The duality of nature, with its accompanying ‘yin and yang’, have caused me pause. Through the years I’ve sought measures that would allow me to more effectively process these complimentary, yet opposite, realties.
As a young child in the South Bronx my grandmother pierced through these metaphysical philosophies with a clear and pointed revelation: “When life throws you lemons, make lemonade”. Continue reading
“There are 8 million stories in the ‘Naked City'”. Illuminating aspects of a man’s life, whose selflessness knew no trepidation or constraint, is chronicled in the accompanying story.
Approximately 45 years ago, I had the honor and privilege to meet an extraordinary human being. Continue reading
The first line of defense against incursions upon our rights and liberties, are law-enforcement officers. Members from policing agencies either protect and serve the citizenry, adhering to a legal and professional standard of conduct, or from the onset, denigrate and deny an individual their Constitutional and God given rights.
Just because the violence or intrusive actions utilized by a police department upon a citizen are determined to be legal, it doesn’t mean that their conduct was appropriate, reasonable or correct.
On the front lines, during the heat of battle, the meaning and intent, along with obedience to the law, can become blurred and obscured for police officers seeking to rationalize and justify improper or illegal conduct. Continue reading
Anguish and struggle are a part of life. It doesn’t mean that we are doing something wrong or need to be saved. If we’re willing to acknowledge that these experiences are integral components of life, the fear and despair associated with these states of mind can be eliminated.
Focusing on exterminating or avoiding any mood, outlook or sensation, which are central to our growth and evolution as human beings, is a neurotic expenditure of energy. Continue reading
Walking or driving while Black or Homeless can be a grave offense. Perhaps a serious crime, capable of causing the offender to be summarily executed on the spot.
United States Marine and Black Insurance Executive Arthur McDuffie was killed by 12 Miami police officers because he ran a stop sign on his motorcycle, causing the police to pursue him. He stopped his motorcycle, raised his hands in the air and said: “I give up”, as sworn to by 3 police officers. Continue reading
All members of law-enforcement that I’ve spoken with, upon questioning, were willing to address the continuing abuses that are systemic within their agencies, resultant from “cops investigating other cops”.
I challenged them on the extent to which “The Blue Wall of Silence” actually applies. Are there any limits on the types of misconduct covered under this ‘code’?
I mentioned several hateful and savage crimes, and asked if the offending police officer would be shielded from their barbaric conduct by their silence. After obfuscating a clear response and upon being pressed for an answer, they all said Continue reading
Individual excellence and personal achievement does not require the endorsement or approval of others. It rises up deep within an individual and manifests itself in their ideas and behavior; stimulating, attracting and motivating others to live exceptional lives.
Authentic leadership is a quality that cannot be purchased nor acquired at a college or university. It cannot be learned from a book nor bestowed upon an unworthy candidate. Its characteristics are not clearly delineated nor readily defined. However, most of us are keenly aware when we are in the presence of an extraordinary individual. Their tangential energy has been changing the course of human events since the inception of ‘Man’. Continue reading
Since commenting on an article published in ‘The Blue Paper’ by Dennis Reeves Cooper entitled: “The Prisoner Exchange: He Did What?!” on June 8, 2014; I’ve closely monitored events surrounding the issues I addressed. I was determined to modify or correct my statements if necessary. As the Bowe Bergdahl saga unfolds, it appears the accuracy of my remarks have remained ‘spot on’.
Some have critiqued my interpretation of events as being lackluster and juvenile. They suggest that I’m unable to appreciate the grander scheme of our involvement in conflicts around the world. Although I challenge that notion, I respect their divergent perspectives and remain open to new ideas. Continue reading
An innocent man was killed while in the custody of the Key West Police Department. This disabled 61 year-old met his fate at the hands of police officers, as he laid down on the ground before them. This defenseless and helpless citizen appeared compliant to all commands that were directed at him.
An onslaught of aggression was executed upon Mr. Eimers. He was face down in a prone position, with his arms extended above his head. He did not pose a threat to anyone. Continue reading
As an inner city high school student in an economics’ class, we were required to pick ten stocks traded on the New York Stock Exchange, which we believed showed signs of growth and profitability. Our assignment was to trade these stocks as we saw fit, keeping the class abreast of our progress throughout the year. The goal was to see who could accrue the most profit from their initial investment. With guidance and direction from our teacher, along with my summer job experience on Wall Street, I secured the highest profits ever recorded by any student taking that class. As I remember, one of the stocks I really liked back then was Disney. As an adult investor, Telefones de Mexico has served me well.
I’ve had opportunities to acquire all the affluence and abundance that this world could offer. These riches were mine. I just had to work within a group, which was conducting the same business being performed by our government. Continue reading
Since man’s inception, the drive for wealth and power has been intrinsically woven into the species.
Many of the world’s movers and shakers are possessed with an inflamed primordial drive, requiring expression via “whatever means necessary”. The weak and feeble are often recruited to serve as mouthpieces for those ‘calling the shots’.
Some government policy makers care little of the strategies and tactics employed to realize their power and monetary objectives. Wars, famines, ethnic cleansings and genocides have been honed into the crafts of their trade. Continue reading
I am not one to compliment the government and staff of Monroe County. However, if I’m to be fair, I must acknowledge my involvement with them, as it relates to their extraordinary handling of an issue that had the potential to break and injure a family.
The incredible willingness of the county staff to relentlessly confront a difficulty that was harming some residents, exhibited their dogged determination to ease the suffering of these taxpayers.
The brilliance and magnificence displayed by County Administrator Roman Gastesi and his incredible staff, represents a dedication and commitment to serve, which is not often found in government. Continue reading
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through its Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Key Largo, has instituted an aggressive domestic cat trapping policy. Cat hunters are baiting traps and snaring these creatures.
FWS staff were directed to “cooperatively interact” with “affected parties” prior to launching their cat trapping agenda. Furthermore, all decisions reached between FWS and the “affected parties”, must collaboratively reflect the “humane handling and treatment” of these animals.
These directives aren’t being followed. FWS is cherry-picking data provided by bureaucrats dependent upon them for employment, to justify their inhumane conduct. FWS recruits support from organizations that benefit from agreeing with them. Continue reading
Deliberately administering any type of cruel and violent punishment to an animal is a serious criminal act. There is not, nor will there ever be, a law that sanctions such behavior.
Most societies and cultures that butcher animals for food, adhere to a merciful means of terminating their lives. In accordance with the ‘United States Humane Slaughter Act': “No method of slaughtering or handling in connection with slaughtering, shall be deemed to comply with the public policy of the United States, unless it is humane”. This compassionate law applies to a food source, while many believe the actions being taken by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, directed at creatures who have become our pets and a part of our families, to be callous and heartless.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, through its operation at the Crocodile Lake National Wildlife Refuge in North Key Largo, has initiated an aggressive policy that has triggered an ardent cadre of cat hunters, who are truculently stalking, baiting and trapping domestic cats (felis silvestris catus).
According to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife news release (9/16/11), this agency has: “No National Policy” on the trapping of cats. During a formal meeting the FWS approved a policy: “to protect native wildlife from predation, disease and other impacts presented by feral and free-ranging cats”. This policy does not call for the FWS to kill cats, nor does it outlaw the practice of Trap-Neuter-Release programs. Continue reading
The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a dismal testament to the failure of our school system to provide a world-class education for our children.
Taxpayers are being fleeced and our students are being deprived of their opportunity to compete on the world stage.
The FCAT, which evaluates a teacher’s ability to successfully impart knowledge and academic skills to their students, has been co-opted by a bureaucracy that refuses to deliver on its promise to America. The FCAT has been politicized and attacked by individuals unwilling to terminate incompetent teachers and negligent principals.
This measurement evaluates the absolute minimal skills and competencies that a student should have become proficient with, upon the completion of a particular grade cycle. Continue reading
In 1770, Crispus Attucks, a black man, became the first casualty of the American Revolution when he was shot and killed by the British in what became known as the Boston Massacre. Mr. Attucks sensed that his hope and dreams to one day live as a free man, might best be realized with the revolutionaries he died with on that day. This ‘patriot’ embodied the courage, spirit and determination that birthed our nation.
“My only regret is that I have but one life to give for my country”, “Give me liberty or give me death”, “Uncommon valor was a common virtue”, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”; are quotes that have defined us throughout our history. Continue reading
The wheels of justice grind slowly for a reason. Rushing to judgment often brings about a self-fulfilled and inaccurate outcome. Bias and prejudice, along with a predetermined perspective of guilt and innocence, have wrongfully sentenced many individuals to death.
Conditioned and inflamed ‘mind sets’ frequently give way under the weight of emotional appeal. I’m profoundly disturbed and saddened by the events surrounding Mr. Eimers’ death.
My life’s experience has required me to directly address several incidents where police conduct brought about the death of innocent men. In the last incident, the state, with malice and forethought, decided to execute a man they knew to be innocent. Over time they were systematically beaten back, so as to settle for three life sentences without parole. Continued pressure brought a dismissal of all charges and his release. Continue reading
Earth Shot From Apollo 17
Lighted cigarette butts, beer bottles, cans, fast food debris and fecal ridden diapers tossed from vehicles traveling along US1 has significantly increased since the construction of the new Jewfish Creek Bridge in Key Largo.
Combined with the present epidemic of noise pollution, along with the exhaust and engine contaminates discharged from every make and model of land and watercraft; what was once paradise, is slipping away from us.
Each day that these toxins are discharged into the fabric of our fragile aquatic ecosystem, our planet is less able to sustain itself. Continue reading