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A SWEET SALTY TOUCHING LOVE STORY by Kiran Kumar Roy

He met her at a party. She was so outstanding, many guys were chasing after her; while he was so normal, nobody paid attention to him. At the end of the party, he invited her to have coffee with him. She was surprised, but being polite, she promised.  They sat in a nice coffee shop. He was too nervous to say anything. She felt uncomfortable. She thought, “Please let me go home.” Suddenly, he asked the waiter “Would you please give me some salt? I’d like to put it in my coffee.” Everybody stared at him…so strange! His face turned red but, still, he put the salt in his coffee and drank it. She asked him curiously “Why do you have this habit?” He replied, “When I was a little boy, I was living near the sea. I like playing in the sea. I could feel the taste of the sea, just like the taste of the salty coffee. Now, every time I have the salty coffee, I always think of my childhood, think of my hometown. I miss my hometown so much, I miss my parents who are still living there.” While saying that, tears filled his eyes. She was deeply touched. That’s his true feeling from the bottom of his heart. A man who can tell out his homesickness, he must be a man who loves home, cares about home, has responsibility of home. Then she also started to speak, spoke about her far away hometown, her childhood, her family. That was a really nice talk; also, a beautiful beginning of their story. They continued to date.... read more

SOME THOUGHTS ON LIFE AND DEATH by David C. Williams

What is life? Life connotes all animal and vegetable entities that are self-replicating, sensitive and temporary. Life has one beginning, one end. What is important in man’s life? Food, sex and religion–in that order. (eating, coitus and preaching) These three are primary, mandatory and essential. Religion distinguishes man from all other species. (Gods are mythological, and religion is an invention of man but remains an important factor in human activity today.) Secondary areas of importance in man’s life are the arts: manual, visual and mental, work, producing something, and esthetics, evaluating, criticizing and contemplating. Man’s life may be greatly influenced by emotions such as love or hate and by varying degrees of happiness or melancholy. Men have varying levels of intelligence, but they all contemplate death. What is death? Death involves all animal and vegetable entities that are self-replicating, sensitive and temporary. Death occurs once at the end of Life, and it is eternal. [David C. Williams is a retired, professional mechanical engineer. He is a writer, artist, and philosopher. He is 94 years old and lives alone in Ashland, Kentucky.]... read more

CENSURE. IMPEACH. REMOVE by Jo Comerford

This past weekend, a mob of white men marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying flaming torches and shouting, “Heil, Trump!” As a columnist in the Washington Post said, Trump might as well have “lit every one of those torches in Charlottesville.” And now, after this weekend’s horrific murder, Trump just keeps piling on the hate. Yesterday he again cast blame on “all sides” and refused to disavow his advisers with ties to white supremacist organizations. Not only did Trump stoke the fires of racism and white supremacy to get elected, but once in office, he chose white supremacists Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller to be among some of his closest White House advisers. That’s why we’re launching an emergency campaign to demand that lawmakers 1. CENSURE DONALD TRUMP. Censure is a formal, public statement of disapproval that requires a vote by Congress. A bipartisan vote would send a strong message to Trump and the world that his behavior is unacceptable and doesn’t represent American values.   2. BEGIN THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS. For months now, we’ve been demanding that Congress begin the process to remove Donald Trump from office. Yesterday’s behavior was yet another example of just how unfit he is for the office of the presidency. And how urgently impeachment is needed. 3. REMOVE TRUMP’S WHITE SUPREMACIST ADVISERS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. Congress controls Trump’s budget, which gives them tacit control of his staffing and the power to demand the removal of white supremacist advisers from their positions. Our work ahead won’t be easy. But we have no choice but to work hard as we can for as... read more

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POLITICS

CENSURE. IMPEACH. REMOVE by Jo Comerford

CENSURE. IMPEACH. REMOVE by Jo Comerford

This past weekend, a mob of white men marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, carrying flaming torches and shouting, “Heil, Trump!” As a columnist in the Washington Post said, Trump might as well have “lit every one of those torches in Charlottesville.” And now, after this weekend’s horrific murder, Trump just keeps piling on the hate. Yesterday he again cast blame on “all sides” and refused to disavow his advisers with ties to white supremacist organizations. Not only did Trump stoke the fires of racism and white supremacy to get elected, but once in office, he chose white supremacists Steve Bannon, Sebastian Gorka, and Stephen Miller to be among some of his closest White House advisers. That’s why we’re launching an emergency campaign to demand that lawmakers 1. CENSURE DONALD TRUMP. Censure is a formal, public statement of disapproval that requires a vote by Congress. A bipartisan vote would send a strong message to Trump and the world that his behavior is unacceptable and doesn’t represent American values.   2. BEGIN THE IMPEACHMENT PROCESS. For months now, we’ve been demanding that Congress begin the process to remove Donald Trump from office. Yesterday’s behavior was yet another example of just how unfit he is for the office of the presidency. And how urgently impeachment is needed. 3. REMOVE TRUMP’S WHITE SUPREMACIST ADVISERS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE. Congress controls Trump’s budget, which gives them tacit control of his staffing and the power to demand the removal of white supremacist advisers from their positions. Our work ahead won’t be easy. But we have no choice but to work hard as we can for as... read more

RELIGION

SOMETHING EVEN UGLIER THAN RACISM by Constance Hilliard

SOMETHING EVEN UGLIER THAN RACISM by Constance Hilliard

HUCKABEE SANDERS - POSTER CHILD FOR SOMETHING EVEN UGLIER THAN RACISM THAT AROSE FROM ANTEBELLUM SOUTH What could be worse than the soul-shredding evil of racism during the era of human bondage? My answer would be creating a world of make-believe so fortified by lies that those who lived within it could believe that slaves didn’t mind it in the least when their children were sold from their trembling arms or when their wives were sexually assaulted by the plantation owner. While the institution of forced labor was dismantled after the Civil War, the peculiar mindset that defined reality as whatever the patriarch said it was, regardless of the evidence of one’s own senses, escaped the confines of the South and spread to other areas of white working class America. It was a worldview built on an invented moral authority. Southern evangelicals had fought the abolitionism of their northern evangelical counterparts by creating a new hermeneutics–Bible literalism. It proclaimed that anything theologians found in the world of 2,000 years ago as having made its way into the Bible could be declared sacrosanct and God-inspired. Critical thinking skills, even personal observation were disdained for the proclamations of the patriarchal leader. In that context, lies were whatever liberals said, and the truth was the patriarch’s mumblings. White House press secretary, Sarah Huckebee Sanders, thinks of herself as a good Christian because she is faithful to the truths of Donald Trump. If this poison isn’t worse than racism, then it certainly runs a close second. [Constance Hilliard’s article was reblogged by Daily Kos Liberation League on August 2, 2017. It is reprinted... read more

CURRENT

DO NOT REPAY EVIL WITH EVIL by J. William St. Clair

DO NOT REPAY EVIL WITH EVIL by J. William St. Clair

I attended the University of Virginia (1982-1986). One summer, I worked at a restaurant about a block from the park where the clashes occurred last Saturday morning. My memories do not match what I witnessed on the television screen. It was surreal to watch people yelling and taunting each other, lobbing and being hit by bottles, spraying and being sprayed by mace and then engaging in random fistfights in an area I recall as being quiet and bucolic. What caught my attention is that those engaging in the violence were doing so voluntarily. They were mutual combatants. Certainly the young woman killed by a car was not part of the melee that I saw. Her death was an act of evil. And, I would place in the evil category (albeit a lesser category) the mutual combatants I witnessed fighting in the street. They were both returning evil for evil.   The public outcry in the wake of the street skirmishes apparently did not witness what I saw on the news. Government officials and media pundits generally focused on the white supremacists, Klan members and neo-Nazis (bigots) - their wrongdoing and our public intolerance for their thoughts and beliefs. There was no mention of the beatings I saw some of the bigots received in the streets. The hatred, loathing and disdain heaped upon the bigots in the street and later in the media is exactly what the bigots want the public to feel and then pile upon them. Evil wants to be repaid with evil because even righteous loathing fuels the bigot’s hate-filled rhetoric intellectually and has no connection with... read more