Thursday, January 19, 2012

District Attorneys Should Be Investigated in Repeat Cases of Falsely Accused Black Prisoners Exonerated by DNA Evidence

Justice is not in the law books.  It resides in the human heart.  What are each of us willing to put up with, to speak out against, to fight for?  And what are we willing to blind ourselves to?   Let me get more specific.

Harold Richardson is greeted by his family after his release from prison. Harold spent 17 years behind bars for a crime that he did not commit. His sentence was vacated when DNA evidence linked a convicted murder to the crime.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Is Israel's "Borderline Personality Disorder" Dragging U.S. Closer to War with Iran

Israel today suffers from what mental health professionals call "Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)." Nations like humans can suffer trauma in their formative years, which predispose them to behave in ways similar to that of mentality unstable individuals. One of the most characteristic symptoms of this disorder is the uncanny capacity of the sufferer to generate chaos. It emanates from the self-destructive belief that pandemonium is a protective buffer against annihilation.

The Israeli intelligence agency MOSSAD seems to be the brain cells driving this disorder in the Jewish state. It is today the prime suspect in the assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist, Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan. Leaked intelligence reports support claims that MOSSAD murdered another Iranian nuclear scientist on the same day in 2010.

Since assassinations are not producing sufficient political cacophony, Tel Aviv officials appear to be calculating an attack on Iran, timed to precede the American presidential elections. In this way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be able to hold President Barack Obama hostage to presidential aspirations dependent on capturing the Jewish vote. In this tough electoral climate there will be no repercussions for Israel. Republicans already accuse Obama of being less of a friend to the Jewish State than they would be.

Alas, where is Sigmund Freud, when Israel so desperately needs this genius's insights into suffering, aggression and the mechanism of self-destruction, which operates below the level of a BPD sufferer's conscious awareness?

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Where is the Glory? (Mothers & Foreign Policy)

One of the most emotionally stirring and monumental movies ever made was the  1989 Civil War drama  "Glory."  It is based on the preparations of the  54th Massachusetts battalion, the first black unit, to fight in the Civil War, and the Battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina. This film  is a powerful and I might even say beautiful depiction of one of the times in human history when the unspeakable agony of a mother's loss could be softened by the potency of her pride in the cause to which her child gave his life.

It therefore confounds me that loving mothers would spend more time thumbing through "Better Homes & Gardens," than studying the trajectory of  United States foreign policy.  Where was the "glory" in losing one's child in the Vietnam War? Or how about Afghanistan?  The George Bush White House could have criminalized the 9/11 attacks, gaining the support of the Muslim world in bringing down Osama bin Laden, rather than invading an entire country, at the loss of 2,000 American lives, and we are still counting.  And how about Iraq, where 5,000 American lives were lost, even though the dictator Saddam Hussein was even more opposed to the fundamentalism of bin Laden than we were?   Where is the glory to losing a child to simple ignorance of foreign policy?  Where are the voices of mothers when foreign policy decisions, that have the possibility of ripping apart our souls in grief, are being made?

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Duct Tape, Pranks and Child Abuse

When I first learned of the two recent cases in which parents tied up their kids with duct tape and posted the photos on Facebook, I thought -- forget jail.  These people need to be lined up in front of a firing squad.  But when I  calmed down enough to reflect on the situation, my thoughts took a 180 degree turn.  

The real problem is not immature parents, too dumb to realize that their so-called pranks are serious criminal acts.  It is rather that we as a society are stressed out by the fact that we're finding it nearly impossible to root out psychopathic child abusers until long after the damage is done.  The real criminals who maim, molest and kill children do not post evidence of their dirty work on Facebook.  In fact, they blend into society so effortlessly that, the first impulse of friends, neighbors, family members and colleagues when presented with evidence of these peoples' psychopathology is denial and an aggressive defense of them.  The two recent cases of coaches at Penn State and Syracuse University underscore that point.    

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Some Gnostic Secrets of Marriage

Kim Kardashian has her uses.  But she cannot whisper in my ear the mystical secrets to a happy  marriage.  Nor can Mel Gibson, Will Smith or Jada Pinkett.  For that precious advice I must turn to my dearest friends, Florence and Charles Tate, who will this year  celebrate their 56th wedding anniversary.  In a society where the divorce rate among African-Americans has skyrocketed to well over sixty-five percent, I would like to share with you an article, which my husband pasted in our family scrapbook nearly twenty years ago.  The patina of its wisdom deepens with age.

Florence Tate 

A 35th Wedding Anniversary:  
A Happy Point of No Return-Most Likely

by Florence Tate

This is just about as good as it gets, ya’ll.  Today, I feel that all the cliches that have to do with providence, a happy marriage, and positive thinking are true.  You know the ones.  God is great.  Life can be beautiful.  Children are a blessing.  Blessed be the ties that bind.

Catch me another time and I may say just the contrary to all of the above, but hey, as of today, my husband, Charles, and I have weathered many a storm together and still love, appreciate, tolerate, understand, and forgive each other.

Today marks the 35th anniversary of our marriage.

Friday, January 6, 2012

How Could Immigration Officials Mistakenly Deport Black Teenager to Colombia?

When I first heard the news report that a fifteen year old, black teenager from South Dallas, who spoke no Spanish, had been deported to Colombia, South America, I assumed this must be a bad joke.  But when I learned that the story was true, something far more sinister churned in my historian's gut.   The Fugitive Slave Act was passed in 1850, to return runaway slaves to the South.  Bounty hunters scoured the northern states, kidnapping freed men and women, burning their identity papers, and selling them into slavery in the South in order to make huge profits.  I'm not saying that U.S. immigration officials have turned into bounty hunters, because I have come up with no evidence yet that these agents are profiting financially from deporting American citizens of non-white ethnicities to Latin America.  But what I am saying is this.  That predatory spirit still lives on.