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Obama’s to Fix 5

by CHARLES M. BLOW In October 2008, the candidate Barack Obama delivered a major economic speech in Toledo, Ohio. In it he said: “Right now, we face an immediate economic emergency, and that requires urgent action. We can’t wait to help workers and families and communities who are struggling right now — who don’t know ...

Land Reform in Jamaica

Can Jamaica become a major food exporter? Basil Waine Kong, Ph.D., JD If Jamaica is to ever to achieve prosperity, security, freedom from dependence on foreign aid and dominance from abroad, we must seize the opportunity to forge a strategy for ourselves and for future generations where the rule of civil law, not the rule ...

Why do you consider the Jehovah’s Witnesses a dangerous cult?

by Brenda Lee Author of-“Out of the Cocoon: A Young Woman’s Courageous Flight from the Grip of a Religious Cult” First, I’d like to acknowledge that Jehovah’s Witnesses are people with lives and loved ones, just like you and me. They are not merely a label. I know; I used to be one, and I ...

Nakeea Stevens Nuff Said

Figured we can take a break from politics & muckracking and just enjoy some true local beauty. Presenting Buffalo’s own… Nakeea. There are many talented and beautiful models within and around the Buffalo community. What we have this week is a profile of a photographer who was told she should be in front of the ...

Don’t blame it on Rio, Blame it on Ray Ray

by Chris Stevenson Back in 4/14/07 Chicago IL was selected by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) as the US bid city. Over two years later Chicago was eliminated from the first ballot in International Olympic Committee voting (over a month ago 10/2). A bid would have seen the the nation’s 2nd largest city awarded ...

The Passion of the Right

by CHARLES M. BLOW In 354 days, the dead will rise. Or so believe Republicans.They believe that their suffering and forbearance in the face of an overzealous, hyperliberal left will culminate in a 2010 resurrection of the battered Republican brand. Case in point: After G.O.P. victories in Virginia last week, Representative Eric Cantor, the House ...

Life is Grand

My Last Thirty Days by Dr. Basil Waine Kong Life does not get any better than this. I have been on a great adventure with my loving, forgiving and accommodating wife (Stephanie). We are perfectly matched. We are both blessed with excellent health and strength, enjoy the company of ALL our children (4) and grand ...

I’m Perfect, You’re Doomed by Kyria Abrahams

Book Review by Brenda Lee Kyria’s book, I’m Perfect, You’re Doomed, is a bittersweet recipe of the author’s excruciating adolescence combined with scorpion-piercing wit that may leave the average reader wondering: “Should I laugh or cry?” I found the book simultaneously sardonic while grossly disturbing. Because I too was once a Jehovah Witness teen who ...

Dear Mr. President: While in Afghanistan, Napalm the Poppy Fields

by Chris Stevenson When it comes to news regarding Afghanistan, much of it is news reports and commentary relating to troop escalation. Many of us know how back in late March President Barack Obama approved of 21,000 more troops to be sent there. We have heard recent reports and debate concerning Obama sending 13,000 more ...

No More Suffering in Silence 1

by CHARLES M. BLOW Last Saturday, actor, playwright and impresario Tyler Perry posted a heart-rending message on his Web site recounting the abuses of his childhood. It was hard to read it without welling up. His father had constantly belittled and savagely beaten him. Perry wrote that one beating was so merciless that “the skin ...