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I'm a 72-year-old American who served in Vietnam as a naive 19-year-old. From that moment on, I've been studying and re-thinking what US counter-insurgency war means. I live outside of Philadelphia, where I'm a writer, photographer and political activist. I have been a member of Veterans For Peace for 40 years. I think America and Americans are living through a complex cultural and economic reckoning we do not fully understand. I'm convinced we, as Americans, need to re-evaluate who we are and, in the process, ratchet down the imperial world policeman role we too often take for granted. A nation of our size must stay engaged diplomatically in the world and protect ourselves from attack; but for our own good and the good of the world, we need to better look after our own nation's problems. I like good writing, good film, good music and good times. I drink alcohol and, yes, smoke a doobie now and then. I say this publicly because I think the Drug War is an abject and hypocritical failure. Much worse and more corrupting than Prohibition ever was; the gangs that have been spawned are far worse and more dangerous than Al Capone. I taught writing in a Philly prison for 12 years and met too many poor, African American young men stuck in there for some stupid drug crime. I'm a committed pragmatist who actually subscribes to the old right-wing formula: My Country Right Or Wrong. When our government is wrong, which it is a lot of the time, I'm happy to say that. I plan to stick around.

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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, April 11, 2021
Between Q's Headspace and the Hard Place of Western History The timing is right for the truths told by two HBO series. The first is Q: Into The Storm, where Cullen Hoback hunts for is behind the Q-phenomenon. Then, there's Raoul Peck's magnificent history of the horrors of white supremacy and western colonialism/imperialism. It's an incredible one-two punch of needed truth.
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SHARE More Sharing        Friday, January 22, 2021
Three Wednesdays In January Three Wednesdays: Insurrection. Impeachment. Inauguration. A remarkable two weeks that raised more questions than it answers. Thanks to the pandemic and the security panic, the inaguration of Joe Biden was an amazing TV-oriented, reality drama event. And the drama is just beginning.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 10, 2021
Redirect Law Enforcement Against the Right The differences in how Black Lives Matter actions are treated by police and the way Trump's army was virtually unopposed as they bulled their way into the US Capitol shows the reality of selective enforcement in America. It's time to reverse the enforcement decisions and focus on right-wing terrorists.
White House Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony White House Abraham Accords Signing Ceremony with President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, UAE's Foreign Minister Abdullah ..., From YouTubeVideos
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, December 24, 2020
The Abraham Accords Are Not a "Peace Deal" Donald Trump trashed a peace deal and, with Jared Kushner, facilitated the creation of The Abraham Accords. These accords among small Arab states and Israel are being called "peace deals." They are not about peace. They are actually "war deals" against Iran. The Biden administration needs to get tough with Israel and the Arabs and re-establish the Iran peace deal, which was really about peace.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 29, 2020
Joe Biden and the American Shame of War Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Lameduck-President Trump contract the murder of an Iranian scientist in broad daylight to screw up President-Elect Biden's resurrection of the peace deal with Iran. And Joe Biden says nothing? We need to hear from the man what this means to him. What will he do? What won't he do? We don't need another shameful war like Iraq and Afghanistan.
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SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 23, 2020
Veteran Slimed By Rhinos In Portland: Non-Violent Meets Non-Lethal Vietnam veteran Mike Hastie is 75-years-old and a gentle, dedicated natural poet and photographer who had spent six days photographing the melee in Portland when he ran into a phalanx of armor-plated, de-humanized federal operatives who didn't like what he was saying so one of them sprayed him in the face with painful pepper slime. The episode brings to mind Eugene Ionesco's play Rhinoceros about the rise of fascism.
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SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 11, 2020
Did Tammy Duckworth Fight For Our Right to Protest? Senator Tammy Duckworth is running to be chosen Joe Biden's VP. In an op-ed in the Times she used the argument that she fought in Iraq to protect our rights to speak out here at home. During this moment of national dialogue, that argument should be forever trashed. First, it's not true, and second, and it encourages future quagmires. The nation needs to move beyond its imperial phase.
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SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Navy Leadership Runs Aground Captain Brett Crozier, skipper of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, was fired for caring about his crew's welfare more than he cared about being promoted to admiral. The Navy was going to reinstate him, then, decided not to. It was shameful decision. The story is reminiscent of the movie Mister Roberts.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, June 19, 2020
Walkin' the 'Hood With the Bats: The Confessions of a White Privileged Radical Times are stressful, and I couldn't sleep. So as dark slipped into dawn, I decided to walk my suburban 'hood in painted-spattered clothes and no socks. I had a fantasy of my own fatality, then I ran into the bats and heard an echo from the past: "Can we all get along?"
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, April 1, 2020
OPERATION WAR PRESIDENT: Hybrid War As a Domestic Political Tool Hybrid Warfare is here. Mix that with a runaway virus and a president vulnerable to losing his re-election campaign who has declared himself a wartime president -- and you're asking for trouble. The possibilities are the sort that can make you unsure whether to laugh or cry.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, March 22, 2020
Memes and Viruses US citizens are being assaulted by the COVID19 virus, something that is disrupting our lives. But we're also assaulted on our iphones and internet social media venues by memes that disrupt and whipsaw our lives around. Sometimes it's hard to know what's real and what's not. Is the COVID19 shut-down actually opening a path to socialism? Lots of questions.
The Liberation Theology Jesus in Central America, From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 29, 2020
America, What's it Gonna Be: Democratic Socialist or Democratic Fascist? The trashing of Bernie Sanders for being a "socialist" is getting tiresome. There are lots of -isms in America; the point is to get the balance right. And right now it's way off. If Sanders is a democratic socialist, Trump is certainly a democratic fascist. Instead of Stalin and Castro as socialists, how about Jesus Christ? Can we stop the hysteria and get real? America needs an injection of bottom-up government.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Freud Goes to the Super Bowl The 2020 Super Bowl was maybe the most obnoxious display of American corporatism and imperialism I've ever witnessed. I happened to be reading Sigmund Freud's 1930 classic Civilization and its Discontents on game day. Flags, glorified male aggression and J-Lo pole dancing at halftime. Freud would have been amazed. Fortunately the game was a good one, so I held my lunch long enough to write this piece.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, January 26, 2020
Iran Is NOT Responsible For US War Dead In Iraq The charge that Iranian General Gasem Soleimani and his Quds Force is responsible for US dead in the Iraq War needs to be recognized for what it is: malicious propaganda produced to justify a crude murder by lethal drone. The real culprit in Iraq, of course, was/is George W. Bush and his administration.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, January 4, 2020
Donald Trump's War is a Tragedy Foretold It makes sense to see Trump's Iran War as Act Three in a three-act tragedy with Act One, the Gulf War and Act Two, the Iraq War. The curtain is going up now on Act Three, and the players are walking on stage. The suspense is maddening. And Donald Trump loves it! But if history is any guide, this play isn't going to end well.
SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, December 29, 2019
Corrupting Jesus to Trump the Constitution This Christmas season was a doozy in the absurdity department. Fundamentalists who admire Christ pulled all the stops to defend bad-Christian strongman Donald Trump as the protector of their religion, reminiscent of Torquemado and the Inquisition. Then we read about Washington stare Rep. Matt Shea -- and the plot thickened. Are we in for bad weather?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 16, 2019
Clint Eastwood Trips On a Quid Pro Quo Clint Eastwood's new movie Richard Jewell is a good, entertaining movie, but it puts off a propaganda smell. Why was this movie funded and made at this time? There's a number of references to the Trump narrative where he's a poor victim of the deep state FBI. Meanwhile, the film has bombed.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 7, 2019
Killers, Gumbas and Politics Circa 2020 Donald Trump's narcissistic, authoritarian instincts and his admiration of gangster-capitalist Vladimir Putin raises the issue of killing. America has a long history of reverting to violence when things get sticky. It's a post-Consitutional area that should not be ignored.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 10, 2019
The Central America US Border Blues With all the current cruelty now being employed by the US government against poor people from Central America along our borde4r with Mexico, there is a crying need to include in the national discussion US involvement in places like El Salvador and Honduras. This essay and photos by the author is a small effort to do that.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, June 29, 2019
Biden Needs to Address Why He Threw Black Males Under the Bus Joe Biden needs to candidly explain why he worked with Strom Thurmond on crime bills that affected so many inner-city black males in order to get Democrats back in the game after the Reagan debacle made them powerless. He needs to be honest and not calculating and air that laundry out, no matter how dirty it is.

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