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"The Black Panther of Poetry" January 28, 2014 at 11:50 am
I have no response to and objection to Gay marriage. My question is how is it that African/BlackRead More Americans' always end up creating a genre or a culture or an art form only to have it usurped by White America. The very race that mostly has nothing but animosity and disdain towards us. Macklemore won four Grammys for the Rap category and I think back in the 90's Vanilla Ice also won that distinction too. I mean Country music doesn't do it, Opera doesn't do it, Blue grass doesn't do it. Even in the almost five centuries in this countrys' existence, we've just now managed to elect an African-American president. And there are some African-American critics out there who point out that President Obama pedigree is not totally that of the African American experience; with his Black father being Kenyan and his mother being a white female from Kansas. But I digress, my point is that even from the invention of Rock and Roll(Elvis the king lol) Jazz (Al Jolson) Blues(Stevie Ray Vaughn), etc, etc. But it is no ones fault but our own!! When will we stop giving our culture away, our music away or letting it be usurped by others. When was the last time you heard of an African-American dominating Wall Street, or Ceo's of Fortune 500 companies, etc, etc. All that we have and or acquired, we've earned it or made it through God given talent and brains and against insurmountable discrimination, racism and ODDS!!!! But we as a people still perservere!!!! FROM WHOM MUCH HAS BEEN TAKEN.....MUCH WILL BE GIVEN BACK TOO...(basic Karma)
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kwiley424 January 18, 2014 at 01:58 pm
What a great support for those of us who don't want to waste time and money on movies we won't like.Read More Thanks!
Matthew Caley Kallerud August 6, 2013 at 10:01 am
Genetic engineering is an amazingly potent tool and has the potential to be one of the greenestRead More technologies the world has ever seen. Like nuclear, it can be used well or poorly. Like the internet, it can be provided by companies which advance human interests or companies which unscrupulously feed on us. Several things are near certain: 1) There is almost no reason to fear that the consumption GMOs is dangerous to personal health. There are over 600 peer-reviewed studies on this topic and the only ones disagreeing with this conclusion have been thoroughly debunked. The scientific consensus here is strong. Perhaps not as strong as climate change, but not far off I would say. Besides allergic effects (which can be easily avoided), there's not even a viable proposed mechanism by which GMOs could do you harm. 2) Unless we change quite a lot of other deeply ingrained practices, we'll need GMOs for the survival of the species/planet. The population is currently 7 billion on it's way to 10 before it starts to recede. The developing world is getting hungrier, for better or worse. Over 81% of deforestation is due to agricultural expansion. Agriculture uses huge amounts of energy, water, herbacides/pesticides, and land and results in massive amounts of pollution in the forms of carbon and runoff. GMOs can address every single one of these issues. We've only just seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of uses for GMOs. One of the reasons is that the public mistrust of the technology has effectively helped a single company (Monsanto) maintain a monopoly on their use. We need to embrace this technology. Regulate it, to be sure. Test for safety at every turn... but embrace it none the less. Forget natural. The natural world does not allow for 7-10 billion humans to live upon it in equilibrium. Mother nature doesn't particularly like us, to be sure. Let's embrace what humans are good at. We've discovered how to design life. The genie is out of the box. Let's have it work for us. Who knows, we might even save the species
E August 6, 2013 at 04:27 pm
Not true. In fact there is not a single peer-reviewed study demonstrating that GE foods are safe,Read More yet there are a host of peer-reviewed studies to the contrary. There are also Monsanto's own studies that were forced to be made public through a lawsuit which revealed health issues associated with GE food. There is a good reason 62 countries require labeling and others have banned the planting of GE organisms and/or GE food altogether.
David Johnston June 29, 2013 at 09:32 am
Do you ever wonder if Disneyland Employees, after watching the Magic Kingdom fireworks every night,Read More just say Meh! to the 4th of July??
Peter Bray May 25, 2013 at 12:23 am
Thank you, Jeff; You pretty much summed up my sentiments, I've never seen a duller or more uselessRead More Congress. And as for the collapse of the US economy, when will we see those responsible prosecuted? Sooner or later the Karma truck arrives and those who dish it out, receive theirs--Good luck, America, mediocrity should NOT be an aspiration. Peter Bray
kathryn March 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm
Great article--and wonderful photos to go with it. These young people certainly have made theirRead More mark!
Jeff Arkin March 14, 2013 at 02:08 pm
Wow! Great photos Sheri! Thanks for the article!!!
Babaloo March 15, 2013 at 01:37 am
tell me more,,tell me more,,i just can't get enough of the band...yeahhhhh.... i am happy for theseRead More kids...glad they are living the dream....
"The Black Panther of Poetry" March 8, 2013 at 05:17 pm
Nice and sweet poem, lois. To think about it, pears are my favorite fruit too!!! Lois, have you everRead More had a pickled pear? They are delicious and they are pickled not in vinegar but some other kind of sweetish (not swedish) and tart liquid. If you want I could call home and get the recipe for you and give it to you at the poetry group meeting!!!
Peter Bray March 1, 2013 at 01:42 pm
Enjoyed Bobby's poem and Jeff's commentary. We are a strange species with miles to go even after weRead More sleep. – PB
"The Black Panther of Poetry" March 1, 2013 at 06:02 pm
I am that Bobby Richardson and I approve this poem and commentary and like Jessie Owens, I too hailRead More from Alabama. Alabama has not only given America and the world Great people like Jessie Owens but a plethora of others that are too many to list. People like Hank Aaron, Condoleeza Rice, Lionel Ritchie, Wilma Rudolph, Ruth Harper Lee, Truman Capote, Charles Barkeley,Nat King Cole, Rosa Parks, Joe Louis, Hank Williams, Coretta Scott King; to name a few. Although Alabama has a dark history of race relations and civil rights. It too has come a long way and acknowledges that it has a long way to go. I am very proud of the public education that The Great State of Alabama gave me and I am sure that this beautiful city that we call Benicia can do the same for its' young men and women!!! Thank You very much fellow poets(BROPOES') Jeff Burkhart and Peter Bray and Benicia Patch!!! "KEEP HOPE ALIVE AND WE SHALL OVERCOME!!!
Ben February 20, 2013 at 08:35 pm
But how do you really feel?
Riley Willerson February 21, 2013 at 03:38 pm
This is something all young and old should be aware off , especially when being out in nature, asRead More well as when walking your dog. Be sure to check you body and your pet after engaging in activity in the brush. Good subject as we near spring and summer.
Jadwiga Kys February 21, 2013 at 06:04 pm
Piękna inicjatywa. Prowadzę w Polsce przychodnię leczenia boreliozy wg Towarzystwa Naukowego ILADS.Read More Zapraszam do współpracy wszystkich zainteresowanych tym tematem. J. Kłys
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 12, 2013 at 04:55 pm
I was there and it was wonderful and refreshing to see these young men and women of all colorsRead More participating in this wonderful art that we call poetry. The future of poetry is looking very bright!!!
Babaloo February 11, 2013 at 01:21 am
it was clear. maybe a half time show would be more appropriate instead of just playing. yesRead More entertain the "fans"... put some effort into it. instead of taking up the good seat..all painted nice and pretty segregating themselves from the rest of the fans. maybe there should be a special area in the end zone where the band can play. or maybe on the end there where you come in the bleachers there would be fabulous for the band,,the accoustics there,,greeting everyone when they come in so the sweet sounds ...think of it,,it would be fabulous...really ought to think about this one...or maybe accross the field on the other sie,,,that would be even better...there to entertain the opposing teams fans...oh,,,imagine the opportunities...
DJE February 20, 2013 at 03:40 pm
Wow, Babaloo......nice to see the support (or lack of) you have for our high school music programs.Read More The band kids work harder than just about any other organization on that campus. The 'good seats' are a gesture the football staff and athletic director give the band for giving up their time and energy to cheer on the team. In fact on most Friday nights they are the last to leave the game (wim or lose) and usually have a competition early on Saturday morning. So I think it is the least they deserve. They also need to be in a stable section of the stands due to the very expensive instruments they work with. They need the ability to see what is going on during the game to know which music to play when. As a parent of a football player, I think the games are much better when the band is there. They are the MOST spirited part of our game. And I am sure if you ask ANY of the football players, they would all say the same thing. It pumps them up! The band gets NOTHING in exchange for playing. And on a side note, you should know that our marching band was undefeated for 2 full seasons! They are respected throughout the music community and bring much honor and recognition to our High School. They have marched in the NYC St Patrick's Day Parade, Walt Disney World and the Rose Parade. All of which have to be auditioned for. I personally am very proud of our band kids and what they do for our community!
"The Black Panther of Poetry" February 20, 2013 at 06:15 pm
4. babaloo In jamaican slang means stupid "hey babaloo watch your driving , you almostRead More crashed". Babaloo is a common term for irrational behavior
Julie Laura Rose March 22, 2013 at 06:49 pm
I love bookstores and frequent them, but have such a large professional library and such a backlogRead More of books to read that mostly the ones I buy are treasure hunted at thrift stores or garage sales because they had just come up in conversation or an article, and there they were. But I do buy books at bookstores for gifts, and occasionally buy new ones. I just really don't need anymore books right now. And that's a big shame, since I do really like frequenting and supporting LOCAL retailers. I guess one good way around this is to buy gift certificates at local bookstores, and get other people going in to them.
Julie Laura Rose March 22, 2013 at 06:51 pm
To support local businesses. Seems to me that as Sal the Plumber, you might be a local business too.Read More Our community needs us to support it! Or else it will go away.
FAYE BULL May 3, 2013 at 10:36 pm
Bookshop Benicia!!!!! I love that shop. Independent bookstores are holy in my book! :-)
Peter Bray January 28, 2013 at 10:51 pm
Who is this guy? www.peterbray.org/pedro
Peter Bray January 28, 2013 at 10:59 pm
Definitely First Street... Definitely First Street, can't mistake it for anywhere else on theRead More planet: waterfront history, California Capitol, ducks, artists, merchants, seagulls,vendors and pedestrians; shops, places to eat, sidewalk benches; on an evening in the Fall, knee-deep in the breeze, you'd swear you were in Mendocino on the California Coast without leaving town. Definitely First Street. ©Peter Bray, 1/28/13 All rights reserved