Monday, December 30, 2013
I've started a new book... my 20th... and my third effort at a novel. Previous efforts are
"Why My Dad Hates Ice Cream"
And "Ned McAdoo and the Molly Maguires"
"Maggie in the Underworld" picks up where "Ned..." left off. Freelance journalist Maggie Mulhearn gets pulled into an effort by her friend and sometime-researcher Eddie Ireland to rescue Dalinda Garcia, a young Latina victim of human trafficking. Maggie gets involved on several levels: a concerned human being... a writer hungry for another Pulitzer Prize... and as Dalinda's lover.
Part One, which can be accessed via the link below, takes place in Philadelphia and ends with Maggie on a tramp steamer headed for Shanghai.
Part One, which can be accessed via the link below, takes place in Philadelphia and ends with Maggie on a tramp steamer headed for Shanghai.
- Something different for Christmas? (terrortrials.blogspot.com)
- Where lies the line between undercover investigation and incitement of crimes? (terrortrials.blogspot.com)
- Black Jack Kehoe ---KIng of the Mollies --- hanged Dec. 18, 1878 (terrortrials.blogspot.com)
- This Day in History: December 18th (todayifoundout.com)
- A Law Unto Himself (nytimes.com)
- Pinkerton's Great Detective: The Amazing James McParland by Beau Riffenburgh (roundtablereviewsadult.blogspot.com)
On the second day of our Fast for Families campaign, Speaker John Boehner announced that the House had no intention of working with the bill the Senate had already passed for immigration reform.
The following week, legislators, including Republicans, began to visit the Fast for Families fasting tent on the National Mall.
The fast gained traction.
Thousands of people signed up to fast across the country and the globe and scores began to pay visits to the fasting tent.
Then we began to receive visitors from the White House at the fasting tent: cabinet members and even Vice President Joe Biden!
The day after Thanksgiving we received two unannounced visitors: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The President and the First Lady prayed for us and prayed for the 11 million undocumented immigrants caught in our nation's broken immigration system. It was a huge turning point - we'd finally broken through the political noise and touched our nation's moral conscience like never before.
By the end of our fast, Speaker John Boehner had entirely changed his tune, announcing that not only was immigration reform NOT dead; but he was appointing a new expert to help him pass legislation in the House. And on December 12th, the day that we ended the fast on the National Mall and commissioned the country to continue to "Act, Fast & Pray" until immigration reform is achieved, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) announced that immigration reform would be a top priority for the House GOP in 2014.
The majority of Americans--including Republicans--want immigration reform, and we're going to make it happen in 2014. Watch Eliseo Medina's video message to see how far we've come and we're going in this fight in the coming year.
We've fought hard to keep immigration reform alive going into 2014. We won't get it unless we keep fighting as hard as we can.
Watch our video to find out what Fast for Families and the movement for reform will be doing to get us across the finish line in 2014.
We'll be back in the New Year, as relentless as ever.
Thanks for everything you've done to get us here!
SEIU Immigrant Justice Campaign and Fast for Families
I certainly agree that reform is needed. But the last time the US gave an amnesty --- in '86 --- we didn;t get the enforcement follow-up we were promised. Thus the 12 million additional illegals in the land today. Will reform merely be a repeat of the past?
If so, we should be asking the question: How much immigration do we want...
given the impact of increasing population on the environment...
given the jobless recovery... given international terrorism??????????????
|Enclos des Fusillés - Ereperk der Gefusilleerden; Moise Mandelbaum (Photo credit: historic.brussels)|
So what's new? The Nazis were the same way. It sure helped convict them at Nuremberg.
- Muslim Leader Farouq Qaddoumi: "We Supported The Nazis In WWII" (atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com)
- HALBROOK: What made the Nazi Holocaust possible? Gun control (endtimeheadlines.wordpress.com)
- Did Jews Go Like Sheep to the Slaughter? (givemeliberty01.com)
- Far-right hate crimes creep back into German society (mcclatchydc.com)
|English: Barack Obama delivers a speech at the University of Southern California (Video of the speech) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
On January 1st, our nation turns a corner on health care -- and we're never going back.
From here on, no American should have to go broke just because they get sick. You can't be dropped from your plan when you need it most. Pre-existing conditions will never prevent someone from getting coverage, and women can't be charged more than men for their plans.
And for millions of Americans, affordable, quality coverage is finally within reach.
I am so proud of that. And I have people like you to thank, Jim.
Fundamental change like this doesn't happen just because people believe it's the right thing to do. It happens because people like you, and organizations like OFA, fight for it -- no matter how hard it gets.
That's why we don't just fight the good fight -- we stay at it until we win.
Today, I'm asking you to make a commitment -- 2014 should be a year of action. Pledge to keep fighting for change with OFA:
Thank you so much -- and happy new year.
|Commonly-displayed artist's rendering of the 1996 Great Seal of Ohio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
- Ohio getting closer to marriage equality! (thatssogay.co)
- The Marriage Equality Wins Pile Up (dish.andrewsullivan.com)
- David Adler: Idaho same-sex marriage rules unlikely to survive (idahopridetribune.com)
- Department of Labor Issues New Family Medical Leave Act Fact Sheet Modifying the Definition of Spouse (gouldcooksey.com)
- Windsor expanded in Ohio ruling (scotusblog.com)
- It's Over (talkingpointsmemo.com)
- NEW POLL: Marriage Equality Gains In Ohio (davidmixner.com)
- Idaho Professor Believes State's Anti-Gay Marriage Laws Could Easily Be Overturned, Cites Ohio And Utah (towleroad.com)
- The Limited(?) Nature of the Ohio Same-Sex Marriage Decision (volokh.com)
- The Neoliberalization of Youth Peacebuilding (religionfactor.net)
- Peacebuilding defined from below (shenkeman.wordpress.com)
- The 'Dark Matter' of Peacebuilding (halfofhumanity.wordpress.com)
- Training Course "Volunteering 4 Peace" (youthinadvancement.org)
- UN Security Council Resolution 2122 On Women, Rule Of Law And Transitional Justice (eurasiareview.com)
- African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review editor discusses his vision for new journal (iupress.typepad.com)
- This Nonprofit Is Really Working To Bring Peace On Earth (minnesota.cbslocal.com)
- A free Restorative Justice podcast (terrortrials.blogspot.com)
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
A small minority of members of the American Studies Association recently pushed that distinguished old organization into an academic boycott. As the holder of a PhD in American Studies, I am saddened... and reminded of a piece I penned some years ago that resonates with this unfortunate action today. In it I argue that Higher Education must stand up for its historic principles.
PROFESSORS WITHOUT PICKET SIGNS (II)(FN1): WHERE IS THE PROFESSORATE WHEN IT'S NEEDED THE MOST?
|AUTHOR:||JAMES OTTAVIO CASTAGNERA|
|TITLE:||PROFESSORS WITHOUT PICKET SIGNS (II)(FN1): WHERE IS THE PROFESSORATE WHEN IT'S NEEDED THE MOST?|
|SOURCE:||Labor Law Journal 52 no3 157-65 Fall 2001|
The power elite is composed of men whose positions enable them to transcend the ordinary environments of ordinary men and women; they are in positions to make decisions having major consequences ... They rule the big corporations. They run the machinery of state and claim its prerogatives. They direct the military establishment. They occupy the strategic command posts of the social structure, in which are now centered the effective means of the power and the wealth and the celebrity which they enjoy.
The men of the higher circles are not representative men; their high position is not a result of moral virtue; their fabulous success is not firmly connected with meritorious ability. Those who sit in the seats of the high and the mighty are selected and formed by the means of power, the sources of wealth, the mechanics of celebrity, which prevail in their society.... They are not men shaped by nationally responsible parties that debate openly and clearly the issues this nation now so unintelligently confronts. They are not men held in responsible check by a plurality of responsible organizations which connect debating publics with the pinnacles of decision. Commanders of power unequaled in human history, they have succeeded within the American system of organized irresponsibility.(FN9)
A man of fierce physical and intellectual presence, Mills was remembered by his friends... first and foremost for his energy and combativeness. Academics were expected to be genteel and solicitous of their colleagues; most professors at Columbia wore the academic uniform of tweed jacket, flannel slacks, and bow ties. But Mills seemed determined to provoke and antagonize his colleagues. He dressed as a lumberjack -- in khaki pants, flannel shirts, and combat boots -- and would arrive for class from his house in the country (which he had built himself) astride his BMW motorcycle. His style, body language, and pronouncements seemed calculated to rebuke the more polished world around him; he was from the real world, his manner seemed to say, as the others in academe were not.(FN11)
As the trade unions retreat, more or less permanently, into the shadows, a rapidly growing body of educators and research scientists emerges. This group connects at the edges with scientists and engineers within the technostructure and with civil servants, journalists, writers and artists outside.... They stand in relation to the industrial system much as did the banking and financial community to the earlier stages of industrial development. Then capital was decisive, and a vast network of banks, savings banks, insurance companies, brokerage houses and investment bankers came into existence to mobilize savings and thus to meet the need. In the mature corporation the decisive factor of production... is the supply of qualified talent. A similar complex of educational institutions has similarly come into being to supply this need.(FN12)
Unlike the boats of routine producers and in-person servers..., the vessel containing America's symbolic analysts is rising. Worldwide demand for their insights is growing as the ease and speed of communicating them steadily increases.... Among symbolic analysts in the middle range are American scientists and researchers who are busily selling their discoveries to global enterprise webs. They are not limited to American customers. If the strategic brokers in General Motors' headquarters refuse to pay a high price for a new means of making high-strength ceramic engines dreamed up by a team of engineers affiliated with Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, the strategic brokers of Honda or Mercedes-Benz are likely to be more than willing.(FN36)
Distinguished from the rest of the population by their global linkages, good schools, comfortable lifestyles, excellent health care, and abundance of security guards, symbolic analysts will complete their secession from the union. The townships and urban enclaves where they reside, and the symbolic-analytic zones where they work, will bear no resemblance to the rest of America; nor will there be any direct connections between the two.... The remainder of the American population, growing gradually poorer, will feel powerless to alter any of these trends.(FN45)
There is also the possibility that symbolic analysts will decide that they have a responsibility to improve the well-being of their compatriots, regardless of any personal gain. A new patriotism would thus be born, founded less upon economic self-interest than upon loyalty to the nation.
What do we owe one another as members of the same society who no longer inhabit the same economy? The answer will depend on how strongly we feel that we are, in fact, members of the same society.
Loyalty to place -- to one's city or region or nation [or campus] -- used to correspond more naturally with economic self-interest.(FN46)
Between 1950 and the early 1970s, the American economy as a whole began to exemplify this principle. Labor, business and the broader public, through its elected representative, tacitly cooperated to promote high-volume production; the resulting efficiencies of scale generated high profits; some of the profits were reinvested to create even vaster scale, and some were returned to production workers and mid-level managers in the form of higher wages and benefits. As a result, large numbers of Americans entered the middle class, ready to consume the output of this burgeoning system.
But as the borders of cities, states, [campuses], and even nations no longer come to signify special domains of economic independence, Tocqueville's principle of enlightened self-interest is less compelling.(FN48)
- Citing Israel Boycott, Kenyon Severs Ties With American Studies Association (thekenyonthrill.com)
- Educators' boycott of Israel provokes backlash (philly.com)
- Academic Leaders Denounce Israel Boycott (nytimes.com)
- Penn State Harrisburg to drop American Studies Assoc membership after Israel boycott (legalinsurrection.com)
- American Studies Association caucus seeks support against campaign to discredit ASA (mondoweiss.net)
- Top US academic association decries Israel boycott (timesofisrael.com)
- Indiana, Wash U. St. Louis, GWU, Northwestern, Cornell reject academic boycott of Israel (legalinsurrection.com)
- Dozens of U.S. universities reject academic boycott of Israel (washingtonpost.com)