Category Archives: freedom

Goodby June 2020

Today is the First day of July. 2020 has been a year dominated by the Covid Crisis, but video of George Floyd’s brutal May 25 murder by the Minneapolis PD has altered the USA. His death sentence was in response to his having passing a counterfeit $20 bill at a convenient store. President Andrew Jackson’s […]

D Day plus 76

During the night of June 6, 1944 24,000 airborne troops had parachuted behind the enemy lines. At 6:03am the Allies conducted an amphibious assault on Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, which the biggest naval invasion in history and included soldiers from the Nazi-occupied lands; Czechs, French, Poles, and the Norse. The five beaches varied in degrees of […]

WALK LIKE A WOMAN by Peter Nolan Smith

Billy Wilder’s SOME LIKE IT HOT was a funny movie about two musicians hiding from the Mob in an all-women band and I didn’t think much about men dressing as women, until my next-door neighbor asked in his basement, “Who you think is prettier? Jack Lemmon or Tony Curtis?” “Neither.” The year was 1964 and […]

Silence On Cellblock # 9

When I left the USA for Africa in February 2020 over 80,000 prisoners were incarcerated in solitary confinement in US prisons, which equals the entire penal population of the UK. The practice was first introduced in the Eastern State Penitentiary in 1830. The punitive toll on inmates had been touted by prison officials as the […]

SAY IT LOUD, I’M BAD AND I’M PROUD

Martin Luther King Jr. was a great orator. His speech I HAVE A DREAM is recognized as a masterpiece of the spoken word. I know parts of it by heart. Another voice for Civil Rights was the legendary James Brown. His songs united blacks and whites, but the Godfather of Soul sang about pride and […]