Forgiving Oscar Pistorius of Murder

So, I have developed a real curiosity and fascination for restorative justice. For example, as much as I deplore and fear crystal meth, and as much as I would love to see crystal meth dealers sent to Singapore for a whipping before being shipped to America for a prison sentence, I am trying to choose …

Black History Month 2014: EYES ON THE PRIZE

This year, I had intended to read The “Autobiography” of Martin Luther King for Black History Month, however, the winter has really depressed my energy levels and I really balked at the idea of reading a book, as ridiculous as that sounds (well, I did just finish WAR & PEACE; perhaps there’s a relation). I …

Egyptian Revolution: The World Is Our Country

How can I know the truth about what’s going on in Egypt, and what I ought to think? How can I know the truth of what’s happening anywhere around the world, even here in a city I reside in? I read different takes on what the US should do, what the West needs to do, …

LA CHAGRIN ET LA PITIÉ: Deux Oeuvres Tirés de L’Occupation Des Nazis

Récemment j’ai eu l’occasion étudier deux oeuvres, le roman URANUS par Marcel Aymé et le film documentaire LA PITIÉ ET LA CHAGRIN.  Les deux s’agissent d’une ville et ses citoyens pendant l’Occupation Nazi, et après la Libération. Je me suis appris d’un peu plus de l’Histoire du vingtieme siecle. Ces oeuvres m’ont vraiment donné cause …

Guns don’t kill people — well, actually, yes, they do.

That’s, um, what they were invented for. Killing people. It’s like saying, “War doesn’t kill people”, when war is designed specifically to kill people. Don’t get me wrong: I dig guns and love to shoot them! If there’s anything I could possibly add to the debate about gun control, it’s just that people in cities …