University of Nebraska football player says his team’s own fans told him he ‘should be lynched’ for protesting anthem

Cork Gaines Sep 27th 2016 2:35PM Prior to the University of Nebraska’s most recent football game against Northwestern, three players kneeled during the anthem in protest of social injustice, following in the footsteps of Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers. According to one of those players, they have since received threats from their own…

The Homeless – Hobos, Tramps And Bums

They have all been around for what seems like forever and are all technically homeless.  The homeless problem in America is not new. In the age of political correctness, even the panhandler on the street corner may get offended if you call him a bum when he considers himself a hobo or a tramp. There…

United We Stand – Divided We Fall

The disjunctive Facebook rantings I’ve read this week between what are apparently rival support groups involved in improving the quality of life in San Pedro serve no useful purpose. Serving food to the homeless in a park is now a bad thing? We’re there permits issued for the function; probably not.  Did the organizers provide…

Re-Engineering Policing

Bob Dylan wrote The Times They Are a-Changin’ back in 1964 and the inevitable trend still continues today. Fast-forward to the troubling times of 2015 and community policing policies are being quickly revised to meet the new and more dangerous threat of domestic and international terrorism. Entire police departments like the 34,000 uniformed men and…

The Great Social Divide

Facebook seemed like a good idea when it started back in 2004; but I’m not so sure anymore. I can’t imagine that Zukerberg ever dreamed his software application would create such a stir with its lengthy tentacles reaching the world’s corners and consumers far and wide. Who could have foreseen the power social media would…

A Generation Lost

I don’t know when we lost America, but we did. Maybe it was the 70’s. Back in the 60’s there was still a real zeal and a passionate burning feeling about America by Americans for America.  We were still proud and were willing to stand up against unjust wars and corporate greed.  Many felt so…

San Pedro – The New Wild West

  San Pedro, California – It’s most certain that recent decisions by our lawmakers have resulted in making law enforcement more difficult and uncertain in today’s world. Unless we can reverse the present trend toward lawlessness, disorder, and uncertain justice, we run the risk of losing all respect for the law and law enforcement officers. The…

Who needs health care you can’t use?

Pop quiz! Which of these scenarios would you prefer? Health insurance that’s too expensive to buy. Health insurance you can buy but can’t afford to use. Trick question, you say? Unfortunately, that’s precisely the Catch-22 that nearly a quarter of U.S. adults now face, according to a new survey. Millions underinsured The nonprofit health research…

Podcast: Gas savings, house flipping

Mark Hamrick: From Bankrate.com, this is “Your Money This Week.” I’m Mark Hamrick in Washington. Between less-than-stellar retail sales and the lack of wage gains for American workers, we’re often trying to figure out what’s most to blame for holding back the U.S. economy. A new Bankrate survey helps us to understand the situation a…

A Divide and Conquer ‘Gaffe’

Journalist Michael Kinsley is the namesake for the Kinsley Gaffe. In a 1988 interview he said: “A gaffe is when a politician tells the truth — some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” A recent example is Todd Akin (R-MO), the then-candidate for Senate in 2012. On St. Louis local television he was asked…

Next Stop: Dorm Sheets

So. Your kid got into a college. Or maybe a few colleges. And the decision has been made. You think you can sit back and relax now because that year of stress and arguments, all those months of waiting, they’re all behind you, right? Um, not so fast. No sooner will you send in that…

Class Act

A commencement speaker at Point Park University here urged graduates to brush their teeth. Whether she was grasping at a clever metaphor for handling life after college or she actually felt that a diploma along with good dental hygiene were keys to happiness, I couldn’t tell. Commencement speeches come in many flavors.

Lazy Stupid Ham Butts

t wasn’t what you would call the most favorable week for old white racist men. Then again, these weeks, not many are. How bad did it get for ancient intolerant caucasian males? Bowling ball dropped on your little toe from a height of nine feet bad. Brazilian soccer stampede bad. Donald Trump testifying at your rent-hearing bad.