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Testimony for National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service — END DRAFT REGISTRATION

I prepared the below testimony to present at a public meeting in Chicago before the National Commission on Military, National, and Public Service, a commission created by Congress to deal with questions of draft registration, most specifically, whether to end … Continue reading

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COMMUNITY FORUM REMARKS: Need to address the main driver of criminal and criminalized behavior, substance abuse, and that the failed law enforcement model needs to be supplanted by a public health model driven by evidence and community benefit

The Community Solidarity Response Network of Toledo (CSRN), our local Black Lives Matter group, and the ACLU hosted a forum on “What Does a Safer Toledo Look Like?” This forum was in response to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ National Public Safety … Continue reading

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Toledo Democracy Day Testimony: Focus on Racism, White Supremacy

Below is the testimony I delivered today before Toledo City Council, or rather the three council members who showed up.  The mayor also showed up for part of the testimony. Democracy Day Testimony March 5, 2018 Hi, my name is … Continue reading

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FREE POLITICAL POSTER: Republican Leaders Gather To Celebrate Their Tax Scam

The coalition of deplorables known as the Republican leadership are celebrating the careening success of their ill-considered, hypocritical, and mean-spirited tax scam.  Now, perhaps the only hope for sane Americans is that GOP leaders will stumble over themselves in their … Continue reading

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Donald Trump: The Dress Rehearsal for Fascism

If you want to make sense of the failure of neoliberalism, as typified by Hillary Clinton, and its vomiting up of proto-fascist leaders like Donald Trump, then author and journalist Chris Hedges nails it again, in this piece, Donald Trump: The Dress Rehearsal … Continue reading

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THIRD PARTY POEM: A Door Number Three

A Door Number Three Caught a mist The cross Fire Between partisan streams Shooting for number won Too put out In A narrow mined field Wear white is anti-black And black is nonwhite So fanatical about your stripes Yet no … Continue reading

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POEM: Rousing Fresh Fortune

To no what is possible Sum look too the passed To undertake certainties Too due dreams untested Some are moved Bye this present Liberating futures seized And undo The knot tied And never tried How Ever prospecting possibilities in awe … Continue reading

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FREE HILLARY CLINTON POSTER: Because…”Extremely Careless” May Just Be Good Enough

This free Hillary Clinton poster was inspired by her recent vindication by the FBI as only being “extremely careless” with classified information.  I sympathize with Hillary Clinton regarding her relentless attacks from right-wingers.  Still, the carte blanche impunity afforded people in … Continue reading

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POEM: Wee Civil Lies: They Brutalize

We are prone Too civil lies The most savage saving Buy brutal lies As assuredly As they had Been stood up Just the same For their own Good Won morality for us None for them Hidden as mirror Human eyes … Continue reading

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POEM: Attorney General Edwin Meese III

I know of a man I never met A foe of mine, I can only bet A very close impersonal friend To my unknown needs he’s supposed to tend To rehabilitate me from what to what Maybe he’s a pure-bred … Continue reading

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POEM: Nothing New Under The Sun

There is nothing new under the sun Though in the shadows The same old same old Is more mournfully familiar Settling for reality-lite Too at home with night Groping with eyes open Instead of lightly touched Even with eyes closed … Continue reading

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POEM: Be Riffed of Life

He said “The world is inert.” I said “You mean Dead?” He re-plied That it is Assure thing Beyond doubt I queeried “On your incite Or the out?” By all means Necessary As you must And arbitrary mold No higher … Continue reading

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POEM: God Gets a Bad Wrap

God gets a bad wrap As do men Gloom Over Rite and wrong Babies borne of bathwater Throne buy themselves Like clay Giving rise To the pitter potter of little feats And inconceivable images Speaking out laud In a class … Continue reading

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POEM: The Game of Life

One day I realized The game of life And going back In the box Only to find The rules had been lost Long a go And still The game goes on This short poem plays with the notion that life … Continue reading

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POEM: We Won’t Be Food Again

I would rather Be Job Less than Renounce A living wager And know place to lie My head My heart Made homeless In loo of A fast fooled nation For going The beast Wee Can due Hitched to number one … Continue reading

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POEM: Davis-Besse Nuclear Disaster – “Good Job”

It was early Monday mourning When the Davis-Besse nuclear plant Finally ruptured At the base of Lake Eerie Weeping poison From the once-great lakes Now a watery grave for both sellers And consumers Of atomic drivel For what human remains … Continue reading

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POEM: Jumping From The Ledger

Rejoin the rat race And all that chasten Daring to make A rodent in the machine Which is all the rage The bounty on your ahead A golden hamster wheel Retard after 50 years Left dumb Lips pursed For so … Continue reading

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POEM: Success Can Be Trying

She was not a success Nor was she even a failure For failure has a prerequisite Trying Not reaching The successful cobble The stones of failure So becoming The rode integral Too success Finding that success can be trying The … Continue reading

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SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER: A Christian Perspective on Justice

Here is a portion of a document that I drafted a couple of years ago while I was a board member of Toledo Area Ministries (TAM).  It was never adopted in any form, but I put a lot of work … Continue reading

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Hope: Real People Fighting for Democracy and Workers

John Nichols of The Nation offers a hopeful look at real people making a real difference in fighting against impersonal political powers, non-person corporations, and real ingrate politicians, such as Gov. Walker of Wisconsin, in his article Twenty-Five Faces of … Continue reading

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