The US Office of National Intelligence ’s report of Assessing Russian Activities and Intentions in Recent US Elections [pdf] published three sentences that will serve as this week’s Sunday Smack. The first sentence offers no surprise: We assess with high confidence that the [Russia Main Intelligence Agency] relayed material it acquired from the DNC and senior […]Read More Sunday Smack: Who Cares if Russia Hacked the Truth?
This week’s Sunday Smack inspiration comes from reading Eric Foner’s Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad, where I was reminded of how the British promised Africans enslaved in America their freedom in return for fighting against George Washington’s patriots during America’s war for independence. That would mean any slave who fought […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: TREASON OR SLAVERY?
This morning, one of NYC’s news radio stations mentioned last night’s tragic Orlando, Florida nightclub mass shooting as follows: We now know the nationality of the gunman in the Orlando gay nightclub shooting — coming up. My Sunday Smack: “Do you have any problem whatsoever with the above statement?” I’d love to understand the reason […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: TREATMENT OF ORLANDO NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING
This week’s Sunday Smack covers war, and asks a simple question: If the United States reinstated the military draft, would Americans change the way they vote for presidents? song currently stuck in my head: “girls and boys” – princeRead More SUNDAY SMACK: THE DRAFT AND PRESIDENTS
My friend Anisha Moon, a musician (you can see her here, trading lyrics with Leon Ware), and entrepreneur, posted this Chinese laundry detergent commercial on her Facebook page. Here’s the story flow. 1. An Asian woman is washing clothes. 2. An African descendent man appears, apparently taking a break from painting. 3. And he finds […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: WHAT ABOUT THIS CHINESE WASH-THE-BLACK-OFF COMMERCIAL?
The two stupefying Wall Street Journal charts about US credit card debt you see above has caused me to break from my typical Sunday Smack format of simply raising questions without a strong injection of my opinion. Banks are issuing more credit cards today than they did just prior to the 2008 financial crash while […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: 2008 ALL OVER AGAIN?
Exploring this week’s Sunday Smack about Saudi Arabia’s blockbuster threat to sell approximately three-quarters of a trillion dollars worth of treasury holdings and other US assets should Congress pass a bill that would make the The Saudis responsible for the September 11th attacks requires a background understanding of at least four areas: How the petrodollar […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: DID THE SAUDIS LET SLIP THEIR ROLE IN 9/11?
By now, you’ve seen the Boston Globe’s (satire?) front page that’s supposed to predict what a Donald Trump presidency would look like in a year. [PDF.] The newpaper, which published an accompanying editorial to explain why Trump must be stopped compared the GOP front runner to a dictator: If Trump were a politician running such […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: LIFE UNDER TRUMP?
There’s been play talk about a grand compromise which could save the Republican Party from civil war or even implosion this summer, and I want your thoughts about it. The hypothetical deal is that the GOP allows Trump to become the Presidential nominee without any resistance from party bigwigs. In return, Trump chooses John Kasich […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: TRUMP, CRUZ & KASICH DEAL?
This week’s Sunday Smack draws from some personal family experience — or more specifically, that of my Grandmother on Dad’s side of the family. Everyone in the community called her “Mother.” Before Mother owned a candy store, she cleaned homes for a living. Mother had a client, a wealthy White woman, who considered Mother a […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: IS THIS GRATITUDE?