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Glass Ceilings, Maternal Instincts and Humanitarian War

Glass Ceilings,  Maternal Instincts and Humanitarian War

by Patrick Devlin I found out that we as a people (meaning Democratic party operatives) have finally broken through the glass ceiling with the nomination of Hillary Clinton to be their party’s candidate for president in 2016. And, we all know that America is woefully tardy when it comes to electing women candidates in primaries for presidential elections. Enlightened nations got the decades jump on the good ‘ol USA on this score – Golda Meir was the Prime Minister of Israel in the 1970’s, Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the UK in the 1980s and Angela Merkle is […]

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30 percent is not a majority

30 percent is not a majority

by Patrick Devlin Only partisans ensnared by duopoly insist that there are only 2 choices in American elections. In 2012, 57 percent of American voters voted for president. Obama won 51 percent. Romney won 48 percent. That means the president was ‘elected’ by about 30 percent of American voters. It is not my fault that the status quo legacy parties have pursued a program to discourage voting reduce voter choice and stifle democracy in our country. Recall in the mentioned election, 2012, our presidential candidates chose to not debate about: imperial war and the cost of military industrialism, the failure […]

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Trump-thugs: The most fabulous and violent narrow-mindedness America has ever seen (yet)

Trump-thugs: The most fabulous and violent narrow-mindedness America has ever seen (yet)

by Patrick Devlin As the bully-boy coward Donald Trump spoke at a rally at a Christian college on January 20 in Oklahoma, a gang of his middle-aged flabby thugs assaulted audience members who chose to silently protest the public event. Strangely, for this audience of self-proclaimed Christian Trump-thugs, no one mentioned the words of Jesus; “I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” The assaults have now become […]

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The Healing and Transformative Power of the Arts to Build Bridges of Peace

The Healing and Transformative Power of the Arts to Build Bridges of Peace

by Patrick Devlin As children were being incinerated by Awesome American Ordinance during the sultry days of last summer – while Americans fired up their Kindles on their beach vacations and Palestinians became kindling as Gaza burned, a group of Hollywood artists penned a letter of support for the imperial actions of our favorite recipient of military aid, Israel, noting that their “commitment to peace and justice” compelled them to promise to fully support the savage ethnic cleansing frenzy that IDF forces were daily raining on UN compounds, hospitals and schools. The signatories of the children bombing support letter made […]

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Beginning to Look a lot Like Christians

Beginning to Look a lot Like Christians

by Patrick Devlin Rio Rancho, NM high school teacher Katrina Guarascio received the gift of unemployment this holiday season from one of her students who became offended after a peer turned in a creative writing assignment that led to Guarascio being turned in to school officials. Guarascio asked her students to rework a mythical tale to take place in modern times. One of the creative writers took on the myth of Christ producing hundreds of fishes and loaves out of his cassock to feed a ‘multitude’ who gathered to hear one of the Fidel-Castro-length lectures the first century homeless preacher […]

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War is a racket…would you like to buy some surplus military hardware?

War is a racket…would you like to buy some surplus military hardware?

by Patrick Devlin In Sonny Boy Williamson’s song called “Decoration Day” he sings that his deceased wife asked him before she passed to bring flowers to her grave on every Decoration Day. Already a holiday of remembrance for the nearly half a million Civil War dead when the song was recorded in Aurora, IL in 1938, Sonny Boy’s wife asks him that he pay respects to her while he is at the graveyard on Decoration Day honoring the memory of our fallen soldiers. The years tick by, the number of fallen ‘warriors’ (in today’s parlance) rises unabated and we stand […]

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The Imitation of Christ is a Public Safety Violation in Ft. Lauderdale

The Imitation of Christ is a Public Safety Violation in Ft. Lauderdale

by Patrick Devlin A 90 year old man was arrested in Ft. Lauderdale for violating the city’s new public safety ordinance as he attempted to bring safety to disenfranchised members of the public. Arnold Abbott, a longtime Ft. Lauderdale philanthropist who created the Love Thy Neighbor charity in memory of his wife who passed two decades ago, was arrested (but not handcuffed, according to police officials) along with two local pastors, Dwayne Black and Mark Sims, for threatening public health and safety by ministering to threatened members of the public by providing them with food stuffs needed to keep them […]

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Voter Suppression as American Black Comedy

Voter Suppression as American Black Comedy

by Patrick Devlin As we careen toward another day of the national expression of our citizens’ desire to effect policy and choose our leaders in this the world’s oldest constitutional democracy – political electees (as usual) are scrambling to thwart the ability of Americans to cast votes in their effort to maintain their cushy power positions and create impediments to our citizens who believe they can use democracy to dismantle old boy battlements that elevate and defend entrenched oligarchy enabling policies. Voter suppression actions are as old as democracy itself, having the effect of instilling apathy in electorates – we […]

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