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Travel website: The Pink Agenda. Several Blogs. Weekly newsletter, available upon request. Publications - Fiction: Borrowing Time: A Latino Sexual Odyssey - Floricanto Press 2003. Poetry: The Refined Savage Poetry Review - Refined Savage Editions; Unfinished Works - AIDS Services Foundation Orange County December 2005; Fingernails Across the Chalkboard Gwendolyn Brooks Center December 2006
Non-Fiction: "Queer History viewed through the eyes of Literature and my favorite books as I live my Latino Odyssey" Universidad Pedagógica Nacional. May, 2006. Unfinished Works Published by AIDS Services Foundation "HIV From the Puerto Rican Perspective" Orange County December 2005. Watch for his forthcoming book - "Mosaic Virus"
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 24, 2009 Sexual Addiction
Sexual addiction refers to a controversial phenomenon in which individuals report being unable to control their sexual behavior. It has also been called "hypersexuality," "sexual dependency," and "sexual compulsivity." It affects all human beings and is not dependent on your sexual orientation or gender identity. Studies currently show that 40 percent of people considered sexual compulsives are women.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 19, 2008 History of Same Sex Marriage Jurisprudence
Once the rest of America sees that gay marriage has not plunged California into the sea or caused the heavens to rain down hellfire, other states will move closer to acceptance.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 22, 2008 The benefits of presidential term limits
Could it be that an impending end of Republican rule has made all of these changes possible? Does the Iraqi government feel an imminent Obama victory and they are simply adapting to their new reality?
SHARE Saturday, January 12, 2008 HIV in Puerto Rico from a Puerto Rican perspective
Machismo is the norm - women are secondary and subservient to males. Gay men are well below women in the social structure, where homosexuality is generally equated only with drag queens and effeminate men. We grow up in very close-knit families with the mother as the anchor of the matriarchal hierarchy. Men wear the pants but women are the ones we fear.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 24, 2009 What politicians in the US won't tell you about the war on drugs
It is time that the American politicians accept the truth: drug addiction is a disease, not a crime. Legalizing and treating addicts is the only way to stop the flow of drugs. Not to mention the savings achieved from the war on drugs plus the revenue on the taxation of such substances
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 24, 2009 President Bush' Legacy
What someone needs to tell Mr. Bush, the 43rd, is that "history will be blaming him" long after his death.
SHARE Friday, February 23, 2007 Comments on The Illinois gay marriage bill
"Marriage is one of 'the basic civil rights of man,' fundamental to our very existence and survival . . . To deny this fundamental freedom on so unsupportable a basis as the racial classifications embodied in these statutes, classifications so directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment, is surely to deprive all the State's citizens of liberty without due process of law"
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 1, 2007 Teach English to all foreigners
Lets teach and encourage our youth to read and speak more than one language. I am embarrassed that when they travel overseas Americans expect everyone to speak English to them. Few would even bother to take a language book to at least try to learn survival phrases. Most are upset because the rest of the world will not answer them in English.
SHARE Saturday, December 30, 2006 Must gay rights wait for our 'comfort'?
But if we waited for comfort levels to rise, would we still have laws against interracial marriage? Would we be issuing civil unions for segregated marriages?
SHARE Wednesday, August 6, 2008 McCain, Obama, the Press, and "The One"
For Example: Is John McCain losing it? Is Sen. John McCain giving fits to conservatives, like those who comprise The Wall Street Journal's editorial board: that they're asking aloud if he's stupid?
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 8, 2007 Open Letter to Newt Gingrich
"English is the language of business, and Spanish, don't forget, is the language of love and romance. The only poem worth reading is the one written in Spanish, because it is the only one that sings! A truly educated person speaks more than one language fluently." Mosaic Virus by Carlos T Mock, MD
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 17, 2008 Oil burden
The oil burden so measured has risen about 75 per cent during the past year, to its highest level in almost 25 years. This must soon have an economic impact if prices do not quickly reverse. But prices would need to reach about $190 before the burden regained its peak of 1980. It is not clear that prices are at a point where demand will fall.
SHARE Tuesday, May 8, 2007 A Monkey in a Suit
Losers of wars are the only ones that are tried for crimes against humanity. The United Nations says about 2.4 million Iraqis are refugees-having left their country to flee persecution-and 1.9 million more are "internally displaced," having fled their homes but staying in the country. Death estimates are in the hundred of thousands. To me these are definitions of genocide.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, November 19, 2007 OPEC and Iraq/Iran
We have not learned from the Iraq experience: invading a country does not protect your currency.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 5, 2007 Is Health care a right or a priviledge?
You can measure the wealth of a country in many ways. The real wealth of a country depends on how healthy and educated the population is. In both of these measurements, the U.S. is behind some Third World countries. Health insurance is not a priviledge--it's a right. We, as the wealthiest nation in the world, have an obligation to educate and take care of our citizens' health.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 22, 2007 Unsettling Supreme Court decision on abortion procedure
Medicine should be regulated by our respective Medical Associations. Groups like the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists argue that depriving physicians of this option would create real danger. Difficult ethical choices should be left to be decided between the physician and his patients. This is precisely an area where less government is the best choice.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 30, 2007 So much fuss, so little sense
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
SHARE Tuesday, June 17, 2008 With these words, let us wed
There is nothing that the GLBT community can do to appease its opponents except, perhaps, disappear. But in one of the exit polls in the 2004 presidential election that got the least attention, 60 percent of voters favor either gay marriage or civil unions. The younger the voters, the more likely they are to favor marriage. To me, that is reason enough to fight for same sex marriages instead of civil unions.
SHARE Tuesday, November 14, 2006 Why a 700 mile fence makes absolutely no sense
Legislation authorizing 700 miles of fencing along the southern U.S. border was signed into law by President Bush on Thursday, October 23, 2006 at a ceremony that underscored Republican divisions over immigration policy and left questions about whether the entire barrier will be built. However, the wall will not address the real problem of immigration, nor will it address the real problem behind job losses: outsourcing.
SHARE Tuesday, June 17, 2008 The Sad State of Our Republic
Five years of war combined with the worst tax policies turned a 200 billion surplus inherited from the Clinton administration into a trillion dollar deficit. In the process, Mr. Bush, helped by his choice of Fed Chairman, has created the worst economic crisis since the 1929 depression.
SHARE Friday, February 16, 2007 With due respect Mr. Bernanke, a Soft Landing?
The Two Year US Bond has a yield of 4.88% while your 10 year bond has a yield of 4.63% and your 30 year bond has a year has a yield of 4.75%. This in spite of all your prime interest increases this past year. The yield curve for US Treasury bonds has been inverted for a while; a strong signal that the market expects a recession and a clear indication that the Fed may have to lower interest rates in the near future to prevent
(11 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 28, 2006 Economics 101 What the Wall Street Journal will never tell you.
Ever since the election of Bush, the conservative American newspapers have been lying to their readers. These fiscal conservative papers have had to swallow the election of a president that has never vetoed a spending bill. He has taken a 200 billion dollar surplus to a deficit of 6.6% percent of GDP. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $1.93 billion per day sine 9/05!
SHARE Wednesday, October 4, 2006 Congressman Foley: Gay or Pedophile?
It would be much more appropiate to use the term: men who has sex with young boys. Gay has nothing to do with his mental condition; as roughly the same number of pedophiles and ephebophiles are heterosexual or homosexual.
SHARE Monday, June 18, 2007 The Truth About Iraq's Civil War that our Government will not tell You
There is a revelatory lesson in all this urban warfare and jihadist violence: From Baghdad to Beirut and from Gaza to Kabul, these recruits to the ultimate in reactionary cults threaten the existing states in the Muslim world far more than America or its Western allies. They are one side in a conflict centered within the Muslim world. Contrary to President George W. Bush's notion, this is not America's long war against terrori
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 9, 2006 Chicago, a sick city
Addiction is a disease-you may choose to divide it between legal drugs but the truth is that it is the same disease; therefore, they should be treated in the same way. Treat all addictions with the same treatment protocol with rehabilitation not selectively imprisoning for drugs deemed 'unacceptable' and ignoring completely the other addictions.
SHARE Thursday, June 28, 2007 The sad state of our economy - liquidity crunch
"The surge in yields came in the past couple of weeks but the upward move, from about 4.5 per cent to about 5.25 per cent on the 10-year bond, has been under way since March. Borrowing US dollars for a few years has got more expensive, and the shape of the yield curve has changed as well. At the start of the year borrowing for five or 10 years cost less than borrowing for one. Now the reverse is true.
SHARE Sunday, March 4, 2007 Hard Landing
I have been saying since February 17th that the US economy is heading for a hard landing, possibly a recession while Mr. Bernanke even after the collapse of world markets on February 28, 2007 tried to calm the markets by saying the economy is sound.
SHARE Saturday, March 24, 2007 Income Inequality in the US
For confirmation of the old adage that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, just look at the US housing market. Excessive Wall Street bonuses mean that apartments and houses for the well-off in New York are still rising in value. Meanwhile, in the poor US city districts where many blacks and Latinos live, something very different is going on.
SHARE Thursday, October 12, 2006 The Critic
The march of time can't be stopped and neither can AIDS. This poem explores the emotional journey of how AIDS has walked through the time of one individual. While so much has been lost, there remains hope through family, friends, and treatments.
SHARE Thursday, September 21, 2006 Don't cry for my country
This is a poem about the assassination by the FBI of one of the Independence heroes of Puerto Rico
SHARE Wednesday, July 4, 2007 I don't believe in fireworks anymore
I was mourning the death of a Lady who used to call the four cardinal points loud and clear: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
SHARE Monday, August 21, 2006 Some laws need breaking
Immigration activist Elvira Arellano sought refuge Tuesday in a small storefront church, just blocks from her apartment, hoping that the sanctity of a holy place would shield her from deportation.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 17, 2007 Can the common person be saved from our own government?
whether or not Mr. Bush is prepared to face it, there are increasing signs that his moment is finally over. At the Defense department, Donald Rumsfeld has been replaced by Robert Gates. Paul Wolfowitz, the architect who wanted to build a new Middle East on Saddam's rubble, has been moved to the World Bank, where he observes a Robert McNamara-like silence on the failure of his war.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 5, 2007 Are you better off?
"Economies are supposed to serve human ends...not the other way round. We forget, at our peril, that markets make a good servant, a bad master, and a worse religion." we are told by Mr. Amory Lovins.
SHARE Thursday, September 28, 2006 Reaction to the CDC recommendations on routine HIV testing
While he majority of AIDS activist's criticism of this policy has been the lack of counseling and prevention, social rejection and discrimination, few have addressed the most serious and pressing problem: who will provide health care for these seroconverted individuals?
SHARE Monday, August 6, 2007 Minneapolis bridge falls-is this a metaphor for the end of our republic?
Finally the emperor has gone mad. There is no other way to describe the Bush administration. Our country is suffering and he does not seem to care. By his own admission, he does not read newspapers nor does he care about polls unless they support his desires. He has yet to attend the funeral of one of our fallen soldiers in Iraq, yet he has time for a photo op in Minneapolis.
SHARE Tuesday, September 12, 2006 The Emperor Has No Clothes!
On Wednesday, September 6, 2006, President George W. Bush acknowledged the existence of secret CIA camps. The CIA camps are believed to be in East Europe, the Middle East and Asia, and to have accommodated anywhere from scores of people to 1,000 or more at some point where torture was conducted.
SHARE Friday, January 25, 2008 He came bearing gifts
He spoke to God and declared there was an "axis of evil" and by lying and manipulating our intelligence-after all the Supreme being was guiding him-he convinced us that we needed to attack a country for no reason other than they were "evil." To this day there are some of us who believe that Iraq destroyed the twin towers.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 10, 2006 President Bush's Legacy: Nuclear Proliferation
Almost five years on and the North Koreans' apparently successful test of a nuclear weapon has delivered what may be a final blow to the Bush doctrine. In the name of preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, the US invaded Iraq only to discover that it had no such weapons. But North Korea has successfully tested a nuclear weapon, in spite of the Bush doctrine. The third member of the "axis of evil", Iran, is p
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, June 15, 2007 Has the Gay Media become irrelevant?
When was the last time you read an interesting article on either The Advocate or Out Magazine? My subscription ran out three years ago and they still keep sending me the magazines. Truth be told, they are irrelevant.
SHARE Friday, December 15, 2006 Open Letter to New Jersey Lawmakers
Civil Unions are to the Gay Movement what segregation was to the African American Movement-"separate but equal". They were still second-class citizens. It is not ok to have a water fountain for the "colored" people and another for the white man. Each and every one of us should, and must be allowed to drink from the same water fountain. Those are the basic principles secured by the Bill of Rights.
SHARE Saturday, July 21, 2007 Dow Giveth, Dow Taketh Away
When it comes to the economy, the national mood is a combination of dissatisfaction and fear. A recent Gallup poll found that 66 percent of Americans think national economic conditions are "only fair" or "poor."
SHARE Friday, September 29, 2006 Goldilocks and the Bears
The Chicago Tribune, in an effort to keep Republicans in power this November, published an editorial today called: Goldilocks and the Dow. They claimed: The next time you hear someone complain about the state of the U.S. economy, you might point out that the Dow Jones industrial average is right on the edge of setting an all-time high. I'm trying to set the record straight.
SHARE Saturday, January 5, 2008 Stagflation
Stagflation becomes a dilemma for monetary policy when policies usually used to increase economic growth will further increase runaway inflation while policies used to fight inflation will further the decline of an already-declining economy. For example, the Central Banks of the world have been printing money to the tune of billions of dollars to ease the credit crunch of local banks-a move that causes inflation in itself-to t