This essay may be dismissed as pure self-indulgence.
Today is Sir Paul McCartney’s 70th birthday. I’m sure there is plenty of panegyric and hagiography being churned out on this notable occasion, so let me put your mind at rest.
This is probably going to be more of the same. But then again, maybe not.
I have loved The Beatles since I was 11 years old. I first heard them at my pal Chip’s house while we were doing homework together. It was early November of 1963: a sunlit world where Americans flew in space just as well as the Russians, Sandy Koufax dominated my beloved Yankees, and JFK seemed to be smiling again after the late summer loss of a prematurely born son.
So I’ve enjoyed his life on the griddle. Flaming out in the Finals last year. Enduring relentless pressure about his tendency to disappear in crunch time. And on and on. It’s been a stress-packed couple of years for King James. In other words, karma. Continue reading →
In October of 2011, Scholars & Rogues noted that the Obama administration had ordered the killing of an unindicted American citizen, Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al Qaeda media provocateur. The drone missile launched against al-Awlaki also killed another unindicted American citizen, Samir Khan, who was also engaged with Al Qaeda media efforts.
S&R noted that both men were likely deserving of their fate as plotters against the security of the United States. But death at the hands of government with no charge being laid and subsequently proven is morally wrong. So in March S&R demanded that the Obama administration release a memo that it said outlined its moral justification for killing al-Awlaki and Khan. Thus far, Attorney General Eric Holder has refused.
Editor’s Note: S&R recently published a photoessay from Sarah Allegra, who suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Allegra’s struggle with this condition is ongoing, obviously, and she recently contacted us about her efforts on behalf of the CFIDS Association of America. We’re pleased to provide her the space to share this initiative with our readers and we encourage you to help out however you can. _____
by Sarah Allegra
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is an illness which is still an enigma. This sly disease is characterized by a persistent, heavy fatigue which rest does not lift, muscle and joint pain, insomnia, migraines along with a scattering of other hanger-on physical symptoms. Continue reading →
As epic battles brew between sustainable, organic and non-renewable industrial farming, the politics of food surround our every bite. That’s a good thing, driving better assessments of actual food costs while factoring in enormous, perpetual farm subsidies and government supports. What we eat, and deem worthy for others to digest, has as much to do with class, income, family, and status as with packaging, nutrition and health.
Hardly going down as a high point is the latest skirmish from Mayor Bloomberg of New York, defying logic and common sense by asserting smaller soda containers will automatically reduce consumption of sugary drinks. Talk about vulnerable liberal tunnel vision and over-reach, this notion skims the surface of obesity, empty calories, and unhealthy eating habits. Chew on this indigestible morsel, Mr. Mayor: Continue reading →
The Summer 2012 issue of Amethyst Arsenic, a great online poetry and art journal, is now available, featuring poetry from Cassandra de Alba, Mary Kovaleski Byrnes, James Caroline, Meaghan Ford, Hannah Galvin, Casey Rocheteau, Rene Schwiesow, Steve Subrizi and many more. Plus, art from Pauline Lim, Ivan de Monbrison and Jessica Pinsky. Also, yes, I have three pieces in it: “1638,” “Wedding Song,” and “Meditation: Monarch Mountain.” Here’s a taste:
Meditation: Monarch Mountain
Aspens white-barked, gold.
Winter is coming, early
snow on Monarch Pass.
At Foreign Policy in Focus Stephen Zunes reports on a resolution (HR 568) that the House passed in a show of bipartisanship (401-11) that couldn’t have come at a worse possible time (as is usually the case with bipartisanship these days). He explains that HR 568 calls for “the president to oppose any policy toward Iran ‘that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat.’”
… Congress has essentially told the president that nothing short of war or the threat of war is an acceptable policy. Indeed, the rush to pass this bill appears to have been designed to undermine the ongoing international negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program.
Even Colin Powell, as quoted by Dennis Kucinich, “has stated that this resolution ‘reads like the same sheet of music that got us into the Iraq war.’” Continue reading →