Greed and Identity
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Nov 25, 2014 - 10:56am
Greed and Identity

Michael Brown was a thief. From everything I've seen, in the brief store video he showed all of the behavior of a bully. He was a big kid. Next to the clerk, stealing cigars, he looks gargantuan.When he stepped towards the little guy, I retreated. There was a kid like that in my neighborhood growing up. He could just take what he wanted from us little kids. Never defeated.Michael Brown was having a day, on a spree of irresponsibility.Maybe that was his life? How many kids in the city are Michael Brownswith nothing better to do than shoplift and cause trouble,do drugs and petty crime? Itching for a fight? Whose fault is that? His? His parents? The schools? Society?What is the lesson our behavior teaches about wrong and right?&…

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Marko Noyes on Novice Hitching

Maybe, if she hadn't called him a child he would have thought about it more clearly. Maybe if she hadn't told him he wasn't as mature as Clive, hadn't insulted him, he would have accepted her money and a bus ride to Redding. Maybe if Clive hadn't made hitching sound so romantic and fun, told hi…

Nov 24, 2014 - 12:06pm
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What or Who, exactly, is an 'Illegal Alien?'

'Illegal Alien' Does that mean, say, something like the move creature ET? Maybe the weird tentacled things in the movie Independence Day? Would they be 'illegal aliens?' It’s so much easier to categorize than humanize, isn't it? Ok….instead of ‘illegal alien,’ …

Nov 24, 2014 - 6:06pm
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Double Standard or Deep Irony?

The 4 above photos were taken approx. 7 months apart, the lower 2 being the most recent (still there as of this morning).  I have lived in NYC for all of my adult life and in Harlem since 2007.  There are still so many remenants of the victim culture that was perpetrated by failed gov…

Nov 25, 2014 - 10:29am
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An excuse a minute

The midterm election results weren’t twenty-four hours old when President Obama was out with his analysis: 2/3 of the voters didn’t vote and he was listening to them.  Within another twenty-four hours, Nancy Pelosi was talking about “voter suppression.”  Please.Mid-…

Nov 23, 2014 - 4:35pm
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Don't fall into the liberal inequality trap!

The dialogue related to cries of inequality has gone something like this as of late:Liberals vent about the pay of corporate CEOs and compare their salaries to minimum wage workers, teachers or anyone that gets paid less.  Then they advocate for higher taxes on the rich or higher minimum wages …

Oct 29, 2014 - 6:20am
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The problem is money ..... Duh!

If you take a minute to understand how our money is created, the perversity and corruption within our system will become clear. And when I say system, I mean our monetary system to be sure, but also our entire system of government as it functions today.Most of our money starts out in life as debt. W…

Nov 18, 2014 - 6:25am
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The Beat Goes On II

In the interest of keeping an open dialogue running where we can discuss all things Writer Beat, I've cut and pasted Micahel Payne's comment from this article.  @autumn: would you please clarify the following statement: “If I were to pay anyone, it would be for comments, as co…

Nov 15, 2014 - 5:24am
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Those of you who open this post are ready to do battle!  I have challenged your integrity, your intellect, your ability to reason all in one swoop! So you have a right to be angry and fight back. And that is exactly what our President does repeatedly. In fact, that is what the whole damn Govern…

Nov 25, 2014 - 2:21pm
The core thinking of the Democrats and the left

 The left's major mistake is that they don't understand how an economy grows. The left believes that the extra that the "wealthy" have by being greedy needs or should be taken/taxed etc,  because the wealthy will not use/spend or do with the extra that will "help" the middle class or …

Nov 21, 2014 - 8:11pm
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  • - Nov 25, 2014 - 2:57pm
  • - by The Bug
What happened to Muslim intellect?

I found this article in one of the professional journals that I receive every month. I thought it was interesting, important, and should be shared. I am an immigrant (50 years ago) from India. ________________________________ What have Muslims contributed to our society or any society fo…

Nov 24, 2014 - 7:03pm
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As originally crafted at / Aboard & Abroad: Make your own Damn Sammich, I am launching a campaign called for He4Sammich. I am reaching out to men everywhere because we love sammiches. We want to end gender inequality, and to do this, w…

Nov 25, 2014 - 12:37am
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Stop Whining. Do Your Job. Pass A Bill.

Last week, when President Obama announced executive action on immigration policy, many Congressional Republicans were up in arms, saying he was acting like a monarch or dictator and poisoning the well by acting unilaterally without Congressional approval. He fired back that all they have to do to ne…

Nov 23, 2014 - 5:57pm
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Free Market Economy, yes please. Free Market Labor…

 Last week President Obama grew some (finally!) and exercised his executive power to better the immigration system; be it minimally. The opposition narrative, riddled with incoherent, unsupported, if popular narratives plays on fear. One hears fears of gang members coming in, people taking up j…

Nov 24, 2014 - 12:16pm
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The NSA and Utah: Is any win a good one?

Cross posted from Pruning Shears.Late last year a group called the Tenth Amendment Center proposed model legislation designed to give states new methods to oppose the National Security Agency (NSA). It included a proposal to cut off the water supply at the NSA's Utah data center, and at the time I w…

Nov 23, 2014 - 10:11am
Who you calling a greedy capitalist?

Don’t you just hate it when someone says “greed is good?”  It would be like saying sloth, wrath, gluttony, pride, lust and envy are good.  So to all capitalists, do not commit one of the seven deadly sins and pronounce greed to be good.  To everyone else, allow me to…

Nov 18, 2014 - 10:28am
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The current state of

  In the last six years never has so much been done to accomplish so little.Obama and the Dems have been on the right side of many issues but has failed to gain traction due to an assortment of reasons.The "Republicons",reason number one have been a sharp stick in the eye since day one. Spewing…

Nov 21, 2014 - 8:48pm
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My vote should count more than yours

Last Tuesday I voted but it was no easy task.  The location of voting for my precinct was a public housing complex a short distance away from my apartment building.  With work and stuff to do in the evening, my only chance was to take my two-year old and leave the moment he woke up.  …

Nov 10, 2014 - 8:53am
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Follow up to 'The Real Religious Wars'...America i…

Based on several posts and questions received to my column on The ‘Real Religious Wars,’ I decided to do a follow up post rather than keep going on that individual string. These are important questions. And the number of honest and sincere conservative Americans who have bought into the …

Nov 17, 2014 - 10:13am
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For several reasons such as security barriers at teller stations, exterior cameras, harsher criminal penalties and the most galling of all for the erstwhile bank robber: the money’s just no longer there!In 2009, the FBI statistics show an average bank heist netted around $4,000.So where…

Nov 23, 2014 - 4:30pm
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  • - Nov 24, 2014 - 5:03pm
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A Fishing Lesson

Recently, I read a simple but thought provoking article titled, “Do NOT Teach a Starving Man to Fish” by Bruce Kasanoff featured on LinkedIn. The article focuses on the importance of feeding as well as teaching a man to fish in the condition of homelessness. As I usually do on a topic of…

Nov 20, 2014 - 2:35pm
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Is the way we approach innovation outdated?

For all intents and purposes, innovation seems to have become the new buzzword throughout corporate America, much like “Six Sigma” and “Lean manufacturing” were thought of as the panacea for getting to the bottom of efficiency and waste. Although the majority of top level exe…

Nov 18, 2014 - 11:55am
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  • - Nov 25, 2014 - 11:07am
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Another Great Midterm Election

Another Great Midterm ElectionNovember 8, 2014The 2010 midterm elections were great from a GOP perspective and horrible for just about everyone else. The ones we just experienced were, in most respects, even worse. The 2010 elections left the GOP with a majority of seats in the US House of Repr…

Nov 20, 2014 - 8:39pm
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