10 05 2015
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A Positive Moment

So there I was. It was 1967 and I was eyeball-to-eyeball with my black-and-white TV. As I watched, a group of very distressed Africans stared back at me. It was the start of civil war in Nigeria.

The nation of Biafra had been born, and all hell was about to break loose as members of the Igbo tribe waged a doomed war for independence. Each year things got worse.

Child Watch

"In countries where there truly is no backup, you just have to hang in there and wait for the next flood to pass, wait for the next drought to pass.

"But what is disturbing here is that we are in a country with major back-up . … It takes just 30 days to mobilize for war, so when you've got a war within your own country, it is amazing that we were so dumbfounded, like deer in the headlights."

Rainbow/ PUSH

There they go again. The Republican National Committee, the right-wing noise machine and their spear-carriers in the mainstream media have been in attack mode over the last few weeks. This time their target is Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, the distinguished senior Democrat who will become chair of the House Judiciary Committee if Democrats win the House back this fall.

Voice of Reason

I know I can be a funny guy, but the laughter took me by surprise. During a recent interview, I was asked about my thoughts on personal responsibility. I hesitated a bit.

Those two words can be very charged. Often, the very mention of "personal responsibility" will cause eyes to bug and heads to spin like those of the demon-possessed. I decided to tread lightly.

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