
This Hypocrisy Called American Justice Last night's second presidential debate AKA town hall meeting was one more round of hypocrisy at the highest levels. Little if nothing was even discussed about: Afghanistan, our maintenance of over 850 bases in over 100 countries, how drastic military cuts could solve many of our state and city budget shortfalls

Sunday, May 31, 2009 (11 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Both Heaven & Earth Are Watching Why is it such a torture to get people to recognize torture? Is it because we are just too spoiled/weak/willfully blind? We all need to watch the excellent documentary "Torturing Democracy" shown last Friday on Bill Moyers' Journel. It is difficult to watch, but who said democracy was supposed to be easy.

Sunday, December 9, 2007 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Big Sleep So,we have a holiday season for some ( not I )with terrible financial strain for many Americans.Layoffs, foreclosures,dead soldiers,dead civilians,cuts in services,higher gasoline prices...and still many of you out there remain asleep and apathetic.And if I hear one more time that it is 'hopeless,'well,as Mayor Rocky Anderson of Salt Lake City stated in his stirring speech recently:"Silence Is Complicity." Wake up, America!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Divided We Fall Where in the hell are the rest of the over 75% of you out there who agree with we on those street corners? What is it going to take to get you to drive over and stand with us? How many more Bettys and Jeans have to be scared off by the 25% of our country? Folks, go to your libraries and take out Orwell's 1984. We are living it now!!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2007 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Humpty Dumpty Americans "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall... Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.." Well, there you have it. My America, the place I grew up in and loved so very much for so long..... is in its final days of empire.

Saturday, July 21, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Fault, Dear Brutus... When those honkers and wavers lose their vehicles or lose their jobs, or pensions, or homes..... or whatever it takes to put them under the financial 8 ball..... then maybe my friends and I will not stand so alone on those street corners. Will it also be too late? Probably. Who knows. The fault, dear Brutus is not in the stars, but in ourselves.

Friday, May 4, 2007 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Feeding the Beast America will go down the tubes,both spiritually,economically and culturally,through the terror of pragmatism.When we discuss a transportation bond issue or other such topics,pragmatism is welcomed. When,however,we are dealing in death, destruction,torture,habeas corpus and fascism,the only thing we have at the end of the day,when the lights go out, is our principles.Hope can spring eternal if more Americans stand up and...

Sunday, April 29, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Running out of Options We are truly running out of options here in this great land of ours. Whether it be in our personal lives, or our public ones, there really is only one alternative for survival: The Truth. Stop looking for leaders, folks. Start becoming one!

Wednesday, April 18, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Dumbness and Denial When one reads Michelle Goldberg's new book "Kingdom Come ",it is shocking. Shocking in the sense that those of us not in fundamentalist religious sects never know what really goes on within those walls.It seems that the Republican far right has married the Christian far right.Now,we are not talking about just speaking in tongues or awaiting the rapture.We are referring to an extremist position on progressive philosophy.

Friday, April 6, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Righteous Anger It's Easter.... Passover. Time for love and forgiveness and all those wonderful precepts. I buy that. I believe... truly I do. Yet, another part of me knows that love and forgiveness are not absolutes to be followed like some robotic exercise. No, as my dear friend Linda taught me, the Buddhists say " Friendly and assertive ".

Thursday, March 22, 2007 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Wall of Silence This writer has stood, each and every Tuesday at rush hour, for over 30 months , on the same street corner in Port Orange, Florida, in protest to this Iraq debacle. It comes to about 112 Tuesdays on that corner, sign and megaphone in hand. When one is doing the same thing in public for that long of a time, one senses a great deal...

Sunday, March 11, 2007 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
None So Blind... Stop and get yourselves a copy of the March 9-11 USA Today.Front page,far right headline:" Kids Face cutbacks in health coverage...Money running out in 14 states."Federal funding shortfalls are now threatening the nationally funded Children's Health Insurance Program in almost all of our 50 states.Since one must assume that you Soccer Moms and Nascar Dads are not (yet)poor enough to be on Medicaid,this program is for your kids

Wednesday, February 28, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
While Rome Burns It sure is interesting. Of the slew of candidates and wannabee candidates running for the grand prize of President, how many really ' talk the talk', let alone ' walk the walk' ? How many of them have to worry about making another mortgage or rent payment, or health insurance premium? Do they really care that property and water taxes, along with other local fees, are going sky high?

Tuesday, February 6, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
One Time Rights I am changing my voter registration from Democrat to Independent. Enough is enough! Watching the Senate yesterday reiterated what I already knew to be true: we have a " One Party with Two Wings " system here in America. Factoring out Senators Feingold and Sanders, along with a handful of progressive Representatives, the US Congress is a joke! On top of that, these folks seem to have lost all sense of reality...

Wednesday, January 24, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Puppet Show Many of the very people that you and I elected to thwart and confront these liars were popping up and down like marionettes throughout the speech. Nancy Pelosi,the'leader of the pack', should have reflected before such behavior.Nancy,what if? What if your daughter,the documentary movie maker, had been a reservist? What if she was in her 2nd or 3rd redeployment in Iraq? Would you still be applauding this man?

Thursday, January 18, 2007 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Silence IS Betrayal what of the overwhelming majority of those Americans who do not support this mess in Iraq, and never did? When will they finally understand what Rev. King and Eli Wiesel meant? We are reaching the first stage of a critical mass of events.... the street corners are still mostly empty. Silence is betrayal.

Sunday, January 14, 2007      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pogo Meets Chicken Little Look up the word serf in your dictionary. That is what most of us have become, when you strip away the layers of the consumer society onion. Serfs! Bowing and scraping to the wealthy who control our paychecks, our politics...Chicken Little, you were finally right on. The sky is falling. And Pogo, you too were correct. " We have met the enemy... and he is us!"

Sunday, December 31, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Happy New Year... The Clock is Ticking we need not wait for things to reach the critical mass they assuredly will, economically and socially. All it takes is for those who agree with our dissent to park their cars, walk over and stand with us. Here in my town, its simply one hour a week. Wouldn't that be a great start to this new year?

Saturday, December 2, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Deja Vu Depression Blues Today is an anniversary of sorts for me.With my dad recently passed on,I alone shall remember this date.For it was 65 years ago,to the day,that my grandfather,a man I never would meet, took his life.Now suicide is a terrible thing and a lonely act, no matter what the cause.Economic induced suicide is so much more powerful. What does that mean? How deep can such an act linger in the hearts and minds of those left behind?

Saturday, November 18, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Garage Sale Let's hope that fairly soon we see the growth of free speech and free assembly, before our leaders garage sale it to the highest bidder. " Silence in the face of tyranny gives it license."

Wednesday, November 15, 2006 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Orphans Simply put, according to our dictionary an orphan is " A child whose parents are dead." So it is for we who call ourselves progressive minded ; we have been orphaned by the political process. This recent election has trumpeted our dilemma, loud and clear. No longer can some of us have the illusion that the Democratic party is our parental watchdog. No, to we progressives, and even our purist neighbors, the true conservatives,

Monday, October 16, 2006 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Freedom of Truth Many ' true believers' of the sweet hereafter follow a simple premise: " What is not of love is not of God". Nicely put. Those of us who walk this secular laden path of life ( with spirit guiding us) believe that " Without truth there can be no freedom ".

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
ONE TIME RIGHTS This planet had always seen upheaval, whether by natural or man made means. Wars and injustices were but a part of the blueprint of reality. Not that the heavens wished this upon us; no, on the contrary, our cosmic elders had high hopes for mankind. Yet, they instilled in us the power of free will; thus the battle within each and every one of us between the ego and the spirit. Ego was winning, once again.

Friday, July 7, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Co Dependence Day Article on Dick Cheney

Wednesday, April 26, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Better Late Than Never John Kerry gave a speech last Saturday in Boston, whereupon he came out unequivocally against the attack and occupation ( AKA WAR) of Iraq.

Saturday, March 18, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Whatcha Gonna Do About Me?

Tuesday, February 28, 2006      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Out of Bounds